Something from the weekend…..cakes, walks and rummaging

It was a close call, but the rain didn’t dampen my weekend….

On Saturday morning I pootled around the house, cleaning and tidying whilst Adam walked the hound….Friday hadn’t gone as planned so it was good to catch up a little. Then after a nice big brunch (Adam poached some very yummy duck eggs for us!) we made our way into London, leaving the pooch with his Grandma Liz (that’s Adam’s Mum!).

We made our way to friends’ Richard and Tara’s flat in Farringdon, Tara and I leaving the boys to get up to mischief whilst we headed into town for our friend Brigitte’s hen do! First of all we took in a lovely afternoon tea at a hotel on the Strand, then went bowling at the fun All Stars Lanes, before we had a big dinner together. We didn’t go in for the traditional Hen stuff (L-plates and penis straws etc!), but chose instead to honour the occasion by all wearing fascinators in light of the fact that the Bride and Groom have requested no-one wears hats to the wedding!

As the pup had a sleepover at his Grandma’s, Adam and I managed to get a nice lie in before we went to pick him up. Then after a late breakfast, we took a turn around the Sunday car boot sale at the Market, then went along to the second Great Hitchin Rummage Sale at Bar Ab nearby. Lots of local shops had taken up a pitch there, in what is sort of a one-day pop-up shop….and some of our favourites were there to tempt us with the rummagy loot….Jolly Brown and Red Eyed Dove had a stack of goregous vintage treasures, whilst Mamacita’s Cakery (new to us) were selling a table full of dreamy looking sweet treats. We picked up several of the latter’s offerings, then made our way home to yum them up!

Because there are so many cupcakes and such being sold on similar stalls at the moment, it takes a lot to impress us….we’ve really only tried one stall’s cakes and been truly wowed (how we miss Flavour Town at Old Spitalfields now that we’ve moved!). However, the amazing yums by Mamacita’s Cakery really did impress us, and we scoffed a Dulce de Leche cupcake, a Mexican wedding biscuit and a ‘bronze’ biscuit (each) in close succession! Definitely will be trying more of their treats!

To walk off the gluttony, we took the hound to the common for a nice jaunt, then went back to Adam’s Mum’s for a dinner of fajitas, followed by some of her amazing freshly baked scones (with clotted cream obviously!).

Back at home we had a relaxed evening on the sofa. I finished off a little drawing project for a competition (Oasis’ new butterfly collection cover photo) and then had the customary early night!

Hope you had a lovely weekend too!

Ems x

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Wednesday Wants…. it’s party frock season!

I’m afraid for those of you who don’t like Christmas coming so early, I’m going to be rather intolerable for the next few weeks. I don’t consider myself badly swayed by the commercialism of Christmas now, it’s just that I get so excited about it I can’t wait! And whilst Christmas is very much a traditional, home-made affair for me, I can’t help but be a *little* diverted by some of the Christmassy stuff in the shops! It’s not usually dancing, singing Father Christmas plushes though….more the kind of things I like to wear around the festive season. And as such, I’m getting excited about the excuse to wear proper party frocks, with shiny glittery bits and in festive colours. Who *wouldn’t* want to get into the spirit with this stuff?!…..

Lia Jacquard Skater Dress, Whistles, £175

It’s pretty inevitable that the festive season will bring stacks of sheeny, metallic, jacquard dresses. And whilst they are annoyingly almost always polyester and dry clean only, there is something about this time of year that means you need to be all shiny and glittery. This rather luxurious looking number from Whistles wouldn’t look out of place in an Audrey Hepburn film, and it’s about as ‘me’ as you can get! I love the nipped-in waist, full skirt and the stunning shade of green. Plus, it’s super practical for this time of year with its pretty little sleeves (I bear my shoulders for no-one in the cold!).

Inda Quilted Dress in Sage Green, Reiss, £179

And sticking with the colour green, and practicality….I’m loving this quilted dress from Reiss. It’s double layered so it’ll keep you that bit more cosy and stays super cute at the same time! I have a darling little vintage shrug in emerald green with white polka dots that would go beautifully with this! See how I made a pretty little dress sound all practical?!

Oriental Jacquard Dress, Oasis, £95

Back to the jacquard now…. I’ve been eying up this oriental styled dress from Oasis for a while now. The pattern and colours look like something that would look great on the Christmas tree, but it’d still be ever so wearable all the same with a lovely cardi over it.

Invitation Vanessa Maxi Dress, Hobbs, £69 down from £119

Now I hardly ever go for a maxi dress, but there is just something so incredibly glamorous about this rather Grecian dress from Hobbs. The colour is just stunning, and all those ruffles would nicely hide all those mince pies with style and grace! It’s actually made from a jersey fabric, so easy to wear and look after, and I can’t think of anything better to glide around at a festive ball in!

Monogram Short Sleeve Lace Dress, Banana Republic, £99.50

It wouldn’t be party season without a little black dress now would it? And to that end, I’m lusting after this beautiful black lace shift dress from Banana Republic. With its smart and flattering tailoring, and cute little cap sleeves, this looks like a real wardrobe life saver to keep up your sleeve!

Iona Duchess Satin Dress, Coast, £150

Iona Duchess Satin Dress, Coast, £150

And I couldn’t let a Christmassy party frock post go without a red dress now could I?! Nothing says Christmas day attire more to me than a shiny red dress, and this one from Coast is the Christmas dress of my dreams. Made in luxurious duchess satin, and with a double layered tulle petticoat underneath, it’s just the perfect number to get all giddy and Christmas-day-excited in! In fact, if I had it, I’m pretty sure I’d wear it every day up until New Year!

I hope you’re enjoying getting excited about party season too?!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants: The Oasis Modern Heritage Collection

It was no surprise when in February, London Fashion Week was filled with autumnal trends on a very ‘Heritage’ theme. As sure as florals and nauticals are bound to every Spring, we can be pretty much be certain that we’ll be seeing Military and Heritage trends each Autumn.

It’d not that I mind though. I’m quite comfortable with a bit of predictability, and at least for those of us who buy things to last more than one season, we know that we’ll still be on trend the next year round!

Whilst I’ve been coveting the tweeds and knits at the likes of Hobbs, Tommy Hilfiger and Joules though (and wincing a little at their budget busting prices) I was delighted to see this morning that one of my High Street favourites, Oasis, have put together an entire collection dedicated to heritage fabrics and styling. AND at affordable prices!

I’m loving the little photographic stories they’ve styled for the launch….there is something more honest and believable about their shots than one would usually expect, whilst retaining lust-worthy value. It could be the shelves of mismatching colours, the untidy books, the bunting and carousel horse, or even that super cute pooch. Nevertheless though, the pieces themselves stand out on their own, and what’s more, each piece in the Modern Heritage range, is made with tweeds woven in England, produced exclusively by the Yorkshire based mill, Abraham Moons & Sons. I’m so pleased to see a brand like this taking on such a commendable idea, and not hiking up the prices so much as to make buying English made fabrics a total luxury. Here’s my round up of a few favourites….

Heritage Scallop Trim Dress, £89

I’m in love with this tweed. It’s such a gorgeously rich colour, but not over the top (and therefore would go well with so much!). The dress itself is just lovely I think….the prety scallop hem detail and nipped in waist get my vote, and I love that it goes over a blouse so well (very necessary in the current chill!).

It’s 100% wool, and therefore dry clean only as you’d expect. The model here wears the size 10 (she is 5’10) but it’s available in sizes 8 to 16.

There are also some super cute shorts in the same style, as well as a lovely jacket to go with them (although I can’t see me wearing shorts of any kind with my legs so I’ll stick with the dress!).

Heritage Flare Skirt, £65

How adorable is this little skirt? I would love to wear it with a big knitted jumper and my brogues…..and probably a big thick pair of tights in this weather! It has a darling flippy hem and the pretty pattern makes it mega wearable, although interesting to boot.

It’s another Dry Clean Only and comes in sizes 8 to 16.

Elastic Back Dress, £85

Now this dress just screams Christmas Day to me! The gorgeous claret is so festive, and the full skirt and elasticated back are very gluttony-friendly. I love the v-neckline, and adore that is is lined with a heritage bird print fabric too. It’s a great length too for popping on over leggings and wearing with little boots.

This one is also 100% wool and Dry Clean Only. The model wears the size 10 again (she too is 5’10) and it’s available in the usual sizes 8 to 16.

I want the whole collection really, but I’d be dead pleased to own these three pieces….. And by coincidence, you can currrently win your three favourite pieces from the collection in Oasis’ Facebook competition here, as well as an extra £250 to spend online at Oasis!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants: Winter Coats

I really don’t *need* a winter coat. I have lots of lovely coats for all weathers in fact, and a bulging walk-in-wardrobe and teetering coat stand that attest so. But that can’t stop me feeling like I must buy one all of a sudden, now that the weather has gotten so chilly.

If I had say, two walk-in-wardrobes, or endless amounts of cash, I would of course happily add to my collection. I mean, one can’t possibly have too many, right?

And so, as has become tradition, I’m currently lusting after several snuggly coats, as the shops tempt us with their new collections. Here’s my top four right now…..

Oasis Military Car Coat, £100.00

Autumn trends wouldn’t be autumn trends without a little Military flavour, and I think this car coat  from Oasis is bang on the money. It’s not all shiny buttons and over-sized epaullettes, but it is super wearable and a pretty good price I think. It’s not wool though, but a viscose / elastane / polyester mix, although as long as it feels nice I don’t suppose I’d mind for that money.

Reiss Lillyanne Long Bomber Coat in Warm Blush, £275

I’m just loving the 40s vibe of this coat from Reiss. It looks like something my Nanna would have worn (by little brother is always telling me I dress like her, although I take that as a compliment which I don’t think it’s intended as!). The colour is just dreamy and it’s wool rich. It has a nice centre seam up the back and a vent too. It’s pushing the pretend budget a bit, but well worth it for a woolly winter wrap up.

All Saints Soviet Coat, £325

I suppose it’s because I saw Anna Karenina last week, but I’m lusting after anything with a big stand-up fur-lined collar at the moment. And this ‘Soviet Coat’ from All Saints ticks that box nicely, as well as having that super swoopy flared hemline that I can’t help but swoon over. It’s made from premium Italian cloth and features specially developed metal crest buttons that fasten asymmetrically across the body. The collar is detachable and is covered using merino sheepskin, whilst the whole coat is fully lined in cotton. It’s pushing the budget even more, although it’s built to last, and we at least know that it’ll be on trend this time every year!

Kate Spade Suzette Coat, $698

I adore the idea of a brightly coloured, sunshiney, fun winter coat….I mean why go all grey or black at the time of the year we see the least light?! Apart from the stunning ‘New Teal’ of Kate Spade’s Suzette Coat though, it has the most gorgeously ‘Audrey’ collar and I suspect would make you feel like you’re scooting around New York in the 60s. It’s 100% wool, and lots of monies (I make that about £435 at the current exchange rate), but if you’re going to dream about a coat, it really should be this dreamy.

So, are you lucky enough to be shopping for a new winter coat? What’s got your fancy?

Ems x

Wednesday Wants….. London Love Letters from Oasis

I popped into the lovely big Oasis on Argyle Street last week whilst I was waiting for the Liberty Jewellers en Residence launch to start. I love this particular branch, as it’s so large and beautifully laid out, but I couldn’t help but get distracted on this visit (even away from the amazing amount of Sale rails!), because as I stepped in, I was met by their gorgeous new range…..

Designed as a special and limited collection to celebrate London’s landmarks, each piece of ‘London Love Letters‘ features a darling illustration of some of London’s most iconic architecture. I’ll admit, that on paper it sounds a bit twee, especially because everyone seems to be jumping on the ‘celebrate Britain and London this summer’ band wagon…. but the collection is just so adorable and very highly covetable….. enough that I thought I’d dedicate this week’s Wednesday Wants to it in toto!

Floral Silk Postcard Scarf, £28.00

I’m a sucker for a silk scarf, and there are several in this collection I would love to add to my own collection. The ‘Postcard‘ print square scarf was the first to get my attention….. coral and aqua…. yes please! It’d be great to wear in my hair on a messy hair day. I also adore the ‘Street Scene‘, longer scarf, which would be great to dress up my trench coat.

Street Scene Skirt, £50.00

Also in the charming Street Scene pattern is this adorable skirt. It’s so full and frilly and playful…. very Jessica Day! It’s 100% cotton to boot, and I think not badly priced for that reason at £50.

Bus Placement T-Shirt, £30.00

And the lovely back

I would love this super cute T-Shirt to go with the skirt…. maybe a little printy overkill, but I love a loose T like this with a full skirt. And check out the back! Gorgeous!

London Conversational Print Dress, £80.00

There are several awesome dresses in the collection, but this one is my favourite. I adore the rosy pink, the repeat pattern, and the retro cut. It’s a definite spin-around-dancing dress, so swishy, fun and playful…. which I think is the way I feel about most of the collection really.

And I would happily take the lot!

Luckily, there is a competition to win the entire collection here…. you enter by sharing a picture of your favourite place…. but better still you could vote for me here (well, I really deserve to own the entire collection! I can’t say why, but I’m sure I do!). I’ve entered one of my analogue shots I took at St Dunstan’s in the East….the stunning secret garden I hosted my birthday party at, and one of my favourite places in London.

Wish me luck! And likewise to you too if you’re entering!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants…… My pick of the mid-season sales

So this is a pretty lengthy ‘Wednesday Wants’ but as is always the case with me at Sales time, I just can’t get enough! There are stacks and stacks of beautiful bargains in the shops at the moment, but here are my favourites from my usual ‘old faithful’ stores…….

Joules

There’s nowhere better in my opinion to shop for super cute Jess Day style. As well as their countryside colour, Joules boast some of the prettiest prints, summer dresses and full skirts on the High Street…..

Joules ‘July’ Dress in Blue, £54.95 down from £89.95

Joules ‘Amantha’ Skirt in Blue, £24.95 down from £49.95

Joules ‘Estelle’ Dress in Navy, £29.95 down from £49.95

Joules ‘Phaedra’ Knitted Sweater in Navy, £44.95 down from £69.95

Joules ‘Regan’ Polo Shirt in Creme, £34.95 down from £69.95

Reiss

This is the best sale I’ve seen at Reiss for a long, long time. There is so much that I love….. plenty of sugar sweet tones for summer, autumnal shades and retro silhouettes with a fresh finish…..

Reiss ‘Smith’ Skinny Jeans in Pale Mint, £62 down from £89

Reiss ‘Briony’ Slim Fit Chino in Dusty Rose, £66 down from £95

Reiss ‘Devon’ Fully Pleated Skirt in Nude, £77 down from £110

Reiss ‘Hula’ Fully Pleated Skirt in Washed Blue, £77 down from £110

Reiss ‘Lexi’ Stepped Hem Belted Dress in Pistachio, £104 down from £149

Reiss ‘Melia’ Pleated Panel Dress in French Navy, £136 down from £195

Reiss ‘Danota’ 50s Style Dress in Chartreuse, £125 down from £179

Reiss ‘Adele’ Long Line Double Collar Blazer in Blush, £137 down from £195

Reiss ‘Eris’ Printed Coat in Copper, £138 down from £275

Reiss ‘Freda’ V-Neck Square Jumper in White, £62 down from £89

Reiss ‘Sylvie’ chain Detail Sandal in Caramel, £66 down from £95

Reiss ‘Robertson’ Blanket Stitch Espadrilles in Turquoise, £49 down from £69

Reiss ‘Chiltern Weave’ Lock Satchel in Ivory, £123 down from £245

Hobbs

I am very much hoping that the sale selection here grows as there was so much that I adored when the Spring Summer Collection came out……

Hobbs NW3 Bow Print Top, £59 down from £79

Hobbs NW3 Jersey Pleat Skirt, £49 down from £99

Hobbs Kay T Bar Wedge Sandals, £99 down from £135

Hobbs NW3 Baystone Bag, £99 down from £149

Oasis

This is easily the most tempting of all for sales, as the well made pieces here are a bargain even outside the sale. I love the skater style dresses, 50s silhouettes and easy to wear skirts…..

Oasis Denim Belted Shirt Dress, £35 down from £50

Oasis Floral Belted Dress, £35 down from £50

Oasis Lace Tile Print Dress, £38 down from £65

Oasis Chevron Stripe Dress, £35 down from £65

Oasis Bird Print Skirt, £25 down from £42

Oasis Button Through Denim Skirt, £25 down from £45

Banana Republic

This is my go-to for quality separates…..

Banana Republic ‘Casey’ Striped Silk Skirt, £29.99 down from £49.50

Banana Republic Three Quarter Length Sleeve Crew Neck, £29.99 down from £45

Banana Republic Silk Button Cardigan in Cocoon, £24.99 down from £49.50

Uniqlo

Always great value, this is my favourite for bargain basics in good fabrics…..

Uniqlo Sleeveless Dress, £29.90 down from £49.90

Uniqlo Ribbon Sleeveless Top, £19.90 down from £29.90

Uniqlo Pleated Skirt, £14.90 down from £39.90

Goodness help me if I actually have to step into one of these stores….. or rather my bank account!

Enjoy the sales!

Ems x

Wednesday Wants…… in print

So apparently it’s May now. Spring in fact. Well, I’m yet to see any evidence, but I always have hope….. So the only thing to do is buy up those pretty, dainty, flowery prints that are everywhere…..

Nobody quite does country glamour like Joules, and right now I’m in love with this cutesy skirt. I have long loved a good toile pattern, and this pretty blue is so very Spring. The shorter length and full pleating are very Jess Day indeed, and ever so wearable I think.

Joules Amantha Skirt £39.95

As you probably know, I love a good collaboration! I’ve been coveting the Liberty print Air Max since they came out and I can’t get enough of my Liberty print lined Barbour jacket. And so it’s no surprise that I’m now hankering after the new Dr Martens Liberty print collection….. The collaboration brings together the quality and craft of both brands by updating the iconic boot with the darling and girly Liberty print. I can’t quite decide between two of the patterns…. but that’s ok because there are also satchels to choose from!

Dr Martens Liberty Print 8 Hole Boots in Martens Flower, £170

Dr Martens Liberty Print Satchel in Strawberry Thief, £195

Those who know me will tell you I have a bit of a silk scarf obsession. I’ve not counted recently, but I guess I have near 50 of them. I’d like to think I have one for every occasion and outfit (which is why I’m always on the look out for more!), but it’s more than their versatility and ability to brighten things up that I love them for….. I feel I have a little bit of fashion history in all those prints and designs, and so Oasis’ new scarf collection was bound to catch my eye. Inspired by Nicky Albrechtsen’s books, Oasis have created a stunning collection of silk separates which incorporate her most gorgeous vintage prints…… this dress in particular has my attention with its deliciously retro pattern, cleverly spaced over a wonderfully vintage shape.

Oasis Silk Scarf Print Dress £85

All we need now is a little sun to shine!

Ems x