Tuesday, 2 August 2011

A day in the City

Hey sweeties, hope you are all having a lovely week : ) Today was another sweltering hot day in the UK and I decided to spend it in the capital. I had arranged to have lunch with one of my best friends which was very fun, not to mention delicious! We went to a restaurant called Plateau which is a gorgeous fourth-floor restaurant, looking our over Canary Wharf. We both had amazing spinach and mozzarella stuffed tortellini for our mains, and I had a set vanilla cream with strawberries and basil jus for dessert. Divine! I spent the rest of the day shopping, flitting between the shopping centre at Canary Wharf and Oxford street. It was pretty busy but I was determined to shop well, buy myself a few treats and make a mental note of the new season trends beginning to filter through!

One of the shops I was most impressed with was H & M. Now, I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with H & M. I find some seasons very strong, full of got-t0-have-it purchases, and other seasons quite poor. Spring/summer 11 was pretty good so I was kind of thinking autumn/winter 11 would not be so good but I am pleased to report that I was wrong! The main trends I noticed today were muted autumnal colours such as burnt oranges, browns and dark yellow, heritage items such as tweeds, checks and padded jackets and gilets, metallic fabrics used in jumpers and cardigans, and a strong continuation of oversized jewellery, in rich golds and jewel tones. I was a bit of a kid in a sweet shop in the Oxford street branches, as they have so much stock that is more current than any other branch I have visited, and I am so ready to start working on my A/W wardrobe! I will save my purchases for another post but I will show you some of my favourite pieces from the new collection:

From top to bottom:


1) Pendant bracelet £7.99 - A lovely example of how chunky, oversized jewellery is still leading the way.


2) Chiffon blouse £24.99 - I love the wide turn-up sleeves of this top, I thimk it would look fab worn casually with jeans and chunky beads.


3) Oversized chiffon blouse £14.99 - A fantastic price for such a gorgeous piece, I would tuck this into bright shorts and wear with wedges.


4) Heritage jacket £19.99 - A fantastic price for such a key item! I really want this in my autumn wardrobe, I love the suede elbow patches!


5) Cable knit jumper £24.99 - Chunky knit styles are all over the high street at the moment. I cannot imagine buying them yet in this weather but come September, I will begin to invest.


Hope you like my selections, let me know what you think! xoxo

19 comments:

  1. Hey, thanks for the lovely comment and follow, of course i'll follow you back, The blouses are gorgeous! So hard to find the perfect ones for me :/

    xx

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  2. Sounds like you had a great day! :) I'm in love with h&ms a/w also, i love the things you've picked out - the bracelet especially xx

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  3. great outfits, especially the first one, HM had been my favourite store, can't wait to shop for the A/W collection!!
    http://mystylebyjoandy.blogspot.com

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  4. Ooh I especially love that second look! H&M is the only reason I'm looking forward to Fall clothes! :)

    -j
    sorelle in style

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  5. Love your selections. I can never find the good stuff when I walk into a store though xoxo
    http://www.intotheblonde.com/

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  6. Love everything especially those blouses, fabulous! xo

    http://www.pearlslaceandruffles.com

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  7. oh, I so envy you for lovely weather. We are having gloomy, rainy days. It looks like you have so woderful day with friends.
    I have to agree with You about H&M.

    xoxo Ra

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  8. LOVE the second shirt. I actually blogged about it about a week ago, it's gorg!
    xoxo
    kerri at HollyMuffin

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  9. i LOVE the new collection!

    from your picks number 2 is my favourite :)

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  10. the bracelet in the first one is awesome! I love it!

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  11. i used to leave in London when i was studying textiles 2 years ago and i used to visit oxford street a lot! i still do when i visit London for holidays and i agree with u, there as so many shops to choose from!
    About H&M i agree with you again, sometimes i find amazing pieces and sometimes the stock is disappointing! especially the quality!
    i love your selection here! i love the oversize chiffon blouse and the knit jumper! x

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  12. Oxford street is great, I also really like Westfield in Shepherd's Bush!! H & M is really hit and miss, and it is often like a jumble sale, but when its good I get so excited and buy loads!! xx

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  13. GOrgeous!Love your selections!

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  14. Love love love that second picture!!

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  15. Love the chiffon blouse!! I have a love/hate relationship with H&M too, but after reading this I really want to check out their new collection!
    xxx

    http://www.wardrobeunderconstruction.com/

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  16. I've been looking for a polkadot top like #4 for ages!

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  17. Love the polka dot top! Polka dots are so classy!

    xoxo Denise

    http://allthingsnew-denise.blogspot.com/

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Thank you for all your lovely comments, I read each and every one xoxo