THE SUN HAS GOT HIS HAT ON!! Or Summer Styling… ;)

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SHOP: 1. Zara Faux Leather Jacket, £69.99 2. French Connection White Dress, £60 3. Krystal London Spike Necklace, £65 4. Carvela Trainers, £99 5. Accessorize Stripe Clutch, £32.

If I had all of these pieces I would be wearing all of them today. HELLO SUNSHINE! It’s gorgeous, isn’t it? And *fingers crossed*, it’s supposed to be like this all weekend meaning we can finally give all our summer wares their first outing. Should you be as infatuated with the above look as I am I implore you to invest as the pieces are all individually pretty versatile and will take you from work to play and *whisper it* cooler days to full on scorchers.

If you only get one piece? It’s got to be the clutch bag for just £32 and perfect day to night.

How are you styling your summer pieces today?

Wednesday Wishlist: Crisp white and nautical stripes

This week’s wants have a fresh, seaside feel to them. I’m on a hunt for a spring-like jacket in white, cream or grey but I’d like to start wearing it now so it needs to provide a decent amount of warmth too, these ASOS styles are my front runners. And with my heart set on the hotter months I’m browsing basket-shaped beach bags and sunnies (as if I need more)…

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SHOP: 1. ASOS Striped Blazer, £35 2. ASOS White Blazer, £55 3. River Island Leather Look Jacket, £60 4. Rayban Wayfarers in Blue, Was £129 Now £84 5. Seafolly Beach Bag, £29.99 6. Johnny Loves Rosie Earrings, £22.

I really like the texture of this ASOS blazer and as a Breton convert it’s really appealing to my obsession with all things striped. On the other hand I’m feeling a white or cream piece might work better as it’ll go with everything in my wardrobe. Now, crepe or leather..?

I have too many sunglasses as it is but it’s hard to resist a Rayban sale! And I’ve yet to add Wayfarers to my collection.

Beach bags (much like spring jackets) should be simple and chic so they go with every outfit and work day to night. I love love love this rope handle white and blue style from Seafolly.

LittleBlackDress.co.uk handpick some amazing statement pieces and top of my wishlist this week is a pair of elegant drop earrings from Johnny Loves Rosie.

What are you wishing for this week?

Three easy and affordable ways to wear pastels

A tricky trend if ever there was one, especially with this less than spring-like season and the sometimes unflattering qualities associated with lights, pastels are here to stay for 2014. Whether you’re on a budget or just unsure of how to incorporate SS14′s sweetest look in to your wardrobe, here’s a few affordable and easy to style pastel options…

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SHOP: Matalan Pink Coat, £40; Boohoo White Roll Neck, £8; New Look Elephant Necklace, £7.99 (SOLD OUT); ASOS Striped Shoes, £8 (also in blue); Dorothy Perkins Jeggings, £22.

TOTAL: £85.99

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SHOP: H&M Fluffy Cardi, Was £34.99 Now £20; Topshop Blue Dress, £34; Kurt Geiger Wedges, £140; Dorothy Perkins Dragonfly Bracelet, £7.50.

TOTAL: £201.50

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SHOP: Even&Odd Blazer, £29; Dorothy Perkins Mini Heels, Was £19 Now £13.60; Ellos Yellow Trousers, £29; Oasis Breton Top, Was £35 Now £25.

TOTAL: £96.60

Wednesday Wishlist: Pops of lime, luxe luggage and a reworked vintage shirt dress

This week the brighter the better. Except for the black and white shirt dress from ASOS, but really how could I resist the reworked vintage beauty?

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Shop: 1. ASOS Reclaimed Vintage Shirt Dress, £60 2. River Island Embellished Skirt, £40 3. River Island White Print Skirt, £30 4. River Island Yellow Shift Dress, £40 5. Kipling Pouch, £18 6. Kipling Suitcase, £157.

I really like the idea of ASOS’ Reclaimed collection but nothing has really jumped out for me until now (I hate to admit that it’s all a bit too young and trendy for me!). This 70s-inspired floral shirt dress with my favourite bell sleeves is another matter entirely though – I think it’ll work whatever the season and while it’s quite subtle it’s the kind of piece people will ask about.

Going from subtle to this embellished suba skirt from River Island is quite the jump! It’s high-waisted and made from that gorgeously flattering fabric much more expensive brands like AQAQ use. The oversized lime perspex and bejwelled embellishment is a bit Lady Gaga but with the black background and secretary chic shape it works. Teamed with a white crop top or crisp shirt this will look ace.

Another skirt from River Island! A little less statement but no less beautiful this white skirt is a little more relaxed in cut and features a lovely wrap-over effect that makes it great for a day at the office followed by a change of shoes and a walk along the beach. And it’s just £30.

Not a skirt but it is from River Island (what can I say, I’m a fan) this vibrant yellow shift dress has a cute cut-out detail at the back and over-sized sleeves. It’s simple but effective and will look fantastic on a night out with tough black platforms.

Kipling is such a lovely brand I’ve been loyal to for many years when it comes to travel bags. And I’ve indulged in a few handbags and purses along the way too. This pouch is perfect for cosmetics when you’re travelling and the mini monkey is adorable.

I am in desperate need of a new suitcase and have learned the hard way that you get what you pay for in Luggage Land. Fingers crossed my next holiday will mean brand spanking new travel accessories including this zig-zag print cabin case. I’ll certainly see it coming down the conveyor belt!

What’s on your payday list?

Party dresses from AQAQ, all for under £100!

AQAQ is a brand I love but can’t always justify splashing out on. If you’ve been reading DWP for a while you’ll be used to me drooling over the fabric and cut of these dresses but they really are the most-flattering, well-made designs I’ve ever had the pleasure of wearing. And every so often they release a few party-perfect styles, which are slightly simpler in shape and detail but just as gorgeous, for much less. I spied these three frocks when looking for a dress to wear for my birthday weekend. They’re all under £100 and I just can’t choose…

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 Shop, left to right: Mix Pink Mini Dress, £90; Trance Overlay Mini Dress, £95; Belle Long-Sleeved LBD, £95.

What do you think of AQAQ’s cheaper styles?