Wednesday Wishlist: All that glitters doesn’t have to be gold

Mid-month treats are tricky – you’ve still got pennies to spend but who knows what’s just around the corner? With a flat-move on the cards for me next week I’m playing it cautious with my spending. This selection of budget jewellery is the perfect solution…

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SHOP: 1. Accessorize, £29 2. myflashtrash, £20 3. Topshop, £12.50 4. Accessorize, £17 5. Topshop, £28 6. Topshop, £8.50 7. Dorothy Perkins, £12.50 8. Dorothy Perkins, £8.50.

 Spruce up an office blouse with an Aztec-inspired choker or take your daytime midi to nighttime party with colour-pop statement earrings (how gorgeous are the red and blue ones from Dotty P’s?) from this little lot and you’ve got a cost-effective way of turning your trusty favourites in to shiny new looks for AW14. And should you be coveting brighter jewels to suit sunnier days or your upcoming holiday, might I suggest popping along to my very own little jewellery shop, GEMAJewellery.com..?

What have you been purchasing this month? Are you a fan of statement jewellery?

Comfy AND chic: Luxe joggers

I love love love this trend. I don’t care that it may not be around forever or that some people think it’s ‘lazy'; I will forever be wearing my trusty luxe joggers. As comfortable as pyjamas and as pretty paired with pumps as with a pair of barely there heels, what’s not to love? Here’s my faves at the moment and a few footwear suggestions (I know that can be tricky with this slouchy style)..

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SHOP joggers (left to right): Topshop Floral, £35; Topshop Marl, £35; Atterley Road Monochrome, Was £99 Now £50; Vero Moda at Atterley Road Metallic, £35; Atterley Road Black, £35; Baum Und Pferdgarten at Atterley Road Print, £79.

SHOP shoes (left to right): ASOS Mint, £20; French Sole Pink, £100; New Look Block, £19.99; River Island at Nelly Pink Barely There, £37.95; Aldo Blue Boot, £100; ASOS Loafers, £20.

What are your views on the relaxed jogger style?

The go-with-everything, suits-every-shape little black dress

I’ve found it. A little black dress, which will flatter every figure and take you anywhere from the pub to swish cocktails to a club to a posh dinner to dinner with friends or your boyfriend’s parents or even to a gig. You get the idea. It’s versatile. AND it’s well under £100. Thank you ASOS.

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 Y.A.S at ASOS Voa Tuxedo Dress in Pinstripe, £75

I knew nothing of the brand Y.A.S (stands for Your Apparel and Style) until it appeared on ASOS. They are apparently a part of another favourite of mine, Vero Moda and the range they have on ASOS is equally lovely and of a similar price point. The LBD in question is however my favourite of the offering by a mile. It falls just above the knee and features a deep tuxedo-style V-neck (great for creating the illusion of a larger chest or accentuating an ample one) and shape-enhancing stretch waist, which you can pull high to create a voluminous and effortlessly chic looking top half. The stark black lapels make it sophisticated and smart and point down, drawing the eye to where every shape in the body shape bowl is smallest, while the slightly lighter striped body allows the piece to be dressed down.

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I can’t wait to try this black dress with bright pink accessories – I’m thinking my Lulu Guinness lips clutch and a bold lip – and I’m quite keen to dress it down with my new leather jacket and slip-on snakeskin shoes.

How would you style it?

I want a Burberry trench coat, but until then..

The traditional Burberry trench coat is on my Ultimate Investment List, alongside a black Chanel ‘Boy’ bag and a pair of Louboutins. You know, the stuff that you know is worth investing in because it will stand the test of time, is great quality and you’ll always love. It makes so much financial sense to buy those classic pieces, well it will, when you have that kind of cash to blow on fashion.

I’ve put off buying a mac for years, just because I knew nothing would compare to the Burberry beauty I go back to stroke every time I’m in Harvey Nichols, but I realise this is silly. My Burberry buying days are a little while off and I love the chic-ness of a camel-coloured mac coat and from late summer to early autumn it’s the perfect lightweight but showerproof cover-up. So I’ve hunted far and wide for the perfect (non-Burb) trench coat, and I think I’ve found her…

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 ASOS Mac in Midi Length, £75

She’s from ASOS and she’s £75, which I think is perfectly reasonable for a versatile coat. Like my Burberry baby it’s a midi-length, which I think makes sense seen as you actually want it to keep ALL of your clothes dry and the calf-cut-off is a trend that promises to stay for a few more seasons. It features a storm flap on the front and back, two big pockets, belted cuffs (which look mighty fine rolled up as seen above), buttons and a long self-tie belt at the waist, which will create that lovely cinched in look despite the bulky layers you might have on underneath.

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Teamed with jeans, a white t-shirt and Audrey-esque ballet pumps or a ladylike midi dress and heels now and your rainy day essentials in a few months time, this is a truly transitional coat style. It works well day or night too and thanks to it’s light twill fabric is can be scrunched up quite small and popped in your bag without creasing too horrifically. Bonus. It’s spot on. Until I can afford Burberry, of course..

Are you a fan of the classic trench coat? Do you think the iconic Burberry style is worth the investment?

How three basic t-shirts changed my (style) life

Check out my clothes rail (one of, I should say), it’s a hippy happy plentiful selection of print and pattern. It’s hard to spot a sleek and simple style in there, let alone one that’s all one colour. I love clothes with personality you see. I like to wear my heart, quite literally on my sleeves. And until now that’s been fine.

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Recently, however I’ve felt a bit restricted by my print-tastic collection and I’m finding it hard to get dressed without looking like Coco the Clown. A little print mixing (or ‘prixing’) is always welcome in my book but there’s a line, and I’m dangerously close to it. So with my print woes at the forefront of my mind one evening during an ASOS binge, I ventured in to uncharted waters: I bought a set of three basic (see: plain) boyfriend tees.

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Now firstly, I hate those multi-packs. They remind me of being a kid and being bought crappy cheapy multi-packs of vests and there was inevitably always one ugly one in the set but you had to ‘get the wear out of it’ because it came in the bloody set. I can’t have been the only one? You went through that too, right? And secondly, I rarely buy basics. They’re just boring, aren’t they? They’re staples sure, but I just never get around to buying staples when there are pretty things to purchase. Which is of course how I got in to this mess…

I have to admit, it was the first time I’d ordered clothes online and forgot about the next day delivery. I wasn’t even a bit excited when Mr Courier arrived with my parcel and didn’t even open it straight away (rare!). I know it sounds ridiculous – they’re just t-shirts, Gemma! – but I knew they weren’t ‘me’ and they certainly weren’t fun. But who needs fun when you can actually start to wear outfits people don’t need sunglasses to look at anymore, eh?

When I did get around to opening my parcel I was really surprised. If you’re in the market for some well-made, thick-enough-to-not-be-see-through cotton t-shirts, I can’t recommend this £24 set of boyfriend t-shirts enough. In the pack is a white, a black and a deep raspberry tee and they’re all really crisp in colour. The short sleeves are slightly turned up and the collar is round and quite high but it’s relatively loose so you don’t feel like you’re being throttled.

Now for the best bit. I tried the t-shirts on with jeans – so far so good. And with a few floral skirts – really good. I dug out the printed trousers I’d been dying to wear but didn’t know what with – really really good! And then out came the leopard print and the sequins and the textures, all of the stuff I’d relegated to the depths of my wardrobe because I had nothing to wear it with. My vast collection of striped, dotted and generally a bit mad blazers and coats were suddenly the statement pieces taking centre stage that I’d always imagined they’d be, if only they could get a shot at the limelight. And with a plain t-shirt underneath that’s exactly what they got.

Dramatic though this post may seem, adding some plain stuff to my collection really has been quite life-changing and has alleviated so much getting dressed stress in the morning. I’ve since invested in another set of plain grey and cream t-shirts, a couple of bright ones (just because it’s plain doesn’t mean it has to be dull!) and I am loving all of the new outfit combinations I’ve discovered. I actually haven’t bought any new print pieces since! Oh, actually, I did get a cheeky Breton top yesterday, which is neither particularly ‘basic’ or something I needed but hey, a leopard doesn’t change her spots overnight…

Are you a basic-phobe? Or do you live in your boyfriend tee?