Shopbop Friends & Family Sale

A Girl, A Style _ Fall ShoesPictured: Christian Louboutin leopard pumps (not at Shopbop, but very similar style available at J.Crew and Net-a-Porter) // Salvatore Ferragamo flats // Ash suede boots (also available at Harvey Nichols)

These days, I’m a firm believer in investing in gorgeous wardrobe classics that I’ll (hopefully) wear and love for years and years vs filling my closet as many cheap sartorial thrills as I can manage.  While experience tells me that the designer version is usually a better investment when it comes to the staples in my wardrobe (the shoes, bags, dresses and coats I reach for most days), I hate spending too much on one piece and so always try to shop during store promotions and sales wherever possible.

My favourite is always the Shopbop Friends & Family sale and every October when the sale rolls around, I re-stock my closet with those very wardrobe classics (the perfect little black dress that takes me everywhere from work to a fancy soiree, another silk Equipment shirt that I reach for almost every day for work, a new necklace by Lulu Frost to add to my growing collection), as well as a few few treasures for my house and some essential pieces to take me through the new season (a cosy sweater that will go with everything, the perfect suede ankle boots and some cute leather gloves for winter).

For those of us in the UK, it’s the best time to buy US brands because the discount more than makes up for the import duties so it’s the cheapest you’ll ever find those current season pieces. For everyone else, it’s the only time some of these items ever go on sale (I’m talking about my favourite Karen Walker sunglasses and the classic Self Portrait LBD that you’ll wear season after season) and is so much better than waiting for the end-of-season sales (when only the unwanted pieces remain).

Use code ‘INTHEFAM25′ here to get 25% off just about everything site-wide (the sale is on until from today until Thursday night, so be quick!).

And because I practice what I preach, here’s what I’ve recently picked up from the site or will be adding to my basket today: a few old favourites, some new classics and a few little presents for friends. Happy shopping!

What wardrobe pieces to you invest in? I’d love to hear which staples you re-purchase season after season. 

Love, Miss B xx


The Perfect Pair

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The weather in Cambridge is being frankly bi-polar at the moment (glorious one day, drizzly and grey the next), so I’m trying to make the most of every bit of sunshine before summer disappears. My in-laws are visiting from Australia for a month, so we’ve been spending our weekends and evenings after work playing tourist in the city. The other Friday, I finished work an a little early (the perk of everyone except me being on vacation in August: less emails to deal with!), so decided to head straight to Kings College for an hour of downtime and lazing on the riverbank before the others arrived for our evening of picnicking and punting on the river (my favourite Cambridge summer pastime).

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I knew I wouldn’t have time to go home to change after work, so reached for this preppy-casual look that could take me from the office to a picnic. I teamed it with heels and an old favourite blazer during the day (to make it just polished enough for casual friday), and then just kicked off my shoes for punting.

For the sake of full disclosure: although I’ve bought my fiancé a few pairs of jeans and some great check shirts in Hollister (and honestly they wear better than most other brands in his wardrobe), I haven’t shopped there myself in years. But when they invited me into store to pick out my favourite pieces, I happily accepted on the basis that my best friend swears by their jeans and seems to be wearing a pair whenever I say she looks especially great.

A Girl, A Style _ The Perfect Pair 6 (small)A Girl, A Style _ The Perfect Pair 3 (small)A Girl, A Style _ The Perfect Pair 9 (small)I bypassed the super-destroyed denim (too trendy for my taste) and the ultra-thin legging jeans (that don’t work if you have curves), and went for the classics. This gingham shirt is exactly my style and a wardrobe essential; I had spent a year hunting for the right one and have already since worn it tucked into navy chinos at the office and teamed with a little black a-line skirt on the weekend. I’m trying to incorporate different denim styles into my wardrobe (instead of reaching for the same three favourites), and these skinny blue jeans (I also bought a clean version without the ripped knees) are perfect for that preppy collegiate look I love, the same the quality as all my designer pairs (minus the price tag), and so comfortable (even while messing about on boats and cycling around town).

Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’ll be lazing by the river…

A Girl, A Style _ The Perfect Pair 2 (small)A Girl, A Style _ The Perfect Pair 5 (small)Wearing: Hollister shirt c/- // Hollister jeans c/- // Sportsgirl blazer (old, but similar style here) // Rebecca Minkoff clutch (sold out, but similar style here) // Zara heels (sold out, but similar style here) // Karen Walker sunglasses // Mimco necklace (old, similar style here) // Michael Kors watch.
Beauty: NARS ‘Grace’ lipstick // Clinique ‘Soft Peach’ blush // Deborah Lippmann ‘Like Dreamers Do’ nail polish. 

This post is in collaboration with Hollister. Photos by Beth Morton

In the Rose Garden

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The English know better than anyone to never waste a glorious day. So the other day, in the midst of an English heatwave, I escaped the office to meet my best friend and tiny godson for a lunchtime date. Not wanting to miss the blazing sunshine (or an opportunity for an outing of my new Self Portrait dress), we headed to the beautiful Queen Mary rose garden in the middle of Regent’s Park. When the sun is shining, I’m always happiest in a gorgeous English garden and this one is a lush idyll in the centre London.

The garden was at its summer peak, and the smell of the perfumed roses filled the air in the most wonderful sensory experience. We spent a happy hour lazing in the garden; smelling almost every variety we passed (there are some 12,000 roses planted in the garden), stopping to say hello to the ducks, and afterwards strolling to Marylebone high street for lunch.

It was the perfect way to spend a spare hour in London.

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Wearing: Self Portrait dress (also available in a lilac + black version) // Coach bag // Chloe sunglasses (also available in cream) // Zara heels (sold out, but similar style available here) // Coach watch c/- // Alex Monroe necklace // Kenneth Jay Lane starburst ring // Alex Monroe love ring // ASOS pearl ring // Jacquie Aiche heart ring (inexpensive version available here).

Beauty: Deborah Lippmann ‘Like Dreamers Do’ nail polish // Nars ‘Laguna’ bronzer // Clinique ‘Rosy Pop’ blush // Nars ‘Nucleus’ lip gloss.

Love, Miss B xx

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Heat Wave

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As a girl raised in Australia, I love the heat of summer. Until I moved to England, my wardrobe consisted entirely of dresses, shorts, and breezy blouses (and I only owned one coat that I think I wore a total of three times a year). Because wardrobe habits die hard, I still rather optimistically over-shop for summer in the hopes that we’ll have a long, hot summer that will stretch on for months on end. This being England it never works out that way, but when we do have a heat wave, at least I’m always the one prepared.

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I wore this outfit for a long-day of sightseeing in New York, followed by dinner al fresco in Soho with friends. It has all the elements of my perfect summer outfit: start with a breezy dress (so much prettier than tiny hemlines or anything too-tight and bonus points for built-in airflow when it’s too hot for waistbands), add flat sandals that can take you anywhere, a cross-body handbag (to leave you hands free for bike rides and iced coffees), and a few jewels to add interest (and because I feel naked otherwise). Add big sunglasses and bright lipstick in lieu of full makeup and you’re set for anything.

Even though I don’t live in Australia anymore, I still uphold my tradition of buying a Zimmermann dress each summer (because no one does summer dressing better than the Australians), and this one has quickly become a favourite; I’ve been wearing it every week and it is perfect for everything from casual fridays in the office and dinner in the city to weekend adventures and picnics in the park when the sun strikes (because it’s black and I can machine wash it, I can happily mistreat it – because summer is too short to be precious with your clothes).

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 Wearing: Zimmermann dress (sold out, but similar style on sale here) // Mulberry bag // Dune sandals (also in black here) // Lulu Frost necklace (past season, but similar style here) // J. Crew bracelets // Lulu Frost ring (now on sale) // Alex Monroe ‘love’ ring // ASOS pearl ring // J. Crew earrings (similar style here) // Vintage sunglasses (similar style here).

Beauty: Clinique ‘Wow’ pop lip lipstick // Nars ‘Gaiety’ blush // Essie ‘Go Ginza’ nailpolish.

Love, Miss B xx

Photos by Lydia Hudgens