Friday, 28 January 2011

Lovely bit of Lace...

Another trend that seems to be emerging for SS11 is a bit of the old 'Romance' especially the use of lace. With Valentines Day around the corner I thought this might be appropriate.

I know that lace can look tacky when produced cheaply and garments designed wrongly however when used in the right context it can be really beautiful and eye-catching. The catwalk looks at Erdem for SS11 were some of my favourites. Beautifully crafted dresses that look both elegant and delicate. The red one is really beautiful!

As I dont have the funds to treat myself to one of the above I have had a little look online for some lacey treasures that are more in my price range and below are my favourite picks!

Lace and ribbon collar from Urban Outfitters ₤28.00. Shop here.

Navy lace shell top from Dorothy Perkins ₤22.00. Shop here.

Lace skirt with belt from River Island ₤24.99. Shop here.

Tights all ₤12.00 from Topshop. Shop here.

'Erdem look-a-like' Cream lace dress from Topshop ₤48.00.Shop here.

Navy Peter Pan Collar crop lace blouse from Topshop ₤28.00. Shop here.

Burgundy lace shorts from Warehouse ₤35.00. Shop here.

It seems like all of my posts lately have been fashion based but as I am working out on the road again in the next couple of weeks I'm really looking forward to doing some more exploring. I also hope to start shooting some street style now that I have some cards to give out courtesy of the fantastic Smashingbird! Thanks again my lovely, they are fab!

Have a great weekend all!

Modern Milly xx

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Delightfulness and Dreadfulness....

Delighting me this week…..

This 50’s style prom dress from River Island is really, really pretty. The picture doesn’t do it much justice as I originally came across it in-store (I was actually hunting for the skirt version of this print but they had sold out, boo!) and the silhouette is just lovely. As soon as I saw it I imagined myself on the back of a Vespa, zooming round the winding roads of the Italian Amalfi Coast with the wind in my hair…….AND back to reality!!  Not sure if I will actually purchase the dress however as it is ₤44.99 which is a bit pricey for me but I am definitely admiring from afar for now.

My lovely boyfriend bought me the Ike and Tina Turner The Collection album for Christmas which I have been using to brighten up my dreary long drives to work. I have to admit I’ve perhaps been turning it up too loudly and singing along a bit too enthusiastically much to the amusement of my fellow drivers on the M62 but hey, I don’t know any girl who doesn’t turn into a bit of a ‘Tina’ when they hear 'Rolling on a River!! Da do do do do, Do do do do!'

We’re very excited in our household at the moment as we are anxiously awaiting the arrival of our new Bassett Hound pup, Derek! We chose him from a litter of 6 when he was only 3 weeks old so we have a few weeks to wait before we can bring him home and it seems to be taking forever. The lovely breeders have been fabulous and have sent us photos galore and kept us up to date on his progress. He is SOOOOOO adorable.

I was chuffed to bits the other week when I was visiting Huddersfield for work and ventured into the local Oxfam for a quick scout around on my lunch break. I wasn’t really expecting to find anything but came out with 3 vintage dresses, (see my favourite below) a pair of shoes and a pair of hardly worn Zara shorts all for the bargain price of ₤30. God bless charity shops!

I’ve been trying to be good with clothing purchases this month as I went a bit mad over Christmas but I did allow myself to purchase the below little beauty from New Look ₤19.99 . I spied it online first and the fabric and pretty peter pan collar (will I ever get bored with these collars!) caught my eye. When I tried it on it was quite short in the body but I discovered it goes perfectly with some high waisted cropped black trousers I scored in the H+M sale. Just need the weather to warm up a bit now so I can air my new ensemble teamed with black pumps and large Jackie O sunnies.

Dreadfulness in short….

Getting up at ridiculous o’clock in the morning for work and it feeling like the middle of the night. My lovely boyfriend will agree, I really, really don’t do mornings very well!

I have the unfortunate bad luck of not getting paid until the 5th of every month which in general isn’t really that bad but this month seems to be taking FOREVER!

2011 is the year that I turn 30! Aaaaargh! Frightening! I know everyone says this but I really don’t feel like I should be leaving my 20’s just yet. I’m trying to look on it as the next exciting chapter of my life but urgh I’m not happy about it. On a happier note though I need to decide how I am going to celebrate this milestone. If I have no choice but to be dragged into my 30’s then I am determined to have on the most amazing frock I have ever owned and a cocktail in hand. Got to celebrate in style, just need to decide when, where and how!

Hope you're all having a delightful week!

Modern Milly xx

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Jean Genie!

I have to say that as much as I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my skinny jeans and wear them pretty much every day for work and play, I am ecstatic to see the 70's trend emerging for SS11. It means that I can go dig out my beloved flared jeans. Hurrah!

I've been having a little look online to see who is stocking the best styles at the moment, see below for my favourites!

Asos patch pocket high waisted flared jeans ₤35.00. Shop here.

Monsoon Fusion 'Lola' jeans ₤50.00. Shop here.

Next front pocket flared jeans ₤32.00. Shop here.

River Island dark wash denim flared jeans ₤44.99. Shop here.

Topshop Moto indigo kick flare jeans ₤40.00. Shop here.

Silence & Noise at Urban Outfitters high rise flared jeans ₤50.00. Shop here.

I'm loving the high waisted styles with pocket details, they would look fab teamed with one of the blouses I featured here and some chunky wedges.

So go on, flare it up....2011 style!

Modern Milly xx

Yes please, Primarni!

I know some of you (fellow bloggers) will have seen these images a million times already but I wanted to post them on here for my readers and fellow Primarnians who might not have set eyes on them yet.

The Primark SS11 lookbook..... how exciting!

I think I love every single look featured but my favourites are the 50's styled red, white and blue collection and also the printed dress from the first collection, so pretty.

These pieces are starting to filter into stores now so go QUICK before they get snapped up....

Happy shopping!

Modern Milly xx

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

6 of the best....The perfect work blouse

Inspired by the SS11 catwalks of Mulberry and YSL I have decided to add a touch of femininity to my work wardrobe with the addition of ….The perfect work blouse.

There are so many different styles and fabrics to choose from on the high-street and online at the moment so I have decided to share with you my ‘6 of the best...’.

I decided to look for block colours rather than prints as I will be wearing my chosen purchase mainly for work and feel a block colour looks slightly more chic and will be more versatile within my existing wardrobe.

So which style and colour to choose?

Ladylike chic in a neutral colour?
Tan Pussybow Blouse ₤23.00 Dorothy Perkins. Shop here.

Military Styling with a touch of class?
Tie Neck Military Blouse ₤28.00 ASOS. Shop here.

Fancy frills?
Crepe Blouse with Flounce ₤25.99 Zara. Shop here.

Back to school all grown up?
Cooperative School boy blouse ₤ 42.00 Urban Outfitters. Shop here.

Top of the tier?
Tiered Peter Pan Collar Blouse ₤36.00 Topshop. Shop here.

Bit of a contrast?
Pins & Needles Contrast Collar Blouse ₤45.00 Urban Outfitters. Shop here.

I really love all of the above so I just need to figure out which style will be the most flattering for my figure and which colour will work the best. Hhmmmn!

Is anyone else embracing the blouse trend?

Modern Milly xx

Saturday, 1 January 2011

My STYLE Resolutions for 2011.....

Every year I make a list of New Years Resolutions which I tend to stick to for the first month and then slowly forget about as the year proceeds. You know the usual; to eat healthier; do more exercise; be more organised etc.

This year I thought I would do things differently and come up with some Style resolutions which I thought might be easier to stick to. Last year I didn’t feel like I was 100% successful in my wardrobe choices due to lack of organsiation and indecisiveness. I thought if I set myself a couple of rules to follow, it might make getting dressed a bit easier and stress free and also so I make the most of my wardrobe and collection of accessories.

So here goes nothing….

1) Everything in my wardrobe must be something I will wear. The rest needs to be stored away or given to charity. (TICK! I had a bit of a clear out the other day and have a bag awaiting my local charity shop)

2) Keep outfits simple. Don’t over complicate or try to always fit in with trends.

3) Stick to what I know suits me and try and stay true to my personal style.

4) Try to use at least one accessory or piece of jewellery within each outfit.

5) Choose work outfits the night before so not rushing the following morning. (I’m so not a morning person!)

Inspirational effortless Style icons....

Images sourced from Google Images
Alexa Chung -
Chloe Sevigny -
Sienna Miller -
Carey Mulligan -

Well I've got my rules and a bit of inspiration so starting Tuesday when I return to work I will hopefully by getting the most out of my wardrobe and feeling a bit more organised, here's hoping anyway! I wonder if I'll last the week!

Here’s to a fantastic 2011!

Modern Milly xx