Winter to Spring Wardrobe Transitions and Dorothy Perkins Maternity Top Reviews

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Winter to Spring and Spring to Summer Wardrobe Transitions
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Dorothy Perkins Maternity Top Reviews

It’s that time of the year when we should be saying goodbye to the cold and damp weather of Winter, and are looking forward to the warm and the dry of Spring into Summer. In this post today I am talking about making those Winter to Spring fashion transitions for 2018. What I am wearing and some latest purchases too.

So what can we expect for the transition this year. There are many things that are still in this season, one of which is Lace, another Embroidery and the other one is Stripes. Nautical and Striped themed clothing is well and truly in still this year, with several brands mixing the stripes with a variety of other fashion trends such as Bardot and Cold Shoulder. I have noticed a great deal of striped trousers, both work wear and casual that look very sophisticated and can be paired with shirts, blouses or a nice top. It’s good to mix your trends, but shapes are often hard to match, a plain bright top can really work with some striped trousers and high heels.

Another style making a comeback is Polka Dots! These spots can range in the tiny to the huge with lots of companies choosing to put them on everything from tops to dresses and I have even seen trousers!

Something else I have seen these past few weeks was Bold Colours. Bold Reds and Blues seem to be all over the markets and the LBD (Little Black Dress) seems to have been reinvented by some, making it more of a statement piece that is no longer just a black dress anymore. It often now has lace, embroidery, varying hem lengths or even unusual material combinations!

Saying all that though Pastels are also in for Summer, so be prepared to see a lot of Pink, Yellow and Turquoise shades in the high street.

Finally, and a style that I love all year around is Floral! Floral’s are still in, and contrary to what most people think they are not just for Spring and Summer! I have seen work wear, dresses and tops in the “new in” sections on various websites. There are so many trends that have major floral inspirations for 2018.

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My Latest Dorothy Perkins Spring Purchases

Maternity T-Shirts and Tops

I wanted some new maternity tops for the Spring to Summer transition of my pregnancy. It’s always nice to have a couple of things that are new, but I also wanted items that I could still wear after my baby is born as well.

Because I am due in July I will still have many weeks of the Summer left to hopefully enjoy my new purchases.

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Appearance 5/5
Quality 3/5
Value for Money 3/5


Review
I really love the look of this top but after two wears and washes the material began to bobble and look quite old. It is a real shame because it fits my bump perfectly. I just wear it around the home now and not out as I had originally done so.


Style:
Maternity T-Shirt
Trend: Floral
Name: Maternity Navy Floral Ruched Side T-Shirt
Materials: Polyester 95% and Elastane 5%
Colours: Navy Blue and Pink Floral Details
Price: £12.80
Link: Here

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Appearance 5/5

Quality 4/5
Value for Money 4/5

 

Review
I really like the colours of this top, it was flattering for my shape including my shoulders and my bump because of the curved neckline. It washed well and I feel I will get a lot of use out of it. It’s easy to pair with both my maternity leggings or maternity jeans.

Style: Maternity T-Shirt
Trend: Striped
Name: Maternity Multicoloured Striped Curve Hem T-Shirt
Materials: Viscose 71%, Polyester 26% and Elastane 3%
Colours: Khaki Green, Pink, Grey and White
Price: £10.00
Link: Here


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Appearance 5/5
Quality 5/5
Value for Money 4/5


Review

I really like this top, it was flattering for my bump and it looked nicer than just another striped tee because of the pretty floral details on the sleeves. So far it has washed and worn well but it’s only been worn twice.

Style: Maternity T-Shirt
Trends: Floral, Lace, Striped and Embroidered
Name: Maternity Grey Striped Lace Insert T-Shirt
Materials: Polyester 66% and Viscose 34%
Colours: White and Grey Striped
Price: £12.80
Link: Here


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Appearance 4/5
Quality 4/5
Value for Money 3/5


Review
This top was a little bigger than the others I had chosen, it was therefore less flattering, but on a warm day I would feel more comfortable wearing this one rather than a fully fitted tee. The bows are a nice addition to the back of the top.

Style: Maternity T-Shirt
Trends: Nautical Stripes and Bows
Name: Maternity Blue Striped Bow Back Top
Materials: Polyester 96% and Elastane 4%
Colours: Blue and White Striped
Current Price: £16.00
Link: Here 

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To visit the Dorothy Perkins website to see all of the current Maternity Tops available please click this link here

Thank you for reading this fashion and maternity related post today.

✩ Sabrina ✩

SS18 Trends and How I Wear Them


SS18 Trends and How I Wear Them

I have been reading up on the recent Fashion Weeks and I can safely say there are some trends that have been used the past few years that are coming around once again. This is great if you purchased things of this type last year!

Some of them never get old, you always see Florals, and usually see some Lace in the summer. But a couple of summers ago everywhere you looked were Stripes and Nautical themes, well guess what they are returning – and I’m so glad!

Here is a dress that I bought last year from Dorothy Perkins, now that Stripes are back in I feel great wearing something that is on trend. Plus I could still fit my bump into it too – huge bonus! I paired the dress with flats and a long necklace. A nice plain jacket won’t distract from the stripes theme.

Florals seem to be huge again this year, and not just small amounts on other sorts of designs, they dominate some pieces completely. I have seen dresses and tops that are covered in floral patterns, you cannot go wrong with flowers in my opinion.

Here I am last week in a Maternity Top from Dorothy Perkins. This pretty navy tee has pink floral details and is very flattering for me with bump. I paired it with my maternity leggings from George at Asda and a Pink Boyfriend Cardigan from New Look to help bring out the colours in the flowers.

There are Spots and Polka Dots in a variety of trends this SS18 as well, and the dots all seem to vary in size. I have already picked up two items that I will wear later in my pregnancy with a theme similar to polka dots, one is dots and the other looks as such until you get closer and realise they are tiny hearts – so cute!

Checks were also back in, especially over at London Fashion Week, as were Wide Leg Trousers, Pastel Shades and Ruffles and Frills seem to be making a come back too. If you’re lucky enough to be going on holiday this summer you’ll see lots of swimwear with pastel colours and ruffles I have no doubt!

Another trend I have seen is Embroidery, this was huge last summer, appearing on jeans, shirts and even boot! It looks like it’s back again with even more intricate designs in some high street chains. I bought T-shirts and Jumpers with various Embroidery styles. And I also created my own shorts with patches on!

I’m glad I invested in a couple of items last year, though I’m not sure how much longer they will still fit me. I will be searching for bargain buys in Maternity sections over the internet in the coming weeks. I will review those items in a separate post though so that this one isn’t too long.

Thank you for joining me for this fashion blog post today. If you’ve come across any awesome bargains let me know in the comments.

 Sabrina 

Severn Wishes Two Year Anniversary Giveaway

╰☆╮ The Severn Wishes Two Year Blogging Anniversary Giveaway ╰☆╮

It’s the end of my second year of blogging and I thought what better way to celebrate than to have a Giveaway! I have been happy with my past year on Severn Wishes, having collaborated with several companies and enjoyed every moment of that. I have also decided to reach out to some more brands this year due to my lifestyle changes happening in the summer!

I must admit that the majority of the items I am giving away are based for female entrants, however that doesn’t stop you entering and giving it to your girlfriend or wife or significant other! If you have enjoyed my blog and supported me over the last how ever many weeks or months I am certainly grateful!

I’ve had another successful year of blogging and reviewing, and I wanted to share some of the success with you, my loyal followers. I’ve also won several giveaways myself recently and there are items within them I simply won’t use. I wanted to pass those on and I’ve also purchased some bits during the last part of 2017 that I use myself and love. Because I review every aspect of my life I wanted the variety of my blog to be reflected in my Giveaway!

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I really hope that you all like this huge hoard of prizes! A bundle worth over £30! Here we go folks, a photograph of all that you can win plus the details are in the list below!

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☆ PS Insta Girl Soft Focus Shadow Brush – High Impact Eyes
☆ Pink with Rose Gold Foil Heart Makeup Bag
☆ Dorothy Perkins Lips and Hearts Blush Scarf
☆ Nivea Raspberry Rose Lip Butter
☆ Beauty Boulevard Glitter Lips – Guilty Rose
☆ Derma Tech Solutions V10 Body Butters in Coconut – Cranberry – Vanilla – Chocolate
☆ Makeup Revolution London Strobe Highlighter – Flash
☆ Makeup Revolution London The One Blush Stick – Vibrant or Sheer for cheeks or lips – colour is Malibu
☆ La Petite Rose – 10 Citrus Scented Mini Wipes
☆ Heart Shaped Bath Bomb – Berry and Coconut Flavour
☆ Dorothy Perkins “Mermaid at Heart” Aqua Socks
☆ Treatbox Stick of Rock – Strawberry Flavour

☆ “Dear Brain Please Shut Up” Inspo Card
☆ Roses and Hearts Notebook

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You will also find all of the Terms and Conditions for this giveaway at the end of my post.

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I hope that you will all enjoy entering this massive giveaway to celebrate my blogs two year anniversary and good luck to all of you who do enter! Have a great March!

✩ Sabrina ✩

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╰☆╮Terms and Conditions╰☆╮

This competition is running from March 11th 2018 until April 8th 2018.
The winner will receive their prize bundle in mid April 2018.
This giveaway is only open to entrants from the United Kingdom (UK).
Only correct entries via the link supplied will be accepted.
Severn Wishes reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice.
No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason, and all entries are subject to verification upon the giveaway ending.
The winner will be announced via social media once the winner has been verified and contacted. The winner will have 48 hours to respond otherwise another name will be drawn from the correct entries.

Clothing That Is Comfortable During Pregnancy, Maternity Wear Reviews and My General Clothing Hacks and Tips

╰☆╮Today It’s Time For A Pregnancy Clothing Post! ╰☆╮

I want to discuss my general clothing hacks I use to make pregnancy in the second trimester more bearable, and I want to talk about the clothing that I am finding most comfortable during these colder months of the year. Finally I will conclude with some Maternity Wear Reviews on items that I have purchased during January and have now thoroughly tested.

So I am now getting to that stage of my pregnancy where I need to consider what I am wearing. My regular jeans no longer do up and I am finding other clothing honestly pretty uncomfortable to wear, especially while seated. There are some things I can still get away with such as my Tunics, Long Jumpers, Jumper Dresses and stretchy Leggings. But there are other things that I have now decided it’s time to invest in, and I thought I would share my thoughts and experiences in case there’s anyone out there who needs some advice as they too get to this stage of their pregnancy journey.

Sabrina’s Top Tips

You might be looking at your wardrobe and thinking, baby is due then, I won’t be fitting into these items this year. Well fear not, because a few weeks ago I was feeling exactly the same. Get an old suitcase or a storage box and place everything that you love but you know you won’t fit into, inside it. You can always come back to them once you’ve lost some of the baby weight. Just because you’re pregnant doesn’t mean you can’t look good and be comfortable while doing so. Here are some of my shopping tips.

Always try your usual size in maternity wear before the larger size you think you might be. It may come as a surprise, but especially before getting to the third trimester many of us won’t be putting on all that much weight. Your baby grows steadily so you have plenty of time to make small adjustments to your wardrobe. I have still purchased Size 8 trousers for example, just Maternity ones with the added “Over Bump” material. Plus another tip is to always check the sale rails, at the end of line and end of season sales, you may just pick up some bargains. I managed to do just that and will be reviewing those items below.

One shop that I regularly rely on for Leggings is Primark. And the beauty of the sizes of their brand, it seems to me that you can often fit into more than one size. I am a size 8 usually, but I have just bought some size 10 and size 12 leggings that I find fit comfortably over my growing bump. Let me explain why I have chosen these, not only are they are much cheaper than the Maternity ones available online, but also if you aren’t very tall like me then you can usually buy a regular length or a long length style, and find that they will fit just like high waisted leggings – perfect! And they also wash well too being made of cotton or polyester! Mine only cost £3.50 a pair and I got 4 different colours as well. They are great for layering when heading out and for comfort when staying at home.

New Look

When I first began looking at Maternity wear I had recalled friends telling me they had shopped in New Look. I like the brand and I didn’t want to spend a fortune on these first few items just in case I grew out of them. But the weather is so cold in the UK at the moment I really needed to find a decent pair of Skinny Jeans or Jeggings that I could wear out and about, shopping and such.

After a few moments around my local store I realised there was barely any choices, and a lot of it was available online only now. So I settled for the only pair in the shop that I did like, they were soft to touch and also skinny as I had wanted.

They were called Emilee Under Bump Maternity Jeggings at £19.99. Soft material for both the legs and the bump section was why I purchased this pair. They are great on, and the bump part still has enough room for me to grow a little more into them. I was happy with them and hope once the weather is warmer I won’t need them as much. They washed well though too. The leg part was definitely true to size because I chose my regular UK size 8 and a 30″ leg and they were a perfect fit. Highly recommend them, there is way more choice online and I may invest in a blue pair of Over Bump at some point in time too.

Dorothy Perkins

During the January sales I was looking at certain tops but I didn’t want to invest in too many that branded themselves as just Maternity wear. I bought some Jumper Dresses from Dorothy Perkins that have enough give in the middle for a second trimester baby bump. They are soft and will keep me warm in these colder months. I have no doubt that they will also be perfect next Winter while I’m (hopefully) still loosing the baby weight. I have bought many Tunic style jumpers from DP’s over the past few years and find that the plain ones are great for the home and the bling ones are great for going out. I will review these items below and give any links still available.

BooHoo

I did however purchase a couple of Maternity jumpers from BooHoo in their January sale, these looked like regular tunic jumpers until you looked closer, but they had the slits either side to give room for a bump. I feel like I will be able to grow with these, but I could still wear them after I have had my baby as well. To be honest if I wear them right now they don’t look like they are specifically Maternity wear but I know they will become very useful the larger I grow. I was happy with what I paid and if they continue to wash as well as this first fortnight of having them, I assume they will last me through my pregnancy and beyond. I will review these items below and include photos and links where possible.

George at Asda

My final Maternity Wear order came from George at Asda. I really needed some work wear trousers, because I got to the point where any other sort was digging in to my tummy and making me rather uncomfortable. I work full time and I spend a lot of hours on my feet too, so I required something hard wearing, soft and easy to wear but also the correct material for my job role. Our uniform is specific and I needed to rely on the item to be washed several times and worn a minimum of 5 days a week.

I finally found the best looking, most positively reviewed and the best price online, maternity work trousers on the Asda website. George at Asda do have a fantastic maternity range, but most stores don’t stock the items, they are only available online. I had reservations at first because I always like to touch the material and try the items on, this time I just had to trust in my choices. I also had to pay a delivery charge which I thought was expensive, just for the convenience of receiving my items. A click and collect service available 9 days later would not have been suitable for me, I needed them within a day or two because I found I was growing overnight.

My order arrived by courier and was good in that sense, I was updated by email and by text which was very useful. The items themselves were all sealed individually so I knew that the contents were brand new, and I could tell by unpacking them they hadn’t been handled before. I had to guess what sizes I would need, and luckily everything fitted me and I haven’t needed to return anything. I went for my normal size, a size 8, because reviews on the website said most things fitted true to size. The maternity trousers were the items I was most impressed by. The main reason was because of how soft the material was that went over the bump. It was not only comfortable to wear but it was lightweight too and caused me no issues between sitting and standing.

I also purchased some over the bump leggings in a two pack and a two pack of short sleeved t-shirts for comfort around the house when I get a little bigger. I thought these were okay value for money, the materials used made the items soft and they washed well too.

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New Look

New Look: Maternity Under Bump Jeggings in Black (Emilee on Tag)
Materials: 71% Cotton, 25% Polyester, 4% Elastane. Trim: 95% Cotton, 5% Elastane.
Colours Available:
Black.
Price:
£19.99.
LINK

Very soft material and comfortable to wear, the bump part still gives me room to grow into them. Purchased at 13 weeks pregnant and at 17 weeks they already fit way better and room for bump because they are lightly elasticated. Perfectly the right size for both my buttocks and my leg length, I chose my pre-pregnant trouser size and they are a great all round fit. Ideal for the colder weather days and the black looks great when paired with a bright top.

New Look Overall Scores
Appearance 5/5
Quality 5/5
Value for Money 4/5


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BooHoo

BooHoo: Maternity Mia Side Split Jumper.
Materials: Polyester 95% and Elastane 5%.
Colours Available: Camel, Khaki, Berry, Black or Grey LINK
Price: £15.00

 

Soft to touch with side splits in the fabric to accommodate a growing bump. I’m a UK size 8 and ordered a UK size 10 of each item. They fitted true to size on my shoulders with the arms ending at wrist length. I thought the overall length of the fabric was good, it will allow me to grow into them but is suitable for this stage and in weeks to come. Both items washed easily and were comfortable to wear all day. The material is quite thin but ideal for Winter layering by wearing a long sleeved thin tee beneath the jumper. I purchased these BooHoo jumpers in both black and in khaki green.

Although the jumpers are very nice and are comfortable to wear they are also very plain in appearance. Wearing a long necklace or a scarf to brighten the outfit up is ideal for days out. Where as I have purchased these for both inside and outside my house, wanting myself and bump to be warm and comfy throughout the next couple of months.

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BooHoo: Maternity Sarah Side Split Ribbed Jumper.
Materials: Polyester 95% and Elastane 5%.
Colours Available:
Berry, Black or Blush
Price: £7.00 (On Sale Price Correct As Of 11th February).
LINK

A very nice jumper and overall it is both soft and comfortable to wear. It is more of a Spring colour and length compared to the Tunic style jumpers I purchased (review above) but it is one I could wear around the house now and look forward to wearing in the warmer months to come. I believe there is still plenty of growing room to be had due to the side splits in the fabric, and the length of the arms were perfect for me. I purchased this in a UK size 10.

BooHoo Items Overall Scores
Appearance 4/5
Delivery 5/5
Quality 4/5
Value for Money 4/5

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Dorothy Perkins

Dorothy Perkins: Zip Hem Knitted Tunic Jumpers.
Materials: Viscose 71% and Nylon 29%.
Colours Available: Burgundy or Black.
Price: £17.00 (Price correct as of February 11th).
Burgundy LINK
Black LINK

 


I have purchased some items from Dorothy Perkins in the January sale which I believe will double up as maternity items. These are all jumpers and in varying lengths. The tunics both have a nice zip detail in the lowest sixth of the material and are fitting on me true to size. I bought size 10’s in order to grow into them slightly but they were already fine around my shoulders. I am lucky enough to fit into the majority of brands clothes UK sizes of 8 and 10.

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Dorothy Perkins: Yellow Striped Frill Sleeve Jumper.
Materials: 100% Polyamide.
Colours Available: Yellow with Black Stripes.
Price: £7.00 (On Sale – Price Correct As Of 11th February).
LINK

The yellow and black striped jumper was an impulse buy, I liked the pattern as well as the ruffled sleeves. It’s style reminded me of Peplum and it was a good quality material too. I thought I could wear it for the first few months of my second trimester, before my bump gets too big. It’s a stylish looking item that I would happily wear out with a pair of my maternity trousers. It was in the sale so there are limited sizes left, but it’s comfortable to wear and I would recommend it, the sleeves are a bit different and a nice change and addition to my wardrobe for Spring.

Dorothy Perkins Items Overall Scores
Appearance 5/5
Delivery 5/5
Quality 5/5
Value for Money 4/5

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George at Asda

Asda: Work Wear Maternity Trousers – Over Bump Tapered Trousers
Materials: Body 100% Polyester and Trim 95% Viscose with 5% Elastane
Colours Available: Black
Price: £8.00
LINK


I looked into a variety of trousers that I could wear to my day job, but the place that I kept coming back to was George at Asda. Online they have a range of Maternity clothing at quite affordable prices too. I was drawn in by the price and the good reviews beneath the item. I wanted a pair of trousers that would be comfortable to wear at work all day, that would wash and wear well, and an item that would grow with me in the coming weeks. I decided it was best that I order two sizes, one my current size 8 and the other a size 10 that I could grow into if need be. Better to have both than to order a second delivery so soon.

I was impressed with the quality for the price, and they might be of thin material but they certainly are comfortable to wear, and it means that they dry quickly after washing too.

George at Asda Items Overall Scores
Appearance 4/5
Delivery 4/5
Quality 4/5
Value for Money 5/5

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Thank you for reading this review post today, I hope you have liked it or found it useful. Feel free to pass the link on to any friends who you feel may benefit from my reviews or tips. Have a lovely day!

 Sabrina 

Review of Black Military Coat from Wallis.

My Review of the Black Military Coat from Wallis Fashion.

I’m ecstatic with my coat from @wallisfashion that I won in their “Wallis In Paris” competition last week on Instagram. It was a wonderful surprise to win! And I immediately offered to review the coat for them.

Finding myself really loving the Autumn Military trends this year, and this coat is just perfect. With it’s fancy golden buttons for some contrast against the thick black fabric, this coat isn’t just beautiful it’s also very well made.

There are two fairly deep pockets on either side and eight buttons on the front. It has a lining on the inside to keep you warm on cooler days. There are two buckles – one on either sleeve that add a nice three dimensional and shiny aspect to that part of the coat. The military style also has two button studs a top of shoulders, and it features two button studs at the back too.

For this review I have paired the coat with my Eden Skinny Jeans as you’ll see in this photograph, and a brand new jumper from Dorothy Perkins too. However this coat is so versatile you could pair it with a variety of Denim or a Skirt, long boots would look great. It would also like nice with a beautiful dress for an evening.

An Excellent Autumn to Winter Transition Coat.

This coat is made from a heavy black material, it is made from 64% Polyester with 33% Viscose and 1% Elastane. The inner lining is 100% Polyester and is rather shiny.

It has many nice features such as the gold Buttons and Buckles. A coat that is rather flattering when worn, because it’s fitted it works well with whatever curves you might have. I’m the top end of Petite but this coat still came to my knees, which is just how I like long coats to be. I loved that it was long enough to keep me warm and the arms were also long too, mind ended at the base of my thumbs.

The 8 front buttons add glamour and there are several nice features such as the double breasted style and the way the fabric has been cut. The shape of the front of the coat is really unusual and I liked how it falls when being worn.

It’s a great transition coat from Autumn to Winter because it’s easy to layer beneath it. I’m an 8 with jumpers, so I chose a 10 so I could wear a chunky jumper under it. The coat fits perfectly around my shoulders but is quite heavy over all.

The Wallis Military Coat seems to be a staple for any wardrobe, and I’m very glad that I now have one. Hopefully I will get many wears and many years of joy from wearing it.

In my opinion the one and only downside to the military coat is that it’s Dry Clean Only.

Overall Scores

Appearance 5/5
Quality 4/5
Value for Money 4/5
Fit True To Size 5/5

Black Military Coat
A military-inspired coat by Wallis Fashion.
Price £75.00.
Here is the link to the coat on the Wallis website if you would like to take a look at it, they have currently got a sale on too! (Correct as of today’s date with 10% off!) HERE

I really hope you have enjoyed this review. Thank you again Wallis for picking me to win this incredible item as a prize. Have a wonderful end of October everyone!

✩ Sabrina ✩

SS17 Fashion Trends, How To Wear Them This Season And How To Combine Your Current Wardrobe

Welcome to today’s Blog Post, in this piece I am going to be discussing the main Fashions for this Spring and Summer. How you can wear them this season, and how you can combine new items with your current wardrobe to stay on trend.

There are several main trends this year, and the majority of them have been doubled up to ensure maximum ‘on trend’ efficiency. Brands seem to be fusing together different styles to create new ones. I will give you an example, Denim and Embroidery. A lot of companies are now uniting various denim styles with patches and sown on patterns. Of course this relates back to some of the 1990’s fashion trends that saw embroidery on a variety of things, including jeans. But now it seems to be on everything, from T-Shirts to Jackets, Jeans to Coats… Other examples have been gradually making a come back, hinting on 1920’s and 1930’s fashion, with cold shoulders, bardot tops and dresses and of course lots of lace.

I will now list all of the trends that I have come across through research, personal shopping trips and reading about what is appearing on the latest catwalks, so that you can see what I’m talking about. Here are most of the current trends…

✩ Denim and Embroidery ✩
✩ Embroidery and Lace ✩
✩ Denim and Pink ✩
✩ Lace and Cold Shoulder ✩
✩ Cold Shoulder and Gingham ✩

✩ Gingham and Silver ✩
✩ Bold Prints and Glitter ✩
✩ Floral Prints and Stripes ✩
✩ Stripes and Studs ✩
✩ Ruffles and Mesh ✩
✩ Mesh and Sheer ✩
✩ Sheer and Florals ✩
✩ Stripes and Cold Shoulder ✩
✩ Florals and Gingham ✩
✩Gingham and Bold Prints ✩

Now I’m going to talk about a few of the trends that I like the most, and give examples of my fashion and any styles that I myself have worn during the summer so far.

Stripes are a go in my wardrobe at ALL times of the year and in all seasons. I have striped tops, dresses and various other items, striped pieces in my opinion don’t ever go out of style! Check out my latest Fashion purchases on that named category to see what my latest fashion spends have been on. Mainly T-Shirts if I’m honest, some of which are very much on trend right now…

So what I noticed more about this summer more than any other in recent years, was how many brands got on the ‘Floral’s for Summer’ idea. This is a simple one of course, everyone knows how much flowers thrive in the warmer months of the year. Yet it was different somehow. People were combining unusual colours and prints that had never before seen each other. Next time you’re shopping take a look at Floral Fashions…

Let’s get down to some of my examples now, and how I have recently styled them.

✩ Florals and Gingham / Gingham and Florals ✩

I adore Gingham, and until a couple of years ago I barely had any of it in my wardrobe. These Shorts I already did a separate review on, but I wanted to explain why they were so on trend still. They combine two trends, Floral Print and the Gingham Print, in one item. Not only that but depending on what you choose to partner them with, could mean your outfit ticks several ‘On Trend’ boxes in one go!

Shorts from BooHoo (See My Individual Review For More Details)

Here I am in my Gingham and Floral outfit. I love how the flowers really stand out on the pattern.

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✩ Sheer and / or Mesh in Fashion ✩

Sheer Mesh T-Shirts are also on trend right now, I had this lovely Floral one from New Look. Check out my review of it by clicking New Look on my categories.


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✩ Florals and Bold Prints ✩

A really good example of Bold Prints and Florals are these other Shorts I got also from BooHoo. Comfortable and affordable, these excellent shorts have such a vibrant pattern, and really stand out. I would pair them with a plain black bardot top, a double Fashion ensemble to ensure a great looking Summer outfit.


✩ Gingham / Chequered Print and Bright Colours ✩

I absolutely love to recycle old clothing into new trends. This year I’ve been able to dig out my ‘vintage’ chequered pieces, such as these two skirts. And then pair them with new items such as bold print and brightly coloured T-Shirts. One is around twelve years old and from New Look, the other is around eight years old and was from Primark (and yes I can still fit in them both). Recycling your older items is a great way to stay up to date with the latest trends, plus you never know when items such as these will be in fashion again, sometimes it’s not very long at all!

(Primark Original)

(New Look Original)

✩ Embroidery and Denim ✩

Another trend I particularly like is the embroidery one. I am really getting into this, it brings back all the 1990’s Fashion from when I was growing up. What I actually plan to do is make my own shorts, but I have cheated slightly, and gotten a pair that was already started with patches. I am going to add my Iron On Patches that I have received inside my various Treat Boxes, on to these shorts to make them unique. Here is a shot of them with the patches, but I have yet to decide on my final design.

You could choose to put patches on any kind of Denim item, I liked how these would brighten up the black, but they work just as well with blue too!

These shorts will look great this Summer with either a crop top or with a white tee with very little pattern to allow the embroidery to take central focus.

Another way Embroidery has been used in Fashion in recent months is to line T-Shirts, on either the hems or the sleeves, or both. Here are examples from Dorothy Perkins that I have purchased this year. They go excellent with a variety of Denim colours. Check out my DP section on the main page for my reviews.


✩ Cold Shoulder / Bardot and Lace ✩

Finally, another style I want to discuss is the Cold Shoulder one. As I mentioned earlier in the post, the Bardot style and the Cold Shoulder trend have both been reinvented for modern day fashion, and I have to say I really took to both. I never thought it would suit me, but actually I am happy to wear both tops and dresses. Here is one example, where I have paired my BooHoo Gingham Shorts with a Lace Cold Shoulder Top from Dorothy Perkins.

Here I am in this outfit. I really like combining trends like these to make my own style.

Thank you for reading this Fashion post today, I really hope you have enjoyed reading about the latest trends and my takes on how to make them unique for yourself.

 Sabrina 

Title Image taken by Megan from Makeup by Megan

Dorothy Perkins Summer Hauls

Dorothy Perkins Summer Hauls

As most of you will know I adore Dorothy Perkins clothing and fashion ranges. I have been to several DP stores recently, including when I went to London I visited Oxford St.

So what did I get I can hear you ask! Well a huge haul is about to be exposed right her on my blog including Skinny Jeans and Tee’s!

I’m going to show you all a ‘try on’ image and any important or relevant details I wish to share. I will review the items individually, unless otherwise stated. And the link to the items (if still available to buy online) will be situated in the title of each of the pieces.

Item 1. Blue Floral Print Curve Hem T-Shirt

T-Shirt Details
Materials: Viscose 96% and Elastane 4%

My final Review for this Blue Striped Top is;

Quality 4/5

Value for Money 4/5
Appearance 5/5
Comfort 5/5

Quality; The quality is very good, the print is particularly nice on this top, although it’s a little bit thin, you would need to coordinate your choice of underwear. It would definitely need to be ironed as well after washing.
Value for Money; I purchased some of my items during a 30% off certain items in store week. However this t-shirts was still a very good price to begin with, for the quality.
Appearance; Both stylish and on trend, stripes are back in this summer and I adore the combination of the floral and striped design.
Comfort; This T-Shirt is soft and comfortable to wear. It fits very well around my shoulders, and I think the curve hem is very flattering even on someone slim like myself.

Item 2. Lilac And Pink Curve Hem T-Shirt

T-Shirt Details
Materials: Viscose 96% and Elastane 4%

My final Review for this Striped Top is;

Quality 4/5

Value for Money 4/5
Appearance 4/5
Comfort 5/5

Quality; The quality is very good, the print is particularly nice on this top, although it’s a little bit thin, you would need to coordinate your choice of underwear. It would definitely need to be ironed as well after washing.
Value for Money; I purchased some of my items during a 30% off certain items in store week. However this t-shirts was still a very good price to begin with, for the quality.
Appearance; Both stylish and on trend, stripes are back in this summer and I adore the combination of the floral and striped design.
Comfort; This T-Shirt is soft and comfortable. It fits very well around my shoulders.

Item 3. Yellow Crochet Circle Trim T-Shirt


T-Shirt Details

Materials: Cotton 100%

My final Review for this Crochet Trim Top is;

Quality 5/5

Value for Money 4/5
Appearance 5/5
Comfort 5/5

Quality; This top is a good thickness, you would be able to wear it throughout the year. It washed well and after a cool iron (not on the trim) it was looking fabulous again.
Value for Money; I purchased some of my items during a 30% off certain items in store week. However this t-shirts was still a very good price to begin with, for the quality. This particular top was bought when it was on sale, and now most places only have the Navy or White variations left in stock – both fabulous tee’s though.
Appearance; I love wearing this top, it’s circle hem is a wonderful addition, and it’s details are flattering and fashionable. It’s not scratchy on the skin, it’s very well made.
Comfort; This T-Shirt is excellently soft and comfortable. It fits perfectly to my size, and I found the shape of it flattering to my figure.

Item 4. Navy Daisy Print T-Shirt

T-Shirt Details
Materials: Cotton 100%

My final Review for this Daisy Top is;

Quality 5/5

Value for Money 5/5
Appearance 5/5
Comfort 5/5

Quality; The quality is excellent and the print is really beautiful. Would you believe me if I told you this T-Shirt was only £7.00?! The thickness of the material is good and because the print is all over it’s unnecessary to wear lots of accessory with it.
Value for Money; This T-Shirt was definitely my best buy for the price. The Price versus the Quality makes it fabulous!
Appearance; Floral patterns are on trend right now for the summer, which seems obvious but DP have made this tee affordable and fashionable which is awesome for everyone. It’s appearance is excellent because the design pattern goes the entire way through the material. The neckline is nice and high up and the navy blue base colour allows the tee to be paired with a variety of jeans.
Comfort; This T-Shirt is soft and comfortable. It fits very well around my shoulders. I also liked the length of the sleeves, long enough but not at all tight. The T-Shirt length is also very good, the size was true to fit.

Items 5 through to 8. Eden Skinny Jeans (As Seen In All Of This Posts Images)

Eden Jeans Purchased in Denim Blue, Stone, Dark Blue, Green and Grey.

Eden Jeans Details
Materials: 76% Cotton, 22% Polyester, 2% Elastane.

My final Review for all my latest Eden Jeans purchases is;

Quality 5/5

Value for Money 5/5
Appearance 5/5
Comfort 5/5

Quality; I have always loved the quality of DP Eden Jeans. They are designed as pull on and off so are very convenient, but not only that they fit well around the buttocks and waist. I find them flattering to wear and the soft material means they are comfortable.
Value for Money; I purchased some of my items during a 30% off in store during that week I visited. These Eden jeans are usually priced between £16.00 and £22.00, but the colours are often on sale at the end of each season. I picked up several items this past month, varying colours, in fact below I will include an image of all my current Eden trousers. I also got 3 pairs in the sale, 2 were £12 and one was £10. Bargains!!!
Appearance; I adore the look of these jeans, they are comfortable which gives me confidence when I wear them, and with the range of colours, there is one for every mood and occasion. The fit is excellent and because they do a range of sizes. Short Leg, Regular Leg and Long Leg, as well as Petite and Standard and Tall versions.
Comfort; Pull On and Off, what more is there to say. The jeans are flattering and most of them are medium waisted. The skinny aspect of the jeans is comfortable because the material is so soft.

Here is also an image of all the Eden Jeans that I have bought over the past eighteen months. Dorothy Perkins have an incredible range and with every season new colours come out. I should just set up a standing order to receive the latest one in my size!

Overview

Thank you very much for reading this review, I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my thoughts about my new fashion purchases with you all. I hope you liked the reviews and photographs of my try on’s. If you have any questions please leave me a comment.

Thank you for reading this blog post today.

✩ Sabrina 

Navy Blue Boots and Accessories from Dorothy Perkins this Spring

Navy Blue Boots and Navy Blue Block Hand Bag

On a recent trip to Dorothy Perkins I came across a gorgeous large hand bag, and some beautifully coloured suede boots in the Spring sale. I liked both so much to buy them so I thought I would review them for you.


The boots have a slight heel and decent grip on the bottom. The stitching details are simple but I really like the shape around the front and the ruched ankles to them. The colour is a strong navy blue shade, with a black base. They would compliment skinny jeans well, or a pretty summer dress if you can match the blue.

I got them with 30% off in the sale, they were usually £29.00.
Some sizes of these exact boots are still available in stores and online, the link to which is here


The hand bag is a lovely design, it has a main zipped pocket which has two additional slip sections inside it. Plenty of room to be a large bag for long days  out or even an over night bag in the summer.
It has decent sized shoulder straps and also contains metal loops sowed into the top, an additional long strap that can be used as a shoulder one. This handbag has a variety of navy blue shades in both the straps and the panels, the block colours compliment one another and gives the bag an illusion of being even larger than you’d think. It even has a cute little luggage tag detail.
I do wish there was an extra zip pocket instead of one large area inside, but it’s an excellent bag and I’ve already used it several times.
I got this in the sale at £20.00, but it would usually be priced at £35.00.
This hand bag is still available in the sale in some stores and also online, if you would like the link to it you can find it here


Handbag

Storage 4/5
Durability 4/5
Detailing 4/5
Value for Money 4/5
Appearance 4/5

Boots

Fit To Size 4/5
Comfort 5/5
Detailing 5/5
Durability 4/5
Appearance 5/5

Over all I am very happy with both of these items. I loved the choice that was available at Dorothy Perkins as well, all the shapes and colours of boots, lots of good sized bags to choose from too.

If you love the DP Boots you can see the current range by clicking here

You can see the full range of accessories by visiting a store near you or by clicking online here

Until the next time I decide to go shopping, thanks for reading this review post.

Sabrina

Review of ‘Megan’ Slouch Boots from Dorothy Perkins

‘Megan’ Slouch Boots

On my blog today is a short review about some Ankle Boots I bought from Dorothy Perkins in the January sale.

I picked up my DP order a few weeks ago, I had these two pairs of gorgeous boots in the sale! I chose 1 grey and 1 brown because I so often go for black and wanted a change this year.

I have a great many pair of boots already, yet each and every Winter new styles and colours come out and I’m tempted to get more. My reason for deciding on these two depended on their colour and height. I usually go for flat or slight heeled footwear, and I donated many of my old pairs of shoes and boots to charity over Christmas. So I treated myself to these ‘Megan’ boots as called by Dorothy Perkins online.

Appearance

I really like the shape of the front of the boot itself, and the ruched details around the top half draw the eye to your ankles. This style can make you appear a little taller when paired with skinny jeans, elongating the look of the leg due to the short height of the boot. If they had a slight heel then this would enhance the effect.

There’s also a nice stitching detail sectioning off the ruched third of the boot with the foot section, with a tab on the outer side which I think looks a lot like an arrow. The boot has sections where the stitching meets, these lines draw your eye around the footwear.

Styling

I chose to wear both of these boots with various coloured skinny jeans, and even black leggings with a causal looking cotton dress. I found the shades of both the boots I bought to be quite versatile.

Pro – Ankle Height is Great For A Range Of Looks
Con – No Substantial Grips Underneath So Not Ideal In Icy Weather

Final Opinion – A great looking boot which will be ideal for the Winter to Spring transition. Stylish and soft they are a staple ankle boot for most wardrobes. This style can be paired with both jeans and dresses for a smart but casual appearance.

My final Review for these pair of boots is;

Quality 4/5
Value for Money 4/5
Appearance 4/5
Comfort 4/5

Quality; Excellent stitching and good soles.
Value for Money; January Sale, great prices.
Appearance; Variety of colours available for a range of looks.
Comfort; Soft exterior and smooth sole interior, comfortable and I believe true to size fit.

Overview

I am yet again extremely happy with my purchases from Dorothy Perkins. I don’t think I will need anymore footwear for a while now, as we are soon entering Spring, and I would hope for better weather here in the United Kingdom.
These pairs of boots are versatile in outfit use and will be ideal throughout the year, even pairing with dresses in the warmer months. I am looking forward to wearing them with a variety of my clothes.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you have any questions about the item then please feel free to leave me a comment. I shall leave you the link to it at the bottom of this page as well.

Sabrina

Links to the Boots Available on the Dorothy Perkins Website

‘Megan’ Slouch Boots
Grey http://www.dorothyperkins.com/en/dpuk/product/grey-megan-slouch-boots-5546041?bi=0&ps=20
Tan http://www.dorothyperkins.com/en/dpuk/product/tan-megan-slouch-boots-5546033?bi=0&ps=20

‘Megan’ Pull On Ankle Boots
Black http://www.dorothyperkins.com/en/dpuk/product/black-megan-pull-on-ankle-boots-5794278?bi=0&ps=20&Ntt=megan

Dorothy Perkins White French Slogan Jumper Review

Dorothy Perkins White Jumper with French Slogan

This stylish jumper is built for comfort and warmth. With a pretty slogan design that makes it on trend too. The white colour can be paired with a variety of outfits and it’s slightly larger fit so it’s easy to layer on the cold Winter days.

The French ‘toi Jolie Coeur’ translates to ‘your pretty heart’ which I think is totally adorable. It’s a soft material and I love the details of the stitching, the circle is an arrow in a neverending design, with xoxo and the French words in two different fonts, its an unusual design that I fell in love with when I saw it.

Styling this Jumper
Personally I live in skinny jeans, which work well with jumpers of all sorts. This particular one has nice long sleeves which I do prefer, and even if a jumper is a little baggy like this one appears on my shape, it’s better for layering in my opinion. I would wear this piece around the house with lazy clothing or for going out I would dress it up with bootcut jeans and high heeled boots.

Jumper Details
Materials are 100% Cotton Body and 100% Polyester Stitching
Colour is White with Black Stitched Details
Neck is Round
Machine Washable

My final Review for this Jumper is;
Quality 4/5
Value for Money 3/5
Appearance 4/5
Comfort 5/5

Quality; I found the quality of this jumper to be good, it’s soft and washed well. However my only issue is that it creases very easily while being worn. Something to be aware of if ironing isn’t something you have a lot of time for. Once effort is made with this piece though it’s a lovely addition to most peoples wardrobes. I love the thick cotton material because it’s both soft and durable.
Value for Money; I had a discount code sent by email for this on a special weekend event, so I got a percentage off the price. I felt that this discount made the jumper a more affordable price, without it though I will be honest, I probably wouldn’t have made the purchase.
Appearance; Both stylish and on trend, I think this jumper will be a staple in my wardrobe. I hope the condition of the jumper will remain through frequent washes.
Comfort; This item is both soft and comfortable to wear, and I find the fit a little bit large but that is how I prefer my jumpers so that I can layer underneath them. I chose the size above what I would choose for a t-shirt and the jumper fits perfectly around my shoulders and neckline.

Overview
Thank you very much for reading this review, I have thoroughly enjoyed sharing my thoughts about this new jumper with you all.
I really enjoy the clothing from Dorothy Perkins, I have so many purchases that I don’t even share with you, so if you enjoy reading about them please leave me a comment, and expect more reviews to come.

I hope you have enjoyed this post. If you have any questions about the item then please feel free to leave me a comment.
I would leave a link to the item but it seems to have been taken off the website now, I presume they have sold out! However there are so many jumper variations of similar shape available. I still recommend a look.

Sabrina

Dorothy Perkins
www.dorothyperkins.com