Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Lady luck sent me a trinket

Sex and the City always left me asking two questions: 
  1. How could Carrie Bradshaw afford to live in New York while only writing one column a week? 
  2. Where could I get my hands on a horseshoe necklace like the frizzy haired protagonist's?
Love and luck silver horseshoe necklace, £45, c/o Nina Osborne at
Sure, it may not have been iconic as the tutu skirt or the Carrie pendant, but once it had caught my eye, I had to have one. Fast forward more years than I'm willing to admit to and here it is, I've finally found my SATC style homage. Next step: the big apple and a heck of a lot of shoes.

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

The one where I get all domestic

A perfectly pressed Alexander McQueen scarf fluttering in the Spanish sunshine
When I started Chic & Cheerful many moons ago, I did not for one second think that it would result in me reviewing a piece of household technology, but here we are.

Just before Christmas, the PR team at Phillips got in touch to ask me a fairly unusual question: would I like to review their new PerfectCare Xpress iron? Ok, so it might not be that unusual, they could have asked me to review their prototype sonic screwdriver (I so wish they had...). I mean an iron's an iron at the end of the day so what it could do for me and my admittedly extensive wardrobe - rather than the obvious, of course - I really wasn't sure.

But that wasn't all. They also sent me a scarf. No, sorry, that's a huge understatement. Not just any scarf, an extremely delicate Alexander McQueen silk scarf that they wanted me to iron. Flippin' heck.

So what did I think? Well, the thing with the PerfectCare Xpress iron is that it is actually pretty special: you don't need to change the temperature on it ever. It automatically adapts to any fabric you're pressing and won't damage it - at all. After tentatively scooting over the McQueen scarf, I think it's safe to say this thing is amazing: it made tech savvy me feel a bit like a caveman discovering fire. It saves a ton of time and takes care of your fashion favourites in a jiffy - well worth investing in.

Monday, 28 January 2013

Bargain of the week: Damart £5 thermal vests

I have a slight confession to make: while you were all enduring the snow last week, I was sunning myself in the Canary Isles. So while you may already be well used to being slightly damp and shivering all the time, I'm used to 22 degrees and summer dresses.

Damart camisole, £10 for two, Damart
Bragging aside (...sorry about that), these cute thermal camisoles were brought to my attention by Emerald Street on Friday afternoon and I'm sorely tempted by them on this blustery day. A fiver for a vest top is a bargain anyway (these come in a pack of two for £10) but these are guaranteed to keep you cosy too. Buy now to brave the rest of the winter months in style.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Bargain of the week: £25 Warehouse sequin dress

Warehouse sequin fit and flare dress, £25.50, ASOS
Every so often I listen to the Legally Blonde musical soundtrack a bit too much and want to start my blog posts off with the line, "Ohhh my godd, oh my god you guys! This one's perfect, and it's just my size! See dreams really do come true, you never have to compromise - oh my god you guys!" But with this dress I think random outbursts of song are completely justified. It. Is. Gorgeous. And an absolute bargain too.

At just £25.50, down from £90 on the label, this delicate dress is perfect for a spring wedding - which happens to be just why I bought it in the ASOS sale. It stands out without stealing the limelight from the bride and will work just as well teamed with a blazer and tights as it does with a short sleeve bolero and bare legs.

Tuesday, 8 January 2013

New year, new coat

Chevron wool coat, £50
Ah January, a time of resolutions, changes and, for me at least, a smart new coat.

It seems kind of redundant to say but trenches are the most classic coat cut you can get. In winter though, the lightweight mac is very impractical - unless you line it with hot water bottles, I suppose. But that hasn't stopped my fashion senses from tingling for the style lately: this winter, wool trenches have been popping up all over the place and I just had to find one.

For the last few years I've been working a simple button down grey jacket to keep me cosy but it's finally time for an upgrade. The lovely ladies at Izabel London sent this coat over a few weeks back and I'm very happy to report it ticks a ton of boxes: neutral tone, great fit and super warm too. Well worth the investment.

Monday, 7 January 2013

Good morning sweetheart

Today marks the first day of my first full week back at work after a lovely Christmas break. Even though I've written this post in advance I can pretty much 100% guarantee that I really didn't want to get out of my cosy bed this morning.

Heart bowl, RossLab on Etsy, £15.35/$24
I'm a little obsessed with kooky crockery at the moment - see this cheery toast plate from a little while back - so it's no surprise that while browsing through Etsy this weekend, I found these gorgeous bowls by RossLab. Just imagine finishing your breakie (I'm thinking cinnamon porridge for these - yum) and starting your morning with a little warmth in your heart as well as your stomach.
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