#FridayFavourites: Check Mate

There’s something about the traditional trend of checked patterns that just makes me picture happy memories of family picnics in the park on gorgeous sunny days! And now the sun is trying to come out and stay again it’s about time I relived these memories and got myself some outfits. The stylish Gingham print looks fab on any item of clothing, whether it’s a bodycon midi skirt, a beach dress or cute peep-toe sandles.

The gorgeous trend doesn’t have to be saved just for a summer time picnic- Pair a checked shirt with denim shorts, a straw hat and you’ve got the cowgirl look to a TEE. You’ll even be ready for a barn dance! The picnic print and cowgirl checks look best with cotton white and denim for days at the beach, chilling in the pub or weekend breaks away. You can even get away with wearing this trendy look to the office- gingham in monochrome looks so classy and chic.

Here are some of my favourite high-street and online picks from the timeless trend:

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Isn’t this the dream Gingham picnic playsuit? Daisy trim playsuit- Missgudied, £15

Gypsie tops are bang-on trend this season and mixing it this style up with the gingham print creates the perfect summertime festival look. Just pair with denim shorts and a flower headband and you’ll be ready to dance the night away! Crop bardot top- Topshop, £18

Read my latest post to get you festival-season ready with some Coachella celeb-inspired looks.

Checked prints in pastel shades look gorgeous in the sunshine, especially against a cotton white top. Pale blue brushed mini skirt- New Look, £9

Seeing wedges back in the shops makes me so excited! These are favourite style of shoes and a must have for holidays and weekend getaways. Mariel Gingham wedge in yellow- Solestruck, £19

Everyone needs a stylish-looking phone.. I mean it’s pretty much your everyday essential accessory because it’s glued to your fingers or ear! So why not let your technology embrace this checkered trend too.  Purple and orange gingham iphone case- Isaac Mizrahi, £22

A pretty crop top is a summer essential- to pair with shorts for trips to the beach, a bodycon midi skirt for nights at a rooftop bar and high-waisted jeans for those off-duty days. But a crop top in a checked print turns your any-time outfit into a statement look to get heads turning. Peplum crop top- Miss Selfridge, £16

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I la la love midi skirts- they’re perfect for work and so great for taking you from AM in the office to PM in the bar. And the gingham subtle pastel pink shade will bring some subtle girly vibes and brighten to your summer wardrobe. Altuzarra Balthazar pencil skirt- mytheresa.com, £472

You just have to get yourself a retro gingham headband this summer! A cross between an old school milkmaid and one of the Grease pink ladies, this 70s look will definitely bring some oomph to any outfit. Dolly bow hair wrap- beauxoxo.com, £7

Bring a bit of boldness to your workwear wardrobe with a gingham round-neck top. Pair with a white cotton pencil skirt and court heals for a sophisticated office look. Zalando, £18

These statement strappy monchrome heels are so classy and perfect to top off any outfit- pair with your fave LBD or even your comfiest skinny jeans. Qupid single strap heels- Charlotte Russe, £23

Be bold on those weekend off-duty days this season with this red and blue Crinkle Oversized Shirt- ASOS, £28

These cigarette crop trousers are perfect for the office and look oh so chic in the mochrome gingham print! Check trousers- Peacocks, £14

Hope this has given you some inspiration for your summer apparel shop. Happy Friday everyone!!!

Love Leeanna xo

#FridayFavourites: Tactile textures

Whenever I’m shopping I can’t help but touch and stroke bags and fabrics that look like they have a unique texture and for this Spring/Summer season shops are full of them.

Tactile textures like leather, creamy suede, tassels and fringing have the ability transform your look from biker gal, to hippy chick right through to rocking up at a Great Gatsby party! They are a great asset to any fashionista’s wardrobe.

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Fringe has always been one of the most steady and never changing fashion trends of almost any season, always coming up with some new interpretations and design combinations- some made with interesting textures like suede or leather on shoes tops and bags! Fringe detailing is even more powerful this season- bringing a boho/wild west style to any outfit.

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Apart from the season’s hottest trend of using fringe details, flirty and playful tassels also add fab detailing to spice up and glam up even the simplest pieces. So if it’s not fringe, then it’s tassels, and you are going to see a lot of creative interpretations of the tassel trend this Spring- as you have on the Spring/Summer 2015 catwalks!

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Leather is amazing- It can be worn as just a small accent to make any off-duty minimalist outfits look spectacular, or be the centerpiece fabric to create a statement-outfit.

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The tactile fabric has been spotted in the major fashion capitals during the recent fashion weeks too- so get some of it in your wardrobe for this Spring/Summer 2015! The classy trend- sold both in the traditional shades and bright hues for attracting extra attention- is a must-have for the fans of the luxury and the classy style.

My favourite faux leather picks are:

Leather pocket A Line skirt- Warehouse £65

Playful square neck shift dress- Missguided £25

Sagittarius platform shoes- Topshop £58

Compete with Kim and Rita with your own take on pink latex with this PU salmon mini dress from Missguided at £35. Who wears the look best now?

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Forever Unique Nell faux trousers in red- Van Mildert £35

Mint velvet bluebell faux biker jacket- House of Frazer £129

Rose gold metallic leather skirt- River Island £12

Go for a bold statement outfit by mixing the leather and tassel trends together. I love this faux leather tassel waterfall jacket from Missguided at £40. Such a bargain!

Suede

Pieces with suede textures are by far one of the trendiest and catchiest looks this season. Whether the tactile fabric is on outerwear like biker jackets and tailored coats, or basic garments like mini skirts and shoes, it creates a chic statement look.

In the shops there are lots of subtle suede garments in brown shades and creamy pastel colours- perfect for this time of year, while bright red and orange tones are also on offer to create bold statement looks.

Get some suede in your wardrobe with some inspiration from my favourite finds:

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Orange shift dress- Topshop £60

70s’ patchwork zip mini skirt- ASOS £45

Pastel pink shearling coat- Missguided £20

Bring the tassel and suede trends together with this grey duffle bag from Warehouse at £40– perfect for holding all your key essentials and rocking a hot summers day at a festival.

Casalnuoyo ankle boots- Aldo £88

Mint suede heels- Piperlime £200

Tassel clutch- Topshop £40

On my daily commutes to work and whenever i’ve been out shopping I’ve seen so many amazing tasseled bags and been dying to know where they’re from. I think a tasseled bag is definitely an essential for your wardrobe especially as you can rock the style every season!

Here are my top 5 picks to add to your handbag collection for any season and event:

For the jet setter: Love this travel bag’s turquoise colour and summery aztec pattern. Perfect for holiday trips to the beach too. Aspiga £72 

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To hold the the key essentials: This bang-on trend fringe tassel rucksack looks great for spicing up an off-duty look. Boohoo £18

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For festivals: This convertible cross body bag is so stylish for the Spring/Summer season and will add some boho chic and bring some hippie vibes to your festival looks. Nordstrom £39.32

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For glamming things up: This Lolita fringe cross body will take your outfit from off-duty chic straight to a Great Gatsby party statement piece. A fab accessory to add to you outfits for nights out and glamorous parties. Macy’s £61.88

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The shopper’s tote: I love this statement black fringe bag. I am a shopaholic so tote bags are must-have accessories for my everyday outfits. You just never know when you are going to spot a bargain so this great Spring/Summer 2015 bag is a great partner for any spontaneous shopping sprees. Elvi £45

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Happy Friday everyone!

Love Leeanna xo