You will already have seen the other Anne wearing her beautiful kaftan which we have been gifted by one of our lovely Insta followers, Mandy's Heaven Boutique, so this is our second week of styling our gorgeous new outfits for day and evening.
My outfit is a lovely turquiose silk floaty top with a built-in vest underneath, so if the top blows up, it will keep you decent!
I love the brilliant turquiose shade, which is one of my favourite colours and is also from my colour palette. I love bright colours and fortunately they do tend to suit me. This top is also available in a variety of other gorgeous colours (grey and pink, white, pink, lemon, navy,deep grey or blush) if you prefer a different shade.
For our shoot (in my back garden - not as beautiful as the other Anne's, but I hate gardening!) I have teamed the top with white M&S jeggings, available in a multitude of sizes. I tend to wear lighter coloured trousers during the day, and less chunky jewellery - particularly if the weather is hot, and then glam it up for the evening.
The wedge peep-toe shoes are from Nine West a few years ago, and the lovely turquiose jewellery was bought from Iris Gold in Thassos, Greece, while on holiday there last summer.
I will be definitely be taking this top with me when we go back to the same resort later this year!
The beauty of this gorgeous top is that it looks just as good in the evening as it does during the day, moving effortlessly to night-time as the sun goes down.
The silver tone earrings and black and diamante clutch bag are are from Simply Devine (another one of my favourite shops run by my good friend Liz Devine-Wright). The diamante watch is one I have had for years, but a similar one is available from Sekonda here.
The black slim trousers are also by M&S here and I am wearing with these gorgeous slip-on mules from Dune, which are a previous season's, so no longer available. Higher heels would also add to the glamour of the outfit.
The beauty of this top is that you can wear with a number of colours to make the outfit completely different. The flowers are grey, so it would look just as good with either jeans or trousers - though because the top is quite full I would wear skinny or straight legs. I also have a pair of turquiose ankle grazer trousers which are almost a perfect match.
This is one top which will definitely be going on holiday with me over the summer months. And for anyone else who would like to purchase from Mandy's Boutique Heaven - she has a fabulous selection of tops, dresses, sandals and handbags available to our followers with a discount of 15% by quoting ANNE15. I think I will definitely be using on something else. Happy shopping!
We have been so lucky to be approached by Mandy's Heaven Fashion to feature some of their tops and accessories on our blog. I choose this lovely turquoise and pink tie dye silk top which I am so pleased with. They also do in other colours including this one in Khaki, blue and pink - just so pretty.
This is such a versatile item for a holiday, great as a cover up or to wear for a daytime of sightseeing teamed with simple white trousers as I have here and some comfortable flats. It is in 30% silk and 70% viscose so has a lovely floaty feel to it and an under layer is attached so you can protect your modesty!
I have teamed with some white jeans from 7 for All Mankind that I have had for ages and some new sandals purchased from John Lewis which are in gold, a real departure for me. They are the Krista Sling back espadrille and come in white as well for those of you who are put off by the sparkle. Really comfortable with a low wedge heel and elasticated sides to hold the foot in place.
The sunglasses are from Cocoa Mint and are found via opticians as they are glazed to prescription.
Such a versatile top is great for teaming with some black trousers and statement jewellery like this black and silver necklace also from Mandy's Heaven and just £25. A really stand out piece and perfect for dressing up an outfit.
The shoes are from TopShop and are the Nicky Tubular Mules that also come in a fabulous yellow. I must say I have had some trouble keeping them on my feet which are quite narrow, but will not be deterred and they will be coming on holiday with me and worn in the evenings come what may.
We are really pleased to be able to offer our readers a 15% discount with Mandy's Heaven Fashion, just add the promo code ANNE15 at checkout. There are some amazing holiday pieces and accessories so enjoy shopping!
Unlike the other Anne, I don't wear glasses all of the time - just for reading and working on the laptop, so I don't have a big choice of frames.
In fact my eyes have changed very little since I started wearing glasses for close-up work, so I still wear every pair I have ever owned - and can read perfectly well with all of them.
These Chanel frames are not my newest, but are probably my favourites, so I still wear these quite a lot - even though they are probably around eight years old. They are the Chanel 3211 1266 in red and I haven't been able to see any new ones online, though I did find some brown used frames on ebay here.
The gold frames with white leopard print sides are a bit of fun, and also a pair I have had for quite a while. These are from Julian Beaumont of Dunelm Eyewear, and I tend to wear these only in summer.
In fact I do tend to wear glasses as a bit of a fashion accessory, so would wear these with light coloured clothing. I even have some ready-readers in different colours to match with my outfits (in purple, blue, zebra print and pink !)
These frames (above and below) are no longer available, and I am unable to find anything similar online, though there are plenty of heavier animal print frames.
I have noticed from these photos that I don't vary my style very much - unlike the other Anne who likes to ring the changes and is very adventurous with her choices - mine are all quite similar in style.
These brown tortoiseshell frames are also by Chanel, though I don't wear these too often because they hurt the tops of my ears! Perhaps they are a little more rounded that the other pairs I have and again ones which I have had for years.
My very first pair of prescription glasses are the Retro design also by Dunelm Eyewear, probably from 10 years ago - but still wearing well! These are in dark red and feature and black and white detail on the front sides - and they live at the side of my bed for when I'm reading either late night or early morning!
Finally my latest pair are by Jimmy Choo, and although not current season, they are available online here. Unfortunately you cannot see the detail on the picture because my fringe hides the sides, but if you click on the link, you will see they are in two colours, brown tortoisehall with black with gold sides.
My favourites are still the red Chanel - but please let me know what you think - should I be more adventurous next time????
We've had some prolonged sunshine for the past couple of weeks or so, which was welcome after such a long cold winter - so let's hope it lasts!
That means putting away the boots and woolly jumpers for a while and getting out our summer wardrobes - mixing and matching the old with some new items to keep everything fresh.
Anne C is trying desperately hard to rationalise her wardrobe after years of hoarding clothes she no longer wears "just in case". This varies from corporate suits which she no longer needs, to clothes which don't fit (some too big from weight loss, some from the 80s which she will never slim down to and are no longer suitable!) Some have ended up on eBay while others have gone to the charity shop.
Anne H has always been much more rational about her wardrobe choices, so hopefully her good wardrobe ethic is rubbing off.
This blue outfit is new - actually not a colour she wears very often - but she already has the same dress in black, fuchsia, red and lipstick pink - nothing like finding a style you like and getting it in every colour! This is from James Lakeland in royal blue, bought at Simply Devine boutique, and can be dressed up with heels, statement jewellery and a hat for a wedding or a special occasion, or worn with sandals or flip flops for summer holidays.
Unfortunately there is no special occasion looming so we're sticking with a casual approach. The blue sandal with diamante disc fronts are also from Simply Devine in Tadcaster, owned by her good friend Liz Devine-Wright (yes that really is her name, she was Liz Devine and married her own Mr Wright). Only her hats, handbags and pashminas are online, but she does stock dresses and jewellery but as these tend to be single items, they are not available online, only by personal visit to her shop in Tadcaster.
Anne H's geometric print top in black, cream and beige is from her wardrobe, bought at Zara a couple of years ago and has a deep vent in the back which makes it particularly suitable for lovely balmy summers evenings. She has accessorised with a simple silver necklace with scallop effect from COS . They have a sterling silver curved necklace still on sale which is similar and a bargain at just £35.
Her jeans have been stolen from her daughter's wardrobe (how great to have a daughter who is the same size!) and are Pepe Boyfriend Idoler jeans in a lovely heavy weight denim, available to purchase at £90. Her two strap sandals are from John Lewis and are the Jessie block heel sandals currently available at £69. They are really comfortable with cushioning and a 5.8 cm heel height that makes them ideal for walking. They are actually dark navy but that is really hard to tell, but they also come in black.
Back to Anne in a vibrant yellow lace long-line vest from Matalan, which she is wearing over a white cami, and a bargain at just £12 since it is a reasonably good quality lace. She has teamed with trusty her white linen trousers from M&S which she has had for years - similar ones here. They are a little baggy now, but will be perfect for holidays in the sun when she can't stand anything which is clingy in very hot weather.
The white top was bought months ago but never worn, and features a gold pattern on white chiffon, with a dipped hemline, and came from TKMaxx. (She has only just realised you can buy online from TKMaxx, thinking that you could only buy whatever was in the local stores!) She has teamed with skinny jeans (but not too skinny) from Florence & Fred@Tesco - another budget buy at £12.50. The wedge shoes were from Nine West, also no longer available.
The silver and amber earrings were a great find for Anne because one of the holes in her pierced ears is much larger than the other so tiny earrings are not an option as either the stone or the butterfly goes straight through her ear lobe! These have a long hook and no fastening and came from Azendi quite a few years ago, so no longer available.
Anne's chiffon green top was purchased last year from John Lewis and is from the Marella range. A similar style is available in Navy in the Johnny sheer long sleeve top, while her jeans are also from John Lewis and are the curvy straight Coco from the DL1961 range which are still available to buy in this wash and a darker wash. Both her buys were from the sale last summer and great additions for a summer wardrobe to wear on cooler evenings.
New to her wardrobe are these black leather mules from TopShop which are the Nicky tubular mules available at £46, quite dressy and a great addition to the summer wardrobe. She first spotted them on her daughter Lizzy who has the Lilac version as shown here so can't claim credit for this choice.
Even the bright pink garden table and chairs is from John Lewis who have a fabulous summer range at the moment, including this EMU Arc en Ciel range which is this years equivalent of the one seen here.
We were inspired to look at necklines and jewellery this week after seeing a graphic online about what jewellery to wear with each neckline, but having had a play around in our jewellery boxes, I think it's safe to say that you can wear more than one style with each neckline - a lot will depend on the occasion.
Then there's the question of wearing costume jewellery against more classic pearls or gold and silver- and this might depend not just on the event, but also on your budget.
Since both of our mothers are sadly no longer with us, both of us have extensive jewellery collections - much of it inherited from older family members.
Anne C tends to go for statement costume jewellery pieces, and her pearl and turquiose necklace is no exception. This is a piece from Bizermani, a Greek company, but theeir website translates into English. She has a favourite shop in Thira, Santorini, which she visits every year on holiday and is building up quite a collection of their pieces.
Sometimes you look at a photograph after it's been taken and realist that something didn't work, and although the necklace looks fine with a classic V neck, the drop pearl and bow earrings don't actually go well with the overall look. Next time it will be either smaller pearls or turquoise studs with this top and necklace!
Same top - which is a silk wrapover front which Anne has had for years, which she has accessorised with a beautiful glass necklace with matching earrings and bracelet, which she bought from an Asian jeweller whom she mentored when she first set up in business some years ago as part of a Women in Business programme. Unfortunately she is no longer selling jewellery, which is a great shame, as Anne loved her products and has several other items bought from her. The ring was a gift from the other Anne a couple of years ago, and was bought for her in Tropea, Italy.
Anne's black drape neck top is from COS and cries out for statement necklace that matches the sweep of the neckline adding drama to the overall look. This one is also from Greek jeweller Bizermani and is unusual in that it is part lace, part bead, and sits comfortably on this scoop neckline.
This statement red necklace was bought at a charity event and came from Conwy Pearls. Anne fell in love with this rather over-the-top piece, but it is a limited edition as all her stunning pieces are handmade (she's just had a look at the website and is now drooling...)
It would work well with a low neckline, but the ivory top from Phase Eight is the perfect foil for the colour and contrasts well. The simple red petal earrings with diamante centres aren't a set but they do complement the necklace.
Another top from COS with a higher crew style neck is ideal for accessorizing with either a short necklace that complements the neckline like this striking purple one that Anne purchased a number of years ago. It works equally well with a longer necklace like this colourful chunky one that was also purchased in Greece.
This black stone with diamante drops and matching earrings is shown off on a square neckline, with a top from Weekenders - unfortunately no longer in business. This set also came from the previous Asian jeweller.
Finally, this classic cream silk shirt from Whistles cries out for creamy vintage pearls like these from Anne's mum with their age giving them the most beautiful patina She has added some small pearl earrings bought in the Far East with bangles and pearl ring from Pandora.
Finally the weather has picked up and we've had some long-overdue brilliant sunshine! So with summer holidays and sunny days looming, I have done a little seasonal shopping ready for summer (and I hasten to add, I have actually sold quite a few previously-loved items on eBay to make some room!)
I absolutely love this Galerie Saint Gil white jacket which I bought on a recent trip to New York. The shop was opposite our hotel on the corner of E50th Street and Lexington Avenue, and I had told my daughter every day I wanted to pop in and look round, and literally the car was waiting at the hotel entrance when I finally went in and saw this fab jacket. They had some gorgeous clothes but sadly I didn't have time for a proper look - probably just as well because it saved me maxing my credit card!
Although unlined, it is extremely stylish, with an asymmetric front, dipped hem, feature sleeves and contrasting button.
I was also delighted to see that it had been drastically reduced - originally retailing at more than $800 though to be honest I don't think it was worth that since it is unlined. However, I love the style and have teamed it with smart black trousers from Marks & Spencer for a mono look. If I wear it for a day out I would probably add a bright scarf and matching handbag to give a pop of colour and lighten up the mono palette.
For this photoshoot, I am wearing my studded Office boots - unfortunately bought a couple of years ago, and accessorised with large gold-tone earrings and watch from Olivia Burton (bought on the flight home!)
The summer top (below) looks yellow in the photo, but is more of an acidyellow/lime green with a gold sequin feature neckline from Julien Macdonald at Debenhams. I like the double layer - a fitted bodice with a chiffon overlay as the latter covers up any lumps and bumps - of which I have many! It is currently in the sale reduced to £31.20, but only available in a size 8.
This is one outfit which will definitely be going to Greece with me for two visits this summer. I have teamed with white jeans, but often take white leggings with me on holiday as they are lighter when the weather is scorching.
The dainty butterfly earrings are perfect for summer, but I have had them for so long I can't remember where they came from.
This pink outfit is a bit of a bargain basement buy! The top was from an eBay trader, so brand new, and would probably be good for travelling since I often find planes quite chilly. The top is an asymmetric design in cotton and silk.
After 40 years of friendship, the other Anne's love affair with colour is finally rubbing off on me, and with her help I have been experimenting with colour.
More than 25 years ago I had a colour analysis done so I immediately went rummaging around in a drawer to see if I could find the little file that I was given as it seemed an interesting place to start my journey with colour.
I am basically supposed to go with a SUMMER palette which would include soft colours, nothing with sharp contrast, and favouring soft hues of blue, rose and off white. I should avoid yellow and anything with a yellow hue and go for beiges and browns with a rose undertone. As I am fair, I should wear soft colours close to the face but can mix with the brighter spectrum. Which is all a gross over-simplification but hopefully you get the drift.
This is supposed to include soft white, rose toned beiges and browns, greyed navy and blue greys.
First up is a light blue jumper from Hoopers in Harrogate. The photo is not helped by the lighting in the fitting room which does cast a green light over everything, but I think it does work although it doesn't over excite me.
I really love this pale pink top from COS and think this is a flattering colour for me. So much so I have a new jacket in pink that my daughter bought me and I am really looking forward to wearing that in the coming weeks.
Soft greys/silver also work and is a colour I have a fair amount of in my closet - as my daughter always says it matches my hair!
Apparently I should incorporate burgundy, raspberry, grey-blue, deep blue green, blue red and water melon.... please don't ask me what water melon looks like as a colour, I have no idea.
Of all the clothes we tried on this was probably the closest to a colour on the palette, and I do think it works as it sits within the raspberry/mauve tone.
This bright purple top doesn't quite have the right amount of blue in the hue and so it is too vibrant for my skin tone (Actually I like this one on you Anne ! (Comment from Anne C).
I actually really loved this bright pink top and it felt fabulous for a summer wardrobe, but it would be considered a no no as is too strong and lacks a blue undertone. I might ignore that though.
This turquoise is also too strong and lacks the sea-green tone which is better for me.
COLOURS TO AVOID
Step away from reds with a yellow undertone, oranges and yellows other than a soft lemon would appear to be the rule. I must say having looked at the next set of colours on me I think that is probably correct as they really do overwhelm my colouring.
I think the fact that I have fairly strong make up on does help this look but I am not sure I would go for such a powerful orange again.
I was pleasantly surprised by the yellow, maybe as it is a buttery yellow it has been helped, but again I am not sure it is something I would choose to buy. I would definitely avoid any acid yellows and have previously tried the lemon tone but really didn't like it.
I know this is not a true orange as we tried to soften by choosing one with some pink in, but again I really am not keen. The make up is not as strong and the lighting does drain the colour but I do think it makes me look very insipid.
I didn't think this top looked that bad in the shop but it really does not flatter in this shot. By the colour rules I should have a brown with a more blue undertone rather than this which tends towards yellow. There is only really one brown on the colour wheel so maybe something I should just avoid at all costs.
I would love to know what you guys think and if you favour one colour over any other. We need to continue our investigation and try to find the specific greens and blues that the analysis recommends. It is all well and good saying you can wear these colours but it is really not that easy to find them.
The thing we love about black trousers is that they are so versatile. Wear them with a sweater for a smart casual look, with a jacket and shirt for work, or with a glitzy top for an evening out.
As we have always emphasised, we have very different styles and body shapes, so our individual take on smart black trousers is quite different. Below we have styled our black trousers to suit our lifestyles, pockets and wardrobes.Anne C is wearing her favourite colour pink with this short boiled wool jacket which was a lucky find in a local charity shop and cost just £3.99, and still had the original tags on. She has teamed it with one of her favourite tops in cream lace from Kaleidoscope which she has probably had for around 15 years, also owning its sister in black. It has washed and been worn more times than she can remember but is a great fit because it has a stretchy back and beautiful quality lace front. They even still have a very similar one in stock in a number of colours here.
The black crepe trousers are Marks and Spencer from a previous season, but similar wool ones are available here. We both struggle with M&S's fashion choices sometimes, but you can always get a perfect pair of black trousers, since they sell different lengths, which is perfect for Anne's short legs.
The black mock-crock ankle boots are from Faith from a previous season, and she has accessorised with black earrings from H&M which were a gift from her daughter (no longer available in black, but they do have them in red, pink, yellow or green here).
Anne H is wearing beautifully cut MaxMara wool crepe trousers that she has had for years. When she was working she would always invest in a pair of these trousers and often a jacket purchased in their sale as she finds the cut and length are perfect for her frame. Looking on their site they have a very similar pair of wool crepe trousers available now at £178 reduced from £255. Given the number of years she has had these they are a very good investment.
She has teamed with a sale purchase from this year from Jigsaw - a beautiful silk front top in fuschia. Now in the sale at £49, down from £98. It has a lovely relaxed fit with long sleeves and soft V to the neckline and a lightweight jersey back. It will be perfect paired with jeans or dressed up with heels and a feature necklace as shown here for an evening look. She has completed her outfit with a pair of black suede court shoes purchased from Hobbs a number of years ago, fortunately of a height she can still walk in!
Anne C's second outfit includes the same trousers as previously shown, but this time she has teamed it with a black lace top, created a neutral backdrop for the splash of colour - the pink jacket would just as easily have been appropriate for this shot. Instead, she has made the outfit a little more casual with a wool cardigan-style jacket which has more of a relaxed fit.
Bought recently in TKMaxx - you sometimes have to sort through oodles of racks before finding something suitable, which is not for everyone. She has personalised the look with a brooch pin bought in Iceland in January, while the H&M earrings are the same as in her previous shots, but in a deep red shade rather than black.
I have to start this post by saying how hugely impressed I am with Massimo Dutti at the moment, I think their styling and quality is completely on point and I could spend an absolute fortune with them. But common sense has prevailed and I have been looking at their sale rails as well as new in.
My first acquisition was made whilst in Bruges and is this lovely camel three quarter coat which had 30% off so was a great buy. A really versatile piece for the Spring and although I normally keep away from double breasted jackets I think this single row is fine . My normal objection being that double breasted makes me look wider and looks messy whilst undone. I seemed to manage to overcome these objections for this one though!
Next up was this single button houndstooth blazer which has a really country feel to it. It is a bit too big for me and so has gone back, but I couldn't resist the chance to model it with the perfectly toning polo neck that I purchased.
The polo neck is a silk/wool blend and was another sale buy, sadly sold out now. But I have spotted they have some gorgeous knitwear for Spring so think I may be venturing back for an online shop. It is a crying shame that we don't have a shop in the North so it has to be online.
The last purchase in my mini splurge is this embellished frock style coat with a Chanel-esque vibe. Primarily cotton, it is a great wardrobe addition for Spring and will look great dressed up or down. I have teamed with the polo again and some tailored MaxMara trousers and Dune heels.
It is the flattering length that I really favour and includes a light lurex thread to add a bit of glamour and I think at £139 is a reasonable price for such a quality jacket.
Anne C here. I have a very eclectic wardrobe in terms of colour style and price, and my new Spring wardrobe epitomises that in every sense!
I fell in love with this bright yellow duster coat while shopping in Tesco! Using my Clubcard points it cost me just £5 from Florence & Fred, though the price tag says £39 - still quite a bargain as the colour is bang on trend for this season.
I love the mix of grey with yellow, I chose not to team with black accessories because I didn't want to look like a bumble bee, and think the grey is much softer. The grey wrap is from my daughter's wardrobe, though I do borrow this quite a lot, and comes from Zara, though not recently.
The light grey stretch super skinny jeans are also a budget buy from George at Asda, and are comfortable to wear, and also quite a bargain at £12.50 Fortunately as I am short (5'2"), I can find bargains, unlike Anne H who can only wear extra long length because of her height.
The pale grey ankle boots were a last autumn buy from River Island, and I love a little bit of bling, so the sparkly heels are just perfect.
The dress is something of a departure for me, because I rarely wear them these days, but I love this stretchy black fabric, which has a blood red velvet collar for interest. This was bought during a recent trip to Iceland (the country, not the supermarket this time!) The lovely pin brooch just finishes the look, and I have teamed with my blood red pompom boots - which match perfectly - another bargain find from Primark during the winter months, so probably not available now.
The dress is quite versatile, since I can also wear with leggings if my legs freeze! The earrings were a gift from my daughter and are by Freedom Jewellery from H&M - which also supplies TopShop - and while I don't think they have them in black any longer, I have recently bought the same ones in pink, so maybe they will repeat the design as they are popular (I now have them in black, red and pink - if you find something you like, I'm a great believer in getting it in every colour!)
To note the sun was shining during our photoshoot, so I am squinting quite a bit!
The mustard duster coat is another bang-on trend colour this coming season. Although I have dressed this as a casual with jeans, it would work just as well over a little black dress and heels for a more sophisticated look. The make is by Little Mistress from their Girls on Film range, which I bought in Debenhams at Manchester Trafford Centre.
The skinny denims are from Marks and Spencer - quite old now but there are still plenty of skinny jeans around, while the denim-look top was from TKMaxx a couple of years ago.
I have teamed it with yet another pair of Primark boots in navy suede - again not a new purchase - and accessorised with navy blue tassel earrings which were bought in Santorini last summer, but again this look is very up to the minute and there is plenty of choice this season in tassels in most of the high street shops (similar here) .
Wherever possible I do try to wear the same colour boots as my jeans/trousers because (I hope) it makes my very short legs look longer!
And my final word on this - why are the sleeves always so long on coats???? I probably need to get out my needle and cotton!
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