Monday, 3 February 2014

The Review: House of Fraser High Summer Press Day

I had the pleasure of a quick trip to London last week for House of Fraser's high Summer press day.  It was a damp, cold day so I was in much need of some cheer and reassurance that Summer isn't that far aware.  There was a lot to share!  I've grouped my images together as best I could to give you a good idea of what lovely treats they have in store for us shoppers.

The welcome!
First up was the dresses, perfect 'Ascot' and 'Summer wedding' dresses in lots of floral prints with some amazing fascinators.  Check out the footwear, I love the ankle straps paired with these dresses as it adds another dimension making the whole look more interesting. 

The Mary Portas range had some great colours as always along with some bold prints.  The cuts seemed to cover all body shapes, from the tailored, to the draped look as well as a structured box style top (plain white one in the second set of images).  My favourite by far was the amazing white shirt below left, the simple beading turned a boring white shirt into something far more appealing. 

No collection is complete without some animal print (in my opinion…..!) and these sandals do the job perfectly.  If you don't own a pair for Summer then rectify your error with these.  I was left dreaming of weather where I can wear a bikini, come on UK, give us a Summer to remember this year. 

For all you maxi dress lovers out there, they had a great selection for day wear.  My favourite being the grey tie dye on on the left, great design for adding length and elongating the body.

There was a great selection of tops, a lot of detail as well.  I love embellishments on tops as they can turn a pair of jeans into a more substantial outfit especially when you just don't have the time to think about your look. 

Simple shapes in block colours and denim also featured.  A great twist on the classic breton as well. 

One of my favourite dresses for the colour, the simple shape and the quality was this by Hugo Boss.

The accessories!  This statement Biba necklace looks gorgeous against the lime green yellow dress.

I was so excited to see bareMinerals there as they are my favourite foundation brand.  I was introduced to their glosses, in particular the one on the far left, it gave my lips a fabulous irridescent glow.  

I didn't have long to get in and out of London and back for the school pick up so I needed comfort with some stylish edge.  I had on my black suede Topshop ankle boots (sorry, not seen!), Gap wet look skinnies, a cream Pyrus top (not seen as well!) finished off with my Zara coat.  Accessories were my Balenciaga handbag, TK Maxx gloves, H&M cashmere scarf and bracelets by Tiffany, Annie Haak and Marc Jacobs.  Last and by no means least, my nails were painted in my new birthday Chanel nail polish in a shade called 'April' - bring on that month! 

It's been a long week since my last blog as at the time of going to press; the whole family is ill!  Boooo! 


  1. Oooh I can't wait for spring & summer especially after seeing all these lovely temptations....fingers crossed we have an even better summer than last year! Love your new nail polish Natalie, it looks a gorgeous shade. Jane xx

  2. what an eclectic mix, i love your Chanel the best. but your photos make me want to see a bit of sun. Last year it snowed in May!!

  3. What a great post! I love the Mary Portas range, although I always think it's designed for her body shape and height, so not sure that it would work on someone as small as me! Absolutely LOVING your outfit by the way - great, great coat x

  4. Looked like a fab day Natalie, all those bright colours are making me long for summer. Your outfit was gorgeous- great coat!!

  5. I need those leopard print sandals. On my summer list to buy! You look great x

  6. Oooh looks amazing - I love that red maxi dress with a navy stripe.

    I also love your nails - I'm jealous, I bit mine off last week!


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