It’ll All Be All White

There’s probably one obsession I shouldn’t indulge in, and that’s my current penchant for white & cream dresses.  You see, I’m not the most careful person when out and about, and inevitably end up spilling something on me.  However, this hasn’t deterred me from buying one (or maybe more!) white dresses this season.  Just like the LBD, the little white dress (LWD) is one of the most versatile pieces a girl can have in her wardrobe – especially her summer one.  I’d suggest investing in a classic style that will see you through a few seasons, especially if you splurge on it.  Or maybe consider buying one which can be dressed up or down and that you can accessorise in different ways.  Below are just a few of my favourites around at the moment.

60s Sparkly Dress

Mini shift sequin & lace dress, £65 from ASOS

Feminine one

Lemine dress, £189 from Reiss

Tennis inspired one

Mango halterneck dress, £39.99 from John Lewis

Crochet One

In Bloom Crochet dress, £150 fom French Connection

The Classy One

Tempest Amber midi dress with gathered waist and embellishment, £135 from Designer Desirables

 

The Summery One

Oasis Grecian pleat midi dress, £100 from ASOS

The Boho One

 

Lace swing dress, £32 from ASOS

The lunch with the girls one

 

Layercake cutwork dress, £60 from Warehouse

The Illusion One

 

Lace overlay pencil dress, £65 from Warehouse

The Floral One

 

Ted Baker floral embellished dress, £149 from Selfridges

The girly one

 

Lydia Bright Blake dress, £75 from Bella Sorella

Domestic Princess tips

  1. Never eat spaghetti bolognaise when wearing a white dress, and if you do, don a bib!
  2. Only drink clear drinks when out in a white dress and avoid those drinking red wine or diet coke like the plague!
  3. Invest in a whitening agent and stain remover for your laundry cupboard.

Which one(s!) do you think I’ve bought/have in my basket?  And are there any there that take your fancy?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Ski wear for Men & Children

Back in October I shared with you some lovely ski wear options for Ladies and promised to come back with some options for men and children.  The same tips on picking ski wear for ladies applies to the gents and little ones too.  I ended up going for a Killy jacket, Schoffel pants and mittens instead of gloves.  I had always steered away from mittens, as it’s a bit harder to get things in and out of pockets etc. etc.  However, when I was buying my jacket and pants, the wonderful sales guy at Snow & Rock in Harrods said he would take a pair of mittens over gloves any day, as they help to keep the hands a lot warmer.  Knowing my feet were going to be super toasty in my heated boots, I took the sales assistant’s advice and opted for mittens, and boy am I glad I did.  With temperatures of -22C, my hands stayed warm on every outing on the slopes.  But enough of my chat, here’s my chosen outfits.

Children's ski wear

  1. Tresspass Blaine ski jacket, £54.99 from Little Skiers
  2. Tresspass Marvelous ski pants, £32.99 from Little Skiers
  3. Matteo all-in one snowsuit, £39.99 from Mountain Warehouse
  4. Trespass Candy Pop ski package, £60 from Ski Trek
  5. Didriksons all-in one snowsuit, £80  from Simply Piste

 

Ski Wear for Men

  1. Spyder Bromont jacket, £675 from Snow & Rock
  2. Arc’teryx Beta AR pants, £270 from Snow & Rock
  3. Helly Hansen Viper jacket, £154 from Helly Hansen
  4. Helly Hansen Trans ski pants, £110 from Helly Hansen
  5. Tresspass Igloo jacket, £69.99 from Ski Wear 2Go
  6. Dive2B ski pants, £38.99 from Ski Wear 2Go

Have any of you been skiing yet this season?  I’d love to hear where you’ve been or where you’re going.

 

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Partywear for Men 2012

Wednesday was all about the ladies, so today I’m turning my attention to the men to help them look sartorially sharp over the festive season!  Below are a few outfit ideas that would look great at a black-tie party, the bar, Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve.

Sophisticated Yet Casual

Slanted pocket trousers, £125 from Nigel Hall

Pinpoint midnight blue shirt, £95 from Nigel Hall

Grey v-neck jumper, £100 from John Lewis 

James Bond

Tuxedo, £90 from ASOS

Smooth, Suave & Sophisticated

Whistler suit jacket, £200 from French Connection

Whistler trousers, £95 from French Connection 

Whistler waistcoat, £70 from French Connection

White poplin stretch shirt, £48 from French Connection

Office to Bar

Blue slim trousers, £40 from River Island 

Red stripe contrasting collar shirt, £30 from River Island 

All year round copy

Black cardigan, £24 from Topman

Two-tone shirt, £29.99 from Zara

Indigo vintage jeans, £36 from Topman

Grey tie, £19.99 from Zara

Ladies Man

Velvet blazer, £69.99 from Zara

Belted trousers, £39.99 from Zara

T-shirt, £9.99 from Zara

There’ll be more festive fun tomorrow with a BUMPER food post!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Let’s get this party started!

Hello lovely readers!

I’m back after my latest mini break, albeit a bit later than I’d hoped, owing to some technical difficulties (ggggrrr) and Bangalore Belly (double ggggrrrrr).  Anyway, as promised I am back with all things Christmassy and kicking of the festive posts with a fashion one.

The party season’s nearly upon us and that means an outfit (or two)!  Whether you go all out sparkly, or fancy something a little more tame that you can wear at other times during the year, my ten outfit picks are sure to help you find something that will fit the bill perfectly!

Tomorrow is all about helping the men find their ideal outfit.

Black lace bandage dress, £45 from Oasis

Stella cream trousers, £110 from French Connection

Beaded collar blouse, £125 from Karen Millen

Red pleated dress with jewelled collar, £69.99 from Zara

Michael by Michael Kors silver sparkly dress, £215 from Net-a-Porter 

Milo wrap shirt body, £125 from Reiss

Lyon black tuxedo trousers, £120 from Reiss

Mesh swing dress, £45 from ASOS

Gold sequin dress, £59.99 from Mango

Black playsuit, £119 from Ted Baker 

Flower print dress, £299 from Hobbs

 

Bastyan Claude cigarette trousers, £150 from John Lewis

Silk pintuck blouse, £79 from John Lewis 

I’m thinking my credit card is going to be taking a bit of bashing tomorrow!  Did you see anything that took your fancy?  Have you got your eye on a new party frock?

It’s good to be back!

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

Let it snow: dressing for the slopes

In just 9 short weeks, I will be swishing (elegantly?!) down the slopes of Park City, Utah.  The last time I donned a ski jacket and salopettes was February 2006, when we went to Chamonix.  Back then I was quite much heavier than I am now, so I’m guessing that my old ski jackets and salopettes won’t actually fit me any more.  In light of this, I’ve been having a look around for some new gear and thought I’d share some of the items that have grabbed my attention!  I also came across some good options for men and children, so will share those with you shortly.

  1. Arc’teryx Women’s Beta FL GTX Active Jacket, £349.99 from Ellis Brigham
  2. Spyder Women’s Winner Tailored Fit Pant, £220 from Snow & Rock
  3. Kjus Women’s Ray Jacket, £560 from Snow & Rock
  4. Kjus Women’s Formula Pants, £370 from Snow & Rock
  5. Columbia Women’s Lay D Down Ski Jacket, £142.50 from Ski & Trek
  6. Trespass Women’s Meredith Ski Pants, £74.95 from Ski & Trek

Domestic Princess tips

  1. Decide which type of jacket you want: insulated or shell.  There’s no right answer – it all depends upon your body’s temperature regulation.  If you get hot quickly, go for a shell and if you’re the type that feels the cold more, then an insulated jacket will be more suitable for you.
  2. Insulated jackets are typically measured in grams.  The greater the weight in grams, the toastier the jacket will be.  A jacket with down filling will probably have around an 800g weighting.  If you feel the cold, opt for the highest gram weighting jacket you can find.
  3. Shell jackets offer protection from the wind and are normally waterproof.  However, they don’t provide any built-in insulation.  The Domestic Prince chooses to ski in one of these sometimes, normally if he’s taken a ski trip later in the season.  He’s a naturally warm blooded person who doesn’t need to be bundled up as much as me!
  4. If you don’t want to be soaked through to the skin, then you’ll want to look at the waterproof rating of the jacket you’re considering purchasing.  Waterproof ratings are measured in millimetres – the higher the number, the more waterproof the jacket will be.
  5. Another thing to consider when purchasing your jacket is the breathability rating.  The breathability rating measures how effective the jacket is at letting moisture from the inside, out.  The higher the number, the more moisture is allowed to escape, thus more breathable.
  6. Look for fully taped seams, as this will mean the jacket and pants are more waterproof. However, these will be more expensive than critically taped items.
  7. Always try ski jackets on over the type of layers you will be wearing on the slopes.

 

I am sooooo excited about hitting the slopes again!!  Can you guess which jacket and pants I’ll be going for?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

 

Here Comes The Rain Again: Trench Coats For Men

One of my first posts on The Domestic Princess was my selection of trench coats for women, and I promised to come back with my edit for men, so here it is!  As I said in my post for the ladies, a trench coat should be a staple in everybody’s wardrobe, as it never goes out of fashion – the trench coat has pretty much remained unchanged for over 100 years.  I still firmly believe that a trench is an investment.  Oh, and if you’re wondering….I’m still lusting after a Burberry one, but am unlikely to be the proud owner of this little gem whilst I’m residing so close to the equator!

  1. Mid-length cotton trench coat, £595 from Burberry (also available in black and taupe)
  2. Long cotton gabardine trench cost, £1,095 from Burberry (also available in black and honey)
  3. Double-breasted trench coat, £79.99 from Zara (also available in brown)
  4. Full length trench coat, £75 from Topman
  5. Wedgewood trench, $213*/£175 from J Crew 
  6. Cotton trench, £119.99 from Mango (also available in black)

*The J Crew US site has free shipping and 25% off for orders over $150.  Enter code STYLE25 at checkout.

Domestic Princess tips

  1. Buy the best you can afford.  I know people who’ve had their Burberry trenches for over 10 years.  Think of it as an investment.
  2. Decide on the length you’re after.  The length you opt for will depend very much on your stature.  If you’re on the smaller side, a longer trench will just drown you, and likewise for taller men, a short trench will just emphasise your height.
  3. Your trench should be big enough to give you enough room to wear it over a suit or thick sweater.  Opt for a generous fit.  You should be able to button it up comfortably, without looking like you’ve been crow-barred into it.
  4. The sleeves should be around 2 to 4 inches longer than the sleeves on your suit jacket.

So lovely readers, have you invested in a trench?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

 

AW12/13: Peplum

I know it’s still August, but the stores are awash with the new season’s fashion.  One of the biggest trends of Spring/Summer 12 was the peplum, which is set to continue for Autumn/Winter 12/13.  So, what is “peplum”?

It’s a design that originated in ancient Greece, which means tunic.  Today’s interpretation of it, is a short flared, gathered or pleated fabric, which is attached to the waist of garments to create a frill.

A peplum adds a certain ladylike flair to your outfit.  It slims your waistline and accentuates your womanly curves.  What’s not to love about that?

Here are a few of my favourites at the moment.

  1. Peplum skirt, £30 from Oasis
  2. Lace peplum top, £35 from Warehouse
  3. Melanie textured peplum jumper, £95 from Reiss
  4. Peplum jacket, £70 from ASOS
  5. Alice & Olivia Victoria peplum dress, £215 from Net-A-Porter & $264 from Saks
  6. Sleeveless peplum top, £18 from Topshop

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. The best tip I can give you about purchasing a peplum garment is:  if it is super frilly, like the bed valances from the 80s, give it a miss.  What you’re looking for is something structured.
  2. When choosing your peplum, keep in mind this: fitted or flared styles.  To show off an hourglass figure, choose a fitted peplum.  If on the other hand you’re looking to add curves to your frame, opt for a flared one.
  3. If choosing a peplum skirt, the most flattering length is for the skirt to finish at, or just below your knee.
  4. A peplum jacket will look great with a pair of skinny jeans.

 Have you embraced this trend yet?  If not, will you?  I’ve got my eye on the lace peplum from Warehouse…..

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

Shady People: Sunglasses to suit everyone

As I mentioned in the post on protecting your skin in the sun, UV radiation from natural sunlight can damage your eyes, both outside (sclera and retina) and inside on the cornea and lens.

Not protecting your eyes from the harmful UV rays can cause no end of damage.  It can lead to skin cancer around the eyelids, cataracts and other eye disorders.  If that hasn’t got you reaching for your sunnies, I don’t know what will?!  And, if you’re a contact lens wearer, think about choosing a brand that offers UV protection.

I think choosing sunglasses that suit the shape of your face can be as tricky as choosing the right swimwear!  But like choosing swimwear, it’s all about knowing your shape, which will determine which frames will suit you.  Lucky for you, I have a little guide to help you!!

Which shape face are you?

Square
A square face is one with a well-defined jaw line, wide cheekbones and a broad forehead.  Square faces are proportionally even.  “Chiseled” is probably a good way of describing squares.

If you have a square face you can carry off aviators really well, together with oval, round or curvy frames.  Metal frames with dark lenses are a good option.  Creams and neutrals are brilliant colours to soften the strong features of squares.  One style to avoid for squares is, funny enough, square shaped frames.  This style will just accentuate the angular nature of your face.

  1. Prada Folding PR12OS in Ivory, £206.46 from Fashion Eyewear
  2. Polarised men’s classic silver metal aviator, £16.50 from Boots
  3. Ray Ban Aviators, £87.95 from Blaze Sunglasses

Round
If you’ve got a circular face with full cheeks and a rounded chin then you have a round face.  The objective of glasses for this shape face is to choose a frame that makes the face appear narrower and longer.  Go for angular shapes that break-up the roundness of your face.  Choose styles that are wider than they are deep; opting for a pair that are slightly wider than the broadest part of your face.  Without a doubt you want to avoid round frames.  An absolute no-no.  Classic black frames are going to be a winner on round faces.

  1. Ralph Lauren RL8066, £92.95 from Smart Buy Glasses
  2. Ray Ban Wayfarer, £72 from Unitedshades.com
  3. Carve wraparound sunglasses, £30 from ASOS

Heart
If your forehead is broad, which then tapers down to a heart-shaped chin, then you can call yourself heart-shaped.  Think Jennifer Aniston.  Hearts are lucky, as their face shape suits both round and angular frames.  Avoid frames that are wider at the top than the bottom, as this is just reflecting the shape of a heart face, rather than trying to balance it.

  1. Vogue VO275S, £77 from London Eyewear
  2. Oakley Fast Jacket in polished black, £135.99 from Chain Reaction Cycles
  3. Ray Ban 3429, £125.50 from Pret a Voir

Oval
Oval faces are well balanced, softly rounded and with a forehead that is slightly wider than the jaw.  It might appear to be longer than it is wide.  Oval faced people are super lucky; they can carry-off most shapes.  Round, angular – the world is your oyster!

  1. Tom Ford Nicola, £179 from Pret a Voir
  2. Mango classic sunglasses, £6.99 from Mango
  3. Dirty Dog Bubby 53115, £36 from Sunglass Watch

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. Look for sunglasses that block 99 to 100% of BOTH UVA and UVB rays.
  2. Determine your face-shape before setting-off.  Either take a photo of yourself head on, or trace the shape of your face on a mirror using an old lipstick or something that isn’t permanent!
  3. When trying the sunglasses on, look in the mirror (obviously!) and if you can see your eyes through the lens, they might not be dark enough for blaring sunshine.
  4. Finding a pair that suits you and that has UV protection, is far more important than buying the latest trend in sunglasses.
  5. Sports will require a specialised pair, rather than the pair you wear for everyday use.
  6. It’s now possible to have prescription lenses in many designer frames.

Do you find buying sunglasses tricky?   Have you any hints or tips you could share with us on buying sunglasses?

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo

The perfect holiday wardrobe for men

Last week, was all about the perfect holiday wardrobe for the ladies.  So, this week, I’m once again turning my attention to the men and helping them out with their holiday wardrobe dilemmas.  Guys, it’s got to be said you have it far easier than the ladies when it comes to packing for your holibobs, in fact I’m quite envious.  Even so, I know many a man who deliberates over his holiday wardrobe as much as some ladies, so here’s my summer wardrobe edit for the gents.

  1. Straw trilby, £6 from Matalan
  2. Havaianas, £29.78 from Mr Porter
  3. Swims rubber & mesh boat shoes, £100 from Mr Porter
  4. Canvas big pony tote, £100 from Polo Ralph Lauren
  5. Suede driving shoes, £35 from ASOS
  6. Ray Ban Cockpit sunglaess, £104 from UnitedShades.com
  1. Slim-fit stretch poplin shirt, £14.99 from GAP
  2. Cotton silk jumper, £9.99 from Mango
  3. Diesel Larkee 73N straight jeans, £105 from House of Fraser
  4. Three-quarters sleeve top, £15 from ASOS
  5. Club short in lightweight chino, £50.72 from J Crew
  6. Slub knit polo shirt, £15.99 from Zara
  7. Navy casual trouser, £75 from Nigel Hall
  8. Polka dot shirt, £22 from ASOS
  9. Cotton knit v-neck sweater, £9.99 from Zara
  10. White chino shorts, £22 from ASOS
  11. Mitre deck shorts, £45 from All Saints of Spitalfields
  12. Nigel Hall gingham shirt, £110 from John Lewis
  13. Emerson vintage straight chino, £45 from Banana Republic
  14. Linen cotton blend trouser, £34.99 from Mango

Men’s Daywear

Men's day beachwear

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. Don’t buy expensive white t-shirts to wear to the pool / beach, as the suncream will only stain them.  Cheap ones are best.
  2. Buy t-shirts for the day in neutral colours, so they don’t clash with your beach shorts.
  3. Don’t be tempted to wear socks with your deck shoes – this screams geek!
  4. Unless you are tall and skinny, steer clear of combat shorts, that is unless you are going into combat.  They are a sartorial no no.
  5. If you’re over 20, avoid coloured lenses in your sunglasses, otherwise your look is screaming out “I’m having a mid-life crisis”.
  6. Still on the topic of mid-life crisis, if you’re over 30, don’t even think about contemplating emblazoned t-shirts, especially those with large graphics or what you perceive to be funny sayings on them.
  7. Sportswear below the waist is acceptable, aka swim shorts, above it, no-way.  We don’t want you emulating Wayne Rooney!  No amount of money can buy you style.
  8. With the exception of David Gandy lookalikes, leave the vests at home.  No need to channel your inner Homer Simpson when jaunting around the South of France, save them for your date with your sofa.
  9. If you’re not planning a sailing trip, nor a trip down the King’s Road, nor are you of European descent, then please do not be tempted to don a pair of red trousers.
  10. Remember the rules to follow when picking out your swimwear.

Happy shopping! And please feel free to post any questions you might have in the sartorial department in the comments section below.

With much love

The Domestic Princess

xoxo

Lightening the load: the perfect beach holiday wardrobe

This post is as much for me, as it is for my lovely readers.  If you were to ask the Domestic Prince about my holiday wardrobe, he would tell you that I take far too much and only wear half of what I pack.  I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love going on holiday, but no matter how excited I am about going on my holibobs, packing causes me a great amount of stress and a lot of deliberation.  I want to look great on the beach and fabulous in the evening, as well as making sure I have warmer clothes in case the weather turns, which in today’s unpredictable climate, is quite likely!  The later I leave my packing, the worse it actually gets, as I end up throwing things in, “just in case”.

So, by writing this post, I’m hoping to streamline my holiday wardrobe, take the hard work out for you, and show you the perfect beach holiday wardrobe.

What to pack for a two-week beach holiday

  • Maxi dress
  • Smart dress
  • Plain dress, which can be dressed-up with jewellery
  • Beach cover-up x 3
  • Day-time shorts x 2
  • Vest / t-shirt x 2
  • Bikini / swimsuit/ tankini x 5
  • Cropped trousers x 2
  • Skirt x 1
  • Jeans x 1
  • Evening top x 2
  • Work-out gear
  • Cardigan / wrap (you can wear this to travel in)
  • Flip flops
  • Wedges
  • Flat sandals
  • Trainers
  • Beach bag
  • Clutch bag
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Scarf – can be used a wrap

  1. Swarovski t-bar leather sandal, £35 from Accessorize
  2. Leather square buckle clutch, £60 from ASOS
  3. Plain white scarf, £17.99 from Zara
  4. Ivory strappy wdges, £45 from Next
  5. Aubin & Wills Patrickson bag, £65 from Net-A-Porter
  6. Tom Ford brown tortoiseshell sunglasses, £145 from My-Wardrobe
  7. Floppy straw hat with polka dot under brim, £18 from ASOS
  8. Slim white Havaianas, £20 from Havainas

  1. Sequin t-shirt dress, £80 from Topshop
  2. Navy linen waterfall cardigan, £65 from The White Company
  3. Grey belted chinos, £24.50 from Wallis
  4. Cream shift dress, £28 from Dorothy Perkins
  5. Kelly sequin top, £77 from Reiss
  6. Guipure lace skirt, £39.99 from Zara
  7. Sateen white cropped trousers, £55 from Banana Republic
  8. Red skinny jeans, £16.99 from New Look
  9. Beth cream top, £125 from Reiss
  10. Navy leaf print maxi dress, £22.40 from Dorothy Perkins
  11. Slim cropped trousers, £29.95 from GAP
 
  1. Double-layer jersey vest tunic dress, £65 from The White Company
  2. Long Island rope v-neck kaftan, £180 from Heidi Klein
  3. Bali bikini, £180 from Heidi Klein
  4. Skirt suit, £26 from Next
  5. White bikini, £20  from Oasis
  6. Pour Moi? Azure bikini, £33.60 from ASOS
  7. Seafolly Goddess swimsuit, £85 from John Lewis
  8. Fluro embroidered beach dress, £38 from Warehouse
  9. Navy striped vest top, £5.99 from H&M
  10. White vest top, £5.99 from H&M
  11. Casual shorts, £18 from Oasis
  12. Stone 5″ chino shorts, £29.33 from J Crew

Domestic Princess tips:

  1. Start with a list (I LOVE a list).  To make your lives easier, I’ve created a checklist for you to keep and print off:  Beach holiday wardrobe checklist.  You can thank me later.
  2. If you’re travelling with other people, mix up each other’s clothes between suitcases – if one goes missing, you’ll have at least one outfit to wear!
  3. Pack flip-flops, trainers and wedges at the bottom of your case.
  4. Roll-up swimwear, t-shirts and pack them around the edges of your case.
  5. Look for beach cover-ups that are easy to remove and replace.
  6. Only take clothes that you really love wearing and are comfortable in.
  7. Travel in your heaviest clothes and shoes.
  8. Think about investing in a Kindle – the weight of four books is the equivalent of 5 bikinis and a maxi dress!
  9. Put your bathroom bag in a carrier bag.
  10. Sellotape the tops of sun screens and moisturisers, to help prevent any leakages.
After writing this post, I think I’m all set for my holibobs and there won’t be any last minute, anxiety filled packing episodes!  Have you got any packing tips that you can share with us?

I hope you’ve found this post helpful and don’t forget to print off the checklist next time you’re off on holiday!

With much love
The Domestic Princess
xoxo
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