It's that time of the season again

Thank you Grazia for the good old 25% off at Whistles. 

And interestingly, this provides the perfect antidote to the frilly disaster of yesterday's boho dress escapades.  

A breath of clean fresh air with smooth lines and cleverly cut, streamline looks.

The antithesis of all things boho and I'm going to start with dresses as this is where I have had most success with Whistles over the past couple of years.  I have two dresses, nay three actually, that I have had for three years now - that are perfect for dressing up for special occasions but with flats, I've done the school run in them.  And yes, they all go in the washing machine. (and one of them is silk and says dry clean only but comes up a dream)

Granted they're not that cheap, even with 25% off, but the beauty of them is that they are so versatile, they last for years and cost per wear, they do prove to be a really good investment. 

So for this year's offering (and I will say, I do think prices have gone up but.....) I am loving this pale blue asymmetric number.  As far away from Charlie's Angels as you can get. 

Asymmetric Drape Front Dress £140 pre discount.  The thing I love about Whistles dresses is that whilst they are loose, they manage to not be tent like.  They give the illusion of shape without looking like you're trying to hide the fact you're four months up the duff.  Which I'd like to point I am not and absolutely shall not be at any time soon or in the future.  Therefore, it's a look I'd like to avoid at all costs... nothing more soul destroying that someone giving you the "preggers" knowing wink, when you've just had a weekend on the takeaways. 






Now forget what I said about washing - I absolutely LOVE this but it's dry clean only and it's heinously expensive and it looks teensy tiny.  But they currently have free delivery and free returns so it would seem churlish not to scratch the itch and see if it does work.   Interestingly that's one thing I've found over the years with Whistles - you really do need to try things on, as what looks fab on the hanger and on the model can look like a bag of spanners on oneself and vice versa. 

Bamboo Print Dress £195 (gulp - but this is where the 25% discount comes into its own.)  And it's so versatile - could be worn with black, navy, nude or cream shoes.  Ditto a jacket or blazer.  This is the ultimate dress me dress me down frock - just the silk aspect does worry my inner creasy nazi.  One of my, not so irrational, bugbears is a dress that creases after having been sat down in it for 20 mins.....  ie you stand up and it looks like you've slept in it.  Why oh why oh why do retailers not do a crease test?  There is nothing that makes a dress look like it came from Primark more than a super creased crotch.   And price makes no different to this either - I've had some very expensive dresses over the years that were very guilty of this vile crime of fashion.



Similar print but in black and white.  With covered shoulders and tops of arms which I know lots of people prefer.  I shall be back to my kettlebells tomorrow (she says having done squat all last week and having made the same silent promise to myself for about six months now....I wouldn't bet against myself not doing this....) so sleeveless will be fine for me come the summer (SNORT).  I also do very much prefer the navy..... but this is a) cheaper b) despite it saying dry clean is the same fabric as the first one which is washable and the same as all my Whistles dresses which are washable and c) a classic monochrome for which I have loads of accessories already. 

Bamboo Overlay Dress £140




Evelyn Casual Dress in navy £95  This is a very useful number - perhaps not right for high Summer but if you have something in the next month or so, this would be ideal.  Plus, great for into the Autumn and Winter - absolutely no reason why you couldn't have opaques on with this. 



Again, blowing all semblance of a budget, but I absolutely love this.  I do though, have a Burberry dress which is very similar (well, as similar as a dress and a jumpsuit can be to each other...) so I'm not entirely sure I can justify it.  But I'm going to order it to try.... The difference I have hauled out of the ether, is that you could wear this during the day with flatties.  There is no way at all I could wear the Burberry dress which, albeit jersey, is definitely a DRESS.  For dressy things. 

Bakau Wide Leg Jumpsuit £170



Whilst we're here I just have to point out the shoes which have grown on me (like mould, I can hear The Husband muttering...) as I've drooled through the gems on offer on the Whistles website. 

The Rada Cork Sandal £160 (which I can't find in black online.  This now means that I Need these.  Why on earth is it, that as soon as you can't have something that you think you needed, the "need" aspect suddenly elevates to "must have or the world will fall off its axis" status?  Tomorrow morning, if anyone needs me, I can be found on the phone, ringing round every Whistles in the country till I track a pair of these down)

I do appreciate that there will be people vomming onto their laptop at the sight of these but I am suddenly in love with them (do I love them more than the Toga Pulla dinosaur feet sandals?  Hmmm not sure..... I'll let you know.)


I also love these - I have similar pairs in black and a lace up pair in cognac, both of which I have had for years now so I will definitely say you'll get more years of wear out of them than you'd perhaps think. 

Peep Toe Shoe Boots £165



Last dress I have to point out though is a fantastic bodycon print number.  This is pure occasion or evening out only.  Unless you do a different sort of school run from me that is... There is no casual shoe that could dress this down for rocking up with the kids in the morning as far as I'm concerned.  But no matter, this is stunning and would go with a whole host of different accessories to ring the changes.  I also think it would work in the Winter with sheer tights and shoots.  

Bodega Eva Bodycon Dress £140



Moving onto a versatile top now - the lace shirt.  I have a lace blog up my sleeve for the next week or so but with 25% off, I'm flinging this one in now. 

It says cropped..... I'm thinking (hoping..) it's not cropped cropped but just not normal shirt length, as in perfect for those high waisted jeans and skirts we are accumulating.... 

Chay Lace Cropped Shirt £145





And now I have burgers to make for dinner.  But I am on a top mission so there are definitely some more gems from Whistles that I will be pointing out in the next couple of days. 

So outfits from last week - what a difference a day can make with the weather. 

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Navy polo neck - Zara
Real Straight jeans - Gap
Check coat - Hobbs
White Stan Smiths - adidas
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe

And on Friday when it really did feel like Spring had finally sprung.

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Silk paisley top - Zara
Navy boucle blazer - Zara
Flared jeans - Zara
White Stan Smiths - adidas 
Whiskey Medium Marcie Satchel - Chloe

Am hoping that this fantastic weather continues as I am verging on being very contented to hang my coats and chunky boots up for another couple of months. 

So has anyone else snagged any bargains (relatively speaking...) with the Grazia offer at Whistles?  Do share what we're missing out on.

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  1. Kat I love your style , do you buy clothes to keep forever, or do you have clearout and start over again, your look always looks fresh and new.

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    1. Well thank you, that's very kind. To be totally honest with you, I try to buy clothes I like. That I really like. I find, that way, you do tend to keep them longer. For example in the last pic above, the shirt is from two years ago, ditto the jacket and the jeans are from 8 years ago! Sneakers are new but I find if they are things you love, by adding in new bits each season, you can rewear lots of things. xx

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  2. Scarily I know the Whistles stock inside out as I'm a die hard fan! I tried the lace top but unfortunately a bit too short for me. Also tried the black cork sandals but went for the Haldi silver sliders instead. Bought a few casual tops and have just ordered the Faylry shoes as saw them on someone else and looked fab!

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    1. oh how fabulous were the cork sandals?? I am pining after them.... The shoes you ordered are ace - out of my personal comfort zone, but ace (as is pretty much everything from Whistles though..)

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  3. This is more like it! Begone boho look! I forgot to say in my comment yesterday that I have the same issue with fancy lingerie as I do with boho clothes. I just look like a 12 year old dressing up in mum's clothes! That's why I don't like spending money on underwear!!

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    1. Oh lord, don't get me started on underwear. Zero interest (my poor poor husband..!)

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  4. I love the black/white bamboo dress and have been considering it since Grazia came out last week- I have NO occasion for it, but obviously if I don't get it then on Weds once the discount has run out I will immediately NEED it!

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    1. Oh you'll find an occasion for it!

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  5. Love the first dress but can't do pale blue. Love the shoe boots. Kat I'm afraid I hate flat form shoes!!!! Will def use the discount on something....but am skint just now so will check it out over the weekend when my bank balance is healthy again!

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    1. hmm when there's nothing left...! I LOVE the flat form shoes. Can I get hold of them? Can I heck as like. PAHH

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  6. Oh - forgot to say I love the idea of a culottes-style jumpsuit!!!!

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    1. It's amazing isn't it but sold out in the Medium. BLOODY HELL

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  7. Bought the http://www.whistles.com/women/clothing/knitwear/popper-front-boxy-cardigan.html?dwvar_popper-front-boxy-cardigan_color=Navy#start=1 because the only thing I'm going to like about SS2015 is denim and this slightly marled indigo denim-blue is soft and drapey exactly as I like it. It also looked ace over the Jigsaw breton-ish stripe t-shirt http://www.jigsaw-online.com/products/cotton-slub-stripe-t-shirt-10228 which you showed recently - thank you - also soft and drapey and, crucially, with its shirt tails at precisely the right elevation. There may be nothing else to buy this year - wasn't that keen on the '70s first time round. And a belated Happy Birthday to you ...

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    1. The top is perfect from Jigsaw, isn't it! And love that Whistles one..... Lovely lovely together x

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  8. Oooh YES to the flatform shoes ... and (no surprise here) obviously adore the peep toe boots. Off to have a gander at the Whistles website, despite vowing not to do anymore spending this month (path to Hell and all that!) And oh, how I love that Hobbs coat x

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    1. I am surprised you like the flatforms! YAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! That Hobbs coat... that's the one that someone thought I was working in Lidl when I wore it. And I then saw a lady in her 70s wearing it. But it hasn't put me off - I love it that much!!

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  9. Would you (or anyone reading!) recommend the bags from Whistles? I'm tempted but don't have a branch near me and would have to order online

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    1. Yes! I have a grey bag from whistles and one of my very good friends has a couple of bags from there . Actually two of them do, thinking about it. This is where the 25% comes in really really handy (and free delivery and free returns makes it super easy!) x

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    2. Thanks! The leather looks good in the photos

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    3. It honestly is great leather. xxx

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  10. I also bought the Fayley shoes.. They are really cool and gorgeous! Hope you find your shoes x

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    1. They're fab. Super cool (slightly too cool for me!) I can't find them. SOB. Going to try and go instore tomorrow x

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  11. Do you think peep toe heeled boots would carve your toes into interesting shapes? (as a 90's devotee of peep toe Sketchers slingbacks I have the scars to prove it!)
    Would one have to order a smaller size to prevent your feet slipping downwards?
    Or resort to 'Lanacane' to ensure no blisters. .?
    (hey it works WONDERS)
    Lu xx

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    1. AHA! I have a pair of peep toe heeled boots and they are super comfortable. I"ve had mine for years and years and wear them every season (so long as it's not raining...) Never had any issue with them. I would say less of an issue than a peep toe shoe as there's more leather around your feet to keep the foot in place!

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  12. Arrggggg see what happens when I go on
    Holiday!! Do you have the code per chance please? Thank you (bugger re cork shoes as I'd love to bag those but I certainly won't be calling all the Whistles). I recall they had quite a few discount codes last year so here's hoping 2015 is the same! Xx

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    1. HA HA HA!! Here it is WH25SS15

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    2. Thank you - you feeder!! X

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  13. Well, what have you bought with the discount?!

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  14. I bought the Rada cork sandals in black. I love them so much I am tempted by the white (actually, tempted by the 25% off!). I also bought a pair of dressy black culottes, and am salivating MAJORLY over the wrap leather skirt (£££ though), which seems to be online only and not in any of my local stores yet.

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  15. If you're a size 38, the cork sandals are back online.. Quick!

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