She wore blue velvet..
Ok, so I can't stop the song lyric headings...
Velvet. Not just for your sofa or cushions (although they also look lovely) but think shoes, tops and dresses in this opulent fabric. Thinking about it though I don't know anyone with a velvet sofa - I'd love to be proved wrong by a sofa company, but how hard wearing could velvet be? If your house is like mine we have regular stream of other children in and out of the house, clambering over the furniture (yes I agree they should know better at 8) chasing the poor puppy around. I digress..
I do have a recollection of my sister wearing a fetching velvet skater style dress in the 90's, and I had a body-con velvet number that I wore going out (pretty much every Saturday night as couldn't afford much else), with a fetching choker I'd fashioned from a piece of fabric (resourceful no?) but these dresses were black and had a definite 'crushed velvet' look to them which this time around I will be avoiding!
I've already spied the most amazing pair of ankle boots in Zara that I'm just trying to justify the need for (actually that's not true. I know I don't 'need' them, but I really do want them!) that are a gorgeous green with gems over the toes. Where I'd wear them I don't know, but quite frankly that's not the point. I have no issues wearing them at home and would just sit and admire them, such is their beauty. See below!
So these are the boots in question, £69.99. They'd look amazing with jeans, skirts, dresses, my PJ's..
Sticking with the shoe theme (because why wouldn't I?) Zara also have these kitten heels £39.99, which would be beautiful for work (too beautiful?!) or with jeans or midi dress.
More velvet slingbacks, this time from Mango £49.99. I love the heel shape and fabric bow.
Ooh now I love these Sam Edelman 'Tabby' embellished velvet pumps via Net-a-Porter, £140. Gorgeous, but not a huge heel so I'd like to think these would be great dancing shoes.
Alternatively the Jai velvet flats in sapphire via Wolf & Badger, £128 (were £160) are a beautiful colour and would amazing with jeans.
For real comfort these Nike velvet Cortez trainers via Asos, £75.00 would be amazing, but I give them five minutes on a school run (scooter over the toes anyone?) or while walking the dog (and I've sacrificed too many good shoes already to that chore). Luckily they come in other colours including a rather lovely lilac.
Alternatively another comfortable (but v pretty) choice are the Miss KG Lareina velvet plimsolls via Asos, £75.00 in navy.
Moving on to some beautiful clothing, and not a crushed velvet body-con dress in sight...
Whistles have a limited edition Amber velvet jumpsuit in teal, £249. This would be an amazing option for a special night out. I'm not keen on the shoes they've paired this look with, I would personally wear something more delicate with a thinner heel.
Whistles also have their Dakota dress in the sale £75.00 (was £250) but only a few sizes left. I realise that yes this is a black velvet dress, but the embroidered hem sets it apart from my 1990's version.
Another gorgeous black number is the Iris embroidered velvet dress from Rixo via Net-a-Porter, £255 (sorry I know, but worth an investment). I love, love, love Rixo clothing and am coveting quite a lot of their collection! Yes this is a short dress but they have some seriously stunning midi and maxi dresses that look amazing with trainers, flats as well as heels.
Another brand worth investigating is Lily and Lionel, again I swoon at pretty much everything they offer (as an aside have a look at their shirts - all gorgeous and all look amazing dressed up for a night out or tucked into jeans). Their velvet polka dot Ella top, £150 is a winner (and again more of an investment piece).
And we're back to Zara (seriously, they are affordable and always have something that can suit anyone, so this is always my default) with their velvet wrap dress, £29.99.
Finally if that all seems like a bit too much velvet for you to consider wearing, why not start small with a pair of red velvet earrings from Zara, £9.99.
In other news I'm off for afternoon tea tomorrow at the stunning Rosewood London Hotel and I can't bloody wait! I became a tad cake obsessive during my pregnancy and after months of morning sickness took to it like a duck to water. I even managed to put on two stone in my last two weeks of pregnancy (I am not advising this by the way. Sensible advice would tell you that's a one way ticket to gestational diabetes, but at the time it was so worth it).
So as you can see I am a bit of a cake fiend and I will ensure I share as many pictures of the cakes before myself (and my daughter) demolish them all..