Saturday, 25 June 2016

Vote Monochrome

In the words of Neiman Marcus, ‘Women who wear black lead colourful lives’ and with the weather failing to show us a summer full of colour, this quote couldn’t be closer to the truth. So, this week we’re mesmerizing over monochrome- the classic combo that will ensure there are no grey areas in your wardrobe or home…

In a time of such uncertainty, from the weather to politics and everything in between, monochrome is the disciplined leader you can rely on.  The MINKPINK Eco Warrior playsuit (£58) will be the frontrunner of your wardrobe this summer with its geometric Aztec print creating crisp lines and satisfying symmetry. * Pair with the Sol Sana Chuck Heels (WERE £145 NOW £95), which can’t help but exude power in their monochrome purity.  Go for timeless black accessories in the form of Vero Moda sunnies (£14), Kapten and Son leather Campina watch (£119) and the luxe eel skin Granny purse from Becksöndergaard (£39).
Dip your toes into the monochrome palette with the Vero Moda Marrow bikini top (£14) and Tanga briefs (£12). Mix and match this sophisticated duo with your existing black or white bikini to mix up your poolside look. The matching sarong/scarf (£12) is guaranteed to come in handy during your holiday and makes a perfect cover up when the heat ramps up. Written in black and white, the Lola and Gilbert holiday mantra is one we can definitely agree to and the beach tote will carry all of our tanning essentials with ease (£15).  
We’re feeling neutral vibes in the WSd shoe department of late and the Sol Sana Lawrence sliders (NOW £60) have totally stolen our hearts. Mixing up leather and raffia creates interesting textures and adds a subtle touch of wild black and white zebra to your look. The addition of gold detailing to the monochrome snake print of the Moda in Pelle Tambre (£69) sandals brings a splash of luxe glamour.

We all know Kris Jenner is an avid fan of a monochrome interior but the classic combo within the home has boldly stood the test of time and remained iconic for all the right reasons. Day Birger et Mikkelsen Home has nailed the monochromic scheme with its selection of interior accessories. Catch up on our DAY blog post here.

‘What a lovely Day’ cushion (£59)
Not In The Mood for Quotes’ cushion (£42) 
Doorstop (£29.50).
Skull Cup (£6.95) and Oval Plate (£17)
Zebra Oval plate (£17), Line Cup (£7.50) and Manda Bowl (£22)

The screen-printed motifs in the Zeal homeware collection add a warm vibe to the super stylish monochrome aesthetic. The addition of soft textures in the form of cushions (£30) and tea towels (£10) will lift your space without being too harsh. The framed insect print (£45) proves that black and white is also the perfect backdrop for a pop of colour.

In case you needed any more convincing that mono is marvellous then don’t forget that for every bagful of WSd carrier bags you return to store, you receive a stamp (worth £25) on your loyalty card.

Rachel x

*P.S. If you spend £50 or more on MINKPINK in store you receive this free pool donut!!!

Friday, 17 June 2016

Summer Sparkle

Once your capsule summer wardrobe is sorted, the best way to keep your look fresh for every soiree of the season is through accessorizing. Here’s our pick of the most covetable bijoux in WSd HQ…

Folklore Chic…
Conjuring the spirit of the 70s, bohemian style jewellery embraces colour and fun. The Orelia Pom Pom Charm Multipack Bangles (£22) feature cute bead and pom pom charms and will add an eclectic touch to your fave tee and shorts ensemble.

 Make a statement with the Orelia Feather Hair Crown (£25). This beauty encompasses elegant tribal vibes with its gold coin and chain detailing and will ensure you’re the Queen of Glasto next week!

Embracing the Native American tradition, the Orelia Dream Catcher Necklace features an intricate web design and 3 delicate feathers (£15).

Jurassic Jewels…
Revealing the structure of beautiful crystal, these agate slice necklaces from Crafted Jewels (£20) look good enough to eat. Choose from a rainbow of beautiful colours in store.

The Orelia Thread Wrapped Shell and Tusk Cluster (£28) has got us lusting for the sand between our toes and collecting beautiful shells along the beach.

Motif Mayhem…
Tropicana is everywhere, from interiors to fashion and it’s making us want to break out the pina coladas! Pineapples have become synonymous with the exotic trend and Orelia has sweetened the deal with these mini pineapple stud earrings (£12). Irresistibly summery, the Orelia mini palm tree stud earrings (£12) will ensure you don’t get left in the shade this season…

Fast track to fabulous hair with these Orelia mixed charm hair slides (£12) featuring individual Hamsa, dream catcher and star fish charms.

Gold structured jewellery…
From St Xavier brings a treasure trove of bejeweled beauty to WSd HQ. Pair a statement cuff with your swimwear to achieve ultra beach glam with ease. Earrings have been given the dramatic treatment for Spring/Summer ’16 and the FSX collection will give you lust worthy lobes. Each design by this Australian brand is lovingly handmade, making each piece unique.

Silk appeal…
Sarah has proved that the silk scarf is a worthy-go to for Spring/Summer neck adornment and we have an art gallery worthy selection in store. Becksöndergaard is the go-to for beautiful printed scarves and the muted tones of the Asaka scarf, woven from silk, make it perfect for just about any outfit. The Lunette neckerchief (£49) will add a sophisticated touch of rodeo chic to your look. Check out our beautiful selection….

Time Team…
WSd stocks two almighty watch brands, both exuding quality and style. Kapten and Son bring individuality, with the unique ability to switch up the strap of your chosen style. Choose a colourful canvas strap for a bright and casual daytime look then switch to metallic mesh or leather for evening strap luxe. Olivia Burton is the epitome of femininity and timeless charm, featuring floral, woodland and animal motifs. Pop in store to try your favorite style from a bevy of timepiece beauties.

Don’t forget its Father’s Day tomorrow and there’s still time to pick up some treats for your hero. We’ve got a great selection of cards and you’re sure to find a gift in the man cave.

Have a fab weekend beauties.

Rachel x

Friday, 10 June 2016

Let's Hear it for the Boy

All hail the What Sarah did…man cave- a space of sanctuary that can be found within the treasure trove we call HQ. It’s robust and its masculine and its full of super cool brands that are just waiting for you fellas. Tucked away from the mania (we wouldn’t have it any other way) of girldom, guys can seek solace in their own corner of coolness…

Let us introduce you to Kapten and Son-supreme quality watches for him and her with interchangeable straps to match your personality. We just love the variety of this brand and the freedom to switch your strap with your mood. With leather, metal, nylon or canvas collections, there’s a style to suit every wrist. Each watch is adorned with the signature Kapten anchor emblem and is a nod to the German brand’s deep-rooted belief that a timepiece is an expression of your individuality. (Prices £109-£159)

Picture Credit: Kapten & Son

This week alone is case in point that everyone needs a reliable Rains. The humble pac-a-mac has gone high end with this luxe brand and they don’t stop there…There’s the Bucket hat (£25), the distinctive accessory of the 90s that has experienced a style renaissance of late. Rains have embraced the revival with their classic design, which is made in their recognizable lightweight fabric. Wear with confidence and channel your inner LL Cool J.

For a backpack you can take to the boardroom, look no further than this sleek version from Rains (£75). Featuring a sizeable laptop pocket with enough room for all your other essentials, this beast is 100% water and wind proof and will defy even the most treacherous of commutes.

 The Rains Weekend bag (£60) makes for the perfect weekender and includes an adjustable shoulder strap. Clever design features mean you can expand or compress the overall size. A bag that means business. For a more relaxed travel bag that wouldn’t look out of place in the nautical hot spot of St Tropez, go for the Becksöndergaard overnight surf bag (£49).
In the words of Basil and Ford “Whatever you deem to be ‘cool’ do more of it and less sitting around on your backsides moaning about not doing cool shit”. Invest in this simple typographic print to remind you…We’ve got a great range in store (Framed £15-£28, unframed £10-£19)

It’s the ultimate poolside footwear choice and no it’s got nothing to do with a mini hamburger…enter the slider. With a moulded foot bed and slip on style this star print design from the brand Slydes (£10) brings you fun and comfort in one hit.

Man drawer? How about a man pouch by Lola and Gilbert (£13). This would be a great Father’s Day gift for a new dad- it fits a nappy, mini wipes and trusted mini sudocreme for a more masculine on the go nappy change.
Picture Credit: Lola & Gilbert 

What would be a man cave be without a little pirate treasure? Created by two friends, with ‘a passion for style and a few drinks in Leigh-On-Sea’, Hornigold Threads is the epitome of cool simplicity.  The classic tee (£20) is where this brand began and they haven’t lost sight of their foundation as they continue to produce variations of their dependable statement staple.

WSd has just introduced a fab newbie to HQ in the form of Zeal. This cool new brand is all about handmade homeware, interiors and stationary, made with great quality, and ethically sourced materials all screen-printed by hand. Update your modern living space with our edit of key homeware pieces from this bachelor pad worthy brand. Masculine design themes complement the minimalist homeware trend of the moment and this Octopus cushion (£30) combines oh so on trend earthy tones with a super cool illustration.

Add a pop of colour and interest to your pad with this framed insect print (£45). 

The Dragonfly or Moth tea towel (£10 each) will bring an appealingly macho edge to the kitchen.

For a dad to be who likes to know the facts, then this Congratulations card by Zeal illustrates the growth of a baby in fruit and veg form! (£3.50)

Picture Credit: Zeal 

Whether you want to go hilarious or heartfelt, we have a great selection of Father’s Day cards in store too. Don’t forget it’s on Sunday 19th June and Emily Coxhead, Lola & Gilbert, Letterbox Lane and Timbergram have got your back. (£2-£4)

Any menswear purchase goes straight into a recognizable WSd carrier bag… with a masculine twist…

Let us know what you think of the new man cave! Do you plan to get lost in it this weekend?!

Rachel x
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