Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Blue Banana!!

Heya guys!

So I've been crushing on an amazing shop recently after rediscovering it due to my friend buying her bridesmaid dresses from their. And when I tell you the shop, if you're familiar with it, you'll be like WHAAAAT?! when you compare it to the last sentence. Blue Banana! 

Yep that's right, for those of you that have heard of it, it's the alternative clothing store. 
Now I imagine a lot of you are thinking alternative?! What's that mean? Now I'll tell you from the initial impression you get when you walk into a Blue Banana shop. It's very vibrant, think scene style with a bit of emo & a hint of goth. 

It's wacky & amazing & is perfect for those clothes which is a tad bit different. Whether you're looking for cute tshirts, jeans, hoodies with a different style or my favourite reason to shop at Blue Banana, the dresses, you're pretty much guaranteed that when you go out you won't see half a dozen people wearing the same thing (as got to be honest, when I'm wearing clothes from New Look, Top Shop & other high street stores I always see someone wearing the same as me) and sometimes I wanna look a bit different. Not necessarily to stand out from the crowd but to feel good and unique, which we all are.

So let's get onto the AMAZING clothes. I'm not an outrageously alternative dresser but the dresses?! Oh my goodness they are incredible. I own 6 and they're all beautiful. I'm soon to own 7 too as my man has got me a stunning dress for Valentine's Day. 

And it's gorgeous isn't it!!! My V Day Dress!

The dresses are definitely the best thing ever especially if you've an hour glass figure. They've loads of dresses designed in the 1950's pin up girl style and these are perfect for those waist cinching outfits where you want to flaunt those curves. 

Here's a few snaps of just 2 dresses I own which I purchased from Blue Banana. The pics are a little old as all the dresses I own from them are summer dresses and seen as we're in the middle of winter, I haven't worn them in a while. 

I won't reveal the bridesmaid dress choice but I love it & as I said before it's a waist cinched and I'm so excited to wear it on my friends' big day. 

So make sure you check out Blue Banana online now as they've got some beauties. And a lot of the time their dresses can be found at two for £45 (bargain)!

I love Blue Banana. So let me know if you love it or if you check it out and discover love for it too! 

*This post is not sponsored. 

Saturday, 25 January 2014

My Top Winter Coat Picks

I know it's a tad late in the season, but come on, here in the UK we often have snow in March! So if you haven't found that perfect winter coat yet, you still have time.

I was trawling through the high street at the end of last year looking for my new winter coat, as let's be honest, after you've brought the same one out year after year for a fair while, it starts to look a bit drab, so this year it was time for me to upgrade.

My old coat was a camel coloured swing jacket, with a furry hood and two pom pom balls. I'll insert a photo so you know what I mean, see, this was snow last February so it might still be coming! Also, please appreciate the amazing orange cat hat and the very very small snowman!

So this year I wanted to keep along the duffle coat theme. I really love the way duffle coats look as they always look classy but modern and really will never date. I also look for a hood when buying a new coat, as with the weather here you never know if you'll have to whack a hood up as you've not time to fumble around for a brolly.

I've lost a bit of weight from last winter so I wanted to ditch the swing style and go for something slightly more fitted, so after looking through shop after shop and website after website I found my perfect one….

So here's my top 5 winter duffle coats which are perfect for this season. And of course my number 1 is the coat I own. And I love it.

5 - TopShop
Hooded Lightweight Jacket 

The perfect casual, day to day coat. It's navy blue which is a great colour for winter as it matches everything plus it don't really show up dirt. (always a plus). It reminds me of a Babour Jacket too!


4 - Matalan
Wool Blend Fit And Flare Coat 

Everyone needs a warm black coat and this one is stunning. It's mid length which will keep your bum warm (perfect if you end up perched on a wall or sitting on a cold bench while waiting for someone…or a bus!) It has a tie waist belt which accentuates your waist and has a funnel neck to keep you extra toasty.

Buy it here


3 - F&F At Tesco
Faux Fur Collar Textured Dolly Coat 

Now this coat is my definition of cute and amazing. The soft faux fur, the colour, the cut, it's perfection in a coat and I love it. And it's a bargain at £60 from Tesco!! Yep, Tesco! I couldn't believe it when I found this beauty. Need I say more?

2 - Debenhams Collection
 Natural Hooded Duffle Coat

This coat was a contender for my winter warmer but I did end up passing it by and getting the next coat on the list. This one is gorgeous and I love the details of the large button style toggles on this duffle coat. It's very clean cut and a gorgeous colour, I was just afraid I'd get it dirty!

Buy it here


1 - Collection at Debenhams 
Grey Hooded Duffle Coat 
Currently £40 down from £80

This coat is gorgeous. I love the fabric, it feel great quality and keeps you feeling warm even though it's not that thick. The colour is a soft grey and it suits pretty much all skin tones, as well as matching the majority of clothes in my wardrobe.
I firstly saw this online then went to hunt in the shop for it and when I saw it I was like YEEEESSSS! It's a lovely fit as it cinches you in at the waist without anything obviously doing so, it's just the cut of the coat. It's also a duffle coat which I think is my favourite style. I always seem to get zipped coats caught on tops and scarfs so I always feel safer with an old fashioned duffle haha.

So there’s my top picks! Enjoy finding your perfect coat this season. 
Becs x

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Happy New Year!!!

Happy New Year!!… 
Yes, I know I'm seriously late on that bandwagon and that ship has now sailed, but it really has been such a busy few weeks for me! 

With Christmas, then New Year and then the back to work slog, everything has literally got on top of me and everything is a bit mental (I'm sure this is the same for everyone?) But now I have some free time again I can get back into talking and writing for you guys.

I always say "I'm Back!" "Here I Am" "Back For Good" but this is me making a resolution to myself, better late than never I have to say, but here it is:

I Bec From Trend et Beau
Vouch To Try My Darnest
To Write A Blog Post At Least 3 Times A Month
Making Entertaining And Fun Post
And Hopefully Gaining A Few Followers.

Well there's my pact, and I won't count this as one of my posts of this month other wise that'd be a bit silly.

Here's what I have planned for the rest of January:
A Shop Review (Not your run of the mill shop either, so keep your eyes peeled if you like a bit of alternative like I do)
A Primer Review - I Love IT!!
One of my favourite Nail Varnish Looks of the moment.

The first one should make an appearance later on today or tomorrow so here's to a new year and a new start for Trend et Beau.

Hope you all had great holidays and a Happy New Year. And if you celebrate it Happy Chinese New Year too