Manchester-based fashion and travel blogger, Karen Hasid of @kakasheadoverdeals, is a big fan of affordable fashion and styling hacks and looks to make the most of her budget wherever possible. Karen, we salute you!

We've asked her to share her favourite pieces from our SS21 collection. 

Growing up I was always the little girl sporting the full ensemble.... from full accessories to the prettiest of dresses. As time flies not much has changed!

At nearly 43 years young and a savvy, fashion-loving mum to two lovely boys, one positive is that I don't have to share my wardrobe with anyone, plus no one seems to notice when I am sporting something new!

Throughout the years I have been fortunate to visit many beautiful European destinations where, with my ongoing love for fashion, I often find myself drawn to the pure chic style of the French ladies oozing such glamour without even trying.

With so many French boutiques sprouting up on our UK high streets, this thrills me no end. I can finally sup my Costa coffee with a touch of Parisienne style. Unfortunately this can come with a rather large price tag. As my Instgram name suggests, yes I like a deal, but this does not come at a cost of looking full-on chic! This brings me to my best Instagram discovery to date... Marie and Lola. Not only does the brand ooze the very same chicness I recall as a child, but it does it with an affordable price tag.


Janie midi skirt in blue £55

There's nothing like swishing through the streets of Manchester in this beauty. I love this versatile skirt dressed down with a T-shirt and kicks, thrown on with my old faithful denim jacket or leather biker. It's such a staple piece to have which can easily be transformed into work wear in the winter paired with a chunky knit. Or fast forward to summer, teamed up with a silky vest and heels for that perfect summer look.


Maelys cardi in blue £57

How to get that perfect French glam is a quest I set myself some time ago! This beautiful knit is effortlessly glam made from the most beautiful material and fits like a dream. It's thick enough to be worn on its own adding just the right cut for that sexy look.


Good Vibes sweatshirt £49

Having boys I often find myself standing on the football pitch every Sunday. As always, I don't want to let the side down at 0900 of a morning without bringing my glam! With slogan jumpers making a huge comeback, Marie & Lola's is exceptionally versatile, can be thrown on with a skirt or slip dress ready for the Sunday lunch we all truly deserve at the local pub after freezing our bums off for over an hour!


Ondine blouse in vintage blue £45

This Marie & Lola shirt screams pure chic, making any bad boy jeans instantly become feminine and cool. This shirt is beautifully made with such great detail and so easy to colour to match with gorgeous accessories.


Ninon floral blouse £45

This shirt is so beautiful. The slight puff in the sleeves, the perfect length not to be riding up out of your jeans... this is forever elegance. With so many fashion houses offering similar looks you certainly know it's a hit with it's perfect price tag. This will get wear year after year.



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