Archive by Alexa returns for Christmas

This is not a pea coat...

Templar Coat £99 Archive by Alexa at Marks and Spencer

Templar Coat £99 Archive by Alexa at Marks and Spencer

 It's a navy blue wool mix pea coat with contrast black velvet collar and brass button detail. 

This is not a blue blouse...

The Lovell Blouse £35 Archive by Alexa at Marks and Spencer

The Lovell Blouse £35 Archive by Alexa at Marks and Spencer

It's a powder blue, high frill collar cotton blouse with a preppy hint of suggestion.

This is not a shirt dress...

Portland dress £45 Archive by Alexa at Marks and Spencer

Portland dress £45 Archive by Alexa at Marks and Spencer

it's a .... Oh okay, you get the drift. The second round of Archive by Alexa has dropped at Marks and Spencer and I'm Christmas advert-style excited about it. 

I know, I'm not a fashion blogger and I'm not going to pretend I know anything about the cut of the fabric on the halter neck polka dot number or any of the other pieces in this winter capsule collection for that matter. All I know is this: It's nice, affordable clobber, handpicked by Alexa Chung. That's ALEXA CHUNG btw - and she ploughed through a hundred years of Marks and Spencer designs to pick her favourites so that we could love them all over again. And I do.

I went OTT on the summer launch, but with Christmas coming it's a situation I really need to avoid this time around. Instead I want to pick just the one hero piece for prosperity and in case you're interested, I'm going for a Luxe Tux; for two reasons:

1) I wanted to introduce the term Luxe Tux. Catchy huh?

2) It's velvet (heart eyes).

Clarenden Tux £75 Archive by Alexa at Marks and Spencer

I warned you I couldn't do fashion speak. Homewares on the other hand I can talk in detail about. In fact I'm crazily excited right now because tomorrow I am visiting Marks and Spencer HQ in London to preview the Spring/Summer 17 Homewares offering. More on that amazing, pinch-myself situation later.

In the meantime, I just want to put it out there that an Archive by Alexa Homewares range would be magical. And, oh! what a coincidence, here I am living so very near Leeds and so perfectly placed to dig through the Marks and Spencer archives and help hunt out vintage house candy.  

Alexa, if you're reading, I am not an interiors blogger... I'm a vintage obsessed, self proclaimed trend spotter ... and I'm you're freakin' biggest fan!

Grab it while you can fashion fiends. Just save me a Luxe Tux will you?

Claire x