Category Archive: Shopping

Apr 30 2014

Shopping: The Outnet’s 5th Birthday Collection

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Can you believe that The Outnet is only 5 years old? For me it seems to have been around for as long as its higher-end, exclusive big sister Net-a-Porter, and it really has come a long way since its days as just a clearance outlet. Yeah it has always been the place to go for a designer bargain but the past 18-months or so I have really found it a go-to site when shopping for any occasion, not only for discounted gear but also for its Iris & Ink in-house collection of luxury staples and its accessories are always so incredible, my last few designer handbags have come from The Outnet.

So to celebrate its 5th Birthday, The Outnet has teamed up with 17 amazing designers including Alexander McQueen, Balmain, Chloé and J.W.Anderson to produce a collection featuring their re-issued, best-loved pieces and I basically want everything!!!

A few weeks ago I got to check out the collection, basically imagined spending away my wedding fund, and styled up a few of my favourite pieces, which is hard when the line also includes Oscar de la Renta, Jason Wu, Nicholas Kirkwood and Haizhen Wang and starts at just £130.

Of course I instantly fell in love with the accessories – the Squeeze It’ patent-leather Alexander McQueen clutch is to-die-for, I love it so much and the £357 price-tag isn’t bag for a classic piece like this, and pair it with those Nicholas Kirkwood panelled suede heels for £318 and you have some killer accessories to jazz up any look. I also loved the classic dark-brown Chloé wedges, a bargain at £225, I think these will be an instant sell-out, as will the statement Oscar de la Renta resin and gold-tone floral necklace, £265.14082714225 ecb54725af o Shopping: The Outnets 5th Birthday Collection %tag

If I had to pick a look from the collection that I would love to wear I think it would have to be the Haizhen Wang black leather jacket, the shape at the back is gorgeous, teamed with the romantic floral-print silk-jacquard Jason Wu dress, paired with those stunning Nicholas Kirkwood heels, and the bold red Oscar de la Renta necklace. I would love to throw in the McQueen clutch but that might just be a little too much!!!

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There were also a couple of great looks to wear to a summer wedding for an elegant affair why not try Roland Mouret’s sky-blue O’Hara dress, the colour and fit of this dress is perfection, I really love the folded neck detailing and exposed zip down the back. While a cool, hip wedding you could go for this fun printed silk and moiré pencil Preen by Thornton Bregazzi skirt, team with a white blouse or a crisp white T-shirt and bright accessories.

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There are just so many options with this fabulous limited edition collection, but trust me don’t wait around long I think most of these pieces will be instant sell-outs.

Which The Outnet 5th Birthday collection pieces do you have your eye on?

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[Pics: courtesy of The Outnet and taken by me, Fashionista Barbie]

Mar 26 2014

Clothes I Love: Red Valentino Butterfly Print Dresses

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Spring is in the air, perhaps not as much today with the rain, but at the weekend I most certainly enjoyed the sun, I even went and visited the local farm to see all their adorable lambs, and it has got me think about wearing dresses without tights, embracing colour and sitting on the grass watching the world go by.

All that just equals Red Valentino, which I have only just found out stands for Romantic Eccentric Dress, and I call myself a fashion blogger!!! Valentino’s diffusion line is just pretty, always fun with a feminine edge of ruffles, great prints and classic styles. As well as doing amazing dresses I am also loving the handbags and shoes – everything about the label is just gorgeous.

The spring/summer collection is just divine, but the pieces that really stand out for me have to be the butterfly print dresses in vibrant pink and summery yellow – don’t they just make you want to have a romantic picnic with your man and enjoy champagne and strawberries?

My favourite has to be the pink one, which is technically not a dress, rather a pleated skater skirt with a matching long-sleeve shirt, but paired together it really does make a statement that just needs sunshine and great company.

Do you love the oversized Red Valentino butterfly prints?

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Love Red Valentino but looking for a more purse friendly price, well you need to check out the amazing selection on The Outnet with most of the pieces half price – here are a few of my favourites:

Mar 25 2014

My Style: Casual Affair In United Nude Trainers

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Trainers are having a moment, they have never been out of fashion, so it isn’t a revival, so I am going with a moment – we have designers embracing the casual shoe on the catwalk, we have unsporty types opting for pops of colour to spice up their day-to-day outfits, and we even have hard core fashionistas embracing the comfort of the flats over heels. During fashion week everywhere I turned people were wearing the Nike FlyKnits, paired with jeans, leather skirts and even dresses – it seems that dressing down is the way forward.

For me, wearing trainers is the ultimate comfort, more so than wearing fluffy-lined boots on a cold day, they are an item of footwear that really has the ability to go with anything, plus if you really want to you could also run a mile in them, I don’t – but the thought is always there!!! One thing I am loving about trainers at the moment is how fun they are – with brands going for prints, textures, clashing colours and best of all retro shapes.

These beauties that I am wearing here are from United Nude’s new Runner collection, aren’t they pretty – they kind of remind me of a pair of Kangaroo’s I had in the 80′s, yep I am an eighties baby. I love everything from the shape, I do the slightly pointed toe to the vibrant stitching and the striped pattern that makes them instantly recognisable as being designed by United Nude. They are just so much fun.

There are six different designs, these are the Petrol ones, but all of them are just as vibrant, fashion-forward and will make a great addition for any trainer collection. Mine are probably the most toned down pair, but I just adored the neon pink trim, the others called Rave, Paradise, Violet, and Bright Mix are really statements, and there is a monochrome pair called Anis. I actually love them all – they really do capture the architectural vibe of the brand.

What do you think of United Nude’s fashionable trainers? 

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Mar 18 2014

Visual Stories: Introducing eBay Collections

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There is something about eBay, whether it is the thrill in chasing a bargain, the high of tracking down something rare, or the pleasure you get from buying something completely random that you never thought you wanted but now can’t live without. I go through spells of addiction with eBay, from searching for the latest Barbie doll or the one that got away, I am talking about you Vera Wang Barbie, to a new cover for my mobile, to picking up supplies to make my own bracelets – I just love that no matter what you are after, whether fashion, beauty or technology, there is always at least one person selling what you are looking for.

Recently I have been working with eBay to try out their new fab shoppable ‘eBay Collections’ feature, which handily places all the things you are stalking into handy groups. In my case one dedicated to handbags, kitty fashion – because who doesn’t love a cat jumper , and even one for all the fashion books I still haven’t had chance to add to my book shelves. Basically it is just a cool feature that makes it easier to watch all the items you want to snap up or showcase the pieces you are selling.

I really like the pinnable-vibe of the new feature, anything where I get to curate my own space I am totally in, and it is so easy to do – just search out the products you are after, get scrolling through, and then simply click ‘add to collection’ on the products you want. It just makes it easier to search out the bargain as once in your ‘collection’ you can then look through all your wanted items and click straight through to buy. If you don’t believe me on how simple it is, give it ago – all you need to get started is an eBay account, and come on everyone has one of those!!!

You will also notice that the profile pages are a little different, less anonymous and much more personal and more like other social media platforms – you can personalise with a piccie, a background and even a few words about yourself – plus you can follow your favourite people, hint hint me, and see what they are adding in their collections. It is fun seeing what other people are crushing on, obsessing over, and desperately trying to track down –  trust me you can lose a couple of hours getting inspiration from other peoples collections.

Check out my first 12 collections here and don’t forget to share with me on Twitter and Facebook what let you have your eye on.

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Feb 11 2014

Buy It: ‘I’m Kind Of A Big Deal On My Blog’ T-Shirt

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Yesterday I went shopping with The Apartment at Next, they kindly let me snag a few goodies for London Fashion Week, and I stumbled across this beauty of a t-shirt.

There have been a lot of blog related slogan t-shirts done in the past, do you remember Man Repeller wearing American Apparel’s ‘All Blogs Post The Same Stuff’? Well I think I have found the beauty of a t-shirt that every blogger needs to wear this London Fashion Week from Next - ‘I’m Kind Of A Big Deal On My Blog’ - and the best bit it is only £16, yep it is a bargain.

Not only a bargain it is super fun and comes in two colours – navy or ecru, and trust me you will be surprised with how great it feels and I just love the mirrored foil print detailing.

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This isn’t the only great slogan t-shirt that Next has to offer fashionistas looking for a cute addition to their LFW wardrobe – I also love their sequinned ‘Fashion’ tee with chiffon panels and the camouflaged ‘Hey’ grey T-shirt.

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Which one will you buy?

Feb 05 2014

Wardrobe Essentials: Iris & Ink SS14 Collection

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I am a lover of high quality basics, they fill in the gaps of any woman’s wardrobe, and The Outnet’s in-house label, Iris & Ink is one of favourites to pick up a great jumper, shirt and leather skirt. It is basically a line filled with wardrobe essentials and for spring/summer 2014 the collection has exploded and is its biggest ever, which is good news for every woman out there.

Everything in the collection is an investment piece from the leather staples such as the pleated skirt to the fashion-forward items like the suede shirt dress that will jazz up anyone’s day, to the essential cashmere jumpers that literally come in every shade of the rainbow to the beautifully tailored trousers and shirts. I am crushing over the whole collection.

The prices are around the high-end high street end, think Whistles, Reiss and Karen Millen, but there are some bargains to be had in the collection as well – I think the straight-leg pants with black piping for £95 is a great addition to any wardrobe, as is the leopard print sweater for £110, and the semi-sheer washed-silk shirt for £98 can be dressed up or down.

Wouldn’t it be nice to have a wardrobe filled with gorgeous cashmere sweaters, white shirts, leather skirts and stripy tops.

Are you a fan of The Outnet’s Iris & Ink label?

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Shop my favourite pieces: 

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Feb 04 2014

Shopping: Orla Kiely x Clarks Now Online

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The gorgeously retro Orla Kiely x Clarks collection is now available online and all you really need to decide is whether you are a Matilda, Milly, Maggie, Mary or a Marianne – as each pair from the spring/summer 2014 collection is amazing.

From closed-toe Mary Janes to wedges and vintage-inspired slingbacks, each pair of shoes from this fabulous collection will brighten up your wardrobe and you will be willing summer to come along. My favourites have to be the navy and cream version of the Marianne, which could be easily worn with tights until the weather gets better, and the red Milly slingback Mary Janes flats.

Prices range from £90 for the flats to £120 for the platforms – but seriously who can resist the glossiness of this collection.

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