Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com UK fashion, beauty and lifestyle blog Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:16:37 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/favicon.png Fashionista Barbie http://fashionistabarbieuk.com 32 32 Inside The Burberry Makers House http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/inside-the-burberry-makers-house/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/inside-the-burberry-makers-house/#respond Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:13:38 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56888 It’s hard in this over-saturated fashion market for brands to get ahead, do something different and original to capture the attention of millions of social media followers, as it isn’t just about impressing fashion editors and buyers anymore, especially during fashion week, as some collections can sell out on social hype alone. Well this season,...

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It’s hard in this over-saturated fashion market for brands to get ahead, do something different and original to capture the attention of millions of social media followers, as it isn’t just about impressing fashion editors and buyers anymore, especially during fashion week, as some collections can sell out on social hype alone. Well this season, Burberry has decided to celebrate the launch of its new ‘seasonless’ collection, aptly named ‘September’ with the opening of the Burberry Makers House, a week-long exhibition displaying Britain’s finest crafts makers to bring to life the inspiration behind Christopher Bailey’s collection in a new way. 

I have to confess something, I think I’m probably the only fashion girl who doesn’t really love Burberry, in my head when I think Burberry, I think Daniella Westbrook all in checks, if you don’t know the image I mean, Google it, however, be warned it might taint your feelings on the brand forever . I know, the brand has come a long way since then, it was a long time ago, but something still makes me think of it. Well, I think the move to go ‘seasonless’ and to go for straight-to-consumer collections is such a great idea, especially as it means that they can stick to the classic, timeless pieces they are known for, while adding in extra special accessories, I’m totally loving the boots and bags in this collection. 

For me, the Burberry Makers House, located in the old Foyles book store in Soho, is a clever way of showcasing the British brand’s heritage appeal, while also introducing crafts such as passementerie, which if you didn’t know process of making elaborate trimmings or tassels, sculpting, silk-screen painting, as well as embroidery, stitching, patchwork, and even book binding. The whole warehouse-like space was fascinating to walk round, I even got to talk Burberry archives and see old adverts from the brand, as well as be mesmerised by the incredible mood board gallery, featuring illustrations, swatches, inspiring from Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, and lots of sculptures. 

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The highlight though had to be the catwalk area showcasing the entire collection, all the women’s and menswear pieces shown during London Fashion Week, where you can look at the details, even touch the fabrics, and admire the craftsmanship, design, and styling, and literally swoon over the prospect of owning a piece. Yep, Burberry made me want to buy something, actually the whole Burberry Makers House experience has made me see the brand in a whole new light, and I want a piece of it. 

There was something so dreamy about this collection, how it was presented in this space with V&A inspired prints gracing the carpet and upholstered benches, and the way in which it has been styled together. I’m basically in love with all the ruffled collars and cuffs, the brocade, the shearling, the 30s style printed PJ shirts, the tulle, the stripes, as well as the statement accessories. Anyone else totally in love with these boots and bags? Christopher Bailey has this ability to make things so wearable, while also being fashion-forward, and I’m sold, I want it all, I want to become a Burberry girl.

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Make sure you leave yourself enough time to drool over the collection, be inspired by the craftsmen, as well as sit in the leafy courtyard surrounded by sculptures while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake from the pop-up Thomas’s Cafe, which I still need to visit on Regent’s Street. 

You don’t have long to enjoy, the Burberry Makers House is only open until September 27. If you are in London, try and visit, it’s free, and oh, so beautiful.

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Inside Burberry Makers House

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How To Survive Fashion Week http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/survive-fashion-week/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/survive-fashion-week/#respond Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:43:43 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56876 I’m in the midst of London Fashion Week frantically heading across London to catwalk shows and presentations of some of my favourite designers, and one of the most frequent questions I’m asked during this time is ‘how do you survive fashion week?’, as it always seems so manic. Well, it is, but as I’ve been...

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I’m in the midst of London Fashion Week frantically heading across London to catwalk shows and presentations of some of my favourite designers, and one of the most frequent questions I’m asked during this time is ‘how do you survive fashion week?’, as it always seems so manic. Well, it is, but as I’ve been doing this for more seasons than I care to count, I’ve put together some survival tips to help me make the five-days fashion week comes to London go without a hitch and to make sure I make it to the end without running out of steam.

Be Organise

I’m not always the most organised with my schedule, but for fashion week I’ve discovered that if I don’t keep track I can over plan, run myself ragged trying to get too many shows. I learnt a few years ago that there is only one of me, I can’t be in three places at once like Vogue, so I have to prioritise what I like more, what you guys want to see, whether the location is doable with the rest of my schedule, and which ones I need to go to make the best content possible. 

Once the schedule is down, all jotted into my diary with directions and nearest tube stops, saves time when rushing from show-to-show. I then make an editorial plan, which shows I need social pictures for, which would make good blog content, and which ones I want to include in my fashion week blogs. It easier to get the right content if I plan ahead and less stressful when I’m inside the show. This season, I’m doing more video, I’m trying to put together a fashion week vlog, so I’m trusting my amazing Canon EOS M10, which is the same camera I’ve been doing most of my recent outfit posts with. 

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Stay Hydrated

Keeping hydrated during fashion week is key. You can easily forget to drink water when you here-there-and-everywhere enjoying the fashion action. Normally, I’m scrambling to find a shop between shows to pick up a bottle of water, or hoping there is a free one on my seat in the show, this season, I’ve been sent this amazing Brita reusable fill&go Vital bottle. I’m obsessed with Brita at home, so having a bottle that I can carry around with me that is made from BPA-free plastic and filters tap water is amazing, and means I can fill up nearly anywhere. 

No more trying to find a shop, no more wasting of plastic bottles, as I don’t know about you, I can never find a recycling bin during fashion week, and I love the fact that the MicroDisc filter, which is easy to install you literally just slot it in, lasts a whole month, so you will be saving yourself a fortune on bottled water. I can’t believe you still need convincing but the £15 bottle also comes in different colours, blue, lime, purple and pink, so you can coordinate with your outfits!!!

Also, making sure you have enough water will mean you’ll keep those headaches away and feel more refreshed and less fatigued. 

Stay True To You

I don’t just mean your outfit, which is important, you should know that not everyone is in designer gear, we aren’t all model-like beauties, and we don’t all fit into sample sizes, oh how fashion week would be easier. LFW is always so much less stressful when I realise that I should stick to my style, if you want to wear jeans and a T-shirt do, just rock the shit out of it and enjoy your look. Don’t feel like you have to dress OTT to get by, remember you will be running to shows so be comfortable. I once wore a very uncomfortable dress one year and it was the longest day ever, and fashion week is generally long days, I really didn’t enjoy that season as I was shattered for the rest of the week. Dress for you, if you like it your confidence will show that to others. 

Aside from your look, be true to yourself in your attitude and behaviour, fashion week can be stressful, no one likes a diva, we are all tired after day 1. If someone smiles, smile back, if someone says hi, don’t ignore them, and if you see someone on there own looking a little-lost spark up a conversation, do you remember your first fashion week when you knew no one? Yep, it wasn’t fun, was it!

Think About Your Shoes

I’m not really a heel girl, I love them, they don’t really do wonders for my dodgy knee, and fashion week can be a lot of standing up, waiting for the shows to start, so make sure you’ve weathered in your shoes. If you want to be shot in your fancy new heels that are sky-high, take a pair of flats in your bag to change into. We might have all moaned about the ankle-breaking cobblestones at Somerset House but the new car park venue has a neverending ramp that is a killer on the calfs. I recommend cute flats, my trusty Keds will definitely be coming out to play.

Don’t Forget To Eat

Just as important as drinking water, make sure you carry snacks and carve out time in your schedule for food, even if that means missing a show or two, trust me it will be worth it. Don’t be fooled by all the free popcorn being dished out as you enter and leave the shows, they will not fill you up, not even 5 packets. Also, fashion week isn’t just about the shows, it is about catching up with friends you might only see on the fashion circuit, I find these five days are the most inspiring as I get to chat with lots of editors and bloggers about fashion. 

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Buy A Portable Charger

I can’t stress this enough, you will be on your phone all day, whether that’s filming a boomerang, editing a picture for Instagram, snapchatting, tweeting, whatsapping your pals or god forbid taking a call or two. Your phone will be in demand, so make sure you have at least one portable charger on you, and if your phone’s battery dies quickly take your mains charger as well to keep your phone topped up on the go. 

Other Essentials

Check the weather, an umbrella is probably going to be needed during fashion week no matter whether that’s February or September. Sunglasses are also a good shout, you never know when the sun will come out and they will also be good for hiding tired eyes. 

Take a trusty notebook and pen, can’t go wrong with going old-school as a notepad won’t run out of juice. Plus it is a good excuse to get more stationery!!!

Take business cards, you never know who you will meet at an event. It’s always best to be prepared. 

Last but not least, pack your favourite lippy, I find adding a dash of colour on my lips makes me feel that my whole face is more refreshed. 

What are your survival tips for fashion week?

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London Spots: Farm Girl Cafe, Notting Hill http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/london-spots-farm-girl-cafe-notting-hill/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/london-spots-farm-girl-cafe-notting-hill/#respond Thu, 15 Sep 2016 17:56:32 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56862 Do you ever look scour Instagram looking for great foodie recommendations? Or is that just me. One of the biggest hits I’ve seen on my feed this summer has been Farm Girl Cafe on Portobello Road, partial due to its great pink table in the sunshine which coordinates perfectly with its dreamy rose latte and berry pancakes....

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Do you ever look scour Instagram looking for great foodie recommendations? Or is that just me. One of the biggest hits I’ve seen on my feed this summer has been Farm Girl Cafe on Portobello Road, partial due to its great pink table in the sunshine which coordinates perfectly with its dreamy rose latte and berry pancakes. There’s more to this cafe spot than just it’s beautiful aesthetics though, it’s laidback, healthy Aussie attitude is the perfect place to have a lazy long lunch with friends, well that’s if you can snag a table. 

Working a breakfast/brunch menu all-day long, Farm Girl cafe leaves you a little spoilt for choice, do you go for the avocado on toast, the yummy and Instagram porn-worthy açai bowl, or go for the sweet goodness of homemade buckwheat mix pancakes served with amber maple syrup, fresh berries and coconut shavings. Seriously it all looks good, so much so I had to turn the waiter away three times as I couldn’t decide, and I was getting too distracted by everyone’s meals around me. 

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In the end, I opted for the avocado on toast, I was intrigued by the strawberries, which can I add was an amazing combination that I’m going to have to repeat at home, I really liked the added sweetness with the smooth avocado. Plus, I had to keep with the matchy-matchy theme and as I have a matcha tea obsession I had to, of course, go for an all-green look!!!

I did, however, have a little food envy when Sylvia’s pancakes came out, just look at the size of that portion, insane, oh and they taste as good, if not better than they look. I think she just decided to stick with the pink theme with that rose latte, which she said was amazing, if not a little different. If the presentation is enough of a draw to get you in the door, the menu and the quality of the food will keep you coming back. 

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The extensive menu will keep you returning, I have my eye on the Farm Girl porridge made with millet flakes and chia seeds, sprinkled with an omega mix and amber maple syrup, oh and you can add avocado if you are feeling a little adventurous. They also do the best superfood smoothies, according to a friend of mine, plus they have a thing with coconuts, I think everything is cooked in coconut oil to make it healthier or something, they’ve even renamed the BLT to the coconut BLT.

In the summer try for a seat outside, it is super cute, even better if you can grab one of the pink ‘instagrammable’ tables, but inside is just as pretty, oh and if you need more of a reason to head to Farm Girl Cafe they also have a resident French bulldog. 

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Fashionista Barbie top picks at Farm Girl:

To drink the Matcha Latte // To eat the Berry Pancakes sprinkled with coconut shavings // Added extra – grab a bottle of elderflower juice. 

Farm Girl, 59a Portobello Road, W11 3DB; open Tuesdays to Sundays. 

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Notting Hill Or LA – You Decide? http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/notting-hill-floral-gap-dress/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/notting-hill-floral-gap-dress/#respond Mon, 12 Sep 2016 16:28:37 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56839 I have this thing for tiles, pretty doors, houses that look like they’re being swallowed alive by foliage, and statement walls, yep, I’m an Instagram cliche. In Notting Hill, you generally find all of the above and more, especially when it comes to a statement wall, and you know, I couldn’t resist this turquoise beauty...

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I have this thing for tiles, pretty doors, houses that look like they’re being swallowed alive by foliage, and statement walls, yep, I’m an Instagram cliche. In Notting Hill, you generally find all of the above and more, especially when it comes to a statement wall, and you know, I couldn’t resist this turquoise beauty as the location for this week’s style post. The thing I find the hardest when it comes to these weekly style shoots, isn’t the posing, I think I’m so used to being awkward that I’ve accepted it, and it definitely isn’t finding an outfit that I love, my wardrobe is overflowing, but it’s scouting the perfect location to make the outfit pop, and I don’t think I could have picked a better spot. 

Notting Hill is one of those parts of London I don’t get to hang out in enough, but it was so nice last week to catch up with my friend Sylvia, have a spot of lunch and then wander around spying all the gorgeous houses, I’m a sucker for the pastel rows of townhouses, it has made me think that every house should be colourful. This wall, which FYI actually houses a public toilet and a florist, I know strange combo, instantly made me think of all those amazing LA bloggers and their style shoot locations, plus I think the crazy shadows just made me think of the California sunshine, if you squint you can pretend they are shadows of palm trees. 

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Normally, September is all about introducing those autumn pieces, I still haven’t bought anything cold related, yeah to our late burst of summer, so it was so nice to shoot in front of this statement wall wearing a fun dress, which accidently, slightly on purpose totally matches. I know, you may recognise this Gap dress, I shot it in 2014, but hey, I like to reuse cute looks. Plus, it is a little nice to see that my outfit posts have really improved, moving them out of my garden really helped!!! I hope you guys think so as well. I used to cringe a little looking back, but I’ve learnt this year to embrace them, if you can’t see improvements then you aren’t moving forward.

So what do you reckon Notting Hill or LA? 

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My Notting Hill Style: Gap Floral Dress, super old sorry // Fatface Bag // New Look Belt // F&F Flats // Daisy London Necklace (c/o) // 

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V&A ‘Records And Rebels’ Exhibition http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/va-records-rebels-exhibition/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/va-records-rebels-exhibition/#respond Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:50:43 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56808 The V&A’s latest exhibition ‘Records and Rebels’ is less about fashion, which is what we’ve seen from them in recent years, and more about the counterculture revolution that grew in the late 1960s and its effect on fashion, music, design, art and social attitudes. Its trip down memory lane is a little trippy, moving from the...

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The V&A’s latest exhibition ‘Records and Rebels’ is less about fashion, which is what we’ve seen from them in recent years, and more about the counterculture revolution that grew in the late 1960s and its effect on fashion, music, design, art and social attitudes. Its trip down memory lane is a little trippy, moving from the Swinging Sixties of London’s Carnaby Street to California communes and festivals, as well as covering the emergence of the computer age and Silicon Valley, sexual freedom, race equality, environmentalism, consumerism, and the civil rights movement, all pulled together by the late John Peel’s impressive record collection that lines the galleries.

The exhibition is a little chaotic, not only in its tightly packed feel, I felt like this exhibition could have been at least 4 separate exhibitions, so it’s a little too jam packed for my liking, but also help along by the audioguide that blares out tracks from the era, as well as snippets from movies and interviews, which changes according to where you are in the exhibit gallery. I have, to be honest, I think that ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’ exhibition is supposed to tilt you off balance a little, as it certainly is thought provoking and intriguing.

Of course, you couldn’t cover the late Sixties without featuring the fashion, there are costumes designed for Mick Jagger and Sandie Shaw, as well as a dress worn by Twiggy, a Biba minidress, a Mary Quant skirt and a flamboyant striped suit by Mr. Fish, as well as the suits worn by John Lennon and George Harrison on the cover of Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

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There are more than 350 objects encompassing photography, posters, music, film, fashion, artifacts, design, and performances illustrating how “youth culture catalysed an optimistic idealism, motivating people to come together and question established power structures”. You have the wild and quirky Swinging Sixties at the beginning, complete with a Twiggy coathanger, a recreation of Carnaby Street, and a mock-up of Vidal Sassoon’s hairdressing salon, and each Sunday there will be a stylist cutting 60’s hairstyles.

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There are also sections focusing on clubs and alternative lifestyles, before heading into politic protests and the volatile period of civil unrest, which led into slogans, adverts, and jingles, which of course, mentioned Don Draper, and featured the Souper Dress and a design by Pierre Cardin, a Pan Am uniforms, and even a space suit worn by William Anders. The next section then concentrates on festivals and revolutions in gatherings, with more a focus on Woodstock than UK festivals, before heading into the culture of communes in America. 

The Records and Rebels exhibition kind of leaves you with your emotions all over the place, helped by a rather trippy video that pieces together the key moments from that era of the late Sixties and its impact on life today, before the final exhibit shows John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics to ‘Imagine’, which poignantly plays as you leave.

The ‘You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970’ exhibition is on at the V&A in London from September 10 – February 27, 2017.

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Charlotte Olympia x Barbie Collection http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/charlotte-olympia-x-barbie-collection/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/charlotte-olympia-x-barbie-collection/#respond Tue, 06 Sep 2016 17:20:05 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56792 Oh hello there Charlotte Olympia x Barbie doll aren’t you a pretty one. Seriously, if ever there was a perfect partnership, quirky shoe designer Charlotte Olympia and the iconic Barbie is definitely it. They really are well matched and I’m loving not only the Barbie doll, which has been shaped on the founder and creative...

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Oh hello there Charlotte Olympia x Barbie doll aren’t you a pretty one. Seriously, if ever there was a perfect partnership, quirky shoe designer Charlotte Olympia and the iconic Barbie is definitely it. They really are well matched and I’m loving not only the Barbie doll, which has been shaped on the founder and creative director Charlotte Olympia Dellal’s likeness but also the cool capsule collection. Now if only I had a thousand pounds to snag the clutch of my dreams I would be one very happy Fashionista Barbie!!!

The Charlotte Olympia x Barbie doll has to be one the prettiest I have seen in a while, I love the old Hollywood glamour vibe, as I’m too a huge fan of the 1959 original look Barbie doll. But can we please give it up for those retro waves, that leopard-print outfit, the red handbag, those gloves and the cute cat-eye sunglasses, seriously swoon-worthy chic and I’m in love!

If the outfit wasn’t enough, this collectable Barbie doll also comes with the brand’s mascot, ‘Bruce’ the leopard, holding a Charlotte Olympia shopping tote, a pair of the iconic Kitty flats and Eve platform sandals, as well as a transparent Pandora clutch box, a Banana bag, web logo fascinator, and gold spider web earrings.

Of course, she is very limited edition, a gold label so that means 10,000 or less, so get in there quick as this beauty is only £95, which considering how pretty she is and the amount of accessories you get is pretty good. Karl Lagerfeld Barbie was £100 and the Moschino’s I think were over that. It’s out of stock on Charlotte Olympia but I snagged one off Net-a-Porter and can’t wait for her to arrive. Charlotte Olympia x Barbie

Charlotte Olympia x Barbie: 1. Barbie World Clutch, £1,125 // 2. Barbie Girl Heels, £1,145 // 3. Pomeline Shoes, £925 // 4. Pretty in Pink Kitty Flats, £425 (Kid version not pictured, Inca Pretty In Pink Kitty Flats, £225) // 5. Barbie Vanina Clutch, £895 // 6. Charlotte Olympia Barbie Doll, £95 // 

The capsule collection is just as pretty, I’m obsessed with the Barbie World blush perspex clutch, with the miniature accessories imagined from Barbie’s dressing room. I’m just not loving the price tag, this beauty is over one thousand pounds. Something a little more purse friendly is the Kitty flats, I’m loving the pink rimmed cat-eye sunglasses with a pretty pink pout, I just can’t decide whether I like the black version or the leopard-print version more. Which piece is your favourite?

Will you be buying the gorgeous Charlotte Olympia x Barbie doll? 

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3 Ways To Wear A Sequin Maxi http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/3-ways-to-wear-a-sequin-maxi/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/09/3-ways-to-wear-a-sequin-maxi/#respond Mon, 05 Sep 2016 16:00:16 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56763 You may have seen me mention a few times about my desire to use my wardrobe more wisely, I’m trying, and sometimes failing to just invest in classic, timeless pieces this year. But the idea of wearing items in my wardrobe that I don’t often wear is how today’s post came about. I thought it...

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You may have seen me mention a few times about my desire to use my wardrobe more wisely, I’m trying, and sometimes failing to just invest in classic, timeless pieces this year. But the idea of wearing items in my wardrobe that I don’t often wear is how today’s post came about. I thought it would be fun to transform my Biba sequin maxi dress into three daywear looks, granted very sparkly daywear looks, but I really do think they are so doable. 

There’s something about a sequin maxi dress, we all have a least one don’t we in our wardrobes, bought for some fancy event, generally around Christmas time, or a very posh wedding, but when else do you wear it? Well, I’ve decided that sequins should be worn in the daytime, as come on, who doesn’t love a few sparkles. So, I’ve got three great looks to inspire you to dig out your sequin maxi and shine bright like a disco ball to do your weekly shop. OK, food shopping might be stretching it a little, but if you are out for a date with your other half or lunch with the girls I think these looks would totally work. I may have worn the first look to munch burgers with my husband and loved every second. What can I say sequins make me smile.

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Sequin Maxi Dress – Look 1, the 90s revival

My favourite look first. I’ve given my maxi dress a 90s makeover, adding a white tee underneath, silver trainers, white sunglasses and a fun Mickey Mouse bag. I actually think I wore this look when I was a teenager to sixth form college, yep that’s the sort of teenager I was. To me, this look could be worn with any spaghetti strapped maxi dress, but a sequin maxi dress it really makes a statement look, which I think totally works with metallic Converse trainers and a fun bag.

This bag is such a gem, first of all, can we all please give it to Primark for bringing us vintage Mickey Mouse, it reminds me of the Mickey that graced my watch when I was little. But even more thanks has to go for the price, this beauty of a bag was only £9, yep, less than a tenner, three coffees at Starbucks, and I’m kind of obsessed with it. I think this will be my pal a lot this coming fashion week as it is just so much fun.

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Look 1: Biba Sequin Maxi (seen throughout) from House of Fraser (c/o) // Primark White Crop T-Shirt // Primark Disney Mickey Mouse Bag // Converse Silver Trainers (c/o) // Boohoo White Sunglasses (c/o) // Asos Belt //

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Sequin Maxi Dress – Look 2, The Winter Cover-Up

What I love about this dress is that with its thin straps and close fit it can easily be worn underneath a jumper, the chunkier the better I think to make it a great daytime look, and I love this sleeveless knit from Oasis that I snagged last year I think in the sales. Teamed with the belt, strappy black heels and the tiniest bag I own, my gorgeous Anya Hindmarch Tiny Tim this really makes a great day-to-evening look. Plus, I love how the grey looks against the navy and black shimmer of this sequin dress-come-skirt. 

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Look 2: Biba Sequin Maxi (seen throughout) from House of Fraser (c/o) // Oasis Grey Knit // Anya Hindmarch Tiny Tim Bag // New Look Belt // Clarks Black Strappy Heels (c/o) // Glasses Direct Glasses (c/o) // 

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Sequin Maxi Dress – Look 3, Trying To Ce Cool

OK, so I’m not cool, but this is my attempt at just thrown on this look, because, you know, why the hell not!!! For me, I love sequin skirts teamed with vintage rock tops, I couldn’t find one of those in my wardrobe, so this Star Wars beauty had to do. Either opt for a cropped version, you still want to see your waist and the sparkles, or do as I have and tie a knot in it to nip in your silhouette. Add a bit of edge with biker boots, trust me, you’ll feel comfortable, cool and fun all at the same time. Sunglasses are kind of optional if we ever get any more sun this year. 

Which sequin maxi look would you rock during the day?

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Look 3: Biba Sequin Maxi (seen throughout) from House of Fraser (c/o) // Primark Star Wars T-shirt // Steve Madden Biker Boots (c/o) // 

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Statement Swatch Sunglasses http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/08/statement-swatch-sunglasses/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/08/statement-swatch-sunglasses/#comments Wed, 31 Aug 2016 11:30:48 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56730 When you think Swatch do you just think colourful watches? You’re not alone. I only recently discovered that the timepiece brand also has the cutest collection of Swatch Sunglasses that really do brighten up any outfit. For me, I love sunglasses that make a statement, and you can’t get more of a statement than these...

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When you think Swatch do you just think colourful watches? You’re not alone. I only recently discovered that the timepiece brand also has the cutest collection of Swatch Sunglasses that really do brighten up any outfit. For me, I love sunglasses that make a statement, and you can’t get more of a statement than these beauties called The Eyes of Gina, I’m totally in love with the glossy pink, orange and turquoise striped frames. 

So, these aren’t everyday sunglasses, they are a little bright, but that’s what I like about them. I have sunglasses that work for in the car, for heading out into the countryside with the puppy, that are smarter for a wedding, those sunnies that are so expensive that you have the fear taking them out of the case, and then I had lots of fun styles that are perfect for doing my very best fashion blogger pose, which is easier to do on the corner of Manchester Square, which has fast become one of my favourite places to shoot.

It was my first visit to The Wallace Collection, it’s an incredible art gallery close to Selfridges, that not only has it got a great collection of art and a stunning staircase, but the cutest restaurant, where it would have just been rude not to have the afternoon tea – so delicious. It was so nice to find someone close to Oxford Street but with a calm and tranquility about it, I’m kind of obsessed with the pink walls inside and the lust-worthy white townhouses with gorgeous black detailing.

Manchester Square has a whole lot of house goals happening and don’t you think that the monochrome backdrop really worked well with this uber-bright orange boho top, an oldie from last season but still a gorgeous top. You could pair back your outfit wearing these Swatch Sunglasses or you could you add to the colour pop and I think it totally worked – I love how summery this look is.

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Barbie Exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/08/barbie-exhibition-paris/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/08/barbie-exhibition-paris/#respond Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:34:31 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56692 I’m often asked why I love Barbie, why I collect ‘dolls’, and how I can support her unrealistic body type, my answers to the first two are normally so simply, why the hell not, have you seen Barbie, she’s pretty cool, with regards to her ‘unrealistic’ body, come on people she’s a toy, a pretty fashionable toy, but...

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I’m often asked why I love Barbie, why I collect ‘dolls’, and how I can support her unrealistic body type, my answers to the first two are normally so simply, why the hell not, have you seen Barbie, she’s pretty cool, with regards to her ‘unrealistic’ body, come on people she’s a toy, a pretty fashionable toy, but a doll is still a toy. Whether you are a Barbie fan or not, I’m hoping that these pictures I took at the Barbie Exhibition at the Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris are going to show that Barbie is much more than her blonde locks and long legs, this exhibit show’s her roots, her fashion icon status, as well as the incredible careers she’s had over the years, there are more than 700 dolls, scale models, videos, art pieces and fashion items on display. 

I have to confess, I was a giddy little school girl going into this Barbie exhibition, as the pink archway kind of makes you think you are entering the Barbie dream house. The initial exhibits are geared more to the child within, showing where Barbie started and if like me you played with Barbie dolls you will probably see a few that you loved, styled and probably even cut the hair off, yep I did that I felt Barbie needed a bob like me. This section is fun and really shows you the scale of Barbie, there are so many different faces and hairstyles, and the 80s really did have the best dolls. There’s even a section highlighting her 150 professions over the years, including US presidential candidate, cheerleader, computer engineer, nurse, doctor, and even a few fashion professions from photographer to designer and even editor. 

For me, the Barbie Exhibition really started to shine when you get upstairs and you see the impressive set-up that is kind of like a behind-the-scenes look at Barbie’s Parisian life in fashion. You see her in the atelier getting a fitting, as a bride, being a lingerie model on set, as an artisan sewing the fashion creations together, being street-style snapped, as well as attending a fashion show dressed in what could be Chanel. 

After these incredible set-ups comes the main fashion highlight, a moving fashion show, with dolls wearing designs by Oscar de la Renta, Dior, Diane von Furstenberg, Moschino, Paco Rabanne and Sophia Webster, as well as a whole section dedicated to the Christian Louboutin collaboration, it was so fun spotting all the incredible dolls that I have in my collection, as well as those ones I have added to my eBay search list. What was amazing was to see the reach of Barbie within the fashion community she really has worked with so many incredible designers, oh how I wish I could get lost in the Barbie archive.

What I adored about this Barbie exhibition was that it wasn’t just geared to children, which could have been the easy move, especially with it being open throughout the summer, to be honest, I didn’t really see that many children. This was a stylish exhibition that highlighted Barbie’s fashion icon status, as well as the creativity behind her many faces, looks and careers. What I loved the most at about this exhibition was that it reignited my love affair with my favourite doll, now if we can have some more stylish collectable dolls I would like that a lot.

Have you been to the Barbie exhibition in Paris? I would love to know your thoughts. 

Barbie Exhibition, Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris runs until September 18, 2016.

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City Break Essential – The Mullet Dress http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/08/summer-mullet-dress-city-break/ http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/2016/08/summer-mullet-dress-city-break/#respond Tue, 23 Aug 2016 14:07:27 +0000 http://fashionistabarbieuk.com/?p=56664 Do you call it the mullet, the dip hem, the high-low? Whatever you call this style of dress, can we all please agree that it is kind of the most perfect outfit for a summer city break? I know, bold statement, I’m quite partial to a pair of denim shorts as well to do a little...

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Do you call it the mullet, the dip hem, the high-low? Whatever you call this style of dress, can we all please agree that it is kind of the most perfect outfit for a summer city break? I know, bold statement, I’m quite partial to a pair of denim shorts as well to do a little sightseeing, but when you are after something a little more feminine, without being too revealing you really can’t go wrong with a dip low-high mullet hemline on your maxi dress. 

So what’s so perfect about the mullet? Well, for me, its the fact it is still fun, less formal, even when it is a full on chiffon gown, and it allows you to cover up your legs a little, while still flirting. Sometimes, less on show really is more, and I actually think the dip hem is sexy, as well as being very flattering, especially for my curvy thighs. I also hate being uncomfortable when on a city break especially in the summer and this allows me to keep cool, cover up, but not too much, as well as being fun and flirty. 

This little beauty is from Boohoo, well actually Asos, as I much prefer to shop Boohoo there, I find a curated edit of the fast-fashion online retailer easier to digest. Does anyone else feel that the Boohoo website is rather unappealing? I always feel like I kind of get lost down the rabbit hole trying to find something specific, so I much prefer to buy via Asos. Sadly, this little beauty has sold out, I think that’s the downside to Boohoo via Asos they must have limited stock, or maybe it was the £20 price tag, bold floral print, perfect mullet style and on-trend ruffle that made this a sellout, either way, I’m glad I managed to snag one. 

Even though this really is a summer dress, just imagine pairing with black ankle boots, a chunky cardigan and a hat – I think it will transition well into the autumn, well if the weather is mild enough, fingers crossed as I can’t stop wearing this mullet beauty.

What’s you thoughts on the mullet hemline?

Did you catch my other Paris posts? The incredible Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel, another bargain Boohoo dress, and twirling around Palais Garnier?

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My Mullet Style: Boohoo Ruffle Floral Maxi Dress **sold out on Asos** // Tesco F&F Flats // Glasses Direct glasses // 

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