Jul 14 2014

Boux Avenue: Revamping My Lingerie Wardrobe

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I regularly do a clear out of my wardrobe, rotate my winter and summer clothes, as well as donating those pieces that I just don’t like, never wear or frankly don’t fit me, one area that I don’t ever do a clear out of is my lingerie drawer and I have to be honest I am not sure why considering I wear underwear every single day.

I only considered that my lingerie wardrobe might need revamping when Boux Avenue invited me to come to their Westfield London store, check out the collections and take advantage of their free bra fitting service.

I know what you are thinking, ‘I know what bra size I am’, but really do you? I checked out my lingerie drawer and I have bras ranging from A to DD cup and I can tell you now I am never, ever going to fit back into that A cup no matter how pretty it is, but I have kept hold of it for more than 10 years. This bra has moved with me probably three or four times and I still can’t seem to part with it. I can’t be the only lingerie hoarder.

So I wasn’t totally off on my bra size, but just by wearing the right size I noticed instantly that my clothes looked better, I felt more comfortable and anything that makes you feel better can only be good for your confidence. So why is that women would prefer to wear the wrong size than get measured? I think we have all have our own reasons, embarrassment, busy schedule, unaware that most lingerie places offer the service for free, the list goes on.

Well let me tell you I have had a bra fitting with lots of different brands, some were hands on, some just looked and adjusted as I tried on, and Boux Avenue measure you while you are in your current bra before getting you to try on your favourite styles so you know for sure that it is the right size. My bra fitter told me that no matter whether you have a fitting or not, always try on the bra before you buy as dependant on the style, your size can change slightly, which is exactly what I found I am actually two sizes.

What I loved about Boux Avenue is the choice, they offer everything from basics to sexy lingerie sets, as well as a gorgeous bridal collection, sleepwear and swimwear, basically everything I would need to revamp my lingerie wardrobe. The selection was a little overwhelming but I decided to stick to key pieces I would need to kick-start my revamp.

First up I needed a nude and black T-shirt bra, I live in these and the Boux Avenue one is amazing on, then I went for a floral beauty, no lingerie drawer is complete without florals, a sexy bra set for those date nights, and I also went for a retro-inspired longline bra, I love the balconette style as well as the fact I can wear under a sheer shirt and it will look chic as hell. Plus as my honeymoon approaches I couldn’t resist picking up one of their bikinis, I can’t wait to wear it in Antigua.

I love all the pieces I picked up and can’t wait to wear them all. There is a certain satisfaction about a tidy lingerie drawer, getting rid of the clutter, and not having to worry about which bras actually fit me. An added bonus is that my drawer also smells amazing as Boux Avenue packaged up my beauties with a scent parcel, I do love the little touches.

So when was the last time you did a clear out of your lingerie wardrobe?

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Are you a fan of Boux Avenue? I have selected a few of my favourite styles below: 

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Jul 10 2014

Introducing: Cred Jewellery

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I have a lot of jewellery that has been gifted to me, from my fiancé, my mum and even my best friends, but l have to be honest the magpie in me is always looking for new, quirky pieces, interesting brands, and something that will add that something special to my ever-growing stackable jewellery box.

One new brand on my radar, isn’t just pretty but also ethical and Fairtrade, Cred Jewellery. I first discovered this British brand at a press day a few months ago, I fell in love with its collaboration with the amazing Daisy Knight. I basically want it all from the Love Stamp charm bracelet to the Feather Tie bracelet, which is just screaming to be worn at a festival.

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Bracelets is what I always check out first with a new jewellery brand, I do love my arm candy, but what surprised me the most about Cred Jewellery is how much it offers from delicate friendship bands to quirky rings, adorable necklaces, and an extensive bridal collection that includes engagement rings, wedding bands and gorgeous pieces for the big day. I am in love with the Aphrodite Collection, I do love the classic nature of  pearls on a bride, and I love that the prices start from £39, making this an ethical and affordable line of jewellery. How cute is that ring.

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For more gorgeous jewellery head on over to Cred Jewellery – I promise you will fall in love with this responsible jewellery brand.

Have you discovered any amazing jewellery brands? Leave me a comment below so I can check them out. 

[Pics: Cred Jewellery]

 

Jul 09 2014

Haute Couture Week: 10 Wedding-Worthy Gowns At Elie Saab

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I adore Paris Haute Couture week it not only brings out the most starry front rows but the fashion on display is always so exquisite and as always Elie Saab didn’t disappoint with his showstopping autumn/winter 2014 ‘Palais Des Lumieres’ collection.

I might have my two wedding dress sorted, which I love and can’t wait to wear, but there is still a part of me that would love to be an Elie Saab bride. To wear a beautifully crafted, dramatic gown is the thing of dreams and the finale gown to the AW14 show was a magnificent, divine and beautiful gown. I am not normally a lover of pearlescent white, but this dramatic and regal gown really does demand that it is the brightest of them all and I love it.

Elie Saab always produces delicate masterpieces that are exquisitely embroidered, they shimmer in the light, and each one of these gowns would make for a spectacular wedding. I love the sheer elements to some of the gowns, which of course I am sure you can get lined, I really adore the champagne gold hue it would make for a great alternative to white and ivory, and I love, love, love the short and flirty lace number, wouldn’t that just be perfect for an elopement wedding.

I have to be honest I loved everything about the AW14 collection and I can’t wait to see the gorgeous gowns grace the red carpet, but these 10 beauties definitely deserve a walk down the aisle.

Do you dream of being an Elie Saab bride?

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[Pics: Elie Saab]

Jul 07 2014

Haute Couture Week: Jennifer Lopez In Atelier Versace

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Who: Jennifer Lopez

Where: Attending the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 show on day one of Haute Couture Fashion Week in Paris

Wearing: A strapless pure white Atelier Versace gown with thigh-high slit and one fully beaded trouser leg, accented with two metallic straps on the hip, from the Atelier Versace autumn/winter 2014 collection, teamed with an Atelier Versace bracelet and earrings, and silver Versace platform sandals

Verdict: I am just going to say it – I adore this look. There is something about this hybrid gown on Jennifer Lopez that just works.

On paper if you had seen ‘gown with a thigh-high split and one fully beaded trouser leg’ you would have thought that Donatella Versace was off-her-head but when you see in on a superstar like J-Lo, who just embodies what Versace is about, you can’t help but think it looks fantastic.

If it was in a darker colour I don’t think I would have liked it as much but the white looks so amazing against her skin-tone and really works with the glamorous styling of the gold jewellery, so OTT, so Jennifer Lopez, so Versace.

If the outfit wasn’t enough I can’t stop starring at her flawless face, her cheekbones are sculpted to perfect and her eyes are just wow, love it.

Are you as obsessed with Jennifer’s latest look as I am?

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[Pics: courtesy of Versace]

Jul 06 2014

Shopping: 10 Summer Jackets

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I totally understand winter dressing, I love to layer up, feel all cosy and generally be as warm as possible, when it comes to the summer months I really struggle as I either have beach climate outfits or winter warmers, It seems I have nothing in between. Which is kind of a problem for this variable weather we have been having – one minute boiling hot – the next second a little on the chilly side, which is where these amazing summer jackets come in.

The most important thing with a summer jacket other than the fit, I sometimes go down a size as I don’t have as many layers on underneath, has to be versatility, it has to go with a lot of summer looks and different occasions, as lets face it you aren’t going to buy more than say one or two for the season.

My summer jacket normally revolves around lightweight parkas or a denim jacket, but I was after something a little smarter that wouldn’t look out-of-place with a casual look and that’s when I spotted this soft quilted cropped jacket from Warehouse, which FYI is now in the sale.

It really is perfection, it is light, it is a great colour, goes with jeans, skirts, dresses, and works dressed up and paired down. Plus it has the all important three-quarter sleeve, for some reason I think that makes a summer jacket as you can show off your arm candy!!!

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So the quilted Warehouse beauty might be my favourite and my current go-to summer cover-up but I done a little shopping for the top 10 summer jackets out there at the moment. So whether you after something to wear to a festival, team with a gorgeous dress to an outdoor wedding, or wear to a Sunday brunch with friends – I have found something for everyone.

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Which jacket is your favourite?

[Pics: My style pics thanks to Ngoni from I Am NRC]

Jul 04 2014

Shop Her Style: Jennifer Lopez Wearing Markus Lupfer ‘Love Myself’ Sweater

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OK so how hot is Jennifer Lopez looking at the moment, I am seriously obsessed with how good her body is, don’t get me wrong she has always looked amazing but right now she is insanely hot.

Her instagram has become a daily pleasure for me, I love that she shares behind-the-scenes shots of her tour, gets her fans to vote on her outfits and even post no make-up selfies of herself. I have to be honest but move over Beyonce, J-Lo is taking your reign as my Instagram queen!!!

One of Jennifer’s Instagram’s that caught my eye this week was this stunning piccie of the singer, showing off her great pins and fabulous hair, and the cutest jumper ever that I instantly recognised as Markus Lupfer, basically the only designer you want to buy if you are after a statement sweater.

The cotton pink sequinned Markus Lupfer ‘Love Myself’ sweater is perfection and I have found it on FarFetch so you too can look like J-Lo, I just wish buying it also meant her glamsquad came and styled me up as she looks flawless in this picture.

Love J-Lo’s sweater – check out 10 of my favourite Markus Lupfer sweaters right now:

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[Pic: via Instragram/JLo]

Jul 02 2014

Video: Diane Kruger Shares Her Style Secrets

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I don’t think it is a secret that Diane Kruger is one of my favourite style icons, whether it is red carpet or street style, she always seems to nail it, well the gorgeous actress has joined forces with online boutique MyTheresa to share her style secrets as well as her autumn/winter picks.

Diane is the 7th star of  MyTheresa.com women series, following the likes of Alexa Chung, Clémence Poésy, and Atlanta De Cadenet, and the stylish star chats about why she likes to hit the red carpet without the help of a stylist, apparently she started picking her own clothes as she “didn’t want to look like everybody else”, her love of make-up, her friendship with Karl Lagerfeld and why you won’t see her joining Twitter.

The actress also gives clues on to how to dress a la Kruger – it is all about forgetting men!

“I think most women dress for other women,” she explains in the video. “It’s easy to please a man, the shorter the skirt and the sexier the dress, they will most likely approve of your outfit.”

Check out the actresses full shoot with MyTheresa - it is basically everything you need to emulate her style. I think first on my wishlist has to be that Valentino embroidered cape and monochrome Stella McCartney jumper dress – tres chic!!!

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[Pics & Video: MyTheresa]
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