Tag Archive: Benetton

Sep 26 2014

My Style: Relaxing Vibes With James Jeans

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Sorry for the lack of blog posts this past week or so but I haven’t been too well, which sucks especially when you are in the midst of last-minute planning for a wedding, but it seems that my body decided, with a very public fainting episode that I needed to take it a little easier, and who am I to argue that.

But it seems that taking a back seat from Fashionista Barbie has made me miss my favourite doll so I thought I would ease back into blogging with this recent style post I snapped at Audley End House a few weekends ago when my Mum came to stay, plus I totally needed to share these fab James Jeans skinny jeans.

I love relaxing weekends visiting historical landmarks, I am kind of obsessed by architecture, but lately I can’t help but become consumed by the gardens at these stately homes when I visit in the hope that the gorgeous displays will magically appear in my own garden. Audley End is particularly pretty not only because of its Jacobean features, but also because it has such grand water features, impressive grounds, as well as some gorgeous floral displays. It is one of those places that literally just takes all the stress away. The only thing I think it could improve on is its cafe, it certainly wasn’t like visiting a National Trust property, but that just means that next time I come back it will be with a picnic basket stocked full of goodies.

As it was sunny but not crazy warm I decided to wear my new James Jeans ‘Twiggy’ skinnys, which when you see them off I even questioned whether I would squeeze myself into them, but the magic of these mid-to-high rise skinnys is that they have great stretch, and in this slate colour they really are rather forgiving. But what I really want to test out was the famous bum-lifting pocket tuck that James Jeans is known, which is probably why the likes of Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene and Jessica Alba wear them, as they really do make you feel amazing, and hopefully makes my arse look hot!!!

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As it was a causal day I decided to pair these beauties with a shirt/jumper combo, perfect for the weekend, and I really do love the pop of pink under this grey and black jumper, and they both worked with my uber-bright Nike trainers for wandering around the grounds and house.

What I love most about this outfit is that it is one of those looks that you instantly feel good in and that you can wear again, and again, and best of all it really doesn’t require planning or thinking – it is just comfortable, and so me.

I know people are saying that skinny jeans are on their way out, but I just think that is coming from people who haven’t discovered their perfect pair yet, and trust me there is a pair out there to suit everyone. I really do think that skinny jeans have a place in everyone’s wardrobe, but I have to be honest I can’t wait to dig out my flares again!!!

Have you tested out James Jeans’ famous bum-lifting pocket tuck?

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My Style: Twiggy James Jeans (c/o) // Shirt, Benetton (c/o) // Jumper, New Look // Nike Trainers (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Bracelets – vintage, Tiffany’s, and Monica Vinader // Watch, Marc Jacobs // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //

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Apr 09 2014

Benetton Florals: Flower Arranging At Jaime Aston

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One of my secret passions is flower arranging, in another life I would love to be a florist, so when Benetton invited me down to a workshop at Jamie Aston’s flower school to make a hand-tied bouquet I couldn’t say no.

So armed with seasonal flowers from sweet peas to spray roses, ranunculus, hydrangea, hyacinths, and delicate forget-me-nots, as well as gorgeous green foliage I attempt to wrap and combine my blooms to create the perfect arrangement. My thinking was to have pops of baby pink standing out against the vibrant pink and purple-blue hyacinths – I think it worked to a point but I have to tell you it is a lot harder than it looks.

Sharnie at Jaime Aston’s floristry school was amazing, it was really interesting to learn about stripping down the flowers, the wrapping technique to secure the flowers together while making the hand-tie, the use of foliage to break up the bouquet, as well as having her helping out when the flowers became so big I could barely hold them. As well as arranging the flowers we also wrapped our bouquets with layers of tissue paper – I have to be honest I was pretty impressed with my floral creation after just an hour of trial and error.

As well as coming away with a gorgeous bloom, which I might add is still going strong a week later, I also got to pick one of Benetton’s ‘perfect printed shirts’ with their micro and macro floral patterns in shades of pink, lilac, blue and white. Of course I had to go for the hot pink one and I can’t wait to style it up in a future outfit post.

Have you tried out the art of flower arranging? I really enjoyed it and would love to learn a few more tricks to deck my house out in gorgeous blooms.

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My Style: Yellow print skirt, Peter Pilotto for Target via Net-A-Porter.com // Jumper, Primark // Necklace, Primark // Glasses, Retro54 //

May 13 2012

Blog Loving: Things You May Have Missed On Fashionista Barbie

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Normally I do blog loving post for blogs that I have enjoyed that week, however with my crazy stressful week I have to admit that I haven’t had time to read other blogs, I have been consumed with my redesign. Due to all the changes, the downtime, and generally my quiet presence on Twitter this week I thought I would share some of my blogs from the past week or so, as well as discussing my fav Met Gala looks as I didn’t seem to get chance.

Met Gala

There are a lot of Met Gala blog posts, it was a great event filled with metallics, plenty of feathers, Gothic beauties, fruity shades, sexy backs, and lots of sparkles. I have to admit I have found it hard to narrow it down to my top five looks but here goes:

1. Nina Dobrev in Donna Karan Atelier (pictured above) – it was a hard choice between Nina and Karolina, but even though that sparkly Rachel Zoe gown was breathtaking, I am just loving Nina’s choices at the moment and this is a gorgeous custom-made gown, and another great look from Donna Karan.

2. Karolina Kurkova in Rachel Zoe – no one does OTT better than Rachel Zoe is what I used to say about her celebrity styling, and now it is true for her designs as well, this is a gorgeous gold number.

3. Diane Kruger in Prada – I really don’t think Diane can wear a bad look, this purple gown wasn’t what I was expecting, and that is why I adored it.

4. January Jones In Atelier Versace – everything from the colour, the mirrored panels, the structured hips and her sleek hair meant this had to be in my top five!!!

5. Gwyneth Paltrow in Prada – I feel bad leaving Emma Stone, Victoria Justice, Jessica Stam and even Rosie, but I just loved the embellished pockets on Gwyneth’s mini that I just couldn’t leave it out.

Who got your top five vote?

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Before all the glamour of the Met Gala I shared my thoughts about the colours of Benetton and how surprised I was about what the store has to offer. I am interested to know what you all think about Benetton, visiting the store really changed my opinion on the brand.

Another shopping must has to be the new TOMS pop-up in Covent Garden, I wore my new floral wedges yesterday and they were so comfortable.

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I am obsessed with posting pictures of cool windows around town, everything from Mulberry’s zoo to Louis Vuitton’s carousel, and even Jack Wills‘ Stella McCartney copy has been featured lately.

Plus the big news over the last week has to be my new look, and I would love to know what you all think.

I think if you check out all these blog posts you will definitely be up-to-date with all Fashionista Barbie news, and I promise lots of new content is coming!!!

May 05 2012

Shopping: Blown Away By The Colours Of Benetton

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Be honest with me, when was the last time you shopped in Benetton? Was it in your teens? Well, it has to be at least 10 years for me, and I have to be honest I am not sure when the rainbow of colours became ‘un-cool’, but the Italian brand is certainly turning itself around.

Last week I went to check out the Oxford Circus branch, which I have to admit I have walked past a thousand times over the nine years I have lived and worked in London and not once been in, I suppose I just thought it was a bit of a tourist trap. Don’t get me wrong, it’s still is a beacon for tourists, but I was seriously blown away by the gorgeous colours, the luxurious knits, the insanely reasonably priced denim, the quirky footwear, and all the bags have made it onto my wishlist.

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I went specifically to check out the brand’s Pin-Up collection, a range of lightweight cotton knitted jumpers, cardigans and sleeveless tops that enhance your curves with invisible seems, and for spring/summer the line comes in the most gorgeous pastel hues of lemon, minty aqua, lilac, sherbet, and my favourite coral pink.

I picked up a long-sleeved jumper with a scoop neckline and a sleeveless tank top that I can’t wait to try *they will be coming to a style post very soon*, but before I even tried them on I was hooked on how soft they were and how even though they are fitted they don’t cling, I think I might need to go back and collect the rest of the rainbow!!!

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An area that I was most impressed with was the accessories, top of my wishlist are the colourful range of classic structure totes, especially the orange one, as well as the shoes, in store at the moment are a great selection of sandals and brogues. Also coming in the high summer drop are some insanely ‘cool’  colour block platforms that I can’t wait to get my hands on.

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As well as great knits, denim, accessories, the store also have a great choice of baby products, which I’m totally going to be decking my God Son in, and they are little delights like this tee dotted around the store that is just gorgeous. Trust me, there are still pieces geared to the tourist market, just train yourself to ignore and search out the good stuff, as that is what I am going to be doing on a more regular basis. Plus come autumn it will be a lot easier to shop Benetton as I hear that the brand is launching their own e-commerce site!!!

AW12 Preview:

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As well as checking out the store I went along to the brand’s autumn/winter 2012 press preview, I was really impressed, and I think a lot of that has to do with Benetton’s fairly new creative director, You Nguyen, a former Levi’s designer, and I can tell you now the denim is just going to get better and better. There was lots I loved from the retro knits to the striking cape coats, to the incredible platforms, and I am adoring all the burnt orange. Plus the Pin-Up collection is expanding with new colourways and styles, and most importantly jeans that enhance and perk-up your arse, I can’t wait!!!

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So come on, be honest with me, was you expecting to see all that from Benetton?

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