Tag Archive: Net-a-Porter

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 31 2014

Visual Diary: The Joys Of Spring

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I love it when the clocks go forward, not only do I get to enjoy an extra hour in bed, but I know that the long sunny nights are on there way. I am a lover of all seasons, I adore the snow in winter, the changing of the leaves in autumn, and that summer brings my birthday as well as the UK’s best weather, the occasional heat wave, but there is something special about spring.

I not sure whether it is because it follows the cold, not that this winter has been as cold as previous years (I am still waiting for the snow), or that it brings out the flowers, I especially love daffodils all lined up in a row, or that the fields surrounding my village are dotted with adorable lambs bouncing around the field playing. There is just something so giddy and playful about spring that always makes me smile.

We have had a great start to spring, this weekend was gorgeous, it was nice just to spend time in the garden watching the butterflies fluttering around enjoying the blossom on the trees and listening to all the birds chirping away – it is hard to think of a better way to spend a Sunday to be honest.

As well as enjoying the sun, my surroundings, and outside brunches with friends, I also love that spring means lightweight knits, fun lovely flats and peep-toe heels, and if you are really lucky – no coat at all. Plus it is always the time of year that I love to do a revamp of my wardrobe – out with the old and in with the new.

What does spring mean to you? 

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My Style: Jumper, Peter Pilotto for Target via Net-A-Porter.com // Glasses, Retro54 // Floral print nails done at the Next press event //

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Nov 25 2013

Shopping: The Hunger Games Capitol Couture Collection At Net-a-Porter

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At the weekend I finally saw The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, the highly anticipated second film in the trilogy, and it certainly lived up to the hype and stayed true to the book. As well as making a star out of Jennifer Lawrence, the film has also catapulted costume designer Trish Summerville into the limelight with her fabulous fashion choices for the likes of Katniss and Effie.

The second film didn’t disappoint me on the fashion front, I loved Katniss’ updated hunting gear with knitwear wraps over her leather jacket, her sporty Lucas Hugh gear and the gorgeous wedding dress that turned into a mockingjay, but most of all I adored the crazy, OTT fashion choices of Effie, and it was lovely to see my Barbie doll’s outfit on the big screen!!!

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Well it seems that Net-a-Porter also loved Trish Summerville’s choices as the luxury online retailer has teamed up with the movie’s production company, Lionsgate to create a collection based on the movie.

Called ‘Capital Couture’, the 19-piece collection features everything from jewellery to statement sweatshirts, dresses and even replicas of the Hunger Games sporty looks. Ranging in price from £60 to £800, there is something to meet everyone’s price point, and I think the t-shirts and sweatshirts are going to be the first to sell out.

I saw the collection last week and I loved the leather jacket, super soft and a classic piece, as well as the the bow and arrow ear cuff, and the ‘Girl on Fire’ sweatshirt.

Below are my favourite pieces, which would you love to add to your wardrobe?

Aug 28 2013

Bag Lust: The Victoria Beckham Seven

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Handbags get me every time, I’m always lusting over at least one, whether it’s an emerging designer such as Sophie Hulme or just a great bag I have seen on the high street – I’m always on the look out for my next purchase.

There is just something about carrying a new bag that gives me a great feeling – I have to be honest I’m more about handbags than shoes.

I’m a lover of bright coloured bags, I have pink, blue and even yellow, but not an acid yellow one. This mini-tote by Victoria Beckham is so lust worthy, I love the invigorating pop of colour, the sports-luxe vibe to it with it being a bowling bag, and I adore the matte-leather.

Now if only this gorgeous Victoria Beckham ‘Seven’ bowling bag was a little more in my price range, at £1,175 I think this beauty is just for my dreams – but oh boy what great dreams I will have with this on my arm!!!

Are you a fan of Victoria Beckham’s handbag collection?

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Jan 31 2013

Shop Her Style: Nina Dobrev In Matthew Williamson

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Who: Vampire Diaries star Nina Dobrev

Where: At the Entertainment Weekly Screen Actors Guild Awards pre-party held at the Chateau Marmont in California at the weekend

Wearing: A strapless colourful floral-print silk-chiffon Matthew Williamson gown featuring an internal boned bodice, pleated skirt, and crystal embellishments on the side waist panels from the pre-spring 2013 collection, teamed with an Elie Saab box clutch

Verdict: I love that Nina Dobrev is never afraid to make a statement on the red carpet and this is a bold floral print and she is wearing it well. I love the flattering cut to the maxi dress with the corset bodice and the flowing pleated skirt.

What makes this look for me is that Nina plays down the bold print with her flawless-barley-there make-up and no jewellery – she is letting the dress shine. I just love how effortless her red carpet looks are.

Shop Her Style: Love the look and want to snap up Nina’s dress? Well get out your credit card as this beauty is currently on Net-a-Porter for £1,695.

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Jul 23 2012

Giffoni Film Festival: Dianna Agron In Prada and Glittery Miu Miu Shades

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Who: Glee star Dianna Agron

Where: At the 2012 Giffoni Film Festival in Giffoni Valle Piana, Italy

Wearing: A printed Prada dress from the spring/summer 2012 collection, Miu Miu Noir glittery sunglasses, and thong flats with red stones finished off her look

Verdict: So, now I know why Miss Dianna wasn’t at the Teen Choice Awards as she was enjoying the sunshine in Italy. At first glance I was worried that it was a little too relaxed for a film festival, I was thinking about the glamour of say Cannes, but I think she actually pulled this cute dress off really well – the bold print was a great touch.

But what draws my attention the most with this look has to be those incredible red glittery cat-eye shades, I seriously swooned when I saw them on her. I am a sunglasses addict and I am in love with these beauties.

What makes this even more perfect has to be the fact that they available on Net-a-Porter, so if you want to recreate Dianna’s look during our mini heatwave you can snap them up, granted they are £225, tad pricey, but just think how pretty they will look!!! Pairing with a bold printed dress is optional – but it works rather well.

Do you love Dianna’s look or do you wish she had gone a more glam? And tell me what you think of the Miu Miu shades – will you be snapping them up?

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[Pics: courtesy of Getty Images for the Giffoni Film Festival]

Mar 14 2012

Shop Her Style: Nicole Richie Casual In Proenza Schouler

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Who: Nicole Richie

Where: In New York City promoting her new TV show, Fashion Star, which I am so hoping comes to the UK

Wearing: A mint coloured knitted zebra-print Proenza Schouler jumper from the spring/summer 2012 collection, paired with classic black skinny jeans, House of Harlow 1960 tan coloured heels and shoulder bag, as well as her signature oversized sunglasses

Verdict: I seriously love Nicole Richie’s casual vibe, she really does ooze style no matter what she is wearing, on paper this is just jeans and a jumper, but I am in love with this Proenza Schouler jumper mainly because it isn’t leopard print I much prefer zebra stripes than spots. I also adore the mint pastel shade, pastel shades are everywhere for spring/summer and this light green is one of my favourite shades after dusky pink of course!!!

As well as the jumper this look is complemented by fab accessories from her own fashion label – I love the tan shoes with the black and mint, I wouldn’t have thought this would work but it does.

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Buy Her Style: Her zebra-printed Proenza Schouler is divine and on sale at Net-a-Porter for £380, where they pair it with a pleated leather skirt, but I am loving the jumper-jeans combo so I have also picked out my fav black designer skinnies below.

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1. J Brand ‘Maria’ high-waisted skinny jeans, £200, Net-a-Porter.com

2. 7 For All Mankind ‘Gwenevere’ skinny jeans, £185, Donnaida.com

3. MiH Jeans ‘Oslo’ skinny jeans, £150, Donnaida.com

What do you think of Nicole’s look?

[Pics: via Net-a-Porter/Donna Ida]
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