Tag Archive: New Look

Jun 09 2014

My Style: Living In A Barbie World

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I spend a lot of time living in a Barbie world, I write my blog in front of around 30 of my favourite dolls crammed into my office, but for some reason other than the odd piece of Barbie jewellery I have never worn a piece of doll loving attire on here, well that is until now!!!

I spied this beauty of a top in Primark, I instantly fell in love with it not just for the Barbie overload but also the cool sporty arms, kind of makes me think if Barbie was to have her own baseball team this is what she would wear. This top is also a great transitional piece for those less than sunny days, as the elbow-length sleeves make it perfect for keeping the chill off. As the top is doing all the talking I decided to keep the rest of my look quite plain and this black skirt from New Look is just perfect for my casual look.

I also think my Barbie look went perfectly with the pink coloured houses of Primrose Hill. Not an area of London I have spent that much time in, not sure why as I was mesmerised by the rows and rows of pastel coloured town houses, such a cute area and the perfect location for The Apartment‘s spring break. There was a fun, chilled out schedule of yoga, a blow dry masterclass and movie marathons, as well as gorgeous nibbles from Aubaine. Unlike fashion week when it is a little crazy it was nice to catch up with friends and enjoy just lounging about, plus I also got to get the fab guys at Blow Ltd to do my hair, I really do think I am a little addicted to their Beach blow dry.

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As well as debut my first Barbie-adorned piece of clothing I also wore my new Citizen Eco-Drive watch for the first time. My watch collection has grown over the years, I blame my fiancé he loves watches, but this Swarovski crystallised beauty has to be one of my favourites. I have lots of watches that are either stylish or functional, not many do both, but the Eco-Drive really does with its silver accents, sparkle, and white dial, teamed with day, date and 12/24 hour time displayed in three sub dials. Normally when a watch has so much going on it isn’t as feminine or glamorous, but I think you have to agree this is one gorgeous watch. Best of all, apart from it being so comfortable to wear, I also love that it doesn’t need a battery, this little cutie harnesses the power of light. I have to be honest I am seriously impressed and I think I have worn it nearly every day since it arrived.

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My Style: Barbie top, Primark // Skirt, New Look // Glasses, Retro54 // Citizen Eco-Drive watch, Citizen (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Hair, Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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[Pics: thanks to the lovely Ashanti from AdornGirl for snapping my style post]

Apr 20 2014

My Style: Sunny Days Call For Superga Tennis Shoes

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I do love spring, the promise of gorgeous blooms, the expectation of sunshine, the hope of striping off those winter layers we’ve been living in. Well this week I planned to wear my new animal print Superga tennis shoes with a denim skirt and bare legs, however the weather totally tricked me with its bright blue skies and sunshine that was absolutely freezing if you stood still for too long, so I decided that a pair of skinny jeans would be the best idea.

I still did brave it without a coat, instead I paired my laid-back look with a three-quarter sleeve crop jacket that I picked up from New Look last year in the sale. This beauty can be teamed with nearly anything – as a cover up for a dress on a night out to being paired with a flirty skater skirt and even as the perfect jacket to wear with jeans.

I might have been a little disappointed not to get the denim skirt out but these G-Star Raw GS01 jeans are so comfortable for skinny jeans. Not only is the dark untreated look of the denim perfection, I do love jeans that make me look slimmer, I also love the fit with the twisted seams and the gathering at the hem. It takes a lot for me to stray far from Donna Ida’s high-waisted jeans but these really do feel great on.

Finishing up my casual look is the ‘Wavy Gravy’ look from blow dry bar Hershesons who were at a press day I attended. They transformed my poker straight locks in less than 30 minutes into this classic tousled beach meets rock’n’roll look and I absolutely love it. Much like Blow, who I have reviewed on my blog, Hershesons has a set menu of amazing styles from the ‘Carlam’ grungy plait to the sleek ‘Smooth Wave’ and ‘The Swank’ billed as the most perfect undone up-do. I can’t wait to make my way through the menu!!!

How would you style these fab animal printed Superga sneakers? 

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My Style: Superga 2750 leopard print, Superga (c/o The Apartment) // Jeans, G-Star Raw (c/o) // T-shirt, Boutique by Jaeger // Jacket, New Look // Necklaces – Thomas Sabo, H&M // Bracelets – Monica Vinader, Vintage, & Rox Jewellery // Samsung Gear Fit (c/o) // Bag, Lulu Guinness (c/o) //

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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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Feb 17 2014

My Style: LFW Day 4 – Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag

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This fashion week I have had a new toy, the Samsung Note 3, a smartphone and a tablet all rolled into one, or as the geeks call it a phablet. On paper you think it is going to be too big, as the screen has a 5.7” display – but it is this screen that really makes it perfect for taking pictures, answering emails, as well as doing a bit of blogging on the go. Plus it did feel good to have all my apps back after using a Windows 8.1 mobile for the past few months.

When Carphone Warehouse gifted me the gorgeous red version I was chuffed, not because I didn’t really like the white and rose gold, black or plain white versions, but because this red beauty really makes a statement, especially with its leather-effect back, which really helps with grip. Plus it really does look perfect alongside the gorgeous Russell & Bromley Gilt Edge handbag that I am finding hard to let go of.

I always love having a bright coloured mobile or case, as well as accessories as my wardrobe is generally black, navy blue or dark denim, and these red accessories really work well against this black leather skirt and silky black and grey top that I wore on day four of London Fashion Week.

Am I the only crazy one that accessories my phone to my outfit and my handbag??? Probably – but this Samsung Note 3 really did look at home with the Russell & Bromley beauty.

Also big shout out to Alex for these snaps in Hyde Park in between shows and chilling out at The Apartment, it was fun being photobombed by pigeons and squirrels!!!

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My Style: Black leather skirt, Next (c/o) // Black and grey top, New Look // Black ankle boots, Topshop // Gilt Edge bag, Russell & Bromley (borrowed from The Apartment) // Glasses,Karen Millen (c/o) // Coat, Dorothy Perkins // Orange bracelets, Fossil (borrowed from The Apartment) // Heart ring, River Island // Necklace, Primark // Samsung Note 3 (c/o Carphone Warehouse) // LFW Day 4 Outfit 10 My Style: LFW Day 4   Matching My Samsung Note 3 To My Bag %tag

**Carphone Warehouse gifted me the Samsung Note 3, but as always my opinion are my own**

Feb 14 2014

LFW Diary: Day 1 – Dinosaur Jumper, Bora Aksu & A Nokia Skirt

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There is a calm about this London Fashion Week, maybe it is because it is like my tenth or eleventh season, I really have lost count, or maybe it is just with the rain I know there is less pressure on my outfits because lets face it I am going to spend the whole five days soaked.

Today, I most certainly got soaked, it poured all day, so no proper outfit picture, just a crappy one taken on my mobile inside The Apartment, but I just had to share as I love this stripy dinosaur jumper from ASOS. I promise that I will share this beauty in another outfit post soon.

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Day 1 at LFW has always been seen as filled with ‘lesser’ designers or ‘emerging’ talent, and some editors and writers even miss it out completely, I am not sure why as the Friday schedule is always packed, and I love the mix of the romantic nature of Bora Aksu with the demi-couture vibe at Fyodor Golan, to the exquisite tailoring at Eudon Choi, and the outerwear chic you always see at Christopher Raeburn.

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Bora Aksu brings a touch of spring to AW14

Always a highlight for me is Turkish designer Bora Aksu, this season he presented a collection that was filled with his trademark femininity and a nod of nostalgia, with a line inspired by the letters his mother wrote while at boarding school. The uniformed school girl and the 1950s silhouette could be seen throughout the collection, which included Peter Pan collars, pencil skirts, high-necks and patchwork detailing. For the most part this seemed like a collection more suited to warmer climates than London, but it was nice to see girlie pinks and vibrant yellows alongside bold blues, oxblood red and monochrome. I can’t stress how much I loved this collection and I promise I will be sharing more images later in the week when I have edited them.

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Hair trend – Plaits

I know it is only day 1 but I have already spotted plaits on the catwalk, from the Heidi meets milk maid vibe of the ribbon plaits seen at Bora Aksu to the edgy braids at Fyodor Golan, which were hidden under sporty hats, and even Jean-Pierre Braganza sent his models down the runway sporting a braid with a white and blue painted strands. I wonder if this will continue throughout all of LFW.

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Technology Meets Fashion

Technology and fashion always seems to collide during fashion week, whether its Google glasses on the DVF runway or Burberry filming their show with iPhones, it seems everyone wants a piece of the fashion pie. Well this season, Fyodor Golan pushed the boundaries by creating a skirt made out of 80 Nokia Lumia 1520 Smartphones. The design was really cool to see as each mobile was broadcasting its surrounds so it looked like the colours fluttered when the model moved.

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Pink Isn’t Going Anywhere

One of most coveted items this autumn/winter has to be the pink coat and it seems pink it still on the minds of LFW designers, as it is only Day 1 and we’ve already seen it on the catwalk of Bora Aksu in a soft hue, as well as vibrant bold pink colours at Mark Fast and at Fyodor Golan who added a sports luxe vibe with this textured bomber jacket and baseball cap.

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Blue, Blue, and a bit more Blue

As well as pink, blue hues from baby blue to cobalt blue strutted down the catwalk. At Eudon Choi, the blues were bold, and seen on ruffled dresses and boxy knits, while at Christopher Raeburn the blue hue was more of a pastel share and looked more casual paired alongside khaki on chic outerwear. Dark blue was also used at Bora Aksu, for its cord two-pieces, as well as at Mark Fast for his knitted creations, while a sophisticated blue was seen on tailored pieces at J JS Lee.

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I will be back tomorrow with my Day 2 round-up, and fingers crossed a proper outfit post.

Jul 02 2013

My Style: Denim Skirt, Sunshine, and Fountains

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Last week when I was in London having a spot of afternoon tea, I stopped by Somerset House, because why the hell not really, but I realised while walking around and of course getting snapped by Sherin that I rarely see the fountains as the square is normally taken over by the London Fashion Week tent.

It was weird just admiring the gorgeous architecture, dancing in-between the fountain jets, and generally seeing the square without the hoards of fashionistas, and best of all not cursing the cobbles when rushing off to a show. To show how pretty Somerset House is in the sun I did a 360 Instagram video, if you want to check it out head on over to my Instagram feed.

As we seem to be seeing a little sun lately I have been trying to embrace my summer wardrobe, I know that my last style post was also a denim skirt, but that one was a pencil skirt and this cutie is a flared one from Topshop’s tall collection.

Granted only subtle differences but I love that this flared skirt can literally just be thrown on with nearly anything. I paired mine with a lace detailing black top from H&M, tribal StylistPick flats that I picked up in their sale last summer, and added a pop of colour with one of my favourite bags by Rebecca Minkoff.

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My Style: Flared denim skirtTopshop // Black lace top, H&M // Black tribal flats, StylistPick // Glasses, Retro54 (c/o) // Bag, Rebecca Minkoff (c/o) //

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My #ArmCandy: Panda watch, New Look // Vintage white gold bangle // Heart ring, designed by me with Stephen Einhorn & HTC (c/o) //  Evil eye friendship bracelet, Astley Clarke // Wisdom skinny bracelet, Astley Clarke (c/o) // Hope skinny bracelet, Astley Clarke (c/o) // Beaded bracelets, Accessorize // Monica Vinader bracelet //

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 **Thanks to Sherin for taking my snaps**

Jun 19 2013

Summer Staple: Working A Ripped Denim Skirt

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How many denim skirts do you own? At the last count I think it was edging up to 10 – including a denim skater skirt, a micro mini, a maxi, a button down one, and too many shades of denim from faded to black to even describe, yet each summer I go in search of my next summer staple, and the 2013 version is this ripped beauty from Zara that only cost me £29.99 – serious bargain, so versatile, and I love the pencil skirt fit.

I wore this beauty at the weekend when I went into London to meet Sherin for our cupcake class and our trip to the cinema to see Joss Whedon’s version of Much Ado About Nothing and we did plan on taking fabulous style post piccies near Warwick Avenue, however it seemed to be raining every time we were outside so I only managed to get two snaps, which to be fair aren’t that bad considering they were super rushed.

What I love about denim skirts is that they basically work with near enough anything, you can make them casual with trainers and a statement jumper, you can dress them up with a sheer blouse and sky-high heels, and this weekend I went with a smart-casual vibe pairing it with a boyfriend style black t-shirt, chunky ankle boots and a pop of colour with my pink parka. Who would have thought that in June I would need a t-shirt, a scarf, a coat and an umbrella – seriously crazy weather?

Most denim skirts out there are either too short, too faded, or both, but this beauty is perfect – still working the 90s trend with the ripped patches, but with a pencil skirt fit, which I find super flattering as it kind of hugs all the right places and makes me feel skinnier, and it is that great in-between shade of blue, which is perfect for the summer.

As well as loving this denim skirt I also can’t stop wearing this pink parka that I picked up in Primark for £22. As well as being a serious bargain, it has been a godsend with this weather, as it isn’t too heavy and with rolled up three-quarter sleeves it is perfect to show off my arm candy – I really wish I had picked it up in every colour imaginable!!!

What are your summer staples? Do you love wearing a denim skirt when it gets warmer? 

 

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My Style: Ripped denim skirt, Zara // Pink parka, Primark // Black & white scarf, New Look // Ankle boots, Topshop // Black boyfriend tee, Primark // Black bag, Jane Shilton (c/o) //  Panda watch, New Look // Tiffany’s bracelet // White gold bangle // Silver bracelet stack, New Look // Gramercy Red Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Heart ring, designed by me with Stephen Einhorn & HTC (c/o) //

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