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Feb 03 2015

Trend Watch: Quirky & Fun Statement Clutches

Statement-clutchFor me clutches are the perfect way to inject a little fun and personality into an outfit, and I am loving how many designer names are embracing the little quirky, statement bags in their collections. I am a huge fan of Charlotte Olympia, Kate Spade, Sophia Webster, Olympia Le Tan, and Anya Hindmarch, and I am so pleased I have a few in my bag collection, but when it comes to designer I tend to opt for their classic styles over the fun ones, so I have been on the hunt for some purse friendly fun alternatives, and I can’t believe how many beauties I found for under £40.

It seems that all the major high street and online retailers are embracing the statement clutch trend, with the likes of ASOS, Next, New Look, Debenhams and Accessorize taking inspiration from Chanel’s supermarket sweep, Anya Hindmarch’s love of brands, Fendi’s cute monsters, and there is even a copy of Sophia Webster’s speech bubble, with a little DIY help.

It is hard to pick a favourite, but if you twist my arm I think I have to be edging towards the Next offerings, I love their Drumstick clutch, not only for its nostalgic nod to my childhood, I loved those lollies, but also because its candy stripes will brighten up any look and the perfume bottle is just cute. I am also loving Accessorize’s Apple Juice bag, not quite Chanel, but hey for £29 what do you expect.

Which clutch is your favourite?

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1. Accessorize Apple Juice Bag – £29 // 2. ASOS Sun Clutch – £18 // 3. H by Henry Holland Telephone Cross Body Bag – £22 // 4. Selfridges Pop Clutch – £35 // 5. Next Pink Perfume Clutch – £28 // 6. New Look Eat. Sleep. Tan. Repeat – £12.99 // 7. Next Grey Face Clutch – £18 // 8. ASOS Cloud Clutch Bag – £12 // 9. Next Drumstick Clutch – £32 // 10ASOS Clear Box Clutch with Winking Eyes – £30 //

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Jan 28 2015

My Style: Styling A Blanket Scarf & Long Cardigan

My-style-asos-cardigan-2January is nearly done with and it took over 20 days to carve out some time with my husband, which in case you haven’t noticed isn’t getting old, I love saying it. With work, unexpected trips up North to see family, and general life we haven’t had much time for just the two of us, or to just have fun, so it was important on a rare free weekend to do something other than chores, cleaning, or sitting on the sofa catching up with TV.

We like doing cultural things whether it’s visiting grand historical estates, art galleries or museums, it is one of the things I love about living in the UK there are so many, and lots are free to visit, and even though we have been living in the Cambridge area for around 8 years we’ve never been to the Fitzwilliam Museum. I was trying to think why, after we had been and enjoyed it so much, and I think it has something to do with the fact for the past few years it has mainly been covered in scaffolding while it was renovated on the outside.

The museum has a great collection, from gorgeous pottery to Egyptian artefacts, and an impressive art portfolio including Monet, Renoir, and Degas, all favourites of mine, and I really could have sat there all afternoon taking in the masterpieces.

Fitzwilliam is more than just its collection, the building itself is a work of art with its Corinthian-style columns, ornate detailing, and the light coming from the exquisite skylights, it really is one of those places that you can’t help but get lost in the beauty. I think I could come here every day and find new corners to admire and fall in love with, I think I might have found my new writing spot for when I am feeling less inspired.

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I can also recommend the little cafe situated in the middle of the museum, not only does it look so pretty drench in sunlight from the large skylights, but it also brews a perfect pot of fresh leaf tea and sells the most delicious cakes. I was all adventurous, well it was a date, and tried my first ever Duke of Cambridge Tart, something I had never heard of with a raisin and cherry filing on a chewy, toffee-like base. I’ve added it to my recipe search as I think I am going to have to try and bake a batch up.

It is always harder I think deciding what to wear at the weekend, I find it hard to not just opt for jeans and a jumper, but I am having a new love affair with cardigans, short, tight, oversized, and this long beauty from Asos is a current favourite, and it is in the sale. There is something about wrapping up, without looking too bulky, while still be warm that totally appeals to me and this oversized cardigan, which I would recommend getting in a size down unless you want it really baggy is perfect as you can see fit a regular jumper underneath and I think it works perfectly with my blanket scarf.

I along with everyone else in the fashion world is obsessed with Burberry’s monogrammed ponchos, if only I was a runway model or won the lottery, I have a larger blanket wrap that I generally utilise when in the car or running through an airport, but this cute blue and red patterned scarf is perfect I have found to layer over my cardigan and looks good with a belt to cinch in my waist, which really does help to not look too bulky, well I hope so.

Have you tried out the blanket scarf and long cardigan trend yet? I think the trick is if you are wearing lots of layers on top, I have one t-shirt, one jumper, one cardigan and then a scarf on here, to go skinny on the bottom half to balance it out, so these skinny jeans made the perfect addition to finish off this casual look.

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Jan 19 2015

My Style: Winter Up North – Giant Coat Needed!!!

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I ventured home, up North for the first time in more than a year, I know I am a bad daughter but with the wedding everyone for once just seemed to come to me, so it was nice at the weekend to relax, chat with my mum, and take in the sights of Morecambe during my whirlwind visit.

It was one of those laid back weekends that was just fun, the weather however was not so fun, it was downright annoying, I literally took these pictures in between torrential rain, sleet and gorgeous blue skies, to say that you can’t predict the weather in Morecambe is a little of an understatement, but I think that just adds to the charm of the Northern seaside town.

There is something about Morecambe that calms me, maybe it is the sea, which I generally find is more out than in, but I kind of like that as I love seeing the boats looking like they have been abandoned by the gods. But I also love the Art Deco history in its buildings, like the Midland Hotel, its super long promenade that is perfect for walking all your worries away, and the fact it holds lots of memories of when I was a kid and we came to Frontierland, a theme park, which I am still sad when I see it looking all derelict.

I would normally take style posts without my coat, unless I truly loved the coat or styled the outfit around the coat, but I have to be honest it was so bitterly cold that I only managed a few without, but to be honest I really like the contrast of this functional Bench coat paired with a leather pencil skirt and this cute cross body Knomo Elektronista clutch, which I will be talking about more in a separate post as it is actually not just a clutch, it is an organiser for all your digital devices, this is wearable tech you will actually want to buy!

This Bench coat is amazing, perfect for a chilly winter as it is two coats in one, which was definitely needed against the bitter wind coming in across the bay, plus with its slim cut and adjustable waist I find that is also super flattering for a giant winter coat.

I know, my outfit was probably inappropriate for a sleety, snow kind of day, but I did have sensible shoes on as they have a hiking boot-style tread, but I do find that when it is cold I generally go for jeans and a chunky jumper and I am trying to mix it up and still wear the things I love, just with a few more layers, and if that means I have to wear a practical coat then so be it.

How is your wardrobe coping with the winter chill?

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My Style: Bench ‘Kufen’ coat, Bench (c/o) // Green leather skirt, Next (c/o) (similar one) // Black and white jumper, New Look // Black shirt, Primark // Watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Bracelet, Links of London & Monica Vinader // Glasses, Glasses Direct (c/o) // Elekronista Digital Clutch, Knomo (c/o) // Boots, Quiz Clothing (c/o) (similar) //

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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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Sep 15 2014

Fashion Week Diary: LFW SS15 – Day 4

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An early start on a Monday after three long days is hard, but made all the more easier by knowing that there would be embellished goodness hitting the catwalk for Mother of Pearl, plus the Claridge’s setting isn’t a bad start to any morning.

But as it was early and a little chilly I went for my new Foggy London Rizzo Ida jeans by Donna Ida, I am a huge fan of her denim, I do believe that all jeans should be high-waisted, super flattering and with enough stretch to make them uber-comfortable. I have to be honest I think today’s look is my favourite, the most me, I loved the polka-dot co-ords but the combination of black, grey and a touch of red is just so what I love to wear.

It was also a day where I got to hang out with one of my favourite bloggers, who I am so pleased is my friend, Briony from A Girl, A Style, it was just so nice to take some time away from fashion week to just catch-up. Sometimes fashion week can be a little too full on and I am glad that this season I have realised that I can’t do it all.

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Back to the fashion, Mother of Pearl for spring/summer 2015 is just gorgeous, inspired by the 60’s singer Sandie Shaw and her over-the-top embellished stage wear, as well as the ‘Kitchen Sink Dramas’ of the same era that brought about the silhouettes, colours, textures and prints. On top of all that goodness was a sporty aesthetic that really created a modern, relaxed and contemporary collection.

I promise I am going to bring you more from this gorgeous collection, I just didn’t have time to edit the crazy amount of pics I snapped, but here are some of my favourite looks, showing off the exquisitely crafted 3D embellishments, which were seen on dresses, two-pieces and even the oversized clutches, that I just adored.

I also really loved the juxtaposition of the jewelled creations paired with sporty looks, the pale pink hoodie with 3D embellishments on was amazing, and paired over a tennis-style dress was just perfection, I kind of wanted the whole outfit from top-to-toe.

I promise that I will share more pictures from the collection very soon.

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Also at the Mother of Pearl presentation I came across the very handsome Sergio, The Outnet’s shoe hunter, who was accompanied by a very dashing model. I don’t know who was cuter, but I love that they had matching bow-ties on. A collective arhhh did go around the show space when they both walked in.

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From one great London hotel to another, I went from old school at Claridges to modern chic at the ME London where the incredibly talented illustrator and designer David Longshaw was live illustrating onto a dress from his collection in the lobby. I admire illustrators a lot, more so when they have to do it on display and have people watch you, but the pressure of doing it directly onto a dress from the collection must have been crazy. But I think you have to agree it looks amazing – check out the Instagram video before that I snapped while I was watching him work.

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A video posted by Danielle Wightman-Stone (@fashionistabarbie) on

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Finally, my day 4 outfit, as I said one of my favourite looks, even though the sweatshirt I am wearing tomorrow is pretty cool. I think the thing that makes this look very ‘me’ has to be the colour combination, I do love black with grey, the denim jeans fit perfectly and boost my confidence knowing that I went down a few dress sizes, and I really love the slouchy vibe of this Quiz waterfall cardigan/jacket with lace sleeves.

In fashion week standards I get that this look is tame, but why is that fashion week means you can’t feel yourself, why do you have to opt for the extremes, sometimes I just want to wear a great pair of jeans, a comfortable pair of shoes, and finish off my look with a rucksack-come-handbag that fits all my fashion week essentials in, yep a day without having to take a canvas tote bag is a great day.

To complete my look I went for a waterfall braid from the Blow Ltd team at The Apartment, which I think might be my favourite so far, and means I am running out of options for what I want my hair to look like tomorrow.

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My Style: Rizzo Jeans – Foggy London, Ida by Donna Ida (c/o) // Top, New Look // Jacket, Quiz (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o) // Red shoes, Topshop // Bracelet, Links of London, Joshua James Jewellery (c/o) // Bag, Russell & Bromley (loaned from The Apartment) // Watch, Caravelle New York (c/o) // Hair by Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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Sep 11 2014

My Style: The Red Bull Air Race & A Fun Pair Of Jeans

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I am slowly pushing myself to be a little braver with my fashion choices, so instead of black, black and a little bit more black, or denim and a comfortable jumper, or a cute skater skirt with a top, I am looking at clothes in my wardrobe that I love but haven’t really had the confidence to wear out.

So for a day trip to enjoy the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot a few weeks back I decided to give these fun MiH rose-printed red jeans an outing. These beauties are a little out of my comfort zone, my feeling was that they made me look chunkier in the thighs, and the bold colour really made me question whether they were really ‘me’, but after 30 minutes of convincing from my fiancé I decided to just go for it.

I didn’t go crazy out there, as I did pair them with my favourite colour black, but hey everyone has to start somewhere, and I really thought that the black boyfriend tee went really well and look good tucked in at one side, and because it wasn’t the warmest of days I finished off my look with a three-quarter sleeved blazer.

I think the confidence of loving my outfit made the day even better, does that happen to anyone else? I got a lot of compliments about my outfit, which is always nice, I felt comfortable and I actually think I look skinnier, maybe these jeans are a little more flattering than I gave them credit for.

It was a great day, helped by the sun shining for the majority of the day, there were the crazy race pilots whizzing through the blow-up gates, we had a dancing Chinook, the incredible Breitling Wingwalkers doing stunts on top of planes, and we even got a fly-by from the Red Arrows. Red Bull always know how to put on a great event and they never miss an opportunity to rock a great theme and the Race Club hospitality area was set out like a flying club from years-gone-by and I even got to meet Captain Bertie, which was such a highlight.

So what do you think – are you a fan of these red rose-print jeans? 

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My Style: MiH Jeans // Top, Primark // Blazer, New Look // Black ‘Susie Deva’ sandals, Clarks (c/o) // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) // rede-bull-air-race-2014-5 my-style-mihjeans-3 my-style-mihjeans-5 rede-bull-air-race-2014-1 rede-bull-air-race-2014-2 rede-bull-air-race-2014-3 my-style-mihjeans-7rede-bull-air-race-2014-8 rede-bull-air-race-2014-4 rede-bull-air-race-2014-7

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]
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