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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 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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Jan 14 2015

Shopping: My Sale Picks For A Great Winter Coat

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I’m a coat hoarder, I love wrapping up warm and as a result my wardrobe has become packed filled with coats of all varieties – from my new fav, the Next pink check beauty **which FYI is in the sale at £35** that has a Clueless vibe about it, to a Paddington Bear duffle that is the just so cosy teamed with a chunky jumper, and even the most unflattering puffa jacket that once upon a time I thought were cool, which now I realise were never cool and still can’t seem to part with.

Coats are a stable of any wardrobe, especially in Blighty, it has definitely been coat wearing weather for a while now, and I can’t help myself each year on adding more, to be honest each year I find myself fixating on something particular, whether it exists or not.

This year it is a charcoal chunky textured coat that comes to my knees, again, I have to stress I don’t know whether such a coat actually exists, but I have come across some beauties in the sale that I just had to share. I am secretly hoping that one of these will make me forget about the imaginary grey number in my head – I think the pink Asos duster coat, now only £35 from £70 might be a contender!!!

Have you got you mind set on a coat this winter that you just can’t find?

Jul 31 2014

My Style: Pretty In Pink

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A couple of weeks ago the lovely girlies at Next invited me and a few of their favourite bloggers to see The Bodyguard for a girl’s night out and I wore this beauty of a pink lace dress. I was having so much fun, munching at STK London, catching up with my friends and then singing along to Whitney Houston’s greatest hits, boy can Alexandra Burke sing, that I totally forgot to get an outfit post. A crime I know for a fashion blogger!!!

What I love about this beauty of a dress is that it can be dressed up or down and it still looks so pretty, I think it is because the silhouette is so flattering and the lace is delicate and fun. To see The Bodyguard, I dressed it up with a statement necklace, a cute clutch and strappy black heels, but I love that it works just as well teamed with pumps for a day wandering around Cambridge.

I think the reason this dress works for a Sunday walk after brunch is the accessories, a pop of blue just works perfectly with this pretty pale pink hue. I love that it adds a touch of fun, which means that the addition of the denim pumps don’t seem too casual. Plus I love any reason to wear my new blue mini Links of London friendship bracelet that Paulie got me for my birthday, it works perfectly with my Shore Projects watch.

Do you have a summer dress that you love to dress up and down?

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My Style: Pink lace dress, Next (c/o) // Blue plimsolls, Primark // Blue watch, Shore Projects (c/o) // Blue friendship bracelet, Links of London // Earrings, Pia // Bag, Paul Costelloe from TK Maxx // Belt, Dorothy Perkins //

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Jul 18 2014

My Style: Pretty Floral Skirt

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No matter how hot is out there, even the hottest day of the year so far, it seems that I still can’t help wearing black and chunky boots, it seems that my wardrobe and style is all about winter. Don’t get me wrong I have pretty dresses in summer hues, I get them out on occasions, it is just I prefer black. So my compromise, with myself to wear more summery clothes, is this adorable dark floral skirt.

I don’t have many floral prints in my wardrobe but this one appealed due to the darker vibe as well as the neon pink kick, plus it is in my favourite flattering skater skirt silhouette. I was going to pair this Primark beauty with a neon pink boyfriend T-shirt, but I just couldn’t find it, but my trusty black one was easy to find, I have like 10 of them!!!

But you know what, I think the print and bare legs make this look summery enough, I hope, but I do think a brighter or even white top would have made it pop even more in the sunshine. I think the extra sparkle of this gorgeous Next necklace and Citizen Eco-Drive watch helps though – they both really catch the light perfectly.

Are you a lover of wearing black even on the hottest of days?

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My Style: Floral skirt, Primark // Boyfriend T-shirt, Primark // Citizen Eco-Drive watch, Citizen (c/o) // Necklace, Next (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Ruffle socks, Topshop // Glasses, Karen Millen (c/o Specsavers) //

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After a little giggle? Check out this hilarious gif of me trying to get the perfect outfit pic – as you can see I am not very good at this style blogger lark!!!

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**Thanks to Alex from Alex Loves and Fashercise for snapping my look**

 

 

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

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

Feb 16 2014

My Style: Day 3 At London Fashion Week

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The weather this London Fashion Week has sucked, it has really thrown me off my outfit picking game, and has made me hate each and every look I have worn for a while. I think it is the fact that you have to rush to get the shot and the fact that the weather is making everyone so miserable – but I really wanted to share this amazing midi skater dress from ASOS.

Wearing this dress felt amazing, super flattering and was a great colour, I love navy, and it is a great length – plus at £42 is it also a great price – I will be wearing this beauty a lot. But for some reason it didn’t photograph as well as it felt, which is probably down to my poor posture and my current uncomfortableness in front of the camera than the dress.

To brighten up the dress I paired with my LFW Russell & Bromley bag – the Gilt Edge, as well as a cute pink watch from Fossil and some silver jewellery.

Nothing too showy, just simple and comfortable for a day of shows.

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My Style: Midi skater dress, ASOS // Boots, Next (c/o) // Necklace, Primark // Gilt Edge bag, Russell & Bromley (borrowed from The Apartment) // Glasses,Retro54 // Watch, Fossil (borrowed from The Apartment) // Bracelet, Bella Jane Jewellery (c/o) //

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**Thanks to Jaclyn for taking my piccies**
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