Tag Archive: River Island

Aug 11 2014

My Style: Superhero Denim Shorts


For a long time denim shorts have scared me, you see my thighs are not ideal for shorts in generally but certainly not bum-skimming denim ones, well that was until this summer when the high street finally added those extra few inches – yeah for everyone over a size 8!!!

They might be called Mom and Boyfriend shorts but I don’t care, they cover my arse, thank god, they fit around my chunky thighs, and the best bit is that they are high-waisted, so cover a multitude of sins while still being summery. It is like all my previous years of hoping to find the perfect pair of denim shorts have finally been answered.

Asos have some beauties, as does Topshop and New Look **see below for my top 10**, but it seems that everyone else has gone crazy for this style that my size always seems to be out, so I snapped up these ripped boyfriend shorts from River Island when I saw them.

I did buy them for my honeymoon, did I mention I get married in 3 months – probably – sorry, but with the lovely weather we have been having I decided to give them a test run at our local kite festival. As they are the superhero of all denim shorts it seemed only fitting to pair them with my fun superhero T-shirt that I picked up at Primark, it seems I can’t resist a statement tee and this one is perfect for a sunny afternoon.

Finishing off my look are my trusty Calvin Klein sunglasses, I love that they are so big, and my new Sorel festival-loving boots, they are just perfect for wandering across the rough terrain of the heath to see all the fabulous kites – the horse one was definitely my favourite.

Have you found your perfect pair of denim shorts?

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My Style: Denim shorts, River Island // Superhero T-shirt, Primark // Bag, Paul Costelloe from TK Maxx // Sunglasses, Calvin Klein // Watch, Ice-Watch (c/o) // Sorel Slimshortie boots, Sorel (c/o) //

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Feb 17 2014

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


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**

Aug 26 2013

AW13 Preview: River Island’s New Collection


If you love bold and striking fashion then you are going to love River Island’s autumn/winter 2013 collection that is starting to roll out across stores.

I’ve already given you a sneak peek of the collection, from my behind-the-scenes at their lookbook shoot post, but as I have spotted a few of the pieces in store and online I thought it best to share my favourite pieces from such a strong collection.

Known for not being afraid to have fun with fashion, the AW13 range is jam-packed full of trends, everything from monochrome, yep black and white pieces aren’t going anywhere to teen spirit, think 90s grunge with tartan, dark florals and cropped knits.

One of my favourite trends has to be Supernova, with its runway-inspired glam looks that are party ready and little bit Balmain with its mix of patchwork sequins, textures and prints. The one piece I think everyone will want is this cute sequinned mini – how hot is that. Dress it up for a full on glam look or why not just pair with a white tee and a blazer.


There were lots of pieces that caught my attention from the striking cobalt blue tote, this was love at first sight, perfect fashion week size, to the neon crystal embroidered dress to the tapestry-inspired pieces, especially this dress with a jewelled necklace attached, to the gorgeous statement coats, I know pink is everywhere fancy something different why not try out this orange one, and I think I need to update my biker boots with these chained beauties.


Of course I couldn’t share autumn/winter looks without a look at the coats – I am really drawn to the oversized mannish checked one.


Then we have the accessories, a section that keeps on getting stronger for River Island, this season there are lot of party-ready heels for the Christmas season, cute satchels, statement jewels, kinky boots and a selection of fun baseball caps and beanies.


What do you think of River Island’s autumn/winter 2013 collection? Any pieces heading to your shopping list?

Some of my favourite pieces have already hit the store:

**For more pics of the collection head on over to my Facebook page**

May 03 2013

Exclusive: Behind-The-Scenes At River Island’s AW13 Lookbook Shoot


River Island seem to be on a roll at the moment, the collections keep on getting bigger, stronger and more original, they debut at London Fashion Week in February with their collaboration with Rihanna and their Design Forum project with Georgia Hardinge is the best yet. So when the retailer asked me if I wanted to document behind-the-scenes at their autumn/winter 2013 womenswear lookbook I jumped at the chance, as well as getting to see the new collection first, I have always wondered what actually goes into making one.

Shot by photographer Nick Haddow, who has been working with River Island for the past couple of years now, in the Park Royal studios the lookbook features three gorgeous models Betty, Sisi and Sane, who were all styled to perfection by Cathy Kasterine from Harpers Bazaar. Then there were two hairdressers, a make–up artist, a dresser, a studio manager, a couple of PRs, numerous lightening and studio technicians, photography assistants, etc, etc – seriously a lot of people go into making a lookbook.

It was so much fun watching a campaign come together, the positions the models have to get in, the waiting around, playing with the gorgeous accessories, munching on all the snacks, the use of a hairdryer to get the wind-blown look, and even seeing thigh-high boots being pinned on a skinny models legs – from start to finish the whole shoot is completely crazy and full on.

Trying not to get in the way my pictures aren’t close up, I will leave that to Nick, I wanted them to portray the work that goes into the lookbook and the setting, they are more of a glimpse into the new collection – which is amazing!!!

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It really was a great day – thanks River Island for having me!!!

Apr 14 2013

My Style: An Outfit To Make My Glasses Shine


On Saturday my new Swag & Stare glasses arrived so to celebrate I thought I would wear an outfit to show off my new specs. As I went for the Gramercy in red I decided to wear my new red River Island smock dress, which is kind of perfect for this in-between weather we are kind of having, as it looks good layered up with a chunky cardigan and paired with biker boots for a casual weekend look, and it matches perfectly with my red and black frames.

As we had friends over this weekend we went into Cambridge to enjoy the gorgeous sunshine, yes for most of the day it was warm, the sun was shining, and it was actually spring-like, it sadly changed towards the end of the day into rain showers, but hey a couple of hours of sunshine is better than none.

While in Cambridge we just had a chilled out day, took a walk along the river, saw some fluffy baby geese, messed around on a huge log, oh and nearly fell off, wandered around Corpus Christi College, so I could admire the architecture, oh and stopped now and then for a bite to eat and a couple of drinks.

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My Style: Gramercy Red Glasses, Swag & Stare (c/o) // Red printed smock dress, River Island // Skinny black belt, New Look // Biker boots // Black cardigan, AllSaints //


Apr 12 2013

Fashionista Barbie Bakes: The Great River Bake Off


A couple of weeks ago the River Island press team asked me if I wanted to take part in their Great River Bake Off along with some fab bloggers and magazines, apparently the team had seem my Instagram feed full of Easter treats and thought I would be up for the challenge.

I am not always the best in the kitchen, I can be a little hit and miss when it comes to actually cooking a meal, but baking cakes is one of my favourite things to do and I do love a little competition among friends. So we all had to make a Victoria Sponge from the ingredients we were sent, it was just up to us about which recipe, how to decorate, and of course baking it!!!

I decided to make miniature Victoria Sponge cakes as when I was little I remember making these with my mum, but back then we used to make a large cake and then use a cookie cutter, but thanks to the genius that is Lakeland you can actually makes these little beauties with a special miniature sandwich tin tray, which I have to be honest makes it so much easier.

I was so pleased with how the miniature cakes came out and I think I have finally perfected the art of making great buttercream, so I was really chuffed to find out that the River Island team judged my cakes as the ‘Best Tasting’. Oh yeah I actually won, not the overall competition, but come on the taste of the cake is surely the most important!!!



Miniature Sponges

175g unsalted butter, at room temperature – I like to leave out for at least an hour before

175g caster sugar

3 large eggs, beaten

1 tsp vanilla extract

175g self-raising flour

Pinch of salt


150g unsalted butter at room temperature

300g icing sugar, sifted, plus extra for dusting

1 tsp vanilla extract


6-8 tsp strawberry jam


Preheat your oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas mark 4

Cream the butter and caster sugar together until the mixture is pale and light. I use a free-standing mixer – the Kenwood K-Mix on a medium speed for about 3-4 minutes.

Gradually add the beaten eggs, mixing well between each addition, don’t forget to scrap down the sides of the bowl from time to time to make sure everything is mixed. Then add the vanilla extract and mix again.

Sift the flour and salt into the mixing bowl and fold in – either use the fold setting on your free-standing mixer or use a large metal spoon or rubber spatula to do by hand until the mixture is glossy and smooth.

Divide the mixture between the Mini Sandwich Tin – roughly one heaped tablespoon – just over half way up on the tin, and level with a teaspoon.

Bake on the middle shelf of your preheated oven for about 12-15 minutes until golden, well risen and a wooden skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.

Leave the cakes to rest in the tin for 5 minutes, this gives them time to cool to make it easier to remove. My tin has loose bottoms to the tray to make it easier to remove – do so carefully and run a knife round the edges if they are stuck to the sides. Place onto a wire rack and leave until cold.

While the cakes are cooling make the buttercream by cream together the butter, icing sugar and vanilla extract until the mixture is pale and light.

Cut each of the cakes in half, do this carefully so not to break the cakes. Spread the bottom layer with buttercream and the top with a teaspoon of jam and sandwich together. Lightly dust with icing sugar to serve.

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It was so much fun taking part and I love that I won the ‘Best Tasting’ cakes – thanks to the River Island press team for inviting me to take part and sending me the most adorable apron!!!

Want to see all the other entrants, and the overall winner Grazia head on over to River Island’s blog, the Style Insider.


Feb 18 2013

My Style: Day Four At London Fashion Week

Fashionista-barbieDay four at London Fashion Week always makes me question what day it is, I know it is Monday, but my body is saying it is Thursday already!!! With that in mind I have brought out my favourite flats – my Russell & Bromley patent brogues, super comfortable, go with everything, and I love that they make my feet super tiny.

As each day I tried to work a trend or a key look that I am loving at the moment, today was all about the pinafore dress as everywhere from River Island, where mine is from, to Topshop and H&M have gorgeous ones at the moment. I have to be honest I was a little worried about the fit as my straps kept falling down and then I realised that you could adjust them, I wasn’t sure how to layer up without losing the cute shape of the dress as it is quite thin.

I decided to just pair it with a slouchy white tee, I tried jumpers and a shirt but it just kept making it look bulky. To nip in my waist I used my cute red bow belt that looked great against the black and white, and unlike other days where I have been wearing silver jewellery I decided to go for gold pieces as I really wanted to wear this adorable stag necklace from Wonsuponatime, a fairly new online jewellery boutique that I’ve fallen in love with.


My Style: Black pinafore dress, River Island // White tee, New Look // Gold stag necklace, Wonsuponatime (c/o) // Black patent brogues, Russell & Bromley (c/o) // Red bow belt, New Look // Black ‘The Trader’ bag, Osprey London //

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**Thanks to Alex & Paulie for the piccies**

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