Tag Archive: Shopping

Dec 16 2014

My Style: Finding The Perfect Leather Dress

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I have a list of wardrobe essentials that I am constantly trying to perfect, whether it is finding that white shirt that fits perfectly, or the softest cashmere jumper, or even that hero pair of skinny jeans that never loses its shape. One thing on that list that I haven’t got close to finding, well until I spotted this Iris & Ink beauty on The Outnet, had to be a leather dress.

I am pretty fussy, it had to be nearer to knee-length than mini-skirt, it had to be roomy enough that I could wear all day and still eat, it had to be quality, and most importantly it had to be more tailored than rock-chick and I definitely feel that the Aria Iris & Ink belted suede and leather dress ticks all those boxes.

I love that the combination of leather and suede really does make this a more contemporary take on the leather dress, it makes it a lot more comfortable to wear and I adore that you can nip in the waist with the belt, which I switched up for a skinny leather number as the dress was a little big the suede belt it came with wasn’t working for me.

The Iris & Ink collection at The Outnet has long been a favourite of mine, it is basically filled with timeless, quality wardrobe essentials and I love that I was able to style up this beauty for my blog. One of the areas that has been expanding for the label has to be the accessories, first it was oversized pouches to style up as a cool clutch and this season they have added some gorgeous leather pieces, my favourite being the ‘Camden’ Iris & Ink leather backpack, which you can wear as a backpack or as a bucket handbag, dependant on how you feel and what you are wearing.

There is a lot of love at the moment for bucket bags, they are everywhere, and what I love about this one is its versatility and how it works two trends – backpack and bucket bag, plus it is made from the dreamiest of leathers. It is also super roomy, I do love a bag that can carry all my stuff plus my big SLR. After test driving this beauty I don’t think any other bucket bag will quite cut it, I love that when it is super heavy that you can just change it up and wear it as a backpack. I think this beauty is a fashion week must.

Are you on the hunt for something off your wardrobe essentials list?

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Oct 29 2014

Shopping: Ted Baker Royal Mint Pop-Up

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Can you believe that everywhere is already starting to look a lot more Christmassy? I am a festive season junkie normally but this year my Christmas cheer has been put on hold a little due to a little thing called my wedding!!! However, I couldn’t but feel a little in the party mood when checking out Ted Baker’s amazing Royal Mint pop-up in Selfridges this week.

The enchanted space, complete with two gold horse guards, is open until January and it features everything that is sparkly, shiny, and bejewelled from gorgeous clutches to sleek shoppers and shimmering crystal jewellery. There were more than a few pieces that I fell deeply in love with including the exclusive gold shopper bag that comes with a matching pouch, the cute bow clutch bag, especially in dusky pink, and the chic faux fur accessories from gloves to gorgeous collars.

But the one piece that made my heart flutter the most had to be ‘Lela’ the crosshatch trapeze shopper, this beauty can basically carry everything, and I definitely think my gorgeous black one will be my go-to bag this winter.

The regal accessories pop-up is on the ground floor in Selfridges near the Duke Street entrance and as well as just going to spy what you want to add to your wardrobe there are also loads of goodies that you can pick up for your fashionable friends and family this Christmas.

Have you drop by the Ted Baker Royal Mint pop-up yet?

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[Pics: Top image – Fashionista Barbie // The rest – Ted Baker]

Oct 20 2014

Hitting Stores Soon: Eddy Anemian For H&M

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H&M have a long list of designer collaborations, next month will be a certain Alexander Wang, which you will see everywhere, but for me all attention should be on the incredible Design Award winner Eddy Anemian who has created a gorgeous, elegant 10-piece capsule collection.

Inspired by Tilda Swinton’s character in ‘I Am Love’ and the work of French painter Ingres, the gorgeous line features a craftsmanship that you just don’t expect from someone who is still a fashion student at the visual art school La Cambre in Brussels and a high street name, the meticulous construction and texture of the pieces is going to surprise a lot of people, especially when the prices range from £19.99 to £215.

The pics don’t do the collection’s technique and textures justice, but the structures and abstract patterns have been intricately created by using cut floral upholstery fabric into strips to create the skirts, jackets, trousers and tops.

I am totally in love with the long yellow floral skirt constructed from vertical strips, as well as the blue floral jacket and matching trousers, and the gorgeous white skirt made from horizontal raw-edged ruffles to give the impression of the patterns found in marble. Simply divine and this is coming from a fashion student – imagine the greatness after a few collections under his belt.

If the bold pieces weren’t enough to get you excited, the collection also features a white jumpsuit with floral sleeves, a black heavy twill top, and a pair of white high-waisted trousers to provide contrast and the tailoring looks exquisite.

The collection launches in select H&M stores, as well as online, from October 23 and I can tell you now that I will be trying on that incredible maxi skirt.

Are you excited to see new talent like this getting exposure on the high street?

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Aug 21 2014

Shopping: Fashion Week Inspiration at H&M

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It is three weeks to London Fashion Week, I say it every season but wow it really did come around quickly this time, and it means I have started my panic/preparation for my outfits. I always find it more pressure during fashion week, everyone seems to go a little crazier, a more exaggerated version of themselves, whereas I generally like to stick to black, black and a bit more black, unless of course I am in jeans!!!

So thank god for H&M’s new Fashion Weeks collection that is a monochromatic minimalism masterclass, while still offering that quirky fashion week edge. I basically want the whole collection, but I think these pieces have to be favourite, starting with this gorgeous simple black crepe cami dress – I love the clean lines, the fact it actually falls at the knee and the sporty mesh panel to the front, but most of I adore the price of £12.99. Also it works perfectly with the wide coat, another bargain at £39.99, just pair with classic black heels and this is one stylish and comfortable look.

The other look that is high on my shopping list has to be the oversized white blouse, £24.99, nipped in at the waist with that large wide belt, £24.99, teamed with very cool black jersey leggings, which for £14.99 they are a great price but I think I would need more model-like pins to pull them off, but I think the blouse and belt would work just as well with jeans.

Then we have the chunky knit, the long line blazer, the fake fur jacket, and the statement tee – basically this collection has everything you need to put together a great fashion week capsule wardrobe.

Whether you are planning for fashion week or not – would you wear this monochrome collection?

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Jul 14 2014

Boux Avenue: Revamping My Lingerie Wardrobe

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I regularly do a clear out of my wardrobe, rotate my winter and summer clothes, as well as donating those pieces that I just don’t like, never wear or frankly don’t fit me, one area that I don’t ever do a clear out of is my lingerie drawer and I have to be honest I am not sure why considering I wear underwear every single day.

I only considered that my lingerie wardrobe might need revamping when Boux Avenue invited me to come to their Westfield London store, check out the collections and take advantage of their free bra fitting service.

I know what you are thinking, ‘I know what bra size I am’, but really do you? I checked out my lingerie drawer and I have bras ranging from A to DD cup and I can tell you now I am never, ever going to fit back into that A cup no matter how pretty it is, but I have kept hold of it for more than 10 years. This bra has moved with me probably three or four times and I still can’t seem to part with it. I can’t be the only lingerie hoarder.

So I wasn’t totally off on my bra size, but just by wearing the right size I noticed instantly that my clothes looked better, I felt more comfortable and anything that makes you feel better can only be good for your confidence. So why is that women would prefer to wear the wrong size than get measured? I think we have all have our own reasons, embarrassment, busy schedule, unaware that most lingerie places offer the service for free, the list goes on.

Well let me tell you I have had a bra fitting with lots of different brands, some were hands on, some just looked and adjusted as I tried on, and Boux Avenue measure you while you are in your current bra before getting you to try on your favourite styles so you know for sure that it is the right size. My bra fitter told me that no matter whether you have a fitting or not, always try on the bra before you buy as dependant on the style, your size can change slightly, which is exactly what I found I am actually two sizes.

What I loved about Boux Avenue is the choice, they offer everything from basics to sexy lingerie sets, as well as a gorgeous bridal collection, sleepwear and swimwear, basically everything I would need to revamp my lingerie wardrobe. The selection was a little overwhelming but I decided to stick to key pieces I would need to kick-start my revamp.

First up I needed a nude and black T-shirt bra, I live in these and the Boux Avenue one is amazing on, then I went for a floral beauty, no lingerie drawer is complete without florals, a sexy bra set for those date nights, and I also went for a retro-inspired longline bra, I love the balconette style as well as the fact I can wear under a sheer shirt and it will look chic as hell. Plus as my honeymoon approaches I couldn’t resist picking up one of their bikinis, I can’t wait to wear it in Antigua.

I love all the pieces I picked up and can’t wait to wear them all. There is a certain satisfaction about a tidy lingerie drawer, getting rid of the clutter, and not having to worry about which bras actually fit me. An added bonus is that my drawer also smells amazing as Boux Avenue packaged up my beauties with a scent parcel, I do love the little touches.

So when was the last time you did a clear out of your lingerie wardrobe?

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Are you a fan of Boux Avenue? I have selected a few of my favourite styles below: 

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Jul 06 2014

Shopping: 10 Summer Jackets

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I totally understand winter dressing, I love to layer up, feel all cosy and generally be as warm as possible, when it comes to the summer months I really struggle as I either have beach climate outfits or winter warmers, It seems I have nothing in between. Which is kind of a problem for this variable weather we have been having – one minute boiling hot – the next second a little on the chilly side, which is where these amazing summer jackets come in.

The most important thing with a summer jacket other than the fit, I sometimes go down a size as I don’t have as many layers on underneath, has to be versatility, it has to go with a lot of summer looks and different occasions, as lets face it you aren’t going to buy more than say one or two for the season.

My summer jacket normally revolves around lightweight parkas or a denim jacket, but I was after something a little smarter that wouldn’t look out-of-place with a casual look and that’s when I spotted this soft quilted cropped jacket from Warehouse, which FYI is now in the sale.

It really is perfection, it is light, it is a great colour, goes with jeans, skirts, dresses, and works dressed up and paired down. Plus it has the all important three-quarter sleeve, for some reason I think that makes a summer jacket as you can show off your arm candy!!!

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So the quilted Warehouse beauty might be my favourite and my current go-to summer cover-up but I done a little shopping for the top 10 summer jackets out there at the moment. So whether you after something to wear to a festival, team with a gorgeous dress to an outdoor wedding, or wear to a Sunday brunch with friends – I have found something for everyone.

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Which jacket is your favourite?

[Pics: My style pics thanks to Ngoni from I Am NRC]

Jul 04 2014

Shop Her Style: Jennifer Lopez Wearing Markus Lupfer ‘Love Myself’ Sweater

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OK so how hot is Jennifer Lopez looking at the moment, I am seriously obsessed with how good her body is, don’t get me wrong she has always looked amazing but right now she is insanely hot.

Her instagram has become a daily pleasure for me, I love that she shares behind-the-scenes shots of her tour, gets her fans to vote on her outfits and even post no make-up selfies of herself. I have to be honest but move over Beyonce, J-Lo is taking your reign as my Instagram queen!!!

One of Jennifer’s Instagram’s that caught my eye this week was this stunning piccie of the singer, showing off her great pins and fabulous hair, and the cutest jumper ever that I instantly recognised as Markus Lupfer, basically the only designer you want to buy if you are after a statement sweater.

The cotton pink sequinned Markus Lupfer ‘Love Myself’ sweater is perfection and I have found it on FarFetch so you too can look like J-Lo, I just wish buying it also meant her glamsquad came and styled me up as she looks flawless in this picture.

Love J-Lo’s sweater – check out 10 of my favourite Markus Lupfer sweaters right now:

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