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Fashion: SS14 I Want Candy!

26 Mar

Easter-Bunny-Fashion

Spring – t’is the season to be jolly. You may think that absurd or damn right rude of me to say such a thing post December but hear me out. We’ve said a fine farewell to Santa and the Christmas stresses for another year, we’ve forgotten about our unobtainable New Year’s resolutions and we’ve managed to finally peel ourselves off the sofa after we super-glued ourselves there with a tub of ice-cream and a Bridget Jones DVD as we sobbed away through our lonely Valentine’s Day. The celebrations are over. Thank the Lord. Spring is the time when we can actually look ahead to the future without any stress endured. The flowers are beginning to blossom, the birds are singing again and we no longer have to choose substance over style in our fashion line-up. This season is all about new beginnings so spring clean your wardrobe with some fresh, crisp hues using a bright and varied colour palette.

pastels fashionThis season it’s all about the sweet scent of pastel fumes. Mint green, candy floss pink, lemon sherbet yellow, blueberry muffin; colours that look so good that they ooze the joy of sweet-shop-shopping.

Pastel colours are fun and feminine without being garish or loud. It softens your look and embodies the spirit of spring. Fresh, clean and energetic whilst being delicate and soothing; pastel colours are a must have for your s/s14 wardrobe. So, rid yourself of those bulky brown knits and black leather jackets and replace with cute pastel dresses ready for sun-drenched summer days spent in daisy fields.

pastels

From the catwalks to the high-street, pastel colours are hot this season. Calm blues, delicate violets and warm greys paired with pretty lace and sheer fabrics create that overall sense of ladylike chic. Burberry Prorsum’s entire s/s14 collection is candy coloured and embellished with layers upon layers of structured sheers, creating a dreamy display of a sweet wrapper encased model army. We can’t talk pastel shades without mentioning Christopher Kane. His gorgeous mix of parma violet hues, metallic shines and spring themed statement sweatshirts with the words ‘petal’ and ‘flower’, are pretty and seductive. Topshop have a great collection of pale tones that can be worn from day through to night. Their satin camis are the perfect match for delicate pastels; even their denim has had a candy makeover. Sweet-shop-chic doesn’t just stop at clothing this spring. Re-vamp your accessories with light, bright hues. The Cambridge Satchel Company have a gorgeous turquoise coloured Chelsea bag, aptly named ‘sweet pea’, while Nails Inc. have a limited edition Ice Cream and Sprinkles collection for a delicious way to finish off your dainty new look. Failing that, you can always pop down to your local sweet shop and grab yourself a candy necklace for a fashionable way to treat yourself this season.

Colourful, pastel sweet-shop shades are calming yet energising; the perfect way to begin your spring. Feel refreshed, look cute and leap into the season with a sprinkle of true festive joy for it’s the most wonderful time of the year.

1. Mini Satchel Bag – Asos
2. Tea Cup Necklace – Clothes Lounge
3. Pastel Nail Polishes – Nails Inc
4. Pink Watch – Asos
5. Broken Heart Charm Earrings – Asos
6. Floral Tea Dress – Marks and Spencer
7. Beige Fedora – River Island
8. Multi-Coloured Sandals – Faith
9. Blue Satchel – Cambridge Satchel Company

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What I Wore: Casual Weekend Wear

17 Jan

Outfit

For casual weekend wear comfy jeans are a must. Topshop Leigh jeans are my all-time fave. They’re skinny, soft and fit perfectly. They also come in tons of shades and styles so I have an endless supply of options.

I teamed them with this gorgeous mint green top from The CityRack. I love the delicate colour and the chiffon like fabric feels amazing on my skin. I’m forever buying plain-Jane tops as they can be worn with anything to create different effects time and time again. But this one has added mesh stripes to give it that extra oomph of detail.

For me leather means black, from boots to biker jackets, black is the only way to go. However, when this cream alternative was posted through my door by the lovely people at TCR I was astounded. Never before had I thought leather could work so well with any other colour. I do feel like I’m betraying my trusty blacks but this is a welcome refreshment for the zesty spring days ahead.

I’m a sucker for a bargain. I didn’t need anything for Christmas, so I most definitely didn’t need anything after Christmas but ‘need’ and ‘want’ are two very, very different things. When I saw these gorgeous suede boots from H&M reduced to a mere £7 from £35 I just had to have them. Perfect for day or night, these are a great investment piece – black boots will never go out of fashion – well that’s what I told myself anyway. I also bought a heap load of other unnecessary but had-to-have stuff in the January sales – I’ll show you more of my buys soon :)

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January Blues

13 Jan

The second Monday morning in January. Christmas is long-gone, there’s no excuse to eat chocolate at 10am or open the bottle of Baileys at 11am; the frosty cars, snowy rooftops and icy roads no longer have that festive feel without the reflection of the sparkling lights glistening from the decorative houses; and our bank balances are looking a little wounded and traumatised from the end of year attack. The optimistic resolutions made a mere 12 days ago have already been slaughtered and fully dismissed and we’ve succumbed to the reality of normality with very little to look forward to. It’s no wonder they call January the most depressing month of all, *sigh*.

Feeling the force of the January blues? Fear not – fashion can help you get through it all; fashion can help you get through anything.  A new year lends itself to a new wardrobe and this month it’s all about grabbing those January blues by the balls and working it. From interiors to the catwalks, this season it’s all about pastel shades. We’ve created a gallery of gorgeous blueberry hues that are anything but miserable and leave you feeling refreshed, looking great and totally ready for the year ahead.

See – January blues aren’t always a bad thing!:

 

Pastel Blue/Pale Blue/Light Blue

1. Alarm Clock – Laura Ashley

2. Earrings – Asos

3. Jug – The Oak Tree and Acorn Company 

4. Double breasted coat – Miss Selfridge 

5. Shirt – Topshop 

6. Bralet – Topshop

7. Knickers – Topshop 

8. Cushion cover – Cath Kidston 

9. Ankle socks – Topshop

10. Illamasqua nail varnish – Debenhams 

11. Satchel – The Cambridge Satchel Company

12. Watch – Asos

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Stocking Filler Ideas For Her

20 Dec

It’s now 5 sleeps to go until Christmas day! Ahhh! Where has the year gone? Time to scurry around the shops with dedication, ruthlessness and focus to finish up your Christmas gifts and get those stockings bulging full of gorgeous little treats that she’ll love.

I’ve scoured high and low for some great little stocking fillers so you’re last minute dash around town is as calm as can be.

Stocking fillers for girls

1. Santa iPhone 5 case – Cath Kidston
Father Christmas meets Cath Kidston – finally! I love the Christmas range from CK (Move over Calvin Klein we’ve got a new CK in town!). It’s full of gorgeous little reindeer and Santa treats that are cute, kitsch and super festive.  If she has an iPhone 5 – this is a guaranteed winner.

2. Detox pamper pack – Fashion Union
Come January, the detox starts again, yikes! Get her ready with this gorgeous little pamper pack. Don’t worry it hasn’t got dried fruit, protein powder or rabbit food seeds in – just good, hearty, natural products to beautify her and leave her feeling relaxed and calm. The package includes a hair mask, face mask, foot cream and eye pads. You know that dull January day when everybody is back to work and feeling a little sorry for themselves? The pamper pack will be her saviour so she keeps perky and pretty.

3. Knitted snowman socks – Topshop
Socks as stocking fillers will never, ever grow old. Everybody will always need socks. These sweet little snowman socks are knitted with thick wool to keep her tootsies toasty this winter.

4. 2014 vintage butterfly diary – WHSmith
Along with the obligatory socks, a diary is also a must-have gift to fill up her stocking. This cute little butterfly one is vintage looking; adopting that good old-fashion shabby chic look. With a week to view layout, as well as some useful added-extras such as travel info, addresses and phone numbers, she can keep well organised for the year ahead.

5. Soap & Glory mini hand food – Boots
The scent of this stuff is amazing. I know not of anybody who hasn’t fallen in love with hand food. This mini version is only £2.50 so is a cheap and cheerful way to pack out her stocking with a beauty essential.

6. Best of Benefit set – Boots
If she likes Benefit then she’ll love this. And if she hasn’t ever used Benefit then she’ll also love this. With all the best-selling, award-winning products in one set, she can try out the number one items and see what all the fuss is about. For only £24.50 this is unbelievable value so grab it if you still can!

7. Cath Kidston compact mirror – Got to have it
Every girl needs a small compact mirror to keep in her handbag. Whether out shopping or on a date, if you don’t have a mirror to hand – you’ll regret it. Whether you need to re-apply your lippy, volumise your hair or check your teeth for any cling-ons, a compact mirror is your best friend. I love this Cath Kidston one is simple yet chic and the perfect size for beauty checks on the go.

8. Neom travel candle – John Lewis
Neom candles smell incredible. Ok, so they are on the more expensive side, but they are fully worth every penny. It will fill the room with a gorgeous aroma and lasts for far longer than the cheaper alternatives! This small one (unsure as to why they’re called ‘travel candles’ – I prefer just ‘small’) are ideal for her to indulge in a preview of the luxury brand.

9. Santa’s lip scrub – Lush
I’ve recently reviewed this product and loved it! Ideal for winter months when lips can take a battering, Santa’s lip scrub uses caster sugar and coconut oil to reveal gorgeous kissable lips perfect for puckering up under the mistletoe. 

10. Lip crayon – Topshop
Topshop’s range of make-up is surprisingly good. This chubby lip crayon is great for applying on-the-go. Its matte finish is ideal for during the day and keeps your lips soft and well moisturised. Simply apply some lip gloss over the top and you have instant night-time makeup.

11. Tweezerman tweezers – Feel Unique
The God of all tweezers is Tweezerman. With a slanted edge you’re sure to catch all the difficult-to-reach eyebrow hairs. They grip precisely even the shortest of hairs because the tips are hand-filed and perfectly aligned to grab the hair every time. They also come in a range of gorgeous colours!

12. Heart coin purse – Not on the high street
Finish off her stocking with love. This heart print purse is perfect for keeping all her shrapnel in tow. The cotton has been laminated to protect against scuffs and stains and comes with this eye-catching red heart design and a vintage style gold clip frame.

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Fashion: Christmas Gifts for Him

11 Dec

Men are a nuisance. Fact. Especially at Christmas time. Present-buying for a man should come with a warning tag – the warning being ‘substantial stress endured.’

With women, we have options. From the endless make-up, hair and nail stuff to a whole host of clothing attire, we’d be happy with a cute little pair of earrings to a gorgeous new handbag or a pair of patterned tights. The list is literally endless.

With men, not so much. The list is literally limited.

So, in a bid to help my fellow ladies out with curing Christmas stresses caused by man-shopping, I have come up with a few great Christmas ideas for every man in your life.

Note: I’ve bought all these gifts for previous Christmases (and all have had a high success rating) so if my boyfriend does happen to stumble across my blog, he won’t know what I’ve actually got him this year. See, women really are always one step ahead.

Christmas Ideas for a man

1. Fred Perry polo shirt – Fred Perry
Young or old, a Fred Perry polo shirt is a guaranteed winner. Cool enough for your boyfriend but smart enough for your dad. The fabric is good quality, the brand is à la mode and the style is versatile. They also have loads, and I mean loads, of colours and designs of different polo shirts to choose from so you can literally buy him a new one every year! – Sorted.

2. Skagen black label watch – Creative Watches
Watches are the go-to gift when you need something special to give your man at Christmas.  The Danish brand, Skagen, offer simple and sleek designs which are classic, smart and stylish. Ticking all the boxes; you can’t go wrong with a Skagen.

3. Beats by Dr Dre – John Lewis
If he’s a music fan – Beats are perfect. They are a tad expensivo but they look cool and, more importantly, sound a-mazing!

4. The North Face nuptse vest – Blacks
The best way to keep warm this winter is with a North Face. This vest is snuggly, stylish and a true sound investment – I can guarantee he’ll be wearing it for years to come.

5. American Crew Fiber – Feel Unique
For a spot of beauty luxury this Christmas why not treat him to some American Crew? Fiber gives a high hold for his short (sorry, stereotyping!) hair without that greasy, wet-look gel appearance. It smells good and will make his hair look good.*

6. Diesel Only the Brave – Boots
There’s nothing I like more than when my boyfriend smells good. It’s alluring, enticing and can make any man look that little bit more attractive**. There are an infinite number of aftershaves out there; the most recent one I got my boyfriend was Only the Brave Tattoo by Diesel and I love it! (…so does he – bonus!)

7. Fairisle bobble beanie hat – Asos
The accessory department in men’s stores is sparse so it’s good to get them in while you can. This Christmassy hat is perfect for wintery days out and comes with a sprinkle of festive charm. A great stocking filler!

8. Adidas Originals holdall – Asos
Ok, so he might not be into man bags yet but this retro Adidas holdall is masculine and functional. No longer will he ask you to put his keys, and wallet, and phone, and anything else he may have with him he doesn’t want to carry, in your handbag because he now has a bag of his own! Hurrah!

9. Burgundy Vans – Schuh
Metrosexual man? This Clinique serum is ideal. The packaging, merchandising and wording are all carefully crafted so he doesn’t feel too effeminate whilst applying ‘face lotion’ or ‘moisturiser’ as it’s more widely known. I’ve tried it and happily sneak it into my beauty regime when he’s not looking. His skin will be soft and glowing…and so will yours!

*not guaranteed
** my boyfriend is just as attractive (very) with or without aftershave.

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Fashion: The Best Christmas Jumpers

1 Dec

The first day of December means we are officially allowed to go Christmas crazy. We can delve into our advent calendars, munch on mince pies, decorate our homes with sparkles and glitter, play our favourite Christmas songs (mine include Mariah (obviously), The Pogues and Bing Crosby, among many) and wear our Christmas jumpers with pride, excitement and honour.

The Christmas jumper used to be feared. Your nan’s knitting skills were put to the test and your fake smile was endured throughout Christmas day whilst you wore your garish ensemble. Now though, they are a fashion statement in their own right. Instead of hiding with embarrassment and fear, we’ve learnt to relish, cherish and flaunt our festive knits and treat Christmas day as an entire fashion season in itself for us to parade around the house modelling our new Chrsitmassy getups.

From the tacky to the triumphant, every designer is dibble-dabbling in Christmas Jumpers this year. So, rather than adding to your December shopping stresses, I’ve picked out some of the best Christmas jumpers around – all available in just a click of a button…

best christmas jumpers

1. Pale blue polka dot Christmas pudding jumper, £27.99 – New Look 

2. Red knitted jumper, £14.99 – H&M

3. Reindeer jumper, £35 – Phix

4. Father Christmas sweatshirt, £32 – Cath Kidston

5. Kana reindeer Christmas jumper, £16.99 – Missguided

6. Unisex blue reindeer knitted jumper, £39.99 – TruffleShuffle

7. Pink sequin snowflake sweater, £17.99 – New Look

8. Knitted stag crest jumper, £42 – Topshop

9. Roxy reindeer fairisle jumper, £15 – Boohoo

10. Mint green fluffy fairisle jumper, £27.99 – New Look

11. Knitted gingerbread man jumper, £42 – Topshop

12. Green reindeer print Christmas sweatshirt, £15 – Rokit

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Fashion: Christmas Wish List

25 Nov

Today is exactly one month until Christmas Day so it’s time to start thinking about what  gifts you’re going to buy people and, more importantly, what you’re going to put on your letter to Santa. I’ve come up with my own little wish list to motivate and inspire you all to get into the Christmas spirit..

Christmas wish list for girls

1. Pastel blue knitted angora cable jumper – Topshop
I love this jumper, it’s snuggly and warm and comes in my fave colour of the moment. I’d wear this with a crisp white shirt underneath, some skinny jeans and a pair of suede, stone coloured ankle boots.

2. Woodland hummingbird bracelet watch – Olivia Burton
I’m a huge fan of Olivia Burton watches – they’re vintage looking and super cute. Their a/w winter range is full of signature British style, featuring on-trend oversized dials, antique animal motifs and moody florals.

3. Heart ring – Asos
Big rings are out; small, cute rings are in. This heart ring is really dainty and delicate and is a complete bargain at only £6!

4. Pale pink crombie coat – Primark
Ok, so you can’t purchase this number online but it’s definitely worth battling the madness of a scrabbling Primark store. The hustle and bustle can be over-bearing but you need to stay strong because you will not find this season’s must-have pastel pink oversized coat anywhere else for just £32.

5. Ceramic rabbit ring dish – Not on the high street
Got all the rings but nowhere to store them? This gorgeous rabbit ring dish is perfect for guarding your jewellery. Notonthehighstreet have loads of great gift ideas for all the family so it’s worth popping onto their website for some new and unique presents.

6. Bunny mittens – Topshop
These cute little bunny mittens are ideal for keeping your hands nice and toasty this winter – a great stocking filler for any girl.

7. Sunny satchel – Accessorize 
Mint is another of my fave colours and is set to be huge next spring so get ahead of the fashion pack in this classic satchel bag. The box design and the gold lock fastening gives this piece a vintage feel and will brighten up any of your everyday outfits.

8. Season of peace candle – Yankee Candle
I always look forward to the Christmas collection from Yankee Candle. This one smells fresh and pure but, I have to be honest, I love them all! Snow in love, Christmas cookie and red apple wreath are also among my faves!

9. Fashion addict print oversized t-shirt – River Island
This laid-back oversized tee is perfect for wintery days spent close by the fire. I love slogan print tops and this one has my name written all over it.

10. Nail polish in ‘bashful’ – Topshop
I have loads of nail polishes but this icy blue one is yet to venture into my collection. I can’t wait to give it a go and wear with all my new pastel shades.

11. Leather chelsea ankle boots – Asos
Chelsea boots are classic and timeless – they are a winter staple and will never go out of fashion. These navy coloured chelsea boots give a great, modern twist to a classic heritage style. Another bargain at only £50.

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