Wednesday, 31 August 2011

•There is only one item on my Wishlist Wednesday this week... Simply because it is all I want from my life right now. It WILL complete me. A gorgeous girly I know named Zinzi is a very talented jewellery designer who produces the quirkiest of pieces under the label FSAugusta. I've been yearning for their piggy ring from 'The Collection' line for a silly amount of time now and have decided that I will be buying myself one before the year is out, after all if it's good enough for the likes of Fearne Cotton, it's more than good enough for me! The pieces that Francesca Sibylla Augusta create are indulgent, youthful and unconventional - An ideal for anybody who likes to have fun and play dress up in expensive clothes, a little like moi! My favourite piece at the moment is the pig ring knuckle duster, part decor part weapon but altogether stunning! Check out more on FSAugusta here x

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

•Polka dots, like the trusted leopard spot, or the floral print or nautical stripe, never seem to be off trend for too long at any one time. Even though the dainty little dots are my least favourite of patterns; they conjure up thoughts of a horrible party dress I wore in 1995, I still love seeing a classic refreshed as seasons change and time swishes by. I was excited to see that the AW11 catwalks were a plenty with variations on the polka pattern and I've spotted a few pieces which I love. As with any animal/floral print or loud design, I like to keep my dots minimal and wear them in splashes and against block colours and have put together my favourite finds for the upcoming season below. How will you wear yours?!


Image courtesy of http://www.runwaydaily.com/


Chain Cross Body Bag £18 @ Monsoon
Bing Bang & TIMO.WEILAND Necklace £41 @ ASOS
Marc Jacobs Scarf @ net-a-porter
Gold Ring (Price On Request) @ Verdura
Wide Leg Trousers £45 @ Topshop
Alessandra Pumps £170 @ Paul Smith

Whilst compiling the above, a girl my photographer friend Emma and I had noticed in East London some time ago popped in to my mind. Meryl was shopping for treasures with her friend Tota (who I have previously blogged about on the style stalker feature) and I remember thinking at the time how perfectly she suited the opaque white tights and tiny polka dotted shift dress. I also recall making a note that Meryl was head to toe in vintage and underlining the words Note to self: I can't pull this off. She looks effortlessly 'done' but more importantly hasn't overworked the pattern, instead complimenting it with a solid tone and basic accessories ... A good example of less is more if I've ever seen one!xoxo

Monday, 29 August 2011

•I'm a real fanatic of any tone that shows off a tan (still hanging on to mine for dear life) and find personally that warm colours such as oranges, red ands yellows work best. Just so we aren't on another level here - this look does apply to the bronzed Goddess opposed to the slightly over cooked Brit abroad.

The gorgeous Lanvin dress Beyonce wore yesterday to the 2011 VMA's is a perfect example of how flattering burnt orange can look against tanned skin and the rich colour reflects on the yummy mummy to be's eyes and hair beautifully! I especially love that she's kept the rest of her outfit minimal, just a pair of chandelier earrings, a cuff and a ring or 2.

The Lanvin number maybe something to lust after for many of us however I love the different variations I have seen on the burnt orange tone recently... ASOS especially know how to work this colour...xoxo

Beyonce in Lanvin @ The VMA's 2011
Slit Sleeve Dress £40 @ ASOS
Aqua One Shoulder Dress £132 @ ASOS
Rare Beaded Necklace Dress £42 @ ASOS

Wednesday, 24 August 2011

•Wishlist Wednesday is taking it back to the casual this week as I've stumbled across some lovely flats and just know that come winter, snow and ice, I'll be reaching for as many varying styles as I can get my hands on before the heels and the thought of snapping a bone even cross my mind!

I always find that a simple pair of flat pumps, ankle boots, brogues or loafers, give an outfit a slight more edge than a pair of heels, and with a season ahead that will be full of block colours and minimalist shapes, perhaps it's time to let your shoes do the talking...xoxo

Topshop Red Patent Tassle Slippers @ Topshop £22
Miu Miu Zebra Print Suede Brogues @ net-a-porter.com£300
Sam Edelman Crystal Stud Slippers @ my-wardrobe.com £145
Zara Tricolour Pumps @ Zara £39.99


P.S. September is a seriously good month to purchase a winter coat and my-wardrobe.com have put together a top 10 list of styles to invest in this season, perfect for anyone that is looking for something a little different... My favourite is the 3.1 Phillip Lim coat which is a gorgeous statement piece!

Friday, 19 August 2011

•Nail art has been a hot trend for some time now but I'm only just getting brave with the idea of dabbling in paints and prints and glitter. Lots and lots of glitter. I'm absolutely addicted to fuckyeahprettynails.tumblr.com and have spent a some what ridiculous amount of time scrolling through it's archives - basically a mass collection of different bloggers, nail art lovers and nail artists all showing off their skills. Some of the nails are quite clearly transfers (none the less impressive) however, those that are freehand are just WOW. From the simple to the intricate, I love all of the nails that are showcased on the website and I've chosen a few to share with you below. The nude nails with the leopard print single finger and the aztec/tribal prints are my favourite!xo






Wednesday, 17 August 2011

•Wishlist Wednesday, oh how I love thee! I waited all week for this otherwise boring hump day to come around just so I could natter to you all about what I've chosen for the list this week. Even though the feature is new I had quite a few questions about what inspired me as the items I'd chosen seemed to make up an outfit.

Where as this won't always be the case, I do find that I love pulling different looks together and I'm usually encouraged by a certain night out or occasion that may be approaching. Last week's 4 items were a few ideas I'd come up with prior to a friend's birthday party in London and this week's came to mind as I'll be heading up town for a casual shopping spree and liquid lunch with a friend at the weekend.

I've been asked a few times since last week if I can put outfits together for every occasion from a wedding to a first date and I'm more than happy to help where I can, just email me with any questions you have!xoxo

Knitted Jumper - Topshop
Cross Body Bag - Topshop
J Brand Jeans - net-a-porter.com
Be& D Oxford Flats - bloomingdales.com (international)

Saturday, 13 August 2011

•I love flicking through those first few pages of a magazine and seeing new designer advertisements spread thoughtfully over the glossy pages. For any label, the campaigns that are shot ahead of a season are crucial; a chance to revamp, relaunch and reconnect with their market and sell sell sell.
I'm always very excited to see the new ads and the way in which designers have adapted from previous seasons, whether they're being flaunted in stills across billboards in the city or on viral internet campaigns.

My top 3 favourite new ads (it was seriously difficult to make 3 choices!) for the upcoming AW11 season are:


Giorgio Armani - Fur, silk and snakeskin are just a few classics that always work their way back in to the RTW catwalks. This campaign refines sexiness in luxury and I love that the label have stuck to their guns, they clearly know the shots define the Armani woman.


DSquared - The campaigns that have previously run for DSquared have not been as demure as above, and even though the black and white shots of Emily Baker are simple, they still set the tone for what we can expect from the label: minimalist and androgynous power dressing with a hint of feminine beauty.


Alexander McQueen - Even after death the label continues to make statements of strength and structure, indicating that it will have the power to stand out for years to come. I love that these shots are in line with the 'savage beauty' theme, something tells me a Mr. McQueen will have approved and I'm sure his customers agree.

Wednesday, 10 August 2011

•Sorting the 'realistic' buys from the 'in your dreams' buys and putting together v. important 'must buy or die' outfits are a full time job for a girl. As a way of sharing all my favourite finds, and I guess keeping my lovelists fresh, I thought I'd start a new little feature on girlseeksfashion which I know I'll commit to completing religiously. Every Wednesday I'll present 3 or 4, or maybe even 5 items that are high on my list of priorities for purchase in the all important categories mentioned above ;)

This week I've chosen 2 'realistic' and 2 'in your dreams' pieces and hope that you'll love them just as much as I do! Wonder if you can all guess which is which...x


Sheer Blouse - modcloth.com
Leather Skirt - Alice + Olivia @ oxygenboutique.com
'Etta' Sandals - L.A.M.B. @ nordstrom.com
Horse Necklace - asos.com


Sunday, 7 August 2011

•My beautiful friend Jodie celebrated her birthday last week and as a little treat, my other beautiful friend Gemma and I decided that we would take her out for afternoon tea... With a twist! Before booking, I'd never heard of Pret-a-Portea which is hosted in the Caramel Room at The Berkeley Hotel, however to say I was left a very impressed girly on Saturday afternoon is an understatement.

The theme of Pret-a-Portea is inspired by the colours and styles of the fashion world and the menu adapts every 6 months to suit a new season... Amazing! As well as the scrummy sandwiches and delicious desserts, the variety of speciality teas and the customised Paul Smith fine-bone china that it was all served in - the 5* star service was faultless (yes please I would like another glass of Laurent Perrier) and made our day just that little bit more special.

Choosing a favourite fancy from the menu which is aptly titled 'A Fashionista's Afternoon Tea' is not difficult... The Miu Miu vanilla bikini biscuit was so yummy, when we were handed our goody bags upon leaving I was very happy to see that I'd get to take more of them home with me... Needless to say I ate it before we even got on the train.

I can't rave enough about Pret-a-Portea (which basically symbolises my 2 favourite things: fashion and food) so you'll all just have to book in (way in advance) and taste the Chloe praline clutch and Marc Jacobs raspberry and lychee cream jumpsuit to see how lovely it all really is! xoxo





Happy Birthday Jodie!

Friday, 5 August 2011

•Tonight I'll be dreaming of Mulberry... Or more precisely the Peace & Love Lily bag. I'm not sure if it's the foxglove pink ostrich leather or the studs that I love more, but I also have a huge 'thing' for peace signs and am drawn to them like a little magpie. I like them on my accessories, find that they make the cutest gifts and have constantly got an eye out for any new quirky new bits I may find them on. Luckily for me Mulberry have been putting the symbol on everything from their jewellery to their scarves in line with their 'Peace and Love' line (and the high street has been copying) so just for a change, I'm spoilt for choice ;) xoxo

Tee by Topshop, Gold Plated Ring by maxandchloe.com,
Gummy Bracelet by ASOS, Heart Peace Pendant by pret-a-beaute.com,
Opal Bracelet by maxandchloe.com, Peace Scarf by Mulberry @ jades24.com
Peace and Love Lily by Mulberry

Monday, 1 August 2011

•I really thought that after a succession of seasons that played heavily on animal prints, that we'd be sick of the sight of the leopard spot by now - but it appears that what was once deemed tacky is still going strong and will be scampering in to the autumn/winter period with us again; whether that be on boots, coats or on bold accessories.

I'm a fan of the leopard spot but see it being overdone far too often. Pat Butcher style anorak? Not credible. I like wearing it in splashes and against block colours (not just blacks and browns) but the best part about dressing in this classic pattern is that if you put some thought in to it, it can become effortless to style and will just about go with anything you own.

I've given you lovelies a few ideas about what you can wear the print with come rain or shine... All you have to do is invest in a few key pieces and let your wardrobe do the talking! Voila!

Dress by Topshop, Sandals by Paloma Barceló @ net-a-porter,
Ring by River Island @ ASOS, Bag (coming soon) by Clare Vivier
Heels by Steve Madden, Shirt Dress by Dorothy Perkins, Shopper by Zara,
Bracelet by Venessa Arizaga @ Opening Ceremony
Vest by Jonathan Saunders @ lagarconne.com, Jeans by Cheap Monday @ coggles.com,
Crest Slippers by ASOS, Shopper by Zara
Blouse by Topshop, Skirt by River Island, Clutch by ASOS,
'On Collins Avenue' by O.P.I @ Harrods, Patent Flats by Kate Spade

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