Sunday, 30 October 2011

•Are diamonds really a girl's best friend or can I swap them for pearls instead?! I'm loving seeing lots of pearl clustered items popping up on the high street (refreshingly not just on jewellery) after they played such a part in the AW11 shows earlier this year, and I can't wait to get some old school glamour in my wardrobe again!
If you're in to customising and being creative head to a haberdashery for some faux pearls and get to work on sewing them around collars, cuffs and shoulders or replace boring buttons on blouses - A sure fire way to update last year's cardies and jumpers with not much money, skill or effort required!xo

Nicholas Kirkwood Pearl Platform Heels @ $1,055
Sheer Cover Up by Biba @ John Lewis £65
Cluster Bag by Coast @ John Lewis £60
Chiffon & Ruffle Handwarmers by Alice Hannah @ ASOS £16

Wednesday, 26 October 2011

•I've spotted so many bits that I've wanted to put on this week's Wishlist Wednesday that I've just spent a little over an hour deciding what will make the cut. Now that I'm all sorted, I'm a 100% sure that the Topshop bralet is my fave item of the lot. At first I wasn't at all convinced that bralets were for me, however having tried one on with a high waisted pencil skirt and then a pair of high waisted wide leg trousers, I've really come to like the look! So, I may not necessarily pair it with a low slung pair of jeans (a la Britney?) but I definitely can see myself making the most of this cute little floral number. It's so ideal that November looks to be the beginning of the party season for many of us, no excuses needed to wear it in lots of different ways!

Also, quick mention on the boots... I looooooove them! I've become a real boot whore recently (literally no other way to describe it) but they're perfect for the season and will add an uncertain edge to any outfit!

Topshop Floral Bralet £30
Alexander McQueen Bracelet at Liberty £165
Office Suede Ankle Boots £95
ASOS Grab Bag £35

Sunday, 23 October 2011

•Metallics, like many trends, have circled the axis of the fashion world and are now back in high demand just in time to liven up your autumn/winter wardrobes. Admittedly, the trend isn't the easiest thing to wear let alone style, however having (hopefully) avoided the Christmas turkey/Star Wars character route, I've put together some looks to give you all an idea of how to wear the attention grabbing tones.
There's great versatility when it comes to wearing metallics so if you're going to try the look yourself, you can stay neutral with fleshy colours, dress up in rich jewel tones, or opt for the slightly safer monochrome look. I've always been a bit of a magpie at heart so I can't wait to try some of these key pieces out myself!xo

Leather Trim Cigarette Trousers @ Topshop £42
Aztec Batwing Tee by Full Circle @ House of Fraser £40
Tap Oxford Brogues @ $178

Silk Chiffon Blouse @ Tibi New York $275
Gold Leather Skirt @ Oasis £80
Croc Portfolio Clutch @ ASOS £60
Platform Court Shoes @ Zara £39.99

Skinny Jeans @ Mango £54.90
Distressed Jumper by Wildfox @ $112
Velvet Ankle Chelsea Boots by ASOS £65

Boyfriend Fit Jeans by Nobody Denim @ £117
Leather Patchwork Tee by Acne @ £770
Ballerina Pumps by KG by Kurt Geiger @ John Lewis £49
Resin Frame Clutch by Reiss @ ASOS £66

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

•This week's Wishlist Wednesday (almost Thursday) has been a personal struggle, a battle between head and heart because quite simply put, I neither have the cash or the occasion for 3 of the 4 items I've lust listed.
The occasion thing - not so much of an issue, however unless I stump up a few thousand in the next day or so, these pieces will just have to remain in my virtual baskets, sitting waiting patiently, unforgotten and ready to be loved... Sigh. Especially love the anchor ring by Balenciaga below, a little too early to be thinking of Christmas I know but it would make the most perfect stocking filler ;)
Oh, and next week I promise to get back to the high street, this dream list business is disheartening stuff!

Sequined Mini Dress by Sass & Bide @ £620
Signet Anchor Ring by Balenciaga @ £225
Glitter & Suede Peep Toe Boots by Miu Miu @ £555
Knuckle Box Clutch by Alexander McQueen @ £1,245

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

•From leather cuts, studs and fringing to knee high boots, wide belts and visible lingerie, at some point you will have been under the influence of the ever controversial fetish trend in fashion. Lady Gaga of course, has been channeling this look for some time and the likes have Rihanna have followed suit, encouraging designers like Mugler, Giles and Alexander McQueen to feed our fantasies.

The full on fetish look (chains and all) is probably best left to the brave however there are elements of the trend which I really like and have shared below. The best ways to touch on this look is firstly with a nice bra (needless to say a must and an investment) to wear under dark, sheer blouses and secondly a leather belt to keep you nipped in at the waist. Okay, so it isn't quite Madonna circa the early 90s however it is a start... And will probably be as far as I get before I feel like a fashion pervert!

Leather Bralet @ All Saints £95
Buckle Waist Belt by Religion @ £19
Studded Leather Clutch by Bottega Veneta @ £1,125
Chain and Tassel Belt @ Zara £17.99

Sunday, 16 October 2011

•I'm starting to feel the nip in the air this weekend and it feels that autumn has definitely arrived. Whilst I've been out and about shopping, I've been searching (and destroying) all the knitwear rails for a jumper that will become my saviour, as the nip will turn to frost and the frost will hopefully, eventually turn in to magical flakes of snow - I'm a fan of winter you can tell.

Anyway, whilst in All Saints this morning, I picked up the thick, warm, cable knit jumper below and put it straight back thinking £150 was a silly amount of money to spend on a jumper which I'll probably end up wearing over my pyjamas in bed. Now I'm home, and I've spent 2 hours straight thinking about the damn thing, I've come to the conclusion that seeing as the average English winter season lasts 90 days, and I'm likely to get lots and lots of wear out of the jumper (I'll wear it daily in fact), that's just a mere £1.66 per day... Which you'll agree is practically nothing!xo

All Saints Hercinia Jumper £150

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

•Over excitement and a love of spending money has encouraged me to buy a whole new working wardrobe this week as I prepare to move from a slightly more corporate job role to a very relaxed. As if I needed excuses, I have gone out of my way to avoid the penguin black and white tones I've had to wear for the last 4 years and have been buying colours, patterns and prints in bulk. So, I've done the smart thing (boooooooo) and invested in lots of key pieces but nothing has kept me from dreaming about the tartan MCQ dress below. At £470, it really isn't cheap or cheerful, but it definitely will lend its hand to work and play times, which is just double the incentive to buy buy buy!

Knitted Lurex Jacket @ Topshop £40
Tartan MCQ Dress @ Harvey Nicholls £470
Reiss Sheer Silk Shirt @ John Lewis £129

Monday, 10 October 2011

Boots - £80 @ Topshop
  •From clapping my eyes on these boots and falling in love with them, to the physical (and slightly urgent) act of going out and buying them took me all of 59 minutes. There's nothing like a rush buy, especially when you see that an item is selling out on the website and they just have to be yours. To go with these cut out stud boots I also purchased a sleeveless lumberjack check shirt and will wear it with my ankle grazing skinnies in a vintage wash (a little like these), a perfect look for casual nights of drinking after dark and easy to stumble around in thanks to the 3.5 inch heel, how ideal ;) x

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

•My wishlists these days are growing longer and longer but I feel so spoilt by the variety on the high street (short lived I'm sure) and all the gorgeous bits that are literally screaming out at me, that it feels like it would be a shame to not just buy everything I fixed my love on this month.

These lovely little peep toe wedge boots from Miss Selfridge are going to become my go-to shoes, I can tell already! The stunning burgundy shade will work with a majority of my autumnal clothes and when I'm brave enough to bare my legs under a skirt again, they'll look cute with a pair of frilly ankle socks. On sale for just £50 at the moment, I don't doubt the fact that I'll probably have to hunt these babies down!xo

Pony skin Chelsea boots @ Miss Selfridge £50
MTV print crop @ River Island £20
Enamel frog ring @ Topshop £12.50
NARS nail polish @ NARS Cosmetics £13.50

•The most enchanting fashion show of all took place in Paris yesterday as Chanel showcased their much awaited SS12 collections, and boy was it a spectacle. The theme was set as an underwater adventure, with soft sparkly trails of sand and shells lined along the catwalk and coral reef, seaweed and giant sea creatures laid carefully around the Grand Palais as the beautiful models strode out of the mouth of a bemused octopus.

With the scene set, Chanel then continued to impress over and over as each model shone in faultless pieces made with the precious care of Mr. Lagerfeld and his army. The clothes were fluid, airy and easy-fitting, a world away from some of the more fussy designs KL is so well known for. There were florals and feathers, jewels and militant cuts and buttons. The tee shirts were shoulder padded, the cotton was perforated, the dresses were lightly embellished and the classic elements of tailoring with a feminine twist were present - I think it was perfection, bubbles and all!xo

Monday, 3 October 2011

•So, summer may have taken it's final breath today, and I'm kinda happy that I'll finally be able to sort through my winter wardrobe as it has felt completely unjustifiable doing so over the last few weeks.
I absolutely love the aspect of layering clothes, from knits over shirts over tees to socks over tights under dresses (phew), but one thing I've never really experimented with layering before is jewellery.

What I've come to realise is that I often look for one stand alone piece to make a statement with, but I've been missing out on the fun of putting all the pieces together myself and the best apart about layering your own jewellery is that it can be as individual, OTT and you as you like.

My favourite items to layer are bracelets, in as many elements and variations as possible, the more they clash the better. My one piece of advice would be to avoid beads as this is generally very summery and go for chunky ropes, golds, silvers, watches and charms instead - You'll never reach for just one piece of jewellery again, who said less was more anyway!? Here's hoping you find some inspiration... ;)

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