Wednesday, 30 November 2011

•I've really been trying and failing to focus on the fact that December is literally a day away and that it's going to be an expensive month for me, however I'm failing miserably and it shows on this week's Wishlist Wednesday.

I'm absolutely in love with this tan suede Ava bag by Mulberry and if I was to only own one clutch for the rest of my life this beauty would be it! Of course the chain strap also means it can be worn as a shoulder bag which is basically all the more reason to buy it, or better: have it bought for me :)

Also on my wishlist is this neon pink skinny belt by YSL at Atelier Mayer; definitely one of those pieces that you can build around opposed to just adding it to an already structured outfit and a little bit of colour popping really does go a long away!

Finally, scalloped hemlines. Ever since Chloe featured the scalloped edge on everything from blazers to bikinis I've been a real fan of how dainty and less boxy a simple tee can become if the hems aren't all about straight lines. This River Island top (which is also feeding my metallic obsession) would look lovely tucked into the high waisted navy shorts by Miss Selfridge and make perfect for a night out. Add a measure of opaque tights, a pair of killer heels and obvs the Mulberry clutch, ta daaa!xoxo

Ava With Tree @ Mulberry £415
1980s Skinny Pink Belt by YSL @ Atelier Mayer £125
Metallic Tee @ River Island £30
Navy Tie Shorts @ Miss Selfridge £32

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

•Around this time of year, most girls (granted they are usually under the age of 10) make hopeful wishlists for Santa, seal them with a kiss and post them off to the North Pole with faith that they'll wake up on Christmas Day with lots of gifts to play with.

I, on the other hand, put together collages and stick them on the fridge so that even if the people around me try to ignore the fact that I have particular needs, they can't :)

I'm not just being greedy and it is also my 24th on Christmas Eve but the trauma of being ripped off on a yearly basis as a child with the whole 'here is one big present for your Birthday/Christmas' malark has clearly left me with issues (soz mum).

Alexander McQueen Scarf @ Liberty
Mini Saddle Bag @ ASOS
Paul & Joe Manhattan Lipstick in NYC @ ASOS
Michael Kors Bracelet Watch @ ASOS
Heart Shape Umbrella @
Flora by Gucci Perfume @ Harrods
Jewelled Skinny Belt @ Warehouse
NARS Nail Polish in Space Odyssey @ Liberty
Stud Slippers @ Topshop
Silver Feather Ring @ Thomas Sabo
Fabric Wrap Bangle @ River Island
Bordelle Lucia Underwear Set @
Leopard Print Make-Up Bag @ Reiss
From cute stocking fillers to presents that'll look beaute with a big bow on top when under my tree, this is my lust list :) Think the trick is to keep it simples with a price range and easy accessibility for everyone, and seriously how much more visual and clear can it be?! If somebody even thinks about buying me a stack of purple eyeshadows from Boots I'll die.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

•I woke up this morning, feeling as bright as a button and thought I'd make the most of a house to myself by turning up the music, dancing in my pants... And organising my wardrobe - ROCK AND ROLL.

I've been sat staring for a little while (1.5 hours) and my OCD is eating away at me over the fact that my leather jacket has ended up in the middle of the dresses, and that there's a stray cardigan by the skirts. Laziness on the other hand has got me in a trance and apart from turning the hangers so they all face the same way (this was making me seriously tetchy), I have done nothing but daydream.

I'd love to pluck the motivation from somewhere right now and get my colour coordinating on, but I've got a desire for shopping that needs seeing to and a top shelf in the wardrobe that looks like it could do with filling so I'm off in to town to buy myself more things to make a mess with :) Have a lovely weekend everyone! xo

Friday, 25 November 2011

•Recently, if it isn't leather or metallic I don't want to know (you've preeetty much seen one regular cut dress or knit cardie you've basically seen them all) so I was super excited to stumble across one item of each kind in H&M Covent Graden during my lunch break today.

The first item, this open back cardie with a silver wax finish felt lovely on (not stiff at all considering the wax), had a really nice shape and even better, it was only £24.99. I usually rely on my black tux jacket or my studded crop leather jacket to tie up my look, but now I'm feeling all festive I think I'll ditch the black and wear this with my dresses instead! I wanted to put the link in for you to all go nab this but it isn't anywhere to be found on the H&M site, sob sob x

Second item I picked up was this PU dress. I.LOVE.IT! I'm not too sure just when I'll wear it yet, but I think it'll look lovely with a little cardi, some Henry Holland tights and my biker boots at the weekend. Think I'll be in serious danger of looking a little too S&M if I wear it with bare legs and heels and only Rihanna can wangle that look. This dress was also £24.99, and here is the link :)

Wednesday, 23 November 2011

•Anybody that knows me will appreciate that I've wanted a piggy ring from FSAugusta for like, ever. So what with it being Christmas and my Birthday in December, I decided I needed to make Percy mine and took delivery of him today. Look at him!!! I'm typing this in bed, and despite the fact he's weighing me down somewhat, I can't bare to take him off... #needhelp.

Zinzi, the gorgeous girly behind the brand was amazing at guiding me in my choices to get my piggy just how I wanted him and I'm sure she's going to help me feed my addiction for years to come as I'm already feeling despo for the Dali ring (definitely not going to be able to lift my hands up to my face at this rate). I've mentioned before how much I love the fun, flirty and youthful yet indulgent jewellery by FSAugusta and now I have my very own piece of the Infamous Season collection, I see why the likes of Fearne Cotton, Ellie Goulding, Russell Brand and Rihanna are fans!

For more pics of my piggy and instant updates follow me on Twitter @grlseeksfashion
You can also follow Zinzi @FSAugusta and check them out here

Wool blended sweater by 3.1 Phillip Lim @ £345
Burgundy skinny jeans @ Topshop £38
Ballerina pumps by Carvela @ House of Fraser £85
Angel wings pendant by Kitson @ ASOS £16

•Ok, so the main item on my Wishlist Wednesday that I'm lusting after this week is the rather festive 3.1 Phillip Lim reindeer jumper above and even though I think I'd partly feel like Mark Darcy on Christmas Day when wearing it, I kinda don't care! In this instance only, I would gladly pay homage to such a babe. See here if you don't know who he is.. Shame on you if you don't!
I've spotted lots over the past week that I've wanted to put on actually, especially the burgundy skinnies which I think could become another new staple because I'm so bored of regular denim and it's such a good colour to wear this season (a real compliment to metallics and matte tones alike).

Right so one more post from me today and I'll get out of all of your hair for a few days, pinky swear! ;) xo

•I'm a great big massive huge fan of Alexander Wang and especially the Rocco handbag range, so am naturally over excited to see that they have reissued the beauty below solely for Opening Ceremony. The 'Diego' bucket bag has all the traits of classic Wang - pebbled leather, a slouchy structure and of course the signature aggro studs aligning the bottom. What's not to love?! The Dalmatian print is a first for Wang, and I'm feeling seriously Cruella De Vil just looking at it, if you've got the budget for this baby I'd consider getting your paws on it ASAP by clicking here (sharing is very much caring by the way...)

'Diego' bucket bag by Alexander Wang for Opening Ceremony
All images from Opening Ceremony

Sunday, 20 November 2011

•When it comes to the LBD, there is nothing quite as iconic in the history of styling and fashion, and there is nothing quite as faithful hanging in your wardrobe! I can't think of a single occasion that a well fitted, sleek little number couldn't lend it's hand to, so if you're in need of an investment piece see below for a selection of my favourites from ASOS... If you're not 'in need' as such, see below anyways, there's no doubt you'll find an excuse to wear one of these classic staples before the year is out ;) xo

Polka Dot Lace Panel Dress by Karen Millen @ ASOS £152
Embellished Neck Dress by Paprika @ ASOS £34
Ruffle Neck Smock Dress @ ASOS £55
Gloss sequin panel dress by Aqua @ ASOS £136
Long sleeve mini dress by French Connection @ ASOS £105

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

•There seems to be an abundance of shimmering sequins everywhere I look on the high street this week and the jewel and festive colours are beginning to indicate that Christmas is drawing closer as clearly as the twinkly fairy lights that hang from lampposts and the adverts for toys that dominate the television.

I love this time of year for the reason that every occasion seems to be that little more special and there are less excuses needed when opportunities to dress up arise. Personally, I wouldn't consider myself a 'dressing up' kinda girl so I've always looked at sequins, especially on dresses as OTT. The Topshop tee below is just the right amount of sparkle for me and comes on top of my Wednesday Wishlist!

I'd always choose to team something shiny with a matte material in order to tune the outfit down so I'd put this tee with a pair of matte black leather leggings or a pencil skirt/opaque tights combo and grab the feather Topshop bag to add a contradicting and less predictable edge! Have a feeling this outfit will be my saviour when I don't know what else to throw on!xo

Sequin tee by Topshop £45
Feather bag by Topshop £50
Marc by Marc Jacobs ring @ £40

P.S. The rose gold ring by Marc Jacobs, I need it in my Christmas stocking please somebody. How cute?!

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

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 •Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen are undoubtedly two of the most iconic young ladies in fashion at the moment and with their own labels 'Elizabeth and James' and 'The Row' fiercely picking up the pace and earning their kudos in the industry, its no surprise to see them on the front cover of Vogue's Best Dressed special edition issue this month. This is the first time the 25 year old twins have graced the cover of Vogue and judging by the buzz created around the shoot I'm one of those hoping it won't be the last.

The girls have channelled a lot of their own masculine meets feminine edge in to their collections and come up with some must-have investment pieces that will leave you unable to pay your rent and eating cereal for a month. My favourite piece from Elizabeth and James is the cropped black denim biker jacket with detachable bouclĂ© sleeves below - Love the deconstructed take on such a classic wardrobe staple and the fact that £595 will get you one item that could add versatility to your entire wardrobe with it's eyes closed! I'm doing the sums in my head and all equations are yelling BUY IT!xo

New Rory bouclĂ© sleeved denim biker jacket - Elizabeth and James @ £595

Knit sweatshirt with leather sleeves - Elizabeth and James @ £326

Keller modal and silk blended vest - The Row @ £580

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

•Following on from the Glam Grunge blog I posted on Sunday, I'm head over heels for the gorgeous McQ by Alexander McQueen dress below and had to feature it in this week's Wishlist Wednesday. The gorgeous (stretch cotton) dress has a fine wax finish and zip detailing for a little edge - I've decided it needs to be my birthday dress already!

McQ was launched in 2006 with the view of being Alexander McQueen's little sister label and so far it has proved a label in its own right, offering a different and fresh take on the signature McQueen style under the creative direction of Sarah Burton. I'm hooked on their tartan prints, leathers and wool blended pieces but this dress screams rebel, youth and most of all, fun... Plenty of what I'll be having on my 24th birthday next month ;) xo

Dress by McQ @ £325
Faux Pony Skin Ankle Boots @ Topshop £95
Disney Couture Mawi Earrings @ ASOS £34

Sunday, 6 November 2011

•Glam grunge is really having a moment this season and I've decided to give the trend a go and experiment with big bold necklaces over cotton tees and maxi skirts with boots as an alternative to my usual look.
I'm a fair few steps away from the effortlessly cool glam grunge style that the Olsen's carry, however I have picked out a few key pieces that will get the ball rolling! Think leathers, furs, studs and use gold or jewelled accessories to add the glam to your grunge and ditch your heels for boots instead and you'll be half way there in no time! The next step?! Surely chipped nail polish, bug eye sunglasses and a Starbucks in hand will complete the look no?!xo

Mongolian Fur Chain Bag @ River Island £100
Sequin Collar Necklace by Fiona Paxton @ ASOS £98
Leather Panelled Mid-Rise Jeans by Superfine @ £405
Dark Blue Split Maxi Skirt @ River Island £28
Metal Skull Ring @ ASOS £12
White Patent Boots by Dr Marten @ ASOS £81
Embellished Gold Tee @ All Saints £250
Rock Tank Top @ Topshop £18

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

•I'm both very busy and very important recently (Bridget!) and so due to a serious demand on my time by anyone and everyone and the need to juggle a million things, I've brought Wishlist Wednesday forward a day! Surpriiise! Ok ok, I don't mean to sound like I'm slacking (I'm not, it's only 3 hours early technically) and I absolutely will get back to blogging the life out of you all v soon however for the time being, please bare with me!

I'm a little bit in love with this gorgeous twill tartan dress by Carven which would effortlessly take over as the statement maker in your wardrobe when teamed with heeled ankle boots and a cute leather jacket. The festive season is always the perfect excuse for dressing up however this doesn't always have to translate as sequins and frills and femininity! I love this dress for the fact its understated, interesting and you can guarantee nobody else at that party will be wearing it!xo

Dress by Carven @ £550
Cocktail ring by Mawi @ £203
Leather panther clutch by Marc Jacobs @ £290

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