Sunday, 9 December 2012

Catwalk inspired Christmas

Every year Christmas sneaks up on me and my wardrobe and I have the obligatory panic that I don't own enough clothes to see me through until January 1st. In such moments of panic it is easy to reach for that classic black dress and whilst this isn't necessarily a bad thing there are far too many outfit options this Christmas to surrender to the LBD just yet:

Coloured metallics

(L-R Christopher Kane, Marc by Marc Jacobs, Jonathan Saunders AW12)

I love the colours of Christmas: the deep festive shades with a metallic sheen that loosely resemble baubles and sweet wrappers (Quality Street anyone?). Vibrant yet dark shades of green, purple and blue look striking on a simple-cut party dress with minimal accessories needed. Bonus points if the dress comes in a jacquard material, like the green Jonathan Saunders number above.

The printed trouser suit

(L-R Jason Wu, Stella McCartney, Marni AW12)

This may actually be my favourite look of the season: strong, modern and the perfect line between androgyny and subtle femininity. Once again jacquard is the ideal fabric for a structured suit and this looks best worn with high, high heels, big brushed out hair and a lightweight vest underneath to flash a little bit of skin. My love for Stella McCartney's vibrant blue trouser suit knows no bounds but the fitted trouser and nipped in waist of the baroque Jason Wu suit is the most flattering of the lot.

LBD - redux

(L-R Diane von Furstenburg, Versace, Oscar de la Renta, Lanvin AW12)

I did say reaching for the LBD isn't necessarily a bad thing and it is certainly isn't if you take the above LBD as examples. Gone are boring, safe black dresses and in their place come the LBD's edgier, all round more exciting sister.

There were a plethora of goth-glam LBDs on the AW12 catwalks and these are just a handful of my favourites. Think velvet, studding, cross prints, heavy beading, peplum detail and my old favourite- leather. Looks most striking worn with bare legs and a pair of spiky pointed toe heels but if you can't bear the cold then tights and some platform ankle boots will do the trick.

I'm sure you'll agree, lots of strong Christmas party looks to choose from! Here's my pick of the best high street alternatives:

Blue jacquard dress, ASOS, £85
Black sequin dress, Miss Selfridge (petite), £75
Metallic shoes, Topshop, £78
Suit jacket, ASOS, £65
Suit trousers, ASOS, £45

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Tuesday, 13 November 2012

ASOS BLACK by Markus Lupfer

Not quite sure how this collaboration passed me by but when browsing earlier I came across the ASOS BLACK by Markus Lupfer range and quite frankly, fell in love with it.

Famous for those sequined jumpers and now his fabulous leather pieces, Markus Lupfer's collaboration with ASOS features the latter in a big way for a goth meets baroque collection.

Clockwise, from left
Leather printed cut-out skater dress, £175
Leather print t-shirt, £100
Leather printed skinny trousers, £165
Leather fold-over clutch, £85

These pieces would look best styled with similar prints or other dark leathers: think maroon, emerald green and deep purples. A pair of chunky biker boots and a military style jacket would work wonders with the dress and for those of you not so taken by leather clothing as I am, the fold-over clutch is a more subtle alternative. Wear with a slouchy grey t-shirt, black skinny jeans and dramatic eyes.

The rest of the collection can be found at Don't miss out!


Monday, 12 November 2012


I've barely touched on beauty in the past on this blog, minus the odd nail art post, but in the interest of branching out I wanted to write a little about my favourite beauty products. The title of the post sums them up - hero products I use regularly and feel a little bit lost without. Everyone has a few and I wanted to share mine.

Lets start with hair products. I don't tend to use too many products on my hair as I hate that 'over styled' feel and like my hair to look as natural as possible. However, no ones hair looks perfect without a little help and these three products do just that.

Mark Hill Get Gorgeous! No Knots! Leave-in Detangling Spray is the first thing I reach for after washing my hair. For some reason my hair is prone to knotting and after washing it can be a bit of a nightmare to get a brush through. This detangling spray does exactly what it's supposed to do: untangle my hair without weighing it down. The spray is fairly light, gets to work straight away and can also be used on dry hair if it gets knotty throughout the day, although make sure to spray it from a distance so it doesn't wet your hair too much.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Big & Bouncy XXL Volume is next on my heroes list. I'm sure, by now everyone has discovered the merits of dry shampoo and realised that Batiste make both the cheapest and the best on the market. This particular one has a little extra added to it however and really does give your hair a bit more volume where you most need it. Spray onto clean hair around the roots, massage with your fingers and lightly brush out any excess for volumized yet natural looking hair. Great for using before backcombing too but be careful not to use too much or you won't be able to get a brush through it for some time!

My final hair product comes from perhaps a less well known brand than the others and one I only came across by accident. Percy & Reed Quite Frankly Flawless Finishing Polish is a great product for both smoothing and adding a bit of texture to the lengths of your hair. It also happens to smell rather amazing; rub a tiny amount between your palms and smooth down any flyaway strands at the top and then push the middle section of your hair up with the remaining polish. It manages to be light weight enough not to make your hair feel greasy but thick enough to hold a style and always helps to add a little extra something to my (predominantly flat) hair.

Good quality products that enhance your various make-up styles are hard to come by. I go from one face cream to the next and am not too fussy when it comes to make-up removers and face washes but these two products have earned themselves a rightful place in my heroes list.

The more expensive of the two, Too Faced Shadow Insurance Anti-Crease Eyeshadow Primer is well worth its £16.50 price tag. Again, I stumbled across this product by accident but haven't looked back, using it daily under my eyeshadow. A thin layer of this skin colour primer on my eyelids perfectly holds my eyeshadow in place for the majority of the day without having to reapply and can also be worn on its own to even the tone of your eyelids. Eyeshadow seems to hold much better and come out a stronger shade when worn combined with this primer and the product has lasted me for ages despite me using it most days. I've never been particularly fussed about face primer but this eyeshadow primer is definitely worth using for longer lasting make-up.

If your skin is anything like mine it is liable to become a little shiny throughout the day, especially if you're having a busy day rushing around at work. Fashionista Shine Stopper Translucent Loose Powder, available from Superdrug, is the perfect quick-fix for shine: simply dust a thin layer over your face and all shine is eradicated, leaving your skin looking matte and even. The colour of the powder is fairly pale but doesn't change the colour of your skin and a little bit goes a long way. My handbag feels empty without it.

I'm not sure I could rave about these final two products enough if I tried. Body Shop Moringa Body Butter is literally the best body cream I've ever used: superlative fully justified here. The smell is clean, fresh and gently floral without being overbearing and manages to stay on your skin long after applying. The cream is the perfect consistency for my sometimes-dry skin, leaving it soft but not so soft you end up feeling clammy hours later. Perhaps not the most well-known Body Shop scent but Moringa is definitely the perfect scent for me and this cream is my absolute favourite.

Garnier Body Tonic Sugar Scrub is another pretty amazing hero product of mine. Finding the perfect scrub for your skin can be a bit of a nightmare; an endless search for a scrub that is gentle enough not to damage your skin but strong enough to actually make a noticeable difference. This is the best one I've found for a reasonable price and doesn't leave an absolute mess all over the shower when you're finished with it. Use a couple of times a week for smooth arms and legs.


Thursday, 25 October 2012

Going hell for leather

If there's one fabric you should be investing in this season then it's leather. Once the type of fabric you wouldn't have dreamt of wearing on anything other than shoes and outerwear, leather has crept its way onto a variety of other clothing items and is more versatile than ever for AW12.

Leather has become highly wearable: find it on t-shirts, skinny trousers, pleated skirts and the little leather dress, as seen on Leigh Lezark (above image). I have no particular preference to real leather over 'pleather': the quality of the latter has improved vastly and most high street stores offer good quality pleather for a fraction of the price of a real leather alternative. Wear with denims, crisp whites, grey marl and khaki for a relaxed day look.

Alexander Wang aw12 

Markus Lupfer aw12

The below are just a selection of all the high street has to offer. I picked up the Zara dress myself this week and it is my favourite new item: a great way to work leather into your smart-casual work wardrobe without going all out.

Prices, L-R:
Khaki panel jumper, Zara, £35.99
Pleated skirt, Warehouse, £40
Panelled leggings, Miss Selfridge, £30
Panelled black dress, River Island, £35
Sleeve detail top, River Island, £30
Burgundy shorts, River Island, £30
Trimmed black dress, Zara, £49.99


Monday, 1 October 2012

The coats the thing

Writing this from my room, trying to avoid looking out the window at the hideous weather. And to think, just under a month ago I was basking in the sun in Morocco. Sad face.

But the rubbish weather does have one (small) upside; it is finally time to crack out a great winter coat or two. I remember thinking how boring coats were when you only really had the option to buy black or grey, waist length or down to the knee, single or double breasted. Not any more!

If you're buying high street you can afford to pick up a couple of different styles in order to keep your Autumn outfits fresh and interesting. Here's my pick of the high streets AW12 offerings:

(Clockwise, from top left)

Navy longline biker jacket, New Look, £54.99
I may be biased as I bought this coat a couple of weeks ago and have been wearing it ever since but navy is the easiest colour to wear this Autumn-Winter. Goes perfectly with the AW12 palette of khaki, oxblood, teal and charcoal grey but also looks great worn over a bright tee or blouse.

Cranberry faux fur jacket, Miss Selfridge, £95
I love the glamorous look of a faux fur jacket but sometimes find them bulky on my petite frame. The waist tie on this jacket rectifies that issue perfectly; wear with skinny jeans, chunky black ankle boots and big blow-dried hair.

Black bomber jacket, Warehouse, £85
I love the masculine feel of this jacket, be careful to style it proportionately on the bottom half to balance out the loose fit.

Mint knitted jacket, H&M, £99.99
Who says a winter coat needs to be in a dark shade? The minty colour of this H&M coat for some reason makes me think of the White Witch from the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe... but a nice version. One of the most expensive of my coat picks but will help you to stand out from the crowd and just think how good it will look on a snowy day...

Military contrast sleeve jacket, Mango at ASOS, £99.99
Contrast sleeves are everywhere this Autumn-Winter and this jacket looks like it would be roomy enough to fit over a chunky knit or two. A more grown-up shade of khaki than some on the high street making for a subtle way of adapting the military trend into a working wardrobe.

Black quilted detail jacket, Warehouse, £95
If you still favour a black jacket then this should be the one: quilt detail, nipped in waist and overall a flattering jacket that will work well with the majority of your wardrobe. Make the most of a slim figure by wearing it tied-up at the waist and turn the collar up for that classic Burberry-esque look.

Khaki contrast sleeve jacket, Warehouse, £95
Another great Warehouse coat (they are on fire for AW12!) and this is a perfect casual coat for lazy weekends. Another example of contrast sleeves with the extra interest from the shearling detail on the collar.

Tartan and fur detail jacket, River Island, £85
This jacket caught my eye for it's individuality: tartan detail (a strong choice for Autumn-Winter) paired with a faux fur trim makes for a good combination in my eyes. Wear with black and lots of it  to keep warm and stylish in the cold.


Tuesday, 18 September 2012

H&M presents Lana del Rey

Somehow Lana del Rey's collaboration with European high street giant H&M seemed to slip under the radar (for me at least) until a day or so again, when browsing on the H&M website I came across the campaign images. New to the music and fashion worlds she may be, her iconic look has cemented her as one to watch and I am a big fan of her music, not to mention that amazing mane of hers (serious hair envy!).

Have a glance at a small selection of her model shots for the range, the final one being my favourite.

Jumper, £19.99

Biker jacket, £24.99

Jumper, £29.99

Trousers, £9.99

The collection isn't exactly anything out of the ordinary for H&M but the soft pastel knits, white separates and floral notes are wearable and invoke Lana's retro pin-up style. And all at H&M's reasonable prices of course - check out the rest of the collection in store and online.

Lots of love for Lana from me I must say. My eyes are on the pale mint slouchy cable knit jumper. Thoughts?

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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Who's that Girl

This is one of those things I thought I'd never say... I want Kristen Stewart's wardrobe. Putting aside her recent personal issues, I couldn't like her any more if I tried. Recently she's been displaying a unique mix of glamour and nonchalance, wearing some stunning dresses on the red carpet and some perfectly put together off-duty outfits.

The jeans and t-shirts still exist but they have become overshadowed by printed blazers, Sports luxe hi-tops, leather trousers, bodycon skirts, embellishment and that all-important bed-hair to top the look off.

These are just a small selection of her recent outfits for you to feast your eyes on:

Beautiful Roberto Cavalli paisley blazer with leather trousers and a luxe white tee

Another great use of a white tee at Comic Con 2012. The trainers aren't even Converse!

Futuristic colour block Guishem dress and pointed courts, i.e THE shoe of AW12

Stunning red Elie Saab in Cannes

Embellished Balmain two-piece for the Australia première of Snow White and the Huntsman... need I go on?

Can't wait to see her outfits from the final Twilight promotional tour later on this year... I'm predicting arty print mini dresses, jacquard separates and lots of berry shades. Watch this space.

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Thursday, 12 July 2012

'Dressing for the weather'

This week I decided to dress for myself, instead of for the weather, consequently ending up with me having soggy feet on more than one occasion. That said, I challenged myself not to let the rain have too much of an effect on my wardrobe and wearing tie-dye and bright florals this week was my small act of rebellion.

Wireless festival outfit - Urban Outfitters tie-dye t-shirt, Bershka necklace, Topshop shorts (with a bit of DIY studding) 

The after effects of a very muddy Wireless festival

A mish-mash: River Island leather jacket, Topshop t-shirt, New Look neon necklace, Zara floral jeans, Accessorize bag & Topshop studded slippers

New Look jewellery bargains

Own the Runway floral blazer, Topshop midi dress and new New Look spiked rings

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Tuesday, 3 July 2012

DIY: Studs

I've always admired people who customised their clothing, turning plain pieces into hand-designed, unique items and recently decided to give it a go. Until now my most extravagant(!) act of customisation has been to change a boring button on a blazer to a less boring one so I was a bit nervous at the prospect of customising my chosen item: a sleeveless denim jacket from the SoRetro boutique on ASOS Marketplace, seen below.

Inspired by the amazing Ragged Priest-esque studded denim jackets and and after a bit of googling I ordered a pack of 25 large conical studs from the Studs and Punks website for £6.95- they have a great selection of different size, shape and colour studs in different volumes and the delivery was very quick.   

The studs are applied to the clothing by pushing the two prongs (seen in the image below) into the fabric and then gently bending them back on themselves so they are tight to the material (next image down). They can be a bit tough to bend so it may be worth using a blunt knife or a strong nail file to save hurting your fingers. 

I decided to stud the front pockets, the shoulders, the collar tips and a line across the back of the jacket and was really pleased with the results - it was much easier to do than I imagined and although I only bought the smallest quantity I could have easily bought a bigger pack and carried on studding the entire thing. Below is the finished article - not bad for a first go I reckon!

For a great selection of stud-worthy vintage clothing check out ASOS Marketplace - and the full stud range at

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Friday, 11 May 2012

Spring Obsession: Studs and Tie-dye

If someone had told me this time last year that in May 2012 I'd be obsessed with everything heavily studded and tie-dyed, I definitely wouldn't have believed them. SS12's key looks are featuring the above in a serious way: influenced by grunge looks of the 90s and the hippy 70s, colliding with the ice-cream pastels and embellished denims of the present year, the high street has fallen for studs and tie-dye in a big way. And so have I.

Vintage is a great way to tap into the trend with a few statement pieces (try ASOS marketplace for studded denim and a never-ending supply of tie-dyed tees) but if you want a quick fix you have an endless amount of choice on the high street:

(From left to right)
Sweatshirt, Urban Outfitters, £45
Boots, Missguided, £54.99
Cropped sweatshirt, Topshop, £34
Bracelet, ASOS, £8
Collar, Freedom at Topshop, £30
T-shirt, River Island, £12
Skirt, River Island, £20
Slippers, Zara, £25.99
Hi-tops, Urban Outfitters, £38
Headband, Topshop, £8.50
Top, Miss Selfridge, £39.99
Maxi dress, Topshop, £42
Denim shorts, River Island, £35
Bag, Zara, £39.99
Denim shirt, Missguided, £24.99
Fringed bag, Urban Outfitters, now £45

You don't have to go all out in a Versace-esque studded leather dress or top-to-toe tie-dyes (the latter look doesn't tend to work outside of festivals), you can buy into the look with a tie-dye bag paired with a monochrome outfit or a pair of studded flats with skinny jeans and a t-shirt. My personal favourites are studded collar/cuff white shirts with a pair of lightly tie-dyed denim shorts. The shirt makes it a clean look and the tie-dye denim adds the bit of colour we could all use during rainy British Springtime.


Friday, 30 March 2012

Developing an obsession: Metallics

Gold trainers, New Look
Pewter envelope bag (with detachable strap), Zara
Silver platform sandals, PPQ at Office (*amazing sale purchase!)

I've taken advantage of the lovely weather to take a few pictures of my current purchases; detailing my current obsession for metallic accessories. I love adding a flash of silver or gold to a bright colour and have worn the pewter envelope bag constantly since buying it.

Thursday, 29 March 2012

March: Things I need in my life

For me, its always a treat to come back from a weeks holiday and see what new in store... I went away to the Baltics recently and came home last weekend, only to spend my entire lunch hour on Monday (mainly window) shopping, planning all the things I want to buy in the next few weeks.

(Clockwise from top left)
Scenic print dress, River Island, £30
Black platform boots, Linzi, £50
Cut-out print swimsuit, River Island, £28
Print skirt, Designed by at Miss Selfridge, £45
Printed pyjama-style jacket, Topshop, £40
Pastel colour block bag, Accessorize, £30
Sunglasses, ASOS, £15

Yes, the swimming costume may be a little premature but the amazing weather recently has made my mind fast forward to Summer, mainly to the image of myself lying by a pool with a cold glass of Diet Coke/wine/Cosmopolitan (delete as appropriate). I love the Miu Miu-esque catseye sunglasses that are in so many stores at the moment; this ASOS pair are wonderfully dramatic and attention grabbing and perfect for hiding tired eyes! I think the Jeffrey Campbell-alikes will be first on my list, there are so many affordable versions available at the moment but a pair of black ones are always going to be the most wearable.


Sunday, 11 March 2012

Best in show: Fashion Weeks aw12

So I've been a bad blogger recently *smacks wrist*. Been a busy few months and the AW12 Fashion Weeks have flown by. I enjoyed a rainy day at LFW with my friend Amy at the Florian Jayet show and have loved catching up on the shows on the internet since.

As usual, lots of stylish celebrities attended the various shows this season and I've picked my top five outfits to share with you.

Alexa Chung at Jason Wu - New York

Louise Roe at Rebecca Minkoff - New York

Olivia Palermo at Christian Dior - Paris

Louise Roe at Tommy Hilfiger - New York 

Poppy Delevigne at Topshop Unique - London

I love Alexa's ability to put together stylish outfits that revolve around a great coat and shoes, Louise Roe's use of bold block colour and Olivia Palermo's polished dress/glossy hair/detailed shoes combo but I think its Poppy Delevigne's outfit that wins me over. The pairing of a Chanel bag with Topshop trousers isn't necessarily something we can all easily reproduce but I love the simplicity of the white shirt and the blue colour palette. She is fast becoming a favourite of mine!

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Thursday, 23 February 2012

Pointing it out

I have recently begun a love affair with pointed-toe court shoes. Whilst I'm not planning on giving up my penchant for chunky platforms any time soon, this Spring my eye has definitely been turned.

I love the below picture of Poppy Delevigne outside the House of Holland AW12 show at LFW wearing a pair of snakeskin pointed-toe courts. The simplicity of the shoes gives a much more polished look to her neutral outfit than a chunkier heel would do and keeps her legs looking super slim in her skinny black trousers.

If you're looking to snap up a pair on the high street I'd recommend going for a pastel or metallic pair to compliment this seasons colour palette, or go classic with a snakeskin-look pair like Poppy. I've got my eyes on the pastel pink toe-capped Zara pair - perfect with a pair of pastel skinny jeans.

(Clockwise, from top left)
Blush pink, Zara £49.99
Grey and silver, Topshop, £62
Silver patent, New Look, £15.99
Snakeskin, Topshop, £48
Mint green, KG Kurt Geiger, £120
Sherbet suede, ASOS, £55

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Friday, 17 February 2012

Stylist loves Kylie

Fashion magazines are there to inspire us and I love the feeling of flicking through a beautifully styled Main Fashion shoot and the ideas it helps you develop in relation to your own style.

This week's Stylist magazine is a perfect example of the above; 25 images of Kylie Minogue shot in LA, styled by 25 designers to celebrate 25 years in show-business (see what they did there?!). If you didn't manage to pick up a copy then feast your eyes over my favourite images from the shoot:

Kylie in Richard Nicoll

in Mary Katrantzou

in Antonio Berardi

in Peter Pilotto

in Roksanda Ilincic

The final image is my favourite - LOVE the hair and the contrast of the fuchsia dress and the lavender flowers in the foreground. Check out the rest of the shoot at

In homage to Ms Minogue I'm off to get an 80's perm and a pair of gold hotpants...

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Sunday, 5 February 2012

Lana Del Ray Love

I've always got room for a new style-icon in my life and I am seriously contemplating adding 25-year old US singer Lana Del Ray to the list.

Her glossy old-Hollywood features and preppy Americana wardrobe are almost as intriguing as THAT voice, you only need to watch her latest video for 'Born to Die' to be inspired by her style.

Lana loves a denim cut-off/Converse combo but looks stunning in an elegant-made-modern white gown whilst casually sitting next to a pair of calm looking tigers (as you do). Added to a few pieces of statement jewellery, her make-up is an accessory all in itself: bold feature-defining eyebrows, clear bright skin, loose wavy hair and a touch of deep red lipstick. The occasional bit of nail-art doesn't go a miss and neither do a fabulous pair of false lashes. Definitely a style we can all be inspired by!

Lana is a perfect mix of old and new style and definitely one to watch for 2012... snap up the following essentials to get her look:

(Clockwise from top left)
White asymmetric hem maxi dress, Nasty Gal, £114.03
Black crop top, Miss Selfridge, £18
Denim cut-off shorts, Bitching & Junkfood at Urban Outfitters, £60
Red semi-matte lipstick in 'Heat Wave', NARS, £17.50
Gold chain necklace, ASOS, £12
Double finger ring, Diva at Miss Selfridge, £8.50
White Coca-Cola sweatshirt, Truffle Shuffle, £30

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