Tuesday, 7 December 2010

I'm not dead...

.... hahahaha, I felt I needed to say that, just incase you did all wonder.

I've been working hard, visiting Barcelona and the Cotswolds and also panicking about outfits for Christmas Eve, Birthday celebrations, festive celebrations and New Years. Haven't we all?!

Anyway back on track now (I think). Those of you who know me well will know that a quite partial to a ring. Last time I counted I had roughly 89 but it still continues to grow. I have a deep ring addiction and if there was a ring-rehab i would definitely need a visit. Bigger the better is my moto - a la Fearne Cotton. Pile them high, on every finger and they have the ability to take any outfit into a complete different direction. Trust me - it sounds odd but give it a try. Personally, I tend to wear three chunky rings on my right hand and then maybe two on the left. No real reason, I just like to show them off.

As we begin to think about outfits (and possibly Secret Santa presents) I've been browsing the net finding some gorgeous bling to make my hands sparkle. You can even give your LBD for the office Christmas party a twist with one of these.

First up Topshop - who never fail to amaze me when it comes to producing rings with a difference - like this little trinket one which has a pretty little bath tub placed on top of it.

Topshop Bath Tub Ring £10

Next up this dead-ringer (see what I did there?) for the Vivienne Westwood armour ring (which I may add was on my Christmas list for my Dad this year) but this time another gem from Topshop and only £14
Topshop Armour Ring £14

Someone at work introduced me to this next website. It is truly beautiful and I would really recommend taking a look at www.inallherfinery.bigcartel.com. This little guy is being purchased pronto and sits beautifully on my finger (I've already tried it on!) it's bound to catch an eye or two ;)

In All Her Finery Fox Ring £27

I've never visited whatsabouttown before, but I saw these gorgeous diamante rings in today's Look magazine and couldn't help but add them to my wishlist.
Whatsabouttown Bird Ring £22.95
Whatsabouttown Skull Ring £25.95

This Paisley diamante ring would work really well with a nude colour dress for Christmas bringing some bling to a plain one. I wouldn't wear any other jewellery on your arms as this is statement enough!

New Look Paisley Ring £6.99 (Bargain!)

Our last ring comes from the Queen of all high street bling - River Island. I love animal rings and this ticks all the boxes. This is the kind I would wear with numerous other numbers on my finger to make a real statement!

River Island Frog Ring £12.99

Has anyone else found any statement rings for the party season? Do share!


Wednesday, 27 October 2010

JUMP! For my LOVE...

...excuse the Girls Aloud title but my itunes is blasting out random music at the moment and I have to confess this is the one that is stuck in my head. Although rather suiting for todays post... Jumpsuits.

I don't know how many of you have been checking it out but the new (ish) Evans sister site - style369 is releasing some absolute gems on their website. After seeing Mary on the X-Factor (I know - I wouldn't normally take inspiration from someone bagged 'Tesco Lady') but I couldn't help but fall head over heels with her Frilled neckline jumpsuit. After searching I realised this little baby was infact from style369. Then I managed to come across the rest of the jumpsuit clan on their website.

I would never have really put myself as a jumpsuit kinda gal - but after purchasing the floral ASOS Curve one I have been craving for my next one for a while now. I think these can work perfectly for Autumn/Winter - especially the ones below. Pair with lace up Shearling boots or a fabulous pair of Wedges and a blazer and I'd pretty much say you're good to go!

Ruby Rocks Tie-Dye Jumpsuit £50

Ruby Rocks Black & Gold Print Jumpsuit

Black Frill Jumpsuit £45

All styles are available at www.style369.com.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Get Your Knits Out!

So despite the blistering heat over the weekend (I say blistering because it was bloody hot and my bessie and I took a trip to Trafalgar Square on Sunday and sunned it up) was a truly beautiful day in London Town. So yes, Sun aside I am still thinking about (and trying to build my wardrobe for Autumn/Winter. The high street has without a doubt provided us with an amazing array of A/W goodness and if theres one item thats a massive MUST HAVE this is the Fairisle jumper/cardigan. Personally I love a good cardigan, I'm not really a huge kinda jumper-wearing gal but find me a good Cardie anyday. The chunkier the better! I own a fair few Fairisle knits but you can never have to many right? Taking inspiration from the D&G Fall collection, no one does Fairisle like these guys but the high street are giving them a close run for their money!

I absolutely love this look. And for all your Fairisle accessories check out http://www.accessorize.com/ (okay I'm a bit biased) but their latest A/W campaign is amazing and puts me right in the mood for Winter. Plus I have absolutely fallen in love with these, meant to be slippers but I'm am seriously considering wearing them out - your very own D&G-esque boots!

 Yeti Sliiper Boot £20

Faux FurTrim Fairisle Slipper Boots £20

And now for my round up of the best Fairisle jumpers and cardigans on the high street. Perfect to team with anything from a leather skirt with wool tights or throw on over skinny jeans with a slouchy tee. The absolute cold weather must have!

ASOS Fairisle Jumper £38

Dorothy Perkins Cream Chunky Snowflake Jumper £35

River Island Green Floral Fairisle £59.99

H'n'M Grey Fairisle Cardigan £29.99

Monsoon Sabita Fairisle Cardigan £70

I think I shall definately be purchasing the Monsoon one for my country cottage getaway that I have just booked with a group of friends accompanied with wine by the fire - perfection!


Tuesday, 5 October 2010

My First London Fashion Week

Hi Guys. So it's been a while and I've been meaning to write this post for ages but things are busybusy as always. Besides its never to late to talk about Fashion week!!! I must admit that when my boss told me I'd be working on our stand and also GOING to the catwalk shows at London Fashion Week I was SO excited. I'd never been to Fashion Week before so wasn't sure what exactly to expect. I must admit, I did feel slightly apprehensive that I'd be surrounded by some of the coolest fashionistas in town and I might stick out like a sore thumb. But I couldn't be more wrong. I was in awe of the diversity and personality that filled Somerset House with a mixture of people all eager to see what was going to be making its way down the catwalk ready to influence our wardrobe choices for Spring/Summer 2011. I even got taken for a cheeky Birthday lunch with the lovely girls I work with on Tom's Terrace which was absolutely delish!

The first show we got to see was Betty Jackson. Only being familiar with Betty's collection for Debenhams I was delighted to be sitting in the rows viewing her upcoming collections which were all about floral prints, tailored trousers and 1960s sunglasses. Even though there was a cold chill in the air, the sun was shining and it did put me in the mood to start thinking about my next Summer wardrobe (even though I'm currently still trying to build up my Autumn/Winter one. MUST remember to purchase Aviator jacket ASAP) I thought I would share a few of my favourite pieces from Betty's collection...

I absolutely ADORE this feather top and have actually found something quite similar which I think would work perfectly for upcoming November/December Christmas and Birthday parties and will be a statement piece to carry me through to Spring.

These sunnies have a real Edie Sedgwick feel to them and I will definately be hunting down a pair of lookalikes for next season when the sun starts to make an appearence again! And here is the wonderful lady herself, taking a peak from behind the scenes...

The next show I got to see was Todd Lynn. I thought I'd share with you guys my fast fashion snaps that I took on my Blackberry whilst watching the show. I was metres away from these gorgeous pieces and could have easily leaped onto the catwalk and ripped the clothes off these models to keep for myself (if I was a size 6 obviously) Lol.

I did fall deeply in love with structured mirrored/metal-esque dress in the second picture. It was absolutely beautiful and the detailing was incredible. Todd seemed to focus of lots of greys and light colours for the season and in my opinion you can never go wrong with a bit of grey.

The following day I even managed to literally nearly bump into a teeny tiny Alexa Chung who was clearly enjoying the hustle and bustle of Fashion Week with a couple of friends. She was prancing around Somerset House, having her picture taken wearing a midi dress, duffle coat and her statement brogues. I must admit I was in complete awe of being so close to her but she was incredibly tiny!!!!

Alexa taking a well earned break on the walls of Somerset House

I then went to grab a quick bite to eat with my friend Jinny of 'Running in Platforms' where we saw another teeny tiny celebrity in the form of Diana Vickers. Who by the way was wearing the most BEAUT leopard print wedges. She was obviously grabbing a quick coffee inbetween shows!

The last show I went to was KTZ which was definately the show where all the cool 80s revival kids went. I've never seen so much colour from a crowd of people in one catwalk. Chunky chains, retro sunglasses, old school BOY tshirts- this was definately one of my favourites. The clothes were 'out-there' and I especially loved the gold crowns which graced the heads of the catwalk models as they strutted down the catwalk. Again, these are all my own photos from the shows (makes it feel a bit more personal)

All in all an amazing experience at London Fashion Week. I even managed a trip to London Fashion Weekend after all the buzz of Fashion Week had died down which is always fabulous to go to if you didn't get to any of the shows. You can purchase designer items with up to 75% off and everyone from Vivienne Westwood to DKNY to French Sole were selling there. I would definately recommend it when the next one comes around in Febuary 2011 when we will then be reviewing what to wear for Autumn/Winter 2011!!! Sheesh. The Fashion World never stops does it?!

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Monday, 20 September 2010

The Look Catwalk Show

Friday was easily one of the most amazing days ever. Not only did I get to go to the Look Catwalk Show but I also got to see two of my favourite models in the flesh, walking down the catwalk. The wonderful plus size model Hayley Morley and the ever so inspirational Crystal Renn.

Crystal Renn in a sequin Dorothy Perkins Maxi Dress

Hayley Morley wearing Monsoon Fusion

The event showcased some of the High Streets best retailers all previewing their A/W10 collections. Some of the outfits were absolutely stunning but I have to say my top retailer was Marks and Spencer. I thought their outfits were the most eye catching and there are definately some pieces that I'll be getting to for fill my Winter Wardrobe

I did particulary like one of Hayley's outfits that was from Next. A pair of leather trousers teamed with a grey knit jumper and faux fur leopard print coat. This is one look I will definately be trying for the season.

River Island went for a very Equestrian look with this gold cut out dress and riding hat which was one of the outfits that really stood out.

Other retailers that showed at the event included Warehouse, H'n'M, Oasis, Mango and New Look who all got their five minutes of fame down the catwalk.

Hayley definately caught some attention in New Look

There were many celebs at the event who I managed to spy, all looking very dapper! Including Callum Best, Danielle Linekar, Lucie Jones, Ali Bastian, Diana Vickers, Gabriella Cilmi and the very lovely Joe McElderry who even gave me a cheeky peck and the ever so stunning Keisha Buchanan, ex Sugababe, who was easily one of the nicest celebrities I think I've ever met. The Look goody bags were also a highlight of the event including a knitted hat from Dorothy Perkins, Burt Bee's Lipbalm, Benefit Lipstick, nail varnish from the new Accessorize make up range and a wonderful pendant from 'Hannah Makes Things' (and thats not even half of it!).

All in all a FANTASTIC show and I'm already looking forward to the next one from S/S11 ;)

"In 1974 because of Carlo's new found love, 'Bertie' was created"

Last Wednesday night I was one of the many lucky Bloggers to be invited down to the Bertie Event at their store on South Molton street. Not being to familiar with the brand I was so surprised to witness what I saw when I got there. Having being greeted with a Beer and a very smiley Jo (A PR and Marketing Executive at Bertie) I knew I was in for a treat.

The store had a wicked cabin feel to it and felt like a cosy Winter shoe basement that should have been tucked away somewhere in snowy Canada rather than in middle of rainy Bond Street in London. The first thing to catch my eye, were these beauts which my lovely friend Jinny of 'Running in Platforms' straight away slipped her feet into.

I think you'll agree these are absolutely stunning. Not something I would personally wear - as much as I'd love to if I was a bit shorter with smaller feet but they did look amazing on Jinny. Another pair of beauties which were to catch my eye where these amazing Fairisle boots. I absolutely adore fairisle print and seeing these badboys actually made me look quite forward to the colder Winter months and dig out my chunky knits to accompany these.

After recently purchasing my very first pair of wedges I was delighted to see some of the gorgeous ones that Bertie had to offer. Perfect with jeans and a tee for the day or a little black number for the evening! I was gutted when they didn't have my size in them but I am definately going back again to try them on.

As the evening went on the event was becoming packed out with Bloggers all keen to give their views on the amazing Bertie collection and grab their free pair of shoes. Yes, I did just say FREE PAIR OF SHOES. I have never seen so many girls squeal over so many shoes and trying on different pairs. There was no limit as to what each of us could take away. It was literally the best pick 'n' mix ever, from ballet shoes to brogues and from knee high boots to Prada-esque heeled platforms every girl went away with a smile on her face. I personally opted for a pair of blood red brogues with purple velvet laces. One of the most beautiful pair of shoes I think I own! Congrats on an amazing collection Bertie and I will without a doubt be back soon for more.

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