Friday, 30 November 2012

Baroque and Roll

Sorry for the cringe-tastic title of this post but I figured it was quite relevant. I picked up these gorgeous gold baroque slippers from Topshop last weekend and they are so comfortable. Sure, I'm getting a few "why aren't you wearing socks/tights it's freezing" on the train in the morning but that's okay. I love the gold foil effect and lace overlay. I paired these my burgundy New Look jeans, ASOS Raccoon print shirt and vintage studded denim jacket. My handbag is one that most girls on the high street seem to be carrying at the moment - the Accessorize Mari Tote. There are so many colour options available and it's such a gorgeous bag. You can check out the full range here.

Gold slippers: Topshop

Jeans: New Look
Shirt: ASOS
Jacket: East End Thrift Store
Faux Fur: Dune (now in sale!)
Necklace: New Look
Handbag: Accessorize Mari Tote (gifted)

A few weeks back I was gifted some amazing Sony headphones to review. I'm so used to using earphones as oppose to headphones and had been thinking of purchasing some Beats but they're a little out of my price range. I wouldn't say I'm massively into music so investing that much on headphones seems a waste. These Sony ones however are ideal. Retailing for around £22 with a sleek burgundy metallic outset they are perfect for my morning commute. The sound quality is much better than the iPhone earphones and I can block out other noise and still have my music relatively loud without disturbing anyone around me. The only problem I had was there was no volume control so you have to reach for your iPhone every time.

Headphones: Sony (gifted)
Rings: ASOS
Bracelets: Mulberry, Accessorize and Mel's Boutique

Massive thank you to Three mobile for sending me these to review.

Monday, 26 November 2012

The AW collection from Bonmarche.

Bonmarche might not be a regular destination for plus size ladies, but recently I was asked to have a look at the AW range on their website and I was really impressed. Not at the very fore-front of plus size fashion, but certainly a very worthy competitor, Bonmarche offer some fabulous pieces for the season including an exclusive collection with David Emanuel.

As a designer, David Emanuel understands the struggle that plus size women often face when shopping for winter essentials and finding wardrobe staples that will flatter their shapes. I've chosen my top pick’s from his Bonmarche collection – all of which are available on the website.

Maxi Dress with Pearl Trim £39.50

This elegant Maxi dress with pearl trim is ideal for Christmas parties. I love the detailed neck line with a pearl trim and also a silk ribbon belt to give waist definition. Bonmarche evening dresses like this one certainly do not disappoint. Also available in black.

Ponte Print Dress £28

If you’re more of a classic LBD kinda gal why not go for this lace detail Ponte dress.  I love the lace overlay on this and the short sleeves.

Rose Print Kimono Jacket £38

This Rose Print Kimono jacket is an ideal cover-up if you’re afraid to show off your arms. I love the bright rose detail and would be tempted to wear this with some tailored trousers when I’m out for cocktails with the girls.

One of the things that shocked me most about Bonmarche were the great prices. I tracked down a beautiful knotted lace dress for only £35 and a Chanel-esque tweed jacket for £22. I've actually been trying to find a smart tweed jacket for a while and I think this may just be the one. My favourite item from the site has to be this AMAZING glitter/velour dress. I like to think of this as Grandma - chic. It looks as though it’s stepped right out of an 80’s TV show, which I think is why I love it. Huge shoulder pads AND glitter – bang on.

L: Rose Glitter Velour Dress £29
R: Lace Knot Dress £35
Textured Classic Jacket £22

Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post however my review of the website and product is completely honest.  
I have NOT reviewed these products in person.

Friday, 23 November 2012

Partywear at Simply Be

So, a couple of weeks ago I was swooning over this on Simply Be. A perfect choice for New Year’s Eve celebrations (which FYI I’ll be spending in Lisbon, Portugal so if anyone has any recommendations – hook a sister up). Anyway, for some reason something was telling me to hold back on making a purchase and thank goodness I did as I was contacted by the team at Simply Be to ask if I wanted to take part in a blogger feature. I was asked to choose a dress from the website and write a partywear review. Er, YES and I knew exactly what I was choosing. The fashion gods were obviously looking down on me that day. A couple of days later, the dress arrived and I couldn't have been more thrilled.

I am head over heels for Simply Be. Along with ASOS Curve they are my go-to guys for fashion forward pieces and Simply Be’s party wear section has so many choices for bigger girls this season. You know me, I love a bead, jewel, sequin anything that stands out. I try and avoid black most of the time because I like having fun with colours, detailing and prints. 

The dress is a perfect fit. I went up a size as I don’t like things clinging onto me and I’m glad I did. There is a silk under-dress to avoid any “oh my bum is on display” moments and the quality is amazing.  The hand sewn embellishment made up of pearls and cylinder sequins give the dress that extra bit of sparkle and the flapper details create a 1920s feel. The only problem I had was with the length (and this is a body conscious problem). Personally, I’m not keen on anything that comes above my knees so I felt it was a bit short. I’m 5”8 and it fell at the back just below my bum but teamed with a pair of chunky wedges I felt this made my legs look slightly longer so problem solved.

You can check out the full collection and read more of my review here!

Dress: Rise Annie Beaded Dress at Simply Be
Necklace: Accessorize
Wedges: New Look
Gold band rings: ASOS
Bracelets: Mulberry, Accessorize, Mel’s boutique

Friday, 9 November 2012

NEWS: Mawi coming soon to

As we all know, I'm addicted to jewellery. The bigger the better and I can't leave the house in the mornings without adding an extra bit of bling to my outfits, so imagine my delight when these images of some gorgeous Mawi pieces landed in my inbox. I own one of her rings from the Disney collaboration but am seriously considering adding a necklace to my expanding jewellery collection. are delighted to announce they will be offering the new range of Mawi jewellery (at competitive prices!) from December. Just in time for the festive season - start adding these babies to your list to Santa!

My favourite piece is this pearlescent and diamante number with gold detailed spikes. The perfect update to your LBD.

Statement Heart Necklace £570

These droplet earrings are so beautiful. Loving the blue and pink ones below!

 Heart and Leaf earrings £215
Heart drop earrings £160

Shop the full collection from from December.

Monday, 5 November 2012

ACS in Look Magazine.

One of my most treasured pieces from my trip to New York back in May was this floral bomber jacket. It was cheap as chips and I found it at Beacon's Closet in Brooklyn. It has a real varsity feel to it and brightens up an old pair of jeans and basic tee which is exactly how I wore it today! I was sent these amazing initial brooches from Accessorize on Friday and figured this jacket was the perfect piece to add these to.

Jacket: Beacon's Closet
T-shirt: Topshop
Jeans: New Look
Trainers: Converse

My necklaces are both from New Look who have some amazing statement pieces at the moment and the best part is, they were on a buy one get one free offer so I ended up buying 4 (because of course, a girl can never have to many statement necklaces!). I decided to layer them up and am loving the spikes and neon together.

Necklaces: New Look

Brooches: Accessorize

I was in Look magazine this week and featured on the 'Style File' page. It was such an amazing opportunity to be part of one of my favourite mags and share with Look readers on how I ended up with my job in Fashion PR. I've always advised that internships are the best way to get into a fashion career, especially if you don't have a degree in fashion. I completed a 10 week short course at LCF to learn some PR basics and it was the best decision I'd ever made. Don't get my wrong - I loved my degree in Drama but I'm so pleased I've ended up doing something I really love.