Wednesday, 15 October 2014

MARQUES' ALMEIDA X TOPSHOP

New to the list of up and coming designers in collaboration with the high street giant, Marques' Almeida debuted a 68 piece capsule collection with Topshop on Thursday 9th October, 2014. The assortment of signature frayed denim, slinky silk and colour-pop sheepskin was allegedly heavily influenced by the 1990s and the "youth code of dressing". Its clean, simplistic silhouettes make it effortlessly modern and a note of urban androgyny render the pieces timelessly versatile. Plus, the presence of quirky accessories make the collection spiritedly young. For more information on the designers' inspiration, click here.

My key picks:
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Monday, 29 September 2014

FORGET ME KNOTS SCARVES: CREATIVE, INDIVIDUAL, STRONG


"We are creative, we are individual, we are strong" - a respectably poised mission statement from a brand that one day could easily be an 'It' staple in the accessory wardrobes of fashionistas nationwide. Forget Me Knots is one to watch with it's debut AW14/15 collection boasting printed scarves that are 100% silk crepe back satin. Yes, that means lustrous and floaty.

If you're not already convinced, which you should be, the scarves have serious art cool credential. The imagery is inspired by the natural world, pairing silhouettes of tropical palms and fruits with the muted tones of the much loved English countryside. Mirrored photographs, which are then digitally printed onto the scarves, challenge symmetry (because who didn't want to throw the chalkboard duster at the wall during primary maths?) The result: pineapples, modern prints a la Mary Katranzou and investment credentials with the pieces starting from £40. I'll take the one with the Pineapple, please!
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Thursday, 25 September 2014

HE FOR SHE. HIS & HERS.

Provided you have Facebook or a mobile or the internet, you've probably seen or heard of the fantastic speech Emma Watson recently gave on behalf of the UN's He For She campaign. Beyond her super slick ponytail and structural, white suit dress, (which I must admit, was what led me to click on the video in the first place) more importantly, was her message: a call to arms for the solidarity movement towards gender equality. Feminism was the word "this Harry Potter girl" turned eloquent spokeswoman was trying to reclaim. I am a feminist. She is a feminist. You should be too, whether man or woman. Because, by definition, it isn't all bra burning, male bashing fury but a simple advocation of equality. A woman and a man in the same position should earn equal pay. A woman should be given the right to make choices regarding her own body just as her male counterparts can do for theirs. A woman and a man should jointly support the movement to level the playing field. For our sisters, our mothers, our daughters. So, call your brothers, your fathers, your sons to the movement and, if it's the word that scares them, call them Advocates of Humanity because, without one half, the other would be very much alone.

And, if like me, you've already got plans to convince your boyfriend/best friend/awesome male companion to sign the He For She commitment - there's always also the idea of coordinating outfits as a bonus sign of solidarity:
He For She. His & Hers.
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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

WEEKLY WISHLIST: QUAY EYEWARE


For the Instagram aficionados among us, a new account to follow is as good as an early birthday present. So, the discovery of @quayaustralia's envy inducing social collage has sparked the beginning of a new smartphone obsession for me. With the coolest customers (they count MUA @Chrisspy, model Shay Mitchell and Jessie J as loyal consumers), cutting edge designs and affordable prices - they appeal to the sunglasses hoarder in me. You can snap up a pair on Asos or directly from their website but, if you're biding your time before payday, have an insta-stalk instead!

And for those of you with only a minute browse, here are my top picks!
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Monday, 11 August 2014

AUGUST WANT LIST: HIGH STREET EDIT

When it comes to statement dressing on a high street budget, there are a handful of stores that spring to mind. Edgy, vibrant and above all affordable - who knew student loans weren't a feasible shopping fund? - is the ethos of my go to spending spots and my wallet thanks me for it. So, without further ado, here is my August edit of high street heroes. Don't be surprised when your purses break out into a rendition of Handel's Hallelujah and you come down with a terrible case of Want Want Want Syndrome!

August Want List // High Street Edit
1. Ashish x Topshop 'Follow Me @' Cotton T-shirt, £40 Topshop
2. Laurinka Pineapple Bodysuit,,£12 Missguided
3. Kiki Pink Chunky Platforms, £17 My1stwish.co.uk
4. Lilac Feather Bag, £30 River Island
5. Floral Wrap Crop Top, £13 New Look
6. White Vow London Sunglasses, £50 River Island
7. 3D Floral Lace Midi, £80 River Island
8. Flower Hair Band, £7.99 H&M
9. Brandi Yellow Platform Sandals, £28 My1stwish.co.uk
10. Liquorish Floral Statement Necklace, £55 £32 Asos
11. Nyx Cosmetics Butter Lipstick in Razzle, £11 Nelly.com


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Friday, 8 August 2014

RAISE.COM'S SUMMER BEACHWEAR CAMPAIGN

Calling all my US readers, I have a special something for you. This is worth more than unexpected flower deliveries, cupcakes when you're ill and 'Beer and Chinese' night. It's better than Buck's Fizz on your birthday, stuffing at Christmas and tearing open gift wrap to find exactly what you wanted without even having to hint. Yes, Raise.com is the icing on the cake for you see, dear friends, Raise.com is the solution to those gifts you didn't want. No, it can't replace the swamp green snood your grandmother knitted you last Easter but it can make use of the unwanted gift card your brother bought on Christmas Eve. $50 voucher for Home Depot and a disinclination for DIY? Sell it for cash. On the other hand, the $30 slipped into your graduation card could buy you a discounted gift card from Victoria's Secret, Sephora and many other brands. With the summer in full swing, there's money to be made and money to be saved so Raise.com has asked me to share a perfect summer outfit - equipped with this season's essentials - to help you make sure your money's well spent. You can thank me later!
Raise.com's Summer Beachwear Campaign

Feminine Kimono, Plimsoll Pumps, Statement Sunnies, Casual Cami, 
Turban Headband , Friendship Jewellery, Luxe Backpack,
 Denim Cutoffs
P.s. Those of you worldwide, you are not forgotten. Keep your eye on this space as Raise is looking to expand!
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Saturday, 2 August 2014

#MY VEGAS STYLE BLOGGER CHALLENGE

I've always been one for the imagination - a smattering of self made collages, creative narratives and ambitious bucket lists peppering my childhood - so, when Vegas.com contacted me with the proposition of joining the #MyVegasStyle challenge, it was one I could hardly resist. The task? To share a day's worth of dream looks for a stay at the Aria Resort & Casino and, when we're talking theoretical, I'm not one to scrimp on the dazzling details. So, let's just say I'm a glamorous, AMEX-wielding wanderer with a penchant for short-lived city breaks - here's a sneak peak into my wardrobe. It's all true after all, except for the AMEX part.

9AM: From Boarding Gate to Bath
Nothing screams departure hall like bloodshot eyes and the wrong side of bedhead hair, especially when your 6-inch heeled boots and leather skinnies are publicly rearing their ugly heads as terrible travel wear. Look #1, on the other hand, is the essence of fashionable comfort seeing me through to a 1 Bedroom Penthouse - transferred by the included limousine and private "elevator" - to take a well earned soak in the whirlpool tub. It doesn't hurt that I can catch up with E! News on the 20-inch TV.


#MyVegasStyle Look 1
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