Have I mentioned I'm not going on a hot holiday this year?! Depressing, especially when it does nothing but rain in the UK at the moment. But here's a lovely highstreet one-piece to cheer us all up. It's a bargain at just £22 from the Giles at New Look range. One pieces make a much chicer fashion statement than a bikini. But this has a bikini style back which flashes a bit of flesh to lower the frump-fractor. I browsed it in my local New Look and the material is a little shimmery in real life, my only grumble because it would look nicer matt. But it's still a really high-end looking high street one-piece.
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
Top of my autumn/winter 09 wishlist is a pair of gorgeous thigh-high boots which I am currently hunting the highstreet for. The shoe head office I was on placement at stocked their a/w collection full of thigh highs in all styles, from mega platform heels to more practical 'wader' style boots. I'm more of a flats gal myself, so I plan to be rocking mini dresses with flat booties. But these amazing Stella McCartney boots would be able to tempt me to wear heels, which are left in just size 37 on Netaporter.com. This a/w when it comes to your boots remember 'thighs the limit'! (excuse the terrible pun!)
Stella boots, £575 netaporter.com.
My must-have of the day is this a-mazing jumpsuit, just added to asos.com. Jumpsuits will continue to be a big trend next season and this jumpsuits has inbuilt shoulderpads that give that broad shouldered silouette that in also major upcoming trend. It costs £45 and won't hang around for long when you look how quickly asos sells out of key pieces. Get it before it's too late!
Tuesday, 28 July 2009
My mind changes on Lily Allen day to day. Some days I love her outspoken attitude and others I find her views contraversial with nothing to back them up. Today, I am an in a pro LA mood, just having watched a few clips of her of Grazia Daily shooting her new jewellery campaign, looking natural and normal unlike alot of celebs on fashion shoots. It will be interesting to see how well this range sells, her last step into the world of fashion when she designed her range for New Look was met with mixed reviews. Her new jewellery range promises to be filled with happy hardcore smiley faces, pandas and flamingoes. Here's a sneaky preview of the collection:
Monday, 27 July 2009
If you are jetting off on your summer holidays soon and have a bit of cash set aside for your vacation wardrobe, this gorgeous T-bags dress is the perfect investment.
It's a bargain considering it has been knocked down from £117 to £46.80, making it Topshop price, just much better quality. It's also a great 'beach to bar' dress, sling over your swimsuit and grab a beach bag for day and then glam up with jewelled sandals and an armful of tribal style bangles for an on-trend evening look.
Wish I had a holiday booked now!
Sunday, 26 July 2009
Whatever you think of Victoria Beckham, you have to applaud her wilingness to try out a different look a day. Today the Daily Mail have published these pictures of her off out to dinner with Marc Jacobs, wearing a futuristic dress and an out-there up do to match. I'm not exactly sure where the dress is from, looks like Balenciaga to me and I think the boots are Louboutin. Apart from the orange tan, I think she looks fab, she's taken a statement dress and kept the look simple with minimal accessories.
EDIT: Just saw the said dress in Selfridges, and it is infact a VB own design.
It's festival time, and as all the fashion blogs seem to be doing their own 'what to wear' posts I thought I'd share some of my (limited) wisdom too.
My festival look for Leeds fest 07 comprised of a customised 'Frankie says relax' tee and a pair of £4 faux Raybans. It prompted a friend to comment on a picture of him & me post fest saying we looked like a washed up 80s pop duo. Ha!
But faux pas's aside, festivals are a tricky one to pack for, they require practical clothing for all weathers, fun outfits to get you noticed in a crowd and thick socks for those freezing nights! Here are my top festival buys to see you through the season:1. You live in the UK, of course it's going to rain. We all have these romantic notions of sipping cider in the sunshine, but this is far from the reality unless you get lucky. Pack a mac or live to regret it. A printed mac like this one, £25 from Awear, will brighten the mood when the weather is drab. Also handy for smuggling booze into the arena, just shove up your pac a mac and no-one will have a clue.
2. Anyone who has camped before knows that at night time it is soooo cold. Prepare to freeze. Booze will help numb the cold but I would also recommend a massive hoodie, long knee high wool socks (attractive) and some tracksuit bottoms or something warm to snuggle up in. On the nights when you aren't drunk you will be glad of these!
3. For the days when you feel like dressing up, pick some fun, outlandish accessorize to adapt your look. I love this asos velvet flower headband, £4, great for drawing attention away from a bad hair day in style.
4. Take wellies with you! I have a pair of the standard countryfolk green wellies which do the job nicely. I'm not really keen on novelty wellies unless you can get your hands on a pair of the reptile effect Jimmy Choo for Hunter wellies which are just gorgeous.
5. Finally I can't say it will make toilet trips easy, but the playsuit is the major trend of the season and will work well with wellies, leather/denim jackets or a pack a mac for daywear. I love this ditzy floral number from Asos because it's a total bargain, down to £14 in the sale and because it's colourful print will hide the general festival filth your clothes will no doubt accumulate. I final tip- pack suncream! I may sound like your mother but I got a burnt back at Leeds fest and it wasn't pretty!
Happy festivaling! :) x
Friday, 24 July 2009
Just been looking at the A/W09 lookbooks on www.catwalkqueen.tv (my favourite fashion blog), go and have a look to see a preview of River Island, M&S and Primark's new season collections for yourself.
A/w looks set to be all about layered knitwear, exaggerated shoulders, sequins as daywear and graphic futuristic prints.
Maybe it's because I'm a natural cheapskate, but my favourite pieces came from the Primark lookbook. I can't wait to get my hands on this sequin parka, above, priced at just £30. It's one of those Primark pieces that keeps me awake at night until it finally arrives in my local branch.
Also love this futuristic dress below. It's a really 'out there' buy, but when it's just £15 it encourages the mainstream to embrace bolder pieces which I think is great.
She's an infamous animal lover, refusing to feature fur or leather in her collections, and her most recent campaign saw her encouraging the nation to become a vegetarian for one day a week. I get the feeling Stella is being a little tongue and cheek and poking fun at her animal-loving image in this ad campaign, nice to see fashion can have a sense of humour too.