Category Archives: Fashion

Micro Trend: Metallics

What better way to brighten up these dull winter days than with a bold flash of mighty metallic? From shimmering separates to glitzy accessories, we’re going for gold (and silver!) to relish the embellished this season.

L to R: Ashish AW14, Isabel Marant AW14, Blumarine AW14, Isabel Marant AW14

L to R: Ashish AW14, Isabel Marant AW14, Blumarine AW14, Isabel Marant AW14

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Workin’ It: How to Take Trends to the Office

A new season, a whole new set of trends. And what a shame it would be to wear them just two days a week. Whether your office dress code is smart and sophisticated or creative and casual, adding a dose of style to 9-5 (without HR having a hissy fit) is easier than you think. We take a look at three of AW14’s top looks and how you can effortlessly transition them from weekend to workwear.

Winter pastels

Autumn calls for a more muted approach to pastels, making the move into the office a little easier. Shades have a decidedly more icy tone and work well paired with black pieces, such as dark tights or brogues. Stand out from the sea of earthy autumnal tones and wear your powder pinks and baby blues in the form of a chic A-line skirt, on-trend white shirt and pretty (but executive) pastel accessories.

Workwear: winter pastels

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When Good Jeans Go Glam

By Olivia Watkins

Want to dance the night away without fear of flashing your knickers? Are there times when a dress just doesn’t cut it? No fear – we have the solution. Keep those pins warm in your fave pair of trusty jeans. No longer should they be relegated to the back of your wardrobe come party time, these versatile babies are your new BFF. Create a killer party look with a jeans and top combo or simply take your outfit from day to night with a few accessories. Remember – it’s all in the details.

Whether you’re a flare wearer or rock a mean pair of skinnies, we’ve put together three gorgeous outfits for those glam nights out.

Full of flare

Channel 70’s style in this uber-cool flares and wedges double whammy, with touches of gold for added glamour. But don’t forget what decade it really is – wear the must-have item of the moment, the kimono, for on-trend styling. Kimono? More like kimoyes! (Sorry…)

Full Of Flare

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September Payday Wishlist

As the time comes to flip my calendar over to October, I have been busy dreaming up my wishlist of all things fashion and beauty, ready for payday.

September is my favourite month, not only because my birthday falls during the latter part but because of the fashion that hits the shelves. With autumn firmly underway, there are textured knits and knee high boots galore and I couldn’t be happier about that. For me, it is all about investing in key pieces that you can use time and time again.

September Payday Wishlist

With the weather being quite hit and miss in early autumn, layering is essential in order to avoid over heating or being caught out in the cold.  Layer light tops under chunky, textured knits in this seasons berry and olive tones for a fashion forward, weather conscious look.  The Angel Ribbons Lace Trim Jumper is at the top of my wishlist this season as I can imagine it looking so autumnal with berry lips.  Angel Ribbons jumpers are a wardrobe item you can pull out year after year; I have another from a couple of years ago and it still looks brand new.  That’s the great thing about excellent quality knitwear- they’re a seasonal piece that keeps on giving!  This Textured Knit Jumper would look equally as good worn over a pair of jeans. You’ll need it to keep you warm, especially if you’ll be taking little ones out trick or treating!

Having a coat on hand is one of the best fashion decisions you’ll make this autumn/ winter as the weather in the UK can be pretty unpredictable at the best of times.  September is the perfect time to make your choice so that you’re ready for when the chill begins to set in.  On my wishlist is this Duffle Coat.  Because of the combination of toggles, chunky buttons and a hood, it has that young yet classic style that I have loved for years.

Knee high boots are an autumn investment that you’ll be thanking yourself for right through to the spring.  Aside from keeping your feet dry in puddles, they’re a stylish wardrobe staple that you can dress up or down to suit any occasion.  These Legroom Quilted Hi Leg Boots are my favourites and a fraction of the price of some designer quilted boots I’ve seen.  They’re an excellent way to get a high end look for an affordable price. Plus, they would look just as great worn with skinny jeans and a dressy top for an evening meal out as they would dressed down for the day time.  My other top picks are the Legroom Chain Detail Boots and the Sole Diva Stretch High Leg Boots which give you plenty of room in the calf for comfort.

With the weather getting colder, September is the perfect month to update your skincare.  Focus on coveting a good quality moisturiser that is going to protect your skin from the elements and help it to stay hydrated.  The Rodial Bee Venom Moisturiser is perfect all year round because it contains Hyaluronic Acid that binds water to quench the skin with hydration.  This intense moisturiser will help to protect your skin when you’re going out into the cold and to calm it when it is weather beaten.  Start with good skincare and you’ll have a great base to apply this autumns rust, berry and olive toned make up looks.

The 9 Stages of Dress Shopping

1. Desk-Based Research

Big day coming up. Better check the ol’ wardrobe for an acceptable dress. *Knows full well that lovely, worn-once, floral shift would suffice but convinces self that new dress absolutely needed.* Check online for latest trends. End up buying PU trousers, weekend bag and tennis racket. All essentials.

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Micro Trend: Scarlet Woman

By Olivia Watkins

See red this autumn – the colour of passion, lust and rage (wowza) is now the colour of the season.

Perfect for the party period (and just in time too), we’ve styled our favourite must-have pieces for AW14. So whether you go top-to-toe in splendid scarlet or showcase your sizzling style with subtle accessories, you’re guaranteed to heat things up.

Well red

Mix pretty and preppy for an understated take on this bold microtrend. Pair oxblood skinnies with these Catwalk Collection loafers and a peplum tee – an AW14 wardrobe staple – for a faultless laidback look. For a hint of glamour add a 3D daisy necklace – the ultimate in fun, feminine style.

Well Red

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Micro Trend: Wordplay

By Olivia Watkins

Let your tee do the talking with this season’s wordy microtrend. Loud logos and shouty slogans have stormed off the catwalk straight into our wardrobes – and we have welcomed them with open arms. Whether you want to get if off your chest or let your accessories get literal, wordplay is as easy as ABC to wear. Dress it down for a relaxed look or go full-on glam – only one thing is certain – the less said the better.

We’ve picked out our favourite wearable wordplay styles…

Say what?

No, really, what? You may be feeling confused but you definitely won’t look it in this on-point outfit. Give a sweater a glitzy makeover with the addition of a glitter slogan, not forgetting to liven up your legwear in these check print skinnies. Quilted Catwalk Collection boots and a matching backpack complete this off-duty biker look.

Say What?

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Bust Friendly Clothing

By Georgina Horne

‘Flattering’ is an opinion, as is your choice to ‘flatter’ your figure. Some women like to dress in clothes that make them look slimmer, that hide their perceived flaws and show off the parts they are more comfortable with.  And some like to wear clothes that they like and disregard the idea of ‘flattering’ and ‘rules’.  And you know what – neither way is right or wrong.

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Everything But the Dress: 5 of the Best Bridal Accessories

When it comes to perfecting your wedding day look, the dress tends to hog your focus. But while your gown will spend its fair share of time in the limelight, the way you style your dress can be just as important as the dress itself. For a beautiful frock to really shine it should be framed with equally beautiful accessories – those thoughtful little details that add real style and elegance to your look.

Take a look at five of our favourite bridal accessories from the Simply Be Wedding Boutique…

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Keep your Big Day beauty essentials close at hand (…or palmed off with a bridesmaid) in a gorgeously glam handbag. Stylishly combining modern chic with roaring ‘20s retro, this pearl-adorned beauty from Jon Richard is the perfect way to add a vintage feel to your look. Continue reading