Stripes Are Back - How To Wear...Guest Blogger

Tuesday, 30 April 2013
24 year old Olivia Golding from Manchester (UK) hopes to become a freelance graphic designer one day. With a creative mind since school teamed with a tech savvy nature, blogging is something that could possible help her build up her portfolio.
As her way to 'test the waters' on whether or not her work is blog-material, she's taking the sensible route by guest blogging.
First post from Olivia tells us 'How to wear Stripes with confidence'...

Aspiring fashionistas will be fully aware that fashion moves in circles. That is, what is in fashion now will likely come back round to be trendy again in twenty years' time. But one trend that remains a constant and is also really versatile you'll be pleased to know, is stripes. With many stores now stocking up on all things stripe-related from tops and skirts, to bags and shoes, there has never been a better time to convert to the nautical trend. So read on to find out how to wear stripes with confidence.

For a day out in the city
If you're after a smart and tailored look that is comfortable but screams chic, opt for a striped Tee in navy and white. Team it with a pair of navy skinny jeans to give you a streamlined silhouette and layer over a tailored blazer that is nipped in at the waist to accentuate your curves. Finish off the look with a pair of smart yet comfortable brogues, a bold and bright red scarf and a pair of oversized sunnies. The more daring amongst you could also try a slick of bold and beautiful rouge lipstick to really make a statement.

Many women fear wearing horizontal stripes across their torso as they think it will make them appear wider. However, thanks to the fitted blazer and skinny jeans combination, you can rest assured that you'll look sassy and feminine.

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To showcase great legs
The best way to highlight and draw attention to your favourite body features is through pattern or bold colour. So if you have great legs and you want the whole world to know (and let's face it, who wouldn't?) showcase them in a pair of striped slim fitting trousers. You can emphasise a tiny waist in high-waist trousers or opt for low-rise pair to lengthen a shorter torso. As the monochrome look is all the rage this season, why not hit two trends at once and team your black and white striped trousers with a black vest with sheer panels. Shoe-wise, your best bet is a pair of sky high stiletto heels to again elongate those fabulous legs and finish off the attitude I-mean-business look with a studded cuff bracelet.

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Imitate the French
When it comes to fashion, the French are up there with he greatest. Highly regarded as one of the trendiest nations, the French are able to pull off any look effortlessly and glamorously. So follow in their footsteps with this French-inspired striped outfit. Take one stripy dress - if you're aiming to create a slimmer silhouette, choose a dress with diagonal striped panels at each side, as this will take inches off your waist. In true French style, layer an eye-popping red belt over the top and choose a pair of sky high heeled shoe boots to complete the look and give you great looking endlessly-longs legs. Make sure your make-up is fairly dramatic - think sultry smoky eyes and rough lipstain. Select a pair of bold studded earrings to keep things simple in the jewellery department and be sure to carry an expensive looking black clutch bag to give off the impression that you've just come from a catwalk show. The classic French beret is of course optional for this outfit but is a great way to hide a bad hair day.

So you see, wearing stripes is really easy and no matter where you wear them, be it with a top, pair of trousers or dress, you're sure to look fabulous. Follow the advice to recreate the above looks and wear your stripes with confidence today.

Hope you all enjoyed Olivia's post!


Spring must-have

Wednesday, 6 March 2013
Fashion Week felt like yesterday, the shows, the outfits, the people and...insane amount of tea drinking!

Even though we saw tons of Autumn/Winter collections, I can't help but think Spring. You'd easily mistake a few collections a Spring/Summer, like Topshop Unique.
Ahhh, Topshop. Cute furry belly tops don't really scream winter, but damn it it was gorgeous! Of course, the long oversized coats cannot be forgotten. Every body needs a good winter coat.
I also cannot forgot the amount of texture there was, shiny skirts teamed with knit sweaters really grabbed my attention. 
I'm sure the celeb FROW-ers loved it too, with the likes of Kate Bosworth, Olivia Palermo, Daisy Lowe, Pixie Geldof, Demi Lovato (try and spot them if you have a sharp eye).

By the way, a little shout out to Elizabeth from Objects2Desire. Such a lovely lady, go check out her blog, inspirational art/fashion.

Topshop Unique AW13
Olivia Palermo
I couldn't walk pass one of my style icons without snapping a photo of her rocking Topshop trousers. Good job she turned around to look my way too (damn, I sound like a weird fangirl, I'm NOT)!

So, the gifts we all received at the show originally didn't really excite me. Somehow, after using them, they're now my Spring faves!
Nails in Thread Bare, Lips in Infrared
Sorry, I had shift the focal point of this photo to my lips because I'm not wearing any other makeup. The blur tool is just so handy!


London Fashion Week Begins!

Friday, 15 February 2013
Happy London Fashion Week fashionistas!

This season I'll be attending as Press instead of Photographer. This is good for a few reasons. For a start, I don't need to be carrying a ton of heavy equipment with me, which my arms and shoulders are thankful for. Plus, I can actually enjoy the show and the clothes instead of concentrating on the aperture, shutter speed and whether some idiot is in my shot or not! Besides, I must admit I can never remember which show is which from 'watching' the show through a lens. I'll leave that to the hardcore photogs this season!

So, armed with my notepad and iPhone (and ever so important invites) I'm ready for five days of fashion minus the mayhem!
Chinese New Year 'Red pocket' greetings reads: (top to bottom) May all your wishes be fulfilled, Prosperity


Happy 'Snake' Year!

Sunday, 10 February 2013
For those of you who do celebrate...Happy Lunar New Year! Year of the Water Snake.

To tie in Chinese New Year with your wardrobe, all you need is red, and that includes your undies! I've picked out some cute items here which could also be worn on Valentine's day, if you happen to have a date...
Skater Dress; ASOS £25

Plunge V neck flare dress: ASOS £40
Stella McCartney Marguerite, Bra £40 Briefs £25: via ASOS
I'm so in love with soft cup bras, love this pattern. Comfy and pretty, whats not to love!

Military Drop Back Coat: ASOS £100 now £40
Can't forget your lips. Topshop lipsticks are pretty decent for the price, not super moisturising but not too drying. I find it lasts about 3 hours before I need to reapply.
Lipstick in Bright Coral: Topshop £8


Pre-Chinese New Year Wardrobe

Friday, 8 February 2013
Two more days until Chinese New Year, which means the tradition of cleaning is upon us! I do follow some traditions, cleaning is now reflex for me. Although they say it's to 'clean away all the bad luck to welcome the New Year', I do it because I've gotten so use to it and feel dirty if I don't!

Another good to come out of this is I've found loads of clothes that I didn't know existed. Plus, this time, I've set a rule of throw out anything that I haven't worn in the past year, no ifs and buts! I'm always the culprit for saying 'I might wear this someday' or 'what if I need that'.
Well, I've finally put my foot down. I, like most of us ladies, use to only wear about 10% of my wardrobe, now have a wardrobe full of clothing I'd actually wear.

Some items will be given to family members, others to friends and the majority to charity (about 10kg)! After years of keeping those 'ifs and buts' items, they all finally have a home and my wardrobe is no longer an eye sore.

...clothes slipping off, impossible to add anything else on rails, clothes stuffed to the top!

...non-slip hangers save the day, gaps on the rail, and I can actually see the back of my wardrobe!
Non-slip velvet hangers: Primark £4 per pack of 10
Please excuse the random black hanger, I thought I bought enough hangers but it turns out I need more than 60. I will get more. My plan of bright pink hangers for tops and dresses, lilac for skirts, and light pink for shorts did NOT work out damn it!


2013 Must-have: Catherine Deane

Friday, 18 January 2013
Happy New Year all (still January, still acceptable)!

First post of 2013, I want to start with something new. A new favourite designer of mine, Catherine Deane. I only recently came across her designs but have fallen in love.

Gorgeous cutting, really accentuates the female body! I love the waist clinching and flowing pleats combination. Dresses that slip on like a glove and make you feel like a Greek goddess. 

I could wear all of these, I just need an event and some arm candy!

Pre Spring 2013

Autumn/Winter 2012

Spring/Summer 2012

Images: Catherine

Anyway, hope everybody is having a great start to the year. I spent the New Year with antibiotics, so I'm sure everyone had a better start than me! Lets "toast" to good health!