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Snuggle up with Electronic Sheep

27 Dec

Brrrr the cold weather is back. I’m not one to complain about it, winter is supposed to be cold and a little bit of snow never hurt anyone. However, all this wrapping up warm is a little overrated. Chunky knits are gorgeous and keep you snuggly warm, but everyone has the same idea and you end up wearing the same extra-long, chunky scarf and cute mittens as everyone else. Luckily, I have a knitwear secret up my sleeve – Electronic Sheep. The young knitwear label is designed by Brenda Aherne and Helen Delany. Their graphic knitwear, strong visuals and brights will definitely make you stand out from the crowd! I’ve fallen in lust with the Pyramids and Pipes collection, especially the signature knitted triangle scarves, hooded scarves and adorable bobble hats. 


Rare Opulence AW 2010

1 Dec

I was emailed the press release and images for the Rare Opulence Autumn/Winter 2010 collection ages ago, I’ve been sitting on this little gem for quite a while. Why am I sharing it now? Those three little words – Christmas party season. Pretty much all females are looking for THE dress, not just a dress. The dress to set them apart, make them feel utterly gorgeous and definitely not the same dress as Caroline in accounts!
Opulence is the high end, high fashion range from Rare, who I absolutely adore. The Autumn/Winter collection has lots of luxe fabrics as you would expect from this range, including tulle, sequins, chiffon and lace. Colours are on the pale side of the spectrum, lots of ice blues, soft pinks, metallics with a teeny bit of black thrown in. What I adore about the collection are the details, the pleating, draping, origami folds, layers of ruffles and exaggerated silhouettes. I’m definitely getting the one shoulder ruffle dress for my office party. 

Autumn/Winter trend – Classic Camel

6 Oct

Like most of you, I’m a street style addict. Sometimes it inspires me much more than shows, editorials and campaigns put together. There’s just something a lot more real and tangible about seeing real people wear things their way. If any of you have seen my sporadic outfit posts or seen me in person, you will know that I’m very much in the ‘more is more’ camp especially when it comes to jewellery and I don’t really do classic pieces. However, I feel like doing an about turn just for a change. I’ve stopped piling on the jewellery and it’s quite liberating, not to mention makes writing up posts a hell of a lot easier! I already love navy for winter and I’ve been inspired to dabble in camel because of these amazing looks caqptured by Face Hunter

I love the gorgeous fluffy texture of this jumper, the oversize er size and how it’s been accessorised with animal print. Unusual but it works.

Maybe not appropriate for the current weather, but I still love this look. The cinched in paperbag waist, battered wedges and thrown on men’s tee make this look just effortlessly chic.

Here are my top picks from the high street: 

H&M Smock dress – £24.99

Aviator alternatives

11 Sep

Since February, one AW 10 trend has been a dead cert – the aviator jacket. British heritage super-brand Burberry is the reason for this, their luxe, pure sheepskin, leather version instantly topped every fashionista’s lust list. With the buzz building and growing, smart retailers took note and everywhere from Reiss to Topshop to Primark has aviators in. Which has quite frankly turned me off them, with aviators so readily available everyone and their mother will be wearing them. Who wants to be a fashion sheep?!

L-R : Burberry, Topshop, Miss Selfridge, Oasis

It’s such a shame, as they are terribly practical, I certainly could have done with a cosy sheepskin coat during the heavy snowfall last winter. But there are plenty, plenty of options for those who want an alternative to aviators. Here are my top picks.  I am loving Navajo jackets, parkas and duffle details at the moment. You certainly can’t beat a classic belted trench. I have a gorgeous black cape from last year which I will be resurrecting but there are so many lovely ones out at the moment.  Will you be buying into the aviator trend or going for something different?

L-R: Zara, Miss Selfridge, ASOS, Clothing at Tesco, Zara

Sheer skirt obsession

30 Aug

Lately, I’ve become obsessed with sheer skirts. I know some of you may think a sheer skirt is a bit silly and impractical, but bear with me. They have already made the transition from catwalk to celeb – Dior and Jens Laugesen put them on the catwalk seasons ago and the Olsens are loving them. Now, the likes of Topshop are starting to embrace sheer skirts in a much more wearable way than couture shows or red carpet events will allow. Not so scary, right? I don’t think the Topshop ones are in store yet, so I may have to attempt making one. I may just figure out what to wear with it by the time I get around to making it! 

* Source True Queen, Huffington post, Style Eyes, Topshop

Autumn/Winter 2010 is the time for…leather shorts

19 Aug
There’s something about leather clothing which makes people a little nervous. Sure, there might be slight S&M connotations but steer clear of chaps, bustiers and the like and you’ll see it’s such a gorgeous material to wear.  Leather jackets are by far the most popular and mainstream leather clothing option, we all have at least one. Mine is an absolutely beautiful butter soft black one from River Island, which goes to show you can get good quality leather on the high street.
As happy as we are with leather outerwear, I think it’s time to get out of the comfort zone with leather. Leather clothing in the form of shorts, dresses, skirts and even leggings were all over the Autumn/Winter 2010 catwalks so it’s only a matter of time before the trend starts to filter down. My favourite permutation of leather clothing is leather shorts. Daring, yes definitely but I also think they’re pretty wearable too. Picture sheepskin lined boots, woollen tights, a sheer silk/chiffon blouse, chunky scarf and stroke-able leather shorts. Don’t they sound a lot less scary with all of those yummy winter textures thrown in? Fast fashion retailers such as Topshop, ASOS and Zara have already bought in leather shorts available to buy now. 

 * Source Style by me, Coolspotters, Lily & the Owl

Dresses out, trousers in

11 Aug
I think it’s time to pack away the skirts and dresses and get the trousers out. For once, this is not due to the weather. It’s due to boredom. I remember when dresses first hit the mainstream, they automatically turned into a no brainer, super easy peasy outfit choice. No more thinking about top AND bottom, it was revolutionary. But now, a few seasons on I’m starting to get a little bored of them. Skirts are also getting a bit yawnsome too. Every second people I pass on the street is wearing a maxi dress or floral skirt.
I’ve been turning to trousers more and more these days, I pretty much live in my Topshop military harems. They’re perfect for dressing down with a slouchy oversize cardi for work as well as dressing up with lace top and killer heels for a night out. Here are my top picks to tempt you into trousers:

New Look zip harems – £25. These babys will take you from work to a bar in a jiffy. Chuck on some heels, add some accessories and you’ll be good to go. They’ll also be perfect for the military trend this Autumn. 

Warehouse paperbag waist harems – £45. These exude grown up glamour. I would team with pale colours and carry nudes into Autumn. The tie waist is begging to be tied into a pretty bow. 

Pa:nuu slouch velvet track pants – £45. Velvet and texture will be huge next season so get in early with these bad boys. They look mega comfy but can easily be dressed up as they’re velvet. 

J Brand Houlihan cargo pants – £245. I love the high waist and roll up. Like the New Look harems, these will be absolutely perfect for the military look, as well as a few embellishments. 

McQ by Alexander McQueen digital print harems – £110. Utterly stunning! Printed trousers aren’t to everyone’s taste but if you’re brave enough they will look gorgeous on.