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Friday Fashion Fix

15 Aug

Sorry for a slightly delayed Friday Fashion Fix post, I’ve been a bit preoccupied with other blogger business (namely a gorgeous redesign). Normal 2-a-day service is resuming today though, starting with a sneak peek into what some of my favourite brand have in store for autumn/winter 2011. 

Boux Avenue AW11.

Surely the most successful launch of the year, Boux Avenue‘s range goes from strength to strength next season. With a focus on pretty, girly lingerie and loungewear, the autumn/winter 2011 range has plenty of cute must haves which are way too gorgeous to be kept under covers. 

Agent Provocateur AW11.

Agent Provocateur’s Autumn Winter 2011 collection references a variety of iconic, powerful women, from Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra to Marlene Dietrich as Catherine the Great. The key pieces this season are the sculpting waspies, while colours and prints are dramatic – think hot pink, coral, violet and French blue. 

Motel Rock AW11.

Young fashion brand Motel Rocks steps away from their forte of hot little bodycon dresses next season with a surprising ‘femme fatale’ collection which includes cheer tattoo mesh details and also menswear inspired tailoring and androgynous modern Military pieces. They also have plenty of their signature clolour block and bright bodycon dresses, but the stronger statement pieces have really caught my eye. 

Minna AW11.

The autumn/winter 2011 collection from Minna has a really luxe feel, with pieces made from hand-dyed silks and sumptuously soft wool jersey pieces. Black lace, gothic-inspired dresses are a focal point and I love the tweed outerwear. With each piece being made from sustainable, organic, recyclable and locally produced textiles, Minna is redefining the face of eco-fashion. 

Wednesday Wish List

27 Jul

I’m having a pretty rough week which means two things: lots of moaning on Twitter (sorry!) but also a Wednesday Wish List full of lovely pampering treats. 

New Look geekasaurus pyjamas – £12.99

For me, pampering = staying in pjs, doing my nails and watching movies. Cute pyjamas are obviously a vital ingredient. I love these geekasaurus ones from New Look. Let’s face it, anyone who has a blog is at least a half-geek so these are very apt. 

Boux Avenue Leonie silk robe – £85

Everyone needs a lovely silk robe to swish around the house in. There are lots of cheap satin ones on the high street, but for some proper pampering you need silk with a touch of lace. Perfect for curling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a movie. 

Miss Selfridge aztec print cardigan – £45

If lounging around in a robe isn’t your thing, you can’t beat some soft knits. I seem to have an ever growing pile of worn-to-death knits which are super soft and always make me feel good. The oversize shape of this cardi is perfect for snuggling up in but the bold print is far too nice to keep it for indoor wear only.  

Holistic Silk lavender eye mask – £41

Holistic Silk are the Chanel of the eye mask world, with their silk and velvet, lavender-scented ultra luxe eye masks. Lavender is such a soothing scent and instantly relaxes you so this is a must have for stressed out times. 

Boux Avenue launch extravaganza

1 Apr

Today sees the launch of something very exciting: a brand new UK retailer! I know we get lots of established international brands launching in the UK or young high fashion designers launching their careers, but it’s very rare for an entire UK-based brand to launch into the saturated high street market so I think we all ought to pay a bit of attention! Theo Paphitis has been working on a new ‘adorable and affordable’ lingerie company for a while now, I wrote a post about Boux Avenue last month when I received some very promising preview images.
A couple of days ago I was fortunate enough to be invited to the superstar launch, which was by far the best blogging event I’ve been to. Held at Sketch on Conduit St, Boux Avenue hired out the entire super cool venue to host the decadent launch. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement with gorgeous Boux Avenue clad models swishing around and entertainment in the form of palm readers, jugglers and butlers.

Different rooms within the venue showcased different collections. The Parlour was the ideal setting to check out the Garden Party collection whilst sipping on champagne and nibble on some delicious cakes. Everything from the charming string quartet to the delectable macaroons set the tone for the pretty, vintage-inspired collection. 

As the name suggests, the Burlesque Boudoir collection is sexier and naughtier. The old school glamour of the speakeasy setting really set off the gorgeously seductive collection. I love the entire outfit on the left. Aren’t the models beautiful?? 

Just before the amazing performance kicked off, Tor and I got to meet Theo Paphitis. I’m not going to lie, I was a little over excited! 

The highlight of the evening was the spectacular main performance. My words can’t coherently describe how mindblowingly good it was so here are some words: burlesque ballet, jaw dropping, feathers, glitter, sparkles, seductive, crystals, extravaganza. 

The website launched earlier on today so you can shop these looks now! The following stores are opening in the next week or so and I’m sure there will be more to follow. 

Manchester Trafford Centre
Sheffield Meadowhall
Kent Bluewater
Essex Lakeside
Cardiff St David’s Centre
Glasgow Buchanan Galleries

Introducing Boux Avenue

5 Feb

I’m very particular about my underwear. I generally only shop at M&S and La Senza, I’m not really sure why I just prefer the quality and how it fits. Generally though, if you want something nice and classy with highstreet prices your options are severely limited. However, that’s all set to change next month when Dragon’s Den star Theo Paphitis launches his new venture Boux Avenue. Theo is basically a retail guru and did great things with La Senza when he owned them – I personally think they went downhill after he sold them. Boux Avenue is going to have a sexy but sophisticated look and focus on sizing, ranging from 30A to 40G initially and going up to a K cup. With the website launching in late March followed by 30 stores, there’s not long to wait til you can get your hands on some gorgeous new lingerie.