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Michael Kors Pre-Fall 2012

15 Dec
I have to admit, I love a Michael Kors bag. A friend has a theory that there is a label who’s handbags appeal to you, hers is Stella McCartney and mine is Michael Kors. I do love the clothing collections too but just not as much as the bags, but this is all set to change after I caught a glimpse of the pre-Fall collection. Strikingly different to spring/summer’s “Afriluxe” collection, Mr Kors is heavily inspired by Americana and the Southwest. The Calvin Klein-esque clean lines and slightly masculine feel is interspersed with a handful of feminine looks such as the flouncy dipped hem dresses in bold shades. The equestrian detailed accessories really tie the collection together. 


Pepperberry Summer Style Challenge

5 Sep

A couple of months ago, innovative fashion brand Pepperberry approached me to take part in their summer style challenge. I fell in love with their collection as well as their approach to dressing women at their press day earlier on this year so of course I agreed. The challenge involved popping to a store for a consultation and personal shopping session for a summer occasion; I picked Tor from Fab Frocks’ wedding and popped to the Oxford Circus store a couple of weeks before the big day to find my perfect dress.

My session started with a bra fitting, which seems a little odd but Pepperberry’s sister company is Bravissimo, so like Trinny and Susannah (remember them?!) they know that well fitting underwear form the basis of a fabulous look. With an estimated 80% of us wearing the wrong bra size, I really cannot stress the importance of being measured enough. As it turns out, I was one of the 80% who wears the wrong bra size, both my band size and cup size were completely wrong! Unlike most high street retailers, Bravissimo don’t use a tape measure, they go on the actual fit of your current bra and explain what is wrong with the current fit of your bra and how it should fit. I kid you not; it was actually like a hallelujah moment. All of my little niggles about bras were explained and it was just that I was wearing the wrong size. I’ve since gone out to buy a few bras in the right size and they all fit perfectly and are miles comfier.

Now, onto the fashion! Pepperberry have a lovely selection of dresses and occasionwear dresses so I was glad to have a little help choosing. I eventually settled on a simple, tiered hemline red ombre dress as the colour is lovely and it’s versatile to wear casually with flat gladiator sandals, with courts and a blazer to work and also dressed up for weddings. I was so pleased with the dress and the fit, it was quite fitted at the bust but skimmed over the tummy and hips. The ribbon tie cinched it in at the waist and the colour was perfect for a summer wedding. The straps were a tiny bit long for me so I pinned them but the staps were thick enough to hide the pins and bra straps – Pepperberry know that there’s nothing worse than visible bra straps so all of their straps are designed to be large enough to cover them. The dress is so lovely and I’ve worn it so many times over summer. I would really recommend it, especially as it’s on sale for just £48.00.

Super huge thanks to Pepperberry , especially the fantastic staff at the Oxford Circus branch. The whole shopping experience was as wonderful as their clothing range. Every single member of staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Lots of my friends and even their mums have since popped in to get measured and check out the range and have also had a fantastic experience.

Dress – Courtest of Pepperberry
Polkadot shoes – New Look
Bag – Michael Kors

The Medwinds denim dress

21 Aug

I’m starting to think that fashion can be unnecessarily complicated just for the sake of being complex. A quick glance to my wardrobe and it’s a complete mish mash of florals, brights, sheer, sequins, stripes, metallic, lace all side by side like a little jumble sale. Nice pieces, but they can all be described as focal points for an outfit which isn’t good as they all fight for your attention! I do have lots of nice basic tees and vests but that’s as far as I go with simple pieces. I was really excited to receive a plain, simple denim dress from Medwinds, who specialise in great quality basic pieces. Being simple, it’s such a versatile piece – I’ve worn it dressed down with flats, a little more dressed up for work and could imagine it with some killer heels for a night out.

This is how I wore it to work a couple of days ago. Sadly it’s a little chilly to go tight-less so I paired it with some lace tights and one of my favourite pair of shoes. They’re actually about four years old from New Look, another old-is-gold wardrobe piece. I’ve worn them to death which proves that low prices don’t always mean low quality. The colour is great but what really drew me to them was the heel, in the four years since I’ve bought them I’ve never found a similar pair on the high street. The finishing touch for the outfit is a silk scarf from Argentina, a lovely gift from my dear friend Mariana who writes for Sketchbook magazine. I’m warming to the idea of scarves, especially when I’ve got a really simple outfit like this on they really add personality and a quirky little touch. 

Thanks again to Susie from Take Out In Couture who patiently took these pictures for me. 

Dress – Courtesy of Medwinds
Tights – New Look
Shoes – New Look
Scarf – gift
Bag – Michael Kors

The cute work outfit

3 Aug
I know, I wear this floral Zara skirt a lot and you’re probably a little bored of it but I’m not! I love buying a piece on a whim and realising that it’s one of the magical go-with-everything items that was missing from your wardrobe for forever. I really didn’t expect such a loud, bright, patterned item to be like that though. I thought the rule was to buy quality staples in basic colours and throwaway colourful trend pieces seasonally to accentuate your wardrobe for a short time. Rules were made to be broken though, and I would happily wear this skirt in a different way every day of the week. Ok, I’ll stop gushing about it now.

I paired the skirt with one of those wardrobe basics, a plain khaki tee. This one is from Alexander Wang and I’m a convert and believer in investing in quality pieces for your wardrobe. The fabric is really soft and silky, plus it just hangs so nicely. I tucked it into my beloved skirt to give my silhouette a little bit of definition as the skirt has a bit of a bell shape. I’m not sure if you can tell from the image, but the tights I’m wearing are actually blue. I have a billion pairs of very similar lace tights in black but opted for the colourful option. Which went down very well, especially with Alex Reid (Katie Prices’ ex), who complimented me on my hosiery. Not bad for a sale steal from M&S!

The shoes are absolutely gorgeous, aren’t they? My new favourite pair, I actually bought them to as ‘work shoes’ but they’re too pretty to be worn for work. They’re by Guess and from Sarenza, the leather is amazingly soft and they are super comfy. What more could you want from a shoe? The bag is my current favourite and a great, roomy everyday bag. I love the striking but subtle-ish gold accents. What a beaut. I’m glad I finally have some shots of my jewellery as I do love a shiny jewel but never manage to capture what I’m wearing properly. Details are underneath each picture. Super huge thank you to Susie from Take Out in Couture for the amazing pictures, definitely my best outfit post. 

Tshirt – Alexander Wang (from Net-a-Porter)
Skirt – Zara
Belt – Vintage
Tights – M&S
Shoes – Guess, courtesy of Sarenza
Bag – Michael Kors (from The Outnet)
Key necklace – courtesy of QVC
Ring – YSL (from Net-a-Porter)
Lion head bracelet – gift from Florence
Red and metal bracelet – COS
Spike bracelet – Joomi Lim (from Nyla Boutique)
Charm bracelet – Links of London (from Selfridges)
Bee charm – Peculiar Vintage (from Rokit)

Wearing jeans to work

26 Jul

I don’t dress very smart for work. Sometimes I wear jeans, sometimes I just throw a dress and flats on and on the odd occasion I just pick the first thing I see. I’m fortunate enough to work in an environment where it’s not really pertinent to dress smart, working in marketing means you’re a creative type who needs the freedom to wear what they like whilst working for a fashion company is another obvious excuse….I mean reason.

In my defence, the outfit I wore today was semi-smart, I’m wearing a blouse. Ok, it may be sheer and it may tie up at the front but it still has a collar and buttons. As it’s slightly cropped at the front (longer at the back), I wore a plain black vest top which I tucked into my jeans. The jeans are recently resurrected old favourites, super comfy, super bleached and super ripped at the knee. Sass & Bide jeans fit me really well, they don’t have the horrid gape at the waistband which I detest. As for the shoes, I’m not sure wearing polka dot shoes with a floral blouse counts as clashing prints, they’re both pretty subtle. These shoes are one of my comfy work shoes, luckily they’re cute! This is a pretty typical work outfit for me, though I like to dress smarter from time to time. What do you wear to work? 

Cardigan – Dorothy Perkins
Floral blouse – New Look
Jeans – Sass & Bide
Shoes – New Look
Bag – Michael Kors