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The Holy Grail Parka

11 Aug

Everyone has the one elusive Holy Grail fashion item that they’ve been searching for forever. Five minutes of asking about it on Twitter and I’m inundated: from vintage Missoni cardigans and a clear mac to a classic trench coat, it seems that everybody is looking for that perfect addition to their wardrobe. Stylist Frankie Murray is after black platform heels which aren’t too high with a thick heel, Sara from Daily Polish is after some specific Louboutins and has been searching since 2007 and Lyndsey from Be Gorgeous is, like many of us, searching for the perfect pair of skinny jeans.

I have my own fashion unicorn – the perfect parka. I have been searching for years, I’m not even kidding! Though they always come in and out of ‘fashion’, I think they are an incredibly versatile wardrobe addition. They are spot on for dressing down a little dress on a night out, toughening up a girly outfit or just throwing on over a casual, dressed down outfit. I’m not after anything special, just a long length parka with a dipped hem in khaki green with an oversize fur-lined hood…oh and it must be fairly warm. I did come close to the perfect parka once; it was by Theory at House of Fraser. It ticked all of the boxes but it was just too oversize, the smallest size absolutely swamped me. Here are some of the parkas I’ve found which are close…but not close enough.

Parka – £80 from ASOS
 Parka – £80 from River Island

Parka – £30 on sale from House of Fraser

Parka – £98 from Topshop

If you see anything you think may be the parka, do let me know. I’d also love to hear what your Holy Grail items are. Maybe we can set up a support group?!
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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. 

Sunshine brights

9 Mar
Spring is finally beginning to spring! London has been basking in beautiful sunshine for the last couple of days and it’s been absolutely blissful. The sunshine has inspired me to start banishing blacks, browns and navys to the back of my wardrobe and start wearing more brights. I’m not one of those people who only wears black during the winter months, I think an injection of colour looks fab but a really bright outfit just looks a little misplaced. Thankfully, we can start lightening up now! Literally inspired by the sunshine, I’ve found tons of sunshine brights on the highstreet. I think plain yellow pieces look fab as they are so you can let the zingy colour do the talking but there are lots of fun prints around too like birds and bananas. 

Zara frilled dress – £39.99

Obnoxious Sunday

25 Jan

This outfit was pretty spot on for a lazy Sunday brunch – tapered harem pants in a subdued midnight blue paired with a slouchy cotton top with moody purples, violets and blue florals bleeding into each other. Simple, nonchalent – just what I aimed for. I finished it with my parent pinky red wedges which demand attention with their cut out detail to give it a little pop of colour. However, when I shrugged on my signature winter coat and the obligatory ‘It’s Sunday and far too early to be leaving the house’ sunglasses, my perfect laidback outfit went from effortless to LA starlet obnoxious before I knew it. I kind of like the look but even I have to admit that this was a tad OTT. I heeded Coco Chanel’s advice on accessories – ‘Take one accessory off before you leave the house’ and took my obnoxiousity down by a notch. It was Sunday after all!

Jacket – vintage, top – Miss Selfridge, harems – Topshop, shoes – New Look, sunglasses – Rayban courtesy of Brand Alley, bag – Marc Jacobs

New Year’s Eve night out

28 Dec

There’s only one reason to start weaning yourself off the Christmas binge:New Year’s Eve. For most of London, this is the huge finale of the party season, the last hurrah before January detox and exercise begins. So of course, you need to spend most of New Year’s Eve pampering and prepping for the night’s festivities as well as a gorgeous little dress to shimmy into. Here are my top four dresses, perfect for whatever you might have planned, whether it’s partying the night away, sinking shots at the bar or a nice, civilised dinner. 





Topshop waterfall asymmetric ruffle dress – £65
ASOS White beige leather high vamp shoes
Oasis rose corsage one shoulder dress – £40 on sale
Topshop Gala bow detail peep toe shoe boots – £60
Miss Selfridge mesh panel dress – £38
KG by Kurt Geiger Kitty
Rare Opulence asymmetric bustle dress – £95
Miss KG Bond – £80

Backstage at BNTM live

22 Oct

Today was the big day, the first day of Britain’s Next Top Model live at the Excel. As you may know, I was asked to help style a fashion show with five other super bloggers – Jenny, Frankie, Natasha, Alize and Matthew. Again, huge thanks to the guys at Motorola for this exciting opportunity. So being the big day, I was a bag of nerves. Not only was I one half of the high-street styling duo, I also had to go on stage to talk through geek chic fashion. Thankfully, the hubbub backstage kept me occupied. It was so hectic: briefing hair and make up, making sure our models were looked after, dressing and styling them up. 

Matthew playing hide & seek!



Here is my gorgeous model Paige ready to rock and roll. Doesn’t she look like the epitome of geek chic? 



Cardigan – River Island, blouse – Zara, skirt – Topshop, socks and satchel – Miss Selfridge and shoes – New Look


For my outfit, I wanted to take key Autumn/Winter trends and give them a geek chic twist. Although flat brogues are synonymous with geek chic, I went for these New Look heeled loafers to be different. The colour is absolutely delish and the platform keeps them on trend. The camel skirt from Topshop was absolutely irresistible, the a-line shape and pocket details won me over. I paired the camel skirt with a silky slate blouse from Zara, the big bow adds a girly and feminine touch to my geek chic outfit. I’ve layered a patterned knit cardigan from River Island over the blouse, patterned knit is typical geek chic and I just needed this cardi in the outfit. I also had a lovely leopard print satchel which can be seen in the pictures below. 


How amazing do the high-street, high end and vintage models look?! Totally working the geek chic look. 


What I wore to London Fashion Week

28 Sep

One of the reasons I love London Fashion Week is I actually get to wear some of the impractical things I can’t help but buy. Things like ostrich feather skirts, fluffy furry jackets and vintage fur hats. These are things I couldn’t possibly live without but they don’t really have a place in everyday life. Here’s what I wore:


Day one

Jacket – Zara, floral top – River Island, velvet maxi skirt – New Look, wedge brogues – Bertie, Jewellery – Links of London, YSL, Roberto Cavalli, thrifted, holiday buys, H&M. Randomly decided to put on a mood ring I bought when I was about 15, can’t remember what the colours meant but it was fun guessing!


Day two


Photo courtest of Emerging Fervour, as I didn’t take any apart from in the photobooth! I can’t remember what we were doing or where we were going but I was hanging out with Kit from Style Slicker and Shini from Park & Cube. Yes, I had wardrobe envy. 






Fluffy cardigan – Monsoon, pearl top – New Look, laser cut silk skirt – Rare, Tights – Henry Holland, denim buckle wedges – Asos. The rosary is from River Island men’s department, I’ve had it for years and love it even though a lot of the silver has rubbed off. 


Day three



Fur hat – vintage, fluffy jacket – Zara, silk playsuit – Topshop, patent cut out wedges – New Look. No idea about the tights I’m afraid! 


Day four


The ostrich skirt. I love this, wore it last season too. It’s not even my size it’s slightly big but I-just-had-to-have-it!



Cobweb knit cardigan – H&M, black lace top – New Look, ostrich feather skirt – Topshop, killer embellished heels – Miss Selfridge