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Shop the Net-a-Porter Christmas sale

26 Dec

As my Twitter followers know, I’m more than partial to a spot of retail therapy at Net-a-Porter, especially as it’s sale time. At the moment they have up to 50% off over 2000 pieces so there really is something for everyone. I usually stick to mid-price ranges like Boy by Band Of Outsider or Marcus Lupfer or diffusion lines like Etoile Isabel Marant and Burberry Brit, plus really great accessories. What’s your favourite piece? 

Clockwise from top left:
Preen Line Simone pleated leather dress – was £895, now £447.49
Ksubi super skinny low rise jeans – was £215, now £107.50
Ksubi leather cut out skirt – was £450, now £225

Markus Lupfer pleated knitted skirt – was £255, now £127.50
Burberry Brit wool and cashmere sweater – was £295, now £147.50

By Malene Birger faux fur coat – was £410, now £246
Acne Piega oversize clutch – was £380, now £228
Diane von Furstenberg cotton cape – was £540, now £270

Sneak peek: Karl Lagerfeld’s affordable line

22 Dec

This week sees the release of the first couple of pictures from Karl Lagerfeld’s hotly anticipated affordable range, which launches online exclusively at Net-a-Porter. The 100 piece “masstige”  collection will debut on January 25th during Paris Couture Week (an odd move as it’s an affordable range) and will be priced from £40 for a canvas bag. Aimed at women in their late teens to early 20s, the collection features pieces from trousers, sweatshirts, skirts, shirts, dresses, tshirts, shoes and bags with a rock edge. Karl stated: “I just want not too expensive clothes that people may like and perhaps want to wear. That was my concept for a long time, but my business partners in the past wanted to be like Chanel or Fendi without putting behind what is needed to be like that … Now I am feeling we are ready for the right job — the way to do things right in a modern, unusual way.”

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)

From catwalk to high street: Bright lace dresses

9 Jun
Lace went from wearable to wow in the time it took Christopher Kane to send models down his runway in neon Princess Margaret inspired lace pieces. Plain black and white lace pieces have been around on the high street for a while now, long enough for it to get a little boring, so thank goodness for an injection of colour to brighten things up. White lace dresses and blouses are a wardrobe staple for me as they’re cute, girly and demure but the allure of contrasting pretty lace with a bright shock of colour is growing. At first, I did worry about the practicalities of neon lace, what the hell one would wear with a highlighter pink dress anyway?! I imagine it would take a lot to dress it down enough not to be at the receiving end of bemused looks on the 

Thankfully, Issa launched a capsule collection of covetable, flirty little lace dresses on Net-a-Porter; a bit of a departure from the label’s signature slinky 
style.The limited edition collection arrived online about a month ago and features chocolate box shades of bright colours in six different styles, ranging from demure full-sleeve lace to more sexy one shoulder and strapless varieties. This collection is the epitome of something classic being reinvented with a contemporary, cosmopolitan spin. 

The high street of course, is on the ball and has plenty of colourful options for those who want to buy into this trend without breaking the bank. My favourites were from fashion department store Very, who stock a colossal amount of brands online. My favourite bright lace dresses were from Rare Fashion’s sister brand Paprika and Love Label. I would experiment by accessorising with clashing brights as well as nude colours to dress it down a little – so many possibilities. Are you going to experiment with bright lace this 

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Bag lady

30 Sep
I’m not normally one for bags but recently I’ve found myself a little bit obsessed. I’ve even rewritten a popular Calvin Harris song with the following lyrics: I like sachel bags, I like fringed bags, I like leather bags, I like suede bags…I like all the bags I like all the bags! I’m actually singing it in my head as I type. Do I need professional help or am I just starting to see the light?
I think women typically fall into two camps, shoe girl or bag lady. I’ve been firmly in the shoe camp for years and years. Bags are nice and all, we all need a place to put ‘stuff’ but I’d rather marvel at a pair of gorgeous platforms than the newest ‘it’ bag. I think the ‘it’ bag phenomenon was part of the problem, having one bag each season which scores of people rush to buy. Before long, it’s been copied on the highstreet and lost its appeal and you look just like everyone else. The latest in a long line of examples is the Mulberry Alexa. It’s a gorgeous, gorgeous bag I’ve been into the St Christopher’s place store so many times to stroke it and admire it but everyone has it and everyone on the highstreet has their own version.
I’ve been scouring Net-a-Porter for some gorgeous bags which hopefully won’t be the new ‘it’ bag and won’t be copied all over the highstreet. I don’t think I have a bag type, I love classics like the Mulberry Bayswater, I like bowling bags and satchels, I like lots of embellishment. Which is your favourite? Or is there a super gorgeous bag out there that I’ve missed?

Marc by Marc Jacobs Sophie satchel – £425

All that glitters…

17 Mar

I’m really loving metallics at the moment. I love shiny things at the best of times, but I think I’m so desperate to shed black and dark layers so I’m literally embracing the light! I remembered this Marc Jacobs dress which Kate Moss wore to the Met Institute ball last year, and I totally fell in lust. 

I’m really loving Grecian or goddess style dresses. Every girl needs a killer dress which makes her feel like a million bucks. My mission right now is to find something like this without the £2,000+ price tag! 

Dress – Net-a-Porter