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Review: AX Paris zebra knit dress

21 Nov

You may not have heard of AX Paris, but you’ve definitely seen their collection. Available online as well as at New look, the celebrity favourite label counts the likes of Lauren Pope, Maria Fowler, The Saturdays and Kelly Brook as fans, they’re are always seen out and about with their latest must-have piece. Although AX Paris are most well known for their gorgeous party dresses, they also have a really great collection which offers everything from snuggly knits, cute playsuits and cosy coats.

When they recently asked me to pick a piece to review, I went for something casual and picked this abstract zebra print knitted dress. I adore animal print but leopard print and snakeskin are a little too obvious this season so the zebra print really appealed to me. I was really pleased when I received the jumper, I was really pleased by how soft and snuggly it was. I love the high street, but sometimes the quality of fabrics can be really touch and go, there’s nothing I hate more than seeing a really gorgeous piece only to find out the wool or cotton is scratchy. Although it was long enough to wear as a dress, I prefered to wear it slouchy and pulled it up a little. I adore this jumper and have worn it to death, it’s so versatile and comfy. I wore it casually with leggings and hiker boots and also dressed it up with my favourite red jeans and stilettos. Which look do you prefer? 

    

Jumper – courtesy of AX Paris
Leggings – New Look

Hiker boots – Topshop
Bracelet – Links of London
Charm – Peculiar Vintage at Rokit 
Ring – YSL Arty


Jumper – As before
Jeans – Oasis
Shoes – courtesy of Sarenza
Jewellery – As before
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The mammouth ‘what I wore to fashion week’ post

4 Oct

I know this post is slightly delayed but I always think that writing up the shows and being a responsible blogger comes above ‘what I wore’ posts. This year, I wasn’t overly excited about dressing up for London Fashion Week, it’s my fifth season so the novelty and excitement has worn off slightly but it is kind of essential to make an effort. Lots of people do dress up and walking around the courtyard can be so inspiring, but personally, my main MO has been comfort and championing my beloved high street. For me, London’s differentiator is the quality and range of our high street so I always make a point of repping my favourite stores.

The lovely guys at Motel Rocks were kind enough to gift me the black lace Cilla dress which I wore for day one. The lace trend has been around for a while but this sheer, delicate tattoo lace is really striking; especially over the nude slip. It’s a classic skater shape with long sheer sleeves and a low back for some added interest. I continued the nude trend with my semi-sheer tights from New Look. I always rely on New Look for quirky tights and this pair is one of my favourites. The wedged brogues are from Bertie and they are super comfy, the wedge and the platform make them kind to my feet. The perfect shoes for rushing around on the cobbles with. 

Is wearing all black a bit of a fashion cliché? The oversize tshirt cape from 18 & East was actually perfect for LFW, the voluminous shape worked double time to keep me cool during the day but warm when it got chillier in the evening. Personally, I’m a little over dip-dyed hair but the black/grey dip-dye fringing added a little bit of an edge to the cape, not to mention it looked amazing when I walked! I balanced out the volume on top with super skinny jeans from J.Brand and my favourite black wedges from Carvela. The crucifix necklace is one of my favourite pieces of jewellery, I found the actual crucifix in a market in Barcelona and asked super talented jewellery designer and stylist Frankie Murray of Swell Vintage to put it on a chain for me. 

Do not adjust your monitor, your eyes are not deceiving you…I am indeed wearing flats. This is the most casual I’ve been at LFW, I needed a really low key way. The fabulous ankle boots are from Sarenza, my feet deserved a one day haitus from the heels. I love these boots and pretty much lived in them for a week after LFW was over. The jumper is such a lovely colour and an absolute bargain from Boohoo. I hadn’t shopped there before but I was really impressed by the pieces they had on the site. I do love the colour but also the ladder detail at the waist and back. Being a super casual day, I wore the jumper with some Levis cut offs but dressed up the outfit with this stunning necklace, courtesy of Eastern Mystic. Known for their statement pieces and tribal influences, the brand is regularly featured in the likes of Grazia, Cosmopolitan, The Telegraph fashion and Cosmopolitan Bride. 

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

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. 

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

Face of Fabulous launch party

14 Jun
Last week, the lovely guys at Fabulous magazine invited me to the a secret bloggers party to announce a very special exclusive to some gorgeous bloggers including Fi from Save Our Shoes, Carina from Carina 100, Frankie from Swell Vintage, Sherin from Hi Fashion, Susie from Take-out in Couture, Ronke from The Musings of Ondo Lady and Jenny from The Style PA. We were given a behind-the-scenes peek into life at Fabulous, a chance to raid their New Look fashion wardrobe and getting our hair and makeup did in their beautiful offices which had stunning views across London.


There was a point to all that fun, honest. The party was purpose of the party was to launch the ‘Face of Fabulous’ model competition, in association with Next Model Management. The lucky competition winner will appear on the cover of the magazine as well as a year’s contract with Next, who have the likes of Alexa Chung, Alice Dellal, Abbey Lee Kershaw, Karlie Kloss and Anja Rubik on their impressive roster. The competition is hosted on the Fabulous Facebook page, all you need to do is upload a picture by 2nd July as public voting closes on 4th. The next stage of the competition will be judged by Fabulous’ editor Rachel Richardson, fashion director Tracey Lea Sayer and Next Model Management’s head of new faces Ross Young.

I had lots of fun catching up with some of my favourite blogger ladies over cupcakes and champage. The team at Rush did a fab job of curling and styling my hair – which has been recently highlighted, more on that in another post. The highlight was definitely playing dress up with Sherin and Susie though, these killer shoes from the New Look x LCF collaboration were my favourite by far. It’s totally ok to base an outfit around a pair of shoes, right?! Here’s pictorial evidence of what went down….