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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

Review: Love Label belted mac from Very

7 Sep

There’s a reason why trench coats are so iconic: aside from the classic design, they’re versatile and absolutely perfect for the in-between seasons. At the moment, it’s a bit too nippy to go out without a nice piece of outerwear to keep you toasty but it’s not cold enough to warrant the big thick winter coats which seem to have prematurely invaded shops. I think you can go one of two ways with a trench; either very classic and masculine or modern and girly. I opted for the latter with a fitted, dipped hem belted mac from Love Label at Very. The little details gave it a bit of personality and caught my eye; it’s such a distinctive shape.

The a-line shape is very flattering and with the buttons done up and belt tied, it gave me a lovely hourglass shape, accentuated by the fluted dipped hem.  One of my pet hates with coats is that the sleeves are usually a little too short but the sleeves of the Love Label mac were perfect – no cold wrists for me! The collar is nice and high and the pockets were absolutely huge, easily accommodating my two phones, headphones and big bunch of keys.

One of my favourite details was the polkadot lining, just one of the little details which makes this a fun, girly coat. As the back is slightly longer than the front, you get a wee flash of polkadot from the front; it’s a clever little detail. I’ve had a couple of coats which have a lovely lining but sadly they hardly get seen/appreciated. I dressed it up with heels and a floral dress as I was at work, but I’ve worn it with flats and it’s still looked great. I think the shorter length at the front stops it from looking frumpy which can be the danger of wearing a trench coat with flats.

The mac costs £59 and is available from Very. I was really impressed with the quality of the buttons and fabric. I’ve been caught in a few showers while wearing it and thankfully the rain didn’t soak through the fabric like it did with my old ASOS trench. I absolutely adore this coat, it’s made the transition into Autumn a little less traumatic. In fact, I love it so much I’m adding the stone version to my wish list!   

HD Brows review

4 Sep

A couple of weeks ago I heard about HD Brows and booked an appointment to get my brows done last Saturday. Here’s a quick vlog I made about my experience…

So as you can probably tell it was my first vlog! I was a teeny bit nervous hence the short video and rather abrupt ending. Blogposts are so much easier, you can write them with your feet up and edit to your heart’s content. So, my verdict on HD Brows? Well, I’m definitely going to get it done again. I’m not sure how different it is to tinting and threading, but for me it felt like it was a lot more comprehensive and precise. The shape is a bit of work-in-progress but only because I want to create more of an arch. The shape is great as it is though and I’ve had a few compliments on my brows since. I had my brows done at Jade’s Beauty, for more information on HD Brows, visit the website

Review: Joe’s Salon, Mayfair

22 Jun

My last trip to the hairdressers for highlights didn’t quite end happily, the colourist spent four hours massacring my hair taking it from dark red/brown to orange (like a tangerine!) to blonde to a mid brown colour – which was not even what I asked for. Add to this a junior who was so splash happy that my back, cheek and even arm were soaked in water, I don’t think it’s any surprise that I vowed not to return to any branches of this UK-wide chain. I took a bit of a chance when I saw a Groupon deal for Joe’s Salon, I checked out the website before I booked and it seemed like a good, high-end salon.

The location in Mayfair’s prestigious Burlington Arcade is telling of the level of service you can expect. I was a bit apprehensive when I walked in, but everyone was very warm and welcoming. The interior was beautifully sleek, it wasn’t very busy but the salon felt very intimate and personal rather than empty. My colourist Dan was an absolute angel, we spoke about my colour and what I wanted then he set to work. What I love most about Joe’s Salon is that everything is so relaxed, it’s not a chain where you feel like you’re on a conveyor belt sped through your allocated time slot. 


And the end result? I couldn’t be happier. I absolutely love my new hair colour. It’s exactly what I wanted, and Dan didn’t have to bleach my hair twice and put a ton of toner in. I would definitely recommend Joe’s Salon, it’s a little pricey but the service and end result are more than worth it. 

Review: Love Label at Very blue lace dress

16 Jun
Having recently posted about the trend for brightly coloured lace dresses, when the Very site contacted me to do a product review I picked this pretty blue dress by Love Label. The colour was quite unusual and the shape looked good, fit and flare shapes are always flattering plus the low back was a nice detail. I like that the lining is slightly shorter than the lace overlay which shows off the pretty fabric. There were also some good reviews, it had four stars our of a possible five overall which is very promising. 

When I received the dress, I noticed that the colour was a bit more vibrant than the pictures. I had been expecting this as one of the reviews on site mentioned it and I actually preferred the zingier colour. It fit absolutely perfect but the length was a little longer than the images on the site which suited me as that means it’s suitable to wear to work too. When I did wear it to work, I got so many compliments, more than with any other item of clothing! Due to the colour, it’s a very eye-catching dress so make sure you’re prepared to turn heads in it!

The dress costs £38 and I was very impressed with the quality. The dress zips up fine with no snagging whatsoever (I hate it when it’s difficult to do up a dress) and the fabric feels nice and is comfortable to wear all day and well into the evening. I would definitely recommend this dress, in fact if they did additional colours I would buy them. I think it looks a lot prettier in person. 

A super huge thanks to Niran of Yin & Yang for taking these outfit post snaps. 

Dress – c/o Very
Belt – vintageShoes – c/o Medwinds