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Oriental inspiration from Katy Perry to the high street

31 Aug

There is only one person I look out for at music awards ceremonies – Ms Katy Perry. This girl plans meticulously and goes the whole 10 yards with her entire head-to-toe look, she really commits. And the girl has enough chutzpah to pull off any look. Take her Oriental-inspired get up at the 2011 VMAs, par exemple. The baby blue Atelier Versace press is absolutely stunning, with it’s embroidered cherry blossom shaped crystals and cut outs. Most would draw the line there but Katy accessoried with a cute matching, killer Jimmy Choos and candy pink hair. She sort of looks part Harajuku girl, part anime babe and totally awesome. 



If you feel inspired by Ms Perry and her oriental look, the high street is full of oriental-inspired prints to help you emulate a much more toned down version of her outfit…

Clockwise from top left:
Phase Eight Orient print dress – £98 in the sale

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Everyone loves Prada stripes

20 Apr
The high street may have fully embraced (read: killed) colour blocking and brights, but magazines are going crazy for Prada stripes this season. The number of covers alone is fast approaching FIFTY, let alone editorials. International Vogue editions are absolutely loving the collection, featuring pieces with stripes as well as monkey and banana motif printed pieces. Here are my favourite of the 48 covers..and counting! Anna Wintour’s WSJ cover definitely makes the cut though you can’t see much of what she’s wearing. I think that the fact that she chose Prada for this rare cover and interview speaks volumes. 

Looking beneath the bright jewel tones, florals and cool neutrals littering the high street, plenty of stores have been inspired by prada’s bright, punchy prints. They’re a bit sassier than block colours and the perfect bold antidote to pretty florals which are getting a bit boring and predictable in Summer. Head to toe stripes might be a bit much for some, so choose a statement piece like one of the gorgeous skirts and pair with either brights or neutrals. 
Zara stripe skirt – £25.99

Stripe-spiration

31 Mar
The last couple of weeks have been very Spring-like…hurray! I’ve officially ditched my winter coat in favour of a slightly lighter coat and even wore shorts (with tights) sans jacket on the weekend. As great as the lighter evening and sunshine are, I suddenly feel like I’m ill equipped to deal with the warmer weather. It’s not as simple as just taking a couple of layers off and wearing a lighter jacket, actual hot weather will require appropriate clothing.

One of my favourite Spring/Summer trends is thankfully one that you can count on every year – nautical stripes. Stripes are already all over the high-street  in various guises from traditional blue, ultra thin stripes, vertical and horizontal stripes. My favourite are the more block-y Prada inspired stripes like the Zara skirt in the centre. I also love the Topshop  night shorts which are just too cute to be confined to indoors, I’m planning on wearing them with wedges, slouchy tee and a maxi length cardi. 

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

Topshop Limited Edition

23 Nov

Those little tinkers at Topshop have just released a limited edition range of dresses in time for the Christmas party season. The range has been produced in very small quantities so you can pretty much ensure that you won’t bump into a doppelgänger wearing the same dress. The range features cute ruffled dresses, beaded flapper dresses, heavily embellished dresses and lots more! My two favourite dresses at the moment are the two chiffon dresses. The grey ruffle dress is perfect for a low key dinner/drinks affair and the one shoulder dress is just crying out for a night out fuelled by cocktails and lots of dancing. I always try to be careful when wearing chiffon as it can look a little bit too girly and frou-frou, so I would toughen up both of these dresses with these stunning lace up boots and hard, shiny bag, I loved the tassel detail. 



Topshop grey chiffon ruffle dress – £170
Topshop Grecian one shoulder chiffon dress – £175
Asos black gunmetal egg tassel bag – £36
River Island white lace up boots – £120

Hiking boots vs riding boots

1 Nov

Over the last week or so, I have really realised how unsuitable my shoe collection is for cold weather – long story but most of my boots have been ruined, compensation is an ongoing battle issue with my estate agents. Sometimes a girl just needs to make a wardrobe investments purely for warmth and comfort reasons…but that doesn’t mean said investment needs to be purely functional.


I’ve been debating between the slightly boring but classic riding boots and fashion’s new shoe du jour the hiking boot. Both imply outdoor pursuits which I really won’t be undertaking anytime soon. I love the classic nature of riding boots and most of them are knee length which means thick rugby socks can be worn undetected when temperatures really plummet. But on the other hand, hiking boots are pretty cosy too, especially the sheepskin lines ones. Both boots are very practical, though riding boots may be flat which is good for frost and ice, most hiking boots have a grippy sole and so combine a heel and practicality. I think I’m sold on that last point!


Are you going to be a riding boots or hiking boots kind of girl this season?

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.