Sunday, 31 March 2013

The 'IT' Jacket

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A few weeks ago I decided that I wanted a jacket to wear as the weather starts warming up- possibly a little optimistic I know! I'm getting bored of wearing my thick coat everywhere and nobody ever seeing my outfit so a jacket I could wear on the odd occasion that the weather did improve was top of my wish list!

This jacket I found in the River Island sale for £30 down from £60! I'm so pleased with it, it ticks all the boxes I wanted it to. The jacket is a 'biker' style but not the traditional full leather that most biker jackets are. The exterior is a bouclĂ© material with additional black jersey panels down the sleeves. The lapels are black PU material and the zips and metal details are gold. I love how different textures are incorporated into one garment as it really makes it an interesting piece. I love this jacket and it's really flattering! The sale in River Island is still on at the moment so you might be able to get this in some stores. I think everyone needs a staple jacket in their wardrobe that goes with everything (or nearly everything!) and can be worn in the day or smartened up for the night- they are a good investment!

For those of you that have asked in previous posts, these heels are fairly comfortable. I've not tried wearing them for long periods of time however, but they aren't necessarily uncomfortable! I would really recommend them.


Jacket- River Island
Lace Top- Topshop
Black Cami- New Look
'Joni' Jeans- Topshop (Link)
Heels- Topshop (Link)


Friday, 29 March 2013

OOTD: 29/03/13

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 photo Blog-March1_zps45083b48.jpgToday I went for a laid-back vibe when picking my outfit. I bought these gorgeous square print trousers from Topshop after thinking how perfect they would look with my new bag and shoes! I've paired the trousers with a draped black top and I think they work perfectly together. The two pieces flow together and are structured yet soft at the same time. The bag adds a beautiful splash of colour to the outfit and adds an interesting dimension to the look. You can buy the bag in so many different colours now, I've got my eye on the green one! For me, these trousers have to be worn with a classic, low, pointed heel to give them an elegant feel. You could wear them with flat shoes but I think the heels really elongate the legs.

These geometric and square prints are really on trend at the moment. I've seen a lot of grid print tops on the high street and catwalks as well so it looks like these prints will be here for a while. I really think these trousers definitely look more expensive than they are. I can't wait for the weather to warm up some more so I can wear this look out and about, however it would also work with a slouchy black jumper- I need to get my hands on one! This look is sophisticated and elegant, it's one of my favourties at the moment. Expect to be seeing the bag and shoes a lot, they look gorgeous with everything in my wardrobe at the moment!

Bag (Link) -Topshop
Trousers (Link) Topshop
Shoes (Link)-Topshop
Top (Link)-Topshop
Watch- River Island


Friday, 22 March 2013

The Avenue- Womenswear SS'13

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//Emporio Armani Womenswear SS'13//
With deep oranges and pinks interspersed with creamy hues, the sunset set colours are Emporio Amarni's most popular colours this season- and it's clear to see why. The beautiful colours complement many skin tones and are a perfect way to embrace spring colour trends. Orange has been a key colour on the catwalks this season and by mixing this shade with complementry pink hues, Armani have created a gorgeous colour palette. The fluid shapes and drape of the fabrics are luxurious are modern. Jackets have lost their emphasis on the shoulders and nipped in waists, taking on a masculine feel, whilst remaining elegant with easy, feminine lines.  The most popular colour for their jackets this year is cream.
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//Mulberry Womenswear SS'13//
The Mulberry Willow has been the most popular bag of the season by far. This versatile bag has a detachable clutch on the front, making it two bags in one- perfect to take on holiday or a trip away. It's easy to see why this bag is high demand, in many pastel and classic colours, this bag is certainly on my wish list! 
This season, Mulberry have created a hazy, summer, seventies vibe, taking inspiration from the colours and imagery of melted ice cream and sorbets. Dark leather pieces can be paired with these soft, floaty items to give a casual, laid back look.
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//Flannels Womenswear SS'13//
The Flannels collections were some of my favourites. Flannels feature a range of designer and luxury brands. Currently they stock a particularly stunning collection from Miu Miu in beautiful hues of pink, turquoise and  cream, this collection is exquisite. I also adore the Dolce & Gabbana flowered dress (pictured above). It has a classic body hugging shape and the black waist detailing, which gives the dress a flattering look, whilst maintaing the Dolce & Gabbana feminine ethos. The pink button-up Miu Miu coat was another beautiful item which could be worn as a dress or a coat and is the perfect item for this Spring.
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//All Saints SS'13 Key Pieces//
The All Saints womenswear for this season features very modern cuts and drapes, yet still with a classic All Saints colour palette and feel. My favourite piece displayed to us was a beautiful long length dress with interesting pinning detail to the front. It was soft and elegant whilst looking laid back. The fabric of the dress is extremely soft and good quality. The jackets this season are also beautiful, in buttery soft leather, and paired with the cream and white dresses, really toughen up the Springtime look. 
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//Neighbourhood Bar and Restaurant//
Beautiful brunch for the attendees of the event at the Neighbourhood (link)

Just to give you some information on the day itself- yesterday I was invited to a Press Tour at The Avenue in Spinningfields, Manchester. Home of some of the best luxury brand, The Avenue has some beautiful clothes to offer. We received a short talk from each tour and an opportunity to look round their latest collections and browse the key looks. Later we were treated to an incredible brunch at Neighbourhood in Spinningfields, a cool new bar/ restaurant- I really recommend a visit if you're in the area (link). In this post I have outlined the womenswear trends for SS'13, however, I will be posting a menswear SS'13 trend report on the collections I viewed yesterday as well. My favourite items were the Mulberry Willow bag- I better start saving!- and the Miu Miu coat- a beautiful addition to anyones Spring/Summer wardrobe. Even if you can't afford many of these pieces, these trends are filtering down to the high-street so I hope you have gained some inspiration from this post. Since attending the Press Tour, my love of luxury fashion has grown dramatically and I can really see myself working in luxury retail in the future (fingers crossed!)- watch this space!



Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Accessories SS13

Just a short post today. I thought I would show you my favourite accessories at the moment. As we all know, great accessories can make an outfit, so if you're feeling like your look needs updating this Spring then look no further. 

Classic black court shoes are very popular at the moment. Perfect for a day time lunch or evening drinks with friends, these shoes look elegant and are a perfect Spring time shoe for this season! Forget boots, as soon as the weather warms up a little more, these are the only shoes that are going to be on my feet! I love how classy they are for every day and will be perfect for my weekend away in Italy next month- I'm going to Milan, so exciting! Many bloggers are wearing similar style courts at the moment and with their timeless look, I can't see them going out of fashion any time soon. These ones are from Topshop and were £58 (Link!). They come in other colours including orange- I might have to get another pair!

The bag is in next seasons must-have colour! I've wanted something in orange, especially since seeing it all over the catwalks in LFW but I don't feel brave enough to get a jacket or item of clothing in this shade yet. However a bright bag is a great way to get into wearing colours! The orange stands out against the black of my outfit and makes the look much more on trend! Bright colours are going to be BIG this season- some other gorgeous colours to look out for are electric blue and bright green- have a look when you next go shopping! This bag was £35 from Topshop again (Link!).

Hope you all have had a good weekend, I can't wait for Easter so I can get some more outfit posts lined up for you all!