Sunday, 9 June 2013

Style Snapshot #2

I've been so busy lately so unfortunately haven't been able to blog, or read blogs, as often as I'd like. I'm in the middle of putting up my end of year exhibition and it seems to be taking up all my time, as well as work. However, I've still been able to wear clothes so I thought I'd do my second style snapshot post.

I absolutely love this outfit, I'm very much a monochromatic dresser, even in the summer. Generally I like to play with texture and shapes rather than colour which is why this is one of my favourite outfits! The dungarees are a black crepe like material so look very smart, although can be worn more casual with a cropped tee. They were in the recent Topshop sale for a mere £20 which I thought was amazing as they look high quality and expensive on. I love the tailored look and the loose shorts, I much prefer loose floaty shorts to tight ones that show off a little too much.

I used my trusty Alexander Wang Rocco as it holds everything I need and I feel sad if I'm parted with it for too long. I think it finishes off the outfit well and adds the 'pop' it needed, as well as the gold lion necklace which I got for £5 on eBay and seem to wear all the time now. The Zara blouse is silky and collarless so an interesting change from a standard shirt, it's actually from their TRF section so was really good value at £19.99. The fabric looks and feels like silk and it has the perfect drape and shape. I wore simple River Island flatform boots which I've had for about a year and they've served me well. The only thing that upsets me about this outfit is the 3 different metal tones, but I think it still works and it's not too noticeable.

Necklace - eBay
Dungarees - Topshop
Shirt - Zara
Bag - Alexander Wang 
Boots - River Island

P.S My giveaway has finished and I will be announcing a winner shortly! Thank you to everyone who entered and good luck :)

Sunday, 2 June 2013

Inspired #1

This is going to be a new feature on my blog where I post photos or products I've seen throughout the week or day that I like and compile them into an inspirations board to help inspire myself and my readers.

Personally I love looking at magazines and sites such as Pinterest to gain fashion inspiration. I can be so influenced by photos sometimes, especially if it's a style I aspire to achieve. I often find myself looking for pieces I've seen on other people as I know I want to recreate their outfit, or I have an idea in my head of how I want to style something. I have recently acquired an iPad mini for work, I work as a social media manager, and am absolutely loving it. I've found so many incredible magazines including the free ASOS one, called Fashion Up, which adds a new issue every week. There's so many pieces, outfits and tutorials in it, if you have an iPad it's definitely worth downloading. The best thing about it is there are links within the pages to the items featured, so despite being free it seems to have cost me a few ASOS orders! For this weeks inspired post, I've used screenshots from the Fashion Up magazine to create my board. In fact, I even used Photoshop on my iPad to design it!

You still have until the 4th of June to enter my Giveaway!

Friday, 31 May 2013

Mini Shoe Haul/Review

As I mentioned in my previous outfit post, Style Snapshot #1, I purchased some incredible boots from Matalan and said I would do a separate post on them. The design just seems really on trend to me, and they look a lot more high fashion and expensive than they actually are. They are still available on the Matalan website here - Cut Out Lace Up Boots - and I would grab them if you like them, they're a bargain price of £22!

I've been after some chunky black ankle boots like these for a while now, and I have looked at many styles. I don't like spending a lot on shoes because I don't tend to make shoes a feature of an outfit, and I always seem to wear quite simple black wedges that don't detract from my look. That's why I was so impressed to find these buckled and lace up cut out boots for such a low price.

I absolutely love the cut out heel detail. It gives them such a unique twist and is certainly not a detail I would expect to see in such a cheap boot. Of course they're pleather which means they can be slightly uncomfortable in hot weather, especially since you don't wear them with socks due to the cut out. However, I can also see myself wearing these in the winter months too, I think with chunky ankle socks or tights they could look really interesting.

I love the cross over laces and the way they hook over the metal hardware. I also think the buckle strap looks cool going across the bottom of the boot and has a triangular metal end, similar to more expensive brands I've seen.

Here you can better see the buckle and cut out details. You can also see the faux leather is pretty good quality and it's a sturdily built boot. The cut out is a great shape and looks very flattering on the foot, if you want to see them worn, please refer to this outfit post.

I think the best thing about these boots is the sole. It's so thick and rugged, adding a grungey twist and a nice chunky feel. It also makes them feel a lot more sturdy and high quality. I find that the sole always seems to be the first thing to go when I buy cheap shoes, and I'm sure there will be no issue with these ones.

Don't forget to enter my Giveaway!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

100 Follower Giveaway!

I said I would do my first giveaway when I reached 100 followers, and I am pleased to announce I actually surpassed that number a few days ago! I was thinking a lot about what I'd like to giveaway as I wanted to make sure it was something that I would want to receive.

I decided to do a giveaway of two of the items I featured in my rose gold post, since that has been my most popular post to date! Here's what one of you will win...

So one winner will be receiving ONE (the photo shows a pile because they look nicer like this!) rose gold spike bracelet and one grey/rose gold H&M messenger bag! Please enter using rafflecopter below and good luck! You must comment and follow my blog in order to be entered! Any other entries are optional and will give you a higher chance of winning! Liking the Facebook page will give you an extra 10 entries!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

This will run for 1 week and finishes on the 4th of June, the winner will be announced shortly after it closes!
Please note, this is only open to UK residents.

Sunday, 26 May 2013

Style Snapshot #1

I've been wanting to start doing outfit posts on my blog for a while, and since we've had such lovely weather in England recently I decided to take the plunge and start today! They're not the best photos, I really need a tan and to figure out how not to look like a gormless potato, but I'm learning.

I mentioned in this post that I was looking for a floaty kimono to take me through the summer, and I think I found the perfect one. Unbelievably, I found it in Matalan, in fact I found three, hopefully I'll get a chance to feature them all on the blog! They're meant to be beachwear, but I love how they translate into a summery cardigan. It's just the look I had in my head, big kimono sleeves, and a floaty silky sheer material to give a whimsical look. The aztec style print is a bit overdone, but I think it works well on this since I've paired it with such a simple outfit. Plus, it was £8, a total bargain.

The jeans and top were featured in a recent haul post, they're basic necessities that everyone should own. I love the jeans because they're SO high waisted and stretchy, they're very comfortable and I love how much of my stomach they cover. I've tried so many different styles like the new Topshop Joni jeans, American Apparel easy jeans, Cheap Monday second skin jeans etc etc, and none are as good as these simple Miss Selfridge ones!

I decided to pair the fairly simple outfit with quite statement accessories, just to give it a more put together feel. I chose my lion head chunky chain necklace, which can be picked up on eBay for around £5. I also wore this gold metal plate belt from Primark, which is very similar to the Zara one, but for just £3! Of course, the main statement item I wore was my beloved Alexander Wang rose gold rocco bag. The squishy leather goes with the laid back look but the glistening studs on the underside give it that pop of luxury. I also wore some awesome new boots I found in Matalan a few days ago. I've found recently that Matalan has been doing some cool trend pieces at great prices, and these boots are no exception. I'm going to do a separate post on them to show the open heel detail and silver buckles, they were a steal at £22 since they look and feel like Jeffery Campbells.

Here's a close up of the details. The lion head necklace adds an urban cool edge, and finishes off the plain grey crop top. I also wore my new Chloe sunglasses, which I bought at a bargain price from TK Maxx, if you're looking to get designer sunglasses, I HIGHLY recommend looking there, they have so many, most of them current season, and you can save literally hundreds of pounds.

Kimono - Matalan
Crop top - New Look
Disco pant jeans - Miss Selfridge
Boots - Matalan
Belt - Primark
Necklace - eBay
Chloe Sunglasses - TK Maxx
Alexander Wang bag - Harrods

P.S I've just started a Facebook page for my blog and I would love for you to like it!

Saturday, 25 May 2013

5 Inch and Up For Nelly Haul

About 2 weeks ago I put up a post regarding the '5 inch and up' clothing collection for the online store, Nelly. If you read the post, it explains how I came across the label, which was designed exclusively in collaboration with Nelly by the wonderful blogger, Sandra Hagelstam.

I finally received the pieces I chose, which are still available here, for hugely reduced prices.

I am absolutely ecstatic with everything I bought and couldn't wait to make a haul post. Everything is excellent quality and fits like a dream. The thing I love most about the collection is that I don't think I'll be seeing anyone else in my little town wearing it, but that doesn't mean it's garish or hard to wear. The pieces are designed to be layered and create a simple yet chic look, they go together like a fabulous capsule wardrobe, which is, I believe, what the collection was designed to be.

Anyway, enough rambling, here's the haul...

Ilja leather clutch bag
I thought I'd start off with the 'Ilja leather clutch bag'. It was reduced from £69.95 down to £20.95 and I adore it. I've been looking for the perfect oversized black leather clutch for some time, and I have definitely found it in this bag. It's big and squishy, has no hardware so I can wear it with all tones of metal, and the best part was, of course, the price! It's very good quality leather and I adore the perforated look to it, which gives it a more sports luxe vibe and an interesting twist on standard leather. It closes with a hidden magnet, which really enhances the quality. I love to hold this under my arm, or even in my hand. It fits everything you could want for a small day bag or an evening bag. As you can tell, I'm in love!

Ilja leather clutch bag details
Ilja clutch interior
This next item was something I was very hesitant in purchasing, in fact, I didn't buy it in my original order but was very tempted. About an hour after placing my order I simply couldn't resist and had to place another order to purchase this stunning piece. This is the photo I found on Lookbook (courtesy of R F L )that made me realise I couldn't live without the Tasha Kimono.

I am completely obsessed with the way she styled it; with a simple white shirt, black sandals and the 5 Inch and Up shorts, seen later in this post. She also rolled up the sleeves which I thought gave it a more casual look. The thing I was most worried about was the length, I'm not the sort of person to buy long coats but I thought for the price, I would give it a try, and I am so glad I did. It was reduced from £123.95 to £36.95 which I think is great for what is essentially a winter coat. The quality of the fabric is excellent, it's extremely soft and comfortable and I personally adore the oversized look.

Tasha Kimono
This next piece is my favourite item of clothing that I bought. I am hugely into shorts, my favourite style being looser fitting ones in either a sporty or smart look. These shorts encompass both those looks into one amazing piece. This garment was the item that initially made me fall in love with the collection, which I saw at London fashion weekend.

Stella Shorts
These are the 'Stella shorts', an incredible mix between smart, casual and sporty. These are very high quality, the material is thick and they look, to me like a designer piece. The price was incredible, they were reduced from £40.95 to £11.95 and I would have happily paid the full price. They're a loose fit with an elasticated waistband, so no hanging out cheeks..! I love the effortless chic look these bring to an outfit, the look of the shirt at the bottom gives them a very unique appearance and they're like nothing I've ever seen before. You can probably tell I love them (and the rest of the collection, for that matter).

Stella shorts detail
Stella shorts back
 I also love the 2 pockets on the back of these shorts. It might be a small detail but for some reason I think it really finishes of the design nicely. If you were only going to get one item from this collection, it would have to be these!

Ivana top
This is the Ivana top, a chic and sporty twist on the turtleneck crop tops. It's a super soft and stretchy top which looks like 2 tops layered together, a style I love. The white mesh material on the sleeves and at the bottom add a really chic twist to this top, and it is best styled in a sports chic way. Reduced from £29.95 to just £8.95 I think this will become an invaluable staple to have in my ever-growing wardrobe.

Ivana top neck detail

Lexi turtleneck
This next top, the Lexi turtleneck, proved very difficult to photograph and looks much nicer in person. It's another pre-layered design which can effortlessly fit into anyones wardrobe; a simple black turtleneck and white shirt are 2 pieces that everyone should have. Again, this was reduced from £29.95 to a crazy £8.95, an amazing deal for such unique, high quality items. The only negative thing I have to say about this top is that the shirt material has no stretch so can be quite tight around your hips, however the jumper is loose so sizing up would not be a viable option. I still love it and can't wait to start wearing it!

Lexi turtleneck shirt detail
I think I may have saved the best until last! These shoes were the thing I was most excited about and couldn't wait for them to arrive. I saw these at London fashion week and fell completely in love, but didn't dare ask the price, assuming it would be astronomical! I can't believe I now own these...

Shoe box...
Sprint boots
These boots are incredibly high, but are easy to walk in and very comfortable! The perforated faux leather matches the clutch bag and they are the perfect wedged black boot. The best part about my purchases is they can almost all be worn together, these boots look incredible with the shorts, kimono and clutch (and a top, obviously). I couldn't believe the price, reduced from £67.95 to £19.95, again, I would have happily paid full price for these. Despite not being leather, they're very high quality and look expensive on. Enjoy the photos!

That's everything I got, and I decided to do some maths. The grand total of my purchases should have been £362.70, and I got them all for a staggering £107.70! Of course it was still a splurge, but an opportunity I just couldn't afford to miss out on. Like I said, I had wanted the collection long before it went into the sale, and even then thought the prices were reasonable for the quality (and the label). I know these pieces will last me a very long time and will be worn to death.

What's your favourite piece from the 5 Inch and Up collection?

Friday, 24 May 2013

Daily Want - 24/05/13

Personally, I wasn't a big fan of the popular '86' basketball tee from Topshop. However, I am really into the sports luxe look, so still wanted something similar. I love checking the 'New in' section on Topshop and came across this awesome number 75 Airtex tee. I imagine it will sell out quickly, like the one I mentioned before. I love the mesh fabric, I think this is what sets it apart from others, as it transforms it into a chic tee. The contrasting black sleeves add to the design and I am very happy that it's monochrome! I can think of so many ways to style this... if only I could afford it right now.