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Archive for May, 2009

Designer v Highstreet: The Floral Maxi

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

The Floral MaxiThis summer it’s all about the floral maxi, and the nature of maxi’s eliminate the need to coordinate a whole outfit and are so comfortable and breezy in the hot weather, they make it an essential summer buy for me!

I love the designer option here by Diane von Furstenberg – this is their #17 look from their spring runway show and is such a feminine, pretty ensemble but at £356 it is on the expensive size.

The Highstreet option is from Mango and is considerably cheaper at £85, especially as it is 100% silk.

Team you maxi dress with caged heels and a glam jacket to emulate the DVF look, or simply with a skinny cardy and flipflops for a laid back look.

Vintage Jewellery Shopping Over At ASOS

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Vintage TreasureI love a bit of vintage shopping, especially when it comes to unique and unusual jewellery pieces but sometimes there’s just not enough time to head to the right places for a goof rummage around.

ASOS now offer the perfect solution.. they do the hard work for you!

Introducing Vintage Treasure – they have teamed up with Susan Caplan (a specialist in these sort of things) who has put together a collection of fifty pieces, some even from big names such as Givenchy and Chanel.

Check out the collection and pick up some stunning finds here.

Great Bag for Work or Play

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Topshop SatchelI am always on the lookout for a great handbag and always look for something that will be appropriate for both work and play and this leather metal corner bag from Topshop is ticking all my boxes!

The boxy shape and smart detailing make it perfect for work, whilst the roominess and soft summer shades make it perfect to playtime too.

Made from 100% leather and available in 3 gorgeous summer hues (aqua, coral and cream) these satchels are £90 and feature both shoulder straps as well as handles.

The only trouble you’ll have is choosing which colour!

To pick one up for yourself, head over to Topshop here.

Designer v Highstreet: Spicy Tribal Platforms

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Spicy PlatformsEveryone seems to be converting the now famous tribal python leather Spicy heels from Louis Vuitton.

All manner of celebs from Victoria Beckham to Beyonce are rocking the real things, but if the £2,040 price tag also leaves you a little dizzy, then hop over to Topshop where they have come to the rescue with these great cheaper versions.

The white snakeskin pair are £100 and come in a gorgeous chocolate brown shade too, and the red pair are £120 and are also available in a bottle green hue.

The real things can be purchased in store at Louis Vuitton.

Pretty Frilly Swimmy

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

Something SwimI love this frilly little swimming costume by Something Swim! Featuring a sweet unicorn print and frilled plunge neckline its feminine and sexy all rolled into one.

The halter tie will make the most of your cleavage and the back strap helps keep it in place and looking hot.

At £79 it is a little pricey but it’s a classic print that you could continue to pull out summer after summer.

You can buy this item over at ASOS where you can also pick up a stunning bandeau version of the same print for £59.

New Exotica Style Bangles

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

ASOS Square BanglesA quick and easy way to nod towards the New Exotica trend is to arm yourself with a set of chunky wooden bangles such as these beauties.

Available from ASOS in the sale at just £6.50 for the pair (was £9.95), these square shape wooden bangles feature some great metal detailing and are perfect for adding a hint of tribal-esq jewellery to your look.

For maximum impact pair with handfuls of thin gold bangles and large gold earrings – accessorising to the max is what it’s all about.

You can pick these up by follow this link over to ASOS.

Designer v Highstreet: The Colour Block Dress

Sunday, May 31st, 2009

COlour Block DressesIf you are after a great little colour block dress then look no further than these options here. On the left we have the Designer pick – which is Alexander Wang’s fitted stretch dress in Cerulean. At $795 it is a pretty reasonable price for a Designer dress, however our Highstreet option is a real steal coming in at just £35.

Both dresses sport the body-con trend as well as the popular colour blocking and would look great with peep toe ankle boots for an edgy, sophisticated look.

You can pick up the Alexander Wang dress from Forward Forward and the Highstreet frock is available online over at Goddiva!

Marks and Spencers 125 Years Collection

Thursday, May 28th, 2009

Marks and Spencer 60s Inspired Mirror Mini DressMarks and Spencer is celebrating 125 years of trading, and they’ve released a special vintage inspired collection charting styles and fashions over the last 125 years.

There are a selection of dresses each inspired by a different decade, and given a modern twist to bring them up to date. This 60s inspired shift dress is definitely one of my favourites, and balances old with new perfectly. The shift shape is timeless, and the mini-dress is perfect for this season;s short hem lines trend. The reflective mirror detailing is most definitely eye-catching, and the loose fit is perfect for summer. Team it with leggings and ballet pumps for a daytime look, or add heels and a clutch for the evening. To fully embrace the 60s look, go for some big earrings, big hair, and dark eye makeup with light pink lipstick.

The 60s Inspired Mirror Mini Dress is available now for £49.50, and remember to check out the rest of the collection for some great pieces.

Summer Wardrobe Update

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

ASOs Black Chiffon Petal DressAfter having a taste of summer this weekend, and scrambling to find something to wear, it’s time to well and truly get started on that summer wardrobe.

As part of the romantic/innocence trend, ruffles were big news on the catwalk, and their delicate but statement feel is perfect for a carefree summer look.

From the new ASOS Black collection is this Chiffon Petal Dress. Combining a honey dew colour and an asymmetrical ruffle effect, this is the perfect summer dress. the racer back stops is being too dressy – it would work for day or night. the lightweight ruffles shimmer nicely when you move. Team it with some matching accessories to complete the look, or toughen it up with some statement shoes.

It costs £85 and is available from ASOS now.

Party Frock

Saturday, May 23rd, 2009

Rachel Gilbert Sequin FrockI absolutely adore this sequin frock by Rachel Gilbert. Striking and a head turner the bows, sequins and sheer accents all gain top trend-ticking marks.

The sweetheart neckline gives it a young and fun feel whilst the full-on show of sequins and 100% silk material ensures it creates a super-luxe impression.

Perfect for summer parties and for birthday girls it’s a real show stopper. Team with sky high heels and keep accessories to a minimum to ensure the dress delivers maximum impact.

Available form Net-a-porter it costs £370.