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Designer v Highstreet: The Mock Croc Bag

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Croc BagsFirst came zebra, then came leopard and now in has stormed croc – we love to draw inspiration from the animal kingdom in our clothes and this season it seems our bags has been taken over by mock croc materials.

Sophisticated and patent they give a polished look to the handbag and if you get one in the form of a tote – you’ll be able to fit everything in there including your laptop.

I really like both of these bags; the designer version is from Net-a-porter and is an Alexander McQueen Stamped leather tote and features a sumptuous Merlot colour, a stamped croc effect, a plethora of zips and buckles, feet on the bottom as well as lots of brass hardware. At £965 it is on the steep side so you could always make do with the high street option from Primark, at just £8 this mega mock croc bag is every bit the bargain you’d expect.


October £50 Challenge

Tuesday, October 28th, 2008

With a recession on the horizon and the credit crunch in full swing, we need to think carefully about what we buy and how much we spend. So we have come up with some ultimate budget outfits without compromising on style. These two evening designs we have put together below will be certain to get you noticed and you wont feel guilty as both come in under £50 per outfit!

October Challenge Style 1

This gorgeous beaded scoop neck dress is from Peacocks, yes you heard right ‘PEACOCKS’, from looking at it you wouldn’t know! I have picked a simple pair of black Kami shoes from boohoo.com to accompany the dress and a pretty wristband with girly heart and ribbon detail from ASOS. To finish off and brighten up the outfit we have added a Pink Box Clutch Bag from Dorothy Perkins, an absolute bargain!

Beaded Scoop Neck Dress – £18
Kami Shoes – £15
Pink Box Frame Clutch – £10
Stretch Wristband – £6

October Challenge Style 2

The main feature and most expensive item in this outfit is the black Mea Fringe Dress, £20 from boohoo.com, in my opinion you cannot tell if it is a high street bargain, an AllSaints creation or even a Phillip Lim design, and lets face it, you can tell your friends its a Phillip Lim!! To go with the dress we have chosen this fabulous Patchwork Bag from Peacocks (just £8) to give a 60’s feel to the look, also some bright Mary Jane courts (also Peacocks) and a simple bangle from Miss Selfridges Diva collection.

And the moral of this article… Get down to Peacocks!!

Mea Fringe Dress – £20
Patchwork Clutch – £8
Patent Mary Janes – £14
Carved Metal Bangle – £8

Total Price for Outfit 1: £49
Total Price for Outfit 2: £50

October Challenge Successful!


Colour Explosion!

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

M&S ClutchThere has been a major colour explosion on the high street and the catwalks. Gorgeous blues, purples, pinks are everywhere to beat those winter blues – and accessories are at the forefront of this rainbow. Oversized coloured gems, dazzling clutches and statement heels are everywhere and this fabulous leather clutch from M&S is no exception.

Designed in one of this season’s key shapes, at only £19.50 it’s a great way to get the look at a fraction of the designer prices. The intricate detail is stunning and the colours are bang on trend. For a low key daytime look wear with neutrals or greys but by night embrace the colour explosion and mix match with other key colours.

Buy yours from Marks & Spencer today.


Carrie-style Clutch

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Loubinight Satin ClutchFirst we had Pat Field’s Carrie style frocks at M&S and now we can all coo at Louboutin’s Carrie style clutch! Right now it’s all about stealing the style from the Sex and The City movie, and this Loubinight satin clutch is right up Carrie’s style isle.

The diamante two shoe clasp is seriously cute and with the choice of jewel-toned pleated satin makes this item on-trend and gorgeous.

As well as the soles of the tiny shoes, the inside features Louboutin’s signature red lining. To make the most of the clutch, team with your favourite LBD; combining with a dark plain background will ensure this clutch stands out.

The Christian Louboutin Loubinight satin clutch is available at Net-a-porter for £575.


The Bucket bag

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Chloe Bucket BagA new shape bag is in town and it is called the bucket bag. It’s about time a bag resembled the bucket, after all it’s the way most of us tend to end up using our beloved bags – we just chuck it all in and tip it all out when rummaging around still doesn’t locate your wallet, house keys, lip gloss etc etc.

Maybe shaping the bag like a bucket would help organise the contents anyway? No nooks and crannies for things to hide in.

Apart from the novel shape, I love the appliqué high shine details and the tassels just make you want to twirl it around on its handles showing them off to full effect.

The nature inspired pattern and tassels make this a great accessory for the folk trend too. Get your Chloe Appliqué bucket bag from Net-a-porter for £1580.


Slouch Bag

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

ASOS leather Pouchy Chain BagI really like this slouch bag from ASOS – this is a bit of a new twist on the classic Marc Jacobs Steamer Bag with the feature chain strap and handles but what I really like about it though is it’s chameleon-like qualities.

On one hand it’s an oversized slouchy bag that can be worn across the body weekend-style, for a dressed down casual feel. On the other hand you can hang it on the crook of your arm parading your arm candy and sporting a more polished feel.

What’s more it’s an oversized bag so you can fit everything in from the contents of your make up dresser to your laptop.

For just £65 it’s a bargain.


Office Chic Laptop Bag

Wednesday, September 24th, 2008

ASOS Fiorelli Patent Laptop CaseI think it’s such a shame when you see a meticulously dressed woman, top to toe in office chic, struggling along in her killer heels, wielding an unsightly cumbersome laptop bag hoisted over one shoulder. All zips and straps and cheap material knocking about! The killer heels become pointless, the whole look is ruined.

Well at long last, beginning to emerge in the shops are ladies laptop bags – slim line, chic and tasteful – arm candy for computers at last!

I love this one from ASOS by Fiorelli – the patent leather is so on-trend and the design is beautifully streamlined and understated, at just £65 I think it’s worth every penny.


The Feather Trend!

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Feather TrendWe have all seen fringing embellish our highstreet garments from footwear to bags to dresses! Well as we approach winter we are beginning to see more feathery numbers enter our highstreets! Here is a quick run down on the latest and hottest must have feather items!

Starting clockwise left is a Fendi Feather trimmed dress; this dress can be worn with or without the feather trim as the feather trim is on a separate shift dress that can be worn alone too. Handy hey! For more info check out Net a porter!

Everyone needs a feather evening bag this winter; Angel Jackson has produced the most gorgeous feather bag with beautiful blue feathers! It would look fab with this seasons staple LBD! Buy yours today from ASOS.

Next is the amazing Ostrich coat by Roksanda Ilincic! If you have the guts to wear it check out Browns fashion for more info!

Now jewellery is the quickest and cheapest way of adopting this trend so how about the feather cuff from Karen Millen or maybe the feather earrings from Topshop?! It will instantly update your look!

Last but not least are these fabulous Karen Millen courts with a shot of black feathers embellishing the back of the heel! Very classy and so on trend!

Happy feather shopping!


Handmade Leaf Clutch!

Friday, September 19th, 2008

Chloe Leaf ClutchRemember those fab Chloe leaf pixie boots from their autumn/winter collection? Well this Purple leaf clutch has been inspired by these boots, and would match perfectly. The autumnal colours are perfect for winter and would look great with black.

The clutch was made and designed by Dazed Dorothy, each clutch is hand made, and therefore there are never two exactly the same, which only adds to the appeal! This clutch can be purchased online from Talullahtu today for £60. So what are you waiting for!!


Fringed Accessories!

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Fringed AccessoriesFringing is everywhere! We have already seen this detail applied to clothing but now it’s all about fringed accessories!! Yes footwear and bags are injected with this fab detail that is beginning to make quite a statement! Topshop have guided us through this trend with these fabulous fringes!

I really want all of these accessories, they are just so cute! The ankle boots with fringed detail would be great with a pair of ultra skinny denims, for £60, they are a good investment! However if you’re looking for something a bit more substantial why not go for the full length boot for just £20 more!

I am absolutely in love with this fringed clutch; it can be worn as a cross body bag during the day then as a clutch in the evening! Perfect a 2 in 1 bag for just £32!