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Ballerina Chic

June 7th, 2009

ACNE Ballerina PumpsFollowing the soft make-up colours and chiffons that sashayed down the S/S 09 catwalk, another micro trend set to be popular this summer is Ballet Chic.

This trend can be easily achieved through the use of muted toned dresses, wrap cardies and skirts so stick to washed out shades and for a fresh feel, team with white pieces.

To top the trend off perfectly however, you’ll need a pair of point-style ballerina pumps like these gorgeous ones from ACNE.

Available from their online store these ballet style pumps cost £190 and come in several different colours and styles.

Check them out here.

A Great Dress for the Sportswear Trend

June 7th, 2009

M&S Silk DressSportswear will be a popular micro trend this summer and Elle Magazine has hailed this pure silk belted utility dress from M&S as one of their ‘most wanted’ items as it is so reminiscent of Stella McCartney’s sports inspired collection.

At £59 it makes the perfect investment piece for this trend and is a lot kinder on the pocket than the designer alternative!

Team with leggings or jeans for a laid back feel or with gladiator heels and a clutch for an edgy and sophisticated evening look.

You can pick it up over at M&S among their Limited Collection or online here.

Topshop Summer Essentials

June 5th, 2009

Topshop Summer EssentialsI love Topshop’s online Summer Essentials page… lots of inspiration for those summer beach holidays!

Use it as a checklist for your holiday packing or just snap up what you need.

I love their appliqué horse tote bag in coral. It’s got the seaside theme and is bright and cheery – a nice change to those corporate work bags we’ve been lugging round all winter! Plus it’s really roomy for all your beach bag goodies and costs £35.

Next on my wish list is their multi plait trim trilby hat – perfect for snoozing under whilst protecting your face form those rays. It comes in at £20.

I couldn’t step off a place without some great shades and these animal print ones will go with anything and are nice and cheap at £15.

Obviously swimwear is an essential and I just love this vintage floral bikini in blue for £25.

Lastly you need something to pack it all in and lug it about and Topshop’s animal print trolley case is perfect for the job and will stand out nicely on the carousel and will only set you back £60.

Hit this link to shop Summer Essentials yourself!

Swapafrock

June 5th, 2009

SwapafrockSwapafrock is a new online presence fulfilling the current swishing craze (ie swapping your clothes with other ladies).

Until now your only hope may have been a few accommodating, similarly sized and stylish friends or an invite to a swishing party, however Swapafrock have come to the rescue and set up an online service where you can do just that.

Starting from around £2.50 for a frock and currently for a limited time they are giving all new members their first swap for free it’s a win-win situation.

What’s more you can even follow any frocks you’ve swapped and get to see what they get up to and where they get worn.

Check it out here.

Feather Shoes

June 5th, 2009

Pedro Garcia Feather PumpsI love these Minnie feather pumps by Pedro Garcia, the multicolour feathers are just divine and will ensure your toes are centre of attention.

Their muted tones also make them great for daytime wear – simply team up with a black pencil skirt and blouse for an easy office chic look.

They’d be great for eveningwear too – and will update all manner of little black dresses in an instant.

The toes feature a really cute grosgrain bow and faux pearl hat pin on the front which add to their quirky appeal.

You can pick yourself up a pair from Net-a-porter for £490.

ASOS’s Less Than £20 Dresses

June 4th, 2009

ASOS Summer DressesASOS have set up a handy link on their homepage to all their summer dresses priced £20 or under – very handy indeed for the focused summer shopper!

They’ve got lots on offer and here’s my top picks:

Firstly this gorgeous cotton shirred back drawstring bandeau beach dress in green. Features a stretch back and cut-out detailing and also comes in black and coral. At only £18 it’s a great looking bargain.

Secondly we have this really pretty and simple dipped hem dress in orange. It features an uneven pleated hem and is made from a lovely soft jersey material. Will look fabulous with a some muted tone metallic caged sandals and minimal accessories, at only £17.75 you may as well buy two – it certainly comes in enough colours.. black, fluoro pink, navy, orange and grey!

Thirdly we have the criss cross back strappy sundress – perfect for showing off perfectly tanned and toned backs and great for night or daywear. Like the others it comes a great range of colours.. black, white, yellow and orange and costs just £17.75

Finally we have this neon shirred waist vest dress – really comfortable and easy to wear and available in pink or yellow it features a single front pocket, and fitted shirred waistband. You can pick this one of for £18.

All of these dresses are great holiday purchases and perfect for beachwear and have credit crunch friendly prices. You can check out all of their £20 or under summer dresses here.

Latest Fashion Craze: The Jegging

June 4th, 2009

Topshop JeggingIf you wished your skinny jeans had a bit more give to them then the latest craze of ‘jeggings’ may be the answer!

Half jean, half legging, (ie they look like denim but the material is actually stretchy like a legging) these creatures aren’t for the faint hearted, and in my opinion are best suited to the lucky long-legged and lean ladies out there!

However, the more petite and curvaceous can defiantly get away with them if paired with long smock top and heels.

H&M have a good selection all around the £15 mark, but for something a little more special I love this pair from Topshop, they are indigo blue and cost £35.

The Perfect Pair of Boyfriend Jeans

June 4th, 2009

J BrandBoyfriend jeans are set to be huge again this season and if you want to invest in a really great pair that will last then these blue J Brand lovelies are a good bet!

The cut on these are so good that they look great with heels or flats and are also perfect for the more curvaceous figure.

I love these baggier style jeans, and I think they are especially perfect for wearing in hot weather during the daytime… the skinnies can come out to play in the cooler evenings but for daytime its comfort all the way!

You can pick these up from Matches for £258.

Anya Hindmarch Summer Tote Bags

June 4th, 2009

Anya Hindmarch Laundry Canvas ToteFollowing on from our summer bags post a couple of days ago, here’s some more arm candy to flash around this summer.

Legendary handbag designer Anya Hindmarch has just launched three new tote bags for summer. The cream canvas bag as tan leather straps and an inside pocket. There are three different line drawing designs – a coral ‘Laundry Print’ which shows a pair of socks hanging on a washing line, a green ‘Shopping Print’, which feature toothpaste, chocolate, and a wine bottle and a ‘Meat and Poultry’ print which has three chickens on it.

These spacious casual bags are perfect for the weekends, and add a stylish touch to a jeans and top combo.

There’s loads of space for all your bag essentials, and it would easily double up as a beach bag.

And the best part is they’re only £55 each – a bargain for an Anya Hindmarch bag! They’re available from Net A Porter now.

Summer Bags

June 2nd, 2009

Marsk and Spencer and ASOS Summer BagsBags have been a bit overlooked this season, in favour of statement sky high shoes, but they’re still an essential accessory for finishing that summer outfit.

A spacious day time bag is a must, whether you’re round town or at the beach, you don’t want to be cramming everything in to a tiny bag. This Marks and Spencer Chain Straw Weave Shopping Bag on the right, has a great summer feel, and the chain detail gives is a sophisticated edge. Perfect for getting everything in and out of, and the light, natural colour will match anything. It costs £25 and is available now.

For the evening, the clutch is still the number one bag to be seen with, and this Half Moon Clutch from ASOS is incorporates lots of summer trends, including nude colours, a hard casing and a shell motif. there’s a strap in case you don’t trust yourself to hang on to it, and it’s also got a vintage feel to it. It costs £22 and you can get it from ASOS now.