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The Perfect Spring Coat for just £35

18 Mar

Pink Coat

H&M

H&M coat

Shard

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Powder pink coat – H&M

Black top – ASOS

Dogtooth Skirt – Boohoo

Boots – New Look (old)

Clutch – Primark (old)

This powder pink coat from H&M is one of the best spring coats out there in my opinion, especially as it cost just £35 and looks like a (lot more expensive) Zara version! It is lightweight and was perfect to wear for my Saturday night drinks up the Shard and anniversary meal at Gaucho (Tower Bridge).

What do you think? What are your favourite spring coats out there?

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AW14 Catwalk Trends

19 Feb

So, another London Fashion Week season is drawing to a close and we have seen so many fabulous catwalk looks and trends! I was really lucky to go to some great shows, including the Orla Kiely AW14 show and Hema Kaul AW14 catwalk – you can read all about my day at LFW here.
I have tried to pick out some of the recurring trends below (all images taken from the official LFW website) – what do you think?

Camel Coats

PPQ, Daks, Jasper Conran

PPQ – Daks – Jasper Conran

Rich Burgundy Berry Colours

Daks - Jean Pierre Braganza - Simone Rocha

Daks – Jean Pierre Braganza – Simone Rocha

Metallic Jackets

Todd Lynn - Daks - Zoe Jordan

Todd Lynn – Daks – Zoe Jordan

Floor-Length White

Eudon Choi - Felder Felder - J. JS Lee

Eudon Choi – Felder Felder – J. JS Lee

Checks

Meadham Kirchhoff - Eudon Choi - J. JS Lee

Meadham Kirchhoff – Eudon Choi – J. JS Lee

Fur Coats

Topshop Unique - Eudon Choi - Tom Ford

Topshop Unique – Eudon Choi – Tom Ford

Velvet

Simone Rocha - Tom Ford - Meadham Kirchhoff

Simone Rocha – Tom Ford – Meadham Kirchhoff

Geometric

Roksanda Ilincic - Christopher Kane - David Homa

Roksanda Ilincic – Christopher Kane – David Koma

Blue Hues

Osman - Topshop Unique - Roksanda Ilincic

Osman – Topshop Unique – Roksanda Ilincic

LFW AW14: Hema Kaul

16 Feb

Hema Kaul’s AW14 showcase was a masterclass in 1950s vintage glamour with a modern twist.

Held in the beautiful hall at the Vauxhall Fashion Scout venue, the grand backdrop was completely fitting for the elegant, glamorous items that took to the catwalk. These included striking floor-length dresses, feminine tailored trousers, peplum tops and satin skirts, with velvet and the designer’s signature embroidery adding an intricately updated twist. Some of the stand-out items were the classy oyster and nude outfits that came first, such as the champagne coloured V-neck peplum top embroidered with lace and matched with a fitted satin pencil skirt. The midnight blue two piece was also gorgeous, featuring a velvet peplum top with detailed sleeves set against silky trousers and glamorous heels. Finally, the striking scarlet floor-length gown drew a gasp from the audience as the full skirt was set against a detailed, intricately embroidered top, looking like something that could easily be seen on the red carpet.

Hair and make-up also embraced the vintage glamour feel, as models all walked out with full, rich red lips and groomed, waved hair pulled back. It is safe to say that Hema Kaul’s AW14 effervescent showcase transported the audience back to 1950s glamour, celebrating the female form whilst also giving it a modern edge.

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LFW AW14: Orla Kiely

16 Feb
It wasn’t only raining cats and dogs on the cobbles of Somerset House yesterday but also at the ever creative Orla Kiely AW14 showcase. 
I am always excited to see what format the contemporary Irish designer will take for her showcase – one of my personal favourites was the jazz club creation for her AW12 collection – and this showcase certainly didn’t disappoint! As guests entered the space inside the old Central Saint Martin’s Building, they were greeted with a projection of the iconic Orla Kiely floral print cast over an outdoor bench and lamppost in the middle of the room. Hot tea and coffee in branded Orla Kiely mugs were passed around by staff which was a warming – and very welcome! – touch, before the lights dimmed and the show began. Suddenly, the floral projection turned into rain and puddles and models came out to a soundtrack of rain, miaowing cats and barking dogs (cuter than it sounds)!

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Cats and dogs were very much the motif-du-jou for Kiely’s AW14 collection, whether it was the large black cat outline on a preppy roll-neck jumper or the small whimsical cat prints dotted all over the patent belted trench coats. Amidst these patterns were Kiely’s notorious retro floral prints as well as navy, green, pink and browns on pleated skirts, preppy jumpers and 60s style dresses. The outfits were layered with vintage-style fur coats or cute swing pea coats and teamed with chunky clog/brogue style shoes, gorgeous velvet collars, cute printed umbrellas and vintage-style satchel handbags, making this a wonderfully stylish homage to retro fashion. Hair and make-up were kept fresh and simple, with gently backcombed hair swept into a low side pony and dewy skin with coral cheeks. 

The Orla Kiely AW14 show was as creative and unique as ever, with cute retro preppy styles teamed with the designer’s whimsical prints making it a welcome departure from the miserable weather outside (even if it was still raining cats and dogs inside). Another thumbs up from me!

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LFW AW14 Day 2

16 Feb

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The cobbles at Somerset House are getting filled with fashionistas, Proper Corn and Vita Coco water as another season of London Fashion Week starts again! I am down for the weekend covering shows for Who’s Jack magazine; yesterday I got to see the fabulous Orla Kiely AW14 show (read my review here) and plenty at Vauxhall Fashion Scout including Xiao Li (review here), Kiev Fashion Days (review here) and Hema Kaul (review here).

February is always a hard month to dress fashionably for in London and especially so this season with the gale-force winds and storms! I decided to go for a monochrome checked trench coat which I actually got years ago from the Clothes Show in Birmingham, a bright yellow mini skirt c/o Motel Rocks, a white shirt from Missguided and a black top from H&M. This is me with the rest of the Who’s Jack girls:

Who's Jack team

Corin – Kathryn – me – Camilla

LFW street style

At the Felicities event at ME Hotel

During a break between shows, a couple of us went to visit the Felicities designer event at the rooftop bar of the 5* ME Hotel (see pic above). The ME Hotel is absolutely gorgeous and so chic – I can’t wait for the summer when it is warm enough to drink outside on the rooftop bar! Thanks to Felicities PR for having us.

After a stop off at Itsu, the girls and I went to the Jasper Garvida after-party at Movida, Oxford Circus. We were kindly treated to free drinks – thanks again to Felicities for organising a fabulous evening!

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Debenhams Womenswear Winter Challenge

12 Jan

Debenhams recently emailed with a fabulous style competition for fashion bloggers, challenging them to create two themed outfits from their winter collection. The first was a ‘Winter Warmer’ theme whilst the second was a ‘Party Look’, with both having to cost under £250 each. The lovely bloggers Girl in the Lens  and VIPXO have been chosen as the judges (you can see their example entries here and here) and get to decide who wins the amazing £500 prize!
So, without further ado, here are my entries…

Winter Warmer

Oasis Waterfall Jacket – £50.00

The Collection Grey Tunic Jumper – £12.50

Warehouse Scarf – £22.00

Roberto Vianni Tan Riding Boots – £119

Red Herring Blue Skinny Jeans – £19.20

John Rocha Fairisle Socks – £8.00

Total: £230.70

There is nothing better in winter than snuggling into a comfy jumper, laid back jeans and a pair of cosy socks, so this made the basis of my Winter Warmer outfit. I dressed it up with a fabulous oversized scarf and a smart waterfall jacket – you can never have too many layers in Britain! Finally, I teamed the outfit with a pair of classic riding boots which are such an investment and will never go out of fashion. 

Debenhams party look

Quiz Fur Jacket –  £39.99

Quiz Red Skater Dress – £19.99

Guess Serpent Bracelet – £95.00

YSL Rouge Pur Couture (Red) – £20.00

Head Over Heels Clutch Bag – £29.00

Call It Spring Caged Heels – £35.00

TOTAL: £248.00

Winter can be so bleak in the UK so I decided to choose a bright, colour-popping red dress for the Party Look! As well as bringing a little energy, it also comes complete with an embellished collar, meaning you don’t even have to go scouring for a necklace. A gorgeous (faux) fur jacket is something every girl needs in her wardrobe, so I added one here along with black caged heels to toughen up the outfit. Finally, I added both a simple black clutch with a zip and a serpent bangle for extra edge, as well as a red lippy to bring the whole outfit together.

 

What do you think? Did anyone else enter the competition? I would love to read your entries!

ASOS sale tee – everyday I’m hustling…

8 Jan

Shoreditch

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Hustlin Paris

Hustlin’ Paris Tee – ASOS (sale!)

Chain Necklace – New Look

Tartan Scarf – Primark

Coat – Forever 21

Grey Cardigan – Boohoo

Skirt – Primark

Boots – Primark

Over the weekend we popped to Hoxton for brunch at The Breakfast Club and I decided to take my new ASOS ‘Hustlin Paris’ tee out for a stroll! I picked it up in the ASOS sale for just £12 – now I just need Rihanna’s swag and I’m all set…