What I Wore This Weekend

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This weekend was an exciting one full of celebrations.

It was my Dad’s 73rd birthday and after several years of ill health, it was wonderful to just celebrate and enjoy this occasion with all the family.

We ventured to Buckinghamshire where my brother, his wife and divine Baby George live and had a lovely long Birthday lunch at The Bedford Arms Hotel http://www.bedfordarms.co.uk/ full of multiple bottles of wine and lots of giggles.

I’m not great at dressing casually.

I’ve always been an over-dresser because my motto is it’s better to dress up than to dress down. One designer that matches my ethos is Balmain;a designer that I am utterly obsessed with.

Pierre Balmain’s Creative Director,  Olivier Rousteing, is an inspiration to me – his vision, understanding of women’s bodies and designs surpass all other designers in my opinion; his designs nail glamour each and every time. And anyone who knows me knows I love glamour. Whether it be gold hardware on a jacket to add a touch of luxe or a satin material for a boyfriend blazer rather than cotton or crepe, to me these little touches are what dresses up casual dressing…if that makes sense!

So anyway, I can’t afford Balmain.

BUT it’s an absolute fashion goal of mine to own a Balmain blazer and I vow to work hard to achieve that goal. So, in the mean time, I’m replicating the look I love from Balmain’s collections by looking to the top end of the high street for help. And that’s where my favourite high street store, Reiss, comes in.

I searched high and low for a Balmain blazer replica and Reiss nailed it.The luxe nature of the fabric and the addition of gold hardware make it as close to Balmain’s style as you could possibly get. I styled the blazer with my blue Zara ripped jeans, a black silk Zara vest which I tucked in to the jeans for a sleeker silhouette and then my camel scarf from Joshua Ellis. I started out wearing my flat black leather Kurt Geiger ankle riding boots and then switched to Michael Kors bronze court shoes for a smarter lunch look. And of course, my trusty Prada tote which is the bread and butter of my wardrobe!

My second look was the same blue Zara ripped jeans styled with my over the knee grey suede Carvela for Kurt Geiger boots (reduced in the sale now if you want them!) and then my Vince silky striped shirt from Harvey Nichols.

Vince is actually another brand I’m loving at the moment –  a USA classic contemporary designer clothing line with the concept of luxury basics, that are casual and made of high-end fabrics, but moderately priced.

As a design concept, Vince could be described as a fashion equivalent of good old comfort food. Dedicated to true basics, such as plain cotton tees, striped sailor tops and khaki shorts, Vince is a beloved staple in every fashionista’s wardrobe and has established a huge celebrity following.

I picked up my shirt in the Harvey Nichols sale recently for £55 – a sophisticated bargain, bebe. Again, I added my Joshua Ellis camel scarf and my classic Barbour jacket when I hit the outdoors post full English breakfast!

Do you prefer to dress up rather than dress down? What are your go-to high street stores to replicate high end designer? I’d love to know! I’ve included the links to the brands from this post, below.

https://www.reiss.com/

https://www.vince.com/

http://www.zara.com/uk/en/woman/jeans/view-all-c719019.html 

https://www.kurtgeiger.com/women/shoes/boots/over-the-knee-boots/supper-grey-suedette-carvela-kurt-geiger

http://www.joshuaellis.co.uk/

 

 

 

 

 

My Go-To Weekend Outfit

I’m guilty! I haven’t blogged in a while.

In the space of three months I’ve started a new PR job, been to Rome and Cyprus and have an adorable new nephew…(Prince) George! So my life has been a little whirl-wind recently but I’ve missed blogging and am looking forward to publishing all the fashion and beauty posts I’ve got in store!

I wanted to talk a little about my current go-to weekend outfit. We all have one, let’s face it. That outfit you’re obsessed with that you wear as much as possible to different occasions with various groups of friends because you just love it that much!

Well, my current go-to winter wardrobe staples are sweater dresses and over the knee boots. Obsessed!

There’s something effortlessly chic about a sweater dress, especially in grey, camel or burgundy – classic winter tones. My all time favourite brand for this intelligent staple is the glorious British fashion brand, Joseph. The sweater dress I’m wearing in the picture below is by Joseph – it’s beautifully soft and the perfect smokey shade of grey/brown that complements my boots. A little fact for you – Louise Trotter is the Creative Director of Joseph and its under her influence that the brand has gained enormous credibility in the fashion world (in my opinion!). Joseph epitomises luxurious elegance, impeccable quality and wonderful, wearable tones of camel, grey and nudes that you just want to eat…!

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I’m also a massive fan of Whistles sweater dresses – the length is always perfect and the quality amazing. My fashion motto has always been to invest in my clothing and invest wisely – I’d much rather save for one  item of Joseph clothing that I know I’ll wear each Autumn Winter season rather than cheaper brands that are bin-ready after a few wears (you know what I mean!). I’m the same with accessories – I’ve always invested in designer handbags and scarves with my work bonuses because I’m a lover of designer items and really do prefer quality over quantity.

So ‘obsessed’ also describes my current love for over the knee boots. I recently invested in a beautiful pair of Carvela for Kurt Geiger grey suede over the knee boots which I’m literally wearing all the time – with my sweater dresses or over my 7 jeans. I can’t get enough of them! Having bought them in black last year, I knew the grey would be the perfect investment to complement my current obsession with grey and camel tones this season.

As the Joseph sale is now on in Selfridges, I may invest in another sweater dress (I have my eye on a heavy knit camel number…) for next year. A girl’s gotta do, what a girl’s gotta do…

http://www.joseph-fashion.com/uk/ecomeu/page/home

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Label lust: Aquazzura

Something miraculous happened recently. I discovered Aquazzura’s ‘Linda’ sandals.

I’m a big lover of luxury labels and can spend hours just browsing the internet looking at all the  latest designer creations and ‘must-haves’. Net-a-porter and Selfridges are my sanctuary, my ‘religion’, the ying to my yang…

I tend to be drawn to the shoe section of all these sites. Designer shoes to me are another level; pair them with a Zara outfit and you’re good to go, non?  I’ve always been a slave to Jimmy Choo. Until now. As I was casually browsing Net-a-porter’s shoe section the other day, my heart stopped. I stumbled upon the most dreamy evening shoes ever. And I need them. Now. Yes, it was Aquazzura’s ‘Linda’ shoe. (Slightly unimaginative name if you ask me, especially for an Italian brand?!).

I’m not sure about you but for me I love a strappy high sandal for evening looks. Especially in gold or black suede. Now these sandals tick all my boxes – high, strappy, gold and sexy. See below if you don’t believe me. #Obsessed

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Edgardo Osorio, founder of Aquazzura, said “If the shoe fits, buy it in every colour”. Urm, I like your thinking Edgardo but we’re not living in Disney. I’ve got rent to pay, love. I can see how it would be a must to buy these shoes in every colour though if you’re a walking cash machine. These shoes would be the perfect pairing with little dresses for the festive season! Think New Year with a little black dress and clutch. I NEED.

So what’s the fuss about Aquazzura? Aquazzura is a florence-based luxury footwear brand with innovative, eye-catching designs and Edgardo is actually referred to as the ‘sandal saviour’ because he just knows what women want from their heels! Columbian born Edgardo worked for Salvatore Ferragamo and Roberto Cavalli before turning his expertise to the babe of a label, Aquazzura. Impressive, huh?

I’m definitely label lusting after these ‘Linda’ beauties for Christmas. I’ll pop them on my list and just hope that Santa  thinks i’m worth it. If you’re keen to splash the cash before Christmas though, you can get them from Net-a-porter, here http://bit.ly/2dwOppC

 

 

 

 

Posh does beauty: VB for Estée Lauder review

VB’s done it again.

She’s tapped into exactly what we want (urmm just like she did when she launched her fashion line). This makeup collection, in collaboration with prestige beauty powerhouse Estee Lauder, is a clever edit of all the products we ‘need’. And will obvs buy to look just like her. Housed into four key looks (New York, LA, London and Paris) each collection represents one of the cities that our beaut VB loves the most.

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So what do all the collections stand for?

The New York collection is all about sapphire, nude and grey tones representing the “fast pace” of the big apple; bronze and gold hues reflect the “spirit and energy” of Los Angeles; the London collection is all about being dark and mysterious (it is the city where VB fell in love after all) – think smokey eye colours and gold tones and finally, the Paris collection oozes “French chic” with sultry red lips and emerald eyes.

From the moment I heard whispers about VB working with Estee, I literally stopped breathing. When fashion guru meets beauty guru you know you’re onto a must-have. I’ve always loved Victoria since her Spice Girl days (I even dressed up as her on my Year 7 leaving day…FAN). I love her even more now her style has evolved. I’d love to be able to afford her clothes, but let’s get real – I can’t. So having her make up collection (or one of the four…) is the closest I’ll get. Out of the four collections launched, I knew my go-to was going to be the LA collection. Mainly because my ‘look’ has always been smokey eyes and nude, glossy lips (just like VB, yeah).

Look, I’m not a freak or anything but I pre-ordered the LA collection from Selfridges because I was having nightmares about it selling out. Which wouldn’t be good for my blood pressure, babes. So right on cue, I marched into Selfridges on the 16th September to collect my goodies. And marched straight back home/drove…to try it all out!

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And let me tell you, I’m so impressed with this collection. It’s everything you’d expect from the fashionista herself AND the beauty giant, Lauder. I bought the Java Sun Bronzer, Modern Mercury highlighter, Eye Kajal Duo eye-liner, Brazilian caramel toned lipstick and matching gloss, the eye palette and the Morning Aura Illuminating Crème. Basically it’s no food for a couple of months now as VB’s emptied my bank account.

The bronzer is really subtle. There’s no shimmer, no fad, just pure bronzer. The good thing about this bronzer in particular is that it’s buildable. Some bronzers, especially MAC ones, can sometimes be so heavy on the first application that you can look a bit drag queen-esque….I like that I can build the coverage with this one for a day-to-night look.

The highlighter. Wow. Definitely my favourite product from the collection. Go and get it NOW if you haven’t got it already. You only need a small amount on your brush because it’s so effective. It’s a real beige/gold shimmer and is beautiful at night if you’re going for dinner/drinks or dancing the night away. Love it! I can’t recommend it enough.

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The lipstick and gloss are exactly as they look. I probably wouldn’t buy either again because the lipstick doesn’t give enough coverage for my liking and the gloss is a bit sticky. I’ll stick to my Chanel 206, thanks. The same goes for the eye palette; I was intrigued by all the colours and the promise of gold hues and the bright lights of LA…but I’d rather stick with my Bobbi Brown and Tom Ford to be honest. The colours aren’t that great. Well, nothing special anyway.

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The eyeliner is great because it goes on so smoothly and you can smudge the jet black kohl easily to give that ultra-smokey effect. The vanilla coloured eyeliner on the other end is perfect to give that eye brightening effect so you look perkier in the mornings at work. Oh, and your eyes look wider.

The illuminating crème is brilliant. It really does illuminate the skin and give an almost ‘glossy’ finish so you can look fresh faced on a Saturday morning if you’re not keen on foundation. It’s great as a primer under foundation too and I’ve noticed that my foundation actually looks more ‘glowing’ as a result of using this. A must-have!

In the photo below I’ve got all the products on – I’m really happy with the make-up ‘look’ I achieved although I’m not sure I’d be mistaken for being from LA…I do really love the subtle nature of the bronzer and highlighter though.

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Overall, the collection is great. It feels very VB. The packaging is so slick too, so you feel like you’re buying into her brand rather than just Estee Lauder. I can actually imagine her using these products too and it feels like she really has had her say as to what is signed off for these collections rather than just those celebs that do collaborations but have bugger all input.

I hope you’ve found the above useful! I’m off to buy the nude lip liner now – the one thing I didn’t get basically, yeah.

 

Of Kors you’re glam: how to nail day to evening style

It’s Summer…which obviously equals rosé o’clock from 4pm onwards. So how do you crack that all important day to evening style without looking overdressed or (my biggest fear…..) underdressed?

If you’re anything like me and dressing up is your idea of heaven, then the thought of jeans and a ‘dressy’ top can seem generic, boring and just not you. I’m a fan of a dress (trusty LBD bebs) and heels when I go out for dinner/drinks and always have been. Recently though, I’ve started to enjoy going against my fashion bible and mixing up my style with jeans and a top if I’m ever out from afternoon to evening. It’s the perfect mix of smart casual yet you can dress jeans up with the right accessories – focus on your shoes and bag.

I love love love ripped jeans and usually my go-to for these is Zara; they fit me perfectly and always have an amazing range of colours and styles. However, these Calvin Kleins (see pic below) caught my eye due to the Summery shade of blue and cropped ankle – perfect with strappy heels to glam up the look. They also have an amazing bronze zip at the ankle which automatically adds style. I paired these jeans with a 3.1 Phillip Lim cream silk camisole and my trusty Zara white blazer (the material of this blazer is amazing as it automatically dresses up a more casual outfit). To top off the ensemble, I added a pair of Michael Kors gold chain strappy sandals and my beaut of a Gucci tan leather bag (a naughty new Summer purchase).

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It’s not about buying head to toe designer with this look at all; it’s all about the mix and how you style the look. Zara and Reiss are my go to on the high street and The Outnet is my go to for designer pieces at a fraction of the price. Chop and change your style of heels or add a clutch to dress the style up even more. Whatever your take on day to evening style, remember that of Kors you’re always glam….!