Thursday, 29 November 2012

To Trend or not to Trend? Metallic/Holographic

Is this just another one of those fad micro-trends or is the holographic trend set to stay on the style radar for a little longer? Yay or nay?!
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Monday, 26 November 2012

You shall go to the ball: A Christmas party outfit for under £20



Velvet Skater Dress – New Look, £11.99  | H&M Envelope Clutch – H&M, £7.99

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas. The coca-cola advert is back on the telly, red cups have arrived at Starbucks,  mince pies are your snack of choice and you’re spending more time stein-in-hand  at the German market than the library. It also means entering the party season with the first installment of our student loans near to non existent.  But before we get all bah humbug, with a bit of savvy shopping, you shall go to the ball.

 The trick is to have an LBD as your base and use accessories to inject some festive cheer. Think investment pieces that can be revamped and updated. Call off the hunt for your Christmas cracker of a dress - this velvet skater dress can be worn at night or in the day under a chunky knit. The plush textile, a key trend for this A/W, has vintage appeal yet gives an outfit the luxe treatment perfect for the party season.

It’s impossible to shop the high street at this time of year without being dazzled by the array of bejewelled numbers on offer. It might be the season to be jolly, but statement doesn't have to be synonymous with sequins. Glitzy accessories offer a way of adding some sparkle to proceedings without having to go all the way. This glittery envelope clutch adds pizzazz without breaking the bank so that you’ll have a few gold coins (and not the chocolate kind) left over for an evening full of merriment.

//Written for Leeds Student Newspaper 30.11.12//

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Sunday, 25 November 2012

OOTN: Statement metallics




Dress - Urban Outfitters, Boots - H&M, Jumper - Cow Vintage,Clutch - Primark 

I love college...

As I write this post, I'm in bed hair-in-bun, pj's on nursing a whopper of a hangover. Proof of a good night?! Either that or the fact that I'm a third year who can no longer hack a night out. 

I picked this dress up in the Urban Outfitter's sale - mainly because I love the cut out back. I OK'd this jumper for a night out on the grounds of its sparklyness and to avoid getting pneumonia since it was subzero temps and chucking it down (again). The metallic pouch clutch is so handy for a night out dancing with the hand strap. 
Hope you've all had a groovy weekend

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Thursday, 22 November 2012

New shoesies: JC Coltrane boots






Meet my new babies...

Ever since I saw the Balenciaga cutout boots I've been hunting down a similar pair for a fraction of the price. So, when a Google search introduced me to the Coltranes it was love at first sight. However, after hours of trawling websites with the same dreaded bold print OUT OF STOCK I thought it wasn't to be. On a whim, I checked the Office website for the gazillionth time and lo and behold they were in stock!! I autopilot added to basket, checked out and here they are on my tootsies looking gorge. 

The cutouts, the chunky sole and the silver hardware ticked all the boxes I look for in a boot. They look fab with or without socks but for the party season I'll be teaming mine with these little sparky numbers. 

If you've been in despair trying to hunt down these bad boys, look no further! You can get yours here. And don't forget your 10% off with Unidays.  

PS. Don't expect to see these in any outfit posts until after Christmas as they were an early gift from the boyf. How sad that I have to keep them all boxed up for another month?! :( wah

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OOTD: Camel Cape








Cape - French Connection, Top - H&M, Printed Trousers - H&M, Wedge Boots - Zara, Clutch - Zara

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

WIWT: Studs and Sparkles







 Blazer - Zara, Jumper - Cow Vintage, Blouse - Warehouse, Jeans - Silence + Noise @ Urban Outfitters, Studded Loafers - Zara

Rain rain go away come again another day...

It's been a bit grim up North lately so I wore this sparkly jumper in an attempt to inject some pizzazz. The 70's shoulder pads make for a bit of power dressing and juxtaposed with the cutesy collar soften the look up a tad.

My hunt for the perfect loafers is no more after finding these beauties. Studs seem to be tacked on to anything and everything at the moment but, for me, these have been tastefully done - so kudos to Zara! 

Hope the weather isn't raining on your parade today 

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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

OOTD: The midi




Jumper - H&M, Midi Dress - Ark, Spike Necklace - New Look, Boots - New Look, Levi Jacket - Vintage, Sunglasses - H&M

I can't get enough of midi's at the moment. They're a really versatile piece that look fab when updated with heavy duty scuffed up boots in the day, yet their bodycon silhouette can carry you straight through to the night. 

These fuzzy eyelash jumpers seem to be popping up everywhere for this a/w and can add something different to the simplest outfit without having to opt for your bog standard knit.Check out this one from H&M for a pop of festive colour!

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Monday, 19 November 2012

WIWT: Cool-caj uni day



Angora blend jumper - H&M, Pleather Skirt - Primark, Ankle Socks - Topshop, Flatform Plimsolls - River Island, Levi Denim Jacket - Vintage, Studded strap bucket bag - Zara

Got my housemate to take some cheeky outfit pics on her iphone at uni today.. Here's a typical spending-the-day-in-the-library function before fashion (kinda) look. This angora blend jump is nice and snuggly for library days (though it sheds like a b*tch!) and I love that it's powder pink. The combo of  textures with the fluffy angora and pleather pleats give the look a bit of a different dimension. Channeling my inner geek, I added plimsolls and ankle socks and chucked on a slouchy denim jacket to keep the cold at bay. 
P.S This bucket bag is seriously uni-friendly in a Mary Poppins bottomless kinda way, perf!

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Be mine.

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Need these bad boys in my lifeeee. Obsessed with cut outs and chunkyness at the mo. May have to treat myself. Early xmas prez?!

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Sunday, 18 November 2012

H&M: The Grey Concept


Just when we thought the Swedish fashion brand had reached the top of it’s game for the year, H&M has raised the bar – again – by offering up another killer collection. A contender for first place authority when it comes to fashion collaborations, they have an enviable record of designer and celebrity including Jimmy Choo, Anna Della Russo and David Beckham. Their latest campaign isn’t informed by a major designer, nor endorsed with a famous face, but is set to satisfy fashion cravings around the world (even after the Margiela hype dies down).
Cue, ‘The Grey Concept’. Described as a “fabulous fusion of dishevelled grunge, rock and garments to die for” that takes its inspiration from “youthful rebellion”. The collection delivers rough and ready style with a muted colour palette, awash with grey and black hues. Following the direction of Margiela, pieces come deconstructed in oversized draped silhouettes and combine a mix of materials, from leather to tweed – perfect for autumn layering. This new, edgy collection has an All Saints-meets-‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ vibe, and promising to help you achieve a covetable off-duty model look, its androgyny lets you channel your inner Agyness Deyn. Team metal-heeled ankle boots with a heavy dose of layers, and a leather jacket to finish: a grungy sort of chic you wouldn’t expect of H&M.
More fitting with the brand is its price tag. The collection continues H&M’s student friendly appeal with prices proving much kinder to the bank balance than other high street competitors, with The Grey Concept’s pieces evading conceptual price tags. Tees from £7.99 and ankle boots for £29.99 have our eyes and accounts happy. Find The Grey Concept online and in stores now.
//Written for Leeds Student Newspaper 16.11.12//
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OOTD: Tie dye maxi











Crop top - UO, Skirt - UO, Sweat - Topshop, Boots - New Look, Leather Jacket - H&M Trend 

Heyhey! 

Here it is, my first ever OOTD. As a newbie blogger, I did feel a bit awkward having my picture taken in the backyard (curtain-twitchers beware!) so you'll have to excuse a few gawky poses. 

Without realising, I seem to have OD'd on Urban Outfitters. Though I make a point of avoiding it for the sake of my student bank balance, I pop in now and then to check out the sale. I'm a sucker for anything tie dye and caved when I saw the full-length slits (and the price tag - a steal at just £9, £10 without my trusty student discount!). 

Love them or hate them, polo neck tops are making their comeback this A/W and with a crop cut they're definitely going to be one of my wardrobe staple's. Remember to layer though - I've gone for a double whammy with this Topshop roll neck speckle sweat. 

I've just paired creeper-style chelsea boots and a leather biker jacket to give the look a bit of a grungy edge.

Hope you guys likey! I'm off for a fun-filled afternoon of essay writing - plenty of tea needed..

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Saturday, 17 November 2012

H&M X MMM



Fashion lovers around the world have been waiting with baited breath for the launch of what has been dubbed the most high-brow high-street collection to date. A style stalwart, MMM has been somewhat of a secret code amongst fashion circles since its conception. (That's Maison Martin Margiela to the rest of us, avant-garde Belgian label shrouded in fashionable mystery). Revered as a label, yet relatively low in profile with the masses - until now that is - the unveiling of the H&M collab is set to put Margiela on the map.

Then for the exciting part, what to expect? The arsty, norm-defying collab is a fashion first for the high street retailer, known for satisfying the masses with budget-friendly basics. However, this sees mostly re-edited garments from the Margiela archives - think of it as a review of the Belgian fashion house's 23 year history with each piece labelled according to its season of origin. Its cult candy clutch from 2010 and iconic car seat cover dress from 2006 are just two of the pieces that have been reformulated for the high street. MMM questions a garment's function and utility making it a label from which you can expect the unexpected: plexi heel shoes, two dresses that morph into one and necklaces with hair lock pendants.

So, true to MMM form, this collab collection is as much avant-garde as it is abstract with signature oversized silhouettes and decontructed styling. A daring move for H&M? For an easy way in, go for the metallic clutches and invisible heeled pumps. Though for the conceptual among us, which pieces will you be rushing out to get your MMMitts on?

//Written for Leeds Student Newspaper 16.11.12 //

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