Archive | November, 2012

COVETED ITEM: 26-11-12

26 Nov

I’m, having a bit of a love affair with jumpers at the moment. The time of year between autumn and winter is just the best for finding great, but practical pieces (something I love more than anything). This week’s coveted item comes courtesy of Topshop. Their triple tone sweater is a great winter cover up and would look fantastic thrown over jeans and flats for an easy daytime look, or with a pencil skirt and heels for an edgier evening look. At just £36, this jumper is an absolute bargain.

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BEST DRESSED: 18-11-12

18 Nov

It’s been a great week in the celebrity style stakes! Firstly Emma Stone was named Vogue’s best dressed, which is something that I totally agree with! She wowed at the Vogue/CFDA awards in what was personally my favourite look from Burberry Prorsum’s SS13 collection. (You can read more about the whole thing here.) With minimal styling, the dress really stood out and looked great on her!

 

Another stylista who never fails to knock it out of the park is Diane Kruger. This structural piece showed off her fantastic physique and the styling made it one of the best modern-minimal looks that I’ve seen. The dress is a Cushnie et Ochs design and was styled with a Vanessa Bruno jacket, Jimmy Choo shoes and a Jason Wu clutch.

 

Generally I feel like Rihanna’s style is a bit hit and miss, and I feel like she tries a little too hard to shock people. However in this dress she looks fantastic. Some may be reminiscing back to a classic bit of dialogue from the cult classic ‘Clueless’ when Cher comes down the stairs wearing this iconic dress in white; ‘What is that?’ ‘A dress’ ‘Says who?’ ‘Calvin Klein’. Francisco Costa has decided to relaunch the slip dress and thank god he did!

 

However, if there were an award for style this week, Kristin Stewart would win it hands down. She managed not 1,not 2 but 3 style smack-downs this week.  Love her or hate her, there is no denying that K-Stew has bags of style and this week has just proved that. My personal favourite was the nude lace design by Zuhair Murad that she wore to the LA première of Breaking Dawn: Part 2. In a close second however was the Zuhair Murad sequinned jumpsuit that she wore to the London première and the Jerome C. Rousseau dress and shoes that she wore for a Madrid photo call. I for one am sad that the Twilight films are over, but only because I want to see more great looks from this girl. However something tells me that we’ll be seeing much more of her over the years.

Is there someone who you think deserves to be up here this week that isn’t?

ETRE TOUCHY GLOVES REVIEW

16 Nov

I’ve been on the hunt for some great gloves for a while now, but hate wearing them because I can’t do anything whilst I am. Texting becomes so difficult and don’t even get me started on touchscreens and iPods! I considered getting some fingerless gloves, until I remembered that they were worn by everybody in their 14-year-old Goth stage of style. I do like to think my style has matured since then! So imagine my delight when I was sent some of Etre’s Touchy Gloves to try!

Touchy Gloves are designed with the tips of the thumb and index finger missing in order to let you use your hands like you normally would, even in wintry conditions.  They come in several colours and patterns so you can match them to your scarf/coat/outfit as you like! Made from Australian wool in Scotland, they’re so soft and warm!

At £40, they might be a little out of reach of the budget fashionista as far as a pair of gloves is concerned but for the quality and warmth then I’d certainly pay it. It’s obvious when you put them on that they’ll last a long time and if like me, you have sensitive skin and are worried about irritation, then worry no more! I have a little bit of on and off eczema on my wrist and I really thought the gloves might set it off (like wool usually does) but they haven’t at all!

These gloves are perfect for my fellow bloggers! Because you guys will know better than anyone that you need to be able to use your phone all the time, whether it’s updating your social media or using the camera to snap style shots, these gloves are ideal for the working blogger!

I would strongly advise buying these gloves, not only because they’re super warm and practical but also because even though you can get similar for a lower price, the sheer quality of the wool is evident from when you first put them on. As far as sizing is concerned, I received a medium which fit great, but I would say that I have quite small hands. Given that they’re stretchy, this shouldn’t be that much of an issue.

Overall, the gloves are a little pricy in comparison to other options in the market and if you live in arctic conditions then you might want a little more skin coverage but the coziness, the quality and the practicality all make up for that!

If you want to find out where you can buy some of the gloves, Etre has full stock listings on their website here.

COVETED ITEM: 12-11-12

12 Nov

Since I’m on a bit of a budget this week I have decided that I’m going to dedicate my posts to getting winter style on said budget. And so in keeping with this, this week’s coveted item is this polo-neck jumper from H&M.

 

At only £29.99, this is a great knit at a bargain price! The colour is totally in season and it is the perfect daytime cover up.  It wasn’t until last week that I noticed that I had absolutely no thick winter jumpers and so this is something that I will definitely be buying!

What are you coveting this week?

(Photo from H&M)

COATS THAT EVERYONE SHOULD OWN

11 Nov

Since the winter is fast approaching and we are well into the start of the coat wearing season, I thought I’d give a run down of the coats that every girl should have in her arsenal.

The Military Jacket

Everybody needs a good military jacket in their closet (see this week’s coveted item  for more details about the one I currently want!) They come in all sorts of shapes and colours and so it is almost impossible not to find one that looks good. They’re great for winter, keeping you warm but looking great at the same time. It’s a classic staple.

(Photo from: http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/uk/en/zara-neu-W2012/269183/1002039/SHORT%20MILITARY%20JACKET

The Trench Coat

Trenches, made famous mostly by Burberry, are a classic like the military jacket but are far more versatile than most other coats. For an example, just check out the Burberry come Quality Street girls from SS13. However, saying that, you can never ever go wrong with a staple camel trench.

(Photo from: http://uk.burberry.com/store/shows/#/ss13-womenswear/looks/look-30)

The Biker Jacket

I am a huge fan of the biker jacket. It adds a definite edge to any outfit and is an easy way to deal with those autumn to winter transitions whilst staying warm. I personally love the Topshop offerings; each year they change the collar according to trends. I have a shearling version from 2 years ago and a friend has hers studded from last year.

(Photo from: http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=1&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=2635689&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=674425&parent_categoryId=203984&pageSize=200)

The Cape

My personal favourite coat style! I love the way the silhouette (or lack of) that they give you, lets you hide all that winter padding without compromising on style.  Though slightly impractical on sleeve length and choosing which bags to go with it, I don’t even care because they’re so warm and cosy! This Temperley London beauty is ideal for this purpose.

(Photo from: http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/319109)

The Minimalist

My personal favourite minimalist design was the pink Jil Sander coat. There is just something so cosy about the thought of cocooning yourself in such a huge coat and blocking out all the winter winds. The minimalism is also a great way to be able to wear great printed scarves and gloves without looking too patterned and tacky.

(Photo from: http://www.vogue.com)

I am really looking forward to when it gets really cold outside!

COVETED ITEM: 08-11-12

8 Nov

Okay, so my apologies for being so absent on the blog over the past couple of weeks, a barrage of uni work and unexpected weddings have taken over my life! But I’m here now to bring you my coveted item of the week.

Since it’s getting really chilly outside now, I’ve decided that I need to invest in a new coat. I want a simple one that I can either wear with jeans or dresses but that will still look stylish. This one from Zara fits that description beautifully!

I’m a firm believer that there are certain types of clothing that you should really spend money on; a coat being one of them. But at £119, this one isn’t really all that expensive for the quality you get. It is a timeless classic that will fail to disappoint season upon season and I for one want to invest!

(Photo from http://www.zara.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/product/uk/en/zara-neu-W2012/269183/1002039/SHORT%20MILITARY%20JACKET)

What other things do you think deserve a good spend on?

HALLOWEEN!

1 Nov

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Halloween is my all-time favourite time of year! I love autumn and dressing up so it’s basically my Christmas (because I’m just that little bit evil!). Even though my night was fairly unsuccessful, all the fun of Halloween is getting to dress up! This year we chose to go as skeletons! 

The dresses were a great find on Amazon (yes, Amazon ) but the make up was slightly trickier to master. I’m allergic to face paint and so even though dressing up is SO MUCH FUN, sometimes I’m quite limited with what I can do. So imagine my surprise when I rock up to Superdrug and find that Barry M have WHITE foundation. I’m not entirely sure why anyone would need white foundation in day to day life but each to their own I guess!

What did you all dress as?