Monthly Archives: February 2015

Burberry Prorsum @ LFW- how to get the look

So London Fashion Week has been and gone in a flurry, just like it always does, and we’re all geared up and inspired for next season… right now!

I always look forward to watching the Burberry Prorsum show- the mix of FROW celebrities, the live music and of course Christopher Bailey’s latest designs all combine to make the ultimate fashion extravaganza.

This weeks show certainly didn’t disappoint, though I was surprised to see Cara in the front row rather than on the catwalk?!

If I could sum up the look for Fall 2015 in a few words, they would be these- western, boho and clashes! If you thought ponchos weren’t high fashion, then this collection has just made you look a bit silly…

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After watching the show, I took to my fave high street shop Zara to see if I could replicate the look for a fraction of the Burberry price tag. Yes, it’s a Fall collection, but why wait until winter 2015 to wear this look?!

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One of the big looks of this collection was suede. Not the easiest of materials to wear or indeed maintain but never the less a very statement look, particularly with the western style fringing. Whether you go for a big statement jacket or a little day time bag, this will be a great look for summer. I’d love to attempt the two piece suede outfit but think that may be best left to the catwalk!

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Another theme which I LOVED and which Burberry is well- known for is clashing of patterns. This collection saw clashes of texture but also pattern- camo and animal print were matched with boho patterns. I will definitely be trying this look.

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Rich burgundy was used in quite a few collections at various fashion weeks including Victoria Beckhams. I really like how it goes with the boho theme in the Burberry show and ZARA have some great pieces to help you perfect this look.

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There were some stunning out wear pieces and dresses in the show which of course goes hand in hand with the Burberry label, but the accessories were what helped made these pieces look so amazing. I loved the fringed heels that the models wore and the cut out style of the shoes were so flattering- something us ladies should never ignore!

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Here are three of my favourite looks from the show- I will definitely be trying to replicate these looks for the summer! Thank goodness for my loyal friend ZARA!

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The feel good factor of shopping!

So it’s mid month and therefore not the best time for shopping….bills have gone out and other grown up things, leaving little room for luxuries 😦

I have attempted to go a month here or there without buying any clothes but the result is always the same- I crumble and go on a huge clothes binge which usually ends in me becoming extremely defensive over my purchases- ‘but it was reduced’, ‘I needed this’, and my boyfriend’s personal favourite ‘but it’s lambswool!’

It’s clear that clothes are a necessity to me (even if I have to toast for tea every day the week before payday). And I wouldn’t have it any other way. This leads me on to the main message of this blogpost- despite the costs of my shopping trips, they really do make me happy! They’re a welcome break from working full-time (even though I work in a beautiful boutique), and I get real pleasure from picking out new outfits ready for the next season.

Today I had a highly successful and enjoyable shopping trip in the sun in Bristol. I bought into a couple of spring trends including yellow and patterned trousers, and also found my ‘bargain of the day’ in the form of a white sheepskin waistcoat from ZARA, reduced to just £16 from £60. Dream!

Of course I had to find a couple of cheap and cheerful buys to fool myself into thinking I’d spent hardly anything- these came in the form of a couple of basic striped tees from Primark. I couldn’t be happier that stripes are here to stay!

So at the risk of sounding like a bad influence, I really do believe that shopping is healthy for the mind and soul… Maybe not the wallet…

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A city break wardrobe in Edinburgh

Hello bloggers,

So this week marked myself and my boyfriend’s 6th year anniversary! Absolutely crazy, seems like only yesterday that we went on our first date to see ‘My Bloody Valentine’ (no idea why we chose to see this random film but hey, must have worked!)

We like to celebrate in style- last year I was lucky enough to be treated to a surprise break to Paris, so this year we decided to go away a bit closer to home, but still to a beautiful location- Edinburgh!

If you haven’t been to Edinburgh, I would thought recommend it. Visually, it’s a very grand looking city with impressive landmarks including the Castle. As expected with all the landmarks, it’s a city steeped in history so you will learn a lot!

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So anyway, onto the holiday outfits! We went during January, so it was freeeeezing! I had been warned by almost everyone who knew I was going that it’s very chilly there so I did prepare- as hard as this was with just a cabin bag. Chunky knitwear and small spaces is a recipe for disaster!

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I chose to wrap up with my new camel coat from Miss Selfridge- have wanted a camel coat for years and finally found the perfect one- this coat is timeless and smart, a great investment piece.
I teamed my coat with a patterned blanket scarf, all the rage this year since the Burberry Drape sky-rocketed cosy blanket-styles into the fashion world. Thank you Burberry! I like the winter berry accents in it which add a little life to my outfit. I also like how I can wear it as a scarf or a drape.

Finally, I completed the ‘wrapped up to within an inch of my life’ look with a Barts faux fur headband- a gift from my parents. It certainly did the trick of keeping me warm, especially at the very top turret of Edinburgh castle!
My BEAUTIFUL Mulberry bag (a gift from my lovely boyfriend) was the perfect companion and holdall for all my sightseeing leaflets.

I’ve only recently started wearing lipstick during the day. I don’t usually wear a lot of makeup during the week but I do love to accentuate my lips so chose a bright pink Revlon lipstick for the day, and opted for a more gothy dark purple Topshop lipstick for evening celebrations.

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As most fashion lovers know, a city break is the perfect excuse to plan a couple of outfits down to a tee. I really enjoyed the challenge of packing enough outfits to last me three days but with a very limited suitcase space!

Here’s to a lovely few days of romance, sightseeing and lovely outfits! 🙂

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Camel coat – miss selfridge
Blanket scarf- selected femme
Bag- mulberry
Faux fur headband- Bart’s
Black polo neck top- Great Plains for French Connection
Gold locket necklace- Accessorize