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Summer Dreamin’…

We’re coming to the end of a lonnng April which has seen some rather erratic weather (hailstorms, blinding sunlight and hurricane in one day), lots of work and not much play unfortunately. Needless to say, I think I’m ready for summer! 

Today, the day before payday (which is very dangerous), I’ve been browsing the web looking at lots of pretty things to help me look forward to summer. We have a holiday in Spain planned and are hoping to do a few city getaways including Amsterdam, so I’m looking to update my summer wardrobe, buy some miracle-working beauty products and also get in shape for the bikini! Daunting task! 

My Summer Wishlist includes; 

1) An easy to use makeup palette which I can carry around with me easily.

Wishlist Find: Charlotte Tilbury 5 minute instant look in a palette.

Charlotte Tilbury is definitely one of the top celeb makeup artists at the moment with clients including Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne and Jennifer Aniston. I quite like her makeup products as they’re  not too over the top but can stil transform your face into a thing of beauty! I would definitely love to receive this makeup palette to use for when I’m ‘on the go’- it contains everything you need to keep your face looking pretty, from eye highlighter to bronzer. £49 

2) A light and feminine fragrance. 

Wishlist Find: Jo Malone Nashi Blossom and Lime Basil Mandarin cologne. 


Having had the pleasure of working for Jo Malone London, I am fairly well versed on their fragrance collection, even down to knowing the three layers of each and every fragrance of the collection (we had very thorough training)!

 During my time working there, I fell in love with several of their fragrances and treated myself to a few colognes, candles and bath oils. One of my favourites has to be Jo Malone’s signature scent Lime Basil and Mandarin, a zesty and herbaceous fragrance which instantly uplifts me when I spray it. It’s perfect for this time of year as it starts getting warmer and sunnier. I’d also love to try the new limited edition cologne Nashi Blossom, a fragrance that combines fruits and florals- two of my favourite scent types. And the pretty polka dot bottle wouldn’t look bad next to the rest of my collection on my dressing table either! From £42

3) An affordable but flattering bikini. 

Wishlist Find: H&M swimwear.


When it comes to bikinis, I’m not fussed on spending too much on one as I tend to get bored easily and move on to another. I absolutely love H&M as a shopping destination at the moment- I’ve found some brilliant dresses and everyday casuals there recently. Their new swimwear collection offers something for every body type, despite every bikini being modelled by a size 6 model which is anything but realistic, but fairly predictable! 

I’ll always be a lover of stripes so I will probably invest in one of the below, modelled by Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra  Ambrosio. Motivation right there to get my bikini body ready! From £3.99

4)  Practical but funky sportswear. 
Victoria’s Secret Sportswear Collection. 


In order to achieve above bikini body for my holiday, I’m going to have to get myself back in shape! And of course, even when it comes to excercise, a girls gotta look stylish these days! There is a huge market for fashionable and feminine sport wears these day, and all the celebrities are all over their sportswear on the internet. 

Here in Bristol, we have been lucky enough to have a huge Victoria’s Secret open, and whilst I’m not a fan of all of their stuff, I do enjoy their sportswear. I’ve also heard rave reviews about the sports bras from various friends. 

It’s important to feel comfortable when excercising and this can sometimes be compromised when you also try to wear something ‘funky and fashionable’, but the Victoria’s Secret bras and leggings are the perfect combo of funky and functional. 

 So that’s my summer wish list (or a least a portion of it). What’s on your list? Summer, hurry on up! 


Cut It Out! 

Gosh this erratic weather at the moment is really testing our fashion ways! One day we wake to glorious sunshine and the starting signals of spring,then the next day decides to bless us with rain and gales and we’re catapulted back into winter. 

In past years this would traditionally be the time to start transitioning to our spring wardrobes- the shops are certainly sticking to this regime. Window fronts have literally blossomed into spring, with light colours and floral patterns starting to adorn many a mannequin. 

  I’m still finding refuge in my big cosy coats, lined ankle boots and knitwear,though I long for the days where you can go outside without needing a jacket and tights on! 

I’ve recently discovered a great way to still keep warm but bring something new to my spring wardrobe-cut out clothing! 

 Not as weird as it sounds I promise. This trend has been seen on many a celebrity recently and also in both designer and high street collections. Take a traditional knitted garment and simply cut out the shoulders or parts of the sleeve. The result- a trendy twist on an otherwise fairly normal piece of clothing. 

This trend is actually very flattering for all body shapes too, highlighting little sections of the upper body body, breaking up bigger frames or showing off petite frames by highlighting delicate features such as shoulders. Sometimes just the littlest flash of flesh can be more attractive  than showing off a lot of it too! 

Celebrities including Selena Gomez and high street brands such as H&M, New Look and REISS demonstrate how versatile this trend can be using all sorts of clothing styles and colours. 

Selena’s simple black jumper is instantly transformed into a slick and sexy number with just a few choice slashes! Black is a great colour to go for with this trend as it can always be dressed up or down. All you would need to do to the below outfits is to add some heels to take from day to night. 

   As you can see, this trend can easily be worked into all of our everyday wardrobes, and can be used as a fun twist on the everyday knitted jumper.   
Take a look at this outfit idea for the office (or just for a smart trendy look), all from New Look:


And if you like the idea of cut out tops, you can transfer it to a more well-known trend, the ripped or ‘cut out’ jean. Again, a great way to keep your everyday look but add a fun twist. 

And there is no better time to buy, as sales are still going strong in the shops. You can get a cut out garment for a cut price- perfect! 




Marks and Sparks hits the fashion mark. 

Marks and Spencer is the upmarket British retailer that has brought us Percy Pigs (and friends) and luxurious ‘Two Can Dine For £10’ meals (how can I get alllll that food for only ten pounds?!)

When I’m in the mood for a culinary treat, M&S is where I’ll hastily head, ready to part with my cash.But for my wardrobe….I can’t say I’ve ever been tempted. Until recently that is! 

In recent years M&S has managed to transform itself from a clothes shop for the older lady only, where cashmere jumpers and tailored trousers were the main attraction,  to a retailer who has successfully targeted multiple markets through launching several different clothing collections.

Twiggy, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Helen Mirren, Alexa Chung and Olivia Palermo (the first two having their own collections for M&S) are all high profile figures and fashion role models for various audiences.  These ladies have all helped raise the profile for M&S clothing by wearing and advertising the brand. 

Olivia and Alexa both modelled ‘the’ skirt of summer 2015, which sold out and had a waiting list! Who would have thought a little old skirt from M&S could create such a frenzy?! 


Through winning over hugely influential fashion figures of all ages and also using them in their advertising campaigns, M&S caught the attention of the younger fashion pack whilst still keeping the interest of their older consumers. 

This risky marketing move seems to have paid off. Where other companies have failed trying to target too many groups rather than honing in on one, M&S has caught and held the attention of everyone it seems! 

And their new collections have got some brilliant pieces which are both timeless and trendy at the same time. 

These pieces from the Autograph collection are right up my street and can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content. And having been featured in a Vogue edit, there may be a few more sell-outs when people see the very affordable price tags! 

The Limited Collection is also a new found favorite with the younger generation and is perhaps a little more trend-led and fun. This seasons collection has a great sports-luxe fused with seventies feel to it. These pieces are great for day-time wear whereas I’d say the Autograph collection is better suited for more sophisticated outfit options and work-wear. 

I’ll definitely be buying from both these collections in the future. But aside from these two, there are plenty of other collections to chose from within M&S. Why not take a look next time you pop in for your Percy Pigs? 

Shirts To Make You Smile.

A capsule wardrobe- its what we all aspire to own. A carefully compiled collection of all the basics which will cover all of our needs and which will also stand the test of time. The trouble is, what with all the temptation on the high street and trends enticing us in, its quite hard to achieve this! How often have you come home from a shopping trip with something that you probably don’t need, or something which you realistically know you will only wear once? But as emotional shoppers, we women usually find a good enough reason to justify our purchase, much to the bemusement of our functional male shopper counterparts!


Personally speaking, I have fallen into the ‘impulse shop‘ trap many a time, but since training as a stylist, I have learnt to reign in my shopping habits and only part with my money if I know I can team new buys with items already in my wardrobe. In my mind there is a mini ticklish which I have to complete before reaching the till;

  1. Will I wear this more than once?
  2. Can I wear this item in more than one way?
  3. Will this item stand the test of time?

Inspired by my new shopping ways, this week I thought I would do a blogpost on an item which I think is one of the most important parts of a timeless capsule wardrobe…..

The Classic Shirt.

Yes, its the classic shirt! One of the most versatile pieces of clothing you will come across, but also a flattering and chic piece. The shape and fit of a shirt is designed to flatter a women’s shape- the collar frames the face, the shape of a tailored shirt pulls in at the waist and flows out, and a 3/4  sleeve length  can show off the most elegant and thinnest part of your arm.

If you’re looking for an easy piece of clothing to start off your capsule wardrobe, this is it. I’m going to look at three of the easiest and most popular shirt styles to wear.

The White Shirt.

A crisp white shirt teamed with denim jeans could not make for a more classic and timeless combo. This is an effortlessly stylish look and easy to achieve for a smart-casual look. Minimal accessorising is needed and the shirt shape will flatter your assets. Choose whether to go for an oversized ‘boyfriend’ version teamed with slimline jeans, or alternatively a tailored fitted shirt for a smarter look.

The beauty of a white shirt is basically that its a clean palette for you to do whatever you want with! As mentioned previously, you could pair with jeans for a day-time outfit, dress up with a pencil skirt for work, or glam up with a patterned skirt for a sophisticated night out. When shopping for a good white shirt, I would recommend shopping for a good quality one rather than going for a cheap and cheerful version. It is likely to look better, be more comfortable and will also stand the test of time. Remember to wash well, as there’s nothing worse than a white shirt that has turned into a grey miserable one!

Personally, I would choose to wear a white shirt with some skinny jeans, adding a pop of colour with some bright or patterned heels. I would also like to try pairing one with a pretty mid length A-line skirt. See these pics for some inspo…

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The Plaid Shirt.

This is the perfect easy-to-wear option to have in your wardrobe. I have had a plaid shirt in my wardrobe since my late teens and find that they are perfect to throw on for a stylish yet comfy piece. If you wanted to dress up your plaid shirt you could team with a skirt, be it a flowing maxi or a fun mini A-line. To complete this playful look, I would knot the shirt up at the hips . Alternatively, why not go oversized and wear over a dress or as a dress. Like the white shirt, there are so many ways to wear this timeless look and you’ll never find it hard to locate them in all different shapes and colours on the high street.

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The Denim Shirt.

Saving the best until last, the denim shirt is my all time favourite! For me, its one of the most easily stylish looks you can get and demonstrates the ‘timeless, versatile and easy to wear‘ functions of ‘the shirt‘ perfectly. If you’re feeling brave, denim on denim can look amazing-just make sure the shades of denim you use are slightly different to ensure your outfit has a bit of depth. Same rules apply as with the white shirt- for ultimate chic denim shirt inspiration, see Olivia Palermo who always teams her shirts with timeless neutral classics.

For me, the classic shirt will always have a place in my wardrobe, I just love how easy to wear they are and how I can match them up with so many other items already in my wardrobe.

If you would like any help getting your wardrobe in shape, or would like to create your own capsule wardrobe, feel free to get in touch with me, or visit my website to have a look at the services I offer to help you feel happier and more confident with your style!


Stylish Not Just On A Saturday- Rochelle Humes

*Hoorah, I’ve finally had time to blog!! As I’m sure all you fellow bloggers know, balancing both a full-time job and a blog can be quite the challenge. Throw in organising a change of job and a new flat in a new City and you find you’re even more pressed for time! But I’m happy to say I eventually  found some free time to do what I like to do best- talk fashion!*

I heard a crazy statistic on the news today (please don’t ask me to remember the exact statistic as I heard it not long after I’d woken up very early, let’s just say it made me listen), that we all spend a HUGE part of our day trawling through various apps and websites on our phones. Whether its Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or the Daily Mail showbiz app (guilty pleasure of course), we are constantly aware of everything going on around us. This suits me fine as I get to nose on what everyone is wearing!

Internet browsing and walking on a busy street- the ultimate multi-task!

Internet browsing and walking on a busy street- the ultimate multi-task!







This week my celebrity style crush has to go to Miss Rochelle Humes of Saturdays girl band fame. She brings a whole new meaning to the term ‘yummy mummy’! At the start of the week she appeared on TV wearing a very on-trend pink PVC pencil skirt. When Lady GaGa wore her own pink PVC skirt a couple of years ago, little did she know that her ‘out-there’ look would eventually catch on for the mainstream market! Spotted on other celebs including Kim Kardashian and some of the Towie girls, these skirts are incredibly statement. Be prepared to dazzle onlookers with the shine for a start! Wear with a cropped top and heels in the evening, or teamed with cute knitwear for a more casual look. Why not invest in a stunning statement necklace too, just like Rochelle’s pretty flower one. So jealous of that girl! If you’re looking to pocket a PVC skirt off the high street, ASOS is the place to look.

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And for her appearance at the Pride of Britain Awards alongside fellow Saturday band mates and husband Marvin, Rochelle took the crown for best dressed girl-band member in her simply beautiful nude embellished floor length gown. This rather ethereal dress teamed with gothic lips, a loose plait and metallic clutch looks amazing I think! Embellishment is always en vogue (see my previous blog post on embellishment at LFW 13), and the trend is set to stay with designers including Christoper Kane and Burberry using it heavily in their new collections. River Island have some lovely embellished designs- I absolutely love this dress shown below. So well done Rochelle, you can have 100 house-points for your fashion efforts this week! And I’ll give myself a pat on the back for finding some time to blog!

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London Fashion Week- Crazy In Love With Embellishment

Last week it was Paris, this week it was London, now its Milan- oh what a glamorous life the fashion pack live! This week I’ve been relying on the likes of Elle editor Lorraine Candy, IT girl Alexa Chung and Model Suki Waterhouse’s instagram accounts to get my fill of all the catwalk shows as they happened (all from a front row perspective of course). I wowed at the structural creations at Peter Pilotto, cooed over the delicate dresses in Burberry and envied the models that got to wear Erdem’s wondrously white designs.

One trend that I LOVED from the London collections was embellishment. I’ve always loved a cheeky bit of embellishment- it’s an easy way to smarten up an outfit by adding a touch of glamour and sparkle. Think less TOWIE dresses embellished with sequins so that their life depends on it, more subtle yet statement. Small but mighty if you will. At Burberry, arguably the most anticipated LFW show, embellishment was seen on tops, dresses and accessories. And at Christopher Kane, the embellishment was ever so cute, featuring on shoulders and delicate straps. If it’s possible to fall in love with a jumper, then I did.

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Embellished skirt Burberry

Embellished Skirt Burberry

Embellished Pink Coat Burberry

Embellished Pink Coat Burberry

Embellishment on Cara at Burberry

Embellishment on Cara at Burberry

Embellished belt completes a Burberry outfit

Embellished belt completes a Burberry outfit


















Luckily for us, embellishment is almost always available to us on the highstreet. Try Zara for embellished statement necklaces- they can be pricey but well worth the investment. Wear over some chunky knitwear. Better still, invest in some embellished knitwear- what a way to kill two birds with one stone ey! Embellishment is not restricted to one item of clothing- whether it’s a beautiful dress, a smart casual jumper or a waist belt over a neutral dress, embellishment is a sure fire way to jazz up an outfit. What will you choose to wear?

This Week’s Lust List At LottieBeth- Teddy Bear Coats & Cardys

If you’re a lady who loves her fashion, then chances are you have a ‘wish-list’ or a ‘lust-list’. Whatever you want to call it, it’s usually a looooong list of pretty things which you would love to get your mitts on! And the chances are a lot of these items are on the more expensive end of the fashion spectrum. It’s good to dream isn’t it!

Still on my wish-list!

Still on my wish-list!










This week I ventured into town (very dangerous as pay-day is not until next week) and triumphed in not only resisting buying anything, but also spotting some great AW13 trends already available for us to snap up. The look that particularly caught my eye was cute, bold and incredibly fluffy! Whether in jumper, cardigan or coat form, oversized and fluffy is the combo to go for this winter. And it’s no surprise as designers including Louis Vuitton, Carven, Topshop Unique and J JS LEE debuted their beautiful creations on the catwalk  for us to promptly add to our lust-lists.

JS Lee ticks the boxes for fluffy and oversized

JS Lee ticks the boxes for fluffy and oversized

I saw some purse-friendly bargains in H&M and Primark during my outing which I will definitely be returning for come pay-day, but here are my luxury wants! This Carven wool coat is my favourite. I love the softness from the wool which clashes with the chunky oversized shape. For £830, you would really have to love it to get it!

Carven Wool Coat £830

Carven Wool Coat £830









If you want to score serious fashion points this winter, then choose a design in princess pink, the colour of the season. You’re going to look so cute! What’s on your lust list this AW13?