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Necklines Nailed. 

Tops- we wear them everyday in all different styles, but are you really aware of what your neckline is doing for you and your body shape? 

It may sound rather trivial but your neckline can determine how good you look! Get it right, you’re showing off your best assets to perfection, but choose incorrectly and the wrong style can emphasise something you’d rather disguise and ultimately leave you unhappy with your outfit choice. 

So what necklines should you be wearing for your shape? 

The Round Neck.

Olivia Palermo


Let’s start off with the hardest one- the round neck top is a common choice with us all. The biggest issue with round neck tops is how they can highlight big or small busts and also our necks! 

If you’re big busted, round neck tops can make you appear square, and if you’re small-busted, they can highlight a flatter chest.

Round (crew) necks are ultimately most suited to slim ladies with long elegant necks (Olivia Palermo we salute you!)

If you still want to keep a round neckline in your wardrobe though, the best style to opt for is a scoop neck. This lower neckline flatters your bust and also shows off just below your collarbone and mid chest- the last area of a woman to age! 


The V Neck. 
One of my absolute favourites, and should be yours too as it flatters most body shapes! 


The degree of ‘V’ that you choose to opt for basically depends on your face shape. If you have a longer face and neck, go for a shallow V, otherwise your features may be drawn out. Alternatively, if you have a rounder shaped face and shorter neck, go for a longer V. This will slim your face and lengthen your neck. 

Blake Lively


Good news for big busted women too- a V neck style will slim down your upper body and also flaunt your assets! 
The Polo Neck. 

The polo neck can be slimming and incredibly chic, but the main thing to remember when wearing a polo neck is to wear a well-fitted bra underneath as the fitted shape of most polo neck tops can be unforgiving! 

An oversized polo knit jumper in winter looks amazing, just make sure your bottom half is fitted to balance out the chunky knit on top. 

Victoria Beckham


The Wrap Top. 


My current favourite, much like the V neck top, a wrap top flatters pretty much all body shapes, drawing the eyes down in a slimming fashion and gathering in at the waist to create a lovely curved shape. Looks amazing in dress form too. 


The Tailored Shirt. 


The smartest neckline in town, the shirt style makes for an excellent framing device for your face with its collar. The fitted style of a shirt also creates a waist (or the illusion of one), and disguises a tummy. It can also create the illusion of a bust.

 For big busted ladies, make sure the buttons don’t pull across your chest, or wear a camisole under a shirt and wear your shirt slightly open as an alternative. 


Hopefully you’ve identified a couple of styles for yourself, it’s amazing the difference a lil ol’ neckline can achieve after all! 

The midi skirt- anything but midi-ocre 🙊🙊🙊


They say (or rather Yves Saint Laurent famously said), that fashion fades but style is eternal. But I believe that there are definitely a few fashion styles that really have stood the test of time and have brightened rather than faded. 

The LBD, the Bootleg Jean, the Trench Coat…all of these styles have been knocking around for a pretty long time but show no sign of going anywhere. 

I love to see people wearing styles from past eras but with their own modern day twist. This week’s blog post centres around my current favourite fashion piece, the midi skirt- otherwise known as The Social Skirt. A skirt of mid-length, the middle man between a knee length and a full length skirt, the midi skirt tends to end just above the ankle and sits on the waist. 


Here we see the Queen herself rocking an amazing social skirt which flatters by drawing attention to her (tinnnnny) waist  and falling down gracefully, ending around her very slender ankles. And next to her we see actress Sarah Rafferty rocking the same style but several decades on, showing the true fashion presence of this skirt style. 

Now I’m a great jeans-lover, wearing them almost daily for day-time casual or pairing with a nice top and heels for evening glamour. I didn’t own many skirts and didn’t tend to particularly look out for them when I used to go shopping. That has changed! 

 In the last few years there was a real emergence of the ‘maxi-skirt’, the midi length’s longer, bigger sister if you will. This was a result from the popular boho fashion era where long, floaty and floral was the look everyone wanted to emulate to look like Sienna Miller and co. 


I was fully on the maxi bandwagon for a long time and still am, though now I’m mostly style crushing on the midi skirt which I partly discovered through working for L.K Bennett- a fashion brand now  very well known for their signature social skirts. 


Now you may be thinking this style looks fairly hard to pull off and that you have to be a certain body shape or height to wear. That does apply to some extent.

 If you’re tall, you definitely have an advantage as the midi skirt’s longer length does look good when paired with long legs. London blogger ‘London Tall Girl’ Marsha Campbell shows us how amazing tall girls can look in a midi skirt. I love her colourful and playful sense of style- she really knows how to make the most of her skirts. 


If you’re petite, you can still wear midi skirts but must take care that you don’t appear too ‘swamped’ in the garment. Pairing with fitted pieces or pieces which draw the eye down in a straight line can help balance out the fullness that comes with a maxi skirt. 

One of the best body shapes to work with this skirt to flatter and accentuate is the pear shape- the midi skirt will accentuate a little waist, skim over the hips and fall gracefully to the slimmest part of your leg. 

Similarly, hourglass figures look great in this style because of the waist accentuation and for rectangle shape girls, these skirts do well to add more volume and shape to their figure with the fullness of the skirt (pick a patterned skirt to really amp up the volume). Check out these styles from New Look, all under £30! 


I may be biased of course but L.K Bennett really do seem like the forerunners for this skirt style on the high street, creating some beautiful styles with the most amazing patterns and textures. 


These skirts also make a wonderful alternative to dresses for special occasions. You can dress them up or down and are in many ways more versatile than a dress because of this. How many times have you bought a dress for an occasion, promising yourself that you’ll wear it again to get your money’s worth, only to never wear it again as people have already seen you wear it?! 

These skirts can be changed and altered just by what top and accessories you choose to team them with. I’ve seen ladies wear trainers with them, and others incredibly glam Jimmy Choos or Louboutins. 


I have a couple of weddings coming up this year and next so will definitely be investing in some more midi skirts to dress up in. I’m already very proud and astonished at how quickly I’ve managed to accumulate a collection, and very much look forward to continuing to add to it. After all, I highly doubt that this style will fade into obscurity any time soon 😊

Grey for a summer’s day?! 

The colour grey doesn’t traditionally conjure up exciting images does it? Rain clouds, concrete, that terrible book…it’s not really up there in the ranks of most popular shades to wear. But then again, black doesn’t conjure up the happiest of images either but is definitely in all of our wardrobes, the favourite shade to dress in to look timeless, sophisticated and slimmer! 

Do you currently own anything grey clothing-wise? Or is it something you’ve never really considered? Maybe you might need some persuading on this front!


Grey is a fantastic shade for so many reasons. Firstly, it suits all skin tones because it comes in (just as the book suggests) over fifty shades! Because of this, it’s so easy to work with and very versatile. Lucky for us the high street seems to have caught on to the grey trend and there is plenty of it there for us to lap up be it clothes, shoes or accessories. 

Grey clothes, accessories and shoes for all!

Grey is a great multi-seasonal neutral shade which can be worn in block (just by itself) for a sophisticated sleek look, or used to bolster and complement other colours. As mentioned, grey is the perfect shade to suit all types of skin tone and will always highlight and show off a tan too. Top marks! 
In summer, teaming with pure white will look amazing and effortlessly stylish. I’m a big fan of midi and maxi skirts at the moment so will definitely be on the lookout for a skirt to replicate these looks below,  finished off with a pair of wedges.


Grey is suitable for both casual and smart occasions too. Whether you want to wear it on the office, for a day out shopping or to a wedding or other special event, the high street has a lot to offer, from short suits, to Grecian style dresses and jersey t-shirt dresses. 

Casual summer days


Special Occasion Dressing

Stylish Workwear


If all-grey outfits are just not you, then you can always use grey to complement and highlight brighter colours which you already have in your wardrobe to show them off at their best. 

This beautiful coral Reiss shirt dress looks amazing with these grey accessories – either as a daytime  look with the flats or a pretty evening look with the heels. 

Or check out this feminine jumpsuit (also from Reiss) which looks fab with deep red and gold accessories. The perfect outfit for a wedding. 


grey and pale pink= perfection

As you can see from my outfit examples, grey works well with all colours and there’s really not one I can think of which wouldn’t go! 

So although perhaps traditionally viewed as a slightly bland shade to wear, I think you’ll agree that grey can be transformed into a flattering, feminine and ultra stylish look. Have a peek at these high street offerings below, all available at this very moment, just in time for summer! 🙂    

Will you be investing in any grey-wear this summer? And what colours will you be pairing it with? 

Inspired by the #fbloggers. 

I hate to admit it, but I’m addicted to my phone! But aren’t we all these days? I’m constantly tapping away on my phone, checking emails,  checking Instagram, checking Facebook. It drives my boyfriend (who owns a very old school  ‘un-smart’ phone) to sometimes become rather annoyed when we’re meant to be relaxing in front of the tv! 

My main addiction is definitely Instagram. I absolutely love checking out what the fashion bloggers are wearing, and because their job is to post regularly and daily, I never get bored!

 
Whether we’re aware of it or not, celebrities and fashion bloggers massively influence what we choose to buy. I like to think that I’m fairly decisisive in knowing what I want to buy for myself, but I can easily be swayed into buying something  just because I’ve seen a celebrity or blogger wearing it.

  

Top fashion bloggers’ jobs are to show off their amazing lifestyle and wardrobe with flashy photographs in to-die-for locations. It’s hard for any girl to resist buying something that could give us their lifestyle, or at least to resemble it!

In this blog post, I take a look at two of my favourite fashion bloggers and what trends I’m going to nab from them for the summer season.

Anna Hart. South Molton Street Style. 

  Anna Hart is creator and founder of South Molton Street Style, a fashion blog I discovered when I was newborn to the world of blogging and Twitter. I love Anna’s blog because she writes about luxurious and delectable fashion, but in a funny, down to earth and honest fashion.  
A fan of classic style including Breton stripes and boyfriend jeans, she also loves to take risks with her style, experimenting with fun clothing styles and bright colours. The perfect mix of girl next door and fashion blogger style. 

  

You should follow this blog if you like lovely British fashion set against posh London backdrops. I’ll be taking inspiration from Anna’s footwear this summer and will be on the hunt for some espadrilles and some bright colour pop heels! 

   


Victoria, In The Frow. 

  

I discovered this site after seeing other bloggers on Instagram rave about it. Warning, if you are gagging for a holiday, this blog may depress you! The Maldives, Santorini and Cannes are just some of the beautiful locations that Victoria has recently blogged from- lucky girl! 

  

I like this blog because of it’s aspirational factor- what girl wouldn’t be jealous of this lil lady’s lifestyle of jet-setting off to luxurious locations, wearing the best designers goods and showing off the most highly sought after beauty products. Reading this blog is the perfect little bit of escapism. 

 

   

 

Even though Victoria is stunningly beautiful and she obviously lives a privileged lifestyle, her blog is still approachable and likeable and you feel you can relate to many of her comments. 

What am I inspired to wear through reading this blog? Pretty pastel colours, floral lace and matte dusky pink lips! 

Who are your favourite fashion bloggers? And what inspo will you be taking from them for the summer? 

Xx 


 
  

 

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?