Monday, 11 November 2013

Bijoux Bazaar

I am always one to be enticed by a statement necklace or earrings, and new online jewellery retailer, Bijoux Bazaar, is happily funding my addiction!

This exclusive new site offers stunning necklaces, earrings and bracelets but at a bargain price - the perfect combination.
I have already raided the bank balance and purchased 3 lovely items:

Manhattan Necklace - £26.00

Shoreditch Green Earrings - £14.00

Brooklyn Necklace - £18.00

Ideal for Christmas (as a gift to yourself or others if you're feeling generous) and can instantly add glamour to any outfit...Where can you go wrong?!
I also have future intentions (in January when the next student loan instalment comes in) to add these three to my collection.

Fulham Necklace - £18.00

Hoxton Blush - £12.00

Belgravia Necklace - £24.00

Classic and affordable, I feel I have made a new friend for life. 

Sunday, 3 March 2013

Rihanna for River Island

There are only 2 days left until Rihanna fans will go in to a frenzy and the River Island website will most likely receive the most visitors it has ever had within a single minute and crash before anyone even gets chance to view the new collection.
I must say I am quite surprised at how tame the collection has looked so far from what I have seen. I was expecting there to be a lot of latex and some barely-there-may-as-well-not-be-wearing hot pants, but no it all seems relatively presentable.
When I first heard that Rihanna was collaborating with River Island I was skeptical to say the least but the collection actually seems to have found the right balance between being conservative while still having that sex appeal that we all love RiRi for.
Inspired by the 90's, I may be attempting to buy a couple of these items... a couple I must reinstate, some of them are well... judge for yourself!

Is this two pairs of jeans or just the one?! I can't quite work it out but double denim is always a disaster in my eyes. 

Is Baywatch back in? 

I will definitely be trying to get my hands on one of these dipped hem dresses, perfect for summer.

There are no words. 

This floral print will undoubtedly be a popular choice. I do hope that these heeled sandals will be included in the collection too.

Please tell me someone that will buy thigh high lace up boots who isn't wanting to look like a prostitute. Don't think this will be their best seller...

RiRi herself went for a simple LBD and looked gorgeous as usual when she came out after the show at London Fashion Week.
I would say that I'm disappointed but if I'm being honest it is slightly better than I expected! We will find out in less than 48 hours though whether this will be a triumph or an absolute disaster, at this point I would say it could go either way.
If it is the latter, Rihanna's cover on Elle next month will surely redeem her, the sneak preview below shows her looking extra beautiful donning a new pixie crop.



The Short Suit

I am always one for a statement pair of shorts and it seems that the hottest look for Spring is the beautifully tailored short suit which I am thrilled to see rather than another Summer of trying to make sports luxe look flattering!
Perhaps not one that you can wear out just yet as the weather is still as dreary and dull as ever (I even saw snow once again in London last week) but it is definitely an investment look that will keep you looking effortlessly chic all summer long.
I first spotted the short suit in Reiss and in the colour of the season, electric blue, I instantly fell in love.

//Jacket// Reiss // £189.00
// Shorts // Reiss // £85.00

This look is easy to dress down or wear with a pair of heels for an evening lounging in the sun. Oh if only I had a spare £274 lying around, the hardship of being a student.
Second on my list is a lovely little pairing from Topshop.

//Jacket// Topshop // £55
//Shorts// Topshop// £35

I am usually quite adverse to bright floral prints so this neutral black and cream is perfect for a safer option with this trend.
Another of my favourites from Topshop is this Jacquard printed trouser suit, again in my colour lust of the season.

//Jacket// Topshop// £55
//Cigarette Trousers// Topshop// £40

Not a short suit, I know, but when I spotted this in Oxford Circus it instantly stood out to me and Jacquard print is a personal favourite of mine this season.
There is also some excellent designer fashspiration for this trend from 3.1 Phillip Lim and Sandro Paris.

//Jacket and Shorts// 3.1 Phillip Lim// Harvey Nichols

//Jacket and Shorts// Sandro// Sandro-Paris

There is also no reason that you can't mix and match with this trend, making it even more versatile as demonstrated by Zara.

//Jacket// Zara// £69.99
//Shorts// Zara// £39.99

I love the slightly unconventional middle eastern vibe of this Jacquard pattern crossover blazer paired with these embroided beaded shorts. 
The best part of this androgynous trend is the fact that these pieces can be worn together or separately so it is an all around investment which, when you're a student like me and constantly in your overdraft, is the only justification when you're trying to maintain a shopping addiction! 

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Christmas Adverts

It is, of course, that time of year again when Christmas is becoming eagerly anticipated, and accompanied with this excitement come all of the good, the bad and the ugly Christmas adverts.
This year I have to admit they have been surprisingly better than usual. 
After the Coca Cola advert was first sighted and Twitter went in to a frenzy there came the repetitive 'Mum stressing about the Christmas dinner' ones from every single supermarket and Pringles clearly showing that they are not doing so well as they have used the same advert from about 3 years ago! 
I have also recently questioned why Iceland feel the need to make everything in miniature form? Who really needs a bite size lasagne, I don't know! 
Of course, John Lewis have enthralled us all again with their romantic snowman advert with a heart rending version of 'The Power of Love', (just to make sure you still have your emotions intact) and Waitrose have done a slightly controversial 'unglamorous' advert with Delia and Heston.
One video that I was looking forward to was the first ever Topshop Christmas film, 'Winter Wonderland'. They have been ranting and raving about this on the website for the past few weeks and even launched a twitter teaser for fans to hashtag #whosthatgirl and guess who the 'famous face' would be. 
When it was finally revealed to be Kate Bosworth I thought to myself 'this is going to be good'. Unfortunately I was wrong and I have been extremely disappointed by my favourite high-street brand.
It has to be the most boring and pointless film that I have seen in a long time. 2 and a half minutes of my life wasted watching Kate Bosworth sing (not so well) a version of Walking in a Winter Wonderland.
I just don't understand the meaning behind it, I didn't see any Topshop clothing and it isn't even recognizable as a Christmas film until some awfully edited in fake snow begins to fall.
I even thought for a moment that some extra members of the crew in the background had been filmed by mistake until I realized that these randomers were actually supposed to be there in awe of her poorly sung performance.
She looks absolutely stunning of course and will make a great face for the brand but maybe stick to the day job with the singing, Kate. Not impressed. Judge the performance for yourself.

Friday, 2 November 2012

Birthday Suit

It always seems that the night is my calling, the time when I come alive and use the hours after 12 to scourer the internet and so forth.
On this particular night I have continued on my hunt for my 21st Birthday outfit and have in some ways had some success and even managed to piece together a whole outfit, all from my new favourite designer, Sass and Bide.
Firstly the centre piece of the whole outfit - the dress, which is very aptly named 'THE MEANING OF VICTORY' dress (if that's not a clear sign then I don't know what is).

I have searched high and low for a statement dress and this is just an abundance of all that I have been looking for. Extremely elegant with exposed shoulders and a flash of leg, and the glitter spot embellishment also adds that wow factor while being perfectly in keep with my 'winter' inspired theme.
To accessorize...

'OVER AND OVER AGAIN' belt and matching 'THE DISPOSTION' cuffs. One for each wrist would be ideal but at £175.00 perhaps just the one would be adequate. 
I love all the quirky names that accompany the Sass and Bide range so just had to feature those too. 
And because no outfit is complete without a bag...

'THE EXPERIMENT' bag. Please experiment this on me! 
My impeccable outfit and all for a mere £1,010. How will anything compare now? 

Dream on...

Tuesday, 2 October 2012

The Great Gatsby 2012

After first reading the book The Great Gatsby by F.Scott Fitzgerald I have waited patiently for 3 years for a new film adaptation of the novel to be released and it is finally nearly here! Very disappointingly the release date has been pushed back from Christmas to July 2013 which I am not particularly impressed with. 

However, with a fantastic cast of Carey Mulligan, Toby Macguire and my beloved Leonardo Dicaprio (obsessed since 1997), it will no doubt meet all expectations and be well worth the extra wait.
I love love love 1920's fashion and can't wait for this trend to emerge in stores next year. It is a particularly distinctive period in women's fashion as it signified liberation and restrictions deteriorating. In other words the ankles were now on show! 
From the cloche hat to the flapper dress, the outfits of the 1920's are instantly recognizable and make a clear fashion statement. 
In the re-make of the classic film the characters are of course set to be dressed head to toe by top designers. Miuccia Prada have reworked 40 dresses for the female cast members that depict the iconic era, while Tiffany and Co have provided all of the jewellery. Extreme envy of Carey Mulligan!

Prada have previously worked on another Baz Lurhmann film and designed a suit for Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo and Juliet (coincidence?).
There are already traces of this trend hitting designer and high-street alike and I have spotted a few that are particularly stand out to me.
Metallic heels by Gucci

Tights by Bebaroque

Dress by George at Asda (a bargain at £16!!)

Cloche hat for a cheeky £7 in the River Island sale.