Thursday, 19 February 2015

Michael Kors A/W15 Review

Michael Kors is a brand, I feel, has recently become notorious for its handbags. I don't know about you but where I live it may as well be compulsory to own a Michael Kors bag as I'm unaware of many people who don't; not that I have anything against them but they have become ridiculously overworn in the past couple of years and to be quite honest, I am sick of the sight of the brands logo. However, I was pleasently surprised with their most recent collection at NYFW and for me, it was a friendly reminder that this label is still high fashion and restored my faith in Kors himself and his ability to produce the chicest of pieces that any woman would feel luxuorious wearing. As he said himself  'Women today want it all- comfort, quality and luxury- and they deserve it all' and I am in full agreement with the designer.

Michael Kors is a brand known for it's femininity in terms of womenswear which is why the masculine edge to the A/W15 collection was a shock to many. Still as opulent as ever yet a twist on the classic MK style. It wouldn't be a collection by the New York born designer without fur and of course, there was an abundance of it; it was even sported with a pair of teal embellished pyjamas that anyone would dream of wearing wherever they were heading, whether that was to bed or a red carpet event, if I got my hands on them, the location would be irrelevant. The colour palette mainly consisted of grey-blue's, khaki, camel and mustard yellow. Oh, and how could I forget the head-to-toe gold number paired with co-ordinating metallic heels that headed down the runway between two blue and grey suits, I would expect nothing less than this from a man famous for his sense of 'luxury is what you think it is'! The soundtrack to the show included Florence & the Machine's 'The Dog Days are Over' and this upbeat song that could potentially leave anyone feeling pleased along with a collection fit for women of all kinds ensured everyone in the room was in a good mood by the end of the show. Bravo Michael Kors!

Here are some of my favourite looks from the show-

Monday, 16 February 2015

A Twist on The Classic LBD.

The 'little black dress' is an item that is essential to every women's wardrobe. This concept has been endorsed by Chanel since the brand's founder, Coco Chanel, published a picture of an LBD in American Vogue in 1926; Vogue called it 'Chanel's Ford' and said that the LBD would become "a sort of uniform for women of all taste' and if you need proof that Vogue is the bible of fashion, here it is. Vogue has been very aware that the Little Black Dress is a fundamental piece for almost 90 years and this idea has only grown since then and Chanel have continued to be increasingly involved in the evolution of this piece as the current creative director, Karl Lagerfield said quite rightly 'One is never overdressed or underdressed with a Little Black Dress.'

I've teamed up with 'DailyLook' to create a mood board on my take on the classic piece and it's a rather unique one, if I do say so myself. An LBD covers anything from the prototypical black cocktail dress to a black oversized maxi (HINT*) and what I love about this is how everyone can incorporate their own style into it. DailyLook have a section on their site dedicated to little black dresses which you can find here and the abundance of LBD's left me spoilt for choice when creating this StyleSet.

As I said before, this garment is essential to every woman's wardrobe, not only because of the fact that it's the perfect option when you're lost for what to wear but because of it's convenience and versatility. If you are having one of those days where you are hysterically screaming into the ill-suited pile of clothes on your bedroom floor, 'I HAVE NO CLOTHES' simply, take a deep breath, pull out your LBD and shoes of your choice (unless that will cause more hysteria, then just go bare-footed) and already you will look effortlessly well put-together and no one will ever need to know about the semi-breakdown you had prior to this! Not only does black have a slimming effect but it also co-ordinates with any other colour you may choose to wear making the 'black' part of this piece, in my opinion, the best part.

When creating my mood board, I felt especially inspired by the Olsen twins. I think everyone can agree that Mary-Kate and Ashley have always had impeccable style; from their days on 'It Takes Two' in their denim dungarees to the launch of their own couture fashion label, 'The Row', I have followed the twins every move in fashion and will continued to be inspired by their impeccable style in the future. Their influence on my own style and outlook on the fashion world is what inspired me to base this StyleSet on them along with the LBD I chose to use being named after them as the 'Olsen Maxi Dress'. My choice of dress is definitely not what comes to mind when you hear the phrase 'Little Black Dress' but it's a piece I fell in love with when I came across it on and I couldn't resist to use it for my mood board.As it says on the StyleSet, I think this really is a chic and easy piece that would look stylish for any occasion which is the soul purpose of a Little Black Dress and why I decided this piece would be the perfect choice for me!

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Elie Saab Haute Couture S/S15 Review

I look forward to couture fashion week all year long and this is mainly due to the Elie Saab show. The levels of luxury and opulence this show brings to the catwalk are unbelievable and I spent most of yesterday checking the app waiting for them to share the looks from the show and when they did, I was not disappointed. The Spring/Summer 2015 collection is just as elegant as ever and the inspiration behind it is rather personal.
Lebanese designer Elie Saab based this show on Beirut, the capital of Lebanon and his hometown, this stimulus was revealed on Instagram hours before the show took place. The collection itself took us back to the 60's with feathers, sheer fabrics and ostentatious embellishments everywhere in sight.
Saab always creates dream-like collections and Haute Couture really is his forte. Although the designer knows how to keep it classic with beautifully tailored feminine gowns, the S/S15 collection included some more modernised dresses with shorter hemlines that were worn with flats, ensuring that this show seemed as whimsical as it did extravagant.
It's pretty obvious that I don't have a bad word to say about Elie Saab when it comes to couture and if there every comes a day when I don't feel the need to rave about their collection during couture fashion week, start worrying! Here are some of my favourite looks from the show...

Let me know in the comments what your favourite show from Couture fashion week is so far and watch this space for more reviews on the upcoming collections! Xo

Friday, 23 January 2015

The Jumper Dress.

The jumper dress has been a huge trend this winter and one that I have been loving. It's a really versatile piece that can be worn for any occasion and one that has been my saviour on those days when I just didn't know what to wear. Whether you pair it with thigh high boots or tights and flats, it's always something that will look effortlessly chic and put together.

This is my favourite jumper dress of mine and I purchased it after seeing it on my favourite vlogger, Lexi. It's from Topshop, and although slightly itchy, it fits really well and looks amazing with a leather jacket and biker boots.

Here is some of my favourite ways others have styled theirs...

Gigi Hadid.

Kendall Jenner.

Leave me a link in the comments showing me how you style your jumper dress and let me know what type of posts you want to see on my blog in the future!


Wednesday, 3 December 2014

Christmas Gift Guide For Her

This year has completely flown by and I can't believe it's December already. However, I'm definitely not complaining! I've been reading/watching lots and lots of Christmas Gift Guides this year and I've decided it's about time to do one of my own. As you've probably guessed from the title, this is mainly gifts for women however there are a few gifts that could double up for both genders and I am considering creating a post on a gift guide for him if that's something people would be interested in reading, let me know in the comments! Here it is...

Bobbi Brown Warm Eye Palette, £59.
This limited edition Bobbi Brown palette is just stunning and I can safely say that pretty much every girl would love to see this under their tree. The combination of both matte and glittery shade makes this palette ideal for everyone and the brown croc effect packaging just adds to the appeal of this palette. It's selling out quick but it's still available on the Bobbi Brown Official website and the Sephora Website

Bambi iPad case in printed coated-canvas, £190.
Will the hype of the Givenchy bambi print ever end? I don't know but to be totally honest, I hope not. Although about 80% of the population own the Givenchy Antigona Bambi Tote, I've never seen anyone with the iPad case before and this would be perfect for all fashion-lovers (bloggers in particular). Available at Net-A-Porter.
YSL Limited edition la laque nail varnish 24 piece collection, £405.

 If you're buying a present for someone special and they're a beauty lover (or even if they're not), then this limited edition Yves Saint Laurent gift set is perfect. With 24 iconic shades packaged in chic acrylic box, what else could you ask for? Available at Selfridges.

DKNY Fleece Logo Onesie, £59.

What's better than a onesie!? A DKNY Onesie. This is something that's definitely on my christmas list and it's actually on sale for only £47 on ASOS right now so be quick if you know someone who would love this!

Ciate candy cane house, £25.
This Ciate nail polish set is especially festive and would be perfect for a secret santa gift. On sale on ASOS right now for only £20!

One Line a Day: A Five-Year Memory Book, £8.39.

This little book is something I'm planning on buying for many people this year because I just think it's something everyone would love. Each page has the date and the space for a sentence or two for 5 years; the idea is that you can look back on it when writing it each year and see what has changed! Available on Amazon however I have seen it in store in Urban Outfitters & Utility.

I hope this post has helped you with your Christmas Shopping and let me know in the comments which of these you would most like to receive for Christmas!

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2014

If you're like me, then the Victoria's Secret Fashion Show is something that instantly comes to mind when someone mentions the month of December. If not, you're likely to still be aware of its happenings due to the huge hype on social media. I thought it was necessary to blog about this years VSFS after the abundance of photos posted by models, bloggers and the angels themselves of the Victoria's Secret private jet this afternoon. If the shows re-location to London hasn't filled you with excitement to watch this years show, then the the plane full of everyone involved and VS goody bags definitely will.

With only two days to spare before the show, social media is buzzing. And in my opinion, social media is the reason behind the hype of Victoria's Secret; seeing the angels and various other people involved with the alluring brand living their glamorous lives not only makes the rest of the world envious but captivates us causing us to want to see more and more! Social media phenomenon, Cara Delevingne, has drawn a huge amount of attention to the show over the past two years however this year, she has chosen to walk for Chanel Metiers D'art taking place on the same night as the VSFS in Austria. Now that's what you call a supermodel dilemma. But then again, who could say no to Karl Lagerfield?

So, will you be watching the show? It's happening in just 48 hours but unfortunately for us, we can't watch until December 9th however I'm sure we'll get lots of backstage action from the world of social media. I cannot wait!
All the girls ready for the VSFS!

Chiara Ferragni on board the VS private jet.

Angels Lily Aldridge & Karlie Kloss boarding the plane!

VSFS boarding passes.

Monday, 10 November 2014

I'd Rather Be In Paris

Last August, I visited the city of fashion, love and dreams, Paris. This is the first time I've ever been to Paris (excluding Disneyland) and I fell in love, it is officially my favourite place in the world. I never got round to posting any pictures on to my blog from my trip and although they were taken on an iPhone camera I thought I'd share them with you to bring a little bit of Paris to your Monday morning.

Sisters ready to take on Paris!
It was a rather spontaneous trip as my mum, my sister & I only booked the train tickets and hotel room a couple of weeks before going as when we returned from a week in Mallorca, we couldn't bare the thought of rest of the summer in rainy England. We got the train from Liverpool to London and we then travelled on the Eurostar from St Pancras to Paris; each journey was about 2 hours and I prefer trains to the hassle of a plane. We stayed in the 'Best Western Le Patio Saint Antoine' and it was nice enough considering the only time we spent in there was when we were sleeping. The convenience of this hotel is that it was only a 5 minute walk from 'Nation' Metro station and only a very short journey to wherever we were going.

View from the Eifell Tower.
View from the Eifell tower. 
The first full day we spent in Paris, we were your typical English tourists. To start the day, we visited the Louvre museum however decided against waiting in the never-ending queue to get inside and instead admired the beautiful architecture of the exterior. We then made our way through the Tuileries Garden and headed to the River Seine to see the Ponts des Arts also known as the love lock bridge. I've always marvelled at pictures of this bridge and it topped my expectations when I saw it up close. Next, we headed to the boat that transported us to the Eifell Tower. As we pre-booked tickets, we managed to beat the queues and we were headed straight to the top of this extraordinary piece of architecture; the views from the top were quite literally indescribable. An experience I'll never forget. For afternoon tea, we chose an exquisite cafe called 'Angelinas'; I enjoyed the most delicious hot chocolate and some macaroons. We finished off the day by doing a spot of shopping on the Rue Cambon, a place any fashion lover must visit during their lifetime.

The Eifell Tower from the River Seine. 
Myself at the Louvre.

Looking a little too excited about being at the top of the Eifell Tower.
Afternoon tea at Angelina's.

First ever Chanel on the Rue Cambon.

Love lock bridge.

We spent day two at Disneyland Paris for my little sister (and secretly me, I am a Disney enthusiast) and although spending the day here isn't fully grasping the Paris experience, it was a really fun day reminiscing on my previous visit to Disneyland and obviously taking full advantage of the fact we were in the most magical place in the world! No one can deny loving Disney, especially me.

I've always wanted to be a Disney princess...
Walt Disney Studios!

It's a small world!

Mickey Mouse slush!

The Disney Parade!

Day three was my favourite day of all, shopping (and of course, a little bit of sightseeing). We started our day at the Arc De Triomphe, a dazzling piece of architecture with some really interesting stories behind it. We then made our way down the Champs Elysees and did a fair bit of shopping but who wouldn't when surrounded by every designer shop you could think of?! Next was the Galeries Lafayette, the most incredible shopping centre I've ever visited and coming from a serious shopaholic, that's saying something. We enjoyed ice cream on the rooftop whilst admiring unimaginable views, an experience I re-live every day. After a long walk through the streets of Paris, we headed to a metro station and made our way back to the River Seine where we found a hidden away restaurant and enjoyed a traditional French meal. To end the trip of a lifetime, we headed back to the Ponts Des Arts and witnessed the Eifell Tower lit up which was something words cannot describe.
Just in case anyone's wondering where to buy my Christmas present...

Cookie Dough ft. Eifell Tower.

Rooftop of the Galleries Lafayette.

L'Arc De Triomphe.

Avenue des Champs Elysees.

Laduree-home of the best macaroons you will ever taste.


Leaving the city was awful and after this trip I know I am made for Paris. I'm definitely going back in the near future and I'd love to live there at some point in my life. Let me know in the comments if you've ever been to Paris or plan on going in the future!

Also, if anyone's wondering where my outfits are from...

Day 1-
Dress-River Island
Boots- Kurt Geiger
Bag-River Island
Necklace- Zara
Watch- Michael Kors

Day 2-
Trousers- Topshop
Top- Asos
Unsure where my checked shirt is from but it's from the mens department if that helps!

Day 3-
Top-Urban Outfitters
Heeled Boots- Forever 21
Sandals- Office (yes, I had to switch to flats.)
Bag- River Island
Sunglasses- Dior
Watch- Michael Kors