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Wednesday, 26 October 2016

The must have classic coat

There is one thing that every girl needs in her wardrobe and that is a classic camel coat, I know I post a lot about the new-in items and fast fashion pieces but for me I would rather you invested in a few things that you knew would last year every year. Coats, if looked after properly can be pulled out each year and re-worn in a number of ways, but choosing what coat to invest in is important. For example if you buy an item that is on trend one season like Tartan for example, you may be very much over that style by the time the year ends, well at least that's is how I feel sometimes. When you invest in a piece like a classic camel coat, you just know that season after season it never gets old. It is timeless, and with good care taken of it, you can get a number of years of wear out of it. This River Island Plus Camel Coat is gorgeous, it looks so smart and is really well lined to provide warmth during the cold winters we get here in the UK. Although you can't see here this coat is belted which adds a sophistication to the look and the great thing about having a plain coat is that you can mix and match it with so many of your items. The dark floral printed dress I am wearing underneath works perfectly with the simplicity of the coat, and of course I had to throw on my favorite glittery boots, because what is a better way to finish a look than with glitter. 

All looks featured in this post were from my October Column in Marie Claire 
Camel Coat - River Island Plus 
Dark Floral Dress - River Island Plus 
Boots - Old from New Look
Bag - Marina Rinaldi 


Photgraphy by Kirsty Mackenzie 

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Thursday, 20 October 2016

Animal Print: The hottest A/W trend

Animal print is a huge trend this season, so much so that I featured this look in the November issue of my  Curve Column in Marie Claire. Usually when you think of faux leopard print people get visions of Bett Lynch circa 1966, well I'm here to tell you that our girl Bett had the right idea, believe me, with some fine tuning, you can make a animal print piece the coolest thing in your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter. Leopard print in particular works extremely well with denim, the contrast of the bright blue against the golden tones of the print perfectly compliment each other. The Evans faux fur coat I am wearing in this look works so well with my ASOS Denim Pinafore, and my bright red lip pulled the look together completely. If an animal print coat is a little too much for you then why not try just a touch of leopard print, maybe with a bag or perhaps with a pair of shoes like below. Remember fashion is for fun, so be bold, daring and don't be afraid to wear something that is gonna turn some heads.


Leopard Print Coat - Evans (similar Here)
Denim Pinafore - ASOS Curve
Tights - ASOS 
Shoes - New Look (old similar here)

Photography by Kirsty Mackenzie 
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Wednesday, 19 October 2016

How to find the perfect Bridesmaid dresses

What is a bride without her bridesmaids, they are the girls you turn to when you really need them during the madness of planning a wedding. They are your best friends, the people you choose to share the most special day of your life and your all time BFF's. So of course you want them to feel and look as fabulous as you. You always here horror stories from bridesmaids about being forced to wear the worst, bad fitting, ugly dresses, (have you not seen the film 27 dresses!) and that was something I didn't want to do to my Bridesbabes. That said, I will keep it real here, finding a dress for friends of all different shapes, sizes and heights isn't the easiest of tasks. My vision for my bridesmaids involved a more modern style with them all being in different dresses whilst keeping my theme of rose gold and blush (the design of my engagement ring) Thankfully my wonderful friends at ASOS offered to provide the bridesmaids dresses for my girls, making choosing a much easier process. So today I thought I would share some of my tips on how I found the perfect bridesmaid dresses for my babes.

1. Make a mood board 

Start firstly by jotting down on paper what colours, styles and direct inspiration you have. For example I drew most of my inspiration from my rose gold and morganite engagement ring. I loved the gentle blush of the center stone of my ring so that was how I started the process of my mood board. I created a board on Pinterest and began to pin styles I liked starting with blush colour as my base, then slowly, when I saw other styles I liked I began to form a mood board of not just colours but styles, lengths and shapes. From that point I began building a vision of what I wanted the girls in. I also made sure to include my friends in this process, sharing ideas and knowing what style dresses were a no-go. 

2. Use the right search terms

This may seem like a silly thing to advise, but trust me search terms mean everything when searching for a dress online. After deciding we wanted to search for dresses with a little sparkle I began to look for dresses that matched that aesthetic. Unfortunately sparkle is not an adequate search term, instead I searched for terms such as 'sequinned' and 'embellished' and I began to notice that most of those style dresses were showing as part of the 'Maya' collection on ASOS, so going forward I continually searched using that term.. Also take note of the search terms the website you are looking on uses and remember to re-use them, as you may come to realise items can go out of stock really quickly so checking back whenever you can is imperative. Using filters on colour and length also helps save time especially once you have finally decided what colour palette you are working with.

3. Talk with your girls 

Keep a constant line of communication with your pals, we chose to do this over whatsapp, that way we could send in photos and links of styles of dresses we liked and didn't like. I wanted my girls to wear what ever made them feel comfortable, so if they really hated it it was vetoed. We also organised a couple of bridesmaids nights, we ordered pizza and drank bottles of Prosseco and used this as an opportunity for the girls to try the dresses on that we had ordered, and have a good old catch up.

4. Don't get stressed

Planning a wedding is stressful and there are times when you will really feel the strain, but my advise is to try and not take it out on your friends. It took a surprisingly long time to settle on the dresses we went with and in total we tried three styles on before we found one that everyone loved. I'm sure that is pretty typical for a bridesmaid dress search, however the logistics of getting everyone to try things is the really tough part of the whole thing. There were times when arranging to meet was difficult to organise especially with everyone living at various ends of London and my sister being back in Wales. Even posting dresses out to everyone caused stress and I occasionally let that get the better of me. Snapping at your friends is not good and occasionally tone can be completely misread over text so do keep that in mind and don't read into things, trust me often things aren't meant the way you think they are. If something is bugging you, talk it out and move on, holding on to annoyances only makes things more stressful, thankfully my girls understood where I was coming from and within minutes of anything like that we had worked it out. Just remember that they want to make this day as special as possible, so make sure you treat your babes like the queens they are.

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Monday, 17 October 2016

Get daring with Denim

Denim does not have to always mean wearing jeans, and it most certainly doesn't have to be boring. If you have noticed I am a big fan of pinafores, dungarees, and jumpsuits, I like the way they provide a casual relaxed look, which is a style that I am most drawn to. This was another look I featured in the October issue of my Marie Claire Curve Column . The pinafore is the perfect transitional autumn piece, you can wear it on top of T-shirts when the weather is slightly warmer or with a roll neck like I have here on those colder days and it is so easy to just throw on and still look good. Personally I prefer to size up with this style, the baggier the better, but surprisingly this was a true to size dress. I chose to pair with my old glitter New Look boots to add a sparkle to the outfit. This ASOS Curve Denim Pinafore is in the sale for just £21 and is available in this blue denim and grey. See below to shop my look. 


Photography by Kirsty Mackenzie 
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