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The bag that does double duty as jewellery

23rd February, 2018

Who doesn’t love a fashion multitasker? The bracelet bag trend spurred on by the Chloe Nile bag seen in everyone from Olivia Palermo to Sienna Miller and Vogue’s Christine Centenera, is just that. With its bangle-like handle it not only allows you to cart all your stuff around in one pretty package, it can also double as jewellery when you’re wearing it. The ring handle bag is a breath of fresh air from traditional bag silhouettes and allows you to elevate an accessory to a beautiful adornment without having to really do much at all.

Scroll down to shop my edit of bracelet bag options to suit every budget…

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The beauty buys you need to check out this week

17th February, 2018

In need of a beauty fix? Then you’re in luck because there are some amazing buys worth checking out this week. I don’t know about you but I think there’s just something about popping on a new lipstick shade or cracking open a gorgeous new makeup palette for the first time that offers up quite the thrill. Here are some buys that will have any beauty fan wanting to add to cart.

 

Bobbi Brown 5-in-1 Essential Face Palette

If you travel a lot or just can’t be bothered having to deal with multiple products then this will solve all your dilemmas. With everything from concealer, to bronzer to foundation in the one palette you’ll always look impeccable when you’re on the go—and significantly lighter in cosmetics too.

Dior Addict Lip Glow

If you can never find the right lipstick shade this is one way to guarantee the perfect colour. This is reacts to the natural chemistry of your lips giving you a custom hue that’s uniquely suited to you.

Charlotte Tilbury Golden Goddess Eye Palette

It’s hard to find a quad palette that has just the right shades (there’s often always a random colour that you’re not quite sure what to do with) but these are all gorgeous and quite wearable.

Kitsch Luxe Shower Cap

Oh the cuteness! Shower caps are often a necessity rather than an accessory but this solves that problem. If you’re not a fan of polka dots this range also comes in stripes and plain black.

Tom Ford Bronzing Powder

For a flush of “I just came back from an exotic tropical holiday” colour Tom Ford is your man. This bronzing powder not only gives great colour, the packaging is unbelievably chic. You’ll be looking for excuses to pull this one out for touch ups.

What’s on your beauty wish list?
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Want an easy way to update an outfit? Try a deconstructed shirt

16th February, 2018

I’m a believer in wardrobe shortcuts. Those pieces that will instantly make an outfit look on trend when paired back with old favourites from your closet. Enter the deconstructed shirt. Turning the traditional button down on its head, this is a trend that looks edgy yet is so wearable that you’ll want it in multiple styles and will find yourself practically living in it. This shirt will work well with everything from your favourite pair of jeans on the weekend, to a skirt for a night out and slacks for the office. It’s the ultimate style chameleon and you’ll most definitely find yourself reaching for it during those times when you need your look to feel modern and fresh.

Shop my picks of deconstructed shirts below…

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Tell me—have you already tried this trend? Will you add it to your wardrobe?

 

 

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5 designer accessories worth splurging on this week—and they’re on sale!

11th February, 2018

Who’s in the mood to shop? If you’re up for spoiling yourself this week, here’s a round up of the best designer finds that will not only make welcome additions to your wardrobe but rather excitingly are currently on sale!

Alaïa Arabesque embellished clutch

Anything Alaïa is always a good idea particularly when it comes in the form of a super practical yet next level black clutch. You’ll wear this to death so you can definitely justify the splurge.

Givenchy leather belt

A belt is a great way to elevate an outfit whether it be a pair of jeans or a dress and this understated Givenchy piece will do just that style cred aplenty.

Isabel Marant dancing hoop and pendant earrings

The geometric style of these earrings will be just the thing to give an ensemble an edgy and luxe feel.

Valentino Rockstud leather bracelet

Who can resist the classic Valentino Rockstud style? A diminutive way to add a designer touch to a look.

Tom Ford Margret aviator sunglasses

Classic and understated, these sunglasses are well worth adding to your collection because you’ll absolutely wear them to death.

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8 things to wear on your next date night

10th February, 2018

I think date nights are great. For me, I think they’re the perfect excuse to get dressed up and spend some quality one-on-one time together with Luke, much like we did back when we first started dating. And whilst the date itself is always special, often it’s the process of being able to plan an outfit and get all dolled up that’s half the fun.

Date night outfits are the ideal time to embrace pieces that dial up the glamour and make you feel amazing. Whether it be some knockout statement jewellery or a stunning pair of stilettos, it’s all about gravitating towards clothing and accessories that are a departure from your everyday look and have that magical sartorial power that make you feel like your very best self. Now you’ve got your outfit, your date and the location it’s up to you to BYO romance!

Scroll down to for 8 pieces that you can wear on your next date night… 

Leigh Miller totem gold-tone and silver earrings

This is the kind of thing I wouldn’t wear on an average day so they’re perfect for a night out—wearing something that’s out of the ordinary instantly makes them feel special.

Raey satin silk slip dress

Simple and understatedly sexy, a slinky slip dress is a great outfit option.

Olga Berg mesh clutch

A cute 70s style mesh clutch brings a playful touch to any look. I love having a statement bag as an outfit accent when I’m wearing something that’s a little more subdued.

Ellery honey embellished skirt

If you’re not a dress girls a great skirt can be a wonderful alternative. This skirt paired with a blouse or slip would be beyond perfect for a nice dinner.

M.I.H Jeans Anneke balloon sleeve top

If you’re not so much of an accessories fan, your clothes can definitely take on the mantle of showstopper piece. The balloon sleeves on this top and the sweet candy pink make it the perfect thing to bookmark for an evening out.

Alexandre Birman Jessica bow-embellished sandals

Killer shoes are a must. I love the bow detail on these shoes and the rich wine colour give it a luxe feel. There’s just something about the magical effect of a pair of skyscraper heels.

Theory Whitney bag

If you don’t like having to carry a clutch, a little shoulder bag can be a nice alternative. Black is always a practical option as it will go with virtually everything.

J. Crew Hugh satin trimmed blazer

For those nights when the weather is a bit cooler, you’ll want a jacket to pop on and this blazer ticks all the right boxes. The cut is flattering, the colour versatile and the satin lapel really gives it a nighttime feel.

 

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Valentine’s Day gift ideas that are sure to impress

9th February, 2018

Valentine's Day gift ideas for women

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and if you’re yet to have found the perfect present for your other half then you’ve come to the right place. I’ve rounded up my top his and hers gift picks that are sure to impress and earn you some major brownie points on the day. From beautiful accessories for the fashion lover to timepieces that are going to make any watch fan’s day, there’s a perfect token of affection to bring a smile to your beloved’s face. And if you’re happily single, well, this is the perfect time to spoil yourself rotten because there’s no doubt that you absolutely deserve it. I hope you have a loved up February 14th!

Scroll down to start V Day shopping…

For her

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Three J NYC cotton poplin pyjamas

There’s always room in a woman’s life for cute and comfy PJs.

Gucci G-timeless leather watch

A classic style that with that bright pop of red has showstopper appeal.

Anine Bing lace soft cup bra

Beautiful lingerie is a definite crowd pleaser for all parties involved.

Ryan Storer lily gold plated earrings

You can never go wrong with a piece of gorgeous jewellery.

Samuele Failli Jerry leather sandals

This is for the woman who wants her footwear to make a bold statement.

Cire Trudon scented candle

A luxe candle that will elevate any home.

Valentino metallic small spike bag

Want to make a woman’s heart start racing? Enter Valentino and it’s day – maybe year – made.

Fleur of England shore robe

A pretty marriage of lace and satin that any woman would be happy to cosy up in.

David Jones premium red roses with truffles

Why mess with a tried and tested formula? Red roses and chocolates are always going to be a winner.

For him

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Hugo Boss traveller 4 CC wallet

Do your guy a favour and update his wallet for him. You know he probably needs one…

Emporio Armani baseball cap

For the sporty guy who wants to inject a little luxury into his off duty style.

Hender Scheme distressed penny loafers

Beautifully crafted shoes will always be a welcome addition to any man’s wardrobe.

Polo Ralph Lauren slim fit cotton t-shirt

You can’t go wrong with elevated basics.

Armani Exchange Maddox gold watch

A sleek style that’s worthy of a showing off.

Oliver Spencer drawstring shorts

These are a perfect addition to his summer look.

Cartier round frame sunglasses

These classy sunnies are guaranteed to become a favourite.

Bang and Olufsen wireless speaker

The minimalist style of these speakers underplays its power. Music lovers will definitely love this.

Montblanc checked pattern cufflinks

You can’t go wrong with understated cufflinks.

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The backpack is all grown up and ready for you to fall in love with it

3rd February, 2018

I often gravitate towards accessories that merge practicality and style in one, which is why the backpack has definitely become one of my go-tos. It’s just so easy and makes carrying around my everyday essentials a breeze. And the good news is that the backpack has undergone a modern transformation that’s turned it into a far more fashionable proposition. Think chic colour palettes, interesting hardware and contemporary shapes that have made it into a stylish accessory on par with classic styles such as the trusty tote and top handle bag. Whether you’re after a designer option from the likes of Saint Laurent and Chloe or a cheap and cheerful version, there’s no doubt that you will be spoilt for choice. This is the ideal bag to have on hand when you’re travelling or just have a busy day ahead.

Shop my edit of backpacks below…

 

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What you need to add to your wardrobe this year

29th January, 2018

Want a cohesive wardrobe that won’t leave you constantly thinking that you have nothing to wear? It pays to think strategically about the key items in your closet that will help you get there. Instead of constantly piling more clothes, more shoes, more accessories onto the pile and ultimately ending up at the same place, you need to start thinking about the few items that will work back with the rest of your wardrobe in multiple ways.

By planning ahead and really pinpointing the items that will be in constant rotation you are able to stretch your fashion dollar further and ultimately end up with more outfit options, simply because you have the building blocks in place for several looks. When it comes to what’s currently on trend, what will stand the test of time and also what’s going to be ultra wearable, here are five great buys to start with…

A great blazer

I will stand by this purchase over and over again. I kept an eye out for this Balmain blazer (similar style here) for ages and finally nabbed it when I saw it on sale and haven’t looked back since. It goes with so many different outfits and it instantly makes anything I wear look polished. Do your research and try on a few different styles before settling on the right blazer and make sure the fit is ultra flattering, not too boxy and is just the right length (I’m a fan of the longline style). Grab one in black and I guarantee you’ll wear it to death.

Dressy sneakers

Sneakers are not going anymore any time soon. They’ve become a wardrobe staple and rightly so given how easily they work back with everything and also how comfortable they are. It’s a bit of an oxymoron but find yourself a pair of “dress” sneakers. So think a style that’s sophisticated and sleek, with minimal embellishments. I love metallics and use it as an accent colour a lot so I knew these Gucci sneakers would work well with what I own, however you may prefer to stick to a nice clean, white palette to ensure that you can wear it with most of your wardrobe.

Statement slides

Slides are one of my favourite trends and whilst they’re great for casual wear I think a pair of slip-on loafers is the kind of piece that’s ultra wearable but can also lift an outfit. Find a pair that’s got a classic shape but perhaps has an interesting detail such as a great buckle or even an appliqué such as the above Gucci pair I fell in love with to turn it into a standout, statement piece. This style can work with everything from jeans, to dresses and skirts so you’ll definitely get your money’s worth with such a purchase.

Elevated white shirt

A white shirt has been a wardrobe staple for forever but lately, it’s become a whole lot more interesting than the plain button down of yesteryear. A style such as the above wrap shirt, also has great finishes that turn into something extra—think the tie detail, the lapels, the ruched sleeve, and the split back detail (you can see it here) that gives it an alluring touch. It has all the goes-with-anything elements of a traditional shirt but so many more extra finishing touches that make it fashion forward.

A quality bag

Think about how frequently carry your handbag. If you’re like me it probably gets quite the workout and is always jam packed with day-to-day essentials so it has to be stylish and durable. I think if you’re going to invest in one thing in your wardrobe it’s a quality bag. One that’s able to withstand constant wear and tear and is able to carry your entire life effortlessly. I love a bag like the above which is a neutral shade making it an easy piece to mix and match, but it has just enough detail to make it interesting.

What are some key pieces you’re planning to add to your wardrobe this year?
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Slingback heels are the chic and comfortable shoe you need

28th January, 2018

Sky high stilettos can be fun but sometimes a girl’s just got to go for something she can walk in for an entire day. Enter the slingback. The style has made a comeback of late and when in kitten heel or flats form, they’re super comfortable whilst still remaining sophisticated and polished. Whilst a classic black pair is a great place to start, there are a multitude of fun patterns and prints which can elevate and outfit and give it a fun focal point. Wear them to work or out to dinner with the girls, either way they make for a chic touch to any look and the best bit? You can walk in them for hours.

Shop my edit of slingback heels below…

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The fashion investment pieces I’ve got my eye on this year

24th January, 2018

I’m on the hunt for a new black clutch

Every year I map out what I’m planning to add to my wardrobe in terms of investment pieces. These are the big ticket items that I know will have longevity in my wardrobe and will be used constantly so I’m willing to spend a little more on them. As they often require a little forward planning due to their cost I always like to check out my wardrobe to identify any gaps or what may need replacing so I know exactly what I need to add to my list. This year, I’ll be looking to add the following to my collection…

 

Statement earrings

I’m keeping my eye out for some great statement earrings as I think they can really make an outfit. I like the fact that they’re an easy accessory to add to a look and the range of designs available at the moment is incredible. I like to mix it up as far as jewellery brands go so I will always go to big shopping destinations like Net-a-Porter which have an extensive line-up and a great roster of small and big brands to choose from.

Quality jeans

I need a new pair of good jeans that I can dress up. I’m looking for one in a lighter denim, that’s high waisted and in a skinny leg style. Denim is always on high rotation in my wardrobe so I can justify spending a little more on jeans if I know it’s the kind of piece that I will wear constantly and that can be styled in various ways.

Statement heels

 

For me, the statement heel is the kind of thing that will always get a workout throughout the year. With the sheer number of functions I have to attend, a great pair of striking heels will always be value for money as I will wear them so often. My go-to brands are usually Gucci, Balenciaga, Gianvito Rossi, Aquazzura and Alaïa as they always have interesting designs that aren’t so run of the mill. I usually like to choose neutral colours but with bold finishes so it’s easy to work back with numerous outfits without compromising on wow factor.

Black clutch

I’m on the hunt for a new little black clutch. The Chanel one I’m carrying in the above shot has been with me for years and I’m after one in a similar size and in the same classic style. I love bags that can be used on multiple ways, so for example, I favour styles that have a strap allowing me to wear it as a crossbody bag but then if I tuck the strap in I can use it as a clutch. I definitely think you get more value for money that way.

Showstopper belt

I’ve had my eye on this belt for ages. Belts have had a bit of a resurgence as far as accessories go and I’ve been on the look out for one that I know will last more than a season. This belt by Gucci is perfect. It’s classic black, features the iconic interlocking Gs and the addition of pearl studs  elevates it into a true outfit centrepiece.

What investment pieces have you got your eye on?