Yes we all know that Black Friday is only a couple of days away and in honour of this bargain filled event, here’s my best pics of the monochrome trend.
I’ll be buying the black cape from H&M at an incredible £50, perfect for being on trend this winter. I also love the check skirt, which would be ideal with knee high boots and a chunky cable knit, £20 from New Look. Finally, if you are looking for something more daring and want to make a statement this Christmas, go for the tulle ballet skirt from Net-a-Porter, £140.
Monochrome is going nowhere so make sure you stock up!
They come in all shapes, sizes, colours and fabrications, bobble hats are back with a vengeance.
Ive already got mine but I will definitely be stocking up on a few more, there’s nothing like being cold in the height of winter. Below are my pick of the high street: I really love the twist on the classic with two bobbles, £22 from Accessorize, mix it up with a true multicoloured Pom Pom, £12 from Joy or go one step further with a pearl bobble, £120 from Undercover at Selfridges.
Our long awaited trip to Brussels was incredible. There were so many highlights and favourite sights that I previously had not known about. There is far to much to write down so below are a few of my best bits.
Where to go:
Grand place: This is the centre of Brussels, towering buildings draped in gold and intricate details overlooked the square in which orchestras played and tourists gathered. It was overwhelmingly beautiful. There are a number of cafés dotted around grand place which is perfect for people watching!
St Michaels Cathedral: There are many churches in Brussels but this was by far the greatest. With its own museum and underground history, stained glass windows and tonnes of detail, this was one of my favourite sights. It was truly amazing and a must see!
European Union building: My partner’s favourite. Slightly out of the centre but worth seeing it in the flesh, and if your a fan of all things EU, you will be in your element.
Palais Royal: Luckily we arrived at the perfect time to welcome back the Royals to the Palace with an elaborate horse guard parade. The Palace and gardens were huge with plenty of fountains and flowers.
Manneken pis and Jeanneke pis: The small but extremely popular Manneken Pis, this little boy weeing fountain attracts tourists worldwide. Worth a look even if it is for a selfie! And the not so well known Jeanneke Pis, the little girl who is also having a wee in the fountain, located behind Delerium bar, a hidden treasure.
Where to eat and drink:
The lobster house: Just off the road from Grand Place lies a street of restaurants with plenty of choice. Don’t be put off by the greeters who are pushy to say the least, with their menu boards and free drink deals, take your time and see what you like. On our first night we went to the lobster house and fine dined with mussels, lobster and seafood paella which were all delicious. Slightly high priced due to location but the service and open fire was well worth it!
Friterie du cafe Georgette: The best chip shop in town. However this is not only a chip shop, Belgium love their fries and they are fried twice for taste, absolutely beautiful!
Elizabeth chocolate shop: Great for souvenirs. They are a chain that run across Belgium and have beautiful displays and lots of choice and most importantly, lots of chocolate.
Waffles: They are everywhere , even in ice cream style vans. You must try one, whether it’s smothered in chocolate or covered in fruit! There simply delicious.
Delirium: Apparently the most popular bar in Brussels, located next to Jeannekie Pis, the decor is amazing. Beer mats and signs are everywhere and it offers lots and lots of beer. There’s always an extensive cocktail list of you aren’t a beer fan.
What to do:
Planet Chocolat: Much more than we first imagined, this demonstration taught us all about cocoa bean processes and included live demonstrations of truffle making. Sampling hot chocolate and different chocolates it was well worth a visit. The multilingual host made it entertaining and engaging, definitely make time for this on a rainy day.
Atomium and Mini Europe: Cheesy and cheerful, for all tourists. Atomium is an attraction that displays an atom that has been enlarged 165 billion times. There is a viewpoint at the top over Brussels and museums in the atom pods. Mini Europe was great, it’s exactly what it says on the tin, walking around from city to city and pressing buttons to play sounds and make things move, worth treating yourself to an afternoon of walking and a chance to feel like a child again.
Walk along Place Louise: Located a few minutes walk away from our hotel, in Louize there is a long street full of high end shops. Karl Lagerfeld, Chanel and Dior to name a few were amongst many more so if your looking to spend your cash on designer gear here is your heaven. Oh and there is a Hagen Daaz shop in the middle which is a great pit stop!
Overall the trip, like any other city break was full of walking and sightseeing so take some comfortable shoes and a raincoat for unexpected showers. We had such an amazing trip and would definitely return!
Elegant Magazine invites new designers and collaborations to show and express their work. Yet again seeing my collection in print is unreal, as is the photography and styling of this shoot. I love the blue hues which compliment my collection and the doll like poses displayed by the model. They are really inspiring and pure which have a sense of calm and peacefulness.
Yes I did just say Corduroy, the once outdated, strange texture that doesn’t make any garment look good.. Until now.
I’ve seen a few people brave the cord when I’ve been out and about which has peaked my interest somewhat. Now the day has finally come as Topshop are first to catch onto the trend spanning from dresses to jeans. However this new take on cord is fresh and appealing! Hurrah!
Here are my favourites from Topshop’s new collection…
1. A-line buttoned skirt £30, a new take on suede and perfect for sunny days or thrown on with tights for the arrival of Autumn. 2. Burgundy skinny jeans £42, coloured jeans are also making their mark on the high street so this tackles both trends in one. 3. Patterned cord crop top £42, is this even cord? Yes! If your not convinced on cord then this is perfect for you. 4. Tan pinafore dress £50, I love the school dress nod in this cute dress, perfect for festivals or layering. 5. Printed 70’s mini skirt £42, again it doesn’t even look like cord, the autumnal colours are perfect for any occasion. 6. Black bomber jacket £48, I love this jacket! It’s cool and would compliment any outfit, ideal to throw on!
It’s not only the high street that’s catching on, recently Miley Cyrus was seen in Free People cord dungarees whilst she was out and about. One for the boys too, Nick Jonas was spotted wearing a cord suit during a recent shoot. Keep your eyes peeled and I’m sure in a few months you too will be sporting something cord.
Do you think cord is fashion genius or fashion faux pas?
I have just spotted these and had to share them with you.
If you haven’t heard of Sophia Webster, she designs absolutely beautiful shoes that you wouldn’t dare leave the house in. She also has amazing bags and accessories for every occasion!
However I have just seen an ASOS copycat version of her conversational speech bubble shoes. They aren’t as fabulous as the real deal but for a fraction of the price I would definitely purchase the ASOS ones.
You may have heard of this incredible brand but if you haven’t, you have now!
Full of interesting lace and macrame, this designer brand really knows how to bring elegance and quirkiness to simple silhouettes. I love the uniqueness of the designs and the transparent sections that create illusions. The colours are vibrant and exciting and offer something unique to the market. The price points aren’t cheap but it really is worth those hard earned pennies.
My all time favourite piece is the Liliana Dress. With a cute collar and see through sections, this midi dress with little lace sleeves is a must have that you can’t find anywhere else, not even a knock off copycat version!
The new AW15 collection is already online to preorder so get your name on the list before it’s too late. Here the cream of the crop, find them at http://www.self-portrait-studio.com
Whether they’re short or long, buckles or lace ups, gladiator sandals are the shoe to buy this summer!
They come in all colours and shapes to suit every style and for every occasion. Personally I do think the long length versions may become tiresome and lose their novelty value but they do look great at a festival or on holiday, but just watch the tan lines! If your not sure either, go for a simple short style in a vibrant metallic or statement white. There’s even the option to combat cold winter nights with the shoe options.
Here are my top ten from the high street right now! Which are your favourite?
When I thought my love for Cambridge Satchels couldn’t become any greater I came across the collaboration with the world renound satchel company and top designer Vivienne Westwood. The simplicity of the print beautifully compliments the three available sizes and three bold colour combinations, everyone will have their own favourite. Available online or in Vivienne Westwood boutiques, I would grab your fave before they sell out. Prices start from £115, almost justifiable! If your not tempted by the prints, here are my favourite statement satchels from the collection.
WARNING: There is currently a 50% off sale so it may leave you with empty pockets.
Feeling daring: Go for the fluoro satchel which will turn heads and surely brighten your wardrobe.
Feeling different: Go for the new magnetic closures or zipped satchels which have easier accessibility and are a subtle twist on the classic.Feeling simple: instead of the classic satchel, the company also make cute over the shoulder bags with a simple clasp closure; perfect for a more formal look. My fave is the new cloud bag which has a scalloped edge.