Craving Corduroy

Yes I did just say Corduroy, the once outdated, strange texture that doesn’t make any garment look good..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…

image1. 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.

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Do you think cord is fashion genius or fashion faux pas?

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Splurge v Steal Sophia Webster

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.

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ASOS £16

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Sophia Webster £295

Grab them before they’re gone!

AW15 Self Portrait

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!image

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

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Which will you be saving up for?

The Gladiator Edit

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?

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1. Dorothy Perkins, £32.  2. Aldo, £39.  3. Aldo, £58.  4. New Look, £20.  5. Topshop, £39.

6. Steve Madden, £58.  7. Carvela, £130.  8. H&M, £20.  9. Topshop, £29.  10. Zara, £19.

Vivienne Westwood X Cambridge Satchel

imageWhen 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.image

Feeling different: Go for the new magnetic closures or zipped satchels which have easier accessibility and are a subtle twist on the classic.imageFeeling 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.

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Which satchel would you choose?

Summer style

  

If you thought fruity fashion was so last year then think again. This year it’s back and it’s bigger than ever. From watermelons to lemons, high street to high end, sunglasses to skirts, printed fruit is everywhere you look so grab a must have whilst it’s hot. 

If your still not sure, there are plenty of low cost bargains to be found so grab a cheap and cheerful fashion find whilst they are still in stock.

Pom Pom Perfection 

It’s Friday and that means one thing.. Trying to resist going for a ‘browse’ in your nearest town tomorrow. One thing will lead to another and before you know it you’ll come back with bags full of impulse buys.

Plan ahead and bag one of these perfect Pom Pom shorts instead. 

FYI pom poms are here to stay!

  

Look out for my new blog coming soon on how to shop savvy!

Happy Holidays

Yesterday the sun was shining and the temperature miraculously reached 20+ degrees. Today is a different story with the rain lashing against my window only dreaming of sunshine. 

But don’t let that get you down, the peak of summer is nearly here and that means one thing: HOLIDAYS!

So be prepared for your annual trip by packing smart and looking stylish. Below is everything you need from the tiresome travelling, becoming a beach beauty and everything in between. Don’t forget to leave room for holiday souvenirs. 

Five Top tips for sunshine success:

1. Pack light; the last thing you want is to be lugging around a huge suitcase to and from your hotel.

2. Comfort is key; a long flight calls out for a pair of formal joggers and a simple top which will be perfect on arrival to your hot destination.

3. Statement sunnies; however much you think makeup on the beach is essential, you are wrong. Applying makeup that only hours later will begin to melt or run after a dip in the pool is a no no, instead grab a pair of large sunnies which will hide any bare faces.

4. Take a tote; for the beach or expoloring, a tote is an easy staple piece that will carry everything from your beach towels to your tacky mementoes.

5. Tinted sun cream; last minute little cheat to keep you looking bronzed whilst your accidental sunburn subsides. 

What will you be packing this summer?

Glastonbury glamour

Everyones talking about it and it’s right around the corner. So you either fall into one of two categories:

1. Your so lucky and currently envied as your packing and getting ready for a week of festival antics.

2. You are currently sulking because you didn’t manage to get the sought after tickets.

If you are going, I suggest channelling the bohemian look. Effortless pieces will compliment your unwashed hair after day three and any item would be perfect thrown on with a pair of ankle wellies.

Here’s my bohemian inspiration board to resolve your last minute packing dilemmas. There’s plenty of tassels and fringing on the high street for a cheap and cheerful fix.IMG_3070

But don’t worry, if your answer was number 2, there’s always a silver lining. With what you could have spent on a Glastonbury ticket, here are a few fantastic finds you could buy instead! For this reason they are totally justifiable! Plus, they are all on sale (if you didn’t already know end of season sale has started so be prepared to get your elbows at the ready).

These perfect picks will soon demolish any Glastonbury blues.

Il let you into a little secret too; if you buy them all you’ll have 7p left over from your non existent festival ticket. Now there’s something to smile about.

Shoulder Bag: Zara £49.99

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Playsuit: Topshop £25.00

Denim dress: Miss Selfridge £20.00

Heeled Sandal: Mango £69.99

Striped silk Dress: Uniqlo £29.95

Round Sunglasses: Whistles £30.00

What will you be wearing to Glastonbury?