December must haves

This winter, make sure you are knitted out with three of the best trends this winter: 
1. Ankle boots. Each season we see clothing trends mirrored in shoe trends. This season is all about embroidery, velvet and patent. Embroidery is for the more daring, making any outfit instantly a statement look. I already bought mine from Asos back in August, but they are only getting bigger and better and more embroidered! Velvet is a more subtle way to jazz up your ankle boots, making them look extremely luxurious and plush. Or go one step further and combine print and velvet, why not!? Last but not least is the patent boot, which has been around for years but has been reinvented using bright colours and tonal prints, what’s not to love?

Here are a few of my favourites:

2. Staple skirts. Embroidery and velvet also feature in skirts, with the addition of pleats and tulle midi’s. Dress them up or down, add flat shoes or heels, these skirts can take you anywhere. My favourite is the pleated midi skirts, team these with a chunky roll neck during the day and transform to a plain Bardot top for the evening. 

3. Winter knitwear. No one wants to look like they are wearing thousands of layers during the winter, regardless of how cold it is. Make sure this winter you combine the latest trends with comfortable cables. These knit picks will be sure to do both st the same time, double tick. 

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Having their moment… Zara christmas

Zara is always my fave, what’s not to love about on trend picks amongst beautifully made garments, adding a bit of luxury to a bargain hunters shopping bag. 

Zara always seems to get it bang on, using ruffles, embroidery and lace in their garments teamed with metallics and unusual textures. 

Here are my top seven from this weeks collection (one for every day of the week):

How to: Christmas jumpers

The time of year is nearly upon us, where the tedious task of buying a suitable Christmas jumper commences. Novelty jumpers are everywhere, and I mean everywhere!! However, nobody wants to mistaken for an extra in a Bridget Jones film. 

Thankfully, I am here to point you all in the right direction of the best jumpers out there right now. Whether you hate the thought of a tacky tradition, or are someone who loves wearing them at every opportunity, here are my top picks from lowest to highest on the Christmas scale:

For people who are anti Christmas jumpers:

1. River island cream fluffy cable knit, £38. 2. Boohoo Hollie, reindeers and snowflake jumper, £21. 3. River island gold and cream tinsel knit, £61. 4. John Lewis cashmere grey tree jumper, £134. 

For people who are partial to take part, without going overboard:

1. Dickinson & Jones cracker knit, £34. 2. Warehouse holly Christmas jumper, £36. 3. Warehouse bauble grey knit, £36. 4. Coast black embellished jumper, £49. 5. Warehouse grey mistletoe jumper, £36. 

For people who are not afraid to embrace all things Christmas: 

1. Topshop sequin gingerbread man jumper, £54. 2. Topshop black sequin bauble jumper, £100. 3. Boohoo red reindeer knit, £21. 4. Markus Lupfer black sequin reindeer jumper, £315. 5. Boohoo navy reindeer fairisle jumper, £21. 6. Topshop mistletoe kisses jumper, £36. 

Which one will you be buying?

Pleats updated

Finally a new take on the traditional pleat has arrived. Plisse! 

This is a form of pleat, where the fabric is puckered or crinkled permanently to give a beautiful effect. The shops are completely saturated with this fabric in every way possible. Whether its evening gowns, culottes or simple tshirts, there are a million ways to add a piece of plisse to your wardrobe. Better still, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg, what are you waiting for?

2016 is loving lace

Self Portrait were first off the mark with their lace cut out designs and sheer silhouettes, oozing glamour and detail. Now all the high street shops have followed suit, consisting of a variety of colours and shapes to suit all sizes. The perfect dress for a summer wedding or a day at the races, the detail on the dresses is breathtaking! Can’t wait to get my hands on one or two!  

1. Self portrait, £290. 2. Self Portrait, £215. 3. Zara, £70. 4. Phase Eight, £150. 5. Topshop, £100. 6. River Island, £110. 7. Warehouse, £99. 8. For Love and lemons, £275. 9. Mango, £56. 10. Warehouse, £67. 11. Rebecca Taylor, £720.

Which is your favourite?

River Island Design Forum X Sibling

It’s finally here, another high street and designer collaboration for you to feast your eyes on! 

  
It’s usually the likes of H&M that are the culprits that showcase designers joining high street stores, but this time River Island surprise at this low priced collection with top designer brand Sibling. Priced between £15-£55 you can get your hands on a little piece of luxury. Past collaborators with River Island Design Forum include Zoe Jordan, Christopher Shannon, Katie Eary and Eudon Choi. Sibling’s 2016 spring collection collaboration focuses on Girly gingham and luxe knitwear to create simple shapes that ooze Sibling’s statement style.   

 Shop online now or check out in store tomorrow, below are my fave picks of the bunch! First is the cute take on the denim jacket.. It’s pink and gingham! What more could you want? Priced at £55. Perfect for spring and will surely brighten up any wardrobe. And don’t forget accessories with this sweet fluoro pink transparent clutch with additions Pom poms, for only £18!   

 See the promo video here:  http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=KnoVoCJuMFo

Be Black Friday ready

…with monochrome.

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.

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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!

The best of the bobbles

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. 

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Have you found your perfect bobble hat yet?

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?