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Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Military Khaki



Hat//H&M
Top//Oh My Love
Cardigan//Boohoo
Jeans//Topshop
Boots//New Look
Chain//River Island


Latest Obsession = Khaki!

As you can see my current favourite colour is khaki which I am starting to see more and more in stores/online and decided I was definitely missing out! A trend making a comeback for Autumn is the military trend bringing with it the khaki shades, structured looks and plenty of pockets. The likes of Balmain featured khaki heavily in their Fall catwalk show - reinforcing the strength of the colour into the season.

Personally, I opted for this khaki cardigan from boohoo. For me, being a skint student, I want to make the most out of my purchases and I feel that this cardigan allows me to pick up on the trend without having to break the bank. The added leather shoulder detail picks up on the military trend while the knitted texture picks up on the chunky knit trend which often comes in during the colder weather. I am also loving slightly long-line cardigans at the moment linking to the duster coat trend which has emerged. It's a perfect way to subtly work the colour trend if you're not 100% sure and maybe just want to give it a go!







Thursday, 2 October 2014

Floral Appliqué












Dress//Asos
Shoes//Kurt Geiger (from BANK)
Clutch//Local Boutique
During my break from uni I had a few events that I had to find outfits for, including a family wedding (yaay!). I know how hard/stressful it can be to try and find the perfect dress but I knew I loved this particular dress as soon as I saw it! 

The intricate, appliqué floral detailing, is definitely what caught my eye as it creates a feminine feel with along with a delicate floaty skirt. I also love the pastel blue colour - one of my favourite colours! The dropped back with that slight see-through mesh allows you to show a touch of skin but in a very subtle way!

I decided to add silver accessories as I thought this complimented the pastel tones of the dress. I got these Kurt Geiger heels in the BANK sale, successfully bagging myself a good bargain! The bag was actually a present from a local fashion boutique near to where I live which allowed me to finish off the look. 


Finding a dress with that extra detailing can help you to stand out, but still keep that elegance and class appropriate for an event such as a wedding! For more on appliqué detailing check out my next post (coming soon) where I will be writing about a similar dress I wore to a recent event. 












Tuesday, 30 September 2014

That's a Wrap!


I know it's not quite Winter weather, it's actually been quite warm the last few days, but my latest purchase is perfect preparation for those frosty mornings! As the reign of the Summer kimono comes to an end it is replaced with blanket wraps, capes and wide sleeved cardigans with warm-coloured patterns and cosy faux fur. I first fell in love with this trend after watching Cara Delevingne strut down the catwalk during the Burberry Prorsum A/W show (seen below) and decided to share my favourites from the high street...


Cara Delevingne Burberry Prorsum A/W 14

Source: http://www.vogue.co.uk/fashion/autumn-winter-2014/
ready-to-wear/burberry-prorsum/full-length-photos/gallery/1126050




My High Street Picks



Furry Cape//M&S
Shirt//New Look
Skirt//H&M
Hat//Asos
Necklace//Accessorize
Boots//Boohoo

I recently saw this furry cape while working at M&S and instantly fell in love. It's the perfect little cover up for winter complete with faux fur cuffs and priced at £45. This also comes in a lovely grey colour along with a selection of patterned capes to choose from!

                                  



Image 1 of INTARSIA PONCHO CARDIGAN from Zara
Source: http://www.zara.com/uk/en/new-this-week/woman/
intarsia-poncho-cardigan-c287002p2244005.html


The 'Intarsia Poncho Cardigan' is another of my favourites from Zara, coming in at £45.99, it's perfect for a more casual look to throw over a daytime outfit. Wearing a more tailored trouser can balance out the baggy fit of the poncho!






Source: http://www.newlook.com/shop/womens/knitwear/
black-check-blanket-wrap_326450709



My final choice is this check patterened blanket wrap from New Look. The tartan pattern is bang on trend and it's priced at £24.99 - a reasonable price! 












Friday, 26 September 2014

A Honey Mustard Hue



Bright buttercup yellow was a key colour trend for Spring 2014, but as we move into Autumn/Winter a honey mustard hue is taking over! This skirt from Missguided demonstrates the new colour perfectly mixed with a tartan print which is making a comeback yet again! I also love the A-Line/mini skirt shape, giving a 60s feel, as the era makes a return for Autumn/Winter 2014. Take a look at my Pinterest page for some 60s inspiration... (http://uk.pinterest.com/julsb94/60s-fashion-trend-2014/)



Polo Neck//M&S
Skirt//Missguided
Brogues//New Look
Hat//Asos
I've paired this outfit with a hat to continue the Autumn/Winter look and added some simple brogues giving an overall feminine feel. I love this hat because I think it just adds a final touch to the outfit! I used to think of polo necks are being old-fashioned and quite unflattering but they've definitely gone through a style renovation with a slim line polo neck looking quite stylish and sleek. 





Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Check Mate


Starting to think that I might be obsessed with monochrome... but I love this checked pattern so much that I've doubled it up! Mixing prints can be really tricky, especially when it comes to florals, so I've played it a bit safe and gone for a similar print but in opposite colours. Hopefully, it really draws your eyes to the outfit without giving you a sore head.




Duster Coat//Crusade Clothing
Crop Top//Boohoo
Trousers//Zara
Clutch//Miss Selfridge
Shoes//Boohoo
Duster coats have been taking over the catwalks and blogs, becoming very popular on the high street! I love the shape of the duster coat (even though I'm quite short) as I think it gives a bit of a masculine feel to an outfit due to its loose fit and longer length. I've tried to balance this out with a more tailored trouser! The clutch is from Miss Selfridge which I thought could add a hint of the colour to the outfit, it's also quite big inside - very practical. 



Don't be afraid of mixing prints!!




Monday, 15 September 2014

Triangl in Tenerife

Sorry for the excuses, but I've been so busy lately I'e definitely been falling behind on the blog posts - one of the reasons being that I've been on holiday to Tenerife! (holiday blues...)

In preparation for holiday I had been searching for the perfect bikini and after hearing so much about Triangl I finally decided to get my hands on one. 


Triangl 

Triangl is an Australian company offering Swimwear and Underwear which is said to be practical but fashionable. Their main selling point in terms of Swimwear is their use of neoprene fabric, which is basically what is used in wetsuits, designed to keep the bikini's shape and also keep it in place. Retail prices of the Swimwear are around £60 and there's postage on top of that if you live in the UK like myself.

Personally, I am always looking for a bargain and I turned to Ebay to try find a good deal. I managed to find this 'New York Noir' Triangl which had only been worn once to try on and was too big so they sold it with all the original packaging and hygiene protectors. It cost me about £40 in total - bargain! 

Talking about sizing, it can be quite tricky to figure out what size you would be without being able to try them on first. I am usually a UK size 6-8 and a B/C cup and the XS in both the top and bottom fitted me perfectly! If you're still unsure there are size guides available on their website or the live chat option can also be very helpful. 











New York Noir Triangl Bikini

My Review

Overall I was very pleased with my Triangl bikini, it fitted perfectly and the bikini stayed in place even through a whole day of slides at a water park. The bikini comes with it's own bag and packaging all branded with the Triangl label and even the tiers have the Triangl logo. It definitely gives the impression of high quality swimwear! The only downfall is that due to the black colour when it came into contact with chlorine the colour started to rub off leaving me with slight black marks around the inside of my legs but this washed off easily and wasn't very noticeable. Final tip - make sure you wash your bikini properly with water after being in contact with chlorine as advised by the instructions that come with the bikini.  







Thursday, 14 August 2014

The Bargain Blossom Blazer

As much as I hate to say it, Summer is coming to an end (cry) and as a result the shops are filled with sales as they launch their new Autumn/Winter collections. However, it does mean that you can pick up a few bargains which is always a good thing!
 
 
 
 


Blazer//Zara
Cami Top//New Look
Skirt//Missguided
Clutch//Accessorize
Shoes//Oh My Love
I picked up this lovely Zara blazer in their Summer sale and I love it! The delicate pattern is perfect for wearing with jeans or dressing up for cocktails. Being a skint student, when I buy items I like to know that I will get good use out of them. So for example, even though it will be getting colder, florals can still be brought through into the next season. Also, zip detailing was used frequently in dresses, skirts and jackets by the likes of Christian Dior and Jean Paul Gautier - so again the zips on the sides of the blazer can carry through into Autumn/Winter.
 
Hope everyone is enjoying what's left of their Summer!
 
 

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