Archive | November, 2011

Fashion Foie Gras for Coach

24 Nov

On Tuesday night I was lucky enough to attend Emily from Fashion Foie Gras‘ Coach Tote Launch.

Coach - New Bond Street

The bag was created by Emily especially for bloggers and has literally every compartment a girl/blogger could ever need!

Compartments Galore

From a special section for flat shoes…

to a zip out iPad case…

It was the lovely Lauren from Elle Croft who invited me along. We had no idea what to expect seeing as it was in store… but on arrival we realised that this party ticked ALL the boxes…

Champagne

Hot Waiters

A Fabulous Crowd - Can you spot me?!

There was also a seriously amazing photobooth which had a WIND MACHINE IN IT!!!

Myself, Lauren and Sarah from Sarah Betty got slightly carried away in the booth:

The party was so much fun, thanks to Emily for having us!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Emily and her "Baby"

All photos credited to Fashion Foie Gras

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Trendwatch: The Everyday Boot

22 Nov

That time of year has arrived, it’s time to put away the ballet flats and pull out the all weather boot. I’ve spent the last couple of weeks hunting down my perfect pair and seem to have found several alter egos which appear to come across through my four choices:

First there’s the Topshop Abe Ultimate Chelsea Boot (£65), for the casual yet fashionable girl about London town look. They are ever so comfy whilst being timeless and going with pretty much everything in my wardrobe.

How about the Dr Marten Pascal Boot in Shiraz (£90), appealing to my ever more apparent grungy side… how cool would these be with skinny jeans and my H&M parka jacket?

Then there’s sensible Urban Outfitters Tan Fur Lined Boot (£75), the tan colour goes with everything whilst looking a little quirky, and the fluffy interior is perfect for Winter walks (aka shopping sprees).

Lastly the Carvela Smoke Boot at a slightly pricier £180. I never quite got on the biker boot bandwagon and I feel this might be the time? The fur detail makes it apt for winter and the design is exactly what I’m looking for in a hardwearing boot, however I am thinking that perhaps the Biker boot has had it’s day now…

Which do you think I should get? Please leave me a comment and help me decide,

LDNshopaholic x

The Versace Countdown

16 Nov

So the Versace for H&M collection is less than 12 hours away… I couldn’t help but notice the guys from H&M putting the final touches in the Regent Street window over the last couple of days:

                          

I couldn’t help but stop and stare, the collection is so striking and luxurious.

My favourite piece from the collection has to be this Leather Necklace (£35) as it’s so unique yet wearable (and affordable!):

There’s the Print Jacket (£69.99) which is calling to the eccentric part of me:

Wow am I loving the hair and make up for this collection… it slightly makes me want to go bleach blonde!

Versace have also taken on the LBD very sucessfully, firstly the babydoll (£79.99) which is H&M-esque:

And the Gold Button Dress (£79.99):

If you just want a hint of Versace you could buy the Print Scarf for a bargainous £24.99:

Last I heard there were 16 people in the queue on Regent Street! I’ll be up at 9am attempting to get on to the website trying to get some of these lovelies.

What pieces from the collection will you be buying?

LDNshopaholic xxx

18 and East – Style it Your Way

14 Nov

It’s taken me a while but I’ve finally got on the maxi bandwagon… it’s all down to the lovely 18 and East who asked me to style up an item from their A/W collection (which I was lucky enough to preview back in August) and I chose their Belted Star Print Maxi and they even featured me on their blog!

I styled up the dress with Topshop lace up heeled boots and a River Island studded belt. The dress has a definite presence so doesn’t need much accessorizing. I also enjoyed wearing it more casually with my Office Victoriana flat black leather boots, H&M chunky tights, H&M oversized slouchy cardigan and a Primark leather and gold chain belt.

I love how versatile yet unique this dress is, additionally it’s timeless rather than trendy.

A huge thank you to 18 and East for the beautiful dress and for featuring me on their blog,

LDNshopaholic xxx

You’re invited to…

13 Nov

On Sunday 13th November at 7pm, Boots’ 17 Cosmetics are hosting a Twitter party and a half to discuss all things make-up – the latest trends, celebrity styles, looks for the upcoming party season and individual inspiration. Hosting the Twitter Party will be @ReallyRee and @MayLovesMakeup along with several other bloggers including myself.

We’ll be discussing our top make-up tips, learning from each other and using 17’s concept of “your make-up, your rules”. 17 will be giving away several on-the-spot prizes at random to the most vocal tweeters during the chat so make sure you use the hash tag #17cosmetics.

We'll be discussing all things beauty - including the new 17 Magnetized Nail Polish, Starry Eyes Eyeshadow Trio and 17 Beauty Balm

In addition to the Twitter Party, 17 are also hosting a great competition on their Facebook page. One lucky winner could get themselves an exclusive makeover with 17’s official make-up artist, Vanesa Guallar, tickets to a Summer Camp gig for themselves and two friends, £500 of high street shopping vouchers and an overnight stay in a top London hotel. There are lots more prizes up for grabs too, all you need to do is go to the Get Involved tab on 17’s Facebook page and fill in your email details by 27th November. Simple!

Have you got any favourite 17 products? I personally love their Waterproof Mascara and Fast Finish Nail Polish.

See you on Twitter at 7pm!

@LDNshopaholic

Motel Bloggers Party

12 Nov

So I was lucky enough to attend the Motel Bloggers Party on Thursday evening. I arrived bang on 6pm eager to go and the room filled up quickly!

Unfortunately I left my camera at home so I’m including some other bloggers photos and providing the link to their blogs underneath:


Credit: Rachel Phipps

There was all sorts of lovely things including strawberry mojitos, candy floss and caramel popcorn, yum!

Credit: ShiShi

Not to forget the amazing new party collection, I totally fell in love with the teal and crackle print:


Credit: TwinkleBug

And my favourite piece was the black crackle jean:

Closely followed by the beautiful leopard print dress:

Want to see more? You can find a preview of the collection here.

GlossyBox also attended and brought us some lovely cakes:

Credit: my iPhone!

It was such a fabulous night and I’d like to say thank you to Motel for letting me be a part of it.

There were so many bloggers in attendance that I didn’t get a chance to say hello to everyone, please do say hello on here or Twitter (@LDNshopaholic) if you were there and I missed you.

LDNshopaholic xxx

VIVO Blogging Competition

9 Nov

Hi Everyone!

I’m over the moon to tell you that my Twilight make up look has made it to the final 3 in the ‘The Only Way is Blogging’ VIVO cosmetics competition:

It would make my day if you could vote for me by ‘liking’ my entry here. The competition closes at midnight on Monday 14 November.

Big thanks in advance,

LDNshopaholic xxx

H&M with a Dragon Tattoo

8 Nov

I’ve pretty much spent my entire life looking for the perfect leather jacket but, alas, never quite found the right one…

I feel all my problems may be solved by H&M’s partnering with the new Girl with the Dragon Tattoo film. For those of you who haven’t yet read Stieg Larsson’s Millenium Trilogy prepare to be faced with the most sensational heroine literature has ever seen.

The Gothic Lisbeth Salander dons leather in all shapes and forms, favours big black boots and probably doesn’t own a bra.

I am dying to see this edgy collection and hope it truly reflects Salander’s angst and fearlessness.

Here’s a sneak preview:

Trish Summerville designed the 30 piece collection and said: “Salander’s look is very real and very lived in, with pieces that her character has worn for a long time, like her jackets that act as her armour to shield her from the world. I wanted the collection to have the essence and strength of Salander, with a fashion edge, and I’m pleased with the result.”

The collection will hit the Colette store in Paris on November 28th and H&M stores on December 14th… I think I need to get my ticket to Paris sorted!

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: Shopper-holic

1 Nov

Is it just me or has the shopper taken over the fashion scene? I’m a big bag lover and find the shopper (also sometimes called the ‘tote’) ever so functional whilst being stylish too. At the higher end is the Louis Vuitton Everfull (£500 upwards)… such a timeless piece:

Then we have the classic Longchamp which is casual yet fashion conscious and comes in at a more affordable price (£75 upwards)

The High Street has it’s own range of shopper style bags which I’m loving:

Top Row (L-R) River Island Snake Print Shopper (£45), Mango Knot Handle Shopper (£30) and ASOS Suede And Leather Pocket Shopper (£85)

Bottom Row (L-R) ASOS Leather 70s Shopper (£60), Whistles Dorina Tote Bag (£295), ASOS Colour Block Shopper (£20)

Topshop also has a great range to mention but a few (click on the image for a larger, clearer photo):

The Topshop leather Brogue shoppers are made of the softest leather whilst the Felt are very practical and hardwearing. The shoppers really do make excellent book bags which would be a great excuse for students wanting some retail therapy!

What’s your tote of choice? I’m so torn trying to decide which one to buy, any opinions would be greatly appreciated!

LDNshopaholic xxx