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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

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Trendwatch: The Accent Nail

9 Aug

So I’m a tiny bit late getting on this bandwagon… my excuse is that I was waiting for the right colour combination which just happened to come along in the 50% off deal that ELF were having.

It consists of the shades Mod Mauve and Copper (usually £1.50 but an extra bargainous 75p on the offer – amazing!)

I felt it needed a little extra (and I’m a glitter fiend as you know) so topped up the accent with some Stargazer Glitter which I just happened to have in the exact same colour!

And this is the final result – left without flash, right with flash:


I’m absolutely loving my ring finger bling! I keep oohing and aahing everything I look at my nails. I can’t help but think we need the little things to help us keep smiling with everything that’s being going on in London and throughout the UK this week with the riots.

For 75p the nail varnishes were really good – although I did have to use three coats rather than my usual two and I’m not sure about staying power yet (will keep you updated).

Have you tried the accent nail trend yet? I’m slightly stumped about colour combos so I’d love it if you could recommend me any!

Please stay safe wherever you are,

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: Arm Party

2 Aug

So you may have noticed a new little icon on my side bar: ‘Bloggers Do It Better‘. In the words of its creator: ‘It’s a movement. An initiative to showcase real girls, with real style, wearing real trends.

Every month bloggers are challenged to wear a trend and this month it’s the ‘Arm Party’. Here watches/bracelets/bangles/cuffs are worn simultaneously and get to have a rather good time together. Then all the bloggers posts are linked up on the BDIB page and we get to see how real people wear the latest trends – cool idea right?!

My favourite arm party is ‘The Stacker’. This generally consists of piling up every bangle I own (I don’t want anyone to feel left out!).

First in lovely metallics, which go with everything:

All of the above – H&M

Styled for a night out:

Dress – Primark (£5)

Shoes – Topshop (£75)

Belt – Primark (£2)

And then it’s time for its quirky relative, the coloured plastic bangle. I personally love putting them all on one arm:

Neon and Metal Bangles – H&M

Chunky Blue Bangles – Miss Selfridge

Silver Ring – H&M

Black Ring – Primark

Gold Detail Ring – Primark (£2)

Or if that’s a bit too much, separate them on to both wrists:

Suede Shorts – Topshop

Colour Block T-shirt – Primark (£8)

Gold Leaf Ring – Topshop

I love the Arm Party as it’s a way of standing out and being on trend without having to splurge. Just pull out whatever you have in your jewellery box and you’re set! (All of my bangles are from 2007)

How do you wear yours?

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: The Carrie’s Back!

26 Jul

If you’re a regular reader of my blog you’ll know of my fondness for a certain pleated midi skirt. I’ve mentioned it a couple of times now… here and here!

Yes people, I’m talking about THE Carrie skirt from Whistles. It’s been all the rage this Spring/Summer, and it looks like it’s still going be big this Autumn/Winter!! You have no idea how excited this makes me!

AND… before it’s even out in the shops/online, we’ve got a sneak preview of an even newer Carrie (which will be available later this week)… *oooh the suspense*


Yes, leopard print! I just know this is going to look ever so chic as we all start falling back on black cashmere tops/jumpers/cardigans for A/W. Additionally, we haven’t really been able to team brights with the highlighter yellow, blue and pink Carrie’s, but now we can wear practically any shade with this classic print.

If leopard print is not your cup of tea, do not fret, it’s also available in a FABULOUS new colour:

Shame about the model’s pose/stance, but don’t you just love it? I hate to admit it… but I think I might like the red more than the pink… and yes, I do indeed own the pink!

On the downside, due to the sheer popularity, the price has gone from £110 to £125. I think it’s still reasonable for such a high quality piece, which honestly makes you feel like proper lady.

I just can’t wait to style up the pleated midi when the weather gets chilly. An oversized jumper, a skinny waistbelt, some chunky tights, a sturdy pair of heeled boots … ahh!

What do you make of the print and new colour? Are you still loving the trend or have you had enough? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Trendwatch: The Slipper Shoe

19 Jul

At the weekend, on the tube, I saw the funniest thing. An elderly man dressed in a blazer, smart shirt, pressed trousers and what looked like velour slippers – yes, they had rubber soles! I imagine he was going for the comfort aspect, but in fact, this eccentric gent is on the cutting edge of fashion. That’s right people… the slipper shoe is here!

I’d actually been avoiding the slipper shoe issue, I just thought it was not going to catch on. The Summer weather in England just doesn’t work with a suede, reasonably open, shoe. That was until I tried on the Kosy Suede Topshop Slipper Loafer.

As soon as I put them on, I felt sophisticated and my well worn skinny jeans were suddenly classy! The ballet pump and brogue looked respectively girly and childish in comparison. The elegance… the beauty… feeling as if I was walking around in my own home… all this for just £50?!

Then it came to choosing the colour, did I want the practical black with tassels (the ‘Klass’), the understated yet cool green or the fun sunshine yellow?! Oh I just wanted them all. In the end I went with the feminine coral… which I do have a certain soft spot for at the moment.

I feel this is the beginning of a long and happy relationship with my slipper shoes (as long as it doesn’t rain whilst I’m wearing them!).

I thought £50 was fairly reasonable for such a wearable, comfortable and good quality shoe. But there are a few cheaper options:

Clockwise from top left: ASOS Mikey Polka Dot Slipper Shoe (£30) ASOS Mikey Velvet Slipper Shoe (£30),Topshop Manney Suede Slipper Shoe (£28) and ASOS Lord of The Manor Tapestry Slipper Shoe (£35).

What do you make of this up and coming trend? I think it’s going to be a love it or hate it one… and I LOVE IT! I predict we’ll be seeing these all over the high street over the next couple of months, so if you can wait, there’ll probably be a cheap and cheerful pair in Primark come Autumn.

Trendwatch: Star Wars

5 Jul

I haven’t done a trendwatch post in ages as I’ve been really busy and unable to commit to regular posting. But it’s back today and the unlikely theme is… yes… Star Wars!

It all started with Graduate Fashion Week back in June. A few upcoming designers really stood out for me, firstly Middlesex University’s Sufiyeh Hadian. Her eyelash and jewel embellished Star Wars masks were paired with pieces from famous designers such as Giles Deacon and House of Holland.

 

I really like the way she put her looks together and even created a brand:

Nottingham Trent graduate Tania Ada also caught my eye with her futuristic metallic prints on menswear. Talking about her collection she said: “In short my collection is based on the Star Wars sequels. I’ve always been a bit of a sci-fi geek and I thought it would be a great foundation to base a collection on as it appeared to be a source of endless inspiration… Focusing on the first installment, A New Hope, I began my research analysing all characters finding the most interest in C-3PO and R2-D2 where I drew much of the inspiration for the colour palette and print ideas, as well as details from the space ships of Princess Leia and Darth Vadar.”

 

My sudden Star Wars fashion fascination came to a head when I saw Jessie J in her Stormtrooper outfit at Glastonbury. She teamed it with her cast and crutches and pulled it off beautifully:

The outfit was designed by Sara Bro-Jørgensen who graduated from The Royal College of Art last year. I think she’s definitely one to watch:

Illustrator Liam Brazier has also created some amazing Star Wars related prints:

and there’s also the ‘Trooper’ available.

Do you feel as inspired as I do? I think this unexpected and potentially controversial trend could be on it’s way into the mainstream!

Trendwatch: The Crop Top

10 May

Anyone who remembers the ’90s hears the word crop top and thinks of the following girl bands….

Yes it seemed cool at the time (along with those buffalo/adidas trainers…) but looking back on it… not so much!

However, this time around… the crop is less girl band and more fashionista. As waistlines have moved up, I’ve found myself wondering how exactly to tuck in my long length tops into my skinny high waisted jeans without creating a paunch… and how to give my ladylike Whistles Carrie skirt that modern edge. I soon came to realise that the answer to several of my S/S ’11 issues is… the crop top!!!

We’ve seen several celebs working the look since it was seen on the S/S ’11 catwalks and if anything it’s only convinced me that the crop is a secret staple item.

Image courtesy of Chictopia.com

So I’ve put together some of my favourite crop tops on the high street. First up is the ‘bralet’, ever so lady-like and often worn with high-waisted denim shorts and oversize vintage cardigan. It also looks great with a volumous skirt or paperbag trousers/shorts.

ASOS Wide Strap Bralette (£30), Topshop Denim Longline Bralet (£22), Funky Divaa Floral Bralet (£14.99) and ASOS Gingham Cropped Corset (£25)

For a more casual look there’s the cropped tee and I’ve cut some of last seasons longer length tees into crops and teamed with my Topshop Kristen Jeans. I think the following tees would contrast fabulously with a high waisted skirt such as this ASOS chiffon maxi skirt. After all fashion’s about mixing it up and having a bit of fun!

ASOS Contrast Binding Crop Top (£15), The Orphan’s Arms ‘Morris & Co’ Crop T-Shirt (£30), and the not so High Street, but ever so cute and reasonably affordable, House of Holland Cropped T-Shirt with Leaf Print (£55)

Lastly… there’s the bandeau. It takes a bit more confidence to pull off this crop.. but it’s still do-able. I’d wear one with an open sheer blouse, perhaps knotted with a pair of jeans. They are fab for festival season and would be equally good for a night out on the town.

From Republic: Soul Cal Deluxe Stars & Stripes Bandeau Top, Miso Hook and Eye BandeauSoul Cal Deluxe Bird Bandeau Top (all £7.99). ASOS has this retro Rust and Nude Striped Bandeau and Topshop has an array including the Coral Stripe Bandeau (£10), Pink Tie Dye Bandeau (£12) and  Cream Floral Lace Bandeau (£16).

What are your thoughts on the return of the crop top? How will you be wearing yours? I’ll try to post some crop top related outfit posts later in the week.

Trendwatch: British Pride

26 Apr

So… the royal wedding is nearly here and I’m having a Royal Wedding Garden Party!!!!!!! Yay!

BUT… what to wear?!

I’ve gone with the theme British Pride:

and discovered these beauties:

Religion Union Jack Leggings (£35)

ASOS Lightening Bolt Crop Top (£18)

Amplified T-Shirt (was £25 now £14)

Religion Union Jack Printed Body (£35)

Union Jack Smile Tee by Little Fox (£25)

Or you could be very thrifty and make yourself a top/dress out of a flag (I’ve found this one for £1.66!)

There are numerous British-inspired necklaces out there and these are some that caught my eye:

L-R Hoolala God Save the Queen Necklace (£38), Cath Kidston Union Jack Locket Necklace (£35) and Butler and Wilson Union Jack Pendant (£58).

Hoolala have a wonderous amount of charm necklaces and bracelets incoporating the trend, as well as loads of other cute themed pieces (Wizard of Oz and Puss in Boots to name a couple!).

What are you going to be wearing to celebrate the occasion?

Trendwatch: The Midi Pleated Skirt

12 Apr

It was waaaay back in September that the midi pleated skirt appeared on the catwalks of London, Paris, New York and Milan. My particular favourites were at Chloé, Richard Nicoll and Yohji Yamamoto (L-R).

Ever since I’ve wanted to blog about this structured yet flowing S/S ’11 wardrobe staple, but the weather just wasn’t quite right. With the sun shining and temperatures soaring over the last few days, we’ve all felt that much more confident getting our legs out. But if you, like me, aren’t a fan of the sudden jump from jeans and leggings to mini-skirts and hotpants, then the midi is just for you! It’s a transitional piece that covers up enough whilst being ever so Spring/Summer.

On the high street the IT skirt is Whistles’s Carrie. I even stumbled upon a Carrie-skirt-wearing-Whistles-staff-member at The Golden Ticket Event at Westfield.

I love the taupe… but it also comes in a beautiful neon pink colour. Completely out of stock it can now be found selling on Ebay for about £150! Due to the incredible demand, Whistles are re-stocking the pink as well as adding lemon yellow and highlighter blue versions *sigh*.

At £110 and incredibly hard to track down in my size… I bought the ASOS Premium Pleated Midi Skirt instead (£40). It comes in a beautiful rust (probably more sensible for longevity), but I went for the pale blue for a more Summer-y feel.

The catwalk photos above show how versatile this skirt can be: dress it down with a slogan t-shirt and sturdy boots, wear it to work with a basic polo neck and flats or with a sheer top and heels for dinner/cocktails. But when tweeting for Trendwatch Tuesday ideas… a lot of people said they weren’t sure how to wear the midi, so I put together these two looks for us non-models:

For daytime I teamed my skirt with ASOS’s Strap Detail Body, Topshop Scarf (S/S ’10), Tan Ballet Pumps (Dune S/S ’10) and Topshop’s nod to Mulberry’s Alexa bag (S/S ’10). I kept accessories to a minimum, just wearing my Gold Casio Mini Digital Watch.

For a night time look I went for a classic cardigan and pearls look (one of my favourites!). I teamed the beautiful pale blue midi with a black vest, cropped Illustrated People Lover cardigan (£10 reduced from £40 in the Topshop sale last weekend!), three-strand vintage pearl necklace (£3 from a charity shop) and faux pearl bracelets (made from pearl beads and elastic bought from Hobbycraft). Pulling the look together is my beautiful Mulberry Bayswater in Black Soft Spongy Leather (still can’t believe that it’s mine!) and Office T-Bar Wedges (Circa 2006).

I felt so lady-like in a longer length skirt, and the high waist is incredibly flattering. I can’t wait to see how the pleated midi skirt fares through Autumn-Winter too, and look forward to styling it with thick knit tights, a chunky cardigan and a skinny belt! If there’s one KEY piece for Spring/Summer ’11 this is it! So get down to Whistles… or start browsing vintage stores for the perfect midi pleated skirt. I can promise that you won’t regret getting on this bandwagon!

Trendwatch: ’70s Style

15 Mar

It’s gradually been becoming more obvious that Spring/Summer 2011 is going to be ALL about the Seventies. From high waisted jeans to palazzo pants, collared shirts to shirt dresses, floppy hats to oversized sunglasses. It feels as though there’s been a Seventies explosion all along the high street.

The real statement pieces are the trousers, and these shapes are not for the faint hearted! My personal favourites are (L-R) Topshop Brown Pleated Extreme Wide Leg Trousers (for play), Vero Moda Flare Jeans (casual cool) and  Topshop Rose Seventies Wide Leg Trousers (for work). To wear these you really do have ‘go for it’ and embrace the trend, generally from top to toe. The jeans are more wearable, but how much fun are the wide legs?!

To make the most of these leg-endary trousers (see what I did there?!), elongate the leg with a chunky block heel or wedge. These are both comfortable and chic, making us feel a little less swamped by the grandeur. Browns such as Camel and Tan are all the rage, and really work well, but you could mix it up with a splash of colour too. I heart the Miss Selfridge Kenah Tan and Red Heel (right) which also come in Orange, Aldo Spiney T-Bar Espadrilles (top left) and Blowfish Garren Cork Shoe (bottom left).

The blouse has been a staple piece for Autumn/Winter 2010, and the 70’s trend embraces our new found love for them. Blouses such as Vero Moda’s Winter Paisley Blouse (right) and Paisley Ruffle Front Blouse (left) are a great way to take this trend to the office, tucked into a pencil skirt and could also be dressed down with jeans. For a more casual look check out Topshop’s Knitted Spacedye Top (centre) which would look great with jeans or wide legs <3.

70’s accessories are just fabulous, whether it’s an ASOS oversized felt hat or HUGE Miu Miu square sunglasses, they are pure joy! Miss Selfridge are doing some gorgeous bits, I particularly like these gold earrings, dreamcatcher earrings, embellished handbag and tan scarf.

If you don’t want to spend too much money, then a great way of wearing this trend is buying a simple camel t-shirt or vest top and teaming with a couple of on trend accessories. Have a look around charity shops for some bargain 70’s earrings, or rifle through you Mum/Aunt’s wardrobes to see what goodies you can find!

Now it’s going to sound like I’m plugging them… haha… but Miss Selfridge have started selling ‘looks’ and I can’t help but love this boho combo which comes in at a reasonable £130:

Mustard knit, pale blue collared shirt, brown suede shorts, wedge sandals… altogether now *ahhh*. The look is kept current with the addition of grey cable socks and more structured/less floppy hat, which counteract what could have been homage to being a Brownie.

After eyeing up all this 70s glory, I think I may have to head out and buy myself some palazzo pants, THAT topshop knit…. and perhaps some chunky tan heels to go with…. oh dear!!