Tag Archives: ASOS

Trendwatch: Statement Necklaces

13 Mar

Has anyone else noticed the sudden appearance of the everyday statement necklace? This piece can be worn with a t-shirt and jeans or a jumper and dress and get your right on trend. It’s a look that is understated yet different.

I jumped in the deep end with this statement piece from ASOS which I just LOVE…. I like teaming this necklace with a soft feminine top and giving it an edge but it also looks great with a plain black tee and jeans.

ASOS Multi Arrow Spike Necklace at ASOS (£25)

Other favourites include:

ASOS Cupchain and Cord Statement Necklace (£15)

Monki Roxanne Necklace (10 euros)

Monki Siri Necklace (15 euros)

What do you make of this trend? Have your purchased a statement necklace yet? If so what’s your favourite thing to team it with?

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. if you’d like to know more about Monki, check out my recent post on their new store on Carnaby Street

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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

Fab Fashion Finder

1 Aug

I’ve only gone and stumbled upon a seriously amazing website…

It happened quite accidentally whilst browsing my online shop of choice: ASOS, which is generally a daily occurence.

However, where the ‘Beauty’ tab used to be, there’s a new ‘Outfits and Looks’ tab. Where did this come from? How did I not notice?! Why on earth did they not inform me of these changes?! – I like t0 consider myself an ASOS VIP/fashion slave, seeing as I’ve been making monthly purchases from them since at least 2006.

Anywho, I was intrigued and clicked on the tab on to discover the ASOS Fashion Finder site. Essentially this is an ASOS social network for fashionistas/shopaholics like you and me!

I could go out on a limb here and suggest this may revolutionise our shopping experience, sway us into buying more (and more often), as well as keeping us totally up to date on what’s new.

Okay now I’ll stop going on about it and give you a peek (or you can click here and have a browse of it yourself):

You don’t have to sign up, as the site is viewable by anyone, but it’s more interactive if you do. In the top right corner there’s an option to sign in/sign up. Just put in a few details (name, username, e-mail address, password) and you’re ready to go!

So I’ll give you quick description of the tabs:

Trends: This features details on current/upcoming trends with pictures from the catwalk as well as outfit suggestions and look posts (further desciption of these below).

Outfits – These are outfit suggestions put together by site members which are a bit like mood boards. They can include anything from images of celebrities and arty images to quirky backgrounds and items from the ASOS site. Browse via the dropdown to see suggestions by Trend e.g. Americana/Seventies or function -Tea Party/Dinner date, Designer Inspiration – Chanel or Celebrities – Sarah Jessica Parker. I could literally be here for HOURS looking at everything!

Looks – This tab is much more geared at the community. Here you can upload pictures of your outfits and have them voted for. The more votes, the more popular and more likely to be seen by others. I think the concept is great for styling inspiration.You can also browse the Looks section by trend, celebrity or event (e.g. Fashion Week) but I love to see how real people respond to trends and style themselves.

SHOP: This pretty much takes you to the main ASOS site.

COMPETITIONS: These competitions encourage you to interact online by creating outfits or posting a look. Prizes include £300 to spend on ASOS as well as feature in their magazine. There’s an average of about 7000 entries in past competitions!

MEMBERS: Here you can browse the member list, see who’s new, popular this week, or in the Hall of Fame. Over time members get badges such as ‘Style Icon’ or ‘Fashion Hero’ while everyone starts off being a ‘Style Rookie’.

I’m still getting to grips with it but I’m loving it so far! You can check out my profile here. I know this will only feed my habit but you have to admit, recieving a large parcel of ASOS goodies makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Like Me!

22 Jul

You may have noticed a few new appearances on the right side of my page. Firstly, I now have a Facebook page which you can ‘like’ and thus will be kept informed of any new posts via your news feed. It would be lovely to have some Facebook ‘fans’ so if you enjoy my blog then feel free to ‘like’ me!

I’ve also added a YouTube button which means you can get directly to my channel from here. If you like my videos then do subscribe. I’d also really love to hear any suggestions for upcoming videos.

I’m now also a fully fledged member of iFabbo aka ‘International Organization for Beauty, Fashion and Lifestyle Bloggers’ which is very exciting. Hopefully I’ll get to meet some other bloggers at their events and get some tips for my blog.

Here’s a quick outfit of the day which fully shows off my frizzy hair courtesy of Dove Oil Care Treatment Conditioner!

 

 

 

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: 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 Tuesday: Colour Blocking

29 Mar

As someone who tends to wear black in some form, on almost a daily basis, I wasn’t sure what to make of the colour blocking trend when I first saw it on the catwalk. At Christian Dior, it was holiday central, Costume National made it futuristic, Issa merged colour with Grecian Goddess and Rachel Roy combined tailoring with those trousers/shoes?! (L-R)

What on earth was I going to do this Spring/Summer when black items were clearly going to be nowhere?! This conundrum led me to browsing my favourite online stores…. ASOS, Miss Selfridge and Topshop. I did also look at Mango, Forever 21, H&M and Zara… but all sites failed me and I went back to the old favourites.

I put together some dream colour block outfits… first up Brights at the Office:

I’m lucky enough to have a smart-casual dress code for work so this outfit consists of Moto Seven Eighths Yellow Capri Jeans and Miss Selfridge Sleeveless Drop Back Shirt. To make it more ‘officey’ I added ASOS Oversized Blazer, and made it a little playful with Topshop Winnie T-Bar Espadrilles and the cute ASOS Coloured Bow Ring.

For a night out… I heart this selection:

These Topshop Electric Blue Button Front Shorts caught my eye… I love the buttons! They could be dressed up for a night out or down for daytime. I teamed them with the Cheap Monday Yellow One Shoulder Top, ASOS Polly Leather Court Shoes and ASOS Grosgrain Clutch. Can you tell how much I love this peach/coral colour yet?! I finished off the outfit with a contrasting Large Wrapped Purple Nugget Ring from Miss Selfridge. I think with colour blocking, the outfits talk for themselves so you can tone down the jewellery and still make a real impact.

My favourite outfit has to be this one… I put it together either for a day out at the park or….. shopping!

I thought these Topshop Tangerine Pleat Shorts were lovely and teamed them with this ASOS 50’s tie up shirt. Yes… that’s a nude, collared, cropped shirt with a tie, combined with shorts which have pleats and are a bright colour… six Summer trends…in just two items!!! I added the lush ASOS traditional colour briefcase (The satchel bag lives on! If I could afford it I’d have the Mulberry Tillie in Pale Blue Washed Denim) and how could anyone turn down these Blue Suede Shoes? I’d probably wear a vintage jacket over this look… preferably in yellow!

How are you all wearing colour this season? As the Sun has come out this week I’ve automatically pulled out my peach jeans, pale yellow vest top, cerulean blue vintage cardigan and tan pumps! But even if the sun isn’t out, you can brighten up your day and those around you by colour blocking, it’s somewhat energising wearing all those colours at one time!

Happy Birthday Gaga!

28 Mar

Today is the 25th birthday of none other than LADY GAGA. I thought this deserved a mention seeing as she’s pretty much THE fashionista of the moment. I love the woman, and her sense of style. I mean why blend in when you can stand out?!

I may have taken this one step too far at her MONSTER BALL concert last year…. where I dressed up a la Gaga (not your average Nottingham visitor). People kept stopping me asking for photos and the bouncers even let me in the VIP area (fine… I may have paid for the VIP tickets… but still!).

I made the outfit by adding some cardboard and aluminium foil to a dress from the ASOS sale (£20)…. bought the glasses from Primarni (£2!)…. and leather fingerless gloves from Topshop (£15 but well worth it!). Teamed with Gaga-tastic heels I bought waaaay back in 2005, ripped fishnet tights and the best blonde wig I could afford as a poor student.

What do you think? Separated at birth? I’m the one on the right if you can’t tell us apart 😉 haha!

Happy Birthday Gaga…. celebrate in style, and I look forward to seeing what outfit you wear to your birthday bash in tomorrow’s fashion pages.