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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: 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: 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: ’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!!