21 April 2014

28 and Fabulous


So Good Friday was my birthday, and i wanted to share with you the day and some of the fabulous goodies I was lucky enough to receive.

First of all was a gorgeous tribal inspired necklace I got from the lovely ladies at work - from Oliver Bonas, a store I had never heard of before but was told was total Alison store and I have to say I did have a quick look on the website and I concur, particularly liked the homeware pieces, so think I may need to pay a store visit next time I am in London. If you too haven't heard of this brand, make sure to check out the website oliverbonas.com


Then came some dvd's from hubby - Mr Selfridge and season 3 of Buffy the Vampire slayer (a favourite from my teenage years that i still love to watch, and the only season I was missing). A selection of randomness from by best friend - beautiful hand blown glass bead necklace, a fashion illustration book and an amazing pair of earrings made from recycled bicycle inner tubes (fashion truly being green). Finally an Accessorize voucher and also one for Thomas Sabo from my brother in law (already eyeing up a cute cat charm with sparkly eyes). The remainder of my presents came in the form of money, as the only thing I really want at the moment is house stuff which I can't have yet so easier to bank to go towards some new goodies once we move.

Due to my birthday falling over the Easter weekend I decided spending some time at home with family was a great idea, so we spent the weekend out walking enjoying the sunny weather, had an amazing Nepalese dinner and plenty of cake! A lovely weekend with my hubby, parents, crazy granny, little sister and her fiancé and Kelci (my soon to be niece), albeit a little loud, as we are quite an animated bunch especially with an excitable 6 year old in the mix!!!

View from the walk round Mum & Dad's house - so pretty in the sun
My take on Outdoor chic

Can't believe that is another birthday gone, starting to feel old! Oh well i have been spoilt rotten by my family and had a fantastic weekend, even if i have eaten way to much cake!





15 April 2014

Grey & Yellow

Since the day we chose to buy a house, I have been planning in my head what each room will look like, there is even a mood board on my coffee table with magazine clippings and fabric swatches. Even though it is not complete yet and wont be until July, I cannot stop looking longingly through interior design magazine and pinning like mad on pinterest, collating ideas and styles that I want to emulate in my beautiful new house (finding balance with hubby's taste is proving interesting as he has very different taste to me and would happily live a magnolia house!). I have a feeling for the next few months my fashion addition may give way to a house one instead - especially as I want to find some more interesting and individual pieces which will involve some hunting for, need to go to places like Home Sense who have so many amazing unique pieces.
 
My current obsession is a grey and yellow colour scheme that I have seen everywhere, this is something that i want to use in the living room, as it is quite a neutral palette and isn't too girly.  I love the mix of the neutral grey tones mixed with the bright yellow (yellow isn't normally a colour I like, not a flattering fashion colour on me however in the home I think it will be amazing). The beautiful birdcage wallpaper below is from B&Q and would make an amazing feature wall, however hubby is not impressed so not sure that will happen but I may need to buy a roll to make some pictures instead, so I can still use within the room as it is just gorgeous.
 
 
With my new grey corner sofa, white Ikea bookcases and black dvd storage and the accents of yellow picked out through cushions and some great feature pieces, I think this colour scheme could be a winner. My beautiful black and white wedding pictures would also look amazing in this room. Check out my Pinterest - For the Home board for more on this colour scheme and other great home ideas. 
 
What do you think to Yellow & Grey as a colour scheme, would you use in your house? Would be great to see if you already have used, and how you have incorporated the pop of yellow - please share here or contact me via my links in the menu bar.
 
 


14 April 2014

Highstreet Haul

Just a quick post to show you this months purchases. Why is it when you have money to spend you can walk round every shop and find nothing yet the day you pop to town to return one item, you come back with six more? Well this pretty much sums up what happened!!
Due to buying a house i am having to curb my spending however i have a weakness for fashion and so need to get my fix in the discount stores. I was particularly impressed with Matalan, i have always visited for cheap basics and summer holiday items, so was very surprised by some of the more fashion forward pieces that i discovered.

My favourite pieces from this haul are the Lips cami top and the colourful sunglasses, a nice change from my style of usual black and oversized sunnies. 


1. Lips Cami top £6 Matalan, 2.Tribal necklace £7.99 H&M, 3. Printed sunglasses £4.99 New Look, 
4. Printed shorts £8 Matalan, 5. Black formal joggers £20 Dorothy Perkins, 
6. Print joggers £28 Topshop


2 April 2014

My March


* Cute spring layering - ASOS basic swing dress, River Island tweed biker and Accessorize necklace. * New bangles from H&M, great for stacking up with my day to day pieces, i am such a sucker for the racks by the till point. * The best slogan T-shirt I have seen in a while, this great piece is from Next and a bargain at £16. * Loving the new Style Essentials from good old Dorothy Perkins, a great mix with something for every shape, particularly drawn to the block heel and soft trousers. * Willow's first selfie - think she looks very regal, whilst watching birds in the garden. * So happy spring has finally sprung!! * Think my obsession for Essie nail Polish is getting worse, my favourite shades so far for spring are - Lilacism, Mint candy apple and Sunday funday, all so pretty and fun.


* The first batch of Pinterest loves for March, some great transitional looks. * The great new printed pieces in my wardrobe check out my Prints post to see what pieces these are on. 
* More street style favourites, with a great range of outfits and a fabulous illustration. * My new Primark midi skirt - my attempt at spring dressing, although styled with ankle boots it was a great transitional look. * Really liking the whole collar and statement necklace trend at the moment - mixing my H&M sleeveless shirt with my faithful Accessorize necklace. * My new Topshop sandals first appearance of the year, although need to wait for it warm up a little as blue toes not a good look! * Great shopping look, M&S drop waist dress, biker jacket and tartan scarf. * The final collection of style pics for this month, really love the lime midi skirt shot, not a usual colour but styled in a really cute way, check out my Pinterest link in the right menu bar for more. * These Topshop soft brogues are a great feminine flat that look great with summer dresses, really love the ribbon laces. 


* Accessorize - another obsession! Check out my latest picks post - Accessorize. * The most amazing clutch ever, a fabulous mix of print and embellishment, sad but I am in love. * My new house is coming along nicely, nearly has a roof on, literally cannot wait till June, soooooo excited!! * My March purchases - clutch bag, Midi skirt from H&M and beautiful white lace sundress from Dorothy Perkins. * Never has this much post in 1 week. Hubby cursing my shopping and Willow loving the arrival of all these cushions, she really does love napping on a good parcel. * Printed trousers from Topshop, fabulous styling and a bargain at only £28! A great pair of trousers for the office when it gets warmer. * Forgot how much I love these cobalt platform heels - stylish and so comfortable, perfect heel height for work. * Willow's take on gardening, guarding the flower pots in the shed.

So March is over and now i am looking forward to my birthday - hoping the Easter weekend will be nice and sunny.



26 March 2014

The New L♥VE of my Wardrobe


It may only be a bag but i am in love, though this may be a tad expensive for a clutch it is just so beautiful - a great colour choice, a Breton stripe is a good base but the added embellishment makes it a special piece.

I saw this in Look magazine about a month ago and have been patiently waiting for it to appear and it finally did! Have never ordered from Accessorize online before but i couldn't have lived with myself if this had sold out before i got hold of one however an Accessorize account could be really dangerous going forward as so much pretty stuff in the range.


The Marseilles Heavy Gem zip top clutch £32 - item code: 5893094100.
Head over to the Accessorize website www.accessorize.com  for this and my other SS14 top picks as seen in my last post, TGF Edit: ♥ Accessorize




16 March 2014

TGF Edit: ♥ Accessorize

In recent years the Accessorize brand has impressed me season after season and the SS14 range is another triumphant collection in my eyes. I used to find some items overpriced however the amount of compliments i receive when wearing an Accessorize piece make me happy to pay that little extra for such beautiful and individual styles. I love the mix of statement jewellery, playful colour/print and the quirky pieces such as the camera shaped bag below as well as the traditional items the brand is well known for. 
Below are my 6 favourite pieces:

I already own the Rio Ultimate necklace, couldn't resist this stunning pastel piece, it looks fabulous with my spring wardrobe and the animal snood is a piece that the lovely @FashionLind couldn't resist, check out how she styles it on Instagram. I need to find the sunglasses in my local store and see how they look, as i have always worn black or tortoiseshell sunnies i don't know how these will look on but excited to see and embrace a bolder style. The last piece i am in L♥VE with is a gorgeous embellished breton stripe clutch that i spotted in Look magazine last month, at £32 it is a little more than i would normally spend on a clutch but it is just so beautiful i must have it - just waiting for a tweet to tell me it is in stock!


1. Rio Ultimate necklace £22, 2. Cara camera bag £25, 3. Perspex jewel cuff £12,
4. Sara Flat top Sunglasses £10, 5. Violet open back earrings £14, 6. Neon Animal print snood £15

For these lovelies and many many more check out www.accessorize.com - enjoy.



14 March 2014

♥ PRINTS


Those of you that follow me on Instagram will have seen this picture i posted earlier today, my printed goodies from my shopping trip to Birmingham. As usual i went with the intention of buying half of Birmingham, although i may have tried on everything i only came away with a couple of pieces. I do find print can be difficult to wear but florals/stripes/dots are the easiest way to introduce a little something different to a look, as they are are quite classic and are a regular feature within many collections. Some really beautiful prints on the highstreet at the moment and i just couldn't resist these, especially when all three came in at under £30. 


1. Floral - Midi skirt, £10 Primark. 2. Stripe - Sleeveless blouse, £9.99 H&M
3. Spot - Cami top, £6 Primark

Particularly looking forward to wearing the striped shirt buttoned up with jeans and a statement necklace. Also rather happy that i have managed to find another great midi skirt, a new skirt shape for me that i am falling in love with.

Are you a fan of print? Would love to know how you incorporate into your summer wardrobe?


4 March 2014

My February


* My take on plaid Friday - a regular event in the Lands' End office, i can't pull of a shirt so an open back blouse will have to do, styled up with my New Look statement necklace. * The new issue of Elle, i really like the new look of the magazine and found this cover particularly eye catching. * A great day spent with my good friend Jo and her 2 little people, her son Issac took a liking to my husband James and fell asleep on him whilst catching up on CBeebies #futuredadmoment, whilst i was entertained by the beautiful baby Sophia and her cheeky smile.  * The new River Island collections landed in Northampton and i was impressed with the great use of colour and print, with my favourite piece being the pink leather jacket - a spring must have. * Found these beautiful shoes on Pinterest and was so pleased to find out they are from good old New Look, a great heel height and perfect partner for my bridesmaid dress. * I swear each month my pile of reading gets bigger - love the February issues of magazines are they are always so thick and full of new season lovelies. * A very, very belated birthday gift from my husband - tickets to see Wicked at Milton Keynes. What an fantastic show, "Defying Gravity" literally has the hairs on my arms standing on end every time i hear it and live it was AMAZING! Such a different musical intertwined with the classic Wizard of Oz story - if you haven't seen it i recommend you do. * My Perfect Pairings post from earlier in the month, where i have been trying to buy less and wear more as Gok would say and this were some of my new pairings using pieces already in my large wardrobe.


* Favourite OOTD from the month - a great variety of outfits. #1 Topshop animal print dress with multi coloured tweed jacket from River Island. #2 Khaki skinnies from Dorothy Perkins, Zara striped t, tartan scarf from Accessorie and Primarni ankle boots. #3 Vintage floral Topshop kimono dress, black blazer and great new H&M studded belt. * The Glitter Fashionista turned 2 on the 11th Feb - can't believe how time has flown - a big thank you to my followers, both on the blog and my social media. * Beautiful flowers from hubby for our anniversary, 5 years since he proposed - the 13th as he was too excited / nervous to hang on until the 14th! * The new SS14 season guides that all come out in Feb - Elle Collections, Company and Marie Claire Runway all sat on the coffee table helping to shape my spring wardrobe. * Was so excited for LFW and in particular the Mulberry show as usual but missed the memo to say there wasn't a show just a preview - there I was with my coffee and notepad in front of a black screen for 10 minutes before I realized! Sadly disappointed by the result of the preview and the new Cara bags - read my thoughts here Mulberry Miss, wishing the amazing Emma Hill would come back! * The latest must have piece that i need - this beautiful Breton embellished clutch from Accessorize - just waiting for the tweet telling me it is in stock! #excited.


* My favourite new combination - the old faithful Topshop LBD, striped Next blazer, western cutout boots and my new H&M belt. In a gorgeous shade of grey this belt goes with everything! * My Pinterest loves of the month - another great collection of images showing some great transitional looks, especially liking the leopard print swing dress. *  My new series - TGF edits. Starting off the series is my top picks from the new M&S Limited Collection, well worth a look as some truly beautiful and reasonably priced pieces Limited Collection. * Continuing my obsession with Accessorize - a piece from the new SS14 collection, a statement piece with a mix of pastel and neon colours. Already worn to death and at £22 this piece is a great addition to any jewellery box. * One discovery made this month - Willow is obsessed with flowers! Real flowers pose far to much of a spillage/breakage risk, as well as some being poisonous to cats so invested in a great selection of fake ones, that look really good and don't seem as interesting to my furry housemate. These are a great alernative and these days do look real - check out Dunelm and Wilkinsons for a good selection of styles at great prices. * My new obsession - Midi skirts, have finally found a great style that once it finally arrives from H&M will be a staple in my wardrobe and already have some great inspiration on how to wear. * As well as my blog turning 2 - little Willow also had her 2nd birthday this month. While some may find me weird for celebrating my cat's birthday, she is a big party of my family and i love her to bits so why not celebrate, besides who can say no to such a cutie. * My first day at work this year without my winter coat - an achievement that hopefully will be repeated soon, or not if you believe the weatherman! 

Cannot believe that February is already over!






1 March 2014

TGF Edit: Soap & Glory

Although i use beauty products everyday i am not one who gets easily excited by a new brand or product, but i do have certain brands that i always use, like Aussie for my hair, Essie for my nails and Colgate for my teeth. However in December i discovered Soap & Glory (My December) when i bought one of Boots deal of the week gift sets. Since then i have been regularly using the goodies from this set and have discovered a new favourite brand, all the body products in this set have made my skin feel smooth and soft and not dry like most others i have tried. When it came to buying my skincare products this month i decided to try something new and test out some of the S&G range to see if lives up to the body products. Although most of this range is a tad more expensive than i would normally spend i do think skincare is one area that shouldn't be skimped on, plus this collection is included in the Boots 3 for 2 offer so i do save some pennies. 


1. Dr Spot - Super strength breakout clearing gel, perfect for spot prone skin £8.
2. Mist you madly - body spray mini, perfect handbag sized fragrance £3.50.
3. Make Yourself Youthful - rejuvenating face serum, just what i need to keep my face looking young and fresh £16 (pricy but worth it). 
4. Hand food - hydrating hand cream, a lovely non-greasy cream £5. 
5. Face soap and clarity - 3 in 1 daily detox vitamin C facial wash, gentle cleanser with an amazing smell £8. 
6. The Righteous butter - body moisturiser, great for keeping skin soft and smooth £10.50


All the above are available at Soap & Glory and Boots along with many more. 

Are you a Soap & Glory fan? Would love to hear your favourites and recommendations.



25 February 2014

Mulberry Miss

I am normally a massive Mulberry fan and have been for years now, but this London Fashion Week i was totally disappointed - partly because there was no show, just a preview, this is usually a fantastic event that reminds me why i love the brand. Secondly i was not loving the new addition to the handbag family - for me the bags are what make the brand and i wait eagerly each fashion week to see the latest addition but this year underwhelmed was my only feeling when i saw the Cara bag's.
 

With a Bayswater construction and adaptable straps to allow for shoulder carrying as well as transforming into a backpack, this bag for me is trying too hard. Whilst the backpack trend has hit the highstreet and there are some nice pieces from Topshop and New Look, the Cara is something i am not sure the Mulberry lady would carry as it is a very casual style and does look like a Bayswater with extra straps stuck on the back. I also do not understand the use of camouflage on such a refined bag, even if it is a trend it looks horrible on such a constructed piece. Maybe it is because i feel Mulberry should be classic pieces based on the price points - but this style is too niche and to be honest ugly in my books. Will be interested to see how this bag does, as it did get a good reaction from the LFW preview.


Hopefully when we do see the whole new collection it will restore my faith in the brand - all i will say is comeback Emma Hill, under her reign the brand went from strength to strength and she gave us beauties such as Alexa, Tillie and Del Rey - styles that for me truly encapsulated the brands essence. Whoever takes over will have have some huge & fabulous shoes to fill!

What do you think of the Cara collection - loving or disappointed?


* Pictures from Mulberry.com

23 February 2014

TGF Edit: Midi styling

Always loved the longer length skirts - but was never quite sure how to style one but since the midi is everywhere at the moment and is a key piece for any wardrobe this season i thought it was about time i find out how. Pinterest is a wash with so many new midi skirt outfits, and i have been so inspired i have ordered a fabulous black textured one from H&M (hate waiting for it to be delivered!), and i am excited to style it up. 

Whether it is working a monochrome look or being bold with colour and print, the midi skirt lends itself to many an occasion - perfect for the office or a party dependent on your accessories. Layering up with a leather jacket, blazer or statement knit over a striped or slogan tee, these outfits below all have 1 thing in common, simple styling. Of all the looks below i think my favourite has to be the cream tulle styled with a grey shrunken blazer, and belt, although i do feel a statement necklace would have completed the look. 


Would love to know - How will you be styling your midi this season?
Check out my social media to see how i style mine, when it arrives.


22 February 2014

TGF Edit: Limited Collection

Many moons ago before i entered the world of buying, i worked in my local M&S store and during this time the sub brand Limited Collection was launched. Due to the size of the Northampton store we were not lucky enough to have this new range however the odd piece would appear through returns or during sale periods and i loved to see these younger, more fashionable pieces. Nowadays the range has gone from strength to strength with some truly beautiful pieces at reasonable prices. You can imagine my surprise when today i popped into my local store to pick up some birthday cards and i was met by a new look store with none other than a dedicated area just for Limited Collection! The store looked fresh with the new season collection and i took practically everything to the changing room, i was just so impressed with the variety and style. Particularly loving the lips print dress, very Lulu Guinness print in a flattering shape - not your usual M&S piece. 
These are The Glitter fashionista favourites:


1. Blurred floral sweat top £35.00, 2. Striped tube skirt with linen £35.00, 3. Drop waist dress £35.00, 
4. Drop waist floral dress £39.50, 5. Padlock print tee £17.50, 
6. Lips print shift dress £45.00

Very tempted by some skinny jeans and the beautiful floral dress, but i only came away this time with the grey drop waist dress, which has a beautiful shape to it and is going to be a great transitional piece. Once i get paid there will be a return visit!

What is you favourite M&S range?


13 February 2014

Perfect Pairings

One of my 2014 resolutions was to try and spend less but wear more. I have so many great pieces in my wardrobe that i never wear or always wear in a certain way - i wanted to mix it up and create some new combinations, especially as i am trying to embrace new styles and especially mixing prints. Any new pieces i do buy need to be items i truly love. One thing i realised when going through my wardrobe - i own a lot of Topshop pieces especially dresses, think i may own enough to have shares in the brand, but what can i say - if the dress fits buy it in every colour! Below are my current favourite looks:


1 ♥ My favourite new Topshop neon floral dress teamed with a striped jacket 
and western boots from Next


 My new love, my Accessorize tartan scarf, teamed with a striped top, Topshop 
blazer and Dorothy Perkins khaki skinny jeans


3 ♥ Old Topshop mixed print dress teamed with a chunky New Look jumper and 
perspex necklace from Accessorize


Bright and bold leopard print dress from Topshop teamed with my tweed biker jacket 
from River Island and a statement necklace from New Look

I am intrigued to see just how many new looks i can squeeze out of my rather full wardrobe!
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Follow me on social media to see what other wardrobe favourites i am mixing up and the outfits i am wearing at the moment.