The 6 Wardrobe essentials every woman needs

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The essentials items in my wardrobe

Over the last two years i have built up a collection of basic items that i reach for every week, and mix with statement/trend pieces in my wardrobe. When I look in my wardrobe there is a sea of black, white and grey but for me these essentials all work for my style and are the perfect base for seasonal print, colour and statement accessories. While the basic six are always there, the styles do change - dress silhouettes vary by season, as do hemlengths on skirts but the item will always be hanging on my rail in some shape or form.

So here are the six essential items i couldn't live without...

My Wardrobe Essentials

SKIRT
A classic skirt is something you can wear for multiple occasions and style with both staples and statement pieces. The one on my rail at the moment is a suedette button down mini from Dorothy Perkins but i have had both midi and maxi styles on my essentials list in the past - pick one that works for you.

STRIPED TEE
Striped Tee's have always been in my wardrobe, but only recently have i appreciated just how versatile a piece it is and just how much i do love to wear. I like to have one with a touch of detail such as a pocket, cute saying or sprinkle of sparkle but plain also works just as well. Both of my current styles are from ASOS and i find they always have great fashionable versions of this basic piece.

BLACK JEANS
Whether you choose skinny, bootcut, straight or flare, a pair of black jeans are essential to any wardrobe. For some traditional blue denim is key, but for me black jeans are my go to and they have to be skinny (i have tried many, many styles over the years and found these to be the most flattering on my shape). Both of my current pairs are from Dorothy Perkins (the only brand i have found who don't assume just because you are a little larger round the middle that you also have tree trunks for legs - which i do not), i have one pair of super skinny jeggings and a distressed pair of relaxed fit skinny's.

CAMI / VEST
A rainbow of cami/vest style tops, perfect for under dresses and knitwear or layering under tshirts. Personally I tend to get mine from Primark, as I like the fit (plus they are a bargain at less than £3 each) but Gap, M&S and Next also offer a great selection. 

LIGHTWEIGHT KNITWEAR
The lightweight Knit, a cooler day essential but still handy to have in the summer. I have always gone for chunky knits and struggled when it came to layering up under a winter coat, usually because i am too hot, then i found the perfect jumper in Topshop (oversized, low v neck and contrast sleeves) and it changed my outlook on knitwear forever... Sadly that jumper had to be replaced last year as it was so worn, it was looking bobbly however the new version in Topshop this year was the perfect replacement. I like to choose a style that is well made and has a little bit of detailing - this can be a ribbed panel, stitched detail or even contrast sleeves.

EVERYDAY DRESS
My final essential is an everyday dress, the style depends on your taste and shape but choose something simple and  classic style that works for every occasion. My choice is a black jersey tshirt dress I found on ASOS, it looks great layered with jackets, kimonos or chunky cardigans and is perfect for work or chilling at the weekend.

One further note: If you find the perfect essential piece and it comes in other colours - BUY!
I have bought seasonal colours of my skinny jeggings, as i know these fit me so well and my ASOS black dress also came in a gorgeous floral print and has fast become one of my favourites to wear in the summer.

What are your essentials?
Leave me a comment if you would like to see my accessory essentials too..

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February Wishlist

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February Wishlist items

A bizarre little assortment of items have made my wishlist this month. A few new season fashion items, along with an obscure homeware item... a brass armadillo - i was drawn to this as armadillos are my favourite animals and i though this would be so cute in my lounge. My favourite item would have to be the colourblocked satchel, i have been looking at the Cambridge company for a while now, trying to decide which one i would like to get and when i saw this one in the new season collection i knew i had found my bag. The gorgeous blush/pink colour blocking and scalloped edge make this a thing of beauty..and has 30th birthday pressie written all over it!

Black stripe wrap mini skirt £30 River Island, The Colt Camera bag £230 Love the IT, Patterned dress £29.99 H&M, Light pink geometric print back detail shirt £38 River Island, Brass Armadillo £29 West Elm,  The Striped Small Cloud Bag £130 The Cambridge Satchel company, Little Miss Selfie t-shirt £6 Primark

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Blair Eadie

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I have always been interested in street style, maybe even obsessed. I love people watching and as the streets are the everyday girls catwalk i find lots of inspiration there. Pinterest is an amazing source for street style imagery and one lady who is always in my feed and appears on almost all of my street style boards is Blair Eadie from Atlantic Pacific. I find her style to be polished and chic yet super fun, she is one of my favourite fashionistas and one of my inspirations, plus she has the best photographer - her outfit shots are beautiful not only the clothes but the locations and angles..perfection.


I think Blair maybe one of the few women who can pull off dungarees and not look like a teenager, adding heels and a breton stripe tee and accessories is such a grown up way to wear. Her casual looks are based around a great pair of jeans, with a killer jacket/coat, classic shoes and statement accessories and always a pair of oversized sunglasses. Plus this girl loves a hat - fedora, beanie or bobble all appear in many outfits. These casual looks tend to be in a very muted classic palette with lots of black, camel, grey and tonal neutrals.


Serious wardrobe envy here, so many beautiful skirts and dresses, not to mention some serious statement accessories - would love to see her closet and fawn over the shoes and bags in her collection. The vintage Chanel brooch has become an icon in her outfit posts and is such a simple way to add a chic element to a look. A true girly girl, Blair opts for feminine pieces, favouring midi skirts and dresses most of the time, but throwing in a mini occasionally to mix things up and letting one statement item do the work, teamed with classic basics. This is also where she plays with colour, mixing in some pastels as well as bold primary colours to add a touch of fun. I think my favourite look here is actually the camo miltiary jacket, teamed with a simple white shirt, black skirt, black pump combo and tan accessories (plus the Chanel brooch) - would never have thought of camo being fashionable or stylish but in a small dose with the right styling is a great look.



This is one of the latest looks from Blair and i am in love. This rainbow jacket is stunning and would look amazing with jeans but at a hefty £1,040 i will just have to dream...


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Dior Dupes

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Not normally a sunglasses person, I think the launch of the Dior So Real sunglasses totally passed me by but somehow these have recently caught my attention. I am happy to spend money on bags or shoes but sunglasses are the thing I regularly loose or break, so spending more than £20 on a pair (+£300 in fact) just isn't going to happen. However these sunnies have become a firm favourite with celebrities and the fashionable elite such as Olivia Palermo, and have filtered down to the UK highstreet with some great dupes now available. 

With its distinctive styling - no nose piece and statement brow bar these sunglasses are a bold accessory and come in a variety of colours. At present I have found both black and tortoise versions on the highstreet, from River Island and good old Primark at purse friendly prices and as far as dupes go these are pretty good.

Dior sunglasses dupes from the highstreet

Dior £335-370 or customize your own at MyDiorSoReal
River Island Black & Tortoise £14 / Primark £3

I know for some people dupes are not worth it and they would rather have the real thing but personally i like that brands are releasing "inspired" styles that allow those of us that don't have lots of money to buy into the latest trends and IT items. However i do want to add while i like a good dupe, counterfeit items are another matter - I believe that as long as there is no branding on an item claiming that it is actually made by a designer, then it is a dupe, not a fake and for me this is acceptable. 

If you have seen my latest Primark haul you would know that I bought the tortoise pair and I have say love them and for £3 if I loose or break them, I can replace easily. Also based on this gorgeous shot from the blog elliesfavouritethings taken at the SS16 press day, Primark will also be releasing this gorgeous pastel version with gold hardware (along with some other great statement styles) - keeping my eyes peeled for these, need in my life!


Are you a sunglasses person? Would you buy the Dior pair or have one of these highstreet dupes caught your eye?
Would love to hear from you...

New Year Beauty Discoveries

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Discovering new beauty products has become an indulgence for me, since i started getting beauty boxes such as Birchbox. These are some of my first impressions of some products I’ve been testing for the past month. Simple. I figured it would be a nice way to sum up products I’ve been playing with recently so here we go…

Rituals foaming shower gel sensation (£8.50 Rituals)
I have been using both Zensation and Yogi Flow in sample sized bottles from Birchbox. Both smell amazing, a small amount goes a long long way and lathers up well. The foam leaves my skin feeling soft and i love that the fragrance lasts for ages. So far i prefer the Yogi Flow, a little more fruity than Zensation which is more fresh and i need to schedule a trip to Ritual to try out some of the other 4 scents and pick up some full size bottles.

Philip Kingsley Straight hair (£19 Philip Kingsley)
Another Birchbox treat and although i was skeptical that this would make a difference to my frizz prone hair, i was pleasantly surprised and loved so much i will be buying a full size tube once this one runs out, but as you only need a little this will last a while longer. My hair is smooth, soft and definitely straightens easier as the gel is heat activated and offers additional protection. It also doesn't leave hair feeling crunchy or weighed down which some styling products can do.

Charles Worthington Volume & Bounce Texturising Spray (£6.99 Boots)
Saw this product mentioned in a couple of YouTube videos over Christmas and after having tried three other texturising sprays that i wasn't happy with, i have finally found one that i love. Offering both volume and hold whilst adding soft texture this spray is a great all rounder and gives my loose waves the added oomph i was looking for. One small note if you do buy small squirts only, too much and you end up with crunchy hair.

Soap & Glory The Ultimelt Deep Purifying Hot Cloth Cleanser (£10 Boots)
A drugstore dupe for the Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish this cleanser is the latest addition to my new year skincare regime. Heats up when massaged into the skin, melts makeup off leaving skin soft, supple and smooth. Can leave my face feeling a little dry so only using once or twice a week. Love the cloth that comes in the pack to, a great combination that really leaves my face feeling clean. I originally thought the Liz Earle product was a lot more expensive tan it actually is, so now i have tried this version i may also give the Earle version a try.

OGX Anti-Breakage Keratin Oil Shampoo (£6.99 Boots)

Everyday styling has left my hair needing some extra pampering and this was a product that caught my eye as it contains Argan oils which my hair responds well to. Leaves my hair soft, non frizzy and works well in partner with my heat protector sprays to leave my hair shiny and smooth after styling. However it is a rich shampoo so will be using every other week, as a treatment rather than my everyday shampoo.

Have you tried any of the products? Is there anything you would recommend i try?


January Primark Haul

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The first haul of 2016 and of course it is a Primark one. I love watching Primark Haul video's - its a great way to see new products in-store and to see if its worth a visit. So here is my haul after a shopping trip earlier in the week....grab a cuppa and enjoy the video.

    


Travel Mug £3.50 / Candles £2 each / Make up bags - Large £4 and small £3 / Facial cleansing pad £1.50 / Make up sponge £1.50 / Sunglasses £3 / Paris tee £7 / Vest tops (not shown) £1.80 each.
New Look sneakers £14.99 / Urban Outfitters bag £12

Have you found anything good in Primark lately?

Copper & Rose Gold

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Winner of the Dulux colour of the year 2015, Copper Blush epitomizes the trend sweeping the fashion and home world, with both Copper and Rose Gold becoming a must have not just in jewellery but in our homes. While i am not sure i could paint an entire room in this beautiful paint shade, i could definitely embrace a touch of metallic glamour in my home through some accessories or a piece of furniture.

Some of the latest room inspiration pins, from my home Pinterest boardBoth Copper and Rose Gold add warmth and a lovely accent to a simple, neutral room - i particularly love the giant bubble lampshades and the statement that they make hung over a huge dining room table, especially grouped together and hung at different heights.

Images via 1,2,3,4,5,6

With house decoration on the agenda for 2016 my interior design radar is working overtime and i am constantly on the hunt for amazing pieces and this trend is a must on my shopping list. This is a small selection of the copper & rose gold items i have found so far, all very affordable apart from one splurge piece but good lighting is an investment (just don't tell my husband!) and can be the crowning glory of a room.



Ceiling light £100 Next, Clock £50 Redcandy, Table Lamp £89 M&S, Candle £3.99 H&M
Wire Basket £7.99 H&MSound Piece £69 Happy Plugs, Vase £29.50 Redcandy, Frame £30 Redcandy


Youtube beauty Babes

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While there are many, many amazing You Tubers around, these are two ladies that i discovered at the beginning of 2015 and haven't stopped watching them since. Both amazing bloggers and YouTuber's, mixing beauty with fashion and lifestyle but in their own individual way. I find having somewhere to look if i have beauty queries comforting, actually seeing how to apply the latest contour palette or the perfect new eyeshawdow shades, is the best way for me to learn.


Victoria from Inthefrow.com has recently moved towards focusing on the higher end of the fashion and beauty market - featuring, reviewing and working with brands in the designer market, but also still loves to collaborate with favourites such as ASOS. Her videos are very polished like her, and she has managed to create a good balance between showing the designer brands but without coming across like a snob. She gives her viewers a glimpse into luxury that many cannot afford, as well as offering honest reviews on items, so if viewers do want to invest then they know what they are getting and if it is worth the cash. She has a great sense of style, which translates into her lookbook content beautifully as well as her amazing taste in makeup which makes her tutorials enjoyable as well as informative. 

When it comes to her videos i particularly love the almost "behind the scenes" angle that she creates, especially the London Fashion week coverage. Also her bridesmaid makeup tutorial has inspired me to recreate for my best friends wedding later this year. These are my favourites from 2015:


YouTube: Inthefrow
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My #1 favourite Youtuber, Fleur De Force offers viewers the perfect mix between high end designer and highstreet/drugstore affordable items, across both fashion & beauty. Her videos are amazing, very down to earth with honest reviews and a lot of personality. Fleur also operates two channels - her main one is focused on fashion, beauty and lifestyle whereas her second channel is dedicated to Vlogging her life. Whilst i love to watch both channels Fleurdevlog has to be my favourite, as in these videos we get to see her life - this includes her gorgoeus dogs and husband Mike (my hubby has a bit of a man crush on Mike, they even share the same birthday!). This mix of content means there is always something new to watch.

Fleur creates beautiful GRWM videos and these tend to be my favourites to watch, especially when she shows off her amazing braiding skills, but her new lookbook content is also a joy to watch as she always strikes that perfect balance between highstreet looks with a touch of designer - here are my 2015 favourites:


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If you haven't seen any of their videos yet (where have you been!) make sure to get a big cup of tea, snuggle up on the sofa and visit their YouTube channels....enjoy. 

New Year....New Look

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Welcome to a new look The Glitter Fashionista....

If you are a regular reader you will have seen a few design updates over the last three years, slowly moving away from the very pink theme that i launched with back in 2012. However each time i have never been 100% happy, so have been looking for the perfect new design for over a year and have finally found it. This is perfect timing as a big part of my new years resolutions for 2016 is to throw myself back into my blog and make it the best it can be. Also to improve my photography skills (using the new camera i got from my parents for Christmas) adding a cleaner, more professional finish to the images i add to my layouts.

With a completely different approach the new grid layout is clean, simple, modern and very image focused - something i think was lacking on my traditional 2 column blogger template and again supports my new focus on photography. Up until now i have only ever used free templates but this time decided to purchase a fully customisable one, so as to make the blog exactly what i wanted rather than compromising with the limitations of a standard layout. So if your blog is need of a makeover, i highly recommend Mango Blogs Shop on Etsy - her templates are all beautiful, super easy to install and best of all under £20.

I would love to hear any feedback you have on the new style blog, anything you feel is missing and most importantly any content you would love to see over the next 12 months - so please leave me a comment below.

With your support i want to make 2016 my best blogging year yet.

Christine Centenera

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The world of Pinterest is a magical one, you can stumble across some of the most unexpected things, while scrolling through your feed. I had never heard of Christine Centenera until last week, but the more i learn, the more i love her style. The senior fashion editor of Australian Vogue, who oozes sophisticated chic and is a woman who knows what she likes and has fun with fashion. 

A wardrobe built upon a uniform of key black pieces - jeans, trousers, mini skirts mixed with monnochromatic tops, printed dresses and bold accessories (ankle boots or caged heels seem to appear with every look). However these outfits are kept looking fresh by mixing up textures like wool, leather, feathers, fur - a great way to add dimension to a head to toe black look. She also has a keen eye for statement jackets/coats, almost every outfit is topped off with one and they make the perfect partner to her black uniform and worn in the fashionista way, casually draped on the shoulders. I am particularly jealous of the Celine colourblock winter coat, the most amazing piece to look good whilst keeping warm.


This lady is definitely top of my street style list and i will be taking a leaf out of her book, recreating some of my favourite looks and trying to find my own uniform. Is there someone whose style you aspire to recreate for yourself?

These are just a selection of my favourite Christine looks, all can be found, along with many more over on my Pinterest boards where you can also find lots of street style inspiration for your own uniform.

How to Wear: Leather Skirt

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I felt very inspired so lots of pictures for this How to Wear installment...


An item of clothing that i have struggled with, can look very tarty if styled wrong but with the right partner and accessories is a very chic look. Many of the styles seen in street style are faux leather, as i am sure most people cannot afford the cost of a true leather skirt but these days like faux fur the imitation styles are almost indistinguishable from the real thing.

I always thought if i were to wear a leather skirt it would be a mini however recently i have seen some beautifully styled midi styles - for example the gorgeous bottle green image above, teamed with a chunky knit and cute plaid shoes. Also i love how polished a pencil style can look when teamed with a crisp white shirt and simple accessories. No matter what style you decide to go for, keep the rest of the outfit classic - a sweatshirt, white shirt or tee with a cute pair of shoes and your favorite bag - this item of clothing is definitely not one to wear with lots of bold colour.


Think this is an item i will be adding to my "try in 2016" list - perhaps a skater style mini teamed with ankle boots or a midi with cage style sandals. Either way it will be on my list, so keep an eye on my Instagram feed.

My Designer Bag Wishlist

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Whilst trying to compile my January wishlist i realised apart from finding odd items in the sale i often don't buy much in the first month of the year, so i thought before the new season collections arrive i would focus my New year wishlist on the designer handbags i have on my must own list.

A designer handbag for me should be a classic item, something i can pass down to my daughter. For me this means simple, leather and a classic colour especially as these pieces are an investment and should work with everything in my wardrobe. Most of my wishlist are not brand new styles, but bags that i loved from the moment i saw them and know they will pass the test of time.


1. Givenchy Medium Antigona £1,465 - Selfridges
Saw this a year ago and fell in love with the traditional black one but ever since then everyone has been investing in this beauty and after seeing Suzie from Hello October toting round the grey version, i have been lusting after it even more. Very much a investment item but so worth it for the leather quality, simple styling and simplicity.

2. 3:1 Phillip Lim Pashli mini satchel £695 - Net a Porter
A designer i knew very little about but this satchel is perfection. It has details that are statement but practical plus the textured leather is beautiful and as the cheapest of the wishlist may be my latest purchase (maybe for my 30th).

3. Chloe Drew Small crossbody £1,140  - Selfridges
Another blogger favourite, but this little bag has so much appeal and is a very classic item and works with so many outfits although the price on this one is scary considering the size of the bag but gorgeous leather and a great selection of colours available.

4. Mulberry Bayswater £895 - Mulberry
The bag that has been on my wishlist for years - the one that sparked my love for designer bags 8 years ago. The bayswater is for me the ultimate in grown up sophistication and i always pop into Mulberry to stroke and say hello when i am near a store/concession. I would love to buy in this beautiful oxblood colour, which although not a traditional classic colour, it is the shade i am always drawn to in Mulberry but would happily have in either black or tan if this wasn't available.

If you could choose one designer bag to splurge on, what would you choose?


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