My Little Box - Cosy


So i subscribed to My Little box in September and was impressed by the initial welcome box, less impressed with the October box as it was very specifically themed around Diane von Furstenberg with little focus on other things so the November box was going to be a tie breaker for me. Glad to say this one is great - Cosy is the theme and aptly so all, the products are cosy/autumn themed making me want to get in my pj's with a big vanilla latte and fluffy slippers.

Check out inside the box on my YouTube channel:


CONTENTS
Inspirational Quote - Francoise Sagan
My Little World magazine
A Coffee Cup
My Little Bouillotte
Essie - Mini nail polish in "Cute as a button"
Arcancil Paris - Starliner black waterproof eyeliner
My Little Beauty - Volume and care mascara in black


I loved all of the beauty products, especially the nail polish as Essie is my go to brand. Excited to try the mascara as so far the other My Little Beauty items have been really good and who doesn't need another black mascara! I am intrigued by the My Little Bouillotte, which is a microwaveable cushion meant as a cute hot water bottle or for relaxation, something a little different plus i love the polka dot print although i can totally see Willow using it as a pillow, especially when its warm.

The one product i am disappointed in is the coffee cup - not sure who they think is using this but it is TINY and not everyone drinks americano's - think i may need to find an alternative use for it like to keep bobby pins in, as it is cute with a nice illustration on.

Overall another good box and really looking forward to the December box - i can feel a party or sparkle box coming on! 








Smile...

Some people are lucky enough to be naturals in front of a camera, I have never been one of those people, the minute a camera comes out I either close my eyes or the awkward "Chandler" smile comes out. Luckily I married an equally awkward man and so any photographic moment has a 50/50 chance of being good, but we have both learnt to laugh about it. Our wedding pics were amazing but only because we had a great photographer who put us both at ease but also did less of the posed shots, sometimes the unknown captured moments are the best.

When we bought our house we were given a free session at Venture photography and after a bit of arm twisting, I persuaded hubby to go and see what could be done for two "cameraphobes". We went to the Venture studio in Leicester and met with our photographer Ross, to discuss the tone of the shoot and what we wanted out of the experience. Relaxed, fun shots was the brief we gave and armed with our bag of props (everything from cartoon tee's to my Accessorize camera bag) we embraced the hour shoot and had so much fun. Ross instantly put us both at ease and I have never laughed so hard in my life!!! He was particularly excited at the beginning about the hat i had worn purely to keep my hair dry and the statement necklace i was also wearing, so much so they became a large focus during the shoot. We went for a mix of romantic shots and silly playful ones, so as to "capture our essence as a couple". 

I left the studio with my face hurting from laughing so much but feeling like we would get some great shots and then came the two week wait before the viewing. A nice presentation of all the best shots set to music - Ross had chosen Lily Allen's "Somewhere only we know", which definitely helped to convey the emotion behind the images, which turned out beautifully and not an awkward smile in sight.

Whilst I did enjoy the shoot and we got some beautiful pictures out of it, I would say Venture is very expensive and that is a shame as we were restricted in what we could get based on our budget, however i was pleased with what we did get. 

Here are a few of my favourite images:




Say cheese....... and smile!













My October


* Autumn has finally arrived, so pretty. I love autumnal colours and this picture sums up the perfect palette. * Yummy new lip colour, Topshop lip bullet in shade "There she goes", nude with a pink shimmery undertone. * Beauty post on the blog, My latest beauty loves, from face wash to luxurious oil, what have i been loving. * The new love of my life, my gorgeous wool fedora hat from none other than Primarni. I am now a tad obsessed with this hat and cannot get enough of it, and now the weather has finally turned a little chillier it works perfectly. Stylish and truly fabulous for only £7!! * Willow's choice of seat for watching the footie, clearly a trendy kitty choosing to watch from the comfort of her Kate Spade bag,  * Every girl needs a bit of gold in their wardrobe, this Topshop pleated skirt was a last minute purchase for a work night out and I think will be my Christmas Day sparkly piece. Works perfectly with a black top, vintage clutch and peep toe shoes. * Tartantastic - the amazing print I have been loving and clearly so have the fashionista community. * Weekly wardrobe planning with my handy IKEA rail, a great mix of stripe & florals alongside some basic favourites. * The October edition of "My Little Box", all centered around the fashion legend Diane von Furstenberg and her fantastic, iconic prints along with the usual beauty treats including L'occitane hand cream.


* New bag bling, a furry pompom keyring to compliment my Beau, all the way from Canada as I didn't read the product location before buying. * Our orchid is still alive - MIRACLE, especially after two months. We are not plant people and have normally killed them by now. * A fashion quote from the late, great style icon Oscar de la Renta. A fashion legend who will be missed by the industry. * In honour of my new hat, a blog post all about my must have accessory - If the hat fits. * Cutest "your parcel is on its way" email from My Little Box, no standard email for its subscribers.... * Two of my favourite work outfits of the month, trying to embrace the transitional looks with winter accessories and my amazing River Island ankle boots. * Latest love from ASOS, this gorgeous ring is so simple yet very quirky and modern (bit worried my boss thought I had, had my finger pierced!!) * No sign of the Coke Cola Christmas advert yet, but just to get us in the festive mood, the Coke names have gone and now we have reindeer names.


* Diwali treats at work, so yummy but very filing especially at 10am. * Continuing the food pics, my amazing dinner at 1573 Bar & Grill in Leicester for a work leaving night out. Risotto and halloumi stuffed pepper with chunky chips and a big glass of Rose. * This months Pinterest top picks, autumnal style with some unexpected sparkle. * I have been waiting for this gorgeous midi skirt to come in store since I saw it on the Primark blogging master class session with Inthefrow.com. A stunning print, colour palette and the most beautiful full skirted shape - simply amazing at a steal at only £14. * My first YouTube video!!!! Was a little nervous but happy with how it turned out and I know how much everyone loves a good haul video so it was the perfect topic. * A very early Christmas pressie,  fell in love with this when I saw a WIT post with 25% discount, subtlety dropped hints with the discount code to hubby hoping for once he might get the hint.....and bless him he did, however it ended up being a "just for being you" gift. Made my day after a long week at work. * Working in some old favourites with my gingham shirt - Aldo gold sparkle Western boots and an intricate Topshop insect necklace. * Willow just had to pose for National cat day! * My kind of a pumpkin, nothing scary but sprinkled with sparkle - Happy Halloween.






Primark Haul


So i have been thinking about adding videos to my blog for a while now, and was surprised when even my husband asked why i wasn't doing video's especially on Haul posts - i have taken the plunge and here is the first Video post on The Glitter Fashionista.

I decided to do a Haul video as these are the videos i love to watch and as i have just been on a little trip to Primark, seemed like a good place to start.


Products in video: Long sleeve love to lounge top £7, Paul Frank pj top £7, Paul Frank pj bottoms £8, Floral mesh skirt £14, Bridesmaid DVD £5, Leather gloves £8, Hairbrush £2, Spotty make up bag £3, 
Lush Snow Fairy £7.50, Charity face&hand cream £1

Hope you enjoy and please leave feedback, either here or on My YouTube channel(while you're there fancy giving it a thumbs up?) And remember to subscribe if you haven't already! Let me know if there are any other videos you'd like to see and I'll see what I can do!








October Accessories Haul

"A woman makes an outfit her own with accessories" - Oscar De La Renta. 

This month has been all about accessories - a mix of being underwhelmed by the fashion in stores and discovering some hidden gems. The number one item has been my gorgeous Primark wool fedora, which if you follow me on social media you will see I am obsessed and have been wearing constantly but there have been a few other additions...... as you can see.


An essential item in my collection is neckwear - I love a good scarf, something so simple that can jazz up even the most plain of outfits. The gorgeous bold leopard print style (1.) came in the October addition of My Little Box and is an archived print from none other than the amazing Diane von Furstenberg - a beautiful silky square scarf that looks fabulous especially with black. The other scarf (2.) came from my highstreet favourite Accessorize, an oversized winter floral/tribal mix scarf complete with tassels. Featured in a how to wear video by the brand, as soon as I watched I had to have it - How to style this season's square scarf .

Next up jewellery: as a magpie drawn to pretty things I couldn't resist a bit of new sparkle in my life. A cute set of three bracelets (3.) from good old Accessorize, in this seasons colours - a fab mix of navy and burgundy, these simple bracelets are very detailed and great for everyday (although no good for wearing with knitwear as you easily get attached!). One place I have always found cute but quirky pieces is ASOS and when the mid season sale email came through that was my cue to pay a visit and I came away with a gold heart necklace (4.) for only £2 and this amazing ball cuff ring (5.) in black and gold at £6 - I struggle to find rings that fit my middle finger so thought this style would be good and it fits perfectly, also something a little different and modern about the design, like having mini mickey mouse ears on your finger. Also I couldn't leave without this polka dot headband (6.) with its interesting knot detail and a different colour for me that actually really suits the shade of my hair, another bargain at only £4. The last jewellery piece is another item from the October My Little Box - a lip brooch, the signature logo of the DVF brand (7.) simple, bold but chic.

The final item in my haul is something I have been considering for a while now but was struggling to find in the size and colour i wanted - a pompom key ring (8.) to accessorize my Kate Spade Beau. This little beauty arrived and I instantly loved it, my husband rolled his eyes and my cat looked very excited and intrigued (need to monitor her interaction as I do not want another shredding incident!). I found it on Etsy, somewhere I haven't bought from before but was inspired by the variety of beautiful handmade pieces, although I did not read the description correctly and didn't realise it came all the way from Canada! but was impressed it came much quicker than anticipated. If you fancy joining this furry trend check out Petalle Creations for pompom key rings in every colour of the rainbow. 


Can't wait to wear all of theses lovelies, check out my Instagram to see how i style them.






If the hat fits, wear it..


Winter Hats.....

Hats are an acquired taste, some people love, others loathe, I have never been sure, more about what suits me rather than the idea of fashionable head-wear. 

My hat relationship began with a girl's beanie from New Look, at the time when oversized beanies were in fashion but with short hair I looked odd with a big hat so I went for a kids version so that I could still be involved, it was cute - grey knit with a glittery threads running through. Then came a grey knitted bobble hat from Topshop, with 2 pompoms like ears - I loved it as it was so different whilst warm and snugly as well as making me look like a little bear, but I still wasn't 100% sure so would only wear when really cold. 

This season however I decided to embrace the hat as it is everywhere and is a chic way to battle against the incoming cold weather, but what style to go for - fedora, trilby, beanie, bobble or floppy brimmed? Overwhelmed by all the stylish looks on my favourite source of inspiration Pinterest, I settled on a structured shape and finally found my perfect partner..... Nothing extravagant, a classic wool fedora for only £7 from good old Primark but a gorgeous hat that seems to go with everything and is the perfect size & shape.


I have tried a few styles on this season but was cautious before buying as i knew they would probably end up being bought and then sitting on my mannequin because I wasn't quite sure or because I think people will laugh, which at 28 is a ridiculous notion. However with this hat it was love at first sight - I tried it on and then wore it for the entire hour and a half shopping trip round Primark, I almost forgot to take it off to pay which could have been embarrassing! My new hat has become like a third person in my marriage, I am addicted to wearing it whether that's to work or just to pop out to sainsbury's, much to my husbands dismay (think he was a little embarrassed doing this week's food shop with me and my hat). 


This hat also appears to be a hit with the fashion community, many photos on Instagram and some of my favourite bloggers have also fallen for its woolly loveliness.

Could you be tempted?

For more hat inspiration, check out my new dedicated Pinterest board - All about the hat







TGF Edit: Latest Beauty Loves

Although i have always loved beauty products, it has really only been the last couple of years that i have started to appreciate them. Before i would always buy the cheapest products, usually supermarket own brands but lately my taste has improved. Probably due to the amount of free samples given away these days with magazines, goodie bags etc that allow you try to before you buy, a concept i fully support. Here is a round up of my current beauty loves, products that i do spend money on and that i have see great results from.....


1. Soap & Glory - 3 in 1 daily detox facial wash £8
A gentle facial wash that not only smells amazing but has worked wonders for my skin, which i have struggled with since i was a teenager. It is a wash/scrub hybrid that leaves my face feeling refreshed and clean. This was part of a Soap and Glory gift set i got on offer last year and lasts for ages as a little blob goes a long way.

2. Topshop Lip Bullet in There she goes £8
The newest addition to my beauty collection, only bought last week but already a must have - i bought this after reading so many good reviews on the Topshop website and also many video reviews on YouTube. It is a great classic, everyday colour, that goes on smoothly, doesn't feel dry and lasts well on my lips. I am impressed with Topshops' make up range, most stores that branch out into beauty only produce average products but so far i have several lovelies that rival the major cosmetic brands including the best ever gel eyeliner and a gold eye crayon.

3. NUXE Huile Prodigieuse Multi usage dry oil £17
A sample from the September My Little box, and although i did have to do some research into what this little bottle was for, i was pleasantly surprised just how versatile it is. Face, hair, scars, dry skin you name it Nuxe oil will help. Not the cheapest of products so may not re-buy however because you only use a small drop it will last longer than many products - will continue to use and see how I feel. A silky oil, that smells lovely and isn't sticky like some other oils I have tried.

4. Percy & Reed Wonder Balm £18
Thank you Elle magazine - the tester of this amazing product came free earlier in the year and i have not been disappointed. A great consistency that smooths my hair down before styling without leaving that horrible sticky residue that many serum/balms do. This product has enhanced my blow dry and has also helped to smooth flyaway hairs when straightening. The only downside of this brand is that they do not sell in many stores and i am yet to find once locally, although now i am in love i will probably just order online, especially as it is now stocked by ASOS.

5. VO5 Heat protect styling spray £4
A new brand for me - sadly my usual Lee Stafford heat protection spray was out of stock, so i decided to take a chance on this VO5 one instead. Although i have heard of VO5 i have never used any of the products before, this heat spray has a lovely scent to it and leaves my hair feeling smooth and silky after styling and is a great price.

6. Percy & Reed Finishing Polish £10
Another Elle free gift (please keep this partnership going!!) and another thumbs up from me. Worked alongside the wonder balm this finishing polish adds just the right amount of styling to my hair without weighing it down or making it greasy too quickly. This brand is fast becoming a solid favourite in my bathroom - not only the quality and results of the products but also the attention to detail in the branding. I absolutely love the illustrations used, they give the brand some personality and also make it look chic and modern, plus I am a real sucker for glamorous illustrations.


Would love to hear which beauty product you love?







Tartantastic


Tartan or plaid, whatever you like to call it (tartan is the traditional but plaid is a term used by the US), has taken over the fashion world for Autumn. It is everywhere on scarves, dresses, trousers, coats even shoes. The fashionista community has embraced and shown us just how to wear it - as a highlight or a full head to toe look. These are just a few of the looks I have seen and loved on Pinterest, with a mix of casual and more refined looks - I really like the tartan pencil skirt teamed with a denim shirt and statement necklace, a look I may have to try as the mix of fabrications and texture is gorgeous.

For me Tartan represents Scotland and it's beautiful scenery (a stunning country I lived in as a child for a few years) however it's use within main stream fashion the last couple of years has given something from my childhood new meaning. This Fall/Winter season has seen the print reappear not as a minor player but a major trend on the catwalk and highstreet, with almost all brands including one piece in pretty plaid, with many colour variations - from the traditional to the modern interpretation.

   

Within my wardrobe I have a few tartan treasures - not brave enough to go full on head to toe I like to have pieces I can team with plain basics. A mixed print scuba dress (Matalan), a cold shoulder sheer dress (Primark), an open back blouse (Topshop) and my favourite lightweight scarf (Accessorize). I also have a really old Lilac and grey blanket scarf that I wear when it's really cold.

If tartan floats your boat be sure to head over to Lands' End who have taken tartan to a new extreme, from nightshirts & pj's to trousers, jackets and accessories - I am biased as I work for them but there are some perfect pieces coming for Christmas.

Tartan - love or loathe?? 

   


My September


* Celebrating hubby's birthday at Zizzi's, with the biggest pizza ever! Can highly recommend. * A unique mixed print - tartan with a leopard print overlay. A great little shift dress for the fantastic price of only £16 from Matalan. * My new ankle boots, a full leather boot with snakeskin heel panel and giant zip detailing - perfect for teaming with the many dresses in my wardrobe. River Island have some great new styles, well worth a look. * Vintage florals are a great look for the warmer days (not that it should be this warm still in September). * Cute little quote, wish it was true for me but not quite there yet - something to aim for. * Yummy new addition to my collection from ASOS. A bold cobalt midi skirt, with texture detail and a floaty full skirt teamed with slogan tee, purple ruffle heels and statement jewels for work. * Winter florals, a fresh take on the girly florals that dominated the summer months, this blazer has not left my body since i bought it last month. * My new office area complete with beautiful stationery and cute pin board full of inspiration. * Best area in my new house, the "accessories corner", showing off all my favourite pieces and quite often a sleeping kitty.


* Freshening up a summer staple with some autumn pieces - Dorothy Perkins White dress, H&M floral blazer, Topshop purple ruffle heels and my beautiful Kate Spade Beau - a lovely outfit and so many compliments in the office * An unexpected find from a few years ago, a feathered brooch from ASOS, that i found whilst un-packing and forgot i had. * First of my monthly Pinterest favourites, with a distinct fall theme to it - if you haven't already check out my boards (link in side bar). * Rocking my new ASOS skirt with last years plaid blouse from Topshop. * Fashion Week - my round up and all of the best bits, from my favourite shows. * The Mulberry SS15 presentation, no show again this fashion week but a beautiful collection, read all the details here... * The newest addiction in my life, not just an amazing beauty box but a slice of French chic, discover My Little Box on the blog today and fall in love too. * A glimpse into the goodies inside my little Parisienne box. * The cutest little laptop case ever, great size and amazing illustrations. 


* A great smart/ casual look for work, the feathered brooch finishes it off perfectly - Primark skinny jeans, River Island vest, Topshop sleeveless blazer teamed with Aldo sandals and my Beau. * New from Topshop, this flippy hem style dress is my favourite shape from the brand and this version with lace inlays is very simple yet beautiful. Perfect fit, colour and a bargain at £26. * Discover who has been Upping the Fashion Ante this season, with a great new advert and collection. * The rest of Septembers Pinterest lovelies, with a focus on the small details and accessories that make an outfit complete.

Finally to the highlight of My September - my little sisters wedding day........ Just a few of my favourite shots from the amazing day. * My updo for the day, complete with flowers (took 45 mins to do but well worth it). * My outfit, a gorgeous mint green dress with an embellished bust along with some beautiful vintage green peep toe Mary Jane's. * Instead of flowers we had wrist corsages, so pretty with pearls, jewels and flowers, however i did spend the day eyeing up the wand that my niece had (tried to steal but she was onto me and hid it!). * The lovely couple at the ceremony along with my new little niece and my amazing parents chilling out before the speeches.

What a crazy month, but looking forward to a quiet October.









From Paris with Love......

"My Little Box aims to delight and surprise you every month"

Monthly subscription beauty boxes are not a new thing, they have been around for a few years now - Glossybox, Birchbox, Glamour Beauty Box and the latest addition to Mr Postman's delivery bag is My Little box. A delightful little company first started in France, that is now finally arriving in the UK. A box offer that is not only different from the others on the market, but also adds a little quirky fun and defiantly a dose of French chic - unlike the other boxes who focus solely on beauty products, My Little Box has diversified and channeled it's french chic into the offer so that the customer gets more than just cosmetics.

Each month has a different theme, with the UK introduction box being "My Little Parisienne Box", a perfect welcome to the French brand. Below are a few of my favourite themes from the French site, hoping these will be replicated for the UK customers, in particular the Geekette box:


So onto My Little Parisienne Box.....
Beautiful packaging that seemed a shame to open, with equally gorgeous goodies inside. The chic illustrations top off the offering perfectly - and show that the concept, the box and its contents have been thought about down to the last detail.



CONTENTS:
My Little Carnet notepad, Paris themed stickers, Neoprene Laptop Case, LAURA MERCIER foundation primer, NUXE Multi purpose oil, MY LITTLE BEAUTY complexion brightening pen (their own brand range of cosmetics, products with the cutest packaging)


I have felt like an excited child at Christmas this week, waiting for this to be delivered, and i am not disappointed. A good mix of brands and products within the little bag of beauty - the own brand brightening pen is a great multi-use product and i am so pleased that i am able to use all three items as they are not specific to a skin colour/type which is something that put me off the other boxes in the market. The accessories element of the box is also good, every girl needs a cute notepad and stickers. Whilst the laptop case is so cute, the illustrations are perfect and while the case itself is a tad big for my netbook and Ipad it will be great to use to keep all my technology together along with my chargers.

Sadly i did discover what would be in my box before it arrived - social media is normally a great thing, but it did ruin the surprise element of the box as excited ladies around the UK couldn't wait to show off their new goodies. My only complaint so far - how long it takes to be delivered, almost two weeks which for someone like me who is impatient, is not good. 

Like most of these subscription boxes the excitement will inevitably wear off, but for now i am intrigued to see how next months box compares, what the theme will be and what goodies are in store for the ladies of the UK in October.

Have you been tempted by one of these little boxes of chic yet?







Mulberry SS15


"The Spring Summer 2015 collection is inspired by the sheer joy of an English country garden on a summer’s day, with traditional garden borders brimming with British blooms. Floral prettiness is tempered by the ‘can do, can dig’ gardeners’ attire with practical pockets and utilitarian shapes. Laser-cut leather and substantial sandals contradict the delicacy of the intricate prints. The Mulberry Girl may be wearing the finest silk, but she remains cool, contemporary, and ready to enjoy herself whatever the English spring weather throws at her..." 
Extract taken from Mulberry.com
Sadly no catwalk show again this season to unveil the latest collection, a great loss to the LFW schedule, as i am sure many will agree. However the collection preview in my eyes is a much stronger offering than the FW14 unveil, with a clear brand message and some of the Mulberry details that we know and love, that i feel have been missing since Emma Hill left.


What's a Mulberry show without the best bit - the beautiful bags. This season we are introduced to Delphie, a simple everyday style with a cleaver little secret....the flap flips over to reveal a contrasting colour and creates a whole new look, offering the wearer two bags in one. Also some old favourites got a refresh in seasonal fabrics and colours. 


Beautiful detailing across the entire collection - intricate lace, perforated leather and almost patchwork prints. I really love the above print, used on multiple garments across the collection, a nice choice of colours and a new take on the floral trend.



Most of the imagery used in this post is from Mulberry.com - with no catwalk show, the social media world is a little light on imagery! However i have come across some beautiful shots from the showroom, that really capture the essence of the collection. The setting of the showroom shows the garments in a different light, different angles and textures are seen that aren't as clear on the busy backgrounds in the outfit shots.

Favourite's for me would have to be the patchwork/floral jacket - a great take on a classic piece with a fun print and a modern cut. The floor length lace dress - this dress is so beautiful and the intricate lace detailing is exquisite (i am torn between which i love more, the white or the blue) and finally the white skater style dress with its gorgeous vintage floral print (teamed with the leather perforated top, not sure i would team these two together).

Feeling inspired, ready for the next Spring Summer season - although it is odd thinking ahead to florals and pastel palettes as we head into the Autumn season and are surrounded by the darker shades that come with it.

What do you think to this preview collection?





Fashion Week Fancies


My favourite time of year - Fashion week, or should i say Fashion month? For the regular fashionista's out there, no fancy invitations or parties just a constant addiction to social media to feel part of this amazing world. My Instagram and Twitter are refreshed so often i am surprised they havent broken, with all the updates from various pillars of the fashion world showing the shows, the models and the must have items from each designer. One of my favourite fountains of fashion info during the shows is Vogue.co.uk, with details from all the catwalk shows almost immediately, i am able to see the amazing creations and collections even if i am sat in my living room. 

This season i was inspired to find not only my old time favourites but also some new designers, that i had previously not been that aware of. Here are the SS15 collections i loved - amazing and beautiful in their own right.


"In the Pierre, everything should sparkle," she said. And it did." Style.com

I became aware of Alice & Olivia a couple of seasons ago, after seeing a stunning tulle dress evening gown on the red carpet (remember the dress, but not who was wearing it!). The SS15 collection was awash with strong prints, colour both bold and pastel and a mixture of simple and more extreme silhouettes. The variety in the show was beautiful and meant an Olivia & Alice girl would look fabulous during the working and day and at any party or event. My favourite look was that of the 1950's esque cocktail dress in simple black and white, my only addition would have been some colour in the shoes - this dress would look fabulous with a pair of killer heels from Sophia Webster.

- ♥ -


"Collating the quintessential world of Britain - Morris dancers and maypoles - and combine it with her own graphic signature aesthetic." Vogue.com

A collection built around classic silhouettes and brought to life through the use of print and pattern. The mosiac tile effect within the print, gives a slight futuristic element whilst still being very feminine. A simplistic palette of black and white with precise hints of colour, like the subtle addition of the mint green crop top to a modern day work look. I love the black and coloured dot, tulle midi skirt a nice use of materials to add print rather than a patterned fabric, although not quite so sold on the bullseye top that completes the look. I do wish this had a little more colour to it but I guess this would have ruined the simple lines within the collection.

- ♥ -


"Girls will be girls, but few so much as those Lela Rose envisions, with her hyper-feminine vernacular." Style.com

A new designer on my radar this season, Lela Rose and i think my favourite. Elegant, simple silhouettes but with a bold use of print and pops of strong colours - shades of lime, oxblood and cobalt blue. Plus the use of a lot of fluid fabrics such as silk, which add to the femininity of the collection. My favourite prints are the lead in oversized polka dot and the vintage florals in particular I am drawn to those used on the lime silk number #8 above - a very glamorous look. Majority of outfits in the collection were either midi, skater or maxi skirt/dress styles with only a couple of outfits based around trouser/culottes styles.

- ♥ -


"This season, the 82-year old designer presented a collection that was fresh, youthful and utterly gorgeous." Vogue.com

An old favourite, who for another season has managed to produce a beautiful collection. Particularly loving the ballgown element of the collection, the baby blue embellished style is elegant but with a modern twist, whereas the orange and yellow style is an unexpected pop at the end of the show. The only element of this that i was not so excited about was the opening portion which heavily featured coloured gingham - not something that felt cohesive with the rest of the collection, Oscar is best known for glamour and that is where i felt the strength in this collection.

- ♥ -

And finally to my final designer, a favourite after the SS14 collection:


"This girl doesn't just do cute - be warned." Vogue.co.uk

Wanting to show that the brand can do more than just girly, this new collection shows attitude, plus a lot of flamingo's. With the usual variety of print and colour, the latest collection is just as beautiful as the SS14, that made me fall in love. All of the styles are pieces of art, down to intricate heels and laser cut details but i think my favourites would have to be #5 - a modern day t bar in pastels, plus #8 - barbie platforms with heart covered heels. 

Gorgeous is my final word on these collections! Do you have any Fashion week favourites?



Upping the Fashion Ante

M&S has become a store worth visiting for more than new undies (although still THE destination for the perfect bra), with beautiful pieces across all collections, and the latest TV creation from the brand shows this. Another glamourous advert that shows all of their sub-brands in one space. If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here and your in for a treat.

After seeing this on TV, i decided to see what else the super brand has in store for the British highstreet in AW14 and found these amazing press shots - many many more online but these were the looks that grabbed my attention and i could see slotting into my wardrobe. A great mix of colours, trends and items - in particular i am excited for the pastel pieces and sixties influences.



My "New Arrival" loves.....lots of snuggly lovelies in this years collection, the fur gilet is perfect - why shouldn't a girl be cute and cosy?, plus some more edgy pieces like the leather skater dress (leather is definitely not a fabrication i would have associated with this previously labelled old lady brand). The Ponte dress, a fabulous mix of simple colours and print but in a very wearable piece, great for the office especially teamed with this season ankle boots and the on trend slogan clutch, something to rival the goodies in Accessorize - all perfect additions to any wardrobe.


Boucle zipped jumper £32.50, Moi? clutch (not on site yet, seen in preview), 
Faux fur gilet £69, Leather ponte skater dress £249, Colour block tunic £45.

M&S is a brand that has surprised me season after season, perfecting a healthy balance between the new, stylish elements and the more classic that the older customer still wants. A triumph in terms of gaining new customers but also retaining the existing, something a lot of modern brands could learn from. 

My only annoyance is why weren't they this stylish when i worked in store and got discount!







My August


* So excited for not only my first trip to Germany but also my first work trip, off to Dusseldorf for the GDS footwear show and some comp shopping on the German highstreet. Flying solo was a little scary but I survived as it was a short flight, although think i was still half asleep as it was a 7am flight. * My hotel room in Dusseldorf, really nice room, such a comfy bed (wish i could have fitted the pillows in my overnight bag), only issue was no English TV channels except for the news! Thank god for my iPad and Gossip Girl episodes. * A nice green view from my window, not what I was expecting in the centre of a bustling city, great not to just have a brick wall outside. * An unexpected find in the centre of the GDS show, a group of vintage bicycles with this pink beauty catching my eye. * Gorgeous wallpaper in the perfect palette for my new lounge and a interesting modern print, shame it was on a pillar in a German department store. * The little lady of the house, chilling in her new favourite spot. * Three little lights that I have never been so happy to see, my 2 month nightmare with BT is finally over and I very nearly kissed the nice engineer who finally got my internet working. * Beautiful butterfly coaster set, a house warming present. * The best thing I have ever bought, this IKEA rail (bargain at only £6.50) is the perfect overspill area for my wardrobe, great for planning the weeks outfits and also displaying my favourite pieces. 


* My favourite way to spend a Sunday afternoon, curled up on the sofa with fashion mags and a large coffee. * My AW wishlist, the pieces that i have fallen in love with, read what made the list TGF Edit: AW14. * New Look's fabulous new collection in store, loving the mix of khaki and tartans. * H&M - my favourite looks from the latest catalogue plus the striped top I had to have (although have to replace as hubby shrunk it in the wash!) * Yummy goodies from my highstreet haul, Primark and New Look - cute tartan dress, skinny jeans, basic v neck t-shirt, gorgeous gingham shirt and a statement necklace in a new colours for me. * New in at Lands' End, the fabulous textured sweatshirt is so cute and snugly, make sure to check out the latest at Lands' End. * Pinning madness this month, the autumnal looks have really caught my eye and there are so many! Again love the transitional pieces and also the variety of hats, an underrated accessory.


* A new shade of Essie, "Bikini so teeny". Great blue shade with a slight purple undertone.
* Visit to Bicester village - discovered the latest addition a Lulu Guinness store, so many bags, accessories gorgeous lips everywhere! * Wasn't able to resist the delights of Kate Spade, discover what I couldn't resist and had to have. * Second haul of the month - a New Look long line khaki cardigan and motif tee along with a H&M floral jacket, in this seasons must have winter floral print for the brand. Plus the cutest slogan clutch, from Accessorize. * Incorporating my fabulous new floral blazer with my relaxed joggers, loafers and classic tee for a work look. 
* HEN PARTY MADNESS - just a few of my favourites photos from my little sisters weekend in Blackpool. Me with the bride and my bestie rocking our best school girl looks at Funny Girls. Then best friends do glam with sparkly hen accessories and the best cure for a long weekend and a hangover, a huge ice cream whilst sat on the beach enjoying the sunshine.