Trends: 07 September 2014 – New in from H&M

I walked into H&M – Oxford Circus yesterday looking for something nice to wear out for a Birthday dinner with my friends. By something, I mean one item and what ensued was a shopping spree that ended in me leaving with 3 jumpers, 1 top, jeans, a dress and a pair of boots.

I’ll admit, I do love shopping, but I’m no sucker. I usually have a clear picture in my mind of what I want and I go in with a purpose and leave with a pat on the back for a job well done.

Yesterday, however, was something magical. As I looked around, there were about twenty different pieces of clothing all competing for my attention. “Pick me,” they all seemed to say and I did try them all! Took me about an hour to try and narrow it done to what I ended up buying.

So, I guess what I’m trying to say, is that H&M has come up with an amazing new range of clothes. The New Arrivals are practically from the wardrobe of my dreams. It features a lot of acid wash, a lot of distress, a lot of leather and lace, but there is also something beautifully feminine about the whole lot. And with prices ranging from £15 to £30, there is really no excuse not to get in on action.

Tag me on Instagram with your H&M buy or comment with a link below. I want to see what you’ve got in your wardrobe!

Runway: 03 September 2014 – Ted Baker AW14 Lookbook

Ted Baker’s latest, “Take the Lead” is a lovely offering for AW14. The women’s collection is fairly simplistic, showcasing mostly primary colours with a bright colour burst here and there.

The range boasts a beautiful array of textures – lace, faux leather, snake effect, chiffon and many more – each adding a totally unique and extravagant touch to an otherwise ‘down to earth’ collection.

I’m especially in love with the red and black coat. Whether it’s the lighting or actual design, it seems to have a beautiful gradient which only adds more va-va-voom to an already alluring piece.

“Take the Lead” is a graceful and exciting showing and almost recaps some of SS14 trends, i.e. sports luxe can be seen with the sweatshirt and jogger combination.

If this has left you longing for more, head over to the official Ted Baker website to stay up to date with new arrivals and share your favourites with me.

 

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Trend: 26 August 2014 – Distressed Signals

With celebs like Kendall Jenner stylishly rocking distressed boyfriend jeans, how could we do much else but follow in this fashionista’s footsteps?

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A pair of jeans is always a really versatile item of clothing, making it easy to dress up or down, which is why I almost always end up settling for a pair of skinny’s when I get dressed in the morning. I’m pretty set on buying drainpipes only, but  I have to say I’m dying to get my booty into a pair of these. They’re quite grungy, adding that edge to any outfit.

Browsing the web a bit for inspiration, I found the pictures below on Pinterest – the perfect examples of A) a dolled up version and B) a laid back look. I adore the check shirt against the blue of the jeans, as well as the leather jacket; a really nice touch to jeans and trainers.

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Image taken from http://www.bloglovin.com

Following my browse on Pinterest, I set out to Polyvore to create a mood board with a few of my favourites. If I had to pick between the lot, I think this pair will be my favourite, together with this pair, both from Revolve. I can imagine wearing it with a plaid shirt and leather jacket or layering a jumper and parka over it with a pair of biker boots.

Which do you like best and how would you wear it this season? Let me know below or via Twitter.

Distressed Signals

One Lovely Blog Award

What an honour; I’ve been nominated by Marcy B, from Sweet Magnolia Chic for a One Lovely Blog Award. To be perfectly honest, I’m not too familiar with it (where have I been in the blogosphere?) but I do thank you nonetheless Marcy! I just feel appreciative that someone actually likes my work. As this is my first time doing this, I hope I do it right – here goes!

The rules are simple:

1. Thank the person you were nominated by and include a link to their blog.

2. List the rules and display the award.

3. Reveal seven facts about yourself.

4. Nominate fifteen other bloggers you think are wonderful and let them know they’ve been nominated by commenting on a post.

5. Display the award on your page and follow the blogger you were nominated by.

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Below are my seven facts:

1. South African born and bred, I’ve now been living in London for nearly three years and absolutely loving it.

2. I’m around four chapters into writing my post-apocalyptic novel.

3. The youngest child of three by years, my brothers are eight and ten years older than I am.

4. I find teenagers intimidating.

5. The things closest to my heart are writing, fashion, music, family and my amazing partner.

6. I only have a few friends, but I would move mountains for them.

7. I’m a college drop out.

 

Now for my nominees, in no particular order:

1. Threads

2. Fred Rongo

3. Julia Linn

4. Deadly Inlove

5. Stalking Style Will Never End

6. Infinite Satori

7. The Merry Makers

8. That 70’s House

9. Feven Helena

10. Beautiful Hello Blog

11. The Fancy Pants Report

12. Much A Munch

13. Vintage Reflection

14. Kate Goes Global

15. Ariel Wang

 

I suppose that does it, how did I do? I think this award is a brilliant idea to show fellow bloggers that they are appreciated and to form a support system, if you will.

Definitely make a point of checking these blogs out, because they are all lovely in their own unique way.

Trend: 19 August 2014 – Graphic Knit

With a chill creeping back into the morning air after weeks of sunny weather, you can’t help but wonder if Autumn is looming right around the corner.

Although not ideal, there is one comfort in crisp weather and that’s fashionable layers. I know, I know, it’s not as fabulous as easy, breezy boho dresses, but layers can be just as stylish – if not more.

And one way to achieve effortless style, with a bit of quirk if you please, is with the graphic jumper. Whether it’s dressed up over a blouse with a skirt and ankle boots or casual with skinny jeans and trainers, the knit is uber trendy and fun!

I like to keep things neutral, so I usually opt for black, white and greys. If I feel up for patterns, I tend to stick to edgy checks or stripes. I must say though, I’m loving the Paul by Paul Smith jumper pictured bottom right, as well as the bold print of the staggered print, also Paul Smith.

 

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If you’re feeling whimsical, you can even try a kitty cat jumper or something with a panda on – like so…

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Any way you try it, be it laid back or dressed up, fun or a bit more serious, a graphic knit is a must have AW14.

Let me know which ones you fancy by commenting below or sending me a tweet.

Inspiration: 11 August 2014 – Helmut Lang

There’s not much to say about Helmut Lang, mostly because the brand speaks for itself. With that said, imagine the difficulty in picking eight pieces for this inspiration post. Each item unique and breathtaking in it’s own right. Regardless, I chose some of my favourites to share.

The three jumpers, although neutral, all have amazing textures and texture is an effective way to layer for fall and winter. I’m also a huge fan of the dipped hem, because it adds a bit of edge to an outfit. This black jumper allows for a bit of skin to show through, adding a feminine, even sexy, touch.

The bodycon, mini skirt I picked, was taken to the next level with an interesting trim. I love pieces like this, because you don’t have to dress it up too much. Pairing it with a plain vest or blouse and some heels will do the trick. Similarly, the black midi skirt is simple, but oh-so-sexy – twisting elegantly to reveal your pins.

The acid vest is a triple threat for me – it’s slouchy, it’s distressed and it’s got a dipped hem. Everything this girl can ask for! I also think an asymmetrical blouse is out of this world. The colours are fantastic and I think the diagonal hem and variations in sleeve makes it a must have item.

And of course, who would not adore this leather jacket? A moto jacket is always on my list. You can dress it up or down and most of the year, too. What’s your favourite Helmut Lang piece? Let me know below.

Helmut Lang