Wednesday, 29 June 2011

fruitz

I am in love with vintage metal watches at the moment but I didn't feel the same way a year ago as I bought a more modern (yet equally as gorgeous) Fruitz watch for my birthday. I must say it took me forever to decide on a colour though. Just look at the variety:
You can probably understand why I was having difficulty in deciding. On one hand I liked the watermelon one (green strap and red face) because it is the signature style of the brand but on the other hand I wanted a pink one because I love the colour pink and most of the things that are wear are pink, include pink or match pink but then again on the other hand (I was having a bit of a weird time, so weird that I seemed to have grown three hands!) pink would completely clash with my school uniform which, realistically, I would be wearing a lot. You are probably wondering which one I chose in the end so now I will show you;
I eventually decided on the dragon fruit colour watch because it incorporated pink but at the same time the grey strap would ensure that it matches almost anything. I must admit that it took me a while to get to grips with the fact that the watch did not have numbers and that it was not water proof as all the previous watches I had had were both. I went on holiday a couple of weeks after purchasing the watch and I did jump in the pool with it still on a few times but fortunately it survived. On the Fruitz Website the dragon fruit watch is described as "exuding a positive glow" which is fabulously true. When I am feeling sad I can actually say that looking at my watch makes me feel happier (unless I'm feeling sad because I'm wasting time or running out of time ect!) I'm not saying that this feeling is guarenteed but it does have a Natural Frequency disc that rests comfortably on the other side of the watch face. This Natural Frequency techonology means that the Fruitz watches claim to reduce stress, make you feel calm and help you get to sleep. So, not only is it oozing with style and "exuding a positive glow" it will help you stay on top of things too. I am very pleased with my watch which is good because at £149 it wasn't cheap for me!

The Rebelious One
The hot pink colouring of this watch is perfect for the rowdy, rebellious personality. Raspberries grow wildly and are difficult to control and that is the personality of this watch. I was considering getting this watch last year but then decided that it was a little bit too pink (gasp, I never thought I'd say that about anything!)

The Eco Chic
In the past decade the colour green has become more and more world renowned for representing both peace and the environment. For these reasons this watch is suited to those that are passionate about both wildlife and recycling. The vibrant colour will suit almost anyone who is daring enough to pull it off.
The Sporty One
I now love the blueberry watch because this shade of blue is very chic this season and it would bring out the blue in my eyes. It is perfect for a sporty personality or for someone who likes to hang out at the beach. Just make sure you take it off before you go in the water!




Monday, 27 June 2011

shoes shoes shoes

Wow, how do I start a post with that title. I could talk about such a range of topics/styles that this post could really go on endlessly. I decided to write about shoes when I was browsing http://www.net-a-porter.com/ and I found some gorgeous shoes that simply could not go unaccounted for.


Lanvin
I love these shoes because I love pink. They are definitely eye catching and so girly. Plus they will make you look a hell of a lot taller. Jeanne Lanvin started making clothes for her daughter and they soon attracted attention from a number of wealthy people who wanted her to make clothing for their own children. The Lanvin empire included dye factories and stores selling more than just clothes. They also sold home decor, menswear, furs, lingerie and perfumes. Lanvin died in 1946 and the business went to his daughter, Marie-Blanche de Polignac however, she died childless in 1958 and gave the empire to her cousin, Yves Lanvin. Since then the ownership has swapped round through various business people but, sadly it has not stayed in the family. In September 2, 2010, Lanvin collaborated with H&M in their Winter 2010 collection.  
Marc by Marc Jacobs
This season the stylish sportswear trend has involved heeled trainers like these ones from Marc by Marc Jcobs which also have a bit of a military vibe. Marc Jacobs was born in 1963 and he is the creative director of Louis Vuitton as well as being the founder of his own internationally successful label.
Miu Miu
These shoes are very classic chic. They are perfect if you are looking for a classy look and they are not too high therefore can be worn during the day. Miu Miu is designed by the current owner of Prada, Miuccia Prada. She was born in 1949 and is an active member of the Communist party as well as a women's rights activists. Muiccia Prada is known for her understated, minimalist, classic, laid back and comfortable luxury. 

Giuseppe Zanotti
I love the lace on these shoes which is very on trend. Giuseppe Zanotti is a global designer shoe brand and can be bought from a variety of nice shops and online stores.

Now, the shoes from net-a-porter are slightly pricey but I have found this AMAZING online shop (well, someone else recommended it to me) that sells designer shoes for completely affordable prices! http://www.shoeaholics.com/
I would definitely recommend checking it out! They do designer shoes from only £9!!! 

Tuesday, 21 June 2011

Festival Fashion: Step Two- What To Wear Look No.3

If you are feeling horticultural (I don't think you can use that word to describe someone but never mind, you know what I mean) or if you want to either blend in with your surrounding environment or contrast brightly then this is the look for you. Think pretty daisies if you want to go for an all British look or bright exotic flowers if you want to resemble a more tropical destination
Descriptions from the top on the left and round in a circular direction.

I always think bra-let tops have an essence of high fashion about them. I think it is probably because it takes a certain amount of confidence to wear one. However, it works mutually. It may take a lot of confidence to wear one but by wearing one you will build confidence. I'm not saying that they are for everyone because they are definately made for a slimmer figure. But if you've got it, flaunt it! http://www.glassworks-studios.com/product/prl10020/

Heart shaped necklines are very in this season on the high street and this dress takes the "heart shaped" term to the extreme. It also gives off a very vintage vibe as did a lot of this season's catwalk shows. Although this dress is from theukhighstreet.com I have noticed that perhaps the most 50s/60s style dresses are sold at Dorothy Perkins so head on over to Dotty P's if you want to get one in time for your festival.

The top from Jane Norman is currently out of stock but it doesn't surprise me seeing as it is perfect for summer and a complete bargain at only £14! It gives off a real hippie vibe due to the peace sign. My theory is that what you wear, effects your mood so wearing this top will help keep your mind at rest and your soul peaceful no matter how deafining the music is that's blasting out the oversized speakers. So basically, this top is comfortable, stylish and perfect for festivals plus it's a complete bargain. So, head to your local Jane Norman because, as I mentioned before, it’s sold out in the online shop.

The leather jacket on the right fits into not one but two of this season’s trends as it is sort of oriental looking as well as being a clash between girly and utility wear.  If you can’t tell already it isn’t a cheap high street buy. I really hope that high street stores start to sell jackets similar to this soon but at the moment they are rarely available for under £1000. This one from mytheresa.com is available for £1780 but if you have the cash I would recommend investing.

Doc Martens have been a festival staple for a long time now (they are almost way up the top with wellies and parkas.) These are not real Doc Martens but they are close enough from infinityshoes.com. They might get covered in mud but that’s a risk that will have to be taken if you want to step out in style.

The dress slightly to the left of the Doc Martens also fits the description of the oriental trend. Although the dress is in a Japanese style I think it’s the clashing patterns and the tassels that really make it. From theoutnet.com.

Floral denim is a big season staple especially with the do-it-all-denim trend coming back in again. The thing that makes the trend different to the one of last season is that it is now more to do with girly details such as flowers and pinafores whereas last year there were a lot of acid wash and denim shirts around. This pair is only £22 from desireclothing.co.uk

To be completely honest I wouldn’t recommend literally taking a maxi skirt to a festival because the hemline will get drenched in God knows what but I just love this one and I couldn’t leave it out. The maxi is a trend from last season that has carried on selling due to the fact that floaty materials are really better suited to summer weather. This one is from Dorothy Perkins for only £20 after being reduced from £35.

Last but definitely not least, the floral rucksack. Now, although I have never been to a festival I can imagine that having a rucksack with you would make life a lot easier as you can carry everything you will need for the day (e.g. bottle of water, tissues, map etc.) and you are not at a great risk of losing it or getting it stolen because most of the time it will be on your back. It is such a good deal because it has been reduced to only £15!!! From Topshop. 

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

Festival Fashion- Step Two: What to Wear Look No.2

I was going to do every look in the first post but I realised that I simply wouldn't have time this week and I hate going a whole day without a single blog post, although I must admit to doing this more often that I would like to. I would also like to take this oppurtunity to apologise for the What I Wore Today and The Song of the Day being absent recently but my Bluetooth on my phone has broken but I am going to find another way to upload the photos.
Look No.2 The Festival Fashionista
I think out of all the looks this will be my favourite. The pieces are stylish but not rediculously impractical. The denim playsuit totally matches the do-it-all-denim trend that has been oh so chic for the past two seasons. This one from Topshop is perfect for this summer's playsuit trend and it looks light too so it will be perfect for those hot summer days when you will find denim shirts and jeans simply too hot.

The jacket is also from Topshop and I have fallen head over heels in love with it. It is pricier than the first Topshop item but it would definately make a statement. Tassles are very bo-ho festival chic but they also graced the catwalks more often than usual this season when the Modern Craft trend was set. 

Was it just me that had no idea that Hunter sold high tops? It seems like the company will really be raking it in this season with the festival wellies being sold and the gorgeously eye catching high tops too. 

I call the style of sunglasses featured above, Gaga sunglasses as they were a huge fashion statement for the pop sensation but it seems to be one of the only trends that has stemmed from Gaga. I just can't see the meat dress catching on. At least vegetarians can rock these stylish sunnies. too. These are from Missguided are at a totally bargained price.

These sweet shorts from River Island look so comfy and the floral pattern will make you feel all summery.   

Monday, 13 June 2011

Festival Fashion- Step Two: What to Wear Look No.1

Now for the stereotypical festival fashion post. I will try to make it as interesting as possible for you. Now I must confess that I have never actually been to a festival however, I have certainly read enough fashion magazines in the past to know a lot about what to wear to a festival.

Look No.1- The Sensible Style


The basic essentials are here. The parka is both for staying dry and for the fact that you couldn't possibly turn up to a British Festival without one. The parka above is a classic and timeless piece. It is the very definition of British festivals: very Alexa. This one is £55 from Asos

The wellies have pretty much the same reasons as the parka (they are a festival staple and they help keep you dry.) Jimmy Choo has made some genius collaboration collections recently: first with UGG and now with Hunter Wellies. The wellies above are from the Jimmy Choo and Hunter line. The croc effect mixed with the patent black can help the wearer of the boot to have achieve a far more glamorous look that can sometimes be difficult to achieve with wellies. They bring a bit of glamour to a festival. They are not classics but perfect if you want to make a statement. At £255 they are definately an investment piece but they are very personality defining.

The hat will keep you protected from the sun as well as making a massive style statement as pretty much every style of hat does this season. It is very dressing up box chic but that is exactly the vibe that the catwalks gave off this season. I love the vintage look that this has: very Victorian picnic. This one is from Topshop

The comfy tee is just that: comfy. It will be easy to move around in (i.e. dance) and can always double up as a comfy pyjama top if you forget to bring one, don't bring enough or something happens to the ones you brought (i.e. they get stolen: like the bad excuse made in the Mask. I tried to find a video of this scene but I couldn't so if you haven't seen it then you will just have to remain confused and if you have then you should probably understand.) This one from House of Gods has Blondie on it as t-shirts with famous icons on are really big on the festival scene this year. Think '90s grunge.

 The jumper will keep you warm without making you over heat as it is not made of any form of wool or fluffy material however, it does have a warm interior, perfect for summer evenings or colder/rainy typical British days. Although it is very basic this jumper from New Look will come in very useful.

 Denim shorts have been a summer essential for as long as I can remember. They also give the festival go-er the ever desirable laid-back bo-ho chic look. These are from Levi mid blue denim cut-off hotpants are from Rokit.



Saturday, 4 June 2011

Tennis Style




Although you have to wear tennis whites at Wimbledon I think the game deserves a bit more colour. The jumper is in the Jane Norman sale for only £14 so grab it now if you want a bargain or head to Jack Wills for more of an investment piece for around £70. I got a navy Jack Wills jumper for Christmas and it really kept me warm through the winter. I couldn't find any short sleeved jumpers but I would recommend these for summer. I have the Soul Cal shorts above and they are so comfy! I wear them to play tennis, go to the gym and when I go running. The T-shirt with tennis rackets on it is perfect if you want to advertise tennis! Every female tennis player's essential is a white tennis skirt. The one above is by Stella McCartney for Adidas but you should be able to find one from any good sports shop. The white jacket is great to wear before you warm up and when you want to look stylish. The Jack Wills bag is the epitome of British fashion and is large enough to carry everything you will need: balls, a drink, a towel etc, phone, purse etc. The baseball cap in eye catching green will contrast well with the either a green or red tennis court. So next time you play a sport, sepcifically tennis (if you don't play already I recommend you give it a try, for a bit of fun if anything) then I hope you'll have the confidence to do it in style!