Wednesday, 31 August 2011

autumn wishlist 4

LEATHER. In the world of materials denim is not the only fabric going strong. Leather, faux leather and leather look items are too. Depending on what sort of statement you want to make you can choose between the catwalk "fetish" trend or the high street ladylike leather trend. The former represents black dresses with sheer panelling and black leather- the braver the better. This trend is less about dressing this way to bring male pleasure but more about a female showing her independence, style and freedom to dress as she wishes. 


The latter, ladylike leather includes less revealing black leather dresses, ladylike leather dresses, knee high boots, leather pencil skirts, leather wedges, leather skinny trousers, leather shorts and leather miniskirts. Another big trend is tailored, ladylike cut leather jackets- think lace, tassels and frills!


HIGH STREET FAVE. 

£50, Topshop
YES I AM BUYING THIS DRESS my birthday money. I tried it on when I went to Bluewater at the beginning of the summer holidays. From the front it looks hot, right? But it was the back that really got me falling head over heels for it...

The frills are ladylike but the black leather nods towards fetish.
BLOGGER FAVE. 

CATWALK FAVE.
And here is another favourite that incorporates both the ladylike trend and the fetish trend. Of course, Louis Vuitton leads the latter trend. There were see t-through materials, caps and jodhpurs galore. Marc Jacobs, the brand's creative director a.k.a head designer said that the collection focuses on discipline. Whether that is the sexual sort of S&M type discipline or the discipline of dressage as the jodhpurs suggest. The simple black and white with peter pan collars could represent the discipline of a maid and the caps could portray the discipline of a porter. The caps look very disciplinary and although the model is not wearing one in the above picture, they were worn by almost every other model at the catwalk show.

This may not incorporate leather but whilst we were on the topic of the Louis Vuitton a/w collection I thought I would mention that one of my favourite blogs thechicmuse has featured a couple of posts on how the collection inspires her. This is the outfit; note the cap.

Monday, 29 August 2011

Autumn Trends: Seventies

SEVENTIES. On the high street the seventies has somewhat replaced the high street in the coming season. However, both decades are still going strong on the catwalk as are the forties I will mention whilst we are on this topic. Also a Victorian gothic style mixes in with the fetish trend. Okaaay, that was quite a long tangent I went off on. Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, flares are going to be big this season. Wear with chiffon blouses, preferably with a starry print as I mentioned in a recent post. Wear also with knee high boots which are the boots of the season. Obviously you won't be able to see the boots under the flares but the trousers will rise up when you walk and people will be able to see that your boots are not ankle boots. Plus they will make you feel like you're being retro. This look can be worn work, school or a day out shopping with the girls. And there you have it: 

CHIFFON BLOUSE + FLARES + KNEE HIGH BOOTS = SEVENTIES DAYTIME PERFECTION

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NIGHT…For seventies nightwear opt for a stylish faux fur coat or shrug with a glittery dress and super big platforms. For extra inspiration look to this season Gucci, Dior, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg and Topshop Unique.

HIGH STREET FAVE.
£130, Office.

he 11cm heel on this leather knee high boot really boosts the '70s vibe. I love those two words. '70s and vibe' look really good written next to each other. The colour also oozes seventies sophistication. As the seventies were a time of bright prints and hippies it often difficult for those who are not into all the weird experimental fashion stuff (the kind that I'm into) to relive that period of modern history.   

CATWALK FAVE.
Gucci, Autumn 2011 RTW

Gucci's collection this season was the epitome of elegance. With fluffy shawls draped over every outfit and fedoras on the heads of many. Oh, the glamour of it all! No wonder this trend had to be revived. There is hardly anything today that is quite the same as the glamour of wealthy citizens in the '70s. Gucci celebrated their 90th anniversary by reminding us why they have been going for so long. The '70s were a memorable decade for the brand as they launched their 1973 bag:



autumn wishlist 3

SEVENTIES. On the high street the seventies has somewhat replaced the high street in the coming season. However, both decades are still going strong on the catwalk as are the forties I will mention whilst we are on this topic. Also a Victorian gothic style mixes in with the fetish trend. Okaaay, that was quite a long tangent I went off on. Anyway, as I mentioned earlier, flares are going to be big this season. Wear with chiffon blouses, preferably with a starry print as I mentioned in a recent post. Wear also with knee high boots which are the boots of the season. Obviously you won't be able to see the boots under the flares but the trousers will rise up when you walk and people will be able to see that your boots are not ankle boots. Plus they will make you feel like you're being retro. This look can be worn work, school or a day out shopping with the girls. And there you have it:

CHIFFON BLOUSE + FLARES + KNEE HIGH BOOTS = SEVENTIES DAYTIME PERFECTION

BUT WHAT ABOUT THE NIGHT…For seventies nightwear opt for a stylish faux fur coat or shrug with a glittery dress and super big platforms. For extra inspiration look to this season Gucci, Dior, Michael Kors, Diane Von Furstenberg and Topshop Unique.

HIGH STREET FAVE.
£130, Office.

he 11cm heel on this leather knee high boot really boosts the '70s vibe. I love those two words. '70s and vibe' look really good written next to each other. The colour also oozes seventies sophistication. As the seventies were a time of bright prints and hippies it often difficult for those who are not into all the weird experimental fashion stuff (the kind that I'm into) to relive that period of modern history.   

CATWALK FAVE.
Gucci, Autumn 2011 RTW


Gucci's collection this season was the epitome of elegance. With fluffy shawls draped over every outfit and fedoras on the heads of many. Oh, the glamour of it all! No wonder this trend had to be revived. There is hardly anything today that is quite the same as the glamour of wealthy citizens in the '70s. Gucci celebrated their 90th anniversary by reminding us why they have been going for so long. The '70s were a memorable decade for the brand as they launched their 1973 bag:



Saturday, 27 August 2011

autumn wishlist 2

STARS. Stars are currently in all the trendiest high street shops. I think that they are great for autumn/winter because as the days get shorter there are more hours of starriness (let's just keep this fantasy alive by pretending that clouds do not exist.) So get ready to for that starry eyed feeling that I am sure the audience of the Dolce and Gabbana A/W 2011/12 show must be very familiar with. Stars on a sheer chiffon fabric equal instant chic. Don't be frightened to experiment with different colour pallettes to express the "new you."
HIGH STREET FAVE.
From Debenhams.
CATWALK FAVE.
Dolce and Gabbana, Image from Vogue.

Friday, 26 August 2011

What I Wore- 11/8/11


Hat, Primark. Sunglasses, River Island. Bikini (only straps can be seen), New Look. Play suit, Punkyfish.
BRINGING A CUP OF ENGLAND TO CYPRUS. That morning I felt tired from the fact that we had woken up at 5am the previous morning and spent four hours on a plane, yet refreshed from a blissful ten hours of sleep in the comfortable hotel bed. However, I only thought it would be right to enforce a routine similar to the one that I have at home. Yes, I know holidays are about scrapping routines and relaxing but a cup of tea and a biscuit in the morning is barely a great hardship.


My tea ans biscuit, the tea bag wrapper, bag from the night before (from Select), Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, Your Writing Coach by Jurgen Wolff and the September issue of British Vogue.

Necklace, Accessorize. Dress, Republic.
MY MAXI. After trying on about 20 (yes, literally, 20) maxi dresses I decided that this one from the Republic sale- reduced from £30 to £10! This was the first time I had worn it out after purchasing it a couple of weeks previously. What do you think? This was our second night and we went to what is known as the Reef Bar which was sort of like a Beefeater style restaurant. Lovely!

what i wore- 11/8/11


Hat, Primark. Sunglasses, River Island. Bikini (only straps can be seen), New Look. Play suit, Punkyfish.
BRINGING A CUP OF ENGLAND TO CYPRUS. That morning I felt tired from the fact that we had woken up at 5am the previous morning and spent four hours on a plane, yet refreshed from a blissful ten hours of sleep in the comfortable hotel bed. However, I only thought it would be right to enforce a routine similar to the one that I have at home. Yes, I know holidays are about scrapping routines and relaxing but a cup of tea and a biscuit in the morning is barely a great hardship.


My tea ans biscuit, the tea bag wrapper, bag from the night before (from Select), Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen, Your Writing Coach by Jurgen Wolff and the September issue of British Vogue.

Necklace, Accessorize. Dress, Republic.
MY MAXI. After trying on about 20 (yes, literally, 20) maxi dresses I decided that this one from the Republic sale- reduced from £30 to £10! This was the first time I had worn it out after purchasing it a couple of weeks previously. What do you think? This was our second night and we went to what is known as the Reef Bar which was sort of like a Beefeater style restaurant. Lovely!

autumn wishlist

Summer is almost over and with it go sunglasses, swimwear and numerous trends. However, all is not lost with autumn rolling its way round the corner in a gust of leaves and midi skirts. With autumn comes a fresh start. September sparks a new academic year and in schools where uniform is not permitted numerous teens are left to decide what back to school outfit will best fit their new image and/or personality/attitude. If your new school year's resolution (or if you're not at school then just use this time of year for a fresh start) is to be even more stylish than I am sure you already are then keep reading this series of autumn wish list posts. I have collected style tips and trends from numerous magazines and added my own take on them so that I can bring you the ultimate Autumn Wish list.
DENIM. Denim is an autumn essential and a pair of fitted skinny jeans are essential to create a smarter look however, they can be reworked in many, many ways to create numerous looks: from preppy to goth and all the glorious styles in between. Go for a preppy look and pair some fitted jeans with a blazer and leather boots for a look like that of Karlie Kloss. Or for a similar look to Freja Beha Erichsen pair darker denim skinny jeans with a black leather biker jacket and matching ankle boots: punk perfection. To unleash your creativity and really broadcast your style denim flares are essential. Pair them with an animal print coat, over sized handbag and over sized sunnies for an elegant, retro look. This look is stylish in a whopping three different ways so regardless of who you look up to for style you will probably want to invest in some flares as this is a catwalk trend (Just Cavalli, Ports 1961), high street trend (Primark, Topshop), and a celeb trend (Kate Moss, Olivia Palermo.) To knock the androgynous trend on the head opt for an over sized denim jacket like Alexa Chung. An alternative is a denim shirt. From one end of the trend spectrum to the other, a denim skirt over leggings or tights says girly but with an edge. Emma Roberts is a fan of this style. There are hundreds of styles of denim and different ways to work them. I would recommend investing in a versatile fitted pair and then heading to Primark to try out all the other styles that are available.
HIGH STREET FAVE.

From Topshop
BLOGGER FAVE.

From Karla's Closet.
CATWALK FAVE.

From the Vogue website.
MY DENIM.


Jacket, Miss Selfridge. Shirt, Primark. Jeans, Levi.


Dress, Jane Norman. Vest top, Urban at Pumpkin Patch.

Rucksack, vintage Dorothy Perkins (from the '80s, used to be my mum's)

Thursday, 25 August 2011

returning home

Hey! I'm back. Did you miss me? I had no internet access in Cyprus but my blog was definitely not at the back of my mind. I took a lot of photos and wrote a lot. I will share all of this with you soon but as I only came home yesterday night I thought I would do a post on returning home.
For this post I am going to write about a number of ways to make a fashionable entrance: whether you are returning home from holiday, arriving at a party or going back to school/work after a holiday. I arrived in Gatwick on an average economy class plane but I still like to think that my entrance was somewhat...amazing purely because it was me arriving. I'm just kidding...sort of anyway. The fact that I did arrive home certainly made a big impact in my life. Sure, I wouldn't have minded staying in Cyprus forever but like I said, there was no internet access and I don't know how I could have lived without that for much longer...and of course I missed my friends. Now for the bizarre, the bright and the beautiful.   
ENTRANCE NO.1
MAKING AN ENTRANCE THE STAND OUT WAY.
This is my favourite way to make an entrance and another fan of this is Lady Gaga. If you walk into a room looking slightly bizarre you are guaranteed to make everyone else in that room stop and stare. However, this is not my favourite because it is so attention seeking but because it really shows that fashion is all about having fun and experimenting with what you wear then sharing that experiment with everyone else around you.

THE ROW KUFFLEY JACKET. The reason this item makes such an entrance is because it is so rounded. If you are top heavy styles like this one should be avoided because they will only make you look even bigger. If you want your legs to look slimmer however then this is perfect because it is so big up top that anything else will look small in comparison. It would look great with a pair of skinny jeans and blue platforms.

MONIQUE LHUILLIER STRAPLESS FRINGE SKIRT BALL-GOWN. This is the one that the girl is wearing in my collage. If you are self conscious about your legs and don't like to wear really short skirts then this sort of look is perfect for you. The dress is both feminine and flirty whilst maintaining a certain level of bizarrness. There is nothing like a long ballgown to make an entrance. If it worked a hundred years ago then why not today? In fact, today it is easier to make an entrance in a ballgown because less people wear them.

TORY BURCH PRINTED STRAIGHT-LEG MID-RISE JEANS. These jeans are of such an intriguing design. You will find people looking at you just to figure out what design the wild paint splatters on your legs make up. They are an eye catchingly beautiful piece. They are very IN if worn with a patterned t-shirt as clashing prints are hot right now. Perfect artistic chic!

ALEXANDER McQUEEN FAITHFUL RED LEATHER ZIP BEAUTIES. These shoes have a very biker style about them. Whether it is the label's trademark skull on the zip or the fact that the zip is there in the first place I am unsure. Match with a t-shirt and bag that is the same colour, skinny jeans and a biker jacket.

CHRISTOPHER KANE LARGE AQUA BAG BLACK/PURPLE. This is the sort of piece that makes me fall in love with the creativity of the fashion world. Not because I love this item because I can think of plenty of other items from luxurious fashion brands that I would rather purchase but because it is so artistic and imaginative.

TOM BINNS SLAP DASH SWAROVSKI CRYSTAL BIB NECKLACE. I love bib necklaces at the moment. I recently bought one in the Dorothy Perkins sale. It is a statement piece but the somewhat bland colours (white and gold) are nothing compared to this neon beauty. The sparkling crystals ensure it stays beautifully girly too.

GEOMETRIC BANGLE. Just looking at this makes me feel happy (in my collage it is hidden behind the shoes) and inspired. It may only be small therefore not exactly eye catching but every little helps and if you want a more subtle look then this is the way to go about it.

VIKTOR & ROLF FLOWERBOMB EXTREME 50ML. If I am entirely honest I do not know why I chose this perfume to put in the bizarre collage because it is not very bizarre and I have never smelt it. However, nothing completes an entrance like a burst of scent but make sure it is not too bizarre or else you will attract nothing but flies.

PRADA DRESS. This fish scale looking dress goes perfectly with the Christopher Kane clutch that is also part of this collage. They are both very aquatic. The shimmery detail makes it even more attention grabbing and very on trend.

ENTRANCE NO.2
MAKING AN ENTRANCE THE BRIGHT WAY.

Bright colours always stand out in a bland backdrop and compliment you even more in a colourful backdrop so it is a win/win situation really. Colour blocking is still big on the high street has been huge over the summer. Again, you can experiment with this trend. My favourite colours to mix and match are coral and royal blue however lime green and bright red as a combination are growing on me.

MOSAIC FEATHER DRESS. The dress that the model is wearing will compliment almost any body type. The shimmery look is very autumn/winter '11/'12. This is a bonus as an entrance dress should radiate light and that is exactly what this dress does: very brightly coloured light.

HASMA CORAL TOP. With the wrong accessories this top would be very frumpy but paired with bright coloured skinny jeans it is very laidback cool. Perfect for a day out shopping as it is chic, casual and comfortable.

J BRAND BRIGHT RED MID RISE SKINNY JEAN. Red is such a beautiful colour, don't you think? It is such a feast for the eyes to see a block of bright red colour and such a treat when that block of colour is on an item of clothing like these scrumptious jeans. They compliment the tangerine orange part of the printed top and goes with the trilby hat.

RUBBER THONG SANDALS WITH PATTERN. You might not be able to see the pattern when you are wearing them but these functional flip flops are versatile enough to go with everything and easy to slip on and off at the beach or by the pool if you haven't had your summer holiday yet.

HOLLYWOOD TRADING COMPANY HAT. I have already told you my opinion on all things red. This trilby with the beads has a very bohemian look to it. It would look great with pixie cropped hair and feather earrings.

OPI NAIL POLISH. With the rest of the outfit being so vibrant it is nice for the nail polish to be slightly more subtle but still just as gorgeous. I have this same colour but by Barry M.

ENTRANCE NO.3
MAKING AN ENTRANCE THE BEAUTIFUL WAY.
The beautiful entrance is probably the trickiest to master because you can't purely rely on your clothes and you have to have a certain degree of natural beauty which is genetic and a knowledge of the best beauty products which some of us can go through the whole of our lives without finding. If you look like any of the above beauties (Gisele, Angelina or Cheryl) then you will have no problem.

EVERYTHING IS BEAUTIFUL TOP. The first step to beauty is a positive outlook. If you love everything around you then you will start to love yourself and with that comes new confidence and everyone knows that feeling good can lead to looking good. If you don't doubt yourself then you are less likely to be doubted by others. The world has a whole lot of ugly in it but if every person believed that the world was beautiful then maybe (slow as the process might be) the world might actually become more beautiful.

CHECKED CULOTTES. These remind me of Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and she is always potrayed as quite a pretty character. These shorts are delicate and ladylike which is exactly how one should act if they are aiming to draw subtle attention to their classic beauty.

BLACK WEDGES. The beauty of these shoes is more harsh but beautiful nonetheless. There is so much beautiful footwear out there (along with a handful of ugly "practical shoes) but I believe the key to beauty in the shoe area is if they look uncomfortable then they're beautiful. Of course this rule varies but generally super high heels are drop dead gorgeous (just be careful that you don't literally trip over in them a drop dead!)

PINK CLUTCH BAG. Ahh...How I love this colour..This little clutch really puts the hot into hot pink. It oozes class and sophistication but the bright colour makes sure it remains upbeat. The bow really completes it.

Lipstick and blush from meetmark.com
Mascara from Bobbi Brown
Eye lashes from liberty.co.uk
Perfume from Estee Lauder
Shatter nail varnish from OPI 

I picked the makeup at random. I will share my beauty faves with you some other time!
Ciao for Now (;
Sophie
-x-

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

birthday suit

Cardigan, Warehouse. Sunglasses, River Island. Pearls, Primark (birthday present). Butterfly necklace, Accessorize (birthday present). Shift dress, Dorothy Perkins (birthday present).




PEDICURE. Today I got my first ever pedicure. The nail varnish was bought today and it is by Miss Sporty. This colour is definitely my favourite colour of the season. The beautician did a great job and I am very pleased with them but blimey it tickled..A LOT.