Mix n’ Match Monday …

Accessories, Art, AW17, Colours, Fashion, handbags, High Street Heroes, How To's, Pattern & Print, Popular Culture, Retail, Shoes, SS17, style at work, Style Hunting, Tips

Ruffled blouses and floral skirts ooze femininity. A touch of frill or some ditsy florals pep up any plain office ensemble. Frills and flowers have been a big trend during the warmer, lighter days, but do you want to extend the wear of your flower power…? Here’s how to transition summer’s floaty tops and skirts into the greyer months… 

Ruffled Black Blouse: Chloe
Floral skirt: Simone Rocha
Burgundy Bag: Chloe
Burgundy Tights: Macy’s http://www.macy’s.com
Black Ankle Boots: Gucci
Burgundy and yellow Gryffindor Scarf: Etsy

Swap bright backdrops for black, navy, burgundy and dark plums.  Pastels and tropical prints have had their summer holiday, so look for not-so-busy prints that incorporate classic colours like pillarbox red.

Biker jackets toughen up an overly girly outfit to create a look of rocker chic.  
Black Biker Jacket: Acne Studios
Olive ruffled blouse: Faith Connexion
Floral skirt: Preen
Black Ankle Boots: Steve Madden
Leather tote bag: Fendi

Black. Classic, timeless, and goes with anything and everything! 
Black long sleeved blouse: Isabel Marant 
Black long skirt with orange floral print: Peter Pilotto
Top handle orange bag: Gucci
Black court shoes: Gianvitto Rossi

Red lace, check! Jacquard effect and floral print, check! Faux fur clutch, check! Metallic heels, check! Voila, instant evening glamour for those impromptu ‘dos during the festive season.
Fringed Biker Jacket: Maje
Red Lace top with plunging neckline: Topshop 
A-line jacquard and floral skirt: Dolce & Gabbana
Burgundy faux fur clutch with stud detail: Prada
Gold strappy heels: Prada

Bold and beautiful! Offset ditsy florals with contrasting block colours…
Red Biker Jacket: Christopher Kane
Blue layered sleeve top: Wallis
Ditsy floral detail mini skirt: MSGM
Navy blue top handle bag: Fendi 
Red shoes: Alexander McQueen 


Make-Up Monday…

Art, AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, Celebrating, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Designer Collaborations, Fashion, Pattern & Print, Popular Culture, Retail

NARS are about to settle where life imitates art, with their massive new make-up collection for Holiday 2017.  

Francois NARS has taken a large chunk of inspiration from surrealist artist and photographer Man Ray as his muse, for quite possibly NARS’ most stunning colour cosmetic collection yet. 

The artist’s iconic works have been beautifully adorned onto the exterior of a handful of the NARS x Man Ray pieces, and the shades within each palette are just as chic. 

Glass Tears is a 6 strong collection of richly pigmented eyeshadows in smoky black, teal, olive, golds and rusts, the perfect eye shadow shades for Autumn/Winter 2017.

No matter how you play it, soft or smoky, the Love Game palette of 12 eye-catching matte and gilded shades will be right up your shadow street!

No filter needed with The Veil cheek trio. This cheek palette is all you need to contour, glow, and pop with buildable dimension.

Double your pleasure… because you can’t have too much of a good thing… introducing Love Triangles… a lipstick and blush duo housed in Man Ray’s rather pleasurable pyramid.  Love Triangles combine two universally flattering hues for lips and cheeks…

Love Triangle: Orgasm Lipstick & Orgasm Blush

Love Triangle: Dolce Vita Lipstick & Audrey Blush

Love Triangle: Rita Lipstick and Hot Sand Blush

Pink Grapefruit Blush will deliver the perfect pop of healthy glow throughout the sallow winter months.

Photogloss Lip Lacquers are the all new product in the mix and 4 shades are available.  A reddish hazelnut, a fuchsia, a burgundy and a golden shimmer, all of which boast a high shine formula.

Overexposed Glow Highlighter is embossed with Man Ray’s signature lips motif and is the perfect glow-getter for a flush of radiance!

NARS x Man Ray also features two eyeliner shades, Santiago (reddish brown) and Nagoya (deep purple).

Velvet Eyeliner in Santiago 

Velvet Eyeliner in Nagoya

Neutral lip lovers will fall head over heels for Audacious Gold Lipstick in Anita, the ultimate nude!

NARS x Man Ray launches at all NARS outposts, Nordstrom, Sephora and on their web site on October 6.  For more previews visit http://www.narscosmetics.com or follow NARS fantastic Instagram at @narsissist.

Metallic Nails Under A Fiver!

Art, AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, DIY Health & Beauty, Economics & Finance, Fashion, Nails, Popular Culture, Retail, Style Hunting

Metallic manicures that glide on like liquid foil on the nails are a must this season.

With Barry M’s new Liquid Chrome collection, that full metal mani can be yours for under £5! With 4 glimmering shades, Liquid Chrome Nail Paints, £3.99, will instantly glamourise any AW17 look and beyond.

Bright Lights is the ultimate big shot gold shade.

Rain On Me is a mirror shine silver.

Razzle Dazzle is the ultimate Rose Gold, the trend hue that’s going nowhere fast!

Glow Crazy is a metallized blue purple that is like gift wrap for nails.

Liquid Chrome Nail Paints are available at Superdrug and some Boots stores. For more info & to buy, click here:


Mix n’ match Monday…

Art, AW17, Colours, Designer Collaborations, Fashion, handbags, High Street Heroes, Pattern & Print, Popular Culture, Retail, Shoes, Special Occasions, Tips

Printed graphic sweaters are big news, get a bit of roar in your life with Kenzo’s tiger head aesthetic. Teamed with a pair of black skinny jeans, it looks uber-chic with a peekaboo tote bag and a pair of cute flats for daytime cool. Got the Fendi fever, just a bit!

Sweater: Kenzo

Skinny Jeans: Amari

Peekaboo tote bag, wallet & flat shoes: Fendi

Black, glorious black! It’s such a splendid backdrop for those 90’s inspired sporadic pops of colour and clean cut, digital patterns. There’s a lot of red around this season, too, what better way to add a touch of evening glamour than a pair of the most photographed shoes on Instagram… Valentino Rockstuds!

Black sweater with peeking eye pattern: Fendi

Black skinny leather look trousers: River Island

Black bag adorned with fluffy pom poms: Fendi

Red heels: Valentino

This season’s metallic sneakers and embroidered totes will take plain everyday sweaters and jeans from drab to fab!

Grey sweater: H&M

Ripped jeans: Current/Elliott

Embroidered tote bag: Fendi

Metallic silver sneakers: Adidas Originals

Add a touch of sparkle to your plain black ensemble with a sequinned sweater, metallic mules, and a Valentino embroidered cross body bag with a gold chain strap. One of many ways to turn a sweater into a cosy Autumn/winter evening out piece!

Black sweater with gold sequin detail; Marc Jacobs

Black Jeans: Topshop

Rose gold mules: Alexander Wang

Embroidered Rockstud cross body bag: Valentino

Gucci’s printed hoodies and sweaters are uber cosy and embrace the graphic trend. Jazz up your everyday skinny jeans with all the tropical goodness of one of their printed bags and a pair of their glittery, striped sneakers.

Red hoodie with graphic print: Gucci

Tropical Print bag: Gucci

Skinny jeans: H&M

Glittery sneakers with stripe detail: Gucci


Art, AW17, Beauty & Fragrance, Colours, Cosmetics Collections, Fashion, High Street Heroes, Music, Music Genres, Retail

Lipstick lovers will love L’Oréal Paris latest Color Riche offerings. The cult classic (a Color Riche is sold every 3 seconds worldwide, wow!) is soon to be reinvented by Olivier Rousteing, who, you may or may not know, is the creative director of ultra glam designer Balmain!

L’Oréal and Balmain share the same strong values of femininity and empowerment, and the same goal of empowering women all over the world and offering them diverse ways in which they can express themselves. This lipstick collection is something that is tangible for women everywhere.

Rousteing is collaborating with L’Oréal to launch twelve bang-on trend Matte lipsticks later this month. A heavyweight fashion name designing accessible make-up we can easily invest in has us excited, excited, excited! L’Oréal’s Balmain collab is the lipstick equivalent of Charlie’s Golden Ticket, but much more collectable.

Olivier Rousteing will have full control of everything from campaign to packaging, so expect a strong Balmain influence, there will be plenty of jewel tones, marble, onyx black and, in true Balmain style, plenty of gold! These £12.99 lipstick gems will be the lipsticks to blow all of your other lipsticks out of the water, but unfortunately, the collection will be limited edition, so make plenty of room for “Confidence,” the first of 12 shades to be revealed, which is a nude-y peach coral with rose gold shimmer and a metallic matte finish.

L’Oréal x Balmain lipsticks will have a shade for absolutely everyone; whether you’re suited to soft nudes or darker, bolder rock n’ roll inspired shades like shimmery violet or even rich blue! Oliver Rousteing not being able to separate music inspiration and fashion is something to be admired.

L’Oréal x Balmain ROCK shades

L’Oréal x Balmain GLAMAZON shades

L’Oréal x Balmain COUTURE shades

Even more good news, the luxe lippies are soon to be available in larger Boots stores!

Mix n’ Match Midweek…

Accessories, Art, Colours, Designer Collaborations, Fashion, handbags, Pattern & Print, Popular Culture, Retail, Shoes, SS17, Style Hunting, Tips

Late summer casuals are all about jeans with raw hemlines and fringing, sheer, off the shoulder tops and camisoles and enviable arm candy with plenty of chain details and embellishments!

Off the shoulder and halter style pastel top: Ganni

Raw hem jeans: Rag & Bone

Pastel coloured box bag with chain detailing: Stella McCartney

Silver and orange strappy sandals; Jimmy Choo

Be bold… clash your florals! Don't go for flower power from head to toe, pick out one or two pieces and keep the rest of your outfit plain and unobtrusive, florals are a big trend, but you don't want to turn into a walking hanging basket!

Floral Top: YSL and black vest underneath: Trouva

Jeans: Vetements x Levi's

Floral box bag: Dolce & Gabbana

Flip Flops: Valentino

Blue and white are a classic summer combo. Raw hemmed and straight cut jeans have made a big comeback. Worn with this summer's strappy tops, they just scream off duty cool!

White cami top: Christopher Esber

Jeans: Rag & Bone

Box Bag: Elie Saab

Studded flip flops: Fendi

Sheer blouse: Givenchy

Black vest: Trouva

Embroidered bag: Dolce & Gabbana

Jeans: Komo at Matches Fashion

Embellished sandals: Giuseppe Zanotti

Star print sheer blouse: Red Valentino

Fringed hem jeans: 7 For All Mankind

Chain strap, tattoo print box bag: Valentino

Gold strappy sandals: Toga at Farfetch – http://www.farfetch.com

Yellow sheer off the shoulder top: Alice & Olivia

Jagged hem jeans: Shelter at Intermix Online

Fur detail flip flops: Fendi

Floral bag: Dolce & Gabbana

Wednesday Trendsday: Go Graphic!

Accessories, Art, Colours, Designer Collaborations, Fashion, handbags, High Street Heroes, Music Genres, Pattern & Print, Popular Culture, Retail, SS17, Tips, Uncategorized

Bold logo, graphic print and slogan tees are big news right now.
They absolutely rock worn with skinny jeans and sneakers, or, if you prefer to put together a look a little different, they work unexpectedly well with this year's pleated skirts!

Cropped New York Knicks T-shirt and Ripped Skinny Jeans: both Topshop
Orange Handbag: Sophie Hulme
Rose Gold sneakers: Coliac at Luisaviaroma – http://www.luisaviaroma.com

Face Print T-shirt: Vivienne Westwood
White skinny jeans: Burberry
Graphics printed backpack: Betsey Johnson
Snake print sneakers: Gucci
Striped watch: Kate Spade

Dog graphic t-shirt: Versace
Metallic gold pleated midi skirt: Isabel Marant
Mini peach backpack: Chloe
Rose Gold sneakers: Steve Madden

T-shirt: Versace Versus
Skirt: Gucci
Backpack: Prada
Hand Print sneakers: Gucci
Watch: Tissot

MTV T-shirt: Marc Jacobs
Black leather pleat midi skirt: Red Valentino
Backpack: Fendi
Black sneakers: Moschino