Mix n’ Match Monday: Insta Beach!

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Are you ready to enjoy your most colourful, envy inducing seaside snaps and selfies on social media yet?  Course you are! Just pack some up to the minute swimwear and accessories, Instagram likes guaranteed!


Sleek & polished with a touch of bohemian glamour, Chloe fringed sandals and a Haight coral one piece scream summer 2017! (Above)


Unleash some serious wanderlust on the beach and beyond wearing popping pinks and dreamy violets! A hot pink Forever Unique swimsuit with bang on trend lace detail paired with a sharp yet comfy wrap skirt will sizzle along the seafront.  A 3.1 Philip Lim mauve Pashli may induce envy amongst fellow holiday makers!  Brights are excellent at amplifying a golden tan, too!


Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.  Look sleek yet mysterious in a deep ocean Diane Von Furstenburg one piece and Prada block sandals, while a pastel pink Kenzo tote will stylishly hold your essentials whilst adding a touch of feminine simplicity.


Spring through the palms in a D&G tropical bikini and accessorize with the coolest lime green sandals from Prada and a pair of aviators!


Chillax poolside in the dreamiest blues.  One piece swimsuits are big news, and are modest enough to be worn with this summer’s wrap skirts for some stunning summer evening looks.  Arcadia have some irresistible swimsuits and I just love this aquatic looking skirt from Fausto Puglisi!


Clean Lines & Monochrome stripes in the form of the ultimate Marc Jacobs maxi equals instant Beach to bar chic! Don’t forget to add a touch of sparkle, these Giuseppe Zanotti kitten heels are perfection!

Slip into this celestial River swimwear and a pair of mirrored Ray-Bans and unlock that inner mermaid!

Transition this sea foam shimmer swimsuit from River Island from sitting at the sea side to sipping cocktails outside! Add a tropical print wrap skirt like this Missoni beauty and a cross body bag in a cool hue like this one from Jimmy Choo.  And these designer look platforms are a steal from ASOS!


Summer brights & pastels inspired by sweetest, juiciest seaside treats! Ruffled dresses like this Anna October maxi are fresh off the catwalk! Amp it up with a juicy clutch from Commes Des Garçons and a pop of watermelon gloss on nails and lips!


Maxi up a midsummer’s night in a floor length Melissa Obadash dress that’s just peachy. Bling up a plain dress with a choker, the hottest boho glam jewellery trend of SS17.  Be daring, add an unexpected accessory like Judith Leiber’s crystal encrusted beach ball clutch.

Mix n’ Match Monday…

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Mix n’ match with the 3 top trends this week… Floral skater dresses, beaded and embellished bags, and satin sandals!


Monochrome gets a garden party makeover with this black and white floral McQueen skater, a floral Fendi bag adds some big splashes of colour while the final touch of glamour is this irresistible pair of satin Manolo Bhlaniks.

Christopher Kane’s cottoned on to the Gingham check trend with this dress, combining it with some watercolour florals to liven up the look. Go dotty with a subtle beaded clutch from Givenchy to compliment the colours in the dress, and who can resist a pair of silky Pausto Puglisi satin shoes!

If you want to go for something a little less busy in the dress department, this Red Valentino LBD still packs some dainty floral collar detail which can be easily complimented with a sparkly beaded bag for easy evening glamour, this Fendi bag is perfect arm candy and the No21 shoes are the perfect sexy summer hue!


Off the shoulder skater dresses are big news for summer, McQueen has them down to a tee with this racy coloured floral number, rock up the look with a Marc Jacobs cross body with plenty of studding and embellishments to add much needed edge, keep the look feminine with ruffled Marco De Vincenzo satin mules!

Mix It Up Midweek: One Shouldered Wonders

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MSGM x Saint Laurent x Chloe

One shoulder dresses remain top of the trend charts and go with absolutely any type of shoe or bag.  Vertiginous platforms are proving pouplar in 2017, so is combining an unlikely mix of hues and patterns!

Keeping it classic in monochrome with Carolina Herra dress, YSL black platforms and a Miu Miu red quilted chain bag.


Go back to the future in this Saint Laurent sequin beauty, Giuseppe Zanotti metallic strappies.  Add a pop of fuchsia with some bright Lanvin arm candy! 


Take this Preen number to the candy shop with pastel hues, like these Prada Block heels and some sweet shop inspired Lanvin stripes!


Nail the look of seaside serenity, this electric blue Christian Siriano could work for summer days or nights.   Keep the look sleek and modern with accessories in a lighter shade or black and white.  Fendi quilted bag and Michael Kors block colour, instant beach to bar combo!


Little Black Dress…? It’s your blank canvas, and you are the artist of your look.  Metallic accessories, a print bag or shoes, or hi vis will make this Saint Laurent mini pop.

MSGM x Charlotte Olympia x Chanel 


Self Portrait x Miu Miu x Valentino 


Marc Jacobs x Furla 



SS17 Trend Alert…

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Gingham. That checkered pattern long associated with summer days in the school yard wearing a floaty dress. New Look’s latest offerings have, however, grown up and left the playground behind.

 

 

 

 

Tie-up ankle heeled sandals, £32.99

 

 

Monochrome and the occasional smattering of scattered floral embroidery have breathed a new lease of life into this summer classic. New Look’s drop of uber sleek tops, shoes and accessories will add instant chic to any spring look without the childhood throwback; who remembers their school summer dress…?

 

Black & white gingham clear anorak, £39.99

 

 

 

Black & white gingham floral embroidered mules, £25.99

Gingham strap watch, £14.99


 

Bell sleeve check top, £22.99

 

 


 

 

Light blue gingham Bardot style top, 17.99

 

 

Combinations of blue and white and red and white check are also big news for SS17, with the pattern varying in size from chunky checks down to ditzy detailing.

 

Black & white gingham tie front mini-skirt, £17.99

 

 


 

Rose embroidered frill trim shirt, £22.99

 

Blue & white gingham lace trim Bardot style top, £15.99



 

 

Red & white gingham lace trim cold-shoulder top, £15.99



 

 

Red & white gingham check print flat shoes, £12.99

 

Gingham check frill trim top, £19.99

 

 

It’s only March but I’ve already seen the checks making their way onto the high street, and cannot wait to pick up some of these irresistible pieces. This is a timeless pattern and doesn’t just remind me of summer school uniform, but of those oilcloth table settings at fish and chip shops, the sort of kitsch eateries that line the seafront at my favourite British seaside resorts.  Summer memories.

 

New Look + Navajo Times = Aztec Arrivals Aplenty!

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Aztec Print Shoulder Bag, £12.99

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Fringed Shoe-boots, £24.99

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Two-row Aztec Necklace, £3.99

Once the pattern of choice for native Americans and Red Indians in those wilderness movies, set in log-cabin heavy places like Alaska, Navajo or Aztec is enjoying a rather colourful comeback to the high street. New Look’s many free flowing vests will float freely in the summer breeze and light up the beach with an eclectic injection of colour and edge. New Look have also had an Aztec accessory drop, some of which are artfully finished off with fringing and seed-beads.

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White Folk Print Hanky Hem Cami, £14.99

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Black & White Aztec Print Skirt, £19.99

This season’s Navajo carnival looks pretty with it’s bottomless paint box of colour, subtle pops of colour in small accessories make monochrome Aztec speak louder, too.  A plain bright or pastel top would add an effortless compliment to this skirt (above).

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High Neck Longline Cami, £14.99

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Seed Bead Sandals, £9.00

The beauty of this easy to rock trend is it’s ability to act as that versatile dress/cami/bag/shoe, wherever you’re going this summer; from vacationing by the sea to rocking out in a field, the Aztec trend creates that aura of spirituality both indoors and out, the type of mysterious feeling that puts you at ease with the world, that sought after sensation you’ll only feel on vacation!

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Sleeveless Blazer, £15.00

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Mini Fringed Duffle Bag, £17.99

If you’re not brave enough to wear a Navajo top, skirt, dress, etc., adding some Aztec accessories to your look will make an unspoken bold statement.

If you’re a little pattern shy, but about to give Navajo a go, a good look is to let one piece do the talking while you make the rest of your outfit keep a low profile

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Black Aztec Print Cami, £6.00

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Aztec Kimono, £22.00

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Small Duffle Bag, £7.00

Beauty Buzz… I won’t be going on my next vacation without…

When you need to pack a week or two weeks’ worth of stuff, it’s all about cute minis.  You may need loads of practical stuff that will take up most of your case space, don’t panic, you can still take some pampering treats, just look for luxury product-lets!  Here are two of my favourites in microcosm!

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Essie’s mini Colour Icons Collection, £12.99

Essie’s mini nail polish sets.  You get 3 mini Essie colours for £12.99, which is excellent value, providing 3 full size polishes from Essie will set you back over £20.  My favourite mini set for summer is their Colour Icons, which include Mademoiselle (pale pink), Fifth Avenue (Fiery Orange-y Red), and the ever on trend Mint Candy Apple (Mint Green), these are 3 of Essie’s most memorable and best-selling shades and the little box gives you a fun fact, too, the years all of the colours were born, respectively 2000, 2003 and 2008!

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Mint Candy Apple, Mademoiselle and Fifth Avenue are the Colour Icons in an Essie mini collection

New Look haven’t stopped at the most up to the minute summer trends, they’ve bought out some of the best high-street fragrances to compliment SS15.  You can own all four Pure Fragrances for under a tenner!  This luscious coffret of handbag-sized fragrances, £7.99, will ensure you’ll forever smell scent-sational on the beach and beyond!

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New Look Pure Fragrances Collection, £7.99, which contains Pure Devotion, Pure Dusk, Pure Blush and Pure Touch

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Navajo Zipped Vest Top, £14.99

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