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Serene block colours & simple accessories never go out of date.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.

Festival Forecast: How Glasto Got Glam!

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Glamping and gig-noshing days are imminent and rails across the globe are dancing with the carnival that is festival folly!    
 Accessories are flying off the shelves as people of all ages, be their destinations Isle of Wight or V, take their pick of summer pretties to pack, not forgetting the all-important necessities that can take the mucky out of camping and muddy fields (pairs of wellies, poncho/pac-a-mac, dry shampoo).  

   
 Since Kate Moss’s mission to single-handedly make Glasto Glam a decade ago, festival fashion has kept the cash registers beep-beep-beeping and Instagram likes booming! Downpours and dirty wellies aside, the field is the rock-chicks’ catwalk!  New muses such as Sienna Miller and Kate Bosworth, with their mix n’match outfits, effortless tousled hair and Hunter wellies, coined the phrase “festival fashion,” and we soon followed.  

  

(Miss Moss at Glasto)

  
(Be sure to pack a portable smartphone charger such as Mophie’s Helium Juice Pack, a cool case with a built-in charger so you’re not homesick for a plug socket!) 

If you’re festival-ing this SS15, bare in mind the absence of electricity and lack of places running water is accessible, you’re in a large field after all.  In an age of high-maintenance and luxury all the way, here is an occasion where you can achieve a star inspired look by being the opposite!  

   
   Primark have loads of festival “ready-to-wears” up for grabs, none of which break the bank.  Bohemian print dresses in maxi and midi styles will rock on their own or toughened up with biker or denim jackets.  The ones I saw today range from £5 to £8.   

   
When it comes to accessorizing, if you’re glamping amongst 20,000 other people who’ve pitched a tent, you want to avoid taking anything too valuable with you, Primark’s rather colourful collection of hair accessories, multi-row necklaces, friendship-style beaded bracelets and dangly earrings come in endless varieties from £1.50.  You’ll be spoilt for choice on the jewellery front!        My favourite accessories of the bunch, as well as this House Of Harlow style statement necklace (above) have to be the gold and silver bangle packs of 14 that incorporate hundreds of those tiny African style seed beads in a rainbow of colours.      At £4 for a 14 pack, I can’t fault the quality and value for money and they’ll go with absolutely everything you plan to wear at the festivals.    Hundreds upon hundreds of sequins have also been employed in the making of this summer’s fashion jewellery.  Also seen at Freedom at Topshop.   

When you’re starting to tire, why not keep the rock n’ roll spirit alive and retire in style with a pair of Stones bottoms or Pink Floyd PJ’s!      If you’re wondering how you’re going to carry all of your festival fashion essentials, don’t worry, Primark have the coolest case ever!      


 

Vickonomics: Stateside Savings… It’ll Cost Less In The U.S.!

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According to an independent spending study carried out by British Airways, UK residents continue to pay over the odds for the latest Apple technologies, branded quality clothing and shoes and top performing cosmetics and skincare.  Some of you may be reading this and reminiscing about your American adventures no doubt.  According to Claire Bentley, who is the managing director of British Airways Holidays, New York is the world’s best shopping destination, simply because whatever you choose to buy, you will get more for your money!  If you’re thrifty enough, the savings you make could even pay for your hotel and flights!

  
If you’re heading across the pond anytime soon, and you’re looking to replace/upgrade an all important smartphone or tablet, don’t sample the UK’s almost forbidden fruit…. Instead, wait till you land in the Big Apple to take a bite out of Apple…
  
 
If you want to treat yourself to one of these, they are a staggering £106 cheaper in the US than in the UK!  
  
 
 
Apple iPad Air 16gb, English price £399, American price $461.50, which works out at £293!
  
 
The same bargain can be enjoyed if you’re a game guy or girl with an enthusiasm for the state of the art consoles, the XBOX One also costs £293 in America, yet £399 in the UK.  Living in the UK ain’t that bad I suppose, but oh my we don’t half pay through the nose for gadgets! 
 
Big Dipper savings in America extend way beyond the iPads and joy-sticks; many classic wardrobe investments are much reduced, too!
 
Marc Jacobs’ sleek, roomy Goodbye Columbus tote will set you back a staggering £530 in GB, stateside, however, it is £352… Saving: £178!
 
The saving on the Tiffany’s engagement rocks is phenomenal… you’ll be charged to the tune of £10,300 to pop the question in England, while over in the States the same engagement rings are a more realistic £7,477… Saving £2,823!
 
Shopping trips entail walking, walking and more walking… If classic Uggs are your comfy shoe of choice, don’t buy a new pair to pack, here’s why you should wait till you’re there…

Ugg Classic Short Boots, England… £150, America… £91.29.  Saving: £58.71!  Happy feet, happy wallet!
 
The trendy “Homies” t-shirts, as spotted on stars such as Mena Suvari, are also massively reduced….
 
Kids’ Homies T-shirt… England, £35.  America, £28.  Saving: £7!
Kids are constantly growing out of garments, and isn’t it amazing how style conscious they can be, even at a young age!  Young trends are something you can’t afford to ignore if you have little ones, especially if you have a teen who thinks you are a cash machine!  The saving on branded trainers and Converse style shoes will amaze older children.

Nike Dunk High Be True ID Trainers… In England they’re £95, however in the US of A, they’re a purse friendlier £55.93, Saving you £39.07!

America provides opportunities aplenty to stock up on branded jeans such as Levi and J Crew.

J Crew Stretch Matchstick Jeans, £125 in the UK.  In the US they are… £73!  Saving you: £52! Savings like these equal better value for money so here’s the opportunity to stock up on pairs of jeans, t-shirts, pairs of kicks, and even cosmetics!

Kiehl’s Ultra Face Cream.  English purse assault: £42, realistic American price: £27.39… Saving: £14.61!

MAC Cosmetics Tinted Lipglass.  British Beauty Blowout price of this product is £14, however, here’s an excuse to bulk out your make-up bag over there… the same pout perfector is £8.83 in the US! Saving £5.17!

UK shoppers’ purses are taking a pounding, no pun intended, because the Sterling is at a high since hitting $1.70 in 2009.  Meanwhile, American residents and those who holiday to the US are taking advantage of this.  And why not? Why pay over the odds for fashion essentials, beauty basics and those juicy Apple must-haves? Where there’s a bargain, there’s a saving!

Sizzle This Summer: Triumph In Tropicals & Rock Retro Shapes

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Already planning your summer break?  Are you one of these people who plans in their head what you want to buy to wear on the beach or at the bar before you’ve even decided on a destination?  Congratulations, you’re a pre-planner!  Like me, you vision what swimwear separates you will pack and you carefully select shoes and other accessories for trips to the bar or shopping on vacation.  If you’re a pre-planner, your eye for detail is stellar and you consider what goes with what before pulling it from the shelf or your closet.

 (These tropical beauties will go great with simple dresses and jeans, if you can only pack one pair of shoes… £29.99 from New Look!)

I’m a pre-planner and like to celebrate those chic ensembles with an alternative twist, and possibly inspired by a bygone day.  

  (Bold Stripe Bikini Top, £18.99, New Look)

  (Bold Stripe Bikini Bottoms, £9.99, New Look)

Retro look high waisted bikini bottoms and bandeau shapes are big news for SS15.  Gone are their stringy, barely there predecessors; these are shapes that flatter curves and embrace a woman’s silhouette.  When I spotted them on New Look’s Instagram feed, I thought these are pieces Marilyn Monroe would pick out! 

  

Tropical prints are enjoying a welcome return.  H&M are enjoying the comeback of beautiful botanicals with this versatile one-piece. Grab some flip flops and a silky kimono in a complimenting colour for a day on the beach, then make it pop on a hot summer night with chunky jewellery, brights and wedges. Whether you’re festival-going or sun worshipping this summer, it is easier than you think to pack a capsule wardrobe and still have all the tips and tricks you need to look sexy in seconds! 

 

  

Vacations mean versitality in the wardrobe department, if you’re boarding with an unkind baggage allowance, pack accessories in a colour that will go with all of your outfits.  White and metallics give any look a clean, futuristic touch of glamour.  Primark’s flip flops and sandals are worth checking out, you’ll be spoilt for choice, and they’re all under £10!

Every part of your vacation should be fun, inclusive of booking, packing and setting off in style.  Schedule enough time for all your preparations and enjoy every moment!  

(Music meets art at the H&M Loves Coachella tent, above)