School Girl Nostalgia: Anya Hindmarch

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Out in the Sunshine: Outfit of the day

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This is how I made the most of today’s sunshine:

Grey Acid Wash Dress- Urban Outfitters
Black Fringed Kaftan- eBay (originally New Look)
Black and Gold Necklace-New Look
Black skater shoes- Internationale (closing down sale, only £1!!)

I’ve been living in these slip on skater shoes, a trend I was keen to jump on, so when I saw these for only one pound I knew I’d found a bargain, and they’re SO comfy!! I would have preferred leather Croc effect ones, but at £1 these will do me just fine! I’ve been trying my hardest to find bargains for the few items I want this season, and making the most of the Spring/Summer items I’ve already got! I’ve really wanted a kaftan too, so I’ll probably buy another colour at some point 🙂

Quirky Accessories from the High Street!

We’ve seen so many high end designers creating unique, quirky pieces this season, but now we can easily follow the trend without spending hundreds!

Take Away I Phone Case, Paperchase- £6
Lips Cross Body Bag (also available in blue), H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams- £20
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Cat Face I Phone Case,H! by Henry Holland at Debenhams- £8
Accessorize, Cara Camera Across Body Bag-£25
Accessorize, Shell Bag-£35
Accessorize, Lemon Across Body Bag– £22

Moschino: Accessories for SS14

With so many different collections for SS14, I can’t help but lust over everything Moschino has to offer,but unfortunately at those prices lust is all it will ever be…

So, here are a few of my favorite accessories from across the range, from classic to quirky..

Moschino Cheap and Chic-Flamingos-£402
Moschino, Medium leather bag
Moschino Cheap and Chic-Flamingos-£393
Moschino Cheap and Chic-Poolside Party-£289
Moschino, Clutch
Moschino-Bad Girl vs Good Girl- £242
Moschino, Belt
Moschino-Bad Girl vs Good Girl-£193
Moschino, Belt
Moschino-New Florals-£193
Moschino, Medium leather bag
Moschino-Girls Love Pearls- £630
Moschino, iPhone 4
Moschino-30th Anniversary-£44
Moschino, Medium leather bag
Moschino Cheap and Chic- Fresh as a Daisy-£432

 

Proenza Schouler at NYFW

The designers at Proenza Schouler emphasised the importance of both fun and humour behind their collections before their show in New York, and this definitely shone through in their bold clashing prints. In previous seasons the designers had moved away from the prints they had become known for, but for their AW collection it was good to see their vibrant, fun side make an appearance-sometimes it works for designers to stick to what they do best.

With a strong safari theme throughout, the collection saw a whole host of clashing animal prints in both monochrome and bright, bold hues of mainly blues, greens and blood red, with hints of pink and orange also making a rare appearance. It was not just colours and prints that were mixed together though, as the collection saw a brilliant clash of textures too, the most impressive being a boxy patchwork dress that mixed both black leather with blood red suede. It was such boxy, oversized shapes-seen in the rounded shoulders of jackets and tops-  that gave the collection a masculine edge (as well as those chunky two toned loafers), which was softened by combining these more masculine elements with more fitted skirts and dresses, as well as the use of soft roll neck sweaters and the cinching in of oversized shapes at the waist.

The collection was obviously all about the layering of thick, chunky textures (those spongey jacquard jackets), vibrant colours and contrasting patterns, which is a great way to look at dressing for the colder months! It shouldn’t be about dull colours, but feeling warm and cosy in rich, opulent textures and prints (think a boxy dress over the top of a fitted long sleeve). And definitely don’t forget to layer up on your accessories either-this collection put lots of chunky rings on each hand, even matching them to an equally beautiful clutch bag!

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Indian Bracelets: Pain is Beauty

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This beautiful bracelet was given to me as a gift from my boyfriend after a trip to India, and as soon as I saw them (I was given two) I fell in love with the gorgeous emerald and deep red jewel tones! So naturally I eagerly tried to pop them onto my wrist, but it turns out that in India bracelets are put on a little differently than here in the UK…

The bracelet itself is actually made to fit the wrist, making it impossible to just slip it over the hand. So how do I put on my beloved bracelet? Well, it’s actually a more lengthy process than you might expect, so below is a step by step guide.

  1. Apply lotion or oil to your hand, I used argon oil first and then when that didn’t work I put a hand lotion on top of this!
  2. I then got my sister to massage it into my hand, I think it’s probably important to relax the hand and loosen it up as it is important that the hand doesn’t stiffen up.
  3. I then (tried to) join my fingers together to make my hand as small as possible.
  4. It is important to hold your hand up vertical from the floor, because it is apparently harder to get the bangles on in any other position.
  5. Slowly and carefully work the bangles over your hand and apply more lotion or oil if needed!

So, that may seem pretty straight forward, and for some it may be simple and you may not even need instructions, but I know I definitely needed help (I have a low pain threshold and I think I could have done with a slightly bigger bangle to begin with). After getting my sister to help me with putting the bracelet on I can now proudly say I braved the pain and it looks so pretty on! But, it is safe to say that this bracelet may be here to stay on my wrist for a little while, as my hand is feeling a little worse for wear after trying to get it on there in the first place.. but hey, it is pretty and it luckily goes with most things.. I might even have to keep it on forever… I don’t think there will ever be a more appropriate time for me to say ‘pain is beauty’, but I still love my little Indian bracelets 🙂

The Top Five Shows from LC:M

Louis Leeman Paris gave a gorgeous shoe only exhibition. I especially loved the velvet smoking shoe, golden embroidery and jewel tones that transformed the idea of the traditional men’s shoe!

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With creams, browns, dark greys and blue denim, the colours displayed at the Lou Dalton show gave a warming effect for AW14, and just the thick woolen snood alone was enough to put this in my top five!

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Reinventing the humble trench through vibrant colour was one thing at the Hardy Amies show, but the classic tailoring and the smart attire really won me over- there wasn’t one item I couldn’t help but admire!

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I particularly liked YMC for their casual take on menswear, as most of the shows were focused on smart tailoring, but they managed to create very smart casual looks. I especially liked the use of darker denim, chunky knits and a collar as well as the lightweight parkas (as opposed to oversized wool and trench coats).

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And last but not least is, of course, Burberry Prorsum with their statement scarves, autumnal prints and dark colours guaranteeing themselves a place in my chosen five best shows. I can already envisage a whole host of celebs wearing their scarves, tapestry bags and patterned coats next AW, just like this AW with that heart print blouse..

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**All images are taken from http://www.londoncollections.co.uk **