Pick of the Day: Denim doing Good!

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On social media a few days ago Harpers Bazaar posted a link to a pair of paint splattered jeans- and I instantly fell in love! I’ll admit that the jeans may not be to everyone’s taste, but I absolutely love the hand painted paint splashes (I’m not letting go of the ‘Art Attack’ trend without a fight..), not to mention that proceeds from the sales go towards The Rialto Jean Project (you guys know I love a charitable fashion collaboration). The project has adopted the platform of ‘Denim Doing Good’, and sales go towards art therapy at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, aiming to help children grow in confidence and develop new skills despite their illness.

The collection includes many styles, colours and fits, whether you want bold, artistic splashes, a simple pop of colour, boyfriend jeans or skinnies, and the best part is that they are actually way more wearable than you’d first think! I personally they could easily transition from day to night- by day wear with an oversized crop and slip on skater shoes ( Topshop have some great options), and by night, simply swap the casual slip ons for a pair of high strappy sandals! Perfect!

Throwback Footwear this Spring!

Anyone remember wearing jelly sandals when they were a little girl? Or how about when you got a bit older, and you looked at Birkenstock sandals with disgust?

Well, guess what? They’re both back for Spring, and they’re causing somewhat of a split between fashion fans. Can jelly shoes really look nice? Is it safe to go out in Birkenstocks without feeling as if you’ve committed a fashion faux pas? Well, although I’m still not entirely convinced, seeing these throwback sandals looking super cool and effortlessly chic amongst the street style elite may be starting to convince me. As usual, the high street are coming up with some great editions, so there are lots of choices to be made if you are nearly as convinced as me!

 

 

I personally prefer the White Arizona Birkenstock sandal, but they are available in lots of different prints ( like blue paisley, for the more adventurous Birkenstock fan). You’re not just limited to the real deal here though, River Island and Topshop both have great quality versions, as well! They’re actually proving really versatile, too- wear with wide leg pants, skinny jeans or dresses for a cool, casual vibe!

 


The jelly shoe, however, comes in a lot of on trend variations, from heeled to slingback! I must admit that I firstly thought ‘I’ll stick to black’ (they look amazing with black socks, surprising I know), but after seeing the luscious pastel shades
from Juju I am lusting after a powder pink pair! Wearing them with socks may sound a little odd- we were always told no socks with sandals- but I have to say that they look so cute with frilly white ankle socks! I love the height that a heeled pair will add to an outfit, but the slingback, flat pairs are also a great alternative to summer sandals!

 

What do you guys think? Are you convinced? I think I may have just convinced myself…

Topshop Unique at LFW

As a contrast to their AW13 show, which saw lots of powder pink hues, Topshop Unique’s most recent show had a more tomboy edge. Opening the show came all blue looks, with smart woolen coats casually hanging off the shoulders of models for a disheveled, tomboy charm, which was only highlighted by the occasional appearance of sports inspired puffa jackets. Whilst a feminine element could be seen through the light, soft materials, pastel pink was no more in this new collection, but instead a new pastel colour emerged in the form of lemon yellow. This pretty, bright shade added a youthful, playful edge to the collection, with silky blouses and fluffy yellow furs, but when mixed with tan and darker shades of yellow the look made for a classic, but playful, approach to dressing. And, of course the show didn’t come without major trends that have been spotted throughout fashion week, including knee high boots (in grey and burgundy) as well as patchwork fur, that was seen in sweaters, coats and vests. I loved the femininity in their AW13 show, but this collection has been really clever in showcasing what their youthful, edgy customer wants- a chance to dress in a subtle, but sexy way, without losing their tomboy charm.

                     

                     

Holy Chic!

As soon as I saw these words grace the catwalks of Moschino I prepared myself for an onset of not only slogan tees, but slogan everything, across the high street for SS14! I’m thinking that the likes of Topshop, Zara and ASOS will all climb aboard this cheeky slogan trend pretty shortly, but it looks as though they’ve already started seeping into their collections…

FIFTEEN FASHION QUESTIONS

i. What is your favourite style to wear?
During AW I’m a skinny jeans and boots kinda girl, but at the moment I’m swapping my jeans for shiny disco pants or I’ll be buying some new velvet leggings. I’ll either wear a chunky knit or a blouse with these 🙂

ii. Who is your fashion role model?
Rosie Huntington Whiteley or Alexa Chung! I love Rosie’s classic cuts and colours, she keeps it simple but really pretty. On the other hand I love Alexa and her ability to look effortlessly cool, although I couldn’t pull off half of her looks! I’ll probably buy her new book ‘It’ soon!

iii. What do you always have on?
I’ll rarely leave the house without make up (shallow I know), but I also like to have at least one item of jewellery on too.

iv. What are your favourite jeans?
I would say my black skinny jeans, but I’ve worn them so much they’re all out of shape now, but I will be buying some new great fitting ones soon, because they are such a versatile piece!

v. What are your favourite sunglasses?
I don’t really have any as they always break before I can get too attached, but I do tend to go for oversized pairs.

vi. What are your favourite shoes?
I love shoes, but my favourite pair has to be a pair of tan patent sandals with a red raffia wedge that my boyfriend bought me from L K Bennett.

vii. Who influenced you to write about fashion?
YouTube definitely influenced me, mainly Bloggers like Zoella, Tanya Burr (who I met when I volunteered at The Scottish Fashion Awards!) and Patricia Bright, but I’m subscribed to so many though!

viii. What is your favourite store?
I would say Topshop, their stuff is beautiful (although I’m not impressed with this Angora scandal they’re involved in). I also favour many online stores though, like Boohoo and Missguided, such good products for a low price!

.ix. Who is your favourite fashion person on Youtube?
Probably Zoella, she is just so genuine, fashionable and relatable!

x. What is your favourite fabric?
I’m loving all the different textures at the moment, but probably velvet and wool! I love the oversized woolen coats at the moment!

xi. Who is your favourite model?
Coco Rocha definitely, (she seemed so nice on The Face) but also lots of girls from America’s Next Top Model, especially Ann Ward and Jourdan (from the most recent series)!

xii. If you had $5000 to spend on any item, what would it be?
Probably a handbag to be honest, I can’t get enough of bags, especially in bright colours! No, wait, definitely Louboutins, too!! Or one of those gorgeous woolen coats at Celine!!

xiii. Heels or flats?
I’d love to say heels, but I only wish I was that glamorous! For everyday wear flats are a lot more comfortable and I’m quite tall anyway so I don’t really need the extra height. Obviously for occasions I favour heels though!

xiv. What purse do you currently use?
Ah I have so many!! I do alternate them quite a lot, but I suppose it would have to be my oversized burgundy bag, half patent and half velvet material! I love the colour and it fits loads in it, too!

xv. Is fashion in your blood or in your jeans?
I’m not really sure how to answer this! So I’ll say it’s in my ‘jeans’ 😀

Catwalk Dupes

There have been some real gems on the catwalks this season, but like most of us I only look to high end designers for inspiration due to the huge price tag that comes with them. Sometimes, though, we get lucky and the high street will release amazing, and affordable, interpretations of what we have seen on the catwalks.

 

Top Ten AW Must Haves!

1. The Pink Coat

Ever sincthat gorgeous pink coat swished down the runways of Celine I have been dreaming of getting one of my own! But at Celine prices I think I’ll be sticking to a high street version, and believe me there are plenty to choose from!


Here’s one of my faves by Red Herring at Debenhams:
pinkcoat

2)The Tartan Scarf

After volunteering at the Scottish Fashion Awards I was enthralled by the amount of Tartan that I saw everywhere and it all looked so glamorous, and where better to start than by glamming up such a staple AW piece? But the question is, do you choose green or red?

Here are some great options from Boohoo:

Lucy Tartan Tassle Trim Woven ScarfLivvy Tartan Scarf

3) Chunky Jewels

Whether it be in the form of earrings or necklaces I love this trend because it is so glamorous and can dress up any outfit, even if it’s a plain white tee or an LBD! These are statement pieces but this doesn’t mean you can’t create a multi-coloured selection! Enjoy and wear them everyday for any occassion!

Here are my top picks from ASOS:

Image 1 of ASOS Fever EarringsJohnny Loves Rosie Sunburst CollarImage 1 of ASOS Vintage Look Jewel EarringsImage 1 of ASOS Premium Night Garden Necklace

4)The Colourful Fur Gilet

Faux fur is massive this season, especially when presented in bright colours and patterns, but it doesn’t always have to be in the form of big fur coats. As well as a big furry coat (every girl should have one) a pretty furry gilet should also make its way into your collection. Of course it doesn’t have to be brightly coloured, but I personally love the edge a coloured furry vest adds to an outfit. Still not sold? Then take a look at the gorgeous olive green pick from Topshop below.

Photo 1 of Boxy Fur Gilet

5)Velvet Leggings

Velvet is a great texture this season and looks especially great in the form of leggings, especially in deep wine shades! The great part is that such deep red tones are always a perfect winter colour and will go with most colours and velvet can be mixed with all kinds of textures; leathers, furs, you name it! And for such a gorgeous, versatile item they are actually very affordable, especially at Boohoo (available in lots of colours so stock up now, girls!).

Erica Crushed Velvet High Waisted Disco Pants

6) Chunky Chelsea Boots

These have been around a while now but they still look amazing and really transform a pair of jeans, leggings or even a dress! Obviously get yourself  a plain black pair but you should also consider going for a different colour too (think deep greens and reds or even greys, as seen at the Celine show). See below for a great pair from Kurt Geiger (Also available in black, too!)

shannon, red by KG Kurt Geiger

7) The Skort

From the front? Looks like a mini skirt. From the Back? Looks like a cute pair of shorts. What else is there to say other than it looks great! Available in so many different patterns and colours you have plenty to choose from, but I personally love this emerald green pair from Topshop because they will brighten up any outfit!

Photo 1 of Green Luxe Satin Wrap Skort

8)Midi Rings

These are a really cute take on wearing rings because they are so dainty and pretty compared to the standard big chunky jeweled rings we are used to seeing! I see them as very girly, feminine approach to wearing jewelry.Why not buy a pack of these rings from ASOS and experiment with wearing a few at a time?

ASOS Mixed Band Midi Ring Pack

9)Fuzzy Jumpers

Great for everyday wear, fuzzy jumpers go with absolutely everything! Mixing them with other textures is a great idea, especially with a leather mini or velvet leggings! I love this hot pink one from Topshop.

Photo 1 of Knitted Brushed Funnel Jumper

10)The Heart Print Blouse

Hearts are the new polka dots, and we have the Burberry Prorsum show to thank after that blouse they sent down the runway!

But at those prices let’s stick to cheaper versions, like this great one from Boohoo! And don’t forget it doesn’t have to be a blouse, you can also incorporate this trend into jumpers, cardigans and even tights!

Layla Heart Print Blouse With PU Collar