Monday, 25 February 2013

SS '13 Fashion trends in 13 - #3

Boo, its the last in the series of my Spring Summer Womenswear Fashion Trends summary posts. I know a lot you already will know the trends from the endless features in magazines, but it's always helpful to be reminded of them and see different takes on the key looks of the season. If you fancy seeing previous women's fashion trend posts you can do here, but this week I've saved my favourite trends for last.

Candy

spring summer womenswear fashion


I think this season the trends are perfect for anyone. If you weren't won over by the neon brights, the candy hues may be a bit more up your street. I would definitely go the whole 1950's house wive style with this, making it very lady like and demure. Aldo has some really beautiful accessories in pastel tones perfect for spring summer weddings.

Bags with top handles

spring summer womenswear fashion


Following on from candy colours is another lady like detail, this time focusing on accessories. Bags with top handles are key to the hollywood heroine look. I have the biggest crush on the Mulberry Bryn, so fingers crossed the high street hurry up and make some good dupes.

3D Flower Embellishments

spring summer womenswear fashion


First there was cinema, then television followed, so it was only a matter of time this trend transferred into fashion. 3D flowers were everywhere on the catwalks, from embroidery to full on petals. I can't wait to dress this up for a really girly festival look! Miss Selfridges have some beautiful dresses and definitely check out Crown & Glory or Dolly Bow Bow for a crown.

Asian Inspiration

spring summer womenswear fashion


There definitely seems to be a strong Asian theme this season. Think obi belts, kimono sleeves and origami pleats. I'm on the hunt for a lovely embroidered kimono to cover up my arms on cool summer nights.

Trapeze & Cocoon shapes

spring summer womenswear fashion


Lastly are the two keys shapes of the season; cocoon & trapeze. To help you differentiate I've put all the trapeze items on the top row, and the cocoon on the bottom. These shapes are so flattering and wearable, I really urge everyone to have a go! I'd recommend buy subtle pieces as an investment, as these shapes are classics that will just keep appearing time and time again.

What are your favourite trends for this season? Have you snapped up any pieces yet?
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Friday, 15 February 2013

SS '13 Fashion Trends in 13 - #2

This is the second installment of my Spring Summer 2013 fashion trends summary series. I've narrowed down the mountains of trends and micro-trends to 13 key looks (for 2013 ;) ), with this post dealing with #5 to #8.

Bold

spring summer womenswear fashion trends


A lovely contrast to candy, bold colors have played heavily in a lot of campaigns perfect for showing off a tan. I personally love this look because it is so versatile and everyone can have a go. Go full on head-to-toe, choose one piece, just accessories, or even simply adding a pop of color to your makeup and nails. This will fit in with anyone's personal style.

Sports Luxe

spring summer womenswear fashion trends


Finger's crossed you invested in the sport's luxe trend last year, because, like most trends, this is returning. Think loose-fitting pants with elasticated cuffs paired with heels, and body-con with a bomber jacket over and high-tops and you'll be following the right lines. Racer back items are particularly good at nodding subtly at the trend. Accessories wise, mesh detailing and contrasting piping are key. I recommend looking to brands like Nike for luxe basics, especially in their lounge range and designer collaborations, and New Look has some amazing heeled high tops.

Dungarees & Pinafores

spring summer womenswear fashion trends


If you've followed me for a while you will know I have a complete girl crush on Alexa Chung and her sense of style. Therefore, I jumped for joy when I found out dungarees and pinafores were actually 'cool' to be seen in. I know a lot of people aren't too keen, but I really think this is down to how you style them. Clever combinations of accessories and being smart when it comes to the style of pinafore/dungarees you choose will make the biggest difference.

Grunge

spring summer womenswear fashion trends


Lastly, the grunge look is back with a vengeance. Be prepared to embrace it, especially at festivals, with oversized band tee's and beanies hats. I'd look at Red Rocks (ASOS marketplace), for amazing unique denim pieces.
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Monday, 11 February 2013

e.l.f. Studio Mascara & Shadow Shield

e.l.f studio Mascara & Shadow Shield Review
e.l.f studio Mascara & Shadow Shield Review
I'm no Tanya Burr when it comes to eye make-up. Don't get me wrong, I can do it nicely, and I've finally perfected the smokey eye, but I'm no MUA. If I'm in a rush, which I usually am, I can guarantee my mascara will smudge or my eyeshadow will decide to fall down onto my under-eye concealer and refuse to budge no matter how much I swish my fan brush. To solve my devastating issue e.l.f. have obliged with this little beauty.

The amazing thing about this tool is that it can be used over the eye, and under eye so it is like a makeup guardian angel to stop any mishaps. It also works on both eyes because it's reversible, making application fool proof. When I ordered this I was a bit dubious about the quality of the actual shield, but its actually a kind of rubber material and seems really durable (and easy to clean!).

I love any tool that helps me make my make-up look better, so I love this! I would really recommend it if you're like me and just completely mistake prone.

Have you tried this e.l.f. offering or have any other tools to make life easier?

xoxo
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Friday, 8 February 2013

SS '13 Fashion Trends in 13 - #1

Last season I did a series of post's dedicated to the key womenswear fashion trends and they proved to be pretty popular. This time, because there seem to be so many micro-trends, I thought I'd pick the 13 that I think are going to be everywhere because it's 2013, a lot of thought went into that. The trends are in no particular order of preference, it's just easier to digest than one humongous post.

Shimmer & Holographic


Spring summer womenswear trends


First up is the holographic, shimmer trend. Think back to the future, sci-fi chic.  ASOS have some fab pieces, including some amazing leggings. I really like the accessories and bags too to add a subtle hint at this trend. Holographic and glitter nail varnish and makeup are another way to get in on the trend without being full on.

Monochrome

Spring summer womenswear trends


Second is monochrome. Everyone can easily do this, and its probably no surprise its playing a big part in fashion, as this one is always popping up. I suggest playing Cruella De Vil, but use a bright pink or coral instead of red to make it more SS appropriate.

Tuxedo

Spring summer womenswear trends


Next is the tuxedo. So many designers sent models tailored up, its set to be copied majorly on the high street. Opt for pastel shades or a shorts combo to keep in with the season and your bang on trend.

Grids

Spring summer womenswear trends


Last for this post is grids. The whole 60's and 70's make an appearance with super short skirts, so make sure your square. Topshop and Forever 21 are full of the print, so have a look to see if anything catches your eye. If you're not keen on full on square, why not try some nail art?

There are two more posts on the SS 13 trends so make sure you check them out.

xoxo
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Monday, 4 February 2013

Melt Scented Candles






When I got asked if I wanted to test out a scented candle I jumped at the chance. I love scented products and I'm actually quite surprised I haven't ventured more into the scented candle world. Well, this is going to change after experiencing the hand-poured offerings from Melt Candles. Written apologies to my bank are now being accepted.

I received the Verbena & Clary Sage Scented Candle(*) and fragrance of this  is quite possibly one of my favorite. Ever. I couldn't put my finger on why I loved it so much until I read the description Melt gave. "It smells like the most gorgeous chap (or at least one who wears the most exquisite fragrance)". And there is the explanation. It smells how I imagine  Ryan Gosling would smell, any clarification would be most welcome. With 70+ hours of burning, this is the best next thing to a full on love affair. Pretend joking apart I really think this would appeal to both ladies and gents. Its not too feminine to put guy's off, but still has the relaxingly yummy quality girls look for. The perfect compromise in my opinion, and ideal if your after a house warming or wedding present, or even an indulgent treat for yourself. Packaging wise, it is so elegant. The circular box feels so luxurious, its hard not to be excited and anticipate great things from Melt. I adore the glass design too, simple, subtle and sophisticated, fitting in to any home decor, but adding a more sumptuous feeling at the same time.

With the added bonus of being made in England, scented candles by Melt make the perfect gift. Ideal for valentine's day, which is only 10 days away! If you want to get you Melt fix, have a look at their website themeltco.com

xoxo
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