Friday, 30 September 2016
It would seem that autumnal weather is now well and truly upon us - my wardrobe is starting to transition from floaty dresses and denim minis to turtlenecks and chunky sweaters. Nonetheless, I thought I would still squeeze in one last Summer inspired outfit before my outfit posts consist exclusively of A/W weather appropriate pieces.
So let's chat about a trend that has been dominating fashion for a couple of seasons now: 'luxe lingerie'. We're talking floaty, sensuous slip dresses, barely there lace camis, satin pyjama tops and even slippery silk robes. .
Now the concept of underwear as outerwear is nothing particularly new. After all, Queen Madge has been provocatively parading around in a cone bra over her clothes for years now, and we might also recall 1930s hollywood glamour; silver screen sirens adorned in silk perfectly skimming over the form, or even more recently, 90's glam grunge - hello, major Kate Moss vibes! But, the trend has been revived in a big way of late, as every major designer has flirted with the richest of fabrics in their collections.
Now I must confess, initially I found it difficult to embrace for the mere fact that, well, it is all too easy to feel as though you've left your house in your underwear. The trend seemed not too dissimilar from the classic nightmare of turning up to school or work in one's pyjamas, and thus, the thought of walking down the street in garments that carried a pervading sense of undress led me to feel that at best, I may be perceived as a rather forgetful or slightly quirky individual who casually popped out in my nighty. Or, at worst, one dressed a bit too raunchy for the day; as such I would inevitably fall prey to the unwanted ogling and hollers of 'alright, darling?' from all the builders and men in vans I would happen to pass by (ok ok, a generalisation, perhaps, but let's face it, we've all been there).
Now let us consider the slip dress. Unashamedly feminine and super comfortable, this was a piece I was immediately drawn to. I admired the countless fashion girls on the 'gram working the slip, who looked so effortlessly cool, as opposed to overly sexual and seductive. Yet when I tried the same, I felt out of my realms of comfort - essentially, I felt underdressed.
So, how do we tone down the perceived sexiness of the slip? Well, the answer is in your ever trusty basic white tee. A staple in every wardrobe, throw this on underneath and the t-shirt balances out the more risqué nature of the lace slip, making it far more daytime apropos.
Pair with mules, or perhaps some converse and a choker for 90s glam grunge (because when is it not a good time to channel Kate Moss?!) I decided to pair this outfit with my lace up kitten heels from topshop (the heels of which have now completely worn down.. le cry!), to play up the femininity of the outfit.
Summer is well and truly over for me now, not only due to the colder temperatures, but also as my holidays have come to an end given that I go back to uni this weekend. Nevertheless, I doubt I'll be saying goodbye to my new friend just yet. Autumn is all about nailing the art of layering, and this season I fully intend to embrace this with this slip. I'm talking turtlenecks, oversized sweaters, ankle boots - let me know if you want to see me style the slip for Autumn!
Have you been embracing 'luxe lingerie', as we've been seeing everywhere? What do you think of the slip dress trend and how have you been making it more daytime appropriate? Let me know in the comments down below!
Also, I thought I'd mention that if you want to, you can follow me on bloglovin' here to keep updated on all my latest posts I also post regularly on Instagram, where you can keep up with my everyday outfits. There'll be new content up on Sunday - I hope to see you back here for it!
Until next time,
Bag: Primark (Yep, still that £1.99 bag I always use lol! Similar Here)
Shop the Post and other slips I love below:
Monday, 26 September 2016
So I have finally gotten around to writing a (very) in depth post all about my true loves and first born twins, that is, my Chanel Slingbacks. I say 'first born' as these mark my first ever delve into the wonderful world of luxury shoes...
If you've read my blog before, you'll know that I have rather an expensive taste, one hardly feasible for a 20 year old uni student. Given this, my dream luxury shoe closet, sky high with louboutin pigalles, saint laurent pumps and gucci loafers in every garish print has always had to remain just that, a dream, one in which I indulge far too often, and sincerely hope can one day become a reality.
Having said all this, when I saw these chanel slingbacks debut on the A/W 15 runway I knew I had to find some way of owning them, for they had captured my heart.
The beautiful contrasting beige and black leather, the oh-so-elegant yet practical mid-heel, and of course, the little silver double C logo that, obviously, makes them worth that triple figure price tag. I knew straight away that these were going to be a hit.
And alas, here we are a year later, and who hasn't noticed their presence? We've seen them on every top blogger; they've been awash over social media - pinterest, instagram, you name it; and we've seen countless highstreet dupes. I contemplated nabbing a dupe, just in case these remained a passing phase, but somehow, they just didn't cut it for me. I wasn't prepared to settle for anything less than the real thing.
I ended up having a little chat with my Dad about them, him being the only one to understand my love of luxury given his own penchant for expensive things, and him being the darling that he is, suggested that since I'd had a tough year, we'd split the cost and I could get them as my birthday gift which was the following month. Needless to say I was giddy with excitement, that I would get my hands on this much coveted shoe. The only problem? They were nigh impossible to get ahold of.
I suppose part of the allure was this very fact. The slingbacks were ever elusive; never on display in chanel boutique displays in the classic colour scheme; my questions of stock availability were constantly being shot down with 'Sorry Madam, these are completely sold out' or 'I apologise madam, we do not have beige, but we have grey tweed?'. There was even talk of lengthy waiting lists, that I can only imagine were filled with fashion savvy women desperate to get ahold of the shoes of the moment. They were like gold dust.
Then, one morning in May, I was planning to go home for the weekend from uni, and with little expectation, phoned the bond street boutique to ask whether the slingbacks were in stock. To my delight, I was told, 'Madam, we have 1 pair left in your size'. I could not believe it! They had them in stock, at the very time I was planning to pass through london! It seemed like fate. Don't argue with me on this one, if this was not fate, then I don't know what is. (lol)
I was able to persuade the lovely SA to put them on hold for me until the next day, allowing me to travel down to London to purchase.
Now I must confess, I was a little nervous to travel down to Bond Street and make the purchase. I am far from rich, and am well aware of the talk of snootiness from the SAs. People often say that you should dress a certain way to command respect in the stores, that one should not look too scruffy, one should carry a luxury bag, blah blah blah, but I for one turned up in a pair of very old and scruffy looking vans, a huge denim backpack (since I was travelling home for the weekend), and a very old pair of black jeans with a small hole and a weird mystery stain (not as gross as it sounds lol!) and had a wonderful experience! Everyone was extremely welcoming, greeting me and smiling, I felt quite the strong, independent rich lady! (lol!)
Needless to say, as soon as I tried them on, it could only be described as love at first sight. I was sold. Sold to the girl in the hole-y jeans and dirty old vans!
Now we have my story time over, let me tell you all the important info you need!
Comfort: Definitely a comfortable shoe. They took me a couple of wears to wear them in, but now they've stretched a little they are super comfortable. They're a sensible heel height so they are easy to wear if you're doing a bit of walking.
Price and Availability: £510 in May 2016 from The New Bond Street Flagship Store, London. Yep, ouch. Wincing as I write this, I kid you not. Wincing even more at the fact that there was a price increase (from £430) literally a month before I purchased these. But c'est la vie, I guess!
Chanel do not sell online, these are only available in store, and as we know, they are a bugger to track down. My advice: frequently call your local boutiques, or even better, go to a local boutique and befriend an SA who can call you when they have the shoes in stock.
They now have a variety of different seasonal colour options; black on black, grey tweed and black, burgundy and black, so if you are after something a little more unusual, you're bound to find something!
Value for money: In my opinion, these are a very pricey shoe, but, in terms of Chanel, they are probably more of an average in their price range. If you are considering this shoe, I would also say it's never worth waiting to buy, as chanel frequently raises its prices.
If, like me, you are a die-hard Chanel or Karl fan, then you really can't go wrong - these are a must have in any collection.
Quality: Beautifully crafted. And I should think so too for the price! But really, the leather is beautifully soft, the double C is dainty and elegant, and they look beautiful on the foot, you couldn't ask for much more, really.
Sizing: Size 39 - I usually wear a 39 or 40. I tried the 40 and it was absolutely huge. I would say if you have a wide foot, perhaps size up as these are pretty narrow in the toe box area. If you have a narrow foot like me, then either take your usual size, or size down. I was also assured by the SAs that these will stretch with wear (i have already found this after a couple of wears), so maybe factor this into your decision, as you do not want the slingback to constantly slide down your foot. Also the fact that they are an open back shoe means you have a little more leeway.
How I Style: the Slingbacks are a little notorious for their 'old lady' quality, and are perhaps the leading light of the revival of the 'grandma shoe', but that is a feature I personally love. Despite this, I find them incredibly versatile. My favourite way to style them is with an oversized white boyfriend shirt and straight leg jeans to create a youthful, nonchalant, parisian look, and feel all 'fashhhun' (lol).
Equally, style them with floaty summer dresses for the last of heat, or with pant suits for smart, yet comfy office outfits. Chanel herself referred to the original two-tone shoes as "the height of elegance", and they are that indeed, you'll have endless options with these beauties!
Why I Love Them: Simply because they are classic. Chanel pieces are so often stooped in brand heritage, and these are no exception. Coco Chanel famously introduced the original two-tone shoes in 1957. If you're partial to a little fun fact - Did you know that the beige was designed to lengthen the leg and the black toe cap to shorten the foot? As always, Lagerfeld did not disappoint by creating something very true to the original with his reincarnation. They are just so very Chanel. I knew, for my first pair of designer shoes, I wanted something special, and boy, did Karl create something special indeed.
You may wonder whether these are just the stuff of fast fashion, but time has proved them a good investment, we have seen them season after season - I know these will always be a staple in my collection. Ladies, the slingbacks are here to stay.
So I thus conclude my full review! I know it was lengthy (ok, very lengthy) but I know that as someone who really likes to have all the information when making an investment purchase, I would have appreciated a comprehensive review like this when I was looking to purchase. So, I hope you enjoyed this post! Do you like the chanel slingbacks? Would you invest? Or have you found an excellent dupe somewhere? (I've left some of my favourite dupes below!) Leave me your comments.
I plan to make these luxury reveals (particularly of shoes) a fairly regular thing (maybe every couple of months), so if you like that kind of thing, stay tuned!
Here's to the beginning of a very real yet rather unhealthy designer shoe addiction...
Until Next Time,
Until Next Time,
Choies (My Favourite Dupe!)
Zara (Pump Version)
Office (A suedette version)
Topshop (Love love love these!)
New Look (On Sale!)
Wednesday, 21 September 2016
Ok. So I have a confession to make. Brace yourselves it ain't pretty.
I'm a closet daily mail reader.
There, I said it. Now feel free to gasp in horror, unsubscribe from all my social media and never have anything to do with me ever again. Ok so I hope you don't but I won't underplay the severity of this nonetheless. Might I add that I don't read the current affairs section, but only the celebrity gossip pages? Although I honestly don't know whether this makes things better or worse.
The daily mail - notable for its awful politics, awful commenters, and awful reporting. And yet I still find myself reading it every day. Partly precisely because it is awful and allows me to have a little giggle at the awfulness of the comments and journalism, but, also mostly because I'm a nosey so and so who has nothing better to do then read about the most mundane aspects of celeb lives. Yep, I'll be reading that article about Kendall Jenner buying a green juice on the way back from a gym in Calabasas, LA. What can I say? At least I'll be well versed for the popular culture section of your next pub pop quiz....
Anyway, I tell you this as my reading of the DM lies behind the name of today's blog post.
Any other folk who have a secret daily mail guilty pleasure will know that there are certain phrases of notoriety: "ample cleavage", "flashed her toned abs", "dares to bare" and "a leggy display" to name a few. Exhibit A: 'Rita Ora puts on a leggy display in a tiny printed jumper dress'; that is a legit daily mail headline, I kid you not.
Which brings me (finally) on to today's outfit. Here is me putting on what some might call a 'leggy display' of my own in this 'thigh skimming' denim mini. (oh lord, I could literally be writing for the DM!) The denim mini is guaranteed to have you 'flashing some flesh'. (ok, ok I really must stop)
They've been everywhere this summer, particularly with frayed hems, but I have found it tricky to find the right one. Being 5'9.5, and with most of my height being in my legs, it is often difficult to find a skirt that does not look like a pelmet. I distinctly remember an old supply teacher at my secondary school chastising a couple of girls who had rolled up their skirts to dangerously short lengths and using that word, and it has always stuck with me! Anyway, I finally got one from New Look (and on sale, too!). To be honest it's still very short, but not quite as bum skimming as others I have tried, so I can walk around without worrying that I am showing more than I bargained for.
With this outfit, I thought it right to make the most of the little sun we have left. Autumn weather has begun to encroach upon us with the grey skies and rainy afternoons, but we're still getting that odd day of sunshine when we can whip out those summer clothes. I'd encourage all you ladies to do the same - don't put your minis away just yet, get your pins out before we commit to 50 denier tights and neglecting to perform our leg shaving duties quite so attentively for the next six months....
Have you been a fan of the denim mini this summer? And more importantly, are you a closet daily mail reader, too? (I can't be the only one!) Leave me your thoughts in the comments!
Bag: Primark (Similar Here)
Until next time,
Friday, 16 September 2016
For as the title suggests, this is a fragrance perfect 'for the little madam'. Don't worry that's about as far as my french goes, too! Kind of depressing when I think I actually got an A in GCSE French, but anyway, I digress (yet again).
What I really wanted to chat about, folks, was my perfume of the moment, Chanel Coco Mademoiselle. Ah, guys. I've had this fragrance since Christmas, and this love affair is nowhere near ending.
You guys should know by now that I have a long standing penchant for all things Chanel. I have no idea what prompted this but I suppose I have always associated the brand with my mother. My Mum has been a loyal Chanel perfume wearer for years and years. Chanel Allure Sensuelle has long been her signature scent and I have distinct memories of her opening up a little festive red box with a bottle of Chanel inside from my Dad each christmas. So, when I thought it time to delve into the world of luxury perfumery myself, naturally Chanel was the obvious choice.
So here's the description Chanel gives of the scent on the website:
'COCO MADEMOISELLE draws its inspiration from the fascinating personality of Gabrielle Chanel. The fragrance is the olfactory reflection of an independent thinker who breaks the rules to create her own. The portrait of a woman ready to daringly write her own destiny.'
Ah, all the life #goals, then!
Scent Notes: Now, Chanel describes this fragrance as:
"An oriental fragrance with a strong personality, yet surprisingly fresh. Sparks of fresh and vibrant orange immediately awaken the senses. A clear and sensual heart reveals the transparent accords of Jasmine and Rose. The trail unfurls the pure accents of Patchouli and Vetiver that emphasise the slender structure of the composition."
What I love about this scent is how fresh and feminine it is - these are elements I'm always drawn to in fragrances. If you're similar, this one is definitely for you!
Price: £49 for 35ml, £68 for 50ml, £96 for 100ml - definitely a pricey perfume, but if you are looking to treat yourself, or even dip your toe into the luxury goods market pool, then cosmetics, perfumes or small leather goods are always a good way to go.
(If you are after a much more budget perfume option then fear not, I have a £3.99 scent that I love and will be doing a post on very soon!)
My Thoughts: This perfume is perfect if you're into your feminine fragrances. In my mind, the woman who wears this is a young, independent and carefree fashionista with just a hint of immaturity...
Also, can we take just a moment for the packaging? It's everything Chanel does so well is it not? Classic, iconic, beautiful.
Also, can we take just a moment for the packaging? It's everything Chanel does so well is it not? Classic, iconic, beautiful.
So I think it is pretty clear that I love this perfume! Though, my ever fickle heart is still eager to try another Chanel fragrance once I've used this all up. I'm drawn to Coco, Coco Noir, and of course, the mother of all perfumes, the icon that is No. 5.
Have any of you tried Coco Mademoiselle? Do any of you use Chanel fragrances? What is your favourite? Let me know in the comments below so we can have a good old beauty chat!
You can purchase the fragrance here.
Until next time,
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
It seems we are now well into September, and that means we're also well on the way to Autumn. Here in the UK temperatures actually worthy of being called 'summer weather' unsurprisingly lasted a measly couple of weeks, but I for one can't bring myself to be too disappointed by it, seeing as Autumn is my favourite season of the year, and September my favourite month.
September marks the beginnings of the obvious; the start of autumn, of the falling of leaves, and golden colours filling the trees..... (my, I rather fancy myself a poet! Lol!)
I don't know why, but I always associate the month of September with new beginnings, and it seems many others do to. Perhaps this is rooted in the years and years we spend at school, during which September marks the start of the new school year, a next chapter and time to set an array of new targets for the coming academic year.
I know many people hate their school years, but I rather enjoyed school. I remember always waking up a little earlier than usual on one of those early September days; the first day of school, with a sense of excitement and renewed enthusiasm for the coming year; a feeling that I could excel and a conviction that I would try my very best to do so. (Yes I was a nerd as you could probably guess lol!)
And I suppose that this mentality has stuck with me. Every year we get to Septemeber, and I feel a sense of renewal, as though I may turn a new leaf, set myself new goals and challenges and embrace the new changes and opportunities that such precipitates.
One place I have been manifesting this feeling of change is on this blog!
If you've visited my blog before you may have noticed it's undergone a little makeover! How do you like it? Given my renewed sense of enthusiasm I have so much content to share with you this month, so stay tuned!
Speaking of new opportunities, September also marks my first time working with a brand. Hawes & Curtis approached me a couple of months ago offering to kindly gift me one of their pieces and of course, I was utterly flattered, especially to be approached by such a well established, quality brand! I'm sure most of you know that the brand specialises in tailoring, (and have done for over a century!) and they currently stock a great collection of women's shirts.
Which brings me to this outfit. If you think shirts are merely boring workwear, then think again - this season its kinda been all about the shirt, and just how inventive you can be with it. We've seen the fashion pack style the simple shirt in all kinds of ways; I'm talking back to front, bardot style, tied around one shoulder, the works.
I haven't been quite so experimental just yet, though as a devoted white shirt wearer, I fancied a bit of a change. When Hawes & Curtis gave me an opportunity to choose one of their shirts, I therefore opted for this blue number and white number in my favourite style, the oversized boyfriend fit. I love this fit as its incredibly versatile; this particular shirt is very long so you have the option of wearing it as a shirt dress or as I have, tucked into some denim. Adding shirts of different colours or patterns will add variety to your wardrobe, but the change subtle enough for easy styling.
I've paired it with my straight leg jeans and my fave shoes, my slingbacks. If you follow me on instagram, which you can here (shameless self promo, I know!) then you'll know that I got these beauties for my birthday in June and have been in love with them ever since. My next post will be a review of them, so stay tuned for that!
This is such a perfect 'i want to be comfy but also look like I've made an effort' look - the jeans keep it casual, the shoes keep it trendy yet classic, and the shirt adds an element of smartness.
Are oversized shirts a staple in your wardrobe? Leave me your thoughts on this outfit in the comments below!
Until next time,
Sunglasses: Ray Ban via Sunglasses Shop
Please note that whilst I was sent this shirt to style, this post is not sponsored and all thoughts/opinions are my own.
*P.S. I can't actually believe I'm typing this, but from now on I thought it right to add a 'disclaimer' to my blog, so you might gage my approach to working with brands. You can read it here! My, do I feel professional... who'd have thought I'd be here having to write a fancy disclaimer, eh?