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Hoopla!

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2011 at 1:38 am

Everybody has that one materialistic item, which they shamlessly can’t live without.  You know that one thing, which makes you feel complete and if you forget it, you feel like you have a limb missing. As dramatic as it sounds, we are all familiar with what I am talking about…the accessory, the piece of clothing, the hairstyle, the favourite scent, or even a range of all of these things that instantly allow you to turn your very own swag on.  The thing I can rarely be without these days, is a pair of statement hoop earrings. I have formed an exciting obsession with them and can’t seem to allow myself to leave the house without my hooped treasures, whether it be a daytime, or evening occassion. It is getting to the point where I almost feel guilty if I leave my hoops behind, when off for a night out, as if in the back of my mind I feel like I am missing out on a much better time, if I were to be donning my swingy, circular beauties. This is however, a very harmless obsession that is a totally fun one to acquire, due to the extensive array of fabulous hoops, available to indulge in right now, as I have discovered and my collection is steadily growing…

The hoop should be worn with just the right amount of attitude and confidence, but also class and dignity, in order to avoid exercising a bad, Esmeralda impression. Thus, try not to have any other overly-loud pieces, within your ensemble, when wearing big earrings. Hoop earrings open up a huge window of potential, for experimenting with elegant up- do’s, nevertheless if you prefer to keep some of your tresses down, to swing around on the dancefloor, opt for my personal favourite, the lady-like half-up, half-down boufant, which showcases your decorative ear wear beautifully, in a discreet fashion.

Hoops instantly make you feel glamorous and sexy, yet feminine and sophisticated, all at the same time. For those ladies out there just like me, whom of which constantly suffer from post-holiday blues, I kid you not, hoops will bring an exotic sunshine feel to your outfit and mood, allowing you to resemble that post- basking glow that you experience on balmy, party nights on the beach. Hoops boost your radiance better than any other accessory, when acompanied with a little bronzer dusted along the cheekbones, for a really healthy complexion, achieved in seconds.

My most famous pair of hoops, so far that I am rarely caught without of a party, night time, would be my skinny, twisted, gold-coloured hoops from Topshop (also available in Miss Selfridge). These beauts are rather large, measuring at an impressive three and half inches in diameter, meaning they are a slightly daring wear, but provide a totally exhilirating experience, attracting all of the right attention.  Remember, the only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about and believe me, these earrings are a great icebreaker!  Two new pairs of hoops that I recently picked up on Oxford Street, at hyped about store Forever 21, are wonderful additions to my jewellery box. One pair being a much less offensive size than my regulars, in a shiny silver colour, with slight angular edges and the second pair are thick, in a light gold shade, with pretty flower prints embossed on the metal.  The silver pair are perfect for adding a bit of interest and senorita-chic (think Jennifer Lopez!) to day time attire, as I have already discovered, however the Amy Winehouse-esque (in loving memory) chunky, patterned pair are still awaiting their debut and I am looking forward to it. I recently encouraged a good friend of mine to join me in wearing some wow-factor hoops, for a night on the tiles and it took this one-evening trial to well and truly win her over.

I took a few photographs to illustrate the images I am describing, but seriously, I advise you to go wild and sample some seductive hoops. Trust me you will never look back, or at the very least, you will have a hard time trying to…

Topshop/Miss Selfridge…

Forever 21…

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We love you London, we do…

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I have spent all day being angry and upset about the rioting taking place, in our beautiful capital city. I am now sat up late this evening, watching the news coverage on the mindless acts, as well as the political debates surrounding them and all I want to do is ask the rioters how this is proving anything?, or getting you anywhere in projecting your supposed views?  This is a sad time for London, as well as other UK cities being targeted. I would like to send out my condolences and wishes to all affected and take my hat off to the British police and fire services, involved in the clamp-down on this awful and ridiculous situation.  I am, as is the rest of the nation, heartbroken by this attrocity taking place in Britain. Caggie Dunlop, of my favourite reality tv flick of the moment Made in Chelsea, tweeted recently about the riots, with Starship song We Built This City attached… genius! London was built on rock and roll and it will make it through this. LOVE YOU LONDON.

V is for Victory…

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

This autumn men’s fashion is taking an unexpected, yet inspiring turn with 1940’s-1950’s influences returning to the catwalk and  filtering steadily onto the high street. Topman announced at the beginning of this month that they would be embracing the return of  frivilous fashion, from the post-war era and of course others will be following suit, as I can already confirm is well underway.

Despite the fact that history appears to be repeating itself here, this is 1940’s  haute couture in a whole new light, with an increased cheeky element that is simply adorable.The concept of approaching this trend is one that many may find a little daunting, what with the bold statements involved, however in my eyes this is definitely a great opportunity to create a uniquely distinguished look. 

Features of the look include tartan plaid, cartoon tees and structured jackets, not forgetting the patterned polos and knitwear that blow the christmas jumpers that your grandmother makes you, totally out of the water. Ensembles comprimising such pieces are easily made current and understated, with a few tiny tweaks. This can be achieved by wearing neutral coloured trousers, to play down brave pieces and prevent outfits from feeling too daring.  For a fun touch one can add a quirky, swing-style accessory, such as a classic dicky bow, or dapper bowler hat, creating a mischevious and retro image that I love. My favourite of the 1940’s post-war trends, hitting the highstreet right now has to be the chunky knit, which looks simply gorgeous on both burly men and pretty boys too. So come on then gents, give it a go…

 Topman…

Zara…

Touch down…

In Uncategorized on August 3, 2011 at 11:47 pm

Yesterday, in true geek-chic fashion, I was in my element sampling the brand new HP TouchPad.  This handsome new piece of technology first blows me away with its appearance, in a stunning all-over black gloss. The panoramic screen runs seamlessly into the frame, resembling an infinity pool, as it boasts that same look of affluence and the impressive flowing edges. Although I am at first scared to touch this beaut of a specimen, due to  its gleaming exterior, the HP tablet is deceivingly sturdy for such a good-looking, sleek model.

The HP TouchPad, provides an unbeatably convenient computing experience, enabling you to integrate all email, browsing and social networking facilities. Also, the TouchPad can utilise the internet connection from smartphones, or standard Wi-Fi  to hook-up to the worldwide web and as if that isn’t enough to wow us, there is the brightness feature that automatically adjusts, according to the natural light available at the time  …  What more could one ask for?

The best feature of the HP TouchPad in my eyes, which sets it apart from the Apple iPad, is the unique operating system, whereby one can have multiple applications running at the same time, all of which are smartly organised like a virtual stack of cards, so when switching between different windows, you can simply flick the current one to the side to find the next one required. Furthermore, to completely close down an application, you simply flick the said card towards the top of the screen and hey presto it’s out of your way. The touch screen has just the right amount of sensitivity, meaning that brushing icons accidentally is rarely a problem, as you have to apply a little pressure to actually activate an app. In addition, this cool new piece further helps to prevent multi-tasking from being such a chore, as it organises all notifications in a tidy little row located in the right hand corner, which can be popped-up neatly as and when you require a glance, without any need to exit your current activity, or open a whole new screen…perfect for the busy blogger some may say. 

The HP TouchPad is available from £399 (16GB) and there is an extensive collection of up to 4000 applications to download for the unique tablet so far, including many all time favourites, such as Angry Birds and more. Similar to when I see a dapper gentleman dressed up in a good suit, this sexy, new technological piece will do it for you everytime…

 

New contender…

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2011 at 10:23 am

This September we are expecting the launch of a new online fashion publication  Threadbare Magazine, which is already being twittered about excitedly and rightly so. Born from graduates of London college of Fashion, this publication aims to be set aside from the rest with an engaging, informative, diverse and intelligent approach to the latest fashion news. At this moment in time with so many successful fashion publications, of both the on and offline variety already established on this generation’s news stand, they are being brave to expect they can stand out from the crowd, but this is totally admirable and I will be looking forward to seeing what they have got to offer. There is always room for another opinion and from what I hear Threadbare promises to be a fresh addition to the market… Watch this space…

Hella good, so let’s just keep on dancing…

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2011 at 9:50 am

No Doubt are due to make a comeback and in a big way… hurrahhhh!  The delectable group whom I have missed for a good ten years now, have come together again, with a new album due for completion over the next couple of months. Known best for their unique ska-pop sounds,  the new LP is said to sample some cool reggae influences freshening up the bands material for this exciting reunion… One can hardly contain oneself… keep your eyes and ears peeled, I think we’re in for a treat. Stefani said in Rolling Stone that she wishes for the new record to be addictive…we’re ready…

Crush of the month…

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Elle , one of my all time top publications, was particularly stunning this July, as not only did it have ultimate beaut Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as it’s cover girl, but the fashion shoots inside were utterly fabulous. My personal favourite was the work of photographer Lee Broomfield, who captured a totally gorgeous representation of this autumn’s splash of eccentricity, which we are eagerly awaiting.

There isn’t anything about this ensemble that I don’t love. The model’s hair is styled exactly like the dream bonnet in my little mind…very much enjoying the dark roots with caramel highlights and the long, lucious bed-head effect for that unbeatable, underdone touch. The sunglasses are wonderful and daring, proposing the excitement that autumn trends will hold. With these and the hypnotic floral print trousers, it gives us brilliant brainwaves for ideal transitional ensembles, to carry us smoothly from the end of the summer,  into autumn. The tan jacket and nail polish compliment the hair tones well and also help to move this look along into next season.  Tan is such a positive outfit component, when jazzed up in just the right way.  Cousins of the floral Cavalli pant shown above, are of course already filtering down into the highstreet full-throtle, often in legging form. Topshop as per usual hit the nail on the head and stock some amazing prints that could help you achieve this image, with it’s adorable sixties undertones. To experiment, try aztec print trousers, close relation of the tube bodycon dress, which I featured  in a slightly earlier post, or alternatively go for classic animal print… firm favourite of mine and always a winner, however don’t forget the plain block colour piece in the middle to break it all up and avoid overwhelming onlookers. Not forgetting also that  it will be well worth checking out charity and vintage shops, for crazy eyewear and fitted patterned pants. Let’s see what we can find…  Ahhh I’m in love!

The day the tiger came to tea…

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2011 at 12:02 pm

This is especially  for all you fellow Starbucks addicts out there like me, who have formed a rather unhealthy habit with the pricey yet constantly tempting coffee chain. One month this year, my bank statement read like an A to Z  directory of places to locate Starbucks in the south of England. No word of a lie, almost every other outgoing transaction was funding an expensive and totally unnecessary caffinated treat, not only destroying my wages, but also forming a tiny indulgent addiction, where I believed nothing but a commercial coffee would help me function.  Recently when I was interning at a PR office in London, a woman on the same desk as me swore by herbal tea  and I have been inspired ever since to find out what all the hype was about. Herbal tea is not a particularly new concept in the slightest, however I had always snubbed the idea of a hot herby drink, favouring the more sugary and deceivingly energy boosting (for one hour at the most) mocha frappacinos and syrup laden lattes . Having begun sampling herbal teas, I now realise they are one of the best tipples ever and revitalise you for a whole day. A box of twenty herbal tea bags costs the same amount as one coffee from Starbucks and each tasty flavour flaunts a health benefit, which in turn steadily improves well-being. Two of my favourite flavours so far are both from the Twinings collection, Pure Peppermint and Calm ( camomile, rooibos, lavender and cocoa beans).

The Pure Peppermint is refreshing and helps settle your digestive system, very important for people like myself, who are always on the go. I have often been known to have one before a night out, as grandma-esque as that might sound, but it really does banish the bloat in quick preparation for tight dresses and what not, an absolute life-saver that is very accessible and very cheap, but does a world of good. The Calm flavour is pretty self-explanatory and eliminates stress, even when you are feeling most under pressure. Lets face it, being rid of stress and anxiety is never a bad thing and the calming elements in this drink, such as camomile really put you at ease very rapidly,  helping you to face daily challenges with a lot more control. A stress free face is also a beautiful one.

These days not only am I saving a fair amount money wise, I am also feeling great. That is not to say that a Starbucks every now and then is totally out of the question, but now we just have a much more balanced and rewarding relationship!  So whose for tea?

Aztec strikes again…

In Uncategorized on August 1, 2011 at 11:04 am

I realise I am beginning to refer to aztec prints quite often now throughout my blog, however I do deem it to be one of the best and most understated trends of the moment. Aztec prints tend to give a laid back hippy vibe to an ensemble, whilst also being eye-catching and verging on the wild side, keeping the look fresh and unique for everybody.  Aztec can be used in a range of ways and instantly brightens up a mood. The latest print I have added to my wardrobe straight off of the highstreet, is this fabulous slinky number from Topshop. This dress is figure hugging in all the right places and boasts such a fun colour print that is also somewhat demure in its make up. The piece  is easily adaptable, depending on whether it is to be worn during the day, or for the evening. During the day I tone it down with sandals and maybe black leggings if I feel like covering up a tad, however in the evening this beaut goes perfectly with a pair of neutral wedges and glamourous bed hair.  Love, love, love it. This is going to be one of those things I will be tempted to wear twenty four seven…