Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Here comes the high street bride

A while back I blogged about the impending Richard Nicoll bridal collection for Topshop. As you can see, here, I wasn't too convinced by the idea. Much as I love Nicoll's designs, and much as I love Topshop, who doesn't?? I just wasn't convinced that the collection would be aisle worthy. Well today the first images of the collection were released.

The collection consists of 7 dresses, all priced between £75 and £350. He's named the collection Tie The Knot (cute!) and the dresses are really beautiful. However as someone who dreamed of, and had the perfect fairytale wedding (don't worry, no Katie Price style carriages were harmed in the making of my wedding!) I can't help feeling they're just not special enough. They'd make really lovely bridesmaid dresses, or even wedding guest outfits, but I just don't know that they stand the test of time as the most important dress of your life. Here's every dress in the collection...








What do you think? Would you wear any of the dresses for your big day?

Saturday, 26 May 2012

Next Paralympics scarf

It is my opinion that when it comes to matters of fashion Kate Middleton can do no wrong. So when the lovely people at Next sent me their official paralympic games scarf I was over the moon.

K-Mid wore the scarf a few weeks ago when she played hockey with team gb.

Image from the Telegraph

The scarf comes in 2 sizes, 50cm x 50cm for £5 or 90cm x 90cm for £10. And all profits from sales of the scarves go to the British Olympic Association, which means you can channel the look of everyone's favourite duchess and do a bit of good all at the same time...perfect!

As if that wasn't enough, Next are also running a competition in relation to the scarves. They want to know how you are wearing yours. Enter their Wear It. Wave It. Win With It. competition and you can win prizes in their weekly give-aways, including tickets to the Olympic games!

It's a little hot to think about wearing the scarf as a scarf this week, so I've been trying mine out as a hairband, I've got the large size so it makes a fab bow!

Once the weather cools again (we all know it's never gonna last!) I'll be channelling Kate and wearing it in true princess style, possibly with this fabulous striped blazer from Next.

Blazer £45 Next
How will you wear yours? Buy the scarf here

Thursday, 24 May 2012

Shoeaholic? Me? Never!

A website called Shoeaholics….hello was this made for me?! Kurt Geiger have launched an outlet site, featuring all of their fabulous brands; KG, Carvela, French Connection, Acne, Converse to name but a few, all at massively reduced prices.

Shoes up to 75% off….I don't think I need to say any more!

Here's a few of my favourites. I think I'll need to hide my credit card...

KG Was £130 Now £49

KG Was £140 Now £49

Solea Was £200 Now £49

Kurt Geiger Was £195 Now £49

KG Was £100 Now £49

Happy shopping girls!

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Chloe Green at Topshop

Being heir to the Arcadia fortune must be a bit like being a princess. So Chloe Green is one lucky lucky girl. Daughter of the mega-minted Sir Philip Green, CEO of the Arcadia brand, Chloe was bound to become famous in her own right sooner or later. And who can blame her?? I can't honestly say that if my dad owned Topshop I wouldn't want in on a bit of the action. Can you?

After a stint on Made in Chelsea and plenty of trips down the red carpet scattered in amongst nights out with Rihanna and La Moss, the "it girl" (are we still using that term? It seems a bit Paris Hilton circa 2002) has certainly been making a name for herself. And it seems that’s not all she's been making as today her line of shoes, ingeniously named CJG Shoes, launches in Topshop.

With prices ranging from £115 to £175 the shoes certainly aren't the cheapest out there. Plus I don't see the name having nearly as much of a draw as the Kate Moss range had back in the day. Yes Miss Green has been on TV but she's certainly no mega star! And, dare I say it, after having a browse of the collection earlier today, I can't help feeling that they're a bit cheap looking…

Channeling her famous surname she's given them all a signature green sole. Not the most glamorous of colours, but I can see what she's trying to do. However the green sole combined with sky high platforms, sequins, studding, straps, zips and cheap looking colour options just really isn't doing it for me….bizarrely actually as that list contains some of my favourite things in the world!

Anyway, have a look for yourself, what do you think of the range? Will you be splashing out on a pair of Chloe's shoes?

Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Louboutin exhibition

I'm just back from a lovely weekend in London with my best friend. She lives there (the lucky thing!) so as this was my first trip since Christmas time the weekend was long overdue. One of the highlights of our adventure was a visit to the Christian Louboutin exhibition at the Design Museum. We'd booked the tickets ages ago and were really excited to go. And I think it's safe to say we were not disappointed!

Unfortunately you're not allowed to take any pics inside the exhibition so the only one I have is of this fab sign outside the museum. Trust me I could have got really snap happy in there, there were so many beautiful shoes to see.

With 20 years worth of shoes on display, from the totally lustworthy to the totally crazy there's lots to look at/drool over. There were shoes made from Guinness cans and a pair made from real fish! A stunning black patent pair with a Rolls Royce grill on the front particularly caught my eye.

A curtained off fetish area showcased some of his more "specialist" shoe styles. Definitely not made for standing in, never mind walking in, these daring designs aren't for the feint hearted!

A cinema room plays a loop of beautiful short films about Louboutin and some fun ones featuring the man himself. While in the main room there's a holographic video of the fabulous Dita Von Teese dancing, wearing a gorgeous pair of crystal embellished Loubies of course!!

All this and a breathtaking display of some of his most popular, most spectacular and most lustworthy shoes from the last 20 years means there really is lots to see. I'd definitely recommend a visit before the exhibition closes on the 9th of July.

Wednesday, 9 May 2012

Magnetic nails

I love a new nail trend, so was really keen to try out the magnetic nail polishes after Nails Inc launched theirs. The polishes work by having metallic particles in them. The lid contains a magnet and when it's held close to your still wet polish it moves these particles into the design hidden in the lid. The finish is really effective. 

I actually tried the Nails Inc one a few months ago, but having never tried any of the newer brands up until now I wasn't really sure whether or not they were any good. Also my Nails Inc magnetic nails were actually done in the store in Frasers, hence the shiny, long lasting finish and much nicer shapes than my own, sat-in-the-pub-on-a-Sunday-night manicure!

Nails Inc

I love the green colour of the Nails Inc shade and think the magnetic design looks really effective. My nails didn't chip for about a week too, although that could have been helped by the fact it was done by a professional! I can't see the same green colour on the Nails Inc site now, so I don't know if it was a limited edition or if it's just sold out. Their magnetic polishes are £13 and they have 8 shades including some newer styles with a fishnet magnetic design. 

Barry M

The Barry M shade isn't as shiny and jewel-like as the Nails Inc one and to be honest the picture doesn't really do the silver and black shade justice.As I mentioned, I did these nails sat in the pub on a Sunday night, so I really shouldn't have expected much from them, but the did start to chip after just a day. I'd really love to try some of the other colours that Barry M do in the magnetic polish though as I'm usually a big fan of their polishes. They do 4 colours in total and each comes with a different design of magnetic lid. Plus the Barry M one is only £4.99 so I think i'll definitely by trying a couple more...I've got my eye on the violet shade.

Have you tried any of the magnetic polishes? I know there's a few brands out there with them now. Which is your favourite?

Monday, 7 May 2012

Bank holiday shoe porn

Happy bank holiday Monday folks! It seems like the whole world is off today apart from me. I really should stay off Facebook and Twitter on days like today. It only depresses me hearing everyone talking about still being in bed at midday and all the fun/lazy things they're doing with their day off while I slave away at my desk.

So to cheer myself up, I've been having a lunchtime perv over these Balmain beauties on the Stylebop website. With a brass python detailed toe and heel trim plus a super high stiletto heel they're my new favourites...for today anyway. Just a shame they are a wee bit out of my budget at £1,054!! Swoon….

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Nails of the day - lather, rinse, repeat

I'm starting to worry a bit about my obsession for animal prints. Whether it's in my clothes, my accessories or my nails I can't seem to get enough of it. Last night I decided to give my nails a new twist with some bright  pink leopard print. Inspired by the lovely Gem Fatale this is actually the first time I've managed a successful leopard print, my other attempts usually end badly!

The neon pink nail polish is by Misa, I picked it up after a manicure in my local salon way back last year and, I'm not gonna lie, I think the main reason for the purchase was the amazing name "lather, rinse, repeat" I love it! I can't actually find anywhere to buy it online in the UK, but try your local salon or good old eBay of course! The leopard print was achieved with the Model's Own Wah Nails nail art pen

Now that I can finally do it, I think leopard print might be my new go-to nail art style!

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Outfit of the weekend

Not really an outfit of the day as technically I wore this on Saturday night, it's clearly just taken me this long to feel back to my non-tired self....I think I might be getting too old for this party lifestyle! Hubby and I threw a wee casino themed housewarming party for our friends on Saturday night. The dress code was "casino chic" surprisingly enough it was dreamt up by him and not me! I took full advantage of the theme though and dug out my favourite sequinned dress.

I actually bought the dress last year for my hen party from Mint Velvet. They've done a similar style this year, but I've got to admit I prefer last years... luckily enough seen as that's the one I own! I teamed the dress with some old favourite snake print platform heels from New Look and some new jewellery from M&Co.

I didn't actually win anything on the night, but when the gambling moved from the poker table to the Singstar I couldn't have cared less about the prize money!

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