Friday, 21 November 2014

Colour Combo: Blue and Burgundy

Caroline Issa - looking gorgeous, as always (image from Pinterest)
So this season (and the next, actually), is all about new colour combinations. And my current favourite? Burgundy and blue, it's a more unusual pairing which seems to just work. Tod's A/W collection was full of the 70s inspired hues (which will work well for S/S too) and Dries' psychadelic prints look fab on Mira Duma - but you can easily find some great pieces on the High Street, too.

Mira Duma in a Dries Van Noten coat


1. Wool coat, £89, Topshop

2. Velvet 'Cubana' boots, £269, Penelope Chilvers

3. Mini stripe cotton shirt, £29.95, Gap

4. Lace cropped shirt, £145, Whistles

5. Faux leather skirt, £38, Next

6. Ponyskin clutch, £30, Asos

7. Scarf, £19, Accessorize

8. Trainers, £65, New Balance at Asos

Image from Pinterest

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

How to wear your sparkly boots...

I have been asked by a few different people how to wear the Boden sparkly boots and in actual fact, I hadn't worn them yet! So thought it was about time I gave them a test run.

Coat: Asos. Jumper: And Other Stories. Skirt: Peter Pilotto for Target. Glitter boots: Boden
My advice? Wear them with skirts or cropped trousers to show a little bit of skin (or in my case, tights!) - it shows the boots off more. They'd look great with a midi skirt, too. 
I love the array of sparkly boots in the High Street shops at the moment - and there isn't really a better time of year to wear them (although I rarely need an excuse to wear sparkly things).

'Soho' boots, £96.75, Boden
'Magnum' boots, £82, Topshop
'Scamp' boots, £99, Kurt Geiger

Hope you get to enjoy yours as much as I have mine - just think how much use they'll get over the festive period....!

Monday, 17 November 2014

DIY: Flower Arranging

Amanda Austin Flowers, on King's Road, Chelsea
I arranged my own flowers for my wedding, and I enjoyed it, I like to think I have a natural eye. But it was also just putting a few sprigs into small vases...actual flower arranging is very different. And having the chance to play around with the most beautiful quality, and pretty much bottomless amount of flowers? Priceless. 

This weekend, I spent a wonderful Saturday at Amanda Austin Flowers with friends and bloggers (including Briony from A Girl, A Style and Monica from The Elgin Avenue) making the most beautiful arrangements. 

I went for the all white option with ranunculus, cabbage tulips, guelder roses and eucalyptus, and chose to arrange it wild and meadowy. I must admit, I went off-piste a little with my arrangement but luckily the 'wild' element meant it looked like a purposeful display.

Amanda, showing us how it's done
Adding the finishing touches to mine
The key is roughly to follow the formula of placing flowers (starting with your green elements) in all four corners and then the middle and following through with all your elements - but it is definitely worth learning yourself - or as a great hen do idea!
With my finished arrangement - I couldn't believe I'd made it myself...!

Useful facts I also learnt on the day:
  • Waitrose have the best flower buyer and the best quality supermarket flowers.
  • Sainsbury's freeze their flowers to make them last, so you're best to buy seasonal flowers from there - as they will be fresher and last longer.
  • Always cut the stem of the flowers as it gives the stems more space to drink the liquid. If they have a thick, woody stem also slit the bottom in half.
  • You're meant to change the water for flowers every 2 days. If you buy Aquapac flowers and they didn't make it in front of you, change the water as soon as you get home as it will have bacteria in the bag.
Proud face! I later gave these to my mum, who was over the moon (makes a change to my usual Lidl offerings!)

Thanks so much, Amanda - I will definitely be back!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

*Frugal Buy* Grey Slip-ons

Let's face it, they're the easiest answer to getting dressed in the morning, and they even work with jeans and socks. These H&M pair (at the front) even have the Celine-esque platform sole and high cut front - but much better value at £24.99.

My pick? This Next pair for £24. Why? Because they're affordable, easy, and have a faux sheepskin lining that will keep you warm all winter.

Felt 'Borg' skater shoes, £24, Next

Friday, 14 November 2014

Affordable Jewellery

I love buying jewellery for gifts, I bought my bridesmaids pieces from Alex Monroe and Astley Clarke and love all the pieces from Fenwick. With Christmas approaching, I thought it was a good time to talk about some more frugal jewellery, but which will still give the 'wow' factor.

Alphabet gold-plated bracelets, £59 each, Fenwick

1. Rose gold-plated necklace, £45, H Samuel

2. Sterling silver and cubic zirconia ring, £40, Pandora

3. Gold-plated initial necklace, £29, Astrid & Miyu

4. Yellow gold necklace, £46, Carat London

5. Gold-plated bracelet, £10, Z for Accessorize 

6. Sterling silver and gold-plated initial ring, £37, Daisy London

7. Gold-plated earcuffs, £29, Laura Gravestock

8. Gold-plated earrings, £10, Z for Accessorize

9. Gold-plated personalised bangle, £100, Sarah Chloe at Avenue 32

And if money were no object...
18k gold and diamond ring, £630, Dior

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Red Magazine, December Issue

So, this month's Red magazine is out and it's a rather special edition: it's my first Christmas giftguide! For a Shopping Editor, and Laura at WITblog knows this, it's a mammoth task, scouring the High Street for the best gifts across the country.

In true frugal style, the giftguide this year is all UNDER £100...(and most a LOT cheaper than that!) - with the BEST cashmere, the coolest kids clothes and the hard to buy for men in your life.

Lime and basil candle, £19.50, Marks + Spencer

I know it's out early and some people don't even want to think about Christmas yet, but if you start spreading the cost of Christmas now, it makes it easier in the long-run and doesn't mean you're broke on Christmas eve - I hope you enjoy!

This month's issue is also special for me as my shoot with the amazing Caroline Winberg in New York is featured. I have loved Caroline ever since working in magazines 10 years ago, and she didn't disappoint me. Fun, kind and really hard working, she made everything look flawless. And working with amazing photographer Chris Craymer, it's shoots like these that make me realise what I love about my job...see the whole shoot in this month's Red!

Chanel shoe of dreams
...And behind the scenes

Choosing which shoes to shoot! I'm wearing New Look slip-ons

Caroline Winberg and photographer Chris Craymer having fun with the accessories on Instagram

Monday, 10 November 2014

Fun with faux

Wearing faux fur stole: Helen Moore at Atterley Road. Jumper: Bella Freud at Net A Porter. Coat: H+M (buy similar here). Ripped jeans: Asos. Shoes: Moda in Pelle
Is it wrong I'm kind of pleased the temperature has dropped? It's finally time to bring out the faux fur. I upgraded my navy blue one from last year, for this two tone version (mainly because I had an accident with a candle in a restaurant and couldn't get the wax out!). It has gone up in price sadly, but there are tons of more frugal versions around.

I love faux fur, and i can thank Shrimps for their fearless approach to dressing for my new-found attitude.

Shrimps Look Book image

Tip: Dress up this season's black jumpsuit with a splash of faux fur colour for the perfect answer to festive dressing.

1. Cropped faux fur jacket, £34.99, H+M

2. Colour block faux fur scarf, £35, Asos

3. Velvet and faux fur slippers, £29, Boden (25% off until Thurs!)

4. Faux fur patchwork coat, £89, Topshop

5. Faux fur pom keyring, £6, River Island

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