With London Fashion Week in full swing, I decided to compile some of my favourite haute couture collections from the past couple of years . Some dresses absolutely blow me away with their infallible beauty - glimmering embellishments, whimsically flowing skirts and tulle are basically dreams for me. One of my favourite Pinterest boards is my high fashion board because of all these gorgeous dresses!
I couldn't mention haute couture without mentioning my favourite designer in the whole world - Elie Saab. Every dress he designs looks like it's been taking straight out of a fairytale and I always get super excited when I see one of my favourite celebrities (such as Elizabeth Banks and Lily Collins) wearing one of his dresses. It's almost impossible to pick a favourite collection but his Spring/Summer 2014 is one of the many I adore.
Other than Saab, Zuhair Murad has got to be my favourite high fashion designer. His dresses are similar to Saab's in that they also have that fairytale style glamour. My favourite of his collections has got to be Fall 2013 as the dresses look like they were created by sparkling woodland faeries - so pretty.
Reem Acra's pre-fall 2015 collection is one of my favourites I've seen recently, especially because of the pale blue and gold dress in this slideshow which is absolutely gorgeous!
The Sleeping Garden is another collection reminiscent of wonderlands and whimsicalities. Who wouldn't want to stroll through a (delightfully mud and bug free) forest wearing one of these beauties?
The Valentino Pre-Fall 2015 collection is amazing - stars and butterflies and sparkles. (Did I mention STARS?!) Seriously, these dresses are unbelievably pretty and awesome.
Thanks for reading! What's your favourite collection?
Top // New Look // £12.99
Cardigan // H&M // £8
Shorts // New Look // (similar here)
Boots // TK Maxx // (similar here)
Necklace // Topshop // (similar here)
Knee High Socks // Primark
I can't believe we're already nearing the end of February - 2015 is going too quickly, it feels like it hasn't even begun! I went round the charity shops a couple of days ago and actually managed to find clothes for once, as well as the usual deluge of books. I got two tops, including one with koalas on which is perfect for me - my sister and I got really excited! This top isn't from one of the charity shops but is actually from New Look, and I fricking adore it! I love the cut of the neckline (even though it shows a little more cleavage than I'm used to!) as it's like none of the other tops I own. I think it's a sweetheart neckline but it's a little more scooped as well?? The peplum is also super cute. I'm also glad it's plain cream because, as I said in my 2015 style resolutions post, I often end up buying bright colours and prints so not many things go together! I just think the style of this top is really flattering and cute. I probably won't be wearing this exact outfit soon though because it's much too cold for knee highs and shorts at the moment.
In other news, I got Depop and I'm rapidly becoming addicted! I won't put a link as I doubt I'll be selling anything any time soon, but it's so good omg
If you have a Depop feel free to comment below though as I'm looking for people to follow!
Thanks for reading!
I've really been loving the novelty clutches trend that's going on at the moment! I currently have two of my own: the red lips one shown here, and a bright blue one reading 'Boom' which I featured in my latest outfit post.
Novelty clutches are a great way to make your outfit more unique and add a little 'pizazz' (if anyone even uses that word anymore) to an otherwise plain outfit. Plus, they're just really cool looking and there's a whole spectrum of great colours and quirky designs.
New Look used to have loads of awesome ones but I was too late as most of the best ones have gone, such as the chocolate bar and the milkshake. However, they do still have the chocolate coin featured above for £2(!!!) and the champagne bottle that I've seen on a couple of other blogs.
What are your thoughts on the novelty clutch trend?
We're already close to the end of the first month, but I've only recently come across this type of post and decided to do one of my own! 2014 was definitely the year when I started getting really into fashion again and my fashion board on Pinterest is constantly growing, I'm looking forward to experimenting with outfits more this year too.
1) Incorporate more basics into my wardrobe - When I'm shopping, I tend to be drawn to more interesting pieces, as I'm sure most people are. My wardrobe is therefore filled with quirky patterns and styles, and bright colours. Whilst this is great and certainly means I have a wide range of beautiful pieces I love, it can sometimes to be hard to style them due to my lack of basics! This year I'd like to invest in classics like a loose white t shirt, an LBD and ripped skinny jeans.
2) Get a normal bag - I love my rucksack for college, but in terms of a normal bag for when I'm out and about, I don't really have anything. The bag I currently use is a five-year-old bright turquoise cross body bag that only goes with about three items in my wardrobe. Whilst it had been perfect for my twelve year old self, it doesn't really fit with my current style.
3) Wear jewellery more often - I kind of have an obsession with rings already, but I actually don't own that many - most of them are just plain midi rings so I'd like to get some more interesting ones. Also, I really want a statement necklace; there are some really amazing ones out there! Most of my current necklaces are broken or just fandom-y pendants that are awesome but hard to style.
4) Get the bright lipsticks I've been wanting for ages - Ever since I saw a rainbow of lipsticks on Pinterest, I've desperately been wanting blue and purple and teal lipsticks! They're so pretty and quirky, and as someone who is obsessed with lipstick I'm surprised they're not already in my grasp. I've finally done my research and found both Etsy and Amazon sellers which have what I want, so I just need to get on and buy them!
5) Try out make up - I've got mascara, concealer, lipstick and waterline eyeliner down, but I always see gorgeous make up looks that I really want to try but know I will fail at! Things like the ombre lip, winged eyeliner and some really beautiful eyeshadow are things I'd love to try. First, however, I need to get some brushes that didn't just come free with my eyeshadow palette, and get off my butt to finally buy some liquid eyeliner!
6) Think of three ways to style an item before buying it - I was reading this post on le-happy.com the other day and Luanna suggested the aforementioned piece of advice when thrifting, but I think it's a good idea in general! I too often buy an item and constantly style it in a similar way because there's no other way to wear it.
7) Thrift more - Unfortunately, I don't live in any of the major English cities so we don't have any of those gorgeous looking vintage shops and markets I see on other blogs; we only have charity shops in which I never seem to find anything! However, I think I need to work harder at rifling through the mess to find something worthwhile!
8) Don't be afraid of looking overdressed - Oscar Wilde said:
'You can never be overdressed or overeducated.'
Whilst this may not be easy to keep in mind due to the pervasive judgement of society, it's certainly a good way of thinking. I often shy away from my beloved heels and lipsticks for fear of being overdressed, but as long as I feel comfortable and like I look nice, then that should be enough. If you're ever anxious that people might be judging, then remember: 'Those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.' - Dr Seuss.
Do you have any style resolutions?
Boom Clutch // Next // Gift
Duster Jacket // Missguided // £30
Lipstick // Topshop Beguiled // £8
Leather style leggings // Forever 21 (similar here)
Boots // TK Maxx // £18 (similar here)
Striped Crop Top // H&M // £7 (similar here)
Hat // New Look
My first post of 2015, it may be almost one month in, but it's here! Remember what I said about new outfit posts each week? Oops, I didn't quite factor in the business of life there. I wore a similar outfit to this when going out with some of my friends from secondary school who I haven't seen in a few months. We all felt very mature surrounded by the posh decor of the restaurant we chose; I resisted the pressure of the opulence surrounding us and still ate my pizza without the aid of a knife and fork though!
When I ordered this duster it just looked like an oversized blazer, but I suppose due to my shortness I suppose it ended up being a duster jacket - and I love it all the more for it! It goes with so many things and can instantly make an outfit look more chic, although it's a little inconvenient when bearing the winter chill as it's longer than my coat which looks super weird! I also love this BOOM clutch, it's a gorgeous azure colour that's vibrant without being overbearing, it was a Christmas present and the person who got me it just seems to know my style so well! I really love 'novelty' clutches at the moment, I've got this one and one in the shape of red lips - I might end up doing a blog post on a few cool ones I've seen elsewhere.
Also, how cool are these shoes?? The cleated heel and front detailing make them unique and even more fabulous! They're easy to walk in because of the high platform and are a much loved new edition to my perpetually growing collection of black boots :)
Thanks for reading!
The navy/green crop top is a really nice material and I like the rolled up sleeves look. The skirt features super pretty shades of red and dark blue, and I love the double zippers on the front. I was surprised to discover the zips are actually functioning rather than solely decorative, so I'm hoping they don't break and leave me exposed!
Duster Jacket // Missguided // £30
Cardigan // H&M // £8
The duster jacket is a really chic addition to any outfit and I love the colour and fit of it. I was dismayed by the addition of fake pockets but overall it's a really nice piece. The cardigan is just the perfect basic to throw over any outfit.
I hope you enjoyed this post and have a splendid transition into 2015!
I hope you guys had a great Christmas! As you can probably tell from the title, I'm going to be recalling my favourite books I read in 2014. Can you see any of your favourites?
Other books I really enjoyed are Eleanor and Park, Jane Eyre, The Night Circus and The Kite Runner. I also would have added Fingersmith by Sarah Waters to this list (omg it's so good) but I haven't finished it yet, plus ten seemed a round number!
What are your favourite books you read this year?
Dress // H&M Divided // £12 (similar here)
Belt // New Look // £2 (similar here)
Boots // New Look // £30
Hat // New Look // Similar here
Lip lacquer // Rimmel Apocalips 'Eclipse' // £6.50
I have a feeling this hat will be appearing a lot, as it seems to go with everything I own (perhaps due to the fact I have an abundance of burgundy items). This dress is super slouchy and cool, I decided to pick it up in H&M as I own nothing like it and upon trying it on, I really loved it! On the hanger I wasn't sure if it was a top or a dress, but on me it is a dress due to my hobbit legs! It works equally well without a belt, but I decided to add one for a more feminine silhouette.
Have a good week!
Finally the outfit posts shall be returning! I have now discovered a good indoor space to take photos! Unfortunately, it'll probably only be one a week as it's already pitch black when I get back from college and artificial lighting isn't the best.
This outfit features two of my new favourite items that I am shamelessly over-wearing at the moment.
Jumper // Primark // £12
Jeans // Primark // £14 (??)
Socks // Primark // £1.50
Boots // New Look // £30
Beguiled Lipstick // Topshop // £8
Writing this post, I now realise that this is a very Primark fuelled outfit! After a couple of years of never really finding much I like in Primark, on my last two trips I've ended up carrying around a basket brimming with clothes, and having to walk away from some rather beautiful items in order to save my bank. I've been wanting some acid wash jeans for a while, and I especially love these ones because of the kind of panel effect on the legs that I've never seen before, but which adds a really unique element. This jumper is also super slouchy, and rolling up the sleeves makes it look so much better that it did before. I love the fit of it and the crochet detail at the bottom.
I have a burgeoning obsession with Topshop lipsticks, they're so gorgeous! You can't quite see the darkness of it on this picture, but Beguiled is a really pretty, crushed berry red which I originally saw in this Youtube video (that, unlike this photo, manages to do the colour justice).
I really love the juxtaposition of quite girly items with more edgy ones. I'm really into wearing my leather jacket with pretty florals, and here I've put together my frilly socks with my chunky black boots.
On Monday, I had the absolutely amazing experience of going to the Mockingjay Part 1 World Premiere in Leicester Square! Whilst far from walking the red carpet, just seeing the cast was enough to make me label the 10th November 2014 one of the best days of my life. Unfortunately, my friends and I were about three rows back after being moved away from our original place by security so we weren't able to get photos with the cast or autographs, however, seeing them in the flesh and all the dresses first hand was absolutely incredible and I am not going to complain about being at an event I never thought I'd go to in a million years! It still doesn't feel real that I've seen Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Sam Claflin, Elizabeth Banks, Jena Malone, Francis Lawrence and more right in front of me! My friends got some photos of the cast but I think you'll benefit more from looking at the official photos rather than ones taken using an iphone camera so I won't bother uploading them!
Even the waiting was really fun, my friends and I ordered pizza and ate it whilst revelling in the jealous glances of the people around us in the queue, and played Harry Potter happy families.
We were also super happy to have our poster featured on the livestream and highlights video!
The Paddington Bear designed by Emma Watson. You can get a map to find these designed by a number of celebrities, such as Benedict Cumberbatch and David Beckham, all around London.
They were definitely two of the greatest days of my life and I was very reluctant to leave London afterwards, however, I’m just really super happy that it happened rather than sad that it’s over.