Velvet is a classic winter fabric but if I’m
Recently I have become obsessed with the style and want to pair them with quite literally everything. I have one particular pair of boots to blame for it and they are the glorious Ganni pink and black marlyn 45 . From the minute I laid eyes on them I knew I was in love!
The thing about cowboy boots is that wearing them can feel a little bit like wearing a costume but I think the key is to make them work with your wardrobe and using them as an easy way to update some of your most basic outfits and add a super cool trendy twist to very feminine outfits.
Keep scrolling for some style inspiration from the streets and to shop my cowboy boot edit.
With so many great deals available it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by it all but, fear not, I’m here to help and share with you my favourite Black Friday fashion deals as well as a little insight on how I shop Black Friday to avoid overspending and impulse purchases that will never see the light of day.
Here’s my advice and sales guide…
Make a list of what you want to buy
This will ensure you will look out for things you need and/or really want instead of just getting things that you don’t use very often or are not your style just because you thought the marked down price was great.
Shop Around for Best Deals
Check various retailers for a particular item you have in mind so you can truly find the best deal. Every retailer offers different discount rates so it’s definitely worth shopping around.
Stick to Your List
This is the golden rule. Don’t get lost in the excitement of bagging some bargains and end up spending money on things that you will never wear or that you won’t wear that much. They might be cheap but if you don’t use them they are ultimately a waist of money.
This is a great time to snap up some good buys and take advantage of all the deals on offer. Click the retailer and or items to shop. Let the shopping marathon begin…
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While the very idea of paring down your possessions to the bare minimum makes some yelp in horror, when was the last time you actually used the old magazines, five lip glosses, two bottles of water and ‘emergency’ flats? Are they giving you back ache? Could they, in fact, be weighing you down in more ways than one?
Whisper it: small bags are a symbol of power. In these days of unbounded choice, they show that you can be selective. They show a sort of restraint that indicates confidence – Coco Chanel didn’t say “elegance is refusal” for nothing. A neat clutch bag is a wardrobe essential and indicates that you have your life together in a way that a messy, overflowing, supersized bucket bag never will. It has been said that our handbags reflect the inside of our minds – and who wants a jumble of disorganised clutter in their head? Equally, a smaller bag is somewhat of a status symbol – it hints that you are well off enough to have other people take care of the mess.
So, travelling light is definitely proper, especially with the amount of evening events ramping up as we head into the festive season. But you still want to have the essentials covered to make sure you have a great night. What do you pack to create the ultimate clutch bag and make sure you have everything you need while not being weighed down? This guide will help you streamline, pack your clutch beautifully and be able to grab and go:
Small Tin of Mints
On sociable evenings out – intimate dinners, cocktails at the bar or crowded nightclubs, the one thing you can guarantee is that people will be getting up close and personal. Whether it’s simply your girlfriends or even a hot date, people leaning in close to talk to you means that it’s bad manners for them to be able to smell what you last ate! Chewing gum can be a little inelegant, so a small tin of mints or breath freshening strips is your best bet. Fresh breath is common courtesy, so don’t leave home without them!
Having been outside to get to your destination, the elements will probably have played havoc with your freshly styled hair, so having a small hairbrush means you can fix yourself up nicely when you arrive. You need to go compact, so either opt for a slim comb or perhaps a dressing brush, which is great for smoothing and backcombing at the roots but doesn’t take up a lot of room. Or you could opt for something like the Denman Folding Hairbrush that pops out and also has a handy mirror for you to check your makeup.
You may be the type of person who uses cards for everything, but if you’re heading out for the night, taking cash is a far better idea. For one, you will need a small amount to be able to tip on restaurant and bar bills or pay for a taxi home at the end of the night. Carrying cash also means that you are less likely to overspend – there’s nothing worse than waking up the next day with a sore head and a purse full of receipts from when you were waving your credit card around shouting ‘Margaritas for everyone!’ at 1am. Cash limits you a little, although it is a good idea to carry one card in case there is an emergency, or keep money for a taxi home separately so you don’t accidentally spend it.
These days, our phones are walking powerhouses that do it all, and you don’t want to be without. The latest models like the iPhone X, or Samsung Galaxy S9 have cameras which are brilliant in low light levels, meaning those snaps of you and your squad in the bar won’t be grainy and dark. From WhatsApping friends to check where they are to using PayPal to split a restaurant bill or even browsing Tinder to see who’s in the club, your phone is an essential. Make sure your handset is fully charged and you have a great deal from a network like SMARTY mobile powered by Three so you don’t lose signal at a crucial point or spent a fortune on data. Learn more about SMARTY and other networks on Half Cooked, they provide detailed reviews and comparisons of all the major UK networks to help you find the perfect network for your needs.
Most of us carry far too much! If you’ve used a good makeup primer and followed up with a setting spray, your makeup should be locked down and you shouldn’t need to touch up too much. A pressed powder compact, the lip colour you have on and a mini perfume, perhaps in a travel atomiser, should be enough.
With your stylishly slimline clutch and all the essentials, you can concentrate on having a great time.
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It’s no secret I love to layer my necklaces. Jewellery is, in my opinion, one of the quickest ways to transform an otherwise super basic and bordering on boring outfit into a chic little ensemble. My layering journey (if I can call it that) started years ago when long pearl necklaces were all the rage and layering them gave them a slight edge instead of the lady like look that has always been associated with them.
Nowadays I much prefer layering dainty, more simple and smaller necklaces, normally in gold and with some kind of meaning. I have a necklace with my initial, one with my children’s names, one that says ‘mama’ …. you get the idea right? I can safely say wearing layered necklaces has become part of my everyday looks and it’s something that now comes to me quite naturally.
Obviously, when Muru asked me to style a few of their gorgeous pieces, I was beyond excited. Muru believes that jewellery should be not only an expression of your style but also of one’s hopes and aspirations so you can expect Muru’s designs to be both beautiful and full of meaning.
If you are not sure how to start layering your necklaces read on for a few of my tips but remember that the first rule of layering your necklaces is that there is no rule. Just have fun!
Layer by length
This is quite an obvious one i think. Start with your shortest necklace and gradually add more slightly longer than the last. This is possibly my favourite way of layering necklaces and I never wear more than 3 or 4 layers. It’s a fine line between looking on point and like a Christmas tree.
Once upon a time I had a huge mental block about mixing metals but now I love it. I think the key is to experiment with it and have fun with the different colours and textures.
Make it personal
I love wearing jewellery that speaks to me. Be it because it has my children’s names engraved or because it reminds me of a special place/time in my life or because it’s full of symbolism and meaning. This is the key, in my opinion, to make combinations that are unique to you and represent who you are.
For this post i’m wearing:
Of course the most important thing about putting together a look with jeans is, of course, the jeans themself. So it’s extremely important that you get yourself the perfect pair. How do you do that? Simple, just make sure the jeans you pick suit your body shape, the fabric is not too stiff and the quality is good so they will last you a long time. With such a big range of denim jeans out there I’m sure you will find your perfect pair in no time and once you get your hands on that perfect pair of jeans, you can have a go at trying some of these outfit ideas to inject some vavavoom to the most basic of basics – denim jeans.
Jeans under dress
I’m a huge fan of layering a dress over my jeans. It instantly makes the outfit look way cooler than tights ever would. For this look to work, try sticking to skinny or straight-leg style jeans, rather than a flare to minimise looking bulky and disproportional.
Double denim with a twist
Don’t just think double denim as denim jeans and a denim shirt. Why not try double denim with a dress instead of a shirt or even different coloured denim paired together? Think for instance, black denim jeans and a blue denim jacket or all white denim.
Bling it out!
Think 90’s revival here. If like me you were a teen in 90’s you probably owned some kind of chain belt. I don’t know about you but I loved wearing mine and was very happy to see it was making a come back this season as a micro trend seen at Chanel, Versage and Luis Vuitton runway shows. What better way to bling out your jeans than to adorn them with a beautiful jewellery inspired chain belt? The only rule I live by here is less is more so choose clean designs that elevate your outfit rather than make you look like a christmas tree!
Think high waist, flares or wide leg jeans with a good dose of earthy tones added to the mix and a fabulous pair of boots. So simple but so so good.
Add animal print
We all know animal print is huge this season. Pair snake print, leopard print, zebra print, any animal print you like with your favourite pair of jeans to elevate your jeans and look roartastic!
And here you have it, 5 ways to style your jeans this autumn. Which is your favourite?
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All that was trendy in the Eighties, Nineties and early Aughts is in the midst of a revival right now and I couldn’t be happier mostly because I’m not sure I was able to pull off some of these trends when I was a teenager and I’m looking forward to give them another go as a grown up woman. Styling is key to looking on trend and to give old clothes a fresh feel so I’m excited to give chain belts another go.
If like me you were a teen in the 90’s (late 90’s early 00’s was when the trend was all the rage really) you probably owned at least a chain belt. I know I did and I loved it. I remember wearing it with my jeans and trousers in an attempt to imitate Kate Moss’s style whom was a big style influence for me then (still is if I’m honest).
Here’s a little blast from the past to revive your memory…
Chances are you haven’t worn or even thought about wearing a chain belt for quite a while (me probably 2002!) but lately they keep creeping up here and there and ever since I saw that Zara stocked a couple this season that I just can’t get them out of my head! (
You may have noticed that every shop seems to be going crazy for animal print this season, as it is set to be the look for Autumn/Winter 2018. There are so many ways to wear animal print, whether you want to go bold and luxurious with a leopard print or zebra print dress, or perhaps for a more toned down look using just a few accessories, a faux croc or snake skin handbag or even a neck scarf will be on trend without making you feeling like Kat Slater.
Another print that you will see everywhere for Autumn/Winter 2018 is geometrical checks. This season though there is more to this trend than check coats and jackets – huge last year and going strong this season too. From Prince of Wales weaves to tartan and tweed, checks are huge news on the high-street and designer rails.
Why not try a checked midi dress layered with a trench coats or checked wide-leg trousers with a simple button down shirt or t-shirt. Also why not experiment a little with the colour pallet? There are plenty of styles to choose from. This is a simple trend you can wear in endless ways.
Although we are used to seeing florals in a big way during spring and summer, this year they are being given an autumnal twist with a dark background and moody colours. This is a look that’s really easy to wear; just pair a floral dress with ankle boots or your favourite pair of trainers and tights for a classic, cosy autumn look that’s bang on trend.
It’s finally cool to wear a coat again! Balenciaga were one of the brands that rocked the runway with a lot of layers, utilising several different types of jackets or coats to really battle the elements! You might end up looking like you’ve been playing a weird party game if you walk in the supermarket in six different coats, but don’t be afraid to layer a full length coat over a jacket. It’s finally cool to be warm!
Everyone knows that earrings can really make and transform an outfit and where Spring/Summer was all about the large pom-pom and tassel earrings, they are taking a more festive twist for Autumn/Winter with shoulder-grazing lust-worthy earrings being a must. The Bigger the better!
So next time you feel like you don’t have anything to wear, and you’re looking for some inspiration, head to the runways and see how you can make the looks work for you! Don’t be put off by the outlandish makeup looks, scraps of material and bolder-than-bold choices. If you look for the themes consistent on the runways you can create a look that is in line with this season’s trends that is wearable and makes sense in your everyday life.
What do you think of these trends? Would you wear them? Let me know in the comments below!
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I’m not ready to pack my beloved summer wardrobe away yet so I’m doing the next best thing to tackle the colder mornings and evening, I’m layering the hell out of my outfit! If right now you are having visions of of Mr Michelin Man which, by the way is 120 years old (crazy right?) worry not I promise you that you will look nothing like him with these layering tricks and they will allow you to
So, before it does, there is still time to rock some great stylish and effortless summer looks that I have been dying to try before kissing summer goodbye.
I would like to share 4 of those with you today and I hope you love them enough to give them a go or to at least be inspired by them. These outfits are not overly fancy but I think they are very timeless and stylish and the beauty of them all is that they can be dressed up or down depending on your needs and plans. In fact chances are you already have some of these pieces hanging on your wardrobe.