Saturday, 24 November 2012

Product Spotlight/ Next Party Shoes


So I guess the party season is well and truly at foot (no pun intended!!). All of the designer and highstreet stores are filled with glitz and glamour in preparation for Christmas and New Years celebrations, especially when it comes to shoes.

Highstreet favourite Next have got some of the best party shoes around at affordable prices! If you see below, Next have mixed a variety of the latest top trends to create highly desirable shoes.

The New Chic




Studs, embellishments, sequins and mesh details create that sparkle a pair of party shoes need. The best thing with having detailed shoes is that you don't have to go too over the top with the rest of your outfit. Keeping it simple always looks best!

My favourite pair above is the platform metallic strapped suede heels (the first on the left). I adore the gold trim around the toes and the subtleness of the metallic straps. So gorgeous - and only £45!!

Next even offer matching accessories so there's no panic to find that infamous matching bag!

Keep Next in mind when your shopping for your party dresses and accessories, you can't really go wrong with their high quality and reasonable prices!!


Rachel

Designers/ Comme des Garcons: Wallets


I was just browsing on The Goodhood Store and I came across the latest collection of accessories by Comme des Garcons that are new in on the site. 

There are some really beautiful purses - all leather - with the iconic Comme des Garcons embossed patterns, on trend polka dots and a beautiful range of colours and classic shapes to choose from.


Comme des Garcons Wallets


I adore these purses for their variety of shapes and colours. The vibrant blue has to be my favourite! The best thing about this collection is that if you wanted you can coordinate your purse with your iPad cover - thats right, they do iPad covers too!!

The smaller purses are actually quite reasonably well priced, if you take into consideration that they are 100% leather: £58 for a small purse. Not too shabby!

Check out the collection and, while you're there, the 50% off sale across loads of the designer brands!!

Rachel

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Music/ Passion Pit



This past Summer I found something beautiful. And I mean truly beautiful: a radio station that speaks my language, reads my mind and knows my playlist intimately. XFM.

So there I was, literally everyday for two weeks in my bedroom catching up with my mounting piles of coursework with XFM playing through my laptop; on pops this tune: a solid beat, catchy chorus and lyrics which tell a story. By definition, it was beautiful.

'Take a Walk' was written by Passion Pit. Because of that very song I looked further into their other tracks and, my my, I have fallen in love!! They are an American band with a kind of electro-ish feel but I'm sure, regardless of your musical taste, you will find at least one of their tracks addictive!

Personally I adore, as I said before, 'Take a Walk' but also 'Sleepy Head' and - my favourite - 'Seaweed Song'! I really do recommend Passion Pit: they're brilliant to run to and sing along.

Give them a listen!









Rachel

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

Inspiration/ Flower Crowns


They are omni-present, that I am sure of. Wherever your turn: BAM! Flower crown. Is it because we are reminiscing of spring? No. It's just because they look too damn cool. Oh and then there's Lara Del Rey's input, but that's just a minor thing, really! Truly flower crowns originate from Day of the Dead celebrations, but haven't really had much hype until Lana adopted the crown.

Flower Crowned Lana


Whether you're pro flower crown or not, you've gotta admit: they look mighty fine in photos. Whether you can work it in the supermarket is a whole different issue. But, hey! Here's how people are working the flower crown.

Stylist Magazine: Milan Duomo. Source.


Flower crown donning bride. Source.

Cult Gaia Flower Crown $120. Source.

Digging the red stained lips and orange rose flower crown. Source.

Saturday, 17 November 2012

Lists/ Santa, Baby...


It’s getting a little festive, isn’t it? The lights are up in the cities just waiting to be lit by big celebrities (my, my, that rhymed!). This past week my super pro-Christmas friends have been breaking out the Christmas anthems and, I must say, the Christmas spirit is plenty contagious.

So much so that I've started my collection of gift ideas that I would both love to give and receive this Christmas. Check it out.

Leave me a comment: what are you hoping to discover under your tree?  


1. Lazy Oaf - Wallflower Baseball tee

'Perks of a Wallflower' by Stephen Chbosky is one of my favourite books, so much so that I haven't seen the film adaptation yet - I don't want such a beautiful book to be ruined! I love this top, not only because it says 'Wallflower' but also because I adore baseball style cut tee shirts. So comfy!


2. Polaroid 636 Camera from Culture Label


Preeeety retro, eh? I've always wanted to earn one of these babies, it would be perfect for quick snaps when I'm on the go, then easily slipped into a photo journal full of inspiration...


3. Photo journal from Culture Label


This great book features illustrations of different cameras through the ages on the pages and little sticky corners that allow you to secure your Polaroid instants! No need for glue - perfect!


4. Sonos Speaker from Play:3
Sonos speakers can play your music wireless-ly from your iPhone, MP3 or whatever you own. How good it that? Instead of having to dock your phone of iPod into the speaker and keep walking back and forward to change tracks, you can control it all from your phone! Fab!

So what's at the top of your list? Or what are you giving this Christmas time?

Rachel

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Collaborations/ Maison Martin Margiela x H&M


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It's finally here! The collection all eager fashionistas have been waiting for: Maison Martin Margiela x H&M. Launching in 15 minutes, its sure to go down a hit! I can imagine the queues already...

I love this collection more than some of the previous Designer x H&M collaborations, even Versace's collab. 

Its probably because I adore the silhouette Maison Martin Margiela incorporates into the pieces. The more slouched, flowing shapes create a longer figure which is always flattering.

Anyway, enjoy the pictures! I hope that any of those who battled for a slice of the very appealing pie that is Maison Martin Margiela, succeeded and are content with their purchase.

Taken by my mother, a source of frequent inspiration! Chiswell Street London.

Again, mother (she's awesome - you'd love her). Picture rights The Fashion Edition.

Have a great day!

Rachel

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Lookbook/ Rock-oco by Topshop


Everyone seems to be hopping onto the Baroque-esque band wagon, but alongside the current punk/stud trend everything has become more rock 'n' roll, with gold studding and silver metal embroidery.

Topshop's latest collection is an example of just that: it's like my beloved Alison Mosshart (I saw her and Jack White live!! She's so inspirational!) becoming Dolce & Gabbana's adopted daughter. Check it out!



Metallic embroidery thread makes this whole intricately designed jumper embellishment jump out, the same goes for those cute velvet shorts.


The use of lace underneath the pleating on the skirt of the dress is subtly Gothic, as is the Victorian cut dress. The short length of the skirt is balanced by the long length of the flowing sheer sleeves.

Original picture source, edited by me.
These incredible embroidered jeans are my favourite! There is even a dress with this same gold embroidery thread. You can see it here.

I love how the grunge hair and make-up is paired with smooth, slick cut clothes. I really want to try this out - but first I need to get me some Baroque style clothes.

Peace, out.

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Trends/ Studs


Its official: we are well and truly stud crazy! This worldwide phenomenon finds its origins in 70’s Punk styling which as we know with all fashion trends (quoting Justin Timberlake here, guys) “what goes around comes back around”. So punk is back again - with vengeance apparently - as in leather, biker jackets, and studs of all shapes and sizes again monopolises both fashion house and high street collections.
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What is it that attracts us to studs and punk? Is it the sense of rebellion and boldness? The freedom from society’s expectations? I think it must be a combination of them all. But anyway, no more of that.

I have found some amazing studded products from designers, and the high street.

Dune
Zara Camouflage Studded Shirt 
Topshop Suede Studded Clutch



Sister Jane Studded Velvet Jacket - Asos
Missguided Leather Studded Skate Skirt
I'm so in love with studs; they make the Punk trend accessible to literally everyone. So why not invest in some studded beauties yourself? You cant really go wrong with a stud and, like I said earlier, what goes around comes back around anyway!

Rachel

Street Style Photography/ Hyde Park


I have finally got myself together and - as promised - have compiled a selection of my favourite photos I took at Hyde Park for BT London Live's Closing Ceremony Concert. Expect lots of patriotism, headgear, fashion, tattoos, and amazing music!

Fashion:

Blue lips: an awesome fashion statement.

Floral printed sundress.

Blur fans waiting for the show to begin!

Blue watch.

I think he knew I was taking his photograph...love him for smiling!

Head Gear:
My favourite shot of the day! Best hat!
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