Brides on a Budget

If your’e next in line to walk down the aisle I would count yourself lucky (when it comes to the dress department).  Never has there been such a wonderful array of dresses on offer from the high street.  Brides on a budget have so much choice from an ever expanding bridal collection, from Topshop to Whistles, to ASOS to name only a few, you actually wonder why even those NOT on a budget would bother spending large sums of money, that is how good the options are!  I have narrowed down some of my favourites (which may not be yours) but hopefully a link may open the door to your perfect dress minus the hefty price tag….

To me the fabric used to make this dress is absolutely everything, the most delicate lace that has a small foil print all over is so intricate and different.  For the unconventional bride! I also think this style would suit a small bust because of the low neckline and wrap style front. Shop here

This elegant dress is a combination of romance and simplicity and would in my opinion take everyones breath away.  Perhaps for the slightly taller silhouette having the empire line. Or maybe even a the perfect style for a bride who’s expecting 😉 Shop here

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Having a vintage wedding? This little beauty couldn’t be a better fit for the more casual bride, one of the prettiest dresses I’ve seen. Shop here

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A structured embellished gown in the most flattering style to suit any figure. Shop here

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This beautifully elegant gown is modern but timeless, with its bardot style top and beautifully shaped silhouette gives it a simplicity that will never date. Shop here

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Looking at all these beauties wishes I could pick my dress all over again!

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5 Icons to update your closet now

Update your wardrobe instantly with a few minor tweaks!

Cropped kick flare jeans // Pointed flats // Silk shirt // Leather backpack // Cat-eye framed glasses 

How to style some of these items to get the best out of them, or wear the exact look above for super chic and on trend understated style. These pieces will be with you for as long as they last, total icons!

The Silk Shirt

The Cropped Flair

The Leather Backpack

The Pointed Flat

The Cat-eye sunny

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Spring Transitions

Casual Comforts is how Im feeling right now.  The temps should be warming up later in the week, and gradually more so as April inconspicuously springs it’s pretty self upon us, but as we transition across to Spring it’s difficult to start breaking out into skirts without tights, short sleeves and god forbid we need to get those winter feet out into sandals! This outfit will keep you at the perfect temp, has the right amount of ventilation without showing any skin but still looking stylish and slightly sexy in a comfortable manner, no?! I love the flattering jeans with the wide weaved knit which has a lowish V-back. You will be hitting the ground running in the style steaks with these open sided shoes which are bang on trend, again feeling less wintery but without really putting the white feet on show completely! Grab your hand held clutch and a chunky ring and you’re looking ever so covetable.  Remember feeling comfortable is the key to looking confident and good.  It’s my pleasure!

Slide1Bra, Calvin Klein at Net-a-porter // Long Knit Jumper Zara  // Jeans Levi’s 501 CT // Flat Pointed slip ons Asos //     Clutch Bag & Other Stories // Ring Whistles

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Work Wear Motivation

It’s time for another work wardrobe boost. The weather is really hotting up here in London (most days), I know its scorching in NY and around Europe. For my friends in SA and Oz, if you are feeling a little chilly, put these in the bank for a sunnier day!

Cool easy to wear outfits that look smart and feel light and easy are a breeze to be in. It’s so refreshing to throw something on and look amazingly chic, but the process has been completely effortless.  That’s what I want to help you with here. Three simple but gorgeous work outfits that will take you into the evening. We know how crazy the social life is after hours during the London summer.

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Satin Stripe A-line Dress Topshop // Black Sandals Kurt Geiger // Black Clutch Whistles // Stone Bracelet Stella & Dot

Slide3Whistles Braid print dress // Metal Fringe Bag & Other Stories // Block Heel Sandal Whistles  // Stackable rings Stella & Dot

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White Rucksack Whistles // Yellow Panel dress Warehouse // White T-bar pumps Warehouse // White & Gold Earrings Stella & Dot (on Sale!)

Slide4Necklace Whistles // Grey Duffy Zip Satchel  Whistles // Waterfall draped jacket Warehouse // White Dress Gap   // Shoes Sophia Webster for J Crew

Hope you all have a lovely week.

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Sparkle and Shine

If you read my post here about essential summer wardrobe top up’s you will remember that I mentioned how vital a sparkly top is for the wardrobe.  I was out with friends on Friday night at Jak’s just off the Kings Road (highly recommend for a dinner or a razzle) and we were all commenting on how amazing the sparkly tops looked that we spotted been worn around the venue in the dim lighting .  It just reaffirmed what I was saying, do yourself a favour and get some sparkle or shine onto that spine!  Our friend Tia won the sparkle award for the evening in her gorgeous embellished sleeveless jacket and sparkly shoes!

A great way to style sequins is to tone the sparkly garment down by pairing it with a casual contrasting item. A sparkly skirt with a plain tee or a sequin top with slouchy jeans or trousers.

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Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 21.04.58Navy Sequin Top Whistles

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Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 21.11.56Black Sequinned Halter-neck Zara

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-05-19 at 18.34.48Metallic Cami Whistles

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Star Embellished Cami Kate Moss for Topshop at Net-A-Porter

Go grab yourself some glitz for the weekend

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Wardrobe Top-Ups

There are certain items that are necessities for the closet all year round and then others that come and go as the season’s and trends change.  This summer (or just for the start of summer, lets be honest we aren’t only going to buy 3 things the entire season!) But I have picked 3 pieces that you wont regret purchasing. These items will come in handy more than once, trust me.

These block mid heel sandals are the perfect shoes to wear to that Out-door wedding, the Polo or the Races.  Not only will they save your feet from aches and pains due to the middy height but the block heel will save you from sinking into the grass and potential embarrassing falls.  The very neutral and bang on trend sandals will go with just about everything. They will also be great with jeans and are the perfect heel for shorts.

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Block heel sandals KG by Kurt Geiger

The Boucle Blazer, a smart/casual fabric, a smart fit and an extremely flattering cut is the perfect jacket to throw on this summer. Whether you are off to a formal event, wear it over a dress or it will look super chic over a little strappy vest and jeans to add that extra layer on a slightly cooler evening.

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Boucle Blazer Topshop

Metallics and sequins are an absolute must for evenings during the summer months. Hopefully you wont have to cover the sparkle up with a jacket and it’s the easier way to jazz up your jeans for an evening out. You will look oh so radiant with a bit of a tan and I just love the way light catches these fabrics in romantic candle lit lighting.  If you are looking for a show stopping red carpet moment this gorgeous metallic vest looks even more phenomenal worn together with its matching skirt for a more formal event. You will dazzle and certainly be the belle of the ball in this outfit!

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Metallic Vest Whistles

Happy Summer

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Fancy Floor-skimmers

Every so often a function arises that forces us to get the long gowns out.  The length of the dress may only be to hide the lily white legs, it could be for a white tie event, the Opera or perhaps dinner with the Duchess of Cambridge, whatever the reason, when they do crop up I know it can be a task and a half to find a non-frumpy, well fitted floor length dress that wont break the bank.  If we could all wear Alexander McQueen it might be slightly easier to find, but seen as you aren’t exactly going to wear it that often (unless you are a regular at these sort of events) then it definitely is not an investment piece.  If you are one of the lucky, or unlucky (depending on how you view it) ladies that has a fancy “do” in the diary, fear not, I have done the hard work and hopefully you will slot right into one of the fabulous floor skimming finds.

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Paisley Dress Mango // Nectarine Clutch Bag Whistles // Shoes Zara // Stud flower earrings Oliver Bonas  // Rose gold ring Monica Vinader // Nars Highlighter for face Space NK

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Grey Dress with embellished angel sleeves Topshop  // Grey Clutch Bag Reiss // Chandelier Earrings Stella & Dot // Stackable Deco Rings Stella & Dot // Shoes Roland Cartier for Dune // Plumberry Lipstick by Laura Mercier at Space NK

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Blue Butterfly Sleeve dress Mango // Earrings (can be worn long or as studs as seen above) Stella & Dot // Clutch Whistles // Shoes Dune // Nail Varnish Ciate at Space NK

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