My Ultimate Style Tip | Secrets of French Style with La Redoute

Sunday, 20 April 2014

It is a well-known fact that the women of France are some of the most stylish women in the world. Paris, the city renowned for its effortless sense of style, indisputable chicness and its residents' ability to make even the most simplest of outfits look classic and cool, is home to the most polished and sophisticated fashion the world over. Therefore, it makes sense that us fashionistas look to the women of France for style inspiration.

La Redoute, the website famous for housing the incredible style of the French, recently launched a competition giving bloggers the opportunity to become a Brand Ambassador for them, as well as being whisked away on a luxury trip to the city of fashion itself; Paris. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is share your style tip with your readers, which is what I plan to do in this post. You can check out La Redoute's Secrets to French Style here.

I have always admired the women of France for their amazing knack of looking incredibly chic whilst also appearing extremely effortless. I find my favourite 'style days' are the days when I feel I look great, but I don't look like I've tried too hard - which is a trick French women have mastered oh-so-well over the years.

Whilst I've learnt a lot of style tips from looking into the style of the women of France, the tip that has resonated with me most has got to be this - it is all about accessorising. The thing that French women have the ability to do so well is popping on a pair of fitted jeans and a plain white shirt, but making it all-the-more classic and chic by adding a statement necklace, or the perfect pair of adorable ballet flats, to complete the look.

From the shades to the shoes, the women of France know how to work their accessories. Never too little or too many, their ability to change things up with accessories is what makes their style so unique. It might be a bold cocktail ring to add a touch of glitz to that Little Black Dress, or a simple beret to give that jeans-and-tee combo a touch of class. Either way, the ladies of France have accessorising perfected to a T.

The brilliant thing about accessories is that they are, more often than not, cheaper than our clothing counterparts, and a can be a lot more fun to wear. They have the ability to turn a boring outfit into something cool and unique, as well as being able to modernise classics, or add a twist to a seemingly simple outfit. I think to accessorise right, you need to visualise your outfit as like your foundation when doing your makeup - it is the most important step, and what ties everything together, but without the accessories it is simply dull. As with your blush, your eyeshadow and your bronzer; your shoes, your hat or your jewellery are what add character, sparkle, and that little extra touch of colour, making them essential to your style.

Maybe there is a classic shift dress sitting at the back of your wardrobe, but you feel reluctant to wear it as it feels outdated or plain. It's simple - put it on, and use your accessories to bring it a new lease of life. It might be a pair of statement earrings, a classic watch, or even a lipstick that brings new life to the dress, and transforms it from something plain and boring into a fantastic outfit. It really is that easy. It goes for your everyday outfits too - something as simple as a pair of chinos and a linen shirt can be turned into the most fashionable outfit ever with the addition of a classic silk scarf, a chic pair of ballet flats and a stunning pair of shades.

Accessories add glamour, personality, character and sparkle, depending on the look you are going for. The one thing that accessories never fail to add to an outfit is style. As long as you don't add too little or too many, accessorising the correct way will make you feel like the most stylish woman around.

Take a look at La Redoute's Secrets to French Style here.

Honey put on that party dress | Win a Ruby Prom Dress

Thursday, 17 April 2014
Dress*: Ruby Prom
Shoes: Next

Seeing as it's coming up to Easter Bank Holiday Weekend, I thought what better outfit to post than a fancy-smancy going out one? I'll be honest, I'm not that into going out, but when it comes to dressing up, I'm there. I just wish I had more black-tie events to go to so I got a chance to wear beautiful dresses, just like this one from Ruby Prom. 

I was lucky enough to be gifted this dress from Ruby Prom and I'm in complete awe of just how stunning it is. A beautiful mix of dusty pink and black, it is the ideal 'going out' dress. I decided to wear it with my beautiful velvet heels from Next, which compliment it perfectly. Now I just need an occasion to wear it! 

Ruby Prom is my absolute go-to when it comes to beautiful gowns. If I'd had known about the brand years ago, it would definitely have been my first port-of-call for when prom season came around. Speaking of which, prom season is just around the corner and so I'm collaborating with Ruby Prom on Twitter to give away one beautiful Ruby Prom dress of your choice (up to the value of £250) for my readers. Keep an eye out on my twitter as I'll be tweeting chances for you to win over the next few weeks, with the competition ending a month today. You'll need to be following both me and Ruby Prom on Twitter to be in with a chance! 

Are you a fan of Ruby Prom's princess-esque dresses? I sure am! 

Claire's A/W Press Day & Exclusive Look at the Katy Perry Prism Collection

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Last night I headed down to London to take a peek at the Claire's A/W Press Day and take an exclusive look at the amazing new Katy Perry PRISM Collection. As you may already know, I am a HUGE fan of the beautiful Katy Perry and so I was super excited to take a peek at what the collection had to offer.

The idea behind the collection is simple - Katy has personally put together the collection for her fans to wear when they come to watch her PRISM tour, which starts in May. I think it's a fab idea and something that I've never really seen done before. I'm actually going to see Katy on tour in May so I'm definitely going to be getting my hands on some bits from the collection to wear whilst I'm there!

The collection itself is absolutely stunning - everything screams Katy and is all focused around her PRISM album, predominantly focusing on tracks like 'Roar' which really shouts out about being strong, empowered and a 'champion'. There were lots of tiger, lion and smaller cat goodies to be seen, as well as prisms-a-plenty (obviously, seeing as that's the theme for her album and the tour), and necklaces, rings and bracelets emblazoned with the words 'champion', 'roar', and 'hero'. I also spied a cute little 'Unconditionally' ring which I thought was sweet, and obviously links with another of Katy's tracks off the PRISM album.

As well as jewellery, there were hair clips, headbands, notebooks and even phone cases based around the PRISM theme, some of which I thought would be ideal for Perry's younger fans. I was totally drawn to a 'ROAR' headband which I'll definitely be purchasing before I go to her gig in May!

The great thing about all these pieces is that they're really amazing prices, with the chunky necklaces coming in at around £14, which is a total bargain in my eyes. I also love the fact I can totally see Katy wearing these and it's clear to see she obviously had a lot of input into putting the collection together.

I had an amazing time at the event, and as well as looking at Katy's collection, it was also really great to see what other pieces Claire's have lined up for the coming months. There were some really beautiful vintage-style jewellery pieces on show, as well as gorgeous fascinators, headpieces, and floral-themed items, as well as some stunning makeup bits and pieces. There are definitely lots of gorgeous things to come from Claire's!

What do you think to the Katy Perry PRISM Collection? Will you be buying some bits to wear on her tour? The collection is exclusive to Claire's and will be available in May (just in time for the tour!)

George at Asda Spring/Summer Wishlist

Monday, 14 April 2014
1. Polkadot Shirt - £10
4. Thumper Pyjamas - £13
7. Mint Lace Shirt - £12

Any bargain-hunting fashionistas will know that more often than not, your favourite supermarket is actually the home of some absolute clothing gems, all at really affordable prices. My favourite supermarket to shop for clothes at has got to be Asda - their George at Asda range is always spot on, and I'm pretty much always guaranteed to go away with at least one item of clothing I'm chuffed with. 

In homage to the great British supermarket and their amazing range of affordable clothing, I thought it was about time I put together a wishlist featuring my current favourites from the amazing George at Asda. They have some gorgeous pieces in for spring/summer so what better time to swoon over their fab range of clothes?

First up, this boxy polkadot tee is seriously cute and will look amazing with shorts for trips to the seaside. The floral canvas shoes I found would compliment this outfit perfectly, and I can't believe how cheap they are at a mere £6. They look seriously comfy too, perfect for long walks in the sunshine. Next up, this fruity bikini is totally gorgeous and seriously bargainous at only £8 for the top and £4 for the bottoms. George at Asda has always been my first port of call when it comes to swimwear and you can totally see why. It's also my favourite place to go for for pyjamas - I'm a bit of a pyjama addict and this set of Thumper pjs is too cute to resist. I always find some amazing Disney pjs in Asda. Back to clothing, although I'm not the biggest fan of animal print, I was totally drawn to this lilac/purple pair of shorts. I think there's something really chic about them and can imagine wearing a nice lilac cami top to compliment them over the summer. Midi skirts are all the rage right now and I've jumped on the bandwagon too. This bright waffle-texture midi from Asda is different to what I'd usually go for but I think it looks a lot more expensive than it actually is. I couldn't resist throwing some mint shades in here, and this mint lace shirt is stunning and I actually think would look pretty cool with the aforementioned midi skirt. Finally, I threw some more swimwear in there as this beach print swimsuit is too cute not to include. 

Are you a fan of George at Asda? Let me know what you're currently loving from the supermarket fashion departments at the minute! 

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Bright Out

Sunday, 13 April 2014
Dress*: Red Label
Shoes: New Look
Necklace: Butler & Wilson
Sunglasses: Ebay

As much as I adore pastels for spring, there is something about whacking on the brightest outfit possible that leaves me feeling somewhat empowered and wishing for summer. As the weather is warming up I thought it was the perfect opportunity to don my sunnies, get my legs out and embrace the warmer weather with this bright swing dress from Red Label. I am obsessed with swing dresses at the minute - they're so comfy and flattering, what's not to love? 

I decided to pair it with my cutesy dolly shoes from New Look, bargainous sunnies from Ebay and my beloved Butler & Wilson ducky necklace, which is actually the perfect shade of turquoise to match the dress. Yes, I'm also wearing extensions in these pics - they will probably be featured in a upcoming few outfit posts as I'm testing them out to review and so far, I'm loving them. I'll post an in-depth review once I have a few wears out of them! 

What do you think to rocking brights for spring? Are you a fan of my almost fluorescent swing dress?

Gallery Affordable Lip Colours

Thursday, 10 April 2014

As nice as it is to feel the luxury of buying expensive makeup brands, my heart will always have a soft spot for the cheaper, humbler counterparts of the makeup world. Afterall, these cheaper brands are what first opened the doors to my obsession with makeup and without them, I probably wouldn't have had such a passion for what I do. Whilst the cheaper price does show with some makeup products (foundation, predominantly) I believe that you can find some really great products that don't break the bank. 

One of the brands I've always liked, ever since rummaging through the shelves of my local cheapy-shop to find it, has been Gallery. I should say the first lipstick I ever bought was from this brand, and so a few weeks ago I decided to go back down memory lane and revisit those very shelves, to see what products they had in store for me years later. If you're an avid reader of my blog you'll know I discovered a dupe for a favourite YSL lippy of mine thanks to Gallery (more info here), so I had high hopes I'd find some more gems. I wasn't disappointed. 

For 70p a piece I walked away with four ultra pretty lipsticks, all of which have a gorgeous formulation, are lovely and moisturising, and last really well. No, they don't smell like vanilla nor does the packaging leave much to be desired, but on the lips they're a real treat. I thought I'd take you through each of the shades I bought for a closer look at these cheap-as-chips lipsticks...

First up, Shocker. I was drawn to this colour immediately as it is unlike anything I own and I was really intrigued by the slight shimmer running through it. It's a gorgeous raspberry red that, thanks to the subtle shimmer, has a beautiful finish. It's extremely pigmented and I have a feeling it will look incredible on a pale porcelain skin tone. 

Did somebody say Barbie? Sugar Candy is most definitely the Saint Germain of the cheaper makeup world. Again, rich in colour and totally pigmented, this is a candyfloss shade that definitely isn't for the faint-hearted. It's a total Barbie/Nicki Minaj colour that won't be everyone's cup of tea, but it's definitely mine. 

Paris Pink is probably the closest you're going to get to anything neutral from these Gallery babies I picked up, and it is a peachy pink shade that for some reason doesn't seem as pigmented as the others. I'm not sure if I picked up a dud here as when I previously reviewed this shade in the new packaging, it was really, really pigmented. It might be worth checking out that post here for a better look. 

Another shade unlike anything I've had in my makeup drawers before, I couldn't resist picking up the colour Posh Peony. With a slight metallic shimmer running through it, this shade reminds me of one I've always lusted after from MAC, Show Orchid. Whilst it isn't quite up to MAC's standards in the quality stakes, I'm actually pretty impressed with the colour payoff. 

What do you think to the lipsticks I picked up? Not bad for 70p each, right? You can pick these lipsticks up at your local cheapy shop - Boyes, Home Bargains etc. or find them online at the links above.