Debenhams is definitely one of my favourite places to shop when autumn/winter comes round. There's just something about going into the store, Christmas shoppers in abundance and thick woolen coats aplenty, fairy lights dazzling and perfumes being spritzed that reminds me completely of this time of year, with the buzz up to Christmas and the endless party outfits to buy.
So, what better time to take part in their A/W 14 Blogger Style Challenge to win an amazing £500 for you and another blogger to spend at Debenhams?! Imagine the shopping spree! The competition is welcome to all bloggers and basically requires you to put together two outfits based around the six key A/W trends; Modern Military, Pastel Palette, Autumn Luxe, Blue Notes, Pinks & Berries or Winter Greens. One of the outfits has to be for you, and another picked out for a blogger friend.
Can you guess which trend I picked for myself...?
Red Herring Grey Checked Embellished Collar Pinafore Dress / Mantaray Dark Cream Pom Pom Knit Bobble Hat / Floozie Pale Pink Heart Hand Watch / Floozie Pink Tweed Cross Body Bag / OPI Princesses Rule! Nail Lacquer / J by Jasper Conran Designer Light Pink Panel Brogues / Miss Selfridge Shawl Collar Fur Coat
Of course, I just had to go for the 'Pastel Palette' trend. As you probably know by now, pastels are my favourite and I would 100% wear this outfit myself - I mean, can I have it now please?! It's just too adorable and perfect for the coming months. I love how the dress is grey and the pale pinks bring everything together and make the outfit super girly - and how cute is that bobble hat? I also love how the checks on the dress tie in nicely with the tweed on the bag. I can imagine getting wrapped up warm in this on a wintry day and feeling ridiculously stylish!
In contrast, the outfit I chose for my friend and fellow blogger Steph from Stephanie Dreams is a much more fiery, rock n' roll vibe. Me and Steph actually have quite a similar style in that we love girly pastels as well as grungy, rockier looks, so we could have all the fun in the world swapping outfits! In terms of the trend, I decided to go for the 'Pinks & Berries' trend for Steph as she has gorgeous reddy-brown hair that would look amazing with this outfit...
H! By Henry Holland Designer Dark Red Double Layer Dress / Faith Dark Red Patent Brogues / Floozie Gold Chunky Heart Charm Bracelet / Guerlain KissKiss Lipstick / Star by Julien McDonald Designer Dark Pink Cross Body Bag / H! By Henry Holland Maroon Eyelash Knit Jumper / OPI Malaga Wine Nail Lacquer
Definitely a contrast, but I absolutely love everything about this outfit, and think it would look amazing on Steph. The dress is stunning and the brogues and the jumper give it a boyish vibe, whilst the bracelet, lipstick and nail polish glam things up. The dark pink bag is gorgeous and works so well with the dress, it's almost like they were made for each other.
So, all that's left to say is that I nominate Steph from Stephanie Dreams to take part in the Debenhams A/W 14 Blogger Style Challenge.
Will you be entering the style challenge? Follow the hashtag #DebsAWStyle to check out all the entries! Wish me luck!