Tagged: Fashion

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Helping through the highstreet

October is the official month of Breast Cancer Awareness. This is a cause that is very close to my heart as many women in my family have suffered with the disease.

That’s why I’ve decided to write this post to recommend how you can easily help raise awareness and funds for this worthy cause just by visiting the high street. Check out the products to look for below & remember that you can also raise awareness by having a ‘Pink Friday’ event at work, school or at home or even entering the Breast Cancer Care WomenOnly Run this Saturday (Oct 18).

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1. Office Metallic Pink Heels – £65 (30% goes to charity)

2. Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Bath & Shower Gel (250ml) – £15 (£1 goes to charity)

3. QVC Charm Bracelet – £23.98 (100% goes to charity)

4. Office Cecilia Pink Glitter Pumps – £56 (30% goes to charity)

5. Official Ribbon & Hearts Tea Towel Pack – £7.99

6. Elemis Limited Edition Pro-Collagen Marine Cream (100ml) – £99 (Elemis are donating £10,000 to the charity)

7. Official Pink Heart Mug – £7.95

8. Asda Tickled Pink Care Bear Onesie – £15 (£1.50 goes to charity)

9. Rosa Rosa Skincare Set – £80

London Bridal Fashion Week to launch next year!

Bride and groom making a toast with champagneGet excited all you brides-to-be as it has just been announced that London Bridal Fashion Week (LBFW) will be launched next year.

The three-day event, which will feature the latest bridal collections from leading brands and designer labels, will be held at Old Billingsgate in London from May 17-19.

Alejandra Campos, former Director of the National Wedding Shows, is organising the event. Ms Campos has also revealed that menswear, accessories and occasion wear will also feature at the event.

Applications to participate in the fashion shows and exhibition are open now. Those who want more information on the event should visit the LBFW website or contact the team via Twitter.

Label Love: NICCE London

Today’s post is all about a clothing label I have come to love – NICCE London.

The streetwear brand is new on the scene – only being established last year. However, it’s already become increasingly popular in its field, thanks to its contemporary designs and clean, classic cuts.

I found the label when I was hunting for new finds in the botton of the Oxford Street Topshop where the brand is stocked and I’m so glad I did, as it’s fast becoming a firm fashion favourite of mine.

Below I’m wearing the brand’s classic t-shirt which was £28. I loved this due to its simplicity and it literally goes with anything. As you can see, I went for an urban look and dressed it with a chunky chain and orange nails. However, if you want a more sophisticated look I’d recommend teaming it with skinny jeans and pointy heels.

As well as being stylish, prices are reasonable too, with the dearest items only setting you back around £45.

Check out some of my favourite pieces from the brand below and go to their website for more and to shop! Also me know what you think of NICCE London by leaving a comment below if you get a minute!

Sam x

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Get it right: Dressing for the office

writing 2Dressing for the office can be a tricky one. Get it right and it could help you land your way to that promotion, however getting it wrong could lead you to become the laughing stock of the workplace. That’s why I’ve created this handy guide so that you can bluff your way to the perfect professional look from now on.

Don’t go too tight and skimpy

The first rule for office dressing is to not show off too much. You may think that your bum-skimming dress make you look dead sexy, but they really won’t do you any favours in an office environment. For one, it may attract some unwanted attention from a colleague, which could lead to extremely awkward situations. People are also not likely to take you that seriously in the workplace if you are showing them what you had for breakfast.

Avoid frumpiness

Although you don’t want to be showing off the outline of your butt cheeks, don’t feel like you have to dress like a nun in the workplace. You don’t have to wear a dress right down to your ankles for people to take you seriously. The trick is to dress for your body in the right way. Make sure all your clothes are the correct size and flatter your figure nicely for a winning combination.

Buy staple items

Those who work full-time spend most of their week in the office, which means a lot of different outfits. It’s understandable that you may want to impress your colleagues with your wide array of fashionable items, but if you’re not careful this could lead to a big credit card bill. The trick to keep your work wardrobe and your bank balance happy is to invest in staple items that will see you through. This means key items such as a pencil skirt, smart trousers and a handful of nice shirts and blouses. If you cleverly mix and match these items then you will keep your workwear style fresh all season.

Go for the best quality you can afford

Although you don’t want to max out your cards on your office wardrobe, it is advisable to buy the best quality you can afford. A well-made item is far more likely to see you through the year than something you picked up for a pound in a jumble sale. It is also a lot less likely to fall apart when you are having that important meeting.

Invest in your footwear

There is nothing worse than someone wearing terrible shoes – it is just a fact. Even if you have spent hundreds of pounds on an outfit for work, wearing a pair of tatty old shoes that you have had for the last decade will leave you looking scruffy and unkempt. Make sure you have at least one good pair of black heels, which tend to go with everything. Flats are also great for the office, especially if you can’t hack it in stilettos all day.

Keep it clean

Of course what you wear matters, but even if you are wearing a smart outfit, you will not look your best if it is dirty, stained or un-ironed. For example, going into a meeting in some trousers with half of yesterday’s lunch down them hardly screams professional does it? It may even be a good idea to keep a spare outfit in your desk drawer in case of any lunchtime mishaps.

So there you have it, your perfect guide to office dressing success! Now go wow your colleagues and clients…

Woman Crush Wednesday: Hemsley & Hemsley

hemsleyFor my #WomanCrushWednesday this week, I have not one, but two awesome females.

If you haven’t heard of them yet, sisters Jasmine and Melissa Hemsley, better known as Hemsley + Hemsley are the hottest new duo to hit the cookery scene.

The uber-talented pair, who are both chefs, have gained success thanks to their awesome healthy recipes, which they feature on their website. However, the health gurus have also gained fans thanks to their fun personalities, stylish fashion choices and excellent writing skills that can be seen thanks to their blog.

In fact, the two London sisters have impressed with their writing ability, food skills and fashion sense so much that they are now also writers for Vogue and The Guardian.

Being a blogger myself, I find it really inspiring that the pair have managed to achieve so much and that is why they are my #wcw this week!

You can buy the Hemsley sisters first book ‘The Art of Eating Well’ now and  can follow them on Twitter to keep up to date with their latest news. 

One for the boys: Dressing to meet your in-laws

o-MAN-SUIT-facebookI’ve decided to do something new and write my first male-focused post! Exciting, huh? 

This is basically for any guy who is about to meet their girlfriend’s parents for the first time. The post was inspired by the fact that my sister Kerri has just got a new boyfriend and he is meeting our parents for the first time this weekend.

She was telling me that he’s a bit worried about what to wear, so I thought I’d write this post for him and any other guys out there who might be worrying about meeting their partner’s ‘rents. 

So hello boys if you are reading the blog for the first time and girls, if you have a new man in your life who hasn’t met your parents yet, why not suggest a read of my suggestions below. 

Hope you enjoy!

 

Think smart

The main thing you will want to ensure is that you look smart. This doesn’t mean you have to wear a three-piece suit, but it does mean that what you do wear should be clean, washed and ironed. After all, no mother wants to see their daughter with a man who can’t even be bothered to wear a clean top! Items you may want to stay clear of on a first meeting with the in-laws however include ripped jeans, band tops and joke t-shirts, as they can be distracting.

Dress for the occasion

It is important to look smart, however remember that it is crucial that you dress for the occasion. If you are visiting the home of your in-laws, then it is fine to wear trousers, however if you are going on a family picnic, don’t be afraid to wear shorts and (clean) trainers. Dressing too smart for an outdoor activity may leave you looking a little silly.

Stay away from bold colours or patterns 

You may think that your bright orange stripy t-shirt signals that you are fun, however it’s probably not the most sensible thing to wear on your first meeting with your partner’s parents. Muted colours such as white, black and navy blue are much safer and will ensure that your girlfriend’s family will concentrate on your personality, rather than be distracted by your dress sense.

Wear the right shoes!

As every mother knows, there is nothing worse than a man in bad shoes. You may not think that the in-laws will notice what’s on your feet, but they certainly will. This means that all shoes should be cleaned and polished if possible. You will also want to make sure that they work well with the outfit that you are wearing. For example, don’t wear trainers with suit trousers and certainly don’t even entertain the idea of socks and sandals – you may never be asked over again!

Don’t forget your personal hygiene

As well as concentrating on the clothes that you wear, it is important that you also make sure your appearance is up-to-scratch too. For example, make sure you wash and comb your hair, have clean fingernails and have brushed your teeth. Parents are far more likely to think that you will be able to look after their daughter if you look after your own appearance too.

Fashion post: So I’m currently sports obsessed

my nikesSo the title speaks for itself really, I am currently obsessed with buying and wearing sportswear.

It all started when I got a new pair of Nike trainers for the gym. At the same time, I also bought a sports luxe blazer that I happened to stumble on in Primark too. Those two combined started this dangerous new fixation with all these sports.

For the first time ever, instead of Topshop and Asos, I was scanning the online stores of Nike and Adidas religiously and I still am a few weeks on!

Today I bought some Nike Air Force 1’s from Schuh (see right) as well as some hi tops off Ebay, however it hasn’t stopped my craving. As soon as I got home I went on the Adidas website, adding about five pairs of shoes to my ‘shopping cart’ as well as some cute jackets. I just can’t stop myself!

Luckily, I didn’t actually purchase these latter items that I put in my bag, otherwise I really would be broke. Instead I decided to write this blogpost to share my new found sporty favourites with you and lust in them online, rather than raid my purse again.

At least buying sports items are practical I guess, especially as this time of year as trainers are always good for festivals and outdoor stuff, as are jackets when it gets cold in the evening.

Anyway, check out my favourite must-have sports items below and know that if you buy any I will be immensely jealous!

Much love,

Sam x

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(L-R) Adidas Supergirl Hip-Hop Track Jacket – £60, Nike Dunk Sky Hi Print – £71.89, Adidas Chiffon Flower Jacket – £37.

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(L-R) Nike Blazer Mid iD – £90, Colorado Windbreaker – £23, Adidas ZX 700 Shoes – £65

 

OMG… they now do emoji t-shirts!

monkeySo, I think we all know that emojis are about the best thing ever to happen to iphones. They are just so much fun, especially the little monkey face ones – adorable!

Well, I have the best news ever for you all. You can now get clothes with emojis on! Yes, that’s right, you can wear a tee with your own little dancing lady, emoji animal, or happy face. Amazing, right?!

Website Zazzle has a whole range of the designs at £12.95 per shirt.

Admittedly, the t-shirts aren’t the most flattering in the world – they are just a standard plain white tee. However, they are pretty fun. I know that I’m definitely going to have to buy one, even if it’s a snoozy face design for bed.

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Infographic: Top tips to dress right for an interview!

So you’ve perfected your CV, filled out your application and you’ve managed to go and bag yourself an interview for that job you were after. Perfect, the hard part is over right?

Well not completely, as you have to make sure you give off the right impression to make sure you land that position! One of the best ways to do this is to make sure you look the part for your interview and have remembered everything you may need.

Check out this handy infographic below, which was recommended to me by the lovely people at luxury fashion site FarFetch.com. It has some great tips and reminders to make sure you get your dream role!

Good luck!

Sam x

 

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Cleated soles: The shoe style of this season

Now if you love shoes then you will have noticed that cleated soles are EVERYWHERE at the moment.

I have to say, I can’t get enough of them personally. Not only have they updated shoes making them much more modern & edgy, they are also great for summer as they match in perfectly with pastels, especially when they’re in white.

Take a look at my top cleated sole shoes around at the moment below…

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H&M Black Platform Sandals (£24.99)       

River Island Metallic Block Heel Sandals (£40)  

Schuh Ice Cream Sandals (£40)

Topshop White Arcade Cut Out Boots (£42)  

New Look Black & White Ankle Boots (£20.50)

Miss Selfridge Attitude Lace Boot (£35)