Tuesday, 29 May 2012

Bombs away: how to wear a bomber jacket

This man could make a paper bag look good
image from radartothescene.com

I know there’s been a lot of buzz about this lately so I thought I’d stick my oar into the almost unfathomable popularity of the bomber jacket.

Bomber jackers have this fantastic history that not many people know about: their origin lies in flight jackets designed for WWI pilots, to protect them against the wind while flying open cockpit aeroplanes.

Growing up in a little Welsh town, however, I only ever saw bomber jackets in waterproof materials, neon colours and sporting *shudder* a stretchy wrist cuff. But there was something about them that intrigued me. Underneath that impossibly shiny material lay a shape I longed to wear. All it needed was an update - or a sexy man sporting one on the big screen.

It wasn’t until I saw/drooled uncontrollably over Ryan Gosling in Drive that I knew the time had finally come. I was going to find the perfect bomber jacket - no matter how much it took (in terms of effort, not money, of course. I’m not a millionaire after all).

 My loose-fitting tropical bomber - Primark, £10

In modern fashion, there’s something about the bomber that just unequivocally states tough girl. Even teamed with the prettiest of dresses, this jacket will give you the edginess your 14-year-old self could only dream of. The baseball collar, jersey cuffs and unstructed waist give the wonderful boxy shape definition while SS12 patterns and textures are sure to make you stand out from the crowd.

Clockwise from top: Daisy floral bomber jacket, £55, Topshop; Sheer 
bomber, £32.99, Mango; Soft seamed bomber, £32.99, Topshop.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Bargain of the week fit for a Queen!

Image (c) Asos.com

It's hard not to be swept up in jubilee fever in Britain at the moment, so this week's bargain is rather fitting. Asos have some absolutely fan-bloomin-tastic DIY crowns for the event, designed by Henry Holland, Preen, Julie Verhoeven and Danielle Scutt. All you have to do is visit the website, print it off and get gluing.

Once you're done, strike a pose, snap a photo et voila - you may not be Queen of England so style princess will have to do for now!

P.S. Don't forget, Asos are also offering 20% off British heritage brands including Vivienne Westwood, Barbour and Cath Kidston!

Wednesday, 23 May 2012

Chanel face tattoos: the new nail wraps?

Who would have thunk it? The most talked about feature of last week's extravagant 12/13 Chanel Cruise show was a beauty spot. But this wasn't just any old beauty spot, it was the unmistakable Chanel logo, in velvet temporary tattoo form.

Image from lovelyish.com

The show (which I'm betting was at least in part inspired by Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette and Ladurée's scrumptious macarons) was a saccharine rush of pastels. Models wore cute candy crop bobs with blushing pink cheeks. The linked C's logo was almost an after thought, applied tear drop style.

This isn't the first time Chanel have forayed into temporary tattoos but this, er, experiment...well, what can I say? According to the Guardian there are no plans as of yet to market the temporary tattoos but surely it's only a matter of time before we see some dodgy knock-offs somewhere. Let's just hope no-one goes overboard and does what that girl with the stars on her face did.

This time last year, the world was buzzing about nail wraps, praising the wonders they could do to your finger tips. But with each WAH nail came a wobbly lined amature job. So are the Chanel tats set to follow in the nail wraps's footsteps? Will we see C's hastily applied in eyeliner to the cheeks of the masses? Unlikely, but I'm betting we'll see at least one of the celeb fashpack sporting a face tattoo in the next few weeks.

What do you think? Would you wear a Chanel face tattoo?

Monday, 21 May 2012

Bargain of the week: Louboutin look-a-likes at Missguided

Judita platform court shoes, £35.99, Missguided.co.uk
What girl doesn't lust after Louboutins? These icons of the shoe world have to be the 'It' accessory of the century, seen on every fashion-forward lady out there. However, unless you have some serious cash to splash, chances are the Louboutin look is a bit out of reach. That is, of course, until now.

These superb shoe-a-likes from Missguided.co.uk are a minuscule fraction of the designer version's price at just £35.99. With a very similar shape, whopping 6" heel and signature red soles (in a slightly different, yet just as striking, shade), these are a brilliant bargain investment.

And when you're strutting your stuff in these puppies, no one is hardly going to notice they're knock-offs, right?

The original: Louboutin's Daffodile point-toe pumps

Monday, 14 May 2012

Bargain of the week: £15 Prada earrings at ASOS

Prada SS12 campaign - look at those accessories!
I'm so excited about this week's bargain my hands are actually trembling (dramatic? Me? Never!) I've been waiting for what feels like forever for these flower and jewel earrings to come back in stock on ASOS and the day has finally come - they have returned! YAY!

Flower and jewel drop earrings, £15, ASOS.com
These beauties are very similar to Prada's SS12 offerings at, of course, a fraction of the price. What more can I say other than buy, buy, buy! I'm off to wait for the postman...

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Today I'm wearing: tech treasures

When is an iPad case not an iPad case? When it's working sea green, mermaid treasure loveliness of course. This soft leather clutch is the perfect antidote to all those boring laptop cases out there. Functional can be fashionable after all!

Capulet iPad clutch, £249, Harrods

Monday, 7 May 2012

Bargain of the week: H&M's fashion forward florals

On my little bank holiday spending spree this weekend, I spotted some irresistible florals at H&M. First up are these Dolce and Gabbana-esque sunglasses. All credit for this find has to go to Chic Steals - I spotted this great DIY post on the blog and the sunnies must have stuck in my mind.

Left: Dolce and Gabbana; Right: H&M sunglasses, £5.99

This shirt dress is another fantastic flowery find. Ok, I admit the picture below may not make it look that amazing, but trust me the print is so Christopher Kane it hurts. The photo perfect buds stand out on the black dress which falls beautifully. And it's only £19.99 - talk about flower power!
Shirt dress, £19.99, H&M

Thursday, 3 May 2012

Must read DIY style blogs

I'm absolutely, totally, utterly and completely obsessed with DIY fashion blogs at the moment. I guess it's pretty obvious by now how much I love budget fashion (bargain of the week anyone?) so any high fashion look for a low price will always be a winner with me. But these amazing writers don't market designer knock-offs or churn out the same high street trends, they show you how to emulate your style, be eco-friendly and have a ton of fun in the process.

So for those of you who have yet to discover this gem of the blogosphere, here's a little introduction to some of the best I love to read.

Image (c) Matter of Style
First up on the list is Matter of Style. This sparkly blog is great for finding easy to make accessories. Favourites include these Miu Miu style glitter shoes made from an old pair of stilettos and a suede belt; a Christopher Kane SS12 inspired floral clutch and a metallic peter pan collar, similar to Louis Vuitton's AW11 offerings.

A Beautiful Mess really is just that: a beautiful mess. Regardless of the amazing DIYs on this style blog, it's just one of those websites which are a pleasure to look at. Visit for tutorials on everything from quirky saddle shoes to vintage suitcase storage from the lovely Elsie Larson.

P.S. If you love Elsie's style, you really need to have a gander at her cute shop, Red Velvet

Header (c) Thanks, I made it
TIMI is full of great DIYs complimented by inspiration and tips on where you can buy the real deal posts for those of us who may be a little slack when it comes to keeping on top of creative projects. I love this little arrowhead necklace teaser and the wonderfully easy how-to.

Honestly WTF do these great stand out yet understated pieces, the kind that will get you noticed for all the good reasons. Top of my to do list are these colour block moccasins, this Dolce and Gabbana style tiara and, one of SS12's most coveted accessories, Prada-esque rose and rhinestone earrings.

Header (c) Glitter 'N Glue
It started with a ring. Well, a whole stack of rings actually. I've only just discovered Glitter 'n' Glue but am already hooked. These simple ball bearing chain rings drew me in but I'm sticking around for more inspired posts like this Marni for H&M style necklace made from recycling bin materials.

Geneva from A pair and a spare really should just give it all up and go into fashion design (if she isn't there already of course!). Her projects are just pure high class style. Absolutely beautiful, completely understated and a wonderful resource for us readers. If you only visit one blog on this list, make it A pair and a spare.

Header (c) PS I made this...
7. PS I made this
Another one which is just a beauty to look at is PS I made this. Every post is beautifully designed and accompanied with scrapbook images to get your creative juices flowing. I love love love this coral cuff - it would have fitted right in at the Chanel SS12 show don't you think?

8. Chic steals
Carly from Chic steals really goes all out on her DIYs, just take these Dolce and Gabbana style sunnies, for example. She made her own resin clay flowers to decorate - impressive stuff!
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