• Colour Block Your Way To Fashion Confidence. The SS18 Trend Everyone Was Wearing at LFW

    It's only February and it's still pretty cold, but the London Fashion Week street stylers took on one of our favourite SS18 trends this season: colour confidence.

    LFW was bought to life with a sea of lilac, red, blues and greens in the form of bold colouring using huge chunky knits, wide leg tailored trousers, coats and blazers. Just about everyone from bloggers to editors were giving this a go, but there was a clear divide in who wore what.

    RELATED: The One Coat Everyone Was Wearing At London Fashion Week 

    Influencers and bloggers, such as Sandra Hagelstam (@fiveinchandup) and Doina Ciobanu (@doina), took the trend by the horns and went head-to-toe in their power colour of choice. That’s everything including shoes and bags and in, quite literally, traffic-stopping traffic light colours.

    Fashion editors, stylists and even celebrities like Olivia Palermo, however, opted for colour clashes in more muted colours, such as lilac and mint. I also took this trend on and can totally back the confidence a splash of colour bought to my look. I worked Theory tailored trousers with a COS shirt and it’s safe to say the street style photographers were into it, too.



    Don’t wait for summer to get into colour, make like the London Fashion Week street style set and brighten up your winter blues now. Shop my favourite colour block pieces below.

  • Cowboy Boots Are Back And This Is How You Wear Them In 2018

    Oh, yes. Cowboy boots are back – and in a seriously stylish way. Landing just in time for the really wintery cold and wet weather, they’re the perfect new year accessory to update your look in a very 2018 way.

    We first spotted these on the Autumn Winter ’18 catwalks from the likes of Calvin Klein, Celine and Toga in both calf and ankle lengths and in everything from metallics to shiny postbox red. 

    RELATED: The Best Winter Boots To Buy RN

    The high street, too, is also really into these stompers. Topshop has gone for pastels while Mango has opted for all-white –two colour-ways we’re seriously into at the moment when it comes to accessories. Then there's our current favourite, cult Danish brand Ganni, who are so into the Western cowboy boot they’ve gone to town with pretty much all the shades, but our favourite is their silver metallic. You can buy it in my edit below. 

    RELATED: The Colour of 2018: Lilac

    You won't be ditching these come summer either, the cowboy boots have got a lot of life in them and will see you right the way through festival season teamed with a simple summer dress.

    Interested? Take a look at our edit below and shop the best to buy RN.

    Ganni Silver Metallic Boots

    Available at Net-A-Porter | £355.00



  • This Is The Colour of SS18

    It’s goodbye millennial pink and hello to the lilac hour. While pastels were the wash of choice across the Spring Summer ’18 fashion shows, the lilac hue was one that stood out above the rest. An update on last year's pink, lavender has a more modern, sophisticated feel, and after seeing the below edit, you too will want to be head to toe.

    Victoria Beckham kicked it all off with a SS18 collection which oozed feminine luxury in the form of super-smart tonal tailoring. Skinny pants and oversized blazers in her signature style were all lilac, with silky slips in the same hue to offer a contrast. Also at the New York shows was Tibi, with almost every other model head-to-toe in lilac. Leading the Tibi charge was a simple sporty look of long shorts and an oversized knit, followed by plunging tailoring and silky evening gowns finished with ruffling. 



    But what’s out there right now that you can get your hands on? Everyone, from Vetements and Hillier Bartley right down to Mango and H&M, has bought into this colour trend. The key to keeping it Vetements-level cool, no matter what your budget, is to keep it super simple. A plain cashmere jumper – like the ones below from Zara and Joostricot – with a plain block colour tailored trouser will keep you looking chic.

    Yes, we’d love for you to do a whole look, but if this is too much, dip into one of the sugar-coated accessories you’ll find below.

    Enjoy!

    Arket Wool Scarf

    Available at Arket | £45.00



    Hillier Bartley Double Breasted Blazer

    Available at Net A Porter | £595.00

    Vetements Lighter-Heel Ankle Boots

    Available at Browns Fashion | £795.00


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  • You'll Want To Make Room In Your Wardrobe For Pernille Teisbaek’s Collab With Malene Birger

    Calling all Scandi-obsessed fashion lovers, you need to create some room in your wardrobe for this new collab. Copenhagen-based fashion house By Malene Birger has collaborated with Danish uber-influencer Pernille Teisbaek for a Pre-Spring 2018 capsule collection which will be sold exclusively on Net-a-Porter. 

    The 10-piece collection is based on some of By Malene Birger's iconic silhouettes combined with Pernille's sense of easy, yet discernibly sophisticated aesthetic, which she has been internationally recognized for, and is the exact reason we're obsessed with her. 

    "I've chosen to develop my favourite styles from By Malene Birger's existing classic silhouettes with a focus on a more minimalist and timeless feel and a playful twist of contrasts between the feminine and the masculine. For example, I've styled broad-shouldered mannish suiting with a feminine camisole, or an oversized shirt styled with a silk pencil skirt."



    Offering a complete wardrobe that will take you flawlessly from day-to-after-dark in a dreamy neutral palette. From luxurious cashmeres and silks to structural checked tailoring, all of the pieces can be styled with one another in endless ways. 

    "Masculine suiting is a striking alternative to the ubiquitous party dress," says Pernille, "and by adding a beautiful lace bra underneath, high heels and statement earrings, you create a very sexy evening look."

    Wearable, interchangable and flawlessly timeless, the capsule is everything we want to be wearing right now. Shop the lot below.



    OFF WHITE SILK SLIP SKIRT

    Available at Net-a-Porter | £230



    CHECK TIE WAIST COAT

    Available at Net-a-Porter | £480




    . SILK LOW CUT BELTED TOP

    Available at Net-a-Porter | £240

    SHOP IT
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  • Rixo London: The Cult New Brand You Can Actually Afford

    I'd had my eyes on up-and-coming London brand Rixo for a while, when I decided that I was desperate to wear one of their dresses to my friend's wedding back in the summer. Chatting to another pal, ahead of the wedding, I told her about my plans to wear the Camellia dress from Rixo, only for her to reveal she had gone and bought the exact same dress, too. It was then I knew the brand was about to blow up. (N.B. I managed to persuade my friend to let me wear the dress. See pic below). 

    Turns out I was right! The rise of Rixo has been stratospheric. It all began when friends Henrietta Rix and Orlagh Mcclosky met at the London College of Fashion, where they studied Fashion Management, before landing jobs as Buyers at ASOS. After a few months, though, they realised their real passion lie in design so they quit and set up Rixo London in September 2015. It's now one of the fastest-rising brands in the fashion industry with some of their designs selling out 24 hours after they're released.

    Rixo

    So, why is everyone from Kylie Minogue to Laura Whitmore to Pandora Sykes to Lisa Aiken totally fan-girling the brand? I initially fell in love with Rixo for their signature vintage-inspired prints and luxury silk fabrics (which FYI are all hand-created by the Henriette and Orlagh themselves).

    Then there are the cuts, which are uber flattering – think thigh-high slits, subtle deep V necklines and long sleeves. You can tell that Henrietta and Orlagh really understand the female figure and what a dress can do to make us feel amazing. They use silks that float as you move and are cut in a sexy yet sophisticated way.

    But it's the price point that really makes Rixo stand-out. Full length silk gowns are all priced around the £200-£300 mark and silk tops at around £150. The cost-per-wear on a Rixo piece would break even – and then some. 

    The reason for their overdraft-friendly price points? Henrietta and Orlagh are just like us. They wanted beautiful, stand-out silk pieces for special occasions that they could afford and continue to get more wear out of by styling with knits, trainers and jeans.

    To keep their overheads low, they’ve done everything themselves from hand drawing their prints in their West London living room to flying to China to meet with fabric wholesalers to knocking on the doors of the press (ours included!). They may not have slept for two years now, but Rixo's now stocked in 180 retailers worldwide and it’s safe to say they’re killing it. 

    “Every day is pretty mental as up until 3 weeks ago there was six of us all set up in our living room," says Henrietta. "With customers coming in all day to try things on in our bathroom.”

    Rixo

    Rixo has managed to place their designs in every single UK stockist they had on their hit list from Net-a-Porter to Selfridges, but are conscious of the fact that their designs are so stand-out that the last thing one of their customers wants is to see someone else wearing a similar piece, it's for that reason the girls only produce 50 of any one design. "We don’t want to over saturate the brand," Henrietta told me. "It still need a level of exclusivity.”

    What's next for Rixo? World domination, basically. In 2018 the brand will expand their stockists in the USA aswell as hitting Australia, Canada and Italy. And for the UK? The excellent news is the girls are currently working on knitwear, jewellery and bags for their collections next year. And for Spring Summer '18- they've told me it's all inspired by Studio 54, so expect some studs, diamonds, metallics and some seriously fabulous pieces. 

    So for the perfect party dress or wedding guest dress, look no further then Rixo. I can honestly say I have worn mine over and over again, I know you will too. I've picked out some of my favourite pieces from the current collection below. 

    Happy shopping! 

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  • 10 Things Every Woman Should Own

    “Oh, you work in fashion? It must be so hard deciding what to wear everyday”. One of the most common phases I hear due to being a stylist; but this really isn’t the case, I am a 10-minute blitz and out the door kind-a-girl, and the reason being, I rely on key wardrobe essentials that I literally wear over and over.

     Whilst I love a trend, don’t get me wrong, more often then not the monthly pay just doesn’t stretch far enough to invest in every single one, I don’t think the size of my wardrobe would cope either! So to make getting dressed a total breeze no matter what the occasion, ensure you have every one of these in your wardrobe and be the uber cool, stylish babe you always knew you could be…

    Shop my 10 things below..... 

    1. The LBD - That's Not So Little Anymore 

    Of course, we've all heard it before, every girls needs a little black dress. Well, it's actually true. They are the fail safe back up for any party or event, it's just that us fash-gals like them a little longer and looser. Silk camis, off-the-shoulder ruffles and structured shoulders are the way forward. You can even team with a roll neck underneath in the winter to ensure you really get the most out of this dress. 

    Available at Topshop | £29

    2. A Great White Shirt 

    A crisp white cotton shirt that's slightly oversized and with a great cuff can be the start to every great outfit. Wear 'half tucked' into tailored trousers for a clean work look or unbutton a little with jeans and a heel for the weekend. Don't forget you can even take it on holiday and it'll double up as a bikini cover-up. 

    Available at Rejina Pyo at Net-a-Porter | £295

    3. A Checked Blazer 

    This is one jacket you quite literally could wear with everything. It'll totally smarten up your jeans and tee on the weekend and will complete a mini dress on the weekend. As it gets colder into the winter, our top styling tip is to do the "double jacket", and wear your blazer under your usual coat. 

    Available at Isabel Marant at Matchesfashion.com £545

    4. A Flat Leather Chelsea Boot 

    And not just any kind. They have to be black leather (not suede), super minimal and have a wide opening at the ankle. Ideal with jeans or to give a little edge to summer dresses - these will come out year in, year out. They're also great for festivals as they scrub up really well afterwards. 

    Available at And Other Stories | £110

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  • 4 New Brilliant Sportswear Brands To Get You Back In The Gym

    Sportswear is having a moment right now. With January resolutions so newly set, we're all making an effort to get out and active - and these are the brands we're excited about...

    When you're cosied up indoors, one of the only things that make the prospect of working out more appealing is a cool gym kit - and to be honest, it's going to be the ONLY thing that will get you off your Christmas-padded bum. That's why we're excited about these new sportswear collections - not only do they combine fashion AND functionality, they're good enough to wear all day long, even if you decide to skip the gym and go shopping. 

    What's not to love?

    E. Leoty

    When sportswear meets couture, you'll find this beautiful new brand E. Leoty. Inspired by Parisian corsetry, this brand incorporates beautifully designed activewear that reflects high end fashion with high performance, luxurious fabrics. Any excuse to workout in clothing that's good enough to wear out for the evening. 

    Prices range from £60- £130 and the collection is available to buy from ernestleoty.com

    Perfect Moment 

    Our favourite surf and skiwear brand launched it's activewear last year, and our obsession is only getting bigger. Expect their signature 'Northern Star' print and many other bold primary colours over sculpting, moisture-wicking fabrics. Their bra tops are super supportive and flattering (great if you like to flash a bit of ab) and their leggings are lined with soft fleece which means they're great for winter workouts outside. 

    Prices range from £125- £235 and you can shop it all from perfectmoment.com

    Marie Claire Sport 

    The premium fashion magazine brand has just launched a fashion forward sportswear range and it's everything you'd want from your gym kit and more. Whether you're training or sipping a soya latte, do it in Marie Claire Sport's deep blue and ruby hue technical stretch fabrics that mould to your body's shape.

    Prices range from £35 for bra tops to £85 for outerwear jackets, and you'll be able to purchase from www.marieclairesport.co.uk

    P.E Nation 

    Since this brand's launch in 2016, its street-meets-sportswear vibes has expanded massively from technical activewear to retro inspired streetwear. With Kylie Jenner's seal of approval, expect to be wearing this brand day in, day out (workout aside) with the mix of vintage-inspired logos and colours across bra tops, leggings, hoodies and outside jackets. Keep your eyes peeled for new capsules and international collaborations for this brand coming for 2018. 

    Prices range from £80- £275 and you'll find most of the collection available in the UK from Net-a-porter 

  • Workwear So Chic And Fabulous You'll Want To Wear It At The Weekends Too

    I don't know about you, but I used to hate spending money on workwear as it's "just work". But we actually spend 25% of our time at work, and when you look good, you feel good and actually end up enjoying your working day so much more. I've been putting it to test recently, and it's true.

    Luckily for us, tailoring, checks and suiting are huge trends for Autumn/Winter 2017, so not only is it everywhere, but you'll feel amazing wearing it at the weekend, too. So, if you're currently one of those women who has a separate section in your wardrobe for your 'workwear', that's all about to change. Apart from anything else, it's expensive to maintain two different sections; I know I definitely couldn't afford to have them separate. Really all you need to do to make your wardrobe work harder for every occasion is to look for items like trousers and dresses and then style them in different ways to suit the office. 

    TIGHTS TIP: I'm not fan, but it's impossible to rule out tights for winter. This season, try burgundy or super-dark green tights for a warmer tone and something different from your usual black. 

    Workwear Trousers 

    Possibly the hardest thing to find when shopping for workwear: the trousers. You'll be thrilled to hear that tailored trousers are actually a trend in their own right this season so they are everywhere, especially checked trousers, which are my favourite. If you do usually favour a simple black trouser, then I really urge you to give checks a go. The subtle print, even when teamed with something as simple as a white shirt, means your look is made instantly interesting.

    Cashmere and knits work amazingly with checked trousers too, especially with a slim leg, and I'm sure you already have tonnes of jumpers in your existing wardrobe, so switch out your typical shirt for one of these and feel much cosier in the office.

    If you choose high-waisted trousers, be sure to define your waist, otherwise it runs the risk of looking frumpy. Go for a blouse, or something with a collared detail, to balance out the overall look. 

    Shop My Looks: (Left) Check trousers, £405, Isa Arfen, brown wool jumper, £125, Arket, white pointed boots, £189, Carvella, dark green small tote bag, £925, Boyy at Net-a-Porter. (Centre) Green corduroy blazer, £89.99, Mango, rust silk shirt, £75, Kitri, high waisted check trousers, £29.99, H&M, pointed mules, £170, Aeyde, suede bucket bag, £585, Simon Miller. (Left) White zip up shirt, £240, Paper London, high waisted trousers, £42, Topshop, slip on mules, £495, Sergio Rossi, brown leather bag, £1,095, Mulberry. 

    Workwear Dresses

    A dress and pair of black opaque tights is the easiest outfit to throw together in the mornings, I know, and I'm sure you have the same few on rotation. But, the only way to get a real feel-good factor is to try a new style as new seasons come. For Autumn/Winter 2017 asymmetric hems, subtle prints, button details and mid-lengths are the way forward. Tip: to change it up a bit, try styling pieces like frill-edge shirts or polo neck jumpers under sleeveless dresses.

    When it comes to footwear, black sock boots with a low heel are a great workwear accessory to slip on with suit trousers and midi length dresses so that your tights aren't visible, giving a much more elevated look. 

    Shop My Look: (Left) Grey check dress, £69.99, Zara, small dark green leather tote, £925, Boyy, slip on mules, £200, Aeyde. (Middle) Green wool dress, £125, COS, white frill edge shirt, £69, Finery, cross body leather bag, £895, Mulberry, black low heel sock boots, £245, Russell & Bromley. (Right) Printed silk dress, £69, Finery, white leather tote bag, £725, Boyy, pointed kitten heels, £129, Kurt Geiger. 

    Workwear Suits 

    'Tis the season of the power suit, and the power career that's going to come with it... Whatever the style for your shape, whether it's a slim fit, tuxedo style, or loose culottes and drapey blazer, there will be one for you. It's a case of trying on until you find 'the one'. I suggest searching for the trouser style you have in mind first as that's hardest bit to get the right.

    Tip: Since the suit it quite a strong look, I'd advise to pair back your top with a simple t-shirt or round neck jumper. 

    If you're not feeling up for wearing a full suit, and there really is no changing your mind, then invest in a blazer and make sure it's double breasted blazer. Not only great with cropped trousers for work, you'll also wear this at the weekend with jeans and a cashmere jumper



    Shop My Look: (Left) Grey wool blazer, £100, Next, grey wool trousers, £68, Next, shirt with contrast panel, £180, SEA NY, buckled loafers, £425, Bally, cross body bag, £895, Mulberry (Middle) Check double breast blazer, £89, Zara, check loose fit trousers, £39.99, Zrara, green mohair jumper, £425, Mulberry, black sock boots, £245, Russell & Bromley, suede bucket bag, £585, Simon Miller. (Right) Check suit blazer, £525, Theory, check suit skirt, £345, Theory, t-shirt, £55, Vestiaire X Bella Freud, black box bag, £298, The Kooples, brogues, £110.20, Kurt Geiger.

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  • Cosy Up In One Of These Faux Fur Coats This Winter

    It’s that time of year again where everything gets seriously fuzzy, and it usually starts with snuggling up in a faux fur coat. With even Gucci announcing a no fur policy for 2018, we’re all about the synthetics these days, and to be honest, they feel even better then the real thing and are fraction of the price.

    So what’s new for this winter?

    1. Go fuzzy and then supersize it.

    From huge, yeti-style, long-haired coats at Marni to floorlength and oversized at Max Mara, the AW17 fashion week shows were teaming with supersized looks.

    2. Bold ‘look-at-me' block colours.

    This is major this year, especially in warm wintery tones such as brown, red and dark greens. Printed faux fur has certainly been put to one side this season, a contrasting cuff is as far as we’re going in term as prints.

    Where to buy your 2017 faux fur? 

    And the award to high street champion of faux fur goes to... Mango for their broad range of luxe-looking coats and jackets that feel like silk to touch. From cropped deep earthy green jackets to calf length contrasting cuff coats that are seriously give designers a run for their money, Mango is your one-stop shop for fuzzy and faux fur this winter.

    Beat the chill and make a statement in one of the seriously cosy coats below.

    Enjoy!

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  • These £49.99 Zara Boots Are The Best Christmas Accessory Yet

    Zara has only gone and done it again. They’ve totally nailed not only all the party season accessories (seriously, their current earring collection is insanely shoppable), but they’re just about to drop these out-of-this-world all sequin boots. Not just your average sparkly boot, these have the cool girl catwalk-worthy edge we like to see in our accessories. With a micro skinny heel, pointed toe and zip front, they really could-be-designer. But, crucially, they're just £49.99. 

    Zara Sequin Boots

    Available at Zara | £49.99

    Of course, they immediately scream Christmas and New Year's Eve party season vibes, but we’re planning to get our hands on them ASAP and team with straight leg girlfriend jeans and a cashmere knit or slogan tee. You really don’t need to dress up with these, they speak for themselves.

    If you are heading out to a party, though, then I’d suggest to keep the rest of your look paired back, pull out your classic LBD or a polka dot number, perhaps? And always remember that sequins and silk go hand-in-hand, so that’s the sort of vibe you want to opt for.

    We’ve got wind that the new drop for these boots is a matter of days away, so sign up to be alerted when they do.

    Good luck!