Monday, 31 December 2012

New Years Eve Nostalgia.

It feels so good to have a charger for my MacBook that I don't have to hold above my head for it to make a connection, and it's even better that I didn't have to fork out £60 for it at an expensive time of the year. Thanks Apple!

Anyway, the purpose of this post is that it's new years eve (incase you didn't know) and I'm sitting here reflecting on my first year in blogging. I started posting in January this year after graduating university in October of 2011, struggling to find a job and having some serious self esteem issues - a post that I'm sure will surface in 2013 when I feel ready. If I remember rightly it was a new years resolution last year to set up this blog and quite possibly the only new years resolution I've actually followed through with. It has been a fantastic outlet for me and has once again reaffirmed two interests of mine that have never left me since I was a small child - fashion and writing. 2012 has been a nowhere/ now where? year for me and I sincerely hope that in 2013 I can progress properly in both blogging and my personal life. 

I'm thankful for the opportunities I've had with fashion and accessories companies and PR companies. Seeing emails in my blog inbox complimenting my posts and asking me to collaborate is definitely one of my favourite things of 2012. 
I also want to thank all my fantastic followers who have shown genuine interest in my wittering-ons and those of you that have just happened to pass by once or twice. You've all given me a great boost of confidence.

New Years blog Resolutions (that I intend to keep): 
  • Use fewer exclamation marks!
  • Blog more. People have a genuine interest in my blog so it's time to up my game and post more regularly.
  • Introduce blog features. I've had a great response and a lot of interest in my 'Cat v Mouse' post suggesting high street designer dupes, so consider a permanent feature.
  • Publish some more personal/lifestyle posts e.g: Depression, self esteem, my face without makeup.
  • Organise my posts - fill a notebook with ideas, don't let a large amount of unfinished posts get left behind in drafts, learn to set posts to publish on certain days in advance.
Now I'm off to paint my nails, cook tea and frock up to welcome in the new year at home with my family, cocktails aplenty and board games. 

See you in 2013! x

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Fashion Vouchers Xmas Party Outfit Blogger Challenge

A short while ago I was contacted by the Fashion Vouchers lot asking me if I'd like to take part in their latest, aptly Christmas themed, competition. It's a little scary that I'm not feeling very Christmassy yet, my birthday has been and gone, I've started card buying and gift idea listing and this is when it normally hits me, but it hasn't *gulps*. I certainly need Rudolph to come and kick me up the backside so here I am, trying everything I can other than shoving tinsel down my throat, to make me feel festive. I digress. 

The task is simple, design an outfit for £100 and under using one of the stores/merchants on the Fashion Vouchers website and you can then use available codes to whittle down the price further. Three £100 online gift cards/vouchers are up for grabs for the three best outfits. Closing date for entries is Monday 17th December - just in time for Christmas! You likey? Enter here.
Image Source: Metro;
Jacket - Dress - Shoes - Bag - Necklace;

Asking me to choose just one brand from all the corkers out there is a tough one, but in the end I chose the fabulous Fashion Union because I wanted to go for a store that, in my opinion, is slightly overlooked in fashion-land. 

I've channelled my inner Kristen Stewart for this outfit, I love and respect this lady so much and she has been wearing some ah-mazing outfits in her Breaking Dawn Part 2 promotional stint. I always believe people should be comfortable in what they wear so I admire her efforts to dress down a glam designer number when the important bits are over and done with at an event. 

You can't go wrong with sparkle at Christmas, isn't it compulsory? It should be. This dress looks perfect with the gold sequins played off against the black material underneath - it's festive and captures the metallic trend. Rather than popping on a pair of bashed up Keds, these toe cap pumps are perfect! I think they're such a great find; they're sequinned, sparkly and gold so you can easily work them into a party outfit without looking too casual. I'm obsessed with my biker jacket too so this scoop neck number is ideal to go with the strapless dress, there's no collar or lapel so it will show off your collar bones and the ornate heart necklace is great to pop a little something in the blank space. Of course the bag follows the colour scheme throughout and there's nothing like some badass studs to complete a killer outfit.

I've had to revise this look three times because they keep dropping their prices! Everything in this look is either in the sale or part of the 40% off winter essentials promotion and I'd also get a little 10% off any full priced item due to it being my first (hypothetical) order.

Saturday, 1 December 2012

Reese and Taylor Bracelet Giveaway: Winner!

It's December the 1st and I, like many of you (I hope), have opened the first door on my advent calendar to devour a tiny little chocolate which signifies the start of Christmas! Not only that but it's also time for me to announce the winner of my Reese and Taylor bracelet giveaway. I want to thank you all for taking part and I'm certain Sue and Audrey from Reese and Taylor are so happy to see so much interest in what they're doing. Don't forget to check them out on Facebook, TwitterEtsy and their brand-spanking-new website!

Drumroll purrlease maestro, the winner is...
Natasha Areena!
If you didn't win don't worry! I will hopefully have another giveaway on the go with another great company soon. 

Lots of love xxx

Friday, 16 November 2012

Reese and Taylor bracelet giveaway!

Did you read my Reese and Taylor bracelet review and interview with the fab Audrey and Sue here? Even if you didn't, what with it being the season of good-will and whatnot, I'll be ever so nice and let you in on this here giveaway. Santa's nice list here I come! You can win one of these handmade beaded leather bracelets in either gold/brown or silver/black. Whether you want to win it as a little Christmas gift to yourself (well why not?) or as a stocking filler, little gift or secret Santa for someone else - simply enter via Rafflecopter below. The giveaway is open worldwide and will be running for 14 days. You are guaranteed at least 3 entries :) 

The lucky winner will be announced in a blog post by yours truly and on my Twitter (dottydotdot_) on Saturday 1st December. An email will shortly follow so you can claim your prize, yay!
If you have any other questions leave me a comment and I'll get back to you asap.

Important: Please, please, please make sure you leave me which colour you would like and don't forget, you need to be following R&T on Facebook as they are the brilliant ladies providing the prize -I'm just the host!

Good Luck and Love!

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Introducing: Reese and Taylor

Giorgio Armani admirably noted that "Accessories are important and becoming more and more important every day. They can completely change the look of an outfit, and women like the idea of having a wardrobe that's versatile." How right was he? The ability for accessories to transform an outfit from one style to another, up or down is truly satisfying.  
I'm a real lucky bunny as I'm able to introduce you to a new jewellery and accessories company called Reese and Taylor. Ran by childhood best friends Audrey and Sue, based in the USA, they aim to offer trendy yet affordable jewellery to young women like our bloggy-selves. At the moment they're working on an online shop but they've an ever growing Etsy store which is absolutely worth checking out regularly as new designs are often introduced and their Facebook page is great for keeping up with updates about new designs in progress. If you are after something special for a friend for Christmas or don't quite like or can't wear a particular type of chain/tie then bespoke designs are happily offered. With both extensive business and fashion experience under their sparkly belts we are in good hands with Reese and Taylor! 

I was sent these two gorgeous leather bracelets which retail at £11.63 each which is a truly reasonable price taking in a recent experience of a craft fair that was selling simple threaded 'friendship' style bracelets for £30. No faffing about one-handedly trying to measure your wrist size is needed as these are fully adjustable and no, once the bead is pulled to where you want it, it doesn't seem to want to go anywhere so you don't need to panic about losing your latest arm candy. They are made of great quality leather as they certainly don't feel like they are going to snap or stretch and are ideal for the military, equestrian and glam rock inspired trends hitting the high streets. 

These bracelets won't be for you ladies who are vegan, vegetarian or those who simply don't like wearing leather- but don't turn away just yet, there are plenty of other items on offer like this gorgeous 'Two Birds on a Branch Necklace' or this sparkly 'Purse with Snap Closure and Chain Strap' ideal for festive parties and adding a little sparkle and personality to an outfit. 

I can't go chattering on all the time, so what better way to get to know the ins and outs of the company than a little interview? I caught up with the ladies behind the creations... 

Hi Ladies! Where did the name Reese and Taylor stem from?
We came up with the name Reese and Taylor after going through a hundred possible business names that we could use. Sue was the one who thought of it when trying to combine her favorite shopping places but to break them into words. We were narrowing it down to two business names and felt Reese and Taylor stuck better because it definitely sounded catchy and professional, so we chose that one!

So, what inspired you to get started?
Audrey and I have always wanted to open our own business but never took the leap of faith until now. I went to a beading store over the summer one day in downtown DC during my lunch break and saw the most beautiful beads in there. I immediately started to gather a bunch of beads and put them together along with the materials to make a bracelet. However, I have never been very crafty with my hands so when I went up to the counter and asked if they could make the bracelet for me, the storeowner said they only sell the materials, not make them for you. That is when I started brainstorming and realized that a niche is missing in today’s market. I immediately phoned Audrey and told her my idea, that we should start a jewelry business where we can customize orders for our customers. Audrey and I grew up together and knew each other since elementary school. I couldn’t have picked a better partner and since she has a background in fashion and my background is in business, we believe our company will be very successful. 

You obviously already have a lot of skills, but what have you learnt since this venture?
What we both have learned since this venture is that in order for any business to be successful, we must be patient and take it one step at a time. You hear stories all the time of failed businesses that try to do it all at once because they want to have success overnight and end up failing. We know that it definitely takes a lot of hard work, patience, and motivation to get where we want to be one day, but we also know where our limits are. We know that as long as we are there for one another and that it takes time for success to grow, we will make it in this business. 

How do your design processes begin? 
We both obviously do a lot of research and brainstorming, but in order for any process to begin, we must have a plan in place. We do market trend reports and find the gap out there. We also ask ourselves, if we were the buyer, what would we like to see out there? So, there is a lot of back and forth before we begin the design of a jewelry piece but we always make sure our customer is happy with the end results. That is where customization comes into place. We adjust the end results for our customers and able to make any changes for them.

How would you describe your personal styles?
Audrey’s style is very edgy and eccentric. She is always in the current trends and tailor her styles that way. She is very stylish and not afraid to take risks.
Me, on the other hand, tend to go for the more conservative, modest but yet trendy look. I sometimes hesitate to wear what may be risky for me or out of the norm in my closet. That is why Audrey and I make such good partners. She always encouraged me not to be afraid to wear what is fashionable and stylish out there.

What is your most worn and loved jewellery item? 
Our most worn and loved jewelry item are the ones that Audrey created for our clients. She made this beautiful double rhinestone necklace that was a best seller at our recent expo and we both wear it also. We get compliments on it all the time about how great it looks for the price that we sell it at!

Do the roles of business and design remain separate between the two of you or do you both like to contribute to each area?
Audrey has always made jewelry since she was a little girl and I still remember to this day that she made me a pair of beautiful, blue crystal dangly earrings. She gave them to me in sixth grade and I will always cherish that memory. She has always been the more fashionable, talented individual when it comes to making jewelry and to this day, she is the same person but better at what she does. She is just absolutely impeccable and a perfectionist when it comes to her designs. That is why she went to fashion school. 

I, on the other hand, am more business oriented and that is one of the reasons why I went to business school. I love coming up with new ideas and making those ideas happen. Every time I think of a cool idea, I immediately share it with Audrey, whether if its over the phone, text or email so I can get some feedback and to not lose that train of thought! We do at times share our thoughts and give each other feedback, so even though Audrey is more design oriented and I am more business oriented, we still compliment each other by giving each of our inputs. 

What’s next for Reese and Taylor?
We have so much more coming for Reese and Taylor and cannot wait to share with our fans! We are coming up with a jewelry kit where we will teach you how to make the jewelry that we are currently selling and also, we are working towards building our own website. What we will promise to our fans is, Reese and Taylor is not another jewelry store that sells trendy pieces for our targeted audience. We are a company that will offer conveienence and plenty of niches that people have never even thought of before, which will make us stand out in the jewelry business. 

We sincerely thank Claire for this interview, to our fans and anyone that is interested to see what Reese and Taylor will be offering and bringing into this market! 

Sue and Audrey will donate 10% of all profits during November to help victims of Hurricane Sandy - a beautiful gesture.

Would you like to win one of these gorgeous bracelets? Keep your eyes out for a giveaway that will follow shortly accompanied by a discount code!

Saturday, 10 November 2012

You better hope she's not a fan of Bambi

Wearing: Biker Jacket from New Look,
Tube Skirt from H&M,
Boots from Primark and Top from Asda (Old)

Yes, it's that jacket again! This was not the most appropriate of outfits to wear for a forest walk, as I always say I'm a nightmare with tights so watching me try to dodge thorns and thistles must have been a sight to behold. These boots are a relatively recent purchase from Primark and were a bargain at £18, when I say relatively I'd say they're about a month old so you might still be able to find them. I fell in love with their beasty studs and thought the placement of said studs was perfect and undoubtedly different to any other high street offerings. Unfortunately, they really aren't made for slipping on mud and panicking as you walk (knees knocking together) along a muddy woodland path sloping downwards towards a 6/7ft drop, as a small bit of the sole has come away from the toe of the shoe. Other than that, they are perfect if you make a habit of walking in normal places, i.e concrete!

Thursday, 8 November 2012

Gifts Vouchers Blogger Challenge

Fantastic Fashion gifts for £35 or less.

This challenge is perfect for the lead up to Christmas and I love a challenge. I must admit, I'm late at entering as I was contacted early October! My original excuse (to myself) was to wait so I could see what Christmas gifts were being offered up closer to the deadline but it turns out nothing from what I've chosen is in a Christmas collection.
I pride myself on my gift picking at Christmas, I love the buzz I get from seeing people genuinely impressed and grateful for their gifts wondering how on earth I found them. If you 'have an eye for quirky, stylish and cute products which would make great presents' like me, then this is a fab challenge to show everyone some great gift ideas for reasonable prices. All you have to do is search the web for at least 5 different gift ideas each of which must not cost more than £35. Entries end TOMORROW and you can find more information here.
Here are a few of my ideas: 

1. Kensington Lunch Bag- Yes, you're reading it right, this is a stylish lunch bag! From the outside it looks like a normal croc effect handbag with a cute Jammy Dodger-esque pendant, but really, it's a great insulated lunch bag! What better gift for a fashionable girl about town who needs to carry her lunch in style without the embarrassment of a kids lunch bag/box stuffed inside her handbag. The Kensington lunch bag is available direct from Clippy London at £24.50 plus £3 postage. It comes with a great accessory pouch so you can pop in your money, phone, sunglasses or any other bits and bobs that you don't want to be cooled alongside your sarnie or pasta salad. It's fully insulated with a zip closing to keep contents cool and fresh and has a handy shoulder strap. Different, stylish, useful and PERFECT!

2. Personalised Stitch Your Own Journey Map Print- I love a personalised gift, and I'm not talking about the hairbands or hairbrushes you used to get as kids with your name written on them in fabric paint (remember those?!). I find this Personalised Stitch Your Journey Map Print from beautiful. Ideal for a special couple to stitch their life journey, a family to stitch their family holidays around the globe or a friend to mark your escapades together. 
Choose from UK, World, America, Ireland, Europe, Australia and New Zealand maps, print size a4 or a3(+£5.00), map colour and thread colour and input personal map title and date for title if required. For it to be within the £35 mark the recipient would have to stitch it themselves- but that's part of the fun and romance of a gift like this. 

3. Mens Yoda Dressing Gown- Do you have a geeky guy in your life or a guy that just loves random character based things? Well, Sheldon Cooper eat your heart out, get your fella or brother this Yoda Dressing Gown from New Look for £29.99 complete with Yoda ears. 

4. Bookshelf Curtains- I just LOVE these curtains. They're ideal for a bookworm's bedroom or hideaway, a study or a children's bedroom. From H&M home for only £12.99. The website says 'curtain' so I'm unsure if they only sell one side? Either way even if you had to buy two you'd be in budget.

5. D.I.Y beauty sample kit- This is quite possibly my favourite gift idea. There wasn't anything in the rules explicitly defining what a 'gift' is, so I took this as an opportunity to get creative and think outside the box - a d.i.y beauty set featuring some of my favourite different brands and items ideal for someone who wants to try something different. I suppose you could plonk all these items in a gift bag, but isn't it just better value if the thing your items are presented in could be a gift itself. These baskets are perfect for presentation of your gift but also perfect to use about the house or in your bedroom for storage- something we all need more of I'm sure. This one I found on ebay for £1.99 and 50p postage, the same price, if not less, than what you would pay for a gift bag in generic high street card shops. I like value for money so not only is your presentation a great gift itself, but Superdrug have a 3 for 2 promotion on hundreds of beauty items, free delivery AND points on your beauty card for yourself! 
I've included Barry M's NEW Hi Shine Gelly nail polish from Superdrug for £3.99, MUA undressed palette from Superdrug for £4, Revlon Colorburst lipstick from Superdrug for £7.99, NEW limited edition Vaseline Pink Bubbly Lip Therapy from Superdrug for £3.49, Aussie 3 Minute Miracle Deep Conditioner from Superdrug for £1.69 and finally the cute And Mary Enamel Mirror Compact Necklace from ASOS for £15 (half price!). Including the Superdrug 3 for 2 offer and free delivery this whole gift amounts to £34.66.

Regardless of this being a competition entry, I hope you have all taken some inspiration from this for Christmas gift ideas.

Monday, 1 October 2012

Live your life, do your work, then take your hat.

Apologies for my little disappearing act; Dynamo eat your heart out! 
I've only done two posts in the whole of September and that is shocking, an ashamedly poor attempt from me.
Anyhow, there's a pair of mad print treggings residing in my wardrobe which I bought from TK Maxx a couple of weeks ago and I refuse to wear them, or do an outfit post, until I have a hat to wear with them. I'm really loving bowlers, pork pies and fedoras so here's a selection of my favourites all under £30. 

Top: Cute domed crown bowler hat - OASAP  £14.30 (14 colours), Felt roll brim bowler - ASOS £16, Roller bowler hat - Topshop £25 (3 colours);
Middle: Jameela Jamil fedora - Very £25,  Pork Pie hat - Topshop £25 (3 colours) , Felt hat with grosgrain trim - H&M £7.99 (2 colours) ;
Bottom: Felt pork pie - ASOS £20 , Mini roller hat - Topshop £25 (4 colours) , Sweet heart shaped cut out hat OASAP £26.65 (2 colours);

I have to be careful ordering online though as there is a 90% chance they won't fit due the classic 'one size' and 'my head is larger than average' scenario. Hopefully I can try a few on in store, the last thing I want is to balance one on my head only to have it ripped off by the winter winds. 

What are your thoughts on hats? Love them or hate them?

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Boohoo £50 Fashion Voucher Blogger Challenge

Fashion Vouchers have teamed up with to host a cracker of a competition, introducing... the Boohoo blogger challenge (and yes, it is a challenge). Your mission, should you wish to accept it, is to create an outfit consisting of absolutely anything that takes your fancy from's incredible range but (yes there's a but) it must not exceed £50! Oh, and no sneaky cheating; student discounts or any other voucher/discount codes do not count. There will be four £50 vouchers up for grabs for those plucky bloggers with the best outfits for the budget. Fancy it? Enter Here.

This was a lot harder than I thought, not because the items are overpriced - far from it in fact! There are just far too many things I wanted to include and far too many looks I wanted to put together, it's very easy to loose touch of the budget when you are surrounded by so many pieces. This look I put together was more appropriately timed, shall we say. I've been seeing a lot of maxi and midi skirts and platform block heel boots in street style outside NYFW so here is an inspired look. 

Now all you need to grab is your black satchel strung over the back of your bedroom chair, a long silver necklace, sunnies, a black rolled up bowler or pork pie hat and finally match the shade of your lips to the shoes. 

I wanted my outfit to be more than just a dress and a pair of shoes resulting in a blown budget straight away - I wanted to see how much I could cram in and look at what I managed. Kudos to you if you've managed more! It just goes to show that if you make a saving on one piece in the look you can spend the rest of your budget on so much more. I still can't believe these gorgeous shoes were in the sale, sales have certainly improved it's not just all unwanted crap - who remembers those days?

Looking forward to seeing some of your entries! If i did win, I'd bag this lot in a shot. I'd be so fast you wouldn't recognise me. 

Thursday, 6 September 2012


For the past three days I've been working on the same blog post so that's why you've not heard from me. This is just a filler post just to let you know I'm still here and also a 'I-forgot-to-post-this-a-while-ago-so-here-it-is-now' post. 
Woodland Folk 'Boris' cross stitch - The Range. £1.99 (or was it 99p?)
Card and Envelope - Paperchase. Approx £1
Ribbon and button - Local craft shop. Under £1

I made this card for a friend and lovely lady, Caroline, who owns and runs The Rabbit Residence Rescue where she dedicates her life to unwanted, unloved and dumped bunnies who initially have no future. I took my two up to her to board while we went away for a week on holiday and unfortunately my little girl Tigger developed a horrible disease called coccidiosis. It's one of those things that most or some rabbits carry, but only sometimes will it be triggered. It's incredibly contagious so how Jeeves (a former Rabbit Residence Rescue rabbit) never got it I will never know. In total Tigger and Jeeves stayed away from home for a month as Caroline was determined to get Tigger back on the road to recovery and refused to send her home ill which I found absolutely lovely. She used her stock meds, took them to her vets a couple of times and even had them stay in her bedroom through the worst parts. She was amazed at what a wonderful little fighter Tigger was, we could have lost her but due to Caroline's vigilance and Tigger's fight, she pulled through.
I think this card took me 13 hours, or at least the cross stitch part did - turning it into a card took a matter of minutes. It was worth the time though, me and Phil will be eternally grateful for her help as our little fluffs are so important to us. This card now sits happily in her new office (which we kitted out with hand handbuilt shelves and worktops!) 

Thursday, 30 August 2012

Jolie fille, jolie vĂȘtements, Jolie Moi!

Unfortunately, that's the extent of my French.

First off, pretty amazing news. I won 'best style and fashion advice' runner up in the New Look Holiday Hop competition on the wonderful Michelle Chai's blog Daisybutter! This means I will be getting a £30 New Look voucher through the post sometime soon and I'll be keen to make you all a post to show you what I spent it on. The other runners up entries were fab and the winners entry? WOW! Look. I'm pretty chuffed because I never seem to win anything (goes right back to my childhood and entering magazine competitions.)

Anyway, back to the sole purpose of today's post.
My list of shops is just getting longer and longer and I've another to pop onto the somewhat curling list: Jolie Moi!
They sound like my style personified, taking the latest trends but offering a vintage and wearable twist at payday friendly prices. It's only too well known that some lovely vintage-esque clothes make a hole in your lovely new purse.

Right away I'm seeing catwalk inspired trends in the garments above; oversized, geometric, monochrome, crochet, lace, slouchy, galaxy, gothic, grungy, motif, chiffon and colour block. 
Paired with ankle socks, block heels/sandals, creepers or brogues with some lovely red or pink lips and maybe even a bunny bow, you have the perfect on-trend-with-a-vintage-twist look! 
I'm irrevocably in love with numbers 1, 3 and 4. Many people know that I am animal mad and will happily stop traffic to let a bunny cross the road (or in a funny case have a hare run alongside me at 40mph), so the wildlife dress is perfect for me. The beautiful motif caught my eye and I love the gothic mesh skirt that goes with it. The skull dress is a lovely autumnal colour and what's brilliant is they have different facial skeletal? expressions. Finally, the polka dots. I love a good sequence of spots and a bodycon style to show off your curves, and the crochet lace frill trim makes it a winner for me.

I urge you to check them out. 

Tuesday, 28 August 2012

I'm the Cat With the Bass and Drum

Wearing: Dress from Dorothy Perkins,
Biker Jacket and Necklace from New Look 
and Brogue Creepers from  Mr Shoes

Me and the boyfriend, Phil, spent Bank Holiday Monday at the coast. We only see each other Friday night through to Sunday night and for the past 5 or 6 weeks we've been volunteering at The Rabbit Residence Rescue on Saturdays, meaning Sundays have been spent laid on the sofa knackered or pottering around in the garden. We took this extra day and used it to head out together - we've not been adventuring anywhere recently and it's something we love doing. We popped to a lavender farm and then headed out onto the coast where we had chips and ice cream (obviously). 
Anyway, above is my outfit of the day, once again the biker jacket makes an appearance. I love these brogue creepers to the moon and back - they look great and they're so comfy, I spent all day walking in them and my feet were still pain free by the end.

Any of you planning on shopping at Motel? I have a fabbo promotional code entitling you to 20% off! If you weren't planning on it, I bet you're tempted to now aren't you? 

Friday, 24 August 2012

Fifties Shades (of Grey old UK).

My favourite, most bought (and lost) accessories are sunglasses and today it clicked just how short summer really is, and to my recollection, I don't remember wearing my sunnies much at all. They're all hiding away in their little bags in my boyfriends car in the hopes of us going out and there being sun. 
Photo Source: Jak & Jil;

I've decided I now want a timeless pair so I've been hitting the online shopping world oohing over the latest designer offerings and ahhing over the purse friendlier versions. 

My most loved styles at the moment are cats eye or big and printed, but it's mainly all about the vintage style frame following in the catwalk footsteps of Erdem, Nicole Fhari, Prada and Missoni. Right now I'm craving a pair with a little personality that can brighten up my face and the below are absolutely perfect. Most of my picks echo a dainty fifties style and I'm hard pressed to choose a favourite between the D&G picnic print, the Fendi cats eyes, the Models Own red cats and the Viva La Diva angular or peaked cats. Meow!

The below are all from Fashionworld!
Their selection is better than I ever expected so I'm surprised I narrowed it down this far! Cats eyes are fab for bringing out your cheek bones and immediately give you a retro vibe, and in my case make me want to smack on some red lippy, don a bunny bow hair tie, a flowing summer dress and a pair of dainty ankle socks. End daydream. Textured and printed sunglasses are ideal for those who don't want to brave the all over aztec, lace or floral prints but still want to bring a statement to their look. They can brighten up a simple outfit or, if brave enough, aid to a kooky clash. 

Sunglasses don't just have to be a summer thing so don't feel compelled to shut them away for the winter when the temperature drops. One of my favourite things is seeing sunglasses being worn in the autumn and winter sun - the sun is bright whatever the season so don't feel put off by it. If anything, you'll look super chic! 

I have a purple pair of sunnies that are slightly angled, but now I want to go all out with style and colour. Bring it on! 

This is a sponsored post.

Thursday, 23 August 2012

New Look #holidayhop giveaway!

"Imagine you are going to Ibiza for a long weekend. Create a post on your blog stating which items from the New Look store you would wear to complete each of the following outfits on your holiday. You have 5 outfits for 5 occasions, so which items would you wear and why? Head over to the New Look store and start picking your favourite party dressesbikinis and accessories. 
Style these Looks: Travel Style, Poolside, Beach It, Sunset Supper, Beach to Club."

For travelling we all understand that being comfy is key - but who said you can't be stylish? Ditch the trusty turn-to tracksuit bottoms and turn to a pair of disco pants. As the older and funkier sister of leggings, disco pants give you a good amount of comfort and stretch, you can contort yourself into almost any position whilst trying to get comfy on long journeys. Chunky sole plimsoles will hug your feet whilst walking to the furthest away department gate and this chunky knit cardigan is perfect to snuggle into after slipping on sunglasses to hide telltale bags. Speaking of bags, this is perfect to fit in plenty of fashion magazines, food and duty free goodies. Jet-set chic, oui?

This is a fab little bikini, it aptly reminds me of an ice lolly. I've never worn a bikini, so if this is to be my first one then go all out and make it bright. The woven bag is perfect to pop in a book to read by the pool, along with suncream to prevent lobsteritis. The the crochet top and shorts act as a great little cover up while the woven sandals just scream holiday and are ideal alongside these retro frame cats eyes. 
I'd be tempted to head out sightseeing in this number! Versatile.

The studded heart earrings are super quirky so I decided this look needed to have a burst of colour and embrace the Ibiza vibe, therefore, lime green tootsies are a must! Jelly shoes offer a legendary and childish blast from the past and the sunglasses are a must because if not you'll be squinting all the time and look like an angry and unapproachable tourist. This is such a cute one piece and when you pop the shorts over the bottom half you appear to have a whole new look because the top half of this suit acts as a cami/ strapless affair. I'd say the hat and bag are pretty self explanatory.  

A lovely sunset supper means that a flowy little number and a bit of glitter is a must, the denim jacket is for when that cool holiday breeze breaks out and to make you look like this is look is effortlessly casual. These magazine clutches will suit to a T and indicates a fashion savvy individual. Hand chains, to me, represent a more exotic style so are perfect to be worn sat at a table overlooking the sea watching the sun set. Rock a soft and light smokey eye and match nails with the main item in the look, and you are ready to impress. 
You don't want to be hitting the club straight from the beach in just a sarong (unless it's that sort of club) so you need to rock beach glam! Matching accessories and shoes make this simple beach worthy playsuit club ready. When they say accessories can make an outfit, its true, it's as easy as that. It's always good to have a little bit of gold (or any metallic) catching the lights in the club, this way you sparkle across the dance floor like you belong there. Fabulously, this bag can be used as a clutch or can be slipped over your shoulder leaving your hands free to get your groove on. 

I'll admit, I tried to pick everything to settle within the £400 prize budget but I failed miserably. I guess that's why New Look is my favourite high street store! Simply irresistible.