Monday, 25 August 2014

MTV VMAs - the good, the bad and the ugly

Last night's VMAs caused a style storm as celebrities took to the red carpet in the best and worst outfits of this season. Once again the population of tinseltown attempted to outdo each other in an array of dresses, sharp suits and some other more unusual combos. Like school prom night, style statements were made by some unlikely heroes and heroines, the dreamy looked, well, dreamy as per, those who played it safe looked 'yawn' nice and others dug some very unusual outfits out from granny's attic.

So, without further ado, here are the good, the bad and the ugly VMAs 2014:

Beyonce Knowles

Bey channeled Morticia Addams in an elegant, demure number. The see-through lace panels added a little interest to the look and the fabulous earrings give a nod to Mrs Carter's signature style. This look is perfect for an awards ceremony and shows that Bey's role as a mum hasn't compromised her glamorous ways.


Taylor Swift

WHAT IS THIS?! Seriously though, however much I dislike Taylor Swift I have to admit, she's got great pins and (normally) fab style. This Mary Katrantzou playsuit is a strong piece but definitely not teamed with purple stripper heels on the red carpet. Although her legs look amazing, the cut of the suit is giving Ms Swift a bad case of camel toe. Something vintage in emerald green to contrast her statement red lip would've worked so much better, or even a close cut trouser suit a la Jessica Hart in Dion Lee. 


Sam Smith 

Even for the tender age of 21, Sam sure knows how to wear a suit. The midnight blue colour and sharp, thin collar gives Mr Smith an usual look which is both stylish and current. I'm a little unsure about the shoes, which resemble something Shrek would wear, however I do love the overall look. Well in Sam! 


Chris Brown 

One of my bugbears are joggers with elasticated ankles, they should only be worn in the privacy of the home or by toddlers, so Chris has no excuse for this slobbish look. Granted, he's a rapper and therefore quite a bad ass, however, the dark glasses and red trainers seem out of place on the red carpet. Add his lumberjack shirt and bin-bag style bomber to the mix and you have a look which would be more suited to a Maccies drive through than a music awards ceremony.


There you have it, my four standout looks of the VMAs. Who stood out for you?

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Sunday, 10 August 2014

Playing at adulthood...

Dress: Dress Mad// Shoes: Next// Handbag: Gucci// Jacket: Next// Necklace: vintage

It's my third week in the big smoke (Manchester) and I have to say I'm loving it. I've been leading a pretty sedentary life during my time off, (which accounts for the huge belly I'm currently sporting, ew) due to the 6am starts and 8pm finishes, although soon I'll be flat hunting, so my commute will be a little less wearing - thank goodness!. Being at home has given me the opportunity to see some lovely people I've not had the chance to catch up with, but I've been trying to take it easy and focus on work.

The lovely ladies at Dress Mad definitely brightened my day by sending me this gorgeous Amanda Holden-style dress. The quality is fantastic and it's a really nice alternative to shorter body-con numbers which I tend to live in. It's so easy to dress up with these dalmatian-print wedges and a vintage necklace, or brilliant for the office with a blazer and flats.

I'm not normally a fan of neutral pieces, but I'm surprised that that this gorgeous dress suits my yellow skin tone! Paired with some simple accessories it's the perfect, versatile piece. 

Dress Mad is a pretty new clothing site so I'd definitely check it out for some up-and-coming bargains before they hit the high street!

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

All things thrifted!

Top: thrifted// jeans: topshop//bag: thrifted//necklace: thrifted// shoes: menorcan sling back espadrilles  

So after my first week of work I took a well earned break in Wales with my folks. I love coming here all year through as it was my weekend home growing up. The autumn is my season here as the crowds have died down and the little seaside towns are peaceful once more. I'm definitely a tourist snob now, having spent my childhood here I dislike holidaymakers as much as the locals! However, you can't beat a bit of sunshine  in Wales, the landscape comes alive and you just feel so much happier with blue sky above your head.

Today I really want to write a post about thrifting. As some of you will know, I'm a staunch thrifter and spend a lot of my time rummaging in charity shops and hunting for bargains on ebay. I was recently introduced to a fantastic new app called Shpock by a friend who knows how much I love a good bargain. About a week after I started using the app, the lovely people at Shpock contacted me and asked me about my bargain hunting habits, so I thought I'd pop my answers in a post for you all to see. 

But first, a little bit about Shpock. I'm a sucker for car boots, but hate the faff of paying loads to pitch up on a rainy Sunday to search for bargains or try to sell your unwanted stuff. Don't get me wrong, they're great fun on a sunny day, but British weather normally let's us down and you get soggy. So ladies and gents, welcome Shpock to your phones. Already popular across Europe, Sphock is like a virtual car boot, you can buy items, make a lower offer on items and list stuff you want to get rid of. The best thing is that Shpock will only show you products which are a certain distance away from you, ie 10km. The postcode of the seller is listed which, considering you pick the items up, is handy. It's a great way of clearing out unwanted bits and bobs without paying postage! 

I've just started using Sphock and have already made a few pounds on some stuff I've sold. Just one piece of advice, remember that if you change your location, the goods listed will change with it! So make sure you know where a seller is based if you want to keep your eye on a product. 

Now, I thought I'd share this outfit with you because of the many thrifted items I've styled it with. It showcases how easy it is to get hold of bits and bobs from charity shops and online. 

My friends always ask me how I find such  gems in these places, so here are my top five tips for happy thrifting. 

1. Make a list - It's very difficult to browse in a place that resembles Aladdin's cave (same goes for ebay) so to make it easy, out together a list of items you're looking for. It could be a vintage necklace or even a crop top, this will help you limit what you search for online and in store. 

2. Set a price - I know it sounds tight, but thrifting can be an expensive hobby. It's great if you're getting a top for £3 instead of £10, but not so great if you then buy four tops at this price. Don't go overboard and you won't be out of pocket. 

3. Think outside the box - Okay, so everyone wants to hit the jackpot and find designer gems and believe me, you do. However some bits you're just not going to unearth for a reasonable price. For example, take a Burberry Mac in a size 12. You're looking at paying about 150 quid for a used one and ain't no sistah got time for that. So, buy a bigger size and get it tailored. My Burberry Mac plus tailor's costs was about 70 quid, it fits just right and it's practically new. 

4. Don't be a shop snob - You've got to be prepared to rummage or take a gamble on an unknown ebay seller. If you get fleeced, you'll know for next time who to avoid. 

5. Don't be a box filler - Take a risk, for a few quid you could look great in that 80s jacket. If it doesn't work out, so what? At least you're not another high street clone!

Find out a little more about Shpock here:  

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