How To Create: The Burgundy Eye

Burgundy? It seems a pretty autumnal colour – don’t get me wrong. And red? On the eyes? A little risky. But, this year, this particular shade of eyeshadow could be seen everywhere; catwalk to red carpet – from Kristen Stewart to Rooney Mara, they just can’t get enough. And the best thing? It seems to work on any skin tone and for any eye colour! Just vary the base tones and strength of colour a tad and ta-dah you’re sorted. However, I understand that make-up and cosmetics in general aren’t quite that simple to all of us, so I’ve created my own little ‘tutorial’, as such, to give you guys some help.


Okay, so, first of all you’ll notice that my version of this look is rather chocolate-toned and subtle – that’s because I’m literally paler than a bed sheet and anything too bold on my eyes looks out of place. Although, if you’re darker than me (which 99% of you probably are), you can have some real fun with this trend. Also, deeper shades of this purpley-red look gorgeous against brown eyes – try MAC Deep Damson or Maybelline Colour Tattoo in Pomegranate Punk. Me? I’ve used the bottom right shade in the Morphe Soul Of Summer Palette over MAC Aromatic and Too Faced Sexpresso ,with the bottom left shade of the Soul of Summer Palette on the lower lid and MAC Kitties to highlight the inner eye. The Morphe Soul of Summer palette is extremely good value for money with buttery, highly pigmented shades. However, MAC is the winner for sparkle power and nothing beats the pigmentation of Too Faced shadows – but I guess you can’t be the best at everything!

Generally, I would suggest going for a smokey, ‘deepest colour at the edges’ approach with the burgundy eye, but I’ve notice that some people simply like to wear one shade all over the lid. Burgundy liner is also a popular choice, as be assured, it’s on my ‘to-try’ list!


As for the rest of my look, I paired the smokey look with a classic winged liner and generous coatings of Revlon Ultra Volume and Chanel Le Volume de Chanel. You can probably tell that my brows are a bit of a funny colour – somewhere in between brown and ginger that no-one really seems to cater for. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Caramel is a pretty good match, but it’s still a little on the light side, so I darken it up with NYX Brow Gel in Chocolate. The peachy-nude shade on my lips is also a mixture of two colours (I find it really difficult to find the perfect colours of products – can you tell?). This is NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream  in Abu Dhabi mixed with Absolute New York Velvet Lippie in Toasted with MAC Subculture for the lip liner.


What are your thoughts on this summer trend? I’d love to see your versions of the look!

Emilia x

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April It List

First and foremost, I’d like to apologise for being a bit well… slack. You see, I’d love to be able to blog all day everyday, but this damn frustrating concept called ‘doing your GCSEs’ exists. I’m trying to balance out blog-life, social-life and work-life all on top of revision and it’s proving a little tricky… Me time? What’s that? So, take this as a pre-warning; over the next few months you’ll be hearing a little less than usual from me. No worries, quantity may reduce but no way will quality be slipping!

This post, as many of you accustomed readers will know, is all about my favourite things for the upcoming month – the things you NEED to go and buy/do/wear. April’s, in tune with the current weather, is a lighter, brighter theme – products that will work even as it gets warmer. Enjoy!


Rosie HW for Autograph Creme Blush in Camisole Blush

To be honest, ‘celebrity’ lines aren’t usually high in quality when it comes to cosmetics – and I don’t particularly rate the Autograph make-up range anyway, so it was a fabulous surprise when this product actually turned out to be as good as high-end products like MAC Cremeblend Blush (£18.50). The formula is better than anything I’ve tried previously – Bourjois, MAC, Revlon. They’re all so ‘unblendable’ compared to this! This blush is a long-lasting, super easy to apply option, perfect for those who aren’t so confident as well as those who are. It comes in a range of 4 colours – Camisole Blush is a perfect coral-toned blush for fair skin – which all blend out to a silky, powder-like finish. I highly recommend trying this and I’ve heard that the lipsticks in this collection are equally as wonderful!

Decorative Hoops

Hoops? Meh… They’ve been around for ages. But dainty little hoops with decorations make the whole concept a lot more exciting! Perfect for the boho vibe of the warmer weather, just like the earrings below – a high-street option from Topshop. So, let your jewellery take centre stage this spring and get experimenting!

Hey Honey Good Morning Facial Serum

This came in my most recent Glossybox, as it’s supposed to be great for all skin types – even sensitive. Weirdly enough, one of my close friends, Grace, had recently been raving about the benefits of honey for the complexion and I was eager to give it a try. There’s no denying, this serum feels absolutely gorgeous on the skin. Also, using it along with my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (staring from £6) made a noticeable difference to the brightness of my complexion – people even commented that I looked healthier! For me, although it isn’t a miracle worker for my spots, I can see it being a favourite amongst many people without the issue of teenage skin. It’s nourishing, but non-oily properties make it a great option for a lighter, summer serum.

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Beyonce Ivy Park collection for Topshop

I don’t think I’ve ever been so excited about a clothing line, honestly – I mean it’s QUEEN B who wouldn’t be?! Beyonce has announced that her sportswear collection, ‘Ivy Park’, for Topshop will be released on the 14th of April. This 200 piece collection ranges from around £20 to £150; there’s something for every budget. In addition, she’s created leggings for every body shape and activity, low-rise, mid-rise and high-rise – HOW BLOODY AMAZING! Get ready for some serious shopping, girls, this is one thing you won’t want to miss.

Open-toe Boots

Although they may come across as slightly impractical (surely if you need boots on, you can’t afford to have your toes out?), I think that open-toe boots will be the item that get’s you through the winter-summer transition that we have here in the UK. I picked up these suede, chunky-heeled beauties from M&S for just £35, as I can wear them with pretty much anything – jeans, dresses, shorts. If you’re liking the sound of it, take a look at the following: Hustle Open Toe Boots (£85), Call It Spring Tan Boots (£40), Miss Kurt Geiger Saana Boots (£65).

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Paul Green Trainers

I recently came across this footwear brand in House of Fraser, whilst I was supposed to be looking for prom shoes but instead was drooling over super-cool trainers. I first became a little obsessed with the idea of dressed-up trainers when myself and my mum took a trip to London Fashion Weekend. Many designer brands have always had jazzed-up trainers in their collections, but the high-street hasn’t caught on until very recently. Hi-tops, low-tops all in muted pinks and blues with the occasional pop of colour… if you’re a fan of Superga or the new Reebok ‘Spirit’ collection, I can guarantee you’ll fall in love with Paul Green.

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Alright, I’ve already raved about this in my Natural Beauty tutorial, but seriously, I can’t exclude it from the It List. Similar to a BB Cream, in the fact that it’s much less heavy than your average foundation. But there is absolutely no compromise on coverage or lasting-power (which, along with shade, was a bit of a problem with bareMinerals Complexion Rescue). Even if you prefer a heavier foundation for nights out or winter, this is totally the one to get you through the summer months. Believe me, I sat in Space NK and pretty much tried every foundation in there on my face; Nars, Hourglass, Laura Mercier, Shiseido, you name it, I tried it. But, this was a definite winner.

Macaroons

I’ve always loved macaroons, no matter how crazy expensive they can be to buy – I think they’re an ideal summer treat, as they’re not too stodgy or large. One of my best friends, Evie, frequently bakes (and will probably win GBBO one day) and made some gorgeous macaroons as cake decorations. And, well, I’ve fallen in love all over again. If you live in Norwich like me and love macaroons, I suggest you try Macaroons & More or Harriet’s Tea Room.

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 I hope you enjoyed this post and that I’ve given you a little April inspiration! What are you loving this month? Let me know below!

Emilia x

 

London Fashion Weekend

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IT’S BEEN SO LONG! a) I’m so sorry for being away for this long and b) I’ve hated it as much as you have. Thank you lord (and by that I mean nice BT man) for installing my Wifi once again. Of course, blogging is the first thing on the to-do list… Recently my life has been hella busy; I’ve moved house, I’ve done an interview with Confetti and Curves and I’ve even been to London Fashion Weekend! Today, I’ll be talking a lot about the latter.

So, on Saturday, I was lucky enough to go to LFW at the Saatchi Gallery; for any of you that are familiar with the fashion ‘weekend’, basically, it’s a taste of the fashion ‘week’ for those of us who aren’t minted or a celebrity. You can book seats for trend and designer shows, you can shop clothes straight off of the past week’s catwalks, you can even meet some of the biggest names in the business! If you’re into that kind of thing, just like me, then it’s just about the best fashion experience you can get your hands on. Myself and my mum booked to see one trend and one designer catwalk, each lasting about 20-30 minutes – trends included the SS16 trends that are predicted to become huge and designer was a gorgeous display of Alice Temperley dresses. Camera-men buzzed around the place and the excitement was tangible as the models showcased each item of clothing.

In our spare time, Mum and I decided to take a look around the rest of The Duke Of York Square, where some of my favourite shops are; Liz Earle, Space NK, COS and an adorable little restaurant named Comptoir Libanais. I couldn’t resist picking up the raved-about Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish set from Liz Earle and a lady in Space NK introduced me to a wonderful foundation from By Terry, which I wore for the rest of the day. Who said fashion can’t include cosmetics and skincare, hey? LFW know this fact only too well; their shopping zone included a Maybelline pop-up store where you could get your makeup done for free and a Toni and Guy ‘hair-bar’. Also, one of the meet-and-greet talks I went to see was with TONI&GUY’s artistic director Philipp Haug who showed us how to achieve the latest hairstyles at home.

Anyway, here’s my round-up…


 

Clothing

Maximalism: We’re talking in-your-face floral prints, all-over sequins and block colouring.

Bohemia: Perfect for summer and clearly a favourite of Alice Temperley’s, this was all over the catwalk – it looks great paired with ruffles too.

Ruffles: Similar to the popular tassel trend of AW15, but 10 times more glam; I can see big things coming for ruffles.

Graphic Stripes: In my opinion, one of the most wearable SS16 trends; thank you to Louche at Joy The Store for my own pair of gorgeous graphic stripe culottes!


 

Accessories

Pom poms: Fun fashion is back in business; wear these any where from your ears to your hems to your toes. Try: Moyna Embroidered Jute Clutch with Pom Pom Trim

Snake skin: Can be a tricky one to pull off, but start with little accessories such as belts and you’ll soon be slithering away with this trend. Try: La Redoute Snake Effect Clutch Bag

Showstopper Earrings: Possibly my favourite accessories trend of SS16; shoulder-grazers are what should be dangling from your ears! Try: Pearlescent Gem Jacket Earrings

Ankle-tie shoes: This trend has been growing and growing since Autumn 2015, but now that spring is around the corner, we can actually wear them. Try: Lace-up Tassle Block Heel Sandals

Ribbons: The new ‘scarf’ – put them in your hair, around your wrist, on your bag.

Brooches: A nod to the popular 60s trend of AW15, these are fast coming back into high street stores. Try: Fabric Flower Brooches


Hair and Beauty

Blue Everything: I’ve definitely mentioned this one here on IC before; painting your nails? Doing your eyeshadow? Even lipstick? Go blue this season – you’ll be bang on trend. Try: Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy

English Rose: Similar to ‘no-make-up makeup’ – but just add a little lip/cheek tint to an airbrush base and you’re sorted. Try: Daniel Sandler Watercolour Fluid Blusher

Block Red Lip: Reworked versions of the classic red lip were seen all over SS16 catwalks – orange-red shades were particularly popular. Try: Ardency Inn  Long Play Supercharged Lip Colour in Ladder

Doll-lashes: For the fearless among you; prepare to go full-on anime like Louis Vuitton’s new campaign and create yourself some amazing graphic lashes. Try: Ardell Lashes 134 

Choppy bobs: Another non-mover from AW15 – all of the most fashion-focussed have braved a chop – will you? 

Big textured waves: Relaxed is key, natural and fluffy waves compliment the ’60s and Bohemian looks of SS16 perfectly. Try: Cloud Nine Waving Wand and Label M Texturising Volume Spray

Modern sleek pigtails: Don’t worry, they’re nothing like the terrifying primary school pigtails you’re used to – nooo, these are smooth and loose. Try: Orelia Metal Bar Hairband


If that sounded like your kind of event, why not get tickets to the AW16 show later on this year? Need something sooner? Why not try the Glamour Beauty Festival on March 12th and 13th or visit the V&A’s new underwear exhibition from the 16th of April onwards?

Emilia x

Spring 2016 Fashion Forecast

Yep, it’s that time again; that lovely, supposedly bright and fresh season when baby animals are born, flowers regrow and we ourselves are rejuvenated. Supposedly. In reality, it’s usually incredibly rainy, we are tired of eating salads and trying to go to the gym and spring becomes a bit of a “nothing” season. Well, let me tell you now; not this year ladies!

Spring 2016 may not bring you the promised change in weather, but it sure will bring you the promised change in all things fashion. With a few slightly altered trends transitioning from winter to spring and some TOTALLY new, it’s due to be a full-on start to the year! Below, I’m going to take you through all matter of these, explaining them and recommending how you can make them ‘wearable’… Have fun and, most importantly, get inspired!

 


 

Slogan Tees/Sweatshirts

First of all, let’s start with a brand spanking new trend; of course the idea has been around for many years, but this particular style sort of just jumped into fashion as soon as it heard the word ‘spring’. In line with the sporty movement of 2016, this sort of thing is for the fun-loving, laid-back amongst you all. Slogan tops look great with simple denim counterparts for a boyish feel. Uniquely created and full of character, these are easily found in vintage stores in just about anywhere. Or, if you’re more of a highstreet girl, Topshop, Zara and Urban Outfitters have this trend down to a TEE right now (geddit?!).


 

Blush tones

Fair, mauvey, pale pink tones are striking up everywhere right now, complementing the efflorescent , delicate textures of formal wear right now. Looks stunning on just about every skin tone and adds a hint of colour to any sophisticated grey/black toned outfit – what more could you want? Think re-worked pastels and you’ve got it spot on.


BIG earrings

Prepare for earrings to be made redundant as accessories and take the front seat in the queue. Not something to be barely seen; something to make a statement with – something for the experimental girl, the brave and confident one. Inspiration has come from the glamorous girls of the upper classes and tribal culture and places like Topshop and Accessorize are making this a simple fashion to follow!


 

Choppy, wild, ’60s hair

If you’ve not gathered yet; I’m a huge fan of the ’60s style coming into play at the moment; I love the idea of a doe-eyed, natural, Bond-worthy woman. It’s the definition of sexy in my eyes. Think Brigette Bardot voluminous waves and wispy fringes. This one’s for the seriously fashion-following youth; if you’re going to take a hair risk this season make sure it’s getting this style.


T-bars and straps

Another trend that has slowly creeped in, so much so that we’ve hardly noticed! But look everywhere, catwalk and highstreet and you’ll see straps of sorts all over the footwear. I suppose it’s in sync with the retro-loving sensation of fashion right now. Just browse the Doc Marten’s or Kurt Geiger site and you’re bound to find the pair for you; I’m lusting after the Doc’s Polley Shoe at the moment!


Croc Leather

As my mother says, a woman can NEVER have enough handbags or shoes. I firmly believe that bags and shoes are what make an outfit. Croc leather is a certainly a trend that comes and goes, but invest in a quality piece and it will see you through these fluctuations!  If you’re looking for a new outfit companion, take a look at Topshop and Zara, or even Mulberry and Vivienne Westwood, if you’re a lady of luxury.


Seductively sheer

One of my favourite micro trends of SS16 – dainty yet sexy; all slip dresses and sheer blouses. Well mixed with the lingerie-blending-into-clothing movement. As the days get slightly warmer, expect these lace-detailed, loose-shape pieces to be lining the shelves – relaxed figures are no longer something for simply hiding your body. But, while it’s still a little on the chilly side, don’t be afraid to pull on a turtleneck under that slip dress for ultimate fashion style.


Sweatpants

Sweatpants, joggers, whatever you call them; the classic lazy Sunday trousers. Not any more. Sweatpants, in keeping with the loose shapes trend have become something to wear out. Sport some luxe, light, hareem style sweatpants for a new take on the day-trouser. Kylie’s doing it, Rihanna’s doing it, Zendaya’s doing it – so why aren’t you?!


Trim detailing

This began in autumn last year when fashion began looking for a way to customise minimalistic pieces and BOY has it taken off. That plain white tee? Oh it now has a blue piping trim, darling. On just about any item of clothing, be it dresses, shirts, trousers – trims everywhere, to provide a little contrast; inject a little style. An easy trend for anyone to try.


Bomber Jackets

Obviously, bomber jackets have been around for a little while, but with recent gravitation towards boyish shapes and sporty looks, they fit right in with the fashion of the season. Every store on the high street is shouting about them and I doubt you’ll make it through 2016 without investing in one of these timeless all-weather pieces. Suede, zip-detailed, silk… Whatever your style, there’s bound to be a bomber jacket for you.


Oriental Prints

As we’re moving away from the darker days, here in the UK, I’m starting to notice the classic floral print moving in. Last year it was all about blown-up block colour florals and dark, gothic prints. This year, we’re going oriental. Intricacy in print and gentle tones; but still something you can make a statement with. Looks wonderful on trousers or shift dresses!


 

Trench Coats

As, I mentioned recently, I love the shape of wrap coats; they give anyone a curvy figure, no matter how much curve you really have and are just so classy. Trench coats are spring’s slightly lighter sister to the thick, felt, winter wrap coats we’ve been loving. They still give the desired womanly figure, but are a little more on the military side, which is oh-so-2016. Look to just about any high street or luxury brand and their bound to have their own version of this classic coat. My favourites are Hobbs‘ and La Redoute‘s!

What To Wear For New Years Eve

Now, I would imagine that most of you reading this are of the age whereupon spending New Years Eve at home with your parents is an unconceivable idea. Instead, we dress up, frivolously splashing our christmas cash on gorgeous outfits, we stay up late; we probably have the most fun we’ve had in the whole year in those final hours of it. But, with sales raging and the weather being completely indecisive –  finding the perfect outfit can often be less than simple. Well, tah-dah, this is where I come in (think of me as your fairy godmother). Because, as you all know, there is nothing better to do in the holidays than scour the internet for more things that you REALLY need. If you receive money for Christmas this could be justified, but for me, it’s just my shopaholic ways… Below you’ll find my outfit ideas for every type of party girl, including accessories, shoes, bags, coats – the lot! Which one are you?

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Oooh, the glitter-grabbing, sequin-stashing, sparkle addict; to be honest, I think every girl has a little bit of this in her anyway. If there’s time to be the show-stopper, it’s definitely New Year’s. Standing out amongst the crowds is a pretty tough task on such a widely celebrated partying night – so dazzling every onlooker is a pretty failsafe way to achieve this. Sparkles look fab with other extreme textures like fur. Make-up and accessories should be simple, to keep the attention on the dress – try to choose neutral block colours like the ones seen above.

From left to right: Sparkly Open Back Dress from River Island (£42.00), Club L High Neck Midi Dress from ASOS (£45.00), Love Triangle Strap Neck Mini Party Dress at ASOS (£35.00), Lulu Guinness Perspex Clutch (£147.00), Neat Belted Slouch Coat (£79.00), ASOS Ecuador Pointed High Ankle Boots (£40.00), Short Jacket from Zara (£39.99), Sparkling Earring Hook from Pandora (£15.00).

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I’d say this is the most ‘me’ out of all these types of dresser – if Bond girls are your idols; sultry, powerful looks, the is likely to be the category for you. Gold accessories and simplistic sexiness, fur and satin, luxurious materials – if you’re going to dress up for one night, why not do it like a queen? These outfits are bound to make you feel amazing.

Showcase Mink Lace Bodycon Dress from Dorothy Perkins (£40.00), ASOS Pephem Bandeau Midi Dress (£38.00), Slinky Plunge Ruched Bodycon Dress in Navy from Miss Guided (£25.00), BCBGeneration Cropped Faux Fur Jacket in Blush at ASOS (£142.00), Black Suedette Ghillie Heeled Sandals from New Look (£29.99), Private Envelope Clutch Bag from Vivienne Westwood (£115.00), Gold Pearl Hoop Earrings from Lisa Angel (£8).

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Lace; for the sweet, innocent girly girl. Not so fast! Lace is for when you want to exude beauty -but for NYE you’re probably going to want to rough it up with some boyish shapes (think bomber jacket). Nevertheless, if the enchanting qualities of lace draw you in – go for it. Maybe even add some loose waves and a bit of sparkle; but remember, you’ll want to keep makeup minimal and fresh.

Chi Chi Kendall Dress (£35.00), The Jetset Diaries Mantra Dress in Berry at ASOS (£125.00), Lace Plunge Bodycon Dress from Miss Guided (£31.00), Lightweight MA1 Bomber Jacket from Topshop (£55.00), Arial Fold Over Clutch Bag from Accessorize (£35.00),  Ravish Laser Cut Sandals from Topshop (£52.00), Love Rocks Leaf & Crystal Hair Clip from ASOS (£35.00).

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This section is basically how I wish I could dress – but my figure doesn’t suit many of fashion’s loose styles and alternative cuts at the minute and there’s no point wearing something if it isn’t right for you! Notice the adverse textures and shapes – in 2015 we are no longer scared to throw them together! Tassles, metallics, geometrical shapes, sherpa… You wear that! This trend is perfect for those of you who like to scour vintage stores; you’ll find many a piece that you can revive with a modern day look.

From left to right: TFNC Bodycon Dress In All Over Swirl Sequin at ASOS (£59.99), Silver Lace Bodycon Dress from Miss Selfridge (£25.00), Fringe Jumpsuit from Warehouse (£75.00), Lacoste Rose Gold Leather Trainers (£85.00), Leather Suede Fringe Clutch from Topshop (£30.00),  Sloan Aviator Jacket from Topshop (£85), Ring Detail Clutch from Topshop (£15.00), Silver Star Hoops from Lisa Angel (£12).


 

I hope this article has been helpful for you, be sure to let me know if you find any more star pieces or any amazing discounts (it is Boxing Day after all)! Finally, I hope you all had a very merry Christmas – expect lots of reviews be coming your way soon!

Emilia x

November It List

First of all, apologies guys – usually, the month’s “It List” comes out on the first of the month and well, somehow it’s reached the 11th and I’ve simply not had time to even think about it! With mocks, French Speaking Exams and job interviews, my lives been a little hectic recently and I’ve not been able to blog as much as I’d like. However, ta-dah, here we are, November’s it-list has arrived (albeit 10 days late)!

Statement Ankle Boots

For anyone who knows me well, they will know that I tend to wear my faithful Dune black leather ankle boots pretty much every time I see them. I do love my Timberlands, but the Dune boots are just so durable and go with EVERYTHING! However, lately, I’ve been falling in love with the idea of shoes taking centre stage in an outfit… Take a look at the GORGEOUS pairs below!

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Topshop Mary Leopard Print Ankle Boots (£75)

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Carvela Kurt Geiger Sherbert Tan High Heel Ankle Boots (£160)

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Bimba Y Lola Square Toe Glitter Ankle Boots (£215)

Hourglass Cosmetics

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I have heard endless compliments about this brand from all over the internet, so I decided to do a little investigation of my own…Although expensive (unless you buy the travel-sized products like I probably would), the make-up appears to be of such high quality and it looks BEAUTIFUL before it’s even on your face! Hourglass Cosmetics pride themselves in producing “luxury performance makeup” and it looks to me like you sure get that! Take a look at this video for example… I love the look of the Ambient Lighting Powders.

The Sweet Reason Company

I’ve only just discovered this company thanks to my good friend Evie getting me the most adorable set of brownies and teas as part of my birthday gifts, but BOY do I love it. You can get monthly subscriptions, gluten free treats, personalised gift – they can even cater for your wedding! Such a thoughtful and tasty idea! So, next time you’re stuck on what to buy for someone – rush to The Sweet Reason for some help.

Ski Holidays

I’ve only been skiing once, but it was probably one of the best holidays I’ve even been on. Exhilarating views and the fun of accomplishing a run, I can’t think of a sport any more enjoyable. Also, in recent years, more and more ‘trendy’ chalets and ski hotels have popped up, instead of the traditional wooden cabins (although they’re nice too) – look at these!

Grand Hotel Kronenhof, Pontresina, Switzerland

Little Nell, Aspen, Colorado, Aspen

Hotel Goldener Berg, Ober Lech, Austria

Le Chardon in Val d’Isère, France

Leather Leggings

For any girl with ‘thunder thighs’ like myself, leather trousers immediately sound like a disaster. They’re for Sandy, not for us! But, recently I came across some leather leggings in Biba (£49.00) – they are super stretch and aren’t leather all over, making it possible for girls like me to actually wear them. As I’m sure I’ve said loads of times, I love texture in fashion, so these are right up my street. Jeans no more, leather, velvet or whatever else floats your boat, here we come!

MAC Enchanted Eve Collection

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Seriously, if I had a job, I think all of it would be spent on buying things from the MAC limited edition collections. The Cinderella collection, the Guo Pei collection… I’d have them all; but unfortunately, my bank balance does not allow for that kind of frivolous behaviour. Anyway, this is the new collection on the block and after longingly stroking it in my local MAC store about an hour ago, I’ve decided that it’s one of my favourites so far. The packaging is gorgeous, as per with flashes of blue and purple; there’s lip kits, eye kits, brush kits, all of which would make great Christmas presents for the make-up addict in your life.

Bumble and Bumble Don’t Blow It (H)air Styler (60ml £12.00)

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I think this product was actually MADE for me. You see, I normally decide to shower at night because I’m too happily ‘burrito-ed’ in my duvet in the morning to even contemplate showering – but I can never be bothered to dry my hair. It takes me about 20 minutes because I have so much of it! Even french-plaiting it overnight leaves me with damp hair until around 3pm the following day… But, lo-and-behold, my favourite haircare company out there, Bumble and Bumble have created yet another wonder product – a cream which makes your hair look decent even when it’s just air-dried!

Oversized Wrap Coats

I’ll admit, the new Bond film, which I saw last Sunday, inspired me for this pick. Léa Seydoux pulls off this look effortlessly; tiny little elegant dress, wraparound coat and over-the-knee boots, it’s the ultimate sexy Bond-girl outfit. For a less Bond, more everyday look, you could pair a wrap coat with a pair of skinny jeans and ankle boots. The thing that I love most about these coats is that, if you’ve got a curvy figure, they accentuate your curves and if you’ve not got a curvy figure, they MAKE curves!

Left to right: Veronica Camel Oversized Waterfall Belt Coat from Pretty Little Thing (£25), Seydoux rocking the wrap coat and over-the-knee boots look, Topshop Cashmere Blend Wrap Coat by Boutique (£225).

What’s on your radar this November?

Emilia x

LFW Favourites

As many of you know, this past 7 days has been full of fashion, fashion and more fashion as London Fashion Week has commenced. It may be the SS16 shows, because fashion is always ridiculously ahead of things, but we can all take inspiration from it for our autumn/winter choices too. Think colours, cuts, shapes. I could honestly go on forever, as I am unhealthily obsessed with all things style and, to be honest, I probably have rambled on already. Still, I hope this gives you an insight into the trends this A/W and assists you with purchasing new items this year. Have fun fashionistas.

Alexander White

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I have to admit, from being about 5, I have been completely obsessed with gorgeous shoes. I blame my mum for this bank-breaking trait. But just LOOK at these beauties! With a leg-elongating ankle strap and dainty yet dominating embroidery detail. Steal the show, in fact make your OWN show in these shoes.

Barbara Casasola

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Gloriously minimalistic, with hints of this season’s up and coming trends, here we can see the cropped flare cut featured with an empowering two-piece suit. Supposedly ‘manly’-vibes eradicated with the low V-cut, you will simply radiate confidence in this outfit.

Cecilie BahnsenScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.03.35

In keeping with the favoured ’60s/’70s looks of AW15, I can’t take my eyes off of this creation. Pastel, vintage style, floral patterns partnered with an elegant chiffon shirt – another outfit centred around texture. But what real does it for me is the shocking pink of the eyeshadow and pixie crop, attention is immediately drawn here.

NegarinScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.23.07

Yellow is where it’s at right now, but not the easiest of colours for most of us to pull off. This vibrant tone of the trousers suits tanned or dark complexions extremely well, for those paler women, pastel yellow for summer and mustard yellow for winter is the way forward. Once again, make-up and hair is kept simple to allow the clothes to steal the show. This brand has styled some amazing looks – I strongly advise you take a closer look into Negarin.

Orla Kiely

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I can’t cope with how adorable this outfit is; shirts under pinafore dresses is such a YES and T-bar shoes match wonderfully well. Orla Kiely is notoriously print-loving, although for those less-brave fashionistas, maybe choose a pattered dress OR shirt, not both. Urban Outfitters and ASOS have some great collections of pinafore dresses to get you through AW15.

Paul SmithScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.24.46

Paul Smith, a family favourite – these dungarees are like no other. A contemporary cut, yet so practical and boyish is always in style. Silky and smooth, this outfit just flows. Let’s not forget the statement earring and bushy brows –  this can liven up any outfit.

Regina PyoScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.26.42

There is so much I like about this outfit, I’m unsure where to begin! Um… The boots, the so dubbed ‘sock-boots’ that fit tightly around the ankle area look best with dresses and skirts. This dress itself is like a cool-camo/leaf print, which is perfectly suited to autumn. Finally the open back, I can’t resist them, backs are the most underrated area EVER.

Renli SuScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.27.45

As you’ll soon find out, coats are MY thing –  if I could only buy one clothing item this winter, it would certainly be a coat. Despite this, the thing that actually drew me to this look is the colour combinations present in this ‘wall-paper’ style pattern. Mustard, rust, brown and navy – love vintage? Choose Renli Su.

Self PortraitScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.29.37

Having previously heard BRILLIANT things about this feminine, edgy brand, I was super excited to see their newest collection. A well-known creator of masterpieces and lover of lace, Han Chong, you genius. Just like many other label’s this autumn, Self Portrait have opted for mostly midi-length cuts. It’s super-classy and cute – I predict big things.

South Lane

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I’m not really a jewellery-changer on a day to day basis, personally, explaining why I hunt and hunt for the perfect staple pieces (oh, Tiffany key, I love you). This particular South Lane watch screams class, yet day-to-day wearability at me. You won’t forget this fashionable wrist wear brand.

Topshop UniqueScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.31.06

As overpriced as I believe Topshop can be at times, I can’t help but fall in love with their ability to style great looks. Spots? Yep… Stripes? Yep… Spots AND stripes? YES PLEASE!! Apart from this model being totally stunning in the looks department, I am also a great fan of the matching shoes and lipstick combo. Covered up, yet far from shapeless, this is a fun work look for all.

Molly GoddardScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.22.39

I’m in love with the length and bell-sleeves detail of this dress; it’s very similar to Topshop’s Bell-Sleeve dress. As well as that, some proper Swedish clogs have been on my wish list for FOREVER, however some as colourful as these seen at Molly Goddard are most definitely meant for the fashion-fearless.

Martine JalgaardScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.21.03

An unusually shaped version of a winter classic; the woollen dress. The shape alone gives this piece such a unique twist, there is simply no need for patter or colour. Extremely wearable for all, I expect some high-street dupes to be appearing very soon!

Lucilla GrayScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.20.24

Alternatively structured, this is a total stand-out party piece. Angular styles and geometry is an arising trend in the fashion world at the moment; for example, take a look at Accessorize’s new jewellery collection. This shape would suit boyish, slim figures best. But you sure don’t have to be a certain shape to take inspiration and style it your way!

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Somehow this, what seems to be a mishmash of an outfit, creates a enchanting reworked classic. Acid wash jeans, such a hard item to pull off, yet styled so well, the indigo contrasts the neutral tones and the ankle length crop is all in. Stylish trainers are wonderfully versatile, add them to your wish list immediately! Oh, along with that leather backpack.

Kitty JosephScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.18.26

Vinyl coats are just the thing to own this winter, they’re even waterproof! Waterproof AND stylish? This is a fashion first. These cool-toned colours make for a gorgeous winter palette, but the bright pink brings a necessary pop. I adore the fiery colour of this model’s hair, it compliments her porcelain skin incredibly well.

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Those KILLER cheekbones, if only you could buy them too! Anyways, layering and ‘wrapping’ is always a yes for wintery seasons. Too cold? Just grab another layer! In addition, the lower legs seems to be the skin to show off this year – add a pair of trainers for the ultimate style; who said they were only for exercise? Check out Lacoste’s range or Superga trainers if you like these Joseph ones.

JH ZaneScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.15.34

This oh-so-cool combination of monochrome and colour-pop just has me in awe. A furry, teddy coat is the best thing ever in winter, believe me, I am the BIGGEST lover of fur coats (faux, of course).  A minimalist approach to hair and makeup really lets this outfit steal the attention and this is a very easy outfit to find a high-street dupe for.

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Issa, one of K-Mid’s most favoured brands, and it’s not hard to see why. Who said white was only for summer -hey? Broderie, booties and bangles, this screams boho-chic. Yet, the high neck gives that summer-to-winter transition appeal –  an ideal work outfit.

FabitoriaScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.10.52

Bewilderingly modern, I have just discovered the sporty-chic brand that is Fabitoria (it even say ‘fab’ in it’s name, doesn’t that explain enough?). Most of all, I love the alternative cut of this top, Topshop have some very similar shapes this season if you’re looking for a high-street version. However, the notoriously sporty ‘slick’ of this model’s hairstyle is also coming BACK IN faster than you can say fashion.

ErdemScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.08.35

Ohhh, Erdem, you never fail to impress do you? The embroidery of this piece just bewilders me and monochrome can suit anyone. Concealing, but with tiny slits for ‘peeps’ of skin add it’s delicate yet seductive attitude. Also, playing with textures has resulted in these marvellously impractical, yet marvellously desirable feather, ankle-strap, pointed flats. Take note.

Christopher KaneScreen Shot 2015-09-24 at 21.07.38

Texture is what it’s all about this season, hence I ADORE this material-focused combination. Perfectly sophisticated with the autumnal polo-neck, yet a flash of the lower leg shows off the beautiful trim of the lace and the all-in ankle-tie shoes. Who can go wrong with a mono-tone look? Christopher Kane sure knows how to redesign the classics!

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Again the in-fashion lace-up sandals are so very flattering; a great complement to the blushing nude tone of this outfit. Once more, texture plays a large part in this outfit, the chiffon, the inscribed floral pattern. Finally, the colour I love the most in this style is the stunning auburn of this Bora Aksu model’s hair. SO AUTUMNAL; I want it now.

Let me know your favourite looks from LFW or any opinions on my picks!

Emilia x