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Back in London town from my Easter break and the SUN IS OUT!! If you’re wondering why I’m so excited to see the sun…well! It’s April, still windy, cold and miserable in London and finally the sun greets us! Hell yeah, I’m going to be ecstatic! 😀 What did you guys get up to? Anything exciting?!

Here’s hoping spring is just around the corner and the snow doesn’t make a comeback *fingers crossed* because this Spring it’s all about some flirty fun! I plan on wearing lots of colour, quirky prints and sandals. My feet are dying to breathe! Talking about fun and flirty, who loved Burberry’s heart prints visible through see through skirts as modelled by model-of-the-moment Miss Cara Delevingne.

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Safe to say, not all us fashion lovers can afford the extortionate prices of Burberry but us humble fashionistas can improvise and look else where to other brands who can cater to similar tastes! With all the major fashion weeks having given us full blown doses of fashion back to back- there are brands who have taken inspiration from the catwalk and offered us fashion lovers something to look forward to wearing this spring/summer!

A brand that has just hit my radar is Max Studio. Although an established brand since 1979, it has been quietly successful and looking at their current collection- there are definitely pieces I would want in my wardrobe! Their Spring/Summer 2013 collection has some inspiration pieces from the likes of Burberry like the heart-printed jacquard trousers and shorts.

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Looking around the site, it’s very easy to navigate and what I look out for on any fashion website are the VISUALS. They need to be crisp, detailed, stand out and colourful! They need to shout at me to look at them…not even look…GAWK at them! And this website does that. One of my favourite dresses from their new collection is this printed geometric number. I just love the colour combination and can think of a number of ways I would wear it- with some amazing accessories! Ah I’m getting giddy with excitement thinking about how many looks I can milk out of this dress. After all, we are still in throes of an economic downturn dah-lings so got to be smart about it as well, y’know!

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Also love this red dress! Perfectly fits the fun and flirty look for the coming season! Love the sheer panel details as well. And for someone who is conscious about their upper arms (ME!!), the cap sleeves coupled with the  pleated skirt give a flattering look.

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Now ladies, it’s crunch time. Yes, we are going to talk about the monies! Now these clothes don’t come cheap. The geometric print dress is retailing at £99 where as this red number is £175. These are not your run-of-the mill purchases. You spend this sort of money when you’re giving your wardrobe a makeover. And since we’re just at the cusp, where Winter is (HOPEFULLY) bidding farewell and Spring is stepping in, I have a feeling a lot of us will be going for that uplift very soon. I think if you’re good with accessorising then you can re-work these pieces over and over again! Trust me I do that all the time and people still ask me if I’m wearing a “new” top 😉

All in all, I’m impressed with this brand and will be keeping a close eye on these guys! Who knows I may end up adding a few pieces myself! 😉

Check out their Spring/Summer 2013 collection and see if anything catches your fancy. Have you bought anything from these guys before? Let me know how your experience was and what is your opinion of this brand?

Till the next time my beauties! xxx

Nothing like new additions to your jewellery collection. What makes it even more special is your friends gifting them to you and they know what you’d like!! Totally in love right now.

The ring and leather wrap-around bracelet is from Juicy Couture. Now this brand is quite controversial where some people call it “chavy” (non-english people please google the word :P) BUT!! In JC’s defence I would say I for one love most of their jewellery, may be not all of it but all the ones I’ve bought myself and I have been gifted I just LOVE them. Plus the pieces I’ve got don’t have any OTT branding on them so they’re great pieces and ones to keep! Yeah if you’re going to wear a JC tracksuit and UGG boots then I’m sorry but that would be classed as “chavy”. But you have to make sure you wear the brand the right way. FYI! you can never wear Paul’s Boutique the “right” way. That brand is “chavtastic” as it’s best! I think I’ve over done the word “chavy” in this post.

My bestie knows what works for me! 😉

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If you’ve got cash to splash then you have designer options like Hermés, Chloe, Celine and Cartier etc. I have spotted the Hermés cuff bracelets quite a lot and it is on my wish list!

Check out a few I’ve spotted.

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What arm candy have you been sporting lately? Do share! Till the next one xxxx

So it’s been more than a year since I started blogging. Slowly and steadily I have managed to keep on going because I love fashion and love talking about it. Lots of people have encouraged me along the way and I am proud of where I have gotten so far. This is just the beginning and there is still lots more work to be done but I wanted to take this time and thank every one of you who has liked my work and shown their support via different social media channels- wordpress, twitter or Facebook. A BIG SMACKER! and an even bigger THANK YOU!!! 

Thank you for following my work. Please do spread the word!! I am always open to feedback and people looking to collaborate can always contact me 🙂 xxxx

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What Ash’s heeled sneaker couldn’t achieve, Isabel Marant’s high top wedge trainers did! Now every where you go, whether its ZARA, Forever21, TOPSHOP, ALDO etc- they’re all stocking similar versions. I managed to get my special editions ones from ZARA which are almost the same as Isabel Marant except that they’re not! 😛 But hey I don’t have £400+ to spare on those shoes so I have to settle for the next best. If you are intrigued, check out the prices of the Isabel Marant’s high tops on eBAY and your heart may just temporarily stop beating.

To be fair, these shoes aren’t everyones cup of tea so please don’t buy them just to seem “fashionable” because they can also have the opposite affect!

This is how I styled mine:

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High Top Sneakers: ZARA (Buy yours here)

Faux Fur Jacket: French Connection UK

Statement Collar Necklace: ASOS

Red Lippy: NARS matte lip pencil in RED SQUARE (LOVE IT!!)

Rings: TOPSHOP

You can shop similar high top sneakers from ZARA and other high street retailers. If you’ve got extra money to spare then ASH is also doing some funky ones (bottom two).

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Let me know your thoughts and how you’re styling yours if you’ve bought them! xxx

So!! How have my lovely followers/readers been recently? London is fast becoming the North/South Pole (whichever you prefer) and I am hoping one of these days it will actually snow in MY part of London rather than the measly ol’ frost!

Okay I am going to make a confession and I call it my guilty pleasure- Ireadtheentertainmentsectionofdailymaileveryday!! There!  I said it. I’m sure you get that my lack of spaces in that sentence was deliberate??

Any way, this post is going to cover the celebrity pictures I come across on the said paper.

Ok, so up first is our very own Liverpudlian, a famous WAG in her own right, Ms Alex Gerrard. I do like her style actually. She is always quite trendy and styles herself really well. It’s good she kept her makeup understated and focused on the eyes. I think anything more would’ve been an overkill. LOVE the Isabel Marant boots. Quite a few celebs have been seen wearing them around town. I love their red version too. They’re called the Isable Marant Berry boots with cut out appliqué. For £670 they’re definitely going to leave a dent in your bank account! To round off this look, I’m impartial to faux fur (not sure if it is fake in Alex’s case) and love the coat!

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The next celeb is our very own X-factor judge, Tulisa not-going-to-try-spelling-lastname. Her style’s a bit hit and miss. Some times she looks nice and some times she does NOT!  Anyone who’s been following X-Factor would’ve been following the fashion choices of Tulisa. Needless to say, Nicole won hands down (not that I’m pitting them against each other……. On second thought, I AM!) One thing to remember about fierce footwear that Tulisa is wearing in this pic- DON’T wear chunky ankle boots if you’ve got slightly..um chubby is definitely not the right word here because she’s not…Actually she’s got short legs and these boots are making her legs look chunky. Not loving the dress, hairstyle, the belt around the waist with the gold studs…NO NO NO!

Moving on.

Ms Karolina K-k-k-k-urkova! One word for this look. FIERCE!!

Love the whole look. Very sharp, eye-popping colour, great way of breaking the look by adding black peep toe shoes and bag. And the best accessory of all- her dazzling smile! She ain’t a supermodel for nothing.

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Talking of supermodels. The other Victoria’s Secret angel who’s been getting massive amount of coverage is Ms Miranda Kerr. She’s followed around by paparazzi while taking flights, juggling her motherly duties with the cutest baby of all, going to work or business meetings and STILL looking fabulous. I love her and her style. She makes all this look so effortless. When I’m a mummy, I still hope I keep my sense of style and figure (??).

Love the smart look of her outfit. The Givenchy bag is one of my favourites and so are the Miu Miu shades she’s rocking. I do love Miranda’s collection of sunnies. She’s got some cool pairs.

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Like her, I love buying sunglasses. I mean, living in London where there’s hardly any sun, most of you would think it’s a bit much. But hey! can’t help it. So my favourite one at the moment is the leopard print one in the middle. These sunnies are part of Miu Miu’s Fall 2011 collection. If anyone of you out there who loves me and wants to buy something nice for me this Christmas then I wouldn’t mind mentioning the one in the middle is on my wish list. *hint* *hint*

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Right! Next up is none other than the lady who holds the Best Derriere spot- Pippa Middleton. She snapped here heading to her friend’s wedding reception in Northern Ireland. I like her choice of outfit. She balanced the blue with a camel coloured hat and an orange bag. I’m glad she didn’t go too matchy-matchy! Love the fur around the shoulders. All in all, a well pulled together outfit.

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While I am commenting on Ms Middleton, she was snapped walking arm in arm with her girlfriend. Her friend seems to be the risk taker and seems to be having fun with her outfit. Love the headpiece. I’m not sure if the flowers are part of her hat or they’re separate but either way, they’re are great attention grabber. I love how she’s matched the red clutch to the red flower in her hair and the way she’s cinched her waist with a belt. However, I do not like her choice of footwear. No matter how cold it is, I feel boots for a wedding are not appropriate footwear. You need to be a bit more formal which, sadly, these boots are not. But I definitely love the rest of the outfit.

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Who has seen One Tree Hill? If you have then obviously you know about Sophia Bush. I am so used to seeing her in shoulder length slightly curly hair with a middle parting that the fringe is a nice change. It is definitely suiting her. And I like the casual-bordering-on-going-out look. I like the plaid print in her jacket finished with leather sleeves. A very versatile jacket that can be worn during the day or at night. I like.

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Speaking of adding leather to the look, I admire Kristen Stewart’s looks. They are flawless every single time. I don’t know if I should credit her, her stylist of both of them. But they are doing an amazing job. I have been following her red carpet looks and there wasn’t one occasion where I could criticise her. Even in this look, it’s understated yet sharp. You don’t need to add anything else. Love the hair, the make up, the outfit and great job of ending the look with those red shoes. (I WANT THEM!)

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There is no article about celebrity fashion without a mention of Ms Paltrow. A fashionista in her own right, this ageless beauty is a true fashion maven. Even on her flight back from Dubai, she is bringing home her effortless chic style. I love red! and I love the shape of this jacket. It looks really comfortable- loose sleeves, big collar and paired with skinny jeans; it really accentuates her figure really well. A bit of bling is always good so no wonder she needs those sunnies! And finished off that look with that bag- love the colour and it sits really well with the whole outfit. 10/10!!

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And last but not the least. I mean all I can say to this is…

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Till the next one you fash pack you!! xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Disclaimer: All the images used are courtesy of DM. K Thanks. Bye.

I am loving Zara this season because everything they are coming out with is trendy, stylish and makes you want to buy it!!

So this leather sleeve grey coat is my current favourite- it’s become my wardrobe staple. I’ve been wearing this with pretty much everything I own in my wardrobe or that will go with it.

LOVE.WINTER.FASHION! Xx

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Working the whole look doesn’t always refer to the clothes. It also refers to how you accessorise that whole look. Ever since I lost (read SOMEONE STOLE) my B&W C5 In ear headphones, I have been deprived of the musical experience my ears sooo badly deserve! And so like any normal person who wants a knowledgable opinion, I decided to search (google) the “intra webs” and voila! URBANEARS caught my eye straight away. Pardon me for browsing the UK Ask Men website but they had some good review about these babies!

“Style is key with these handsome headphones. Delightfully cushioned, these combine a cool, minimal design with matt rubbery texture and a subtle and comfy fabric headset. Add to that reasonable quality, full sound and a lightweight build and the result is a brilliant set of headphones suited to everyday use. For a sweet social feature, the ear cups also contain an extra headphone jack to plug in a second set, meaning you can share music with a friend/anyone who might require a bit of musical education.

Read more: http://uk.askmen.com/top_10/entertainment/top-ten-best-headphones_1.html#ixzz2AvJF1vUE

And so I ordered the Plattan Plus Grape Headphones. Love the colour, love the simple design and LOVE the whole fun look. Let’s just wait and see how good they really are. All I know is “They betta WERK!!”

Their Plattan Harris Tweed version seems to be so popular, it has sold out already!! At £86 including shipping they don’t come cheap but if you want good music (which remains to be seen) AND style, then at least you’re getting the whole deal here compared to the Dre’s or the Bose. Plus they look more fun and cool!

Check out their website yourself:

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When it’s Winter time, I can’t wear an all black outfit. Imagine you’ve eaten a full buffet and then you go and have a 3 course meal- OVERWHELMING!!!

I like to break mine up with some colour- be it a top, shoes or the accessories. Otherwise I may feel as if I’m going to a funeral. No offence to anyone who loves wearing black- it’s just me who can’t handle it.

So here’s how I broke my black streak.

Shoes: New Look
Black Leather Jacket: Lungta De Fancy
Leather effect tights: Miss Selfridge
Bag: Prada
Purple jumper: Zara

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P.S: I’m not usually this serious :p

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I always feel the visual merchandisers and the people who do the displays of all these clothing retailers are the silent soldiers and people who deserve true accolade for their hard work. I have found myself going into the store just because the window display was done so well that I wanted to go into the store and check out what they had to offer.

But those visual merchandisers who go a step forward and capture the theme of the whole nation take the gold medal hands down and are the unsung heroes. Speaking of gold medals, yes the theme is Olympics. I loved how some of the retailers truly captured the essence of what was and still is one of the most amazing and epic events to take London by storm. The Olympics 2012.

Two retailers who stood out the most with their eye catching window displays were Forever 21 and H&M. Kudos to the visual teams of both these stores who made a genuine effort translating the excitement into what were “athletically” creative displays! Loved the way Forever 21’s displays lit up during the day and moved around in a circle. Brilliant!!

I just think about how much work would have gone into suspending those male mannequins in the H&M displays and what an eye catching display it is-completely in line with the excitement and spirit of the Olympics. With Paralympics around the corner, here’s hoping more retailers will pay heed and jazz up their displays as well. Come on!! show some excitement!!

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Anyone who follows my blog knows I hardly do any posts on other people. You must think, God! she must love herself too much. Where it is true I do love myself 😛 (I JOKE!!) I never wanted my blog to become one of those run of the mill street style blogs. Yet I find myself admiring quite a few girls who dress so well yet seems like they hardly put any thought into it yet managed to totally rock out in their outfit!

One such girl who has hit my radar is Vicki (I hope I spelt your name right!!) Every time I see her, she looks amazing. She mixes different styles. Case in point, the photo I have attached of her outfit. From her choice of trousers (TOPSHOP), to her studded collar top, the denim shirt with the embroidered detail and the vintage brogues- this is what uber cool and hipster is all about people! She mixes all these individual pieces so well that they form a synergy rather than stick out like a sore thumb! Show some love for my friend here! 😀 xxxx