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As time passes by, technology is becoming more and more entwined in our lives, any one from a teenager to your grandpa would have the latest in technology- would it be an iPad or a Blackberry, a Kindle to catch up on their reading or a netbook to do your business on: Yes, technology is taking over our lives. Where I do not approve of a complete digital lifestyle as it is killing face to face human interaction, one cannot help but put one’s fashionable foot forward.

All the major designers have taken note be it high street or luxury- they’ve all discovered there’s a huge demographic of technology lovers who still want to put their gadgets in the prettiest and “raddest” bag or pouch. It’s a get-noticed culture we’ve got and these designers are fuelling it. Don’t think I’m complaining for one second. In fact, I love it. The choice is immense! It caters to the style needs of the conservative to anyone who’s following the Spring Summer trend of nudes, pastels and bright colours. Fashion is not about clothes and shoes anymore!

There are Kindle cases by Diane von Furstenberg, technology cases (for iPhones, Blackberrys, Kindles, Laptops and iPads) by the likes of Bottega Veneta, Gucci, Prada, Dolce & Gabbana, Jimmy Choo, Smythson, Mulberry and the list goes on and on and on!

When I bought my iPhone, I looked every where for a case that would not only protect my baby (yes! it’s my baby and I’m sad!) but make it look even cooler! So I searched the internet, stores and what not till I found the perfect accessories. The best website I have found is Net-a-Porter and I found a gorgeous Chloe’ leather pouch.

 

You have designers from Valentino to Jimmy Choo, Prada to Gucci, Marc Jacobs to Michael Kors. You name the designer and they’ve got the accessory for you. I decided to make some collages for you guys (because I have ALL THE TIME IN THE WORLD,not!). You’ve got the snake print bags by Marc Jacobs, the bling glitter bag for your iPad by Jimmy Choo and the grey Valentino iPhone 4 pouch (which will be my next purchase) among others. Have a browse and I hope you find the accessory for your tech.

 

But if you feel these designer accessories are too expensive and do not justify the cost, which I do know is probably more than what the gadget cost you! (HAH!) then have no fear, ASOS is here! (cheesy at its best!)

ASOS has a small but worthy selection of techno accessories and I’ve chosen the best four I found on the site:

To browse more technology accessories, visit Net-A-Porter’s, ASOS’ and My-Wardrobe’s websites through the following links:

Net-A-Porter

My-Wardrobe

ASOS

Kindle Accessories by Diane von Furstenberg

DISCLAIMER mumbo jumbo:

The pictures of the designer accessories are NOT my own. They belong to Net-A-Porter, ASOS and My-Wardrobe. I do  not own the rights to the images. I am just using them courtesy of these websites. I have only watermarked the collage design.

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We all like to be prepared when it comes to different seasons during the year. For London, there are mainly two seasons. Cold and rainy or Hot and rainy. What’s common between the two? RAIN!! One thing we cannot ever get used to is the amount it rains here. After ruining my much loved footwear to water damage, I thought it was high time to invest in a good pair of wellington boots– or “wellies” as we love to call them.

I couldn’t just wear any wellies. They had to be stylish and they had to stand out! So I started shopping around. My first love was Vivienne Westwood for Melissa wellington boots. The very first ones I remember had cute bows on them in different colours but at that time I did not think much of buying anything for rain as I was like “Pooh! I’ll survive rain!” But oh boy! Was I wrong! It took losing several lovely pairs to the blasted rain before I decided to buy a pair.

I looked around for these but either never found them in the colour I wanted or my size. But after much searching, I did find the ones by Vivienne Westwood and they were the Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Studded Bootie 111 from Selfridges for a cool £98 and they are SO WORTH IT!! I have been complimented left, right and centre for them.

Vivienne Westwood for Melissa Studded Bootie III Now £58.50 on ASOS

At the moment they are on sale on ASOS, so click here to get yours now! 

But during my search, what I did find was how some brands were dedicated to this “genre” of shoes: The Rain Boots!

One designer brand that I find is completely dedicated to these shoes is Burberry. Every season they keep on adding to their already extensive range of rain boots. From Equestrian style to buckled up- they have a design for everyone. Obviously when you’re talking about Burberry, the price is not going to be cheap. They start from £135 onwards but what I have found with their designs is that they’re very versatile, they blend in and you can carry them off with ease. They’re not like Hunter wellies that stand out like a dog in a herd of sheep! I’ve worn my Vivienna Westwood’s to work soooo many times and they look cool! My top favourites for this season are:

EQUESTRIAN RAIN BOOT WITH LEATHER BELTS £235

LEATHER TOP RAINBOOT £250

BACK ZIP RAINBOOTS £225 (comes in 3 different colours)

Not to be left behind is GUCCI. I have one and only one favourite design from there and I was after them for a while. They were available on the online store but had not arrived in store, and whilst I was waiting for them I found the Vivienne Westwood’s and fell in love with them instead!  GUCCI came out with the “storm” flat boot with signature web detail that I instantly fell in love with the moment I saw them! Had they been available in store I would have bought them straight away. Priced at £180, you would not expect anything less from GUCCI and to be honest the price is reasonable for the design, quality, brand name and the amount of times you’ll get to wear these shoes especially if you live in a wet city like London. Red is definitely my favourite in this design:

“storm” flat boot with signature web detail £180 (Available in 3 colours)

To shop or view the Gucci pair, please click here.

And if you’re feeling extremely extravagant and want to splurge and are a regular at music festivals, then Valentino has a stunning pair for you!

VALENTINO Studded rubber knee boots £435

VALENTINO Studded rubber knee boots £435

As is obvious, at £435, they do not come cheap but I love the studded detail and the way the strap is buckled along the sides as well as the buckle detail around the shin. I personally would not spend that much on “rain boots”, but if you’ve fallen in love with them and money is no object, then click here.

But if you’re a bargain hunter like I am, then I found these amazing pair of wellies by MEL, that look similar to Vivienne Westwood’s range.

Mel Rubber Boots £37.99

If I did not know who designed them, I would’ve assumed they were by Vivienne Westwood. And guess how much they cost?! £37.99 ONLY! Bargain! New Look is selling them at the moment. They come in three different colours. To buy yours, click here.

And if you’re looking for even more selection of rain boots, then Net-a-Porter (love this site!!!) has a dedicated section just for these. To view that, please click here.

Hope you enjoyed this post. Feedback welcome! Till the next post, laters yeah! (my take on the east-end accent; don’t hate :P)

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Some times my days are spent dreaming of how it would be if I lived in NY, the big Apple baby!! But I hear London is the new fashion capital and then I feel a bit smug and think “this is the most exciting time for fashion yet! especially in London”. So the following look I did, is an ode’ to my love for New York and bringing some warmth with these winter colours. I could see someone like Mila Kunis pulling off this look. Till the next one, ciao chicas! xx

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Since it’s getting so cold in London (well FINALLY! still no sign of snow though 😦 ) my new love is layering. And lots of layering. In this particular post, I layered a £3 Forever21 top (got it in 2 for 1 sale!!) on top of a £10 H&M dress and paired that with a statement necklace I got on sale from House of Fraser, my faux leather tights (from ASOS) and Zara ankle boots.

 

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The faux leather tights give the whole outfit a really nice and glossy finish. So this winter, layer it up!! Coz you’ll be be taking those layers off in the Summer.

Toodles loves! xx

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I can’t always talk about myself on this blog (as much as I’d love to!) and I am blessed to have friends who are fashionable and know how to dress. I thought I’d deviate my regular coverage of women’s fashion and include the opposite sex in all the fun! I looked at my friend, Andrew Heggie, today and said “Hello Mister! You’re not going any where before I photograph you!!” So rather than put a spotlight on myself, I thought there was someone else who deserved it more and I always appreciate a man who can dress…even though I’m not his type! 😦 Boo!!

So I loved the way Andrew pulled this whole look with his All Saints Jacket (LOVE the collar) and a hint of grey scarf around his neck tucked nicely under the collar. He paired that with a “man-bag” that had a quirky motif of a rooster (“Le Coq Sportif”) and those lovely leather loafers. He pulled the whole look effortlessly! Guys, please take note. xx

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Even though I’ve been living in London for a while now, I still cannot get used to the winter season here. Although this year has not been as crazy cold as last year, it is STILL FREEZING!! 😦  And so in chilly days like these, do I love covering up! I personally love winter fashion because you have amazing knitwear, warm coats to choose from, the softest cashmere sweaters and accessories to cover up in, like this faux fur snood I bought from ASOS that is featured in this post of mine. It is the best £20 I ever spent and the fact that this faux fur snood goes with everything I wear is simply brilliant. Military style coats were very much “in” this winter season, a trend brought on by the likes of Burberry and Balmain. I, however, got this coat from French Connection. I’ve had it for more than a year now but it has maintained its quality and still looks like new. No wonder I’m grinning ear to ear!

ASOS and French Connection still have winter sales (up to 70% off) going on so if you want to add something to your wardrobes, now is the time. I bought this coat a year ago and it’s still wearable so find your classic piece now!

To shop the ASOS sale including accessories like snoods, click here.

To shop the French Connection sale, click here.

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My look:

Coat: French Connection

Shoes: H by Hudson

Faux Fur Snood: ASOS

Hat: Accessorize

 

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And I am back for my Weekly Spotlight post that I update every Sunday. I am a shoe addict. I buy shoes (read heels) I fall in love with but never wear them because they’re too beautiful and they’re not really made for walking! Before we start talking about the SS2012 collection, I feel there are so many offers to make use of before they end. Kurt Geiger is my favourite brand to shop at when it comes to stylish heels and one-of-a-kind shoe designs although they’re not always the most comfortable. But then you have to suffer for fashion sometimes!  I look forward to Kurt Geiger’s new collection every season and even more, their sales (HEAVEN!)

I featured their Dolly shoes in my post a couple of days back (click here to view) and they’ve gone down even more in price! £35 from £120!! I’m a bit annoyed because I paid £59 but oh well! I love my Dolly heels and they were worth the price! Most of the shoes on sale are on-trend for SS2012 so you don’t have to spend on the new collection to get the spring/summer look. They have an amazing collection and their sale items are practically a bargain!

So ladies! Before you start looking at the new collections, have a look at the sale items. There are still some amazing deals to be grabbed before they run out!

Remember: Fashion is not always about buying the latest and the most expensive stuff. In today’s financial climate it is about being sensible and buying stuff that is versatile and wearable over and over again. Some of their designs channel Christian Louboutin like the Almond number by KG and the Sophia is very Alexander McQueen. The best thing about KG is that they have shoes by Carvela, Nine West, Nicole Farhi, Lipsy et al on their website. You can also go to their retail stores in Bond Street, Selfridges, Regent Street etc. and bag yourself a bargain. Their Vanika boots have been featured in a number of my posts and I absolutely love them!

SO have a browse through some of my favourites and a few that will come in handy for the summers! For all Kurt Geiger shoes on sale, click here.

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You know the kind of affinity you have with a place even though you’ve never been there? The fact that you look at the pictures and you feel close to it? That’s what I feel when I think about Paris. This outfit is a homage to my love for everything French. French people know how to dress. You look at them and you just want to say “Très chic”, Oo La La! (Apologies to any French person reading my blog and thinking I’m completely destroying your language :P)

This All Saints Monument coat has a story. I saw it the first time All Saints came out with their Winter 2011 Collection and I fell in love with it instantly while going through their racks in Selfridges. The cut, the fall of the coat and the buckle detail- that just did it for me. I knew I would have it in my wardrobe soon enough. A month or so later, I went to their Covent Garden Store and found out they had sold out of it. I was gutted. I wanted the black coat. I enquired about it and the sales assistant very kindly printed out a list of ALL the stores that were stocking the last or the last TWO coats in my size. From then started a race to bag the prize. I called all the nearest stores and checked online. I would not settle until I had it in my wardrobe.

I guess it was meant to be and I found the LAST coat in the @AllSaints store near my workplace. It was “kismet”. I reserved it, went and bought it! AAAH! The satisfaction! That feeling is something else. The adrenaline rush is just amazing. For some odd reason I love this chase and I treasure this coat immensely. If you thought of a perfect coat, to me this is it. Trust me, I have A LOT of coats and jackets but the way this falls over the body and drapes it is just so elegant and stylish. I will feature a post on the whole collection of my coats and jackets one of these days!

Lesson: If you see something and cannot stop thinking about it? BUY IT!! If you leave it, you will always regret it. Trust me. I’ve had a lot of these moments.

For this look, I paired it with my Zara woolen tights and studded TOPSHOP loafers, which I love as well!

And finished off the whole look with my red Accessorize beret and Burberry print scarf to give a nice hint of red and beige check design around the neck (got as a gift from Scotland). You can get similar hats from @ASOS and @Topshop.

Hope you enjoyed this look.

Photography is courtesy of my friend Craig West.

Ciao xx

 

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The Grunge Factor © Miss TikTik

 

For all the girls who like to dress up pretty with an edgy look, this is it.

A faux fur gilet paired with leather effect tights and biker boots. A splash of colour with a red clutch bag is all you need to not over do the grunge effect!

xx