A Guide To Prom On A Budget: The Jewellery

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Jewellery is a really key element to bringing an entire look together, as the small details finish the look off and make it look really polished. A delicate necklace fills the space around your neck, a pair of crystal studs adds a sparkle in your hair and a few sliver bracelets and rings bring the beauty down your whole body. However, it can be hard to find some really gorgeous pieces, when you’re on a budget and don’t want to splash out on expensive pieces. So, that’s why I’m sharing some of my favourite affordable, but yet still beautiful, jewellery brands which would be perfect to pair with your prom dress.

The Brands 

Working on a jewellery counter  exposes me to some of the little hidden gems of the jewellery world, and brands that I really love. There’s so many small boutique style brands out there today, and the key is really research them and spend time looking for the perfect pieces. Some of my favourite brands are Joma Jewellery, Estella Bartlett, Bloom Boutique, and Cluse, which are great for affordable yet beautiful watches and a bit of jewellery too.

Next Silver Tone Flower Effect Necklace

Bloom Boutique Personalised Initial Disk Bracelet

Joma Daisy Studs

Joma Aria Heart Bracelet

Cluse La Roche Rose Gold Watch

When you’re looking for some beautiful new jewellery discoveries, there’s a few key places to look to help speed the process up a little bit more:

  • Instagram is a great place to discover small brands and you can even search for jewellery and see all the beautiful pieces that have been featured in people’s pictures and the independent brands too.
  • Not On The High-street is another really great place to look for small, handmade jewellery pieces. I actually discovered bloom boutique through this website, and it’s honestly such a great place for undiscovered brands.
  • Local boutiques and gift shops often have locally handmade items or small brands, which you would never see on the high-street. So it’s always worth popping into your local ones and seeing what selection they have.

Key Pieces:

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When it comes to the key pieces, which every girl needs to complete her prom look, there would only be three key pieces I would advise very girl to wear; A pair of earrings, a necklace and a bracelet. These are obviously dependent on the style of your dress, but are generally the classic three pieces of jewellery and for me are the essential’s to complete a special occasion look.

The Necklace – This should always be worn when you either have a plain half of your dress or have any type of plunging neck line, such a low round or a v neckline. This is because the necklace will fill the chest space between your neck and where your dress starts and just tie it all together and ensure that you don’t look too bare.

The Earrings- I think these should be worn no matter what outfit your wear, as it takes the sparkle into your hair and then can feed down your body. Generally I love a good stud, as I have long hair and generally an type of drop earring gets caught in my hair. However, it all depends on the dress and sometimes a drop can look super elegant and classy. Really it’s all about balance.

The Bracelet- I think this is a real essential to wear to finish a look off, however it’s key that you choose wisely and with the correct dress. If you have one that is strapless, off the shoulder, or with cap sleeves, then a small bracelet would be perfect as it takes the beauty of the detail down your arms. However, if you have a long sleeve, you may want to rethink, especially if it is embellished. As this could look too over the top. So, that’s why I love the simple Joma bracelets, as they’re comfortable to wear but also still dainty and beautiful too.

What jewellery brands do you love and are wearing for your prom or special occasion?

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5 Books Every Fashion Lover Needs To Have On Their Reading List

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Delving into a really good book is one of my favourite ways to relax and enjoy an escape from the world for a while. When I can mix my love for reading with my passion for fashion and style, that’s when I find some of my favourite reads, which I’ll keep in my collection for years to come. So, as I know so many of you are just as obsessed with all things fashion, just like I am, I thought I would share five of my favourite books that you all need to add to your reading list.

Inside Vogue | Alexandra Shulman 

This is the ultimate books for fashion lovers and is an absolute must read. It’s written by the previous editor in chief of Vogue, Alexandra Shulman, who was the head of British Vogue for 25 years. The book is in diary form and documents Alexandra’s life, events, and preparation for the 100 years of British Vogue celebration. What I really love about the book is how real the accounts are and how much insight you get into the whole Vogue world. I honestly think its an amazing book for anyone who loves Vogue, Fashion or is even interested in fashion publication.

If you’re interested in knowing more about the book itself, I’ve done a review on it HERE which you can go and have a good read of.

Vogue On Giorgio Armani | Kathy Phillips

It’s not just this book that I would recommend that you add to your reading list, but the entire collection of “Vogue On” books. Each one is focused on a different influential designer, looks back on their life and really focuses on what made they become such a big name in the fashion industry. There’s one for every type of designer and I would recommend reading as many of them as you can as they’re so interesting and super helpful if you’re studying fashion or want to in the future.

British Fashion Designers | Hywel Davies

Talking about designers, this book is focused purely on the most well known British Ones. The book looks at 27 designers, at all walks of the industry, both large fashion houses and the smaller more individual brands, and does a short interview with each one. They ask questions about their position in the industry, their fashion background and also how British design has influenced their own work. It’s a quick snapshot of each designer, but brings a really fresh and unique angle where as the “Vogue On” books look back at key pivotal moments in history for each designer.

Where Stylists Shop | Booth Moore

This isn’t a book that you would sit down and read from cover to cover, but more of an coffee table read that’s really interesting to just pick up and have a look through. I’ve always been so interested in shopping, clothing and styling it all, which is why I love doing Visual Merchandising at work, and this book is the perfect guide as to the best places to shop. It looks at hundreds of cities across the world and then picks out the true gems which you need to visit. Whether it’s a boutique, market or a couture house, its the places that only the best in fashion go to shop, so of course we all need to visit too.

Revenge Wears Prada | Lauren Weisberger

You will all know of the famous Devil Wears Prada, and this book looks at what happens after. This is a great novel to pick up, read and get gripped by, as you follow what happens after Andrea leaves the office and follows a different path, starting her own magazine. It’s such a interesting twist after the film and is a great read after delving into the original, which I would really recommend too. The whole series are the ultimate read for fashion lovers and this book is the hidden gem of the entire story.

If you’re looking for another amazing series to read, then the Shopaholic series is a great one for fashion lovers, who like a good easy yet fashionable read.

Do you have any fashion favourites you can recommend to me?

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A Guide To Prom On A Budget: The Dress

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ASOS DESIGN High Low Mini Pleated Dress

ASOS DESIGN Pearl Trim Halter Fishtail Maxi Dress

ASOS DESIGN wrap organza bow front midi dress

ASOS Cold Shoulder Cowl Back Pleated Maxi Dress

ASOS DESIGN scuba seamed open back mini prom dress

Lipsy Halter Ruffle Bodycon Dress

Lipsy D Ring Wrap Dress

Lipsy Floral Print Cami Skater Dress

Pale Blue Lace Crochet Trim Bodycon Dress

Coral Ruffle Yoke Shift Dress

Navy Thigh Split Cape Sleeve Dress

River Island Faux Pearl Swing Dress

TFNC Sateen Bow Back Maxi Bridesmaid Dress

Asymmetric Hem Blazer Dress

Ruffle Detail Bardot Dress

Twist Front Midi Dress

FAUX SUEDE DRAPED DRESS

LONG FLORAL PRINT DRESS

SEQUIN DRESS

Choosing the right dress is the most important element of the entire prom process. It’s probably the first time in your life that you get to wear a truly special dress, which marks a big moment in your life so far. It’s the end of such a large chapter in your life, and not only says goodbye to the girl, but hello to you as a woman; marking your way into a new part of your life. So this makes it even more important that you nail the dress, or outfit if you’re more into rocking a jumpsuit or co-ord, with my guide on choosing the perfect dress, even when you’re on a budget.

Where To Shop

Even though you’re on a budget, you can still find some gorgeous pieces that would be perfect for an prom or special occasion. The most important thing is to choose carefully where you shop, be patient and be prepared to look around. When I was choosing some of these lovely pieces below, I stuck to the budget of up to 50.00, and you wouldn’t believe that by the look of some of these dresses. That was all thanks to places such as ASOS, New Look, River Island and Zara. All beauties of the high-street that you can easily find or pop online to their websites.

ASOS Organza Bow Dress £38.00

TFNC Sateen Bow Dress £50.00

New Look Crochet Dress 29.99

Lipsy Black Ruffle Dress 42.00

Zara Sequin Dress 39.99

When choosing a dress there is a few tips that will speed the process up and make it so much easier for you to find your perfect dress:

  • Spend time shopping online, even though you can’t try the pieces on before you buy them, online brands don’t have as many overheads and can offer much more affordable prices and also often have discount codes you can use to save a bit of money.
  • Decide on your budget and then use the price filter, when looking for pieces online, so that you will be looking at everything in your price range and not fall in love with something that’s way too expensive.
  • Know your body shape, and have a rough idea of what you want; as there’s so many different styles, colours and silhouette’s that it can get over whelming unless you know a little bit about what you want, and what suits you.

The Silhoutte’s

The Maxi Dress: ASOS Grey Pearl Neck Dress £45.00

The Wrap Dress:Topshop Twisted Dress 39.00

The Midi Dress:ASOS Bandeau Dress 45.00

The Maxi Dress– This is one of the most classic silhouette’s for evening wear and the most elegant. If you want a traditional prom dress, then is the style to go for as it enhances every body type by creating emphasis on your top half and slimming and elongating your bottom half. A perfect example of this would be the gorgeous beaded neck grey dress from ASOS.

The Wrap Dress– This is a more modern and yet still elegant take on a prom dress, as it really empahsises your curves and creates a tiny waist, while making sure everything is covered in a really modest way. I think these look best on body shapes which have a more boyfriend frame, to create the illusion of curves, or the traditional hour glass as would really enhance the natural curves of your body. A lovely example of this would be the midnight blue wrap dress from Topshop.

The Midi Dress– This a new take on the classic maxi, but with more of a playful twist. It still looks super chic, with a skirt just touching below the knee but is showing off your lower calf and a gorgeous pair of shoes. This works best on taller girls, as they can take the length and it really helps them to elongate their bodies. A perfect example would be the blush bandeau midi dress from ASOS.

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The Casual Spring Pastels

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Dressing for Spring is something I’ve been waiting for such a long time. I can’t wait to finally be able to put those thick knits away, say goodbye to those winter scarves, hats and gloves, and say hello to my spring wardrobe. As the weather has been getting slightly warmer in the UK, I’ve been starting to piece together some fresh spring outfits, mixing some of my classic spring pieces from the last few years, with a few of my new favourite items thrown in to.

This everyday casual, spring pastels look is a perfect example of this, as it mixes a pair of my classic, go-to black high-waisted jeans from M&S, along with my gorgeous blush pink trench, a spring cotton shirt and tied it all together with my new beautiful pair of grey suede knee-high boots. This is my favourite look for a casual day out shopping, or heading out for a coffee date. The mix of the light pink and blue pastels pair perfectly with the classic, chic black and the texture of the suede boot. Altogether the whole look just oozes my sense of style; classic colour blocking with a bit of texture thrown in there too.

THE BLUE PASTEL SHIRT: This is a piece I’ve had for while but I still love it just as much as when I bought it. It’s a classic buy from Topshop in the Tall section, and is the perfect fit for me. I have a long body so sometimes finding shirts that fit in all the right places and that’s also long enough, can be difficult.

I love to bring this out every spring/summer as it’s a really light-weight cotton, so it keeps you cool in summer and warmer in the early spring season. It looks perfect paired with so many different colours and can be dressed up for a night out or dressed down for a casual everyday look paired with converse.

THE BLUSH TRENCH: This trench is one of my favourite pieces as soon as springs starts to roll around. I bought it to wear for one of my best friend’s weddings last year, and fell in love with it straight away. It fits like a glove and is a perfect statement coat to wear for spring. I always love a good trench at this time of the year as they still give some warmth, but are also still light and can instantly look so chic. This one is a purchase from Debenhams last year, and was around 40.00, however pastels are really big again this spring/summer 18, so I’m sure there will be lots of similar ones across the high-street.

THE JEANS: I’ve spoken so much about these already, so I’ll make this one short and sweet. These jeans are the best ones I’ve found on the high-street for my body shape and budget. They’re super good quality, have a really good fit and are just the perfect pairing to any outfit, whether night or day.

THE BOOTS: These are my favourite piece from the whole entire outfit, and also my newest purchase. I’m really into knee-high boots at the moment, as I love how classy they look and they’re so super versatile for autumn/winter and spring/summer, as you can pair them with jeans, skirts and also dresses. These were a great buy from River Island back in February for only 40.00, down from 60.00; as I think they were trying to clear some of their winter stock. However, I think these are super spring appropriate too, as I love how classic and chic grey is and how comfy they are to walk in, and on your leg as well.

Are you looking forward to styling up some spring outfits? What are going to be your key pieces for this season?

Rachel x

4 Pre-Summer 18 Trends

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March is the first month that we start to see peaks of spring and summer start to come out, and it always gets me excited for the warmer months ahead. By this time I’m starting to get bored of winter fashion, wearing jumpers and boots all the time and having to always think about a coat. I just want to be able to wear jeans and sandal’s, throw on a dress and a jacket and just head out for the day, without the worry of the cold weather. So, to start getting your spring/summer style juices flowing, I thought I would share 4 pre-summer trends, which you can start to incorporate into your style now and also through the summer months.

RUFFLES: These were a massive trend last spring/ summer and they are having another big comeback. They work best when you keep them simple, on the trims of tops or dresses and look gorgeous on sleeves. They look so feminine and really add a fresh, spring like vibe to your outfit.

LACE: Every spring/summer lace seems to be in trend in some way, however this year it’s all about doing it head to toe. So, whether that’s wearing a fully lace dress or two lace separate’s, to create the all lace illusion. However, you have to really careful and pick your colours and style’s carefully. So think about pairing light neutral shades together, but focus the darker shade on the bottom half, such as a white lace top but a blush pink shirt. Again this looks so youthful and fresh and something I love to incorporate into my summer wardrobe.

EMBROIDERY OVERLAY: Embroidery has come back to clothing with a bang, and this year it’s all about over lays. So, wearing a black vest top with a sheer, embroided lace top over it, or an overlay of embroidery as a feature on a dress, top or a skirt. It looks lovely in so many shades and is available in multiple styles, you just need to find the one that’s right for you!

CUT OUTS: Lace year it was just starting to come through with the cold shoulder top trend, however now it’s all over the body, with cut outs on the arms, neck, waist and stomach. However, you need to play it carefully and make sure you pick an item that still looks classy and chic. You want to look on trend and also up market, not on trend and slightly trashy.

What trends can you not wait for this Spring/Summer?

Rachel x