How To Nail Wearing Leopard Print

Animal Print is one of the biggest trend this Autumn/ Winter, and is plastered across the catwalk and the high-street, as every shop or designer tries to find their unique way to incorporate it into their collections. It could be a flap on a bag, a statement earring or a full on essential piece for the season. It comes in all shapes, styles and degree’s, you can add as much or as  little as you like.

Personally, my favourite animal print of Autumn/Winter 18 is Leopard Print, as it’s been brought back in a very classic, stylish and effortlessly chic way to our high-street shops. Whether it’s adding a leopard print heel to their shoe collection, a leopard print suede clutch to their handbag range, or adding a statement leopard print coat to the latest fashion range. There’s a piece of this trend for everyone, and it purely depends on your own personal style and how much you love the print, as to how you can nail wearing it this season. 

Stick With The Accessories:

An accessory, for me, is the best thing you can invest in when you want to have a piece of a trend. As you can interchange an accessory with every single outfit and it can stay on trend for so much longer. If you think about what style you invest the accessory in, then you could use it for so many years to come. For example, getting a shoe in a classic court style, or a handbag is a satchel style. They are classic and no matter what print they are in, the style will always be in fashion.

They are also a great way to make a statement in a very plain and simple outfit, such as blue jeans and a white tee-shirt. As you can then pair that look with a statement bag, a cool shoe, or both if they are matching and instantly make the plain outfit pop. So, you could go for a bag, like the one on the left, that’s casual and could be worn everyday. Or, you could go for these statement heels, that would be amazing on a night out, paired with a little LBD. 

Make A Statement:

This is the best way to rock leopard print if you’re really into the print and have quite a bold style. As this is where you pick the main piece of your outfit, in leopard print, and that makes it a real statement piece. Then,  all the other elements of the look just tone in with it classically and effortlessly. So, when you look at the outfit as a whole, the leopard print stands out, and there is no denying it. 

This is also a great way if you wat to invest in the trend heavily, but maybe only in 1 or 2 classic pieces. So, for example, a boyfriend style coat that’s in a leopard print, which is 150.00 or a maxi dress in leopard print, which is 70.00. You’ve spent a lot of money, but chosen to invest it in quality, essential pieces for the season. 

If I was going to do this, I would look at brand such as Whistles or French Connection, for classic, items that are on trend but also great quality. 

Contrast It:

If you don’t want to make the leopard print the focus of your look, then why don’t you contrast it with a different print, colour or graphic. This way the leopard print becomes part of the entire outfit, not just making the only statement. This almost pairs down the strength of leopard print, and also make sit a bit more casual. 

If you’re looking to contrast it with another print, you have to be really careful, otherwise it could be total disaster. So, you need to choose your colour palette carefully, and pick classic and basic colours to contrast it with. For example, pick a print but in black and white, like the striped top on the left or choose a classic jean colour to contrast it with instead. Like the picture below. If I was going to do this, I would choose to contrast it with a graphic tee-shirt or a bold colour, as I prefer to play with texture and colour as opposed to print. But it really depends on your own personal style, as to what you would prefer to do. 

Play With Colour:

This is the one that is the most bold, and definitley only for the colour and print lovers out there. This one really does make a statement, as you’re choosing to wear leopard print but not in the conventional colour. It could be one bold colour, like the green jumpsuit below, or multiple bright colours like the coat to the right. It’s a trend for people who love leopard and want it in every colour. However, it would also work if you love leopard print, but the colours aren’t really your thing, so you want to change up the colouring. 

If you’re looking for pieces like this, I would check out places such as Zara, River Island, Topshop and for a more expensive option, also try Whistles too. It’s all about going out there and shopping the high-street, seeing what amazing pieces they have to offer. 


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My University Style Diaries: Colour Blocking And Leather Converse

My University Style Diaries

Nailing my university style is key for me, as I’m studying Fashion  I love how the way I dress can really portray a lot about my ethos as a future buyer and express my love fashion itself. So, creating a style that’s comfortable for everyday uni life, but also stylish and reflects my love for clothing, isn’t always easy. Especially if I’m having an Ugg boots and jeans kind of day. However, over the last year I feel I’ve begun to master it, and that’s why I’m going to be sharing some of my favourite looks with you,
 in this new style diary series. 

Personally, I believe that if you’re going to work in Fashion, you not only have to talk the talk, but walk the walk and ultimately look the part. I know I wouldn’t talk anyone advising me on style, or trust to buy the latest season’s collections, if they don’t know how to dress themselves everyday. So, I think it’s super important to put thought into what you wear, especially if you want to go into the Fashion industry. I feel that dressing yourself and finding your own style, helps you to understand colour palettes, how to put a look together and to understand the difference between style essentials and trends. 

My University style really reflects my own personal taste in clothing, playing with colour blocking and texture, as opposed to print or a lot of bold colours. Therefore, with this outfit I’ve chosen to block the lighter, nude tones from my feet up to my waist, then create a contrast with the black. This kind of plays on the traditional white tee and black jeans vibe, where the darker colour is on the bottom half. As here, the weather was still quite warm, I flipped that rule on it’s head and added a bit more interest to the look.

This is why I love these stone coloured, paper bag waist, cropped trousers from New Look; as they are a great basic for so many different outfits and occasions. They look great paired with converse for a relaxed everyday look, but also fab paired with heels and a graphic tee for a night out. I love their versatility and the fact that New Look them in so many different colours. So, there really is a pair out there for everyone. 

This cami top from New Look is a classic, essential piece in my wardrobe, and I honestly couldn’t live without it. It’s the perfect black, strappy camisole that looks good both in the day and at night, and also fit’s amazingly. I love how the lace detail around the neckline adds a bit of femininity, and again plays with texture, one of the key aspects of my personal style. Thank you again New Look, for such a beautiful piece, which I wish you bring out more of in a future collection, as I can’t find any other lace camisole’s that are amazing as this one. 

When it comes to the accessories, I like to keep them classic and that’s why I’ve paired it with my go-to everyday jewellery pieces. The star of my collection is this beautiful, rose gold, cluse watch; with it’s simple face and sleek design, that always adds a touch of chic to my outfits. Then, I’ve got my two silver, Joma Jewellery bracelets, which are super comfortable to wear and are an affordable everyday piece of jewellery to wear. Along with that is my loved Links Of London bracelet, which is not only a classic addition to my collection, but also a beautiful anniversary gift from Ed.

The shoes are the final element to my look and probably my favourite piece, as they are comfortable yet chic and super on trend. I love how I can pair them with a girly everyday outfit, and they will instantly fit straight in. They really bridge the gap for me, between a comfortable trainer and a fashionable shoe. Therefore, I’m always wearing them and they just about live on my feet. Thank you Converse, they are such beauties and worth every bit of the 62.99 price tag. 

Of course, I can’t forget about my latest designer purchase, this gorgeous pair of tortoise shell sunglasses from Ralph Lauren. They’re a super classic style, and are a match for any one of my outfits. I know I will keep them for many years to come and so far they have definitely been worth the money. You can read all about these beauties, in a blog post I wrote recently HERE. 

  • I wanted to say a massive thank you to one of my amazing photographers Elisha, for creating the beautiful shots for this blog post and really bringing it to life. 

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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

ASOS DESIGN Bandeau Crop Top Prom Midi Dress

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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