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Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Stylist Shops Zara

Stylist Shops is back in the changing rooms bringing you the best - and potentially worst - of the current in-store haul. Let me take the hassle out of shopping by trying everything on for you so you can decide what you want from my awkward mirror selfies and simply buy it online.

Now first of let me warn you, it ain't pretty out there this close to christmas. Not only did I have to fight an aggressive Spaniard for the last pair of knitted culottes, I also had to sell my soul for an 8 item allowance in the Zara changing rooms, but it was worth it good people to help you find your perfect winter wardrobe. 

And so, to Zara...

So first up, here it is, the love-of-my-life knit. 
The soulmate I've been searching for all these years, the yin to my yang. 
What in the world could be better than a grey, oversized, super chunky knitted roll neck with voluminous sleeves (£45.99, Small)? What I ask you? 
And by jove it was in my wardrobe before you could say 'why bother trying on those boring grey trousers (£25.99, Small), couldn't you find anything more interesting to try on in the whole of Zara?'.

Next in line is the long-top-and-culotte-tonal-combo. Now I'm not gonna lie to you, I never do, this looked way more promising on the hanger.  The top (£59.99, Small) was great. A heavy duty wool mix tunic with a great slit at the side and the back - and how promising, I thought, with those mustard culottes (£39.99, Small) worn tonally underneath. But how wrong I was. They were slightly too long and slightly too cheapy-looking, creasing in places you really didn't want them to crease. 
This top would be a total winner instead paired back with cigarette pants or straight leg jeans and a nude strappy heel.

Next we have the little black dress, with a lacey overlay and a layer of guipure lace around the sleeves and hem (£39.99, Small). The dress fit perfectly but was super short so I would perhaps suggest sizing up for length and decorum. Not a particularly wintery item but one of those dresses that feels like it would become a year round staple and an especially great addition to any holiday wardrobe.

Nothing says A/W14 like a rollneck jumper, and this deliciously warm short sleeved knit (£45.99, Small) was overpriced yes, but it's one of those you won't want to take if off all winter long. Paired with this geometric print midi skirt (£59.99, Small) this is an outfit that would look totally professional for a day in the office with heels, and totally fun worn on the weekend with a pair of Stan Smiths

If November weather means all you want to wear is chunky knitwear, why stop at your top half? These knitted wide leg cropped trousers (£35.99, Small)  are the ultimate winter-warmers (aside from the whole cold ankle thing) and make a cool alternative to a pair of jeans. They fit slightly large, I rolled them up once at the waist to make them fit properly so you may want to size down. 
After falling for the jumper in the previous outfit I had to try it on in black too (£45.99, Small) and unsurprisingly it fit exactly the same but it was blacker, and maybe even more perfectly essential to my wardrobe. 
You can wear this outfit with heels as in the pictures below, but we all know that it's going to be worn with my Adidas Gazelles as soon as I get these items home. 

I'm not one for formal dressing so I always find it hard to find outfits to wear when I go out at night. This black, embroidered, fringed camisole (£29.99, Small) is the perfect solution for me. It still has a bohemian edge but it's sexy enough for a night out especially when paired with these faux leather trousers (£35.99, Small). The trousers are a real staple and will go with everything in your wardrobe, for both day (knitwear / denim shirts / roll necks) and night (silk shirts / camisoles / tunics). 

So, there we have it, a shop at Zara in 15 minutes without leaving your desk.
What did you like? What did you hate? Is there a shop you'd love me to tackle? A trend you want road tested? Let me know in the comments below.

Friday, 7 November 2014

Winter Weddings

Wedding dressing is always tricky, and winter weddings are probably 10 times harder than summer ones where a floaty maxi dress can usually do the trick. It's so hard to find something that's smart and sexy - yet still cool and stylish. There's also the issue, of course, that with Instagram and Facebook throwing out pictures of you commandeering the dance floor at 1am, you aren't going to want to wear this dress more than twice or three times, so the hefty price-tags that most evening dresses carry don't really feel justifiable. 

Enter Grace MMXIII which, contrary to the overly elaborate series of Roman numerals adorning it's name, boasts a collection of impeccably simple and elegant evening wear.

In a colour palette of black (and occasionally white or red) these are dresses that make a subtle statement, meaning they can be worn over and over again. 
Available at Net-a-Porter and Oxygen Boutique.

See my picks of some other amazing winter wedding dresses...

From top left: Red Badgley Mischka, Pink Stella McCartney, Black Saint Laurent (pricey I know but just so perfect!), Black Burberry (has an amazing back), Black Alice and Olivia.

I love the idea of wearing a tshirt and maxi skirt to the next wedding I go to, and this Mango boyfriend tee (top left) and Coast maxi skirt (bottom left) do the trick perfectly. 

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Holiday Investments

I constantly try to inject colour into my wardrobe but it seems that I just can't get away from the staples of black, white and denim. 
This summer I stocked up on off-the-shoulder tops from Asos who seemed to have the best selection, then spent lazy days throwing them on with denim and sneakers. Colour will just have to come in the form of my stack of Dana Levy friendship bracelets...

Monday, 3 November 2014

Mango Madness

Head over heels for Mango this season. 
It could be because the monochrome palette appeals my aversion to colour, or the simplicity of the styling, or the heavy duty feel of the clothes, whatever it is, Mango is top of my wish list right now. 

Here are a few of the pieces I'm currently coveting:

Thursday, 30 October 2014

Midi Style

These last days of sunshine on holiday meant a final foray into bare legs and Birkenstocks until next spring. What better to pair with these famously ugly sandals than the prettiest of skirts I've found on the high street - this guipure lace skirt from River Island

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Falling for Fringing

Currently craving anything fringed, and the high street has taken this trend to heart with some amazing pieces available for under the £60 mark. See my picks below - although I couldn't resist breaking the £60 budget by throwing in this perfect blue suede skirt from TheOutnet....

Friday, 24 October 2014

Holiday Wardrobe

Although I'm back in the cold of London I thought I'd put up a couple more posts of what I wore on holiday last week when my days were filled with sunshine and my biggest stresses were choosing toppings on frozen yoghurt. 

Grace Atelier De Luxe is a bag brand I was introduced to recently stocking the most beautiful bohemian summer bags, each hand crafted from the softest leathers. There is nothing like a perfect slouchy bucket bag to fill up with summer essentials. This one comes in a fringed version too which is at the top of my wish list along with their ikat clutch bags.
The asos sandals I'm wearing are the best thing I bought all summer, I've worn them to death. They're similar to the ancient greek sandals I really wanted but cost £20 instead of £150 and are so comfortable I've just thrown them on with everything.