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Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Vegan Sneakers | Stella McCartney X Adidas

   Though not strictly vegan, over the last two years I've found myself geared towards vegan tendencies, i.e. buying vegan-friendly cosmetics, picking salad over steak at restaurants and avoiding fur like the plague. I guess adopting two dogs has strengthened my sympathy towards animals and, although some people see veganism as 'silly' (the phrase "if they were smarter, they'd be the ones eating us" brings me to boiling point), I would happily give up eating meat for the rest of my life if it meant that I could save an animal's life. 

   It's interesting to me that, even though we have meat substitutes that taste just as good as meat, and comprise the vital nutrients that we require, the average Brit still manages to consume over 79.3kg of meat per year. Which brings me to animal by-products; if manufacturers are able to produce high quality faux leather, suede and fur, why take the life of an animal? 

   Stella McCartney, obviously prolific in the world of sustainable, animal-friendly fashion, has designed another amazing collection for Adidas featuring 'vegan sneakers'. Animal lovers often find themselves sidelined when it comes to shopping for trainers - type 'vegan shoes' into Google and up pops a whole host of damn-well-ugly footwear - but McCartney's 'Irana' collection is stylish and functional, featuring high-tops in four different colourways.

   These trainers are my latest sportswear lust-over item; however, I did notice that Adidas don't actually advertise the fact that these are vegan products. In my opinion, this would be a particularly unique selling point - I would be more interested in an item if it were eco-conscious. Below are the four colourways of the Irana shoes, let me know what you think of them!

Stella McCartney Adidas Shoes

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Monday, 26 January 2015

Shoe Favourites | January 2015


   Shoes tend to take up the most space in my closet, which is why I'm very careful about selecting the perfect pair either to style with a particular outfit, or for the versatility factor. For this post, I've filmed my current shoe favourites which includes shoes that I've acquired throughout the last year and have absolutely been loving wearing. As you may notice from the video, I have a slight penchant for pointed court shoes, though I can't resist a clean white trainer, or a chunky platform boot - no doubt I'll acquire a few more of these this year!

   I've tried my best to include links to each pair and, if I cannot find the original link, I've provided links to similar items.

   The music in this video is by talented musician, Jess Penner. I really recommend checking her out as her music is so catchy and uplifting; you can find her on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/jesspenner


Shoes mentioned:

River Island 'Metallic Blue Pointed Courts' - (similar here)

Tophop 'Mint Suede Pointed Courts' - (similar here)

River Island 'Leopard Print Faux Ponyskin Pointed Courts' - (similar here

Zara 'Pink Patent Cylinder Heel Pointed Courts' - (similar here)

ASOS 'Faux Velvet Cylinder Heel Ankle Boots' - (similar here)

River Island 'Black Patent Pointed Courts' (similar here)



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Thursday, 22 January 2015

Cleated


LIPSTICK - TOPSHOP / CHOKER - ASOS/ TOP - BOOHOO / LEGGINGS - BOOHOO / SHOES - BOOHOO / SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV*

* In association with zeroUV
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Tuesday, 20 January 2015

L'Oreal La Palette Nude GIVEAWAY


   It's time for another giveaway! I'm offering the chance for you to win a beautiful eye shadow palette by L'Oreal called 'La Palette Nude' - a collection of ten shades in various nude and rose-neutral colours.

   These shades are really geared towards pink tones, ranging from a very light cream shade to use for highlights, to an almost plum shade to achieve a lovely contoured look. This palette is quite similar to the Urban Decay Naked palettes (I feel like it's a bit of a combination between naked 2 and Naked 3), but with more rose tones rather than neutral tones, and at half the price (currently £14.99 from Boots).

   The set includes four matte shades and six metallic shades; so if you want to mix it up, feel free to experiment! It also comes complete with a mirror and a double-ended applicator brush. The mirror is great quality and ideal for use on the go, while the applicator is practical and does its job - but I prefer using my own brushes anyway.

   I felt that these shades were especially easy to blend, plus they're highly pigmented so you can either go for a drastic smokey eye look, or a soft fresh-faced appearance, depending on how much you apply.

   Overall, this is a really handy everyday palette full of gorgeous warm, blendable shadows. If you want to try this out for yourself, why not enter my giveaway below for the chance to win your own?


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Monday, 19 January 2015

Cape-able


SUNGLASSES - ZEROUV* / POLO NECK TOP - NEW LOOK / TARTAN CAPE - NEW LOOK / NAVY CAPE - TOPSHOP (similar here) / JEANS - TOPSHOP / SHOES - NEW LOOK (similar here)

   This outfit was inspired by a look I found on a new app called 'Stylekick', a fusion between a lookbook and Instagram, but the twist is that you can buy the product you see in the photos. I'm not very diverse when it comes to downloading apps - I tend to stick to the ones I'm used to - but this has got me rather excited.

   The app is full of stunning street style looks, uploaded by the wearers themselves, and it works on a 'like' and 'share' basis, which seems to me very positive. You can also upload your own looks (it offers an in-built photo editor, just in case) and let others know where to find the pieces you're wearing - so if you think you've got good style, why not give it a go? You can set up a profile in less than a minute, then start getting inspired straight away. It's free on the AppStore, or you can get an exclusive Android invite via their website.

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Sunday, 18 January 2015

EXCLUSIVE: New Vintage Fashion Boutique on Etsy

   My favourite vintage shop has now opened a boutique on Etsy, featuring quirky goodies from decades gone by. Fairweather Vintage, an eponymous brand crafted by my good friend, Kelly Fairweather, stocks stunning pieces from delicate lace wedding dresses, to luxurious quality coats, to unique accessories - all hand-sourced from around the world.

   Based in Suffolk, Kelly works from a unit which she and her boyfriend (talented graphic designer and photographer, James) revamped into a laid-back, intimate destination for vintage enthusiasts, filled to the brim with shelves of truly unique clothing and accessories. You can read my piece on their new space here.

   I was lucky enough to be a part of the Etsy boutique development with Fairweather Vintage; getting the styling exactly right, photographing every detail of each piece and listing each item with as much information as possible was a long and demanding process for Kelly and James, especially as both of them are perfectionists at heart, but hard work always pays off, and the boutique is now up and running - and even more exciting stock will be added regularly. 
   
   The two photos below are examples of the kind of clothing you can expect from Fairweather Vintage - high quality and full of character. I was lucky enough to model for these shoots, and it was so much fun to be able to style some of the items. I can't wait to see what happens next for Kelly!



RIGHT: 1980s SILVER SHIRT

Photographs by James of http://empiremade.co.uk
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Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Weekday Wishlist | Designer Lustables

   I'm a regular visitor of the Avenue 32 website - their 'New In' page is a slice of heaven in my eyes - so when they asked me to select my favourite pieces from their collection of designers and create a post, I was more than happy! Below is my selection of lustworthy pieces from BLK DNM, Shrimps and J W Anderson, all available from Avenue 32. These pieces not only reflect my current style, but also an aesthetic that I aspire to; all three designers have truly inspiring collections with pieces for all occasions.

   BLK DNM emanates that edgy, androgynous downtown New York aura that inspires many of my outfit choices. The abundance of skinny black and slate-coloured jeans and sharp leather jackets is offset by relaxed basics in the form of jersey tees and vests, exactly the look that yearns to be worn with bedhead hair, pointed black boots, nonchalant wayfarers and a jet-black fedora.

1. Black leather Shearling Jacket - £995
2. Essex Grey Skinny Jeans - £90
3. Black Shearling Biker Vest - £382
4. Black Leather Trousers - £405
5. Rayon White T-shirt - £65
6. Black Skinny Jeans - £29
7. Eau de Parfum - £85
8. Forest Green Jersey T-shirt - £36
9. Black Wayfarers - £225

   Being against the use of real fur in fashion, I'm a huge fan of Shrimps; why buy real fur when you can get synthetic fur as high quality as this? Not ones to kowtow to the dark wintery colours that we see from innumerable amounts of designers, Shrimps designer Hannah Weiland 'draws inspiration from the satire of modern art'. The ideal Shrimps girl loves a statement piece which radiates a fun personality, and that can be paired with anything from a sequined mini dress to skinny jeans and a t-shirt. Personally, I really can't wait to see more from this brand!

1. Strawberry Pink Lenny Keyring - £50
2. Pink Faux Fur Pablo Clutch - £185
3. Shrimps Print Silk Kimono - £280
4. Pink Faux Fur Dulcie Coat - £595
5. Beige Faux Fur Mabel Coat - £595
6. Burnt Orange Faux Fur Agnes Coat - £495

   J W Anderson is one designer who's desire to push boundaries has translated into wearable pieces of art that can stand the test of time. His latest collection features edgy silhouettes created by the incorporation of twists, slits and wraps into each design, from classic black dresses to leather accessories and crisp shirts. These shapes are complemented by the strategic placement of geometric print and bold colouring. My favourites are the casual sweatshirts accented with iconic symbols, including J W Anderson's own logo.

1. Cream Merino Wool Lemon Jumper - £265
2. Navy Wool Crepe Slit Skirt - £680
3. Blue Stripe Beach Bodice Dress - £545
4. Navy Wool Crepe Slit Dress - £890
5. Midnight Leather Twist Bag - £1,240
6. Grey Anchor Logo Sweatshirt - £64
7. Blue Silk Wave Scalloped Skirt - £230

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