Friday, 28 June 2013

Summer Brights Combination from Daniell Nicole bags & Lucky Brand pumps

Cheer yourself up with some bright summery accessories:

Plus Lucky Brand pumps are now on HALF PRICE SALE! Another reason to smile:
Evia Ballerina shoes were £70 now in the SALE for £35
Also available in blue, orange and black

Emmie patterned ballerina shoes were £62 now in SALE for £31
Other colours available are blue and purple

Emmie block colour Ballerina shoes were £62 now half price £31
Also available in yellow and light blue

Monday, 24 June 2013

Isabel Marant brings her French Touch to H&M

H&M has announced its autumn collaboration with Parisian designer Isabel Marant. 
 Isabel Marant has created a widely influential and successful take on Parisian chic. Mixing urban attitude, boho elegance and rock ‘n’ roll spirit, she delivers a genuine French allure.

For H&M, Isabel Marant will create a wardrobe of must-have pieces inspired by her signature style. Available from November 14, 2013, in around 250 stores worldwide and online, the collection will feature clothing and accessories for women and teenagers. Isabel will also, for the first time, create a collection for men.

Can't wait!!

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Must have Festival Accessory - the Bloom Boot

The team behind revolutionary mobile music service has created the ultimate festival accessory, musical wellington boots, so music fans can listen to their festival favourites on the move or around the campsite.

Dubbed ‘Bloom boots’, the bright yellow wellies have been designed specifically with the festival-goer in mind and come equipped with a built-in sound system, so the wearer can blast out tunes wherever they go. With the wet weather predicted ahead of Glastonbury next week, wellies are set to the the footwear of choice for British festival goers.

• The boots have a built-in rechargeable bluetooth enabled speaker, so you can wirelessly connect your device to
• The 'Bloom boots' have a clever waterproof pocket, designed to keep your smartphone protected from the rain and mud.
• A second pocket has been included to conveniently store your festival survival kit, such as handwash, tissues or a torch.
• The boots even have a logo on the sole so you can leave your mark on the festival
• Bloom boots are available to buy exclusively from
Price £59.99
• introduced the world’s first £1 per month music subscriptions and has received rave reviews since its launch in January.

Monday, 17 June 2013

Laces for Races - Royal Ascot dresses

London based couturier  Omar Mansoor has been dressing Royal Ascot race goers for last four years.

For his Royal Ascot 2013 collection he used Chantilly Lace for a romantic and fresh look. Team with a pair of pretty high heels and finish off your look with a one-off millinery .

Omar 's  Royal Ascot 2013 collection is perfect for visitors who flock to the  Royal enclosure and less formal grandstand enclosure during the week-long meet and obliged to adhere to strict new guidelines.

Photography: Colin Chau
follow Omar on twitter @omarmansoor

Saturday, 15 June 2013

Guide to Ladies Dress Code for The Grandstand at Royal Ascot

Going to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot? Remember it is not just the Royal Enclosure with a dress code. Since last year the Grandstand Enclosure is also subject to a few rules.

 Grandstand Enclosure – formal daywear encouraged
Ladies have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure.
 The dress code you must adhere to is as follows, and if you do break them you run the risk of being refused entry:
Necklines -No strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are permitted. 
 Like the Royal Enclosure the wearing of a jacket or matching bolero over a dress does not count – the actual dress still has to follow the guidelines. Unlike the Royal Enclosure the straps don’t have to be wider than 1 inch.

The above J by Jasper orange dress has a faint animal jacquard print to give texture. Price £69 from Debenhams.  Also has a matching jacket available at £69

This Kate Fearnley dress could also be worn in the Royal Enclosure as the straps are wider than 1 inch and the skirt is knee length. The dress has a contrasting stripe waistband which cinches in the waist, whilst the peplum complements the hips and bottom Price £185
Worn with Parmar Killy platform shoes £25
Kate has designed a matching fascinator for the dress. Price £45

Skirt length
There are no rules on the length of your skirt, so if you have gorgeous pins then show them off.

The distinctive embroidered panel down the side of this Fleur Kelinza designer dress continues with the line of your legs making them look even longer in the short length. With boned French pleated shoulder detail. Price £520

Definitely no bare midriffs and that also means no midriffs just covered in sheer fabrics. So if you want to show off your well toned stomach then go for the bodycon dress. 
The Vestry
Phase Eight

Brighten up the day whatever the weather in The Vestry yellow bandage dress Price £100
Phase Eight’s Arizona bandage dress may not reveal so much leg but definitely will outline that flat tummy. Price £125.

Unlike the Royal Enclosure, trousers do not have to be part of a suit with a matching jacket. But they still have to be smart and full length, so no shorts, cropped pants or jeans. And remember the top worn with the trousers does have to comply with the neckline/strap rule.

The hot trend this season is for patterned trousers.
 For a summery look, go for these Betty Barclay floral straight leg pants in cool cotton with a touch of elastane for that better fit.
 Price £90

Worn here with a lime green blouse £65

Next’s cigarette pants may have a subtle floral jacquard pattern, but the pink will make you stand out in the crowd. Also available in classic navy, soft silver gray and pale peach.
Price £32

Team the pink with a top in white, navy or grey for a more classic look, black for the dramatic look, and lime green or citrus orange for that bright tropical flavour.

Before last year, headgear wasn’t obligatory in the Grandstand, but now a headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.

The Kate Fearnley aqua blue fascinator is fixed with a comb on to the hair. Price £45

The Phase Eight Valentiena fascinator has a larger base making it suitable for both the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand. The sinamay base disc is adorned with net and mini pom poms. This fascinator is secured by a satin covered headband. Colour: Lime Price was £59 now £49

And definitely No fancy dress, novelty or promotional/branded clothing allowed in either the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand.

Thursday, 13 June 2013

Guide to the Royal Ascot Dress Code in the Royal Enclosure

Last year, Royal Ascot tightened the reins on dress codes for both the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand. It may be a restriction on dress but it shouldn’t restrict your sense of style. But before you go shopping for that special Ladies Day outfit, make sure you know the rules.

Royal Enclosure. - Formal daywear required.
The style you should be aiming for is a flamboyant glamorous look which is also sophisticated and well groomed.  Think along the lines of a dressy wedding outfit without the worry of upstaging the bride.
The dress code you must adhere to are as follows. If you do break them you run the risk of being refused entry:
No halter necks, strapless gowns, off the shoulder or spaghetti straps. Dress straps must be at least one inch wide. And wearing a jacket or matching bolero over a dress does not count – the actual dress has to follow the guidelines.

Jane and Marilyn specialise in racing day dresses especially for the Royal Enclosure. The top image shows their Veronica dress in coral. In 100% matka silk and fully lined, with a flattering pleating across the bust and fishtail godet at the back. Length is just below the knee. Price £455
Also readily available in banana, slate, ocean and stone.  Other colours are available on request.
If you are looking for a strappy dress, then when shopping, take a tape measure to ensure you are following the dress code. And if in doubt – don’t buy!
The Jaeger block stripe flare hem dress just makes it past the finishing post for the Royal Enclosure necklines. The straps are 1 inch wide, Price £250

Skirt length:
 No minis or shorts, dress length should be no shorter than just above the knee. 
The skirt length of Jane and Marilyn’s Katherine dress falls below the knee. In 100% matka silk and fully lined, with a draped cowl neckline and fishtail godet at the back. Price £395
Shown here in banana yellow but also available in coral, slate, ocean and stone, plus other colours on request.

 Susannah dresses are ideal for the Royal Enclosure as they are usually inspired by the 40s and the 50s with skirts at knee length. This golden yellow dress with dark gold horizontal stripes gives a modern take on the 50s silhouette whilst still keeping the lady like knee length.  The dress has a close fitting bodice with a low waistband and a full skirt to the knee. Plus side pockets to keep those important betting slips handy .Price £750

Definitely no bare midriffs and that also means no midriffs just covered in sheer fabrics. If you are proud of your super toned body, go for a figure hugging dress instead of a exposing your midriff. But remember to stick to the skirt length and dress straps rules.

Phase Eight’s stretchy Lulu Rose print dress will show off your shapely figure. The length is 105cm centre back. Price £140

Trousers are only allowed if worn as part of a suit. They must be full length, so definitely no shorts or cropped pants. The colour and fabric of the trousers have to match the jacket, i.e. it has to be a true trouser suit.
 Note: The top underneath still has to comply with the neckline rules.

White trouser suits always look stunning especially when worn with a contrasting coloured hat. The MADELEINE white trouser suit is 98% cotton to keep you cool on that hopefully sunny Ascot day, and 2% spandex for a better fit. Trousers are slightly flared with a centre crease. Price £249
Worn here with gold leather MADELEINE sandals handmade in Italy.  The heel is slightly chunky making it an ideal choice for walking on grass at the races. Approx 8cm high. Price £149.95

Be bold in a floral trouser suit. MandCo have a Meadow print blazer and matching trousers.
Jacket has a fitted shape and is fully lined.  Price £59
Trousers have tapered leg. Price £39
Fabric for both is 97% cotton 3% elastane. Lining for jacket is 100% polyester.
For tops, you have a wide range of colours to choose from. Go for classic white or pick out the yellow, pink, green or blue in the pattern.

A hat or a substantial head piece has to be worn at all times. A substantial head piece means that the base is 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter. Take your tape measure when buying a headpiece to make sure it is 4 inches. And if in doubt don’t buy.

You’ll have no trouble with the Cartwheel hat by milliner Sean Barrett. Price £585. This fishnet straw hat has a Racello braid and trim. Available in all black or with white Racello braid trim. The silk flower is optional and is available in different colours to match your outfit. See the top image of the Veronica dress showing the Cartwheel hat with a coral flower. Contact Jane and Marilyn for more details.

Fascinators are no longer permitted. What is the difference between a headpiece and a fascinator I hear you say? The difference is the base diameter. Many fascinators have a flamboyant display of netting, feathers and flowers etc. but may only have a tiny base. It is the actual base without the trimmings that counts in the Royal Enclosure rules. As long as the base is 4 inches or more in diameter then it falls under the headpiece category.  
If you do prefer to wear a small headpiece, this button headpiece called Leah by milliner Bundle Maclaren is 16cm x 16 cm and so complies with the Royal Enclosure dress code.  Here shown in coral and adorned with 2 black and white chequered quills. Can be made in other colours. Price £102 Available from Boticca:

And definitely No fancy dress, novelty or promotional/branded clothing is allowed in either the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand.

Monday, 10 June 2013

UGGs - Not Just For Christmas!

UGGs are not just for Xmas and winter, here are a few of their summer shoes to prove they are great for the summer too.

The Bohemian style Amalia Snake LOVES the sun. With a ¼ inch stacked leather outsole and two leather straps one with snake embossed pattern. Available in charcoal as shown and in sand. Price £70

The Hamra has woven leather upper reflecting the old world feel of artisan earthen wares. The platform wedge is leather wrapped with a hand antiqued treatment for a soft dusky finish. The elastic gore sides provide more of a personalised fit. Price £200

And for a more tropical look there is the bright and cheerful Lucianna with orange silk tie upper and jute wrapped platform wedge. Price £120

Friday, 7 June 2013

Going Dotty over Monochrome

Spots are on trend for the monochrome look, whether you go for the classic and timeless polka dots or you go for the bolder and bigger spots. Either way it’s time to get dotty over monochrome.

Wallis goes for the 40’s ladylike look with this black and white polka dot tea dress. But this lady has a cheeky side! From the front the rounded neckline is demurely high with flattering pleats, then turn around to reveal the cut out back! Price £40

Keep the 40’s theme and team with Langbury, a pair of spectator brogues from Dune. You’ll be surprised how feminine they look with the tea dress. Great for that energetic swing dance Lindy Hop plus all day comfort without compromising on style, Bliss! Price £69

(Boohoo dot dress)
Another cheeky dress is Boohoo Boutique Emily Sequin Polka Dot Tie back dress. Going more for the party girl look, the dots are bigger, the cut hole back is larger and the sequins will match your sparkling personality. Price was £35 now £25!!

You could play safe and add black accessories, but do your homework on mono trends and you’ll find you have to be daring to be top of the fashion class. The Vestry spotty satchel will get you an A+ Price £30

For a softer look, go dotty over black and ivory. The Italian raffia fabric on the below  Hobbs Invitation Harriet jacket £189 and matching skirt £119 adds texture but also tones down the colours. Ideal for those with a more muted and soft colouring.
Bringing the stripe and dot trend together is the Hobbs Invitiation Harriet dress on the right. Price £199

Both outfits are worn here with Hobbs Rene nude court shoes in suede £149.

Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Summer Wedges by Lucky Brand

Now the weather has changed and the sun has come out. It's time to kick off those boots and shoes for a pair of sandals.

Left to right:
Penrose Wedge Sandals Price £110
Black with pinktrim.
 Also available in grey with yellow trim; blue with beige trim and yellow with rust trim

Riedel Sandal Price was £115 now £113
In pink lace effect and also available in multi zigzag pattern

Saturday, 1 June 2013

Get into the Gatsby mood with Superdry Sequinned Dress.

Superdry LUXE Debutante cocktail dress is the perfect way to capture the mood of the
Gatsby era.

So unleash your inner flapper with this classic all over sequinned dress trimmed with beaded detailing around the neck and arms.

Available in black or dark grey £124.99


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