Saturday, 18 October 2014

a TOAST to Autumn

Whilst conjuring up dream outfits via polyvore, I was drawn like a moth to a flame to an item from Toast, I had heard of this brand in many passing conversations, but never took the time to explore it's wonders. So with an overwhelming urge to binge, after that small bite of the brand, I finally took myself over for the full slice. 

And my, my, my it is the ideal flavour for Autumn, providing an array of classic shaped knits and a divine spread of coats that appear with effortless style and charisma. This does of course come at an artisan price, with the cheapest knit starting at £99.00 which isn't within everyone's budget, mine included. However I am a strong preacher that price is irrelevant when it comes to a fashion items longevity, and these timeless shapes and fabrics are going to last a lifetime (if looked after). Personally, I am going to save my pennies in a Toast shaped bank, as I see it as more of an investment then a frivilous spend... which I am also a sucker for, but trying my hardest as I mature, to fill my wardrobe with items that I can pull out time and time again.  

Let's take a moment now to visually appreciate what I am jabbering on about...







[All images are sourced from Toast.com]

Image 1 - Roslyn Maxi Dress £145.00
Image 2 - Anna Tunic £135.00 | Rea Midi Skirt £149.00
Image 3 - Long Shearling Wrap Coat £1,295.00 | Erica Tunic £125.00 | Maia Skirt £115.00
Image 4 - Hanna Sweater £99.00 | Nille Trouser £145.00 
Image 5 - Elisabet Tunic £145.00
Image 6 - Amina Sweater £139.00 | Alina Skirt £175.00
Image 7 - Ioanna Coat £295.00

Please Note: That when buying a higher priced garment to always consider its fabrication, Toast knits are 100% wool, if you are paying a premium price for a synthetic fabric, it is in my opinion that it is not an item worth spending your money on.

Thank you for reading x

Sunday, 12 October 2014

#CosmopolitanChic

I was invited by Vegas.com to take part in their #CosmopolitanChic challenge. Set within the bright lights of Vegas, I am extremely enthusiastic about this styling challenge, since the party season is just around the corner, I can well and truly indulge myself in my fashion dreams with the concept of a day  and night in Vegas (I've set my sights high). The Cosmopolitan provides an extravagant and eclectic lifestyle throughout the day and night, so the point is that we don't really want to be wasting time rummaging through our suitcase... 

With that in mind I wanted to focus my styling around one item 'The Leather Pant' (sourced from J-Brand) being a sucker for clean line fabrics I am well and truly smitten over this staple piece. With every outfit, I like to select one key piece to build from, with the skinny leather trouser making this task an easy one.

For daytime I have sourced pieces to create an outfit that has a boyish flare, with feminine touches. Layering a sheer shirt with a plunge lace bra screams sexual liberation without being intrusive, plus that contrast of a floaty fabric with the hard leather, is a match made in heaven. To accentuate your legs I have chosen a chunky boot with a 'rock' edge, as to not completely eradicate that leather feeling. So far this outfit is made up of black on black, which makes a great base to add this sandy oversized jacket, a bohemian midnight blue fedora and structured satchel to create layers upon layers of goodness. I also think that silver jewellery emphasises a casual daytime affair contributing to an effortless beauty and confidence that this outfit speaks.

A day at The Cosmopolitan, Vegas



When thinking about Vegas, I conjure up themed images inspired from all walks of life, so in ode to all things Vegas, I drew inspiration from, (where else, but) the Orient. I wanted something sultry and exotic, so thinking contemporary 'Memoirs of A Geisha' I have carried the Leather pant over into the night with a luxurious plunge neck cami top with an open back, adding a solid gold choker to draw attention to the elegance of the neck and an upper arm cuff as to not neglect the importance of your arms. I think gold is the perfect colour when accessorising for night time, it just has a more opulent appearance. Now for the oriental elements... I was just knocked down by sheer delight from these Charlotte Olympia China embellished wedge platforms (no explanation needed), and I couldn't of been more pleased to find this Fitzgerald dragon embellished clutch with tassel (dribbles). To finish this look off I would don these M.A.C corner eyelashes to accentuate the length of my eye with of course, the signature liquid liner flick. To carry through that exotic red from your head to your toes, this sumptuous red lipstick aptly named 'Love Bite' pulls the outfit together, with all body parts considered. 
A night at The Cosmopolitan Vegas


I would love to know if you have been to Vegas, if you would wear these outfits, or what you have or would wear yourself. Use the #CosmpolitanChic when posting.

Thank you for reading x




Friday, 3 October 2014

Corkers...Look at them Hawkers

Hawkers Co. is a sunglasses brand birthed from the brains of Moto GP World Champion Jorge Lorenzo. And boy can you notice this in each design, each pair it styled with a polarised lens, and I've never really been big on polarised lenses... until now, they just seem to pack a lot more punch in an outfit this way, so thank you Hawkers for introducing me to a fashion I would of been too timid to don. 

They have taken inspiration from the ever so popular and timeless 'Ray-Ban, Wayfarer' as not to segregate either sex, so this style suits most '-oo-' [They're supposed to be sunglasses, just in case] They come in a variety of colours, and most colour-ways are in both the polarised and un-polarised lens, so it's extremely likely you will find one that tickles your eyeballs. Being in the mid-range pricing bracket they feel a very sturdy build, and with the logo and branding presented on both arms, they don't have the appearance of a market knock off Nigel [maybe, because they're not].  

Think that's enough chatter, let's get visual...







Style No.1 - Flamingo | Nebula One
Style No.3 - Carey | Daylight One

Thank you to Hawkers Co. for the hook up, and thanks to you for taking the time to check out my blog x

Monday, 15 September 2014

A dash of Autumn

It's that time again, where one must always don a jacket, and what better colour to welcome Autumn than military green; this soft crepe jacket is my favourite cover up at the moment as it adds a flow and colour to my reoccurring monochrome wardrobe. I just love a good leather item, they always seem to 'edge' up an outfit, and add a crisp and clean line, and to contradict this, a classic White Tee is a fail safe that will get you through pretty much any occasion, (Just remember to restrict all liquid intake to clear fluids, but that's only applying it to those who may be clumsy and not have that whole cup to mouth thing dialled like me). I kept this quite matchy, matchy with my true delight Baia Rucksack and chunky Vagabond Dioon Chelsea bootays. and to compliment the jacket I added a spicy red lip and gold watch, as for me those colours make one joyous complimentary triangle with that green. Ramblings over... let's make it visual.









Topshop - Jacket + White Tee
Asos - Leather Mini
BaiaBags - Backpack
Michael Kors -Watch
Vagabond - Boots
Primark - Socks
Illamasqua - Liable Lipstick

Photography - Always by the beautifully talented Leanne Lim-Walker

Thanks for Reading x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Very Fearne

Myself and Leanne were lucky enough to be invited to Fearne Cotton x VeryUK SS15 Collection Fashion Show Launch party, wow what a mouthful... Let me set the scene for you, One Marylebone; a palatial building, Paparazzi, fire pits either side of staircase to entrance, selection of wine served upon immediate arrival, into a darkly pastel lit room filled with your actual Tanya Burr's, Gok Wan's and some of the MIC rabble to name just a few, and yonder closed curtains to which we all look in anticipation to see what lies behind.

After a bit of the ole Tete a Tete, the curtains were opened and we were welcomed by a literal glittering catwalk with a circus-esque demeanour about the room, we all piled in with excitement, to be seated with the knowledge that the wait was almost over. Then as the lights dimmed, a performer steps out from behind the screen positioning himself in a central position, he lights his magical stick both ends and sparks begin to fly, as he motions it round and round, up and down, as he exits, the fashion begins to pour, one model after the other, in an array of outfits to suit all, encapsulating classic shapes, with snazzy prints. On that note here are just a few snaps I managed to take, as I discovered that vlogging and taking a manually exposed photo was near impossible (best grow some extra arms ready for text time)...





After the Spectacular, us Fearne fans stood around waiting to get our cheeky #FearneSelfie and our chance to babble about our "exceedingly good" (Thanks Mr.Kipling) opinions of the show. Here's mine... Enjoy (Huge thanks to Fearne's friend Jacq who enjoyed my locks and introduced us, and Leanne for just being super fabulous and always getting me involved).


Thank you for Reading x
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Friday, 29 August 2014

That Fringing Feeling

I really appreciate a statement piece, and love styling my outfit around one item, it makes for a very easy morning... my tip is focus on one item and team it with complimentary items that help make it stand out.

My recently purchased suede fringing jacket from Zara [£129.00] was a must wear for my trip to the Urban Decay 'Pulp Fiction' cosmetics event in London. Although this jacket is like asking for a whopping invitation to a rodeo, I was inspired by the 'monochrome trend' to keep it chic and to help emphasise it's unique and everyday wearability. Teaming "out-there" items with something simple brings it into my comfort zone, but also hints at my more than quirky side. Newly single, I have started to think about how my clothes and outfit choices express my personality, which in my eyes, is demure and shy, with a big dollop of goof. What do your clothes and how you style them say about you?







Jacket | Zara [A/W14]
Shirt | Vila
Shoes | Topshop
Rucksack | Baia bags
Rings | Accesorize and Pond Silvertown Chiang Mai

Photography credit | Leanne Lim-Walker 
[who knows how to make me look like a much better version of myself]

Thanks you for reading, big smiles and goof balls x

Monday, 19 May 2014

APRIL HAUL | 14


For those of you who aren't much of a reader, I have released the video on Youtube, for your peepers pleasure or displeasure in some cases. This month not too many but a few delights were purchased, all of which have been worn most probably a bit too much to be fashionably acceptable, since they left the store in my "capable" hands. But I am all about those items that can be styled and worn in different ways for many times, desperately trying to set those one wear item days behind me. 

So this month I finally found myself a magnificent fitting pair of Mom Jeans from that special place called Topshop and I also jumped on the pastel trend with a little knitted crop number in pastel blue, (which really reminds me of my Nan, but she's a dear so there is no 'deal' there just love). And another Topshop goodie was a pair of shoes that I purchased along with 2 other pairs, finally deciding those were the one for me and my cropped/tapered trouser buys. I also thought I would venture outside of those Topshop walls and treat my top half to a pretty little cami from asos and snazzy crop top from American apparel. 

If you follow me on the wonders of instagram (@jacqboulton) you would definitely know that I won the Khacha Anklet form Haati Chai, whose jewellery I just can not keep my peepers off... or body... this will be explained further next month :-)

And if Fashion isn't on the top of your list, I also bought in bulk more Klorane dry Shampoo with Nettle extract as I found it on Escentuals and had this overwhelming fear that bad hair would proceed if I didn't purchase more then one bottle. I couldn't resist snapping up that oh so Glorious YSL Touche Eclat, which may I say does work miracles. and to top all of April's buys off, my sister financially aided me in getting my hands on the Fujifilm Instax mini 8 which is now permanently attached to my camera hand. 

Topshop Open toe boots (£72) – Sorry, no longer online :-(
True to size

True to size, Leg 34"

Advised to size down if, like myself fried eggs sit where your chest should be (Remember models rarely have big boobs my friends)

True to size
Camera + 4x Film packages + 2x AA Batteries


Won these through an instagram competition, blog post on Haati Chai jewellery to come.

[Links in Bold] Thank you for reading x