Saturday, 22 November 2014

Miss Rebel

Miss Rebel is an online store that sells garments in keeping with current fashion trends at pound saving prices, so that makes this an out of ordinary post for myself. However, as much as I love expensive things, my purse is not as fat as my fashion dreams allow, so in ode to that, Miss Rebel has allowed me to select two pieces from their range to style, and generously given you ladies a 10% discount code JACQ10 to enter at checkout, so please do enjoy that, as well as these images of the items I chose (Am I allowed to say cool) ...








Jacket - MissRebel
Top - MissRebel
Leather Trousers - Zara
Necklace - LylaLoves
Boots - Dr Martens

I will admit to you that I was pleasantly surprised, the quality was much better than I had anticipated, and blows Topshop Jersey range out of the water (I compare it to this because the price range is pretty much the same, but you get more for your money and these pieces have kept their shape). OK, so the clothes you order aren't the Miss Rebel brand, but miscellaneous brands that I can't say I have come across on the High Street before (Another plus if you are one who loves to rock those  underground garms). I chose this adorably fluffy knit jacket (That does come with a belt, but when have you seen me style a belt?) it's built with a silky smooth lining, giving your skin a soft cuddle, it also hangs just below my buttocks, which I usually struggle with being 5ft 9" so I was an extremely happy lady, I will however say that the outer fabric although very soft has a plastic shimmer in particular light, but this can only be expected when buying in synthetic fabrics, at £30.00, in my opinion you get what you paid for and slightly more. The second and final option I selected was a Military green mesh insert Tee; that perhaps if I read the description I would of known the body was polyester and not jersey, so although it doesn't sound like a plus, visually and financially it is, at £14.99 you are getting something that you would normally pay £25.00 or more on the high street for. The fact that the Top is made from a stiffer fabric makes it appear more expensive, and allows it to be transcended from day to night more forgivingly then Jersey ever will. The mesh sleeves keep their shape, to add structure which I liked, although it is one of those fabrics you wished when you were shopping for your house essentials you invested in the steamer instead of the iron. Enough of my ramblings, I hope I've given you clothes for thought.

Thanks for reading, and happy shopping x





Tuesday, 11 November 2014

MY Winter Beauty Essentials

I think it's safe to say that Winter has officially arrived, but what makes this news less intimidating to me are the beauty products that keep me feeling hydrated and looking lively, so I thought I'd share them with you...


1. BodyShop Tea Tree Facial Wash (£5.00) - This is by far my favourite BodyShop face wash to date, and I have trailed and tested quite a few. I am a sucker for a product that gives me the physical sensation that it is actively working, it feels and smells so fresh, and isn;t harsh on the skin. Although if you are looking for a face wash that beats off your makeup independently, this is most probably not the one for you.

2. BodyShop Coconut Body Butter (£13.00) - I am in love with this body lotion, it is non greasy and leaves my skin feeling delightfully hydrated with a subtle coconut scent that send joyous vibes up my nostrils every application.

3. Indeed Hydraluron (£24.99) - Is the most exceptional product created if you suffer from dry skin on the face, like I do, especially during the Winter months. I am head over heels for Hydraluron and I don't care who knows it, my face is not going anywhere without applying this on first.

4.Cetaphil (£8.99) - A no fuss paragon free, dermatologist recommended lotion that works a treat on dehydrated skin. I personally use this as purely a face moisturiser, as it contains no harsh chemicals and doesn't irritate my extremely sensitive skin. I have now said so long Baby Johnson's Lotion, to continue life as a physical adult the (but it is really just what works best for you).

5. Laura Mercier 'Radiance' Foundation Primer (£29.00) - is the ideal primer to imitate that Summer glow throughout the Winter. Unlike, many other declared 'illuminating' bases this does not contain any sparkly pigments, but has a consistent gentle golden shimmer that glows in the Winter sun.

6. Givenchy Le Prisme Blush 'It-Girl Purple' (£30.50) - Is a matte pink that simply creates those perfect winter blushed cheeks.

7. Burt's Bees Lip Balm (£3.69) - Is my ideal lip balm, it is non-sticky, non-greasy and does what it says on the tin. I have kept to the original since my first time, and although some would call that boring, I ask, why change something my lips love and that clearly works (Although it could be just because I am getting old, and new tricks are not my best lesson).

If you use or try out these products, it would be great to hear your thoughts. Thanks for reading x


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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