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Question: What do you wear to a London Fashion Week event? You know there’s a higher than normal chance that people are going to be checking out your look, and you want to look showstoppingly trendy. (Did I just use the word trendy?!? – my mum says that 🙈)

Anyway, this was my recent dilemma when I got invited to a Lulu Guinness fashion presentation for their AW18 collection – trust me I’m not complaining, it’s a nice problem to have.

It was my first LFW event, so I didn’t quite know what to expect or what the set up was like. They had already held a preview on the Saturday (I had been doing a little gentle Instagram stalking) and I just couldn’t wait to clap eyes on their new bags and shoes for myself.

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Now, I don’t know where I’ve read this; but it’s almost a well known fact that it’s a good idea to wear the designer’s clothes/bags to their presentation. It’s kind of like saying ‘you’re awesome’ and ‘I love your work’ without making a scene and being all fan girly.

Of course, I was more than happy to incorporate my beloved Lulu tote into my look. Firstly it’s a beautiful scarlet colour, but secondly it’s big enough to carry my heels whilst I lazily commute around London in my flats. You know how I role in my SNEAKY SHOE SWAPS.

Now, being a fashion event, I knew I wanted heels in my look, so that was a no-brainer. These TOPSHOP beauties are from 2015 but I still adore them just as much as the first time I wore them. You might have spied them all over Instagram a couple of years ago.

It also just so happened that last week I nabbed this ZARA blazer. It was a mere £25.99! Much cheaper than it looks. I love how it pulls in at the waist creating a very feminine silhouette out of an otherwise masculine garment. The only issue was the sleeves were a little long for me – or my arms were a little short for it??. A little roll up later and we have a perfect fitting jacket. My boyfriends sharp eye for tailoring really came in handy on this occasion as this small detail made a difference to how the outfit looked.

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I had to layer the dreaded coat on top as the weather is still freezing in London (although not quite as bad as NY and Paris so I hear). And I’m sure it goes without saying that the signature red lip was essential.

I met up with the lovely @pepperpaperstyle and @marla.ellis before hand for the smallest tastiest tacos in the world (and a totally unnecessary G&T once we’d realised the event was affiliated with Grey Goose and had espresso martinis on tap).

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Now onto the important stuff. The presentation itself was fascinating!! The new collection features a lot of stripes and monochrome and with my current stripe obsession, I was like a moth to a flame.

The clutches are so chic too. Incorporating the signature lips; but this time with the cutest lipsticks added to them on the hardware. I loved the attention to detail.

The usual bright, playful, upbeat theme was present throughout the collection. I particularly loved the orange and pink velvet clutches.

The space was beautiful. A lot of mirrors and bright silver decorated the walls to create an open space and showcase the pieces to the max. There was a handprint wall which was made up of hand traces of the guests from the previous day. The lighting in the entrance was purple and gorgeously welcoming. All in all it was clear a lot of attention to detail had been paid.

The talented @collyertwins gave a talk about their favourite pieces in the collection and how blogging has opened doors for them. It was very insightful and interesting to hear how much they adore the brand and how they have grown their social media accounts. They were engaging and so friendly after.

The generous people at Lulu even gave us a glorious make up pouch as a thank you for attending. I had to pinch myself and take a moment to realise how lovely this gesture was. It really demonstrates how well Lulu has created a connection with their audience and made us feel part of the brand. It may have cost them a small fortune to produce the goodie bags but in doing so they have definitely secured the loyalty of the bloggers and fans in attendance.

Afterwards we were on such a high we hung out in Covent Garden for a while and enjoyed our Grey Goose buzz.

We even had our very own fashion moments outside Freemason’s Hall where photographers were waiting to shoot street style LFW looks. Probably the closet I’ll ever get to being papped, but it was amazing to be recognised for the look I had so carefully planned out.

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Note the rubbish bags at my feet, Ha Ha!! At least I won’t forget my place in the fashion world!

I hope this was the first of many fashion events and collection previews going forward, but even if it was a one off, I’m so glad everyone there was so welcoming and lovely. I was surprised by how laid back and fun it was. There was a real warmth in the room as people chatted to one another and took snaps of the gorgeous pieces. I know fashion-y type things have a reputation as being a smidge intimidating, but then again we are talking Lulu, and well she’s just fabulous 😍😍

Hope you all have a fantastic week,

Hannah

xox

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LULU GUINNESS STORE – SEE NOW, BUY NOW

SHOP MY OUTFIT

EXACT ZARA BLAZER

ZARA RIPPED BLACK JEANS

LULU GUINESS RED TOTE

PUBLIC DESIRE RED COURT SHOES

Stripey Skirts

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Stripes are an easy way to make a statement, and boy are they in favour at the moment. They’re cropping up on bags, jeans and my particular favourite – on skirts.

I’m especially in love with the monochrome variety. Black and White stripes are so versatile and easy to pair with other prints and fabrics. For a miniature sized girl like me, vertical stripes are always better to elongate the frame. Thats why I fell in love with this MANGO skirt as soon as I clapped eyes on it.

The midi length is so feminine and the asymmetric cut gives it an edgy vibe, making it a gorgeous item that ticks several boxes at once.

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I adore how monochrome pieces look next to bright accessories. Here for my day out in the town I chose some magenta STEVE MADDEN heels and a magenta DVF cross body bag. I think the look would work really well with bright yellow heels in the spring too, but honestly, you could pair just about any colour with this black and white ensemble and I think it would work well.

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I added the leather jacket to play on the edgy cut of the skirt (unfortunately I needed an oversized coat layered on top to avoid frostbite – courtesy of this UK weather). I’m hoping it wont be too long before I can ditch the big chunky outerwear.

The skirt would be a perfect way to dress from day to night in those spring days too. It would look gorgeous with some killer ankle boots and a crop top when the weather picks up.

I have a feeling I will be wearing this beauty again and again.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful week!

Hannah
xox

NB Stripey is actually spelled Stripy (who knew??) but to me it just looks wrong that way 🙂

BUY THE LOOK

MANGO EXACT STRIPED SKIRT

BERSHKA LEATHER LOOK JACKET

ZARA BLACK COAT

HOBBS MAGENTA HEELS

ASPINAL MAGENTA POUCH

Date Night

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Even though Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I wanted to avoid going overboard talking about this annual festivity. Lets face it, it can be a tad depressing! (putting it mildly). The declarations of love, the pressure to do something amazing for dinner that day, or maybe worse; the feeling of not having a Valentine – I’ve been familiar with this one over the years.

It did get me thinking though, what do guys actually prefer girls to wear on a first date in those beginning encounters where the stakes are high?? Also, for all the coupled-up girls out there: date night inspo in general.

I’m sure you’re all familiar with the process of trying on endless outfits and sending pics to your friends asking “which outfit should I wear on my date?!” Inspired by this, I did some asking around about date preferences and came up with some outfit suggestions.

LOOK ONE: JEANS AND HEELS

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This look seems to be a firm favourite. It’s casual and chic but doesn’t scream out for attention – after all, you want the focus to be more on you than your outfit.

Here I matched the heel colour to the top. This works every time – it’s a really simple way to make an outfit look co-ordinated and polished.

It nods to a caring about your appearence in a healthy way, but also not trying too hard (I know I’m such a game player right??)

It’s also an approachable outfit, and may even help you get the best from your date (they’re sometimes nervous too ya know!). I would avoid the top being too low cut: no one wants a nip slip sitch on the first encounter.

If the heels are killer and you have to take a big commute to your final destination consider a sneaky shoe swap further advice here – no one wants an injured ankle pre-date.

JUMPER – H&M 2017
JEANS – ZARA 2017
CLUTCH – ARMARNI EXCHANGE 2013
SHOES – MICHAEL KORS COLLECTION 2014

LOOK TWO: JUMPER, LEATHER SKIRT AND HEELS

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A pleather skirt can be a classy way to dress up and get your legs out.

The roll neck jumper keeps the outfit respectable for a dinner or posh cocktails. The length of the skirt is suggestive, without being too brassy. You want to hint at the underneath but not show too much. In this skirt, your date will be guaranteed to hold the door open for you – even if it’s just to check out your derrière!

I would suggest sticking to neutral colours to keep the look sharp. I would steer away from bright colours which may make the outfit look too busy. These leopard print shoes add some personality to the outfit, and the tan bag ties in nicely with them.

ROLL NECK – ZARA (CURRENT)
SKIRT – FOREVER 21 2014
SHOES – KURT GEIGER 2013
BAG – CHLOE (CURRENT)

LOOK THREE: SHEER TOP AND LACE BRALETTE

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Now, a word of caution, this may not suit a bigger bust. But a slightly sheer jumper with a bra-lette is a really cute date look.

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The matching coat and heels keep the outfit sharp and co-ordinated. The leather-look jeans are a personal favourite of mine so you will see them crop up a lot in my wardrobe.

The newspaper bag is from the ETUI concession in TOPSHOP, Oxford Circus. I have a massive thing for their clutches.

JUMPER – ASOS (CURRENT)
JEANS – ZARA 2017
COAT – DOROTHY PERKINS 2016
SHOES – BLOOMINGDALES 2015

LOOK FOUR: A SHIRT DRESS

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Pulled from the archives, this little number was actually my third date dress with my BF. A shirt dress is such a simple, no fuss, feminine outfit.

The heels can be interesting rather than a plain court shoe – this creates more depth in the look. I matched these particular ones to the khaki in the dress to give the look a pulled together feel.

Speaking of pulling together, I would always wear a belt with this outfit. Not only does it add some more interest to the look, but it helps create shape at the waist and keep everything in proportion.

SHIRT DRESS – H&M 2015
SHIES – TOPSHOP 2015
COAT – MISSGUIDED 2016

NO NO’S

So, after some research and speaking to a few guy friends, these first date situations seem to be less popular.

No trainers
Okay so I’m always down for a trainer situation, particularly on a Sunday. But it seems that guys are less convinced on a first date situ. Unless of course the first date is in the park, with a cute guy and his even cuter dog. In which case, chuck the rule book out the window!

No tracksuits
I’m assuming they mean matching tracksuit sets but yeh I can get why it looks too casual for the first encounter. Like everything, there’s a time and a place, but probably the first date isn’t it. Maybe keep this one for staying at home eating pizza with the besties…

No red lips
Now this was a real split decision, and I realise for the looks above I championed a red lip sitch. The truth is, a lot of guys seem to be a bit intimidated by it. I would say wait for a couple of dates in and then pile it on!!!! Or, if you’re not sure on the attraction levels, it might be a good deterrent in the early stages!! Ha.

Besides, we all know, you’ve gotta leave a few lipstick marks on some frogs, before you find your prince.

Happy dating girls!

Hannah
xox

How to: Mix and Match Colours

When I was in high school, there was a girl in the town where I lived. People called her ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ because she was always wearing brightly coloured clothes.

Now I never spoke to her personally, but I always imagined that she was cheerful and bubbly and always fun at a party. That’s what colourful outfits do – they have the power to make people smile and add some cheer to your wardrobe.

Looking through my Instagram feed you’ll probably see I’m a big fan of adding bright, bold, colourful pieces into my looks. So many people steer clear of adding colour to their outfits because they are afraid to mix them incorrectly or look mis-matched.

Here I’m going to show you some examples of how I use colour in my wardrobe, and which colours work well together.

💜💛 YELLOW AND PURPLE 💛💜

Okay, so it may be the colour scheme adopted by the LA Lakers, but it looks so pretty. The reason for this is really simple, and once you’ve got the hang of it you’ll be drawn to bright colours like a moth to a flame!

Colours that are total opposites on the colour wheel are known as complimentary colours. These colours work together like a dream, even though the combination isn’t totally obvious to start with. Check out the colour wheel below and you’ll see what I mean. Yellow sits opposite from Purple.

In this outfit, the yellow and the purple are such big, bold colours that I didn’t want to distract from them. That’s why I stuck with black for the rest of the look.

The purples really highlight the yellow pigments. Even one of my fave brunch spots in London utilised this gorgeous colour combo – check out Alma Cafe if you ever find yourself in Barnes, the lobster benedict is delish.

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💙🧡ORANGE AND BLUE🧡💙

Again these colours rest opposite each other on the colour wheel making them complimentary to a T.

Here I added tan boots into the mix, which also work well with blue and turquoise colours. Because the blues in this outfit are soft denim tones, you can get away with being a bit bolder overall, and the tan boots also happen to be ridiculously comfy.

I sealed the look with a matching orange bag and some double denim. Navy also pairs well with orange for a chic look.

❤️💗PINK AND RED💗❤️

You might think this look is for the advanced level colour clasher, but it really doesn’t have to be!

Sitting next to each other on the colour wheel, the red and pink blend so well together. The technical term for this is an “analogous” colour match, but whatever it’s called, I just think red and pink are mega pleasing to the eye.

They are found together on many prints and I love how feminine this colour combination is. The shade of red is critical to pulling this whole look together – if it’s too orangey it won’t work. Stick with a scarlet red and you’ll be just fine!

I kept the base colour as black again and added a red beret/lip to anchor the look.

BASIC RULES

Don’t overdo it
I would suggest keeping to 3 (occasionally 4) as a maximum amount of colours in one look. The outfit needs to look interesting but well constructed, and too many different colours will make it look disorganised.

Black for the base
If you are trying a bold colour for the first time, then stick to black as a base to keep things simple. It goes with every combination and it is likely you already have lots of black pieces in your wardrobe. You can always change it up as you get more confident with matching your colours.

Accessorise (subtly)
Try not to go overboard with the accessories. Sunnies and jewellery should be classic pieces, simple and understated. The last thing you want to do is detract from your colour pops.

Experiment
Don’t be afraid to experiment with different shades. Certain colours suit your skin tone better so definitely try on the whole rainbow before you make your selection 🌈. And finally, don’t worry if a colour doesn’t quite work for you. I know a lot of girls who look fabulous in royal blue (shout out to Kate Middleton) but it does absolutely nothing for me.

Yellow is definitely my go-to colour though, it makes me feel like sunshine on a cloudy day. And until summer comes round once more, I guess that’ll have to do!

Love to you all, have a great week.

Hannah xoxox

BUY THE LOOK

RIVER ISLAND YELLOW DUSTER COAT

HOBBS PURPLE SCARF

MANGO ORANGE COAT

JOHN LEWIS ORANGE TOTE BAG

BERSHKA RED COAT

WAREHOUSE HOT PINK JUMPER

Tulle Tuesdays

Floaty, elegant, flowy; there is something so Princess-y about tulle and sheer fabric. And, let’s be honest, ever since Patricia Field styled Carrie Bradshaw in a tutu on the opening credits of Sex and the City this fabric has been more wearable. It’s not just for teeny ballerinas and 5 yr olds playing dress up anymore my friends 😍

I saw this dress online in the RESERVED sale and snapped it up. I love the way it enhances the silhouette and nips in at the waist.

I absolutely adore adding something unique to an otherwise ordinary look, and this latest addition to my wardrobe is much more versatile than you think. Here I styled it with grey jeans and a grey roll neck to keep the colour scheme simple and let the dress talk for itself. I think this helps to play the outfit down.

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I love the way you can see right through this sheer fabric. Although I’ve paired it with jeans this time, it would look super cute with a shorter skirt or shorts when the weather starts to pick up. Adding light fabrics to an outfit is also a great way to start the transition from your winter wardrobe into spring. 🌸

Below I’ve added a link to the exact dress in the sale and some other tulle pieces on the high street, check them out.

Hope you’re all having a good start to the week!

Hannah

xox

RESERVED TULLE DRESS

BOOHOO TULLE SKIRT

TOPSHOP TULLE SKIRT

SHOES – ZARA (2017)

JEANS – ZARA

ROLL NECK – PRIMARK

Statement Coats 🧥

Winter. It’s a killer. All this gloomy weather can put a dampener on your mood (and your outfit). That’s why I love a big splash of colour in my outerwear.

Neon colours, bright oranges and reds. I love a bright cheery colour to put a real stamp on what might otherwise be a pretty run-of-the-mill look.

I tend to pair my bright coats/macs with all-black clothes or neutral colours. Here I went for an old favourite – the black faux fur sleeve jumper – and combined it with black leather-look trousers to keep the outfit edgy. The contrast between the wool and the leather gives depth to the look and makes the individual pieces stand out, which makes the whole outfit a little bit more interesting.

On the subject of keeping things interesting, I also love to add a print into the mix. Animal print, especially leopard, is featuring heavily in high street collections at the moment. Since I’m all about mixing the old and the new, I dug out these old KURT GEIGER heels from my closet. However if you don’t happen to have a pair just waiting to be rediscovered, there are several cool boots in the stores right now.

Continuing the recycling trend, this mac is a 2014 ZARA piece. The colour crops up from time to time and I can’t get enough!!! I just love a cheery yellow. Any shade of yellow is a winner for me but I would definitely recommend experimenting with different colours until you find the bright shade that works with your skin tone.

I have seen bright faux fur options around but personally I prefer my eye-catching colours to be based on wool or cotton rather than fur. Just my preference; I prefer my furs to be more neutral.

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Below I’ve linked some of my fave bright winter coats available in the shops now.

I hope you all have a great week!

Hannah

xox

RIVER ISLAND YELLOW DUSTER JACKET

ASOS MUSTARD COAT

ASOS ORANGE COAT

ZARA YELLOW COAT

Sneaky Shoe Swaps 👟

So, I hate to admit it. But I don’t always pick the chic, glamorous option. Especially when it comes to shoes.

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Sometimes I cant be bothered to twist my ankle running for the tube or randomly fall down walking through London’s cobbled streets.

That is why I usually have some backup commuting sneakers in my bag; ready for my journey home after a brunch date, lunchtime drinks or an evening show. Obviously you have to hide down a dark alleyway whilst changing them, to look effortlessly chic as you walk into said location.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m still meticulous about matching the trainers to my outfits, even when I know I am going to change into heels as soon as I get to my destination. That’s why I have a dozen pairs in an array of colours, sure to match my look of the day.

In this post I am going to give you some tips on how to save money with these sole saviours. Now it’s probably not for all you gym obsessed lot – I am by no means the authority on performance gym wear. It is worth noting that these cheaper kicks are purely for commuting in my eyes, I tend to invest a lot more in my ‘proper’ gym trainers.

TIP ONE: WAIT FOR A SALE

Okay so as nice as I want to look and as obsessed as I am over my OOTD, I don’t want to spend a fortune on flat shoes. To me they are mostly functional. Even better if they look nice too, but I want to save the real cash for my heels.

This is why I usually wait until they’re on offer. Trainers don’t usually change in style much from season to season. You can totally get away with wearing older versions (and I always am).

REDUCED ADIDAS BOOSTS

TIP TWO: BUY THEM ONLINE

There are usually massive savings to be had online. I’m amazed that I ever paid full price for a pair of trainers.

I usually go to a store, and have a cheeky try on first to make sure the size is right. Then, armed with the product name and colour, order them from the comfort of my sofa whilst sipping some Apothic Red (a delicious red wine blend that everyone has to try).

Another tip is to check for voucher codes before placing your final order. Especially on the bigger websites – for example, Zalando tends to offer good savings.

NIKE STORE

ADIDAS STORE

NEW BALANCE STORE

ASOS TRAINER STORE

ZALANDO TRAINER STORE

SPORTS SHOES STORE

TIP THREE: CHECK THE JUNIOR SECTION

Now this money saving tip is for all you petite ladies. I fairly recently discovered that a Junior size 5 (38 in European sizing) is the EXACT same as a Ladies size 5. I read up about this, apparently sometimes the ladies sizes are wider (although i’m not convinced) but otherwise they can be identical!!!!!

I therefore would suggest to anyone who is a UK size 6 or below to check if the trainer you are after comes in a Junior size. They are usually considerably cheaper, so you can get two pairs! Ha, just kidding, but definitely worth checking the kids section.

So remember folks, as much as we all wanna be running around in stilettos looking chic AF all the time, I would suggest giving your trotters some relief on your tube journeys, and taking a big old tote to hide your heels in.

Added bonuses include less wear on your favourite heels and not having to ruin them by stepping in those horrible London puddles.

NEW BALANCE JUNIOR RED TRAINERS

I hope you all have a great week ahead!

Hannah
xox