What’s All The Fuss About…. Caroline Flack?

Caroline Flack annoys me for several reasons:

1) The shorts

2) The nude heels

3) Her hair

4) She’s rumoured to have dated Prince Harry (who is my ideal man)

5) She was quoted in Fabulous Magazine saying she hated having big boobs

I’m not bothered about her having dated Harry Styles (although I do fancy him) or the massive age difference between them and I do feel quite sorry that some so-called 1Direction “fans” were delusional enough to send Caroline death threats via Twitter but these compassionate feelings cannot be overridden by my exasperation at her “uniform” of short shorts and heels.

Yes the Xtra Factor presenter may have nice legs but why does she feel the need to have them out constantly? A quick Google image search comes up with thousands of pictures of Caroline Flack – the majority she has her legs out. I’m not for one second saying she should hide her best asset, I’m all for if you’ve got it flaunt it, but to me she seems to be stuck in a style rut.

Yes nude heels with bare legs may lengthen pins but most images I see of Caroline she is wearing those nude heels.

Unforgivable in my eyes was her wearing shorts to the delectable Dermot O Leary’s wedding. The only positive I can take from the photo below is that she has changed her hair style.

You are at a wedding luv, might wanna try dressing up a bit.

If I were Caroline’s stylist I’d be more inclined to put her in a longer dress such as the ones below:

Acne £420

Matthew Williamson £995

Mason by Michelle Mason £470

All dresses available at Net-A-Porter

What do you think of Caroline Flack’s style? Would you dare to wear shorts to a wedding?

 

Body Shapes: The Pear

So you’ve identified your body shape by reading this post but for those who have either forgotten or haven’t read the post (if not, why not???) you are classed as a pear shape if you typically have a slim waist and bust with larger hips, thighs and bum.

So for those blessed with some junk in their trunk it’s time for some fashion advice!

It’s all about balancing out the body shape by making your shoulders look wider.

Do’s:

Show off your toned waist with a cropped cardigan if you are a “slim” pear. Or go longer with a knee-length jacket to lengthen the body.

Embrace colour and/or pattern on your top half to drag the eyes upward.

Indulge in necklaces and scarves again to make the focus on your slimmer top half.

Go for strapless dresses and tops – only pear shapes can pull these off effortlessly.

Practise walking in heels – boot legged trousers/jeans should be worn with heels to elongate the legs.

Opt for A-Line skirts and dresses.

Don’ts:

Step away from the pale jeans! It’s all about darker colours on the bottom half.

Skinny jeans. Just no.

Heels should NO have ankle straps as they will immediately shorten your legs.

Trousers with side pockets will only add unwanted bulges to a “fuller” area.

Skirts with a small or ditzy print will accentuate a bigger bum.

Celebrity “Pears” include Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez and Coleen Rooney

RiRi’s emphasised shoulders and statement necklace balance out her pear shape

The patterned sleeve and cut out waist draw attention away from JLo’s amazing derriere

Well fitted dark trousers allow the pink top, hoop earrings and plaited hair to keep all focus up top

How do you dress a pear shaped body?

 

 

My 1st Proper Fashion Show!

On Friday 7th September myself and my friend Jade went to view the final fashion show of the Edinburgh Online Fashion Week. As the show doesn’t air until October we were unable to take photos and due to copious amounts of bubbly our notes were less than comprehensible in the morning!

Being the first proper fashion show I’ve attended I was more than a little anxious about what to wear. I finally decided on sticking to an all black ensemble although I mixed up the textures and added a touch of designer with my heels.

Posing in the front row after the show was over.

Didn’t realise quite how short my skirt was when sitting down!

Jade opted for black too and rocked her designer accessories. It’s true dedication that she left her umbrella to make space in her bag for Chanel sunnies!

I’m wearing cardigan by River Island, suede and (p)leather skirt bought from Peacocks about 3 years ago, oversized clutch from Matalan and Guess heels. Thank you to the girls from IN-burgh for taking this snap of us.

The models hair was simply stunning and created by Dickson Reid and I only wish I could recreate some of the styles. Lauren Gollan was responsible for the amazing make up and Jade and I blagged a chat (and photo) after the show with Lauren along with Dawn Marie Jones from Stoyanov & Jones who was the official photographer for the event.

Dawn, Jade and Lauren

We also spoke to Gary Anderson who told us exclusively about coming up with the concept for EOFW on the number 23 bus! He told us “I wanted to do something that was new and would take fashion in Scotland in a different direction. A lot of feedback I’ve had from people is that they can’t make shows for numerous reasons so the EOFW aims to make fashion more accessible to a larger audience.”

Designers/ stores featured included Maxine Miller, Arkangel & Felon (which has been a favourite of mine for ages), Those Were The Days, Fiona Somerville and Jennifer Morris.

EOFW first airs on Monday 22nd October and the full broadcast schedule can be seen here

I wholeheartedly enjoyed myself and cannot wait for next season’s show!

My Recent Purchases

 

I’ve been awfully good to  my wee self lately and purchased quite a few well needed items. AND I also purchased my first Christmas present! Yes I know the “C” word might fill some of you with the fear but as Debenhams had their discount event on and I had some spare pennies it would have been foolish of me not to take advantage of the offer. Obviously I don’t want to say who I bought for or what I bought but come Christmas Day I’ll be excited to see said person’s reaction. But enough about other peoples: back to me!

Here’s what I’ve been buying:

This Henry Holland for Debenhams cardigan fills me with joy! Have worn it twice and had lots of compliments on it.

These H&M super skinny jeans are actually more of a cobalt blue and at a bargainous £14.99 I can see me buying them in almost every colour.

Obviously I’m not gonna get much use (if any) out of these Kurt Geiger wedges but the colours appealed to me and they were a super cheap £19 in the sale! These will be my staple shoes next summer

Despite me moaning about suede boots in my Winter Footwear post I couldn’t resist buying these River Island wedges boots and I’m SO glad I did! I have worn them everyday since I bought them on Saturday and they are super comfy and go with loads of outfits plus the strip of leopard print is very me!

I actually bought these boots to wear to the Musselburgh Races which I went to on Monday. Unfortunately we got rained on pretty early on in the day so I didn’t get any blog-worthy photos but I felt very cute in my ASOS shirt dress, black tights and these boots along with (p)leather jacket and my faithful Paul’s Boutique bag. It was the first time I’ve ever been to the races and I had an absolute blast! Having a winner and a second might have had something to do with that 😉

This little haul should freshen up my wardrobe quite a bit although I do still need to buy more trousers and a pair of winter boots.

Do you like my recent purchases? Have you bought anything prettiful lately?

 

Remembering Grace

30 years ago today the beautiful Grace Kelly died yet her timeless style and elegance are still remembered by millions.

So much has been written about Princess Grace that there is nothing more I can add so I just want to post these pictures and let everyone marvel at her beauty.

The Grecian style dresses were a favourite of Grace Kelly’s as they added shape to her slender frame

High Society is one of my all-time favourite movies and the above Grecian dress worn over swim suit is an image that has stayed with me since I first watched the film years ago.

Winter Footwear

So following on from yesterday’s hunt for interesting knitwear I’ve decided to focus on searching for ideal winter boots. A few of my friends have the same problem as me when it comes to winter footwear – how to wear flat boots without a) looking a bit butch  b) clashing with the rest of your outfit or  c) having soaking wet feet due to suede boots and snow!

A skinny or stiletto heel in winter is no good for me at all especially as I still have the scars from having to walk miles home 2 years ago in skinny heeled boots when the snow was so bad all public transport was cancelled! I must have fallen about 80 times (NO exaggeration) and started crying about 5 minutes into my journey. So because of that I face the dilemma of finding flat boring practical boots that are pretty enough to wear with my standard winter wardrobe of my usual dresses with thick tights.

Being on a (almost non-existent) budget means choosing a high-priced pair of boots is out of the question however I have included some more expensive options for you rich buggers out there 😉

ALDO

 £90

£120

Love that touch of leopard print and although they aren’t flat I reckon the short chunky heel would be rather comfy. The longer tan boots were made to be tucked in skinny jeans and paired with a cozy cable knit cardigan

TK Maxx

Timberland £59.99

Bertie £44.99

Wow who knew Timberland had evolved so much from their days of the classic “timbies” that every one of my age had. In fact I loved those boots so much I owned them in pink AND baby blue as well as the obligatory tan! However these Timberland boots look sturdy and stylish. Although I usually detest wearing fabric boots in winter I couldn’t resist posting a pic of these cute Bertie boots.

Hush Puppies

£85

Were £130 now £65

And again who knew Hush Puppies had been so thoroughly modernised?! I particularly like the ankle boots although the grey pair would make a change from black or brown/tan.

ASOS

£50

£60

I’m drawn to the colour of the ankle boots – berry/burgundy seems to be my A/W colour. Knee length leather boots for 60 quid- ooh yes please!

Office

£68

£80

The tan boots are very “me” and I like the studding on the black ones.

Schuh

£90

£95

Love, love, love the top pair. the studding and colour of the boots are lush! The black boots are basic but appear well made and would work with the majority of a winter wardrobe.

River Island

£55

£70

I actually surprised myself by liking the quilted boots! And the black ankle ones are much nicer than cowboy boots yet still have a “Western” feel to them.

 

Other websites worthy of looking at for fab footwear are Chinese Laundry, Moda In Pelle, Viva La Diva, Dune and Jafari

Do you sacrifice style over comfort? Have I missed any great stores/websites which sell boots?

Needing Knitwear

It is getting to that time of year again when we have to start thinking about winter wardrobes. My current wardrobe consists of very little knitwear and this is due to me being a slightly  rather “curvy” girl. But with designers belting their knitwear on the AW 12 catwalks I feel better prepared for facing my least favourite seasons. But at least if I invest in some knitwear soon I’ll have something to layer over my many dresses. At present I only own about 5 cardigans and the majority are black but since I’ve started blogging I feel more confident wearing and mixing prints so the majority of knitwear that I’ve been looking at is printed.

ASOS £32

Red lipstick jumper to match my MAC Russian Red lipstick   ❤ this!

Forever 21 £10.50

Basic but a classic

Forever 21 £18.75

Red and navy are one of my favourite colour combos

M&Co £35

I like the ombre effect of this plus the colours are a change from the earthy autumn tones usually seen

Mint Velvet £59

Love the print and exposed zips on this

With a jacket/coat on this looks like a plain sweater but the printed sleeves add a “younger” touch

Gap £16.99

The Gap knitwear I’ve owned in the past has been such good quality it’s lasted for years

Dorothy Perkins £30

Unicorns are kind of an “in” joke with Yvonne, Carla and myself so I absolutely adore this sweater! I don’t think the colour would do much for me otherwise I’d buy this ASAP.

Henry Holland at Debenhams £30.40

I first spied and fell in love with this cardigan several weeks ago. It’s usually £38 but it’s currently 20% off so I’m gonna have to snap this up quick. It feels sober soft and will add a touch of “me” to a more basic outfit.

Jonathan Saunders at Debenhams £39.20

If I bought this it would probably be the only time I’d ever own anything by Jonathan Saunders!

It’s not just jumpers and cardigans I’ve been lusting after: knitted dresses and skirts are also chic for Autumn/Winter

While Gap do have some lovely cashmere dresses I’d rather not shell out £130 for a sweater dress which is most likely going to get rained on!

ASOS £30

This is quite basic but could be dressed in a million different ways. This colour is always a favourite of mine for Autumn/Winter

Topshop £36

The paisley print is pretty sweet

Mango £39.99

Knit dresses are ever so versatile and this grey number could be funked up with coloured/printed tights

Do you favour printed knitwear? Have I missed any cool cardigans?