Blossoms In The Street

As if I need to tell you fashion savvy lot but floral headbands are HUGE right now. A multitude of celebs including Lana Del Ray, Pixie Lott and Alexa Chung have been snapped wearing them and now there are an abundance of affordable head pieces hitting the high street.

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Millie Mackintosh

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Pixie Lott

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Lana Del Ray

Dianna Agron

Dianna Agron

 

Leading the pack in selling floral headbands is Crown & Glory which has been featured in several fashion mags.

Lotta Rosie £18

Lotta Rosie £18

Whole Lotta Rosie £20

Whole Lotta Rosie £20

Topshop have also jumped on the bandwagon.

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I wrote the other day about my fun day out and you can see the photos here of Yvonne wearing another Topshop garland headband.

Here’s some more high street numbers:

Miss Selfridge £16.50

Miss Selfridge £16.50

Boohoo £8

Boohoo £8

Boohoo £6

Boohoo £6

Johnny Loves Rosie £14

Johnny Loves Rosie £14

Johnny Loves Rosie £18

Johnny Loves Rosie £18

Claire's £6

Claire’s £6

 

Personally I’m a fan of the smaller styles as I don’t think I have enough hair for the bigger styles.

fb rosie fortescueMade In Chelsea’s Rosie Fortescue is spotted here wearing a Crown & Glory band but I think the flowers are too big for her hair and the band is placed rather far back on the head, she would have been better off with any of the following Crown & Glory headbands

Not A Lotta Rosie £15

Not A Lotta Rosie £15

Tea Rose £15

Tea Rose £15

Other websites worth checking out include: Rock n Rose, Urban Outfitters and Dolly BowBow

Are you a fan of floral crowns? Any recommendations on where else to buy similar headbands?

L     x

Yet Another Girl Crush

I’ve posted about 5 girl crushes before (check them out here) yet none come close to how envious I am of Girl Crush #6’s wardrobe. Ladies and gents I give you Millie Mackintosh.

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The Made in Chelsea star and fiancée of Professor Green, Millie is also a makeup artist with her own range of lashes and let’s not forget THAT slap with bellend Spencer Matthews. But that’s not why I love her. It’s her to die for wardrobe and eclectic dress sense that I adore.

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She’s always been my favourite Made In Chelsea “character” closely followed by Binky.  I fancied Hugo but cheered when Millie threw that drink in his face. I’ve been Team Millie all the way.

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The girl can rock a hat…. and a swimming suit.

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A style chameleon she looks polished whatever style she wears.

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This InLoveWithFashion dress costs £38 and is available here now.

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One of my fave Millie Mac looks as I have a very similar hat and faux fur.

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And of course I HAVE to show a photo of the ring.

I fancied Pro Green before it was cool to fancy him – saw him perform a few years back and having a “thing” for gingers I was smitten from the start – and was genuinely shocked when they first got together, with the way I’d reacted you’d think I knew them personally! But their love is clear to see and I can’t help but smile every time I see another bitchy tweet from Professor Green to whatever attention grabbing fellow MIC “star” is having a dig at Millie.

What do you think about Millie’s style? Are you a fan?

L    x

Is Your Wardrobe Linked To Your Mindset?

No I’m not talking wearing black ‘cos you are in a bad mood. I’m curious about mental age affecting clothing choices.

Having been told a few times that I dress “too young” for my age I’ve recently been thinking/worrying about this as age is a bit of an issue with me. I mentioned here about the age limit for dungarees and have been left wondering what other items I’m too old to wear. I’m 28 years old but have been told I look younger. I’m lucky in that I work in an old man’s pub where the customers frequently mistake me for a 22-year-old. I usually lie about my age and say I’m 23. The youngest I’ve ever been told I look is 19. Yes the guy was pissed and clearly in need of glasses but I’ll still take that!

I have self diagnosed myself as having a touch of Female Peter Pan Syndrome. My body may be 28 but in my head I still feel 16. A recent study shows that a large number of people don’t feel like a grown up until they reach the grand old age of 28 years old. Here’s what various reports have to say about Peter Pan Syndrome:

Female Peter Pans are also more likely to be financially dependent upon their parents than men – and parents are more likely to give money to a daughter than a son.

Consistently indulges in fruitless pursuits and short meaningless relationships.

Women in adultolescence focus on having a good time and keeping up with the latest trends.

Some invest a lot of time and energy in looking for Prince Charming – or whoever will charm them in the moment. Building a career and working long hours are not as much of a priority or a desire.

Although their lifestyle may seem appealing, many are painfully insecure and put extraordinary effort into looking good to compensate for how they feel inside.

The following celebrities are also 28 years old:

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Duffy

Miquita Oliver

Miquita Oliver

Freida Pinto and Scarlett Johansson seem older to me, maybe it’s just the Hollywood thing though. Out of all the featured celebs I’d have to say it seems Avril Lavigne has FPPS – her style hasn’t changed much since she first launched onto the music scene in 2002, she’s still sporting coloured hair, skulls, crosses and stars. Indeed a song from her upcoming album is entitled “Here’s To Never Growing Up” – rather apt.

Does my feeling alot younger than I am reflect my clothing choices? Perhaps. I enlisted the help of my closest friends, asking “In the interest of my blog do you think I dress too young for my age?” and begged for genuine answers. Well my friends are nothing if not honest yet I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with their replies:

“Not at all! You’re not collecting your pension Doll! Fashion should be fun and flirty at your age! X”

“You’re fashionable without being the same as everyone else and you don’t wear stuff you shouldn’t xx”

“nope I don’t think so at all xx”

“No but I do worry about that too. You have no fear when it comes to fashion x”

And the answer I was most dreading comes from the bestest, who has said in the past that I dress younger than my age, however I love her answer the most! (This could be narcissism on my part though, tell-tale sign of PPS)

“You’re very fashiony and much more daring than me with colours and prints. Generally people get less fashionable and more plain and classic as they get older. You also have no fear of the cold which is not normal after 20.”

From my friends’ comments I’d say that liking fashion makes me appear younger than what I actually am! Yes I like my dresses short and having fun with accessories but I wouldn’t say I’m as daring as my friends are making me out to be. If I was happily married and settled down would I be more inclined to dress in an understated yet stylish way? If I altered my wardrobe would I alter the way in which I make decisions? Would I eventually leave Neverland and grow up?

It looks then that the issue lies with me, not helped at all by my mother’s admission that she too has female peter pan syndrome. The difference between young at heart and peter pan syndrome is how it affects you making life decisions. I know that if the shit ever hits the fan I make a terrible decision my parents will always be there to pick up the pieces as they have been countless times in the past and I don’t just mean moneywise. (Yes, yes overprotective parents can be a cause of PPS aswell).

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On a more light-hearted note here’s just some of the reasons why I think I’m a female Peter Pan:

  1. I can’t tell you what I did last week but can remember, in great detail, stories from my late teens.
  2. My favourite songs are from when I was 17/18/19.
  3. I think I can still drink like I used to be able to. The 2 day hangovers suggest otherwise.
  4. I take great delight in strangers thinking I’m not the eldest child of the family.
  5. I’ll happily live on cuppasoups and porridge for 2 weeks to fund a drunken night out.
  6. I get offended if I’m referred to as a cougar for kissing boys younger than me.
  7. I still refer to guys/men as boys.
  8. I still avoid my mum if I’ve done something she won’t approve of!
  9. My bedroom resembles that of a 13 year old girl – clothes, cosmetics and accessories EVERYWHERE.

As Peter Pan once said “Girls talk too much” so I shall finish here before I ramble on anymore.

I’d be eternally grateful for thoughts and comments on this matter.

L  x

How Old Is Too Old For….. Dungarees??

Last week as I perused River Island with a few friends I saw a pair of dungaree shorts. My first thought was “oh those are cute” my second was “for someone 10 years younger than me”.

Depending on how old you are you may remember wearing dungarees the first time around (just for the record I don’t!) or maybe you look back at photos of you as a toddler dressed in dungarees or a pinafore and cringe/accuse your parents of child cruelty *ahem*

Full length dungarees make me think of bad boy bands, TLC and hippie women!

ASOS, River Island and Topshop are just a few of the stores selling denim dungarees.

ASOS £40

ASOS £40

River Island £30

River Island £30

Topshop £38

Topshop £38

But then I started thinking that dungarees are not all that much different from playsuits so what’s the big deal? I wore a playsuit on Sunday without feeling like an oversized toddler. Is it the fact that dungarees are usually made of denim whereas my playsuits are generally a bit dressier? Perhaps. For me it is the whole age thing. Would I look like a 1990s throwback? Possibly. But then I started looking at celebrities and how they wore this puzzling fashion:

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Liv Tyler is all smiles as she spends her labor day out and about in New York City

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Conclusion? I will not under any circumstances wear full length denim dungarees but I might just be coming around to the short version. I think I dress younger than my 28 years but I wouldn’t say I dress too young. Maybe I’m in the wrong for trying to put an age limit on clothing.

What do you think? Are you a fan of denim dungarees? Or do they just make you think of the 90s?

I Wanna Be A Hollyoaks Girl!

Hollyoaks – either love it or hate it but you can’t deny the hotness of most of the characters. Lately my 2 favourite characters are Mitzee and Maxine firstly for their camaraderie and secondly for their style. Now before I get lynched let me explain: Yes, yes it may be a TV show but even in the depths of freezing cold December Mitzee and Maxine still continued to strut around in strapless mini dresses without tights. Whilst the girls’ style may flashy/trashy I like that they are always glammed up.

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Mitzee played by Rachel Shenton and Maxine played by Nikki Sanderson.

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Even with a potential pregnancy scare Maxine and Mitzee still dress up!

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If I was a Hollyoaks girl I’d be immaculately dressed at all times and wouldn’t leave the house with perfect hair and makeup. If I was a Hollyoaks girl I’d never bump into an ex in the supermarket with a bareface and hair scraped back (not that that’s happened lately, but still). If I was a Hollyoaks girl I’d be able to talk my way out of any situation.

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With this in mind I attempted to go tightless the other day, needless to say it was bloody freezing so I had to don over the knee socks and I felt more Cher from Clueless than Mitzee or Maxine!

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This dodgy pic was taken on my crummy Blackberry and please ignore my messy bedroom! From now on I am going to make more of an effort to be dressed properly even if it is just to nip to the shops. And all I can say is roll on Summer and bare legs 🙂

Girl Crush #5

Model and aspiring DJ, fashion icon, daughter to famous parents: Daisy Lowe should be envied by millions yet comes across as universally likeable. Just look at the photos below. She exudes a raw sensuality whilst still maintaining a rock ‘n’ roll image.

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Famous parents, designer Pearl Lowe and Bush singer Gavin Rossdale, and cool musician boyfriends aside Daisy is known first and foremost as a successful model who has walked the catwalks in New York, London and Milan as well as working with major brands such as Agent Provocateur, Whistles, Biba and Burberry.

Modelling mum Pearl Lowe’s designs for Peacocks

Not only is she blessed with a ridiculously attractive body but she also has the world’s coolest woman, Gwen Stefani, as her stepmother – how is that fair?!

What do you think of Daisy’s style? Are you a fan?

Don’t forget to enter the fabby Fashion Pony giveaway here which finishes on Friday.

Body Shapes: The HourGlass

This post is the third in the Body Shape series of identifying and dressing for your shape. So now we have come to the coveted Hourglass shape. If you have this body shape Congratulations!

It is viewed as the sexiest shape and for good reason. Way back in Edwardian Britain corsets and structured petticoats were the norm in flattering tiny waists and emphasising bottoms halves.

An hourglass will have the same measurements for bust and hips with a decidedly smaller waist.

Look at Marilyn Monroe with her 35-22-35 statistics (although she was fond of a bit padding now and again)

Whilst in past body shape posts this is the point I’d tell you what clothing you should and shouldn’t be wearing this doesn’t really apply to the hourglass. Your shape has been celebrated for years and if certain designers/stores only make clothes to suit skeletal clothes horses then change where you shop. Extensive studies have found that the hourglass shape is the sexiest shape to men and the average (Ha! As if any woman is average) hourglass shaped woman is at lower risk of developing heart disease.

The hourglass is a dying shape though with only 8% of women possessing it. However the tips given in the previous Body Shapes posts will hide problem areas and with modern day wonder underwear, gaining an hourglass figure is easier to fake than ever. Look back to the pin up girls of the 40s and 50s – pencil skirts were designed for hourglasses and still hint at sexy today. Accentuate that waist at all costs with skinny belts, V neck tops to draw the eyes down and add a Marilyn-esque wiggle with heels.

Celebrity “Hourglasses” include: Scarlett Johansson, Kelly Brook and Salma Hayek.

Do you aspire to have an hourglass shape? Are you an hourglass who would prefer a different bodyshape? Would love to know thoughts on this one  ❤