Friday, 30 December 2011

Jeans that fit, yes you heard me.

If you're reading this, then you like to shop.  But have you ever considered just how much you take for granted the ease of buying clothes?  You see an item you like, you whisk it off the shelf, head for the dressing room, try it on and quickly deduce whether it suits you or not.  Then depending on your level of self-control, you either toss it if it's not exactly right, or buy it no matter what the fitting room outcome.

However if you're anything like me, there is one item in the wardrobe which is NEVER a pleasure to shop for - jeans.  Jeans shopping has become a once-a-year full day commitment/ordeal for me, during which I will trail every high-street shop, picking out up to 25 pairs to try (I'm one of the few that seem to use those £1 trolleys in TK Maxx...), then I will typically come out of the fitting room an hour later with nothing that even vaguely fitted and so, having little self-control, I leave with a pair I don't want.  I have therefore resorted to always wearing ill-fitting jeans and either pasting them to my hips with a tight belt, or simply wearing long tops to cover up the whole mess.

The problem is that I am of mixed race origin, being one half Caribbean, one half English, and with such a heritage, well let's just say that my behind is a little more prominent than that most of my friends' (or as Levi's tactfully put it, I have a 'full seat').  This has caused me no end of problems when it comes to jeans, as it means that there is always a gaping hole at the back since the jeans are not designed to sit flat on a more curved figure.  However, about a year ago, I discovered a miracle - Levi's Curve ID.  Levi's have measured 65,000 women to make these custom-fit jeans, which are actually designed to fit real women!  And they're not just for the more curvy figure - whether you're full-seated or not, there's a fit just for you.  When I saw the advertisements for the jeans, I thought I'd take a look so I went to my nearest shop, found my size (I take a bold curve fit) and miracle of all miracles, the jeans fitted first time, perfectly.  No gaping holes, no need for belts, no massively over-generous leg length (who decided that 'Regular' would fit someone 6" or over?)  My days of uncomfortable jeans are over.

There is a downside.  Levi's are a bit pricey being £80 - £100 on average, but I wear jeans everyday of my life and so am happy to splash out a little more for good jeans that fit.  Plus, Levi's offer a generous 20% student discount, and Christmas is over so make the most of the sales!

Find your ID now here.

Levi's Bold Curve Skinny - now £64 was £80 - 20% off

Levi's Demi Curve Skinny - now £72 was £90 - 20% off

Levi's Slight Curve Slim - now £64 was £80 - 20% off

Monday, 12 December 2011

Stocking Fillers

1/  Bra, Gossard, now £20, was £29, 30% off
Thong, Gossard, now £9, was £12, 25% off

2/  "Do your good deed for the day with this fairtrade necklace"
Necklace, Manumit, now £9.75, was £15, 35% off

3/  "A simple black clutch is the essential for Christmas party season"
Clutch, French Connection, now £25, was £50, 50% off

4/  Briefs, Anthropologie, now £10, was £26, 60% off

5/  "100% sheepskin to keep your toes toastie around the house"
Slippers, Just Sheepskin, now £35, was £70, 50% off

6/  "Practical, roomy and looks so luxe you wouldn't guess the price tag..."
Handbag, H&M, now £8, was £13, 40% off

7/  "Classic knit, wintery shade, plus you can still text at the same time"
Handwarmers, Topshop, now £10, was £14, 30% off

To buy, just click on any of the above links.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

My Little Black Dress - Part 2

You really can't go wrong with an LBD.

1.  Black bead drop earrings, Debenhams, was £118 now £88, 25% off
2.  Knit Dress, Karen Millen, was £160 now £80, 50% off
3.  Silk Clutch, Hobbs, was £79 now £39, 50% off
4.  Ankle Boots, Kurt Geiger, was £265 now £185, 30% off

Simply click the links above to buy.

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

My Little Black Dress - Part 1

Party season is upon us, so get clicking and you will go to the ball!

1.  Pear Jewel Drop Earrings, Mimco (no longer available)
2.  LBD, Dorothy Perkins (no longer available)
3. Lauren Bag, Coast, now £19, was £55 (65% off)
4. Animal Print Bracelet, Kenneth Jay Lane, now £46 was £115 (60% off)
5. Spike and Diamente Heels, Sam Edelman, now £135, was £180 (25% off)

Simply click the links above to buy.

Sunday, 20 November 2011

Top 10 Animal Inspired Heels

Take a walk on the wild side with this super-cool collection of animal print heels.

Peep Toe Platforms with Ankle Strap, was £150 now £75, 50% off by Carvela

Peep Toe Platforms, was £150 now £100, 1/3 off by Ted Baker

Platform Court Shoes, was £25 now £20, 20% off by Barratts

Bow Detail Heels, was £179 now £99, 45% off, by Kurt Geiger

Wedge Ankle Boots, was £180 now £119, 1/3 off, by Kurt Geiger

Satin Pumps, now £137, 30% off, by Kate Spade

Pu Crinkle Platforms, was £24.99 now £10, 60% off, by Desire Clothing

Platform Courts, was £80 now £40, 50% off, by Dune

Court Shoes, was £195 now £95, 50% off, by L.K. Bennett

Peep Toe Heels, was £100 now £36, 64% off, by BCBGeneration

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Get Moving

I'm really liking Fearne Cotton's must-catch-the-last-post look here.  Just as good for the gym / bed.

Try it yourself!

1.  Tee Shirt - Adidas - now £23.50 was £34 - 30% off
2.  Zipped hoodie - Adidas - now £32 was £40 - 20% off
3.  Sports leggings - Reebok - now £18.20 was £26 - 30% off
4.  Nike trainers - Office - now £25 was £40.99 - 40% off

To buy, just click the links above.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Two tone handbags

1.  Faux Croc Bag - ASOS - now £21 was £35 - 40% off
2.  Folly bag - NW1 by Hobbs - now £69 was £139 - 50% off
3.  Canvas bag - H&M - now £6.49 was £12.99 - 50% off
4.  Oasis handbag (no longer available)
5.  Cross body bag - Miss Selfridge - now £10 was £22 - 55% off
6.  Colour block briefcase - River Island - now £15 was £35 - 57% off
7.  Cross body bag - Nine West - now £49 was £70 - 30% off

Wednesday, 12 October 2011

We all love a good sale

Mid-season sales are upon us, so I'm going to create a few outfits from my favourite pickings.  The following features fashion from Bank and A | Wear.  Just click the links to browse.

1.  Faux suede shopper - A | Wear - now £15 was £30 - 50% off
2.  Batwing knit - Red or Dead @ Bank - now £15 was £34.99 - 57% off
3.  Skinny tan belt - A | Wear - now £4 was £6 - 33% off
4.  Cord shorts - Only @ Bank - now £15 was £30 - 50% off
5.  Faux suede brogues - Bank - now £10 was £25 - 60% off 

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Kate loves Jackets

Who better to use for style inspiration than Kate Moss.  

She is rarely papped without a jacket so I thought I'd check out the sales out there for you to create the look yourself.

I've seen Kate Moss in this jacket so many times, she clearly loves it!
1.  Cotton tuxedo jacket - Jaeger - now £115 was £230 - 50% off
2.  Oversize boyfriend jacket - Planet - now £49 was £169 - 71% off

Stretch cotton jacket - Halston Heritage - £130 was £325 - 60% off

Modeling for Belstaff
1.  Waxy belted jacket - New Look - £20 was £39.99 - 50% off

Monday, 3 October 2011

Style Formula

Autumn's on it's way... but don't resign yourself to black just yet.

A pretty statement blouse with skinny jeans, then neutral footwear and accessories sums up my style formula perfectly (no pun intended, seriously).

Team with a chunky knit and scarf to keep you cosy.

1. Handbag in canvas and leather, Z Spoke by Zac Posen, £107 (was £215, 50% off)
 2. Tank Top, Reiss, £39 (was £79, 51% off)
 3. Gold plated necklace, Banana Republic, £13 (was £26, 50% off)
 4. Ankle Boots in suede, River Island, £30 (was £70,  57% off)
 5. Skinny Jeans, D&G, £112 (was £160, 30% off)

To browse any of the above, click on the titles above.

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Gone Dotty

Move over stripes, polka dots are having their moment this autumn.  The trend was seen on the runways at Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and M Missoni, but of course it's just as accessible on the high street.

The Designers

Marc Jacobs silk-mix scarf - £380 - click here to buy

Marc Jacobs clutch - £1,025 - click here to buy

Marc Jacobs sweater - £825 - click here to buy

River Island jumpsuit - £40 - buy

Stella McCartney flats - £225 - buy

Stella McCartney - Polka Dot Dress - £1525 - buy
Warehouse's version - £60 - buy

The Celebs

Alexa in a spotty tea dress
Daisy Lowe in a Peacocks dress
Jessie J

Wow what an outfit! I can't really find the words to say, so make of it what you will.  In any case, the top is remarkably similar to the Warehouse dress above.

Mollie King pays a little nod to the dotted trend.

Beyoncé rocked up in this Marc Jacobs number, about £1,187.  Not the singer's best wardrobe choice in my opinion - the colouring is completely wrong for her complexion, and her hair and accessories are completely misplaced with a quirky dress like this.

Alexa Chung models for Vero Moda

My Way

Tea Dress -  H! by Henry Holland - was £38 now £28.50 - (25% off)