Outfit: Birthday Girl!

Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Anglomania coat gift from parents,VW necklace gift from Chris, VW Gold Label kilt, VW Gold Label red t-bar shoes, VW Derby handbag;  Primark jumper; Stag brooch gift from Florrie

Just a quick one to show you what I wore for a fabulous Birthday ‘High Tea’ with fabulous friends. Wearing my bright red coat I got for my Birthday present, I feel like Little Red Riding hood! Lots more celebrating to be had, thank you all for the good wishes xxx

Beauty: Putting Bobbi Brown Long-Wear to the Test

My make-bag contents

A couple of weeks ago I was put to the challenge to swap my regular make-up for Bobbi Brown Long-Wear and put it through it’s paces at London Fashion Week. You can’t get more extreme than LFW with shows starting at 9am and finishing anything up until 10pm, adding dinner and parties in there too. Running around from show to show doesn’t leave you with much time to sit and reapply make-up either. On top of that you never know when a photographer will want to take a quick snap, so you have to look photo perfect every minute. I guess the easiest way to see what I thought of the products is to take a look inside my make-up bag and see what is in there! The photo above is what currently resides in there and as you can see there is a ton of Bobbi Brown plus a few old favourites. So first up here is what I though about the Bobbi Brown products I tried.

Bobbi Brown

  • Long-wear even finish foundation SPF 15 – Warm Ivory 1
  • Creamy Concealer Kit – Warm Honey Creamy Concealer & Pale Yellow Sheer Finish Pressed Powder
  • Long-Wear Cream Shadow – Shore 35
  • Sparkle Eye Shadow – Bone 19 (Limited Edition)
  • Eye Shadow – Mahogany 10 (For Brows)
  • Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner – Black Ink 1
  • Ultra Fine Eye Liner brush
  • Blusher – Nude Blush 29
  • Illuminating Bronzing Powder – Antigua 2
  • Intensifying Long-Wear Mascara – Black
  • Rich Lip Colour SPF 12 – Old Hollywood 2
  • Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser

My absolute favourite product of the lot was the Long-wear foundation! I have never worn foundation because I have struggled to find one that is pale enough for my skin tone but also nice and light. I have sensitive skin but am lucky enough for it to be clear so the last thing I need is a heavy foundation. This not only went on like a dream, giving a perfect air-brushed effect but it stayed on right through the day until I chose to take it off. Whilst I was at my consultation I quizzed my make-up artist about all the products she was using and all the tools. I had never tried using a foundation brush before but since I was making the effort I though I would give it a go. I cannot tell you how impressed I was, it really made so much difference, the foundation spread on much more smoothly and it gave a flawless finish. I am converted I really couldn’t go back to using my fingers for application now.

The Creamy concealer kit duo was something of a revelation, putting powder under the eye? Surly that is breaking beauty rule number one! Seems like Bobbi took the rule book and threw it out the window. What the duo does is correct then conceal. The cream concealer neutralises under eye bags – use pink shades for pinky-blue shadows and peachy shades for purple-brown shadows. Then the light yellow toned pressed powder is gently dusted over the top, using a shade lighter than your skin tone, to brighten the eye area. The powder also helps set the concealer. I have also used the concealer just swiped over the eye lid and dotted on blemishes alone when I don’t want to wear a full face and it is perfect for making┬á you look wide awake in seconds.

The Long-wear cream shadow was a delight to use, gliding on smoothly and feeling butter soft to the touch. The shade I used in Shore was a nude tone which worked well as a base for the Sparkle eye shadow or alone for a fresh neutral eye. The Sparkle eye shadow itself was amazing. It really is something I would urge you to go try out for yourselves as it is so hard to explain just how it looks. It goes on like a creamy-powder and looks so subtle, yet as soon as it catches the light it brightens up your whole face. I’ve never had so many compliments and must have sold about ten already after people admired it on me. I used a brush to apply both shadows but have also used my finger to smudge the cream shadow on whilst using alone for a quick make-up look. During LFW so many people asked to photograph my eye make-up, they loved the sparkle and flicked eye liner.

What I first noticed about the Intensifying Long-wear mascara was the tiny applicator brush, the exact opposite to what I usually use. I found it a bit strange at first but the brush was perfect for coating every single lash top and bottom – no need for buying a separate lower lash mascara, I admit I never saw the point of those. The consistency was perfect, not too thick or too runny which allowed it to be built up as much as you want. I’ve never found a mascara which I could build up before without it going all spidery or clumpy. The Long-wear lived up to its name and it didn’t flake or smudge one bit. The only thing I didn’t like so much about this mascara was it’s natural finish, no fault of the actual product, just my personal taste. I have short, thin lashes so feel I need a much more dramatic product. Since I was so impressed with the quality of this one though I will definitely go for a Bobbi Brown one. That said if you are looking for the perfect natural mascara you can’t go wrong with this.

Eye liner may smudge if you fall asleep in it!

The Long-wear gel liner was a bit tricky for me at first as I hadn’t use a ‘pot and brush’ eye liner for ages. On the first day of Fashion Week I was in such a rush I grabbed my usual liquid liner which by the end of the day had smudged all around my inner eye and lower lash line. Having more time to get used to the Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush the next day I took my time and over the week got the hang of applying the gel liner. Again true to it’s name it stayed put all day. Another beauty myth I learned at my consultation was that you can never apply eye liner in one fell swoop, even make-up artists take their time to build up that perfect line. This made me feel much less a beauty school drop out and now I can get my perfect line in seconds. I do find it harder to create the ‘flick’ with the brush that the tip of a liquid liner, but I find the key is to ensure the brush bristles are tight and in line by pressing it on my hand first. It is well worth persevering with the brush for the lasting result. Filling in my brows was something else which was new to me. I had tried it once before with a Clinique set but ended up with brown smudges all over my face every time I brushed my face or itched my eye. Still wary from past experiences I was skeptical that just using a regular eye shadow wouldn’t do the same. I also wondered if┬á the Eye Shadow in Mahogany was the right shade for me, since my hair is black. All my worries were not just set aside they were totally pushed out. I was seriously impressed with not just how much of a difference defining my brows made to my face but the fact the eye-shadow used didn’t budge one bit, even with my obsessive eye-brow scratching!

The Nude Blush Blusher was the perfect pop of pink, little was needed and it stayed in place all day. I was used to layering a cheek stain and powder to achieve the same effect. I took some convincing about using a Bronzer. The only time I’ve ever used on is on holiday with a tan, I’m so pale I’m translucent so I always thought I would look orange. My make-up artist Ruth explained that Bronzer didn’t just come in browny-orange shades but also more rosy ones. I tried the Illuminating Bronzing Powder in Antigua which you can seen in the photo is only a few shades darker than my blush. I was really surprised by the shade, it did look like Bronzer but more like a rosy-glow than a fake tan. Perfect for lifting my complexion, I can see this being a beauty essential in the summer especially on holiday when all you would need is a dusting of this and a slick of mascara for pool side glam.

To finish off the look I applied my signature red lip, Rich Lip Colour in Old Hollywood. After my favourite red lippie Chanel’s Rouge Hydra base in Fire was discontinued I’d been hunting for the perfect blue based red. This was the perfect colour and a perfect formula, moisturising and long lasting. I’d always been told to build up the colour to make it last, so line and then cover the entire lip with the liner to make a base, then apply lipstick, blot and reapply. Yet I’d be reapplying all day and end up with smudges that needed fixing. My Bobbi Brown make-up artist told me that ‘less-is-more’ was a better approach. Use a lip brush to line and apply the lippie, gradually building up colour, then if needed define the lip shape with liner last. I was even less convinced about this than I was with the Bronzer, but once again I was happy to be proved wrong. I only needed to touch up my lipstick after eating using this technique, sure it takes a little longer to apply with a brush but worth it if it saves time through out the day from reapplying. Neither did I get that smudging which must have been solely from having so much product on my mouth.

Once it is all on, at the end of the day of course you have to take it off again. I used the Hydrating Rich Cream Cleanser which was like having a mini facial at the end of a long day. You just spread it all over, I did this using damp hands, then massage it in. I even used it to rub off my eye make-up with no stingy eyes woop, woop. You can just rinse it off but I thought it was really nice to use with a hot muslin cloth as I like the polish they give to your skin. All make-up came off easily and my face felt soft and refreshed, not at all dry or tight. The product also smelt heavenly – as do all Bobbi Brown skin care products.

My Bobbi Brown kit

The final verdict: All in all I was blown away not just by the Bobbi Brown products but also the sheer friendliness and dedication of the staff. Since the team at Harvey Nichols knew I was going to be reviewing the products I decided to play Secret Shopper in the Selfridges Bobbi Brown. I’d noticed at the end of the day I was still getting a shiny t-zone, so I thought I would go ask if there was anything I could do to help this. The lovely make-up artist explained that if your skin is prone to do that then you can’t change it but I could try the Oil Control Lotion of which she gave me a little sample and wrote down all the info about it for me. So there you go 10/10 and I will let you know how I get on with the Lotion.

I loved all the products I tried and will be buying them all again. As I said the mascara wasn’t really for me, I’ve been using it as a natural every day mascara which it is perfect for, but I personally prefer a more dramatic effect. Since chatting to a few other Bobbi Brown fanatics – all I had to do was whip out my lippie and it would attract other Bobbi Brown fans. A few people have recommended the Extreme Party Mascara so I think I will have to try that, I’ve definitely been impressed enough by the one I tried to go out and buy another – sorry Chanel! I’d previously been flitting between Chanel Inimitable and Revlon Grow Luscious mascaras, whilst I liked both they just weren’t quite perfect enough. The Revlon was amazing at gripping lashes and gave a great effect but was crumbly, whilst the Chanel looked beautiful but was difficult to build up without going spidery.

As you can see from the top photo I did add back in some of my other products so what couldn’t I give up? Well of course I still needed my brushes so I kept those, I have a mixture from The Body Shop and Barbara Daly all which I can recommend. I actually didn’t try the Bobbi Brown powder so I kept my Chanel Mat Lumiere although I have to say when I does run out I can’t say yet if I will re-buy it or try Bobbi Brown, will let you know about that as I do love this powder and the compact it comes in. I didn’t have a Bobbi Brown lip liner or highlighters so kept my existing ones, love the Chanel lip liner as it has a brush on the end. I use the Chanel golden toned highlighter with a red lip for a Hollywood glow and the Benefit highlighter for that fresh faced natural look. I also kept my liquid eye liner until I get more practice with the brush and gel liner for when I am in a hurry but do have to use the Urban Decay primer to get it to stay in place.

Of course I will still be addicted to all the new fashion led releases from Chanel, you know about my passion for their nail varnishes and lipsticks. Neither can I resist the pure luxury of Tom Ford lippes or the fancy pants packaging of YSL. But I have to say for my basic essentials I am a through and through Bobbi Brown convert.

Brushes:

  • Clinique Blusher brush
  • Barbara Daly Brush Set including foundation, Powder, Concealer, Eye-shadow brushes
  • The Body Shop Slanted brush for Eye brows

 

Other Make-Up:

  • Chanel Mat Lumiere – Luminous Matte Powder – Poudre 50
  • Empreinte De Chanel – Highlighter (Limited Edition)
  • Chanel Precision Lip Definer – Rouge 24 (Liner and Lip Brush)
  • Chanel Inimitable Intense Mascara -┬á Black 10
  • Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara – Blackest Black 1
  • The Body Shop Lip Line Fixer
  • The Body Shop Liquid Eyeliner – Black 1
  • Urban Decay Eye shadow Primer Potion┬á – Eden
  • Benefit Highbeam Highlighter
  • Ms Makeup Eye Lash Curlers
  • Benefit ‘Gabby’ Make-up case

┬áReady to roll at 7am (left) and ready to drop at 10pm – other than the lippie, I had just eaten my tea and a little shine to the T-Zone, my make-up is absolutely perfect. All I needed through out the day was the odd dusting of powder to control shine and a slick of lippe, easy!

Bobbi Brown Wish List

There are a few more things I would really like to try from Bobbi Brown so here is my wish list of things I will be buying in the near future and of course I will let you know what I think of them. It is my birthday this week too so I might have to treat myself.

I would thoroughly recommend to anyone, going along to a Bobbi Brown counter for a consultation, there is no pressure to buy only genuine helpful advice. You are given a ‘face map’ with everything you have tried so you can go away and think about the products you tried. I think this is great not just because it gives you time to go away and see how the products lasted but also so you can go back at any time to pick up things as you please. Make-up can be expensive so you can always get one thing a month. I really hate it when I’ve had consultations with other brands and they try to force you to buy all the products they used, often adding up to hundreds of pounds! You can also check out all the products, prices, tips and advice on Bobbi Brown.co.uk

Are you a Bobbi Brown fan? What products do you use? Are you interested in trying any of the products I reviewed?

How to Buy Vivienne Westwood & Other Designer’s on the Cheap

(Wearing: All Vivienne Westwood – Red Label shirt, shorts, blazer; Gold Label ‘T-Bar shoes)

As I am sure you all already know I am a huge fan of Vivienne Westwood, let’s face it you can’t really get clothes any more unique than Viv. The thing is fancy clothes come with a hefty price tag and whilst I’m perfectly happy to spend my entire seasons clothing budget on one piece of Gold Label I know most of your aren’t! Having said that I do have a hell of a lot of Westwood and I’m no millionaire so how do I do it?

┬áThis is a topic I’ve covered before ‘How to Buy Designer clothes at High Street Prices‘, so in this post I am just going to focus on Vivienne Westwood but the tips do apply to other designers. Conveniently this outfit demonstrates my top tips.

1. Store sale – Blouse RRP ┬ú215 reduced to ┬ú79

If you get familiar with how your favourite stores work their sales, you can start to make educated guesses about what will be left when it comes to the sale and what reductions will be given and when. Most stores start the sale with 30-40% reductions and can go down to anything from 65-90%. With Westwood the sale starts at 30% and goes down to 65% so it is always worth keeping your eye on things. That said if there is something you can’t live without you best get your butt in the queue on the first day of sale or risk it not being there a couple of weeks later. Averages sizes will sell out faster too, so you are more likely to find size 3 and 7 shoes left in the sale over size 5 and 6. Also accessories sell out faster than clothing, so if you are debating over a bag and a shirt I’d always get the bag first. Also learn which items are classic and which are seasonal, with Westwood the Gold Label shoes for example never go on sale.

If you sign up for the website newsletter and follow on Facebook you also get special codes for extra discounts┬á – usually an extra 10% off during the first week of the sale and invited to the Warehouse sale when they hold one.

2. Outlet stores – Blazer RRP ┬ú410 reduced to ┬ú49.99

Everyone who follows me on Twitter and Facebook will have already seen me share photo’s when I spot a great designer bargain. I always keep my eye on the game, even my route to work now involves cutting through TK Maxx so I can check for new arrivals which they get in everyday. TK Maxx recently got in a large load of AW11 Anglomania and a stash of really old Red Label, hell you could even call it vintage. So you never know what their buyers will find. To save you rummaging time the big designers TK Maxx stocks will be under the ‘Gold Label VIP’ section, but do check the other rails as Calvin Klien, Farhi by Nicole Farhi and Clements Ribero are found there.┬á Other outlet stores include Bicester Village and Cheshire Oaks to name just a few. Bicester Village has a dedicated Westwood store but I haven’t visited it myself. The only thing to be wary of with outlets is that sometimes the price can be more expensive than the store sale as the outlet has to make a profit. On the other hand outlets get stock from all over the world so they may stock pieces you have never even seen before, they also aren’t limited to the previous season for sale items, so worth stalking if you want to go back further into the archives. You can find out if your local TK Maxx stocks the Gold Label VIP collection by checking the departments listed on the store locator.

There are also websites which work in a similar manner such as Yoox and The Outnet. Member only websites such as Cocosa get’s different designers in for limited time periods. All these stock Vivienne Westwood.

3. Consignment store – Shorts RRP ┬ú260 reduced to ┬ú67.50 (were ┬ú75 – 10% special discount)

Another shop I go on about all the time is Elite, a designer consignment store / dress agency in Manchester and a branch in Altrincham. This is the one I go to as it’s local, but do check your own areas for ones nearby. Consignment stores sell on items which people no longer want, sharing a cut of the proceeds with the client. I’ve found loads of bargains in these stores and Elite always have some Westwood in there. Elite also have an online store and post new item on their facebook page. They also have special event evenings where you can sometimes get money off as I did with these. Don’t be put off if you aren’t keen on second hand clothes, many things like these shorts are brand new with the tags – I’m sure we have all bough something and never worn it!

There is also the online Consignment sites such as Vestiaire Collective which stocks a wide range of designers including Westwood. The great thing about this site is that the items are independently authenticated so there isn’t the risk of ending up with a fake like with eBay. You can also keep your eye out whilst shopping vintage stores and charity shops.

4. eBay – Shoes RRP ┬ú330 reduced to ┬ú85 (plus ┬ú4 p&p)

EBay, eBay, eBay where can I start. There is no way I can express my love for eBay, I check it every single day so I know everything Westwood that is on there at any one time! Yeah it is obsessive but if you want to be on top of the game you have to show a bit of dedication. To make it easier you can save searches and have new items emailed to you. I have a couple of previous posts about eBay ‘How to Find, Buy and Sell Vintage and Designer‘ and ‘How to sell stuff and make mega bucks: Guide for Carboots, EBay and Etsy‘ which are full of tips but the basic rule is you have to put some effort into searching regularly to get the good stuff. You also have to beware of fakes on eBay and Etsy my free eBook ‘Guide to spotting Counterfeits‘ has tips on this. One thing I do have to stress about eBay is the huge number of fakes, Westwood don’t have someone working with the sites VeRo program so there is nobody to regulate it. The worst is the jewellery 99% of it on eBay is fake, then there are many pairs of fake Pirate boots and Melissa shoes, some basic knits and t-shirts too so be careful.

You can also check Gum Tree, but again there is the risk of it being fake so beware.

Total RRP =  £1,215

Total Cost = £281.49

Total SAVED = £933.51

Now that’s good fashion sense! Do you have any tips to share? What was your best bargain buy?

Lacoste L!VE_Sponsored Post

I recently posted about the new Lacoste L!ve campaign. Now we have cleared up the fact the Mayfair Lacoste store has a fake crocodile chained up outside, I wanted to look at the campaign in a bit more depth. Lacoste has been traveling the globe from Paris, Berlin and New York, now calling in Montreal. The campaign is based upon seeking out and working with Unconventional Talents, in Montreal they meet musicians the Cosmetics and artist Julien Vall├®e. The dramatic background and extreme climate of Montreal seems the perfect setting for the AW12/13 campaign filled with plaid bomber jackets, fun knits, kilts and caps. The colourful artwork by Julien adds a fun, yet dramatic feel whilst the Cosmetics techno sounds give it a cool, laid back edge.

“Julien Vall├®e hijacks objects and materials to give them different meanings and tell new stories, just as LACOSTE L!VE does with its collections. The music created by Nic and Aja from Cosmetics reflects what Montreal is like in the middle of winter: a frozen electro sound with human emotions”.

Above are some images from the campaign but you see more in the short video below. What I really like about the L!VE website is that you can see more videos including fuller profiles of the artists and also videos by bloggers in The City Guide – taking you on a guided tour around the city. So you can learn where all the cool places to hang out are, I’d love to visit the pre-1965 karaoke bar. You can also see the look-book from the collection, which is styled up perfectly for winter no matter what city you are in. Here are my two favourite pieces, I’ve had a thing about baseball caps lately and I can never resist plaid, especially when its in a gorgeous bomber jacket. I’d wear them both with a pleated skirt and sky high heels.

I would really like to know what you think of the video, do you think it gets the idea of the campaign across? Do you think it show cases the collection well? Are you a fan of the collection?

*Sponsored Post

25 Years of Antoni & Alison (SS13)

Antoni & Alison SS13 ‘New Work’

How do you celebrate 25 years in fashion? Hire a marching brass band perhaps? Well that is exactly what design duo Antoni Burakowski and Alison Roberts did to launch their SS13 collection, marking their 25th year designing together. Rather than looking back they announced they would be looking forward with this collection of characteristic collage prints and dress. Every print was created by hand using traditional paints, spray cans, felt tip, charcoal and glitter – no computers here. The pair have a quirky, tongue in cheek humour and their press releases always a joy to read. They state they also used ‘necessary sparkle and gold leaf’ and ‘we also used every colour we own’. The prints ruled dictating the shapes, sometimes the shapes were altered better to fit the patterns. Other areas were blacked out where colour was not required. The result, some of their most striking prints and lust worthy dresses to date.

The fabulous Marching Band

Beauty up close, created by Jo Frost for MAC

See more from the show in my Facebook Album

Modern Queen – Bora Aksu SS13

Bora Aksu SS13

‘Modern Queen’

‘For every woman born a princess, destined to become a Queen’. It was evident from the glorious crochet wool crowns that there was a regal undertone to Bora Aksu’s SS13 collection. The designer quotes Marie,Queen of Romania as inspiration for the collection. Her love of Art Deco, botanical gardens and her racy love life. Marie had many admires, she was a beautiful and powerful woman. Such qualities were reflected in the collection, the pale blues, soft greys and fresh whites create romance whilst the mustards golds and corals pack a vibrant punch. Creeping vines in Art Deco shapes add intrigue and depth. To say this was a beautiful collection is an understatement.

Portraits of the original Queen Marie (source 1,2)

For more information about the designer and to shop the collections – Bora Aksu.com

Sirius’ New Bed

Alternatively entitled The Princess and the Pea! You might remember me moaning about my dog Sirius’ gross old bed which was making my newly redecorated bedroom look messy. I tried buying him a new one, granted it was a bit smaller but otherwise identical. He wouldn’t even sit in it. So I washed his old bed – which he had to scent mark to make up for the fresh Lenor scent. I gave up and took to giving it a sly squirt of Febreeze every time I walked past it, much to the dogs annoyance.

┬áWhen Bags of Love asked if I wanted to review one of their products I initially thought I would go for a canvas print. I have had them made before and think they are perfect to brighten up any room. Taking a look around the website however I discovered they offered a huge choice of personalised products including handbags, make-up cases, silk scarves, soft furnishings, iPhone cases and trinket boxes. In fact I couldn’t think of anything they didn’t sell, which will be perfect for Christmas presents. Especially as I have become a photography geek!

But when I spotted the personalised dog beds I couldn’t resist. They are available in a range of sizes from small to XL so no reason you couldn’t have one for cats too. All you do is upload your photograph, choose the size and select a choice of trim for the edges, I chose the colour Coal with the Paw print design. Just a couple of days later the bed arrived in a snazzy silver parcel – so perfect for gifts. The fabric is wipe-clean, fully washable and hard wearing, the bed itself very soft and comfortable – I know this because I had to lay on it whilst all the dogs bounced all over me.

The bed looks really nice in my bedroom, much more stylish than a regular dog bed. Sirius’ really likes it too, he jumped right onto it, dragging his favourite ‘baby’ with him. On the first night I was woken up by some mysterious kerfuffle in the middle of the night. I looked down from the bed to see Sirius asleep on the floor, mysterious… and there was Simba (the big baby who will only sleep right next to me in my bed) all curled up with a bone in Sirius’ new bed ha ha! It definitely has the Pomeranian seal of approval and I can’t fault the excellent service and easy to use website, so I can really recommend the gorgeous gifts from Bags of Love.

Something to woof about!

Have you ever had a photograph made into a gift?

Who Needs Botox? – Fam Irvoll SS13

Fam Irvoll SS13

‘No thank you, Mr Botox’

A group of old ladies, hunched up and shuffling, greet each other with a hug and shuffle off down the run way. The music changes and the Grannies jump into dance to Right Said Fred’s ‘I’m too Sexy’! The cakes, wool balls, knitting needles, pearls, bows, hearts, poodles and cats are all things designer Fam Irvoll brought together to create the perfect, dream world Grandmother. Irvoll famously draws on childhood memories and themes for her collection and this one was no different, a real candyfloss and tea, pastel sweet celebration of the charming old lady. The collection was far from twee with body-con mini skirts adding a glamourous edge and fitted tailoring keeping the silhouette sleek. Frothy dresses in candy colours, adorned with huge corsages would be equally welcome for day or night. The was a deinitively 1950’s undertone to the shapes used. The whimsical shoes, were moccasins given a thick flatform sole and googly eyes, ears and a nose to create cute poodles. Tony & Guy created elegant bouffants amongst the eccentric wigs. Nails by Sharon Ashton were an elegant matt red and pink with 3D baby-blue bows. Echoing the make-up by Jo Sugar for The BodyShop, a pale blue eye with wing-tip liner and a pastel pink or orange-red lip.

You can see the show video at Fam Irvoll.com and see more show images in my FaceBook Album.

Backstage the matt nails with tiny blue bows, image courtesy of Sharon Ashton, @Sharon1nails

Trends: Collars at ASOS Marketplace


Collars are a key statement piece this season, adding detail to boring, old tops. With the likes of Oscar De Le Renta, Victoria Beckham and Valentino all featuring collars in their A/W 2012 collections during Fashion Week it is a must have item this season. ASOS Marketplace has a great range of vintage and one off collars that suits every look, at a fraction of the price.
These collars are adding an edge to the regular Peter Pan collar so itÔÇÖs great for those that want to keep in with the trends. Rock up an outfit with the leather stud trend, itÔÇÖs great for adding detail to plain tops or giving that simple black outfit the rock chic look (1). If you would rather go for a more feminine look, the detailed metallic and lace collar is perfect and will add a touch of eastern opulence to your outfit (2).
Both these collars are the ideal accessory to add a vintage feel to an outfit (3&4), the crochet collar is great for casual outfits and adding detail to a winter top. This lace pearl piece will really emphasise the vintage feel to an outfit. ItÔÇÖs a superb accessory to accompany day time dresses or a add class to that little black dress.
For those of you who want a statement making collar these are foolproof. Really stand out with this feather diamant├® collar (5) and a strapless dress, ideal for nights out. Add warmth to a summer top in the winter with this knitted collar (6). Again you only need to wear this with a plain top as the collar adds enough detail to your outfit.
Collars are a classic accessory that can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe and worn on nearly every occasion. Liven up any dull outfits this winter it may even add extra warmth!

*Guest post from ASOS Marketplace

The Green House Effect – Corrie Nielsen SS13

Corrie Nielsen SS13 – Florilegium

Botanical, floral, super nature. Nielsen drew inspiration from The Royal Botanic Gardens, flowers, plants, seeds and the original work of Charles Darwin. Whereas most would interpret such as prints, the designer instead created shapes. Tulip skirt, mushroom blouse and striking frond covered green-house peplum. The cocoon coats were especially noteworthy, both enveloping and restrictive in an elegant manner. It was about creating shapes and structure as much as enhancing the natural womanly form. The colour palette was a delecate offering of shell, pink, peach and soft grey with rich green and a touch of black, dip dying added extra dept.  Make-up was a dusting of red-pink across the entire eye area. The hair as sculptural as the head pieces created by Emma Yeo, a combination of back combed frothiness and slicked back sleek. For what appears at first glance to be a highly stylised collection, strip it back to single garments and you will find many wearable pieces. The voluminous organza dresses fabulous evening attire, perhaps a red carpet or two; skirts, jackets and coats instant luxe additions to any wardrobe.

The ‘Green-House’ dress

Head wear by Emma Yeo

You can see more of the collection in my Facebook Album

Corrie Nielsen.com