Return to Buying Fashion Magazines

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I know I had sworn off buying fashion magazines but when I saw this shoot of Cara Delevigne for ID recreating the famous Sara Stockbridge one I knew I had to get it. I also picked up Tank since it was the 15th anniversary special, yeah I know I don’t know who I am trying to kid. Thanks to Tesco clubcard points I’ve got a Grazia and Harpers Bazaar subscription for free too starting this month. It will be interesting to see if I’ve missed them. For those of you that don’t know I went from buying around ten fashion mags each month, Grazia and Look weekly. Besides the fact it was costing a small fortune, I went from gobbling up every single word to having a vacant flip through, until I got to the point where I was just bored of them all. So I went on a fast, only reading Style.etc because of course I write for them. Did I miss them? Not really, I started watching Youtube videos in my down time instead. I didn’t really think much of my magazine break until I announced it at a talk on street style a few months back, to the sharp intake of breath of the audience. A fashion blogger who doesn’t read fashion magazines! OMG! It will be interesting to read these and see what I’ve been missing. The Cara shoot is utter perfection, especially the maroon velvet crini look. I must scan the original Sara shoot for you as most of the images are never seen, if you can’t wait check out my Instagram feed @SuperElevated as I snapped them a while back.

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ID Priceless issue images courtesy Vivienne Westwood

Bell Jar Shoe Display

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I have been looking for further ways to display some of my most special shoes, I like to have my favourites around the house outside of my wardrobe and bookcase. Only problem is that they gather dust so I’d been looking for some huge bell-jars like this as a solution. The only ones I could find were super expensive so I was really surprised to see these handmade glass ones in Home Sense for ┬ú9.99. They had lots of different shapes from really tall cone shaped ones to little tiny ones. This was the first time I managed to pay another visit to the store since I went to the grand opening back in May. They had a winter theme going on this time with lots of lust worth home ware, it is definitely my favourite home store now – sorry Ikea. There is another new home store opened in the Triangle in Manchester, I can’t remember what it was called, but it has the most fabulous great big curtain tie-backs I’ve ever seen. Will try and sneak a pic next time I go in, they also had dramatic ornate mirrors. What I really need is something to display my jewellery in so that is my next treasure hunt.

Nana Magna & Vivienne Westwood Illustrations

The first issue of Nana by Ai Yazawa

┬áI have been rediscovering the Nana manga books I got into a few years ago. I first met the two Nana’s on the recommendation of a friend who knew my passion for Vivienne Westwood. But what do Vivienne Westwood and manga comics have in common? Well let me explain…

Nana Komatsu

The books are about the lives of two young girls who both happen to share the name Nana. Their paths cross by fate as they both embark on new lives away from home. Though they are both very different characters their lives seem inexplicably entwined. The stories of their lives will ring true for most women through tales of love, friendship, jobs, fun and also sadness, I can easily see anyone enjoying the stories. Yet it is the graphic illustrations which first drew me in and made me fall in love with the books.

Nana Osaki

The author and artist Ai Yazawa cleverly uses the fashion the characters wear to instantly help us understand and feel at ease with the new faces being introduced. We all have inbuilt reactions to stereotypes, people often talk about how we need to break them. In some cases we do, yet they also help us understand and interact with the world around us.

The two Nana’s with their very distinct styles

Nana Osaki is the wild punk singer in a band, her look mainly consists of ripped clothes and studded jewellery, further emphasising her ‘devil may care’ attitude. Whilst Nana Komatsu (nicknamed Hachie) is slightly naive and a terrible romantic at heart. Her character is shown through her very girly and lady-like attire, pretty dresses, pearl jewellery and dainty handbags. When Nana K gets a job in an office her style changes to reflect appropriate work attire – pencil skirts, neck scarves, but it also shows us that her character has changed too. She is maturing with her new responsibilities.

Nana K wearing a feminine handbag, full skirt and head scarf

Nana K in her office attire

Both girls and many of their friends wear Vivienne Westwood. There are two things about this which I find especially intriguing, firstly that the author chose to use Vivienne’s designs. Choosing to illustrate a certain brand is quite different to the style process for a film or magazine shoot. Here the author could have chosen to draw her own ‘fictional’ clothes yet she chose to use a brand. Vivienne Westwood designs have been popular in Japan for many years. Her early designs are the essence of Punk and so very fitting to use to illustrate a punk band. Yet Yazawa very cleverly includes the other styles of Westwood’s designs to illustrate other characters. She uses softer aspects such as pearls and mini crinoline skirts to show pretty and playful characters.

Nana O in her trademark Vivienne Westwood heart jacket

There are so many other aspects of Westwood’s designs intermixed with Japanese culture which is something I am currently exploring for my own academic research. I hope you have enjoyed this introduction to the world of Nana and how we can learn more about fashion through unexpected sources, I am sure this won’t be the first time I write about it.

Curvy Chic: Five Fashions for Fuller Figures

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If you’re a plus size woman, you know that shopping can sometimes be more frustrating than it is fun. But that doesn’t have to be the case if you know what to look for. Most of the time, the frustration that comes from shopping as a plus size woman originates in not knowing what looks amazing on a plus size frame, rather than there being a lack of options available. There really are a wide variety of options for plus size women. Never miss out on a fashion trend; just keep the following tips in mind and you’ll be able to find an outfit that’s perfect for you.

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Pencil Skirt

The pencil skirt is one of the most useful fashion accessories for plus size women. Its straight style is great for slimming your hips, and the high waist, when paired correctly with tops, can help slim your tummy. It also helps to elongate your figure, which helps you look taller and sleeker. Add some heels to a pencil skirt, and you are ready to rock!

Faux Sheepskin Jackets

Faux sheepskin jackets can be beautiful and stylish, but they can also help you out if you’re a plus size woman. A sharp jacket can compliment any outfit, and it can help by creating a straight style, which elongates your body, makes you look a bit taller, and covers some common problem areas. Since they come in so many colours, you can wear a faux sheepskin jacket with just about anything, and in the winter months, they come in particularly helpful since they are so warm.

Thick Belt

A thick belt can help cinch in your waist, which gives you a beautiful hourglass figure. This can help you look thinner through the middle, and it also elongates your body. The other thing that’s great about belt’s is that they can be used to break up your body, keep on the natural waist to create an hourglass, wear high on the empireline to elongate legs and drop it low on the hips to create a longer torso.

Shift Dresses

Shift dresses are usually monochromatic, draw attention to the face, and have a loose but complimentary fit. These dresses are not only easy to slip on and comfortable to wear, but they do wonders for the plus size figure. While most plus size women stick to dark colours and black, the shift dress can be worn in just about any colour and still look great. Add a pair of heels and some long earrings to your favourite shift dress, and you’ll be on your way to a classy outfit that elongates your frame and makes you look smaller. I simply adore seeing all these plus size bloggers showing how to wear a shift, so chic.

Jeans That Fit

Make sure you have a pair of jeans that actually fit you. Many plus size women try to wear loose, baggy, or large jeans, but this does not help you at all. In fact, it makes you look larger than you really are because it adds to your figure. Instead, get a pair of jeans that fits snugly but comfortably, and wear them with v-neck tops and heels, if you want to dress it up. This can help elongate your frame. Bootcut jeans are in style right now, and they’re great for plus size women, so find a pair of properly fitted bootcut jeans and show off what you’ve got.

Theses tips, tricks, and styles can help you immensely if you’re a plus size woman. They can elongate your frame, accentuate your hourglass figure, and frame your face beautifully. But the best tool any woman can have when it comes to fashion is confidence. Embrace your shape! There are many beautiful options available for plus size women, and owning your body type with confidence can help you shop with a positive attitude. So get out there and find some amazing outfits!

Guest post from Megan Barnes, a plus size beauty who is passionate about fashion. She often writes about flattering and beautiful looks for every woman.

Whirlwind Weekend in London

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I’m am just back from a whirlwind weekend in London. We went down on Friday for two days of shopping, eating and gossiping. I am suffering now, not sure if its too much talking or Tube germs but I’ve lost my voice which everyone thinks is hysterical. I think we must have qualified for the most tartan worn in a group in the Guinness Worlds Records. If one of us gets funny looks walking down the street you can imagine the reaction we got when we are in numbers! #AnnualTartanConvention

Outfit: Being Meryl

This photo was actually taken a while back to help out a blog reader who was working on a project illustrating how the trench coat is a timeless piece. I am wearing my vintage Burberry trench which I utterly love. Do you recognise the pose? I was reenacting the famous Meryl Streep pose in Kramer vs Kramer from 1979. The film was made 3 years before I was born so I think that proves the trench really is a keeper piece! The dress and boots are vintage finds too, but you can find similar chocolate brown boots in this Guess pair and I recommend ebay for finding vintage Burberry trenches.

Lucy Locket: The Jewellery People Review

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‘Lucy Locket lost her pocket

Kitty Fisher found it;

Not a penny was there in it,

Only ribbon round it’

I’ve always been totally enchanted by lockets, how they can conceal tiny secrets. I have a fondness for charms too, how they can tinkle with the shake of a wrist. The origins of the locket have now been lost but they have been popular all over the work, especially in England during the Victorian era. Is there anything more lovely than being able to keep a loved one so close to your heart be it a photo or lock of hair. So when The Jewellery People asked if I would like to review something I couldn’t resist choosing a locket. They have a wonder collection of sterling silver jewellery including some beautiful lockts from traditional, ornate styles to simple modern minimal ones. I was drawn in by this smooth oval style locket and a long 30″ snake chain. All I can say is that I was delighted with the locket when it arrived, the chain was so glimmery and the locket perfect for running your thumb over as I like to do. I can’t resist playing with my jewellery and wanted the locket to hang low, almost waist length so I could tuck it in my blouse or have it loose. The quality of the presentation box was lovely too, so I am more than happy to recommned. With Christmas coming up I have my eye on some gorgeous gifts for friends and family.

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Had to include this beauful Lucy Locket illustration, reminds me of Kensington Palace.

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Throw Back Thursday: Holey Socks at Worlds End

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I ususally only take part in the Throw Back Thursday tag on Instagram (@SuperElevated) but I wanted to share here too as it is such a great photo, with such a great tale. You can find out why I was wearing these holey socks at Worlds End in the original post back in January. I was reminded of it as I pulled out all my big winter clothes this week, I may not like being freezing cold but I do love winter fashion!

Warm in Winter: Plus Size Coats to Flatter Every Full-Figured Woman

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Finding the perfect coat can be a tough task for the fuller figured lady, but a little knowledge goes a long way when it comes to picking the perfect design. Certain styles are designed to hide or accentuate different parts of the body, and allow the wearer to make the most of their assets. Whether you are blessed with an hourglass figure or wish to balance out a top-heavy frame, the following guide will ensure you look your best in any weather, and only draw attention to the parts of the body you want to show off.

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Pretty Pear Shapes

Pear shapes are defined by shoulders that are narrower than the hips, but a little clever styling can transform this shape into a perfect hourglass. Shoulder pads, Sherlock style capes, and fur collars will help to create width in the top half of the body, and adding a belt in a contrasting colour will draw in the waistline creating the perfect silhouette. Chunky knit scarves are also a must for pear-shaped ladies, and coats with a hood or attached cape are a fantastic choice. Empire line coats and those with a peplum detail are also a fabulous option for pear shapes, and there is a wide selection available at navabi.co.uk.

Buxom Beauties

Big breasts are at the top of every teenage girl’s wish list, but those with cleavage to spare know they can be a nightmare when it comes to clothing. The trick is to draw attention down and away from your chest, so a low-cut single breasted style will elongate your frame and create a more elegant shape. Steer clear of anything that adds inches to your top half such as double breasted necklines, pockets, fur collars, or ruffles, and don’t even think about a poncho or cape, unless you like resembling a circus tent. There are many blogs available online that cater specifically to curvy ladies, and offer invaluable advice on dressing for every occasion.

Classic Styles for Every Body Type

Some styles are universal and look good on every shape, and you can’t go wrong with a classic trench coat. This design can easily be dressed up with some killer heels and statement jewellery, or keep it simple in some Uggs and a cosy scarf. Any coat that features a wraparound design and belt is also a good option, and bold prints such as hound’s-tooth and leopard print will increase the wow factor. The correct underwear can also make a big difference to your silhouette, and you should already be familiar with the benefits of tummy control knickers and minimiser bras.

The best dressed celebrities are often the ones with the most talented stylists, and not those that simply have a perfect body. The right clothes can transform a woman’s figure in a matter of seconds, and finding the correct fit is just as important with outerwear. A curvy figure is something that should be embraced and not covered up, and the aforementioned styles will help you make the most of your assets and ensure you look your very best this winter.

Guest post by Carol Wright, fashion enthusiast. She takes pleasure in sharing her insights with other women.

Best Invention Ever, Fold Up Raybans

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Best invention ever, honestly even better than sliced bread. What could you need more on those unexpectedly sunny autumn days than to pull a tiny little case from your bag with sunglasses inside! I am so impressed with how small the case is, the size of a pack of cards. The Raybans foldout and just look like regular ones, they are nice and sturdy so only you would know their secret. I think they are really neat to have in your bag for winter as they don’t take up much space like traditional sunglasses cases. I don’t mind having a large case during the summer when I know they will be used everyday, but for the colder months I need that space for gloves, scarf and hat! Rayban Wayfarers have been my go-to staple style for many years, they are such a versatile shape and suit all faces. They are undeniably cool in a Blue Brothers way! It’s hard to believe they have been popular since they were first made in the 1950s, true style never dates. This pair have polaroid lenses too whic protect your eyes. I got these from Vision Direct who have a full range of Raybans in all shapes and sizes. The history of the Wayfarer is rather facinating, they were the first plastic sunglasses moving away from traditional metal frames. They have also been featured in more movies than you could ever imagine from Risky Business starring Tom Cruise to Robert Pattinson in Twilight. I do have a bit of a sunglasses collection but this is a style I always stick with no matter what trends come and go, I was rocking them in 2011 in this post. I really think they are up there with the style classics, are you a fan?

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