Little Lemon Necklace – Azendi Jewellery

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If you follow my Instagram (@SuperElevated) you might have noticed I have been wearing this gorgeous little lemon necklace which was kindly sent to me for review by Azendi Jewellery. – Because when life gives you lemons, you can make a G&T! It looks perfect alone or stacked up with other thin chains, here are some close ups so you can really see all the tiny details. You can check out the┬áGold Vermeil Lemon pendant┬áonline as which is from the Forbidden Fruits collection. The collection also features cherry’s, strawberries and apples – the apples are very Snow White if you ask me!

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┬áAzendi have some stunning pieces and really creative collections. My other personal favourites are the ‘Swallows and Amazons’ and the ‘Shakespere’ collections. Each piece is crafted to the highest standard from quality materials with stunning attention to detail. The rose gold locket pictured below from the Shakespere collection reads ‘If music be the food of love, play on’┬áwhich is from comedy the Twelfth Night – I adore this one and it was a hard choice between this and the lemon I eventually chose.┬áIn the end I went with the lemon as it just makes me smile and reminds me that there isn’t anything a good G&T can’t fix.

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If you aren’t familiar with Azendi do take a look, I am really happy to be able to recommend them and check my Instagram and Twitter to see how I styled up the necklace!

Tom Binns Crush

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┬áI’ve had a real crush on Tom Binns jewellery for so long but I can never quite manage to save up for something so here is a post dedicated to stunning necklaces (all images and necklaces from Avenue 32)! Binns combines classic, elegant traditional jewellery such as diamanties and pearls but adds a characteristically modern edge. From neon paint splatters to safety pins, delicate to bold, this is jewellery made to stand out! Binns can list countless celebrities as fans, even Princess Diana. Yet it was creating jewellery shaped like rubber penis’ for Vivienne Westwood and Malcom McLaren’s 1983 Punkature collection that gave him a jolt into fame. Since then he has honed a signature style, I think opulence is indeed the best word to use. That said these aren’t just pieces for the red carpet. Stunning with ball gowns of course, but the perfect thing to dress up any outfit from jeans and a tee to pretty summer dresses. Well a girl can dream.

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Its that time of year again, dreaded for so many of us, yep no more hiding under winter layers here comes summer! If you are anything like me the thought of wearing a bikini leaves me cold, but if you learn how to dress for your size and shape there is no reason why you can’t be confidant and chic on the beach. There are several body shape categories we’re all said to fall into. Finding out which shape you are and dressing for that shape is key especially when it comes to finding the most flattering beachwear.

Apple Shapes

Apple shapes carry most of their weight around their middle and tend to have slimmer legs. Since the main issue with the shape is the illusion of having no waist, your main aim is to really emphasis and define your waist. Belts are fabulous for doing this and draw the eye to the smallest part of your waist.

For holiday wear choose a light floaty top and cropped pants that will show off your great legs Pretty belted summer dresses, A line skirts, contrast detailing on tops, wrap dresses and soft peplum style tops will show off your best assets while concealing a larger stomach and creating a waist. Tankini’s with a printed front and black contrast side panels will flatter, giving the illusion of a slimmer torso.

The Hour Glass

Think Marilyn Monroe, a smaller waist with large hips and bust. The hour glass can be quite hard to dress because of the contours of your body. Accentuating your waist and finding clothes to fit your bust and hips are key with this shape.

Holidaywear for the hour glass figure is anything that is form fitting, however the lower tummy can still be an issue for curvy girls. You’ll need a great bikini or swimsuit ┬áGeorge’s range of swimwear is fantastic as they let you mix and match tops and bottoms to suit. Add to that pretty, wrap dresses, playsuits, plus high rise trousers and pencil skirts. Avoid floaty and fussy fabrics or they’ll can make you look matronly and hide your killer figure.

Pear Shaped

If you have large hips, larger thighs, a small waist and chest, then you’re what is called a pear shape. It’s the most common of shapes around but despite that some pear shapes often find it hard to find trousers to fit their ample hips and small waists. The key with pear shapes is to balance the top and bottom halves of the body. This can easily be done by wearing lighter colours on top and darker colours below, a trick which automatically slims the bottom half.

Athletic

Athletic figures tend to be in proportion or slim all over but can lack definition around the waist, bust and hips. Wearing fun separates such as shorts with t-shirts or loose blouses will look great, using key accessories such as necklaces and statement earrings can add interest without drawing the eye to a specific body area. Athletic figures can really carry prints so go loud and proud on the beach with the hottest photographic printed swimwear.

Great holiday choices are full skirts and dresses, belts to show off your tiny waist, detailed tops and plain bottoms and dresses that are dark on the bottom and patterned or lighter coloured on top. Padded or halterneck swimwear is best for this shape, any bikini tops with details such as ruffles can balance out your figure too.

Whatever shape or size you are, if you work what you have to the best of your advantage, you’re sure to create some amazing holiday looks this summer. Giving you both confidence and style on the beach, by the pool or exploring the resort. Big is beautiful after all.

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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Events: Home Sense Opening Manchester

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This morning amidst a rather long queue of eager shoppers, I went down to see the opening of the brand new Home Sense store in the Manchester Arndale. The store is right next to sister brand TK Maxx and true to the company ethos packed full of gorgeous things with reasonable price tags. The loveable Coronation Street star Anthony Cotton was there to cut the ribbon and declare the store open. No need for me to ramble on, I took plenty of photo’s so you can see for yourselves. I am sure there is something for everyone from lust worthy glass wear, cheerful garden ornaments, rugs, sculptures and even doggie shampoo!

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Outfit: Vivienne Westwood Leopard Dress from ShopStyle + Review

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Wearing: all Vivienne Westwood – Red Label leopard print dress c/o ShopStyle, Melissa Lady Dragon shoes, Accessories lilac bag & gold orb belt.

Today’s outfit post is a little different that usual as I used the shopping site ShopStyle.co.uk to find and purchase this summer outfit. I have been playing around with the site for a while now, so when I was asked to trial the site for review I jumped at the chance. Lets have a look at some outfit snaps, then I will get onto the review, scrolly, scrolly…

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My aim for this outfit was a to find a dress that would see me through summer, one I could dress up or down. Ok so electric blue leopard print might not be everyone’s idea of versatile, but I can wear this for day with bright accessories like I have here, or add black stockings and stilettos with a little clutch for evening.

This actually wasn’t the first dress I ordered, first I had ordered an Anglomania dress and Melissa shoes, there was a big mix up drama but that wasn’t ShopStyle’s fault it was the vendor site Vestiaire Collective, I bought through. I will leave that for another post as I really want to focus on my positive experience with ShopStyle, what it is and how it works. Basically Shop Style is an online shopping service, it scours the interwebs for items on your behalf, basically allowing you to shop multiple sites at once. All you do is enter your search criteria or select from the bar on the right (See below). I typed in ‘Vivienne Westwood’ then clicked ‘dresses’ and limited my budget to ┬ú100 and under. ShopStyle then showed me a selection of dresses matching my criteria. I would usually look at about ten sites individually which I knew stocked the designer, this meant I just had to look at one site. I was really pleased with the search results, it threw up sites I would usually check Yoox, TheOutNet, ASOS etc and also included some I didn’t even know about. It also allows you to shop by ‘sale’ so you can find things which have been reduced, guarantying a bargain. Once you see an item you like ShopStyle redirects you to the site where the item is for sale so that you can view full details and make a purchase. ShopStyle only directs you through to sites, it is then down to the individual website to deal with your purchase.

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It is a social site, so you can ‘heart’ things you like, read trend based articles and browse look books – making the experience even more fun. The only negative I found was that sometimes the items you click on were not available anymore, so I think they need to keep things update more frequently. I got a bit annoyed at one point where everything I seemed to click took me to non existent pages. Other than that it worked really well and saved me a lot of time. I will be using ShopStyle again, they also allow you sign up for tailored sale alerts, so I will get an email when things from my selected searches go on sale. All in all, I think it is a really useful tool. It can also be helpful when you know you want something, but aren’t sure what. You can search ‘Statement necklace’ for example and it will give you a wide range of ideas for inspiration.

All in all, ShopStyle is a great search tool, saving you time and helping you find exactly what you want at the best price.

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Have you used Shop Style? Does this kind of website appeal to you?

Things for the Alternative Bride

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Don’t be getting the wrong idea, there are no wedding bells for me just yet, however I have been talking to a few people about weddings and how traditions are changing. Rock and Roll Bride is a fabulous blog documenting how creative weddings can be these days, reflecting the couple not just traditions. J MASKREY recently launched her new online store, with it her bridal range. I absolutely love the idea of a bride carrying a box clutch and rocking a pair of glamourous shades instead of a veil! Her crystal encrusted body jewellery would look really pretty but edgy too and who wouldn’t want to walk up the isle in these incredible shoes! Click here to see the full J MASKREY range

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When it comes to wedding gifts I know toasters and crockery are traditional, snooze! Wouldn’t it be lovely to create something which the couple could treasure? I thought a charm bracelet such as the Pandora ones would be a wonderful gift, each guest could choose a charm. Padndora also do leather thong bracelets and necklaces suitable for men so it’s not just a gift for the bride. Click Here for Pandora Charms

SPRING TRENDS from JOHN GREED JEWELLERY

Spring is now officially upon us and even though the temperatures arenÔÇÖt quite up to scratch yet, itÔÇÖs time to start decking out your spring/summer wardrobe and jewellery collections to match.
The days are getting longer and lighter, so its a great idea to reflect this in your style and bring a bit of a spring into your outfits. Take the opportunity to introduce brighter colours and statement jewellery pieces to really make your outfits shine. There is a range of gorgeous colours and styles to enhance your spring wardrobe from John Greed, aimed at giving you a fresh, updated look. Lets take a look at the hottest trends for spring 2013

Oriental

The sumptuous and beautifully crafted oriental trend was a massive hit on the catwalk from designers Emilio Pucci, Etro and Prada. Elegant Japanese kimono silhouettes and delicate oriental blossoms were seen gracing the runway. The Pandora Spring Summer range follows this catwalk trend closely, focusing on the delicate and pretty cherry blossom flower. This flowering tree is famous for its stunning foliage which captures the very essence of springtime. Adding PandoraÔÇÖs new range to your spring wardrobe is the perfect way to channel this trend with an extra bit of sparkle.

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Pandora Pink Cherry Blossom Flower Stud Earrings – ┬ú35.00
Pandora Pink Cherry Blossom Murano Charm – ┬ú30.00
Pandora Pink Cherry Blossom Multiple Flower Ring – ┬ú65.00

Floral

One trend that really epitomises spring is the timeless floral. These were rife on the catwalks this year, with prints and 3D flowers adoring the garments from Vivienne Westwood and Chloe. There are some stunning pieces of jewellery that will help compliment this trend, dainty floral jewels in soft colours are perfect and will accentuate this feminine look.


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Trollbeads Silver and Gold Daisy Bead – ┬ú252.00
Pilgrim Silver and Crystal Desert Flower Ring – ┬ú29.99
Pilgrim Marguerite Gold Plated White Leather Wrap Bracelet – ┬ú29.99

Sixties

The swinging sixties are coming back to the high street for Spring Summer 13! This means pops of colour and kooky motifs, mixed in with monochromes are going to be all the rage. The catwalks of Moschino and Michael Kors were full of mini-skirts, A-lines in vibrant patterns. Channelling this look is a sure way to bring some spring into your wardrobe; picking the right bits of jewellery will make sure your outfit is complete. Wearing eccentric pieces such as the Soda Pop button bracelet will ensure your outfit embodies the cultural sixties.


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Soda Pop Button-Up Bracelet – ┬ú6.95
Thomas Sabo Silver and Red Enamel Cherry Pendant – ┬ú134
Soda Pop Red Dickie Bow Necklace – ┬ú8.05

Monochrome

You canÔÇÖt go wrong if youÔÇÖre sporting black and white this season, as monochrome was dominant in almost every designerÔÇÖs show. Making a statement with jumbo stripes is sure to turn peopleÔÇÖs heads, this is a trend that is timeless and arrives almost every other season. Wearing monochrome is perfect for everyone; there are stripes, geometry, checks and zigzags; each pattern and shape of garment will flatter different body shapes. Jewellery for this trend can be black or white, or you could mix things up further by adding splashes of colour like Paul Smith.

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Pandora Dark Romance Charm Set – ┬ú125.00
Pilgrim Philosophy Hematite Plated Triangle Statement Collar Crystal Necklace – ┬ú39.99
Pilgrim White Leather Strap Watch – ┬ú69.99

Which is your favourite trend for spring? Do you think you will be sporting any of these looks this year?

Review: Miu Miu at Sunglasses Shop

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The sun has been shining this week, even if the wind is icy cold! This has made me very happy as you saw in my Easter Sunday post I was busting out my new shades Sunglasses Shop who invited me to do a product review. I’ve actually shopped with Sunglasses Shop in the past so was more than happy to feature them on the blog. The first thing that strikes you about the website is the huge range of styles and brands, with something for every budget – the cheapest I could find were ┬ú8, the most expensive ┬ú648! They have a tons of designer sunglasses so there was lots to choose from, I could have sat and got lost in that site for hours, dreaming of sitting on a beach! One thing that made the site so easy to navigate were all the different options for refining your search, by designer, colour, shape, lens technology and price. You can even search by your favourite celebrities style or this seasons trends! This aspect really made the site fun and a real pleasure to shop by. Since I spent all of last year in my cat-eye sunglasses I was keen to invest in another pair with that lens shape but with a different twist.

All I had to do was select ‘womens’ and click ‘cat eyes’ to be presented with a wide selection, then I could choose to refine the search by colour, price, lens type and get this, even by face shape and hair style so I could rest assured my choice would suit me! Very sci-fi! I just think this is such a neat feature as the one thing which makes buying sunglasses online tricky is that you can’t try them on. I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses so I now know on sight which styles suit me (cat eyes, oversize, aviator) and those which don’t (round lens, small, dainty frames). Armed with this knowledge I put their soft wear to the test, but I couldn’t trick it, each time it came up with styles I knew would look good. For example when I insisted on selecting ’round’ frames, the search threw out only oversized round frames rather than little ‘Lennon’ style ones which I know give me a big round face. So I can really recommend you give this a try.

There were many brands to choose from but the range of Miu Miu sunglasses kept cropping up with styles I really liked.This stunning pair of oversized cat eyes in tortoise shell called Miu Miu 04OS Sunglasses won me over! I liked the vintage style to them and the little details such as the curve on the lens and the gold trim on the arm.

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They came the next day, after I had a confirmation email complete with tracking details. Safe and secure in a well padded box, I tore it open to find the trademark Miu Miu pale pink box. Inside this was a hard case in pink velvet and also a soft case in the same sumptuous fabric. Now I am a perfectionist when it comes to presentation and I simply cannot fault Sunglasses Shop or Miu Miu. The packaging and glasses cases are just as beautiful as the glasses they contained. You would imaging such a heavy, rich velvet to be reserved only for the finest couture, but it gives a simple, everyday pleasure to carry it around in your handbag. The sunglasses them self were exactly as imagined and they suit me to a T. I couldn’t be happier with them or the service of Sunglasses Shop and am pleased I can recommend them to you.

Have you visited Sunglasses Shop? What do you think of the Miu Miu’s?

Psyche – Perfect Pitstop for Summer

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It’s nearly summer, well alright how about I rephrase that, its time for the new season! The weather might not be reliable but that doesn’t mean we can’t invest in some cheerful and bright clothes to put a spring in our step. I do love a good shop, both online and in person depending on what mood I am in, but it can be time consuming trailing around different shops and many department stores are a mish-mash of things which aren’t any one style. This is where specialist fashion store Psyche comes in, online or in real life (should you be near Cleveland) it is a designer life style store with the scale of a department store. With 30 years in the business Psyche stands out from the crowd as it retains a boutique atmosphere of carefully selected brands and merchandise, making shopping a thing of ease. I really like the way they cater for every budget without scrimping on quality, prices range from an average of┬á ┬ú50-┬ú200. This is really clever because it appeals to the way most of us shop these days, saving up for one statement, key item and hunting out lower priced pieces to top-up our look.

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I thought I would pick out some pieces which I would like to be wearing this season. The first piece is this stunning jacket by Maison Scotch as ┬ú248.99 it is what I call affordably expensive – something you would save up for, an investment item. I’ve paired it here with an on trend summer look, but it would work just as well with a skirt and blouse for work or over a summer maxi-dress. Prints were all over the runways again, mix them or match them, so long as you cover yourself in them! These Paul by Paul Smith trousers and shirt are perfect for wearing together or alone. You know I am a shoe girl and I am in love with these glittery Ted Baker heels, too stunning to save just for parties, rock them with your summer dresses and even jeans. You can’t go wrong with a clutch bag, this Ted Baker in Peptobismol pink is the colour of the season, such a great pop of colour. Don’t forget your summertime chic with a pair of designer shades like these from Marc Jacobs. The easiest way to update your look is some new sparkly jewellery. I really like to layer up necklaces so these White Leaf designs are perfect for that, with their purse friendly prices you can afford to buy more than one (┬ú19.99-┬ú29.99).

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Not forgetting the guys, here are some top spring buys which will see you into summer. My statement item of choice would be this Polo by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply shirt ┬ú118.99, the patches make the print clashing trend easy. Baseball jackets have been high on the fashion radar for a while now and show no sign of going away so this Lacoste logo bomber is going to be a key piece well into next year. The simple shape means it will work with sweats as well as a shirt and pants. A nice pair of cargo trousers like these again from Polo by Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply are nice change to denim. Keeping with the smart-casual theme these Original Penguin boots have a Herringbone inlay which hones in on the Country Heritage trend. The Aviator is by far the most versatile style of shades, these Gucci ones don’t come cheap but are a great investment as they will never go out of fashion. I think accessories are made to have some fun with, this quirky Paul Smith tablet case is really sleek, whilst the Union Jack Barbour print holdall is practical and stylish. For a colour pop this Nixon watch is a subtle way of approaching colour and at ┬ú53.99 it is a great price.

What wardrobe update do you have your eye on for then new season?