Get Dressed for A/W

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The leaves are on the ground and their is definitely a chill in the air – autumn is well and truly on its way. On the plus side this means we can dig out our A/W favourites and update with fabulous new pieces. My first move is always getting out the black tights, either patterned or opaque just adding these to your summer dresses is a simple transition. With chunky knits, ankle boots and a snug scarf to see you through the early autumn months before winter really sets in. I think Alexa Chung nails trans-seasonal style, its not often she covers up those mile long legs but when she does its the black tights she reaches for. I have a short red, printed A-line dress which is years old but its my autumn staple. I’d really like something similar this season my key trends are deep burgundy and navy, bold tartans and as always leopard print – its practically a neutral! This stunning selection of perfect Autumn mini dresses are all George, and all under ┬ú20 so kind to your pocket too. I think any of these dresses would be gorgeous with either a flat ankle boot, velvet slipper or killer wedges, so versatile. The best thing about dresses is that they are great for day t0 evening wear, I keep a pair of heels at work then all you need is a slick of lippie and you are good to go.

With your basics nailed you can then start to look at the high fashion trends and work them into your look for a quick style update that packs a punch. Designers felt that 60s Mod vibe so your mini dress ticks that box, along with the allure of ‘norm core’ or just dressing normal to you and me – that means you can slouch around in your baggy old cardi and call it Haute. It has never been easier than this season to rock a runway look.

Trends: Give Good Coat

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If there is one thing that can really make your outfit it’s a coat. Dressed up or down it’s the one item that can pull your look together like nothing else. I always find it hard to choose a new coat, do I go for the statement piece or the classic? Something so this season or one I know won’t date? I admire Victoria Beckham’s style, she always gives good coat. She knows how to make it a statement piece for her outfit as much as she knows how to dress it down. One of my favourite coat looks at the moment is a classic back or navy military a la Vicky B or┬á┬áa woman’s coat┬áwith faux fur collar like this one would see you through the seasons. I’ve had my long black militraty coat for years and am sorry to say my navy one bit the dust after a few years of constant wear. I also really am a fan of the new trend for coloured faux fur collars which you can detach allowing you to mix up your look, getting more life from one item. I currently have a bright pink and dark blue furry collar which I use to change up my outfit depending on my mood. I also think faux fur will stick around into spring, taken off coats and worn over sweaters and sleeveless waistcoats, so now is the time to invest. Mrs B would approve.

Images from Daily Mail, Fab sugar, Star Style

Trends: The Call of Carven

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I find it fascinating watching how a new designer comes along and breaths new life into an established house. Madame Marie-Louise Carven created the couture house back in 1945 working until she retired in 1993. Laying dormant until┬áGuillaume Henry breathed new life back into the label in 2010, from which it has gone from strength to strength. A big part of the new brand legacy has been its adoption on the street and the subsequent features on popular street style blogs, such as the snaps by Tommy Ton for Style.com. In turn fashionistas know that a key piece of Carven (paired with model looks) is sure to set you in the sights of the photographers. This is something I see more and more attending London Fashion week, you can pick out those who are sure to be featured on the blogs. Picking up on the eye of Scott Shulman and Phil Oh you can see the trends which fit in with their blog aesthetic. Carven is notable for it’s wonderfully playful, yet chic tailored pieces. Adding one bold, statement piece to your staples makes fashion easy, a colourful printed skirt or pair of trousers can add a pop to simple trench coat or classic white shirt. If I had to pick out the key Carven pieces for summer I would go for the wonderfully cheerful embroidered face sweater and flippy neon orange skirt. Wonder if we will see them on the street this season? Paris fashion week isn’t long now, excited to see what Carven will bring out for autumn? Until then you can check out the current spring collection on Style.com along with the street style snaps from London and New York fashion weeks.

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Images via Marie Claire.com and Style.com

Trends: Finding the Right Jeans

Jeans for Every Body Shape

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ThereÔÇÖs no doubt about it; as one of the most versatile pieces of clothing in most womenÔÇÖs wardrobes, the humble pair of jeans will be a staple commodity for a long time to come. From skinny jeans that can be dressed up or down, to the funky 70s bell bottoms that can still look fabulous, there are plenty of styles of jeans for us to choose from so that our body shape can be complemented and our confidence can soar.
If youÔÇÖre hoping to add a new pair to your wardrobe┬ájeans from George┬áare a great option for value and variety, make sure that you know your body shape and the type of jeans that would suit you, before you go and splash the cash. Jeans when they are the perfect fit are the most amazing staple item, but badly fitting jeans are the worst?
Hourglass
The much-coveted hourglass figure is a fairly easy one to dress. With perfect curves in all the right places, all you have to do is choose a pair of jeans that will show off your fabulous curves while slimming down any lumps and bumps. A wide-leg jean with a mid-rise waist would look ideal, as would a pair of skinny jeans with a pair of gorgeous patent heels.
Pear-Shaped
Women with curvier hips that are wider than their shoulders are considered to be pear-shaped, and should avoid any jeans that are tapered, because this will just draw attention to the hips even more. Instead, opt for a low-rise flare which will help you to balance out the hips and will make you look slimmer and well-balanced. Alternatively, a straight leg jean with a high waist would also create this streamlined effect.
Plus-Sized
Looking for a pair of jeans that you can sling on and feel fab in? DonÔÇÖt feel like skinny jeans are just for the skinnier ladies. Choose a pair that is at the straight-leg end of the skinny jean spectrum, rather than the super-skinny end and you will look and feel great, too. Choose a darker shade of denim, rather than greys or stonewash, because dark colours are automatically more slimming. The hem of skinny jeans stops at the ankle too, meaning you can show off some killer heels at the same time.
Tall
If you have super-long legs, you can definitely carry off the straight-legged jean styles. Or, opt for a little tribute to the 70s, with a pair of flares or bell bottoms. Your long legs will look even longer, so you can show off your fabulous pins in style. The joy of tall, long-legged ladies is they can carry off a plethora of jean cuts too, so if flares arenÔÇÖt your thing, perhaps bootcut or skinny jeans are?
Androgynous
If you have a bit of a boyish frame, i.e. straight up and down, you should choose a cut of jean that will add the illusion of curves, such as bootcut jeans or flares. Add a gorgeous pair of heels or boots and off you go!
Petite
Stick to a slim leg jean, or a skinny jean to show off your petite frame. Cropped skinnies would also look awesome.

Choose a pair of jeans that suits your body shape and youÔÇÖll be ready to go wherever your mood takes you!

Trends: How to Wear the New Season Now

Its that awkward time in the season when our winter knits are feeling dull and the promise of sunnier climes is almost, just almost in the air. I swear I saw the first spring flowers peeping through the frosty grass this morning. Even though it is icy cold I find myself dreaming about summer, is there any better cure for a wet Monday morning than a little next season escapism? The trends I like best are those I can start wearing now, mixing up the seasons into a trans-seasonal wardrobe:

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Mules, Slides, Birkenstocks… are you sensing the theme? I’m not really sure who you can blame for this one from Celine’s fur-lined Birko-wanna-bes to Chloe Sevigny what were once the shoes your dad might wear regaling his time in the 70s are now gracing the feet of those at the hight of fashion. Even Adidas gave a new lease of life to their Slides (pool shoes to you and me), launching their ‘Socks and Slides campaign).┬áMules were a firm favourite, with closed toe, open toe and even platform options for those of us who shrink back at the sight of a flat, were all showcased on the SS14 runways. If you want to recreate this there are some great mule style shoes at┬áfitflop.com┬áand they all have the added practicality of giving you an excellent leg muscle work out at the same time apparently (Shakes head at all this sensibleness).

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Adidas ‘Socks and Slides’

Pastels

You canÔÇÖt help but feel fresh and happy in pastels, and there is a reason for that – in winter they are taken away, hidden, nay banned from every single shop floor. On the runways however over the last few seasons this distinct colour palette dictatorship has been blurred, baby pink was the coat colour for AW13 dontcha know and as it happens black velvet will be totes in fash for SS14. But stop thinking back to your teen 90’s crushes this is no goth revival instead think black mixed in with the pastels. Start now by introducing some pretty lemons, mints and pinks into your manicure Essie and Chanel have a fabulous choice.

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Shirts

How on earth can a humble shirt be a fashion item I hear you ask, well I have to question myself sometimes when I am writing these things. But a key look for SS14 will be teaming a shirt with wide leg pant over the usual summer staple floral frock (don’t worry floral frocks can stay too but only if you wear them with socks and slides right). Thats right this season summer goes androdgenous, in a deliciously chic, office friendly way. You can wear heels or if you really want go wild and team your pastel pedicure and mules with this look, you will ┬ásoon have Vogue knocking on the door!

(Images, thestandard.co.uk, ixdaily.com)

Sponsored Video: Always Restless Mercedes Benz

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Georgia May Jagger comes alive in this short film for Mercedes Benz. She parties all night dancing in the street as the headlights bounce off her silver heels, casting her in the spotlight. Neon lights buzz. The midnight streets of New York create the edgy, urban backdrop. The film is intended to recreate that time of night which is about to turn into the next morning, those crazy nights you just don’t ever want to end. Featuring the new Mercedes Benz GLA, the car is all about adventure and excitement. As the official sponsor of London Fashion Week Mercedes Benz have become synonymous with high fashion and cutting edge technology which shines through in their designs.
Georgia May is styled to look like she has been up all night, her make-up is dewy from dancing in a club. You can recreate the look by using a glowing primer before foundation and a highlighter over the top to finish off the look. I use Clarins Beauty Flash balm primer and Benefit High Beam liquid highlighter. Then smudge on eyeliner for a smoky eye and top with a vibrant red pout, leave off the lip-liner for an edgier look. Her outfit is simple, she wears holographic silver pointy toe stilettoes with a black and white printed mini dress, a transparent mac completes the look. Hair is left soft and wavy, like she could have just let it down to carry on the party.
The short film really reminds me of New YearÔÇÖs eve, I hope you all get to dance the night away!

This post was sponsored by Mercedes Benz, all thoughts and words are my own

Getting Fit for the New Year?

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Gyms across the country are preparing for their busiest season of the year, with thousands expected through the doors of fitness centres everywhere come January. Getting fit or losing weight is top of many peopleÔÇÖs New YearÔÇÖs resolution lists, from those that have fallen off the health wagon previously, to those who are trying fitness for the first time. But why leave it until the New Year? If you are really serious about getting fit then there is no reason to delay. Sign up in December when the membership fees are often lower and there are less people crowding. If you havenÔÇÖt done much exercise in the past stepping into a gym for the first time can be a bit scary, but the staff will be on hand to help show you the ropes, and this guide will make sure you have everything you need for your first visit.

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Footwear
One thing you will want to splash out on a little is a good pair of well fitting sports shoes, as exercising with incorrect footwear can cause a lot of damage to your feet. If you only intend to work out at the gym, then buy a pair specifically for gym use, but if you want to take the odd run, or play tennis too, then a multi-purpose pair of trainers is a better idea. If youÔÇÖre heading to the gym as your resolution, then wait until the January sales to get a great pair of trainers for less than retail price.

Swimwear
Find out before you go what facilities your gym has, and decide which of these you will want to use. Some gyms have pools, saunas and steam rooms on site, all of which you will need swimwear for. If you are going to be swimming for exercise rather than for leisure youÔÇÖll need an all-in-one, or a tankini or bikini designed for swimming. To just hang out in the sauna or for a few casual lengths of a pool a normal bikini is fine and can be reused on holidays in the future. Check out George’s range of swimwear for some low cost swimwear options to save cash.

Clothing
You donÔÇÖt need to look like youÔÇÖve just stepped off the catwalk to go to the gym. WhatÔÇÖs important is that you wear breathable fabrics that are close enough to your body to avoid getting caught in any machinery. For classes like Yoga and Pilates you will want to make sure your clothes donÔÇÖt hinder your movements, but are tight enough that you donÔÇÖt accidently expose yourself when contorting. To start with, leggings and a cotton t-shirt will do fine – you can invest in more specialist gear when youÔÇÖve worked out what you like to do as part of your workout.

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You donÔÇÖt need much else for the gym, but do remember to pop a towel and a drink in your bag. Towels are needed not just for swimming, but also for wiping down machines after use, and mopping your forehead when youÔÇÖre working hard. ItÔÇÖs also wise to take a few coins with you, in case you need them for the lockers or you fancy a sports drink after exercising. I find taking a few toiletries such as face-wipes, deodorant and shower gel essential too if you can’t go home to shower right after a work out.

Taking the first step on your journey to fitness is the hardest part, Women’s Fitness has some excellent articles to get you started. Once you get the habit you will wonder how you ever managed without it. Get as much info as you can from your local facilities and choose one that will fit your lifestyles and aspirations. Ask as many questions as you like when youÔÇÖre starting out, and soon others will be asking questions of you ÔÇô like, ÔÇÿhow did you do it?!ÔÇÖ

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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.

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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