Friday, 18 November 2011

The Season's Hottest

With the arrival of the Christmas spirit comes the thousands of Christmas catalogues, each one glossier and more sequinned than the last. So as usual, instead of doing my English essay on tragic concepts in Death of a Salesmen, doing some shopping seemed a perfect distraction! (I have realised I am Queen of procrastination) All this was of course, under the excuse of doing 'Christmas Shopping' whilst I was really searching for a New Year's outfit/ outfits for party season!


I have made myself a promise not to spend any money on myself before Christmas, so I can save for presents and, more importantly, the massive sales that arrive in a rush before you've even finished opening the last gift! These party pieces are therefore, for me to feast my eyes on and for you guys to spend the money on! 


I've always thought it slightly odd (not that it stops me) that we all go on a spending spree straight after Christmas, despite the fact that we will have just received a load of lovely new additions to our wardrobes! Whether under the pretext of 'But Mum it had 85% off!' or 'I'm turning over a fresh leaf this year, therefore a new set of clothes are needed,' we are all guilty of post Christmas indulgence. This year, I have already scheduled in a day in Brick Lane, London to pick up some vintage bargains - blonde faux fur is definitely on the list!


1) This swirly print that has probably inhabited your Grandma's wardrobe is transformed into a super chic youthful piece through Michael Van Der Ham's inspired use of velvet upon deluxe silky fabric. The ideal way to brighten the black and gold that tends to dominate the party scene.







Devore Shirt by Michael Van Der Ham for Topshop, £110 


2) As I'm currently studying the revered work of F.Scott Fitzgerald 'The Great Gatsby,' the outfits of charming Daisy Buchanan and Jordan Baker are playing on my mind. Along with the influence of Kate Moss' Gatsby inspired wedding, I can't help but love every aspect of the 1920's. The refined elegance of this era again surfaces in 'The Beautiful and the Damned' therefore this stunning skirt is the way to play on the flapper girl of the twenties. Either go all out with a pearl collar and jewelled turban, or just ooze subtle sophistication with lurex socks and stacked Mary Janes.




Premium Vintage Embellished Skirt, Topshop £58

3) Talking of socks, these wine coloured lurex ones are absolutely necessary for anyone wanting to tick the shoes with socks trend this season. Pair with skyscraper heels in exciting textures, or for added glam, go double sparkles with some glittery platforms!



Lurex Ankle sock in Aubergine, Topshop, £4

4) Unfortunately, along with the sequinned season comes bitter cold and arctic temperatures. This cape looks to be warm and fashionable, something all us fashionistas are hard pressed to be able to find! The aztec printed knit will add a zest of colour to match the rosy glow of your cheeks from the icy air. I have been searching for a fairisle-esque knit to wear with my huge faux fur collar, for extra snuggly cosiness!

Aztec Wool Patterned Cape, Chicwish, £35

5) What a statement this shirt is! Incorporating the oh so sophisticated black and gold hues but not overdoing it with the white sections, Minkpink are, as usual, the apple of my eye! Vintage inspired but still keeping things nautical with the stiff collar, this would look amazing with simple leather shorts or some corduroy levi cut offs for day time wear. 

Excessive shirt, Minkpink, £55

6) Chelsea boot, burgundy and adds about a foot onto your height, Deena and Ozzy have created the ideal boot that transitions perfectly from day to night. The platform on the front means your feet won't hurt so no need to waste handbag space with a pair of flats for the journey home! Make sure you buy your scotch guard though, as velvet and water don't mix!


Deena and Ozzy Burgundy Velvet Chelsea, £120 (available from Urban Outfitters)

7) Apologies, my short addiction has once again reared its (beautiful) head! Such a brilliant price too for a pair of sequinned shorts, there are no questions in my mind as to whether to buy or not!

Copper Embellished Shorts, Topshop, £58



8) So I watched Sex and the City last night and Carrie's shoe fettish seems to have diffused into my system! As usual, Miu Miu have created the way to add an original twist to the classic LBD. Despite the high fashion calories these babies rack up, with banana heels and suede panelling how can you say no?


Miu Miu Glitter and Suede Peep toe ankle boots, £555 - available from net-a-porter http://www.net-a-porter.com/intl/home.nap


9) Fed up of suffering from the cold in thin tights or tiny shorts? These dark gold velvet trousers offer the party alternative. The high waist means you can add a sheer blouse, sequinned blazer and jewelled collar, all you need to finish is a glass of bubbly!






Farrah High Waisted Jeans, Reiss, £120


10) So finally, no outfit is ever complete without a statement clutch- where else would we put our burgundy lipstick?! This gorgeous little bag gently reminds us of Christmas time, but without becoming something that would belong to one of Santa's elves!

Reindeer Beading Bag, French Connection, £110


Of course, without the topping of a felt fedora, none of these pieces will have been done justice. if you haven't got yours yet, buy one now!


Claira xo

Sunday, 6 November 2011

Can the Leopard change its spots?



YES. Is the obvious answer to this question. Despite the smattering of leopard print along the catwalks, Dalmatian spots have taken the fashion world by storm- just check out Topshop.com if you need proof!

So as usual, I committed another financial faux pas and emptied my bank account all for the sake of a few new rags... So worth it!
We all know the excitement you feel when you come home from work to find the biggest package EVER just sitting on the table waiting for you. Still, knowing this didn't take away from the huge bubble of happiness that popped up when I saw the fruits of my online shopping endeavours!
Going to Leeds last weekend was the perfect excuse for displaying my new outfit, (the shopping up there is awesome, jam packed with thrift stores, high street and even Harvey Nicks!)

















Checked blazer- Flo's place
Chelsea boots and Dalmatian jumper - Topshop
Velvet shorts and bag - urban outfitters
Mummy's lipstick - slyly stolen!

Velvet shorts are my new wardrobe essential, great value and they go with everything!






Most recent obsession: the Chelsea boots; sufficiently heeled, matt black leather and studded (at the back)



My new Dalmatian jumper is fashionable ... And warm! Two things that rarely go hand in hand! Had to keep the peter pan collar visible (vintage styles always somehow manage to creep their way into my outfits!)
I had to buy it after seeing Topshop Unique's cruella devil-Esque fall collection!



Leather skirt to die for! Love the 1930s midi hemlines and the luxurious silks; the height of sophistication.


New booties that are on the must have list for this season; looks like my wardrobe is going to mélange of monochrome!

Claira xo