Friday, 27 February 2015

Orla Kiely | London Fashion Week AW15

Oh, Orla Kiely. My favourite show of the season for sure. I love how she does presentations instead of catwalks. This season the backdrop was set up as an old-school library with the models wandering around, looking at books and 'studying'. I enjoy the presentation concept so much because the slow pace means you get a better look at the designs, plus it tells more of a story and you can really get an idea of the inspiration behind the collection.

This season the designer was inspired by Ali Macgraw in the film Love Story and features preppy late 60s vibes combined with a romantic, early 70s look. Keeping with the library theme - there were lots of maths and geometry inspired prints and graph paper checks, as well as the geometric 'OK' initials which featured on some of the clothes and accessories.    

Stand out pieces for me included the wool coats, boxy style jackets, and a particularly stunning black LBD complete with full midi skirt. This spring / summer may be all about the seventies but thanks to Orla I think we can expect a huge dose of sixties perfection come autumn.

It may all be quiet in the library, but this bold bright collection is anything but...


Sarah...x

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Thursday, 26 February 2015

Fyodor Golan | London Fashion Week AW15



Images c/o Fyodor Golan

The invitations to the Fyodor Golan shows always give a little hint into what's to come. Their AW15 collection titled The Rainbow Wheel was no different, with guests receiving a rainbow coloured invitation accompanied by none other than a My Little Pony.

As a rule, I tend to prefer wearable collections to the more crazy, out-there designs so Fyodor Golan isn't usually high on my list of must-see shows. However, there were a few designs that I did particularly enjoy this season. The mini A-line skirts paired with high neck sweaters and shirts were a favourite of mine, giving a subtle nod to the sixties which I liked a lot. I also enjoyed the more mature side of the colour palette which included mustard yellows, dark teels and vibrant blues. 

The baby pink and lime green My Little Pony aspect of the show wasn't exactly up my street. But, I can see where they were going with the concept, bringing the joy of nostalgia and an element of naivety to the collection.

Inspired by the designers' recent trip to Shanghia, Beijing and Hong Kong, the collection reflects the 'plastification of traditional decorative elements'. Embroidered orchids and water lilies are found on quilted plastic and faux fur, which I suppose represent the idea of something being so precious it must be protected.  

In all, a very interesting and colourful collection. Would I wear any of these designs? Well, probably not. Did I enjoy the show? Yes I did.


Sarah...x

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Wednesday, 25 February 2015

James Kelly | London Fashion Week AW15



The second show I attended this season was James Kelly - who happens to be the Merit Award winner of 2015. I really enjoyed his collection which featured distorted sports jackets and trench coats in utility-inspired colours. Khaki is clearly a trend that is here to stay right through to next autumn / winter. 

The collection was small and the pace of the show was calm with the models walking the catwalk very slowly. This meant the audience got a really good look at the intricate designs and it definitely made the show stand out for me. 

I was lucky enough to get a peek at the clothes up close after the show and it's amazing how different they look on a hanger compared to on a person, however even hanging on a rail the draping and the fabrics were all simply stunning.


Sarah...x

     
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Tuesday, 24 February 2015

J. JS Lee | London Fashion Week AW15



With her signature aesthetics of masculine undertones and relaxed tailoring, it's no surprise the J. JS Lee show is always a firm favourite of mine. This season proved no different as the oversized coats, chic knitwear and androgynous loose-fit trousers adorned the catwalk. The subtle pleating and soft fabrics created a beautifully sophisticated and minimal collection.

The mature colour palette of soft grey and crisp white was briefly interrupted by a playful pop of sunshine yellow and bold fuscia - tributes to Lee's beloved childhood colours. The short, boyish, unkempt hair was also in homage to her scruffy 5 year old self. 

Key pieces include ribbed roll neck jumpers, oversized fur clutch bags and high waisted pleated trousers - all wardrobe must-haves for next autumn / winter. 

Overall the relaxed feminine silhouettes contrasting against the scruffy hair and boyish undertones created a beautiful collection and a stunning show to start off my weekend at Fashion Week. I already can't wait to see what Lee has in store for us next season!


Sarah...x

      
     
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Monday, 23 February 2015

Day Three | London Fashion Week AW15





MISSGUIDED coat
ASOS flares & tee
PRIMARK fedora
H&M bag
DANIEL WELLINGTON watch*

My time at fashion week has drawn to a close and I'm writing this post from the comfort of my bed, wearing a fleece (lol) and about to watch some Grey's Anatomy. What an exhausting weekend is all I can say.

For my last day in London I went all out 70s vibes with my trusty flares, fringe bag, camel fedora and platform boots. This was definitely my warmest outfit choice from the past three days and I'm sure my body would be thanking me right now if it could.

For the final day we kept it really chilled, spent some time at Somerset House taking in all the street style and drinking all of the coffee. This season has been a lot of fun and as always I've come away feeling totally inspired and ready to tackle the new trends. 

If you're already totes bored of London Fashion Week then I might suggest you avert your eyes over the next few days... But if not then you're in luck because I will be posting show reviews every day this week. Check them out for photos, general impressions and trend forecasts.   


Sarah...x

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Sunday, 22 February 2015

Day Two | London Fashion Week AW15






TOPSHOP suit & bag
NIKE trainers
ASOS t-shirt
DANIEL WELLINGTON watch*

Day two of fashion week is over. The highlights included a huge stack of pancakes at The Diner, preppy 60s vibes at the Orla Kiely presentation and Sophie dropping her MAC Velvet Teddy lipstick down the drain at Somerset House. Yes that did actually happen.

I went for a classic sports luxe look for day two, pairing a tailored burgundy suit with trainers and a sporty slogan t-shirt. I finished it off with my fave fluffy pink clutch bag for a little added texture and also to cuddle when it got chilly queuing outside for shows.

I also tried my first ever Bloody Mary at the Avant Premiere Brunch. Not being a fan of vodka or tomatoes I had always assumed I wouldn't like it, but I it turns out it kinda tastes like pizza so I'm a total convert. 

Today (day three) is my last day at Fashion Week this season and it's straight back to work for me tomorrow morning. I suppose I'd better lay off the cocktails today then.

Sarah...x

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Saturday, 21 February 2015

Day One | London Fashion Week AW15







ASOS boiler suit & boots
H&M tassle bag
ARK denim jacket

Is it really that time of year already? Yep. Believe it or not it's London Fashion Week time. Yesterday was the first day which is always the most exciting, hectic and exhausting. I went to three shows including J. JS Lee (always a favourite of mine), James Kelly at Fashion Scout and Fyodor Golan. I will be doing individual reviews of each show I attend so stay tuned for those for key trends and photos!

Amid the chaos I headed to the Ugg Lounge hosted at the gorgeous ME Hotel, conveniently just across the road from Somerset House, for some delicious elder flower iced tea, an incredible back and shoulder massage and some general relaxing down time. The rooms were filled with Ugg homeware including snuggly pillows and fluffy throws which were an absolute dream to escape the bitterly cold air in London. We even got given a pair of Ugg slippers to take home with us.  

A couple of events and a few glasses of prosecco later, we headed to Byron for a big cheeseburger and some courgette fries. So fash-un. 

In regards to my outfit, I decided to keep it really simple this season. For day one I wore a khaki boiler suit from ASOS, as I am all about the utility trend right now, and paired it with an oversized denim jacket (which did nothing to protect me from the cold) and a subtle nod to the 70s with a tan tassle bag. 

Like I always say, the best part of fashion week always catching up with some of my fave girlies including Allie, Sophie and Megan, and of course meeting lots of new ones too. But now, after a good night's sleep, it's time for me to head out the door and into the madness all over again!

Sarah...x





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Tuesday, 17 February 2015

How to Rock the 70s Trend

As we edge closer and closer to the end of the miserable winter months, I'm starting to spend a lot of time day-dreaming about my spring / summer wardrobe. There's one trend that I'm most excited about and, you guessed it, it's the 70s. We saw it everywhere at Fashion Week from Felder Felder to Tom Ford and now it is taking over the highstreet in preparation for SS15 and - most excitingly - festival season.

I've thrown together a little guide featuring some key pieces and styles that you can incorporate into your wardrobe to get that killer 70s vibe.       

Suede


meganellaby rocking a suede jacket and boots


It's time to ditch the usual suspects of denim and leather because there's a different texture in town this season: suede. I'm talking suede jackets, suede skirts, suede shoes, suede everything! Play it safe with a traditional tan colour or opt for something a little more modern like burgundy or yellow. 

Flares

Since buying my first pair of flared jeans last year I've never looked back. A simple, black, kick-flare is possibly the easiest way to incorporate the 70s trend into your current wardrobe because they're so versatile. Simply style them the same way you would your black skinny jeans and you're good to go. 

Accessories


little_magpie1 working the 70s headscarf





If you're looking for a quick fix to spruce up an outfit and give it an easy 70s twist then accessories are the way to go. Think floppy hats, arm cuffs, body jewellery and printed headscarves.  

Fringing 


sara_waiste the ultimate boho babe








Another key 70s staple is fringing. In the latest ASOS mag they featured a black playsuit covered in fringing which I am absolutely desperate to have in my wardrobe for summer. If that's a little OTT for you then fear not, fringing can still be subtle. Think accessories, bags and sleeveless jackets for an added touch of bohemian 70s to your look.

Jumpsuits

My love for jumpsuits is real. So real I think I own about 6 or 7 now. This season think plunging necklines, wide leg trousers and bold colours for a glam night out look. Team with big curly hair for the ultimate 70s disco style. 

Will you be rocking the 70s trend this season? 

Sarah...x

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Saturday, 14 February 2015

I Baked: Chocolate Pretzel Cupcakes

Hello and welcome back to another episode of 'I Baked'. Now that I've finally got my weekends back I've started to really enjoy spending a Sunday afternoon trying out new recipes and whipping up some tasty treats. This week I went back to basics with the humble cupcake, but gave it a bit of a sweet meets savoury twist with the use of salted pretzels.

I was inspired by an old Sorted Food video but couldn't find the exact recipe so I just kind of made it up as I went along. The cakes are very rich and chocolately with a crunchy pretzel base, finished off with a simple buttercream icing and an individual pretzel on top. If you've had salted caramel before then you'll know that salt and sweet flavours are a match made in heaven and the crunchy base gives them a little somethin' different than what you might expect from a cupcake.

They're definitely decadent and you probably wouldn't want more than one at a time...

If you want to give them a try then I suggest watching the Sorted Food video to get the idea and then just follow a basic chocolate cupcake recipe for the actual batter.

What's your favourite cupcake flavour??


Sarah...x

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Valentine's Day Survival Kit

Valentine's Survival Kit


This Saturday will be the first time in seven years that I'll be single on Valentine's Day and honestly I'm quite looking forward to it. I've never really been a Valentine's Day kinda girl even when I've been in relationships as I do think it's a bit of a pointless occasion. I will however be spending it this year with my true love and soul mate; my best friend. We plan to stay in wearing our pyjamas, drinking wine and eating food. So basically it won't be much different to our usual Saturday nights. 

If you're thinking of having a girly night too then just follow these guidelines: get yourself a bangin' new set of PJs and a luxurious face mask for a proper pamper night. Stick some music on or maybe a Netflix marathon, order a pizza for delivery and have yourself a cliche single Valentine's Day. Sometimes there's a reason why a concept is so popular - because it's a damn good one. 

Those of you who are thinking of going out for the evening but don't fancy braving the crowded restaurants and want to do something a bit different then there's usually loads of cool events going on. If you're local to the Portsmouth area then click here for an awesome list of Valentine's Day ideas that totally don't suck. 

If all else fails then just staying home and having a bit of an online shopping spree is always a guaranteed winner too. 

Whatever you decide to do I hope you enjoy yourself!


Lots of love
Sarah...x

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Monday, 9 February 2015

Inspiring Work Spaces

Since moving back in with my parents and starting my new career I've come to one clear decision: I need a beautiful Pinterest-worthy office space.

I'm doing a lot of blogging and online training courses from my laptop at the moment and my current 'work station' is also my 'sleep station' (aka bed) which doesn't really help to motivate me to get up, be productive and get work done. 

So I've decided to get a desk for my bedroom. Just a little one. Somewhere for me to sit at my laptop and write without the constant fear of accidentally falling asleep. The desk will have to be white to go with the rest of my furniture but I am planning various ways to spruce it up a bit.

The office inspo section of Pinterest is fit to burst with mini cacti, copper accents and endless wall galleries. All ideas I absolutely adore, of course. The aim is to keep things pretty minimal but with a bit of personality.  

Do you have a home office? I'd love to know how you decorate yours!

Sarah...x


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http://www.fermliving.com/

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http://weekdaycarnival.blogspot.co.uk/2014/03/maaliskuu.html

http://www.megbiram.com/gsd-kathleen-of-braid-creative-consulting/#more-10059

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Friday, 6 February 2015

Finding the Beauty in Everyday Things

Coffee at The Garage Lounge and a cup of tea in bed

My name is Sarah and I am an Instagram addict.

Yep, I love taking pictures of everyday things on my iPhone and sharing them with the world. Whether it's a cup of coffee, a recent purchase, a perfectly crafted breakfast or a humble (ahem) selfie. I can't help but feel that documenting the little things in life makes you enjoy them a little bit more. 


Selfie from my Company mag photo shoot and a recent outfit snap



I've seen a lot of articles floating around the internet recently making bold claims that Instagram and social media are creating a world obsessed with portraying the perfect image. To an extent, I do agree. For example whilst I was at a bar last weekend I noticed a group nearby who appeared to simply walk in and take several pictures of each other before leaving the venue almost immediately. 

Taking a lot of effort to 'appear' to be having a good time, instead of just having a good time is a laughable concept and it is sadly something we're all starting to see more and more of. However, I can't help but feel the need to stand up for my good friend Instagram. 


Mowgli when he was a tiny baby and a new bag for SS15











I suppose really it's just about finding that balance. If you forget to take any pictures on your night out, it doesn't matter. You still had a good time. And, if you don't post selfies with your boyfriend then it doesn't mean he doesn't exist. Taking snapshots of your life isn't, or shouldn't be, about proving yourself to anyone or crafting a specific image. 

It can just be fun. 

In my eyes, taking pictures of fun times and the things that make you happy is absolutely a good thing. Too often we take things for granted and are too busy worrying about work, studying, paying the bills or planning for the future that we forget to enjoy the little things that make life so wonderful. I have found that in my experience of documenting the 'insignificant' things that make me happy on the daily, I've learnt to appreciate them more. 


The apartment I stayed at in Scandinavia and standing on a bridge in sunny Portugal


Let's not forget that back in the days where there were no digital cameras or endless cloud storage, we were forced to be careful about how many pictures we were taking and even after we'd printed them and put them into photo albums they would just sit on a bookshelf or in a box under the bed. 

In this day and age we can afford to take pictures of anything and everything we fancy and by uploading them onto a platform like Instagram we've always got them on hand to look back on. It's like having all your photo albums in your pocket at all times and I for one am definitely taking advantage of this amazing technology we have available to us.

My mantra:
Enjoy the little things because one day you'll look back and realise they were the big things.
If you want to take pretty pictures of your morning coffee or your trip to Thailand then go ahead and do that. If you don't then that's OK too. 

I'd love to know you're opinions on this Instagram and social media obsessed world we're living in. Are you an avid Instagram user like myself?


Sarah...x

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Sunday, 1 February 2015

January Style Crush: Blake Lively





Welcome to a brand new monthly feature here on the blog where I will be talking through whose style I've been particularly loving over the past 30 days. There are so many stylish celebrities out there keeping us up to date on their fabulous outfits via Instagram, Twitter, and so on. It's difficult not to be inspired. 

This month's style crush is the absolute mega babe and new Mum, Blake Lively. She's been making headlines with her maternity style over the past few months and it's really no surprise - she is one glamorous lady.   

From blanket capes to over-the-knee boots, Blake has taken some of this season's hottest trends and worked them in to her signature boho-inspired wardrobe effortlessly. 

Whose style have you been loving this month?


Sarah...x

     

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