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Wednesday, 03 June 2015 09:50

Fashion for Summer Nights

Are you looking to update your wardrobe with clothes that are fashionable but functional? And by that we mean clobber that’s bang on trend and manages to keep you cool on those hot summer nights. Well, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s some inspiration that will point you in the right direction when shopping for summer.

Evening Maxi Dresses

It’s all very well wearing a cute vest top paired with shorts to go down the beach, but that just won’t do for the evening. Why? Well, it’s a bit casual for one, and two, that’s what maxi dresses are for! These dresses are the ultimate way to amp up the glamour without looking too overdone.

Say hello to a gorgeous belted ombre dress. This orange number will cinch you in at the waist, and with a floor sweeping length, you’re certain to feel elegant for an evening of al fresco dining. The chiffon material is lightweight, making it the perfect dress to wear on a sweltering summer night. Why not accentuate the beautiful bandeau neckline with a statement necklace? You’re sure to look spanine.

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Belted Ombre Maxi Dress: £60 at Jane Norman

Going Out Dresses

Are you going out for a strawberry daiquiri (or five!) and a dance? Then you’ll no doubt want to wear something a bit dressier. Swap that maxi dress for a short but sophisticated going out dress; you can’t let loose on the dance floor in a to-the-floor number now, can you?!

This slinky lace dress is the ultimate party dress this summer. The stunning scalloped trim and lace detail makes for a winning choice to wear out on the town, and with a below the knee length, it’s not too short.

With thin straps and a cross over back, this dress is a must have for the upcoming sunny season. And best of all, you can choose from eye-catching pink or classic black – let’s face it, everyone loves a little black dress!

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Strappy Lace Dress: £30 at Jane Norman

Bardot Tops

Named after the fashion icon Brigitte Bardot, it’s no wonder bardot tops are making a comeback this summer. Why? Well it’s a stylish staple for SS15 that exposes a bit more skin that’s subtly risqué, so if you’re looking for an evening top, a bardot top is your best bet.

Effortlessly create a super sassy look with an off-the-shoulder top that flaunts an attractive sweetheart neckline. Team with skinny jeans, plus a pair of killer heels, and you’ll be good to go.

Embrace sixties style by introducing this timeless essential to your summer wardrobe and not only will you look flirty and feminine, you’ll feel cool in the balmy evening with those shoulders out.

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Sweetheart Off the Shoulder Top: £25 at Jane Norman

So, there you have it. Now you know what summer staples to incorporate into your wardrobe to be on trend this season. Are you interested in adding these key pieces to your collection? Then look no further than Jane Norman. Here you’ll find fashion-forward clothing, shoes and accessories for women who love to stay up-to-the-minute with trends.

Friday, 22 May 2015 15:31

SUMMER STYLIN’

With summer fast approaching there is an influx of special occasions to dress up for, from the races to weddings to hen parties. We all get excited for an excuse to get our glad rags on and get all dolled up to have fun with friends and loved ones. But before you go weaving in and out of the rails searching endlessly for that perfect outfit, here's some inspiration to get you started.

 

 

 

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So if you want to go for a fresh summer look, a monochrome dress is a great choice. Whether it's a print or plain, it'll look great against your (hopefully) sun kissed skin, and leaves you open to glam it up with bright accessories. The cut of the first dress is flawless with its open sides and high neck, the perfect balance of sophisticated yet sexy. The marble swirled print dress is very flattering with its layered waist and asymmetric design. For an event like the races or a wedding opt for a more delicate sandal style shoe. If you feel daring enough, the pure white dress is simple yet stunning and a great option in the hot weather. Monochrome floral prints are gorgeous, look bang on trend this season wearing them in a dipped hem or Bardot style.

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Of course bright and bold prints are always something you want to wear when the sun comes out, expressing that fabulous feeling the good weather brings. Busy florals are a popular option, as are graphic geometrics. The halter neck style daisy dress with skater skirt is great for a fun and feminine look. The A-line dress with geometric patterns is a fabulous look for those who prefer to wear something a little less figure hugging but still flattering. Feel like a hippy princess in the washed out floral stripe maxi dress. A little less bold, the spring green dress with scattered floral print is the picture of elegance with its high neck and midi length. Make the most of high neck style dresses with a classy updo.

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Dresses in more subtle tones can be just as striking as bold and vibrant hues. There is beauty in simplicity, and with a natural makeup palette and some classy accessories, you can guarantee an elegant and feminine look. From the draped pale pink style above, to the sweet powder blue ensemble with pretty capped sleeves, to the embellished peach beauty, the selection above will suit various shapes and tastes.

Happy shopping!!

By Sarah Mac Crossan

Sunday, 17 May 2015 14:04

Tiny Tea

After seeing pictures of Your Tea pop up on Instagram for the 50th time I decided that I had to see what the fuss was all about. I had to know whether this was just another detox phase people were going through or if it was the real deal. I was kindly gifted some Tiny Tea, Skin Tea and Tea Face, now it was time to start my teatox.

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Tiny Tea is a 14 day teatox, which does not contain laxatives and is supposed to help your body by clearing your skin and reducing body fat. If this was all true then it would be just what I, and millions of other women were looking for.

When I opened the super cute packaging to begin my teatox and added water to teabag in my mug, I was afraid of what it would taste like. Would I really be able to stick to it for 14 days if the taste was awful? After making the tea (30 minutes before a meal) I drummed up the courage to have my first sip. To my absolute delight it barely had any taste to it. For the rest of the teatox I added a slice of lemon or a spoon of honey to add to the taste.

Only days after starting the teatox I started to notice my body changing. My skin was indeed clearer, my stomach was now flat and my energy levels were through the roof. I was uncertain of why I had so much energy, was it the sheer excitement of having a flat stomach at long last? Either way Tiny Tea was the reason I was feeling so good.

You can see online that Your Tea has a 14 day eating plan for you stick to while on your teatox. I must admit that I did not stick to the menus everyday but I still look and feel fantastic. Your Tea has various other teas that I’m eager to try. Have a look online and see what teas they have to help you. After I have tried the Skin Tea and the Tea Face which is a scrub made from tea granules and is said to heal scars and even skin tone, I’ll be back to tell you all about it.

www.yourtea.com

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Wednesday, 13 May 2015 09:22

How To Sleep Easy This Summer

Most adults do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. This can cause havoc with both our bodies and brains. Sleep should be seen as a priority, just like eating everyday. I have found myself tossing and turning unable to sleep recently but I have found two solutions. Sleep star masks and Dream water. The sleep mask enables me to block out any unwanted light at this time of year and I can use it when travelling. This mask combined with my discovery of Dream water work well. If you are over 18, not pregnant, nursing or taking any medication and are having trouble sleeping then this would be perfect for you.

All you need to do is drink a full bottle of Dream water 30 minutes before you go to bed. (Try chilling it in the fridge before drinking). You will then fall into a relaxed state before drifting off to sleep. I have had some of my best nights sleeps when using Dream water and Sleepstar masks. I wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised, ready to take the world on. I would highly recommend them to anyone with sleeping problems.

The mask that I have been using is the deluxe eye mask from Sleepstar. Not only do they do what it written on the packaging by blocking out all the light they are also comfortable, affordable and one size fits all. They even come in an array of colours so you can pick one to match your bedroom décor.

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You can purchase Dream water and Sleepstar masks online. www.sleepstar.co.uk www.drinkdreamwater.com

Written by Hayley Sweeney

Most adults do not get the recommended eight hours of sleep a night. This can cause havoc with both our bodies and brains. Sleep should be seen as a priority, just like eating everyday.  I have found myself tossing and turning unable to sleep recently but I have found two solutions. Sleep star masks and Dream water. The sleep mask enables me to block out any unwanted light at this time of year and I can use it when travelling. This mask combined with my discovery of Dream water work well. If you are over 18, not pregnant, nursing or taking any medication and are having trouble sleeping then this would be perfect for you.

 

All you need to do is drink a full bottle of Dream water 30 minutes before you go to bed. (Try chilling it in the fridge before drinking). You will then fall into a relaxed state before drifting off to sleep. I have had some of my best nights sleeps when using Dream water and Sleepstar masks. I wake up feeling refreshed and revitalised, ready to take the world on. I would highly recommend them to anyone with sleeping problems.

 

The mask that I have been using is the deluxe eye mask from Sleepstar. Not only do they do what it written on the packaging by blocking out all the light they are also comfortable, affordable and one size fits all.  They even come in an array of colours so you can pick one to match your bedroom décor.

You can purchase Dream water and Sleepstar masks online.

 

http://sleepstar.co.uk

http://drinkdreamwater.com/

Saturday, 09 May 2015 16:28

In Chanel News

This year's much anticipated Chanel Cruise show was held in Seoul, where the fashion house showcased their pre spring/summer 2015-2016 collection. The location of the shoot was the astonishing futuristic Dongdaemun Design Plaza, in South Korea.

The show was astoundingly impressive, right from the colourful pokadot invitations to the catwalk stage. The minimal room contained small colourful stools, which were dotted around at different heights. The show was nothing short of being breathtakingly young and lively. The curves and sweeping designs of the floor were filled with large colourful spots.

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The collection was full of wacky and fun colours, contrasting patterns, patchwork, and zigzag stripes. The combination of garments included some tailored concepts, as well as loose fitting dresses and sleeves; the collection was colourful and had an animated quality. Designs also included some signature Chanel looks including the colourfully woven jacket silhouettes and pencil skirt styles, as well as the Chanel flower the – camellia, which was artistically constructed in a pop art fashion.

There were also some exquisitely embellished evening wear designs, which were full of intricate detailing, including some light chiffon fabric beautifully garnished with elaborate small sequin designs.

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The models hair and makeup was just as stunning, Sam Knight who was responsible for creating the looks said that: "Karl sent me images, photos and paintings of traditional hairstyles worn by ancient Korean nobility, and we then made 120 and black hair braids from synthetic hair dressed with beeswax to keep it in place" He also added that he moulded it "into different shapes, from cute Minnie Mouse ears to large triple back buns, and traditionally inspired crowns, almost making them into hats which were fastened with clips and combs onto each girl's hair."

The Mini mouse looking hair was also possibly a reflection of the Korean Manga cartoon genre, which brought a bright and spirited feel to the event.

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I like to think we will see this trend filtered down into the high street, perhaps with big braided buns, and plaits. The doll like makeup was very wearable too; from bright pink and red lips, to subtle blusher on the apple of the cheeks; (perfect for summer). The brows were outlined creating precise symmetry.

We are also seeing the return of false lashes but in a small micro mini version, in the middle of the bottom lash line. If this look is too daring for some perhaps opt for a thicker mascara look on the outer corners of the bottom lash line, it will add definition as well as making the eyes appear larger.

The Guest List for the event was star-studded as expected, with everyone I'm sure wanting first dibs on the clothing, we saw the likes of Chanel 'It girl' Kristen Stewart, veteran of the catwalk Gisele Bundchen, as well as the very talented British actress Tilda Swinton.

Karl Lagerfeld's vision for the show was truly magnificent, and inspirational.

Written by Aaminah Saddieq

Tuesday, 14 April 2015 08:53

Dark Crows: Shoot

This editorial used simple lighting with the sole aim of having the images in contrast black and white with varying texture.

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Models: Floret Fauna & Dovile Paciauskaite
MUAS: Rosita baiamonte & Sheila Nessa
Designer: Helen Woollams @ Hellavagirl
Photography & art director: Dayo Awe
Assistant photographer: Amma Adjei

Sunday, 05 April 2015 17:08

Permanent Eyeliner

As my eyes water in this forever changing English weather, my eyeliner never stays on for long. I decided that it was time to go permanent. Having seen pictures of the work that Daisy had done recently, I knew that she was the right lady for the job. I wanted permanent eyeliner on the top and bottom of my eyelids.

On entering the salon I was asked to fill out a medical form, which took longer than expected as my hands I must admit were shaking. I was nervous about the procedure. After taking my form Daisy instructed me to lie down on the bed. I was asked what look I was going for with the eyeliner and then the pre-num was applied to my eyes.

Daisy told me that it would feel a little uncomfortable at first but then I would not feel anything. They say to never trust a bold barber but I felt safe trusting a beautiful beautician; I instantly relaxed after Daisy had talked me through it. When the pre-num had been on for 15 minutes Daisy began.

I could hear the hum of the needle and the music that was playing in the background. All I felt was a slight scratching at first and then nothing. When I say nothing it did feel like a wet cotton bud sliding from side to side over my eyelids which was a nice feeling. Three layers were added to my eyes, these are called passes.

After the procedure my eyes felt sore but this was to be expected. To say I was pleased with the results would be an understatement. I had to keep my eyes dry for a week after and I was told that I could loose up to 50% of the colour but would go back for a top up 4 to 6 weeks later.

To anyone out there that wears eyeliner on a daily basis, stop what you're doing and get in contact with Daisy. You will look fantastic and save yourself so much time and money. It is only two hundred and fifty pounds for what I had done.Permenant eyeliner

To contact Daisy click on the link: www.facebook.com

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hayley Sweeney

Tuesday, 31 March 2015 11:34

Ruby’s Corner at Chez Titine

I love to paint my nails, its quite thearaputic. The only problem I have is that they do not last more than two days before they chip. So when I heard about gel nails at Ruby's corner (that were on offer) I had to get them. With gels your polish could last up to a month, a date with Prince Harry could not keep me away. I decided to treat myself and have my fingernails and toes done.

On arriving at Chez Titine the nail technician who was extremely friendly and made me feel as if I was catching up with an old friend sat me down. She then proceeded to buff my nails and file them to achieve the perfect shape. Buffing I am told is an important part as it helps the gel polish to grip to the nail.

The colour choice was limited but I have been told that more colours are on order. I picked black and red. After putting the gel polish on which was called Geleration, I had to place both my hands and toes under a UV lamp to allow them to dry. After this process, a coat of finish was added to my nails.

Within a few minutes my nails were dry. I have had nothing but compliments about how they look. I have had them on for a few weeks now and I'm secretly hoping that they will chip so I can have them re-done. I cannot wait to see what exciting new colours will be available.

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To perfect your nails click on the link: Ruby's Corner

Written by FF Blogger Hayley Sweeney

27 March witnessed the opening of the 30th Anniversary Season of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Russia. It was the maestro of the Russian fashion, Vyacheslav Zaitsev, who traditionally was the first to present his new Fall-Winter collection 2015-2016 Nocturne. The first block of the show featured female demi season coats that became the signature garments of the Fashion House. Principal core of the collection made the formal suits, slim fit jackets and straight dresses accomplished with massive accessories. There were silk wine-coloured skirts with mixed textures, combination of graphic and floral prints on the evening gowns, plenty of adornment - which still left the collection in harmony with the calm and compete colour palette and the choice of silhouettes. Little black dress with the asymmetric collar and bright insets performed in stained-glass technique was according to designer the major highlight of the collection. As for the male line - classic coats, straight-cut suits and shirts with prints made personally by hand of Vyacheslav Zaitsev took the catwalk.

Some of the designers who took part...

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More information about the designers who took part can be found on the MBFWR site here: www.mercedesbenzfashionweek.ru

Thursday, 12 February 2015 13:30

Get Active, Get Stylish, Get Fit

Staying in shape is important. It keeps you healthy and extends your life. But it also makes you feel better. Your physical, mental and emotional health is stronger when you are healthy. Of course, physical exercise is only part of the battle. You also need to eat well and get plenty of sleep.

But when it comes to being active, one of the biggest motivators is dressing the part. When you look good, you feel good, and you can things well. So to get yourself ready for a regular exercise routine, you need to get yourself some stylish activewear. It will help you achieve a better workout, and you'll also look younger. Think about it- most people who stay fit are young, right? So the association between activewear and physical activity is youth.
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Here are some other reasons to sport some stylish active attire:

• You can more easily see the progress your body has made.
Since activewear is usually tight fitting, you can watch as your flab gets fit and your skin gets thin. Choose tops that show off your stomach and bottoms that define your legs.

• You can see the areas that need the most work.
You don't want to pick yourself, or your body apart, but activewear helps you see which parts of your body might benefit from some tightening and toning.

• It pushes you to look good for potential suitors.
If you know that people are going to see you exercising, wearing stylish activewear is just one more way for you to push yourself to get fit.

Maybe you don't feel comfortable wearing exercise clothing that is tight, or that highlights the areas of your body that you want to work on. But if you really get a good workout, you're going to sweat and get your heart rate going. You want to make sure that you are wearing clothing that allows you to breathe and keeps you cool. Most activewear is made to serve that purpose, so it is beneficial to wear it instead of clothing that you might feel more comfortable in. You can always start your daily routine at home and then venture outside once you're more comfortable in your skin.

If you're a beginner at the whole exercise thing, or you want to start small, here are a few easy ways to get more physical in your daily routine:

• Take the stairs instead of the elevator
• Park your car far from where you need to go
• Eat your lunch outside if the weather is nice
• Cook dinner at home instead of eating out

You might wonder how the last two bullet points will help you get more fit. The truth is, the more time you spend outside, the more likely you are to keep spending time outside. It helps encourage you to get out and walk, or explore the outdoors through things like hiking or biking. Likewise, cooking at home encourages a healthier diet, and even the smallest bit of moving around your kitchen is better than sitting in your car to order less healthy food.

Once you've established a routine that you feel good about, get yourself some stylish activewear to go along with it. You'll look and feel younger, and you'll live much longer.

Written by guest blogger Bella Gocher 
Sunday, 08 February 2015 15:12

February Styling fix with SJ.

'The fashionable woman wears clothes. The clothes don't wear her.' - Mary Quant.

The cold and bitter weather is not something that can hold a fashionable woman back. Coats, Hats and Scarfs tend to hide our figures and our amazing outfit underneath, but it is still possible to "rip the runway" in a snug coat and some cosy boots. Turtle necks, knitted jumpers and thigh-high boots are some of the latest trends this winter. Warm toned colours such as Brown, Gold and Camel are safe but oh so gorgeous colours to wear this year. So whether you are out for drinks in the evening, en route to work or shopping with your friends, my style board for this month will have heads turning when you enter the room! Remember that everything on this board can be purchased. Feel free to comment below!
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February Fashion outfit:
1. Toast Agi Dress. www.toa.st
2. Turner stretch-leather thigh boots. www.net-a-porter.com
3. Oasis gold bracelet dial watch. www.oasis-stores.com
4. Jaegar wool wrap, camel coat. www.johnlewis.com
5. Wide brim felt hat. www.blackfive.com

Makeup:
1. Nars white nail polish. www.liberty.co.uk
2. MAC 6 Lash. www.johnlewis.com
3. Bobbi Brown makeup. www.houseoffraser.co.uk
4. Naked eye shadow palette www.urbandecay.com
5. Wonder'Lash mascara with argon oil. www.rimmellondon.com

Trendy Trends:
A Tassel is known for being a finishing feature in fabric decoration. Its versions vary in many different cultures around the world. For some cultures like in the Middle East, Tassels on hats were worn as a tradition for spiritual reasons. In other cultures the Tassel on hats symbolised ones prestigious status.

Popular in Europe – especially France, the style of the Tassel has changed over the years. Very often you would find Tassels on the end of scarfs, on shoes, clothing and even drapery. The trend has been around for some years but the Tassels are back in fashion this period, but on our bags! Whether the Tassels skirt is sown across the back or attached by a cord, you are sure to be in fashion this season.
Tassels on clothing have been worn by many celebrities last year, with the likes of Kim Kardashian and the Serbian pop singer, Jelena Karleusa Tosic. Just the simple addition of a Tassel can give any accessory or clothing the perfect finish. The Tassel is so versatile and can be a great addition to almost anything, giving even the most basic item a vibrant look. Below are Seven of my favourite Tassel bags this season, be sure to get yours!
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Bags:
1. Rebecca Minkoff, Lexi Bucket Tote for £250. www.revolveclothing.com
2. Urbancode Leather Fringed Cross Body Bag for £69. www.ASOS.com
3. Black Five Tassel Detailed Shoulder Bag for £22. www.blackfive.com
4. ASOS Falt Bar and Chain Tassel Cross Body Bag for £25. www.ASOS.com
5. Nly Accessories Fringe Bag for £30. www.nelly.com
6. Emilio Pucci, Leather Clutch With Fox Tassel for £434. www.stylebop.com
7. AX Paris Tassel Purse for £5.99. www.axparis.com

Misguided Active:
Still getting rid of your Christmas belly? Well do it in style as Misguided have a new affordable fitness line Active, its time to run off the turkey slices and all the mince pies. Launched on the 20th January, Misguided describes their line as "Empowering" and "Confident" , sure to motivate you to get in the Gym and be active of course. Ranging from sports bras, leggings, hoodies and more who knew you could look so good running on a tredmil? The Misguided website is also showing Eleven fitness videos with the Skinny Bitch Collective, helping and inspiring women to get in shape. The Active foot wear will be lauching sometime this month, now we will be running in style!
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Written by FF blogger Simone James 
Monday, 02 February 2015 19:57

Haute Couture Week Highlights

Some may say couture is a thing of the past with no place in today's fast moving and versatile fashion. Yet this seasons spring/summer 2015 Haute Couture shows proved how breathtakingly beautiful this old custom truly is.
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Haute Couture, generally translating to 'high fashion' in English, shows the skills and craftsmanship of seamstresses and tailors as they show off their most exquisite creations on the catwalk. The week started with Atelier Versace and a show pumped full of Italian glamour and daringly sexy cut-out dresses in electric blue and bright red. And with Kate Hudson and her mother Goldie Hawn sitting front row, this was a collection fit for the stars. Christian Dior and Giambattista Valli followed with jaw dropping collections full of sweeping dresses and puff ball skirts. Raf Simmons at Dior focused on the 1950's silhouette and the famous 'New Look' created in 1947, with cinched in waists and calf skimming dresses showing off the ankle. While Giambattista Valli stayed true to the perception of couture, complete with floral decorations, feathered coats in pastel green and pink as well as dramatic headpieces which covered the eyes. Chanel also opted for embellished beanie hats and netting masks for their show on Tuesday in what proved to be stunning show.
  Kendall Jenner made another catwalk appearance for Karl Lagerfeld who opted for a spring garden as his opulent couture setting. There were even male models hired just to pretend to water the huge flowers dotted around the centre of the runway!
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British brand Ralph and Russo gave us one of the most beautiful shows of couture week. There were dresses dripping in precious jewels, appliquéd skirts with an astonishing amount of detail and pretty neutral colours which only reminded us of the spring to come. Elie Saab was another great highlight of the week, and as always presented the fashion pack with a collection of stunning ball gowns fit for the red carpet. With sweeping trains and a fantastic wedding dress to close the show, Elie Saab delivered everything couture should be; classy and elegant. At Jean Paul Gaultier, who last year announced that he would no longer be showing ready-to-wear womenswear, Naomi Campbell closed the show in a tiny leotard. The collection was fun and humorous, adding a lighter touch to proceedings but there was lots of equally impressive pieces including a beautifully tailored dress half made out of a mans' tuxedo and the other half a pretty ballerina skirt.

Armani Prive was another collection which captured imaginations. With an exotic, Japanese theme running throughout, tailored dinner jackets were paired with silk cigarette trousers, perfect for the jet set lifestyle Giorgio Armani loves. Valentino too was pure and angelic, with high necklines and romantic empire dresses covered in Aztec style prints. There was a 'folky' look to the show, especially the billowing silk shirts underneath cute a-line dresses. Overall, this couture week brought high fashion to life in only the most spectacular way – with lots of jewels, sequins and glamour!

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Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last
Wednesday, 28 January 2015 18:00

January Styling Fix With SJ

Fashions fade, style is eternal.' - Yves Saint Laurent.

I find pleasure in helping my friends and family pick their outfits, for first dates, parties or for their birthday celebrations. I spend some of my most of tedious days browsing the web admiring some of my favourite Fashion icons.

I encourage anyone to express their eccentricities through their sense of style and to simply look at Fashion as a form of Art. So with that being said, check out my first two Fashion Style Boards that I have created on Polyvore.com! Feel free to visit the website and look at some more of my boards, all of the items I choose from my board can be purchased. Comment below and let me know what you think!
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"Falu Red" Outfit:
1. Wine Red Lapel Long Sleeve Knit Coat. Choies.com
2. Open Stone Torque Necklace. Topshop.com
3. Sophia Textured Bandeau Crop Top. Forevernew.com.au
4. Burgundy Ribbed Stripe Pencil Skirt. Newlook.com
5. Gianvito Rossi, Lace Up Cut Out Heels in Suede Bisque. Forwardforward.com
6. Nars, Audacious Lipstick Jeanne Cherry Red. Liberty.co.uk
7. MAC 2 Lash. Johnlewis.com

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1. Ritz Mini Dress. Kookai.com.au
2. Camel Pea Coat. Lookbookstore.co
3. MAC Sized to Go Tinted Lipglass. Selfridges.com
4. Gold Giuseppe Zanotti Design Women. Guiseppezanottidesign.com
5. Stacey Metal Cage Hard Clutch. BCBG.com

The Vogue Festival 2015

"In Vogue We Trust!"
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It's essential that you keep April 25th and 26th free as it is now official! Vogues fourth annual festival in association with Harrods is on its way, providing all fashion lovers and Vogue readers to the ultimate fun-filled day.
  The Festival will be held in two venues, The Royal College of Art and The Royal Geographic Society. The spectacular line-up in the Royal College of Art venue will consist of masterclasses, cover shoots, makeovers, and makeup and hair tutorials with the help of the industries finest. In the Royal Geographic Society venue, there will be one-to-one opportunities to meet with professionals in the industry for career talks and advice. On stage there is a discussion held with some of the great faces in Fashion, Naomi Campbell, Alex Chung and Jourdan Dunn are amongst those who made an appearance during the festival last year. Modelling, styling, writing etc are just a few of the topics discussed, but as student or someone new to the industry, it is a great opportunity to gain inspiration or to allow the heaps of key points plant seeds to go on and do amazing things. With that being said, The Vogue Festivals seems like an ideal place to network, make friends and to gain inspiration and an insight of the Fashion industry.   styling by sj 4 Alexa Chung at The Vogue Festival 2014.

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The editor & chief of Vogue Italia and Naomi Campbell, The Vogue Festival 2014

It is the second year Vogue has joined forces with Harrods for the festival, so I am sure that this event will be bigger and better than last years. Be sure to visit the famous Vogue gift shop. More information on The Vogue Festival will be revealed soon on their website www.vogue.co.uk, tickets go on sale in March.

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Simone James
Tuesday, 27 January 2015 20:19

Poppy London

If you have been finding it hard to keep up with the latest fashions while trying to be warm and stylish at the same time then you have obviously never been introduced to Poppy London. Have you ever found yourself mesmerized while watching 'Made in Chelsea' and wondering how the ladies in it like Louise and Binky always seem to pull off that classic, graceful look on the coldest of days, the answer to that question is they wear the latest clothing from Poppy London.

You can find Poppy London online. Why not have a look and treat yourself to a checked wool cape with raccoon fur? Maybe even a Raccoon fur collar Parka jacket or even a natural raccoon fur collar scarf to keep you looking amazing on the way to meet the girls for lunch?
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If you really want to make an impression then you may want to team one of these items with a Poppy London fur pom pom hat. The hats come in assorted colours so you will find one to match any outfit. Personally I would also buy a pom pom keying to keep your keys on or to use as a cute accessory to hang on your handbag.

While you're looking at the Poppy London site be sure to check out their natural gilets, just because you were not made in Chelsea that does not mean you can't dress like you were.

Written Fashions Finest blogger Hayley Sweeney
Thursday, 15 January 2015 17:35

London Collections: Men 2015

Friday 9th January marked the official start of the London Collections: Men. With brands such as Topman, Coach, Barbour and Todd Lynn showcasing their latest fashions, this fashion week only gets bigger and better.
LCM-HeaderThe Autumn/Winter 2015 fashion shows are always an important fixture on the fashion calendar, with the men's collections taking centre stage in recent years. Sunday sees the likes of Moschino, Alexander McQueen and JW Andersen do what they do best, followed by Tom Ford, Burberry and Paul Smith on Monday. But the news which everyone is talking about is the return of John Galliano. Now the creative director of Maison Martin Margiela, Galliano will show his first womens couture collection on Monday 12th January, instead of during the biannual couture shows in Paris. It's clear that Galliano wants to stand out from the crowd and will be sure to create quite a frenzy during the mens shows in London.

Even though it tends to be the womens ready-to-wear shows which draw the biggest fan base, the mens collections are slowly creeping up in terms of prestige and importance. On the front row we can expect to see celebrities such as Kate Moss, David Gandy, Olivier Cheshire and Nick Grimshaw who is one of the spokesmen of the fashion week. And of course, there will be number of glitzy parties held throughout London. Exquisite tailoring curtsey of Saville Row will be sure to stun, cool and urban looks from the likes of Moschino will surely inspire as well as the up town chic of designers like Burberry and Tom Ford. It's sure to be an unforgettable week.
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On top of all that, the annual Golden Globes 2015 ceremony is taking place on Sunday evening in Los Angeles, which is always a great fashion show full of gorgeous couture dresses. Be sure to check out the winners and the celebrity fashion as it happens!

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last. 
Tuesday, 06 January 2015 11:05

The Keys to Dressing Well At Work

Men have it easy when it comes to dressing nicely for work. A suit and a tie, some shined shoes—simple as that!

What about women? Dress codes can seem so confining to our inspaniduality and fashionable tendencies. No need to imagine a terribly uncomfortable suit dress or poorly fitting slacks. There are other options; it just takes some effort to search in the right places.

Skirts are easy—you can find plenty of work-appropriate skirts in just about any store. Stick to longer lengths to avoid accidentally breaking the dress code.

Dresses are the same thing. You can find them all over the place. They're classic, comfy and great for an early morning when you can't convince yourself to get out of bed on the first ringing of the alarm clock.

Now, it's the long trousers that are hard to come by. On sites like Ginger&Smart, the selections of nice long trousers are abundant, but which should you choose? This is a big purchase, one you definitely want to consider before taking the plunge. You'll want to buy a nice pair that can last you ages.
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What should you consider when you choose your next pair of long trousers? Read on to find out what the most important variables are.

Price

One nice pair will go a long way, especially when you purchase something as simple as a pair of plain black dress trousers.

You're going to have to spend a bit of money to get the high quality you crave, but it will be worth it in the end when you're still wearing the same long trousers years down the line without any wear and tear in the fabric.

It will last long. You're going to get your money's worth out of a nice pair of long trousers. In fact, the general rule of thumb is that the more expensive it is, the better the quality. This is one of those rare occasions when splurging is necessary.

Plus, with great quality clothes, you'll be that much closer to a better fitting outfit that will keep you comfortable all day long.

Matching

You're going to want to go with something that leaves you many top options. For example, plain black is always a good choice of color because it matches with pretty much anything. This includes boldly colored heels you might choose to spice up an outfit.

You don't want to choose your long trousers in any colors that stand out too boldly because that limits what you can wear with it. Stick to blacks, whites and common shades of blue.

Fit

The very last thing to consider when trying to find the perfect pair of long trousers is the fit you want.

Do you want slim fitting long trousers? A tailored shape? Boot cut? Comfy yet professional shorts? The possibilities are endless. Just be sure to choose something you truly love and are comfortable in so you can wear your purchase often and get your money's worth.

Written by guest blogger Bella Gocher 
Monday, 05 January 2015 22:17

Top Spring 2015 Ad Campaigns

With a new year comes new ad campaigns. From Kim and Kanye for Balmain to Julia Roberts for Givenchy, fashion brands have really pulled out all the stops to make sure their spring/summer 2015 collection stands out.
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No doubt you've seen supermodel Gisele Bundchen in the new Chanel No5 adverts. Beautifully directed by Baz Luhrmann, Gisele frolics on the beach before hurrying into the busy city for a glitzy photo shoot. Gisele is now also the face of the spring 2015 Chanel campaign, which was shot by the legendary Karl Lagerfeld in Paris. With haunting monochrome effects, the photographs dazzle in a subtle elegance, perfectly matching the famous style of Chanel. Whereas, Christian Dior has chosen up and coming Australian model Julia Nobis to model their new collection, photographed by Willy Vanderperre. Floral and romantic, these images are stunning and capture the dainty, delicate skirts and dresses that feature for spring.
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Dolce and Gabbana are another brand who has a fantastic spring campaign. With a emphasis on everlasting style and the fiery, matador image of Spain, Dolce focus on pose and movement in their photographs, with models looking as though they are ready to enter the bull ring themselves! The campaign even features the youngest ever bullfighter, Jose Maria Manzanares who started his hobby at the age of 12 as well as three adorable old ladies who look more than happy posing alongside embellished handbags.
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This year is also the year of celebrity ads. Madonna models for Versace this season, Kim Kardashian and Kayne West for Balmain Menswear and supermodel Gemma Ward for Prada. Givenchy have also decided on a celebrity face to front their spring campaign with Julia Roberts taking the honour. While British brand Burberry have called in the help of Naomi Campbell and Jourdan Dunn to get their spring underway. It's fair to say next season has never looked more fashionable!

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last  
Friday, 02 January 2015 10:07

New Year, New You

As another new year is upon we all feel eager to make changes in our lives and have a fresh start. Just remember to be realistic with what you would like to change and then never look back. Here are ten changes you may need to make in your life:   REAL COST OF WEIGHT LOSS facebook
1. Diet
Eat the right food. Cut out salt and sugar from your diet. Eat out less and buy a cook book to make healthy delicious meals at home. Make sure you drink at least eight glasses of water a day.

2. Get Active

Join a gym and go at least three times a week. If you can afford a personal trainer then it would be beneficial. Go running with a friend or buy a fitness dvd and work out at home.

3. Quit Smoking

Cigarettes are costly and damage your lungs leading to cancer. They age you and remember that cigarettes do not smell of roses.

4. Cut Out Alcohol

Alcohol adds extra calories to your diet and it will increase the risks of you developing liver disease and high blood pressure. A glass or two on a special occasion is fine.

5. Sort Out Your Finances

Start saving for that rainy day, you never know when you may need some extra cash. If you are in debt then try to resolve the problem. Go to citizen's advice or get in touch with a debt management charity like StepChange.

6. Drive

If you do not drive, learn how to. Having your own way to get about can be a blessing.

7. Cut People Off

If you have certain friends that are stopping you from getting what you want out of life and just taking from you say good bye for good. You need positive people in your life.

8. Holidays

Make sure you go abroad and see the world. You can even go for a short weekend away if your finances will not stretch that far.

9. Take time out
Have a few minutes for yourself to have a relaxing hot bath, read a book, and reflect on what you have done with your day.

10. Career

If you are not where you want to be in your career then make a change. Are you in the wrong career or do you need a pay rise. Put a plan in action and make this happen, have a talk with your boss and see what can be done.

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hayley Sweeney. 
Tuesday, 30 December 2014 21:35

2014, A Year to Remember

For some 2014 has been a year full of joy, fun and laughter with some amazing memories to treasure forever. For others, this year will have flown by with little time to achieve all that you wanted - but hopefully there were some great moments too!
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In terms of fashion, 2014 was packed full of standout occasions. It was announced that John Galliano would make his big comeback at Maison Martin Margiela, Gucci's creative director Frida Giannini left the brand along with her CEO husband and sadly Oscar de la Renta passed away, leaving behind a fantastic legacy that will never be forgotten. The annual Victoria's Secret Show wowed audiences in London while the Met Gala in May was a night full of beautiful red carpet glamour. 1386718 Germanys players celebrate with the World Cup trophy after the 2014 World Cup final against Argentina460173460rs 634x1024 140108134218 634.Ellen Degeneres Oscar Promo.jl.010814 There have been some fabulous celebrity weddings: Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney, Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt. As well as some amazing moments: Anna Wintour picking up lifetime achievement award at the British Fashion Council awards, the Duchess of Cambridge announcing her second pregnancy and Ellen DeGeneres' amazing selfie at the 2014 Academy Awards! The World Cup was won by Germany after a triumphant fight to the final and films such as Interstellar, Gone Girl and The Hunger Games 3 soared at the box office.

2014 was also the year we lost some of the brightest stars on the planet. Peaches Geldof, Lauren Bacall, Joan Rivers and Robin Williams all sadly passed away leaving life that little bit more duller.

Whatever your plans for 2015, make it a year of prosperity and fun! If you make New Year resolutions, try to stick to them! If not, celebrate life, go for that job opportunity, graduate university and make some special memories!

Happy New Year from everyone at Fashions Finest and all the best for 2015!

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last 
Sunday, 21 December 2014 17:44

Shop the Sales in Style

It's that time of year again. After the stressful and exhausting lead up to Christmas and the joyful aftermath that follows, the Boxing Day sales kick off with a whole host of festive bargains!

With many high street stores such as H&M, French Connection and Whistles starting their sales before Christmas, this year looks sure to be big in regard to the amazing discounts on offer. And after the success of the Black Friday sales last month and the huge amount of money spent by consumers, this Christmas looks sure to be a dogfight for the best prices out there.

River Island have just launched their online sale, marking down much of their autumn stock to below the £30 mark while Boohoo.com has a fantastic range of clothing in their clearance sale, with many sizes still available. For the best bargains, you've got to get shopping fast, with the popular 10,12 and 14 sizes selling out almost immediately. Topshop have also begun their sales early, marking down lots of cute, preppy dresses and stylish jewellery from their Freedom by Topshop range as have House of Fraser with a few selected items, but expect more pieces to follow after the first couple of days.

However, for most of the big department stores and main high street retailers, you'll have to wait for Boxing Day to start shopping. Debenhams, John Lewis, Harrods and Selfridges start their sales bright and early on the 26th December which is bound to cause a desperate scurry amongst excited bargain hunters as the doors open as do Zara, who never go on sale before the 25th. Expect lots of beautiful classic pieces such as skirts, coats and dresses to be reduced to amazing prices, as well as their practical and stylish leather bags - a staple of the brand.

The Next sale is also a hot favourite, with stores up and down the country opening at 7.00am sharp to make way for the hundreds of hungry shoppers. With mens, womens, kids and homewear all discounted it's easy to see why Next is so popular when it comes to their sales. If it's not fashion you're after, everything from toys, gadgets and phones to sofas and holidays will be discounted considerably so make sure you're ready to shop the Boxing Day sales in style!
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Written by Hannah Last
Thursday, 11 December 2014 20:47

Kerrie Luft SS15

IMG 0040IMG 0046 I'm such a lunatic when it comes to shoes. I truly enjoy visiting the shoes department at the mall, where I like to treat them as 'a free admission art gallery'. I can wander around there for the whole day, literally. It feels unbelievably amazing to be able to lift them off the shelves, try them on, admire them but not technically buy them - Unless they were big sale signs next to them, which doesn't often exist for luxury brands. Anyway, I'm going off topic. I just wanted to share these elegantly designed heels by Kerrie Luft with you. Don't you just love the delicate heels and flower shaped details!? Although, I know that many women struggles with thin heels but don't give up... Practice makes perfect!

It is a safer option to wear these on a flat (and smooth) surface, as I know how irritating it is to get my heels stuck between gaps in the floor. The problem that occurs after that is when you actually notice that your new soles/heels has been scratched (even though you've bought them a month ago) – Ouch!
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I absolutely loved the black (and white) pairs when I saw them. They're so feminine and effortlessly chic! I do believe that I've already have a great list of footwear designers that I admire, but from now on these Kerrie Luft heels will be added to my wish list. They are my ideal types of heels, I like cut outs, bootie styled heels and of course any arty looking ones tends to take my breath away!

More about Kerrie Luft here: www.kerrieluft.com

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Boonya Rodpunyar
Tuesday, 09 December 2014 18:30

Chanel Metiers d’Art 2015

While gorgeous Victoria Secret models paraded down the catwalk at Earls Court in London, Chanel hosted a very different show, full of delicate beauty in Salzburg.

The annual Chanel Metiers d'Art collection always delivers in elegance, poise and beauty. This year, Karl Lagerfeld went all Austrian, choosing the chocolate box town of Salzburg as the perfect location to show his latest designs – the same beautiful town The Sound of Music was filmed in.

As for the collection, it was stunning as always. With a traditional Victorian theme, Lagerfeld sent out boxy jackets decorated in intricate gold frogging, breeches in luxe satin and knee high boots with lace tie ups. Cute Austrian hats with feathers were perched romantically upon models heads while swinging mini dresses in festive red and black looked absolutely lovely.

Oversized knitted jumpers paired with skirts hinted at 70's chic as did the high neck silk shirts, complete with colourful floral patterns around the hems and cuffs. And with supermodels such as Lara Stone, Stella Tennent, Cara Delevingne and Aymeline Valade casually strutting their stuff, this was a show with just the right mix of classic cool and traditional heritage. Fantastic!

To hear Karl Lagerfeld talk you through his Chanel collection, check out the video below:

Writen by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last

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Tuesday, 02 December 2014 10:23

A Fashionable Week

Fasten your seat belts and hold on tight! We are in for a roller coaster ride of fashion treats with the annual Victoria Secret Fashion Show, Chanel's Metiers d'Art catwalk event and the prestigious British Fashion Awards 2014.

First up, on Monday evening, fashion's finest will descend upon the London Coliseum for the 2014 British Fashion Awards, hosted by comedian Jack Whitehall. With the likes of Christopher Kane, Cara Delevingne, Alexander McQueen and Louis Vuitton nominated for various awards, this promises to be an amazing night packed full of gorgeous red carpet gowns and a-list celebrities. Plus, this year American Vogue Editor Anna Wintour will receive the Outstanding Achievement award for her contribution to fashion over the years, which is something you won't want to miss!

On December 2nd, the Victoria Secret angels come to London for the first time ever, as the annual lingerie show moves in to Earls Court. Expect Twitter and Instagram to face a mini meltdown as supermodels Alessandra Ambrosio, Adriana Lima, Karlie Kloss and Izabel Goulart strut their stuff down the runway, accompanied by performances by Ariana Grande, Ed Sheeran and returning for a second year, Taylor Swift. Everyone will be talking about this show all year round, so it's defiantly worth tuning into the live stream to take in the extravaganza first hand.

Controversially, Karl Lagerfeld's Metier's d'Art show for Chanel will also be taking place on the same night as the VS fashion show, proving to be a dilemma for models and press alike. How do you choose between Chanel and Victoria's Secret? It's a tough one! Taking place at Schloss Leopoldskron in Salzberg, the Metier's d'Art show is an annual catwalk event which allows Chanel to show off their finery and opulence. Last year, the show was held in Dallas, with Navajo style ponchos and ranch outerwear taking centre stage. So who knows what to expect this year, but it will surely be great.

It might be getting colder outside, but things are defiantly heating up in the world of fashion! Get ready to sit back and enjoy the shows...
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Writen by Fashions Finest blogger Hannah Last
Wednesday, 05 November 2014 13:16

Keshi Pearls by Yvel Take Center Stage

The irregular shape, size, and color of Keshi pearls are part of what make them so unique.
 
When you put a strand on, give these pearls their due glory and let them take center stage in your outfit.

The Satin Sea Collection by Yvel was created to caress, curve, and accent the unique shape of the Keshi pearl. An organic aesthetic combined with simple sophistication is what makes this collection of pearls shine so brightly. The Keshi Pearl & Diamond Rose Gold Earrings and Keshi Fresh Water Pearl Necklace are the epitome of true luxury and sublime sophistication. Compliment these luxury items with solid colors and sleek silhouettes.

Keshi Pearl & Diamond Rose Gold Earrings

When wearing these earrings, avoid distracting from their beauty by opting for fabrics with minimal texture, solid colors from top to bottom, and either high or deep-V necklines.
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For an evening look, try an elegant full-length silk gown in a jewel-tone color with a high neckline, or a fitted jumpsuit in a single color with a plunging neckline.

If you are attending a laid-back evening event, wear a long-sleeved sweater dress in a neutral color paired with black tights and booties, or wide-leg pants with a matching sheer blouse.
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You can also transition these earrings into a day look with a solid-color jersey wrap dress or jeans, boots, and a solid-color blouse.
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Keshi Freshwater Pearl & Gold Nugget Necklace

The Keshi pearl necklace is a more dramatic choice in jewelry that combines white Keshi fresh water pearls with 18K yellow gold pieces. As such, keep your other jewelry, accessories, and overall look minimal by selecting simple textures and non-patterned fabrics. In addition, since this necklace sits high up on the collar bone, the most important factor you'll need to consider when putting together an outfit is the neckline; for an ideal look choose a crew, u-neck, or strapless neckline. Whichever neckline you decide on, make sure that the neckline is either high enough or low enough to display the necklace without cutting it off.
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Since this Keshi necklace incorporates gold, try pairing it with black or cream colors to let the full range of colors in the pearls and gold shine through.

These looks work well year-round; whatever outfit you choose, draw inspiration from the Keshi pieces and let the pearls shine through.

To check out all of Yvel's exotic collections of pearl jewelry visit their website – www.yvel.com 
Monday, 20 October 2014 10:02

Rohmir SS15

This season at London Fashion Week, Rohmir Spring/Summer 15 collection was showcased at Fashion Scout. I still remembered the first time Rohmir was introduced to me (AW14 collection) at Fashions Finest. Last season, each designs were inspanidual. There were great balances between leather, faux fur and the use of sequins. The whole collection focused on the colour of deep blue, gold as well as pastels. Another thing that I thought bought the show together was the fact that a lot of the guests were dressed so amazingly. It was a good opportunity to be inspired by different sense of styles and characters before the show starts.

However, Spring/Summer 15 collection was completely different. Obviously, the designs were interesting but it was so different to the previous collection. I guess that fits perfectly with the fashion industry – constantly changing, and unpredictable. When I was watching this show, I had mixed emotions. At one point I thought the collection was inspired by travelling, then all of a sudden some models walked elegantly down the catwalk, all wearing glamorous evening dresses like they were about to attend a gala dinner. I made a rather wrinkly-face like a pug, as I was slightly confused. Personally, I feel that this collection was 'unfinished'. But I guess that could also be a positive thing, as quoted by the famous artist, Leonardo da Vinci, "Art is never finished, only abandoned."
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Each designs were inspanidual though, the 'travelling inspired' designs were playful yet feminine. Almost like telling a story of a woman who has travelled the world, the bold print of belts against subtle tone of beige, with a hint of pleats blended into the skirt. The designs are very contemporary; sharp cuts, with strong structure. I feel like this collection was designed especially for independent women, as many designs looked rather mature and well-presented at the same time.
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IMG 0148 The evening dresses were stunning, but they were super difficult to capture (sharply) on camera. I adore the fuchsia dresses the most – the way they have been draped, layered and most importantly they looked so elegant on the models as they passes by. I think they were the perfect evening dresses to look and feel feminine in. As the material was so delicate, they were allowed to flow around freely as soon as the models stepped onto the runway. Last of all, I can happily say that I'm more excited to see darker and brighter shades of pink (and any other colours) heating up spring/summer next year. Because honestly I'm getting tired of that 'pastel pink' stuff now - it's so repetitive!
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The designer happily poses for the cameras with her most favourites dresses. It was so obvious; that beautiful fuchsia dress stepped out to the front! Gosh, I must have a good taste!

Written by FF blogger Boonya Rodpunyar 
Monday, 20 October 2014 08:03

A New Start for Galliano

It has been well documented over the past week the exciting news that designer John Galliano will be joining Maison Martin Margiela as creative director. After his infamous anti-Semitic rant in 2011, the previous designer of Christian Dior has been working on himself in a rehab centre in Arizona, getting himself healthy mentally and physically. And now, it seems as though the fashion industry is giving this phenomenal designer another chance at Margiela.

Renzo Russo, billionaire owner of Margiela as well as, Diesel and Marni, stated, ' I couldn't be happier. For the Maison Margiela, which deserves a new visionary leader; and for John Galliano, who is a talent beyond definition and time. I always believed in brave, unpredictable choices, and this one is no exception.'

Galliano, who first started at Dior in 1996, is known for his eccentric and flamboyant designs as he takes inspiration from history and culture. Martin Margiela, on the other hand, was a man who craved anonymity and never took a bow at the end of any of his catwalk shows. His edgy yet connectional shows always pushed the boundaries, focusing on exquisite tailoring and simple silhouettes. Two fashion designers with very different aesthetics. So Russo's decision to hire Galliano was, as you can imagine, a controversial decision. Either this design partnership will work, or it will likely crash and burn. Time will only tell.

Galliano will present his first collection for Margiela in January, but whether that will be to critical acclaim is still uncertain. Nevertheless, this is huge news for the industry and will have many waiting in anticipation for the first new collection under the rehabilitated John Galliano.
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Written by FF blogger Hannah Last 
Monday, 06 October 2014 12:40

John Gallianos return to Fashion

John Galliano is to return to the fashion industry as the creative director of French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela.
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3 years on his Anti-Semitic Rants seem to have been forgotten and it's business as usual.

What are your thoughts in this? 
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Yanin Namasonthi & Oliver Taylor, Bloggers

Yanin is wearing: Jumper – River Island, Bag – Saint Laurent, Shoes – Hobbs, Hat – Daisy Street

Oliver is wearing: Shirt – Uniqlo, Blazer & Glasses – H&M, Shoes – Zara, Hat – Reiss

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Written by Fashions Finest Blogger Boonya Rodpunyar
Thursday, 02 October 2014 08:53

Dear Frances

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My first impressions of Dear Frances latest collection, SS15: Girl Of My Dreams were very sophisticated, modern and wearable. I've never heard of this brand before (but I have now, obviously!), so upon my arrival I spoke to the designer, Jane Frances, a little bit about her background, which Jane also explained that the brand is quite new. Actually, I was very surprised to hear that, as I can honestly say that the designs and the quality of the footwear are right at the top against many successful luxurious brands. I have to admit that it's very rare for me to go back home and constantly think about a brand, unless I was totally blown away by what I saw.

I've recently developed more interests in minimalism. And I'm currently searching for a perfect pair of shoes (most preferably a pair of boots) for autumn and winter seasons, which I already have my eyes set on a pair (or two) from Dear Frances. I don't really like online shopping either, unless I've seen that product with my own eyes before (then constantly dream about them, haha). I don't really get influenced to buy something online - retouched images does not persuade me well enough. I rather try things on and view them closely, you don't get that personal experience viewing them on the internet.
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Of course, I picked up a few pairs of Dear Frances in the showroom and viewed them up-close. The most amazing part was when I found out how light they were! Usually, shoes that are made out of thick wooden heels or wooden platforms are meant to be quite heavy, but Frances did an amazing job as every pair were light-weight and the leather were soft. I can imagine myself wearing most of this collection next summer; the open toe clog-style heels (which you can choose between low or high), cute flats, sandals and even trainers. They are simple yet stylish pieces that any women should own, the neat and sharp cuts are combine elegantly with see-through glass or fabric. They are made for this era, very contemporary and most importantly so wearable! 

Written by Fashions Finest blogger Boonya Rodpunyar  
As I wandered around the city during London Fashion Week, I knew I was in for a big treat – street style! This season I had my eyes on outfits that are wearable, yet unusual. I'm always more into colour, patterns, textures and different combinations of layering. Although, I'm starting to feel more interested in minimalistic and sharp tailoring too, but when it comes to street-style, anything quirky grabs my attention straight away!
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Written by Fashions Finest Blogger Boonya Rodpunyar 
Thursday, 25 September 2014 10:09

Pink Parcel

If you are like me and you have that one time in the month when you are not feeling one hundred per cent then Pink Parcel is available to pick you up and lift your spirits. Starting at only £5.95p for your first box and then going up to £9.95p a month should you choose to continue, Pink Parcel is indeed a bargain.

Your Pink Parcel will be delivered straight to your door so you will not have any reason to rush to the chemist every month. You will receive a supply of tampons of your brand choice in a small black bag ready to take out with you and another two boxes full of them. If that doesn't make you happy then I am sure the extra treats will.

Once you sign up and give information about your period and when the next one is due that will be all Pink Parcel need to track your period times as long as you are regular. Your box will be with you 2-3 days before.

I have just received my first Pink Parcel and I am over the moon. I received a chocolate bar from Doisy and Dam that was dark chocolate and orange, a peppermint Teapig's tea bag which is great to relieve cramps, an Elizabeth Arden Maximum Volume Mascara, a Witch anti-blemish moisturiser to get rid of your unwanted spots that may appear at this time and a Garnier 5 Second Blur Perfecting Primer. There was even a voucher for a glass of champagne at Café Rouge.

As you are going to buy sanitary products anyway Pink Parcel makes it easier for you and also thinks about what else you may need at that time.
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Written by Fashions Finest blogger Hayley Sweeney  
Tuesday, 02 September 2014 09:40

Bradand Angelina secret wedding

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have finally put a ring on it, as they married secretly in the south of France on Saturday. Since then, the world's media has gone crazy over this surprise wedding, with many desperate to know the inner details of what should be a private event. However, here's the full scoop of what we do know...
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It has been almost ten years since the couple first met on the set of Mr and Mrs Smith, causing a controversial whirlwind romance which saw Pitt spanorce his then wife, Jennifer Aniston. Six kids later and Hollywood's golden couple have finally married, without all the bravado celebrity weddings usually entail. Firstly, this was a top secret venue, with only 22 close family and friends attending the intimate ceremony – even Jolie's father, Jon Voigt was not amongst the guests present, causing even more of a media frenzy. It is believed that Angie was walked down the aisle by her adoptive sons Maddox and Pax, while her other children acted as ring bearers and petal throwers. As for the dress, details are pretty sketchy, though it has been reported that Angelina wore a traditional white gown with lots of lace detailing. So much for all the rumours that Donatalla Versace was busy designing a custom made gown!

Brad and Angelina chose the south of France as they have a holiday retreat there, Château Miraval and it said that the $35 million home is a very special place for the family. Angelina apparently promised her mother that she would one day marry in France. Yet, there was no romantic honeymoon for the newlyweds as Pitt flew over to the UK to promote his new movie in Devon, causing quite a standstill when he visited the local Tank Museum.

A happy ending for a beautiful couple. Congratulations to Brad and Angelina!

Written by Hannah Last Fashions Finest Blogger 
Friday, 29 August 2014 18:45

3D Hair stroke brows

If you are unhappy with the shape or even the thickness of your eyebrows then permanent makeup by Lucy Foster is a must. Eyebrow pencil is good for a while but if you are constantly rushing around then it is likely to come off when you sweat.

Lucy's permanent tattoos can last up to 18 months and then you can have top ups. When you first arrive at whichever one of Lucy's salons is closer to you, she will kindly offer you a hot or cold beverage to drink while she puts some numbing solution on your eyebrows which will stay on for twenty minutes. After this time has passed Lucy will take to you into the room where she will transform your eyebrows. You may go into that room looking like a seven but after Lucy has worked her magic, you will come out a ten.

The first task that Lucy will do is measuring your eyebrows to check the length and height to ensure that no mistakes are made. After this Lucy draws on what she thinks your fuller eyebrows should look like, this will continue until you are a hundred per cent happy with how they look. You then move on to the tattooing, you lie down and Lucy will set to work. It feels nothing like a tattoo that you would get on another body part and you just feel a slight scratching but as Lucy continues to apply numbing solution throughout the procedure in the end you barely feel anything. After you have looked at yourself in the mirror Lucy will wax and pluck away any stray hairs you have, as she strives for perfection.

The time you spend there is about an hour and a half and will cost you £395.00; this is a small price to pay when you think of how much time and money you will save on tint and eyebrow pencils. After a few weeks you will have to return to check on the pigment to make sure it held and to also make changes to the colour and shape if necessary.
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For more information go to www.lucyfoster.co.uk 
Friday, 22 August 2014 19:42

KENZO in Galeries Lafayette

A few weeks ago, I visited Paris for a short getaway and decided that I wanted to spend my time wisely; shopping and checking out some of the fashion brands I admire the most up-close. I was immediately surrounded by KENZO newest collection at the mall, where I constantly responded, 'I'm just browsing' to the sales team. Luckily, they were very kind and didn't mind that I took some photos of the collection, as I mentioned that I was very inspired.

I've been loving the design of eye-prints ever since I first spotted the 'eye-dress' by Zara. Sadly, as this high street brand is in high demand, I couldn't get my hands on one as they were sold out everywhere! By the time I found one (in my size), everybody has one, so I don't want one anymore. Because I happily purchased an adorable looking eyes print shirt from Lavish Alice a few months ago instead!

Anyway, I'm not usually a lover of the colour green - I'm very picky when it comes to that shade but definitely not a fan of deep green. But as soon as I saw this KENZO jacket with a huge eye-print design on the back, I had to bite my tongue as I fell in love with it! The leather was super soft, and when I looked at the colour properly, it looked so stylish in reality - I'd say this is a head-turning piece indeed! I went a bit crazy over the scarves collection as well, they were also available in red, blue and black eye-print designs! They also had other patterns to choose from as well, such as their iconic tiger print and a colourful abstract print. I love that KENZO never fails to express the artistic side of fashion, that's why it's a definite to be one of my all-time-favourite brand from Paris!
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Written by Fashions Finest blogger Boonya Rodpunyar 
The Ije experience...

Ije Shop brought the catwalk come to life with music, dance and can you believe it cultural food such as Yams, peppers, bananas and more. It was inspirational and fun to see the models enjoying the moment and the crowd roaring with laughter.

Well done Ije Shop!
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Photo Credit: Trevor Fogah - Griffiths iDeLick Media
For those who aren't already hooked on the social site Instagram, then now is the chance to get signed up, especially if you're looking for fashion inspiration.
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Whether you're aware or not, people are now making a living from their Instagram pages, something people would never have predicated happening just a few years ago.

Nowadays, people with a lot of followers are inspiring people around the world, including celebrities, a prime example of someone who does this is the fabulous Antoinette Marie.

Antoinette is a fashion stylist, creative producer and all round beauty from Sydney and just recently, she has been the talk of the town, not only for her magnificent sense of style, but also for inspiring Khloe Kardashian into copying one of her fabulous frocks.
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This inspirational frock is by designer Constantina and Louise and Khloe wore the embellished gown to the wedding rehearsal of her sister, Kim Kardashian this year which gave the designer a lot of public attention, even making their website crash several times!

One of the greatest things about Constantina and Louise is that they believe all women belong on their runway and their mission is to infuse a 'Dare to Dream' sense with their collections, which make women feel and look beautiful.

The Constantina and Louise collections feature easy to wear designs with a hint of ethereal fantasy and extravagance which beckons women all over the world to lift the veil and illuminate their inner goddess.

Antoinette is the epitome of the Constantina and Louise's outlook on women and her Instagram proves this as it shows off her wardrobe full of to-die-for clothing, accessories and shoes, which many women would love to wear, and you can find an excellent selection of designer brands at Hurleys.

Each of her outfit choices will easily inspire you to take tips from her style as her unique and eclectically assembled outfits, picture perfect posts and breathtaking beauty will make your eyes turn green with envy.
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With over 600,000 followers it was no surprise that such a huge celebrity was drawn to Antoinette's Instagram page and this is why all the top designers are eager for her to wear their clothes.

Antoinette might be inspiring designers to work with her and women into wearing fantastic her clothing items, but she is also inspiring people in a sense that she you to work hard and succeed, as luxurious fashion items don't come for free unless you earn them.
Tuesday, 22 July 2014 13:16

Top 5 Autumn/Winter 2014 Trends

With the summer in full flow it is the perfect time to start thinking about your autumn wardrobe. Yes, the autumn/winter 2014 fashion is coming in thick and fast from some of the most recognised and loved designer names. So what do we have to look forward to some September? We here at Cavells have put together a list of top 5 autumn/winter trends to look out for.
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60s

60s fashion has been slowly coming back into our lives season after season and autumn/winter 2014 is no different. Expect to see plenty of 60s inspired midi-dresses on and off the catwalks. Take a page from the books of Saint Laurent and Miu Miu, but wear your pieces without tights or without a jacket to make the dress more summer-appropriate.

Novelty Prints

Don't worry fun fashion lovers, just because autumn is coming doesn't mean you can forget about having fun with prints. This autumn/winter season is going to be filled with novelty prints, so you can get your fill! Even on the most casual pieces, bright, loud, novelty prints bring looks to life, proven by the likes of Issa or Markus Lupfer. Summer is the perfect starting point, so raise your proverbial voice with colours and graphics that aren't afraid to be seen.

Sportswear

We're not talking about bringing Adidas "poppers" back from the 90s, no; sportswear reefers to quilted mini-dresses and silk shorts, such as the latest pieces by Miu Miu and Fendi show us. In place of jackets or sweatshirts, opt for a tank top or t-shirt – or even make the look somewhat office appropriate by pairing shorts with a button-up blouse.

Gothic

The gothic look is one which crops up very often in autumn/winter fashion, and 2014 is no exception. For those of a darker disposition, just channel the uncompromisingly glamorous Marlene Dietrich and her very real brand of romanticism, by indulging your love for buttery soft black leather, flashes of red, and inky languid silks, as seen at Lanvin, Prada and Givenchy.

Fairy-Tale Inspired

Fairy-tale inspired fashion is thriving in the fashion world. Designers such as Alexander McQueen offer airy fabrics and stunning embroidery, whilst Valentino showcases floor-length sheer styles which are embellished with flowers. Dolce & Gabbana have also turned storytellers with their dark, unctuous take on traditional fairy tales for AW14. Think huge fur hoods, jade green embellished capes and enchanting Little Red Riding Hood thick ruby coats.
Monday, 21 July 2014 18:10

Shake off the Summer Heat

As you're reading this article, chances are you've been hit by the overwhelmingly hot weather which has engulfed Britain this last week. Sticky, humid and with a couple of cracking thunder storms thrown in, the new hot climate has sun blathers reclining in their bikinis while others shy away to a shady spot to keep cool. Whatever your feelings towards the weather, it looks set to stay pretty warm so you should defiantly invest in some of the summers coolest pieces to shake off the heat.

First of all, you should have a good decent pair or shorts. Shorts come in an array of styles and sizes, yet for sweltering weather you should opt for a pair of white linen shorts as they don't absorb heat and will allow your skin to breathe easier. H&M have a great selection, with pastel and khaki colours while for more long lasting pieces, head to Joseph for a pair of tailored perfection. For added comfort, make sure that your desired shorts fall at a reasonable length (are not hot pants basically!) and you are free to move around with ease.

Summer dresses are also a must. Primark, New Look and Bershka always do amazing cotton dresses for this time of year, with light fabrics and cute designs. Halter necks, spaghetti straps or just a simple boob-tube, it really doesn't matter, just as long as it looks and feels good. Try not to choose a dress which will force you to wear a slip of vest top underneath; remember the less layers the better. And New Look currently have a fantastic sale on at the moment, so get shopping!

To shield your eyes from the piercing sun, a good pair of sunglasses are crucial - plus they add glamour to any outfit. It doesn't matter on the shape or design; it could be cats-eye, round or square, just ensure they have protected lenses to stop your eyes being damaged. I like the cute yet costly Max Mara sunglasses range, which has only just hit select luxury department stores, like Selfridges. Defiantly worth checking out.

But the most important thing this summer is that you have a great time and stay safe. Holiday across the country at beachside resorts and enjoying tasty ice creams while relaxing. And if you have time why not treat yourself to some retail therapy!
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Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011.
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Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011.
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Isabeli Fontana wearing a variety of Versace, Prada, Moschino and Emilio Pucci.

Photographer Mert & Marcus for Vogue Paris June 2011. 

Written by Hannah Last 
Cheryl Cole marries Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini, who she has been dating since April.
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Friday, 11 July 2014 12:40

Pretty Pastel Pieces

Summertime is the perfect season for injecting a boost of colour into your wardrobe, and this also means your jewellery collection too! We love the sugary sweet blue, pink and yellow shades that seem to be everywhere at the minute, helping you pick out the perfect outfits for your summer holiday. Take a look at some of our favourite pieces in these shades including gorgeous Ti Sento jewellery.

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Items in the images are available from Jewellery and All That, New Look, River Island and ASOS.