Lizelle Joseph

There is nothing more inviting then sinking into a sofa full of plush throw pillows. And because your sofa can make just as much as a statement in your living room as an accent wall it is important that you pick the perfect throw pillows to complete your rooms look and feel. Read on to find out what our picks are for throw pillows that will not only add colour but make a statement on your sofa.

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Statement
 
Jazz up a plain sofa with statement pillows. Statement throw pillows will elevate your living room and will add extra comfort and style to your sofa. This can be throw pillows in bold colours or patterns depending on the look of your living room. So if colour is your first love then opt for bold colours and if your style is more pattern-driven then that is your starting point.

Try these throw pillow trends;

Abstract Energy, a fun and free-spirited interior style. The bold geometrics, hand-drawn playful blocks of colour is all about expressing personality. The bold patterns and striking colours will add a playful look and feel to your living room and will revitalise a plain sofa.

Patterned Pillows

Patterned throw pillows are like a, OH THAT IS NICE compliment you get it is a quieter compliment to the WOW THOSE SHOES ARE STUNNING. They make a statement but just not so loud.

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Try these throw pillow trends;

Soft Tropics

A subtle joyous celebration of nature. The botanical prints are both understated and bold. In colours that reminds us of sunny days and flowery garden.

Solid Pillows

Okay, so you are not that into patterns and texture and want something more simple but still unique to your living rooms personality Then solid coloured throw pillows will be your best option. Go for throw pillows that will enhance your colour scheme and that complement your interior style.

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Try these throw pillow trends;

Modern Fusion

It is simple, but with a stylish aesthetic in solid colours like mustard, leaf green, nude pink, and blue or for a more earthy feel invest in colours like terracotta and spiced red and for a more refined glamour look try dusky rose and pewter.
Tuesday, 14 April 2020 15:17

Clean Lines

Clean lines, uncluttered, monochromatic and understated simplicity is how I would describe minimalism. A look, when achieved correctly, is simply beautiful. Achieving this look should be done with purpose because it is not an easy look to achieve. It is more than just choosing a few pieces of furniture and placing it in front of a white backdrop, which can leave a space feeling cold, sparse and unlived-in.
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What is Minimalism?

Is it just about keeping a space simple, uncluttered and monochromatic? Minimalism for me is about Form, Focus and Functionality.

To break it down; form is very important. Let's take for instance your dining room for the room to function well you need a  table and chairs. But to create a well designed minimal look these pieces need to speak to one another. Each piece needs to relate to the next piece through its design, line, and color. In other words, they must work well together in their basic shape.

In minimalist design, the focus should be on something other than space so this can be the furniture or even the art or decor pieces.

The pieces in the room should all be functional and add value to space. So, if you live outside of your home is very busy you want a space to come home to that is restful. Therefore every piece of furniture and decor’s function is going to be calming with simple compositions and nothing that is going to be too stimulating to the eye.

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How can you achieve this in your own home?

A limited palette, this does not necessarily have to be the classic black, white, and gray palette. The main thing is to keep the palette simple and to avoid brights or any complex color combinations. Neutrals work best paired with moody darks, whites, or mid-tone shades.

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The furniture that works best needs to have sleek and clean lines without any ornate details. The elegant straight lines combined with the open and spacious feel your space will feel calm and relaxed.

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Remember that everything needs to be functional and picked with purpose. And when picking your decor pieces the key is to control the elements you add to your space. Choose soft furnishings, decor accessories and wall prints that have a limited color palette and patterns.  Avoid large floral prints, small busy prints, extravagant, and complicated designs that call too much attention to themselves.

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The minimalist space works well with solid blocks of neutral colors to achieve a tranquil and relaxing feeling. When choosing wall prints or artwork hang. Pick them with purpose, so, select pieces that evoke a sense of tranquility. And fits in with the form and focus of the space.

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Give these pieces a try for a clean uncluttered, simplistic minimalist look.

Thursday, 02 April 2020 13:34

A Wall Of A Statement

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Home is where we will be for the next while and if that is where we are going to be we might as well make the most of it. And with it being spring which is usually the season to spruce up our homes. There is no better time than now to inject happy and positive color and playful patterns into our homes. And not forgetting that we are on a bit of a tight budget we have a quick, affordable and easy way for you to brighten your living room and bedroom.

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Create An Accent Wall

We all know what it feels like when you feel boxed in and all you can see around you is four white walls. Aagh!! That alone will drive you bananas. So, the solution, create an accent wall. You can, of course, paint your accent wall but there are more fun and creative ways to make a statement. And here are two of my favorites that will create interest and add texture in your living room or bedroom.
 
Dress it with a piece of your favorite fabric. This works the same as hanging wallpaper and using fabric with a large floral pattern will add color and added texture to your room.

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You will need:

● Textile fabric
● Scissors
● Drop cloths
● Stepladder
● Laundry starch
● Paint roller with low-nap roller cover
● Paint tray
● Wallpaper smoothing tool
● Metal straightedge
● Sharp utility knife

Instructions:

Prepare the Fabric and the Walls. Opt for fabric with a large pattern like floral's and make sure that you have enough fabric to cover your chosen wall. Make sure the fabric is clean and dry. If you want to be sustainable have a look through your old flatbed sheets. 

Cut the lengths of fabric to fit the wall, allowing about 2 inches of extra fabric at the top and the bottom, and along wall edges. Wash the wall down and dry it before you begin, and remove everything from the wall.

Apply Starch - You can use starch to attach the fabric to the wall. This will not damage the wall or the fabric and will allow for easy removal Cover your wall to avoid too much mess.

Apply the starch to the wall using a paint roller as this is less messy and faster than using a brush or dipping the fabric into a container of starch. Make sure to cover all of the wall surfaces completely.

Hang the Fabric - This will take patience, but it is not difficult. Apply the fabric while the starch is still damp, beginning in one corner and moving across the wall. Get the kids to help to make sure that everything goes on straight. Have a helper stand back from the wall to ensure the pattern remains properly aligned and that they match at the edges. Use a wallpaper smoothing tool to flatten the fabric against the wall.

Now, roll more starch over the fabric and let it dry

Trim the Fabric - Trim off the excess when the starch and fabric are dry to the touch, use a straightedge and sharp utility knife. Just be careful with the sharp blade

After Care:

You can keep it looking fresh clean by simply cleaning it with a sponge and some dish-washing detergent. When it comes time to remove the fabric, use a wet sponge and soak the corners until they come away from the walls. The fabric should peel right off.
 
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Create A Washi Tape Pattern

This is a brilliant idea for small spaces with boring white walls. Follow the step by step instruction Emily’s Blog Everything Emily Blog, on how to use black washi tape to create a repeat pattern.

An oldie but always a goodie is a Gallery wall. Gather all the old frames that you have laying around the house and fill it with new wall art.


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Tuesday, 04 December 2018 09:57

Stylish Gifts

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The season of joy and giving is approaching and as every year the struggle to find the right gift for friends and family is once again a nightmare. So, to take the stress away we have compiled a list of stylish gift picks for every Him and Her and the kids. And to make it easier for you we kept it all under one roof, all gift ideas are available at Debenhams online or in-store

HAPPY SHOPPING !!

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This sweet tasting Raspberry infused Gin is the perfect gift for the G&T connoisseur.

For the skin care junky a Clarins skin solution set is the ideal gift, and for the makeup enthusiast a makeup blockbuster gift set will offer the ultimate makeup collection that will last all year long.

For the fashion conscious the Jenny Packham - Black embellished diamond velvet bag, will be a flawless edition to her occasion handbag collection.

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A bold Rum for a bold man, the Peaky Blinders black spiced Rum! Or, for the beer maker a DIY Beer or Cider making kit.

For the gym junky the Men’s Society gym kit is the ideal essential for his gym bag, and the Hammond and Co. by Patrick Grant - black leather hold-all is perfect gift for the man that loves to travel.

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Gifts for the homemaker,the Bosch Tassimo Vivy 2 coffee machine with its sleek space saving design is the ultimate gift for the coffee lover.

The Abigail Ahern multi coloured Leopard embroidered cushion will be a loved edition to the decor obsessed and pair that with a lamp from the MW -Matthew Williamson collection and she and her living room or bedroom will love you forever!

Last but not least the gold metal multi coloured glass lantern will be a great last minute gift or stocking filler.

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For the sweet tooth give him or her their own Milkshake maker, and the Alice Scott, Pink and Green Palm Print 'Lunch Goals' Lunchbox for the #instagoals school girl.

For the creator and Lego builder the 'Jurassic World - Blue's Helicopter Pursuit' set, and for the gadget lover you can find a host of geeky gifts - from Smartphone photo printers to smartphone projectors.

Now that everyone else's presents are sorted...its time to make sure Santa knows what you want for yourself this Christmas!

HAPPY HINTING!!!

Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:21

Be Your Own Success

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BE YOUR OWN SUCCESS, a mantra by which Irish jewellery designer Melissa Curry has lived, from the beginning of her career in Paris in 1998 to her success now.

Launching her first collection at the Leclaireur in Paris, followed by an invitation to show at Paris Fashion week in 1999, to her successful partnership with Virgin Airlines. A partnership which has seen her gold BYOS bar as the 10th best seller in the Virgin Atlantic Retail Therapy Magazine - 2016. Her success has seen her pieces being worn by the Royals, and the former First Lady, Michelle Obama.

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Each and every piece in her collection has a timeless elegance and a playful mix of texture and colour to it. Making it a dream to wear for women who love to add colour and texture to their everyday outfits.

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Drawing inspiration from life, culture and world events, she designs each piece as something personal, for her the designer as well as the wearer. It is this personal connection that adds a sense of vibrancy and beauty to each piece.

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She wants women to feel that, they are the driving force behind their own success and that, when you put on one of her bracelets, earring or necklaces, that you are empowered to be yourself and to build on your own success.

"It’s about being you, knowing what makes you tick, what makes your heart work, what makes your mind work, and embodying that.” -Melissa Curry

Find and shop her collection today at www.melissacurry.com

Friday, 19 October 2018 19:13

Theo & George Everyday Comfortable Style

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With sustainability and comfort, as their main focus, the Dublin based brand Theo & George founded by Katie O’Riordan, has fast become the go to for women looking for clothes that are easy to wear and are made to move in. Whether you are looking for something stylish for the office or just for running around with the kids, Theo and George offer a range that will make you feel, live and move better.

The brand sells exclusively online and offers the modern day women a collection of timeless and stylish pieces for every occasion in her busy day. From easy to wear classic t-shirts, to luxurious cashmere all made for everyday wearing. Each and every item is made from high quality ethically sourced materials for premium quality and sustainability.

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Here are 5 pieces that has fast become our favourite “must add “ to wardrobe items.

Go through your day with ease and comfort in the soft and lightweight Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck paired with the versatile Gretta Wrap Skirt.

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Ebony Square Cashmere Turtleneck 264€- Gretta Wrap Skirt 119

Nothing is more versatile then the classic V-neck T-shirt, from running around the city to doing school runs. Their Jill V-neck t-shirt is oversized and super soft for easy movement and comfort all day long. Available in colours white, pink, black ,grey and navy.

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Jill V-neck t-shirt - 39€

The easy to slip on Leigh Slip dress is made for easy layering on those cooler days. Pair it with the Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck for a sleek and sophisticated day look.

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Leigh Slip dress - 119€

The sheer Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck is lightweight and the perfect layering partner for those days when you just need something easy to slip into. Paired with the Bridget Track pants.

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Sheridan Cashmere Turtleneck 129€- Bridget Track pants 99€

The Bridget track pants, available in black and green, with its high waisted elastic band, makes this jogger pants the go to for comfort and style, whether you pair it with trainers of heels for a ultra sport lux look.

The Karina zip back t-shirt dress is another wardrobe must have with its zip detail at the back. Perfect for a chic and comfortable look.

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Karina zip t-shirt dress 149€

Need to see more of Theo & George and their beautifully designed collection, then head on over to www.theoandgeorge.com

Tuesday, 07 August 2018 09:34

Take A Peak Into AW18

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Beautiful bright sunny days, beach holidays, sunset cocktails and great times!! We all love summer and never wants to say goodbye. If it was up to us we will make the season last forever but as all thing go, seasons come and seasons must go.

But with every new season, we find new things to love, like and buy. So, it is with great excitement that we look forward to what is to come for AW18.

These are just some of the trends that was all the rage on each and every fashion catwalk and will be available in all your favourite high street shop very soon. So, for now this is just to get you “in the know for what is to come” until then we will try and hold on to a bit more of the summer.

SUMMERFOREVER

We will be wild for animal print from leopard to zebra and the trend is to wear it from head to toe if you are daring to be so wild.

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Padded Leopard Coat - PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)

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Red Leopard Print Dress Studio By PREEN - Debenhams (out in store soon)

Pleats Please, knife pleats to be exact , this flirty style will take over our AW18 skirt collection. Pair it with a fluffy jumpers and a statement necklace for a on trend look.

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Emerald Green Pleat Skirt - M&S Collection

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Fluffy AUTOGRAPH Jumper - M&S (out in store soon)

 

Check is back , always a returning favourite for the season. This season we see it with a much cooler edge and doubling it up is the way to go.

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Check blazer and trousers - NEW LOOK

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Pow Ochre Check Crombie and Camel Pow Check Wide Leg Culottes- DOROTHY PERKINS

 

In the accessories department we can look forward to long dangling silver earrings for a statement sparkle.

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Floral Diamond Earrings - OASIS (out in store soon)

The Cowboy boot will also be kicking up some dust this coming season

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Red Snakeskin cowboy style ankle boot - OASIS

The season must have bag is definitely not for those that travel with all their cosmetic essentials and more because it with be teeny tiny. The mini bag it so you will have to minimise your must have daily handbag essentials.

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Dixiee- Black leather hand held duffle bag - DUNE LONDON

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Snakeskin hand held handbag - M&S Collection

And then there are Belt to help you define your waist, try it in animal print or something bigger and bolder.

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Double Hoop Leopard print Jeans belt - ACCESSORIZE

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Square Buckle Wide Waist Belt- ACCESSORIZE

 

Now that you have a glimpse of what is to come you might not be so sad of saying goodbye to summer and welcoming beautiful autumn.

Saturday, 12 May 2018 10:13

The Next Best Thing

Your next best shirt

The secret to a stylish and affordable summer wardrobe, is knowing how to wear that one piece you love over and over again. And a shirt is one of those key wardrobe pieces that can take you through a hot sunny summer season.

My Top Pick

The eye catching Spot Print shirt with short rolled sleeves and cute boxy crop fit.

Rust Spot Print

It is one of those pieces that you can dress up or down and will look equally good with a pair of worn jeans or a smart work trousers.

The flattering V neckline gives the shirt a subtle sensual feel making it the right choice for a pair of Black Denim lace shorts, paired with your favourite bikini, a cute mini basket and sandals for a day of fun on the beach.

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Summer holidays are for sleeping in and only waking up in time for brunch. The loose fit and boxy crop fit make this shirt super easy to wear and great to pair with just about anything, like the khaki midi skirt and slider sandals for a simple and easy brunch look.

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The rust color makes it a perfect piece for a neutral monochrome look. Pair it with a chic pair of tapered trouser in a neutral color like the Stone trousers, brown leather handbag and crochet gold slingbacks for a easy-to-wear Monday or Friday #ootd.

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If there is anything that is going to make your life easy on a hot summer's day, whether for work or play then it is a good shirt that is easy to wear, time and time again.

Wednesday, 14 February 2018 13:06

Mellow Yellow

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Brighten up your dull days and start dreaming of sunnier days, with a dash of sunshine with the new year's mostunexpected colour, yellow. The brightest colour in the colour spectrum, yellow means happiness and optimism; the colour of sunshine and creativity. Just the right colour to get our minds and wardrobes ready for sunny days ahead.

The weather might not be all bright and sunny just yet, but an easy way to add a dose of brightness to any day is a skirt, and the yellow frilly wrap skirt will do just that.

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Top Pick: This gorgeous yellow Autograph coat, from M&S, in a thick, heavy silk, that would prove a striking cover-up for the office or any special occasion.

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Autograph jacket, Autograph dress, Earrings, Bag and Shoes

Keep things mellow and care-free in the chic boho, mustard, black and white embroidered blouse with its tassel detail, from New Look.

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Mustard blouse, mini basket cross body bag at New Look

Top Pick: Feel luxurious in this yellow masterpiece from Nine by Savannah Miller. The wrap dress is a must in sunshine yellow and sky blue cloud print. Add a touch of modern vintage with the Victoriana lace blouse and a pair of white trainers for a stylish and relaxed look.

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Nine by Savannah Miller Yellow wrap Dress, Lace Blouse and Faith Trainers at Debenhams

Cinched at the waists with its elasticated waist and tie belt, and side slip pockets, these ultra-flattering yellow wide leg yellow trousers from River Island. Will bring some sunny happiness to your "at work" look. Pair it with high-rise heels to elongate your silhouette.

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Plus yellow tapered leg trousers, Blue crop top, Trench coat and Yellow tassel Statement earrings at River Island

This yellow crop jacket, from Primark, is just right amount of cheerful happiness to spruce up a casual daytime look.

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Jacket, T-shirt , Jeans and Shoes at Primark

Accessories that packs a happy punch; Happy feet, in the Mustard sling back heels with its cute bow detail, from M&S and Ring handle bag from New Look and a pair of glitzy statement earnings from River island.

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Mustard bow detail Heels at M&S

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Ring Handle Yellow Bag at New Look

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Yellow Statement Earrings at River Island.

Yellow is defiantly the colour for a confident and stylish start to the new year and these picks offers a lot be optimistic about. Happy Fashion New Year!!

Monday, 12 February 2018 16:14

It's A Date - Valentine

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Date night are special but when it comes to a Valentine's day date it just becomes extra special and dressing up for it becomes mayhem. Because, you do not want to spend too much money on buying a whole new outfit  s
o, to take the stress out of choosing an outfit I have rounded up 10 of my favourite items that is worth the splurge and will go with anything else you might have in your closet.


1. Love these Mom jeans, from Miss Selfridge, with its frill detail in light denim, it is ideal for a low key, movie and a burger date.

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Frill mum jeans @ £52.00 Miss Selfridge

2. Pair your Mum jeans with these cute Stripe Kitten Heel Slingbacks, from Miss Selfridge Updating it from casual to chic casual. Throw on a graphic logo t-shirt and a cropped leather jacket and you are set to go.

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Black and white stripe kitten heels @ £49.00 Miss Selfridge

3. For that something sexy slip on this sexy number, the Pink Geometric Lace Bodysuit, from New Look, with its flattering V neckline, supporting cross strap front and all over lace. It will leave you looking and feeling sexy.

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Pink lace body suit @ £19.99 New Look

4. Going on a date that requires you to dress a bit more smart, then throw on this Red tailored dress, from New Look, with its front cross over and tucked in detail. Drawing attention to your décolletage and slimming your waistline.

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Tailored red dress @ New Look

5. Need a sassy pair of heels to complete your look then go with these black spotted suede ankle strap stilleto heels from Dune London.

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Velvet ankle strap spotty stilleto's @ £135 Dune London

5. Something short and playful, the Petite Green Stripe Wrap Frill Hem Dress, from River Island, is just that short, playful and sexy.

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Green stripe wrap dress with frill hem @ River Island

6. Pair this Dusty Pink frill top, from New Look, with a pair of skinny high waisted jeans, heel ankle boots dinner and drinks or a pair cute flats for a more casual look.

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Dusty pink frill detail top @ New Look

7. You both really into fitness and are going all out on a sporty but fun date then the Green and Black Palm leaf print leggings and crop,from top will be a match made in heaven.

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Palm leaf print leggings and crop top @ New Look

8. Staying in cuddling on the sofa then a fancy sleep set like the this slinky floral and lace sleepwear set from Ted Baker at Debehams will turn a night on the sofa into a romantic rendezvous.

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Ted Baker - silk and lace sleepwear @ Debenhams

9. So, he is taking you to a music gig and you need someting to update your rock star look, then the sleek pair of Black faux leather tapered trousers, from River Island will be a winner.

Faux leather trousers @ £55.00 River Island
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10.Planning a stay-in galentines night with your BFF's with some girly pampering, Prosecco and chocolate then the Heart Nightshirt, Heart Bralette and Frill shorts, from Primark will be the perfect ensemble for a night of girly love.

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Heart night shirt £11 , Heart bralette £8 and frill shorts £9 @ Primark (penny's)

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