Wednesday, 13 March 2013

Introducing... Perry Nelvill

Perry Nelvill is an online boutique offering a one stop shop for you to get your hands on the latest creations from recently graduated fashion and textile designers from the UK.

The concept for Perry Nelvill was developed after witnessing the talent on display at degree shows throughout the UK. The platform supports graduates in making the transition from art school and showcases their designs to an international audience. They are continuously welcoming new designers to the site.

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The designer's pieces together form a unique creative collective offering bold new collections to the consumer. The store features womenswear, menswear, accessories and printed textiles. Each garment is handmade and can be purchased through the online store.

What's your take on the collections? 


Monday, 11 March 2013

Swarovski Tropical Paradise ... & A Giveaway!

Swarovski's 'Tropical Paradise' SS13 collection takes inspiration from Rio de Janeiro creating a colourful and exotic range of enchanting pieces. In conjunction with the campaign Swarovski have launched their first fashion inspired travel guide featuring numerous exotic destinations inviting you to join them on a tropical journey!

Inspired by tropical forests the 3D beetle pendant necklace sparkles with colourful Swarovski crystals. It comes on a palladium-plated chain. I love how the pendant glistens in the sunshine and the coloured crystals really catch the light. 

With spring looming I ignored the chilly temperatures this weekend and was inspired by the tropical colours in the pendant and the thought of faraway lands to dig out my stash of summer clothes to style this key piece from the collection.

Dress: New Look
Denim Shirt: Topshop
Necklace: Swarovski

I chose a tropical print floral dress to compliment the tropical paradise theme and bright colours in the pendant. Worn over leggings and paired with my favourite denim shirt layered over the top (.. well it is still March!) I felt like summer was on its way!

Swarovski are generously offering one of my readers the chance to win your own crystal beetle pendant necklace! Simply fill in your details below to be in with a chance of winning. The competition closes on Monday 18th March. 

What do you think of the Tropical Paradise collection? 
How would you style the pendant? 


Friday, 8 March 2013

Emma Bridgewater for Comic Relief

British designer Emma Bridgewater has created an exclusive new homeware collection for Red Nose Day 2013. There's aprons, oven gloves, bags and tea towels available online and six different mugs only available in stores.

The items feature the distinctive Emma Bridgewater black text in a series of funny phrases with a red nose designed especially for Comic Relief in keeping with their 'Do Something Funny For Money' theme.

The money donated from the range will be used by Comic Relief to help support those in need in Africa and here in the UK.

The Emma Bridgewater for Comic Relief range is exclusively available at HomeSense and TK Maxx

Are you an Emma Bridgewater fan? 
Are you doing anything for Comic Relief? 


Wednesday, 6 March 2013

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

As it's Mother's Day on Sunday here's a selection of some of my favourite gift ideas if you're stuck for what to get to spoil your mum!

1. Beaded Necklace & Earring Set - lola&grace - £49.90
2. Mum is Queen Apron - Emma Bridgewater - £25.00
3. Crabtree & Evelyn Mini Biscuits - John Lewis - £16.50
4. Mumkin Bubble Bar - Lush - £2.75
5. Lunch Bag - Paperchase - £10.00

6. Heart Collage Photo Frame - Next - £16.00
7. Mint Tulip Scarf - Dorothy Perkins - £12.00
8. The Great British Bake Off: Showstoppers - Amazon - £7.59 
9. Sophie Hulme Box Tote - - £560
10. Rose Make Up Brush Set - Cath Kidston - £25.00

2/ If you're looking to pamper your mum how about one of these super cute Mumkin bubble bars! They smell of sweet raspberries and are a bargain at just £2.75 each. 

8/ If your mum's a fan of  'The Great British Bake Off' (who isn't?!) their latest book is packed with delicious recipes featured on the show. I need to get round to trying some of these out after receiving the book for my birthday earlier this year!

10/ How about treating your mum to this pretty Cath Kidston rose bouquet Make Up Brush Set housed in a roll case. It's perfect for holidays and weekends away and also features a handy detachable zipped purse to carry any extra brushes in.

What are your plans for Mother's Day? 


Monday, 4 March 2013

London Fashion Week A/W '13 : Rihanna for River Island

It's not my usual idea of a good time on a Saturday night but a couple of weekends ago I was sat glued to my computer awaiting the live stream of Rihanna's highly anticipated collaboration with River Island making it's debut at London Fashion Week. Running fashionably late the models walked out to hip hop beats showcasing the collection.

My first thoughts were that you'd need a body like Rihanna to pull off most of the looks, and secondly with all the thigh high splits did she take inspiration from Angelina Jolie's right leg?!

Cropped tops, a hooded jumpsuit and all the leg flashing might work on the catwalk but it all seemed a tad too hard for the average girl to style on the high street. Alongside the monochrome looks there was a palette of summer brights with oranges, reds and yellows featuring heavily amongst the sheer fabrics.

I liked some of her tamer black and white dresses (if only the splits weren't quite so high!) and especially the printed designs with dipped hems but again I just can't see myself wearing them and with it being a collection for the high street it needs to be more accessible in my book! It's unsurprisingly received mixed reviews in the press and although I'm a big Rhi Rhi fan this is one I can't see myself rushing out to buy. 

With her recently announced make up line with MAC it'd seem Rhi Rhi's set for an endorsement takeover. The collection will be available in selected River Island stores and online from tomorrow morning.

What did you think of the collection?
Should Rihanna just stick to making music?!


Sunday, 3 March 2013

What They Wore... The Oscars 2013: Best Dressed

It's a little belated but I couldn't let the Oscars pass by without featuring some of the action from the red carpet at the 85th Academy Awards! It was hit and miss for me this year.. I'm looking at you Anne Hathaway (.. was it just me that thought it looked like she was wearing an apron?!) but here's my top 5 best dressed from the night...

Amy Adams in Oscar de la Renta 

Charlize Theron in Dior Haute Couture

Adele in Jenny Packham

Catherine Zeta Jones in Zuhair Murad

Salma Hayek in Alexander McQueen

I loved Amy Adams princess style powder blue gown with layers of tulle, it was the perfect choice for the culmination of awards season! Charlize Theron looked super chic in a simple cut white peplum dress. After embracing colour at the Grammys Adele was back in her favoured black. She opted for a glamorous beaded gown from one of my favourite British designers Jenny Packham for the red carpet. I don't think I've ever featured Catherine Zeta Jones before but how could I not include her in this gorgeous gold detailed dress from Zuhair Murad's recent couture collection. Salma Hayek also stood out in this figure hugging black McQueen gown with a high gold embellished neck. 

Who was your best dressed at The Oscars? 

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