STYLE INSPIRATION: NECKLACES

One of my favourite ways to make an outfit go from drab to fab in 3 seconds is by piling on the jewellery, necklaces in particular. You can be wearing a plain white tee and some simple jeans with a blazer, then throw on the chains, jewels and beads and you have a killer outfit! I personally prefer statement necklaces with larger adornments such as oversized costume jewels or large coins with robust chains, but I also find that piling on daintier pieces also works well when creating drama with jewellery. I’ve put together some of my favourite necklaces, all found on Pinterest, to offer some inspiration for those outfits that you just don’t know what to do with.

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Aren’t they fab?!

WATCHES BY KATE SPADE.

Being late is sometimes deemed fashionable, other times plain rude. But with these Kate Spade watches you can be both fashionable and on time. I came across one Kate Spade watch in a street style snap on Pinterest and googled Kate Spade watches and lo and behold, they’re all fabulous. For some reason the faces of the watches remind me of a sweet shop (or candy store), very cute and girly, but not to OTT or showy. Here’s a selection of my favourites…

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Aren’t they darling? I think they’re perfect! I especially love the black and white ones, just takes your armwear up to a whole new level!

To see more, go to Kate Spade’s official website.

SO I FINALLY CAVED IN AND BOUGHT THEM…

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I actually wrote a blog post about these AllSaints beauties a while ago saying how much I wanted them and how I was probably going to buy them…. And I did. A girl true to my word, me. The only difference is that they made it to the amazing AllSaints sale!! They were £99 reduced from £165 and considering I was going to spend the full £165 I raced upstairs as fast as my short legs would take me (I’m 5’1 so let’s not make jokes), and punched in my card details so fast that if my laptop was a person, which it’s not so that’s a silly idea, but if it was it would’ve been wailing under the tremendous speed at which my fingertips were banging on the keys.

What was almost as impressive as the boots themselves was the shipping from the AllSaints website. The shipping was free which it always is for standard delivery orders, but it arrived less and 48 hours after I ordered! I ordered them on Sunday evening and they arrived Tuesday morning which is fab in my book!

Now the boots themselves are beautiful as you can see from my state of the art iPhone photography, stylistically devised in my back garden. Like a pro. The leather is as soft as butter and they’re just so comfy! The heel height is perfect to wear all day and they’ll go with anything! I will literally wear them with e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Check out the A M A Z I N G  AllSaints sale right now, right this second!!! There’s only a few days left and the prices are really coming down! Check it out, here!

WANT.

If you follow me on Instagram (if not, WHY NOT? You’re seriously missing out… @_hannahstocking) you’ll know that I posted a slightly stalkerish photo of a woman I saw in Homebase the other day looking absolutely FAB-U-LOUS. She was who I want to be in the future, impeccably dressed, ever so glam but with an air of “Oh this old thing? I just threw it on!” about her and I love it! She wore everything she had on, nothing wore her which is what I loved about it, she definitely seemed to have her own refined style. (pic below)

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Anyway, I loved what she was wearing so much that I decided I wanted a mac like hers… I have a sneaky suspicion that hers is from Zara, although the way she carries it off it could easily be Aquascutum. Now, I actually already have a mac in the slightly darker tone like hers (I keep saying “hers” and feel rude that I’m not using a name… But then I’d feel weird making one up, non?) but I really love the style of it. It’s more effortless than my more tailored one, more “thrown on, but look how chic I am” one. Soooooooo…. Thanks to my wonderful friend Zara (the shop, I don’t actually have a friend called Zara) I’ve found one! I still need to somehow figure out a way to justify buying it, but I’m sure it won’t be long before I can think of a good enough reason. After all, I have no self control when it comes to spending money which should be saved…

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Looking at both macs closer, the Zara one looks a LOT like the lovely Homebase lady’s one doesn’t it? I wish I could see the pockets on her one though… The mac does come in a darker shade exactly like hers but I think I prefer the lighter one in this style.

So who knows if I’ll end up buying it, *cough* it’s-my-birthday-on-the-26th-June *cough-cough-cough*. Ooh I seem to have a tickly throat… I shall keep you posted!

COUTURE WEEK: ZUHAIR MURAD SPRING 2013

Golden Goddess. Shimmering silk, lavishing lace, fab feathers, glittering gold and spectacular sequins (how’s about that for alliteration?) was the epitome of the Zuhair Murad Spring Couture 2013 show in Paris last week. Not one known for minimalism, Murad certainly presented a collection to stun. Without being overpowering, there were a million things to see at once on each garment, so much intricate detailing, beadwork, billowing fabric, skin-skimming silks and perfectly muted hair, makeup and shoes. A designer with a heavy celebrity posse of clientele, it is a no-brainer that we will see these glimmering beacons of fabulousness on the red carpet of the Academy Awards next month.

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