RUNWAY RAPTURE: SPRING/SUMMER WHITE

White is the colour of Spring and Summer and probably always will be. There’s something so chic, charming, cold, warm, and eternal about white that is so classic and will never date. White for Spring/Summer was prominent on the catwalks back in September; with KTZ‘s layers, A.F. Vandevorst‘s grubby chic, girlish lace at Elie Saab, and otherworldly dimensions at Gareth Pugh.

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PRINTED JEANS MANIA!

Printed jeans have become such a huge deal over the past few seasons and right now the trend is at it’s peak. The thing about jeans in general is that they are such a staple in (almost) anyone’s wardrobe (Daphne Guinness aside) and oh-so easily accessible. As for printed jeans, both the high street and high end market have some amazing versions, most of which will suit anyone with an ounce of flair. My own collection of printed jeans is in itself, extensive, and they’re always great conversation starters from people who love them, people who hate them and people who “don’t get” them. I for one love them, and for what my opinion is worth, feel that printed jeans will always be fab. Rest assured, I’ll be rocking printed skinnies when I’m in my 60s.

I tried to find my favourite 10 pairs of printed jeans on the internet and finally found them, after much umming and erring over deciding which ones to include (as there are easily about 76 pairs I could’ve chosen). I’ll put links in the captions so you can go ahead and purchase them too!

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here:http://www.selfridges.com/en/Womenswear/Categories/BOUTIQUES/Holiday-Shop/City-escape/What-to-Wear/Stars-and-Stripes-print-skinny-mid-rise-jeans_150-3003037-IS9914P/?previewAttribute=Stars%2F+stripes

Stars & stripes! Selfridges have an amazing selection of jeans with their new jeans boutique! These are by Tripp NYC and are priced at £70. Buy them here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

These will go with anything! Black and white houndstooth jeans by Isabel Marant, £205 Net-A-Porter.
Click here.

Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they're really cool. They're by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter. Click here.

Kate Moss was seen wearing these earlier this week in London, I think they’re really cool. They’re by Paige, £260 Net-A-Porter.
Click here.

Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

Geo-fabulous jeans by Balenciaga at Matches, £515. Click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

These are my favourites by Current/Elliott. £240 from Harvey Nichols, click here.

 

How cute are these by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

How cute are these eye print jeans by Kenzo?! Love! £295 at Luisaviaroma, click here.

 

At the more "easily wearable" end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They're by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

At the more “easily wearable” end of the printed jeans spectrum, these skinnies will go with anything and are so easy. They’re by Siwy at Farfetch, £183. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

This tribal print is fab! Current/Eliott jeans, £213, Farfetch. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

Ab fab, I love the panelling detailing. Current/Elliott £116, The Outnet. Click here.

 

So preppy and cool! I'd love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So preppy and cool! I’d love to see these with a neon blazer. Tory Burch, £72.50, The Outnet. Click here.

So there is my top 10 favourite printed jeans! I apologize that they’re all in a big looooooooong column, WordPress was playing silly beggars with me. The thrill about printed jeans is that they can be dressed up with heels and a blazer and tons of jewelery, dressed down in the winter with biker boots, thick socks and a scarf or thrown on in the summer with the cuffs rolled up and a pair of Havaianas.

Let me know where you stand on printed jeans! Which ones are your favourites?

MY NEW GLASSES!

I’m a huge fan of glasses, much to some people’s disbelief. I get people asking me all the time “Why do you not wear contacts?” and the simple answer is that I actually like wearing glasses. I find contact lenses to be a pain, I find them to be uncomfortable and “unnatural” to the eye. For me, my glasses are an important aspect of my everyday look and I try to choose glasses that reflect my style and personality. I don’t choose glasses to be discreet and blend into my face, I like to make a statement. For the past year I’ve been wearing my gorgeous Versace glasses, which I do still love, but I had my eyes tested last week at Vision Express and my eyes have both become worse by two “stages” (I don’t know what the official term is for going up stages in optometry, sorry!) and I was finding it increasingly difficult to see through them.

These are my "old" Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I've had replacement lenses put in them. They're by Versace and I believe they come in four colours.

These are my “old” Versace glasses. I really love them still, I feel like they really suit me and I’ve had replacement lenses put in them. They’re by Versace, bought from Vision Express and I believe they come in four colours.

Now, I do love those glasses and wanted to find out how much it would cost through independent opticians to put new lenses in them to still be able to wear them. Turns out, it’s quite expensive to go to an independent opticians to do it so I enquired about it when I went for my eye test. Whilst I was there, I naturally strolled over to the vast selection they had on display and immediately began trying on as many pairs as I could and of course I decided that I wanted a new pair.

I found these glasses by Polo Ralph Lauren in the men’s section and FELL IN LOVE. I love the electric blue colour because although it’s a bright, statement making colour, it’s still quite neutral and goes with almost everything clothes-wise and makeup-wise.

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I really like big framed glasses rather than the slimmer rectangular styles and the men’s section is perfect for finding the bigger frames! I also like the contrast of the white arms on these. I was toying with this pair and a pair of Prada glasses that I absolutely LOVED as well, I originally wanted a tortoiseshell pair and they were the perfect shade, but in the end I went for these; I might ask for the Prada pair for Christmas this year (fingers crossed!).

I always find my experience as a customer in Vision Express pleasing, the staff are always very helpful, sometimes perhaps a little too helpful, but I don’t mind that really. The actual opticians are always very relaxed and make you feel at ease which is always a bonus! The shop assistants, whenever I go in there, are always on hand for assistance and leave you alone when you don’t want to be hassled when trying on glasses for yourself.

I was made aware of an offer that if you spend over £149 (I think, don’t quote me on that) that you’ll get another pair of £99 glasses for free, which I think is a fab deal! However, I couldn’t actually find any glasses in the store that suited me well enough for me to choose them; because even though they were free it would be a waste for me to have them and never wear them if I wasn’t totally comfortable with the way they looked on me. This is where I asked about the price for lenses to be put into my Versace pair.

The sales assistant left the desk to ask someone about the price and came back and told me that they could treat my pair of lenses in my Versace glasses as my free second pair of glasses so I got those for free too!

I’ve also seen some amazing sunglasses in there which I might invest in at a later date. I have a pair of prescription sunglasses already under my previous prescription from last year and as it’s getting towards the end of the Summer and I’ve already been on holiday, I think it wouldn’t be wise of me to be buying into expensive pairs of prescription sunglasses at this time.

I really recommend Vision Express, (rather than Specsavers because I’ve used them too), as an opticians for the deals they have, the vast expanse of choice in terms of frames and the staff are brilliant too.

Let me know what you think of my new glasses, do you like them or are they too much?

 

Go to VIsion Express to see some of the selection of glasses and sunglasses they do!

IN LOVE WITH ESSIE.

I’ve used nail polishes by Essie for a while now and I’m in love with them! They last for ages, almost a whole week; the colours always seem to be true (they always come out on the nail exactly as they look in the bottle); they dry pretty quickly and they’re very easy to apply, not too thin or goopy. Not to mention their array of colours is faaaaaabulous! Last week I bought two new nail polishes from Essie, Aruba Blue and Fiji. I’ve been looking for a cobalt/electric blue hue for a while, similar to the Nails inc. Baker Street one that Beyonce has sported recently, mostly likely in honour of her daughter Blue Ivy..

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I wanted a blue similar to this and found Aruba Blue at Essie, which is a cobalt blue with pearly undertones in it, I think it’s flattering on my skin tone. I took a photo here of it on my nails so I can give a fair account of how it looked on my skin.

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I really love this colour! I think it will look great in both summer and winter and looks great on toes too.

The other nail polish I bought from Essie was Fiji. I’ve heard lots of people praising this one up on YouTube so I thought I’d buy it and see what I thought. It is a very light pinky/milky colour that is both modern and super easy to wear, goes with everything and I know this may sound strange to some of you (others that are into nail polishes will know what I’m talking about) but I feel this polish makes my hands look cleaner… Haha okay that does sound crazy written down and I promise that my hands are always clean anyway but some polishes can make your hands look kind of murky or… dead. And this one just brightens up my hands.. Kind of like a highlight for your hands or something.

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I can’t wait to wear this colour on holiday, I think it’ll look amazing with a tan!

NOTHING LIKE A GOOD OL’ PINTEREST BROWSE TO MAKE A GAL FEEL BETTER.

So I haven’t been feeling well for the past week (having MAJOR girly issues… Say no more) and whenever I’m feeling down and low or ill and in need of a pick-me-up I always turn to Pinterest. Well in all honesty I turn to Pinterest whenever I’m feeling anything, but illness in particular is a good excuse for some down-time and therefore a good ol’ all night Pinterest sesh. So here is my (extra long) Pinterest post for you, all of which are photos that help add a spring to my step and a smile to my face. Enjoy! Follow me on Pinterest HERE.

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COVET OF THE WEEK…

So who knew that a monochrome dress would first catch my eye and then swiftly catch my heart? Well, it’s not that unusual considering my life seems to be in black & white. Not in a strange you-need-your-eyes-testing kind of way, but just because if you don’t know already, black & white makes me go weak at the knees. Now, the dress shown here is not dissimilar to the dress I’m wearing in my previous outfit post… I realise that. But I just loooooove it so much and I’m determined to own it. It’s like a mission, I WILL own this dress, it has my name on it.

It’s from H&M, costs £34.99 and is just so damn chic. If any of you have it, I hate you, you fashionable thing. If any of you have it in a UK size 8 and don’t want it, I love you.

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