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IT’S that time of year again ladies! Here are The Live Scene’s top three party dresses for your New Year’s Eve night out!

nye21. Embellished Bodycon Dress, £89, Miss Selfridge – It’s the final day of Autumn/Winter 2012, so why not go out with a bang in this elegant embellished dress from Miss Selfridge? Embellishment is popular this season with Balmain’s collarless jackets, Jenny Packham’s shoulder encrusted dresses and Mark Fast’s intricately jewelled cover-ups turning heads at Fashion Week. Wear this dress with these nude heels from Bank to elongate those legs of yours, and finish your outfit off with some Barry M lipstick in Chestnut Red.

2. Light Purple V Neck Peplum Dress, £25, River Island – Designers loved the two P’s (that’s Peplums and Purples) this Autumn/Winter, with Prada, Gucci and Christopher Kane waving the purple flag, whilst Nicole Farhi, Mary Katrantzou and Burberry Prorsum took the peplum trend one step further with their exaggerated hip-line pieces. This River Island dress seems to emulate both of these trends – so for only £25 what more could you ask for?

3. Foiled Lace Skater Dress by Dress Up Topshop, £50, Topshop – Skater silhouettes were huge this season with Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen including this cut in their A/W collections. Complete this look with these black Topshop platforms and some sexy smokey eyes, courtesy of Models Own.

I shall be wearing either a cobalt blue cut-out dress from Desire, or a Topshop smart cream blouse with Republic’s Miso PU leggings! Oh and not forgetting my killer black Primark heels!

What outfit will you be wearing this New Year’s Eve?

 

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Okay, so we may be fast approaching Autumn, but for those of you who are, like me, going away soon to enjoy the last of the summer sun, and are in need of a new holiday wardrobe, then look no further! This week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a ‘hot for hols’ special! You will be sizzling in the sun in style before you know it!

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From Left to Right: 1. Miss Selfridge Geo Devore Bra Top, 2. eBay Black Suede Studded Flatforms, 3. Topshop Floral Print Maxi Dress, 4. Missguided Tanisa Leather Hotpants, 5. & 6. River Island Light Orange/Pink Diamante Flower Bikini Top & Bottoms.

1. Geo Devore Bra Top, £20, Miss Selfridge – Who knew that wearing what could be deemed as ‘lingerie’ out in public would be socially acceptable in 2012?  Well according to Viktor & Rolf, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana, the elusive ‘bra top’ is just that. Bra tops are perfect for your summer holiday, and with this gorgeous Geo velvet number, you’ll in no doubt be top of the trend class! What’s more, velvet is HUGE for Autumn/Winter 2012 – take inspiration from Peter Pilotto and Unique.

2. Black suede studded flatforms, £11.99 without postage, eBay – Flatforms are massive in the bloggerverse – just look at top fashion blogger Lily Melrose for instance! And with Topshop Unique, Meadham Kirchhoff and Christopher Kane featuring these popular shoes in their Spring/Summer 2012 collections, there is no doubt the ‘the flatform’ is this Summer’s shoe of choice! These black suede studded shoes are perfect for those of you who hate high heels! Plus, they go with EVERYTHING!

3. Floral Print Maxi Dress, £59, Topshop –  A Wednesday Wishlist is never complete with some sort of floral garment included! And this week’s certainly doesn’t disappoint! This Topshop dress maybe be a tad on the expensive side but with florals set to be HUGE this Autumn/Winter – with the likes of Jonathan Saunders and Erdem going darkside, what’s not to love?

4. Tanisa Leather Hotpants, £22.99, Missguided – Don’t fret, the dominatrix look is not back in fashion just yet, but it’s safe to say that leather was everywhere during Fashion Week – just look at online etailer Missguided’s take on this sultry fabric! Team these amazing leather hotpants with a crisp white collar-tipped Zara shirt, Topshop grey ankle socks and Republic’s gold studded and buckle boots, for an Alexa Chung style steal. Or just take some S/S inspiration from Valentino, Kanye West and Balmain by including minimalistic furs and accessories for the hot sizzling summer evening. If you’re more of an A/W girl, make like Acne and Unique and dress down your leather with a grey colour palette.

5. & 6. Light Orange/Pink Diamante Flower Bikini Top & Bottoms, £18 & £10, River Island – Ice cream shades were all the rage this Spring/Summer with Alexander McQueen, Chloe and Chanel including these delicious flavours into their eclectic designs! This pastel bikini River Island bikini is perfect if you want to emulate this Summer’s hottest trend! Team with these cute cat eye sunglasses from ASOS, and you’ll be oozing with style before you know it!

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Going on holiday soon? Well, whilst you have your Fifty Shades of Grey packed in your handbag, let’s not forget summer’s must-have essential – a pair of shades to protect those peeps of yours! And who needs one pair, when The Live Scene has fifty of them at your disposal?

Even though we only have one month of summer left (boo!), we still need a pair of sunglasses to see us through the remainder of August (get what I did there?) Here, I have found a range of shades – from designer to high street, from £1 to £200 – there is a pair to suit everyone’s needs!

My favourites have to be the two pairs of Karen Walker shades, as well as the classic Chanel-inspired half tint sunglasses, as seen on the likes of style icons Mary-Kate Olsen and Nicole Richie. You can get these designer dupes from eBay for only $9.99!

Sunglasses are not only a summer fashion essential, but they also protect your eyes from the harmful UV rays from the sun. These blue Arnette Agent sunglasses are perfect if you want to have a cool down by the pool, whilst at the same time protecting your peepers! Whilst some shades may look fun – who can forget Paris Hilton’s and Kanye West’s trademark ‘raver’ sunglasses – you have got to remember that unless you want crow’s feet or eye damage – and trust me, who wants that? You’ve got to care for those beautiful eyes of yours! And with these fifty shades at your disposal, you can look good and feel fine at the same time!

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White retro sunglasses, £1, Matalan Ray-Ban black 50 wayfarers, Urban Outfitters Gold top bar tortoise shades, Yayer Black festival cartoon glasses, £5, River Island Black square oversize sunglasses, £25, Topshop Hot pink heart shape sunglasses, £4.99, New Look Carrera sunglasses Animal print cat eye sunglasse, £6, Miss Selfridge Brown lens aviators, £12, Stylist Pick Half tint circle sunglasses, $9.99, Ebay Pink frame circle sunglasses, £180, Karen Walker Black & white frame sunglasses, £200, Karen Walker Blue heart sunglasses, £3, Dorothy Perkins Round sunglasses, £16, Topshop Oversized floral sunglasses, £4.99, Missguided Leopard print wayfarer sunglasses, £12, Boohoo Stars & Stripes sunglasses, £2, Republic D&G Pink animal print sunglasses, £164, Sunglass Hut Ray-Ban multicoloured print sunglasses, £135, Sunglass Hut Emporio Armani Blue Mask Sunglasses, £130, ASOS Half frame sunglasses, £49, ASOS Silver tinted sunglasses, £49, Debenhams Ray-Ban silver visors, £100, Next Purple wayfarer style sunglasses, £145, Benjamin Eyewear All over metal sunglasses, £22, Topshop Bling diamante sunglasses, £7.99, New Look Brown print round retro sunglasses, £100, River Island Printed sunglasses, £6, Miss Selfridge Oversize tortoise shell sunglasses, £10, Boohoo Red aviators, £240, Alexander McQueen Oversize 70s sunglasses with arm detail, £15, ASOS Purple Calvin Klein aviators, £80, River Island Geometric enamel detail sunglasses, £7.99, New Look Geek glasses, £8, Boohoo Pink metal sunglasses, £22, Topshop Lanvin crystal & metal sunglasses, £419, Harvey Nichols Adidas sunglasses, £98.95, Smart Buy Transparent round retro sunglasses, £79, French Connection Havana glitter sunglasses, £165, Miu Miu Arnette Sunglasses, £62.25, Smart Buy Huntington sunglasses, £24, Jack Wills Juicy Couture punky crystal sunglasses, £75, Very at eye red sunglasses, £200, Celine Teardrop sunglasses, £69, French Connection Oversized glasses, £6, Miss Selfridge Coral lace print sunglasses, £10, River Island Chloe sunglasses, £233,95, Smart Buy 90s oval metal sunglasses, £16, Topshop Emporio Armani red sunglasses, £110, Very Holcombe sunglasses, £24, Jack Wills

With the Olympics only two months away, there’s no better time than now to celebrate all things British, whilst trying to achieve that must-have bikini bod. Fancy something a bit different to wear to the gym? Then look no further as with Next’s incredible summer collection at your fingertips, you can not only exude patriotism, but you can also work out in style!

The Sports Luxe trend has brought together two things which we could only dream of combining – style and sport – with top designers such as Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and even British style icon; Victoria Beckham including sporty, but fashionable pieces in their Spring/Summer 2012 collections!

The mood board above is the inspiration for my Next wishlist, with a classic and iconic British theme taking precedence – such as the red double decker bus, Her Majesty’s crown and the Queen’s Guard. Combining the sports luxe trend with the Olympics makes it relevant to people who are in the gym and are trying to achieve that pre-holiday bod. It shows that even though we’re not all amazing athletes that we can feel a part of the Olympics, and that it can bring Britain together through our love for sport and fashion.

With my holiday to Malta only a few months away (okay it’s more like five months, but who’s counting?), I am on a mission to achieve a top-notch bikini bod, and with these items from Next’s summer collection, I can not only feel amazing after my post-gym burn, but I can show off my ‘inner fashionista’ too! Who said that gym gear has to be plain and boring?

From Left to Right: 1. Adidas Stella McCartney Performance Tank – £38, Adidas Stella McCartney Navy Leggings – £42, Purple Lace Racer Back Vest – £28, Geri Floral Swimsuit – £35, Official Team GB Olympic Scarf – £10, Stripe Number T-Shirt – £20, Adidas Stella McCartney Red Running Jacket – £68 & Purple Mesh Sweater – £28.

These Adidas/Stella McCartney designs are a perfect example of two house-hold name brands which are proving that sport and fashion CAN mix. The best thing about this wishlist is that with vibrant colour-blocking and clashing prints massive this season, you can mix-and-match everything – giving you more variety in your gym gear! Pastels are huge at the moment with Alexander McQueen, Emilio De La Morena and PPQ all sending their models in these delicious ice cream shades down the runway.  This lilac jumper will be the perfect pullover/slouch sweater for your post-gym walk home, and the studded vest adds that edge if you’re a bit of a ‘rocker girl’ like me – think Balmain!  Next also have some of their own amazing gear which exudes the sports luxe trend! For instance, the purple lace racer back vest and stripe number tee are amazing for those of you who are on a student budget like me, and cannot afford to splash out on Stella McCartney! Take a leaf out of Isabel Marant’s book and team your number tees with similar coloured joggers. And finally, we can not include a Union Jack scarf into the mix – this is after-all  based on the Olympics – at only £10 this is one of the cheapest flag scarfs I have seen, and trust me, I have been looking!

Winning these Next vouchers would be amazing as I can invest in all of this ‘gym gear’ and get fit for Malta. And with the sports luxe trend huge at the moment; I can also wear these pieces out of the gym, as they are all versatile.

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This Wednesday’s Wishlist is all about my work wants!

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From L-R: 1. Soul Cal Deluxe Trilby Hat, 2. Miso Spike & Bead Necklace, 3. Miso Heart Top, 4. Miso Horn Ring, 5. Miso Scallop Hem Highwaisted Shorts & 6. Miso Leopard Print Dip Hem Maxi Dress.

1. Soul Cal Deluxe Trilby Hat, £12 – As most of you know, I work at Republic, and at the moment I am in LOVE with what they have to offer for this Spring and Summer!  I have always wanted a trilby, but due to my genetics (I have such a small head); I have never found a hat which fits me properly. This trilby would be perfect for the upcoming festival season –  think Sienna Miller and Jameela Jamil. Now all I need is my festival ticket and I’m ready to go!

2. Miso Spike & Bead Necklace, £12 – I absolutely adore this collar necklace! It’s quite tribal-esque and as you all know tribal prints are in – just take inspiration from Burberry Prorsum, Emilio Pucci and Gucci, who rocked their prospective fashion weeks. This necklace would look great with the leopard print dip hem maxi dress, Miss Selfridge leather jacket and Deena and Ozzy platforms.

3. Miso Heart Top, £22 – I’m not really a pink fan, but as soon as I saw this pastel pink laser cut crop top I HAD to include it in my Wednesday Wishlist! This top hits two trends with one stone, with pretty pastels being ‘all the rage’ this season with Alexander McQueen, Meadham Kirchhoff and Chanel including these shades in their collections, and laser cut pieces storming the catwalks of Valentino and Louis Vuitton. This top will look great tucked into a Republic black dip hem maxi skirt, with a River Island light minty green blazer and ASOS white creepers.  Invest in yours now!

4. Miso Horn Ring, £8 – Many regular readers will know that I LOVE my rings! So it comes to no surprise that as soon as I saw this one, my mind instantly screamed: ‘Want, want, want!’ The horn is quite big, which is different to all the dainty rings you currently see in the high street. At £8 it is expensive for what it’s worth, but if you’re looking for something a bit different, then this is for you! Thank god for my staff discount!

5. Miso Scallop Hem Highwaisted Shorts, £28 – I have been looking for a decent pair of high waisted denim shorts for ages now, and these scallop hem shorts seem to ‘fit the bill’. Scallop hems were massive last season, and it seems that they are still on trend for this Spring/Summer too, with New York native Jill Stuart incorporating this into her designs.  I just need to add my Miso pastel pink top and my studded slippers, and I’m ready for work!

6. Miso Leopard Print Dip Hem Maxi Dress, £28 – Finally, I am currently coveting this gorgeous leopard print dip hem maxi!  I am in love with dip hem dresses and skirts at the moment, and this would make a perfect addition to my wardrobe! Animal print is another Spring/Summer trend which I love – take inspiration for outfits from Michael Kors and House of Holland, who both show that you don’t have to limit yourself when wearing this print. I would clash this dress with a floral blazer and toughen it up with these nude lace Boohoo boots.

Those are my work wants! What pieces are currently on your work’s wishlist?

This week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a River Island edition!

River Island is one of my favourite shops, and believe it or not, I used to work there! So it comes to no surprise that I HAD to make a special River Island edition for this Wednesday’s Wishlist! I have picked six of my favourite items which not only showcase the latest Spring/Summer 2012 trends, but also show off my personal style too.

From L-R: 1. Gold Leaf Headband, 2. Navy Boat High Waisted Print Leggings, 3. Black Quilted Wellies, 4. Cream Chelsea Girl Paisley Dress, 5. Black Floral Print Sweat Top & 6. Gold Tone Diamond Pendant Necklace.

O1. Gold Leaf Headband, £4 – Headgear was heavily featured this Spring/Summer 2012 on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Louise Gray and Alexander McQueen. So this inspired me to include this delicate gold leaf headband into the mix this week! This headband would be perfect for a casual stroll the park (if Preston weather permits), as well as dressing up for a night on the town with the girls!

O2. Navy Boat High Waisted Print Leggings, £16 – These navy boat leggings are so different to the usual plain leggings/pants that I go for! I haven’t really seen the appeal of printed pants, however, when these boat ones caught my eye, I wanted them straight away! Printed pants are a HUGE trend this Spring/Summer with the Kings and Queens of print; Peter Pilotto, Jonathan Saunders and Jil Sander including them in their collections. These leggings would look great with a Republic printed vest and some Jeffrey Campbell’s for a night out, or it can be dressed down for daytime with black flatforms and a burnt out vest from Toppers.

O3. Black Quilted Wellies, £27 – I know what you’re thinking: ‘Why wellies?  It’s not festival season yet!’ Well the inspiration to include these black quilted babies came from an encounter with a girl at my local takeaway. It was a normal Prestonian day (windy and rather wet) and this fashionable girl strutted into the takeaway wearing some simple, plain wellies with her outfit. This gave me the inspiration to trawl through the River website to search for a pair. After minutes of searching, I finally came across this black quilted version and the words ‘WANT WANT WANT’ instantly screamed in my mind. These wellies are my comfy version of the knee-high boot, and are a perfect addition to my shoe collection – hey, it’s perfectly acceptable to wear wellies in a place like Preston, right?

O4. Cream Chelsea Girl Paisley Dress, £25 – I am love with the ‘dainty doll’ look at the moment, so when this cream Chelsea girl dress caught my eye, I instantly took a shining to it! Cream is big this season with Christopher Kane, Prada and Chanel all including this shade in their S/S 2012 designs. This dress can be accessorised with the gold leaf headband above, to achieve a truly ‘girly’ look, or it can be dressed up with these Urban Outfitters’ wedges and an ASOS ‘tough’ leather jacket for a gig!

O5. Black Floral Print Sweat Top, £28 – Floral is back again for this Spring/Summer with Alexander Wang, Dolce & Gabbana and Mary Katrantzou including this blooming print in their collections. This sweat top can be teamed up with the navy boat leggings for a cool clash look, or it can be worn with a Republic crisp white shirt underneath it, with these Bitching and Junkfood denim shorts to complete the outfit!

O6. Gold Tone Diamond Pendant Necklace, £10 – This necklace reminds me of the Superman logo – as some of you may know, I am a HUGE fan of TV series Smallville at the moment – so I just HAD to include this pendant into my wishlist! I prefer big pendants and long necklaces to small, dainty ones, so this version would be perfect for my ever-growing collection of gold necklaces!

That’s all for this Wednesday’s wishlist! What are you guys currently craving in the fashion/beauty stakes?