With Christmas only a day away, here are my six favourite must-have items! Hint hint!

1. Petites Biker Trench, £85, Miss Selfridge – I have been looking for a nice coat for ages, and this Miss Selfridge biker trench is perfect to keep me going this Winter! I know, I know, it doesn’t exactly scream out ‘WINTER COAT’, but for £85 it’s not only on trend – the leather touch reminds me of DKNY – but I can also layer it up with my gorgeous green tartan scarf too!

2. Loverdose by Diesel, £28.50 for 30ml, The Perfume Shop – Loverdose is my favourite perfume in the entire world, so how could I not add this into my Christmas wishlist? It’s perfectly packaged and I love its floral scent! One of my best friends bought me this for my 21st birthday, but you can never have too much perfume, right?

3. White Friendship Bracelet By Marc By Marc Jacobs, £40, Harvey Nichols – I’m not usually into my designer gear (I’m more of a high street/vintage girl), but I love this Marc by Marc Jacobs friendship bracelet! It’s so simple but yet sophisticated, and it will go with anything and everything!

4. Alexander Wang Knockoff Bag, £37.99, eBay – Remember last year’s Christmas wishlist, where I had my eyes set on a gorgeous leather multi-strap Alexander Wag tote? Well here is the knock-off version! It may not be the real thing, but I would love to get my hands on it!

5. Project #3 Black Sequin Body, £39, Miss Selfridge – You may have noticed that Miss Selfridge is one of my favourite shops, and as I was having my daily peruse of their website, my eyes were instantly drawn to this gorgeous sequin body! At £39 it may be pricey, but add these Missguided leather shorts and some peep-toe shoe boots from River Island, and you’ll be Belle of the New Year’s Eve Ball!

6. Black Embellished Shorts, £45, River Island – And finally, I have been after some high-waisted embellished shorts for a while now, and these are the PERFECT pair for me! Embellishment is big this season with the likes of Balmain, Jenny Packham and Mark Fast sending their models down the runway with these party-inspired pieces. Just add a plain white H&M vest, and these killer Topshop heels to finish the outfit off.

What’s on your Christmas wishlist this year?

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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.

Now my gym gear wishlist is completed, I have included some top tunes to get us all motivated and into the Olympic spirit too!

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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?

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Time for a personal post, as I haven’t done one in a while!

First things first, a lot has been going on these past couple of weeks – I know I always say this, but it’s true! I have been juggling work and uni, as well as having some ‘me’ time, and some of it has paid off!

I found out last week that I am going to be a fashion intern at Look Magazine next May! This is an exciting opportunity, and I cannot wait to show the Look Team the skills I have learnt so far as a journalist! I will be interning for a month, so hopefully I can get some more fashion experience under my belt! There are a couple of downsides to this, such as travelling to London for a month and I will be missing my NCTJ exams as well. But, this is a once in a lifetime chance to work at one of my favourite mags, so I am going to do my exams next year and save, save, save!

Christmas Wishlist
It’s official, Christmas is coming! And after reading Claire from Sitting Pretty’s post about her wishlist for this season, I thought I should do one too. So, here are my top twenty items that I want in my life! *cough*cough* Boyfriend, take note!*cough*cough*

From L-R: 1. Loverdose Perfume by Diesel, 2. River Island Black Faux Fur Hat, 3. Urban Outfitters ‘It’s Not How Good You Are…’ Book, 4. Topshop Esme Velvet Cat Slippers, 5. Miss Selfridge Articulated Pyramid Body Chain in Silver, 6. River Island Dark Grey PU Panel Vest, 7. River Island Cream Fair Isle Cardigan, 8. Topshop Adorn Leopard Gold Pony Heel Boots, 9. Topshop Lipstick in Nevada,  10. River Island Crackle Models Own Nail Pack, 11. River Island Black Henry Holland Pearl Suspender Tights,  12. Republic Crafted Devil Hotpants, 13. Urban Outfitters Vintage Surplus Bullet Necklace, 14. New Look Vintage Canvas Set, 15. Selfridges Alexander Wang Kirsten Tote, 16. Money, 17. Topshop Cat Hottie, 18. New Look Ribbon Trim Trilby, 19. Miss Selfridge Claw Inspired Detail Ring, 20. Urban Outfitters’ 100 Ideas That Changed Fashion’ Book.

So there you go! All of the things I want this Crimbo! I know that I won’t get all of these, but it was nice to narrow down my long list of wants into 20 ‘must-have’ things!

Things will be busy this week with work, however expect a post this weekend on the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham!
What things are on your Christmas Wishlist?

Earlier this week we saw the online launch of global superstar (and not forgetting pregnant) Beyoncé Knowles and mother, Tina Knowles’s House of Deréon collection at fashion-forward store, Selfridges.

The first House of Deréon brand began in Louisiana over 85 years ago, and was inspired by Beyoncé’s grandmother, Agnés Deréon. Ms Deréon was working in the fashion industry as a skilled seamstress and dressmaker, and was a very talented woman whose fashion tastes have influenced Tina and Beyoncé to collaborate and bring stylish pieces to women everywhere. Whilst Tina Knowles is the creative director behind the collection, daughter Beyoncé works with her mum to develop tantalizing designs to mouth water the taste buds of many fashionistas.

I had a cheeky look at the duo’s designs, and I must say I am impressed at the range of exotic prints and classic black pieces that are on offer!

Here are a few of my favourite pieces of clothing from the House of Deréon range exclusive to Selfridges:

Panelled Dress, £85 – A LBD is required in every girl’s wardrobe so this sexy lace number would be perfect for a girl’s night out or a hot date with your man! This dress is a subtle take on the Autumn/Winter fetish trend, which was seen on the catwalks of Louis Vuitton, Jason Wu and the even more revealing Emanuel Ungaro! I would wear this classic House of Deréon dress with these delicious Dalmatian print boots from Topshop Unique and a crystal cape statement necklace from River Island.

Studded Top, £50 – Being a bit of a ‘rocker girl’, I just had to incorporate this studded pocket vest from Beyoncé’s new Autumn/Winter 2011 collection! This top can be included in several different outfits, for example, you can team it with these Bitching & Junkfood stud spiked denim shorts from Urban Outfitters and Republic hiker heel boots for the ‘rocker girl’ look as seen on the catwalks of Alexander Wang and Giles. You can also pair the studded top with this A|Wear burgundy belted mini skirt from ASOS, for a night out on the town!

Panelled Leggings, £70 – Last but not least are these gorgeous printed panelled leggings for a pricey £70! These leggings are perfect if you want to achieve the current Autumn/Winter print trend, but without being head-to-toe in Dalmatian, polka dots or Navajo.

This beautiful Autumn/Winter collection will be available at the Birmingham, London and Manchester Trafford stores, as well as on the Selfridges website. I suggest you check out the House of Deréon brand today!