What words instantly come into your mind when you hear ‘Mary-Kate Olsen’? Twin? Actress? Fashion Designer? Style icon? Yep, that’s right, style icon.

The younger Olsen twin has been in the public spotlight for most of her life. It is not only her ability to act which puts her in the pages of Vogue Magazine, it’s her style. And that’s why this week’s Steal Her Style feature is dedicated to achieving Miss Olsen’s eccentric but simplistic look-for-less!

Think lively prints, basic colours and tons of accessorising and you’ve got Miss Olsen’s style to a tee.  So to help you guys get some inspiration, or maybe even a head start in the trend department, I have chosen to steal what Mary-Kate wore to The Art of Elysium Bright Lights event back in April, 2010. Now all you need are those beachy ‘just got out of bed’ locks!

Here is what Mary-Kate wore on the left-hand side of the image, and what I found similar on the right-hand side:
(Mary-Kate image is sourced from here)

Leopard Faux Fur Coat, £50, Miss Selfridge – Despite the fact that the Spring/Summer 2012 season is just around the corner, there is still no excuse to not indulge in a timeless piece such as the faux fur coat! Fur coats (real or not) were big on the Autumn/Winter catwalks of  Topshop Unique, Donna Karan and Giles. And they are perfect for those who are still suffering from those winter blues!

Structured Skater Dress, £46, Topshop – Skater dresses were featured in the Spring/Summer 2012 collections of British-born designer; Cushnie et Ochs, as well as London-based twins Felder Felder’s. However, if you can’t afford to splash out on this huge 2012 trend, then don’t worry! There are a number of structured skater dresses out there on the high street, from Republic’s ruby red number to River Island’s luscious leopard print dress – you are spoiled for choice!

Black Slim Tie, £8, Topman – A Mary-Kate Olsen outfit wouldn’t be complete without including a whole hoard of sporting accessories! This Topman tie will add a masculine edge to your outfit. Want to get more use out of your new tie? Then look to Ralph Lauren and Jason Wu for S/S 2012 inspiration.

Colour Mesh Bangle Pack, £12.50, Topshop – These cute coloured bangles from Topshop will complement the tie perfectly, as well as adding a ‘bohemian’ feel to the look. Orange tones were huge in the collections of Narciso Rodriguez, Michael Kors and Hermes. So why wait now? Invest in one of the hottest seasonal colours, and you’ll be sizzling your way through spring and summer!

Metal Ridged Ring, £6.50, Topshop – Like Mary-Kate, I love my rings! So I picked a few which matched her style, and a few which I liked too! This metal edge ring is perfect for adding a touch of masculinity to the outfit, along with the Topman tie.

Large Round Turquoise Ring, £28, Urban Outfitters – Most of Mary-Kate’s rings have turquoise stones infused in them, and what better ring to achieve MK’s look-for-less than this Urban Outfitter’s version?  It may be a bit on the pricey side, but for seasonal value, it ticks all the right trend boxes. Take inspiration from Marc Jacobs and Chanel, if you want to add more of this underwater colour into your wardrobes!

Made Brass Shikong’o Ring, £25, ASOS – This may be a small brass ring, but good things come in small packages – and this one doesn’t differ! This cute piece of jewellery can be incorporated into any look, and in the long term, will be a good investment in terms of cost-per-wear.  

Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Clutch, £22.50, Accessorize – This left-handed Olsen twin loves her kooky accessories, and nothing fits the bill better than this amazing Accessorize star clutch! It’s currently in the sale, so bag yours (see what I did there?), while you can!

Miso Gold Zip Boots, £34.99, Republic – Nothing beats a nice pair of shoe boots to stride in style! I have these beautiful babies, and I must say, they go with any outfit, and they make lengthen your legs perfectly!

There you go! Look out for another Steal Her Style feature in the near future! But for now, do you like this Olsen twin’s style? Or do you prefer her older sister Ashley’s?

(Mary-Kate featured image sourced from here)

Christmas is coming, and that could only mean one thing – time to dig out your best party dress!

One trend which has been storming the party dress world this season is jewel-toned colours. Yes, that’s right, from ruby to amethyst, to silver and sapphire, the fashion wolves are howling away if you don’t invest in one of these huge trend babies!

Jewel-toned dresses were huge on the catwalks of Gucci, Versace and Christian Dior, who all included them in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections. Take inspiration from fashion power-house Versace, and invest in this sexy sapphire number from ASOS, or if you’re feeling a lighter shade of blue, then bag this Gucci-inspired Quiz dress.

(Images sourced from Vogue UK)

Fashion designers were not the only ones who have spear-headed this trend. Celebrities such as Stacy Keibler, Mila Kunis and BBC Radio 1 presenter, Fearne Cotton, have sported a range of dresses across the jewel-toned spectrum. If you’re not lucky enough to be able to afford Stacy Keibler’s Maria Lucia Hohan number, then don’t worry, as Select have a sequin mesh amethyst dress just for you!  Going for gold? Then hit Topshop and invest in this one-shoulder dress, and you’ll be ready to hit the Christmas parties Fearne Cotton style!

Here are some of my favourite jewel-toned party dresses:

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My must-have pick of the bunch is the River Island pink Grecian dress! This dress is not only perfect for a night out with the girls, but it is also practical for special occasions too!

Now all you need is your killer party heels, and you’ll be walking in a winter wonderland before you know it!

What jewel-toned dresses are you currently coveting at the moment?

Another week, another feature on my nails!

This week I’m going all starry-eyed by painting my nails à la Dolce & Gabbana!  Their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection was full of this twinkling print – from clashing star and lace dresses to sexy starry trousers – it’s clear that D&G definitely pulled out all the stops on this collection!

(Images sourced from here)

Not only that but it seems that the A Listers have twinkle-toed their way to stardom (see what I did there?), by including this huge trend into their enormous wardrobes. Take note from Lily Allen, Jessie J and Mary-Elizabeth Winstead who all rocked this look effortlessly.

Now onto the nails! I recently bought Barry M nail paint in Vivid Purple and used this varnish, along with the 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener – which I always use! I love the Barry M nail colour! I currently don’t have a dark purple in my nail polish collection so this was another incentive for me to buy it! To add the stars, I used celebrity nail technician’s Andrea Fulerton’s metallic silver pen.

Here is an image of what I used to achieve these stellar starry nails!
L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Andrea Fulerton Nail Boutique Dot & Flick Nail Art £3.99 Superdrug, Barry M Nail Paint in Vivid Purple £2.99 Superdrug & Long Lasting Emery Board (came in a pack of 5) £99p Superdrug.

As usual, I applied a base coat using the top coat and nail hardener, which dried within a couple of minutes. I then painted two coats of Barry M – I only needed one coat, but for my own reassurance I decided to paint on two coats. When it dried (which didn’t take long at all), I used the Dot and Flick nail pen, which I bought earlier that day. Despite applying the ‘stars’, some of them got smudged and didn’t really turn out how I wanted them to – they were more like splats or flowers than stars -but I love the colour combination!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
The lighting was really bad so I had to use flash on my camera, thus the colour looks a bit lighter than what it does in real life. As you can see, I have only painted on two stars at the tip of my nails; I didn’t really want to cover my nails in stars, so I opted for this look. If I were to attempt this look again, I probably would have bought nail art stickers, but being me, I tried to draw them on. Despite the stars not turning out the way I wanted them to, I am in love with the Barry M nail varnish, and I am going to use the metallic pen for dots (as opposed to a blunt end of a cocktail stick). Overall, I’m happy with my attempt.

That’s it for this week’s nails! What do you guys think of my attempt at going all D&G?

PS. I have been shortlisted for Blog of the Month at British Style Bloggers – so happy and excited!

(Image used in feature image sourced from here)

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This week’s Steal Her Style is all about new X Factor judge, Tulisa Contostavlos.  She may have been in the papers these past few weeks for her and Kelly Rowland’s ‘behind-the-scenes dramas’, but Tulisa tells it like it is, and people admire that. Here is a feature on her oh-so-fierce style!

Tulisa’s style is ever-changing. Remember when she started out gigging with N-Dubz and wore a pink tracksuit with a cap to match? Well, those days are long gone, as Tulisa is back with style vengeance, and you can steal her style for the snip of the designer’s price!

Red One Shoulder Bodycon Dress, £25, River Island One shoulder dresses were big on the Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalks of Gucci, Aminaka Wilmont, and Temperley London, who included them in their collections. So it comes to no surprise that Tulisa chose this beautiful one shoulder red dress to wear to the recent Cosmopolitan Awards!  You can bag a cheaper version of this Suzanne Neville dress for only £25 at River Island. Now that’s what I call a bargain!

Silver Tone Diamante Tassel Drop Earrings, £12, River Island Tulisa wore some intricate silver drop earrings to the Cosmo Awards, so I couldn’t help including these cheap look-a-likes from River Island into this week’s Steal Her Style feature! All you need to do now is tie your hair in a polished side bun, and like Tulisa, let your ears do the talking!

ASOS Pyramid Metal Tip Clutch, £15, ASOS This ASOS clutch is perfect to store all your girly essentials! It may not be Tulisa’s but this clutch is a perfect buy if you want her silver accessory for less!

Black Court Platform Shoes, £45, River Island With a smouldering statement dress, it was no wonder that Tulisa chose simple black courts to pair with this Suzanne Neville number. Buy these courts from River Island for a reasonably priced £45, and your legs will be looking longer within seconds of stepping out the house!

Lips in Confession, £8, Topshop A Tulisa outfit isn’t complete without some killer lipstick! Nab this £8 Topshop lipstick and you’ll be ready to try and pucker up to Tulisa’s boyfriend/band mate, Fazer before you know it!

That’s all for this week’s Steal Her Style feature! What do you think of Tulisa’s style? Or her judging style on the X Factor?

(Tulisa featured image sourced from here)

This Week’s Nails is all about polka-dots!

Polka-dots were featured a lot in London, Paris, New York and Milan Fashion Weeks, with Stella McCartney, Marc Jacobs and David Koma, including this spotty print into their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections.

So when it came to This Week’s Nails, I had to incorporate this big trend into my ‘nail art’.

I chose a deep, dark red for the base colour and ‘dotted’ my nails with Luscious white nail varnish using the blunt end of a cocktail stick.

Here is the nail varnish I used to achieve my look:

L-R2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug, Nails Inc. London Nail Varnish in Tate, Free (RRP £5) via Glamour Magazine and Luscious Nail Varnish in White, Free  via a magazine I bought ages ago.

Similar to the last nails post, I used Superdrug’s 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener as my base and top coat. I then applied two coats of the Nails Inc. polish. I have to say, I love the colour! Dark red is one of my favourite colours and I didn’t have this colour in my nail varnish collection, so thanks Glamour for the freebie!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
As you can see I went for ‘big polka-dots’, and tried to cover my nails in them, rather than just having two or three. The Nails Inc. varnish had an average drying time, and I am pleased with how they turned out.

However, when I went wrong with one of the nails, the polish left a pink stain and despite using numerous amounts of  nail varnish remover and cotton balls to remove the ‘pink stain’, it was still visible. This may be due to my nail varnish remover (which is Cutex by the way), or to the nail polish itself. I will have to wait and see what the state of my nails is in when I take it off, but for now, I love them!

That’s all for This Week’s Nails, look out for next week’s post on them!

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This weekend I went to Blackpool to sample the shops, the food and of course, Blackpool Illuminations!
Here is a quick post on what I got up to!

Apology
Big apologies for not posting a lot throughout the past couple of weeks! I have been very busy with uni assignments, work, my radio show and doing things for other blogs. However, I will be back in full form this week – I have plenty of post ideas lined up, I just need to write them! So stay tuned, and thank you for sticking with me and reading my blog, I appreciate it!

Outfit
Apologies aside, here is the outfit I wore. I decided to incorporate a bit of ‘goth’ into my look with the cross necklace (which later broke when I was in the arcades – gutted!), my vintage black cut-up Levi’s, vintage boots and my trusty Primark tights. I wanted to wear a cosy jumper to complete the look, so I opted for my polka-dot Primark number! Polka-dots are big at the moment with Stella McCartney and Marc Jacobs including them in their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections, so I had to include this knit into today’s look!


Jumper – Primark
Cross Necklace – Primark
Tape Measure Ring – Topman
Levi Shorts – Vintage (via Urban Outfitters)
Tights – Primark
Boots – Vintage

Savvy Spending
As soon as I arrived in Blackpool I marched to Republic to buy some more ‘uniform’ clothes. I had a quick dash around the small store and settled for this black and white star crop blouse for only £10!

This blouse reminds me of up-and-coming boutique; Numph’s white & black Luella Bat Print Blouse, from online fashion store My Label. I love this blouse, which is owned by top bloggers such as Gem Fatale and Carrie of Wish Wish Wish. However, I chose to opt for a quite different and cheaper version which I could wear for work. I would pair this with my River Island light blue skinny jeans and metallic vest top.

River Island was my next and final stop. Why you ask? I ended up spending a whopping £60 in there! I didn’t mean to spend that much, but I just couldn’t help myself when my eyes caught this lovely vintage-style black beaded dress!

I have been looking for a dress similar to this one for ages, and when I saw it, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to bag this baby! I could wear this dress for nights out with the girls and special occasions. I could also make like Altuzarra and team it with a Miss Selfridge khaki parka – the possibilities are endless! Despite the fact these thoughts were running through my mind, my hand was still shaking at the cash desk. In my mind I was thinking: “Hello overdraft!”

Unfortunately as soon as I bought my new dress, my ‘sensible’ side started to rear its ugly end and I decided that £70 was enough to spend on a day’s shopping trip. Hey, I still needed to hit the arcades and spend lots of money in there!

Ooh La Laa Pizza Express!
Me and Ali chose to eat at Pizza Express for tea. Both of us had never been to Pizza Express before and heard lots of raving reviews from our friends, so we decided to give it a try. And boy, was it worth it!

I ordered garlic bread for starter, whilst Ali opted for the chilli version. The garlic bread was just the perfect size for a little one like me! Usually, when you order garlic bread in Italian restaurants you are greeted with a full on 11 inch pizza version! So I was happy when this one turned up on my table.

For mains Ali decided to have the chef’s special hot pizza, whereas I went for pizza with a vegetarian mushroom topping. I really enjoyed my pizza, despite not being able to finish it! After Ali ate his pizza, he decided it wasn’t hot at all – this is the guy who piles on extra hot sauce on his Nandos meals! So it didn’t really surprise me when he claimed it wasn’t spicy enough for him.

Even though we were both full, we decided to share PE’s chocolate fudge cake dessert – which we finished off within minutes of it arriving! It was so nice, and wasn’t as bitter, or ‘too chocolaty’ as I thought it would be!

Overall, I enjoyed my tea at Pizza Express, and would happily go again – although I would skip the starters so I can finish off the mains next time!

Blackpool Sights
After our meal, we decided to have a long walk along the Promenade and view the illuminations. We had also managed to catch the sun set!
Watching the sun set by the beach was beautiful and prepared us for the illuminations. I have never been to see the illuminations before, despite living nearer to Blackpool than Ali (who lives in Ipswich by the way!) So it was a nice experience to walk down the Promenade and take in our surroundings before hitting our last stop, Coral Island.
Coral Island is basically a casino, but with games, bingo and arcades. Me and Ali tried to win as many tickets as we could, so we could win each other prizes. We played Guitar Hero, went on the dance mat and played Deal or No Deal. In the end, Ali won me this cute Coral Island bear!

Overall it was such a fun and nice day out after handing in our uni assignment! We both enjoyed the illuminations, and of course Pizza Express!

Have you guys been to Blackpool? What do you think of it?

EDo4Forget Stella McCartney, Louis Vuitton and Dolce & Gabbana! This season, it’s all about Croatia’s emerging designer talent, Fjaba!

With their embellished sequin blouses, colour-block corsets and silk-layered tunics in tow, Fjaba have something different to offer than their European contemporaries.

Founded in 2006 by style-savvy sisters, Mirna and Ida, Fjaba debuted in the world of fashion in 2007 at Cro-à-Porter – a fashion project which promotes up-and-coming Croatian fashion designers – held in Zagreb, Croatia. The success of this event then catapulted them into the leagues of the high-fashion elite, leading them to appear in seven seasons of Croatian Fashion Week!

Things could not have gotten any better for Croatia’s new talent, as British style bibles; Elle, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and Grazia have proved, when they showcased the duo’s designs in their popular magazines, thus spreading the ‘Fjaba love’!

It is safe to say that Fjaba certainly have an eclectic take on fashion, as seen in their debut at London Fashion Week, earlier this year. Their Autumn/Winter 2011 collection was described as “an unforgettable fairy tale with a twist.” Think of a stylish Princess Leia going dark side.

Here is a video from their London Fashion Week debut, showcasing their A/W 2011 collection:

If you want to achieve Fjaba’s looks for less, then look no further!
Here is my high street version of one my favourite outfits from their designs.

From Top to Bottom: Curved Black Blouse, Beaded Fabric Collar, Black Double Facet Stretch Bracelet, A Line Mini Skirt in Lace.

As you can see, you can achieve Fjaba’s look for less than half the price of this Peek-a-boo tunic dress, which is one of my Fjaba favourites!

Fjaba are now well on their way to European domination, with having secured several international placements for their ‘luxury label’, which is currently available in some parts of Europe. For UK readers, you can purchase their designs through Kay Flawless Fashion.

The design duo will be heading back to the UK next month for an independent fashion show, which will include 10 up-and-coming designers. For more information about the event, check out TellusFashion.com!

(Images in graphic sourced from here)