As a member of the Next Bloggers Network, this week’s ‘Steal Her Style’ is not only a feature, but it is also a competition entry to win tickets to the Elle Style Awards 2012. And who better to focus on, than the stylish, eccentric and opinionated Jameela Jamil for my entry?!

The Channel Four ‘Play It Straight’ presenter has always ‘wowed’ me with her laid-back approach to fashion.

(Images sourced from here, here & here)

From her love of prints, to festival chic – and not forgetting her trademark stand-out lip – Jameela has got it all. For this feature I have taken an outfit from last year’s Elle Style Awards, and I have found similar items from the Next website.

Here is what Jameela wore on the left-hand side of the image, and what I found similar on the right-hand side:
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Geri Cream Maxi Floral Dress £55 –Floral prints may have been HUGE in 2011, but they are also set to be big this year too, with designers such as Peter Pilotto, Christopher Kane and Proenza Schouler  all including this Spring/Summer print into their designs. Being ahead of the fashion game is a tough job for many, but Jameela does it with grace and originality. Want to achieve this look-for-less?  Then try this Geri Cream Maxi Floral Dress from Next! This dress may be pricey but it is a good investment. It’s a perfect transitioning piece from Spring to Winter, for example, for the current icy weather try pairing this dress with some opaque tights and a cosy cardigan and for Summer, take inspiration from this look!

Models Own Eye Gift Set £15 – Every girl needs that perfect smokey eye! So this Models Own eye gift set is a perfect buy for those of you who can’t live without this sultry and sexy look! At £15 it is a tad pricey, but take heed from the blogosphere – who are raving about Models Own products at the moment – and bag yourself this kit!

Models Own Lipstick in Baby Pink £6 – Again, you can’t look like Jameela without having that all important statement lip! This Models Own baby pink lipstick is a bang on-trend colour at the moment with pastel hues being all the rage! Take colour inspiration from Valentino, Calvin Klein and Diane Von Furstenberg who had a rainbow of pastels in their collections!  Now all you need is a cute guy to pucker up with for Valentine’s Day!

Made With Love Rose Mesh Clutch £18 – Miss Jamil may have a simple plain nude clutch in the picture above, but this textured rose mesh version brings something different to this girly ensemble.  Mixing prints and textures was huge last year, so it is unsurprising that I have incorporated this ‘clashing’ trend into this week’s Steal Her Style look!

Nude T-Bar Platform Shoes £35 – Nude accessories are the best way to go if you want all the attention paid to your statement dress! These T-Bar heels are not only similar to Jameela’s shoes, but T-Bars are on trend too! Take Jonathan Saunders and Calvin Klein who had their models strutting down the runway in this particular shoe style!

That’s all for this week’s ‘Steal Her Style’! What do you guys think of Jameela’s style?

(Feature images sourced from here, here & here)

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For the past few weeks I have been feeling really run down and stressed, due to a number of things -uni, work, money and life in general. So today I decided to do a bit of retail therapy – well Primark therapy – and checked out what the Preston store had to offer!

I only had 30 minutes to do some speedy shopping, as Ali had to go and prepare for his awesome radio show; Extra Time, on Guild Radio (little plug there for you guys!).

I was rushing around a quite surprisingly tidy Primark. For those of you who are international readers, Primark is basically a fairly cheap store which sells basic clothes, as well as one off ‘on-trend’ items. It’s also known for being a really untidy store (clothes all over the floor etc.) So I was shocked to see that the place was actually tidy!

Anyway, I picked up a few items, and in total spent £34, which is quite expensive for three things, but boy, they are worth it!

I bought:
‘Leather’ jacket, £20 – Despite already owning a black leather jacket (with a fur collar), I couldn’t help but buy this simple hooded version. I know that some of Primark’s ‘leather’ jackets look really cheap, but by pairing this baby with the right clothing and accessories, it will look amazing! The hood may ‘downgrade’ the jacket, but it will be so handy if it rains – and it always rains in Preston!

Polka dot grey & dark pink jumper , (the jumper is darker IRL) £12 – Polka dots are huge this season with Marc Jacobs, Stella McCartney and Diane von Furstenberg all including this eclectic print into their Autumn/Winter 2011 collections.  So it comes to no surprise that I had to effectively ‘jump on the bandwagon’ and purchase this gorgeous polka dot jumper! Many ‘typical’ polka dot prints consist of monochrome colours, so this buy was a little bit different to the norm, which I like! I can team this jumper with my leather shorts and my new vintage boots for a cheeky shopping trip, or I can wear it with this Topshop bodycon skirt and these shoe boots from Republic for a night out with the girls – the possibilities are endless!

Brassy deer ring £2 – The final item I bought was this adorable deer ring! As regular readers know, I LOVE my rings! So I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to add this brassy ring to my ever-growing collection. This ring can be worn with practically any outfit! I can also pair this baby with other similar colour rings that I have, for the ‘stacked’ effect. For £2, this is a well invested piece of jewellery.

I was fairly impressed with Primark today, as I saw quite a few ‘on-trend’ clothes, and even some ‘unique’ clothes, which is so different from their usual basic jersey and jumper stuff. I think Primark is a bit of a ‘hit and miss’, one day you’ll go in there and find loads of nice clothes which suit your style, and other days, you hardly find anything.  I definitely think today was one of them days where I saw loads of things to buy, but I simply didn’t have the time to have a good rummage through the clothes.

What do you guys think of Primark? It would be interesting to hear your thoughts!

Earlier this summer, former X-Factor star Diana Vickers launched her new collection on popular online fashion store; Very. The website, which hosts many ‘celebrity’ brands including Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton and TV presenter Holly Willoughby, gave 20-year-old Vickers a chance to design an Autumn/Winter collection for the store.

I had a cheeky look at Vickers’s new collection; Dee-V and I must say, I am very impressed with how fashion-forward the ‘Once’ singer is!

From current seventies trend, denim flares to two-trend sixties sequin dresses, it is clear that Vickers can now add ‘fashion designer’ to her ever-growing CV!

Here are some of my personal favourites from the Dee-V collection, with items clock-wise round:
Dog Print Playsuit, £49 – This dog print playsuit is so cute, and is a perfect transitional piece from summer to autumn! The playsuit has a vintage feel, and will be perfect for pairing with these brogues, which is another Autumn/Winter trend! This playsuit also oozes Diana’s eccentric and playful style, which I’m sure anyone can pull off!

Sequin 60s Tunic Dress, £49 – The sixties era is in trend at the moment with Fendi sporting patchwork furs and eccentric coloured tights as well as Prada who were working the 60s disco era with style! So it is no wonder why Diana has incorporated sequins, which were also another hot trend in the Autumn/Winter shows such as Diane von Furstenberg. Despite the colour (light lilac) not being to my taste, I love the sequin circle detailing on the pockets, so maybe if she expanded the colour range this would be right up my street!

Knitted Mini Dress, £49 – This knitted mini dress is oh-so-simple and elegant! It can be dressed down with some on-trend Chelsea boots for a day out shopping with the girls or it can be glammed up with accessories galore and a cheeky leather jacket for a dinner date with the man! This is what I love about Vickers’s style – it’s so versatile and you can create quite a few different looks with this garment!

So there are my three favourite pieces of Diana Vickers collection, let’s hope she has the chance to create a Spring/Summer 2012 collection which in no doubt will be just as good – or even better!