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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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?

With winter arriving it’s time to get all glamorous and glitzy with The Live Scene, as I pick out the must have party shoes for this season.

Every girl needs a pair of party shoes in their wardrobe – from studded stilettos, to metallics heels and two-tone platforms – the more sparkly and ‘out there’ the shoe is, the better!

Still need convincing? Well, statement shoes were big on the catwalks of famous designers such as Alexander McQueen , Jonathan Saunders and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few. It seems that this season, you cannot create a bold winter look without a stand-out shoe involved.  Just take inspiration from the designers below!

(Images sourced from here, here & here)

And if you’re like me, and you can’t afford to splash out on designer gear, then don’t fret! Help is at hand. Here is a collection of the best shoes that the high street has to offer, to meet your all of your budgeting needs!

ASOS
ASOS have a huge sale going on at the moment, and you would be a fool to miss out on what they have to offer for the party season! Channel your inner Chanel with these dogtooth/bright blue combos, or bag some Haider Ackermann-a-like silver metallics, or if you’re feeling all starry-eyed check out the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired star printed heels – ALL of which are currently in the sale!

From L-R: PATCHI Cylindrical Heel Platform Shoes [SALE] £36, Miss KG Dancer Glitter Pointed Court Shoe  [SALE] £56 & ALDO Hafen Mirrored Star Platform Court [SALE] £64.

Miss Selfridge
Miss Selfridge is the store for you, if you want a designer-inspired shoe for less! Make like Jason Wu by incorporating some textures into your look, with these feathery cuffed and studded sandals. Or if you want to achieve Vivienne Westwood’s look for less, then bag these gold glitter heels. And finally, jewel-toned colours are not just for dresses this season! Bag these Versace-esque purple boots and you’ll be top of the fashion pack this winter!

From L-R: HONEY Black Feather Cuff Heel £70, SASSY Gold Glitter Court £40 & BLINKY Purple Heeled Boot £50.

Office
Office have a large range of expensive  party heels to choose from, so if you’re looking to splash out your savings on some investment pieces, then check these babies out!

From L-R: Jeffrey Campbell Tick Stud Wedge Shoe Boot £130, A Starry Night Heel £80 & Jeffrey Campbell Lita Platform Ankle Boot £120.

River Island
River Island has some superb statement shoes to satisfy your party needs! From studded heels with faux fur detailing to metallic gold wedges, River Island is the must-go-to store, if you need that all important statement shoe.  All you need now is your killer party dress and you’ll be ready for walking in a winter wonderland!

Here is my best pick of the bunch:

From L-R: Black Faux Fur Studded Sandals £65, Gold Peep Toe Wedges £70 & Orange Diamante Detailed Sandals £55.

Topshop
This Topshop season, it’s all about animal print, two-toned platforms and plenty of glitter! The shoes may be expensive, but it is safe to say that Topshop is one of the best high-street stores, which in terms of investment, will give you value for money. You can wear these party heels over and over again, and in seasons to come!

From L-R: STRUT Glitter Heel Platforms £65, Mary Jane Ribbon Shoes by UNIQUE £100 & SCAR Cut Out Platforms £65.

There you go! These shoes are my pick of the high-street bunch for this party season. What are your favourites? Do you have any must-have party shoes that you’re currently coveting?

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)