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Dear Diary;

This weekend I decided to splash out on a new dress, courtesy of Next. Here is a quick post on what I bought, and what I got up to yesterday!

From Top to Bottom: Crop leather jacket – H&M Kids, Flower and Animal Print Dress – C/O NEXT, Black spotty tights – MISS SELFRIDGE, Rosemary bead cross necklace – EBAY & Black Boots – PEACOCKS.

This weekend I did a little bit of shopping, and after what seemed ages wondering around Next’s Ipswich store (what can I say, I’m deffo a browser), I finally decided to buy this lovely animal print/floral body con dress, which was only £24! This dress is not only perfect for the daytime, but I can also dress it up with some killer black heels for a night out too! I would have bought so many things in there, but unfortunately my bank balance says otherwise! I’m not usually into body con dresses, but this one (which was loose, I bought it in a size 12 – I’m usually an 8-10 – because I preferred it a bit baggier), is so nice and definitely made me stand out from the crowd at Look! I teamed it with my beloved H&M Kids leather jacket, which has practically been glued to my body since I bought it!

Yesterday was a very busy day, our fashion cupboard was slowly building up with more and more returns, but there is no doubt we’ll try and blitz it all today! Me, Lauren and Kat all grabbed some delicious smoothies from Crussh – I recommend the Mango Passion flavour – and enjoyed a nice lunch in the sun! The day was topped off nicely when I had managed to get an early train home – yay!

I would like to say hello to all my new twitter and blog followers! It’s hard to believe that anyone reads my blog, so thank you very much for taking the time to read/glance/follow it. I’m so grateful!

If you would like to have a browse through Next’s dress selection and make a cheeky purchase then click here.

Lyrics: Jessie J – Who You Are

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The Voice. The Attitude. The Style. Who springs to mind when you think of these three words? Rihanna maybe? Or how about Pixie Lott? For me, it’s Jessie J.

There is no doubt that Jessie J is the epitome of cool in all of these departments. With her statement make-up – Union Jack lips anyone? And of course her gutsy attitude – she doesn’t take any crap from her fellow artists on BBC One’s The Voice.  It comes to no surprise that Ms J is an icon for young girls and women everywhere.

(Image sourced from here, here & here)

And now, you can steal the three-time Brit nominee’s looks-for-less. From her iconic see-through red dress at the 2012 Brit Awards, to the simple-but-edgy look below, you don’t need a designer ‘price tag’ to steal Jessie J’s style.

Here is what Jessie J wore on the left-hand side of the image, and what I found similar on the right-hand side:

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(Image sourced from here)

1. Dip Dye, £80, Bleach London – Dip dye hair is big this season with celebrities such as Kate Bosworth, Stephanie Pratt and Caroline Flack, as well as amazing fashion bloggers LLYMLRS and Olivia Purvis donning this two-toned look.  If you want a top-notch dip dye do, then head to Bleach London where you can achieve this look for £80. Don’t have a healthy bank balance? Don’t worry, you can grab some hair dye and DIY in the comfort of your own home.

2. Clean PU Biker Jacket, £55, Topshop – Everyone needs a biker jacket to toughen up their wardrobe, and what better season to own one, with the likes of Balmain and Maison Martin Margiela including this jacket in their Spring/Summer collections. Biker jackets are a good investment and are a perfect addition to any pastel/print outfit! If you haven’t got one already, I suggest you invest in one now.

3. EXACT MATCH Long Clothing Drippy Print, £35, Topman – Who knew that Jessie J was a Topman shopper? This drippy black and white print t-shirt is perfect for the day (just look at Ms J’s ensemble), and it can also be transformed for a night out with the girls – just add these Missguided high waisted leather shorts, Barry M Lip Paint in Vibrant Pink and Urban Outfitters lace crochet boots.

4. Moto Stripe Supersoft Leigh Jeans, £40, Topshop – Stripy prints are in – anyone noticing the people of Britain donning referee gear in their everyday style? Fear not though, you don’t need to go overboard, just take inspiration from LLYMLRS. A simple striped jacket (or jeans in this case); will not only make your outfit ‘pop’, it will also make you look sophisticated and on-trend too. Here, Jessie J proves that you don’t have to do it like a dude to rock black and white (or in this case white and blue) stripes.

5. AMELIE Sixties Ankle Boot with Button Detail, £35, ASOS – Jessie J’s white boots prove that you don’t need ‘traditional’ black boots to achieve the ‘rocker’ look.  At £35 they are fairly expensive but for the cost-per-wear (you can pretty much wear them with anything – except at festivals) they are a good investment buy. All you need now is some Violent Lip tattoos and you will be a Jessie J in no time.

Do you like Jessie J’s style?

This Wednesday’s Wishlist is a shoe special!

wwshoesFrom L-R: 1. KLARKA USA Platform Shoe Boots, 2. Crafted Studded Slippers, 3. Navy Polka Dot Boots, 4. Black and White Flatform Loafers, 5. High Beaded Gladiator Sandals & 6. AMELIA Dalmatian Print Block Heel Chelsea Boots

1. KLARKA USA Platform Shoe Boots, £41.99, Missguided– Want, want, want these shoes! The ‘USA’ trend is HUGE at the moment with high street stores such as Republic, River Island and Topshop waving the American flag! So it comes to no surprise that when my eyes caught these boots on the Missguided website, I HAD to include them in my Wednesday Wishlist! They remind me of Jeffrey Campbell’s but at a much cheaper price! Let’ hope they don’t sell out before my student loan comes in!

2. Crafted Studded Slippers, £25, Republic– I have been looking for some studded shoes for AGES, and when I heard that these babies will be coming into work, I literally jumped for joy! They are perfect for ‘jazzing’ up an outfit, and are different to other shoes on the high street at the moment. With my work discount, I can buy them for £12.50, so as soon as I get paid (Monday) I’m going to get them!

3. Navy Polka Dot Boots, £15, Urban Outfitters– I have lusted after these boots for a while now, but it wasn’t until they popped into the sale (they were originally a whopping £38) that I didn’t really consider including them in my wishlist. These boots are perfect if you want a different look; you can clash them with this River Island print shirt, or pair it with this Missguided lace shirt and scallop denim shorts.

4. Black and White Flatform Loafers, £30, River Island– Flatforms are big at the moment, with bloggers such as LLYMLRS and stylish celebrities: Cher Lloyd, Jessie J and Rihanna sporting this trend. I wasn’t really sure about the ‘flatform’ at first until I saw how versatile they were – I’ve never been a fan of flats – but these ones are perfect for a small girl like me! They give extra height, all without the pain of a high heel and look super comfy!

5. High Beaded Gladiator Sandals, £30, Topshop– I need some sandals for summer, and what better ones to lust after than this Toppers version! I’ve never been a fan of Gladiators, but these ones appealed to me with their gold studs (anyone noticing a shoe-want pattern here?), and they would be perfect for my holiday to Malta in September!

6. AMELIA Dalmatian Print Block Heel Chelsea Boots, £30, Boohoo– And last but not least are these Dalmatian print Chelsea boots! As you all know, I currently own a pair of Topshop leopard print boots (which are AMAZING by the way!), so you’re probably wondering why I want these babies? Well, despite this trend being so last season (bit of blogger snobbery there, sorry), I am still in love with this print, and wouldn’t mind adding this pair to my small shoe collection! Hopefully I can buy these boots when my bank balance looks more positive!

That’s all for this week’s wishlist! What shoes are you guys lusting after?

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)