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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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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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?

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From H-T: Necklace – Topshop, Denim Shirt – Primark, Denim Shorts – Vintage & Tights – Republic.

You’re probably thinking: ‘Sarah’s posted an outfit?!! What has the world come to?!’ I know, I know, I don’t usually post OOTDs (outfit of the days) on my blog, purely because I don’t think my style is inspirational – I’m no Lily, Gem or Olivia. But seeing as my internship is coming up – one month of interning at a busy weekly fashion magazine – I thought I should try and get some ideas flowing for what to wear (I need at least 20 outfits!)

So here is my take on double denim. The shirt is a men’s small from Primark – needless to say, it’s VERY baggy, but I sort of like baggy tops even though they have a tendency to hide my frame. At £10 it’s a tad pricey for Primark, but I’m sure I will get a lot of use out of it. My shorts are vintage – possibly from Urban Outfitters– and even though they are denim, I think they contrast the light denim shirt well. As you can see, one of my images features some festival bands. These will feature in all of my photos – they are a bit grubby, but oh well! They are from Live At Leeds 2009, Macs Night Club, Leeds Festival 2010, 2011 and 2009.

Today has been a slow day (full of Smallville, blog reading and eBay scouring), however tonight I plan a trip to the library to get started on my Journalism Issues essay due for next week! I plan to get most of it done tonight, wish me luck!

What do you think of my take on double denim? Fashionista or fashion faux pas?

This week’s nails are going all ‘ombre-fied’!


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Ombre tones were a huge trend which dominated the Spring/Summer 2012 catwalks of Charlotte Ronson, Louis Vuitton and Giorgio Armani Couture. So it comes to no surprise that I had to feature this trend on my nails this week!

Here is an image of what I used to achieve my ombre nails!
From L-R Collection 2000 Hot Looks in Show Off , 2 in 1 Top Coat & Nail Hardener Superdrug & 17 Lasting Fix Nail Polish in Mint Choc Chip Boots.

Firstly, I applied the top coat & nail hardener as a base coat, which only takes up to a minute to dry. I then painted half of my nails with one coat of Collection 2000 ‘Show Off’. This colour is one of my favourites as it’s so bright! Afterwards I then painted the other half of my nails (from the middle to the tip) with my candy-coloured 17 polish in ‘Mint Choc Chip’, which I bought in my Boots Bargains post. Again I only applied the one coat and waited for it dry. Finally, after two minutes of drying, I created wavy lines over the middle where the two colours meet with my Collection 2000 ‘Show Off’ polish. Due to only applying the one coat of it at the beginning, it created sort of a ‘gradual’ ombre effect to the ‘Mint Choc Chip’ colour.  Then well ah!

Here is the finished look of the nails:
ombrenailsTo say that I have never attempted ombre nails, I think these bad boys are okay! The wavy lines could have been better but oh well! I have to say both nail polishes dried really fast, which is quite unusual for me as I always end up with varnishes that have a long drying time!

If you’re looking for more ombre nail ideas, one of my favourite bloggers; LLYMLRS has done an ombre post, but has painted each of her nails a lighter colour than the first, if you want to check it out here.

That’s all for this week’s nails, what do you think of my attempt? Have you attempted ombre nails before? I’d love to have a look!

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The other day I went to the Trafford Centre in Manchester to do a spot of shopping! I spent far too much in Republic (thank God for staff discount!), and had an amazing three-course TGI Fridays meal courtesy of Ali! Here is a quick feature on what I bought! Enjoy!

I was really excited to go to the Trafford Centre, as me and Ali had planned to go sometime this week (mainly to cheer us both up), and to sample some TGI Fridays – our last one was in May in Glasgow! So we hopped onto a train and arrived in Manchester later that afternoon.

We cheekily hit Primark on our way to catch the X50 bus to the Trafford Centre. I was overwhelmed with how large the store was, as well as being surrounded by so many clothes! I decided to just head to the accessories section to browse and purchase a few things.

Here is what I bought at Primark:
Silver Long Cross Necklace, £2.50 – I’m not really a big fan of silver jewellery (regular readers will know that I live in gold rings and necklaces!), but when I spotted this ‘gothic’ necklace, I couldn’t resist buying it! One of my favourite bloggers; Lily Melrose, must have thought there was something special about this charming cross necklace, as I noticed she bought one too! I can pair this up with one of my many monochrome vest tops, and it will also look very nice with my Topshop ear cuff which I bought in Leeds!

Printed Skull Scarf, £3 – Remember the famous Alexander McQueen skull scarf which was donned by many celebrities such as Ashley Tisdale, Lindsay Lohan and Nicky Hilton from 2009? Remember the aftermath of followers who couldn’t afford the real thing and bought replicas from high street stores? Well being me, I jumped ‘on the band wagon’ and bought this skull scarf from Primark two years later. How ‘behind the trends’ am I haha??  Trends aside, this scarf will be a nice change from wearing necklaces all the time, and will hopefully ‘spice’ up my outfits a little bit!

Mesh Spotty Tights, £2 – As regular readers might know, I practically live in shorts and tights! So I thought I should invest in some ‘fancy’ tights instead of wearing plain ones all the time! Primark are really good for tights, as whenever I seem to buy them, they last so long without getting laddered (which is a frequent pain for most tight-wearers). So I bought these lovely spotty tights to make my outfits a little less plain and simple! Watch out for them creeping into outfit posts soon!

Socks, £2 – I needed some new socks as somehow ever since I went to university, they have gone missing or my boyfriend has nabbed them.  So I bought a pack of these black trainer socks for £2. A cheap but cheerful buy!

After a quick Primark shop, we then headed off to the Trafford Centre. As soon as we arrived, I raced off straight to Republic to partake in some staff discounted buys.

I bought quite a few things, check them out below:
White Label Blue, White and Red Checked Shirt, original price £10 – I bought this because I secretly love checked shirts (I have two red ones), and I thought I needed a blue version to wear for work! The new White Label designs are really cheap in comparison to other Republic house brands such as Miso, Crafted and Soul Cal. So I couldn’t miss this opportunity to snap up something basic and simple to wear on my four hour shifts! Many people have compared White Label to Primark, which I can sort of see too. My opinion on the brand is that it caters for people who aren’t already house/out of house Republic  fans, and it provides basic wardrobe staples  such as these straight leg jeans and a dark grey hoody, which you can pair with other Republic printed clothes such as this Crafted x-ray vest top and this Vila sunset jumper.

Miso Fair-trade Isle Cardigan, original price £34.99 – Since Winter is dawning upon us, I thought I should invest in some more cardigans – I currently own two! This cardi is perfect for just throwing something extra onto a simple and basic outfit, plus it will keep me warm in the ever cold and rainy Prestonia!  I can wear this with my Crafted PU leggings and my ‘I love Chaos’ vest for work, as well as to meals out with Ali or the family.

Crafted Embellished Neck Dress, original price £29.99 – I instantly fell in love when I saw this dress! I normally don’t go for Republic dresses as I am a ridiculously short person (4’11” to be exact), and most of their dresses are way too long for me! But after trying this lovely number on, I couldn’t resist buying it! This dress can be worn on nights out, as well as family meals and events too. Plus, this dress goes perfectly with my Miso gold zip boots! Winner winner chicken dinner!

Crafted Jersey Dress, original price £19.99 – Why settle for one dress when you can buy two? That was my thought when I bought this plain and simple jersey dress! The simplicity of this dress means that I can not only wear it for nights out with the girls, but I could also dress it down in the day with my Miso fair-trade cardigan and my new vintage boots for work.

Miso Gold Zip Boots, original price £34.99 – Last but not least, I bought these Miso shoe boots for only £17.49 (with staff discount).  I was debating whether or not to get the red version of these shoes, but if I did buy them I would have been quite limited as to what I could wear with them. So I settled for these beauties instead. These shoes will be used for nights outs and special occasions due to the suedey-feel of the material.

The last few things I bought were from a variety of shops; Topman, H&M and Superdrug.

Here they are below:
Silver Ruler Ring, £9 (with student discount), Topman – Why is it that men’s jewellery is so much better than women’s? That thought struck my mind as I cheekily purchased this über cool Topman ring. Even though I’m not really keen on silver rings (I prefer gold), I couldn’t help myself in picking up this silver ruler version. It’s so different to other rings that I came across that day (even the Topshop ones didn’t impress me), and it will go well with my Primark cross necklace too (see above).

Black Skirt, £3.99, H&M – Every girl needs that basic black skirt that could go with everything in her wardrobe and one of those girls is me. Even though I practically live in shorts and tights, I fancied a bit of a change – sometimes my vast range shorts just don’t look right with that skimming-the-crotch top. And when I saw this cheap skirt, I had to buy it! For £3.99 I would probably wear it to death, and it is a cheaper version of all those bandage-panel bodycon skirts that are around at the moment (with a whopping price tag of £12.99!) Nothing’s better like buying a cheaper alternative to spending half your wage on a more expensive version of a type of clothing.

Nail Varnish Remover & Cotton Wool Balls, £3.99 altogether Superdrug – You may have seen in my ‘Busy Bee’ post that I got some free Topshop nail varnish remover? Well I want to savour that freebie for a while so I decided to invest in some Superdrug basics to see me through. I used to paint my nails all the time back in high school, but now I hardly have any time! That is going to change, from now on; I hope to get back in the ‘nail painting’ swing of things! So look out for future ‘nail art’ posts!

Afterwards, me and Ali had our TGI Fridays, as well as a game of bowling (he unfortunately won), but I managed to beat him at Guitar Hero – love that game!  I had a really good time, and it relieved quite a bit of stress that I have been feeling for the past couple of weeks! Nothing like a great day out with your best friend/boyf to cheer a girl up!

Did you go shopping in the past few days? What did you buy?