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So you’ve drank the last of the mulled wine, opened up all your presents, and you’re stuffed with Christmas dinner. But wait, it’s that time ladies… it’s the Boxing Day sale!

You may think sale items are the High Street’s way of saying ‘this isn’t on trend anymore’, and whilst these items may have been popular this Autumn/Winter, they are also going to be HUGE next season, and here’s why!

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1. Brown Leopard Print Shorts £10, Black Lashes of London Black Sequin Dress £25 & Cream Pearl Collar Jacket £30.

Designers are going animal print crazy next Spring/Summer with Erdem’s tribute to snake skin and Issa taking us through jungle paradise. So why not get ahead of the fashion pack and bag yourself these luscious leopard print shorts – hey they’re only a tenner!

 If you’re looking for that perfect NYE party dress, than look no further than this £25 scuba sequin dress! Embellishment is bigger and better than ever next season – think Viktor & Rolf, Balmain and Giles. Wear your new sequin number with MAC lipstick in ‘Cockney’ and these perfect peep-toe shoe boots from River Island, and you’ll enter 2013 in style!

It may be minimalistic, but cream and white colours were everywhere during S/S Fashion Week! From Jil Sander’s exaggerated hipline dresses to Missoni’s sleeveless shift dresses – they showed us that white can never be boring! If white is too much for you, then buy this cream pearl collar jacket – at £30 it may be expensive, but you can wear it with anything! Well, apart from white…

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1.Moto Sparkle Yoko Crop Jacket £22, Illusion Pencil Dress £20 & Trace Lace Up Trainers £12.

Topshop has surprisingly some cheap sale items this Boxing Day, and what better way to nail two trends in one, than putting this denim crop jacket into your virtual shopping basket? Cropped jackets was a favourite trend with Chanel and Balenciaga, and denim was all the rage at See by Chloe and 3.1 Phillip Lim. Just wear it with a cute pink lace dress for a cool daytime look.

What’s black and white? Moschino’s sixties coats? Marc Jacob’s referee stripes? Or what about Jonathan Saunders leather chevron dresses? All of these top designers showed us that next season you can mix up the monochrome trend, and this £20 Topshop dress seems to do just that! The black side panels create a slim silhouette, whilst the dress itself is a Bodycon number, so your curves will stick out in just the right places. Just pair it with a vibrant lippy and you’ve got yourself the perfect New Year’s Eve outfit!

Whoever thought that trainers weren’t fashionable, bow down now. Ashish and Moschino Cheap and Chic went against the fash pack and stormed the runways with their models in Reebok Classics and Nike Air Max trainers! So what are you waiting for? Get ahead of the average fashionista and click ‘Buy’ on these Topshop lace up trainers now!

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1. Flower Bomber Jacket £10, Leopard Print Mesh Crop Vest £2 & Neon Pink Jumper £12.

Bomber jackets are going to be huge next Spring/Summer with the likes of Stella McCartney and Jonathan Saunders including this look into their S/S collections. Make like Loewe and wear a floral bomber with a cute bralet and a simple skirt, or if you’re the grungy type, pair it with these River Island leather jeggings, printed H&M tee and black leather buckle boots from Office.

Bra tops may have been huge last season, but they are still heating up next Spring/Summer! Take inspiration from Jason Wu and Versace! This £2 – yes £2 – leopard print mesh vest hits all the right trend buttons! Just remember to keep the outfit classy ladies!

Everyone loves a bit of neon right? Just look at Simone Rocha, Matthew Williamson and Louis Vuitton. Make like these designers and wave your neon flag with this vibrant pink jumper! Team it with American Apparel’s famous disco pants in Black and you’ll be oozing the classic casual look!

Are you heading out this Boxing Day to grab yourself a bargain? Or are you going online and shop in front of the festive fire?

(Note: All items were picked on Christmas Eve, so there might be reductions or even sold out!)

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This week’s Wednesday Wishlist is a Miss Selfridge ‘must-have’ special!

From L-R: 1. Silver Lame Dipback Tee, 2. Black Floral Denim Hotpants, 3. Buddha Ring, 4.Petites Ombre Shirt, 5. Rhinestone Chain Loop & 6. Stud Front Dipback Tee.

1. Silver Lame Dipback Tee, £25 – Metallics were a key Autumn/Winter 2011 trend, but they are still clinging on for ‘trend-glory’ this season with Herve Leger, Givenchy and Sportsmax showcasing these futuristic colours in their S/S 2012 collections. I would pair this top with my Republic black leggings and my silver studded shoes.

2. Black Floral Denim Hotpants, £28 – Florals are always a trend which always crops up at this time of year, with designers such as Matthew Williamson, Mary Katrantzou and dynamic duo Proenza Schouler turning heads with their flower power pieces at their respective fashion weeks.  These shorts would look perfect with a simple white Topshop tee and Office’s pink underground creepers. For the current ‘clash’ look, which is popular with celebrities such as Diane Kruger and Olivia Palermo, team your florals with stripes or leopard print. For this trend, anything goes!

3. Buddha Ring, £6.50 – I was drawn to this Buddha ring because believe it or not, this religion is part of my heritage (I’m half Thai). I used to own quite a few religious Thai trinkets and necklaces, but over the years I have somehow lost them! This Buddha ring reminds me of ‘the other part of my life’, and it’s also gold, which is my favourite jewellery colour – so I HAD to include it in my Wednesday Wishlist! There were only a few left in stock the last time I checked so if you want to snap this up, then you have gotta be quick!

4. Petites Ombre Shirt, £32 – Ombre is BACK, and it is another trend which is set to rock in the Spring/Summer 2012 fashion stakes, with top fashion bloggers ‘ombre-ing’ their hair such as Lily Melrose and Olivia Purvis, to Charlotte Ronson and Louis Vuitton, who have sent dip-dyed pieces down the runway.  This would look great with bloggers favourite American Apparel disco pants and black high top flatforms.

5. Rhinestone Chain Loop, £25 – Collar necklaces were big on the catwalks of Sass & Bide and Oscar De Le Renta. Despite this necklace being HUGE and probably weighing a tonne, it’s still amazing in my eyes!  It would look great under the collar of a crisp white shirt.

6. Stud Front Dipback Tee, £35 – I am in love with studded clothing and accessories at the moment! Let’s just say it’s my ‘inner-Balmain’ which is luring me to this trend. This tee can be dressed up for the day time – with some Boohoo black wet look leggings and Chelsea boots, or it can be dressed up to the nines with some luscious leather shorts from Missguided and River Island black and white heels, for a night out with the girls!

What are your thoughts on Miss Selfridge? Are there any items which take your fancy?

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As you may have seen from my previous post, I went to Style Birmingham this weekend. Here is a feature about the event, as well as a review of one of the two fashion shows I attended and the latest looks Retail Birmingham have predicted for Autumn/Winter 2011!

Style Birmingham was a three-day event which ran from the 23rd September to 25th September. Plenty of shoppers had the opportunity to bag exclusive instore offers and goodie bags, as well as having the chance to see two amazing fashion shows at the famous Birmingham Bullring, as well as the Town Hall for only £10.

Not only that but those who bought a Gold VIP ticket were granted a champagne reception in the VIP Lounge as well as bagging a meet and greet with the gorgeous George Lamb! Lucky so and so’s!

The event kicked off at 10am with scores of eager beavers waiting at The Mailbox to receive an exclusive shopper bag designed by Birmingham-born designer, Osman Yousefzada. This lovely illustrated bag was wrapped with a cute pink ribbon around it.

After everyone had collected their designer bags, they had the whole weekend to enter luxurious competitions such as the chance to win an Alexander McQueen scarf, as well as the opportunity to watch a couple of catwalk shows.

Bullring Fashion Show: Redefinition
The first fashion show I attended was ‘Redefinition’ in the Bullring. It was an half an hour catwalk show which showcased some amazingly-styled high street clothes. The show only had a limited number of seats available for Gold VIP ticket holders, however me and Ali  (who bought standard tickets) managed to bag ourselves a seat and a couple of goodie bags.

These goodie bags consisted of mostly men’s perfume samples (which was unfortunate for me but good for Ali), and a couple of beauty samples.

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The show itself featured eight different ‘scenes’ from ‘Dark Romance’ to ‘Feathers and Fur’, here are a few of the scenes in detail.

‘Dark Romance’ was the first scene, and was one of my favourite ‘scenes’ of the day!
darkromance I love the styling of this particular picture I took, which reminds me of my style. I love the classic clashing of monochrome colours, as well as the detail that the gold chain belt brings to the outfit. As you can see on the image, all of the clothes are more or less an affordable price from top high street stores, so you don’t have to break the bank to achieve a simple, but seductive on-trend look.

‘The Mod Squad’ channelled the 60s vibe with the classic A-line skirt, graphic printed dresses and neck-tie blouses, as well as adding bright colour-blocking into the mix.
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I especially loved this bold look above and I think that this outfit, out of all the looks in this scene, was the best one to embody the current 60s trend! As much as I love this look, I don’t think I’ll be buying the clothes anytime soon, the choice of colours is not really ‘me’. However, I will be definitely hitting Claire’s and grabbing those sunnies!

Scene three was ‘Heritage’, and showcased mostly autumnal colours such as brown, orange and tan, as well as autumn’s must have: the tweed jacket. Here is a video of the ‘Heritage’ scene (ignore my hand shaking about, and the heads of those in front!) Enjoy!

‘Forties Flair’ is another Autumn/Winter’ trend which graced the Bullring catwalk. Think faux fur stoles, plenty of grey hues and polka dot designs!

As you can see, I have included some of the men’s looks too, for all you male readers out there! Guys, take inspiration from 1940’s music icons such as American clarinettist Artie Shaw and other jazz artists.

Another one of my favourite scenes was ‘Mannish’. I love the masculine look, which has been seen on hot celebrities such as Ellie Goulding and Fearne Cotton. So I couldn’t resist sharing this picture that I took of this model donning an all-black mannish outfit.


The leather coat is a bit too pricey and long for a shorty like me, but I do love how incorporating a classic black long coat with a masculine touch of leather can instantly make you bang on-trend!

Deliciously-styled ‘Decadence’, was the penultimate scene of the show. Think teal and green hued dresses, blazers and for men, hoodies!
This look was all about elegance, with an attention to blue and green colours and gold accessorising. I especially love the gold clutch on image two! This trend for men is pretty simple to achieve, try mixing the above colours with suit jackets and denim jeans for a casual on-trend look.  Girls, stick to one colour and accessorize with gold jewellery, bags and shoes to achieve the ‘Decadence’ trend.

And finally, ‘Feathers and Fur’ was the last scene to grace the runway. This trend is all about clashing textures (feathers and fur), such as sporting a faux fur coat from Republic with a Topshop feather Alice band, or if you want to keep it simple, stick to accessories such as this brown £16 faux fur headband from Miss Selfridge and an Urban Outfitters feather necklace for only £20.

I love this picture because of the clashing textures, which breaks all of the typical ‘fashion rules’! Many people have believed for years that you are not meant to mix prints, textures or colours, but for the past two or so seasons, it seems that today’s generation of designers are forming a rebellion and creating a new direction for fashion to grow.

It seemed fitting that this last trend ended the fashion show as all of these trends do redefine fashion. This is after all, the show’s title.

And just when you think you had the fashion rulebook sussed…

Look out for part 3 of Style Birmingham in the near future  Trust me; you wouldn’t want to miss it!

 (All pictures were taken by me)