LIFESTYLE & FASHION – a black & white affair

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new look waistcoat / asos top / river island jeans /primark sunglasses & sandals

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lusting in urban outfitters

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linebreakEarlier this week I headed to one of my favourite cities – Manchester! It was a much needed ‘chill’ and ‘window shopping’ day, which consisted of a Starbucks (a caramel frappe and a skinny blueberry muffin, yum), whilst I sorted out my portfolio. I then had a cheeky browse in Urban Outfitters. I love their accessories and gifts section – if I could, I would have a whole UO library in my house – I just love their books! Today I am on my way to Leeds for a girls weekend, which will be amazing, as I haven’t seen my best friends in two months!

What are your weekend plans?


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WHEN it was announced last year that the former creative director of Dior Homme, Hedi Slimane, would replace Stefano Pilati at the helm of the YSL brand, everyone was eager to see what the Frenchman would do. Cue one rebrand and one hell of an Autumn/Winter ready to wear collection.

Fishnets, black eyeliner and the ‘bedhead look’ took centre stage at Slimane’s first A/W show under the Saint Laurent name. From patterned mohair cardigans to biker jackets and boyfriend blazers, no one did grunge as well as this French fashion house. And we mean no one.


Grunge may have appeared on the catwalk before (Marc Jacobs for Perry Ellis 1992, Felder Felder 2008), but Slimine’s vision made grunge likable again, and not just for the emo elite. Don’t believe me? Then take a look for yourselves:

(Video by FashionWeek NYC)

Won over? Then take a peek at our catwalk look-alike below!


cream pearl necklace / red tartan shirt / sheer maxi dress
black fishnet tights /essie ankle boots

Fishnet, studded boots, mesh and tartan. All scream grunge and the whole outfit only costs £75.98! If you deconstruct this look, each item is not only a wardrobe staple for the next season, but they are all perfect Summer/Autumn transitional pieces too! Pair the tartan shirt with some Topshop denim shorts and cowboy boots for the current western look, and team neon accessories with the sheer maxi dress for Ibizan chic!

Are you gonna go grunge this Autumn?


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lace bralet £18.00 / trousers £14.99 / crystal headdress £25.00 / mac lipstick in ‘morange’ £14.00 / perspex tote £4.00

Wearing white to a festival? Oh the atrocity! But what is fashion without taking a risk? By wearing white on day one not only are you going to be wearing one of the biggest trends of the season (Missoni, Jil Sander), but you’ll have less chance of getting your outfit dirty! Just make sure you pack those trusty Hunters.


 oversize floral shirt £45.00 / grey floral printed shorts £34.00 / bright pink retro sunglasses £10.00 / mac lipstick in ‘saint germain’ £14.00 / floral leather satchel £17.99

Florals may be the go-to look at festivals, but with this gorgeous Topshop two-piece, you’ll have hoards of street style snappers fighting to take a picture of you. Just make sure you wear your River Island sunnies to protect your peepers from those flashes!


neon keyhole crop top £9.99 / silver spike necklace £7.99 / acid denim shorts £30.00 / round sunglasses £12.00mac lipstick ‘silly’ £14.00 / neon bumbag £29.99

Embrace the fluorescent factor by pairing a neon top with your trusty denim shorts. Want to keep your money in a safe but stylish place? Then invest in this dazzling pink New Look bumbag! Yes ladies, they’re back!

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LAST week students, bloggers and fashionistas-alike went to an exclusive Fashion Forum event at the University of Manchester, hosted by monthly mag Company.

For £25 the crowd got a Q&A session with the fashion industry’s top-notch professionals – including Company editor herself, Victoria White, as well as a drinks reception and an amazing goody bag!

The session which ran from 6.30-8.30pm saw Victoria White and the crowd ask questions to the panel, from how they got to where they are today to what their advice for the audience was.

Victoria, who was wearing a black leather jacket, white shirt and blue and black polka dot trousers, said that the biggest change in journalism was that everything is moving to digital, and that she found it really exciting and it was the most fun she had in a long time. Hey, with the recent news that Company’s weekly edit is shortlisted for the ‘Digital Innovation of the Year (Consumer)’ award at the PPAs, who wouldn’t be excited?

Sat on Victoria’s left was Associate editor fashion Oonagh Brennan, who initially didn’t know what she wanted to do, and worked her way up in the magazine business. She stressed that if you want to get into a magazine that you have to get in there somehow and work your way up. When asked what’s more valuable, qualifications or experience, Oonagh replied that she wouldn’t care about a degree in fashion, but about fashion experience with a magazine. It just goes to show that experience is key if you want to bag your dream magazine job!

New Look’s fashion PR team were also there at the event, and dished out loads of advice! They stressed that you should never turn down an opportunity and to pick something which is right for you.

Amazing stylist Karen Jones Russell told the crowd how she got from working behind a desk to freelancing for four years as a stylist and finally how she set up her own business. Her top tip? You’ve got to live and breathe fashion if you want a job in the industry.

A panel wouldn’t be complete without a top blogger. Cue Jen Holmes from A Little Bird Told Me, who gave the Manchester crowd some hope in the fact that you don’t have to move down to London to get a career in fashion, and that there are plenty of opportunities arising in the North.

Was it value for money? For a Q&A session with the editor of one of the best women’s magazines ever, definitely!

Did you go to Company’s event? What did you think?


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