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IT’S that time of year again ladies! Here are The Live Scene’s top three party dresses for your New Year’s Eve night out!

nye21. Embellished Bodycon Dress, £89, Miss Selfridge – It’s the final day of Autumn/Winter 2012, so why not go out with a bang in this elegant embellished dress from Miss Selfridge? Embellishment is popular this season with Balmain’s collarless jackets, Jenny Packham’s shoulder encrusted dresses and Mark Fast’s intricately jewelled cover-ups turning heads at Fashion Week. Wear this dress with these nude heels from Bank to elongate those legs of yours, and finish your outfit off with some Barry M lipstick in Chestnut Red.

2. Light Purple V Neck Peplum Dress, £25, River Island – Designers loved the two P’s (that’s Peplums and Purples) this Autumn/Winter, with Prada, Gucci and Christopher Kane waving the purple flag, whilst Nicole Farhi, Mary Katrantzou and Burberry Prorsum took the peplum trend one step further with their exaggerated hip-line pieces. This River Island dress seems to emulate both of these trends – so for only £25 what more could you ask for?

3. Foiled Lace Skater Dress by Dress Up Topshop, £50, Topshop – Skater silhouettes were huge this season with Victoria Beckham, Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen including this cut in their A/W collections. Complete this look with these black Topshop platforms and some sexy smokey eyes, courtesy of Models Own.

I shall be wearing either a cobalt blue cut-out dress from Desire, or a Topshop smart cream blouse with Republic’s Miso PU leggings! Oh and not forgetting my killer black Primark heels!

What outfit will you be wearing this New Year’s Eve?

 

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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?

This Wednesday’s Wishlist is dedicated to the lovey-dovey soppy day of the year. Yep, that’s right… it’s a Valentine’s Day special!

wwvalentinesFrom L-R: 1. Temporary-Secretary Queen of Hearts Necklace, 2. River Island Pink ¾ Blazer, 3. Desire Black Spot Mesh Bodycon Dress, 4. Accessorize Love Friendship Bracelet, 5. Urban Outfitters Rose Garland & 6. River Island Heart Sweets.

1. Queen of Hearts Necklace £6 Temporary-Secretary – Regular readers will know that I LOVE gold necklaces! So this Queen of Hearts necklace is no exception! It’s so cute and is the perfect treat for Valentine’s Day!

2. Pink ¾ Blazer £40 River Island – This pastel pink blazer will jazz up the polka-dot dress nicely! The inspiration to include this bright colour into my wishlist comes from Valentino, Alexander McQueen and Prada, whose ‘pretty and girly’ designs dominated the catwalks of London, Paris, Milan and New York.

3. Black Spot Mesh Bodycon Dress £18 Desire – Okay so this Stella McCartney-esque dress was so last season. But I think it mixes well with the Valentine’s vibe! This dress is perfect for a night out (may it be a romantic one or a girls night out), and it will show off them beautiful curves of yours!

4. Love Friendship Bracelet £12 Accessorize – I’m not really a big fan of bracelets (they always break on me), but this friendship bracelet is so cute and simple! It would bode well with my festival bands which are currently taking residence on my wrist!

5. Rose Garland £15 Urban Outfitters – This garland will not only look amazing in your hair – think festival chic! But you could also use it to decorate your home with! Either hang it over something or just pin it up on the wall! Now that’s £15 well spent!

6. Heart Sweets £5 River Island – Pretty much everyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE heart sweets! I always sneak them into work for a quick sugary ‘pick-me-up’! These heart sweets will go down a treat (see what I did there?) Now all I need is for Ali to take note! Hint hint!

So that’s my Valentine’s Wednesday Wishlist special! Tonight I am attending the Spring Fashion Show in Manchester so look out for catwalk reports and an event review!

Earlier this summer, former X-Factor star Diana Vickers launched her new collection on popular online fashion store; Very. The website, which hosts many ‘celebrity’ brands including Radio 1 DJ Fearne Cotton and TV presenter Holly Willoughby, gave 20-year-old Vickers a chance to design an Autumn/Winter collection for the store.

I had a cheeky look at Vickers’s new collection; Dee-V and I must say, I am very impressed with how fashion-forward the ‘Once’ singer is!

From current seventies trend, denim flares to two-trend sixties sequin dresses, it is clear that Vickers can now add ‘fashion designer’ to her ever-growing CV!

Here are some of my personal favourites from the Dee-V collection, with items clock-wise round:
Dog Print Playsuit, £49 – This dog print playsuit is so cute, and is a perfect transitional piece from summer to autumn! The playsuit has a vintage feel, and will be perfect for pairing with these brogues, which is another Autumn/Winter trend! This playsuit also oozes Diana’s eccentric and playful style, which I’m sure anyone can pull off!

Sequin 60s Tunic Dress, £49 – The sixties era is in trend at the moment with Fendi sporting patchwork furs and eccentric coloured tights as well as Prada who were working the 60s disco era with style! So it is no wonder why Diana has incorporated sequins, which were also another hot trend in the Autumn/Winter shows such as Diane von Furstenberg. Despite the colour (light lilac) not being to my taste, I love the sequin circle detailing on the pockets, so maybe if she expanded the colour range this would be right up my street!

Knitted Mini Dress, £49 – This knitted mini dress is oh-so-simple and elegant! It can be dressed down with some on-trend Chelsea boots for a day out shopping with the girls or it can be glammed up with accessories galore and a cheeky leather jacket for a dinner date with the man! This is what I love about Vickers’s style – it’s so versatile and you can create quite a few different looks with this garment!

So there are my three favourite pieces of Diana Vickers collection, let’s hope she has the chance to create a Spring/Summer 2012 collection which in no doubt will be just as good – or even better!

This week I have created three outfits from online savvy-store, ASOS. ASOS is the UK’S largest online-only fashion store and has been around for over 10 years, providing budding fashionistas with the latest trends priced from £5 to over £100.

These three looks are just snippets of what designers have predicted for the Autumn/Winter 2011 season. Think futuristic silhouettes, eccentric ladylike pieces and fabric clashes, just to name a few.  Enjoy.

Here they are from clock-wise round:

Outfit 1
ASOS Wiggle Mesh Body
, £30 – The number one Autumn/Winter 2011 trend which has graced the catwalks of Dolce & Gabbana, Felder Felder and Alexander McQueen is the fetish trend. I know what you’re thinking, ‘fetish??’ Yes, fetish. Despite the initial thought to fetish, the catwalks saw a more ‘demure’ fetish – so I’m not promoting handcuffs and whips before you ask! This body is oh-so-perfect for the ‘fetish’ look, and resembles this top by designer, Giles.  This is perfect for those who want to incorporate this trend into their wardrobe without needing to go over-the-top like sexy celebs; Rihanna and Britney Spears.

ASOS Premium Short with Leather Pockets, £50 – These lovely red shorts are perfect for achieving the ‘fetish’ look for Autumn/Winter 2011. The leather pockets add a sense of modesty to the trend with an added touch of contrasting colour-blocking with the dark red and black colour palette. These shorts are also a better substitution and are a more original choice than wearing black leather shorts, which with this look, are expected.

ASOS Style Vintage-Style Filigree Articulated Armour Ring, £10 – By adding a vintage gold armour ring to this outfit, it makes the outfit less ‘sexed-up’ and more modest-looking. I love gold rings, and I could not let this pretty vintage piece slip my eyes.

ASOS Passion Peep-Toe Court Shoe, £25 – With such a strong colour palette, adding any more colours to the mix would not mesh well. So these nude peep-toe shoes are perfect for not only elongating your legs (an excellent choice for shorties like me!) but it keeps any attention to the upper-half of the outfit which is where the trend is most frequent. This look goes to show you don’t need to wear hardly any clothes to feel ‘sexy’!

Outfit 2
Motel Ozlem Colour Block Dress
, £38 – Colour-blocking is still a big part of the Autumn/Winter 2011 season with designers such as Gucci, Haider Ackermann and Louis Vuitton having their own take on the trend. This colour block dress achieves this trend perfectly without going over-the-top – think a brighter version of this Prada dress at Milan Fashion week, without the clashing print.

ASOS Leather Cropped Blazer, £100 – A cropped leather blazer ‘toughens’ up this party look and clashes with this dress perfectly. At £100, it is definitely an investment piece which can be used for a whole load of different looks from toughening up pretty floral dresses, to achieving this season’s ‘fetish’ look. It is safe to say that this is most definitely money well spent.

Illamasqua Lipstick in Climax, £15.50 – Forget Mary Katranzou pastel pink lips and statement DSquared2 red lips, it’s all about 90s grunge/ 1970s-inspired lip shades! Not convinced? This beauty trend was at the forefront of Autumn/Winter 2011 fashion shows with Marc Jacobs and YSL leading the shade down the catwalk of Milan, for example. This lipstick will complement the leather blazer perfectly.

ASOS Weave Metal Tip Envelope Clutch, £30 – Woven accessories are a huge Spring/Summer 2011 trend at the moment with high-street stores such as Topshop, incorporating this material into their bags and hats. So I had to include this current trend into outfit two! This woven envelope clutch clashes with the leather blazer and colour block dress with ease, making the outfit more unique and original than if I had accessorized the dress differently.

ASOS Swatch Lace-up Block Heel  Shoe, £45 – This lace-up block heel shoe makes me think of Alexa Chung, a style icon who totally rocks the indie/vintage look! If you want to make like Alexa, then this shoe is definitely for you. Not only can it complete and complement this outfit effortlessly, these shoes can be dressed up with this dress, but can be dressed down with skinny jeans for the casual day look.

Outfit 3
ASOS Crop Trouser in Metallic Finish, £40 – Fashion forecasters have predicted the future – literally! The ‘futuristic’ look is another big trend which has hit the Autumn/Winter 2011 catwalks with a metallic palette of clothing from Calvin Klein to strong silhouette pieces as seen on Viktor & Rolf and Balmain models. So these silver metallic crop trousers had to be included in the third and final outfit in this week’s wishlist! The key to this look is simplistic pieces and strong colours which will balance each other rather than having loads of clashing prints.

ASOS Blue Cropped Jumper, £30 – A blue cropped jumper will look great with the silver trousers and shows that you don’t have to dress up too much with this futuristic trend, and that you can be casual too!

ASOS Statement Metal and Multi-Coloured Feather Necklace, £25 – A metal and multi-coloured necklace will add more subtle colour to this third outfit, again, without going ‘over-the-top’. Feathers are still on trend for the Spring/Summer 2011 season, so it would be rude not to include them into this look.  This statement necklace is the only necessary accessory you need to complete this outfit, adding any more accessories would just kill the look.

Barry M Lip Paint in Dolly Pink, £4.50 – This pretty pastel pink shade will contrast the blue jumper flawlessly, leaving your lips to in-fact, do the talking. With make-up such as this making an impact on this outfit, who needs loads of accessories?

ASOS Defend Canvas & Suede High Top Trainers, £30 – Whoever thought high top trainers were too ‘casual’ were wrong. These trainers are the finishing touch to this third look, which not only allows you to achieve the comfortable casual look, but you will look fashionable and on-trend at the same time.

That is another wishlist done for this week. Next week I will be scouring the Miss Selfridge website to create three on-trend looks. I bet your shaking with excitement