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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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Cats. You either love them or hate them. But either way, it seems that these furry animals have made a huge impact in the fashion world, and here’s why!

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(Images sourced from here, here & here)

The ‘cat-craze’ began in Spring 2010, when Italian designer brand Miu Miu took the catwalks by storm, with their famous and iconic cat print designs. The high street soon took note – from Zara to online retailer ASOS including these cute creatures in their collections. It seemed that cat print had taken centre stage in the fashion world, and had created a new generation of cat lovers. By Autumn 2010, the ‘cat-craze’ bowed out gracefully to pave way for camel tones and grunge glamour. Talk about a cat-astrophe!

But now, two years later, it seems that cat print is making a comeback. From emerging designer Orla Kiely’s cat print scarves to Charlotte Olympia’s designer dupes appearing on the high street – I mean who could seriously turn down a pair of adorable kitty flats? And with more celebs than ever wearing cat print as the new black – think country-pop singer Taylor Swift, and of course British designer and style icon Victoria Beckham – the ‘cat-craze’ is back for 2012. Meow!

So to celebrate the return of the ‘cat-craze’, I have gathered some ‘Top Cat’ buys for you below. Enjoy!

From Left to Right: 1. River Island Rose Gold Tone Cat Ring, 2. Missguided Cat Face Platform Wedges, 3. Elsie Belle Jewellery Vintage Cat Cameo Necklace, 4. ASOS Shirt with Cat Embroidery, 5. Urban Outfitter Cat Print Crop Sweater, 6. Topshop Cat Bracelet, 7. Miss Selfridge Cat Print Brief & 8. ASOS Cat Print iPhone Case.

I personally love the River Island ring, and the embroidered shirt!
What are your thoughts on the ‘cat-craze’ comeback?
Will you be investing in some cattish buys?

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With the Olympics only two months away, there’s no better time than now to celebrate all things British, whilst trying to achieve that must-have bikini bod. Fancy something a bit different to wear to the gym? Then look no further as with Next’s incredible summer collection at your fingertips, you can not only exude patriotism, but you can also work out in style!

The Sports Luxe trend has brought together two things which we could only dream of combining – style and sport – with top designers such as Phillip Lim, Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and even British style icon; Victoria Beckham including sporty, but fashionable pieces in their Spring/Summer 2012 collections!

The mood board above is the inspiration for my Next wishlist, with a classic and iconic British theme taking precedence – such as the red double decker bus, Her Majesty’s crown and the Queen’s Guard. Combining the sports luxe trend with the Olympics makes it relevant to people who are in the gym and are trying to achieve that pre-holiday bod. It shows that even though we’re not all amazing athletes that we can feel a part of the Olympics, and that it can bring Britain together through our love for sport and fashion.

With my holiday to Malta only a few months away (okay it’s more like five months, but who’s counting?), I am on a mission to achieve a top-notch bikini bod, and with these items from Next’s summer collection, I can not only feel amazing after my post-gym burn, but I can show off my ‘inner fashionista’ too! Who said that gym gear has to be plain and boring?

From Left to Right: 1. Adidas Stella McCartney Performance Tank – £38, Adidas Stella McCartney Navy Leggings – £42, Purple Lace Racer Back Vest – £28, Geri Floral Swimsuit – £35, Official Team GB Olympic Scarf – £10, Stripe Number T-Shirt – £20, Adidas Stella McCartney Red Running Jacket – £68 & Purple Mesh Sweater – £28.

These Adidas/Stella McCartney designs are a perfect example of two house-hold name brands which are proving that sport and fashion CAN mix. The best thing about this wishlist is that with vibrant colour-blocking and clashing prints massive this season, you can mix-and-match everything – giving you more variety in your gym gear! Pastels are huge at the moment with Alexander McQueen, Emilio De La Morena and PPQ all sending their models in these delicious ice cream shades down the runway.  This lilac jumper will be the perfect pullover/slouch sweater for your post-gym walk home, and the studded vest adds that edge if you’re a bit of a ‘rocker girl’ like me – think Balmain!  Next also have some of their own amazing gear which exudes the sports luxe trend! For instance, the purple lace racer back vest and stripe number tee are amazing for those of you who are on a student budget like me, and cannot afford to splash out on Stella McCartney! Take a leaf out of Isabel Marant’s book and team your number tees with similar coloured joggers. And finally, we can not include a Union Jack scarf into the mix – this is after-all  based on the Olympics – at only £10 this is one of the cheapest flag scarfs I have seen, and trust me, I have been looking!

Winning these Next vouchers would be amazing as I can invest in all of this ‘gym gear’ and get fit for Malta. And with the sports luxe trend huge at the moment; I can also wear these pieces out of the gym, as they are all versatile.

Now my gym gear wishlist is completed, I have included some top tunes to get us all motivated and into the Olympic spirit too!

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Another week, another wishlist. This week I am focusing on another one of my favourite stores, Republic. Republic has a diverse amount of brands from Crafted to Miso to Soul Cal, so whenever you’re stuck for something to wear for a particular occasion, Republic can cater for that.

Once again I have created three outfits from some of my favourite Republic pieces. However, this week there was one piece which I could not incorporate in the outfits, but I loved it so much I have decided to let it have its own spotlight here.

The Soul Cal Deluxe Cricket Jumper

Cricket jumpers have become the fore-front of sports-based fashion with cricket tournaments such as Twenty20 highlighted on sports channels such as the prestigious Sky Sports channel or as part of BBC’s sports coverage.

This jumper is a beautiful shade of blue, which teamed with red lipstick, will make your outfit ‘pop’! At £29.99 it is definitely an investment for not only summer but for winter too!

Here are the items from clockwise-round:

Outfit 1
Miso Layered Feather Necklace, £4.99
– This week I’m going for a ‘laid back’ look. So for outfit one I thought I should ‘spice’ things up with this feather necklace worn as a hair accessory.  Being festival season, feathers are in at the moment – check out the feather headdress from last week’s wishlist! This alone is the perfect accessory for this outfit and compliments the green skinny jeans nicely.

Bench Tricky Birds Top, £19.99 – I love my white print tops, and this Bench birds top is no exception. This top can be worn during the day for the ‘laid back’ look I am trying to achieve here, or it can be dressed up for night time with some black skinny jeans and shoe boots. The one thing which makes this top ‘summery’ is the fact you can tie the ends up and show off that beautiful tummy of yours!

Soul Cal Deluxe Summer Skinny Trousers, £29.99 – Many celebs have been sporting the coloured denim look with style-savvy Fearne Cotton making the most of this trend by wearing blue, red and even pink skinny jeans! So I couldn’t help but feel like I didn’t want to be left out of this cool trend. While most A-List stars are wearing pink coloured jeans – think Victoria Beckham – I decided to wear this trend differently and I have my eye on these cute green skinny jeans!

SALE! Crafted Lace Peep Shoes, £20 – Now not many people suit skinny jeans, so to elongate my short legs I thought I should include these lace peep shoes which are on SALE, onto my wishlist. These complete the outfit perfectly as the fabric colour matches the feather ‘headband’. Perfecto!

Outfit 2
Soul Cal Deluxe Vintage Floral Playsuit, £22.99
– I haven’t featured something floral yet, so I thought that it was time to include this big summer trend into outfit two. This vintage floral suit is perfect for the casual day time look. I love this playsuit so much I even bought it! Look out for it in future outfit posts!

Miso Brogue Lace up Shoes, £39.99 – I am a massive brogue fan! Not only are they super-comfortable, they will look amazing with the floral playsuit to complete the ‘vintage’ look! At £39.99, despite being a tad expensive, they are well worth the investment as the autumn/winter 2011/2012 forecasts prove.

Miso Woven Barrel Bag, £29.99 – For this outfit, I wanted to keep the accessories minimal as the floral print looks good by itself without the need for a large amount of accessories. So this brown woven Miso barrel bag is the perfect finishing touch for this look. Not only does it compliment the brogues, it adds to the ‘vintage’ look which I am hoping to achieve. That’s outfit two done!

Outfit 3
Crafted Printed Tassel Cropped Top, £19.99
– Tassel tops are big in fashion at the moment! Take Eliza Doolittle, who never fails to amaze me with her quirky style! Sticking to my own personal style of white print tees, I have decided on this grungy-looking Crafted printed tassel top. As Miss Doolittle is sporting denim shorts, I thought I would have my own take on complementing this trend with Soul Cal’s Americana Hotpants.

Soul Cal Deluxe Americana Hotpants, £29.99 – These Hotpants are not only different, but they look amazing with the tassel top – which is great if you want an on-trend outfit for the festival season!

Miso Ram Head Ring, £5.99 – This outfit wouldn’t be complete without a nice silver ring – and you know how I love my rings. This Miso Ram Head ring is no exception, and will complement the outfit perfectly.

Crafted Wedge Sandal, £29.99 – Finally, in order to achieve this festival casual look, I had to include this Crafted Wedge sandal into my look. This look is all about the grunge, and I think that all of these wishlist items achieve that.

Well that is another wishlist complete! Look out for next week’s where I look at the eccentric Student Boutique website for three looks which I am sure you will love!