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joe browns floral swimsuit £28

JUST when you thought ‘the swimsuit’ was for the golden oldies, it now seems that fashion has said bye bye to the bikinis and hello to one piece wonders!

Gone are the days where the only one piece option available was a Speedo costume, now designers such as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Vivienne Westwood have opened the doors for a sexier one piece. Cue plenty of cut out cossies, one shoulder swimwear and bandeau bathing suits.

So when Swimwear 365 gave me the chance to road test this hot summer trend, I was eager to see if trying out ‘the one piece’ was going to make me feel like a confident Christy Turlington or a blubbering Bridget Jones.

I may not have the model bod, but this gorgeous Joe Browns floral piece stuck to all the right places and the print itself is amazing to look at! The only thing that I disliked was the padding, but I suppose beggars can’t be choosers in the biology department.

I shall be looking forward to wearing this on holiday!

Will you be rocking the one piece this summer or are you more of a bikini babe?

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With winter arriving it’s time to get all glamorous and glitzy with The Live Scene, as I pick out the must have party shoes for this season.

Every girl needs a pair of party shoes in their wardrobe – from studded stilettos, to metallics heels and two-tone platforms – the more sparkly and ‘out there’ the shoe is, the better!

Still need convincing? Well, statement shoes were big on the catwalks of famous designers such as Alexander McQueen , Jonathan Saunders and Vivienne Westwood, to name a few. It seems that this season, you cannot create a bold winter look without a stand-out shoe involved.  Just take inspiration from the designers below!

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And if you’re like me, and you can’t afford to splash out on designer gear, then don’t fret! Help is at hand. Here is a collection of the best shoes that the high street has to offer, to meet your all of your budgeting needs!

ASOS
ASOS have a huge sale going on at the moment, and you would be a fool to miss out on what they have to offer for the party season! Channel your inner Chanel with these dogtooth/bright blue combos, or bag some Haider Ackermann-a-like silver metallics, or if you’re feeling all starry-eyed check out the Dolce & Gabbana-inspired star printed heels – ALL of which are currently in the sale!

From L-R: PATCHI Cylindrical Heel Platform Shoes [SALE] £36, Miss KG Dancer Glitter Pointed Court Shoe  [SALE] £56 & ALDO Hafen Mirrored Star Platform Court [SALE] £64.

Miss Selfridge
Miss Selfridge is the store for you, if you want a designer-inspired shoe for less! Make like Jason Wu by incorporating some textures into your look, with these feathery cuffed and studded sandals. Or if you want to achieve Vivienne Westwood’s look for less, then bag these gold glitter heels. And finally, jewel-toned colours are not just for dresses this season! Bag these Versace-esque purple boots and you’ll be top of the fashion pack this winter!

From L-R: HONEY Black Feather Cuff Heel £70, SASSY Gold Glitter Court £40 & BLINKY Purple Heeled Boot £50.

Office
Office have a large range of expensive  party heels to choose from, so if you’re looking to splash out your savings on some investment pieces, then check these babies out!

From L-R: Jeffrey Campbell Tick Stud Wedge Shoe Boot £130, A Starry Night Heel £80 & Jeffrey Campbell Lita Platform Ankle Boot £120.

River Island
River Island has some superb statement shoes to satisfy your party needs! From studded heels with faux fur detailing to metallic gold wedges, River Island is the must-go-to store, if you need that all important statement shoe.  All you need now is your killer party dress and you’ll be ready for walking in a winter wonderland!

Here is my best pick of the bunch:

From L-R: Black Faux Fur Studded Sandals £65, Gold Peep Toe Wedges £70 & Orange Diamante Detailed Sandals £55.

Topshop
This Topshop season, it’s all about animal print, two-toned platforms and plenty of glitter! The shoes may be expensive, but it is safe to say that Topshop is one of the best high-street stores, which in terms of investment, will give you value for money. You can wear these party heels over and over again, and in seasons to come!

From L-R: STRUT Glitter Heel Platforms £65, Mary Jane Ribbon Shoes by UNIQUE £100 & SCAR Cut Out Platforms £65.

There you go! These shoes are my pick of the high-street bunch for this party season. What are your favourites? Do you have any must-have party shoes that you’re currently coveting?

Here is another new feature for The Live Scene, called Steal Her Style. I will choose a style icon, and scour the web to try and find something similar to what she is wearing, so you can dress like your favourite celeb!

One of my favourite style icons is Katy Perry. She just oozes sexiness and is one of my not-so-secret girl crushes! From her unique stage outfits (she never wears the same outfit twice when she’s performing) to trips to the shop, Katy is the definition of someone who does not follow the fashion crowd.

So for my first ‘Steal Her Style’ outfit, I thought i should try and find similar items to what Katy wore to Coachella Festival in April this year. Katy clearly went for the minimal look with her white lace maxi peplum dress and her few accessories. Her outfit goes to show that you don’t need to ‘dress up’ at a festival and that with one on-trend piece; you can be an instant winner in the eyes of fashion critics everywhere.

Here is what Katy wore on the left-hand side of the image, and what I found similar on the right-hand side:
katyperryCream Lace Peplum Dress, £10, Dorothy Perkins – Even though I couldn’t find a lace maxi peplum dress, this was the next best thing and for £10, this Dorothy Perkins dress is definitely worth it! LWDs (little white dresses) were all over the Spring/Summer 2011 catwalks with Adam by Adam Lippes, Af Vandevorst and Vivienne Westwood boasting their own take on the stylish trend. This goes to show that you don’t need a maxi à la Perry to rock the festival look, just look at how Adam Lippes’ LWD can do it!

Spotty Bow Head wrap, £3.99, New Look – Quirky headbands have been in fashion since 2009 when Louis Vuitton made his models stroll down the runway with giant ‘bunny’ headbands on. Since then, the headbands have gotten smaller and more colourful, from floral prints to polka dot denim – the high street stores took note and made Louis Vuitton’s headbands more accessible. I was glad when Katy showcased her polka dot headband at Coachella as I found this very similar New Look headband, which at £3.99 will give Katy a run for her money!

Black Cat Eye Sunglasses, £5, Dorothy Perkins – Katy has always been a fan of cat eye sunglasses from promoting her singles in London to jogging in LA, they seem to be one of her favourite accessories. So I had to include these in Steal Her Style! Despite Katy sporting some very nice black oversized sunnies, I opted for these cheap cat eye ones from Dorothy Perkins instead.

Mega Pearl Rope Necklace, £8, Dorothy Perkins – Due to the intricate lace pattern on her peplum dress, Katy chose to add minimal accessories to her look, such as a long pearl necklace. I came across this chic necklace from you guessed it – Dorothy Perkins – for a small £8! This fits the bill perfectly!

Beige Jean Belt, £18, River Island – Katy has got an amazing body, so she had to show off her curves in this maxi dress somehow! By wearing a beige and cream skinny belt, Katy can not only look tall and elegant, but nice and curvy too. This £18 beige jean belt from River Island is similar to Katy’s with the pearly detailed section, and they match the necklace too!

Gold Plaited Strap Sandals, £28, Dorothy Perkins – The last fashion piece to achieve Katy Perry’s look are these wonderful gold plaited strap sandals. Katy wears very light gold sandals, however these ones brighten your outfit up whilst making you look like Grecian goddess like model Hilary Rhoda. At £28, these are the most expensive item on the list. However, these sandals are perfect for summer (while it’s still here) and they don’t break the budget too much.

That is my very first Steal Her Style feature done and I would be very grateful if you could all tell me what you think of it? Hopefully this will end up being a regular fashion feature like This Week’s Wishlist.