Sunday, 31 July 2016
There's nothing wrong with touching on a trend that lived once upon a time... especially one that you loved back when (so long as it's not those god awful disk belts from the noughties - remember those?) - i'm saying this like the 70s trend was so long ago, but really it was the style phenomenon of just last year. It took over every colour palette, every trouser cut, and every print design that resided on the high street - along with my wardrobe. And guess what? I'm still feeling those mustard and brown shades that fought for their place in our closets thanks to the likes of Hedi Slimane and Chloe all that time ago. Want to take an old trend up a notch? Go all out on the colour scheme for a fresher look and clash textures and fabrics to keep the style bang up to date!
Sunday, 24 July 2016
Christmas in July? Really? Well, yep - it's a thing, and here I am showing you what to expect when the time comes... I mean, who doesn't love a sneak peek?
Last week, I swung by River Island to check out the what's what ahead of A/W16, and let's just say on a hot day in London as it were, i've never been more excited for the premise of Christmas...
Next season, you can expect the usual glitter-clad pieces that high winter brings, but also a more cool, wearable vibe to what's available. Gone are the days that your Christmas party is dotted with that green sequin dress - and back are those where velvet, glitter knits, lace and actually layering up take the spotlight.
Featured trends varied not only for the party season, but for casual wear too - from military inspired puffa jackets, backpacks packing a bad gal punch, to the silkiest loungewear you ever saw (with velvet embroidered slippers of course). But, it isn't a round up on The Fashion Wonderland without some seriously incredible shoe game, and I can say for certain that next season has zero disappointments. Expect Gucci style loafers and boots that could make you double-take for a pair you saw down the Saint Laurent runway. And if you're worried about the lack of glitter in your life next season, don't be... I can assure you, you'll be covered in it from November to February.
Monday, 18 July 2016
The warmer weather has finally set in, so it's that time again to switch up the routine! This month's box is 'packed with products to get your skin and hair in the mood for some sunshine' - about time, huh?
Summer is all about that natural look, perfect skin, hydration and looking as sun kissed as ever - so when I opened the box, I was pretty pleased to find everything in this month's Look Fantastic Beauty Box I could ever need for all of the above.
Saturday, 16 July 2016
These days, my work wardrobe is my everyday look (even on those days out of the office) and monochrome looks (presumably under Sophie's influence) weave their way into what once was a pretty colourful selection... I like to think I steer clear of black where possible, but sitting in front of my 'everyday clothes' rail I can see that's definitely not the case anymore! Shopping in summer is a saviour for injecting colour into a wardrobe in dire need and after heading to Missguided, I went a little crazy with the spending... Oops!
Picking out a little something brighter doesn't mean it has to be cerise pink and neon yellow, even the lighter neutral tones can make a differentiation between funeral attire and summer dressing, and switching up the tones in your pieces can make all of the difference. Wear the same boring trousers/jeans everyday and pair with a coloured top? Swap this around for a bigger block of colour on your bottom half for a fresher look or pair with metallics for an extra shine... Who said it had to be so hard?
Tuesday, 12 July 2016
Whether you're breathing a sigh of relief or feeling let down that the stiletto heel didn't even make an appearance on this year's top shoe trends list for summer, both parties can rest assured that there are plenty more options just hankering to take their place. With styles like the block heel, wedge sandal, and flatform, it seems as though this season is a little more comfort-focused and laid-back than in previous years. Fortunately, comfort doesn't mean frumpy or glamour-free, because the shoes I'll be discussing are just as fashionable as their spiky-heeled counterparts.
Thursday, 7 July 2016
Meeting new people is easy, right? WRONG.
It always seems such a breeze when you're young. You move to a new place, you go to work, you go out for drinks - people are everywhere, especially in the city and you just assume you'll acquire friends in no time. But how long is no time? Everyone makes it look so easy but realistically, it doesn't happen that way and these days our heads are in our phones more than they are the actual conversation.
Sunday, 3 July 2016
Who knew seasonal wardrobes wouldn't count in a certain city? Well in the west having a Summer wardrobe separate to a Winter wardrobe isn't possible at all. One day it's 3 degrees and the next 27... Talk about weather schizophrenia. I know I talk about this fashion dilemma all the time, but honestly, finding the right balance is a challenge when you're new in town. Thin roll necks and dungaree dresses become your saviour and ankle boots are a must whatever the weather (mostly due to the fact that even the nicest of days will have a few mm's of rain!). I'm starting to think that staple festival wellies and shorts look was created by Mancunians to survive day-to-day life! Give it a little pop of colour to take the wintery edge off and voila - Summer/Not Summer in the west!
Friday, 1 July 2016
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