Sunday, 30 December 2012

Trending: Midi Dresses

As soon as I eventually get round to creating The List for Spring 2013 this is one item that will definitely be gracing the page: the midi dress. Yes it's back from the S/S12 ladies! 

As we are in that awkward transition from Winter to Spring right now (does anyone else have a hard time giving up the scarves?!) a lot of the midi's that are on the high street are long sleeved which is perfect for the fluctuating temperature's and the cold blooded amongst us. 

Most available are simple, block colours as the motto for day is certainly "less is more", however for night time dress yours up with the fur collar you haven't quite put away yet or some statement jewellery. Collars are still huge in S/S13 so be prepared to adorn your necks once more, and remember that with Spring on it's way you may want to think about lighter tones for the dress as black doesn't always scream "SUNSHINE!"

Prices: 1. Black sparkle midi dress £16.00, 2. Brown leopard print midi skater dress £12.00, 3. Fleck 3/4 sleeve midi dress in purple £29.00, 4. Jade 3/4 sleeve bodycon midi dress £14.99.
Availability: 1. Select, 2. River Island, 3. Topshop, 4. New Look.

Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Trending: White Bags

This will be part of a series of "trending" posts concerning white accessories as they are becoming quite the sought-after accessories going into 2013. Beginning where else but with the S/S13 bags...

White bags are popping up everywhere on the high street ready for Spring, and it's a relief to know you can own a part of next season for as little as £6.99! Think fur, tan on white, colour blocks and bowlers...

Prices: 1. White structured colour block bowler bag £37.00, 2. Beige faux fur duffel bag £45.00, 3. Cream soft lock clutch bag £15.00, 4. Nude ruched clutch bag £6.99, 5. Duffle bag £10.00
Availability: 1. River Island, 2. Dorothy Perkins, 3. River Island, 4. Internacionale, 5. J.W. Anderson for Topshop

Monday, 24 December 2012

Insert: Sales

Slightly different insert today: before I launch my "list" posts I thought I'd do a post about the sales that will coincide nicely with it. 
In aid of all the sales that have already hit the internet and are soon to overwhelm our high streets, I thought I'd put together a little mood-board of items currently in the sales that would be great pick-ups ready for the next season:

Prices: 1. Blush punched bomber jacket £25.00, 2. Petites printed kimono £17.00, 3. Beige print waterfall cardigan £25.00, 4. Cream crochet longline blazer £30.00, 5. Denim blue chambray shirt £10.00, 6. Cream lace mesh tunic dress £15.00
Availability: 1. Miss Selfridge (online here), 2. Miss Selfridge (online here), 3. River Island (online here), 4. River Island (online here), 5. New Look (online here), 6. Dorothy Perkins (online here)

Sunday, 23 December 2012

My Closet: Vintage Cardigan

Another vintage steal from the Clothes Show Live was this cream cardigan.
The same as my levi's it was a complete bargain at only £15 from a vintage stall and I've been living in it ever since! It is hand knitted, and amazingly thick which is just what I want with the brisk winds that we've been having recently. It is a slightly yellow/cream colour which is a bit of a pain to add to my typical monochrome outfits, but I've been making it work with jeans and bold prints or colours underneath. Nothing says Christmas more than a Grandad cardigan!

Friday, 21 December 2012

Liebster Award

I'm very happy to announce that The Fashion Season has been nominated for the Liebster award: thank you "As the Sakura falls" I really appreciate it!
The Liebster blogging award is given to those upcoming bloggers with less than 200 followers in attempt to recognise their hard work, and promote new blogs.

The rules of the award are as follows...
1. The nominated blogger has to share 11 things about themselves.
2. They also need to answer the set of 11 questions given to them by the person who nominated them.
3. Then they must nominate 11 blogs within the criteria.
4. And write 11 questions for them.
5. You should always follow the blog that gave you the award and those you are nominating also.
6. And, of course, let them know you are giving them the award!

My 11 "things":
1. I work in a perfume shop so have my head filled with fragrance notes and brand heritage on a daily basis.
2. I have the moodiest cat in the world, ironically named "Grace"
3. I love John Hughes films
4. I study American Studies and English in University
5. I started my blog as a path to promoting healthy body images: it's all about dressing yourself comfortably and fashionably.
6. I continuously watch TEDtalks on the internet, my dream is to go to a Conference
7. I think Audrey Hepburn was one of the most beautiful women in the world
8. I eat too many Mini Cheddars
9. I'm allergic to fruit
10. I used to be an Agoraphobic.
11. I went to South America and climbed Machu Picchu!

The Q's given to me:
1.What’s your greatest blogging achievement?
Working out how to take the borders off my photos on Blogger, it seriously took me about a week to get the coding right!
2.Were your friends cool with you blogging?
Not many know about it to be honest, my friends that do know support me but aren't interested in blogs the way I am. My boyfriend is the most supportive.
3. What was your first post about?
My first ever post was about the box sleeved tees you see everywhere now (ie. "GEEK" in Topshop) I wrote it about five months ago and deleted that blog and started again, silly now everyone wears them!
4. Why did you write that first post? What got you into blogging?
I was inspired by how much I discovered from blogs and how hooked I became on them. Also I saw a possibility; using my blog as a platform to help those who don't know how to dress, and those with poor body image. There are many who look at photos of bloggers in Dolce & Gabbana dresses and can't understand the bottom from the top, or how that translates into what they can wear/ can afford, and so they move away from blogging as they feel it isn't for them. I aim to make fashion accessible.
5. What is the biggest drawback of blogging?
Not getting my uni work done!
6. Why did you name your blog what you named it?
Because I thought it summed up what I was aiming to portray: the season made simple!
7. What is your dream career?
To be honest I don't really know, probably something in education or mental health. I'm all for helping to nurture greatness and self confidence: how does that translate into fashion? You'll be surprised how much good fitting, well priced clothes can lift you up!
8. Did you enjoy High School?
Yes although it was an all girls school, bitchy.
9. What’s top of your Christmas List?
Dior 'Touch of Blush'!
10. Where would your ideal home be located?
Right now? New York!
11. What’s your ultimate aim with your blog?
To help one person dress comfortably, confidently and on trend- and not for the price of my left leg.

My Nominations:

My 11 Questions for YOU!
1. Why did you begin blogging?
2. Which blog do you check everyday for updates without fail?
3. What is your greatest blogging achievement?
4. What is your favourite beauty product?
5. What is your favourite high street store?
6. Vintage or New?
7. What are you asking Santa for this year?
8. Do you prefer blogs with text or just images?
9. Do you look at the catwalk for inspiration?
10. Which blog topics do you look out for?
11. How do you aim to develop your blog in the next year?

Enjoy! Can't wait to read the answers :) x

Seasonal Style #5: River Island 50%

Words: Gothic, embellishment, night, mystery, glamorous, luxury.
Total Price: £67.00

Price Breakdown: Black embellished sandals £30.00, Black lace bodice dip hem maxi dress £20.00, Black faux fur tippet £12.00, Red metal corner purse £5.00
Availability: All items from River Island; online here

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Trending: The Cosmos!

It started with leggings and now cosmic print is starting to seep into the high street in all shapes and forms!

The print can be a bit daring so I would advise pairing it with other pieces not so daring, perhaps colour block or monochrome: thus making your statement piece your cosmos.

One shop that is loving the print is Topshop with all sorts of tees, skirts and leggings on offer; but search the high street for a piece that suits your shape and colouring as now the monochrome stars aren't the only ones on offer...
Prices: 1. Purple cosmic print tube skirt £28.00, 2. Orange pleated galaxy skirt £15.00, 3. Pink space print midi tube dress £25.00, 4. Dress £59.99, 5. Cosmic tee by Tee and Cake £25.00, 6. Black galaxy print leggings, 7. Te Amo pink galaxy print blazer £24.99

Availability: 1. Topshop, 2. Dorothy Perkins, 3. River Island, 4. H&M, 5. Topshop, 6. New Look, 7. New Look

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Trending: Adventurous Headwear

Thought you'd never wear cat ears again after Halloween? Think again! Dressing up seems to have continued right into the New Year with all the headwear that's adorning the high street right now.

You can make your crown feel glamorous right away with all this to choose from...

Prices: 1.Gold Antler ear headband £8.00, 2.Spike on neon hair band £10.00, 3.Facet bead cat ears £8.50, 4. Cream bead embellished crown headband £25.00 
Availability: 1. Topshop, online here, 2. Dorothy Perkins, online here, 3. Miss Selfridge, online here, 4. River Island, online here

Monday, 17 December 2012

Seasonal Style #4: Internacionale 20%

Words: Winter, fierce, woman, statement print, buckles

Total Price: £58.96 (with the current 20% off sale: £47.16)

Price Breakdown: Oatmeal cable jumper £19.99, Beige animal midi skirt £9.99, Alex black buckle boots £19.99, Berry tassel scarf £8.99
Availability: All from Internacionale

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Trending: Topshop Chunky Heels

Topshop's new shoe collection is filled with exaggerated chunky heels and embellishment.

From wooden to rubber the heels of the shoes are definitely something to behold, and the emphasis on the chunky and cut out heels is going to continue far into 2013.

Topshop has many styles to choose from, some less risky than others, so it is well worth a visit to your local store to check the new range out. Take advantage of the metallic embellishments available too (studs, buckles, sequins etc.) and make the shoe the statement piece of any outfit!

Prices: 1. Burgundy anchor cut out buckle boots £75.00,  2. Sellout open toe platforms £65.00, 3. Jaja multi buckle mid shoe £78.00, 4. Lucky high vamp leather heels £70.00, 5. Lord pearl embellished heels £72.00
Availability: all from Topshop, visit the store online here

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

My Closet: Levi Jeans

I picked up many a fashionable item at the "Clothes Show Live" which was in Birmingham recently but my favourite has to be these Levi's! They were a complete bargain at only £15 from a Vintage stand, and I saw a few people on the day wearing them in a style I aim to replicate soon.

I love the high-waisted look with the cuffs rolled up: I'm certain this makes me look curvier than usual and I'm all for that! The only problem with them is the size; as I'm sure you're all aware the Levi's sizing is forever tricky and if you're ever looking to buy a pair of the shorts or jeans you will most likely be in the shop forever attempting to find a decent fit. I did try this pair on before purchasing but at the Clothes Show you can't really spend time analysing the fit, so I bought them in a haste and as a result this size is a little too big which results in an unsightly pouch forming at the crotch. 

I love them anyway because they are so comfortable and will certainly last for years to come (Levi Jeans are amazing quality), but can't help wishing they were a little snugger!

If you would like a pair of these jeans or wish to delve into the Levi's brand then I know you can get them at all Urban Outfitters stores as well as the Levi's shops. However I would suggest looking around (charity shops, vintage stores, markets etc) as they can be quite overpriced on the high street.

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Seasonal Style #3

Words: Cute, Feminine, Oriental, Subtle, Clean, Ornate

Total Price: £85.98 

Price Breakdown: Drawstring shorts £29.00, Lace top £12.99, Clutch £35.00, Necklace £8.99
Availability: Shorts & Clutch from Miss Selfridge, Top & Necklace from New Look

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Seasonal Style #2

Words: Sexy, Futuristic, Empowered, Woman, Workplace, conceptual.

Total Price: £150.00

Price Breakdown: Dress £60.00, Bag £40.00, Shoes £50.00
Availability: River Island (for all items)

Saturday, 8 December 2012

My Closet: Primark Dress

[Dress £10 available from Primark stores]

The latest addition to my wardrobe is thanks to Primark surprisingly. 
Whenever I shop in Primark these days it feels like a bit of a chore, I have to really search the shop to find the few decent items amongst all of the low quality stuff. However, this dress is one of those great items that I fell in love with once I'd finished checking out the seams and material for longevity (yes, I've turned into your Grandmother).
 Its the perfect length to wear with chunky boots for the winter as it skims my calves so I don't look too drowned in material and I think it's going to serve me well into the next season too. When Spring hits I plan to lose my boyfriend-esque chunky knits and boots and team it with lighter cardys and flats.The colour is also perfect, its inoffensive and completely on trend with the metallic/ gothic vibe that's in this season. 
And at £10 my purse isn't screaming at me!

Thursday, 6 December 2012

Seasonal Style #1

Inspired by ASOS's great current "25% off labels sale" I thought I'd put together the first Seasonal Style post. These posts will aim to create outfits out of products available online and in store in an effort to make shopping easier and more guided: a little seasonal fashion mood board if you will...

Words: Autumn, Warmth, Tones, Grunge, Sexy, Winter.

Total Price: £139.50

Price Breakdown: Skirt £11.50, Tee £11.00, Scarf £22.00, Coat £135.00
Availability: ASOS (for all items)

Wednesday, 5 December 2012

Trending: Christmas Leggings

Price: Leggings £10.00, Jumper £14.99
Availability: New Look in store or online

So, I've been seeing these patterned leggings on everyone lately and I have to admit I absolutely hated them, but in the interests of pledging myself to the season I decided to scour the high street for a pair I could bare to wear. Eventually this New Look version fell into my hands: I picked them due to the colour, the quality and the price (a mere £10- a rival for even Primark versions!). I decided to pair them with a oversized jumper for a cuddly look, and also as an a attempt to mirror this H&M Lana Del Ray outfit New Look style.

How to wear...

With these leggings you need to ensure to get a good quality as, like all leggings do, they stretch so you don't want to put them on and have that awful thing happen where the pattern looks faded because the material is rubbish quality and not elasticated enough.
I can say honestly this New Look design were a great quality.

Also, ensure you get a colour and pattern that is suited to your needs and your already established wardrobe: you don't want to have to rush out and buy lots of new plain tees because your statement piece is TOO much of a statement.

The best way to wear these leggings is to embrace the festive spirit! Pull on your woolley jumpers and thick knits over the top of them and layer them up, embracing the colours and the warmth. Stick to plain, block colours on top and cute shoes and socks on the bottom and steer clear of ugg boots as you don't want to look outweighed with heavy feet! I think these outfit is perfect for a cold day out in town, or lounging around inside with a hot coco!