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Friday, 17 April 2015

Introducing ASOS Occasion Wear and Bridesmaid Collections

A couple of months ago, on a dark and chilly winter’s night I went to a little shindig in Soho to celebrate the eagerly awaited launch of ASOS’ beautiful Bridesmaid and Occasion Wear collections. The Class of 2015 party was themed around an end of year college party, but much, much chicer of course. As well as cutthroat shaves from the super cool Nomad Barber, the party had a super cute photo set and models wearing the stunning collection – the most important part of all.
 
ASOS tends to be my saviour for all occasions, from black tie awards ceremonies right down to girls nights out. The sheer breadth of choice makes it a no brainer; where else can you find floor length, vintage-inspired gowns with pretty 50s style floral dresses and sculptural cut out dresses?
 
The Occasion Wear collection comprises of a fairly broad selection of gorgeous dresses, perfect for every summer event from garden parties to balls. The collection has a distinctly 50s vibe, with beautiful bell skirted and co-ords and pretty floral prints. I couldn’t help but run my hands over the dresses and their fabric – predominantly organza and lace. The Bridesmaid collection is ASOS’ first foray into wedding attire, with 30 different options available in complementary fabrics, colours and prints.. The collection aims to bring bridesmaid dresses into the 21st century, no matching peach taffeta dresses in sight. A range of silhouettes which cater for different body types form the basis, with the dresses available in floral prints and soft sorbet shades of lilac, mint and lemon with embellishment and contrasting textures for a modern take on bridesmaid dressing.
 
Here are my favourite looks from the collections:


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Thursday, 9 April 2015

Introducing Green & Blacks THINS




For the last 6 months or so, I’ve been on a real health kick. It actually started about a year ago but I’ve been really into nutrition and exercise over the last few months. I used to have an awful diet, everything that’s bad in spades with a touch of fresh food here and there. That’s all a distant memory now, replaced with a mainly cooked from scratch regime - I’m on first name terms with my butcher, fishmonger and greengrocer as I pop in so frequently. I’m not super strict and still eat burgers and pizzas but they’re a treat rather than being a regular food group!
 
Exercise is all well and good but it’s the food you eat that makes a real difference. I realised that its fuel and what you put in, you get out. Now that I eat healthy, home cooked meals which are protein and vegetable heavy, I have more energy, feel better, sleep better and my skin has a glow. To be honest, one bad meal doesn’t undo all of the good work but I definitely notice if I’ve had a few days of bad meals.
 
Depriving yourself of food isn’t healthy which is why I don’t do diets and never have. But I now see food from a nutritional perspective which has changed everything. For me, it’s all about moderation. In the same way, one salad won’t give you abs, a burger won’t make you put on kilos. You can always make smarter choices to have a slightly healthier meal too, at The Diner I go for sweet potato fries (yay for complex carbs) and I’d rather go to Homeslice for a super thin, authentic pizza than a heavy Dominos.

The one thing I hadn’t cracked was dessert. Sugar cravings can be curbed with fruit (hello, fructose) but sometimes you just need a chocolate or a cake. My friend Dena always opts for Green & Blacks, as they’re not actually that bad for you. Due to their high cocoa content, they have an intense flavour without artificial additives or sugars and they’re also organic which is a huge bonus, she only has a couple of squares rather than indulging in a whole bar as the flavours are so rich.

A couple of weeks ago, I had a chocolate craving so I treated myself to a couple of bars of THINS as well as a cup of green tea and one of my favourite fashion books. To my surprise, I didn't devour the whole bar in one sitting. he bars lasted me a good couple of weeks and a few squares here and there were able to keep me satisfied. I've learnt that everything is fine in moderation and I've got a feeling that Green & Blacks THINS are going to become my favourite little treat.
 
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Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Goodbye, Ho Chi Minh City


Today, I'm bidding a very sad farewell to Vietnam after spending my last night in Ho Chi Minh City. I'm hopping back to Singapore as I had so much fun on the way here then back to London. Check out my travel pics on Instagram.
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Sunday, 5 April 2015

Top Five: Espadrilles

In my last post, I shared my thoughts on espadrilles – I essentially went from not being a fan to being utterly obsessed in the time it takes to open a Valentino shoe box. Although it’s still not warm enough to wear them with floaty lace dresses and denim cut offs, I’ve been giving myself a break from heels at the weekend and gallivanting across London in my trusty espadrilles and cropped jeans. Although there are some great versions on the high street, the price points for a pair from a luxury brand are fairly reasonable. Most are under £300 so perfect if you want to splash out on an affordable investment piece for summer.

There are so many great prints, from the Valentino butterfly print pair that stole my heart to Dolce & Gabbana's gorgeous baroque print and Stella McCartney's leopard print pair. I also love a little bit of delicate lace like the sunny yellow Tory Burch pair and Jimmy Choo's classic denim blue suede pair with the side cut out.

Here are my favourite espadrilles:



From left to right:
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Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Falling for Valentino espadrilles

 

I’ve never really understood the appeal of espadrilles. They aren’t unforgivable like Crocs or FitFlops but I’ve never felt the need to own a pair, I guess there’s not much need for flat raffia and canvas shoes in London – it just never gets hot enough! Even on holiday, I’m a sandals or sliders kind of girl. I think most fashion girls wrote them off until Karl Lagerfeld debuted the ultra-covetable Chanel espadrilles in SS12 – suddenly the easy, breezy summer shoes were on the top of every editor and blogger’s wishlist. Fast forward three years and every high end designer is offering their own incantation of the humble espadrille, from Celine to Valentino.

Although the now iconic ‘double C’ Chanel holds a certain appeal, I tend to prefer the more subtle take on trends or must-have pieces – I hate looking or feeling like a walking advert! While I was umming and ahhing over espadrilles, I spied the gorgeous Valentino version which were covered in their new butterfly print. They look luxe without overtly advertising their brand. Sold.

 
I never thought I’d be eagerly awaiting the arrival of a pair of flat raffia and canvas shoes, but I was practically hopping up and down with excitement waiting for the postman. The espadrilles were actually much more lovely IRL – leather lined and super comfy, the print was heavy on the forest green so super easy to wear, particularly to add a pretty edge to the military trend.


I’ve been super eager to wear my lovely Valentino shoes, although the weather hasn’t been overly cooperative, you wouldn’t know that spring has supposedly sprung in London! For now, I’ve been wearing my espadrilles with my trusty jeans all around town but I can’t wait to wear them with more summery looks when the weather decides to play ball. I love Karolina Kurkova’s decidedly South of France take with cropped white jeans as well as Rosie Huntington-Whiteley’s understated chic look.


Keep your eyes peeled for my next post, I’ll be sharing my top five espadrilles to get you summer ready.
 

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