Monday, 15 March 2010

Perfect Pout

Ever dreamt of the perfect lip gloss?

Well look no further. GOSH make-up have created every girls dream gloss. It has a mirror on one side and a built in LED light comes on when the lid is removed, so even in the darkest of places one will still have the facility for the perfect pout!

Girls, our lips will never be the same again. Purchase now, at £8.50 each, they are more than worth it.

Pucker up...

Sunday, 14 March 2010

Something To Ponder...

It has been a while - but I am back and thought I would start the week with something a little deep. I wrote this whilst I was working for ASOS and it was and will remain a favourite blog of mine. Read, enjoy and ponder...

A copycat is defined as 'a person or thing that copies, imitates, mimics, or follows the lead of another.'

We read the same magazines, we shop in the same shops, we watch the same programmes ... 24/7 we are observing other people, the way they walk, the way they talk and the way they dress ... We can't help but get a little inspiration from the person whose sat at the bus stop with fab shoes, or the person that's having a coffee whose bag you just have to have.

Being a lover of all things fashion orientated, I often get asked where my clothes are from or where I bought my latest arm candy … Friends constantly ask me to style them and being a stylist (and a friend) the answer is always of course!

But … at what point does it stop becoming flattering and simply becomes annoying?

All you true fashionistas out there know, that real style comes from the individual and the most inspiring outfits are put together by that individual.

So … Copycat, copycat, sitting on the doormat … Do we welcome them in or do we shoo them away?!


Tuesday, 23 February 2010

To Clog Or Not To Clog

I spy with my fashionable eye something beginning with... C.

Yes that's right - one of this season hottest shoe is no other than that of a Clog.

Seeing a picture of these in Vogue this month took me straight back to my early teen years when these wooden wonders where majorly in fashion. I honestly thought I'd seen the last of them.. but no, like most trends in fashion, these too have taken a huge u-turn and crept up upon us - except this time round, they are much higher and far more trendier!

Whether you are a designer diva and purchase your pair from Chanel or the high-street is more your thing and you grab yours from Zara, Clogs are most definitely the way forward!


Forget 3.1 more like 10.10!

Oh dear - I've fallen in lust - once again.

My fickle fashionable heart skips a beat each and every time I walk past 3.1 Philip Lim's creations.

Started in 2004, Phillip Lim began designing. An American fashion designer originally from a Chinese Ancestry, he creates couture to the t - or should I say c?! He knows exactly how 'fashionable women want to dress' and has been awarded 'emerging talent of the year' in 2007.

Embellished tops, sequin dresses, jumpsuits and high waisted cargo pants - there is an item for everyone and everyone has to have at least one item!
This season, this designer has taken the spot light. Versatile pieces with a sophisticated edge, which will take you from a casual Winter through to a smart Summer.
Creative, original and just divine. Philip Lim - I salute you!

Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Go Grab A Grey

Ok, ok so I know i'm like soooo two weeks ago but even so, I couldn't let a blog go by without a mention of this season's hottest nail colour.

Named '505 Particulière' - this Chanel creation is this Springs colour must-have and has just flown off the shelves. For those of you that didn't quite manage to get their naked nails on one - no worries - Opi are doing a very similar, if not identical colour.

Grey is the new Black don't you know!


Wish List - That Time Of The Week!

It's Wednesday and I haven't shopped for like a whole week... Grrrr.

Through my slightly flustered behaviour and major with-drawl symptoms, I have managed to put together
my top five must-have high-street items for the week that both you, me and everyone else needs to go out and purchase!

This long-sleeved button front blouse screams designer and is sure to add a sophisticated edge to any outfit you choose to wear.

Urban Outfitters - £45

If you haven't quite got the whole 'playsuit' thing then this lady print number will be sure to get you on board.

Oasis - £70

Demure dressing is the way forward and this dress is just that. Black tights and ankle boots for the winter and wedge shoes for the summer - perfection.

ASOS - £55

If you can't decide what to wear, then this black lace jacket will go with everything and anything and look effortlessly chic.

Miss Selfridge - £40

Erm hello pretties - stand tall and look fabulous in these suede beauties.

Topshop - £100

OK, so feeling a tiny bit better now I've written my 'things to buy list' - until the next one that is!


Monday, 15 February 2010

My Love For McQueen - £2,845

The fashion world is still in mourning at the huge loss of Lee McQueen (aka Alexander). He was an icon to many and it was not surprising he won 'Designer of the Year' four times.

It was only the other day that I wrote a list of that particular weeks blog titles and one of those was headed, 'My Love For McQueen.' Apart from the fact that I have gained a whole new level of admiration for his designs since working at Matches but also due to the fact that a couple of Fridays ago, as I helped to pick out some key items for a client's Spring/Summer wardrobe I suddenly remembered that we had just received the most phenomenal dress that day and it was still sat on the merchandising rail downstairs waiting to be taken to the shop floor.
Having only received two in the whole company, I just knew I had to get my client to try it on. It was love at first sight and without a second thought, she was the proud owner of this master-piece.

Heads will be turning when this creation is worn.

Alexander McQueen - thank you for bringing a whole new fashion level to this world. I hope your creations will continue in your name and you my dear designer RIP.


Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Barbie's Favourite Season!

If there is one item you are thinking of buying this month be sure to make it a dusty pink leather jacket.

It is one of this seasons hottest colours and the fashionistas are loving it!

£45 - Miss Selfridge

£200 - Malene Birger

You have to be in it, to pink it!


What A Girl Wants

Valentines day is creeping up and I have a sneaky feeling there will be a number of proposes over the weekend (eek). At the risk of sounding pessimistic, I can't say it is the most original of days to ask someone to marry you but I guess it's the most romantic (in a very cheese-on-absolute-toast kinda way!!)

Even so, for all those that are either

a) in no way shape or form ready to get married
b) in no way shape or form ready to propose
c) in no way shape or form in a relationship to even begin to contemplate marriage

listen carefully as I have hand picked my top five finger accessories that one just has to be seen wearing this season and there is no 'will you marry' involved!

£180 - Alexander McQueen

£260 - YSL

£110 - Kara Ross

£225 - Roberto Cavali

£175 - Swarovski

Engagement rings are sooo 2009!

Happy All


2010 is SO in

Just got home and am bursting at the seams with excitement... We had a meeting with the buyers of Matches this evening and went through the Look Book for Spring/Summer 2010 - one word - WOW!

We have such fabulous pieces coming in that I feel the urge to share each and every one with you... In fact, I think I will do just that!

Over the next few weeks, I will be sure to let you all know about the new designers we need to listen out for, the key pieces we need to start purchasing and the heirloom bag we need to invest in.

For now though, I will leave you with a key term for this season... Laid Back Luxe.

No more does the capsule wardrobe involve a pair of plaid trousers, a staple blazer, a white shirt and an LBD - this year it has been re-invented and shaken up with the likes of a leather jacket, suede gilets, cotton shorts and logo tees.

Leather Jacket £480
Theory -

Suede Gilet - £2,575
Balenciaga - Browns

Cotton Shorts £1,290
Balmain - net-a-porter

Logo Tee - £165
3.1 Phillip Lim -

It's time to put a twist back in to the classical.

Same time tomorrow