Is there such thing as too many Christmas party dresses? Obviously not! My second for the season (following the gorgeous Belle dress from Jones and Jones I blogged about here last week) is this beautiful metallic gold and black number by worldwide dress specialist Chi Chi. The dress combines two of the biggest trends for the season: baroque and peplum. It features a hidden zip and an elasticated back for a better fit, and also a flattering and practical padded bust. Search for the ‘Rita’ dress on the Chi Chi website to purchase it on sale for a bargain £28.99, or check out the Casey dress if you’d prefer this look in an icy white and silver.
Pair the dress with a bright red lip and big platform heels for a bold statement, or a nude lip, big messy hair and smokey eyes for something more relaxed.
Recently I’ve been seeing a lot more of English/Spanish brand Sister Jane, and I’ve been nothing but impressed! The brand, which was founded in both London and Madrid, combines femininity with edginess and vintage inspiration with current trends to create collection after collection of stunning and completely wearable pieces. Sister Jane have a website which showcases all their collections including the most recent and arguably the most impressive ‘Silver Spells‘, however if you want to purchase something you have to go through one of their stockists, the most popular UK based of which are Topshop and ASOS. Both stockists have selected a good range of Sister Jane pieces, take a look at some of my favourites below – I’m dying for the metallic floral shorts and jacket!
|Sky Collar Dress, £68 @ Topshop|
|Galactic Collar Top, £50 @ Topshop|
|Spring Flowers Jacket, on sale for £58 @ Topshop|
|Flower Applique Dress, £68 @ Topshop|
|Lace Crop Blouse with Lion Head Chain Collar, on sale for £39 @ ASOS|
|Leather Collar and Cuffs Lace Dress, on sale for £49 @ ASOS|
|Metallic Floral Jacket, £120 @ ASOS|
|Metallic Floral Shorts, £62 @ ASOS|
|Stud Vest, £48 @ ASOS|
|Galactic Collar Skater Dress, £68 @ ASOS|
It might sound mundane to write this post from the ‘every girl needs a good LBD’ angle, but there is no other way to go about it because that statement is so true! This particular dress, which I received courtesy of AX Paris, is perfect: its use of faux leather panels and mesh make it an interesting and slightly different take on a classic LBD, whilst the figure hugging fabrics make it super flattering too. Here I decided to accessorise the black only with silver, including heels from Topshop, a simple clutch bag from Primark and these amazing embellished tights by Pretty Polly, which I received courtesy of Tights Please.
This week I painted my nails Barry M’s ‘acid yellow’ and added a silver tip using Orly’s ‘shine’ from their Foil FX collection. ‘Acid yellow’ provides an amazing block colour look because it’s a bright and very opaque varnish. I rarely find fault with any of Barry M’s nail paints and this is no exception! Orly’s Foil FX ‘Shine’ is my go-to silver nail varnish simply because it is the most shiny and Minx-like metallic nail varnish I’ve ever tried, without actually using nail foils. It needs a few coats to become opaque but once it is the metallic micro-glitter gives the silver an ultra-sparkly finish. Mixing neon and metallic is still a key trend this summer, and a nail art which does this is the ideal way of working the trend subtly!
I’ve been lusting over all the ‘mirrored island’ print pieces by Motel for a while now, so when they offered free delivery on all orders and I found a 20% off code I couldn’t resist purchasing the amazing Zoe Bodycon Dress. This print is the perfect and slightly more adventurous alternative to classic floral prints or this summer’s tropical print, which have both arguably been a little overdone already, and I’m completely in love with it! Here I paired it with Topshop tie-dye socks and premium ‘Silver Planet Tassle Loafers’ which I got on Ebay for £15, and a Ragged Priest style reworked vintage denim jacket with studded shoulders, also from Ebay.
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Almost every girl loves mermaids and the SS12 trend for all things underwater-fantasy is the perfect opportunity to channel your inner Ariel. I’ve been in love with this Topshop Premium Silk Shimmer Pleated Dip Hem Skirt since it first came to my attention but at £65 I chose not to buy it. Luckily for me it’s now in the sale for £35 or £30 for petite and tall versions (I’m wearing petite), so I jumped at the chance! The skirt is 65% silk and 35% metallic fibre and so feels very luxurious as well as looking ultra girly and pretty. Here I’ve paired it with an equally feminine mint green sheer blouse bought years ago in Primark and some nude heels from Garage, but I also can’t wait to wear it a black button-up or white crop tee and black leather biker jacket to toughen it up a little too!