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Although i complain about the winter weather i actually love the fashion that comes with the cold chill. Fur, cute layers, hat's and the fabulous footwear. My wardrobe is usually a combination of true warm pieces like chunky knits and coats along with my summer favourite's with layers and warm tights.
This season i have an obsession with hats - my hair is now the perfect length to pull off a beanie and a fedora, so both have become a staple in my day to day dressing. Another staple is for me is boots - i have 4 pairs that i wear to the office along with UGG's, for a casual day, and welly's for those torrential downpours as well as for the snow and ice (who likes to see a fashionista on her bum!).
I will post something later this week on my staples pieces for winter featuring the above pieces.

I love to keep an eye out on the street and the blog world as so many people can get winter fashion wrong and end up looking like the abominable snowman under all those layers, however there are some who make it look effortless. These are the women who help to inspire my style in the colder seasons. Below are some of these stylish winter icons:






Laura Bailey last year in a stunning Mulberry Dress


* All pictures taken from Pinterest.

What do you love / hate about winter fashion? 
Share your thoughts below or via my social media links in the toolbar to the right.

Winter Style

Although i complain about the winter weather i actually love the fashion that comes with the cold chill. Fur, cute layers, hat's and the fabulous footwear. My wardrobe is usually a combination of true warm pieces like chunky knits and coats along with my summer favourite's with layers and warm tights.
This season i have an obsession with hats - my hair is now the perfect length to pull off a beanie and a fedora, so both have become a staple in my day to day dressing. Another staple is for me is boots - i have 4 pairs that i wear to the office along with UGG's, for a casual day, and welly's for those torrential downpours as well as for the snow and ice (who likes to see a fashionista on her bum!).
I will post something later this week on my staples pieces for winter featuring the above pieces.

I love to keep an eye out on the street and the blog world as so many people can get winter fashion wrong and end up looking like the abominable snowman under all those layers, however there are some who make it look effortless. These are the women who help to inspire my style in the colder seasons. Below are some of these stylish winter icons:






Laura Bailey last year in a stunning Mulberry Dress


* All pictures taken from Pinterest.

What do you love / hate about winter fashion? 
Share your thoughts below or via my social media links in the toolbar to the right.

I have always been a supporter of Children in Need but Pudsey's designer makeover last year really got my attention so i was pleased to see it was back again this year. A modern way to use the worlds love of fashion to raise money for a worthy cause.

Last year our beloved yellow bear got a designer makeover, 14 designer were involved in the project and it raised over £50,000. Due to this amazing success Designer Pudsey is back for 2012. This year over 30 International & British designers have created their own 28" Pudsey.  
The bears have been on display to the public in Selfridges London, with some making a cameo appearance in the famous Christmas window (below), before being auctioned off at Christie's.

This year's star studded line up of designers includes: Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Fendi and Tom Ford to name a few.

 


This beautiful collection has a bear for everyone, created from materials such as leather, silk, suede and even £20,000 worth of Swarovski crystals. 

Below are my favourites - if only i had the money to own one!
                           
LOUIS VUITTON & SMYTHSON


BURBERRY & GILES DEACON

  

MULBERRY & VOGUE



For more information or to donate to Children in Need please see the links below:

http://www.designerpudsey.co.uk/about-the-collection.asp
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b/features/cin-donate

Designer Pudsey

I have always been a supporter of Children in Need but Pudsey's designer makeover last year really got my attention so i was pleased to see it was back again this year. A modern way to use the worlds love of fashion to raise money for a worthy cause.

Last year our beloved yellow bear got a designer makeover, 14 designer were involved in the project and it raised over £50,000. Due to this amazing success Designer Pudsey is back for 2012. This year over 30 International & British designers have created their own 28" Pudsey.  
The bears have been on display to the public in Selfridges London, with some making a cameo appearance in the famous Christmas window (below), before being auctioned off at Christie's.

This year's star studded line up of designers includes: Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Fendi and Tom Ford to name a few.

 


This beautiful collection has a bear for everyone, created from materials such as leather, silk, suede and even £20,000 worth of Swarovski crystals. 

Below are my favourites - if only i had the money to own one!
                           
LOUIS VUITTON & SMYTHSON


BURBERRY & GILES DEACON

  

MULBERRY & VOGUE



For more information or to donate to Children in Need please see the links below:

http://www.designerpudsey.co.uk/about-the-collection.asp
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008dk4b/features/cin-donate

I have always been aware of River Island however have only really bought a few odd items in the past, however this season i am impressed with a lot of pieces from accessories to knitwear.
My credit card is already shaking at the prospect of a trip to River Island this weekend in London.
Below is my AW12 Wishlist:

1. Cat Ears Headband £8 & Grey Encrusted Headband £12
2. Cream Faux Fur Collar Cardigan £50
3. Navy Lurex Beanie £10
4. Jewel Earrings £3
5. Black Fallaway Jacket £55
6. Gold Organza Skater Skirt £30
7. Black Block Heel Boot £65

What AW12 pieces are on your wishlist??

River Island Wishlist

I have always been aware of River Island however have only really bought a few odd items in the past, however this season i am impressed with a lot of pieces from accessories to knitwear.
My credit card is already shaking at the prospect of a trip to River Island this weekend in London.
Below is my AW12 Wishlist:

1. Cat Ears Headband £8 & Grey Encrusted Headband £12
2. Cream Faux Fur Collar Cardigan £50
3. Navy Lurex Beanie £10
4. Jewel Earrings £3
5. Black Fallaway Jacket £55
6. Gold Organza Skater Skirt £30
7. Black Block Heel Boot £65

What AW12 pieces are on your wishlist??

There are so many beautiful jewellery brands around at the moment, with pieces that are accessible to all, no matter your budget. I have always been a Thomas Sabo girl, after my husband bought me a charm bracellet complete with charms for Christmas and my work collegues also bought a charm for my birthday. I find the idea of grown up charms such a beautiful way to personalise jewellery.


Today i discovered Pandora - i have never liked their charm bracellets as they seem to be much more of an investment, as they never look right until full of charms, however i have found that i love their stacking rings.

I chose to treat myself today as i was promoted at work yesterday to Assistant buyer and wanted something to reward myself for all my hard work. 


At £40 these beautiful rings are a perfect gift, and i have already hinted to my hubby that another one at Christmas would be nice. The basic ring with stone that i bought comes in a variety of colours based on birthstones, with more elaborate designs also available at higher prices.


I chose to buy the Pink opal as pink is my favourite colour and the Diamond (my birthstone) looked a little boring. These rings look good alone or stacked up your finger in varying colours.


Which brand do you guys prefer - Thomas Sabo or Pandora?

Pandora

There are so many beautiful jewellery brands around at the moment, with pieces that are accessible to all, no matter your budget. I have always been a Thomas Sabo girl, after my husband bought me a charm bracellet complete with charms for Christmas and my work collegues also bought a charm for my birthday. I find the idea of grown up charms such a beautiful way to personalise jewellery.


Today i discovered Pandora - i have never liked their charm bracellets as they seem to be much more of an investment, as they never look right until full of charms, however i have found that i love their stacking rings.

I chose to treat myself today as i was promoted at work yesterday to Assistant buyer and wanted something to reward myself for all my hard work. 


At £40 these beautiful rings are a perfect gift, and i have already hinted to my hubby that another one at Christmas would be nice. The basic ring with stone that i bought comes in a variety of colours based on birthstones, with more elaborate designs also available at higher prices.


I chose to buy the Pink opal as pink is my favourite colour and the Diamond (my birthstone) looked a little boring. These rings look good alone or stacked up your finger in varying colours.


Which brand do you guys prefer - Thomas Sabo or Pandora?


So today was the Mulberry SS13 show at London Fashion week, and after the AW12 success Mulberry chose the stream the show live. Unfortunately due to work commitments i was unable to watch the show live but have caught up on the days events and all the fashion. 
Below is a link to the show and also my favourite pieces from the collection.

♥♥♥
"Spring Summer 2013 takes us back to the Seventies and the years of a young Mulberry brand. A decadent medley of flora and fauna blends with luscious fresh colour and tropical-inspired prints, mixing up a laid-back spectrum of sorbet shades and exotic inspiration with our rural English craft heritage.

Prints and colours blocked head-to-toe, menswear and vintage military-inspired outerwear, Seventies pleats and a brand new bag collection, Willow.


My Favourite Looks









My Favourite image from the show


*All images and information taken from the Mulberry Blog/Facebook

London Fashion Week - Mulberry SS13


So today was the Mulberry SS13 show at London Fashion week, and after the AW12 success Mulberry chose the stream the show live. Unfortunately due to work commitments i was unable to watch the show live but have caught up on the days events and all the fashion. 
Below is a link to the show and also my favourite pieces from the collection.

♥♥♥
"Spring Summer 2013 takes us back to the Seventies and the years of a young Mulberry brand. A decadent medley of flora and fauna blends with luscious fresh colour and tropical-inspired prints, mixing up a laid-back spectrum of sorbet shades and exotic inspiration with our rural English craft heritage.

Prints and colours blocked head-to-toe, menswear and vintage military-inspired outerwear, Seventies pleats and a brand new bag collection, Willow.


My Favourite Looks









My Favourite image from the show


*All images and information taken from the Mulberry Blog/Facebook


I first heard about the Bumble & Bumble brand a few years ago but couldn't find a local place to buy the products. Last week i found that Boots have started stocking this amazing brand online and i immediately logged on and had a little spending spree.
Having always had a pixie crop hairstyle until 2 years ago, when i decided to grow my hair for my wedding, i have learnt a lot in the past year about the best products for my hair. My usual products are from Aussie and Lee Stafford but i came across two Bb products that i had to have.

I went for the Bb Prep spray designed to prep the hair before styling and the Bb Shine spray designed to give hair a glossy shine once styled.



The Bb prep spray is amazing, it has left my hair smooth and soft and more manageable, although it doesn't have an amazing smell but i will overlook this as i LOVE it!
The Bb shine spray has a gorgeous smell and adds a beautiful glossy shine to my hair, especially on my new highlights and a little goes a long way.


I will definitely be investing in more Bumble & Bumble goodies - does anyone have any recommendations of what i should try next??


Bumble & Bumble


I first heard about the Bumble & Bumble brand a few years ago but couldn't find a local place to buy the products. Last week i found that Boots have started stocking this amazing brand online and i immediately logged on and had a little spending spree.
Having always had a pixie crop hairstyle until 2 years ago, when i decided to grow my hair for my wedding, i have learnt a lot in the past year about the best products for my hair. My usual products are from Aussie and Lee Stafford but i came across two Bb products that i had to have.

I went for the Bb Prep spray designed to prep the hair before styling and the Bb Shine spray designed to give hair a glossy shine once styled.



The Bb prep spray is amazing, it has left my hair smooth and soft and more manageable, although it doesn't have an amazing smell but i will overlook this as i LOVE it!
The Bb shine spray has a gorgeous smell and adds a beautiful glossy shine to my hair, especially on my new highlights and a little goes a long way.


I will definitely be investing in more Bumble & Bumble goodies - does anyone have any recommendations of what i should try next??


One of my favourite parts of the designer brands new season collections, is seeing the glossy campaign shots for the first time as these usually sum up the whole collection in 5-6 beautiful images and also give an incite as to what to expect from the up coming season. 

As you may have seen earlier in the year - i wrote a post about the amazing Mulberry AW12 show, Mulberry have just posted the campaign shots for this amazing collection and i thought i would share them with you. The main influence of this collection was Maurice Sendak's book "Where the wild things are" and as you will see below this influence has lent itself well to creating some quite imaginative and different promotional images.
I wait with great anticipation to see what Mulberry come up with for SS13!












AW12 Mulberry Campaign

One of my favourite parts of the designer brands new season collections, is seeing the glossy campaign shots for the first time as these usually sum up the whole collection in 5-6 beautiful images and also give an incite as to what to expect from the up coming season. 

As you may have seen earlier in the year - i wrote a post about the amazing Mulberry AW12 show, Mulberry have just posted the campaign shots for this amazing collection and i thought i would share them with you. The main influence of this collection was Maurice Sendak's book "Where the wild things are" and as you will see below this influence has lent itself well to creating some quite imaginative and different promotional images.
I wait with great anticipation to see what Mulberry come up with for SS13!












I recently purchased this skirt from New Look after falling in love with the beautiful print and cut. This is the kind of piece all women should have in their wardrobe, a piece that can be dressed down for work or dressed up for a night out.
Here are 3 ways i plan to style this skirt - including some aspirational pieces like the fabulous Lulu Guinness Lip clutch.



Check out my Polvore page for information on all the pieces included: http://theglitterfashionista.polyvore.com


Buy NOW, Wear FOREVER

I recently purchased this skirt from New Look after falling in love with the beautiful print and cut. This is the kind of piece all women should have in their wardrobe, a piece that can be dressed down for work or dressed up for a night out.
Here are 3 ways i plan to style this skirt - including some aspirational pieces like the fabulous Lulu Guinness Lip clutch.



Check out my Polvore page for information on all the pieces included: http://theglitterfashionista.polyvore.com


I love ELLE magazine, this along with Vogue are my monthly bibles of fashion. Every month i wait anxiously, anticipating what new exciting articles and images will be featured and how these will influence my style. I also love the freebies that ELLE regularly has, from cosmetics and gift cards to shopper bags (my husband likes the Reiss bag that came free a few years ago - so much so he uses it everyday as a lunch bag!!) but i have to say this month i am utterly disappointed, not by the free item itself but the sizing! This months' gift is a Reiss vest top in three colours/designs but as with many magazine freebies the garment is 1 size fits all!!! A statement that really isn't the case.


I wouldn't class my self as a large girl, i am in fact the average British woman when it comes to height, clothes size and shoe size - this top however must only be about a size 6 or 8. Even though i can get it on, a skin tight crop top i'm sure isn't what Reiss had in mind when this top was designed.

I understand that a free item in a variety of sizes cannot be offered due to costs but as many people have tried to prove (Gok Wan and Trinny & Susannah to name a few) the average woman in this country is actually a size 16 so why cant magazines once every so often offer an item that us average sized ladies can enjoy. I am sure this isn't too difficult as brand such as Reiss do offer up to a size 14 in stores. Alternatively magazines could offer a voucher so readers can collect the item in their local store, choosing an appropriate size. This would benefit the brand as customers who may not normally shop there would visit for the free item and may end up spending too and the reader is also satisfied as they have a garment that fits!

With all the controversy around clothing sizes and the models used on the catwalk you would hope that an institution like ELLE magazine would want to include all sized women within their fashion bubble especially after their ground breaking cover this month, David Beckham the first man to ever be on the cover of ELLE magazine.

I am clearly not the only one who finds this irritating, many comments on the ELLE facebook page - lets hope they listen to their readers!

Thoughts please ladies.......

ELLE of a Disappointment

I love ELLE magazine, this along with Vogue are my monthly bibles of fashion. Every month i wait anxiously, anticipating what new exciting articles and images will be featured and how these will influence my style. I also love the freebies that ELLE regularly has, from cosmetics and gift cards to shopper bags (my husband likes the Reiss bag that came free a few years ago - so much so he uses it everyday as a lunch bag!!) but i have to say this month i am utterly disappointed, not by the free item itself but the sizing! This months' gift is a Reiss vest top in three colours/designs but as with many magazine freebies the garment is 1 size fits all!!! A statement that really isn't the case.


I wouldn't class my self as a large girl, i am in fact the average British woman when it comes to height, clothes size and shoe size - this top however must only be about a size 6 or 8. Even though i can get it on, a skin tight crop top i'm sure isn't what Reiss had in mind when this top was designed.

I understand that a free item in a variety of sizes cannot be offered due to costs but as many people have tried to prove (Gok Wan and Trinny & Susannah to name a few) the average woman in this country is actually a size 16 so why cant magazines once every so often offer an item that us average sized ladies can enjoy. I am sure this isn't too difficult as brand such as Reiss do offer up to a size 14 in stores. Alternatively magazines could offer a voucher so readers can collect the item in their local store, choosing an appropriate size. This would benefit the brand as customers who may not normally shop there would visit for the free item and may end up spending too and the reader is also satisfied as they have a garment that fits!

With all the controversy around clothing sizes and the models used on the catwalk you would hope that an institution like ELLE magazine would want to include all sized women within their fashion bubble especially after their ground breaking cover this month, David Beckham the first man to ever be on the cover of ELLE magazine.

I am clearly not the only one who finds this irritating, many comments on the ELLE facebook page - lets hope they listen to their readers!

Thoughts please ladies.......

I recently made my quarterly homage to London for a catch up with my fellow fashionista  and discovered another of London's hidden gems - Sketch restaurant.

"The triple dream of launching a centre, a “lieu” or destination place, for food, art and music has been realised by Mourad “Momo” Mazouz and his team of chefs and designers over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Mayfair, London. Sketch is a complex and unique site."  *Sketch website.

This hub of all things chic is located just off Regent Street and looks like a normal old London building until you spot the headless dog mounted on the wall outside! The stylish oddness continues once inside. Built around 3 main rooms with VIP areas upstairs Sketch is the place for afternoon tea, a full on dining experience or cocktails - something for all times of day.

In the parlour is served the most amazing afternoon tea, from your everyday tea and scones to elegant cocktails and gourmet sandwiches which look too good to eat. The whole room, in fact the whole building, is made up of vintage miss-matched pieces that give a real homey antique feel to the dining experience. Miss-matched furniture and a gold glitter stags head add to the quirky feel in the parlour and helped to set the scene for the whole experience, from the waitresses bubble skirt uniforms in brocade fabrics to the menus delivered to the table in antique volumes of the classics.
FashionLind had a latte with homemade scones and jam whilst i sampled the non alcoholic cocktail - Exotic dream, both very delicious and just the fuel needed for the next leg of our shopping trip.

We were able to explore a little and see the Glade, a second small tea/cocktail room that leads into the stunning Gallery with all of its quirky features. This more formal dining room is even more miss matched than the parlour room. With beautiful place settings of rainbow coloured glass and tableware this room would be the ultimate place for a dining experience. Other hidden rooms within sketch include the East Bar and the Lecture room - each with its own individual decor and character. Sketch offers a room for every occasion.

Although in a weird and fairly sad way - my favourite room in this exciting building was actually the toilets. Most restaurants these days have classy modern toilets - not sketch!!! Imagine my surprise when i entered a room that could only be described as a cross between something from Charlie and the chocolate factory and Dr Who. Walking from a bright coloured dining room into an all white sterile room with a stain glass window ceiling, up a sweeping staircase to what can only be described as toilet pods was an odd experience! The unisex toilet area has individual Pods that talk to you - mine told me about the different varieties of tree frogs in the world and the noises each specie makes! Not a normal toilet but very memorable experience- although could be a little interesting when drunk!








My partner in Fashion - The beautiful FashionLind

Overall Sketch has to be my new favourite spot in London. A little on the pricey side for some things however worth the money for the atmosphere and experience.
Thank to  for showing me this hidden treasure.


SKETCH

I recently made my quarterly homage to London for a catch up with my fellow fashionista  and discovered another of London's hidden gems - Sketch restaurant.

"The triple dream of launching a centre, a “lieu” or destination place, for food, art and music has been realised by Mourad “Momo” Mazouz and his team of chefs and designers over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Mayfair, London. Sketch is a complex and unique site."  *Sketch website.

This hub of all things chic is located just off Regent Street and looks like a normal old London building until you spot the headless dog mounted on the wall outside! The stylish oddness continues once inside. Built around 3 main rooms with VIP areas upstairs Sketch is the place for afternoon tea, a full on dining experience or cocktails - something for all times of day.

In the parlour is served the most amazing afternoon tea, from your everyday tea and scones to elegant cocktails and gourmet sandwiches which look too good to eat. The whole room, in fact the whole building, is made up of vintage miss-matched pieces that give a real homey antique feel to the dining experience. Miss-matched furniture and a gold glitter stags head add to the quirky feel in the parlour and helped to set the scene for the whole experience, from the waitresses bubble skirt uniforms in brocade fabrics to the menus delivered to the table in antique volumes of the classics.
FashionLind had a latte with homemade scones and jam whilst i sampled the non alcoholic cocktail - Exotic dream, both very delicious and just the fuel needed for the next leg of our shopping trip.

We were able to explore a little and see the Glade, a second small tea/cocktail room that leads into the stunning Gallery with all of its quirky features. This more formal dining room is even more miss matched than the parlour room. With beautiful place settings of rainbow coloured glass and tableware this room would be the ultimate place for a dining experience. Other hidden rooms within sketch include the East Bar and the Lecture room - each with its own individual decor and character. Sketch offers a room for every occasion.

Although in a weird and fairly sad way - my favourite room in this exciting building was actually the toilets. Most restaurants these days have classy modern toilets - not sketch!!! Imagine my surprise when i entered a room that could only be described as a cross between something from Charlie and the chocolate factory and Dr Who. Walking from a bright coloured dining room into an all white sterile room with a stain glass window ceiling, up a sweeping staircase to what can only be described as toilet pods was an odd experience! The unisex toilet area has individual Pods that talk to you - mine told me about the different varieties of tree frogs in the world and the noises each specie makes! Not a normal toilet but very memorable experience- although could be a little interesting when drunk!








My partner in Fashion - The beautiful FashionLind

Overall Sketch has to be my new favourite spot in London. A little on the pricey side for some things however worth the money for the atmosphere and experience.
Thank to  for showing me this hidden treasure.


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