Sunday, 28 October 2012

The Camel Coat

Camel Coat

Camel Coat by bea-atreides on Polyvore

The weather has taken a very cold turn, so (if you haven't already) it is time to invest in a new winter coat.

I adore summer, but, I do love winter and a good coat.

I've been lusting after a good camel coat for a few years (Celine, Stella McCartney, Chloe, Maxmara, Michael Kors... to name just a few of the best), as always my budget doesn't allow me to own these, but, fortunately, there are some beautiful high-street coats out there. However, I would recommend spending that little bit extra on a coat (if you can), think of your 'cost per wear' and the fact that it will last you forever, instead of a few months/weeks like some cheap brands. I truly believe a coat should be an investment piece.

I usually get distracted by fur and leather, but this year I have promised myself that I will get a camel coat!

Above is my inspiration moodboard (all images from pinterest), I love the clean lines, classic tailoring and the fact it can be styled with everything and automatically gives you a chic/timeless look.

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Pointed Courts...

Pointed Courts

Pointed Courts (2)

(1) Manolo Blahnik black leather pumps/ (6) Topshop High heels / (7) H&M high heels / (4) Dune ballet high heels / (5) Zara shoes / (3) Nelly Shoes high heels / (2) Zara shoes

If anyone follows me on Pinterest, you will have noticed a lot of the images including pointed court shoes. I've been lusting after a pair for a while now.

Alas! Unfortunately, my budget won't stretch to a pair of Manolo's or a Louboutin Pigalle (yet!).  So I've been hunting for a purse friendly pair to keep me going, so I can recreate the chic looks above.

They're perfect for work and evening, without looking too clumpy or OTT.

I'm so impressed with the prices of the ZARA ones!!!

Firmly added to my wishlist/essential list.

Sunday, 14 October 2012

Wardrobe Classics: The Breton Stipe Tee

So I've mentioned that a good Breton Stripe Tee was high on my closet wishlist, so I've finally added one to my wardrobe! 

After much hunting, I purchased one from GAP, there were lots to choose from but this one was super soft and I wanted one that was versatile enough to wear for day and night, plus it will keep me warm this winter. 

Tee - Gap
Jeans - Benetton
Necklace - H&M

Here it is, this is my 'Outfit of the day', I don't have a great camera and I'm not a massive fan of being in-front of the camera but I still wanted to share. 

I also put together some other ways that I plan to wear it with other pieces in my wardrobe...

Tee - Gap
Necklace - H&M
Leather Skirt - H&M

Tee - Gap
Necklace - H&M
Palazzo Pants - Forever 21

The great thing is that this is such a versatile piece, I can wear it with any piece of my current wardrobe and anything from my list of essentials (which I've updated by the way). 

I must also add how amazing these Benetton jeans are by the way!

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Beauty Wishlist

Beauty Wishlist

1. Real Techniques Starter Set  / 2. Real Techniques Core Collection / 3. HD Brows Bombshell / 4. By Terry Touche Veloutee / 5. Nars Laguna Bronzer / 6. Nars Orgasm Blusher / 7. Dermalogica Cream Exfoliant / 8. Dermalogica Overnight Clearing Gel  / 9. Bioderma Crealine Cleansing Solution / 10. Origins Make a Difference Night Cream

I've been wanting to update my beauty products, just like my wardrobe and I've recently blogged about my first few purchases (here and here), but I have been doing lots of research on the other products I would like to add to my collection (gradually of course! I haven't won the lottery, sadly.)

There are some really great beauty blogs out there (see my Inspiration List) and Lisa Eldridge's website has been a huge help, especially when looking at skincare products. 

I  firmly believe you need to look after your skin and not just plaster make-up on to cover it. I found it hard to work out what my skin type was; it's not oily, dry or sensitive but I am prone to break outs. The Dermalogica products (7 & 8) sound perfect to help combat my break outs, whilst the Bioderma Cleansing Solution (which is hyped about a lot on beauty blogs) is gentle enough, yet effective. The Origins Night Cream moisturiser (10) sounds amazing and I can't wait to try it. 

I've also been desperate for some brushes for a while, I don't think you can create a desired look without a great set.  These Real Techniques (1 &2) brushes have received massive hype and the reviews are great, plus they are so reasonably priced! 

I'm a huge eyebrow fan, Cara Delevigne's have me swooning, I've hear great things about this palette (3) and I'm desperate to give up my pencil that I currently use. 

To help with creating a great base, I'm desperate for this By Terry Touche Veloutee (4), I've been recommended By Terry a lot and have heard amazing things about it.  This concealer/highlighter sounds perfect and a great alternative to the classic YSL Touche Eclat. In addition, the Nars bronzer and blush (5 & 6) look amazing on anyone who wears them. 

I can't wait to start trying these products out...

I'm sure I'll be adding to my list too.

What are your beauty must-haves?

Saturday, 6 October 2012

October Wishlist

October Wishlist

COS Top,  / ASOS boyfriend jeans / Miss Selfridge fedora hat / Converse All star ox low navy blue canvas, / Zara leather top

Going on holiday in September meant that I couldn't make any additions to my Essential Wardrobe, however, it did give me plenty of planning time for what I would be treating myself to this AW. 

After having my wardrobe detox/clear out, I have been left with very little, so when I say "I have nothing to wear!" I actually really mean it! 

One thing I am seriously lacking in is suitable winter footwear, and with all the rain we have had this week, what I do have is suffering. You can't go wrong with a pair of comfy Converse (5) for more casual days and I love these Zara knee high boots (2) very Givenchy, Alexander Wang-esque and friendlier on my purse!

As I mentioned here, a Breton stripe top would be one of my first purchases, staying true to this I think I may go for this one from COS (1), I love the shape and COS are known for their quality/tailoring. Another classic I have been lusting after is a pair of distressed boyfriend jeans, I really like these ones from ASOS (4).

Finally, an accessory that I have been lusting after for weeks now, this Miss Selfridge Berry Fedora (3), I tried it on the other day and it is the perfect shape and colour! 

Hopefully, one or two of these items will make it into my bare wardrobe this month!!!

Friday, 5 October 2012

Style Steal: Denim Shirt

I have been admiring denim shirts for a while, from afar. 

The problem is that I need to find the right shape, unfortunately having a 'chest' is not very fashion friendly and some styles can make me look like a frump! 

I fell in love with this look straight away, simple and classic.

This denim shirt from River Island is great, mixing different washes, giving a classic piece a little twist. 

I desperately need a new pair of leather leggings, my old Topshop ones (2 years) are finally giving up on me, however, I have worn them to death. So, I'd happily invest in Topshop again.

I'd team the look with classic accessories and clashing metals. 

These Celine sunglasses are amazing and have been on my wishlist for a while now! 

Wednesday, 3 October 2012

Ashish SS13

Ashish SS13

Ashish SS13 by bea-atreides on Polyvore

It's no secret that I love a sequin, therefore the fact that I love Ashish is probably no surprise!

I love the 90's vibe, scrunchies in the hair, reebok classics, denim and of course the sequins.

My favourite look was the polka dot sequin tulle skirt, there have been lots of polka dots throughout alot of runways this season.

I also adore the rich blue colour!