29 November 2015

Missguided Lingerie

The online fashion retailer Missguided has recently launched a lingerie line. The brand is known for on-trend affordable fashion and despite a delivery mishap once, I have loved all the products that I have bought. I was intrigued by the new collection so had to check it out and, naturally, a wish list has been building...
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I think Missguided are onto something here. They're on trend with the use of eyelash lace, triangle bras and strappy detailing. I also love the colour palette of black, burgundy, blush, red and nude. I'm slightly put off by the models' seductive poses though... these are being sold to women - not men! The collection does need some tweaks though - perhaps slightly more affordable (it's overall price point is currently above most of it's competitors) and the quality is yet to be reviewed. Also I think there is space for more briefs - its a bit thong heavy. However there is great potential here and I can't wait to see what they release in the future.

Let me know what you think of the Missguided lingerie line and if you've picked up any bits.
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23 November 2015

A Girl's Guide to Grown Up Lingerie

I haven't done a lingerie post in a while so I was itching to write something on the subject. I am a self-confessed lingerie addict and the obsession started during secondary school, when I was in that awkward stage between a girl and a young woman. And I was particularly awkward indeed! 

I wanted to graduate from pastel cotton panties and Angel bras into something more grown up. But I wasn't ready to jump into the g-string and super push-up bra category quite yet. Now don't get me wrong - this desire wasn't due to wanting to impress or seduce anyone - it was more to feel like my age and feel good about myself and my body.

As I got older I made little changes to my lingerie collection and took the chance to experiment. And yes, I have made a few lingerie faux pas in that time. I have developed a good knowledge within this area and now can manoeuvre the lingerie department with ease.

It's hard knowing where to begin as there are so many different styles out there so I've decided to break it down, starting with knickers.

1. Lady Pants
Think of these as a hybrid of boy pants and Brazilian knickers (see below). The boy pant shape has been cut a little higher (flattering those cheeks!) and comes in beautiful, feminine designs. I think they're best in a silky fabric, possibly printed, and edged with lace. In a nutshell, they provide coverage whilst being very pretty!
FLEUR DU MAL crocheted briefs  |  CALVIN KLEIN perfectly fit briefs  |  H&M lace hipster briefs  |  UO rose smoke knickers

2. Bikini/ Mini Knickers
Slightly smaller than the lady pants is the bikini style. Sometimes called mini knickers if they are lower cut but essentially the same style. I can guarantee that pretty much every lingerie brand/department/section will have plenty of these. These cover your bottom in a rounded shape (unlike the lady pants which tend to be more boxy) and the fabric is elasticated all the round the sides, with or without lace. Basically like a typical bikini bottom. You can't go wrong with a pair of these.
TOPSHOP mini knickers  |  L'AGENT mirabel briefs  |  STELLA McCARTNEY panelled mesh briefs  |  H&M navy briefs

3. Brazilian Knickers
These are super glamorous. Think of these as the stepping stone between knickers and thongs. They are pretty high cut and sheer lace is used to cover the remainder of the bottom. This style is timeless and classy... I can imagine an Old Hollywood starlet lounging round in a silk kimono and a pair of these.
TOPSHOP brazilian knickers  |  SIMONE PÉRÈLE lace briefs  |  LEPEL LONDON georgie brazilian  |  HEIDI KLUM lace thong

4. Flattering Thongs
Buying your first thong may be a little scary. But the number one rule to follow is: anything that looks like a capital T will flatten. So if you don't want that effect, don't risk the purchase. Thongs are great when wearing anything form-fitting, such as a tube skirt or skinny jeans. There's no risk of that awkward VPL. Also - provided you buy a good pair - thongs are actually super comfortable despite their appearance. 
TEZENIS indie chic thong  |  LA PERLA tulle and neoprene thong  |  CALVIN KLEIN foil thong  |  HANKY PANKY emma thong

I have decided to cover bras in a separate post, so if you liked this keep an eye out for A Girl's Guide to Grown Up Lingerie: Part Two! Also let me know if you think I haven't covered something or you have any questions. I'd love to hear your opinion.
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Remember: I've written this to inform about the different styles available and to encourage you to have fun with lingerie, but you should wear whatever makes you feel comfortable. No one should pressure you into wearing anything you don't want to.
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19 November 2015

Oxblood Faux Fur

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TOPSHOP faux fur stole | NEW LOOK sunglasses (similar) | TOPSHOP earrings (similar) | MISSGUIDED bomber jacket | UO high neck crop top (similar) | H&M tube skirt | ADIDAS superstars

It has been raining a lot recently, so as soon as it dried up I jumped at the chance of a walk and taking some OOTD pics. However the wind made up for the lack of rain resulting in a multitude of images of my hair. Bloody English weather!

Anyway I wanted to show off my new faux fur stole, which I gushed about on my recent Topshop wish list. It's super warm and adds a bit of colour and glamour to my outfit. I paired it with my Missguided bomber (which I apparently never take off) and my Adidas superstars (ditto). The sunglasses and earrings up the glamour once more, and I opted for an all-black crop top and tube skirt duo as a dark background to the oxblood. And if you were wondering I'm wearing my trusty Rimmel x Kate Moss lipstick in the shade 107.

On a separate note, I have been thinking about writing a girl's guide to grown up lingerie. Like how to bridge the gap between basic and seductive and where to shop? Let me know your thoughts and if you would like to see that.

Photography: Aneesha Bailoor

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5 November 2015

STREET STYLE: A/W Dressing

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I was browsing Pinterest yesterday and found myself pinning quite a few street style looks perfect for Autumn/Winter dressing. So I thought I'd share some of my findings in a blog post. Enjoy!

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This look is everything. It lengthens the body beautifully and despite being a simple look, it has an element of glamour. I'm obsessed with turtle necks at the moment and those ankle boots are gorgeous. I might have to purchase a midi skirt once I finish writing this!

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Obviously I had to include an all black ensemble! This look is made up of basics but the colour gives it an edge. Plus that slouchy leather clutch is right up my street.

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How to flash some skin in Autumn? Show off a sliver of your mid-section and plenty of ankle. Duster coats (or knitwear) keep you warm whilst adding a little drama to daywear.

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Faux fur is always a good move for the colder months - even better in colour. I also like the play in textures with the addition of the suede handbag.
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This look screams effortless chic. The key is in the details - rolled up trouser cuffs, pushed up sleeves and last night's slip dress. I'd love to recreate this outfit.

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I adore thigh high boots and they always look best paired with 10 denier tights. A turtleneck knit dress keeps out the chill and all the better when accessorised with a teeny Chanel bag.

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I need a shearling leather jacket! This one is a gorgeous example and its styled with yet another roll neck jumper in the perfect shade of charcoal.

So the moral of the story for cold weather dressing is invest in good pair of jeans, a decent roll-neck and a leather jacket. And faux fur always helps.

Follow me on Pinterest here and see my board on A/W street style here.

What was your favourite look?

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1 November 2015

TOPSHOP November Wish List

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As I was compiling the items to feature in this month's wish list, I realised that the majority of them were Topshop. They are killing it this season. So I thought I would make the November wish list a Topshop special, hope you enjoy!

When I attended the Louis Vuitton Series 3 exhibition, I fell head over heels in love with this season's white fur coat. Unfortunately there were only 10 made in Europe, so you can guess the cost! That same day I visited the Oxford Street Topshop and discovered this coat. At £89 it's hardly a bargain but definitely within my reach. A purchase for next payday perhaps...

  I really love metallic accessories at the moment. They were becoming popular in the summer, but I think they look even better against the dark colours of a winter outfit. This bag is perfect for nights out. Its the perfect compact size, is cross-body so your hands are free to carry drinks or dance the night away, and adds glitz to any outfit.

This faux fur stole is everything. My friend Freya pointed it out to me and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. Burgundy is perfect for this time of year and it will add a pop of colour and a bit of glamour to any ensemble. I have to get it!

Next is this pair of drop earrings, which have a modern vibe yet an aspect of twenties art deco. These would look amazing with a dress and an up-do. Perfect for winter parties.

I first saw these patent sock boots on Samantha Maria and they've been haunting me ever since! I just bought pointy patent brogues but I need these too! Black ankle boots are an autumn/winter staple and these are the perfect height and style for now.

And of course I had to include some lingerie. How beautiful is this velvet bra? I swore off Topshop bras after bad experience with underwiring (I still have a scar) but this one is a soft bra (and it's pretty). I'd wear it under my embellished sheer blouse and paired with a leather skirt.

What are you wishing for in November?
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