Sunday, 17 November 2013

Victoria's Secret- THE HYPE.

The time has come again for the annual Victoria's Secret Fashion Show and personally, I love it! It's definitely my guilty pleasure and I'm full of excitement when watching the show and in the shop. The femininity and allurement of it is just so desirable and the angels are so stunning. A lot of people who have never been to the shop or watched one of the shows or had something to do with VS don't understand what people see in it and it really is hard to explain because the explanation starts off with 'It's a lingerie shop' which doesn't sound all that interesting but it's not just the lingerie; It's seeing the beautiful models and the atmosphere of it all that is really intriguing. People have said to me before 'What's the difference in it to a different lingerie shop?' and if you didn't know that much about it, you wouldn't see much difference but the statement pink and white stripe print, along with a lot of other things, feels so good to wear however snobby that sounds. Don't judge until you've been there for yourself!

The actual shop is hard to even describe, I could and have spent hours in there. Unfortunately, there are very few Victoria's Secrets in the UK and I think this is a big part of the hype. People always say 'You always want what you can't have' and I think this is very relevant to the hype of VS; I live in Liverpool and for the past year or so I would have to travel all the way to London to visit a Victoria's Secret shop so obviously I was over joyed when they opened one in the Trafford Centre (which is still a long drive from where I live). But it's so exciting when I'm able to go to the shop and I think if there was one close to me or they were common in the UK, then it would take the shine off it a little bit. This is why I'm unsure if VS is as hyped about in the US because there are hundreds (or maybe even thousands) of VS shops over there.

I just felt the need to do a post like this, first of all because of the filming of the VS Fashion Show last week (although it's not being aired till the 10th December) and second of all because I find the ever-growing interest in Victoria's Secret really interesting and wanted to hear your opinions on it! So let me know what you think of Victoria's Secret and the hype over it in the comments!

A few pictures from the show…

Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Best And Worst Of The Summer

This post is sort of random and one I haven't seen before but it's also a post I'm going to find interesting to write and hopefully you'll all find interesting to read. It's going to be what the best and worst fashion moments of summer 2013 are in my opinion; Whether it's the trends, celebrity style, high street or high end pieces; I'm talking about it all. There's been a lot of things I've loved about the fashion of this summer however others, not so much. I'll go straight into it and won't bore you with paragraphs of introduction that are really quite irrelevant.
(Everything written is completely in my opinion and should not be taken to offence.)


Miranda Kerr.

Although Miranda Kerr has quit her career as a Victoria's Secret model, she most definitely has not given up on the fashion industry itself. Miranda never disappoints when it comes to her immaculate style whether it's on the red carpet or or on the streets, usually of New York, and this summer was no exception. Miranda has been seen on the best dressed lists of many and that is no surprise with some of the fabulous looks she has come up with recently. Her style is very chic and classy but far from boring and she always manages to tick the boxes with the most up to date trends. She is definitely one of my style icons and of many others too including the likes of River Island who have a section on their website of looks and pieces inspired by Miranda Kerr (take a look here).
Here are some of my favourite looks from Miranda-

Flared jeans, a Prada bag and her adorable little boy Flynn; What's not to love?! 

I adore this orange and blue together and the clash of leopard print is simply fabulous.
Wow, I wish I looked this chic for the airport.

Mirandas staple cat-eye sunglasses and those gorgeous leopard print shoe clashed again with the floral print. LOVE.

Miranda is obviously loving this cobalt blue colour and as am I, especially on her! The off the shoulder look is so sexy and no one could pull it off as well as Miranda is in this stunning Gucci dress.
Ahh, Miranda at the met gala was just unreal.  For a full description of my opinion on this look take a look at my post on the Met Gala here.

A-Line Skirts.

A-Line skirts have been taking over the high street this summer and I absolutely love them. They're the perfect piece for any occasion and can be worn in any style. They're usually sold for affordable prices if you're buying them on the high street and they do some fabulous colours that are right on trend. They can really give an outfit an edge and are very figure flattering too.
Here are some of my favourites-




Boutique at Topshop
Mary Katrantzou.

The Mary Katrantzou spring/summer 2013 collection has been seen on many style-conscious celebrities such as Rihanna, Jessica Alba, Elena Perminova, Sarah Jessica Parker, Beyoncé and many more. The S/S13 collection is a combination of futuristic prints and fabrics and as graphic prints are a huge trend this summer, the collection went down very well. The first time I became interested in the S/S13 collection was when I saw Rihannas Instagram post of her in a heavily printed top by Marty Katrantzou paired with some black shorts and nude above the knee gladiators. I was obsessed with this look for quite some time which then lead to the obsession with Mary Katrantzou- especially this collection (I'm also thinking of doing a post on her A/W13 collection which is equally as fabulous).

Here are some of my favourite ways celebrities styled Mary Katrantzou-

Elena Perminova.

Jessica Alba.

Kerry Washington.

Sarah Jessica Parker.


Jelly Shoes.

Jelly shoes are something I just can not get my head round. In my opinion they look like something you'd go swimming in and resemble a Croc. I don't mind the sandals that you might wear round a pool or to the beach but I just do not understand the concept of the pairs that are made to be worn as an actual shoe. Sometimes they can be styled to look somewhat okay but I would just never invest in a pair of shoes that are made out of 'jelly'.

The Jelly Shoe.

Geek/Nerd Tops.

I know the geek and nerd tops are a very discussed topic and they really are a love or hate type of thing.  Personally, I am not a fan of them at all. I think they look extremely tacky and I just don't understand why someone would call them-self a nerd or geek. The amount of girls I have seen in these tops is just unbelievable but really, they're nothing special at all. I'm all for tops with catchy slogans or phrases but 'Geek' or 'Nerd' just means nothing apart from labelling yourself as something that in reality you wouldn't want to be called.

One of the many styles of Geek tops.

Rihanna for River Island.

I was looking forward to this collaboration since the day I found out about it and I was so disappointed when it was released. Rihanna is one of my major fashion icons and River Island is one of my favourite shops on the high street so I was expecting this collaboration to be fabulous and right up my street. However, when it was released a couple of months back, it was not at all what I expected. Rihanna's always in edgy and exciting clothes but this collection was the complete opposite. Boring. There was no particular pieces that I thought 'I have to have that' and nothing that I even considered purchasing. It's not that the overall collection is terrible because really it's not that bad; The problem is it's just not that good either. There has been 2 collections released by Rihanna for River Island now and neither of them are anything special. The one thing that they are is expensive. I know it's Rihanna but it's a high street store and I would not mind in the slightest if they were pieces that you couldn't find anywhere else and were unique; But they were selling vest tops for around £25 that you could find elsewhere for a quarter of the price. RiRi I love you but I thought you could do better than this!
Here are a few pieces from the collections-

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Monday, 26 August 2013

What's Happened Miley!?

Okay, usually I adore Miley; Everything from her music to her style to her personality but recently I am just unsure of what's got into her. I didn't really have a problem with her cutting her hair, although I did love it long, but since then she's just gone downhill. From the twerking to the outfits and now her performance at the VMA's! In the past it has really annoyed me when people compared her to her younger self on 'Hannah Montana' because obviously people change as they get older. However, this is just on another level!

Her style used to be very chic and put together but recently she's started to look a bit tacky and wanna-beish and all we ever seem to see her in is crop tops! Usually as people get older their style improves and matures as they do but Miley seems to be dressing like a teenager would on a slighter larger scale (crop tops and tight trousers etc) but is acting like the complete opposite. There were a fair amount of tweets last night before the VMA's even started joking about how Miley is again wearing a crop top and in my opinion it was really not a good look for her. Especially with the hair done like it was. But actually, the twitter rampage about Miley started after her performance at the VMA's which really was outragous. She started off twerking with teddy bears (like in the music video for 'We Can't Stop') and pointing a foam finger in the wrong direction whilst singing quite badly out of tune and then went on to sing with Robyn Thicke and twerked on him! Take a look at her performance here.

I'm actually worried that Miley is going to turn into the next Amanda Bynes or Lindsay Lohan and I seriously hope she gets her act together and goes back to the Miley we all know and love and regains her impeccable style.

VMA Performance. 
In action...

VMA Red Carpet.

Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Back to blogging

I'm sitting in bed right now at a ridiculous time in the morning because I've been watching Gossip Girl since 11 PM; Obsessed is an understatement. Anyway, I've decided I'm going to start blogging again or at least try. I always go through phases of constantly blogging and then phases of completely neglecting this blog because I'm pre-occupied with other things. However, I would really like to start blogging more as once I get into it, I really enjoy it but its just getting into the routine of it is hard which I'm sure some of you may know or maybe some of you don't. I don't know if anyone else has this problem but a lot of the time I just feel too lazy to blog especially when it comes to uploading pictures and taking pictures because it does consume a lot of time. Drifted a little bit off the subject there which is me starting to blog again which I am determined to do. I've got quite a few ideas for posts up my sleeve which involve inspired outfits/look books, some of my favourite collections for A/W13 (designer and high street) and many more which I'll leave as a surprise.

There's not really much more to say now apart from I'm glad I'm back and if anyone has anything they'd like to see on my blog then leave it in the comments and I hope you're all doing well.

Al x

Friday, 7 June 2013

It's A Neon Summer.

One of the biggest trends this summer is neon colours and I have to say as I do with many of summer 2013's trends, I love it. If it's done right then it's fabulous and adds something eye-catching and fun to a plain, boring outfit; That's my favourite way to style neon instead of piling lots of different neon colours into one outfit- I think that's a little bit too much and can look tacky. Zara is stocking some amazing neon pieces this season as are many of the high street stores however Zara's summer stock is just amazing; as Victoria BakerHarber tweeted a few days ago 'Is Zara just not the best thing that has ever happened to Fashion?' - completely agree!

My favourite colour this summer is neon yellow. Although it really is an 'out there' colour, I think incorporating it into a neutral outfit is just fabulous. My favourite way to do this is with accessories especially a bag. The neon yellow bag Michael Kors has brought out this summer is just to die for and Zara are doing many similar style bags that colour on the slightly cheaper side. Yellow is not the only neon Zara are stocking this summer, I picked up a stunning electric/neon blue bag with cream straps which I am looking forward to wearing this summer.

What are your favourite summer trends and how are you wearing them? Let me know in the comments and send me links to your posts.
Need to pick this up!!

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Met Ball 2013

It was a very unique choice of theme at this years Met Ball as the guests were asked to go punk. However, I think it was brilliant to see how everyone was styled especially the guests who would usually be seen in more feminine outfits. There were some fabulous looks and I think this is one of my favourite Met Gala's yet.

Here are some of my favourite looks...

Alexa Chung looks fabulous in this gothic dress and matched the punk theme perfectly. The shoes are gorgeous and I love the way there's so  little detail on them compared to the dress which is very detailed- nice contrast.

In my opinion, Jessica Alba always looks amazing; She's one of those people who could go out in a bin bag and you wouldn't even notice because of how beautiful she is. However, I do love this dress and I think she pulls it off fabulously. I like the way it's floor length but then there are slits near the top so she's showing off skin without wearing a skimpy dress.

Cara never fails to amaze me with her red carpet looks. She always looks amazing and does everything right. Cara's wearing head to toe Burberry and Burberry's new season pieces were seen a lot on the guests at this years Met Ball.

Oh Miranda. Miranda Kerr is so stunning and her dress sense just adds to it. This Michael Kors dress is fabulous and no one could pull it off like Miranda does. She also added this spiked Christian Louboutin clutch which made her outfit even more 'punky'. LOVE.

How can you not love Sarah Jessica Parker? She is so much like Carrie Bradshaw  who she plays it's unbelievable. She's never afraid to go all out there with her outfits especially her red carpet ones. This Giles Deacon dress is so stunning and she wears it fabulously and to give her outfit that punk edge she added these tartan over-the-knee boots and this fabulous Philip Treacy Mohican headpiece.

Sienna Miller is again dressed in full Burberry and she looks gorgeous. The dress alone is beautiful but not at all taking to the Punk theme but adding the studded jacket and studded headband made it take to the theme perfectly. She looks so stunning and I just adore this look.

Let me know what your favourite looks of this years Met Ball are in the comments!

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

Brian Lichtenberg

Brian Litchenberg is a fabulous designer who is not so big in the world of fashion yet but inputs some genius ideas into it. His designs are ever so simple but look amazing however they are printed onto clothing. Litchenberg plays on the logos of iconic fashion houses like Céline (Féline), Hermès (Homiès), Bucci (Gucci) and Balmain (Ballin); This may not appeal to some but I think it's brilliant and such a clever way to create playful pieces of clothing. Since Litchenberg's clothing has been seen on Rihanna, Cara Delevingne, Jourdan Dunn and many other people who are hugely looked up to in the fashion world, he has started to gain a lot more publicity. Next season, his designs are going to be sold in huge retailers like Harvey Nichols and Lane Crawford.

I do not yet own anything by Brian Litchenberg as it is rather expensive but I spend a lot of my time browsing their website deciding what is definitely getting bought when I have some money for luxuries but for now, I shall have to carry on being very jealous of anyone who owns something by him as there is not one piece of clothing by Litchenberg I do not like. Hopefully this brand is going to keep on getting more publicity and get bigger and better (if that's possible)!
Jourdan Dunn in the 'Homies' Hoodie.

Jasmine Tookes looking hot in this lilac 'Ballin' jumper.

Rihanna looking amazing as usual in the 'Homies Graffiti' Jumper.

Cara in the 'Bucci' tee which she has been caught wearing numerous amounts of times.

Khloe Kardashian in the 'Homies' tee.

Rihanna again looking unreal in the 'Homies'  jumper.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Hayden Williams.

Hayden Williams is an upcoming artist who sketches celebrity's, models and fashion icons. He posts all of his work on Instagram and that's how he is becoming known; I've followed him since he only had a couple of hundred followers and now he has over 300 thousand - it's amazing what social networking can do these days. He has recently been noticed by the public eye because of his illustrations of Beyonce which really are amazing and I'm so glad people are actually starting to see his work and how much talent he has.

His drawings are not as you would expect and look cartoonish in a way however they're so easily recognisable and portray whoever he is drawing immaculately. Beyonce herself actually re-posted Hayden's illustration of her onto her own Instagram which when I saw it I was very excited about. Hayden is only 21 and is doing exactly as it says on his Instagram bio 'Conquering the world one fashion sketch at a time...' I can see him playing a huge role in the fashion world and he's already massive in the social networking side of it. I love seeing new work of his come up on my Instagram feed and I've never just scrolled past without looking at the detail in it. He is unbelievable.

Here are some of my favourite sketches of his-

Beyonce Mrs. Carter World Tour Collection

Oscars 2013 Couture

Kendall & Kylie

Kim & Kanye

Breakfast at Tiffanys

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Saturday, 9 March 2013

Topshop Cut Out Platforms

I'm really sorry I've not been posting for a while I've just been really caught up with my school work which obviously comes first. Anyway, I made a little purchase in Topshop. I went to have a look at all the shops summer stock but 'just looking' never seems to work for me. When I went into Topshop I saw these gorgeous shoes and I just could not resist. They're such a different pair of shoes and they were right up my street. Even though they're rather high, they're really easy to walk in which is always a plus! They also did these in lots of different colours; Some were neutral colours and some were neon. There was a neon blue pair which I'm going to have to pick up for summer as that colour is very in for summer and is my favourite colour aswell.

Let me know what you think of these shoes in the comments below.
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Monday, 18 February 2013

OOTD 15/02/13

Here's what I wore for a casual meal with some of my friends. It was quite exciting to be able to go out without a coat as it is getting a little bit warmer now. There isn't really much to say about this outfit; It wasn't planned just something I put together.

Blouse- Topshop
Blazer- Zara
Jeans- Zara
Bag- River Island
Shoes- MissGuided
Scarf- Brands at Topshop on Oxford Street
Watch- MK


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