Valentine's Day is almost here, giving us the perfect excuse to be a little more high maintenance.
Experiment this Valentine's with the red-hot trend which has been storming the catwalks of late - red and pink together.
Yes, it's unconventional and yes, it's a little bit quirky but that's how we love it here at Styletto. Try out some of these bold clashing pieces for a red hot look that will make your man go weak at the knees.
We can almost guarantee you'll be clashing with a passion by the time spring arrives.
Jacket, £74.99 Zara, Dress, £29.99 Very.co.uk, Bag, £39.50 M&S, Blush leather skirt, £39.99 Miss Selfridge, Heels, £29.99 Pilot, Hot Pink Midi skirt, £35 ASOS, heart ring, £5 Miss Selfridge.
In case you hadn’t noticed, everyone seems to be on a detox. It is of course January, that beguiling month which means a New Year, New You, and all that other malarkey.
Now that Hogmanay is over and done with and the majority of us are back at the office perhaps feeling a bit more sluggish and bloated than we’d anticipated, it seems we have been left with no choice but to jump on the popular bandwagon that is Dry – aka dull – January.
As promising as it seems, don’t you just hate it? Everyone was all happy and merry and eating plenty of Thornton’s chocolates and gulping down wine as though the world really was going to end, then boom! This depressing month has to come along and spoil it all for us. Apologies if I seem a tad bitter, but to follow up the season of excess and joy with one that is difficult enough to make grown men weep, is in my opinion, ludicrously unfair.
You can almost see the exhaustion on everyone's faces, the ones who are almost too terrified to say yes to a biscuit in case - god forbid - someone casts their judgemental January detox eyes upon them and decides to whack their greedy hands away from the tin. This is the sort of behaviour that is enough to make you feel like a naughty child, whilst also making all the ‘bad’ stuff seem far, far more appealing.
Yet as much as I feel strongly about refusing to deny the body of some of the luxuries it craves, just so I’m not left out, I have also decided to embark upon the forbidding ‘Dry January.’ Just in case you’re not familiar with the term, it means no booze, probably no pub nights and gasp! No more festive parties.
Just a few days in, I already feel like my soul has left me because it has become so bored with arduous spin classes and herbal tea. The dryathon is taking its toll and I’m not really sure how much longer I can take it. It’s difficult living in Healthville.
However despite my profound sadness towards having no more excuses to be lazy, (you get an invisible free pass at Christmas and New Year, didn’t you know?) health experts say that it is a great idea to go teetotal for the rest of the month. Although it won’t undo the damage done by regular-drinking, national charity Alcohol Concern are encouraging people to take part in the dryathon with the promise of losing weight, saving money and feeling healthier.
So with that in mind, I’ll raise my far-less-fun chamomile tea to completing Dry January successfully, just as long as I still get to have a little moan about it. February will be here sooner than we think.
Besides, just think of the end results. We’ll all be exactly like supermodels. I'll raise my herbal tea to that.
A COMBINATION of stinking hangovers, monopoly wars and someone buying you a top labelled two sizes too big are just some of the things that we could expect to make Christmas a lot less jolly.
There might be presents, Quality Street and a good ole dose of Shakin’ Stevens – but like every Christmas episode of Eastenders – you can almost guarantee that something will end in disaster.
Whether it’s a death stare moment with the in-laws, a drunken uncle who crashes into your shiny new 50” plasma TV, or someone sobbing about the innocently-meant pot of anti-wrinkle cream they received as a gift – the chances of emerging on Boxing Day unscathed is virtually impossible.
You see, I’ve had my fair share of Christmas disasters to come to terms with myself. First there was the year when I dropped my father’s new phone into a mug of tea after claiming I could beat his Snake 2 score. Then there was the time when my mother made a disastrous attempt to cook duck instead of turkey – resulting in a rather non-traditional meal of Asda chicken slices to go alongside our sprouts.
However possibly the most memorable-for-all-the-wrong reasons moment, was when a cousin of mines drunken girlfriend thought it may be appropriate to karate chop him whilst wearing a full-blown martial arts get-up, (true story) resulting in him requiring a rather swift trip to the emergency room and a supremely bruised ego. They broke up a few months later and he has developed a relentless obsession with the gym ever since.
Now don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love Christmas. I love the giving and receiving of presents, the frantic guzzling of wine and the obscure obsession with creepy-looking Christmas men who walk through the city centre on decorated stilts – making adults smile ludicrously and children scream in terror.
I suspect even the self-proclaimed Scrooges out there who think Christmas is all just a big money-grabbing scam have a secret fondness for the festivities, sneaking home to catch a Christmas special of The Royle Family on BBC One.
However it would be a blatant lie to say that surviving Christmas without some sort of catastrophe is going to be easy. In an ideal world, everyone would be grateful of their gifts, hard liquor wouldn’t cause people to pour out their past grudges and everyone would be patient on waiting their turn to try out the new Wii Fit.
Unfortunately this simply isn’t always the case, (I’m sure Phil Mitchell would agree) so it’s always good to have some sort of back-up plan to avoid everyone killing each other.
Perhaps one of my main pieces of advice would be to choose wisely when it comes to giving gifts. Yes, it is the thought that counts and yes, it is pretty damned rude for your best friend to scowl at The Idiots Guide To Finding a Non-loser Boyfriend book you bought them off Amazon, however please do refrain from giving gifts that could be considered either insulting, degrading or boring. No-one wants a car air-freshener for Christmas. It reads I’m cheap, you’re my own personal chauffeur and your car smells of a teenage boys football socks.
A few other survival methods include the following: feigning interest over stories from the 80s, using spirits as a sort of tranquillizer, cackling manically at your dad’s bad jokes, giving gifts in only cash to your teenage siblings, owning an Ipad on of which you can watch your own festive TV programmes on, wearing a tightly secured hat when your niece asks if she can play ‘hairdresser’ with you, buying spare batteries, letting your gran have the last chocolate and finally – wearing earplugs. Hopefully then you’ll be able to make it through to the New Year.
It was one of those moments when time stood still. I watched, open mouthed and disbelieving as my best friend – busy laughing and joking – haphazardly spilled an entire glass of red wine down my favourite yellow dress.
She had begged me to wear it out that night, promising to hand it back in perfect condition. But in the space of three seconds, it was gone. Speechless and fuming inside, I attempted to pretend everything was fine, that I would (gulp) surely find another dress just like it.
The guilty look on my friends face prevented me from having a major hissy fit, but the look on mine was visibly sombre. We made bleak attempts to clean up the stain with every trick in the book – vinegar, Vanish, you name it – before eventually admitting defeat. It was ruined.
So in that moment, it was the straw that broke the camel’s Topshop-clad back – the moment I finally decided lending clothes to friends was infinitely, a no go. After many years of hunting down “borrowed” items from friends and trying to shift food or tan stains from clothes, there comes a time when you must be selfish.
The traditional idea of sharing and swapping just no longer works. From Wotsits when we were 12 to party dresses at 21, my best friend and I have swapped clothes more times than Katie Price and Peter Andre have swapped public jibes. I don’t have any sisters, so luckily have never had to worry about one swiping my favourite Zara jacket, so before the horrendous wine episode, I had always been quite flattered when a friend asked to borrow an outfit.
One of the key benefits of course was being able to borrow her stuff too – yet even when done so, it somehow never feels right. You can’t help but feel like an imposter in her outfit – as though people can sense what you’re wearing is not officially yours.
Lending out clothes is often a disaster waiting to happen. Unless it’s a Primark tee or dress that no longer cuts the chase, there are some things (like favourite dresses) that you should keep greedily to yourself.
There is always a slight panic that comes with ‘loaning’ out your favourite items, and the uncertainty that you will ever get them back. I have lost count of the myriad jumpers, dresses and pairs of shoes that I am still waiting to be returned. It’s pretty doubtful that I’ll ever see them again, so I guess I’ll just have to mourn them along with the others.
Do I think anyone should lend out their clothes? No, not unless your friend exhibits the reliability of a saint. It’s just not worth it if it could potentially ruin a friendship, and believe me, it could. So the next time a friend asks to borrow your favourite dress? I say run. Run for the hills.
Either that or you could just clumsily sway a glass of potent red wine near her, smile sweetly and offer it in exchange of her favourite (and only) pair of Jimmy Choos. I guarantee she’ll never ask to borrow again.
Festival season is just around the corner, and I for one am already surreptitiously planning my mud-proof wardrobe before the music celebration begins.
Every year I invariably pack too much, however this time round I’ll be making sure to bring only the merest essentials to prevent me from worrying whether my favourite Zara sandals might go missing – or end up on the soles of some mischievous tent thief.
The pressure to look good after having had approximately two hours sleep the whole weekend is something that most women fret about. After all, festivals are as much about the fashion as they are the music.
Sunburnt limbs, greasy hair and unsanitary portaloos are some of the things we can look forward to when facing the hedonistic camping weekend, so preparation is key before setting off for our favourite annual music events.
The boho trend has been done to death, so this year I’ll be attempting to capture a look that’s a hint of rock‘n’roll, a dash of tribal and a cocktail of colour in order to remain ahead of the fashion pack.
Studded denim shorts, a relaxed crochet dress and vintage tassel boots are all currently at the top of my wishlist. However, in order to avoid any unforeseen circumstances (we hate you rain!) I must stress the importance of packing some weather-proof items to avoid missing out on your favourite act whilst you lie shivering inside your tent.
A parka jacket, welly boots and a few oversized knits are sufficient to keep you toasty should the unpredictable weather erupt. Pair these items with some distressed shorts a-la Kate Moss for a practical, but fashionable ensemble.
Steal style inspiration from festival chic celebrities such as Kate Bosworth and Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, who both stole the show at Coachella last month with their effortlessly grungy, laidback looks.
If you’re a bit of a rock chick, unleash your inner wild child with a vintage band tee, print leggings and lashings of leather.
Topshop offer some amazing high street items for the festival season, including these amazing denim cut-offs as seen above in my festival picks. Quick tip: Throw on a pair of aviators and a trilby hat for an easy way to add instant style points to any outfit. Here are my festival must haves for the season ahead.
Dress, £28 Topshop, Hat £15 Accessorize, fringe kimono, £35 River Island, Studded shorts, £35 Topshop, Aviators £14 Topshop, Limited Edition Hunters, £95.
Unless you have been hiding under a rock, you will have noticed that tribal wear has made another inevitable return to the high street for summer 2012.
Tribal elements have been spotted all over, from handbags to feather earrings, offering the perfect contrast to last seasons sugary sweet palette.
Geometric patterns in an array of colours have been thrown together for the ultimate festival look and unlike ever before, anything goes, so experiment by mixing tribal prints with clashing zebra patterns and full-on jewellery for a jawdropping look.
The good news is, almost anyone can pull off this trend, even a simple aztec clutch like this one from above can update your outfit in seconds. Throw a patterned blazer over your favourite rock tee and leather skirt for an edgy but stylish look.
If you're still a bodycon loyal, try a punchy, ethnic print fitted dress with some chunky bangles for a simple but totally sexy take on the trend.
Experiment with textures by mixing silk, denim and lycra for a sports luxe feel and make sure you add an oversized necklace to nail the look.
Model outfit left, all New Look, Necklace £12 Topshop, Clutch price tbc New Look, Blazer £40 River Island, Shoes £25, Skull bracelets, £9 Topshop, shoes £25 New Look.
I have a confession to make. I'm a hoarder. No matter how old it is, I'll keep it. No matter how out of style - I'll stash it. If it doesn't fit? I'll squeeze into it later.
That's right, I am the ultimate queen of hoarding. I don't know how it began, or why I refuse to throw out my dungarees from the 90s, but I simply can't bin anything.
I've got a mint green housecoat I've had since I was 15, a polka dot pj top that has been worn to death, old beaten sandals I would never wear - but I still stash them at the back of my wardrobe - just in case.
Now that spring is here and summer is looming ahead, I've been forced to make a decision. It's wardrobe clean up time.
Spring is a time for rebirth and renewal for most people. Winter has faded, flowers are beginning to bloom and everyone is ready to start afresh.
This also means my obsession with storing ancient items away 'just in case' must go now. I've got an overflowing wardrobe that needs to make room for some new items and they will have to be amazing to fit in.
As I shuffle through the mass heaps of glittered christmas dresses, kids t-shirts and uber skinny jeans, I can't help but feel a tinge of sadness about letting go of some of my once most precious items.
I am rather sentimental about these clothes, materials that have appeared in photographs and various blog posts, I feel my home will be a little emptier without them.
However the bin bags are awaiting and some of these belong to some new homes. I'll be donating most of my old wardrobe to charity and creating space for my desired new items.
First on my list is some candy-coloured sundresses, a printed playsuit, some bad-ass shoes and a neonbiker jacket to take me from day to night.
Tomorrow's my day off, so I'll be off on my mission then. But meanwhile, I'll be lounging in my ancient polkadot pjs and doing some online research before I can let go just yet.
Candy stripe dress from New Look, Ice cream shoes, River Island, prices tbc. Petite studded sweater £45, Floral bag £20, Neon Biker £58 all Topshop.
As a glorious summer holiday awaits me, I am surreptitiously planning ahead what to pack whilst figuring what else is left to buy for my fast approaching sunshine getaway.
The excitement hasn't quite kicked in yet, but I've still got two months to go and no doubt I'll be positively gleeful in the few weeks beforehand.
But right now it's all about the holiday wardrobe for me, and the meticulous planning of what newbies to buy has already begun.
I am already fully aware that bold colour will be at the forefront of my shopping wishlist this year. I can't stop drooling over the gorgeous pastel and neon shades that are cropping up everywhere on the high street right now.
Right now I'm also magnetised towards every bikini I pass by, but it's the delicious array of candy-coloured 'flatforms' that have inevitably left me bankrupt.
The new shoe shape for summer, I love how these enlongate my petite limbs yet remain comfortable at the same time.
I already have an amazing pair of colour-block flatforms stashed away, and this stunning bikini from River Island will go perfect with them.
This year I'm opting to buy cool, comfortable items with a stylish edge for my week of fun in the sun, there's nothing worse than a clingy dress when you have booze bloat and sunburn from the night before. And that's exactly where this simple summer dress from Topshop steps in.
Lord help me when I've finally paid off my last holiday fee next week, for I'll be sauntering up the aisles of Topshop quickly afterwards.
Bikini top £18, Bottoms £10 both from River Island, Sundress £36 Topshop, Sunglasses £6.95, Shorts £24.95 and bag £19.95, all H&M, Flatforms, ASOS.
Ice-cream coloured items, doll-like silhouettes and sugary sweet dresses are some of the things that spring to mind when it comes to this season's super pretty aesthetic.
Mint green, baby pink and sorbet shades are set to become massive this year and I for one am already obsessed. In a bid to stay ahead of the fashion pack, I've already been adding me some delicious candy to my online shopping basket.
I'm currently waiting on this amazing mint-green 60s inspired blouse from ASOS to arrive through the door and can't wait to start sporting it with some uber girly separates this summer.
Drooling over every peter-pan collared item that I come across, I couldn't believe my luck when I spotted this flirty little number in the ASOS petite range!
My favourite pastel colour and reminiscent of Louis Vuitton's delicate lace detailing in his SS'12 collection, this will be perfect when paired with a zesty lemon blazer jacket, mint green mini skirt and skyscraper heels.
Although 50s kitten heels have made another comeback for 2012, my petite height is far more suited to 5-inchers.
I'm also in love with this tweed skirt and its pearl detailing, also from ASOS.
Who needs candy when the clothings this sweet? I think this could be the start of a seriously girly love affair.
Blouse, £25, skirt, £32 Both ASOS.
The catwalks already have us revved up for the upcoming season's trend for bright and bold clothing.
Now jewellery designers are hot on the heels of the SS'12 trend, incorporating punchy coloured jewellery and exotic bracelets into their designs so us fashionista's can inject some colour into our accessories too.
Crystal gemstones are set to be a huge accessories trend this year and these stunning bracelets from the Monochrome collection at Anjli Shah will be snapped up in seconds.
With just enough bling to add some serious sparkle to any outfit, these bespoke bracelets come in an incredible 18 colours, making it far too difficult for us to choose just one.
I love how these glint perfectly when the light catches them, and have spotted several strangers drooling over the lithe allure of the intricate gemstone detail.
I'm also a sucker for petite packaging, and have these stored away delicately in their original box in preparation for summer to wear with colourful maxi dresses, printed pyjama pants and clean tailoring.
This season accessories will be all about the texture, so clash fabrics such as leather, fur and crystals for a unique, sophisticated look.
I'm getting bored of costume jewellery these days and have also taken to visiting some amazing vintage markets in Glasgow to pick up some jewellery bargains!
Take a peek at the tribal style choker that I snapped up for £2.50!
This will be perfect when paired with a simple blouse and blazer jacket.
I also purchased this amazing arm candy from River Island for the ultimate clash of textures.
This adds instant glamour to a jumpsuit or shimmery dress. In love.
Despite still partially recovering from post-Christmas party indulgence, my attentions have now been diverted to more excitable things - building my SS' 2012 wardrobe. After having a sneaky peak at this year's hottest trends, (read below for some tips) I am ridiculously excited at the exuberent candy-coloured palettes and sporty separates that are abundant this spring. Ultra girly silhouettes and iridescent, shiny fabrics also make this season extra magical. Whilst pretty dresses in lace and feathers make a comeback, it was the mermaid inspired dresses and skirts that intrigued us most. Shimmery metallic dresses and jumpers made a dramatic impact on the runway, with models sporting an array of covetable garments in high-octane fabrics. Christopher Kane, Karl Lagerfield and Marc Jacobs all jumped on the bandwagon, with sheen being this season's ultra must have. I'm saving for this amazing spearmint sweater from American brand Acne right now. This will be stunning when paired with a metallic maxi skirt or silver jeans this summer. Colour is both essential and indespensible this year, clash your candy-coloured spring pieces together for an eclectic finish. This season will also see 90s grunge make an appearance, with lashings of torn denim, jersey fabrics and distressed jeans. Customise an old denim jacket until it looks exceedingly worn to get this seasons 90s grunge look, or if you're looking for a quick fix grab this Topshop number and throw it over a rock tee and leather jacket. Acne Cable Jumper £220, net-a-porter.com, Sunglasses, £5 H&M, London colour block heels £80 Topshop, Dress £49.95, Skirt £39.95 both at H&M, Distressed waistcoat £38, Rock Tee £18, both Topshop.
Despite still partially recovering from post-Christmas party indulgence, my attentions have now been diverted to more excitable things - building my SS' 2012 wardrobe.
After having a sneaky peak at this year's hottest trends, (read below for some tips) I am ridiculously excited at the exuberent candy-coloured palettes and sporty separates that are abundant this spring.
Ultra girly silhouettes and iridescent, shiny fabrics also make this season extra magical.
Whilst pretty dresses in lace and feathers make a comeback, it was the mermaid inspired dresses and skirts that intrigued us most.
Shimmery metallic dresses and jumpers made a dramatic impact on the runway, with models sporting an array of covetable garments in high-octane fabrics.
Christopher Kane, Karl Lagerfield and Marc Jacobs all jumped on the bandwagon, with sheen being this season's ultra must have.
I'm saving for this amazing spearmint sweater from American brand Acne right now. This will be stunning when paired with a metallic maxi skirt or silver jeans this summer.
Colour is both essential and indespensible this year, clash your candy-coloured spring pieces together for an eclectic finish.
This season will also see 90s grunge make an appearance, with lashings of torn denim, jersey fabrics and distressed jeans.
Customise an old denim jacket until it looks exceedingly worn to get this seasons 90s grunge look, or if you're looking for a quick fix grab this Topshop number and throw it over a rock tee and leather jacket.
Acne Cable Jumper £220, net-a-porter.com, Sunglasses, £5 H&M, London colour block heels £80 Topshop, Dress £49.95, Skirt £39.95 both at H&M, Distressed waistcoat £38, Rock Tee £18, both Topshop.
You are, literally, what you eat this season. Tomatoes, plums and tangerines, you name it - they wore it at Dolce & Gabbana’s final collection for Spring / Summer 2012.
Fruit and veg are this years’ pattern of choice, with catwalk models sashaying down the catwalk in a cocktail of fruity dresses.
The models looked exuberant in a vibrant summer palette and showed off tiny waists in corseted crop tops teamed with tulip shaped midi-skirts.
The fifties housewife made a return with pretty midi-dresses adorned with colourful foods and vintage style brooches.
While last year bird prints were all the rage, bona fide fashionista’s will be getting their five-a-day via summer dresses and pyjama pants in the upcoming season.
Neon and sheer garments are set to become huge next season too, with neon jumpers layered under sheer peplum dresses and pastel tights for a futuristic feel.
High street store Topshop has already got to grips with the trend, with their SS12 collection featuring an array of pastel coloured leggings, sheer blouses and mesh dresses.
Feminine and flirty pieces are set to make a comeback and ladies will get to play dress up by mixing their favourite day dresses with ladylike heels and bold, playful accessories.
Kate Moss stole the show at Louis Vuitton's SS12 runway shoe sporting this ultra girly white lace and feathered dress, a cutesy hairband and ladylike shoes.
The oversized Peter Pan collars, in-out waist to hip silhouette and frilly sweet accessories make me proud to be a girl.
High street store River Island also has a few exciting collections up their perfectly stylish sleeves, creating embellished corset and pencil skirt sets that embrace the sexy silhouettes seen on the runway.
Bloomers are no longer seen as something your gran would wear, patterned bloomer shorts are paired with matching corset tops and bold accessories for the ultimate statement look.
Designers poked fun at the recession by creating wicker basket handbags and eccentric earrings made from pasta shapes. Austerity has never looked so glamorous.
Colour and print are your requisite wardrobe essentials for the upcoming season.
Dress head-to-toe in vivacious shades of sugared pink and tangerine for an uplifted look.
Making a statement has never been so crucial than it is this year.
Push the boundaries by layering leather, lace, neon and sheer fabrics all at the one time.
Fashion for 2012 is supremely self-indulgent. So don't be afraid to clash all your favourite looks at once.
You might even want to call it - re-invention.
Embellished corset and skirt set, SS12 at River Island, Creepers by Underground £98, Peach skinny jeans £38, Floral corset top £30, all Topshop. Pink denim shorts, SS12 at River Island, PVC Clutch bag, £205 at Marni.
Another new year, another ridiculous new set of resolutions that for the most part, will be far too unrealistic or daunting to stick to.
Now that Janurary has arrived, the gluttony of Christmas is making us all a tad guilty, particularly at the sight of the empty chocolate tin stuck to the side of our bed.
Most of us are already in the midst of the whole New Year cliche that this is the only time for us to begin our gloom-and-doom diets and fitness regimes.
Like everyone else, I'm always for starting afresh and setting some goals and aspirations for the new year ahead.
However the immense pressure that comes along with it is usually what puts me off altogether, preventing me from achieving my goals before they have even taken off.
That's not to say I'm a slacker of any kind. In fact, I'm possibly one of the rare people that when vows to do something, will actually do it.
But when I'm being forced to do something just because it's common courtesy, that bloody well makes me want to stick two fingers up to it and shun it altogether.
Quitting bad habits, losing weight and attaining your dream job is just some of the goals commonly set when a new year approaches.
As much as we want to accomplish these things, it takes a lot of willpower, a lot of luck and a generous amount of time to obtain some of the goals that we believe would change our lives dramatically.
Truth is, new year is just like any other day, and it requires a lot more effort and balls for us to accept failure on January 7th than any other day of the year.
Admitting defeat early is disappointing and frustrating, but many of us are already setting ourselves up for failure by setting outlandish goals to achieve.
Sure we could get a better body, eat healthier and quit smoking of we really set our minds to it - yet why not choose today to start? We have a whole year ahead of us!
This year, my top resolution will be to learn how to drive by next winter. I can no longer handle the thought of being blown away by the wind like I was this week - close. to. death.
Hurrican Bawbag has officially scarred me for life. It took my umbrella, my snood, (that's scarf / hood, fyi) my mascara, and my self respect.
What I'm trying to say is take care of your body and don't beat yourself up if everything doesn't go perfect right away.
Set realistic and small goals at a time and do the best you can.
What I may also add, is that there is always the opportunity of setting resolutions you are sure to stick to, say making sure to purchase a brand new pair of shoes every fortnight?
Did I mention my second resolution to own over 100 pairs of shoes?
Stay tuned for the next post:
WHAT YOU'LL BE WEARING FOR 2012!
Queen Michelle from popular Scottish blog Kingdom of Style
The hot-to-trot blogger sporting her eclectic fashion sense - Manoush Fleece Dress, Topshop trench, Balenciaga bag, Primeoza Scarf, Glitter boots ASOS.'
Today almost anyone can become a blogger. From blogging about food to fashion and everyday life, it has become increasingly popular for aspiring writers to come up with their own personal website in which they share their either thigh-slappingly funny antics or latest handbag purchase with the rest of the world.
The rise of online media and social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter make it incredibly normal for us to share our daily thoughts and feelings with colleagues and friends, and blogging has become another outlet for them to express their latest woes and whereabouts.
One thing recognisable about the majority of popular blogs, is that fashion has become a huge arena for style sisters to carve a career out of.
Many of our online style icons have went on to generate exciting careers out of sharing their passion with the world. Blogger Rumi Neely shot to fame through the launch of her website 'FashionToast,' where she posted a personable insight into her views on fashion every week, gaining a legion of devoted followers after fashion lovers devoured her chic style diary and drool-worthy wardrobe.
Rumi’s website now has millions of followers and has transformed her from city-girl to supermodel, with a range of clothing lines following her success as well as being style muse and top guest for fashion shows across the world.
With the impact of the recession affecting employability for thousands of ambitious writers, it seems we are taking it into our own hands and trying to get noticed online.
Conventional 9am - 5pm jobs have been casted aside for something far more flexible and inspiring, and blogging is a great way to show potential employers how serious you really are about fashion.
We spoke to Queen Michelle, blogger from the popular Scottish ‘Kingdom of Style’ blog on how blogging has changed her life.
Michelle's amazing blog with best friend Queen Marie has led to the launch of her very own bag line, pictured above!
What is your average day like as a blogger?
Well I don't blog as a job, so my days are taken up as a graphic designer. I write all my articles at the weekend mostly, and the odd lunch time here and there if I have time.
What is your favourite thing about being a blogger?
The excitement of sharing a find with the reader’s. It's like having the biggest network of girlfriends imaginable.
Is this something you have made a career out of since?
I don't want to be become a 'blogger' - as in that's my job. Many of the blogs which began as personal blogs and then went onto become industry insiders blogs lost most of their charm for me. I like reading about a girl and her wardrobe and her new shoes, not endless press launches.
How would you go about selecting an outfit you want to post about in the 'Queen Michelle's Personal Style' section?
Usually it's just what I've been wearing at the weekend that gets photographed. I'm often on my way to or from Morrison’s when the photo gets taken!
What qualities do you need to become a successful blogger?
A strong voice, focus and the ability to not give up or get disheartened when you think your blog isn't doing as well as you hoped. A thick skin also helps.
What sort of advice would you give other aspiring bloggers?
Don't blog with an agenda - ie don't start it thinking it'll get you a career, free stuff, a modelling contract etc. Do it because you love the subject you're talking about and write about it passionately. And the rest might very well follow.
The personal style of Queen Michelle – She’s edgy, she’s elusively cool and we want her wardrobe, Styletto digs deep into what makes Queen Michelle tick!
How would you describe your personal style?
Haphazard! I am quite lazy when it comes to outfits so I chuck stuff on and hope it looks ok.
What is your fail-safe, feel fabulous outfit?
Tight black jeans, my Balenciaga heels and vintage Slayer t-shirt.
Favourite brands and why you love them?
Topshop and ASOS for affordable fashion. Led clothes and COS for basics, Bordelle for lingerie, Lucette for leather stuff, Balenciaga for handbags and Alexander Wang for t-shirts. I think these shops and labels really excel at these things and I've never been let down by them.
What fashion essential will you be buying for winter this year?
A new black shaggy fur coat.
I don't have one to be honest, but I think Alison Mosshart is beautiful and I love that she stays true to her style at all times.
What's in your handbag?
God, a load of stuff! Lipbalm, some very old payslips, pens, purse, a couple of USB drives, a key to something - no idea what, some loose change, a sweetie wrapper, a plaster, my phone and a pencil rubber. Time for a clean out!
Fashion show survival items?
Definitely concealer and lipbalm. I'd be a scaly, baggy eye mess without them.
Favourite fashion era and why?
I haven't got a favourite era really. Each era brought something new to the table and made fashion and style what it is today, so it's hard to single out one as being my favourite.
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Chrismas is just around the corner, yet I'm largely focusing on the prospect of creating a whole new wardrobe for the forthcoming year and beyond.
My current wardrobe is starting to become a little mundane, so starting afresh is now profusely on my mind and as always, I am already calculating the essential items I wish to adorn my 2012 wardrobe.
My obsession with mohair jumpers will not be fading when January arrives. I've already got my eye on this pretty number from Topshop petite.
The perfect casual sweater for shopping and pub lunches, I'll be wearing this with tough leather and a mishmash of textures for a luxurious feel.
This amazing leather pleat skirt is ultra versatile, and will be stunning with paired with comfy knits, slouchy vests and soft chiffon blouses.
The gorgeous purple faux fur bag as seen above is also from River Island and currently is on sale at £15! I've already snapped this up as it's the perfect arm candy for party season.
Burgundy is a recent trend that is to stay strong throughout next year and to celebrate, I'm saving for these amazing vintage-style beaten boots from again, River Island.
I have a bit of a cheek looking for another coat after just receiving one as a gift from mother, but a girl can never have too many and this snug faux fur one from Topshop looks too cosy to ignore.
Statement necklaces are a perfect new way to start the season and will jazz up any outfit instantly. This lightening bolt costume piece from Topshop will look ultra cool layered over a sweater or plain white tee.
Jumper £38 Topshop Petite, Bag £15 River Island, Coat £110 Topshop, Leather Skirt £75 and Boots £7, both River Island, Necklace £16.50 Topshop.
In case you hadn't noticed, this season is all about the glitz and glamour. Despite the fact that my wardrobe is starting to resemble a little bit like a xmas tree, there's no resisting the spangly array of sparkly jumpers, sequin dresses and shiny leather skirts so readily available on the high street right now.
In an attempt to remain chic without looking too TOWIE, mixing textures such as chunky knits and leather with on-trend sequin pieces is key.
Party season 2011 / 12 is split into a few top themes - victorian fetish wear; 70s evening and boy-dressing.
This lurex jumper dress from Topshop is perfect for wearing on xmas day with a pair of chunky ankle boots to stay festive without being too try-hard.
Metallic leather is another huge trend this season and this silver pu skirt from Topshop will look amazing when worn with a simple white tee and sparkly tights.
These items have been at the top of my wish list for quite some time and I'm happy to say I've snapped up a few of them already!
I'll be chanelling my inner rock star with these chunky wedges from Miss Selfridge.
These will be worn everywhere during the xmas period and paired with leather leggings and baggy shirt these are the epitome of cool.
Tuning in to this season's 70s aesthetic, fur, lurex and metallics are at the top of my wish list.
This super snug jumper from Topshop is perfect when worn with leather trousers or jeans for a casual effect.
To listen to my favourite christmas songs, I'd love these fur headphones to keep me snug outside - perhaps a little strange when worn in the gym though.
And for makeup, I'm searching for mini-compacts containing all my essentials.
This lipgloss ring from Biba is the perfect accessory and coupled with this luxe xmas set from Bobbi Brown containing shimmery eyeshadows, blush and an array of lip colours, this is all I'll need to glam up for work nights out.
Dress £58 Topshop, Wedges £78, Cross Necklace £10, both from Miss Selfridge. Skirt 60, Fluffy Feather Jumper, £85, Both Topshop. Headphone Ear Muffs, £12 from House of Fraser. Biba Ring £15. Ultimate Party Collection kit, £59, Bobbi Brown.
Unleash your inner angel this season with the LWD (that's little white dress, fyi).
The virginal shade had been lingering around for quite some time after a flurry of white reigned supreme on the a/w catwalks.
The little white dress comes as a refreshing antidote to winter's consistently dark, gothy image. Surprisingly wearable, this white pu dress from Miss Selfridge tackles two trends in one, remaining edgy enough to steer from being too froufrou pretty.
White feathers and faux fur provide glamour when thrown over a lwd and bare a resemblance to the flapper girl style of the 1920s, when pure white was worn in abundance and paired with lashings of bling and opulent fur.
Keep silhouettes minimalistic and add drama with metallics and a statement headpiece for a decidedly glamorous look. Another option is to throw a mannish white blazer over sequins for a contrast of hues and texture.
A white tailored dress can be updated with feathers, silver jewellery and glitzy shoes.
It can also be reworked by pairing silver brogue shoes and a biker jacket thrown over a LWD for an effortless take on the trend.
This trend is all about balance. Think less monochrome, more Marilyn.
Check out Topshop's amazing white goddess maxi on the Styletto Dress Fix page too.
If you can’t wear gold and glitter at Christmas, when exactly can you? Now is the time to inject your wardrobe with sequins and metallic pieces to keep you shining all season.
As soon as party season hits, the high street hits us with an array of metallic, lurex and spangley dresses which can make us feel a little like we’re back in the 80s.
However there’s no denying the instant effect that luxurious gold provides, giving us a rush of excitement for our Christmas calendar!
This gold cami top from Topshop will be perfect when teamed with skinny jeans and sky-scraping platforms, taking you effortlessly from pub to club. Throw a mannish blazer over the top a la Kate Moss or pair with a leather biker jacket for a rock chick look.
This amazing Gold Shimmer from Liz Earle will be carted everywhere with me this party season. With natural ingredients such as organic aloe vera, vitamin e and 10 essential oils, this scented gold shimmer looks amazing applied to pins, collar-bones and the top of cheeks for a subtle, luxurious glow.
I always wondered how celebrities got their pins looking super sleek and sparkly for nights out and despite trying out hundreds of products to try and achieve the look, I never seemed to quite get it right.
However as usual, Liz Earle have provided me with this amazing product which is subtle yet gives a gorgeous golden highlight all over. I'm using this right now on pins, collabones and the tops of my cheeks for an everyday natural glow.
The glamorous clutch bag from Topshop will add instant glamour to an LBD and is perfect for carting this amazing gold scent, a bargain at £10 from Next.
Get supermodel legs by wearing these podium platforms from Topshop, £100 and be literally the height of fashion this season. These amazing shoes are also available in silver and will go with absolutely everything.
Modern tailoring and mixing matte fabrics with gold items are key to nailing this decadent trend. Make sure you pair with sultry eyes and a golden tan to really work this look.
Lets face it, if Blake Lively's wearing it - it's in fashion. Red Lace has become one of the hottest trends ever since Erdem featured the doll-like dresses at this years Spring / Summer runway shows.
Celebrities have since gone gaga for the dress, culminating in an obsession with lady-like hemlines and lace fabrics spreading like wildfire thoughout the high street.
The delicate and haunting dress by Erdem (second right) has been snapped up by the likes of Marilyn Monroe actress Michelle Williams and trend-setting Blake Lively, but coming in at over 1,000 smackers this is a little too terrifying to even look at.
However no need to sob into your hands, as there's some exciting news for Styletto fans.
Styletto has just launched it's first item at the Styletto shop and it's this stunning ASOS red lace dress for 40 buttons! (if buttons were pounds, ahem.)
With a hint of romance and a sexy curve-hugging fit, this is the perfect dress for catching that hot man's eye or simply showing off your figure.
The great thing is the Styletto shop is all through Paypal, so you can be assured you're money will be safe and well spent after purchasing this on-trend item!
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Black, black and more black - Yawn. Don't get me wrong, I love how a little black dress can sleek and shrink you, but when it comes to workwear, far too many are opting for this safe shade as their everyday office choice.
It's already dull outside, so it's time to brighten up your day with a splash of colour worked into your career wardrobe. Brights can be scary at times but its a known fact that wearing bold hues can brighten up your mood ans warm your skintone at the same time.
Opt for this bold tulip dress from H&M, paired with opaques and a statement necklace for a colourful way to do workwear chic. This amazing gilet looks glamorous thrown over everything and when paired with tough gloves and quirky boots, edgy at the same time.
Dalmation prints are huge this season and this super-cute satchel from Topshop is an easy way to combine two trends in one.
This outfit oozes sass and the cut of the dress keeps it conservative enough for work. To take this from day to night, add a pair of this seasons glitter platforms and swap the bag for a snakeskin clutch.
Don't succumb to the daily trap of dull when it comes to work. These items are season-appropriate, smart and versatile, every quality needed for the ultimate office wardrobe.
Chezza rocking the polka dot trend.
This month guest blogger Harsharan Hoonjan explains this season's hottest polkadot trend!
One of my favourite trends this season is polka dot dotty!
Early memories of the trend include the famous 'itsy-bitsy teeny-weeny yellow polka dot bikini' song covered by Timmy Mallet and Minnie Mouse’s signature look, which was as loveable and cute then as it is today.
Thanks to Minnie's inspirational and cutesy bow, this provided inspiration for an ultimately fun and feminine look.
Polka dot marked its territory when it entered the mainstream and Walt Disney made it a cute classic.
The trend has evolved from it’s infancy and has become more wearable with the various combinations of subdued tones and deeper hues.
Marc Jacobs was playing spot the dot on the faces of the models in New York this earlier this year with models faces painted in colourful dots to promote his take on the latest look.
Perhaps a tad too far - but it did emphasise the fact that this look is back with avengence and Marc quite literally wanted us to take notice and ‘face it.’
Thanks to Marc, the UK did and catwalks soon featured an array of polka dot ensembles this February, the only question is, how to wear it this winter?
Well from spring fusion to winter brights, here are a few suggestions to get you started.
Wear a polka dot dress in a statement shade - a deep burgundy belt and shoes with a dress can break up the effect so you are not wearing black and white head to toe.
Team a polka dot scarf and shoes, bright scarf with heels or wear somber tones of the trend if you are going for subtle effect.
White on red polka dot scarf and shoes with simple black dress can really freshen up the look and the whilst adding a touch of glamour to an evening out.
Pencil skirts, white on navy, grey or black look great when mixed with a satin or silk shirt of the same colour.
Having Polka dots in the hair is a subtle way to try the trend and colours like deep purple, Green and Royal blue deep hues all look great on hair worn on one side and is a small but subtle update.
Tights – again a subtle way to wear is with small polka prints the same colour as the tights. These update a plain skirt suit without breaking the bank.
Remember to choose a size and fabric you are comfortable with, it should compliment your hair, skin and eyes not clash with them. If in doubt always get a second or third opinion!
Hope to see some hot dotty ladies on the high street soon.
Happy shopping :-)
Limited Edition Dress £150 Topshop, Shoes £25 It's Vintage Darling, Skirt and top, both 28 at Topshop.
Harsharan Hoonjan is currently employed and working within the mobile communications industry in Glasgow.
She has studied Social Sciences, Literature and Creative Writing and is currently a journalism student with the British College of Journalism.
Writing achievements include writing for Scottish Widows magazine and contributing to similar in house publications.
Other achievements include editing the company newsletter for her previous employer.
Harsharan was also one of the winners of a festival writing competition for the Edinburgh Fringe.
She has been interested in fashion and style for over 15 years and is proud to add guest writer for Styletto to her portfolio.
Floppy Hat, leather gloves Ted Baker, both from Biba at House of Frasers, Fur jacket Next, Studded boots Office, 1970s vintage dress from Devoted 2 Vintage.
There's something about winter that draws me to dark, moody clothes. I know right now is supposed to be all about the bold and bright, however a bit of gothic glamour never goes amiss when the autumn leaves begin to sweep the streets and daylight diminishes.
This decidedly dark and austere dress will go perfect with lace tights, studded boots and plum lipstick. Slightly witchy but with a chic twist, the silhouette of this dress is ultra flattering and perfect for almost any occasion.
Swaying more towards comfort this season, (shock! horror!) these boots are cool but still practical, and perfect for pottering about taking in the views of the crisp autumn atmosphere.
This ruby floppy hat from Biba is perfect for adding a hint of vintage glamour, and paired with this fur jacket it feels ultimately 60s.
While the gloves add ladylike glamour, this outfit put together is mysteriously sexy.
Zerrin Akinci has just presented her fabulous S/S 2012 collection at London Fashion Week. Every designers dream, her catwalk display was an astounding success, with sporty mini-dresses in figure hugging silhouettes embracing femininity and womanhood in abundance.Her collection was a resounding success and will mark only the beginning for Zerrin, who has declared war against androgynous fashion, grabbing sexiness by the hair and embracing the female form in zest. Here we speak to Zerrin about her passion for fashion and how she feels now fashion week is over.
Would you tell me a bit about your background as a fashion designer?
I graduated with high honors in public relations and gained my masters in marketing communications in London. After working in trade marketing for two years, I quit my job and headed to USA to fulfill my dreams and ultimately to study fashion design.
In 2010, my first female Ready to wear collection, under the ZA by GHS label was launched in collaboration with manufacturer GHS. The collection was presented in Cyprus for the Autumn / Winter 2011 season. Following this collaboration, the exposure of ZA by Zerrin Akinci brand happened with the runway in London Fashion Week.
Fashion has always been my passion as long as I remember. I was sewing clothes for my barbies and sketching in front of the tv since I was a little kid. Getting into fashion design was always the aim of my life.
What were your main inspirations for this collection?
My collection, 'An envelope all I'm waiting for' was inspired by the envelopes and the meanings of this white piece of paper for people. The collection represents the periods in life in which we are awaiting news from family, lovers or friends. The collection consists of garments which emphasizes the sharp pieces of the envelopes.
Which of your designs were you most proud to see up on the runway?
I really can't differentiate among my designs. Each of them is unique for me.
The sheer fabric is definitely back in fall 2011. We also see wide belts emphasising the stomach area, high-waisted jeans and trousers, gothic and animal textiles with birds and horses etc. As I always say one must choose garments that will compliment her colouring, flatter the body lines and most importantly match her style personality besides looking for the trends of the season.
What do you plan to do now LFW is over?
The show part is over however marketing and sales of the collection is just starting. There will be press events in London and I will get ready for the next season.
Buy some of her designs at TellusFashion.
View some of Zerrin's Collection below:
Catwoman, eat your heart out.This season fashion is at its uttermost sexiest. Steamy collections featuring latex, leather and bondage corsets have whipped the prim and pretty trend into shape. Gothic glam has taken on a rather sexy edge, with fetish-wear spicing up the lady-like collections of 2011.
2012 has gone back to black - this time with a nod to naughtiness, suggesting that punky fabrics such as pvc, latex and leather should be worn in abundance. This trend is decidedly dirty, but can be made wearable by layering textures items such as fur, velvet and satin.
The dominatrix has been taken to a whole other level, and those hoping to release their inner prowess could have a lot of fun scaring the men with this look.
The models at Giles autumn / winter collection wore cut-out dresses with oil-slick corset belts and Minnie Mouse hair bows, adding an eccentric feel to the catwalks.
Salvatore Ferragoma’s collection comprised sheer pussy-bow blouses worn with wraparound leather skirts, incorporating a bit of the lady-like trend for a feminine grasp of this look.
For a more subtle take on the trend, pair a leather dress like this one below with a sheer peek-a-boo shirt layered underneath, lace gloves and a pair of fishnet tights. Those looking to embrace the ‘underwear as outerwear’ look should team this basque with a leather skirt and some fur accessories – be suggestive with black lace stockings.
Alexander McQueen’s collection featured cropped leather trousers paired with kinky lace-up boots and structured tweed jackets for a slightly less risqué take on the trend. Pair some leather trousers with sexy shoes and a badass jacket for everyday wear.
Warning: Don’t mistake the trend as permission to bring out your secret bondage stash from home, this trend is yes, sexy but not, I repeat, NOT terrifying.
All of these fetish inspired items are from Zalando, a new online store that I've recently become addicted to.
Just as the colour blocking trend began to fade, SJP stepped out in this juicy combination of colours, bringing fun straight to the NYC.
SJP's interpretation here of the trend shows us exactly how to work bold hues. It really shouldn't go, but the tonal hues of red and pink clash gorgeously together. The fluoro pink flares encapsulate the 70s vibe, and paired with this red blouse it provokes a bold, hippy aesthetic.
The Sex and the City style guru's ability to throw together quirky, but fashion-forward outfits is exactly why we love her. Always impeccably dressed yet abundant in fun, Sarah evokes today's cutting edge and confident female.
Neutrals have been shifted to the side, culminating in a kaleidoscopic obsession with colour all throughout 2011.
Bold shades of fuschia, tangerine, scarlet and yellow have reigned supreme within catwalk collections this year, waving goodbye to neutral, conformist dressing.
This vibrant look is the perfect way to get SJP noticed for her latest film 'I Don't Know How She Does It.'
This elusive biker requires a pair of studded leopard boots, spray-on jeans and a flick of your blackest eyeliner. Fitting in perfectly with this season's fetish-lady aesthetic, this biker jackets pony skin / leather combination is utter genius.
My obsession with leather and leopard has been fully combined into one drool-worthy jacket. I've had my eye on this seductive number for quite some time now. I can fairly say my patience is wearing thin now as I still haven't bought it.
I'm just hoping that a certain someone will take the hint and purchase me this bad-ass jacket.
Biker. £160 ASOS.
There is no other decade I love more than the 60s. The music, the fashion and the whole sixties movement has always been utterly fascinating to me.
The era where the emancipation of women first came about, the sixties represents a time of freedom, excess and hedonism. This was often expressed through fashion where mini-dresses, psychedelic prints and bold, clashing colours were at the forefront of style.
The sixties has exerted a huge amount of influence on today's fashion industry and has continually been reworked into seasonal trends each year. Right now it's all about the beatnik generation, with quirky knits, polo-dresses and colour-popping coats exploding all over the shops this season.
Brightly coloured coats (as seen at Burberry Prorsum) in fabrics such as felt and wool reinforce the classic mod silhouette, whereas checkered kilt skirts are reminiscent of 60s icons such as Twiggy and Mary Quant, who wore the mini like Kate Moss wears skinny jeans.
Graphic print pinafore dresses were spotted at the Prada show worn with low slung buckle belts and snakeskin boots, and Jill Sander teamed futuristic polo / hoody jumpers in monochrome colours for a spin on the mod look.
High-Street guru's H&M have also released a collection of affordable shift dresses and polo-necks for those hoping to try out the trend.
Here are some more super 60s inspired pieces for ultimate retro dressing:
Above, Burberry Prorsum show, Prada Show, images from Vogue.co.uk, Copycat Coat M&S, Boots, Prada, Dalmation hat, £18, Shift dress £28, River Island. Below: Shift dress ASOS, Collar Necklace £16.50 Topshop, Colour Block Shoes ASOS, Blouse River Island, Skirt, Matthew Williamson at Net a Porter.
It's Kourtney that get's top marks from me when it comes to Kardashian style. I love how she puts together fashion-forward pieces that are still super-groomed and edgy. A touch British, this amazing leather pleat skirt when worn with tough Mary-Janes and a pussybow shirt is perfect for work-wear fashion.
Get the look with this copy-cat blouse from Collection at John Lewis £55 and this pu skirt from Miss Selfridge, also £55.
Blouse, £55 Collection at John Lewis, Skirt £55 Miss Selfridge, Shoes £68, Triple stone ring, £10, both Topshop.
I can't tear my eyes away from this pristinely gorgeous babydoll dress. The nude mesh fabric with gemstone detailing adds a stunning, delicate feel to this pretty dress from Topshop. The A-line skirt and nipped in waist is universally flattering for almost any body shape, and the high neck offers a hint of the 60s vibe that is so in vogue this season. Pair this dress with skyscraping purple platforms for a statement look, or simply add silver brogues for a cool, mod inspired look that will see you far ahead of the fashion fraternity. Accessorize with a fake peter pan collar to remain totally up to date with this seasons trends.
I can't tear my eyes away from this pristinely gorgeous babydoll dress. The nude mesh fabric with gemstone detailing adds a stunning, delicate feel to this pretty dress from Topshop.
The A-line skirt and nipped in waist is universally flattering for almost any body shape, and the high neck offers a hint of the 60s vibe that is so in vogue this season.
Pair this dress with skyscraping purple platforms for a statement look, or simply add silver brogues for a cool, mod inspired look that will see you far ahead of the fashion fraternity.
Accessorize with a fake peter pan collar to remain totally up to date with this seasons trends.
For those who don't personally know me, I'll let you in on a little secret. I am madly obsessed with The Doors. My obsession for the 60s phenomenon has extended through to my wardrobe, leaving me gasping every time I discover a new Jim Morrison t-shirt / dress and ensuring that I'm handing over my card before you can say "how much?"
When I clicked on to net-a-porter tonight, I was scrupulously searching for one of those key items that you just know you'll never be torn apart from. This gem of a tee from net-a-porter is a tad pricier than my other favourite Doors tees, one a long black vest from ASOS and another a colourful rock tee from River Island.
I have GOT to own this, so please if anyone is listening, please, pretty please can you allow me to purchase this little gem? If I don't own this soon, I will possibly be prolonging the pain of not having it tucked safely into my wardrobe. It would be perfect for my next Doors Alive concert (the tribute band) when worn with leather shorts, a trilby hat and ankle boots.
Check out my article on Jim at http://www.sickchirpse.com/2011/07/12/jim-morrisons-40-year-death-mystery/
Jim Morrison top, £135 Faith Connexion at net-a-porter.com
This amazing coat makes me feel cosy just looking at it. Right now I'm craving snug cover-ups and leather, winter boots to ensure I'm prepared for the erratic Scottish weather.
Now that September has hit, I can't help but anticipate christmas and for some reason I'm already visualising my christmas party outfits. This stunning Lip bag from Frasers is both glam and quirky and will go with absolutely anything.
I love these leather trousers from River Island, my favourite fabric just has to come in the form of trousers just now and will be perfect when teamed with a fitted rock tee and platforms or with a floaty blouse tucked in and paired with lurex socks and heels.
This luxe underwear set from Untold at Frasers is one of those perfect 'treat yourself' gifts that will make you feel confident even when dressed down.
The 60s is another huge trend just now and this kilt skirt from River Island embodies the era perfectly. I love how the colourful buckle belt adds a retro feel to the skirt, whilst the colour block shades are so modern.
Biba Coat £225, Bag, Both House of Fraser, Leather trousers £45, Skirt £28 Both River Island, Underwear Untold at House of Fraser, Boots £80 Topshop.
Shades of green have been spotted everywhere this season. From the catwalk to the hottest high-street stores, shades of emerald, teal and forest green have been tipped as the hottest colours to be seen in.
The colour itself signifies growth and renewal, perfect for beginning the new season with. Abundant in nature, wearing this shade is enough to make us feel fresh and ready to take on the day ahead.
This crochet dress by Diane Von Furstenberg exudes a naturistic, bohemian vibe, whilst the gorgeous feather collared shift from River Island gives off a powerful aura, and will make you stand out from any crowd.
Get the look by teaming a simple green item with indigo blue accessories. If this shade isn't for you, opt for shades of khaki or forest green accessories and nail polish to keep you up to date with this seasons colour palette.
Diane Von Furstenberg runway show, Feathered collar dress £60 River Island, Paisley print blouse £38, Earrings £5, Coat £85, Ring £14, Leopard Maxi £35, all Topshop.
Bold clashing hues have remained strong throughout 2011. It appears whatever clashes, goes, and the days where outfits co-ordinated gracefully together are long gone.
Perhaps it was the comeback of the 70s that spurred this bright and beautiful trend on, a wonderful surprise which followed the neutral palette of nude and camel in 2010.
The luxe jewel tone trend has brought upon an urge to purchase garments in regal shades of ruby, emerald and topaz. This is the perfect opportunity to clash these vibrant tones together for a sophisticated yet eclectic edge.
Inject some colour into your wardrobe with these colourful items which will clash gorgeously together.
Playsuit ASOS, Platforms £35 Chockers shoes, jumper River Island, shorts & feather clutch, both ASOS.
A dress from the Ralph Lauren Collection
Jewel toned items are huge for the upcoming season, taking over the bold brights of summer with colourful compromise.
Shades of emerald, ruby, violet and aquamarine add a luxe, elegant feel to outfits and sumptuous fabrics such as crushed velvet, silk and brocade provide enough sultry, feminine texture to emphasise the luxury element of this trend.
This look is super sophisticated, maintaining inspiration from the 70s era which has become so popular this season. Ultimately retro but with a modern twist, mini-skirts, culottes and fur also make a colourful comeback.
Shades of green seem to be at the forefront of the autumn / winter fashion palette, and Ralph Lauren's opulent green dresses on the runway teamed with bold red lips and accessories create an ultra glamorous look.
Sequinned midi-dresses were seen at the Dolce & Gabbana runway show paired with kitten heels and ankle socks for a ladylike take on the trend.
Alberta Ferreti's show hinted at a 60s vibe, teaming silky paisley blouses with embellished skirts and violet velvet boots.
If you're already a fan, be sure to invest in a jewel-toned silk blouse, ruby winter coat and velvet boots, which will ensure you're one step ahead of the fashion fraternity for the new winter season.
Here is my pick of the high street's greatest jewel-tone items to see you through to the next season and more.
Coat £85, Top £25, Coral Maxi £35, Blouse £38, Bag £35 All Topshop, 60s mini, Connie, Velvet Platforms £58, Skirt £38 Both Topshop.
Star prints are everywhere right now. Ever since models were seen strutting down the catwalk at Dolce & Gabbana's runway show in a flurry of stars, celebrities have snapped up the look by wearing stars on everything from blouses to shift dresses and silk trousers.
This trend is totally wearable and fun at the same time. Make a statement with stars in floaty chiffon maxi dress or star-printed blouse worn with leather shorts and platforms.
Embellished star top, £70 Next, clutch bag Dolce & Gabbana, star and mirror necklace £30 Topshop, flag shorts £32, earrings £12.50 both Topshop, star print skirt £38 Monsoon.
I adore the colour blocking trend that is so popular this season. Finally I have the chance to inject some colour into my wardrobe that is often filled with staple black, leather and nude items, easy to wear yet chic at the same time.
The easiest way to wear the trend is simply by sticking to shades similar to one another which blend easily and clash at the same time. I selected this silk purple blouse from River Island and wore it with my favourite fushia A-line Zara skirt paired with nude heels and an Olivia Palermo style bib necklace purchased from Ebay. You can just make it out n this picture, but I also wore a gorgeous clashing orange ruffled bag to really make this outfit pop.
I wore this outfit to a friends birthday night and attracted tons of compliments to this 60s influenced outfit. Colour clashing is one of my favourite trends, I love orange with pink right now, yellow and purple and turquoise and violet together. Simply amazing.
I was rather excited about beginning my style diary photographs for Styletto so decided to begin my first diary post last night.
Although I am horrendously unphotogenic, I realised creating my own style diary would provide an interesting insight into the sort of outfits I select for different events. Hoping you won't be too put off my my amatuerish photographs, the style diary will (hopefully) give you all some inspiration in how to wear the latest trends and items.
After purchasing this gorgeous double layer skirt from H&M, I decided I must wear it straight away. I love how at the front it appears to be a mini, yet at the back it floats into a midi-length skirt. The colour palette of the skirt is perfect for autumn. I paired it with a simple black body con top from River Island, nude heels, my black aviator jacket and some amazing costume jewellery from Topshop.
This skirt will also look amazing with tights, black ankle boots and my metallic black jumper from H&M, another new addition to my jam-packed wardrobe.
I know the style diary will appeal to some people more than others, and perhaps will be a reminder to myself that I do in fact have plenty to wear when I'm tormenting myself in a hissy-fit one day claiming I have absolutely no clothes.
Tis the season to be rebellious. This mixture of peekaboo fabrics, animal prints and eye-catching accessories calls for a wild night out to show off your sultry side.
This amazing sheepskin and leather jacket from Topshop slung over teensy shorts and paired with platforms will see you sent to the front of the guest list at any nightclub you approach. The sheer leopard print playsuit is ultimately sexy and should be worn with bare legs and red lipstick a la Kate Moss.
The unique necklace is bound to attract comments from everywhere. I'm craving anything weird and wonderful right now and this incorporates both of these things at once.
Sheepskin and leather jacket £325, embellished shorts £60, playsuit £48, glitter box bag £32, eye photo necklace £20, leopard platforms £62 all Topshop. Cocktail ring £16.50 Miss Selfridge.
Can you guess which items are high street and which are designer? How amazing is this graphic print dress? Well guess what this designer lookalike comes from budget store Matalan, yes you heard it correct.
And how expensive does the tassel bag and great knit jumper from Topshop look? I just love this oversized grey jumper and satchel bag. Both will go with everything.
But this also means the shorts and boots are designer. These amazing purple shorts are from Current Elliot at net-a-porter.com. These will jazz up any outfit whatsoever and look great with bare legs and opaque. I'll be wearing it with my H&M suede top and biker jacket.
The boots are by Bell Sigerson and are the perfect mix of edgy and chic to go with almost every outfit n your wardrobe. Must. have. now.
Dress Matalan, jumper & bag, both Topshop,shorts Current Elliot, Boots Bell Sigerson Morrison boots both available at net-a-porter.com
I am obsessed with biker jackets. I already own about twelve in an array of different fabrics but this Iro biker jacket from net-a-porter.com is on another level.
The zips, the structure, the belt, just wow. I can see myself wearing this right now over my silver H&M jumper, a flippy skirt and some beaten ankle boots for that vintage feel. Santa if you can hear me right now, this is all I want for christmas.
I am a firm believer that the right accessories can make an outfit. This amazing spike necklace from ASOS is exactly what I'm talking about.
The clashing shades of yellow and purple go perfect with this season's colour blocking and jewel tone trends and the spikes add that fabulous punk edge that takes you from boring to just plain eccentric.
This necklace is going to be perfect with my purple satin shirt teamed with the hot pink zara skirt I adore. All I need now are some curved yellow shoes to really make this pop.
There's something about winter that makes me want to shop. The one thing I love about summer coming to an end is planning my autumn / winter wardrobe for the new season.
Perhaps it's the torrential rain outside or just an excuse, but right now I'm craving luxe knitted jumpers and wide-legged trousers to keep me cosy all winter. Wide-legged trousers have an ability to lenghten my legs too when teamed with platforms which is something I love. These aquamarine trousers are to die for, a shade I'm addicted to right now.
Block Jumper, Wide-legged trousers, both Topshop, Dress, matt look leggings Miss selfridge, boots and satchel, all Topshop.
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