Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Missguided madness

 So as many people will already know, Missguided recently had a 50% off event. So of course, as soon as I heard I got myself straight on the website for a fun filled, Friday evening full of online shopping. You can then imagine my horror as I found out the website was over capacity and I was, 68,204 in the queue to even start my shop. Then I decided to try the app and it worked (thank god). I managed to find 4 items I fell in love with and ordered almost without hesitation.

This evening my clothes arrived, warped in the pretty, pink packaging which fills any shopaholic with excitement. What I saw when I opened it was pure joy, everything looked just how I’d imagined. Off the hanger anyway. Then it came to trying it all on:

Item one –

The first item I opened was the Camel coloured mini skirt. Now this skirt I had reservations about from the moment I clicked order but I decided to keep an open mind. Looking at it, lay out on my bed I fell in love, I decided I just had to try it on first.

The colour of this skirt is the perfect shade to match with a casual white top and a pair of brown, heeled boots for an everyday, elegant look. When I tried it on the fit was perfect, not too tight, not too loose which I was happy with. At this point I felt highly confident this skirt was a keeper, even though I’m not much of a skirt wearer. Then I looked in the mirror and my stomach dropped, the hugged my body in all the wrong places, showed every bump and lump but worst of all showed my knicker line! Even no VPL’s showed through, which is not a flattering look for anyone. Sadly this item simply had to go.

Item two –

The second item I tried on was a simple white, V-neck t-shirt. On the model it looked like the perfect top for comfortable or casual wear. It looked loose fitting but not baggy, it could be worn with joggers and slippers around the house or, alternatively with a pair of black jeans, a leather jacket, choker and a range of shoes.
When I felt the top I instantly noticed the soft feel of the material. Along with this I noticed the small seam lines which made me think about the comfort of this top, it wouldn’t cause any skin irritation, which is great! I then put it on and I have nothing to say but WOW. It’s exactly how I imagined it, the fit was wonderful and looked exactly how I hoped it was. It is safe to say this one was a winner. I have it on as I write, I just love it. (Even though it’s just a plain top.)

Items three & four

After having mixed feelings from the first two items I was excited to get onto the final two items. Next I tried the high waisted, blue jeans with distressed detailing. Ideally I wanted to have the short leg jeans (this is what I ordered) but the regular leg arrived so I gave them a go. They were a perfect, well almost. The waist fit was just right, the fit around the legs was comfortable and the rips all fell in the right places. Unfortunately the leg length was far too long, which was disheartening and a little confusing, usually I can roll up regular length jeans but these were about 3 inches too long! How tall do you have to be to wear a pair of regular length jeans from Missguided?
Moving onto my fourth and final item was slightly anti climatic. These jeans were also way too long but I already guessed they would be. What I hasn’t guess was the size difference in them. These jeans were simple, black, high waisted jeans, I had ordered the same size I would always order, the same size as the previous pair of jeans. The issue was when I put them on, they were too big! They looked about two sizes too big and fitted nothing like the jeans I had just tried on. They were baggy and unflattering in all the places you would hope to accentuate.

It is safe to say I sent both pairs of jeans back.

Even though this order was unsuccessful I will still be shopping with Miss guided, finding out what bargains I can pick up.   

Thursday, 17 November 2016

This weeks top buys

This week I went on a little shopping trip to one of my favourite shops, River Island. So many things caught my eye, I wanted the whole shop. Unfortunately unless I marry a millionaire within the next week that’s not going to happen (it didn’t stop me trying everything on though!)

I did however buy two new items, both jumpers from the latest range within their Autumn/Winter collection that really stood out from the rest. These were both jumpers, because you can never have too many at this time of year.

My first purchase caught my eye because of the overly festive look it has. It is a nice, fairly thick woolly jumper with just the right amount of sparkle thrown in. The gold glitter wool, knitted into angular sections draws your eyes to it. You just instantly fall in love. Whilst this is such a pretty jumper for festivities, it is also perfect for everyday life when you fancy releasing your sassy inner glitter queen. The texture of the glittery wool is a little ‘scratchy’ but this is nothing that couldn’t be solved for most people by placing a simple cotton ‘cami’ underneath.
Price wise this jumper is on the more expensive side at £38. Even I consider this to be way too expensive for a jumper with a festive touch, but
 as it can be worn in many different situations I 
think it is justifiable to spend that little bit extra.

The second buy of the day stood out because of its statement simplicity. These two words wouldn’t ordinarily be put together but here it just works. At a glance the jumper looks like your average thick, dark camel coloured, V-neck jumper. It looks cosy and warm with its big knit but then when you look closer you see the wrapped, slit sleeves giving this otherwise classic winter essential an edgy twist. Even though this jumper has the open shoulder/arm element it is surprisingly warm, making it the perfect jumper for a winter walk or a lazy day, reading a book by the fire.
At £40, this jumper again is a rather expensive addition to your winter style options, but this jumper is timeless and classic, even with the design twist this jumper is unlikely to be going out of fashion anytime soon. The large, tight knit makes the jumper seem like it is high quality and worth paying for. It is worth that little extra as it is a jumper that will last.     

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Beauty and the Beast

As a child every little girl wanted to be a princess, everyone wanted to be Cinderella or Sleeping Beauty. I was different, part of the select few who didn’t want to be the conventional princess, instead they wanted to be the smart, self-sufficient girl. Beauty and the Beast was the perfect film for these girls, girls like me. So with the new, live action remake of this incredible story inching closer to release what impression does the trailer give?

The full trailer for the new princess remake was released earlier this week and I have to say it made me nervous. I always admired Belle as a girl, I wanted to be her, she was the strong, independent, smart woman who didn’t need a man to give her life meaning. This character spoke to me and made me feel normal (hard to believe at such a young age I know.) So when I sat to watch the trailer I didn’t quite know what to expect, I was hoping and wishing they wouldn’t change anything.

Even though I was hoping nothing would change, it caught me off guard to see that the sequence was almost the same. Frame for frame this magical ‘ad’ took me back to being a child, it was almost identical. The only change was the castle, giving it a more gothic and dark feel. Apart from that everything was the same as the original trailer. The Castle being changed, in my opinion, makes the film seem more appealing to the older audiences who will remember the original, it’s something that shows them the story does have a darker element whilst being the ideal fairy tale.

It sparks a memory in your mind, which makes you want to see exactly how this story will be adapted to fit an ever changing audience. It makes you want to run to the cinema and revert back to a happy childhood memory.

You can be sure I will be first in line to see this on its release, March 17th 2017. 

My must have coats and jumpers this season.

If you’re anything like me you’ll spend hours scouring the high street and online sites to find the perfect items to add to your winter wardrobe. So I thought I’d share a few items I have found online and (foolishly) have fallen in love with.  

Recently many of the high street fashion brands have been putting the main items from their winter collections in stores. From the coats to the boots, all things that say ‘Winter is here’ are hitting the racks. When looking through the stores there are a few statement items that jump out, screaming to be added to your wardrobe rotation.
While many fashion mags, such as Cosmo have been swooning over Zara’s coat selection, River Island have gone pretty much unnoticed for their outer wear range this season. The River Island, grey floral embroidered overcoat is stylish and elegant whilst offering something a little different from your average coat. It has a smart yet quirky look with its beautiful pink embroidery giving a spring like feel to an otherwise very wintery coat. It is in River Islands limited edition range however meaning it needs to be snapped up before it leaves our stores forever. The coat is a little pricy at £95 but who says treating yourself every now and again is bad? Especially when it’s this pretty!

Another personal favourite this season in the outerwear section is the New look, green sequin bomber jacket. This is a little different from your usual bomber. The added sequins give this bomber a party feel, why be cold when you can look stylish whilst being warm? The bomber is a more achievable price when looking for the perfect party coat as it is currently £29.99 on the New Look website.

Moving onto woollens, because what woman wouldn’t have a nice woolly jumper in hiding for this time of year? They’re the perfect way to look good at that autumnal lunch or coffee date or a way to stay warm and stylish on your Sunday afternoon dog walk.
My favourite jumpers this season are knitted polo-neck jumpers and there are so many around it’s hard to choose just one as a favourite. Saying this I have found several favourites on H&M’s website, especially their grey knitted polo-neck. It looks perfect for an afternoon stroll through the dried up leaves. At 24.99 it is also an affordable addition which will last. This style is timeless so will definitely become a staple item of your winter selection time and time again.

There are also many jumpers this week to bring to your work wardrobe. The River Island selection on casual wear jumpers. A specific favourite that would be comfortable and office appropriate would be the range of ‘choker neck jumpers’. They’re smart when worn with a pair of tailored trousers and smart court shoes. The jumper is also light so whilst keeping you warm won’t make you uncomfortably hot throughout the day.