Missguided Active : Top Picks

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

The day I heard Missguided were releasing an Active range was a day of pure excitement. Missguided is my favourite e-tailer on the lower end of the pricing scale, and as someone who goes to the gym as much as possible the option of having some cheap, fashionable sportswear was a treat.

The theme for the line seems to be pieces you can carry from daywear, to the gym and then out afterwards for drinks. Completely transferable for any occasion, comfortable, and stylish to boot. 

The only downside to the collection in my opinion is the abundance of grey - although a heather grey oversized tee screams cute-casual, workout sweat + grey = definite disaster. They should have thought this through a bit better.

My Top Picks:

Train Dirty Vest 

Awesome slogan. This comes in grey as well, but as I already stated, grey and the gym are a fashion mess waiting to happen. I would always opt for black - it's slimming too.

The marbled effect is an awesome way to bring some hallucinogenic bursts of colour into your gym outfit. Team it with some dark leggings and bright trainers for the perfect summery sports vibe.

These would be a well-suited shade on almost anyone, and the high-waisted shape and luxe material would be overly flattering. Pinching you in, in all right places. Skimming curves and bringing some animal print luxe to your morning run. Comfort has never looked so good.

Looser shorts are perfect for cardio and aerobics type activities. They are airy and comfortable and allow for maximum movement. The tight cinched waste covers all the jiggly bits, and the mint gives it a spark of colour to stop them being dull run-of-the-mill Sports Direct shorts. (Excuse the pun.)

The low cut is flattering, giving a slimming impression to your shoulders. With less support than the other bras on offer in the collection, this one would be the pick for a low-impact activity like Yoga or Pilates. Similar to the crops seen in the likes of Topshop last season, for the bolder this could double as a night-out option. Pair it with high wasted trousers, heels and a blazer. 

With H&M pushing active wear and Boohoo close to follow alongside Missguided, where do you go to for stylish gym gear? 
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Winter Wishlist 2014

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The things I would buy if I had £££.

1. Long cream coat, £59.99 H&M
2. Leopard watch £25 ASOS
3. Burgandy handbag - £59.99 Zara
4. Underwear set: crop £28, bikini £16 Calvin Klein (In white though.)
5. Black lace-up shoes £26 Topshop
6. Black Vans. £47 Vans (How do I not own black ones?!)
7. Diesel Fuel for Life She, £49.50 50ml. (Worn this since I was 15.) 
8. Hemsley & Hemsley Cookbook £11 Amazon
9. Edward Scissorhand Prints £13 OhGoshCindy. (& some frames for them!)
10. Illamsqua Makeup Bag £20 ASOS.
11. Benefit They're Real Gel Liner £18.50 Benefit (This stuff is AMAZING)
12. Boyfriend Jacket/Blazer £60 Topshop*
13. Biker Boot £45 River Island
14. Long Sleeved Text Tee £25.99 Zara
15. Pink Bull Terrier Wall Mount £12 Urban Outfitters
16. Tartan reversible scarf £15 Missguided
17. Dolce by D&G, £61.50 50ml Perfume Store
18. Calvin Klein bag £160 ASOS
19. Olivia Burton gold watch £95 ASOS
20. Game of Thrones box set £35 Amazon

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Alexander Wang x H&M

Thursday, 6 November 2014

This morning H&M released their Alexander Wang collab. The collection launched online at 9am, and in London you had to queue and they let people in 20 at a time with 10 minutes to purchase one item from the collection. Needless to say by the time I checked online at work at 3pm every single thing had sold out.

The collection has rings of the sports luxe trend through it with a big focus on leggings and crop tops that look like sports bras. Everything is very reasonably priced - expensive for H&M, pittance for Wang. The perfect medium. 

My favourites?

This bustier is painfully cheap at £25. I would pair this with some baggy jogger-style trousers and 6 inch heeled sandals for a night out. Red lip to give it some pop and you're good to go.

More of a stretch for these at £150 but these are absolutely gorgeous. They could look a bit nightwalkerish if you wore it with the wrong outfit so I would dress it down with an oversized slouchy knit, some skinny jeans and a tattered leather handbag. 

£170 but black leather is timeless, you can carry it throughout all the seasons and let's face it - backpacks are convenient 99% of the time. And if you have to have a backpack it may as well be Wang.

Not as impressed with the mens side of the game, everything looks like average gym-wear but overpriced. I could be wrong. Thoughts?
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Sunday, 2 November 2014

On the first of November it was so warm I ended up stripping this outfit down to just the dress and some open-heel flats. No tights, no coat, added sunglasses. The weather is literally insane at the moment, I don't know what is going on.

The dress is by Vera Moda but picked up in the ASOS sale. I originally bought it because the cut is okay to wear to work with some tights and a blazer, but I like it enough that I would wear it out of work as well and actually got stopped twice when I popped out by girls asking where it was from. It's a really, really lightweight material making it the perfect summer-winte carry through. Perfect for layering with a big jumper. 

It comes in two different shades. I'm an 8/10 and picked up an XS. It fits fine, and has a hidden zip down the side to make life easier.  I teamed it with some KG boots which were also from ASOS in the sale. The heel is just enough to give you a little boost but you can walk around in them all day and not get sore feet because they aren't too high. The perfect AW14 staple.

Lastly I threw on a parker from H&M. I went in to grab some kind of cheap coat with a hood for when it's pouring with rain because I'm not an umbrella type of girl. It always blows about and I can't walk quickly with one. This one is super warm as well because it's lined with sheepskin and it was pretty cheap, I think around £40-£45. Paired with jeans, a big scarf and boots is perfect for keeping cosy.

All in all though I'm failing to pull out an AW style for this season because the weather is so crazy at the moment. Waiting for it to get cold and Christmassy!
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L'Oreal Julianne's Pure Red

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Popped into Boots to pick up my current go-to mascara, L'Oreals Miss Manga. They had a 3 for 2 offer across L'Oreal so obviously I picked up a lipstick. Because I don't have enough..

It's a really bright, pinky coraly tinged red. Pure Red, as part of the Julianne range for Color Riche. It's a matte texture but doesn't dry out as much as MACs.

 It doesn't last particularly long so if you're out for drinks or dinner I would definitely recommend bringing it along for touch ups, but at less than half the price of a MAC I would say it was a worthy investment. Similar to MAC All Fired Up, but perhaps slightly lighter. Overall it feels nice on the lips, it isn't too hard to apply and it smells nice so for the price you pay I think you get your moneys worth.

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LFW: Moschino SS15

Saturday, 27 September 2014

I know I'm slightly late on the uptake here (working full-time is cramping in on blog time), but Jeremy Scott's Barbie influenced line for Moschino SS15 is bloody glorious.

The hair and makeup and models are perfect, but the way that the outfits are almost direct replicas of the tacky 90s outfits Barbie dolls used to come dressed in are perfect. Who said high-fashion couldn't have a hint of tack?
With use of PVC and crazy accessories (including replica plastic Barbie hangers?!) it is literally like someone has brought Barbie to life in this fashion show. Bold prints, sparkles, glitter, a touch of PVC leather, insanely bold statement accessories and PINK envelopes the catwalk collection. I'm not sure how much of an impact this will have on high street fashion for SS15, but I imagine the pink and 90s vibes will carry on through in some way, similar to SS14's pastels trend but kicked up a notch. Guessing more neon over pastels and bigger more exaggerated shapes we were used to seeing in the 90s.

Easily the most fun I've seen a designer have with a collection and the most vibrant and exciting thing to hit LFW in a long time, which is probably why it's gotten so much media coverage. Big fan. 
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Topshop Concession - Etui

Saturday, 20 September 2014

*Apologies for the lack of blogging, I recently moved house into London and have had no wifi!) *

Topshop Oxford Circus hosts various different concession brands that aren't available in other stores. My friend Jess dragged me out in the search of a bag her friend had, from a concession line called Etui.
Etui is a line of absolutely beautiful bags & purses, handmade from various gorgeous patterned leathers.  They have a massive selection of handbags, shoulder bags, and clutches and purses in so many different styles, all completely unique and one-of-a-kind because of the nature of the leather. I couldn't help myself. 

 When we were looking for this bag a guy started asking us loads of questions about what the bag looked like. We thought he was being a bit over-detailed, but it turns out he was the owner of the brand and was just trying to work it out because he himself knew every bag that they made down to the last detail. He was so helpful and even ran down to the workshop to find one of a similar description because as I said, every piece is different and unique. He even gave us a cheeky discount.

They are more expensive than your typical bag. Twice the price of a River Island purse. But the quality is undeniable. It smells of fresh, expensive leather. This purse appealed because it was shorter for when I use a smaller clutch bag, but had all the compartments I would need to keep everything in. 

A couple of transparent card holders for ID's, 8 other card slots for store cards, a little pocket for change, a couple of other zip pockets and card slots here and there, and then a big back pocket for dolla dolla bills y'all. Unless you carry around your whole life in your purse, this will fit everything you need in it. 

This isn't a sponsored post, I was just really impressed by the range available, the customer service of the brand owner (I'm sorry, I can't remember his name!!) and of the general quality of the products. Plus they're gorgeous. Big thumbs up from myself, and Jess! 
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