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#Flash Back Friday

Friday, January 22nd, 2016

We wanted to give you a Flash Back Friday blog post on what we’d been getting up to in the past couple weeks.  With new season shoes being introduced into stores we’ve all been really busy, however that didn’t stop us from taking some time to pop down to LCM to see what the buzz on the street was.

Here are some of our favourite looks. Mixing street casuals, tailored  shirts and jackets  is a perfect way to keep your outfit edgy.

For more pics from our day at LCM  check out our Pinterest Board 🙂

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Feeling Blue? Buy new shoes!

Monday, January 18th, 2016

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So if the gym isn’t your thing and you’re just looking to get through January then here are some great new season products to ‘Pick you up’ when you need a ‘Pick me up’. With the weather getting colder and our wardrobes getting duller you’ll need something to brighten up your go-to monochrome outfits. Fear not we’re here to help!

No matter what style you’re more comfortable in we have it all, from heels to trainers, to flats to ankle boots. Every shoe for every occasion.

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  1. Shop Nike Blazer Hi 

2. Shop Adidas Superstar 

3. Shop Ladies Royal Slipper

4. Shop Converse Gold leather

5. Shop Air Max 90 Paris Macaron

6. Shop Nike Cortez University Red White

7. Shop Alexa Heels 

8. Shop Arrive T Bar Heels 

9. Shop Ida Cylindrical Heels

10. Shop Air Max 90 White Grey Orange 

11. Shop Mens Data Brogue 

12. Shop Air Huarache Loyal Blue

13. Shop Ask the Missus Candy Chelsea Boots

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Valentines Day

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Valentines day brings out the romantic in most of us, so it’s only right that you treat yourself to a pair of gorgeous heels this Feb 14th. Red isn’t  a must, but will make you stand out from the crowd, as will a cut-out effect stiletto.

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Winter Occasions

Friday, December 12th, 2014

With family to visit and parties to go to, your Christmas calendar is piling up with events and we have the shoes to suit your every need in the holiday season.

If you are still panic shopping for presents then you need to be armed with some trainers to pound the pavements with your girlfriends. A pair of retro New Balance 574‘s or a pair of contemporary Nike Air Max Thea’s will be your best friend on long shopping days, keeping your comfy and help you run between stores.

With plenty of nights out planned for the holidays and of course the big one on New Year’s Eve, a perfect pair of heels is a must. It is the season of sparkle and sequins and a glittery dress needs a black heel like the Swirl Shoeboot. If opting for a monochrome, simple look you can wow with shoes and show off in a pair of rose gold Salvation stilettos.

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When it’s time to walk of the massive Christmas dinner or pre Christmas buffet then a pair of waterproof Hunter wellies or Timberland‘s are ideal for country walks in winter. Grab the dog and the family and brave the elements with your winter fearing footwear.

Possibly the favourite of all days over Christmas is the days that you can cosy up in front of the TV watching back to back films and stuffing your face with leftovers. What could possibly be a better  than a pair of warm and toasty slippers from UGG Australia and Bedroom Athletics to wear with your pyjamas all day.
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Scandi Brands

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

You have seen it all over Instagram and on the streets, Scandinavian fashion is taking over in a big way and we can’t get enough of it.

This utilitarian style champions monochromatic, chunky designs and premium materials to give that extra edge to the simplest of outfits.

Easy to dress up or down, the blogger style set are all over this trend and you can easily achieve this classic look using some of your wardrobe basics.

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Style some Cheap Monday glittery Tractor shoes with some ripped, acid wash skinnies and an oversized grey sweatshirt. These 90’s platforms will transport you back to your ‘Girl Power’ years in no time.

Toughen up a smart and chic look with some Friis & Co studded boots. These premium hardware boots look great with some tailored black trousers, a white collarless shirt and a simple duster coat.

The Shoe the Bear Walker Lace boots take inspiration from American heritage workwear so pair with turn up dark denim and a thick Nordic knitted jumper for a cosy look that wouldn’t look out of place in a log cabin, curled up with a hot chocolate.

Vagabond has a 90’s girls favourite grungy selection and boots like the Dioon Lace Up and Emma Lace Up can be worn with anything from a leather skater skirt and sheer cami to some skin tight black leggings and a fluffy jumper.

 

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Do you dare wear…?

Monday, March 10th, 2014

 

Every season there are some trends which we um and ah over, unable to decide whether we are brave enough to try and pull off fashion forward or if we should leave them well alone. However, this spring we’ve decided to find ways to make some of the toughest trends to carry off work for us. Take a look at our guide to what we’ll be daring to wear in the coming months and how we’ll be styling our outfits…

 

Crop tops

 

Crop tops have divided us here at HQ in recent months and it looks like they will continue to do so throughout spring and summer, with a number of designers featuring them as part of their most recent collections. However, even those of us most nervous about flashing our tummies concede that there are a number of ways to embrace the trend even if you don’t have abs like Rihanna. Our favourite combo is a cropped tee and a high-waisted midi skirt in matching prints which shows off just a hint of midriff. When the weather gets warmer we’ll also be teaming our crop tops with some high-waisted shorts a la Taylor Swift.

 

VERY wide trousers

 

We’re so used to skinnies now that we don’t really know how we feel about the idea of letting our legs breathe in the frankly huge trousers which were seen on the runways at Mulberry, Paul Smith and Michael Kors. The good news is you don’t need to be a long-limbed supermodel to carry off wide trousers like we initially suspected. But you do need to style them carefully. Think chunky heels and a slim-line top, perhaps with a statement necklace to add some balance to the look.

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Double denim

 

Double denim is one of those looks that we were told to avoid for years, like socks and sandals, but then all of a sudden the rulebook is thrown out and the very fashion faux pas we were studiously avoiding is a top trend. Balmain and Louis Vuitton were the drivers behind double denim this spring/summer and who are we to argue with such fashion heavyweights? You do need to think about which pieces to put together though if you want to avoid looking like Britney and Justin circa 2001. Pair varying shades to stop the look being too matchy matchy and opt for embellished denim with frayed or ripped details to be bang on trend.

 

Slip dresses

 

Gwyneth Paltrow can wear them. Kate Moss can wear them. But can us mere mortals ever look good in a slinky, shapeless slip dress? The answer from the fashion pack appears to be a resounding yes, if you style it correctly. Layers are the friend of the slip dress and a checked shirt or denim jacket thrown over your spaghetti straps will result in the perfect dressed down look while ensuring you are not flashing too much flesh. Similarly a belted cardigan will help define your shape and provide the perfect contrast to the slinky material.

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Step into spring fashion

Friday, March 7th, 2014

 

We’re a bit nervous about saying it out loud in case we jinx it, but we think spring may be on its way after what has seemed like a very long winter.

 

A few days of sun and no rain has had us planning our spring wardrobes and we’ve decided that we’ll definitely be snapping up the following items in the coming weeks.

 

Fingers crossed we get a chance to wear them before June!

 

A denim jacket

Jeans have never gone out of fashion and denim shirts have been a must-have item for a few seasons now, but spring 2014 is all about the denim jacket. Top to toe denim was a common sight on the spring/summer runways, with Balmain and Louis Vuitton embracing the trend. For a twist on the classic, look for jackets with embellishments, patchwork details or even painted slogans to really make a statement.

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Anything orange

Orange is truly the new black this spring, with the fiery hue showing up it many designers’ collections. We think the best way to embrace it is by purchasing a bold bright mini dress, but if you want something more subtle, opt for a tangerine bag or even just a slick of orangey lipstick to liven up a monochrome ensemble.

 

These Je T’aime coral heels are another great way to inject some orange into your outfit.

 

Silk joggers

Sports luxe is here to stay and now that the vicious winds have calmed down we can embrace the silk joggers we’ve been lusting after for months. Layer with a slinky t-shirt, leather jacket and heels for a relaxed yet stylish look.

 

Gingham pencil skirt

Girly gingham was all over the catwalk at the spring shows and stars such as Elle Fanning have been rocking the country-inspired checks. For a more grown-up twist on the look, we’ll be hunting for a structured gingham pencil skirt, preferably in blue or red and white. Let us know if you spot one won’t you?

 

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Wardrobe malfunctions to avoid

Monday, January 27th, 2014

 

It’s way too easy to suffer a wardrobe malfunction. You’ve pulled on your favourite dress, stepped into your favourite heels and spent hours on your hair and make-up, but unfortunately you haven’t considered every possible situation and some rather unflattering photos of you are doing the rounds on Facebook within the hour.

This is a scenario that celebs know all too well. Take poor Kelly Brook; she glammed up for the National TV Awards last week in a stunning black dress with a plunging neckline and thigh-high split, but unfortunately the dress turned see-through under the bright flashes of the paparazzo’s cameras, meaning she showed off a little more than she bargained for. We really did feel for you Kelly!

If you want to ensure there’s no photographic evidence of your embarrassing fashion gaffes doing the rounds in the future, take a look at our list of the most common wardrobe malfunctions you should be looking to avoid.

 

See through garments

As Kelly found out, an outfit which looks fine in the light of your bedroom can be surprisingly see-through once you get out and about. To avoid showing off more skin than you intended, hold your top/skirt up to the light before putting it on. If you can see your hand through it, you might want to add an extra layer.

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Broken heels

If you’ve been dancing the night away and your heel snaps it doesn’t have to signal home time if you carry a trusty spare pair of flats in your handbag. Just make sure you don’t leave your heels in the club – you’ll regret it the next day!

 

Floating skirts

Light, floaty skirts are all very well, but if a gust of wind comes along you could find yourself having a Marilyn moment and flashing your underwear to everyone around. And the chances are we mere mortals won’t look quite as elegant as Ms Monroe while it happens! Rumour has it the Queen has tiny weights sewn into the bottom of her skirts to avoid such incidents; if it’s good enough for Her Majesty…

 

Accidental flashing

When Anne Hathaway accidentally flashed while getting out of her car at the New York premiere of Les Mis, women across the world sighed in sympathy. This one should be simple enough to avoid though – we recommend not going commando when wearing dresses with thigh high splits in them!

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Highlights from London Collections: Men

Wednesday, January 8th, 2014

 

This week has been all about the latest fashions for men, with a host of acclaimed designers showcasing their latest collections at the London Collections: Men shows. We take a look at some of the highlights:

 

Manbags

Any men out there jealous of their other half’s handbag will have been pleased to see manbags featuring prominently at Dalston-based designer JW Anderson’s show. And while the bucket-style bags may be a bit too fashion forward for most, surely they are a sign that more mainstream bags will be making their way onto the high street soon? Even Dermot O’Leary was seen checking out the bags at a Mulberry party.

 

Christopher Kane

Christopher Kane’s latest collection may be small, comprising just 18 looks, but it is certainly perfectly formed. Bright t-shirts and sweatshirts with DNA-style patterns in cobalt blue and tangerine orange, chunky knits and sleek tailoring were all well received by those lucky enough to get a sneak peak at the clothes, which were viewable by appointment only.

 

Hackett’s show

Hackett has to win the award for one of the most entertaining catwalk shows. A bellboy pushing a luggage trolley down the catwalk opened the show before the perfectly groomed models, carrying a series of bags and suitcases, made their way to the front.

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The MAN show

The MAN show showcases rising stars in the fashion world and this year’s three carefully selected designers certainly didn’t disappoint. Alan Taylor’s collection featured fashion forward tailoring complete with over-sized coats and baggy trousers, while Bobby Abley’s designs were influenced by cartoons, with a dark edge. Finally Craig Green has garnered praise for his layered kaleidoscope-coloured clothes.

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Celeb spotting

Famous faces have been out in force over the past few days. Kylie swung by the Dolce & Gabbana party while Tinie Tempah, David Gandy, Henry Holland and Nick Grimshaw have all been on the front rows of various shows and Hollywood A-lister Samuel L Jackson watched the Superdry catwalk show.

 

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London Collections showcases best in British menswear

Monday, January 6th, 2014

 

A host of Britain’s best menswear designers are heading to the UK capital this week for the London Collection: Men shows.

 

Kicking off today, Burberry, Hackett London, Lou Dalton, Matthew Miller and Oliver Spencer will all be sending their autumn/winter 14 collections down the catwalks at the start of the three day fashion extravaganza.

 

If you are looking for Savile Row-style sharp suits, Richard James will be showcasing his latest collection, while for something a bit more casual and on-trend, Kit Neale and J.W Anderson will be displaying their newest creations.

 

There will also be a number of designer showrooms from the likes of Lee Roach and Astrid Andersen, as well as a performance by Beady Eye to help launch the latest Pretty Green collection.

 

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Other highlights include the Fash/On Film event which takes a look back at the year in fashion film featuring guest speakers and screenings, while we’ll be heading to the Terry Hall Retrospective hosted by Fred Perry, which will feature a host of unique musical performances.

 

If you’re thinking of attending, you’ll be in good company. London Collections ambassadors David Gandy, Dermot O’Leary, Tinie Tempah and Nick Grimshaw are sure to be on the front row for at least a few shows.

 

“Season four of London Collections: Men promises to be the best one yet, as it has such a vast array of great shows, presentations, events, dinners and parties. LC: M has already become a staple of the menswear calendar, and is a fabulous way to kick off the season. We have all been overwhelmed by the enthusiasm for the project, and the scale and ambition of all the many designers who are now showing here is incredibly infectious. To those of you who have yet to come to LC: M, all I can say is: come on in, the water’s lovely!” said Dylan Jones, Editor GQ & Chair of the Menswear Committee.

 

For more information, visit the London Collections website.

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