DON’T MAKE ME BLUSH

But actually do!

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Rose pink and beautiful blush colours have been all the rage this summer. Pink is just the BEST colour and blush is a great way of incorporating pink in your wardrobe with a touch of class and effortless feminine style, without looking too girly.

As we’re moving into the Autumn Winter wardrobes (sadly) I’ve been looking at some ways to incorporate this lovely colour into the cooler months…

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  1. Jacquard T-Shirt – £15.99 – Zara
  2. Pink Crew Neck Sweatshirt – £5 – Primark
  3. Blush Hip And Waist Belt With Rose Gold Buckle Detail – £8 – ASOS
  4. Oversize Silk Blouse – £59.99 – Zara
  5. Flowy top – £14.99 – Mango
  6. Double layer dress – £29.99 – Mango
  7. Crochet Trim Bralet – £20 – Topshop
  8. Daisy Street Longline Military Bomber With Pockets – £34.99 -ASOS
  9. Kimono Bodysuit – £15.99 – Zara
  10. Zipped biker jacket – £49.99 – Mango
  11. Twist Front Crop – £16 -Topshop
  12. Off shoulder blouse – £29.99 – Mango

Enjoy getting your blush on ladies!
Love,
love EJ xo

THE LIGHT AND DARK SIDES OF EMBROIDERY – SHOP THE TREND

There are so many ways to wear one of this summer’s hottest trends – embroidery. It’s colourful, folky and therefore perfect for the summer months! One way to make sure you’re always on trend with the look? Keep the base colour basic. I love embroidery on black and white. There are loads of other colours out there, reds and blues and baby pinks, but I think the timeless looks (and easiest to style) are those that sit on black and white backgrounds.

So which side do you belong to? The dark side – with bright pinks, teals and contrasting white embroidery? Or the light side – whites and creams with bold blues, reds and black embroidery? Maybe some of my favourite options below will help you make up your mind – or show you that you like a little bit of both!

embroidered darkCelebs on the dark side (L-R): Anna Kendrick, Beyoncé, Gigi Hadid, Olivia Palermo
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  1. Short skirt – £19.99 – H&M
  2. Reclaimed Vintage Embroidered Envelope Clutch Bag – £16 – ASOS
  3. Embroidered Shirred Dress by Nobody’s Child – £30 – Topshop
  4. Embroidered skirt – £24.99 – H&M
  5. Embroidered Mini Skirt – 29.99 – Zara
  6. Embroidered Dress – £49.99 – Zara
  7. Embroidered Bralet by Glamorous – £39 – Topshop
  8. Embroidered bucket bag – £29.99 – H&M
  9. Floral Embroidered Bomber Jacket by Glamorous – £68 – Topshop
  10. Embroidered Lace Pencil Skirt – £70 – Oasis

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  1. Embroidered Jacket – £89.99 – Zara
  2. Glamorous Petite Embroidered Sleeveless Top With Tassel Detail – £41 – ASOS
  3. Orange Tassel Embroidered Tote Bag£24.99  £11 – New Look
  4. Cream Embroidered Trim Fray Hem Cami – £19.99  £11 – New Look
  5. TALL Embroidered Bib Playsuit – £26 – Topshop
  6. White Embroidered Trim Strappy Dress – £29.99 – New Look
  7. Star Mela Placement Floral Embroidered Clutch with Tassel – £49 £22 – ASOS
  8. Embroidered Poplin Shirt – £29.99 – Zara
  9. Embroidered cotton blouse – £35.99 – Mango
  10. Embroidered Contrast Bomber Jacket by Glamorous – £45 – Topshop

And some final top tips? Go for floral and bold and bright for an all over pattern, but tribal, basic and subtle for an embroidered trim. Also try not to over-do your outfit by wearing a heavily embroidered piece with other bold patterns and bright colours – let your embroidered item stand out and do the talking to keep things super chic!

I hope you like the lovely items I’ve pulled together – let me know if you’ve got any great embroidered items this summer and where they’re from!

Love,
love EJ xo

STEAL HER STYLE – PRETTY WOMAN

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Back in 2011 I wrote a post about getting the Pretty Woman look – all about that brown polka dot dress she wore to the Polo – and it’s still one of my most viewed posts today! However the dresses I recommended back then are very much out of stock now, so I wanted to update the post with new options and some other ways to emulate Vivian’s look (once she’s under Edward’s wing of course).

Vivian: You’re late.
Edward: You’re stunning.
Vivian: You’re forgiven.

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  1. Lola Stylish 50’s Retro Swing Dress in Brown – £27.99 – Dolly & Dotty
  2. Taupe Polkadot Fit & Flare Dress – £40 £30 – Wallis
  3. Billie & Blossom Navy Spot Dress – £32 – Dorothy Perkins (I know it’s not brown, but it’s a really good match for the shape and style!)

“In case I forget to tell you later, I had a really good time tonight.”

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“It was so good, I almost peed my pants!”
“She said she liked it better than Pirates of Penzance.”
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  1. Bardot Crepe V Plunge Maxi Dress – £35 – Missguided
  2. Petite Nisha Sweetheart Off the Shoulder Dress – £18 – Boohoo
  3. Polly Off the Shoulder Sweetheart Skater Dress – £15 – Boohoo
  4. Crepe Bardot Midi Dress – £25 – Missguided

Also, just as an aside, my favourite fact about the movie… In the scene before the opera where Edward gives Vivian the necklace to go with her stunning red gown – remember it? Where he shuts the jewelry case on her fingers as she goes to touch it? Well that was totally unscripted and just something Richard Gere did messing around, but the producers loved it so much that it made the final cut. It’s such a lovely moment – just goes to show how real Roberts and Gere’s chemistry was on and off screen. No wonder they made so many films together!

I was in here yesterday, you wouldn’t wait on me.
You people work on commission, right?

Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now.

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  1. Lace Trim Bardot Mini Bodycon Dress by Rare – £49 – Topshop
  2. Sistaglam Grace Bardot Dress In Overlay Lace£65 £38 – ASOS
  3. Choker Detail Bardot Dress – £35 £17.50 – Missguided
  4. Lace off-the-shoulder dress – £29.99 – H&M

It must be difficult to let go of something so beautiful.

Happy shopping you pretty women!
Love,
love EJ xo

GILMORE GIRLS – STYLISH THEN, STYLISH NOW.

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Gilmore Girls is without question my favourite TV show of all time (I mean maybe Game of Thrones or West Wing or Newsroom or One Tree Hill or Luther come close, but over all, if push came to shove, it’s GG). And yes I’m proud (I have strange pride boundaries) to say that I’ve watched all 7 seasons on Netflix within 2 months of it being available in the UK (about time amiright?).

Watching it again – 16 years after the first season aired back in 2000 – has made me realise that some things really don’t go out of fashion. Except the bandansa Sooki and Laurelai used to wear all the time – those are done. And I got to thinking about how many of the fashion statements we saw Rory and Laurelai wear over those 7 wonderful seasons are still around today – or have come back after a few years off.

So I’ve picked out some of my favourite trends that were in then and are back now, so take a little look at how to emulate Laurelai and Rory with a 2016 twist…

The Spaghetti Strap Slip
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This is a Laurelai classic look – she’s a big fan of the triangle top, spaghetti strap slip dress or top for an evening look. Whether it’s metalic, silk/satin or floral, this shape was seen frequently through all 7 seasons and now it’s a look that’s EVERYWHERE! Further great news, baby blues are so in this season, so if you’ve got blue eyes like Laurelai (or me) these will really make them pop!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Ciara, Jamie King, Ashley Benson, Anne Hathaway

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  1. Cami Front Midi Slip Dress – £38 – ASOS
  2. Satin Midi Slip Dress – £24.99 – New Look
  3. Busy Garden Wrap Dress – £39 – Topshop
  4. Crepe Wrap Midi Slip Dress – £28 – ASOS

 

The Choker/Keyhole Dress
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Another trend that’s all over the high street at the moment – chokers. As Taylor Swift said “I feel like maybe chokers are the new flower crowns?” – they are everywhere this summer and now, dresses with built in chokers! That black dress Laurelai wore to the BBQ at her parents house (far right above) was a WOW moment, and now you can get an almost exact replica!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Taylor Swift, Khloe Kardashian, Jessica Wright, Selena Gomez

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  1. True Decadence Petite High Neck Keyhole Pencil Dress – £30 £12 – ASOS
  2. Rosia Choker Neck Bodycon Dress – £25  £18 – PrettyLittleThing
  3. Malaya Crepe Choker Midi Dress – £25 – PrettyLittleThing
  4. Sophia Choker Neck Plunge Shift Dress – £12 – Boohoo

 

The Bardot Gown
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Who could ever forget Rory’s prom dress which Laurelai made her? And when Emily said ‘Oh good you bought her a dress’ – the highest of Emily praise… *sigh*.
ANYWAY that gorgeous gorgeous man *cough* navy silk bardot gown was the envy of all at the prom (so was Dean) and the shape is back in a big way at the moment. Bardots are everywhere, but I’ve looked out the most sleek and stylish fits for that clean, modern look!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Sienna Miller, Blake Lively, Lady Gaga, Reese Witherspoon

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  1. Lavish Alice Deep Bandeau Asymmetric Hem Midi Dress – £58 – ASOS
  2. Michelle Keegan Loves Lipsy Rib Bardot Midi Dress – £35 – Lipsy
  3. Bardot Bodycon Mini Dress – £30 – Missguided
  4. Bardot Bodycon Dress – £55 – River Island

 

The Shortsleeved/Sleeveless Turtleneck
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Another trend that’s back and everywhere! This was another staple through the seasons and often worn cropped or with high waisted jeans/skirts – so 2016! Team this look with wide-leg trousers for a chic, office look and denim shorts or skirt for the summer!

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Stylish now: (L-R) Lily Aldridge, Alessandra Ambrosio, Olivia Munn, Karlie Kloss

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  1. Honey Punch High Neck Ribbed Body – £32 – ASOS
  2. The Turtle Neck Body In Rib – £14 -ASOS
  3. Monki High Neck Top – £8 – ASOS
  4. Glamorous Rib Turtle Neck Top – £7 – ASOS

 

The Raglan Tee
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This is a sportswear staple, but as part of the current sportsluxe trend, the raglan tee is a classic casual style. It’s all about the contrast sleeves and bold colours. Team a raglan tee with jeans and trainers for the perfect casual weekend look. Or wear with distressed denim shorts in the summer for a simple, classic sports look.

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Stylish now: (L-R) Elle Fanning, Jennifer Lawrence, Niall Horan, Alessandra Ambrosio

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  1. Contrast Raglan T Shirt – £8 – Missguided
  2. One Day Tall Contrast Raglan Tee – £14 – ASOS
  3. Baseball shirt – £7.99 – H&M
  4. Celina Contrast Raglan T Shirt – £10 – Boohoo

So there you have it, you can now channel Lorelai and Rory all week long, whatever the occasion!
Love,
love EJ xo

STEAL HER STYLE: SELF-PORTRAIT AZAELEA LACE DRESS DUPES

The dress of the moment has to be the gorgeous Azaelea Lace Dress by London based designer Self-Portrait. It has been seen on the stars for all types of events and it’s one of those illusive dresses that looks perfect for the red carpet, a wedding or a simple garden party. The different colours make it versatile and means there is something for everyone.

CelebsLeft to Right: Miranda Kerr, Bella Thorne, Maisie Williams, Daisy Lowe all wearing the Self-Portrait Azaelea lace dress

HOWEVER it is a rather pricey £240 and rather hard to get hold of currently as it’s in such high demand. Therefore I’ve taken it upon myself (you’re welcome) at the suggestion of my bestie Claire (who’s also obsessed with this look) to find cheaper alternatives – dupes if you will.

Now you were able to buy this beauty on ASOS, but it’s all sold out now unfortunately. Sad face.

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I have however found it on Selfridges and this amazing site called Lyst (new favourite) which shows all the dress colour options and where you can buy them!

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So if you’re all done swooning over the original, here are my dupe finds – all cheaper than the original, but not all super cheap… You have been warned!

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  1.  Lace skater dress – £40  £15 – Missguided
  2. Harlow Corded Lace Detail Midi Skater Dress – £30 – boohoo
  3. Mink Premium Lace Ladder Trim Skater Dress – £44.99 – New Look
  4. Something Blue Crochet Lace Midi Dress – $46 – Lily Boutique
  5. Crochet Lace Full Midi Skirt – £35 – boohoo
  6. Boohoo Exclusive Premium Lace Midi Dress – £30 – ASOS
  7. Premium Ladder Lace Bodycon Midi Dress – £44.99 – New Look
  8. Boutique Aiko Lace Ladder Trim Skater Dress – £30 – boohoo
  9. Love Triangle Always And Forever Lace Midi Dress – £55 – Next
  10. Lace Midi Dress – £75  £30 – River Island
  11. Lace Halter Dress – £165 – Warehouse
  12. Cross Strap Halter Midi Dress – £69 – TopshopI hope you like these and agree that while they can’t compare to the original, there is a way to get the look without spending hundreds!

Happy Azaelea shopping!
Love,
love EJ xo

GUESS WHO WENT TO PRIMARK AGAIN…?

So as you may already know from my post last week – Primark Last Night – I did a spot of shopping last week. WELL… On Sunday I returned to Primark on Oxford Street to return the dungarees I’d bought as sadly they are not made for tall people and not particularly comfortable in the downstairs region.

So there I am, innocently popping into Primark to return said dungarees, when I walked out with even more items – why does this always happen!?

So I bought a cute unicone Tshirt for £3, a maxi skirt for £5, some over-the-door heart hooks (below) for £2.50 and a Cactus print (below also) for £5. HAPPY DAYS – I had totaled LESS than the amount I spent on the dungarees anyway! WOOP!

BUT while I was there I also spotted LOTS of other lovely bits that were super tempting… As the kind, thoughtful soul I am I thought I would share them with you to fuel your browsing addictions…

My favourite (as always) was the Home Department. There are some seriously beautiful (and totally affordable) finds there and they’re all so on trend!pri home

 

  1. Cactus Print – £5 –  botanicals are so in this season too! This is now hanging in our lounge…
  2. 2 Pack Floral Round Storage Boxes – £4 – Love these colours and floral patterns, well done Primark!
  3. Pink Fiesta Paisley Cushion – £5 – cute cute cute!
  4. Over-door Heart hooks – £2.50 – these are actually super sturdy.
  5. Black Embroidered Pom Cushion – £7 – I looooove this one *insert heart eyes emoji here*.

I also spotted some beautiful lace items in the Lingerie and Nightwear sections… Perfect for a cheaper option if you’re going for the lace bralette and over sized shirt look!

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Left – Black Guipure Lace Bralette – £8
Right – Black Longline Lace Bralette Set – £4
Soooooo pretty!!

They have also started to bring out their autumn and winter clothing, so there are lots of lush jumpers and wonderful coats appearing. I’m feeling too summery to get all excited about those at the moment, but go take a look in-store and let me know if you find any gems!

Love,
love EJ xo

OBSESSED WITH: TADA & TOY

Ear cuffs and stacked earrings aren’t any thing new. We’ve seen them for years! But as a gal with only three piercings (only the ears people! One in each lobe and my left helix) it’s hard to achieve this trend with all the cheap and flimsy clip on earrings.

HOWEVER! Rejoice! Hallelujah and all other exclaimations of joy! Because there is now a totally achievable way to be a temporary bad-ass without needles!

TADA & TOY are not only incredible jewelry designers, but they’re also kings of the cuff. Featured in Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Grazia and Elle, all their jewelry is simple, classic and beautiful. And while its top quality, it’s not going to break the bank. It’s just great, solid silver and gold at prices that won’t give you cold sweats.

I am a MASSIVE fan of the Star cuff:
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Silver – £35  |  Gold – £38  |  Rose Gold – £38

Stars aren’t your thing? Try the Hexagon Cuff:
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Silver – £40  |  Gold – £45  |  Rose Gold – £45

It’s not all cuffs! There’s the Basic Slider:
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Take a look at just a few of my favourites from their extensive range of jewels below, and many more on their website.

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  1. Basic Hoops – From £38
  2. Hexagon Tree Ring – From £34
  3. Falling Star Pendant – From £95
  4. Needle and Thread Hoops – From £42
  5. Shark Fin Ring – From £56
  6. Simple Studs – From £30
  7. Star Hoops – From £42
  8. Layered Double Bar Necklace – From £85
  9. Friendship Bracelet – From £30

Love,
love EJ xo