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FELT FEDORAS FOR FALL

 

The felt hat was everywhere last year, and those who took the plunge and made the purchase will be pleased to know that it’s back this year! Last year it was all about the big floppy look, where as 2016 is all about the felt fedora. Celebs all over the world are rocking this look with casual denim, furs and over-sized handbags.

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Celebs wear the Felt Fedora trend (clockwise from top left): Miranda Kerr, Elizabeth Olson, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Kate Moss, Cara Delevingne, Alessandra Ambrosio.

Keep on trend with your fedora by selecting blacks, browns and muted neutral tones. Or you can jazz things up a little (I for one find myself wearing a lot of black in winter and a little pop of colour is very welcome!) with a pop of bright colour, such as the options from River Island or Boohoo below.

There are hundreds of brands out there making really lovely felt hats, some reaching into the hundreds of pounds, but I have rounded up my favourite 10 under £25, enjoy!

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  1. Felt Hat with Braided Detail – £22.99 – ZARA
  2. Felt hat – £12.99 – H&M
  3. Wide Brim Fedora Hat – £25 – Topshop
  4. Felt Panama Hat With Plait Braid Trim – £20 – ASOS
  5. Wool hat – £19.99 – H&M
  6. Turquoise high crown fedora hat – £25 – River Island
  7. Boardmans Wool Felt Fedora Hat – £24.99  £15 – ASOS
  8. Black bound edge fedora hat – £25  £12 – River Island
  9. Rebecca Trilby Hat – £10 – BooHoo
  10. Wide-Brim Felt Fedora – £12 – Forever 21

So, if you haven’t yet invested in a felt fedora then make 2016 the year you take the plunge!

Love,
love EJ xo

 

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EMBROIDERED BAGS OF FUN

Embroidery is EVERYWHERE this season – as already discussed in my previous post :). A great way to mix it into your wardrobe in a versatile fashion is in bags. Plus who doesn’t love an excuse for a new handbag?! Stick with a black background with bright and colourful embroidery to keep it chic and easy to wear with anything!

From intricate floral patterns to cheeky lipstick and emoji motifs, embroidery is the fun way to add interest to your look this autumn, so all aboard the embroidery train! While you’re waiting at the platform, have a browse some of my high street favourites…

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  1. Embroidered Clutch – £29.99 – Zara
  2. Reclaimed Vintage Embroidered Envelope Clutch Bag – £16 – ASOS
  3. Mix & Match Mini Crossbody Bag – £35.99 – Zara
  4. Black embroidered velvet clutch – £30 – River Island
  5. Quilted Patches Crossbody Bag – £45.99 – Zara
  6. Black Embroidered Floral Print Chain Shoulder Bag – £19.99 – New Look
  7. Embroidered Detail Crossbody Bag – £45.99 – Zara
  8. Reclaimed Vintage Embroidered Rose Cross Body Bag – £20 – ASOS

Alternatively, if you’ve got a favourite black bag you want to instantly make on trend, or you’re on a budget… Why not buy some embroidered patches to stitch on? Take a look at just a few available online, or pop into your local haberdashery where they will have countless others to choose from! Or take a look on Etsy for dozens of super cute, unique patches here.

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  1. Skinnydip x Coca Cola Patches – £12 – ASOS
  2. Evil Eye Iron on Patch – £1.89 – Etsy
  3. Ohh Deer Get Lost Patch – £4.95 – ASOS
  4. Embroidered sew on applique patch – £3.69 – Etsy
  5. Thunderbolt Iron-On Patch – £2.30 – Etsy
  6. Orelia Star Patch – £5
  7. Embroidered ‘FRIES BEFORE GUYS’ junk food patch – £4.99 – Etsy
  8. Skinnydip Wild Child Iron On Patches£10  £6 – ASOS

Happy patching pals!
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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Self-Portrait Azaelea Dress on Lyst

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

Flamingo-go-go!

I have been a flamingo fan for quite some time, they’re pink, elegant and have much more balance than I’ve ever had! The great news is, they’re in fashion and they’re EVERYWHERE!  Here are just some of my favourite flamingo prints and fashions out there this season…

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1, Mr.Gugu & Miss Go Flamingos 3/4 Sleeve Jumper Dress£55  £38 – ASOS.  2, Flamingo Print Blouse – £29.50 – M&S.  3, White flamingo Caviar Print fitted T-shirt – £18 – River Island.  4, Vans Flamingo Socks – £10 – Urban Outfitters.  5, Glamorous Bodycon Mini Skirt in Pink Flamingo Print£13.50  £9 – ASOS.  6, Flamingo Watch – £25 – Topshop. 7, Flamingo lounge co ord set – £18 – boohoo.  8, Pink 3D flamingo slippers – £12.99 – New Look.  9, Chelsea Peers Flamingo Cami PJ Set – £26 – ASOS.  10, Becksondergaard Cotton Flamingo Print Scarf £33  £15 – ASOS.  11, Flamingo Print Bikini Top£8.90 £5.99 – Forever 21.

Happy flamingo-ing all!

Love,

love EJ xo

Clutching the Envelope

With the wintry seasons approaching and the cold setting in, it’s all going to be deep colours with dark leather and furs.  So why not add a little light to your wardrobe with a pastel envelope bag.  Perfect for day time or evening, these bags are lightweight and trendy and will break up all the wool and knit with a pop of creamy colour.   I love all the creams, ivories, muted pinks and (God forbid!) beiges on offer this season.  Here are a few of my favourites at the moment…

1.  Metal Corner Envelope Clutch Bag – £18 – ASOS.  2. Ted Baker Elder Studded Envelope Clutch Handbag – £89 – John Lewis.  3. Grey Pastel Envelope Clutch – £15.99 –  New Look.  4. ‘It’s time to start living the life you have always imagined’ Envelope Bag – £50 – ISWAI.  5. Johnny Loves Rosie Envelope Clutch Bag – £38 – ASOS.  6. Beige Asymmetric Zip Clutch Bag – £18 – River Island.  7. ‘You were all I could think about today’ Envelope Bag – £50 – ISWAI.  8. Faux Leather Diamante Skull Envelope Clutch Bag – £16.99 – Amazon.  9. Brown Geometric Panel Clutch Bag – £28 – River Island.  10. Faux Snake Front Clutch – £22 – Miss Selfridge.

Now wrap up warm and go open up to the cold when the postie brings one of these lovelies to your door.  Be warned, you might be enticed to step out into the really very brisk and chilly air to show it off!

Love,

Put your best wedge forward

This season, wedges are the way.  Why try and walk in stilettos if it’s not easy?  Not only do wedges look great, they are also so much easier to walk in, while also elongating your pins.  These wedges will add instant pzazz to any outfit, day-time or night-time.  The key for this season is keep it strappy, keep it bold with prints or brights and keep it high.  Perfect with maxi dresses or mini dresses, or they will look great with a simple top and black leggings.

1. Worship my wedge in Coral – £60.00 – Office.  2. Steve Madden Multi Colour Peep Toe Boots – £74.99 – New Look.  3. Black caged wedges – £50.00 – River Island.  4. ALDO Rinks Floral Wedge Sandals – £65.00 – ASOS.  5. Fuchsia Feather Print Heel Wedges – £24.99 – New Look.  6. Orange caged Wedges – £50.00 – River Island.  7. Steve Madden Floral Aztec Print Wedges – £79.99 – New Look.  8. Bright Orange Floral Print Heel Wedges – £24.99 –  New Look.  9. Black wedge Sandals – £60.00 – River Island.

Even though I’m in love with all of these shoes, I will be sticking to flats, because I’m already far too tall, but for the rest of you, happy shoe shopping!!

Love,