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TREND ALERT! AUBERGINES, PLUMS & BURGUNDYS

Autumn is all about rich, deep and lovely smooth colours. Jewel tones and cosy comforts are a must!

This season it’s all about the deep aubergines, dark plums and burgundys. It’s such a great, versatile colour which looks great on all skin tones and hair colours and it’s wintery without being too dark and dreary! Wear it with a matching deep lip for a dramatic look or with denim and some cosy tweed for a sophisticated casual style.

Whether its a dark moody aubergine purple, or a bright pop of dark wine red, this is definitely the colour to be seen in this season! And out of the kindness of my heart, I’ve looked around for the best plumy coloured goodies out there on the high street at the moment – and all under £60! – Enjoy!

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  1. Thigh Boots – £39.99 – H&M
  2. Long Line Blazer Dress – £59 – Topshop
  3. Mixed Pieces Earrings – £9.99 – Mango
  4. Ribbed Dress – £24.99 – H&M
  5. Half Placket Blouse, Berry – £35 – Warehouse
  6. Oversized Longline Funnel Jumper – £39 – Topshop
  7. Ankle Boots – £24.99 – H&M
  8. Long Sleeve Keyhole Body – £22 – Topshop
  9. Coated Superstretch Trousers – £19.99 – H&M
  10. Reclaimed Vintage Wool Strap Watch – £28 – ASOS
  11. Basic Hoodie – £26 – Topshop
  12. Hat With Wide Velvet Band – £22.99 – ZARA (more lovely felt hats here).
  13. Ribbed Cotton-Blend Sweater – £15.99 – Mango
  14. Faux Leather Pencil Skirt – £39 – Warehouse
  15. Oversized Faux Fur Collar – £14.99 – New Look
  16. ROSALINE Heeled Ankle Boots – £32 – ASOS

Happy shopping!
Love,
love EJ xo

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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

 

WINTER WEDDINGS – WHAT TO WEAR?

While for the most of us, the mad rush of summer weddings is coming to the end of the season, there is still the odd rouge winter wedding approaching… And just because it’s cold outside, it doesn’t mean we can’t be totally chic!

I personally love black and denim for autumn and winter, which aren’t totally wedding appropriate… But the good news is that there are some gorgeous navy and jewel tone gowns out there to add a splash of colour! Plus you can totally wear black to a wedding now, as long as it’s got a little pzazz – like embroidery or print.

So, I’ve trawled my favourite shopping sites for some lovely dresses that are wedding appropriate while also being a little more covered up to keep that chill away, or something you can team with tights without feeling like a wally! Oh, and I’ve split them into budget categories too, because Christmas is coming y’all and who doesn’t love a bargain?!

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  1. ASOS Lace Crop Top Midi Prom Dress – £75 – ASOS
  2. ASOS SALON Soft Floral Midi Prom Dress – £85 – ASOS
  3. ASOS PREMIUM Mini Embroidered Dress – £75 – ASOS
  4. ASOS SALON Layer Lace Crop Top Midi Prom Dress – £85 – ASOS
  5. Frilled Sleeve Guipure Lace Dress – £49.99 – ZARA
  6. Long Sleeve Contour Lace Bodycon Dress – £49 – Topshop
  7. Long Sleeve Applique Midi Dress – £69 – Topshop
  8. Jacquard-knit dress – £59.99 – H&M
  9. ASOS Wrap Maxi Dress in Jersey Crepe – £38 – ASOS
  10. Mini Dress with Collar Detail – £29.99 – ZARA
  11. Ponte Wrap Dress – £25 – Topshop
  12. ASOS TALL Seamed Structured Rib Bodycon Dress – £40 – ASOS

Here’s to the happy couple!
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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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