Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Düsseldorf, Part 1

Last weekend my boyfriend and I flew to Düsseldorf for a long weekend and to get into the Christmas spirit by visiting their fantastic Christmas markets. We happened to arrive on the very day the markets opened, stumbling upon the opening ceremony itself and the switch on of the Christmas lights. Düsseldorf is such a beautiful city, my first time to Germany and so easy for us to get to from Newcastle. The entire weekend was spent walking - a lot; window-shopping the many designer boutiques; stopping at the many cafes and market stalls for street food and German beer; and taking in the amazing atmosphere and smells from the market. The markets themselves are scattered around the city, so really you can't avoid them (a good thing) but result in maintaining the jolly Christmas theme wherever you are in the city. Here is part one of my trip and some pictures I took throughout my stay...

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Sunday, 23 November 2014

Blogs I Love

As this post goes live I will be enjoying a short city break in Dusseldorf to visit the Christmas markets. So until I get back and sift through those photographs, here are another three of my current favourite blogs...

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(All photographs from the respective blogs).

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Newest Obsession: Mini Bags

My newest obsession... handbags in miniature format. Yes, a tad difficult choosing which limited items I will be able to fit but rather liberating at the same time, not to have the burden of carrying around my life in my bag. I purchased the slightly larger version first of all but was so impressed with the leather finish and minimal design that I couldn't resist the smaller version also. You can see from the image at the bottom, how they fit across the body. Both handbags are from the brand Furla.

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Sunday, 16 November 2014

Winter Warmers

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One of the big things I look forward to at the end of summer is the promise of finally being able to indulge my love of knit-wear. There is nothing better to me than the colder seasons where it is finally acceptable to wear huge cosy knits and layered pieces. So when contacted by French brand La Redoute to review, I was more than happy to share with you the items I chose* and my opinion on them and the brand.

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I was able to choose two or three pieces from their New In range, items with La Redoute branding. I ended up choosing a soft, dusky lilac sweater from Soft Grey, a cream cable sweater from Laura Clement and a navy dress from Mademoiselle R. You can see pictures of me wearing them below, the styling with these kind of pieces is pretty simple for me. I like to wear sweaters usually just with a pair of jeans or knee-length flare skirt, sweaters for me are definitely my idea of comfy clothing. And dresses are the easiest item in my wardrobe, one piece of clothing with no thought necessary. So I wanted to show you the fit which turned out to be quite perfect for me. I knew when choosing the sweaters that they were not 100% wool but rather a blend of wool and alcapa. This ended up being better anyway as they are both of the softest and cosiest material, wool can often feel very scratchy on the skin. And I particularly like the style of dress, it has a flattering silhouette, nipping in at the waist and some very sweet details - bows at either side on the hips and beautiful jewel collar. The clothes at La Redoute are very affordable, the cable knit and dress are both £35 each with the lilac sweater currently on sale at only £13.50. The La Redoute site is absolutely huge with so many pages to browse and as a self-confessed Francophile is most definitely one I will be returning to for a little French style.

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Thursday, 13 November 2014

A Date With...

Today I have an interesting collaboration for you. I don't often feature men's fashion on here or even give the males in my life much of a mention. However, when approached by match.com and given the opportunity to share the launch of their very creative competition 'Guy Candy', I was quick to jump at the chance to post it here with you all, as I think the concept behind the campaign is rather cool. 

match.com are giving two of its most eligible bachelors a very unique helping hand in their search for a date, by giving them a boost to their profile and placing them in front of as many single females as possible. The idea is that two London-based males with an interest in fashion have been re-created as mannequins in a 3 day pop-up shop window in London's Brick Lane and as a result will give any passing single ladies the opportunity to click straight through to their match.com profile to arrange a date. 

There are so many people dating on-line now that to stand out from the crowd these days takes some effort and imagination. These two single guys, Keron Knight, 26 and Michael Catuogno, 33 have been given the amazing opportunity of having 3D mannequins designed and placed in the shop window of a busy area to gauge the effect of their popularity. This will then be rolled across the UK, the extra Boost given to their profile a campaign to promote match.com's Boost paid-for add on, which members can purchase to boost their on-line profile.

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The part where I come in (along with a few other bloggers), is to help promote the campaign across social media channels, by putting together my ideal 'first-date-outfit' – which you can see below. This will then be voted for by Twitter followers as the best outfit choice for Keron, one of the single bachelors. Fashion-conscious, single 'man-nequin' Keron will decide which of these outfits he would actually choose fuor his first date and any Twitter follower who has voted for the same outfit will enter a draw to win one out of three shopping vouchers worth 2x £50 and 1x £75.
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When putting together my outfit choice for Keron (of whom I had no idea of personal appearance), I decided to choose some classic, well tailored pieces which are stylishly on-trend. Of course, I had no idea what the first date would entail, so have kept the outfit smart but casual with some warm pieces for the season we are in. I don't like male fashion to be overly complicated or trying too hard (nothing worse than seeing a man on a first date desperately trying to impress), rather I would like to see a cool, laid-back elegance which I hope this outfit portrays.

I would love for you to vote for my outfit collage for Mr Elegant, (if you like my styling of course), and to be in with a chance of winning one of the shopping vouchers for yourself. You can vote on Twitter right here.