Goodbye Pastels!

September 25, 2012 § 6 Comments

That is it. I now think the summer is finally over. Thus I thought the time could not be more perfect to say goodbye to my favourite trend of the last season – pastels – with one last summer outfit, one going totally over the top with all the soft ice cream colours that I have been wearing past couple of months. And here it is, on one of the last warm days I put together super pastel explosion and took a photo for you to have a look. I am wearing baby pink cropped oversized tank from American Apparel, skinny mint Leigh trousers from Topshop and Converse trainers I designed myself using their online tool and blogged about the experience earlier this year here. Accessories-wise I am wearing pink and green Allumette necklace by Allumer (1), Dior ring (2), ASOS perspex bag I also mentioned a few months ago here (3), Beta silk scarf that is printed with symmetrical geometrical print in beautiful pastel colours (4, check out their entire collection here), Timex pastel watch as mentioned here (5) and ASOS gummy bracelets once again in combination of pastel colours (6).
The best thing, even though I am saying goodbye to this palette for the vivid colours of Autumn/Winter 2012, I am happy to store those garments for the next spring when thanks to a number of shows recently seen in New York and London, the palette is going to come back. So see you soon pastels!

The Queen Of Handbags

September 24, 2012 § Leave a comment

If you are ever looking for a classic and luxurious handbag with quality to last you a lifetime, look no further than the handbags worth a real Queen, the ones so often seen on the hand of Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth. Worn to main state appearances including wedding of Will and Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge(below left) those handbags made to order by British designer brand Launer have become Queen’s go to accessory. And now the classic collection that featured leather handbags in traditional colours with gold hardware is expanding its palette to feature bold fashionable colours that are likely to attract a much younger hipper customer. Indeed I would not refuse one of these myself, how lovely would it be to have one in, say, pink to take with you to afternoon tea with the girls or dinner with partner’s family. So yes, thanks to completely revamped colour collection, Launer is landing itself on My Fashion Wish List, and I think I am not the only one to want a handbag adorned with royal nod of approval. The only problem – most Launer bags are still made to order and will take 2-3 weeks to be delivered to your door, so plan your purchase in advance. Take a look at the classic range here with styles worn by the Queen starting at £1020, the new range will appear there shortly.

Nod Of Approval

August 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

Seems like British Vogue like my style, they just added my picture to their Facebook page. Wanted to share with you my moment of fame!

Lots of love,
Maria

Cheryl’s Style

April 22, 2012 § 4 Comments

I’m slightly excited about Cheryl Cole’s return with her new album. Not because of the music she will be bringing out, but because she is coming back to spot light and I have indeed missed my favourite clothes horse. And that is compliment. Her petite figure and natural beauty allows her to pull off practically anything and makes me (and I am sure many more like me) lust after every single thing she wears.

Last week sneak peak shots of her new video flooded the web and I could not be happier with what she is wearing: mixing up patterns, tropical prints and neon – she is ticking every trend box. Indeed it did not take me long to find pieces she was wearing, and all the fans with money to spend can easily get their hands on the outfit at net-a-porter.com!

On the picture above she is dressed in Finch tropical-print cotton-blend blazer by Altuzarra(£1040), Dolce & Gabbana leopard-print high-wasted bikini briefs (£150) and Brian Atwood Alima neon patent-leather pumps (£670). So if you have £1860 lying around you can steal her style, something that does not happen often with stars in music videos who often get pieces designed just for them.

But of course I would not tempt you with high price items without providing an affordable alternative. I searched the high street for similar pieces and here they are: Topshop tropical floral blazer (£65), Motel high waist hot pants (£20 at Asos) and Office Krazy paving neon heels (£78). Grab an outfit inspire by Cheryl for more affordable £163!

Millie + Lipsy

March 29, 2012 § 1 Comment

Whether you are a fan of London based reality show Made in Chelsea or not, there is one thing everyone will agree on – Millie Mackintosh is gorgeous. In fact so gorgeous that after seeing her model the new range of Lipsy VIP dresses I could not wait to get my hands on them: I am once again excited about Lipsy creations, and that has not happened for over a 6 months! They are not your day to day party dresses – in fact VIP range is perfect for special occasions and now that the wedding season is approaching, I would recommend you go no further for the outfit of choice than Lipsy’s website. Beautiful and impact-making dresses come in both mini and maxi lengths and give you great choice of fabrics. Plus each dress gives you a different focus: feathers, lace, tutu skirt, embellished, scalloped, sequined, printed – just pick what S/S12 trend you want to follow and grab one of them before they get away!

Below is my selection of favourite pieces from the collection to inspire you to have a look at the entire range at www.lipsy.com.

  1. Rouched Bust Dip Dye Prom Dress, £120
  2. Waxed Lace Feather Dress, £110
  3. Scalloped Edge Sequin Dress, £120
  4. Flower Bust Maxi Dress, £130
  5. Sweetheart Embellished Neckline Ruched Maxi Dress, £130
  6. Printed Embellished Maxi Dress, £130

Style Crush

March 2, 2012 § Leave a comment

It has just been two days but I am starting to develop withdrawal symptoms from lack of style inspiration…

But let me start from the beginning. Solange Knowles was Vogue Today I’m Wearing girl for February. Every day she would post a picture on Vogue’s especially designed photo blog and write a note describing items of her ensemble. And while I have been following this feature for a while Solange stood out: she approached daily outfits with such eagerness and put so much effort into every detail from day 1 to 29 that only a true devotee to the fashion world can do. And over 29 days I developed a serious addiction of checking what the star is wearing and she never disappointed! Vivid patterns, colour blocking, tons of amazing shoes and striking accessories – all were put together perfectly. And now that is is 2th March, despite being very happy we finally entered spring, I do miss my daily style intake of Solangeness…

See her amazing 29 outfits here on Vogue.com and I bet you will share my style crush!

Del Rey – Lana’s First Fashion Tribute

February 21, 2012 § Leave a comment

In retrospect I knew it was coming. After the success of naming a handbag after Alexa Chung, which was one of the major factors propelling Mulberry to fashion heights with the unprecedented speed for British label, having a new fashion muse and as trendy as Lana Del Rey was an obvious step. Indeed Mulberry was a first fashion establishment that recognised Lana’s appeal by hiring her to sing at their LA party. And now that even British Vogue gave her a seal of approval, calling a bag Del Rey was a perfect PR move: fashion world already had eyes on Mulberry for their Autumn/Winter 2012 catwalk show (star studded row would make any designer proud with Michelle Williams, Elizabeth Olsen, Olivia Palermo, Pixie Geldof and Downton Abbey actresses Laura Carmichael and Michelle Dockery to name a few) and having Lana float in with a brand new Del Rey bag just sent fashionistas and media into frenzy!

Mulberry’s Emma Hill said Lana inspired them with her vintage style and seductive voice. Indeed Del Rey bag does have a very vintage feel – add White Ostrich material (the one Lana was wearing for the show and Mulberry party in the evening) and you have a seductive feel indeed. I love Lana’s style (I wrote a post about her recently which you can read here), I love Mulberry, and guess what – I love new Mulberry Del Rey handbag.

New Fashion Sweetheart: Lana Del Rey

February 12, 2012 § 12 Comments

Bursting into music scene when her home made video for a melancholic song Video Games went viral on Youtube, Lana Del Rey has just as quickly gained popularity in the fashion world as in the music world. And while her songs and questionable authenticity is being debated all over the internet by music critics, there is nothing less than a complete acceptance of this lady in fashion industry. The song bird has already performed at Chateau Marmont in LA at Mulberry party, was flown to Beijing to do the same for Dior, signed a modelling contract and (drum roll please) appeared on the cover of British Vogue shot by one and only Mario Testino.

On the pictures and in her videos Lana looks every inch of the star she is about to become. And while her off duty look still need a few tweaks (Lana please drop those bomber jackets, they are only cute if you borrowed them from your boyfriend when you were too optimistic about the weather outside and not for daily wear) one thing she definitely got right is her hair style: she epitomises those soft retro waves seen all over spring/summer 2012 fashion runways!

And since I am simply in love with Lana’s Born to Die video, here are the items inspired by two of her outfits in the video. I will definitely be channeling half-hipster half-flower child look very soon (as soon as this Global Freeze currently positioned over London disappears, that is).

  1. muubaa Tassel Detail Drape Leather Jacket, £110
  2. Bitching & Junkfood Cross Detail Shorts, £60
  3. Converse High Top Trainers, £40
  4. Her Curious Nature Deep Velvet Flower Ribbon, £28 available at asos.com
  5. Asos High Wasted Denim Shorts, £28
  6. Carvela Assemble Pumps, £120
  7. Bitching & Junkfood Stud Shorts, £80
  8. Issa Mesh Panneled Chiffon Gown, was £695 now £382 on outnet.com
  9. Jimmy Choo Fairy Satin Platform Sandals, £575
  10. Johny Loves Rosie Flower Headband, was £30 n0w £14
  11. Le Grana Greta Dress £160 available at notjustalabel.com

My Fashion Wish List: Personal Style

January 29, 2012 § Leave a comment

Ever since The Style Mogul published my interview after winning the title Fashion Blog of the Month (if you haven’t already, read it here) I had requests to go through the outfits she posted. Indeed while identifying some of the items I was wearing was no problem as I blogged about them before, others are more tricky. Even though I have never added pictures of my own outfits to the blog, I just had to fulfill the request. Please let me know by commenting below if you like it and would like me to occasionally blog about my personal style!

On the picture above I am wearing Reiss fedora, American Apparel shirt mentioned here, Diesel leather jacket – I rolled up the sleeves, Never Fully Dressed feather waistcoat I blogged about here, Topshop wet look leggings (one of the best price-per-wear item ever: I purchased them over a year ago and despite wearing them all the time they are still in great condition, thanks to Topshop quality) and River Island flat boots with chain detail. I added more urban edge to the outfit with studded Romy Gold clutch.

My second outfit at first looks warm and comfortable but killer heels (KG by Kurt Geiger) add the essential detail to the outfit to transform it from weekend look to girl around town. I am wearing River Island faux fur waistcoat and jumper, which made it to my top 9 winter jumpers mentioned here; Paige Denim ankle jeans which are rolled up (big trend, see here) and  Mulberry Oversized Alexa handbag.

This is my colour blocking outfit: Topshop aqua silk top, ASOS embellished collar which have been so popular ever since last spring and Rare cobalt pleated maxi skirt. I accessorised with Lulu Guinness lips clutch (read related blog post here), Rupert Sanderson animal print fuchsia heels and stacking black bangles of different shapes and sizes.

Above is a very studded outfit: Versace for H&M leather jacket – by far my favorite purchase from the collection as mentioned here, French Connection dress, Kandee Boots (I am in love with Kandee, a feeling apparently contagious as a few of my friends now own a pair, read more about the brand here) and Dolce and Gabbana multifunctional piece worn here as a necklace. The bag is once again Mulberry but this time it is Oversized Tillie.

The Only Clutch You Will Ever Need

October 6, 2011 § Leave a comment

Well it is not the only one you will EVER need, but it is probably the most adaptable evening bag ever made. And it has been on my mental wish list for a while but it keeps selling out too fast each time it is back in stock.

This is Charlotte Olympia Pandora Clutch with three exchangeable pouches that fit inside a see-through plastic case. The brand is super famous for outrageous and extremely stylish shoe range, but this bag is proving to be a competitor for the most inventive Charlotte Olympia item ever made.

For £439 you get three different clutches – definitely worth it! The only bad thing about this clutch – it will be hard to make up your mind about which one to wear today!

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