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Affordable birthstone rings by jewellerybox.co.uk 💍

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September Birthstone Ring by jewellerybox

What girl doesn’t love a sparkly ring on her finger? Even more so when it is an absolute steal. While browsing the jewellerybox website I utterly fell for this sterling silver sapphire gemstone ring*.

When it arrived a few days later in the quaintest little box (just look at all the love and care put into the packaging) I could not wait to see it. Inside was the most dainty ring, a slender sterling silver band adorned with a sapphire gemstone.

Due to its slim band, this ring is absolutely perfect to stack alongside other rings and there are an array of rings on the jewellerybox website for it to be placed atop. Just think of the pretty stacked creations you could be wearing!

Now, the avid reader will realise that I am in fact an August baby, and thus, a peridot would be my gemstone. However, the deep blue of the sapphire stole my heart in this case and I went against the zodiac, stars and astronomy.

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So, what do think of the September Birthstone Ring?

Do not fear though, because each star sign is covered and there is a wonderful array of birthstone rings, earrings and necklaces at jewellerybox, making the collection a perfect present all-year-round for that special someone in your life.

When it comes to jewellery, everything I wear must be sterling silver or gold. This isn’t due to some deep-rooted snobbery as unfortunately I flair up within the hour. As you can imagine, this can be pretty pricey if I want to accessorise myself (hence why I am so delighted with my new ring and its ability to match my outfits).

Honestly, the amount of affordable and fashionable jewellery on the website is astonishing, and all of the extensive collection is sterling silver or 9ct gold (so no itchy ears, hands or necks – jewellerybox are assay assured so quality is guaranteed) so you can cast all that tacky faded costume jewellery aside.

If you are wondering what to get as a gift, now you know (you can thank me later).

What do you think of my sapphire gemstone ring? What is your favourite product on the jewellerybox website? 

Stephanie xox

The Balmain x H&M collaboration launches tomorrow

The Balmain x H&M collaboration launches tomorrow

Introducing the Balmain x H&M collaboration

When a beloved high-street and designer fashion duo meet something beautiful is destined and the Balmain x H&M collaboration does not fail to impress.

Fashionista’s across Europe have obsessed over the collaboration for months now.  Without a doubt, individuals will be eagerly at H&M’s doors tomorrow morning.

Although an absolute steal in comparison to Balmain’s usual prices, many items are not exactly high street affordable.

Beaded jacket | The Balmain x H&M collaboration launches tomorrow

By and large, personal favourites include longline beaded jacket, emerald green dress and Balmain tee.

The beaded jacket

Firstly, the beaded jacket. This was first seen on Kendall Jenner when the collaboration was announced at the Billboard Awards in May. It’s detail is exquisite and ensures its £299.99 price tag.

Green dress | The Balmain x H&M collaboration launches tomorrow

The emerald dress

Secondly, the emerald green dress can be yours for £119.99. This beautifully detailed sequin dress is perfect for the festive season. In addition to its detail, its plunging neckline impresses!

Balmain tee | The Balmain x H&M collaboration launches tomorrow

The Balmain tee

The Balmain T-shirt is the most affordable item in the collection at £24.99. Similar styles are sold on the Balmain website for around £150.

In summary, the Balmain x H&M collection features both fashion and accessories and will be available online here and in selected stores from tomorrow.

What do you think of the collection? What would be your go to item?

Stephanie xox

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The age old plus size debate and hopes for a fashion industry revolution

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Over the last few weeks, people have been flocking to their social media accounts in masses in outrage over the labeling of healthy women as ‘plus sized’ models.

In Britain, any woman above a size 8 is deemed ‘plus size’, yet the average size of British women is a size 14 and often well within their BMI spectrum (not the greatest measurement of health but the standard).

In my opinion, use of the word ‘plus’ connotes and infers that these women are of an additional weight and thus are overweight, which they are certainly not.

Australian and Italian model Stefania Ferrario  is a healthy British size ten, yet is still considered ‘plus sized’ in the fashion industry.

I am sorry, but how is Stefania Ferrario in any way ‘plus sized’? She is so beautifully figured it makes me (and probably many more women) weep, perfectly toned curves with the grace and morals to match.

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Many of these models are actively uniting to challenge the fashion industry and their crass beauty standards and ideals. They hope to revolutionise them and drop the term ‘plus size’ entirely, consistently proving themselves to be acting as positive role models for young girls and women globally, and this needs to happen.

Personally, I believe only ‘healthy’ (by medical standards) models should be presented, the promotion of anything else is never good for the impressionable who often aspire to meet these skewed beauty standards.

Saying this, I do understand that women can be naturally smaller or larger, but those who go to extremes to maintain their weight should not be the visual representation presented by the world of fashion.

Traditionally, the reason slender women are often used to represent fashion designer clothes on the runway is because their slim frame proves similar to the designers initial 2d sketches. Which enabled designers to envision the finished visual result.

However, these models are  not reflective of the women across society who are the consumers of the fashion industries products.

Fronted by Australian actress and TV personality, Ajay Rochester, these modelling activists have inspired the viral Twitter campaign #droptheplus, in a bid to gain worldwide attention, recognition and action from the fashion industry.

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French MPs have now legally banned the use of ‘ultra-thin‘ models on catwalks in France.

Those who hire models who do not meet the legislated standards face fines of nearly €75,000 (around £55,000) and possible imprisonment of up to 6 months.

All models will have to have a BMI of at least 18 (as anything under is considered underweight) and a minimum weight of 8 stone, 9 pounds at a height of 5 foot, 7 inches.

At the end of the day, many models continue to not be representative of the spectrum of sizes of women in society.

Ideally, I’d like to see ‘plus size’ diminished entirely and ‘healthy’ sizing to be promoted everywhere.

What is your opinion on the matter? Are the French correct in banning underweight models?

Stephanie xox

Fashion: Say hello to O-MIGHTY clothing

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Introducing O-Mighty Clothing

So, are you ever just browsing the Web or chatting away to a friend and discover a brand that you both simply adore?

The latter was the case for me. Last night during an actual ‘casual drink’ with my lovely friend Sayuri (a wonderful photographer-come-journalist-come-superwoman ~ do be sure to check out her work and various other ramblings here) she introduced me to O-Mighty and I fell in love, instantly.

Now, this site may not be everyone’s cup of tea fashion-wise. I often find that fashion is very much down to personal taste – at least it always has been with me, an avid failure when it comes to the latest trends.

O-Mighty is just a fabulous brand, and features a wonderful array of pop-culture, tongue-in-cheek graphic prints, and designs. They have tops (think halters and crops – perfect for summer), bottoms (cute bodycon, flattering skater skirts and ‘booty’ shorts for the more adventurous among us), dresses, rather obscenely worded ‘lingerie’, accessories and even swimwear!

The website originates from Singapore. Considering this, the pricing isn’t as friendly as you’d expect from an Asian website.

It is pretty bold and bright for most people but a lot of fun, match any of these items with something simplistic and they are easy enough to pull off without looking too erratically vibrant – and yes, I would wear ALL of this.

What do you think of O-Mighty? Anything pictured that takes your fancy?

Stephanie xox

Incorporating vintage clothing into your daily style

 

Incorporating Vintage Into Your Daily Style

A dedication to vintage clothing takes a considerable amount of time and effort but it’s certainly worth it.

You must prepare yourself mentally to trawl endlessly through vintage, thrift and charity shops for your prized pieces. People who snub charity shops for vintage clothing are the worst and these are often where hidden gems are to be found!

Firstly, it’s always good to have an idea of what you’re looking for before venturing out.  If new to these types of shops they can tend to be a bit overwhelming, leading to frustration and alternative purchases. Oops.

However, when you do begin rampantly purchasing be sure to not overdo it when it comes to getting dressed! It is better to incorporate these unique pieces than swamp yourself in them. Avoid copying styles, be inspired and make them ’you’. You want to compliment your own style, not try and force it upon yourself!

Always keep an eye out for classic pieces and designer brands, charity shops tend to be thwart with them so be keen and persist. If in doubt, ask the shop assistant or quickly Google the brand.

When browsing double check your items. As vintage clothing is ‘pre-loved’ there are often pieces that are slightly damaged and even those beyond your tender and loving repair, if that is the case then be strong and leave them on the hanger.

Don’t just think of clothing but also the use of accessories. If it is classic, go wild with statement pieces and if it is not, then leave your retro outfit to simply do the talking.

The best thing about vintage clothing and shopping? No one else has it and it is fun! You’ll soon collect a variety of one-of-a-kind pieces, often for a fraction of the cost of the high street!

Do you enjoy shopping for vintage items? What is your favourite piece?

Stephanie xox

Knee High Socks by MySocks

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Playsuit – Miss Selfridge
Classic Tan Ugg Boots –  Ugg

With winter coming at us with full force there is not a person who ventures outside not wrapped up and woolly to the heavens.

Jumpers on and knee high socks pulled above my pins, I have too often made the mistake of going out in the winter without proper socks and footwear on.

MySocks offers a massive variety of socks available to keep you snug and specifically a very impressive collection of knee highs. Lucky for me!

RED DOTFLOWERThey have both plain and  patterned styles and are always updating their stock with new designs. I chose the funky Red Dot, pretty Flower and cool Mint Green* (as pictured above).

What I love about these socks is the quality, they are very stretchy and do not fall down (the bane of any knee high sock lovers day), staying in place throughout the day.

Not only are they perfect against the winter chill but very affordable, with prices starting from £3.50 for cotton socks that can be worn casually or on a night out!

Do you wear knee high socks? Which design is your favourite?

Stephanie xox

Urban Outfitters Hip Flasks

Urban Outfitters Hip Flask Collection

So, this may be a bit of a strange post but browsing the Urban Outfitters website I found the most wonderful selection of stainless steel hip flasks for girls and boys alike.

If you are looking for a good (and not so conventional) gift for Christmas then look no further!

MOONSTONE RAIN

CLASSThe Moonstone Rain Hip Flask is just adorable, both colourful and fun with its  multi-coloured stone embellishment. I never really thought of a hip flask as an accessory for an outfit but this is certain to bring out some sparkle with its adornments.

I love the beautiful teal colour and italicised graphic slogan ‘Girls With Class Don’t Need A Glass’ upon the Girls Class Hip Flask. Although slightly ironic, it is lovely. Perfect for sneaking in your clutch during an extortionate festive night out.

TABBY CAT

HOLY WATERThe Tabby Cat Hip Flask is utterly adorable, especially for any cat lovers that you know out there. This hip flask is beyond cute and I honestly don’t see how anyone could not adore it! Unless you dislike cats of course, but that in itself is just madness.

The Holy Water Hip Flask may appear a tad blasphemous (okay, very blasphemous) considering it is the festive season and all. However, I guess the wording is accurate for those who like to sneakily secure our favourite drinks, I highly doubt anyone will use it to contain water though.

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The Frisky Whiskey Hip Flask provides a bit of cheeky humour as well as being practical. Who doesn’t enjoy whiskey at Christmas time? Maybe it’s just me having a large Irish family…

There is a Christmas present sorted! Each of these flasks hold 180ml of your desired liquid and there is loads more available online priced between £12 and £20.

Which is your favourite? What do you think of a hip flask as a Christmas present?

Stephanie xox

 

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Fashion: Vivienne Westwood Red Patent Wallet

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A peek at the Vivienne Westwood Red Patent Wallet

I have a serious problem when it comes to buying things that I cannot really afford but after working all summer I decided to treat myself.

I think every girl has a designer she just adores and mine is Vivienne Westwood, I love the bright colours, quirky prints and the woman herself – she is in my opinion, a genius.

On a last minute trip to Bicester Village in Oxford, I chose a toned down and simplistic Vivienne Westwood red patent wallet. I battled with black but red won due to matching a pair of Vivienne Westwood and Melissa pumps I had been bought earlier this year.

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I adore my new wallet and its discounted price tags. It is amazing to be able to fit my masses of cards and dwindling pennies in and looks lovely with its patent outer and leather inner. I think red may have just become my new black. Oops.

Do you like the wallet? What is your favourite designer?

Stephanie xox

Dressing for your body shape, not dress size

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Why you should be dressing for your body shape and not your dress size

Dressing for your body shape is so important. The amount of times I’ve been out with my female family members and friends and heard the frustrated cries from their dressing room while jumping about in an outfit is ridiculous.

Worst thing is, I too have been guilty of exclaiming ‘why doesn’t it look right?!’ before giving up and slinking off for a coffee and depleted chat.

Shopping can be both a pain and a joy. When it comes to finding the perfect outfit, the amount of damage changing room blunders can cause us girls is shocking.

I’ve decided to take Trinny and Susannah’s 12 body shapes as a definitive guide to help you dress to suit your body shape. It’s time to avoid body criticism and dress to show off your best assets!

A guide to different body shapes

APPLE: Average chest, larger tummy, flat bum and average legs.

BELL: Small shoulders and chest, small and short waist with large thighs and bottom.

BRICK: Broad shoulders, undefined waist, average tummy, flat bum and large thighs and calves.

CELLO: Large chest, hips, bottom, and thighs with a  short waist and slim lower legs.

COLUMN: Slight waist, long legs, same width shoulders, and hips.

CORNET: Broad shoulders, small breasts, undefined waist, slim hips, and long slender legs.

GOBLET: Broad shoulders, large chest, undefined waist, narrow hips, and long legs.

HOURGLASS: Large chest, small and short waist, big hips, and generous thighs.

LOLLIPOP: Large chest, slight waist, slim hips, and long legs.

PEAR: Small chest, long waist, flat stomach, and large legs.

SKITTLE: Average chest, slim waist, average stomach, large thighs, and calves.

VASE: Large chest, longer defined waist, hips to match, slim thighs and legs.

Which body shape am I?

Still confused about your body shape? Use the Body Shape Calculator based on Trinny and Susannah’s shapes or the diagram below.

Trinny and Susannah Body Shape Quiz

Dressing for your body shape

Now, onto dressing for your body shape. Here’s what to opt for to flatter the following shapes:

Apple: 

To avoid attention to your midriff, wear clothing that elongates your figure and adds structure. Items such as blazers, ruched dresses and shirts, tunics and empire tops that gather below the bust and flow outwards. ‘Opt for bootcut and flat fronted trousers to lengthen and compliment your legs. The use of large vertical print and patterns also works a treat on highlighting your best assets. Avoid baggy, tight and high-necked clothing that will swamp your figure.

Bell: 

The bell, like the pear and skittle, means you’re bigger on the bottom. As bells naturally have a narrow top half, balance needs to be restored to keep you in proportion.  To do so, use volume in clothing to increase your upper half. You need to avoid use of the same colour, v necked clothing and long jackets which will emphasis. Use of turtle and cowl necks, vests and frilly shirts will make your upper half appear larger and your lower half smaller. Wearing pleated heavy fabrics and wide trousers will cover and compliment your widest parts.

Brick: 

Draw attention and create the illusion of a waist with the use of belts and dresses that clinch your midsection. Avoid shapeless clothing and opt for well fitting and structured items that compliment your figure. Strapless items will broaden your shoulders and mini skirts will throw off the proportions of your lower half. Opt for draped fabrics to create curves. Fitted tops and knitwear will compliment your figure. In addition, patterned items will create shape and panelled skirts will define your waist and elongate your body.

Cello: 

The cello is voluptuous and often tall. Everything remains proportionate with a defined waist which needs to be focused on. Wear fitted items that flatter your figure and chest and stand tall. Items such as scooped and V necks, long fitted jackets, empire waist clothing and wide-legged trousers will define and flatter your slim torso, long legs, and large thighs.  Avoid mini skirts, skinny jeans, and polo-necks as these will draw attention to larger areas.

Column:

Like the brick, you must draw attention and create the illusion of a waist. It’s key to use belts and items that clinch your midsection. Use solid colours when choosing clothing. Be sure to avoid prints which will fail to highlight your slender figure or create curves. Opt for high waisted or wide legged trousers. These will frame your waist and show off your legs. Additionally, you can get away with wearing round necklines which will balance your frame. However, avoid cropped items as they’ll elongate and emphasise your long limbs.

Cornet: 

Cornets have athletic and slender figures. Be sure to draw attention and create the illusion of a waist with belts and dresses that clinch your midsection. Shapeless clothes are a no-go. They will throw off your proportions even more. Opt for asymmetric clothing that creates shape and proportion. Skinny jeans will give the illusion of curves and show off your long and slender limbs, as well as flared dresses.

Goblet: 

Known for larger upper halves and slender legs, goblets must take the emphasis off their upper body to create proportion. Avoid baggy clothing (such as shift dresses and wide legged pants), bright colours that will create emphasis on your top half and create disproportion and high neck lines. To compliment, choose empire waisted tops that cinch your waist and flatter your midriff. Wide-necked tops compliment your chest and low-rise trousers skim your hips to compliment slender legs.

Hourglass: 

An evenly proportioned shape that needs simplistic and fitted clothing that works with your natural curves. Opt for items that compliment your chest, hips, and waist and avoid shapeless items. Wrap dresses work well to define your shape, as do scoop and v necklines, three-quarter length sleeves, small belts at the waist, pencil skirts and skinny jeans. Hourglass shapes must avoid layering, baggy clothing, tunics, chunky knitwear and high necklines. These will swamp and covering up throws off proportions and can lead you to feeling and looking frumpy.

Lollipop:

Lollipop’s are tall and slender with long limbs and a sizeable chest so the idea is to broaden your hips and shoulders to maintain proportions. Avoid high necked and high waisted clothing that will over emphasise your chest, long legs and create unbalance, shapeless items are a no go also. Opt for fitted items and draping fabrics to create curves, wide neck lines that will compliment your chest and bring in your waist and flared trousers to balance out your chest and make the most of your slender legs.

Pear: 

Pear are a slim shape with wide thighs, not necessarily hips (a common misconception). To create proportion you must balance your small upper and wide lower half. Opt for items that compliment your chest, hips and waist and avoid shapeless items such as tunics and wrap dresses. Wide and straight-legged pants are great for slimming thighs and adding length to legs, especially dark colours. An A-line skirt works wonders too when covering thighs and creating a classic look. High necks are good to broaden your torso. Avoid skinny jeans that will hug your wider half, mini skirts that will elaborate your thighs and bright colours on your lower half. These will draw unwanted attention and throw your proportions off  balance.

Skittle: 

Similar to the pear, skittles have wide thighs and calves along with voluptuous legs. Once more to create proportion you must balance your small upper and wide lower half. Opt for fitting clothing on your upper half to draw attention away from your lower, detailed blouses work wonders also. The addition of a flared skirt will skim your thighs and highlight your enviably small waist. Like the pear, wide and straight-legged pants are great for slimming your thighs and adding length to your legs. Avoid skinny jeans that will hug your wider half, mini skirts that will elaborate your thighs and calves and bright colours on your lower half that will draw unwanted attention and throw you off balance.

Vase: 

A vase closely resembles an hourglass but with a much longer and gently curving torso that must be complimented in similar ways. With long limbs, it is best to show them off with straight leg trousers and high waisted pencil skirts. Opt for fitted shirts to compliment your waist. It’s best to keep clothing simplistic and to avoid covering up with layers, especially baggy or high necked items that will swamp you.

The key to dressing for your body shape is to understand your proportions and flatter them. At the end of the day, wear what makes you happy and confident!

What do you think of the Trinny and Susannah body shapes? Do you dress to suit your shape?

Stephanie xox

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Fashion: White Leaf Company Bird Print Scarf

White Leaf Company Scarf

White Leaf Company review

I love bold prints and with Autumn well and truly here I needed something to keep myself warm without an overload of knitwear. This delicate Bird Print Scarf in Yellow by the White Leaf Company* was just perfect.

This scarf is very large (measuring 180 x110cm) making it perfect for wrapping it around your neck or looping it delicately as I did to keep you cosy. It has a beautiful chiffon feel and is 100% polyester. Not only is it warm, but the lightweight nature of the material leaves it feeling lovely on, not overly stuffy like most outerwear.
The print is wonderful and what I adore about the scarf. A light yellow contrasted against the bright colours of the swooping, resting and calling birds and delicate butterflies upon it, the combination is just brilliant!

What I love about White Leaf Company is the huge selection of snug and pretty accessories they offer, including a selection of jewellery, bags and scarves. This gorgeous scarf is only £13.95, offering the perfect practical and fashionable solution to all your A/W troubles! You’ll never have an excuse for dull accessories again!

Have you tried any White Leaf Companyaccessories? What is your favourite Autumn/Winter item?
 
Stephanie xox

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