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OOTD: Studded Boots with Ego Shoes

Me and Ego Shoes have a little bit of a love affair. Pretty new on the scene, Ego Shoes offer an incredible selection of affordable, stylish and quirky shoes.

Whether you are looking for pretty flats, enviable boots or sky high heels, Ego Shoes certainly have it and they have it in an array of styles and a variety of designs.

When I first saw the Jack Gold Studded Detail Biker Boot In Black Faux Leather, I instantly fell in love. I have to admit, they are pretty edgy but so much fun to dress up and down.

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So, what did I think of the studded boots by Ego Shoes?

These gorgeous biker boots feature allover stud detail, faux leather outer, thick soles and an easy slip on fit. The embellishment features a variety of different shaped studs, making for an interesting look.

They are literally so much fun to dress up and down – fabulous in the day with jeans and a cosy knitted jumper or great with a little black dress to evening drinks. Whether for a walk by the river or cocktails into the early hours, these boots have you set.

If you are looking some something a little more subtle, Ego Shoes have an incredible selection of studded boots.

What do you think of these studded Ego Shoes boots? Do you like the studded style? 

Stephanie xox

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OOTD: Boob crop t-shirt by JEMIMASARA

When I discovered JEMIMASARA, I fell a little bit in love. An online store brimming with fantastic feminist and iconic clothing, tote bags, jewellery, prints and accessories, adorned with wonderful illustrations throughout.

Their unisex collection includes a selection of illustrations inspired by the ‘martini ladies’, and generally they are pretty quirky. The boob crop t-shirt is certainly a fun addition to any wardrobe, with a fantastic feminine print and rough cut finish.

I was very lucky that the wonderfully talented owner of JEMIMASARA, Jemima agreed to answering a few questions about her brand:

A JEMIMASARA interview

How did you go about establishing the brand?

2016 seemed a bad year for us all and for me it was a time when I personally hit rock bottom. I had forgotten all sense of self-love and confidence, due to a number of negative situations happening at the same time, and I had no idea how to bring these key elements back into my life. That’s when I realised I was drawing these naked ladies who “had martinis and loved themselves”. Overtime, I started becoming one of these carefree ladies, thus my alter ego was born. The illustrations helped me find my own confidence and self-love, so I wanted to share this. I want to share this path of recovery for others to use. In the future, I want to break into fashion, testing its conventions by not conforming, just as a ‘Martini Lady’ would do.

Have you always had an interest in illustration and fashion?

The word ‘fashion’ always scared me a little, I think of the film ‘The Devil Wears Prada’ with the main character being this scary lady and a non-accepting environment. So no, I guess I didn’t, but now that I am creating fashion designs and illustrations and selling ready to wear collections; fashion and illustration has changed in my mind. Fashion and illustration is a way of expressing your thoughts, fears and passions for people to wear and have. They can express it in their own unique way too and this is something I have always wanted to do. I have always wanted to influence people and their life – to make them live a happier one and inspire them.

Your tops are fun and some even a little risque – what is your inspiration behind them?

The brand celebrates the female form through the creation of the “Martini Ladies” illustrations. These are positive, fun loving and risqué ladies with few boundaries, ladies who love themselves just the way they are. My clothing and designs is based on these women, just owning their life and doing what they want. My work seeks to find realism within the female form. I take influences from the Renaissance divine, Henri Matisse and the pin-up ladies of the 1920s. These influences have created my vision for ‘The Martini Lifestyle’.

What are ‘martini ladies’, did you coin the phrase? 

The brand celebrates the female form through the creation of the “Martini Ladies” illustrations. These women boast of their uninhibited self-worth for others to take inspiration from. The humorous illustrations I create are of positive, fun loving and risqué ladies with few boundaries, ladies who love themselves just the way they are!

The message of the ‘martini ladies’ is that I want everyone to feel beautiful, elegant and confident in his or her own right and I want to support and celebrate women around the world. So yes, I created the phase of ‘martini ladies’ or ‘the martini lifestyle’ so express this.

You promote self-love and confidence – what makes you feel confident? 

For me, self-love is about acceptance. Acceptance of your beautiful, individual imperfections. The things that make us who we are. That could be a scar, freckle, your little toe, bad habit or a hobby. These individual imperfections are always something we as humans find hard to accept, especially in our day and age where social media plays such a massive role in our life. For me, the most important daily aspect of self-love and confidence, is not to see yourself as a whole but to look at the things you enjoy about yourself and your strengths. It might be your eyes, your elbow or your goofy laugh, I don’t know, but to look at that ‘thing’, whatever it may be, and see it as a unique entity.

As I said before, self-love is about acceptance and for me that’s accepting something I like about myself every day. I usually do this in small ways as the main thing for me is accepting I am an artist and that others may appreciate my works. My designs/illustrations themselves were a road of recovery for me; they are my way of learning more about a different side to me which I am wanting to share and others to be influenced by. When I write the words in those speech bubbles, I feel empowered and actually it’s my way of accepting myself every day, making me feel more confident in my everyday life.

What is the future for JEMIMASARA?

I want JEMIMASARA to break into fashion and lifestyle and I want to break fashion conventions and traditions. JEMIMASARA is all about campaigning to empower women and men too – freeing themselves of boundaries imposed by modern life through illustrations and designs.

Do you have a message for the girls reading this? 

To any girl out there, just know that everyone struggles with themselves, you wouldn’t be human if you didn’t. We all grow at different rates; we are all beautiful unique individuals. Don’t worry if you find it hard to get up in the morning, its normal. I find it hard every day and I preach self-love and confidence. Just know that acceptance is important. Accepting yourself and what you do.

Understanding that you, your hobbies and habits are beautiful and you are constantly moving forward and reaching for the stars.

What do you think of the JEMIMASARA boob crop t-shirt? What questions would you put to JEMIMASARA? 

Stephanie xox

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Forge & Foster Rose and Mesh Classic Watch - The LDN GalForge and Foster review

I’m always excited to discover new accessory brands, especially when the words luxury, fashion and affordability are thrown into the mix.

Forge and Foster emulate just that. A high-end watch company based just outside of London, they work with creatives across Europe to ensure their products are as pretty as they are practical.

Selling directly online, they can ensure competititve prices without having to compromise on quality – and trust me, luxury and affordability come hand-in-hand with Forge and Foster.

Forge and Foster offers a selection of gorgeous watches for women and men, as well as bracelets. They have a traditional British aesthetic with large watch faces, a variety of leather or coloured stainless steel straps and gorgeous finishing details.

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So, what do I think of Forge and Foster?

The Rose + Mesh watch is just beautiful, with a minimalistic design featuring a rose gold mesh strap, large watch face and secure clasp. The watch is easily adjusted to fit your wrist perfectly and the straps are even interchangable depending on your preference.

What I love about Forge and Foster is that their watches can be worn with anything, it is so hard to find a beautiful watch with such subtle luxury – so, you will certainly enjoy dressing them up and down.

I love watches with interchangable straps, it really allows you to compliment your outfits and show off your style a little more easily. I will certainly be after the rose and nude strap next.

You can check out the entire Forge and Foster collection of women’s watches here, as well as their beautiful Instagram account here.

Have you heard of Forge and Foster? Which watch would you choose from the collection? 

Stephanie xox

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DD+ UK bra guide | Here's why DD+ bras should be a UK high street standard | The LDN Gal

Do you struggle to find pretty dd+ bras on the UK high street?

If you have a bust that is bigger than a DD+ cup in the UK, I am pretty sure you feel the same way as I do on this subject. Here is a slight rant at why DD+ bras should be a UK high street standard, as well as a handy guide on the best UK high street shops and online stores to buy pretty DD+ bras.

There is literally nothing more frustrating than browsing the high street, to find that pretty much every store does not cater for you.

Oh, and if by chance they do, you can almost guarantee that you will be offered far less choice and probably far more expensive items.

Looking for a cute balconette bra, a sultry longline piece or a stick-on bra that will actually work with your backless dress? Good luck girls…

Another personal irk? Why on earth is everything overly padded? Lets face it, if you are DD+ cup, the chances are that you do not need gargantuam padding in your bra, and if it is a necessity, perhaps a slight padded lining that enhances your natural curves would simply do.

Where to shop for DD+ BRAS ON THE UK HIGH STREET

With all this in mind, I have made it my mission to find a selection of pretty, affordable and varied DD+ bras you can find on the high street and online, here are the places you will want to shop-till-you-drop:

Figleaves

Figleaves is an excellent place to shop for bras with a host of different brands available and lovely exclusive items too. Expect a variety of colours, styles and girly prints. The best thing about the brand, they offer A-K cup lingerie. So, everyone is included!

Tuttie Rouge

Tuttie Rouge is a wonderful brand that offers DD-G cups, with a fantastic array of styles, colours and cutesy details – I am a little bit in love with their girly prints and all that harness detail. You can check out my review of their Alexa bra and high-waisted briefs here.

Boux Avenue

Although a slighty smaller collection of DD+ bras, Boux Avenue certainly offer some stunning pieces. Expect bright colours and more traditional styles. Boux Avenue also offer free in-store bra fittings, so handy when you want to ensure that perfect fit.

M&S

Marks and Spencer are not the first place you would think to go to for pretty bras. Not only do they offer a gorgeous selection of DD+ cups printed and lace bras but they also offer an incredible array of floral and patterned lace bras, as well as vibrant bralettes – and what girl doesn’t love a cosy bralette?

Curvy Kate

Curvy Kate is a fantastic brand in the sense that it exclusively offers D-K cups bras, what a treat! Again, expect a vaiety of styles and print. The best thing? Everything isn’t padded to oblivion.

 


Once your underwear is sorted, why not take opt for an adjustable and affordable women’s hot bikini?

Where do you shop for your DD+ cup bras? Do you struggle finding pretty lingerie too?

Stephanie xox

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Tutti Rouge Rougette Alexa Lingerie Set

Tutti Rouge lingerie review

If you are female with a chest bigger than a DD, this post is for you. Growing up with a bust that was somewhat larger than this was quite frankly, a nightmare.

If you did manage to find pretty lingerie, it would cost a small fortune and be a harrowing investment at best. If you found a bargain, there was a 90 per cent chance it was pretty hideous.

So, you can imagine my delight when I discovered Tuttie Rouge on an Instagram spree. Tutti Rouge are a UK-based company that specialise in curvy girl lingerie, catering for sizes from a D to J cup – it is a pretty exciting find to say the least. 

Tutti Rouge Rougette Alexa Lingerie Brief Close Up

So, what did I think of the Alexa lingerie set by Tutti Rouge?

I was delighted when the Alexa bra and briefs arrived, forming a truly beautiful and complimentary set to say the least.

The Alexa bra features molded cups, an adjustable harness design and patterned mesh panel detail, the heart decal to adjust its straps was a pretty cute addition, I must admit.

The Alexa brief completes the set, these high waisted brief feature sheer panels complimented by black patterned lace detail and a two-tone patterned mesh panel centrepiece.

Tutti Rouge Rougette Alexa Lingerie Bra Detail

Overall, I am very satisfied with this set, it is hard to find pretty and practical lingerie as a fuller-busted woman and the selection of underwear at Tutti Rouge offer just that.

I have to admit, the harness and heart detail on the bra and the high-waisted briefs were an absolute winner for me.

Tutti Rouge also offer a selection of supportive and decorative bralettes for those who prefer a soft lace cup style.

What is your favourite item from the Tutti Rouge collection? Do you struggle to find pretty lingerie in your size?

Stephanie xox

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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