Wednesday, 16 April 2014

H&M teams up with Alexander Wang for next Design Collaboration

H&M announced yesterday during an event at the Coachella Music Festival, in Palm Springs, California, USA, that their next designer collaboration will be with Alexander Wang. This partnership marks the first time that an American designer teams up with H&M on the much anticipated designer collaboration.

The New York based Fashion Designer’s eponymous brand has firmly established itself by perpetually evolving and re-contextualizing the urban uniform, since it was launched on the runway in 2007. Alexander Wang’s core sensibility is a reflection on contrasts, blending seamlessly between the refined and the imperfect. His collections have an unprecious outlook on fashion, and always reflect a sense of ease.

The full collection will be available in 250 H&M stores worldwide, and online starting November 6, 2014 and I for one, will be first in line to see what the fashion maverick has come up with for the high street!

Monday, 3 March 2014

Olivia Palermo's Look for under £60

I've long been a fan of Ms Palermo's style and I recently fell head over heels in love with a very basic but stylish outfit she wore on the front row at New York Fashion Week.

The lovely team at Wembley Designer Outlet challenged bloggers to 'get the look' of some of our favourite celebrity stylistas for under £100.

I genuinely didn't think the task possible and whilst I don't often like being proved wrong...the chance of a Sunday morning shopping spree with £100 cash in hand was too good an opportunity to pass up. Having scoured the likes of All Saints, LK Bennett, Guess and Superdry, I was in fact proved very wrong when I managed to source a similar outfit from Gap and H&M. The best bit? The whole outfit cost under £60. So while I didn't quite have Ms. Palermo's budget or team of stylists, I was able to re-create a similar look for pittance.

Having visited the outlet a couple of times now, I would so recommend it if you want to stock up on some great basics and good quality labels at seriously knock-down prices. After all, who can resist a brand new outfit for virtually nothing?

What are your favourite FROW looks? Send in any pics of some great styles that you've re-created on a budget.

Sweater by H&M: £7, White shirt by Gap: £17, Black skinny jeans by Gap: £31.49

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Valentine's Day just got Thrifty

For those of you that know me well, I rarely need an excuse to hit the shops. For all seasonal occasions from Christmas to Easter, shopping allows me the perfect excuse to "buy one for you...and a little something for me". Valentine's Day however, remains the oddest of annual occasions for me as I become slightly cynical at the sheer audacity of restaurants in particular, that see it appropriate to hike the price and reduce your menu options. Despite being a lover of all things heart-print, no I do NOT need my soufle baked into a miniature loveheart, nor do I need to splash the cash on expensive gifts to show a loved one that I..well, love them.

So in comes a saving grace in the form of a new designer outlet just a skip, hop and moment away from my parents' home. The Wembley Designer Outlet opened just a few months ago. Whilst you can't expect the designer brands of Bicester, what you can be sure of is highstreet brands at ridiculously knocked down prices. From H&M to Gap, LK Bennett to All Saints. Already, I have bagged myself a £12 pair of Gap jeans that have become like second skin and a summer dress from H&M (which I had my eye on full price) for just a fiver. So style really needn't come at a price.

Watch this space on perfecting your front row looks in time for LFW on a shoestring and in the meantime, for you true romantics out are a few Valentine's Day gifts that won't break the bank.

ProCook Silicone Heart Shaped Cake Mould RRP £14, Outlet Price £7

The Body Shop Heart Lollipop Lip Butters, Outlet Price £15

Marks & Spencer Heart Print Chemise, RRP £9.50, Outlet Price: £5.50

Villeroy & Boch Octavie Champagne Flute, RRP £24.50, Outlet Price: £12.25