Fashion feature: Embroidery

It’s been a while since I’ve written a fashion post and I’m loving being able to do this again. I see items and trends all the time that I love but then just never make time to write about them, but today I am making sure that I do.

And the trend we are focusing on today is the embroidery trend. It’s been around for a while, but seems to be getting bigger and better and is definitely the hot trend for Spring/Summer. From casual to evening and everything in between, there are pieces to suit every occasion and every body type and I want to go through some of my top embroidered picks from New Look.

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Embroidered Boots – with a low heel and a flattering cut above the ankle these boots are both stylish and practical. They can be worn by any body shape and would dress up any outfit in a flash. A sensible addition to any wardrobe and a bargain at under £35!

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Embroidered Skirt – Perfect for the transition from Winter to Spring, team with tights and above the knee boots for a dressed up but comfortable look. Even ideal for work!

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Embroidered T-shirt – Not sure how to dress up the comfiest of all your outfits, jeans and a tee? A statement slouchy cut-out tee with some embroidered features, is the perfect way to keep you looking stylish and effortlessly cool and a bargain at under £10.

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Embroidered Dress – Looking for an update to the classic LBD? Add embroidery of course! Combined with the mesh trend, this is a stunning yet simple addition to your wardrobe and can be dressed up with metallic heels and accessories or dressed down with tights and boots.

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Embroidered Jeans –  Another twist on the comfy outfit is the embroidered jeans. Wear with a plain slouchy t-shirt or a vest and your favourite skinny jeans are automatically updated ready for all seasons and occasions.

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Embroidered Jacket – Everyone should have a leather jacket in their wardrobe, but sometimes they can seem too harsh. Make it more feminine by picking up a leather jacket with embroidery to help make you stand out from the crowd.

Top tips though: remember not to combine your embroidered items. It may be tempting to wear your jeans, boots, tee and jacket together, but that would be overkill! Stick with one piece and make that your centrepiece.

Make sure to like, comment, share and subscribe! Please leave links or pics of your favourite embroidered items in the comments below 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne

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Workout Wear

So as well as not finding the time to write blog posts for you all, I also haven’t been finding the time to eat right or exercise and it’s left me feeling really self conscious and uncomfortable. I’m not afraid to share that I currently weigh more than I would like and have lost all tone due to not working out, but it’s not going to put me off. Sometimes when you feel this way it’s easy to get into a bad cycle of not wanting to do anything about it, but I am going to go the other way. It’s spurred me on to nip it in the bud and change my routines to make sure I’m making time for my health and happiness. And after signing up to charity row for Cancer Research next May, I’m going to need to be the fittest I’ve ever been! No time like the present after all…

One way that I motivate myself to go to the gym is to pick a super cute workout outfit. I’m a big fan of patterned leggings as they add some fun to what could otherwise be a very functional outfit. And I think they are flattering for all body types too! I have pretty muscly legs from years and years of gymnastics and yet I love the way they show off the good bits and hide the bad all whilst showing off my personality 🙂

I would always say that if you are going tight with the bottoms though,  that a loose top works best (which is also great for covering my tummy which I’m not such a big fan of) so I usually pick either a plain black tee of if I’m wearing plainer bottoms, then a nice bright colour again to match my personality and motivate me to train harder (although some days I do love a good monochrome outfit like the one below, which looks good to be dressed up if you have to pop into town first!)

Take a look at some of the outfits I love best that I already own, as well as some inspiration  and soon to be additions to my wardrobe from Adore Me’s new workout range! Adore Me’s new workout range! I mean how cute is the promo shot!!!

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And when I get home from a workout, there is nothing I love better than a snuggly autumn outfit! Autumnal clothes can be oversized and sometimes shapeless, but that is no need to feel frumpy. A cute choker necklace, statement shoes and a bold lip always help bring a femininity back to an oversize outfit and cute undies also help to help put a feminine spring back in your step!

Stay tuned to find out how I style myself when I want to be comfy and cute in Autumn very soon!

Lots of love, Leanne xxx

Review: Orva Co-Ord from Luxemme

Hey everyone, I’m sorry that I am only getting to post once a week at the moment but I promise that I am trying to up it again!

Today I wanted to write about a new and emerging brand I was so lucky to work with in 2015, and which was my first ever blog collaboration! Luckily for me, I’ve been continuing to work with them to promote their brand and because of this was also lucky enough to be sent some of their amazing vouchers (which I will also be giving away on my Instagram keep reading to find out more!)

Now after my amazing co-ord which I was sent back when I first started to work with Luxemme, when I was in a pickle with what to wear to a pre-christmas night out recently I instantly thought about another classic co-ord from Luxemme as they look gorgeous and fit so well!

And that is how I ended up with the Orva Bralet and Midi Skirt in a beautiful burgundy leather 🙂

I ordered this with days to spare but luckily for me the parcel came next day for a reasonable price, and once again packaged beautifully and personally which is such a nice touch, especially in comparison to the larger online retailers!

As I am sure I have mentioned before I am pretty short (well maybe that is an understatement, I’m tiny!) at barely 5ft so ordering a midi skirt can be a bit of a risk, but amazingly the length of this skirt was perfect. I ordered a size 10 and was pretty impressed. With a figure verging on the side of curvy (thankyou boobs and hips for the constant sartorial challenge) sometimes finding things to fit, especially tops and bottoms in the same size, can be a challenge, but I was reassured by the fit of my last outfit from here that this would work! I was pretty right. The skirt fit perfectly, hugging in all the right places, making it look like I had a tiny waist, smooth silhouette and potentially even abs (?!) and was a definite choice, however the top was a little more snug and although gorgeous and totally passable, I just didn’t think I would feel comfortable in it all night, so I ended up swapping for an ever faithful black crop top from Missguided which was teamed off with killer nude heels.

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For both pieces it was only £39 which is a bargain for an outfit which is super versatile! Teaming this skirt with smaller heels, t-shirt and a blazer would look just as effective as a full on co-ord so you really can get value for money and a very well made outfit too!

Exactly as last time I think that this was a perfect purchase and completely saved me at the eleventh hour when I really had nothing else to wear! Definitely check Luxemme out if you havent already as their range is constantly adapting and expanding 🙂 I already have my eye on a gorgeous trouser two piece!

And now for the really good stuff! Don’t forget you can get a discount off at Luxemme by going here and using code LIFESTYLE4L to get 10% off (and even better if you head over now you are just in time for their new stock!) 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

 

November clothing haul! Primark, New Look and Boohoo…

Hey everyone, it’s me again and this time I am back with a haul post!

I wish I had enough time to shoot and edit videos but I just don’t at the moment, although I’m hoping to have more free time towards the end of next year to do some as I think hauls are always much more effective on video!

Anyway, over the past few weeks I have set out to spend the vouchers I received for my birthday and have managed to get some lovely stuff and still have some money left over to spend so of course when I have more goodies I will share those with you too!

Before I jump straight into telling you all about the products I bought and the looks I plan on putting together with them, look at the amazing transformation I have made of my office! They say that a peaceful environment makes for a peaceful mind, so I set about making the office the perfect Lifestyle for Less HQ; I set up my lighting system, huge mirror for the perfect outfit selfies and also an amazing new clothes rack so I can finally get organized enough to update you on all the fab new clothes I buy as well as getting my weekly outfits organized too! Let me know if you want me to do a blog post about my office set up and where I got anything from 😀

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Anyway, on to the products I have purchased recently…

Primark:

Burgundy Midi Dress – I have to admit when I first saw this on the hanger I wasn’t completely sold on it! I hate trying things on in stores and would much rather try it on at home and return it if needed, but with this dress I felt it was too risky not to try, but trust me when I say I am glad I did! It is extremely fitted which always gives me palpitations as (as you all know) I am trying to lose weight and tone up a little bit, however amazingly this dress seems to hang in all the right places and gave the illusion of a figure much better than I actually have!

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Fashionista facts:

  • The dress is amazingly comfortable
  • Nice thick material without being too heavy
  • Smart enough for work with heels on
  • Can be dressed down with white trainers beautifully too
  • Horizontal stripes don’t make you look wider, they actually are very flattering
  • Hangs really well in all the right places
  • Well made with gorgeous detailing
  • Super affordable (I think this was only £12 and comes in other colours which I’m deffo going to have to go back and get!)

Chunky Grey Cardigan – So this was on my list of items I needed to get for winter! I love a cosy sweater or cardigan and I feel they make literally any outfit winter ready, so I had to get some more of these and this grey thick knit cardigan completely fit the bill!

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Fashionista facts:

  • Really good length
  • Not too heavy and is perfect to wear all day
  • Good neutral colour to go with every outfit
  • Chunky knit
  • £10 which is a great price for such a well made piece

Sparkly cropped top – I always see tops in this cut on people and think they look so flattering, but I have always been a bit scared to buy one, mostly because it’s hard to find a bra to wear with them! However I have recently found an amazing strapless bra (from Primark) so decided to give this a go. I actually originally bought this in a size 12 as I thought it may be too tight otherwise, however I took it back and got a size 8 instead as it is cut on the big size. I feel like this is going to be a perfect xmas addition thanks to it’s added sparkle!

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Fashionista facts:

  • Easy to wear
  • Thin material
  • Long crop and thin straps (make sure you have a good bra for this!)
  • Not too tight
  • Cut slightly big so size down on this!
  • Bargain at £6

Shoes – Yes I bought two more pairs of heels! I felt like I owed it to myself to get some slightly lower heels to ease my foot back in after injuring it (although even low heels are still hurting it)! One of them are going to be worn to death most days with literally every outfit imaginable and the other pair I cannot wait to wear and were a slightly impulsive purchase but I’m like a magpie and couldn’t resist the sparkle. Also they look way more expensive than Primark shoes…

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Fashionista facts:

  • The black pair do rub slightly on the little toe due to the curve of the point
  • Look very sleek especially with jeans (both pairs)
  • Comfortable for all day wear
  • Great sizing
  • Only between £10-£14!

New Look:

Black suede a-line skirt: This is one of my favourite styles of skirt as they are so easily wearable! I would buy one of these in every single colour and pattern given half the chance, however I thought a black one would be most sensible to go with the several others I already have in much bolder colours! I actually got this in a size 10 and took the tag off before trying it on, but it is probably a tiny bit too big, so I would recommend either trying on in store or sizing down!

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Fashionista facts:

  • Gorgeous soft material
  • Buttons up at the front
  • Great length
  • Slightly big fit around the waist
  • Has great sized pockets!!

Loose casual tops: I dont really know how much there is to say about these other than they are immeasurably useful, come in an array of colours of which I picked only two and go with everything!

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Fashionista facts:

  • Great material
  • Super slouchy but also look great tucked in with tailored pieces
  • Loads of different colours
  • Only £7.99
  • I went up 2 sizes to get the slouchiest fit!

Boohoo:

Gold Bomber Jacket: This is actually from the Charli XCX collection at Boohoo which I can no longer find on their website so it may have sold out, but I loved this! A cute cropped bomber jacket which is far dressier than the standard greens which bombers normally come in! Smitten from the second I saw this and wasn’t disappointed in person either 🙂

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Fashionista facts:

  • Limited edition
  • Great for day or night
  • Easy to dress up or wear in the daytime
  • Surprisingly warm
  • Some of the glitter does transfer 😦

Velvet Mini Skirt: I had to get a second opinion on this skirt from my girls, but they said they all loved it so I quickly snapped it up ready for xmas part season. The velvet makes it feel really festive 🙂 I’m also a tiny bit obsessed with all skirts with a slit in the leg as I feel they add a level of expensive looking detail as well as serving a slimming purpose!

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Fashionista facts:

  • Fits so well
  • Really high waisted
  • Slit isnt too high and is actually relatively modest
  • Perfect for xmas parties
  • Would look great with heels or above the knee boots
  • Only £8 which is a bargain for night out clothes

I’ve also ordered a very cute looking leather mini skirt and some beautiful thigh high boots from ebay which are on their way at the moment, as well as my very first Nars foundation which is also on it’s way! As soon as they have arrived I will update you on what they look like 🙂

 Anyway I hope you enjoyed this post and found it useful. Let me know what your favourite items and looks are in the comments below 🙂 Don’t forget to follow me on Instagram as well to keep track of my day to day looks which I am sure will be featuring these items very soon!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Dress wishlist – Autumn/Winter 2015

Hey everyone,

So today I thought I would do a little Autumn wishlist of all the dresses I’m loving at the moment. I’ve been doing a lot of online shopping recently to try to find the perfect birthday outfit, so lots of these are probably quite dressy, but the incorporate some of my favourite trends from this A/W for all your dress needs 🙂

From amazing knit and shirt dresses which look perfect with over the knee boots and big jackets to suede bodycon numbers, I hope there is something for everyone here even if it is just a small snapshot of my favourites!

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Lots of love, Leanne xx

Cosmopolitan #FashFest

What a week!

This week I was lucky enough to get to attend Cosmopolitan’s #FashFest event at Battersea Evolution which celebrated the best of the high street, showcased some fab clothes coming soon and kicked off London Fashion Week all at the same time. It was by far the best evening of my life so far, with so much to take in and to do and I honestly still can’t quite believe that I was there networking with people that I never thought I would get to meet, it really made me feel like I was starting to make it in the world of beauty, fashion and blogging!

With massive brands showing their clothes such as Next, Boohoo, Ted Baker and many many more, the catwalk was bursting with clothes I want and I am sure I will do an updated seasonal lookbook/wishlist for you all soon, taking inspiration from what I have seen this week.

In this post I thought I would share with you some of the pictures and also let you know that thanks to the fantastic goody bag which we received, I’ll have plenty more to write about for you soon and I want to share with you my tutorial on how to achieve the look I went with for the event so stay tuned for lots of exciting posts coming very soon!

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I hope you enjoyed this short but sweet update and all the pictures 🙂 If so, don’t forget to follow me on Twitter and Instagram to get many more updates like this on a daily basis!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

Luxemme Review (and exclusive discount code!)

Hey everyone, I’m back! Sorry for the intermittent/lack of posting recently, I have been so busy with work, weekends away, holidays and being ill but I am really glad to be back in front of my screen and typing away again!

I’m very excited for this post as it is the first collaboration I have worked on since I started my blog, and hope it is the start of many good things to come! Recently an email dropped in at Lifestyle for Less HQ (which lets be honest is wherever my laptop is!) from a brand called Luxemme. Now I like to think that I’m pretty hot on brands, especially online and high street retailers who offer quality products at affordable prices, but Luxemme were not a company I had ever heard of before. I’m so happy that they reached out to me though so that I now have one more amazing place to shop in the future 🙂

When I looked at their website I was hooked! Although they didn’t have an abundance of different products, all of the products that they did have are ones I would definitely purchase. And actually for me, the fact that there weren’t pages and pages of different products was perfect. Some of my favourite online retailers such as Boohoo and Missguided have so many different products that I never have the time or patience to scroll through them all so I settle on the same old styles and often end up returning items because the quality or fit isn’t quite right, but this is where Luxemme are different!

Their carefully selected stock means you can rest assured that the products they have are quality! For example, the outfit I ordered is the Olivie Lace Trim Two Piece, which is definitely not something I would normally think to order. I tend to avoid white because it can often be see through and also avoid co-ords because my top and bottom sizes are different and I am self conscious about my midsection, however this outfit looked like it would not be a problem in those areas and I was so right!

I guess before I even start talking about the product I should talk about the service up until that point! First off, the email service is perfect! You get an email to confirm your order has been placed and dispatched and you can track your order on your account with them as well which is perfect if you are as impatient as me!

Even better, when the product arrives it is all personalised, which just adds a really nice touch. You are excited about receiving your outfit anyway, but when it comes completely personalised it is even more exciting!

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Anyway, now on to the outfit itself! It is made of a gorgeous material with two linings, the overskirt and the underskirt which contains the lace trim, which combined make the product completely not see through!

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Despite the dual layers, the product wasn’t too heavy either which was perfect as I took mine to wear on the final night out of my holiday, so too heavy would have been uncomfortable in the high temperatures and humidity. Also considering it was a two piece which I ordered in a size 10, it fit surprisingly well. I think given the option I probably would have been better having a size 12 top and a 10 bottom (for comparison all the bikinis I bought for my holiday were size 8 bottoms and size 16 tops!) as the top was just a tiny bit tight, but not uncomfortably so! Both pieces with the lace trim were a really nice length as well, covering up just enough whilst still being sexy and when I showed my family the completed look I was greeted with a chorus of “oohs and aahs” which is definitely the sign of a beautiful outfit and made me feel really good! I love the lace detail and also the zip detailing on the back, which made what could have been an otherwise plain outfit into a complete showstopper! Teamed with a pair of block heeled sandals and a colourful kimono, I finished the outfit off and it truly was a head turner. I already cannot wait to wear it again and think it could be dressed down with white flats and a sleeveless jacket for a lower key trip out with friends, as well as teaming the separates with other items in my wardrobe to really keep it fresh and exciting 🙂

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But how much is it I hear you all asking? Well in true Lifestyle for Less fashion the complete outfit was only £35 and it was probably one of the best outfits I have worn in a long time – so I think it is safe to say that is a complete bargain and would definitely recommend Luxemme to my friends and family (oh wait I already have!) and would urge you to all have a look too!

And hopefully something that will encourage you to take a look right now is this exclusive discount code! To make their products even more affordable, Luxemme have kindly given me a 10% discount code just for you 🙂 Just head here and use code LIFESTYLE4L to get 10% off (and even better if you head over now you are just in time for their new stock!)

So I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed writing it and modelling all the pictures! As always if you did don’t forget to let me know what you thought in the comments below, and of course like, share and follow me both here and on Twitter and Instagram 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx