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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Summer holiday style

I’m back! I have missed you all whilst I have been away but I had the most amazing time in Lanzarote with friends and family 🙂 It was a much needed break, but I am very glad to be back and I can assure you that I thought about you all and my blog so much whilst I was away, which is why I have decided to do a post all about my summer holiday style 🙂

I should probably start off by saying Primark and New Look were my two key contributors to my holiday wardrobe! They did a massive range of summer clothes at fantastic prices, so any new stuff I got mostly came from these two stores. If you are about to jet off and you are looking for clothes, check them out (and quickly as the new stock is coming in for pre-autumn already!) 

So what outfits and pieces am I suggesting for the summer sun?

For me it’s all about light clothing with brilliant patterns and colours – fitting the sunny background of your destination and making your suitcase a bit lighter! I picked up a few Bardot style patterned bodycon dresses from Primark for £5 each and they were perfect to dress up in the evening.

  
For the day time I recommend high waisted shorts and vests or camis which look stylish, keep you cool and are easy to wear! I would definitely suggest steering clear of the shorts which are too short though as these don’t look chic! 

Maxi dresses and jumpsuits are also staples for evening wear so make sure you have a few of these packed! They often come in jersey  materials making them lightweight to pack and wear and patterns on jumpsuits and maxi dresses are often bold, perfect for summer!

And obviously essential are accessories and swimsuits: kaftans, block wedges, flower crowns and body chains all add to your summery look and really change an outfit from day to night! I’m a huge fan of my flower crown from Primark! And check out New Looks mix and match swimsuit collection – they have so many different colours and designs and are really affordable 🙂

  

So I hope this helped you get your summer suitcase ready if it wasn’t already 🙂 Let me know what looks you are loving at the moment in the comments below and make sure you follow, like and share here and on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

New York Fashion Week – My Top Picks

Hey everyone,

So it’s that time of year again! That’s right it’s fashion week time! I’ve been following New York Fashion week pretty closely this year, so thought I would do a run down of some of my fave collections and lines that I’ve seen so far!

Marc Jacobs

  • Military inspired
  • Cinched waists
  • Darker hues (lots of navy and khaki)
  • Elegant yet wearable daily

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Ralph Lauren

  • Collection is called Glam Safari (says it all really)
  • Super chic outfits in khaki, yellow, nude and camel tones
  • Mixture of clean lines and girly styles
  • Perfect for day time and evening wear (especially the tulle skirts which I have been obsessed with since Olivia Palermo wore won on her wedding day!)

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Hugo Boss

  • Tailored yet flirty
  • Lots of pastels and sixties inspired lines
  • Powerful yet pretty pieces

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Delpozo

  • Not a brand I’ve heard of before, but they have turned out to have one of my favourite collections of NYFW!
    Bold colours and strong distinct lines
  • Super tailored palazzo pants and culottes in bold colours teamed with crisp whites
  • Also featured tulle dresses in light shades with an ethereal vibe
  • Something for everyone!

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The Row

  • Minimal yet highly sculpted
  • Simple colours in interesting shapes
  • Crisp looks
  • Good mix between oversized chic and fitted looks, often working together to create one cohesive look!

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Diane von Furstenberg

  • Very flirty and girly collection
  • Strong floral prints and bold colours
  • Sixties and seventies influences
  • Clueless inspired at times with cute matching co-ords and flirty tea dresses

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The Spring NYFW has been amazing and I cannot wait for some of these trends to hit the high street with their replicas. I know that I am a budget beauty, fashion and lifestyle blogger but I still love watching and taking note from fashion week (eventhough I could never spend that much on clothes!) to see what is likely to be hot and hitting the shops soon! I like seeing how looks are put together and also to see if there is anything that I have in my wardrobe which I might be able to recycle to replicate the looks I see on the catwalk 🙂

From military style, super structured looks with an almost androgynous foundation on one end to ethereal and full on feminine hems and silhouettes on the other there is almost certainly going to be something for everyone and I for one cannot wait! I love all ends of this seasons fashion scale as I am a huge fan of bold colours and structured looks (culottes are one of my new favourite things) but on the other hand I am a real girly girl so pastel shades and full midi skirts are right up my street too (even if I am usually too short to pull off these looks!)

What do you think of the looks from this NYFW? What do you think is going to be a hit and what do you think we could do without?

Can’t wait to hear what you all think! Hope you enjoyed this post and that it’s given you some inspiration for the seasons to come! Don’t forget to like, comment and subscribe if you enjoyed this or any of my other posts 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

The coat edit –

Hey everyone,

This week the weather has driven me to this post. Here in the UK it has been cold and wet and has definitely let everyone know that summer is well and truly over, despite our very best efforts to ignore it! For those of you that don’t already know, over the past week the temperature has dropped significantly and the floodgates have opened which has left most of us reaching for our onesies and unpacking our winter wardrobes ready for the season of boots and baggy jumpers.

I’m pretty fortunate as in just a few short weeks it’s my birthday, which is absolutely perfect for me. I never really know what I want when people ask me, so my go to is always to request vouchers for my favourite stores or to request a staple item to get me through the colder seasons. Sometimes I ask for boots, other times hats and scarves, but this year I have asked for a coat. Now I’m writing this down, this actually sounds really spoilt, but I’m definitely a perfectionist and I think that often leaves the people closest to me wondering what to get. I think I’m pretty self-sufficient (although my parents would probably tell you otherwise!) so quite often if I want something I just go and get it instead of waiting around for birthdays and Christmases, which I think makes pressie buying a bit challenging, hence the reason for a list or suggestions! I’d love to know if any of you guys write lists of what you’d like or offer suggestions for gifts?

Anyway, back to this post which is all about coats! I’ve decided that for the first time I want a properly grown up coat in a traditional flattering style which will hopefully wear for many years to come, whereas in the past I’ve usually gone for a pretty non-descript coat in hues of brown or grey which are often pretty replaceable meaning they only last about one year. Whilst there is nothing wrong with this, I really wanted to go for something a bit more stand out this time around. Luckily for me, there are so many different options on the market at the moment that it should be easy to find something I like and the only hard part will be deciding which one is the best!

I thought I would do a little list of the pro’s and con’s of each from a coat hunt I went on recently and also do a link list of all my faves that I’ve found. Obviously this is completely subjective for me and what suits me is not going to suit everyone, but hopefully you find this somewhat useful, as I would have loved to have read a post like this before having my heart-broken (read on to find out why!)

Duster coat a.k.a the heartbreaker – I have seen these EVERYWHERE recently! In all of my favourite magazines, on Instragram, on my fave bloggers and in all the shops. They come in the most amazing range of colours, looks super professional and high fashion as well as long-lasting and hard-wearing and yet I can’t get one L I’m only 5ft1 (and even that is being pretty generous) and these coats absolutely swamp me. They are all too long and far too big in the body and arms and in some of the pastel colour varieties look like dressing gowns/robes on me. I really wanted one of these coats and truly had my heart set on one to wear with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots, but I’ve had to give up on this dream as I think I would just look ridiculous! I have found so many amazing variations of this style though so here are some of my top picks:

Pros

  • Flattering on a bigger frame
  • Big enough to wear plenty of layers underneath
  • Thick material is perfect for the coldest seasons
  • Hard wearing
  • Easy to wear
  • Darker shades (greys, blues) will always be fashionable
  • Looks both professional and high fashion
  • Come in a range of colours and prices

Cons

  • Completely swamps shorter frames
  • Could also swamp thin frames
  • Some patterns/colours can make it look more like a dressing gown/robe
  • Really only good for the coldest seasons as would be too warm for Spring
  • Really big and heavy

Top picks:

H&M duster coat

Boohoo belted duster coat

New Look mint unlined duster coat

Missguided camel duster coat

Boucle style coats – My second favourite style. They are so glamorous and look amazing! They come in a variety of different lengths (perfect for shorties like me!) and can come in both traditional styles and also colourful prints and again will always be beautiful. They look perfect open and worn over the shoulders, but also look amazing done up to keep out the cold on those truly bitter winter days. Luckily for me they also look good with a wide-brimmed hat and Chelsea boots to really complete an outfit and aren’t as thick and heavy as Duster coats meaning they can be worn all Autumn/Winter and even in to the Spring.

Pros

  • Come in a wide range of colours
  • Lightweight but still good against the cold
  • Flattering for most body types
  • Looks good open or closed
  • Smart yet not too dressy
  • Hard wearing
  • Comes in a range of prices
  • Always fashionable

Cons

  • Shorter style of coat
  • Some people consider boucle to be dated

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Boohoo boucle coat 

Macs/trench coat – Oh the classic Mac. What else is there to say?

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New Look quilted trench coat

Asos duster style trench coat 

Pros

  • Highlights smaller waists
  • Always fashionable
  • Thinner material makes ideal for warmer months
  • Lightweight
  • Waterproof

Cons

  • Good macs that don’t look cheap are expensive
  • Come in neutral colours
  • Sometimes you can look like a stripper in them! (Never wear with a dress)
  • Not particularly warm

Puffer coats/jackets – Not my favourite style of outerwear, however the range of prints and the option of adding a belt is starting to change my mind on these. A very warm, often short jacket perfect for the coldest months, could be a good option if you are looking for a coat which is a bit more casual and fun!

Pros

  • Very warm!
  • Pretty fashion neutral
  • Perfect for skiing holidays!
  • Pretty cheap to pick up
  • Casual style

Cons

  • Bulky – can make wearers looks bigger than they are
  • Can look cheap
  • Come in and out of fashion pretty regularly

H&M ski jacket

Goldigga bubble coat

Fur coats/jackets – The always glamorous fur coat (faux fur of course) is, I think, an essential in any woman’s wardrobe! Whether it’s a full on fur coat or just a hint of fur on a collar or as a gilet can really transform an outfit from casual to daytime chic in a matter of seconds!

Pro

  • Faux fur coats are easy to find
  • Come into style most winters
  • Can look very glamorous
  • Perfect to add drama to an outfit

Cons

  • If they get wet the fur can get matted
  • Very warm
  • Can look tacky dependent on print
  • Real fur coats are both expensive and cruel

Primark have some really good fur coats (but I can’t get you any links so go to a store near you!)

Missguided fur gilet 

New Look fur collar coat 

Missguided fur biker coat 

Topshop fur coat 

Capes – This is definitely a style I am loving! It’s easy to pair capes with some of the other styles of coat as well and get a two-for-one, however be careful when choosing a cape as although they look good they often aren’t very warm. They always make an outfit look more dressy and sophisticated, so if that’s your style then definitely give these a go.

Pros

  • Come in a range of lengths
  • Easy to get hold of in different materials
  • Look very sophisticated

Cons

  • Often not very warm
  • Can look tacky when mixed with too much fur or pattern
  • Not easy to wear in the day time

Asos cape

H&M wool cape 

Boohoo fur cape 

Phew, so that’s my coat edit done! I’ll do a follow-up post soon on my favourite Autumn Accessories, so hopefully by then you’ll have grabbed the coat you’ll be wearing for the winter and can team it with a gorgeous outfit to really turn heads and keep you toasty! Let me know if the comments below if you have a favourite style for this season, or if you’ve already got your coat sorted for A/W 2014 send me a picture as I’d love to see 🙂 As always, if you enjoyed this please like, comment, share or follow and don’t forget to keep updated on what’s going on in Lifestyle for Less land on Twitter and Instagram!

Lots of love, Leanne xx