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OOTD Flash of Neon

As the warmer months creep in, I decided to embrace it with this outfit I wore for my boyfriend’s birthday meal. Statement trousers often become a trend for spring/summer as it is a great way to wear colour or pattern without baring too much skin.

I went for these navy and white striped ones (Zara) as they are the perfect blend of laid back and sophistication. The nautical feel to them and the relaxed shape with elasticated waistband adds to the laidback glamour look.

I wore them with a light t-shirt (French Connection) with Peter Pan collar to keep it simple and slipped on my yellow court shoes for a pop of colour (Kurt Geiger). Brights and neon colours are perfect for spring/summer and when worn with a simple outfit, they can make the look pop.

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OOTD Easter

After the chocolate and film binge of Easter Sunday, the sunshine and fresh air of Hampstead Heath offered the perfect antidote.

I wore faded boyfriend jeans (Topshop) as a nod to the denim trend this season and because they also work as a transitional piece for spring

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The floral printed blouse (Zara) added a touch of femininity as it is also a great piece to dress up or down depending on the occasion. Finally, I finished with the blue leopard print loafers (Kurt Geiger).

While the sun is still warming up and there’s threat of April showers, transitional pieces like boyfriend jeans or light blouses are ideal so you’re never caught out.

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Best and Worst of the Golden Globes

Awards season is a stylist’s busiest time of year as Hollywood’s A-Listers get prepped and primed for red carpet success. At this year’s Golden Globes, the style heavy weights did not hold back with some stunning looks from the likes of Cate Blachett, Emma Watson and Olivia Wilde.

While some of the red carpet royalty disappointed, there were some new faces ready to take their places in the best dressed pages.

Cate Blanchett wore this sheer Armani Couture gown with a tucked under bob and gorgeous accessories for the ultimate in effortless chic.

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Emma Watson wore Christian Dior for a modern take on red carpet style and looked fabulous- I love the combination of a sexy open back and sophisticated cigarette pant.

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Olivia Wilde showed that you don’t have to lose the glamour when you’re expecting in this glitzy Gucci number. The fact that’s its figure-hugging to show off that baby bump makes it even more beautiful.

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Unfortunately, there were some more underwhelming dresses on show at the Golden Globes from ladies who should know better.

Jennifer Lawrence wore a dazzling white Christian Dior strapless dress with two waistlines and full skirt. While she looked gorgeous as always, the black band around the waist with a second one around her hips was off and the accessories were too heavy for her soft pixie cut and ultra-girly dress. If a few elements of the look were removed or it had a straighter silhouette, then it would have changed the dress completely and looked more put together.

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Zoe Saldana’s dress was a gift from designer fan, Prabal Gurung and while I appreciate the sentiment, I feel it would have been kinder to politely decline than wear it in front of the world’s press. Almost everything about it was wrong- the different materials, the way they were put together and the two pieces draped over her arms was just too much. There are some elements that work such as the bodice section and luckily for her, Zoe has a great figure so it could have looked a lot worse.

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While it was a good night for American Hustle and its leading ladies on the silver screen, their red carpet looks fell short for me. Amy Adams followed Jennifer Lawrence with an underwhelming dress which should have worked. The different shades of red looked great on her skin and the plunging neckline should have wowed but with her hair put up in that complicated twisted bun, the whole thing aged her slightly. I did love the pendant on the long chain and with her hair worn down, it could have looked amazing.

And now for the new comers to the red carpet, the award for best dressed has to go to Lupita Nyongo in a breath taking pillar box red gown and cape by Ralph Lauren. She may not have won the Globe for her role in 12 Years a Slave but she most certainly beat her more experienced stars to the best dressed spot. Hair and make-up remained simple and classic, giving full attention to the dress.

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Margot Robbie also shined in her white Gucci gown, embellished with jewels and set off perfectly with a slit to her thigh and bleach blonde hair for that old Hollywood glamour. The emerald green shoes, while subtle, were also a nice touch and a bit different to what we normally see.

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The Golden Globes kicked off awards season with a bang and a bit of fizzle this year but with the close of the SAG Awards, will these starlets be able to keep up their style status or redeem themselves in light of some fashion flops?

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OOTD Tartan

These silk wide leg trousers (Zara) are the perfect addition to my winter wardrobe with a subtle but classy nod to the punk trend this season.
Instead of fully embracing the trend to the level of kilts and safety pins, pairing these trousers with my leopard print heels and oversized clutch give them the edge they are asking for.

I wore then with the black sleeveless top (River Island) and black leather jacket (All Saints) to complete the look.

Try wearing patterned trousers or leggings to create your version of one of this season’s trends and be bar ready in minutes…

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OOTD Winter Warmer

Today I put this outfit together using a H&M calf length dress with a Topshop a cropped knitted jumper over the top.
The dress is maroon and alone, is fairly formal as it’s long in length and also has a very conservative t-shirt sleeve and baggy top. The material is a very stretchy jersey and really comfortable in the day. It also worked really well with the jumper and a pair of ankle boots.

I love my new Topshop jumper a lot and the design is really interesting but in monotonal colours, it’s still more minimal in style.

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Today I decided to layer a few comfortable tops with a pair of jeans a statement necklace. Going for comfort in Autumnal reds and oranges, I layered an old check shirt from Hollister (I’m sure they still stock similar) under a white knitted sweater from Zara.

I added some gold jewellery including this necklace with a spiked fringe and red cotton stripe to bring out the colours of the shirt underneath and some rings like the spiral one shown (as part of a set from New Look).

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OOTD Love Hearts

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I wore this outfit last week and I love the maroon heat-printed skirt, even more so because it was only £10 from Primark. Its on trend for this autumn with a nod to Burberry’s heart shirts seen on Victoria Beckham and Harry Styles recently. It is also the perfect skirt to dress up or down with the light-weight material great for the evening and easily worn with tights during the day.

The Zara top is one of favourite purchases so far this season as it covers the 50s trend with the stiff large collar and the mustard yellow brightens up any outfit. The material is soft but in with a neoprene feel which creates a more box-y shape.

I wore the skirt and top with some subtle silver jewellery, ankle boots and my hair back to show off the shape of the top and collar.