Girl Crush… Rosie Huntington-Whiteley for Autograph

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Rosie for Autograph 2014 – Silk Padded Plunge Bra £25 Silk Brazilian Knickers £12.50 (Antique Rose)

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley has come leaps and bounds since walking for Victoria’s Secret. Needless to say the experience and understanding of the lingerie industry has lead her collaboration with Marks & Spencer.

Since the launch of the Rosie for Autograph line in 2012, stores have sold out nationwide of the beautiful, french inspired lingerie regularly. I’ve always been a fan of Huntington-Whiteley before the line was announced so hearing about it really excited me. I was eager to see if she would go down the Victoria Secret-esque, fun and quirky style or whether to keep it simple and elegant.. I’m very happy she chose the latter.

The first collection highlighted the main styles that would continue to feature throughout the following seasons; Padded balcony bras, all-in-one teddies, brazilian and high-waisted briefs and nighties.

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Rosie for Autograph 2013 Range

Rosie has chosen her colour palettes and materials smartly, she has definitely learnt a lot from her previous lingerie experience. She uses soft colour palettes to compliment the skin tone, and delicate lace and silks to keep the lingerie luxurious and also comfortable. The great thing about this range is that it is an affordable indulgence..which is perfect! Most women lust after this style of lingerie but it always comes with a 3 figure price tag. It’s about time a high street retailer took the initiative to bring what the customer wants, to them. I think it was a perfect move for Marks and Spencer, as it has always been known to offer good quality underwear.

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Rosie for Autograph 2014 – Silk Chiffon Bralet £19.50, Silk Chiffon Shorts £12.50

I feel this collaboration, and the introduction of Belinda Earl as style director, has allowed Marks and Spencer to become one of the leading trendsetting shops on the high street. It has definitely become somewhere I know I can go into and pick up a statement piece/perfect shoe/amazing underwear. So Ladies.. if your lost for something to treat your man to tomorrow, or maybe you fancy treating yourself (We all love to feel sexy, even if nobody sees!), you have to try this underwear. I guarantee you will be back!

(Psst!  M&S love a good 20% lingerie sale every now and again too!)

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Rosie for Autograph – Silk Teddy

Amz x

Victoria Beckham….the Love of my Life

Victoria Beckham at her Autumn/ Winter 2014 Show

 

Yet again this woman makes me crumble at her feet. 

Victoria Beckham is an absolute genius and her recent New York Show cements this fact to the absolute core. She has really adapted from the original figure hugging, waist clenching power dresses, which first brought her onto the scene 5 years ago. 

 

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This season sees sleeveless coats, tailored mannish trousers under long floaty skirts and, of course, her signature structured handbags.  I am loving these side chained coats, especially the sleeveless white one (See above) As always, we see a lot of colour blocking in this range, but unlike most autumn/winter collections, this collection is brighter. 

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It’s so refreshing to see her throwing away the waist clenching dresses, and go for more fun, drop waisted, oversized shapes. I am also loving this blue injection; When thinking of autumn, you automatically think purples, greens, browns etc.  It’s amazing seeing royal blue standing out so prominently with such a respected and influential designer.  

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Another notable detail of the range are the beautiful midi skirts. This trend has really taken off over the last year and VB steps it up a notch with the visible slits towards the front of hers. This gives a nod towards the Cullottes trend thats coming on strong. 

I love everything about this collection, this woman and what she’s doing. I am forever in awe of how far she has come and how much she’s achieved herself. My inspiration forever..

Amz x

A Key Autumn 2013 Essential..

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“Fashion is a kind of communication. It’s a language without words. A great hat speaks for itself.”

On getting dressed this morning, I looked in the mirror and thought “A good hat would 100% complete this outfit” 

 

 

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Coral Jumper – (Selected Femme) , Skirt – Vintage (Sorry!)

 

 

I’ve always loved fedoras and a good trilby but never actually invested in one. More so because I never properly took the time to do a bit of research to find a good reasonably priced one. I did come to the conclusion that it is something that is going to serve a long time so I wouldn’t mind spend a bit of cash on it.

So I have compiled a shortlist of hats that i think would add a bit of oomph to any Autumn outfit.

 

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Barbour Dalton Fedora £50 | House of Fraser

 

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Burgundy Felt Fedora Hat £25 | Miss Selfridge

 

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Black Ribbon Trim Fedora Hat £22 | River Island

 

Enjoy, Amz x

Another amazing Campaign from FCUK..

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What an awesome new campaign from the design house FCUK!

‘From Sketch to Store’ is the new AW 13 campaign, shot by Rankin and illustrated/designs by Jo Bird, which continues the theme of edgy and alternative advertising. It’s all a very simple concept with Rankin shooting 3 models in their natural form (Starkers!…fair play.) and then Jo Bird used the original shots to sketch on the new designs. It’s simple, elegant and edgy..

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Known for their effortless style and sartorial designs the sketches are of clean cut, MOD jackets and blouses.

This wasn’t entirely all FCUK however..

Rankin is part of an agency called The Full Service who French Connection approached to materialise the idea.

..and what a great job they did. Its an interesting concept that will have everyone turning their heads which is just what FCUK wanted. I’m absolutely loving this and hope that they get a lot of recognition for it!

Heres the rest!

Amz x

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(This is a gorgeous sketch!)

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All of a sudden…Tulle Everywhere!

Is it just me or is the Tutu making a comeback? Every media outlet I turn to is crunching out all shapes, sizes and colours of beautifully ruffled tulle skirts……AND I LOVE IT!

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I first starting seeing these skirts showing up on Pinterest when I was gathering ideas on what style to make for my graduation dress. (Yeah…that didn’t happen..) But ever since, I can’t stop looking at them, they’re just so dreamy. And I’m not the only girl who immediate thinks of Miss Bradshaw when I hear the word tutu either..

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And why the hell not? Okay you don’t have to go full Tutu…you can get them in all different subtle lengths and colours too! It’s definitely been added to my list of garments to roll out over the next few months. Just so pretty!

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xx Amz

Selected?…ALL OF IT

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Working for Avoca has given me the opportunity to get to know different brands of clothing that they sell throughout their stores in Ireland. One brand that constantly delivers beautiful and on trend items is SELECTED.

Selected is a Danish family owned brand which has been running for at least 25 years. They cater for both men and women, originally starting as a menswear brand. They focus on keeping their garments current and sophisticated.

Their menswear line is created for the modern man, its all very contemporary and focuses on fitted shirts and suits. I love a well dressed man as much as the next girl so I have been spreading the word to my male friends and family.

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When all the knitwear for winter came in majority of my colleagues and myself all wanted the jumpers for ourselves let alone buy them for relatives. I have to say the mens stuff if very simple and minimal but thats what’s great about it, you can forever mix and match and now have to worry about clashes etc.

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The great thing about the womenswear side of the company is that its split into two departments; Selected Femme and Selected Femme Jeans.  Selected Femme focuses on feminine cuts and sharp tailoring in delicate colours.

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Selected Femme Jeans follows a more edgy, rock ‘n’ roll vibe! It uses more washed out and worn looks to give an urban look. It definitely uses more vibrant patterned fabrics and denim in this range and caters to the more laidback and louder customer. (ME!)

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 The only downside to this company is that they don’t deliver to Northern Ireland or Scotland.. so if you can find a retailer that stocks their stuff…snap it up! Or else use your english friends as a courier business?? Check out the collections below:

www.selected.com