spring style list 16Me and clothes are having a moment. I’ve been uninspired by my wardrobe for months and since my Topshop Style experience which I mentioned here, I’m overwhelmed with a love for fashion and a desire to shop until I drop. Unfortunately, I don’t have the means to do this right now and so a wishlist is the best I can do.

There’s a definite theme in the types of things I’m after, it’s basically denim and leather. I’m on the lookout for the perfect blazer too, something smart casual in a lightweight fabric. I also can’t get enough of shoes and handbags, which is so not like me. I used to be the type of girl who wore the same pair of shoes until they got a hole in and then I’d buy another – either loafers or ankle boots depending on the season.

I’m getting brave and lusting after double denim looks and daytime heels, I’m taking a lot of inspiration from blogs but i’m also starting to feel comfortable with my own choices. Does that make me an adult?

I’ve just written all of that, uploaded the picture and realised that the shoes are still ankle boots and loafers; some things never change…

I’m making a conscious effort to step away from the spray on skinnys, and let my legs breathe a little. There’s nothing worse than having to sit for half an hour after every meal with your trousers undone and so I’m opting for something a little more spacious and a little more stylish. I’m into MOM jeans, Boyfriend jeans and Girlfriend jeans. Pictured are the Topshop MOM jeans in collaboration with Fashion Targets Breast Cancer which makes them an even more worthy investment, also the Topshop Lucas jeans, which I tried on and LOVED.

Sticking with denim, denim shirts with denim jeans is a look which I love, I really like this two toned one from Zara which would go with a few different jean shades and the one from Topshop with the frilly collar, though this might be a bit to warm for the summer months.

There’s a definite lack of jackets in my wardrobe and after selling my old faux leather piece I’m looking to invest in something which will stand the test of time. I love the texture of the Topshop Boutique Ultimate Biker Jacket, now I just need to find the $$$.

Shoes wise I’m after some fresh new loafers now that mine are literally unwearable and smell horrific (tmi?), and think that a black and nude pair are compulsory. I’m also lusting after the Topshop Music bone heeled ankle boots, which I think would look so chic with girlfriend or boyfriend jeans.

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I do want a pair of Stan Smiths. Am I a bad person? I love how these look with a smarter outfit and I’ve been wearing my Nike Trainers to death in this way. Plus I have tiny feet so can pay child’s price. Justified.

Finally, until I can get a designer bag (literally scrolling Selfridges every day), I’m opting for this fancy little number from Zara. Chanel-esque with a moc-croc style and chain handle? Oh go on then!

graphic linerRecently I’ve been thinking (never ends well) about beauty trends which are on the catwalk every season, and the one which always stays in my mind is Graphic Liner. Models pull off over extended lines and zig zags while strutting up and down looking ab fab, but can the real woman pull it off?

Being the kind little lady that I am, I decided to give it a go to save you making a monkey of yourself. And the result? I actually really like it…

It’s not one for nipping to ASDA, and it might make the postie do a double take but for a night out, dinner or drinks this look gives a modern take on the fifties cut crease. It’s sharp edges are on trend whilst still working to define the eye.

To create the easiest graphic liner look ever I used my trusty Maybelline Gel Liner in Black and a Real Techniques Fine Liner Brush. I did the usual cat eye flick with a slightly finer line than usual and then extended the flick upwards, tipped my head back slightly and followed the natural shadow of my eye back in about half way. I can imagine this would look great if you used an electric blue liner or added some glitter for the festive season.

Would you try this?

autumn nail shadesI LOVE Autumn, it’s hands down my favourite season for style, food, drink, beauty and general life. As soon as August is ticked off the calendar I take joy in bringing out the knitwear, scarves, jackets and ankle boots and being surgically attached to a Pumpkin Spice Latte. A moment for Starbucks autumnal cups please. As with every season. the suitable shades transfer into every aspect of our lives; our wardrobes, our lipsticks and today’s topic; our nail polish picks.

The New Nude: This comes in the form of my favourite autumn shade, Camel. There’s something about camel colours which oozes class, sophistication and high end style and I adore it. My pick is MAC Nail Lacquer in Very Important Poodle from their recent Haute Dogs Collection. Try to get your hands on it, thank me later. The formula of MAC polishes impressed me beyond belief, giving Essie a run for its money. Why had I only heard bad things?

The Classic: Hear Autumn, Think Burgundy. Everybody needs a perfect burgundy/berry shade and pictured here is Bordeaux from H&M’s new beauty line. It goes on nicely, but doesn’t last more than a day on me so recommendations are more than welcome.

The Chic: If you’re one to wear a subtle nail shade, Nails Inc X Victoria Beckham polish in Bamboo White delivers on unrivaled formula and colour. A white with a pinky undertone, no tip-exx nails here…

The Edge: For an autumn nail which doesn’t scream the season, or an alternative to the aboves American Apparel Nail Polish in serves up a quintessential navy shade; a colour I cant help going back to.

The Sparkle: It may not be Christmas time just yet (nearly nearly nearly wooooohooooooo) but the colder months are coming and I’m welcoming glitter polish whether you like it or not. I’m currently coveting Essie’s Summit Of Style but until and along with then I’ll be piling up Nails Inc Snowflake.

What are your Autumn polish picks?

For the final instalment of my London fashion weekend coverage, I’m bringing four trends straight from the catwalk to your screens. This season screams pattern and texture with a sprinkling of metallics thrown in for good measure. 

The first trend is hyper florals; which translates to bold floral patterns, with bright colours and statement prints. Gone are the days of garden pansies, think colour, tropics and trees. This trend can be taken through to summer with ease.

Shimmer and shine is right up my street, subtle metallics are grown up glitter; and we all know how happy a bit of sparkle can make you feel. From daytime glamour to evening chic, I’ll be making the most of this one.

Make it monochrome is a people pleaser, doing exactly what it says on the tin. Fortunately my wardrobe already fits this to a t. Stock up on black and white basics, adding in grid print and houndstooth for that je ne sais quoi.

The seventies have been up and coming since just before Christmas, and this spring it’s their time all over again. Add texture with fringing, suede and denim, oversized buttons and flared, floaty shapes. I love.

So that’s the rundown from the runway. How will you wear the trends? 

I’ve shown you the bag and I’ve shown you the outfit, it’s only fair that my snaps from the catwalk show follow on. 

I really enjoyed my first real catwalk experience and looked on from the second row (can SROW be a thing?) in envy of the perfectly structured models strutting along with such elegance. While there’s no way I’ll ever make it onto the runway, I can sure as hell buy all of the garms and let my self believe I look that damn good in them. Do they come in petite? 

All of the models were made up by Maybelline, given slick hair by Toni and guy and dressed courtesy of the outnet.com. As for the trends? I’m keeping those secret until tomorrow’s post. *evil laugh*