Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Rosemunde Lace Dress and #AW14 Swarovski!

Some days I wake up with an urge to throw on a pretty frock, and dress like a lady. Sunday was one of those days.

I think this beautiful lace dress from Danish brand Rosemunde is one of my wardrobe favourites, I don't own anything else in this colour and it makes me feel like KMiddy. It's really well made and has a nice fit - not too tight and not too loose.

Rosamunde Lace Dress
Ethical Eel Skin PurseDress: Rosamunde - Necklace: Mi Moneda - Sandals: New Look - Purse: Makki (c/o) - Bracelet: Swarovski (c/o)

I accessorised my look with some of my most loved jewels, this rose gold Mi Moneda necklace and my new sparkly bolt micro bracelet from Swarovski. Both pieces are delicate enough to work with my pretty lace dress, the bracelet comes with a matching earrings set (which I also adore), and surprisingly they're really affordable!

Swarovski Mini Bolt Bracelet
Makki Aubergine Large Zip Wallet

My luxurious aubergine purse is by UK brand Makki, a company who specialise in eel skin handbags. If you've never touched eel skin before, it's the softest fabric ever and is approximately 2-3 times stronger than cowhide! Makki's designs are by-products of the wider food industry and they're an ethical company who believe in 'responsible luxury'. At first I was a bit unsure about the thought of eel skin accessories, but after seeing this purse up close and reading Makki's back story, I'm in love with the brand and their entire range! it turns out Kate Middleton is a fan too... We're almost always on the same page. ;)

Are you a fan of lace? Do you own any eel skin accessories?

T - KMiddy wannabe.

Monday, 15 September 2014

Happy Birthday Joules!

Classic British brand Joules is 25 this year, and this weekend I've been wearing them! 
The Black Lisbeth Women's Lace Top (£69.95) is super versatile and one of my new faves. It's so flattering (this is a size 14), skimming my curves and somehow managing to make everything look a tad smaller, and can easily be dressed up or down. To the outfit! . . .

Outfit: Top - c/o Joules, Jeans - 7FAM, Boots - Jeffrey Campbell, Jacket - Pull & Bear.

Joules Lisbeth top, 7FAM grey jeans, Jeffrey Campbell Cat Lita Boots.

Joules is well known for being dedicated to details. The cotton lace overlay is super intricate and really soft against the skin, it's actually more like a crochet than a classic scratchy lace. The silky black lining runs to the neckline and the arm seams which is perfect for me because I always find that these under vest styles can be a bit skimpy and tight. Finally, the scalloped shell trim on the arms and hem feel a little art deco, which I love because it gives it a bit of a vintage look :)

Joules Black Lisbeth Top

I'm wearing it with boyfriend jeans and a biker here, but I have future plans to team it with leather shorts and flat over the knee boots once the weather gets a bit cooler. It's going to be an awesome AW14 player!

Whilst browsing online, I stumbled across the hilarious About Joules page on the webby, which features 25 facts and fun anecdotes about the brand, one of which is no. 24 - their babywear designer Frances Quinn won the Great British Bake Off in 2013. Well, I never knew that! Definitely worth a read if you have 5 mins :)

Happy Birthday Joules!

J - Lace and leather.

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Swarovski Fall 2014 - Mixed Metals!

We're huge Swarovski fans here, there's literally a store load on our Christmas lists each year and we're rather big on gifting it too (I think I've probably given every person who has passed through my office a Swarovski pen!), so we always eagerly await a new season drop!

The Swarovski Fall 2014 campaign features the beautiful Miranda Kerr and is all about mixed metals, which is a trend that we love because it means you can wear all your jewellery together no matter what the colour, think rose gold, yellow gold and silver all accessorising one outfit together - it's a no brainer and a really easy look to achieve!

Check out the new season campaign video, work it girl . . .

Swarovski are total sweethearts and have been treating us to new pieces every so often for a few years now, so as you can imagine their care packages are one of the highlights of our fashion year, and this season is no exception. 

This time I received the new rose gold 'Bolt' earrings and matching micro bracelet from the Rock Chic trend. I adore this bolt and screw design because it's a tad tougher looking than the other dainty chain bracelets, meaning it won't look out of place paired with a leather biker and ripped skinnies (i.e. my Winter uniform) for a chic daytime look.

Swarovski Bolt Earrings and Bolt micro bracelet

I also received this gorgeous 'Stone Mini' bracelet, featuring four rows of sparkling Swarovski pavé set on a rose gold stainless steel hinged bangle. Ideal for stacking, especially with the silver and gold styles for the perf Mixed Metals look! 

Swarovski Stone Mini Bracelet Bangle

Obviously the jewellery is awesome, but it's the little touches that always make these packages so special. This time they included a monogrammed leather bound notebook (I'm so FANCY!) and Swarovski Crystalline ballpoint pen. I literally squee'd out loud when I pulled this combo out! Perfect for jotting down LFW notes and making post plans! Oh you guys :)

Swarovski Crystalline Ballpoint Pen

And finally, this amazing Glam Rock style black crystal mirror compact, for those discreet touch ups. They do a matching Glam Rock card holder which I now need, and the stunning New Power Rock Black Evening Bag, which at £419 I can probably keep needing, as my man would say, but a girl can dream ;) Still, this crushed black crystal effect is totally me, whatever it adorns - SWOON.

Swarovski mirror compact

For me, Swarovski is one of those brands that I go to when I want to feel special, or impress. I love everything about it, from the beautiful stores with their cabinets full of sparkle to the simple little blue boxes that get me all excitable at Christmas! It's a brand with history yet it is always super current, for example running cute collabs with Disney or Hello Kitty, and even down to incorporating USB technology into the designs (some of them you wouldn't even guess if you weren't told!). I also love that they are still family owned and family driven, so long may the Swarovski crystal reign continue!

J xoxo

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Relaxing In Style With Shoetique and Just Sheepskin Slippers!

I'm a big Winter fan. I like nothing more than lounging in my pyjamas with the heating on and a nice cup of tea. Well, Deirdre Chambers, what a coincidence! It just so happens that full on cosy happiness landed on my doorstep this week from one of our fave online shoe stores Shoetique, in the form of the Just Sheepskin Albery Slippers in a yummy Midnight navy blue! I'm a huge fan of premium slippers and I gift them to family practically every Christmas. My dad has a pair of Just Sheepskin slippers and now swears by them for his poor cold old man feet (shhhh don't tell him I said that!), and my man lives in his (now second pair of) UGG Australia Scuff slippers, but I've never treated myself so I was feeling kind of left out, until now! 

Aren't they beaut's? The colour is a fab alternative to the usual tan, brown and black. The Albery boots are made from 100% pure sheepskin inside and out, and can be worn pulled up or folded over. Sheepskin naturally wicks away moisture, so you'll find that you are less likely to get any yucky um, 'feet' smells despite the enclosed fluffy style. Phew!

Just Sheepskin Albery Slippers

Just Sheepskin Albery Slippers and Topshop Meadham Kirchhoff socks

Just Sheepskin Albery Slippers and Topshop Meadham Kirchhoff socks

Just Sheepskin Albery Slippers and Topshop Meadham Kirchhoff socks
Slipper Boots - Just Sheepskin c/o Shoetique, Socks - Topshop.

They feel amazing to hang out in, and even though they have a rubber tread on the sole for grip (no epic stairway falls here!) you can still flex your feet so perfect for curling up with a good book on the sofa or a beanbag like I am here :) 

Shoetique have a wide range of slippers, including other premium brands like EMU, FitFlop and more. Delivery is free and fast and they even offer a price match guarantee. Okay, so this style is expensive at £79.95, but they honestly last forever, so you have to think about the pounds per wear. I've had about 6 pairs of high street or supermarket slippers since my dad got his Just Sheepskin's so I know these are going to be with me for a long time to come. I would definitely recommend the Just Sheepskin Albery slippers if you were thinking about treating yourself or gifting this Winter, don't hesitate - luxuriate! 

J - Just Lounging.
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