Six For Summer From Size? On Sunday!

Sunday 30 June 2013

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Is there anything sweeter than a fresh pair of Converse trainers, Adidas or Nike kicks straight out of the box on a summer's day? I love me some new lace ups, and Size? is high on my list of first stops when I'm in the market so I put together a little wishlist for my next trip . . . 

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1 - Converse All Star Ox Circus Sequin £50 - These sparkly cuties remind me of a mermaid's tail! I'd wear them with some denim boyfriend shorts and a cute vest.

2 - Vans Era Acid Denim £57 - Vans are so hot right now and they've nailed it with these acid wash pumps! I'd pair these with a denim skater skirt and graphic tee.

3 - Nike Air Max 1 OG Vintage £95 - I rocked the Air Max in the 90's and it's good to see that the style is still the same, and still just as awesome. I'd run a twist on these in a grey jersey maxi skirt and slouchy off the shoulder sweatshirt.

4 - New Balance 410 £50 - Classic cool in a confident hot rod red. I'd grab a pair of Black Milk leggings, an oversize tee and a snapback to set these bad boys off.

5 - Adidas Originals Gazelle OG £65 - This style just never quits and this mustard colour would look perfect with my fave leopard prints. Pass the patterned sundress!

6 - Converse Dainty Ballerina £37 - How cute are these?! I think they would look adorable with cropped skinnies and a cold shoulder blouse for summer officewear.

The best thing about these styles is that they last for years. It makes me so sad to think of all the cool trainers I've had in the last 15 years and either thrown out or sold on Ebay when I've thought the trend was over, only to find them at the top of my want list again a few years later. Damn fashion cycles! Heed my words kids, look after your classics and they will look after you ;)

J - Size? me up.

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The Dressing Room Boutique Sale Preview!

Friday 28 June 2013

Tomorrow one of our favourite online boutiques The Dressing Room is launching their sale! I'm excited to be taking part in their exclusive sale preview evening, giving you the chance to see  some of the reduced pieces before anyone else. 

The girls have a great understanding of my personal style so I was sent a yummy bundle of Rawr-appropriate pieces to 'work'! 

Sha Maxi Dress in Heather Grey by American Vintage: Was £84 Now £49

When I peeked at the selection I'd been given to wear, this American Vintage dress was the one item of clothing I wasn't sure I could pull off. I was worried I wasn't slim enough (I'm on the cake diet) but I'm glad I gave it a go because once I tried it on, I loved it!

It's so soft and I feel good wearing it. I decided to put a nude slip underneath because it's slightly sheer and paired it with a skinny belt and some wedge sandals. This is one of the nicest dresses I've tried on in a really long time! It has a really yummy oversized fit so it falls really well and I just love it. This is definitely my favourite outfit.

Janet Embroidery Dress in Turquoise by Blank: Was £215 Now £129

My second outfit features this absolutely beautiful dress by Blank. I'm a huge fan of turquoise and I couldn't resist dancing around the foyer in this pretty number (cue a few dodgy looks from onlookers)! The skirt is pleated and has an asymmetrical hemline. I opted to wear it with some nude pumps (better for dancing) but I bet it would look perfect with some heeled silver sandals. 

3/4 Photo Tee (with Camera necklace): Was £48 Now £32
Chino Stretch Trouser in Mint both by Maison Scotch: Was £95 Now £65

My final outfit is by Maison Scotch and is much more casual than the others. Oh how I love this cute boxy t-shirt! I was really surprised to discover it comes with a cute camera necklace... What an amazing idea?! I sized up in these chinos for a more relaxed fit and I'm glad I did because I really like how they fall. The colour is so lovely, I'm crazy for pastels this season. I finished this look with a boater hat and my £5 wedges.

I can't wait to find out what else is in the sale tomorrow! I felt a bit sad returning everything ( I only borrowed them for styling purposes) but I think I'll add the American Vintage dress to my WANT list.

Have you shopped at The Dressing Room before? Which outfit is your favourite?

T - Loves playing dress up. XoX
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Olivia Rubin x Gigaset Interview and Bracelet Giveaway!

Thursday 27 June 2013

We love Olivia Rubin's famous speech bubble and brick wall designs, and now Olivia has teamed up with Gigaset, the home phone specialist, for it's 'Art of Conversation' campaign, aiming to inspire people to engage in quality conversations! 

Check out this interview with Olivia about the Gigaset partnership before we get to the giveaway . . . 

     Your speech bubble print is an iconic design – what was the inspiration behind this and your other eye-catching prints?
The speech bubble print derived from my quirky take on a Pop Art classic. I wanted to create something signature that conveys the fun that can be had when having a conversation, but without using any words. I used it specifically on my new knitwear range and used black embroidery to outline each bubble on the jumper to make them really stand out. Like my other iconic prints the aim was to create something fresh and contemporary with an individual edge.

     You mentioned your speech bubble print was a signature print, with a conversational feel - in your industry, how important is it to have quality conversations?
Conversation and communication is key in fashion, as in any business. There are so many stages in the design process from sketch, to sampling, to production, to PR and sales so it is essential to talk to all the different companies and people that deal with each phase, to ensure that the final outcome is perfect.

      Gigaset is the stylish, home phone specialist - why have you teamed up with the brand?
The speech bubble print is the perfect accompaniment to Gigaset’s ‘Art of Conversation’ campaign, which aims to inspire and empower people to engage in quality conversations. We rely so much on email and text messages today that we risk losing the art of conversation, even though talking, more than anything else, is what keeps us connected. Gigaset’s campaign really ties in to what I’m about and works perfectly with my speech bubble print. The brand’s innovative home phones are perfect for fashion conscious females, combining style and state-of-the-art technology to produce design lead, statement home phones.

      In either your professional career or your personal life, what is the best conversation you have ever had and why?
There have been so many that it’s hard to single one out. The one which springs to mind in my career is telling my family I had made the shortlist in the Central Saint Martin’s graduate show. The anticipation of seeing the list being pinned up on the college board and knowing all my family were waiting at home when I told them the news, was a feeling of sheer joy. In my personal life, telling all my friends and family I had got engaged on holiday consisted of many hours of conversations.

      Is there a particular person you enjoy talking to the most?
It would have to be either my mum or my best friend Charlotte. I could chat to them aimlessly for hours, I think talking on the phone is definitely a ‘girl’ thing.

      Who would you most like to have a conversation with?
Without sounding sombre I would love to chat to my papa and nanny who passed away a few years ago. I used to talk to them both on the phone everyday and it was really hard for me when that just stopped so suddenly. It’s amazing to think a phone is such a lifeline to so many families and friends.

      What’s the one gadget you can’t live without?
My phone obviously.

      You’re known for your unique prints, what is your favourite design or print from your 
The print that means the most to me and is probably the most iconic is my brick print. It was the first print I designed for my debut collection for my label and I wanted it be a statement print with a contemporary feel, that would people would remember. The brick represents the independent, passionate women I love to dress.

      High profile celebrities such as Cheryl Cole and Fearne Cotton are fans of your collections 
      – who else would you most like to see wearing your designs?
I like to dress celebrities who have their own personal sense of style and put together my pieces in their own unique way rather than being dictated to by a stylist. I would like to see how Kate Middleton would wear one of my prints - it would be great to see her go a bit more daring. On the flip side I love up and coming actress Chloe Moretz and Leigh Lazark - both very unpredictable yet tailored.

On a regular day, how would you describe your style?
Colourful, eclectic, feminine, clean cut.

      What are the elements of your career you love the most?
The creativity and the people I work with are definitely what keeps me inspired and loving my job.

      What is the inspiration behind your AW13 collection? Can you talk us through it?
AW13 was about glamming up staple wardrobe basics, whether it was with colour, print or embellishment. Winter is about keeping stylishly warm so I have included some fun loving beaded knits, added some unexpected elements to a classic winter party dresses and transformed the iconic white t-shirt into a more sophisticated item. My favourite piece has to be the lace spider web jumper.

      Who would you describe as your style icon?
I don’t have a specific icon as I think it’s important to dress for yourself - your everyday mood and your figure, but I love seeing the combinations Paloma Faith comes up with. I like the element of surprise in her outfits. I also have the most stylish grandmas and mum who look always look effortlessly chic - so I never have to look far for inspiration.

      How does your style in your home inspire your fashion and vice versa?
I’m in the middle of moving house so I have mountains of books and cuttings to start my new project. Print and colour are an important element in both my home and fashion. In my home I like combining minimalistic elements with splash of colour, textile and bold artworks. In fashion you can afford to go full on colour and be more experimental as outfits change from day to day, whereas in your home you have to live with your decoration everyday - something to consider.

      Are there any tips and advice you would give to aspiring new designers?
Stay true to your design aesthetic even while working with or for other designers and companies; never lose your personal creative stamp. Keep a sketch book. Get as much experience in your field as possible to build up your knowledge and grow your CV. Stay inspired by surrounding yourself with great design, visiting galleries, people watching or listening to music.

      What is next for Olivia Rubin?
      I am starting to expand my prints into areas beyond fashion. While Fashion remains my true passion I'm enjoying exploring the way my prints can be manipulated in other areas such as homeware and gifting. I also want to start a more bespoke service for my regular clientele who want a one off piece for a special occasion - I love interacting with my customers and think this would be the perfect way to expand my label. 

Cool interview huh? We love getting insights from a fashion genius, siiiiiigggghhhhhhh :)

To celebrate this union we have a super chic Olivia Rubin bracelet to give away to one of you lucky guys! It's the cute one second left on the pic with a black and silver bead band and a silver 'brick' charm - yum?!

  • To be in with a chance, all you have to do is comment on this post telling us who you love to chat to on the phone!
  • Or follow us on Instagram as TheStyleRawr, find the pic of the bracelet, like and comment there!
  • You could do both for 2 entries into the draw!
This contest will run until 5th July 2013 7pm and is open to UK residents only. Max of 2 entries per person (blog comment and Instagram follow/like/comment). Winner drawn at random from all valid entries shortly after the closing date/time. Good luck!

J & T - Brick house, hell yeah.
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Marc By Marc Jacobs at Harvey Nichols Wishlist!

Wednesday 26 June 2013

Ever since Tara got her Marc By Marc Jacobs rose gold watch I've been dying for a pretty piece of my own. Marc appears to be quite fond of cats and leopard print this season, so maybe a trip to Harvey Nichols is in order very soon! Check out my little wishlist . . . 

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Marc By Marc Jacobs at Harvey Nichols

THE SHOES. Okay, so they're £255 and you're probably all going to shout that you can get much cheaper versions literally everywhere, but basically, I want these ones *STAMP*. 

The cute little pink neoprene phone case is £50, but it's a little piece of Marc and I can totally see it lounging in my bag and on my desk.

The watch is just beautiful. I get serious watch envy every time Tara wears hers in an outfit post and it's been ages since I've bought (or been gifted - hint hint BF!) a nice watch and this one is rather special at £229. Christmas gift status I think so I must be a good girl this year.

And the bag? Well it's just me isn't it! £150 isn't a lot for an MJ bag and I'd use this one everyday. I don't believe leopard print clashes with anything, so pounds per wear would make it practically free in no time ;)

Do you own any Marc Jacobs goodies? Which wishlist item should I save for? I'm thinking the bag . . .

J - Wishlist picks from Harvey Nichs!

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#OOTD ft Rihanna x River Island SS13 collection!

Tuesday 25 June 2013

If you follow me us via our social media channels, you'll probably know that I'm heading to Barbados next month! I've never been before but it's always been on my list of 'countries to visit' and I'm beyond excited.

I've been trying to plan my holiday wardrobe for months in the hopes of channelling my inner Rihanna when I finally touch down in the Caribbean! I was struggling slightly (maxi dresses and...?) when I received one of the most exciting emails EVER from the girls at Rihanna's label Roc Nation. They had spoken with River Island who kindly told them they wanted to kit me out with some of the new Rihanna x River Island summer collection! Eeeep.
Rihanna x River Island Floral Dip Hem Culotte Dress
Rihanna Floral Dip Hem Culotte Dress: c/o River Island - Rihanna Cut-Out Ankle Boots: c/o River Island - Fedora: H&M - Bracelet: F21 - 
Necklace: Low Luv x Erin Wasson (as seen on Rihanna)

Rihanna x River Island Floral Playsuit Dress
Rihanna x River Island Cut-Out Lace Up Ankle Boots

Within a few days I was standing in my local River Island store feeling like a kid in a sweet shop. An hour later I left with 3 awesome outfits and a huge smile on my face. My first purchase was this beautiful floral culotte dress (£70) which comes with built-in shorts (I know, right!?). When I first saw it on the hanger I was a little worried it would be too short for me but the dip hem and built-in shorts provide a perfect fit so I don't feel like I'm going to flash. It also comes in red but I adore the floral print. It is slightly sheer so I popped a little bandeau underneath it for more coverage.

The cut-out boots (£95) are my absolute favourite, we're in love and will probably get married in Barbados. They're not just super fierce, they're uber comfortable too. The heel height is perfect for walking around in and the cut-outs make them the perfect holiday shoes. Nom.

I accessorised my look with a fedora, spikey bracelet and my cross necklace that Rihanna also owns! I like to think the bad girl herself would be proud of how I styled it. Thank you River Island and Roc Nation! <3

Are you a fan of this look? Have you bought anything from the Rihanna x River Island collection?

T - What a bad little girl I am. Xo
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Shoe Lust: WANTING Steve Madden Wedge Sandals!

Monday 24 June 2013

Today's post features an uber stylish pair of Steve Madden 'Wanting' Chunky Wedge Sandals (£80) that I *need* in my life. This season I've developed a bit of an obsession with cut out boots and more recently, chunky wedges. I think the reason for my latest addiction is due to my love of maxi dresses. A good wedge looks perfect with a floor length dress and I just can't get enough!

Steve Madden WANTING Chunky Wedges Black

I spotted these last night while browsing the interwebz and immediately bookmarked them. Not only would they look awesome with my small (a-hem) maxi dress collection, I can also imagine wearing them with shorts or skinnies while on holiday in Barbados! The classic black is a super cool but I can't help but drool over the tan...

Steve Madden WANTING Chunky Wedges Tan

Wedge perfection, right!? Steve Madden is fast becoming my favourite shoe brand. Since these are £80 each, I better start a shoe fund, stat. All donations are welcome, you know where I rawr! ;)

Are you a fan of Steve Madden? What's your current shoe obsession?

T - wanting Wanting. XoX
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Rawrgirls Review . . . Vichy IDEALIA BB Cream!

Sunday 23 June 2013

I'm a big Vichy fan. Their Normaderm 3 in 1 cleanser is a daily staple for me and my skin adores it, so when I heard they had released a BB cream I was all over it! RRP is £21 so it's not cheap, but Boots currently have it on offer for about £15 which is a bit more purse friendly.

Vichy IDEALIA BB cream

It comes in 2 shades (light and medium), and boasts a unique kombucha and UV filter system with light reflecting pigments whilst protecting with an SPF 25. I'm sure we all know what a BB cream is designed to do by now but for the purposes of box ticking, this formula is designed to illuminate, hydrate, smooth wrinkles, refine skin texture, reduce the appearance of dark spots and protect from the sun - phew!

I was really excited to get into this one. In short, Vichy IDEALIA is a dream cream. I am using the Medium shade. I wouldn't say I'm tanned by any means but I get the feeling that it would still enhance darker skins than mine because the texture is super light and non greasy so it just disappears on your skin, and I only needed a small amount to get a pleasant coverage. For comparison, Tara is using Light and it works for her delicate porcelain colouring. I've been using Dr Perricone No Foundation Foundation for ages now so IDEALIA had to do a lot to bump him to second place and it's definitely fighting it out in my vanity case! Cue my face (you may have seen this pic on instagram last week, this is the unfiltered version) . . .

Skin make up - Vichy IDEALIA BB Cream, Benefit Fake Up concealer in Light under eyes and around nose, Bare Minerals All Over Face Colour in Warmth around cheekbones.

Vichy IDEALIA BB Cream review uk fashion and style blog

It's a really fresh skinned look don't you think? I don't have perfect skin at all, I still suffer from the odd spot and I have large pores on my nose and cheeks but IDEALIA seemed to airbrush it all away! I can't go without my Fake Up under my eyes and in the corners of my nose, and I still needed to accentuate my cheekbones obvs, but I think you can forgive me that as I didn't feel any need at all to Fake Up on any other part of my face and usually I could quite happily just colour myself in ;)

So I'm really impressed with Vichy IDEALIA BB Cream. I've used it every day since this picture was taken and I've had loads of compliments so it's obviously doing something right!

J - Skintastic.
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Chi Chi Clothing Analee Dress and Rock 'N Rose Floral Crown!

Friday 21 June 2013

Even though I'm getting on a bit (a-hem), I still love dressing up and pretending to be a princess. Recently Chi Chi Clothing sent me a lovely prom/cocktail dress to style and it's just perfect for a wannabe royal like me!

Chi Chi Clothing Review
Chi Chi Clothing Analee Dress Review
Dress: c/o Chi Chi - Crown: Rock 'N Rose

I'm such a sucker for anything girly/pretty and as a result fell in love with this Analee dress (£49.99) while browsing the Chi Chi website. It features beautiful embroidery, a pleated bust with slight padding and removable straps. The top part is elasticated for comfort and a better fit. If you're smaller on top than everywhere else (like me), I definitely recommend sizing down in this style.

Beatrice Oversized Floral Crown Headband

Every princess needs a crown and believe it or not I've had this one tucked away unworn for almost a year now! I've always been a bit unsure about floral headbands, I like them on other people but I wasn't really convinced I could 'werk' them myself. I decided to throw caution to the wind and embrace this beatrice crown from Rock 'N Rose. I was surprised by just how comfy it is and I'm tempted to take this one (or one of its friends) to Glastonbury.

Have you shopped at Chi Chi before? Are you a fan of floral headwear?

T - Rawrgirl royalty. XoX
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SS13 at Jones + Jones and a chance to #WIN!

Thursday 20 June 2013

We absolutely love London based Jones + Jones! They have the most delicious range of flirty and feminine dresses which are perfect for all sorts of occasions. All of their pieces are designed and made in Britain and recently the lovely J&J team sent us our favourite dress each!

Jones and Jones Arianne Dress
Dress: c/o Jones + Jones - Bowler: - Bracelet: My Flash Trash - Shoes: River Island

Arianne White Floral Dress
Jones + Jones SS13

I chose the super summery Arianne White Floral Dress (£65). I was instantly drawn to this dress because of bright and beautiful floral print! I really like the open back and it comes with a built-in net petticoat for added volume. It's so girly and fun.

And I chose the Poppy Chocolate Dress (£60). I loved the little collar and full skirt combination, it has the cute Alice In Wonderland look but in a warm chocolate brown which for me, is easier to wear than pastels - yum!

 Dress: c/o Jones + Jones - Jacket: TK Maxx - Tights: Pretty Polly - Boots: Jeffrey Campbell.

Jones and Jones Chocolate Dress
Jones + Jones Close Up

If you're a fan of either of these dresses then keep reading because we're giving one away on Twitter! To be in with a chance of winning, follow these simple instructions:

1. Head to our Twitter page and retweet our competition tweet
2. Send us a tweet telling us how you'd style either the Arianne or Poppy dress (which comes in loads of different colours so be sure to tell us which one you're styling)! Remember to include @_jonesandjones and the hashtag #RawrStyle so we can track your entry.

Feel free to get creative! Create a Polyvore set, a Pinterest board, write a poem or just tweet us an awesome outfit idea. This competition will run until 5pm on 25th June 2013 and the prize is for 1 x Arianne or Poppy dress (in any colour) from Jones and Jones.

J & T - Best of luck! XoX

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TK Maxx Summer Suitcase Challenge! #Summer4Keeps

Wednesday 19 June 2013

A few weeks ago, TK Maxx invited us to take part in their blogger summer suitcase challenge! We were each sent a gift card (squee!) and challenged to find a summer holiday outfit for less than £100.

I will always stand by my little store in Runcorn as one of my fave local's. It may not be as glamorous as Chester or Liverpool but it often holds the greatest treasures because it doesn't get ransacked by the savvy bargain hunting big city gals! I headed to the store with a casual day trip kinda outfit in mind. I'm not going away this summer but we will be planning a lot of days out so I will want something cool and comfortable but still epic in the style stakes.

Checking out the goodies looking for the perfect combination!
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Once an obligatory appreciation lap of the store was completed, I spied a new in display full of premium denim designer dresses, all sorts of styles and all under £20, so I grabbed about 5 of them and headed off to try them on! I picked this one (£16.99 with an RRP of £90) because it has sleeves so it will be really versatile, plus I loved the denim shirt style of it. I could even wear it open to the waist with a cute vest underneath because the drawstring acts like a belt.

Outfit - c/o TK Maxx

uk style and fashion blog outfit post denim dress

I felt like I was robbing the joint when I found these amazing pair of designer shoes, gorgeous white leather cut out trainers for just £39.99 (RRP £120)! I knew they would be the perfect summer shoes for me because I very rarely do sandals. They're so comfortable and I can tell I'm going to wear them to death!

uk style and fashion blog cut out trainers jeffrey campbell

I chose this fringed bag (£22.99) because the tan colour sets the dress off and it would be big enough to keep all my day trip bits and bobs in. Plus, it will look pretty amazing with the same dress and a pair of western boots from my wardrobe. Always thinking ;)

uk style and fashion blog fringed bag western

You gotta have a hat right?! And TK Maxx has LOADS of amazing summer hats right now! This designer woven trilby was just £12.99, but has an RRP of £24.99 - bonus.

uk style and fashion blog straw trilby hat

And the total cost of this summer holiday outfit? £92.96! I totally came in under the £100, there was probably even room for a bottle of sun lotion from the beauty dept! When I consider that there are people out there who paid full RRP for these items, especially the dress and shoes where I saved a small fortune, I can't help but feel a tad smug! 

TK Maxx is our mothership. We can always find something to buy in there and we have so many text/tweet convos in our stores when we excitedly spy our fave designer labels at ridiculously low prices! I urge you to check your local store out, don't be afraid, delve in and share your finds!

J - #Summer4Keeps? Challenge accepted!
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Glastonbury Festival Fashion Wishlist!

Monday 17 June 2013

I'll be heading to Glastonbury next week so there's just about time to squeeze in some last minute shopping! Today I've been buying boring things (camping mats etc) but I can't help but think about some of the festival fashion essentials I'm lacking...

Glastonbury Wishlist!

Currently out of stock *SOB*, this super cute jumper by Candy Kittens is perfect for throwing over a vest when it starts to get chilly in the evenings at Glasto. It's all about layering to keep warm.

2. Pepe Jeans Thom Denim Shorts (Was £66 Now £33)
Can you believe I don't own any suitable festival shorts? I quite fancy this black pair, I have a thing for aztec inspired pieces and I really like the length of these. Super cute.

3. Dog Print Anorak (£35)
My favourite piece from this wishlist is the cutest rain mac ever by Brat & Suzie! Part of me wishes the hood had ears but I still love it. I also like that it's transparent so it doesn't hide your outfit (which took weeks to plan haha).

4. Timex Digital Watch (£39.99)
Jade has the green version of this and I've been eyeing up for a few weeks now. I don't own any waterproof watches so this one would be great for making sure I don't miss my favourite acts! 

5. Floral Headband (£20)
I already have a yummy mint headband from Crown & Glory but I can't help but think a beige one would look awesome with each of my outfits! That being said, better keep it away from the mud... 

6. Wildfox Antler Feathers Dress (£92)
This dress is oh so dreamy! It screams festival fashion and I can totally see Vanessa Hudgens wearing it. I'd pair it with some Dr. Marten wellies and my fedora...*SWOON*

So who wants to lend me £300 so I can have the best Glastonbury wardrobe ever!? ;) Please do a little sun dance for me next week because I want to get my tan on.

T - Better get shopping! XoX
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Rawr Loves Lingerie - Tutti Rouge Betty!

Sunday 16 June 2013

I'm always on the lookout for gorgeous large cup lingerie, and Tutti Rouge starts at 28DD all the way up to 38HH - WOW. 

The Betty set ticks all my boxes, look how purty it is! The colours remind me of an ice cream sundae; purple, pink, peach and mint flowers set against a warm lemony cream satin with matching lace trim - yum! Frillies to make you feel fabulous indeed!

I'm a 36E. I know I'm not a GG or HH, but I still often feel that my chest gets in the way of what I want to wear by ruining the line of a dress or top and making me feel top heavy? The Betty bra is amazing, it actually makes me look and feel slimmer because it fits so well and the straps are super soft against the skin, so you forget you're wearing it!

The DD-G sizes have a 2 hook fastening, whilst GG-HH have a 3 hooker. I love the Tutti Rouge branding on the clasp, such a cute touch.

The matching knicks are really pretty too. I love the rear cut out detail and sheer panel with ruching. It all helps towards making a memorable exit ;)

The Betty bra is £32, and the matching knicks are £16. I've tried cheaper bras but they just don't work for me. I've bought cheaper fashion bras just to get a cool coloured strap and by the end of a day I'm uncomfortable with all kinds of marks on my shoulders, back and chest. It's just a waste of time and money. I'm now used to paying £30+ for a quality bra in my size and it's 100% worth it if I want to love my shape when I'm wearing it so I'll definitely be checking out more Tutti Rouge styles!

J - Tutti Frutti!
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TK Maxx Summer Suitcase Challenge! #Summer4Keeps

Friday 14 June 2013

A few weeks ago, TK Maxx invited us to take part in their blogger summer suitcase challenge! We were each provided with a gift card and given the mission of finding a summer holiday outfit for less than £100.

At the weekend I headed to my local store in Bristol to try and find the perfect summer outfit. I'm going on a long weekend to Paris next month so I wanted to create a holiday look suitable for Europe.

Giving some sunglasses the 'pout test' and trying to pick a handbag in the Bristol store.

My game plan was to grab everything I liked and try it all on...Simple haha. After spending a good hour in store, I finally found the outfit! Buying an entire look for less than £100 required some serious savvy shopping but I'm really happy with my choices. 

Denim Shift Dress from TK Maxx
Outfit: c/o TK Maxx

As soon as I spotted this denim shift dress I knew I had to have it! It's a current season designer piece reduced from £135 to £39.99. What a bargain. I love the classic shape and because it's so feminine and chic, it would be ideal for my trip to Paris.

I'm a bit obsessed with fringing at the moment so seriously lucked out when I found this waistcoat in the sale section. It was a total steal at £7 (originally £14.99) and was even made in the UK. It's actually a size 12 but I like that it has a slightly oversized fit.

Coral bag from from TK Maxx

I found choosing a handbag the hardest task because I was so spoiled for choice. In the end I opted for this adorable cross body bag which was on sale from £24.99 to just £18. I love the pink/coral colour which I think looks super pretty against my denim dress. I often find celebrity fashion brands to be a bit hit or miss but this bag is a definite winner.

Espadrilles from TK Maxx

Finally, the shoes! I finished my holiday outfit with these sparkly espadrillesoriginally £70, now £34.99. Wedges are so comfortable and look good with both dresses and shorts. I adore the ankle strap detail on these and I like that they're different to anything I'd usually wear. 

So there you have it, my summer holiday outfit for a very affordable £99.98! I rarely leave any TK Maxx store without making a cheeky purchase, it's bargain central.

Do you like this look? Are you a TK Maxx fan?

T - Mission: Donezo. #Summer4Keeps XoX
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