Simoni Textile Designs: Hand-Woven Accessories

Thursday 31 December 2015

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Here at The Style Rawr, we love discovering new brands! Simoni Textile Designs produce hand-woven accessories using the finest yarns and we can't help but SWOON over her unique pieces. Greek designer Simoni Papaefstathiou hails from Cyprus but studied Textile Design in London, where she now lives. Her impressive designs have gained her a strong following in Cyprus where she has been featured by various publications such as Time Out, and has made several TV appearances.

Now London-based, Simoni Textile Designs has launched onto the UK market and I was recently sent a beautiful metallic clutch to style in an outfit post.

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Dress & Shoes: F&F - Clutch: Simoni Textiles (c/o)

It may be New Year's Eve but my night is going to be relatively chilled so I decided to style this clutch with my sparkly shift dress, red fedora and black court shoes. This clutch is the perfect size for me as I like to have a relatively big bag so I can fit everything in!

Beautifully finished with a statement gold leather panel, it was made to the highest standard... I love how special it makes me feel! I'm always drawn to more unique accessories, this is certainly an iconic piece and a great conversation starter.

I believe it's really important to support independent brands and give them the love they deserve, Simoni Textile Designs has a range of scarves, bags, purses, earrings and much more! I have a bit of a weakness for her 'Bohemian Ribbons' collection featuring pieces made from dreamy pastel colours... I adore the wristlet purses.

I'd love it if you would check out their website or Etsy page to view more of their incredible pieces. I've noticed they often post discount codes on their Facebook page, so make sure you like them to keep up-to-date with their latest news and offers.

Which piece is your favourite? How would you style this bag? - T   
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T's Top Outfits 2015!

Monday 28 December 2015

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Hey everyone, I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas! I've been taking it easy over the past few days, just hanging with friends & family and shopping (DUH). As 2016 is almost upon us, today I thought it would be nice to share my most popular outfit posts of 2015.

The Style Rawr 2015

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The Dressing Room Christmas Sale Preview!

Thursday 24 December 2015

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It's almost everyone's fave time of the year again - Christmas sale time! I love Christmas. I love giving gifts, receiving gifts and getting my shop on. Every year I allocate a certain amount of money for sale shopping, be it in the form of gift cards or good ole Xmas cash... I tend to score my favourite buys of the year in the Christmas/January sales! 

Tomorrow, one of my favourite sales launches - The Dressing Room sale. This award-winning independent boutique is adored by locals and fashionistas from across the UK. They have great customer service and stock some of my most-loved brands including ASH, Becksondergaard, Chlobo, Unreal Fur and many more.

Last week I was sent a selection of sale items to style for a special blogger sale preview so you can get a taste of what will be included in tomorrow's sale.

Twist and Tango Emmy Printed Dress
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Men's Nike Roshe One Running Trainers Review

Tuesday 22 December 2015

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My favourite person in the world is back! Sam loves a bit of outfit post action and I would never dare attempt to dress him, he's got his own distinct style which I love, even if I do tell him he looks like a grandad 70% of the time.

Although he does have a nice selection of brogues and smart shoes which he wears for special occasions, he mostly found wearing trainers. He's the kind of man who only buys a couple of pairs of new trainers a year and then wears them until they fall apart. So he's like most men, I guess. He was recently sent a new pair of Nike Roshe One to style from the King of Trainers, JD Sports.

JD Sports Trainer Review
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Christmas at Beaverbrooks - Earring Jackets

Monday 21 December 2015

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Beaverbrooks are so on trend this Christmas with their new range of earring jackets, as seen on tons of glam celebs including Jessica Alba, J-Lo and Rita Ora. This chic style of earring is designed in 2 pieces so the back piece looks like it 'floats' below your lobe, and it's a discreet way to wear a hot new trend! 

These Silver Rose Gold Plated Cubic Zirconia Earring Jackets are £35, and would make a fab gift for your best mate or sister. You can wear them as just studs or as jackets, so it's like gifting 2 pairs of earrings! Aren't they purty?

Beaverbrooks earring jackets
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Bath and Unwind: Joico Moisture Recovery Haircare Review

Sunday 20 December 2015

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I'm trying to grow my hair for my upcoming wedding, I know it's already quite long but I want it even longer so I can have huge bouncy waves on my big day. I've already started to make little changes, I blow dry it less and straighten it less, and I've also started to switch up my hair care products.

A few months back I was sent some Joico shampoo and conditioner from online faves, Bath & Unwind. I've read lots of reviews about Joico, so had high hopes this could be the new shampoo/conditioner for me!

So what makes Joico so special?

Joico Moisture Recovery Shampoo
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F&F Occasionwear: 1920s Style

Friday 18 December 2015

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I love a good sparkly frock, especially at this time of the year which is why I can't get enough of F&F. Jade & I recently took over their Instagram for a day to promote their new AW15 collection, and I was sent this rather festive look to feature (complete with my signature fedora).

F&F has continued to up their game, just after this outfit arrived I placed an online order for more sparkly pieces to wear over the Christmas period, including a beautiful Art Deco dress I'm planning to wear to my office party!

F&F Sparkle Dress
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Office Christmas Party Look With Debenhams

Wednesday 16 December 2015

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Going from work to an after hours party without time to change can be tricksy, but I think I've put together something totally workable with a little help from Debenhams!

For a start, I'm not the girliest of girls in the office and I very rarely wear a skirt or dress, so even just a hint of leg will up my game. With that in mind I chose this Girls On Film Pink Lace Sleeve Dress (£40) because it's not a style my colleagues will have ever seen me in. It's cute and it's very feminine, but it needs toughening up a tad if it's going to work for me so I picked out this amazing H! by Henry Holland Navy Military Jacket (£65) to New Romantic it up a bit. This jacket is unbelievable. The detailing is beautiful on it and it's really weighty. If it had tails (which I'm obsessed with) it would be perf. As very well demonstrated by my hero Prince in the 80's, flouncy sleeves and military detailing go hand in hand, so this was my inspiration for the look as I finished it off with last season's flat OTK boots and an embellished box bag.

Outfit: Jacket and dress - c/o Debenhams, Tights - Wolford, Boots - Debenhams, Bag -

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Christmas Gifts for Cats With Tigga Towers!

Tuesday 15 December 2015

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I spoil my beautiful cats Loki and Logan. They're my witch kitty babies and they get whatever we think they need so it was with great enthusiasm that I discovered Tigga Towers. a homegrown luxury cat product brand! Tigga Towers products are not only designed for cats, but they also take into account feline behaviour and safety, covering all aspects of play and comfort. Now okay, so the luxury towers and scratching posts made from solid oak and polished granite are a little out of our price range (starting at £234), but the bedding and toys are most definitely within our paw grasp with prices starting at just £6 for a catnip toy. 

Now they say black cats are lucky, and my two certainly are because Tigga Towers sent them a beaut little care package of a bed and a catnip toy each to share. Loki (pictured in these photos) immediately took to the Catnip Fish Bone (£6) with all the vigour of a tiger on prey. He carries it around the house in his little mouth and growls at it as he 'kills' it which is adorable! Logan adores the Cat Nip Toy Ball, and being more of a lover than a fighter he prefers to chase it around the house in a game of pawball! Both are indoor cats, so their toys are very important to them as they don't get to stalk live prey (other than the occasional unlucky spider). Being dutiful parents, Tim and I are always buying them new toys to keep things interesting for them, but they rarely hit the spot as well as these ones! Both toys are super light which makes it easy for the cats to throw them around and really feel like they have control over their own play. They're also machine washable and trust me they need to be as they are constantly being chewed and drooled on!

The Round Doughnut Cat Bed (£25) is currently the most popular bed in the house (and we have A LOT to choose from!). I'm definitely going to have to get another one. Logan is especially taken with it, we think because he is the bigger of the two and he likes to rest his head on the raised edge, like a little pillow! So cute. Again, the material is super soft and comfortable, made from non looped fabric which is safe for kitty claws, and also machine washable to keep us hoomans happy.

Tigga Towers Cat Products Review
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Christmas in London: Premier Inn Southwark Tate Modern!

Monday 14 December 2015

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Last month we hooked up with our good friend Steph of FAIIINT for a pre-Christmas London jaunt! The wonderful peeps at Premier Inn kindly put us up in their fab Southwark (Tate Modern) location for the night so we could relax into a girly catch up, complete with bridal dress fitting (yes Steph is making J's dress - squeee!) and cocktails at a central, warm and safe base.

The hotel itself was super easy to find and instantly agreeable. The staff were so lovely (we basically cleared the place of complimentary teabags without even so much as an eyebrow raise!), nothing was too much trouble. You know you're always going to get quality service and lovely clean rooms when you stay with Premier Inn, but this hotel is relatively new so we were treated to pristine surroundings! Speaking of surroundings, we were also majorly impressed to find a Tesco Express and Sainsburys Local literally across the road from the hotel entrance. So handy to grab a quick sandwich and a few drinks to have while we got ready to go out.

Premier Inn Southwark Tate Modern Review
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Christmas Blog Club at Bath & Unwind HQ!

Sunday 13 December 2015

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On Thursday I made my way to the Bath and Unwind HQ, in Bristol, for this month's Blog Club! Until recently, I had no idea they were Bristol-based so it was awesome to check out their new (dreamy) offices and finally get a chance to meet the team. 

This month's Blog Club was Christmas themed and had a wonderful turnout! It was so great to meet lots of new bloggers (I had no idea there were so many local girls I hadn't met) and hang out with some of my old favourites. Sophie & Hayley are the founders of Blog Club and always put on such great events but this one was had an extra special sprinkling of festive cheer.

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RUSH Hair Salon opens in Bristol!

Saturday 12 December 2015

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A few weeks ago I made my way to the brand new RUSH salon in Bristol. I've been looking for a new local hairdressers for quite some time, I did use a popular salon chain until my stylist of over 5 years left & I wanted to find somewhere new! Like most women with long hair, I'm quite protective of my locks. I've never dyed them and I try to take care of my mane as much as I can, so when I get a hair cut, I tend to just get the ends chopped off to maintain it.

Upon arrival at RUSH, I was greeted by a friendly receptionist and asked to take a seat. I was then introduced to my stylist, Laura. Laura asked what I was looking to have done and I explained I'm still trying to grow my fringe out for my wedding next year and just wanted everything neatened up.

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Bristol RUSH Hair Salon, 69 The Horsefair, Bristol BS1 3JP
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Nike Roshe Red at Foot Locker

Tuesday 8 December 2015

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Foot Locker have just finished rolling out their Week Of Greatness featuring some exclusive drops from Nike, Adidas, New Balance, Asics and Vans, with appearances from Footballers Anthony Martial, Marcelo and Marouane Fellaini, Radio 1 star Monki, BMX legend Maxime Charveron, Olympic gold medallist Jan Frodeno, free runner Sebastien Foucan and Dutch B-Boy master Menno.

Tim was sent one of the exclusives from the featured Nike Monochrome Pack, some of Nike's most iconic styles all set to triple red. This colourway comes to life with a mix of textures, and the Roshe One (£69.99) looks amazing with it's mesh fabric upper contrasted with the rubber Swoosh and sole. These are one of Tim's fave styles, along with the Adidas ZX Flux, because they are so ridiculously comfortable, and can be worn with literally anything from denim, shorts and joggers.

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New Look Ankle Boots

Monday 7 December 2015

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I've finally got myself a new pair of everyday black ankle boots, hurrah! It should be one of the easiest things to update when the new season comes around but I've been dragging my feet (literally) for months because I couldn't commit to a style, until I saw these bad boys from New Look. These black square toe brogue boots were just £27.99, and it was actually the red version that caught my eye first, but the black won through in the end. 

Last year I rushed into buying a much plainer pair of black round toed ankle boots and pretty much regretted it from the start. The heel was a bit higher and also brown, and I felt like they didn't go with anything I was wearing so I pretty much shelved them after a few weeks. This pair have that little bit of brogue detail which is really nice, and the heel is a much more comfortable height and most importantly, black! I'm really quite taken with this style, what do you think? 

New Look ladies boots
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Bath and Unwind: Korres Pomegranate Moisturiser Review

Sunday 6 December 2015

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When writing a review about a beauty product, I think it's really important to trial it for a decent amount of time before making a judgement. I've been using the Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturiser from Bath and Unwind for over 2 months now and I finally feel ready to confess my love for it. It's honestly the best moisturiser I've ever used. A bold claim, I know, but read on to discover why...

Korres Pomegranate Moisturiser

Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturiser

As I'm getting older, I worry more about what I'm putting on my skin. These days I'm always drawn to natural skin care products, like Korres! I'd previously read a few other positive Korres reviews, but wanted to try one of their products, firsthand. I always enjoy reading up on a company's back story, Korres originates from Greece and was set up almost a decade ago by George Korres, who when he was 8 years old, announced to his mother he would sell face creams when he grew up. Korres has become increasingly popular over the past few years & George is now living his dream!

I have sensitive combination skin so I've always struggled to find the perfect moisturiser... until now. The Korres Pomegranate Balancing Moisturiser contains natural Pomegranate extract (a super-food and has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries), so smells absolutely incredible. It so refreshing and leaves my skin feeling rejuvenated! 

I apply this moisturiser once I've cleansed my skin by gently rubbing it into my face and neck. It has a wonderful consistency as it's lightweight (but powerful) and absorbs quickly into my skin. Impressively, a little goes a long way. It retails for £19 and I've used it every day for 2 months but I still have over half left! Magic. As it isn't greasy, it leaves a matte-like finish and my skin is silky smooth - ready for applying makeup. It has a pH neutral formulation so it's really gentle and contains no mineral oil, paraffin wax, alcohol or animal by-products, making it suitable for vegetarians and vegans! It also contains SPF.

Would I re-purchase it?

Hellz yeah! I'll definitely be buying this again! It works much better than its more expensive competitors. I'd recommend this to anyone with a similar skin type to me.

Are you a fan of natural skincare? Have you heard of Korres or Bath and Unwind?

T - Eyeing up the Black Pine Eye Cream!

This post was in collaboration with Bath & Unwind but all opinions are my own. Make sure you check out the full  Korres range here (prices start from just £3).
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What's In My Party Bag?

Friday 4 December 2015

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We're taking part in the What's In My Party Bag? Christmas feature, so they very kindly sent me this super cute Boohoo Boutique 'Emma' style to use as inspiration. She's a totally beaut, hinged flap box crossbody with ridic gold embellishment sat on a black leather look casing. I think this bag is around the £25 mark and it looks and feels a lot more than that so hurrah!

Anyhoo, as gorge as it is, it's also teeny, which is perfect for partying but I was a tad concerned about what I could fit in there! However, I am never one to be outdone so I set to playing Tetris inside and whaddya know, I'm good to go ;) So, what indeed is in my party bag?! . . .

  • Lippy - I'm obsessed with my new Max Factor Star Wars gold one right now, it's perf for the party season and the packaging looks straight up legit in my bag.
  • Perfume atomizer - This one is currently rocking Lolita Lempicka's Sweet which is super long lasting and a bit sexy if I do say so myself.
  • Nail polish - I'm usually really lazy and leave my nails until the last second, literally just that as I can often be found in a toilet cubicle giving them a quick frosting. Illamasqua's Hemlock is a dreamy iridescent pearly silver that dries in seconds and only needs 1 or 2 coats to look fab. In you go.
  • Hair Emergency Kit - I take my mini Denman brush and clear Invisibobble everywhere. My hair is super long and thick with a full fringe so it's prone to crapness at any time, especially if I'm dancing in a confined space. I couldn't be without these in my party bag. What's In My Party Bag
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Somewhere Under A Tree Far Far Away . . . A Very Star Wars Christmas!

Thursday 3 December 2015

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There are amazing blogger gift guides everywhere, aimed at everyone, but I'm going to keep this one close to my heart - Star Wars. Many of you will know a Star Wars fan, but may not be a fan yourself meaning you just don't know what to throw your money at when it comes to choosing a gift as beautiful as Anakin's hair in Episode III. Well I'm here to help, having browsed literally every bit of new merch over the last few months in the run up to the release of The Force Awakens, so I think I'm pretty well qualified to make some suggestions :)

First up, let's kit out the ladies . . .

Recipient - The Padme. Totally into her fashion and beauty, yet perfectly comfortable nerding it out in Forbidden Planet inspecting the paintwork on Black Series figures (I may be describing someone I know here - ahem). 

Star Wars The Force Awakens Christmas Gift Guide Nixon Adidas Eleven Paris Max Factor

Eleven Paris Robot Sweatshirt - £80 at VeryExclusive. If you have the cash to drop, definitely go with something from Eleven Paris's amazing Star Wars inspired range, and this is probably my fave piece. R2 is adorable and this sweater is more chic over childish.

Max Factor Star Wars Make-Up - Exclusively at Boots from 11th December. I nabbed the gold lippy and the mascara last week in the flash sale, and yes, it was basically for the packaging, but I HAD to have them! Indulge her inner Jedi, Droid or Mystic and treat her to a lippy from the Dark Side!

Captain Phasma Voice Changing Mask - £20.95 at Disney Store. Phasma, played by the fabulous Gwendoline Christie, is the most exciting character in the series yet for us girls. She's pure awesomeness in a shiny wrapper. I would literally punt an Ewok for this under my tree. Okay that was harsh. I'd maybe growl at one. But not a baby one. 

Star Wars Stormtrooper Drop Earrings - £26.99 at Truffle Shuffle. Gosh, these are just beaut. A very discreet design worthy of a Jedi Princess.

And now to the boys . . .

Recipient - The Poe. His fate is forever intertwined with this epic saga, and sometimes you just have to embrace that and use the Force when gifting him.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Christmas Gift Guide Nixon Adidas Eleven Paris Max Factor

The Nixon x Star Wars range of watches, bags, wallets and belts are to die for. The details are so discreet and cool that from a distance you'd be forgiven for not noticing the Lucas connection. The Unit SW 44mm watch is based on fan favourite Boba Fett and costs £150 (so not too pricey considering prices go up to £2125!) and cooler than the man himself. Actually who am I kidding, nothing is ever that cool.

The Adidas mi ZX Flux - Star Wars range starts at £90 and lets you fully customise the already awesome ZX Flux style (Timmy's faves). It's so much fun, with so many options to choose from. Practice saying, 'I know', because he'll be sure to be shouting about how much he loves you when he opens these.

Moleskine Limited Edition Kylo Ren Notebook - £18.99. Last Christmas I weaned my man off his battered old Filofax (yes he's THAT old school!) and onto a Moleskine 18 Month Planner by simply getting him one with Luke Skywalker on it. These pieces are super stylish and functional must have's for the busy bearded ones.

Star Wars: Thumb Doodles - £6.99 from Forbidden Planet. This is too much fun, get artistic and relax like Jabba with this good time book for big kids!

So there you have it, a super Star Wars Christmas for all! I hope I've given you some ideas for the Jedi in your life, I know I'm definitely lusting after some Nixon for both of us!

J xoxo
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Ilex London: Luxury Leather Bags

Wednesday 2 December 2015

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I wore this outfit when I went to get my hair cut at the weekend, it's just one of those everyday casual looks which I feel most comfortable in. I'll be writing about the salon I got my hair cut later on in the week but gosh am I in love with my new 'do'! I can't wait to grow it a little longer so it'll be perfect for the wedding.

Today's ensemble features an awesome across the body bag from boutique brand, Ilex London. Their bags are designed inhouse, made with the highest quality leather and are quintessentially English. They have a wide collection of timeless pieces suitable for all seasons and occasions, but I love this simple design.

Autumn Style
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70s Flares and Christmas Jumpers!

Tuesday 1 December 2015

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Today's post is a blast from the past... I feel like Jackie from 'That 70s Show' in these awesome flares! I haven't worn flares since the early 00s when my life was all about Britney Spears in those lace up Frankie B jeans.

I've been keen to try a pair of flares since the spring when the 70s trend came back into our wardrobes. This uber comfortable pair are from F&F and an absolute steal at only £11. I'm a bit of a jeans snob (I love premium denim) but I have a weakness for F&F jeans because they are always so comfortable and wash really well.

Womens Christmas Jumper
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