Thursday, 29 November 2012

Oh the weather outside is frightful...

Christmas is without a doubt my favourite time of year! Getting presents: yes, eating crazy amounts of foods: yes, wearing overly-tacky Christmas themed outfits: yes, yes, definitely yes!!
I'm a big fan of the Christmas jumper, in my mind the tackier the better. There is no item of clothing that better combines Christmas cheer with being warm and snuggly. Sequins dresses might be lovely in the candlelight but how warm are those sheer tights actually keeping you?
I actually own 3 jumpers myself, each getting slightly more bizarre. But there are loads available on the high street, they seem to be getting more and more popular. Here's my pick of some of my particular favourites available at the moment;

L-R: Green Santa Sweatshirt,, £23.50. Candy Cane Jumper, New Look,  £24.99. Reindeer Jumper, Miss Selfridge, Robin Jumper, TopShop, £50.00. Polar Bear Jumper, Urban Outfitters, £45.00
(It's also worth having a look in Primark, they usually have some wonderfully tacky jumpers. Unfortunately none of them are online)

Saturday, 24 November 2012

Make It Highstreet: AMA Sequins

Hayden Panetierre in Georgio Armani, Jenny McCarthy in Dolce & Gabanna, Taylor Swift in Zuhair Murad
Winter is coming, it's all a bit doom and gloom and we've got a whole month to wait til Christmas! So what better to lighten the mood than a sparkly award show?
Last week the American Music Awards were held in LA and the sparkles were out in force! Everyone from Gwen Stefani to Carly Rae Jepsen was reppin' a bit of glitz and glam! I loved Taylor Swift's Zuhair Murad mini even if it is a little similar to what we've seen her in before...if I had legs like that I'd be working the mini too! The same applies for Stacey Keibler who looked super hot in a super short and embellished Collette Dinnigan, keeping it demure with a high neckline. Also Elisha Cuthbert rocked head to toe sequins but kept it from being disco ball with minimal accessorising and hair. Top class.
Carrie Underwood in Abed Mahfouz, Stacey Keibler in Collette Dinnigan, Elisha Cuthbert in Editions by Georges Chakra 
To me, sequins are the ultimate winter trend, they come around every year in the build up to Christmas because it's party season and everyone needs cheering up. If you're like me and a total magpie for all things glittery you love it, so here's a couple of pieces on the highstreet that can bring that AMA glamour into your own wardrobe:
L-R: Pearl Sequin Dress, Urban Outifitters, £85. Gold Heels, Schuh, £50. Flash Burst Dress, Topshop, £50 (Sale). Peplum Skirt, New Look £12.99 (Sale). Rainbow Wedge, New Look, £68. Bandeau Dress, New Look, £44.99 (Sale). Jumper, Topshop, £85

Thursday, 15 November 2012

Couture for charity!

Vivienne Westwood, Vogue and Burberry's Children in Need creations
Charity starts at home - or in this case London and Manchester Selfridges! For this years Children in Need iconic designers including; Louis Vuitton, Versace, Burberry and McQueen have all gathered together for a good cause and designed special Pudsey Bears! Up until yesterday they were on display at Selfridges and they're being auctioned off TONIGHT (I know my organisational skills are simply amazing!)

The bears are adorable! I'm a massive Henry Holland fan so his bear (which has a Mongolian Goat trim...of course) is up there as my favourite but they're all brilliant! Just look how dapper the Paul Smith Pudsey is and how quintessentially crazy Vivienne Westwood's creation is! If sparkle is more your thing Giles Deacon's bear boasts £200,000 worth of Swarovski crystals! Wowzer!

If £200,000 is a little out of your price range, Selfridges have also produced a limited edition Pudsey which you can find here and you can look at all the Pudsey's in all their glory here
That bear's got a nicer handbag than me: Mulberry, Henry Holland and Paul Smith take on Pudsey

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

DIY Ombré Nails!

Ombré has been THE trend this summer. Everything from leggings to hair has been sporting the design and to be honest I can't decide how I feel about it! Whilst I really like the pattern, as a child who was forced to spend most of my childhood in hand-me-down tie dye, I do take slight umbrage with it suddenly being the super cool hipster pattern!
But ignoring my personal issue with ombré, I do think it looks good on nails so here's my DIY

Sunday, 4 November 2012

My first university haul

(Left to right) Owl hat, £3, Primark. Grey infinity scarf, £4.99, H&M. Claw Ring, £3, Republic. Berry boots, £8, Primark. Floral blazer, £7 (Sale) New Look. 

Yesterday I had my first proper trip into town here in Norwich. I'd been a few times but this was my first time without a full on agenda, time to browse. The city is really nice here and there's a good selection of shops (3 New Looks though. Who has EVER needed 3 New Looks?!?) I hadn't brought that many winter clothes with me to university, obviously because I am some kind of idiot so I really wanted to buy some warm things (hence the adorable Owl hat and the Infinity Scarf). I think I found some good bargains, the blazer in particular I absolutely adore! I'm still getting used to the city so I don't really know where all the best places to shop are yet!

So, I've never really done a post like this you like it? I really love hearing from people so pleeeease let me know if you read this...

Also I now have Instagram. I don't have wi fi at Uni so I'm not amazing at it but feel free to follow me (@maisiemaizz)