Monday, 27 May 2013

Competition Alert: Win £250 to spend on Fuse Fashion!

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Something brightened up my deadline ridden week on May 17th; I was invited down to the Fashot studios by Olivia from fusefashion.com to be a part of their new video with my fellow bloggers Olwen from The Muse TV, Zoe from The London Lipgloss and Andria from Andria's Dose. It was in celebration of their nomination of the 'Best Online Retailer' at the Lorraine High Street Fashion Awards and it was very exciting indeedeo! I'm all for a good celebratory song and dance so I couldn't resist (I wish I could say that was metaphorical but no... I really did sing and dance during the shoot)


Fuse Fashion gave us a clothing rail full of their latest offerings from their Summer collection to choose from and we were honestly spoilt for choice. Alice & You, Darling, Izabel London, Motel and Petals were just some of the many brands featured and well, any excuse for me to have a bit of a rummage and draw up a mental wish list, ey?



We met the producer Julian and the camera crew then got down to the video presenting showcasing our favourite pieces from the collection... and one in particular to 'strut' down the catwalk. Yep, you heard me correctly. I am not a 'strutter'. In fact, we resorted to playing Beyonce's 'Run The World' to try and give me some 'sass'. I just wanted to grin, d'oh.



Above: Me attempting to be all 'fashion blogger pose'ry for the camera down the ol' catwalk! 

Now, you know me... I can't resist me a good monochrome piece so I was immediately drawn to this Alice & You number! It was sheer, had the on trend paisley print and a skater skirt to boot! It was 'right up my street' as some would say! 

I'd like to thank Olivia for inviting me (I had a really lovely day and it was a great experience), Julian for being a goooooody ol' producer and the camera crew/staff for being so welcoming and patient! :)

But... drum roll please... Here's the good part, my lovely blog readers are in for a chance of winning £250 to spend on the Fuse Fashion website and it's easy peasy to enter! Simply tweet @fusefashion_com the YouTube video link as embedded below and tell them your favourite look from the four bloggers! It doesn't have to be me, just pick the one you like the most! End it with the hashtag #DontWalkStrut and that's it, that's your entry!!! You have a week today to take part, the competition ends on Monday 03/06/13! 


Good luck! 

It'd be so awesome if one of you could win it - it'd make me super happy indeed.


I hope you're all having a lovely Bank Holiday/Monday!

See you all soon! 

Saturday, 18 May 2013

sheer coincidence


sheer pearl collar shirt - ASOS
green bodycon skirt - ASOS
nude heels - new look

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Woops. It's either a sheer coincidence that my last few outfit posts have featured a black top and bright bottoms or it's a sign that I'm getting too obsessed with the combination. I think it's the latter. In my defence, pairing those dull, dark shirts/crops with coloured skirts/shorts allows it to reinvent itself as a contender in your spring/summer wardrobe. Ditch those dark wash skinny jeans and black leggings (shiver) and wander over to the colourful side instead. Check your wardrobes, if you've ever bought something beautifully vivid and loud but was unsure as to how to style it... this is a great alternative!

I received this sheer pearl buttons shirt from my sisters for my 20th birthday and I love it so very much! Now, it comes to no surprise that I like my shirts but I often find them to be unflattering in both real life and photography if they're an oversized fit. This black chiffon number is sheer enough to show off some flesh without having red danger lights flashing furiously at you. It's still stylish and arguably a piece smart enough to wear to work? The dainty pearl collar gives it a girly twist and eliminates the need of a necklace too. Win win.

Now, my general rule of thumb is to only wear one oversized item in an outfit. If I tried it with my top and bottom half, I'd break the balance and end up looking like a deflated balloon. This bright green bodycon skirt is perfect. It's actually my little sister's so imagine my glee (and her dismay) when I realised that I fit into it? Yoink. Bandage skirts and dresses will always get a huge thumbs up from me. It's tight, yes, but it also magically hides those pesky food babies out of sight too. It's an item that will hide a multitude of sins and for that reason, I shall be wearing it forever more. Sorry sis.

Will you be wearing any brightly coloured bottoms in the near future?

I hope you're all having a lovely day!


Shu x

Friday, 17 May 2013

MAXImise


black lace crop top - primark
coral maxi skirt - new look
nude heels - new look
aztec necklace - primark
rose gold watch - asos

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What did I say about another crop popping up, ey? I. Am. Obsessed. It's wondrous when it's paired with high-waisted numbers and it doesn't give you those awkward lumps and bumps when you find yourself tucking a long shirt in. It's never attractive and it looks rather weird when you're adjusting it in public.

Excuse the derp face in the pictures, the sun was out in full force. As a bid of giving my black clothing items an excuse to be worn for the summery months, I'm hunting down the ones that checks themselves off my 'versatility' list:

- Can I wear it for all four seasons? Oui.
- Can I wear it from day to night? Si.
- Will it go with both plain jeans, high-waisted bottoms and printed trousers? Ja.
- Can I think of at least 3 outfits to wear it with? Yes, yes, yes. 


There we have it. 

Bonus points include that it's black lace (a 'rocky' alternative to its feminine lighter counterpart), short sleeved (easy to layer) and it's see through at the back (but not at the front). The best part? It was only £4 in Primark. Hurrah! If you're interested in purchasing one, size up. There isn't any elasticity in the item so unless you want to sport it clinging onto your head when you're trying to change out of it, get it bigger!

This maxi skirt is in one of my favourite colours in the universe: that merge between a coral, salmon, peachy pink. Beaaaautiful. Adult maxis usually transform into a train when it's paired with my short self so when I spied it with my little eye in the New Look teens section for a mere £14.99, I flung it triumphantly into my basket. It's airy, breezy and is quite lovely to wear for wind or shine. For those chillier days, pair it with a pair of opaque tights and people would be none the wiser.

It's definitely something I'm looking forward to wearing in the next month!


Are you sporting the maxi?


I hope you're all having a lovely day!

Shu x

Thursday, 16 May 2013

the end is nigh

boyfriend crop top - primark
cobalt blue shorts - h&m
white blazer - topshop
nude heels - new look
gold choker necklace - forever 21

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Long time no see, I hope you've all been well! I've been swamped under a list of deadlines and personal commitments hence the temporary hiatus with the blog - so sorry! The last weeks of university have been the bane of my life (slightly overdramatic) but the end is nigh, my friends. I only have one more assignment left - hurrah. I am so excited to be able to blog again without having a niggly voice of 'shouldn't you be researching articles for your essay?' nagging me.

This outfit post was actually from my Spring/Summer Evening Outfits video; I often blog about daytime attire but not often the things I'd wear in the evening! I have become overly obsessed with crop tops all of a sudden and it's a phase that won't be leaving anytime soon. Expect to see a few more outfit posts featuring this lovely little number!

For someone with very short legs, wearing crop tops and high-waisted bottoms helps to give off an illusion of an elongated pair of legs. Now, this isn't something I'd say no to. It also hides the problematic area of the lower abs and enhances the curves of the waist too. Anything to hide a food baby, ey?

Now, it's always all too tempting to slip into wearing an monochrome outfit. It's a habit that I'm constantly trying to break out of so alas, let me introduce you to these blue shorts from H&M. They're bright, loud and I love them very much. Cobalt blue is forever on trend no matter the season and the best thing about the colour is that it works for every skin tone. Unlike its cousin, the neon trend, they don't obnoxiously glare out at the world but they're enough to step out in to welcome spring/summer (I'm not in denial, the hot weather will arrive soon).

The white blazer blends the colour palette together and it's now one of my staple items in the wardrobe. It's refreshing and has its own sense of independence about it. All too often, I rely on my black blazer to solve every outfit problem but this one has recently taken its place. It lifts the colours in my clothes and also gives it a twist for the warmer climate. I'm excited to experiment with an all white outfit soon - if there's ever a trend to enhance a non-existant tan, it's this one.

I hope you're all having a lovely day,
See you soon!

Shu x
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