Hello! So I said I would show you my new hair a few days ago and I finally got around to taking some pictures this week after seeing Cirque Eloize at the Wales Millenium Centre, which by the way was brilliant!
So without further a do, here is the new hair!
What do you think? I've been wanting to dip dye my hair for ages and I finally took the plunge 2 weeks ago. It was done by Yana at CF24 Salon on Albany Road, but she had a real hard time bleaching my natural colour first. I was there for over 4 hours as the bleaching took 2 and a half! Mad! The colour is holding really well though so I haven't even had to re-dye it yet! I was just going to ombre it but I thought blue would be more fun!
Now on to the outfit: What do you think of my great new dress courtesy of Kaleidoscope? This Heine Print dress just called to me when I was scrolling through the site. I don't know whether it was the journalist in me that was attracted to that newspaper print sections or just the fact that the dress looked different to anything else I have seen on the high street recently.
I have had it about 3 weeks now and have been wearing it quite a lot. The jersey fabric is just so soft and cozy (and washes really well, in case your interested!) so I have thrown it on on a number of occasions and I always end up feeling smart and well dressed, without quite so much effort.
On this occasion I wore it with my big thick afghan coat (as it is freezing down the bay at the moment), thick tights and my beloved brogues! A perfect monochrome outfit!
I've also tried wearing this with a waist cinched sequinned belt, blazer and heels, so cute and great for an evening out.
Kaleidoscope often has the connotations of being a middle aged catalogue but I was very surprised to find so many interesting pieces and many on trend items. They have tons of well prices occasion wear dresses for women of all ages and a great accessories range. Definitely worth a look next time you are doing some online shopping.
So today was the launch of the Versace for H&M collection, and yet again most people have been going made over the idea of a high end designer at a high street store at (slightly) more reasonable prices. Cardiff was no different as the St David's store was one of those chosen to host the collection.
I was part of a discussion last year of whether 'designer for high street' is really worth it and whether these types of collaborations actually end up devaluing the designer brand by allowing it to be accessible to all, rather than the brand we look up to and strive towards. In all honesty I don't particularly like Versace generally and this collection hasn't done much to change my mind. It's not that wearable really or on trend for this season and the prices aren't really close to that which you would expect to pay at H&M. Plus I am seriously dreading seeing certain types of girls trying to carry off the floral leggings (especially worn as trouser!!!) because they think they are cool and trendy!
Im not saying I don't like any of the collection, I love the leather dress (but £180 is a bit much!) The skirt with the roman-esque trim and their LBD's are really cute. But I'm not gonna go queue for 2 hours and push and shove through a throng of giggling teenagers who's parents are willing to buy anything and wannabe cookie cutter fashionistas who think just because it has a designer label its fashionable, it's not that special.
And like I said in the discussion last year (which was actually started because of the Rodart for Target collection in America) I actually do think 'designer for high street' devalues the high end brand a little, plus the quality of the garment you get will be that of the high street stores not the designer labels. I like the idea of a designer label being something special, something elite, is that not what makes it what it is? Versace wouldn't be a designer label if it always sold like this on the high street.
Ok so little rant over, what are your thought?
Are you gonna be queuing this morning? Have you already queued?
Do you think 'designer for high street' is a good idea or not?
Here is some of the lookbook for you to make up your own minds
You may remember a few weeks back that I had a chance to chose a Very.com piece to review. Initially I was going with the Rocket Dog boots, but eventually decided to go with the Fearne Cotton Cape as I figured I would get loads of wear out of it.
Well I have now had a few weeks and I absolutely love it! It is so versatile and I have been wearing it literally every other day. It is great to throw over anything and is surprisingly warm and cozy. I quite often tuck my arms in if it is cold! lol!
I really love the colour and tartan pattern as it is really on trend for this season and the little lace collar adds a great feminine touch. I get so many comments on it when I am wearing it, everyone asks where it is from, you can get it here for £59 now as it is in the sale!
My only issue has been carrying a shoulder bag as it slips off but I have realised I can wear it underneath, which is safer too I suppose. You can also pop the buttons on the arm slits too if you need a bit more moving room.
I am loving some of the new underwear sets at La Senza this christmas. I am a fan of balconette bra's as I think they give my smaller chest a bit of a boost without the need of huge amounts of padding, and the new collection just so happens to have some beautiful baconettes!
These are my favourites
Both of above: Rouched Silk lace, Bra £28 Thong £12
So I thought I should jump on board with another EBEW post. And this months theme is Coloured Tights! Most of you know I am a big fan of coloured tights (actually tights of any form really) So technically I had plenty to choose from, but here's the snag...I had lots of tights but no actual time! Seeing as we only had a few days to get together and photograph this outfit I just haven't had the time as I spent the whole weekend in my pub work gear, and then bombed it home to my parents for a dentist appointment (root canal! Boo!) and a brief meeting before returning home this morning and going straight back to work at the pub.
So I figured I could cheat a little and delve into the outfit photo archive and pull out my fav coloured tights outfits
What I found - turns out I really like purple tights! lol.
Here are my top coloured tights outfits!
So which outfit do you like best?
I clearly like purple tights but which colour tights are your favourites at the moment?
I have green ones I really need to style again so maybe they will be up in a post very soon.
I have fallen in love with the Anna Sui collection for Hush Puppies. This awesome little press preview dropped into my mail box last week and I have been swooning over them ever since!! They won't be released until next May (sadly!!) and will only be available from Hush Puppies stores and Hush puppies online, but I think I am going to start saving now!!
You all know I have a massive crush on brogues so when I saw the first 3 styles in the collection I was hooked.
I mean seriously how amazing are this first pair!! These are the ones I want! But I would really take any of them!
These will all be retailing for around £90
These are the others in the collection, some really cute fruity and fishy sandals!
These will range in price from around £75-£100
So ladies what do you think? Which pair will you be lusting over?
Again I'm a little late putting this up, but better late than never I suppose!
Oxfam Boutique held it's annual fashion show a few weeks back in the Morgan Arcade in Cardiff. It helped to show off what the store had to offer, both vintage and designer garments and it was a great chance to catch up with some of the other blogging girls.