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OMG! It’s Mid Season Sale time yet again, the newest trends and how to wear them are fully ingrained in our minds and the guilt felt from spending full price on “autumnal essentials” has faded.

Just when we thought we couldn’t spend anymore, mid season kicks in. What I love most are the second chances. What you didn’t want to pay full price for at the start of the season just might still be available, but at a much friendlier cost. Here are my top picks from the latest Mid Season Sales to buy now and wear for the season ahead, get it soon though before someone else does!

WINTER PASTELS
Dust off that pink coat from last winter because sugary shades are back this season and sweeter than ever.

Winter Pastels

Clockwise from top left: Urban Outfitters PU Scrunchie £2 (Was £4)Warehouse Leather Pelmet Skirt £40 (Was £60)Tatty Devine Fried Egg Necklace £18.90 (Was £21)H&M Sweatshirt Top £15 (Was £25), Kurt Geiger Gabby Heeled Boots £79 (Was £120)Kimchi Blue Dylan Shirt Dress £40 (Was £65)H&M Clutch Bag £15 (Was £25)

STATEMENT SWEATS
Say what!? Get the gift of the gab with these conversation starters.

Statement Sweatshirts

Clockwise from top leftH&M Printed Sweatshirt £15 (Was £20)House of Holland Letters Sweatshirt £80 (Was £165), H&M Beaded Sweatshirt £30 (Was £40)

PRINT CLASH
Why match it when you can clash it? This season, go graphic or go home!

Graphic Prints

Clockwise from top left: Mink Pink Lost In Space Jumper £35 (Was £70), Vans Era Snakeskin Trainers £53 (Was £75)Miss Selfridge Scribble Print Jeans £18 (Was £36)New Look Stripe Phone Case £2 (Was £5), Oasis Pink Ponyskin Watch £18 (Was £25)

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Out of the certain few pieces in my closet that only make sense during Summer, such as, my jersey maxi dresses, backless tshirts, jelly sandals, I tend to be most excited about one particular item, the cah-lassic cotton bandana. Simply for its retro goodness and tough luxe aesthetic, paired with my favourite off duty hairstyle, this is the look that highlights my Summer!

Retro bandana hairstyles

Keeping the rest of your outfit simple, you’d be surprised to know it’s easier to style than you think. I like to match my lipstick to the colour of the bandana I’m wearing (especially red!), but then everything else is kept minimal and modern. Think plain tees, classic camis and skinny jeans – cat flick eyeliner is optional, but they are fun!

WEEKENDER – Clash with leopard, and trust it really works!

Off Duty Style Inspiration

Clockwise from leftTopshop Burnout Joggers £32, Warehouse Bra Top Twin Set £28, Topshop Lipstick in Tease £8, Mansur Gavriel Leather Bucket Bag £395, Kate Spade Draw The Line Idiom Bangle $32, Rosa De La Cruz Brown Diamond Star Stud Earring (Single) £335, Vans Era 2 Tone Leopard Trainers £55

DAYTIME – Channel a retro vibe with a button through mini dress and cute flourishes.

Retro Outfit Inspiration

Clockwise from top left: Laura Mercier Lip Glace In Daiquiri £19.50Carven Floral Embellished Dress £590Models Own Sticky Fingers Bow Set £5ASOS Little Rock Pointed Flats £22Charlotte Olympia Kitty Perspex Clutch £695

GOING OUT – Skin tight denim and stellar, spiked heels make a strong evening statement.

Off Duty Style

Clockwise from top leftKenzo Tiger Charm Bracelet £120T by Alexander Wang Classic Jersey Tank £65, Warehouse Superfit Skinny Jeans £48Kurt Geiger Bailey Court Shoes £99, OCC Lip Tar in Queen £11.50, River Island Hannah Bar Ear Cuff £5

There are a fair few ways to tie a bandana headscarf, but I like to have the customary knotted “bunny ear” ends. Starting at one corner of the square, fold your way to the opposite diagonal corner (so that you get a headband on its stretchiest grain, the bias). I tend to fold an inch and a half wide but it all depends on how wide you want your headband to be. Alternatively, you can always twist from one corner to the opposite end for a textured style.

Rihanna Agyness Deyn Bandana Hairsyle

Images source: Pinterest

It’s official! Prom season is here, and it’s had me thinking again about my own High School prom experience. I was still living in New York and we had our prom at the Marriott hotel in the heart of Times Square. It was an evening that included pink taffeta, a black stretch limo, one crashed party and midnight bowling in a ballgown…

Prom Queen

By the time I was a High School senior, it didn’t matter that we were a class of predominantly female students, we wanted our prom night to be magical, and we wanted it to be everything we’d heard and seen how middle-America proms were supposed to be. Unlike most traditional American teens, I went to a vocational High School in Manhattan and started studying fashion at 14. And much like how you’d find in any High Street head office today, it was mainly us girls and we dressed for each other. But we did have a prom king and queen that year, albeit naturally went to one of the actual few couples that existed in our small class at the time.

When I think back to my pink dress, it was so unlike me. From the delicate colour right down to the styling; it was strapless, floor length with a voluminous skirt supported by a gathered net slip underneath, but this was my night to be Cinderella (even though there was no Prince Charming but, my Dad did want me back home by midnight!).

We didn’t have a High Street then (not that New York does now either), you bought your prom dress in a department store and it wasn’t a stylish one like Selfridges, so if I had the chance to do it all again, I’d like to hope that I could be arriving in…

THE “MAN REPELLER”

Giles Sable DressGiles Pink Lip Sleeve Sable Dress Dress £865, Maria Black Oxid Snow Single Earring £50, Lulu Guinness Perspex Lips Clutch £245, Coast Ariel Shoes £65

THE ‘ALL AMERICAN‘…

House of Holland Trench Dress

House of Holland Embroidered Trench Dress £595, Kate Spade Sailor’s Knot Earrings $48, Kurt Geiger Anja Court Shoes £199, Charlotte Olympia Jukebox Clutch £325, Topshop Love Bar Ring £6.50

THE ‘SPLURGE‘…

Lanvin Lurex Skirt

H&M Circular Top £30, Lanvin Lurex Skirt £1,280, Elvira Sazesh Multi Metallic Bracelet £95, Faith Clancy Shoes £50, Piers Atkinson Pucker Up Lipstick Headband £225

THE ‘HAPPILY EVER AFTER‘…

Victoria Beckham Dress

Victoria Beckham Oversized Drop-Waist Dress £855, Topshop Double Knot Headband £10, Chelsea Doll Crown Bangle Set £6, Tamara Mellon Addiction Metallic Pumps £475

Header image source: Pinterest, Artwork: Blogger’s Own

& Other Stories

Last week, & Other Stories announced their trainers collection would now include the American lifestyle brand, Vans. Having the high street retailer stock their classic, waffle sole trainers, albeit a carefully curated edit, truly means my beloved choice of footwear for the past decade has well and truly crossed over to the fashion masses.

Anyone who’s picked up a fashion magazine in the last six months would already know trainers are hot for Spring, especially a design well known within sub genre circles, the slip on trainer, made famous by this skate/surf brand. I guess I saw it coming when Liberty released a capsule collection of their iconic prints in a number of Vans’ iconic shoes.

Vans X LibertyLeft to Right: Vans Sk8-Hi Ianthe Print High Tops £65, Vans Era Speckle Print Trainers £60, Vans Sk8-Hi Ditsy High Tops £62

My love of Vans dates back to when I was a teenager, and I’m proud to say I have purchased the same classic, checkered black & white slip ons three times in my life. I started skateboarding rather late, but now that I do, I can see why Vans are and have always been the choice for skaters. The thickness of the sole and rubber grip make for a solid ride, perfect for rolling over any bumpy patches you’d get in parts of Shoreditch. But of course, you don’t need to take up skateboarding to enjoy this style.

Vans On A Skateboard

Vans Checkered TrainersVans Checkered Slip Ons £47

I personally think if you’re into slip on trainers, you should really get a pair of Vans as they are the true originals, are made of enduring quality and come in endless designs of their own! However, this being a fashion blog, I should really mention the slip on trainers that are currently making waves in the glossies and changing how we style easy, weekend wear.

Maybe the designers are onto something – leather, embellishment and pony skin? Whether it’s a slap to skate culture or a flattering homage, these slip on trainers are designed to put a spectacular spring in your step.

Slip On Trainers 1

Clockwise from top left: Whistles Lena Slip On £135, Saint Laurent Studded Leather Slip Ons £480Saint Laurent Printed Slip Ons £268, Miu Miu Suede Slip On Trainers £325

Slip On Trainers

Clockwise from top left: Givenchy Floral Printed Skate Shoes £395, Givenchy Contrast Lace Skate Shoes £455, Kurt Geiger Lorenzo Trainers £95

Slip On Trainers

Images Source: Intro image – & Other Stories, Skateboard image – Blogger’s Own, Street Style images – Pinterest

It’s payweek and we’re finally getting our bank accounts replenished after those hedonistic weeks of unrelenting spending and rummaging through our poor wallets, of which I’ve dubbed it as “the Christmas pillage”. And, with that joyful/dismal day in February that you either love or loathe looming, it’s also the perfect time to shop for Valentine’s Day.

Coupled or not, there are some seriously lustful things out that will keep you going until new season truly kicks in. So, drop your lover the hint to gift you something gorgeous – or as Destiny’s Child encouraged us back in 2009, simply continue being an independent woman and proudly declare, that Jimmy Choo clutch bag? I bought it!

Valentines

First row: Essie Nail Polish “After Sex” £10.95, Jimmy Choo Candy Lip Print Clutch £650, Valentino Rockstud Leather Headband £130

Second row: Topshop Red Rose Satin Bralet £22, Maria Francesca Pepe Broken Heart Earrings £95, Kurt Geiger Britton Shoe Necklace £25

Third row: Marc by Marc Jacobs Isa Scrunchie $32, ASOS Rabbit iPad Case £15, Benefit Bathina Body Oil Mist £26.50

Fourth row: Lulu Guinness Red Lips Keyring £45, Vivienne Westwood Melissa Lady Dragon Heels Was £155 Now £77.50, Isabel Marant Hoshi Star Bracelet £50