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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

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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