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Two parts wardrobe winner, one part Fifty Shades of Grey – the cage bra is just too cool to cover up. Who knew an extra piece of elastic (or two, or three…) would move the humble bra into a full fashion frenzy?

Paired with the softest of jersey tops, it’s off duty with a very desirable twist. It may still be cold outside but your lingerie doesn’t have to be…

Cage bra under tshirt

Black Cage BrasTopshop Balconette Bra £20, Agent Provocateur Alina Bra £110, Charlotte Rouge Cross Over Bra $50, Kiki De Montparnasse Cage Bra £272, H&M Lace Bustier £20

Harness Bra Layering

Cage Bra Jersey Tshirt

Cage Bra Under Jersey

Cage Bras

Lonely Lulu Strap Bra £65Topshop Underwire Bra £20

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Whether you’ve got a punk rock attitude or a rose tinted view when it comes to Cupid’s Day, there’s no shame in dropping very obvious hints to your S.O.!

Valentines Gifting

Clockwise from top leftYazbukey Le Live Fast Clutch Bag £550, Charlotte Rouge Ornament Bra $49.50, Bijules Black Onyx Heart Midi Ring £310, Alina And T Black Feather & Skull Earcuff Earring £18, Michael Kors Gold Plated Chronograph Watch £229, Nicholas Kirkwood Pearl Embellished Wedge Sandal Shoes £525, Saint Laurent Monogram Leather Clutch £710, Coast Avis Bracelet £15, Warehouse Sparkle Cube Stud Earrings £6, Sophie Hulme Monster Keyring £115

Valentines Gifting List

Clockwise from top left: Cleo B Rabbit Fur Pom Pom Shoe Clips £52, Maria Francesca Pepe Heart Earcuff £43, House of Holland Mr Men Mr Messy Clutch £180Maria Francesca Pepe Kiss Me Drop Earrings £220, Topshop PU Scrunchie £4Dirty GRL Valentines Heart Soaps $30Aamaya By Priyanka Pearl Bunny Earrings £195, Maria Black Rose Gold Hero Midi Ring £60, Wunderkind Cat-Eye Sunglasses £280Topshop Mermaid Bodysuit £35

I admit, I’m slightly obsessed with reading my horoscope. Be it daily, weekly, monthly – hey, if you can tell me what’s coming up in the next hour I’d want to know. But despite all the foresight, I’m still often caught by the element of surprise; albeit the surprise of when a horoscope prediction becomes true, thank you very much Jessica Adams! 

Whether I like it or not, I’m a Virgo. At my worst I’m a worrier, perfectionist and analytical; but at my best I’m fiercely loyal, candid and well, uncharacteristically kooky. With my birthday month just two weeks away, and a new job in tow, I wanted to find something really cool this year to gift myself with. Zodiac accessories carry the essence of monogramming without being so obvious, but it’s really hard to find good zodiac accessories that isn’t a cheap pendant on a ball chain!

I did dig a little deeper and uncovered a few gems…so while I work my way up to saving for a gorgeous zodiac Charlotte Olympia Pandora clutch, I leave you with your prediction for the day, gifting ideas are up ahead…

Zodiac Shop

Row 1Sir Alistair Rai Pisces Scarf $98, Samantha Wills Virgo Silver Bangle $112, Luis Miguel Star Earrings £405Row 2: Urban Outfitters Virgo Socks $8, Lime Crime Zodiac Glitter £9, Topshop Capricorn Ring £4, Row 3Charlotte Olympia Aquarius Pandora Clutch Bag £795, Topshop Star Ring £6.50

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

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So, have you heard? “You Know My Name” from Courtney Love’s double A-side single launched this week, and you know what? It’s actually pretty good. Delivering two and a half minutes of no nonsense punk-influenced rock, it also casts a familiar sound – her on again/off again band from the late 80s/early 90s, Hole.

Aside from the drama, feuding, controversy – and accolades – that followed the band during its heyday, what I also remember most is a heavily peroxided Courtney effortlessly putting the babydoll and slip dress through its paces. You had to love her prom-queen-gone-rogue style…

Hole Band Photo

Courney Love - Hole

Hole

Courtney was all smeared lipstick, torn tights, unruly hair – but it was the dresses that were so iconic to her look. A mix of lace, lithe and Lolita, it’s a style that still has appeal today.

Babydoll Dresses

Left to right: Free People Chelsea Morning Slip Dress £138Meadham Kirchhoff Ophelia Dress Now £971, Simone Rocha Transparent Floral Dress £1,920, Isabel Marant Obira Dress £470

Lace Dresses

Left to right: Free People Lace Godet Babydoll Dress £170, Topshop Tier Crinkle Chiffon Smock Dress £40Collette by Collette Dinnigan Cotton Lace Dress £325Thakoon Embroidered Cotton Slip Dress £1,225

The whole statement of pairing sweet, innocence with overt sexuality was meant to challenge society’s definition of femininity. It was a defining 90s look and Hole was known for it. So, with Mary Janes, red lipstick and peroxide at the ready – if you don’t know her name by now, it’s Courtney, bitch!

Courtney Love

 

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Breakthrough Breast Cancer’s Fashion Targets Breast Cancer campaign launches today, with Emeli Sande, Laura Bailey and Jessica Ennis leading the sensational cause with its call-to-arms message of, Wear Your Support!

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Breast cancer affects nearly 50,000 women and 400 men a year, with more than 1,000 who die from the disease every month. Founded in 1994 by the renowned designer Ralph Lauren, he was inspired to use fashion to help breast cancer charities across the globe raise awareness, give support and further increase the research needed to fight this deadly disease. The campaign is hugely successful and since its inception has raised more than £13 million!

This season, the charity has paired up once again with High Street heroes, Topshop, Warehouse, River Island and many more to deliver three capsule collections (Pastel Sundae, On Target and Breezy Daze) of covetable fashion finds for Spring, with a minimum 30% of proceeds going towards the fight against breast cancer.

From statement swimwear to cool tshirts, day dresses and the perfect pair of pink trainers, what a season to ‘wear your support’! Get a sneak peek of the collection here…

Fashion Targets Spring 2014Clockwise from top left: Debenhams Red Herring Bikini £32, M&S Lipbalm £3, Superga 2750 Trainers £45, River Island Oversized Print & Petal Tshirt £18Topshop Raglan Sleeve Tee £18, River Island Oversized One + Only Tshirt £15

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Clockwise from top left: H! By Henry Holland Bracelet £5, Warehouse Floral Top £30, Warehouse Floral Shorts £32, M&S Bracelet £7.50

To view the full collection and find out more about the campaign, visit the official Fashion Targets Breast Cancer website. The campaign runs for six weeks, so don’t forget to check their website or by going direct to the High Street brand’s website often as items become available.

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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