Finishing Touches (Pt. 1)

These past few months have been hectic to say the least!

Decorating my home, moving in, changing jobs and getting things in order has taken over but I’m excited to start sharing what I’ve been up to!

I absolutely love home accessories; I could literally go mad and buy loads! However, I believe that the best homes are simple, uncluttered and tidy and so I am trying to stick to my beliefs!

My living room is fairly neutral… a part from the pink flowers on the wall! I’ve tried to keep everything else fairly neutral and have tried to stick to grey/silver/beige tones to keep it warm, classy and homely.

Two of my favourite accessories include my pink vase and my super soft, shaggy, slightly shiny rug.

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Pink Vase, Next, £16

I love this vase. It looks beautiful on my mantlepiece and perfectly compliments my wallpaper (wallpaper to be discussed in future blog posts). The flowers are fake, which I am normally against however I love this pale pink bouquet from The Range!

For me, they make the room look fresh and bright; the best combination!

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Similar version here

My rug is definitely one of my favourite things in the whole house. It’s a beige/mink sort of colour and looks beautiful against our wooden floors. Every time someone new visits the house, they compliment our rug! It’s warm, cosy and snug and feels lovely to lie on, especially when the fire is on!

Accessories are definitely the things that make a house a home and I can’t wait to share more with you!

Top pick: D&G Fall 2015

Yesterday whilst many of us were recovering from the night before, the fashion elite gathered in Milan to watch Dolce & Gabbana’s beautiful tribute to ‘mamma’ with their fall 2015 collection.

The catwalk featured delicate embroidery inspired by the designers children themselves, intricate lace fabrics in a colour palette of pinks, blues, whites, blacks and reds.

 

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The highlight of the show was the inclusion of pregnant models and models with their children, which truly made it a tribute to ‘mamma’.

Images: style.com

I love everything about this collection from the exquisite detail, clean shapes, delicate applique and pretty palette, and can’t wait to see it translate into AW15.

xox

AW14 TRENDS–WHIMSICAL

With August disappointing on the weather front, it’s time to look forward and embrace the turn in season.

The February catwalks presented a variety of AW14 trends but my personal favourite has to be the whimsical, fairy-tale like looks seen at the Dolce & Gabbana and Mary Katrantzou shows.

Dolce & Gabbana named their collection “Enchanted Sicily” which presented a folk like collection entwined with fantastical reminders of fairy-tales.

Earthy colours appeared throughout in deep green, red and purple hues alongside browns and greys. Coats, capes, dresses and skirts featured delicate appliqué in the shape of woodland creatures such as foxes, swans, hedgehogs and owls.

My personal favourites include an emerald green appliquéd coat and a rich red, fur hooded coat which would make a wolf quake with fear in Red Riding Hoods presence.

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A-line and shift dresses appeared frequently throughout the show in sky blues and earthy browns, animated by owl appliqué and lace like embroidery.

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For me, the most beautiful look of all was a floor length owl and flower printed, sheer blue dress with a billowing skirt that would be suitable for a wild mystical creature such as a fairy or nymph.

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To capture the Dolce & Gabbana image in Aw14 look out for long skirts, deep greens, rich reds blues and purples, earthy browns and greys and subtle embroidery and appliqué.

Images: Style.com

MISSGUIDED SUMMER WISHLIST

Missguided’s summer collection has so many items I want that I just had to make a wish list. It is filled with everything I love including cute co-ords, pretty pastels and floral prints. Here are my favourites:

Missguided Wishlist

Pink satin crop

Mint panel t-shirt

Blue lace puffball dress

Coral lace playsuit

Co-ord top, co-ord shorts

Missguided really is ticking all the boxes with their SS14 collection and I for one shall definitely be making a purchase or two!

Fern xox

TOPSHOP WISHLIST

Checking out Topshop’s new in section today has made me so depressed… so many beautiful things which I can’t have! So, instead I thought I’d make a collage of my favourite items…

Topshop wish list

Top

Skirt

Dress

Dress

Shoes

I am loving the little babydoll dresses Topshop have brought in! And of course being a pastel lover it was only natural I was going to love the yellow lace skirt!

White is always a winner for me and although I normally shy away from peplum I think this top would look fab in the summer months.

I don’t really think I need to say anything about the shoes a part from gimme! gimme! gimme!

Fern xox

KATE’S RETURN

Just a quick post to say I am sooooo excited that Kate Moss has reignited her collaboration with Topshop!

Her last collab saw the creation of staple pieces which looked as though they had come straight from Moss’ wardrobe.

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Since the last of her previous collections hit stores, Kate Moss has been busy. In 2011 she married Jamie Hince, and recently shot her first Playboy cover  in conjuction with her 40th birthday.

As the model has reached a significant age in her career and life, I can’t help but wonder how this will influence her newest designs.

The collection is set to hit stores in April, and I for one can’t wait to see them!

Fern xox

FASHIONS FADE, STYLE IS ETERNAL

The famous quote, so often repeated yet not always explained, originally spoken by the legendary Yves Saint Laurent. The meaning of the words really is quite fabulous and is something that I believe every woman should live by. Clever and influential, it is just one of the reasons Yves Saint Laurent is my favourite designer.

I suppose my fascination with Yves Saint Laurent first began when I was 14. I was in year 10 and had to do a week works experience. Initially unsure of what I actually wanted to do and eventually I ended up at Debenhams. Much to my surprise I enjoyed my week there, though the day I will always remember is the day I assisted on the YSL beauty counter. The sales assistant immediately captivated me; whilst giving me a make over she educated me with her knowledge of the brand, and since then I have been obsessed.

YSL beauty is just amazing. My personal favourites are the Perfect Touch foundation (£36) and the Touché Éclat (£25). Both are light weight, soft and smell divine… your skin feels beautiful after application and provides a glowing complexion.

I am also a fan of the YSL lipsticks. Their colours are strong and stay throughout the day – everything you want in your lip colour.

The clothing and shoes are equally amazing, but for me, my true desire is to own a Saint Laurent purse along with a matching bag (one day!).

More recently, I have discovered more about Yves Saint Laurent. His designs reinvented the way women dressed and thought about fashion. His most iconic creation has to be le smoking: the tuxedo suit which really pushed female tailoring into women’s wardrobes. He also is responsible for creating the jumpsuit and popularising the use of ethnic models on the catwalk. He was the first of the courtiers to open a ready to wear boutique: providing staple pieces that women could wear over and over again. Yves Saint Laurent really understood style and supplied women with the means to form their own.

Betty Catroux, Yves Saint Laurent and Loulou de la Falaise at his Rive Gauche boutique opening in 1969. (Image: cocktailsandcrinlines).

The courtier was  a lover of beautiful aesthetics. His art collection was simply huge, boasting 733 pieces of work. Yet, he explored his love of art further, through his ‘collection’ of muses. Glamorous, stylish and spectacular, his muses included some of the most beautiful women of last century. Catherine Deneuve, Betty Catroux, Loulou de la Falaise and Bianca Jagger are just a few of the wondrous beings associated with Saint Laurent and not only were they regular customers, they were devoted friends.

Catherine Deneuve and Yves Saint Laurent in 1966.

There is so much more to Yves Saint Laurent’s life. His world was full of exciting events and he achieved many accomplishments. He created collection after collection of designs which were regularly met with praise and contributed a vast amount to the fashion industry. His personal life, whilst filled with beauty was also hindered by his personal anguish. The courtier, magnificent in talent yet filled with despair, is one of the most fascinating men I have ever read about.

Who is your favourite designer?

Fern xox