LONDON FASHION WEEK HIGHLIGHTS

With so many designers and shows crammed in to one fabulous week, it can be hard to keep track of what we’ll be wearing next season. I know after previous fashion weeks I’ve been so overwhelmed that I’ve had to take step back for a moment to take it all in before I start writing my next season shopping lists! This time around, seeing as our wedding was during LFW and with us then jetting off on our honeymoon almost immediately, it completely passed me by. So, when I stumbled across this handy little trend guide for S/S15 and felt immediately like I was back in the game, I was certain there’d be at least a handful of you out there that would love it to!
You. Are. Welcome. ; ) x

If you fancy sharing the SS15 trends brought to you by Avenue 32 guide like I did, you can find it on their website here! Which Spring/Summer trend are you most looking forward to for 2015?

CREATING PERFECT BERRY LIPS – AUTUMNAL MAKE-UP

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There’s no better make-up look for Autumn than berry lips. Purple hues matching the leaves falling to the ground and complimenting the beiges, browns and oxblood colours creeping in to our wardrobes. Recently, after a little trial and error (read: after looking a little too vampy one too many times), I discovered how to create the perfect berry lips and I decided I just couldn’t keep it to myself! It’s super easy and I bet you’ve already got ideal colours kicking around in a drawer somewhere!

Step One: Start by creating a base for your lipstick. Concealer works best, but foundation will do too if it’s closer to hand!

Step Two: Apply your purple toned or darkest pink lipstick, no lip brushes required! You could even use your finger for a more smudged on colour.

Step Three: Blot, blot, blot!

Step Four: Get yourself a deep pink lipstick (or a lighter pink than the first shade you applied) and apply it to the centres of your lips only using your fingers. This instantly makes your lips look plumper by highlighting the fullest parts (cool, huh?)!

Step Five: Blot again and apply some Lipcote or some finishing powder.

Voila! Perfectly simple but fabulous looking, kissable berry lips for Autumn. Just FYI for anyone wondering, the two shades I used were from Shine Famous and Violine Strass. What other make-up looks do you wear in Autumn?

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CREATE YOUR OWN AUTUMN CAPSULE WARDROBE

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Creating my own capsule wardrobe is something I’ve never really gotten round to doing until this year. Now I’ve put a little time and effort in to putting together a capsule wardrobe (oh my gosh, am I finally a grown up?), it’s been real game changer. There’s far less disposable fashion (okay, there is a little bit, I’m only human), plus everything seems to be able to be worn with, well, everything and so far, I’ve had a big fat ZERO number of days when I wake up and say ‘I’ve got nothing to wear’ (drama queen fo’ life). Seeing as it’s done me a world of good, I’m sure there’s a whole load of you putting it off just like I did. Come on girls, read on and prepare to do some capsule wardrobe shopping!

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The Sweater Dress. Until this year, I didn’t own one but now I’m pretty certain that EVERY girl needs a sweater dress hanging in her wardrobe. Easy to throw on when you’re feeling a little lazy and you can still look chic, or, dress it up with heels but stay cosy – either way, it’s a win win. Stick with muted tones and natural shades so you can layer it well in to the colder months. My own sweater dress is from Hush and was a bit of a bargain (who said capsule wardrobe meant everything had to be uber expensive?!).

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The Leather Shorts. Chic, chic, chic! Leather is always big over A/W so investing in a pair of shorts was first on my hit list. If you’re joining me in the #NoTightsClub, then wrap up warm and layer up on top, or if you’re not quite so brave/daft, you can throw on some tights under them. Faux leather works just as well folks, FYI! I picked up mine at the beginning of the year but there are a similar pair here.

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The Ankle Boots. Picking up a cute pair of ankle boots come hand in hand with Autumn (I’m sure you’re all thinking ‘duuuuh’, right about now). Get yours early and it’ll save you doing that mad dash around the shops or online trying to find the perfect pair because your ballet pumps just won’t cut it anymore and your toes feel like they might drop off. You know what I’m talking about. Again, I bought these at the beginning of the year buuuut I have just ordered myself these and these. Cute, huh?

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The Striped Jumper. Best worn oversized, I say. Us British girls know we have to be practical, so a jumper in your capsule wardrobe is a pretty obvious option. If you want something a little less nautical like me, go for monochrome over breton stripes. A jumper this simple can be worn with clashing prints or simple block colours. Size up for it to look appropriately oversized. I would always recommend paying a little more for knitwear for your capsule wardrobe so it will see you through years to come. My jumper is from Hush, I’ve also got my eye on their block jumper and their extra long cardigan, ooh la la!

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The Leather Jacket. For when it’s not quite cold enough for (/you don’t want to give in and wear) a coat. So versatile you can wear with anything and something you’ll keep for years and years. I’ve just had to kiss goodbye to my old trusty jacket after years of almost non-stop use, and this one is my new friend. I picked up this one as it was a bit of a steal (okay, make that a massive steal) for real leather!

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Of course, this isn’t my entire capsule wardrobe – this is just some staple basics, the rest is up to you to fill with your favourite colours and prints to pair with items like those above. Remember the golden rule – no (or minimal!) disposable fashion, versatile pieces and quality that will last you through the years. Have you already made a start on a capsule wardrobe? Let me know how you get on! x