Wedding Guest Outfits…

As you get to a certain stage in your life; the people you went to school and university with, work with, socialise with and your family; well they all start getting married.  Obviously, I am happy for them but there is a sinking feeling in that petty little piece of me that says “Oh gosh…what will I wear?”  Also, if you are one of the lucky ones and receive a lot of wedding invites then the next question is “How many outfits do I need?”

Be like HRH Duchess of Cambridge and recycle your wardrobe.  That dress that you bought for one special occasion can be worn to another celebration.  All you need and this sounds so simple – rework the accessories that you wear with it.  This includes jewellery, shoes, handbags and how you style your hair and make up.  You can get plenty of wear out of that core investment piece.

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HRH Duchess of Cambridge shows how it is done

I had a recent opportunity to work with a HK based brand called The House of Folklore and one of the pieces that they had was a clutch that came in two different colours.  We thought as wedding season was coming, why not do a piece about how simply changing a clutch could change up an outfit.

In this case, I chose one of my go to dresses for pretty much any occasion (from first dates to working at PR events)  which in this case would be a wedding reception of a colleague.  These, I tend to go a bit more low key so the navy wrap dress from HK label WhattheFrock?.  Navy is a great alternative to black.  The cap sleeves makes sure you are covered and also for me, the wrap dress means that with fluctuating body sizes, the dress can still be worn.

Hair in this case was left simple and loose however, though we did not have time in this shoot, I would look at even just putting my hair up in a pony tail or a chignon.  If it was an outdoor wedding especially with the clear version of the clutch I would even look at wearing a fascinator.

Here is the look with the pink version of the Flutter Clutch.

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And here is a shot of the same outfit with the clear version of the clutch:

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What I would pack for ” I love green inspiration” blogger Marinella Rauso’s NYFW trip

What I would pack for " I love green inspiration" blogger Marinella Rauso's NYFW trip
My Picks (which consist of mainly GREEN) for Marinella’s NYFW wardrobe
So one of my favourite GIG bloggers is Marinella Rauso from “I Love Green Inspiration”.  Not only is she super sweet and cute but she is also uber talented.  She mixes high fashion with quirky cool.  Also Marinella was the blogger who introduced me to GIG.  I love how modest she is but also that she really used her own hard work and initiative to organise her own trip to NYFW.  She contacted PRs and arranged her own tickets for the show.  What an amazingly brave and great lady?!!!
So this post has been inspired by Marinella’s recent post regarding what to pack.  Her post was inspired by the uber cool model Frida.  So this is the post that I am going to highlight from her blog as it ties in with what I am going to try to do in this post.  Yes….I am going to try and virtually pack my ideal wardrobe for Marinella’s trip to NYFW!!!  Not having met her in person, it is extremely nerve-wracking to choose items which I would love but more importantly which I think she might like too.  Clothing choices are so incredibly personal and so it is with a little trepidation that I start writing out my picks!
I obviously had to pick as much green as possible for this lady.  I saw these uber cute green vintage luggage and thought…” Wow”…ok not very practical and she would probably need an entourage to carry all the luggage (as well as first class tickets for her flight!).
I have chosen a comfy yet dressy pair of green loafers from Valentino and a pair of uber glam green heels with an orchid detail from Charlotte Olympia.  I think that these could dress up or down pretty much any outfit.  To give some more basic footwear, I have chosen some great Proenza Schouler thick heeled shoes and Alexander Wang’s cool black boots.  Both could go well with trousers or a dress/skirt.
I love dresses.  I chose a great white maxi from John Lewis (high street brand!) which could then be accessorized with great jewelry and shoes and bag.  I chose a quirky print dress from the print queen DVF (with green of course) which would be great for day and night.  I also chose a great A-Line black leather sleeveless dress from Rag & Bone for its versatility.
I chose a great denim suit from Next.  This is great as they can be worn separately but also together.  To maximise the wearing of this suit, you can wear the skirt or the trousers with or without the jacket.  The denim material of the suit makes it more casual and less like you are going to the office yet it is smart enough for evening events.
I chose as many green tops as I could.  A great palm print t-shirt from Michael Kors which would look great during the day, a great lace detail top (Philosophy Di Alberta Ferretti) for evening or for day to evening events.  Another piece which I love for its vibrant colour and slightly vintage feel is Iris & Ink’s detachable pussy bow blouse in silk.  The fact that you can detach the pussy bow means you get two blouses for the price of one….BARGAIN!
I chose some great statement pieces from Dannijo, an AMAZING feather bib necklace from Lizzie Fortunato, a McQueen skull ring for those “rock n’ roll” times, an amazing Cavalli ring with a green stone.  For a cheeky piece, I chose a Solange Azagury-Partridge lips ring and I also picked some great black and gold earrings from Erie Basin Antiques.  Finally I picked a gold cuff from Herve van der Straeten.
I chose a great roomy YSL tote for the core day bag but gave Marinella a cute laser cut (fits an I Pad) leather clutch for a good day or night option.  For something totally evening, I have chosen the cute Charlotte Olympia Russian Doll clutch.
Marinella….am so sorry but I ran out of Polyvore space so could not fit in more clothing or any make up (though you would not want make up advice from me!).  So yes this is my little ode to how wonderful I think you are.
I hate packing and so this is a big ask for me….but it is worth it as I want to show you some love!!
Have fun Marinella at NYFW!!
A shout out to the wonderful GIG ladies who organised this little GIG blogger love fest!

BAG TREND 2013: Which Clutch Tribe Are You In?

BAG TREND 2013: Which Clutch Tribe Are You In?

Judith Leiber box clutch
$6,860 –

Valentino genuine leather handbag
$1,740 –

Anya Hindmarch glitter handbag
$320 –

Lulu guinness

French connection

Accessorize clutch

Plastic bag

A Day Out? Choose a Statement Coat…

A Day Out? Choose a Statement Coat...
This season, it has always been about the “statement jacket” but on cold days out, why not choose a “statement coat”?  Ticking the tweed trend, the slight cocoon shape trend and the zipper details toughen up the coat too.  This is a coat which will keep you warm and stylish without making you look like the Michelin Man!  Keep your inner garments simple and sleek with black basics such as slim fitting black trousers or toughen up with some great leather leggings.  Depending on how cold it will be, choose a cool black shirt or a cozy yet sleek black turtle neck.  Keep your footwear edgy yet  fitted with some fitted booties either with a chunky heel or a slimmer heel.  ADD the pop of colour with raspberry pink accessories such as a snood or a knitted hat.  Follow the fashionistas at all the fashion weeks by choosing a coloured clutch like the Valentino clutch with a side handle to slip your hand through.  To do this make sure your hands are covered in sleek wool or go over the top and rock it out with leather and studded gloves!  Follow Kate Middleton’s wardrobe tip and use a statement coat to be the focal point of the outfit.  Keep warm but keep stylish!
Here is what I picked via POLYVORE:

Ted Baker stretch pants

Prada high heels
$770 –

Valentino handbag



Jigsaw glove
$63 –

Steve madden

Helly hansen
$19 –

J by Jasper Conran knit hat
$8.08 –

Buy Textured Zip Coat 
$120 –

RED WHITE & BLACK Party Dresses

RED WHITE & BLACK Party Dresses

Marchesa embroidered dress

Emilio pucci dress
$1,410 –

Dolce Gabbana dolce gabbana
$1,575 –

Alexander mcqueen dress
$1,200 –

Roksanda Ilincic keyhole dress
$540 –

Alexander Wang sheer dress
$755 –

Alice Olivia halter cocktail dress
$695 –

Alice by Temperley scoop neck dress
$590 –

Dot dress
$290 –

Topshop dress

AX Paris red strapless dress
$65 –