Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Home is where the heart is...

I've spent some time making my room habitable this week. I'm under the impression that a tidy room equals a tidy mind!

As you know, I've recently moved to London and it IS as expensive as they say so I've only just been able to afford to some nice touches for my room.

Nice clothes and accessories deserve a nice place to be displayed in...

Monday, 15 October 2012

A Plain Review: Mallzee

We all love online shopping (I myself find the 'click and buy' a little too easy) but the downside to endless stores at your fingertips is the solo act of virtual shopping sprees.

Half the fun of shopping is asking your friends' opinions on a daring new dress or getting advice on what suits your shape. A new website, Mallzee, is tackling this problem by integrating Facebook chat, questions polls and 'online wardrobes' into the shopping experience.

As you can tell from the name, this new website is about having a personalised shopping mall. You answer a couple of questions and their ingenious software finds items matching your style and showcases them for you in your very own Mallzee.

As the owner of your Mallzee, you can invite friends to browse your wardrobe of purchases and if they buy anything, you earn money. No that wasn't a typo - you can actually make money by spending it.

With over 200 brands signed up to their website - from Boohoo to Urban Outfitters - why not buy your new Saturday night ensemble through Mallzee and earn some credit towards next Saturday's LBD?

However, if the looming Christmas spirit has you feeling all warm and fuzzy inside, you can also donate the money you earn from your wardrobe to charity (I think this is my favourite part of their website).

Mallzee should be live soon and I will give you all a heads up when it is. Until then... let's go to the Mallzee!

(Sorry couldn't resist).

Monday, 8 October 2012

LOOKBOOK: The Winter Shit Knit

Have you noticed that tacky winter jumpers are popping up all over the high street?

Yep, the shit knit is SO on trend at the minute and I couldn't be happier.

What was once my family's humiliating yet hilarious Christmas holiday tradition, has now become my winter season essential.

They're great for winter adventures like ice skating and the annual Christmas Eve present dash and - for £14 - this Primark piece is also a BARGAIN.

If you're after a jumper that hugs you with softness I'd invest a little bit more money however, as this one is a little itchy.

Happy holidays!

Monday, 24 September 2012

A Plain Review: Styloko

I came across Styloko about a year ago when my friend interned there. I didn't expect much from the site but after my first visit I was a goner to their fashion scrapbooks.

It is initially a fashion sales website, however, unlike other sales trackers it also incorporates an online scrapbook (think secret sales meets Pinterest).

With the personalised scrapbook - or My Styloko - you can upload items of clothing and accessories that you're coveting at the moment and when that piece goes on sale, Styloko will notify you.

Yes this a website where you can display your current fashion loves and it will let you know when you can purchase them for a fraction of the price - hence my love for Styloko!

I love the style of the site, the online scrapbook and the inspiration it gives me for my Coulda Woulda Shoulda blog posts. Let me know what you think of it!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

LOOKBOOK: The Interview Edit

Though I love being a freelance writer, it's not giving me the financial stability I'd hoped for so I've been applying for full time jobs recently.

My first interview is tomorrow and I've been thinking about the outfit I'm going to wear a lot.

I'm not vain but I'm also not naive - first impressions count - so I wanted to wear something stylish in a classical sort of way.

I headed straight to Next, home of the smart casual attire, and bought a pair of tailored trousers and a loose fitted cream shirt with lace detail.

The outfit is simple yet stylish and I'll be able to wear it to all of my interviews - from journalism to PR.

Fingers crossed for tomorrow! Momma needs a new wardrobe...

Monday, 2 July 2012

LOOKBOOK: The Birthday Meal Edit

I had big dreams for this outfit. I was going to have a stylish designer dress with all new accessories... But then I woke up and remembered that I'm poor.

This being said I quite liked my budget outfit! You could never tell my dress was a bargain £15 from Select - or so my family assured me.

I teamed it with a black belt and black cardigan from Marks and Sparks for the contrast and accessorised with leopard print and gold bangles from River Island.

The outfit was classy enough for the swanky restaurant but could also be worn out on the town once I had ditched the cardy in the cloak room - all in the name of Nan's 77th obvs.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Next celebrates the big 3-0

Next, the high street home of the smart casual attire, is turning 30 this year. To celebrate this milestone, Next have created an interactive timeline on their Facebook account that charts the store's history.

If you're a sad fashionista like myself, you'll love the timeline - especially as it shows the development of timeless pieces such as suits, denims and wedges over the past 30 years. Who knew I could be so interested in the 80s??

Next is an iconic British high street brand and is one of the very few places that both myself and my mum can happily shop at, which is no small feat by any means! To celebrate (and say thanks) I have chosen my three favourite pieces that are currently in store for you.


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