Earn Your Stripes

When it comes to patterns, designers are taking a linear approach this season- stripes have dominated the runway. More is more, so mix and match those stripes where possible! I opted for this H&M skirt showing the sky high slit trend again, teamed with a simple blouse and trench coat but I will definitely be clashing those stripes more later in the season.

Hat – H&M

Blouse – H&M

Skirt – H&M

Shoes – Zara

Trench – New Look

Photography – www.andrewlunnphotography.com

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Sky High

Slits seem to be everywhere this season and I’m a big fan. Yes it’s time to embrace the sky high slit trend! I teamed up this snug warehouse dress with some black thigh high boots for this shoot. I like to wear my hair up when wearing something with a nigh neck as otherwise my face looks too small (I already have a pea head so I can’t have it looking any smaller!) This versatile number can also be worn as a top so there are lots of different ways to wear it.

Dress – Warehouse

Boots – Primark

Bag – Louis Vuitton

Photography – www.andrewlunnphotography.com

 

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Paris Fashion Week A/W 2015

My first ever Paris Fashion Week exceeded all expectations. I have been to Paris numerous times before but there is no vibe quite like a Fashion Week vibe. The city was just buzzing and everyone looked super chic. I was recommended to eat at L’Avenue and it is now my fave lunch spot. The restaurant is reservation only but the manager seemed to like the look of us and sorted us a table both days. Literally I have never seen anything like it, with the place heaving by 12.30 filled with fashionistas and superstars. When Rhianna walked in I nearly choked on my tuna tartare in awe of her! The next day we were eating straight after the Chanel show opposite Kendall Jenner, Cara Delevingne and Joan Smalls off the catwalk in their Chanel outfits, very surreal. Buddha bar was a great spot for dinner too, bigger and better than the London one and drinks at Le Royal Monceau hotel. The shows have given me heaps of inspiration for my winter wardrobe and I can’t wait to get back for the next fashion week. Au Revoir until next time!

 

 

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White on White

What’s a spring summer season without white outfits? Make that all white ensembles! Valentino, Giorgio Armani, Carolina Herrera and Ralph Lauren showed white on white on their S/S catwalks to name but a few. I got my hands on this fab little high street number H&M are doing at the moment. Although the spring summer catwalks have seen a more relaxed vibe I am still a fan of fitted pieces as seen here. I have teamed it with my Louboutin So Kate pumps and a vintage Hermes clutch.

Trousers- H&M

Top- Miss Selfridge

Jacket – H&M

Shoes – Christian Louboutin

Clutch – Hermes

Photography by www.andrewlunnphotography.com

 

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LFW A/W 2015

 

It’s that time of year again where the wacky and wonderful hit the cobbles for London Fashion Week at Somerset House. I was there to preview the exciting A/W collections as well as street style spying and filming for Three Blokes Productions. I wanted to be comfy so opted for my Adidas trainers again with some fur and a hat to keep me warm in the chill- although I struggled to keep the hat on in the strong wind! I had my nude So Kate Louboutins at hand to change into – perfect day to night switch over. My bag is vintage Louis Vuitton from my nana and was the perfect size to fit my microphone pack in!

Hat – H&M

Roll neck – The Little Wardrobe

Necklace – Jenny Packham

Jeans – Topshop

Coat – The Little Wardrobe

Trainers – Adidas

Bag- Louis Vuitton

Photography by www.andrewlunnphotography.com

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Turn Up

So I can finally say I’m starting to blog, It’s been a long time coming but I will try my best to keep it up! In this outfit I wanted to show you how to make a comfy casual spring outfit still look really smart. I’m loving pastel colours at the moment and had to snap up this versatile shirt as soon as I saw it. I have got a little white top on underneath the shirt so the shirt can be opened up for a casual look or tied around the waist. I chose to wear it buttoned up and tucked in for a smarter look to flatter the body shape more rather than adding bulk. I’m loving these new whiter than white Adidas kicks which are just so comfy and match up with loads of outfits, a good spring staple. The coat is from my own brand The Little Wardrobe and I think completes the outfit nicely.

Trainers: Adidas

Jeans: H&M

White top: Topshop

Shirt: H&M

Coat: The Little Wardrobe

Photography by  www.andrewlunnphotography.com

 

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Body Language – Mens signs to show he’s interested

Women choose from no less than 52 moves to show men they are interested. The average male chooses a lot less to attract a female. Below are some of the most common things to look out for… Ladies take note!

  •  He will serve you an eyebrow flash.

When we first see someone we are attracted to our eyebrows rise and fall. If they fancy us back they will raise theirs. The whole thing only lasts about a fifth of a second. Lifting our brows pulls the eyes open and allows more light to reflect off the surface, making them look bright, large and inviting. A flash might be easy to miss it they are so reliable. Deliberately extend it for up to one second and you’ve drastically upped the chances of him getting the message your interested.

  • His lips part If he likes what he sees.

His lips will automatically part for a moment when your eyes first lock.

  • His nostrils flare and his face generally ‘opens’.

The raised brows, parted lips, flaring nostrils, and wide eyes give the whole face a friendly open expression.

  • He will stroke his tie or smooth a lapel.

These preening gestures are equivalent of the female lip lick.

  • He’ll smooth or muss up his hair.

Guys do this involuntarily and more often than women think.

  • He will stand tall.

All his muscles will be pulled tight to show his body off to the best advantage.

  • He will let you see him checking out your body.

Some experts call it visual voyaging – his eyes take a little cruise around your body, stopping momentarily around the prettiest ports. He has automatically scanned your body the second he laid eyes on you, the difference here is he’s letting you see him do it.

  • He will touch his face a lot while looking at you.

If he’s keen he will stroke his cheek up and down with the back of his fingers, touch his ears or rub his chin.

 

– CASEY PAUL

Hot showbiz couple Carley Stenson and Danny Mac talk fashion, style and dating!

I caught up with the gorgeous Carley Stenson and Danny Mac to talk fashion, style and beauty. With Carley having been an actress in Hollyoaks and now playing a lead role in Shrek the musical and Danny currently in Hollyoaks playing Mark Dodger, the heat is on them to look their best. Lets find out what it takes for them to look so damn good!

 

Casey: How would you describe your style?

Carley: My style is quite unpredictable, it depends how I feel on the day or what I’ve been inspired by. I love to feel classy and elegant but when I go out to party I like feeling trendy and funky possibly wearing a statement outfit.

Danny: Probably just laid back, relaxed and casual Is my preference. ‘Pub and town-wear!’

Casey: What are your favourite brands / shops?

Carley: I love “The Little Wardrobe” and “FD Avenue”  and I always pop into river Island and Zara! I do love little one off boutiques too and adore Camden!

Danny: The first shops I ALWAYS head to are AllSaints and Superdry – I’m big keen on Paul Smith, Diesel and Levi’s too, the rest of my wardrobe is probably made up of Topman, Zara and ASOS.

Casey: Who spends more time getting ready out of the two of you?

Carley: Danny definitely takes longer than me to get ready! No question ha!

Danny: Well…. If its just everyday-wear we’re about the same, or if it’s a smart (dressy) event then Carley ‘usually’ takes longer, however, for ‘smart / casual’ events Carls will almost definitely say me. This can be true, but normally because I never feel smart enough in t-shirts I’ve worn before and get bored of just shirt and jeans. So I try on everything under the sun until I get fed up and just chuck on the same thing I wear every time!

Casey: Do you go clothes shopping together?

Carley: We don’t really go shopping together as we live apart and have more quality time together when we see each other! We are both so impatient we probably couldn’t wait. When we have it’s a lot quicker for me haha! We both know our own style so well now. We are quite confident alone in our choices, but like the compliment both of us give and are happy to say which outfit we preferred.

Danny: Not really but that’s because we don’t get enough time together as it is. I wouldn’t mind it though as Carls is so chilled she would be an easy date.

Casey: Do you follow a strict fitness regime to keep your bodies in such good shape?

Carley: At the moment I work in Shrek the musical which involves some dancing so my fitness regime relies heavily on my work. When I leave Shrek I will be having a gym regime. Not so much for looking good but it’s the feeling good and energised that makes my day go better. That way I don’t feel guilty if I eat cake ha!

Danny: I try to gym and/or play footy a few times a week but if I don’t get a chance then I’ll watch what I eat. I don’t really do it to try and look better it’s more of an attempt to not get worse!

Casey: What are your ‘must have’ beauty and grooming products?

Carley: I must have a Jo Malone moisturiser now as since Danny bought me one two Christmas’s ago, I adore their smell – BEAUTIFUL! Moroccan oil is wonderful for the hair too.

Danny: I use Fudge for my hair which is great as my hair is so thick and it works all day without too much of it.

Casey: What is the most expensive item of clothing or jewellery you have ever bought?

Carley: I bought a cut out black smart jacket which was over £600 and had my 21st birthday dress designed for a similar price. They were special occasions and I’d much rather spend my money on my nieces and nephews now … Oh and Danny obviously tehe!

Danny: Probably my leather AllSaints jacket but I’ve had it years, I love it and I still wear it all the time.

Casey: Who are your style icons?

Carley: I don’t really have a style icon. There are so many pretty well dressed ladies out there! I always get clothes envy when festival season comes around and Fern Cotton rocks it. Me and Danny are attempting to go next time, so hopefully I can have go myself!

Danny: No one in particular I don’t think. Usually just people I see in the street that I think look cool. I’m a big fan of a good suit though and massively enjoyed Skyfall as Daniel Craig looked sharp as!

Casey: Do you have a dress for success or dress to impress particular outfit?

Carley: I don’t have a particular dress or outfit that stands out as my favourite but I feel most comfortable in a baggy off the shoulder jumper and nice leggings with funky boots. When I’m more comfy I’m more confident!

Danny: Not really I feel most confident when I’m just out in jeans, t-shirt and casual shirt really.

Casey: Any past fashion disasters you dare to share with us?

Carley: Oh dear I possibly have too many! Unfortunately being on tv from the age of 17 has not helped my back log of disastrous photos. There was definitely a time when I was experimenting. I like to pride myself on practically having no pride but a good sense of humour, so there are some crackers out there! I just didn’t care, still don’t to a degree as long as I like it or think it’s different!

Danny: Almost definitely but I think I’ve erased them from memory.

Casey: Do you have a favourite outfit or style you like each other in?

Carley: I love seeing Danny in anything! Ha aw! But when we get all wrapped up to go out and he’s wearing his boots with chinos big Cosy jumper and hat I think he looks cute and lovely.

Danny:  I’m a massive fan of Carls’ dressed down, although she looks an absolute knockout on the red carpet. She’s blessed with being a natural stunner and my favourite style on her is minimal make up, leggings/tight jeans and a baggy jumper or baggy jeans and tight top, or even just one of my shirts!

Casey: They say confidence is the key to the universe. Carley, how did Danny woo you when you first met, were there any cheesy chat up lines involved?

Carley: I really don’t know how Danny got a second date ha! He called me a different girls name and got really drunk! Ha ha but I don’t regret giving him a chance to redeem himself, he certainly did!

 

– Casey Paul

Mens Body Analysis- How To Dress A Rectangular Body Shape

Men with a rectangular body shape will have shoulders and hips of a similar width. The aim when dressing this body shape is to choose clothing detail and lines which create the illusion of a wider top half.

Business/ Formal Jackets

  • Double breasted if slim
  • Single breasted if larger
  • Notched or peaked lapels
  • Angular/ curved hemline
  • Slightly padded
  • No vents/ two side vents
  • Flap pockets

Casual jackets / Tops

  • Slightly padded shoulders
  • Zip fronted jackets
  • Length of jacket longer than waist
  • Coats back belted
  • Sweaters with horizontal chest detail

Trousers

  • Single pleats
  • Straight leg
  • Regular fit
  • Chinos
  • Belt showing or covered
  • Avoid tight trousers, shorts or trunks

Shirts and Tops

  • Tucked in or left out
  • Straight fit
  • Set in / off the shoulder sleeve
  • Moderate length

Fabrics and Patterns

  • Broad range – tightly woven
  • Crisp to softer texures
  • Plain, check, pinstripe

Accessories

Belts – angular buckle

Ties – Solid colour, stripe, geometric

 

– Casey Paul

 

Mens Body Analysis- How To Dress A Contoured Body Shape

Men with a contoured body shape will have a rounded silhouette. For this body shape avoid sharp clothing detail and lines.

Business/Formal Jackets

  • Unstructured suit with classic lapels
  • Single breasted
  • Rounded or notched lapels
  • Curved hemline
  • Moderate padding
  • No vent or single vent
  • Concealed pockets
  • Tuck in pocket flap
  • Waistcoats are flattering under suit

Casual Jackets/Tops

  • Minimal detail
  • No waist detail
  • Vertical lines, cable and seam detail
  • No belts on coats

Trousers

  • Flat fronted trousers
  • Straight Leg
  • Relaxed or straight fit chinos or jeans
  • Drawstring

Shirts And Tops

  • Do not tuck in
  • Open neck polo shirts
  • Raglan sleeve
  • Longer length

Fabrics And Patterns

  • Soft- loosely woven textures
  • Matte finish fabrics
  • Plain, vertical lines
  • Poplin (grid weave) or cotton shirts

Accessories

  • Avoid Belts

Ties

  • Solid Colour
  • Paisley
  • Curved Patterns
  • Avoid sharp patterns and tightly woven fabrics