Hands up if you’re a sucker for anything that sparkles and glitters?!

I’m like a magpie; I love my glitz and I can often be seen drooling over expensive jewellery in shop windows. However, for someone who loves it so much – I don’t actually own much jewellery. It’s not the sort of thing I’d ever buy for myself, so I only really get new pieces when I get them as gifts. In terms of my taste, I’ve always been one for more expensive pieces that I wear over and over, rather than constantly updating my costume jewellery collection. A nice watch, Pandora bracelet and my wedding and engagement rings and that’s pretty much me done. So, when I was given the opportunity to review GLITZBOX; a service which enables you to change up your jewellery style monthly with stylishly designed pieces I was absolutely thrilled! It sounded right up my street.

So, what is GLITZBOX?

GLITZBOX is a luxury jewellery rental subscription service. In a nutshell, customers pay a monthly subscription fee and receive a beautiful box with 3 items of jewellery per month to wear at their leisure. The idea is to connect women with new and exciting designers who are making gorgeous jewellery, and enabling them to change their glitz up every month! Once the month is up, you simply pop the pieces back in your box and send it back with the free-post label. OR if (like me) you fall in love with one or more of your jewellery pieces you can fill in a form inside the box and the price will be changed to your account minus your ‘glitz credit’ (more on that later). Easy peasy.

GLITZBOX offer 3 different subscription options depending on your style.

As you can see the Glitz Credit that you receive towards any purchases varies depending on your subscription. Additionally, you can get extra credit for referring friends. Once you have selected whether you want gold, silver or mixed you also fill out a ‘style quiz’ which helps the GLITZ team to choose pieces that you will love!

What was in my box?

I trailed a gold box and indicated in my style quiz that I prefer boho style jewellery. Here’s what I received:

Mei Li Rose – Delicate gold necklace

How beautiful?! I love the simple style of this necklace. I just adore the shape and how delicate it is. I really enjoyed wearing it.

Tea and Tequila – Boho chunky bracelet

So, I admit, I loved this bracelet so much I actually bought it! I just love the gemstones and how colourful it is. It’s absolutely gorgeous and just the sort of thing I would buy for myself.

Sharon Mills – Gem stone earrings

These earrings are gold with a stone set in them. Out of all the pieces this is probably the one I wouldn’t choose for myself as I don’t normally wear any more that tiny studs! But I really like how these looked on me and maybe it will persuade me to branch out in my earring style! (NOTE all jewellery is sterilised before it’s sent out).

What did I think?

I absolutely love the idea of GLITZBOX, for any lady who loves jewellery and experimenting with new styles then I think it’s an amazing service. It’s a fresh idea, something different that I’ve never come across before. Obviously, it’s a monthly payment which I would definitely consider as a ‘luxury item’ and it may not always be affordable – but the great thing is that you can cancel anytime. I love the element of the style quiz and I think this is something which is really unique for a subscription service, and it clearly works because the pieces I received were bang on in terms of my personal style! The whole process is also remarkably easy; the box is delivered without hassle, it contains a calendar letting you know when you need to return it buy, all the info and prices about your jewellery AND the returns are free. I think it’s fabulous.

You can check out GLITXBOX’s website here for more information.

*Please note: I was sent this box for reviewing purposes, however the opinions are my own and I truly believe in this brand and what it offers*

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My beautiful wedding dress was off the rack and I am by no means ashamed to admit it. I bought my wedding dress on my first day of looking and it was about the 8th I tried on and second shop I has been to. I didn’t really plan to buy off the rack, the first shop I went to was a boutique for example, but the second was a sample store and that’s where I ended up finding the dress I loved.

I have had mixed reactions. Most people thought it was great or didn’t really have an opinion either day, but a few friends wrinkled their noses a bit. They seemed fixated on the fact that other women would have tried it on before me… What like every other piece of clothing you have bought from a shop you mean?! These pre conceptions are plain silly. So, for any off the rack brides like me, here are some benefits of buying a sample dress as well as some tips for getting it right.

Saving money is obviously a big one. My dress was an Alfred Angelo last season which was reduced to half its original price. The full price of most wedding dresses makes me wince (you’ll only wear it once) but I do understand the price tags with all the material and detailing. So, to buy a sample and save some pennies seems like a great idea to me.

It might be one of a kind! When I found my dress before buying it I went home to think about it and searched the web high and low for the same Alfred Angelo design elsewhere. I would not find it for sale for love nor money anywhere in the world, it must have been a discontinued line. This meant that next to no brides would be wearing it for the 2016 wedding season! For someone who likes to be unique like me this is a big plus and I was keen on being a DIY friendly bride so buying a sample kind of fitted into that theme.

Flexible fittings. When you order your dress in you have the big decision of choosing a size. Yes, you can have it altered but it’s more difficult to take things out than in. I have heard of brides ordering a dress in a smaller size and then panic dieting to try and get into it when they haven’t lost the weight they wanted to. My dress was a size 14 so that was what I got. When I bought it, I was a 12 and by the time I went for my first fitting I was a 10 so I could have it taken in a fair bit. But equally could have had it taken in only a little. Flexibility makes for a calmer bride!

Tips for buying off the rack:

  1. Check the dress thoroughly, a few gems missing here or there is no biggie (my seamstress fixed some of those for me) but stains, foundation marks or major damage could prove difficult and cause you unnecessary stress.
  2. Get a good seamstress who you trust and can fit it properly and repair any small problems. Mine was amazing and transformed the dress. It fitted like a glove.
  3. Do not be ashamed! It does not mean your dress is used, second hand or in any way less ‘yours’. On the other hand you don’t have to tell people if you don’t want to. They’ll never know! And it’s none of their business anyway.
  4. Pick a dress you love and don’t be put off it’s off the rack. If, like me, you didn’t necessarily plan on buying a sample dress but you fall for one then get it! It might be your only chance! And if it’s the one, it’s the one.

Off the rack is fabulous. It doesn’t mean the dress is any less beautiful, stylish or special. I’m so glad I found mine and  wouldn’t change it for the world.

Happy shopping!

 

What a beautiful start to Spring we’ve been having in London! Sure, it’s been a bit chilly but we’ve had some days of glorious bright sunshine and big blue skies. Just how I like them.

I took the opportunity to head out and get some photographs of a few of my new Spring wardrobe pieces from Missguided. I’ve been ordering some new items and going for a kind of muted pastel colour theme. I’ve always loved dusty pink but I’m really feeling the camel and cream tones at the moment. On Saturday I chose to wear these nude skinny jeans with this chiffon camel jacket and I’m so happy with how the look turned out. I’m lucky to have the stunning backdrop of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich just around the corner.

I love this outfit because it’s the perfect mix of casual with a slightly dressed up feel. I chose to pair it with some New Look brown ankle boots but it was also look nice with sandals, pumps or wedges when it gets a bit warmer. I adore the feeling of the camel jacket and the fact that it’s floaty chiffon makes it really flattering. The jeans are stretchy and super comfortable for high waisted. The colour is ‘nude’ which is lovely because it’s not stark white, more of a champagney tone.

 

What I’m Wearing:

Nude jeans // Missguided

Chiffon camel jacket // Missguided

Floral top // Primark

Boots // New Look (previous season)

Scarf // gift

Which styles are you loving for Spring?

Photography credit // Paul Erler

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You can view my full Missguided Spring Haul video here!

 


It’s no secret that the universal take over of online shopping has completely revolutionised the high street retailer game. Most brands now have websites, user friendly apps, exclusive online deals and easy delivery options to make ordering their clothing as simple as humanly possible for their customers. And with our busy lives this is what we like! I’m not denying that the ease of buying new items within a few clicks is super convieneient (if a bit dangerous for my bank balance!).

But have you ever thought how handy it would be to be able to browse and compare brands, styles and prices in one place?  Enter Shopcinity, a new app for high street brands which is going to change your online shopping experience.

When I was asked to review this app, I’ll admit, I was sceptical about what yet another fashion app could bring to the table. Hasn’t everything been done already?? It hasn’t. Shopcinity has got features that I’ve never come across before anywhere else. Features I now realise are seriously needed! It’s like the brains behind the app literally got inside the head of an online shopaholic and invented everything they need without them realising that they need it!

I’d like to take you through the basic features of the app and some of my favourite things about it.

The BROWSE function does exactly what it says on the tin. You can select women’s or men’s, clothing or whatever accessories you are looking for and then narrow it down by more categories of item. This was you can see, for example, all the women’s jeans they have from all the brands which are featured on the app. You can easily scroll through the prices and pictures and either purchase then and then or add to your ‘watch list’ – more on that later.

Similar to browse, STORES let’s you look at everything they have got – by store! If you are interested in browsing what a particular brand has to offer this is a good place to do it. At the moment there are not a huge amount of brands on the app but I’m sure there will be more introduced as the app is launched to the public and becomes popular.  Also one of their main retailers seems to be House of Fraser which is great because they sell everything from a range of brands. All bases are covered even at this early stage.

Now, this is where it gets awesome. If you find something you like whilst browsing you can add it to your watch list in just one click. This is then saved for you kind of like the ‘basket’ on other apps. However, and now for the clever part, if you leave it there for a bit you will get notifications from Shopcinity about your item. For example:

I placed these two items on my watch list and within a day I had notifications saying that they had found similar products at a cheaper price elsewhere. And they were genuinely similar as well. Also you get notifications when your watched items are reduced in price or go into the sale! Amazing! Your own personal bargain hunter! It really is very clever.

But the TAG ME function is the cleverest of all! I wasn’t sure if it would be accurate but it really is! The idea: you’re out shopping and see something you like on a manaquin. You snap a picture of it using tag me and Shopcinity will give you a list of similar garments from different retailers! It also works if you see something you like online – just enter the URL.  I tried this out with one of my dresses to see if it worked and here is the proof that this app is a total fashionista!

All I put in was a picture of the dress, no description or information is needed, and the app recognised the colour, length and style to offer me very similar examples of other dresses. I really think this function is so handy. Imagine you saw a stunning dress in the window of a designer store which was way out of your price range: simply snap a pic, tag it and Shopcinity will come up with high street alternatives for you! 

Overall, I rate this app very highly. I think it is very easy friendly, a nice design and works quickly and doesn’t over complicate things. Most importantly it is something which is genuinely useful that (to my knowledge) you can’t get anywhere else! To get a great online shopping experience all in one place – I think it’s brilliant.

Shopcinity is launching in the coming days! Follow this link http://bit.ly/2eiz62s – sign up for free for your chance to win some amazing launch prizes.




I was absolutely delighted to receive this beautiful red rain coat and matching umbrella from Hunter’s new Autumn/Winter ‘Core Concept’ collection last week. I love Hunter’s Wellington boots and have worn them for festivals and Autumn walks for years. Saying this I had never tried their clothing or other products before.

The colour of the jacket is this amazing scarlet red so I couldn’t wait to get out on a grey autumn morning and shoot some contrast shots with the Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich as our background.

So, down to business. The new Core Concepts collection concentrates on stylish and versatile rainwear which is functional but also looks fabulous. The jacket is the Women’s Original Vinyl Smock and is available in a range of bold and striking colours. I really like the cut and style of the jacket; particularly the ‘skirt style’ bottom of the coat which is very flattering and the slightly nipped in waist. The pockets are also very streamlined and attractive, especially with the iconic Hunter label on the left hand side.  These features make the coat more aesthetically appealing than the average rain mack and means I would choose to wear it for fashion as well as function. The red colour is super striking too.

However, that’s not to say that the coat is not functional – it really is! The smock is totally waterproof, lightweight and thin whilst being warm at the same time. The neck and bottom of the coat have toggles which enable the wearer to tighten these areas in case of heavy rain and the hood has a practical peak at the front which would allow rain to run off the front without getting the face wet.  These little features speak volumes for the quality of the coat and I have no doubt it would withstand the windiest and wettest country walks!

You can view Hunter’s Original Vinyl Smock in a range of colours here.


I’m ashamed to admit that I have never invested in a ‘decent’ umbrella; having always been caught out in the rain and just having to run from shop to shop trying not to get soaked. However, after trialling the Original Moustache Bubble Umbrella on a typical rainy Autumn day I am totally converted! I can be seen here happily enjoying the view of Canary Wharf across the Thames, staying totally dry whilst the rain pours down.  The ‘bubble’ style of this umbrella works by incasing your whole head and shoulders to keep your upper body totally dry and doing a great job of protecting the rest of your body too.

As well as being really good at it’s job this umbrella is really stylish and I’m loving it’s matte finish red ‘moustache’ design on the edges and the handle is finished with a really attractive matte red too.  The clear section enables you to see through the umbella well but the red trim gives it a bit of style and colour. These umbrellas are also available in a range of colours to match the Core Concept coats and boots.

You can view and purchase the Moustache Bubble Umbrellas here.

As you can see we then had a characteristic British total change in the weather and within an hour the Autumn sun shine was making an appearance. I wanted to illustrate how appropriate the jacket is even if it isn’t raining. It is stylish and warm enough to wear just as a lightweight coat for any weather of occasion.  Plus the oranges and greens of the foliage were just too beautiful to pass by without taking some pictures. This time of year can be stunning in nature.

If you would like to view the rest of the Hunter Core Concept collection you can do so here.

Photographs taken: Old Royal Naval College & Greenwich Park.

Photography Credit: Paul Erler

Have you tried any of the Hunter products? I’d love to know what your experiences are…

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