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Inspired by the Winter Olympics – Outstanding Outerwear

Outstanding Outerwear - Avec Les Filles Faux Fur
Wrap up in style with this Avec Les Filles Faux Fur Jacket.

Have you been keeping up to date with all the goings on at the Winter Olympics at Pyeong Cheng? I have been glued to the coverage – I’ve just been watching luge doubles i.e. two guys hurtling down the ice track at 130km/h on a tiny sled (or luge). It is absolutely insane; you must need nerves of steel to give that a go. It is entertaining to watch, and I must applaud those athletes, they are incredible.

The commentator mentioned that the temperature was zero degrees, and claimed that it was tropical by Pyeong Cheng standards. Well someone hasn’t told the crowd of spectators, who were all bundled up in a fabulous variety of outerwear. I must say their enthusiasm and snug ensembles definitely gave me some inspiration. When it is cold outside, you can do something exciting, you can have some fun, and you can look and feel good whilst doing it.

Olympic Standard Outerwear

I have had a good look through Xwalker and found some olympic worthy outerwear, in a number of different categories. So let’s start with my favourite…faux fur. It is chic, stylish, super snuggly, and guaranteed to be produced without any cruelty to animals. A winner in my book.

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1. Coloured Faux Fur Coat, NA-KD; 2. Faux Fur-Trimmed Patch Parka Jacket, Vintage Havana; 3. Leopard Print Faux Fur Jacket, Kenneth Cole; 4. Faux Fur Star Coat, Aqua.

For those more casual days, your’e going to want something a bit more relaxed. So since we are talking Winter Olympics, how about some sporty outerwear.

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1. Cadet Cutie Army Green Camo Print Faux Fur Puffer Jacket, Lulus; 2. Satin Puffer Jacket, Sage Collective; 3. Shawl Collar Coat, Cole Haan; 4. Reversible Puffer Jacket, Adidas Originals.
Designer Fashion, Fashion Trends, Style Guide

Fashion Trends 2018 – Ice Cream Dream

Ice Cream Trend - Victoria Beckham Flare Sleeve Top
Creamy Vanilla Shades are Popular at Victoria Beckham.

I’m not lucky enough to live in a tropical climate, so I have to suffer through a cold, grey and miserable winter. It won’t be until towards the ends of March, when I will get to see a significant improvement in the weather. When I will actually want to get out from under the duvet and go outside. So, since I have at least 6 weeks before I can shed my layers and emerge from by padded cocoon, I have been looking to the fashion trends of Spring/Summer 2018 to get myself prepared.

When I shed my layers and reveal myself for Spring, I want to do so in something light and happy. This drew me to the Ice Cream trend that set to be big in the warmer months. It was a big feature on the Spring/Summer 2018 catwalks, with the likes of Michael Kors, Tom Ford, Victoria Beckham and Hermes, including it in their collections. The ‘Ice Cream’ trend is all about head-to-toe colour blocking of dreaming gelato shades – think pistachio, lavender, lemon sorbet and creamy vanilla. It is one of those super easy trends, all you need are some super cute pastel pieces, and wear them all together…accessories included.

You may already have the pieces you need to create the ‘Ice Cream’ trend in your wardrobe. Just pick out all the pastel items you have, and see how they will work together in an ensemble. You would be surprised how well soft yellow works with airy lavender. If you don’t have any yummy ice cream colours in your wardrobe, I’ve got all the inspiration you need, courtesy of the hundreds of brands featured in the Xwalker catalogue.

Ice Cream Dream

There was almost too much choice when it came to ice cream colours to rock in the Spring. I chose some of my favourites, and I can guarantee whatever tasty ice cream-inspired pieces you choose, you will look good enough to eat.

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1. Be Mine Sage Green Maxi Dress, Keepsake; 2. Zosia – Strapless Wrap-front Maxi Dress, Reiss; 3. Scattered Pearl Cardigan, Karen Millen; 4. Moira Pink Knit Top, LK Bennett; 5. Alleyoop White Off-the-Shoulder Jumpsuit, Lulus; 6. My Little Pony Skirt, Moschino; 7. Jacket in Silver Rose Glow, Blank NYC.

Make yours a double scoop, by adding some super sweet accessories in ice cream hues…

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1. Painterly Prints Watch, Olivia Burton; 2. Devina Drop Earrings, Baublebar; 3. Cameron Street Lottie Saffiano Leather Satchel, Kate Spade New York; 4. Light Blue & Pink Foul Flash Orbs Print Silk Wrap, Vivienne Westwood; 5. Mint Green Canvas Sneakers, MM6 Maison Martin Margiela; 6. Pink Small GG Marmont Wallet, Gucci; 7. Lillian Leather Loafers, Donald Pliner.

Who else feels like a big bowl of ice cream?

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Love Hearts – Valentine’s Themed Fashion

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Gorgeous Alviero Martini Heart Shaped Handbag

Now, I know the last post I wrote, was all about forgoing the traditional and trying something a little but different when it comes to Valentine’s Day. But, some people like the traditional, and that’s okay. When it comes to the Day of Love, what is wrong with sharing a little bit of that joy in the literal sense, with a great little red dress, or some pretty hearts anywhere and everywhere.

So, I’ve decided to let go of my slight cynical reaction to Valentine’s Day, and look through  Xwalker for the loveliest heart printed fashion and accessories I can find.

Fashion with a Heart

If you love a heart print, I highly recommend you check out Commes Des Garçons, as they have so many fantastic casual basics, with their signature super cute heart logo. I have found a few other cute pieces of apparel with a heart print, and I think I may be coming around to this whole literal Valentine’s Day ‘thing’. I mean how fantastic is that ‘Feminist’ sweater?

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1. Heart Printed Jeans, Glamorous; 2. Feminist Heart Patch Crewneck Sweatshirt, Private Party; 3. Heart Tee, Sundry; 4. White Half Heart T-Shirt, Comme des Garçons Play.

 

Accessories are a great way to give a little nod to romance, with a few subtle heart-shaped touches to your outfit or home. I need that cushion….

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1. Etched Golden Silver Heart Link Bracelet, Stefano Patriarchi; 2. Heart Cotton Tote Bag, Love Moschino; 3. Floating Love Phone Case, Edie Parker; 4. Heart-Shaped Calf-Hair Coin Purse, Neiman Marcus; 5. Allyson Johnson Hello Beautiful Heart 16″ Square Throw Pillow, Deny Designs; 6. Heart-Print Giant Check Cashmere Scarf, Burberry; 7. 62MM Mirrored Round Heart Sunglasses, Miu Miu.

Do you think you might give a playful nod to Valentine’s Day, with some cute little hearts? How do you celebrate the most romantic day of the year?

Accessories, Designer Fashion, Designer Handbags, Designer Shoes, Dresses, Fashion Trends

Trending: Winter White

Trending Winter White - La Maison Talulah Midi Dress
La Maison Talulah Eyelet Midi Dress.

Another weekend has went by, and with it another Award ceremony, this time the 2018 Grammy’s. It was probably no surprise that Bruno Mars left with an armful of awards, but something that did grab my attention was the white roses that many of the women walking the red carpet, had pinned onto their glamorous dresses or sharp tailoring. The white roses were worn in solidarity of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movement, a big change from the black gowns women wore at the Golden Globes several weeks ago.

Recording artist Kesha – herself a victim of sexual abuse within the enterainment industry – went one step further, delivering an emotional performance of her song ‘Praying’. Her performance was particularly relevant as it is all about coming through adversity, and moving on from those that hurt you with forgiveness. She was joined onstage by the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Bebe Rexha, Camila Cabello, Julia Michaels, and Andra Day, all of which looked angellic in head-to-toe white ensembles.

After last weekend’s Grammy ceremony, winter white is definitely a trending shade. If you want some stunning white pieces to add to your wardrobe, I have found some beauties that are available through the Xwalker website.

Trending: Winter White

White is such a fresh and beautiful shade for the Winter months, but it is a trans-seasonal hue. It will be just as stylish in Spring and throuh to the summer. Anything white, will be a worthwhile addition to your wardrobe…just steer clear of the tomato ketchup.

Let’s start with dresses shall we…

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1. Make Way for Wonderful Off White Lace Maxi Dress, Ark & Co.; 2. Chic Goals White One-Shoulder Skater Dress, Lulus; 3. Blazin Black and White Striped Long Sleeve Dress, Amuse Society; 4. Melina White Lace Maxi Dress, Dress the Population; 5. Hidden Talent Backless Ivory Lace Dress, Lulus; 6.  Michelle White Sequin Maxi Dress, Dress the Population.
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1. Metallic Accents Bell Sleeve Shift Dress, Shoshanna; 2. Scuba Off-the-Shoulder Bell Sleeve Dress, Aqua; 3. Floral Pattern Dress, Nanette Lepore; 4. Paneled Overlay Midi Dress, Diane Von Furstenberg; 5. T-shirt Dress, Milly; 6. Pretty Belle Cold-Shoulder Dress, Nookie.

How about some more fresh and crisp winter white.

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1. High Waist Skinny Front Slit Jeans, NA-KD; 2. Trois Leather High Heel Booties, Sjp By Sarah Jessica Parker, 3. Scuba Hadley Jacket, Veronica Beard; 4. White and Red Heart Patch T-Shirt, Comme des Garçons Play; 5. White Leather Bucket Bag, Mansur Gavriel; 6. White Leather 1460 Boots, Dr. Martens; 7. Lexi – Pin-tuck Mini Skirt, Reiss.

Do you think there is some room in your wardrobe for some lucious white? There is definitly some room in mine. I’m in love with the white Dr. Martens…so cool.

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Inspired by Valentine’s Day – Red Dresses

Inspired by Valentines Day - Lavish Alice Red Dress
Stunning Lavish Alice Waterfall Dress

Yes I know, Valentine’s Day is not a celebration for everyone. I am in a long-term relationship myself and we don’t celebrate Valentine’s Day – I hate overcrowded restaurants and he thinks its all commercial nonsense. But, that doesn’t mean that you can’t get a little swept up in the spirit of things, after all, love is a wonderful thing and it comes in so many different forms.

Why does Valentine’s Day have to be just about romantic love? Why can it not also be about the love you have for your family, or the love that is shared between friends, the love you have for your pets, or even just the love you have for yourself?

So, whether you in a wonderful romantic relationship, have another meaningful relationship, or just want to treat yourself to something nice because you deserve it, celebrate the love in your life with a red dress. Red is considered to be the colour of love, and a gorgeous dress is sure to make you feel sexy, powerful and beautiful.

I have had a good look through the women’s dresses available through Xwalker, and there is a great selection of red dresses that would be perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Red Dresses for Valentines Day

Whether you like maxi, midi or mini, or a gitted of flowing silhouette, there is sure to be a red dress perfect for you.

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1. Ruffle-Hem Crepe Bustier Dress, Aqua; 2. One Shoulder Bodycon Dress, Wow Couture; 3. Italian Cady Cascading Ruffle Midi Sheath Dress, Milly; 4. Sistine One-Shoulder Dress, Saylor; 5. Pebble Georgette Crepe Dress, Betsey Johnson.

And, since you can never have too much of a good thing (that’s the saying isn’t it?), here are some more great red dresses.

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1. Abrianna – Wrap Lace Floral-detail Dress, Reiss; 2. Tuscan Fling Ruffle Dress, Lioness; 3. Frill Dress, Glamorous; 4. Malena Dress, Motel Rocks; 5. Miranda – Strapless Bodycon Dress, Reiss.

There are so many great red dresses available through Xwalker, I just had to share a few more. If bright fire engine red is not the colour for you, why not choose a deeper, darker red, like a burgundy.

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1. Midnight Hour Red Velvet Knotted Bodycon Dress, Mink Pink; 2. Gathering Glances Burgundy Bodycon Dress, Blue Blush; 3. Best is Yet to Come Burgundy Backless Dress, Lulus; 4. Swoon-er or Later Burgundy Long Sleeve Lace Dress, Lulus; 5. Enchanted Wine Red Midi Dress, Lucy Love.

With all that red loveliness, I don’t think I could choose a favourite. COuld I just have them all?

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Trending: Floral Prints

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Brie Larson in Gucci (Image via Daily Mail)

Fantastic Florals

Leaving behing the black gowns that dominated on the Golden Globes red carpet a few weeks ago, it was floral prints were strongly represented at the 2018 SAG Awards  on Sunday evening, with many of Hollywood’s finest leading ladies, opting for femine, floral gowns. Vanessa Kirby wore a gorgeous blush gown with floral embroidery by Valentino, and Gina Rodriguez looked fantastic in a beaded floral gown with corsetted top.

Oscar winner Brie Larson wore my favourite look of the night, mixing the shimmer trend with florals, in a stunning sequin gown by Gucci. She kept her hair and make up, fresh and youthful, and accessories simple, which worked perfectly with the heavily embellished dress.

Thanks to Brie Larson – and  some of the other beautiful women that walked the SAG read carpet  – I have fallen in love with floral prints once again. They are pretty, flirty and feminine, but can be edgy too, when teamed with black leather and biker boots. Plus, in a pretty miserable January (well it is where I am right now), it is a great way to add a little bit of colour and brightness to your life.

I could certainly do with Spring coming a little bit a little bit early – is it just me, or does it seem like January has lasted forever? So, I have had a good browse through the Xwalker website, and found some great pieces that are sure to give you serious floral inspiration.

I can’t wait to add some to my wardrobe. Their bold brightness are sure to get me through the rest of January…I hope.

Fabulous Floral Prints

Get ready for some serious blooming loveliness…lets start with floral dresses.

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1. Avenue Floral-Print Mini Dress, Likely; 2. Floral V-Neck Midi Dress, Adrianna Papell; 3. Maje Floral-Print Silk Mini Dress, Parker; 4. Floral Maxi Dress, Rocco Sand; 5. Floral Print Fit-and-Flare Dress, Aqua.
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1. Queen of Hearts Black and Burgundy Floral Print Midi Dress, Lulus; 2. Strike a Rose Black Floral Print Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, Lulus; 3. Heather Mauve Floral Print Long Sleeve Dress, Astr the Label; 4. Kiss and Pastel Light Blue Floral Print Wrap Dress, Lulus; 5. Whispers Navy Blue Floral Print Skater Dress, Keepsake.

How about some floral separates? Some great pieces to mix and match into your wardrobe. Have you ever wore florals and stripes together? It looks awesome.

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1. Floral Wrap Top, June & Hudson; 2. Kikimu Floral Embroidered Blouse, Johnny Was; 3. Khali – Floral Printed Shirt, Reiss; 4. William Floral-Print Pant, BCBGMAXAZRIA; 5. Sasha Floral-Print Skirt, Alice Olivia; 6. Floral Pleated Full Skirt, Karen Millen.

And what about some accessories to finish off your new floral look?

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1. Parker Floral Print Shoulder Bag, Tory Burch; 2. Floral Printed Silk Square Scarf, Roberto Cavalli; 3. Jordaan Floral Brocade Loafers, Gucci; 4. Black Floral iPhone X Case, Richmond & Finch; 5. Signature Floral Watch, Olivia Burton; 6. Pointer Floral Jacquard Ankle-Strap Pump, Charles by Charles David; 7. Beaded Floral Stud Earrings, Nakamol; 8. Amaryllis Floral Backpack, Draper James; 9. Floral and Geometric Print Twill Silk Square Scarf, Emilio Pucci.

What prints are you loving at the minute?