Sunday, 13 September 2015

Seventies Vibes with Boohoo

It's officially the end of Summer. September is the month for change; the days get cooler and fashion becomes transitional. 

Top, skirt and boots, all courtesy of Boohoo. Bag, similar here. Jacket, similar here.

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you'll already know I'm obsessed with all things seventies, I really do think I was born in the wrong era sometimes! Seventies suede is having a moment right now and its continuing on into the new season. There's no better fabric to wear during this pre-autumn period. 
suede skirt is a staple and I've paired this navy one from Boohoo with this high neck crop tee for a pop of colour. Just because it's no longer summer that doesn't mean you can't wear florals! If, like me, you can't get enough of suede, click here see all the suede goodness Boohoo has to offer. 
I think my favourite piece I'm wearing here has got to be these fringed ankle boots. Fringing is the perfect nod to the seventies trend, a great way to ease yourself in to the look without committing fully. Boohoo has a great selection of ankle boots this season and this pair are no exception. I've already worn them so many times, both casual and a little more dressed up. They look especially good with straight leg jeans. You can't go wrong with a black ankle boot, and the fringe on this pair adds interest to an otherwise plain staple. 
If you're lusting after all things seventies and boho, take a look at the selection here and here... Happy shopping!    

Tuesday, 4 August 2015

An Evening with Panache

After several issues with Blogger, I'm so happy to finally be publishing this post! I took these photos on a different camera and after editing Blogger just would not load them. I'm thinking of moving my blog over to WordPress because of these issues, if anybody has any advice, leave me a comment!

I have to thank Holly from Tea and Blush for inviting me to this blogger evening at Panache Lingerie which is based right here in Sheffield. It was such a great evening and it was so cool to learn about the evolution of a collection, from mood-boarding to shooting editorial for the finished garment. 

Panache was established in 1982 by Anthony Power, a former Playtext employee. He began by selling 'end of line' lingerie and noticed the most popular styles were the larger cup sizes; and so Panache was born. By 1989 Panache had become a global brand, hiring an in-house design team and opening an office in Hong Kong. Panache is now sold in 53 countries worldwide and their New York office has just relocated to larger premises to include a showroom. The head office for the brand remains in Sheffield, keeping to it's UK heritage.

Each designer at Panache works on two seasons at a time, talk about fast-fashion! Panache focus their energy on ensuring customers can trust the brand: season after season the bras fit exactly the same. As well as the 'Core Collection' (pictured below), Panache creates lingerie each season in trend focused colourways, for women who like to follow fashion. The design process takes around five months, beginning with collecting feedback from the previous season before mood-boarding begins for the next season. I loved seeing the inspiration behind the garments on the mood boards and how that translated to a finished collection. I've never really seen fashion behind-the-scenes like this before.   

Within the Panache brand are several other brands, including Panache Sport, swimwear and also Cleo. While at the Head Office we had the chance to meet Debbie, one of the Panache designers and she described Cleo as the brand they could really have fun with in terms of colour and print and that is definitely evident in the above pieces. How gorgeous is the print on this longline bra! The Panache office is so pretty, it's literally filled with beautiful lingerie, I loved it.

What's special about Panache they actually have a sewing room within the Head Offices where they manufacture product. We were all obsessed with the thread wall! Above is the lovely Alesha modelling the Panache Sport bra and all it's component parts. The sports bra took three years to develop and underwent incredibly rigorous testing to ensure it was comfortable and supportive. What I didn't know is that this sports bra actually has a wire within it, so that you get the same level of support whatever you wear.  

When it comes to shooting the editorial adverts for the collection, Jennie explained to us the campaigns are 'women sexy' and not 'man sexy'. Panache lingerie is about women buying for themselves and making women feel good in their own skin. For this reason the brand only retouches the colour in their adverts and not the models natural body. I think this is so important in promoting a healthy body image, rather than creating aspiration to an unachievable ideal. How amazing does this model look? 

Not only does Panache promote a positive body image in their adverts, they also want to inspire women in all areas of life. Shockingly, 75% of women believe there are no aspirational female role models for them to look up to and that is why their campaign Modelled by Role Models is so important. It shines a light on six inspirational women, including Paralympian Hannah Cockroft, marrying their success and contributions to society with their healthy approach to body image. You can find out more about the Role Models here.  

My evening with Panache was really amazing, I learnt so much about fashion and manufacturing and met some lovely people. It's great that Sheffield is still the home to a global brand like Panache. You can find stockist information here. Check back this week for a little look inside our goody bags, and how I styled my 'Made in Sheffield' scarf!

Sunday, 26 July 2015

#OOTD 26th July Yoga Now, Wine Later

I'm definitely a trend-driven dresser but I like to put my own spin on the trends, after all, nobody wants to look exactly like everyone else!

Jeanssweatshirtmules all ASOS.

Can we take a moment to appreciate these jeans? I picked these ASOS 'Thea Girlfriend jeans' up in the sale for an amazing £11! I usually struggle to find loose jeans that fit me properly, but I took a chance on these and it definitely paid off. Black jeans are such a staple and these are something a little different from my usual skinny style. 

For a relaxed weekend look, I'm a big fan of sweatshirts and ASOS have a great selection in at the moment. With these quirky slogans on, they just add a little extra to a really basic piece.  

I've been interning at Exposed Magazine in Sheffield all Summer so far and I've been wearing heels A LOT, these mules are great for giving my feet a much needed break over the weekend. They are a perfect dupe of these Narciso Rodriguez Athena mules and at only £20 they are the perfect way to stay on trend without over-spending. 

Saturday, 25 July 2015

Top 5: New Season Pieces to Buy Now

It might feel like Summer has barely started, but fashion moves fast and the new season is already sneaking into stores. I've picked out my top five favourite pieces that you can buy now and wear all through into next season.

1. ASOS knitted dress, £35.

2. Zara wide flared studio trousers, £59.99

3. Topshop Master Tortoiseshell Heel Boots, £85
4. River Island Premium Utility Shirt Dress, £55

5. Alexa Chung for AG Sabine straight mid-rise jeans, £235

Friday, 24 July 2015

#OOTD 24th July, Jeans with a sun dress

British summertime is usually disappointing, but this year has been particularly dire! I've barely bought any sun dresses or shorts or anything this year, because there has been no sun!

Dress + Jeans, here and here. Sandals, similar here.

I've been dying to wear this dress but since the weather hasn't been that fantastic, I've been getting creative. Since a jacket would cover up the gorgeous back of this dress, I went for covering my legs and pairing it with jeans. 
I wasn't so sure how this would look a first but I actually really like it, it's the perfect way to get wear out of dresses on less than than tropical days. I'll definitely be trying this outfit formula out with some of my other dresses and slim jeans. 
If you hadn't already noticed, the ASOS sale has some amazing pieces and these jeans are just one of them! These are the 'Farleigh slim mom jeans' and I'm obsessed. They fit great and the denim is so soft, they are definitely going to become a staple in my wardrobe.  

What do you think of pairing a dress with jeans? Would you ever try it? Leave me a comment!

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

#OOTD 22nd July, Indiana Pacers

I've been feeling so uninspired lately, I don't know if it's this less than summery weather or my lack of real free time but I just haven't been feeling like blogging. Not ideal! That changed this week and in between the rain showers and almost-gales, my friend Emma and I took pictures. Lots of pictures! And so I'm back, back home and blogging again. May writers block and lack of inspiration not stop me again. Oh yeah, I had my hair cut and coloured too, I needed a change. What do you think?

Basketball jersey, similar here. Skirt, ASOS. Trainers, similar here.

When I saw this basketball jersey on the Cow Vintage website, I couldn't resist. It's the perfect mix of sporty and cool and I've already worn it to death with half the things in my wardrobe. It looks great with boyfriend jeans and mules too, watch this space! I've also finally got my hands on this season's It Piece, the button up denim skirt. After seeing numerous variations I settled on this Pull and Bear version, I like the extra pocket detail. The thing I love most about denim is it's versatility and I know I'll be wearing this skirt until winter. 

What are your hero buys this season? Leave me a comment!