Wednesday Wishlist: Luxe leopard print, AW14 frocks & YSL beauty essentials

It’s payday, we’re all feeling a bit decadent, which is why you’ll find lashings of luxe leopard print, Christmas party (yep, I’m getting ready) dress styles and the YSL make-up items worth splurging on. Enjoy and happy spending..

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SHOP: 1. Topshop Leopard Print Heels, £48 2. Little Black Dress Audrey Dress, £120 3. Topshop Green Smock Dress, £32 4. ASOS Scallop Clutch, £12 5. YSL Le Teint Touche Eclat Foudnation, £30.50 6. YSL Touche Eclat Wild Edition in Original 1, £25 7. GEMA Jewellery Eden Earrings, £10.

Nothing says glam like a little black dress and a leopard print stiletto, not in my book anyway and with fabulous ostrich feathers thrown in for good measure you won’t need anything else for your AW14 special occasions. But if accessories are your thing you can go from day (I’m thinking this green Toppshop smock dress, 80 deniers and Chelsea boots) to night with this bargainous ASOS clucth with cute scallop detail and my favourite Eden earrings from GemaJewellery.com.

Now you might think that circa £50 is a bit much for two beauty items and it is. But if you’ve ever sampled something from the Yves Saint Laurent make-up counter you’ll know it’s worth the splurge. I’ve been wearing their Touche Eclat foundation for a week now and my god is it good. Usually I’m a bit foundation-shy and opt for a BB cream instead but this is light enough for me while still providing brilliant (see: the best) coverage. And I don’t even need to tell you how amazing the under-eye pen is. With a leopard print case of course it’s even better!

What are you putting your payday pennies towards this month? Are you a YSL fan?

Meet Zara’s younger, cheaper and cooler sister

Zara is pretty high up on my cool-o-meter. BUT Stradivarius, her sister brand is even cooler with slick leather jacket, faux fur gilets, minimalist shirts and over-the-knee boots featuring highly on my want list after a quick browse of the brand’s website. And everything is so cheap! Think H&M prices for Zara-meets-Mango style. If you’re more of a reach-out-and-touch-it shopper you’ll pleased to know Stradivarius our opening their first UK store at Westfield Stratford very soon too! 

Until then here’s a little (see: large because I got carried away) snipped of what they’ve got to offer..

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Shop denim shirt dress, £25.99 (also, if anyone can find the jacket please point me in the right direction!)

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Shop leather jacket, £25.99

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Shop coat, £59.99

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Shop faux fur waistcoat, £29.99

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Shop dip-hem shirt, £17.99

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Shop bow collar shirt, £19.99

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Shop Breton off-the-shoulder top, £7.99

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Shop jeggings, £19.99

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Shop print skirt, £15.99

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Shop faux fur bag, £15.99

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Shop over-the-knee boots, £45.99

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Shop ankle boots, £35.99

What do you think of Stradivarius’ offering? Will you be visiting the new store?

Wednesday Wishlist: Red and beige, an unlikely colour combo for AW14

I’m finding myself unusually drawn to beige at the moment. Cream, stone, light brown, whatever you want to call it, I bloody love it. And way down at the other end of the spectrum, I’ve been stocking up on pillar box red, a bit of coral and the odd pop of pink. The perfect colour combo for AW14 methinks..

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SHOP: 1. Wallis Floral Shirt Dress, Was £65 Now £52 2. Wallis Red Shirt Dress, Was £65 Now £52 3. Accessorize Cross-Body Clock Bag, £25 4. Topshop Blanket Poncho, £22 5. ASOS Suede Ankle Boots, £40 6. GEMA Eden Earrings, £10 7. GEMA Marisa Necklace, £18 8. GEMA Octavia in Pink Necklace, Was £24 Now £11.50.

For those ‘I just don’t know what to wear’ mornings, which this time of year seems to throw up more of, you can’t go wrong with a shirt dress, especially if it’s post box red. Throw yours on with beige flat ankle boots likes these super-slouchy suede ones from ol’ faithful, ASOS or add a belt and a statement necklace – oh would you look at that, there are oodles to choose from at GEMA Jewellery!

What do you think of this week’s picks? What are you in the market for come payday?

AW14 jewellery has arrived!

We’ve just launched the new season collection at GEMA Jewellery and I couldn’t wait to share some of my favourite pieces.

This collection is a little bit more grown-up and a bit more glam (well, Christmas is on the horizon!)  and many of the pieces are made-to-order, so they can take a *little* bit longer to arrive (usually only 10 days) but I promise you it’s worth the wait.

Fit-to-bursting with rich purples and navys, pops of pink, grey and a little fresh mint this silver and gold range of statement necklaces and statement earrings will not disappoint. Oh and as always at GEMA Jewellery, the prices have been kept as low as possible, the packaging is pretty lovely and delivery is free. Happy shopping!

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SHOP: Florence, £18; Bridget, £14; Eden, £10; Dana, £24; Lia, £12; Italia, £14; Margarita, £16; Eva, £26.

AND before you go, be sure to copy and paste my exclusive £5 off discount code! Get a fab fiver off of the new collection by typing SHOPAW14 in to to the promo box at checkout.

Take a look at the rest of the collection here and if you have any questions, pop the team an e-mail: gemajewellery@gmail.com.

What do you think of the new collection? Which is your favourite piece?

Shoes, glorious shoes at Boden

Boden is my go-to for subtle retro styling; think cute but not-so-knicker-flashing shifts, tea dresses, colour-pop coats and kitsch prints and you’ll probably think of Boden too. But I’ve never really noticed the shoe department – until now! At AW14 press day these jewel-clad pointed pumps were by far the most ooed and ahhed over, not to mention the most tweeted and Instragram-ed, shoes on display. My only problem with them? I can’t decided which colour I want!

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Pointed shoes are going to be huge for the colder season and I’m thrilled as I find wearing heels all the time tricky and there’s nothing like a little toe-point to instantly smarten up an outfit. Of course teamed with Dolce and Gabbanna-esque crystal detailing Boden’s sparkly shoes are not for the faint of fashion heart but by god will they make you feel special whatever the occasion.

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SHOP: Boden Jewelled Pump, £129 each (available in gold, black and navy).

A little more expensive than the high street brand’s usual offering, I think it’s fair to see why you’ll need to part with a bit more cash to secure these bejewelled beauties and I dare you to not add more than one colour-way to your basket (I’ve got gold and navy in there at the moment but black is winking at me!).

In the market for something a little less sparkly? I’ve had a good rummage through Boden’s virtual shoe rack and found some absolute corkers, which as usual with Boden are all available in a multitude of shades and textures:

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SHOP: 1. Vintage Suede Boot, £179 2. Chic Ankle Boot, £119 3. Mary Jane, £119 4. Ballerina, £49 5. Fashion Pointed Pump, £99 6. Stretch Heeled Boot, £99.

Are you a Boden fan? What do you think of my shoe choices?