Spooky style from Topshop

October 23rd, 2014

It’s a fact – Halloween dressing up is no longer just for the kids. These days, Halloween is a hot date on the social calender, with parties being gothically, glamorous occasions and the perfect excuse for donning the deepest of red lips, the blackest of Kohl and the slinkiest of dresses.

I have never, as an adult, dressed up for Halloween. But all this is going to change this year. I’m going to a Halloween party for the first time in years, and have picked out a Morticia Adams style wig, a purple witches hat, and a gorgeous long black dress and boots for my witchy costume. For those who are still on the lookout for an outfit for Halloween, or those who always like their fashion to be from the ‘darkside’, Topshop have some great pieces that really evoke the fun spirit of the creepiest night of the year.

Topshop have a great ‘fright night’ pieces this year, from cobweb style tights, very cute cat print socks and animal print kitty ears. There are also the sexier fabrics, snakeskin style lace, 1990s negligee dresses in silk effect and a good smattering of luxurious velvet.

Take a look at some of my favourite pieces for the most frightening night of the year.

Monster Bandage Bodycon Dress     Price: £29.00 click to visit Topshop

Monster Bandage Bodycon Dress
Price: £29.00 click to visit Topshop

Black Webbed Tights     Price: £8.50 click to visit Topshop

Black Webbed Tights
Price: £8.50 click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Cat Ears     Price: £1.00 click to visit Topshop

Faux Fur Cat Ears
Price: £1.00 click to visit Topshop

Digital Bat Kitten Ankle Socks     Price: £3.50 click to visit Topshop

Digital Bat Kitten Ankle Socks
Price: £3.50 click to visit Topshop

Beaded Drape Choker     Price: £16.50 click to visit Topshop

Beaded Drape Choker
Price: £16.50 click to visit Topshop

Lace Yoke Tee     Price: £38.00 click to visit Topshop

Lace Yoke Tee
Price: £38.00 click to visit Topshop

Satin Maxi Dress     Price: £55.00 click to visit Topshop

Satin Maxi Dress
Price: £55.00 click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Shorts     Price: £36.00 click to visit Topshop

Velvet Lace Shorts
Price: £36.00 click to visit Topshop

MAGNUM Glitter Ankle Boots     Price: £82.00 click to visit Topshop

MAGNUM Glitter Ankle Boots
Price: £82.00 click to visit Topshop

Snake Lace Shirt     Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

Snake Lace Shirt
Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

REBEL Glitter Heels     Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

REBEL Glitter Heels
Price: £48.00 click to visit Topshop

Glow In The Dark Tights     Price: £10.00 click to visit Topshop

Glow In The Dark Tights
Price: £10.00 click to visit Topshop

PU Hem Bodycon Dress     Price: £42.00 click to visit Topshop

PU Hem Bodycon Dress
Price: £42.00 click to visit Topshop

Square Neck Midi Bodycon Dress     Price: £32.00 click to visit Topshop

Square Neck Midi Bodycon Dress
Price: £32.00 click to visit Topshop

To view all the Halloween choices from Topshop, click here.

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Michelin Winter Driving Campaign

October 23rd, 2014

As the Autumn days continue to drift away, our thoughts turn to winter. There are so many lovely things to look forward to  when Winter comes. We have Christmas and all the joy it brings, the festive markets, the mulled wine and mince pies, the countdown to Santa. Winter brings many other joys, sitting in front of cosy fires on those cold winter nights, the chance to wear all those lovely hats and scarves and gloves, and the beautiful, bright clear frosty mornings where it is cold, but oh so crisp. Yes, Winter has a lot to recommend it.

But then we have to consider the weather, and all the problems it can bring. Last year we had the terrible rain that caused endless misery in the way of flooding. The two previous years had since very heavy snowfall that lasted for long periods of time and created chaos on the road networks. With all this in mind, and with Winter fast drawing closer, Michelin have created a series of films that give help and advice, as well as statistics, on road use during wet and snowy weather.

The video’s explore some of the myths of winter, the driving worries that many people (especially moms and dads with children in the back of the car) have when the weather turns bad.  There are five films in total, exploring the myths of snow and winter tyres, and the differences between driving on twisting, turning country lanes, or in busy city streets.

nu1 michelinThe videos and campaign have uncovered some interesting facts that are well worth taking a look at. You can view the first video here.

*Collaborative post.

A touch of Halloween from Sainsburys

October 22nd, 2014

The witching hour (OK day) is almost upon us, and it seems that Halloween is now a big event on every little boy or girls social calendar. Every child loves dressing up, and Halloween is one of those occasions where you can really go to town in terms of your outfit. My little boy Joe is no exception to this rule.

Over the past few years Joe has dressed up for different Halloween events. He was a ghost wearing a rather strange costume that I think resembled a giant condom(?), and last year he was a pumpkin. He chose both of these costumes himself, which I think is rather lovely. This year, he decided that he would like to be Count Dracula. He kept gravitating towards this sort of costume whenever we walked around the supermarket – he liked the mask and the cape, and the fact that this was a more grown-up costume, rather than the baby pumpkins and spooky ghosts he had gone for in the past.

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Sainsburys have very kindly sent Joe the Count Dracula costume that he has had his eye on, and I have to say the quality is fabulous. The costume comprises striped trousers (with an elasticized waist that are easy to pull on/off) and a tabard style top that fastens with velcro around the back of the neck and the back. This  also comes with a detachable cape, which has a great stand up collar. The final touches to the costume are a rather brilliant mask, and a vampire pendant.

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Joe couldn’t wait to try this costume for size. I’m sure you will agree that he looks great! This is a fantastic Halloween costume, great quality, very smart, and true to size (Joe is wearing aged 5-6). I think the £12 price point is quite good too. Joe absolutely loved wearing this and is now very excited about the Halloween disco that he will be attending on the 31st.

Sainsburys currently have a great range of Halloween costumes in store. You can view more of the range, and where to buy by clicking here.