Style Icons 2013 – Gwen Stefani

While Kate Middleton tackled Maternity style with chic this year, I don’t think I have ever seen a more glamorous mom-to-be than the utterly gorgeous Gwen Stefani. She had me in awe with her always red lips, glamorous heels and general glow that made her look like a total goddess. Quite simply, Gwen was a picture of perfection. I think I actually drooled over every picture of her that I saw.

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bdd25882f09b7fe149a83e46a0645dc4Gwen has shown that you can retain your signature style during pregnancy, still wearing skinny jeans, heeled boots and shoes, and those trademark sunnies. But she has also provided a masterclass in layering, keeping warm as the temperatures have dropped with a range of gorgeous coats worn over stretchy dresses and classic jeans and jumper combinations. And when it comes to evening glamour, Gwen has embraced that bump and covered it with tassles and sequins, making her place amongst the best dressed of 2013 an obvious choice. Maternity style has had some real high-points in 2013, with Duchess Kate, Zara Philips and Kim Kardashian making it the stuff of front page headlines. But, for me, it reached its zenith with the sheer Hollywood glamour of Gwen Stefani.

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Gwen Stefani's stylish pregnancy

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Glam maternity looks from Next

Black Over-The-Bump Taper Leg Trousers (Maternity) £28 click to visit Next

Black Over-The-Bump Taper Leg Trousers (Maternity) £28 click to visit Next

Black Two Layer Dress (Maternity) £22 click to visit Next

Black Two Layer Dress (Maternity) £22 click to visit Next

Embroidered Organza Shell Top (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

Embroidered Organza Shell Top (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

Wrap Dress (Maternity) £30-£32 click to vosot Next

Wrap Dress (Maternity) £30-£32 click to visit Next

Midi Dress (Maternity) £24-£32 click to visit Next

Midi Dress (Maternity) £24-£32 click to visit Next

Black Tube Skirt (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

Black Tube Skirt (Maternity) £18 click to visit Next

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Seriously Stylish Sales Picks

I made my first venture to the sales yesterday, and I’m still shuddering at the thought of it. I’m sure there were a great many bargains to be found, but you had to search hard amongst the rails of unmitigated rubbish, with pulls, rips, missing sequins seeming to be the order of the day.

The rule of the sales is get there early, when they first start, in order to pick up real bargains. With many of the ‘new years sales’ now starting before Christmas, by the time you get to New Year, you are often faced with items better left to the dustbin than the bargain bin. And this is where the internet really comes into its own for sales shopping.

No crowds, no damaged goods, no pieces from Summer 2011 suddenly and mysteriously appearing on shop rails all over again, there are a great many bargains to be found online as the sales draw to a close. And with many stores now offering up to 70% off, there are real bargains to be found.

I’ve trawled a few of my favourite online destinations to find some great buys. Here are my key finds from Selfridges, Clarks, Boden and Evans.

Selfridges

 MICHAEL KORS Printed v-neck dress Was £200.00 Now £95.00 Click to visit Selfridges


MICHAEL KORS Printed v-neck dress

 FRENCH CONNECTION Cora devore maxi dress now £144 click to visit Selfridges

FRENCH CONNECTION Cora devore maxi dress

 FOREVER UNIQUE Raquel dress now £95 click to visit Selfridges

FOREVER UNIQUE Raquel dress

 MARC BY MARC JACOBS Mouse perforated leather pumps now £115 click to visit Selfridges

MARC BY MARC JACOBS Mouse perforated leather pumps

KG by Kurt Geiger £59 click to visit Selfridges

KG by Kurt Geiger

 STEVE MADDEN Colour block handbag now £48 click to visit Selfridges

STEVE MADDEN Colour block handbag

 TORY BURCH Catalina leather hobo now £336 click to visit Selfridges

TORY BURCH Catalina leather hobo

 TED BAKER Art Deco large shopper bag now £27 click to visit Selfridges


TED BAKER Art Deco large shopper bag

 KATY BEVERIDGE Bicycle wheel t-shirt now £20 click to visit Selfridges

KATY BEVERIDGE Bicycle wheel t-shirt

 

Clarks

Concert Piano £34.99 click to visit Clarks

Concert Piano

Alessie Eve £19.99 click to visit Clarks

Alessie Eve £19.99

Licorice Snap now £69.99 click to visit Clarks

Licorice Snap

Concert Ticket £34.99 click to visit Clarks

Concert Ticket

 

Boden

Jewelled Georgette Dress WH581 (Was £129.00 ) now £38.70 click to visit Boden

Jewelled Georgette Dress

Kate Dress WH583 (Was £129.00 ) now £38.70 to £77.40 click to visit Boden

Kate Dress

Alma Dress WH572 (Was £99.00 ) now £29.70 to £49.50 click to visit Boden

Alma Dress

Isabel Jumper WK902 (Was £79.00 ) now £23.70 to £31.60 click to visit Boden

Isabel Jumper

 

Chelsea Jumper WK850 (Was £89.00 ) now £26.70 to £35.60 click to visit Boden

Chelsea Jumper

Sixties Slingbacks AR568 (Was £99.00 ) now £29.70 to £79.20 click to visit Boden

Sixties Slingbacks

Evans

Evans Black Sequin Wrap Was £35.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Black Sequin Wrap

Evans Plum Metallic Yarn Heart Cardigan Was £35.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Plum Metallic Yarn Heart Cardigan

Scarlett & Jo Black Side Split Velvet Maxi Dress Was £65.00 Now £35.00 click to visit Evans

Scarlett & Jo Black Side Split Velvet Maxi Dress

Evans Red Bobble Cable Knit Jumper Was £37.00 Now £25.00 click to visit Evans

Evans Red Bobble Cable Knit Jumper

Clements Ribeiro Swan Navy Glove Print Panel Skirt Was £45.00 Now £20.00 click to visit Evans

Clements Ribeiro Swan Navy Glove Print Panel Skirt

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ASOS dress sale – Perfect for New Year

Well, Christmas Day may be over for another year, and you’ve probably had your fill of turkey and trimmings. But, if you’re like me, you’ve probably not yet had your fill of shopping. Tis the season of the sales, and that is certainly reason enough to be jolly.

Of course, there are officially twelve days of Christmas, which is why today’s post brings you twelve, perfect, party worthy dresses from ASOS, all beautiful, and all reduced in the end of year sale. They are just wonderful if you haven’t yet chosen something for New Year’s Eve parties, and will take you through to all those January Balls that many large companies choose to throw (apparently it is much cheaper to hire the rooms and venues in January, so more and more companies are starting the year with a bang, rather than ending the year with one!)

ASOS has a fabulous collection of dresses. These include 1990s style slip dresses of the sort worn by Kate Moss, and now copied by Miley Cyrus. There are 1950s cocktail era velvet gowns, and 1930s styles with fluted sleeves. Of course, there are blingy styles with Gatsby Style sequin detail (I get the feeling this particular evening style is never going to go away – thanks to Downton Abbey.) And, if your dress style always tends towards the traditional, there are little black dresses galore.

 

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Love Maxi Dress With Plunge Neck And Fluted Sleeve
£48.00 NOW £33.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Premium Geo Embellished Mini Dress £120.00 NOW £72.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Premium Geo Embellished Mini Dress
£120.00 NOW £72.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Cami Midi Dress £45.00 NOW £31.50 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Cami Midi Dress
£45.00 NOW £31.50 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Floral Jacquard Skater Dress £65.00 NOW £39.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Floral Jacquard Skater Dress
£65.00 NOW £39.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Top Cami Dress £35.00 NOW £21.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Sequin Top Cami Dress
£35.00 NOW £21.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Midi V Neck Lace Bodycon Dress £30.00 NOW £18.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Midi V Neck Lace Bodycon Dress
£30.00 NOW £18.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Gothic Prom Dress £100.00 NOW £70.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Gothic Prom Dress
£100.00 NOW £70.00 click to visit ASOS

ASOS Bar Belt Drape Maxi £55.00 NOW £27.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Bar Belt Drape Maxi
£55.00 NOW £27.50 Click to visit ASOS

TFNC Maxi Dress With Fishtail And Lace Insert £55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

TFNC Maxi Dress With Fishtail And Lace Insert
£55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Off Shoulder Velvet Pencil Midi Dress £55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Off Shoulder Velvet Pencil Midi Dress
£55.00 NOW £38.50 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Lace Bardot Midi Pencil Dress £60.00 NOW £36.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Lace Bardot Midi Pencil Dress
£60.00 NOW £36.00 Click to visit ASOS

ASOS Premium Midi Dress With Cracked Leather Top £150.00 NOW £105.00 Click to visit Asos

ASOS Premium Midi Dress With Cracked Leather Top
£150.00 NOW £105.00 Click to visit Asos