Friday Fashion – What’s New In Stores

If you are now truly sick and tired of trawling the sales and want to see something new, then this post is just the medicine you need. We are now at my favourite point of the sales, where discounts are up to 70% off, but this can also mean lots of rails of damaged clothing, in no particular order, where mess is the order of the day, and this is certainly not for everyone.

But we are now starting to see some new season pieces in store, along with new pieces that are still perfect for the cold Wintry weather we will have for at least another six weeks or so. Today I am concentrating on a few brands. First is Topshop. I was at an event in the Birmingham Bullring store last night and fell in love with the bright and beautiful new knits that would frankly brighten the dull, foggy days we seem to be stuck with at the moment. Some of the jumpers have a hint of the knitting my nan used to do when I was a child, and this only makes me love them more.

Next is a definite pointer to Spring with the gorgeous Chi Chi London Delicate Dream collection. This is a gorgeous range that incorporates lace, florals and springlike pastels, and is sure to be a celebrity favourite so get in there first.

Speaking of celebrity, I have a great get the look of Meghan Markle’s engagement outfit from New Look, and the style picks from Next from Big Brother’s Emma Willis, who has curated a collection called Emma Loves. It is safe to say that this Emma loves it too.

Happy Shopping!

Topshop New Season Knitwear

Super Soft Blouson Sleeve Jumper
£32.00 Click to visit Topshop

Space Dye Jumper
£36.00 Click to visit Topshop

Cashmere Off Shoulder Cropped Jumper
£36.00 click to visit Topshop

Neppy Popcorn Jumper
£34.00 Click to visit Topshop

Cable Knit Jumper
£39.00 Click to visit Topshop

Plait Detail Jumper
£36.00 Click to visit Topshop

To view all Topshop Knitwear, click here.

Delicate Dream Collection at Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Lennox Dress
£75.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Elya Dress
£70.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Tinah Dress
£70.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Maya Dress
£65.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Chi Chi Verina Dress
£85.00 Click to visit Chi Chi London

Meghan Markle Get the Look at New Look

Cream Layered Collar Belted Coat
£49.99 Click to visit New Look

Nude Patent Cross Strap Pointed Court Shoes
£19.99 Click to visit New Look

Emma Loves Edit at Next


Navy Neppy Trousers £42 Stripy Shirt £30 Click to visit Next

Grey Pom Pom Sweater £30 Click to visit Next

Terracotta Sharkskin Single Breasted Jacket £60 Casual Shirt £22 Sharkskin Taper Trousers £35 Click to visit Next

Leather Biker Jacket £180 Click to visit Next

Preparing For Your Prom

It may seem a long time until the Summer, but time has a way of creeping up on you, and, before you know it, it will be May and Prom Season will be upon us. There is a lot to prepare before it gets to the special day, but the good thing is that January is actually a perfect time to start the preparation, as there are deals to be found, both online and in store, where you can make great savings on prom dresses, shoes and accessories.

If you are looking forward to your prom this Summer, or if you have a teenager who will be taking part in a prom, here are some things that you need to consider in order to make the night perfect.

Prom Dresses

There is so much choice and variation when it comes to finding the perfect prom dress. There are dedicated shops that specialise in prom dresses, but these can be expensive, and also often require you to book an appointment, something that you need to be aware of if you are working to a distinct time frame.

You also need to be aware that some shops have an exclusivity policy, and so will not sell an identical dress to two girls from the same school, this helps you to avoid an embarrassing red carpet faux pas, but can limit your choice if you leave it too late.

If you are on a budget, it is worth checking out online options. ASOS and Chi Chi Clothing have many dresses that would be totally suitable for prom wear in their outlets, and these can be a great way to find something beautiful within your budget . The same can be said for shoes – sparkly designs that are perfect for Christmas can also make a great match for your prom dress, and you should be able to pick them up pretty cheaply in January.

Prom Hair

Another good point about getting your dress early is that you then have time to trial prom hair styles to find a look that is glamorous and coherent. Look carefully at the style of your dress and then try different looks, from tumbling curls to sweeping updo’s, a chic 1920s style bob, to something short and funky. For your look to really wow on prom night, your look needs to work as a whole, it really would be a shame to spoil the look of an amazing gown with scruffy hair.

Your Mode of Transport

As important as what you wear for your prom, is how you get to your prom. In the past, it seemed to be limited to limousines, but these days the prom arrival is now all about thinking outside the box. A friend of mine recently hired a ‘Fast and Furious’ style car for her son to arrive at the prom in, whilst another hired a Hummer. My favourite idea was from a group who clubbed together to hire a Routemaster bus for the prom, and all arrived together. It was a lovely display of friendship and seemed to sum up what the prom was all about.

Do you have a prom to look forward to this Summer?

Casino fashions that influenced the runway with glamour and sparkle

When people think about casinos, it is safe to assume that glitz, glamour and good times won’t be too far from the brain. Picture James Bond; martini in hand, muscular-figure hugging tux and a rising stars of the modelling world on his arm. Then there’s Monte Carlo, the favourite playground of the rich and famous.

Moschino gambles on Las Vegas

The fashion and casino industries are bonding, Moschino presented a splashy Las Vegas-themed collection in LA in early 2017 and several other designers were expected to follow suite.

Miranda Kerr, Hailey Baldwin and Stella Maxwell were among the world-famous models strutting their stuff on the catwalk amid an assault on the senses of bright neon signs. The setting was completed by the sound of slot machines echoing distantly in the background before Elvis burst into ‘Viva Las Vegas’

The show consisted of everything from pin-up girl chic to very tight men’s Speedos, the sequin covered juggernaut came crashing into the casino capital of the world in style. There were dresses and designer Jeremy Scott said: ‘It’s the idea of a showgirl off-duty kind of going home from the casino. She may be just in her jeans, but still has part of her costume on and she’s running, maybe to go get something to eat between shows. I kind of wanted to play with this idea and it’s all with a little bit of glamour and love.’

‘There’s sequins and there’s laces and there’s leathers. A little bit of everything a showgirl in Vegas would need. Even a couple of feather headdresses thrown in for good measure,’ Scott added.

Vanessa Hudgens, Joe Jonas, Lars Ulrich from Metallica and singer Fergie, were all among the well-known celebrities to attend the event; with Fergie saying: ‘We are all driving to Vegas and we’re all getting cowboy hats and we’re gonna have a fun time on a road trip!’


Chanel bets on the runway

Back in 2015, designer Karl Lagerfeld looked to the casino floor for inspiration, setting an entire fashion show inside a constructed casino within the Grand Palais.

Celebrity guests, didn’t just take their seats in the front row; instead they opened the show by walking in and trying their hands at the Chanel-branded casino tables, which took centre stage in the middle of the runway.

Slot machines lined the walls of the space where models mingled and paparazzi pried.

The image of A-listers including Kristen Stewart, Julianne Moore and Lara Stone trying their luck at casino tables in immaculate Chanel couture really captured the essence of Bond in Monte Carlo; showing casinos a desirable place to be.

Although we don’t know if any of the celebs had any luck at the gaming table or if they were using any tips from Casinopedia’s online casino strategies.

Speaking about the show, Lagerfeld said: ‘I like that elegant moment of beautiful people going into a casino wearing jewellery. It’s like a fantasy.’

The celebrities were enlisted to model the 1932 Collection of Chanel jewellery based on vintage designs, with Moore wearing a necklace that glittered with diamonds down towards her emerald gown.

Models were wearing cocktail versions of the famous Chanel suit, complete with ribbons and clasps of pearls.

Although, it has to be said, most of the attention was on the runway guests and their poker face or ability to know whether to stick or twist.


Keeping it stylish: Casino dress codes

Dress code at land-based casinos varies from casino to casino, with some preferring to keep things casual, encouraging players from all walks of life and levels of society.

However, some still say tradition is a virtue and that on keeping up the strict adherence to glamour and style.

Chief amongst them is Monte Carlo, which has an infamously strict dress code.

To go along with its history, legendary décor and full range of casino tables, the wearing of ripped or stonewashed jeans is not allowed.

Sleeveless T-shirts, tracksuits, sports clothes and beachwear are all similarly forbidden. That’s not to say you have to wear a tux like Bond to get in, but you do have to make an effort.

Whether you’re dressed to kill in haute couture or keeping things comfortable, the real focus of your attention should be on the table.

That’s where the real magic happens. The style, glamour and sparkle of the casino adds to the appeal but the real reason you’re there is to win, and win big; or at least to try and win big anyway!