Queens of Coachella

Coachella is here! Yes, the festival that is a triumph of good weather is happening as I write this, which means we are getting our first real view of festival style for 2014.  Queen of Coachella Kate Bosworth is once again showing off her style credentials, first in a Carven playsuit, and then in a boho style white tunic for the H&M.

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Kate always nails Coachella style.

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Kate may be the Queen of Coachella, but she is not the only one showing off some serious style at the festival. Selena Gomez showed why white can be a good choice for a festival, as long as it isn’t a festival held in the UK, or anywhere mud is to be expected. Her see through, lace maxi dress looked ethereal and just the right side of retro boho. Other celebrities also chose to chanel boho, with Emmy Rossum resplendent in a blue and white floral dress, and Katy Perry (who now has Grotbags hair for some reason?) also wearing a retro/boho look in a floral midi skirt and off the shoulder top. It Girl of the moment Kendall Jenner chanelled Kate Moss chaneling Anita Pallenberg in denim hotpants and a flowing cape style jacket.

On stage Solange and Beyonce lead the way in the style stakes, with Solange just edging it in vibrant orange. I also thought that Zoe Kravitz looked super cool in a grey maxi skirt teamed with a crop top – a style of outfit that was a look back to the early 1990s and the grunge era.

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Get the Coachella Look from Select

White Palm Tree Midi Skirt £8 click to visit Select

White Palm Tree Midi Skirt £8 click to visit Select

Spot Fruit Print Skater Skirt £8 click to visit Select

Spot Fruit Print Skater Skirt £8 click to visit Select

Black Mono Paisley Blouson Maxi Dress £16 click to visit Select

Black Mono Paisley Blouson Maxi Dress £16 click to visit Select

Double Layer Lace Cami £8 click to visit Select

Double Layer Lace Cami £8 click to visit Select

Floral Aztec Shorts £10 click to visit Select

Floral Aztec Shorts £10 click to visit Select

Floral Rayon Skater Dress £14 click to visit Select

Floral Rayon Skater Dress £14 click to visit Select

Black Fringed Double Tassel X Body Bag £12 click to visit Select

Black Fringed Double Tassel X Body Bag £12 click to visit Select

Black Boudoir Floral Kimono £16 click to visit Select

Black Boudoir Floral Kimono £16 click to visit Select

Light Acid Wash High Waist Shorts £10.99 click to visit Select

Light Acid Wash High Waist Shorts £10.99 click to visit Select

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fashion on a budget – 20 party pieces under £20

I read an interesting article this Summer about a woman who had been invited to a great deal of weddings. She had spent a fortune on different outfits, so much in fact that the total bill had run into thousands. The reason for this was the need to look brilliant, but also different at every wedding, especially as some of the same people would be attending each ceremony.

I think it can be a little bit like that at Christmas.It is the one time of the year when you want to sparkle and shine, and also the one when the most invites tend to drop onto the mat (or inbox in this technical era). Work and office parties, house parties, family parties, New Years Eve balls, trips to the Theatre, the Panto, drinks with friends, the list of potential nights out are endless. And they start earlier each year. I have a party celebration evening this week, along with a trip to the opening of the Nutcracker ballet, with more events to follow next week, and we haven’t even hit December yet. The strain on your wardrobe, and your purse when purchasing new outfits, can be just too much.

But fear not, a new outfit, or accessories to dress up an old one, needn’t break the bank. Here I have selected twenty pieces, ranging from dresses, seperates and accessories, all of which cost £20 or under. There are my top five picks from George at Asda, Dorothy Perkins, Boohoo and Select. Proof that you can do serious style on a shoestring.

George at Asda

Moda Fringe Kimono £20.00 click to visit George at Asda

Moda Fringe Kimono
£20.00 click to visit George at Asda

Metallic Heel Stilettos £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Metallic Heel Stilettos
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Stud Shoulder Maxi Dress Was £22.00 Now £15.00 click to visit George at Asda

Stud Shoulder Maxi Dress
Was £22.00 Now £15.00 click to visit George at Asda

Embellished Necklace Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Embellished Necklace Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Oriental Dress £18.00 click to visit George at Asda

Oriental Dress
£18.00 click to visit George at Asda

 

Dorothy Perkins

Black envelope clutch     Price: £10.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black envelope clutch
Price: £10.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Rhinestone chandelier earrings     Price: £12.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Rhinestone chandelier earrings
Price: £12.50 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall black chiffon yoke top     Price: £14.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Tall black chiffon yoke top
Price: £14.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and pink sparkle skirt     Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Black and pink sparkle skirt
Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Floral mesh sleeve bubble tee     Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Floral mesh sleeve bubble tee
Price: £16.00 click to visit Dorothy Perkins

Boohoo

 

Saskia Shimmer Platform Contrast Shoe Boots Product code: azz38966 £18 click to visit Boohoo

Saskia Shimmer Platform Contrast Shoe Boots
Product code: azz38966
£18 click to visit Boohoo

Mindy Glitter Velvet Midi Skirt £10 click to visit Boohoo

Mindy Glitter Velvet Midi Skirt £10 click to visit Boohoo

Amy Exaggerated Sleeve Blouse £16 click to visit Boohoo

Amy Exaggerated Sleeve Blouse £16 click to visit Boohoo

Demi Jacquard Full Midi Skirt £20 click to visit Boohoo

Demi Jacquard Full Midi Skirt £20 click to visit Boohoo

Addison Animal Sequin & Organza Panel Shift Dress £18 click to visit Boohoo

Addison Animal Sequin & Organza Panel Shift Dress £18 click to visit Boohoo

Select

 

Wine Devore Tassel Kimono £20 click to visit Select

Wine Devore Tassel Kimono £20 click to visit Select

Cream Scallop Beaded Top £18 click to visit Select

Cream Scallop Beaded Top £18 click to visit Select

Black Sequin Jacket £18 click to visit Select

Black Sequin Jacket £18 click to visit Select

Flock Flippy Hem Midi Skirt £10 click to visit Select

Flock Flippy Hem Midi Skirt £10 click to visit Select

Red Strappy Insert Island Platform £18 click to visit Select

Red Strappy Insert Island Platform £18 click to visit Select

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Kingfisher Blogger challenge

I was recently asked if I would be interested in taking part in the Kingfisher Shopping centre £50 blogger challenge. The brief is very simple, can you get an outfit for a particular event or theme for just £50. The opportunity to spend the afternoon guilt free shopping was too good to turn down, and I said yes straight away.

Kingfisher shopping centre, in the heart of Redditch, is not a shopping centre I had ever visited before Monday. And, whilst it is no Bullring, I would definitely recommend it for an afternoon’s shop without the huge crowds of Birmingham. Kingfisher has a great variety of High Street names, from New Look to Primark, all under one roof, and it also has a Debenhams and BHS for those who love their department stores. Fashion is well catered for, particularly at the budget end of the spectrum, with Select, Internationale and Primark all having decent sized stores there, and there are also bookshops, toy shops, all-purpose stores like Wilkinsons, and beauty dispensaries like Boots and Superdrug. Basically, it has everything you need when shopping, and with enough cafes and coffee shops for when you need to take the weight off for a few minutes. I really liked it and will definitely be making another trip very soon.

My outfit – Off to the Airport

My themed outfit was something fit for airport travel – cool, comfortable, and stylish. It needed to be warm enough to withstand aircraft air- conditioning, but with layers so I wouldn’t be too hot when I arrived.

This is what I went for;

The skirt and yellow vest were from Select. The black skirt is beautifully floaty, but black hides all manner of evils when travelling with a small child who will eat chocolate at some point (I think you know what I mean…). The vest is a gorgeous sunshine yellow shade to add summertime to the skirt. I also got a leopard print, spaghetti strapped vest which could be layered for a second look. For the maxi skirt and two vest tops, a grand total of £17 was paid out, a total bargain. I was also impressed with the service and friendliness of the Select staff, something I was to find in all Kingfisher stores.

Black Corset Maxi Skirt £12.00 click to visit Select

My next stop was Primark, I don’t really think you can do a budget shopping challenge without paying a visit to the store affectionately known as ‘Primarni’. I’m not the world’s hugest fan of Primark, but think it is great for accessories. I purchased a very pretty pair of black, toe post sandals, that were reduced to £6, and a gorgeous vintage style bracelet, a steal at £2. I also couldn’t a pair of dark shades that look like Raybans – I couldn’t leave them behind for a £!

A trip to New Look finished the outfit. I fell in love with this shrunken denim jacket in faded washed denim. At £17.99 it was my most expensive purchase, but I loved it on and felt it looked smart, but also casual. I finished the look with a pretty enamel style necklace in black and white (£5.99, also from New Look.)

Light Blue Washed Effect Denim Jacket£17.99 click to visit New Look

I was really pleased with my £50 outfit, and had a great time shopping at the Kingfisher shopping Centre.

With huge thanks to Sundip Gill and the Ed James Group, and staff and stores at Kingfisher.