Introducing my eBay Collections

I have been using eBay as a source of great shopping bargains for more than ten years now. I have found some amazing items over the years, from designer goods to toys for Joe. The eBay site is a veritable treasure trove where you can literally type in any item and find what you are looking for, or you can just browse and bag yourself something you never actually knew you wanted! It is an addictive form of shopping and all from the comfort of your living room.

The eBay website has seen lots of developments in recent years, from eBay shops to the High Street style fashion outlet, which is home to brands like House of Fraser and Boden amongst many famous names. And now, eBay UK is launching eBay collections, and I am very excited to say that I have been asked to be part of this fascinating new project, one which promises to offer a new way of finding exactly what you want on the eBay site.

So what are eBay collections?

The idea is actually a really simple, yet totally effective one. eBay collections are a way of grouping together beautiful items that can be found on the eBay site by using a common theme. This could be linked to colour, season, or style. It can also be linked to something more specific, a person, a film, an era. I was approached to put my creativity to the test by forming 15 collections related to fashion. I needed to think of themes for my collection, and then to find objects currently being sold on eBay that could not only illustrate those themes, but could do it in the most visually beautiful way possible. The images needed to convey the inspiration I could see in my head so that others would be inspired too.

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Examples of some of my collections.

My collections

My first twelve collections were themed around today’s fashion trends and vintage inspirations. I have created collections based around modern-day style icons Kate Middleton and Kate Moss, as well as an animal print collection that is inspired by celebrity style. The legendary style and elegance of Grace Kelly is the focal point for another collection, think ladylike gloves, Kelly style bags and 1950s ball gowns.

I have also created collections which have a vintage feel, but are based on modern television and movie creations. There is a beautiful collection where all the pieces are related to Downton Abbey – flapper dresses, feather headbands and delicate beaded purses. The ladies of Mad Men get their own collection, as does the style of the movie American Hustle, meaning that the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s are all represented. The men are not forgotten either, Mod is back is dedicated to Harrington Jackets, Fred Perry shirts, and everything else that could be considered ‘Mod’.

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Inspiration Kate Middleton

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Inspiration – Kate Moss

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Inspiration – Quadrophenia

And then there are fabric themes, with ‘denim dreams’ showcasing everything from dresses to dungarees. ‘Leather and Lace’ has the two fabrics both combined, and on their own in a range of gorgeous fashion finds.

Finally I focused on colour. There is a board dedicated to classic Monochrome Madness, featuring lots of beautiful pieces in black and white. To balance the sharpness of the monochrome collection, I added a sorbet style beautiful collection full of this season’s Ice Cream Shades, pretty pieces in pink, blue and mint green.

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Examples of some of my collections.

I will be continuing to add to my collections in the coming months, and will also be adding three new ones, including one dedicated to holiday season.

It would be great if you would pop by and take a look at my collections, and maybe follow or share them on your social networks. You can find all my collections here.

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The Emmys Good looks/bad looks

Last night was the most important night in television for Americans. It was the star studded Emmy awards. I stayed up into the early hours discussing the key looks with some of my favourite twitter ladies, Natalie from Fashion Blags  and LuAnne from Weesha’s World and really enjoyed the red carpet event, which was pretty stylish in all honesty.

The Emmys are not like the BAFTAS.  At the BAFTAS, despite the thespian luvvies who make up most of the audience, you can still rely on a reality television star to wear something totally inappropriate, or just plain wrong. And, if that doesn’t happen, you always have the ever wacky Helen Bonham Carter wearing odd shoes or something mismatched and quirky. The Emmys last night were a much more tame affair, and, if nothing really shocked, nothing truly stunned either.

But here are some of the dresses I did like on the night. Whose look did you rate?

Claire Danes in Armani

Claire went for Armani Prive and looked undeniably gorgeous. The skirt was just exquisite, and only someone with her slim, tiny frame could carry off this rather daring bodice. As for the chic bobbed hair, I hope it’s here to stay.

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Sofia Vergara

Total bombshell. Sofia lives by the adage ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’, and this Vera Wang dress is just classic Sofia, from the amazing cleavage to the fishtail.

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Zooey Deschanel

She is usually a kooky queen of the red carpet, but in this beautiful J Mendel dress, Zooey channeled the sophistication of  the Jackie Kennedy era. Her ‘big hair’ was also uber glam.

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A crop top and long skirt shouldn’t be a red carpet look. But that is (sort of) what Rose Byrne was wearing. Her Calvin Klein pink dress is just the right side of daring, and with her retro waves and minimal accessories, I think she looks sensational.

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Kerry Washington

The Marchesa dress worn by Kerry Washington was just beautiful, however I do have a few reservations about it, namely that it looks like the most exquisite wedding dress ever.  In white, and with the lovely floral detail, it was probably a little too bridal for the red carpet.

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Kelly Osbourne

Kelly Osbourne continues to impress with with her sartorial choices, and this red Jenny Packham dress was another winning look. A great colour choice, if a little clashing with the carpet, and the draping Grecian detail was great on her figure.

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Guiliana Rancic

Fashion Police presenter Guiliana is a regular at these sorts of events, but I don’t ever think I’ve seen her look as good as this. She was totally sensational in Mikael D, totally upstaging a lot of the stars she was there to interview.

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Christina Hendricks

Inspired by John Singer Sargent’s Madame X painting, I think the sometimes hit and miss Christina Hendricks looked the best she has ever looked. Classic black, classic hourglass, classic Christina.

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Connie Britton

Something so unusual from the Nashville star, this velvet and embroidered gown from Naeem Khan was gorgeous in the detail. The unusual colour also stood out against the sea of pastel shades.

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And a few I didn’t like….

Cat Deeley – Why oh why did you chose this? What is going on in the hip department???? The bottom of this skirt reminds me of a screwdriver.

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January Jones is too much of a siren to be wearing such a soft and pretty look. I do like the skirt of her Givenchy dress, but the bodice resembles a bandage, and the colour should be remained dirty pink.

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Heidi Klum…words fail me. If Versace designed neck braces.

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Julianne Hough, put some clothes on. This looks like a swimsuit with a rather glittery beach cover-up added.

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I absolutely love Lena Dunham, and ‘Girls’ is genius. So I just wish someone would help her to find a dress that actually flattered and fit her. This may be Prada, but it is pretty horrendous.

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And then we get to the worst of the worst, as Joan would put it, the fash hoe of the night, ladies and gentlemen I give you Zosia Mamet and her PVC tit tape dress. Words again fail me…is this some sort of statement on pornography? Is she censoring her own boobs? Was she wearing that as a Zorro mask and it slipped? Questions, questions, questions…

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The Emmys – The best looks

Sunday saw the world of TV’s most glittering night, as the most glamorous stars of the small screen (and a few megastars of the big screen too) turned out for the Emmy Awards. A very hot and humid night saw a fair few fashion disasters, and some seriously dodgy hair don’ts,, but there were also some absolutely dazzling dresses on display, from both new and old stars alike.

Here are my picks, dresses that made me swoon.

Nicole Kidman chose a column dress with sequin detail from Antonio Berardi. Now I adore this dress for the simplicity of the lines, and the fabulous use of blue shades. That said, on the evening, I couldn’t help but tweet that it also reminded me of a swimming pool mosaic, something you might see in the bottom of an outdoor pool in Greece. Still so pretty though.

Kelly Osbourne has been showing some serious style credentials lately, and this violet Zac Posen dress with matching hair is another winner. The dress just fits like a glove, and the hair adds that little bit of fun which saves this look from being too old for her. Gorgeous!

Get the look

Biba Asymmetric one shoulder maxi dress £ 295.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Lucy Lui went for something totally unique on the Red Carpet. Her futuristic, space age dress looked like she had been sewn into it, the silver shade was super striking, and she kept accessories to a minimum, with the pop of red on her small box bag being a genius touch.

Get the Look

Adrianna Papell Evening Strapless beaded long dress £175 click to visit House of Fraser

Tina Fey used to make so many worst dressed lists, but not any more. She chose a chic column dress by Vivienne Westwood which was such an elegant choice. I loved the plum colour, and the brocade style bustline which just adds a touch of the dramatic to the dress. Again, hair and accessories were kept simple, the perfect choice for this dress.

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Jane Norman Pleat bodice maxi £ 60.00 click to visit House of Fraser

Downton Abbey’s Joanne Froggatt has come such a long way from Coronation Street. She looked simply amazing flying the flag for British style in another dress from Vivienne Westwood. I loved the nude/mink shade, the pretty draping and the soft tie waist. This dress was so much better than Michelle Dockery’s who wore an ill fitting, creased monstrosity from Louis Vuitton.

Get the Look

RIBBON TECHNIQUE DOUBLE SKIRT DRESS NUDE £189 click to visit Reiss

 

Claire Danes was one of the big winners on the night, and the heavily pregnant star also won in the style stakes too with her choice of canary yellow Lanvin. With it’s strapless, loose silhouette and cool 1970s vibe, this was a really good choice for the mom-to-be and she looked just glowing (a cliche I know, but true all the same!).

Julianne Hough looked like a beautiful mermaid in her Georges Hobeika dress dress. The gorgeous shades of blue and the curved fantail detail made this dress look like an aquatic dream. But the less said the better about the sloppy hair…

Get the Look

Adrianna Papell Fancy flower long dress £ 225.00 click to visit House of Fraser

The fabulous Julianna Margulies very rarely gets it wrong on the red carpet, and her stunning choice of Giambattista Valli’s floral gown was inspired. I loved how fresh and original this looked and I loved that it had pockets in it! This reminded me of a early 1960s style print, whilst it also had shades of Monet in those beautiful florals and colours. A fantastic dress.

Get the look

JS Collections Long floral print dress Now £ 114.00 click to visit House of Fraser

It was quite a good night for Vivienne Westwood, who dressed so many of the stars. Kerry Washington looked incredible in this shimmering nude/pink Westwood gown which has such a fantastic shape and is magnificent in its elegance. Again the key to this look is keeping everything else simple.

Get the look

Adrianna Papell Evening Beaded strappy maxi dress £ 189.00 click to visit House of Fraser

And last, but certainly never least, there was the incredible, pneumatic Christina Hendricks, who looked just incredible in a dress that she herself described as silver, but I think looked more oyster in colour. I thought Christina looked just like Jayne Mansfield in a red wig, and this Christian Siriano dress looked made for her figure. The art deco clutch she was carrying was probably my favourite accessory of the night too!

Pleated Strapless Dress £55 click to visit Littlewoods