Wednesday, 30 July 2008

The Summer Asos sale!

The Asos Sale has just started, so I’ve scoured the site to find the biggest discounts on the best items to save you some time if thats one thing you really don’t have!

Unfortunately a lot of the lower end/priced Asos clothing does ‘look’ a little lower end with cheaper, more synthetic fabrics dominating most rails. You can however find some neat little bits in amongst these, sometimes it does take some time spent searching. The good news is that Asos now stock a plenty of designer clothing (such as Sass and Bide, Paul and Joe sister, Laura Lees, Firetrap, French Connection, Diesel etc) which is fantastic - especially at sale time when Asos give massive price reductions!

Hopefully some of these pieces I found out may tantalise your style-buds...

Asos Jersey Slip dress in the style of Nicky Hilton was £22, now £14 (saving £8). Available in black, cream or cami.

Mina Ditsy Floral Lace Trim Babydoll dress, was £55, now £38 (saving £12)

Laura Lees Embroidered Peasant Dress, was £185, now £90 (saving £95)

Sass and Bide Cotton Stripe Dress was £185, now £90 (saving £95)

Dahlia Blow Front Lace Trim Dress was £55 now £38 (saving £12)

French connection mini velvet shift dress was £90 now £45 (half price!) select from blue and black.

Poleci silk mix metallic sequin and lace shift dress was £285 now £140

Tatoosh Gladiator silver was £99 now £40

Asos Ring detail snake flat gladiator sandle was £18 now £8 (choose from black and taupe)

French Connection oversized shopper bag was £50 now £30 (select from black, orange or white)

Monday, 21 July 2008

Blossom with florals

One would need to have been living in a cocoon to not have noticed the floral prints on virtually every spring catwalk and worn on many a shop manequin this season. This creative trend started off with small, almost identical calico prints on soft cotton flowy fabrics, however the flowers are getting bigger, bolder and much brighter as the style develops. Celebrities all over the globe are trotting around wearing florals this season.

Kate Moss pulls off the trend beautifully, looking casual, but incredibly stylish in this gorgeous floaty green floral dress. She teams it up with tights and ballet flats.

Sienna Miller looks effortlessly chic in this vintage floral cotton dress with bare legs and my favourite 'Devi Kroel' Python boots ($1990

Florals definitely aren't restricted to dresses however, we're seeing them on skirts, tops, bikini's, jewellery, handbags, purses, and even printed on pj's and underwear! I seriously love this trend, its so feminine and pretty, yet it can still look sophistocated and not too girlie. The floaty dresses are fantastic on most figures as they hide a multitude of sins, along with the prints which detract the eye from any unforgiving body parts. If you don't like to show off your legs, you can also go for the ultra stylish maxi dress.

I'm loving this Floral cuff by Karen Millen (£75 from

I found this cute bohemian looking floral vest/dress in Marine/Teal at New look ( A steal at £16!

Topshop ( have a huge range of floral bits, from corsages, to plimsoles, dresses, tops and knickers. I found this gorgeous little vintage peach floral top with ruffles/frills for £35, which I think is a fantastic buy. It would look great with blue skinny or flared jeans and a leather belt.

These flat t-bars, currently selling at £20 in Topshop are really cute and interesting. Would look fab with black tights.

A quick word of advice when shopping at Topshop: Keep checking the sale, loads of items tend go on sale toward the end of season, with massive price cuts!

Saturday, 19 July 2008

Its all about the Cardigan

This season I've taken a real shine to cardigans. A year back they had a dated feel to them, however being spotted on most catwalks last season, they have certainly made a ferocious comeback and look comfortably chic when teamed up with the right outfit. Girls and rockish, emo style boys are both pulling off this trend often paired with skinny jeans and plimsoles. The fit of a cardigan is pretty important in getting the look right, they can be snug, but shouldn't be too tight and if you're going for a more feminine look - they shouldn't be too loose either. Mid length sleeves and waist cardi's look great with pretty day dresses, and some more glamorous cardi's can even look gorgeous with an evening prom dress, re-creating the 50's look which is very in. A cardigan can keep an outfit glam or tone it down, depending on style, colour and for example beading or sequin patterns. The long sleeved cardigan looks effortlessly stylish with skinny jeans or tights, definitely a comfortable daytime outfit, especially useful during this time of year when the weather can change at the drop of a hat. The longer cardigan is also making a comeback, but personally, I'm not a huge fan. On some, it can really drown a womans shape. You can get creative and cover a huge spectrum of styles, emo, rock-chic, hippy and glam to name a few. Having fun with geometric, colourful prints that can spice up an otherwise plain outfit and can be worn sans accessories. As long as you're careful with it (make sure you wear your cardi together a decent outfit) you can't go too wrong.

I love this Black and white spotted cardi by Betty Jackson for Debenhams uk selling at £40. It's a little bit different, feminine and fun. You can buy online at which is handy. Postage is fast and returns are easy as they send a courier to your door. I can picture it on somebody like Kiera Knightly, it would look great on a slim figure.

Missoni have brought out this beautiful cardigan which you can buy at for $645 (or if its a little out of your budget, you can always wait for it to go on sale!). I immediately thought of Sienna Miller when I saw it, but then not surprisingly, Missoni is one of her favourite designers.

American Apparel sell this fun purple and blue striped cardigan at £29, again you can buy online at

Juicy Couture are also cashing in on the horizontal stripes with this eye catching 3/4 sleeved red smocked cardi which is currently selling for $198, I especially love the buttons with little crowns on them. You can find this one at

One of my best finds was this gorgeous little cardigan from Oasis (, I love the bow and contrasting stripes with plain black sleeves. This one costs £35 and they have many more great cardi's on their brand new website in a huge range of styles and colours. Definitely a site to check out if you're keen on this trend.

If you want to buy at a more reasonable price, you can try dropping into Zara where you can usually pick a plain cardi up for around £14.99.

Ciao, till next time x