Sunday, 30 September 2012

Get the London look.

As I mentioned in the previous post, I went up to London yesterday to see the V&A ball gown exhibition. I love London, not only because it houses some of the most historical and amazing monuments, is constantly buzzing with activity and is one of the shopping capitals of the world; but I love it mainly because it gives me the opportunity to wear whatever I want. Trust me, in London, anything goes. For example yesterday I saw a girl carrying a powder pink watering can bag, I tell no word of a lie! I took the opportunity to let my creativity flow and put together one of my favourite outfits ever. Plus it gave me the chance to wear two new items that I bought on Friday which I’m beyond in love with, especially the coat I got. I thought I’d show you the outfit because I really like it, and want to know what you all think.

It was just perfect for my day out, and I think it looked awesome too (not to blow my own trumpet). The outfit had a sort of London punk feel about it which is kind of relevant really! I took a spare pair of flats with me too just in case the heels got a bit too painful jumping on and off the tube.
The shoes:
Chelsea boots, again seems relevant considering I did take a walk through Chelsea! Anyway, I bought these about a month ago and they're probably my favourite shoes of the moment. They're a really nice velvet material and look great with pretty much anything. (Chockers)
The dress:

This was one of my Friday thrift sesh purchases, and at £2 I can safely say that it was an absolute bargain! The pictures don't do it justice but the close up picture does show the colours a little better. It's a basic midi dress but it's the tartan fabric that made me love it so much. It's also quite baggy and I'm loving the oversized trend right now so that made it even more perfect.
The belt:
I wore this cute metallic braided gold belt around the dress just to cinch it in at the waist a little and add a bit of glitz.
The bag:
I bought this bag in the summer holidays and it's so great! It holds loads of stuff which is great for day trips and is waterproof (kind of a requirement in England). It's just a basic black leather one strap back pack.
The necklace:

My beautiful friend Kelsie bought me this necklace from Dorothy Perkins. It's perfect against the tartan to give that grungy London edge and ties in nicely with the gold in the belt and the black of the boots - a happy coincidence.
The coat:
Probably my favourite part of this whole outfit is this over sized blazer coat. I've literally been after one since I saw a similar design in topshop ages ago, and on Friday I finally got my hands on one! And the best part? It was £6! About £44 cheaper than the high street equivalent. It's got a lovely loosely tailored feel about it which it retains even though it's over sized. It comes about mid way down my thigh and is so toasty warm. I can tell this is going my favourite coat this season and through Winter.
I belong in London!
Thanks for reading guys,
Bethany Paige X

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Ball gowns make me emotional.

Today has been so amazing. I went up to London to the V&A museum to see the exhibition of ball gowns. It was beyond spectacular (and that’s not a word I use too often).  It was one of those experiences that make you genuinely emotional, well at least it made me come over a little teary. Either way it’s safe to say that being in the same room as a Vivienne Westwood, a Christopher Kane, an Alexandra McQueen and a Mary Katranzou is one of the best things that I’ve ever done. You all know how much I love Miss Katranzou, so seeing her dress made my day. I recognised it instantly and practically ran over then stood in awe, just looking at its beauty. Then to see some of the most iconic designs by the most iconic of designers, I can’t even explain it.

Here’s a few of the dresses that made my dreams come true…
Mary Katrantzou (the dress)
Mary Katrantzou

Cindy Beadman
I won't show you anymore because I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone that wants to go. Seriously, book tickets now because it's possibly the best day out for lovers of fashion, or glamour, or both!
Thanks for reading guys,
Bethany Paige X

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Oversized is on the rise: highstreet style.

Yesterday I mentioned my current lusting over this season’s oversized trend. Finishing the post inspired me to take a look at the highstreet in more detail and see what was on offer for those of us after Guci, Max Mara and Topshop Unique style on a budget. Luckily I was rewarded for my curiosity, and found these four beauties.


I did look on other websites I promise, but all of these are from Topshop! As much as it does look like I’ve just been lazy and not done my research, I can honestly say that no high street brand captured the essence of this trend so perfectly. Colours are muted or deep meaning that the large structures are balanced out and kept the main focus. Think androgynous accessories in dark reds, greens and blues to complete the look.

 (all Topshop)

Thanks for reading guys,
Bethany Paige x

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Oversized is on the rise.

Bigger is definitely better this autumn. Think soft dropped shoulders with pillow sleeves, cocoon coats, and softly tailored skirts and trousers. With the designer likes of Belenciaga, Max Mara and Gucci, not forgetting my personal favourite Topshop Unique, showing us how it’s done, it’s hard to resist not joining in.



Max Mara:


Topshop unique:

 I’m so in love with this trend, isn’t it just the epitome of chic? I certainly think so. Hopefully I’ll get the chance to show you some of the high street beauties that I’ve seen around too.

Thanks for reading guys,
Bethany Paige X

Monday, 24 September 2012

Inspiration is key.

One thing that really interests me in the blogging world is where people write their posts from. I’ve always tried to surround myself with inspiration when I’m posting, which is why I sit in my bedroom. Sounds a little boring I know, but hear me out. Firstly my bedroom is constantly flooded with light because there’s a huge window. I detest the dark and so couldn’t handle being in a room with any less sunshine. My room is full of magazines meaning that I can flick through them in moments of mental block which is always lovely. The main thing I love about my room though is the fact that I have one whole wall of it covered in cork boards. I can pin things that inspire me to it whenever I want, it's fab.

Today I completely stripped the wall and put up a load of amazing things that I’ve collected over the past few months whilst on rambles through the internet. Amongst my pictures of Marilyn Monroe, Alexa Chung and Henry Holland I dotted my favourite fashion related quotes. It looks so fresh and new, I love it!

Where do you get your inspiration from, I'm really curious?

Thanks for reading guys,
Bethany Paige X

Saturday, 22 September 2012

House of beauty.

Henry Holland. He’s one of my favourite people in the fashion world.  Who could forget his a/w dogtooth prints and monster furs? I certainly couldn’t, and that’s why I was so excited for this London Fashion Week’s House of Holland show. Needless to say that it didn’t disappoint, in fact it did quite the opposite – it inspired. It was a beautiful mixture of oversized pattern with a paint ball style array of colour, and metallic touches. Excuse me whilst I droll over the photos.

The run down:
Girly grunge:

Take a nude beanie; add oversized jewels and you’ve got one of my favourite accessories for next spring – the glam beanie.

Backless metallic army boots, sounds so wrong but looks so right.

Paintball colours:

I love dungarees and I love tie dye, this is undoubtedly one of my favourite pieces from the whole show.

And some more tie dye for me to have dreams about.

Fast car fashion:

Checkered flag style print and metallic jackets give a very biker chic feel.

Tailored, relaxed and separates:

I’m loving the use of this criss-cross pattern in these three different styles.

Have you all been enjoying London fashion week?

Thanks for reading guys,
Bethany Paige X