The Christian Dior exhibition at the V&A Museum

The V&A Museum has done it again, hosting the most popular fashion exhibition so far this year. I was really excited to attend this weekend to the now sold out exhibition, titled Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams and I think it’s probably one of the best that I have been to so far!

The V&A museum previously featured the famous Alexander McQueen exhibition as well as the history of Balenciaga which were both fabulous, so I knew that the latest Dior show was going to be a really spectacular event. It definitely didn’t disappoint!

A walk through fashion history..

The Christian Dior exhibition looked at the history of the designer and his work from 1947 to the present day and how he became one of the most influential designers of all time. It also featured the works of the other designers that have lead the global fashion house such as John Galliano who’s runway shows were always so amazing when he was with the house of Dior.

Dressing like royalty..

There were a lot more rooms than I expected, each beautifully decorated in traditional Dior style. We started out with his earliest pieces including the dresses that he made for royalty such as Princess Margaret. This led us into a room which had elegant white columns and regal styles. The walls in this room were made to look like ornate wooden panelling and in a a mini ball room setting. It was like stepping back in time with the voluminous dresses, tiny nipped in waists, gorgeous silks and exaggerated ruffles.

Themed Rooms..

Each room had it’s own theme. We walked through a stunning garden inspired room where the ceiling was covered in hanging lilac flowers which were all intricately cut out of paper. The dress styles fit perfectly with this flower garden theme and were printed and embellished with the prettiest blooms.

Another room featured purely white designs which showed the technical shapes of the garments. These were showing how dress would be finally produced before the final materials and details were added. It was amazing to see the level of detail and the skill that goes into making a Dior outfit.

Another room showcased outfits that had all been inspired by travel and different cultures, from Egyptian sphinx, to Mexican ruffled dresses, to Indian and Japanese influenced pieces. We then moved into a long hall of accessories which I loved, being a handbag and shoe fanatic!

There was an interesting section which displayed the perfume bottles that had been designed throughout the years. Beauty being another part of the Dior brand.

The final wonder room..

The final room we walked into was just out of this world. They really saved the best until last. This room housed the most amazing couture pieces from huge gowns, to styles that have been worn on the red carpet and even the outfits worn in the Dior perfume adverts. In the centre of the room was a circular plinth and the ceiling above it kept changing. One minute it was beautiful renaissance style art work, the next minute it turned into a sky with shooting stars and constellations. The whole room darkened around us and the walls sparkled while soothing sounds were being played into the room. It was such a magical experience and it was a bit like being in a sensory room.

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Overall thoughts..

Literally every room was a new and exciting treat to walk into and it was such a fantastic exhibition. I cannot recommend this show enough and if you have been lucky to secure a ticket you will love it like I did. The final room was sensational and my favourite part to walk around.

Let me know your thoughts if you have been!

Johnny Loves Rosie – my go to place for accessories

Johnny Loves Rosie has been one of my favourite brands for a while. They always have such beautiful leather handbags and accessories so I was really excited to try out a piece from their new AW18 headwear collection.

Leopard print is such a huge trend at the moment and I am a huge animal print fan so this headband is going to be a perfect statement piece to wear this season. This is a classic band shape with a pretty bow on the side and it is really comfortable to wear. There is nothing worse than when you wear one that digs into you and gives you a blinding headache! There are a few bow headband options on the Johnny Loves Rosie website as well as pretty jewel encrusted style which will be perfect or the up coming festive season.

I have been wearing this piece with knitwear and jeans, as well as roll neck tops with leather leggings. It also looks fab with a winter teddy coat. It looks great with so many outfit combinations, I’m obsessed!

You can shop on the Johnny loves Rosie website HERE and these are a few of my top picks!

Sophia Webster SS19 collection preview party

Last week I attended a really exciting event that I cannot wait to share with you all! Sophia Webster transformed their Chelsea store to showcase their newly upcoming SS19 collection and I went along to view it.

About Sophia Webster..

Sophia Webster is by far one of my favourite luxury shoe designers. Her collections are always so much fun, girlie and are always different to anything else you will find in the stores. Her shoes are bold, make a statement and really stand out from the crowd which I love! You will instantly recognise her signature styles such as the butterfly range and the sparkly candy heels. The brand has branched out over the last 6 years and now offer handbags, children’s footwear and bridal options in their collection. They also collaborated with sports brand Puma with a fabulous sneaker range in that classic Sophia Webster style.

A shoe addicts dream store..

There are 2 Sophia Webster boutiques in London. One in Mount Street and the other in Chelsea’s Sloane Avenue which is where I went to for the launch party. Both are absolutely beautiful and such a treat to shop in. I highly recommend visiting them if you are ever in London. As I walked into the store, I was surrounded by glossy white illuminated shelving, a pretty blush pink carpet, pink marble effect walls, velvet seating and of course a fabulous neon pink sign in the shape of a butterfly. For the event there was a little bar area where I sipped prosecco and had a little lemon macaron. So chic!

Towards the back of the store was another little seating area with a gorgeous flamingo chandelier hanging above. This was the start of a carpeted stairway which led down to the lower level. On the night, there were nail bars where you could have a complimentary manicure too! There was also more elegant seating downstairs with glass coffee table lined with fashion books as well as gold glass cabinets displaying more gorgeous heels.

I especially love the stiletto heel hangers on the walls which held some of their gorgeous clutch bags and leather accessories. This is such a fab idea.

The new SS19 collection..

The best part of the evening though, of course, was viewing the shoes. Rows and rows of stunning heels, boots and flats in an array of colours and textures. I love the attention to detail of every piece and how creative they all are. I am a huge fan of the butterfly range and this will continue into the new season but with brand new updated designs. Some of the butterflies were stitched with colourful threads and looked amazing.

Another gorgeous range featured Perspex straps that were decorated with chunky circular gems which I think is one of my favourite styles from the new collection. There were also styles which had pretty flat tied bows. These were on a sock boot, a stiletto and a pointed toe mule style.

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There is a really fun, 70s inspired range which has rainbow coloured panels straps which will be great on a night out and for party season!

I also adore the crystal heel range. This has carried over from previous seasons but has been updated for SS19 with new colour options. The heel on this new design has an ombre effect with the shades of the crystals that cover it and it’s such a stunning look!

There were some amazing boots in the range as well as heels. I particularly liked a pair of black suede ankle boots which have a block heel, covered with silver and white chunky crystals and stones. The sparkle on these is incredible!

I had such a lovely evening meeting other shoe obsessed ladies such as myself and I could have walked out of the store with one of every design as I literally love them all. Sophia Webster has done it again! A fabulous collection and I cannot wait for these new styles to hit the stores.

View the Sophia Webster collection on their website HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

How to de-clutter your wardrobe for the new Winter season

Now that we are officially in Autumn/Winter and the weather is getting colder, it’s the perfect time to de-clutter your wardrobe! Not all of us are blessed with a dressing room or rows and rows of wardrobe space. Some of us even have to share wardrobe space with our partner. So a good tip to manage the space that you have affectively is to do a seasonal clear out. Here are my top tips on how to do this.

Get started

Ok lets get going girl! You are going to feel so organised when this has been sorted. First things first, get everything out of the wardrobe and group it into sections. All knitwear into one pile, all jeans into another etc – this will make it easier to see everything that you have to go through.

Evaluate what you have

You need to be ruthless and really look at each piece with a level head. Ask yourself if you still love each item and if you will wear it again. Anything you’re not sure about, try it on. Does it still fit? If it doesn’t, there is no point hanging on to it. Does it still look as good as new or are the threads getting loose or starting to bobble? If it is, you know the drill – move it into the pile of things to be removed.

Have a look at your accessories too when making the decisions on whether to keep or remove each item. You might get inspired for a fresh new way to accessorise an outfit.

Any items that are going to be too warm or too cold to wear in the current season but you want to keep it, put these into storage bags, neatly folding everything. You can get these out next season and see if you still want to keep them or not.

If anything still has the tags on it (we are all guilty of this) then it’s likely you don’t really want the item anymore. Keep the tags on as this always helps when selling clothes online.

Organise

Now that you have decided what you are going to keep, its time to put them back into the wardrobe. A good tip is to either group the items in categories, so all of the tops together, sweaters all together etc. Alternatively hang up the clothes grouped together in outfits. This is a good idea if you have to wake up early for work and don’t want to have to think too much about what to wear – the hard work has already been done for you!
Another good tip is to hang all of your clothes with the hangers facing the same way. When you have worn something, hang it back up with the hanger facing the opposite way. This will really show you what items you have been wearing. If something is still unworn for a long period of time, ask yourself if you really still need it. It’s said that we only wear 20% of our clothes which is such a crazy figure compared to what most of us have in our wardrobe!

image: Pinterest

Keep, Sell & Donate

Work out from the pile that you don’t want, which items you can potentially sell and make some money back on. There are lots of places you can sell items, such as Ebay, Depop and Facebook local selling pages. Price them fairly – no one is going to pay full price for second hand clothes, even if they are unworn. Also, make sure anything you sell is in a decent condition and isn’t stained.
Anything else can be donated to local charity shops or to friends. Perhaps you could even organise a clothes swapping party where everyone takes a couple of items that they no longer want and you can get the chance to swap with others!

Make a list of what you need to buy

This is my favourite part! As you have now organised everything that you want to keep you can start planning new items to buy that you will need for the season. Do you need more basics to pair together the pieces you have?
Do you need a new pair of boots to replace the old ones that you removed? Write a list of the bits you can see you need and then you can get shopping!
I hope you enjoyed reading my tips on how to organise and de-clutter your wardrobe. I would love to see a photo of your wardrobe spaces and how fab they are now looking!

7 simple tips to instantly make an outfit look more expensive

Making a few little adjustments to your wardrobe, and knowing what to look for when shopping, there are a few little tricks you can use to instantly look more expensive and chic. Here are my top 7 tips that you need to know on how to achieve this.

Invest in classic timeless pieces rather than trend led styles

I have come to realise that not all trends work for everyone. I love the look of mom jeans but they simply don’t suit me and they make me feel like I’m walking like the tin man and don’t flatter my figure at all! But I am realising that it’s ok and I don’t have to wear something just because it’s currently in fashion.
Trends also come and go and trying to keep up with each one that comes along can be exhausting. The “ugly” trainer is one of the fashion pieces that most girls are wearing at the moment. However, this isn’t going to be a long lasting trend and next year it will be something completely different. Save your money for the attention grabbing items that will become the main focus of your outfit instead and something that will always be a stylish piece in your collection.
A classic and simple outfit will never go out of style and choosing staple items for your wardrobe will mean that you always have a go to look without having to try! The French are the best at this type of styling and do this so well.

Dress: Zara Belt: Gucci

Shirt dress: Zara, Belt: Moschino

Choose a classic style coat

A quality jacket or coat can really make a whole outfit pop. Stick to neutral shades that go with everything and aim for high quality fabrics. Although you want a coat to look good you want it to actually keep you warm so look for lined coats with quality pockets. Zips and buttons are also an important factor and these always add that little something extra, so again, make sure they are smart and sturdy as you don’t want them to fall off after wearing it only a couple of times! Tailored or structured jackets look elegant and especially if they are a slightly longer length.

Cream waterfall jacket: Boohoo.com

Sunglasses

I have a bit of an addiction to sunglasses and they instantly make any outfit look chic. You don’t just have to save these for the summer months as they look just as great in the Autumn/Winter with a fabulous coat and boots. Look after your sunglasses by keeping the cases and storing them carefully. This will extend the life of them and keep them in the best condition possible.

Keep it simple

Now, I’m no stranger to a bright outfit and I love neon highlighter shades and bright, bold clothing. These colours look great but for that ultimate chic, stylish look, try an outfit that is all one colour or a mixture of similar shades as this always looks so expensive. You can add a touch of colour into the outfit with accessories. Also, by keeping jewellery and accessories to a minimum will add to that luxury look. There’s a reason that Coco Chanel said to take off the last accessory that you put on – this makes such a difference to your finished outfit.
I like to style up my outfits with a designer belt or scarf too which make a statement, or wear either bold earrings or a necklace – just not at the same time.

From left to right: Zara, Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Vivienne Westwood and H&M

Invest more money in better quality footwear and handbags

I tend to avoid buying cheaper footwear or handbags. They never last very long and the quality is always so disappointing. You don’t have to spend a fortune, but choose items that are made from decent materials with quality hardware. Check out my previous guide HERE which lists all of the key items to look out for when investing in a new handbag.

Boots: Jimmy Choo

Replace the buttons

Buttons are always a give away that something was purchased on the high street. An easy tip to instantly transform any piece is by changing these. Adding new shiny buttons to a coat or jumper can make such a huge difference. You can pick up some great buttons in haberdasheries (John Lewis has a great section for this) and this is a cheap way to update an outfit. You can often find Chanel buttons online or in vintage stores too which would be fabulous added to an item but without the £2000+ price tag.

Maintenance

It sounds obvious but looking after your clothes is one of the most important tips. Wash them correctly, check there are no loose threads and make sure they are properly pressed. It’s a good idea to invest in a steamer as they are quick and easy to use and get rid of all creases which cheapen the look of an outfit. Hang clothes neatly on fabric coated hangers rather than wire ones as these tend to ruin the shape of them and can ruin the fit. If you look after your clothes they will last longer and look so much better on.

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