Top.of.the.Shops

This past week brought us London Fashion Week and one of my favourite events is the Topshop Unique show. I believe they have revolutionised the way fashion shows will be and how we shop. Not only do they live stream the show on various platforms but you can now shop the runway looks straight after show. A shopaholics dream!

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Topshop Unique is my favourite collection from Topshop but it is much pricier than their usual stuff. I must admit its definitely gone up since it first started but hasn’t everything. I think the price is justified as TU is only available in the London Oxford Street store and a limited selection online and on Net-a-Porter. Once its gone it’s gone making it exclusive, I guess you could say its Unique! The quality is a lot better than most Topshop clothing and the items I’ve had from previous seasons have lasted many years, I’m always bringing them back out thanks to their timeless designs.

This years catwalk had some great looks, lots of bright colours. It had a few 90’s influences and very slouchy feel to a lot of the clothing. I was a fan of most of the looks except this oversized jumper. I know the looks you see on the catwalk are over exaggerated and not exactly how you would wear it walking down the street but I just hate how this was styled. I mean how do I pick anything up?

 Obviously I bought a few items, I tried not to go too crazy so bought the more statement looks that I can pair with my more affordable tops and bottoms. I purchased this dress which is also available in a mustard colour but I opted for the floral because I have a few yellow dresses already. This is the perfect dress for spring/summer and can easily be dressed up or down.

I also got two pairs of trousers which as I said will go perfect with my recent purchases from Zara. I loved these cargo trousers on the catwalk but the picture on the website put me off slightly as they didn’t look quite as cool but I bought them anyway. Turns out they look more like the website picture than the runway but the great thing about buying online  is you can return for free.

The last item I got was this striped shirt dress, because you can’t go wrong with a shirt dress. Its my favourite colour and I love the detail on the belt, it really helps cinch you in.

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Luckily for me and my bank account the looks that went on sale straight after the show weren’t my top picks so I didn’t get too carried away but I can’t promise I won’t when the full collection goes on sale. I already have my eye one a chic cream dress and some funky yellow ankle boots.

Fifty.Shades.Darker

Rating: ★★★☆☆

Best bits: They finally had chemistry.

 Worst bits: The random horror film girl.
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Christian Grey has finally got his stubble back! When Jamie Dornan was cast in this role I was so excited, I had seen him in other things and thought he was very sexy sexy and then ‘fifty shades of grey’ was released and they had shaved his beard. LIVID. Well never fear the beard is back and he’s is looking much more like Mr Grey.

I must confess I have read the all the books and even though I would never say they were my favourite books, they are a nice easy read. I was very disappointed with the first film as, like most people, I felt they had no chemistry, I don’t even think they liked each other. I feel like with this film they have been told to find a way to get on and whatever they did it worked. You really feel like they have a connection and it makes the film a much easier watch and 100% more enjoyable. 

The other things that lacked in the first one was the amount of sex. How can you make a film predominately about sex and have so little of it in there? Well never fear this film makes up for it. Lots of naked bodies (I must point out Dakota Johnson’s body is BANGING!) and lots of sexual moments which do make you feel uneasy and a little red in the face whilst watching but I think thats what should happen. Its a film you want to feel uncomfortable in. 

The only part I didn’t enjoy was the appearance from the ‘ring girl’ (not really but if you have seen the trailer you will know what I mean) It just felt like for a slight moment I had started watching a horror, luckily it doesn’t go on for too long .

Overall I think its a good film and a huge improvement from the first one. If you were put off after watching the first one I recommend giving this one a chance, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 

Springing.into.Spring

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Top: Zara; Jeans: Topshop Boutique; Shoes: Topshop Unique

 Spring is on its way but before it arrives we have to go through that weird transitional stage where wearing our winter wardrobe doesn’t seem fresh enough and is slightly too warm yet you’re not quite ready to get your bikini out. I went shopping and picked out some perfect outfits to get me through this transition and will also be perfect for Spring.

There appears to be a lot of light pastel colours which aren’t really the best colours for me but also some really vibrant colours like yellow. Stripes always seem to come back around every year so if you don’t fancy buying anything new maybe try routing through some of last years wardrobe. As I have started prepping my spring wardrobe I’ve tended to buy cheaper tops and a few affordable casual dresses from Zara and spent a little more on the Bottom half.

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Dress: Zara

I have to admit my usual high street choice is Topshop and although I will always be a Topshop girl, I’ve found that unless its in the Boutique or Unique range, Topshop has lost its edge. The last few seasons I have turned to Zara. I think they are great for your everyday street style and it’s much more affordable.

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Dress: Zara

Ruffles and frills seem to be dominating this season whether it be on a skirt or a top you just can’t get away from them although I like that it makes what would usually be a quite plain skirt something a little different. I feel a strong 80s influence coming through and for the time being I actually don’t mind it. There is still much more shopping to do before I have completed my perfect spring wardrobe but its a great way to start. Next on the list is definitely some new shoes!