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When it comes to summer dressing I love a dress which is versatile as it isn’t warm for long in the UK and therefore I need dresses which I can dress down and dress up. I also need them to not be too trendy so I can wear them year after year and this year whilst on holiday I discovered my new favourite.

I found this Warehouse dress browsing the dress section on the House of Fraser website and although I wasn’t initially sure I have recently found it to be very useful. I’ll admit that these sandals don’t go amazingly with this dress but on a casual day, on holiday, I don’t think it really matters. It can be dressed up a little with a pair of heels and I particularly love the slit at the from of the dress makes the dress a little bit more fun but isn’t too revealing.

I have also found it to be the perfect city dress, it has been the one I reach for on hot days in London as it’s not too revealing and I’m comfortable getting on the tube in it but it’s so light weight that I don’t get too warm.

I expect this is a dress I’ll keep coming back to for a few summers.

 

ds1 ds2 ds3 ds4 ds5 ds6 ds7To celebrate the launch of the new DS 3 car I was challenged last week to head to Westfield London and find an outfit inspired by Iris Apfel, the face of New DS 3.

Last Saturday I went down to check out the car which was also in Westfield London and get some inspiration.The DS 3 has all the charm you would expect from a Parisian car and is widely customisable to fit your style and offer maximum comfort.

To celebrate the launch of the new Stylish DS 3 and DS 3 Cabrio they have collaborated with the amazing fashion icon and business woman, Iris Apfel. Her style is avant-garde and possibly not you would typically expect from a 94 year old lady. The fashion icon is known for her bold combinations of patterns, jewellery and accessories as well as her oversized glasses.

Taking inspiration for both Iris Apfel and the DS 3 I headed to the shops to find something that would also fit my style and work with my current wardrobe. I found this Zara dress which I fell in love with, I love the mixture of prints and the bright colours which I actually rarely wear. Although Iris Apfel always opts for flats I love heels so I teamed it with some over the knee heeled boots and I love the look.

I must admit I really fell in love with the car and the Cabrio is particularly impressive!
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holly fulton 16 lfwthe apartment kikkik deskI have been blogging for quite a long time and have attended about 10 seasons of LFW now (no idea how!) but this season I decided to say no to every show I was invited to.  Don’t get me wrong I felt really fortunate to even be considered to attend and I really am thankful but I’m not really too sure LFW benefits me and my blog that much.

Last season I planned to attend 2 full days but shows started to run late meaning I couldn’t make it backstage for following shows and had to let the PR’s, who had been kind enough to offer me tickets, down. Other than that it’s also quite tiring, it’s fine if you have car which follows you around but rushing from location to location in high heels is stressful and painful. On top of that all I’m just not a fashion blogger, yes I might write the occasional outfit post but there are people at fashion week that very much have ‘fashion week outfits’. These are outfits that they wouldn’t wear anywhere else but fashion week and that will probably get them photographed- I’m just not that person and I feel terribly out of place in my boots/trainers, jumper and jeans.

Instead this season I decided to attend The Apartment, pop in to see Maybelline to find out what looks they had been creating as well as visit the Toni & Guy event to check out their new products. It was all far more enjoyable although Patricia, Ellie and Josie did convince me to take their spare ticket to Holly Fulton and break my no show rule for the season but since I wasn’t backstage or rushing to another show afterwards I actually really enjoyed it!

So a little bit more about what I did do…

The Apartment is a blogger lounge set up by Abi which I’ve actually been going to for 5 or 6 seasons. The whole concept is amazing as it’s a great place to relax between shows (or just relax in my case), meet other bloggers, grab a bite to eat and get your nails/hair/makeup done. Abi’s Apartment seems to get bigger every year and there were some truly beautiful brands. For beauty there was Eylure, Priv and Mark Hill so naturally I had my hair done by Mark Hill and lashes by Eylure. Mark Hill kindly added some beachy waves to my hair with a really small wand which would usually frighten me but it really worked plus the lovely girl at Eylure recommend some lashes which would work best with my eye shape which was really helpful!

For fashion sponsors included Russell & Bromley, Boden, Astley Clarke (which do the most beautiful bracelet) and loads more! I attended the afternoon tea with Caravelle which was filled with lots of delicious cakes from Aubaine and Krispy Kremes. Of course they also had a display with all the watches and Caravelle is a really great affordable options if you’re looking for a new watch.

Oh and the apartments desk were ultimate desk goals, they had a Urban Outfitters and a Kikki.K desk and I naturally fell in love with them both, would happily move them both into my house!

the apartment lfwlwf hairmaybellineAs I mentioned I also popped in to see Maybelline who sponsored a few of the shows, I’m going to talk more about the products over the next few weeks but it was great to see their products in action to create a really beautiful wearable nude look. I haven’t tried the Maybelline The Nudes palette yet but I will be adding it to my collection asap!

My final non-LFW stop was with the lovely people at Toni & Guy, I had my hair done by one of their stylists and the technique she used was really interesting! She used a hair straightener and the waves were created by the way she pushed the hair through the plates, if you’re interested I can do a whole post on this, it was easy but affective! Toni & Guy are releasing a new hair perfume which smells of the iconic T&G smell although I spotted a Volume Lotion which is what I am dying to get my hands on.

And that was how I spent my two days of non-LFW, if you don’t already I post daily on my Snapchat so add the username ‘alittleobsessed’.

outfit monochrome winterI’m a summer gal, I love bare legs, summer dress and an arm stacked full of brightly coloured bracelets. However, I live in London and summer days are rare and instead I’ve had to learn to dress for winter. Winter can be long so I’ve had to learn to love it (well like it) and to dress for it. I think the clothes you wear can really affect your mental attitude and I know that as soon as I wear an ill-fitting dress I don’t feel at my best. I’m excited to be working with Weight Watcher’s again on this post and I really hope it helps everyone on their journey to be nicer to themselves. Again, if you haven’t seen the #WomenKind video then do click here, watch that and then come back here so you have a better understand of what I am talking about.

1.Invest in a great coat
In winter your coat is often one of the only things that gets seen when you’re out and about on a daily basis. Coats can be expensive but it’s worth investing in one that will last you, look stylish and keep you warm. I personally love longer woollen coats as I think they’re really versatile and look effortless. If you’re investing in more than one coat then I would recommend a parka which will keep you extra warm on more casual winter days.

2. Don’t forget to layer
Layering seems to be a bit of a winter trend every season and it’s clear to see why, it’s pretty cold outside and it’s the most stylish way to stay warm. Don’t be afraid to really pile them up; a shirt under a jumper, under a jacket, under a coat, under a scarf.

3. Get creative
It’s easy to get bored of winter clothing, especially coats which are often worn almost daily, so get creative. Add a belt to your favourite coat, a different colour ribbon to your favourite fedora or even get the buttons changed on a coat you’ve fallen out of love with.

4. Add prints or colour
It’s much easier to wear black and grey all winter but adding pattern can really help brighten up your outfit and your day. The easiest way to do this is by adding a fun scarf or even a red lip.

5. Make sure it fits
This isn’t just a winter tip but more of a life one, don’t buy a smaller size in the hope one day it will fit or buy it slightly bigger just in case. Buying the right size will insure that it looks as good as possible and therefore you will feel as good as possible too. If you’re usually a size 12 but a size 16 fits better in a particular style of trousers then get the 16 and vice versa.

6. Have fun
You’re outfit isn’t permanent, at the end of the day you’ll be taking it off so have fun with it. Play with different styles, colours, prints and just have fun!

Since I am working with Weight Watcher on helping women feel confident on the inside and out I would love to hear your advice for your fellow WomanKind in the comments below!

It’s gotten so dark and colder of the last few weeks, which I guess is to be expected since Winter is coming and the shortest day of the year is next week. I’ve been going for a bit of a uniform which consist of black jeans, black boots, a jumper, a coat and a scarf everyday. It’s easy, comfortable and looks some what put together, plus I find that layers are essential as anything too heavy can become too warm very quickly but at least this way it’s easy to remove my scarf and coat.

This coat is a new addition to my wardrobe and from New Look, it’s a great staple as it can be worn with jeans or a dress and still look great. I’ve teamed it with a New Look Jumper and then my everyday jeans, a scarf from last year (still available here) and my favourite boots which have really seen better days and are in desperate need of being replaced.