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Snug as a Bug

Sometimes when the weather outside is gloomy I just want to hibernate. But on the odd occasion I decide to brave the cold exterior I always turn to my reliable winter coat collection. Yes collection, since the teen years Jackets and coats have been my downfall, I have rails upon rails of them! So when I went home last week I adorned my most recent purchase. This gorgeous Gestuz coat bought from (once again) the 'Think Bubbles' boutique in Cleethorpes. Oh my goodness it so toasty! I love the oversized shape of it and the pattern intertwining black and dark red wool. I paired it with a faux fur shawl from Scotch Soda and team it with my beautiful Sandro bag! I can honestly say I felt snug as a bug in a rug!
Coat - Gestuz
Faux Fur - Scotch&Soda
Bag - Sandro
Tights - M&S
Chelsea Boots - H Hudson
Specs - Gok Wan
Lipstick - Dior (Lady)

Over and out,
Little Miss Winney x


LFW - Edeline Lee - Autumn/Winter 2015

Creating a mash-up between art and fashion, Edeline Lee's AW15 'Pop Up Art Cut Out' presentation perfectly fused together the two worlds. Held at the David Roberts Art Foundation in Mornington Crescent - London, the presentation was full of stunning pieces of art work and clothing alike. Standout pieces from the collection used multi-directional metallic stripes and stitched arrows creating a modern yet chic statement.

Jacket - Paul Smith
Jumper - French Connection
Skirt - H&M
Scarf - Maison & Scotch
Shoes - Marks & Spencer
Bag - DKNY
Watch - Larsson & Jennings
Bracelet - Harvey Nichols

Over and out,
Little Miss Winney x

87th Academy Awards - Red Carpet Special

Ah The Oscars, the pinnacle of Hollywood's awards season. There isn't a night more dazzling and the 2015, 87th Academy awards made no exception. Anyone who's anyone in the film industry was in attendance and the red carpet was well and truly star-studded. For me there is nothing better than staying up late to live stream the awards show and of course the red carpet interviews. Every year someone blows me away with their Oscar gown and this year saw sooooo many stand-out moments, here are my favourites!

-Lupita Nyong'o in a Calvin Klein Collection gown and Chopard jewellery-
-Meryl Streep wore a jacket, skirt and blouse all by Lanvin-
-Dakota Johnson wore a Saint Laurent red gown-
-Laura Bailey in Chanel Couture-
-America Ferrera in a Jenny Packham gown-
-Emma Stone in an Altuzarra cocktail dress-
My Top Picks
I couldn't choose between these two beauties, both are simply stunning. Block colour outfits matched with the perfect accessories make for a truly striking red carpet look!
-Margot Robbie in a Saint Laurent black gown-
-Diane Kruger wore a Donna Karan Atelier jumpsuit with Jimmy Choo heels and carried an Anya Hindmarch clutch-
Over and out,
Little Miss Winney x  

LFW - DAKS - Autumn/Winter 2015 Womenswear

Day one of London Fashion Week A/W 2015 and it's all go at Somerset House. Bloggers, journalists, socialites and celebrities all donned their best outfits and headed to the shows. I myself headed to DAKS AW15 - here's what happened. 

The inspiration behind DAKS' Autumn Winter 2015 collection was 'luxury in motion' and in particular motorbike wheels. To celebrate the great iconic story of English motorcycling Creative Director, Filippo Scuffi,  wanted to go along 'road' to reach 'the exclusive place' of elegance within a sporty chic mood.
'Motorcycling is celebrated through its most iconic garments; a red leather jacket lined with red cashmere, a classic black style motor biking jacket and a chic biker style skirt.
Quilting can be seen throughout the collection, which immediately brings to mind the motorbike saddle, where it has been used on garments such as jackets, gloves and shoes.
 A tulip print has also been used in part of the collection, with different variations of colours and sizes and in chiffon and georgette fabrics. The feminine floor length shirtdress in deep autumnal tones is a key piece in this print.
British fabrics, such as Prince of Wales check, feature strongly in the collection and can be seen in a masculine inspired, double-breasted jacket and matching crop trousers.'
Fiery passionate hues where amongst the colour palette used for the collection, the dominant colours used were red, black, grey and beige. A variety of textures were used and yet still there was an overall minimalist approach. The collection was indeed quintessentially British adding a slight Italian flare, Filippo Scuffi created a clean and simple yet regimented final look evidently inspired by London Mods. Alongside this, a nod to the Mod's could also be seen within the choice of music, models and hairstyles.

A great addition to the show was the use of accessories. In the opening section each model wore a red cap (the signature accessory for the collection) which gave a beautiful silhouette in addition to the classic womanly shape of the clothes. Patent red and black brogues were amongst my favourite shoes worn, along side shiny, tall, winter boots that added the finishing touch.

Trend led pieces featured flowing maxi skirts/dresses in a dark winter floral print adding a little daring with leg and pelvis slashes.

Overall as far as winter wardrobe's  go, Daks hit the nail on the head. A truly wonderful collection filled with the perfect winter warms up from high neck jumpers to over-sized coats, maxi dresses to biker jackets. What more could you ask for? 

Over and out,
Little Miss Winney x

The Savvy Shopper : A How To Guide

Being a savvy shopper isn't easy. It isn't a skill we're born with, it's a skill that takes time, practice and a whole lot of will power! If like me you were born into a family of 'sav's' then you have the upper hand. To me, it's almost second nature to bargain hunt, for my mum is the master! Back in the day, whilst dressed head to toe in Biba my mum would stakeout all the fashion boutiques and department stores, carefully observing the sales or saving up to get her hands in the latest 'It' dress or accessory. She passed on the secrets of savvy shopping to me and now I to you. 

Know what you want
It's so easy to go crazy when you hit the shops and although sometimes you can't help but fall in love with something you totally don't need, if you're on a budget why not start a fashion wish-list! List the items of clothing or accessories you need (or think you need) to complete your dream multi-functional wardrobe. Think about the types of events and activities that make up your day to day life. For instance if you have a office job and spend 50% of your time there then 50% of your wardrobe should be suitable for work and so on. 

Know your budget 
When ever I go shopping if I see something I like I'll decide in my head how much I'd be willing to spend on it. This goes up and down depending on what sort of week I've had, how much I've already spent etc. When I've decided that amount I'll look at the price tag and decide. I will usually stretch it £10-£20 if Its something I really like. 

Spend on classics - Cheap on trend 
This is probably my most used 'sav' tip. Learn the art of mixing high and low price points! A true Savvy Shopper looks for pieces that look expensive without compromising on quality. We in the UK are blessed because the british high-street is one of the greatest in the world! I am a huge advocate of mixing high-end with high-street. If there's a trend that I'm really into (but know it will realistically only be around for a couple of months) I'll pop to H&M or Zara, whereas sometimes it is worth saving up for that perfect Investment piece that will take you from one season to the next with effortless ease.

Shop the sales
Oh I do love a good sale! There's nothing better than the feeling you get when you've purchased something for half the price! Me and my mum (both sale guru's) play the 'how much it was V how much I paid' game to see who bagged the best bargain! With sales its always good to think ahead, because most of the sale stock is past season think about what you might need for that summer holiday you've booked or that winter getaway you need to wrap up for. Another thing to remember is that sales continue for weeks! If you are patient enough and dare to chance it, final sale prices usually go down as far as 75% - 80% off in the last few days, perfect time to take a peek!

Check online 
Many shoppers are missing a trick when it comes to looking for fashion bargains. Asos, Misguided, Very and Littlewoods - Just some of the online superstores the world wide web has to offer. Online stores can offer massive discounts on your favourite high-street and designer brands. If you've tried something on in store and know the size and price of the item, its always worth looking online to see if it can be bought at a discount. Also with next day delivery and free returns policy on offer at most online stores, it's a hassle free way to shop.

Loyalty discount/store cards
If you've read any of my previous post's you'll know that I love supporting independent fashion boutiques. I grew up around them and have stayed loyal to my favourites back home, because of this when I do visit and spend my £££ I get a friendly 10% loyalty discount. It doesn't save me crazy amounts but It's such a nice gesture and makes you feel like a truly valued customer. As far as store cards are concerned some are great and some - not so much. I'm a member with Jaeger, Anthropology and Liberty of London. Each have great discounts, birthday vouchers, member sales and points....(points make prizes) If you spend the majority of your shopping time and money in one shop its worth signing up and getting those little extras!
Brand social media
Instagram junkie? Facebook stalker? Twitter Obsessive? All these could actually come in handy! Lots of brands use their social media accounts to gain custom. Competitions, give-away's and follower discounts can be found lurking in all corners of the internet. Have a favourite designer/brand? Get following!

Cleanse your wardrobe of clothing that doesn’t fit, is damaged, out-of-fashion or you just don’t wear! If you’re not sure about the clothes you’ve not worn for ages, ask yourself why you haven’t worn it? I find this sooooo hard as I'm a fashion horder but I try, little bits now and then. I separate into three piles, THROW, CHARITY, SELL. Sites like Ebay are a god send when you've got a pricey piece you want to sell on, put the money you get from the old towards something you're saving up for.

So there you go, my top 'savvy shopper' tips. I hope you find them useful.
Let me know all of the bargains you've recently bagged, I'll be so proud!

Over and out,
Little Miss winney x