Friday, July 29, 2011

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Designer Investment Piece: Hugo Boss Animal Print Scarf in the Flannels Sale


It's the last few days of the sale in most stores, there are still a few good buys with further reductions. I spotted this wool and silk blend Hugo Boss animal print scarf at Flannels Manchester. Available to buy online in either brown or blue hues, it is reduced from £115 to £60 (with the 10% discount £54). A perfect investment piece and perfect for day to evening wear.

A real multi functional piece like this is essential if you travel regularly, it's the perfect accessory for chic evening wear as well as strong career looks, both smart and relaxed. And of course subtle animal prints especially python are an instant style update for Fall/Autumn Winter 2011.

Flannels are currently offering 10% off your purchase from the sale and clearance sale (enter EXTRA10 at the checkout) and a reduced rate for postage of just £5.50. Online only.

flannelsfashion.com

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Fashion Blog: Designer Investment Pieces for Under £51 in the Net-A-Porter.com Sale


The summer sales this year have been very generous, starting earlier than usual with the first selection in June. Further reductions upon final reductions, with some items at 80% off are the latest sale updates. We are now in the last throws of the sales with the final reductions presenting some unbelievable style steals. 

Here are my top designer investment picks under £51 from the netaporter.com further reductions sale that you can wear now, wear in the Autumn and keep until next year too.

KAIN Fiona draped jersey dress  Was £100 Now £21
Kain's black jersey cowl neck dress is a seamlessly chic day-to-night piece. Cinch at the waist with a skinny leather belt and step into statement black wedges for standout style with a casual touch. 100% micromodal.

SPLENDID Cotton and modal-blend cowl-neck top Was £57 Now £23.94
The perfect foundation garment. 50% cotton, 50% modal.

AUBIN & WILLS Dallington cotton-voile shirt Was £69 Now £24.15
Dark-taupe semi-sheer cotton-voile. 100% cotton.

Quite sheer so you will need to wear a camisole underneath. Cotton & silk mix.

T BY ALEXANDER WANG Silk crepe de Chine shorts Was £120 Now £25.20 (A Couturenet Favourite!)
T by Alexander Wang's black silk crepe de Chine shorts will make a sleek addition to every capsule wardrobe. 100% silk.

3.1 PHILLIP LIM Cotton and modal-blend tank Was £145 Now £40.60
Work 3.1 Phillip Lim's contemporary aesthetic into your loungewear look with this cotton and modal-blend tank.

MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS Belted dress Was £140 Now £49
Kors' chocolate-brown stretch-jersey dress epitomizes the label's easy elegance. Cinch in your waist with the removable ruched belt, and cover up with a trench coat for a classic finish.

DKNY Ruffled silk playsuit Was £240 Now £50.40 (A Couturenet Favourite!)
DKNY's ruffled cream silk playsuit is a one-stop solution to elegant dressing. Style it with a bright clutch and tan flat sandals to work a polished city look.100% silk

Kors' khaki woven shirt dress is a flattering daytime style. Wear it with a cross-body leather satchel and oversized watch for a utilitarian-chic look. 100% rayon

Luxe High Street Find: H&M Tan Leather Gloves

I'm an addict. I think this post confirms it (and all the previous posts too). Tan leather accessories are my guilty pleasure, when I spot a piece in a shop I have to go over and touch the leather and then I have to try on!

Today I spotted these tan leather gloves new in at H&M. They are £14.99, lined in wool and the length is great, they are slightly longer in the cuff and so look a little more luxe and chic with a wool coat or fitted dress.

They are available in black too. I love the tan! No surprises there then.

These are a must have item for me and will fill the emotional void left when I forgot my loved and cherished Diane Von Furstenberg plum leather gloves circa. Fall 2008 on a train early this year when the weather was freezing cold.

H&M Leather Goves in Tan or black. £14.99.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Luxe High Street Find : Zara Silk Top


If I buy something from the high street it has to follow a firm set of rules:

1. The fabric must be good quality, silk or wool are favoured and other fabrics that hang well and feel good to touch can win me over. Polyester, cotton sateen, nylon and velveteen are definitely out.

2. The item has to be £50 or less, if I am going to invest any more than this I'd rather jump up five levels in price and buy a designer item that will last for years in both quality and style.

3. The item must compliment other clothes that I have and it must be worn regularly, it must not be left in my wardrobe waiting to be worn.

4. The piece must have good seams and some detail that makes it stand out style-wise from what you expect to see on the hight street rails.

Zara is a quality high street store. They have a really good sale on right now and are continually adding more items and reducing items further every few days. Check back to the site regularly.

I have browsed on the Zara.com website for a few days looking at the sale items, I couldn't resist this 100% silk top newly added to the sale today, it was reduced from £39.99 to £15.99. I really love the detail on this top, the flattering cap sleeves and it is grey (not black). I ordered it online and will pick up in store as soon as I get an email telling me it has arrived, this will give me a chance to have a quick look around the store too. I have a tweed Prada Irise pencil skirt purchased from Flannels Manchester crying our for this soft contrast to compliment it.

I also spotted a pair of leather boots reduced to £19.99. The indulgent Bordeaux colour and luxe leather look remind me of the Gucci Pre Fall & Chloe Pre-Fall collections where the 70's luxe style embraces leathers and wools for Autumn. Also a great dark orange 100% silk scarf reduced to £12.99, such a perfect shade again for an Autumn awash with rusty hughes.

Friday, July 8, 2011

High Street Luxe Find: H&M Leather Cross Body Bag and Belt.

I have a deep love of tan leather accessories, nothing more so than a tan leather cross body bag. Always stylish for any casual look from jeans to summer dresses and essential for hands free shopping.



I recently jotted a note about this tan leather belt from H&M reduced in the sale from £7.99 to £3.99. Yesterday I spotted another H&M bargain, a tan leather cross body bag reduced to £19.99, this H&M bag bears a  style resemblance to the Chloe Marcie Bag, whilst I don't think the style of the Chloe bag makes it an investment piece worth spending on, you can certainly get the look with a leather bag from the H&M alternative. Wear together with a shirt dress or jeans and add summer wedges for effortless casual chic with seventies style.


Object of Desire
The Chloe Marcie Bag £695. (Shown above)
The Chloe Mini Marcie Bag £340
netaporter.com

Quality Cash Saving Alternative
The H&M Leather Cross Body Bag £19.99. (shown top)
handm.com



Tuesday, July 5, 2011

20% off the Best Hydrating Face Cream at Beauty Expert

BeautyExpert.co.uk is offering 20% off until end of 8th July. One of my favourite beauty brands is stocked here, Aesop. I've used the Aesop Primrose Facial Hydrating Cream 120ml normally £33, now £26.40 with 20% off. It is really hydrating and the texture is very luxurious, this would be my top pick to take advantage of the 20% off and the free UK delivery.

The details as written by BeautyExpert.co.uk... "Daily moisturising cream for normal to dry or stressed skin. This is Aesop's most lauded and coveted product; the High Priestess of hydrating creams. Fast absorbing, deeply penetrating plant extracts hydrate, soften and smooth the skin, whilst the subtle botanical aroma is an inspiration to all users. This preparation is high in gamma linoleic acids and is boosted with Primrose and Rose Hip Seed extracts, natural mediums for Vitamins E and C. This fabulous moisturiser also contains Sage, Wild Rosemary and Lavender. • Fast absorbing and deeply penetrating • Hydrates, softens and smoothes • Moisturises"

120ml is a big pot for £26.40 by most premium beauty product standards and it lasts for ages. Enter the promo code JUNE20.

Monday, July 4, 2011

20% off Your Purchase on Thursday 7th at H&M

To celebrate the grand opening of the 200th H&M store across the UK and Republic of Ireland H&M are offering 20% off your purchase on Thursday 7th July. Click here to print off the voucher to take in store to redeem your discount.

I like this tan leather belt from H&M reduced in the sale from £7.99 to £3.99. Wrap it round a summer dress and wear with tan sandals and a seventies style tan leather cross body bag for relaxed summer chic.

Designer Investment Piece: Ralph Lauren Collection Wedges





These super tan Ralph Lauren Collection Firana Leather Espadrille Wedges are reduced from £230 to £160. An elegant classic summer sandal that will have a place in the most stylish summer wardrobe for years to come (with careful re-soling when necessary). A great investment accessory, the tan colour goes with everything, wear with white or indigo jeans, trousers, dresses, kaftans for elegant casual dressing this summer. I am a huge fan of tan accessories and had been stalking these for a couple of months online!

Ordering from Ralph Lauren is a pleasurable experience, the online order is easy with lots of alluring images and information. The best bit is when the order arrives, the Ralph Lauren Heritage Style and quality is apparent before you have even seen the product, the dark blue leather look packaging with gold block print makes you feel like you've received something very special. All wrapped tastefully in dark blue tissue and thin ribbon. Ralph Lauren UK are offering free delivery on orders over £145.

ralphlauren.com

Friday, July 1, 2011

Couturenet Picks: 12 stylish gifts for under £20


This is my "go to" list for a special gift in a hurry! All stylish and all under £20. Perfect for birthdays and dinner party gifts.

Missoni for less than £20, irresistible! This canvas tote features a horoscope graphic at the front and a logo graphic at the back - a different coloured bag for each star sign. Double handles. 15"H x 17"L x 1.5"D. 8" strap drop.
£18.80 approx $29. shopbop.com


These world famous Brazilian rubber flip-flops feature 'havaianas' lettering at the thin strap. 1/2" sole. Available in eight gorgeous colours.
£15.56 approx. $24. shopbop.com


Gorgeous soap, using natural plant oils, essential oils, flower extracts, herbs and spices. Subtly scented, entirely natural and leave your skin silky and soft. If you can't bear to use it leave it open in your sweater draw for fabulously scented clothes.
£6.00 fortnumandmason.com


These stylish tins contain two of the most popular teas: Royal Blend and Earl Grey Classic. Carefully blended using fine quality loose leaves, they will produce an excellent and refreshing cup of tea. 2x 125g tins.
£12.50 fortnumandmason.com

This clever tea strainer allows you to brew your favourite loose-leaf tea directly in the cup. The fine mesh holds back the leaves while the generous size allows the full flavour of the tea to come through without the fuss of getting out the teapot. 
£9.50 fortnumandmason.com




6. Cabbages & Roses Linen Napkins
The subdued elegance of these vinatge stamped napkins will add nostalgic appeal to any breakfast, lunch or dinner. Available in white or natural.
Normally £6 each, currently on offer at £3 each so a set of six napkins would be £18. cabbagesandroses.com




7. CHANEL LE VERNIS Nail Colour
Intense colour and high gloss. Designed to be a real nailcare product, it respects the fragile nature of your nails. It feels very special to receive and open a Chanel gift, from the monochrome chic packaging and gift bag to the product design and irresistible colours. The Chanel Counter will gift wrap too.
£17.50 boots.com




8. CHANEL LÈVRES SCINTILLANTES Glossimer
A long-lasting, ultra-gloss look; intense colours and a perfect finish. The gel texture, fluid yet substantial, is easy to apply, giving a perfectly even finish. Great for everyday wear, the perfect colour for most skin tones is No. 19 Blizzard.
£20.00 boots.com




9. Set of 2 Water Hyacinth Storage Baskets with Handles.
So versatile and they look smart too, these are a John Lewis special buy. £20. johnlewis.com

A beautiful book with chic pictures and a history of the classic Chanel pieces over the past decades. £14.12 amazon.co.uk



11. Laura Ashley Althea Floral Silk Cushion
This stunning silk cushion is embellished with beautiful floral ribbon embroidery. The Eau De Nil Colourway is £20. lauraashley.com

A new floral, feminine fragrance range from L'Occitane, The pretty cosmetics bag contains: Pivoine Flora Shower Gel (75ml), Pivoine Flora Beauty Milk (75ml), Pivoine Flora Hand Cream (30ml), Pivoine Flora Eau De Parfum (5ml). L'Occitaine is well known for it's high quality natural ingredients such as shea butter.
£20.00 johnlewis.com


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