Reiss Eveningwear: My Style – After Dark

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Reiss_Partywear_AW14_AfterDark_Bloggers1When it comes to dressing for the evening, guaranteed I like to shake the day off with an entire outfit change and a new energy to take to drinks or dinner.  Whilst a pair of killer heels (previously hidden away in my desk drawer, waiting for the right moment to spring free) and a spritz of my favourite perfume are my day-to-night essentials, after dark you can likely find me changing into a dress or skirt for the evening, and this Rhomona ruby red lace style from the Reiss partywear collection ticks all the right boxes for adding the necessary high-octane glamour to move me through the twilight hours.

Earlier this month Reiss invited me and fellow fashion & beauty bloggers Lucy (Fashion Me Now), Anneli (What I Bought Today), Jesse (We The People Style) Patricia (Patricia Bright) and Sarah (Framboise Fashion) to London’s Hoxton Hotel to showcase our style: after dark with our favourites from their AW14 collection.  Regular readers of the blog will be only too familiar with Reiss since it forms a considerable part of my wardrobe – for someone my age and in my profession the brand produces modern, classic, well-made and often a little edgy styles with wonderful mix and match versatility.

Only such a well-loved brand could persuade me to ditch my usual monochrome after dark, but the Rhomona dress had me at hello.  Floral lace, fit and flare, scarlet red hue – if I am going out, I am reaalllly going out.  I paired the dress with the Flutter soft biker jacket (did I tell you I like a side of masculine with my feminine?), the Jessie cut out box clutch and the Isla shoes.

If we can just spend some time thinking about accessories, as if you are particularly pushed for time when transitioning from day-to-night, these can form the lynchpin of your look.  Both my clutch and heels here were intricate and directional in terms of design – interesting to look at, dramatic and sleek.  The clutch in particular, with its gold hardware, is for me the ultimate after hours accessory.

You can read the full feature and see all the different blogger-styled outfits HERE. Click HERE to shop my #OOTN (outfit of the night – you can search for this hashtag on Twitter also to see what other bloggers are wearing).

Photos taken on location at The Hoxton Hotel.  Hair styling: with thanks to Sassoon Salons.

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Bodies and Bikinis: Swimwear 365

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Swimwear365_bikini4I’m sure you are all expecting Fall / Winter posts from me, but right now all I can think about is how much I miss the sun.  No layering or wrapping up here – I pretty much only took swimwear with me to The Canary Islands last month as my one holiday wish was to lie on the beach and by the pool.  That wish was granted, and actually, Blog Reader, this is quite possibly the most tanned my English skin has been for a while!

I stayed in Gran Canaria, along the south of the island.  The resort could be really windy at times, but on this occasion when I managed to drag my husband to the beach at sunset for these photos in my Lascana bikini from Swimwear 365 the weather was still and the whole island was barely waking up.

I’ve been doing a lot of reading for work about body image and body confidence: the extent to which these things are inherited and learned by our attachment relationships vs affected by our experiences.  I know many women who won’t wear a bikini, ever, and whilst I’m all for choice when it comes to dressing for one’s shape and knowing one’s style, it seems such a shame that so many women feel the need to cover up.  I wrote a little something for a New Zealand style magazine on body image and the media and I hope to share that with you soon.  In the meantime, Swimwear 365 have an excellent selection of swimwear for all shapes and sizes so do check out their site if you are lucky enough to be on route to some winter sun, and want to find the perfect swimwear for you.

Coming up on the blog this week! An exciting project with Reiss Fashion and some ‘straight talk’ with GHD about creating the perfect straight hair with their styling tools. Do check back in soon!

Wearing: Bikini by Lascana from Swimwear365. Photos: @societemember.

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Friday Lingerie Lust: Reckless Wolf (Part I)

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RecklessWolf_Lingerie1When Reckless Wolf launched last year, designer Jade Little handed us a dynamic fusion of underwear and outerwear inspired by independent, rebellious girls. 

Still provocative and style-led, the brand have added several lines of white lingerie to their now largely monochrome-themed collection and included new designs that nicely extend each individual range. Part II of this Reckless Wolf series will introduce you, Blog Reader, to ‘Raw’, ‘Prowl’ and ‘Wild’, new for 2014.

Prey has always been one of my favourites, now with a longline bra and high-waisted knickers.  In ‘Caged‘ you have one of the most perfect inner-wear/out-to-wear bodysuits; combing translucent and opaque fabrics and with a low back, the chevron pattern and cheeky cutouts (a Reckless Wolf signature) are super flattering.

I love this editorial from the brand, featuring their Cage white crop top and white leg strap brief. Shot in LA with a heavy dose of British attitude, this pretty much sums up the confident, fearless attitudes of the woman who wears Reckless Wolf.

Click HERE to view and shop the entire Reckless Wolf collection.

Photos: Tony Anderson.

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