French Brands I Love 

Ok so one final post about Paris… I promise.

There are so many gorgeous brands that I saw that I wanted to share with you. Although I couldn’t afford any of them, I definitely took inspiration from the collections that were on display in the department stores over there. 

Sessun

Such a gorgeous brand by a French designer, full of preppy mustard hues and boyfriend Blazers this season. 

   
   
Leon and Harper 

A classic French brand with bags of personality and quirkiness. Beautiful   broderie anglaise tops and midi skirts with tasseled accessories are just some of the items among the aw 2015 collection. 

   

    
 
Atelier Createurs  

A brand I have never come across before- neither can I find much information online about it. A really beautiful collection with effortlessly pretty garments that will make any women look tres chic! 

  
   
I will certainly be keeping my eye out for these brands. Really love them. 

Julia xx 

Paris Lookbook

I have just come back from a lovely city break to Paris and wanted to share some of my outfits with you all. I have got the holiday blues, big time, so I might as well extend the enjoyment by writing posts about it. 

Paris really is a super-cool city, with extremely well dressed people and wonderful shops/fashion brands; which have sent me home with tonnes of outfit inspiration. 

I bought a few nice things whilst I was there, which I will cover in a separate post. 

Day 1 

  
Ignore my glum facial expression; I was really happy to be there. Honest! 

On the first day we went to the Louvre and it was really hot, so I pulled on some light and comfy jeans with a sleevless navy top from Oasis. I wore my favourite Birkenstock-esq sandals from Next and my (now really old and battered) Marc by Marc Jacobs bag. 

Day 2 

  
The second day was also super hot and we went on a nice stroll down the river Seine, which was perfect. 

My midi skirt is a H&M number with some strange abstract print on it. It has buttons down the front which can be opened to create a split: the photo doesn’t show this very well. Sorry!  

My black racer back top is super silky and is a sale purchase from Whistles a few months ago. 

Day 3 

  
This is actually an evening outfit as I didn’t take a picture of what I wore in the day. We went to a cute Bistro called La Maison Bleue that became our favourite place to eat by the end of the trip. 

This is a playsuit from River Island which was in the sale in March for about £12. Such a bargain. I wore it with tan peep toe heels from Aldo which can be seen in the pictures for Day 4 below. 

Day 4 

  
For our wondering in the day I wore a 70s inspired skater dress from H&M coming in at just £9.99. It was a bit cooler on the last day so I thought long sleeves would be better. 

   
 
Another evening outfit which was my favourite of the holiday. Wearing my Claudie Pierlot black dress with a gorgeous bow detail at the back. 

This brand has only recently come over to the UK and is a classic French collection with shed loads of pretty Bardot inspired items. I think it’s the sister company of Maje and Sandro which are more well known French labels in the UK. 

I hope I can carry on looking tres chic now I am back in the UK! 

Julia xx 

MFA Independent Designers Catwalk 2015

Independent Designers Catwalk: 7th August 2015

As you may know from following my blog; I work in Birmingham which is the closest big city to me, and therefore the fashion events that I typically go to are in and around Birmingham.

The Midlands Fashion Awards is an event I am particularly fond of and love to support (based in the city centre), as I have helped with the organisation of the event previously; and so I know that the people behind it are truly passionate about supporting all different types of people, trying to forge their way in the fashion industry. It is not just fashion designers that the organisation provides a platform for but it is also models, photographers, bloggers, makeup artists, magazines and the list goes on.

Jenny Eason, the founder of the organisation, wished to show that fashion design talent is not solely located in London and should be celebrated throughout the UK and she has truly been successful in achieving this objective. A catwalk to help fashion graduates in the city in 2008 has now become a celebration of fashion from all different angles, with international designers also having the opportunity to showcase in recent events.

The main event will be later in October (tickets soon available online at www.midlandsfashionawards.co.uk) with the pre-show Independent Designers Catwalk being the subject of this blog post.

Independent designers that have already established a brand or boutique were able to showcase, with a wide variety of designers revealing their collections from local boutiques to international fashion brands.

The event was held at the Hyatt hotel on Broad Street, which allowed a sophisticated setting for pre drinks with an intimate catwalk to follow. I was really pleased to have a place setting next to a photographer and blogger I haven’t seen for a while, and also have the opportunity to meet some new people from the local fashion scene.

The collection that stood out for me was Boo Couture, showcasing a beautiful 1950s bridal collection mixed with modern influences. The outfits were each totally unique with great attention to detail and a strong tailored feel. Watching the catwalk evoked a strong glamourous fairytale theme, that was very different to the other collections.

   
 
The Sandravieira collection also caught my eye with beautiful contemporary designs. The collection was named ‘Wintermoon’ which certainly had an ethereal after-dark feel to it. The theme was carried out with differing tones of grey and embossed-like materials giving a shimmering feel to each outfit. Pink tones were contrasted with darker moon-like colours for casual, yet put together, ensembles.

   
 
The event really reminded me of why I love fashion and catwalks; being caught up in the moment with the music, beautiful clothes and flashing cameras really feels like home. Super looking forward to the main event!

Julia xx

Easy Summer to Fall 

I took a little trip to Primark this weekend; I wanted to buy some new pieces to update my wardrobe without spending a load of cash. 

A line skirts have been a staple this season and a suede version is set to prevail for Autumn/Winter. Primark have a great selection and I went for the tan suedette version as shown in the pictures below.  

I always go for a bigger size in Primark or H&M as I find their measurements come up smaller on me. I think this worked well for the skirt as it is a good comfortable fit. 

I love the popper button detailing down the front and the cute pockets. I can wear the skirt now without tights and as the weather starts to cool, I can team it with tights and cosy jumpers- perfect. 

The material is quite thin so might go bobbly/ worn after not too long. But for less than £15 (can’t remember the exact price) I won’t be too disgruntled if it only lasts me for one season. 

My shoes are from Next and my top is from Oasis, if anyone was wondering. 

   
 
Julia xx 

Brand Discovery…Claudie Pierlot

I recently came across Claudie Pierlot; the cutest, quintessentially French brand I have ever had the pleasure of browsing in Selfridges. 

  
Ever since, I just can’t seem to stop going onto the website and browsing new styles and items! I think there is an addiction brewing… Goodbye wages! 

So that I don’t have to cope with this alone, I thought I would share my love for this brand with my lovely followers in the hope that others can appreciate my problem. 

If you’re not too familiar with French style then think; stripey jersey tops, pretty skater dresses in navy, pinafores and cute cardigans. Think Brigitte Bardot! 

I purchased this gorgeous coral dress from the summer collection (which is now on sale) and I can’t stop wearing it. It’s getting to the point where all my other summer clothes won’t be worn until summer 2016, if I carry on. 

  
The skater style is my go-to shape for dresses as it flatters my tall figure and the pretty frills around the V neck line are just perfect. 

I also purchased a black skater dress with a bow detail on the back. I don’t have a picture of this to share; but I can assure you it is beautiful. 

I have included a few of my favourite sale items below to give you a better feel for the brand. 

   
   
I am patiently waiting for the Autumn/Winter collection already. 

Www.claudiepierlot.com

Julia xxx

Friends

This weekend has been very friend focussed which I have really enjoyed. My friends are super important to me and have become more so as I have gotten older. 

It is interesting because a small number of the people I am close with now I have known from a young age, but the majority are people I knew but wasn’t close to until after my time at school (despite them always being there). I think this is testament to how much I have changed since my teenage years which has brought me closer to different people. Leaving school and forging your own way in life makes you look for different characteristics in a friend/friendship group.

My best girls are the perfect blend of hilarious, supportive, sensible and kind. We have all grown so much together and I couldn’t wish for a better group of companions. 

I have friends at work and outside of work that I feel so lucky to have met. My dad always says that if you can count the number of ‘good’ friends on one hand then you are lucky; and I can safely say that I am one of those lucky people. 

Just wanted to remind myself of the great people I have in my life. I hope this can inspire other people to be appreciative too.  

A few snaps of some lovely people:

    
    
    
    
    
   
Julia xx