Art Attack!!

JEAN CHARLES DE CASTELEBAJAC SS14

Jean-Charles de Castelbajac

Get those paintbrushes and paints at the ready ladies – Art Mania is coming to a fashion store near you!!

The art theme is one of my favourite trends for this summer. As a fellow artist myself, I’m tempted to get creative and throw big splodges of paint at my clothes for a high fashion Jackson Pollock look.

Just in time for Henri Matisse – The Cut-Outs exhibition at the Tate – think Céline SS14 and discover your favourite artists and channel them through your clothes.

This trend boasts interesting patterns and colour! Its time to get art-ified!

 Here’s a pick of some of the best bits I’ve found exhibiting on the high street at the moment.

Now pick up those sketchbooks and get art inspired 🙂

The Icon Print Dress

Peter Jensen - Julie dress in Diana Ross Print full length

Peter Jensen – Julie Dress in Diana Ross Print – £200

Iconic painted prints of woman’s faces were seen all over the SS14 catwalks. Think Prada and Jean-Charles de Castelbajac. Wear your Diana Ross print with some gorgeous platform sandals and groove into your 70’s diva style. Oh yeah! Work it lady!

The Painted Dress

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Zara – Printed Dress – £45.99

Paint prints!!! Get into the artistic flow with this fabulous painted brush stroke dress. Style this painted beauty with some fabulous black ankle boots to get you through the strange spring weather and then some fabulous block heels or on trend mules when the summer heat finally gets hits us in a sizzling surprise.

The Wear Anywhere Dress

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French Connection – Shadow Dance V- Neck Dress – £110

Ok, so I know I’ve gone a bit crazy with the dresses in this post…but there are so many printed art themed dazzlers out there!! This dress will take you from work to drinks in a flash. Its purrrfect! Go the whole hog in the true Art Attack theme and rock up to a gallery opening in this baby. Très sophisticated dahling!

The Arty Floral Top

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Zara – Crop Floral Top With Frills – £25.99

Wear this beautiful water coloured inspired top with a plain, high waisted pencil skirt and a big statement watch for a glamorous art curator style – that will keep you looking oh soooo chic all summer long.

The Striped Blouse

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ASOS – Blouse In Layered Stripe Placement Print – £36

Go for a funky Pop Art vibe in this stripey little number. Easy to wear – be it with jeans or a skirt for a cool art house look.

The Abstract Boxy Jacket

Abstract print blue funky boxy jacket from Rivers

River Island – Black Abstract Print Colour Block Boxy Jacket – £50

Say goodbye to those drab days in this jazzy, colour attack, abstract favourite. Wear this and you’re winning! It’s an art attack coming atchaaaaa!!

The Funky Trousers

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French Connection – Shadow Dance Skinny Trousers – £70

These trousers are the perfect way to strut your stuff into the art trend, without being too brash. This stunning print will look fantabulous with a figure synching, white peplum top. Get used to being known as the stunner of the Cotswolds in these lovelies.

The Candy Stripe Skirt

TIJANA - Candy bar stripe skirt £119

Ted Baker – TIJANA – Candy Bar Stripe Skirt – £119 

Say helloooo hot stuff, in this bold, statement Ted Baker skirt. Team with a pair of gorgeous geometric earrings by the fabulous Stephanie Bates (see below) and you are the fairest of them all!!

The Geometric Earrings

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Stephanie Bates – Rose Gold Plated Silver Tri-Angle Earrings – From: £78

Work the geometric style with these beauties. They add an edgy vibe to any outfit and you’ll be a sight for jealous eyes – trust me! NEED!

The Paint Splattered Clutch

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LK Bennett – Leonie Printed Leather Clutch – £195

Your trusted Art Attack Companion. This clutch speaks paint volumes! Pure colourful, splattered wonderfulness!! This accessory is the one.

The Pop Art Purse

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Topshop – Lip Eye Coin Purse – £10

HELLOOO POP ART!!! Cheer yourself up with this super cool eye purse from Topshop. Purse lust alert!! I’m hot footing it to the shops for one now!

 The Paint Splash Shoes

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ASOS – Humour Heeled Sandals – £40

Last but not least, work the Jill Sander catwalk look in these paint splashed, foot fancies.  An easy way to rock the artsy trend and show off your fabulous, rainbow nails.

There you have it ladies, don the paintbrushes get out the plastic… its time to get art-tastic!!

Really go for it – even if you just get the clutch or the purse. This is one of the most fun trends out there for the summer so enjoy 🙂

As always, I hope you found this post inspiring.

Thank you for reading, you fabulous fashionistas.

Love Serena

Xxx

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Floral frenzy

Floral Frenzy

So its cold, wet, windy and pretty horrible outside at the moment, but I have the answer to these bleak days and thought I’d cheer you all up with a tonne of fabulous, vibrant and easy on the eye, floral beauties – because flowers are great aren’t they!! Lets pretend we’re living the Summer dream, don some cool dude shades and sport some on trend flowery numbers. Be it some ankle glamming, frilly socks or a stunning sequin bomber, it’s going to be floraltastic and you’re going to feel like a florally goddess. Say goodbye to the drab weather blues and hello to Floralmania!!

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Mary Katrantzou Spring/Summer Catwalk 2014

For this week’s feature, I’ve picked pieces for a variety of budgets. I hope you enjoy them. Now lets go back to nature and let the flower show begin…

The Coat

Hobbs - Michelle Coat

 Michelle Coat – £299 @ Hobbs

On trend and fabulously neutral this Hobbs coat will go with everything!

Make this a key piece in your wardrobe.

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Floral Leopard Print Oversized Jacket – £45 @ River Island

Jazzy Jeff eat your heart out. This is Floral mania at its finest!! Wear this funky number with pride and lap up the compliments.

The Bomber Jacket

SOS Premium Zip Through Jacket with Floral Embellishment

Premium Zip Through Jacket With Floral Embellishment

– Was £150 now £90 @ ASOS

Fantastically floral, this sweet jacket will take you from day to night.

Team with a gorgeous black skater skirt, loafers and frilly socks and look as cute as a button.

Gap Floral bomber jacket

Blue Floral Bomber Jacket – £59.95 @ GAP

The Bomber jacket is huge right now. This GAP version has a great feminine touch with its blue floral print and nails two trends in one…WINNER!

Easy to glam up and down. Just swap your heels for high tops.

The Dress

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Bright Floral Print Dress – £169 @ Ted Baker

This dress will liven up the dreariest of work days. Glam it up with some black and gold stilettos or toughen it up with some ankle boots. Floral royalty here we come!!

River Island flora dress

Green Floral Print Shift Dress – £32 @ River Island

Style this charming little shift dress with a statement-jewelled necklace and enjoy the envious glances.

 

The Trousers

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Floral Millbank Trousers – £44.50 @ Jack Wills

Groove up your legs with these Floral Millbank trousers from Jack Wills They add pizzazz to any daytime casual look.

Lettie Vintage Flora Print Trousers LK BENNETT

Lettie Vintage Floral Print Trousers – £255 @ LK Bennett

Team these glam floral print trousers with some wonderful pink, metallic sling backs and enjoy working a chic 50s’ vibe.

The Bag

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Aubrey Rose Backpack £45 @ Cath Kidston

Sling on this pretty backpack for an instant and simple wardrobe update.

Mini floral satchel from River islandFloral print mini satchel – £20 @ River Island

Flower power here we come with this stunning satchel.  This bag will give any outfit the wow factor.

 

The Skirt

Asos Floral quilted mini

Quilted A-Line Skirt In Hawaiian Print –  £30 @ ASOS

It’s all about the floral print skirt. Daydream of sunnier climes in this quilted beauty. Rock it with simple separates and a nice big gold chain. You’re so style savvy it hurts!!

The Cami 

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Hawaiian Floral Cami – £26 @ Topshop

Add some zsa zsa woo to your average cami combo look with this little sweetheart. Team with a plain pencil skirt and bomber jacket and you will look like the belle of the ball.

 

The Co-ords

Asos blue matching floral peplum top and skirt

 Peplum Top and Skirt in Blue China Print. Top – £35 Skirt – £30 @ ASOS

They won’t be able to take their eyes offa you…in this (how to get noticed) snazzy peplum number. This combo is to die for!!

The Floral Socks

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Yellow Floral Rose Lace Trim Ankle Socks – £3.50 @ Topshop

 These adorable frilly socks will look great with a plain pair of masculine brogues.

So there you go, the fabulous floral frenzy.

I’m dreaming of sun, sea and sand already.

Thank you for reading you fabulous fashionistas. Now, be inspired, go wild and get flowery 🙂

Love Serena xx

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Monochrome Safari

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Monochrome was seen all over the Spring/Summer catwalk for 2014 and in my opinion is the easiest way (if you’re anything like me) to solve a daily clothes… ‘what do I wear??’ crisis.

It’s so crisp and classic and you can totally channel your inner Coco Chanel with the following looks. Just don’t forget the pearls!!

So, get your binoculars at the ready ladies and gents, we’re off to find the ‘monochrome trend’….

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Chanel Cruise Collection 2014

Monochrome. Fresh and structured – you can style it to suit a classic, tailored style or the minimalist 90s. Trust me, you will be very impressed at how sophisticated and chic you look, so lets get monochroming, fashionistas!

Monochrome Staple Looks:

The Co-ords

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Jacket and Circle Skirt – £14.99 each @ H&M

 Team this beautiful combo with a silky black cami or black sheer shirt.

monochrome skirt

Then maybe dabble in a few gorgeous jewels from River Island – like the vibrant necklace from River Island below. Finishing touches: black tights and some fab, heeled ankle boots. New look have a fabulous and very kind to your bank balance selection.

Statement necklace to rock with your monochrome outfits…

 

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Coral 3D Flower Short Statement Necklace – £15 @ River Island

It’s not monochrome, but rock this with the monochrome suit above and you’ll also be working the new floral trend. Two trends at once – très fashionable dahling!

The Dress

Monochrome dress OLIVE

Tweed Check Combination Dress – £96 @ Olive

This dress is a statement on its own. Sling on an in season, oversized boyfriend coat with this beauty and you’re ready to take the world by storm.

The Trouser Look

Asos wide leg trousers

 Wide leg trousers in satin – £35 @ ASOS

From sophisticated office wear to glam after work drinks. This outfit takes you there.

Find a gorgeous white cami (as seen above) or even a sheer white shirt in any high street shop. Or try teaming with the fun River Island shirt below.

The Shirt

 Monochrome spot shirt

White polka dot shirt – £30 @ River Island

This pretty polka dot shirt will happily see you all the way through to summer. A playful take on the monochrome look – happy days!

The Shorts

Monchrome shorts outfit Asos - £30 (White high waisted shorts)

White high waisted textured shorts – £30 @ ASOS

Ok so it’s still pretty chilly for shorts – but team them with your staple black tights and you’re working a funky 90s style, monochrome extravaganza!! It’s all very simple but it works.

Team with the fabulous Whistles Fedora hat (below) and you’re the Cotswolds’ next fashion icon!

The Fedora

Whistles Fedora Hat

 Fedora Hat – £55 @ Whistles

Add an on trend Fedora to your look for an instant update.

 

The Finishing Touches…

 

The Heels

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Monochrome Block Heel Ankle Strap Heels – £19.99 @ New Look

Adorn your fabulous feet with these babies and you’re laughing.

 

The Brogues

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White Hampton fringed brogues – £139 (were £199) @ Hobbs

Shoe lust alert – just saying!

 

The Backpack

Topshop Smart Back pack

Smart Backpack – £38 @ Topshop

This bag will be your staple for years to come – instant wardrobe update with this sassy bag candy.

So there we have it – ways to wear the monochrome trend – in a nutshell. I hope you’re feeling inspired?

The greatest thing about the monochrome trend is that it’s timeless. You can wear it forever and you will always look so chic and on trend.

It’s Monochrometastic on a budget!!!! We’re all winners here.

Thank you for reading – now go forth and monochrome 🙂

Tartan Explosion!!!!

Tartan Explosion!!!

Ahhh sweet, ‘Street Style’ – where do I begin??

What an eclectic mix!! Most of my inspiration for outfit collections comes from the people I see in the day-to-day and fashion bloggers. You can experience your own personal runway every time you strut out the door. I find fashion on the high street great!! Everyone is an artist in their own right. There are so many creative and expressive people out there and it really shows in their style. So next time you’re walking down the high street and you see someone looking really good – take note and be inspired.
Street style is awesome as it shows how creative you can be with high street clothes. Its shows that you don’t have to have a major blow out to look sizzling.

So tartan is the theme of my fist ever blog post. Ahh… Tartan…. you’re back and so accessible. It’s everywhere on the high street at the moment and if you’re anything like me you’re having an uber clothes crush moment.

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Above: Vivienne Westwood  – my idol and in my opinion, one of the most inspirational and genius designers EVER!

The historical tartan fabric. What a babe. It doesn’t have to be red – it can be blue, green, yellow, even black and white which hits the whole monochrome/tartan trend full on. Kappowww! J I’m maybe going a little bit wild for tartan but, heyho – who doesn’t love a good pattern!!

So, ways to wear the tartan trend…………..

       The Tartan Skirt

There’s so many style variations –The mini – the midi – the pencil

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Tartan Pencil Skirt  – £8.00 @ Fashion Union

The Tartan Trousers

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Slacks £14.99 @ H & M

The Tartan Dress

Tartan Pini

Tartan Pinafore Dress – £52 Cooperative @ Urban Outfitters

The Tartan Jacket

Rita Ora - Tartan

Rita Ora in Karl Lagerfeld jacket

The Tartan Co-ord

Tartan Clueless Outfit

Cher “AS IF” Outfit by ISOLATED HEROES

 The Tartan Bag

Tartan bucket bag

H! By Henry Holland @ Debenhams £32

Now what to wear with these gorgeous items…

Well, well, what do we have here…………?

A lovely white plain T

A crisp white shirt – to make it a bit different maybe branch out to a black sheer shirt.

To make your outfit really stand out go for a Dog Tooth print or even a bright coloured T for a mega clash. Kapow!! Then there we have the makings of a pretty lovable outfit.

My tartan style outfit

Above – My outfit combo. Dress it up or down – tartan rocks any outfit.

Finishing touches…

So now we move on to the accessories.  I’m big on belts – what can I – say they do it for me…. they give an outfit a certain vavavoom.

With the tartan print, black and gold work amazingly. Ok, so we can’t all afford the Moschino belt (I’m still saving up) but the high street stores, such as; H&M, Topshop, River Island, ASOS and Urban Outfitters have great ‘lookylikeys’.

Grab yourself a nice gold or metallic necklace with or without jewels. River Island is like a giant treasure chest for accessories at the moment.

Shoes!!! Again River Island has an incredible shoe collection – I bought my gold heeled brogues from there. (Please see my little outfit combo that I put together above for inspiration.)  So maybe go for a nice pair of brogues or a sexy pair of black boots.

Last but not least -the bag. Zara have some beautiful Messenger bags at the moment, which are at the top of my wish list.  (Ok so it’s not Tartan but it’s amazing!!)

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Zara Messenger Bag – £29.99

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 Necklace – £15.00 @ River Island

So finally, if you want to inject a tiny bit of tartan into your life – you love the trend but are uber broke like me, just get yourself a beautiful tartan scarf. They jazz up even the plainest of outfits and really add a wee bit of edge.

I hope you found this blog an inspiration to go out and rock the tartan trend. Any feedback would be great as I’m currently establishing myself as a fashion stylist. I hope you enjoyed reading my post, most of all thank you for taking the time to check out my ramblings. Stay tuned 🙂