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Fall’s It-Jacket: Three (Affordable) Ways

Fall’s It-Jacket: Three (Affordable) Ways

embroidered clothes trend - embroidered jacket

An original post from Budget Fashionista

It is by no means cold yet, but even California girls like Kendall and Gigi have begun working outerwear into their routines. And what’s the one trend that seems to be on every leading-lady’s back? Beautiful embroidery. On silk bomber jackets, leather moto jackets, denim jackets and more, the embroidered clothes trend is all over Instagram and paparazzi-shot, street-style […]

Fall’s It-Jacket: Three (Affordable) Ways


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Fall’s It-Jacket: Three (Affordable) Ways

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Style | The Harrington Jacket

Style | The Harrington Jacket


Recently I’ve only been buying a lot of jackets and one of my latest purchases is this Harrington Jacket from Gone Retro. You’ll know by now that I have a no-fuss approach to styling and this jacket goes with the bulk of my wardrobe. The check lining also adds a bit more visual interest whilst still keeping a look pretty minimal. Here I’m wearing all black, which happens more often than not recently, especially now it’s getting colder.

Jacket – Gone Retro | Dress & Watch – ASOS | Shoes – Lacoste | Choker – Regal Rose 
What have you been wearing lately?
Lesley x


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Style | The Harrington Jacket

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Björn Borg receives Healthy Business Award

Björn Borg receives Healthy Business Award

Björn Borg received the world’s first-ever Healthy Business Award during the HR and leadership seminar Healthy Business in Stockholm yesterday, October 6th. Healthy Business Awards puts the light on companies that with a strategic health and work environment engagement create requisites for staff to be sustainable over time.

The jury’s motivation:

Björn Borg is a company that links activities to clear goals and measure target achievement. The company inspires their staff to passionately participate in activities and take responsibility for their own well-being, while the company health initiative is linked to the business and its culture.

The winner works with health and well-being in a strategic way and on an organisational level. To succeed with this, knowledge, courage, endurance and conviction that working with the health of both staff and the company is imperative.

For more information, please contact:

Lena Nordin, HR Director, Björn Borg AB
Phone: +46 72 157 10 96


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blushing // roses

blushing // roses

Dress: ASOS. Top: Michael Kors (been on repeat). Bag: Mansur Gavriel c/o. Shoes: Via Spiga. Jacket: Ann Taylor. Sunglasses: Illesteva.

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NEW IN: Reims Turtleneck Sweater

NEW IN: Reims Turtleneck Sweater

We are getting deeper and deeper into Fall, which means cozier and cozier clothes! I am loving our Shop Sincerely Jules Reims Turtleneck. It is super cozy and chunky, but just thin enough to comfortably fit under a coat. The ivory color is super chic and makes it a perfect color to match with anything. Since we … Continued
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For the frill of it…

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For the frill of it…

Top: $59, Storets. Jeans: £39.99, Gap. Shoes: £49.99, ZaraBag: £89, And Other Stories (bought instore). Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell

Summer may be over but it doesn’t mean that the peasant blouse is going anywhere. And I went for a style in baby blue over white, as it looks fab with jeans and as you can see, I’m doing ‘colour’ a bit more. 



The top is from blogger brand of the moment: Storets. It’s one of those brands that has become huge in the last few months over on Instagram, with huge bloggers like Lorna Luxe and Ohh Couture swearing by its off the shoulder ruffle tops and perfectly imperfect frayed jeans.


I’m not going to lie to you: the clothes take ages to come and you will get a customs letter a few days later. But when it’s in dollars, I accept it the same as when you’re in J Crew in New York and you get to the counter and you haven’t anticipated that tax (that is NEVER on the pricetag!). All things considered, the clothing is still reasonably priced and you can get something really different to the UK High Street (I love my gingham wrap top). But just don’t wear it to Fashion Week (everyone, literally everyone, in the first 2 rows were wearing it).

Like with everything else in my wardrobe, I’m wearing it with the Gap straight leg jeans. It’s true love with these, they feel like ‘real’ denim and the wash is perfect. And you may remember a time when I told you NEVER to match your shoes to your bag? Scrap that, I was wrong. Matchy matchy is back (I’ve even matched my lipstick). And if anything, slightly matchy matchy but not quite and a slight bit ‘off’ is even better. I’m hoping that makes sense to you..

Nails in ‘Cloud Fine’: £7, Cheeky
Lipstick in ‘Vivien’: £29 (part of a lipstick and gloss duo), Laura Mercier

Trench: J Crew (old). Top: $59, Storets. Jeans: £39.99, Gap. Shoes: £49.99, ZaraBag: £89, And Other Stories (bought instore).


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For the frill of it…

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Breitling's New Aerobatic-Inspired Watches Are Designed for the Jetsetter

Breitling's New Aerobatic-Inspired Watches Are Designed for the Jetsetter

For more than a decade, the Breitling Jet team has performing high-flying, death defying aerobatics at some of the world's most renowned air shows. Though the team is typically headquartered in Switzerland, they began an American tour last year whi…

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All that glitters…

All that glitters…

Coat: £170.10, Boden. Silk shirt: £155, LK Bennett.  Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Belt: £8, Asos. Glitter shoes: £49, Topshop. Suede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer. Photographs: Christopher O’Donnell
Have you ever bought anything simply for the ‘gram? This is something I discussed with Fran (The Fashion Lift) at my Bella Freud event, and we both admitted to doing so. First off, I will say, I loved these shoes – they’re a total Miu Miu dupe and for the price I knew I couldn’t go wrong. But I’d be lying if I said it didn’t cross my mind that they’d make a great photo on Instagram, too.
But is this a bad thing…? If anything, Instagram makes me a better dresser, everything is a bit more considered – but always in my style. Sometimes I get excited by an outfit that is ‘totally instagrammable’, but it doesn’t mean I wouldn’t wear it anyway.

With the recent Vogue criticism of (their definition of) Bloggers and Influencers, it does put into question how we dress and who we’re doing it for. And I for one have always worn what I love and bought most of my clothes (and proud of it). I do occasionally get gifted as I work in the industry but have, hand on heart, never worn anything that I didn’t love or believe in. And I bought these Topshop shoes last month and couldn’t wait to blog about them. Mainly because this community of like-minded individuals who read my website, I believe, would love them too.

Anyway, back to the sparkly, glittery shoes…which have a walkable heel! And I am (hopefully) proving that leopard and glitter can be worn together in a chic way.

I’m wearing an LK Bennett silk blouse with this look today. At my style talk with Grazia last week about workwear, I mentioned that a washed silk shirt was one of my true wardrobe staples. With rolled up sleeves, it’s the perfect work piece, but looks so good with jeans and long gold necklaces too. I have just bought a Sezane one in black too, which I will wear with black skinny jeans when I pretend to be Emanuelle Alt (who we also heralded as our style Queen at the talk!). They’re a bit pricey but 100% worth the money.

Sunglasses: £98 with prescription lenses, Bailey Nelson. 

And, of course, you can follow my Instagram here (no pressure…but I do tend to post my outfits on there first, these days). And these shoes were a hit.

Coat: £170.10, Boden. Silk shirt: £155, LK Bennett.  Jeans: £54.95, Gap. Belt: £8, Asos. Glitter shoes: £49, Topshop. Suede chain strap bag: £99, Marks & Spencer. 


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All that glitters…

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Beauty | theBalm Collective Haul

Beauty | theBalm Collective Haul


I’ve been trying to explore uncharted territory when it comes to beauty and theBalm is one of the cosmetic brands I’ve been experimenting with lately. The American beauty brand caught my attention with their multi-use products and “beauty in 5 minutes” philosophy, not to mention the super cute packaging.

Over the past few months a couple of the Meet Matt(e) Hughes Liquid Lipsticks, two Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks and the How ‘Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Palette have been added to my makeup collection. The liquid lipsticks are firm favourites and have been used regularly over the last few months (no surprises there). I have the shades Committed (a pretty baby pink) and Adoring (a deep red). The pigmentation is just stunning on both of these and the formula dries fairly quickly after application, lasting well on my lips throughout the day. I love both and plan on grabbing a few more shades soon.

I don’t use eyeshadow often and I tend to prefer easy-to-apply formulas so the Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks are a perfect fit. The formula is so smooth and creamy, blends well (providing you work fast) and is so beautifully pigmented. The eyeshadow sticks dry quickly and once applied don’t slip or slide off the eyelids. I have two shades, Moonshot and Dugout. Both shades have a shimmery feel to them, especially Moonshot (the lighter of the shades) which looks more like glitter when blended into my skin. As Dugout is a lot deeper this shade complements my skintone better and I would definitely get a few more of the darker Batter Up Eyeshadow Sticks. 

I’ve had a very small blush collection for some time so I’ve been collecting a few products lately like the How ‘Bout Them Apples Lip & Cheek Palette. The product formula is really creamy and dries matte on the skin. I love the colours in this palette but I have found that the formula is not pigmented enough for my lips, especially the lighter pink tones which don’t show up on my lips at all. My natural lip colour is dark brownish pink but as the other theBalm products have been so pigmented I kind of just expected this would work for me. I have a lot of lip colours so I actually only intended to use this palette for my cheeks anyway but it’s definitely something to bear in mind if you’re thinking about purchasing this palette based on it being multi-use. 


You can find theBalm online in the UK at ASOS, Feel Unique and Debenhams

Have you tried anything by theBalm?
Lesley x


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Beauty | theBalm Collective Haul

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PENCIL SKILLS

PENCIL SKILLS

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

TUTORIAL + PHOTOGRAPHY BY AMY NADINE, GRAPHIC DESIGN BY EUNICE CHUN

There’s something magical that happens when you marry a kohl pencil and a thin flat brush! Kohl pencils are made to be smeared and blended, especially paired with a smoky eye. And my favorite way to do it is with a brush. Simply line the outer half of the upper lashline, switch to the brush then “pull” the line outward and inward. It’s a beautiful thing! Here’s how:

TOOLS:

STEPS:

tbd liner pull STEPS

 


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PENCIL SKILLS

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Style | Daisy Dixon Gracie Watch

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Style | Daisy Dixon Gracie Watch

It’s no secret that I’m a hoarder of watches. I tend to prefer affordable, simple designs which I can mix and match with my outfits easily and this has led to me building up quite a large collection of wrist candy. My latest watch is from Daisy Dixon, a British brand with a huge variety of ‘trend-led’ timepieces. The brand reached out to me at the beginning of the month to try one of their styles and I couldn’t resist this ‘Gracie’ Watch (£55)*.

Despite the array of colourful pieces available, black and gold has always been my favourite combination for accessories so this was easy choice for me. This Gracie style features a super skinny leather strap and matte black dial – it’s the daintiest watch I own and feels so light on the wrist. I’ve had so many compliments on how cute it is! It feels decent quality too for the £55 retail price and it’s survived a couple of knocks and scrapes over the past few weeks (in case you hadn’t guessed I’m pretty clumsy). 



You can grab this style from the Daisy Dixon website here or you can find their watches in Topshop, ASOS and HSamuel.  

*sample – read my disclaimer here.

What watch brands do you like?
Lesley x


Source: Fresh Lengths
Style | Daisy Dixon Gracie Watch