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5 Reasons We Should Be Embellishing Our Tights, Dolce and Gabbana Style

I will typically wear my thick black tights the whole year round, pausing for a break somewhere in the midst of summer where my pasty, reptile-like pins get a brief glimpse of sun. I’ve written before about why I love tights so much, and I really do, but while I love their practical nature, I also love embellishment and a bit of sparkle. Which is why I believe we should all be embellishing our tights, Dolce and Gabbana style.

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The Sandal Edit

It’s about this time every year that I realise I’ve worn any sandals that I do own to absolute death, meaning I have nothing remotely sandal-like to grace my feet when the sun comes out. This can only mean it’s time for the sandal edit, which is basically just an excuse for a spot of online shopping.

There are five categories of sandals that float my boat…

The Tough and Chunky

I’ll happily admit that I’m obsessed with Finery. For me they’re not only killing florals, but their shoes are perfect for lovers of chunky heels, block colours and a masculine feel, which is me all over. Finery describe these Leander Leather Ankle Strap Sandals as a ‘shandal’, the love child of a shoe and a sandal. They’re tough and bold, with their thick platform and hefty leather detail around the ankle. Throw them on with a pretty sundress to show them off properly.

The Classic Sliders

These ASOS Fendall Footbed Leather Sliders the pair that I can imagine reaching for the most this summer. Classic, comfortable and can be worn with absolutely anything. I have my eye on a pair of printed trousers that they’d work particularly well with. Also, Al and I have a holiday booked for September and you can’t beat a slider by the pool. Look out for that Instagram photo.

The All-Out Glitz

The magpie in me has shown my love for all things beaded, glitzy and technicoloured in these Park Lane Jewel Sliders. With metallic straps covered in a dreamy mix of sequins, jewels and beads all on top of a cork sole, I feel like my life is complete. These are all the glitz and more that I’ve been looking for.

The Tan Fringe

You can never go wrong with a spot of fringing, especially if it’s tan. If your going for the ’70s vibe this summer, than these Fringed Flat Leather Sandals are the pair for you. No question. No doubt. All you need are some crochet and fares and you’re ready.

The Wild Card

This post just wouldn’t feel right if there was no hint of animal print whatsoever. So here it is, in the form of ASOS Flick Leather Sliders. I like the way the leather straps crossover meaning not too much toe is exposed. I’m not really a toe fan and much prefer mine to be slightly more covered if possible. These are simple, sophisticated and not too garish, not sure I’ve ever written that sentence before.

There’s a definite slider theme going on this year.

Which ones would you pick?

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5 Reasons Why Jenna Lyons is the Actual Queen of F**king Everything

There are many reasons why I think Jenna Lyons is the absolute queen of f**king everything. Far too many to list out here but I’ll give you the highlights. She’s turned J. Crew into a cult brand, wore feathers to Solange’s wedding and tells it like it is in interviews like this one in Bazaar. She is my ultimate hero and a massive inspiration as a successful woman.

I’ve been waiting to see the full collection from New York Fashion Week after falling in love several times when sneaking peeks on Instagram. I wasn’t disappointed. In fact, this fall collection looks exactly like my dreams. The only problem now is that I want it all and have to wait patiently for it.

There are five looks which have completely nailed it. Have at it.

Vibrant yellow faux-fur lined parkas with whopping great big pockets, a humongous collar and a military feel.

A pastel pink hooded jacket casually layered over a multicoloured feather skirt.

Chunky knitted jumpers half tucked into suede skirts with long fringing. Imagine the swoosh factor.

Trouser so wide they begin to look like voluminous skirts and shirts covered in metallic embellishments.

And finally, glistening sequin floor-length skirts worn underneath casual denim shirts belted at the waist.

These five moments alone have made me want to head straight online and that is why she is the Queen of f**king everything. Jenna Lyons, I salute you.

You’d be a fool not to check out the full collection here.

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Is This the Ultimate Party Dress?

I just so happen to think this might be the ULTIMATE party dress.

It has sequins AND fringing. I feel like if it only had one of the options I’d be happy, but both, that’s next level excitement. All my prayers have been answered. It’s incredible.

All hail the mecca that is ASOS for this T-Shirt Sequin Fringe Dress.

I actually think that if I owned this dress, I would spend the entire time spinning around on the dance floor, because this is definitely a dress that needs to be danced in. I’m imagining the sequins shimmering under the lights and the fringe flying around as I twirl uncontrollably. In my mind, I’ve already added this to my basket and checked out.

Did I mention that it also has a low back? And I’m a sucker for a scoop or even backless dress. Damn.

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5 Reasons You Need Sequins in Your Life

I am a lover of anything sequin covered. I’m basically a Magpie in disguise and would encourage you to have as many embellished items in your closet as physically possible. 
Want to know why? No problem.
1. Because they will make you smile inanely whenever you wear them – see picture above. That should be reason enough. If not, I’ve scrabbled together four more…
2. A hint of sparkle instantly transforms your outfit. Pair a sequin tee with plain jeans and blazer to take you from work to play in an instant.
3. When it’s sunny, everything reflects off a sequin giving a kind of disco ball effect. And who doesn’t love a disco ball?!
4. I like to use mine as a tracking device so friends can always find me on a night out. “See that sparkling light in the distance, that’ll be our Jo”. No, I don’t know why my friends are now all northern.
5. I’ll type only three words. Strictly Come Dancing. 
I know they say less is more, but as far as I’m concerned, more is definitely more when it comes sequins.
Bling me up baby!

How do you wear yours?