Wednesday, 30 April 2014

Kate Moss x Topshop

I was planning to publish my April Favourites post today, but with the Kate Moss x Topshop collection landing in stores this morning, I just couldn't resist offering up my favourite pieces. I warn you there are many; who can really resist the allure of the eternally stylish Mossy? Here is what I would be buying if my student loan replenished itself daily.

Tassel feather print blouse, £75 | Long fringe tassel dress, £95 | Paisley print sundress, £65
Swing crochet camisole top, £48 | Paisley print chiffon scarf, £45 | Suede runner shorts, £75
Zip front cotton dobby sundress, £75 | Jewel bead overlay dress, £600 | One shoulder chiffon dress, £85

Beaded fringe tier dress, £250 | Satin playsuit, £75 | Beaded fringe jacket, £225

(All images have been take from and belong to Topshop)

So if anyone's feeling generous, you know what to do. What is your favourite piece from the collection?

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Thursday, 24 April 2014

Fashion Dupes

If you've ever read a beauty blog, you'll probably know what is meant by a dupe. For those who aren't quite sure, we're referring to usually a high street, copy-cat product that is cheaper than its high end predecessor, such the £4 MUA Undressed palette, which is a well known dupe for the first £38 Urban Decay Naked palette. However despite it being covered endlessly in magazines, something that I've noticed to be missing from the blogging world is the discussion of fashion dupes, so this is what I'm going to write about for you all today!

First up is this a plain white top with a sequin and laser-cut collar from Primark. Many of you will probably recognise this from a few months back as I was raving about it going so well with my pink Topshop jumper (see more here), but it only occurred to me when I had the idea for this post a few months ago how much it looks like the collars featured on almost every look in the Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2012 collection. Though this show was a while ago now, I am not one to throw something out just because it wasn't shown on catwalks this year; this collared top is so pretty and simple, and though it may not be S/S 2012 anymore, collars are certainly still in.

White collared top, Primark, £8

Next we have a far more recent Primark purchase, and one that I think is a dead ringer for one of last year's stunning Burberry Prorsum Spring/Summer 2014 pieces. Worn by Cara Delevingne with a matching skirt, this little number both embodies the sheer trend through its crocheted fabric as well as catering to the current pink renaissance we're seeing this spring. 

Crochet pink t-shirt, Primark, £8

Pair that with one of New Look's Burberry inspired midi skirts and you're in full Burberry duping business. There are several options to be had here; New Look have created a gorgeous dupe of the stunning bejewelled skirt worn by Malaika Firth, but also a less daring and slightly more wearable option in the form of plain geo lace pencil skirts in various pastel colours, almost identical to the ones seen repeatedly in the first half of the S/S collection.

Embellished pencil skirt, New Look, £29.99; Pastel geo lace skirt, New Look, £24.99

Lastly, this is more of a dupe that reminds me of a high end piece as opposed to being an exact high street equivalent. Nevertheless, I think anyone with an eye for fashion that had seen Poppy Delevingne in this stunning Emilio Pucci dress at the V&A's 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion' opening would certainly make the connection. Though a completely different shape, the print and colours on this H&M dress are strikingly similar to the Pucci gown, and that is certainly reason enough for me to get on board with it.

Floral skater dress, H&M, £7.99

(Some photographs have been taken from the internet and belong to their rightful owners)

I hope you've all liked this and do let me know if you'd like me to do more of these dupe posts in the future. It's not something that I'd seen much of on fashion blogs and I thought some of you high end dreamers like me might enjoy it! I hope you all had a lovely Easter break and be sure to check back in the next few days for my Best Dressed of April and Monthly Favourites posts!

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Saturday, 19 April 2014

Impromptu Fashion and Beauty Haul!

Dress, Topshop, £32; Eyelure individual lashes, Superdrug, £5.25; Vogue USA, WHSmiths, £5.95; Dove Summer Glow Medium to Dark, Superdrug, £2.48; Tanya Burr lipgloss in Afternoon Tea, Superdrug, £6.99; PS brow pencil, Primark, £1; PS mascara, Primark, £1

This is both a very spontaneous haul and a very spontaneous post! Upon discovering this morning that my uni bursary had landed in my account early, I immediately ran into town to pick up a few bits that I've been pining after for weeks. I am going to a dinner party for my best friend's 21st birthday this evening (April birthdays never stop) and decided that I simply had to buy a swanky new dress. Ten minutes in Topshop did the trick, and though this dress isn't something I would usually buy, I've recently decided that I need to wear more bodycon dresses whilst I still have the 20 year old body for it. I was also tempted to try some Primark make up having seen YouTuber Gabriella's review of their new beauty collection (watch here), as well as picking up a few bits from Superdrug, including another Tanya Burr lip gloss to add to my stash. The formula and colour of my first Tanya Burr gloss purchase 'Aurora' is just so divine, I knew I had to buy an everyday colour too. Lastly on my to-buy list was American Vogue's Kimye issue. Potentially the most controversial and talked about cover Vogue have ever released, I had to get my hands on it, so this is sure to make great train reading for my journey back to uni next week.

I hope you're all having a wonderful Easter weekend and hopefully you liked this unplanned haul post! Next week I'll be publishing a post that I've been planning for a few months now, so be sure to follow me on Bloglovin' so you don't miss it! 

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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

My Week in Instagram #2

After the excessive wordiness of my last post, I thought it was time for a pictorial catch up! I told you in the Inspiring Blog Award post that I'd been away in Brighton for just under a week, and though I didn't take enough photos for a full Brighton dedicated post (my digital camera has given up the ghost, sob) I did take a fair few Instagram snaps, so here they are!

Daffodils and breakfast | Tangible Treasures' face lift | Catching up with Kate in May Vogue
Essay writing in bed | Home cooked breakfast | The Glamour of Italian Fashion at the V&A
Me and my bestie | Sunny Brighton beach | Holly and I in Brighton
Messing around in Snooper's Paradise | Sunset over the garden in Balcombe | Home girls birthday reunion

As you can probably tell the first part of my week was largely spent in pyjamas, blogging, essay writing and taking solace in reading Vogue. Things got much more exciting when I went for a day of work experience at the V&A which you can read all about here, before I set off for Brighton for 5 days of birthday celebrations! I had an amazing night out at a club on the seafront for my best friend Holly's 21st, got to wander around the Lanes and try my first ever Gourmet Burger Kitchen (delicious), before going over to the Brighton countryside for another friend's birthday. The weather was absolutely amazing so we all played in the garden like little kids then had our first BBQ of the year. When I got back from my Brighton adventure I had just enough time to get dressed for another friend's 21st (nearly all of my friends are born in April, it is probably my most sociable month of the year!) and have a Prezzo's dinner with all of my home friends to celebrate. 

It's been a very fun and busy week, and getting back to power writing my essays is going to hurt a lot. What have you guys been up to recently? Remember if you liked this post be sure to follow me on Instagram @laurenjadepike for more frequent updates!

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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

The Inspiring Blog Award

Hello everyone!

First of all I want to apologise for not posting for nearly a week; it may not seem like a long time for some people but being away from blogger for 6 days has felt like a very long time. However I have been away to one of my favourite places for that time, so expect a Brighton-filled My Week in Instagram post soon!

I was recently nominated by the lovely Lauren Bayliss over at Lauren Amy Blogs for a Liebster Award, but as you'll know if you've followed me for a while I have been nominated for this award twice before (which you can read here and here). I was also nominated by one of my favourite bloggers Alex Ure of Allurescent for the Inspiring Blog Award, so I'm going to answer Lauren's Liebster questions and then follow the rest of the Inspiring Blog rules.

Link the person who nominated you
List the rules of the award
Share 7 facts about yourself for the IB award, 11 for the Liebster
Answer the 11 questions given to you by the Liebster nominator
Nominate 15 of your favourite blogs for the IB award, 11 for the Liebster (Liebster nominations must have under 200 followers)
Create your own set of 11 questions for Liebster nominees to answer
Link your nominees to your post

1. I used to be hideously messy, until last year. I think my Mum must have performed some kind of tidiness transplant in my sleep; I now cannot stand it if there's something on my floor or a book out of place.

2. I lived in Belgium from the age of 3-5 and went to a French school. I was completely fluent and used to refuse to speak English at home! Unfortunately I can barely string a line together anymore, something I will one day change!

3. I could watch The O.C. or listen to the soundtrack for hours on end. In fact I often do. 

4. I eat more chocolate than anyone else I know. It's very bad.

5. I lied about my favourite film in my first university film seminar. Everyone else had said foreign films or the ouvre of a director I hadn't heard of. I didn't think Mean Girls would go down so well.

6. I've had six jobs in the past five years. Ten if you include work experience. Lotta retail in there.

7. I've had a Vogue subscription for just short of six years, and recently stacked up all of the issues to make a four foot Vogue tower.

8. One of my lifelong goals is to contribute to an issue of Vogue.

9. I love to travel but am a major home bird. My home is my sanctuary and I need to recharge there and have some me-time after spending a long time out and about.

10. To say I've never studied it and know nothing about it, I am obsessed with architecture. Paris is one of my favourite places in the world purely for how beautiful the buildings are. Parisian corner shops put English skyscrapers to shame.

11. I want to go to New York just before Christmas more than anything ever. 

1. What is your favourite thing about blogging?
My favourite thing about blogging would probably be the ability to express my creativity through writing. At the end of my GCSEs I'd originally planned on going to another college for sixth form and carrying on with more artistic subjects (textiles, photography, art etc) before hopefully studying fashion at university. However I actually ended up staying at my school, taking less artistic subjects and now I'm in my final year of university where I've studied Film and Literature. Life story over, blogging is a perfect way for me to get back into my creative side, and also reminds me that writing doesn't just have to be for academic essays.

2. What inspired you to create a blog?
I didn't realise this until recently, but I've actually been blogging since 2007. I think I'd probably seen a fashion blog way back when I was 13 and decided that I wanted to do the same, which is a pretty similar reason as to why I got back into blogging in the last few years! 

3. Do you plan on blogging still in the future or is it more or a 'temporary' thing for you?
Absolutely. I really adore blogging and would like to think I'll be doing so for many years to come.

4. What is your favourite app?
Aside from the obvious (Twitter, Instagram, etc) it would have to be SHAREIGHT. I've dedicated a whole post to the app before now as it really is amazing and I am totally addicted to it! 

5. If you had to use just one beauty product for the rest of your life, what would it be?
Coconut oil! Look after your skin and the rest will look after itself.

6. What's your favourite 'non-beauty' product?
Again I would have to say coconut oil. Although it's been major in the blogosphere very recently, I started using it when I was in Thailand this time last year as a lot of Thai people use it as a natural suncream. It's also a winner for dry hair.

7. Whats your favourite item of clothing in your wardrobe?
I'm not sure that I could pin this down overall, but right now I am living in a thin knitted white jumper from H&M. It was only £7.99 and is just the most perfect spring basic, I've included it in my March Favourites so you can read more about it here!

8. What do you do in your free time?
Blog! Whether its writing my own posts or reading others, I spend the majority of my free time (and my procrastination time) reading blogs and watching YouTube videos. I also love wandering around towns in the daytime, shopping, going out for food and having cosy nights in with films and friends.

9. What is your current favourite social network?

10. What have you gained from blogging?
I definitely think I've gained writing experience. As I said earlier it is very nice not to solely write about academic things and to write about my passions instead. Also I feel like blogging has really made me see the beauty in things I used to take for granted. For example where I used to just wander around my local town or go to the beach without a thought for how stunning it is, now I take lots of photos in case I want to blog them, zooming in on beautiful details that I otherwise would probably glance over.

11. Who is your favourite YouTuber?
Tanya Burr! She was the first YouTuber I really got obsessed with and I always feel so uplifted and refreshed by her videos! I am also an avid watcher of Zoella, Beauty Crush, Lily Pebbles and Hello October; if you haven't watched any of these girls or read their blogs, I'd recommend you do so, stat.

Emily at Pretty Please
Melted Glitter at Melted Glitter
Anna at Style Skittle
Laura at Prolifiction
Sunna at The New Noir
Renee Reardin at Renee Reardin

I'm sorry it's not quite 15, these are the only blogs screaming out to me at the moment aside from ones with millions of followers already! As I said, I'm doing this post more as the Inspiring Blog Award rather than the Liebster so I won't be including my own set of questions, but if you are interested in answering any please leave me a comment on my previous Liebster post as I love chatting to you all!

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Wednesday, 9 April 2014

'The Glamour of Italian Fashion' Exhibition and The 'Ferragamo: Footwear, Fashion and Film' Event

As some of you may know if you've been reading my blog for a while, I've previously been lucky enough to get some work experience with the Victoria & Albert Museum. Last time I worked at an event organised by Fashion & Cinema called 'Audrey Hepburn: The Creation of a Style Icon'. All the speakers were fascinating and if you want to read more about the event, you can check out my post on it here.

This time Fashion & Cinema were hosting an event at the same time as the V&A's 'The Glamour of Italian Fashion' exhibition, with speakers discussing the life and legacy of Italian shoe designer Salvatore Ferragamo. The speakers (Dr Guiliana Peri of Royal Holloway University and Stefania Ricci, the director of the Ferragamo Museum in Florence) were so interesting, discussing not only Salvatore Ferragamo, but Italy's larger influence on the fashion world. I was lucky enough to just have to check attendees tickets and then I got to sit in on all of the talks! Ferragamo had an amazing life, making his first pair of shoes for his sister when he was just 9 years old, going on to make shoes for stars like Mary Pickford, Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, and not to mention inventing the wedge.

As well as getting to work at and go to the Ferragamo event, I was also generously given a complimentary ticket to the Italian Fashion exhibition! Though no one was allowed to take photos inside, I've included press pictures of the main pieces that wowed me as I went through the exhibition, and I honestly cannot recommend going to see it enough. Seeing couture up close was just unreal, and having studied Italian Neorealism I found the historical side of the culture really interesting.

The exhibition is a celebration of all things Italian fashion, displaying tailoring and the rise of ready-to-wear, Italy's relationship with Hollywood, iconic film costumes and finally, outstanding pieces that hit the catwalk a mere 12 months ago. I really can't explain the overwhelming feeling of sheer awe that I felt upon walking into the final room and seeing couture gowns; the detailing was so exquisite and such a pure expression of art. As well as the truly stunning dresses which honestly took my breath away, the V&A had also got hold of various pairs of shoes, bags and jewels; namely the insanely sparkly Bulgari jewels owned by Elizabeth Taylor. I am not really a major diamonds person, but these pieces even made a magpie out of me. 

Dolce & Gabbana Ready-To-Wear A/W 2013-14; Giambattista Valli Couture A/W 2013-14;
Versace Couture A/W 2013-14; Valentino Couture A/W 2013-14

Dolce & Gabbana ankle boots, 2000

Elizabeth Taylor's Bulgari Jewels

(Some photographs have been taken from the internet and belong to their rightful owners)

Have any of you been to the exhibition yet? As I said I really recommend it if you haven't been or are umming and ahhing over whether to go or not. It has all been put together beautifully and the pieces on display are amazing. The exhibition is on from April 5th until July 27th, and I just want to say a massive thank you to the V&A for having me once again! It is such an honour to have the chance to work there and to be a very small part of such a quintessentially British institution. I love you V&A!

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Sunday, 6 April 2014

Best Dressed: March 2014

And we all thought March was going to be a quiet month for fashion now that Awards season is over. How wrong we were. I suppose that's what happens when Chanel and Charles Finch host a pre-Oscars dinner and Karl Lagerfeld himself opens a store in London. Not to mention the fashion bonanza that occurs when Emma Watson goes on a press tour (see more here). It looks as though the sales of masculine tuxedos have gone through the roof since Angelina Jolie stunned everyone at the BAFTAs, whilst the sartorially equipped are rocking nothing but monochrome of late. Without further ado, here are my best dressed ladies of March!

Naomi Watts - Calvin Klein | Sara Sampaio | Suki Waterhouse and Cara Delevingne
Kate BeckinsaleJessica Alba at the NYLON X Hudson Jeans March Issue Release Launch Party at Herringbone in Los Angeles, California on March 10, 2014
Kate Beckinsale - Jenny Packham | Pixie Lott - Dolce & Gabbana | Jessica Alba - Cushnie et Ochs
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley - Chanel | Reese Witherspoon - Giambattista Valli | Crystal Renn - Chanel
Zoey Deutch - Osman | Rose Leslie - Antonio Berardi | Bella Thorne - Franziska
Nina Dobrev - Michael Kors | Jennifer Connelly - Giambattista Valli | Karen Elson
Lily Collins - Chanel | Sienna Miller - Chanel | Karlie Kloss
Avan Jogia and Zoey DeutchHilary Rhoda in Sandro.
Zoey Deutch | Hilary Rhoda - Sandro | Emma Watson - Osman
Miranda Kerr - Dolce & Gabbana | Emma Watson - Oscar de la Renta | Poppy Delevingne
Poppy Delevingne - Dolce & Gabbana | Shailene Woodley - Elie Saab | January Jones - Topshopselena gomez kids choice awards 2014 03Bella-Thorne-Kids-Choice-awards-2014-red-carpet
Jourdan Dunn | Selena Gomez - Dolce & Gabbana | Bella Thorne
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Keira Knightley - Chanel | Jaime King | Emma Watson - J. Mendel
Tanya Burr, Odeon Leicester Square
Tanya Burr - Burberry | Emma Stone - Valentino | Emma Watson - Ralph Lauren

(All photographs have been taken from the internet and belong to their rightful owners)

Who was your best dressed of the month? Let me know in the comments below!

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