Saturday, 26 July 2014

Life Update: SHAREIGHT Profile, Moving Home and Graduation

I've noticed recently that I haven't been posting quite as frequently as I'd like, and there is an explanation. Rather than write a few small, fragmented lifestyle posts, I thought I'd lump all of the latest things that have happened into one big update!

Back in March, I wrote a post on my favourite fashion app, SHAREIGHT. If you aren't familiar with the app, I'd suggest popping over to that post for a little bit of 'what is it?' context. In May I went up to London to meet the team in their swanky office, see the new design which is launching in September (get excited people), and be asked a few questions about my own blog and personal style taste. We spoke about my blog content, favourite designers and style icons, where I like to shop and what I would splurge on if money was no object. To read the full interview and see the Eight in detail, click here!

(Top - Primark, £4; Necklace - Primark, £4; Nail varnish in 873 Breakfast in Bed - Rita Ora for Rimmel, £3.69)

In terms of the slight decrease in posts in the last month or two, that is because I have just finished university, moved back home, started full time work and graduated! It's been rather busy. I'm working full-time in the fragrance department of a large department store and have graduated from the University of Warwick with a 2:1 in Film and Literature. My graduation day was actually a lot more hectic than I had anticipated, but we drove home through the Cotswolds and found a beautiful traditional English pub which remedied all the stresses of the day. For anyone in Stow-on-the-Wold or anywhere nearby, do take a trip to The White Hart. It had a perfectly relaxed atmosphere and the food was divine! We also had lovely service from a young waiter who gave me a free glass of champagne as a congratulations for graduating. #babe

(Floral dress - Miss Selfridge, £35; Barely there heels - Zara, £29.99; Bracelet - Pandora, Nail varnish in Penguin Chic - Tanya Burr Cosmetics, £4.99)

My grand plan is to go into fashion journalism, but for now I just need to be at home and earn some cash whilst doing something I enjoy. Working on the cosmetics floor of a store is a bit of a dream for me, and I am currently planning a favourite fragrances post for you all. Now that I'm settling into more of a routine I plan to be blogging much more regularly again, and I'm sorry for the minor dry spell! I hope you've all enjoyed this little peek into my last month or so, and I'll leave you with the rite of passage mortarboard shot. Thank you to the lovely Warwick film department, and thank you to all of you for reading!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The 'If Money Was No Object' Birthday Wishlist

Every now and then it's good to have a superficial dream over all things fashion and beauty. For me, these dreams occur on a very regular basis, particularly now that I work full time on the cosmetics floor of a department store, where temptation is all around! (High-end lunch break haul coming soon.) As it's my birthday at the beginning of August, I thought I'd compile all of the things I've been hankering after in a neat little Polyvore set. From a pair of men's Ted Baker sunglasses, to Lush gift sets and a sprinkling of high-end beauty, here is everything that I secretly dream of waking up to on my 21st birthday.

'If Money Was No Object' Birthday Wishlist

What is on your 'If Money Was No Object' wishlist at the moment? Let me know in the comments below!

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Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Paris Haute Couture Week #2: Chanel, Giorgio Armani Prive, Elie Saab | Autumn/Winter 2014-15

The expected but never underwhelming army of boucle-clad supermodels stalked down the runway for Chanel couture, ditching the trainers of last season for more favourable (though potentially less practical, this is A/W) bow-topped sandals. Unlike something we have seen in Chanel in recent years, there are a few more sparkling looks in this collection that I think borrow slightly from Dolce & Gabbana, primarily the silver and gold embellished looks in the penultimate row of pictures. As confirmation of this year's Spring/Summer trends, Karl Lagerfeld has commanded us not to throw out our full skirts yet; we are not reverting back to body-con bottoms anytime soon. The references to 18th Century royal dress make another appearance in Couture Week, this time through the embroidered dress coats in the final looks in the collection. Finally, in all of the fusion of modernity and tradition, Chanel have paired conventional fabrics and silhouettes with less than conventional androgynous hair, throwing off any notions of expectation with a creative twist; the signature spark of the ever-unpredictable Karl Lagerfeld.

The chicest of things come in red, white or black. Giorgio Armani Prive used all three. With silhouettes that I tend to think of as more French than Italian, the collection saw beautiful capes, cropped sleeve princess coats and short yet absolutely demure hemlines. Wide set turtle necks graced both the Prive and the Chanel couture collections this week, it seems that the plunging necklines of this summer may finally be set to leave us for more weather suitable looks; I sigh in relief on behalf of the whole United Kingdom. Simplistic and sophisticated ankle strap heels, the strict colour scheme and sleek up-dos make for a simple formula for Armani chic this season, and one that I can't wait to emulate in the cooler months ahead.

If you've been reading for a while, you'll be able to guess where Elie Saab sits on my couture admiration scale. I'll give you a clue: the top. Elie Saab has never put a foot wrong in any of his collections, yet in my opinion it is in couture that he truly excels. The Lebanese designer knows his way around excessive embellishment and a fairytale silhouette more than any other designer in the industry, and every look in the collection denotes princess perfection. Both the watercolour detailing and the ombre colours of the gowns were seen in Saab's Spring/Summer couture collection, adding fur this time for a little more wintry drama. Despite sticking to a set criteria in his gowns (beading, shoulder gracing necklines, a focus on the small feminine waist), each look has me seeing Elie Saab's work anew; no two gowns are the same and yet each one throughout years of collections evokes the same sense of other-worldly royalty. Elie, I'll love you forever.

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That is it for Paris Haute Couture Week this season! I hope you've enjoyed my round up of my favourite shows and if you came to this post first do head over to Part 1 to read my thoughts on Versace, Dior and Giambattista Valli. Also I'm sorry this post went up a few days later than planned, I had my graduation ceremony this week which I'm thinking of writing a post on; let me know if that's something you'd like to see in the comments below and in the meantime you can see a few select snaps on my Instagram @laurenjadepike.

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