Guest Post: Zoe Williams – Spring Essentials

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I was recently contacted by Zoe Williams who wanted to write a guest post for Jones Loves… It’s always nice to get to know fellow bloggers and I was more than happy to feature her work.  Here are Zoe’s top spring essentials for your wardrobe, where you’ve got cash to splash or you’re shopping on a budget for the coming season…

Zoe Williams

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Spring is that time of year when last year’s wardrobe starts to look a little sad and dated, and it feels sartorially wrong to carry on in winter darks. Fashion choices for spring include bright colours to dispel the winter gloom and soft, cuddlesome knits to ward off the lingering chill breezes.

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1.     Pastel-Coloured Jeans

Pastel jeans are the spring must-haves. In soft peach shades or gentle pistachio greens, pastel colours look great when they’re teamed with striped tops and natural-fabric bags. Add flat shoes and you’re ready to welcome some bright spring sunshine into your life.

L-R: MOTO Leigh Supersoft Jeans £38 and Maison Scotch ‘La Parisiene’ Skinny Jean £105

Layer them with romantic, floaty tops or team them up with the season’s brightly coloured blazer jackets and you’ve got a perfect daytime outfit. For evenings, pastel-coloured jeans make a great change from the normal black. Stand out from the crowd by adding a pair of heels and a glitzy top.

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2.     Cropped Trousers

Perfect for unsettled spring weather, cropped trousers make the perfect transition from summer to winter.

L-R: ASOS Cropped Trousers in Floral Print - £40 and Chloe cropped silk crepe de chine pants - £535

From bold blues to racy reds, wear your crops with high heels for a dash of evening glamour, or with low canvas or leather flats for daytime casual wear. Natural-coloured shoes worn with cropped trousers will add an apparent inch or two to your legs, while bright shoes will make a statement that can’t be missed.

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3.     Soft-Knit Jumpers

You don’t need to look old if you favour knitwear in spring. Soft pastels and neutrals or stripes and bold colours can have an impact. Look for soft, open knits and wear them with toned-down or muted accessories.

L-R: Zara TRF Cable Stitch Jumper £17 and BA&SH Lace Up Back Cotton Jumper £135

The softer knits of the season are perfect for layering over T-shirts or light blouses, making for a versatile, functional as well as fashionable addition to the spring wardrobe

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4.     Bright Blazers

In pinks, oranges or bright lemon yellows, the blazer welcomes spring in a riot of bright colours. Wear it any way you like – over colourful dresses, as part of a colour-block outfit or simply to contrast with dark-coloured skirts and tops.

L-R: MinkPink blazer £69 and 3.1 Philip Lim Silk-Satin Crepe Blazer - £600

For a night out on the town, a boldly coloured blazer will add to the glamour with a look that’s super chic and fun.

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5.     Pencil Skirts

The pencil skirt is a flattering favourite of many women and continues to be fashionable this spring. In bright colours or with contrasting border hems, the pencil skirt hugs the hips for a flattering silhouette.

L-R: ASOS Pencil Skirt with Split Front £35 and Jil Sander Cotton-Crepe Pencil Skirt £350

Choose long and lean with a pencil skirt that falls below the knee, or go short and sassy with a pencil mini. Wear it your own way, knowing you’re on trend with the latest spring colours and shapes.

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6.     Stripes

Look out for stripes appearing everywhere this spring. From flat casual shoes to soft, oversized handbags women are falling in love with stripes. Expect the unexpected with stripes in unusual colour mixes and combinations.

L-R: Topshop MOTO High Waist Stripe Shorts £32 and Net-a-Porter By Malene Birger Striped Cotton Tunic £100

Choose matching colour stripes in wide, symmetrical bands of colour, or go one step further with mixes of vertical and horizontal. This spring, anything goes when it comes to stripes, as long as you’ve got them somewhere.

You can check out the retailers featured here:

TopshopASOS, Net-a-Porter, Zara, Zalando

You can follow Zoe on Twitter @bloggingstyle

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Stars in my Eyes

Shimmer

Shimmer Twins are the latest sensation in fake eyelashes.  Fake lashes no longer have to be boring and black.  These are the new must-have accessory when dressing to impress this party season.

Shimmer Twins Lashes £15

Holly Silius is the creator behind this new label, and she should certainly be congratulated for providing us party girls with a bit of sparkle this party season.  I was sent the gold star lashes by Holly to try out, and i wasn’t disappointed.  Tis the season to get glammed up after all, and these star lashes are just perfect to glam up your face for the New Year and turn your eyes into works of art.  That LBD will no longer be lost in the crowd, add these to your ensemble and everyone will want to give you that NYE peck.

Jaime Wintsone was recently pictured wearing the heart cluster lashes in i-D Magazine… take a look here.

Now I don’t really have the same look as Jaime but I tried my best…  I added glue, as you would to normal false lashes and applied the lashes to my eyes, once I had already applied eye liner.  I thought that all I’d see would be gold stars, disturbing my normal view but to be honest they were absolutely fine and didn’t bother me in the slightest.  They look fabulous when my eyes are closed, as well as open.  Think I’ll be leaving these on to go to bed, well, you never know who might see.

 

ASOS now stock Shimmer Twins, and Urban Outfitters will soon be stocking them too.  They’re priced at £15 a set.  Please bear in mind that glue is not included in the pack but the Duo glue from MAC is recommended.  There are 5 designs – stars (gold and silver), hearts (purple and red) or black lashes of varying lengths.

Available on ASOS

Holly can also make bespoke lashes, applying letters to the design.  Now these are pretty special, and would make the perfect gift! Check out the Shimmer Twins blog here, where you can see the other designs.

Also, you might want to follow Shimmer Twins on Twitter to hear their latest news.

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I really want a Vespa… and a Louis Vuitton helmet

19.07.11

So having spent the last 3 months in India, some of which was spent on the back of various motorbikes, riding through the Himalayan hills and Goan lanes with the wind in my hair (and holding on to my boyfriend for dear life), I have now decided that I would very much like a (smaller, more ladylike) bike of my own.

The motorbikes we hired whilst away were far too big for me to operate, so I’d quite happily settle for a very stylish compromise, and I’ve decided I’d like this to be a Vespa – either in a baby green or cream.  Oozing character and vintage style, these little beauties would make a little roam about town so much fun!

Now I keep forgetting that here in Britain, the weather isn’t the best, what with sub-zero temperatures in winter, as well as snow and ice, along with miserable grey rainy days in ‘summer.’  So I think the best place to own one of these would be Milan or Paris

Ahhh, I can just imagine it now – wind in my hair, scooting in and out of traffic jams, whilst stopping off on the way to the Chanel store for a macchiato coffee…

And what better to compliment my new Vespa, than a Louis Vuitton helmet?

So moving forward a year, to summer 2012, and we can see by Louis Vuitton’s Resort collection that the Mod trend (tipped to be big for late SS11 and AW11) will also continue through to SS12.  Shift mini dresses, box jackets, coloured capri pants and loafers are in as fashion jumps back a decade from the 70’s to the 60’s.

These helmets are amazing!

Louis Vuitton Resort SS12 Collection

If you fancy speeding ahead of everyone in the style game, then I would personally invest in a few mod pieces now.  Make your wardrobe go that extra mile.  *Sorry, I couldn’t resist!*  As we know, colour-blocking will play a major part in our wardrobes for SS11 and AW11, so coloured Mod-inspired garms are a great way to pave the way for this bold fashion trend, and bikinis like these below, may look good but let’s face it – it would be slightly nippy in places.

Here I’ve pulled a selection of pieces from leading stores, ASOS and Topshop, to show you how you can work this into your wardrobe right away.  Get the mod look, then start saving your pennies (approximately 150,000 of them) as well as just a few extra for the hottest accessories of next year – the Vespa and a Louis Vuitton helmet.

                                         ASOS: Blue Shirt Dress £40                           ASOS: Marcus Lupfer Dress £525

Topshop: Top £16, Boots £36 and Capri Jeans £38 

 

And as I was writing this, Whistles posted a sneak preview on Twitter of what is due in-store… MODtastic.

And lastly i’ll leave you with a photo of the late great 60’s style icon, Edie Sedgwick… beautiful.

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The Perfect LBD… for Miss Koumi of H E A R T S

14.07.11

When Miss Stavrini Koumi, the female half of duo, H E A R T S, requested my help to find her the perfect black dress for their debut gig on 24th August at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, B14, well, I jumped at the chance.  I love sourcing the perfect item/outfit for those who request my help and when it comes to the perfect black dress, this is something all of the female population are constantly on the hunt for…

Taking into consideration the need for maximum impact on stage, Stavrini’s personal image and her specific requests – no shoulder pads or A-Line options, I chose the dresses pictured below.  Now the likely suspects; Topshop, Reiss and H&M just didn’t make the cut.  My selection of five favourites were sourced from three retailers – ASOS, American Apparel and Spanish Moss, all of which ship to the UK.

I think the options below hopefully reflect the dark, but hauntingly beautiful voice of Miss Koumi, combined with the quirky edge of the ‘trip-rock garage-pop‘ beats and cool keyboard sounds…  Nick, the second half of duo H E A R T S, will be sure to let the lady take centre stage in the style stakes.

I’ve added a little taster of what you can expect to hear at their first gig, and if you need any more of a reason to attend then NYC based Indie band, Cults, and Londoners, Fanzine will be performing too… a treat for the ears if ever there was one.

Just click on Stavrini to hear what’s in-store…


So which one would you choose?…


 ASOS £35

I think the sleeves would work really well – shown off holding onto the microphone.

  ASOS £30

Although this is more of a ‘sluttier’ option (apologies to those who have this dress already and are offended by this comment), I think it would look great on stage, the shoulder detail would show beautifully under the spot lights, and look equally as good with chunky heels or flat grungy boots.

 American Apparel $40

A turtleneck dress has a very 90’s influence, but I believe this is the way fashion is headed.  Team with ripped tights and chunky shoe boots.  Perfect stage-stealing attire.

Spanish Moss $159

From my favourite online store… the sheer cut out detail will look simply stunning on Stavrini’s fine figure.

 Spanish Moss $78

Now, the brief was to source the perfect black dress, not in fact, a black skirt.  However, teamed with a black body, the lights on stage will make this shimmer through and through.  Perfect to swish around the stage in.

But the question is, which one will Stavrini choose – will she opt for any of these at all?  Well, you’ll just have to be at the Hare & Hounds on 24th August to find out…  See you there.

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The Seattle Sound: 1990’s Grunge Fashion

30.03.11

Massively influenced by music genre, and decades past, the fashion industry is heavily immersed in the seventies at the moment.

I for one, have always been a huge fan of the seventies, as you can probably tell from previous posts.  I have never, however, been overly fond of 90’s fashion.  Over-sized boxy jackets spring to mind (think Ross off Friends), combat trousers and hideous Spice Girl platforms.  All decades have their unforgivable mistakes, so I can let the 90’s off because of their influences in the early years of the decade reigning all the way from the US of A.

Now, I wear black, A LOT, and I do like to think that one day I can live like a bohemian or a hippie (I doubt this will ever happen) but by combining the two, I have come to the realisation that I have found my happy fashion place.  Grunge – along with a sprinkling of floaty Boho and  sharp edginess (Balmain style).

Before early 90’s grunge evolved into a much more commercial parent-friendly Britpop, teenagers were rocking out to the likes of Pearl Jam and Nirvana, firstly in Seattle (hence known as the Seattle sound) before moving across the water to Britain.

Above: Images of Seattle, USA

I love the unkempt, just got out-of-bed look – much to the dismay of my Mother.  Being 26, I feel as though I am now developing a mid-twenties crisis and should try and dress my age.

‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’ – perhaps I should take note of this song title.

The rebellious kids of Generation X rocked out all their teenage angst in plaid shirts, biker boots, torn skinny jeans, band t-shirts, all-black outfits, stonewash Levi’s and thrifted garms.  I like all of the aforementioned clobber, but I do like to sex it up a little with some sky high platform boots.  In black of course.

Kate Moss, Johnny Depp, the late Kurt Cobain, Courtney Love and Drew Barrymore all channelled the look perfectly, and all remain style icons to this day, dead and alive.

Modern day fashionistas look to the likes of the Olsens and Alice Dellal for understated boho grunge fashion.

I think it can take years to find your personal style, at least one which you’re totally comfortable with – and one that suits.  It’s just a shame, mine is one which I could’ve done with finding a fair few years ago.  Now I look like I’m having a mid twenties crisis.

I reckon 90’s grunge will definitely be next on the cards in terms of fashion trends. You only have to look at Yohji Yamamoto AW11 (below) and you can see this trend skulking onto the runway in all it’s truly dark glorious form…

GET THE LOOK

Below are a few selective picks from Topshop, ASOS, Accessorize and All Saints to show how you too can achieve the look, so you can rock out in style…

And finish off with a messy top knot… voila!

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All images sourced from Google Images.

Off the Cuff

08.02.11

So a lovely friend of mine asked where she could get a thick cuff style bracelet from to give as a gift.  I didn’t just find one, I found quite a few.  They are so beautiful that I decided that it was only fair to divulge my findings with you all…

My favourite has to be the blue stone cuff – a.m.a.ZING


£155 Coggles.com (House of Harlow)

 

£12 ASOS

£156 Julesb.co.uk


 

£68 ASOS (Luc Kieffer)

£480 Net-a-Porter (Phillipe Audibert)

£1,075 Net-a-Porter (Aurelie Bidermann)


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Miss Buckley

03.02.11

TheOnes2Watch is an online magazine which celebrates all things creative and beautiful – a magazine which showcases stunning original photography.  This recent editorial for the January 2011 issue features the beautiful model, Beata S.

Within a time in fashion when ‘Mad Men’ has influenced many a wardrobe, this retro photo shoot takes us back to a by-gone era where cigarettes greeted lips, heavy black eyeliner smudged our eyes and the light remained ever blissfully hazy – just like one long photoshoot (this is how I imagine life would be… hmmm…).

A great culmination of vintage-esq photography and elements of modern day fashion – I like a LOT.

The following few items below will help achieve the look – but I wouldn’t recommend lighting your cigarette off the hob – singed hair doesn’t smell so great.  

I shall definitely be buying into the sheer maxi skirt trend – as well as some rather large round spectacles…

Amelie Boutique £135

ASOS £12


MAC

 

Miss Buckley Shoot – Photography from TheOnes2Watch

 

Photography by Alice Rosati

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A little snippet of the things I love…

So I thought I’d put my beauty of a new camera to good use and take a few personal shots.  Ideally I’d like to get out there and start photographing stylish outfits and fashion-forward guys and gals but for now, whilst its miserable outside, I’ll stick to a few personal possessions within arms reach that I do particularly love…

There’s the mini tan leather rucksack that I bought for £12 in the Custard Factory Vintage Market.  It was love at first sight.

My sturdy biker boots – a bargainous £30 from H&M.  Now these I couldn’t live without.  Whether its dare-to-bare legs and denim cut offs or 80 denier opaques and a floral mini dress, these have walked a fair few miles.

A gorgeous delicate cream lace top looks b.e.a.utiful when paired with denim skinnys and heels. This was a little vintage-esq gem from Topshop, which, when not worn, decorates my wardrobe door so I can look at it’s prettiness all the while.

Ahh Vivienne.  No reason needed – a prized possession, and a very special present from Selfridges from the man in my life.

2 x vintage books from a charity shop (complete with romantic notes to loved ones inside the cover circa 1938), a romantic note pour moi, an ASOS angel wing ring, my favourite perfume – Ralph Lauren Romance – a present from 2 very special friends, my beloved Diana camera and a pot of divinely smelling Coco Chanel body lotion

Now these boots are HOT. Huge wooden platform heel, cut just above the ankle and made in suede – I wear these Urban Outfitters boots with sheer tights and a black American Apparel bodycon dress.  They’re my favourite foot attire.

And the cutest cat to roam Kings Heath.  Mabel. ❤

Look who’s lurking… I no longer buy Vogue‘s but to have them by my bedside is nice.  I think Mabel wants a read…

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