Author: Jessica

How to dress ‘Street-Style’

SANDAL WEATHER? Even in the depths of Winter, fashion girls can be spotted donning a pair of leather sandals they picked up in Santorini during their summer holidays. It’s a tough one to pull off and it’s mostly all about the dimensions. Your legs must be covered and because we’re talking A/W that pretty much leaves you with one option: long palazzo-style pants, only in black. It’s important you assure the rest of us that you have carefully calculated your sandals for the cold season and you haven’t just thrown on your summer flats in a moment of craziness and walked out the door in minus temperatures. A pedicure is evidently imperative. So is a pair of bold and black tinted sunnies; the only type of sunglasses allowed in Winter, plus they say ‘I’m wearing sunnies in Winter therefore it is sunny therefore I am somewhat allowed to wear my sandals without looking too cray cray’. Now you know. Shop the look at Mango : Leather Sandals, £24.99; Palazzo pants, £22.45; Cotton cropped jacket, £29.99; …

Break the mould: Black and Navy

Have you ever styled an outfit to perfection and then instantly gasped in horror when you realise you have mixed navy and black? If the answer is yes then have nothing to fear. Black and navy blue are perfectly acceptable companions when it comes to piecing together an outfit. Say so long to the mysterious myth surrounding this colour combo, if you haven’t already – your style cred will not diminish, in fact, it will prosper. A mixture of navy and black creates an imbalance of a classical nature. As seasons pass, navy becomes the new black and then black becomes the new navy but the savvy fashion-goers betray the golden rules and simply wear the two classics at the same time. Not ground breaking fashion, I know, however the result is something extraordinarily basic and shows that some style rules are made to be broken. When I think of black and navy, I think of a Celine girl – edgy minimalism and always chic. Styling this trend? Tanned legs, red lips, little accessories – …

The rise of Sneaker Culture: Have you joined the flat side yet?

Mrs Beckham likes her heels. Sources say she can’t wear flats and avoids the gym as she can’t get her head around the footwear. VB, it seems like the rest of the fashion community aren’t following in your vertiginous footsteps on this matter, even if you are the Queen of style. 2014 was the year of the trainer. Every self respecting fashionista was seen in them – whether they were on the front row or on the tube. It’s a story that started out with a young girl named Lily Allen. A pop star at a young age, her ‘thing’ was her unique style and her wacky character. Prom dresses teamed with a pair of Nike Air Max 90s quickly became her signature look, yet the fashion world didn’t seem to get it.  A few years later, it seems like they’ve cottoned on with a little help from the ever-growing sports luxe trend. With the likes of Stella McCartney introducing sportswear to their runway collections and designing for Adidas, as well as blogger royalty, such …

Of course, aspirational writers need role models – but not like The Independent columnist Chloe Hamilton

Two can play this game… Any self-confessed Blogger, Vlogger or Zoella fan will have most likely read Chloe Hamilton’s The Independent column on beauty vlogger, Zoe Sugg. Known to the Youtube world as Zoella, a name that Chloe says is ‘irritatingly Disney-fied’ yet how ironic that as I read this a Disneyland ad banner frames her own words. Zoe has over six million subscribers and her online success has quickly catapulted her from Wiltshire-born beauty blogger to the Vlogosphere’s biggest Superstar. Unfortunately, with fame comes criticism, something I’m sure Zoe, to some extent, will be struggling with as she surfs the proverbial wave she is currently riding. So, when I saw a link to Hamilton’s article on my Twitter feed last night, it took me a while to click on it. Why? Because I knew I was giving in to the idea of media outlets cashing in by attacking trending figures of the moment. Even though I gave The Independent one view, I feel my lasting and final opinion after reading Hamilton’s one-sided vendetta against Zoella overshadows …

Harvey Nichols Leeds: Kristina Blahnik Q&A

On the evening of 7th October, Harvey Nichols Leeds invited me to a Q&A event with Kristina Blahnik, Manolo Blahnik‘s lefthand woman when it comes to his family-run shoe empire who is also, incidentally, his niece. Here’s my story of the intriguing and fascinating stories she told us… Leaning against the structure of the water fountain in the central hub of the Victoria Quarter in Leeds after a day at work, I browsed my Instagram and checked my emails before entering Harvey Nichols to attend the Manolo event. As I anticipated the occasion, I thought about what Manolo Blahnik meant to me. The first image that sprung to mind was a youthful Carrie Bradshaw pounding a New York sidewalk in a pair of Manolo Mary Janes followed by a scene from Sex and the City where Carrie exclaims ‘Manolo Blahnik Mary Janes! I thought these were an urban shoe myth!’. For Manolo Blahnik, Carrie was the turning point for the designer’s commerciality, something he never pushed for, however after Candace Bushnell wrote his shoes into the book out of pure …

Harvey Nichols AW14 Fashion Show

Last night, Harvey Nichols Leeds showcased the best of their AW14 designer collections in a runway show which had the longest catwalk I have ever seen! With the grandeur of the Victoria Quarter’s architecture as the setting and an audience of fashion savvy people, the show proved once again that Leeds do have the fashion factor! I cannot commend Harvey Nichols Leeds enough on the creativity and innovation expressed within the show and really wish other retailers and companies would follow in their footsteps to give Leeds a mark on the style map. Harvey Nichols will always lie at the central point of Leeds’ fashion hubbub. From Burberry to Balenciaga, they stock the best of worldwide fashion. I vlogged the event and you can watch it below followed by some recaps of the style showcased on the night. The trends for this season’s HN fashion show were particularly youthful and current.The expert industry stylists at Harvey Nichols Leeds really excelled this season in marking their luxury fashion territory in the city and you could tell …

Part III – Santorini

After a hectic time in Mykonos it felt so good to hop over to Santorini to a hotel room right next to a pool with air con – luxury after two nights sweating to death in a non AC box room in Mykonos! We stayed in the area of Perissa, quiet and understated with the best beaches we’d been to so far. We spent the majority of our time in Santorini exploring the island – one day we literally quad biked all the way around it! Oia, at the North of the island, is just as beautiful as it looks. The view overlooking the Caldera is so amazing. We also visited the Red beach and found a few other niche beaches down little dirt tracks. Our quad bike was pretty knackered as we got it cheap so on one occasion I did have to jump off and push us up a hill! If you want to explore and go on interesting excursions then Santorini is the Greek island for you. We went on a boat …