Thursday, 20 November 2014

New Year's Eve - party outfit idea

new years eve outfit
Bag - Parcel and Journey* | Shoes - Primark*

Is it too early to plan your Christmas and New Year's Eve party looks? Evidently not! Admittedly when I was asked to choose and style a NYE party outfit for ASOS Fashion Finder I was a little alarmed (and filled with terror and despair at the thought of yet another year passing by, and the fact that this NYE post is preceding any Christmas posts), but then I cheered up and got excited about all the glitter. A little superficial perhaps, but glitter > being sad! You can check out my feature on ASOS Fashion Finder here.

For my NYE outfit, I wanted a bit of sparkle without going for the more predictable sequins. This tinsel skirt is more subtle and super cute! If you did want more of a full on look there's a matching top so you can wear the fabric as a co-ord, instead I went for a really beautiful and simple nude silky cami which I think looks way more expensive than the £20 it costs. The more indulgent and glamorous part of my outfit comes in the form of this fabulous and super soft cream faux fur coat. Not exactly club wear, but as many New Year parties involve periods of time standing outside watching fireworks, some party appropriate outerwear is essential for me. 

Accessories-wise, I didn't wear any jewellery (although a few simple silver pendants would be nice) but did wear the sweetest glittery shoes from Primark, and very striking and edgy statement envelope clutch from Parcel & Journey. My lipstick is Limecrime's Velvetine in 'Wicked', just FYI! Thoughts? Have you planned your NYE outfit yet, and does this help?

new years eve outfit
new years eve outfit
new years eve outfit
new years eve outfit

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Monday, 17 November 2014

Burgundy and Black

60s burgundy dress

Another early sunset, another set of dark and not-that-great photos - sigh. I think you get the general idea, though! I went super 60s again with this outfit - it is really getting to the point where I could well be going to a themed fancy dress party, but I think I'm ok with that. With my favourite ASOS thigh high boots (still awaiting a restock, but there's a similar pair here), I wore a new burgundy shift dress from Glamorous which is super cute (and needs ironing, sorry about that) and long-serving black American Apparel roll neck top. I'm also wearing my go-to coat at the moment, which you'll have seen if you follow me on Instagram - a faux shearling number which is very similar to one I saw in Zara recently, and only £23! Finally, the only accessory I'm wearing is a beautiful Daniel Wellington watch with a brown leather strap and silver hardware - I love this combo and how it works with the large, clean white face of the watch. You can get 15% off Daniel Wellington with my code 'hannahlouisef' too! Thoughts?

60s burgundy dress
60s burgundy dress
daniel wellington watch

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Saturday, 15 November 2014

Winter Basics Wishlist // £100 ASOS Giveaway!

Who doesn't constantly have an ASOS wishlist?! Here's what I'm lusting over at the moment, and better still you can make this (or your own wishlist) a reality by winning one of two £100 ASOS vouchers I'm giving away! There's also 20% off for students right now, so get shopping.

slouch bag - £28

Remember the ASOS Colour Control video I posted about earlier this week? Check out that post here, if you missed it. All you have to do to enter is watch that video (you can watch it here too), tell me what your favourite piece from it is with a comment on this post, and fill out the rest of the form below. Good luck!

*unfortunately this giveaway is open to UK readers only*

Friday, 14 November 2014

We Are Cow Vintage - My Blogger's Choice Feature (PT 2!)

You might remember seeing this post last month all about my fun photoshoot at We Are Cow's lovely new Manchester store - here's part 2! All items that are still available on the website are linked, and I've suggested similar things wherever possible too. 

Read my Blogger's Choice interview here, and let me know which look is your fave :-)


Potentially my favourite from this selection, is this winter-boho-y combination of leather, faux fur and a paisley printed skirt. I think I'd definitely have taken this skirt with me if it had fitted (it's pinned here!), it's a great example of a pretty print that is also wearable in colder weather. 

Jumper - We Are Cow (similar) | Trousers - We Are Cow | Boots - Missguided* (my own)

This look is the more casual from this set - I really love these trousers and they're super similar to a pair of Topshop Boutique silk joggers from a few years ago which I still very much covet. Plus, you can't go wrong with an oversized checked knit.

T-shirt - We Are Cow (similar) | Trousers - We Are Cow, £16 | Boots - Missguided* (my own)

For my final look, I found a pile of these super patriotic USA related t-shirts and decided to really go all out with the theme. These incredible red/orange suede trousers were the perfect match, frankly I can't believe they're still in stock because they're just SO COOL (and if they'd been a better fit on me I'd totally have them). Throw on a giant stars & stripes flag, and voila. 

Check out a little video and loads more photos after the page break, or back to Part 1 of this series here.

Photos and video by Richard Manning.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

60s Shift

60s shift dress

This outfit is very much inspired by something I saw Millie Mackintosh wearing at the launch of her own clothing collection at the Manchester House of Fraser (see below!). My own outfit is slightly more budget friendly, so all the better for your bank balance. 

Millie's dress was from her own collection (shop here!), whereas my dress is from Blue Vanilla - I love the print and the cut, and it works so well over a crisp white shirt (mine is from SheInside, and is a great piece in itself as it's a lovely long, slim fit). I threw on a pink fluffy teddy coat over the top - this one is from LilyLulu, whom I recently put together an edit for which you can shop here and get 20% off with my code HLF20!. I'm also wearing those ASOS boots - coveted by pretty much everyone I follow on Instagram, but who can blame us really? They're thigh high and fit far more snugly than any other similar boots I've seen, and they're a fairly reasonable £50 (as opposed to the gorgeous but very pricey Russell & Bromley pair that Millie wore). The ASOS pair is currently sold out but fingers crossed for a restock - if you can't wait, these or these are a nice alternative. 

It's rather fitting that my outfit is Millie inspired, because I'm also wearing some of her latest jewellery collection for Dorothy Perkins. The whole collection is really nice and reasonably priced, but as I generally prefer silver over gold I went for the matching pink and purple necklace, bracelet, and earrings. A perfect match for the pinks and purples of my dress! Have you picked up anything from the collection? 

I wore this outfit for lunch with the wonderful Victoria (whose blog I'm sure you already read, but if you don't you certainly should!) who kindly took these photos. 

millie mackintosh dorothy perkins jewellery
millie mackintosh dorothy perkins jewellery
teddy coat

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Monday, 10 November 2014

ASOS - Colour Control

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I have just spent at least 15 minutes playing around with the subject matter of this post - i.e. this super inventive Colour Control video from ASOS (featuring girl band JUCE)! Trying flicking between all five colours as the song plays, how fun!

The tonality used throughout the video is really cool and basing an outfit around one colour is one of my favourite ways to dress. I quite like them all five colours, but careful consideration I think that my favourite version is the blue one. How amazing is the flares and sweatshirt combo from the second scene, and this mix and match patchwork denim jacket from the edit? Let me know which is your favourite colour! 

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This post is in association with ASOS