Wednesday, 25 November 2015

Cable knits and flounce

I LOVE styling winter outfits. I feel like people think they can't be as creative in Winter as in Summer but it's not true- styling winter clothes is so much fun. I pretty much keep to the exact same style- just adapt it to the cold, and add really cute wintery touches. Such as cable knits! I absolutely love jumpers and sweaters, and it's one thing I really miss in the warm months and look forward to as it gets chillier. And I have a particular soft spot for cable knit- especially cream. It's a bit offensive how many cream cable knits I have, but this new one is a new favourite. I said to myself at the beginning of this Winter that I wanted to have a cute essence of sixties style, and I am just adoring these high neck short sleeve jumpers. Even without arms they are so warm and cosy, and look incredible stylish but still really cute. 

And now, this skirt is the actual new love of my LIFE. I have had it for about a month and already worn it to death. It is the most wearable skirt, that goes with absolutely everything. It was forty pounds from Zara, which is on the expensive side for a skirt, but when you feel the weight and quality of the material, you can excuse the price as it actually looks and feel much more expensive than that, especially with it's very "tailored" look. It is a woollen skater style, with amazingly defined wide pleats. I love a skirt to stick out but don't want to look like I'm wearing a tutu, and this skirt has the perfect amount of flounce. I saw this skirt a couple of months ago and didn't buy it, and I couldn't stop thinking about it. My motto is- if you can't stop thinking about it, buy it- and when I saw it on Up Close and Stylish's instagram I knew it had to be mine! (I love her.) 

I totally adore this jumper and skirt combination. It's effortlessly chic and completely wearable without a hint of laziness, and the perfect balance if like me, you don't want to completely succumb to the English Winter standard boring style, but still want to embrace the certain lovely elements of Winter fashion. I've paired the outfit with my Carvela pale blue cross body bag, and although this outfit would look just as good with a more Winter appropriate colour, I still love to add a pop of pastel just to stay true to my own light bright style! 

As always, you can shop the post below, excluding the Carvela as I think it must be out of stock, but I've found a beauuuuuut Michael Kors alternative (it's hard to find pale blue crossbodys in Winter!) and the Zara skirt which you can find by clicking here. I really hope you are enjoying my new content and I'm inspiring you to embrace Winter fashion :) 

Freds x



Tuesday, 24 November 2015

The cinderella dress

Me, Lucy and Lydia at the W Hotel after party

On Sunday night, I had the absolute honour of walking the red carpet at Joe Sugg and Caspar Lee's Hit The Road premiere. It was such a fun, magical night and so exciting for me as it was my first time on the red carpet. It's incredible how far youtube has come and I was so happy and proud to be part of it.

I've had a lot of tweets, and instagram/video comments asking about my dress and makeup on the night. I felt like an absolute princess in my dress so I really wanted to share it with you and write a blog post. My dress was a silver grey, open back, embroidered, floor length beauty from Chi Chi London. It was absolutely freezing but little did everyone know I was wearing woollen leggings underneath!  I adore the gorgeous open back, the stunning floral embroidery and the pretty semi sheer sleeves. I felt like a cross between Cinderella and Elsa, and it really is the perfect winter "dressy" dress. The glimpse of shoes you can see are some silver sparkly court shoes from New Look, which I chose because I find New Look shoes so comfortable and they have really decent heel heights- still high heels but not crazy sky high. 

My bag of choice was this absolutely gorgeous pale blue mini cross body bag by Carvela. It was the perfect colour to compliment the subtle icy blue tones in the dress, and also the perfect size, small enough to be a party bag, but still big enough to fit in my iPhone 6 plus and all the makeup I needed for touchups. Sadly I can't seem to find this online anymore which means it must be out of stock, but I've found a very similar Michael Kors one that I've linked at the bottom.

Speaking of makeup, I had an appointment booked at the Charlotte Tilbury counter in Selfridges to have my makeup done, but unfortunately as I had to wait for the dress to be delivered, I had to cancel the appointment. However, I was so happy with my makeup that I did myself, and it stayed on all night with not much need for touch ups apart from lipstick. 

For my base I used the YSL Touche Ã‰clat foundation, which gives the most beautiful dewy glow to the skin, but still has an amazing coverage. This is actually a press sample of the new  re-formulated product which is out early next year, and it's amazing as they've kept the dewiness but increased the coverage. I'm massively getting into strobing, and I'm obsessive about my highlighter. The highlighter I used is my current favourite- Benefit Watts Up. It honestly gives you the most stunning champagne glow. I topped this up with my Cinderella Coupe d'Chic iridescent powder for an extra bit of sparkle, and I also dusted this over my eyelids. Finally I used my YSL Rouge Volupte lipstick in the shade nude beige, which is actually much more pale pink that sounds, and this lipstick is one of my favourites as it has the most creamy, moisturising feel but stays put all night. And I don't even need to mention the packaging, you have eyes. 

And finally I doused myself in YSL's (I am not sponsored by the way, just developing a deep, deep love) Black Opium eau de toilette. This perfume is my new obsession. It is the perfect combination of fresh and sexy, and is incredibly sophisticated but still with a very youthful feel. It was the perfect fragrance for the night, and to match my outfit.

I wish I could re live the night- if not just to wear this magical dress again! You can find links to all the products just underneath. Thank you for all your tweets on the night, you made me so so happy and really boosted my confidence.

All my love,

Freddy x


Sunday, 22 November 2015

The perfect pink winter coat

It's a well known fact that my favourite colour is pink. In my mind you need a mental heath check if your favourite colour ISN'T pink, but that may be going too far. In shops my eyes are always drawn to the pink and pastel hues, and although I do love and appreciate dark colours in Winter (there's nothing more sexy and sophisticated than a head to toe black on black ensemble), I hate to see the pale, pastel colours filtering out as the weather gets darker and colder, because it absolutely doesn't need to happen. Pastels look amazing in the Winter! I love it when I'm walking through London amongst dreary crowds of people who look like they've stepped through a greyscale filter, and I see a pop of bright white or pale blue. It's so refreshing and they immediately stand out! And I always feel more special and princessy when I'm wearing light colours in Winter- I feel like a Christmas snow fairy or like I'm in St Petersburg going to the watch the Russian ballet perform The Nutcracker... Ok so I sometimes get a little carried away.

So, how to incorporate the magic colour into your Winter wardrobe. Well, obviously (in the UK at least), most of our time spent outside the house, and therefore spent out of pyjamas, is spent in a coat, so if you can find the perfect Winter coat, you can put it over absolutely anything and you will always look fabulous. I like to update my coats every year to always feel fresh and on trend, and I don't mind investing in nice ones either, as like I said, I spend so much time in them. And, every year, a pink coat becomes a winter staple, so naturally this year I was on the hunt for my perfect pink winter coat.

And I found it in this amazing Miss Selfridge beauty. The baby shade of pink is just perfect, and the soft white faux fur collar gives it that festive touch that I just love. It has a gorgeous wool feel, and is perfectly fitted, with the sleeves ending just before my wrist- which is probably down to me having long arms but I love it none the less- and the little pink buttons and fake pockets are perfect little details. Worn over black tights and Chelsea boots, this coat gives you that perfect, pretty, "put together" look, without really having made much effort at all. It's all in the coat! 

Priced at a modest £69, this coat is a real style steal. And if pink isn't exactly for you (are you okay???) they also make it in the prettiest pale blue, a gorgeous burgundy, AND if you absolutely must, a classic black. You can shop the coat below, or if this one wasn't for you but you still love the idea of a pink winter coat, I've included some others I love that I've found online for you to have a look at. 

Lots of love and pinkness as always,

Freds x


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