Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Lola | McArthurGlen Accessories Challenge

Following on from our previous post, as you know, Fikki and I were with asked by McarthurGlen to shop for two accessories under £250. The challenge was to style these items into 5 different looks for the SS15. to highlight how versatile items can be and how they can transform a look. 

Patent Loafers/Mulberry* - £90 (RRP £675)
Shopper Tote/Michael Kors* - £160 (RRP £200 +)

I know I can be quite a fussy shopper. It takes me quite a while to find what I want, especially when it comes to shoes. I love Kurt Geiger and I really did have my heart set on getting a nice pair of heels from there. I walked up and down the entire outlet with Fikki in tow and could not find anything that fit my style. However, at the last minute, I ended up getting these beautiful Mulberry heels for £90, it's RRP being about £675. Such a huge bargain and the exact cost of some high street heels. They are definitely my exact type of heel - block, mega platform, give it to me. A perfect addition to my wardrobe this season.

My second item was a Michael Kors shopper which was purchased for £159. Everyone loves a good quality shopper, it makes a great staple for the wardrobe and can be easily be styled with just about anything. I went for a black shopper for just that reason. 

Look 1 

Trench & Shirt/Charity Shop; Jeans/Topshop; Jumper/H&M; Sandals/Primark

This look is my transition into Spring/Summer. It's coming up to the time when I can throw off the heavy winter coats and slip on something cooler. I purchased this coat from a sale for a measly £5. I wore this for my flight and first day in Amsterdam last week!

Look 2

Leather Jacket/Topshop; Dress/H&M

What you cannot actually see is that the H&M dress I am wearing is a full sequined dress. It did not show as I quite expected after the pictures were taken. Anyway, as we transition into better weather, I can kick off the tights and cover up with a leather jacket. Great for a night on the town with my friends. 

Look 3

Dress and Shoes/Zara; Watch/Folli Follie

Summer time working in the office is a huge challenge for me. Whereas during the winter, I can layer up as much as I want, In the summer time it can be a bit of a struggle trying to stay smart without being so hot and uncomfortable. However, as I do not meet with clients on a daily basis, I believe I can be a little bit more relaxed with what I choose to wear to work everyday.

Look 4 

White Top/Topshop; PVC Skirt/Small Boutique

This skirt makes me very happy indeed in all its PVC glory. Perfect for a date!

Look 5

Trousers/Charity Shop (M&S - St Michaels); Top/Motel; Necklace/Folli Follie; Clutch/H&M

I love these trousers so much. Purchased from a charity shop in Eastbourne, they lived in my wardrobe for quite a while and then I decided to pull them out and wear them a little bit too much now. This was paired with a sheer crop, letting the 70's out subtly and SS15 personified.

I had plenty of fun putting these looks together, with my favourite look being number 5. What's your favourite look?

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Monday, 23 March 2015

Trip to McArthurGlen Cheshire Oaks Designer Outlet

To celebrate the arrival of Spring/Summer 2015, McArthurGlen have invited bloggers to take part in a fun accessory style challenge. So over the weekend, Lola and I headed down to Cheshire Oaks, one of McArthurGlen's six UK designer outlet. 

With more than 145 boutiques, restaurants and caf├ęs, Cheshire Oaks is the UK’s largest designer outlet. There brands on offer range from high-street favourites, like Warehouse and French Connection to high-end designers, including Burberry, Michael Kors and Mulberry. 

Even though the outlet is just an hour away from Manchester, Lola and I had never been to Cheshire Oaks. However I am not a stranger to McArthurGlen's Ashford outlet. I tend to pay it a visit once in a while when I am down in Kent. 

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After a brief planning session with the guide map, Lola and I were ready to hit the shops. Our favourite shops which stocked the best accessories, in our opinion, were Mulberry, Michael Kors, Lulu Guiness and Kurt Geiger. As it was such a sunny day, it was a bit difficult not to get a new pair of sunglasses from the Sunglass Hut or something sparkly from Swarovski (swoons). However Lola and I both think sparkly things should be bought for you and not by you!

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After a few hours of heading back and forth to a few shops, we both found the perfect accessories which are sure to update our wardrobes next season. Together, we must have made savings of about £1000! Thanks again to McArthurGlen for this opportunity. 

We will be putting together two style diaries to highlight how versatile great accessories can be and how they completely transform a look. Stay tuned!

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