February 2014: Cover Story: Lorde

'Royals', if you haven't heard of it or don't know who sings it then I'm sorry but where in Gods name have you been for the past three months (and of course I'm not talking about the Royal Family, although they're quiet sassy too). I'm talking of course about Lorde, who has burst onto the music scene, quiet literally with her catchy tune that's taken everyone by storm which is why I wanted her on a cover for Trend.

When I first heard the song, I was hooked pretty much straight away and for me it's usually the lyrics to songs that get me hooked on them. The lyrics "we count our dollars on the train to the party, and everyone who knows us knows, that we're fine with this, we didn't come for money" got me hooked on Lorde and her album 'Pure Heroine'. I moved onto her album straight away pretty much raping the reply button and got addicted to 'Still Sane', 'Buzzcut Season''Ribs' and 'Tennis Court'. Watching her collaboration with Disclosure at the BRIT Awards last night pretty much summed up my opinion of her career in one phrase: that I am completely and utterly in love with her style, music and her ability to be able to capture her personality through her music, which in my opinion, a lot of artists don't seem to do.

Her style, much more mature than a 'typical' seventeen year old to be honest, and I love that, it reminds of the kind of style that an early twenties girl has (she's had some experience but is still playing around with her options, both musically and stylishly). My favourite look was probably her BRIT Award 2014 look of a sparkly black dress matched with dark gothic make-up and black boots, a killer and fierce look, and a look that was the complete opposite to what's on our cover of pastels and sweetness showing the darker side to her cool style and music. It's the main reason why I loved it when I saw her, and I continue to fan girl when I hear her music, on my iPod, on the radio and hopefully maybe, one day in concert, because for me Lorde isn't just another 'corporate' act, she's an eclectic, fierce and laid back song writer and performer and I can't wait to see where her music takes her in the future.

What do you think about Lorde's music and her style? Leave me a comment below and tweet me: @TREND__FASHION to let me know what you think!


February 2014: I'm Currently Listening To . . .

Music, a word that defines massively who we are when we listen to it, from the tunes that get us up and dancing in clubs, to the sad ballads whose lyrics we cling on to when we're upset to those classics that we never tire of. I'm constantly on Spotify, listening to everything from classical to pop, rock to electronic, soundtracks to rap, if i'm not listening to music on my laptop, i'm plugged in on my iPhone, on the bus, on my break at work, whilst sat drinking a skinny vanilla spice latte from Starbucks (which are totally lush) or shopping and looking for the latest trends, there probably isn't a day that goes by where I don't listen to music, because in reality, when I need it, no matter what mood i'm in or how I feel about my life, I know it's always there for me. So here's a look at what i'm currently listening to on Spotify:


So what's your favourite songs that you're listening to at the moment guys? Leave a comment below and feel free to tweet me: @TREND__FASHION and hashtag: #CurrentlyListeningTo


January 2014: My Week On Instagram Part II

So over the past few weeks since last putting up an Instagram post, Christmas/New Year has come and gone (my New Years resolution is to get back into education and study fashion: of course), I've been shopping with lots of different people (it's always good to see what different people think about clothes and styles) and spent lots of money on some new pieces for my Spring/Summer 2014 wardrobe, got up to date with all the latest February fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle (which is getting better and better and I love it, well done team Elle UK) and Company, created a new cover story featuring Beyonce and got drunk far too many times (I'm twenty years old, we do that a lot).

Beyonce TREND February 2014
Cara Delevinge for iD Magazine

Canal Street! Follow Jess: JesicaPalmer
Florals, for Spring? Groundbreaking

Lady Gaga for Versace

Pastels at River Island for Spring/Summer
Topshop nail varnish is the sex

Oh my god, SHOES

Aint' nobody messin' with my clique 
Define dancing!

Don't forget to check out my Instagram page: @TrendingFashionista, give me a follow and let me know what interesting things you Instagramed below in the comments.


January 2014: Cover Story: Beyoncé Knowles

Queen B, Sasha Fierce, Honey B, she has many names and on the 13th December 2013 she released an unadvertised album that smashed Lady Gaga's 'ARTPOP', Katy Perry's 'Prism' and Lorde's 'Pure Heroin' right from the number one spotlight in over 72 countries, proving that being a Mum to a beautiful new born baby to an equally successful rap artist doesn't mean that you can't have an equally successful and fabulous career. Ladies & Gentlemen Beyonce is back.

She's been gone a little while, or so we all thought. With a group and solo career under her belt, five amazing albums, including some record breaking singles, oh and did I mention a Superbowl performance that caused a power surge: it's no wonder that they call her Queen B. It all began back in the early two thousands, she was part of a trio that was the basis of her success known as Destiny's Child (those girls were fierce). Later on moving towards a solo career that in my opinion was fiercer than her trio with Kelly and Michelle. Her best and most iconic work in my opinion: I Am Sasha Fierce with four massive single releases from the album including 'Halo', 'If I were A Boy' and yep you guessed it, the one that EVERYONE dances to whilst drunk at weddings 'Single Ladies' (don't deny it, you've done the dance to this song at some point). Her latest album 'Beyoncé' is visually, as well as audibly stunning. She released the album without any advertisements or promotion to make a point: people are only interested in the single on their iPod, which is so true, people don't buy albums or records anymore, it's easier to download it on your iPhone from iTunes and it's just their ready to play, no ripping and uploading, it's the end of an era, but hey, I would totally buy any artists album if there were some added unique pieces to it (it totally worked in this case).

Her style? Gorgeous, glamorous, flattering, iconic. She's been the cover girl for countless fashion magazines including Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, W, InStyle, The Gentlewoman, Glamour and Cosmopolitan (not many can boast about that on their curriculum vitae). My favourite look from the singer has got to be the Osman black and white jumpsuit she wore to the 2013 Grammy Awards: which was so different to the looks other celebrities were gracing on the red carpet, or for that matter so different to any other looks she's pulled off on all other red carpets (I mean a jumpsuit on a red carpet, such a ballsy and genious move). This bitch gets fashion and whether she's walking down the street or walking down the red carpet, it's clear she knows what she's doing, but in my opinion it's the looks that she pulls off in the everyday hustle and bustle of life walking down the streets, on her way to work or picking up a Starbucks, it's the street style looks that inspire me the most and make me think, dam this girl got style, because let's face it, whether you're a thirty two year old, multi-million dollar selling singer with a beautiful new baby or just an everyday person with hopes of making those dreams a reality, you can be anyone in the world, be a Mum, or a simple girl who loves fashion and still have amazing style.

What do you think about her new album 'Beyonce' and her style? You know what to do, comment below and tweet me: @TREND__FASHION


December 2013: Alexa Chung 'It' Book Review

So a few weeks ago I purchased Alexa Chung's 'It' from Urban Outfitters and I finally got a chance to finish it. It's a breath of fresh air for any die hard Alexa fan or for that matter any fashion fan too, but just what exactly puts the "it" in the it girl's fabulous writing creation. Now based in New York, the former model has done pretty much every single thing you can do in the fashion industry (apart from design her own clothes, which would be of course the fiercest and most wanted collection on the catwalk).

From fashion, hair and beauty tips, to pictures of her life (including some shameless selfies), her thoughts on haircuts and lipsticks, thoughts on her first modelling picture at the age of sixteen, doodles and opinions of her idols including Anna Wintour, Kate Moss and Karl Lagerfeld, this little pink book's got everything, I like to think of the book as a diary of her thoughts and pictures that her sixteen year old self would have wrote down and would stick above her bed for inspiration (don't lie, we all stuck pictures of The Spice Girls and The Fresh Prince above our beds). Or I suppose you could think of it as a Pinterest board of things and inspiration from different times of her life with Instagram pictures (you need to follow her on Instagram too if you're not already @CHUNGALEXA).

My favourite line from the book? Without a doubt would be "I have to start putting my nail varnishes in the fridge to keep them nice, but now there's nowhere to keep the butter" purely because it reminded me of a close friend who is beyond obsessed with painting her nails to the point where most people take their gay friends clothes shopping, but she takes me nail varnish shopping. I finished the book with a different approach to any other, sure I put it down wanting to read it again, but I also put it down wondering what it was I actually just read, was it a fashionistas dream of mixing all your ideas and Instagram pictures in a published form, was it a look into Alexa's childhood and inner thoughts? For me, I found it a good read, not for the price though, I most definitely went away wanting more Alexa.

Thoughts on Alexa's 'It'? Leave those below, oh and don't forget you can tweet me: @TREND__FASHION
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