Monday, 12 November 2012

November 2012: Sharlene's Winter Wishlist!

It has rolled round to that time of the year again when I feel like my supply of clothes is dwindling down to a dangerously low level. In reality, my wardrobe is quite literally overflowing. In all honesty, I am no fan of winter; it seems pointless to even attempt to dress up when all you’re going to do is stick a coat on top. Every winter I stare at the vibrant rows of summer outfits in my wardrobe, and breathe a heavy sigh of despair- what am I going to do for the next few months?! So this year, I have made it my personal mission to put some effort into winter styling, for if there is one way to banish the post-summer blues, it’s the style nod-of-approval from people walking alongside you. My winter wish-list (fluffy socks, hot chocolate and Christmas-themed pyjamas aside) features both autumn/winter 2012 trends and some pieces that I have encountered on the streets of London.

Before all, you must consider outerwear, for stepping out of the house without a coat, jacket or anything of the kind in these temperatures is, quite frankly, foolish. In previous years, I found myself donning the same coat every day, and with that disappeared my desire to get dressed at all! However, I’d strongly suggest investing in a variety of outerwear pieces to chop and change regularly. Even if this requires a little dip into the savings account, I assure you, you will feel better instantly. Here’s what I will be hunting down this season.

H&M: £29.99
River Island: £35.00
Topshop: £120.00

Skirts are something quite unconventional, but both daring and rewarding to wear in the winter months. Having been obliged to wear a skirt at a formal occasion a few days ago (my first skirt-in-winter experience, may I add), I was delighted to find that with a thick pair of tights, it really is quite comfortable! I always lust over skirts in summer, but feel like I’m lusting guiltily in the colder months because I will hardly ever wear them. Time to change that!

River Island: £16.00
River Island: £18.00
River Island: £35.00

(NB: I’m not normally a River Island fan, but seeing as they have so many stunning skirts for such great prices, I may have to reconsider where I stand with them!)

I have, no doubt, been on a bit of a shoe rampage recently. It is always difficult to incorporate summer footwear into winter outfits, and vice versa, and so shoes  almost demand consideration when changing wardrobes seasonally. The two factors I look for, other than style, are quality and comfort. I would pay a significant amount for a pair of shoes that are guaranteed to last me a while, because I have had disastrous experiences with cheap shoes in the past. I think my feet are falling in love...

Clarks: £49.99
H&M: £24.99
Topshop: £70.00

No look is complete without accessories, even in winter! In fact, winter is the perfect time to fish out all your heavy jewellery, intricately designed scarves and complimentary purses. The baroque trend is flying high this season, so make sure to invest in some and leave an impression at any event you attend. I’d advise you to experiment with colour blocking accessories. There’s nothing as satisfying as incorporating a summer trend into your winter look book!

Dorothy Perkins: £20.00
Miss Selfridge: £16.00
New Look: £8.99

It is very unlikely that any two people will have the same wish-list. These are just a few ideas to get your creative styling-minds pumped for this season. Sharlene’s top tips for Winter 2012-2013? Wine red, forest green, gold and ta-da your best and colourful friends this seasonDon’t be afraid to bring summer into winter, as long as you’re warm and you’re ready to rock. Follow convention but leave your mark. Literally the words I live by.

Here at TREND, we love to hear from you. Share your winter wish-list with us and other readers, and if you’re feeling extra generous, post some of your winter looks too, either in the comments below, on Twitter: @TREND__FASHION or on our Facebook Page:

Written by guest Blogger Sharlene Gandhi, follow or tweet her: @Sharlene_Gandhi.

Monday, 5 November 2012

November 2012: Our Autumn/Winter's Fragrance Picks!

So we have officially entered a new season and we've been on a mission to find the very best of the seasons fragrances, and here's what we found!
5) Coco Noir by Chanel - Although this perfume has such a delicate scent of fragrant upmarket baby-powder, the price outweighs the overall scent as the price is £75.00 for only 50ml. Had the price been alot less - no doubt we would all be squirting it liberally everywhere and using it as our piece de resistance when out and about! It should be further up the list - but unfortunately I'm pretty sure not many of us would be willing to pay £75 for a bottle as you could most likely find a dupe for it in one of the other brands.

4) Closer by Halle Berry - Personally, I'm not a massive fan of these types of perfumes created by celebrities. But this one I LOVE. The smell reminds me of that feeling you get after watching your favourite comedy romance and just comforts you with it's warm and musky scent enveloping you in true autumnal fashion. And at £19.95 for 50ml from Amazon ... why not?

3) Reem Acra by Reem Acra - Reminds me of that gorgeous scent you get from the upmarket magazines when they have that perfect mix of various perfume swatches and the freshly printed and pressed paper. GORGEOUS. Perfect for those days when you want a neutral scent for wandering around the shops. The only downside of this perfume that would otherwise make it a number one is it's availability. It's presently not in Debenhams or on the website nor is it on Amazon. It is in Saks Fifth Avenue and in Harrods but is not on sale at the moment and is therefore £72. But unlike the Coco Noir by Chanel I have no doubt that once you try this perfume, there will be no turning back.

2) B-Spot by Benefit - With the gorgeous lingering scents of amber, this perfume reminds me of wandering through piles of fallen golden brown leaves. The scent is really rather potent and you really only do need one squirt of it to smell it on your skin. Aside from that, the perfume bottle looks kind of cheap compared to the Closer by Halle Berry and considering is nearly double it's price at £31.95 on Amazon, you would expect the bottle to be streamlined and elegant like something you would be glad to see on your dressing table, not like one of those cheap bottles of groovy girls soaps nearly every girl had when they were kids.

1) Forbidden Euphoria by Calvin Klein - Without a doubt my god of perfume. The fruity scent hugs you while the floral scent gently coaxes you into relaxation. At £33 from Debenhams, it’s reasonably priced. The bottle is gorgeous with its spaceship design. I’m proud to have it on my dressing table. You should be! Recommend you all try this and I guarantee you will be amazed!

What are you favourite perfumes? Let us know in the comments or tweet us: @TREND__FASHION

Sunday, 4 November 2012

November 2012: Cover Story: Ellie Goulding

When Ellie Goulding's career took off in 2009, I wasn't at first convinced about her music when I heard her first album 'Lights' even though her music and her image were always that of a sweet one, the second album was more appealing to me with it's use of lyrics, which is something I always listen carefully too when listening to music. I always liked her voice but the first album just didn't speak out to me as the second one has, and I think it's safe for me to say that I love every single song on her second album 'Halcyon', and it was for that reason that I was convinced that I needed to write about the fabulous, talented singer.

'Anything 'Could Happen' was the icebreaker to bring her album into the world with a number one slot for a little while for the single. Her new image with the shaved patch and pink dye on her hair was also something to marvel at giving her audience a more Gothic feel and look to the singer which I think is a fantastic way to go into this season with Grunge being a very popular trend. The singer has also completed a string of acoustic sessions and in 2010 released a cover of Elton John's 'Your Song' with fantastic results. My favourite songs from her new album have to include 'Figure 8', 'Only You', 'JOY' & 'Halcyon' with my fingers firmly crossed for the release of a string of acoustic sessions related to these songs and the album. Fashion is something she is remotely interested in with a unique and eclectic look, one thing she is often spotted in is beanies (good choice there Ellie, they're so comfy) from casual chic to dressed up for the town there is no denying she is interested in the Fashion industry. There is also no denying that the singer will have a very strong and successful career ahead of her in the music industry, and I look very much to see what she has in store for her fans, for people that haven't yet discovered her music and for the music industry.
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