Tuesday, 24 April 2012

PRIMARK - New 2012 Summer Must Haves

Primark- My hot Summer picks for 2012

I love Primark for fun, stylish pieces that you don't mind wearing a few times for a fashion statement. I thrive on the fast turnaround of the clothing and the fact you have to be in there quick to get what you want and in your size if you are double lucky. With the reasonable prices it is fun to try out a few looks without committing to anything and spending a fortune.
This Summer I can see a Miami influenced collection from Primark with a tribal influence seen from the catwalks. These are my hot picks which I have bought. make sure you check them out as well as chances are, these will be bestsellers! 

A gorgeous outfit great for travelling to Marbs in or lounging in beer gardens. Floral top £10, end April. Floral wide leg trouser £14, end April. Metallic/coral wedge £16, mid March. Stud hoop earring £2.50, beg. April. Sunglasses £2, beg. March.


Pleated bird print midi, £12, A beautiful skirt, great for the office and for floating about at the weekend with a white tank top with. Love the bird designs- hot for 2012 and very Matthew Williamson.

Belted midi dress, £16, A gorgeous knee length peacock green, knee-length dress which is great if you want to accentuate a curvy figure like me and love the hourglass 1950s look. So flattering- so Kelly Brook!
     Pink lace top sleeveless shirt dress £15, Beautiful coral, casual dress for festivals, a hot Summer date and will see you through from day to evening. Something you could see Marilyn in- just need the pointy cats eyes sunglasses to go with this.
Raw edge gillet £12, Straight from Molly (Saturdays) and Sienna Miller's influence comes this great copy that will break up a long maxi-dress and if you are a towering beauty, then makes you look tinier than you are.

Floppy Bow Rattan bag, £7, Love this bag as it is very unusual and a centre piece for any outfit.

           Cross over perspex sandal £10, Great fashion piece sandals that you could wear in the evening for an Ibiza party whilst still being comfy. I saw some very similar by Yves Saint Laurent at a very extravagant price so a great high street version.

       Purple feather T-bar sandal £8, Love these for the tribal trend
as I find the clothing designs too much for everyday wear. these would look great with a matching feather hairband or necklace.
Stacked Multi Bangle Set £4, I found this bangle great for me as I have big wrists and love them to be loose. Again, if  you want a hint of the tribal feel but don't feel comfortable with the loud prints, then team these with the feather sandals for key accents of the look.

All Pictures are credited to Primark.



Tuesday, 3 April 2012

Specsavers' Search for Glasses Model 2012

Rosie-tinted spectacles

Stunning actress launches the search for

Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012

Do you look great in your glasses or know someone who does?

 This is your chance to show the world
Enter the Specsavers competition by sending a picture of yourself wearing specs and you could win a year's modelling contract with top London agency MOT Models. What are you waiting for?!  

Celebrity specs wearer actress Helen Flanagan, our 2012 Spectacle Wearer of the Year ambassador, says: 'I think that glasses have become a cool fashion statement: everyone is wearing them.'
Actress Helen Flanagan has swapped a modelling career on the cobbles of Coronation Street for the real thing as she launches Specsavers’ nationwide search for the Spectacle Wearer of the Year 2012.
Having grown up in front of the nation playing Rosie Webster in the long-running soap, Helen, 22, is now helping Britain’s most trusted optician* to find ordinary people who look extraordinary in their glasses.
Helen, who has worn glasses since the age of nine, says: 'I first realised I needed to wear glasses when I couldn’t see the whiteboard at school. I was delighted as I was always nagging my mum to get me a pair. I love trying out new looks with my glasses. They bring out a different side to me.’
 Since leaving Coronation Street where she was last seen on-screen in February, Helen is keeping an open mind about future projects but definitely has more modelling in her sights and maybe even treading the boards in the West End.

'I love doing photoshoots, it’s probably the only thing I had in common with Rosie. We are both really girly and like modelling.

‘I really enjoyed the 1960s-themed shoot for this campaign. I wore lots of different wigs which made me wish I had long hair again! But the best thing about this campaign is that it supports anti-bullying charity, Kidscape. Anything that helps stamp out bullying of any kind, especially if it’s for wearing glasses, is a great thing.’

Now in their fifth year of supporting Kidscape, Specsavers will donate £1 for every eligible competition entry to the charity, as well as all proceeds from a high profile auction led by Specsavers ambassador Gok Wan, which will take place at the competition final in London in October.

Specsavers founder, Dame Mary Perkins, says: ‘Helen is the perfect ambassador for us. She’s young, confident and fun and she uses her glasses to completely transform her look. She is the ideal role model for young specs wearers out there.’

Every year, Specsavers scours the UK to find the girls and boys next door who look amazing in their specs. The competition is open to men and women aged 16 and over, who are current specs wearers or wear glasses for fashion purposes. Specsavers and top London agency MOT Models will be specs-spotting this summer in city centres up and down the country.

Regional stars will earn a place on the catwalk at Britain’s biggest spectacle fashion-fest in October.

 The winner receives:
        1st Prize
  •  one year modelling contract with MOT Models
  •  a two week premier, all-inclusive holiday for two in Barbados courtesy of Almond Resorts and Virgin Holidays with £250 worth of spending money
  • a makeover with (and products by) TV celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton
  • a year’s supply of skincare products from Simple
  • a fantastic goody bag including hair and skincare products
  • a £150 Specsavers designer eye care voucher and the coveted Spectacle Wearer of the Year trophy.
        2nd Prize
  • A weekend break for two in Paris
  • £200 spending money
  • A fantastic goody bag, including hair products from Andrew Barton Salons, and cut and colour with the salon's creative director
  • Skincare products from Simple
  • A £150 eyecare voucher from Specsavers
        3rd Prize
  • A weekend break for two in London
  • £150 spending money
  • A fantastic goody bag, including hair products from Andrew Barton Salons, and cut and colour by one of the stylist team
  • Skincare products from Simple
  • A £150 eyecare voucher from Specsavers

To enter send a picture of yourself wearing glasses to the upload in this link-

You must be:
  • Aged 16 or over
  • Resident in the UK, Channel Islands or Isle of Man
  • A current specs wearer
  • Willing to take part in all competition publicity
  • Able to attend your nearest semi-final and the London awards ceremony

Good Luck!


Monday, 2 April 2012

Poppy create a new 1950s style clothing range for women


I am so excited that Poppy clothing range, has grown up . . . with a range for adults for Spring/Summer 2012!
POPPY, the British clothing range that depicts a little girl’s adventures on the hem of its dresses, has responded to popular demand and launched a range for women.
Designer Bryony Richardson’s distinctive prints feature the nostalgic antics of young Poppy and her loyal dog, Fred. The children’s range for which the firm has gained a loyal following features a circus theme for the current season and a patriotic London one for Autumn/Winter 2012.
After many requests from mothers and others for adults’ dresses to match the mini versions, Bryony and her team tested the water with some trial designs late last year.
Such was the enthusiastic reception that the women’s range has been augmented for
Spring/Summer 2012 with new styles, prints and colours. Sizes range from 10 to 18. The dresses are available from a growing network of independent boutiques as well as online at www.poppychildren.co.uk, where they are priced at £98 – wrapped beautifully and delivered free.
Bryony said the grown-up versions had already been picked up by adult bridesmaids – Poppy’s pretty girls’ dresses have long proved popular for flower girls and for other special occasions.
“The idea had always been there for a women’s dress – it’s amazing how many mums love the idea of dressing to match their daughters,” she said.

But I’m especially delighted that so many people are loving the sense of fun embodied by the designs – it turns out that it translates really well from children’s wear to elegant women’s wear, and people are really enthusiastic about the pastel shades and faintly vintage feel.”
A range of women’s tulle petticoats is proving a great accessory to the dresses too, giving them volume and a touch of 50s’ style, or they are great just worn on their own. Available in four colours, they come in one size and are £59.
An early-adopting stockist already enjoying success with the new women’s range is The Whiting Post, a delightfully quirky vintage-inspired independent clothing and homeware shop in Whitstable, Kent.
Manager Kara-Louise Adams said the dresses had crowd-drawing qualities when placed in their Harbour Street store window – especially when teamed up with vintage props such as a 1950s kitchenette.
“I first saw the dresses on Bryony and her colleague, Hannah Martland, at a London trade show last year and I remember thinking: ‘that’s the most unique thing I’ve seen in a long time’,” she recalled.

“I followed them to ask where they came from, and we took it from there. They are a real show stopper – you feel really special wearing them. We love the na├»ve prints and their originality. The quality is amazing and we love the fact they are made in England. We are very passionate about Poppy.”

New prints and styles
For SS12, Poppy and Fred join a circus to learn some tricks and meet new friends under the big top. Meanwhile, they also try their hand at running a traditional sweet shop, complete with jar upon jar of old-fashioned sweets.
Two fresh spring colourways in the new Circus print feature Lemon Sherbet and Spearmint in the Beatrice design, while multi-coloured Sweet Shop provides a fascinating complement in both the Beatrice and Edith styles.
The new fabrics complement the firm’s popular Seaside print in blue, red or green in the Beatrice style, as well as the Poppy print – available in a long-sleeved Beatrice design and a short-sleeved Grace version.
The printed-in-Leicester quality cotton twill is comfortable and machine washable.
As with the girls’ outfits, each charming dress comes with a storybook telling the tale of Poppy and Fred’s exploits. Bryony’s hand-drawn illustrations give Poppy clothing its trademark nostalgic innocence –complete with a contemporary twist: a Pippi Longstocking for the 21st century.
In addition to clothing for women and babies, boys and girls aged up to seven – Poppy has a range of accessories such as pyjamas, little purse bags, berets and bootees, colouring books, greetings cards and invitations, and mugs.
For further information, interviews, price lists, stockist details and samples, please contact Gareth Dant via email: gareth@poppychildren.co.uk, or telephone: 01609 765149.
 www.poppychildren.co.uk. 44 High Street, Yarm, North Yorkshire, TS15 9AE. 01642 790000.
You can also visit them on Facebook (www.facebook.com/poppychildren) or follow them on Twitter (@poppychildren).
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