Paige’s Party Picks

With the much anticipated ‘party season’ steadily approaching, many of us are raking through our wardrobes in search of inspiration and coming out empty handed. Luckily, all of our favourite high street stores are rolling out their party collections and the choices are endless. From sequin minis to fluffy jackets, they have it all.

Below you’ll find my top picks from a few of my favourite brands for party wear.

1. The Motel Rocks Sequin Dress

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Finn Slip Dress in Black Opal Sequin, Motel Rocks, £50

Motel Rocks has always been my first stop for party dresses. They have the biggest range of sequin garments I have ever seen, in any colour and style you could ever ask for. This dress in particular is one of my favourites and has been for a while. It’s perfect for your Christmas or New Year parties, just imagining the lights reflecting from the sequins gives me chills.

Pair it with a faux fur jacket and some barely there heels and you have a winner.

2. The ASOS Metallic Suit

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Ultimate Pink Metallic Suit, ASOS, £100

I’m a massive fan of coordinates that are a little bit “out there”, so naturally I adore this metallic suit from Asos. Paired with a simple white lace cami and beach waves, it would be perfect for any event this coming holiday season. So why not live a little and step out of your comfort zone?

3. The ASOS Velvet Mule

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HIGHGATE Velvet Plaited Mules, ASOS, £42

As you may have realised by now, statement shoes are a not so secret love of mine. These mules are gorgeous; the placement of the straps will elongate the leg and pink velvet is always a winner in my opinion. The plaited straps are so different to anything I’ve seen before, I couldn’t resist adding these to my party picks. Wearing these to your office Christmas party could cause some serious shoe envy, you have been warned!

So, what do you think of my party picks? Do you have anything to add to the list?

My Autumn Essentials

Scotland is now in the depths of the autumn season, and winter is right around the corner. With this is mind, my wardrobe is in desperate need of a few key new items to see me through the colder months (sadly the weather is no longer allowing me to wear my beloved ripped jeans). So, why don’t we take a look at a few of my autumn essentials?

1. The Granddad Jumper

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Grey Colour Block Turtleneck Jumper, River Island, £38

I practically live in oversized jumpers during the colder days. I love the androgynous and effortless feel it gives to my outfits, and who can say no to a cosy jumper? This one from River Island is right up my street. I love the use of colour blocking to give the knit a modern twist and the exposed seams give it a casual feel, which I’m a massive fan of.

2. The Winter Fur

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ASOS PETITE Faux Fur Coat in Leopard Print with Bright Collar, ASOS, £85

We all love a little bit of faux fur when the leaves start to fall and I love this colourful spin on the classic fur coat. I would pair this with an all black outfit as a statement piece, keeping me cosy and on trend. What more could a girl want?

3. The Embellished Ankle Boot

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MERLOT Sequin Boots, Topshop, £89

A bit of sparkle is always necessary, and what better way to do it than through your footwear? Gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘fancy feet’. I love this interpretation from Topshop, the embroidery and sequin mashup just works so well. I love a shoe that’s a piece of art in itself, and this boot would be the perfect addition to any shoe lover’s collection.

But what do you think? What are autumn essentials are you adding to your wardrobe at the moment?

The Luxe Items I’m Lusting After

We all have our weaknesses. Much to the dismay of my bank account, my weakness happens to be for luxury items. I just love looking at the beautifully made pieces, admiring the craftsmanship. They’re special, and they make me feel special too.

That being said, on a student budget, designer isn’t exactly within my reach at the moment. So, why don’t we take a look at three of my favourite pieces of the moment and fantasise over them together?

1.Burberry Bridle Bag in Leather, Haymarket Check and Alligator

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(Burberry Website)

Burberry is definitely a brand I would aspire to, their pieces are classic and beautifully crafted. For me, I really appreciate the fact that every piece is designed with a never faltering sense of British heritage, which is something I feel I can identify with. Many brands nowadays focus on appealing to a large audience, trying to cater to the masses, whereas Burberry has stuck to their roots and their signature British style.

The Bridle bag, for me, serves as a reminder of my childhood, spent owning and riding horses. Living in the middle of nowhere, surrounded by fields can have its upsides you know! The bag itself is so different from anything I’ve seen before and you can really feel the equestrian influences. I just can’t get enough, but for £2,095, I very much doubt I’ll be getting my hands on it anytime soon.

2.Saint Laurent Monogram Credit Card Case

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(Lyst)

This Saint Laurent cardholder is at the top of my Christmas list. I’ve been on the hunt for a cardholder for a while now (my bulky River Island purse isn’t ideal for going out) but I could never find one that took my fancy, that is, until I saw Suzie from Hello October (http://www.hello-october.com) showing a similar cardholder from Saint Laurent and I just fell in love. I love the gold hardware against the textured black leather, and the diagonal stitching which adds a little bit of interest without going over the top.

3.Gucci Princetown Leather Slipper in Multicolour

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(Gucci website)

Last but not least, I couldn’t leave out these beauties. Embroidery is everywhere at the moment and Gucci has just nailed it here. I love the loafer style with the playful open back and the beautiful embroidered roses on the front. In my opinion, these give you the ability to rock the trend in quite an understated way. And lets be honest, they are just so pretty to look at.

Which items are you lusting after at the moment?

The Christopher Kane Croc – Fab or Faux-Pas?

Fashion designer, Christopher Kane, sent the internet into meltdown during his SS17 show when he unveiled his frankenstein-esque creation, the embellished croc.

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(Imaxtree.com)

This collaboration between Kane and Crocs was an attempt to transform arguably the most unfashionable shoe imaginable, into something desirable. The use of a marbling effect on the shoe itself, alongside the gemstones used to embellish the shoe, are intended to give the shoe a more luxe feel. Was this achieved? Is it possible to alter our perceptions of a shoe we love to hate that much?

It’s interesting how a designer label can make us see a product differently. Take a plain black pullover, add a Dior label and suddenly everyone wants it. The question is, would anyone be interested in these Crocs if Christopher Kane hadn’t put his name to them? Would people still be interested if it had been H&M or Primark who had released a collaboration with Crocs?

The answer is; probably not. The original Crocs have been reserved by many of us as a leisure shoe. Something you wear to walk the dog, to run down to the corner shop in when you run out of milk, it’s certainly not a staple in our wardrobes.

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(Imaxtree.com)

So, it’s not the design of the shoe itself that makes it desirable. It’s the Christopher Kane label. Unattainable for many, it’s a status symbol, which makes us feel elite, superior… maybe even accomplished.

But what do you think? Is the Kane Croc’s design something you would be genuinely interested in if it didn’t bear the Kane label?