Saturday, 30 January 2016

Fashion is everywhere, on the street, in the sky and on my photo feed...

Hello lovelies!

In a week where I've felt a distinct lack of fashionable stuff to talk about, I turned to my photo feed and Instagram and realised that fashion has slowly managed to filter into my life in more ways than I could ever imagine.  I'm really embracing my hobby at the moment and looking for new ways to boost my blog and the profile of Coco as a whole; fashion is really the thing that makes me tick!

On Monday I...

...added to my ever growing collection of Vogues.  It all started with a few issues and now it has become a healthy obsession.  Currently on the bookcase in my office, I house almost ten years of Vogue, every issue from May 2006 to the current issue.   I had a few gaps in 2012 that I managed to fill this week.  There's just something about Vogue-it's the place that helped my love of fashion to grow!  I love flicking through its glossy pages and admiring the collections from season to season.  I have a dream of one day writing an article that is Vogue worthy, but for now my shrine to Vogue is the best I have to offer.  You've got to dream big though, so you never know!

On Tuesday I...



...posted about Chanel's Haute Couture SS16 collection!  I love, love, love Haute Couture, Chanel and the Grand Palais!  You can read my thoughts here!

On Wednesday I...



...watched the second part of 'How to Get a Job at Vogue' with Alexa Chung.  The British Vogue 'Future of Fashion' video series with Alexa is amazing and tells all about the fashion world and how to make a career in it.  Throwing open the doors at Vogue House this time around for the Vogue Special, find out how Alexandra Shulman became editor, how Lucinda Chambers started her Vogue career and how to get an internship at the greatest place on earth!  You can watch the series here.

On Thursday I...


 ...played around with some Chanel makeup and a YSL inspired outfit for work.  My lipstick is Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in shade 81 (Fiction), a real winter berry shade...I love it!


And then through my fabulous Instagram friend Anthony Williams aka 'Polished Pigeon', I discovered the Vogue 73 Questions series (addictive viewing!) starting with my fave SJP.  Watch it here!

On Friday I...



...Sported a Vintage look; a combination of 'Hattie's Bad Hair Days' my lovely friend Kerry's amazing  headscarf collection, and Chanel Rouge Coco Shine 'Ina' lipstick.


And I finally got a pom-pom I liked for Louis!  I wanted a shade that matched the pink lining, and this one does just beautifully, a steal at £3.99 from H 'n' M (here).

I'd love to hear what fashionable things you've been up to this week-feel free to comment below and leave your links :).  Thanks for reading!

xxx

Tuesday, 26 January 2016

What's Haute? Chanel of course! SS16

Hello my lovelies!

This week sees the return of Haute Couture, where designers preview their Spring/Summer elegance in Paris.  I once read that there is no longer any profit to be made from Haute Couture and that for designers it's a chance to once again declare their relevance in the fashion world.  The pieces are like works of art, bought usually by private clients and collectors after the ateliers have spent weeks bringing the designs to life.  Whilst this may be so, I just love the Haute Couture shows-it's the dawn of something exciting in a relatively quiet month for fashion, it's a sign that fashion month is once again nearly upon us and it's so glamorous! J'adore!!

Image taken from Chanel.com

Today was the turn of Chanel; you know I love a Chanel show!  Before the video even airs on Chanel.com, I've been taking in the social media buzz that surrounded it.  Set as always in the beautiful architecture of the Grand Palais, imagine the most beautiful minimalist garden.  It's been preened to perfection lying in front of a plain wooden house, which in the finalĂ© opens up like a doll's house to reveal all of the models standing beautifully inside.  Models parade around the grounds, in their stunning Haute Couture gowns, which despite their elegance and detail seem incredibly wearable, thus channelling the spirit of Gabrielle Chanel.  Curves, beading, intricate detailing, Princess Leia-esque hair which has been likened to croissants, only at Chanel!

Models in boxes-the world's most fashionable eco house?
Image taken from dailymail.co.uk

My favourite looks from the show, were probably some of the most simplistic.  I always wonder how Karl Lagerfeld and his team come up with such beautiful looks season after season; he can do no wrong!


I love how opulent this coat is-the shape and the bow are exquisite!


The blouse part of this ensemble-stunning!

In awe of the shape and detailing!

Kendall wears it best this time around!

Like a piece of artwork

Chanel bridal? Beautiful detailing and tailoring...it's all in the detail, that's what's Haute!

So there you have it, Chanel's SS16 in a nutshell!  If, like me, you can't wait to see the show in full then make sure to keep checking Chanel.com for that all important upload; it'll be worth the wait!  I loved the collection and can't wait for the Paris PrĂȘt-a-Porter show in February!  Hurry up fashion month, the world is waiting!

Ciao for now lovelies!

Kay xxx

Apart from the credit given to the Daily Mail, all images are copyright of Chanel.com-I do not own these images.

Monday, 25 January 2016

The Most Stylish Blogger Award 2016...

Hello lovelies!



I'm a Sunderland girl born and bred and I'm very proud of where I come from.  So today I'm asking for your help!  Good old Sun Fm, our local radio station are currently collecting nominations for their Style Awards 2016 and I would love it if you'd take some time out of your day to nominate me for 'Most Stylish Blogger' category.



The style awards are to take place right here in Sunderland, and to even be considered for such an accolade would mean so much to me.  I love all things fashion and it's great to be able to use this space to share my passion with my readers, so if you like what you see here, please give me a little vote.  All you need to do is follow this link and fill in a really short form on why you think I'm worthy of winning and I'll love you forever for doing so!!



xxx

All nominations must be made by Sunday 28th February 2016 by midnight. All entries received after this time won’t be included. The three or four nominees that receive the most nominations will be selected as the finalists.

Monday, 18 January 2016

Style file: What I wore in the South of France...a throwback...

Hello lovelies!

Following on from my last post visiting Cannes, I thought I'd post today about what I wore in the South of France.  Looking back over what I wore always cheers me up and makes me think about what I'll be wearing for my next holiday there!  I think in January it's common to always think about the summer months ahead, particularly in England when our winter is dull and bleak, so this post is both a throwback and a look forward to the glorious summer sunshiney days to come!!  I won't be posting links to buy, as a lot of the stuff won't be available now-but hopefully it will still help provide some holiday inspiration!

Cannes



Travelling over to Cannes, I favoured my trusty Principles Trench (Debenham's sale early last year) and my H 'n' M hat.  The hat came in useful for the Cannes sunshine!!


This little summer dress was about £8 from Sainsbury's.  It was a little on the large side so my lovely Mama L altered it before my trip.  Perfect for the heat and humidity and super girlie, it was great to wear during the day for exploring Cannes old town.


This jump suit was from a one off shop in Durham near where I live (again I had to have it altered though!).  I loved how chic it was and perfect for during the day or to dress up at night.  My shoes (although a little on the bright side!!) and bag are both Vivienne Westwood.  I have a few Westwood clutches and love Vivienne Westwood and Melissa shoes, they're so comfortable!  This was probably my favourite evening outfit-but I think next time I'll keep the shoes for the beach ha!




Here is the same jumpsuit during the day, paired with a Clement Dezelus tote bag from ProMod (check it out, it's amazing!) and some gold pumps, totally versatile!




 Our evening eating at 'New York' and exploring Cannes I went for Mango.  Mango do the best fitting trousers (I always feel very French when I wear navy trousers!) and I teamed them with this cute little shirt, covered in teeny white stars.  My Vivienne Westwood Anglomania bag was great for both day and night, and my little gold pumps again kept it dressy enough without going overboard-I don't think I could've managed heels!


 I know what you're thinking-tights in the Cannes heat???!!! But the evening I wore this there was torrential rain so it was the perfect combo (paired with the hugest umbrella!).  My dress is from French Connection (I've featured it before on my blog as it's very DVF inspired) and I teamed it with my gorgeous dupe Alexander McQueen scarf-an eBay find that I've worn to death.  Scarves help to change up an outfit and I always take a few with me wherever I go on holiday...


 ...As you can see here!  Above is my DVF scarf teamed with a little black camisole and below my McQueen dupe again with my breton top.



I've always wanted some dungarees in my adult life...so took the plunge when I went to Cannes and wore them loads during the day.  They were about £10 from Primark and I teamed them with my trusty Converse, breton top and my fave House of Harrie Hattie headscarf.  A vintage inspired look that felt great in the summer sun!


Antibes

We only spent a day in Antibes, and it's amazing.  Such an arty place, with really cute little streets and archways, the prettiest flowers, cute cafes, amazing ice-cream, a huuuuge port and a lovely beach.  I went for quite a vintage look with my dungarees and headscarf again whilst I was there.  I'll definitely be rocking dungarees again on holiday-they're so comfortable and versatile!




This time, my top was from Lidl...I know!  My friend Lisa gave me it, she picked up a few during France week for about £3 and although it was on the large side, this was well hidden by my dungarees!  My scarf is Parisian themed-another one from my amazing friend Kerry's House of Harrie Hattie.

St Tropez

We took a boat trip to St Tropez, which was loads of fun.  St Tropez has this image of being super glamorous, so I aimed for casual whilst being as stylish as I could muster (whether I achieved it is a different matter, but I felt okay ha!).


Here I am outside of Dior wearing my H 'n' M hat, shirt and necklace and my Mango shorts.  I loved this look.


Dreaming of Coco!!

Monaco

We travelled to Monaco on the train (trains are so cheap in France!) and it was the stickiest, most humid day.  The sort of weather that makes you feel exhausted!  This was probably my least favourite look of my whole holiday-as I went for the coolest (as in heat not style!) I could find and spent the day feeling really undressed (note to self, dress up for Monaco!), but I thought I'd share anyways-I'm allowed one fashion faux pas, right?


The t-shirt is Paul Smith-and we've already discussed the shoes-but the shorts are now in the bin! Yuck! Haha!

So there you have it-my South of France wardrobe.  I'd say take lots of dresses, don't be afraid to be casual, particularly in Cannes, and scarfs are always a great go to accessory.  If you have one-don't be afraid to show off your very own high-end handbag, but it's not essential!  And if you visit in August, be prepared for heat!

Au Revoir and thanks for reading lovelies!

xxx

Thursday, 14 January 2016

The time I visited Cannes...

Hello lovelies!

Today's post is a throwback to August 2015 when I visited my favourite place in the world for the very first time.  Never did I ever believe that I would love a place in France more than I loved Paris, but whilst Paris may have stolen my heart, I've never been as happy as when I visited Cannes.  The South of France is a wonderful place; I stayed in Cannes but also visited Antibes, St Tropez and Monaco.  I took hundreds of photos whilst I was there, so I wouldn't want to bore you by showing them all...so as always, I'm sticking to the fashion-and in Cannes it's unbelievable!

The strip...

Unlike what you'd expect from a strip in some of the party capitals of the world, the strip in Cannes is all about fashion and money.  Some of the world's most amazing hotels host celebrities and film stars all year round and hundreds are drawn to Cannes in May for the famous Film Festival.  The wealth it attracts is reflected through the fashion readily available almost around the clock.  Window shopping in Cannes is a chocolate box of who's who in the world of fashion and each store sits pretty between the exclusive restaurants, hotels, casinos and bars.

After a late dinner at 'New York', a restaurant I'd highly recommend, and copious amounts of red wine, I snapped away to give you a peek into just what's around for the super rich.
























If shopping or designers really aren't your thing, you may be impressed by the street art and sculptures adorning the hotel gardens, the casinos and of course the hotels themselves!  A firm favourite of ours (and a place that one day we dream of staying) is the world famous Carlton Cannes hotel, Cannes answer to the Ritz.  A building that looks beautiful both day and night, the Carlton's architecture is really impressive.  Next time I think we'll pop in and sample a cocktail or two, just to have a nose around inside!




The Carlton by night...



A few of the strip, hotels and artwork...

















What I love most about Cannes is that there's always something to do, yet it's an uber relaxing place. The sun shines pretty much constantly in August so we had the most glorious weather (apart from one freak thunder storm!).  I enjoyed walking along the strip in the sunshine, beside the beautiful beaches.  It's lovely to feel the sun on you skin!  I also enjoyed wandering around some of the antique markets; nowhere in England can you browse through vintage Chanel and Louis Vuitton like it's the most normal thing in the world!  Even the Palais des Festivals had some quieter times; it was easier to get a photograph taken on the red carpet first thing in the morning than last thing on a night.  Then there are the amazing yachts and cars that grace Cannes-I can guarantee by the end of the holiday you'll definitely have spotted a famous persons yacht or car, and it will seem completely normal as you become more and more acquainted with Cannes culture.  I feel like I should point out here though that it CAN be affordable and its by no means pretentious! We had an amazing time-we're not mega rich but could eat out every day and found plenty of places to visit, drink in and basically have a great time without ever feeling like we were budgeting.

So if you were ever looking for somewhere new-particular if you love France and fashion as much as I do, then Cannes should definitely be on your radar!  Over the coming weeks, I'm going to post about what I wore and some other places in the glorious South of France to give you a feel for the place as a whole-I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I'm enjoying writing about it.  Thanks for reading!  Here's a few snaps to finish ;)




Palais des festivals





A bit of a view from old town Cannes...




Jean-Luc Pele macarons...yummy!



xxx