3 good reasons to wear the Off-Duty Model Black Jeans

There is an enduring casual staple that everyone should be embracing: for the past couple of seasons we saw many skinny models wear the skin-tight black ankle grazer jeans, ripped at the knees with a single precise cut.
Endowed with leg slimming powers and a rock’n’roll edge reminiscent of Aerosmith and the Rolling Stones, this pair of Topshop Leigh ankle grazers can take you from school run duty to dinner effortlessly.

Here are three ways we came up with to wear the Off-Duty model black jeans:

Teamed with a Tartan shirt worn around the waist and a contrasting look of white Chuck Taylor Converse shoes and our new favourite brand for tank tops Army Of 1 (which we have washed countless times and still look brand new), this look is very much in the moment combining all the elements of a grunge and rock afficionado. Add an electric blue touch with the PS1 satchel by Proenza Schouler and a multi-layer necklace by Zara which we’ve amped up with extra shimmering crystals.






The second look we created is a tone-on-tone version with the same rock’n’roll edge: roll up the sleeves of a man’s leopard print t-shirt (shop these great options by Saint Laurent in Black and white and in dark red , wear a pair of studded ankle boots by Ash or Isabel Marant Etoile and sling on your shoulder a loud fringe leather bag by Monserat de Lucca.







Take your black skinnies to dinner with a glammed up Skull print t-shirt by Zadig & Voltaire, a black blazer by Massimo Dutti and skull print scarf by Alexander McQueen. Don’t forget to flash a bit of colour when you turn away with a pair of classic Christian Louboutin stilettos and a bold red lip.








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The Elegant Evening Boot

You don’t have to freeze to carry off an elegant evening look, let’s put those days of strolling down Picadilly street in tightless open toe sandals well behind us, because the evening boot just got sexier and hotter than ever.

Below is our pick of the most gorgeous designer booties around, be sure to wear them for years to come as they won’t go out of date.



Shop them all by clicking on these links:

Fringed ankle boots by Valentino
Flame suede ankle boots by Bottega Veneta
Suede and metallic python ankle boots by Haider Ackermann
Gortik 120 python and patent-leather ankle boots by Christian Louboutin
Suede peep toe booties by Gianvito Rossi
Yvette Suede boots by Giuseppe Zanotti
Lace-up suede ankle boots by Gianvito Rossi

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The statement layered top

As we are starting to enjoy slightly cooler mornings, we are layering a cotton gauze white shirt with a cropped sweatshirt and a statement necklace by JCrew for a casual yet pulled together morning school run outfit. Roll up the sleeves and streamline the layered look with ultra skinny New Baxter slit jeans by Topshop and a pair of white Converse trainers. We kept the look fresh with a giant holographic clutch from Zara, shop similar here.

Layered shirt and sweatshirt top

Casual layered jeans outfit


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Christmas shopping for the Beauty buffs

It is never too early to start your Christmas shopping especially if you want to avoid last minute stressful situations and bad gift choices, just because you didn’t have enough time to think them through at all and grabbed whatever was left over. Not to mention the fact that online stores will need a few extra days to cope with the volume of orders coming their way. That’s why we are profiling different shopping guides to cater for all tastes and preferences. This week we are focusing on exclusive products for the Beauty obsessed friends and women in your life : from the most outrageous to the best packaging, there really is something for everyone.

From the most extravagant Tom Ford Trousseau Gift Set to fulfill the beauty buff’s wildest dreams GBP 925 available at Selfridges:

The Tom Ford Beauty Trousseau showcases a collection of transforming tools and products from sumptuous colours for lips, eyes and cheeks to complexion perfecting makeup, plus the essential makeup brushes to create a captivating, sensuous Tom Ford look. Includes: Concealer, Correcting pen, Illuminating primer, Traceless perfecting foundation, Illuminating highlight pen, Shade and illuminate Intensity One, Brow sculpt Espresso, Foundation brush, Cream foundation brush, Concealer brush, Shade and illuminate brush, Cheek brush, Illuminating Powder Translucent, Eye color quad Golden Mink, Eye color quad Titanium Smoke, Nail lacquer Bordeaux Lust, Lip color: Indian Rose, Lip color Cherry Lush, Extreme mascara RavenThis.

The Beauty Box Summer Beauty Box for GBP 25 available at Selfridges, ideal for the bronzed-obsessed babes

Get set for the new season with Selfridges’ limited edition Summer Beauty Box. From bold and bright nail colour to barely there BB cream, there is something to suit every beauty fan. Priced at £25 and worth £70, the box contains nine beauty must haves, making it the ultimate kit for beach and city escapes. Includes Aqua Splash Tangle Teezer, Models Own Neon Nail Varnish, Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray, Molton Brown Blissful Templetree Shower Gel, Caudalie Beauty Elixir, St. Tropez Instant Glow Face Lotion, Jane Tran Hair Clips, Erborian BB Cream, Lancaster After Sun and St. Tropez exclusive in store offer card.Selfridges Summer Beauty BoxAqua Splash Tangle TeezerModels Own Neon Nail VarnishBumble and Bumble Surf Spray 50mlMolton Brown Blissful Templetree Shower Gel 100mlCaudalie Beauty Elixir 30mlSt. Tropez Instant Glow Face Lotion 50mlJane Tran Hair ClipsErborian BB Cream 15mlLancaster After Sun 40mlSt. Tropez exclusive in store offer card. Summer Beauty Box.

We are obsessed with Charlotte Tilbury’s easy to apply and match colour sets according to the look you want to achieve: The Rebel look set at GBP 140 is ideal for Holiday make up

The Rebel is a color-confident look inspired by iconic provocateurs like Madonna and Grace Jones. Make the most of this transformative seven-piece set with Charlotte Tilbury’s expert tips: Sculpt and color your cheeks with the clever two-tone Cheek to Chic blush – the shimmery peach outer color is for your cheek bones and the matte central shade will add a pop of color to the apple of your cheeks.

    • For a more natural day look, wash the eyelids in the Prime and Enhance shadows, defining the upper lash line with the Bedroom Black Rock ‘N’ Kohl pencil, then apply the lash-enhancing Full Fat mascara and finish with a slick of pretty pink Hall Of Fame Lip Lustre Lacquer
    • Dial up the look after dark by defining your socket with the metallic green Smoke and Pop eye shadows. Trace along the bottom waterline with the eye pencil, then create shape pout with the Lip Cheat Liner in bold Kiss ‘N’ Tell
    • To finish your lip, load a brush and fill in with punchy red lipstick Love Bite
    • Comes in a 1st edition printed cosmetics case


Laura Mercier Nude Smokey Eyeshadow palette is a great gift for the girl who loves perfecting her eye make up, GBP 73:

Laura Mercier has personally selected each shade in this palette to create the ultimate smoky eye look. Complete with four neutral powders to prime, enhance and highlight, it also features the signature Tightline Cake Eye Liner – dubbed “the secret weapon for lining and defining.”


Yves Saint Laurent Radiant Make up set is a great for the skin perfectionist who wants to master the art of concealing imperfections, priced at GBP 49.5

Complete with a luxurious black pouch, the complete set targets and improves youthful looking skin for a natural, dewey glow.This set contains:Mascara Volume Effect Faux CilsTouche Eclat Original ShadeForever Youthe Liberator Serum 15ml


Le Metier de Beaute Kaleidoscope Eye Kit at GBP 78.75 is the coolest packaging that eye shadow has seen in a long time

  • EXCLUSIVE TO NET-A-PORTER.COM. Le Métier de Beauté’s Kaleidoscope Eye Kit is inspired by Carnaby Street – London’s famous shopping district, synonymous with the Swinging Sixties. The four complementary shades can be applied using the brand’s signature ‘Couches de Couleur’ (layers of color) technique, or worn separately for a subtler look. The handy mirror is perfect for on-the-go touch-ups. The set comprises of four shades: Cameo, a shimmering peachy pink; Anorak, a shimmering warm taupe; Jackie, a matte mauve; Dandy, a shimmering kingfisher-blue

    • Powders are finely milled for a silky-smooth texture and blendable application
    • Lightweight case includes compact mirror and each product slides and clicks smoothly into place


For the hair-obsessed Argan Oil by Kahina Giving Beauty is a great haircare and beauty multi-purpose oil that has been used for hundreds of years by Berber women, priced at GBP 64.75

A skin cleanser, bath oil, hair tamer and hand treatment, Moroccan women have been using Argan Oil for centuries to fight the effects of the desert sun. Rich in Vitamin E, hydrating Linoleic Acid and circulation-stimulating fatty acids, this responsibly sourced oil is the ultimate beauty multi-tasker (and a great product to travel with when you’re short on space). Kahina Giving Beauty donates a percentage of its profits to supporting programs that improve the lives of Berber women. 100% of the total ingredients are from Organic Farming. Soothes skin naturally, easily absorbed for a radiant glow.


Juno Hydroactive cellular face oil at GBP 85.75 is a great facial oil to rejuvenate the complexion

Formulated with a potent blend of cold-pressed superfood seed oils, Sunday Riley’s ‘Juno’ oil treatment illuminates your complexion with a youthful glow. A patent-pending combination of natural Retinols, Vitamin C, essential Amino Acids and Omegas 3, 6 and 9 penetrates deep into the epidermis to calm inflammation, increase collagen production and soften fine lines. This quick-absorbing formula is suited to all skin types, even those that are eczema prone.


Bliss Triple Oxygen Starter kit is one of our all-time favourite morning after skin remedies, especially after countless nights staying up late and partying, priced at GBP 34

Recreate the bliss spa triple oxygen treatment in 4 simple steps. An at-home introduction to the Triple Oxygen Treatment, bliss spa’s signature radiance-revving facial, this bliss triple oxygen starter kit includes introductory sizes of the top glow-getting formulas: Triple Oxygen Instant Energizing Cleansing Foam, Instant Energizing Mask, Instant Energizing Eye Gel and Triple Oxygen+C Energizing Cream. It’s a spa-in-a-box set that will get you on the ‘bright’ track in no time. bliss triple oxygen starter kit is worth over £35 and includes: – bliss triple oxygen instant energizing cleansing foam 50ml Removes makeup and impurities, hydrates and refreshes. – bliss triple oxygen instant energizing mask 10ml Delivers glow-giving oxygen to skin with FluidO2 Technology. – bliss triple oxygen instant energizing eye gel 5ml Deflates puff and blurs fine lines with soft focus powders. – bliss triple oxygen + c energizing cream 15ml Leaves skin dewy and helps promote collagen.


Bliss Fabulips-pout-o-matic lip perfecting system is the tool you wouldn’t really think of buying for yourself as it is indulgent and a pure luxury, but imagine how excited the recipient of this gorgeous gift would be, priced at just GBP 34

Super-charge your lipcare routine with Bliss Spa’s breakthrough fabulips ‘pout’-o-matic, the must-have beauty tool for women who must have beautiful lips. This pro-powered lip-perfecting device uses gentle rotation and a custom-designed head with massaging nubs to softly yet effectively stimulate and exfoliate your pair, buffing away flakiness and dryness. Used with our nourishing fabulips sugar lip scrub, ‘pout’-o-matic will instantly revitalize, rejuvenate and smooth. The result: soft, healthy, beautiful lips that will look even more amazing with your favorite lip color.


Benefit Cheek and Lip kit, is awesome value for money that comes in the funkiest packaging possible, priced at GBP25

Benefit Cheek and Lip Kit – Sugarlicious. This pocket-size lip and cheek kits add a pop of colour to your look: Morning, Noon or Night. The kit includes: Benetint, High Beam, Sugarbomb box o`powder, Sugarbomb lip gloss and powder brush. Deliciously Nude Lip and Cheek kit, all contained in a mirrored box.

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Winter Must Have: Capes that give you style wings

As the temperatures continue to drop and before we need to bring out those down filled-parkas and anoraks, let’s revel in the key shape of the season: the cape, which exposes the arms and adds a dash of Harry Potter drama to your look.

From coats to wraps and sleevless blazers we’ve rounded up the best Capes of the season. Shop sooner than later to stay on top of your chic game.

Top Row from left to right: Marios Schwab cape available at Selfridges, Ann Taylor navy belted cape coat available at Ann Taylor (US customers only), Vivienne Westwood Tartan cape available at Selfridges.

Second row: we’ve picked 2 of the best cape blazers around: Barbara Bui Cape Blazer available at Forward by Elyse Walker, Champagne Taste Cape Blazer available at Nastygal (for the babe on a budget)

Third row: Cream and Grey wool cape by Karen Millen , Black cape by Joseph and a more sporty day-to-day grey cape by Warehouse, all available at Selfridges.


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Designer crush: Self Portrait

Our latest new designer obsession is East London- based designer Han Chong behind Self Portrait Label, which is now the talk of the web and the new label to go to for affordable fashion-forward and cleverly designed and crafted party and cocktail dresses. A graduate of Central Saint Martins in London, and a former founder of accessible label Three Floor, this young budding Chinese talent is stocked at Selfridges, Shopbop and ASOS. We are in love with the entire collection of midi and mini dresses in pure shades of white and black.
On a recent fashion show in Dubai we opted for this cute cut-out lace mini with a ruffled skirt edge, echoing the upcoming cut-out trend and white obsession of the recent Spring Summer 2015 shows. Teamed up with statement green cage sandals from Reiss which we’ve had for 3 years now and a black Y cross body purse from Saint Laurent, the outfit felt fresh and effortless, and what better way to dress up for our own self portrait.
Shop blue sandals by Aquazzura and Saint Laurent bag by clicking on the highlighted words.







Photos by Hania Farroukh

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3 ways to wear Etoile Isabel Marant’s kimono top

We just received our present from Net-A-Porter, that we ordered just three days ago: an Etoile Isabel Marant kimono top in cream and the concealed wedge Etoile boots. We really were excited about these casual basics as we knew we would be getting the most wear out of them.

We paired this key top from The Etoile collection in three different ways that all scream boho chic: a light version to wear in Dubai’s smouldering heat, a slightly more urban and preppy look to wear in London and a shaggy boho ensemble to wear in a ski resort , over hot chocolate in front of a fire place.

The lightweight Dubai version: simply paired with denim boyfriend shorts and silver jewellery bought from a market in Istanbul , we added a luxe touch with out latest bag obsession the leather fringed bag by Monserat de Luccaand a pair of snakeskin sandals by Alexandre Birman. Double decker stack ring by Henri Bendel.






We also think that this top works great dressed up a bit more smartly with burgundy skinny jeans by Paige Denim, a military navy coat (this one is 5 years old from French Connection) and smart court shoes in Grey from Miu Miu (shop this pair by Charlotte Olympia), vintage studded clutch by Sara Berman.




Plan your next ski getaway or even a week in New York with a boho monochrome look of leather mini skirt (this one is by Zara), faux fur gilet as an alternative to a warm sweater and those leg lengthening and ankle slimming concealed wedge boots by Isabel Marant. Fringed leather bag by Monserat De Lucca.









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Resurrecting the Black Swan

As we were clearing out our closet and being merciless about every single piece we hadn’t worn in the last 3 years, a flamboyant dark grey skirt emerged from the rubbles of 2004. This reconstructed cotton gauze full skirt is by British high street brand Oasis!
Our thoughts immediately turned to updating it with a very summer 2014 crop top and a pair of luxe lace- up ballerinas by Aquazzura, giving the skirt an air of urban Black Swan.


The originality of the design and the softness of the fabric, make the skirt look like a one-of-a-kind garment by some progressive new designer from East London.
Yes folks , this long-lost skirt made us think really hard about the state of our high street stores : shapes and designs are now often copied from the catwalks with very little originality and you would be lucky to find anything on those racks that isn’t made of some form of non-breathable polyester. Cotton, it seems, is no longer an option given the scarcity of the crops nowadays and silk is reserved for higher priced ranges. Even some of the designer names are holding on to margins by selling us polyester garments , which quite frankly is shameful given the inflation in designer prices over the last ten years.

Say no to Polyester, say no to unoriginality , and hold on to those beautifully- made vintage pieces , no matter how cheap you got them for.








Shop Black Crop top by Nicholas, sculptural skirt by JW Anderson, Aquazzura Belgravia shoes.

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Hip Hop Glam: Tomboy Look

We were in an urban hip hop mood , minus the baseball cap and chunky jewellery. We wanted to glam up the slouchy Boyfriend Jeans and Muscle Tank with lady-like accessories and keep it all comfy enough for a stroll around the city.
With our favourite headphones by Skull Candy around our neck, a denim shirt wrapped around our hips and the all-essential two-tone Chloe Baylee bag slung on our shoulder , we literally rocked our Topshop Shredded jeans and customised muscle tank by 3.1 Phillip Lim with a touch of very Valentino Red Rockstud ballerinas.
Just throw over the lot a black leather biker jacket by Karen Millen and our favourite gold tone and leather Vita Fede bracelets.










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The Perfect Jeans Cut for Pear-shapes

The last season has been all about resurrecting jeans washes and cuts from eras long gone by: take the Boyfriend for instance which works great with any figure , the Mom jeans which we still don’t feel flatter anyone (no offense mum) , and the High-waisted ultra skinny jean.
If you’re not blessed with the figure of Elle Macpherson or have an impossibly tiny waist , the high waisted skinny will only add pounds to your overall frame and put emphasis on your “burger aftermath” belly.

As a pear shaped woman with a waistline that has grown a couple of inches thicker post-baby, I have become a true size 10 from the waist down and still remain a size 8 on top.
For the past few years I had bought in bulk from Topshop their mid-rise Baxter cut in every single wash and colour. The cut is roomy enough around the hips and upper thighs and still flattering on the waist, behind and legs.

Until the Baxter cut completely disappeared from the Topshop floor and was replaced by it’s skinnier higher waisted counterpart the Leigh. We are thrilled that the Baxter is back in a new improved form: with a touch of stretch added to the fabric, a skinnier fit around the calf , a shorter hem that flatters the slimmest part of the ankle and strategically placed knee rips. The New Baxter is the best skinny pair of denims (and may we add the most affordable you could find) to flatter your fuller and less than model figure.

We’ve styled it by resurrecting the 80s with a touch of new millennium , by opting for a light wash and going for a total denim look. Just add legendary stilettos by Gianvito Rossi or the most comfortable Christian Louboutin pump (the 100 Décolleté), a structured black bag for a touch of modernism and gold tone jewelry with accents of black. Wear this look for a casual night out or a spin around the city.
You can also play the Eighties card further with a racer back varsity inspired tank top from Koton or Etoile by Isabel Marant and a pair of Converse canvas shoes. Stack up your bracelets and sling across your chest a small cross body bag for a contemporary touch.










Shop New Baxter Jeans by Topshop
Denim shirt by River Island
Christian Louboutin Décolleté courts
Miu Miu Madras bag
Starburst Necklace by House of Harlow
Leather bracelet by Vita Fede
Love Bracelet by Cartier
Arrow bracelet by Vita Fede</






Shop New Baxter Jeans by Topshop
Racer back tank top by Etoile Isabel Marant
Red Converse trainers by Chuck Taylor
Cross body bag by Rebecca Minkoff
Aloha Bracelet by Vanessa Azeriga
Three Fiji friendship bracelets by Monica Vinader
Love bracelet by Cartier
Arrow bracelet by Vita Fede

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