Friday, 21 November 2014

Christmas Office Party - Pencil Skirt

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FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Winter 2014 Christmas style, what to wear for Christmas
FashionFake, fashion bloggers, UK fashion blog, Winter 2014 Christmas style, what to wear for Christmas
what i'm wearing: H&M fake fur top // Topshop pencil skirt // Topshop sueded boots // Just Fab clutch* // boyfriends bow tie // Topshop jewellery 

I have overheard some people talking about office Christmas parties, or work Christmas meals and I thought I'd style an outfit which I would wear to a work Christmas get together. I chose to mix some textures and fabrics which I associate with Christmas and that is some fake soft fur and some glitz and glamour which comes from the pencil skirt. My friend asked me the other day if velvet was 'in' - of course velvet is in especially around the holiday season! When I worked in high street stores, I always used to get excited about winter and Christmas when the velvet styles his our shelves - and this pencil skirt is not only velvet, but also glittery! Win.

When going to a work party, I think it's always best to keep a stylish but formal look - a pencil skirt is the perfect way to do it. It's one of my favourite wardrobe staples as there's so many ways in which a pencil skirt can be styled. You could also try and style this outfit with a plain T-shirt and a chunky necklace, or a long sleeved lace top with a statement cocktail ring.




Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Winter 2014 - Ice Rink Ready

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FashionFake, UK fashion blog, fashion bloggers, winter 2014 style
what i'm wearing: H&M fake fur top // Zara sequin skater skirt // Topshop chunky heel boots // Zara scarf // Topshop jewellery 

Since I've been obsessed by my new fake fur top from H&M, I've been styling it with everything. In this outfit, I've gone for a girly Autumn/Winter look and I mixed textures which gives any outfit a little extra depth: fur, sequins and a soft cotton with a pair of leather booties which really pull this looks together. Did I miss any material out?!
It's coming up to the season of Christmas markets which quite often and accompanied by ice skating rinks and I think this outfit will be really cute for just that kind of activity. I'm not crazy by the way - this outfit has to be finished by adding a pair of skin coloured tights. I get cold so easily that I couldn't even dream of walking out with bare skin so get those tights on and maybe even add some knee high chunky knitted socks!




Monday, 17 November 2014

H&M Faux Fur T-shirt - As Featured In Vogue

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what i'm wearing: H&M faux fur t-shirt (as featured in Vogue) // Topshop Joni jeans // Kurt Geiger heeled boots // Just Fab clutch* // Topshop jewellery 

I saw this faux fur t-shirt in H&M about a week or so ago and I absolutely fell in love: it's super soft, fits just right and a bargain £25! Did I mention it was also featured in the UK Vogue? The positives of this purchase are endless, and as of yet I cannot find a negative. Maybe washing it might be a little tricky, I haven't actually checked the label but it might be a dry clean only job.

In this post I styled my new favourite top with a pair of skinny blue jeans and some statement heels - this can be dressed up like I did with the heels and clutch, ultimately swap the heels for a pair of Converse and the clutch for an oversized shopper and your look is casual and stylish.
Because the top makes a statement itself, I kept my accessories to a minimum and just added a thin chain style necklace and a skinny bracelet for a little bit of sparkle.




Monday, 10 November 2014

H&M Stripes

what i'm wearing: H&M striped dress // Primark chain necklace // Zara patent boots // Chanel bag

Hey guys! So as you saw last week I went to the Festival Place Big Brands Weekend and whilst I was there, I (naturally) picked up a few items from H&M. One of them was this stripy dress which is one of my favourite wardrobe items now - it's so flattering and so chic!
I love simple patterns like stripes as they're so easy to wear. And this dress looks great with a pair of black opaque tights and black boots to elongate your legs.
Pair with red lips and a classic style handbag et voila! Parisian chic made simple. Thanks H&M!




Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Autumn Root Vegetable Soup Recipe

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FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe
FashionFake, UK lifestyle blog, food bloggers, easy vegetable soup recipe

I love soups - especially thick, warm, spiced soups which are perfect to make in Autumn and Winter when it's miserable and cold outside. Soups are great because they are easy to make, can be frozen to use for later and they give you a massive hit of vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
This is one of my favourite soups and it is my Autumnal root vegetable soup made from two types of squash, carrots and herbs.

What you'll need (serves around 4-6 people):
A medium sized butternut squash
A medium sized seasonal squash
2 big carrots
1 red onion
2 cloves of garlic
Chicken stock (1 cube dissolved in a pint of water)
A pinch of sorrel (or a squeeze of lime)
Herbs de Provence
Parmesan
Extra virgin olive oil
Paprika
Salt and pepper to taste

The hard part is peeling the squash. If anyone knows of an easy way to peel these gorgeous vegetables, then please comment and let me know because I struggle! I end up having to chop them up into pieces and then peel the pieces - it takes ages. After you're all peeled, cut the squash into small chunks - this way it will cook quicker. Chop up the rest of the carrots into small chunks, and the garlic and onion into small pieces.
In a pan, warm up olive oil and throw in the chopped up garlic and onion to brown. Once browned, throw in the squash and carrots to brown them. Let them brown for about 10 minutes, then pour in 3/4 of the chicken stock - let this now simmer on a low heat for about 20 minutes (remember to put the lid on your pan to trap the steam in!) Add in the sorrel, paprika and herbs de Provence and season with salt and pepper about 5 minutes before you take the pan off the heat.
Once the squash is nice and soft, you can transfer the vegetables into a blender and add in the rest of the stock to thin the soon to be soup. Blend until smooth and remember that you can add in more stock to thin the soup - but I like mine thick!

To serve, pour the soup into bowls, drizzle with a little olive oil and add in some grated Parmesan. I also made Parmesan toast to go with the soup - just grate some cheese on to toast pieces and place in the over until golden and crispy!
I love this soup and you can make so many different variations of it - just experiment with tastes and vegetables.

Today is the day that it saddens me to say that the chicken you all loved so much (pictured below) is dead. You can thank Liam for the demise of the chicken which is now in pieces. RIP chicken from HomeSense!



Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Day to Night Office Look

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what i'm wearing: Primark printed jacket // All Saints asymmetric dress // Just Fab boots* // Primark chain necklace 

This is a very simple outfit which is fashionable and noticeable due to two key features: the busy print on the jacket and the asymmetric cut of the dress. I love this jacket from Primark which I got in the sale for £5 - £5! Such a bargain. I also got the dress in an All Saints sale - All Saints is one of my favourite stores but I don't have the budget to shop there very often so it's either got to be really special or on sale! I think this is the point that I'd like to make with my outfits, that you don't have to break the bank and always buy new clothes - you can and should recycle your old clothes and hunt for bargains! It's all part of the fun.
This outfit is great for a busy day at the office as the boots from Just Fab are mega comfy and it's also something that can take you from day to night.



Monday, 3 November 2014

Big Brands Weekend at Festival Place, Basingstoke

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FashionFake, Festival Place Basingstoke, fashion bloggers, Big Brands Weekend Festival Place
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Clothes on models all from Festival Place, Basingstoke

Last week I was invited to visit the Big Brands Weekend in Festival Place, Basingstoke, where some of the biggest names on the high street showcased their latest styles of clothing, accessories and shoes. I live close to Basingstoke, so I often pop in to check out what the stores have on offer with some of my favourites being Zara, H&M, Office and Primark.

There was a main catwalk by H&M and M&S with shows happening at midday, 2pm and 4pm where you could see models strutting (and even dancing!) their way down the catwalk styled in items from shops such as M&S, Debenhams, French Connection, Next and Monsoon among many other favourite high street names. The show was also accompanied by a prize draw where a Twitter fan could win prizes like an iPod touch as well as some other amazing items.
I really enjoyed watching the show and getting inspired to start planning Christmas party outfits filled with lace, glitter and faux fur - not mixed together of course.

Although the event is now finished, a lot of stores are currently offering discounts on various items until next weekend - so if you're local or in the area of Basingstoke, pop down and grab yourself some bargains! My mother and I spent some time shopping after the show, so I picked up some goodies for really great prices.
As well as shopping, Festival Place offers a variety of restaurants where you can settle to eat after you're all shopped out - a personal favourite of mine is Wagamamas... Yum!