The latest shoe trend

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I recently wrote a guest post for Kovert Designs where I expressed my love and interest for Festive Fall Fashion. One of the trends that I spoke about, is undoubtedly a wardrobe must have for this celebratory Season. Ofcourse, I’m talking about the classic over the knee boot! Offering endless versatility in terms of practicality and wearability, these signature boots can be styled with skinny jeans, oversized jumpers or mini skirts – giving you a powerful twist to an every day look.

Being a delicate 5ft2, with size 3 feet, I wondered if the over the knee boot would swamp someone of my height and shoe size, however after some thorough ‘research trips’ to the shops, I can confirm, that to my delight, they flatter most! These boots are everywhere, and since we’re nearing the January Sales, I suggest hunting for your perfect pair. I ended up purchasing some from New Look – priced at £44.95 – however I’ve found ones much cheaper and more expensive online, so heeled or not, go with what you’d be most comfortable in.

I also decided to head to Pinterest, to see how others were Styling theres. It was here where I looked into Ad Campaigns, Catwalk looks and Celebrity outfits. I’m now pretty confident that whatever the occasion, anyone from Madonna to you CAN rock this look! Take a peek at some of the images below to see this latest trend in all its editorial and catwalk beauty!

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Let me know what shoe trends you’re loving this Season and how you’re spending your New Years! I’m excited to do a follow up post soon, where I’ll be styling up my knee high boots :)

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A ‘Berry’ Autumnal OOTD!

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Good afternoon Style lovers! I hope you’re all well and are enjoying this beautiful time of year.

Today i’d like to share with you a little outfit inspiration post, perfect for an Autumnal day or evening out! Whilst the leaves begin to crisp and the air starts to bite, I have put together a few of my favourite pieces, that will keep you as snug as a bug, yet still managing to give you that on trend and glamorous look.

One of my favourite trends this season, is the extension of the floral trend. We saw it boom throughout SS14, and has developed into something i’m sure will carry us right through to the heart of winter! With the subtle features of Autumnal colour ways and more warm toned prints, florals are the perfect ‘pop’ of something, when paired with items that are a little more muted down. This stunning floral shirt, placed underneath my favourite faux fur collared cape (by Next), is from H&M at a fantastic 19.99 – although I recently heard it’s now cheaper if you buy online, so gogogo my little floral friendlings!

To draw the Autumnal colours out of my shirt, I decided to add a block berry coloured head piece, by wearing my gorgeous Gemini hat! As stated within my previous post, Gemini is a leading independent, selling brands such as French Connection (which is who this hat is by), Hobbs, Sandwich Clothing….and many more, so go and give them a cheeky check out and a like on Facey B! This piece adds a little statement to the outfit, and in my opinion, brings it all together. What would we do without accessories, ay?

Finally I’m wearing my trusty, chunky shoes from Topshop, and a pair of subtle snake print like leggings :). What items are you loving at the moment? If you have any favourites or have written a similar outfit post to this, leave me a link in the comments, as i’d love to check them out!

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AW14 Wearable Styling with Gemini-Fashion!

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Gemini – A leading independent stockist, selling contemporary British, Scandinavian and European fashion!

To me, Gemini is THE perfect go-to online store, in terms of finding those all essential wearable pieces, for any type of occasion or season! Since October has gracefully greeted us with its glistening presence, and true leaf-crunching nostalgia, I decided to share a few of my favourite Autumn/Winter items, predominantly from one of Gemini’s most growingly popular ranges, Sandwich-Clothing.

Gemini invited myself and two other babe’in bloggers, Sophie & Steph, into their Studio, where we had the opportunity to style up some of the pieces, shown below. I wanted to showcase a variety of wearable looks, in terms of professional work wear and day wear, which could also be easily transformed into an evening outfit, with just a change in accessories or shoes. Ofcourse, this season’s must have colours, include ones that are magically muted down and wonderfully warm, with the odd pop of cool tones, thrown in for good measure! It’s certainly an exciting time of year, and is one of my favourites, due to the versatility of layering!

I’m also a huge fan of appropriately enhancing a fresh face…which leads me on to the next exciting element of the shoot! The day with Gemini also consisted of some rather insightful hair and makeup prep, created by two lovely ladies, over at Benefit cosmetics and Mathew Curtis hair salon. Consequently, if you’re interested in seeing a separate blog post, focussing upon the latest AW hair & makeup trends, then do let me know in the comments, as i’d love to include some of the advice I was given, from my day too!

So, without further or do, grab a cuppa, load up Gemini, and if you’re interested in a little AW fashion inspo, then do scroll on.

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With this look, it’s all about the hat! Adding statement accessory pieces can really work wonders in terms of creating an on trend, yet wearable look, no matter the occasion or season. Make sure you take some ‘snaps’ too – polaroids preferable!

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 This look just oozes a leisurely ladies lunch date! With a coffee in one hand, and perhaps some shopping bags in the other?, this look is perfect for taking you from the cold to warm in a matter of layers. The boots are SO cute too!

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Finally, if you fancy quirking it up a little, why not get creative with your comfys! Wearing heeled boots and a statement necklace with more casual and muted down items, gives the outfit wearability and style.

There are so many more outfits I’d have loved to have shared, but I think it’s time you took a peek for yourself! Do let me know what staple pieces you’re loving this season, and if you’ve styled them up, leave your links in the comments below!

TTFN style lovers, big smils, Hollybobs X

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AW14 Date Night Lust List!

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Hello style lovers! I hope you’re enjoying the weekend so far.

With the weather transitioning from rays to rain, this season doesn’t have to be dull and dreary, like some people may associate with September onwards, especially within the wardrobe department! For me, this season is all about sparkle, snuggles and sass! With the exciting lead up to events such as Bonfire night, Christmas and New Year, one popular occasion I often think is perfect to plan around this time of year, is date night!

For us long term relationshipers’ – ‘date night’ occurs on the rather rare occasion, and for those newbie couples, it can’t happen enough! Either way, whoever you are (even if you’re an independent woman & fancy some new outfit inspiration for your night out with the gals), I have the cutest date night lust list, right here, on i2style! I recently participated in a fashion blogger photoshoot for a fab company called Gemini…and let me tell you, there was some serious lusting going on behind those rails! Both their online site and stunning store, located in the sophisticated little town of Stratford Upon Avon, is home to a number of wearable and on trend brands. Ones such as French Connection, Sandwich Clothing, Hobbs and more, it really is a place for everyone!

After our divine day at the shoot, (photos to follow soon), I decided to have a real good look at some of the items, I may have missed in store, by going online. After looking through just a few of the brands they stock, I was already finding myself creating an imaginary lust list, and thought the items would be perfect for a date, day or night! As a result I thought what better way of expressing my love for some of the garments, than with this very blog post, so you all can too, get a little outfit inspo.

I chose to share these more softer, cool toned pastel items, due to their feminine prints, cuts and over all look. They would all work well together, with the added option of a pair of tights or leggings, if the frost decided to bite more than we’d perhaps like! The boots seemed to give the outfit a subtle, yet sexy, statement look too – without over powering it.

Let me know your thoughts on the items shown above, and what your favourite items are from the site. Perhaps you could create your own lust list too, and don’t forget to send me and Gemini the link, as we’d love to see!

Big loves, as always, Hollybobs x

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Styling up with Smiley!

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I have been a fan of Smiley since I was a wee little nipper! Its 90’s nostalgia, fills me with fun and fabulous memories! Yet, since I attended their AW14 press day at Boxpark – London, whilst interning, I was able to see a huge transition, where Smiley’s design concepts, incorporated more modern day trends, in a much more unique manner! The pieces I saw were wearable, fresh, and still managed to elicit the true Smiley stamp, throughout! (Mentioning that I dribbled over almost every garment and accessory, is possibly an understatement)…I was impressed to say the least.

Since then, I have not only included some footage from the press event, within one of my latest vlogs, I decided to style up two of some pretty sassy Smiley caps! The colours of the caps worked perfectly, with the outfit I had in mind for this shoot. Where I live; in Birmingham, England, we are currently in the seasonal transitional period, where by our Summer days are no longer filled with bright and bold block print cocktail dresses, or warm and hazy pimms Summer evenings…no sir! They are beginning to feel more crisp and much, much cooler! Consequently wearing a more monotoned combination, seemed the best way to go, and with the slight pops of colour the caps displayed, the outfit became complete, (in a much more complimentary fashion, than I had originally envisioned)!

Take a look at the images shown below, to see the clothing combo and slight colour flashes. I feel they work great when moving from a Summer wardrobe, into a more Autumnal one. The greatest element to an outfit such as this one, is being able to layer! Plus, with the added awesomeness of a Minion in Chanel on my top, my life is complete :p. I hope you’ve all had a beautiful Summer so far, do let me know what pieces you’ve been putting together for this current season, and what brands you’ll been heading for, for AW14, i’d love to know!

– Caps | Smiley – Minion Top | Camden Market – Long Cardigan | River Island – Skort | Topshop – Shoes | Tamaris Shoe Party – Lips | Mac Russian Red –

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