From Beach To Bar – Beara Beara Is The Perfect Holiday Essential

While heading abroad for a wedding recently I was stuck with that same old conundrum; what bag to pack for everyday use.

Beara Beara Juan Turquoise Bag, £68

When you fly its easy, you have a large suitcase (usually) and an even larger carry on bag – which fits everything you forgot to add in your suitcase! However, when you hit the tarmac in a foreign country and spend all day lazing by a pool – or, in my case looking after a toddler – you want a bag that you can carry all your essentials in without being big enough to block the sun.

Beara Beara Mochita Fuchsia Bag, £99

That’s why I was so impressed with Beara Beara. This brand new line of luxury leather accessories are perfect for everyday use while still giving off a stylish vibe. Their woven leather ‘Bambina’ backpacks, £72, (which are still heavily on trend for SS15) are great for heading on a day trip or act as a bottomless pit when heading to the beach, while still being chic enough to mould to any outfit. I particularly love their off-duty Ibizan style bucket bags which come in an array of bright summer hues including turquoise and fuchsia with handwoven elements.

Beara Beara Amora Mustard Bag, £91

The brand also houses an assortment of saddle, satchel and weekend bags – perfect for work and weekend retreats.

For more info on Beara Beara or to check up on all the latest fashion at Shopa.com then follow links below…

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SS13 Trend: Sorbet Shades

Candy floss tones, ice cream hues and sorbet shades are all the rage this spring/summer 2013 and with the sun shining what better way to get a new season look for less.

It’s not just online stores that are rivalling some of the major fashion power houses, as this season the high street has also been filled with baby pink, ice blue, lemon and mint undertones which are perfect for all social occasions.

If you’re in desperate need of an outfit for an occasion then why not take inspiration from the catwalks clashing pale shades with neon accents (as seen at Oscar de la Renta), or opt for a classic shade with hints of another trend such as florals (a la Erdem). However, if you do favour a darker shade (such as black – another SS13 trend) then up the fashion ante by adding in some interesting accessories such as pastel jewellery or heels to detract from the stark palette.

And remember pale doesn’t have to be boring – opt for ice cream shades for workwear filtering in strawberry, lemon and vanilla or go bolder for evening with sky blues and peppermint greens; just add a statement necklace or cuff for that added fashion pizzaz…

SS13 Trends: Metallic Mavericks

For Spring/Summer 2013 designers were keen to inject our wardrobes with an array of lustrous foils, metallic fabrics, holographic touches and iridescent sheens.

Burberry Prorsum of course had this down to a fine art clashing printed high gloss skirts with space-age shirts amongst other pieces, while other fashion houses such as Vivienne Westwood, Emporio Armani and Versace opted for a mixture of simplistic or outrageous designs which all worked well from head to toe.

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Across the water House of Holland and Jonathan Saunders both showed statement jackets in high sheen materials whilst designers like Lanvin and Rodarte added accents of silver, grey and rainbow hues to their accessory arsenals.

If you want to add some high shine into your daily wardrobe then why not take inspiration from the likes of Salvatore Ferragamo and team an opulent gold skirt with a casual knit, finished with simple accessories. If however you feel that may still be too much why not try a simple metallic nail varnish or statement necklace.

Whichever way you wear it for summer make sure to stand out from the crowd by wrapping precious metals with sparkling glitter-esque finishes and gleaming gauzy fabrics. Here’s a pick of my fav pieces (above) currently available to purchase now…

London Fashion Week: autumn/winter 2012/13 collections Day 2

This morning there seemed to be much more of a buzz surrounding the BFC show space at Somerset House. DAKS started off showing their autumn/winter 2012/13 collection with a tartan mix of light and dark browns alongside some stark black creations. The coat however where the show stopper pieces here with swing, pea and cropped versions all fitted, or hung, beautifully from models limbs. This swiftly then moved onto designer Clements Ribiero whom showed a selection of gorgeous cashmere sweaters and delightful stained glass prints on dresses, tops and trousers.

Jasper Conran autumn/winter 2012/13 collection
Jasper Conran autumn/winter 2012/13 collection

Designer Jasper Conran then ensued with a more than worthy front row which consisted of Dame Kelly Holmes, Kara Tointon, Beverley Knight, Richard E Grant and Jasmine Guinness. An autumnal palette of mocha, golds, browns and blacks and created a fabulous array of day and evening wear, especially with sequined dresses, feathered jumpers and fringed gowns; models all adorned a short low back bun in their hair with minimal make-up. Accessories wise there was a continuous use of pointed ankle shoes which were either plain leather or adorned bespoke jewels all over.

Next was a showing by Aquascutum which hosted One Direction star Harry Styles and comedian James Corden. The collection was heavily reliant on dark khaki greens, monochrome, light grey, navy and tweed collaborations. Models adorned elbow length gloves and biker chic jackets alongside leather skirts, tailored jackets and pristine white shirts. The look was quite militant but also high fashion, working day wear in an androgynous style.

At House of Holland the usual young celeb fash pack including Pixie Lott, Alexa Chung, Pixie Geldoff, Poppy Delevingne and Nick Grimshaw amongst others all took their front row seats as Henry Holland provided a nostalgic 1970s collection, complete with knitted jumpers and rainbow houndstooth pieces. This season Holland seems to be concentrating on styling women whom he is inspired by and grown up with therefore the designs slightly changed but the fun, of course, stayed.  His palette led by blue and navy skater dresses, flared leggings and all-in-ones complemented his evening dresses perfectly.

Unfortunately next up was veteran designer John Rocha whose usually wearable and colourful collections were completely thrown out by a new dark gothic inspired range. This crazy concoction of light green scrumpled dresses which quickly turned into dark chocolate browns and blacks were uninteresting and un-wearable to say the least. The saving grace however was his evening wear collection which combined wool, lace and sheer fabrics which were all infused together on dresses via panels.

Collections continue later today with shows from Temperley London, Issa, Ashley Isham and a presentation from Stella McCartney. More content to follow…

New York Fashion Week Autumn/Winter 2012/13 trend: socks in boots

When New York Fashion Week launched last Thursday (9 February 2012) no-one could foresee what trends were instantly going to be picked up within days, however, already it seems that British designer Victoria Beckham has started her own one with the socks in boots trend via her models adorning cute wooly knit socks under fabulous militant heels supplied by Christian Louboutin.

Models at Marc by Marc Jacobs wear Pantherella socks in boots

Hot on her heels was designer to the stars and several other fashion houses, Marc Jacobs, whom also added the same style Pantherella  socks to pop out of his models Dr Martin style flat boots for his Marc by Marc Jacobs collection. Pantherella, whom are incidentally celebrating their 75th anniversary this year, handed over a rich palette of charcoal, dark blue, bright red, grey and dark camel colours to the designer for the models to adorn.

Veteran designer Vera Wang also opted for the sock/boot combo encompassing mary-jane heels at one point with thinner wool designs.

However, this does look like the most fabulous accessories trend so far to emerge out of NYFW so I would bet my Michael Kors watch (apparently everyone in fashion has one) that come friday all the quirky fashion assistants and interns at London Fashion Week will have picked up on this and be rocking their bare legs and socks in boots…

Pantherella is available at Liberty’s and http://www.MrPorter.com

Fashion buy of the week: Topshop

The January blues may be making us feel down but one way to perk up your weekend is to purchase an ultra bright piece of clothing like this fabulous knitted fluro Robot motif jumper (£38) from high street fav Topshop.

Laced with neon pink big and small robots – which are knitted on front and back – this fun asset to your wardrobe will not only be a talking point amongst friends but can be kept as a staple piece all the way through to winter.

To purchase the jumper click here http://m.topshop.com/mt/www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&viewAllFlag=&catalogId=33057&storeId=12556&productId=4336515&langId=-1&sort_field=Relevance&categoryId=277012&parent_categoryId=208491&pageSize=20

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