Topshop Gold Foil Velvet Leggings

I was lucky enough to snap up a pair of these beauties from Topshop last week before they sold out! At only £28.00, they are very reasonably priced and a major statement piece.

I love how they have a velvet feel and a metallic foil look. I’m saving them to wear for my Christmas day outfit but they keep catching my eye, glistening in my wardrobe whenever I open it, tempting me to wear them. They are so funky and sparkly. I must admit, its taking lots of self-control to save them for Christmas Day.

I think these are a fabulous alternative to a dress or skirt and top combination for the festive season. Despite being rather glitzy, they can also be dressed down with a chunky jumper, oversize t-shirt or tunic.

I’ll be wearing these with a cream chunky jumper and my new Christmas boots for my Christmas day outfit. What will you be wearing this Christmas?

Gold Foil Leggings - Topshop. Photo Credit: Topshsop

Gold Foil Leggings – Topshop. Photo Credit: Topshsop

Photo Credit - Topshop

Photo Credit – Topshop

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Fall Trend: Leather and Check Mini’s

Leather fabric and tartan/ check  prints are two of my favourite trends for fall 2013.  I love how both looks are really classic and versatile.  I’ve been on the hunt for a black leather pencil skirt and a cute tartan print skirt for the season ahead since I saw the highlights of the catwalk style creations many months ago.  Unfortunately my budget is extremely limited with weddings plans being my highest priority now, so I’ve been on a bargain hunt.

ASOS is amazing for finding a fashionable bargain.  I bought the following two skirts today for £41.00. I guarantee I’ll be wearing these all winter long with so many style combinations to choose from.  

leatherlookmini Image credit: ASOS.

Personally I think the leather look skirt will look great with a chunky bright coloured sweater, tights and edgy boots for a fashionably fierce yet edgy look.  I can’t wait to wear this skirt with my faux fur jacket too!

asosblackwhiteminicheck Image credit: ASOS.

The checked skirt would work well with black, white, red and green.  This skirt would also work well with a slim fitting knitted jumper, tights and funky boots.  

 

Designer in the making…

The other morning I woke with an epiphany.  It suddenly dawned on me that the answer to my problems when buying clothes is right under my nose.  I am often frustrated in shops with the finishing, sizing, and shape of clothes (well within my price range anyway).  I am really creative, adore clothes, love fashion and have always enjoyed art and design, so I have decided to try my hand at designing and creating my very own clothes.  I’m so excited I could scream. I am a complete beginner with dressmaking so this will take time and patience.  Patience is not a virtue of mine.  I also don’t do anything by halves.  So I will need to try to not get crazy with rage when my first attempt doesn’t resemble a skirt designed by Karl Lagerfeld.  However I am a perfectionist, so I look forward to learning, developing and eventually refining my skills.  I can’t wait to create my own clothes, and take pride in knowing that it’s my truly individual style. 

I decided it would be wise to invest in a good sewing/ dressmaking book for beginners to help me along the way.  I just purchased “The Dressmakers Bible: A Complete Guide to Fashion Sewing Techniques”, by Lorna Knight from Amazon.  Have any of you read this book?  I paid for special delivery because of my excitement, and can’t wait for it to arrive tomorrow. 

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(Image source: Amazon)

I’m already thinking about the wonderful range of fabrics and patterns to consider.  I’m borrowing my Mum’s sewing machine so hope to get starting this weekend.  I’m raring to go!  I’ll keep you updated with my progress and provide photographs of my journey.  If anyone has any tips, articles or anything you would like to share about designing and dressmaking I’d love to hear from you.  Happy sewing!