Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: that party dress

Who doesn’t like a pretty frock? Come on! And when they come well priced, that even better.

Adrianna Papell is a brand that strives to deliver a feeling, not only a look, taking into consideration our individuality as women. Designs are modern, chic and vary in style to suit different ages, body types and styles.

 

 

I found sizing is quite generous, created to fit real bodies. Both designs I tried are size 10 and they were a bit big for me, so I have to be pinned at the back! The fit fit is good, skimming in the right places.

I was thrilled to be invited to a little Adrianna Papell red carpet shoot, which included a little champagne pamper at House of Fraser Oxford St in London.

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I had a fab YSL makeup and checked out their latest launches which was followed by a lovely styling by Aveda (do you know that they know have a dry conditioner? YES!) .

Just because I am greedy, I tried 2 different full length styles. A gorgeous black number embroided with flowers, which was dreamy,. The flowers, in bright colours, cascade down the torso into the flowing skirt.

I then went on to wear a silver two piece, as I thought it was quite different and slightly reminiscing of Indian wedding wear, making a lovely alternative to a sari if you are a guest.

The top had a little bit of transparency, which I am a big fan of, and intricate beading was present throughout both pieces. The high-waist skirt was more skin tight, opening slightly on a pretty heavy-ish train.

Both designs featured beading heavily, but felt very comfortable to wear, not to heavy. They also have in-built bras so you don’t need to worry about that!

Really pretty, and they look more expensive than they are!

You can get Adrianna Papell dresses from House of Fraser, of course and from Debenhams.

Their prices vary from £120 to £350 at HoF website, so you can get a new one for every wedding/race/event/garden party you attend this summer!

All pics by James McCauley.

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We are better together: Carol Aquino for So Many Lovely Things

Wow. That’s how I am opening. I never thought I’d get someone other than my selfish and picky self to write on So Many Lovely Things.

The day, however, has come. Welcome Carol Aquino *all clap*.

Our paths crossed randomly a few years ago but just recently we realised we may have more in common than previously accounted for. Add to that the fact Carol, originally from Rio but a good old London soul like myself, has enviable credentials and boom.

In all honesty, I am over the moon (surprised and a bit incredulous, tbh) she agreed to become a collaborator on So Many Lovely Things. I cannot say enough how ecstatic I am to get a bit of her shimmering sea of knowledge, professionalism and fun over the blog.

Ms. Aquino brings extensive fashion, style and communications expertise, plus a ridiculous gift for seeing the future (she works in trend forecasting) to the little blog, to make up for some of my shortcomings, mainly in knowledge, but also in, erm… lazy assness time to create more posts.

The low-dow:

  • MA in Fashion Journalism (London College of Fashion)
  • Extensive experience on international trend forecasting (she worked for Stylus and trendwatching.com)
  • A background in economics, mainly providing poignant research for politics.
  • An undying love of glitter and dancing (hello! <3)

Some of you may have already seen her on my Instagram or at an event, so will not be surprised to see her face (and wise words) ’round here too.

Carol will be covering fashion, trends, style, lifestyle and to be honest, anything she wants, gracing us with her fabulous flair and that eye in the future!

Catch her on Instagram (@carolaquino), Twitter (@querouaquino) and of course, here real soon.

The Christmas jumper edition 2016

I’ve been a total bah-humbug this season; I love Christmas but many factors in my life this year somehow don’t make me feel like being suuuuuper festive.

Yeah, well done universe from stripping the Christmas spirit from one of the biggest Christmas lover.

Having said that, I cannot resist a good Xmas jumper, so here is my selection, just in time for the last leg of office parties and of course, Christmas jumper day, the 16th December.

primark-treePrimark always delivers on the Christmas jumper (and great price tag) front. Although there are many great ones (even a little santa/elf dress), I have to go for this little black jumper. With a Christmas tree. WHICH LIGHTS UP. £16.

topshopTopshop keeps it stylish with this pretty metallic star jumper which won’t look out of place after Christmas. £55.

missguidedI love a naughty jumper and Missguided always have one. This is £18.

The selection at Boohoo is fabulous – from naughty to nice and going through the quirky, I could not just pick one – so here is this adorable reindeer (£15), the loved up emoji (£12) and Festive AF (£15).

asos-kissA few cute ones over at ASOS, including pretty pastel plus size ones. My pick goes to the mistletoe (£18 on sale).

nextIf you are looking for classy Xmas jumpers, head to next; I picked this Christmas pudding (£26) one, which is just too adorable!

river-islandTalking about classy ones, how about this polar bear (£25) number from River Island in non-christmassy black grey and pink? So cute!

F&F for Tesco has jumpers for the whole family, and the prices are good too. My pick? This #Elfie (£14) that comes with a headband, pointy ears and all. Had to be done.

matalanLove? I’ll have my share in wine, thank you very much. Matalan (£15) said it!

peacocksThis Peacocks number is telling us exactly what we want to hear: calories don’t count at Christmas (£22). It is a long line jumper so can double up as a dress.

And conceal the bulge from the multiples Xmas meals and drinks. Just saying.

amazonI could not resist adding this pretty nerdy fox one from Whispering Smith & Bravesoul at Amazon (£18.50-20).

newlookAlso too cute too pass is this loved up reindeer jumper from New Look (14.99). Everyone: aaaaaw <3.

asdaFinally, George at Asda has come up with this sparkly fairy festive jumper (£12). So popular that is only available is larger sizes now, but I would probably buy and wear oversized!

Personally, although the options are very lovely, I think last year’s Christmas jumper game was stronger….

What about you? Found any Xmas jumper you love?

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What’s your letter?

alexi-london-initial-necklace-review-5Another obsession: anything with my initials. Just throwing it out there.

There was no surprise that when I saw the gorgeous Alexi London initial necklaces I just had to have one.

alexi-london-initial-necklace-review-1And being the lucky thing I am, the lovely ones from Alexi London sent me a lovely “d” to hang from my neck.

This necklace is really delicate and stylish. And lower case, contemporary font initials have a ribbed effect for a bit of texture.

alexi-london-initial-necklace-review-4The chain (16″, goes to 18″) is also very delicate, with flat rings. The clasp is great, super secure and modern, and the overall finish is of fantastic quality.

The letter (12.5mm x 9mm) itself has a good weight so stays in place, and because it is great quality sterling silver, I don’t have to ever take it off! It’s been on my neck since I got it.

I love mixing it with chokers and layering with other dainty necklaces. This necklace makes a lovely, thoughtful Christmas gift and also comes in gold-plated finish.

Alexi London is a company that believes in everyday luxury, laid back but with high quality and ranging from classics to contemporary. They have the prettiest selection in jewellery – necklaces, rings, earrings, bracelets… name it!

Everything super wearable and affordable. Indeed they make jewellery I do want to wear!

The pretty Alexi London initial necklace costs £45 and is available, well, in all letters of the Latin alphabet and you can get it from the Alexi London website.

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: the wide-legged trousers

so-many-lovely-things-7-of-11Recently I became obsessed with these wide legged trousers. When I say recently, add around 6 months.

After years constricting ourselves into skinnies, my pins welcome the freedom and breeze of these babies.

so-many-lovely-things-6-of-11This particular pair is a fantastic cut for my body shape: high waisted, flowy and skimming the bum. It doesn’t pinch too much at the waist, just the right amount. Just flattering and perfect.

These Forever 21 bargain trousers are so versatile it’s not even funny – they do day, evening, flats, heels, summer and winter without any effort. I always feel elegant on them.

so-many-lovely-things-1-of-11Here, I paired them up with a netted (super) crop tee from Topshop, which add a bit of informality to the attire.

so-many-lovely-things-9-of-11These silver block heels are amazing. Also very versatile, a manageable heel height for every day and super comfortable leather from Kurt Geiger.

The shoes are a very easy way to add some metallics to the outfit without being too out there.

so-many-lovely-things-10-of-11Statement sunglasses were in order for this hot day in London – and Le Specs does it effortlessly, for a pocket friendly price.

so-many-lovely-things-5-of-11I wore a basic day makeup (escaped from the office to  do the shoot), red lips, plenty of rings and my Mulberry Lily bag.

And I had the best time with the wonderfully talented Sarah Bacchus, the photographer from 2Boxes Photography.

She made me feel so comfortable, was fabulous at directing and getting the best shots out of me.

so-many-lovely-things-3-of-11She was also very speedy, making the lunch break shoot a fun and smooth reality!

2Boxes does styling sessions, but also amazing photography of all types – wedding, children, events, fashion… name it and it will be done in a magical and professional matter.

My wide-legged trousers joy was captured brilliantly!

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: a, well, fashion affair

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Photo by @JoinComb for The Apartment

It’s early, I’ve had little sleep, I’ve been so tired I refused champagne. Yes. That. It must be fashion week.

Honestly, I don’t even do that much for it and it is rather tiring. On my day 1 (actually day 2), I was lucky to watch Rohmir frow with Crabtree & Evelyn.

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Photo by @JoinComb for The Apartment

They were an official Fashion Scout sponsor this season and created beautifully illustrated special edition packs of their fabulously classic hand creams to celebrate; I had a divine hand scrub and massage, which all Freemason’s Hall guests could have too!

Their #HandsOnFashion hashtag was all over!

Rohmir show was entitled my English Garden and, quite appropriately to Crabtree & Evelyn, had a its share of flowers! A pretty, flowy collection and very wearable. I could certainly do with some pieces.

I also visited the fabulous The Apartment, a space I am very lucky indeed to be invited to. The atmosphere is fantastic, Abi, the founder behind the concept is a joy to be around and she gets it beyond right every season.

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This season’s star had to be the concept room, full of pink balloons. In love.

I had my hair done – a small side plait and some waves and a photo shoot with the amazing guys from Comb. As I mentioned, The Apartment has some fabulous partnerships every season!

I decided to go a bit girly-goth on Saturday. Cats seem to be a recurring LFW theme for me – this season it manifested itself with a Karl Lagerfeld tee, with Choupette illustrated by Tiffany Cooper.

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Add my little Karl phone cover to it, a dinky cat necklace from Forever 21 and voilá: a theme is re-born.

I also threw my Karl Lagerfeld for Riachuelo jacket in for good measure (it’s London after all).

lfw-5This magnificently full voile skirt, bought from Amazon, was Primed over in 24h for a ridiculous £8.95.

Little dotty socks (I freaking love little socks) are from Primark, these chunky sandals from New Look have been with me forever, handbag is my beloved Chanel, of course, which completed its first birthday with me.

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Photo by @JoinComb for The Apartment

Nails were painted grey with Essie Now and Zen, lipstick is the fabulous Di La LA from MDMflow, a cleaner eye with fierce eyeliner and the pretty Eylure Rosie Bea Kitsch lashes.

I loved this look so much! And it worked with flats too, to run around, although I was lucky enough to be ferried around in style (and comfort) by Hyundai – another great Apartment partnership!

I also visited the Pandora lounge and they had Mii makeup, Nails Inc Paint Can nails and the most amazing Pandora treats vending machine!

Lookfantastic also has a fab lounge; when I went, I had a makeup refresh and a fab lip done by Lord & Berry and I also popped to the Perrier Jouët L’Eden in London, which is a gorgeous lounge and bio-responsive garden by Bompas and Parr, part of the London Design Festival (well worth checking their activities this week).

Perrier Jouet L'Eden

I mean, anywhere you can pick your pretty flute from a tree, I am totally in. Glam and gorgeous!

And that was just Saturday…

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Dani’s Little Book of Fashion: Tough summer

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The title might seem a bit of a overreaction, as the outfit is not that tough… If you know me, however, you will know I am drawn to the girlie, the delicate, the ladylike.
In the past months, however, I’ve been growing the other side of my personal style: a bit darker, quirkier. It is summery, it is comfortable, and although it’s a bit different for me, I’ve been leaning towards that style a lot lately.

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The cropped t-shirt is Karl Lagerfeld for Riachuelo (a Brazilian high street chain). The star studded high-waisted shorts are a gift from a friend’s mum.

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To soften up the look, I added frilly pop socks from Primark, this way, I’m still true to my girlie side!

The shoes are an absolute bargain find from H&M; they are comfy enough to walk around but give me a fair amount of height.

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I slapped some red lipstick, the latest addition to my collection: Charlotte Tilbury “Tell Laura”, very basic makeup, RayBan sunglasses, a much needed choker (totally back to the 90s Dani) and necklaces.
And I added my Mulberry Lily bag.
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I find this look works well with knee high socks too, because, frankly, in my head they work with pretty much everything.
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I have to give Bankè, the fabulous blogger behind A Style Diary, all the credit for shooting me and capturing my better angles!
And also thank her for that and the lovely Saturday afternoon around Old Spitalfields Market and Brick Lane. You rock!
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Looking ahead: AW16, anyone?

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Oh, yeah, gimme red!

As Alanis Morissette would say: Isn’t it ironic? The weather is only just warming up (use that with caution) in almost mid-August but my ever wandering eyes cannot stop ogling over AW16.

I may even have bought a couple pieces… and GOSH kicked out the vibe providing me with amazing makeup for the season… So what do I have my eyes on?

Well… read on…

Cherry, vibrant red, I am looking at you. Yes. Not that I stopped wearing you, as you are my classic fave colour… but you are so in. Updated the sober autumnal look with that cherry pop.

Another colour you’re gonna have lots of for the season is pink. I don’t need to say how much I love that.

Sandals. Yes, sandals. I have just fallen in blind love with pop socks and it looks like they will stay with me with my winter sandals.

For the more conservative ones, pick less delicate sandals with block heels, and a counter. But those strappy ones you abused of in the summer are also in.

Socks, tights or both. Gucci AW16 lis the inspiration. Learn.

Matchy match bags and shoes was huge in the late nineties/early noughties. Well, it’s back. Live with it. My OCD thanks you, AW16.

Still on shoes, boots. Of course boots, for winter. Doh-oooh. But I am talking kinky books. Detailed, over the knee, tied-up, high-heeled statement boots.

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I’ll take the cut-out, thank you.

British heritage fabrics. Now, I find them hard t wear, being from Brazil and all… but with the re-vamped silhouettes this season, I think things will be easier. VB bustier anyone? Thanks.

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Probably around 5 of those in my wardrobe right now…

The slip dress doesn’t seem to be going anywhere… especially when the silks are back with a revenge. Suits me right: slip dresses are easy to wear and dead comfortable.

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Hold on….Not going *that* far…

And while we are at the 90s, let’s talk about denim: I’ve been dodging it; bought a pair of jeans here, a shirt there…. but it’s already everywhere.

I am not going to discard the possibility of pulling a Justin and Britney. Ok, I will NEVER touch it *cringe*.

As we are talking denim, let’s not forget embroidery and badges. Huge. Still. Get sticking!

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DREAM COAT ALERT!

Talk about coats for AW is a bit silly. Of course there will be coats. Think trenches, capes, puffas… the usual suspects. But also pretty (embroided, hello!), shiny… Love.

Oh, and don’t forget the military.

I talked about this Alexander McQueen coat before. God, it’s dreamy.

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Growing on me this velvet business…

Finally, velvet. I am torn when it comes to velvet: the texture is undeniably delicious, but it is quite unforgivable on the bumps.

Still, the opulence is undeniable. I think I like the vampy vibe. Might start slow, with a little crop or something. In black or navy. For now.

Like the bling? Well… spread the family jewels around. Hair, face jewellery, shoes, handbags… aplenty!

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Crown me… crown me!

Embellishments are huge for AW16 – jewels, embroidery, badges, as already mentioned, but sequins, stones, crystals… Sometimes altogether. GO big or go home never made more sense.

What have you got an eye on for the new season (and I am hoping it takes a little while to arrive, honestly!)

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Making shopping easier

octer (4 of 11)Imagine finding everything you need to buy in one place – think shops, designers, fashion, home… From high street to high end.

Octer does just that. And a bit more. It actually compares different retailers so you can find the right colour, size and price.

And what’s more, you complete your transaction with the retailer itself, so you’re safe.

You can browse by category or store and you can see similar products to your selection – you never know when you’re gonna find a very similar item which is a bargain!

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I was set on a wrap skirt for my holidays and after using the search to find them, I fell in love with this beautiful flowery one from New Look.

As I am already registered with New Look, the last part of my transaction was quick and smooth and I got it delivered at my local store, within the shop’s usual delivery conditions.

I teamed it up with this pretty peach frilly, off the should Forever 21 top, even though I bought the top to match the skirt too, and nude wedges I bought in Brazil a while ago.

While browsing, I was taken aback with the amount of products available; to make your life easier, you can browse by style once you’re in a category and styles are also split so you can browse bodycon dresses only!

A suggestion: maybe it would be nice to filter by brand too. But there is always the search box!

octer (10 of 11)You can then filter by price, store and choose to see sale items only!

But beware: the sheer volume of information in the site, which is amazing, can be a bit overwhelming at times.

I have to say, I was quite impressed to see Louboutins next to Linzi?! Octer does have something for everyone!

Go on and have a browse at Octer. Ah, you can also download the app!

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I’ll bag that, thank you very much!

biba-clutch bag-house-of-fraser - 5My life obsession has always been shoes. Ok, and makeup. Bags were not that much on top of my agenda, but in the past year I suddenly became a bit obsessed, and made a few extravagant purchases.

Because they don’t need to be super expensive to be oh-so-pretty, House of Fraser offers a huge variety of bags to suit all tastes, needs and very importantly, budgets.

biba-clutch bag-house-of-fraser - 2I recently got this gorgeous clutch from a brand I love, Biba, which is stocked by House of Fraser.

They have a fabulous range of Biba bags, and most some glimpses on the art deco style the brand was known for in the 60, but styled for today.

My choice, the Geometric Box Clutch, has it all. It’s golden, has some copper geometric snake skin panels. The shape is comfortable to hold, it has a great weight to it and a magnetic clasp with a big black jewel on.

biba-clutch bag-house-of-fraser - 4The inside is lined with the iconic Biba logo in black satin, and to make it even better, is also has a delicate, but sturdy, chain if you get tired of clutching it.

But Dani, what if I am not that into golden clutches? Fear not. Biba has loads of options and even better, at House of Fraser, you can find thousands of styles (in fact, at the moment, more than 4,000 on the website), from as little as £10! Yes, a tenner.

biba-clutch bag-house-of-fraser - 6This pretty and shiny, as well as super chic Biba Geometric Clutch bag costs £59.

Delivery was super speedy, well packaged to keep our treasured bags in tip-top shape. The website is easy to navigate, the purchase process very straight forward (I didn’t order this bag through it, but used it before for purchases) and you can search by all different criteria to help find the right thing for you.

Of course, you can always go to the shops and touch them all (not in a creepy way… *cough cough*); they stock handbags from high-street to premium brands like Mulberry and Lulu Guinness.

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