Tuesday, 23 August 2011

♥ CountryWear By H&M ♥

I thought id show you one of my latest looks i posted on my chictopia blog, Its taken a while but i finally received my new blazer in the post today :D i was so excited and ill admit the fit is absolutely amazing, the colour is fantastic and the material is great, its going to be perfect for A/W. i teamed it up with a white shirt underneath, my RLP jeans which i adore, and my brown italian leather boots and leather gloves, both tan in colour. 
I adore this blazer, and will absolutely be going back to h&m to buy more, its just a shame its taken 3 weeks to get to me!
Its been a lovely middle of the holidays, and this is one of the most perfect looks ive thought of for the coming months now its getting into autumn not summer :)

Blazer: £34.99 H&M

Friday, 19 August 2011

A new Equestrian Venture - Polo!

Im going to start playing polo! I will officially be the first on my stables to go and have a polo lesson, hopefully over the next couple of weeks, with the intention to turn my own horse into the perfect polo pony and compete in chukkas next season :) i cant wait. 
If you havent seen polo before, its a really energetic, highly respected and proper sport which is a joy to compete in. I found this video on youtube of a girl on her first polo lesson :
So in honour of this i thought id show you some of my very favourite authentic polo shirts for England, afterall, all the polo players wear them!

Ralph Lauren Blue Label Skinny GBR Polo:  £130

Joules Official England Polo: £54.95

Saturday, 13 August 2011

♥ Chelsea Boots? Buy Riding Boots! ♥

Alright guys, ive noticed chelsea boots coming back onto the market once again and ive noticed the prices for these types of boots are absolutely extortionate!. So i figured, why not let you guys know a little secret.... this example from topshop:

The Ultimate Chelsea Boots £62.00

Now, my boyfriend of all people made me realise these are the fashion option, i didnt know they were even called chelsea boots until recent. As far as I'm concerned, these are jodhpur boots that us horse riders wear everyday to ride and muck out stables!
So, whats my point?  These topshop boots are £62 right?
Well. Believe me you can get them a whole bunch cheaper than these, with better soles, harder material and actually made of leather!
Go to a saddlery!

Let me show you these from an online trustworthy saddlery, this place has sales all the time, stores up and down the UK and has the largest range unless you go to the actual brands. 
These are their own brand Boots:
£23.00              Link

Believe me when i say. Equestrian boots will be by far better quality and better for the money, and in most cases cheaper. Shop around first!
some other well known equestrian brands are: Ariat, Shires, Rambo, Horsewear, Dubarry and hunter.

Friday, 12 August 2011

♥ Posing Like Chictopians Do ♥

This is one of the best less than a minute tutorials i could find you guys on youtube. If you are new to chictopia, a bit like me, or you just want more ideas to make your photo's great, this is the video to watch!
Im not as luck as some, i live on an estate, there isnt so much scenery, and i have to self take the photos! hopefully i will get this changed soon though :) i may need to let the boyfriend use the camera for once....

♥ Living Like A Bear ♥

One of my very favourite looks for fall, my knitted cape with the only hat that suits me! apart from my panda hat.
the amount of people who talk about me in this hat is stupidly incredible! ive been out shopping, people have looked at me, ive heard them talking, stopped me and one chinese girl even asked for a picture and repeated Kawaii about ten times…. the bear hat effect ;)
:) so it will ABSOLUTELY be out again this A/W!

Most adorable River Island Cosy Jumper Ever!

Well if this isnt just one of the most adorable jumpers around i dont know what is. I was instantly drawn to the colours, the little hedgehogs and the hearts. If youve also been following the A/W developments of our most loved high street brands youll know that jumpers in pastel and natural tones, with animal prints and cute girliness are this seasons hottest in the knitwear department.
As im not one to really splash out on one piece in particular, this effort from river islands Chelsea girl collection has gone down a treat for me.
Cant wait to see it instore and see what the fabrics are like!

Proenza Schouler DIY necklace

If, like me, you really very much enjoyed the victorian/aztec wonder which was the Schouler Fall 2011 collection then youll LOVE this recent blog post by fellow fashion blogger Honestly WTF.
The tutorial is an in depth look towards making a victorian inspired wooden mould necklace, the ingredients for this individual statement piece are listed on the blog, have fun.... now wheres ebay....

Click For the Tutorial! 


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It's getting darker at night and chillier by the morning

Surely this can only mean one thing? we are finally getting into my favourite part of the year, autumn and winter. If you have followed my other blog previously, (minimakeup) you will know i started to get more into fashion, so ive remade a blog especially, and i recently made a post about my predictions for this years A/W style. 
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Well, my prediction still stands completely, however for a first post id love to share with you some items ive recently found which completely correspond with the predictions however they are what i personally would LOVE to see more of. Country Style!
as ive always been a horse girl, ive lived around the country for half my life, so really, country style is what i wear the most out of anything, but making the most of this is a pain in the backside when it comes to the summer! All the clothes i have are too warm to wear, and only look amazing layered. 
So A/W is the best time to make the most of the warm country feel, polos, quilted coats, chunky wellies, faux fur and flat peak caps. 
Lately ive noticed a few equestrian only brands going huge since last year, Barbour was a main brand but others such as tottie and Joules have come onto the fashion scene, and this year theyve got some great pieces in store.

Joules Mallard Jumper, in either Duck, Rabbit or Patch:  (duck shown)  £69.95
Joules Moredale Jacket (similar to barbour, comes in 4 colours - Mulled wine shown) £84.95
Joules Wellies (comes in colours and prints) £36.95
Barbour Classic Womens and Mens Quilted Jackets (prices start from around £80 upwards)

Rydale Tweed Belton Gilet £40

Joules Larcombe Military Polo shirt £79.95
Links to All the shops I have mentioned