Saturday, 27 September 2014

Yankee Candles - Boots 3 for 2 Offer

Yankee candles are perfect for creating a relaxing, cosy atmosphere and what better way to treat yourself than when they are on special offer in Boots.  Yankee Candles are now part of the Boots 3 for 2 mix and match Christmas gift deal.  As the nights draw in and start to get chilly, I love to light up a Yankee candle to unwind with a gorgeous scent and the gentle flicker of light.

Yankee Candle Special Offer

I was so excited to find out that Boots had included the Yankee Candle range as part of their 3 for 2 Gift deal so I thought I would share with you my favourite Yankee Candles.  My favourite Yankee Candle fragrances are Black Cherry, Soft Blanket, Vanilla Cupcake and Pink Sands.   The Black Cherry Yankee Candle is a rich, fruity fragrance which is really sweet just like perfectly ripe cherries.  I love sweet fragrances so it is no surprise that all of my favourite Yankee Candles are actually quite sweet.  However, the Soft Blanket Yankee Candle has more of a musk tone as it contains warm amber it is exactly like freshly washed bed sheets.  The Vanilla cupcake Yankee Candle is one of the most popular Yankee Candles and it is no surprise when it smells so good!  It is exactly like freshly baked cupcakes with a deep vanilla fragrance.  The Pink Sands Yankee Candle is also a sweet smelling Yankee candle but with hints of citrus and floral, like an exotic beach retreat.

Yankee Candles are a luxury treat as they are usually quite expensive, so it is great that Boots have included them in their 3 for 2 special offer deal.  Boots stock a wide range of Yankee Candles and Yankee Candle Gifts including the popular Christmas Yankee Candles.

Yankee Candles can be purchased in a variety of different sizes from Boots as part of the 3 for 2 mix and match Christmas deal starting with the tealights and votive samplers.  These are great for testing a fragrance if you have never tried Yankee Candles before.  You can then buy the jar candles in sizes small, medium and large.  They are definitely worth the price as they last for ages and scent your house with a beautiful, subtle fragrance.

Yankee Candles are the perfect gift idea and as they are on special offer you can not only buy a lovely present for friends or family but why not get one for yourself as part of the Boots 3 for 2 offer.

What is your favourite Yankee Candle fragrance?

Love Laurashopaholic xx

Monday, 22 September 2014

Steal Her Style - Amanda Byram at Vodafone London Fashion Weekend

Irish TV Presenter and former model Amanda Byram looked fabulously feminine in her outfit for the Marks and Spencer Show at the Vodafone London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House.

London Fashion Week gives us style bloggers a feast of celebrity fashion and when they are wearing high street brands then even better.  You can check out my previous 'Steal Her Style' posts from London Fashion Week featuring Alexa Chung wearing Topshop Unique and Rosie Fortescue from Made in Chelsea wearing Limited Edition for Marks and Spencer.

The former Total Wipeout and Big Breakfast presenter wore a gorgeous Nude Fit and Flare Sleeveless Shift Dress from the current Marks and Spencer Limited Edition Collection.  Amanda Byram styled the dress with a stunning silver belt and laser cut open toe boots.

Limited Edition Fit and Flare Sleeveless Shift Dress £45

This Limited Edition Dress as seen on Amanda Byram is priced at £45 and is so versatile.  Taken from the Sixties Revival Trend, this piece is perfect for the office and both evening and daytime chic.  Style it with pastels for and elegant, understated look.  The nude shift dress would look great with a Bow Collar Blouse underneath for a real sixties feel.  These Grey Heeled Brogues would complete the look, mixing a feminine silhouette with a masculine edge.

Bow Collar Blouse - SheInside £15.81
Lace Up Town Shoes - Marks and Spencer £39.50

Amanda Byram completes her look for the Marks and Spencer Show with a silver waist belt which sharpens up the outfit pulling it all together.  Waist belts are definitely here to stay for AW14 and Amanda shows that by opting for a bling belt it can totally glam up your look.

Do you like Amanda Byram’s style?

How would you style this Nude Skater Dress from Marks and Spencer?

Were you lucky enough to attend the Vodaphone London Fashion Weekend?

What was your favourite show from the Vodaphone London Fashion Weekend?

Love Laurashopaholic xx

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Steal Her Style - Rosie Fortescue from Made in Chelsea

Rosie Fortescue from the BAFTA winning TV show Made in Chelsea is always a picture of best of British style and yesterday was no exception with her outfit for the Marks and Spencer Show at London Fashion Week.

Marks and Spencer showcased their Autumn Winter 2014 range which has now landed in stores and online.  The collection has a sixties revival feel with dusted pastels, fluffy knitwear, shift dresses and boyish outerwear.

Rosie Fortescue effortlessly wears this Black Faux Leather Biker Jacket from the current Limited Edition Collection at Marks and Spencer which can be purchased for £89.  She styles it perfectly with this season’s over the knee boots, Spotted Mini Skirt also from Marks and Spencer with a monochrome handbag to complete her sixties look.  This Black Faux Leather Jacket looks far more luxe than its price tag and is a staple outerwear purchase for every wardrobe for this season.  So if you have not yet snapped up your Faux Leather Jacket to see you through into the Spring then this pick from Marks and Spencer is the perfect choice.

Rosie is often known to be a fan of Marks and Spencer and her uniquely British style complements the brand which has now adapted its logo to include Est. 1884 to highlight the importance that its heritage has on Marks and Spencer as it is today.

Limited Edition Faux Leather Biker Jacket - Marks and Spencer £89
Spotted Mini Skirt - Marks and Spencer £35

Do you like Rosie Fortescue’s British Style?
How would you style this Faux Leather Jacket?

Love Laurashopaholic xx

Monday, 15 September 2014

Steal Her Style - Alexa Chung

Alexa Chung never fails to make us lust over her latest looks and her ensemble for the Topshop Unique SS15 Show at London Fashion Week on Sunday was no exception.  Alexa wore current pieces from Topshop including a simple yellow crew neck Embroidered Knit by Unique.  She teamed it with a Leopard Print Pelmet Skirt which is one of the hero lines from Topshop’s latest marketing campaign which is modelled by Cara Delevingne.

Leopard Print Pelmet Skirt - Topshop £38

As always Alexa Chung was one of the best dressed attendees and her outfit looked casual, yet chic for the Sunday afternoon London Fashion week show that was streamed live on the Topshop website.  The lemon yellow colour palette was replicated in the Topshop Unique Spring Summer 2015 Collection so Chung’s outfit was well chosen despite her being in the crowd as opposed to the catwalk. Both pieces as worn by Alexa can be purchased from Topshop’s current collection.  

The Topshop Unique yellow Jumper is a great staple layering piece for Autumn and would great with this seasons faux fur or shearling gilets to take off the chill.  Leopard print is here to stay for this Autumn Winter and this pelmet skirt is so versatile for both day and evening wear.  Wear with thick opaques, boots and a roll neck with a leather jacket thrown on top to toughen up the look.

Click for my full review of the Topshop Unique SS15 Show at London Fashion Week including the key looks in the collection, as well as who joined Alexa Chung as the best dressed celebs at the event.

Are you a fan of Alexa Chung’s look for the Topshop Unique SS15 Show at London Fashion Week?
Do you like Alexa Chung’s style?
Have you watched the Topshop Unique SS15 Show?

Love Laurashopaholic xx

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Topshop Unique SS15 at London Fashion Week

The Topshop Unique Show is always one of the most eagerly anticipated at London Fashion Week and this year was no exception.  I love the fact that even for those of us that have not been able to attend LFW this year, you can watch the show Live from the comfort of your own home via the Topshop website.  Topshop have streamed their London Fashion Week Shows for the past few seasons.  It was exactly two years ago that I watched the Topshop Unique Show on their website and was filled with inspiration and have loved watching it at every LFW ever since.

The Topshop Unique Spring Summer Collection 2015 firstly showcased feminine sports luxe; a tennis girl feel with a bold colour palette of blue, black and pinky reds against crisp whites and stripes. There were frills and ruffled off the shoulder tops with mini peplums. Footwear was strappy sandals with chunky heels and laced up ankles.  Arm candy was oversized sports bowling bags with bright pops of colour and there was also a monochrome clutch bag elasticated at the wrist. Cara Delevingne opened the runway wearing a frilled skirt and sleeveless high neck colour block top.  She was joined on the catwalk by models Jourdan Dunn and Lily Donaldson to name but a few.

The Topshop Unique Show also featured a gorgeous floral pastel print with yellows, navy and mint.  I loved the oversized jacket in this print teamed with the yellow mesh dress.  I am not usually a fan of yellow, but the off the shoulder ruffled top teamed with the ruffled skirt looked fabulous.

Outerwear was minimal as the show was for Topshop Unique SS15 but I loved the camel coloured coat worn with a bare legs and strappy shoes.  Another of my favourite pieces was the high waisted monochrome stripe skinny trousers teamed with a strapless bandeau top. 

The closing look for the Topshop Unique show was worn by Cara Delevingne.  A beautiful sheer embellished dress worn with nude high waisted briefs and styled with gorgeous patent tan sandals with a beautiful white silk ballet shoe style tie up around the ankle.

Make up for the show was fresh faced with smudged berry lips and dark brows. Hair was tousled curls, half up half down with side partings and subtle quiffs.

Best dressed guests at the show were Alexa Chung who wore a Topshop Leopard Print Pelmet Skirt, pointed flats and an Embroidered Neat Knit Jumper by Unique in yellow.  Ellie Goulding looked amazing in a Topshop Unique Body with velvet detail, teamed with a quilted midi skirt and turn over ankle boots.  Anna Wintour was also in the ‘Frow’ for the Topshop Unique Show  looking stylish as ever as she watched beneath her signature dark shades.

So as we are heading straight into Autumn with the evenings getting rapidly darker by the day, the Topshop Unique show for Spring Summer 2015 has got me craving for the sun again already.

Click the link if you missed the Topshop Unique SS15 Show at London Fashion week to watch the show and see what you think of the collection!

What are your favourite looks from the Topshop Unique SS15 Show at London Fashion Week?

Who was your favourite celebrity at the Topshop Unique Show?

Did you watch the Topshop Unique Show streamed Live or were you lucky enough to attend London Fashion Week this year?

Love Laurashopaholic xx

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Southampton Boat Show: Outfit of the Day

This week sees the annual Boat Show return to Southampton so I thought I would share with you my outfit of the day.  You can read my full review of the PSPSouthampton Boat Show preview day which features my favourite boats from the show including the Sunseeker 86 Yacht which was debuted at this year’s event and was nothing short of truly exquisite.  It really was the epitome of sheer exclusivity and luxury which you wouldn't doubt considering it has a price tag of over £4m!

I thought that dressing for the Southampton Boat Show would be a doddle as waking up it was a crisp, sunny September morning.  However, it did turn out to be a glorious very warm day so I was glad that I didn’t layer up too much for my outfit of the day.  I have been starting to purchase my Autumn/Winter essentials for my wardrobe and this Camel Coloured Rib Sweater from Topshop was one of them.  I do love a cosy, chunky, oversized, casual knit for winter and the colour of this is perfect, ticking all of the boxes.  We went out on a complementary rib ride courtesy of Suzuki Marine so wearing a warm jumper was a good choice.

I wanted my look of the day for the Boat Show to be really casual, laid back and comfortable so I opted for my new Topshop Ripped Jamie Jeans which I am literally in love with.  Those of you who a regulars reading Laurashopaholic will know that I am somewhat obsessed Topshop denim and these Ripped Jamie Jeans are my latest addition to the collection.  Ripped denim is all over the high street at the moment and gives a really cool twist to your jeans.  I wasn’t sure whether I would be a fan of ripped denim, but then when I saw my favourite fitting Topshop Jamie Jeans with a simple ripped knee I thought that I would give them a whirl.  Jamie Jeans from Topshop are my pick for denim as they are a high waisted, skinny fit and I love the classic wash of this ripped pair.

Seeing as we were lucky enough for the sun to be out for the Southampton Boat Show I wanted to get some more wear out of my Topshop Keepsake Boots.  I am literally dreading having to put these away for the winter until next Spring as they have been such a great footwear investment purchase this year.

Clean Rib V Sweater Topshop £38
Keepsake Boots Topshop (sold out)
Grey Layering Vest H&M (old)
Aviator Sunglasses H&M (old)

If you have never been to the Southampton Boat Show I would definitely recommend it as a great day out for all the family.  Don’t forget to have a read of my review of the PSP Southampton Boat Show preview day which includes lots of photos.

What do you think of my OOTD for the Southampton Boat Show?
Have you been to the Southampton Boat Show?
Have you started to purchase your AW14 wardrobe?

Love Laurashopaholic xx

Friday, 12 September 2014

PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 | Sunseeker 86 Yacht Debut and Broom 430

The PSP Southampton Boat Show is a boating spectacular that has taken place for the past 48 years.  I had never been to the event until today and having grown up on the outskirts of Southampton we thought that it was about time that we gave it a go.

The Southampton Boat Show is a massive event and a great family day out.  The event lasts for 10 days and is held on the waterfront, starting at Mayflower Park and Town Quay.  There are hundreds of marine and leisure based exhibitors, suppliers and of course many different types of boats to hanker after.

We had a free trip on along Southampton Water on a Rib courtesy of Suzuki Marine which was fun and definitely worth a go.  We also had complementary drinks in the MDL Marinas Hospitality bar to chill out in between pottering around looking at all of the various boats and yachts.

My favourite exhibits at the Southampton Boat Show 2014 were Broom Boats and Sunseeker. Broom Boats were showcasing their newest vessel the Broom 430.  The Broom 430, priced at over £500k is a beautiful, 43ft cruiser with two generously sized en-suite births and a superior quality decor finish throughout.  Broom describes this boat as ‘outstanding at sea, smooth on the river and sheer luxury in the harbour.' The Broom 430 would be ideal as both a sea boat and for exploring inland waterways.  I loved this boat as it felt luxurious, spacious and modern yet understated so you would not feel like a wannabe celebrity!

Above and Below: The Broom 430 at the 
PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014

The Sunseeker exhibit literally oozed luxury.  The PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014 saw the debut of the Sunseeker 86 Yacht.  Priced at over £4m the 86 Yacht is highly exclusive and every detail is absolute perfection.  It has three extravagant spacious bedrooms with sea views and en-suite.   The Sunseeker 86 Yacht has a top speed of 30 knots.  This boat was absolutely amazing and probably bigger than most people’s homes!  Plenty of room to relax and unwind in pure exclusivity. Definitely the type of boat for celebrities and lottery winners as you would need to hire a crew to operate it for you (who also have bedrooms with bunkbeds!) but hey we can all dream!

Above: The Sunseeker Exhibit at PSP Southampton Boat Show 2014

Below: Sunseeker 86 Yacht Debut

The PSP Southampton Boat Show is definitely worth a visit if you have never been before.  It was a good opportunity to check out the Broom 430 and of corse the debut of the Sunseeker 86 Yacht.  We were really lucky with the weather and all in all it was a great day out for all the family.

Have you ever been to the Southampton Boat Show?
What do you think of the Broom 430 and the Debut of the Sunseeker 86 Yacht?

Love Laurashopaholic xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Wedding Guest Outfit

Yesterday was the Wedding Day of one of my dearest friends so I thought I would share with you my Wedding Guest Outfit of the day.  Weddings are such a special occasion that you always want to feel and look your very best.  Searching for the perfect wedding guest outfit can sometimes be time consuming and stressful because you want to find ‘the one’ that ticks all of the boxes.  Whenever I am on the hunt for a wedding guest outfit I never seem to have anything in particular in mind, I tend to just keep an eye out on the high street or online during the weeks and months leading up to the big day and then snap it up when I see something that will fit the bill.  Some of my friends buy lots of wedding guest outfits and then choose from a selection and some are lucky enough to grab a last minute outfit and still manage to look fabulous!

 Dress - Warehouse £65
Shoes - Primark
Clip In Plait (in Natural) - Hair Rehab London £21.99

My Wedding Guest Look features this beautiful Palm Print Dress from Warehouse which I purchased a couple of months ago.  I saw it on the Warehouse Instagram page and instantly fell in love with it so went on the hunt to find it in store.  I wanted to keep the styling quite simple so as not to distract from the print on the dress so I kept accessories to a bare minimum with just simple Gold Swirl Stud Earrings from Topshop and Black Strappy Shoes which were from Primark.

To complete your Wedding Guest Look what better excuse for a hair ‘do’ is there than a Wedding?  Usually a hat or fascinator is a must for my wedding guest outfits, but I did not feel that would work with this particular style of dress.  I still wanted to have my hair  up for the occasion, but wanted to go for something a little different and I didn’t have time to go to the salon to get a professional ‘up do’.  So I picked up the Lauren Pope Hair Rehab London Clip in Plait from Superdrug and thought that this would do the trick.  It was £21.99 in store and is also available online.  I picked up the Clip in Plait in Natural and was really impressed with the results.  The Hair Rehab London website shows step by step ‘How to’ videos making it really easy to use the hair pieces and I found the plait really easy to use along with my own hair.  The hair piece felt thick, natural and the tones blended really well.  Hair Rehab London also sell a wide range of hair pieces, clip in extensions and clip in buns and pony tails, all available online and in Superdrug stores.  The perfect finishing touch to a Wedding Guest Outfit.

I love sharing outfit ideas amongst friends and in preparation for an up and coming Wedding that is no exception.  It is so important to feel comfortable and your best in whatever you choose as your Wedding Guest Outfit.

What do you think of my choice of Wedding Guest Outfit?
Have you ever tried the Hair Rehab London Hair Pieces?

Love Laurashopaholic xx