Thursday, December 19, 2013

Anna K's Column

I'm excited to share some great news with you guys. I now have a monthly column in a newly launched digital magazine! The first issue has just 'landed' and you can check out the fabulous VERNAL MAGAZINE HERE

I really hope that you'll enjoy and I will see you again there early January with some more musings on Anna K's Wardrobe...



Anna K's Wardrobe (my monthly column with Vernal Magazine)




Saturday, December 14, 2013

The pink kicks

It must have been Lilly Allen who made me realise that runners and flowery dresses can totally be worn together.
No, you are not committing a crime against fashion or humanity. Yes, you might be wearing an unexpected combo but you're probably looking damn gorgeous doing it. Why? That sort of combination takes a certain level of confidence in your own look, a tongue-in-cheek sense of fashion and happiness with yourself. If you're going to pull off that sort of look, you need to wear a smile on your face and most likely skip a few steps or throw in a few pirouettes along the way (I totally did).

In case you think a flowery dress is for summer only, I dare to disagree.

You might have noticed this (hi-tops) is not my first Life Style Sports purchase. I also have some cool sunnies to show you... once the sun is out! I've been loving their fashion line and if you're not familiar with it yet, check it out, well worth it.








Dress - Lipsy
Cardigan - handed down from my sis

It's in the details... 



Nike runners - Life Style Sports
Bag & rings - H&M
Hat - Penneys

Monday, December 2, 2013

House of Fraser SS'14

If you're following my Facebook, Instagram or Twitter, you'll know that I recently dropped into London to check out some SS'14 collections in House of Fraser. I can never refuse a small shopping trip to London so I used the preview as a good excuse.
Was it worth it? My bank manager may argue but I would say... hell yeah! Some of my new purchases coming to the blog soon so stay tuned and in the meantime, check out some of these fab House of Fraser looks and my favorite picks from the lookbook.


I am SO looking forward to white heels for SS'14!


Last but not least, the above is my favorite look!

All outfits and items by House of Fraser SS'14

Monday, November 25, 2013

Firetrap

Discovering new stores and new ways to shop in general is one of my fave pass times. Since everyone seems to shop online now and picking out a vintage-style dress on some random shopping site no longer guarantees that 2 other girls won't be wearing the same dress that night, I really consider it a challenge to find a new spot to shop.
Once I do, I like to share though which is why probably it doesn't remain a secret... But, as they say, happiness shared is happiness doubled (do they? they should) and I'm happy to share with you my recent discovery.

SportsDirect is not a new destination for me. My boy introduced me to their site during one of their massive sales. A huge bag was soon delivered and I'm wearing one of my faves from that first shopping spree as I write now (Everlast furry hoody heaven). I've been a regular since. I discovered that their range of suitcases is the best in terms of choice and value I could find. I also went a bit mad when I started boxing and discovered their Lonsdale layered vests... for any lady doing any workout - these are perfection.

I decided to dig a little deeper on their site and find something less sporty and more fashion forward. As always, I wasn't disappointed. Their jackets selection offers many amazing pieces (I'm still considering a tempting parka) which can definitely be worn outside a gym. Below is my recent purchase, as always - amazing value and this time I can wear it to work!







Jacket - Firetrap from SportsDirect
Jeans - H&M
Shirt - Penneys
Necklace - Topshop

It's in the details...


Boots - &Other Stories
Bag - All Saints
Ring - Penneys
     

Monday, November 18, 2013

Light at the end of the tunnel

The dark, dreary and short days of autumn can 'weight' you down. Bright colours are usually pushed aside and black tends to dominate our lives from late October.

Don't get me wrong, I'm all in for black. It's slimming, elongating and oh-so-easy. But it often doesn't do much for my mood so when it's particularly 'blah' outside, I try to push myself & get the light blues out of the bottom of the wardrobe.

It felt truly refreshing to step out wearing this outfit and my gorge Natalie B Coleman tote bag provided the necessary fun factor.

Try it next time you're at the dark tunnel!

x






 Top - Zara
Jeans & Boots - New Look

It's in the details...


All rings - Penneys


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bootcut jeans & polo neck tops - a no no?

I can't stop thinking that there's at least 1 person in the world that now thinks I am not to be trusted when it comes to clothes. She's probably right too..
Let me explain.
About a year ago I was asked to do a little wardrobe 'resurrection' for someone. When reviewing the contents of my customer's wardrobe, I realised it's full of polo neck jumpers & tops. I wasn't sure how to break the news (it's never easy) but I strongly expressed my view on roll necks: they are never to be worn by anyone who actually owns a neck.
I swore on my own wardrobe that any such thing would not be ever seen even near my closet.

And here we are, a year later...

What can I say. I'm sure I swore on skinnies before as well so it's only appropriate that I paired my Orla Kiely printed top for Uniqlo with a pair of bootcut jeans. It happened to be the perfect outfit for the crazy weather the day had it in for us. Neck or no, I stayed warm!







Top - Uniqlo
Jeans & waistcoat - H&M
Boots - New Look

It's in the details...


Bag - Zara
Gold ring - Chupi @ Coldlilies
Belt - Penneys

Check out this cool Google + Hangout with Orla Kiely talking about the collection for Uniqlo! 


Let's get dressed up

With Christmas parties, fancy dinners and festive events in mind, this time of the year is often all about occasion wear and accessories. A few great evening dresses are really important in every wardrobe. You need to look to brands that know how to do them and are not just trying to 'age' their frilly mini dresses. That won't do. When it comes to 'proper', good evening dress I think Monsoon is always going to come to the rescue.
Here are my few picks from their AW collection.






All dresses by Monsoon.

Similar enough, when it comes to accessories, whether it's an evening clutch, a grungy bracelet or a present for your bestie, Accessorize is one of the few reliable places. There's no way I can ever enter their stores and leave empty-handed. There's definitely something for everyone, any time of the year.

Here are some of my favorite picks from what they have in store now. 

Happy shopping.

x

Baroque Collection




 Studio 54 Collection







Urban Grunge Collection



 I need this bag in my life!


Last but not least, fancy fascinators! 

 



All accessories by Accesorize
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