The chicest places to get an ear piercing in London

The chicest places to get an ear piercing in London


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Gone are the days where getting your ears pierced involved a trip to your local Claire’s accessories. While we’re not knocking it (ah, the memories), the piercing game has evolved quite a bit since those days.

I used to have two piercings, one in each ear, but in the past couple years, my collection has grown to nine, and call it late teenage rebellion, but it seems I’m not the only one wanting more bling on my ear. A wave of new ‘ear designers’ (I’m looking at you Maria Tash) and piercing studios means that your adult piercing experience has gone more luxe.

No titanium studs here, instead, think delicate gold and diamonds, which means you’ll never have to remove them if you don’t want to. If you fancy joining the rebellion, here are a few London addresses to know about.

Lark & Berry ear piercing

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Where? The Lark & Berry store, 52a George Street, W1U 7EA

What? Sustainable women’s jewellery brand, Lark & Berry have launched an in-store piercing studio complete with a 14K gold piercing capsule collection set with cultured stones, and diamonds. It has been developed with an expert body piercer to curate jewellery that minimise scarring in a new piercing, including hoops which have an increased thickness that have been designed specifically for piercings.

How much? Piercings are free with the jewellery, which costs from £95. Book here.

Maria Tash ear piercing

ear piercing london

Where? Liberty and Harrods

What? Jewellery designer Maria Tash started off with a studio in New York, which was a hit with celebs and editors alike, thanks to her excellent ‘ear curation’ skills. She will basically look at your ear and suggest which piercings and where they will look nicer. She’s now brought her studio to Liberty and Harrods, and whilst not cheap, her diamond or pearl coronet hoops are forever.

How much? Piercings from £15, jewellery from £100. Book here for appointments at either Liberty or Harrods.

Astrid & Miyu ear piercing

ear piercing london

Where? The Astrid & Miyu Covent Garden (35 Neal Street WC2h 9PR) store or the St Christopher’s Place store (4 St Christopher’s Place W1U 1LZ)

What? If you’re looking for a slightly cheaper alternative, then Astrid & Miyu’s range is super stylish. They have a specific range they use for piercings, which are either titanium or solid gold, which include delicate studs and hoops.

How much? From £45, including jewellery. Book here.

Nichola Joss ear piercing

Where? 39 Harley Street, W1G 8QH

What? Best known for being Meghan Markle’s favourite facialist, Nichola Joss has teamed up with Shen London to offer luxury piercings in-store. Each labret or stud is crafted in 18kt white or yellow gold and adorned with D colour, VS+ Clarity diamonds of triple excellent cut offering some of the world’s most rare and precious stones.

How much? It’s pricey, but then again you’ll never want to take them off. Piercing is free with the purchase of jewellery, which starts at £470 for studs. Book here.

Maria Black ear piercing

Where? In Selfridges

What? Copenhagen-based jewellery designer Maria Black has brought her paired-back Scandi aesthetic to London. Her piercings are made in 14K yellow and white gold, complimented by stunning diamonds and coloured sapphires, and are even better when layered.

How much? Sadly the pop-up at Selfridges is now closed, however there are rumours she might open a studio again in London, so watch this space…

 

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Converse’s newest collab with Shrimps is one of its most stylish yet

Converse’s newest collab with Shrimps is one of its most stylish yet


Those. Shoes.

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There’s nothing quite like a classic pair of black Converse, but something you need to spice things up. That’s why when we saw that Converse had paired up with one of our favourite indie British brands, Shrimps, we had a little freak out in the office. They’ve teamed up for a collaboration that’s playful and utterly chic with a capsule of chucks and clothing, which you’ll definitely want to put on your Christmas list.

The collection dropped just this morning online at Converse and Shrimps and they’re going fast, so if you’re keen on snagging something you’ll have to move fast. With prices ranging from £35-100, it’s a great way to grab a Shrimps original without resigning yourself to their usually super luxury price tags. (We’d still shell out for one of their beaded bags though.)

Their shoes are undoubtedly the centrepiece of the collection, with a pair of pink and rose rose printed One Star shoes and another white graphic pair of Chuck 70 HI kicks available. The attention to detail is pretty awesome as well, given that the Chuck 70 HI features striking black contrasting details.

Shrimps x Converse Chuck 70 HI

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Priced at £100, available at Shrimps.co.uk

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The One Star’s pastel pink hue continues onto the rubber sole and if you look super closely, you’ll also be able to pick out a bit of faux fur on its heel too – a total Shrimps staple.

Shrimps x Converse One Star Low Top

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Priced at £90, available at Converse

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Both prints carry onto the clothing as well, as there’s also a pink floral tee available.

Shrimps x Converse Pink Floral Tee

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Priced at £40, available at Shrimps.co.uk

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And for those who want to lounge in style, they’ve also created a Faces print pair of trackies with matching lounge trousers and hoodies. We’re always down to spend all day in our pyjamas, but at least this collab will make lazy days a little more stylish.

Shrimps x Converse Faces Tracksuit

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Shrimps x Converse Faces Trousers

Priced at £40, available at Shrimps.co.uk

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Shrimps x Converse Faces Hoodie

Priced at £80, available at Shrimps.co.uk

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Sadly one of our favourite pieces, a white tee which features their tiny logo, is already sold out. Fingers crossed it comes back in stock, but we wouldn’t get our hopes up. With these limited lines, once they’re gone they’re gone.

The Shrimps x Converse collaboration is available on Converse and Shrimps’ websites, as well as in store at Dover Street Market and select retailers.

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Prince William cracked a joke about Kate Middleton’s outfit and steady on, Wills

Prince William cracked a joke about Kate Middleton’s outfit and steady on, Wills


Tread carefully.

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The festive season is well and truly here: the trees are all up, the lights have switched on and for Prince William, the time has finally arrived to bust out a couple of Christmas jokes. The Duke of Cambridge and Kate Middleton were recently in Cyprus to visit an RAF base, where the Duchess arrived in a chic yet casual outfit. While most of us were out yass queen-ing over her wide legged trousers and blazer combo, Prince William on the other hand was cracking wise about her CEO-chic look.

According to Hello!, the pair visited RAF Akrotiri for a brief visit to meet with servicemen and women who would be separated from their family during the holidays. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge reportedly ‘handed out the presents from some of the families’ to RAF personnel and later withdrew for a quick photo opp by a charmingly decorated Christmas tree. While there however, he was caught making a joke at Kate’s expense.

As they posed by the green and white Christmas tree, he noted that Kate and the tree were twinning. According to Harper’s Bazaar, he joked, ‘My wife’s camouflaged against the tree.’

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He continued the joke and even offered to step out of the picture, asking photographers, ‘Do you want me to move out of the photo?’

Honestly, kind of. But only because the Duchess’ outfit deserved an #OOTD of its own, since we’re still obsessed with it. The look was a vast change from her intricate Jenny Packham gown at the Queen’s Diplomatic Reception earlier this week, as it was a much more laidback (but no less sophisticated) look. She turned to one of her favourite fashion designers Smythe for her Duchess Blazer, an L.K. Bennett clutch and diamond hoop earrings by Asprey.

Kate also drew the attention of the internet for her glorious navy wide-legged trousers, which many pointed out could be a sign Meghan Markle’s style is rubbing off on the royal. Markle was photographed at Wimbledon earlier this year wearing white trousers in a similar style. It was a pretty memorable style moment for the royal, if only because we couldn’t imagine keeping them as pristine as the Duchess did.

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We’re personally loving Kate’s more casual looks recently, as it feels like a new shift in Kate Middleton’s style evolution. For instance, she brought the festive joy in a bright red tartan skirt to meet Santa Claus which we instantly fell in love with.

To our knowledge, Prince William didn’t crack any jokes about her outfit then but they were photographed looking super adorable as they were pelted with fake snow.

Christmas couple goals, TBH.

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Marie Claire, Farfetch and Pinterest launch #TimeToShine for a chance to win a shopping experience at Farfetch

Marie Claire, Farfetch and Pinterest launch #TimeToShine for a chance to win a shopping experience at Farfetch


Ummm… WHAT!!

You know what it’s like this time of year; we start getting excited about our festive party wear planning. Having all your favourite brands in the same place, fashion editor approved is a monumental help to some of us that are a little indecisive to say the least, welcome the Marie Claire Edit! The Marie Claire Edit in partnership with Pinterest and Farfetch bring you a celebration this Christmas with a chance to stock up your wardrobe with the latest festive trends. This partnership comes as a shining beacon of light as its more than just about the products, its about your individual story.

Farfetch– with over 700 boutiques and brands from around the world- offers the worlds greatest selection of luxury designer fashion for men and women. Whether you have an array of monochromatic pieces in your wardrobe or every colour that sits on the rainbow, it’s putting those pieces together that creates a story- one with an epic endgame. Farfetch does exactly that; it brings together assortments of pieces that encourage a person’s individuality and their own unique story.

Partnered with Pinterest, the largest online platform where enthusiasts get their ideas in forms of pins that link back to tutorials, articles and stores among others. It is a place where inspirations from ideas of personal taste turn into purchase. It brings together 250 million people a month from around the world to pin more than 23 billion fashion ideas on the platform. Pinterest like Farfetch is also place where individuality is encouraged as 84% of female pinners say that having a sense of personal style is important. Along with all of that it is also an endless shopping directory.

How to enter:

Head over to our bespoke Marie Claire and Farfetch #TimeToShine Pinterest board, where our editorial team has pinned together some of their favourite festive pieces from the Marie Claire Edit.

Now its you turn to create your own #TimeToShine board for a chance to win one of 4 £500 vouchers to spend at Farfetch

1- Head over to our #TimeToShine board for inspo and then create your own public board and name it #TimeToShine

2- At the top of the board write a description that tells us about your party wear style this season

3- Pin 20 or more products from the Marie Claire Edit to showcase the party outfit looks that will make you feel festive and fabulous this season

4- Pin a minimum of 10 Farfetch items from the Marie Claire Edit

*This competition is open to UK customers only, closing date is 18th December 2018, Terms and conditions apply*

So what are you waiting for – get pinning!

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Kering’s 10 years of fighting anti-women violence (not just making fab clothes)

Kering’s 10 years of fighting anti-women violence (not just making fab clothes)


The Kering Foundation is 10 years old! The owners of Gucci and Saint Laurent do a lot more than set catwalk trends…here’s how they’re combating violence against women – and the partner organisations doing amazing things

The designer group Kering owns some of the world’s hottest brands – Gucci, Saint Laurent and Balenciaga to name a few – and produces some of the world’s most fashion-forward clothes. But the luxury group, headed by CEO Francois-Henri Pinault (or Monsieur Salma Hayek, as he’s known in certain circles), is also trend-setting in another, even more important, way.

Mr Pinault and Kering take their social and ecological responsibilities seriously – devoting significant resources to finding new ways to make their brands more sustainable, and funding studies and an open-source system that allows the industry as a whole to share information on issues around sustainability. One of the company’s biggest achievements is its charity arm, The Kering Foundation, which celebrated its 10th birthday with a cocktail reception in Paris last week. It was set up in 2008 with the specific aim of combating violence against women – an issue that impacts 1 in 3 women worldwide. At the event, Mr Pinault (bel0w) shared his pride at the work already done: “For the past 10 years, we have contributed to weakening the taboo around violence against women by openly addressing it in our awareness campaigns.” Looking to the next decade, he said: “We will continue the fight. I want The Kering Foundation to explore new fields of action. Prevention, for example, by raising awareness among men about violence against women. I also keep in mind the fate of children, who are often direct or indirect victims of this violence.”

Over the last decade, they’ve worked with NGOs and grassroots initiatives that aim to prevent and tackle anti-female violence, everywhere from the UK to France, Italy, South America and China. The company launched the White Ribbon campaign in 2012 to raise awareness of the subject. Previous campaigns have starred Kering designers including Christopher Kane, Stella McCartney and Gucci’s Alessandro Michele (below)

This year’s has just been unveiled – and will target younger ‘Gen Z’ consumers and the issue of cyberbullying, with accompanying hashtag #IDontSpeakHater. Women are 27 times more likely to be bullied online than men.

Here, the Foundation’s Executive Director Celine Bonnaire (below) tells us about the successes of the charity so far – and what they’re planning next.

“We favour an approach that focuses on partnership, and work closely with a limited number of partners. I’m very proud of one of our NGO partnerships, with ‘La Maison des Femmes’, a haven based in France’s Saint Denis, that offers care and medical, psychological, and emotional support to vulnerable women. It’s particularly dear to my heart as we co-built it with other foundations, mixing private and public funding. “

Another achievement Bonnaire is especially proud of is the Foundation’s work to combat domestic violence, via the workplace. Working with specialist organisations – Womens’ Aid in the UK, NNEDV in the US, Solidarite Femmes in France and D.i.Re in Italy – they’ve designed training sessions for employees on the impact of domestic violence at work, and making the workplace a supportive environment for survivors. Kering have put their money where their mouth is (so to speak) – since 2010, over 1,200 Kering staff have attended sessions, including the Group’s Executive Committee.

Bonnaire remembers meeting a woman whose life had been directly affected by the work of the Foundation: “She was a mother of three who had flown from Algeria to escape domestic violence. She was a lawyer there but once in France, she couldn’t work, had no papers, and had to cope with her three little kids as well as her trauma from violence. And from time to time, with the ex-husband who was ‘visiting’ her in France. This could happen to any of us. Owing to her courage and the support she received at La Maison des Femmes, she rebuilt her life, got her papers, and stabilised her situation.”

Bonnaire is also excited about innovative new developments in the field. Last June, seven social entrepreneurs were awarded a six-month incubation programme, with two years of Kering mentorship and a grant. Hera Hussain of Chayn closes the critical information gap to help domestic abuse survivors, especially younger women from immigrant populations, find safety with crowd-sourced, expert-informed online resources.

Callisto, launched by Jessica Ladd, is an online reporting system for sexual assault survivors that can detect any serial sexual predator in the United States. The safe and secure platform means survivors are five times more likely to report an assault and do so three times faster than the national average.

She also believes it’s time to work not just with the victims themselves, but with men and boys to combat violence against women. “We partnered with an organisation called Promundo and its programme Manhood 2.0, which tackles how gender norms harm young men and women; it engages young men in recognising some of the harmful ideas around ‘masculinity’ that can have negative consequences on health, relationships, sexual violence, bullying and mental health.”

So what would she like to see more of, when it comes to fellow fashion companies? “I’m convinced it’s important for any industry and company to tackle the issue of violence against women by talking about it, making sure the workplace is a safe and supportive environment for survivors and promoting gender equality.”

We can all get on board with that…

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White go go boots are making a surprise comeback so break out the disco ball

White go go boots are making a surprise comeback so break out the disco ball


You can dance, you can jive…

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I’m not afraid to say it: I’m a diehard ABBA and Mamma Mia fan. As my exasperated pals can attest to, I would not shut up about Mamma Mia 2: Here We Go Again when it came out and I’ve been low-key trying to sneak 70s inspired pieces into my wardrobe ever since. While the summery dresses won’t work for the winter cold anymore, I have been noticing a pretty surprising fashion trend around a lot recently: the return of the white go go boot. And honestly, I stan.

Although in the past I’ve typically only seen them at costume parties, they’ve cemented themselves a little niche amongst the fashion forward this season. From chic leather pieces to jaw-dropping white snakeskin, a number of them were spotted all over the fashion week just gone.

With some of my favourite high street retailers and luxury brands jumping on the bandwagon, I’m genuinely tempted to join in – even if they’re not the most practical colour. (Needs must when it comes to looking cool AF.)

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While they might seem pretty daunting to style, they’re a total dream if you pair them with another big winter trend: patterned midi dresses and midi skirts. And seeing that shock of white underneath a statement winter coat will have you Instagram ready in no time with a kick ass OOTD.

If you’re a go go boot purist, this might not be 100% the right edit for you as I’ve popped in a few pieces that take the staple into 2018. Don’t @ me on Twitter for steering away from the latex please, I’m just a girl in love with white boots.

And cowboy boots.

And ankle boots.

Just, boots.

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Before I fall down a boot-related rabbit hole, here’s my edit of the best white knee high boots for the season.

If you end up buying a pair, sticking on ABBA’s Dancing Queen and having a little boogie, I’m right there with you. We should grab a coffee sometime.

FIND White Leather Slouch Boots

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FIND is fast becoming one of my favourite new brands, as they’ve been knocking it out of the park with their footwear recently. After I fell in love with our Digital Fashion Editor Penny’s faux snakeskin cowboy boots, they had me falling in love all over again with these beauties. (P.S. They’re currently 30% off and also come in red and black.)

Priced at £72.10, available at Amazon.co.uk/Find

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New Look White Limited Edition Knee High Western Boots

white boots

New Look has really stepped up their game with this piece which brings the best of both winter trend worlds together: white footwear and Western-style boots. With subtle embroidery and a faux wood block heel, they look ultra expensive and won’t set you back too much.

Priced at £49.99, available at New Look

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Tibi Logan Patent-Leather Knee Boots

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These are about as close as you’ll get to a traditional go go boot, as they’re made of the same shiny patent leather we’ve come to associate them with. That said, the pointed tip and rounded top bring it more into 2018 – so it’s more a chic throwback than a dated reference.

Priced at £780, available at NET-A-PORTER

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Mango Snake Effect High-Leg Boots

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These are the shoes that kicked off my obsession with white boots, if I’m being perfectly honest. I saw them in Mango and they actually look a little paler than they do here, so IMO they still belong in the shade territory. Animal print is the trend that just doesn’t want to die this season and with faux snakeskin like this, why would you ever want it to?

Priced at £59.99, available at Mango

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Gabriela Hearst Linda Croc-Effect Leather Over-The-Knee Boots

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Gabriela Hearst may be better known for their bags which swept Instagram into a frenzy, however these faux croc boots are a great case for why they’re nailing the broader fashion game. Pair it with a cosy long dress and you’ll be a total winter goddess.

Priced at £1,220, available at NET-A-PORTER

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& other stories Knee High Leather Boots

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It came out recently that & other stories’ white cowboy boots were amongst the most in demand styles this season and they show no sign of slowing down with these boots. With a blockier heel for extra support, these boots were truly made for walking and are the epitome of Scandi-chic.

Priced at £199, available at & other stories

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Julia Mays Faux Fur White Nappa

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I can never resist a bit of faux fur. These boots aren’t quite as tall as the others on the list and come to about your mid-calf. They’re giving me total Parisian chic vibes and while they’re a bit pricier, the quality speaks for itself as they’re made from Nappa leather and lined with faux fur inside to boot.

Priced at £495, available at Julia Mays

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TBH these boots aren’t made for walking, but that’s still what they’ll do.

I’m just going to bite the bullet and commit to buying a pair, who needs Christmas presents for the fam anyways?

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Meghan Markle’s going to be thrilled about this rising fashion trend

Meghan Markle’s going to be thrilled about this rising fashion trend


We need those trainers ASAP.

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We’re sure it’ll come as no surprise to you that the environment’s not in the greatest place right now and this year, it turns out more people are trying to do their part. According to fashion search engine Lyst, an emerging fashion trend has seen a huge surge this year and it’s one that Meghan Markle’s going to be over the moon about. If you take a look through the Duchess of Sussex’s wardrobe, you’ll notice that she does her bit to raise up sustainable fashion brands like Veja, Stella McCartney and Reformation to name a few. It turns out that it’s paid off massively as there’s been a huge spike of interest in eco-friendly and sustainable clothing lines, with some of the most in-demand products of the year coming from cult green brands.

If you dive into Lyst’s Year in Fashion report, it turns out there’s been a surge of people looking for clothing that does its bit to save the environment – and the Duchess has had a lot to do with that. Lyst revealed that this year, there was a ‘47% increase in searches including sustainable related keywords this year, from ‘vegan leather’, to ‘organic cotton’ and ‘econyl’.

Besides being named one of the biggest fashion influencers of the year, Meghan Markle was also specifically name dropped as being crucial to the growth of a few sustainable brands.

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Yasmine Bachir, Lyst’s royal expert and Senior Communications Executive said, ‘Meghan has sparked interest for sustainable fashion across the globe and as such a powerful force and royal fashion influencer, we’ve seen her impact searches for everything from Veja trainers to Hiut Denim jeans and ethical designer Stella McCartney coats.’

Over the course of her Australia, Fiji, Tonga and New Zealand trip with Prince Harry just gone, Meghan Markle’s royal tour outfits were carefully selected to highlight both emerging sustainable and Australasian designers. From her plastic bottle flats from Rothy at South Melbourne Beach through to her selection of cute dresses, Bachir said her tour was instrumental in bringing sustainable fashion to the forefront.

She continued, ‘Eco-fashion peaked particularly within Meghan’s recent tour around the South Pacific where her fashion focus on sustainability couldn’t go a miss.’

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If you can cast your mind back to her and Prince Harry’s cute AF tour, you might remember she wore a pair of Veja’s trainers. There’s this adorable picture of her and Prince Harry on a boat during the Invictus Games, but my eyes immediately went to her fresh white sneaks.

Well, it turns out that the exact pair she wore – the Veja V10 trainers – ended up being one of the most searched for shoes online this year. Lyst described it as a ‘cool sustainable sneaker that was seen everywhere during New York Fashion Week and endorsed by Meghan Markle on her Australian tour’.

They also added that ‘searches were up 58% year on year for the sneaker’ which a big spike and one that spells major success for any small brand.

Veja V-10 Trainers

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Priced at £115, available at Arket

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We’ve talked about the Kate Middleton effect before, a phenomenon that causes brand websites to crash and products to sell out instantly the moment Kate Middleton wears something in public.

Meghan Markle’s very much on the same train as Lyst revealed, ‘On average, if Meghan wears a designer, that brand will see a +200% increase in search demand over the following week.’

And well, it isn’t just Veja seeing the perks of the Meghan Markle effect. The Duchess of Sussex previously wore a gorgeous striped dress from Reformation while on tour in Australia and unsurprisingly, Reformation was name-dropped as one of the most popular brands on Instagram ATM.

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Meghan Markle wearing Reformation | REX/Shutterstock

Bachir said, ‘Demand for eco-friendly label Reformation increased globally after the Duchess wore a sundress by the brand in Australia, and it truly highlighted the power her fashion choices have worldwide.’

And on top of that, Meghan Markle’s wedding was identified as one of the biggest fashion events of the year – given that sustainable fashion brand Stella McCartney designed her gorgeous reception dress, apparently she caused ‘huge spikes in search’.

Beyond the brands that Meghan Markle has worn, it was also super heartwarming to see a few other smaller sustainable designers make the list. Shrimps, one of our faves in the office, was given a shout out with their cute Antonia Queen bag leading the charge on the beaded bags trend as the most viewed product in that category.

Antonia Faux-Pearl Embellished Bag

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Priced at £450, available at MATCHESFASHION

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Another brand called Nanushka was also name dropped as one of Instagram’s best kept secrets, with Lyst particularly honing in on their ‘denim dresses and jumpsuits’.

Honestly, we’re so thrilled about this and we just want this trend to continue. It’s been amazing to see how far we’ve come in just a few months. Just to rattle off a few amazing things: both luxury and high street retailers have started releasing sustainable fashion lines, there’s a concept store called The Maiyet Collective that’s opened dedicated solely to sustainable and positive fashion brands and big names like  Zara cutting back on things like mohair.

Here’s hoping this isn’t just a fad and that it becomes the norm.

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These Mary Poppins bags are going down in the most delightful way

These Mary Poppins bags are going down in the most delightful way


Julie Andrews, eat your heart out.

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Ever since it was announced Disney was going to be rebooting Mary Poppins, we’ve been trying to master our supercalifragilisticexpialidociouses and keeping an eye on the sky for a woman floating down with an umbrella. As one of our favourite Disney flicks from our childhood, we’ve been feeling awfully nostalgic recently and QVC really aren’t helping matters. The retailer just announced they’re going to be dropping a super cute Mary Poppins limited fashion collection full of penguins, kites and your favourite mysterious nanny that we’re low-key obsessed with.

The line is designed by Danielle Nicole, a brand you may remember from their super cute Harry Potter bags, and it’s a four piece accessories collection. It’s full of whimsy with a sparkly kite bag ideal for flying away on and a Mary Poppins book clutch. It might not hold as much as Mary’s iconic carpet bag, but nothing ever would TBH.

Mary Poppins Book Clutch

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Priced at £50, available at qvcuk.com

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Mary Poppins Let’s Fly a Kite Cross Body Bag

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Priced at £50, available at qvcuk.com

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Mary Poppins would be beside herself if she knew you were being irresponsible with your dosh, so luckily the line includes a Zip Around Wallet with the woman herself on the front.

If one of your favourite dance routines of all time happens to be Dick Van Dyke tapping circles around Julie Andrews, you’re in good company.

Danielle Nicole also transformed one of his adorable penguin sidekicks into a cross body bag. All you’ll need is a pinstripe jacket and boater hat and you’re good to go.

Mary Poppins Penguin Cross Body Bag

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Priced at £50, available at qvcuk.com

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Mary Poppins Zip Around Wallet

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Priced at £35, available at qvcuk.com

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The line starts at £35 and it’s a great shout if you’re looking to buy a Christmas gift for the alternative Disney stan. (Some people are just so hard to buy for.)

Luckily, the line is dropping on December 1 over at qvcuk.com – just in time for the release of Mary Poppins Returns on December 21. We’ve already got our tickets and now that we’ve seen these bags, we’re seriously considering dressing up.

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The plus size clothing designers you need to know about

The plus size clothing designers you need to know about


A guide to your new favourite brands

Hanky hems and smock tops have been banished in favour of a much more fashion forward outlook within the plus size industry. The last five years has seen a huge rise in the availability of plus size fashion, with a host of new brands emerging and some well-established favourites creating a plus size offering. The stats suggest that over 50% of women now wear a size 14+, suggesting the market for plus size fashion is quickly catching up with, and might even overtake, its straight size sister.

While plus size fashion may have been living in the shadows, it is certainly having a moment in the sun right now and with the likes of Ashley Graham taking the world of plus size fashion mainstream it is easy to see why so many labels are keen to get involved.

This is a round-up of plus size brands you need to know, whether it’s reminding you of some old favourites that are bringing something fresh to the table or a new kid on the block, your AW18 shopping just got a whole lot more interesting…

1. The Hour  

Founded by London-based Nana Rasoeva, this brand new size-inclusive brand (see main image above) perfectly fulfills their mantra, ‘luxury that fits’. Focusing on trend-led, contemporary pieces that flatter the figure, balance proportions and accentuate the waist – something that has previously been lacking in many other plus size offerings – The Hour is available in sizes 14-26 and features a covetable mix of wardrobe essentials from tailored jackets to THE perfect pair of tuxedo trousers.

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2. Anna Scholz

Anna is one of the pillars of the designer plus size industry; a Central St Martins graduate, Anna has over two decades in the business – no mean feat for any plus size label. Famed for her gorgeously unique prints (designed in house) and easy to wear silhouettes, Anna’s pieces are always timeless. Most recognised for her dresses, Anna recently switched to producing six collections a year as well as introducing her much celebrated plus size workout line. You better get shopping!

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3. Universal Standard

Focusing on the luxury end of the market, the team behind US felt there was a gap in the market for simple everyday pieces in beautiful fabrications and top quality construction. Universal Standard is all about giving the option for elevated essentials for women size 14 to 32 and unsurprisingly everyone has gone crazy for this luxe basics line. Working with some of the industry’s top creative teams, Universal Standard is setting a new standard in plus size fashion.

4. Yoek

A personal favourite, Yoek is my go to plus size brands for cute, easy to wear, quality, everyday pieces. With items in my wardrobe over five years old and no different from the day they were purchased, Yoek always stands the test of time. Perfect for printed and embellished tunics, palazzo trousers and fun prints, it’s no surprise they have a legion of loyal fans. However, most exciting is the return of their leather line. Fashion forward styling in buttery soft leather, the new line offers leather shirts, jackets and dresses that really make them stand out in the plus size arena.

5. Manon Baptiste at Navabi

An exclusive to plus size designer online retailer Navabi, Manon Baptise is fast becoming the go to label to grab those fashion trends. Embracing AW18 trends such as brocade, Seventies and the continued love affair with the bomber jacket, Manon Baptiste is the label with its finger on the fashion pulse!

6. Elvi

Elvi is one of the plus size brands that has done a complete U-turn, so if you haven’t looked at their offerings in the last year, it’s time to reacquaint yourself. This well curated, beautifully designed and fashion forward thinking collection is now up there with some of the best plus size fashion brands around. Competitively priced, Elvi offer great on trend and stylishly chic separates, dresses and a sprinkling of occasion wear to seal the deal.

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7. City Chic at Evans

City Chic is a rapidly expanding plus size power house. The leading Australian destination store for fun, on trend, plus size clothing has recently started opening stores in the USA and is currently stocked in the UK at retailer Evans. A host of of feminine, body con dresses, floral prints, chiffon tunics and tailored jackets, City Chic offers good quality at competitive prices. Youthful, fun and flirty, City Chic gives plus size fashion a great injection of colour and sass.

8. Society Plus

This is the brand leading the way in how to work with influencers and promote body positivity through fashion. Society Plus works with social media influencers and bloggers to help them curate their own mini collections which are then sold on the brand’s site. The collections are modelled by their curator and the final images are never retouched. This means that their models are by far the most relatable to and diverse of any plus size brand. They quality control and size every piece to ensure that the size you think you’re buying is the size you’re getting. This is the one fashion brand out there keeping it 100% real and authentic.

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9. Studio Eight

The sister brand to Phase Eight, Studio Eight is their first foray into plus size fashion. Keeping to the aesthetic of the Phase Eight signature, you can expect great work wear separates, glamorous evening wear, tape wear embellishment and fantastic weekend casuals. As the collection evolves alongside Phase Eight their style outlook becomes more intertwined, offering a little Phase Eight style to those above a size 18.

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10. Plus Equals

Plus Equals are definitely looking to inject some fun and frivolity into the plus size fashion market. Plus Equals sells hand-picked vintage and reworked clothing in sizes 14-26. The brain child of stylist Jazmin Lee, Plus Equals selects and upcycles vintage pieces to create one off garments, helping you express your personality in carefully crafted and unique pieces. From sequins to faux-fur, they’re not missing a fashion beat.

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11. Carmakoma

Carmakoma is the line for those with a rebellious nature. Rock chick glam and androgynous silhouettes are combined with sexy cuts, edgy styling and feminine details to create a stylish and individual brand that thinks fashion first and plus size second. Design duo Weiss and Lykke strongly believe that ‘beauty cannot be reduced to a size label and that clothes should fit the body not the other way round’. A regular at Copenhagen Fashion Week, Carmakoma is cutting up the plus size rule book and doing it their way.

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12. Boutique @ Evans

Boutique at Evans is the more designer led collection of pieces from plus size high street giant Evans. This season has a distinctly party- luxe vibe with relaxed tailoring, soft separates, including some gorgeous shirting with sequin detailing.

This is the section of Evans to head to if you want something a little bit more special but still with that high street price tag.

 

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The best experience day gifts, Christmas presents and gift vouchers for 2018

The best experience day gifts, Christmas presents and gift vouchers for 2018


Give them a memory that will last forever…

best experience day gifts

Let’s face it; sometimes unwrapping socks or a new jumper simply doesn’t cut it. Sometimes you need to take it up a notch and give your loved ones an experience they will never forget. We’re talking days out at the spa, season tickets for their favourite sports team, passes for an exhibition or the most amazing facial of their life. Whether they’re all about that indulgent life or are film buffs, we’ve rounded up the very best experience day gifts, Christmas presents and gift vouchers. You’re welcome.

Six Nations Experience

Best Experience Day Gifts

For Rugby fans, why not a trip to the new East Stand at Twickenham Stadium to enjoy the ultimate Six Nations match day experience.

Prices from £399 per person.

 

Su-Man Chi Flow contour facial

best facials London Su-Man, Best Experience Day Gifts

Su-Man is legendary on the facial scene and quite frankly, one of the best facials in London. This incredibly special facial is based on the traditional Chinese medicine healing art form Gua Sha, or skin scraping technique.

Using various strokes and friction techniques to softens muscular tension and stress to reveal a more calm, balanced and glowing complexion. Deep cleansing with steam , extraction , exfoliate and Gua Sha massage followed by nourishing mask.

Su-Man Chi Flow Contour Facial, £220 for 60 minutes

 

Ex Nihilo Personalisation Service

experience day gifts

The one for fragrance lovers. For a truly unforgettable experience, take a trip to the Ex Nihilo space in Harrods Salon De Parfum, where you can add several ingredients to their luxurious fragrances to make for a captivating blend that is just for you.

Ex Nihilo £150 for 50ml and £240 for 100ml.

 

British Library membership

British-Library-Membership-Card-and-Pack, Best Experience Day Gifts

The membership entitles you to a number of benefits including: unlimited Library access, free entry to fun events & exhibitions, priority booking for events, 20% off public restaurants and shops, entry to the Members’ Room and more.

British Library Memner Gift Pack, £87 (or £127 for a joint membership)

 

Wembley Inner Circle

Club-Wembley-membership-to-Inner-Circle-(£2148), Best Experience Day Gifts

Club Wembley membership, the ultimate viewing experience at the home of England football, Wembley Stadium. Not to mention includes priority access to other sporting events and the best music entertainment at Wembley Stadium. There’s even easy access of busy match days with a complimentary train service dropping members right at the stadium.

Inner Circle membership starts from £2,148

 

Aldwyn & Sons pedicure…for him

Aldwyn & Sons, pedicure

Is this one of the best experience day gifts for him? Because pedi’s aren’t just a women’s issue, we’re backing the UK’s first and only Gentleman’s pedicure room, Aldwyn & Sons for the ultimate Christmas foot treat for the man in your life. The ‘speakeasy’ style room is housed in the back of Sharps Barber & Shop on 9 Windmill Street, Fitzrovia, and is a thankfully laid back affair, operating with a no foot judgement policy. For a pedi first timer, gift them The Modern Footman voucher, £50 for 45 minutes, which will sort out their nails and cuticles, including foot filing, exfoliation and moisturising followed by a foot massage.

Seriously, buy them one. Their feet will thank you for it.

Aldwyn & Sons, The Modern Footman £50 for 45 minutes.

 

Barbican Membership

BARBICAN-MEMBERSHIP, Best Experience Day Gifts

Not only do you get free art gallery entry, you’ll also receive 20% off cinema tickets and discounts across the Barbican programme. Where do we sign up?

Barbican Membership, £59 per year

 

Cineworld Experience

best experience day gifts

This handy little box contains vouchers for 2 cinema tickets as well as drinks, popcorn and snacks.

Cineworld Christmas Gift Box for 2, £25

 

 

The London Helicopter Company

Best Experience Day Gifts

For unforgettable festive sightseeing and easily one of the best experience day gifts, send them on an aerial tour over London’s famous skyline courtesy of The London Helicopter company.

The London Helicopter Tours from £200

 

Margaret Dabbs Medical Pedicure

Best Experience Day Gifts

Give feet a new lease of live with the ultimate pedicure by way of Margaret Dabbs.

Margaret Dabbs Medcal Pedicure, from £85

 

 

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