Saturday, 20 September 2014

#FashFest Part 1: Cosmopolitan's Catwalk Fashion Show

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We all know Fashion Shows are one of the most coveted events of the year, so Cosmopolitan really got it right when they added the Catwalk Fashion Show to their #FashFest line up for Day 4. With everything from cosmos (obviously) and sliders being served to skin consultations, makeovers and spray tans the start of the evening set out some super high standards. 

Invited as a VIP blogger for the evening, I was lucky enough to attend and enjoy along with some of the UK's most inspiring blogger babes - think Mel from Media Marmalade, Naomi from Two Shoes One Pair and Dunya from Dearest Deer. Oh and not to mention my girl date for the evening, the lovely Laura from TinyTwisst.

After a few rounds of pink fizz in the VIP area, and watching the pretty perfect Millie Mackintosh work the red carpet like no other, we were swiftly ushered backstage for a sneaky preview of the stage and seating area. As makeup was being finalised and the models were glued to their phones, as I was quite clearly pre-show scanning the rails, it was quite possibly the calmest backstage in the history of ever - well done Cosmo, it must say a lot for your organisation skills!

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For the show, we were table 88; The Blogger Table. Situated right at the end of the runway and a stones through away from the likes of Millie Mackintosh and Laura Whitmore, we had a pretty great view.

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After pouring a few glasses, flicking through Cosmopolitan Fashion and taking obligatory pre-show pics (yes that is the back of Laura's head up there), Laura Whitmore took to the stage to introduce the show and Krystal Roxx to the DJ Booth. After a fantastic performance by the girlband MO, the collections commenced, trend by trend. 

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I was particularly taken with this preppy number from the tartan check collection, oh and the ladies were all pretty much taken with our two male models for the night.
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But with me being me, by far my favourite collection of the night had to be the ultra feminine and a little bit retro ladylike looks. Midi hems were flowing and just the right amount of sequins were in sight. I am completely taken with the faux fur trims, pretty heels and strangely enough the neutral pastels. I definitely know what will be on my shopping list this autumn.

Did you pop along to the show? Stay tuned for Part 2 to see what I wore...

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Friday, 19 September 2014

Little Black Lace

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Bardot Top: River Island, available here. Lace Hem Shorts: Sugarhill Boutique. Casual Jacket: Oasis (sold out). Ballet Flats: ZARA (old). Clutch: ZARA (sold out). Necklace: H&M. Bracelets: ASOS. Lips: YSL Rouge Volupte Lipstick in 'Peach Passion'. Nails: Essie in 'Ballet Slippers'.

If you've been reading my blog for some time now, perhaps even the whole eight months I've been going (thank you and well done you, if you have), you'll know I've got a thing for heels. I practically live in them. I'd sleep in them if I could guarantee both my heels and sheets wouldn't suffer from said event.

I can often be heard blaming it on my high arches, and while I do think they're a contributing factor to my love of heels, if I'm honest - I'm sure it's just the beauty of a good shoe.

So, with that in mind, this look is just a little something different. As much as I love to be lifted a good few inches off of the ground for an added spring in my step, some days it's just not needed. Some days, I just want a simple look and to be able to stroll casually rather than totter. Because, let's face it, when heels are worn there is an element of tottering that goes on.

We all know I'm obsessed with stripes and what girl isn't, but they're just perfect for more of a dressed down look. And while I may not be one for the dressed down look, it's nice to keep it in my back pocket for times just like this.

And, because I can never seem to stop mixing prints, a part from when I'm monochroming or colour-blocking it, I'm doing just that. But then again, animal prints are just the cutest to add a little something to a simple, yet stylish, look - wouldn't you say?

What do you think? Is it possible to dress down with an edge?

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Saint-Honoré

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Tee: ASOS. Full Skirt: H&M. Heels: Topshop (sold out), similar. Bag: Marc by Marc Jacobs. Sunglasses: ASOS. Lips: YSL in 'Corail Incandescent'.

So, here it is. A little something different from me today. Yesterday I let it slip that I have a new baby, my Canon 600D, and while it may not be all that special to some people, it's definitely a bit of an upgrade for me - and just in time for my 100th post for that matter. Hurrah!

I can see and feel the difference in my blog already - what do you think?

But at a risk of distracting myself and you, my lovely readers, from the actual post itself, I'll be swiftly moving on.

It's safe to say I have become somewhat obsessed with this look in the past week or so. My ASOS tee is just so easy to wear and feels way more chic than a standard boyfriend tee should. Hence, why it feels very me.

I love monochrome at the best of times, but I really love it in stripes. Monochrome and stripes have got to be two of my most favourite trends-come-styles that I stick to on a more than regular basis. So you can see why I've become quite taken with this look. And, if it was acceptable and doable, I'd quite like to continue wearing it everyday for a very long, long time it I may?!

But, because of sanitary, and sanity reasons for that matter, I shan't be doing that. Shame really, as it is a fave.

What do you think? Let me know what you think of my sort-of new look and my #ootd!

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Something New...

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So this is it. A little something, or should I say two little somethings, new on Dorothy and Olive.

For those of you that follow me on Twitter, you'll have seen me talk of Dorothy and Olive 2.0 and whilst I'm not quite sure that this is all that new, there's definitely a change in the air that I'm quite proud of.

Firstly, I've made my first leap into the world of DSLR's with the Canon 600D and I can safely say that I have no idea why it's taken me eight months to do it. If only hey, but - hindsight is a beautiful thing.

As my blog grows and progresses, it felt right to let my photography follow along at the same pace (or in fact faster) rather than bumbling along as it was. I'm already so impressed with the crispness of some images I've had a practice with and cannot wait to show you all my looks in a much sharper form!

Complete with remote and tripod, I shall even be venturing into the world of self-photography (excuse my expertise there), giving my lovely boyfriend a break from his cliche photographer role!

Now, for the second change to my blog, outfit pictures and life in general; my hair. It may not look all that different but for me, it's a huge change. For the past five years I have been growing my hair and wore clip-in extensions for years prior to that but I just felt like it was time for a change.

Minus six inches of dead ends, my hair feels sleeker, sharper and just all round killer. I love it. I really do. And for those of you that know me dearly (enough to know how much I used to cry at having a half inch trim four times a year), you'll know just how much of a big deal this actually is.

So, there it is. My two quite big changes that I hope you'll like going forwards. What do you think? Do I suit an all-one-length blunt cut hairstyle? Or maybe you've used the Canon 600D - do you like it?

#NYFW SS15 Presentations: D&O Loves

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Alice + Olivia

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Rachel Zoe

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Cynthia Rowley

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J. Crew

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So you know how I was saying yesterday that I had a bit of a thing for New York and a huge problem trying to whittle down my choices in my first #NYFW #SS15 post. Well, I wasn't all that honest with you. I split my choices in two and opted for my favourites of the shows and my must have from the presentations. 
I know, I know, I have gone completely and insanely overboard but how could I not? I love the taste of New York fashion, the texture and the style. It's by far the most anticipated city of all four. Yes London has cutting edge design, Milan has statement style and Paris, well Paris is Paris, but for me - New York is the crème de la crème.

And the presentations were no exception. If you've followed my ramblings for some time, you'll know I love Alice + Olivia. Stacey Bendet has the best taste and her designs follow suit. I know to expect a great cut and adventurous prints when it comes to all things A+O.

J. Crew, another staple of mine, has come up trumps yet again this season. I've always adored their separates an this year is no exception. The same goes for Elizabeth and James for SS15. Like Rodarte in yesterday's post, Elizabeth and James aren't always at the top of my personal style list - but no doubt are en pointe when it comes to design. But something about their separates have just hit me this year. I mean look at those skirts, I need them all for next summer!

Rachel Zoe has long been one of my most loved people EVER so there is just no surprise that I'm a huge fan of her line. It's a complete embodiment of her personal style; very chic, very boho and very vintage glamour - all three things I love. I don't even know which of the five looks are my fave so they all won first place. 

And to finish off with a bit of a wild card, Cynthia Rowley is the one. I've become obsessed with the quirky prints and killer cuts and have not stopped staring at them for a full week now! 

What do you think? Have I gone overboard or can you see why I'm obsessed?