Kimono Crazy!

I spent about half of last year refusing to take off kimonos, included a blazer version from Zara which I still absolutely love and wore for Vogue’s Fashion Night Out in Manchester!
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Thankfully the Fashion Gods have seen fit to continue creating fab floral numbers and luxe looks with these easy to wear items! So here are my favourites:
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This velvet Topshop take at £48 has me sold! The short sleeves are perfect for those feeling optimistic about spring and the feel of the piece is just luxury! The tassles give it a festival vibe (though tassels and portaloos DO NOT MIX – when will people learn?) and it looks great with a relaxed tshirt and jeans.

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This Kiss the Sky kimono is available exclusively at ASOS for a cool £32. The contrasting paisley print gives it the traditional oriental feel and who doesn’t love that hippy vibe?

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You can pick up this longer number from Forever 21 for a measley £18.75 and in a variety of colours! They also have some really cool short versions from just £15.

They’re my top picks. Have you spotted any cute kimonos recently? Link me in the comments section!
Lucinda x
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The Trafford Centre Strikes Back!

You know when you get home from a long days shopping, put your feet up and regret the things you didn’t buy? Well I did. So I went back.
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Here’s what I wore but more importantly, here’s what I bought second time round:
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1. Game of Thrones calendar from Clintons £4.50
2. Burgundy Shirt from Primark £9
3. Tres Jolie crop tee from H&M £10
4. Snakeskin effect ox blood bag from Forever 21 £20
5. Femme Heart necklace from Forever 21 £3.90
6. Embellished Clutch by SkinnyDip London at Bank £15
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I wasn’t sure about the clutch bag at first but then I realised that my hands were refusing to put it down and my feet were taking me in the direction of the checkout so I had very little choice in the matter! I’m so glad I did as it looks fabulous with my top secret ball gown (I also purchased that today but I’m keeping it on the DL for now).
I spotted the ox blood coloured bag on my initial trip when I bought my kimono jacket from Forever 21 and spent a while before deciding that I didn’t really need another bag… well it turned out I did!

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The necklace was another Forever 21 buy and a bargain! When I saw the price tag I knew I had to have it. It looks adorable and looked perfect with my outfit!

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A bit of an indulgence for me and the boyfriend… Personally I can’t wait till December for Tywin Lannister… I know, I have strange taste!
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Finally my Tres Jolie crop tee. I’d seen one of my favourite bloggers Emtalks wearing something quite similar (which you can see here) and with my love for the french language I was very happy with my purchase!

Taken advantage of the January sales? Or just splurged anyway? Tell me about it!
Lucinda x
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Turn for the worst?

Over the last few years Primark have really upped their game. From tacky neons to a tartan takeover, the progression has continued to grow. And while the price has grown with it, the cost of pieces from Primark is still a fragment of other high street stores. I was slightly disappointed to see the regression back to the ‘Look at me’ outrageous outfits for the coming season.

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Cheap looking sportswear? Haven’t we seen enough of it already? The print is tacky, it looks cheap and I can guarantee it feels worse than it looks!
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They’re a little late to the game with this asymmetric skort, Zara’s sell out version was SS13.

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I actually quite like this dress but it hardly screams summer sunshine.

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Ok I take it back… give the black back PLEASE! Why on earth would anyone think a pink biker jacket is acceptable to pretty much anyone other than pink ranger? The fact that it’s made from PU just adds insult to injury. Eurgh.
Oh and it’s also available in ‘ivory’…
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Cheap and tacky. That is all.

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Palm trees in summer? How original!
There are still pieces to look forward too, like the baroque jacket and pants/skirt set available to mix and match.
Fingers crossed this is just an off season and Primark will go back to it’s disposable goodness!

 

What are you wearing? OOTD

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Today I did one of my favourite things: wearing new clothes whilst shopping for new clothes! Anyone who saw my last post of my Trafford Centre haul will know pretty much everything about this outfit already but for those of you who haven’t, here’s the info:
1. Kimono, Forever 21 £20
2. Cats and Dogs Tshirt, H&M £8
3. Tartan Skirt, Zara £10
4. Clutch, Bank £15
I picked up the embellished clutch bag today on my second trip to TC but more about that later!
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I’ve seen some fab kimonos recently in Bank and Topshop etc but this Forever 21 take was the perfect length and well within my budget.
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I’ve hardly had these boots of my feet all winter. They’re £18 from Primark and I actually prefer them to the £42 Topshop version:
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INSTAlately.

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A little look at my recent insta-adventures! Tomorrow I’m starting the 100happydays challenge so keep a look out for that @LucindaKate26

Hello Trafford Centre; Goodbye bank balance!

A trip to the Trafford Centre is a pre and post-Christmas essential for me. I always have last minute gifts to buy and there’s always post boxing day sale bargains to be bought! So off I went dragging my lovely boyfriend to hold the bags…
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First stop was lunch at La Tasca to fuel up then the six hours of shopping could commence!
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1. H&M fight like cats & dogs tee £8
2. Dorothy Perkins silver midi skirt £10
3. Primark neon jumper £10
4. Forever 21 floral kimono £20
5. H&M Meeow jumper £10
6. Zara tartan skirt £10
7. Ted Baker underwear set £20
8. Primark sectioned skirt £8

The only reason I required a Selfridges bag is because they have a mini Primark in there and I unashamedly love it!

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I’m such a skirt girl in winter, partially because I’m not all that keen on the shorts and tights combination. I picked up these three for under £30!

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I’m so in LOVE with my new Ted Baker undies, reduced from £40+ to £18 for the set.

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I swear I’m not entirely cat mad…
So I have another trip back their tomorrow with family. I’m pretty sure they just want me for me student discount but it does mean I get to spend another day putting of revision and spending it surrounded by clothing instead. I imagine neither my bank balance nor my wardrobe will be impressed; my wardrobe because it’s all ready full to the bursting point and my bank balance because it’s very much the opposite! But where there’s a will, there’s a way!

The Fashion Fictionary beginning.

If you’ve stumbled upon this post, you may be a little confused. The Fashion Fictionary was created in May 2013. I was new to blogging and a lot of my photos came from my phone. Fast forward a few months, I’ve found my tone, I’ve invested in a great camera and I love it more than ever. I’ve also got a new theme with categories, a search bar and more. So welcome to the new and improved Fashion Fictionary! The Fashion Fictionary Home Screen Enjoy, Love Lucinda x

My Christmas top 5!

Christmas is all wrapped up for another year and the new year is well and truly upon us. I have a lot to be thankful for, especially my top 5 Christmas gifts!

At 5: Bubbles & Treats giftset.
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ANYONE who knows me knows I love the little luxuries in life, so when I received this fab gift-set I was over the moon. Champagne and Ferrero Rochers are two of my favourite things which I greedily enjoyed in no time at all!

At 4: Mountain Warehouse furry headbands
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I’ve been after a headband like this for a while now but didn’t want to buy a cheap feeling one like the Topshop stock. These are meant for skiing and keep my ears so toasty. Plus they will come in handy next time I hit the slopes!

At 3: Power Rush Gloves.
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Anything that comes in such beautiful packaging must be fabulous. I fell in love as soon as I laid my eyes on these creations. The button details are perfect. I was even more amazed when I learned my Dad had picked them out for me. Impressed!

At 2: Absolutely EVERYTHING Benefit.
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My family have clearly clicked onto to my adoration for the brand! The calendar was the perfect count down to Christmas and had some fantastic beauty products and cute accessories. I love the different sets and have had a fab few days trying out all the products, not to mention my skin feel fantastic!

At 1: Marc by Marc Jacobs Baker Watch
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A good watch is always important, especially when your Iphone goes from 20% to zilch in next to no time! I spotted this gorgeous time piece online and fell in love. I’m kinda bored of the chain watches and just wanted something a bit different so this piece is perfect for me!

So there you have my top 5 gifts. I got lots of lovely presents from family and friends and I’m so grateful! I hope everyone enjoyed the festive period. I have one more present still to look forward to though: a weekend in London with my lovely other half! Squeeee!

Vogue Fashion Night Out

Last week I hit Vogue’s FNO Manchester and what an amazing night it was. Filled with champagne and celebs, cocktails and candyfloss, the stores of Manchester where busier than ever!
Kicking off the event was Henry Holland and Daisy Lowe showcasing the fabulous FNO official tshirts.
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These were available for £18 on the night and look simple and stylish! I mean who doesn’t want to wear ‘VOGUE’ across their chest?
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I paired mine with a statement necklace, my ZARA kimono and high waisted black skinny jeans!
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Plenty of celebs were DJing throughout Manchester stores including Eliza Doolittle who was partying by the MAC counter. I loved her super cute green bandeau top paired with high waisted jeans. We had a cute little moment when I fell into her DJ booth, a good giggle and hugged it out… what a sweety!
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Kate Phelan, Creative Director of Topshop, hosted an excellent talk on styling tips for the season and was lovely company to sip champagne with! Though she had a bit of a moment when she forgot something rather important!

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Those of you with a sweet tooth would be in your element! Vodka snow-cones came in a variety of flavors – I went with the classic vodka and cranberry!

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The stalls were adorable retro boutique style with the staff wearing old school uniforms and boaters! Offering popcorn and cotton candy, it was a feast for the eyes and the waist line!

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Sipping champagne at Mulberry, my boyfriend was slightly hungover and less than happy about being recruited as photographer!
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There was so much going on throughout the night including personalised shoppers from Dune and the #knitbombing project by Warehouse!

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I also fell completely in love with the Radley campaign. Who wouldn’t love these cuties?

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Topshop not only had the Kate Phelan talk, but a wall of kisses competition and a gumball giveaway! I won a lipstick in screen siren red.

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Stores like Selfridges were covered floor to floor in VFNO balloons!

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In fact, they ad team had taken to filling the streets of Manchester with posters absolutely everywhere so you couldn’t really miss it!
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I also got this awesome sketch done by one of the illustrators at office, which I’m very much in love with!

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The Vogue editors also did a great job of compiling there fashion picks in each store!
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The beautiful willow tote by Mulberry was a personal favorite.
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I was also crushing on those Office cut out boots and the ever fabulous Vivienne Westwood purses.
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With so much going on including fashion shows from designer and high street campaigns, FNO was a fabulous night for fashionistas.