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!

 

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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.

autumn hues.

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I love seeing the seasons change. Colder weather gives us the chance to wear more clothes at once, which is always a good thing, the perfect winter coat hunt begins and it starts getting darker. I’m not just talking about the sky, A/W means darker hues and hair colour. As a rule I normally go light for summer and dark for winter and this year was no exception!
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What do you think?

In other news, term is beginning at University so things have been mad hectic. So as a thank you to my followers I’ve decided to double up my giveaway! The prize will have you kissing goodbye to summer and welcoming winter with love!
Keep an eye out!

Mannequin Madness.

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Mannequins like these don’t promote a positive body image!

Building and retaining a positive body image is a difficult move in our celebrity obsessed society. We’re expected to compete with those who have all day to spend hitting the gym, can afford a personal trainer and have an excess of photoshopping editors on their side. In real life there are jobs to be done and Instagram isn’t exactly renowned for it’s touch ups.

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Companies like Debenhams seem to be moving in the right direction by using a move diverse range of models and Dove’s ‘hacktivist’ campaign for real beauty ( check out the inspiring video here). In a recent article by Ben Bryant for the Telegraph Dorothy Perkins is reported to use size 10-12 mannequins. I’m not sure if Ben has checked out Dotty Ps recently but I walk past the shop window of this store, and others like Oasis, almost every day. Unfortunately my findings did not collaborate with his.

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The skeletal shapes.

This mannequins are in no way based on a size 10-12 body. Try size zero for a more accurate representation. Companies are having to pin even their smallest sizes to these tiny mannequins. The sale of this unhealthy ‘ideal’ needs to be stopped and companies need to start promoting a healthy and achievable ideal instead. In a world where models need photoshop to stop them looking so sickly, we need to make a stand.

Pressure to be too skinny.

Pressure to be too skinny for models like Karlie Kloss.

A/W lust and must

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Got Winter blues? Don’t shout till you’re red in the face, shout till you’re burgundy all over! It’s the season of dark hues and I well and truly love it! Check out my selection of lust-haves and must-haves for A/W. Everything about the must have side is fab. The only thing I can’t replace is the Willow tote by Mulberry. It’s beautiful and irriplaceible and I need it and…. oh.

McQ by Alexander McQueen red flare dress
$1,110 – net-a-porter.com

Yumi cardigan
$95 – houseoffraser.co.uk

Eskandar cardigan
$940 – liberty.co.uk

Accessorize tote bag
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Eugenia Kim hat
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