Sunday, 7 April 2013

Neon and Nude Ballet Pumps

Neons and Nudes was a really hot trend last spring. Everyone from top designers to high-street fashion brands to even makeup brands came up with collections featuring nude and neon colours together.

The trend has returned this year and although last year, I dint really buy into it, this year, for some reason, I gravitated towards the whole nude and neon thing. 

Enter, these gorgeous H&M patent ballet pumps.

I was just casually browsing through H&M when I saw the florescent pink pumps. They are really, really bright and the above image is true to colour. I instantly fell in love with them. I know that they will be a love or hate item with most people, but I genuinely adore them.

I was on holiday last month and caught quite a bit of sun and they truly stand out against my really really tanned feet!

I saw the nude shoes as well but wasn't sure if I wanted them and hence did not buy them the day I got the pink ones. A couple of days later, I had to run back to H&M for a pair of tights and they were still there. I tried them on and really liked them. As a result, I now have nude and neon ballet pumps!

These nude shoes are perfect for just about anything. From afternoon coffee to work, I'd be happy to wear them anywhere and they would fit in. 

These pumps are really inexpensive and so did not dig a big hole in my pocket either. I think H&M is on top of their game right now. They have really good things coming out for spring and they really aren't very expensive.

Although I am in love with both these pairs, I haven't had an opportunity to wear them yet. With temperatures as low as zero degrees in London this week, sadly, all I can do at the moment is dream of spring. Hopefully I will get to wear them soon!

Saturday, 6 April 2013

& Other Stories Blue Clutch

& Other Stories has just opened their flagship store in London at Regent Street. It is a new edgy and chic brand from the H&M group. It received a lot of PR coverage in press and amongst bloggers last week on its launch. The brand is supposed to be inspired by bloggers instead of catwalk trends and I believe, has currently launched only in 10 European countries.

They have a huge range of clothing, accessories, shoes, bags and makeup. Their make up range is surprisingly quite extensive for a such a young brand.

They have a website too that looks like a tumblr-meets-pinterest board, which I personally think is quite unique.

I was overly curious to find out what they had to offer so I went to the store a couple of days ago, and came home with this...

It's a very chic looking blue clutch with a red inside. It is made from Scuba diving wetsuits are made, giving it quite an edgy look.

It has a side-press buckle that sort of reminded me of my old school backpacks but in a cool way. The black strap sort of breaks from the blue colour and adds dimension to the clutch.

The inside of the clutch is lined with red scuba material and looks really good as the red stands out against the blue when its folded.

I tried to pair this with something casual I was wearing the day I bought it. However, it could be dressed up just as easily. Also, it surprising holds things quite well. I had filled it up with all my essentials before this picture and it still maintained it shape well.

The store itself has a very boutique like feel to it and is really big. Since it is not too cluttered with clothes, the experience of shopping in there was really good. All in all, I am really impressed with & Other Stories and will definitely be making a trip back there soon.