Primark AW18

Oh where do I start when it comes  to Primark?  It is honestly one of my favourite stores and for those of you who are reading from Northern Ireland, you’ll know of the devastation that has fallen upon our city of Belfast and our Primark store.

On Tuesday 28th August, the Bank Buildings which housed our beloved Primark went up in flames engulfing the entire building.  After the panic and we knew that everyone that was in the building was safe, the fear started to settle in – where were we going to shop?  I shop in Primark – honestly? – at least once a week.  Where was I going to get my tights?  My pajamas?  My cute homeware?  My last minute outfits for events?!  Then I realised… there are plenty of other Primark stores in Northern Ireland.  Yes, yes they may not be as good as the one in Belfast city centre however, they are still Primark!  My Instagram followers were all going through the same thing and having the same thoughts and so I decided to do something about it.

Retail is already struggling at the minute especially on our High Street, from House of Fraser to Toys r Us to the likes of JJB Sports.  Just after the fire in Belfast I was gifted with a voucher from Primark and I decided to use it to show my Instagram followers that all is not lost!  I took myself off on a bus to a nearby Primark in the Abbey Centre, Newtownabbey and here you can see all my favourite things in the store right now.  You can search for your closest store here.

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This is one of those coats, up there with the likes of the camel coat that will go with absolutely anything and everything in your wardrobe.  It will become a staple in your wardrobe and the material feels great, a steal for only £30!

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I think  this is my favourite coat I have ever seen.  An absolute beauty, I can’t wait to go back as they didn’t have my size when I was in the store.  It’s times like these when I wish Primark was available to shop online.  This pattern is all over the stores at the minute and what better way to wear the trends than with a statement coat?  I can picture this with a fantastic red bag and beret, a beautiful cream cashmere jumper and jeans.  Again, at only £30 this coat is an Autumn/Winter must have!

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This coat makes me positively giddy.  Somewhere in between a subtle coat and a statement coat this is perfect for those of you who can’t decide.  This coat is bang on trend and these styles of coats sit so well and are flattering on the body.  Another bargain coat at £30!

JACKETS

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These jackets are so cute and fluffy, a great way to add an edge to your outfit.  Corduroy has made a comeback this season and this jacket would be perfect for injecting a little into your wardrobe.  Shorted, cropped style jackets are perfect for more petite ladies too as they suit a smaller frame!

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If you prefer a pop of colour then think pink jacket will be more up your street.  Both colours are beautiful however, the brown would be easier styled if your wardrobe has more muted tones but for those who aren’t afraid to dial it up with colour this jacket will be perfect for you.  The collar and inside are so soft that it makes you feel like you’re wearing a cloud!

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I tried this jacket on and immediately wished I was standing near a motorcycle, wearing aviators and my hair in a messy bun.  Again, the inside is insanely soft which is amazing considering the price.  This is another one of those jackets that you could wear with anything, I am definitely going back for this jacket.  I haven’t stopped thinking about it since I seen it.

ACCESSORIES

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There’s nothing that a great tote can’t fix.  If I am unsure about an outfit or my outfit seems too loud then I’ll make it more neutral and dial it up with a tote bag.  These totes are perfect for this, I have my eye on the leopard print tote considering animal print is the trend of the year!  The red bag would be perfect with the coat from earlier… oh, I’ve sold it to myself.

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Another cute little bag, I am in love with the details on the bag.  Details on bags like these really make an £8 bag look far more expensive.  A great size bag perfect for day or night!

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More on the leopard print, I’m sorry I just can’t get enough of it.

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I talked about this hat on my stories, I completely forgot to go back for it!  I can’t wait to go back for it as not only am I a lover on hats, but the size of it was perfect.  Some hats are just too big but this one was just right!  There’s nothing like the regret of the things you don’t buy…

CLOTHING

Primark is not only great for creating outfits but also for taking tops and skirts and using them to update clothes you already have.  This leather skirt for example, perfect with tights, boots and a polo neck for this time of year!  Primark’s clothes are so versatile that they really would suit everyone and that makes them one of our high streets greatest stores.

With my gift card I puchased a trouser and blazer set with a top and I wore it to an event recently and I received so many messages about it – people asking was it actually Primark!  See below for my outfit!

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Belfast Fashion Week Launch AW18

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Here we are again to my favourite time of the year, Autumn is fast approaching and as are the new clothes coming in to our favourite stores – but hold on!  What to buy?  Oh no, here we go again, don’t know what to wear?  Not sure what’s ‘trendy‘ this season?  Look no further because I recently attended the Belfast Fashion Week Launch for Autumn Winter 2018 and oh my, there are some beautiful clothes coming your way this year!

Hosted by our ever fabulous Cathy Martin, PR Queen and Fashion Goddess in the Fitzwilliam Hotel, the perfect setting for an array of such beautiful clothes.

What I Wore

Before you see the amazing trends that befell us let’s look at what I wore!

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New Look Mustard Check Cropped Trousers, £19.99

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I am so in love with these trousers!  They are so comfortable and not an annoying zip in sight and match a lot more versatile than I thought.  They go with so many things and are easily dressed up or dressed down for a more casual look.

New Look Mustard Ribbed Roll Neck Top, £8.99

mustard-ribbed-roll-neck-topThese polo necks are perfect for wearing underneath large coats or chunky knits as they are nice and thin, so you don’t roast alive underneath.  They come in a variety of colours and at such a great price, you’re going to want to pick up a few.

New Look Mustard Single Breasted Formal Coat, £34.99

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I’ll be the first to admit I might have went overboard with the mustard and the New Look shopping.  It’s all just so nice, have you been in recently? Their Autumn/Winter selection is outstanding, I can’t wait to go back and get the rest that I mentally put in my favourites.

TRENDS

Animalistic

We have gone wild for animal print – see what I did there?  So many designers this season have made a bid for the fabulous animal print and it is everywhere.  If you aren’t someone who wants to fully immerse themselves in this trend you can add a small pop in your accessories with a fabulous bag or boots to transform yourself, ready for Autumn.

I’ve said it before in my Leopard Print post but it makes me so happy to see so many women and men embracing this trend and Belfast Fashion Week’s launch was no different.

Let your outfits roar with this trend this season.

Clash Is The New Match

Leading on from Animal Print sees a trend that I have always been a little scared to try and pull off myself but I have recently learned that if you wear anything with confidence it will look unbelievable.  You wear the clothes, don’t let the clothes wear you.  Something to remember for this fantastic clash of prints.  If anything, when you can’t decide what to wear – clash them!

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Here Cathy has shown us a dress that allows feminine florals to meet sassy stripes while below these stunning floral prints are a sure way to turn heads this season.  After all, floral in spring?  Groundbreaking.

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Check ✔

Alas, we have arrived at my favourite trend allowing me to live out my Cher Horowitz, Clueless fantasy in tasteful checked print.  You must be thinking, how the hell can I wear that print?  The most fashionable way, as we have said already, is to embrace the Mix and Match.

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This fabulous ensemble puts me in mind of Balenciaga and I cannot wait to get my hands on all of it.  I have my eye on this Topshop, Check Midi Skirt, it will be coming home with me.

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Ellen looks unbelievable in the outfit, definitely one of my favourite looks from the entire morning and I am pleased to say I already own the suit from the look.  Now I just have to collect the rest!  I must say at this point, the makeup by Oonagh Bomanand her team was just stunning.  There is nothing nicer than a bold, statement lip and this lip pulls the red out of the suit to perfectly compliment this outfit.

Bold & Bright

This selection of outfits actually has me salivating.  I have always been a huge fan of colour and I am not one for hiding away from brights, as you can see from my outfit for the Launch.  These power suits and coats speak to me on another level.

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I am head over heels at the clothing seen at BFW Launch and I am certainly going to be out of pocket investing in all these fantastic pieces.  What are your favourite trends this season or what are you most looking forward to wearing?  I’d love to hear!

West Coast Cooler Fashion Week Starts Friday 19th October and runs to Sunday 21st October.  If you like what you see you can find more information on the shoes and purchase tickets HERE

AW18 – Boots Wishlist

Every year I become a little obsessed with buying boots because I love nothing
more than slipping on a pair of jeans, a pair of beautiful yet comfy boots and
sliding on into Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte. It’s basic, and I LIKE IT.
There is something about buying your Autumn/Winter boots and feeling the
need for a night by the fire and a hot cup of chocolate.

Or in my case, wine.
Always wine.

I always find it quite hard to pick just the perfect boot, so if any of you have the
same problem I thought I would make it a little easier and so I have put together
my favourite boots from the shops this season making it easier for you to walk in
to Autumn looking fabulous.

Flat Boots

New Look Wide Fit Yellow Block Heel Ankle Boots, £25.99

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Inject a pop of colour into your wardrobe this Autumn/Winter with a coloured boot, I love these yellow boots and they will go with my entire wardrobe this year as I bought everything yellow.

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Monki Wine Red Chelsea Ankle Boots, £40

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I am immediately attracted to high shine boots but unfortunately I clearly drag my feet when I walk because I ruin every boot I get.  I am obsessed with the colour of these shoes as they will go with everything and make a change from the regular black boot.  Monki is a fantastic brand and the quality of their products is outstanding.

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Missguided White Three Buckle Pointer Boots, £35

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I normally can’t pull off the white boots trend but something about these boots has me putting them in and out and in and out of my shopping cart.  I love the buckle detail and the heel is a perfect little height.

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Heel Boots

Topshop Wide Fit Babe Ankle Snake Print Boots, £39

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Actually obsessed with these, they were in my dreams last night.  I was wearing them and I mean, I looked good.  In fact, yep – I just bought them.  Animal print boots are a great way to inject the trend into your everyday wardrobe without feeling like you are dressed like Kat Slater.

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Topshop Brandy Ankle Boots, £36

I can’t decide between the colours, but here I am again with the patent ankle boots.  I love the high shine effect!  Topshop are one of my favourite places for boots as I find them the comfiest to wear all day.  They look similar to the Gianvito Rossi style boots but for a fraction of the price!

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Pretty Little Thing Beige Faux Snake Ankle Boot, £35

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More snake print, this trend is essential for you wardrobe this season.  I love these pattern boots to instantly jazz up a regular outfit and take it from a 7 to a 10.

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River Island Silver Glitter Block Heel, £42

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I’m sorry, are you seeing these?  Picture these, Christmas party (sorry, but it is coming whether you want it or not) with the light hitting off them.  Yeah I’ll just wait here while you buy them.

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Over The Knee Boots

Zara Flat Stretch Boots With Studs, £59.99

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I love over the knee boots, they look amazing with a chunky knit and leggings or jeans.  These Zara boots are one of the nicest pairs I have seen this year, I love a pair of simply black boots and the studded detail up the back just kicks these boots up a notch.

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Office Krissy Over The Knee Black Leather, £87

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If you are a fan of leather then look no further than these fantastic boots from Office.  They look so comfy and have a block heel which I love.  AND, they are on sale from £125 to £87!

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Designer Boots

Gucci Jordaan Leather Ankle Boot, £715

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I want to put these on my feet and never take them off.  These styles of boots are my favourite as they are so comfortable and easily worn.  A good classic boot that go with everything!

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Balenciaga Knife Leopard Booties, £1175

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I had to put these boots in, they are so cute.  I love the sock boot design, they are so cute and so comfortable and again, the animal pattern is a great way to inject a little trend into your outfit.

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Happy Shopping!  What are your favourite style of boots for Autumn/Winter?

 

Autumn/Winter Trend – Leopard Print

I am so living for this trend.  Anyone who I have spotted wearing leopard print this season has a confidence like nothing I have ever seen.  I am so happy to see so many sassy ladies walking round, it’s like walking around the set of Sex and the City.

I have put together a selection of my favourite leopard print items so you can amp up your wardrobe at the click of a button!  I apologise in advance for your purses…

IM Trending Beige Leopard Print Wide Leg Trousers, £26

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Not only is Ivona one of the nicest people, but she has a pretty amazing selection of clothes on her new website.

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Motel Rocks High Waist Pencil Skirt, £18

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Missguided Gold Print Wrap Maxi Dress, £40

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Obsessed.  Obsessed.  Obsessed.  Picture this with a fierce tan and amazing accessories and you are good to go.

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Nasty Gal So Fierce Shirt, £25

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Combining two trends in one this pajama style shirt and leopard print are a match made in heaven.

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Topshop Kenya Leopard Print Tote Bag, £32

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Leopard print can be an intimidating print to pull off so this bag is perfect to add to any outfit to spice it up a little and be bang on trend for the upcoming season.

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New Look

New Look are killing it in every aspect.  Normally New Look is one of those places I see nothing or I see everything and it’s a great place for shoes.  New Look are one of my favourite places for anything from pumps to loafers to an emergency pair of heels.  So I have left a few pairs of my faves below.

Leopard Print Stiletto Heel, £22.99

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Stone Leopard Print Canvas, £17.99

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Tan Leopard Print Chunky Sole Lace Up, £27.99

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I absolutely love these, great for jazzing up a jeans and t-shirt kind of day!

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New Look Print Suedette Ring Handle Bag, £19.99

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I had to buy this little bag the moment I set eyes on it!  I also then bought the matching belt…

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Happy shopping!

Best Cheap Clothing Websites

There you go scrolling through your Instagram or your 21 Buttons and see something that you absolutely love, only to realise that it cost half your monthly wage and that the item is actually pretty shitty for the price of it.  Wouldn’t it be great to have a website where the prices were cheap and the products great?  Sounds to good to be true doesn’t it?  Well, over the past while as my online shopping addiction has grown I have come across a few amazing websites/apps that have exactly that – cheap and cheerful clothing that don’t leave you weeping over your bank balance once you place an order.

SHEIN

You have probably heard of this before, it’s not new but it is relatively new to me as I finally took the plunge a few months ago and ordered some clothes and to my extreme surprise, they were pretty great.  I use this app constantly as it updates SO often and every time I am online there is something different to look at, not to mention they always have offers on!

You can shop via a What’s New section, Exclusives and Trends while also being able to define your search to dresses, etc like a normal website.  The sizing can be a bit of a nightmare as they don’t go in regular sizes so have your measurements ready before you start shopping.  They have a plus size section too which is amazing!

I am dressed fully in Shein clothing on my latest Instagram post and I received so many compliments on the outfit and what’s best is that it only cost me £19.97.  I lose hours a night on this website, it is so addictive!

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Shop Trousers HERE

Shop Top HERE

Shop Bag HERE

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Similar to Shein this website has crazy low prices that leave you blinking at the screen to see if it’s real.  There are far too many amazing things on the website to start listing them here but I have left a few of my favourites here for you to see.  For example this cute jumpsuit below is £12 and it’s definitely going in my basket.  Again, similar to Shein have your measurements ready as the sizes come in S, M, L, etc rather than regular sizing.1530513611748864146

Shop Jumpsuit HERE

And this cute little Cold Shoulder Tee for only £7!

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Shop Top HERE

AND it’s not all about the clothing, they have a fantastic homeware section too.  I have my eye on this cute little drawer organiser for £14 in an attempt to look like every beauty YouTuber out there.

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Shop Organiser HERE

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Okay, so this one is pretty random and warning – you will buy stuff you don’t even remotely need.  I have bought about 6 garlic crushers in the last few weeks just because they are around 50p.  I have also bought loads of random things that fill up my house like these fairy lights for £1!

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Shop Lights HERE

Everything you purchase here comes from China, so it may take awhile to come.  So don’t order a dress to wear for the weekend… I am telling you this website has everything you could think of on it from random clothing, to home ware, to jewelry to baby stuff!

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With all this money you’ll be saving you’ll probably buy more so I apologise for that… in the middle of writing this blog post I have already done another Shein order and bought the anklet above…  I need help!

 

Happy Shopping!

How To Get Designer Bags For A High Street Price – iBagzy

Yes, you read that right.  I am here to tell you how to get your designer bags for a mere fraction of the price.  Consider yourself Jennifer Hudson in Sex and the City – why buy when you can rent?  Jennifer did say after all that it’s like Netflix for purses, instead of movies it’s handbags!

In a world where McDonalds can be delivered, you best believe anything is possible and I am telling you that you can get a fabulous designer bag for a high street price.  I mean, if you have thousands of pounds to spend and own the bags, by all means you go for it.  For those of you like me, who only dream of owning such things you too can rent yours.  Whether you drool over Louis Vuitton, Dolce & Gabbana or my personal favourite, Gucci there is something for everyone and all you have to do is click a button.  Interested?  I thought so…

How Do I Rent A Bag?

One word – iBagzy.  As I said it is a rental service, but for those of you local to me (Belfast, Northern Ireland) you will be pleased to hear that this is based in Belfast but does however ship to your location for a further cost.  Before you can rent anything off the website you must fill out a registration form, only requiring a few pieces of information.  Have a driving license or passport ready and a bank statement or utility bill.  Once you have registered and are verified then you are free to shop and rent!

What Can I Rent?

The main products on the website are bags, from clutch bags to totes but you can also rent belts and the most stunning head pieces designed and created by fellow blogger Sian Cousins, all available on the website.  Prices vary depending on what you are interested in renting and for how long, I have left some examples below.

Alexander McQueen De Manta Python Effect Clutch, £30 per week

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Gucci Supreme Bees Tote & Wallet, £75 per week

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Yves Saint Laurent Monogram Glitter Kate Clutch, £45 per week

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Gucci Black Belt, £25 per week

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So as you can see, there is plenty to keep you entertained on the website!  I had my bag for a week and I have to admit, it was pretty hard to hand it back but I can’t wait to get another!

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Waiting List

As you can imagine, this is a popular service so if you are interested in renting something I would suggest getting added to the waiting list as soon as you know you want it so that you definitely have it for the date.

Happy Renting!

 

 

Rosefield Watches

A watch to me is just the perfect accessory.  With the right watch it will go with every outfit you have, you’ll never have the fear of it being ‘too much’ and what’s more, you’ll always have the time.  In an age where we use our phones as our watch sometimes we forget how nice it is to have one on our wrist.

One brand I have been obsessing over recently is Rosefield.  ROSEFIELD makes fashion-forward watches where classic meets modern. Where Amsterdam meets NYC. Where function meets fashion.  That, and they are stunning!  Below I have selected my favourites that you can purchase from the website.

The Mercer, £89 38mm 

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Named after Mercer Street in New York this watch jumped straight to the top of my wishlist especially with the beautiful rose gold strap and stunning eggshell white dial.

The Summer Trend Watch, £79

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Inspired by colour blocking from SS18 trends comes this beautiful array of watches with Clemence leather straps with pink stitching. Available in rose gold, gold and silver and 28mm, 33mm and 38mm faces there is something that will suit everyone no matter what you like.  Personally I love the gold as pictured here as it really compliments the pink however, you can also purchase an interchangeable strap for an extra £35.

The West Village, Velvet Blue, £89

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Not only is the West Village one of my favourite areas for prime shopping and eating in New York but it also happens to be my favourite range from Rosefield.  The watch itself has a slender case and velvety nubuck leather strap. Special details stand out, like the delicate metal rings decorating the strap. Unique to each strap color, the rings amplify the vintage-chic character of the West Village.  The navy is my favourite in this range as it looks so classic and will amp up any outfit.

The Upper East Side, £99

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No, I’m sorry but are you seeing this watch?  The Upper East Side screams chic sophistication and this watch is certainly no different.  An instant upgrade to any outfit is certainly a watch with this level of class.  The more I look at it the more I want it… well, my birthday is coming up soon…

Not only do Rosefield have a beautiful array of watches but they also have gorgeous jewelry in a variety of metals designed to mix and match with each watch from £39 to £49.

Rosefield offer free shopping over £40, worldwide delivery within 24 hours and a 60 day return policy.  You can follow them on Instagram @rosefieldwatches

If you would also like to join Rosefield’s Ambassador programme then click HERE and sign up!

Happy Shopping!