PARTY, PARTY

TOPSHOP PARTY LOOK, NORTHERN MAGPIE 1
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I don't know about you guys but I am fully in the festive spirit and enjoying all the partying this year. I have really embraced all the different party looks and have enjoyed experimenting with luxe fabrics and styles. Of course with any party season, girls gravitate to dresses but I think there is something more sexy and luxurious by wearing trousers, a low top and no bra. For me I think wearing trousers and a low cut top is far sexier than wearing a very short party dress.

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But even through all this I was still drawn to the metallic shades of silver and pink! This look here might push a few boundaries with bold fabrics and colours but it sure does scream party! If you are looking for something a little different this party season, I've picked out some party pieces to inspire you for Christmas or New Years Eve.

Joey x

BODYSUIT - TOPSHOP

TROUSERS - TOPSHOP

BOOTS - EGO SHOES*

COAT - STAND OFFICIAL

OUTFIT 1

OUTFIT 2

OUTFIT 3

A LITTLE LACE NUMBER

red lace maxi dress, strappy sandals, grey hair, northern magpie, joey taylor 1
red lace maxi dress, strappy sandals, grey hair, northern magpie, joey taylor 2
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Occasion wear is something I really struggle with, it's an area of my wardrobe I don't really enjoy putting together. Weddings especially, freak me out. I am not designed to feel comfortable in formal clothing. Instead I would rather wear jeans and a nice top, perfectly dressed up enough for me. But as I am challenging myself to wear different things, I decided to apply this to a wedding outfit and pick something totally different to what I've ever worn before. Enter this lace number!

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Let's start with my inspiration, this season saw so many gorgeous full length gown dresses walk down the catwalk. From Dior to Chanel it seems like everyone wanted a piece of the action. One designer that always catches my eye is Self Portrait. They always make such stunning lace pieces that I am always spooning over. So being inspired by all this I knew instantly I wanted a ball gown inspired dress for this black tie wedding I was attending.

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This particular dress ticks all the boxes I am looking for in a stand out party piece. The colour of the season red, into this beautiful lace midi length strappy dress the perfect black tie dress. Here I've gone for simple jewellery details with a v neck rose gold chain necklace and black sandals and velvet bag. I honestly felt like a princess and at a fraction of the price. This gorgeous piece was by a brand called Cari's Closet, they have a great selection of party pieces for the festive season. I'll leave details below of some other beautiful pieces they have made. Anyway I would love to know your thoughts on this look?

Joey x

LACE DRESS - CARI'S CLOSET

SANDALS - PUBLIC DESIRE

VELVET BAG - ZARA

SHADE OF CORAL

coral knitted michael kors top, pinstripe weekday trousers, silver metallic boots, teddy bear coat, northern magpie 1
coral knitted michael kors top, pinstripe weekday trousers, silver metallic boots, teddy bear coat, northern magpie 2

A couple of weeks ago I was asked by Farfetch to be part of their style site blog to create a look inspired by this winter's biggest colour trend - red! I was assigned the shade coral and as you know I love a style challenge, so on the hunt I went for a coral piece. Any shade of red is a bold statement so I really wanted to show you guys how to make the colour work for you and how easy it is to work into your everyday outfits.

 
 
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This past season I have bought into this trend and purchased true red coloured items like my red cardigan and red suede boots. I would have never thought to purchase coral, but it really did work within my style. I felt this shade fitted in more within my style than a blood red. As well as the styling part I also answered a few styling questions below. Anyway here's the look, please let me know your thoughts on this winters biggest trend.

The full article is on Farfetch Style Guide with a few other lovely bloggers.

coral knitted michael kors top, pinstripe weekday trousers, silver metallic boots, teddy bear coat, northern magpie 4
coral knitted michael kors top, pinstripe weekday trousers, silver metallic boots, teddy bear coat, northern magpie 5
coral knitted michael kors top, pinstripe weekday trousers, silver metallic boots, teddy bear coat, northern magpie 5
coral knitted michael kors top, pinstripe weekday trousers, silver metallic boots, teddy bear coat, northern magpie 6

What did this colour symbolise to you?

Coral symbolises fun and has a warming feeling. It breathes life into an outfit taking it from average to fun.

What are your top 3 styling tips for X product?

I would recommend styling this coral knitted top with a pair of dark denim jeans or like here with navy stripe trousers. Shades of blue compliment coral and are easy to wear. If you want more of a stark contrast, I would suggest pairing black trousers and a leather biker jacket to make the coral colour pop even more. If you are feeling adventurous you can team this knitted top with a pair of maroon colour corduroy trousers and this rust coloured teddy bear jacket. It all depends on how bold you want to take this look!

Who would you recommend to wear this shade/ who wears this shade best?

This a fun shade of red, and shouldn't be taken seriously. Coral is a youthful colour and should be used to make an outfit fun. I think this shade is great for colour blocking so look to the likes of Victoria Beckham for inspiration. For an head-to-toe red outfit, look to brands like Preen and Max Mara for influence.

How does this colour make you feel when you wear it?

It feels bright and energetic, these two feelings can be somewhat lacking in the winter months. So if I can make my outfit colourful, it brightens my mood!

Can you shed some light on the history of this colour?

Coral takes the best of two colours (red & orange) and makes a beautiful new shade of red/orangey/pink. The colour was inspired by the Red Corals that grow in the Mediterranean Sea. The Red Corals were given as gifts from Italy, in the form of jewellery for new friendships made with other countries. The colour was once only used for summer clothes, now it’s loved and worn all year round.

What are your top tips for pulling off this shade?

Be bold with this colour. Either make the coral colour the statement piece of your look or mix with other shades of red for a truly bold look. To compliment the colour always add a metallic accessories.

CORAL KNITTED TOP - MICHAEL MICHAEL KORS

TROUSERS - WEEKDAY

COAT - STAND OFFICAL

BOOTS - EGO SHOES*

Anything marked * has been gifted

FRIDAY I'M IN LOVE

velvet set and other stories, christmas party, velvet bag, velvet chunky heels, teddy bear coat, northern magpie 1
 
 
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Well it's finally here, the season for festive cheer and all that jazz. The 1st December marks the beginning of Christmas for me. A whole month of Christmas markets, winter parties and lots of pigs in blankets. The build up for me is the best part, it's an excuse to eat as many Christmas sandwiches as humanly possible and have cheeky mince pies with your afternoon cuppa. I hope I'm not alone here! As well as all the food, it's also the perfect excuse to wear your most shimmer and shiny pieces out from your wardrobe. This season my fabric of choice has been velvet, it's been perfect for this cold weather while still looking extra in this luxe fabric.

Today is my works Winter Party, so I feel it's appropriate to start knocking out different Christmas party looks to hopefully inspire you for your parties. I did feature a beautiful, and slightly booby French Connection dress here but today I thought I would bring you a completely different party outfit. This is for the girls out there that want to look glam and keep it classy.

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Velvet is the perfect fabric for winter, not only a stylish luxe fabric it also keeps you warm. It's perfect for when you are jumping from the train to tube and then at the end of the night in a taxi home. I'm always thinking how to keep warm these days, long gone are the days of not going out without a coat. That also leads me on to say, make your coat part of your look. No longer is your coat something you wear to the event and then hang up. Your coat can bring a whole outfit together and finish a look off. Embrace the coat.

I thoroughly enjoyed wearing this velvet co-ord. I was going for a 1920 vibe with a modern twist quadruple velvet for added effect. I would love to know your thoughts on this look and party looks that you would love me to try out?

Joey x

VELVET CAMI - & OTHER STORIES

VELVET TROUSERS - & OTHER STORIES

VELVET HEELS - MONSOON

VELVET BAG - ZARA

COAT - STAND OFFICAL