Meet our next style insider: Danielle Ward (@littlefashbird). Find out what happened when we asked the stylist, writer and social influencer to hand-pick her favourite pieces from the brand new collection at Accessorize…
How would you describe your usual style?
Simple, considered, current, comfortable and 99% of the time a combo of nude, black, white, denim and gold. I’m a huge believer in buying what you love, regardless of trends. Work out the outfits that you feel most ‘you’ in and why, and stick with those rules. Then you can add a ‘lil fresh seasonal accessory to a silhouette you already feel fab in.
What are your favourite pieces from the shoot and why?
I’m obsessed with any accessory that adds a subtle statement without being too much so these resins earrings are a must-have for me. Add to a casual-denim-and-floaty-neutral #OOTD for a low-key pop of colour and texture.
Who is your celebrity style muse and why?
I’ve got so many but I’ll go with Anine Bing, the Danish model and designer from LA. She designs her collections around a soft but tough LA/Scandinavian heritage hybrid that she loves, and wears religiously. Simple, edgy, trend-less staples that she lives in and wears like a queen. I love women who know their style and own it. Anine’s a mum, an entrepreneur, a model and a wife, and she makes her style work across all roles. To me, that’s the ultimate in style inspo.
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3 Leather Bags to Wear Forever
Leather bags = the style investment that every girl needs in her life. And the good news for the season ahead? With their clean, modern shapes and cool colour palettes, these latest lust-haves will fit into your style rotation now and for many years to come, making them the ultimate wardrobe mainstays. Prepare to meet the three leather bags that you’ll be wearing from now till forever…
1. Clutch Up
Whether on a night out or brunching at the weekend, a leather clutch bag is the easiest way to elevate any outfit. For an all-round wardrobe winner, look to zip-up styles that feel simple, fuss-free and will go with pretty much everything you own. Classic colours might feel tempting but break tradition with something a little more now, from warm mustard tones and rust oranges to vivid berry pinks. We love.
2. All Black
A black leather bag is a fashion favourite no matter the season. From supersized totes to cross-body bags that you’ll be wearing around the clock, the latest iterations of the style classics are looking fresher than ever – think tactile textures in luxe leopard print, bead embellishments and stud detailing.
3. Back to Backpacks
Having shaken off their preppy persona, backpacks have firmly cemented themselves as an it-accessory – and nothing proves it more than an all-leather design. Minimal styling reigns supreme for this season’s key buys, with everything from classic black and burgundy to petal-soft pink thrown into the fashion mix.
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Wait, what? It’s the Love Island final already? Another marathon season is drawing to a close and just like last year, we literally don’t know what we’ll do without it. Join us in some reminiscing with our top ten best moments from Love Island 2018… *wipes away tears*.
1. Rosie vs Adam: Round 1
Yep, the Rosie and Adam era of Love Island feels like forever ago, but this showdown is still just as epic. Nothing gives us more satisfaction than seeing a bad boy be taken down a peg, and with all her sass and dramatics Rosie was the perfect candidate. You go, girl.
2. When Jack and Dani made it official
They’re the strongest and longest-running couple in the villa and have pretty much had us smiling every episode: our Jani obsession is very real. That being said, when Jack asked Dani to be his official girlfriend there were hearts melting all across the country. This is what this show was made for, people.
3. When Josh walked in with Kaz
Oh, Josh. While we’re seriously crushing on him and Kaz as a couple now, we’ve never felt so tense as when he walked in from Casa Amor with her. The look on Georgia’s face still has us squirming with awkwardness – talk about savage.
4. THAT kiss between Georgia and Jack
Whether you’re Team Jack or Team Georgia, there’s no denying how much controversy they caused with THAT kiss. Did he go for a cheek peck? Did she try to lock lips? We’ll let you decide…
5. When Samira left for her man
Samira Mighty is the unofficial queen of the villa this season – never has a contestant stayed truer to herself. Waiting it out for Mr Right to walk in seemed borderline hopeless until Frankie turned up at Casa Amor – and then was torn away in a shock dumping. Leaving the show to pursue their relationship just made us love her even more.
6. Every time the boys free-styled
Two months in one villa is sure to drive anyone crazy, and we can’t help but LOL at how the boys kept everybody entertained. From New Jack’s hilarious raps to the serenades of Wes, Josh and Old Jack, we were in stitches at these freestyled tracks.
7. Laura’s face in the lie detector challenge
To say Laura Anderson had a rough ride in the Love Island villa is a total understatement, so naturally we were begging for this girl to catch a break. When she got given the majorly awkward task of questioning Jack in the lie detector challenge (nice one, producers) her smugness at his ‘LIE’ answers had us cracking up big time. It’s all about the little wins.
8. The boys’ baby obstacle course
Love Island 101: never commit to a boy until you’ve seen how they cope with the baby challenge. While New Jack’s adoration for baby Aubrey was too cute for words, some of the lads fared a little worse. We’re looking at you Dr Alex for throwing your kid out the pram – possibly one of the funniest moments ever.
9. When Alexandra’s mum roasted Dr Alex
Hell hath no fury like a mamma scorned. No one wants to see their baby girl get dumped by a boy – let alone on national TV – so it’s no surprise Alexandra’s mum laid into Dr Alex on meet-the-parents day. Our favourite? “You’re not nearly as red in the flesh as sometimes it comes across on TV.” Cutting.
10. When Georgia was #loyal
First things first, she’s the realest. The best memes from the entire series are all down to Ms Keeping-him-on-his-toes herself, Georgia Steel. We’re unsure of exactly how many times she managed to squeeze the word ‘loyal’ into a sentence, but we’re pretty sure there aren’t enough hands in the entire cast to count. She managed to half live up to her rep, right?
Picked straight from our pre-fall collection, our all-new floral prints are making hearts go boom – and it’s not hard to see why. Inspired by the romanticism of the AW18 runways, and hand-painted by us in our London design studio, these exclusive designs are making blooms feel fresher than ever before. Need a closer look? Here are the florals that you’ll be loving now and later…
Florals: On the Runway
The AW18 runways had a blossoming romance with floral prints, with blooms in soft, muted shades flouring across the season’s statement pieces. Oscar de la Renta staged a fairy-tale fantasy with subdued watercolour prints on floor-grazing gowns, while Zimmermann took its inspiration from centuries past with artful blooms on Victorian silhouettes, detailed with unexpected 80s influences. Valentino, on the other hand, embarked on a full-blown love affair with large-scale florals on dusky designs that feel fitting for late-summer afternoons as well as early autumn days. One word: dreamy.
Focus On: The Print
The romantic tone of the runways served as the perfect springboard for the creation of our key floral print from the pre-fall collection. Hand-painted in our London studio by our talented team of designers, this exclusive print mixes the nostalgic and the new with vintage-inspired florals on the powdery pink hues that we’ve been loving for several seasons now.
From cross-body bags to mini totes and backpacks, it’s safe to say that this season’s signature bags are all getting in on the floral action. But don’t forget this: structured shapes are here to balance out pretty prints and super-soft colour palettes, giving the bags we need the most an updated aesthetic.
Focus On: The Embroidery
Prints aren’t the only way to wear this season’s favourite florals. Placed on pared-back pink, these sweet stitched blooms have an air of the ethereal about them, making them so right for big-deal occasions. We love.
Introducing our first style insider: Patricia Batatas. We invited the London-based fashion blogger – otherwise known as @peexo on Instagram – on an exclusive street style shoot to show us how she’ll be wearing her top picks from the new collection at Accessorize, plus we find out more about her all-time fashion favourites…
How would you describe your style?
My style is quite girly but I’m always open to experimenting with new trends so sometimes my style can be quite eclectic. With that said, I know what I like – I’m a high-waisted jean and (faux) leather jacket kinda girl so I always have those items on repeat.
Which trends are you loving right now?
Florals are a year-round print – you can never go wrong with them. I’m a huge fan of the pink and purple tones in the new Accessorize collection, as well as how versatile each piece is. Whether you’re heading out-out and need a clutch bag or you’re travelling and need a backpack, you can have your florals any way you like this season.
Who is your celebrity style muse?
I love Gigi Hadid’s style; it’s laid-back with serious model off-duty vibes. She wears a lot of denim and also rocks a lot of colour from time to time in such a bold way, whether that’s head-to-toe yellow, red, pink or nude. I love her!
What are your favourite pieces from the shoot?
On the shoot, I wore a really simple gold star necklace throughout which I loved. I know it would fit in seamlessly with my style. In complete contrast to that dainty piece, the statement earrings were gorgeous too. I particularly loved the tassel pair – they’re a little bit of me!
As we edge ever closer to AW18, we invited four of our favourite street style stars to show us how they’ll be wearing their top picks from the new collection at Accessorize, starting from now and right through to next season. Scroll on for a sneak peek at our style insiders and get to know them (and their it-buys) even more with exclusive features, Q&As and more – coming soon on the blog and Instagram.
Putting the pretty into our Instagram feeds with her dreamy dresses, London-based blogger Patricia Batatas (@peexo) is one to watch. Here, she shows us her take on mustard – the key colour trend of the moment – without straying from her personal sense of style. In love.
For a lesson in effortless cool, look no further than Danielle Ward (@littlefashbird). Cementing the theory that less is always more, the stylist, writer and social influencer takes a pared-back approach to next season’s trends – and we can’t wait to see more.
From free-flowing florals to punchy polka dots, there’s no doubting that Naomi Ross (@naaomiross) has a penchant for prints. We love how they’re the perfect base for the fashion blogger to trial next season’s iteration of paintbox brights – it’s time to take notes.
Nobody does luxe quite like Yatri Pabari (@y.a.t.r.i) – and the proof lies in her Instagram feed. The fashion, beauty and travel blogger shows us how to stay true to style tastes while nodding to the new season – Pinterest-worthy inspiration, guaranteed.
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Introducing Mocha: the new pre-fall collection at Accessorize. Curated with pieces to wear now and right through AW18, this latest line-up is defined by its structured bags, resin jewels and contemporary colour palettes. Need to know more? Here’s a sneak peek at the next-season styles to add to your wish-list.
1. Resin Jewels
Fashion’s fascination with resin jewellery continues into next season, with contemporary designs and fresh formations making up the key style updates. Earrings are elevated with an all-glam clash of shapes and textures, while statement necklaces nod to the trend with rows of polished pendants.
2. Silk Scarves
Silk scarves = the cult buys of the next season. Whether knotted around your neck or tied onto the handles of your tote, these luxe patterned pieces are fashion’s favourite way to make the retro feel relevant again. Look out for painterly floral prints and geometric motifs.
3. Modern Mustard
From last season’s obsession with Gen Z yellow to the recent revival of mustard, it’s no secret that yellow is the colour that we’re crushing on the most right now. Want an easy way into the trend? Take note of this supersized tote in the hottest hue of the moment, designed in faux leather with multiple pockets – so right for work and weekends.
4. Hand-Painted Prints
The perennial print of every season, florals feel a little more elevated for AW18 – and it’s all thanks to their hand-painted motifs, created in our London-based design studio. Find them on structured totes, cross-body bags and so-sleek purses or – for something a little more subdued – pick up their petal-toned counterparts.
5. Structured Shapes
Moving away from the free-spirited styles of summer, next season’s bags are all about structured shapes in muted colour palettes – and we can’t get enough. Top-handle totes and hobo bags (yep, they’re back) are the everyday essentials that we didn’t know we needed till now, upping our arm candy status from work to weekends.
So here’s the deal: you hand-picked your holiday hits and were waiting patiently for payday when – disaster – everything in your size was pretty much wiped from your wish-list. So, what’s a girl to do? Dive straight into new, of course. From bikinis to beach dresses, here are the just-landed looks that you need for your summer vacay – get set to make some waves.
Sea You Soon
Step one: nail the accessories. Keeping you shielded from the sun’s rays as well as upping your Insta cred, a straw hat is the ultimate summer buy – and especially when it comes with a rose gold brim. Add a pair of shades and you’re more than good.
Bloom in the Summer
Whether you’re island-hopping or getting your chill on by the coast, nothing says vacay season quite like a few summery florals. From cut-out swimsuits to cool-as kaftans, these bloom-covered buys are sure to bring the sunshine vibes to your suitcase edit.
Maxi dresses are must-haves for many reasons: they’re versatile, chic and so right for those swishy Boomerangs. For a sweeping style that’s guaranteed to make a statement, go for a dreamy white number with eye-catching embroideries and a cut-out back to show off that sun-kissed skin.
All Hands on Deck
Want to keep your swimwear simple? Then make way for monochrome. Classically cool, a black crochet swimsuit is a fail-safe style for the seaside adventures *and* the local lido – we like how this ones comes with a criss-cross back. If bikinis are more your bag, then this reversible number (polka dots on one side, stripes on the other) will give you even more to play with.
Show Your Shoulders
Bardot necklines are still going strong so invest in a dress that’ll give your shoulders the airtime that they deserve. Patterned with embroidered flowers, this floaty cotton cutie will do just that – wear yours with your favourite sandals.
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Leopard print: the trend that’s forever on the fashion radar. Blurring the lines between bold and quietly cool, animal-inspired designs are now being considered as the season’s new neutrals, whether worn head-to-toe or styled with clashing prints. Want to ease yourself into the trend? From bikinis to the bags that’ll take you from AM to PM, here are ten leopard print buys to lust over now.
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Get main-stage ready with blogger Maddie Bruce as she hits up the Isle of Wight Festival in three heatwave-ready looks.
1. She’s a Rainbow
It’s official: rainbow stripes have taken over our wardrobes. Bold, bright and mega mood-boosting, Maddie rocked the trend with a swishy striped sun dress, adding an extra splash of colour with embellished espadrilles. Oversized shades in clean white, straw accessories and simple gold jewels were on-hand to tone down the look to a tee. In love.
2. Show Your Shoulders
Here’s a lesson in effortless cool: unbutton a crisp white shirt to show off your shoulders, tuck into denim cut-offs and add on your favourite accessories. Simple, effective and so right for festival season.
3. White Hot
That cute little beach dress you wore on holiday can *so* work in your festival line-up – and Maddie knows it. Detailed with glam gold embroidery, this all-white mini is the only way to take on the heatwave – style it with cat-eye shades and a straw circle bag.
Weddings, grad balls and rooftop parties: this summer, it’s all going on. So whether you’ve already picked the perfect outfit or haven’t even thought about party prep (who needs to be organised when next-day delivery exists, right?), here are five going-out bags for every kinda summer soiree – you’re welcome.
1. Golden Age
Wearing all white? When it comes to the bag, gold is the only way to go. Rounded designs make metallic textures feel all the more modern, so stick to clean, circular styles that have got high-summer glam down to a tee. Accentuate the minimal mood with Scandi-style jewels in the same tone – think geometric shapes and barely-there sparkles.
2. Wild Flower
Florals aren’t just for flower girls. Give them the grown-up treatment with a bloom-covered clutch in muted tones that don’t stray over to sickly, encrusted with petal-shaped jewels for delicate sparkle. Wear yours with a tonal hue for an extra hit of pretty.
3. Midnight Hour
Super-chic and endlessly versatile, black clutch bags are the ultimate party plus-ones. For a new-season take on the fashion classic, opt for a structured style in a woven texture with gold-tone metal deets for a little added luxe. Add on black tassel earrings and brushed gold jewels for perfect co-ordination.
4. Sugar Rush
Pastels have cooled down since the start of the season, with ice-cold tones making up the new sugared shades of summer. Get a taste of the trend with an ombre clutch in soft mint and rose petal-pink, styling it against stark, chalky palettes for a cool contrast. A pair of pastel heels later and you’re all set for that pre-party Boomerang.
5. On the Fringe
Fringed bags = the SS18 way to do flapper girl glam. Shimmy this way with a tasselled style in dreamy ombre pinks, choosing a cool duffle design over a classic clutch. Match the soft petal tones with pretty pieces in rose gold metal, and show them off against a pared-back palette.
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