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Style Spy: Will you be ditching Ebay for The Closet Bureau?

When you get tired of that Dior bag of three seasons past and fancy a new addition to your collection, ebay is probably your first port of call, right? Well your selling habits may be set to change, because there's a new savvy website that promises to take your once coveted items and sell them on to a discerning buyer, with no fuss and minimum hassle.

Closet Bureau

It goes by the name of The Closet Bureau, a fashion-led re-seller concept that eliminates the tedious process of selling designer items on eBay. It's soon to be a must-visit site for fashionistas and unseasoned shoppers and the website will provide a new platform to sell on your behalf, making you a decent profit from those bits and pieces that are clogging up the closet.

Founded by former fashion PR agent Sophia Greene, the team behind The Closet Bureau will list your items through ebay and carefully research the key selling points of each. A professional photograph and expert descriptions will also be added make your pieces stand out and increase maximum selling potential. If your item is extra special, the re-sellers will enlist the keen fashion eyes of their private clients through exclusive trunk shows.

Will you be ditching ebay for The Closet Bureau?
Visit: www.theclosetbureau.com

Style Savings: 20% off Matches Summer Sale

The Matches Summer sale is now on! Of course, I couldn't let you shop the sale without this nifty discount code to save a further 20% off. The offer code: SALE20 is valid until the Monday the 31st August. Enjoy!

Save 20% the Matches Summer Sale


This is the eccentric and downright exciting new brand causing a ruckus on the celebrity scene right now. R&B divas Rihanna and Lady Gaga are already huge fans, having worn plenty of Kokontozai (KTZ) pieces on tour. The website is still under construction and the online boutique will be launching come September, but in the meantime, the AW09 look book is available to download. The label presents a tirade of vibrant colour and textures with futuristic tribal designs. I think the looks are so, so hot. KTZ is fast becoming my new designer crush. Are you feeling the love bug too? Here's a sneak peak at the collection to help you decide:

kokontozai 01

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Web: www.kokontozai.co.uk

Trend Alert: Jeggings... Love them or Loathe them?


When I first heard of jeggings, I shuddered. It sounded so wrong, both in terminology and style. But this mini trend is taking definitely off and predictions are that it will be here to stay throughout the year. Already endorsed by Sienna Miller and Beyonce, the comfort wear is fast becoming a casual staple.

I have to admit that I'm starting to warm to the idea; surely they have to be more comfortable than skinny jeans and they should hopefully minimise fashion faux pas like muffin tops. Whilst I don't own a pair myself, I can certainly imagine the benefits both in style and wearability; ideal for dressing down a shift dress or teamed with low leather boots for a great weekend look. Plus, they would work well under oversized tees and sweaters. I would love to know - do you love or loathe jeggings? Do you own a pair, and how do you wear yours?

Weighing up the pros, I've decided that I might invest in a pair and give in to the jeggings craze. I've been researching the best online site to buy a pair and by far, the collection on ASOS surpasses others. Here is a selection of a few I have my eye on:


Get the Look:
1. ASOS Kate Acid Wash Knitted Jegging - £30
2. ASOS PETITE Indigo Knitted Jegging - £30
3. Vero Moda Ripped Denim Leggings - £40
4. ASOS Kate Mid Wash Knitted Jegging - £40
All available from ASOS.com

Next Season: Sneak Peak at Primark's AW09 Collection

Shoulders at the ready ladies! Primark is packing a serious punch with these power dressing pieces. The wide shoulders on the grunge dress and blazer are just the right balance of strength and femininity, and what's not to love about the faux fur coat? No doubt it will be perfectly snug for the cooler temperatures ahead.

I've always been a bargain hunter, and with the recession still putting a choke hold on our purses, I'm impressed that this budget retailer is stepping up its game. Primark's forthcoming collection a strong style contender on the high street. The Autumn/Winter pieces are due in store mid September.

Wide Shoulder Grunge Dress - Primark

Power Shoulder Jacket - Primark

Exposed Zip Faux Fur Coat - Primark

Get the Look:
1) Grungy wide shoulder floral tea dress, £15.00
2) Power shoulder jacket, £19.00
3) Exposed zip fur coat, £30.00

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Fashion Illustrated: Laura Laine

I'm sure you've come across the work of Laura Laine but I've been itching to showcase some of her illustrations on the blog. I think you'll agree that her pictures are hauntingly beautiful, amazingly detailed and pretty much speak for themselves. I'll leave you with a few of my favourites. For more information visit: www.lauralaine.net Enjoy the weekend!




Summer Style: The Statement Dress

Summer Knit Dress - French Connection

How truly sexy is this Multi-Coloured Knit Dress? The thigh skimming kimono meets mini is the epitome of sunkissed style. Wear it bare legged for a night of cosmopolitans and dancing, make it edgy with wet-look leggings, or dress it down with skinny jeans. I do love a versatile piece like this that can be playful all Summer long. Keep the jewellery simple, the dress makes a statement all by itself.

Get the look:
Multi-Coloured Knit Dress, £110
Jazzy Patent Shoes, £100
Available from French Connection.

Web: www.frenchconnection.com
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