Smudge Yourself

So it probably looks like I have disappeared off of the edge of the world never to blog again, however I have in fact been undertaking a new project. http://www.ownzee.com/SmudgeLove
Ownzee is a blog like all the others out there but created to enhance visual effects, they look at their blogs as mini magazines… Not that I don’t love this and my parent blog to pieces but I needed to challenge my creative tendencies, ala Smudge! My very own digitalized fashion magazine (like there isn’t enough of those around right?!)… So take a look! All feedback is welcome and I’ll keep you update with future posts… Unless you HATEEE it!!
Smudge .xo
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Santa Baby

So we’ve entered that magical month of December yet again, as always my imagination is running wild and the countdown for presents has began… PRESENTS! 
So the festive period may be a little bit lost on myself, Christmas is supposed to be all about appriciating the things we have but I’m almost ashamed to say that I’m most excited by the increased alcohol intake, few days off of work and of course the gifts!
When December comes the wish list comes out, after all Santa Claus is a busy man so I have to get in there early! Consequently I callaberated a few ‘hmmmm I WANT’ items together just for ideas! 
From left to right- Boots Aldo 59.99, Dress River Island 45.00, Head phones, Marc Jacobs at Shopbop.com 28.00, Vogue the ocvers at Shopbop.com 33.00, Tinie Tempah the Story so Far 6.99 Amazon.com, Calvin klein flanell PJ pants 34.00, Bracelet Thomas Sabo 29.95,  Moschino large leopard tote- Reduced from 175 to 140 on House of Fraser- Only 4 left!  157.50 on boros.co.uk, Cape Vera Moda at House of Fraser 66.00  
I’m pretty easy to shop for to be honest, anything I can wear and probably couldn’t save for! Things I love but are’nt priority! 

Three Floor

http://threefloorfashion.com
Whilst flicking through the pages of Look magazine I stumbled upon their online store suggestion… Three Floor. If I was to sum this online retail space up in one phrase it would be… Trying too hard.
The site is well put together, especially for a newcomer to an ever-growing dog-eat-dog market and the merchandise well designed my only criticism would be their garments have been designed with edge, urban appeal- wait for it! Despite this because the collection is so small the individual quality feels forced- it becomes almost boring to view and predictable after page two.
Price wise, think slightly more expensive than Topshop butless than their major independent competitors, so it‘s not necessary to break the bank in order to leave the house in an outfit unlikely to be worn elsewhere! Three floor could be one to watch, with the right marketing and a more versatile range I can see them following in the footsteps of Urban Outfitters, they too are a fan of geometric prints, simple statements with pastel shades and edgy silhouettes. The label just lacks a stylish direction, it’s as if they have taken all major trends this season and next and attempted to work them into one collection,  despite this individually speaking some pieces are very wearable and attractive to the eye!
It’s worth a view!  ♥♥♥

Online heaven!

http://www.coggles.com/

This is a little gem I stumbled across courtesy of an articale on asos,com. Now personally I can’t afford to purchase more than one item at a time on this site as most merchandise is of a designer brand and price but it is refreshing to see a more personal take on the average net-a-porter.com high end online store.

Coggles stocks clothing from a wide range of designer brands, those we all know and love such as Lulu Guiness, Joseph, Paul Smith, Ugg and Wild Fox, and some most won’t be familiar with- yet surprisingly equally alluring. Emily and Finn incorporates highstreet prices with individual style, not all the garments are breath-takingly beautiful, but for the price some are well worth a trip to your shopping bag! Won Hundred specialises in  stunning printed shift dresses perfect for that day to night transformation all working women are in need of, and Bolongaro Trever channels ‘All Saints’s’ edgy vibe translated into both casual slouch and tailored work wear.

Coggle’s is taking fashion and turning into a fashionable lifestyle, other features of the site include vintage buys- it’s not all out with the old and in with new with site, their appreciation of style overrides the consumer need of all fashion victims looking for the latest items stepping off the runway. They also have ‘The wall’ an element where shoppers can send photo’s into the site demonstrating both their life and flair for fashion, along with their personal blog entering the site can almost turn into a leisurely browse of all things artistic.


I must confess I’ve been looking for a new online destination to spend hours endlessly trailing through their merchandise and I’m pleased Coggles.com as entered my PC screen, it’s not very often you find an online retailer trying to make shopping a personal experience!

Oh and P.S the sale on the site offers some serious reductions! ♥♥♥♥

Saving the Pennies

So payday is lurking and for once I’m planning to strategize my spending. My winter wardrobe is in need of an upgrade but unfortunately my bank balance isn’t on board. So I’m going to practice the art of budget buying!

I’ve never been one for a bargain hunt, I would rather pay an additional 20% for a nice tranquil, replenishing shopping experience than fighting someone for the last discounted size 6. I’m not a brand whore nor a fashion victim, I don’t earn enough for a start, however I could be considered a clothing snob- Primark, Florence and Fred, Select, George and Peacocks are not my usual retail destinations but I can’t support my Topshop and Circus habit any more… So im testing a theory, can you really can save money without compromising quality..? 

I’m a little excited to step out of my comfort zone and really search for those little gems… I’ll keep you posted!

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