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Guest Blogger Kate Helsop Gets Reacquainted With Vintage Summer Style

Friday, April 13th, 2012

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This summer it’s time to look to the past. What goes around comes around, fashion is a record on repeat, always taking inspiration from past trends. S/S ’12 runways were time capsules, referencing styles from the 20’s to the 60’s, while still keeping a modern touch. This season we’re excited about 1950’s and 1960’s inspired pieces, from flowing a-line skirts and pretty floral prints to statement collars and short shift dresses. Whether you love the longer lengths of the 50’s to the thigh-skimming styles of the 60’s, this season can provide a glimpse to the past with some beautiful pieces available from runway to high street, to the independent retailers you see here. With the sunshine on its way, it’s time to immerse yourself in a whimsical past and invest in some sweet nostalgia. Read More…..

Guest Blogger Stephanie Harlow Goes GaGa For Keungzai Maternity!

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

IndependentBoutique.com’s latest arrival has landed, and not a moment too soon for any mums-to-be struggling to dress their bump! Started by Michelle Lee after finding fashionable maternity wear was in frustratingly short supply, Lee decide to create her own and lend a helping hand to all of the yummy-mummies suffering in this baby boom climate. The collection boasts stunning statement pieces in rich hues and decadent fabrics, all ethically sourced and designed with continual wear in mind. Keungzai Maternity has an impressive army of fans already – including stars such as Sienna Miller – since its 2011 debut, and with the company’s slogan of “Distinctive, fashion-forward maternity wear for the contemporary woman.’’ Maternity wears newest fashion star is clearly on the rise. When buying a piece by Keungzai Maternity for your pregnancy, you are welcoming a lifetime investment piece into your wardrobe.

The Shirt – £95

First up on our maternity menu is the collections standout piece ‘The Shirt’. This eye-catching favourite features three-quarter length sleeves, buttons up the front and is made of the finest light chiffon. Subtle pleats allow room for growth and the dropped shoulders enhance the overall shape being oversized and casual. However, the pointed collar keeps things smart and chic making this a versatile choice, suitable for work or play. The monochrome print is bang on trend and needs nothing added to it, therefore team with skinnies and flats for daytime or add heels and an up-do after dark.

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Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This….Guest Blogger Kate Heslop Gets Comfy With The Pyjama Trend

Thursday, April 5th, 2012

Our clothes this season will have us in a sweet slumber. With the barely-there fabric, soft silks and delicately draped silhouettes, these versatile garments are good enough to take from the bedroom to the street.
If there ever was a piece of clothing that was dancing between chic and comfortable, the pyjama pants are it. For those lazy mornings when slipping into crisp shirts and tight jeans is an uncomfortable transition from silky nightwear – pyjama trousers and loose silky tops are the answer.

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And I hear you sigh, exasperated at the unattainable looks forever walked down runways, ‘how would I wear this?’ Well if you’re brave, follow Stella McCartney’s lead and do a double-denim, but in the nightwear department. Grab yourself a set of pyjama trousers and top, with a matching print, and work it. Read More…..

Guest Blogger Stephanie Harlow Talks Us Through The LadyLike Trend

Monday, April 2nd, 2012

With shows like Mad Men, Downton Abbey and Pan AM championing the female form and all things girly, it came as no surprise that the fashion houses quickly followed suit with fashion heavy weights such as Dolce and Gabbanna, Louis Vuitton, Jenny Packham and Mark Jacobs all showcasing floaty frocks, cinched in waists and ice cream shades that would make your gran proud! The key to rocking this look is to enhance your silhouette with confidence but remain feminine and demure – think Carey Mulligan as opposed to Megan Fox – so we’ve collected a few statement pieces to help you ooze that ladylike glamour.

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Helen Nachintu - Champagne Pin Tuck Blouse

The rich silk satin fabric on Helen Nachintu’s Champagne Pin Tuck Blouse is key to this decadent trend. With an emphasized winged collar, long cuffs, and pearl button finish, this Edwardian style separate is a statement piece that you can treasure season after season! Wear with a pencil skirt and courts for a flattering office to cocktails look a la Christina Hendricks’s Joan in Mad Men or add a dramatic twist to a daytime look with cropped jeans or denim shorts and sandals. Accessorize with a messy up do and a printed scarf for extra fashion points. However you choose to wear this luscious lovely, you will be sure to receive many admiring glances! Read More…..

This Must Be Underwater Love

Friday, March 30th, 2012

The Aquatic trend was one of the most exciting looks to hit the S/S 12 catwalk. Many top designers embraced the trend including Versace, Chanel, Marc Jacobs and Alexander McQueen.  We saw beading and scales, cutting and layering to create majestic ocean waves and jellyfish inspired ruffles.  And as soon as Florence Welch performed from a giant seashell at the Chanel SS12 show at Paris FashionWeek last october the scene was set for all things oceanic!

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Well well well, what a glorious weekend we’ve just had! We’ve been bathed in sunshine for the most part and it’s got us in mood for long evenings on the beach and hours spent wistfully gazing at the sunset! So we’ve compiled a few little outfit ideas that are perfect for instant sunshine glamour, which would suit seafood dinners on your holidays or a family BBQ right here in good old Blighty!

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Fancy Foot Work

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

With the weather warming up we’re in the mood for some new fancy footwear. Get those poor feet out of those winter booties, they’ve been missing the sun on their skin!
Here’s our pick of some of the best Spring footwear IndependentBoutique.com has to offer – from cool sandals to sexy stilettos. Read More…..

Work It – Outfit Ideas For Work And Play

Monday, March 19th, 2012

We all work hard, which means we should all play hard too. But it’s not always easy to find that perfect work outfit that can seamlessly make the transition from the office to cocktail bar. So we’ve come up with some great workwear outfit combinations that are practical and sexy.

Workwear Final

 This first work wear outfit features the beautiful Carmen Dress from Minna who have a superb range of dresses made from sustainable, organic, recycled and locally produced textiles. We’ve paired this dress with a smart tailored Gian blazer from Scaline London and Charlock Chelsea boots from Rae Jones, which have a sturdy cuban heel – ideal if you have some errands to run about town. We added cheeky splashes of red with our accessories, courtesy of Tatty Devine and CcHA London. Read More…..

Mamma Mia!

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Here at IndependentBoutique.com we’ve believe every mother should be treated like a queen no matter what day of the year! But if you fancy spoiling her just a little bit more on March 18th we’re sure she wouldn’t mind. So we’ve picked out some great gift ideas that will keep you in her good books this Mothering Sunday.

Peony and Moore - The Carolina

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Mix ‘n’ Match Fab Florals

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

As Spring gets into full swing floral prints are beginning to take their hold and the more you mix ‘n’ match them the better! One of the biggest trends of this season will be mixing up your prints and taking it to extreme lengths. So here are some fab florals to start you off on the exciting clashing prints trend.

Kelly Love- -Under the Cherry Blossom Dress

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