Tuesday, 25 February 2014

// photoshoot with inlovewithfashion.com

photos from inlovewithfashion.com
Last Thursday, Sarah (click here to visit her blog) and I went to along to In Love with Fashion HQ in central London to take part in a lil' photoshoot, and I thought I'd show you the results! For more 'behind the scenes'-type photos, have a look at my Instagram @amymacee. I'm actually so happy with how the photos have turned out, and my favourite is probably the romantic black and white shot at the end. Can't remember what we were laughing at, but it was definitely a genuine laugh! Everything we're wearing is from Love (besides accessories), so head on over to their site if you fancy anything! Something I learnt on the day that I wasn't aware of before was that Love actually have an in house design team who design all of their pieces - it's not just ordered in from a wholesaler. For some reason, this makes me love everything so much more! My favourite piece from the day was probably the long grey sleeveless jacket, but the leopard print shirt was a winner too. It was such a fun afternoon, so thank you so much to Coco for inviting us down! 

What do you think of the photos?

xoxo

Monday, 17 February 2014

london fashion week AW14

I WORE: IN LOVE WITH FASHION COAT* // MOTEL ROCKS SKIRT* // PRIMARK JUMPER // H&M BOOTS // PERSUNMALL BAG*
CHARNELLE, NAOMI & AMY
JAMIE WEI HUANG
THE NAPSUGAR PRESENTATION

THE 'ONES TO WATCH' SHOW
MISCELLANEOUS STYLISH PEOPLE
HELENA & SARA

So, London Fashion Week. It feels like ages since I was there when it reality it was only three days ago! Life got in the way of regular attendance this season so unfortunately I was only able to soak up the atmosphere (and the rain) on the cobbled courtyard of Somerset House for one wet and windy day, but what a day it was! 
It all began at 9:30am in THE SAVOY (yes, I actually went to The Savoy) with New Look. The amazing amazing Rhian invited myself and nine other bloggers to breakfast in the hotel, where we were treated to copious amounts of tea, freshly squeezed orange juice, and delicious food. I went for salmon royale because one of my life mantras is never to turn down the opportunity to eat smoked salmon. Like never. I left The Savoy suitably stuffed, having made some new friends in Amy, Naomi and Charnelle, and headed over to Somerset House.
It wasn't long before I had my first show in Freemason's Hall, which was Jamie Wei Huang. She was showing her AW14 Ready-to-Wear collection, and a number of the pieces were right up my street. There were lots of chunky knits, high-necklines and oversized jackets, all in muted pastels or minimalist monochrome with bright accents and asymmetric leather details. My favourite piece was definitely a pastel pink checked jacket with a leather strap on the back, closely followed by an all white biker jacket with a red fur collar and red accents. Sooooo amazing. I didn't manage to get any decent photos, so if you'd like a closer look at the collection then just click here!
After the show I headed into Pret for a quick coffee only to bump into Chelsea of Chelsea Jade Loves, and we spent the rest of the day hanging out with Leigh and Toni. The Napsugar presentation was our first port of call, closely followed by Fashion Scout's 'Ones to Watch' show. It was a riot of colour, embellishment, texture and print, as the four designers showcased four very contrasting collections. You can see a few snapshots from the show above!
So that's pretty much it on the Fashion Week front from me this season! I'm really hoping that next year I'll be able to go to shows on at least two of the days, and maybe do some street-style photography on a third. Thank you to Motel for sending me this gorgeous white faux leather skirt to wear, and thank you to New Look for the amazing breakfast at The Savoy. Here's to next season! 

xoxo


Sunday, 16 February 2014

fraudulence

SHEINSIDE SWEATSHIRT* // TOPSHOP 'JONI' JEANS // NIKE ROSHE RUN'S
Yep I'm one of those bloggers that has that faux-Acne jumper, but I also have no shame. I really don't think there is anything wrong with a good old bargainous designer copy. I mean, why break the bank getting hold of the real deal when this Sheinside number is a mere £13? Sometimes cutting corners is just necessary. It's the perfect piece to throw on for cosiness and style in equal measures; I know this is a very simple outfit, but sometimes comfort and simplicity is all you need! Nike Roshe's and comfort are synonymous in my opinion, so of course they made the cut. I really want them in black now, too! 

xoxo


Saturday, 15 February 2014

#sharethelove ft. Missguided


H&M CARDIGAN // MISSGUIDED SKIRT* // LITTLE MISTRESS TOP* // MONKI BOOTS
For today's post I've donned this gorgeous pink skirt as part of Missguided's #sharethelove campaign! They sent me a lovely package with this beautiful skirt, some Thornton's Valentine's-themed chocolates and some Rimmel beauty goodies; all in line with the pink/red colour scheme synonymous with Valentine's Day. You can see a photo of the package and its contents on my Twitter! The skirt is fab, I love the organza detailing around the bottom, and the pastel pink shade is of course bang on trend for S/S. If you need more persuading as to why you should all get one, it's only £14.99! Speaking of trends, I spent yesterday well and truly immersed in the whirlwind that is London Fashion Week. Unfortunately I could only make it down to Somerset House for one of the days this season due to work, but I had a lovely time and took so many photos which I'll hopefully share with you in tomorrow's post (once I've had a chance to sift through them all)! Hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day yesterday, singletons included (holla), and that you have an even better weekend!

xoxo

P.S I'm selling lots and lots of things on eBay at the moment including my JC Coltrane's, some Topshop Joni jeans, and some pieces from Missguided & Motel and more! Type uk.amyamy into Google to find my page and have a browse! Lots of the items listed end tomorrow night.


Monday, 10 February 2014

new in: black on black

TOPSHOP CROP TOP // H&M LEATHER LOOK SKIRT (I'm selling similar on eBay) // MISSGUIDED DRESS* // TOPSHOP JONI JEANS // TOPSHOP MOM JEANS
After raving about the positive impact an injection of colour can have on an outfit in Saturday's post, I only hypocritically went and bought a whole bunch of black the following day. But there is something about all-black basics that is just so enticing, and in my defence I was hailing blue as the new pink on Saturday; not blue as the new black. Nothing will ever be the new black. My purchases equated to another pair of black Topshop 'Joni's' (because you can never have too many pairs), my first pair of Topshop 'Mom' jeans (because everyone raves about them so naturally I had to get some), a leather look skirt from H&M, a checked monochome tee also from Topshop, and a classic high-neck swing dress from Missguided. It's all justified though, because these pieces are the kind of wardrobe staples that I'll be reaching for again and again. What February spending ban?

Also, check out all the wonderfulness I'm currently selling on eBay by searching uk.amyamy. I'll be listing more things tonight so don't forget to check back!

xoxo



Thursday, 6 February 2014

all hail the Adidas Stan Smith's


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I've always been into trainers, ever since I saved up for weeks in order to purchase my first pair of hot pink Converse when I was about 10. My love affair has only grown since then, however at the moment I can only boast of a relatively modest trainer collection; with the only pairs that I ever really wear being my Nike Roshe Run's and my New Balance 574's, with my battered Vans only rearing their head when I know it's going to be a messy night with the possibility of excessive drink spillage. Every now and again I'll find myself getting really excited about a pair of trainers, and this is exactly the case with the relaunch of Adidas' classic Stan Smith's after a two year hiatus, especially if wearing them means that I'll get abs like Gisele. I'm pretty sure I had a pair similar to this, if not the real deal, in my pre-pink Converse days, and to say I'm chuffed that they're back on the scene would be an understatement. They're so classic, so effortless, so white, and so versatile; I'm envisioning light-wash denim, a white tee & a golden tan (c/o St Moriz, of course), or a plain black shift dress layered over a white shirt, all topped off with a glowing white pair of Adidas' finest, preferably with a green heel tab. Everything in trainer-land has been getting pretty hi-tech lately - I'm talking Le Coq Sportif and New Balance territory. So the Stan Smith's are an old school breath of fresh air, and if they're good enough for the likes of Phoebe Philo, Marc Jacobs, a naked Gisele and the powers that be at French Vogue, then they are certainly good enough for me.

xoxo

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

the good, the bad & the ugly || JAN 2014


Today marks the beginning of a new series on my blog that will rear its head at the end of every month (or in this case, at the beginning of a new month), that I've decided to name 'the good, the bad & the ugly'. It's essentially an excuse for me to digress a little from my usual, fashion-related posts and spice things up a bit, by giving you an insight into what I'm into (and not so into) each month, whilst hopefully avoiding the monotonous 'monthly favourites' format that so many bloggers adopt! I hope you enjoy the post, and I'd love to hear in the comments what you hearted and hated in January.

THE GOOD.

SUSHI 
Literally the food of the gods! I would eat it every single day if I could. It's my Sunday routine to buy some from either Boots or M&S during my lunch break at work, and I normally try and get some during the week too, if I'm near a supermarket. My addiction is relatively new to January so I'm yet to try Yo! Sushi or Itsu, but one of my goals this month is to make it down to one of said establishments and eat as much sushi as I POSSIBLY can. And then I'll shop for a bit and go back again for round two.

COOKING
January has been a bit of a cook-a-thon for me. I've attempted chocolate macaroons (see the photo), chocolate and walnut brownies, double-chocolate brownies & cupcakes just to mention a few things from the baked-goods category, but have also been trying some of those 'eat clean' recipes that always circulate on the internet! I love Nouvelle Daily's recipe for kale chips, and the recipe @healthyhappygemma posted on Instagram for healthy pancakes. I've also been spicing up my morning porridge by stirring in some blueberries, banana and a spoonful of natural yoghurt which makes it feel so much creamier and a little more indulgent! Would definitely recommend!

HARDY'S 'TESS OF THE D'URBERVILLES'
I've been reading this on my Kindle throughout January (I'm now almost near the end!) and it's such a lovely read. I haven't read any of Thomas Hardy's other books but I definitely will now, because Tess is just such a peaceful and beautifully written book. It's perfect for helping you to wind down just before going to sleep, and I'd definitely recommend it. When I'm done, I can't wait to watch the BBC adaptation starring Gemma Arterton! 

'GIRLS'
After all the hype on Twitter following the third season premiere, I located the first season on Sky Anytime and now I know what all the fuss was about! The half-hour long episodes make it so easy to watch here and there when you have a few minutes to spare - sometimes I hate watching hour-long episodes of things because I feel like I'm wasting too much time in front of the telly! It's so so funny and well-written and I'm definitely hooked - I'd probably describe it as the perfect combination of Skins and New Girl, but Lena Dunham beats Zooey Deschanel any day.

CRYSTAL FIGHTERS
I went to see Two Door Cinema Club a few weeks ago, and these were supporting. I hadn't listened to them before but they're fab and I've had them on repeat ever since - so catchy and easy to listen to. My favourite tracks are 'Love is All We Got' and 'At Home'.

THE BAD

'THE FACE USA'
I absolutely LOVED the UK version of 'The Face', but the US one is absolutely diabolical! Most of the girls seem to have a screw loose, the challenges are ridiculous, that idiot judge from ANTM, Nigel Barker, cannot host to save his life, and Naomi Campbell seems to get angrier and angrier as the weeks progress. The only redeeming quality is Coco Rocha, because she's beaut and generally seems really nice and relatively normal. I just want the UK version back! 

THE UGLY

NIKE HUARACHE's
People have been hyping about these trainers but I literally just don't get it. I like trainers, but these are just hideous. They look like they have one of those weird, grippy sole-things on them that old people buy to attach to their shoes so that they don't fall over when its icy. So ugly. At £89.99, you can keep 'em Nike.

BLOGS I'VE BEEN LOVING: A Fashion Fix, The Little Magpie and VDR

xoxo



Saturday, 1 February 2014

introducing the coltranes

PRIMARK COAT // MISSGUIDED DRESS* // PERSUNMALL BAG* // JEFFREY CAMPBELL 'COLTRANES' via EBAY // ACCESSORIZE NECKLACE
So the other week I got my hands on a pair of JC Coltranes on eBay! They were such a bargain, and I'm really chuffed with them despite the fact that they're a little on the big side. I'm half considering selling them on again, just because of the sizing issues, as I'm really a 6.5 but these are a 7. Would any of you be interested in buying them? If you are, then just pop me an email and we can talk! I'm also loving this psychedelic little Missguided number. You can never go wrong with monochrome in my opinion, and this is no exception. And, like the Love one in my last post, it's a shift dress which means big meals will in no way hinder your ability to breath. Speaking of big meals, I've had quite a feast this weekend! Last night saw me lose my Meat Liquor virginity (very tasty but not necessarily living up to the hype in my opinion), and this morning saw me pop into Bumpkin in Notting Hill for a bloggers brunch hosted by Shopcade (check out the app, it's really cool). I had a delish eggs benedict followed by some sticky toffee pudding, as well as a number of weird and wonderful super-food smoothies! It was such a lovely morning, and I'd definitely recommend that you check out Bumpkin if you're around Notting Hill. Head to my Instagram (@amymacee) and Twitter for photos! In other blogging-related news, I took part in a live hangout with New Look earlier in the week, where myself, Joanne and some of the New Look ladies chatted all things prom-style. If you'd like to have a watch then you can see the Youtube video here.

xoxo