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Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Louis Vuitton Star Trail Ankle Boot Look4Less

I've had my eye on the Louis Vuitton Star Trail ankle boots for the last few seasons but I've never been able to bring myself to spend 1100 on a pair of boots. Even I have limits! For me these chunky heeled boots achieve the perfect balance between classic and edge. A classic black ankle boot is an essential, no matter the time of the year. Chunky heels and track soles are massive trends for this A/W and the Louis Vuitton Star Trail boots have done it just right and ensured the boot still remains feminine.
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Friday, 15 September 2017

The Autumn Pieces I'll be Investing in

This year these are the pieces I'll be investing in. Not too long ago I was a Zara addict. I definitely still get the urge and have to exhibit extreme willpower. I've spent the Summer working and saving up for a big holiday. Obviously I haven't stopped shopping but I have stopped buying (mostly). When I look at what is left out of last years A/W wardrobe the only pieces that really remained timeless and still look as good as the day I bought them are my cashmere sweaters - a great buy. This year I really want to channel my spending into items that I'll have year after year.

I realise some of these pieces are a bit of a splurge, but I think of items in terms of cost-per-wear, which helps me justify the price tag. Even if you just buy one investment piece for your A/W wardrobe this year you won't regret it, trust me!

A CAMEL COAT
A great coat is a must and a really easy way to update your wardrobe for A/W. Instead of a black coat why not get a rich camel one instead this year. I wear a lot of grey and burgundy in the colder months so a camel coat is a great injection of light. When buying a coat it's very important to look at the materials to ensure it will wear well. I always try to go for natural materials like wool and cashmere in a coat.



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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Gucci Marmont Velvet Look4Less

Gucci is on a roll! This time I have a Look4Less for the Marmont velvet edition, so on trend for A/W. The Marmont bag seems to have gathered a cult following in recent months, I can't scroll my Instagram feed without seeing it! Of all the 'IT' bags out there at the moment I must say this one would not be on the top of my wishlist. Buying a designer bag isn't cheap, it's a huge commitment. And while I love the velvet when it comes to practicality the leather would still be my first choice. The Gucci Marmont Velvet bag starts at € 1,290.

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Saturday, 19 August 2017

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Look4Less

This shoe hardly needs an introduction. When you think of iconic shoe designers Manolo Blahnik is among the all time greats. This shoe in particular, the Hangisi will be recognised by most. The Hangisi, which is of course the shoe that Big proposed to Carrie with comes in a variety of colours, my personal favourites not being the classic blue satin but rather the fuchsia pink velvet. Due to their popularity the price of these heels has doubled since the Sex and the City movie, making them a fictional purchase for most of us. The Manolo Blahnik Hangisi pumps currently retail for €860.


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Sunday, 13 August 2017

REAL TALK: There's a difference between a Look4Less and a 'Dupe'

I have considered addressing this issue for some time now. Before getting into the dupe topic I think it's important to remember how the fashion industry works. In very basic terms, big fashion houses show collections twice a year, always one season ahead and the prevailing trends from these shows then filter down to high street stores. I think Miranda Priestly in The Devil wears Prada explains it best....

" 'This... stuff'? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select... I don't know... that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise. It's not lapis. It's actually cerulean. And you're also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent... wasn't it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff."-Miranda Priestly, The Devil Wears Prada.

I’ve been blogging now for just shy of 5 years. Look4Less posts have always been a core part of my content. However I have always been very careful to stress the fact that a Look4Less is not a fake (illegal or legal, I’ll explain this later), a Look4Less is a piece that is ‘inspired by’ or 'pays tribute to' and has vital design differences. 

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Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Dolce & Gabbana Lemon Dress Look4Less

No one does effortless Italian chic better than Dolce and Gabbana. Their floral fabrics are chosen so carefully because often a whole collection is centered around one fabric. While this lemon print  fabric may not be part of this season's D&G collections, it was an integral theme running through their SS16 collection. A Dolce dress is definitely something that I want to have in my wardrobe at some point but for now I'll be sticking with my Look4Less. Because the exact dress that inspired this Look4Less in no longer available I'll link some of my favourite D&G dresses from this season.



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Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Chanel Espadrilles Look4Less

It's the shoe you've seen all over instagram and probably have been tempted by, the Chanel Espadrille. The Chanel espadrilles start at €550 depending on whether you choose leather or canvas. Despite the hype and my love for these shoes, I would personally never pay that money for a pair of espadrilles. I feel like it's madness when I could have an incredible pair of showstopping heels for the same price. Even if they are Chanel! 


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Saturday, 15 July 2017

The Summer Accessory You Didn't Know You Needed

I am completely obsessed with straw and woven bags. This Summer the straw bag isn't just for the beach, instead we're taking inspiration from Jane Birkin and wearing them everywhere. The actress was known for wearing her rattan basket bag to all kinds of events, even on the Cannes Film festival red carpet.

Below I've rounded up some of my favourite straw bags on the market now, from some high street bargains to some amazing high end designer investment pieces. 

Kiki x

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Thursday, 13 July 2017

Loeffler Randall Knotted Sliders Look4less

Sliders - the shoes of the Summer. The once 'ugly shoe' that everyone has fallen head over heals for. While I can't quite get 100% on board with the big plasticy pool side ones that make your feet look wide, I am in love with these chic mustard sliders. Perfect to slip on for brunch and dressy enough to wear with skirts and dresses, these Loeffler Randall sliders have found the perfect balance. While I can see a future for these in my wardrobe I have a strict rule against spending big money on super trendy pieces.



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