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Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Goodbye 2013...............Thanks for the memories

This year flew, I won't go for all of the cheesy "there have been highs and lows" just a simple, 2014, you have big shoes to fill.
 
2013 thank you for all the lessons, 2014 I am ready.
 
Kiki xxxx

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Saturday, 21 December 2013

Wildfox Couture Love Potion No.9 Sweater Look4Less

Who needs a little love potion in their life? I know I do! Numerous celebrities have also fallen in love with this comfy sweater including Taylor Swift and Alessandra Ambrosio. I love this sweater so much, the Chanel inspired sequin perfume image adds that extra bit of luxury to a pristine white sweater. Unfortunately it's the same story too expensive, sold out. The Wildfox Couture Love potion no.9 sweater costs €130.


If you’re like me and love the look of the Wildfox sweater but shudder at the sight of its price tag, then may I present you this sequin love potion sweater by chicwish.com instead A good alternative to the Wildfox original even though the sequin part isn’t quite as detailed and pretty as on the Wildfox sweater. The amazing Look4Less below is from chicwish.com and costs €37, nearly €100 less than the Wildfox Couture original.

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Friday, 20 December 2013

Valentino Rockstud Oxfords Look4Less

Menswear for women is one of those trends that keeps coming back. The fabulous Valentino Rockstud Oxfords below are  a great example of this androgynous mood. I love the use of studs to add a rebellious edge while still maintaining the oxford's refined and sleek style. I'd love to call these elegant, lust-worthy shoes mine but at €485 that isn't going to happen. Oh, Italian designer shoes, why do you have to be so darn super expensive? If these Valentino brogues are in your price range they are available from mytheresa.com, Saks Fifth Avenue or Bergadorf Goodman, If not I have an amazing Look4Less below.

 
This pair of Oxfords will look especially sharp with tailored trousers and a shirt.The sole on these is slightly different than on the designer originals, but overall they look pretty much alike! To be honest I prefer the Valentino originals but for the price difference I think I can deal with the slightly chunkier sole. The Look4Less below is from Mango and costs €72.
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Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Saint Laurent Classic Chelsea Ankle Boots Look4Less

I really love the angular design of these black ankle boots. So chic! And expensive. Le sigh! Celebs such as Heidi Klum, Cheryl Cole and Demi Lovato have all been spotted wearing Saint Laurent Classic Paris Chelsea Ankle Boots. Though these boots are so minimalistic, they exude a mega-luxurious look. And since it is an ankle boot, one can really wear anything with it. The major downside is the massive price tag of €695; therefore, I have found a great Look4Less for you below!


If you don’t see yourself splurging on the original Saint Laurent booties, these ankle boots by Steve Madden look almost identical but for a fraction of the cost. And If I may say so myself, I did pretty good.  The Devil shoe by Steve Madden is remarkably similar for only €82 and are available from House of Fraser.

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Friday, 29 November 2013

BCBGMAXAZRIA Layton Lace & Faux Leather Dress Look4Less

All things lace are big this season and put that together with an especially flattering cut like this and you might have the perfect cocktail dress. I really like how the romantic lace details balance out the super sexy silhouette of the semi-sheer cocktail dress. But beware, the centre panel of this dress is completely sheer and it is not possible to wear a bra with it, so this dress is definitely for smaller busted girls. This BCBGMAXAZRIA dress costs €270 and is available from Saks fifth Avenue.


If you like the dress above, I found an inspired by option for €25 at Forever 21. It's all lace instead of a leather skirt, but the look is pretty similar for a lot less cash. And here comes the massive plus......... It's nude not sheer !!! Woohoo !!!

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Friday, 22 November 2013

Stuart Weitzman '5050' Over the Knee Nappa Leather Boot Look4Less

Something that shouldn’t be missing in every woman’s closet during the colder seasons is a pair of classic black tall leather boots. Can you feel where I’m going with this? Stuart Weitzman has been a household name in evening shoes for a very long time, but not many people know they make casual shoes as well. These boots are so fab ! I especially love the elasticated panel which makes them super tight to your leg. I’d love to join the fashionable crowd of Hollywood’s leading ladies that are consistently seen in in these boots, but spending €510 on shoes isn’t currently a viable option. However, I’ve found an almost identical match for all my budget-conscious readers and… well, me.


Dune has virtually copied the Stuart Weitzman boot and created quite a storm with their “Trish” boot! Investing in a pair of good quality boots such as these ones by Dune is well worth the money because a) a classic black boot will never go out of style and b) it is also undeniably versatile and goes with almost anything of your winter wardrobe (pants/jeans, tights, skirts, dresses). The boots below are from Dune and cost €170.

 
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Friday, 15 November 2013

 
Too Cheesy ??????

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Sunday, 3 November 2013

Burberry Prorsum Quilted Leather Biker Jacket Look4Less

An original Burberry classic quilted leather jacket is one of the few designer items I would gladly splurge on if I had 2k to spare. A cool and edgy leather jacket like this one is a closet essential and should be hanging in every woman’s wardrobe. So it’s worth making a small investment to make sure it will last you several years, maybe even decades. But at nearly 2k this jacket isn't exactly a small investment. This Quilted leather jacket costs €1845 and is available from the Burberry website.
It’s such a close dupe to the Burberry version and is also surprisingly affordable at €141 (we’re talking real leather here!). Absolutely in love with this Look4Less !Be sure to grab yours soon because I have a feeling this jacket will be going fast. The jacket below costs €141 and is available from Asos.com

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Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Salvatore Ferragamo Varina Classic Bow Flats Look4Less

These ballerina flats are so gorgeous and the quality looks absolutely superb, don't you agree ? When you think Salvatore Ferragamo Pumps you automatically think the Vara pumps, am I correct ? The Vara pump was introduced in the 1970s and was a favourite of Princess Diana. The pump below, the Varina pump was introduced in 2007 and is a more modern spin off of the Vara pump. The Varina classic bow pump is a lovely and very versatile shoe worth having in your wardrobe. The Varina Classic Bow pump costs €350 and is available online from farfetch.com
 

Of course, although these are fantastic, perhaps you may want to check out the other option below if your budget doesn’t allow for such a large investment.
If you can’t afford Italian luxury, but still want Italian style, here’s a fantastic Look4Less I found from ALDO. The pumps below cost €50 and are also available in nude and black leather.

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Saturday, 26 October 2013

Dolce and Gabbana Red Lace Dress Look4Less

Every woman needs that perfect dress in her closet; the dress that hugs in the right places and flows away in the wrong ones. I know generally this is a little black dress but I’m going to argue that a dash of colour, on the contrary, is what will really get you noticed. There is nothing more romantic than lace! Especially red lace and this dress is both romantic and elegant. Yet, priced at €1950 this might break the bank for some (well, probably most) of us, so below is a Look4Less.
 
 

The dress below exudes elegance and opulence. The colour may be slightly darker and the lace may not be as pretty as the D&G dress but for the massive price difference I think I could get over that. I love the fact that this dress is a midi dress and has long selves, you are totally covered up, but the lace adds a touch of femininity to the look. The dress below is from Oasis and costs a much more reasonable €60.

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Tuesday, 15 October 2013

Burberry Heart Print Silk Shirt Look4Less

I am not the only one who has fallen head over heels in love with the heart motif. This shirt started out as a must-have garment that was rocked by the likes of Victoria Beckham and Donna Air. Even Harry Styles has declared his love for Burberry's sweet print by wearing the men's blue version to the One Direction This Is Us premiere in London in August. The Burberry Heart Print Silk Shirt costs €595 and is also available in black.

 

Fortunately for us, the high street has acknowledged this trend and spread the love by creating their own (very) similar shirts. In my opinion one of the best Looks4Less out there is this heart motif print shirt from Topshop. But Topshop aren't the only ones to have been hot on Burberry's trail, Whistles and New Look have both released budget-friendly takes on the heart print trend. The shirt below costs a much more reasonable €45.
 

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

What a Year !!!! (My Blogoversary)

I feel like I blinked and the year disappeared, and it was the most amazing year. It definitely had its highs and lows but I would love to go back and do it all over again.

I would also like to take a few minutes and thank all of you followers, commenters and readers of my blog. Never in a million years would I have imagined that people would actually follow my blog let alone comment on it. I really do appreciate each and every one of you. I get so excited when I get an email saying that there is a comment on my blog!!! Thank you all so very much!!

I should also say I have very gentle and mannered readers. Thank you for this! For the last year not once have I received a rude or hateful comment. I do appreciate this a lot.

Thank you to all of you who have supported me during the past year, both my readers and those of you who support me in my everyday life, you know who you are.

So, to summarise all these words, I wrote this post to thank you for being always there and being LOYAL to me, I sincerely do appreciate that, and also that dreams do come true... even through just a computer. I know I say thank you a lot here on the blog, and I told you before that I was a sap, but I really do mean it. You’re helping me to live out my dreams, and just in case you didn’t know P.S. I LOVE YOU more each day for it.

Kiki xxx

Some of the Highlights of my past year.

YEP Trip April 2013
 
YEP Awards Night May 2013
 
The Best Day Ever...........

"I think I'll become a full time outdoorsy person" NOT. My fun but rather less than glamorous week on the top of a mountain.

My RTE set......................... Big News Coming Soon
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Saturday, 5 October 2013

Jill Jill Stuart Mesh Polka Dot Dress Look4Less

The little black dress gets a twist with some elegant mesh polka dots. The beautiful black mesh polka dots with a flattering cut like this and you might have the perfect black cocktail dress. Jill Jill Stuart has a way of making even the simplest of LBD's standout in a packed room and this dress is no exception. I would wear this dress with an elegant bun, a red lip and very little jewellery. This gorgeous Jill Jill Stuart dress costs €185 and is available from Nordstrom's.


The Jill Jill Stuart dress has been embedded in my mind since I first saw it and when I came across the dress below it instantly reminded me of it. This Forever 21 dress is quite reminiscent of the Jill Jill Stuart dress, but of course for a much lower price. The mesh polka dot detail may not be as intricate as the Jill Jill Stuart dress but for the massive price difference I think I will get over it. The Forever 21 dress costs  €25. Don’t cha just love Forever 21 !!!
 
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Balenciaga Cutout Booties Look4Less

This post is hard for me to write, I'm not a massive fan of these boots. I know I could never pull them off. But they are creating a massive stir within the bloggersphere. Not only are these boots loved by bloggers but also by celebs. These Balenciaga booties have been worn Miley Cyrus, Mary-Kate Olsen, Nicole Richie and Dakota Fanning. If you are a lover of these Balenciaga boots they cost a staggering €940.



Fortunately for you, I have found you a number of fab Looks4Less.

 
Jeffery Campbell Coltrane Bootie €136, Nasty Gal

Topshop Arabel Cutout Boot €130, Nordstroms
 
Wanted Plaza Bootie $54.95, DSW
 
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Friday, 27 September 2013

Céline Cabas Zip Tote Bag Look4Less

A personal favourite of Miranda Kerr. I pretty much fall head over heals for everything she wears, she could wear anything and it would look effortlessly chic. A bag that is both functional and stylish at the same time. This bag features two zips to expand its capacity, meaning this bag would be the absolute perfect carryall. The Céline Cabas tote bag costs  1250. It's almost impossible to get your hands on one of these bags, they are permanently sold out. 

 
Unfortunately, my budget can't exactly take a dent like the one this bag would leave. The bag below may not be an exact copy but it definitely has all the same elements. I love absolutely this Look4Less which is available in black, white and red. It may not be leather but I know I have some vegan readers who would actually prefer that. The Zip shopper bag from Mango costs €40.
 
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Friday, 20 September 2013

Burberry Prorsum Lace Peplum Skirt Look4Less

I love this Burberry skirt so much !!!! It is absolutely fabulous. This skirt strikes the perfect balance between feminine and powerful.The length, proportion and peplum are things I love most; it hugs every curve without giving away too much. This skirt will flatter almost any shape, it eventuates your waist and hides your tummy area, also the black is super slimming. The skirt below is from Burberry Prorsum and costs a staggering €830, it is available from the Outnet.com


The skirt below will give you the same look and save you several hundred Euro along the way as well. Score! I love this skirt so much, I might even love it more then the Burberry skirt. Now I'm just debating whether there is enough room in my wardrobe for yet another black skirt (I have so many now its getting slightly ridiculous) So, so gorgeous! Get this skirt now before it sells out! The skirt below is from Mango Outlet and is reduced from €60 to €40.

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Maison Scotch Outlet

What do your clothes say about you? The clothes you wear say a lot about you. It is up to you to choose what they say. Your choices in clothing usually reflect your personality, lifestyle choices, career, and attitude about life in general. Your clothes can even reflect your mood for the day whether it is good or bad. 
It has been said that you should not judge a book by its cover. Your clothes are your cover and people do judge you by what you wear and how you present yourself. It is very important to remember that you never get a second chance to make a first impression so be sure to make the first impression count. 
Consider carefully what you want your choice in clothes to say about you. Let clothes from Maison Scotch outlet help you to strike the right note. Our choice in clothing is really a very personal and individual choice, No two people are alike and so your clothes should reflect the fact that you are an individual with your own taste and style. 
 
However, you still have to purchase clothes from a designer that reflects your taste and style in the clothes they design. You want to have a wide selection of pieces that can allow you to make the style pronouncements you desire while reflecting your flair and panache. 
 
It is easier to work with a designer like Maison Scotch Outlet that offers blouses, jackets, sweaters, pants, jeans, skirts, and dresses and anything else you can think of in between to allow you the flexibility to mix and match pieces in order to achieve your desired look.
 
You are not the sum total of your clothes. There is much more to you than what you wear. However most people you come in contact with may never get the opportunity to say hello to you or exchange any conversation with you. Their first and only impression of you is based on how you look. 
They decide to come over and say hello based on what you are wearing. The same is true in business and all your everyday dealings. People will make assumptions about you based on what they see. Your clothes serve as your calling card or introduction to the world around you. 
The clothing choices available at Maison Scotch Outlet can help you make a statement. They invite people to get to know you better or keep them at a distance. It is all up to you. The unspoken communication between your clothes and the rest of the world should also exist between the designer of the clothes you wear and you. 
 
In other words, their clothes should speak to you. You should feel some level of connection to their clothing. This way you will feel comfortable that the message being sent is exactly what you want to say and you will be confident in how you look and feel. 
 
It is important to follow trends without being a slave to fashion. Your clothes should reflect a conscious decision on your part to be stylish and modern. You want to look as if you know what the current trends are without looking as if you are trying too hard to be stylish. 
 
The clothing available at Sunday Best will get you noticed. 
 
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Saturday, 14 September 2013

Loeffler Randall Rider Bag Look4Less

I have always loved the Rider bag by Loeffler Randall. I love the classic design, the size – not too big, not too small. It is the perfect essential satchel for everyday use and it makes luxury appear to be so effortless. Wear it with jeans, a sundress, leggings or whatever… this satchel goes with just about everything in a woman's casual wardrobe. This Loeffler Randall bag is made of saffiano leather so it will also be quite hard wearing. The bag may be cheaper then a lot of designer handbags but €490 is still quite pricey for an everyday handbag.


I just stumbled upon this super similar looking bag from Forever 21 which is a great alternative for Loeffler Randall's Rider bag. I really love a cross-body bag because it allows you to keep all of your worldly possessions by your side while having both of your hands free and available (for shopping of course). The bag below is made of faux leather but I think for the substantial price difference I can deal with it. This bag is from Forever 21 and costs just €26.90

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Wednesday, 11 September 2013

Quilted Chanel Ballerina Pumps Look4Less

These cute quilted ballerina pumps most definitely take the prize for most comfortable yet stylish footwear and are a personal favourite of numerous celebrities including Keira Knightley. Heels will always have a massive place in a woman's wardrobe, but ballerina pumps will always be a necessity. The Chanel Quilted Ballerina pumps below will instantly add a little bit of luxury and style to a simple pair of skinny jeans and a plain coloured tee. These fabulous Chanel Ballerina pumps cost approximately €490 depending on the finish and material you choose.


If you want a good quality pair of  pumps that will last but you are also willing to drop some cash, these pumps from Ann Taylor are for you. These pumps are well made and are definitely a good investment to take you into the Autumn. This Look4Less may not be identical to the Chanel pumps but they are definitely inspired by them. The Ann Taylor pumps below cost €67, they also come in black, navy and burgundy leather.

 
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Saturday, 7 September 2013

McQ by McQueen Tartan Pants Look4Less

September is here, the Summer flew didn't it ? It's Autumn, which means it's time for tartan ! I absolutely love tartan, when its done right (not head to toe or an awful school skirt). And who does tartan better but Alexander McQueen.  These tartan pants can be worn with almost anything, they can be worn everyday with a navy blazer or with a silk chiffon top and heels for a night out. The tartan pants below are from McQ by McQueen and cost €320 they are available from Net-a-porter.com. If you too are a fan of the McQ trousers but don’t want to spend more than €300 on a pair of pants, below I have found a fab high street alternative.

 
As much as I love tartan pants, there’s no way I could justify spending such a huge amount of money on one pair so I went searching for a high street alternative. The trousers below are almost identical to the McQ by McQueen trousers, the only difference being the price. The tartan trousers below are from Riverisland and cost a much more reasonable €40.


 
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Monday, 2 September 2013

Friday, 30 August 2013

Chanel Quilted Boy Bag Look4Less

For a long-term investment that will take you through decades of evolving fashion, this Chanel Quilted boy bag is a piece that will simply never go out of style. Chanel took an edgier take on the classic quilted bag with their recent boy collection. The design of the boy bag is clean, bold, simple and appealing. I lust for this bag so much ! It's super edgy yet still quintessentially Chanel. The Chanel Quilted Boy bag costs approximately €3050.
 
 
 

Since most of us are simple unable to afford such a luxury bag, I have found you a high street alternative. This bag from Forever 21 may not be an exact copy, but it is definitely inspired by the Chanel Boy bag. The woven leather in this bag resembles the quilting of the boy bag. This Forever 21 bag incorporates the same boyish edge as the Chanel while still remaining chic. The bag below costs €26.90.

 
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Monday, 26 August 2013

McQ by McQueen black leather ankle boots Look4Less

With Winter just around the corner soon we will all be putting those sandals in the back of the wardrobe and digging out that pair of comfy boots. Ever woman needs a simple pair of neutral ankle boots that will go with virtually everything in her closet. And these ankle boots are flat (comfortable for everyday) and will see you through the Autumn and Winter. I love the chain on these ankle boots, its makes them unique and quirky. These boots are also available in patent leather.


Unfortunately the boots above do come at a price, this pair of McQ by McQueen black leather ankle boots costs €470 and is available from farfetch.com. Luckily for you I have found an almost identical alternative. The boots below are from Steve Madden and cost €128. These boots may still be on the expensive side of things but they are genuine leather. They are an investment piece and will last you years and will get better with age.

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Thursday, 22 August 2013

How to spot a fake Louis Vuitton handbag

Louis Vuitton monogrammed handbags are one of the most widely recognisable designer handbags in the world. On average they cost a minimum of €800, because of this they are also one of they most commonly replicated handbags in the world.

1. Where is the bag for sale ? - If you bought it from a street vendor it is a fake. There maybe some real bags for sale on websites like eBay but be very careful and always pay by credit card to protect yourself.

2. Leather - A genuine Louis Vuitton bag will feel soft because of the type of graphite canvas used by Louis Vuitton. A fake handbag will usually feel hard and stiff. Genuine Louis Vuitton bags are made of one piece of leather so the logo should appear upside down on the back of the bag.

3. Monogrammed Logo - Louis Vuitton's signature logo is the 'LV' symbol. Each logo should be sharp and clear. The logo should be symmetrical on the bag itself. If the logo is off-centre the bag is a fake. Turn The bag upside down, the logo on a genuine bag will be upside down.


4. Most Louis Vuitton bags will have a serial number, but beware because in good fakes these serial numbers may also be faked.

5. Stitching - The stitching on all genuine Louis Vuitton items should be straight and uniform. If you have the bag with you, run your finger over the stitching. If it feels coarse and bumpy its a fake.

6. Zipper - All Louis Vuitton zippers are brass. They are heavy and should be monogrammed with the Louis Vuitton logo.


7. Packaging - All genuine Louis Vuitton handbags are sold with high quality beige cotton dust bags. The handles of a real bag will never come wrapped in plastic or bubble wrap and if they do the bag is a fake.


When in doubt, remember the saying, “if it seems too good to be true, then it probably is.”

 
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