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Your Fashion Foundations with Ann Summers

I'm a lingerie addict. At the sight of eyelash lace, a multitude of straps, or mesh detailing I'm willing to drop any sense of comfort, practicality and functionality in a second. Truthfully, I just think I've forgotten what it feels like to wear a decent functioning bra in favour of the "Oooh so pretty!" bras.

Let's face it, no matter how many times Kate Upton appears on the front cover of Vogue in a bikini, we all know big boobs aren't seen as the most fashionable thing. I always find myself putting on the flimsiest bra and making do with it, forgetting that my boobs actually exist.  

But when Ann Summers asked me to take part in their Your Fashion Foundations campaign, how could my inner lingerie addict refuse? Focusing on comfort, style and practicality, the simple, lacey range is all about choosing the right bra for the right outfit. 

The Balconette, T-Shirt, Unlined and Plunge bras combine the best of pretty and practical, and actually make you remember that your boobs exist by bring them back into the fashion equation!
Top Left: T Shirt Bra / Top Right: Underwired Bra / Bottom Left: Plunge Bra / Bottom Right: Balconette Bra 
All Courtesy of Ann Summers

The T-Shirt Bra

What better to wear with a T-shirt bra than a T-shirt? My white tee collection is endless and for lack of a white bra, I'm forever sinning by wearing black bras with them. Well not any more! The white T-shirt bra has perfectly moulded cups and careful, graduated padding to add a cup size. Totally seamless under clothes, it gives a super sexy rounded shape. I felt like I was hiding melons under my top... 

The Balconette Bra
Balconette Bras are all about the lift and are perfect for wide, squarer necklines. So it seemed only natural to pair it with my old favourite Tea Dress by Topshop. The super wide, low cut neckline makes the most of the style of the balconette. Think a boob-aesthetic similar to wearing a corset, without the breathing issues. Or imagine resting your boobs on a shelf- it's all about the uplifting effect. 
The Underwired Bra

A black lace unlined bra peeking through a semi sheer oversized shirt oozes laid-back sex appeal. The shirt's manly proportions stop the outfit from being too revealing or sexy. Worn with skinny jeans or leather trousers, this is one of my favourite go-to outfits. The bra has a super natural uplift and despite being unlined, it is underwired so it still holds everything in place.

Seriously, enhanced, cleavage - that's what plunge bras are all about. For those daring necklines and low cut tops when you want to make the best of your assets, you know exactly what you need. I threw on a simple crop top from Topshop with my New Look high-waisted skinny jeans. Worn with an open duster coat and Birkenstocks is the perfect combination of sexy-cool. 

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Dorothy Perkins Style Essentials

The perfect capsule wardrobe is something many women have strived towards creating since Gok Wan started throwing the concept in our faces a few years back on How To Look Good Naked. Although I'm sure any fashion-obsessive on this earth still yearns for the walk in wardrobe, wall full of shoes, and closets full of designer gear, there's something still so refined and refreshing about having that perfect handful armful of clothes that are interchangeable and build the foundation of our wardrobes. 

Cue Dorothy Perkins Style Essentials. Ten of our favourite wardrobe staples, from rolled up skinny jeans to the classic parka jacket. It covers all fashion bases. 

Wearing the rolled up skinny with my beloved striped tee (there's actually a small hole in it now I've worn it so often...) I updated the look with a long black, sleeveless jacket. 

For my second style essentials look I wanted something more classic with an emphasis on tailoring. Soft, ivory knitted textures are paired with sleek black culottes for a look inspired by all of the elegance of 40's tailoring. 

Will you be investing in some style essentials this season?

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Sunglasses Wardrobe *

The seasons may be starting to change but that doesn't mean we're no longer in need of beautiful sunglasses to shield our eyes from the rays on sunnier days and hide our faces when we've partied a little bit too hard the night before... 
As a huge sunglasses obsessive (you can never really have too many) I've worked with Glasses on Spec to bring a Sunglasses wardrobe of some of my favourite styles from Lulu Guinness and Ray-Ban. Here's how I would style my favourites up!

Aviators and khaki seem a completely natural pairing with their subtle military influences. The outfit is kept more girly with loosely tailored silhouettes and with the addition of heels and an oversized handbag. And yeah, I am still lusting after a super cool Moschino slogan tee. It's my birthday in a couple of weeks... *hint hint*

If you follow my instagram then you'll have seen that I have a slight obsession with this coat. I'd keep the rest of the outfit completely simple and let the subtly printed Ray Bans do the talking. The sandy, natural colours of camel and tortoishell shades were simply made for each other.

I'm still dreaming of summers in the South of France or Ibiza wearing this poolside ensemble. Completely monochrome with oversized Lulu Guinness sunglasses gives a laid-back twist on poolside glamour. 

The muted tones of grey and black always look classic and chic, but the hint of red from behind the arms of these Ray Ban sunglasses gives this outfit a fiery flash. Definitely to be worn with bright, poppy-red lipstick.

Which are your favourites?



Fashion photography is great. It can capture a moment and burn it eternally onto film or onto a memory card (so long as you don't hit delete) with just a click of a button. But there's something a little magical about a scratchy hand-drawn fashion illustration. 

They are a little like caricature's, but rather than focusing on and highlighting our most obviously mockable features (in my case this would definitely be my big front gravestone teeth, my Tyra-Banks-sized five-head, and the slight crook in my nose from when I got head-butted in a bouncy castle incident) fashion illustrations are endlessly flattering. I mean, look how skinny the illustrator Jessica Withey has drawn my legs? It's like this little cartoon of myself has become my own thinspiration... Naturally, I'm wearing my favourite coat, that gorgeous rose-blush coloured bonded trench coat by Topshop!

Check out Jess' amazing illustrations here. She also runs a fashion blog too! 

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Style Essential: The Striped Top

Zara Top (old) - River Island Shorts - Zara Bag - Topshop Shoes 

What is it about striped tops that always look so cool? Of all of my essential wardrobe staples, my most loyal, go-to piece is the classic stripe top. I have somewhat scatty tendencies so I like to keep my life as organised as I can, but one of the things that I must keep organised is my wardrobe. I'm talking serious colour and pattern coordination. If you were to open my wardrobe right now you'd see an entire section dedicated to striped things. 

Do I really need that many striped tops? Oh but of course! Well you certainly need a wide striped top, and a thin striped top... And a three-quarter sleeve, a short sleeve, a crop top, a bardot neckline, a classic fisherman breton, a striped leotard, boat neck... I know you know what I mean. 
But why are they so popular? 

It's just so versatile. A striped breton top looks amazing from anything from jeans, denim cut offs, a tulle skirt (a-la-Carrie Bradshaw) or bold printed culottes. My go-to outfit in all fashion/last-minute/hungover/forgotten dates is always black skinny jeans, striped tee, and trench coat. It looks so classically parisian: who doesn't want a bit of french-girl chic in their wardrobes? 
Take a look at some of my favourite striped tees below!


Powder White

Missguided Jacket*, Top* and Skirt * - Warehouse bag - Topshop Shoes - Topshop Sunglasses

With spaghetti straps and powder white body-con shapes, I couldn't help but feel pretty 90s in this all-white get-up. It almost feels a little bit wrong that I hadn't got my hair braided in suitable cornrows to match! In fact, I feel a little bit like a 90s girl band reject. Holding back on the cornrows, I decided matching simple black accessories for a hint of monochrome would be more of a 'Sophie' kind of look. 

And yes, that is a black bra strap you see poking out in picture number one. But breaking one of the unwritten laws of fashion (thou shalt not wear black bras with white t-tops) doesn't really feel like such a sin when it's a delicate strap of an unlined mesh bra. Instead, it seems to pull together in an accidental sports-luxe vibe.