Summer is officially here. Whether you’re basking in this UK heatwave or spending your summer overseas, swimwear is a must for this season. I’ve picked out my fave pieces to help inspire this year’s swim wardrobe…
New Balance have launched a brand new trainer, the Fresh Foam Crush, and I led a workout for a bunch of fitness babes to put them to the test!
It’s no secret that I have a slight obsession with bikinis… I own over 50 different ones (it may be closer to 60 since I last counted), which I’d say is quite a lot to say that I live no where near the beach and that I’m not the most enthusiastic about swimming. I don’t even live in a hot- or warm- country!
Anyway, my love for swimwear means that I know a good few places that are great for picking up some new swim pieces. Here are my fave picks below!
Puma have taken a nod towards the red carpet with their new Velvet Rope collection. Hence the name, the pack takes inspiration from the velvet rope that would typically be seen at high profile events. The idea being that we can step beyond the velvet rope and into the spotlights and fierce world that lies behind it. It’s workout gear with a fashion edge and deserves a place in any activewear wardrobe.
The pack has recently launched on ASOS and I was lucky enough to get involved in the campaign wearing the ever so comfortable Active Training Explosive Bodysuit. Check out a snippet of it below…
Velvet Rope comprises of a variety of footwear and apparel, all adopting an olive, black and gold colour scheme. If like me you wear your gym kit to more than just the gym then I’d say that you will love this range. Here are a few of my faves…
I was lucky enough to bag an invite to the ASOS SS16 Press Event held at their Camden-based London HQ. For womenswear it was all things bright, beautiful with lots of sparkle. And embellishment, lots of embellishment. It seems that SS16 will adopt a prettier look than last season. They’ll be less unisex and less sportsluxe (which I’m quite disappointed about) however perhaps a girlier sports vibe will takeover?
There was some tough amongst the glitz though, with gold metal and leather pieces and killer stilettos with knee-high leg wraps- looks like this one will be following through from AW15. Yippee!
Bohemian made an appearance as it did last summer but this time gypsy inspo will be even more apparent. There will be embroidery and lots of it. My fave piece from this look was of course the pink-sleeve, black body bomber, which was boho’d up with the addition of heavy embroidery.
Then there was the men’s, which adopted a rather different story. Here it was all about texture, colour and fabrication. Draping mixed with tailoring for that day to night look. I can’t lie I was actually quite envious of the shades that men will be rocking this spring/summer. Dusty pink, lots of nude and of course, khaki. Dare I say it… Very Kanye!
For a different look there will be distressed denim, stripes and metallic jersey- nice! Oh and the men even had a version of my fave bomber from the women’s collection. His and hers? I’m down.
Lastly, ASOS thought that their exclusive brand Reclaimed Vintage deserved its own room and rightly so. A similar story to the ASOS main collection for both men and women here, with the addition of a bit more glam for the men. If you haven’t seen Reclaimed before I definitely recommend that you check them out on the ASOS site. You won’t be disappointed.
This week I was lucky enough to bag an invite to the ASOS AW15 press day, which meant that I got to have a sneaky peak at what’s in store from one of the world’s leading fashion retailers! Set to hit the site from June all the way through to the end of the year, ASOS will be dropping some seriously strong styles that I’m already making room in my wardrobe for- from the women’s and men’s collections! There was a lot to lust over so it’s only right that I break it down to give all areas the attention that they deserve.
Khaki Queen! Khaki, khaki and more khaki. If you’re wearing one colour this autumn winter, it should be… do I really need to say? Khaki will be everywhere and ASOS will be giving you plenty of choice on how to wear it. This military green was mixed with washed out navy and faded grey for the ultimate seasonal look. From scarves to coats to a particularly eye-catching fully embellished unitard (please let me have this right now!!), ASOS have it covered. Attention girls, it’s time to go green!
Sparkle, Don’t Fade. In time for the party season, ASOS will be providing plenty of sparkle for all of your Winter events. Sequins, beaded embellishment, gems, glitter and metallic garms will be filling your ASOS saved items (or basket) in no time. I hate to think of winter before summer has even begun but hello Christmas glitter fun!
Heeled Heaven. Heels. To. Die. For. There’s nothing more to be said…
Delicate Jewels. Although the dresses were screaming for attention, ASOS decided not to go quite so statement on the jewellery. Simple accessories will be the way this AW and there was a definite nod towards gold.
Not to forget the guys!
Mono Men. Practically the entire menswear collection was monotone and it worked. For men, this season is all about a simple colour palette with plenty of texture and shape. The fur bomber had to be my fave- a statement piece that somehow managed to stay reserved (second from right…see what I mean?).
Sports King. Sports is a key trend for men this year (yippeee). Think longline, lightweight, hoods and scuba. There were plenty of tees, tailored sweatpants and sports-inspired jackets. Smart sports will be the only way to go.
Leather It Up. Leather accessories will be a key look for men come Autumn. Leather shoes, bags and even bucket hats were on show. ASOS mixed it up with metallic versions for the more daring male and snakeskin didn’t go amiss.
Quality Touches. Similar to the women’s jewellery, it’s not going to be about statement pieces but instead we’ll see subtle touches of quality. Again, gold was key, with hints of dirty silver and I particularly loved the baby blue stone pendant below…
ASOS deserve a big pat on the back for this one. I was unsure that they’d be able to outdo the last press event but once again, they have pushed their standards to the next level. Well done, ASOS- you’ve got us hooked! xx
The ASOS SS15 Press Launch collection absolutely killed it- for women AND for men!! Not that I expected it to be anything less (I’m a huge ASOS fan and extremely lucky to work with them!) but I was more than impressed with this cheeky little preview.
Sooo what should you expect to hit the site over the next few months? Ladies first…
All that glitters, shimmers, shines and glimmers! Think iridescence, sequins, embellishment and heavy glitter. Party season, here we come! From fully embellished dresses to sparkly unicorn bags, SS15 is all about making an impression.
If, like me, you’re not usually a glitzy girl, then not to worry because ASOS have this covered too. Their ‘Bang Bang’ trend is a little more toned down. Black being the core colour with tassels and snakeskin adding a little more excitement. I’m especially loving the cut-out, lace-up boot heels shown below. Bang bang, indeed.
My personal faves from the preview were the glitter socks with sequin embellishment. Yes, sequin embellishment on socks. Who’d have thought… Obviously I’ll be wearing mine with slides and to no surprise, ASOS had that covered too. Flatform and platform sliders and more sporty flat leather ones, which might be a tad more practical! In fact, I have to say that shoes were a particularly strong category, which may cause some problems for my upcoming wages.
The men’s collection saw strong shoe game too- leather slides like the women’s, plimsolls and brogues. All in black or white, which was a huge theme across most of the SS15 collection with texture doing most of the talking. Sounds slightly boring but I can assure you that it’ll be far from. Leather, fishnet, mesh and fabrics that I have no idea what to call them, all made an appearance. The range was also heavily influenced by sports- woohoo! Sweatpants, shorts and relaxed tees smartened up with statement jackets.
I wanted to steal the black fishnet bomber for myself and I’m sure that it will be quick to sell when it hits the site.
Not sure if you’re a fan of the bucket hat guys, but if so, you know where to head (ASOS…). I’m not too keen on socks, slides, shorts and bucket hats all together, but I’m sure some of you strapping young men will prove me wrong.
Overall, ASOS are going to be giving other high street retailers a run for their money this season. With the variety of product on ASOS there really is something for every fashion-conscious guy or girl.
Keep watching ASOS for these SS15 goodies to drop. If you’re not familiar with the site I recommend checking the New In page for all the fresh styles. Happy Shopping! xx