Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Trends

Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion Trends

The season’s are changing and it’s time for the warmer clothes to make a reappearance. If you’re looking for some Autumn Winter 2014 Fashion trends inspiration to transition you into the new season, here are the latest trends to keep you looking stylish this A/W.

Colours

Along with the usual reintroduction of black into the everyday wardrobe (for some of us it never left *cough*), hues of blue and grey will be back in force. Think midnight blues and teals, rather than navy mixed with tones of heavy grey.

AW 2014 Fashion Trends  BlueNew Look Blue Flower Headband £9.99 | H&M Blue Furry Sweater £24.99 | Freedom at Topshop Midnight Ring Stack, Available end October ’14, £12

Caramel, Browns and Mustard will also be a strong theme this winter, easily mixed and matched for a retro 70’s look.

Additionally, jewel tones of burgundy red and emerald green are the statement colours for evening wear so I predict we’ll be seeing a lot of these around Christmas time!

AW 2014 Fashion Trends  Burgundy

Dorothy Perkins Burgundy Aviator Jacket £45 | New Look Burgundy Patent Rucksack £19.99 | Miss Selfridge Burgundy Leather Crop Top £75

Monochrome (black and white) and houndstooth patterns are still classics and will carry through to Spring ’15.

AW 2014 Monochrome Fashion

Miss Selfridge Monochrome Check Crop Top £14 | Fearne Cotton for Very faux Fur Coat £89 | New Look Dogtooth Blanket Scarf £19.99

Fabrics

A lot of faux fur is hitting the highstreet including garments made entirely of ‘hairy’ fabrics. Not only gilets but entire dresses and skirts made of faux fur will be available. At least there’s no chance we’ll freeze in short skirts anymore!

A lot of layering is also going to be seen, with lace and sheer panels worn with contrasting heavier fabrics to create eclectic looks. Embellishment is also due to be a huge trend this coming season, with sequins and beading on statement pieces adding interest and texture.

AW 2014 Fashion Trends Layers and Sequins
Internacionale Black Sequin Lace Midi Skirt £10 | H&M Layered Dress £29.99 | French Connection Spectacular Sparkle Jumpsuit £180

Leather is also playing a big part this coming season, look out for garments with a hint of leather, e.g. cuffs or collars, to update classic pieces.

Other trends to look out for:

Outerwear – Padded and boxy style jackets will be keeping you warm and toasty this coming winter.

Footwear
Over the Knee Boots – Flat heeled over the knee boots will keep you bang on trend and look great with shorter skirts and over leggings.
Pointed heels – will be THE must have shape for this coming season. Low or high heels, keep the toe pointed. Classic patent black will see you through most occasions.
Trainers – a must have for most wardrobes, if you haven’t already humped on the bandwagon, now’s the time to pick up some Converse or Vans!
Cleated soles and chunky boots – This 90’s trend is back and bold – snow white chunky heeled boots are a perfect winter accessory.

Cut and Form
Simple shapes in interesting fabrics such as A-line skirts will be making an appearance.

Pleats will be adding volume to tops, dresses and skirts. Topshop have some amazing pieces that look almost sculpted!

Midi length skirts and palazzo style formal trousers will add a flattering edge to winter fashion and are perfect for work and play.

Which of these trends will you be trying this coming season? Or do you have your own style you’ll be keeping to? Share your best Autumn Winter fashion tips below!

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*Sponsored Post* Foodie Friday: Celebrate French Week with Lidl

Lidl French Week

To celebrate French Week (25th September – 1st October inclusive), budget supermarket Lidl challenged me to create a meal fit for a family dinner party. I chose to go all out and not only made a French meal but in fact created a three course meal using Lidl’s French Week themed foods.

Lidl Store French Week

Starter:

Assorted meats, cheese and fresh baguette, served with cider

Lidl French Week Camembert

This sharing platter is made from an assortment of cheeses including baked Camembert and Fat-reduced Brie with cured meats (also shown is Salami with Walnuts and Air dried Hazelnut Salami slices) and fresh crusty baguette. To wash it down I chose Cidre de Normandie Brut, a light dry cider and the perfect accompaniment to lighter dishes. I love this style of food as it’s easy to pick at and feels more informal with friends.

Lidl french week cider

Main:

Slow Roasted Pork in a calvados and mustard cream sauce with mixed vegetables, served with Hautes-Cotes de Beaune

Lidl French week main

I slow roasted a joint of pork with herbs, adding sliced apples, Chantenay carrots and onions around 40 minutes before taking the pork out to rest.

Along with a small mountain of Pommes Noisettes (light and crispy potato balls which were so good!), I also added a mustard cream sauce on the side made from the pork juices, 1tbsp Coarse Grain French Mustard, a big glug of Fine Calvados and a splash of cream.

The wine I chose to accompany this dish was the Hautes-Cotes de Beaune white, an oak aged Chardonnay with notes of butterscotch and honey to compliment the tender pork.

Dessert:

Madeleines, macarons and chocolate tart, served with french blend coffee

Lidl French Week Macarons, Madeleines and French Blend Coffee

For dessert I chose to create another sharing platter, made from a selection of sweet French delicacies including a warm chocolate tart, made using the Gateau au Chocolat Baking Mix, all served with a good dollop of fresh double cream. For those who wanted something less rich the delicate macarons and madeleines provided a tiny sweet hit, served with a shot of French blend coffee to round off the meal nicely.

Lidl French Week Chocolate Tart

Every dish was a hit with my dinner guests, with the Macarons, Camembert and Chardonnay the stars of the show. I’m equally impressed with the ease of use and quality of the French inspired ingredients. Plus for three courses it was an affordable £5 a head for six guests.

The Lidl French Range is available in store now while stocks last (and it’s selling like hot croissants), so be quick! All products mentioned are sourced where possible in France.

For more great ideas and recipes for French Week at Lidl visit lidl.co.uk

All French Range products mentioned:
Cidre de Normandie brut £1.99
Fine Calvados £15.49
Camembert Soft Cheese £1.19
Air dried Hazelnut Salami £1.79
Coarse Grain French Mustard 49p
Salami with Walnuts £1.99
Fat-reduced Brie 99p
Pommes Noisettes 99p
French Blend Coffee £1.59
12 French Macaron £2.99
Fresh Baguette 70p
Dried French Herbs 59p
Madeleines £1.49
Gateau au chocolat baking mix £1.49
Hautes-Cotes de Beaune AOP £7.99

What’s you favourite French dish?

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From Blogging to Business?

From Blogging to business - what are your business dreams?

Six years ago I was living in Norwich, a beautiful and vibrant city in East Anglia, studying at University for a textiles degree. I had friends, a social life, my own apartment and the ambition to carry me through my studies and into the creative career I envisaged. I hoped to become a designer and that my career was in my grasp.

But after a long trip to America before the new term began for my final year, I fell suddenly ill and was hospitalised for a short time after test results all pointed to Crohn’s Disease. I needed urgent treatment and a final diagnosis. I had to leave my life in Norwich and move back across the country to be with my family and boyfriend whilst I received the care that I needed. Sadly, this meant that I left behind my friends, and the best laid plans I had for moving forward in my life had to take a back seat.

From Blogging to business - what are your business dreams?

Whilst I was re-cooperating, I needed something creative to do so I started to write a blog about interests that I had – cosmetics and baking. I named it ‘The Beauty and the Feast’. I also decided to write a baking book and was lucky enough to have it published and available on Amazon in both the US and the UK. Soon I was being contacted about many more opportunities around blogging and I took as many as I could, but the Crohn’s still held me back, it’s effects making it impossible to attend events or to find full time employment.

From Blogging to business - what are your business dreams?

Nor could I go back to University. As accommodating and supportive as everyone was, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving home again with the uncertainty surrounding my health. I was at a loss as to what to do next but was still enjoying writing in my spare time so I took up some freelance work, becoming self employed and working flexible hours when I could. I also spent a lot of hours baking, later setting up a cake business and writing a second book, this time about running a home business. Within a year, the stress of the business took it’s toll and I felt unable to work again but I still kept plugging away at the blog, by now named ‘Tasty Gorgeous’.

From Blogging to business - what are your business dreams?

Also around this time, I discovered OCA – the Open College of the Arts. After some research I realised my dream of finishing my textile degree had never left me but I didn’t think it would be possible to achieve this without attending a University in person. I found out that OCA offer creative degrees through part time distance learning and after speaking it through with their staff, I started the lengthy process of transferring my degree from Norwich to OCA. I remember the morning I received the letter of confirmation – I was a student again!

From blogging to business - textiles

That was a year ago and I am still slowly studying away. And still writing and blogging. Before I started University, I’ve dreamt of having my own store, selling my own products, books, stationary, art, coffee and cakes all in one place. One day, against all the odds, I know I can make it happen.

What I have learnt from the past six years is that life will always have it’s up’s and down’s and I will always write, always bake and always have a creative side.

If you have your own business dream here are a few pointers to get started.

  • Adult education courses so you can re-train are readily available both in local colleges and online if you want to study at your own pace or in your own time.
  • Careers advice is also a must have. My business dream is still scattered so I’ve picked a deadline to make a decision about which direction I’m going to take. If by that point I still don’t know which way to go, I’m planning on booking an appointment with a life coach to help me find my way.
  • Joining local business networks are ideal to network and meet likeminded people plus pick up a heap of advice.
  • Money is super important. Websites like Crowdfunder and Kabbage offer loans or funding to help start-ups get off the ground.

What your business dreams and ambitions? What steps you’re going to take to achieve them? Or what is your best piece of business advice? Share your tips and thoughts below.

 

Always follow your dreams. Never give up.

 

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