March 20th, 2013 § § permalink
When it comes to fashion, my tastes and preferences are quite particular – I never wear trousers or jeans. However, I do love wearing high-waisted shorts, especially if they’re denim. Also, I don’t like wearing colourful clothes, as me and my best friend joke “Ana will wear any colour as long it is black”. When Jonathan Aston’s tights arrived to The Amazing Blog I was shocked by the powerful colours – bright pink and purple blended to give a dip dyed effect. My friends always say that I should really move on from black and wear more colourful clothes; so in order to shut their mouths I decided to give these tights a go.
Jonathan Aston was founded in Leicester in the mid-sixties by Ralph Salem. Salem changed the history of hosiery using knitting machines that had only ever been used for plain tights to produce ‘fashion hosiery’. Jonathan Aston quickly became one of the coolest names in the industry with celebrities like Twiggy and Jean ‘The Shrimp’ Shrimpton adorning their legs with these high-quality and fashion-lead tights.
The tights we received at The Amazing Blog are the Vignette Tights in bright pink and purple with a dip dye effect. As mentioned before, I was pretty scared when I first saw them – however, I ended up seeing myself wearing them everytime I wanted to add a bit (or a lot) of colour to my black outfits. Jonathan Aston tights quality is outstanding – and for a person that lives in tights because finds trousers to be terribly uncomfortable, that’s a bit statement. They’re very soft, fit perfectly and also, they’re very easy to wash. I’ve already washed them a few times and the colours are still as vibrant as the first day.
I’ll be definitely checking Jonathan Aston’s website for more designs and colours as then again, the quality of the material in truly excellent. You can order your own pair of Jonathan Aston tights off of MyTights.com or you can see the whole list of e-tailers here.
February 15th, 2013 § § permalink
Love shoes, fancy hats? Then we at The Amazing Blog have got the perfect event for you to visit. Head to Toe is an exhibition hosted by Craft Central where you can explore the craft process and skills behind the creativity and drama of the hats and shoes design world. The work comprises of a diverse group of 20 designers who will be showcased there. You’ll be able to see their unique designs, and discover some really exciting creations with lots of innovative sculptural themes.
Headpiece by Emma Yeo
The event is held in celebration of London Fashion Week at the new galleries of Craft Central to show off its new facilities’ with great effect. So for all fashionistas who haven’t managed to get their exclusive invitation to LFW, this is the exhibition for you.
Shoe by Marloes ten Bhömer
From avant-garde headpieces to shoes that we’ll all be ooh-ing and ah-ing over, Head to Toe is definitely an event we’d be willing to skip our couch-hanging afternoon for. With astonishing pieces from the established milliner Stephen Jones, as well as the newer recruits Noel Stewart, House of Flora and Emma Yeo. However, not forgetting to mention the inspired shoe creations from the likes of Marloes ten Bhömer, Hetty Rose and London College of Fashion Cordwainers, to just name a few. This fashion exhibition is something you won’t want to miss. The show is from the 18th – 28th of February (open Monday – Friday) and best of all… entry is FREE.
February 14th, 2013 § § permalink
At The Amazing Blog, what could bring us more joy than Valentine’s Day. The day filled entirely with love, chocolates, and presents. Here at The Amazing Blog we have sorted out through different chocolates, beauty items, home accessories, and events going on in London to help you pick out the best gifts and nightly activities for that special someone.
Le Creuset have just come out with a stylish three piece mini heart set right in time for Valentine’s Day! These new pint-sized heart shaped dishes have a cute appeal to them. They come in three complementary colours, Cerise, Cassis, and Rose. These mini heart shaped dishes are ideal for three small dessert puddings to share with each other. You don’t have to look any further than these mini heart shaped boxes to give a great impression. This is a perfect gift to give someone very special and watch their face light up when you reveal your special desserts inside each of these dishes! The Le Creuset of 3 Stoneware Heart Mini’s can be purchased on-line and in stores for a reasonable £32.
Give the gift that will help spruce up your house and also give back to others! With Fine Cell Work cushions you are not only getting a hand made cushion but you are also helping others in prison. Approximately 100 hours of work goes into each handmade product. Fine Cell Work has all different types of cushions for Valentine’s Day that could become a new asset in your home. We love the Daisy De Villeneuve – Love Hand in particular. With the bright and funky styles that this cushion is designed with, it’s a great way to add some colour in the room. These designs were hand-drawn by illustrator Daisy De Villeneuve. When you purchase these cushions, it helps rehabilitate inmates in prison because they are given the opportunity to earn money and stay out of trouble. This cushion can be purchased in stores and on line for £45, not bad if you ask me!
Always have your hands around her heart when you give her the Dia Boutique “Hold Me Tight” Necklace. This necklace is the perfect symbol of your love. With the two hands clenching onto her heart it’s a romantic gesture and something she will always wear. This necklace combines a touch of humour with a romantic spin. This Valentine’s Day, give her the perfect “I Love You” necklace with the “Hold Me Tight” by Dia Boutique. You can purchase “Hold Me Tight” online or in stores for £91.37.
The smell of roses is all around on Valentine’s Day, but why does that have to end so soon? Give you loved one a gift of an exotic blend of rose petals that can last long after the roses have faded. With Senti’s Petali di Rose home fragrance, the smells of the exotic Turkish rose gives off a sense of rich elegance. The women can pamper their significant other with the delightful Cuoio e Radica that gives off a subtle Leather and Wood scent. Dr. Vranjes considered the scents that would please give off a feminine scent and a masculine scent. The Petali di Rose for ‘her’ and the Cuoio e Radica for ‘him’ is available in the Senti store or online for £49.50 for a 250ml size diffuser.John Bell & Croyden hand selected some great Valentine’s Day gift sets for both him and her. We love the Rose Garden gift box that has four fabulous beauty items wrapped up in one box. The Crabtree & Evelyn Rosewater Body Lotion moisturizes the skin with the perfect blend of Shea butter, rose, evening primrose, almond, and coconut oils. With the Marny’s Rose Hip Oil it keeps your skin, nails, and hair healthy while helping with signs of anti-aging. The Woods of Windsor Rose scented draw liners, give off an elegant scent of true rose petals. The last part of this gift set is the Le Petit Oliver Rose soap that will make your body soft and give off a fresh smell. You can purchase this lovely gift set for £48 online or from the John Bell & Croyden store.
We have always loved Korres products and found out they were featuring a Valentine’s Day gift set that is a ‘must-have’! The Korres Roses and Love 3-piece collection lets your body be lavished with rose scents. This gift set includes a Japanese Rose Shower Gel, Japanese Rose Body Butter, and Wild Rose Lip Butter. These three separate items provides an aromatic bathing experience while soothing the skin. The Japanese Rose Body Butter maintains the skin’s natural moisture level and releases a subtle scent of roses that linger on. With the spring around the corner, this 3-piece Korres collection will have your skin feeling fresh and smelling amazing! Korres products are available from a number of retailers such as ASOS and Look Fantastic for £20, which is a great price for these full sized products.
Chocolate is the key to everyone’s heart, especially ours. Charbonnel et Walker have been providing Britain with their handmade chocolates since 1875 and are still chocolate lover’s heaven. Their Valentine feature chocolate is their Strawberry White Truffles. These truffles make your mouth water before you even pop one in! They have a hard outside layer of white chocolate followed by a creamy chocolate and strawberry inside, topped off with a piece of real strawberry. The Strawberry White Truffle certainly got everyone in a happy mood! This piece of delicate chocolate provides the perfect mix of creamy goodness in each bite. The Charbonnel et Walker Strawberry White Truffle can be purchased for £11.95 in stores or on-line.
On Patisserie has provided their customers with a Valentine’s Day treat! The beautifully hand decorated macarons aren’t only for show but they are delicious with every bite! These are very light cookies made with a very flavorful icing filling. The Valentine’s Day box comes with 12 glittered and decorated macarons. This is the perfect night night-cap snack after spending the holiday with each other. They will be available from the On Patisserie’s stall at Real Food Market Southbank for £16.50 a gift box of 12 or £10 for a gift bag of 6 pieces. You can also purchase On Patisserie’s Valentine’s Day Macarons on-line for £18.50.
Want to sweep your loved one right off her feet? Canary Wharf group has the perfect arrangement for a romantic and eventful night out on the town. The Valentine’s Tea Dance includes an array of vintage teas, cakes, finger sandwiches and professional instructors to teach you some dance moves to impress one another. These dances will include the waltz, tango, and cha-cha. Upon arrival there will be a complimentary glass of bubbly and a full cash bar. Dance the night away alongside with the Berkeley Square Society Band for only £12. You can purchase tickets here or call 0871 220 0260.
January 4th, 2013 § § permalink
My friends and I agree we can never have too many pairs of boots in our wardrobe. Boots are such a staple in the fashion world, especially when referring to those cold, damp days when you have to bring out the wellies. The luxury outdoor clothing brand, EWE, has come out with a cute, but practical EWE Wellington Boot. I fell in love with them the moment I slipped them onto my feet!
Produced by only using naturally occurring materials, this 100% Merino wool lined wellington boot is perfect for outdoor wear. They are the ideal footwear for all year round. The wool lining helps keep feet warm in the winter (even without socks!) and cool and airy in the summer months. The outer rubber structure of the boot allows for flexible movement and a natural fit. The boot is a classic design that is available in five beautiful colours ranging from a Fem green and Onyx Black to a trendier colour, Cranberry. These boots are leading the fashion industry. They are not only comfortable and warm, but are cute and work well with any outfit.
The EWE boot retails at £160 and is available in UK sizes 4-8. You can purchase the boots on their website here. Who wouldn’t want a pair of these new EWE boots? I know we at The Amazing Blog love them and so will you!
December 24th, 2012 § § permalink
This Christmas Eve, we at The Amazing Blog have decided to feature our perfect Christmas party outfit. Whether you’re going to a party or staying in to feast with the family we’re sure you will love these pieces too – they are comment worthy and versatile too.
We started with a young new British designer, Kelly Love, who has an amazing collection of unique clothes that would definitely turn heads if worn out on the town. Our favourite dress for the perfect Christmas outfit is Kelly Love’s Russian Romance Dress in red. This 100% Silk Shift dress with charcoal beadwork is an exquisite option to use as a base to any outfit. It retails for £250.00 and we think you’d gets lots of wear out of it throughout the year – so it’s not just a one-wear-wonder. It can be purchased on her website here.
Now that the main ensemble is chosen, the next fitting piece would be footwear. This is where we’ve chosen Zara’s High Heel Ankle Boot with a Cap Toe all black-on-black. These real suede boots are adorable and will not only dress up our chosen dress, but will also make it that much edgier. You can purchase theses boots on Zara’s website here for these bargain boots at £59.99.
The final piece to this festive outfit is a clutch to hold all of your essentials for the evening. Our pick is Marc B’s Tatiana Black Clutch Bag. The Tatiana perfectly showcases the theme of the season, Black and Gold. Easily adding glamour to your look this party bag will be sure to turn heads at your Christmas celebrations. With an optional gold chain strap, glamorous gold hinge detailing and the classic Marc B leopard-print lining this clutch is the perfect accessory to complete our Christmas party outfit. You can purchase the clutch online here for £35.00.
This is The Amazing Blog’s favourite outfit combination for this Christmas season. However, hopefully it may have provided you with a bit inspiration for you to create a fabulous outfit of your own over this festive period. Happy Christmas. Eve to you all. Ooh and we’re back again tomorrow with our latest discovery to help add a little extra effervescence to your festive season.