28 November 2014

Swinging Sixties: Channel Your Inner Twiggy

The ever subtle-yet-chic elegance of the 60’s fashion world is swinging its way back into our wardrobes and we’ve rifled through the rails to bring you some of the best hidden gems hitting the high-street this Fall. Wiggle your way through the crunchy Autumn leaves in A-line silhouettes, cheeky short minis topped off with slim-line basic roller necks, bug-eyed specs and faux-fur chic jackets. It’s all about minimalist glamour & cool ease so it’s time to slip into something a lil’ funky and sip on something a lil’ naughty!

It’s a mod, mod world baby… So, anyone fancy a dirty martini?

Outfit 1
1. Blouse – Nastygal, £21.76 2. Sparkle Fishnet Tights – M&S, £8 3. Skirt – Nastygal, £42.27 4. Faux Fur Slouch bag – River Island, £37 5. Pom Pom Slipper shoes – Topshop, £52 


23 November 2014

Shhhh! A Girl’s Guilty Pleasures Revealed

Is that denial I hear you whimper? Me? Guilty Pleasures? Never! Oh there’s no use in denying it missy, we’ve all got them! They’re like instant shots of unadulterated happiness that may well give us goosebumps of joy but to then have those indulgences revealed to your best mates… hello goosebumps of sheer horror! Sneak a peek & candidly nod your head in agreement at my round-up of blameless & shameless tomfoolery!

“Creeping” on Facebook. Otherwise known as stalking. You start market research at 9 am and by 11:15 you’ve learnt not to give Steph, your best friend’s cousin’s twice-removed sister, six vodka shots on a night out or you’ll experience some memorable moves on the dance floor.

Long bubble baths. We’re talking really long here. Chuck in a fully loaded series of Gossip Girl on Netflix, a goodie basket of snacks, a bottle of chilled vino & scented candles… bliss. So what if someone else needs to pee?

Tweeting about your crazy Saturday night plans only to be chilling in your kangaroo onesie, sipping on juice whilst simultaneously spooning your two favourite & ever faithful men: Ben & Jerry.

Singing along Screeching to the live performances of Saturday night X-factor. Who knew you had such an impressive range & could reach such unimaginable high notes? Your neighbour, that’s who.

Consulting your furry mutt for serious pep talks in times of essential life decisions. The answers always magically lie in that quizzical quirk of his ear.

Chocolate. Self-explantory & absolutely acceptable in any form at any time.

Pretending you’re Bey for a day. Complete with practised & perfected dance moves performed in front of the mirror with strategically placed furniture as props. You’re fierce & you know it girlfriend.

Eating cereal for dinner or any other breakfast food for that matter. Where’s the shame in munching on those Kellog’s frosties? After all they’re gr-rrreat!

The right-hand gossip section of The Daily Mail online being your morning news read. You put the perfection in procrastination.

Now if you'll excuse me mis amigos, I'm off to Barcelona & then the glorious Valencia for a lil R&R! The brother & I decided that a complete break away from life was absolutely essential & therefore plan to be utter culture vultures for the week! 
Adios! x

[Photo sources: Pinterest & Google]
[Also available to read on Couture Stories]

20 November 2014

Get Feline Fancy in Lustful Lingerie

[Source: Pinterest]

Lingerie. Even the word sounds so down-right sexy. Yet that's exactly what it's all about, right? So much media hype around female sensuality & power focuses on how a woman looks in her little lacy underthings but that couldn't be further from the glamorous truth. The magic lies in how a woman feels in the delectables of her underwear drawer. When you feel like a goddam sex kitten then it shines through in how you show up & connect with the world. Mr. Serious in your Tuesday board meeting may not know that your rocking a racy sheer tulle number that would have his fly's quivering like jelly but the fact that it makes you feel like the gorgeous, special & beautiful woman you are, then the power of confidence lies in your panties - quite literately! When you dress to satisfy yourself & please yourself then you also undoubtedly impress the world around you as you ooze confidence.

[Source: bodywoodfit.com]

Love yourself by indulging in some delightfully naughty lingerie ladies. It's a delicious secret that makes you stand a little prouder, smile a little brighter, talk a little louder & radiate the beauty that can't be found in that trusty pair of spanx you keep hidden at the back of your drawer. 
Go on, it's time to get slinky Miss fancy pants!
Left: Victoria's Secret, $58  Centre: Marks & Spencer, £25 Right: Victoria's Secret, $168

Left: Asos, £18  Centre: Victoria's Secret, $58 (bra), $32 (thong)  Right: Beautifulbottoms, £52

Left: Victoria's Secret, $88  Right: Agent Provocateur, £95

Left: Topsop, £30  Centre: Victoria's Secret, $78  Right: Topshop, £44

What chica wouldn't want to feel like her very own drop-dead gorgeous Victoria's Secret model? Oh oh oh & it'll be just in time for the 2014 Victoria's Secret Fashion Show in London on 2nd December 2014! Anyone else b-e-y-o-n-d excited for its coveted airing?! I literately have ants-in-my-pants jitters!

Think I may even sneak a pair of fluffy pink wings onto my Christmas list to complete the look.

Oh Santa baby...

[Also available to read on Couture Stories]


18 November 2014

Scarlet fever: Harness the power of red

Turn up the heat & burn like a flame this party season with a touch of suitably sexy bloodline colour. Toss out the ever faithful LBD & plump for something vibrant, vampish yet dangerously sumptuous to keep your fashion blood beating red hot strong! 

Go shamelessly bold in a full blown scarlet ensemble or flirt with the elements of power with undiluted fiery accessories.

It's time to play with fire little lady in red.

[Also available to read on Couture Stories

[Photo Sources: trendhunter, pinterest, fashioninspirationblog]

17 November 2014

Winter Indulgence: Simply Sumptuous Spa Retreats

Feeling swept under by the winter blues? It's no surprise that our moods have taken a plunge into the murky waters with all this rain washing down from the heavens. To pick yourself up, unwind & restore your burnt-out soul, why not treat yourself to a day (or week) of utter indulgence?
With heady steamy saunas, bubbly plunge pools & snow-white fluffy robes to wriggle your way into we've plucked out the very best Spa retreats to magic the sparkle back into your eyes!

With privacy, comfort & total sophistication, these top picks reside across the UK as well as across seas & certainly exceed expectations in every way. So if total pamper R&R is at the top of your Christmas countdown checklist then it's time to find yourself relaxing in total bliss at one of these hidden secrets...

Time to feel, live & come alive!

Pangkor Laut Spa Village, Malaysia
The private Island of Pangkor Laut boasts one of the most exclusive Spa destinations you can get your hands on. Winning numerous awards, including The Conde Nast Traveller Magazine, this Malaysian village will have relaxing in ultimate style & rejuvenated before you can munch on your cucumber eye coolers.

Reethi Rah Spa, Maldives

Let the hustle bustle of the outside World dissolve away with the trickle of water features that dot around this luxurious Spa complete with stunning Ocean views, rustic thatched-roof hideaways & vitality inducing treatments tailor made for your own holistic journeys. With an array of impressive titles & trophies for its elegance & meticulous detail, this is one of the best beach spas out there! 

Espa Spa at the Corinthia, London

Hailed as 'The Next Generation of Spa', the Espa Spa is a space of true beauty & stylish elegance that brings with it the ultimate package in holistic wellbeing & tranquil relaxation. With a boastful range of bespoke treatments & glistening crystal pools, this is the spa for you if you're looking for total mind, body & soul gratification.

(Photo: espalifeatcorinthia, cntraveller.com)

SHA Wellness clinic, Alicante

With spectacular views & a delightfully warming climate, the SHA Wellness Spa simply excels in excellence. If optimum comfort & blissful sensations are what you are seeking then this spa surpasses it all. Tailored  restorative health programmes, luxuriously plush modern suites as well as mouth-watering & nutritiously packed cuisines, this space of opulence will see you walking away a new person!

The Scarlet Hotel, Mawgan Porth, Cornwall 

Coveted as Cornwall's "grown-ups only" hotel spa, this beautiful space boasts some of the most stunning sea landscapes & views in the whole of England. It's hard not to feel connected to the seas beyond as your daily niggles wash away with the range of snuggly comforting spaces warmed with open log fires to more spacious, modern, airy & light-as-feather spaces to put your feet up. Turn the pace of life right down  & restore yourself to glowing health with a touch of Cornish magic in this beautiful Ayurvedic spa. 

Royal Mansour Spa, Marrakech

If elegance, enchantment & extravagance is what you seek then the Royal Mansour Spa is an incomparable haven of total hedonism. Immerse yourself in total luxury & relish the atmosphere of an entirely different world as you're pampered, preened & stripped of any worries you packed with you in the suitcase. The architecture alone is enough to leave you breathless but you'll certainly be left breathing light & easy in what would be a truly restorative & memorable stay.


14 November 2014

Mastering the look: How to style a Cape

Stay on top of the fashion zip-wire by mastering Autumn/Winter 2014′s most stylish cover-up: the cape. It’s giving the classic coat a true run for its money and hails as one of the most chic ways to freshen up your outerwear game. It’s classy, versatile, elegant and can revamp the dullest of fashion ensembles. It’s the perfect finishing touch to inject a pinch of originality & impress within the office, can transform you into a glamour-puss for dusky night drinks as well as providing the snuggly comfort in your casual weekend attire.

Ladies the cape is here to stay & whilst the art to styling it can run you into some sticky dilemmas, keep reading to master your inner cape crusader & harness the right way to compliment your personality.
Uptown Chic
Layer it over a crisp cream blouse tucked into a sleek & sexy pencil skirt. Take your look to the next level by chucking on a swingy cape coat and finishing it off with a striking beaded clutch or a bejewelled drop necklace. Just remember, if your cape calls attention with pattern or colour, keep the rest of your outfit plain & simple but if you plump for a neutral toned cape, inject some pizzazz with your clothes.

Downtown Comfort
The art to taking your fail-safe casual outfit to polished ease is by pairing it with a powerful outer garment. A pair of dark skinnies, brushed leather brogues and fine knit roller neck pullover can come alive when paired with a patterned, bright swing cape or a pretty cape coat laced with a collar of soft faux fur.
Caped Feline
Nothing screams elegance and pure femininity more than the ever-strong dress but its allure can be heightened by the finishing touch of a flirty cape. With this look, it’s all about channeling your fun side so it’s time to get creative. If you’re coveting a plain simple dress or skirt with a structured silhouette, pair it with a brightly patterned cape and thin leather belt to nip you in at the waist for extra definition.

Flatter & Compliment
Keep your denim skinnies tight & structured when styling a cape. A billowy top half can be balanced out, exaggerated and complimented by keeping your bottom half on the straight and narrow. Not only that but it’ll do favours for exaggerating a lithe leggy look, ladies! Fabulous!
Snuggle Blanket
For the ultimate indulgent yet fabulously stylish look, volume is key. The bigger the better and the more room you’ll have to snuggle, toast & roast against the buster winter gales. To smooth out a curvy silhouette and keep your look stream-lined, cinch and define your waistline with a belted look.

[Also available to read on Couture Stories]

10 November 2014

Inspiration of the day: OD'ing on Alexa

It's the fact that she graces more shiny, crisp magazine pages a month than you have nail polishes (...we need options, ok?) that you kind of want to hate her a little bit. Thing is you just can't deny that this girl has just got, it. Her perfectly undone look is both alluring & faultless. 
If her sylph-like tanned figure wasn't enough to make you weep, the effortlessly chic personal branding of her entire wardrobe will certainly cause your pretty peepers to water.

Alexa has always been a personal fashion favourite of mine - not only because she happened to go to the same college as me (claim to fame!) but because she can so nonchalantly & gracefully swap between paired-back tom-boy ease to ladylike silk simplicity. 

Whilst the labels sewn into her pillowy blouses are a far stretch beyond my poor quivering purse strings, Alexa's looks are laced with the magic ability of being recreated by high-street signature pieces. Purrrfect!

One last little love of mine before I get too fan girl on you is her wash-and-go-hair & minimal make-up. A rough shake of the fingers through her choppy tonal mane & a flick to perfect the cat-eye she wears so well & we have ourselves the ultimate girl crush ladies & gentleman. 

Time to cast your sly little eyes over some of my very favourite looks from this style muse! Now where did I put my liquid liner... 

Dear Santa,
Since I've been an awfully good girl this year can I wake up on Christmas morning looking like Alexa please? All beautifully wrapped up in her entire wardrobe like a bonny bow? 
I'll even pop another sticky chubby oven baby under the Christmas tree just for you ;)

Love always,
thewishfulsalmon x

[All photos plucked from google]
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