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Spring/Summer style with Jaeger

22nd March 2015

The weather is warming up (not a moment too soon) so it was a perfect day to check out the new collections at Jaeger in Bath today with a few of my favourite bloggettes.


Left to right: Karen from Mission Style, Nina from Le Shop, Fritha from Tigerlilly Quinn, Lori from Wild & Grizzly, Josephine from Style by Josephine and Gaby from Voila Styling.

Jolly’s is a bit of Bath institution – it’s got to be one of the oldest department stores in the country, having opened in 1823 and, although it’s now part of House of Fraser, it retains that luxury tradition and Great British style that it’s always been known for. It came as no surprise to me then, when I heard that Jaeger – another paragon of classic Brit fashion – has a concession inside this very store.


This spring, their womenswear collection draws inspiration from renowned artists Barbara Hepworth and Paul Klee, with sculptural tailoring and striking prints taking centre stage.


One crucial trend for this season will be military/utility styling, and Jaeger is doing this functional tailoring incredibly well, with structured safari style dresses and skirts, like the one I’m wearing above. I plan to take this skirt up a few inches, since I am a shorty, but I think on someone tall it would work very well!


If you like your pastels, you’ll also find something to love here, since their collection contains a lot of pink and peach tones right now, as well as baby blue.


One thing that really stands out about Jaeger is the quality of the garments. The price point may be slightly higher than many high street stores, but the craftsmanship that goes into them is worth the extra spend. Skirts and jackets are beautifully lined and there’s not an errant stitch in sight. You really do get what you pay for.


As well as a fabulous shopping spree, we were also treated to an exclusive blow dry bar at No. 3 Hairdressing on Saville Row. I was delighted to discover that our stylist, Stefano, is a natural curly head like me, so he knew exactly what to do with my unruly barnet! For many of us visiting the salon, it was our first time and we were all surprised how big it was – it looks small from the outside, but they have a whole floor upstairs devoted to making people beautiful! Karen from Mission Style (pictured below) is a regular, so she and Stefano had a lot to catch up on!


On top top of this, Lancôme were generous enough to gift us all with some treats from their latest beauty collection which, as you can tell from the smiles on the girls’ faces, went down very well indeed…


I’m looking forward to trying the Génifique serum. As someone who is usually quite stingy with my skincare (Nivea and Olay is about as far as I’d stretch) I’m really keen to see if a bigger budget means better results. I’ll fill you in when I’ve tried it!


All in all, we had a fabulous day and it was full of surprises. I have to admit that before today I was convinced that Jaeger was perhaps somewhere my mum or my aunt might shop, rather than me, but actually their cuts and colours are extremely contemporary and seeing the new collection made me completely rethink my opinion.

As I’ve reached my thirties, I’ve decided to live by the mantra of ‘buy less, wear more’, so I’ll certainly look to invest in a few quality pieces like these in the near future.

Disclosure: I was contracted by Jaeger to help put together this blogger day and was given my outfit. The views given here are genuine though, so trust me on them! 🙂

How to: Dianna’s fishtail plait

12th May 2011

With her glossy blonde locks, our favourite Gleek Dianna Agron (a.k.a Quinn) never seems to have bad hair day but we’re onto her…that fishtail plait is her secret hair failsafe. It’s a fast and fresh way to sweep away an unruly mane that refuses to behave, whilst looking like a super chic mermaid! It’s also a brilliant style for the beach as you can slick on some conditioner and braid up your hair before hitting the sea to keep it soft and give a gentle wave. If you want to recreate Dianna’s signature style, check out this handy how to video below.


The big hair test

27th April 2011

Editor Gina Dyer has been having a bad hair year. In a bid to banish the frizz, she tested out some products from professional haircare system Sebastian.

Sebastian Volupt volume boosting shampoo
This shampoo smells great and lathered up well. It offered good cleansing action – great for when you’ve got a lot of product build up and need a deep clean.

System professional volumize leave-in conditioner (for fine hair)
You’re supposed to apply this to pre-shampooed towel dried hair without rinsing. It felt light and mousse-like to touch and for very dry hair it wasn’t robust enough. For fine, flyaway hair it’s good as it won’t weigh your hair down and it’s feathery light, but if you need deep conditioning it really isn’t strong enough to do the job.

Sebastian whipped crème
This is a nice light formula that gives a shiny finish and leaves your hair looking bouncy. I only needed a very small amount to see the effects – any more and my hair became sticky – but overall I was pleased with the results.

Sebastian potion 9
This styling treatment is design to be applied to damp hair to make your locks silkier and add shine. I can safely say it delivered on all points. My dry, straw-like colour treated hair absolutely loved this potion and was transformed into shiny, bouncy curls as if by magic.

All products supplied by Guy Christian.

Big wigs

4th April 2011

Want to go Rihanna red without ruining your real hair? Wigmaker extraordinaire Annabelle, of Annabelle’s Wigs, lets Sian Hogan in on the A-listers’ secret weapon…

This year, bright hair is taking the world by storm. Pop princesses are taking over the entertainment world with hairstyles in the brightest of hues –Rihanna, Katy Perry and Nicky Minaj are all flying the rainbow flag in their hair.

But, when Lady Gaga admitted that excessive hair dying is causing her hair to fall out, we were forced to think twice about reaching for the peroxide bottle. So what is a fearless fashionista to do when she wants to embrace a bold new hairstyle? The answer is simple – wear a wig. It’s a great way to embrace a new hair trend without permanently damaging your hair.

Annabelle’s Wigs have been designing their own range of beautiful hair pieces for four years and strive to make wigs that are “high quality, beautiful, high fashion, classic, contemporary and glamorous” – phew! Bristol Fashionista caught up with Brighton based creative director Annabelle, who explained a few things to us about wig trends.

Spontaneous stylistas
“Girls want to go out at the weekend and look totally different, but still be able to go back to work on Monday looking the same as when they left on Friday,” says Annabelle.

“Wigs are an amazing way to spontaneously change your look, giving you the power to feel glamorous, confident and on trend in just a few minutes. With a wig, everybody can have their fantasy hair”.

Annabelle’s designs have been featured on Vogue.com, Britain’s Next Top Model and London Beauty Queen, and from chatting to Annabelle, it’s clear that she absolutely loves working with designers and stylists. Annabelle has worked with Lena Hoschek who designs for Dita Von Teese and Katy Perry, and Joey Bevan who used Annabelle’s wigs on the Ideal Home catwalk.

Annabelle’s celebrity inspired wigs have proved especially popular. Her Cheryl Cole and Kate Middleton wigs have flown off the shelves, and the current bestseller is the vibrant scarlet red Rihanna wig, named and created after the Barbados beauty herself.

“Personally, I think Rihanna is amazing. She’s a woman with many talents who has achieved amazing success; girls can look up to her but still relate to her”.

So, if Annabelle could choose any celebrity’s hair to emulate, who would she choose? “Lady Gaga, of course!”

Let’s hope she reads this and puts an end to all her hair dramas the smart way…

For more information about Annabelle’s Wigs or to place an order, visit www.annabelleswigs.co.uk or telephone 01273 274221.

Dip in for summer!

24th March 2011

After a tip off from the lovely Rob at Artizan, Bath, we can confirm that the dip-dye hair trend is still going strong for summer 2011. Sunkissed, relaxed and pretty, with oodles of beachy chic, Alexa Chung kicked off the ombré craze back at an Yves St Laurent fragrance launch in 2010 and the look has since been adopted by Cameron Diaz, Rachel Bilson, Drew Barrymore and Lauren Conrad to name but a few.

But did you know that the correct term for this stylish ‘do’ is ombré? Nope, neither did we! This style takes inspiration from the French word meaning ‘shaded’ or ‘graduated in tone.’

We particularly love how Shenae Grimes (Annie, 90210) has subtly interpreted this look. Dark roots accentuate the splashes of Californian blonde at the tips.

If you’re interested in creating this look, it’s probably best that you visit a salon. You could probably do it yourself, but I wouldn’t advise it unless you’re a pro with the bleach! Yes, expect bleach to be the main component of this hairstyle which of course means you will have to take extra care of your hair with colour protecting shampoos and regular deep conditioning treatment.

I’m actually thinking of getting this look myself – so if anyone has got any tips (pun intended) then please take to the comments section and let me know!

How to: Messy chic top knots

9th February 2011


The ‘do du jour in Bristol at the moment is the messy top knot, but while it looks rough and ready, it actually takes a bit of skill to achieve. In this video, US Weekly’s Beauty Director Gwen Flamberg offers a step-by-step breakdown of how to get the look.