I’m a little bit in love with Anaid. Pointed black suede court shoes, embellished with metallic star-shape sequins that were made for sparkling under a spotlight. At 4 inches, these Isabel Marant shoes may be too high for me to walk in but I will point and stare in awe. And wait for the onslaught of slightly smaller-heeled and more affordable high street copies.

Isabel Marant Anaid Embellished Court Shoe, £465, Selfridges

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Ever since I saw THAT Terry Richardson video of blonde swimwear model Kate Upton I’ve had a bit of a girl crush. How she manages not to pop out of that bikini top I’ll never know!

I was pleasantly surprised that British Vogue put her on the cover this month. She’s stunningly beautiful and got a body to die for, but not one I’d normally associate with Vogue’s film star/high fashion cover policy of recent times.

Kate Upton, British Vogue, January 2013

However, judging by these latest pictures for edgy New York footwear designer Sam Edelman, maybe curves can sell high fashion after all.

The spring/summer ’13 campaign was shot by David Lipman, who said they “chose Kate because she isn’t stick thin. She’s beautiful and all-American”.

The images certainly have an old-school Hollywood glamour feel to them and make the most of Kate’s many assets, but not what I would’ve expected from the brand. It will be interesting to see how women react to a model who ultimately made a living out of appealing to men but is now pushing for female admiration.

Vogue’s editor Alexandra Shulman probably summed it up best when she explained why she chose Kate as the magazine’s January cover girl:

“It’s very rare for a girl; to move from one area of the business to the other, largely due to the fact that fashion models are almost without curves, whereas swimwear girls are celebrated for them…When I decided to shoot Kate for our first cover of 2013, it was to kick off the year with a young women who is not a stereotypical fashion model – although, let’s face it, she’s hardly a heffalump!”

Indeed!

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Inspired by the Marc Jacobs SS13 show, all things black and white are looking bright for me right now. I’ve been lured by the simplicity of monochrome fashion when searching for things to buy – it’s too cold for pastels (though laduree colours look lush!) and I’m still recycling winter florals never mind looking at spring blooms.
The beauty of monochrome is it looks just as good with a smoky eye and nude lips as it does with a slick of bold red lipstick. And of course, us blondes rock the ’60s monochrome look better than anyone!

Here’s the black and white items I’ve got my eye on right now:

Monochrom fashion edit
1 – ASOS Skater Dress, £35 // 2 – Chloe Monochrome Tote Bag, £869.73, Far Fetch // 3 – Monochrome Biker Jacket, £52, Miss Selfridge // 4 – Ready Side Buckle Sandals, £50, Topshop // 5 – Nubar Black Polka Dot Nail Polish, £6.95, Beauty Bay //6 –  Marc Jacobs Black/White Patent Leather Lace-Up Flats, £379, Stylebop.com

 

 
 
I’ve already snapped up the monochrome ASOS dress, which probably sparked my love for the trend. With a peter pan collar, skater skirt and mesh detail that keeps it on the sexy side of simple, it’s one of my favourite day to night pieces. The collar, cuffs and bands around the hem are actually more ivory than white but that’s probably better given my addiction to fake tan!
 
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I don’t think I’ve posted about Glasgow School of Art graduate Alice Palmer since she collaborated with Asos a few seasons ago. So it’s time to revisit.

Here’s some images from the knitwear designer’s SS13 Lookbook, featuring a monochrome-based collection, Cirrus. Some of the blurred off-white and black pieces look quite 1920s, so it appeals to my flapper-loving self. Let me know what you think…

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Sirus Limited Edition Valentine’s Pendant, £75, Georgia Wiseman

I do realise this is my second post in as many weeks mentioning the dreaded V-Day, but I promise I’ve not turned into a hopeless romantic.

I’ve just been hooked in by the lovely things that are out there, designed to catch the eye of romantic fools with too much cash to spare (or unromantic fools with no cash to spare).

I love this limited edition (for Valentine’s Day) rose gold-plated necklace by Glasgow jewellery designer Georgia Wiseman. Featuring a futuristic black diamond Swarovski crystal, the Sirus pendant is an eyecatching and modern piece that is also reasonably-priced at £75.

I first came across Georgia through the usual mix of social media – twitter, linkedin and a fab piece over on Bee Waits, so I’ve since had a nose through Georgia’s pieces online and been really impressed. If you like deco jewellery in eyecatching colours, you’ll love the designer’s collections, which are also conveniently available to buy online.

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With a headline I never thought I’d see, Kate Moss certainly does ‘clean up’ with this winning cover for LOVE magazine
Much has been made of the supermodel’s seeming aversion to clean anything – men, lifestyle and sometimes even clothes – but she scrubs up okay in this cover shoot.
Let’s face it, though, the only party that really will be cleaning up are those at Katie Grand’s LOVE, with Kate on the cover more or less guaranteeing a sales surge.

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It’s that time of year again where the January blues have well and truly kicked in and retailers are trying to perk us up by focusing our attention on that other dreaded sentimental waste of money special occasion.

I hate Valentine’s Day with a passion (no irony or pun intended) but it is a good excuse to treat myself to lingerie I actually want to wear rather than return because it’s a) red b) tacky and c) completely the wrong size (boys, take note – we don’t like this stuff, no matter how much the Ann Summers sales assistant says we do!).

As much as everyone raves about getting their undies from the ever-reliable M&S, I’ve genuinely never found a Marks and Spencer bra that fits or suits me. And yes I have went through the soul-destroying fitting ‘experience’ that every outlet offers. Useless!

Having the ridiculously gorgeous Rosie Huntington-Whiteley fronting a lingerie range is a masterstroke though. Don’t believe for a second she had anything to do with the design of this collection of dreamy boudoir-perfect pieces, but damn does she look good in them!

 

The average woman will probably look washed out wearing a palette of blush pinks and warm neutrals, but if we think for one second we’ll look as tempting as RHW does in her silks then we are sold.

But wait a minute, is that a mere mortal wearing something from the collection? Ah yes, the DD+ range is modelled by a pretty girl whose bust clearly does not fill the weird-shaped cups. We can see the indents where your C-cups stop, love. So maybe I’m not sold after all.

M&S, why do you make weird-shaped bras for anyone whose bust is bigger than a D-cup? We don’t want you to change the shape, we just want you to make the cups slightly bigger!

If I can’t get something from this range to suit then I’ll just be trying to perfect Rosie’s pout and tousled hair, most likely in some George @ Asda undies – the best fit I’ve found for only £6.

 
Rosie for Autograph starts from £12.50 at M&S
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