Archive | March, 2012

Confessions of a Fashionista: Labels, Tags, and Prices.

30 Mar

As you noticed from the ‘Confessions of a Fashionista’ title, I am doing a couple of posts based on the shopaholic in me and the shopaholics in the world. So along with the trend posts and other fashion posts I am doing a themed series of posts based on me being a Shopaholic and the true meaning of what it is like to be a ‘Shopaholic’. I was thinking about this while planning my short story ‘Shopaholic’ and thought about doing a post about something that Elisa – my main character in the story –  faces a lot. That being Designer Labels!

Does it really matter how much your dress or pair of skinnies cost? Does it matter what brand? Is there much of a difference between a pair of DKNY jeans and River Island jeans?

This is a topic that has been boggling minds of millions of fashion related tv shows including Gok’s Clothes Roadshow and many others. All helping us Recessionista’s achieve high-end style in high street prices.

But is there the same novelty?

We immediately feel more privileged with the better label. It is the influence of all those magazines, Victoria Beckham and elite shops. With this ever-increasing world of celeb-land we are constantly fed that their wardrobes ooze quality, style and are just simply better than our high street clobber.

I know that I instantly feel good in something more pricey, I feel as if it feels different and a couple of days after, the novelty of it still hasn’t worn off. It’s my guilty feel good splurge now and then.

Even High Street shops like Jack Wills who make their online Outlet something exclusive making us want want want even though we might not have wanted, had they been like any other Outlet. With the membership only rule we want them even more!

[Image from Jack Wills]


And Hollister, an American clothes brand, who apparently make you queue outside their store to get in!

Is it this idea of exclusiveness  making us feel privileged to own a logo or a name and not preference of style itself?

The conclusion I have come to is that we have been infected by this want of something seemingly better, and I know I have.

(Leather Chanel bag made to look like a cardboard shopping bag. Image from Trendland)



All content and images © Malia Choudhury 2012 unless otherwise noted.

The Hidden Height Booster!

23 Mar



[Image from River Island]

I was browsing River Island yesterday and I came across these High-Tops and thought and wanted to report about it straight away! This has a hidden heel, I have always thought that wedges or hidden platforms sort of did the job. I love the idea of a hidden heel. The idea of no one knowing you’re not as tall as you look is exciting. It’s like being able to lie about being tall.

I am already tall, but I can never ever be separated from my heels, and I think I want these high-tops myself – but they’d have to be pink. They’re big this season and have made it to music sensation Lana Del Rey’s feet too.

Of course, they are a bit on the boyish side, but I like a twist from my girliness now and then. Let me know what you think of these.



All content and images © Malia Choudhury 2012 unless otherwise noted.

Elle with River Island’s Spring/Summer 2012 Fashion Launch!

15 Mar

I went to River Island’s S/S 2012 Fashion launch recently and was excited by their Elle Edits. They include Club House! Peter Pan Collars! Lace Lace Lace! PASTEL! Prints; inc. Scarf Prints & Monochrome & Aztecs and much much MORE! Exciting!

I’m going to share with you what I loved about the show.

Print on Print! Print is everywhere, in form of momochrome, scarf prints and aztec prints this season. The model to the left wears print on print, carefully clashing the prints but yet they go perfectly together with the bits of purple on the printed jeans. The wedges are left to stand out, bright orange/coral is big this season and statement wedges too!

I love this blazer, this is the Club House Trend, Club House usually involves a lot of navy, stripes, black, bit of red and white, so almost a nautical look. What I love about this is that Club House is ‘British’ Prep, and it doesn’t go overboard with the high buttoned up collars, with blazers and briefcase bags which some may veer away from as it can be a very daring and masculine look to pull off. So this is easy British Prep. Photo Below of the navy and white striped and belted skater dress is very nautical and a part of the Club House trend.

As you can see there are stripes everywhere on these models, from shoes to bags to tops to trousers.

Denim on Denim

Double Denim is a key trend this season, be even more trendier with printed denim, the model below wears subtle printed denim, this is ideal for those who don’t like to go big and bold with their prints this season. There’s something for everyone.

During the show I noticed some small details. Socks with Sandals (below), who’d have thought it? Try chunky knit socks instead of the fine thin ones, but if you’re going to go for the thinner ones, I suggest lacy knee high ones.

Yes, that’s right, whites and metallics too! Including white skinnies.

This green pastel dress is so candy, very playful, it’s all about lace and pastel and Peter Pan collars all mixed in together as I mentioned in my ‘Spring Favourites’ blog post.

It’s the Millie Miami Trend and it’s big the coming season for both day and night. I love how this dress is puffed up and pleated. It almost reminds me a of a pencil skirt, absolutely love the structure. The unique neck design perfect for showing off shoulders without wearing a boob tube dress.

It’s very feminine and Parisian, louis Vuitton are all over this!

Another Millie Miami, very pastelly, if you won’t dare to bare, wear with pastel cream patchwork jeggings [post on this up soon]. This is a cute peter pan collar with pearl and diamante embellishment. You can wear all Millie Miami will pearly jewellery to add to the pastelly effect, or even gold jewellery.

And the hyper feminine look is not only for girls, ooh no.

Baby Satchel?

14 Mar

This is the cutest thing I have ever seen, I’ve not even seen anything from a cute little kitten or a baby as cute as this purse. This is River Island’s best ever little accessory. I love most of River Island’s beautiful little pieces, but this has got to top them all off. I fell in love with this cute little beauty as soon as I saw it.

It makes me feel like I’m a giant picking up a cute little bag as it feels exactly the same as a real satchel bag, except a very very smaller version as you can see from the pictures, look at the size of it against my hand.

I love the fact that it has the key ring and the brown strap so that I can slide the purse through my wrist.

So I’ve ditched my normal purse (which was not sensible as this one does not have card slots or any other compartment on the inside) and it sits inside my normal sized Satchel, which I now call, mummy satchel. It’s got to be the most unique thing ever invented, it’s one of those things where when you go out with it people would notice and comment due to it’s uniqueness. I have never seen anything like this.

I love the navy stripes, very sailor like, which the rich brown and cream, not to forget the RI signature.

Satchel Purse River Island £10

Splash of Colour!

11 Mar

I’m so excited about comfy, colourful, very soft cotton jeans and trousers for the coming season that I just want to buy every single colour at River Island. I know I so should not do this, it’s hurting my credit card really badly. Especially since my new years resolution was not to shop crazy and to also save money.

I’ve never been this excited about trousers, but the coming season gives skinnies the credit they deserve. Everything was about pretty dresses over some boring black or grey leggings. These skinnies are just as comfy and super soft with amazing quality that you can just feel oozing from them all, every single one of them. I always found myself sticking to leggings, tights or jeggings a lot as both my ‘go-to’ clothes and also because of comfort. Soooo, I cannot wait to stand out, everything’s candy-like and they remind me of literal pastels as in chalk pastels.They will help you out on the colour-blocking trend that’s been through Autumn 2011 to right now. They remind me of being a child again and wanting pink trousers or anything pink, it makes me feel young again, and allows me to express the inner-child in me.

[Light-Washed Skinnies and Patch-Work Jeggings to come soon – note, these two are older ones but you can still see them as inspiration]

Pastel Pink Super Skinnies River Island £40, Pastel Blue Super Skinnies River Island £40, Pastel Purple Super Skinnies River Island £30, Toffee/Camel/Tan Super Skinnies Miss Selfridge £38 [Miss Selfridge now have £10 off all coloured denim] Floral Ripped Light-Washed Skinnies New Look £26, Patchwork Jeggings River Island £25

Spring Favourites: Peter Pan, Lace, Pastel Orange

10 Mar

Thiis an all three trends in one vibrant vest from Cameo Rose, New Look. I love the lace detailing on this as well as the colour, they both stand out. The Peter Pan collar is not stuck on, but flaps, as you can see in the second picture and is buttoned up with a cream button from behind. I love the simplicity of this, making you look like you have made such an effort when it is the lace that is doing all the work for you. All you need is pearly studs/earrings, and skinnies. I have teamed this up with Patchwork Leggingss from River Island. To read my post on the seasons trousers click here.


Go Monochrome with Peter Pan!

Yes, another one of this seasons hottest looks is the black and white contrast, even brown and white. This is another beautiful vest, it has a soft velvet touch flower lace detailing and as you may already know, all florals including simple florals, ditsy print florals and floral grunge are big this season. I love that it is see-through, it allows you to decide how the vest would look yourself by changing up what you wear underneath with it. Ideal for nights out, you could team this up with leather look skinnies or wet look Jeggings; it would look great because of the satin feel collar, and would scream Alexa Chung with Lana del Rey.


[Image from]

Alexa Chung, mixing black and white in a very stylishly formal way, adding a masculine tint to her outfit. 




Lana del Rey clashes black and white similarly, but contrasting even more with a pastel yellow bag giving attention towards her whole outfit.

Peter Pan Collar Coral Lace Vest New Look £19.99, Peter Pan Collar Black and White Lace Vest Internacionale £9.99





[Image from New Look Daily]


10 Mar

Hello everyone, welcome to my blog and my very first post.

I first started out blogging in February 2012 on Blogger/ because I have been wanting to start blogging about my fashion thoughts for a very long time and I finally got down to it as a New Years Resolution. I started off blogging on Blogger until I moved to WordPress where you have found me now!

I just wanted to use my very first ever post to welcome you to my blog page.

Thanks for visiting,

MC x

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