House of Fraser Fashion Getaways Blogger Challenge

Tomorrow is the last day to enter the House of Fraser Fashion Getaways Blogger Challenge, which is a brilliant little competition that has been running for the past five weeks. The idea is to style an outfit, beauty look or room inspired by one of the great fashion capitals: London, Paris, New York, Tokyo or Milan and then ask your readers to guess which one you have chosen! There was no doubt about it I was going to go with an outfit; as much as I love cosmetics and interiors, my heart will always predominantly lie with clothes and accessories! As for my city of choice...that was a toughie between two, however, I wanted to give myself a little personal challenge and step out of my comfort zone slightly, so I chose a city which I am dying to visit...but was not the obvious choice for me... 

My first port of call for my city of choice was Ted Baker, as I have been lusting after their whole A/W collection since attending the catwalk show back in July, (see my post on the event here) especially all the decadent jewel tones of the blazers. I decided on this emerald jacket as anyone who has seen my outfit posts knows I'm a sucker for any shade of green! I also thought it would add a funky pop of colour to the monochrome ensemble of the polka dot trousers and slogan Tee. I chose this T-shirt from Mango, as I thought it added a chic, urban edge to the outfit which would fit in with my city of choice, as well as creating a strong, graphic pattern clash- which would really stand out in the crowded streets of.... (anyone guessed where yet..?)

I absolutely love these cute polka dot trousers from Dickins and Jones! Patterned tapered/ cigarette trousers are one of my favourite wardrobe staples for any season, and something I can't wait to be able to wear again once I am post baby bump as of a couple of weeks! This trouser style is just such a chic and stylish item that can be combined with most styles of tops and jackets, to create maximum versatility. For my chosen city, this outfit undoubtedly needed a pair of sassy stilettos; and I found the perfect ones from Dune. Adding a little extra pattern clash, I thought these black and white striped beauties worked amazingly with the whole 'urban/chic/fashionista' vibe. I also love the fact they have a red heel and the subtle red piping around the edges - this of course meant a striking red bag to finish off the ensemble...and to satisfy my colour co-ordination addiction necessity. There is a huge range of delicious handbags on the HOF website, which made it extremely difficult to decide on which one would finish off my outfit, but after much deliberation I settled on this beauteous DKNY, crocodile finish leather tote bag; absolutely perfect for slinging over your arm after a long day in a skyscraper office block, to head out for after work Cosmos with the girls! 

Now I am extremely fond of excessive jewels when dressing, but the city I have chosen is much more refined so I didn't want to overdo it on the accessories front. Instead I have only opted for this stunning Dyrberg Kern jewelled, layered chain necklace as a simple statement piece, and this sleek gold Marc by Marc Jacobs watch - an essential item in this busy and thriving city! I've never been one for full on monochrome, so I think the little touches of the green and red mixed in really compliment the main pieces, keeping it chic and city savvy with a tiny touch of quirk.

Finally, for me it wouldn't be a complete outfit without a spritz of my favourite perfume and a slick of lipstick. I have opted for a brand which is quite iconic in my city of choice, to add a little heritage to my creation. I adore the scent of Tom Ford's Black Orchid; sensual and intoxicating - quintessential for the city that never sleeps. I've also gone for Tom Ford again for choosing a luxurious lipstick, opting for 'True Coral' - not wanting to chose the obvious scarlet lip for this outfit, it will add a subtler touch but still look just as glamorous and tie in with the other red accents.

So, any ideas of where I have catered my styled outfit towards? Let me know by commenting below!

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My Pregnancy Style: I do Like to be Beside the Seaside...

The other week my family and I took a trip down to Sandbanks to enjoy the last of this Summers sunshine. The day was spent relaxing on deck chairs, watching the world go by and enjoying ice cream and good chip shop chips!

What I'm Wearing: Floral trousers: River Island, neon dip hem chiffon shirt: New Look, neon necklace: Next, sandals: Primark, rings: Vintage, Topshop and Primark.



M&S Summer Dress Styling Blogger Competition

For the past month Marks and Spencer have been running an exciting Blogger competition to choose a dress from their Summer collection, and create a moodboard of how you would style it for your dream holiday destination. I have chosen Mexico as mine, as I have always had visions of myself soaking up the sun on a white sandy beach, tequila sunrise in hand, surrounded by the beautiful scenery of Cancun. Once I spotted this Per Una pleated maxi dress on the website, I just knew Mexico was the right choice and this dress would look perfect in such a beautiful and colourful setting. I adore wearing maxis on holiday, and the striking abstract print creates the perfect balance of glamour and tropical, laid back vibes. The dress is also a bargain at £33 in their sale at the moment, reduced from £45.

I have chosen to style my chosen dress for an evening on the island, perhaps for dinner watching the sun set. With this in mind, I would wear this cute but simple bolero as a little cover up in case of chilly sea breezes. Boleros and shrug cardis are great investments for popping on over pretty dresses, as they give a little extra coverage without covering up too much of the design of the dress. 

This elegant teal clutch bag from the M&S Collection range, was the perfect addition to the outfit, adding a simple touch of class with the subtle pleated design. Next, I chose these timeless metallic leather cut out T-bar sandals, as I always like to have a bit of a heel in the evenings, but you can never predict what the ground is going to be like when you go to exotic places, so I thought these were a rather sensible sandal of choice, while still adding a touch of glam. Finally, it wouldn't be an outfit at all without a few little shiny pieces; let alone one for an exotic getaway. So, I have opted for this delicate 'frilly' bracelet and these gold plated tigers eye drop earrings to tie in with the warmer tones of the dress.

As an expectant Mum, I am well aware that long gone will be the luxury of whiling away a whole afternoon browsing numerous shops, therefore I find M&S a brilliant 'one stop shop' to get everything you need for an outfit all under one roof! Head to their website to check out their latest Womenswear collections here.

Where would your dream holiday destination be?


My Pregnancy Style: Height of Summer at 32 Weeks

This outfit is from a few weeks ago when I was 32 weeks pregnant (I feel like I have doubled in size since then!), but what with getting everything sorted with the new flat and getting last minute bits and bobs for the baby, I've only just got around to editing a stack of *almost* forgotten photos! The weather has since become quite a bit cooler, but this was an outfit I put together when we were living in the 30 degree heat and even maxi dresses were too much for me to handle! 

I found this stretchy mini skirt I had got in the H&M sale last Summer, (for ONE POUND!) which provided me with great comfort while keeping me cool! This was a favourite wardrobe staple of mine for a good few days, and I wished I had more in other colours at the time! Since I have not really had to buy any Maternity clothes, skirts and dresses are pretty much all I've been living in whilst pregnant and during the extreme heat; I usually love cute little shorts in the Summer, but when I naively tried to pull on some old favourites, they of course no longer fitted me, and with not long left of the pregnancy I haven't wanted to spend money on Maternity shorts when skirts like this one do just as good a job; I'd rather wait till I am post baby bump and spend that money on a few new goodies after littleun has arrived :)

Never one for plain dressing, despite the extreme heat I of course had to accessorise with a few signature jewels, and a pretty little lacy waistcoat that has spent most of it's life in the holiday/ festival suitcase on top of my wardrobe  up till now!

What I'm Wearing: Cream lace waistcoat & lime bodycon mini skirt: Both H&M, sequin sandals: Miss Selfridge. lime leather shoulder bag: Zara, necklace: New Look, rings & bracelets: Vintage.

What's been your can't-live-without-it Summer staple?


New Banner & Feature on Illustrator Victoria Boxell

I am extremely excited to present my new Blog banner, which a friend of mine has been working on for me. I had been looking to update the banner style for some time, and had quite a strong vision of how I wanted it to look, it was just finding somebody with that similar sense of style. I came across Victoria's instagram page and instantly loved her feminine, slightly surreal and quirky illustrations and knew she was the person to turn my creative thought process into something real!

I wanted to feature a few of Victoria's favourite pieces to say thank you for working so hard on my design. Her work is predominantly fashion related, but she states she enjoys drawing almost anything as well. I worked with Victoria when we were both at Topshop, but before that she completed her degree in Fashion Promotion at Southampton Solent University, focusing her projects around illustration as much as possible. She has always loved drawing, ever since her school days and did an Art foundation course in Reading, with the intention of following it up by doing her degree in Fine Art. However, it was by doing this course that she came to realise that her interests focused on fashion, which lead to the decision to go via that route, combining her passion for illustration as well. 
Victoria is now dipping her toes in the water of creating her own business from her talents, firstly focusing on creating a range of merchandise mainly consisting of stationary featuring her drawings, but would like to expand into other items such as print, greetings cards, phone cases and mugs. She tells me she never would have thought she would be trying to make a career out of this, and that it is all a very new and exciting prospect for her; I have no doubt that she will make a very successful business out of her designs!
All of Victoria's illustrations are hand drawn and then edited on Photoshop. She is also in the midst of creating a range of products to sell at the Southampton Festival on the 21st September; so go and check out her stall if in the area! A massive thank you once again to the uber talented Miss Boxell! You can check out some more of Victoria's work over on her Facebook page here, and by following her on Instagram @victoriaillustrates. 

What do you think of the new design?


Magpie Mix: Les Jolie Choses - Home & Garden

As part of a few up coming changes which are soon to take place here on the blog, I am introducing 'Magpie Mix' as a weekly feature to Mode Madeleine. The posts will generally be mini features on anything that has caught my eye and inspired me, whether it be a quirky boutique, new clothing collection, jewellery, interiors, film, music, art or an event I have attended...the aim is to inspire others with something that has caught my Magpie eye!
I am kicking off the feature with a post dedicated to a quirky little independent home and garden boutique called Les Jolies Choses, located just down the road from my Mother's house in Basingstoke, which is just full to the brim of shabby chic glorious-ness! These images were actually taken last year on my Birthday, and I realised when clearing out and tidying up my photo albums recently, that shamefully I had never actually gotten around to posting them at the time! Since the photos are too pretty to be kept stored on my laptop forever, and I feel the need to share the shop's existence with my readers. Also, since my partner and I have recently been handed the keys to our new flat and I am in the exciting process of gathering personal bits and pieces and purchasing new household goodies, I felt it made the perfect first Magpie Mix post.


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