At the beginning of the month I was asked to work on F&F's #12DaysofChristmas campaign with 11 other bloggers. The idea was to create a party outfit using pieces from their Christmas collection. We also each had a dedicated day where we took over the F&F Instagram account with some of our festive pictures which you can see here.
Still struggling with Christmas gift ideas? Feeling stressed you won't be able to find anything special enough so last minute? Do not panic...
Here's a little outfit from a few weeks back that I never got round to posting. I have been struggling with getting content up lately due to starting a completely new job, which has just been taking up all my time and energy as of late, so I'm just finding my feet at the moment and hoping to settle into more of a routine come the new year and get my blogging mojo back!
Now I don't know about you; and I don't care how much of a cliché it is, but flowers really are the way to my heart. There's just something about receiving a bunch of beautiful blooms - whether that's for a Birthday, as a get well gesture or for no reason at all other than an act of kindness, flowers will always put a smile on my face and will send little waves of happiness through me every time I walk past them on my dining room table. I've just realised how incredibly cheesy that sounds; but, it really is true. Sometimes, it really is the simple things in life that can make you the happiest of all.
If there's nothing I love more in the A/W months, it's wrapping myself up in a bundle of faux fur and co-ordinating my outfit to the Autumnal surroundings. I rediscovered this cape which I had bought a few years ago and think it works just as well now as it did then - it's just one of those timeless pieces.
It may be a little early to start donning the Crimbo jumpers, but how could I say no when Matalan asked me to style up a couple from their range of jumpers for all the family for a Mum & Toddler shoot? I have been feeling decidedly Scroodge like for the past couple of weeks (totally out of character for this time of year!) so this was a welcomed task; and with it being the 1st December tomorrow, I am pleased to say I am now feeling in a much more festive state of mind. I'll even go as far as to say I think we'll make the most of all 3 of us being off work today and pop the tree up! One day before December - wild or what!?
Now that the temperature has significantly dropped, there is nothing I love more than snuggling up with a cosy chunky knit, a cuppa tea, a good book/ trash TV and a pair of warm socks once the little one is tucked up in bed. I think a lot of people go into slight hibernation mode come November; favouring a cosy night in over a night on the town any day!
I don't know about you, but as soon as Halloween and Bonfire Night is over, everyone just seems to start going crazy for Christmas. It's a whole 6 weeks away yet people - chill. Perhaps it is my laid back attitude towards all the festivities that results in a mad, panicked dash around town for presents two days before the big day...or perhaps it is simply a case of bad time management.. hmmm. Anyway, in my eyes, it is still very much Autumn and I intend to get as much use out of my collection of Autumnal mustard, plum and camel colour palette for a little bit longer, before I have to start whipping out the faux fur to fend off the icy cold air that December will undoubtedly bring.
As the title suggests - I am giving away TWO tickets for The Clothes Show on Friday 4th December! The line up is set to be great this year with familiar celebrity faces and industry insiders taking part in talks and hosting, including TV favourites Jamie Laing and Joey Essex. Caryn Franklin will return to the event leading the education programme, seminars and creative awards, while Gemma Cairney will be responsible for hosting all the performances to take place in the Fashion Theatre.
Today I'm styling up this gorgeous, sheer chiffon 'Deva' blouse in a lovely soft khaki hue. I had quite a strong love affair with pussybow blouses back in the beginning of my Uni days - as much as I adored fashion at the time, at that age, I really was just all over the place with some of my style decisions (isn't it funny how realisations such as these are only ever discovered with hindsight - it's a cliché, but it really is a wonderful thing), so with that being said, I somewhat killed the pussybow blouse a little with my fashion faux pas' and have never really looked at this style of blouse in the same way since. That was, until they became a strong contender in the Seventies trend that has just blown up across the fashion industry over the last few months, and I found myself wanting to be brave and make a tentative purchase.
Hello lovelies! It's Thursday, so we're on the home run guys - hang on in there with me! In todays post I'm styling up this beautiful knitted maxi coatigan with faux fur trim for a cosy but chic look in collaboration with Blue Vanilla. I've been a fan of this online brand for a little while now, for it's mega affordable but quality and on trend pieces, that can be easily worked into your wardrobe. As we're edging into *too cold to go out without a coat* territory, I thought a 'coatigan' would be the perfect piece to style up and offer an alternative to full on Winter coats at the moment - because, come on, it's still only October - we're going to be living in thick woollen coats for the next 6 months!
Well I think it's safe to say Summer is most definitely over now - we're lucky to be having a bout of beautiful sunshine lately, but the temperature has significantly dropped. Now I can handle a slightly chillier climate because it gives me great joy to update my wardrobe and transition into AW colour palettes and fabrics, and, like most other Fashion Bloggers, I adore layering up and experimenting with different looks. I can't be the only one that finds I get to a point where I get just a little bit bored of putting together an outfit from my Summer collection, and just so ready to start wearing all the lovely chunky knit jumpers and delving back into my much loved boot collection... anyone else?
My third and final outfit for London Fashion Week last month consisted of a bit of a sixties/ seveneties/ air hostess vibe concoction, with the focal point of the outfit being this insaaneee Suede berry trench coat - HOW amazing is it!? I had already been gifted these equally beautiful boots from Ted & Muffy a couple of months back, which I had been waiting for the weather to cool and finally be able to wear with all my Autumnal pieces. They have literally been sat in their beautiful box for weeks on end - I normally wouldn't wish the warm(ish) weather away, but I don't normally have such beauteous boots waiting to be worn! So as you can imagine, I was super excited when this coat was delivered to me, as I knew instantly it would be the perfect partner in crime to my boots, and I thought what better time to debut both pieces, than London Fashion Week. At the beginning of September I was very kindly invited up to the F&F showroom to pick a couple of pieces out for my LFW outfits, and this colour block shift dress really stood out for me and I knew then that an outfit was born!
Soooo....this post is more than a little late, but it's still very relevant so I'm going to share it with you anyway. Back in August I attended my first ever event organised by the Soton Bloggers, run by the lovely Alice and Amy which was held at Revolution Southampton situated in the popular Bedford Place area. Up until a couple of months ago I wasn't even aware there were any other bloggers around the South - naively assuming everyone else apart from little old me was London based. So I was super excited when I realised yes in fact there were other South Coast based bloggers, when I came across the Soton Bloggers on Twitter and immediately registered my interest for any up coming events.
Goooood afternoooon!! So it may be pouring down and as damp and dreary as anything in the South of England today, but my mood couldn't be any further from how the weather is feeling right now as I have some exciting news...which you can probably guess from the title of this post! Yes, I am immensely thrilled to announce I have been SHORTLISTED for a Cosmo Blog Award!! (Cue inward squeals and celebrating with cake...naturally)
I have applied a couple of times in the past on a whim, knowing that realistically, my blog probably wasn't up to scratch for making the final cut with there being such a huge array of fantastic blogs out there these days, but I always just thought you never know and I may as well try my luck. This year however, I actually thought there may just be the teeniest, tiniest possibility I *might* stand a chance, as for the past 6 months or so, I feel I have really stepped up my game with my photography, content and general design/ creative display. I'm not saying it's in any way perfect - I still have a lot I want to learn, achieve and work on, but compared to the previous years I have entered, I felt my little blog maybe, just maybe, could be considered a worthwhile entrant. So it just goes to show, never stop believing in yourself - if you can dream it, you sure as hell can do it! This may not seem like a massive thing to some, but it's something I have dreamed of for a while - obviously it would be incredible to win in my category, but just the fact that my blog has been shown some recognition in being shortlisted, already means the world to me and makes me feel like it's all worth while!
I know I am not the most frequent of bloggers with posting content; aside from the general time factor of creating content which I have previously written about why sometimes this is, I think I can be a bit of a perfectionist and where a couple of years back I would have posted 4 or 5 times a week with any old content to stay frequent, I am now much more concerned about the quality of my images, so if a post isn't quite right I just won't put anything up until it is.
So with that taken into consideration, I really hope you enjoy reading my posts and style tips and seeing my OOTD's - and if you do, I would so love it if you could help me in this next stage to possibly be crowned the winner (eeek! I literally couldn't even begin to imagine how I would be if that actually happened!!).
I have been nominated in the Best Use of Photography category, which I feel is a real honour. I actually asked people to vote for the Best for Fashion as well as this one, and of course I would have been over the moon to have been shortlisted for the Fashion category, but on a personal level, I think this category for me is even more of an achievement, because I think it is all about the creativity of the images - the setting, mise-en-scene and the styling - so to be recognised for the time and effort I love to put into those things, is just such an honour!
If you'd like to vote for me (I will love you for eternity - that should surely be enough....?) please click the below link and go to the 3rd page which is the Best For Photography category and scroll down to the second from the bottom and click the icon next to Mode Madeleine. Then click through until the last page and submit your vote by entering your name and email in the provided boxes - it could not be quicker or simpler and I would truly appreciate all your votes - I can't even tell you how amazing it would be to win!! Also thank you so much to anyone who initially voted for me to get Mode Madeleine shortlisted - you're all absolute gems!
Good luck to all the other nominees in the other categories and I'll look forward to meeting you all at the awards ceremony in November :)
Hello and Happy Friday! I promised myself that this time, post London Fashion Week, I would get all my outfits and photo diary up straight after I returned...but alas, here I am two weeks later just posting my second post of my outfit from day two. So, sorry self, to let you down, but, that's just the way it goes when you have an incredibly gorgeous but rather time consuming toddler to take care of. One of my New Year's resolutions was to get better with time management, organisation and scheduling for my blog, which started off well (like most NYR's often do) but has fizzled out somewhat throughout the year. No matter how many blogger planners I have, I still just find it incredibly hard to balance work/ motherhood/ home/ friends/ blog - and unfortunately it will always be my poor little blog that has to take the back seat when there are just too many other things to do! I love blogging and the opportunities it has awarded me with have been amazing so far, so I want to continue for the foreseeable future, but I think I just need to come up with some better ways of fitting it into my hectic life. If anyone else is a working Mama who also blogs, I'd love to hear any pearls of wisdom you may have to help form a more coherent and easy to stick to structure of blog tasks. Evem if that's just - create a weekly schedule and actually stick to it - that's fine, maybe I just need to hear that and know for sure I'm not missing out on some great, lucrative strategy for maintaining everything in equal measure! Anyway, enough of my ramblings (I'm sure you had enough of those from my previous post) and onto the outfit...
Ah Fashion Week. Like with many other bloggers, I feel I have a slight love/hate relationship with what is now deemed the bi-annual 'fashion circus'. Do not get me wrong - it is an absolute privilege to be invited to shows, to see the new trends for the season ahead first hand, and generally to be surrounded by the throng of so many other like minded creatives. But. Unless you are an actual Editor or Big Time Blogger, with a car to chauffeur you round all the shows and a team on hand to do all the social media, to pamper you and be put up in a 5* swanky hotel with everything paid for - it can be blumin' hard work! I hate to burst anyones bubble; but Fashion Week is definitely not all glitz & glamour for us mere mortals, which it is often made out to be. If I seem like a right Negative Nelly here I apologise - I don't mean to be. I do have a point I promise... and I'm about to get to it, so please bear with...
If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that last week I took part in Dorothy Perkins Style Heroes campaign for a second time (see my previous post and read the concept behind these campaigns here). For the week I was participating in, the focus was on styling the 'skinny pant' and the tote bag. I chose these monochrome gingham stretch trousers as thought they would be the perfect, more chic alternative to the legging, providing comfort with the soft stretch material, but aren't too casual to rock for work and meetings.
I am pretty partial to a good print and my two favourites to wear are definitely stripes and animal print. I thought I would do a little post on my latest outfit and include a few tips on how to rock a print clash. This dusky pink zip through skirt from Dorothy Perkins provided the ultimate base for simple, utility inspired outfits throughout the Summer. I am so pleased we're getting an extra bout of sunshine so I can continue to get optimum wear out of this little baby before packing away my Summer clothes for a long Winter ahead - does anyone else feel like it was only the other day they had to pack their Summer bits away!? Summer come back!! I really love this style of skirt, I always seem to chop and change what styles I like to wear and feel suit me best - if you'd have shown me a straight cut, loose fitting, knee length skirt a year or so ago I probably would've laughed in your face and said something along the lines of "I wouldn't be seen dead in that!!" However, I just think this relaxed, utility style is super easy to wear, is so versatile and most of all which I tend to base most of my outfits on these days - is the comfort factor. Which again, once upon a time I would have always put looking good over being comfortable, but as you grow up you realise actually, comfort really is key. I think I'm probably more inclined to think this because I'm a busy Mama, I just want simplicity now when it comes to my outfits. I do believe you can stay stylish whilst maximising comfort, which I hope, I have proved here with this outfit(?)!
I can hardly believe we are into September already - seriously, slow down 2015! This is the month my baby turns 2...so I really, really need the months to stop going so fast because soon enough, he'll be going to school *internal sob*. Anyway, let's not get ahead of ourselves just yet, or I'll be blubbing into my morning cuppa uncontrollably for the next hour! September is one of my favourite months - aside from it being little man's Birthday and a few friends' special days, it is Fashion Month: I find everything seems to happen - the most events, the best editorials in magazines, London Fashion Week, new and exciting A/W stock hitting stores etc. I find it tends to be all or nothing with press days and events throughout the Summer but September is definitely more all than nothing when it comes to anything fashion related. As well as all of those fun and games, I have found for the past few years that it is actually one of our best months weather wise on the South Coast (I cannot speak for the North), and actually think how perfect it would be a wonderful time to have a wedding - not too hot and stuffy but usually pretty dry and very pleasant. So I thought I would put together a little outfit suitable for a September wedding featuring this stunning 'Uriah' sequin T-shirt dress, for a little wedding guest style inspo if anyone has any more big days to attend during the warm(ish) weather.
Although we're heading out of Summer (eh? Is it over already, I hear you ask!), the British weather does like to keep us on our toes and I often find that September is usually one of our best months, so I tend to hold back a few of my favourite Summer staples until the end of that month, before packing them all away for A/W. One of my favourite staple pieces from this "Summer" has been the sleeveless trench or blazer. It's great for adding an extra layer on those slightly chillier days, without looking rather ridiculous to be so covered up in the Summer with a full on coat; plus, they're bang on trend and will continue to be into the colder months - just layer up with long sleeved polo necks underneath instead.
FASHION | Smart Fashion & Wearable Tech | An Introduction To Interlaced & The Rise Of Wearable Technology
A little while ago I met the lovely Whitney at a blogger event and she chatted excitedly to me about Interlaced, an innovative organisation which is 'dedicated to inspire, educate and communicate the developments around the next wave of fashion, creating a platform for curious minds.' Their desire is to generate awareness and excitement around the concept of wearble technology and ultimately, to bridge the gap between fashion houses and consumer adoption of smart apparel. In their own words:
As you may well be aware, a couple of months back Burberry announced the expansion to it's global flagship Regent Street store (London), incorporating a dedicated area for gifting and personalised gifts, as well as my favourite part - an all day café offering a quintessential selection of British classics such as omelette and chips, as well as traditional afternoon tea. This new development has taken the social media world by storm as you can imagine, with it's 'instagrammable' interior and of course the prestigious location in which it resides. I have a few trips to London coming up in the next couple of months, so I am very much hoping to pay a little visit to Thomas' at Burberry's Regent Street store to get a slice (geddit!?) of the action for myself - I am extremely partial to an afternoon tea and I have heard good things about the one on offer at Thomas'. I'll be sure to do a little post if I get the chance to go; in the meantime, you can keep up to date with what's going on with me by following my Instagram here.
Has anyone been to Thomas' at Burberry's Regent Street flagship store yet - what did you make of it? I'm desperate to go!
(Images from Burberry's press release)
If you are a regular reader of Mode Madeleine, you'll probably know I am rather partial to a little (or a lot, as the case may be!) of River Island newness! Each time the high street giant launched a new collection, I simply fall in love with the majority of it, add about 1048397307 pieces to my virtual basket (which sadly never quite makes it to the checkout) I then proceed to feel the need to tell you all about my favourite pieces. This is a regular occurrence when it comes to one of my top 5 high street chains - if you don't believe me you can see another of my previous posts gushing about my River Island new season favourites here.
It seems as we transition into the Autumn/ Winter months, the Seventies trend will remain prevalent, however with a slightly more glam feel. Denim is also going no where with denim culottes set to be the next big thing since the kick flare and bell bottoms took off last season - in fact, I have just ordered myself this very pair, which I am very excited about receiving and hoping to debut them over London Fashion Week next month. Colour palettes remain neutral with camel and tan still strong contenders in the style stakes, but with the introduction of luxurious navy, deep burgundy and oxblood, and emerald greens to inject some colour.
I am loving these suede navy pointed toe boots - over the last few months I have found myself being quite drawn to navy, and I don't tend to like mixing it with black so I'm in need of some suitable footwear to accompany my navy pieces - these beauties could well be the missing part of the puzzle. An old favourite among many bloggers is leopard print, which is set to be out in full force again, look out for lots of snake/reptile prints on footwear and handbags - it's already pretty popular especially among bloggers, but I think it's really going to take off come the colder months. Lace up tops and dresses have made an appearance this summer in the form of floaty, gypsy boho styles and have proved a big hit so bear this in mind for your A/W wardrobe update and look for jumpers and warmer tops and dresses which feature this detailing. Suede and leather are usually extremely popular during A/W, but suede especially has been huge this Summer - don't throw out those suede skirts just yet as they're sticking around for the cold - you may just have to stick a pair of tights underneath soon (how depressing is that!?) I haven't picked anything out for this edit, but the Sixties are going to be huge again this season - think cute shift and pinafore dresses, mini skirt and boxy jacket co-ords and plenty of winged eyeliner to channel that inner Bardot!
What's your favourite piece from my edit? Or if you have a different favourite from the website that isn't listed, let me know by commenting below or you can tweet me @maddiemagpie!
I have been eyeing up Chroma Stationary's bespoke notebooks for quite some time now, so was delighted when I finally received my very own little package through the door the other week. If you haven't heard of Chroma, I urge you to take a peek at their website! I have long been a stationary fiend, way back since school age; my Mum and I would always go shopping for new folders, pencil cases, pretty pens and anything else I could convince her to buy me before beginning a new school term - I think that was usually the highlight of my Summer holidays! (Ok that sounds like I had a very pathetic childhood...I didn't, at all...I just really, really love stationary!) Anyway, the obsession has continued well into Adulthood, except now I've swapped love hearts, cats & the crème de la crème of my generations stationary - the 'Friends' pencil case (yup, you know the one I'm talking about), for more chic, minimal and luxe designs. As many other Bloggers will know, it's generally a rule of thumb to have a notebook (or 5) permanently attached to us, because one never knows just when inspiration may strike, so I am always on the lookout for newbies to add to my growing collection.
Chroma's intriguing and unique concept was born after the founder, Gabi Cox, felt dissatisfied with the array of notebooks available on the market that wouldn't break the bank. Chroma's ethos revolves around colour and how different colours can trigger so many emotions and memories. Currently, there are 20 different colours of notebooks available and each colour is named after a special person in the founders life, and each of the three ranges are named after a memorable place - I think this idea is so lovely and very refreshing to see. It makes the selection process much more personal to the buyer, with the ability to have full control over the design from the colour, style of book, words, size and font of the embossing which comes in gold, silver and white.
I chose a non spiral design from the 'Nebraska perfect bound' range in 'Meredith', a sleek grey hue, and opted for one of my favourite Chanel quotes, 'every day is a fashion show and the world is your runway' to be embossed in gold italic on the front. I love the whole array of colours and will definitely be placing more orders and stocking up on Chroma products in the future, but the grey really stood out for me as chic and elegant and fits right in with my work space. I am yet to write in my beautiful book yet, as I want to keep it especially for well thought out blog ideas - most of my notebooks are full of scrawled writing I can barely read myself and lots of crossings out - I want the inside of my Chroma notebook to be as perfect as the outside!
These little beauties would make a perfect gift for someone - especially as you can have absolutely anything you want embossed onto the front, adding that all important personal touch. Oh and I forgot to mention the best part, they are so affordable at only £8.50 - that's cheaper than most Paperchase notebooks and you'll own something completely unique to you!
When it comes to dressing for work during the Summer, it can become trickier to maintain a 'put together' look and remain stylish, because let's face it, when you're stuck in a stuffy office all day most people's priority is to keep as cool, calm and collected as possible and that may not always mean dressing in the most stylish of outfits.
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