Ecote Lily Lace Maxi

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Working at a fashion company means that the garms you choose to wear on the night are equally as memorable post-party as which moves you choose to bust out on the dancefloor, or whether or not you were responsible for pretending to spank the M.D after one to many Tequila's ( the latter is not me, although the culprit will be remembered until next years party ... ).
I opted for black *shock*,  and dark lipstick *double shocker*.
I saw this UO dress hanging beautifully on a mannequin in the shop & knew I needed to drown myself in it. Not brave enough to go 'ass-out' like the stunning model on the website, I decided to go with short leggings and a caged bralet to hide my modesty and then layer on some silver, including my trusty Anna Lou of London Monogram disk necklace that I have learnt, goes with everything. Although this sheer dress would look equally as hot over a black maxi dress or leather trousers - it is surprisingly versatile due to its layering ability. Christmas Party aced ( without any drunken shame ). Thanks Urban Outfitters. 


Penhaligons Candles

The only good thing about the UK getting plunged into darkness at 3pm is that I can light my million candles and get my twinkle lights flashing. It also makes lounging around the house all day a more pleasant experience. This little baby is perfect, black, simplistic and with a deep almost spicy sent. It makes the room smell incredible. It contains hot spices, Green Eucalyptus, Turkish rose and Jasmine so I have been lighting this instead of burning incense. Which means my living room no longer looks like I am attempting to perform wizardry.

I also got these mega matches - is it so wrong to get so excited about these ? Probably, but they are so damn fancy I feel like my anonymous collection of trashy looking lighters needs to be cast aside. I am a professional candle lighter now guys !


Q&A with SaraLuxe

So here it is finally - me actually having a free moment to answer some wonderings that you guys have about me. As a fashion Stylist for Missguided with hair the colour of cloudy lemonade I figured most of them would be about hair & fashion and damn I was right.

I was also thinking of doing some fashion styling series on here - maybe some Ways to Wear videos, some hints and tips on Styling and some trend videos/posts - let me know , and maybe this could be a project for 2015 ! I am not much of a talker on camera, but I style all day every day so it seems natural to see if this can help or enterain anyone - a raise of hands in the comments box please !

Q - WillowTea & Shradha- What Inspires You/ Where do you find inspiration ?

A cliche'd answer, but from so many random places. The street, Pinterest, Instagram, other Blogs and a large chunk of it is from the past. From cool birds such as Debbie Harry, Alison Mosshart and Patti Smith to the men with serious threads - David Bowie, young John Lennon, and even Johnny Depp. Some men have a way of dressing that is so pleasing. I love the Skinheads, Dandies and Teds. Aaron Taylor-Johnson in Nowhere Boy is a definite goal of mine. My current love of peacoats, rolled up denim and Dr martens is fuelled by nothing else but this film and that decade. My current want is for a perfect Harrington Jacket. Other days I may feel inspired by my other favourite film - Almost Famous. I think decades and sub-cultures are the most crazy inspiring thing. They mesmerise me.

Q - Millie Simon -  What lipstick do you wear & where from ? Also where is your top from in this photo

In this photo I am wearing Diva from Mac. My other favourites include the MUA matte lipsticks in Lilac Belle & Wild Berry - for
£1 they are banging. If I fancy being a little red, I opt for Suedeberry from Limecrime, because that bugger does not budge, or any of the Kate Moss for Rimmel red shades. Then finally for Orange I slick on some Heartbeat - Topshop Lip Bullet.

Q - Emma Reay - Who is your biggest celebrity style inspiraton ?

Many are the same as the first question. It is mixture of so many different styles - I like to mix to keep it fresh. 
No one rocks sequins and undone tshirts like the young Debbie Harry. Current crushes I guess are Kate Lanphear, Alex Turner ( as he is now, not past - probably because he is dressed like an extra from Nowhere Boy ) , Kate Moss - because she has undone down, Ashley Glorioso, Erin Wasson, Freja Beha Erichsen - she makes a plain tee a whole new species and Caroline de Maigret - she hides her style secrets in her fringe. 

Q - Henna - What is your favourite & least favourite thing about blogging ?

Favourite - the people. Hands down. I have met some of the coolest, kindest people through blogging & some are my closest friends. Considering peoples pre-conception about those who work in fashion, I am very un-materialistic. I would take a day of adventures with a new mate over a 'free pair of shoes' anyday. 
Least Favourite - For me, it my unhability to feel like I can grow and commit to blogging. It moves so quickly, blogs evolve and new ones come on the scene. I don't have the time to put into this every day or even every week and because of this, I know this isn't as strong as it can be - which can make you feel shitty. My Styling work is my focus and my future, but that doesn't mean I like the fact that I haven't been able to grow my little space and nurture it how I would like to. This is why I am thinking of bringing more styling to SaraLuxe - see if I can merge the passions a little more and hopefully water this little baby of mine. 

Q - Niamh - What did you study at uni?

Fashion Buying for Retail. I thought I wanted to be a buyer... and then they made me do a module that included lots of numbers and formulea and I didn't get to create and buy cool things. 
It pretty much wasn't what I thought, but nothing is when you are 17 and have to make a life changing decision. Such as my cobalt blue Miss Sixty Jacket or the mullet I seemed to have cut just before my first day which ment I had to spend the entire 3 years with a student card that appeared to have a photo of a small boy on it. 

Q - Janneke -  What hair dye do you use & how do you maintain it ?

I go to a hairdresser who bleaches the roots and applies a toner that makes my hair as ashy white, verving on blue/lilac as possible. I like to only wash my hair once a week as it does not get greasy that often and the less I wash it, the less I seem to need to / I am lazy. 
I begin by washing it with a Non Sulphate Shampoo such as L'Oreal EveryPure, then I keep it in check with my trusty Lee Stafford Blue Shampoo ( I swear by this and have done for years ), then I finish it off with Aussie 3 Minute Reconstructor .
I don't own a hairdryer as I never heat dry my hair and then I only use the straighteners on my fringe if it decides to hate on me that day. Otherwise I wear it natural and wavy - adding some Moroccan Oil through the ends & then some Sea Salt Spray if it starts to look a little flat.

Did this help anyone ? 
If you still have a random question - just write it below - and next time I have a sit down and a brew, I will talk to you too.


Native Rose via Urban Outfitters

:: Trainers - Converse ::

Had my eye on this little bugger for some time before I finally got my mitts on it. Oversized , with slash neck detailing and dripping in black petrol sequins. It is almost too perfect. This is enough disco for me however, so pairing it with converse is the only way for me to wear it without feeling like I am in drag. 
Did anyone else get some mega bargains in the whole Black Friday/Cyber Money craziness ? I cleared out my local Urban Outfitters and then returned home to shop the rest online - that is several pressies sorted and a few cheeky bits for yours truly. The season is about giving and receiving. 
It is only mid-week and yet I am painfully exhausted - where is Christmas with its second and third helpings without judgement and the free pass to nap at random times throughout the day ? The run up to the festivities is insanely busy with photoshoots for me - it is somewhat mind slaying to be shooting Summer clothes when I am wearing leggings underneath my jeans to keep the chill off . But hey , ho we bash on.


Agent Provocateur

Nothing hits the spot quite like a new pair of grundies. Ship shape & shiny and still with all it's original elasticity. This is officially a bounce-free zone. Now onto the luxury level - Agent Provocateur puts other lingerie brands in the shadows. Known for its risky image, wicked designs and sexy details- if it wasn't so freakin cold this would be my seasonal wardrobe. Making the traditional ootd the day a much racier and all together more exciting image.
The silky material is incredible against the skin, this metal detail makes this a little more rough and ready, or like boob-jail, or peep-holes.. and the sizing is perfect.
If your a boy, buy this for your girl. If your a girl, buy this for yourself, or a girlfriend. Lets spread unseen sexy.


Fifth Label & Thigh Highs

:: White Shirt - Primark ::
:: Baker Boy Hat & Coat - H&M ::

Is the tailoring and neat shapes getting repetitive yet ? I hope not because I am rolling with it. Lets just appreciate this dress - in the thickest most beautiful quilted fabric and with just the right amount of kick in the hem , it is the perfect accomplice for my leather thigh highs. Dream.

China Blue Shoes

These shoes & this coat though. Seriously. Having a real masculine crush at the moment. This mesh dress underneath is as feminine as I can go. Then a bit of fluff was added to really cause some confusion.


Monogram Discs

:: High Split Maxi Top - H&M ::
:: Leather Trousers - Missguided ::

Layers of black that get stolen by the wind & pull you along the street in a confusing whirl of fabrics. Continuing to wear this necklace every day. Less mushy than most love tokens, the simple initials within never-ending circles are perfect for a simple message to the world. Plus it literally goes with every outfit.


Metallic Heels

 :: Oversized Coat - H&M ::
:: Longline White Shirt - Primark ::
:: Cross Necklace - Vintage ::

Feeling drawn to the crispness of a white shirt and the masculine feel of this coat lately. It is power dressing but paired with the usual un-kept mane and rolled up denim it feels just on the right side of casual. The fact that this coat was only £24.99 will continue to baffle and amaze me. I feel like I need a battered old briefcase or a feathered fedora to really get the full throwback Wall Street feel.
The unexpected flash of metallic on these boots only adds to the power theme. A strong finish to a classic boot. What is ever more unexpected is the fact that these are from John Lewis & part of their new Collection for AW14.