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This week fashion blogger Emma Self of Bloomzy.co.uk shows us the five things she can’t live without from Snap Fashion. Check them out and get inspired below!

image-32“Backpacks are no longer only for school. I can’t be without one, and this Proenza Schouler number is gorgeous.” Get your own here.”

image-33“I will always love D&G! The simplicity of this top is wonderful for pairing with a variety of items. It’s also a bargain for anyone who wants to add a little designer to their wardrobe.” Buy it here.

image-34“Everyone needs a pair of dark skinny denim jeans in their wardrobe, and Levi is THE brand to go for.” Get them here.

image-35“Phillip Lim is one of my favourite designers, and these leather slip-ones sum up my obsession perfectly. A clean cut quality basic.” Get your pair here.

image-36“A leather jacket is a wardrobe staple. I love how it can be worn casually, or dressed up – and paired with pretty much everything.” Buy it here.

To see more of Emma’s London chic style, check out her blog here

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Follow her style adventures on Instagram

 

Snap Fashion has teamed up with Noble Macmillan to bring you another fantastic competition!

This week we are giving 2 of our Twitter followers the chance of winning a Petersham Bag in taupe worth an incredible £365!

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The Petersham Bag from Noble Macmillan is hand crafted in our artisan factory in Spain – an area steeped in the traditions of leather making. Made from calf leather with a soft grain, the bag will effortlessly fit comfortably under your arm, making it perfect for everyday use. The Petersham Bag contains three internal pockets, one of which is zipped for extra security and closes securely at the top with a magnetic fastening, allowing you quick access when needed whilst keeping all your belongings safe.

On trend, the two tassel keyring is fully or partially removable. The keyring clasp can be easily removed or added to the handbag to change up your look from day to night.

 

How to enter:

For your chance to win simply follow us on Twitter @snapfashion @NobleMacmillan and tell us your favourite spot in London #MyLondonHotspot

For example:

“@snapfashion @NobleMacmillan #MyLondonHotSpot is the coffee house on top of Primrose Hill”

 

Terms and Conditions:

The competition will run for two weeks starting from Monday 22nd September – Monday 6th October, 2014. One entry per person. Minimum age of 16 years. Applicant must follow both @snapfashion @NobleMacmillan. Winners will be announced via Twitter on Monday 6th October, 2014.

 

 

Noble Macmillan has a fantastic range of accessories, photo albums, frames, social books and journals. Try their personalisation service to make a unique gift.

Shop Noble Macmillan here

Or follow their fashionable journey on Twitter @NobleMacmillan

We always love trying and styling items from the different brands we work with, but when I received a couple samples from the Baukjen SS14 collection it was an especially exiting surprise. Personally I’m relatively new to the brand, but was won over incredibly quickly after I got to know their basic but flattering shapes, gorgeous colour palettes, and luxurious fabric choices. It’s near impossible to find a brand that works for most women, but Baukjen is one of those rare gems that pays close attention to the female figure, and has managed to master simple-chic. It’s a winning combination of looking smart for work, sexy for going out, and secretly appreciating how incredibly comfortable their clothes are to wear.

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So ladies, let me introduce you to the Ravenna Leather Skirt! It’s a hero piece from Baukjen’s latest collection and I’m confident it will swiftly become a hero piece in every working woman’s wardrobe. The beautiful pale pink shade is a favourite of mine – perfect for a soft feminine look on those sunny days – and it’s also made of the most gorgeous stretch leather that I’ve ever felt. It comes in black as well, so is not limited to the summery vibe if you’re just after a fail-safe pencil skirt.

Ravenna Leather Skirt

The other Baukjen item I’ve fallen in love with is the Sardinia Shirt Dress. It works well paired with skinny jeans in the winter, bare legs when it’s a little warmer, and even thrown over your bikini for a beach-club look while on holiday. Another basic item delivered well by Baukjen, with two fun and flattering shades to choose from – Iris Blue and Lemongrass – and guaranteed comfort with their signature, softly woven fabric, it’s simply a must-have item that you’ll never tire of wearing or styling differently.

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I recommend having a browse through the rest of their collection where you’ll find other simple but stunning pieces including playsuits, tailored trousers, and pretty prints. Visit the Baukjen website here.

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Baukjen Cardi And Skirt

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The ‘ASOS Black’ range has given us some amazing party looks in recent years but now there’s a hot designer on hand to give this winter’s collection and your Christmas party looks some extra edge.

Markus Lupfer has joined forces with the internet fashion behemoth to create a capsule collection of sexy leather pieces with sultry navy aspects and shots of fiery orange with cool boxy tees and flattering skater shapes. Here’s our three favourite pieces from the collection.

ASOS BLACK By Markus Lupfer leather skater dress £175
ASOS BLACK By Markus Lupfer leather peg trousers £160 and tee £100
The perfect leather skater skirt £100

Pics: ASOS

While all eyes might be focused on the Maison Martin Margiela for H&M collaboration coming soon to a store near you, there’s another super exciting mash-up in town and it’s Marios Schwab for Debenhams.

Now while the likes of H&M and Topshop whip up a fashion furore with an amazing collaboration every so often, Debenhams has been doing it season after season and has recently added Preen to its books, as well as Marios Schwab, which needless to say is a welcome move, especially with Christmas party season fast approaching.

The good news is that with prices starting at £95, the collection manages to achieve that high street/high end balance – i.e. not compromising on edgy design or quality, but purse-friendly enough for most people to treat themselves.

The collection comprises 8 dresses and typically for Marios Schwab’s designs, they are figure-hugging with embellishments and statement panels, including sexy sheer panelling, studs and leather detailing. But WAG-tastic body-con this ain’t as the dresses are slim fitting and tailored rather than spray-on. And the best bit? Marios has signed up to give us another three collections with Debenhams- which is a Snap Fashion affiliate y’all.

Black laser cut leather evening dress £135

Pics: Vogue

Hello exciting designer/high street collaboration.William Tempest has designed a lush 13 piece collection  for River Island as part of its ‘Design Forum’ that is the perfect mix of edgy sexy and cute.

Egyptian Mythology is the main inspiration but the pieces are versatile and will fit in nicely with the art deco, baroque and leather winter trends very nicely indeed. While River island has kindly released a first look teaser, the whole collection will debut in a short film at the London Fashion Week Fash/On film festival in September.

We’re excited about this one.

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The high-street is full of amazing statement bags at the moment, and we went on a bit of a mission  to find the best ones for you. Here are our top picks.

Love this beige bag from M&S. It looks so much more expensive than £35. Do what we did and team with maxi skirt and denim jacket to smarten up your look. (It's also available in black)
Made of butter soft leather and in a statement shade of orange, this bag from M&S will add a pop of colour to your outfit - a great buy for fans of Celine.
A little bit Pucci or D&G inspired, a little bit Versace with the statement metal plaque, this bag from Topshop ticks a load of trend boxes. We loved the details like the metal balls at the sides.
Just for fun, how shocked does this bag look?! 😮

The peplum has been strutting its stuff on the catwalk for a couple of seasons now so you might as well give in and give this high-street friendly trend a go as it will be big this autumn and winter too.

I was going to be a bit of a fashion geek and head to the British Museum to prove that this trend has been around forever, (well, as long as the Ancient Greeks who loved a tunic gathered in at the waist -yes, even the men) but I will spare you, other than to mention that back when Dickens was writing the peplum was a popular riding jacket. So a new fad this ain’t.

And the peplum is amazing for accentuating feminine curves and creating a defined waist…but they can be tricky little blighters. The good news is that there is a peplum for all body shapes – you just need to pick where to pep and be prepared to try on quite a few- some will look grim – this is the shop’s fault and not yours!

Jason Wu put his peplum on the hips, which can look amazing on athletic or column-shaped girls, but not so flattering on anyone with already-curvy hips or thighs! Girls with inverted-triangle shaped bodies can get away with adding extra material to their hips or picking a waited peplum that is rather dramatic. However, there are lots of structured peplum tops and dresses on the high street, where the peplum accentuates the waist, which is far more flattering on most body shapes.

One of my fav SS12 looks

We love H&M and Topshop’s super sporty neoprene tops and have found that peplums with little material streamline the shape without adding bulk to the figure – plus they tick the sports luxe SS12 trend box. The fitted peplum is generally more flattering than its flouncy next-of-kin and teamed with a pencil skirt will create an amazing hourglass shape – great if you are an Apple shape looking to define your wait (add a belt for extra effect) or a pear shape looking to balance your top half with your curvier hips…or in fact an hourglass looking to ramp up your curve-appeal!

Shell top with peplum £22 from ASOS. H&M is also good for sleek and sporty peplums

If you don’t fancy taking the peplum plunge, why not cheat a little with a skirt that flares out, like a relaxed fishtail shape? The peplum trend can add instant glamour and polish to your work wardrobe and isn’t as daunting as we first thought. Go on, give it a try?

Amazing peplum scuba pencil dress £48 from Topshop
Such a statement piece and a must-have for AW12 too. leather peplum top £59.99 from H&M