fashion chic

Hot new iPad and Kindle cases in summer hues by Capulet

Harrods now stocks Capulet’s luxurious clutches and wristlets for iPads,iPhones and Amazon Kindles. Just in time for summer, the range features some hot new hues including Sunset Red, Seashell White and Powder Blue to ensure an on-trend, fresh summer look.

The range includes the Olivia and Eve clutches. The Olivia clutch has room for an iPad, whilst the Eve clutch has room for an Amazon Kindle. Capulet handcraft all of their clutches in England using only luxurious Italian and French leathers. The fit and finish of these clutches is uncompromising in their quality and finish.

The range is available now with prices starting from £144. Customers canfind Capulet’s products at Harrods’ Knightsbridge store or online atharrods.com.

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Like Thumbs Cufflinks

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Fashion Chic: handbag trends for spring / summer

Summer is within sight. Before you know it you’ll be ditching your pea coat and leggings and going bare legged and bare armed with open toed shoes, sunglasses and sun hats. The season’s fashions look delectable and almost good enough to eat. From a pastel rainbow seen at Prada and Chanel to shimmering metallics and sequins at Armani and Alexander McQueen. But we all know that it’s the accessories that make the outfit, right? So cruising right past the jeans, dresses, jackets and blouses we take a closer look at all the new trends in handbags and purses. Here are our top picks.

Tropical clutch

Clutches are the only way to go when you have your glad rags on. Full on handbags are a little too much to deal with and detract from your outfit and generally get in the way of looking fierce. This season the best way to party is Hawaiian style; so look for emerald, turquoise, canary yellow and gold as your colour palette. One of our favourite clutches of the season is available from the wide range of designer handbags at House of Fraser. The Head Over Heels Beauty H Rouched Bag in green – pictured below – is cute and sassy, but ladylike too. Plus at £35 it’s a real bargain.

Duffle Bags

Fashion designers seem to have been inspired by the impending London Olympics and have come over all sporty on us. We just love it. The chance to mix sporty fabrics with fashion styling is a challenge we relish. The perfect bag for this trend needs to have its own sporty style and duffle bags are the way to go. However, you can never let your fashion guard down and that’s why we love the Dune D Luffle Quilted Duffle Bag, another one of House of Fraser’s designer handbags. The cream colour, luxury leather material, gold metal detailing and plaited strap give this a sport-luxe look.

Pastel Purses

Pastel shades of lilac, dusty pink, mint and lemon bring a healthy dose of ladylike charm to summer’s brasher trends. What could be more ladylike than a click-top fastening purse. Straight out of Breakfast at Tiffany’s, although in much softer shades, these feminine purses are delightful. Our favourite pick from the range of designer handbags is Ted Baker’s Kassady Purse in baby pink. The cute bobble fastening top and patent leather is in total harmony with the girly pastel trend.

Nautical Totes

Hello Sailor, nautical fashion is back. Think boat shoes, Breton stripes, chinos and white jeans. We are loving Blake Lively’s look here, and you too need to get a nautical-esque tote to work this trend. Of course navy will work best, but red or white and striped versions can also look great. Nine West has gone all out with its One Stop Large Shopper Bag, with sailboat design and blue and white stripe. We love it and think it’s the perfect addition to any nautical outfit. A red and white striped version with anchor design is also available.

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Scan my boobs for my contact info!

Using clever QR technology that allows you to create your own personal barcode, the ScanMe interactive tee turns an outfit into a walking identity card.

ScanMe.com uses personalised QR barcodes to get people in the real world instantly connected online. Your unique ScanMe barcode stores your personal contact information and links others to your social network profiles with one quick scan on a Smartphone. The range of scan-able T-shirt designs from ScanMe incorporate your personalised QR barcode to create a totally individual look, and give your own interactive, digital style.

From as little as £9.95 you can choose an exclusive T-shirt design into which your personal barcode will be artistically incorporated. There are 16 different tee designs to choose from and ScanMe has teamed up with a number of top name graphic artists to design many of the collection.

You can create your own personal QR barcode and get your modern, interactive T-shirt over at ScanMe.com or download the ScanMeBarcode app from the Apple App Store.

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Shopstyle: how to never leave your house again!

As you might guess from the name, ShopStyle is a shopping app. It’s available on the iPad and iPhone and Nikki blogged about it when it first came out. ShopStyle is one of my favourite apps, here’s why…

ShopStyle has access to a great range of different clothing (and shoes! and accessories!) brands from economical basics to designer extravaganza. Starting from A some of the brands available are: Alexander McQueen, Alexander Wang, Agent Provocateur, All Saints, American Apparel – hopefully you get the picture.

The products, diverse in the extreme in terms of price and quality, appear side by side in the app by default, which is slightly surreal. To tailor the view to suit your personality (and budget) you can filter by Brand, Store, Size, Colour, Price, Sale and custom Keywords.

The app is in the classic iPad design and features a short description, price and lovely pictures for each item. The layout, speed of search and quantity of items make this a much nicer experience than using the shops’ own websites.

To purchase an item you are taken to the shops’ own site, meaning you have to set up several accounts and can’t make cross-shop purchases in one go. However, although this is irritating, as an IT professional I understand why they have structured the site this way – they’re reusing the existing stock systems that the shops have already invested in. If ShopStyle had decided to track each store’s inventory directly, this would have taken so much effort for each shop that the app would never have got off the ground.

There is also a small bonus for iPad users, as the current system means that ShopStyle must therefore have checked that the websites work with Safari on iPad (unlike some other big brand sites!).

ShopStyle is an absolute life saver for me and means that I actually have some clothes, when I wouldn’t have time to go shopping otherwise!

If you haven’t tried it, please do give it a go. Even if you don’t buy anything, you can now window shop from the luxury of your own home/iPad/iPhone whatever your gadget of choice is!

www.shopstyle.co.uk

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