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How I got to the other side…

Finding out you have cancer is a shock, not just for you but for your family and friends.  We all know someone who has suffered from the disease or has been effected by it.

When I was told I had breast cancer I was numb, I didn’t cry, but I saw the people around me upset.  I think I was in a state of shock and with months of treatment ahead I knew I had to stay strong.  I surrounded myself with the people I loved.  They were my rocks and friends from far and away came to visit me, I was overwhelmed to have such caring people in my life.  Their love and care kept me going.  Everyone thought I was strong but I cannot tell you how much I thought I needed to get on with things, not only for me but for everyone around me too so we could all get back to normality.

Treatment, going to the sterile hospital every day and abrasive treatments effected me more than I thought.  I was always a happy person who loved life, travelling and spending time with the people I loved.  It sounds cliché but I never really appreciated how much my family and friends meant to me until cancer affected me.  All throughout the treatment I kept exercising, whether it was yoga, barre or going for long walks. I have always exercised but I now realise how vital it is not only for your body but your mind too.

I wanted to write this blog as I come across families effected by cancer all the time in my everyday life.  At the end of my treatment I broke, felt anxious, weepy and not myself at all.  I found it difficult balancing my work and I couldn’t sit and engage in conversations with my family or friends.  I was always so sociable before.

I also want to tell you about another rock in my life, Maggie’s and Karen Verrill in particular who helped me when I felt this way.  You may wonder why this has taken me a while to write but I now feel I can write this and within the last few weeks I have reccomended Maggie’s and encouraged people who are suffering or trying to stay strong for others to go for support.  All I ask is that you please share this and if you know people who have been effected please share this with them and encourage them to visit Maggie’s.

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Karen Verrill at Maggie’s Newcastle

I couldn’t have got through what I did with the help of Karen, a breast cancer nurse turned head of Maggie’s Newcastle centre.  Karen works above and beyond to support people who have cancer and their families.  Karen said I would never be the same person I was and she was right, I am now a better and more stronger person than I once was.  I feel lucky enough to have met Karen and to have stayed friends with her and to continue having her in my life.  She is worthy of much more recognition than she gets.

‘Maggie Keswick Jencks lived with advanced cancer for two years.  During this time she used her knowledge and experience to create a blueprint for a new type of care.  Maggie’s centres are built around her belief that people should not lose the joy of living in the fear of dying.’  Maggies Centres

I denied going to Maggies (a centre for people and their loved ones affected by cancer) as I thought I should just get on with things even though I didn’t feel like ‘me.’  I eventually went to see the cancer support specialist and had ten sessions with her.  My body may have been cured in a few months but my mind took even longer.   An escape from the sterile hospital environment, Maggie’s is so warm and a place you can go for support, escape from the hospital or a cup of tea and a friendly chat.

Maggies provide free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer and their family and friends.

To find your nearest Maggies centre please click here…

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Matcha Ready

Regular exercise and eating clean has always been important to me.  Not only to feel good in myself but to look after my health.  Its important to fuel your body and to recover properly and protein helps this process.

I avoid protein powder as  I believe in eating healthy and raw where possible and due to my recent illness I eat as organically as possible,  I believe you can obtain enough protein in your diet from natural protein through nuts, fish and eggs.

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I start my morning with eggs and snack on protein balls during the day and after training.  They are easy to make, all you need is the following:

  • nutribullet
  • Organic almonds
  • organic desiccated coconut
  • almond butter
  • coconut oil
  • medjool dates
  • matcha powder

Almonds include healthy fats and are a natural protein, great for your nails and hair.  Health benefits of almonds include lower blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels.  They can also help reduce hunger and weight loss.

Medjool dates are an excellence to source of energy and are packed with vitamins and minerals.  They are the healthiest natural sweetener and energy booster you can find.

I add matcha, for benefits of matcha please see my previous blog.

Process 6-7 medjool dates and a teaspoon of coconut oil in the nutribullet.

When mixed to a paste, fill half of the bullet with desiccated coconut, half full of ground almonds, add a spoonful of almond butter and a teaspoon of matcha powder.  Blend in the nutribullet bullet then mould the mixture into snack balls.

They will keep for a few days and can be kept in the fridge.

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Not a matcha fan, then replace the the matcha powder with cacao powder and roll the balls at the end in chopped hazelnuts.  These protein balls will taste like macaroons and cacao powder has the following benefits:

  • 40 times more antioxidants then blueberries
  • Highest plant based source of iron
  • Full of magnesium for a healthy heRt and brain
  • More calcium than cow’s milk
  • A natural mood elevator and anti-depressant

enjoy!

Hola Hola

Summer might not have hit our weather forecast yet but it’s here to stay for a while at Havetolove!  Holidays are fast approaching and we want our wardrobe to be summer ready!  I have just recently flown in from Mykonos, my new fave place, so I thought I would share my Havetolove fashion holiday looks with you. 

TREND- All the stripe moves

Where to wear – On a yacht off the South of France or site seeing in Montenegro

Kendall Jenner oozed class as she was spotted on a yacht in Cannes, wearing a short striped top with white trousers and Audrey Hepburn style sunnies. Stripes are a trend which will never fade and an all time classic.

Fendi paired horizontal with vertical nautical stripes and Ellie Saab turned nouveau technicolour dream with multicoloured striped maxi dresses

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Top picks at Havetolove…

Lauren pinstripe corest shirt £38

 

TREND- Boho on the beach

Where to wear: St Tropez and St Barts

We all loved the fur pom pom beanies in winter and what better way to bring them into Summer and wear them on our clothes!  Moschino is a rainbow of colour this season with pom poms on everything.  The quirkier the better and bring them to the beach…

Top pom pom picks…

Lexy pinstripe shirt with Pom Pom shirt NOW £29

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Bella pom pom denim shorts £28

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Perrie dress £48

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TREND- Gingham style

 

Where to wear- Paris, Cannes, Dubrovnik

 

More mature and less preppy, Gingham is now more fashionable thanks to J W Anderson, Rosie Assoulin and Altuzarra.  Wear Gingham dresses with heavy boots for an updated grunge look.  House of Holland teamed fishnets under layers of gingham and Peter Pilotto rebelled Wizard of Oz gingham with grafitti and badges.

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Top Gingham picks…



Gabby Gingham off the shoulder dress £33

 

For more style info read my style column here at Ladida magazine

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Beach ready?

With my sister living in Dubai I am often in the sun and recently the Walton’s all met up half way in Mykonos (my new fave place). Cool without the pretentious part, the views and food are breathtaking. My fave spot was the bar at Buddha Bar beach. 

Beach ready?  Thought about what you will be packing?  Here are some of my favourite holiday pieces to take you from day to night.

A big fan of Boho, my fave holiday trend has got to be pom poms! Fashionistas including fashion blogger Chiarra Ferragni have been shaking their pom poms.

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Wear these pom pom shorts £36 with a bikini on the beach and an oversized shirt and wellies at a festival.  My other fave pom pom find is the Minnie dress , the perfect beach cover up.

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Shake your pom poms down to the beach this summer with this beach bag at http://www.net-a-porter.com

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Nautical stripes are a huge trend this summer so wear your partner’s pin stripe shirt over a bikini on the beach or try this blue and white stripe off the shoulder dress which you can wear with white jeans at night!

 

At night choose a cool white maxi dress .  Wear with a pair of flats and accessorise with gold jewellery.  You will find the best accessories at holiday markets, treat yourself without breaking the bank and leave some money for beach cocktails!

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I travelled, went to the beach and wore my valentino style espradrilles  day and night.

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Where to stay- Myconian Utopia

Eat- Interni Restaurant and Uno Con Carne

Best beaches- Buddha Bar Beach, Namos and Elia Beach

House Of Havetolove

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Launched for Spring/summer 2017 and Exclusive to online, House Of Havetolove brings you a capsule collection of dresses that will take you from day to night, floaty tops and classic skinny jeans perfect for a weekend away, a holiday or everyday ready to wear.  Shop the collection here from £29.99

Street Style Watch

Street Style is used as inspiration to forecast fashion trends and there is no better way to see what we will be wearing for the season ahead.  Take a look at the street style trends from the Fash Pack at New York and London Fashion Week and how to style the newest must-have trends…The Slogan Tee…

From Christian Dior’s ‘We should all be feminists’ tee to Sacai’s ‘Fashion is a Passion.’ the slogan tee is all the rage again.  My fave has got to be from the king of the Slogan tee, Henry Holland…’Suck on my toe Phoebe Philo’ and ‘I would get on all fours for Michael Kors…’

Style tip: Tuck it in!


Sheer Luxe

Think Mossy the bossy (Kate Moss) inspired 90’s look in a transparent slip, with only knickers underneath.  From Tuille to sheer fabrics and Perspex trousers, from Erdem to Dolce & Gabbana it’s all about layering.

Style tip: Don’t leave your bra at home, it’s only a good look on the catwalk!

Pink to make the boys wink

From blush to fuschia, all shades of pink dominated every fashion week.  Chanel Couture produced pretty prom style pink dresses and Balenciaga paired their pinks with purple spandex tights!

Style tip: Sugar coat your drobe and don’t be afraid to mix and match different shades of pink.

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Moving on from sports luxe to Athlesuire, sportswear was particularly prominent at Milan Fashion Week.  Versace teamed Jane Fonda like one suits with matching annoraks, Gucci teamed retro running leggings underneath tuille and floaty dresses.  Street style saw fashionistas teaming hoodies with brocade suits.

Style tip: invest in sporty silhouettes in feminine fabrics such a lace bomber jacket

Get shirty

Whether it is deconstructed or has oversized fluted sleeves, the shirt is the must-have item this season.  The more ruffles the better, like this Victoriana one.  Jacquememus sculpted tiered sleeves on their shirts and Dolce & Gabanna added OTT ruffles.

Style tip: Invest in a pin stripe navy or plain white shirt this season.


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BAFTA outfits showcase the top SS17 trends

Wondering what trends you will be wearing this season?  Here’s a round up of the latest trends as seen at the Bafta Awards tonight red carpet tonight.  Spring/Summer 2017 is all about punked up pretty, 80’s disco glamour, ruffles and floral embroidery.

Pretty Powerful

From romantic ruffles to boho pretty, Actress Emily Blunt and Catherine Middleton perfected this feminine trend dressed in dressed in Alexander McQueen.



Eighties Disco Baller

From power shoulders, to Joan Collin’s style tops to draped metallic fabrics, the eighties inspired trend is going no where this season.  Penelope Cruz looked divine in a chain mail metallic draped dress and Sophie Turner looked every inch a sex siren in a thigh high split metallic dress.



The Babydoll

The babydoll dominated Marc Jacobs and Chloe SS17, think a futuristic Alice In Wonderland.  The more OTT the better and to update your babydoll look, be sure to add your heaviest leather black boots for a punked up pretty look.  Actress Anna Taylor Joy was in a world of her own in Gucci.


Green with Envy

According to Pantone, green is the colour of the year and Actress Amy Adams looked demure in a Tom Ford floor length gown with a bow.

Roses are red, violets are blue…Vodka is cheaper than dinner for two 💃🏼


Got a date this Valentine’s Day?  Or want to show some self love and treat yourself?  Here are a few of my fave picks for whether you are single or in love this Valentines….

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Who needs a Valentine, when you can have Valentino…Love these Valentino inspired wedges and espradrilles £55 at www.havetolove.com 

I adore little keepsakes like this Smythson Perfect Match wafer notebook £35 available at www.smythson.com

Want to spoil your loved one then why not make memories and indulge to a relaxing spa day for two at Beauty at Gosforth Park. Or treat yourself and book in for an Espa skincare facial, I have them regularly and see glowing results, see below just after my facial at www.beautyat.com.  To book click here or call 0191 2171363.


Fancy going to bed with your Man crush?  These personalised pillows are a steal at Notonthehighstreet.com at £22


Impress her with this passionate pink hat box arrangement for £85 at the Real Flower Company


Make some memories of your own with this Fujifilm Instax mini 8 £64.95, shop it here

Make her day and leave a love letter for her to find…priceless 💋

Love Kate x

Lean and Green…

As an avid juicer and since its January (detoxing time) I have had a few requests for my recipe so I thought I would share my recipe with you.

The important thing to do when juicing is to never replace a meal with a juice.  I have a green juice everyday, often just before my breakfast.  A good way at getting fluids into your body first thing and green juice is the best at stripping those flabby areas.  Living a fast paced lifestyle we don’t often have our 5 a day and juicing daily will help you achieve this.  Green juicing is perfect for aiding your immune system, giving you energy to start your day, improving digestion and kick starting your metabolism.

To make green juice…(use organic where possible)

You will need a nutribullet or equivalent

  • Add a handful of spinach
  • One green apple
  • A teaspoon of wheatgrass (Wheatgrass is a source of protein and health claims include general well-being to cancer prevention).
  • Half a teaspoon of matcha (To find out the benefits of matcha read my matcha blog here).
  • 1/4 inch of ginger root
  • Fill the nutribullet up with mineral water or unsweetened almond milk and blend.

Happy juicing!

Tis the season to sparkle…

Party season is almost upon us.  Here are a few tips from me on how to stay merry and bright throughout the party season…

Don’t be foiled… the key trend that stood out for me this season at both Paris and London Fashion Week is metallic everything. No excuse needed to sparkle at the Christmas party then!  Saint Laurent had fitted metallic mini dresses under oversized fur coats, Tom Ford mixed sequins with feathers and leopard print, Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen took us to the moon and back with her fairy-tale fantasy collection of embroidered metallic butterflies and sparkling floor length dresses.

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Yes Saint Laurent AW16

Lace Me up…Sarah Burton mixed galaxy inspired patterns with lace ruffles that fell of the shoulders and lace bralettes were part of a dress or worn under oversized tuxedo jackets. Burberry styled lace slip dresses as outerwear over pyjama style shirts. Celine, Dries Van Noten were all big on smalls this season! Think old school Dolce & Gabbana slip dresses, velvet tuxedo jackets and lace bras, less cleavage though! Too provocative for you? Then slip a lace cami under an off the shoulder knit or wear knits with lace details.  Or try this Havetolove lace detailed polo neck jumper.

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Dressing down is the New dressing up… Derek Lam AW16 was all about dressed down partywear; knitwear under a luxe metallic party dress and heavy flat boots. As ‘dressing down is the new art of dressing up’ try metallic knitwear or a sequin top with boyfriend jeans or a slogan tee (a fave with all bloggers) and throw on a metallic bomber to finish. Throwback to the original rock chick, Isabel Marant mixed knits, leather look trousers with zips or leather minis. Balmain styled metallic skinny pants with ruffled knits. A trend that makes going from the office to the party much easier, don’t forget to add on a velvet choker to accessorise.

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The original rock chick at www.havetolove.com

Ruffle my feathers…80’s inspired ‘Prince’ ruffles are everywhere. As an eighties baby I love the era and with homage to my Rara skirt, think ruffles and metallics with varsity jackets. Henry Holland gave us grown up Rara metallic skirts, Saint Laurent had one shoulder ruffle dresses with wide waist belts, Chloe toughened up their romantic ruffle boho dresses with biker boots and Gucci had scrunched knitted ruffled capes over brocade dresses.

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House of Holland AW16

Party like its 1999….Take inspiration from Moss the Boss (Kate Moss) in the 1990’s and her slip dresses worn under fur coats. Whether it be a bomber jacket, fur coat (opt for faux if you prefer), or a puffa coat dress down your party dress with an oversized coat. The Alexander McQueen fall catwalk saw a ‘blanket dress’ that can only be described as a blanket draped over a dress. Balanciaga’s puffa coats were oversized and Chloe saw coats worn over floaty feminine ruffle nude dresses. So wrap up, good news for us Northern gals and take a look at this luxe fur hooded puffa coat 

Crushing on Velvet…reworked away from its previous dark gothic undertones, this A/W sees velvet with a vibrant hit of colour. Luxurious jewel tones of red, green and gold sit alongside classic black teamed with romantic hints of pleats and ruffles. Gucci, Prada and Dolce & Gabbana all coveted the black velvet dress, a must in your party season wardrobe this year. Gucci teamed with voile sleeves and pink pussy bows whilst D&G contrasted with peek-a-boo black lace. But props go to Prada for vamping up their velvet with metallic embellishment.


Velvet bodycon dresses at www.havetolove.com

Prowling on the catwalks of AW16…is everything from leopard print to feathers to fur. We all have a little bit of animal print in our wardrobes, if you haven’t get some! I have a vintage leopard cape, a shirt, shoes and a bag that I can bring out nearly every season. A homage to Saint Laurent and Dolce & Gabbana, leopard was seen on almost every catwalk. Prada had leopard print coats with fur sleeves, Acne used yellow hues of leopard print on their oversized coats. Leopard print is not as fierce when it comes to accessories and you can’t go wrong with a leopard print tailored coat over a party dress as seen on Givenchy this season.

Animal print dress and jacket www.havetolove.com

Check out my latest fashion columns giving you a lowdown on all the latest trends and must-have party pieces in North East Times and La Di Da magazines.  Pop in to our Gosforth boutique for a glass of mulled wine, a personal boutique experience and free gift wrapping or shop online at Havetolove.com with Free delivery.

Shake your Pom Pom

With November 5th fast approaching we are excited to shake our fur pom pom hats in front of the bonfire with a cup of hot cocoa! Whether it is a double or a single Pom Pom beanie or a scarf, Havetolove has got it covered!

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Double pom pom hats have been spotted on the Instagram pages of Kylie and Kendal and this season they are the must-have accessory!

 

image From trainers on the front row to trendy track suits to coffee dates I am a huge fan of the new ‘dress down is the new art of power dressing!’  Gigi Hadid has been spotted at New York fashion show sporting her fur Pom Pom cap.  Throw on your leggings, a bomber jacket and a Havetolove fur Pom Pom cap to Look like you haven’t even tried!

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Struggling for a gift for your loved one or friend?  Our matching cable hat and scarf with fur Pom poms make the perfect gift this Christmas. Available in various colours, these pom pom hat and scarf sets allow you to mix and match and get colours to match your favourite winter outfits.

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We have a wide selection of fur accessories in store and online, so get yours here

For one week only we are offering 10% OFF furs and fur hats for one week only! Enter 10FURYOU at checkout in store and at http://www.havetolove.com

Or visit us at Havetolove, 3 Hawthorn Road, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 4DE.

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Check your breasts: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

imageI have kept my experience close to my heart, however as a breast cancer survivor I wanted to share my story and raise the importance of checking yourself regularly.  I have been shocked at the amount of people who have told me they wouldn’t know how to check their breasts and the presumption that breast cancer is for older women.

When I first visited the GP I was asked what I was worried about.  I mentioned cancer and the GP told me I was too young to have anything serious.  I was asked to go away for three weeks and look at it again but I persisted and asked for a referral.  A week later I was diagnosed with Breast cancer.

There is no right or wrong way to check your breasts, the most important thing to look for are any changes.  I will describe my symptoms however please be aware that symptoms vary from person to person.  Take a look at my video to show you how to check your breasts and to hear my experience click here

For a clear guide on how to check your breasts follow this link to the NHS website

If you or a family member are suffering from cancer please visit your nearest Maggies centre for help and support.

For more information check Breastcancer.org

Please share with your girlfriends!  This is also for my very brave friend Vicky x

 

 

 

Havetoparty

Havetolove is 10 years old this month and we are celebrating so come down and visit us for 10% Off, pink champagne and take home so cakes and sweets in a goody bag.

Fed up of buying high street and seeing the next person wearing the same thing?  For those of you who don’t know about us, Havetolove is an Independant fashion boutique that offers trend driven clothes and accessories at high street prices.  We have our own brand as well as a mix of carefully selected brands.

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To celebrate you could win £250 worth of personal styling vouchers to win in store so pop down and see us at:

Havetolove, 1-3 Hawthorn Road, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 4DE or visit www.havetolove.com

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Fit for fashion

dsc_8071If you are anything like me I live in my activewear, whether I have been to the gym or not! For as long as I can remember sportswear has always influenced fashion but now more than ever fashion influences sportswear with the the latest fashion trends impacting our lycra.  The consumer is opting for stretchy comfort fabrics for school pick ups and coffee dates.  With fitness more diverse than ever before, from bounce to barre to hot yoga we all crave a wardobe that matches, activewear that the girl next door will not be wearing.
Helmut Lang started the sportswear craze in the 90’s and Yohji Yamamoto started the designer collaboration with Adidas to form Y3.  Now celebrities cant get enough of putting their name to sportswear collaborations, take a look at Rihanna’s Fenty x Puma, Beyonce’s Ivy Park and Kanye’s Yeezy if you really want to splash out.  New York Fashion Week saw fashionistas wearing branded sportswear tops styled with fashion items such as crisp white shirts and lacoste board shorts or hoodies over a shirt and skirt combo.
The Aussies are leading the way in fashionable activewear dedicating a whole day at Mercedes Benz Austrlian Fashion Week to activewear collections.  Pioneers in sportswear, we have brought you our favourite Australian brand Mink Pink activewear range along with our own Havetosweat range.  Check out our Havetosweat range, who needs better fit inspo than sporting the latest fashion trends in sportswear.   We all want to buy into a healthier lifestyle so what better way than to dress how we want to feel, fit or at least trying!
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Burberry 19/09/16 London Fashion Week

image.jpegBurberry’s SS16 show at London Fashion Week stirred up some history as well as the future of the fashion industry.  Burberry are the first to sell pieces from their new collection straight after their streamlined live show.  Welcome to the new world of fashion at its fastest.

Set in a multi room hall with a noble ambience, Anna Wintour sat with her son and daughter on the frow along with Alexa Chung.  Actor Nicholas Hoult sat next to a Vamp looking Cara Delevine.  A live orchestra created the soundtrack.

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Christopher Bailey mixed Old English style structured garments with Victorian inspired feminine ruffles and luxurious fabrics from metallic brocades to silk shirts worn under velvet jackets.  Military style structured jackets were worn over romantic floaty dresses with irregular hems.  There was a hint of 1970’s influence with ruffle detailed style shirts and striped silk pants.  Silk pyjama style shirts and trenches were worn over dresses clinched in at the waist with a wrap around skinny belt.  Berry tones merged into nudes, a hint of leopard and the traditional Burberry trench was reworked with waterfall edges.  Shades of black and khaki contrasted crisp white.

My fave item has to be the Cavalry jacket and the khaki military style trench.  Shop the Show here…

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Barking Mad

I was honoured to be asked by Ladida magazine to be Guest Judge of the ‘Best Dressed Owner & Pooch’ at Ladida’s Posh Pooch afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin Newcastle. My date was no other than Dolly, our 11 year old Italian Bolognese. Yes, doggy lovers, Hotel Du Vin is dog friendly! Your furry friends can have afternoon tea with you and even stay the night.

We took the girls with us and on arrival we were given a glass of bubbly, Dolly was given a non alcoholic version in a water bowl and we watched the various dogs arrive from cute pugs in pink sweaters to three legged rescue dogs in handmade tuxedo harnesses.

An event for the Dogs Trust, our four legged friends were served afternoon tea and all behaved very well. Handcrafted bow ties and rosettes were sold by Bow Wow Ties , woof dog beer was clunked and specially made woofilicious cupcakes and biscuits were served. Dolly is very fussy when it comes to food, she normally turns her nose up at anything that isn’t bonios or chicken however she demolished the doggy cupcakes supplied by doggycake.co.uk and even had one for breakfast the next day!

There was a photobooth with props and crowns, Dolly chose the tiara of course!  Later there was a fashion show of Holly & Lil collar and leads with tweed coats supplied by The designer Dog company.  Dolly particularly liked the leopard and pink lead and collar combo but skipped the trying on as she felt bloated after her high tea!

 

Dolly and I couldn’t choose a winner so we chose two lucky owners and their pooches who both won afternoon tea with a friend and their four legged friend at Hotel Du Vin.  You can have brunch or afternoon tea at Hotel Du Vin with your pooches so go and check it out.  Here’s to more dog friendly places in the North East!

With many thanks to Linda and the Ladida team for a lovely day out with my fave, Dolly x

 

Bring Back the Boutique

Tired of shopping on the high street and a hundred other people wearing your top?  Not to mention the lack of personal service and trying to catch the eye of a sales assistant behind a pile of clothes?

I say Bring Back the Boutique and the Indies on the high street!  The industry describes ‘throwaway fashion’ as trash for a reason.  When you buy a top for £9.99 think of the person who slaved for an hour or two making that top and how much they were paid minus the fabric costs, shipping costs and profit…Throwaway fashion brings us that hit you need but the high doesn’t last long when that top shrinks to fit your Barbie doll after one wash.

At Havetolove we are celebrating ten years this September.  In 2006, my aim was to revive personal service and create a friendly feel.  Havetolove isn’t just a boutique, it’s an experience.  Park your car at our front door for free and shop whilst sipping a prosecco or a cappuccino.

We have introduced our own brand which offers our customers trend inspired high quality fashion at high street prices, prices average at £50.  We will help you style your outfit and keep you informed with new weekly arrivals.  We also stock carefully selected brands such as Mink Pink and have recently won Best Independant Buying team 2015.  We were chosen winners by our industry competitors.  If you want to stand out from the crowd but don’t want to spend all your pay on payday pop in to see us at 1-3 Hawthorn Road, Gosforth, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE3 4DE.  Call 0191 2131155 for more info.

Unable to visit?  Shop our instashop and see celebrities and fashion bloggers wearing our clothes here with FREE NEXT DAY DELIVERY.

Our accolades to date include:

‘Best Independant Buying Team,’ Pure London & WGSN 2015

‘Top 100 Shops,’ Vogue magazine 2012

’50 Best Boutiques,’ Vogue magazine 2010

‘Best New Business,’ Draper’s magazine 2007

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Barre Bootiful

I used to be a total gym addict, a one that trained at leas four times a week doing both interval training and weight training. I always ate well and was in the best shape of my life, or so I thought- when I discovered a lump and was diagnosed with breast cancer. Throughout my operation and treatment I continued to go to the gym but with very little to no energy I struggled. I grew so frustrated and then I made the decision to get back into yoga. I needed an exercise that would take my mind of things, a group exercise. For me exercise is not only about feeling good on the outside but more importantly on the inside, I find it a great way to switch off for an hour or so.

But honestly i’ve been finding yoga a little tame, so I decided to search for something more challenging. Ever wondered how the super models have long, lean figures to die for? I noticed a few VS models, one of them being Jourdan Dunn practiced Barre as their training method before a show. Barre is a mix of Pilates, ballet, exercise and yoga all in one, I felt comfortable in a barre class straight away, not that it’s not for the males but I felt more comfortable walking into a class full of girls, having a laugh and not being surrounded by triangular shaped men pumping weights!  Girls you know what I mean…

After such a big op and treatment I think girly time whether it’s with friends or in a fitness class is great for your soul. I do regular Barre classes and mix it up with reformer Pilates.  Don’t think you have to be flexible as I was like a plank of wood when I started and with minimal movement in my upper body due to my op the stretching really helped. I now have toned long lean-ear legs which I struggled to get from running and the gym. Barre is not an easy option, you have to push yourself to the limit to get results and shake like a sh**ing dog to get results!

My figure has changed, my bottom is more pert, my legs and abs are more defined. If I’m away I find it easy to do some moves on my own. Barre isn’t cheap, Barrecore, my most favourite is £28 a class but well worth it. Check out Barrecore Manchester , invest in some sticky socks, you will see results in one month!

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Fast Fashion

Life is at a faster pace than ever and with thanks to the social media revolution we are the ‘see it now, buy it now’ generation as strong visuals from Instagram continue to dominate. Until now trends have always filtered through from catwalk designers to high street shops, but Spring Summer 2017 started like no other with huge fashion houses such as Burberry and Tom Ford offering instant ‘buy now’ exclusives on their Instagram as their shows were viewed for the very first time.

Instagram inspired prints were seen at Chanel and intricate computer wires were weaved together to form the trademark Chanel tweed jacket. It appears now that fast fashion is not only offered on the high street but designers have stepped up their game, resulting in our everyday lives and social media habits changing the behaviour of how we shop.

Floral prints are huge this season, with Dolce & Gabbana keeping leading the away

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Welcome to the digital age of fashion…New season accessories reflect this also, as the new ‘it bag’ has downsized to the mini bag – and is designed to match our fast paced digital lifestyle. A lippy and mobile phone is all you need. Not sure if I can do without my bottomless Mary Poppins bag…

Pic: Fendi micro leather shoulder bag £1280

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Colour Pop Pink to make the boys wink…From marshmallow hues to bubble gum pop, all shades of pink dominated Paris Fashion Week. From sugar coated oversized bow dresses at Chloe to fuchsia draped dresses at Balenciaga worn over lilac tights and mismatch boots. Chanel couture saw baby pink prom style dresses, so whatever shade of blush you choose this season it’s the must-have colour to be seen in.

Style tip: Don’t be afraid to colour block your shades of pink and sugar coat your wardrobe!

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Ruffle Mania …The uncertainty of Brexit is reflected on the catwalks of Spring/Summer 2017 with unstructured shirts to uneven hemlines and bold ruffles taking centre stage. From romantic frills with embroidered flowers at Alexander McQueen to ruffled power shoulders, uneven hemmed skirts and shirts at Mulberry. The new boho saw Erdem create pretty floral dresses with fluted sheer sleeves and skirts whilst Coach saw ruffled sheer dresses under punked up leather biker jackets. Be sure to punk up your floaty dresses to be on trend this season!

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Tip: Get shirty! Silhouette of the season… Invest in a deconstructed shirt & team stripes with ruffles …

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Power Trip…The eighties are here to stay and Balenciaga took the power shoulder to the extreme with accentuated box jackets, and with Teresa May as Prime Minister the power suit is here to stay! Chanel mixed shoulder pads with side caps (a trend I will not be trying). Saint Laurent saw Dynasty inspired metallic draped dresses with shoulder pads. Style your shoulder pads with romantic ruffles as seen at Jacquemus Paris Fashion Week to soften the look.

Return of the Mac…Invest in a trench this season, it has been updated and is oversized and longer than before. Modelling great Lauren Hutton wore a Bottega Veneta oversized trench whilst Burberry, Hermes and Prada all featured trenches in their show, whether they were oversized, had accentuated shoulders or large belts – a beige trench is a must in your wardrobe this season.

Athleisure…and Milan made the message clear, if its sporty its in… Moving on from sports luxe to Athleisure, sportswear was particularly prominent at Milan Fashion Week.

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Versace teamed Jane Fonda like one suits with matching anoraks, Gucci teamed retro running leggings underneath tulle and floaty dresses. Street style saw fashionistas teaming hoodies with brocade suits.

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The SS17 Accessory-

The side cap seen at Chanel complimented almost every outfit, whether it was a tulle over a lace slip of a classic Chanel tweed suit. I wont be trying this trend, too much Timmy Mallet for me.

The waist belt- worn to accentuate the waist over floaty feminine dresses as seen on Balenciaga to Alberta Ferretti.

Trends not to try…

One earring…unless you want to look lop sided or be told you’ve lost an earring on your night out!

Kitten heels… Unless you’ve got super toned legs the kitten heel is unflattering to say the least. Trainers or heels, there is no innetween!

Pyjama party… Last season it was about the slip, this season it’s all about satin pjs and heels. Unless you are a Kardashian I’m not sure you could pull this look off!

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Women are from Mars…

Paris Fashion Week never fails and Karl Lagerfield took his Frow to the moon and back!  Known as much for his theatrical sets as his statement tweed jackets, Models in Chanel Fall17 paraded round a branded Space shuttle (Chanel of course) which took off on the finale at the Grand Palais.


Jackie ‘O 1960’s inspired tweed dresses and boots… fast forward to 2050 aerospace style suits and metallic fabrics.  Culotte tweed suits were worn under a quilted futuristic shawl.  Not sure if you could wear this on the high street! 


Gigi wore a tailored houndstooth jumpsuit and make up was 60’s inspired with Bardot backcombed hair styles and headbands.  Huge alien-like oversized glasses were worn with spaceship printed floaty dresses.



Metallic threads were weaved into trademark Chanel tweed fabrics, oversized white shirts were worn under knitted dresses and sculpted capes worn over tailoring three quartered tailoring.


On the Frow, Pharrell sat next to Cara and Lily-Rose Depp.  Chanel, always the hottest ticket in fashion, I wonder which planet Lagerfield will take his audience to next…