Lace & Beads is your answer to darling, detailed pieces! Their top collection is to-die for. This tulle ruffle blouse in cream with black polka dots is a statement piece, exclusive to ASOS. The ruffled V neck and tie waist belt are such beautiful details. The flared peplum style is so figure flattering and looks great with leather-look figure hugging trousers. This fit is ideal for a yummy brunch, ladies lunch or cocktail evening. Here I styled an evening look with Topshop gunmetal silver stilettos.
As a fashionista myself I know what a fashion items a fashion lover would want. With a range of gifts from One Hundred Stars and Lulu Guinness, to Gucci and Balenciaga you can be sure to spoil your fashion obsessed friends and family.
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DIOR SQUARE SILK SCARF, £370
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LULU GUINNESS MEDIUM RED LIPS SUITCASE, £165 | LULU GUINNESS RED LIP CLUTCH, £275 | LULU GUINNESS BLACK LIP CARDHOLDER, £35 | LULU GUINNESS IVORY SHELL CLUTCH, £195 | LULU GUINNESS BLACK VELVET PRESENT CLUTCH, £195
This cream faux-fur jacket and cream ASOS faux-fur bucket hat are a dream match. The H&M cream jacket is incredibly thick, and the cropped arm length is super cute. The jacket has no collar, which is a unique style feature, I normally dislike no collar on a coat/jacket, but here it works. The jacket is only £34.99; however, it looks and feels much more luxurious. The concealed hook and eye fastening is an elegant feature. The ASOS bucket hat is so darling, I love the current bucket hat trend! Paired together the jacket and hat combo calls for a chilly winter day; which is a daily occurrence in the UK. I wore dotty tights, a velvet mini-skirt and thigh-high leather boots with the faux-fur pieces. I finalised the look with a genuine Burberry silk scarf; the beige and black tones tied the whole look together. A faux-fur moment!
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Autumn suiting is a sure way to stand out! Whether you’re going to work, lunch or for day-drinks a suit is an edgy option and can be styled to ‘suit’ any occasion! Masculine chic to its fullest. When I wear this H&M x Giuliva Heritage collaborative collection suit I feel powerful. The single-breasted camel twill jacket has a dramatic wide lapel and feminine aesthetic, finished with tortoise shell decorative buttons and a lavish striped lining. The ankle-length twill tailored trousers fit like a dream. As I have previously said my height makes trouser shopping a strain, but this shape is truly perfect. H&M collaborations are incredible; they team up with a luxury company to produce more accessible products. You can really feel and see the difference in quality in this collection. The ecru calf-length coat made with Italian premium wool is refined personified; the wide lapels, deep pockets and tie-belt details are dreamy. I styled a Zara shirt bodysuit and my father’s grey twill tie for the ultimate mannish vibe. The Zara camel felt fedora and tan leather belt accessorise the suit. This look is utterly Voguish; an autumn-must-have style.
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COAT – H&M (SOLD OUT)
TIE – (MY DADS)
BOOTS – MANGO (NOT AVAILABLE)
MADDISON’S JULY – MY 21ST BIRTHDAY
This July was a sensational month. Not only did it present my 21st birthday, I also FINALLY found out my final university result. To say I was thoroughly spoilt is an understatement. Gucci is undoubtedly a respected brand, always in my top 5. I was very kindly gifted a Gucci bag, a Gucci matte red lipstick and a Gucci mascara from my parents, as well as a gorgeous white and navy Tommy Hilfiger set. Overwhelmed with happiness, I wept like a baby as I unboxed the dreamy gifts. The packaging, smell and feel of each item is something else; the true meaning of luxury for me is owning something of your dreams, something you never felt you could be lucky enough to own.
My grandparents presented a breath-taking vintage, delicate Tudor Royal (a sub-brand of Rolex I later discovered) gold watch to me. The tiny watch face combined with the shell strap is beyond charming. As my Ma handed me a tiny gift box I was puzzled, she followed by telling me that my Grandad had gifted her with the watch for her 21st birthday. I share my birthday with my Grandad who was 80 this year. To be given such a vintage, treasured gift I was speechless, it bought a tear to my eye to be in possession of something so special.
Not only did I receive fabulous Gucci gifts, a vintage treasure and a TV by my brother (SO LUCKY) my close family and friends truly spoilt me with their kindness. I had an intimate gathering with those closest to me. The garden party was a blush pink, bohemian theme with a delectable grazing board. With Covid-19 protection measures in place, I had the most wonderful time. I’m very thankful for everyone in my life.
GRADUATION – FIRST CLASS HONOURS
At 12:07 on the 23rd July shaking with anticipation I received the email from University of Southampton with my final grade. My eyes hurriedly scanned the email looking for the final classification. In disbelief I read: The senate of the University of Southampton is awarding you a FIRST-CLASS HONOURS in BA Hons Fashion Marketing. Of course, I cried! The relief and pride that the hard work, sweat and tears that I’d put into every project had paid off was indescribable. Studying a fashion degree is the most rewarding, yet frightening thing. Although there can be correct and incorrect ‘ideas’ the projects that you present are your personal ideology and creations, therefore when marked, the university is marking your personal opinions. Knowing your ideas are credited and accepted by an academic board is extraordinarily fulfilling. I received my final result with my closest friend from the course who also received a First, which was comforting and made the celebrations doubly exciting.
A special, wholehearted personal congratulations from me to any student who is Graduate Class of 2020 for completing exams, dissertations and projects in the midst of Covid-19. I’m so proud of everyone who managed to achieve their potential in such challenging and uncertain times.
MY TOP 3 GIFTED/PURCHASED ITEMS IN JULY
WHITE LEATHER GUCCI MARMONT BAG
My exquisite white leather GG Marmont small shoulder Gucci bag gifted from my parents. Not only is the colour beyond perfect for my style, the aged gold GG emblem and part aged gold chain strap are stunning details. The bag can also be worn either way; one side presents the iconic Gucci emblem, while the other side has a GG stitched in style for a more relaxed ‘bag’ vibe.
ROSE QUARTZ COASTERS
The second item is a beautiful gift from my friend Chloe. She sent pictures of my new brass bed to the designer who crafted, two gorgeous Rose quartz coasters with gold leaf and gold edges which match my room. I love them SO much! @Studio19bychloe is a handmade, small business which uses Cruelty Free & Non-toxic Epoxy. A must for your home décor.
BE FEARLESS PLANNER
The third item is this stunning Be Fearless Planner. The minimalist, chic front-page design and coffee-table style caught my eye. The company is family run by a wonderful woman named Laura, who is the sweetest and most encouraging lady. The book is described as a self-empowerment and productivity planner thoughtfully designed to help you be focused, organised and motivated. While I’m actively searching for a job in fashion this piece is impeccable to keep me driven. Pages for monthly, weekly and daily planning, as well as, mindfulness and positivity sections alongside much more; I highly recommend this piece.
On my home wish-list is this incredible design by SAINTÉ.CO Their ‘Goddess’ candle is a unique naked style, which comes in a range of colours and some dipped in gold leaf. These handcrafted, candles are so empowering and a striking décor piece. The company also donates ten percent of our total net profit towards helping an orphanage in India every month.
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ZARA – CHAIN MULES £49.99|ZARA – GOLD HEELS £29.99|ZARA – TAN MULES £59.99|ZARA – TAN FAN SLEEVE TOP £25.99|ZARA – GEOMETRIC BLOUSE £25.99|ZARA – BRAIDED BAG £29.99|ZARA – ECRU BUTTONED SHORTS £29.99|ZARA – ECRU BUTTONED BLAZER £89.99|ZARA – BOX BAG £69.99|ZARA – FLORAL DRESS £29.99|ZARA – GREEN PAPERBAG SHORTS £19.99|ZARA – WHITE DENIM PLAYSUIT £25.99|ZARA – WHITE PLAYSUIT WITH POCKETS £29.99|ZARA – GREEN BAG £89.99|ZARA – SLINGBACK PUMPS WITH CHAIN £25.99|ZARA – ECRU BAG WITH STUDS £29.99|ZARA – TAN LEATHER CLUTCH £29.99
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MADDISON’S FAVOURITE APP/FILM/SONG OF JULY
PINTEREST – APP
This month for me has been so full-on in the best way. However, it hasn’t left much time for me to read. This month I am recommending my favourite app instead of a book. My favourite app this month is Pinterest; I spend every morning scrolling down the ‘For You’ feed to ignite my creativity and motivation. I regularly post my favourite finds on my Instagram stories to share a glimpse of happiness with my followers. If you’re ever feeling a bit drab or unmotivated just 10 minutes on this app is the best medicine.
DJANGO – FILM
Django Unchained is a KILLER film. The mixture of empowerment contrasted against the reality of the slave-trade leaves you educated and shocked by the Tarantino classic. IMDB plot description: In 1858, a bounty hunter named Schultz seeks out a slave named Django and buys him because he needs him to find some men he is looking for. After finding them, Django wants to find his wife, Broomhilda, who along with him were sold separately by his former owner for trying to escape. Schultz offers to help him if he chooses to stay with him and be his partner. Eventually they learn that she was sold to a plantation in Mississippi. Knowing they can’t just go in and say they want her, they come up with a plan so that the owner will welcome them into his home and they can find a way. YOU MUST WATCH IT.
MAGIC – SONG
Magic by Pilot is a vintage BOP. I heard this song on the credits of a film and I forgot how much I love this tune. An ultimate feel-good song.
This look is quite far from my generic style, but I LOVE IT! The fresh zing of metallic combined with the off-white creates an unflawed cool vibe. The H&M off-white turn-up culottes are a traditional foundation for a typical ‘Maddison’ outfit, however this time I played it out of the box… Throwing on a H&M extreme-crop metallic silver shirt, silver Stradivarius brogues and my Mumma’s vintage silver Guess chain belt, the look transformed from a generic elegant outfit, to a showstopper! Changing up my usual curls I threw my hair back in a relaxed ponytail. I’ve rocked metallic trouser or shoe many-a-time, but the metallic shirt was a new one! The metallic shirt is PERFECT for a festival or summer party (safely of-course). In short, I’ve fallen in love with silver!
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Although currently we can’t go out, everyone is itching for a dress up and boogie. I’ve felt completely deflated about going-out dress styles. They’re all similar and there was nothing edgy with newness, until…Zara released this teal, ruched detail, shoulder padded, faux leather dress! The teal leather colouring is incredibly rare, in fact I’ve never seen a dress like it and the style is so distinctive against average dresses. Being 5ft 8 and having long legs it’s problematic to find dresses that are long enough, this length however is flirty, yet modest. I swapped my signature curls for a tight, poker bun to contrast against the voluminous shoulders. Adding my Primark off-white sandals, the evening look was complete. When cocktails can be sipped again, I will be wearing this dress.
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SHOES – PRIMARK
Villanelle has the crown for the queen of spring/summer fashion. Her audacious, arrogant style is ironic due to her job title…yet that fact makes it more attractive. Riding on a motorcycle to her next mission, the confident anti-heroine heroine steps off in denim shorts, a ruffle shirt and biker boots; iconic! The simplest combination, yet it looks wonderfully tasteful.
Channelling my inner Villanelle (style wise, not personality wise!) I styled my relaxed Zara blue denim shorts, with my Mumma’s vintage chiffon, cream ruffle shirt with pussy bow and off-white Gortex Converse boots. The chicness of the tight-fit of the shorts, combined with the loose ruffle shirt billowing out is my favourite look for SS/20.
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Boilersuits are the business. They’re a flawless style one-piece option for A/W, the only issue for Spring/Summer is overheating. But, don’t rule Boilersuits out completely…for the summer months I always wear my boilersuits tied around my waist. Boilersuits are a fabulous option for the British Summer, as we all know the weather is incredibly unpredictable, tying the arms around your waist gives you the option to pull it up for warmth if it’s too nippy for a crop-top. This technique also means you don’t have to take a jacket, win-win! Here I styled the boilersuit tied, with a Zara green ribbed, racer crop-top and Topshop mint heels. The off-white denim colouring is complemented by the splash of fresh green. Why waste the stylish belt? For an outlandish look tie your belt as a neck bow, channelling a Parisian scarf tie in a unique way. Get your boilersuit on!
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SANDALS – PRIMARK (IN-STORE ONLY)
As lockdown continues we’re all just craving an end date. Although it remains unclear as to when we can meet up with our friends and family again, there’s starting to be light at the end of the tunnel. It’s really important right now to cherish this time with family and find ways to embrace this lockdown; my amazing tutor at university was incredibly encouraging and recommended online courses. If you’ve had an interest in something for a long time, now is the time to exercise it.
I adore creating my monthly post; my wish-lists and song, film and book recommendations visually present of all the things I love. Designer clothing has beautiful quality and uniqueness, while high-street clothing is accessible and can be truly as delectable as designer. My exclusive Quarantini…The Minx is not one to be missed, I will be making a tutorial on my Instagram over the weekend; perfect for gin and pink fizz lovers. Take a scroll into my world of beautiful wants and wishes for a piece of glitz and glamour in a world of cloud! Try your best to remain positive and happy. Enjoy…
1. HOUSE OF MADDISON MAY SNEAK PEAK!
1. POLO DATE-NIGHT
2. SATIN SAGE
3. VILLANELLE VIBES – SEASON 1
2. MADDISON’S FOUR WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE IN THIS UNCERTAIN TIME!
3. MY QUARANTINI – THE MINX
2 X ICED LIME
30ml POMEGRANETE JUICE
TOP UP WITH PINK FIZZ
4. DESIGNER WISH-LIST
5. HIGH STREET WISH-LIST
ZARA – GREEN RUFFLED POPLIN DRESS £49.99/GREEN PLEATED DRESS £15.99/SAGE BASKET BAG WITH RHINESTONE £39.99/FLAT LEATHER SANDALS WITH PEARLS £29.99/PINK SOFT LEATHER PUMPS £19.99/BUCKLED CROSS-BODY BAG £19.99/LEATHER SANDALS £69.99/RAFFIA BASKET BAG £29.99/SAGE STRETCH TOP £25.99/CROP TOP WITH ORGANZA BOW £19.99
6. BOOK, FILM & SONG OF THE MONTH
THE UNDOMESTIC GODESS by Sophie Kinsella
‘Samantha thrives under pressure. A high-powered London lawyer, all she can concentrate on is taking the next step in her career; eating, sleeping, seeing friends – even taking a breath – will have to wait.
But just when she’s about to get everything she has ever wanted, Samantha makes a mistake. A fifty-million-pound, career-destroying mistake. Unable to face the consequences, she does the unimaginable and runs away…
Catching the first train she can, she finds herself in the countryside, outside a beautiful grand house. Mistaken for another woman, she falls into a new job as the family’s housekeeper.
Disaster ensues. In a blink, her life has shifted from writing briefs to washing them – and she has no idea how to work the washing machine. Let alone the oven. A former master of the takeaway menu, she’s now expected to whip up fine cuisine.
But gradually, she falls in love with her new life in a wholly unexpected way. Will her employers ever discover the truth? Will Samantha’s old life ever catch up with her? And if it does…will she want it back?’
This book was truly unputdownable, I adored it. The constant ups and downs fashion a hilarious and tragic, yet loveable novel. I resonated with Sam’s fake it till you make it demeanour. I laughed out loud and shed a tear, I absolutely recommend this.
ALADDIN LIVE ACTION REMAKE
If you haven’t seen it, it’s a must. Aladdin was a favourite of mine growing up, I idolised the Arabian clothing, architecture and music. The live-action remake undoubtedly tops the original. A sea of turquoise, terracotta and gold enthrals your eyes, while the overriding spirit and verve captivate the audience. Will Smith’s performance as the genie is outrageously hilarious, while Naomi Scott and Mena Massoud paid homage to the animated characters. With the current zeitgeist of angst and distress, engrossing ourselves in beautiful films that provide escapism and relaxation is essential. The recognisable tunes and exquisitely picturesque visuals make a film that is not to be missed!
Play Date by Melanie Martinez
Now if you’re as obsessed with TikTok as I am, especially the trending video of heartthrob Timothée Chalamet having a boogie then you will know this song. The tune by Melanie Martinez was released back in 2015 and much like many of the TikTok trending songs it is so catchy. The captivating tune has a dream state vibe that I’m totally here for!
7. MADDISON’S ACTIVITY OF THE MONTH
A MORNING RUN
My ultimate favourite exercise is a Spin class, I adore the spin bike and the way I feel after a class; refreshed, de-stressed and pumped full of endorphins. Unfortunately, due to lockdown I am unable to spin. As an alternative I have started running. Lockdown is an incredibly weird concept, nobody would’ve believed this would be our reality if we were told a year ago. I haven’t left my village since I returned from university in mid-March, I hadn’t left my house for 2 weeks and quite frankly I was going slightly mad. My mindset is usually incredibly positive, and I thrive off of hard work however, even the most resilient of us can get low in this circumstance. My brother and I started running at the beginning of April and although initially it was tough I have grown to look forward to my venture out for half an hour. I clear my head, feel as free as I possibly can and return feeling rejuvenated, cheerier and breathless. If you’re feeling claustrophobic or downhearted, then I endorse a walk or jog to re-ignite your spark.