Sunday, December 18

Deck the Halls...

I just love Christmas, don't you? From the cozy knits, comfort food, hot chocolate, sitting in front of the fireplace, the parties... everything! The best part of the festive season for me though, has to be the decorations! Here are some inspiration holiday interiors I've fallen in love with this year....











What's your holiday decor style?

Saturday, December 17

Let's Hear it for the Boys...

Had a great reaction from my last Etsy Picks post that I've gone and done another! yey! This time some last minute gift ideas for the man in your life! Dad, Brother, Uncle, Husband, BF... I've got it covered! I know my man has his eye on a few things here... Enjoy!! :)

The original treasury can be viewed here.

Wednesday, December 7

Etsy Picks...

Here are a few of my picks for the festive season! How adorable are the little felt robins and that hot water bottle cover - I love a chunky knit anything so this is a must have for me :) Happy Christmas shopping everyone! x

The original treasury can be viewed here.

Saturday, December 3

Louis Vuitton RTW SS 2012....

Marc Jacobs has created a truly beautiful collection for Louis Vuitton SS 2012. Debuted during Paris Fashion Week, this seasons sees a complete 180 from last seasons dark fetish inspired show, this whimsical delicate collection takes us to a fresh new place, "After the hardness of Fall, we wanted something gentle and kind, fragile but strong, too,"

Everything about this collection is 'nice', a word not often used when describing fashion, nice for the most part implying mundane. For LV's show however, nice sums it up perfectly in the most positive way. The pretty pastel colour palette just speaks of springtime and the stunning carousel in which the looks floated by like airy clouds takes us back to our childhoods and visiting the fair, eating candy floss & ice cream.

The silhouettes remain strong though, the delicacy lies in the fabrics and techniques, crochet, lace, sheer blouses, sweet peter pan collars and not to mention the stunning alligator jackets. All of this topped off with natural makeup, feathery lashes and princess tiaras! I am in LOVE

Friday, December 2

Tweet Prints...

New prints have just landed at Illusive Print! The 'Tweet' collection features 3 different quirky phrases that would look great around any home! They are the perfect gift this Christmas! :)

"Home Tweet Home"
"Bon Appe-Tweet"
"Tweet Dreams"

The prints are now available from my Etsy shop when so be sure to pop over and check them out. If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter, you will receive 10% off yay! Enjoy & Happy Friday!

Thursday, November 24

Now in Store...

It's finally time to re launch the Illusive Print online store! yay!

We have launched the Christmas Sparkle range of cards but new products will be in store very soon :)

Take a peek at the 2011 Christmas Card collection! :)

There are special discounts for Facebook & Twitter fans for a limited time only, get yours quick!

Available here:

Big Cartel

Wednesday, November 23

Roberto Cavalli RTW SS 2012...

Time to share with you another of my favourite collections for SS 2012, this time it's Roberto Cavalli's collection.


A slight departure for Cavalli with this incredible collection but refreshingly so. In place of the usual chiffon animal print maxis were sequins, pastels, pleats, drop waists highlighted with stunning floral & baroque prints. With the colour story leading us from little gold dresses to black pleats which showed off peekaboo prints, each piece in this fresh contemporary collection exudes opulence & a level of craftsmanship to rival that of Paris' finest couturier's. The looks are styled to perfection with messy chignon's and smoky eyes, the gowns topped with stunning embellished blazers. Cavalli is a designer that I wouldn't usually look to when choosing my favourite shows, however I am in love with this collection and cannot wait to see what Roberto has in store for the future. Enjoy the show. x

What did you think of the Cavalli SS 2012 collection?

Friday, November 18

Quick Pic...

Look what popped through my door this morning! Yay! So excited to finish them off & pop them up on my Etsy shop! Sooo exciting! Hoping to get them in my store by Sunday night so as always, eyes peeled people!

Monday, November 14

My Style Rules... Part 1

My number 1 style essential has to be the blazer! I have quite a few blazers in my collection as they come in many shapes, sizes and textures these days! Classic Tuxedo, lace, sequin, leather, printed...... the list goes on!

Here are my rules to rock the blazer:

- Roll up the sleeves to show off your wrist candy and soften the look
- Wear simply with jeans and a tee for a dressy weekend look
- Belt it to show off your curves!
- Wear with everything from a cocktail dress, mini skirt, jeans, maxi dress, leggings.... everything!

3. Claret Tux Blazer, Dorothy Perkins

Sunday, November 13

Blog Stalking...

As a new blogger I am a series self confessed blog stalker! I read all sorts of blogs on a daily hourly basis! I am obsessed! It's like turning the page of a never ending magazine every time I read a new post! It's a great way to learn about new designers/ products/ stores/ recipes/ events.... the list goes on. I have narrowed down my huge list to my Top 5 must read fashion & interior blogs!


I just love Jennifer Ramos' blog, Made By Girl - it's updated almost every day which is fab as there's always something new to look at. This is my favourite blog at the moment & that's due to the sheer diversity of content that Jen shares. She includes everything from fashion & interiors to food & travel - I always look forward to seeing what she is talking about next plus have you seen her home? Jealous!!


 I need this girls wardrobe now! Seriously! I've not long discovered this blog by Julia Sarinana but since I have, I can't stay away! Sincerely Jules has become my personal style advisor! Her style is effortless & a great mix of designer & high street! Who wouldn't want to steal her style?!


I discovered L.A. in the Bay after Lauren guest blogged on Made by Girl last week. Her blog is just stunning & I'm a huge fan of her Wednesday Wishlist posts!


Bowie Style is the name behind Print & Pattern! This blog is dedicated to the world of surface & pattern design & has been so successful that there are now 2 books of the blog! I have been following P&P since 2006 when I was studying for my degree and still visit daily to see what's new in the pattern world!


Style Me Pretty indeed! This blog is so beautiful! Filled with photographs of the worlds most stunning weddings, I dare you not to want to organise a wedding asap! Just beautiful!

 What are your top 5 must read blogs?

Saturday, November 12

Ode to Typography...

A little something I'm working on at the moment. I am obsessed with typography & have a new fave font each month! I thought I would put my obsession to good use & make a calendar to showcase my fave fonts! I'm too late to the mark for this year but calendar will be out next year :)) Yey! Oh and the Christmas Sparkle cards will be available very soon - they are at the printers as I type! :))

Sunday, November 6

Quick Pic...

This weekend I've been picking out paint & window dressings for my bedroom & living room. Popped to the Dulux shop today to pick up some samples for my fireplace in the living room! The colours I chose to try out were Crystal Grey, Quartz Flint, Grey Steel 4 and Grey Steel 6 (top to bottom). They all looked much darker on the walls than in the cans but think we found a winner with Grey Steel 6 - I can't wait to get it on the wall and get my makeshift fireplace in place :D Next up... curtains, rug, lamps, mirror...... oh my, so much to do....

Sunday, October 30

Christmas Sparkle...

Woop! It's almost November which means it's time to start Christmas shopping! I know... where does the time go?! I really missed not having any Christmas cards to share with you all last year but not to worry... there's a new collection for 2011! The range is called Christmas Sparkle & features 10 simple but fresh & contemporary designs featuring polar bears, arctic foxes, robins & of course it wouldn't be Christmas without a reindeer or two! The cards will be digitally printed onto the highest quality card & finished by hand using Swarovski crystals! I hope to have the cards stocked by mid November but for now here's a sneak peek :)

 Have you started your Christmas shopping yet?

Sunday, October 23

What I Bought... October 2011

1. Nicole Clear Pendant Light, Next Home

I love, love, love this mini chandelier. I was given a Next gift card as a leaving present from my workmates in Glasgow so decided to use it to get some pieces for my new flat. I bought this pendant  for my lounge as it has an original ceiling medallion so it was perfect for there! It is clear so when the light is on it creates the most stunning shadows over the ceiling! It was only £25 but looks super expensive - one of the best buys I've had lately! :)

2. Zebra Canvas, Ikea

After doing my Tux Luxe interiors post (here) I had to go out and get some zebra for my home! This canvas was ideal, my room was very white so this adds just the right amount of drama and impact! I'm so loving animal prints right now - snake, leopard, zebra... I want them all! 

3. Gogo Philip Bangle, Topshop

After spending an hour in Topshops Oxford Street store looking for the perfect gold bangle I stumbled upon the Gogo Philip range! wow! My new fave jewelery brand! The range has the perfect balance of quirky vs chic which is exactly how I'd describe my style! This bangle looks fab stacked with my Guess gold watch, I'm so going back for more!

4. Stacking Bird Cups, Dwell

My lovely man is a manager for Dwell so now and then he brings home some lovely little home treats! I have been lusting over these cups for as long as I can remember so was overjoyed when I spotted them on my kitchen counter! I think they are discontinued now but there are similar versions on Dwell's site :) They have some fab pieces right now - next on my wishlist is the union jack mirror and the ever popular Damien Hirst style diamante skull!

5. Red Jeans, Zara

All summer I hunted for the perfect pair of red jeans and I finally found them - albeit a bit late! I absolutely love Zara but I tend to only buy formal pieces from them. These jeans were only £19.99! I know! How good is that?! They have a little stretch in them and aren't too bright so are perfect to take you into Winter! I'm wearing mine with a chiffon blouse and leopard belt but they would look equally as good with a chunky neutral knit and boots :)

6. Rafiki T Bar Sandals, Office

 Leopard - check, Gold brooch detail - check, Comfy - check! I spotted these gorgeous little sandals in Topshop about a month ago but they were sold out of my size. Since then I've hunted high and low to make them mine - finally I found them and bonus - they were on sale! I got them for half price at £25 - I love a good bargain, I do... especially when it's you walk away with something as cute as these! I really wanted them in black but I settled and went for the cream - can't win them all! :))

Did you grab any bargains this month? Tell me in the comments :)

Monday, October 17

Quick Pic...

I finally got some zebra for my home... I love it and better yet, it was only £30 from Ikea! wow! I'm not the biggest Ikea fan by any means, but I have to admit, they have some great decor pieces :) This canvas looks perfect above my sofa in the living room, definitely a great buy! 


Wednesday, October 12

Chanel RTW SS 2012

 Karl Lagerfeld & Florence Welch

I had to share this video with you, it is so gorgeous. For this collection, the genius behind Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld opted for an underwater inspired collection. This was reflected perfectly in the setting for the spectacular runway show, set amongst huge bright white corals, shells, seahorses & waves the collection was fresh, modern & oh so pretty. Florence Welch provided the soundtrack for the show, she stood all in white inside a giant shell reminiscent of Botticelli's Venus. I am always left feeling inspired & lifted after watching a Chanel show :)

What's your thoughts on the Chanel SS 2012 collection?

Saturday, October 8

10 of the Best.... Tux Luxe AW 2011

 Alexander Wang

Last week I blogged about the tuxedo trend for interiors so I thought it would only be right that I throw a little fashion your way :) So here it is, my 10 top pics of the best Tuxedo looks for AW 2011... enjoy :) I have to say Alexander Wang & Jason Wu are quickly making it into my list of all time favourite designers... I love the way Wang keeps it feminine with the chiffon tuxedo shirt & love the printed blouse from Wu, it brings an unexpected twist to the classic androgynous look.

To avoid looking too masculine, keep hair loose & messy - a chignon is perfect! Makeup should be fresh & simple. To add a pop of colour, paint your nails a bright colour - I love Chanel Le Vernis nail colour in Rose Caché!


 Erin Fetherston
  Isabel Marant

 Jason Wu

 Jason Wu

Michael Kors

 Nina Ricci
  Ralph Lauren

 Stella McCartney

 Yigal Azrouel

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