Friday, June 28, 2013

French Connection at Styling Up

We're very pleased to announce that we have a new brand at Stylingup.com. French Connection is a well known fashion brand that offers a wide range of women's clothes, with very fashionable designs at great quality for price. This brand was founded in 1972 by Stephen Marks and it's a great pleasure to have this awesome brand in our website.

Now, our stylists will also recommend clothes from French Connection for your body shape and size. Excited? We are!!


Which other brands would you like to see at stylingup.com with recommendations from our fashion stylists?

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Stylist tips: Essentials to Pack for a Holiday

Are you guilty of packing five of everything when you go on holiday..and then wearing the same pair of shorts and flip flops every day? That makes about a million of us.

To try and avoid this, I’ve put together a list of staple pieces to get you through any beach holiday in style.. and hopefully leave room in your case to bring back all the inevitable purchases of shell bracelets and sarongs!

For Day

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

1. You’ll probably be spending a lot of time in your bikini, so it’s important to take some that fit and flatter you and make you feel comfortable. The polka dot one (Topshop) is classic and feminine, and the ruffles help to flatter hips. The red ruffled one (River Island) is more of a statement and is great for boosting small busts.

2. A kimono is great for covering up your bikini during the day, choose one that sits mid thigh to make you feel covered up enough for when you go for lunch. (River Island)

3. Denim shorts are a key piece for beach holidays, you can slip them over a bikini for day and combine them with a vest for any activities you do. (Topshop)

4. Plain tops are incredibly useful, wear them with your denim shorts during the day and you can also add some glamour by mixing them with jewellery and more statement pieces in the evening. (Boohoo)

5. A good day bag should hold the essentials and ideally be able to click shut, to stop pesky fingers from slipping in unnoticed. (H&M)

6. Retro and statement sunglasses are going to be huge this summer, choose cat-eye shapes or go all out with embellished frames. (River Island)

For Evening

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

1. Bracelets in neutral colours that you can stack and mix-and-match are a great way of changing up your evening look without having to pack a lot of jewellery. (All Topshop)

2. Take a glamorous evening dress that shows off your tan and makes you feel summery. Be bold and pick one in a bright colour or pattern. (Styling Up)

3. A statement necklace is great for layering over your plainer tops or dresses to make you look more dressed up. (Topshop)

4. Let’s be honest, no one really wears high heels on holiday, so take some mid-height, neutral wedges that go with all of your evening items and are easy and comfortable to walk in. (Dorothy Perkins)

5. Take a few luxe vests and strappy tops for evening, you can combine them with just about any bottoms you’ve brought to create a variety of mix and match looks. Good details to look for are embellishments, sequins and statement prints. (Topshop)

6. A sparkly evening clutch will make any look glamorous, even if paired with denim shorts and a pretty vest. (Miss Selfridge)

7. Nothing says holiday like a maxi dress, so get one you love. They’re great for the first few evenings of holiday, when you want to look summer and dress comfortably, but your legs haven’t really picked up a tan yet. (Dorothy Perkins)

Mix and Match

Stylist: Ria Johnson. View image and links on polyvore

These are the hero items that will take you effortlessly from beach-to-dinner-to-bar.

1. An amazing swimsuit will work for day, and also as a top when worn under your denim shorts or skirts. (H&M)

2. Statement, silky joggers can be worn with sandals for day, then glammed up with some wedges when the sun goes down. (Dorothy Perkins)

3. A white shirt is a great basic item for holidays. It can be worn open to cover up your bikini during the day, or with any shorts or skirts. (H&M)

4. A cover-up that’s a proper dress is great, you can wear it over a bikini while you’re out during the day and then you’re ready for the beach later. Add your wedges and it’s also great for evening. (Topshop)

5. A statement skirt should ideally go with all of your tops, so that you can wear it day or night. Go for a pattern with a lot of different colours (like floral patterns) to give it a greater range of potential matches. (Topshop)

6. A sparkly crop top is great for evening (with your statement skirt) or good for glamming up a day outfit, by pairing it with denim shorts.(Topshop)

7. A pair of not-so-plain sandals. I know you’ll probably still wear flip-flops every day, but a pretty pair of sandals are easy to wear during the day and are dressed up enough for evening. (Topshop)
Hopefully these pieces will see you through your holiday easily, and leave you only worrying about what cocktail flavour to try next! It’s very eighties..but I’d recommend a Pina Colada. Happy Holidays!


This post was written by Ria Johnson. Ria is a stylist at stylingup.com and she's styling since 2011. You can also follow Ria in her own blog

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Top 10 high street clutches

In the last seasons we saw bags becoming lighter and smaller and we’ve seen them all across the red carpets. Right now clutches are a must-have on every women’s wardrobe. It’s a great accessory not only to wear on parties, cocktails or evening events, but also to wear on a day-to-day basis (especially for those who don’t have to travel around by bus or underground).

Clutch bags may seem small, but they are just the right size to carry around the most indispensable things without carrying any extra weight or tons of papers and things that are often forgotten on big shoulder bags.

Below, you’ll see our stylist selection of the top 10 clutches on the high street. These are great, classy and affordable options for those who like to keep up with fashion without spending a large amount of money. Styles range from classic to glamorous and creative and the prices range from £17 to £54 in brands like Accessorize, Monsoon, Steve Madden, Awear, Cat and others.



1- Colour Block Envelope Clutch, ACCESSORIZE, £27 | 2- Rouched Satin Blue Clutch, ACCESSORIZE, £17 | 3- Stud Detail Clutch Bag, AWEAR, £30 | 4- Tia Studded Clutch Bag, CAT, £30 | 5- Bison Chic Clutch Black, MONSOON, £19 (promo) | 6- Fonda Rafia Envelope Clutch, COLEEN, £27 | 7- Amazing Poppy Beaded Clutch Pink, ACCESSORIZE, £45 | 8- Sakura Pink Clutch, MONSOON, £35 | 9- Bkasino Mint Clutch, STEVE MADDEN, £54 (promo) | 10- Wimborne Black Clutch, MISCHA BARTON, £39

WIN a gorgeous silicone necklace

Styling Up has teamed up with Beija Flor and we're giving a gorgeous silicone necklace to one lucky winner in the Styling Up's facebook page.


To make sure you enter this competition, just go to our facebook page and click on the "WIN" tab. Please note that this tab is only available on Desktop version and it's not working on mobile.

In that tab, after liking our page, you may comment by answering the question: "What would you wear this necklace with?" and pasting a link from the Styling Up's website. To increase your chances of winning, you can comment every day.

Share this with your BFF's so they can also get a chance to win.

You can also visit our website to see what our stylists recommend for your shape and size and Beija Flor's facebook page for more stunning silicone necklaces.

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