Friday, 31 October 2014

The Infamous Cape

Happy Halloween! From Little Red Riding Hood to Wonder Woman, our long standing fascination with the cape continues. There's a lot to love about its glamour and of course the instant super hero empowerment that it gives us. This Season, your wardrobe will not be complete without one.

The Coat
Fiorelli Sienna Boxy Tote

A great way to incorporate the cape into your wardrobe is the coat. You can opt for the cropped or the full length style paired with tailored trousers or a pencil skirt for a sophisticated evening look. 
If you're looking to make a bold statement why not wear head to toe in a warm autumnal tone.

The Poncho 

For a more subtle way of wearing the cape, opt for the classic poncho. Whether it's Spring, Autumn or Winter, the poncho makes a great addition to any wardrobe. Pair with jeans and boots this season for a casual on trend look.

The Dress 

Image Source (L-R) Valentino Dress, Tyra Earrings , Mada Necklace, Yasmin Clutch

Last up, is this seasons hottest trend; the cape dress that embraced our catwalks for AW14.  Pair with a statement clutch and timelessly classic heels for glamorous,  evening  winter style. 

However you choose to wear it this winter, embrace your inner superhero and make the cape a wardrobe staple.

However you choose to wear it this winter, embrace your inner superhero and make the cape a wardrobe staple.
How are you wearing yours? Share your style with us on Twitter and Instagram @Fiorelli_bags

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

Pre-Christmas Detox

The endless days of summer are well and truly behind us. In its place have come falling terracotta leaves, onesies and family sized bars of chocolate. It’s not that we don’t enjoy socialising in winter; it’s just that the effort to do so can seem insurmountable when it’s 3pm and already dark outside!

Sometimes all we need during the colder months is a handy boost of energy (and a gorgeous faux-fur coat) to keep us going. So, we’re resolving to turn a new leaf and change our ways this A/W. Enter the pre-Christmas detox. Concentrating on high energy, low fat foods, endorphin releasing exercises and skin superfooods, we’re on a mission to combat hibernation. Who’s with us?

High Energy, Low Calorie Foods

The cold has a way of making us long for carb rich comfort foods like macaroni cheese or sausage and mash. Unfortunately these foods are apt to make us feel sluggish and tired. Our thought process isn’t to go on a super diet but rather to consume high energy, low fat foods that will keep you in high spirits from dusk ‘til dawn.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so it’s vital to fill yours with slow-release energy foods such as oats, raisins and peanut butter. Don’t omit carbs altogether, just be smart about the carbs you do choose. If you’re going for bread, choose whole-wheat and the same with pasta.

Avoid products with refined sugar and caffeinated drinks as these tend to give you a quick spike of insulin which will wear off after a couple of hours. 

Superfoods for Skin

Greasy foods and dropping temperatures spell danger for skin- keep yours glowing in all 4 seasons by eating skin superfoods such as avocado and blueberries. Blueberries contain more antioxidants than most fruit and vegetables and avocados are packed with carotenoids which are known to improve the density, tone and overall appearance of skin.

Avocados also contain a high level of oleic acid which can help the epidermal layer of skin retain moisture and regenerate damaged skin cells.

Winter Exercise

It’s difficult to get motivated for a 10k run when it’s pelting down with rain, but don’t hang up the exercise gear altogether. Exercise releases endorphins which can lower depression rates (seasonal affective disorder anyone?) reduce stress and considerably improve mood. In terms of having a positive and energizing outlook, winter is perhaps the most suitable time to exercise of all.

If running is your preferred sport, a good trick is to warm up inside for 5-10 minutes first. That way, by time you step outside your body will already be acclimatised and the cold won’t hit you as hard. Wear multiple layers which can be removed as your body temperature increases.

And if you really can’t face the cold, Carrie Bradshaw says that shopping is her cardio. We tend to agree!

What are your tried and tested detox tips? We’d love to know where you get your energy from in winter. Leave us a comment or tweet us @Fiorelli_bags

Friday, 24 October 2014

50 Shades of Red- Trend Alert

You've seen it on the catwalk, in the magazines and now on your favourite celebrities; This season is all about being a 'Lady in Red.' From cranberry to ox blood and back to crimson, there's something for everyone - will you dare to get red? 

Image source (VersaceMani Tote, Loretta Hobo)

Image source L-R (Kat Bosworth, Amber Shoulder)

Kim Kardashian was recently spotted embracing the red trend beautifully. Wearing red from head to toe isn't everyone's cup of tea. A a touch of red goes a long way, from a classic red lippy or the perfect pair of red pumps.

Image source L-R (Kim K, Mac Ruby Woo

How are you wearing this season's hottest trend? Send us your images on Twitter and Instagram @Fiorelli_bags 

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

How to Host a Devilishly Good Halloween Party

With just over a week to go until Halloween, we’re getting into the fright night spirit. Pumpkins have been purchased, virtual look books created, playlists in progress and that’s not all. We’ve decided to go one better this year by throwing a devilishly good Halloween party. If you thought the annual scare fest was all about the kids then think again, allow our Halloween party ideas for adults to inspire you.

Introduce a murder mystery theme

If you don’t fancy dressing up like an extra from Nightmare on Elm Street, murder mystery offers a sophisticated yet scary alternative. You can either purchase a physical murder mystery game or choose from an abundance of free versions online. The beauty of murder mystery is that it allows you to know exactly how many guests will be arriving and with each game lasting around 2 hours, there’s no need to worry about stifled conversation.

Guests receive a character profile beforehand which will give clear instructions on what their character looks and acts like, this takes care of the outfit side. Since most murder mystery games take place around a table, this gives you the opportunity to whip up some terrifyingly tasty food

Ensure frightfully stylish treats are up for grabs

Canapés are the way to go and thanks to Pinterest you won’t have to use your imagination too much. From chic, bat shaped biscuits to cheese and pretzel broomsticks, take your pick from a plethora of Halloween party food ideas.

It doesn’t matter if you’re 7 or 57, everybody loves cake and it’s a great talking point. Create a show stopping masterpiece and place it in the middle of the table so that all your guests can admire your handiwork. For a fashionable take on Halloween cake, we suggest choosing a monochrome theme with one statement icon in the middle such as a snake or witch. For more modish Halloween cake ideas, we suggest taking a peek at this Country Living article.

Shake things up with scary multimedia

In the interest of keeping things scary it makes sense to have a few Halloween films on the go. If you can get hold of a projector we suggest lighting candles and projecting silent black and white films onto the wall for atmospheric frights.

Eerie music is also encouraged but select ambient music such as Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells rather than the Ghostbusters theme to stop things veering into childish territory. Unless of course that is your want, by which means Michael Jackson’s Thriller should be a good starting point.

Do you have any suggestions to add to our Halloween party ideas? Tweet us your hosting tips @Fiorelli_Bags or leave a comment below.

Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Here Come the Girls: Winter Spa Breaks

After a September full of sunshine, the glum rain and cold has come as a bit of a shock to the system. ‘Tis the season to put on a fluffy dressing gown, dip your feet in natural thermae waters and sip rejuvenating juices. Unwind and refresh with our suggestions for relaxing weekend getaways. Round up your girlfriends and seek refuge in the UK’s best spas.

Revitalise your body at the Thermae Bath Spa

A wonderland of ancient thermal springs and swish facilities, we’d happily move into the Thermae Bath Spa. The moment you enter the building the high tech changing areas, accommodating staff and calm music transport you to a tranquil realm filled with serenity.

Shimmery turquoise water and magnolia pillars create an atmosphere of calm in the Minerva bath- the spa’s main pool. Drift along in a daze with the support of a complimentary pool float or bounce along the lazy river to your hearts content.

A trip to the open-air roof spa is not to be missed either; indulge your love of sightseeing by gazing out over the cities rooftops from the comfort of the hot, bubbling pool. Give those tired pores a boost in the spas 4 signature steam rooms. The eucalyptus and mint pod is our favourite, not to mention the central rainfall shower which comes in handy when you require cooling off.
With water containing a total of 42 rejuvenating minerals and the spa boasting an average temperature of 33.5 °C, we can’t think of a better way to beat the winter blues.

Indulge in Chinese relaxation methods at the Chuan Spa

In Chinese culture, free flowing water represents life and balance. Chuan translates as serene course of water in English, so it comes as no surprise that this London spa takes its inspiration directly from Asia. Focused on offering traditional Chinese medicine treatments such as acupressure massages and baobab seed and oil exfoliating, it’s certainly a refreshing concept.

The exotic theme extends to the breath-taking décor; VIP baths filled with rose petals, artisan sliding doors and plush treatment pods are garnished with hanging chandeliers and aromatic scents. We highly recommend this spa for a calming experience that will revive your mind, body and soul.

Choose from over 80 spa therapies at Champney’s signature resort

Nestled amongst the Leicestershire countryside, Champney Springs is a cocoon of calm. Focused on fitness, health and wellbeing, guests will find plenty of opportunities to unwind at this beautiful health resort. Unlike most spa destinations, Champney Springs gives you the opportunity to exercise and relax depending on your requirements.

Choose from over 80 treatments including astrology, holistic crystal therapy and meditation, make use of the resort’s 2 fitness studios and fill your body up with hearty goodness. The fine dining menu is full of healthy nourishment guaranteed to make you feel amazing. Out of all the options mentioned, Champney Springs is by far the priciest, but its luxury worth saving up for.

Have our relaxing spa weekend ideas put you in the mood for a pampering session? Let us know your fave spa spots by tweeting us @Fiorelli_Bags.

Friday, 10 October 2014

The Ultimate Workwear Shoes for A/W 2014

Your AW15 wardrobe is not complete until you find the perfect style of shoes. Finding the dream pair is never an easy task so that's why the team here at Fiorelli have come to the rescue with our guide of this seasons shoes to spice up your workwear. 

The classic black shoe is a quintessential part of every woman's wardrobe and this season it is reborn as 'Minimal Androgyny'. Sleek, clean cut lines, with an ultramodern finish; from brogues to bootie and block heel sandals.

Image source (L-R): Penny Loafer,  Giselle Block Heel, Baylee Bowling Bag  Chelsea Boots 

From your favourite fashion magazines to London Fashion Week, texture has been everywhere! Whether it's fur coats, leather dresses and or fluffy jumpers, the impact of this trend is undeniable.
In keeping with the autumnal hues of the season, 'Leopard Love' combines both texture and tones making it the perfect way to bring an element of fun and excitement into your workwear wardrobe.

Image source (L-R): GayyleKeeper Lace Up, Steve Madden, Frankie Shoulder

 Which A/W shoe trend have you fallen for? Share your favourites with us @Fiorelli_Bags

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Trending AW Coats and Jackets

The time has come for us to layer up, sigh. But it’s not all doom and gloom, purchasing hip, warm winter coats makes dressing in the dark a little more bearable. Hit refresh this season with camel coats, bomber jackets, wrap coats and faux fur. We'll show you our pick of the latest coat trends to help inspire your winter #FiorelliStyle! 

Image Sources (From L-R): Double-Breasted, Textured, Classic Trench, Shearling

Whether you choose the classic trench coat, a cosy shearling number or a classic double breasted style, it’s hard to ignore the impression camel coats are making on the fashion world. Warm winter coats don’t come much classier and the colour looks a treat paired with black, grey, and white hues. Dress it down in a simple t-shirt and ripped jeans or turn it up a notch with dogtooth printed trousers, loafers and a black scalloped edge top.

Of course, no outfit is complete without a gorgeous bag. 

From (L-R): Sienna Boxy Tote, Mani Tote, Lucy ToteElla Flapover Tote

The bomber jacket brings a casual dimension to smart dressing. Elegant prints and silky textures are juxtaposed with off-duty bomber shapes resulting in a truly contemporary piece of outerwear. Garnish a plain outfit with a floral print, add a squeeze of zest into winter dressing or embrace the collegiate trend with a sporty style. Bomber jackets are usually worn unzipped for maximum impact so admittedly this isn’t one for peak December. But if you’re looking to invest in an extra layer for the daily dash or after work cocktail, this could be your new fave.

We’re going to be honest; when we first heard about the blanket wrap we weren’t entirely convinced. After all, a blanket that doubles up as a jacket sounds more like a last resort at a rainy festival than a chic fashion statement. However all our shapeless fears were put to bed when we invested in some strategic belting and drainpipe jeans. The key to nailing the look is tight fitting core layers which will pull the ensemble together nicely and prove that you do have a figure under there.

If you’re not ready to go for a blanket wrap though, you could embrace the trend with a dressing gown style coat such as the brick orange number pictured. Streamlined and vibrant, it’ll serve as your loyal; go-to winter companion.

Looking for a lightweight cardigan alternative? Kimonos aren’t going anywhere. Choose snazzy prints to revitalise your tired threads or a staple black design with embellished edges. 
(From L-R): Layla Satchel, Kayla Hobo, Mia Grab, Jolie Crossbody

How will you be rocking your autumn jacket this year? Do let us know. In the meantime, take a peek at our latest collection of women’s handbags in on-trend, outerwear matching colours.

Friday, 3 October 2014

The Ultimate Guide To Boardroom Chic

When it comes to workwear, finding ways to reinvent yourself can often be a challenge. How many time have you woken up on Monday and thought about how to defeat the Monday blues in style?
Well, the team at Fiorelli are here to rescue you from fashion faux pas and boring workwear with three easy tips.

  1. Add an injection of colour into your outfits.  
Black will always be the new black but nothing says 'I'm here and I mean business' like a pop of vibrate colour. When it comes to workwear, we tend to stick with black, greys, white and neutrals. Stimulate not only your mind but your wardrobe too with vibrant tones.

Sienna Boxy Tote Bag

      2. Don't be afraid of texture!

This season's trends focus heavily on texture, don't be afraid to to mix different textures and tones. This includes fabrics as well as accessories. Allow your personality to shine through.  

Olivia Jade Shoulder Bag

        3. Do it like your favourite on screen Shero.

No one does boardroom chic like our favourite on screen leading ladies. From Olivia Pop of Scandal to Miranda Priestly from The Devil Wear Prada. These ladies know how to command  respect and look fabulous while doing it.

 So remember stay stylish, sophisticated and add a touch of glamour to combat the Monday blues.

What steps have you taken to ensure you beat the Monday blues in style? Share your workwear pictures with us @Fiorell_Bags 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

London’s Best Food Markets

When it comes to food markets, the team here at Fiorelli know only the best. As self-confessed foodies, we love discovering London’s hidden gems.

If you’re looking for a cheap eat that not only takes care of your bank account, but your taste buds too, London has the answer.  From sit-down cafés to takeaway treats, we’ll let you in on our favourite food market hotspots.

Berwick Street Market
Located in the heart of Soho is Berwick Street market. The beauty of this market is that you can pick up lunch for about a fiver and wander on over to Soho Square to sit down and indulge. Mondays tend to be pretty quiet, so if it’s choice you’re after, it might be wise to visit this market from Tuesday onwards.

The selection changes on a daily basis so you’ll always find something new to try during your well-deserved lunch break. Whether you’re after a delicious baguette, a warming soup that’s bursting with flavour or super tasty noodle salads, Banhmi11 has it all. This much-loved Vietnamese market gives this cuisine its credit. Using only the finest ingredients, food at Banhmi11 is certain to send your tastebuds to heaven. 

Let’s face it you can never go wrong with a pizza and the Pizza Pilgrim sure know how to make seriously sexy pizza. This family-run business operates from the back of a tiny Piaggia Ape three-wheeler. Brothers James and Thom Eliott bake perfect pizzas that’ll have you coming back for another slice.
Of course there are plenty of other food joints at Berwick Street Market but we’ve just given you a cheeky taster. Head over between 12 and 2 for lunch Monday to Friday and you won’t be disappointed.

Borough Market

So long as you don’t mind hustle and bustle at lunch time (you won’t want to head here if you’re after a peaceful lunch) Borough Market is a ‘must’. Why? It’s one of the best places in London to satisfy your tastebuds for less than a fiver. Whilst this market is pretty quiet Monday to Wednesday, it’s heaving by the time it gets to Thursday, and it only gets busier over the weekend!

Buzzing with both tourists and locals, Borough Market is not a place that lacks atmosphere; Foodies can’t get enough of this place. Be sure to queue up for a chorizo sandwich from Brindisha, a Spanish deli. Whilst you may have to queue for a while, it sure is worth it. A lightly toasted white roll generously filled with rich spicy chorizo, bitter rocket and sweet-sour piquillo peppers allows you to truly taste Spain in all its glory.

If you’re a veggie, or a lover of cheese, Bermondsey-based dairy and cheese maker Kappacasein is renowned for its scrumptious cheese toasties, and they’re not just your standard cheese toasties. Imagine montgomery cheddar married with leek, onion and garlic between two slices of sourdough bread…pretty dreamy, right? Well come along to Borough Market and dream no more.

Want to know what other culinary delights you’ll discover at this market? Make this one for the diary.

Have you visited any fantastic food markets lately? If so, share them with us @Fiorell_Bags