Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Summer Cocktail Inspiration

The current weather isn’t exactly screaming summer cocktails just yet but with another May bank holiday happening in just a matter of days, it’s perfect for experimenting with a little mixology. So, we’ve picked a few of our favourite cocktail recipes to share and advise you to always drink responsibly no matter how yummy they are!

Cucumber Lime Margaritas


We all love a Margarita but there’s no denying that they’re not the most waist friendly of cocktails, that’s why we especially love our skinny cucumber version. The cucumber taste means that there’s no need to add in any sugar.

Peel 2 cucumbers and pop them into your blender until it mixes into a thick juice, then separate the pulp from the juice with a strainer. Take a small (around 8 ounce glass) fill with ice and pour over 1 ½ ounces of silver tequila, 1 ½ ounces of fresh lime juice and 3 ounces of the cucumber juice. Make it look pretty with a few slices of cucumber garnish. 

Strawberry Gin Smash 



As more and more gin gardens are set to open up across the UK this summer, why not nail the trend ahead of the wave and try out our delicious strawberry gin cocktail recipe for yourself?


To serve around 8 people, simply mix 2 tablespoons of sugar with 4 tablespoons of lime juice in a large pitcher, then slit the tips of 8 small strawberries and roll them gently in the juice for a few minutes. Pour in 2 cups of gin and 3 cups of soda, then add ice cubes and garnish to taste with a few sprigs of mint. 

Bourbon Peach Sweet Tea 


If you’re a big tea fan, then make this recipe your go-to cocktail of choice. Take a quirky jar, mix together 2 ounces of peach preserves with 2 ounces of Bourbon, a dash of Aperol, 1 ounce of lemon juice, and pour over some ice. Fill to the top with some sweet tea and garnish with a lemon round and a sprig of thyme.

Why not share your favourite cocktails with us by getting in touch @Fiorelli_Bags on Twitter? We’d love to try them out! 

Friday, 8 May 2015

Fiorelli's 2015 Festival Guide

Has watching all of the recent Coachella coverage got you thinking about hitting one of this summer’s festivals? There are so many to choose from that it’s hard to pick just one. So, be inspired by our pick of the most stylish.

Holi Festival 


The Festival of Colours is one like no other, inspired by the traditional Hindu festival Holi it combines a euphoric atmosphere with music and coloured powdered. Forget the traditional festival wear and opt for a white ensemble as you’ll create your own individual outfit thanks to the colour splashes.

The Festival is hitting London on 12th September this year but is also touring Europe if you fancy venturing further afield!

Field Day 



Taking place at London’s Victoria Park, Field Day lets alternative acts take centre stage, and is becoming the festival of choice for more and more people each year. 

It’s the perfect opportunity to go all out with the festival fashion as you enjoy live music, street style food and plenty of competitions.Taking place 6-7th June, it’s time to start thinking about your festival #FiorelliStyle already! 

Way Out West 


If you’re really into your fashion, then head to Sweden’s most stylish festival, Way Out West. Get ready to drool over attendees’ effortless style alongside Fashion Buyers who make this festival their first port of call for trend spotting. You can also expect great live music from both established and alternative artists such as Florence and the Machine or Ellie Goulding. So, book your tickets to Goteborg from 13-15 August and get ready to soak up some Scandi cool! 

Already snapped up your festival tickets for this summer’s events? Then let us know where you’ve chosen and don’t forget to tag us in your cool festival fashion pics @Fiorelli_Bags on Twitter or Instagram. We can’t wait to see your festival #FiorelliStyle!
 

Thursday, 30 April 2015

#Fiorelli24Seven Summer has Launched

To celebrate summer, we’re launching a new #Fiorelli24Seven edit. Over the next few weeks we’ll be unveiling seven key summer bags that can be worn 24Seven! 

Plus, this time around, we’ve teamed up with the luxury self-tan and beauty brand For All My Eternity and we’ll also be teaching you how to achieve that perfect summer body to match your perfect summer bag. Ensuring that you’ll look your best 24/Seven! 


Some of our favourite influencers will also be helping us to unveil each of the new #Fiorelli24Seven styles. Not only will they be showing us how they’re styling up their bags for summer but they’ll also be testing out their favourite products from For All My Eternity’s current range.


So far, Beauty Blogger Rose from the Mixed Gem’s blog revealed her Meg shoulder in canvas mix with For All My Eternity’s Tan and Tone Cream, and their Tan Saving Shower Gel. Then, Lois from the BunniPunch blog (below) showed us her Rita tote in the St Tropez print after testing out For All My Eternity's Gradual 10 Tan lotion and Tan saving shower gel. 


To celebrate our campaign, we’ll be offering the choice between two free For All My Eternity beauty products with all #Fiorelli24Seven purchases. 

Choose between the Lemongrass, Bergamot & Mandarin Body Wash, created from pure essential oils to awaken the senses whilst softening and hydrating the skin. Or a Gradual 10 Self-Tanner, a luxurious lotion that can be used every day to achieve soft, subtle, sun-kissed radiance and extend your existing tan. 



We hope that you’re excited to discover the rest of our style reveals and see which of your favourite bloggers that we’ve teamed up with.

Why not get in on the #Fiorelli24Seven fun by tagging us in your new summer purchases @fiorelli_bags on Twitter or Instagram?





Monday, 20 April 2015

Go Behind the Scenes at the #FiorlelliAW15 Press Day

We know that you love a sneak peek at our upcoming collections before they launch, so we hope that your enjoyed our #FiorelliAW15 press day coverage last week?


We made the Luxurious Westbury hotel our home from home for two days as we showcased our gorgeous new season #FiorelliStyle to the press and some of our favourite bloggers. 

As always the collection is all about the bag, modern yet beautiful to own with inspiration being derived from both the catwalks and our favourite designer trends balanced with the need to create a perfectly functional bag. 


The colour palette is a well balanced mix of classic shades and new fashion brights, with colour blocking also remaining an important trend for us. This time around we’ve opted for a bold statement of two colours back to back or more complex combinations with three colours working well together. 

The print trend has evolved this season to experiment with various themes of print animal textures, feathers and florals, placement and random. We’re excited to announce that we’ll be launching six different prints for AW15! 


We’re constantly hard at work developing pieces that we think you’d love which often involves incorporating your ideas into our collections. We’ve listened to your suggestions of incorporating watches into our collections too! So, get ready to match your watches to your handbags with our matching prints this AW15. 



Our statement jewellery is packing a punch next season too. Featuring matching necklace and earring combinations that’ll add the perfect finishing touches to your Christmas parties later in the year! 


We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing our sneak peeks, and would love to hear if you had any favourite pieces? Simply drop us a comment below. Don’t forget that in the meantime, you can shop our latest arrivals here. We can’t wait to see your new season #FiorelliStyle! 

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Go Behind the Scenes at our Fiorelli X Marios Schwab Insta-Meet



Loved by stars like Zoe Saldana and Emily Blunt, Marios Schwab is renowned for his outstanding contribution to British women's wear. This September, he will be launching a limited edition capsule collection with Fiorelli Bags. The collection brings together Marios' eye for strong feminine lines and contrasting textures with Fiorelli's high quality and affordable price points.



To celebrate our exciting new collaboration, we invited four of our favourite bloggers down to the Ham Yard Hotel, for an exclusive breakfast and preview of the collection. There were plenty of nibbles and lots of exciting conversations. 

Andreea of Dreaming of Chanel, Elena of Eileen Cuisine, Hayley of Frock Me I'm Famous and Made in Chelsea actress and blogger Olivia New-Man Young were all in attendance to interview Marios and find out the inspiration behind the collection.



Recognise anyone you know?

We of course couldn't go without sharing this exclusive preview with our Fiorelli fans also!










We are so excited for the launch in September! To see more from the Insta-Meet, search #MSxFiorelli on Twitter and Instagram.




Thursday, 19 March 2015

Discover our Favourite SS15 #FiorelliStyle

A new season means it’s time to introduce some new #FiorelliStyle into your wardrobes, and for S/S 15 our collection has never looked better. Classic shapes are revisited with an emphasis on feature details and colour, and just like always, our styles are as functional as they are beautiful!

Let us share a few of our favourite pieces from our new collection with you, and let the spring style inspiration flow.

The Mia Grab Reinvented 


We’ve added several new colour options to our bestselling Mia grab this season, and we have to admit that its nautical transformation is a firm favourite amongst the girls at Fiorelli HQ.

Channel Riviera chic as spring evolves by opting for a colour palette in a choice of navy, red and white, or clash against a traditional Breton stripe style combo.

This Season’s Hottest Print 



Pattern clashing is key for us this season as our main print is a fusion of stripes, a botanical print and block colour. Our Libby frame clutch wears this trend perfectly with the added option of a detachable strap transforming it from a functional crossbody bag into a stylish clutch. Perfect for incorporating into your spring outfits be it night or day.

The Getaway Tote



For most of us, spring also means that it’s time to book a cheeky getaway and our Rita tote makes for the perfect travel companion. Rock the holiday feeling Riviera and St Tropez prints or opt for fail safe nautical cream.

Plus, its zipped compartment is also detachable, which means that it can double up as chic slimline clutch. We think of everything! Now all’s that’s left to worry about is which jewellery you’ll style it up with.

Have you got a favourite piece in our S/S 15 collection? Tweet us your faves @Fiorelli_Bags, and let us know how you’ll be styling them up for spring.




Friday, 6 March 2015

Mother's Day Gifting Ideas

It's coming up to that time of year when we show that special woman in our lives just how much they mean to us. Finding the right gift year after year can be a little tricky however, so the team at Fiorelli has put together a list of Mother's Day treats for all budgets. 

DIY
Sometimes the simplest of gifts are the best. 

Unleash your creative juices by creating bespoke and personalised skin care products using simple ingredients found in your kitchen. What we love most about these gifts is how cost effective they are.

Why not give an assortment of whipped body butters, bath salts and body scrubs. The internet is full of easy recipes for all skill sets. If we can do it - so can you! 


Source (Link)
Whipped Grapefruit Mint Sugar Scrub
Ingredients
  • ½ Cup. Coconut Oil
  • ½ Cup. White Sugar
  • Zest of 1 Grapefruit
  • 1 Tbs. Grapefruit Juice
  • 10 drops Peppermint Oil
  • 25 drops Grapefruit Oil
  • ¼ t. Beet Juice(optional-for color)
Instructions

  1. Place the firm coconut oil and white sugar in the bowl of a stand mixer. Mix together on low speed until a thick paste is formed. 
  2. Add the grapefruit zest, grapefruit juice, peppermint and grapefruit oil, and beet juice if desired, to the mixture. Mix on low until it's incorporated and then turn the speed up to medium for about 20 seconds, or until mixture is well blended and fluffy. 
  3. Store in an air-tight glass jar in the refrigerator.

Jewellery 

You've heard the saying before and it is absolutely true! When it comes to women, you can't go wrong with jewellery. From understated chic to bold and outspoken, there's a style for everyone. 

With Spring on the horizon, floral jewellery in rose and light gold make the perfect gift. Our Sienna statement necklace combines both the floral and pastel trends in a beautiful piece that can be worn both day and night. 



Spa Weekend 
Escape to serenity!

If you're looking to really splash out this Mother's Day, why not book a wonderful spa weekend away. Whether you're a city breaker or countryside escaper, the options are endless. 

Our top London Spa would have to be the Mandarin Hotel.  Offering a wide range of treatments, and facilities, we just can't get enough.

Source (Link)

What was the best Mother's Day gift that you've ever received or given? Share with us @Fiorelli_Bags on Twitter. 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

The World's Best Spas

It’s that awkward time of the year when there’s not a lot going on, and your summer holiday is still too far away to get excited about. So, why not give yourself something to look forward to and head off on a spa break?


For those of you who are really looking to splash the cash, then make a tropical destination like Bali your first port of call. The Como Shambhala estate is perfect for escaping away from it all and evoking upon a true detox. They cover everything from your dietary and exercise needs to your general well-being, and even have a resident yoga teacher. Hello dream job!

Often described as nothing short of an oasis dedicated to well-being and intense relaxation, they boast a list of unique treatments and beauty rituals that use nothing less than 100% natural products. Soak up its true Moroccan style whilst sipping traditional mint tea and treating yourself to a local pastry or ten!

Forget the UK spas, though and go that extra mile by splashing out on a trip abroad. Get ready to be inspired by our top picks!

Como Shambhala Bali



Fortina Spa Resort Malta


Overlooking the waters’ edge in the heart of Sliema, the Fortina Spa Resort is referred to as one of Malta’s leading destinations, and boasts an all around the world theme which allows you to sample everything from international cuisines to worldwide treatments in its spa. Get active and try out an aqua aerobics class or treat yourself to a special wrap or scrub. It’s such a specialised resort that they even offer treatments like botox or fillers!

Le Bains de Marrakech



We hope you’re feeling inspired by our international spa tips and would love to hear if you have any recommendations? Why not tweet us @Fiorelli_Bags and let us know where you’ve been treating your Fiorelli bags to a relaxing getaway. 

Friday, 27 February 2015

Fiorelli's #LFW A/W15 Edit

There's nothing more exciting for us than Fashion Week! From New York to London and Milan, fashion fever spread like wild fire. We must say, the atmosphere is unbeatable!   

So, with that in mind, we bring you our favourite trends in both beauty and fashion.

#BackStageBeauty

One place to find all of the best news on emerging beauty trends for autumn/winter 2015 is backstage before the models step out onto the catwalk and the show begins.

Some say it's an art to create effortless looking make-up. The 'Natural Look' was a huge hit at Prada; subtle eye shadow, nude lips and a light coat of mascara. An alternative to this look as seen at the Giles show; bare lashes, Gothic black lips and and contoured eyes.

Lastly, our favourite beauty trend returns and we couldn't be happier. The strong brow or as some like to call it, the 'power brow' was all over the Christopher Kane show. This look is easy to achieve using a brow powder and set combo. Now is the time to say no to over plucking! 
Image source (Vogue)

Clothing 

Strong prints and simple black are undoubtedly two classic trends that are reinvented season after season and each time it gets better. We fell in love with Hakaan Yildirim's interpretation of feminine sexuality on the final day of Fashion Week.  A bold, strong shape and sexy lines in black? We think that might be the perfect marriage in clothing.

Finally, the Tata Naka show was full of contrasting prints, textures and colours. The attention to detail in the collection was undeniable; a truly unique collection.


Image Source (Hakaan Yildiri)
Image Source (Tata Naka)

Did you attend #LFW? Let us know your favourite A/W trends by tweeting us @Fiorelli_Bags or leaving us a comment below.

Scandinavian Chic: Achieving the minimalist look

Fashion month always gets us in the mood for a wardrobe overall and whilst we’ve been watching the new AW15 trends prevail around the world’s most stylish capitals, it’s that enviable Scandi style that’s caught our eye.



Want to emulate that effortless, just stepped out of bed Scandinavian look too? Then, follow our top tips and invest in the staples that’ll have you looking Scandi-cool in no time.

The Colour Palette




Monochromatic hues are synonymous with classic Nordic style as a simple pairing of black and white is the easiest way to capture a minimalistic feel. Opt for staple pair of black leather trousers, a boxy white top and complement further with a pair of white heels.

Flats 


If you‘re trying to master true Scandinavian feeling dressing, then a pair of flats are a must. They quite possibly became a Scandi wardrobe staple due to all of their cobbled roads making a pair of heels an almost impossible choice but somehow they’ve managed to make them cool. They’ve taught us that we don’t have to finish our outfits with a pair of heels to infuse our looks with an air of cool!

Borrow from the boys 




Nordic style is famous for its androgynous vibe; be it the girls borrowing oversized or tailored pieces from the boys, or the boys mixing up their outfits with a feminine touch. Team a pair of tailored trousers with a shirt and oversized coat to get the look, and who knows maybe you can even raid your boyfriend’s wardrobe rather than splash out on something new.

Feeling inspired by our tips? Why not tweet us a picture of how you’ve been styling up your Fiorelli bags Scandi style by tweeting us your pics @Fiorelli_Bags?  We can’t wait to see.




Friday, 20 February 2015

Our Pick of the Most Exciting Female Entrepreneurs

If you've got an exciting new business idea and have secretly been harbouring a dream to go it alone for some time, then sometimes all’s you need is a little inspiration to take the plunge. So, why not be inspired by our pick of the most exciting female entrepreneurs? 


Sophia Amoruso


Not many people go from college drop out to founder and CEO of a multi-million pound company, and all before even turning 30! That’s why Sophia’s story is so inspiring, she proves that academia isn’t the only way to success if you have passion for what you love and are prepared to work hard.

Sophia is of course the founder of the US fashion brand Nasty Gal, which started out as a simple online eBay vintage store. She has even written the book #GirlBoss about her path to success which is a must read for any aspiring entrepreneurs. 

Holly Tucker and Sophie Cornish 


This pair of entrepreneurs started their gift website Not On The Highstreet from the comfort of their own kitchen table when the two friends were inspired to create a virtual quirky shopping destination inspired by areas like Brighton’s lanes.

Their site makes it easy to buy a unique gift without having to leave your house and track down a quirky boutique. It’s the kind of idea that’s got genius written all over it, and has helped to turn their venture into a multi-million pound success! 

Michelle Mone 

One of the most famous female entrepreneurs around is Scottish Michelle Mone who’s famed for revolutionising lingerie. Inspired by attending a party in an ill-fitting bra she evoked upon the challenge of creating one that was comfortable enough to dance the night away in, and from that idea Ultimo was eventually born.

It’s really inspiring to think that despite her humble beginnings, she’s taken a simple idea put in a lot of hard work and is now a multi-millionaire because of it!

Maybe you have a female entrepreneur who inspires you that we haven't mentioned? Then, let us know by dropping us a tweet @fiorelli_bags


Thursday, 12 February 2015

Dine Out This Valentine's Day With Our Dinner Date Ideas.

If you've left your Valentine’s plans to the last minute and are eagerly trying to find the perfect restaurant, then read on and let us share a few of our date perfect restaurants with you – whatever the budget! 

Splash Out!


For some, Valentine’s is a big deal which means no expense spared, so only the finest restaurant will do. There are plenty of fancy restaurants in London to choose from and one of our favourites is Fera at Claridge’s.
The Michelin awarded restaurant is inspired by the constant changing seasons, which means that its à la carte menu also continuously changes depending upon what’s in season. Boasting the perfect fusion between creativity and organic delights, opt for a tasting menu comprising of 6 courses for £95 to ensure a little sample of their best picks currently on offer. 

The Go-To 


Although London’s relatively new Portland restaurant is ran by a team of highly experienced chefs, its price points won’t break the bank as there’s currently no main costing more than £20.

Expect dishes such as succulent wild bass or game, or you can even choose between three different set menus depending upon your budget. Plus, they also offer a select yet changing assortment of desserts that no girl can refuse on a special occasion. We’re a warm almond pithivier, please. 

On a Budget


If you think that the most romantic restaurants in London don’t involve dining on a shoe string, you better think again. Now, of course we’re not directing you by way of your local greasy spoon but it’s true that it’s not necessarily the location but rather the company.

If you’re dining out on a budget and wanting a change from your usual mainstream bargain chains, then we’d recommend a trip to the Breakfast Club. Yes, it offers just around about everything Breakfast related throughout the day but it also serves up classic comfort food in the form of burgers, pulled pork sandwiches and warm chocolate brownies, or save those calories with a healthy salad. Nothing on the menu costs more than around £12.50, and all whilst soaking up the fun of this 80’s theme diner. 

Where will you be heading on Valentine's day? Why not tweet us @Fiorelli_Bags?! 


Wednesday, 4 February 2015

How To Ace the Office Style Stakes

We often neglect our workwear wardrobes by favouring our weekend attire instead but in reality we spend a lot more time in our office clothes than anything else. So, why not up your work fashion game by following our simple tips?

The Top


The key is to create an outfit that keeps you on trend yet still lets people take you seriously. You don’t have to opt for a white blouse just because you’re off to the office, so don’t be afraid to dabble with a palette of colours as you can always tone it down with your bottom half.

Remember that it’s the small details that can transform an otherwise boring outfit, so think contrast collars and statement necklaces to effortlessly infuse a touch of cool.

The Skirt


Finding the right skirt for work can be a tough one. You’re going to raise a few eyebrows if it’s too short or you’re going to roll up looking all Andy from the Devil Wears Prada if it’s too long and frumpy.

A-line skirts are still a big trend thanks to the Burberry catwalks and perfectly work appropriate. Simply choose between a below or above the knee style depending upon your silhouette, and experiment with different textures to set you apart from your straight laced colleagues.

The Bag  

Image: Bag 


The best style of work bag keeps all of your must have essentials nice and tidy yet helps to transcend your look from day to night. Who doesn’t love investing in a style that’s versatile enough for a multitude of occasions?

If you’re looking for a bag that’ll suit your needs whatever the hour, then keep your eyes on our #Fiorelli24Seven capsule collection for some outfit inspiration be it for work or play.
What are your favourite workwear tips? Why not share them with us by dropping a comment below or tweeting us at @fiorelli_bags