Faux fur seems to be popping up all over the place at the moment; it comes without many of the ethical issues of real fur and, coming in a variety of colours, can often be more versatile than the real thing. Helen Moore is one brand that saw the potential of faux fur over 30 years ago and has been creating luxurious faux products ever since. This family run British company takes real care of its faux fur products and carefully manufactures all its designs right here in the UK. Helen Moore’s women’s accessories range from the traditionally stylish to the fashionably unique which makes this a faux fur brand for everyone. Want to incorporate a bit of on-trend fur into your winter wardrobe without going over the top? Helen Moore’s chic accessories could be just what you are looking for.

This winter Helen Moore’s stylish faux fur accessories include collars, muffs, scarves and even hats all of which presents the faux fur enthusiast with an array of furry styling options. The pieces come in a variety of colours and finishes meaning that whatever your style this winter Helen Moore have a piece for you. Traditionalists may want to opt for one of the brand’s more realistic looking faux styles whilst those after something a little more hip may find themselves drawn to modern, almost garish colours. This is a collection in which classic imitation ermine or wolf scarves and hats sit next to bright magenta clutches and powder blue collars. Whatever Helen Moore piece you select you are still presented with many a styling opportunity; the brand’s creations could be used to channel a fairytale-like look or give your outerwear a dose of rock ‘n’ roll glamour. With a Helen Moore piece you could play a Russian princess, a Hollywood star or decadent socialite, the choice is yours.

Faux fur is often seen as a rather low rent sartorial choice with such pieces often being viewed as of lesser quality than the ‘real thing’. Yet Helen Moore, with their attention to detail and commitment to British manufacturing, actually create faux pieces that are luxurious and desirable in their own right. When buying a faux fur piece from Helen Moore you are not settling for second best but purchasing a stylish and unique fashion accessory.

-Hannah Balsdon

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With its retro aesthetic and feminine designs Tara Starlet is a brand committed to making stylish clothes for confident women. Inspired by the glamour of yesteryear but created for the modern women the label’s clothes are wearable, chic and just a little bit sexy. Tara Starlet was founded by mother-daughter team Joanne and Tara Scott in 2005 and has gone from strength to strength, impressing both vintage bloggers and mainstream fashion publications alike. Based in London’s east end the brand still sources and produces all its garments right here in the UK. Yet for all Tara Starlet’s glamorous style and British roots the brand makes clothes that are not just wearable but also accessible and affordable. In short this is a fashion brand that creates empowering, stylish clothes that every woman can wear with ease.

Tara Starlet’s current collection features sexy glamorous designs that are ideal for the festive party season. Sensuous evening dresses, figure hugging wiggle skirts and smart trousers all present the Christmas party-goer with a myriad of outfit options. Tara Starlet’s designs are definitely vintage inspired and channel all the glamour of a bygone age and yet these are pieces that could also fit into a modern wardrobe. The brand’s retro style is distinctive but it is also refined enough not to be kitsch; these are not clothes for a costume party but garments you could easily wear on the streets today. By cherry-picking the best styles and silhouettes from the past past Tara Starlet ensures that all its pieces really fit and flatter the female form; these are clothes designed to make women look like golden age Hollywood starlets. In essence, Tara Starlet’s stylish but accessible designs are not only ideal for vintage devotees but also for any woman looking to add a little 20th century glamour to her 21st century wardrobe.

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Looking for the perfect gift for a special someone this Christmas? A good quality classic watch always looks good under the Christmas tree and Cobra and Bellamy’s retro timepieces are ideal for festive gift giving. The brand’s vintage inspired watches channel all the glamour of the 1930s, 40s and 50s and yet would look perfectly chic on modern day wrists. Cobra and Bellamy have been creating stylish watches for both men and women for over 30 years and specialise in making beautiful and affordable timepieces. These are retro watches that could charm even the most tech obsessed analogue detractor. Packed full of nostalgia Cobra and Bellamy’s watches would suit both vintage lovers and those in search something a little different.

Cobra and Bellamy’s watches have a classic but accessible aesthetic; these are not overly opulent pieces crammed with jewels and expensive features but stylish simple watches for everyday wear. The brand’s watches are brimming with old-world charm with unique, quirky retro faces and timeless leather straps. Cobra and Bellamy’s women’s watches in particular possess a maturity, elegance rarely found in contemporary designs. Today watches have become as much accessories as timepieces and Cobra and Bellamy’s designs could really finish off an outfit. With their classic style these are timepieces that will last for years to come and even become favourite accessories. Cobra and Bellamy’s timepieces may not be as flashy or luxurious as many of the watches around today but they do have an elegant, understated chic all of their own.

Watches are a pretty traditional gift and may even seem like a bit of a boring choice at times but Cobra and Bellamy’s unique designs are a new, paradoxically vintage, twist on an oft given present. These are watches that combine style and elegance with accessibility and durability making them ideal Christmas gifts. These are, in short, good quality watches that would be appreciated by almost anyone.

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Beautiful shoes can make a woman feel great, at least mentally, physically shoes can really hurt. Shoe designer Claire Burrows decided to create stylish contemporary shoes for women to wear all day long with impunity and so she launched her own brand Air and Grace. Each pair of the brand’s shoes feature soles made of cleverly hidden layers of memory foam which makes the shoes comfortable and wearable. This unique system also ensures that Air and Grace can focus on the aesthetics of their shoes without compromising on comfort. These shoes are miles away from the ugly, comfortable footwear often presented as an alternative to more mainstream designs. In short Air and Grace’s creations have all the style and desirability of fashionable footwear but come without the same aches and pains.

This season Air and Grace’s collection is made up of functional but stylish shoes ideal for a cold busy winter. On trend styles such as loafers and ankle boots ensure that these are shoes that would easily compliment a contemporary wardrobe. There is not a high heel or stiletto in sight making this a collection for running errands rather than attending parties. These are shoes created for those with busy lifestyles; women who have to run for the bus rather than those who spend the day in taxis. Yet for all their practicality Air and Grace’s shoes are also very attractive with the brand sticking to classic, fuss free but up to date designs. Classic shapes and styles give the shoes durability whilst trendy flourishes such as chunky buckles, leopard print and metallic finishes give the shoes an edgy contemporary feel.

Many women like to fantasise about their dream pair of heels but in the real world we all need shoes that can put up with rigours of daily life and do so in style. Air and Grace provide just such footwear; their pieces may not but glamorous but they are, nevertheless, very appealing.

-Hannah Balsdon

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Heels vs Flats; where do you stand? Heels are undoubtedly the more glamorous shoe option but flats are comfortable, practical and can be just as stylish as a pair of stilettos. From slippers to brogues flats are definitely ‘in’ at the moment but can the humble flat imbue a party outfit with the same appeal as a pair of high heels? London born brand Cocorose certainly think so; their luxurious, innovative, ballet pump inspired flats are the perfect combination of form and function making them ideal for the festive season. Cocorose’s signature pumps can be folded and easily stored away in handbags or draws until they are needed. This novel design gives the wearer the freedom to wear their comfy flats wherever and whenever they like. Cocorose’s shoes are stylish enough to fit any dressy outfit and yet their unique design gives them far more practicality than a regular party shoe.

This season Cocorose have used metallic finishes, embellishment and brogue-like detailing to create a collection that is both on trend and ideal for parties and nights out. The brand’s pumps and slippers manage to combine luxury and practicality with is something that few shoes do; these are shoes that look designer but yet are also fit for everyday wear.  In essence Cocorose’s flats are the perfect emergency shoes; these are pumps one can hid away for special occasions or sudden style dilemmas. Received a surprise party invitation? Broken a heel minutes before going out? Then Cocorose’s designs could be your style saviour.

Flats are functional enough as it is but Cocorose’s foldable designs add an extra layer of practicality making them the shoe of choice for busy but style conscious shoe lover. Cocorose’s shoes are certainly attractive enough to wear to a party but they are also sensible enough to wear again and again.

-Hannah Balsdon

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