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In the average woman’s mind, beaches coincide with a single fixation: ‘The Bikini Body’. Some idealistic expectation of gym sessions and dieting

I decided not to give a toss this year. I am just over five feet tall and my largest asset is the cultural word association to ‘Kim Kardashian’. I will never have the body of a swimsuit model.

I will, however, have a bikini body. For I have a body that wears bikinis. A body I feed healthy food, a body I exercise, and a body I am thankful for. By all sane conclusions, babes, that’s the most you’ll need to have a bikini body.

Remember, those models you’re sticking on your fridge make up less than one percent of the world’s population. They are winners of a genetic lottery and devote their entire livelihood to holding onto their ticket as long as they possibly can. When your boyfriend coos ‘You look like a Bond Girl!’ as you walk out onto a beautiful beach in Koh Samui, you simply forget to care.

You have a bikini body all your own. Be proud of it.

What I Wore:
Bikini – Heidi Klein
Hat – Reiss

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Westfield London Car Bootique
For the second year in a row, Westfield London have taken it upon themselves to completely revolutionize the modern car boot sale with…drumroll, pleaseThe Car Bootique!

This year, The Atrium was filled with 10 fashion-forward Mercedes Benz beauties, brimming with the best of Autumn/Winter 2011. Each gorgeous luxury vehicle was decorated by a brand, who each individually had something special on offer for visitors. Brands involved were Reiss, Coach, French Connection, Twenty8Twelve, Onitsuka Tiger, Ted Baker, House of Fraser, Firetrap, River Island and DKNY Jeans

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On top of that, there was a “Blogger Hunt” set in place for a chance to win a £100 Westfield Gift Card. To win, you had to follow Lily from What I Heart Today and Jess from on Twitter, follow their clues, and try to find them.

Clue 1: I’m feeling truly British today! #wihtwestfield @westfieldlondon

Amazingly – because I never win anything – my fashion knowledge and mental map of Westfield’s 1,614,600 ft² building came in handy as I managed to find Lily (above) within a minute of reading her clue! Proof that a Mulberry obsession can be profitable, no? ;D

Westfield London Car Bootique

Back to the Car Bootique with gift card in tow, I finally got to join the crowd of style-savvy visitors to play around (and get snap-happy with) new and one-off pieces from some of my favourite brands. Pure fashion heaven.

Westfield London Car Bootique

So, what were some of the best goodies, you ask?

The cute-as-can-be car, above, belonged to River Island, who were ready and willing to share their exclusive Chelsea Girl collection! For those who don’t remember, Chelsea Girl was actually the high street favourite from the 60’s to 80’s before they transformed into River Island, right as the 90’s approached! Everyone who visited The River Island wardrobe were entered into a draw to win £500 worth of River Island vouchers.

Onitsuka Tiger implemented a ‘fishing’ game where you could ‘fish out’ a shoe from the car’s boot which would contain an origami object that unfolds to tell you your prize! There were also major 50% off discounts.

Reiss were offering 10% off stock, a showcase of their anniversary collection ‘Reiss Editions’, and a chance to win an entire Reiss wardrobe worth £500!

Westfield London Car Bootique

Firetrap were doing it big! Not only did they have a gorgeous, glam grunge collection on offer, but they were giving some really fabulous things away. First, there was complimentary Nail Art manicures by Sophy Robson’s NailPorn, then there were free customised t-shirts with every purchase over £20 (with proceeds going to Teenage Cancer Trust!), and – to celebrate the launch of The Sunday Girl collection – Sunday Girl herself aka Jade Williams was doing a special DJ set.

DKNY Jeans, ready with a New York City cab-esque Benz and traffic lights, were offering every shopper an amazing 20% off any new season collection purchases!

And last, but not least, Ted Baker! With every purchase during the Car Bootique, customers received an envelope with a ‘win or lose’ message inside. With a win, they had the chance to get a prize from ‘Ted’s tombola’, or even the grand prize – the entire wardrobe of Ted Baker goodies in the boot itself!

Westfield London Car Bootique

After all that shopping, there was even a “Hair and Beauty Pit Stop” where The Ginger Group and new make up brand KIKO were offering full make-overs! With blow-outs, styling and trials of the latest, greatest palettes and products in Westfield, it was a great opportunity to get glamorous in time for their…

fashion shows! Each day, there were four shows that showcased the most beautiful and trendy garments for the season ahead. Autumn/Winter style selections included all of the Car Bootique brands, and they were styled to perfection. It was a great source of inspiration and entertainment for anyone outside of the fashion industry who typically doesn’t get to see the shows. They were super professional, and demonstrated key trends we will be seeing over the next few months; heritage, ladylike lines, animal print, and mod, especially.

A real high note to end the day!

Westfield London Car Bootique

Take note, all! Until the end of the day, Westfield is holding an online competion where they are giving away a car boot filled with 10 prizes (worth over £1,500!) to one lucky winner. Check their Facebook for details, and good luck!

Lela xo

Kate Middleton Michelle Obama
These are going to be some of the most recycled photos of the year, I’m sure. Both Michelle and Barack Obama visited Buckingham Palace today per The Queen’s invite to a two day State Visit. Michelle was wearing a lavender-pink cropped jacket over her a-line Barbara Tfank Resort 2011 dress. Sticking to her style formula, Kate Middleton dressed in the “Shola” bandage dress by high-street retailer Reiss. And yes, it is already sold out.
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Kate Middleton
The feminine center of the media’s omniscent eye, soon-to-be-royal Kate Middleton has already had a killer impact on the fashion consumerism. Everyone wants their hands on a little bit of that Princess Magic.

The major story here is the infamous blue-jersey Issa wrap dress she wore during the press conference announcing her engagement to Prince William; it sold out in store and online within 24 hours, brought name recognition to a little known brand (from designer Daniella Helayel), and inspired countless knock offs. After that? A cream-coloured Reiss dress she wore in their Mario Testino-shot engagement portraits – a past season’s style from her own closet – that prompted Reiss to reissue the dress.

The £650 Burberry trench with the ruffle-flare hem she wore last week? Sold out on online, joining the ranks of as top 2 most ridiculous ways to waste money online. A £22 knock-off by Brit brand Asda saw sales spike 300 percent. The black velvet Libelula coat she wore to a wedding in January? The Mail reports that the £310 Dulwich coat sold out within hours of the photos being published and now has a wait list of over 300 people. The £295 Temperley Titan dress she wore to a charity event in December? Sold out in two days (Kate got it on sale).

The red Luisa Spagnoli suit and Aquatalia boots she wore when she went to St. Andrews with Will last month? According to the Mail the £335 “sushi” jacket and £160 skirt sold out within a day at London boutique Hollie de Keyser. The boutique re-ordered 100 more of the suit and owner Hollie de Kayser said, “Since Kate wore the suit, we have been inundated.” As for the £395 Aquatalia boots? Stockists Russell & Bromley say everyone’s calling for the “Kate Middleon boots.”

I’m hoping for a little more Michelle Obama style from the classic beauty, but there is no arguing she knows how to work both high and low end tailoring.