@AUSTIQUELONDON: #INSTASHOP

Posted 27 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

From stunning swimwear to your new holiday must-haves, it’s time to get #InstaShopping! Take a look at your weekly round-up of all the latest new in deliveries from the @austiquelondon Instagram

ALICE & TRIXIE
Camilla Romper
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LEMLEM
Samara Scarf
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Pool to Bar
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RACHEL PALLY
Bianca Dress
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AUSTIQUE LABEL
A-Line Suede Skirt
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LEMLEM
Bezez Tunic
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LEMLEM
Samara Shirt
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Best Dressed Guest
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#AUSTIQUESTORIES: Street Style Jewellery

Posted 26 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

From reams of colourful friendship bracelets with chic gold detailing, to stacks of minimalistic rings adorned with diamonds – we love to keep an eye on this season’s street style jewellery trends. Take a look at our Top 5 trends plus discover how to style each piece to keep your look feeling fresh…

1. Lele Sadoughi – Cube Slider Bracelet
Don’t be afraid to add some amplitude to your wrists this season – roll up your sleeves and wear this beautiful Cube Slider Bracelet by statement jeweller extraordinaire Lele Sadoughi with chunky bangles aplenty to nail this luxurious look.

2. Zoe Chicco – Small V Rings
Stacking rings have been a popular trend for a couple of seasons now, so get in on the act with these delicate Zoe Chicco Small V Rings. For a pared back take on the look, stack one on top of the other on the same finger, or go one step further and layer with a bracelet/ring chain for an instant hit of cool.

3. Austique Label – Heart Locket Earrings
Since the heyday of Sex and The City, quirky jewellery pieces have been the ultimate everyday addition to your wardrobe. These Austique Heart Locket Earrings are truly Carrie Bradshaw-worthy, plus the sweet locket charms can be removed from the hoops and worn as a pendant, which offers extra styling options.

4. Angle Diamond Dot – Fluorescent Adolescent Bracelets
Summer style would not be complete without a hint of neon, and these fabulous Angle Diamond Dot Fluorescent Adolescent Bracelets certainly don’t disappoint. The extra touch of faceted gold beads will catch the light beautifully, and it has to be said that we love a good tassel finishing.

5. 330 Jewellery – Jessica Earrings
Heirloom style costume jewels have made a great come back this year. Take note from the street style trends this season and experiment with wearing these ornate pieces with a casual outfit such as denim jeans and a relaxed shirt and be sure to slick your hair back to expose your precious jewels! These white gold 330 Jewellery Jessica Earrings have serious staying power – their neutral colourway and clean composition make them super versatile, and are the perfect day-to-night accessory.

All images referenced as above and sourced from Pinterest

The Austique Sale: Our Top 5

Posted 25 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

With amazing new styles now added to The Austique Sale, there’s all the more reason to enjoy some beautiful designer goodies at amazing prices. Read on to discover our Top 5 Sale Picks from the stunning new selection…

RACHEL – MANAGING DIRECTOR
What: A.L.C. Huntingdon Dress
Why: This dress is a flattering shape, good for all sorts of occassions and I love the preppy-chic nautical stripe.

ERIKA – ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER
What: Mason Mini Lace Dress
Why: It has this effortless chic look to it and it’s incredibly comfortable! So easy to wear with sandals or chelsea boots so can cross over from summer to winter!

ELIZABETH – ASSISTANT BUYER/DESIGNER
What: Mason Leather Mini Skirts
Why: A chic and timeless investment that you can wear year round – I’m obsessed with both!

CARI – HEAD OF ONLINE
What: Sundry Stars Sweatshirt Grey
Why: This is the softest of jumpers and the perfect piece for off-duty chic. I love to wear this with jeans and Plimsolls whilst running errands around the city.

RACHAEL – ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER
What: Zimmermann Instinct Dress
Why: Such a pretty Summer dress that is perfect for any holiday, and I love the laid back 1970′s vibe about it.

#AUSTIQUERECOMMENDS…Get Set Go – Our Guide to Packing

Posted 24 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

From networking with designers to discovering new and unknown brands across the globe, it’s fair to say that Assistant Buyer and Designer Elizabeth has become quite the seasoned traveller! Take a look as we quiz Elizabeth on her Top 10 packing tips to help you plan for your Summer holiday…

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Checked Luggage:

1. When I am travelling I try to have outfits pre-planned, as well as options to combine for separate outfits. Be sure to take one reliable pair of jean shorts such as the Koral Kiely Shorts, plus a few different tops to take you from day to evening.

2. For my silk or delicate items, I always wrap in tissue to reduce wrinkling. If I think an item needs a bit of lift, I will put in the shower and give it a quick steam. Rolling, as opposed to neatly folding, helps reduce wrinkling. The Laundress Travel Pack is also a must-have for every laundry dilemma whilst on vacation.

3. If I am travelling with my significant other (who usually has extra room) I will put my extra stuff in their luggage!

4. One great accessory can save you from over packing. I tend to bring a statement necklace that can spruce up a simple black dress for a nice evening out – pieces by Lele Sadoughi and Gorjana are perfect for this.

5. Top tip: less is more! Save room in your luggage for those special vacation souvenirs and gifts.

Carry On Luggage:

1. Always bring an extra layer for comfort as well as socks if it’s a long haul flight. Cashmere by Austique Label is perfect as it’s super soft but light enough to layer.

2. I always bring my valuable pieces with me on board – better to be safe than sorry!

3. Your essential toiletries and make up are a must-have on a long haul flight, especially hand lotion, lip balm and moisturiser. My top picks would be Cochine Hand & Body Lotion – the Water Hyacinth & Lime Blossom has a lovely fresh, clean fragrance that’s ideal for travel – Eos Lipsalve, the Paul & Joe Pearl Foundation Primer for a great base, plus Lucas Papaw Ointment as it’s a great all-rounder. Always remember: pre-flight moisturising and hydrating will keep you looking fresh on holiday.

4. I have to bring my own headphones plus an iPod supplied with optimal songs for travel, and a great book is a must!

5. I always take my own meal and lots of water, as hydration is so important for that pre-holiday glow, as well as ibuprofen…just in case.

#AUSTIQUERECOMMENDS…Jet Set – Our Guide to Europe

Posted 19 - 07 - 2014 | 0 comments

Summer holiday planning is rife at Austique, and what better way to give us some inspiration than by finding out about everyone’s favourite vacation destinations around Europe? Read on and find out about our top tips for jet setting around Europe, plus a few hidden gems…

CARI – HEAD OF ONLINE
My favourite place would be without a doubt Italy, especially Florence. Be sure to block out a full day for the Uffizi gallery and strolling around the streets and testing out all of the ice cream parlours. A hidden gem for me would be going to the monastery of San Marco to view the annunciation by Fra Angelico and then there are loads of little traditional Italian restaurants nearby where you can stuff yourself silly after being oh so cultured!


RACHAEL – ECOMMERCE MERCHANDISER
100% it has to be Versailles all the way. I have been obsessed with the Palace of Versailles and Louise XIV for as long as I can remember, and visiting the building itself was basically a dream come true (I need to get out more.) Although it’s a given that the majority of your visit will be spent wandering the majestic corridors of the palace (not to mention the Hall of Mirrors!!), it would be criminal not to take a walk around the stunning landscape gardens and pay a visit to the Grand and Petit Trianons. Top tip: be sure to take the mini train from the gardens out to the Trianon buildings – I dread to think how long it would take to walk, and the train is just so darn fun you wouldn’t want to miss out!


ELIZABETH – ASSISTANT BUYER/DESIGNER
As a Hungarian my favourite place to visit in Europe is Budapest for many reasons. The city is absolutely stunning and filled with amazing architecture, art, food, and people. Visiting the Hungarian Baths is a must, my favourite is Gellért Baths because of its outstanding architecture and history. The Hungarian State Opera house is awe-inspiring. Not only is their opera phenomenal, but the ballet is also very impressive. Remiz Restaurant and Kisbuda Gyongye are ideal for authentic Hungarian food.


ERIKA – ASSISTANT STORE MANAGER
Okay so my favourite place in Europe has to be Hvar in Croatia. The first time I went was for my best friend’s wedding and I fell in love with the place, in particular Hvar town. The town has this wonderful old world charm to it coupled with this cosmopolitan uber cool party vibe. It has a beautiful port with stunning yachts and fabulous little islands dotted around the horizon. In contrast to this glamour then you have the most beautiful old stone streets, lined with amazing flowers and hanging baskets (albeit they are incredibly steep). These meander up a steep hill which ultimately brings you to an ancient fort. It’s hard work but the view when you get there is well worth it. Gosh there is so much to say about Hvar!! From the party point of view it’s simply awesome. If you’re on a yacht you simply sail in, grab a taxi boat and either go to Carpe Diem island, Carpe Diem bar or Hula Hula bar. All are right on the water and just party central. If you’re looking for hidden gems simply sail around the island and you will find the most amazing little coves with crystal clear water. Ooh top tip: make sure you get the high speed ferry from Split to Hvar. The slower ferry drops you on the other side of the island from the town so obviously you have a bit of a trek then.


NICOLA – ECOMMERCE INTERN
My favourite getaway close by has to be Paris! The Musée d’Orsay is my favourite gallery, where on show are beautiful French Impressionist paintings. After a stroll down the River Seine and shopping in Saint Germain you will feel like a true Parisian! The Marais district is a great area for vintage and high end shopping, especially on Sundays as shops are open and the cafés and bars are buzzing with locals. Make sure you take a culture stop at Angelina’s tea house on the Rue de Rivoli for the best hot chocolate in the city and a cake or two!


ALICE – ECOMMERCE ASSISTANT
I went a few years ago and fell in love with this beautiful place. You can find everything there! I definitely recommend renting bikes so you can see the whole city. Go to all of Gaudi’s buildings, they really are amazing and a huge part of the city. The Sagrada Familia is breathtaking and has such a great history. To escape the busy city, grab some ice cream and head to the beach at the edge of the city. Top pick: make sure to visit the old olympic stadium and the Park Guell.