Tuesday, 30 September 2014


Yes, the glossy 'Opening Soon' posters have gone up and the candied pink theme has already begun to brighten up the far corner of the Upper West Mall. Victoria's Secret is coming to the Bullring Birmingham and it's every fashionista's dream come true. When the Bond Street branch opened just a short journey away from home, I was reduced to shrill shrieks of sheer delight imagining all of the pretty-in-pink pyjamas and push up bras a girl could ask for. Now, just 10 minutes walk away from my university apartment, the Angel in me will again have a place to reside in lacy, pastel heaven. And as for their sugary fragrances, alluring beauty products and casual cute PINK range, I'll be treating them like collectible items. There's no opening date as of yet so, until then, I'll be making a wish list far longer than my bank account. Now to decide whether I'm pink tribe or blue tribe...

Victoria's Secret Bullring

  1. Leopard Lace Plunge Bra, £15
  2. Floral Lace Knickers in Blue & Pink, 5.83
  3. Nail Paint in 'I Kissed a Surfer' and 'Love Pink", £6.13
  4. Sleep Shorts, £12
  5. 'I Woke Up Like This' Coffee Cup, £12
  6. Fragrance Mist in 'Pear Glace' and 'Aqua Kiss', £8.58
  7. Endless Love Hand & Body Cream, £8.58
  8. Football Long Sleeve Tee, £18
  9. Ultimate Yoga Leggings, £34
  10. Cupcake Underwear, Unavailable
  11. Fresh & Clean Luminous Body Butter, £11
  12. Beauty Rush Colour Shine Gloss, £6.13
  13. Perfect Legging Tee, £12
  14. Wear Everywhere Push Up Bra, £19
  15. Bombshells in Bloom Eau de Parfum, £32
  16. Makeup bag, Unavailable
  17. Strawberries & Champagne Body Wash, £8.58
  18. 'On Wednesdays We Wear Pink' Soft iPhone Case, £9.17
Monday, 29 September 2014


"We are creative, we are individual, we are strong" - a respectably poised mission statement from a brand that one day could easily be an 'It' staple in the accessory wardrobes of fashionistas nationwide. Forget Me Knots is one to watch with it's debut AW14/15 collection boasting printed scarves that are 100% silk crepe back satin. Yes, that means lustrous and floaty.

If you're not already convinced, which you should be, the scarves have serious art cool credential. The imagery is inspired by the natural world, pairing silhouettes of tropical palms and fruits with the muted tones of the much loved English countryside. Mirrored photographs, which are then digitally printed onto the scarves, challenge symmetry (because who didn't want to throw the chalkboard duster at the wall during primary maths?) The result: pineapples, modern prints a la Mary Katranzou and investment credentials with the pieces starting from £40. I'll take the one with the Pineapple, please!

Saturday, 27 September 2014


For someone who unashamedly raps about "anacondas" and questionable antics in her automobile, Nicki Minaj has taken a surprisingly demure turn for Dazed Magazine and it's pretty unbelievable. This month's Cover Corner boasts two covers, both for the magazine's AW14 edition, in which the feisty female artist (she prefers to leave gender out of it) features surprisingly more clothed and less crazy than usual. Whether this marks a permanent metamorphosis from two-toned wigs to pastel-coloured houndstooth, who knows but I won't be holding my breath. I will, however, be unabashedly shaking my buns to the Nicki Minaj Megamix from Martello up on the Dazed website. I'll just keep the curtains closed.

Friday, 26 September 2014


So, September's been a busy month. Anybody else? From the sandy shores of Mallorca to the lukewarm winds of the West Midlands, I've been on an elemental roller coaster and up to my neck in 'TO DO' list tasks. I've spent 1 week in sunny paradise, 3 days getting packed in to my shiny new university apartment, 1 night in hospital following a surgery procedure and several hours reading magazines for "dissertation research" (wink, wink, nudge, nudge). Here's my month in pictures and make sure you're following me on Instagram (@therealnaomio) for more!

  1. Not sure I have enough in my holiday suitcase
  2. My better half, Jamie, in a sun-soaked swimming pool
  3. Embracing the 'Boyfriend Taxi' on moving day
  4. Sweet dreams are made of grey fur and monochrome checks
  5. A Detox Fuel juice before surgery the next day
  6. Magazines galore in bed
  7. Loving the comfort of my favourite @primark jeans 3 days post surgery
  8. Hot pink talons and turquoise fur
  9. Note to self: get digging