Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Twiggy Style monochrome stripe tights

The classic and sleek statement of monochrome never fails to appear on the catwalks and the high street, with this years AW collections being no exception. The black and white block colour outfits began to emerge in the swinging 60's - the decade that broke fashion traditions. Twiggy became the poster girl for 1960's fashion with her trademark pixi haircut, cat eye-liner and monochrome mini dresses...

Photo's: Pinterest

Another regular feature in Twiggy's modelling campaigns was fashionable leg wear. Never seen before coloured tights over knee tights, printed tights, spot tights and striped pantyhose adorned the legs of super-models. This eventually led to her very own range of Twiggy Tights, launched in 1969 at The Ritz hotel in London...

Photo's: Pinterest

In order to get the endlessly timeless monochrome style and in honour of Twiggy's love of spotted tights and striped pantyhose, Essex'ee Legs has just the thing...

Photo's courtesy of myfdb.com and Essex'ee Legs - Pamela Mann Penny Spot Tights, Leg Avenue Pin Stripe Stockings with Bow and Gipsy Monochrome Mock Over the Knee Tights

To create a modern and edgy monochrome look, reminiscent of the iconic 1960's style, team a black hot-pants and white shirt combo with Gipsy Monochrome Mock Over the Knee Tights, and some black patent brogues.

A gorgeous black and white A-line shift worn with Pamela Mann Penny Spot Tights and black high heel courts, would also be a pretty, and unique, choice this Autumn. Go on, go dotty for monochrome and stripes!

Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Sock it to em!

As our autumn/winter season is looming, you'll be glad to know that our ever popular over knee socks collection has been fully stocked. We have plenty of styles to choose from, which is just as well, as long socks were all over the catwalks from many of the designers autumn winter collections.

Dress down with grey Gipsy Cable Over Knee Socks, soft fabrics and colours to get Holly Rose Emery's comfortable and casual, yet ultra modern and stylish look.

over knee socks
Gipsy Cable Over Knee Socks - available at Essex'ee Legs
Wear a mini dress, full skirt and jumper or a jumper dress with the soft and cosy long socks. Show the funky cable socks off with some flat slouchy ankle boots to finish your look.

Red Valentino showcased a gorgeously feminine new collection complete with delicate lace knee socks, worn with pretty prom dresses and elegant court shoes. Get the pretty look with Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Knee Highs from our collection. The black lace socks would compliment all of your sweetest prom dresses. For a lighter shade try Trasparenze Dora Wool Ribbed Knee Socks in cream (corda). The over knee socks in black would also work with the sharp, sophisticated dresses, boots and court shoes that featured in Victoria Beckham, Diane von Furstenberg and many of the other AW catwalk collections...

long socks
 Jonathan Aston Sweet Roses Knee Highs, Trasparenze Dora Wool Ribbed Knee Socks available at Essex'ee Legs
Here's a collection of beautiful celebs putting there own spin on the long socks trend. Get all of the stars looks from Essex'ee Legs knee high socks collection...

thigh socks

Friday, 16 August 2013

Angel or Devil?

As the weekend is almost here, why not treat yourself to some saucy Trasparenze Casting Tights, to celebrate! Due to the delicate flower detailing, the suspender tights can be worn to suit two styles - elegant and pretty OR sexy and sophisticated. Reveal as little or as much of the flower tights as you wish depending on your mood... Will you be an angel or a devil this weekend?!

The suspender pantyhose are available now at Essex'ee Legs. To shop the whole look view our polyvore page.

Happy Friday!

suspender pantyhose
Trasparenze Casting Tights

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Love Leopard Print - It's a jungle out there!

I remember leopard print making a big revival, about six years ago, when my friends and I went crazy for it. 5pm on a Friday afternoon at the office would finally arrive, and after a speedy commute home, demolition of our bedrooms, in our race to get ready, a quick "Hi" and "Bye" to our poor parents (who we would wake up when we rolled in at 4am) we were off!

We hit the bars in full force. A very loud, excitable gaggle of LBD's, high heels, pinot grigio blush and leopard print! The animal print always made an appearance, whether it be in the form of a clutch bag, shoes, a scarf or a dress, (sometimes all of these together NOT TO BE ADVISED!) we couldn't get enough of the fashionable print.

I still love to wear leopard print to liven up an otherwise plain outfit, and it's remained a firm favourite among celebrities and on the catwalks and high street.

animal print leggings

Dress up or down and copy Amy and Geri's edgy style or Cameron's effortlessly cool, casual style in these leopard print leggings all available at Essex'ee Legs. I love the high quality of the Trasparenze Legend Denim Leopard Print Leggings (below left) and the rock chick design of these gorgeous denim leggings. Team your animal print leggings with heels or flats to suit all occasions.
animal print tights
Left to right - Trasparenze Legend Denim Leopard Print Leggings, Chilirose Patterned Animal Print Leggings, Gipsy Leopard Print Footless Tights, Chilirose Leopard Print Leggings

This summer the beaches have also been awash with animal print with celebs going wild for leopard print bikinis...
Get your own leopard print bikini at Essex'ee Legs choose this Niwa bikini by LivCo Corsetti...

The seductive animal print swimwear is under-wired, supportive and comes in sizes 8-14.

My animal instincts ;) tell me that this trend is sticking around!

I'll leave you with a sneak peak at Gipsy's twist on the trend from their AW 2013/14 collection, animal print tights coming soon...

Monday, 12 August 2013

Summer in the City

I don't know if it's just me, but with the unpredictability of the weather recently, I have really been struggling to decide what to wear in the mornings. As I never leave myself enough time to stare at my wardrobe, for longer than five minutes, or to check an hourly weather report before I have to rush out the door, I have not been risking bare legs! With the trains still quite hot and sticky, sudden showers, the sun making sporadic appearances and chilly evenings, I've found nude fishnets to be the perfect compromise.

I find that Jonathan Aston Fishnet Tights Natural give my legs good covergae and a nice glow without being as warm as natural tights. With J-Lo and Beyonce rocking nude fishnets in most of their recent performances, natural fishnets  have became popular this summer, with many of my fellow commuters wearing them too.

natural fishnets
Image from www.dailymail.co.uk
Although we would all love to look as fabulous as Beyonce in our nude fishnet tights her sexy stage outfit would, unfortunately, not be well received at the office!! Here's an alternative way  to wear Jonathan Aston Fishnet Tights  to work...

natural fishnets

Thursday, 8 August 2013

Fabulously Fun Themed Hen Weekends

The Hen Party - no longer a night spent sipping a G and T and dancing with your friends in the pub around the corner. I have had the privilege of enjoying a number of fantastic hen do's in the last couple of years, one of which was my own! 
These days, the 'bride to be' requires you to block out an entire weekend, or more, to celebrate her impending pre-nuptials. The local boozer has been replaced by boutique hotels, spas, sophisticated cocktail bars, gourmet restaurants, plus master classes in an array of hilariously fun activities and, of course, nightclubs. All so you can still dance your single-self into the early hours of the morning.

Although they still make an appearance at some point, usually at the airport, L-plates, a flashing veil and the customary ‘bride to be’ sash no longer suffice for an entire weekend. The bridesmaids have stepped it up a gear in the outfit department, usually using them to create a fun theme for the weekend. My current favourite theme for a hen weekend in London is burlesque. Take a peek at this line up of outfit and hosiery inspiration for you and your hens...

Find these fun and saucy styles in our tights collection at Essex'ee Legs

 Here are some other recent themed hen weekends.

Karen's Cougars let loose in Reykjavik...
 The hens themed outfits...

At the airport at 6am the animal print theme emerged...hehe this still makes me chuckle :)

After relaxing in the natural geothermal Blue Lagoon Spa, Karen spent a crazy night on the tiles in Reykjavik, decked out in animal fur and fishnet tights with her cougars in tow. Us Cougers wore our favourite LBD's, opaque tights and cute leopard print ears!

Poncho's and Tequila at the ready chica's...

My Mexican themed hen drinking margarita's in Chico Bandito's!

Bollywood Nights...

My Bollywood themed weekend in Edinburgh was expertly organised by my lovely bridesmaids in collaboration with Bespoke Weekends. It was a whirlwind of scantily clad butlers, cocktail making, lively clubs, a Bollywood dance class and a luxury apartment to rest our weary heads.

Magical Morocco...

Amy's Moroccan themed hen was set against a backdrop of mosques and the Atlas mountains in mystical Marrakech. Staying in our very own traditional Riad. Pool parties, fruity shisha, hamman spa treatments, belly dancers, spice shopping amongst the snake charmers and clubbing with the locals in the hip Le' Comptoir ensued!

All of the hen weekends were special and unique due to thier original themes. They were brilliant fun thanks to the amazing organisation skills of the lovely bridesmaids... the memories made will be treasured forever.

I'm itching to plan/attend another one so for all you soon to be brides, here is my idea of the perfect hen weekend in London town...
With glamorous burlesque clubs such as Madame JoJo’s, the WamBam Club and the notoriously wild The Box currently dazzling London. A night full of decadent cocktails, laughter and fabulous moulin rouge style entertainment is beckoning. 
If it’s a weekend affair, my dream stay would be one of the beautifuly quirky apartments that Onefinestay have to offer.
One Fine Stay is the un-hotel where you get to live like a local in owner's luxurious & quirky apartments whilst they're out of town! Complete with 24/7 concierge on the other end of the 
iphone that they provide you with. Crisp white sheets, luxury mini smellys, they even fill your fridge with whatever takes your fancy using an on-line shopping list! Perfect for a hen party!

Continuing the theme the following day book up a burlesque master class at The Cheek of It Burlesque School - They offer a two hour saucy workshop on how to shimmy, shake and pose like a pin up, guaranteed a laugh a minute! 
On my hen I found a dance class to be the perfect hangover cure, we laughed until we cried and it was a great opportunity for all of my different groups of friends to really get to know one another. The weekend wouldn't be complete without some fabulously glamorous burlesque inspired outfits. Feathers, glitter and lot's of sexy back seam tights, fishnets and pantyhose fit the theme perfectly.
After your dance class, refuel with delicious tapas, pink bubbles and gossip at the chic Dehesa tapas bar. The atmosphere is relaxed and laid back, perfect for sharing your snaps and stories from the weekend...oh and the flower courgettes are to die for!!

Hopefully there's some hen weekend themed inspiration for a everyone here... have a happy hen and a beautiful wedding day :)

Friday, 2 August 2013

Boutique twist knot front bikini

yellow bikini

This gorgeous Boutique Solid Colour Twist Knot Front Bikini is available in sizes 8-14 and also comes in a pretty coral colour. The yellow bikini looks striking teamed with peacock blue colours and deep tan accessories. To have a browse through the rest of the bikinis in our collection, just click our 'click to shop' button and to create the whole look visit our polyvore page.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

Helping Anne at the Office...

I couldn't resist 'sampling' the new stock!

bandeau bikini

bandeau bikini

The support bikini has a pretty ruffle trim on both the top and bottoms . The vibrant orange bandeau bikini will bring out your summer tan, with the discreet cups giving support to flatter your shape...

Happy sunbathing!

support bikini

Let the sun shine - Boutique Paisley Print Frill Bandeau Bikini

flower bikini

With the sun shining once again I thought I'd do quick post on the pretty Boutique Paisley Print Frill Bandeau Bikini that we have just added to our swimwear range, and also give you an update on what we have been up to.

At Essex'ee Legs this summer we've been enjoying the beautiful British seaside, and the weather has been perfect for wearing pretty flower bikinis. We really do take our magnificent coastline and countryside for granted, so as the sun has been shining (most of the time, after all it is still England!), we decided to take a couple of trips to appreciate Britain in all of its beaming glory! 
Cava and Strawberry on Whitstable Beach
My dream beach front cottage - Whitstable
Mum enjoying tea on the terrace @ Carbis Bay, Cornwall 
The coastal rail from Carbis Bay to St Ives
Pretty St Ives
The flower bikinis from the Boutique range have arrived just in time for me to wear the Boutique Paisley Print Frill Bandeau Bikini  on our next day out to the beach. I plan to wear my bandeau bikini with one of my favourite black maxi skirts, gladiator sandals and Ray Bans. I can't wait to pack up the car with our picnic hamper and blankets and head out to explore another of our gorgeous beaches... I can feel the sea breeze and sun between my toes already! :) 

St Ives x