Saturday, 28 February 2009

Original Formula

Boots the Chemist have brought out some gorgeous new products as part of their Original Formula collection. If you have a liking for all things yester-year, these products all give a nod to the past with their basic traditional packaging, covering the products our grandmothers most probably used, I bought the Cold Cream and the Hand Cream.

Lip Balm Addict

I'm admitting it, I'm a Carmex addict. They are scattered throughout my life - in my handbag, near my bed, in the drawer of my dressing table, in my work desk - the list goes on. I must at all times have my lips thoroughly lubricated! So it was with much amusement that I found this website when looking through the archives of Kingdom of Style.

Vintage Slip

I'm really craving a vintage slip at the moment, the blue below is my favourite. Maybe I'll hit lucky at the Vintage Fair tomorrow....

Black Fringe

As much as I am all about the black fringe that sits on the top of my head, I am also all about the black fringe that swings from my shoulder with this vintage looking battered black leather bag from Next (of all places). I'm not one for shopping in Next, I find their clothes boring, drab and mostly suitable for 'smart office wear' ugh!! But every now and again, as in most places, you can find the odd gem. The boho look may be well and truly over (I never embraced it, not my style at all), but this 70's looking piece still caught my eye.

Friday, 27 February 2009

YSL Auction

This week saw a piece of history in the art world, where the art collection of Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge set a new record for a single-owner auction, selling for 206.15 million euro (approx £183.41 million/$266.74 million). Starting on 23rd February by Christie's Auctions and held in the Royal Palais in Paris, this was a momentous occasion for anyone interested in art. As well as being one of the greatest designers ever, this collection proved that YSL and his partner had, as you would imagine, an impeccable eye for collecting some great pieces of history.

Thursday, 26 February 2009

Confessions of a Shopaholic

I know I'm a little slow on the uptake to post about this film, I only went to see it last night. And I know it's pure fluff but oh how I enjoyed it! I'm quite happy to watch any film as long as there are good clothes to look at. Styled by Patricia Field, I loved Isla Fisher's character - her clothes were as colourful as she was. But I also loved the other characters styling too - the ice cool Alicia and the quirky Suze. I could easily incorporate pieces from all three into my wardrobe.

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

Pancake Day

It's Pancake Day, so I had to post what is in my opinion the best recipe for pancakes. In this case Nigella Lawson's American pancakes.

15g melted unsalted butter
150g milk
1 egg
110g plain flour
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp sugar
pinch salt 

So simple, mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and away you go for light spongey pancakes, my favourite is with maple syrup.

Monday, 23 February 2009

Pick n Mix

Source: skynews

I cannot believe that the last ever bag of Pick n Mix from Woolworths has been auctioned on Ebay for a whopping £14,500. While I think raising money for charity is great and the store manager who came up with the idea quite imaginative, I'm just wondering what the person who won the auction is going to do with them? Would you eat them or just look at them?

The Affordable Vintage Fashion Fair

I posted last year about the Affordable Vintage Fashion Fair taking place here in Newcastle upon Tyne. I missed out last time, already busy doing something else, but this Sunday I am looking forward to being able to visit a vintage fair as it is so rare that we get decent vintage here. Hopefully pics to follow with any possible new buys.

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Lula 8

I finally managed to get my hands on issue 8 of Lula. This magazine is notoriously difficult to get hold of, I only know of Borders that stock it near me and even then, neither you or they are ever quite sure of the arrival date. But it's always worth the wait, issue 8 doesn't disappoint. It's amazing how, if you consider yourself a 'Lula Girl', they always seem to include people/fashions/music you're already interested in or that you will be interested in, it's quite uncanny. Here are a few of my favourite editorials in the magazine.

great photography



Camille Bidault-Waddington


Edie Beale

Edie Beale

The Vivian Girls

Hannah Murray

Thursday, 19 February 2009

Designer Highlight - Erin Featherston

I had been waiting for this collection and getting a little ahead of my self when the Couture collections were released. Here are some of my favourites from Fall 2009.....


Opening Ceremony

I am very excited to see that Opening Ceremony is available worldwide now. I'm not sure if this a recent thing as I am sometimes a little slow to pick up on every web trend going but it's good to see that us Brits now have it available to us.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Designer Highlight - Erotokritos

In the second of our Cocosa interviews 60 SECONDS WITH... Erotokritos


This Paris-based fashion designer, with a Greek-Cypriot background, has made dresses contemporary again using lace, silk and plenty of colour. We catch up with him over a café crème.


Cocosa: What place in the world inspires you the most?

EROTOKRITOS: "I find Jaipur in Rajasthan, India, one of the most inspiring places in the world. The way people combine colours and shapes there - it’s a great treat to my eyes."

Cocosa: Erotokritos is a bit of a fashion secret. Was this always your intention?

EROTOKRITOS: "Actually, my intention was never to be a fashion secret but it’s flattering to be considered that way, it means people feel personal about what I make."

Cocosa: What would an Erotokritos woman never do?

EROTOKRITOS: "An Erotokritos woman would never wear all black just to be safe. She will feel safer in total colour."

Cocosa: As a Parisian, can you give us some tips on good places to hang out?

EROTOKRITOS: "I love to go the Cafe Verlet on Rue Saint-Honoré. Not so many people know that it has the best selection of coffee and sweets in town. My favourite cinema is Le Grand Rex – a beautiful Art Deco building with an amazing giant screen. I love the blue velvet seats."

Cocosa: Nonchalant chic? Cool confidence? What’s the best way to wear an Erotokritos dress?

EROTOKRITOS: "You just need to be in the mood to wear it and hear compliments, it always happens in an Erotokritos dress."

Cocosa: What’s your current favourite track – one that’s guaranteed to pull you onto the dance floor?

EROTOKRITOS: "Holiday by Madonna, it always sounds great."

Cocosa: Who are the women inspiring your collections?

EROTOKRITOS: "I see inspiring women all over the place. Just walking around Paris or London is enough to be inspired. Style is everywhere - you just have to notice it, and I do."

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Friday, 13 February 2009

Chanel v Barry M

I'm a big fan of Chanel nail varnish. They manage to have the most up to date colours and by bringing out Limited Edition ranges give themselves a cult edge over many other brands. And so for an event tonight, wearing this outfit, I really wanted the Blue Satin shade to add to my Chanel collection. But times being as hard as they are, I had to find an alternative version - £2.49 instead of £14.68. The packaging may not be as pretty but the colour looks almost identical. 

Thursday, 12 February 2009

Black on Black

Trying on the sequin trousers, posted about here and here, I came up with a couple of tops in my wardrobe already without having to buy anything new. As much as I love those that layer and pile high accessories and adornments, my style is quite simple but these pants still make me feel like a disco diva!

Autograph sequin top ❖ New Look sequin trousers ❖ black patent gladiator sandals

Barbara Bui split batwing sleeve top ❖ New Look sequin trousers ❖ Office grey suede/leather shoe-boots ❖ Top Shop grey suede bow clutch