Tuesday, 31 March 2009

Monday, 30 March 2009

More Sequins


I just won this 1980's sequin sweater with shoulder pads on Ebay. Not sure what it will be like, it says one size on the label but the seller suggests UK 16-18, which is huge as I am 8-10. But it's the oversized kind of look I'm aiming for. The picture here doesn't show it too well as I only have the thumbnail pic. Also, some of the sequins are missing but they can be easily replaced - for £1.57 (starting price 99p but there was another last minute bidder) one shouldn't complain! Perhaps not too dissimilar to the Sart shot above?

Sunday, 29 March 2009

Summer Theme

So in keeping with the British Summer Time theme, I've dug out some photographs I took last spring/summer in my garden, my flat and Portobello in London.



British Summer Time

Source: flickr

I can't believe it's officially British Summer Time already. I stupidly changed the time on my BlackBerry last night, forgetting that it changes itself and also forgetting the alarm was set for 7am - so it was hello 5am!!

Saturday, 28 March 2009

Embellished Tights

If ever there was a look screaming out DIY potential, this is it...

Source: refinery29.com

EDIT: shortly after I posted this, I came across this blog that had given an excellent tutorial already - makes this DIY project a lot easier for sure!

Happy Feet

I'm just about to meet up with a friend in As You Like It for a coffee then on into town to Wagamama for a late lunch. This is what I'm wearing but I think I may need to change this jacket into something warmer, maybe my fur jacket, as there is a bracing wind outside and it keeps raining, so I'm thinking this little jacket will not be offering me any protection today. I have worn these gladiators only once as they absolutely kill my feet, so today I'm strapping them up with plasters underneath these socks. I think the brightness of the socks really accentuates the shoe. I then find a necklace in the same burnt orange as the socks, which I had to add afterwards.





Top Shop jacket ❖ M&S boat neck sweater ❖ H&M carrot trousers ❖ H&M socks ❖ patent gladiator shoes ❖ Fendi bag ❖ Top Shop necklace

Friday, 27 March 2009

Diptyque




I was very excited to see that the cult fashion brand Diptyque have expanded their range. I have been a huge follower for many years now. Despite previously being a fragrance whore, I then found Diptyque and have not used much else since. I always used to be the kind of gal to get bored very quickly of fragrance, one bottle would usually suffice before onto the next. But I tried first Tam Dao and then Philosykos and I was hooked, I always get comments whenever I wear the latter and many friends have bought it too. The candles are equally yummy. Many home fragrances give out either a too weak or a very cloying smell around the home but these candles you only need burn for around 10 minutes and your home will be infused with a gorgeous natural but unusual smell that makes being home a joy. So despite the cost, the candles don't need to be burned for long and are actually quite good value for money. My current favourites are those below but no doubt I will need to look into acquiring some of their new body range too.







Wednesday, 25 March 2009

Ethnic Edge

Sometimes I forget exactly what I have in my dressing room. I was looking for something to cover a low neckline and give some colour to a black dress and found this necklace bought a number of years ago. It does look like it came from some foreign climate instead of my local Top Shop.




Top Shop ethnic necklace 

Currently listening to...












Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Electric Blue

My latest American Apparel order arrived, so I now have two of their tulip skirts in black and navy. I wear these skirts a lot as they are much more comfortable than jeans or trousers and can be mixed up in so many ways. I'm not sure what it is about American Apparel that makes you think you need all of their basics in every colour!




Oasis blouse ❖ AA tulip skirt ❖ black Tabio tights ❖ Kurt Geiger patent cone heels ❖ Links of London & Top Shop assorted bracelets 

Monday, 23 March 2009

Fuschia & Lace

So today I decided to inject a bit of colour into my otherwise dark outfit by pairing some black lace tights over some fuschia pink opaques. I finally got around to having the Furstenberg dress that I bought recently at the Vintage Fair shortened to make it wearable. The fabric is very fluid and slinky and quite clingy, I may need to try wearing something underneath the next time I wear it. The tights were a lot more vivid than they appear in the photographs, so my male colleagues at work had lots of laughter, calling me Grotbags, a witch from an old tv programme from my childhood and explaing that Halloween had already passed. I suppose wearing Chanel's Black Satin nail varnish didn't help either.





Vintage Furstenberg dress ❖ pink Tabio tights ❖ lace M&S Limited Edition tights ❖ black patent t-bar shoes

Sunday, 22 March 2009

Mother's Day


I've just returned from a weekend spent with my parents, a visit timed for Mother's Day. I am reminded how precious time is with family and with my lovely mother, or mam as we say in the North. Mine is the one person I turn to for advice that I trust implicitly, she always seems to have an uncanny and slightly psychic ability to understand the goings on in my life, I have to say she is probably the wisest woman I know. And doesn't she look so beautiful in this photo? This was taken professionally in her late teens and is so reminiscent of the time.    

Saturday, 21 March 2009

Cirque du Soleil




Having seen Cirque du Soleil's Saltimbanco show in Manchester a few years ago, I was reminded again of how fabulous the costumes are by the recent coverage of the Quidam show which came to Newcastle a couple of weeks ago. I didn't get chance to see the show again but I would definitely recommend a visit if ever the opportunity arises. The energy, skill and expertise are second to none but from a fashion perspective the costumes are out of this world.






All-in-one


I have posted before about my love of the all-in-one - the leopard playsuit, the jumpsuit and there is another that I don't have a picture of, an 1980's Ebay-found plum and cream spotted cullotte ensemble. But the one above could be my favourite yet, by designer Samantha Pleet and to be found on Bona Drag, the colours are just amazing.



Friday, 20 March 2009

Legging Love



I've just discovered this gorgeous shop on Etsy, I Heart Norwegian Wood which sells these fabulous leggings above. When leggings became fashionable a few years back, I never really embraced the trend, mostly because I hate to pick up on a trend that is so diluted on the high street. But I think the trend has passed somewhat so it is probably safe to start to take an interest again. I jut love the fabric, it is so luxe with an ethereal quality due to the muted shade. 

I'm doubting Etsy lately due to a non-arrival of an item I purchased from a vintage seller. I know it is not the fault of Etsy, the seller looked very genuine with lots of positive feedback, but this is the first time it has happened to me and unable to claim my money back, I'm very annoyed!

Also, I'm not so sure I can actually afford these right now and unsure I could be confident of my size and whether I would suit them as I don't have stick-thin legs. But it does make me wonder if I could create them myself. I may well have a look for some fabric and try and determine how difficult it could be.

So Wrong, it's right


Having just sorted out the train tickets for my forthcoming trip to London in May to see Depeche Mode at the O2, the countdown has begun - 10 weeks and counting! In the meantime see this for their latest video, Wrong.

Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Icon - Serge Gainsbourg





The first of my male icons. It's not that I don't have them but they are iconic in a different way to their female counterparts. I look to iconic females as inspiration in fashion, style, beauty etc. But with the male icon, yes he has to be stylish and have a certain something, which no doubt Serge has but he also should have a magnetic draw to him. I put on the music of Serge Gainsbourg and am instantly taken back to another era, it always puts me in a good mood. He is just so goddamn cool, in that effortless way that only the French do so well.  

99p Fashion

What can you buy for under £1 without having to venture into Poundland? This snake-like tan leather belt from my local charity shop for one.



Friday, 13 March 2009

Simple Stripes

At my work, they have brought back the "dress down Friday" treat - but only once a month and you have to pay for the privilege by donating money to the company's charity. It was taken away due to lack of motivation for work-related tasks which they put down to the sartorial freedom of the day. I'm not sure if they expect us to come into the office in tracksuits or whether the treat of wearing jeans is enough to part with our hard-earned cash. I'm not much of a dress down person, I feel better dressed up - this is probably as close as I get, bearing in mind I still have to meet with clients.




H&M navy & cream striped top ❖ vintage flared denim trousers ❖ Peter Jensen for Top Shop cream patent boots ❖ Top Shop cream socks