Wednesday, 27 July 2011

•I wish the summer would just drag it's half hearted ass in to the next season already so that I can start purchasing my winter wardrobe and digging out my old favourites. It's been pretty much torturous to watch label after label releasing teasing snapshots of what we are to expect and I especially felt a twinge of heartbreak today when I realised how long it would be before I could take a trip to Liberty Regent St to stroke the beautiful knits that Acne (my hands down favourite designer) will have on their new arrivals rails.

I'm impatient but I'm working on it... ;) If the looks I've put together below don't have you praying for crunchy autumn leaves and winter festivities then I don't know what will!




On a less expensive/more accessible note, I've also spotted this little gem from ASOS and love the colour and style of it! It looks delish over the double denim ensemble in the picture but I can see it working just as well with a cute tea dress and brogues or an oversized tee and printed leggings. Get your mittens on it here for just £40!


Monday, 25 July 2011

•Minimalist shapes, boyish cuts and sharp shoulders; if there is one trend I can never find fault with its power dressing and seeing as the androgynous trend will play a big part in my many AW11 wardrobes this year, I figure there is no time like the present for more girlies to give tailoring a shot.

Acne, Alexander Wang and Dolce & Gabbana are just a few designers who will be helping us play dress up this season and there is no doubt the high street will do an amazing job of reworking the pieces in to their own best sellers.

The perfect blazer or tux jacket will stick by you, loyally lending itself to a majority of outfits hanging in your wardrobe and complimenting your silhouette, for a hell of a long time! If you don't already have this staple in your possession: invest now! Other key pieces with the boy-girl trend include loafers, ankle grazing trousers, fitted white shirts and no fuss accessories - think braces, a bow tie or a chunky watch and TA-DA, you're pretty much putting Savile Row's finest to shame! xo

Topshop Black Draped Tux Jacket £85

ASOS Scalloped Collar Blouse £25

ASOS Houndstooth Cropped Trousers £40

Topshop KLARA Burgundy Patent Tassel Mocassin Loafers £52

Friday, 22 July 2011

•I spend a terrible precious amount of time on websites like net-a-porter and Matches, putting pretty things in my basket, removing them, putting them back in, and telling myself if I sacrifice the McQueen leopard and skull print scarf (see here) I can have the See by Chloe Nubuck Tractor boots instead (and see here)... So much so, that it's become my favourite past time.

My latest obsession lies with Wolf & Badger who showcase and retail the creme de la creme in independent brands, ranging from fine bone china to eclectic jewellery and ethically made knitwear. The Wolf & Badger website has an inspiring selection of the best pieces and designers however popping in to their Notting Hill store may prove a more satisfying experience for the visually turned on amongst us.

I've lovelisted some items below that I really hope would encourage a few of you in to looking at buying from an independent brand next time you feel a spree coming on... I'll apologise now for the increase of your own lust lists but you'll be thanking me when you realise this is the best way to get some originality about you ;)
The lovely people at W&B can be found at 46 Ledbury Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 2AB.

Carnival Wool Scarf by Helen Ruth £155

Goldfish Tights by Gal Stern £39

Navajo Cuff by Anabel Campbell £145

Pretty Ugly Teacup by We Love Kaoru £28

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

•Not quite brave enough for a meat dress or leather leotards but want to experiment with fashion? Then forget everything your mother ever told you about matching and CLASH. Emma Stone seems to have taken similar advice and rocked this Giambattista Valli number at the 'Friends With Benefits' premiere last night, she looks amazing no?! Love the nude Louboutins too - Absolutely no other tone would have accented this outfit better.

Picture from http://www.nylonmag.com/
If you're not feeling quite as bold as Emma, clashing can be as simple as fitting a Breton tee with floral culotte trousers. The trick!? Keep the size of the prints varied, if your stripes are sparse make sure your floral prints are small and dense or else you run the risk of OD'ing the outfit.
If you're working with jewel box colours or neons like Emma, avoid prints altogether and encourage juxtaposing textures instead. Still feeling unsure?! Separate the prints or colours with a black belt... Aah the word black, something comforting about that which makes the experiment a little less scary for a lot of us isn't there? ;) xo

Monday, 18 July 2011

•Like an enchanting spell of magic, a pair of tights can transform your summer looks in to your winter wardrobe in one quick but careful move. Over the years I've discovered that hosiery doesn't come much better than Falke and Wolford, so imagine my squeals when I saw ASOS had a whole new range of the latter in their 'New In: Accessories' section this afternoon.

Admittedly, both brands are expensive however after laddering many a pair of cheap tights I did tell myself that a high quality pair would be an investment and would last forever and ever and ever (just like the many things in my wardrobe that are unjustifiable), so here I am ordering another patterned pair.

I'll be wearing them with my cut off denim shorts, my new Monsieur Steve tee and my fave granddad cardigan and biker boots in no time at all if reports on the torrential rain that's apparently coming our way are true... Meet my NBFs below and click here to visit the other realm ;) xo

Sunday, 17 July 2011

I *so* appreciated the lovely Tota crossing my path in East London a few weeks back that I couldn't leave writing the new street style feature about her for much longer. This girly had vintage chic down to a tee and was everything I look for as a self confessed style stalker - Bundles of confidence and charm in herself and her clothes.

In her vintage frock, crochet Topshop cardigan and crepe heel ankle boots, Tota is doing a pretty good job of playing on her feminine side whilst mixing elements of the 1940s with the 1990s (muted floral dress meets old school Moschino bag = genius = envy!); and it's as if they were meant to be the perfect compilation.



Tota stood out a mile on this particular day for not only doing the vintage look justice but also having a refreshing air of carelessness - proof that style shines through at it's best when it isn't taken so seriously! Photographs courtesy of the beautifully curly Emma as always, thank you!!! http://www.emmastackphotography.com/

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Is greed really one of the 7 sins?! Pah! Literally a minute after posting the Summer Lust List I found the J.Crew clutch below and I'm absolutely besotted with it!!! All my favourite colours and materials and stones have been mushed together in one - It's the 6th and final addition to my list, care to treat yourself?! DO IT HERE

J.Crew Clutch - $148

Hey everyone! I thought it was about time for another Summer Lust List as my last had proved popular with a lot of you... It'll probably be my last if these grey clouds are anything to go by and I've had major dilemmas trying to choose just 5 pieces, plus is it me or has it been a good summer for fashion?! I'm sometimes disappointed by what hits the shops when seasons change but this year I've been seriously satisfied ;)

As much as I hate to wish time away, I'm overly excited for autumn to come around so that I can dig out my winter wardrobe and start layering up! In the mean time, I want everything below in my possession NOW... The Lanvin wedges are so so so beautiful, perhaps a little expensive (OK a lot expensive, I'll be saving until summer 2015 for these babies) but I'll continue to live in hope that a copycat version will find the way to my feet very soon!xoxo

1. Stila Long Wear Liquid Lip Colour in 'Fiery' £14 @ http://www.beautyexpert.co.uk/
2. Bartus High Waisted Shorts £30 @ http://www.theoutnet.com/
3. Lanvin Ankle Wrap Python Platform Wedges $840 @ http://www.shopzoeonline.com/
4. Saddlery Print Scarf £16 @ Topshop
5. Woven Weekend Clutch $28 @ http://www.modcloth.com/

Tuesday, 12 July 2011

So, Rihanna has been announced as the new body of the global underwear range for Armani... Could not think of a better derriere for the job if I tried. I'm sensing there'll be many a traffic jam when the billboards are unveiled in September, enough to put the Wonderbra campaign starring Eva Herzigova ('Helloy boys!') to shame!

Rumour has it the campaign has already been shot on location in New York so there's every chance that the impatient souls amongst us (that'll be me then) will get a sneaky peak at Rihanna in her undies as well as the label's AW11 jeans collection pretty damn soon. I'm excited about this collab, Victoria Beckham and Megan Fox have both been iconic in their posts as Armani's underwear models and RiRi will absolutely mix up a storm when she takes over as head girl, proving that curvy girls can do sexy just as good as the rest of them!

Rihanna for GQ Magazine

Monday, 11 July 2011

The summer sales are proving just a little too tempting for me and my out of hand shopping habit at the moment; as much as I love a bargain I'm usually a hater of the sales except this year I've been sucked in to them like a size 0 in a plughole and I've been buying like there's going to be a draught.

I think I'm put off by the messy rails of oversized dresses, odd shoes and general trash that gets forced upon me at discounted prices (I'm a hoarder but even ripped tights are no good to me), not to mention the high levels of estrogen and cattyness. This time though, I remained one step ahead of the game with a calmer approach to the art of bargain hunting and oiled my elbows ready for the battle.

I wasn't disappointed, with a little patience, an eye like a hawk and a looot of snatching, I came away with the beauties below! They say lightening doesn't strike twice but I'm going to try and nab some bits tomorrow too, if all else fails it'll be a good reason to bypass the sale rail and head for the newbies ;)








Skirt - River Island £15 (was £29.99)
Jumper - H&M £3.99 (was £7.99)
Sunnies - H&M £3.49 (was £6.99)

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Arriving back from a week in Las Vegas this morning with a suitcase full of dirty clothes, a very empty purse and an extreme case of holiday blues (the city that never sleeps was true to its word); I thought my day would involve disco naps and bad food, however I've just tapped into my blog stats to see I've had almost 500 reads in just over 3 weeks so I now can't wait to get back to babbling on at everyone and my head is a flurry with ideas!

I wish I could say LV was an inspiring fashion city but despite the diverse shopping and endless amount of designer boutiques, I still consider London to be the best city for fashion that I've visited, closely followed by Paree and NYC. It's possibly to do with the fact that there is no middle ground and no high street - other than the ever recognisable H&M, Zara and Urban Outfitters, Vegas just generally lacks the refreshing and exciting takes on catwalk and seasonal pieces that stores like Topshop, New Look and River Island offer us girls... What's that saying about taking the girl out of London?!

Soon as I've worked my way through mountains of washing and caught up with my muchly missed boyfriend and family, I'll be back with a post for you all, have a good weekend y'all! xoxo

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