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Month Loves…

In Uncategorized on December 30, 2011 at 12:19 am

My cover lover of the month award this time round goes to Florence Welch on the front of January 2012 Vogue. A stunning woman who encapsulates the things I adore, in terms of fashion, music, attitude and much more. I think she is untouchable and somewhat out of this world, which is what makes her so unique and quite frankly amazing.

(all rights belong to Vogue)

Another love of the month, has to be my BARGAIN basement, killer wedge beauties. A slight twist on my Miss KG by Kurt Geiger monster wedge booties that go by the name of Ferris and were featured in Gladrags and Handbags not too long ago, these differ as they are slightly more socially acceptable in height and throw some leather-look material and zips into the mix for a quite charming collaboration,  found in H&M. I can’t even bring myself to tell you how much of a bargain they actually were because it is offensive. Put it this way, I am a very happy girl.

(all rights belong to H&M)

I have also come to the utterly obvious conclusion that I have a wedged black boot fetish….this being my third pair now that I have featured on my blog. I guess if you know you love a certain item… turn it into a collectable. And why the hell not?  NYE here we come…

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Birds of a feather flock together…

In Uncategorized on December 29, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Feathers are one of the most delectable and intriguing materials available to us in the world of fashion. There is no other textile that embodies the presence that a feather, or multiple feathers can in an ensemble, where they tend to intelligently and powerfuly exude class and femme fatale all at once.  Feathers make intricate detail, yet a sharp impression conveying a light implication of wildness mixed with just the right amount of vulnerability in the form of rareity. A person who wears feathers as part of an ensemble can rely on them to display their inner most prowess and delicacy together, in a rather harmonious manner.

With my fashionable past tredding somewhat tenderly in gothic territory, I am going to be biased and suggest that nothing quite captures such an alluring image as do black feathers in particular, which clash feminine frailty and an air of dangereux in a totally timeless way.  The unspoken beauty of black feathers being that the statement can be made as bold, or as discreet as you desire. From earring to boa, it is up to the individual to compose a truly unique look and have full control over the level of effectiveness they want to create.

Ever since the gorgeous Natalie Portman starred quite brilliantly in breathtaking film Black Swan, I do believe admirers of the fashion it has influenced feel they must stick to the rules by wearing feathers, only with a ballet attitude and grace. This can of course be delightful, however there is a lot more to these fabulous things called feathers. We have a lot to thank our winged friends of the skies for, without them our inspiration would be terribly lacklustre where clothing experimentation is concerned.

My love for black feathers has grown from a few items that I already own. My favourite of the moment being, a deliciously dark and ornate pair of black feather drop earrings from River Island. I love to wear these by day, with a boyish fit t-shirt for an edgy, contrasting style. On the contrary, they are perfect for dressing up a pretty  LBD of an evening. They simply scream sophisitication, with minimum effort required. I have even invested in two pairs of these beauties, because I enjoy them so much. Now I never have to panic about wearing them through fear of damaging, or loosing one.

Another item that I have owned for some time now and still really love, is a dress from the Rare range that is a simple long cotton fitted t-shirt, made fantastic with glam black feather shoulder pads. This is an extremely fun piece that can be made lady-like with girly tights and courts, or made daring by tucking it into some risque high-waisted shorts and partnering with sexy monster heels.

Now if you are really wanting to embrace featherlicious looks, why not take it totally Moulin Rouge and invest in a statement corset, decorated with a feather trim. This can be used for a range of occassions, so it is definitely worth spending some quality time when choosing it. You want to ensure that you and your basque can be centre stage time after time, both inside the house and on the dancefloor, or even with jeans at casual drinks. Oh la la. You can pick up some amazing customised pieces online, which you should always bare in mind if you want to be really original.

The last feather piece I will bring your attention to is this stunning little clutch I hunted down in Next that brings feathers and sequins together…genius?… I think so!  This hand bag is beautifully glitzy, yet tasteful and will dramatically lift casual gig and pub attire, or compliment partying outfits perfectly.

I perhaps wouldn’t suggest mixing many various feathered items all at the same time, but for goodness sake please don’t shy away from the idea completely, as they are such frivilous and fancy things to experiment with you would be mad to miss out. Furthermore, they will give you and those around you much gratification I am sure. 

You’ve got a tail feather…now shake it!

All of these dreams might find their way into my day to day scene…

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2011 at 2:36 pm

Photographs are by far my most favourite thing. I love shots that I have taken, ones my friends have taken and also images where I don’t know who has taken them. Photographs capture moments in an ingenious way and hours can be passed admiring them. I think it is fantastic when photography is used in fashion design, as it achieves an effortlessly, but beautifully cool look like nothing else. It brings a whole new depth to a piece of clothing and gives you a real chance to express yourself and your sentiments via fashion. 

 Two of my favourite casual pieces of all time are styled with photo graphics and I can’t get enough of them, as you can combine them with anything within an ensemble and it looks fantastic. A simple photograph t-shirt, looks good with florals, plains, knits, denim…you name it, it looks fabulous. Obviously you have to really love and appreciate what the snapshots on the clothing are of, however if you can’t find the exact thing you desire it is easy enough to use transferable printing paper and iron your own design onto a plain t-shirt. Yes this does mean a careful hand wash every so often, which seems like a little too much effort I agree, however it will be exciting to wear every time and it cancels out the risk of , god forbid crossing somebody’s path in the exact same threads as you. Scenic images, or natural photographs of friends in different settings can be brilliant designs for a distinctive and authentic look. Adding sepia tones, or playing around with the contrast settings on the photographs you choose, will add an edge to the appearance of the pictures and also make them less personal and more professional to onlookers.

 My choice of photographic images for delightful, eye-catching t-shirts, are those which utilise musical influences, such as featuring a guitar for a relaxed, rock and roll vibe. Alternatively, I really enjoy the use of simple, romantic black and white shots, which can be really effective and sophisticated for anytime of the day, whether dressing casual or  glam.

Classic Swimsuit T-shirt (all rights belong to Topshop)

My favourite photograph t-shirt for men that has recently stormed at Topman is the Rihanna special that is extremely sexy and quirky, perfect for creating a great cheeky ensemble. Women are actually an ideal theme for this fashion statement full stop, whether they are famous or anonymous, like for example the retro Playboy cover t-shirts that are super masculine, but slightly charming with their artistic undertones and general display of appreciation for the female form. The perfect combination some may say…

Rihanna T-shirt  (all rights belong to Topman)With these fashionable pieces, the rest of the ensemble they are teamed with need not be complicated…leave it up to images, because a picture is worth a thousand words!

 

 

 

 

 

Bear necessities…

In Uncategorized on October 8, 2011 at 11:58 pm

This is quite simply the most adorable garment I have set my eyes upon in a long time…every baby girl should have one of these cosy, gorgeous faux fur snow suits to brace the winter elements with in the most stylish of ways, brought to you by Baker Baby, by Ted Baker. I believe this is an absolute must in every baby girl’s wardrobe… so overwhelmingly cute!  May every little girly tot, resemble a fluffy bear cub this winter…Me broody? Nooooo…




Dead weather…

In Uncategorized on October 4, 2011 at 5:55 pm

When in the warm and cosy frame of mind, I must admitt I find it challenging to even imagine throwing glamour into the mix. Whilst we are vastly approaching the cooler months, I find myself naturally exploring ideas that will inspire me to have  just as much fun dressing in winter, as I do when experimenting with flirty, summer daytime clobber. Impossible some may think, nevertheless whilst mooching around the highstreet recently a few things have caught my eye and heightened my enthusiasm somewhat, towards approaching casual wintery wardrobe options.

A gorgeous knit I have stumbled across in Next  (often a very dark horse that should never be ignored during a humble shopping trip) is adorable with its feminine peachy,cream tones and admirably plays around with upcoming festive trends, boasting some delightful sequin stripes and quirky elbow pads, adding just the right amount of glitz to this piece, as it is still very classy and flattering. This would be a very reliable choice that could be worn effortlessly with  classic black leggings, or jeans and look totally charming everytime.  Sequins can really illuminate an outfit with a great deal of integrity, when done in the correct way, as it is in this instance. This leads me to think of many more ideas around how I can add a bit of sparkle in a dignified manner to my looks this season…

Alternatively,  I tempt you to venture over to the darker side as I did, when I recently purchased a beautiful plain grey off -the-shoulder knit from always sought after store, Forever 21

No sequins present here, but the beautifully grungey shade of grey and loose fitting shape  make the jumper mature and sexy, in an understated way and it hangs in all the right places…simple yet satisfying.  Being so plain, this piece can be teamed with some heavy metal jewellery to create a beautifully composed look with minimum effort, perfect for those slouchy nights in that many of us will be frequenting more and more at this time of year. To make plain knits more exciting still, a pretty lacy top poking out a tad will slightly tease onlookers and make the ensemble more alluring. I love how this style works so harmoniously with a little intricate, gothic detail.

In conclusion…let us not allow casual comfort to be frumpy, but lucious and exquisite… hurrahhh!!

I don’t need to try to control you, look into my eyes and I’ll own you…

In Uncategorized on September 27, 2011 at 10:32 pm

I found myself in a very exciting position last week, whereby I fell head over heels for some boots that I honestly could not imagine my daily existence being worthwhile without and thus had to indulge in making them my very own, whether I deserved it, or not!  Materialistic as this sounds, it is rare I get attached so quickly to something, or someone for that matter,  due to being very particular,  so when I acknowledge a garment with such a huge amount of passion, I know for sure that it is a true love that will last a lifetime…or at least this season.

Working closely to girly heaven Shoe Boudoir, I found my brand spanking new eye candy, in a stunning pair of Miss KG lace-up platform boots, going by the name of “Ferris”. “Ferris” are seductive, if not wonderfully a tad ris·qué in appearance, however this is complimented and kept socially acceptable with some lovely design architecture, bringing together what I would call a fashionista’s dream. Tottering around in a pair of shoes has never felt as divine as it did when I slipped these beauts on nonchalantly  last Saturday…unaware of the amazing investment I was going to make in them later that day.These glorious creations provide the perfect escapism one should feel when discovering a statement to explore for the coming season. “Ferris” alleviate my skepticalism of bracing harsh elements during autumn nights out,  by simply making the potential glamorous possibilities, for the more bitter evening wardrobe overflow in my mind…

The sheer height of this amazing shoe boot and the verging on dominatrix attitude it bodes in a sharp and exclusive fashion, makes this the most fun type of footwear and overall style to play with this season.  These boots are daring enough to keep looks energetic, throughout the more dreary time of year, which is an uplifting notion for all of us whom of which are living in denial about summer being well and truly done and dusted, hence still wanting to keep things upbeat and vivacious.  ” Ferris” when teamed with a soft lady-like top half, such as a sheer brightly colored blouse, or even a cutesy shift dress,  will create a striking ensemble that can be refreshed time and time again and will carry just the right amount of shock factor, for each individual outing. My favourite aspect of “Ferris”, is the way in which it compromises the dichotomy of bewitching femininity and a playful tomboy, rockabilly quality, definitely key factors to consider this fall. They are available in either my choice of classic classy noir, or in a lighter dusky grey tone. Either are enjoyable to work with!

These alluring platform treasures  with the potential to reak havoc, were definitely exhilirating for me to exhibit for the first time, giving me a great posture and a devilish sense of pride. I feel very strongly that these shoes will need to be shown off atleast once a weekend, thus until next Saturday night’s soiree, I will lay my precious pair to rest peacefully in their box. I’m counting down the days…

Crush of the month (part deux)…

In Uncategorized on September 9, 2011 at 12:38 am

August’s edition of Harper’s Bazaar was truly amazing, the sexiest publication on the magazine stand by far, boasting stunning Beyonce as it’s cover girl and fit to burst, with some of the most glamorous content I have seen this year. Harper’s Bazaar is the title that knows how to compile a range of sultry looks, whilst still remaining completely dignified, like no other. My favourite ad in the issue was a beautiful Chanel double page spread …


The alluring eccentric silver locks and futuristic make-up comprising of neon eyebrows, over-sized feline eyeliner flicks and metallic talons, clash fabulously with the conservative skirt and overcoat, to create a phenomenal collision. The gorgeous and delicate floral decoration in the hair, brings an irresistibly girly touch to this look.  As if I am not already head over heels enough for this intricately composed shoot, the sensual hoisery and elegant white button-up shirt are just too much for me to handle, as I turn into a shamlessly envious monster. White shirts should be a major fashion focus from autumn through to winter, including intriguing victorian styles that are just wonderful to work with and very versatile.

I haven’t had a fashion arrangement take my breath away quite the way this one has for a while,  as it  intelligently captures an exquisite, mellow femme-fatale attitude that I have never seen before, but very much admire. This designer creation  is ravishing, seductive and somewhat enchanting all at once, which is a difficult thing to achieve…nobody does it quite like Chanel does.

If this doesn’t get you dangerously over-excited about 2011 winter wardrobe potential, I don’t know what will…

Hoopla!

In Uncategorized on August 11, 2011 at 1:38 am

Everybody has that one materialistic item, which they shamlessly can’t live without.  You know that one thing, which makes you feel complete and if you forget it, you feel like you have a limb missing. As dramatic as it sounds, we are all familiar with what I am talking about…the accessory, the piece of clothing, the hairstyle, the favourite scent, or even a range of all of these things that instantly allow you to turn your very own swag on.  The thing I can rarely be without these days, is a pair of statement hoop earrings. I have formed an exciting obsession with them and can’t seem to allow myself to leave the house without my hooped treasures, whether it be a daytime, or evening occassion. It is getting to the point where I almost feel guilty if I leave my hoops behind, when off for a night out, as if in the back of my mind I feel like I am missing out on a much better time, if I were to be donning my swingy, circular beauties. This is however, a very harmless obsession that is a totally fun one to acquire, due to the extensive array of fabulous hoops, available to indulge in right now, as I have discovered and my collection is steadily growing…

The hoop should be worn with just the right amount of attitude and confidence, but also class and dignity, in order to avoid exercising a bad, Esmeralda impression. Thus, try not to have any other overly-loud pieces, within your ensemble, when wearing big earrings. Hoop earrings open up a huge window of potential, for experimenting with elegant up- do’s, nevertheless if you prefer to keep some of your tresses down, to swing around on the dancefloor, opt for my personal favourite, the lady-like half-up, half-down boufant, which showcases your decorative ear wear beautifully, in a discreet fashion.

Hoops instantly make you feel glamorous and sexy, yet feminine and sophisticated, all at the same time. For those ladies out there just like me, whom of which constantly suffer from post-holiday blues, I kid you not, hoops will bring an exotic sunshine feel to your outfit and mood, allowing you to resemble that post- basking glow that you experience on balmy, party nights on the beach. Hoops boost your radiance better than any other accessory, when acompanied with a little bronzer dusted along the cheekbones, for a really healthy complexion, achieved in seconds.

My most famous pair of hoops, so far that I am rarely caught without of a party, night time, would be my skinny, twisted, gold-coloured hoops from Topshop (also available in Miss Selfridge). These beauts are rather large, measuring at an impressive three and half inches in diameter, meaning they are a slightly daring wear, but provide a totally exhilirating experience, attracting all of the right attention.  Remember, the only thing worse than being talked about, is not being talked about and believe me, these earrings are a great icebreaker!  Two new pairs of hoops that I recently picked up on Oxford Street, at hyped about store Forever 21, are wonderful additions to my jewellery box. One pair being a much less offensive size than my regulars, in a shiny silver colour, with slight angular edges and the second pair are thick, in a light gold shade, with pretty flower prints embossed on the metal.  The silver pair are perfect for adding a bit of interest and senorita-chic (think Jennifer Lopez!) to day time attire, as I have already discovered, however the Amy Winehouse-esque (in loving memory) chunky, patterned pair are still awaiting their debut and I am looking forward to it. I recently encouraged a good friend of mine to join me in wearing some wow-factor hoops, for a night on the tiles and it took this one-evening trial to well and truly win her over.

I took a few photographs to illustrate the images I am describing, but seriously, I advise you to go wild and sample some seductive hoops. Trust me you will never look back, or at the very least, you will have a hard time trying to…

Topshop/Miss Selfridge…

Forever 21…

We love you London, we do…

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I have spent all day being angry and upset about the rioting taking place, in our beautiful capital city. I am now sat up late this evening, watching the news coverage on the mindless acts, as well as the political debates surrounding them and all I want to do is ask the rioters how this is proving anything?, or getting you anywhere in projecting your supposed views?  This is a sad time for London, as well as other UK cities being targeted. I would like to send out my condolences and wishes to all affected and take my hat off to the British police and fire services, involved in the clamp-down on this awful and ridiculous situation.  I am, as is the rest of the nation, heartbroken by this attrocity taking place in Britain. Caggie Dunlop, of my favourite reality tv flick of the moment Made in Chelsea, tweeted recently about the riots, with Starship song We Built This City attached… genius! London was built on rock and roll and it will make it through this. LOVE YOU LONDON.

V is for Victory…

In Uncategorized on August 9, 2011 at 10:12 pm

This autumn men’s fashion is taking an unexpected, yet inspiring turn with 1940’s-1950’s influences returning to the catwalk and  filtering steadily onto the high street. Topman announced at the beginning of this month that they would be embracing the return of  frivilous fashion, from the post-war era and of course others will be following suit, as I can already confirm is well underway.

Despite the fact that history appears to be repeating itself here, this is 1940’s  haute couture in a whole new light, with an increased cheeky element that is simply adorable.The concept of approaching this trend is one that many may find a little daunting, what with the bold statements involved, however in my eyes this is definitely a great opportunity to create a uniquely distinguished look. 

Features of the look include tartan plaid, cartoon tees and structured jackets, not forgetting the patterned polos and knitwear that blow the christmas jumpers that your grandmother makes you, totally out of the water. Ensembles comprimising such pieces are easily made current and understated, with a few tiny tweaks. This can be achieved by wearing neutral coloured trousers, to play down brave pieces and prevent outfits from feeling too daring.  For a fun touch one can add a quirky, swing-style accessory, such as a classic dicky bow, or dapper bowler hat, creating a mischevious and retro image that I love. My favourite of the 1940’s post-war trends, hitting the highstreet right now has to be the chunky knit, which looks simply gorgeous on both burly men and pretty boys too. So come on then gents, give it a go…

 Topman…

Zara…