Monday, 24 January 2011


Counting down the days until spring arrives? Me too. Until then take a look at Prada’s fantasy-inspired eyewear that has Ga Ga’s name written all over it. 500 pairs are to be sold in February from the Minimal-Baroque collection with a further 2 styles hitting stores in April. If they’re a bit too Willy Wonka for your taste,(yep me too) then you can still enjoy the beautiful illustrations set to promote the line. Created by three talented artists, the fashion house has opted for painterly portraits as a refreshing alternative to real-life models. You can pick up these space-age shades in Prada boutiques and Ilori eyewear stores, but be warned - your boyfriend will hate them.
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Sunday, 23 January 2011

The bold and the beautiful

Want to work Gucci-style colour-blocking this spring without the designer price tag? Well you're in luck because River Island have created a Technicolor range of separates that are guaranteed to brighten up a cool new-season look. With slouchy yellow pants, violet tapered styles and easy-to-wear tanks and tees, you'll be yearning for the warm weather to kick in. Roll on March the 28th when it hits the highstreet.

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Saturday, 22 January 2011

Pretty things

Fantasy dressing

I like to play an imaginary game with my fashion office pals which never fails to cause a debate. Imagine the dilemma: You've won a competition, you lucky, lucky girl and for the rest of your very fashionable life you will be able to choose 6 key pieces each season from one designer of your choice. So, who would it be? No, take your time. Don't rush in with the hottest designer of the moment. The collection must have longevity and if they stop designing, tough. Your prize will be forfeited. Boo.

The line needs to be versatile enough to see you from day to day whilst including show-stopping evening pieces and classic styles that you will still love in your fifties. Tough isn't it? Imagine strutting to the shops in skin-tight Balmain jeans and a bold-shouldered jacket. Fierce for now yes, but would you still want to rock a mirrored bodycon dress when your 40? Maybe not.

My partner in crime chose YSL as her poison. A good choice I thought. It took her nearly a week to decide, and I was impressed with how serious she approached the challenge. Now all I need is someone to actually run the competition.

Here are a few of my key pieces that I would choose if money were no object and I lived on a yacht in St Tropez. My designer of choice? Lanvin of course. Who would you choose?

"The whole idea of fashion is to make women fly, to make women beautiful, and to make women glamorous".
Albar Elbaz.

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Friday, 21 January 2011

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

A little under the weather

I've been quite unwell recently and after spending two nights in the hospital I came home to this tasty treat. Packaged in a lovely white box and wrapped in pink tissue, this floral bouquet-shaped biscuit was sent in the post from my dear friend, Number Nine. Thank you Suzie and thank you You have really cheered me up.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Sartorial inspiration

I was treated to a glossy copy of Scott Schuman's, The Sartorialist for my 26th birthday and what a treat it was. As an attractive coffee table book it has captured the attention of many of my friends, including men who have no interest in fashion whatsoever. Hearing comments such as 'wow, this is really interesting" from 24 year old guys is definitely a testament to the photographers captivating street shots. The film below is a pretty special account from the man behind the lens, presented in a personal documentary style. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Domestic Goddess in training

It might be a sign that I'm getting older but when I chose to buy a rather luxurious cushion over a cashmere cardigan in the sale this week, I surprised myself at the homebody I've become. Not only have I started to invest in expensive candles, Daschund-print cushions and most of Habitat's stock, my penchant for crockery has taken on a life of its own.

It started with the pretty teapot, milk jug and sugar pot that my mum snapped up at a church bring-and-buy sale. Beautifully painted and antique-like in appearance if not reality, it’s the perfect way to do tea and cakes for friends with ladylike finesse.

This Christmas my boyfriend earned himself extra brownie points by buying me this gorgeous Art Deco delight from Anthropologie. It now takes pride of place in my kitchen on a strict look-don't-touch basis.

I found this little blue-and-white trio at a stall in Columbia road. I bought them from a elderly man who sells bric-a-brac just off the main street, and I absolutely love them. I once caught my housemate offering them to his friends to take shots of vodka from. It. did. not. go. down. well. Bloody imbecile.

My old housemate told me that this little fella was her favourite piece of my collection. Again, it was found in the depths of a jumble sale in my village back home in Nottingham.

Finally, this lovely teacup and saucer set was again a lovely Christmas present from one of my best friends. It's too pretty to drink out of (and I'm running out of space), so it's become a place to display delicate jewellery.

My kitchen is rather on the compact side, so I’m limited to how many delicate porcelain coffee cups and kitsch pieces I can have, but it doesn’t stop me looking. I’ve recently discovered Clare Hartley, a ceramic artist who creates the prettiest cobalt-blue and white porcelain sets. I have already phantom-shopped the whole site. Now if you do excuse me, I'm off to make a well deserved cuppa.


Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Trend Report

So now the mince pies have been firmly put away for another year, the arrival of February's spanking new Harpers Bazaar has pulled me out of my post-Christmas slump. Their sparkling trend report is packed full of Studio 54 glamour, hard-hitting biker girls, bold colour blocking and languid tailoring. I shall unfortunately be staying well clear of the fringed Prairie looks channelled by Roberto Cavalli, Gucci and alike, but have fallen head over heels for the balletic designs found at ChloĆ©, Lanvin and Chanel. Not only is this a irresistibly pretty trend, it also falls hand in hand with the forthcoming release of Darren Aronofsky’s much anticipated film, Black Swan. Starring an enviably petite Natalie Portman, the film tells the psychological story of a young ballerina who becomes entangled in the bitter rivalry between her co-star Mila Kunis. With costumes designed by Rodarte's Kate and Laura Mulleavy, this darkly romantic fairytale promises to be as visually beautiful as the story itself. I will be on tenterhooks until its release - until then, enjoy the sneak peek below.

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Saturday, 1 January 2011


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