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Bien-Mis {adj} – well dressed (people)

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Dress your iPad

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Show your iPad some serious affection and treat it to some luxe apparel.  We’re not talking silicone sleeves here but pure opulence.  Fashion is no longer just for humans.

Mulberry Melanie Zip Folio for iPad - Patent Leather. Also available in Purple and Shocking Pink

Gucci iPad case - £150

Louis Vuitton Ipad case - £240

The Times online have even hinted it could start a ‘Man Bag’ revolution with male iPad owners searching for a suitable purse or ‘Murse’ (Oh dear) to carry their new technology in.  Here’s one for the boys:

Paul Smith Cashmere Ipad Slip case - £25

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June 29, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Fast Fashion

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Three pieces. One great outfit.

This week, sport luxe meets feminine pastels.  Toughen up the girly clothes with these superb Hudson black ankle boots and a messy top knot. Throw over a leather or denim jacket for a real rock edge.

Unisex Cotton Drop-Shoulder Sweatshirt by American Apparel £42

 

Oyster Pink mesh and ribbon skirt by Lipsy £35

H by Hudson Alba Boots £170

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June 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm

Break the Rules – Don’t Limit Yourself to Only the Womenswear Department

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It’s a bit of a standing joke that I’m so short that I can fit in children’s clothes. I no longer have my beloved grey kilt style school skirt but I know if I did I could just about still squeeze my child-bearing hips into it.  There are tangible benefits to being able to fit into children’s clothes at times.  They are cheaper.  Not just due to less fabric but there is also no VAT on children’s apparel.  Generally if you can fit into clothes made for a ten-year old you will inevitably also have small feet – added benefit of buying children’s shoes.  Well OK maybe not shoes, but you’ll save about a tenner on your converse high tops. Buy Large or age 12 boys T-shirts for the perfect fit. 

Best places to buy Childrenswear: Gap, Adidas. Great for boys T-shirts, shirts.  Try M&S for pretty cardigans and good boys shorts.

 I don’t know about you but I would geniunely wear every piece!

 

Don’t dismiss the menswear department either.  Throw a men’s shirt over a floral summer dress or team a mens blazer with some short city shorts and your favourite brogues for a relaxed work look. Leave head to toe menswear to Agnes Deyn and make sure you mix with some girly pieces, even if just a sheer blouse or some feminine jewellery.

Best places to buy Menswear: American Apparel, Gap for basic over sized shirts and sweats.  H&M and Levi’s mens jeans are always a great fit even on women.

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June 6, 2010 at 6:49 pm

Trend: Americana

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Spurred on by my Sister’s recent Vegas Wedding,  I’ve gone nuts for Americana.  Denim, stars, stripes, sequins, red white and blue. A brash and flashy alternative to all the nude and military flooding the high street.  This one is about having fun.

Don’t ever do this head to toe or you’ll look like a tourist.  Stick to one key piece – a pair of dungaree’s or an outrageous accessory – and release your inner American Woman……….

Stars & Stripes Clutch – Accessorize

Made in america Tee – American Apparel

Alexa Chung – Vogue 2010

Americana – Williams Rast Fall 2009

Stars & Stripes by Converse

 

Ankle Socks – only for the young and hip?

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Six pairs have been purchased. 2 grey pairs (light & dark shades), 1 khaki, 1 cream, 1 beige and my pride and joy, a crocheted peach pair from Hobbs. I have a selection of brogues, loafers and chunky heels to wear them with. So why can’t I actually bring myself to wear them yet??

I am of course, not talking about wearing them hidden  under a pair of jeans. I mean slouched with one of my million mini dresses and an oversized men’s jumper or blazer.  Oooo in fact, maybe even with my caramel city shorts.

But as I approach the last 6 weeks of my twenties I can’t help wondering if this is a trend for the young and incredibly hip and I may end up looking like an overgrown version of my 6 year old daughter. Sod it.  I’m not ready to hang up my ankle socks yet just because I’m nearly 30.  Nor my hot pants for that matter.

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March 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm

A Day in Double Denim

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It took some nerve. Yesterday, I spent the full day in Double Denim.  Gap denim shirt and Topshop dark skinny cropped jeans were chosen as an updated version of the original jacket and jeans combo.  And the reaction was divided to say the least.

First part of the day was to brave ‘Dress down Friday’ at work.  As predicted, I got a lot of  ‘Yee Ha Cowgirl’…. Original.  Other comments included; ‘unique’ (polite way to say weird?) and one colleague declared that this look was’ not for beginners’.  Maybe the brogues didn’t help, but this definitely felt quite a masculine look – and that from someone whom 20% of their wardrobe is menswear.

On deciding to venture out after work for a drink in my head to toe denim, I exchanged my black brogues for some tan loafers and threw on a blazer.  Comments during the evening were much kinder than those I had experienced so far.  Girls seemed to really like the denim shirt, so much so, three asked me where I had bought it from while I was retouching my mascara in the ladies.

Most were in agreement that while denim was well and truly back to stay, it is much more accessible worn in just one piece. I have to agree.  The Gap denim shirt was a complete success. I’m already unsure how I ever lived without it and can’t wait to throw it over a floral playsuit come spring.

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February 27, 2010 at 6:25 pm

Bonjour Bien-mis

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Looks to be inspired by.

I hope to share with you via this blog some of the people, images and trends that make my relationship with fashion a solid  life long partnership.

It’s not just new collections from the high-end fashion houses that are a source of inspiration for me, but also real style.  The kind you see when a trends filter down to us mere mortals and my joy at seeing someone who successfully choreographs a look that embodies an appreciation of fashion with a portrail of utter confidence, giving you a visual invite into their personality. All while looking like it’s been acheived in about 5 minutes with a ‘couldn’t give a damn’ attitude, of course.

It goes without saying though that I am, naturally, influenced by commercial fashion as much as I am street style. So you will also find on this blog my favourite trends and looks of the season along with lust-worthy apparel or beauty products I stumble across.

I hope you enjoy.

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February 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm