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Rock a leopard print bag

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A long standing fan of leopard print accessories come day or night – belts, hair bands and ballet pumps spring to mind. I am more than happy to add a leopard print bag to the equation (but strictly only one leopard print item per outfit please.  Scary spice we are not).

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September 28, 2010 at 8:15 pm

Alexa Chung for Madewell

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I am aware this blog is becoming little more than a glorified Alexa Chung fan club. An outlet for my obsession if you will, however, do bear with me.  There is a point to it.

Alexa Chung’s first collection for Madewell hits the US in August.  Much to my despair we won’t be seeing any of the collection in UK stores.  I’ve done a little hunting though and US website Shopbop.com deliver worldwide within 3 days and stock the Madewell label.  Lets hope they put some of this wonderful collection online….

Key pieces: Striped Dungaree dress, velvet shorts, extra long cardigans, peter pan collars and socks with everything.

 

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June 16, 2010 at 8:46 pm

Spot The Difference – Peacocks do Mulberry Alexa Bag

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They’ve done it again.  After much success with their sell-out copy of the Chloe ‘Louise’ satchel in March, Peacocks have now had a go at the Mulberry Alexa.  I have to say it’s not bad for £14.

Peacocks version of the Chloe sold out in 48 hours so better get your skates on. Out 1st July. 

Original Mulberry Alexa £695.00 Net-A-Porter

Peacocks take on the Alexa £14

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June 14, 2010 at 7:11 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

Street Trend – Bow ties

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Daft? Hell yeah. But a good bow tie always makes me smile.  As does bow tie wearing man hunk George Lamb…….mmmm….., but I digress. I love how a bow tie can make someone look slightly on the edge of insanity. I love how you can add this small cartoonish touch to the simplest of outfits and completely change the look. 

Not strictly for boys, bow ties are now being seen on the coolest of women.  Either a standard classic shape or in the form of a casual neck tie (see Alexa Chung – yes, her again I know…I have to put at least one pic of her on per week or the world will end). In this month’s Instyle Magazine there was even a special article on how to recreate this look by cutting the collar of a pedestrian plain blue shirt and a piece of ribbon. Creativity is the key to carrying off the bow tie.  You can play with colour or fabric as long as you keep the rest of your outfit pared down.  You can do preppy by tieing some ribbon round your work shirt and wearing with shorts (I still don’t think enough people use shorts for the work place but that’s another post………..).  But don’t ever  EVER, wear spinning/flashing with only a trench to hide your modesty a la Frank Butcher.

Bow ties were all over the AW 2010 Catwalks too, on coats or tied over shirts. Miu Miu offered these cute cooloured neck ties in Lilac or bright pumpkin Orange. 

Oooooooh how did this get on here!!! Never thought I’d utter these words but I do prefer his shorter hair now

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March 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

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

The Breton Stripe

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I think I’m addicted.  This isn’t a new addiction though.  A breton stripe top has long been a staple in my wardrobe.  I blame my mother.  She blames Chanel.

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February 22, 2010 at 10:07 pm