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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

Fast Fashion – £100 Challenge

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The Challenge: An entire outfit  (including shoes for £100). C’est impossible I hear you cry! All available on the high street now – wear it by the weekend!

Dress – Candy Stripe by French Connection £75

Flats – AGOLD leather pumps by Faith reduced to £22

Cream Tights – Primark £1.50

OK, I know I blew most of the budget on the dress here but it’s totally worth it as you can easily adapt it for a party or the office as well this day time look.

If you have any spare cash for accessories then team with a cute cross body purse and an oversized bib necklace. Barber shop meets Alice in Wonderland!

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March 15, 2010 at 7:36 pm

Last post of the day – Miu Miu Naked Lady Blouse

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Last one I promise….but I had to mention this.  It’s the third time I’ve come across the Miu Miu embellished blouse today.  It’s so pretty I want to cry.  Check out the naked ladies on the collar…….

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March 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

AW 10 – Balenciaga

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I’ve put it off long enough.  I couldn’t bring myself to blog about anything from the Autumn Winter shows until it at least appeared like we were emerging from this, the longest winter ever.  Well today, for about an hour this afternoon, the bitter wind subsided and there was almost warmth in the fantastically bright sunshine. Hurrah.

So, now in my eyes it’s officially spring, I can give you some treats from next season’s collections. Balenciaga today. I’ve added a few of my favourites below: Seventies colour clashes and geometric prints, newspaper prints and totally wearable shirt/jumper/skirt combinations with high hemlines of course. Love it.


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March 4, 2010 at 8:09 pm

Hair Trend: Silver Vixens

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I’m really drawn to the images I am seeing of the fast growing trend for grey hair. Chunks of silver grey were seen at Chanel set on high, extravagant up do’s.  While at Giles Deacon the models wore a more edgy overall ashy tone to the hair with a slightly matt finish. I love both. The Chanel chunks for their high glamour factor and the Giles Deacon take for more everyday wear.

Quick on the mark celebs like Kate Moss and Pixie Geldof have had their grey do’s for a while now. Even 13 year old Fashion Blogger TaviGevinson sported a glossy new grey barnet at the recent New York Fashion Week.

I don’t see grey just being a fad though. I think it may be the beginning of a shift in what we perceive as suitable colours for our manes to be. For many years now we have been opting for warmer tones through our hair – caramels, honeys, chocolates, golds, coppers – you get the picture.  And I don’t know about you but I’m getting a little tired of those edible sounding shades and the constant battling against that brassy tinge that inevitably sets in after a couple of weeks. You don’t get that with a grey.  A full head of silver isn’t for everyone though, I do understand and  am under no illusion that this isn’t about allowing my stray, wiry strands on my crown to be set free.  But, next time I touch up my roots I’ll definitely be going for a more ashy, muted tone to my brunette locks. That orange halo will be sent to Coventry for good.

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March 4, 2010 at 12:11 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

Alice in Wonderland: Curious style

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Totally cannot wait for the release of Alice in Wonderland on Friday. The 1951 animated version was my favourite Disney picture as a child.  I would play it on a Sunday afternoon while my mom was in the kitchen baking the cupcakes I’d convinced her that I would make/cook/clean up from. I must have seen it in excess of 50 times.

Looking back I can’t help wondering if there are small influences of Alice’s look in my own wardrobe – classic black ‘Alice’ bands, white tights – well dove grey or cream, Mary Jane shoes.

And I’m not the only one by the looks of things. Disney Couture have released a new Alice jewellery collection which includes quirky pieces by Tom Binns like the ‘Drink Me’ pendant .  Stella McCartney has also created these gorgeous limited edition charm bracelets with Swarovski crystals.

Finally, the beauty industry has not escaped this film’s curious (sorry)  influence either. Urban Decay’s book of shadows is almost a works of art. My money is going on one these Alice sets for Paul & Joe.  Each one includes a Lipstick, Blotting papers and refill all in the cutest of tins…

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Shoes: Clogged up

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If you only buy one pair of shoes this season.  Make it a clog.  I have a big crush on the Carvela tan suede numbers

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March 1, 2010 at 9:15 pm

beautyMake up Trend: Greige nails

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They’ve done it again and created a shade we are all scrambling to Selfridges to get our hands on.  Ever since we saw Lily Allen at the Chanel show back in Jan, I’ve been waiting for it’s release.  Tracking a bottle down now though is tougher than completing the countdown conundrum.

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February 28, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I need it now: Ivory Slip Dress

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I’ve been after something like this for ages. So many trends in one piece; white, lace, sheer, lingerie slip.  Love the black zip.  Really toughens it up. Would look fabulous worn with some scruffy old ankle boots for day and sky high neutral wedges for after dark.

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February 28, 2010 at 5:08 pm