Friday, 30 April 2010

Friday favourites


That rare glimpse of free time; looking forward to a good 3 day weekend to catch up on everything I've missed over the working week. But whilst I attempt to sit back and relax armed with the laptop here's a few treats I've found this week.

On the hunt for more good heels for work wear; it's always handy to have another co-ordinating pair knocking around! & I've fallen for these darling heels at Office; I am easily swayed by good mary jane style heels!

If only my local branch of Hawes & Curtis didn't close down last year; I've only just spotted their selection of short sleeved shirts. This stripey number is perfect & just what I've been poking around for as work wear.

I've already banged on about how cute the Lime Crime lipstick collection is so I was delighted to spot that they've arrived at my local Space NK. Centrifuschia is outstandingly bright up close, and I'm already planning to pop back and grab My beautiful rocket.

Then of course there's the latest issue of The chap which I managed to pick up last weekend; worth it alone for the new addition of The chapette section for a mention of my favourite tea room, Betty's in York.

Now I just need my monthly subscription of Nylon to drop through the post box and I'm all set!

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Friday, 23 April 2010

Dear high street...


I think I've finally fallen out of love with you...

If it's not your unflattering cuts, horrendous choices of trims or colouring on clothing, or just simply ignoring actual size guides altogether; it's all gotten too much for me.

I'm sick of having to settle for pieces when I'm in need of a quick work suitable piece when one of my other high street pieces has worn away, or gotten to the point of no repair.

Of course with my particular style tastes I tend not to buy too many choice high street pieces regularly, but living between cities it makes it's that much easier to pop to the nearer of the two for the occasional purchase and shop.

Having to raid the changing room armed with 2 of each item (in different sizes), to walk out without a single thing that fits properly, or flatters my figure. Clothing shouldn't make you feel like you need to loose more weight to fit into the almost right dress, or roll up the jean leg hem a good 3 inches so they don't drag under your heels.

And if it's not that then the choices available aren't paticularly appealing; give or take the odd nautical or parisian inspired tunic top I've not exactly been running to the rail to grab that choice piece lately.

Whereas I've never had an issues with sizing, fit, style, or comfort when it comes to designers pieces, or independent retailers.

I think the past week of traipsing around stores in my lunch hour to find new items that fit has been somewhat of a final straw for me. Whilst I admittedly still won't stray too from M & S for their lingerie, I think in the months to come I'll be saving up for designer pieces every few months instead. It may mean I won't have any new ensembles for work for a while; but I'd much rather save for that flattering frock, than a tight cuffed shirt and loose at the waist skirt combo.

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Saturday, 17 April 2010

Retro fashion week


It seems like vintage & retro style is definitely back in this year, with a number of events cropping up the latest to add to our diaries is the upcoming Retro fashion week.

Retro fashion week is set to be a week long online interactive event featuring the latest in Retro Fashion, Beauty, & Designs.

The events will see not just UK based designers, and shops getting involved but also international stylistas, designers, & shops; where they can share their passion for vintage & retro fashion with a week of events.

Retro fashion week is set to launch on May 17th to keep up with the latest details or get involved you can pop by the site: retrofashionweek.com

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Thursday, 8 April 2010

Put your blogging foot forward


A few years ago the very notion that a blogger could have the power to dictate fashion & style trends would have been laughed at; nowadays it's a growing flurry of interest both in the media and with readers.

Bloggers are turned to for fashion advice, cutting edge style, and tips from real women who wear the very clothing, cosmetics, & accessories that we've been eager to buy.

I've noticed a growing trend in the mainstream press turning to bloggers for their advice, style, and words particularly more so in the past year. Of course this has been largely noticeable with bloggers attending London fashion week as regularly as the staff of Vogue & Elle, to blogger profile features in magazines. But it also seems to have sparked a flurry of inspiration to younger bloggers to get involved & start their own fashion blog up.

It's certainly inspiring to see such fresh, inventive perspectives on fashion from younger bloggers. From the ability to inspire with Body image positive features, to cutting & pasting their own on line 'zine's, and street fashion photography.

But where do we go from here?, with bloggers already cutting through the red tape at fashion events and catwalks what's next for bloggers to cut the mark through? Will we see key bloggers taking on roles at printed publications, or taking to the red carpet for style tips and shots of inspiration.

It's certainly a fashion forward time, with technology and social networking helping us all to blog more frequently and actively than we would have several years ago. Whilst you can't beat a good sit with several magazines for seasonal inspiration, you can also get a wonderful spark of creativity from a bloggers; whether it's diy tips and tutorials, style advice, or simply photography inspiration.

-Image: The commons; Flickr-


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Friday, 2 April 2010

Friday favourites

Nautical nancy
The easter weekend is looming upon me & I've just about sat down for a weekend rest. Whilst I prep for a weekend of munching on chocolates and relaxing here's a few of my favourite finds I've been bookmarking this week.

I've been long continuing a trend this season, nautical style; something that excited me when it came back earlier this season. This stripey tunic at New look had me giddy straight away, now to just find it in my size.

On another nautical note, this Nautical nancy top is just darling; I'm a sucker for knitwear and when it's topped off with a quirky bow I have to stop myself reaching for the credit card!

After my distracted fail attempting to find work suited attire last week I finally found well, one item.. This high waisted pencil skirt is just the right amount of retro and work attire all rolled into one.

Remember my continued irks at standard sizes on the high street?; well I couldn't have put it better myself. This blog post on dress sizes over at Retro chick highlights standard dress sizing wonderfully. And there is a wonderfully handy correct size guide up on the post too!

On to a sweet note; I've long been a fan of Cyber candy, every time I'm near the covent garden branch I swing back for a mass purchase of silly proportions. Having spotted that they are now stocking a Giant Pocky stick I may have to make a bit of a big order, I have been craving more apple pocky too!

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