Thursday, 29 October 2009

A weekend away

Theres nothing like a weekend jaunt; as per usual I spend more time preping and packing before a weekend away. Finding the perfect sized bag, which shoes co-ordinate best with my outfits, and packing enough travel sized perfumes to last.

I love this Stepford weekend bag from JJ's Dolly rockers; it's been my trusty travel bag since the summer. So many compartments, the only problem is which one to place bits in!

My travel perfume dilemma was also solved by the wondeful invention of the solid perfumes at Lush. My personal favourite has since been discontinued but I always have my tin of Silky underwear perfume to hand on trips.

Travel cosmetics have always been the main irk when going away for a weekend. Finding my favourites in small form has always meant downsizing to travel pots or using something else.

I'm glad to at least have found the travel sample sizes of Soap & glory's pink range, & the sweet little bottles of Original source. But if only I could get travel sized cosmetics of my favourites! B never does have a rather handy little travel wrap of cosmetics, but if only it contained my favourite dark green, and purple shades in miniature form! For now I shall have to make do with packing my cream eyeshadows for trips!

All that & I'm off for a weekend in a northern city, shops and museums alike.

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Ricci ricci

I have a perfume stash thats already taking over from everything else.
With an array of fragrances from classic favourites; Classique, & Paul smith London; to new favourites; Harajuku lovers, Love; & Madame.

Theres nothing more enjoyable than a favourite fragrance. One that brings a smile to your face, favourite memories, or captivating and enticing scents.

Already intrigued by the adoreable bow shaped touches to the bottle, Ricci Ricci has fast become one of my favourite new scents.

With floral notes, heady bergamot & moonflower. It's a delicate uplifting fresh scent, yet subtley provocative and playful. Even the sample card I picked up, tied up with an adoreable bow, and the pink bottle of course ties in wonderfully with my current collection, but of course thats just an added bonus.

Saturday, 24 October 2009

Retro inspired attire

I do adore more classic styles compared to some of the odd fitting cuts you find nowadays in the name of up to the minute fashion.

In an ever continuing hunt for the perfect items to add my wardrobe I've found a few sites that I've pencilled in for post-royal mail strike splurges.

Mouse to minx
Describing itself as 'where burlesque meets Miss Marple'; this site a wonderful mix of tweed pencil skirts, tea cups, and quirky jewellery. Nestled alongside petticoats, & clinchers.

Dolly dagger
This site has admittely been in my bookmark for years. A wonderful selection of pin up inspired clothing, sits happily alongside kitsch designer labels.
With such a wonderful selection of designers; Vivienne westwood for Melissa, Tarina tarantino, Irregular choice, & Helen Rochford. Theres just too much to choose from!

Larkin & catcher
Such an outstanding selection of hand picked jewellery from a range of independent designers. From framed pendants, ladened charm bracelets, and antiqated brooches alongside kitsch pendants.
Then theres the gorgeous selection of clutch bags, purses; and pretty bookmarks.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

My fashion icons; part 2

Marilyn Monroe

One of my favourite U.S ladies, Marilyn always had the most outstanding taste in fashion and a stunning hourglass figure that's paved the way for millions of curvy ladies.

I properly discovered Marilyn through my fondness of Andy Warhol, and Manic street preachers. An unlikely combo if you aren't a fan of the latter; but Marilyn's image was everywhere in early msp artwork. The image of her amongst the collage on the first edition of “You love us” was one of the turning points that got me digging further into her career.

Her wardrobe of classic knitwear, stunning classic cut frocks, and jeans (which she helped to bring into fashion from the seminal work wear attire) have inspired my wardrobe over recent years.

Seeing how high waisted skirts, matched up with knitwear, or tops works wonderfully on an hourglass figure have had me clambering into changing rooms with arms full of pencil skirts.

Her wardrobe, and look have influenced many a retro inspired company. With the influential cuts seem in styles at vintage inspired lingerie company 'What katie did'; with their 50's swimwear that could be picked straight out of her early modelling work.

Not to forget how she could pull off any look and still look stunning. Whether it was wearing the infamous sheer frock designed and sewn on by William Travilla, or a simple cardigan and jeans combo.

Sunday, 18 October 2009

dot dot dash

I've really fallen for more accessories lately; one of my recent exciting finds is quirky tights. I already have a ridiculous stash of tights from neon, to seamed, and patterned. But lately there has been a fantastic flurry of tights.

Firstly much to my surprise too, I'm finding the latest range of Henry Holland for Pretty polly tights outstanding (normally not one of my favourite designers per say).
But the collection of quirky prints on tights have really surprised me, i'm paticularly liking these Alphabet print tights and the colour block print tights. They're retro styled with a nice modern touch.

Then theres the spotty trend thats surfaced this season. I've always loved spots on tights but it's been so hard to find a pair that I've envisioned beforehand. Most used to come with large oversized polka dots, or repeat lines of tiny dots but now designers seem to be (pardon the pun) spot on with the pattern.

I adore these retro styled spot tights from Jonathon Aston, alongside the most adoreable pair of sheer spotty tights at Pop my Cherry. That really stand out from the standard small dot pattern.

The other patterns that I'm getting excited by are these wonderfully quirky feathered tights, & heart printed tights.

Not to forget the selection of brightly coloured tights at M & S, probably the most decent quality pair of blue tights I've had, they've outlasted my usual £1 primark coloured tights by a long shot!

Saturday, 17 October 2009

New season cosmetics

This season I've been quite giddy with excitement over the launch of several new ranges, and lines that have truly pushed the boat creatively in the lines of cosmetics.

Firstly the new Dystopia range from Illamasqua; a range of monochrome shades with a pop of colour inspired by a futuristic vision of a fractured and dark society.

The selection of dark pure pigments, and matt eyeshadows is offset wonderfully by bright pink lipsticks, and nail varnishes.

I was already excited by the launch of the new high end alternative cosmetics company last year with their range of outstandingly bright shades, but the new noir-esque collection has left me incredibly inspired.

The other collection that has had me just as excited has been the launch of new lipsticks from U.S label Limecrime.

The new Candy future collection of lipsticks are an incredible range of bright, neon colours. With a clear vision of highly pigmented and colourful lipsticks, the range is a selection of pinks, purples, & dashe's of wonderfully unorthodox shades such as blue, and black; colours which I've often failed to find previously.

The Retrofuturist, and Centrifuschia shades are my paticular favourites but I'll already have to wait until the next shipment comes in, with most of the shades having already sold out!

Then theres the new Mac collections; always a favourite of mine for their selection of pigments.
I must admit the new Black collection is equally as impressive.
With blackend Lipglass, and the gorgeous gold toned Mineralize eyeshadow, alongside staple black greasepaint sticks for a handy alternative to eyeliner.

This seasons cosmetics are certainly getting me quite excited, much more than any staple pieces of clothing I've found!

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Heart clutch bags; adorably quirky?

I'm still not sure where I stand on the new season heart shaped clutch bags adorning the high street.
I've adored the past examples such as this cute crystal styled clutch from Accessorize 2 years ago.
The cute classic shape is such as adoreable but classic piece.
Same goes for this leopard print version from Asos's summer season this year.

But the new chainmail style clutche's at Topshop are a little different but I'm not as keen on them as previous seasons take on the heart shaped clutch purse/bag. Same goes for Julian Macdonald's take on the clutch for Debenhams, the all over diamante is a little too much for my liking; almost to the point of garish.
Who knows I might be won over by a cute little delicate take on the clutch this season, but so far I'm more than tempted to buy last season's Asos clutch instead!

Thursday, 1 October 2009

New season Evian; Paul Smith

Much to my surprise last year I only just realized that Evian had limited edition designed bottles on sale each year. With a different designer taking the label on every year.
Having missed several years of favourite designers I at least managed to grab a bottle of Jean Paul Gaultier last year.

I've just stumbled upon the designer for 2010's Evian edition; Paul Smith.

The design pays homage to his famous stripe design; & I adore the coloured bottle tops, thats whats really going to cripple me; trying to buy one of each coloured bottle top!

I may even make my next shopping outing to Harvey Nichols that little bit earlier to grab a bottle!