Friday, 18 December 2009

Merry christmas!

Merry christmas to all my readers!

I'm unfortunately off ill with an eye infection so whilst I'm sat around all eye patched up I thought I'd take it as an early christmas break.

I'm off to grab a pile of December/January magazine issues to keep me comfortably nestled up, including the latest issue of Dazed & confused with the ever fabulous Courtney Love on the cover (Love her or not, you must admit she's a fantastic fashion icon!).

I'll be back blogging after christmas, hopefully with a quick pre-new year post of treats and finds!

-image Nickolas Muray c/o The commons-

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Item of the day

How darling are these? Bourjois has released a new limited edition collection of eye shadows and blushes decorated with illustrations by Parisian artist Nathalie Rété.

The Rendez-à vouz Paris collection features eye shadows and blushers adorned with illustrations, and a little mirror included in the top. Fabulous!

I adore the Noir Precieux eyeshadow with it's sequin style illustration, and it's a stunning grey/black shade. Alongside the elegant pink blush, Lilas Dor.

The limited range is available from Asos; and with such darling illustrations they are irresistible.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Oh heavens..

Yet another wonderful company is about to close it's doors; it's truly disheartening when such a unique cosmetics company has to cease trading.

I've mentioned B never a few times here; having discovered their products since the day they launched; being an avid shopper at Lush (their sister company) for at least a decade, I fell for their products instantly.

With a unique approach to boutique cosmetic shopping; their original Carnaby street branch was a little nugget of joy nestled off Oxford street. The vintage perfume bottles and cabinets hosting an array of perfumes, eye shadows, creams, and powders was the closest to an apothecary busting with cosmetics that I'd seen.

They really struck a chord for their bright colourful, and retro inspired colours amongst their range of eye shadows, and cream eye shadows. The latter being the best I've found, almost using my tube of Bramble cream eyeshadow every day; it really is rather fabulous, a step above liquid eyeliner by far.

Of course not to forget the array of perfumes; Love being my favourite amongst the selection smelling like a sultry seductive but sweet sherbert.
The bottles all stand out like a selection vintage collectibles containing fragrant beauties.

I'll miss the company when it closes it's doors shortly; having not long visited the Leeds branch last month I had no idea the company's closure was looming. With new products in abundance, and an enticing selection of christmas gifts on the counters.

I'll be sure to put in a mammoth order of my favourites, and products I had yet to try out; the lip creams were always on my list for the decadent gold leaf on top. The company will be sorely missed, and I can but hope that at least the fragrances will crop over to Lush's selection of perfumes and gifts.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

My other passion is through a lense

Alongside my fondness for fashion I'm also a geek for cameras; paticularly lomography.
My most recent purchase has been the Golden half camera, a special camera that takes 2 shots per frame meaning that you get wonderful split photo results.

Having found the camera amongst some fabulous twin lense's, and lomos at Fred Aldous in Manchester I was instantly excited by the format of the camera and just had to grab one to add to my collection of lomos; already owning a Pop 9 and Super sampler, I regularly take keep one in my bag at all times for spur of the moment shots.

I took my recent purchase out on a trip this week shopping around the christmas markets of Birmingham, having only just acquired my Golden half I've no clue what the results will turn out like but if this Flickr feed is anything to go by I can expect some rather unique results.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Is their no end in sight?

Yet another great company's life hangs in the balance & this time it's one the most respected and well known companies in the industry; Lacroix.

After months of waiting on the outcome for the future of the fashion house, after filing for bankruptcy in May it seems that despite interest from several buyers the future for Lacroix does not look so hopeful with it being reduced to a licensing operation meaning that there may be no more couture from Lacroix.

It's so disheartening to see that such a respected, and decadent label may be closing it's doors for good. Lets hope that someone can step in save the label.

You can read more on the outcome on the Guardian article.

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

The on going petite hunt continues..

As a 5ft 1" lady, around a size 6-8 it's typically harder than most to find clothing that actually fits well. T-shirts should not bag around the neckline, dresses should fall off at the top whilst fitting snuggly around the hips, & trousers shouldn't be so long that I'd have to hem 1/6 of the leg up to ensure that they fit.

This is a dilemma that I've had for a long while when clothing shopping, being of my particular figure I never like to shop online for clothing unless it's a brand I particularly trust sizing wise after having visited them in store previously. So it's harder than normal to just shop for new outfits.

In part of my ongoing hunt I thought it would be fitting to document my findings on my blog; as I've found looking online most searches for petite clothing pull up either rants about size 0 clothing, or arguments about the current model sizing on the catwalk (that's another debate altogether of course). But finding what I'm really after; links to companies who make both petite ranges whilst also catering for smaller sizes, has been more of a struggle than you'd think.

In my most recent quest I've been scouring the usual high street suspects. Whilst most do list petite, and small sizes on their sizing guides or collections I've often found after taking arm fulls into the changing room with me that not much has actually fit me well.


H & M I've found a bit tricky but they have always been spot on with tops in my size. The sizing is true to the actual measurements & I've never felt drowned in a top designed for a taller frame.

Primark are actually the best I've found for tops though. With both size 6 & 8's being a fantastic fit, for basic petite friendly items you really can't go wrong.

Marks & spencer are spot on with their skirts, unfortunately only running up to a size 8 at the smallest, meaning that dresses and tops are out for me but the skirts are again a flattering and comfy petite fit.

Both Primark and Topshop are fabulous for high street dresses. With both running up to a size 6 (the latter a 4, amongst a great petite range) I've found their dresses to fit petite figures in all the right places with no bagginess around the neckline, or the bust.

Jeans & trousers

I've found Dorothy perkins are the best when it comes to both jeans & trousers. When I've needed a new pair of day to day jeans, the casual range has been an incredibly comfort fit and I've never had to adjust the hem which is a bonus.

Of course theres still far more places for me to scour through the rails but so far I've found these high street stores to be above the best for my petite, small frame.

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