20 November 2010

Losing Love For My Longchamp

I don't know why but I have recently been going off of my Longchamp Le Pliage bag. I think it's because now that I have one (two actually - is that excessive?), I've been noticing them everywhere. And while not everything I own has to be individual and one-of-a-kind, I would like to see less than five a day.  The problem I have is that it is such a good size for all the crap I carry around and I just can't find an affordable, suitable replacement handbag.

I'd quite like a Le Pliage like this white, Dessinee embroidered one. Featuring original designs by French illustrator Robert Wagt, they are quite intricate and a lot less likely to be seen on the arms of others during the daily commute. I also saw a girl on the tube with one embroidered with a cityscape and that was pretty cool too. Like I said, I really like the shape of the bag and the larger one I have is really handy for weekends or nights away. I think what really killed it for me was walking behind a woman who the exact one I had and it was quite embarrassing.

14 November 2010

Christmas Preparation

Sorry I haven't posted in a while. Been busy at work and preparing myself for Christmas etc.. And in preparation I have been buying alpine/fairisle knits like nobody's business. I don't know why I've gone so crazy for them. I think it's the super cold weather and they make me think of cosiness. Plus D&G made them look sexy as hell this A/W.

This Primark jumper (right) reminded me of the  D&G jumper-dress and it kinda worked but it made my skin so itchy I had to return it.

Such a cute print.

I'm even warming to the yeti boots a little bit.

I love the knitted jumpers with the flowing floral skirts or trousers. The contrast in textures is really interesting for winter.

Elle's Mademoiselle in D&G. Love it!


I love this Primark Skirt.

  My new Accessorize tramp gloves (I'm sure that's not the technical term) are the best.

18 October 2010

Nails Inc Sample Sale

This blog seems to have turned into one about nail varnish which I apologise for but I seem to have gone crazy for the stuff. As I was walking down South Molton St on the way to work I saw a board outside the Nails Inc store saying "sample sale". I was instantly attracted by the thought and so, last Saturday, I dragged two friends along to see what sort of bargains they were offering. As it was the last day of the sale we kind of got the dregs of the stock and were ushered into the back where some poor women were trying to have a relaxing manicure. There wasn't too much left but I managed to buy the set above which has four nice colours for autmn/winter: a deep purple, dusky pink, a pale nudey, and a hot pink for fun! I got these four for £10 which isn't bad considering they usually go for about that each. Then I couldn't resist the new icy blue Portobello Rd which I saw in Glamour magazine. Love it!

10 October 2010

Fashion's Night Out: London Style

First stop: CHANEL

The first port of call for me and my friend Megan was the Chanel stand in Selfridges. I was shocked to see the Khaki range on sale and instantly snapped up all three despite only really wanting the Khaki Vert. The massive queue of people waiting to get their nails did sort of pushed me into the impulse buy and, when the sales woman said they had nearly sold out 5 minutes into the event, I felt fully justified.

We didn't join the never-ending queue to get a mini-mani, opting to get our lips done instead. Because I love Chanel I was put in the deep red "Coco" shade which actually looked alright. A nice touch was the photo booth which took four snaps for you and your buddy to take away for FREE! It was really good fun and we were allowed two goes to get a set of photies each. Our only mistake was turning on the wind machine which was way more powerful than expected.

One of the downsides to our Chanel experience was being made to feel like an actual criminal for taking the three photos above. God, the over-tanned assistant gave me a right rollocking. I thought 'I've just spent over £60 on your products, we're all here for a good night, don't ruin it with your appalling customer services you witch.' However, I just smiled and said "sorry" as I am polite.

Another flaw was being made to wait for ages to get our lips done when we had been at the front of the queue and some woman who was probably very important in the Chanel cosmetics selling process kept pushing people in front of us. Again, not great customer services from either the Chanel or Selfridges team.

Other than those negatives it was quite a fun little set-up they had going on and they were by far the most popular section in the beauty department.


The Mulberry section was a bit daunting as there were bouncers and what appeared to be a guest list. However, we decided just to stroll in, grab a little bottle of champagne, browse and stroll back out. The little bottles of champagne were quite ridiculous as they had straws in which caused the bubbles to come spilling over the top grand-prix style. It happened to everyone and I couldn't help thinking what a stupid idea that was around such expensive bags.
Dotted around the place were masks and books which I asked if we could take. I was told that we could so...I did. I then got a very scary shock when I was pulled aside by the bouncer who had to verify that I could indeed take such precious items. Not the best experience but it was nice to look at the bags and feel a bit more relaxed than usual.


I really enjoyed it in Marc By Marc Jacobs. The atmosphere was a bit hipper, a bit less staid than in Selfridges and in general more chilled. There were some really affordable little nick-nacks like the lipstick pen, the wishbone necklace and the i luv u necklace, all for £3 each. Plus we got a free t-shirt and free drinks had we wanted them. Also there was another photo opportunity which was fun.

We had planned to go into Louboutin but as we walked past it looked a bit daunting. FNO is definately a night I'd recommend. Next year I just hope I don't have a holiday booked for the next day so that I can take full advantage of what this great city has to offer us fashion lovers.

7 September 2010

New Primark Jumper

This is my new Primark jumper that I bought in the sale. The SALE! Who knew Primark had a sale? So it cost me a fiver. I was going to buy it before when it was £9 but the fabric is so wrong I thought better of it. But for £5 I thought it was OK. These pics don't really convey just how coarse the material is, I'm pretty sure it's no form of wool. But I think it fits in with the prim, ladylike 50s trend for A/W, especially with a skinny belt and 3/4 length skirt. Think I might buy some long gloves too because I quite liked this look at Louis Vuitton.

My Addiction

I realised I had a problem with nail varnish a little while ago. Today I realised it was a serious addiction as I made a special trip to search for cheap versions of the new Chanel Khaki range. I couldn't find a suitable copy but I still managed to buy two new nail polishes. How did this happen? My habit is quite clearly out of control and for this I blame Barry M.

Lined up like a little army.

Models Own is a relatively new brand to me but I am already getting obsessed. They are currently two for £8 in Boots and they have a really cute pastel reange that is quite unique. Yes I am still fashioning pastels despite winter coming and the need for a stronger, fuller nail palette. I'm not ready to give up on our pathetic summer just yet.

Beauty UK is another brand of polish that I am unfamiliar with but I really liked this lilac shade which I hadn't seen anywhere else before. Argh, a new collection to keep my eye on!

This is why I blame Barry M!

These three colours here show why Barry M are so good. They have taken three sell-out Chanel colours (from left: Jade, Nouvelle Vague, and Particuliere) and copied them pretty much exactly. Their own version of Particuliere, Mushroom, took me ages to find as it had sold out as well which is ridiculous as that isn't even a limited edition Chanel colour. 

They are pretty much the exact same colour. On my nails, the Barry M is on the left and as you can see they come out pretty identical. Why I have both when they are exactly the same is a question I shouldn't ask myself! I also stockpiled so have two of the Barry M ones. Oops!

My addiction is far from being cured. Especially with new Chanel shades being created to tempt me. I'm loving the new A/W shade that go live on friday. Unfortunately I will be in Portugal so I shall have to get a friend to kindly purchase them for me or I shall have to wait for Barry M to weave their £2.95 magic. Incidentally I'm not going to waste my time with Khaki Brun. It looks exactly like Particuliere and as I've already mentioned, I have enough of this to last for a long time. The other two are a different story. 

1 September 2010

RIP Corinne Day

I was just browsing online and came across the news that photographer Corinne Day died on Friday aged 48. I am in shock. She is probably the person who had the deepest impact on my creative life which shaped a lot of who I am today. I can't quite believe it. When I was doing my GCSE in art I saw a program on TV about her Diary exhibition and from that moment forward my own artwork became very gritty and sometimes offensive. I drew a pair of bloodied knickers (it was actually a series of very good charcoal drawings) because she had taken a similar photograph. Although she will probably be most remembered for launching Kate Moss' career and her further collaborations with the model, I will remember her most for the inspiration she gave me in her book Diary which I am still trying to get hold of for a reasonable price (Amazon and Ebay are ridiculous!).