Sunday, 29 November 2009

Asos Extreme Looks

Asos have a new tab on their home page called 'Dare to Wear: Celebs Extreme Looks', well if anything on Asos is going to get my attention it's that provocative name. Of COURSE I want to channel Gaga, who doesn't?

Below are some of the best bits...

If I carried my laptop about...

Then this would be on my Chrimbo list...

Marc by Marc Jacobs laptop case, net-a-porter - £50

Topshop 'Dress Me Up' celebrity dress hire

(dress donated by Christopher Kane)

Who doesn't love Toppers, especially when they com up with great new ideas like the 'Dress Me Up' dress hire project with all proceeds going to Age Concern and Help The Aged. The Dress Me Up initiative offers customers at the Oxford Circus store the chance to hire very expensive dresses previously owned (and worn) by celebrities, you can hire the dress for two days for a measly £40, on returning the dress you can then put a bid in to buy the dress when they are auctioned.

Generally your Christmas party dress is a 'one wear' and unless you are a millionaire you come up with the age old dilemma of wondering whether to buy from the high street and turn out in the same dress as Julia in HR or you spend a lot on something more expensive that you never wear again.

You could be hiring Frieda Pinto's yellow Burberry Prorsom, Kate Moss' Lanvin or one of Nicola Robert's bespoke GIrls Aloud stage costumes. Now, I'm not sure whether I'd fit into to any of those being over a size 6 and all but what can you do?

Dresses donated by:

Freida Pinto – Burberry Prorsum
Kate Moss – Lanvin
Peaches Geldof – Dolce & Gabbana
Scarlett Johansson – Nanette Lepore
Julia Restoin Roitfeld – Roberto Cavalli
Dita Von Teese – Jayson Brundson
Nicola Roberts – Bespoke Girls Aloud stage costume
Sophie Dahl – Vintage
Naomi Campbell – Own label
Erin O’Connor – Zac Posen
Little Boots - Vintage
Olivia Palermo – Armani Exchange
Alison Goldfrapp – Bespoke stage costume
Whitney Port – Own label
Kimberley Stewart – Antik Batik
Donna Air – Ronit Zhilka
Jourdan Dunn - Hervé Léger
Katy England - TBC
Katie Grand – Marc Jacobs
Zandra Rhodes – Own label
Clements Ribeiro – Own label
Meadham Kirchoff – Own label
Danielle Scutt – Own label
Marios Schwab- Own label
Emma Cook – Own label
Richard Nicoll - Own label
Christopher Kane - Own label
Jonathan Saunders – Own label

Flat boots for those rainy days

I'm a bit in love with my brown ankle boots, they have a small heel and a gold buckle more than that they are perfect for this horrid weather.

I can't help noticing that there are tonnes of gorgeous flatty boots on the high street, so for anyone who is interested here's a few I have picked out whilst internet window shopping over the weekend:

Topshop - Ambrose boots, £65

Urban Outfitters - Lace Up Strappy Boot, £85

Vivienne Westwood Anglomania for Melissa Button Detail Ankle Boot, £75

See by Chloe trapped Laced Flat Ankle Boots, £390

The See by Chloe boots are really special but everytime I see them I can't help but think that by putting some studded cuffs around your Doc Martens you can achieve the same effect. I have got some of these cuffs from eBay.

Nifty, eh!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

the new IT dress?

This Pre Spring 2010 Acne dress is amazing, I cant help thinking we'll be seeing a lot of cool ladies rocking it soon.

Monday, 23 November 2009

Bernstock Speirs launch online shop

Super cool Brick Lane hat shop Bernstock Speirs have had their hats placed atop the heads of likes of Will Young, Sharon Stone and Kirsten Dunst.

Designers Paul Bernstock and Thelma Speirs have collaborated with the likes of Peter Jensen, Emma Cook, Agnes B and Richard Nichol and now you can buy their hats by clicking here

True fact, I can access Paul Bernstock's wifi from my room - if only I had the password!

Beyonce in a New Look dress? Truefact

I love the Idol collection at New Look, so does Beyonce, that means were basically best friends right? Wonder why she didn't invite me to Mahiki with her where she rocked this look? You too can make like Bouncey and buy this dress for a measly £20, win!

There are some Idol things in the sale on the New Look website, including these two studded bags which are a steal at £20 each.

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Majorelle Gardens - Marrakech

The boy and I have just come back from Marrakech where we managed to catch some rays and visit the Majorelle Gardens in the New Town owned by Yves Saint Laurent who restored the gardens after the death of artist Jacques Majorelle and donated them to the city of Mrrakech.

The gardens themselves are beautiful and feature an awful lot of Majorelle Blue, a colour copywritten by the artist. The gardens also house a memorial to the late YSL as well as an exhibition of YSL's Season's Greetings posters all of which feature the word 'Love' and the year they were created. I feel in love with these posters and have made it my life mission to own at least one.

Pixie Market - my faves

It's that time again, Pixie Market has grabbed me and I have been fully sucked in, so I thought i'd share some of my favourite pieces that are currently online:

Malice In Chains dress

Cop and eyeful skirt

Blue Leopard Print Boot

Diamond Shoulder Dress

Ebay Recommendation time

My lovely friend Lily is selling more of her luscious wares on eBay, some of which will make perfect Xmas presents so I thought I'd share with you all...

Ashish Stonewash Harem Pants

A.P.C Sailor Dress - one of NLYM's faves!

New Dolce & Gabbana Leather belt

There is loads more stuff for sale so check out her whole sellers page here for more...

Tatty Devine open a new store...

My favourite jewellery designers Tatty Devine have opened a brand new store in London's Covent Garden on 44 Monmouth Street. To celebrate the launch of the new shop they organised a ceremonial parade and party on Thursday. I have attached some piccies below, it was such good fun and everyone involved in the parade had made such an effort. The parade started at the Brewer Street shop and went to Seven Dials lead by a marching band and a flag bearer. The girls and boys in the parade were wearing huge amounts of Tatty, love it!

The new shop will feature the current Best of Tatty Devine collection featuring 50 of the brand's most popular pieces, the cult name necklaces and special projects including collabs with Rob Ryan, Gilbert & George, Peter Jensen, Ashish and Peaches. The shop is also stocking some pieces from my favourite designers including Eley Kishimoto's flash print purses, knitwear from KIND, bags by Mimi and WOOO sunglasses by Jeremy Scott and Alexander Wang!!!

Thanks to Kirsty for the invite xoxo

Saturday, 7 November 2009

My Desk

You may be wondering why I took a snapshot of my desk yesterday, well it's because I have a shiny new filofax and I wanted to show the world.

If Filofaxes make you think of 80's power suits, then surely they make perfect sense as desk furniture and general life planning assistance for this season? This Winter Filofax have created the limited edition Beauty Giftbox which will set you back a measly £35 and features a unique perfume pen atomiser, a mirror and a voucher for a free beauty treatment worth up to £100. Ace make up artist Jemma Kidd has also included some top make up tips in with the Beauty Giftboxes.

Wondering what a perfume pen atomiser is? Its basically a pen, the top of which conceals a small perfume atomiser (like you get as testers) so that you can top up your Daisy by Marc Jacobs (just me?) throughout the day.

You can buy one here

I have the Snakeskin one, it also comes in Pink and Fresco oh and PS the Citizen K was for 'research' and totally not me slacking off

Monday, 2 November 2009

Go swimming with PPQ...

A few seasons ago the only thing to be seen in around London was a PPQ dress and some horrendously painful high heels, they made history at September's LFW by showing an all black model catwalk and now they are....designing swimming caps. Yep, you heard - cult British fashion label PPQ have designed a range of one off exclusive swimming caps in collaboration with the Schweppes Abbey-Well 'Get Britian Schwimming' campaign.

Amy and Percy have created four caps, each influenced by a different British fashion craze: Punk, 50's Britain, Rockabilly and Royal. I'm not sure I'd recommend swimming in them but they look pretty cool.

What's brill about these caps is that they are all in the aid of charity and are available on eBay. Punk is up online now:

Get bidding!

Sneaky Peaky - Giles for New Look

Giles Deacon's 9th GOLD collection for New Look is hitting the shops on Monday (9th Nov) - woop! The omnipresent designer, is it just me or can you not move for a Giles designed something or other being touted about - has created a range of party dresses, high heels and glamazonian jewellery, ok so thats not what the press release says, that sounds more like this:

Giles’ 9th collection is based around the louche London vibe that is around at the moment – modern British glamour at it’s finest.

Dresses are the key purchase of the season – beautifully structured and encrusted with beads. This is red carpet dressing with a twist – go for the white shift with s/s and criss crosses of black or its sister monochrome dress: one shoulder and asymmetrically striped. The glamour continues with intricate bead work tops with puff sleeves, slouchy sequin vests and tunic style tops with panels of sparkle – all perfect to wear with this seasons skinny denims. Leopard print is updated in flashes of black, lipstick and sand.

Gold by Giles also features amazing accessories including pewter strappy heels with jewelled fronts, sequin shoe-boots, peep toes in lilac sequin and faux snakeskin gladiator cage heels. Jewellery has an art deco edge in rectangles of black and clear carrying through necklaces, cuffs and earrings.

My verdict? heart the dresses, love the skirt, like the boots, dislike the strappy sandals and I didnt like the jewellery at all so I left that off the post.

Get your goggles round the collection and see what you think...