Monday, 31 August 2009

Earring Anniversary

Around this time last year, after six long weeks of methodical cleaning, and after many years of pining to be able to put pretty things on my ears, I finally took my first pair of diamante studs out and replaced them with oversized Topshop pearls.
Unfortunately one of the said pearls is now somewhere within the V&A, but my collection has been growing rapidly to make up for lost time- and these aren't all of them!
My very favourite pair?
These Dior lovelies, kindly given to me by mu oh-so-lovely parents for my GCSE results last year.

Sunday, 30 August 2009


I've wanted gloves like these for a very long time! I'm so happy I found nice ones that fit.
Borders is dangerous- too many unusual, very nice, expensive magazines on sale in one lovely display. Fashion overload.

Saturday, 29 August 2009

A recent outfit

Today's shopping outfit: =]
This season:
Coat- H&M
T-shirt- M&S
Bag- Marc by Marc Jacobs
Skirt- Moschino Cheap & Chic
Shoes- New Look
Photo by J Clarke

Friday, 28 August 2009


Look what I bought today!

It's large, it's orange, it's sparkly and it's kinda fabulous.
Bought in the Topshop sale for a mere £2, some of the gems are missing, but I don't mind. :D

Thursday, 27 August 2009

Pink Heart

Another post, another pink key ring.
This Aspinal of London heart, came free with a magazine- I think Tatler.
It's just adorable and kinda squidgy.

Fashion Loveage

This is my fabulous Miu Miu... um, key ring thing?
It's satisfyingly chunky, but would anyone really put keys on something so gorgeous?!
Oh who cares, it's pink, it's pretty and I like it. =D

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Oh Elle

I bought a copy of UK Elle last night (I like to spread my magazines around the month or it would get rather dull by the end) and I just adore this John Galliano designed notebook that came with it.
There are also Vivienne Westwood and Giles ones to choose if you prefer- or you could splash out and get them all. ;)

The Jeggings Debate

Jeggings vs Denim-effect leggings.

Both lack the bulk of normal jeans- buttons, zips, pockets- and are therefore more suitable for layering on top of.
For those with problem area stomaches (hello me) they are both far more flattering than normal jeans, and are also more comfortable and won't dig in- goodbye muffintops!

Jeggings: If you don't like leggings but like their positive features, this is a good denim look. It still counts as a jean.
The crotch area is a lot more appealing than that of a legging. Though the waistband may not be attractive to you, you can wear shorter items on your top half with ease.
They don't look quite as natural under dresses as leggings do.
As they have the shilouette of leggings and are not stretchy, it can be hard to find a pair that fit your stomach, thighs and calves without them getting stuck on the way up or being lose in an area or two, it's a question of trying different brands. Miss Selfridge ones are no good on my calves but Dorothy Perkins ones are perfect.

Denim-effect leggings:
They're different to the norm of the black legging and are thicker and less transparent- like upgrading from 20 denier tights to 60.
Are very good for putting under dresses- whether it's for a dressed down look or you have a lot of walking to do.
It takes a brave person (preferably with a flat stomache) to pull off wearing them with a short length top half. I shudder just thinking about the crotch situation..
They're more flexible than actual denim so tend to be more comfortable. They also tend to be less stretchy than other leggings though, so have less give.
Unfortunately don't always look that great around the ankle area so are a little difficult to choose shoes and socks for. They tend to show up the socks underneath a lot.

Monday, 24 August 2009


I decided it was time I got a page header and made these this afternoon. It was a tough choice (I'm no good at decisions!), rose madder is my favourite pigment, but I went for the Prussian Blue. They are soft pastel (my favourite media) and ink.

Any thoughts?

Pale pink obsession

It's my parents' wedding anniversary today, and I've always loved my mum's 'going away' outfit. Unfortunately I don't think it would fit me if my skeleton had 1% fat on it (my mum's only just over 5ft, my dad's 6ft 4&1/2, go figure), but it's nice to look at.

This along with my love of Chanel, has brought on my adoration of pink tweed jackets.
These two are recent vintage acquisitions.

My mum (she's so lovely!) also brought out her bag from the event and gave it to me. :-) The strap's detachable by poppers and I feel a craft project coming on.

Happy anniversary mum and dad!! I love you lots.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Shelf Life

Cake making

I've been busy baking cakes for my parents' wedding anniversary. :-)

Friday, 21 August 2009

The Victoria and Albert Museum favourites

Following on from the 'Purple Gown' post, here are some of my other favourites from the The Victoria and Albert Museum fashion collection. It was hard to edit them down, there are so many wonderful things. I highly reccomend a visit.

Thursday, 20 August 2009

Winter favourites

It seems I'm not the only one who refuses to give up florals for the winter months. Tatler's done a lovely dark florals spread called 'In the night garden'.

My favourite (as you may have guessed from my poll) aw09 collections (not necessarily in order).
Erdem- gorgeous fabrics. There's the most fabulous red/blue/grey short dress I'm lusting after. I also like the black lace on red.
D&G- lovely historical details.
Luella- It's Luella, enough said. Not quite as fabulous as s/s, but that would be nigh on impossible in my view.
Paul Smith- There's the most gorgeous floral cardigan. Hooray for 'mis-matching' fabrics.
Burberry Prorsum- I want a snood!! There are some gorgeous light (floaty) dresses. Liking the 50's shape floral dress and coat. Just please get rid of the fur!
Anna Sui- Wearable and young dresses. Statement headwear.

Kenzo Floral

One of my very favourite floral garments- a floral Kenzo wrap top.

Florals how I love ye

Yes I like florals, and there's lots more where these came from. :-)

Wednesday, 19 August 2009

Tatton Deer

There were so many lovely deer at Tatton Park, and they actually let me come very close. I think putting all the photographs of them in one post might be a tad overwhelming so I'm separating them up. =)
Peek-a-boo. Yes we can still see you.

Tatton apple

I know they grown fruit at Tatton, but why the unexplained presence of apples in the pond?

Louboutin for Laduree.

A dream combination indeed, yet also a true one.
Christian Louboutin has collaborated with the famous macaroon brand on the most divine gift boxes.
Apparently they'll be available from 11th September.

Now why oh why am I allergic to those gorgeous little macaroons?! They look too lovely to cause such a bad affect on me. Maybe the boxes will win out anyway and someone else can actually eat those lovely macaroons *sighs*

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

Purple Gown

This is one of my favourite dresses ever, if not the one. This fabulous creation is part of the V&A's collection.
There's something about it I just love. A dress from Elie Saab Couture's aw08 collection reminds me of it greatly, the skirt just has the same feel.

I also saw a lovely dress in the mansion at Tatton Park today I wish I could show you. Unfortunately photography was not allowed and there wasn't a postcard. It was black- netting with the most gorgeous peachy-pink flowers embroidered on top, and had a sumptuous green frill at the bottom. Divine.


I had a lovely time at Tatton Park today. I found this lovely little mirror (pictured above) in the gift shop, I had actually been wanting one and I couldn't resist this adorable design. I also bought 'The Seventies in Pictures', this is one of a darling little set of books of which I already own the 40s, 50s and 60s. Where the rest of the century is I'm not quite sure, but they are very informative with some great photos.
I also acquired this beautiful rose today, when I happened to be there as a kind gardener snipped it off my accident. I threaded it through my mum's woven bag.

I finally got round to subsricing to Grazia a little while ago and my first issue came today which also makes me happy. =D


I love these socks! I had been admiring the above in other colours online, and happened upon them in Topshop at London. They make something practical become a statement. They're cute in a kind off romantic way.

Monday, 17 August 2009

Pink Toothbrush

Who wants to brush their teeth with a normal toothbrush when they could have a pink Paul Smith one?!
Well actually, it may not be the best thing for brushing teeth (as I was told when I bought it) and I'm never going to use it, but it's a little piece of fabulousness.

I've been busy drawing the headpiece I photographed for the blog yesterday this afternoon, the netting is being tricky, but I hope to put it on here in a day or two- when I said 'tomorrow' I forgot that I am going to Tatton Park and will be busy nearly all day.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Fabulous Fashion book.

These volumes on fashion are divine. 'Fashion: A History from the 18th to the 20th Century' features the collection of the Kyoto Costume Institute.
It is quite hefty in size, but it's so wonderful I ignored this fact when considering that I would have to collect it off a stage in front of lots of people and somehow carry it down the horrid metal stairs, but that's just me.
If the size scares you there is a much smaller (handbag size even), though less detailed book featuring the collection too, which is also fabulous.

Fabulous jacket/buttons.

This fabulous, if rather extrovert, jacket is vintage Voyage Passion.
Just look at the buttons! Divine.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

One month on

Gosh, I've been blogging for over a month now.
Thank you so much for reading. :)