Monday, 30 November 2009

Aspiring Couture Fall Fashion Show

I found out about Aspiring Couture through their blog, they have an online boutique featuring some lovely independent fashion designers and there's lots of pretty clothes to be found.

They are putting on a Winter on the Runway fashion show, featuring the latest collection of 20 different designers. It all sounds very fabulous, but sadly I am hundreds and hundreds of miles away and so cannot make it! But I thought I'd share it with you all the same. :) Satura Cakes will be providing all the desserts, several newspapers will be covering the event, Rebecca Minkoff is partnering with Aspiring Couture and the collections are all new and quite beautiful! Designers will be offering a chance to win special discounts, and few freebies (oooooooooooooohhh).

The details: the first show is at 3:00pm followed by a second show at 7:00pm on 12th December in downtown Palo Alto, California at the Women's Club of Palo Alto. You can purchase tickets on the website. Apparently there will be some sneak peaks on the blog too. :D Well I am very envious of those who go, as it sounds like you'll have a gorgeous time. :)

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Having some glove issues.

I can only come to the conclusion that I need some new gloves, or a new super-warm cardigan, or alternatively both; because this is just not working:The clash is too much even for me.

But my fingers would have been grateful for any gloves yesterday- I went out drawing in the freezing cold and never have my fingers hurt more or been such an odd colour. Not good.

My fashion deadline at college is tomorrow, which shall be a relieve and then I've got to work on my Fine Art to hand in on Thursday, after that I may actually get a rest. :)

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Yay! Links à la Mode

Beyond Fashion
Edited by Retro Chick
This weeks Links à la Mode blows away any preconceived ideas of the narcissistic fashion blogger posting endless outfit photos and magazine shoots by covering a huge array of topics. Ranging from Dream Sequins whimsical birthday tea party to High Fashion Girls detailed examination of racism in fashion magazines, these posts demonstrate what we’re capable of and the communities we can build.
Of course, being fashion bloggers there are also some great outfits to be found and our bloggers this week have looked at: movies, from Bollywood to Sci fi; their pyjama drawers; and even their cleaning cupboard in their ceaseless search to bring you fashion inspiration.
As ever there’s many more exciting links on the original forum thread

Links à la Mode : November 26th

  • British Style Bloggers – Intrinsically Florrie on British Style Bloggers on how you can support the lovely Luella brand in it’s time of need
  • Dream Sequins – The stylish guests at a virtual birthday tea party (Part 2)!!
  • Fashion X K8 – The Fashion Blogging community being analoguous to “The Girls” in Quentin Tarantino’s Death Proof
  • FashionHippo – Best Organic Lip Balms: 6 Natural Picks to Nourish Your Pout
  • Fete a fete – Guerlain’s Imperial Holiday makeup collection review
  • High Fashion Girl – Racism & Fashion
  • Idiosyncratic Style – Idiosyncratic Style dares you to re-think the possibilities of Pajamas outside the house
  • In Life and In Fashion – How to dress with Bollywood Flair
  • Lillys Roses – The new charity tshirts by TV-Star C.F. for the eco label armeangels
  • M.I.S.S. – She’s Crafty: DIY First Place Ribbon Accessories
  • Mariels Castle – Are we trully free when it comes to our fashion choices?
  • Oranges and Apples – What are charity shops for? Thoughts sparked by Mary Portas’ new Save the Children shop
  • Prom Mafia – Happy Accident: How to bleach fun designs on your clothes
  • Quirky Fashion – Movies that Inspired Fashion
  • Retro Chick – Buy Audrey Hepburns Wardrobe
  • Shoe Daydreams – Why Knock-offs are Bad for the Soul
  • Style on a String – Confessions of an UGG Lover and Wearer (but only indoors!)
  • THE COVETED – Coach Holiday : Review & Giveaway!
  • The Demoiselles – Wing Tips: Finding a Tailor
  • Work Chic – Win a Sondra Roberts SR squared Shopper tote!

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Don't forget Luella

Ting sent me this very lovely photo of her in a Luella for Target dress. It's such a pretty look, and the geek chic glasses are very Luella ss08. =] I love it. If you would like to join in and support the fabulous Luella Bartley in her time of need, pose in your Luella pieces or something Luella inspired and send your photos to You can also email me with your Polyvore and Shmotter collages. Non- bloggers are most welcome to join in too. =]

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

Pleating my life away...

I love this machine:
I admit it looks a bit scary but it's actually quite fabulous. It's an industrial pleater, and when you thread it up you can work some fabric through and it comes out all crinkly!
I've been trying it with all kinds of fabrics from cottons to ribbons, so now I just need to boil them all so I can take the threads out.
With my fashion coursework due in next week, it's very time consuming at the moment and I'm sorry I've been neglecting all your lovely blogs! But after Monday (assuming my Fine Art is sorted too! Yet another deadline.) I'll hopefully have some more time to relax and read though them to my hearts content. Thank you to everybody who follows or comments this blog, or just takes the time to read my ramblings. :)

Monday, 23 November 2009

Charlotte style

It is a question often pondered upon, 'which SATC girl are you most like?' Without doubt I am a Charlotte. I love her ladylike dresses and want of the perfect bone china.

Charlotte York

It seems I'm not the only one to be inspired by Miss York's style:

I must admit to giggling when I found this on my bedroom floor, presumably having slipped out of a magazine.
So do tell ladies, which girl (or her wardrobe) do you see the most of yourself in? Complicated answers are welcome, for example I dress more quirkily like Carrie sometimes (I'm not sure Charlotte would mismatch prints as I do, however much she approves of a nice floral dress) and have the hard working nature of Miranda. =]

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Inspired by Chanel

Chanel was one of my very first fashion loves- those quilted bags! And I soon discovered some other very lovely things about the brand.

Chanel style

The pearls. Oh so ladylike with many modern interpretations.
The camellia signature. So lovely and coming in many different forms.
The fabulous range of lipsticks.
Perfect accessories from two tone shoes to scarves.
The tweeds! Very elegant, and I seem to have developed a severe weakness for pink tweed now. This fabulous book, 'Chanel: Collections and Creations by Daniele Bott, is a wonderful volume of all the things I love about Chanel. It makes for very informative reading and the photos are really beautiful. I bought my copy on holiday last year and still love pouring over the pages, I'd deffinitely recommend it to any Chanel fan.
When I grow up I'm most deffinitely going to be a Chanel girl. =]

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Pink hair- oh yes.

Following on from yesterday, I thought I'd share my inspiration of the lovely Rachel McAdams for my next change in hair colour!
Pink hair
A kind of pretty pink that will go with my floral wardrobe rather than a strong punky one.
I'm really excited about it. =D

Friday, 20 November 2009

Eco Kitty!

I would just like to applaud the Hello Kitty UK magazine for it's section on being a Hello Kitty Eco Warrior. I've never bought it before, but was enticed my the lovely stickers that came free, and was just in the mood. There aren't articles that require a lot of reading but there are lots of pretty Kitty images. =]
Anyway, I think it's a great idea to make children aware of environmental issues and to get them to recycle and such. My personal favourite is 'put on an extra jumper instead of turning the heating on'. It's too easy to go put the radiator on, when an extra layer will do just as well.
Speaking of Hello Kitty, I'm planning a HK tea party for my 18th. =D I'm also dying my hair (sections only) pink(!), which I've been planning for years but now I'm at a college that shouldn't expel me for it. I'm sure Blair Waldorf and Charlotte York would not approve but it'll be fun and the appointment's booked, I'm going for a Rachel McAdams look if anyone remembers when she went partially pale pink.
Now I am very sleepy and ought to be thinking about getting to bed. Lots of work to do towards my coursework projects in the coming week.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

How we love Luella.

This latest contribution to the Save Luella campaign is from Style Eyes (
I do rather like her top here- with it's colour palette and metallic sheen it is very aw09.
She also created this lovely outfit on Shmotter, which is a new website to me, but seems to have a similar use to Polyvore- time to explore it I think.

If you want to join in and support the fabulous Luella Bartley, pose in your Luella pieces or something Luella inspired and send your photos to You can also email me with your Polyvore and Shmotter collages. Non- bloggers are most welcome to join in too. =]

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Luella Love on Polyvore

Some Luella loveiness via Polyvore. I so want that pink bag! (I have a major weakness for pink patent type items, oh yes, and florals if you hadn't noticed) =D

Luella Style

Luella Style

If you would like to see your Luella themed polyvore set on this blog please email me at =]

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Thinking pink

Brightening up my winter wardrobe with some bold pink accessories:
This brooch was bought at the same recent Dorothy Perkins spree as my cream snood, as were the gloves for that matter. I like lace, I like pearls and I like pink so there wasn't that much room to go wrong really! An absolute bargain at £2.40, plus it has a clip on the back too so it can be put on lapels or even in my hair! The headband is a few months old from Oasis, another bargain I do believe.
And the gloves. I'm really pleased with them as I like chic, slim-fitting gloves but not leather ones.
Hooray for pink! =]

Further Luella Love

A lovely contribution to the Save Luella campaign from Mademoiselle Robot!
First are her (very pretty I must say) Luella shorts. I do love that floral fabric and she's put it together with such a nice combination of pastel colours- such a mixture of textures too.
Then she has some rather fabulous Luella sunglasses.
And Luella inspired trends seem to have crept into her wardrobe too.
If you want to join in and support the fabulous Luella Bartley, pose in your Luella pieces or something Luella inspired and send your photos to Non- bloggers are most welcome to join in too. =]

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Sad news

Oh horrible recession: take the banks, ravage the high street but please don't take Luella!!
It has been announced that the Luella brand has lost its financial backing and the lovely ss10 collection will not be shipped. I am saddened by this terrible news; we must hope and pray that someone will step in and save this wonderful brand.
Disclaimer: I don't really want banks to go bust, but this is the first blow by the recession that really matters to me personally.

Monday, 9 November 2009

I'm loving...

This vivid pink Nails Inc nail polish which came free with this month's Glamour magazine. Deffinitely worth getting this or one of the other four colours, as my favourite brand normally costs £10.50 or so and the magazine costs only £2. It's really good quality and this one's such a fun coloue. Cover girl Leighton Meester also has the most amazing hair.. but no headband! Blair would not approve. ;)
Not all Glamour content is tailored to me but the British version does have exceptionally good styling (I haven't really read the other versions and they could well have too! But I know the British one does). A few months ago there was the most lovely editorial- just about every look had some ss09 Luella in it. A lovely concoction or candy coloured tweeds and florals. Bliss.

Sunday, 8 November 2009

Fabulous find

A few days ago I was having a charity shop book spree- giving money to good causes and saving trees- and I could not walk past this gorgeous patterned Laura Ashley top. =D Absolute bargain and good for the environment. It's in wonderful condition and I'm already wearing it lots.

I like the way you can bring out the different colours in it depending on what you put it with.

Saturday, 7 November 2009


Just a random little post after all those images of the Vogue shoot in the past couplr of days. :)
Sock (there is another one too!) and shoe (again there is a pair, I hope the other one does not feel lonely at not being photographed)- Topshop
Leggings- New Look


Wear your poppy with pride!
Or if you watch It Takes Two you may have been inspired by certain guests (Craig here's looking at you) to put sparkly crystals on- pretty.
Even those dancing on Strictly Come Dancing tonight had them on their bedazzling outfits. Speaking of which I liked Ola's dress, and I LOVE the swing jive! My very favourite style of dance to do. =D I adore the jive and 40s music, so it's a very good combination.