29 March 2013

happy spring

Life has been a little bit hectic over the last few weeks so I have a lot to catch up on. Definitely looking forward to the long weekend though - lots of rest, lots of fun, lots of sun (cross fingers), lots of blooming flowers and lots of chocolate :) Hope you've all got fun plans too and if you don't celebrate easter then I wish you all a happy spring!

17 March 2013

velvety goodness

The other week a good friend and I decided to collaborate. He got arty... and here are the results!
Asad is a budding photographer. Looking forward to getting more snap happy with him in the near future.
Watch this space :D

wearing | black bowler hat (ASOS), studded leather waistcoat, faux-velvet purple loafers, Jamie blue skinnies (Topshop), monochrome checkered flannel shirt (Uniqlo)

nails | bright red (Barry M) & 60 seconds silver bullet (Rimmel)

13 March 2013

let's be clear

H I G H E N D 2 H I G H S T R E E T // feat. Charlotte Olympia perspex clutch
alternatives for fashionistas on a budget

PERSPEX. How do we feel about it? Well, for one, if it's going to continue to rain then I want precautions in place. Waterproof precautions. However, 1) I don't want everyone seeing what I'm carrying around with me - I don't really have anything to hide but then again some things just need to stay private right?! - and 2) transparent isn't a colour so we need to find a way to have a little fun with this. Below are some ideas that may just about solve these two dilemas. What are your thoughts on perspex bags? Yey or Ney? I have a feeling I may be a YEY.

How did I get convinced? Check out Charlotte Olympia's elegant perspex clutch box - Pandora, £454. If this doesn't convince, I don't know what will. There's also this croissant one and this spider one if the classic Pandora doesn't tickle your fancy. If your budget doesn't quite stretch to half a grand, then below are three cute perspex bargains for under £100 currently on the high street. As for the inside pouch, I think there are lots of ways you could spice things up be it with make up bags, wallets or purses - get creative and you'll be good to go!

perspex hard box clutch - in clear or pink, £12.99 (New Look)
dotty perspex clutch, £29 (Accessorize)
EPIC tortoise shell perspex clutch, £99 (Dune)

10 March 2013

fun in the sun

It's funny how the sun makes everyone so happy and relaxed, particularly now that the clouds (with their lovely rain) and the nippy weather have decided to pay us another visit. Today is 3°C (it's meant to be spring!!) and all the fun in the sun last weekend seems like years ago already. Anyway, I am hoping reminiscing will entice the sun to come back... :)

After a failed attempt to go to the Barbican Rain Room last weekend - when we discovered our waiting time would be approx. 8 hours - we decided to compensate ourselves with this tasty sunny breakfast at L'Eto and a browse through the shelves of HMV for excellent bargains. Sunday was then filled with my first time at Columbia Flower Market with two of my lovely ladies, warm chocolate-melting cookies, bakewell tarts, fluorescent birds, sunshine, pansies, roses, lilies, tigers on the balcony, tempura prawns, tea cup candles, sushi-yey-sushi, teriyaki chicken, flower arranging and Reese's peanut butter cups. All in all, a pretty fantastic weekend - such a shame it all flew by so quickly!

wearing | "Jamie" blue skinny jeans, grey tailed coat (Topshop), black leopard print creepers (Office London), fluffy grey scarf (Accessorize), cat-eye sunnies (Camden Market stall)

3 March 2013

LFW 2013, the highlights

Friday 15th - Tuesday 19th February saw the fashion world descend on home turf. The buzz flew by so quickly that I have officially become the slowest person at keeping up to speed. New York, London, Milan and now we're already in Paris! Before it's old news (better late than never), I wanted to pay homage to all that was fabulous, exciting and new covered during the home leg. I've pulled out my five favourite moments (the last one's a bit of a cheat but hey, rules are there to be flexed right). Hope you've all been enjoying the abundance of creativity, gossip and fierce-ness while the fashpack have been globe trotting.

1. Anais Gallagher (yup, the 13 year old daughter of Noel & Meg) owning FROW at the Moschino Cheap & Chic show sporting a satin dog-print aqua pant suit with white heart-shaped shades and pretty blue heels. She's definitely trending, and one to watch!

2. Rihanna's little fashion party to launch her (refreshingly) raunchy line in collaboration with River Island. My favourite journalist quotes on the range included phrases such as "you'd need abs of steel" and "a blazé, don't care attitude". The good-girl-gone-bad's show certainly didn't disappoint.

3. Eeep poodle on the catwalk! As is traditional, Max the dog was again decked to the nines in Mulberry's latest prints alongside models wearing the human equivalent looking just the part (Max, not the model though they seem to be doing alright too). It's always nice to see our furry little friend enjoying some matchy-matchy action. LOVE.

4. Vivienne Westwood commenting that the Duchess of Cambridge should re-wear some of her nice dresses. Interesting, and in my opinion an admirable stance given fashion in this day and age has gained a relatively more throw-away attitude. Or as my housemate nicely summed up "funny she said that given they are all there to try and sell more clothes". To me, the best designer pieces should always be long lasting, timeless and versatile, i.e. re-wearable. Long live recycling, up-cycling and Dame Westwood's determination to continue to challenge.

5. Last but not least, the actual shows. So many to choose from but below are probably my top three shows / outfits I loved from London Fashion Week 2013 A/W Collections (plus a list of my "rest of" favourites). Though to be honest, I would look at all the pictures from the full shows just because of the sheer fact that I couldn't even pick one favourite look! 

for its... feminine metallics, tailored fun & romantic statement accessories
for its... spectacular animal prints, statement colours & vibrant tribal feel 
Preen by Thornton Bregazzi
for its... clear vision, clean lines & bold pops of red and blue

"rest of" favourites

i. Louise Gray; metallic rainbow, quirky combinations & a feminine rockstar vibe

ii. ALICE by Temperley; super feminine, flattering & sleek lines

iii. Duro Allow; bright floral prints, dress coats & cosy furs

iv. Sass & Bide; simple but effective patterns, monochrome with a pop of yellow & classic tailoring

v. Matthew Williamson; cosmic vibe, flower power prints & simply shiny shiny

For full coverage of all the Fashion Week shows and stories, check out the Vogue website - it has literally been my FW bible!