Thursday, 21 October 2010

why grandma, what chunky knits you have!?

I a completely SOLD on the new Dolce and Gabanna A/W collection!!
Full of chunky knits and winter wonder lane prints, it has a hint of christmas, enough to get you excited, addicted and curious all at the same time....

See what i mean!!??

You are probably wondering -why is she dangling this big fat juicy carrot in front of me when i know i cant bite!?- well my friends and fellow bloggers, i have some ways of getting the look, now dont get too excited, these are not cheap knock off versions, they are simply high-street clothing but you know what!? If you wear and walk with enough confidence you can pull it off!

This chunky cardigan knit is from zara, about £39.99 but adorable, i suggest to get the look less girly and more dolce and gi-banna belt it rather than button it (even remove the buttons all together) wear with a clean cut shirt buttoned to the top (topshop have some great chiffon type shirts at the moment for as little as £30) with some stirrup leggings in either dark grey or navy -not black- with riding style boots or some of those open ankle boots (we all know the type, the ones with the zips on the sides) with some slightly worn out leg warmers pushed down.

These are my prediction of what the new uggs will be, lets be honest here, uggs are a dying breed. They are bad for your feet (when they slip over the edge of the foam bottom, yup you know, that damages the muscles in your foot)!! These are the new and improved version, and the great thing is that even though they are not on the market yet you can quite simply DIY it! just get some old boots -or pop down to the local charity shop and get some- and head over to a fabric shop (having measured you boots first) buy what ever fur/faux fur you like and grab that super glue!
Finally i have a more casual take on the look, this is great for work, day outtings or college. Team some tapered trousers (my fav are cigarette pants right now) teamed with a shirt (yes it is very much like the image!) but my twist would have to be a thin silk scarf under the collar, something else i think will begin to pick up shortly! tie it into a bow and have it hanging over the jumper, this one is also from zara, im totally addicted to this shop now!! and either brogues, loafers, or thick heeled sky scrapers! -dont forget quirkiness with some lace trimmed socks on show between the hem of the trouser and the shoe!!

Keep you eyes peeled here for some winter coats coming very soon!!

H. x

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


This month is all about the weird, the wonderful and the oh so out there!

I'll start with weird: Mystery Jets
If the hair isn't selling it to you then check out their old song -half in love with elizabeth- or their new song - show me the light- which is out for single release on the 1st november!
Nearest London gig : 11th november (2010) at the roundhouse in Camden, needless to say i will be there!!

Now for the wonderful...

Dinosaur Pile Up!!
Now i dont want to hype these guys up to a silly standard, but i have two very powerful words Nirvana. Ok i know its only one word but its soo bloody powerful it deserves to be compared to two words, really it does!
My fav song would have to be Up summer hit single however by boyfriends would probable have to be My rock and roll.
They have been on the D.L. for some time now, but having been signed to rough trade and with gig upon gig upcoming, i would definitely rate them right now! besides they actually came to my little town of harlow and played there! therefore i automatically love them!
Next London gig: KCLSU 17th November (2010) then nothing in london for a while!! =(

Finally!! The oh so down right Out There!!!
This is a band i have only just got into, thank god i have good friends that can keep me up to date with these things!!
Everything Everything is the band im talking about!! now this isnt for everyone, they are very out there, in a kind of if the foals, MGMT, pink floyd, white lies and some wierdo from manchester had a love child, and this child hit his head at a young age and has never really been the same since...

I have only listened to this album, but i am completely SOLD on it!
Two best songs would have to be number uno my keys your boyfriend, purely because it sets the standard for the rest of the album! and secondly, and thirdly because i couldnt decide are Qwerty Finger and Suffragette Suffragette. the riffs speak volumes, the lyrics are pure genius (in suffragette suffragette it sounds like he sings "who's gona sit on your face when im gone" which amuses me endlessly) and it is so painstakingly different and it is nice for a change!
Let me know of any new bands i should comment on!!
H. x

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

These window's were not Microsoft's idea!

Lanvin parisian window display

Window, window, on the shop who's the fairest of the crop?!

This is a selection of some amazing window designs i have stubbled across, i believe that if fashion is an art form then windows are the gallery in which they are displayed! The image above is by far my favourite! it is so simple yet so beautiful! i love how it appears to be balloon like yet very very aesthetically pleasing!

Bergdort window display
The back drop of this window is entirely post-its!! to me it's saying that this woman works, and gets very board at work, so post-its are a vital role of her life!

I cannot remember where i found this image but it is just so visually pleasing!
This window is a Matthew Williamson design inspired by Gossip girl! who would have thought it huh?!

This is an Apple store window for a new i-pod hi-fi, this is not very fashion related but i think it is just soo ironic and distracting i just had to put it in!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Shop must-see's

1) Beyond Retro -
a safe option if you're new to london, there are two one located in central london, one just off oxford street (it says just off oxford street but it is a fair walk) or the easier, brick lane on Cheshire Street the closest tube station being bethnal green. The prices have been getting steeper and steeper however i find that if you go there when they have a sale on (generally beginning of summer or new year they drop quite a lot!
2) Traid -
this is a second hand store that donates all profits to charity, you can find anything from old vintage st. michael's jumpers to Armarni shirts for as little as £10!!! my favourite is the one on camden high street, and fortunately there is one located right on my local high street in woodgreen! there are 11 shops around london so if your a local just google it!!

3) Zara-
Now i realise that this is a high street store but i just CANNOT get enough of it! and now its available ONLINE!!! yes from the comfort of your own bed! however the one zara shop i would recommend would have to be the one in knightsbridge, needless to say they have everything there! but if your looking for friendly staff or people who can help you with your purchases this is NOT the zara to go to! in fact i dont think there is one in london i have yet found in london that offers the type of service i would expect! if you want service try blue water!

4)Charity Shops -
The best charity shops are most definitely in Marylebone, i am yet to check these out myself but i have been ensured by many others that if you want vintage designer for reasonable -yet still fairly steep- prices then you have hit the jack-pot!

5) Vintroville -
This is a shop i LOVE and cannot express how much everyone should check it out! it is the coolest new shop around! its located on hackney road right next to a well known recording studio, and yes they quite often have welcome surprises in the form of Florence Welch, The Kooks, Kelis and before they had the shop they had a market stall which Michael Corrs visited more than once! even if you dont spot any celebs you're sure to pick up a vintage bargin!

Sunday, 10 October 2010

it's been a while....

So I am now all moved into my LOVELY and very -very- darling new house in haringey. I've put my own stamp on my room via fairy lights -one set of which my dear dear friend Iga Honeyman bought me- and a mix of family, friends and beautiful photos and magazine cuttings.
This is a new phase of my life and i am so grateful for it. i have a new start and i'm gona put my mark on the fashion industry, i have several work placements lined up and just cannot wait to start them!!
also cannot wait to add to my apple collection of laptop and ipod touch a iphone 4! right now my life is super super crazy busy but i've grown to realise that this is how i like it! in between studying at the AMAZING and very well reputed London College of Fashion, and working at the newest topshop in knightsbridge -which i love love love- ok it might be to do with the MASSIVE discount but still the people are beyond!!- i'm constantly on the look out for new things to report on!
and last night whilst on my way out to see marina and the diamonds i spotted a booklet on the tube outside highbury and islington, Biba has returned!!! and the pricing isnt out of reach for ANYONE!!!
this is House of Fraser and the link to where you can purchase the biba a/w collection.
My favourite piece must must must be the lily print dress in their luxe range! its beautiful! i know where my next pay cheque will be going!!