Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Looney Tunes

So, a lot of people argue my belief that music and fashion are closely connected. I could talk for days about how this is pretty much a fact. I thought I would continue with the music based posts for my blog. I dont care what you think, my music and my fashion are potentially the two most important parts of my personality. And I am going to share these with you.
Firstly I should probably thank my close friend Alex for getting me back into finding new music, there's only so much Nicki Minaj one girl can listen to.

M83 are, from my understanding (well my reading of Wikipedia to be honest) are a french/spanish lot, with some banging tunes. You may recognise this song from Made in Chelsea. But they have been around for a few years, so rub the justin bieber out of your lug holes and take a listen to this.

Yukon Blonde are another fine example of indie music. the perfect soundtrack for summer, if it wants to hurry up and get here that would be perfect!

And yes, girls and boys, I have saved the best till last. Alabama Shakes are a lovely little set up, with a wicked vocalist, find this sound no where else. They have great potential to go very very far, and boy god I hope they do.

H. x

Friday, 6 April 2012

The Little Red Dress

In the spirit of all things single, I'm doing a post on the perfect little red dress (LRD). I recently red (see what I did there?) an article about how women who wear red out are more likely to attract male attention, now I cannot stress enough that 
1) I do not plan on going out and buying lots of red dresses in the attempt to end my spinster status, I quite like it
2) I have counted, and i own one red dress, one red poka-dot dress and one with birds on it. My wardrobe is massive, so these three dresses make up about 0.2% of my clothes
3) I quite simply found this little 'fact' interesting and wanted to research potential LRD's

So here goes..

Perfect for day time, and quite frankly this is my number one from the selection. Asos £32. 
I'm probably a little too into the sloughy chic right now, I guess it's a mix of practicality and this "sexy but doesn't know it" persona, which this dress reflects perfectly.

One part candy girls, one part lolly pop and a hint of yummy mummy, this dress is a sweet little thing. The cut is good for someone a bit less endowed in the chest department, or someone who nips in most at the waist. Next £45.

This is a bit more on the work front, desk to dinner is a look many struggle to fulfil but this Calvin Klein number fits the bill perfectly. It is clearly a CK creation, simply, elegant, masterfully cut, and with only the best fabric available to mankind. At £180 you definitely need a well paid job to be able to go from desk to dinner in it though!

Another personal favourite. Topshop and a snip at £30, I mean you can't really go wrong with Topshop anyway but this shift allows for movement, yet at a shorter length still gives an air sexy.

Finally, a Westwood Anglomania dress. Well it would only be fair that, if we are talking about bright colour and impeccable design, I mention Westwood. You might need to sell your kidney to fund this purchase at £205, but still, that's why we have two.

H. x

Monday, 2 April 2012

The Pyjama Trend - Do You Dare To Wear? ? ?

Another year, another fad trend, no doubt the pyjama trend is not going to be as long standing as say, skinny jeans, black nail polish or the dreaded 'jegging' (no matter how hard i try people still want to wear them!) 
What? you say, yes, thats right ladies, finally a trend i can sink my pyjama loving feet into! I, myself an a big fan of pyjamas, nothing beats that excitement of waiting to go to bed with a new pair of jim-jams! and just to clarify, i am twenty one, and yes i have an undisclosed love for bed wear, the cosy kind. 
You want proof of this? Well seeing as you asked so nicely...

Exhibit A- Jonathan Saunders, and by far the most wearable of the pyjama trend. baggy shirt, i can dig that, loose fitting, silk (possibly, i am guessing) trouser, so long as the underwear isn't showing through i can handle it. The black definitely detracts from the fact this is the pyjama trend, makes the whole outfit much more wearable and stylish. so far so good.

Exhibit B- Richard Nicoll, I purely chose this shot because the print on here is beyond fabulous! and print is something that the pyjama trend will let us play around with, HURRAR! something with a bit more texture for summer 2012!! i'm starting to get excited about this now...

But wait! what is a trend without an all star cast of followers? nout, that's what. and by golly, who has gone and done it.. only Rihanna! and i must say, this has possibly sold it to me. if i was say size 6 and 5ft11in. so maybe not this year, but apparently girls dont stop growing until they are 22 so if i sprout up in the next 11 months this may well be an option for me.

Alas, the pyjama trend isn't so bad when you think about the horrific mess most trends leave in their wake, tone upon tone of unwanted wooden clogs (don't throw them out just yet, i think there is another season left in them!) pile and piles of flit and flare jeans, yes they are flattering, but all i can think of when i see a pair is ashton kutcher in That 70's Show, which i guess is not something i should complain about. my single mind knows no limits i guess.

My suggestion for the trend, for those of you who dare to wear, team it with the old fail safe of "if its tight on top, make it loose on bottom, if its tight on bottom make it loose on top" therefore balancing out the slightly wacky trend. Team pyjama style bottoms with a fitted blazer and spaghetti strap (slightly loose) top that falls at the waist line of the trousers, or grab a pyjama style top and team with something either fitted, short or of legging-origin.

H. x

Sunday, 1 April 2012

Work It - The Bag Edition

I do believe it is getting to that point in the year where us students are beginning to look for a real job, join the working class, become a paper pusher for some big company where no one really knows who you are or what you do, being called 'the new girl' until some poor sucker starts work and they don the name-tag. 

So this has given me the inspiration to do a post based on the perfect work bag. 

Bags, to me, are hard things to come by, either they aren't real leather and fall apart at the seems after three weeks of hard wear, or they are just rather boring, or too expensive, or too cheap looking. There is a fine line between the perfect bag for work and the worst bag choice; the first impression counts, and I for one, do not wish to be known as the girl who had to carry all her work things come in a Waitrose bag because her strap broke on the first day!

This little beaut is from River Island, at £50 its a pretty spot on price point for those who are being paid a month in arrears and cannot afford much right now. Although it doesn't look so sturdy it would be perfectly suitable for the first few months of work, so long as you're not cramming it full of dictionaries.
This is a personal favourite, from zara at £59.99 this would fit a fair amount in it, without buckling at the seems every time you pick it up. Although I wouldn't advise it for a person who would be carrying it long distances, the small handle means back pain if used too long. I think the colour of this is just lovely.
This stunning piece of crafted leather is non other than an Anya Hindmarch Bruton bag, as seen on the likes of Olivia Palermo and Jessica Alba. With a heavy price tag (£895) I guess this will be going in the "for when I'm a CEO" part of my life, but it is still a creature of beauty, not to be messed with, judged or under-appriciated 
Yes this is another Zara handbag, but I must say, at £99.99 its pretty cute, ticks all my boxes for a work bag, that's fo' sho' it also is THE perfect desk to dinner bag, fits all work stuffs in it, plus maybe a small make-up bag. This will almost definitely be the bag I will have for my first job (fingers crosses!!)
Finally, a pick that would suit everyone, the Cambridge Satchel Company make the most amazing bags, all leather, so many different colours to pick from, and they emboss for an extra £5 a letter! A basic satchel will set you back only £74 and they are becoming a rather well recognised brand name. Perfect you say? Well that's not the half of it, these bags are perfect for work, day, a casual evening out, ticking all the boxes and then some!!
H. x