Friday, 25 December 2009

Merry Christmas!

One of the things I love most about Christmas is wrapping the presents, although I absolutely hate novelty Christmas wrapping paper so I usually have a theme for myself each year. The presents below are for my boyfriend and as you can see, I've given it a gold theme! The paper is from IKEA and the gold glitter ribbon is from eBay.

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Small Feet and a Little Bit of Patience.

I had come across some beautiful Miss Selfridge boots about 2 months ago and adored them!... but at £70/$113, it was too much!! So, I had a sulk, put them at the back of my mind and eventually forgot about them. However, on Friday, I was browsing some of the sales in London's Oxford Street and was in Debenhams when I went to have a quick peek at their small, but big enough, Miss Selfridge concession...and saw the boots! Not only that, but they had a huge discount and was only £30/$48!So, I had found the boots but out of the three pairs left, I didn't think it was likely that my size, which is a UK3/US5.5, would be amongst them. The first two pairs were too big (of course), but the last pair were just perfect! I tried them on which further clarified that I had to get them! Sometimes having small feet is a nightmare as a lot of stores don't stock many pairs in my size, so, they either sell out very quickly, or don't sell at all...but I think I had just been lucky about being in Debenhams at the right time as their target customer is about a decade older than the Miss Selfridge customer!

Saturday, 19 December 2009

The Little Fox.

TheLittleFox is (in her own words) a "picture crafter, imagination enthusiast, and bedtime stories fabricator."... and you can really see this when you take a look at her work. I love collecting art as some of you may know, but a lot of art isn't available in smaller, affordable sizes and I don't really like asking - I just assume that if one doesn't offer it, then one won't!
I remember coming across TheLittleFox on Etsy many many months ago, maybe even a year, and loved her art but smaller sizes were not offered, until I recently came across her again! She had this 'Little Prisons' postcard pack which was just delightful!
When I received them, they just looked so adorable together and I can't wait to finish off my postcard album so I can add my art collection to it.

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Spookychandelier.

I've been looking for some earrings that I can wear pretty much everyday, but I was also being quite specific which made it difficult to find them!
I wanted some vintage-looking studs, with a beautiful stone, but they also had to be sterling silver or better, due to allergies. It was really hard because a lot of the vintage-esque jewellery I came across was made with plated gold or silver...until I came across spookychandelier on Etsy. Spookychandelier offered beautiful glass gems which were set in a gunmetal casing but... with sterling silver posts!I couldn't believe I never thought of that and wondered how many other places I had skipped without reading the information properly! Nevertheless, I was still slightly hesitant about the casing having an effect on my ears but as the price was very good, I went ahead and got them!
I've worn them several times now and my earlobes are absolutely fine, the sterling silver post is such a good idea and I hope to purchase some of the other colours in the future!

Saturday, 12 December 2009

"Just customize it".

"Just customize it"...I am always saying this and I feel like it's slowly turning into my own little phrase! I never spend money on something that isn't as special as it should be for the price, so I usually buy a cheaper version of it or at a discounted price, then I would 'customize it'! I just find it to be an enjoyable way of making something unique with hardly any extra cost.

So, when my 13 year old sister desperately needed a winter coat - well, she didn't really, she has coats, she just wanted a new one - I took her shopping and she absolutely loved a parka from River Island that was all ruched and full of loveliness, but also had a very high price. I think it's OK to spend a bit more money on coats, shoes and accessories as long as you get a lot of use out of them...but I know my sister would eventually tire of the parka so I took her to look at cheaper brands. We browsed Debenhams, a British department store and came across a concession called Red Herring and the perfect parka! Red Herring isn't very known, but often produces really lovely items such as these studded gladiator sandals I got back in July.The khaki parka jacket had great details and was on sale from £50/$80 down to £25/$40! My sister tried it on and it looked so cute...she really liked it but said she wished it had something more special about it, which is where I come in! We paid for the coat with my promise of studding it for her! I got all my studs out when we got home and my sister decided to go for only bronze studs, which I also agreed with, but I also added in some gold ones so it looked a bit more 'perky'.I initially wanted to put blocks of studding along the front of the coat, but decided to utilise the style-lines that were already there, and studded around them. I think I'll add a couple of more rows at a later date.
So, I guess my conclusion is that people should do more customization! It is really easy once you start doing it and even easier once you build up a collection of embellishments and trims that you can use.

Monday, 7 December 2009

New Look Spring/Summer 2010 - Sneak Preview.

I was very kindly invited to the New Look S/S10 Press Day which gave me a sneak preview of what we might find in their stores in 2010. I also got a glimpse of their new London Head Office which I must say was quite snazzy!
On entering the showroom, I see the first (and eventually my most favourite) collection which is perfectly called Blush. It comprises of a beautiful colour palette of nudes, taupes, greys and blues. However, I was very disappointed at the lower table that was placed parallel to it which was filled with shoes and accessories in a colour palette that was the complete opposite to Blush. They were nice but in the wrong place! It was like putting a dirty, weeded pond in the middle of a beautiful field filled with the most beautiful flowers! Anyway, on a better note, the Blush collection had a strong vintage aesthetic in primary regards to their embellishments and prints which was just stunning!!
I saw an abundance of garments from this collection that I just 'must-have' such as this embellished taupe corselette (I mentioned my love for corselette's in my Sonia Rykiel for H&M blog entry) and I loved how it was styled with this cropped melange cardigan.
I also adored this blouse with a very vintage-looking embellishment of chains and rhinestones. It was just so elegant and as if it was straight out of a fairytale!...and of course, my favourite collection would also contain the sweetest shoes for Spring/Summer. These wedge, front lace-ups in a nude colour are the shoes I will be waiting to get next year!There were many collections that I browsed but I thought I'd only pick out the most interesting elements, otherwise this blog entry would go on forever! I came across their Idol range which is a collection that they always have running, which is of course updated for each season and has a rock-chick aesthetic.On looking at the dressed mannequins, I wasn't overly impressed or excited about the collection. However, after carefully browsing through the rail, I noticed a lot of things I actually quite liked! This included a lot of slashing and knotting in t-shirts that were embellished with rings which looked newer than using studs, although having said that, there was still plenty of studding!This punctured jersey maxi dress surprisingly caught my attention. I don't think I've ever worn a maxi dress, even though I've always wanted to. I think that when it comes to maxi dresses, I always envision a triple tiered one that would just swamp my petite frame...so there was something about this Idol maxi dress that I really admired.After Idol, I came across Sicilian Siren which looked slightly out of place in the showroom due to its dark colour palette of red and black with ivory accents. However, I think I am being biased as I don't really like red and black together. This collection also looked quite old to what I envision from New Look. As I looked through, I actually started to like what I was seeing. There was a plethora of lace which I always love and that I had not initially spotted because it was all so dark. There was a lace biker jacket which was really very lovely and a lot of corset detailing...I almost gasped out loud when I pulled out this (yes, another!) corselette, although I suppose it's more of a 'bralette' as it isn't as structured as a corset would be. The floral print was delightful and the lace was so delicate... I actually would've liked to see much more of the print instead of the red. So, to conclude, each piece was very nice, but not together in this collection.Overall, I was genuinely impressed with the New Look S/S10 collection so far (I'm sure a lot of it will change by the time we reach next year!) and have my eye on a lot of the pieces. Admittedly, I never really went into New Look that much, I only ever did if I was looking for something that I could not find elsewhere, it was almost like a 'last-resort' place for me, and I was never let-down! However, I will definitely be having a peek much more often.
As I was leaving the showroom, I was kindly handed a beautiful lace print bag and a £100 /$165 voucher to spend in store! Luckily the expiry date is March 2010 so I might just be able to get some of the pieces I saw which I will definitely blog about!

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Sonia Rykiel for H&M and V.I.P Day.

V.I.P Day in London stands for 'Very Important Pedestrian' which is when they clear Oxford Street of all vehicles. I wanted to go to the first one last year but had missed it so was quite keen on seeing what it was like this year (yesterday), especially as it coincided with the release of Sonia Rykiel's lingerie collection for H&M.
I thought it would be easier to navigate through Oxford Street without vehicles taking up half the street, but this time there were triple the amount of pedestrians also taking advantage of the day! There was such a strange calm while walking along the street and I hadn't realised just how noisy all the cars and buses actually were when they were there!!! There were also dancers in the street, people on stilts and a medieval-esque fair... it was quite surreal!!
Anyway, when I reached H&M, I was surprised at the amount of stock still left, I had expected everything to have gone as I had left home later than anticipated. There weren't many browsers either so I was able to get quite a clear shot of the main display. It was right at the entrance to the store with a small colour palette (which is always important for a small collection) of hot pink, black, dark nude and dusky pink. I was also surprised at how fair the prices were, which were not very different to the general H&M pieces. I went to try a corselette on a.k.a longline bra (my new fascination!) but I didn't notice the silly security tag that was fastened right on the hook and eyes until I was already in the changing room. I don't have patience with these sort of things at all so didn't end up buying anything. However, I found the corselette on the H&M website (1st image) so thought I would show how lovely it was anyway... and with matching high-waisted knickers - my dream lingerie pieces! Nevertheless, there will be a clothing range by Sonia Rykiel for H&M again in February 2010 which I look forward to seeing.

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Pepperminte.

I hadn't bought any art in absolutely ages and yearned to add to My Art Collection, so I started having a browse through my favourites and the Art category over on Etsy to see if there were any new artists around or anything I'd missed...and I came across Pepperminte.
I had seen her work a while ago but her art wasn't offered in smaller sizes, so I purchased from people who already did, just to make my life easy! However, this time, she was offering sets of her art in postcard sizes, which is the only size I now buy. The price was so good I couldn't resist buying a couple of sets, as you can see!They reached me very quickly and they were just incredibly beautiful. The detail was extraordinary such as a little heart tattoo on an arm, the perfect shade of red on lips and the perfect print on a perfect dress. I was in such awe!I mentioned the set of Christmas cards I purchased from Topshop last month featuring Fifi Lapin's illustrations, and I can most definitely see Pepperminte's illustrations going the same direction, and appearing in mainstream Fashion - if that is the direction she wants to take of course. Anyway, I have also been enjoying her blog which shows a lot of her new work which really is lovely to see. I can't wait to get some more of her art in the future, as there are so many more pieces I'd love!