Monday, 23 May 2011


With Alexa being Vogue's cover girl and Adele taking to her well earned stage on Rolling Stone I was pretty content with publications this month, then who lands on my favourite magazine? my favourite obsession.
Oh yes indeed ladies and gentlemen, Florence Welsh just happens to be the headliner for Nylon's music issue. Sorry Elle, I do of course still love you, but you can't replace the all American feeling delivered by this magazine. It may lack well written articles but it insists on compensating with brilliant photographs & behind the scenes videos like no other. In a criticism its content relates to candyfloss, It makes you briefly happy, is probably twice your RDA of sugar but once you've ate it, its gone. While Elle leaves a lasting impression and I can still tell you articles from last year that stuck in my mind.  But its fair to say we all need a bit of a fairground pick me up occasionally though, especially with a helping of our favourite flame haired singer.

Saturday, 21 May 2011

"Like some child possessed"

Once upon a time I was obsessed with Florence and the machine. I had a full week phase of total adoration for the music, playing the album 'Lungs' on constant repeat. Around my head the soulful lyrics echoed and the percussion and drum beats amazed me, then quite shockingly after 7 days I halted my listening. By no means was this intended, it was just simply a reaction to having been totally immersed in all things Flo.

Then in all the same haste In which I first abandoned her did I begin to start my reunion. After listening to 'Between two lungs', 'Howl' & 'Drumming song' I can say that once again I am infatuated. I'm surprisingly glad of this sudden re awaking of my love for Florence and the machine because I know it will be a phase.

Yes, as strange as this may sound, I need more phases. Since January my wardrobe has lacked any major new passion pointing to the fact that I haven't had time.

Indeed, I've been shopping & flicked through magazines but I've not taken anything in. The utter Chaos and disorder of the last few months have made it impossible for me to actually see enough depth in something to take inspiration from it. Though being the indulgent I am, I've somehow sub consciously chosen the most stressed and unbalancing few months to do this, but I'm not complaining as Chiffon, Lace, Silk & Tulle are ever present in my imagination as of late.

I've also became captivated with long flowing items and fringing. You see,  I've missed this utter desire for clothes, even just for fabric. Its the type of getting dressed I adore, when somehow the clothes choose you. It might even mean wearing the same item again and again but its having the desire to want to wear it constantly. I'm totally in lust for all of Florence's Items and how she pairs her innocent beautiful dresses with harsh corrupted accessories such as leather and occasionally costume jewellery and sequins.

Her offstage looks are just as lovely, she's a fan of vintage is Florence. With some ankles socks, brogues and a Mulberry bag the girl is good to go, though she looks just as good in jeans, an old tshirt and a pendant or three.
This is my favourite Florence Welsh outfit, It's the whole 'I just through it on' look and the layering effect works so well. Messy hair, coat chucked on.
Though of course her godess, more dramatic outfits will continue to charm me.

Saturday, 23 April 2011

Forget the chocolate..

I've been free from shopping (well purchasing) for a whole 38 days. To some of you less enthusiast spenders that might sound a relief, but for me its been anything but because well, I like to shop. "Like" is a huge understatement. I LOVE to shop, I think its something to do with being a stingy child who always saved there money. But, its not like I splurge on particular items by any means. What words comes with shopping? SALE!

That love my friends comes from spending almost every single Sunday in town with my nan since I was probably about four, lets just say she has brought out the bargain hunter in me. "Why pay full price when you don't have too?."

Come Easter Sunday, I'll be free to purchase what I want. Though take a look at these beauties I've had my eye on, All full price sadly.
Ahhh! Swedish Hasbeens for H&M. These Lovely Wedges are absolutely gorgeous, I ran straight over after spying them on the escalator. The rubber heels are a perfect alternitive to the standard cork floating around in summer & the coffee coloured laces add a little something extra don't you think? £39.99

I'll tell you something, the photo really doesn't give it any credit. This little O&O dress may look pretty average, but believe me its just wonderous. The style of the dress works for most figures, creating curves or defining them and its simple enough to dress up with a smart blazer and heels or down with gladiators and a straw hat. I'd say with the £40 price tag this dress is a worthwhile investment - colour blocking is big news. Its also available in other rich jewel tones. See for yourself the quality at Urban Outfitters.
Do you ever find yourself still liking something from your childhood a little bit too much? I do. Escaping Dungarees seems impossible, there all over the highstreet at the moment. With seeing so many my decision of which ones to buy has been rather extensive but I've settled on these since there without pretence. I didn't want a pair with a stone wash effect or with added holes or rips, I wanted good, honest and solid ones.
They sell themselves, I'm going to be forever young. £42, Topshop.

Everybody needs a satchel, regardless of gender. There practical yet stylish and have infiltrated shops recently. (Thanks Emma Hill) We just can't seem to get enough of them. I'm currently coveting this one from Zara, do I need to inform you of colour blocking again? So at £25.99, I'd say you should at least think about it - then wait for the sale.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011


After Alexander McQueen's untimely and tragic death we were all left wondering who on earth could possibly even attempt to try and fill the gaping hole left behind by such a creative visionary who produced what seemed like such delicate breathtaking shows with such ease and triumph.

Then into the frame stepped Sarah Burton. Unsure and hesitant were we all. There was something unnerving about the idea of McQueen in a new age that scared us slightly and its a great risk, one that few would be prepared to take. After all, it could make or break your career.

Effectively you have to deliver the same outstanding quality paired with inspiration, creative talent and knowledge yet at the same time bring a new viewpoint to McQueen's vision without dramatically shaping the label differently, and add your own stamp. Well, its not for the fainthearted.

But come showtime, quite literally its its fair to say we were all pretty impressed, She'd managed to do all of the above and like McQueen's - she made it look easy. With all this said you'd expect her to stay loyal - for a good few years at least... but fashion buzz is all around and rumour has it she could be off to be a certain someones replacement at Dior.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Them Burberry boys.

These days, a model is not just there to stand and simply pose for a picture. Oh no, they have a long CV listing titles such as perfume designer, actor, musician, Author, Guest Editor. Some even branch out and take a turn behind the camera or decide its time after years wearing other peoples clothes to begin designing there own.

 A model can become a brand, some are well at the height of success and some are slowly climbing the rungs on the ladder to the all important stardom. we've even seen Agyness's long awaited return to Vogue this month after what seems like a season or two without her really fronting a major campaign  But by no means do they have to be female to achieve a cult following and celebrity rating.

 I currently have a few little obsessions; Tom Hughes, George Craig & Douglas Booth. What connects them? They all modelled for Burberry. It actually took me a while to realise where I'd seen them before but I didn't think of any of them primarily as models. So what else do they have to list?

                                                        Tom Hughes
Tom Hughes is from Chester, so he's pretty local to us. He's been in two films recently, Cemetery Junction and Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll. And he's also starred in two TV drama's; Trinity & Silk. After some minor stalking I discovered he plays guitar (who doesn't these days?) and his band is called The Quaintways.
Fancy a listen? Two songs on the bands myspace page is your best bet.  Age? 24.

                                                                    George Craig
Most people know yorkshire boy  George Craig. I'm just using this as an excuse to talk about him. He's a 90's child and I knew him first as the front man of One Night Only. Though he gained serious publicity when he dated Hogwarts actress Emma Watson last summer, she even appeared in the bands  'Say you don't want it' video. I wonder, would he rather be known for he musical ability or Cheekbones and floppy hair.
age? 20.

Douglas Booth
                You'd have a point in saying that Londoner Douglas Booth only really rose to fame last year. Although he's been in several films and TV shows people only really started to take notice when he played Boy George in 'worried about the boy' shown on BBC2 last year. I'm most looking forward to seeing him in co starring with Miley Cyrus in' LOL: Laughing Out Loud' which is due to be released sometime this year. He's not yet in a band but he can play an insturment...the trumpet!
                                                            Age? 18.

I wonder, where will they be in a couple of years? what will they be known as? In a society as fast and ever changing as ours you can re create yourself in a instant. Lets hope they stick around, even if its just for the bone structure they posess.

Saturday, 26 February 2011

London Fashion Weekend- Initial ramblings.

I'm writing this half asleep in my unbelievably messy room. Floordrobe has never been quite so fitting after friday nights frantic major "I have no clothes/I look terrible/ I hate my lifeeeeeeee" affair. The day started at six AM with a fringe that refused to lie flat on my face and a closed first class lounge. There were various embarrising moments to do with the tube, my auntie shouted "THE MAP IS LIKE MONOPOLY!" - que practically the whole world turn round to look at the dozy scousers & I asked the man if we could get to Huston from Covent Garden, we shall say no more.

The fashion show was fabulousssss darhling, apart from the skinniest model I have ever seen. She took thin to a whole new level - her head was actually bigger then her body. Show bags included mouthwash - what i'd always wanted! and no outfit post is hapenning anytime soon - my camera's dead.

Tomorrow ish I will blog again revealing more delights of zee little trip,
until then

(Alan Johnson was in our carridge- AHHHHHHHHHHH!)

yes alan - Pray for fashion.