Wednesday, 29 September 2010

One good thing about Winter... The SHOES!

So it would appear that winter is OFFICIALLY here... In September! Yes thank you great Britain, for no longer giving us anything that even remotely resembles seasons... just a few days here and there of sun and then a year round state of greyness...

Well ok if it's not quite Winter (there isn't snow yet at least) it is that stage before winter that involves dark mornings, dreary, grey, rainy, cold days and depressing evenings where all we want to do is go straight home and get into bed... I'm not calling it Autumn because Autumn is supposed to be falling leaves and conkers and little red riding hood style skipping through the woods - which this current period is definitely not! I'm calling it... meh! Because when I say that word it conjures up how I feel during this time... mehhhhh!

The plus side to this sudden cold snap is that my previous rant about not wanting to buy AW clothes yet as it wasn't nearly time - no longer applies... I can now buy cosy knits and sheepskin boots and woolen leggings in abundance... as it's all I'm going to be wearing until oh... I don't know May next year??? So yes I can freely spend my money on layers and layers of cold weather gear... the black opaques are back to being worn daily (did they ever truly go away?) and I even cracked out my cosy vintage Penguin jumper the other day... yes perhaps this was a little premature but it was cold goddamit and the penguins just seemed right!

So now firmly in my sights are... a cape (of course, don't shun me - it's not going to be camel)

This red riding style is from French Connection at ASOS and is of course... sold out! Let's hope it comes back in!

A cable knit anything (I LOVE cable knit ) and cosy jumpers (I think that cardis and wooly jumpers are like a gift from fashion gods at this time - the hairier and woolier and baggier the better - hides everything, keeps me warm yet still considered fashionable - yaas!)

A calf length skirt/ dress (Alexa Chung's mid length full skirt and glitzy blouse was one of my favourite outfits of this year)

A tartan duffle coat (I wanted one of these last year and didn't get it)

and... SHOES, lots and lots of shoes!

This is by far THE best thing about Winter dressing... boots, wedges, brogues, leather, suede, sheepskin... long, short, flat, high... with long wooly socks, short colored ankle socks, tights.... oooh I love winter footwear dressing... it's sooo much better than summer, so much more choice!
Which brings me neatly on to my latest lust.... I am seriously coveting something from nearly every AW footwear trend going at the moment... but clearly can't afford anything! Here are the pairs that are making me salivate right now... and the pairs that are almost as hot... and slightly more affordable!

The Trend - Vivid Colours, Rich Fabrics

So it's all about luxurious fabrics come winter and this season velvet and suede are having an almighty revival... which personally I just can't get enough of - I love the gothic look in winter and rich purples and burgundy's in velvet or velour scream sophistication, add some colour to your outfit and are also just lovely and soft to touch! (the simple things)

Christian Louboutin
Guiseppe Zanotti

My Way
These beauts are from New look and are a mere £25... I am proud to say they are now happily part of my footwear family and got their first outing during fashion week! Comfortable, the best colour possible and apart from a few spice girl circa 1990s jibes, they went down a storm... I LOVE em!

The Trend - Wedges

Ok so technically this is a slight overlap as the last pair of shoes I mentioned are clearly also wedges... but they were bright purple, suede wedges... now I am just talking wedges in general - wedge boots mostly but generally all types of wedge footwear are up my street at the moment, the main reason being they are just so much damn comfier than heels and can be very clever at deceiving us with their height, making us all look tall and leggy without the diadvantage of being unable to walk!


Marc by Marc Jacobs

My Way
Ok ok I realise all of the above examples are suede (again) but this just means they cross over many trends which is all the better really... But in case you were thinking I was a one trick pony here are the ones on my wish list - patent lace ups from Carvela... gorgeous!

The Trend - Outdoors (i.e sheepskin, buckles, lace up... tough)

Ooh this is really hard as there are soooo many that encompasse this trend that I love love love... it's kind of outdoorsy, kind of hiker boot, kind of biker chic, kind of sheepskin cosyness, kind of victorian lace up... it's a little bit of it all and I want want want...

Burberry (I couldn't not mention these - I have been pining for them since I first saw them last AW)

Bally Apres Skiwear

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Well it was too hard to choose just one pair in this category because I have seen so many great styles on the high street... so I haven't (chosen just one pair)... these are just a few of the ones I love... once again I have chosen a pair from New Look (their shoes just keep getting better and better) and you might remember me bangin on about these a while back - after thinking about them all summer I gave in and they now sit pretty in my winter shoe boot collection (I also got them for the bargain price of £35 - half price - not quite sure how I did it but that's another story)


Kurt Geiger


New Look

And Finally...
The Trend - Embellishment
What better in AW than a bit of party sparkle, sequins, feathers or lace... perhaps a little way out but who cares... I do love a bit of drama!

Christian Louboutin


Alexander Mcqueen

I can't quite find anything on the high street that is quite as special as this yet... so I'm leaving the designer pairs on my wishlist for now... I can dream right? you never know who might be reading...

Images courtesy of Net a Porter, Kurt Geiger and my Blackberry


Thursday, 23 September 2010

Take your time...Get out of Town

New Discovery!

I'm a little behind in blogging about this latest discovery seeing as I hit the launch party last Thursday but partying for a living during fashion week has been so mental that I have had no evenings in to write about it since then... it's a hard life I know....

So anyway if you like vintage (which I do) if you like unusual lost and found objects (a good car boot is my heaven) if you like eating and drinking (goes without saying) and if you are partial to a bit of quiet 'get away from it all' pondering (daydreaming can definitely be classed as a hobby right?)... then like me you will probably love the little hidden gem that is OUT OF TOWN!

It's nestled right in the heart of Clerkenwell which is perfect for me as this is pretty much my work/ home vicinity and it is one of London's first forays into the 'slow shopping' concept.

These heady little mixes of cafe, bar, shop, library and general rent a space for all to enjoy have already started causing a stir in Paris and now... thankfully some creative souls have taken the initiative to bring it to London. During the day it's a cafe simply full of lovable bespoke and found objects and 'real' vintage (i.e dates further back than the 80's) classic clothing. You can browse while you enjoy a cuppa or a mint tea served in an antique pot which I was very much coveting, read a book, chill with your laptop... whatever takes your fancy. By night they have an alcohol licence and the space turns into an area for book clubs, supper clubs or poetry readings... and yes you did hear correctly this is in London - I've come over all cultural just at the idea of it!

The launch party was last Thursday and was an unpretentious, easy going, spilling out onto the street kind of affair, full of creatives and kookys and offered wine in tumblers, home made cheese on toast on giant slabs of crusty bread (they were calling it welsh rarebit... but to me it was cheese on toast - just exceedingly good cheese on toast) and raw carrots, still with greenery attached, to munch on! Needless to say I had a jolly good time...

They work around the idea that the space will become something different to everyone who enters, a homely atmosphere brings the comfort that your living room, workshop, studio, mates house might also bring... and the genius to it all is that every single item within, right down to the interiors and table and chairs you sit at, are for sale! meaning not only can you take a little piece of it home with you... but it's always a constantly changing environment to stimulate the creative juices and encourage a return visit!

... and why wouldn't you return? if I worked freelance this is exactly the type of place I would frequent in a Carrie 'writing my column with a coffee' kind of way, it's already my new haunt to suggest for meetings at work and with Brick Lane oversaturated, it could be great for an out of town (sorry) spot of shopping and coffee with friends on a Saturday afternoon!

This original Belstaff jacket is beyond amazing...

What appeals to me most though is the concept of taking your time, not getting kicked out as soon as your finished your last gulp of a drink and not having to immediately find somewhere else to congegrate/ spend money... I am a huge fan of taking my time... Living in London it's a concept we rarely pay heed to and we all seem to have fallen into this awful trap of rushing rushing rushing.... I hate rushing yet I seem to find myself doing it an awful lot... rushing to get ready, rushing for train/bus, rushing to be somewhere on time... for a country bumpkin like me who was always used to things happening very slowly, it does bother me slightly how quickly I fell into this city pattern... but yet here I am rushing along with the best of them...

So.... somewhere that offers the chance to rake, rummage, and ponder while at the same time drinking, dining and having a good old chinwag is... (in my best Cheryl Cole accent) right up my street!

It also helps that it is actually right up my street ha! Check it out...


Monday, 13 September 2010

BB on tour/ The Holiday Comedown

So you may have noticed that I haven't been as up to date with the old blogging world of late.... well I sincerely apologise for this fact and can in fact inform you that this absence has been due to the fact that BB has been on tour!!! Before you get your hopes up - by tour I really mean holiday but that didn't sound as effective!

Myself and my other half (I never get why people say my better half? Like I'm going to let him think he is better than me! pfft!) took our first vacation together for our year anniversary! Aaaah.... actually considering it was our first trip together we didn't exactly go down the romantic getaway route... instead deciding to hit over 5 destinations, traveling across Eastern Europe by any means possible and sleeping everywhere from hostels to trains to the deck of a ferry!

Of course the multiple destinations meant multiple fashion opportunities... which if I am being perfectly honest was mostly what sold me when planning the trip! I had city outfits, beach outfits, traveling outfits, country outfits... basically as many different summer looks as I could get away with packing before the rucksack would be too heavy for ginger boy (yes I made him swap because let's face it how much do boys ever take on holiday?) I also dragged him into my mini challenge of attempting to wear every single item in my suitcase over the course of the trip... I almost did it... but in the end had to miss out one sequin playsuit which I had planned to wear on the final night but because I ended up getting slightly sunburnt, the sequins were just too painful and scratchy on my shoulders (this perturbed me quite a bit as 1. I hadn't managed to succeed in the challenge and 2. I had to wear an outfit twice!)

There were a few fashion disasters of course... and although on the whole for our first holiday we were rather boring in the fact that we didn't really have any major arguments... there were a couple of minor tantrums on my part - mostly fashion related!

First of all, and this wasn't really my fault because both BBC weather and the majority of my friends led me to believe that Eastern Europe in mid August would be somewhat of a heatwave... in fact I think the exact consensus was that my scottish skin would be hard pushed to cope, and I would moan a lot because I would be sweaty and uncomfortable... well I took this on board and made sure I packed an array of light summery pieces which were breathable and cool, I didn't bring any jumpers, tights or hoodys... because well this would be silly!

Silly indeed... our first day in Budapest and we were faced with an almighty thunderstorm, I'm talking gale force winds, thunder, lightning, black clouds looming and a monsoon of rain! This also had the good grace to happen at the precise point that we reached the top of the Basilica Tower which is one of the highest points in the city... ooh just the perfect place to be in a thunderstorm! I did have a little tiny moan at this turn of events but mostly panicked that this freak weather may end up tagging along with us throughout the holiday, ruling all my outfits defunct! I had only taken two cardigans with me and managed to lose one on the 2nd day away! Not ideal... luckily my fears were not realised and the weather did get slowly better the further south we travelled... whew!

The second fashion disaster/touch of mardiness on my part took place when we got the overnight Ferry through the coast of Croatia... for some reason when planning this adventure, the idea of only paying for a deck ticket and sleeping under the stars while watching the coastal scenery pass us by seemed like utter bliss.... what we didn't really think through was the outside, overnight, and dark parts... It might have been 32degrees during the day in Croatia but when the sun went down, the sea wind got up and we were completely out in the open, it did get a tad chilly. There was also the minor issue of how unbelievably unorganised we were... we arrived to find all the other deck sleepers armed with airbeds, sleeping bags, yoga mats, the works... we didn't even have a hoody between us!

Now I'm not averse to sleeping in less than ideal conditions, in fact crashing at random house parties are my speciality - as long as I have a drink in me I can pretty much sleep anywhere so that wasn't really the problem... but if there is one thing I dislike, it's being unorganised... and also not having what everyone else has -it makes me feel ill equipped... so when Bear Grylls and crew started to bed down under their layers of blankets and portable mattresses while we huddled together on top of a lifeboat box, me shivering away in as many of ginger boys clothes as I could physically get away with wearing, I started to panic abit that we might die of hypothermia out there! In the end after a bit of investigation it seemed our deck ticket also applied to the bar on deck which was indoors so we found abit of dry land under a table and slept on our beach towels for the night... and all was ok!

Still would have been nice to have a hoody though.... I did actually pass a H&M in Ljubljana and consider nipping in to buy a cheap one but ginger boy said no... let's wait and see what its like first... hmm I have learned it's always a good idea to trust your instincts and ignore your boyfriends anti shopping suggestions... of course we shant lay blame on the matter.... ahem.

So we made it to Croatia safe and sound and it is quite honestly one of the most beautiful countries I have ever had the privilege to spend time in, a week of pure bliss followed.... until..... my mild scuffle with a pesky sea urchin got in the way!

This one was technically karma for too much time spent laughing at ginger boy... 1. when he did a comedy fall on some rocks and it literally took me two whole days to stop cracking up everytime I relived it in my mind and then 2. when we swam out to a small island and he was flapping about in the water scared the little sea urchins were going to get him so much, I told him to man up, got a bit cocky and tried to show him how it was done - fearlessly making my way up onto the island the hard way... and then of course I went and stood on one myself.... darnit!

I could handle the pain (it stung a lot) I could handle the fear (I didn't know what you were supposed to do in the event of a sea urchin sting and when I couldn't get all of the spines out I feared the worse) I could even handle the told you so looks from ginger boy (once we knew I wasn't going to die) but what I was most annoyed about was the fact that it completely diminished my footwear options for the rest of the week. It hurt to put any pressure on my heel so anything other than soft jelly sandals were out! How annoying.... anyone who forces conformity in my fashion choices is immediately my nemesis! God damn you sea urchin!

So to top off our 'romantic' trip... our last night in Croatia consisted of me soaking my foot in a pan of vinegar stinking out the apartment and ginger boy watching WWF in German... oh the memories to cherish haha

But it was a great trip and I have a serious case of holiday comedown now... in fact it feels like I have never been away.... but it's LFW so I have no excuse... parties await and seeing as I was off the blog radar for the whole of August I need to catch up while I have lots to talk about!

Outfits and heel dilemmas all week then....


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