Friday, 30 May 2008
I've realised that I need to adopt a more grown up look. I'm not quite ready to consign myself to Anna Wintour's ubiquitous chic - nor will I don a fur!
Which reminds me, now quite a few of you will have seen SATC:the movie, and as there are images galore, I feel ok to comment on the only bit I winced at was the display of fur.
I've never been comfortable with it but harbour no desire to throw paint. I'm not against fur per se but the indulgence of it. Perhaps I was heavily influenced by Dodie Smith's 101 Dalmations as a child! My bf who moved to NY had to phone me to confess her fur coat purchase on the basis of need 'it gets so cold' she moaned.
That aside, it was Carrie in her long Argyle socks that made me think. You see I happily don my long Prinlge ones and jaunt about with them over my knees with flats or heels. In fact I strolled in to Gucci on 5th, four years ago on a cold November day in said pair.
But Grazia magazine sort of dissed the look and in some respects rightly so when seen on a grown woman. Plus, now they've made such a public viewing I might look like a copy cat.
I decided to ignore Mr de la Renta's fall items with fur and selected a grown up day look and an evening one for me to aspire to.....so sadly from now on I'll be wearing my socks under my jeans on a cold day.
My rash of blogs today (see 2 more below) are due to visiting friends for the weekend so tomorrow I'll be donning a pinnie with my pearls and whipping up a cup cake or two before preparing a hearty supper of spaghetti bolognese and salad. Then on Sunday I'll be wearing an eye mask to stop the light from coming in if I've overdone it on the chianti.
Look forward to catching up on all your blogs next week xxxx.
Thursday, 29 May 2008
Wednesday, 28 May 2008
My current favourite suitcase packing heading is pieces that effortlessly work - they have to just do the talking and require no ironing. I'm mainly imagining myself enjoying a Caribbean break (it is so miserable in London at the moment).
I don't trust BA or American Airlines with my suitcase so I have a carry on for a week. I wear on the plane a Gap grey cashmere tshirt with Warehouse white kick flare jeans and a pair of blue Repetto ballet pumps on my feet. My pale blue pashmina with silver studs from dOushala completes my travel look, oh and my Tom Ford Raquel sunnies.
In my carry on holdall, I pack 2 bikinis, my White Company terry hooded robeand a pair of flip flops. I'm loathed to do any ironing but think a white button shirt is de rigeur and think the humidity will act as a steamer. 2 x American Apparel tanks in white and silver with a cut down denim mini (it was a longer Gap denim skirt but cutting it shorter looked heaps better) plus a black Zara cardigan.
I'll take a pair of strappy high heel evening sandals and splash the cash on one of these two dresses:-
right - Purple/Pink Oriental Silk tunic dress from LK Bennet price £199
left - Emilio Pucci Orchidea print jersey dress from Net-A-Porter price £590
Which would you choose?
Monday, 26 May 2008
Saturday, 24 May 2008
I'd actually been wearing this all day so the white t is quite grubby. Also my little boy got in the way - wouldn't pose but had to hang around!
White t shirt - Dorothy Perkins (A/W06), Jeans -Uniqlo, Scarf - Toast, Belt- Jigasw, Sunglasses - RayBan aviators (quite a few years old), Moccasins - Kurt Geiger (2 summers ago!)
Thursday, 22 May 2008
Wednesday, 21 May 2008
After a hard day's personal shopping for a client I picked my dear little boy up from nursery and underneath his hoodie jacket on his peg was my knickers!
It had taken nursery quite a few days to pluck up courage to ask were they mine, given the largeness of the said waist and tummy clincher number. I fessed up they were mine and past them off as exhibit numbers only - no need to go into detail on the need!
But a cautionary note re:gladiators - a la Style Bubble , less floral dresses more imagination!
Tuesday, 20 May 2008
Monday, 19 May 2008
The great thing about the Resort collection shows at Miami is, it is the cementing of a third look for every Spring/Summer wardrobe. When you come to packing away your S/S clothes you can base what you keep on the new holy trilogy of :
Riveria Chic - the ubiquitous stripes, trousers and plimsolls look from Coco Chanel,
Out of Africa/Safari Chic - neutral shirt or trousers, crisp white shirt, safari jacket transformed into tux luxe in the evening as defined by YSL,
Miami Glamour - 30s, 50s and 70s flamboyance provide a great reference for swimsuits, poolside glamour and gratuitous clothes indulgence indeed! Release your inner Sophia and Margo.
Of the four collections currently available to view on Style.com Oscar de la Renta and Christian Dior offers a real spirit of the glamour of Miami. De la Renta combines colour with an art deco reference, using 1930's cutting with the new modern take on 1970's high octane pizzaze. A truly great commercial American offering.
The Dior collection is flamboyant and presents a fifties Latino look to great effect. The outfits conjour up a star like Gina Lollobrigida in the heyday of sultry leading women pitted against the American leading men such as Sinatra.
Chanel disappoints with an almost lack lustre performance more Miami vice than spice. Some lovely understated day wear for lunch or afternoon cocktails on South Beach but Lagerfled gives a more sombre 80s offering than the hedonistic vibe of Galliano.
all images Style.com
Friday, 16 May 2008
Thursday, 15 May 2008
Wednesday, 14 May 2008
After a little flurry of giddyness, it is back to the reality of hard work and being focused.
Today I popped in to the wonderful bra fitting area of Selfridges to have my 6 monthly bra fitting. Now I can measure and fit, but I always like to have a second opinion. The team at Selfridges are very good and very helpful. It is often the best stocked, with nice and airy changing rooms to be fitted in. Since my little boy (who is now 2 and a half) my rib cage has slowly but surely gone back in to place and today was the day to acknowledge that return! Finally I can buy some nice numbers instead of my make do ones from John Lewis.
Nothing wrong with John Lewis lingerie department- it's just I wasn't prepared to buy above a certain price whilst my body was still changing. John Lewis is the best place for maternity, non wire, reasonable priced bras and generally useful for all manner of bust things.
Undergarments are very important to make your clothes look nice and fit well. They can also make you feel a million dollars in a t-shirt and jeans. Which is why I'm obsessed with being properly fitted. After road testing everywhere (including Rigby & Peller) I place Selfridges first, John Lewis and R&P joint second. It does depend on the person fitting so consistency is my benchmark. The team at Selfridges are the most consistent.
So it was with complete joy I discovered the Fantasie Helena Balconette bra - it truly is a divine number. A best seller to boot for those in the know. In fact Selfridges only had one in my size as someone had stocked up on this style*. The Fantasie range also gets my top vote even over the fav USA Victoria Secrets store.
Two bras later I was hooked - literally. I can not tell you what a fantastic feeling my new adornments have given me. With some top tips from the girls in Selfridges I bought the required missing bras from Figleaves and indulged in one other purple number, see photo above (plus matching briefs as not many purple ones around!) by Sexy Panties and Naughty Knickers. I don't make these names up! My staples are black, white and nude but I always like to have one bright colourful number.
Having a decent under carriage is an investment and well worth it. I'd forgo all other manner of items just to be enveloped in the most perfect bra. Sadly, I did stand at the counter practically fondling my own 'bangers' ( a la Gok Wan) because it felt so damn good!
*Not too pricey either at £24.00
Tuesday, 13 May 2008
I wore cream cotton Primark dress, Gap's Pierre Hardy black patent platforms, silver clutch from Blommingdales, Soho ( I bought it last September when they were filiming SATC) and a pale blue pashmina with silver studs from http://www.doushala.co.uk/ (worn as scarf thing not shawl!). I knew it would be cold inside the cinema with the air con and it was.......Hardly top drawer stuff but I did tube it! I wasn't gonna waste my Blahnik's on the Bakerloo
Sunday, 11 May 2008
As much as I can say. But I will be drinking a cosmo or two afterwards.
Really, normally my life is nappies and work but sometimes it all comes good.
Thursday, 8 May 2008
Wednesday, 7 May 2008
Blue top with bow detail round collar
B&W print dress , Ivory shiny dress
It did feel very nice being indulgent.....
Winner C. stranger on the shore is in real life Rachel Tod, a New Zealander stuck out in the wild West of Wales.
We will be meeting in Birmingham at end of August to give her a fashion overhaul with the new A/W 2008 clothes.
I would have put a photo up but so far Rachel hasn't sent me a jpeg! But I'll be taking some on the day.
Monday, 5 May 2008
Here are the links -choose from biker boot or shoboot.
Thursday, 1 May 2008
I'm in the midst of working on a new edition of my book as the so called credit crunch gets a grip on everyday living.
What do you do to stop yourself blowing the budget or resisting temptation for that must have item?
How important is ethical clothing to your lifestyle?