Saturday, 31 January 2009
Recycled Silk Hareem Pant £60 Warehouse
Friday, 30 January 2009
I'm not one for being buried, as in dead and buried, I'm a sort of burn my corpse and send me down a river type of person. But I'd be happy to be buried alive in this number from Gaultier's couture collection. Gosh I love a bit of drama and he's definitely all about the drama!
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Wednesday, 28 January 2009
Tuesday, 27 January 2009
Now this bunch are not as rockin' as Kanye's posse as posted by Jac&Jil and referenced by DisneyRollerGirl and Style Salvage
But for the discerning chap, he can now watch Soccer AM/Match of the Day/Sky Sports and The Heineken Cup and still shop - truly multi tasking is now an opportunity for men thanks to the launch of My-Wardrobe's Menswear
my-wardobe.com Menswear, Paul Smith boxers, Falke Socks and a £1000 comp is on offer too for both you and him!
I got sent these as my-wardrobe advertise on my site. I very much like the business as it has taken them years to build up against fierce competition. I'm really pleased Sarah Cullen has made such a success and it is nice to have a good news story in the midst of a recesion.
My first designer handbag purchase was at Gucci in Milan - a beautiful leather old school small hobo. It is as chestnut as the best racehorse and the leather is sheer bliss. My best fun in Milan was always in Prada's shop in the Gallerie Vittorio Emanuele II, for some reason I reverted to a silly schoolgirl messing about on a Saturday afternoon in Dolcis and used to try on loads of shoes there in the downstairs and never buy a single pair. Mind you I'd always been having a lunchtime tipple with friends in the Piazza del Duomo.
But it is in New York that the experience moves into another bracket. The service is unforgettable. If its bad you can have a good old ding dong and be satisfied! My best argument was in Starbucks in Trump Tower and it was extremely satisfactory for both me and the girl serving. I'm surprised we didn't high five after it! I do like the rudeness factor in New York - its all give and take, whereas in London, stroppiness is one step away from a straight jacket.
And just when the memory of your NYC trip is fading you get a little card from Gucci or Bergdorf to thank you for you custom. Sometimes even a Christmas card. Not only have you got the goods but you've got a keepsake of the moment you bought them. Mind you it is only the shoe and bag people that do this.
Except for one of my Bergdorf excursions but for good reason! I couldn't get my size shoes in the Manolo shop on 54th street so went to Barneys, then Bergdorf. In Bergdorf not only did I have fun with the rich old ladies who take their dogs out in plush pushchairs to shop, but I encountered the only straight guy in the store. If it has been an episode of SATC, I would have channelled Samantha and had fun in the store cupboard. Being more like Charlotte, I bought the shoes but it really is the only time I have ever flirted with a sales assistant and the only time I didn't get a card -shame!
In these times of doom and gloom I decided to create my shrine of conspicuous consumption a la NYC, and bow down to such good times!
My New York footwear and bag purchases. I realised I left my half insole in my Manolo!
Monday, 26 January 2009
Really it is years since I read any Dickens but the best thing I watched over Christmas was Roman Polanski's Oliver (2005). Dickens truly captured an essence of human nature whether from the poorest to the richest. I keep meaning to read his books again but defer to my current academic reading requirements of which I have to say I'm glued to Celebrity by Chris Rojek. It is very academic and theoretical but I am gripped by every sentence because he throws in Kurt Cobain and others when you least expect it.
Anyway, the point is... gosh I'm really on a role with my tangents of late.. the wonder of human nature expressed in the blogosphere. When I posted my rambling, it really was just thoughts pouring out and I truly valued opinions which can be best summed up by don't worry, do nothing, do as you please! I absolutely loved every ones opinion and really treasured what was said. I actually asked because I thought I would get some useful insight. January is a mixed month in that you reflect and try to forward plan. On the one hand its resolutions and the other debunking, plus detox. I'm such a change monkey it is really useful for me to have opinions from those who aren't, it helps me to centre and take a chill pill.
Therefore I'm going to retain the status quo and enjoy the stability of no change that brings until my next self analysis interlude!
Saturday, 24 January 2009
The world of blogging is a funny old thing on the one hand we have the return of Liberty London Girl and a number of exits stage left such as Je Ne Sais Quoi, a holding pad with Observationmode (possible return?) and a gone gone gone with Mrs Fashion. Blogging is still small fry in the UK compared to the USA and it is no surprise the three I mention are stateside.
Attending the talk with Susie of Style Bubble seemed a bit surreal after having read her blog for 18 months, having done a blogosphere interview with her and then to be sat there in a room with other people listening to her discussing blogging and her passion for it. Susie truly is an A+++ blogger (sorry lazy ebay speak!) and has plans for her blog. Moi, I am a mere amateur. When I started last January I did it as an outlet for my writing, the inner journalist (I was one once!) who was creative and opinionated. I didn't find my styling work demanding, as working part time with a young child limits the effort you can put in, and therefore the work you get to do.
So, I had a blogosphere chat with Mrs Fashion (all my sleuthing and cajoling didn't result in a revelation) on a couple of courses I was considering and went with my heart's desire, my MA in Fashion and Film. Since, I am nothing but always honest, I choose it thinking I was going to up my game on styling and work on films as costume designer or wardrobe supervisor - along those lines anyway; plus maybe a few published articles here and there...
Nothing prepared me for a) absolutely loving being a student again and this time a studious studying one not the social butterfly I was last time around! And b) realising that my writing and visual executions (plus my photographic memory which relates only to images, I store light and scenes in my head - I can evoke a place and a face anytime. Names, things to do - forget it! I have to take a list with me and even then I miss things off) meant I knew I wanted to create and direct films. I have a vague memory of wanting to do this before, I think that is why I went into advertising when I left university but I was too much of a sensitive soul to stay. I can't watch Mad Men as it reminds me too much of my bastard creative director! I learnt photography and film techniques and copy writing but it wasn't enough to keep me hooked into the world I was desperate to leave.
It took me years even to step foot in Soho Square again and I did it by accident in last November as I walked from Central St Martins in Charing Cross to LCF at John Princes St off Oxford Street. It was weird walking there and now I'm ready for the industry - mainly because my confidence now controls my humility and I'm no longer in awe. You see I told you this was a ramble. It is just weird when you realise what you want to do and as a realist, I know I might just spend the rest of my life scrabbling money together to only make hi res video shorts, but at least I'll be doing what I want.
Styling, fashion stuff all seems a dim distant memory. It's dreadful but I'm just going through the motions regarding styling work at the moment, I feel a teeny tiny bit guilty and I need to fess up soon to my contractual work. I still absolutely love the fashion industry and fashion itself but I've taken a step out and feel like I'm peeking in at it. None of this would have happened if I hadn't started my own blog, it is like a stream of consciousness for me and I admire the focus of other blogs who have a defined remit and deliver against that because I've become such a rambler!!
My question is to you the blogosphere (truly it is the new answer to clairvoyance and consulting ones horoscope) do I continue to execute posts per se as I've been doing? Or do I really up the ante on make do style stuff - more recessionista (yukky word)? Or shall I raise my Fashion and Film blog to the fore and be an informative soul? What do you like to read and why?
If I was a rich girl I wouldn't be using my computer to post a blog, I'd be online buying these!
leather ballet flats Lanvin at Net-A-Porter
Exactly I'm a shallow wannabe film director!
Friday, 23 January 2009
Still at Reiss this belt at £24.50 is bang on colour for the coming S/S09 season. It is a hip belt and the leather is quite iridescent, not quite patent, but nearly. I quite like hip belts because I can pop to my little man at Bond St tube heel bar and he punches new holes in the belt and I can get more use out of it wearing it on waist or hip. He keeps telling me I can buy better hole punch pliers in B&Q and I keep telling him do I look like I want to go to B&Q!
Of course, the reason sales are better is due to a downturn in spending and also over proliferation of stores and garments in the high street. However, I will wait in future to see what the sales deliver on items that are nice but indulgent when I can spend again!
What changes have you made? Are sales more appealing than before?
PS. Plus more on my rambling later...
Wednesday, 21 January 2009
Susie and Agnes
Gushing aside, it was a good talk and gave me food for thought ref my mere amateur blogging. The good news is the talk has been videoed and when Susie or the LCF load it up to blog or website, I will of course link it. You will all enjoy it, but you might raise a few eyebrows on some points regarding the questioning; not least the member of staff who prefixed a question with 'Can I ask a mean question.' I sat there thinking 'No please don't', which, I wish I said a loud even more so after the really stupid question was vocalised 'Do you think your blog is popular because you are good looking?' Geez this from an academic, I should cocoa!
Anyway, I was sorry I couldn't stay for drinks as had to dash to home although petit garcon was being attended to by the more than competent Mr MDS and was asleep anyway. However, upon leaving I bumped into Mr Style Bubble the lovely Steve of Style Salvage who I happily escorted to the drinks area to be with Susie who was surrounded by a gathered throng. I then skipped to the tube.
Moi and Susie (I don't know what my foot action is about!)
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Monday, 19 January 2009
This is an image to celebrate the Year of the Ox and is part of French Connections sponsored Friday Late at the V&A.
"Held on the last Friday of every month, the V&A's programme of French Connection Friday Late events explores contemporary ideas ranging across fashion, design, music, art and performance."
The next session celebrates the Chinese Year of the Ox and takes place on Friday 30th January.
The reason I was scouring the French Connection website was due to finding the perfect summer t-shirt to accompany your 80s bleached/faded denims! I'll be requesting a photo from their press office to share!
Saturday, 17 January 2009
It talks about being a community and like minded people which is all very well but how successful will a bartering system on line be? What will the quality of goods be like and how are they defining the 'worth' at least on ebay it is actually what you are prepared to pay. I'm always cautious of alternative or manufactured economies.
Part of the blurb runs as follows...'CovertCandy provides an alternative to the cheap throwaway fashion that fuels the proliferation of sweatshops in developing countries. By exchanging clothes on CovertCandy, alongside buying organic cotton, and buying for quality not quantity, we can help reduce the environmental and social strain that the clothing industry has on this planet.'
Which is all very worthy and noble but it is mixing two premises here - one, the lack of disposable income and two, piggy backing on recent exposures of what we perceive as sweatshops - I use the word perceive as I don't know the culture of certain countries and the views of those who live there.
Oh so I'm all confused, have I've been sent the blurb because of my blog, the title Make Do Style seems to make some people think I'm worthy. And I'm not! Actually focusing on my need to make do with what I have is simple selfish. I like to use my blog to discuss style, promote myself to some extent and keeping me focused on not being caught up in more, more, more.
When I first got caught up with putting the breaks on and being more organised it took ages to adjust to the effort it required, but bit by bit I've learnt to live within my means; although it has taken ages. If Covert Candy helps to ensure you don't go overboard on spending and yet enables you to get 'new' things then it might be for you. Moi, I've got a pile of stuff I need to work and work and lots of essays to write! Please take a peek at Coco's Tea Party for a more upbeat analysis!!
If bartering isn't your thing either, than you can always plumb for LUCKY and enter this at My-Wardrobe
Friday, 16 January 2009
Now, which well heeled business woman drops her six year old off with the receptionist without a by your leave, yes not even a smile. The reward for the obliging receptionist 'give me your head thing now or I'll get my mummy to fire you.'
A rather seasoned campaigner for your money to feed the world has a habit of popping into a well known British bag emporium and taking them for free, no doubt so many girls in his life to take orders from.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
One of my favourite magazines is Saturday's Guardian Weekend. And last Saturday Jess Cartner-Morley nearly broke my resolve to stay squeaky clean on the spending front!
The skirt is from Tommy Hillfiger, shoes from Russell & Bromley (£175), top from Salvatore Ferragmo (£132) and cardigan by Miu Miu (£195)
PS note to sub editors - stop using the future's orange ref anything orange coloured. Crikey it's been 14 years now since Orange branded the UK with the futures bright the futures Orange and every sub has exhausted it! Howz about 'there's no skirting the issue'!
Wednesday, 14 January 2009
However, clothes have always been my drug of choice and so far my resolution to not buy clothes for a year is working. Now, lets face facts here! My resolution is due to many an overspend over many a year on little bags of joy and treats of the retail variety. I would like to pretend it was a holier than thou ban, in search of inner redemption or learning but truth be told I can't afford to buy anything other than my college books, travel fares and pay for petit garcon's nursery fees. Had I been a better saver well...
But I am nothing less than resourceful. When Mr MDS came home and mentioned that someone at his work had been praising my rocky road crunch bars to someone in HR who requested a taster I sprang into action - look either I'll get a nice pressie from the said work place for supplying them in goodies or hubbie will get a gold star and potentially a reward. My reward will be an item from Cos and I won't have broken in to my account. Now who's wearing the knickers hey!
PS it also allows for me to add a picture of Nigella - the rocky road recipe creator. When I met her in real life I could not get over her beauty, seriously I was smitten.
PPS. Mind you is it just me or do you think Sally Hawkins of the Golden Globes Best Actress in Musical/Comedy could do with eating a few of Nigella's meals? How scrawny is she?
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
image from Couture Carrie vai Net-a-Porter
image from Sharon Rose Vintage, Fashion, Me
Monday, 12 January 2009
Some days I make myself laugh and that's just with my outfits. It was so cold last Monday (5th) that I added ear muffs to my layered stuff. As I descended the escalator from Waterloo station to the Northern line, two heavily armed police officers were stood at the bottom. One started to smirk as I neared the bottom so I immediately quipped:
Ear muffs are not a crime!
Thankfully, they both cracked up as being arrested wasn't top of my list that morning. My husband is never amused by my at large stand up comedy, but he does like my ear muffs. I think this is based on some Britney Spears fantasy, so, on that basis I heartily recommend to married and single girls alike, this skirt - its a winner on all fronts. I'd be buying it pronto if I could! Those two officers wouldn't be laughing at my descent in this.
Helmut Lang stretch mini skirt Net-a-Porter £181.07
Taken in for questioning!
Sunday, 11 January 2009
I need the weather to change as I'm in danger of wearing my hat a lot and I usually only reserve it for my cycle to the station and then hide it under the child seat on the back. The trouble with exceedingly cold weather is warmth is the driving force, so, after a while one feels like a lost sock in a washing machine - will I ever get my style mojo back or am I consigned to looking like a layer cake or slob every day. Seriously I think of Carrie running to Miranda's in the cold of NYC on New Years Eve in SATC The Movie and I think heck where's my stylist when I need her!
Still the frosty visitation does make London and the suburbs look mighty pretty. I took photos to prove it!
Saturday, 10 January 2009
The lovely Grayburn has been terribly organised and sliced and diced fellow bloggers in a mammoth favourite things post for today!
Which brings me onto my Favourite Purchase of 2008. My Marc Jacob shoes. Most importantly they were lusted after for months and I hung on until the Matches sale and got them for a snip. Unbelievably I've yet to wear them!
This brings me to my Favourite Designer of 2008 and my answer surprised even me because if there was one item I could have bought it would have been from Prada. I do think that Miuccia was the most influential designer with polo necks and lace. This look translated and dominated the high street above everything else. I thanked H&M for their skinny polos which I bought in grey and black plus John Lewis for their lace material which I used to put over my ballet bun. I didn't go for any of the high street offerings as nothing short of this would do!
I could go on for ever but this is just a flavour as you've got many others to view. Okay if pressed my favourite book was Alicia Drake's The Beautiful Fall, ,CD The Sterophonics Decade in the Sun and my film ...well it goes to SATC the movie of course, for all the hype, fun and entertainment. Was it a good film, probably not but it was such fun, but SJP word of advice step away now, no SATC 2, it will be wrong! But most of all my ALL TIME Favourite thing of 2008 is all you lot, your brilliant blogs that I read, acknowledge and comment on - thank you for making the effort it makes me smile, snort (sometimes) and think - a lot!
PS. Couldn't resist ...my Favourite present of 2008 is a tie at the top with two lovely presents from Mr MDS, a necklace from Paul Smith (below) and a t-shirt from Agnes B (also below).
Friday, 9 January 2009
all images style.com
Thursday, 8 January 2009
I'm too posh for the LCF toilets don't ya know!
Determined to not spend any money, I then started to use a freebie bag that I found in my stylist work box stuffed full of fabrics. It was easy to bung everything in and is sturdy and worked well. But I knew it was a magazine freebie and the pattern sort of clashed with everything!
But I'm free and useful!
Mais oui! Perfectament
PS thank you for kind words of not stressing about pounds. I'm not but I really do need to lose the flab for health reasons, I want to stress I'm not being a thin-ist, I still eat cake and carbs honest. I know it will only come off with exercise and a few modifications on the eating front.
Wednesday, 7 January 2009
Shirt H&M (Dec 2008 purchase), woolly leggings H&M (Oct 2008), Pringle knee length socks ( TK Maxx 2004), black cotton long t-shirt (M&S 2005), Gap biker boots (Nov 2008) necklace (Topshop 2005)
Tuesday, 6 January 2009
Now I'm not predisposed to walking the streets in high heels and towelling shorts but I'm not a grown up gal. I definitely have a younger than I am dress sense so when Shane Watson (one of my favourite columnists) made a few pronouncements I didn't know what to think - is she right?
You can read the whole article here but below is the dos and don'ts!
'THINGS YOU SHOULD DITCH BEFORE YOU ARE 40
- Glitter make-up
- High-street jewellery
- Tiered skirts
- Hairbands and bandanas
- Ankle bracelets
- Rock-band T-shirts
THINGS YOU SHOULD GET INTO BY THE TIME YOU ARE 40
Grooming Now it’s not so much grooming as survival: a single stray hair on your lower leg will look like decay.
Waxing your moustache Unless it really is a downy bit of blonde, for God’s sake do it. Bleaching only advertises the lady tache.
Pedicures Even if you are hairy as a bear under your clothes, a pedicure suggests that all is shipshape and tidy.
Proper specs Boots’ £3 jobs make everyone look like Great Uncle Bulgaria.
Big sunglasses These should be worn whenever possible. Not only do they do wonders for disguising fine lines, but in a pair of Oliver Peoples, you, too, can be an A-list star hunted by paparazzi.
Colour You can’t get away with a plain white T-shirt any more.
Feminine Even the poster girls for utility dressing soften up in their mid-thirties and add a bit of detail — you could start with some earrings.
Make-up Go easy, but the days of getting an eyelash tint and leaving it at that are numbered.
Ironing You need to be totally crease-free yourself to get away with crumpled clothes.
Exercise You really should. I fully intend to.
SO ARE YOU GOOD FOR YOUR AGE?
Yes, if you can say:
- I can touch my toes.
- I draw the line at leggings.
- I have my own teeth.
- I have stopped home-dyeing my hair.
- I only have friends who make me laugh.
- I still buy albums.
- I crave fashion (sometimes).
- I own nothing beige.
- I never compromise on shoes.
- I have danced in the kitchen in the past six months.
No, if you would say:
- I still want to look like Sarah Jessica Parker.
- I never eat carbs after 6pm.
- I sometimes wear over-the-knee socks with heels.
- I lie to everyone about my age.
- I never touch my face with my hands because it is bad for the complexion. (This is something Glenn Close once told me in an interview. I have, literally, never got over it.)
- I won’t allow animals in my house.
- I am always in bed by midnight.
- I need my own room.
- I cannot see the point of ear-splittingly loud music.'*
So, at the tender age of forever 21, ehem (cough) I feel doomed on the basis of I do still quite like looking like SJP or more realistically Carrie - in a kooky sense when the whim takes me, I've always worn over the knee socks with heels and flats but have been trying to ween myself of this one. I don't lie about my age I never mention it ('cept above!). And I sort of like Madonna in her skirt with those lace leggings., well actually I did. High street jewellery is such fun and cheap but I thinks she's got a point. Oh crikey (I'm holding to my resolution) what's a gal to do! I absolutely love Susie Bubble and her style expression and experimentation; in my head I'm still like that, but on the other hand I think should I become the sort of grown up sexy type of the Yasmin Le Bons of the world - questions, questions oh drat!
*© Shane Watson 2009. Extract taken from How to Meet a Man After Forty and Other Midlife Dilemmas Solved, published January 15 (Penguin £7.99). Buy it for £7.59 (inc p&p) through the Sunday Times BooksFirst on 0845 271 2135 or at timesonline.co.uk/booksfirst
Monday, 5 January 2009
I consider my promise duly kept and also give you Girls Aloud and my secretly listened to tune - The Promise and see if you don't think there is a Bardot influence in their current styling!
Saturday, 3 January 2009
It says Maverick on the back and also you can't tell from the quality of the photo but the red stripes are metallic and shiny. Equally I'm channeling Tom Cruise in his pre unveiling of recent new worked out body. Let's keep this one as a before reminder so in a few months time I can do a post that unveils a lesser roll of fat tummy.
This is why I need to go to the gym all that damn champagne that I love.
So, the next day whilst I wanted to don sweat pants, warm socks and a comfy top, I made the effort to pull together an outfit that said New Years Day at home but didn't reflect a Britney Spears bad day in track pants. Although, I've merely scraped my hair back into a ballet bun, (I added ballet to make it sound better!) dispensed with make up of any description and feigned what I intended to be a faraway gaze but actually turned out to be a smirk as Mr MDS took photo without warning. Oh look the fat pants are still working their magic!
Gap cashmere light grey t-shirt
Zara long boyf cardi
Gap black 7/8th trousers
LK Bennett black quilted ballet pumps (bought in summer sale)
Oasis tassel necklace
PS - I gave in after one hour and donned tshirt and sweat pants, which meant I could wear fat pants and rest of outfit again yesterday for a sojurn to Bristol. I wore a different necklace, black fishnet 'pop' socks with the ballet flats and my leopard print coat plus rayban aviators and make up! My friend commented I looked glam and petit garcon mentioned my stomach in public - look wobbly tummy were his words. Thankfully Madonna's trainer was interviewed in today's Guardian , no worries just 1 hour of exercise 6 times a week FOREVER!