Saturday, 28 February 2009
And I'm telling you if I don't get a thank you from the Boden PR for once this'll be the last time! Enough of my feuding...
I thought this piece would add to any wardrobe and be a key spring summer piece. I like the metallic detail and a summer jumper always comes in handy for the UK! Ignore the smug middle class aspect of the image and think how to work it!
Friday, 27 February 2009
Although given my ramblings of late I'm not sure that I'm possessed of enough 'fierceness' when it comes to fashion. The trouble with studying fashion is the too much information overload and the doubts that creep into ones brain cells. Issues such as relevance, conspicuous consumption, the ascribing of the female identity blah, blah, blah. After finished one essay yesterday (yes! one down two to go) I decided to view the blog posting on LFW and the shows on style.com and just enjoy some spectacle!
Erdem and Paul Smith Women images from style.com
On the food front I am going great guns although I'd be fibbing if I didn't admit to dreadful lusting after chocolate - I don't usually care that much for it apart from choc cakes and desserts - and a momentary longing look at a chilled bottle of wine in the fridge. I started today with porridge made with water and added blueberries, raspberries and pumpkins seeds plus Spanish lemon honey and a glass of orange juice. Lunch is homemade hummus, crackers and carrot with supper a wonderful mix of couscous and vegetables. In between I sate myself with water and green tea. I might lose some of my fierceness on this fayre but I'll be able to wear fashion!
Thursday, 26 February 2009
All you have to do is enter MATCHES20 in the promotional box before checking out. The offer last only until Friday!!
If I had some spare coins and wasn't under a resolution to not spend then I'd be snapping these up!
Pierre Hardy white open toe stiletto shoes down from £350 to £96 (with 20% off that's £76.80!)
Wednesday, 25 February 2009
Anyway...I've done my plastic pop research into Lent and get the idea of soul searching, reflection and taking stock. It is all a bit 'heavy' if I go into too much detail but it is not a happy and uplifting time. There is varying guidance on observing length by the different churches. The Anglican church seems most light weight with an emphasis on giving up something you like e.g. chocolate. The Catholic church has specific fast days and encourages participation in hunger days where you have a light meal of soup and bread to set aside money for the poor. Whilst the Orthodox gives the most structure to the Lenten period and has five levels of fasting!
I decided to take something from everyone and create a make do style approach. I'm giving up coffee and chocolate. I will attempt when possible to have a hunger day and donate the money saved to charity and I've selected level four of the Orthodox churches fasting options which means abstaining from meat, eggs, milk, cheese, fish, oil and wine! The only good news is that Sunday is not counted as Lenten day so I can eat, drink and be merry with gluttony on a Sunday! Oh and the Sunday thing is RC and I'll be on for the RC and Protestant calendar too. The Orthodox Church runs to a different timetable. I'm all for inclusiveness!
Apparently meditation and prayer helps you get through this. Given I do neither this will be an interesting approach. One of my course books this term is Celebrity by Chris Rojek and his view on celebrity worship is due to the absence of spiritual guidance or the dominance of organised religion. Watch this space!
PS The last bit ref Rojek. It doesn't mean he is calling for organised religion in society he is merely debating the fact if God, monarchy and tyranny are dead as divine ruler then we have democracy (some poor peeps live under totalitarian states) yet we still gravitate towards the creation of 'god' like individuals in society - read the book!
Tuesday, 24 February 2009
Zara (Chloe-esque) blue cotton trousers £25.90
Zara (quite YSL 70s vibe) Orange Dress £69.90
Dorothy Perkins faux gold dangly numbers £7 and silve butterfly hoops £4 (- 10% discount £9.90 in total)
I have to confess this small retail therapy indulgence felt good!
Sunday, 22 February 2009
Saturday, 21 February 2009
Friday, 20 February 2009
What I love about the ad is the soundtrack which is by Madcon and is remake of a Frankie Valli song Beggin' it makes me skip!
I've had to link rather than upload video as it wouldn't upload onto blogger!
Thursday, 19 February 2009
I ask the question based on the fact Mango and few other stores are reworking the maxi dress again in their stores for the coming season. Will you be ignoring the trends and wearing last years maxi again?
image from Mango.com
Wednesday, 18 February 2009
Tuesday, 17 February 2009
Monday, 16 February 2009
This was my favourite look - it is quite strong and shows off her figure without too much else going on!
It annoys me when the photographer doesn't get me to check all the shots, as I can see a crease in the top - he'll have to get that photoshopped!
Again I've got nipple shields! It was actually a cold studio...
I was forever sorting out the t-shirt but I like this shot because the colour of tee and her makeup work well - it's a nice fresh look but I wish this was perfect then it would be great!
Saturday, 14 February 2009
Friday, 13 February 2009
I had promised rollers in hair but I've mislayed my carmen rollers (joke!). Anyway petit garcon wears them much better and he is with me in spirit regarding not obsessing about youth and hairiness, he likes fun, walks, talks, books, films and squishing my soft belly! He's obliged with a few poses over the recent weeks to model pjs in different styles.
even pirate pajamas don't stop you from doing important stuff around the house as a workman
cheese and here's to a pajama party!
Thursday, 12 February 2009
The view is closer than this perspective as the camera facility on the crackberry is limited. It does show how high the Thames was and there was concern that it might burst its banks.
My journey was to college via Paul Smith in Covent Garden to purchase Mr MDS his Valentine present. Except they were out of the very cuff links they were promoting for Valentine's day or more accurately they had two pairs. Now I might be wrong but I only consider the day before or on the day as last minute dot.com. And...surely you want to have stock to meet potential demand. Anyway, I sort of felt slightly exasperated by the Floral Street branch of Paul Smith (isn't it his main shop?) due to shop assistant and the Manager's answers to my probing retail questions. Really I don't want to hear that the concessions store in Selfridges is separate or that the Internet outlet is based in Nottingham and nothing to do with the store in Covent Garden. Yes the manager was offering to try and get me the purple pair I coveted for Mr MDS but I'm more than capable of tinternetting myself or calling them.
Honestly when are stores going to get customer savvy. Did I mention they don't open now until 10:30am! Luckily I could nip to Central College St Martins before returning to Paul Smith on my fruitless journey. Well actually it wasn't exactly fruitless because in the midst of my foot stomping I want purple heart cuff links moment, I spied some rather fetching vintage numbers. The first pair I admired broke - yep properly broke but not my fault, phew. So I settled for my second choice. Apparently they are from New York, fingers crossed Mr MDS is up for 70s old school numbers!
Then I spied the lovely Rob Ryan cards on sale. I'm sure they were strategically placed for men to buy for their other half but I went for style over appropriateness.
Again another crackberry photo but you get the gist. Paul Smith wasn't a complete let down but I'm beginning to wonder why people really don't get proper customer service. They were nice but I dunno something ain't right. I also had a cheeky peek at Cos and lost a sliver of my fashion heart to a few items. Damn you Cos - it will be my undoing!
Then... oh joy of joy I did VERY well in my film essay and this was on top of doing very well in my fashion consumption unit essay too. I had to laugh at my tutor on Monday as she said I must have been a good undergraduate student. I had to fess up to being more of a social butterfly than a bookworm. I phoned my mother to tell her my marks prefaced by 'this is like being at school but you know I'm not because I'd have never phoned you about school marks.' My poor parents, at last, after years of school reports for 3 daughters suggesting if we applied ourselves, a result!
PS I'm kind of up to my eyes in it and am really sorry I'm not really commenting at the moment on all the lovely blogs or responding to comments. I'm taking quick peeks and will try to as much as poss. Apologies in advance. I do mind about floundering in my duties!
Monday, 9 February 2009
image:HBO episode one promo shot!
Sunday, 8 February 2009
I've listed lots of items including my Max Mara dress and a top I bought from Joseph that I've never worn with its tags proudly still on. It is really nice but I have never had a tagged unused item sat in my wardrobe so on ebay it went.
I'm determined to stick to my no spend resolution but think raising funds is a way to circumvent and get one or two key necessary updates to my now parred down wardrobe items.
As I was being so industrious, I decided to finally get round to cleaning the petit garcon pram/pushchair and putting it on ebay too. He has used it once in the last year as he's so good at walking or riding his tricycle and I have the Mclaren lightweight buggy too. I was almost weeping as I listed it as he was such a gorgeous baby in it and it was such a trusty number. But someone who needs it and can't afford a brand new one will get tremendous value and use out of it.
Gosh I feel virtuous! Just pop to my list if you fancy some highwasited peg trousers.
Saturday, 7 February 2009
Friday, 6 February 2009
So. it was with great cheer that The Luxe Chronicles diverted me from my icy and now wet mire with the news that Citroen is to bring back an updated DS. The DS car is the coolest of the cool and star of many a French nouvelle vague film mainly by chance!
This fashion for retro car revivals is a joy as the updates have all the comfort of modern technology with the soul of past design. My love of French cars of old leads me to make a plea to Renault and bring back the Renault 4 - the car I first fell in love with. My mother had a bright yellow one with a dashboard gear stick. The back seat was really a bench and the car was much loved by the French in the provinces to carry their wares to market! It seems I am not alone, there is a Renault 4 enthusiasts forum!!
What was your first car love and why? Which old banger do you want to see make a return in the 21st century?
Thursday, 5 February 2009
Much as I think Valentines day is too commercial and overrated, I do enjoy the potential present and a bit of romance. I have a little box with Mr MDS's little offerings over the year which have all been tres delightful. But I do remember the funniest Valentine's I spent was with a girl friend. We decided to go out for some food and had completely forgotten it was Valentine's night. Tried as we might we got turned away from all eateries including Pizza Express; to whom I pointed out that the late table for two was a couple who'd argue and they'd be a no show. Nope, it didn't work. Finally we settled on MacDonalds and couldn't stop laughing especially as the service was the worst imaginable from a poor grunty spotty youth. It's the last time I ate there, as at night the lights are too bright and not as flattering as candlelight - okay eating at McDonalds is a bit of an oxymoron and it isn't on my top ten list!
I've picked two romantic perfumes Paul Smith Rose and Jo Malone Red Roses (of which I have one courtesy of Paul Smith - they messed up on a suit for Mr MDS once and as a sorry gave me some perfume, clever boys!). Both are utterly delightful and are quite nostalgic smells - I think Roses conjure a pastiche of life, hence rose tinted spectacles no doubt!
Wednesday, 4 February 2009
I also have a weakness for Cath Kidston - this is not to be compared with my weakness for Marc Jacobs or Lanvin. I know the difference. But...you can't fault Ms Kidston for her twee and quirky quintessential British seaside, jolly hockey sticks delights.
At £12.00 these little star numbers are quite cheery and glitzy at the same time without screaming what ho!
Tuesday, 3 February 2009
I've just taken the iron and towel out before laying the contents out for you to see.
l to r, bright orange tee (still unworn with it's Primark label on!), masking tape, Jigsaw belt (very handy as it can be altered although it is a pain to do), another Primark tee with some random vinyl design on it, jewellery pouch with vintage diamante necklace showing.
l to r, jewellery pouch, my last Primark tee offering (at £2.49 they were real bargains!), short denim skirt, metal stud belt, 3 x white vests, gunmetal boob tube.
l to r, the belt, vests, and boob tube again, sequined scarf on bag, crumpled black Ralph Lauren cocktail dress at the front with snakeskin belt on top and black tuxedo jacket.
Monday, 2 February 2009
Reality is a handwritten notice on a faded art deco station facade
So, who knows if I've dented the 13 pounds I need to shift. I do feel post Christmas lighter but we'll see.
On the swearing front, I'm doing surprisingly well and have manage to amend the f word to frig or fricking if I inadvertently start to use it. Mind you 'bloody' seems to be increasing as a substitute, I'll know the true result of my not using the f word resolution when petit garcon uses an expletive for the first time - what one will it be.
I've bought no clothes, this has been hard due to new season items calling to me but easy as I have no fricking money.
I have been nicer to Mr MDS and the benefits are quite pleasing, mainly it has shown me things are not that important - so now I just rearrange the dishwasher and empty it without getting fricking annoyed and mentioning my annoyance. I don't think you can never not be annoyed though except with the help of drugs!
The house has the beginning of a plan and am pleased with progress. Equally short film is progressing well at the first stage. And I have found out all about Lent so will reveal more on my take later...
Sunday, 1 February 2009
So, when Sharon Rose tagged me to reveal the fourth picture in the fourth folder, I thought great that's Sunday's blog post sorted! Tiredness makes one lazy.... What you do is, go to the fourth folder on your computer where you keep your photographs, choose the fourth picture, explain it and tag four other people.
My fourth folder is my new decorating folder with samples and ideas. This picture is a wallpaper from Cole & Son.
I'm thinking of putting this on one of the landing walls which is very high and we are going to put lots of framed photos on a dramatic wallpaper. I'm waiting for the sample along with many others to put on the wall to select.
I dutifully or annoyingly tag:-
Fabulous Frocks and Fashion Disasters
Sorting it Out
Same cat....different spots