Monthly Archives: April 2010

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10 Things I Love Sunday

So it’s a Sunday. When there’s nothing better to do than to sit around on the computer all day and list 10 things that you love. I mean why not?

1) Cupcakes.

Who doesn’t?

I have found this great site called Cupcake-A-Licious.co.uk who are Surry based cupcake dudes. They take your order online, and you get to pick from a HUGE range of delicious cupcakes. And I’m talking the so-good-you-almost-don’t-want-to-open-the-box-but-do-anyway-because-they-look-so-good good. So yeah, that’s one of my favourite sites, but pretty much any website that has the word cupcake in the URL can’t be a bad’un.

2) Making lists.

I am not at all organized, but I love making lists (like this one) and scribbling post it notes, and sticking random things on my notice board. You would think this would help me be an organized person with an organized life. Alas, it does not. Oh and I also love moodboards. I’ve never done a proper one before, but will be attempting one a la Tavi, very soon.

3) Reading.

Right now I’m in between three books (ooh don’t I sound clever! No? Sorry I’ll stop); Candy by Kevin Brooks, The Face and Cold Fire, both by Dean Koontz. Love a bit of Dean Koontz. He actually gives me nightmares with his thrillers. But that’s why I read them. So if you love a good scare, mild disturbance and high tension thrills, read any Dean Koontz book. I recommend The Husband and Velocity, as they’re the only other two I’ve read but still…

Confession: I actually Googled ‘how many calories can you burn whilst reading?’ and on average, 11-15 calories a day can be burnt just by flicking through the pages of a good book. GET READING PEOPLE!

4) Tumblr.

I have recently found joy in Tumblr.com. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Tumblr is a blog hosting site, just like WordPress or Blogger. The difference being it’s mainly a photolog. This is a blog made up entirely out of pictures. So a ‘Tumblr’ can post any picture they find inspirational. Some Tumblrs are categorized.

For example, I like party tights for mainly fashion photography, or this is why you’re fat for amazing food photography, or movie of the day for wonderfully amusing pictures of your favourite movies. My Tumblr (fashion victim) is more random: I post mainly fashion photography, but on top of that, anything else that looks pretty or inspires me :)

5) Thick Cotton Dresses.

On a recent trip to London with my mom, we saw some amazing cotton dresses in Camden Market. It was wet and cold, but those snugly dresses looked thick enough to warm you up. Regretfully, I didn’t purchase one, but I will (cue evil villain laugh) MWAHAHA…

Anyway..they came in lovely spring colours, some pastels and my favourite, a deep dark blue with little roses along the edge. They were very school-girl-ish and if you were to light a match around them you’d go up in seconds, but I’d say they really are a key item for A/W 2010.

6) Magazines.

Has anybody read May’s issue of British Elle? Of course you have. I thoroughly enjoyed this month’s cover star story, Demi Moore: back to Hollywood. She explains how hard it was to take a huge step back from the multi-million dollar limelight and concentrate on getting the  ‘body obsession’ monkey off her back. Last month saw the edgy coolness of Chloe Sevigny, a personal life icon of mine. Life icon? Yeah I think that’s what I meant. I mean I like her attitude to life, how she goes about choosing acting roles, and of course, her style.

And of course, the latest Vogue issue stars a fresh looking Gwyneth Paltrow and a fabulous ‘Born In The USA’ editorial featuring Karlie Kloss, one of my favourite models of the moment. And there are many more marvellous magazines out this month. All this reading…I must have burnt off a ton of calories!!

7) Desserts

You may have noticed from my previous post (Smiley Face Food) and the aforementioned Cupcakes (but they’re more snacks than desserts, so shush), that I do dearly love desserts. Especially cute pink desserts. They may be the best part of a meal for me. But they have got to look nice, presentation is everything. There aren’t many desserts that I don’t like. Put simply, if it looks nice (presentation, presentation, PRESENTATION), I’ll eat it :)

8) Miu Miu Spring 2010

I’m in love with the Miu Miu’s spring collection. It teams masculinity and femininity brilliantly. I also love the randomness and quirkiness of the collection; the pantsuit with the naked bodies all over it, the shoes with the white birds all over it, the scorpion-resembling gold and bronze embellishments. It’s all so random, but fascinating to look at!

9) Eric Wasson

One of my favourite models of the moment, Texas-born Erin Wasson’s sharp features and sharper attitude have been featured in countless magazines, including French, Australian, German and Spanish Vogue, Flair, Esquire, Elle, Numero and Allure.  She’s walked for Armani, Chloe, Lanvin, Lagerfeld, Gucci and many more A-List designers. Most recently, she’s produced her own womenswear collection in collaboration with the surf and skate lifestyle brand RVCA.

I like her feisty attitude and her sharp, eye-catching looks. She brings diversity you don’t see in other dainty little models, and she’s the type of model the industry needs more of.

10) Learning About Politics.

In order to develop more of an understanding of different parties, as May’s General Election impends, my mom has put a task to my brother and I: we are to go away and research each party and their policies, decide who we would vote for, then give a small presentation to mom explaining why we are partial to the party we are partial to (try saying that when your drunk). It might sound silly (and mother may not take either of our presentations into account and vote entirely of her own accord, which is…fine), but this has been really interesting for me.

Many of the magazines I’ve been reading from March till May have contained ‘Election Specials’: articles by top-notch political journalists, so they have helped tremendously (namely Tatler, Elle and Harper’s Bizarre). And I’m nearly ready for the ‘presentation’ :)

WOO, that was a long post. On a completely random, useless topic. Great stuff. Hope you enjoyed, more posts soon! :)

Style Icons

It’s hard to develop a sense of personal style at a young age. When asked to describe her personal style, 17-year-old skins actress Kaya Scodelario said “It’s pretty random, whatever I can find on the high street, I just buy whatever looks nice”. Whereas a more established adult who knows what suits her, what doesn’t and knows what she likes will have a better, more defined sense of personal style. So in order to realize our own style, to get more experienced into making clothing decisions and to find inspiration, we use style icons.

Researching further into ‘style icons’ it seemed there were a wide variety of actresses, models, muses, and designers, that women considered icons. There were a few names that cropped up consistently however: Coco Chanel, Katharine Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Jackie O and others.

For me, I have various icons that inspire me for different reasons. For example, for a wedding, or well-to-do celebration, I’d channel the likes of Grace Kelly, Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn. For an edgier look, or when I’m feeling more outrageous, I’d look at the outfits of Debbie Harry, Marilyn Monroe and Carine Roitfeld. As well as older icons, I take interest in what the stars and celebs of today are wearing. For instance, if I’m going to a party with friends, I’d wear something reflective of Taylor Momsen’s rock chick look, or Shingai Shoniwa’s bright tribal look.

No matter who your style icon is, or how many of them you have, it’s important to make the look your own. By adapting outfits, re-styling a look and customizing it your own way, will eventually lead to developing your own sense of style.  And remember, rather than simply imitating the icons look, try to emulate their confidence or outlook on getting dressed. This way, eventually, you’ll be able to use this attitude, this poise, to make your own style choices, developing your personal fashion sense.

I Thought Clogs Were Ugly…

Then Coco Chanel changed my mind.

In love with them all. Wish wish wish I could afford the nude studded Chanel ones. Damn recession. ASOS do a similar pair to the ones Alexa Chung is wearing in March’s Vogue, for £85. Both Celine and Chloe have produced a wedge similar to the clog. All of them give an old-fashioned feel to the outfit, and when walked in properly, can give a diverse elegance that other shoes don’t. Wear them with something quirky and capricious. Or, as in Celine and Chloe, something minimal to emphasize the whimsical shoes.

President Pulling Power

Sarah Brown, Samantha Cameron, Michelle Obama, hell even Miriam Clegg. Powerful ladies who have pulled priministers and presidents. No doubt it must be tough being the wife of important men like their husbands. Having power in politics as they do, or if not power then simply the reputation of your hubby being Gordon Brown/David Cameron/Nick Clegg/Barack Obama, they often get swept under the politics carpet. I mean they aren’t snapped at the front rows of London Fashion Week. We rarely see them in ‘This Weeks Best Dressed’ columns. A recent article in Elle UK suggested women can’t have power and glamour, without great difficulty at least. However, if you look closely, remarkably, these powerful women are very fashionable.

Sarah Brown does her electioneering in fairtrade clothing, especially the ethical clothing brand People Tree. And although you may not have seen her, she did wear the brand to London Fashion Week. Even more remarkably, Brown appeared at the Elle Style Awards and aided Naomi Campbell in her Fashion For Relief Appeal! Sam Cameron is often pictured mixing high street (Reiss, Zara, Marks & Spencer) with designer (Erdem, Phillip Lim). Risque, high-fashion pictures of her have recently been released, her sporting sheepskin, shift dresses, and elegant evening gowns. Cameron has real potential in the fashion industry.

It’s only natural that powerful political wives of the UK should step up their game, what with Michelle Obama bravely leading the way in her classic looks and elegant demeanour. Mrs O can be seen wearing newer designers like Peter Soronen, Than and Maria Pinto, along with classic pieces of Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez and Chanel.

Smiley Face Food

Its Easter break here in the UK. Two weeks off, yaaaay!

This means I can happily spend my days dressing up for no reason what so ever. Now, in the interest of anonymity, I have, rather amusingly, cropped my head off. The pictures, that is. It is a pleasant enough day, if slightly windy. But I was woken up rudely and abruptly by the parentals (yes I know it’s a cool word), so I decide to reflect my tiresomeness in my outfit, with different shades of grey. So I have gone with comfortable, somewhat skinny jeans, a dark grey vest top, a grey tailored boyfriend blazer, shimmery grey cut out patent flats and a vintage short mix bead necklace in spring pastels. No makeup and hair was blowdried and moussed for a wavy-ish dishevelled look. Also, take note on my marvellous posh-totty-polo-playing pose. Y’know because of the hands, and the blazer and…oh forget it.

(Vintage blazer, vest by Paul & Joe, jeans and shoes by New Look and vintage necklace)

Go back a few days, and it’s your typical English weather. It’s cold, it’s windy and rain is more than likely on the way. I don’t want to do anything today, except for catch up on Desperate Housewives of course (I know I’ve stooped to this level, but if you haven’t seen it you must, a definite guilty pleasure!) and so I wear a lazy day vintage grey wool cardigan (AGAIN WITH THE GREY!?), my comfortable, somewhat skinny jeans (okay, so I wear the same clothes days at a time, you caught me), and just for a Gene Kelly style walk (dance) in the (soon to come) rain, I put on some Michael Kors black patent heels.

(Vintage cardigan, heels by Michael Kors and jeans as before)

Also, I had a lovely lunch today (blazer and all) at Wing-Wai, a chinese buffet-type restaurant. They served delightful little home-made desserts and, being the immature child I am, I made smiley faces out of them! It’s so much fun playing with your food I tell you.

So this one had three eyes.

A close up of the three eyes.

And this just might be my masterpiece.