Today, I’ll mostly be wearing…

September 21, 2011 § 4 Comments

Day 2: me at the raw dice pop-up shop

Jeans! It’s so difficult to find the right one. I usually never feel comfortable in them, either. Low waisted jeans are no good if you have hips. I was very happy when I eventually found some jeans from a little boutique shop in Spitalfields called Precious. The Paige Jeans I have are high waisted and fit really well.

The blouse is from Cos. I liked the design of the fabric. Some of Cos’s clothes remind me of Marni, without the hefty price tag.

I have to apologise for these pictures, I feel very self-conscious having to pose for a photo. I never know what to do with my arms, legs etc. My modelling days are obviously over before even getting off the ground!!!

It’s our private view tonight, so I will change into a coat which I wear as a dress. I have no nice photos of the coat/dress with me wearing it, so here is a picture of the coat instead.

Favourbrook dress

Dress fabric


London calling

September 19, 2011 § 1 Comment

Me in the raw dice pop-up shop

I have been busy over the weekend learning how to make videos, in an effort for continual self improvement, by polishing up on digital photo taking techniques. All done whilst the doors of our pop-up shop are wide open for all to come and see. So far  lots of lovely friendly people have  come to  see us.

As all you girls out there will appreciate the worry first thing in the morning is ‘what to wear’. I had chucked in a few clothes in the suitcase when leaving home for the bright lights of London, alas, not with too much thought. Despite being a seasoned traveller, I do find it hard to decide what to wear in advance. I wish I could carry my whole wardrobe with me wherever I go. Since this is not possible, my choice outfits and accessories will have to do. I thought I would share these with you, so that I may brighten up your day with laughter!!

With today’s outfit, I am matching some of our  Yastik cushions and Justin Oh’s canvas shoppers (currently only available at the pop-up shop)! My skirt is Rachel Riley, from many seasons ago. I love her clothes, I always visit her shop on Marylebone High Street whenever I can. My tank top is Marilyn Moore, and the shirt is Just in Case. Being fairly thrifty at times, I bought these on sale at my other favourite haunt in Winchester – The Hambledon.

As for the red shoes, well, I am no Carrie Bradshaw. Alas, I don’t own any Christian Louboutain shoes yet! Although I am very partial to my Chie Miharas’. Now these are the shoes I can’t get enough of.


September 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

I went to see Evita at the Mayflower (Southampton) the other day. I always claim that I do not like musicals, but I really enjoyed this one though. I was singing ‘Don’t cry for me, Argentina’ to myself, thankfully no one overheard me! Abigail Jaye did fantastically well as Eva Peron. More than anything though I loved the costumes. The dresses that were worn by all the female characters were very much to my taste. At the interval, chatting away to friends, I realised that we were checking out the clothes on the ladies, rather the delightful men! A peculiarity of female species?

I desperately want to get my hands on some of these clothes. A quick search on the internet, revealed some websites that produce retro inspired clothes. In particular, clothes from 1930s and 40s and 50s. Heyday! Clothing have some fabulous dresses, high waisted trousers and more. The photos on the website are very good, the setting, hair and makeup reflect the era of the outfits. The clothes can also look contemporary too. Earlier on in the summer I was in Agnes B in Spitalfields and one of the shop assistants was wearing an Agnes B top, teamed with one of Heyday!’s trousers. It looked very chic and Parisian. I am planning on changing my wardrobe, hair and make-up for a little while. I recently got my long locks chopped to shoulder length. Inspired by watching Kristin Scott-Thomas in Betrayal at the Comedy Theatre (London). Whatever the reviews of the play, in my mind, Kristin S-T epitomises Parisian chic . I thought everybody knew her, but apparently not as I had to download a picture of her on my phone to show her hairstyle to my hairdresser!

On a recent visit to my mum’s house, I acquired some of her clothes from the 70s. I don’t think my mum has thrown anything away for over 30 years! As we were going through them, I kept rejecting items due to their material. I am afraid I can be pretty snobby about acrylic. Last year I bought a divine dress from Jigsaw, which fitted perfectly, only to discover when I brought it home that it was made of viscose. I have been assured by a friend that this is a quality fabric and not to be silly. Nevertheless, in my mind if I am to fork out £300 for a dress I expect it to be made of a natural fabric like silk! At the very least they could have mixed the fabric with a bit of silk. Lately though, I have started to regret taking it back and wish I had kept it. It is haunting me!

Thrifty Marni & it’s Prada darling!

August 27, 2011 § 1 Comment

poster from Hitchcocks Marnie

I am a big fan of Hitchcock. Some of his films are sinister, some more amusing, either way, I never tire of watching them over and over again. There are so many to choose from too, sometimes I wish I just had more time. No sooner do I finish watching the film, then I reread an essential reference book by Robin Wood, ‘Hitchcock’s Films Revisited‘, which reveals the plot and character complexities in the films. Even the more light-hearted ones have murderous motives that Hitchcock weaves through them.

‘Marnie’ is a dark tale of the beautiful yet complex Marnie (Tippi Hendren), who works as a secretary in a firm and then steals from them. She gets away with it and moves to a different company, only to attempt to steal once again. However, this time, the owner of the company Mark (Sean Connery) who has been keeping a disturbingly close eye on her,  manages to prevent her from stealing. He then forces her to marry, but quickly begins to recognise her deeply disturbing behaviour towards him (and men in general).  Mark decides to uncover the details of her past and in particular the events that took place during her childhood. And what happens at the end? I wouldn’t want to give it away! I highly recommend this psychological thriller, it is multi layered and it’s always great to see Sean Connery on screen!

Red is a major theme going right through this film. I love this colour. One can read so much into red. Personally, I find it upliftting and energising. White in contrast is all about purity and cleanliness. If you follow me on this lateral way of thinking I will tell you about my recent purchase of a white dress.

Marni dress from Chic & Seek

On my recent visit to London, I popped in to see my friend Tara (of Chic & Seek fame). Tara set up Chic & Seek, a designer boutique and vintage thrift store, after working in the fashion industry for a number of years, so she knows how to pick a dress or two. The mews she works from is a stone’s throw away from Portebello and Ledbury Road. I do love the philosophy behind her web store – redistributing fashion. Her website is a cornucopia of the latest trends of buying vintage and high-end fashion. You can view the collection by appointment.

I adore Marni clothes, my wardrobe was once lacking…. until now. Yes, I purchased this Marni dress from Chic & Seek. It was a perfect fit and I am very pleased with it. It is white and that has reminded me that I should watch Marnie once again.

Prada darling?

Whilst we are on the subject of vintage and thrift, I must relay a funny story to you all. About a year ago, a friend who was volunteering in a charity shop, found a dress in the throw away bin that she thought I would like. Knowing that I am partial to a vintage dress or two, she gave it to me as a present. A few weeks ago, another good friend of mine came to visit for the weekend. As I put on my frock for our outing around Salisbury Cathedral Close, she exclaimed “is that Prada?” Not being good at lying, I told her of the dress’s provenance. It did amuse me though, in the future when people say ‘nice dress’, I shall retort “it’s Prada, darling!”

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