brilliant white

Tuesday, 29 March 2011


shorts - H&M - £12.99

Due to a shift mix up, I was two hours early for work this morning. Luckily, H&M opens at nine. I bought these white shorts to wear with everything all summer long. I loved the all white looks on the S/S catwalks so I'm going to pair my shorts with loose peasant style blouses and sheer shirts. Oh, and silver shoes as soon as i find the perfect pair. I'm on a serious hunt for them. So far, a pair from River Island are winning but I'm hoping Primark with offer some (cheaper) contenders soon.

silver claw


Matt white - Barry M, Block orange - Barry M, Your majesty - Rimmel, Parma Violet - Topshop

I'm having a bit of a nail varnish moment this month. It would be safe to say I'm developing a bit of an obsession. I've bought four in March alone; white, coral, lilac and my new out of this world silver (it's blowing my mind, my camera really doesn't do it justice).

big foot

Tuesday, 22 March 2011


shoes - £15 - COW vintage Manchester

I'm not really a heels girl. I get a bit giddy over a pair of platforms from time to occasional time and I'll buy them if they're on sale but as I say, I'm not a heels girl. Now, flats. They are a different matter. In flats, i can walk around town all day and in leather (preferably black) flats i can walk around all day and keep my feet dry (bloody rain). It's heaven. Plus, I hardly ever, ever find vintage shoes in my size (8). It seems fifties women had very tiny feet. Well fifties big foot woman, whoever you are, thank you for these beauties! (Or, thank you teeny tiny man).


Saturday, 19 March 2011


Mac - vintage - £10 - Stockport Market, Manchester

Thanks to Stockport's Saturday markets I've finally found a coat i like enough to actually wear. I secretly despise coats because you spend all morning putting together an outfit and then you put on a coat and Oh. Hard work has disappeared. You always seem to end up having to take coats off as well and then you have to carry them and they get in the way. In short, not really worth the hassle. But this coat, the love child of an aristocratic Parisian and a downtown detective has completely changed my mind. Coat's now offically rule.

thankyou Grazia

Wednesday, 16 March 2011


I have been so distracted by the beauty and excitement of A/W that I've not even been thinking about spring that much, let alone summer. But today, as I was flicking through Grazia magazine (this week a high street special, totally recommend it, Grazia taste but at prices you can afford, after payday anyway) at work, i saw them. A pair of FABULOUS (and completely worth this abuse of the caps lock key) turquoise and leopard print sunglasses. I think they are the coolest sunglasses I have ever seen. I couldn't believe they were from Claire's Accessories, that place hasn't been cool since i was thirteen. So of course after work i nipped down to ol'Claire's and bought myself a pair for £6.50. Flippen steal!

Louis Vuitton A/W 2011

Tuesday, 15 March 2011


This show kind of reminds me of Ellie Driver in Kill Bill as she walks down the hospital corridor to the whistling song. Beautiful and ominous. It also reminds of dominatrix's crossed with an army of vengeful female soldiers. They look hell bent either way. Comfort over style? No way. The contrasts are wonderful, restraint versus full blown erotica. Sweet jumpers and white collars next to wide, almost painful looking waist belts and see-through sheer. Thick military style coats with thigh high stockings. One of the models walked down the runway with her hands clasped in front of her, completing the confusing yet fascinating collection that you really cannot, and why would you want to, look away from.


Sunday, 13 March 2011

Nail polish in 'parma violet' from Topshop

I've been hunting for the perfect lilac nail polish for ages. I wanted one like the Natural Collection one my sister used to use when i had convinced her to paint my nails when i was little. This one is from Topshop in 'parma violet'. It wasn't too badly priced either at £5, it's pretty good quality, although you do need two coats. My sister also used to put little daisy's on my nails too (she is a good sister!). I'm going to post a nail tutorial soon on how to do the little daisies, it's really easy and looks adorable. Stay tuned!

Stella McCartney A/W 2011

Monday, 7 March 2011


Stella McCartney is one of my all time favourites. Apart from one season that i try not to think about, i always love and want everything. Minimalism can be difficult to do, the best way to ensure success is to make sure your fabrics look (or are) expensive. Silk, cashmere, sheer, lace, that kind of thing. Basically, if you see it and want to touch it, it's perfect. That's what makes this collection so fantastic. It has a real subtle sexuality too, very effortless, very 'oh-this-old-thing-i-just-threw-it-on'. Every piece has the potential to become your favourite thing in your wardrobe. The thing that you pull out everytime and think, no i can't wear that again, I've worn it for the last week! Then you'll try on everything else from your wardrobe before admitting defeat and pulling it on anyway. Highlights: the lace peeping out from under the blazer, the long billowing trousers, white chunky jumper and the voluminous sleeves.



I was intially attracted to this collection by the flash of blue i could see popping off each tiny image on Elleuk and i had to have a closer look. I went past the blue and started to get a bit bored, but I am so glad i kept clicking because i reached this camel, sequin, pvc mac, fur goodness that you can see above. It's a tutorial for anyone who wants to wear orange but doesn't know what it goes with (a lot in case you wear wondering; brown, royal blue, camel, peach, purple and grey just to name a few).

Isabel Marant A/W 2011


When i look at the pictures from an Isabel Marant show it's as if they just went out into the street, found the most stylish, effortlessly cool girls they could and sent them down the runway with the promise that they could keep the boots. All you have to do is put on a piece from this collection and boom, your cool factor is rocketed skywards. I saw at least four different coats that i want, lots of denim, including a denim/shearling jacket kinda like mine which makes me feel very cool I tell you, plus there is the joy of all that fringing, and who doesn't love fringing. Fringed jeans looks like a possible DIY project. I'll keep you updated on that one.

Central Saint Martins MA


These are a few of my favourite looks from the Central St Martins MA show. I particually enjoyed the simple structured grey with the splash of orange plastic (could I? I kind of want to...) and the distressed denim, it was messy and rebellious, like Alexander Wang on steriods. I also liked the two tone silk dresses (although they were from different collections). I am most excited about seeing more from the denim collection, i really do hope we see more in future seasons.

Celine A/W 2011


On the whole i do like it. Yeah, i know, not the most enthusiastic opening to a post. Not quite the marriage proposal Missoni got. But i do like it. I'm quite a minimal dresser myself, so i would definitely wear most of it (except the roll neck sweater, that high a neckline is not my friend) and i absolutely love the two tone trousers, my fingers are firmly crossed that H&M will do a decent copy. I think it's the models faces, i know it's not traditional for them to leap buoyantly down the catwalk, but is it me, or do these ones look extra moody? I don't know what it is, it's wearable and beautiful, so why is it making me a little sleepy? Answers on a postcard please.