Thursday, 16 December 2010
A present from someone very special. I love how simple yet classy this is, and how expensive it looks on. But my favourite part of this bracelet is how it glistens like diamonds. Cath Kidston do lovely jewellery, but this is defiantly my favourite piece. A wonderful gift.
These are what I describe as a sound investment. They can bee worn with a multitude of different outfits, they are comfy, and timeless. I got these a few years ago, and they are amazing! They are a fun twist on the stereotypical black ballet flat without being too kooky, but can be worn casually with jeans without looking too dressy. Only problem with French Sole ballet flats is there lack of grip, otherwise I would wear them everyday!
Photo from French Sole website.
Monday, 13 December 2010
I had been thinking about posting Wordsworth's Daffodils' poem, but it just felt too cliché. I don't love daffodils because they are in a famous poem, I love them because of the memories they hold. How their scent is able to carry me out of what ever gloomy mood I may find myself in, and back to my childhood. When I saw some from Scilly on a market stall I had to get a few bunches. They are currently residing in a teapot (cheaper than a vase) in our lounge, and they certainly perk up the room : ) Hope you enjoy the photos!
The detailing on these two dresses is exquisite, and the entire collection was magical. I loved how embellished sandals were worn with ornate dresses, it looked very fresh and young. The dresses look like they have been created for boho beach weddings- loose and floaty, with luxury brought in through detail. But there was a definite french, street style vibe in the Paris-Byzance collection. Peacoats, two-pieces, and simple black shifts were repeatedly featured, with the timeless sense of Chanel running throughout. Another great collection from Karl Largerfeld. This man can do no wrong!
Photos from Style.com-Pre Fall 2011 Collection
Wednesday, 8 December 2010
"MAGGIE [calming them down]
Girls, girls, girls, girls...
[Ripping off bits of pink material she has taken from the shelf,
giving them to each secretary]
Listen: take this to all the designers; I want dresses made up in exactly this shade of pink.
Babs: take this round to Kaiser Delmont, I want shoes and stockings in exactly this colour. Laura: everything goes pink! I
want the whole issue pink; I want the whole country pink!
Lettie: take an editorial:
"To the women of America..."no, make it to the women everywhere: "banish the black, burn the blue, and bury the beige! From now on
Think pink! think pink! when you shop for summer clothes.
Think pink! think pink! if you want that quel-que chose.
Red is dead, blue is through,
Green's obscene, brown's taboo.
And there is not the slightest excuse for plum or puce
Think pink! forget that Dior says black and rust.
Think pink! who cares if the new look has no bust.
Now, I wouldn't presume to tell a woman
what a woman oughtta think,
But tell her if she's gotta think: think pink!
for bags! pink for shoes!
Razzle, dazzle and spread the news!
And pink's for the lady with joie de vive!
Pinks for all the family.
Try pink shampoo.
Pink toothpaste too.
Play in pink, all day in pink,
Pretty gayin pink.
Drive in pink, come alive in pink,
Have a dive in pink.
Go out dancing but just remember one thing:
You can get a little wink
If you got a little pink
In your swing.
...think pink and the world is rosey-red"
Image from Style.com, Lyrics from the film Funny Face
photo from Style.com. Pre-Fall 2011
Tuesday, 7 December 2010
It is winter, and Christmas is nearly upon us! I live in Bath, so at the moment we have the lovely Christmas Market and we also just had snow, so everything is looking very festive. I hope that everyone has a wonderful Christmas (18 days to go!), and that although it is a very stressful time of year, that everyone finds some peace, and is able to spend it with the ones they love. Happy Christmas, and have a wonderful New Year!
Wednesday, 1 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Wild Bees by James K Baxter
Often in summer, on a tarred bridge plank standing,
Or downstream between willows, a safe Ophelia drifting
In a rented boat - I had seen them come and go,
Those wild bees swift as tigers, their gauze wings a-glitter
In passionless industry, clustering black at the crevice
Of a rotten cabbage tree, where their hive was hidden low
But never strolled too near. Till one half-cloudy evening
Of ripe January, my friends and I
Came, gloved and masked to the eyes like plundering desperadoes,
To smoke them out. Quiet beside the stagnant river
We trod wet grasses down, hearing the crickets chitter
And waiting for light to drain from the wounded sky.
Before we reached the hive their sentries saw us
And sprang invisible through the darkening air.
Stabbed, and died in stinging. The hive woke. Poisonous fuming
Of sulphur filled the hollow trunk, and crawling
Blue flame sputtered - yet still their suicidal
Live raiders dived and clung to our hands and hair.
O it was Carthage under the Roman torches,
Or loud with flames and falling timber, Troy!
A job well botched. Half of the honey melted
And half the rest young grubs. Through earth-black smouldering ashes
And maimed bees groaning, we drew our plunder.
Little enough their gold, and slight our joy.
Fallen then the city of instinctive wisdom.
Tragedy is written distinct and small:
A hive burned on a cool night in summer.
But loss is a precious stone to me, a nectar
Distilled in time, preaching the truth of winter
To the fallen heart that does not cease to fall.
The person that invented Innocent smoothies is a genius! They taste delicious, have funny little anecdotes on the bottle, and they actually do you good, what more do you need? Whenever i feel unhealthy (very often as I live off chocolate) I have one and feel like I am a little closer to the energy levels needed to take on the world. During winter they also do bottles with knitted hats on and when you buy one of these bottles, not only do you get a snazzy hat, but they donate 25p to Age UK. I currently have 2 hats, and really want to knit some for next year, as it is a really good charity that helps care for the elderly in England. The real charm of Innocent smoothies is that they make you smile, and when its cold and rainy anything that make your day a little brighter is certainly a good thing!
So to anyone who owns these shoes, I take my hat off to you for surviving the stampede.
Just read that there are rumours that the next H&M designer collaboration is Tom Ford! EVERYONE needs a little Tom Ford in their life!
Wednesday, 3 November 2010
They are a bit battered and bruised. They have multiple scuffs, and really need re-heeling, but I have always wanted these classic pumps. So when I found some in Absolute Vintage a while back I just had to get them. They also fit like a glove, so I was completely convinced this pair were in fact made for me. What modern day Cinderella needs a glass slipper when you have Salvatore Ferragamo navy pumps?!
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
I LOVE ERDEM! The Outnet has just added some pieces from last seasons/years collections, and I have allowed myself to fall in love with this silk tank. Although I am in a bit of a conundrum as to whether I should buy it due to my student budget, I am pretty much decided that I need a bit of Erdem in my life (who doesn't?!).
At the age of 13 I fell in love with fashion. For about a year I had been reading British Vogue and Teen Vogue, and me and my mum decided that we would travel up to London and admire the beautiful dresses of the Bond Street retailers. I was dressed in fashion forward manner- BEST JEANS!! So after a quick stop in the lovely Patisserie Valerie near The Ritz, we headed off for my first foray into the world of high fashion. I had loved the craftsmanship and pure beauty of Alexander McQueen's designs, so when I saw his name above a large shop front I practically ran across the road (playing it cool obviously). After a few moments of looking around, I found this beautiful dress (above). I decided that I had to try it on, but clearly being a naive 13 year old, didn't know my size. The kind shop assistants (I really can't praise them enough), looked at me and decided my size, then directed me towards the fitting room. Trying it on very carefully, I appeared, and literally felt like a princess. My mother was speechless, I was smiling like I would never stop, and the assistants offered me shoes, to see what I would look like! They gave me skyscrapers, beautiful snakeskin courts/skyscrapers! They even let me look in the huge mirror in the store so I could see myself properly!
I think at that moment I had never been that happy before. McQueen (with the help of his very kind employees, who clearly knew we were not going to buy the dress) made me into the belle of a ball, and during a very hard time of my life, made me feel like I was actually beautiful. For that I am eternally grateful, and when I heard of his death I knew that fashion world had lost a genius.
MY FIRST POST!
Some of my friends said that I should a blog on fashion. So here I am, actually doing it! Post's probably wont just be about clothes, but do expect lots of fashion based gossip and random information. At the moment I am a student studying English Literature in the South of England. Having a great time with some lovely people, whilst aspiring to buy Alexander McQueen and Terry De Havilland wedges!
Btw, the name of my blog refers to my beloved Mabel. My bright blue Mulberry bag! I now own a Mulberry Daria, and have about 50 more Mulberry bags lined up as new purchases, but my beloved Mabel will always be my favourite!