Archive | June, 2010

QVC Press Day

30 Jun
When you see those three little letters – QVC – what do you think of? Before attending their press day, images of strange gadgets, questionable clothing and great skincare deals would spring to mind. I’ve got to admit, I have flicked on while channel surfing and see amazing deals on the likes of Decleor and Elemis. I’ve never bought anything though, the concept of buying something advertised on TV seems very American to me. If I’m going to shop for something at home, it’s going to be online!

However, having seen some of the amazing jewellery and beauty/skincare ranges they stock, I may have to give it a whirl…or at least shop through their website! They had a lot of clothing and jewellery which had been used in the recent Sex and The City movie, so they are definitely bringing in more fashion conscious pieces. The jewellery was amazing, like a true magpie I’m attracted to all things shiny and bling-y. I saw jewellery from the likes of Butler and Wilson, Disney Couture and Kenneth Jay Lane and some Lulu Guiness bags.

They also had some really amazing make up and skincare, including Bobbi Brown (love almost anything by her), Benefit, Jemma Kidd and Philosophy. I’m a bit of a Bobbi Brown fiend, I have so much of her make up. I like quite a natural look and her foundations and bronzers are lovely. Online, they have an amazing range which includes skincare, brushes and make up palettes as well as bronzers, eyeliners and concealers and foundations. I’m also trying out some of the Philosophy lotions and potions which were in the goodie bag, lovely stuff so thumbs up from me.

Thank you QVC, for opening my eyes and educating me. And of course those scrummy cupcakes!

Hot blue

29 Jun

I love Summer, I love sunshine. It does bring it’s challenges though, I always automatically hate everything in my wardrobe and wish I had more light, airy clothing. That’s why I teamed a dress I normally reserve for nights out with a pair of tiny denim hotpants (just in case there was a sudden gust of wind) for a day roaming around my favourite haunts in Soho.

Dress – Dorothy Perkins, Shoes – Matalan, Headbands – Spitalfields, Stupid expression – all my own
To be honest, the whole outfit was actually centered around me wanting to wear these floral headbands I bought in Spitalfields market a couple of months ago. I bought them on a rainy Sunday in the hopes of sunshine…I was rewarded for my optimism this past weekend. The blue one is my favourite but they look so cute together. I’m not sure if you can tell, but I had blue eyeliner on too, much more summery than black. 

Blue eyeliner – Prestige, Foundation – Mac, Blusher – Nars, Mascara – Max Factor 

Louis Vuitton Autumn/Winter 2010

28 Jun

The bad news about Louis Vuitton’s Autumn/Winter campaign is that Lara Stone isn’t in it. The Dutch super thankfully marked the end of those Madonna campaigns, and a new vision for the Louis Vuitton woman. This new look continues and develops for the Autumn/Winter campaign, which is shot again my Meisel and features Christy Turlington, Karen Elson and Natalia Vodianova. The campaign is utterly gorgeous and perfectly captures the femininity of the Louis Vuitton runway show. The set resembles an old school movie dressing room and has a rich, beautiful cinematic glamour. 

“The strength of Louis Vuitton is its almost magical ability to reinvent itself every season,” says Artistic Director Marc Jacobs. “Last season was all about the idea of the New Age traveler. This season 
was a manifesto for beautiful, ladylike clothes. Two different collections, two different campaigns, but one Louis Vuitton.”

Clashing prints and killer heels

26 Jun

Really quick outfit post from earlier in the week. It’s been so long since I’ve done an outfit post that I can’t remember the last one. This was taken earlier on in the week, both myself and my photographer were slightly worse for wear after an evening at our local, so unfortunately only one semi-decent picture. I got dressed in a bit of a rush but clearly fancied both pretty florals and nautical stripes, so why not wear both? The cardigan was sent to me by Republic, it’s really nice and light so perfect for summer evenings. Those shoes are my current favourites, I love the ankle strap. 

Dress – Topshop, Cardigan – Republic, Tights – ASOS, Shoes – Aldo

Jil Sander Menswear Spring/Summer 2011

25 Jun

Gosh I Love technology. I’ve always prefered being at a show rather than looking at beautiful images online, the atmosphere, setting and seeing the clothes on a model down the catwalk always help put the collection into context. So I’m over the moon that so many shows are being either streamed live or put onto YouTube after. Here’s an absolutely fantastic collection by Raf Simons for Jil Sander Spring/Summer 2011:

The first few looks seemed like a happy marriage between nu-rave brights and sleek simplicity. Turquoise, fuchsia and orange minimalistic separates almost seemed complimentary rather than garishly clashing. His collection also included stripes and florals. These looks have provoked extreme reactions, some like me absolutely love them but others cannot stand them. I agree that sometimes the entire look is a bit much, but it’s the same can be said for womenswear. But part of the beauty of fashion is creating something extreme. The suits should prove less controversial, with only slightly quirky twists like punctuations of those bright colours, short shorts and accordion pleating. The chaotic print jumpers and colourful trenches were my favourites, along with the sleek suits. Overall, I loved this collection, the crisp classic shapes were typical Simons while the bright pops of colour added a new twist. 

Peter Lindbergh returns to Vogue

24 Jun

After an 18 year haitus, Peter Lindbergh has shot an editorial for Vogue. His 14-page editorial was styled by Grace Coddington and features Natalia Vodianova and Ewan McGregor.

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Shoe Crush – Finsk Ponyskin Wooden Wedges

23 Jun

Do you remember my slight obsession with Topshop x Ashish wedges?? I think I’ve found a suitable alternative…except they’re twice as expensive as the extortionate eBay prices. But I may have to yield to the evil little voices in my head screaming ‘buy buy buy’. My need want for platform wedges is gaining momentum but  just can’t seem to find a covetable pair on the highstreet. Enter Finsk.
Julia Lundsten set up Finsk way back in 2004 and the label is known for it’s innovation and architectural design. Lundsten’s label has a bit of a cult following after Fashion Week collaborations with the likes of Basso & Brooke, with the black pony hair version of Finsk’s wedges selling out in New York. But there is much more to this fabulous footwear label than just eyecatching design. Each pair is handmade by artisans in Brazil from locally sourced materials and even the leather is eco-friendly, all leather pieces used are by-products and offcuts.