Friday, 13 December 2013

Hip Shapes And Bristol Fashion Has A New Home

Yes, that's right - Hip Shapes And Bristol Fashion has a new name and a fancy new look.

Just click here to be redirected…I’ll see you there!

Niki x

Thursday, 11 July 2013

Goodbye, Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion : Hello, New Blog!!

This next post has been a loooooooooooooooooooooooong time coming but it's finally here. I’ve just spent the last week and a half working solidly to make the HUGE changes to my blog that I’ve been talking about doing for yonks!

Yes, Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion is about to look very different -  It’s been given a major face lift and a fancy new name.   Drum roll please…

Please welcome...

I’ve really enjoyed sharing my styling tips, inspirations and travels with you all and I’m so grateful for all the support I’ve had from you over the years, but the longer I blog and the more posts I write, the more I feel that Hip Shapes and Bristol fashion doesn’t reflect me as much as I would like it too.

I’m not talking about the content - not at all; it’s the overall look and feel…it’s very much an extension of my business and website, not me as such (although, yes, I guess in a way I am my business and I’m possibly missing a trick, marketing wise).  Style Studs and Lace was born out of a need to create a space that felt like me; that would enable me to connect with you betterIf you're worried that the content is going to change, then don't.  All the features from Hip Shapes are here to stay; in fact I intend to make things more focused, so it should be an all round better blog.

I’m not too sure how best to make the transition from one blog to another (any advice is VERY welcome) so I’ve decided to leave Hip Shapes and Bristol Fashion live for now, but will no longer be posting here.  I’ll be really sad if I lose any of you on the way so have tried to make following Style Studs and Lace as easy as possible.

I will be transfering my bloglovin followers across in the next couple of days and there are plenty of other ways to follow - just click on icons below to start following!

I’m so excited to share my new blog with you and really hope that you will continue to follow me as I continue to grow and develop the blog!


With the recent demise of Google Reader, I can't help thinking that Google Friend Connect will be next in line to get the chop.  Have you tried adding the widget to a blog recently?  Well it’s virtually impossible to find - if that’s not a signal that it’s being faded out then I don’t know what is. With that in mind, I have decided not to add GFC for now so please follow me using the above.

Monday, 24 June 2013

Sorbet Sanctuary

Having an outside space to call our own is so important to Al and I, so when we moved to Bangalore we were determined to find somewhere to live that had a balcony or terrace.  We couldn’t imagine living in India and not being able to make the most of the beautiful weather! 

It took us three weeks to find our apartment and it’s the main balcony that won us over, it overlooks a park full of trees and is on the corner of the apartment block so we’re not over looked by anyone.  It’s our little haven away from busy Bangalore…it’s perfect.

It’s been a while since we’ve been able to enjoy our little haven as the apartment block was completely covered in scaffolding for a few months while it was repainted.   I couldn’t quite believe the scaffolding that went up; these guys would climb it effortlessly, with a bucket in one hand and a brush in the other – madness!
We didn’t realise how much we loved our little space until we couldn’t use it, but thankfully the scaffolding came down about a month ago and since then we’ve been slowly bringing the plants back out and have done a mini make over.  I say mini as all we’ve really done is paint the old plant pots in sorbet shades (inspired but the painted houses all over Bangalore) change the light fittings and add some solar lights, but it's made a huge difference!

We love having our little sanctuary back; the best thing is being able to watch the sun go down with homemade cocktails…

Monday, 17 June 2013

Three Ways To Wear : Simple Jumpsuit

I normally photograph my three ways to wear inside as I’m not that comfortable posing outside the apartment; I get enough attention being pale and blonde without posing in front of a tripod in three different outfits!   Photographing three different looks on our balcony isn't easy either thanks to its small size and awkward shape, but yesterday it was drenched in the prettiest sunlight right before the sun went down, so I frantically changed into, and photographed, three different outfits before it set.

Left to right: Jumpsuit - French Connection / Heels - Russel and Bromly / Tan belt - Warehouse / Ring - House of Harlow / Earrings - Accessorize / Denim Shirt - from a friend / Leopard print sandles - Zara / Leather jacket - Topshop / studded belt - Topshop / Studded sandles - Office / Earrigns - Topshop / Sunglasses - Rayban.

This jumpsuit has been a favourite of mine over the last couple of years - I love its relaxed style and its versatility.   There’s something about wearing a jumpsuit that makes me feel you know what I mean?  I’m not sure what it is, maybe it’s because they look best with minimal styling?  They follow the ‘less is more’ rule and I guess that’s how I’d define chic. 

I know they’re not to everyone’s taste, but if you put the time and effort in to finding a style that suits you I guarantee it will become a wardrobe favourite in no time. Do you like them?  Can you see a jumpsuit becoming one of your wardrobe staples?

Friday, 14 June 2013

Lusting Lately : Dressing Up For Download, Illustrated

Yep, I know; this post isn’t going to stand out from the crowd.  The festival season is under way and my Feedly home page is bursting at the seams with festival related posts; but I’m sorry, that’s not going to stop me throwing my festival post into the mix. 

Every year, a group of us pack up and head to Donington for four incredible days at Download festival.  Listening to my favourite music, with my best friends, not worrying about anything except which stage we need to get to next = bliss!  Yes the loos are pretty horrid, the weather’s un-predictable and there is little chance of a hot shower but that’s just part of the fun…no really!  It’s amazing the hairstyles you can achieve with a bottle of dry shampoo and a backcombing comb!!

I love planning what to wear (yes, as un-rock and roll as that might sound, one of my favourite things about festivals is the dressing up) it’s a chance to ramp up my style a little and wear things that I wouldn't wear at work - hello pink hair tips, studded belts and fringing!

But before I get too excited, this year Al and I are unable to go – we love Download but India’s a  little too far for us to pop over just for the weekend.  So yes, there are tons of festival fashion posts floating around the internet and you probably don’t want to see yet another, but you see this post is really for me.

If I can’t go to Donington then Donington will just have to come to me…the sound track to my weekend will be everything from Iron Maiden to Alice In Chains and Bullet For My Valentine and my wardrobe will look something like this…

I may not be there in person, but I’m so there in spirit!
I want to thank my friend Nay for doing these totally awesome illustrations, I just love them!  We’re going to do some more collaborations over the next month, so watch this space.  But for now, go and check out her beautiful blog.  Go.  Now!