Saturday, 24 September 2011

live blogging!

Well, this is a bit different!  I've literally just finished taking a regular client of mine shopping for her autumn\winter wardrobe and am now sitting in the middle of Cabot Circus, typing this post for my blog live!  It's a little hectic and to be honest with you, quite scary.  I'm not a natural writer and generally spend ages typing up posts in Microsoft Word, before checking the spelling and pasting it into my blog.  To say I'm a little outside my comfort zone is an understatement.  Anyway, I'm here to write about the show, not tell you how long it takes me to pull together posts for my blog. 

Well, the show was short and sweet and the outfits looked great (bar one that I just couldn't get my head round - blue cord shorts and a pale fringed leather jacket just doesn't do it for me).  Fashions from House of Fraser were showcased covering adrodgyny and colour blocking for women, and sharp retro style tailoring and heritage for men.





My favourite look had to be girl meets boy, masculine tailoring for women.  I loved the the edgyness of the leather and sharp tailoring contrasted with soft feminine silk and naughty lengths.  This outfit was the star of the set.  I love the leather shorts - if only I had the legs.


Colour blocking was done in easy to wear shades and even more wearable shapes.  Simple dresses were finished off with statement accessories that popped against the outfits. 

This colbolt blue dress and sunshine yellow bag looked fabulous and prove it's not hard to pull off this trend.

Friday, 23 September 2011

Mango opens in Bristol

Mango, Mango, Mango, oh how I do love thee!  This is one of those brands which never fail to deliver.  They seem to be able to pull together catwalk inspired collections that are not only really wearable, but are such a great price too. 

Up until now, the only places to buy Mango have been John Lewis and House of Fraser, and to be honest while they stock great pieces, they both carry such small collections that you don’t get the full Mango experience.  But things are about to change.  On Thursday 29th September, Mango will open the doors of their first stand alone store in Bristol, and I can’t wait. 

I thoroughly recommend heading down to Cabot Circus to see the new store, and shop the new collections.  I can’t make the grand opening as I’ve had to book a client in that evening (this working for yourself malarkey really is getting a little hectic!), but for those of you who are free you can expect 20% discount when you spend £50 or more, complimentary styling from TIGI Catwalk hair stylists, champagne, drinks, sweets and treats, and if that’s not enough to entice you, the first 300 customers will receive complimentary goodie bags with a purchase and a chance to win a £50 voucher and a year’s supply of TIGI Catwalk products in their raffle!!

Here are some of my pieces from Mango’s autumn/winter collection, just need to save the pennies now.
Combi fabric suit jacket £69.69

Flared dress, £59.90

Long chain necklace £17.90

Openwork knit sweater £39.90

Straight cut dress, £49.90

Woven Leather shopper handbag, £54.90



Thursday, 22 September 2011

Bristol Fashion Week outfit

I’ve just come back from Cribbs Causeway where I saw, yet another, fantastic fashion show.  I’ll be putting up a post about this later but for now, here’s another outfit post.  I never really get the chance to wear heels as I spend most of my time running around after clients.  Pumps and flat boots are my day to day choice of footwear, but not today! Bristol Fashion Week was the perfect opportunity to dress up and don my favourite heels.
Dress – Whistles
Belt – Warehouse
Shoes – NW3
Bag – Jaeger
Jacket – Topshop (about 10 yrs ago!)

Monday, 19 September 2011

More pictures from the filming of Gok's fashion roadshow

Last week I wrote about Gok’s visit to Bristol to film for the new series of his fashion roadshow (see here if you missed it) but unfortunately it was a bit pictureless as I wasn’t able to take any photos during filming.  Since then I’ve had some images great through from Cabot Circus and can’t resist sharing them.  (thanks Kara x)








Bristol Fashion

The shops are brimming with autumn/winter stock and while we’re all hoping for some last minute sunshine, in reality it’s not going to happen.  Autumn is almost here so it’s time to assess your autumn/winter wardrobe and work out what you need to invest in this season.  But, before you head to the shops, why not get a little guidance?

There are two fantastic opportunities to find out what’s in store for us all this season.  The first is Bristol Fashion Week, up at Cribbs Causeway and the second is the Cabot Circus Fashion Show.  We really are a little spoilt here in Bristol.

Bristol fashion Week



Bristol Fashion Week is always fabulous.  The catwalk shows are entertaining (thanks somewhat to the banter between Mark Heyes from GMTV and celebrity hairdresser Andrew Barton), energetic and inspiring.  Everything showcased is available in store, so of course it’s inevitable that you’ll not leave empty handed.

There are 18 fashion shows so there’s plenty of opportunity to catch one, and with tickets only costing  £8.95, (or £13.95 for front row seats), it would be a shame to miss out.  Tickets are available from www.mallcribbs.com and include pre-show refreshments from M&S, a goody bag, discount vouchers for stores in The Mall and entry into a Free Prize Draw to win one of 18 Aspinal handbags worth over £395, courtesy of John Lewis. 

Cabot Circus Fashion Tour


Cabot Circus Fashion Show is being held in association with the British Fashion Council and is another event that mustn’t be missed.  This one is free (yes free!!) and takes place this Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th September.  There are 11 shows in total so there’s plenty of time to catch one in between shopping sprees.  For show times, visit www.cabotcircus.com/what’s on.

Thanks to the wide range of retailers in Cabot Circus and Quakers Friars, the catwalk shows not only showcase the best of the high-street, but you’ll also see the best of the designer brands too.  So whatever your budget you’ll be able to find something to update your autumn outfits from last year, and with many of Cabot Circus’s stores and restaurants offering up to 20% off, your pennies will go that little bit further.

I’ll be watching a show or two, and might even do a spot of live blogging (although this scares me slightly) so check back next week for some photos straight from the catwalk. 

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Modern day stylista

Pippa Middleton is turning into a bit of a style Icon.  A week doesn’t go by without seeing her in the celeb magazines.  And what about those shopping frenzies that follow? They have the power to bring a website crashing down!

I should probably come clean at this point, and confess to not being much of a fan of Pippa’s look, she has a very ‘classic ‘look for someone in their twenties – I prefer something a bit more edgy. However, writing this column has somewhat altered my opinion of her. It’s all too easy to be ‘in fashion’ and even easier to look terrible in the process.  Being stylish is much harder; it takes a degree of confidence and an ability to understand your shape and how to dress to suit it best.  Pippa may not be at the forefront of the fashion scene, but she’s absolutely got style.

I might even go as far as saying she’s a style icon for the modern day stylista, not only is she photographed wearing items again and again, but she shops on the high-street, most recently at Zara, French Connection and Whistles.  She invests in classic pieces, building up a collection of clothes that work hard to earn their place in her wardrobe.  She re-works outfits to create numerous looks that unlike some of the regularly papped celebrities, are relatively easy to recreate. 

So while I still might not be a huge fan of Pippa’s look (I still think it’s a little old for her) she knows how to build a great wardrobe and develop a style that’s not a slave to fashion, and that’s something to be commended.  So if you fancy working Miss Middleton’s style, then these pieces certainly wouldn’t look out of place in her wardrobe.


Handbag Pied A Terre at House of Fraser £225

Leopard print wrap dress from Florence and Fred at Tesco £16

Ballerina’s from Dune £55

Boyfriend jacket from Mint Velvet £99

This comes from my  column in Folio magazine's September issue

Friday, 9 September 2011

Gok

Gok was in Bristol again this week filming for his new series.  His last series saw him taking on Brix Smith-Start in a bid to show that you really don’t need buckets of money to look good and work the latest trends.  But this series focus on Gok’s talents alone, as brings you the best of the high street whether you’ve got a tight budget or a little more to spend.  The very lovely Kerry Harris gave me two front row seats for the catwalk show and it was great to be there again.
I took my friend Jane with me which was lovely, as since moving to Bath, we’ve not been able to meet up as much and I’ve really missed that. 

There was a good turnout for style guru, Cabot was packed out, there was even the odd declaration of love.  The three lucky ladies who had the Gok makeover looked fab and loved every minute of their moment in the spotlight, I’m looking forward to watching their transformation when the series is aired later this month.  Unfortunately there aren’t as many photos as I’d have liked for the post, but my camera recently died a death and as it was being filmed we weren’t allowed to use our phones.  Here are the best of the bunch.


Clashing prints

I don’t know what it is about mixing prints, but I love it.  I’ve probably got it wrong many times but I really like this combination of florals with leopard print.  For inspiration on how to get it right, take a look at Mary Katrantzou’s autumn/winter 2011 ready to wear collection

Cardi - Topshop (soooo needs replacing!)
Floral vest - Topshop
Belt - Topshop
Jeans - J brand
Shoes - Dune
Necklace - Tina Lilienthal 

I love this necklace and wear it ALL the time.  It was my 30th birthday present from my lovely husband.