Monday, 24 October 2011

A little bit about me...

I’m regular reader of Arash Mazinani’s blog and recently read a post of his entitled ‘The A to Z of Me’. It was great to find out a bit more about the man behind those great posts and it prompted me to do one of my own. So, here goes…

A-Z

A. Age: 31

B. Bed Size: Queen

C. Chore That You Hate: Clearing up after my dog

D: Dogs: We’ve got a ball/teddy/squeaky toy obsessed Springer Spaniel called Hendrix.  He’s great with people but a little nervous around other dogs so I’m taking him to socialising ‘BOO!’ classes for scared dogs, I think it's actually making a difference!



E: Essential Start To Your Day: I can’t function without a giant cup of Yorkshire Tea; it’s the best tea around, and the strongest!

F: Favourite Colour:  That’s hard.  I wear a lot of black but really do LOVE colour.   I studied textile design at Uni and loved experimenting with different colour combinations in my designs.  My style was heavily inspired by nature so I guess, if I had to choose a favourite colour, it would be the oranges, reds, and yellows of the leaves turning in Autumn

Image thanks to Jonphong, Freedigitalphotos.net

Image thanks to Evgeni Dinev, freedigitalphotos.net
G: Gold or Silver: I’m definitely a silver person; gold doesn’t look great on me

H. Height: 5”4ish

I. Instruments You Play: I learnt to play the flute for about a year, and the piano, but I’m not very patient so it didn’t last very long 

J. Job Title: Personal Stylist

K. Kids: None yet

L. Live: Bath

M. Mother’s Name: Maggie

N. Nicknames: Nik Nik’s as about exciting as it gets

O. Over Night Hospital Stays: I’ve had a few.  When I was little I constantly had problems with my ears and throat, so had grommets put in and tonsils whipped out

P. Pet Peeves: It has to be people who wear trousers that are too short.  It just looks awful! 

Q. Quote From A Movie: Brian Johnson: Dear Mr. Vernon: We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it is we did wrong, but we think you're crazy for making us write an essay telling you who we think we are. You see us as you want to see us: in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. But what we found out is that each one of us is a brain, and an athlete, and a basket case, a princess, and a criminal. Does that answer your question? Sincerely yours, The Breakfast Club

R. Right or Left Handed: Right

S. Siblings: I have a younger sister Katy, she lives in Buxton so I don’t get to see her much…I miss her loads

Katy and me in The Hatchet, in Bristol
T. Time You Wake Up: Around 7.30am.  I’m really not a morning person; it takes me ages to wake up properly.  I’d rather go to bed late and get up late

U. Underwear: I like to wear matching, it makes me feel good!

V. Vegetable You Hate: Parsnips…I can’t stand them, and peas are evil too

W. What Makes You Run Late: It’s an ongoing joke in the family that I always forget something or loose things...and I can’t really argue with that

X. X-Rays You’ve Had: Don’t think I’ve had any

Y. Yummy Food You Make: Moroccan style wraps.  Marinated Lamb, Humus Chili, Tabouleh…yum!

Z. Zoo Animal: Leopard…of course!  Also love Elephants

So that's me!

Friday, 21 October 2011

Ooh La La!

Last night I spent the evening surrounded by beautiful people, champagne, and lingerie at The Private Vintage Club in The Opium Bar in Bath.  Normally I head to local fashion events on my own, but this time my husband came with me.  Can’t think why....maybe it was the thought of the lingerie models that would be shimmying down the catwalk?

I’d never been to The Opium Bar before but I think it might be my new favourite place to head on a night out. The decor is gorgeous with vintage furniture set against seductive lighting and painted ceilings.  Unfortunately I turned up fashionably late which meant that all the seats had gone by the time we arrived.  We had to make do with standing at the end of the catwalk which actually ended up being a great spot.  We were near the photographers, the bar and the lovely Christina Sim from www.justsofashion.co.uk.

We enjoyed Champagne and Mojito’s while the models showcased beautiful lingerie from Hannah Dulcie and fabulous vintage dresses from Scarlet Vintage.  They looked amazing. 

Despite the Mojhitos I managed to take quite a few photos and even attempted a short video.  I won't subject you to all the photos, just my favourites.









Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Beautiful butterfly blouse

I couldn’t resist sharing this picture of my Mum with you.  She returned home after a lunch out with friends on Sunday and I thought she looked great in her beautiful butterfly blouse and snakeskin sandals.  I guess this is where I get my love of styling from!

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

Bristol Fashion Week


I was delighted to be invited to Cribbs Causeway’s fashion show again this season.  I’ve been to a few local fashion events recently and have started to see the same friendly faces.  Working for yourself can get a tad lonesome, especially if you’re stuck behind a computer for a large part of your working day, so it’s great to get out and meet other fashion bloggers.   This time, we decided to meet up for a coffee and a catch up before the show started, it was great to see Gina from MyStreetChic.com, their new student ambassador Harriett and Sarah from Ship Shape.  Hopefully, next time we’ll be able to get a bigger group of us together.   

This season’s show was as I’d hoped - well styled and brilliantly choreographed.  It kicked off with fabulous fashions from John Lewis.  I have to just say at this point, that John Lewis’s fashion department is getting stronger and stronger with each season helped by the likes of Whistles, NW3 and Reiss (I can feel another post coming on...watch this space).  The outfits didn’t disappoint, bold prints, tweeds and coloured tights created a brilliant concoction, think heritage but with a twist.  I loved these burgundy tights teamed with pillar-box red shoes (apologies for the appalling photo – must invest in a decent camera).  The men were sporting tweed jackets and denim, with coloured shoes adding a splash of personality. 




French connection were up next and in stark contrast to the previous burst of colour, we were treated to sharp tailoring and sultry silhouettes.  Dark colours highlighted the sixties shapes creating a striking collection.




Phase Eight embraced clashing prints, a favourite of mine (see my outfit post here).  People are often scared to mix prints, but when it’s done right it can look brilliant.  If you want to dabble in a spot of print clashing then the easiest way is to team simple stripes with a bold star or spot print.  As long as one of the patterns is stronger than the other and there is some synergy between the colour palettes – it’ll work.  Menswear was from River Island and channelled the Nordic trend.  I really liked the clever mix of textures with the chunky knits and oversized scarf’s.




Republic was very much as you’d expect - urban street-wear for men and women that’s practical and on trend.  Not my favourite but I can see that it will have big appeal.  Gillett’s, checked shirts and denim were uniform, with coloured chino’s breaking up the repetitiveness.



Marks and Spencer’s showcased the sixties trend.  Red, black and white was the theme, and patterned tights added a spot of drama.  Spots are a refreshing mini-trend this season, hopefully marking a departure from strips which have filled the high-street for years.  If you’re not a fan of spots then little stars or tiny birds in repeat is a cute way to work this trend.




The fetish trend had been overlooked until H&M took to the catwalk. The models strutted out in not so easy to wear outfits, but looked fab.  The guys looked just as good and sported amongst other items, leather trainers – a great way to dip your toe in the trend.  I love the fetish trend that’s around this season; and will be mixing my leather skirt from last year with chunky knitwear and towering heels as soon as the weather’s gone back to normal.   When working this trend, try and go for real leather if your budget will stretch to it.  Not only will it look so much better, but it will last longer too.  In fact I think Leather looks better the older it gets, the same can’t be said for imitation leather.




Wallis looked like they’d transported their models straight from the sixties. Geometric prints, block colours and mini lengths were the theme.  The guys showcased Burton’s collections and looked trim in slim cut suits with a nod to the mod’s.



Marks and Spencer showcased a second collection, this time it was less sixties, and more forties.



River Island’s collection was a real mix straight from the seventies. Bold prints adorned trousers and dresses and fur trims were on everything from boots to coats.  Prints were clashed and had a real Mary Katrantzou feel to it which as I've mentioned in previous posts, is a favourite of mine.   The men clashed plaid shirts with striped cardigans and rust coloured trousers; totaly autumnal.





John Lewis returned to the stage with colour blocking, proving it’s a wearable trend whether you choose to wear a statement dress or to accessorise with a bold bag.  The starkness of the colour was cleverly softened by mixing different textures together.  The men looked dapper in sharp slim suiting that was set off against bold patterned ties and strong coloured shirts.



This season is set to be a good one.  The shops are already bursting with fabulous autumn collections so why not head to Cribbs Causeway and experiment with your own style.  But of course, if you feel you’d like some direction then get in touch!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Fringing

This is one of those love it or hate it trends.  But if you hated it last season, then you might find yourself warming to it this autumn, as this time round it’s grown up into something much more wearable and versatile.  The fringing from summer is still hanging around, so if you loved it like I did, then you’ll still find plenty of bags overloaded with it.  However, the fringed skirts and tops have all but gone and in their place are the far more conventional tassels, dangling from necklines, shoes, bags and belts. 

Moderation is the key to getting this look right.  Don’t be tempted to wear too many fringed items at once and make sure you keep the rest of your outfit simple.  It’s a trend that can be worked into your everyday wardrobe, if you’re careful and choose items that suit your own style.

This bag laden with fringes is perfect for my everyday style.  I wanted the bag to blend in with my outfit in a rock chick kinda way, so I’ve teamed it with my black skinnies, silk top, leather jacket and animal print pointies.

Bag – Topshop, £75
Silk top – Topshop, £35
Black jeans – Oasis, £48
Animal print shoes – Oasis, £40
Leather jacket – years old!
Ring – House of Harlow, £45
 For work, I like things to be a little more polished.  I’ve accessorised these tailored trousers and blouse with a tassel necklace and pair of statement tasselled,shoes.  They nod to the trend, but keep the look clean and simple.

Blouse – Monsoon Fusion, £48
Trousers – Zara, £29
Belt – Came with trousers
Shoes – River Island, £60
Necklace - Topshop, £12.50
This trend isn’t the preserve of festival goers; it really can be worked into your everyday wardrobe. But don’t forget, moderation is key, and less is more!

See my full column in this months Folio magazine.