Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Loving printed harems

My latest obsession is printed harem trousers. They are both incredibly stylish and a fantastic summer staple as are light and airy and can be paired with a simple vest and masculine sandals or wedges. Perfect for an off-duty weekend look which is great for me as my work and casual wardrobes often tend to mix. I came across the perfect pair (below) on Topshop online yesterday, I WANT!

Friday, 25 June 2010

Back to School with Satchels

The coolest thing to be seen with this summer is a satchel. Satchels are the epitome of geek chic and are having a major comeback this year so start raiding your old school supplies, vintage shops and favourite designers for the perfect leather satchel to make all your friends wild with jealousy. See below for the perfect satchel by Ally Capellino for Apple and some street style shots courtesy of Elle.

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

A Guide to Wimbledon

This year I decided to join my friend in her annual queuing pilgrimage to Wimbledon. Now, I’m normally a ‘get-a-ticket-and-turn-up-on-the-day-with-Pimms-in-hand’ kinda girl but this year I was not able to beg, borrow or steal a ticket, no matter how hard I tried so I succumbed to the queue.

So, on Sunday at midday I met my friend, with a hangover in tow, at Wimbledon to begin our mammoth camping and queuing session in SW19 all to catch a glimpse of our favourite tennis players.

After an overnight camping stint and a wake-up call of 5.30am I was exhausted by the time I got into Wimbledon at 10am and passed out on Murray Mound (previously Henman Hill and Rusedski Ridge) for an hour’s sleep. The sun was shining and when I awoke I had turned into one of Wimbledon’s infamous strawberries, not a good look! How was I supposed to impress Federer on centre court that afternoon looking like that!? Thankfully after a five-set thriller I don’t think he was up for pulling girls out of the crowd in rock-star concert style.

All in all the camping was great fun and really adds to the experience and excitement of Wimbledon. There was a great atmosphere and not to mention the great location of seats available on centre court for the first 500 in the queue. However I would have packed a better picnic, our next door neighbours had the right idea with red wine, gourmet sandwiches and homemade quiche.

My fashion highlight of the tournament so far has to be tennis skirt. I mean how great was Venus Williams’ twenties ruffle skirt!? Sue Barker eat your heart out.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

American Apparel Dresscode and Hiring Policy

The American Apparel press office must be working through the night at the moment with all the rumours that have come to light recently, not to mention that the brand is already facing bankruptcy. So, it seems that American Apparel have a strict hiring and dresscode policy. This week gawker.com revealed that applicants have to send in a full head-toe body shot of them when applying for a job. American Apparel moles have been coming to Gawker.com in crowds telling them exactly what goes on behind-the-scenes. One ex-employee reported that “The only girls that were not totally emaciated were forced to work back-stock. So as not to disgust the customers with their average-sized hips.” Full details of the official dress code can be found on The Cut blog. Highlights include formal warnings for chipped nail varnish, girls being told to grow out their eyebrows and the best one of them all; mascara colour should compliment skin and haircolour. All dresscode ‘don’ts’ are justified with “It is not part of the direction we’re moving in”. So, I’m assuming that all those who support the brand for ethical reasons will think again. Suddenly bankruptcy for the brand doesn’t seem so far away.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

The festival season has begun!

The festival season has officially kicked off with Isle of White last weekend, and what a start it’s had with amazing performances from The Strokes, Florence and the Machine, Jay-Z and a stunning set from Paul McCartney who closed the festival.

So with Glastonbury, V Festival, Reading and Leeds, Lovebox, Field Day, Bestival and many more still to come, the big question is what are the essential things to take to a festival? Well, stop your worrying, here they are:

o Wellies – never leave without a pair, gladiators in the mud and a trip to toilet just ain’t going to cut it.

o Long socks – practical, to stop any rubbing from wellies, but also warm and the epitome of festival chic.

o Oversized sunglasses – to hide a multitude of sins from the night before

o Fedora/Panama hat – perfect for the sun or to cover from the formidable English showers. Channel that inner boho. I’m loving Pachacuti for the perfect Panama.

o Denim cut-offs – Effortlessly cool and if you can’t rock them at a festival when can you!? I’m getting my holiday skin at the ready in preparation first though...

o Long-lasting make-up and nail varnish – As let’s be honest, I have every intention of taking my make-up off and re-applying it and my nail varnish when necessary but when I collapse in the early hours high on Florence et al it may not happen. Honesty is the best possible.

o Hairband – A weekend without straighteners will take its toll, and that’s not even going into hat hair...

o Glitter/bright lipgloss – If you can’t experiment with glitter, fake lashes and neon pink lipgloss at a festival, when can you?

Sunday, 13 June 2010

A Look at Cowshed

Last week I attended a Cowshed blogger event at their beautiful store on Fouberts Place in the heart of Soho. The perfect location especially as it allowed me to do some shopping, well actually browsing, in Liberty afterwards.

I went along to the event with my friend, also a beauty addict, and we enjoyed a manicure by their fabulous manicurists. The Cowshed manicurists used the Essie products which are long-lasting and they offer a great range of colours. I went for a duck-shell green and my friend chose a beautiful slate grey.

I was already a Cowshed convert but this really confirmed the matter. The products are beautifully packaged, smell fantastic and I swear by the Lippy Cow lip balm which leaves your lips soft, plump and smelling delicious!

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

CFDA Awards

The 2010 CFDA Awards (Council of Fashion Designers of America), aka the style Oscars, were presented in New York on Tuesday evening. The fashion pack was out in force last night, and the awards were attended by Diane von Furstenberg, Donna Karan, Alexa Chung, the Olsen twins, Lara Stone, Marc Jacobs and Iman to name but a few. Marc Jacobs came away with the award for womenswear designer of the year and David Neville & Marcus Wainwright took home the menswear designer of the year award for Rag & Bone. Here are a few of my favourite outfits, it really was almost impossible to narrow it down.

A gaunt looking Rachel Zoe

A beautiful dress from Molly Sims

Iman - what a trail!

Emilie de Ravin. Beautiful dress but not sure on the Essex white stillettos

Dakota Fanning - Looking lovely. Is it just me or was she 6-years-old acting in 'War of the World' with Tom Cruise just yesterday?

Alexa Chung. Working nude well and top half is beautiful; I just want to cut the dress by a foot at the bottom. Awkward length.

Dree Hemingway - The name on everyone's lips, looking great in a white trouser suit

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