Monday, 20 September 2010

Feeling inspired...

Years ago growing up in Rotherham [it's a small industrial town just outside Sheffield - in case you're not from round these parts], I would pore over fashion magazines much to my literary mother's despair! I wanted to be the girl in the picture. This was the late 80s/early90s so it was usually Karen Mulder or Nadja Auermann - the blonde one with the longest legs and the perfect hair.

The images I was drawn to were always beautiful, polished, and aspirational - never the wierd, wacky or dark.

The recent Next TV commercial took me back to those pictures of years ago - who doesn't want to be those girls in the ads?

Inspired by the advert I pulled together some of my favourite shoots that have caught my eye recently.

They include stories from Red, Paris Vogue, Vogue Italia, American Vogue and The Sunday Times Style.

I have stacks of magazines and tear sheets just like these that are sitting in boxes cluttering our house much to my husband's despair. Over the months I'll be pulling together more mood boards that have excited and inspired me.

Hope you like them too.

Also, a friend emailed after my last post asking for more info on the high street staples I mentioned in my last blog. Keep posted as I'll be blogging soon about my essentials from the high street.

Saturday, 18 September 2010

Vintage fashion finds...

I've blogged recently about my love of all things vintage from boot sale bargains for our house to some of my favourite pieces in my wardrobe, so I thought I'd share some of my best finds.

After 10 years of working at the coal face of high street fashion as fashion editor on British magazines I appreciate the British high street in all it's manic, hard-sell glory.

I have cupboards full of staple pieces from the high street that are the back-bone of what I wear. Well cut jeans that make my bum look good, great jersey basics that fit comfortably under my statement jackets and Jaeger dresses, brilliant cashmere that has stood the test of time, but I don't get the same buzz from buying these bits as I get from falling upon a really great vintage piece.

My philosophy on style is much the same is my approach to all things in my life. It's about balance; whether that's mixing the old with the new, or the glitzy with the well worn I try and have fun putting my vintage pieces together with some of my high street buys.

Of course I can't escape from the other main reason I love vintage and that's that I simply can't afford to buy the bits I would love to from the great British high street! I love Whistles dresses, Margaret Howell jersey tops, The White Company cashmere, Kurt Geiger heels, the list is endless but the bottom line is I just can't afford them, so I have to look for the quality and individual style elsewhere.

Lots of these clothes also have happy memories attached as I remember vividly when I found them - I'm not sure I have the same recollection for most of my high street pieces.

Cream 1950s embroidered and beaded dress:
Bought for $15 in a thrift shop in Vancouver, Canada and worn to several weddings. I had to get it altered and would love the skirt to be abit more fitted but it still manages to have that 'MadMen-feel' regardless.

Burberry trench coat:
Bought for £35 in a vintage shop in Brighton down the lanes. I had it dry-cleaned quite recently and was so upset to find the sleeves had shrunk slightly as this was the most perfect fit - which is always amazing!

Cotton top and turquoise necklace:
Found in a vintage haberdashery shop in Gent for 8euros, I was excited as it looks like a really great designer piece.

Hand-made floral print smock:
Another 8euro bargain in Gent, the cotton is really heavy so it looks great on.

Blue Chanel style bag that I've covered with a selection of vintage and new brooches:
Bought for £5 from a vintage shop in Leeds, I bought it before the reproduction Chanels were everywhere so have covered it in the brooches to make it abit different.

Indian embroidered shawl:
Bought for about £20 15years ago from an antique market somewhere in the north. I just love it, I don't know what the fabric is but it's the most incredibly soft weave and beautifully hand-embroidered, I've been looking for a new one of similar quality for years, but haven't been able to!

Monday, 13 September 2010

Martha Stewart kitchen inspiration

We are still putting the finishing details on our home after several months of renovating.

One of the rooms that still needs some touches is the kitchen which we were on a very tight budget for, so instead of a traditional fitted style we have gone for Ikea free-standing units which I think have worked really well. The previous owners left a large range cooker which has been very useful so we are still to do tiling behind the units, shelving, and fit the extractor fan.

These pictures from Martha Stewart really caught my eye, just the kind of clean, modern style I'm after.

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Affordable vintage fair

My love of all things thrift and vintage is endless. As I'm currently a full-time Mum every penny counts so I love nothing more than finding a great bargain or an amazing one off piece, so the Affordable Vintage Fair is always fun. Here's a list of upcoming events, for more information click on their link.

Happy shopping!

Saturday 18th September 2010
Liverpool John Moores Student Union, Maryland Street, Liverpool, L1 9DE
Opening hours: 11:00 - 16:00

Saturday 18th September 2010
The Parish Church of St Andrew and St George, 13 George Street, Edinburgh, EH2 2PA
Opening hours: 11:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday 19th September 2010
Queen Margaret Union, 22 University Gardens, Glasgow, G12 8QN
Opening hours: 12pm - 5pm

Saturday 25th September 2010
The Workstation - 7 Paternoster Row Sheffield S1 2BX
Opening hours: 10am-4pm

Sunday 26th September
The Art Organisation, 21 Station Street, Nottingham, NG2 3AJ
Opening hours: 12:00 - 17:00

Saturday 23rd October 2010
Sound Control, 1 New Wakefield Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M1 5NP
Opening Hours: 12pm - 5pm

Saturday 2nd October 2010
The Engine Shed, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln, LN6 7TS
Opening hours: 12:00 - 17:00

Wednesday September 29th
The Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University, Lifton Place, LS2 9JT
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 3rd October 2010
De Montfort Students' Union, Campus Centre Building, Mill Lane, Leicester, LE2 7DR
Opening hours: 12:00 - 17:00

Saturday 23rd October
Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, OX1 1BX
Opening hours: 10:30am - 4:00pm

Saturday 9th October
The Ballroom, Durham Student Union, Dunelm House, DH1 3AN
Opening hours: 11:00 - 16:00

Sunday 10th October
Northumbria University Students union, Newcastle, NE1 8SB
Opening hours: 11:00 - 16:00

Sunday 17th October
The Hospitium, Museum Street, York, YO1 7FR
Opening hours: 10:30am - 4:30pm

Sunday 24th October
York Hall, Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 9PJ
Opening hours: 11:00am - 4:30pm

Saturday 30th October
University of Derby, Kedleston Road, Derby, DE22 1GB
Opening hours: 11:00 - 16:00

Sunday 31st October
The Riley Smith Hall, Leeds University, Lifton Place, LS2 9JT
Opening hours: 10:00 - 17:00

Please note: We will be adding new dates for Cambridge and Birmingham in the coming weeks.


Thursday, 2 September 2010

New on-line magazine...

Interesting news from the on-line fashion world. A new magazine is launching; Upstyler promises to take a unique look at fashion beyond the mass-produced high street and will include one-off pieces to buy.

Sounds like my kind of thing - on-line from mid-September - keep an eye out.

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

More Gent travel pictures...

We just got back from another visit to see family in Belgium. I've been lucky enough to live in Antwerp, and have family living in Gent. I've posted in the past with travel pictures from my visits in my Travel Files and Details.

Looking over my pictures again I'm always drawn to the same images - shadows, architectural details, food, and 'rommel' or bric-a-brac. I think it's the details that make up the rich character of a place, so I'm drawn to photographing the little things that define somewhere.

As for the graffiti hearts - I'm not sure what the story is there - but I like them!

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