Thursday, 25 August 2011

Today's colour pallette

Today's outfit were new purchases thanks to uniform season :) Consisting of angle grazing high waisted (extremely fitted) skinny jeans in a mustard/ochre shade, a polka dot tee which was silk panneled on the front in my fav colour royal blue, ox blood ribbed ankle socks, neutral brogues and an antique brace style necklace.

Looks I'm loving today

Having been spoiled by a fab four days away with amazing weather and on a twelve day countdown until I go to Greece the majority of my fav styling/outfit builds today are primarily built around my favourite summer key piece ........ the denim shorts. 

Thursday, 18 August 2011

Fashion Dictionary

I thought I'd share with you the following feature from, whilst being quite comical it proves how massive and important fashion is in today's world. 

How times have changed: Back in 1911, when Henry and George Fowler compiled their first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary from a cottage in Guernsey, a blouse was defined as a 'workman's loose linen or cotton garment', while a frock was a 'monk's long gown with loose sleeves'

Fast-forward to 2011, and the mankini, the unsightly swimwear made ubiquitous by Sacha Baron Cohen's politically incorrect film character Borat, is one of a host of new words added to
 a new centenary edition of the Concise Oxford English Dictionary. 'A brief one-piece bathing garment for men with a T-back' is how the mankini is depicted, while the jegging, 'tight-fitting stretch trousers for women' also gets a mention.

Excuse us, but those voguish terms have been and gone as far as fashion is concerned. Surely non fashion folk would be better off knowing what a 'coatigan' is, or this season's must-have, the 'flatform'?
For those wordsmiths at the OED, we've compiled a collective of fashion terms which should feature in its forthcoming tome:

Flatform - a flat but significantly raised shoe, incarnated by Chanel and Prada for spring/summer 2011. Need there be any more reasons than that?

Alexa - a satchel-esque bag named and made in honour of British style icon Alexa Chung by Mulberry. You'll never hear the words 'I like your satchel' directed to one, it's 'I like your Alexa '.
Coatigan - a cover-up that's not quite a jacket but so much more than a humble cardigan.
Pleather - the posh abbreviation for 'plastic leather'.
Shoots - when a shoe met a boot, the result was a shoot!
Tregging - a hybrid for a trouser/legging. But not a jegging - which signifies denim. Keeping up?
Seven eights - not a maths division but the ideal length for a pair of ankle-grazing skinny jeans.
Cankles - beauty speak for ankles that have no definition. Poor Cheryl Cole and Mischa Barton are confirmed cankle sufferers.
Vajazzle - crystal embellishments to adorn 'down there' after a bikini wax. You've got hit TV series The Only Way Is Essex to thank for that.

Collection Reminiscent - Mario testino = WOW

The following images are from the current issue of Vogue, shot by Mario Testino (a truly inspirational fashion photographer in my opinion) 
The dark colour palette of predominantly black with the odd flashes/highlight of white relies heavily on texture to add depth to the garments, this really reminded me of my graduate collection (I will upload photos at a later date for you to compare) in which my entire range consisted of black garments with the exception of a white fitted shirt and a single white ruffle hidden amongst an abundance of black material. 

Potential pay day treats

Velvet boots may be a bit of a problem seeing as though the fabric goes completely through me - I may need someone to have to put them on for me so I don't have to touch them :) 


Although I am very much a summer girl, I'm sooooooo excited by the Autumn trends that I cannot wait to start buying. 

Fab styling / looks I'm loving today


Tuesday, 16 August 2011

The trends - the Topshop way

Need a little inspiration in the styling department? Can't decide whether a top is New Mod or Glam underground? Fear not Topshop have it off to a tee!!!!


Prim and Polished
New Mod
Glam Underground

Sunday, 14 August 2011

Color stories - Prim and Polished

Dirty beige

Perfect peach



Classic tan


French Navy

Prim and Polished

From 60s dolly birds to 40s post-war Britain, these retro styles have a serious dose of ladylike appeal. Think ditsy floral tea dresses and oh-so girly princess coats. Team ankle-grazing trousers with Peter Pan collared blouses and get set to stand out with stockings, daintily beaded pouches, belts featuring bows and faux-fur collars. For styling inspiration think Alex Chung and you wont go far wrong.

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters

Urban Outfitters