Monday, 23 February 2009

The latest addition to my wardrobe...

This Matt & Nat Marais bag was my birthday present from my boyfriend :o) I had had my eye on it for aaages, and it does not disappoint in reality!
I then bought these Nine West boots in the never-ending House of Fraser sale. Was a bit of an impulse buy, but they are very lovely...

Saturday, 14 February 2009

Going a bit batty...

Following on from my previous post about my new batwing cardigan, batwing sleeves have been on my mind a bit. I never used to be sure if I liked batwing sleeves. Having always been a fan of the kimono sleeve, batwing sleeves just looked a bit odd to me and I think I had seen too many bad examples of batwings. It’s all about the proportions – there’s always the worry that it’s going to make you look like you have very short arms, or a very wide body. But recently I keep coming across batwing tops that I really like the look of. I think I prefer the look of kimono sleeves, but batwings do have the advantage of being a bit more practical and not dangling in your dinner! Here are some lovely batwing tops I have seen recently:

Thursday, 12 February 2009

The latest addition to my wardrobe... this gorgeous Antik Batik batwing cardigan from It was one of those things that the first time I saw it I knew I had to have it - luckily I didn't see it until it was in the sale! So far I have worked out it goes perfectly with skinny jeans and heels, and looks fab with a black mini dress, tights and flat boots. Yum!

Sunday, 8 February 2009

I Heart Legs

So it's not long until Valentine's Day... Time to get all those red and pink clothes out and cover everything in hearts! Personally I despise Valentine's Day - and not because I'm single as I'm not - I just don't like the idea of being romantic because we're told to be. I'd rather go for a nice romantic dinner because we feel like it at a time that suits, that will probably end up being much more romantic when you're not surrounded by a whole restaurant full of couples also being "romantic". Not to mention cheaper when the prices aren't hiked up specially for said couples.

Anyway, rant over. And despite my dislike of Valentine's Day, there is something deep inside me that really likes the idea of all the girly hearts and red and pink decorations. Strange as I'm not normally a girly red and pink kind of girl. But check out the range of Valentine tights on Celeste Stein, known of course for having a huuuuge range of different patterned tights, has come up trumps with some lovey dovey leg adornments. My personal favourite is the rose pattern, although I am far too chicken/they are far too colourful for my legs.

Emilio Cavallini is also providing some Valentine's legwear - in the shape of some nice subtle hearts-up-the-back-of-the-leg tights, as well as some very cute heart print ankle socks:

Thursday, 5 February 2009


I've never been a fan of sequins. I don't think I own a single piece of sequined clothing. Don't get me wrong, sequins can look great on the right people - I often see sparkly people and get a bit jealous that they can pull off sequins when I don't even want to try.

Having said that, there's something about sparkly sequins that I find almost mesmerising. To look at. Not to wear. But I found some sparkly things that are pretty to look at (yes I do spend far to much time looking on net-a-porter, especially considering I'm not likely to buy any of the below):

But then I came across this Miu Miu cardigan and it reminded me of all that is wrong with sequins...

Tuesday, 3 February 2009

In my dreams

I came across this Burberry Prorsum mac while browsing on -I love how simple yet beautiful it is, and how it looks like a jacket with a skirt when really its a coat all along. Unfortunately, and especially in the skint state I am in right now, the price tag of £1,757 is slightly off putting. Keep dreaming...

Monday, 2 February 2009

I am loving...

... Morphine Generation tees. So far only on a visual basis as I have yet to try them out for real, but I have an inkling that this may be happening soon.

I think I may have to order this Burnout Tee and Silk Dress from

The online shopping continues...

Goodbye sales!

It’s time to wave goodbye to the January sales :o( I will miss you online sales - although I will have a lot more time in the day if I don't have to keep looking at the same websites over and over again to make sure the things I have my eye on haven't gone/new things haven't been added to the sale. I discovered last year a lot of shops secretly keep their sales going on for much longer in store without advertising it. Sneaky hey? A few lunchtime trips to the shops are in order this week I feel...

For all year round discount hunters, has a relatively new (to me anyway, I only noticed it a couple of months ago) section called Asos Red, which stocks last season clothes at discount prices. I bagged myself some Earnest Sewn jeans for £35 and an Arrogant Cat dress for £25 :o) it’s worth a look at On top of that, I am already excited about the launch this spring of, the new discount designer website from founder Natalie Massenet. Bring on the bargains!

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Vintage Virgin

I have always been intrigued by vintage clothes. So many times I see a photo and think "Wow that's a gorgeous jumper/dress/bag, I wonder where it's from?",and it turns out to be vintage. I also love the idea that vintage clothes are one of a kind and can really make an outfit look unique. However, I am a little bit wary of buying anything vintage except scarves and bags. Part of the reason is that I am unsure of the best places to buy vintage, and I also want to make sure I am buying quality pieces (without spending huge amounts of money!). When I have looked around popular vintage shops in London such as Rokit, all I seemed to find were cute flowery tea dresses, frumpy "old lady" dresses, and lots and lots of plaid shirts. All of which would be perfect for other people and look great on them, but are just not my style. I did come away from Rokit with a black denim skirt and a stripy scarf, but was nevertheless a bit disappointed that I hadn't found anything more. I think it's about time I get serious and overcome this fear of buying vintage clothes, so I have set myself a couple of challenges: Firstly, to buy something vintage from eBay. Secondly, I want to find something from a specific vintage shop, either online or in a "real" shop. The third challenge is to check out some of the various vintage markets in London and try and find something there. I'm sure that all of this is all old hat for a lot of people who regularly scour the markets, but I still need to work up to it! I'll let you know how I get on...