Monthly Archives: February 2011

An accidental Sunday shopping spree

salmon pink jersey top

Today has been a typical Sunday – chilled out and relaxed, with a trip to Fabric Land for bridesmaid dress fabric, a visit to the Bristol Museum for the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition (amazing!) and an accidental trip to Primark.

All I wanted was a pair of socks – that’s all – and then I remembered I needed a new black vest top for yoga, then I was drawn to the lightweight layered jersey tops, and by the time I made my way to the till via the accessories department, I knew my resolve not to spend more than a fiver had all but disappeared. And did I get the pair of socks I actually needed? Nope.

But in my defence what I did get were some practical, versatile pieces that could be paired with skinny jeans, tailored jodhpurs or even a nice pair of denim cut-off shorts once the weather bucks its ideas up. The salmon pink colour, above, compliments my hair and skin tone and the cropped navy top, below, is baggy enough to give me cover while still looking great with a fitted pair of trousers or leggings. The red and tan faux leather satchel is small enough for popping out and about and may even be my festival bag for 2011. The rope necklace, above, was a bit frivolous but I love the nautical theme and it is a fail-safe option, along with florals, for this time of year.

At least that’s my rationale and I’m sticking to it : )

Navy Primark jersey and pale pink vest

Navy Primark jersey top layered over a pale pink vest

Red Primark satchel with tan faux leather buckles

Red Primark satchel with tan faux leather buckles

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Lust Have:Topshop’s ladylike midi dress

topshop edit 60s dress

Topshop's Tan Fifties Style Border Print Midi Dress

For most women a trip to Toshop is reminiscent of being a kid in a sweet shop: you want need everything. Now. If money were no object I think most of us would walk round the rails pushing a shopping trolley and filling it to the brim. Sadly I for one don’t have the time or money to do this every Saturday, and I’m not sure the staff would approve of a trolley dash anyway, so thank goodness for Topshop Edit.

Available online and making up part of the Oxford street store, Edit is a hand-picked selection of new season trends, aimed at a time-poor shopper with cash to splash. Along with leather briefcases and antique lace tops I spotted this gorgeous ladylike dress, above, when I paid a brief visit myself last Friday before The LOOK Show. Sophie Ellis-Bextor wore it with a cream cardigan to the show and looked, for want of a better phrase, just darling! Midi is the length of the season and the delicate blue floral print is both ordered and chaotic depending upon where your eye falls. The bow at the back is another nice detail and the 50s silhouette is no doubt inspired by the recent fascination with Mad Men. I feel it could make any girl feel feminine and be both smart and playful with the right accessories, want, want want!

The Topshop Edit store is located within the flagship London store on Oxford Street but if you want to wrestle with me for the last dress then try the Topshop store in Cabot Circus or Cribbs Causeway.

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The LOOK Show SS/11: Part Two

As promised, here are a few more photos from my day at The LOOK Show SS/11…

NOTE: When I saw the flower displays I instantly thought how gorgeous they would look at a wedding – I wonder now I have been inflicted with the bride-to-be status that I will always feel this way when I see a flower arrangement I like – I can only hope this attention to detail passes once I’m hitched : )


Above: champagne and gorgeous flower arrangments

The LOOK Show SS/11

Above: Polly and I at the LOOK Show


Above: Alexis Jordan performs at the LOOK Show

Dorothey-Perkins-retro-dress at the LOOK Show Ss/11

Above: Retro print dress from Dorothy Perkins


Above: Boyish tailoring from Uniqlo

Polly-at-LOOK Show SS/11

Above: Polly is OK


Above: Block colours from River Island


Above: The LOOK-Show goody bag

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The LOOK Show SS/11


Between editing some of the 200+ photos I took on Friday and channeling Lady Gaga for a friend’s birthday celebrations, I had very little time left yesterday to actually write about the LOOK Show SS/11. Suffice to say it was so much fun, especially as my pal Polly came with me, and between celeb spotting (inc. Olivia Palermo and Sophie Ellis-Bextor) and champagne sipping we mingled with the other fashionable guests and dined out on nibbles by M&S – and that’s before the show even started.

I must say I wasn’t expecting the LOOK Show to be such a well rounded event – most Fashion Week shows are a fast-paced, get in and get out affair with very little room for mingling and canapes – in contrast LOOK magazine, in partnership with some of the best loved labels on the high street, put on one of the funnest shows of the season.

After arriving in London I met up with Polly and we queued dutifully outside Victoria House along with hoards of fashion-hungry women dressed in leather, heels and red lipstick. Fashion bloggers, members of the press and avid LOOK readers mingled with one another once inside, sipping champagne, dressing up for photobooth snaps and craning their necks to look at the next celebrity to step through the door. I stopped joining in after managing to cover a Hawaiian shirted waitress in several glasses of champagne, smashing the empty flutes over the painted concrete floor with aplomb…


Above: The fashion-hungry queue outside Victoria House

LOOK Show-sign

Above: The LOOK Show sign


LOOK's editor Ali Hall poses for the paps with Sophie Ellis Bextor

After picking shards of glass off the floor and apologising profusely, I took my seat and waited for the show to start, getting a glimpse of New York It girl Olivia Palermo, below, in the process. Once the lights went down and show began the ‘who’s who on the front row’ debate settled down and our attention fell on the catwalk. SS/11 trends of 70s glamour, Mad Men influenced tailoring and bright, clashing colours were evident at New Look, Warehouse and Mango while M&S and Monsoon provided a more classic outlook, with crisp white shirts and printed silk kaftans respectively.

French Connection busted out their ‘London’ dress, a special limited edition design created to celebrate London Fashion Week, along with tan leather skirts and bell-sleved blouses. H&M focused on blocks of bold colour with coral, orange, yellow and emerald green standing out while River Island, who got the largest cheer of the show, wowed with grown up tailoring and some lovely floral prints.

At the end of the show the three finalists of the LOOK/Lorraine Curvy Supermodel competition took to the catwalk with LOOK editor Ali Hall and GMTV’s Mark Heyes to reveal the winner, Lindsey O’Hagan, 19, who wore a refreshingly genuine look of surprise as she accepted her bouquet of flowers and hugs from the runners up. Although only a size 12, this victory for Lindsey will hopefully pave the way for more ‘plus size’ models to strut their stuff on British catwalks in future seasons.

After the show we made our way to the retro photobooth and with a little help from the lovely New Look folks we donned hats and sunglasses, making full use of the wind machine while we pulled faces in front of the camera. A few peach mojitos later and we were, sadly, ready to leave. I had an amazing day and met some lovely people and could still pinch myself that out of the 40,000 odd readers to apply for tickets I was lucky enough to win a pair.

I hope everyone had as much fun as Polly and I did and all I can say is roll on the LOOK Show AW/11! More photos to follow…


Olivia Palermo takes her seat for the show


H&M rainbow brights


French Connection limited edition 'London' dress


The finalists of the LOOK/Lorraine Curvy Supermodel competition


Mark Heyes congratulates winner Lindsey O'Hagan


Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion is OK at LOOK


Peach mojitos and photobooth snaps

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The Look Show SS11 tickets

It is the eve of London Fashion Week and just over 12 hours I’ll be on my way to the capital to attend The LOOK Show SS11 and get swept up in the first day of LFW madness.

My nails are painted, my tickets are packed and I’m currently reading up on Net-A-Porter’s guide to front row fashion in a bid to help me pick an outfit to wear. To say I’m excited is an understatement!

I’ve been to LFW fringe events before but the last show I went to was Amanda Wakeley a good six seasons ago so I’m looking forward to taking The LOOK Show, particularly as it is 100% high street.

Primark 2-in-1 chiffon dress

Primark 2-in-1 chiffon dress

Brands taking to the runway include Next, River Island, New Look and Uniqlo – perfect for even my most modest blogger budget. Not only do we get to see their new season stock, there will also be the chance to buy it after the show so there is hope that I’ll finally get my hands on Primark’s chiffon 2-in-1 dress, above, that has so far eluded me.

It’s not  exactly on the same level as buying up half of Christopher Kane or PPQ but I’m looking forward to collections I can get my hands on right now, not pine for longingly for six months.

There will be plenty of other bloggers in attendance, including the five lucky winners of the LOOK blogging competition so I can’t wait to meet everyone – say hi if you see me : )

Oh and finally, you may have noticed I have moved to WordPress which I mentioned I might do recently. I’ve tried to tidy up my new home and make it presentable before you arrived but please bare with me while I get used to my surroundings and unpack my things. I hope I’ll like it here and I hope you’ll continue reading. If any other bloggers have any tips and tricks on how to get the best of it please comment below or email me!

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