Monthly Archives: July 2012

Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Anne Hathaway Catwoman

  • I’m at another festival this weekend, which is definitely worthy of a RTW mention. So far the weather has been mixed, the music has been brilliant and the potential for finding goodies in the Oxfam clothing tent, difficult to resist!
  • Pampering. This week I treated myself to a mini facial at Origins. The counter is located in House of Fraser but there is also a beauty room hidden away at the bak of the department store that offers a bit of peace from the hustle and bustle of the shop floor. Origins manager Jade worked her magic on me and my skin felt so soft afterwards – it’s only £15 for 45 minutes, redeemable against purchase, and a wonderful way to spoil yourself!
  • The Bat Man. I couldn’t write this post and not mention the amazing final film of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy. The Dark Knight Rises kept me on the edge of my seat and is as good, if not possibly even better, than The Dark Knight. Despite my initial skepticism, Anne Hathaway made a brilliant Catwoman, and the villains held their own against Heath Ledger’s Joker of the previous sequal. Do you agree?

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Picton Street

  • Bristol Harbour Festival. Yesterday I wore a new (old) blouse from Grandma Ship-Shape’s wardrobe, sat in the sunshine with friends in Queen’s Square, drank cider and attended a random street fair in Picton Street, above. It’s weekends like this that make me fall in love with Bristol every summer.
  • This week I finally got around to documenting the awesome clothes swap I went to a couple of weeks ago. The evening involved some tasty cakes and fantastic finds, all in the name of charity. I can’t wait to wear all my new threads, though I’m still not sure when I’ll be brave enough to wear the leopard print dress…

A Very Vintage Summer

Vintage green blouse

Summer, is that you? Like a fine wine or a slab of cheddar cheese, Summer 2012 has taken it’s time to mature. We finally experienced a bit of a breakthrough this morning, so much so that I decided to get my legs out in these denim shorts.

The deliciously bright green blouse is one of Grandma Ship-Shape’s cast-offs, and the Paisely scarf is one I picked up from the Bristol Flea Market. The sandals are Primark and are falling to pieces (becuase I’ve literally worn them to death) but hopefully they’ll survive one last pilgrimage to the Bristol Harbour Festival. See you there?

Vintage green blouseVintage green blouse

Kat’s Clothes Swap

A couple of weeks ago I was invited to an impromptu clothes swap. Actually, it wasn’t that impromptu – Kat, who is raising money to fund her trip to work with a charity in Mexico – had been planning it for weeks, but I didn’t find out about it until S of Beautiful Plumage asked me to go that same afternoon. I love a good clothes swap, and since this one was for charity I could hardly say no, could I?

I’ve been to a couple of small-scale clothes swaps and while Kat’s was held in her home on a quiet street in Southville, it was the most organised and well-stocked swap I’ve ever been to! The photos I took on my phone are a bit rubbish, but picture a living room piled high with clothes, accessories and jewellery, all divided into neat sections, including knitwear, skirts, jackets and even ‘sparkly things’.

Not only was there an abundance of clothes to choose from, there were also ample sweet treats that Kat had whipped up, including carrot cake, scones and fresh strawberries. Yum!

After some tea and cake, nine of us spent half an hour perusing ( I love that word) the extensive collection of clothes and selecting a few outfits to try on, before getting stuck in and swapping.

I came away with some fantastic finds, including a mustard coloured chunky knit jumper from Warehouse, a linen blazer and leopard print jersey dress. Once the weather picks up I’ll put up some actual outfit posts, but for now, check out my best finds, below.

I’ve mentioned it before on the blog, but clothes swaps are such a fantastic way to socialise with friends, clear out the clothes you never wear and pick up some new threads at the same time. And, in the case of Kat’s clothes swap, you can raise money for charity, too.

Have you been to any clothes swaps recently? What’s been your favourite swapping find?

Coffee coloured Topshop jumper
Coffee coloured Topshop jumper
Redoute leopard print jersey dress
Redoute leopard print jersey dress
Blue spotty F+F top
Blue and cream spotty F+F top from Tesco
Grey linen Primark jacket
Grey linen 3/4 length sleeve jacket from Primark
Mustard yellow chunky knit Warehouse jumper
Mustard yellow chunky knit Warehouse jumper
Grey wollen jumper dress
Slouchy grey jumper dress

Rock The Week – Festival Special

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Mudddy wellies

  • Mud, mud, glorious mud! This weekend I was at 2000 Trees festival in Gloucestershire. It’s a small music festival that’s focuses on new and underground British music. I’m used to the likes of Glastonbury, with 120,000 odd revellers, so a festival with less than 5000 people was a bit of a change. The weather made the festival a bit of a washout, but my friends and managed to have an awesome time anyway, though I was grateful for a shower when I got back this afternoon.
  • Festival fashion. While my weekend consisted of wellies, waterproofs and mud, see photo above, I do have some advice on how to do festival fashion – weather permitting!
  • New music. I went to 2000 Trees having heard of only a handful of bands, and I came back with a whole new playlist! Favourites included Fixers, Dog is Dead, Spirit of John and the stylish locals, The Cadbury Sisters.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…