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Back to business. I've been loving the Urban Outfitters sale over the last week. My uni is in Chatham, a hideous little town which holds little shopping prospects and ought to be approached with caution - and preferably a stab-vest. So it's pretty cool that Bluewater is only a 20 minute drive away, for all my Urban Outfitters and Kripsy Kreme needs. I have some serious Krispy Kreme needs.
I bought this mesh body for 9.99, which I wore to work today with a strategically placed denim jacket! It's not as see thru as the flash makes it look (otherwise I certainly wouldn't risk wearing it to work!) It's double layered so you can't really see much at all.
I bought this zippy crop top for 9.99
(I stumbled upon some cat eye glasses I bought on ebay last year which always bring out the batty old lady in me.)
I also bought this quilted duffle bag for 14.99
I dyed my hair darker this morning. 'Cyber Purple' appealed to me on many levels, eg. intaweb connotationz. And the fact that my hair now almost matches my Emma Cooks!
Starting with my one true love, Luella. I have to say this collection didn't excite me as much as previous collections, there wasn't as much of the subversive undercurrent I've come to love from her, but there were a few really lovely looks that more than made up for it. I mean, how can you stay mad at the lady who created these polka dot trousers! It's impossible!
The PPQ collection was a bit 'meh'-inducing... I adore the pink jumpsuit and the black one is nice too, but the rest of the collection does nothing for me, which is a shame because I always look forward to their show as it is usually right up my alley. There seems to be a lot of random pieces and the collection in general lacks a sense of direction and thematicism that the duo usually posess in spades.
I really loved the Peter Pilotto collection, which was a structured, yet sexy affair with Deep V's aplenty! The cut of the crossover style dress is perfection, as well as the jackets.
Last but not least is the only look I liked from the House of Holland collection, which Sarah Mower ripped a new a-hole, for lack of a better phrase, in her review on style.com. A highly amusing read! For those who can't be bothered to click the link, here's a highlight: " ...a presentation with very little substance and plenty of ironically tacky clothes that are actually genuinely tacky, too (how else to describe tangerine lace?). Today's show was little more than a barely concealed excuse for a party and extravagant posing for magazines and bloggers in the front row".
After all that, Louise Gray remains my LFW favourite!
Did you have a favourite?
I wore one of my favouritest Parisian purchases to work today. It's a cute little pair of floral dungarees I bought for 3 Euros in a vintage shop. I had to shorten the legs a bit as they were very unflattering before, but that made for a fun craft project in between house work and wii fit on my day off yesterday!
Time for dinner now, courtest of chef Alex and then Derren Brown and Peep Show on Channel 4! I live for TV nights!
Alex & Chloe are having an online sample sale which is brimming with cheap treats (caution: may include francophilia).
(Translates as 'I'm too sexy for this shirt'!)
Seeing as my student loan has reared it's sexy head today, I may have to treat myself to the Bonjour necklace. I saw it on someone else's blog over a year ago and wanted it back then so am super happy it's now tres cheap.
Having said that, I have been questioning my attitude to buying stuff recently... It's not that I am a spendaholic, not by any means, but it's the fact that I go off a lot of the things I do buy so quickly. One minute I think I can't even imagine life without a particular item, next minute it has lost it's shine and is languishing, unloved, on my bedroom floor and may or may not have a cat fast asleep on top of it.
I'm not sure whether it's just my fickle nature or simply that a lot of my purchases are from Topshop these days, as a result of having deliciously new items being thrust in my face on a daily basis. And then more new stuff, which makes the old new stuff seem very old indeed... On closer inspection it would seem that I am inarticulately describing the very nature of this Fashion malarkey I have decided to make a career out of, and the moral crises that come with it!
I'm not about to open the labyrinthine 'morals & fashion' can of worms because it usually leads me to the conclusion that I kinda hate fashion a bit (well, fast fashion, at least)! So I'll brush that one under the rug for the time being! And shall instead, gaze at the Topshop dress that came in today that I am 99% sure I can't live without but, in protest against myself, will definitely not be buying... for now!
Sheepskin boots have long polarised opinion and been the scorn of fashion snobs. So, when I was offered the chance to review a pair of Emu boots for Fitness Footwear, I was keen to see what all the fuss was about.
The boots themselves (I chose the Bronte Lo boot in Charcoal) are lined with Merino Wool, which keeps feet cool in hot temperatures and warm in cold temperatures, and an obvious benefit of wool-lined boots is that they are bloody comfy. The sole seems to be made of a layer of foam and rubber which makes them springy and not heavy, as I thought they'd be. Unlike Uggs, Emu boots are double stitched, for durability and longevity.
Will these boots be joining the Emma Cook's as one of my essential A/W foot looks (I'm a poet and I didn't even know it!)? Probably not. When your style crushes are Jaime Winstone and Enid from Ghost World, not to mention having boy hair, the LA casual-cool look isn't easily achievable. So, sorry Emus, it's not you… it's me!
But for those that do fit the bill, these certainly seem like a good investment as they are more durable and less expensive than their competitors! And who knows, what with sheepskin boots being featured in a fantastic editorial in the new Pop Magazine (the full editorial here) and Peaches G proudly rocking her Emus in a goth-chic ensemble (bringing to mind the old chestnut, 'it's not what you wear, it's how you wear it'!), perhaps it's time to give snobbery the boot!
(Pop scan from Fashion Gone Rogue)
I've been back from Paris for a few days and am missing it awf'ly. I've come back down to earth with a bit of a crash in the form of family feuds and a poorly cat (Roxy has a urine infection). So for now, I shall reminisce of better days, where the sun was hot (mainly*) and the vintage was oh, so cheap!
So on the first day, we went for dinner on the Champs Elysees and I was looking forward to trying out the Emma Cooks for the first time...
But no sooner had we left the Metro station, it started to rain*! I've had some leather shoes that go all speckled when they get rain on, so just to be on the safe side, I begrudgingly changed into sandals.
The next day, we went to see the trendy Marais district of Paris, stopping en route at the George Pompidou center where you could go up a huuuuge escalator and once you got to the top, see insane views of the city. Here's a pic of me at the very top of this building, but sadly I was WAY too scared to go near the edge, so alas there's no views to share! Just an outfit!
One of the days we were walking about near our hotel (close to the Gare du Nord), and we came across this second hand/vintage shop, Guerrisol (which somewhere along the line we very maturely decided to refer to only as 'gorilla asshole'), where all clothes were €1.50 and shoes were €3! Alex became a bit obsessed with it, insisting we went back every couple of days to check for new stock. We did buy shitloads from this shop, but my camera is dead so I can't take pics of it all. We did get a pic of some boat shoes we bought there though.
Another cool shop we found near our hotel was the Lomography shop! I've never seen one of these in the UK so it was a suprise. It looked fantastic inside and was clear a lot of effort went into the visual merchandising, with cameras displayed in vintage suitcases hung on the wall. I tried to take a couple of pictures from outside but it was a really sunny day so they didn't come out very well.
On our way back to the hotel one night, we passed the Lomo shop and they had their recycling bins left outside. I saw what looked like a something cute and box-like amid the packaging to be thrown away and in a fit of total un-glamourousness (just for a change!), I had a little rummage and extracted this!
Do I need a small box? Probably not. Did it make re-packing my suitcase a nightmare due to it's un-squishable-ness? Yes. But it was cute and free, two things I am programmed not to resist! I guess the moral of this tale is to rifle proudly down bins, you never know what you may find!
One night we went on a boat trip down the Seine, where I managed to fight off the urge to break into a rendition of 'I'm on a boat' by The Lonely Island. Alex, the Emma Cook's and I had a fine time seeing the sights and perving over parisian properties.
Another day, we went back to Le Marais and went to this brilliant little Vintage Shop with the most lethal spiral staircase down into another room crammed with clothes. Here's what I wore, followed by what i saw!
I bought this bejewelled batwing knit, but the picture does not do it justice at all. I'll be posting a more detailed pic of this and all of my other parisian purchases when my cam batteries have been revived!
We also went to Colette where Scott Schuman (The Sartorialist) was doing a book signing for his new street style book! Here's the window display.
So that was Paris in a nutshell.
I wish I'd taken some pics of the food I had, because that was one of the highlights of the trip!
I'd like to thank Claire of Young Shields for giving me loads of great ideas of things to do in Paris, including buy Laduree Macaroons (a-mazing), go to the fab Fashion magazine/bookshop in Le Marais & Wander round Ile St. Louis among many other things!
Thanks for joining me on my trip down memory lane! ♥