Friday, 24 December 2010

ALL THAT GLITTERS

It's Christmas peoples!

Am stuck in the office. Boo!

Came across these Miu Miu shoes. In lust. Nothing like some bling to cheer me up. Yay!

Here is an ode to all things sparkly and festive (aka stuff I want):

Brian Lichtenberg dress. Sexual.
Anya Hindmarch clutch. Like candy, but no calories. Mmmm.
 Haute Hippe skirt. Jazz hands!
Chrissy Loub pumps. Sigh.

Silver boullions by Essie. The new Mink Muffs. 

P.S Check out my favourite scene from Elf! Happy holidays!


Thursday, 23 December 2010

THE LONG AND SHORT OF IT


I just came across this picture of Winona Ryder and Alessandra Ambrosia in D&G.

Proof that fashion has less to do with clothes and more to do with being tall, thin and beautiful.

Thankfully, I am blessed with two out of three.

Although lately, I'm not so sure.

I have been eating my way through winter and was especially disturbed to find a half hour workout yesterday DID NOT turn me into Gisele.

Why bother really?

Have invested in chic quilted jacket from Zara to cheer me up and hide the food baby.

Also very excited husband got tickets for The Nutcracker tonight.

Maybe skinny ballerinas will spur eating disorder.

Fingers crossed.

P.S Who else thinks Christina Aguilera and Miss Piggy were swapped at birth? (No offense, Miss Piggy)

Tuesday, 21 December 2010

SCENTS AND INSENSIBILITY


To distract myself from new flat OCD last night, I put my Elle Decor down and switched the TV on.

Was very amused by Justin Timberlake acting moronic for new ad.

JT runs up the Eiffel Tower in a bowler hat with unsuspecting blonde.

THEN he makes the city lights dance - all via remote control.

This is to advertise 'Play'  - as in forward, rewind, PLAY (well, they are geniuses over at Givenchy.)

Seriously, what is going on with perfume and celebrities these days?!

Please watch Guy Ritchie's ad starring Jude Law for Dior Homme (or maybe don't, it's five minutes you'll NEVER get back)



And then there's Ryan Reynolds for Hugo Boss. Why? 

And Matthew McConaughey for Dolce & Gabanna. Was hot circa How to lose a Guy, should have been put to sleep circa Failure to Launch.

Don't even get me started on the Beckhams.

The list goes on but I will summarize for you, these ads all have one thing in common: they're shit.

Think I'll go back to my Elle Decor now.

P.S Chloe Sevigny on style: 'I'm glad I grew up during the last vestige of cool, in the Nineties, when everything wasn't blogged and on the Interwebs, when things were more on the downlow and underground.

'I guess I am stylish, but I would rather have people come up and say "I really liked your performance in this or that" than I really like the way you dress'. That irks me.'

Year, irks me too.

Anyone know what Chloe's actually starred in? Love her dress though.



P.P.S Have found the perfect present for the dumb blonde in your life. Oscar Wild clutch bag by Kate Spade.

To the outside world, she appears to be able to read.

To her, she has a cute purse to store her lipsticks and things in.

Everyone's a winner.

Friday, 17 December 2010

TALK TO THE HAND


I have been seeking the perfect pair of gloves.

And now, I have found them.

Leather and lace, my favourite combination (other than vodka and soda).

Ah-amazing.

They are from Club Monaco, which incidentally, have lots of other beautiful things too.

Like: Divine pearl necklace. Think cashmere, think pink and grey. Think happy thoughts.




Next up: Super cute fingerless gloves. Think free to use phone without typos.



Headband: Think Barbour jacket, snood, chunky knit, pleated skirt, flat knee-high boots. Think maybe I will look like her if I put this on.




Oh no, frustration has kicked in.

Just clicked on their storefinder and discovered they don't sell Club Monaco in the UK.

Grrrrr.

Quest for perfect gloves continue...

P.S Carine Roitfeld has quit French Vogue! That means there's an opening...Quel excitement!

P.P.S A cupcake headband. Just what I've always wanted. How did they know?

famivoll.com 

P.P.P.S Heard this in Whole Foods yesterday. Stuck in head. Just sharing the love.

Thursday, 16 December 2010

WEDDING BELLE



I know I shouldn't love this but I do! I do!

Nicole Richie's Marchesa dress is so pretty and ballerina-like, so very now ahead of the Black Swan premiere.

Which I cannot wait for BTW!

My BFF is getting married next year (congratulations Lanoush, I love you!) and I have been looking at dress ideas for her, which has me all nostalgic about my own wedding. *sniff sniff*

I know it was only five months ago but I miss it and am thinking of organising a vow renewal of some kind in a couple of years.

Why should a girl only get one wedding?

Which MEANS, I need a dress! Yay.

Ok, so donning a puffball creation would be mildly freaky but as winter white has made a comeback (see Kate Middleton in Reiss, Gwyneth Paltrow in Pucci, Angelina Jolie in Versace...) there are so many beautiful regular dresses I could wear.

In fact, why wait really? I am eye-spying so many gorgeous whites including this stunningly simple Valentino.


P.S I never thought I'd say this but it seems there IS such a thing as too much animal print, Roberto Cavalli. Really, for £2,635, you should know better.




Tuesday, 14 December 2010

CHILD'S PLAY


There is something strange going on in the fashion industry.

More than usual, I mean.

Now I know pre-pubescent teens make ideal mannequins and we all accept that, but there appears to be a disturbing new wave of youth attracting designers.

I finally got the chance to curl up on the sofa with the December Vogue Paris edited by
Tom Ford tonight and did a double WTF take when I saw this 23 page shoot on gift ideas, modelled by children.

I had trouble guessing these freaky kids' ages - honestly, the Balmain threw me off -  but nine or ten might be a safe bet.

These little people are just so darn little.

Stunning, yes. Playing dress up in the most dee-vine attire, yes!



But, am not exaggerating, in one shot, the kid is modelling a red Versace gown, Swarovski-encrusted Chrissy Loubs and a 20 carat Cartier bracelet.

I don't even think she's Russian.

I may be missing something, but I am having trouble understanding Tom's vision here.

Is it supposed to be ironic? Doesn't Mr Ford know fashion people don't do humour? Has he not seen Zoolander?

And what's with Willow Smith being on the cover of the Sunday Times Style magazine? 

There's an interview and everything. She's also ten, btw - and a singer.

Am I interested in the opinion of a ten-year-old?! Even if she is Will Smith's daughter. 

Er, no. 

I'm barely interested in opinions at all. Other than my own.

On the plus side, given my frame, I may be able to pass myself off as a child model. 

All I need is some couture and a music video.

Shouldn't be too difficult, as long as I make sure to dip my hair in paint and headbang.

P.S Speaking of music videos, check out the new single by Karl Lagerfeld's muse Baptiste Giabiconi... There are no words. Really. None.

Thursday, 9 December 2010

HAPPY KOOPLES


Carrying on from my new interest in men's fashion (I have a very short attention span though so I expect boredom with this will set in very soon, if not sooner) I am pleased to report The Kooples has hit our icy shores.

With shops opening on King’s Road, Carnaby Street and Selfridges there's really no excuse to be dragging a sartorially-challenged partner around with you over the holiday season.

To explain, The Kooples is a sort of androgynous his and hers store inspired by cult couples including Jane Berkin and Serge Gainsbourg etc etc.

It's super cool, super Paris and in no way reminiscent of David and Victoria Beckham.

Je cannot wait to go.

P.S On the topic of hot and French...Check out the new short film for Dior..(If you have eight minutes to spare)..It's the final installment from Marion Cotillard (sad face) and Natalie Portman will be taking over for the next campaign...It's kind of weird but whatever, she's amazing...

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

LAST OF THE BIG SUSPENDERS



I'm not usually that interested in men's fashion.

But after lots of pleading from husband, I finally watched (half of) Wall Street for the first time on Friday and have come to four new conclusions about life:

1) Michael Douglas is hot.
2) Every male banker I know blatantly watched this film and wanted, but failed, to be Gordon Gekko - lucky for them considering the ending tbh.
3) Lunch is for wimps.
4) Men really should wear suspenders more often.

For tips on how to recreate this sexy look, it helps if you actually are Gordon Gekko.

Given the unlikelihood of this, I believe Chuck Bass from Gossip Girl (but NOT Andre 3000) also wears it well, with a cool, modern twist.

Having said all that, I am now quite keen to invest in a pair myself...of suspenders, that is.


P.S After going to birthday party as Little Red Riding Hood costume last month (see previous post), some big movie person must have eyed me from across the room and used me as their source of inspiration....

I must say, I never really saw myself as Amanda Seyfried but who am I to argue with Hollywood?

Thursday, 2 December 2010

SNOW WHITE PAPER



So here are is my top ten can't get through the winter without (in no particular order):

1) Earmuffs. Ok, I may resemble an eight-year old but they are the warmest thing ever and completely acceptable for sub-zero temperatures. Just remember to remove before you get to work or you WILL look like a twat.

2) The Snowman. Classic. But was a bit suspect come to think about it: big giant kidnaps little boy in the middle of the night after smoking pipe. Not sure that would fly these days to be honest. No pun intended.

3) Mulled wine. You can't feel the cold after a while. Or your face eventually.

4) George Michael. Could carry a cool Christmas tune before DUI and occupying public lavatories.

5) The gym. I know I'm only basing it on two sessions so far but I SWEAR I feel better already. The steam room/ sauna made me feel like a new person. Have yet to try a work out.

6) Fur. Sorry PETA.

7) Puzzles. Hours of entertainment and great fun, especially if you don't like people.

8) Winter Wonderland. Also goes fabulously with no3 followed by a roller coaster followed by a hot dog and more no3. Followed by Alka Seltzer.

9) Wrapping paper. For all the presents I am getting myself.

10) Husband. He keeps me warm and cosy and can reach the higher shelves...

P.S Once bitten and twice shy...GM could do with taking his own advice.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

HEAD CANDY

 
Thankfully, it's not my ineptitude but a major blackberry problem that means I can't save any more pictures onto my phone. Boo!

But I did find out name of the artist who created my dream headboard. And a detail of it on Google images.

Helen Amy Murray is her name and she does very pretty things with furniture.

Am loving these chairs par example:






Clearly, her £12,000 bed creation is not really an option (though I am Secret-ing it) but my interior designer friend says we can maybe copy it for a fraction of the cost.

Of course, that could have just been her way of shutting me up after spending three hours with me looking at homewares, which if I'm honest is enough to send most people a little bit over the edge...

P.S I am super happy it's the 1st of December, my favourite month of the year.

It's a time for friends, family and giving.

But way more importantly, consumer consumption kicks into overdrive and it's practically illegal not to shop!

Just doing my bit for the economy.

Oh, AND you get lots of cool Christmas songs while you do it too....I'm skipping already...