Monday, April 29th, 2013
I love clothes. I really do. I went to the London College of Fashion, I studied fashion journalism, my mother was a weaver who had her own clothing line when I was younger – it’s pretty much engrained in me to be one stylin’, profilin’ mofo. I love checking out other people’s style (unless it involves Uggs), I love fabrics, patterns, discovering designers from distant, foreign lands. You get the point – I love this shiz. And so, it has been with increasing despair over the past year that I have stared at my wardrobe and bellowed the words ‘I HAVE NOTHING TO WEAR!’ Oh sure, we’ve all done that. But I really mean it. I’ve reached a point where I hate all my clothes and am completely flummoxed as to what to do style-wise.
Tuesday, April 9th, 2013
I decided at the beginning of the year I need to reconnect a bit (well, kind of a lot) with real life. My whole life is online and while I love that to an extent and enjoy communicating through that medium, last year I just felt that something was missing. I really just felt an intense need for reconnection to the real, if that makes sense. So, to me that means getting tactile and exploring different avenues of inspiration and creativity. Having a pin board as a visual stimulus was one of the first logical steps for me to start experimenting with that.
Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013
File this under ‘Cool Stuff My Friends Do’ – my friend, the lovely Ellie Wood, recently launched her vintage fashion website Ellewood Vintage. Focusing on ’80s culture and the fashion that was prevalent at the time, each piece on the site was hand picked by Ellie. Ellie is one of my running friends and every time I see her out of Lycra, she looks amazing (she looks ridiculously hot in it too, to be fair) – her flair for picking vintage pieces is really something special. Ellewood Vintage began as a pop up vintage market stall that built up a loyal customer base.
‘Ellewood Vintage is all of it. Its the fashion, the music, the icons, the hair. It is the opulence, the grime, the political and social changes, the ethnic diversity, the culture. Ellewood Vintage is London, it is street style, it’s experimental, its youth. Ellewood Vintage is not just playing dress-up it is an attitude, a statement, a revolution, a challenge, a no rules way of life.’ says Ellie.
I know how hard she’s worked on putting this site together and launching her business. Massive congrats to Ellie for getting it going. If you’re a fan of vintage clothes and the ’80s or even if you’re not, head on over to the site and check it out.
Wednesday, February 13th, 2013
Hey there amigos. So, if you follow me on Twitter (or unfollow me due to me tweeting about doing anything exciting, as the case may be) you’ll know that I’m currently in New York for a couple of days. Adidas have launched a new running shoe called Boost and they invited me along to the global launch today in Manhattan to see what all the hype is about. And let me tell ya, it’s like being slapped in the face with technology. There’s a whole lot going on in that shoe. Yohan Blake and Hailie Gebrselassie were there, as were Rosario Dawson and that chick who plays the wife in Homeland (which, hello, total girl crush. Also, I rate anyone who rocks up to an Adidas launch wearing thigh-high high-heel boots).
Right, I’m off to Madison Square Garden to watch the Knicks. Byyyyyeeeee!
Monday, February 11th, 2013
I don’t think I know many women who haven’t watched and loved Breakfast at Tiffany’s a thousand times over. It speaks to the greatness of the film that it still resonates so much with women of every generation. It wasn’t until a couple of years after I first saw the movie that I read Truman Capote’s original book. There were some definite stark differences between the book and what eventually made it to screen. So when I was recently sent ’5th Avenue, 5 A.M. Audrey Hepburn and the making of Breakfast at Tiffany’s’, I couldn’t wait to read more of the story of how this cult classic came about. (more…)
Saturday, February 2nd, 2013
As you know, I’m a fiend for anything to do with high heels. Last night, this little gem dropped in my inbox – no press release, no explanation, just a link to this artist, Mark Schwartz’s website, High Heeled Art. For whatever reason, I was drawn to it, so I thought I’d share. If you want to look at some pretty art, all about shoes this weekend, go take a peek.
Wednesday, January 30th, 2013
One of the most popular posts I’ve written on this site was one I did a couple of years ago about how Europeans dress better than Americans. It seems to be something people Google a lot: ‘why do Europeans dress better than Americans?’ Or ‘Americans dress lazy’ or other such terms often lead to that blog post and it still gets people leaving comments on it. It’s a weird topic. The comments section is filled with smug Europeans or angry Americans talking about how judgmental I am or how Europeans are either gay or have really poor hygiene, which has nothing to do with anything. Admittedly, the style in which I wrote that post was pretty harsh, but has my viewpoint changed? Do I still believe Europeans dress better than Americans?
Monday, January 28th, 2013
Last week, I was invited down to the Stella McCartney store in Chelsea to meet the lady herself and discuss her new season collection for Adidas. Full disclosure – I’m a bit of a Stella fan girl. Her Spring/Summer 01 collection for Chloe is still one of my favourites, so I was a little giddy at the opportunity to meet her.
Wednesday, December 26th, 2012
Post-Christmas everyone goes a little nuts for the sales. I’m not sure who these people are who start lining up at 2am for the Next sale, but I don’t think I could ever be one of them. I am by no means knocking the urge to get a bargain, but I do think that people often forget how to shop smart at these times. All too often, any thoughts of quality, fit and things that actually suit you go out the window in favour of bagging the most amount of stuff for the least amount of wonga. In these times of instant gratification, I vote we slow down a bit, put some pride and time back into our shopping experience and do it right.
Thursday, December 20th, 2012
Excuse the poor quality, super quick iPhone pic, but yesterday, I was getting the train home, pulled out my iPad in my fancy new iPad case, saw all the women in my carriage look at it with lust in their eyes and I was all, ‘hang about! I’ve got to blog about this!’
My love for Knomo is hardly a secret – I’m on record as saying I would like every gadget I own to be encased in Knomo at all times. They are just insanely nice, very practical, ridiculously stylish pieces, which are hard to come across in the tech world. (To top it off, everyone I’ve encountered who works at the company is properly lovely). Anyhoo, they sent me this iPad case a few weeks back and I’ll tell ya, it’s given my iPad a new lease of life. I’d been struggling to find a good case for it so consequently, wasn’t taking it out with me nearly as much as I had anticipated I would when I bought it. They were all either a bit too clunky, didn’t provide enough protection or were just plain naff. Enter the Knomo one, especially in this colour way and frankly, what’s not to love?
It’s very slim line with one section to slot the device in, another section for a notepad or other essentials and a zip pocket on the front. I’m now genuinely using my iPad much more as a result of having the case.
Anyhoo, just wanted to post about it in case any of you are still looking for last minute Christmas present ideas – you can’t go wrong with a bit of Knomo. HASHTAG FACT!