Monday, 6 April 2015

Everyone needs some vintage Clobber...

While visiting Bournemouth last weekend for a friends birthday I had a couple of hours spare to go grab some last minute beauty essentials from town ( love a special trip to Space NK!).

Though came upon a great vintage treasure! I can now honestly say for shopping vintage in Bournemouth, Dorset visit Clobber. Having had a permanent fixture in the town for over 20 years, Clobber is one of the best and one of the largest vintage stores on the south coast. Literally rail upon on rail of an assortment of high quality men and women’s vintage apparel and accessories from the 1920's to the 1980's.

In addition to the store being kindly sectioned off into different sections for men, women, accessories, the rails and walls filled with prom dresses from the 50's, evening dresses from the 70's, to knitwear, hats, shoes, bags, furs, from all eras, you really are spoilt for choice. Men also wont be disappointed with beautiful suits from the 40's, also with coats and Army Uniforms, motorcycle clothing, work wear and retro 80's sports wear,

Pricing always comes up when talking about vintage. I came away with a beautiful fur stole from the 40's in perfect condition for £35 and my boyfriends mum ( who I did drag around with me) bought the beautiful vanity bag you see below for £18, so as you will see very reasonable prices compared to the likes of London.

Clobber can be found at 920 Christchurch Road, Bournemouth, BH7 6DL and can be found on Facebook here

Friday, 3 April 2015

A bit of French street style...

I while back I wrote a post about the first book that Isabelle Thomas and Frédérique Veysset wrote called Paris Street Style and how I loved it. Looking back, it really showed the duo really got French fashion.... whist remaining modern and opinionated about style, You can read the post here

Though the duo are back with a new book which explores the significance of the shoe and its place as a fashion icon and its French origins.

Along with the help of photography that will have you salivating to own every pair of shoes featured, the authors provided their stylish expert advice on the selection and upkeep of footwear as well as perfect outfit pairings.It really shows off what the modern Parisian woman is wearing, not just the women in French Vogue or dolled up for Paris Fashion Week. But what she is wearing just everyday out and about in one of the fashion capitals of the world.

Though my favourite part is reading all the Q&A commentary sections with some of the shoe greats such as Ines de la Fressange, Christian Louboutin as well as collectors and models such as Dita Von Tesse.

I also bought these really beautiful little notebooks by the same duo... also saw a journal though might have to get that on my next book shop visit

To see the full range of books (and the gorg stationery) click here

Saturday, 14 February 2015

I have the key to his heart ….

With it being valentines I thought I would share an item from my jewellery collection that holds a special place with me, my Tiffany Oval Key Pendant in 18k gold. Other than being a beautifully simple piece of jewellery it was bought it for me as my boyfriend for my 30th Birthday last year and I have treasured it ever since.

I love Tiffany's and after visiting the flagship store in New York last year I realised why it really is a magical and beautiful store, with some exquisite collections. My current favourite collection is the Tiffany T collection, modern and stylish... just what I like. 

Hope you are all having a lovely Valentines Day xxxx

Friday, 23 January 2015

Caught on camera: out and about in Geneva

As part of my skiing trip this year to Chamonix, my boyfriend and I took a day out of hitting the slopes to visit Geneva yesterday, to see sights like the Jet d'Eau (massive fountain), browsing areas of the old town and the numerous watch shops and designer boutiques, as well as its large selection of museums... and of course tasting Swiss chocolate! 

Boots - Office
Necklace - H&M
Jumper - Whistles
Shirt - Topshop
Fox Fur Stole - vintage 1940's
Coat - Whistles (A/W 14 collection)
Handbag - Marc by Marc Jacobs 

Thursday, 22 January 2015

An essential sno-ccessory...

Red Bobble Hat, £19.99, Topshop [as seen on Caroline Flack :)]

I may be over in the snowy mountainsides of Haute-Savoie (French-Alps) and wearing a very un-sexy ski helmet and goggles for a large majority of my time here. However when I am not protecting my head with this unfashionable safety gear, I am opting for the trusty bobble hat.

I use the word trusty, as I wear a bobble hat on all opportunities where the weather is particularly being unfavourable to my newly blow dried hair, and needing to get from A to B without looking like I have been attacked by a hedge.

Looking back in time a bobble hats was traditionally considered a functional cold-weather wear item and in the late 20th century were seen as very unfashionable and usually seen on older football supporters in club colours during the 1960s and 1970s. However times have changed, and the bobble hat has gained a position as a fashionable hat to sit alongside the beanie and the fedora as a practical yet stylish item.

I would also say that I have heard from many people (surprisingly a few men too) saying is does border on the 'cute' side when a woman wears it. So do give a thought to what colour, pattern bobble hat you choose, as if you are trying to pair it with a smart suit for work... it isnt likely to give you the sophisticated look you were after. However is in doubt stick to plain colours and steer clear of the knitted apres-ski look ones that are neon green! save those for the ski holiday.

Sunday, 11 January 2015

How I layer statement necklaces…


The thought of layering several statement necklaces on top of each other initially makes me shudder, as it really doesn’t take much to go from something that could resemble a chic ensemble that Olivia Palermo could pull together and something that looks like you are trying to rival Mr T.

Though after much practicing and being honest with myself when I look in the mirror to check if I do look ridiculous, I have found my feet. So below are a few rules that I try to stick to.

1. I am all for layering diamonds, though when layering it can be too overpowering if the necklaces don’t look that different. When pairing coloured gemstones, I try to at least either match one colour in both or try to make them at least a shade different.

2. Use common sense; the longest necklace should be added first as the bottom layer, ending with the shortest last as the top layer. One thing I look for is an adjustable clip so you can play around with the length.

3. Bear in mind the occasion. I have gone dancing with two statement necklaces on and it was a too heavy to bust my best moves on the dance floor. Also thinking about work, one statement necklace can draw the eye enough, two can make someone look at your neck and not listen to what you are saying in a client meeting… I wont touch on wearing this to the gym (promise I have never done this).

My main rule is if you think it looks silly or OTT it probably is, so trust your instincts and go rock your look with confidence.