Saturday, 30 April 2011

A Royal Occasion

For the first time in a very long time i felt proud to be British yesterday.

The long wait is finally over… 

The dress of the Century was revealed with anticipation when Kate (or should we be calling her Catherine?) stepped out of the Goring Hotel at precisely 10.51am and into her awaiting Rolls Royce with her father, which carried her to the Abbey. As she got out the car the entire nation was holding their breath as she the dress was revealed. Although she looked nervous she looked beautiful. A true Princess as she elegantly proceeded up the aisle to meet the man she longed to marry, as their eyes met he lent over to whisper 'you look beautiful'. The dress designed by the inevitable and much celebrated Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen was sensational. I was so pleased to hear that Kate chose Sarah Burton, the dress exemplifies everything British about Fashion; the sleeves were hand-stitched lace detailed with buttons up her wrist and down her back, the train was very modest but the material moved with such grace. I have heard reporters say she looks reminiscent of Grace Kelly and that her dress could well have been 50's inspired.  Sarah Burton also designed her evening gown for the black-tie event at Buckingham Palace it  was a strapless white satin gazar evening gown with diamante around the waist and a white angora bolero cardigan. Again a dress fit for a princess. Sarah Burton has said that she 'enjoyed every moment of making the dress' and said that Kate looked 'stunning'.

Her tiara Made by Cartier in 1936, the tiara was purchased by the Queen's father, the Duke of York for his Duchess (later Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Mother) three weeks before he succeeded his brother as King, it fitted perfectly on crown of her head and sparkled immensely.  The earrings were the bride's 'something new' (also a wedding day present for Kate from her mother and father). For her 'something blue', a blue ribbon was sewn into the interior of her dress, while her 'something old' was the traditional Carrickmacross craftsmanship used to create the bridal gown.

It was a brilliant day for British Fashion yesterday as the royal and the rich gathered at The Abbey to watch the ceremony of the century. Victoria Beckham wearing one of her own designs and a Phillip Treacy hat. Her and David were only briefly shown on television with him in a Ralph Lauren morning suit holding a top hat (oh and his 1920's sleeked back hair couldn't go without a mention, is there anything that man can't pull off?) Worst dressed must be handed to The Duke of York's daughter's, Princess Eugenie's Vivienne Westwood's outfit resembled more of a curtain than a dress standing next to her sister who's Valentino design was not such a flattering colour and the hat? Ahead of her game?

Both Mrs Middleton dressed in one of Princess Diana's favourite designer's Catherine Walker and i hate to say Camilla Parker-Bowles looked very sophisticated. 

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. I Salute you.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Oh so British.

Afternoon tea for two in the spirit of the royal wedding.

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Location:Ffordd Garmonydd,Acton,United Kingdom

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


You thought Ray-bans couldn't get any sexier. Hold your breath.
For their 70th anniversary Ray-ban have brought out a pair of 22-Karat gold-plated titanium frame polarised aviators. WOW.

Ever since the weather started to brighten up in the last few weeks, i haven't stopped deciding what sunglasses are taking my fancy or what sandals my freshly pedicured toes will be rocking come these summer months. With all the S/S 11 shows sporting a very strong 70's influence i have been writing a post for a few weeks now, slowly collecting pictures, articles and photo's all based around the 1970's revival although it is unfinished i wanted to show you a picture that i absolutely adore....

The catwalk shows for spring summer were awash with 70's inspired vibrant colour and i think this picture captures the cultural side of this trend. Everyone remembers going on holiday and collecting hundreds of friendship bracelets from markets, the best part of this is that at most they cost £3. Mixing all the colours with the contrast of a bright nail varnish will brighten any outfit. I think a must for this spring/summer is to use super-brights on the nails and lips to achieve the 70's look. I am currently tapping away at my keys with Jessica Seductress Nail Varnish on, it secretly makes my smile.

Last note on BRIGHT.
Lipstick- MAC will never fail; Impassioned (amplified) and Morange are a personal favourite although Chanel have impressed this season with some gorgeous 70's shades.

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Paint fades. Fashion is forever.

The following things are the top of my wish list at the moment... 

A few weeks ago i noticed that office stocked JEFFREY CAMPBELL LITA BOOTS on their website in the most amazing colour. The shoe is a beige suede boot with a tortoiseshell heel, priced at £120 i have fallen in love! I just went to check if they are still in stock and there's only size 8 left. Gutted. Being an american based small family owned fashion forward footwear label it is hard to find a stockist in the UK so i am currently trawling the internet in search of a size 6. I will find you and i will buy you.

Number 2 = Chanel Sunglasses. 
Again in search of them. There are so many websites with Chanel sunglasses on them but i am unsure of the authenticity of such sites and don't want to end up with a pair of fakes. I think a trip to Selfridges is in order. 

Number 3= A white blazer. Topshop have a linen blazer and a silk collared Blazer in a gorgeous ivory colour but i am looking for something with a little difference. Vintage shopping is definitely the best bet to find what i am looking for, my favourite vintage store in Oxford is UNICORN opposite Russell and Bromley just off the high-street. Its run by an elder Parisian Lady with a clear passion for collecting clothing, shoes and accessories from all eras. The down side is that it's a little pricey and i have always had an issue with paying a lot for vintage clothing as the appeal of it to me is that it usually cheaper than the high street although you are collecting an item that has tons of history and is one of a kind. I hope to speak to the owner and perhaps dedicate a post to the shop. 

Yes please to this incredible white blazer from BALMAIN. Rock-chic.

Student loan can you please hurry so i can start ticking off the list. 
Thank you.

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