21 December 2010

Hansel and Gretel at The Southbank Centre

I'm going to see Hansel & Gretel by Kneehigh Theatre tonight at The Southbank Centre.  I'm extremely excited because I've seen the the German fairytale in ballet and opera forms but never as a play.  Although, as it's the stupendously innovative, award-winning Kneehigh Theatre it won't be conventional theatre...  I absolutely fell in love with their Red Shoes production and saw it three times, adored the Wooden Frock for its refreshing, modern take on the classic Cinderella fairytale and, most recently, thoroughly enjoyed the stage adaptation of A Brief Encounter.

  
'Head down to the forest this Christmas as Kneehigh Theatre lead you through a spellbinding world of wit and wonder, earthly delights and eerie woods.  Times are tough and food is scarce for poor Hansel and Gretel, but who could ignore the lure of a magical gingerbread house and its boundless sweet treats?  Join us for temptations impossible to resist as this classic fairytale is told with lively music, amazing gadgets and gizmos... and the help of some rather unlucky rabbits.'


'Full of merry grotesquerie' **** (The Guardian)

'Kneehigh Theatre has a secure reputation as one of our liveliest national treasures' (The Times)


As a firm fan of Emma Rice's work, before I've seen it I can safely recommend going...

Thursday 16 December 2010 - Sunday 2 January 2011, £15-£27.50, Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, SE1 8XX, 020 7960 4200
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17 December 2010

SJP in US ELLE

SJP looks gorgeous on the cover of US ELLE's January issue in a pair of red peeptoe 'Open Lips' Louboutins.  I love this muted, toned down look for a cover and its tasteful minimalism really makes it stand out from screaming coverlines and tirelessly eye-catching bright colours.


Grey all the way.
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10 December 2010

Books, Books, Wonderful Books


I ffffound this awesome image.  I'm Queen of Excess but I don't have this many books.  One day...  Love the letters, love the natural light and the height.
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1 December 2010

Eighties Auction at Phillips de Pury in NYC

I just received this invitation to the Phillips de Pury & Company 80s auction comprising contemporary art, photographs, editions and designs. The eighties is possibly my favourite decade for popular culture; I love the superstar status and cult following of particular blow up artists like Keith Haring, fashion photography in the 80s was at its glossiest, sexiest peak, I love New York and I love this gallery. 

The auction also features works by Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Salle, Kenny Scharf, Donald Baechler, Ettore Sottsass Jr., Marc Newson, Tom Wesselmann, Annie Leibovitz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Jenny Holzer, Herb Ritts, and Laurie Simmons.  Someone fly me over please.  And kindly buy me a Keith Haring original for Christmas to go in my penthouse, thanks.

Keith Haring Untitled from Kinderstern portfolio, 1989 - Estimate $10,000-$15,000

Auction 17 December 2pm

Phillips de Pury & Company
450 West 15 Street New York NY 10011
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19 November 2010

Jake Gyllenhaal for President

You know every woman and gay man would vote... I can't wait to see Love & Other Drugs, which is out in the States next week.  He spends, according to his interview on the Late Show with David Letterman this week, 65% of the movie naked.  That's a damn good percentage.


Along with his costar Anne Hathaway, he's gracing three different covers of Entertainment Weekly this week.  Lucky Anne.

And just in case you were concerned with what he looked like going into the Late Show, why - here he is! 

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15 November 2010

Paul Smith Stripes

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8 November 2010

New Look Suede Lace Up Wedges

I eyed up New Look's extensive selection of suede and leather shoes and boots for Autumn/ Winter at the press show earlier this year. I haven't seen the gorgeous platform Jaeger S/S10 rip-off shoe boots I REALLY wanted online or in the Oxford Street store.

New Look press day favourites | UK fashion blog

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5 November 2010

Friday's ffffound

Oh God I want one.  Or four.  Cats give me a warm fuzzy feeling, much like going home for the weekend.  Hooray.
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3 November 2010

M&S Lace Up Patent Purple Mix Shoes

I was in M&S a few months ago and was deliberating over these heels. There is absolutely no need for me to have them as I have about six black pairs, about three purple pairs, several patent pairs and so I couldn't justify purchasing them to my discerning friend, so I didn't.  Or rather, I wasn't allowed.

So imagine my surprise and delight last month walking through the store when I saw they were on sale from £29.50 to £9.  Nine quid for a pair of shoes? Thank you very much...
  • Limited Collection Lace Up Patent Purple Mix Shoes
  • 'Modern and contemporary, these fabulous shoes will see you through the season in style'
  • Impossibly cheap even by British high street standards. 
AND you'll be thrilled to hear that I'm wearing them today with great aplomb.
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2 November 2010

23 November: Lanvin for H&M

The five words on everyone's lips at the moment is 'Lanvin for haitch and em'. 

King of girly ruffles, pintuck pleats and satin dresses Alber Elbaz's full collection is available to buy from http://www.hm.com/ and in selected stores on 23 November 2010.


You can see Marie Claire's gallery of the full collection, but my favouritest favourite pieces are below:


Can't decide which shade of blue is best but I DEFINITELY want one of this dress...

And last but not least, this silly and fun detailed t-shirt dress with opaques and a blazer for work:
The world waits with breath that is bated!  There's gonna be a serious amount of queueing up and down the country...
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30 October 2010

Halloween Costume

My Halloween fancy dress this year is eBay's finest, this splendid blue Marie Antoinette dress.  That's right, at tonight's party it's Ho-lloween...


Please can I wear this every day?

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28 October 2010

The Bloomsbury Lanes Vintage Fair

I'm not in London next weekend, but if I was I would be here for sure.

The Vintage Fair has been a successful event for vintage afficionados in the North for a while now, so they decided to get in on the London scene too.  Apparently, and fortunately, they've kept the Leeds/Manchester/Sheffield pricing scheme so it's cheap as chips.  (That's chips covered in gravy, if they're keeping Northern...)

What a fantastic way to spend a Saturday afternoon: grabbing a bunch of stylish second hand bargains and then bowling at the fabulously retro Bloomsbury Lanes.  Next time.


The second London Vintage Fair is on Saturday 6 November and brings 30 stalls of affordable vintage clothing, accessories and homewares plus an array of handmade clothing, jewellery, crafts and delicious cupcakes.

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27 October 2010

Hermes Pop Up Store

I love the J’aime mon carré campaign by Hermès, showcasing stylish people in New York, London, Paris and Tokyo wearing the Parisian label's famous printed scarves in their own way. 


Burberry is another brand with a great viral marketing campaign and focused on their iconic staple too; Art of the Trench shows people all over their world in their Burberry trenches and everyone who owns one is invited to get involved by posting their own photographs.


When I first saw the J'aime mon carré site a few months ago it dawned on me I don't have a Hermès scarf.  Which is just appalling.  

So, I'm thrilled to hear that the brand is opening a pop up store in Spitalfields 17-25 November.  And it only sells scarves.  Bingo!

Hermes Pop-Up, 117 Commercial Street, Spitalfields Market, E1 6DW
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22 October 2010

Friday's ffffound

Pretty blurry orange berry tree
the seasons are officially turning

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18 October 2010

Ewen Spencer's 'Three's a Crowd'

HOST Gallery always has an impressively full calendar and one of this week's three gallery events is Ewen Spencer's book launch party for 'Three's a Crowd'.


The book chronicles the NME/ The Face photographer's time with The White Stripe circa 2001-2005 and contains never-seen-before shots and outtakes of the duo.  The book is out on 22 October and Spencer is celebrating with a drinks party.   Looking forward to seeing how many people turn up in red, black and white...

Friday October 22 at 7pm at HOST Gallery, 1-5 Honduras Street, EC1Y 0TH
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15 October 2010

Friday's ffffound

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14 October 2010

I hate The Outnet

IT'S NOT FAIR.  Just in at The Outnet and immediately top of my wishlist is Halston's city thigh-high suede boots.

Stride into striking new-season style with Halston's electrifying cobalt blue suede thigh-high boots, with a 5 inch heel, square toe, stitched paneling, a sloped trim and a zip at inner leg with designer-stamped anthracite zip pull.

They were originally £1,295 but are now £388.50 and I am having a love affair with them.  I love thigh-high boots, I love cobalt blue, I don't (yet) own any Halston and Lord 70% off is a saving and a half...  Why hasn't SJP been photographed in these, seeing as she's Mrs Halston? 

I want to wear them with my nude silk minidress, bright red lips and a smug smile.
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8 October 2010

Friday's ffffound

I'm going to Paris in a matter of hours, so I particularly like this one. A bientot!

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6 October 2010

Mulberry's Loopy Leopard

It’s so often such a fine line between good tacky and bad tacky, and Mulberry’s latest Loopy Leopard collection is veering dangerously towards the latter.

Plum Loopy Leopard Patent Leather Bayswater, £850

If you asked a bunch of little girls to design a handbag, I'm sure the majority would include reds, pinks and purples in a pretty, splodgy pattern.  In spite of this, I still like it.

Its garish, in-your-face print could feasibly be all over chavvy markets up and down the country, but with Mulberry’s patent gloss and hefty pricetag - ta-dah! - the new Bayswater is a designer must-have.
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4 October 2010

Viktor & Rolf Bridal Shirts

I love the eccentric design duo Viktor & Rolf and their obsession with experimental tailoring.  Their Spring/ Summer 11 collection in Paris this weekend included innovative takes on the button down shirt, oversized men's shirts and typically exaggerated proportions. 


Focusing on lots of collars and cuffs again, their traditionally avant-garde collection blends menswear with bridalwear beautifully.


Collars adorned with pearls, shirt dresses covered in blue and orange ribbons of fabric, strong statement shoulders and billowing, voluminous silk was the order of the day.


I want the oversized white dress with the zebra sequinned pattern more than I want this*.


(*Good Lord, this certainly isn't true.  Maybe a close second. Fabulous, anyway.)
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1 October 2010

J.Crew's Autumn/Winter 10 Looks

The women's section of J.Crew showcases some pretty, feminine outfits from their new Autumn/ Winter collections. 

Some focus on the obligatory dull Autumnal palette and plain casualwear too much, but I love the mixed textured separates and clashing tones of green in this Burberry rip-off, complete with trench and strappy platforms over sandals.  Beautiful.  Must start wearing more moss, mint and turquoise with khaki...

Love this flirty, girly look too.  Never been a fan of lilac and often put off by fussy "cute" adornment - this look has ruffles and ribbons and a flower - but as an ensemble, with the polka dots and high hemline, it works for me nonetheless.  Perfect for a Saturday morning at Borough Market.


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24 September 2010

Friday's ffffound

pretty purple lavender field
pretty purple lavender field
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20 September 2010

Highlights from Holly Fulton's SS11 Show

I like Holly Fulton, but I wasn't that keen on her latest LFW collection this morning for Autumn/ Winter 2011.

So instead, with an upcoming late summer holiday, I'm going to focus on the cheery, light SS10 collection from February.

Fresh, shiny, citric 60s dresses and art nouveau prints in icy blues, lemon sherbet, white and black lines.  Some of the long slinky gowns look seriously resortwear and seriously wearable.  Love the hairsprayed bouffants, heavy earrings and nude lips too.


LOVE the punched detail on this.  A heavily-patterned, brightly-coloured PVC dress in a retro fifties shape - why hasn't Katy Perry's stylist picked this up yet?


The art nouveau pattern on this delicate column dress reminds me of some antique earrings my mum used to wear when I was little.  I like the modern take on a classic style, with a respectfully refined 30s palette.


This is a great casual airport to resort look.  If only payday was BEFORE I'm going away...
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17 September 2010

Friday's ffffound

Two of my most favouritest things when I was little; time to hit up eBay for a trip down My Little Pony lane....



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16 September 2010

To fuel my black and navy obsessions

I made a mammoth order last month of coveted but needless ASOS items.  Online shopping with free returns encourages lazy, flippant shopping decisions and a sizeable portion going back via Royal Mail, but these made the cut:

A padded shoulder, contrast top mini dress with cropped sleeves
The deep v-neckline and a bold cut away back add to the drama of this glamorous body-con design.

Slinky slash front dress with sexy crossover low back and tie belt detail
Soft fluid shape and strappy style makes it the perfect summer frock.

Channel this season’s penchant for fringing with this chic cover-up
Tiered, frayed design with classic scoop neckline.
 
Pretty cutesy stitching and I don't like girly hearts emblazoned everywhere, but I'm cool with this.

Soft jersey mini skirt with contrast waistband
Layered ruffles to hemline.

Lightweight polka dot pleats from stretchy waistband
Full cut style with repeat print.

Because what I need more of in my wardrobe is ASOS and navy, black, polka dots, dresses, skirts and cardigans.  I love these items but my predictable purchase patterns are getting boring!  Damn you ASOS.

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