My favourite Image of the day is this coat from Yves Saint Laurent. What a coat huh?
The super-futuristic bob add to the drama of it all, anyone wearing this coat means business. I absolutely adore the tailoring, the way the coat falls and the flashes of cornflower blue. The coat provides a lovely silhouete but not only would I have to be rich to be able to buy the coat in the first place, but would have to be model-tall too!
Right...back to work!
Dresses are prefect for me because I'm quite short so I have a much harder time buying jeans which I end up having to alter anyway. I like the versatile nature of dresses and is probably the one type of clothing I wear most of the time. The dresses shown are from Oasis (£50) and TopShop (£45).
I'm also digging these grey faded shoes from TopShop and are £35. I wear way too many flats and need a new heel to throw into the daily routine. I've got to go shopping for a birthday present for the dad and mother's day gifts on saturday so I might check these items out in real life.
I'm reading about plaits everywhere and they have have played prominent parts in various collections. You could hardly miss them in yesterday's Vivienne Westwood Collection. Extensions with plaits are really popular in Japan too. I have the Fruits book which is so amazingly visually stimulating! I want the newer book, Fresh Fruits eventually! Just putting up the photo next to the Westwood draws more comparisons. I think it's the naive-childlike print that Westwood has used that you could see as reflecting the way some of the Harajuku kids dress. Mismatched and fun, like a toddler who doesn't care that their socks don't match and that kettles don't make good handbags...
The plaits remind me of those hairbands you have as a kid with attatched pigtails. At least I had them anyway sent to me from Hong Kong courtesy of my grandmother.
Sadly my hair is far too short now to have a go with plaits but I'm having fun with the little hairclip i bought the other day (note the chav earrings!)
There was an earthquake yesterday measuring at 5.2 on the Richter scale which is quite high for this part of the world! It was about 1am and I woke up when my bed was shaking and I could hear my jewellery box rattling. My heart was racing but I promptly fell back asleep, the last thought on my mind was that there better not be a mine under the house. I can't imagine living somewhere where earthquakes are quite common!
I ended up buying loads of pairs of earrings including some Chav stylee ones. I only wanted the smaller ones but my housemate said if I was going chav, I should get the huge chunky ones and she's so right. It's a love hate relationship. They are hideous but at the same time I absolutely love them and enjoy the look of horror on people's faces. Especially one of my housemates who didn't come out shopping who immediately asked if I was going to a fancy dress party as well as another deciding that as long as I am wearing them I will be known to her as Pat...as in Pat Butcher from Eastenders(BBC Soap) who famously wears humungus earrings.
I didn't mean to buy so many pairs and I ended up with quite a selection! For the past year I've only been wearing huge studded earrings and now is the time for a bit of a mix up!
You might notice the little Gingerbread man hairslide which is so cute and I'm pleased I bought that in the end.
I also got a little ring made from twisted metal formed into a bow shape which was a last minute buy. Only because at Accessorize they had them at the counter which is such a good marketing ploy. They reeled me right in!
I also found an old friend over facebook which was exciting and she is so different to how I remembered her from a few years ago. She has a sort of Lily Allen thing going on with huge twisted gold rope earrings. Slightly chav I know but she looked good and I really want a pair now (much to the horror of my friends). I don't know if I really will give into the chav-tastic jewellery but who knows?
However it reminds me that while clashing colours can look great, it can look a bit too 80's and a bit out of date. It makes me wonder where the line is between good and bad fashion? When do clashing colours just look bad?
Incidently, I didn't buy those tights and shoes in the end as I realised I didn't feel much of a loss for them as I walked away from a busy TopShop.
The orange and blue was fantastic on the Pucci runway and then there is
the image from Facehunter in the pink. Just how she managed to find shoes so spot on in a perfect match with the tights is a mystery to me!
It's the lunar eclipse in the early hours of tomorrow morning and me and the housemates plan to walk to the park round the corner from us and (with countless other students) stare at the moon disappearing briefly (the next one won't be for another 2 years) The whole thing kicks off at 1:43am ending at about 3:51am GMT. Strange isn't it, how everyone around the world will be looking at the moon at the same time.
See, I told you I wasn't going to wear black today. My magenta tights and turquoise belt (a bargainous £1 kid's belt from a charity shop) made their appearance but then had to be hidden under my coat because it was hideously cold this morning. It was so frosty and it snowed a little. I began to regret wearing my KG shoes (which resemble tapshoes-hard to see because the photo is a little small) because I feared I would slip over and embarrass myself. Thankfully, I didn't fall over!
Here are a couple of changing room shots. After my post about Tartan and checks I had to try on this checked shirt dress from Urban Outfitters and was £42. It's hard to see in the photo but the colours were blue, green and pink, and the magenta tights really picked out the colours. It was nice but not nice enough for me to splash out. Maybe another day.
The few colours I did spot here and there from the yellow daffodils, snow drops and purple irises encourages me to wear more colour tomorrow! Out with the Black! In with the Spring!
I've discovered the warmest room in the house is the loo, and It's a wonder I'm not writing this in there right now!
I look out my window as i'm writing this and spot a girl cycling on a bike with a little basket and she is wearing the cutest patterned beret. Her boyfriend is walking beside her in a similarly coloured wooly hat. They look like a cute couple. I find that a lot of my friends who have boyfriends start to dress alike after a while, even if they don't notice it themselves!
I'm off to make some tea and then print out the first draft of my dissertation ready to hand in tomorrow. It's not at all at a finished standard but at least I've reached the word count (12,000). Let's hope I've got enough ink in the trusty printer...
Marios Schwab for TopShop has arrived on the website.
I love these two dresses and are priced at £85 and £100. Ouch.
I really love the clash of pink and grey in the jersey dress. I would really love to be able to afford to buy it but alas, I guess it's not meant to be. I also love the silk, clasp dress too and there is something about it that reminds me of Vivienne Westwood dresses that hug the figure yet gathers and drapes at the bust.
There is no way I can afford them (sigh) but I am definitely going to try them on when I get the chance to go to TopShop sometime, that is if i manage to get my hands on them as they will surely fly off the shelves...It's Torture!
I'm wearing my purple sheena holland hairband in the other two pics, I left it at home, and I forget how pretty it is!
I also walked past the more high end (and more mature), high street store Hobbs today and they have really embraced yellow for spring. I really liked the look of the yellow mac that they had on display on the window. I am really drawn to yellow, it's so cheerful and sunny but as I've said before It's a nightmare finding the right colour and thats why I still don't own any yellow apart from the one t-shirt that is buried somewhere in the bottom of my wardrobe.
Right, 'reading week' is nearly over so I better go and pack so I can get back to my student house, my little pink room and my housemates!
I was watching the wonderful Jamie at Home and what was he wearing? A blue checked shirt. Aside from all the cooking and amazing salads that he was making I realised I don't own really own anything checked. I might need to sort that out! It was something I noticed after spotting the checks in Preen's collection at NYFW.
They're everywhere and were seen to the extreme with Agyness Deyn in a tiered tartan dress with antlers....oh and an eye patch (how could i forget?). It was so frivolous and fun and this of course was all in yesterday's House of Holland collection.
(Images from left to right, Checked Shirt TopShop £25, Western Shirt UO £35 and Aggy HOH, Style.com)
I also got Jules et Jim by Francois Truffaut from the library the other day, which has a great collection of world cinema and at only £2 a week, bit of a bargain. I wanted to watch the japanese film, Dolls too, but I couldn't see it on the shelf. Anyway I've wanted to watch this french classic in a loooong time. So hopefully I will get to watch it tomorrow once I'm done with the dissertation...
Anyway, I just found out my hairdresser who I've been to for the last 2 years has left! I have no idea where shes gone as lately I haven't been back for a while now, what with uni getting in the way...I might try and find out where or who shes gone to work for. Though she was getting pretty pricy so maybe switching to someone else will be better for the purse strings? Who knows, I'm booked in for 1pm with a stylist called Ben. Fingers crossed he will be just as good.I want something like the cut in the middle (from the Miss V article in the current Vogue). It's a bob (mine has grown out and is screaming to be cut again). Wow my sixties dissertation sure has brainwashed me a little. It's a bit annoying that I'm back to square one with a hairdresser again...but surely, no one can go wrong when it comes to the bob? I will find out on Saturday...
I'm off to catch a bus into the Birmingham because I want my monthly fix of ID magazine as they don't sell it locally around by me. I feel like that advert off tv, where a woman drives all the way from the country into London to get her fix of Hello Magazine (or something like that)....
Anyway It's by Sophie Kinsella, whose Shopaholic series is by far, my favourite easy holiday reads. I can read them over and over and they will always make me laugh, probably because it focuses on a shopaholic, and how I (along with many other friends who've read it) can relate to her irrational shopping experiences. Which reminds me, I do want to re-read them all.
The books aren't what you would call amazingly written and the plot is pretty easy to figure out. They don't require much brain power unlike some of the other novels i like to read...but I love them because they're fun. Remember Me is still only avaliable as a hardback, which is a bit pricy at £17.99 or £15.99 at Borders. Online, amazon are the cheapest at £9.99. I guess i will have to wait until it comes out in paperback...as the local library don't have a copy yet!
This story is about a girl (probably along the same lines as the Becky Bloomwood character who seems to be altered in different ways in non-shopaholic books) who wakes up from a coma after an accident and discovers shes married and is living the high life, but all is not as it seems and i am guessing she will be trying to regain her old life.
While I've not found her other books to hit quite the same spot (Can you keep a secret, The Undomestic Goddess) they are still enjoyable reads. Perfect for when you need something to distract yourself when you have a horrible dissertation looming over you.
They are also making the shopaholic series into movies, so I hope they will live up to the books...I will go and see them but I'm a bit sceptical when it comes to books into movies. However countless other books turned movies have done well. We shall see!
Royal Birmingham Society of Artists (RBSA).
I know this will probably bore anyone who is reading this...but i just need to clarify what my dissertation is about to myself and get it out of my system.
It's all about Mass culture, consumerism and the dreaded word, postmodernism which is so complicated i feel like chucking my laptop out of the window. Obviously as the print is about the Beach Boys, a large chapter is devoted to the influence of music which leads on to my final chapter on the status of the artist in a commercial world-is the artist recognised in the commercial world at all? This reminds me of James Jean's illustrations used by Prada or Kate Moross's t-shirt designs for TopShop which i've blogged about recently.
I'm a little bored by it all now, so can't wait to see the end of it. Even blasting a little bit of the Beach Boys Good Vibrations doesn't do it for me anymore, but what i wouldn't do to be on a warm, sunny beach right now with the ocean at my feet, splashing in the ocean.....and not stuck in my room surrounded by piles and piles of books.
I'm at home for reading week (study week) and so my receipt is back at uni. Even if I did go back and return it and buy it back again, whose to say they will let me? Working at department stores, this is generally frowned upon and no one likes doing those sort of refunds. It's all a bit cheeky somehow, even though there is nothing to stop the customer from doing so. I just don't feel comfortable in that position seeing as I've been on the other end too. Maybe I'm just being stupid.
This is really rubbish. I need some air...
I worked today at the dept store which let me work occassional hours after i 'left' so I could have more time studying in my final year. It was fun looking after customers again, but i was told i no longer qualified for a store discount because i don't work a minumum of 16 hours. Which is really bad actually, as It's a huge incentive for any part timer...and I know plently of other stores that give all their workers discounts. It doesn't bother me personally as I'm not there very often, and a discount would only mean I would spend a lot more! (but it would have been nice) I guess I'm beginning to realise how much I used my discount before I had it taken off me...
So I guess I wasted precious time on my lunch hour staring at these shoes at work. They're a silly £110 (available on the Kurt Geiger. website) and It's not like i'm earning that sort of money at the moment! Oh...I can only dream....