Thursday, 26 March 2009

I *heart* Freja Beha Erichsen Tattoos

A tattoo post is no surprise for those who are following me on Twitter, recently I've had ink on the brain and asked for ideas/suggestions for my next tatt. It's not a decision to take lightly, I had my last one done almost 2 years ago and have been thinking about my next ever since! There's an awesome post on TFS about models with tattoos. It seems quite common for models to have some tatts these days. Freja has 8 (at the last count) and I pretty much love every single one of them. Still not decided on mine yet but I need to soon before I get something done on a whim! I like her tattoos because they are nice and subtle, most of them are in discreet places. What do you think of tattoos?
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Tuesday, 24 March 2009

Toughening up a Pretty Dress

Sometimes a dress is too pretty to be left on the hanger, even if you have nothing to do except run errands. I like to think of it as liberating certain items of my wardrobe! My Victoriana boots and plain black cardi were the perfect casual everyday items to compliment my blue/green satin dress. I've gotta say, it's so much more fun running errands in a pretty dress than a casual jersey dress! Do you dress items down so you can wear them more casually?
Primark Dress Primark Cardigan M&S Victoriana Boots
Thanks to the lovely Ida of Rouge Marie, a long-standing blogger friend, who has nudged me back into outfit posts. As the blog has evolved, outfit posts have become less frequent...I always intend to bring them back, I just needed someone to give me a little push! x
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Monday, 23 March 2009

Super Duper Fashion Fix

A super-duper-califragalistic Fashion Fix here, to make up for the absence over the last couple of weeks. Comebacks should always be BIG! Definitely NOT a model life If you're anything like me, you'll love pouring over next season's advertising campaigns. But every now and then, I stop to ponder the life of a model...getting paid a ridiculous amount of money to get your photo taken not to mention the designer goodies! Betty Sze, managing director of models.com has revealed another side though; "[Conde Nast] pays $150 a day if you are a new model, after 1 year it goes up to $250. That means if you are Gisele [Bundchen] and work for American Vogue 2 days in a row, you would make $500. Many editorials pay nothing". Kind of shocking!! She goes on to explain, "Actually Conde Nast doesn't have to pay anything, I don't even know why they do. Girls don't do editorial for money! Getting editorials and covers of French Vogue for example, drives up your rate for everything else and gets you noticed by the huge money clients like Lancome and Estee Lauder. Simple. Editorials and covers are the path towards the real money". What are your thoughts? Are Conde Nast being unfair, paying pittance to models? Anna Wintour is fighting Oliver Theyskens' corner Extract from her April editor's letter - "Talent is a serious business. At Vogue, we do not take for granted the miraculous emergence, development, and ascendance of great artists. We depend on them for our livelihood. Without . . . the smashing of the rules that their progress gloriously entails, there is no culture worth celebrating. Olivier Theyskens's recent departure from Nina Ricci suggests to me that the vital role of artistic talent has been obscured in the current economic climate. My staff and I were shocked to learn that Theyskens's contract would not be renewed; and I am very concerned that the business of fashion is undervaluing the most important asset our industry requires: creative visionaries. There's a reason we continue to see Theyskens's influence everywhere, from catwalks to the mall. He'll be back, but fashion must hold its nerve. This is the mission that we at Vogue happily shoulder." Nicole out, Audrey in Not only is the cute and quirky Audrey Tatou starring in Coco Avant Chanel movie, she is also replacing Nicole Kidman as the face of Chanel No.5. The silent 2.5 minute movie is set on the Orient Express to Billie Holiday's "I'm a fool to want you". A teaser will air in late April on chaneln5.com. Marc to marry!! Marc Jacobs and Lorenzo Martone are officially engaged!! They have been together for about a year. Aaaand that's not all! After searching for a while, Mr Jacobs has finally found his dream house, a $13 million, 4,500-square-foot West Village townhouse on Bethune Street — with private garden and roof terrace — designed by Robert A.M. Stern. Niiiiiice! Sander's back! Uniqlo has been pursuing Jil Sander (person not the label) for a collaboration since last June, and they finally have their woman! She has received quite a few offers since quitting fashion, but decided to try something completely different. Fall Collections Cut The models weren't the only thing slimming down in preparation for the Fall 09 shows, the actual collections had to be reduced too. Designers no longer have the luxury of producing clothes which won't go into production, as Betsy Johnson explains; "This season is different because what you see is what you get. Everthing shown will actually hit stores..unlike bigger runway shows where some looks weren't available for sale". Betsy's Fall show is half the number of looks she showed for Spring 2009, 25 down from 51. She's not the only one either, John Galliano lost 17 and Matthew Williamson and Oscar de la Renta both lost 11. Even Mr Armani had to scale back, losing 20 looks for his Giorgio Armani line. The best of the rest... Agy now single: Those engagement rumours are WAY off, Agyness Deyn and Albert Hammond Jr have broken up. Can't say I care too much to be honest, I was bored of Agy a long, long time ago! Bye bye LC: Spring/Summer deliveries of Lauren Conrad's 'collection' have been cancelled, with no plans for further collections...yippee! Harlow's a sell out: Nicole Ritchie's jewelry line House of Harlow has sold out in online preorders! The mother of one is now planning a maternity line. Slumdog kids hit the catwalk: Little Lathika and Jamal hit the catwalk during India Fashion Week * Source Vogue, Fashionologie, Fashionista
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Saturday, 21 March 2009

Mid-season sales...already?!

I've taken to mooching in town instead of living the life of a recluse, after spending an entire week without leaving the house I thought I better rejoin the human race!! Anyway, my mooching and window shopping was interrupted by the obligatory bright red sale signs, declaring that it was time for mid-season sales. Is it just me, or are the mid-season sales ridiculously early?! I mean the Christmas sales draaaagged on til the February, and barely a month on the sales have started again! Retailers are no doubt having a hard time, trying to succumb people to part with their hard-earned cash, as they keep an eye on profits and their bottom line. I'm not buying this strategy, it didn't make much of a difference last year and it won't this year! More long-term thinking is needed, rather than a constant sales culture that they are breeding. It just devalues their non-sale offer! Oh and while I'm lamenting the state of the retail industry, can someone please give me either a job or money so I can take advantage of the current situation?! Well, someone's gotta help support the economy ;) Most high street retailers already have their sales on, except H&M, Topshop and New Look. Here are my top picks from Oasis & Warehouse (good quality = good investment!) if you're feeling particularly patriotic and want to do your bit to help our retailers! Oh and Miss Selfridge has some awesome pieces on sale, particularly denim.
Warehouse Blue Ditsy Off-Shoulder Top - £25
Warehouse Pilgrim Apron Check Dress - £20 Warehouse Crystal Aztec Dress - £40 Oasis Pintuck Full Skirt - £10 Oasis Arthouse Print Shift Dress - £50
Oasis One Shoulder Ruffle Dress - £20
Oasis Asymmetric Mesh Trim Dress - £40
Oasis Drop Waisted Floral Cami - £25
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