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Shop: Brass Pineapple

20 May

Yes people, Independent Shop of the Week makes a return… in the form of Brass Pineapple all the way up in Kendal, Cumbria after a lovely weekend spent in The Lake District.

The Urban Dictionary definition… Brass Pineapple: Given name to objects stolen from pubs in retaliation for expensive drinks.

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In actuality it’s a cute little shop just off the High Street, started by two designer friends who met at Carlisle University. They make unique upcycled dresses through combining different prints/fabrics/pieces:

brass pineapple dresses

Inside the shop they also have unusual accessories and homeware such as lego/domino rings and records that have been melted into bowls!

I instantly fell in love with this polka dot and paisley number, and it was a real bargain down from £20 to £10!

polka dot paisley dressI styled it with a Primark black leather and gold metal belt, black tights and Office chunky leather lace up boots. The boyfriend took  me on a cinema date and told me I looked like “Maid Marion biker style”….. boys eh?! To keep warm I added my Zara leather jacket:

car ootd (I wish this was my car!)

zara leather suede bagZara Leather and Suede Bag

office heeled bootsOffice Lace Up Boots

Is my Biker Maid Marion look a hit or a miss?! Let me know in the comments!

I’d love to blog about more Independent Shops so let me know your favourite and I’ll pop down and write a review.

LDNshopaholic xxx

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Travels: South Africa

24 Mar

Yes people, I’ve been away on my jollies for the last few weeks. I had the pleasure of visiting Johannesburg, South Africa and Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Here’s a little photobomb of what I got up to in Joburg:

intercontinental sandton poolThe Lush Rooftop Pool at the Intercontinental Hotel, Sandton

casalinga weddingMy cousin’s beautiful red and white wedding at Casalinga Joburg

wedding outfitShameless selfie of What I Wore to the Wedding (taken in the Venue’s ladies room!):

Topshop White Blazer

American Apparel Coral Lace and Chiffon Dress

Gold Topshop Sandal Heels

Pearls (from a charity shop)

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Hanging out with a little Lion at the Lion Park.

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Do these two remind anyone else of Mufasa and Scar from the Lion King?!

giraffe

Also discovered how large a giraffe actually is!

My Lion Park outfit consisted of:

Neutral t-shirt: Monki

Khaki shorts: River Island

Little tan bag: Primark

Tan ballet pumps: Dune

Beige Cardigan: H&M

Ombre Tortoiseshell Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters

It was a very short trip to South Africa (just the weekend – sad face) and I’d love to go back and visit Cape Town as I’ve heard it’s absolutely spectacular. My family and I jetted to Zanzibar next and you’ll be finding out all about that in my next post so stay tuned!

Have you ever been up close with big cats? I was pretty petrified! Haha.

Has anyone had any memorable trips to Africa? It’s pretty different to our very own LDN to say the least.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Shop: Cryptofloricon

13 Feb

Valentine’s Day is on our doorstep, and to be honest with you I’m not a huge fan of this commercial ‘holiday’ – you could call me a Valentine’s grinch!

However, when a colleague told me about a weekend pop up shop near Brick Lane with an unusual and quirky idea – my heart warmed a little bit!

Cryptofloricon is:

Inspired by traditional Victorian floriography, writer and artist Edward Saperia developed a series of over 200 “flower codes”, allowing you to express anything from a simple romantic gesture (“I adore you”) to a loaded question (“Someone else?”) or even an insult (“Creep!”) using nothing but a few common flowers.

On the beautifully designed website you can select your message… I chose “Let’s Pretend that never happened”(!)

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That then selects the correct flowers to convey the message. At Cryptofloricon the florist then encodes the message and hoists the encrypted bouquet to the customer:

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541485_414647908623011_1760982164_nWhen receiving such a bouquet you can return to the Cryptofloricon website and input the selection to reveal the message:

decode cryptofloriconDecoded: “By way of introduction”… Congratulations, Receiver, the Bearer of By way of introduction has been admiring you from afar, and wishes for the chance to become better acquainted. For Bearers, By way of introduction is an excellent method of approaching a Receiver hitherto unintroduced who has caught one’s attention; or of inviting a casual associate to further intimacy. Those wishing to convey enthusiastic assent can use a courteous Nice to meet youAbout time or Drink?. Strictly platonic intent can be signalled with Let’s be friends, whereas those intent on romance can use Kiss me, you fool! or How you doin’? to indicate the desire to take things further. Receivers unwilling to further acquaintance with the Bearer can repel their advances with a curt Creep or Big mistake , a firm You’re not my type or Never, a cutting You dent my calmGet over it or You should be so lucky, or a tactful It’s not you, it’s meThanks, but no thanks or Let’s pretend that never happened.

Being a bit of  language and literature buff, I absolutely love the use of language and humour in the descriptions.

The pop up shop on the weekend was a success, however the inventor of the concept is still on the lookout for the right florist to continue the project.

What do you think of this idea? I love how such conceptual shops pop up around our lovely city when they probably wouldn’t work elsewhere.

What have you got planned for Valentine’s day?

xxx

Photo credits to Marcus Tucker (taken from Cryptofloricon’s Facebook page)

OOTD: Layered Up

3 Dec

So today is a layered up day… it’s got so cold in London town this is a necessity right now! I borrowed my Dad’s cashmere scarf which happens to be tartan (what a trendsetter!) and paired it with some double denim!double denimthai beaded necklacesvintage brown bootsface of the dayTartan Scarf : Dad’s!

Denim Shirt: Zara

American Flag Cross tee (worn under denim shirt): Primark

Navy Jamie Janes: Topshop

Wine Oversized Cardigan: H&M

Beaded Necklace: Bangkok Street Seller

Well worn tan boots: Lotus Hallmark

Lipstick: Crush by Sephora

Do you ever borrow your family’s clothing/accessories?! And what are you thoughts on double denim? I know it’s a bit of love/hate topic!

xxx

Shop: Flowers at Birksen

29 Nov

Welcome to my new feature… independent shop of the week. I’m so excited about this as there are so many lovely little places around London and the UK! This week is Birksen in Clapham Old Town. Not only are they an amazing florist, they also sell vintage furniture and lovely homeware.

I stumbled upon Birksen whilst househunting around Clapham Common and fell in love! Can’t wait to visit again and buy something for my place when I find it (maybe the reindeer fairisle door stop!).Check them out when you’re next in the area, or even better go out of your way to see them whenever you can!

Have you got a favourite independent shop? Let me know, as I’d love to visit.

OOTD: Tartan and Aztec

27 Nov

So today I was in a bit of a crazy mood and decided on this print combo. It made me pretty happy!

Tartan scarf: Car boot sale (Best find ever at 30p!)

Grey Cashmere Jumper: Ebay

Aztec Leggings: Urban Outfitters

Doc Martens: Office

Black Suede and Leather Bag: Zara

Nails: Rimmel Lycra Pro in Celebrity Bash

Spike Bracelets: Topshop

Earrings: GOGO Philip

What prints do you like to wear together? Have I taken it a step too far with my print on print action?! Let me know your thoughts!

Event: 20% off Carnaby Street

21 Nov

Yes people it’s the return of the Carnaby 20% off shopping party!!! 

As you may remember I went a bit mental at this last year and pretty much bought the entirety of MAC. There’s LOADS going on this year and these are the stand out best bits for me!

Dr Martens are opening their flagship store with a live band, drinks and complimentary customisation – I’ll be wearing my Docs on the night!!

Youtube’s new fashion channel FASHTAG will launch their new Ganton Street studio on the night and invite shoppers to drop by for the chance to feature in their shows – for anyone who has never featured in a YouTube vid, this is your time to tick it off the bucket list

Head to the Book Exchange in Kingly Court to hear AW12 trend talks from Grazia magazines editor-at-large Angela Buttolph – books, Grazia, trends, what’s not to love.

Vote for your favourite runway look at Cheap Monday to win a complete A/W 12 outfit – PRIZES!

My favourite shop of the moment: Monki, will be giving away free Monki bags, magazines and temporary tattoos.

Our shopping night Style Spotters will be out on the hunt for the coolest Carnaby customers to appear in an Instagram shoot with a free Illamasqua rock chic makeover and Carnaby styling session – Did someone say Illamasqua rock chic makeover??? PICK ME!

And if you have a man with a moustache: In the Newburgh Quarter, Movember pop up barber shop will have a live DJ, comic performances and a Barbershop Quartet. 

To read more on the event, click here.

To register for the discount, click here or in person at 46 Carnaby Street.

Are you planning to attend the event? Give me a tweet on @LDNshopaholic if so, I’d love to meet some of you there.

Carnaby love,

LDNshopaholic xxx

Launch: Margiela at H&M

20 Nov

Last week I stopped by the launch of Margiela at H&M at their Flagship Store on Regent Street.

It was a rather busy event, and they had a queue outside which formed the night before. Entry to purchase Margiela was via coloured wrist bands distributed in the queue.

Inside the store, the display felt like a museum exhibit, only adding to the limited appeal of these items.

In store my personal favourites included a quirky puff sleeve shirt, black jersey dress and suede jacket, but as I’m saving for a Winter Sun holiday, I stayed controlled and simply admired all these beauties. (May be popping back this week to see if there’s anything left and then using the “it’s meant to be” line to convince myself to purchase!

I’d definitely recommend checking out the website, not only for the flawless design experience but also the comfort of browsing in a calmer demeanor than the average Regent Street shopper!

I also enjoyed the “Who bought What” post on The Guardian Fashion Blog from Launch Day.

What’s your favourite piece from the collection? Have you bought any Margiela goodies?

LDNshopaholic xxx

How to: Glamour Waves

9 Nov

I was lucky enough to be invited to the multi-award winning Brooks and Brooks salon for a little pampering session this week and thought I’d share the fabulous evening I had with you all with a how to blog post.

The Salon is on the lovely Sicilian Avenue (nearest tube Holborn), which had such beautiful Christmas lights!

I got to choose from a selection of on trend hair looks including vintage undo, sexy blowout, mussy relaxed updo and beachy waves:

I decided to try something a little bit different and chose the “glamour waves” look as I’ve never had anything like that before…. AND I’d never seen a curling tong like this one either….!

Sophia, my technician, and I had lots of giggles about this… and step one was to spray my roots with Batiste for brown hair for a bit of volume and then blow dry to really smooth out the length of my hair:

Then Sophia wrapped my hair around the tongs in sections and pinned it all up to cool (to prevent the curls from dropping)

Then she unpinned all my curls and I had some amazing ringlets!

I quite liked this girly look, but to make it all a bit sophisticated, she brushed the curls out and with her hairdressers magic made it look like this:

Outfit

Black Velvet Dress (worn as skirt): Primark

Black long sleeve top: ASOS

Studded Tiger Print Cardigan: Topshop

Spike Necklace: Primark

GameBoy iPhone Case: Play.com

I told Sophia that I usually curl my hair with my GHD’s and she said if I curled it all in the same direction and then brushed it out, it would create a similar look. Something I’ll definitely be trying out.

There were some seriously cute face cookies with amazing hairdos too!

I had such a fabulous time at Brooks & Brooks that I booked in to get my natural hair colour spiced up! I’m very excited about this, let me know if you have any suggestions about what kind of look you think I should go for.

Where do you get your hair done? What’s your favourite hair trend for Autumn/Winter 2012? I’d love to know,

LDNshopaholic xxx

Event: Night at the Museum

31 Oct

So on Friday night I had the pleasure of attending Lates at Natural History Museum. With no idea what to expect, I took the boyfriend along to see what it was all about. Firstly, we stopped off for dinner at the amazing Crémerie Crêperie which appears to be my favourite South Kensington eatery!

Then we hit the museum which is all ceremoniously lit up (not sure whether this is for Halloween or Christmas?):

Inside the famous Diplodocus Central hall was buzzing – there’s a bar and live music throughout the event:

We had a good old browse around the birds section and saw a whole lot of fossils too! Slightly more dated and a bit creepier was the insect area…. not for the faint hearted! And of course there’s the renowned Dinosaur gallery which really is quite incredible:

These sections of the museum were fairly quiet, but their current exhibition Wildlife Photographer of the Year was totally sold out. I’d definitely recommend it, there are some really impressive photos taken by both professionals and joe average (I’m going to try and enter next year!). Here are just a few of my favourites:

Also in attendance was The Campsite, a pop up creative arts area outside the museum with Campervans, caravans and tents. Here you can watch a Wildlife movie in Lionel the white Campervan or tell a Natural History related story in the Archivist van. (Popping up until November 2nd!).

What I Wore (ever so casual):

Grey Woolly Jumper – H&M

Leather Jacket –  Zara

Jeans – Topshop

Tartan Scarf – Car Boot Sale

Red Bobble Hat – Primark

Maroon Converse (not hi tops!) – Office

Grey Textured Shoulder Bag – All Saints

The next Lates at the Natural History Museum (and last of the series) will be taking place on 30th November. If you are looking for an unusual place to go on a date or after work drinks with colleagues/friends, this is ideal! It’s also open throughout the week for a more traditional museum visit, and my favourite festive ice rink opens there on Friday!

Have you been to any good exhibitions lately? I’m a bit of a geek when it comes to museums and galleries, and love them nearly as much as shopping!

LDNshopaholic xxx