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Bonjour Paris

23 Feb

So here are some VERY belated photos from my trip to Paris the week before Christmas (better late than never right?!). We stayed very near the department store Galeries Lafayette, where they had a huge Christmas tree hanging in their beautiful domed ceiling for the Festive season. In their gift section, I discovered the biggest jar of Nutella…. I really wanted it but I decided there wasn’t enough room in my suitcase (sad times)! Outside there was a street pianist, with a proper piano! The music was beautiful and really set the scene.

We did all the sights, Notre Dame Cathedral, The Eiffel Tower, The Louvre… and the pastry shops and the vintage shops! Thanks for the recommendations you sent me on Twitter, I was blown away by the vintage Chanel and Hermés at Didier Ludot:

Paris Outfit of the Day:

Coat: Miss Selfridge

Jeans: Leigh from Topshop

Bag: Mulberry Bayswater

Scarf: H&M

Gloves: Mulberry

Tiger Print Studded Cardigan: Topshop

 I was generally being quite controlled with shopping during my trip, but it all went a bit pear-shaped on entry to Sephora… details in the haul video below!

We watched Amelié whilst we were there, but didn’t get a chance to visit Montmatre (where the film is set) so I’d love to go back when it’s a bit warmer to visit.

Have you had the chance to visit la belle Paris? What are your favourite Paris haunts/shops?

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. if you enjoyed this post you will most probably love this post by Becky from Life Style Flash about her recent trip to Paris 🙂

Flamingo Fever

22 Aug

I just had to do an outfit of the day post featuring my £5 Primark Flamingo dress. The multicoloured flamingos just put such a big smile on my face. I teamed it with a vintage beaded necklace and Primark rings:

And my neon arm party:

I wore hot pink ruffle detail socks with my Topshop heeled Chelsea boots which I’m loving at the moment:

Have you found any awesome bargains lately? The flamingo dress also comes in white with cute blue little hummingbirds on it (I want it!).

LDNshopaholic xxx

p.s. This is a scheduled post as I’m currently away travelling. I will do my best to reply to comments when I can.

Leopard Love

30 Jul

I may have mentioned that I’m now lucky enough to be owner of the sexy Canon 600D Camera, so I’m going to be including lots more (good) photos in my posts – yay!

So here’s a bit of an outfit post featuring my current favourite item of clothing:

Leopard Print Scarf £4 – Primark

Tee – Topshop

Denim Shorts – Forever 21

Tights – Primark

Boots – Vintage

Bag £48- Urban Outfitters

Ring £2.50 – Primark

Watch – Casio on ASOS

Pearl Bracelets – Hobbycraft

Also got a lovely cut (okay, a trim!) and blowdry from Stuart Holmes Salon (Cheltenham) as I’m going to wedding this weekend (keep an eye out for an upcoming ‘wedding guest outfit’ post):

As you can tell I was a tad unprepared for the photo but love my new do, and my stylist Anna was so nice!

Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

LDNshopaholic xxx


1 Jul

As some of you may know, I went off to Glastonbury last week so I thought I’d share some photos and festival tips with you all.

We camped in Oxylers, near the Other Stage so we could hear bands performing from camp with was fab :-). It’s awesome to get to know those camping around you, and generally sit on out camp chairs and have a good old chat or drinking game! Try to find a spot not too close to a mud path, as there’s a high chance of getting a flooded tent. Also lookout for markers such as flags near you camp so you can find it easily at night time. It’s convenient to be near toilets, but sometimes it’s not worth the smell, so be aware of this as it only gets worse as the days go on!

Our Campsite - Oxylers

The shopping experience at Glasto is like no other, there are quirky little shops selling handmade jewellery, vintage shops (with some real bargains – the boyfriend bagged himself a Pringle jumper for just £8 from Cow), fancy dress stores (browse thoroughly to get the best deals), and of course clothing my personal favourite was LOELA)…. and that’s just a few! I bought an amazing feather ring from Forage… which I then proceeded to lose on Monday (remembered why I don’t buy/wear rings!). Sob sob! You can try the odd bit of bartering too. If you really like something just say you haven’t got enough cash on you… see if they’ll go down, walk away if they don’t, you can come back later and pay full price if you really want it, or try the whole thing again! 😉

A small insight into the Glasto Shopping Experience

We always like to embrace the fact you can get away with ANYTHING at festivals and decided to go with Superheroes as our theme. Jo was her own eccentric superhero, wearing a handmade cape and pink sequin dress. I was more mainstream as Wonder Woman; quite amusing when every person you walk pass exclaims ‘WONDER WOMAN!’. Make sure you take lots of glitter, neon paint and stick on stars/bindis/sequins… you won’t regret it. Elbow asked the crowd to shout if they hadn’t kissed someone wearing glitter in the past few days and the crowd was totally silent!

Fancy Dress Superheroes!

It was very muddy for the first few days but the sun came out on Sunday which was amazing! Denim shorts seem like such typical festival poser gear, but they are honestly so good at a muddy festival. Muddy jeans are awful but you can team denim shorts with tights if it’s cold (and if they get muddy you just throw them away) or go bare legged if the sun comes out, and they also take up very little room in your rucksack. Yes I say rucksack, please leave  the wheelie suitcase at home, as their tiny wheels make no movement in the mud!

Working the flower headband, vest top, denim shorts and wellies combo.

I’m planning a ‘What to take to a Festival’ vlog so keep a lookout/subscribe to my YouTube channel here if you’d like more info.

Did you go to Glasto? Have you got any festival recommendations? Let me know by leaving a comment 🙂

Screaming Mimi’s!

15 Jun

As promised I’m continuing to document my New York vintage shopping experience. This time it’s the FABULOUS Screaming Mimi’s which can also be found on the Lower East Side.

I couldn’t help but love this place from the moment I walked in. I mean who doesn’t love being greeted by shoes?

And I can’t help but mention the signed Manolo Blahniks they have on their site for $1800! Their selection of jewellery is amazing, and all colour coordinated:

There is pretty much everything you could ever want from a vintage store, from organisation by era, a great selection of designer pieces and even the odd top hat ($75):

I also loved the simple but effective decor in store, it’s actually pretty massive, and a real treasure trove:

Being the magpie I am, I couldn’t help but spot this sparkly suit (I think it was around $80), I would’ve snapped it up if I could think of the right occasion!

And I also found this gorgeous YSL scarf which was in superb condition ($150):

Kind of wish I’d bought it!!! But I was being very controlled.

As you can probably tell I loved this place. It also might have helped that I’d just eaten a yummy crepe and thus was in a really good mood, but I honestly thought the selection here was brilliant and the pricing was pretty reasonable. Also, the quality of most garments was excellent. I didn’t feel pressured by any of the staff, who offered help and were generally smiley. I’d definitely recommend you stopping by this place if you’re in New York, and do let me know if you buy anything!

Vintage on the Lower East Side

13 Jun

I’m a bit of a vintage junkie so I did my best to find vintage haunts in New York. My first stop was the Lower East Side, walking distance from where I was staying (how convenient!).

I set my sights on Edith Machinist, I’d read and heard a lot about it and couldn’t wait to get my mitts on the some vintage goodies.

Walking down the stairs everything looked so well organised, I felt I was in a boutique rather than a vintage store:

There was a particularly brilliant selection of shoes, bags and belts. However, I missed the ‘rummage’ and the joy at finding something at the bottom of the $1 basket. The boutique-ness of it meant the prices were inflated (in my opinion) and I kind of felt like the sales people were watching my every move, and I felt a little pressured to buy something.

I tried on a few pairs of boots but luckily (for my bank balance) didn’t find anything in my size. I totally fell in love with these bad boys though!

To be fair, they were selling rather a lot of vintage designer which might have been why the prices were a bit more than I’m used to. I really liked this Jean Paul Gaultier dress, but just couldn’t justify the $180 price tag:

I’d say if you’re looking for a particular vintage piece, or have a lust for designer vintage this would be a great place to go. It’s also a good place to go for design/styling inspiration. But if you’re more of a jumble sale veteran/bargain hunter this isn’t the place for you.

Take at least $100 if not $200 (£60-100), if you’re on the hunt for something here… it could be well worth it if you find a vintage Dior dress or Chanel sunglasses.

There’ll be more vintage from the Lower East Side coming tomorrow fellow shopaholics! xxx

Trendwatch: The Midi Pleated Skirt

12 Apr

It was waaaay back in September that the midi pleated skirt appeared on the catwalks of London, Paris, New York and Milan. My particular favourites were at Chloé, Richard Nicoll and Yohji Yamamoto (L-R).

Ever since I’ve wanted to blog about this structured yet flowing S/S ’11 wardrobe staple, but the weather just wasn’t quite right. With the sun shining and temperatures soaring over the last few days, we’ve all felt that much more confident getting our legs out. But if you, like me, aren’t a fan of the sudden jump from jeans and leggings to mini-skirts and hotpants, then the midi is just for you! It’s a transitional piece that covers up enough whilst being ever so Spring/Summer.

On the high street the IT skirt is Whistles’s Carrie. I even stumbled upon a Carrie-skirt-wearing-Whistles-staff-member at The Golden Ticket Event at Westfield.

I love the taupe… but it also comes in a beautiful neon pink colour. Completely out of stock it can now be found selling on Ebay for about £150! Due to the incredible demand, Whistles are re-stocking the pink as well as adding lemon yellow and highlighter blue versions *sigh*.

At £110 and incredibly hard to track down in my size… I bought the ASOS Premium Pleated Midi Skirt instead (£40). It comes in a beautiful rust (probably more sensible for longevity), but I went for the pale blue for a more Summer-y feel.

The catwalk photos above show how versatile this skirt can be: dress it down with a slogan t-shirt and sturdy boots, wear it to work with a basic polo neck and flats or with a sheer top and heels for dinner/cocktails. But when tweeting for Trendwatch Tuesday ideas… a lot of people said they weren’t sure how to wear the midi, so I put together these two looks for us non-models:

For daytime I teamed my skirt with ASOS’s Strap Detail Body, Topshop Scarf (S/S ’10), Tan Ballet Pumps (Dune S/S ’10) and Topshop’s nod to Mulberry’s Alexa bag (S/S ’10). I kept accessories to a minimum, just wearing my Gold Casio Mini Digital Watch.

For a night time look I went for a classic cardigan and pearls look (one of my favourites!). I teamed the beautiful pale blue midi with a black vest, cropped Illustrated People Lover cardigan (£10 reduced from £40 in the Topshop sale last weekend!), three-strand vintage pearl necklace (£3 from a charity shop) and faux pearl bracelets (made from pearl beads and elastic bought from Hobbycraft). Pulling the look together is my beautiful Mulberry Bayswater in Black Soft Spongy Leather (still can’t believe that it’s mine!) and Office T-Bar Wedges (Circa 2006).

I felt so lady-like in a longer length skirt, and the high waist is incredibly flattering. I can’t wait to see how the pleated midi skirt fares through Autumn-Winter too, and look forward to styling it with thick knit tights, a chunky cardigan and a skinny belt! If there’s one KEY piece for Spring/Summer ’11 this is it! So get down to Whistles… or start browsing vintage stores for the perfect midi pleated skirt. I can promise that you won’t regret getting on this bandwagon!

The Oxfam Curiosity Shop at Selfridges, London

11 Apr

The Oxfam Curiosity Shop… another curios to add to le blog! Having read about it online, and being the charity shop lover that I am, I HAD to visit it, even though I’ve had a busy busy week! And I certainly wasn’t let down by its wonders!

I stepped through the doorway and fell down the rabbit hole into my very own wonderland. There were gorgeous good quality second-hand clothes all around!

Apart from the range of vintage clothing, I loved the curios set up. The inclusion of comics, records, patterns, board games and homeware really gave the pop up store it’s own personality.

The only hint of it being in Selfridges was the impeccable sales staff who let me put about fourteen items aside to try on later (my arm was hurting!) whilst I shopped around for a little longer!

It was at this point I discovered the celebrity donations store:

In here were all kind of goodies pre-loved by celebrities such as Annie Lennox, Kate Moss, Scarlett Johansson and Dannii Minogue. My favourite was Colin Firth’s aviator jacket, priced at £950, I couldn’t afford to buy it for my boyfriend, so made do with sniffing it thoroughly and I can tell you Mr Firth smells just as good as he looks!

A more reasonable purchase were French Sole pumps donated by Natalie Imbruglia (£75):

They were so unbelievably cute, looked new and cheaper than French Sole, but sadly were a little bit tight for me.

Moving onto greener pastures I eyed up a peach jacket (and I’m actually in need of a Summer jacket!). It turned out it was MULBERRY and pre-loved by stylista Alexa Chung!

However, I couldn’t justify purchasing it seeing as I’m meant to be saving for travels… so I quickly put it back on the hanger and tried on these more affordable numbers instead:

The two jackets were £20 each (LOVED them both), the floral dress was £25 (bought it as I convinced myself I need summer work wear!) and the striped dress was reduced to £30 from £40 (decided I wasn’t statuesque enough to pull it off…). All quite reasonable for proper vintage pieces.

I fell in love with the silver 80’s jacket, particularly fabric and tailoring from behind and just had to have it!

I also found a jacket more suited to everyday wear (£45), which I justified buying with the pound per wear rule.

I’ve already worn it three times so think I’m well on track! I also bought a lovely pink and purple silk scarf for £15 which I shall have to take some photos of.

So for £105, I bagged myself 2 jackets, a dress and scarf. A little pricey compared to average charity shop, but MUCH cheaper than buying stuff new!

I happened to be there when A Girl, A Style and Liberty London Girl were styling up some models. I think they definitely did the best job out of the lot.

I didn’t realise the styling sessions were on or I totally would’ve got involved!

It was such a fabulous second-hand shopping experience, and nice to know that the money raised was going to such a good cause. I was really impressed with all the celebrity involvement, as well as the brilliant location. It’s in its second year now, and I was so happy to be told it’s definitely going to be a regular event. So if you didn’t make it down this year, don’t worry, just keep an eye out for the next Curiosity Shop!

Trendwatch Tuesday: Colour Blocking

29 Mar

As someone who tends to wear black in some form, on almost a daily basis, I wasn’t sure what to make of the colour blocking trend when I first saw it on the catwalk. At Christian Dior, it was holiday central, Costume National made it futuristic, Issa merged colour with Grecian Goddess and Rachel Roy combined tailoring with those trousers/shoes?! (L-R)

What on earth was I going to do this Spring/Summer when black items were clearly going to be nowhere?! This conundrum led me to browsing my favourite online stores…. ASOS, Miss Selfridge and Topshop. I did also look at Mango, Forever 21, H&M and Zara… but all sites failed me and I went back to the old favourites.

I put together some dream colour block outfits… first up Brights at the Office:

I’m lucky enough to have a smart-casual dress code for work so this outfit consists of Moto Seven Eighths Yellow Capri Jeans and Miss Selfridge Sleeveless Drop Back Shirt. To make it more ‘officey’ I added ASOS Oversized Blazer, and made it a little playful with Topshop Winnie T-Bar Espadrilles and the cute ASOS Coloured Bow Ring.

For a night out… I heart this selection:

These Topshop Electric Blue Button Front Shorts caught my eye… I love the buttons! They could be dressed up for a night out or down for daytime. I teamed them with the Cheap Monday Yellow One Shoulder Top, ASOS Polly Leather Court Shoes and ASOS Grosgrain Clutch. Can you tell how much I love this peach/coral colour yet?! I finished off the outfit with a contrasting Large Wrapped Purple Nugget Ring from Miss Selfridge. I think with colour blocking, the outfits talk for themselves so you can tone down the jewellery and still make a real impact.

My favourite outfit has to be this one… I put it together either for a day out at the park or….. shopping!

I thought these Topshop Tangerine Pleat Shorts were lovely and teamed them with this ASOS 50’s tie up shirt. Yes… that’s a nude, collared, cropped shirt with a tie, combined with shorts which have pleats and are a bright colour… six Summer trends…in just two items!!! I added the lush ASOS traditional colour briefcase (The satchel bag lives on! If I could afford it I’d have the Mulberry Tillie in Pale Blue Washed Denim) and how could anyone turn down these Blue Suede Shoes? I’d probably wear a vintage jacket over this look… preferably in yellow!

How are you all wearing colour this season? As the Sun has come out this week I’ve automatically pulled out my peach jeans, pale yellow vest top, cerulean blue vintage cardigan and tan pumps! But even if the sun isn’t out, you can brighten up your day and those around you by colour blocking, it’s somewhat energising wearing all those colours at one time!

Fashion Event: DEBUT

23 Mar

So today I’m blogging about charity fashion auction DEBUT. I visited the British Fashion Exhibition last night and had a sneak preview of the lots! It’s great to see designers, models, artists, writers, and photographers coming together to raise money for Cancer Research UK. Endorsed and supported by Henry Holland (who I missed meeting by just a couple of minutes! Gutted!), the organisation, presentation and donations are impeccable.

The auction itself is going to consist of a champagne reception, welcome and launch of silent auction, entertainment from hosts Miquita Oliver and Nick Grimshaw, the live auction, nibbles and cocktails, and an after party with model Agyness Deyn as DJ. Does this sound amazing or amazing?!

I arrived at One Mayfair at around 7.30pm yesterday. On entering the grand venue, I noticed the fashion splendour all around. Immediately catching my eye was the bright red Christopher Kane bandage dress from his first collection. Ah both flattering, and timeless.

At the back of the room, like a beacon of light, shone Holland’s ‘Who need’s a husband, I’ve got House of Holland’ wedding dress. It’s certainly not your average wedding dress, and Agyness Deyn herself wore the piece in 2007, when she won Model of the Year at the 2007 British Fashion Awards. If you’re a magpie like me…. you’ll ditch an engagement ring for a dress like this!

Polishing off a dream dress list is Richard Nicoll and Linder Sterling’s Print Dress. This silk dress is unique, a part of design history, combining punk art and luxurious modernity.

There are several Kate Moss pieces available, my personal favourite being the Pop Art Print by Simon Claridge. This photo doesn’t do the piece justice, in reality it is every thing a pop art piece should be, simple and effective, utilising colour and texture in all the right ways. And it’s signed by the lady herself…. I reckon this could be the piece that makes the most money.

Additionally there’s a Richard Young photo of Moss on McQueen’s 2004 catwalk, again signed by Moss and a neon pink Longchamp Bag Set designed by her, with a signed note.

Other fabulous arty prints include: this Twiggy print which comes with the opportunity to recreate the look of your favourite British fashion icon, and have a half day fashion shoot with photographer Tamara Peel. I also loved this signed print of Anna J by Mariano Vivanco (right).

My favourite fashion illustrator in the ENTIRE world is David Downton and they’re auctioning one of his illustrations of Erin O’Connor. The large, framed, ink sketch, is a one off piece created especially for DEBUT with gold leaf detailing. Illustration envy anyone?!

Totally suited to my wardrobe are the Nicholas Kirkwood shoes worn by SARAH JESSICA PARKER (aka Carrie Bradshaw aka ME) in MY SIZE!!! Aaaah!!! They have an engineered satin print and feature an island platform. I was so very tempted to break the rules and try them on, also to perhaps try to leave with them on, but my overactive conscience kept me in check!

Also to be auctioned is a signed copy of Alexandra Shulman’s first publication of Vogue as editor, a real collector’s item.

They’re putting together a dress out of pledges (with an optional donation), and I was first up! Would love to see some photos of it when it’s complete.

There’s also an amazing pop-up charity shop, which is right up my street as a charity shop obsessive. These were items from Cancer Research UK’s shop in Islington and included items from Prada, Dior and many, many more! I’d say we’d better get down to Islington ASAP to get our hand on some designer bargains, whilst donating money to a very worthy cause.

Whilst there I got talking to the lovely Cancer Research interns who were manning the exhibition and also got interviewed for a short film on how charities work with designers/fashion to raise money! Only in London do you stumble upon such a fabulous exhibition, almost meet Henry Holland, get chatting to a bunch of great people, get interviewed for a film and generally be made to feel special. Cheesy but true.

Back to the main event, the auction starts tomorrow at 6.30pm and there are a small number of tickets left. Other items include:

  • Iconic Signed ‘ Mainbocher Corset’ photograph taken by Horst in 1939
  • Jessica McCormack diamond earrings as worn by pop sensation Rihanna
  • Signed, limited edition enlarged Mary Quant Royal Mail Stamp
  • A behind the scenes day package at world renowned Storm Model Management Agency
  • Exclusive Project D package including ‘as seen on the X-Factor’ evening gown, signed perfume and note of thanks from Dannii Minogue
  • Master class with make up artist to the stars Mary Greenwell
  • Beautiful evening gown from couture dress maker Belville Sassoon and accompanying signed memoirs by David Sassoon
  • Exclusive painting from Alex Echo- the artist who inspired Sir Paul Smith line
  • Vintage mug shot of 80’s punk icon Sid Vicious
  • Signed Photograph of Dior by John Galliano by fashion photographer Yuval Hen
  • Design your own ‘Fashion Groupie’ t-shirt with Henry Holland and have afternoon tea with him

So spread the word, and if you can afford to, get your hands on some British Fashion History whilst raising money for Cancer Research UK. If you’re less flash with the cash, make your way down to your local Cancer Research Charity Shop and donate your unwanted clothing, or purchase some fashionable pieces with a little history of their own.