Tag Archives: Paisley

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.

brass pineapple

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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Trendwatch: ’70s Style

15 Mar

It’s gradually been becoming more obvious that Spring/Summer 2011 is going to be ALL about the Seventies. From high waisted jeans to palazzo pants, collared shirts to shirt dresses, floppy hats to oversized sunglasses. It feels as though there’s been a Seventies explosion all along the high street.

The real statement pieces are the trousers, and these shapes are not for the faint hearted! My personal favourites are (L-R) Topshop Brown Pleated Extreme Wide Leg Trousers (for play), Vero Moda Flare Jeans (casual cool) and  Topshop Rose Seventies Wide Leg Trousers (for work). To wear these you really do have ‘go for it’ and embrace the trend, generally from top to toe. The jeans are more wearable, but how much fun are the wide legs?!

To make the most of these leg-endary trousers (see what I did there?!), elongate the leg with a chunky block heel or wedge. These are both comfortable and chic, making us feel a little less swamped by the grandeur. Browns such as Camel and Tan are all the rage, and really work well, but you could mix it up with a splash of colour too. I heart the Miss Selfridge Kenah Tan and Red Heel (right) which also come in Orange, Aldo Spiney T-Bar Espadrilles (top left) and Blowfish Garren Cork Shoe (bottom left).

The blouse has been a staple piece for Autumn/Winter 2010, and the 70’s trend embraces our new found love for them. Blouses such as Vero Moda’s Winter Paisley Blouse (right) and Paisley Ruffle Front Blouse (left) are a great way to take this trend to the office, tucked into a pencil skirt and could also be dressed down with jeans. For a more casual look check out Topshop’s Knitted Spacedye Top (centre) which would look great with jeans or wide legs <3.

70’s accessories are just fabulous, whether it’s an ASOS oversized felt hat or HUGE Miu Miu square sunglasses, they are pure joy! Miss Selfridge are doing some gorgeous bits, I particularly like these gold earrings, dreamcatcher earrings, embellished handbag and tan scarf.

If you don’t want to spend too much money, then a great way of wearing this trend is buying a simple camel t-shirt or vest top and teaming with a couple of on trend accessories. Have a look around charity shops for some bargain 70’s earrings, or rifle through you Mum/Aunt’s wardrobes to see what goodies you can find!

Now it’s going to sound like I’m plugging them… haha… but Miss Selfridge have started selling ‘looks’ and I can’t help but love this boho combo which comes in at a reasonable £130:

Mustard knit, pale blue collared shirt, brown suede shorts, wedge sandals… altogether now *ahhh*. The look is kept current with the addition of grey cable socks and more structured/less floppy hat, which counteract what could have been homage to being a Brownie.

After eyeing up all this 70s glory, I think I may have to head out and buy myself some palazzo pants, THAT topshop knit…. and perhaps some chunky tan heels to go with…. oh dear!!