Tag Archives: Prints

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!

Preview: 18 and East A/W Collection

15 Aug

Some of you may have seen that fashion brand 18 and East were running a bloggers competition last week. The task was to send them a playlist of five songs to play at their Autumn/Winter shoot and the winner would get to go down to the shoot itself. On Thursday I was over the moon to discover that my playlist had been chosen as the winner!

18 and East are a new brand which launched in April 2011, I first discovered them when visiting the Push PR day back in April and totally fell for their edgy yet wearable pieces. Their clothes are designed for those with their own sense of style, who like to show their personality through the way they dress and want to look individual – can anyone else relate?!

I was so excited to check out the new collection, which included some amazing brights:

18 and East also create their own unique in-house prints as seen on this floaty winged shirt and bird print skirt:

I absolutely fell in love with this jersey fringed cape, which was initially styled with Doc Martins and then a peep toe wedged boot:

The collection also featured two little black dresses with a difference. They both had eye-catching yet subtle detailing on them and were in beautiful feminine fabrics:

I was lucky enough to have a professional photo taken of me wearing one of their pieces, and I chose the beaded cape dress. I absolutely love the detailing and little capelet:

And as Tyra says, ‘this was my best shot’:

It was really interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes at a shoot and meet the lovely people behind the brand as well.

Dressing the model:

Looking through the photos:

The shoot took place at Kingsland Road Studio, a seriously awesome place, with a huge skylit room with communal kitchen and working area, and the beach huts are actually bedrooms – cool or what?

Although I’m a real high street girl, I think it’s so important to support smaller brands like 18 and East, so get shopping people! You can find their pieces on their website, New Look as well as various independent shops around the UK. The A/W collection will be available to buy at the end of August.

Thanks so much for letting me be a part of your A/W shoot 18 and East, I had such a great day and loved every moment.

LDNshopaholic xxx

Motel Rocks My World!

17 May

So, you’ve got a massive night out planned…. to celebrate the end of exams / your best friend’s birthday / a hen do. But alas, amongst all your clothes, you have NOTHING to wear. The right dress makes you feel a certain way… gives you confidence, makes you stand out, but doesn’t wear you. After four years at university (that’s a minimum of 3 nights out a week), and now a regular London clubber, I decided to share my secret…. Motel! My go-to brand for finding the perfect going out dress.

They made an impact with their stripey (with a hint of floral) bodycon numbers (trust me, you know the one I’m talking about), and have since created a variety of prints which are unique yet wearable.  The dresses fit in all the right places, reveal just enough flesh and are TOTALLY AFFORDABLE! Too good to be true?! Indeed… I don’t know how they do it!

A couple of my favourite Motel dresses at the moment are:


The Katy in Tropical Hawaii (£32) which is very feminine and would stand out in a bar whether it’s in London…. or Ibiza! And as I like their bolder prints, I couldn’t resist the ‘out there’ Cosmic print shown here on the Blake dress (also £32). The sheer excitement of wearing the universe is slightly overwhelming!

If you’re not a fan of the Bodycon dress, then fear not, Motel have a huuuge range of playsuits, fit and flare dresses, as well as trousers, tops and knits. My favourite playsuit is the Grace in Wallflower (£48) which could be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. I also LOVE the fabulous Jordan Jean in Black and White Stripe (£52), perfect for my inner rock chick…*sigh*.


If you’re eyeing up these lush lovelies and thinking ‘I want a piece of that!’. Well… the lovely people at Motel are running a competition, along with the amazingly talented Wah Nails, to win an item of clothing of YOUR choice!

Here’s how to win:

So, for example going clockwise from the beginning, the first three are: Triangle, Tropical Hawaii and Wallflower, you could also mention the designs which feature the prints e.g the Jordan Jean and Gypsy Playsuit in Pretty Rose. To enter click on the image above and post the names of the designs on their wall.

You can also enter to win £200 on their website, and 10 runners up will receive Models Own Goody Bags!

Good Luck!

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.