May 20, 2012 § Leave a comment
It was only last year that I honestly had no idea who Chloe Green is. I am sure I have seen pictures of her next to famous acquaintances like Kate Moss or J-Lo, or standing next to her billionaire father Philip Green (who I would kill to work for one day), but I have never consciously acknowledged her apart from possibly making a few jealous remarks on her high street fashion heirloom.
And then, apparently based on Simon Cowel’s advice she appeared in second season of my favourite scripted ‘reality’ show Made in Chelsea, and a new London socialite/fashionista was born. This week, building on her parents’ high street presence and her newly found fame, she did what any opportunity grabbing fashion lover would do and launched her own show line called CJG.
There has already been controversy whether she designed it herself or not, but to tell you the truth I am completely behind her and believe she has. No, she did not draw them herself but I am sure the shapes, colours, and accessories like studs and chains are Chloe’s creations through and through. Why? Anyone who owns so many shoes (apparently she has 200), has parents who own a fashion empire (free access to inspirational design environment) and well, is a female with a bit of imagination would have enough ideas for at least one collection!
So what can you expect from CJG? Highest heels and wedges suitable for urban jungle with mint green soles (how appropriate – not only is her surname Green but her middle name is Jade), a bit of sparkle and a lot of attitude.
Below are my favourites from her collection (you can find CJG at selected Topshop stores and online), by this time I bet most of them are already sold out, but if you don’t manage to get your hands on a pair, don’t despair as I am sure there will be plenty more to come from a lady that must have a hereditary entrepreneurial genes in her!
1.Bella Lazercut Wood Wedges, £150
2. Lady Mama Crystal Booties, £175
3 – 4. Louisa Chain Booties, £175
5. Tiger Lily Booties, £150
6. Stud Back Peep Toe, £115
May 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
When British April showers turned into May showers, when you haven’t experience prolonged (more than one hour) sunshine in more than a month, and when (on a more positive note) the festival season is around the corner, you know there is only one thing to do – shop for new wellington boots! In my mind there is only one brand out there that is not just utilitarian but also super cool – Hunter. I myself invested into red Hunter for Jimmy Choo a few seasons ago and have never regretted my decision. But now that it feels like we need wellies not just for festival and out-in-the-country wear, I was looking for something just as practical and fashionable yet less ‘out there’ as my red pair. And I found just the right ones! Shoreditch Ladies Biker Hunters, £95 (my-wardrobe.com). Their short length makes them city friendly, metal plate and buckle makes them luxurious yet tough and a whole resemblance with leather biker boots makes me fall in love with them even more. I don’t know about you, but for me they are the most perfect Hunters ever made. (Cash register sound).
Guest Blogger: Alexandra Jacobs on Spring/Summer Hamptons Style
April 30, 2012 § Leave a comment
A travel enthusiast Alexandra writes about tourism, beaches, food and the wonderful things in the world. In this article she describes how Hamptons style serves as her fashion inspiration for the current season. Follow her at @alexsjourneys or visit her blog alexsjourneys.wordpress.com.
Fashion during the warm months is bright and cheerful, light and carefree. When inspiration for personal style is taken from a destination like the Hamptons, it is easy to transition from the cool, fresh weather of spring to the hot and sunny days of summer. Nautical inspired fashion is practical and comfortable, as easy to carry from day to night as to adjust for temperature changes. Though comfort is the main benefit, classy style takes center stage. When you are lounging in your hamptons home in the summer, this inspired look is relaxed, chic, timeless and easy to wear.
With an atmosphere of sea breezes, bright sunshine and casual elegance to inspire a wardrobe, the result is stunning, natural and effortless. Simplicity is predominant, from the cleanly cut shapes of each garment to the dramatic colors and minimal patterns to the crisp natural fabrics like linen, cotton and silk. The shape of each outfit is an important part of nautical fashion, with a clearly defined, graceful and flattering figure. The relaxed, classy style makes the clear simplicity interesting without lots of details, and relies and dramatic color to make statements. Pure white, all shades of ocean blues, bright red, crisp black, earthy sand colors are all favorites in nautical fashion. While patterns in general don’t play a big part, stripes in all sizes and pairings of colors are stunning. Natural fabrics paired with basic elemental accessories, like leather shoes and belts and brass jewelry is one of the main charms of the Hamptons style.
Every wardrobe style needs staple pieces. Hamptons fashion is no exception. A pair of tailored, dark jeans, sleek white trousers and a couple plain pencil skirts take care of the bottom half of the staple pieces. For on top, have some basic tailored blouses and tee shirts, especially in plain colors and stripes, cardigans to make those cold weather transitions easy, a striking, fitted blazer and a classic khaki trench coat. Top it off with a couple dresses for both daytime and evening, in plain white, chambray or elegant navy and unique, personal accessories. With this basic backbone for the wardrobe; an entire look can be created by mixing and matching pieces.
Making the change from spring to summer is easy. Wear blazers and cardigans with tee shirts, blouses and dresses until the heat arrives, and then leave them behind. Change up the accessories, and the transition is complete. A good trench coat is a must when vacationing by the water or simply traveling through spring. It provides warmth when cold wind hits and can be left behind when the sun comes out.
The skeleton of a nautical wardrobe is basic, working for both casual and dressy. Whether an outfit needs to be dressed up for a business meeting or for evening, small changes are all that are needed. Sandals, jeans, a striped tee and a blazer are perfect for running errands. To dress it up for dinner out with friends, change into pumps and white trousers and switch earrings. A morning at the beach can be spent in a long sundress and just slip on a pair of heels, nice jewelry and a fancy up-do for the evening. Hamptons inspired fashion is relaxed and eternally classy on every occasion.
Outfit inspirations are taken from A Cup Of Jo, Pinterest and Emerson Fry.
April 22, 2012 § 4 Comments
I’m slightly excited about Cheryl Cole’s return with her new album. Not because of the music she will be bringing out, but because she is coming back to spot light and I have indeed missed my favourite clothes horse. And that is compliment. Her petite figure and natural beauty allows her to pull off practically anything and makes me (and I am sure many more like me) lust after every single thing she wears.
Last week sneak peak shots of her new video flooded the web and I could not be happier with what she is wearing: mixing up patterns, tropical prints and neon – she is ticking every trend box. Indeed it did not take me long to find pieces she was wearing, and all the fans with money to spend can easily get their hands on the outfit at net-a-porter.com!
On the picture above she is dressed in Finch tropical-print cotton-blend blazer by Altuzarra(£1040), Dolce & Gabbana leopard-print high-wasted bikini briefs (£150) and Brian Atwood Alima neon patent-leather pumps (£670). So if you have £1860 lying around you can steal her style, something that does not happen often with stars in music videos who often get pieces designed just for them.
But of course I would not tempt you with high price items without providing an affordable alternative. I searched the high street for similar pieces and here they are: Topshop tropical floral blazer (£65), Motel high waist hot pants (£20 at Asos) and Office Krazy paving neon heels (£78). Grab an outfit inspire by Cheryl for more affordable £163!
Work Your Statement Shoe
April 17, 2012 § 1 Comment
I love shoes. A lot. And all of my friends share, if not exceed the love towards them so I am beginning to wonder if there is something in our female DNA that makes us lust after footwear. Probably not, though…
Whether scientific or merely culturally developed I am sure the female half of the population would find those two pairs extremely desirable. That’s what statement shoes should look like – add them to any outfit and watch it transform from day-to-day to uber-stylish in a blink of a eye. Think of Carrie Bradshaw from SATC – don’t be afraid to mismatch them to the rest of the outfit for even bigger impact. The hardest choice would be which colour to go for! Purchase these Player Cut Out Sandals at Topshop for £85.
April 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
An architect, Rem Koolhaas and 7th generation shoe maker, Galahad Clark teamed up in 2003 to create a a new brand of shoes. Unsurprisingly the creations are not simple shoes – they are very much inspired by architecture and interior design making them the most unique and super desirable shoes currently on the market. Indeed they are so desirable the concept took off immediately: now you can find United Nude store is 40 countries (visit one in Londons’s Covent Garden for a closer look at the brand).
- 90 Degrees Sandals, £405 – they look fragile but feel incredibly strong and apparently extremely comfortable!
- Eamz Pump, £215 – Rem took inspiration from Charles and Ray Eames chair creation, as you do…
- Web Hi, £400 – designers turned to miraculous nature creation spider web for inspiration!
- Flame Rivet, £390 – true architectural fantasy, is it just me or do you see something of a staircase here too?
March 22, 2012 § Leave a comment
Are you looking for more affordable designer items? Or are you reshuffling your designer wardrobe and want to earn on no longer needed pieces? If so your answer is not the untrustworthy Ebay but a new London based store Chic&Seek where previously unwanted designer goodies are handpicked to ensure quality and resold. An environmentally and purse-friendly idea allows you to find treasures among a second-hand items that are yet in very good conditions (many are brand new!). Where can you sign up, you may ask. First step is to visit the online store http://www.chicandseek.com, and if you are certain about an item just buy it there and then, and if not, make a virtual rail of goodies you would like to see in person and book a time to come down to a very chic mews house in Notting Hill to try them on. Isn’t this the most personalised service for finding pre-loved items ever?
And you know, I just could not avoid picking a few pieces that are going straight to my wish list: great condition, amazing discount and no authenticity worries!
- Isabel Marant Floral Dress, £175
- Christian Louboutin Mary Jane Shoes, £225
- Tods Patent Clutch, £300
- Chanel 2.55 Handbag, £1750
- Marni Necklace, £120
- Bottega Veneta Boots, £200
- Matthew Williamson Strapless Sequined Dress, £250
- Hermes Scarf, £175
Shoes On Everyone’s Wish List
March 21, 2012 § 2 Comments
Hello Louboutins, it’s been a while. Despite most fashion wish lists consisting of these red soled killer heels, My Fashion Wish List hasn’t had a post devoted to them for a while. And now is the most appropriate time – since Louboutin just started it’s 20th anniversary celebration and released not just seasonal collection, but special anniversary collection consisting of some of the best selling Louboutins ever.
But first let’s start with my favourites from Spring Summer 2012 collection. It was hard to limit myself to 6 (I usually go for 6 since it looks good in a post) so I allowed myself a cheeky 7th pick.
- Meteorita, £1065 – strappy sandals taken to the new level with cobra snake skin inserts.
- Asteroid, £1068 – already worn by a few celebrities and are known to be used is self defence or self harm due to very sharp studs.
- Torero Embroided Turquoise Crepe Satin – striking colour combination.
- Lady Max, £895 – once again the dangerous spikes come out to play, this time in sandals.
- Pigalle Pollock, £385 – this season Louboutin adds a splash of colour to the famous shape, literally.
- Metal Nodo Gold Finish Leather and Metal Bow – my secret favourites, who doesn’t like a few bows here and there?
- Bollywoody Embroided Hot Pink Suede With Strass – transform your feet to distant lands with Bollywood inspired heels.
And now let’s move the special treat – 20th anniversary collection which is brimmed with His Shoe Majesty’s (Christian Louboutin) top picks from over the years.
- Daf Booty, £1,195 – futuristic to the point I think if there were female stormtroopers they would wear those (pardon the geeky Star Wars related comment).
- Isolde, £2,395 – that’s what people mean when they say ‘killer heels’
- Lady Gres, £695 – massive hidden platform, that’s why the brand is so popular with vertically challanged girls (Paula Abdul, Victoria Beckham, moi)
- Bois Dore, £825 – woven heel, imagination of Louboutin has no bounds.
- Armadillo Bride, £695 – I love them so much I might as well get married in them. Hence the ‘Bride’ I suppose.
- Unzip Booty, £935 – optical illusion 1: at first glance it is hard to tell exactly what zip to put them on.
- Bow Bow, £725 – optical illusion 2: when worn bows seem to be attached directly to skin.
Dressing Up Denim Shorts
March 15, 2012 § Leave a comment
I wish it was warmer outside. I am already feeling the spring vibe and can’t wait to wear my favourite warm season piece of clothing – denim shorts. Last summer when I was exploring West Coast of US denim shorts in all shapes and colours were the only ‘bottoms’ option in my suitcase, the fact I did not once regret. And now even thinking of wearing all those garments mentally transports me back to my American adventure. So for emotional boost of getting through the not-so-warm-or-sunny London days I compiled a few outfits with my beloved denim short. The one above is urban spring chic with metallic accessories (courtesy of Topshop). It is essentially summery but the colour palette suggest I remember it is still London in mid-March:
Oversized Lightweight Parka, £68
Metallic Vintage Rucksack, £38
Pilot Sporty Curved Wedges, £85
Spike Stretch Hair Band, £10
All Over Skull Bralet, £12
Moto High Wasted Kristen Hotpants, £32
Total: £ 245 of Topshop goodies
This second outfit on the other hand shows that denim shorts don’t have to be just for casual weather – with right accessories they become very lady-like! Vertical stripes are slimming, shirts with collar tips are currently very trendy and these pointy studded courts are to die for. All items are from one of my high street favourites River Island:
White Diamante Trimmed Shirt, £28
Silver Tone Twisted Diamante Hairband, £8
Light Pink Bow Hinge Skinny Belt, £15
Blue Striped High Waster Shorts, £25
Pink Colourblock Bowler Bag, £40
Light Pink Stud and Spike Point Court, £55
Total: £171 for this feminine denim ensemble
So if you are not feeling the weather and need something to lift you up, why not compile an outfit for yourself? Fashion satisfaction is guaranteed and you won’t spend a penny!