Vlieger & Vandam

December 6, 2012 § 1 Comment

This summer I became a victim of a pick pocket – late evening in Piccadilly Circus while waiting for a taxi. He simply opened my small turn lock shoulder bag and took my phone out. And I did not notice a thing! Since then, apart from avoiding Piccadilly circus I have been looking for safer bags I can take on evening adventures. That is when I stumbled across Vlieger & Vandam’s collection of handbags that will definitely add some don’t-mess-with-me attitude to your look and maybe even keep your belongings safer! But don’t worry, these bags are totally legal as all the knifes, handcuffs and guns are just cool 3D leather designs created by the Dutch duo. They come in various shapes and sizes – from clutches to roomy bags – and have a few colours to choose from. I am definitely in love! And I’m not the only one – a few celebs, including Rumer Willis, have been seen sporting these designs. Plus they are features in permanent collection of MOMA. See the whole range all those practical modern art pieces here.

Vlieger & Vandam Handbags

  1. Classic Small Deluxe Gun Bag, €389
  2. Guardian Angel Soft Large Gun Handbag, €339
  3. Handcuffs Clutch Bag, €224
  4. Gun Clutch Bag, €224
  5. Knife Clutch Bag, €224

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – The Parka Edition

December 4, 2012 § Leave a comment

Last week I produce a scarf edit dedicated to how cold it is outside. Well it only got worse in the last few days and I decided it’s time to talk warmer garments – let’s talk winter parkas. Last season I purchased a light parka for those chilly spring evening (actually thanks to horrific few months that we in London call summer, I ended up wearing it much more than planned). And since now I need a parka update to suit the cold, and also thanks to the suggestion of blog’s frequent reader Daria M, who was also lost for choice over her winter outerwear, I searched for hours to bring you the best parkas from both top designer brands and high street favourites. Also notice the colours: you can go for the classic khaki colour as in the first set of chosen parkas, or you can opt for less obvious versions of the second set that include blue, grey and even printed multicoloured one. The only criteria that stays common with all the choices below (click on the name of your favourite to be redirected to the website for better look and purchase) is the warmth, because, well, baby, it’s cold outside! Parka My Fashion Wish List

1. Burberry Brit Raccoon-Trimmed Cotton-Blend Parka, £850
2. Weekend by Maxmara Solista Coat, £500
3. Topshop Luxe Nylon Parka, £98
4. ASOS Oversized Hooded Parka, £80
5. Army Fur Fur Trim Cotton Gabardine Parka, £1041
6. Selected Oversized Army Parka, £173
Parka My Fashion Wish List

7. Ralph Lauren Denim & Supply Ethnic Print Coat, £311
8. River Island Black Double Layer Parka, £100
9. Project Singleseason, £753
10. Burberry Brit, £839
11. Army by Yves Salomon Coyote Hooded Parka, £1242
12. Sam. Campus Wool Coat, £587

Baby, It’s Cold Outside – The Scarf Edition

November 28, 2012 § Leave a comment

Just as in one of my favourite Christmas songs, it is indeed pretty cold outside and it is not getting any warmer in the foreseeable future. So the only thing left to do is to wrap up warm. This blog is dedicated to scarves – an easy and chic way to add some style and all-needed warmth this season. I am pleased to say this particular topic was requested by this blog’s frequent reader Svetlana Kh – thank you for the inspiration and I hope you like the results. Just as always My Fashion Wish List mixes designer brands with more affordable high street pieces and below, in no particular order are my favourite picks: from classic to eccentric, from printed to knitted, and from monochrome to multicolour. If you like one – all you have to do is click on the name to be redirected to its online retailer. Enjoy the selection and happy shopping!

1.Mulberry Blurry Bloom Printed Scarf, £250
2.Athena Procopiou Protostars Modal and Cashmere Blend Scarf, £280
3.Alexander McQueen Skull-print Modal and Cashmere blend Scarf, £245
4.Eugenia Kim Foxy Chunky-knit Wool Scarf, £155
5.Topshop Cable Dip Dye Scarf, £18
6.Cos Texture Knit Snood, £29
7.Lily and Lionel Suki Hong Kong Print Scarf, £120
8.Missoni Zigzag Wool Blend Scarf, £330

9.ASOS Mixed Spot and Leopard Scarf, £18
10.Spratters & Jayne Ultra Chunky Infinity Chain Scarf, £190
11.Zara Slub Knit Scarf, £19.99
12.ASOS Kaleidoscope Print Scarf, £12
13.Zara Camouflage-print Scarf, £22.99
14.ASOS Angora Mix Check Snood, was £50 now £37.50

Spitalfields Market Find: Festival Specs

November 27, 2012 § Leave a comment

I skipped my usual lazy Sunday routine and headed to Spitalfields market. And just as many times before, I managed to find a few memorable pieces I though might be worth adding to My Fashion Wish List. This blog post is dedicated to the first one of my finds.

Close yours eyes for a second and think back to the last festival you went to. Forget the mud, rain and cold (at least that’s what my last festival was like) and concentrate on remembering the atmosphere. Yes, that hippie-like feeling of freedom and community is exactly what I’m talking about. And apart from peace signs, colours, flowers and tie dyed clothes, one of the most common hippie attributes was a pair of colourful round glasses. Hence it makes perfect sense why these 70’s hippie inspired glasses go under the name Festival Specks. Apart from being a perfect 21st century festival accessory that is!
Yet you don’t have to limit yourself to wearing them to festival outings. In fact thanks to 6 interchangeable colourful lenses that have UV protection and all come packaged neatly in a rubber pouch (£25) you can adapt them to suit a wide range of outfits. And don’t worry, changing the lenses is an easy task, despite them being very secure once they are on! All in all, Festival Specks are definitely a My Fashion Wish List worthy goodie – why not check them out online here? Yes, you don’t have to go to Spitalfields (all my international readers rejoice) to get your hands on a pair!

Christmas Special: Choosing The Dress

November 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

Today the realisation hit me – it is just over a month left until Christmas and I haven’t produced any holiday related content on my blog, let alone done any real life Christmas preparation. So I decided to start with all important choice of holiday outfits for ourselves, since we all know that is what we are all secretly looking forward to the most: our holiday wardrobe! Since I only have one month left and a whole bunch of Christmas related decisions to make I am doing this one the easy way. You can shop around for hours going from store to store to choose a dress, but sometimes you do not have to sacrifice the selection while shopping under one roof from great pre-selected range, cutting all the time wasting out. This is what I did today – I headed to department store House of Fraser which surprised me with the selection: there are literally thousands of dresses!

And another time saving technique (otherwise I still could have been there for days) is to decide exactly the type of dress you want for this special occasion, and the only way to do it, is to seek your inspiration before you head to the shops. My inspiration came from flicking through last year’s Christmas pictures – I once again fell in love with my family’s Christmas tree that was beautifully decorated in red and gold palette. And since red and gold also go perfectly with this holiday season, those are the hues I chose for my outfits. Since I also know that I am having a few Christmas parties and a few are going to be formal I am opting for full length gowns (haven’t had a reason to wear one for so long yet desperately want to). Thus I entered House of Fraser with clear image of what I want and surprisingly was still spoiled with choice! Here are my favourite styles that are also available online. So if you haven’t already, use this for inspiration, or pick your colour and style and set off to find your perfect Christmas dress!

1. JS Collections cowl back maxi with rosette detail shoulders, £260
2. Adrianna Papell evening strapless V shape draped dress, £200
3. Coast Lavender maxi, £180
4. Bastyan May maxi dress, £325
5. Biba High neck pleated maxi, £189

6. Ted Baker Callen pleated maxi dress, £199
7. Phase Eight Cinderella beaded dress, £250
8. Anoushka G Metallic rouched wrap dress, £295
9. Untold Beaded blouson style dress, £350
10. Phase Eight Pippa embellished lace dress, £300

Linda Farrow Luxe Optical

November 18, 2012 § Leave a comment

I am pretty much blind. Yet for the last ten years I shunned glasses, opting instead for the comfort of contact lenses. Indeed I am a true believer that glasses don’t suit me, you can hardly ever see me wearing sunglasses let alone a prescription frame. Yet recently I began to develop a thing for spectacles (mostly because I keep seeing some very attractive men wearing quirky glasses) and I decided it’s time to experiment. 

While searching for the perfect prescription frame I came across Linda Farrow Luxe Optical collection. I was previously aware of the brand thanks to its sunglasses and numerous collaborations with the likes of Alexander Wang, Matthew Williamson and The Row making it the go-to brand for on trend luxurious glasses. But it is definitely the Luxe Optical collection that I fell in love with even more. Below are my picks so far (yes I do know I have to narrow it down to just one by the end), but I am still on the look out for Linda Farrow’s original designs from 70’s, when this British brand first came into the spotlight. Notice the shape of glasses in my selection – my perfect frame has to balance out my round face so I opt for large square Wayfarer styles in darker shades.

  1. Model 109 Colour 6, £320
  2. Model 148 Colour 3, £320
  3. Model 150 Colour 5, £337
  4. Model 147 Colour 2, £320

Lily’s Story

November 15, 2012 § Leave a comment

 

For a while now, and I mean like two years, I have been thinking about purchasing Mulberry Lily. These little shoulder bags are the British version of small Chanel Flap handbags and are simply perfect for the evening. So for me the problem has never been about whether I want one, but which colour I want to go for. The thing is – there are just so many options with more being added each season, that by the time I make up my mind, the range already expanded. Indeed at the moment there are 30 different styles of Lily available at mulberry.com. But a few seasons ago I suddenly got a favourite – a new size of the bag, Large Lily in black, became available and if it wasn’t for the fact it was overly slouchy I would have gone for it straight away. So obviously by the time I finally decided to buy it, it was out of stock and only available in Ink Blue Silky Snake and Snowball White. Anyway the reason I told you this long, not terribly exciting story is to show why I got super excited when I saw Mulberry’s latest addition – Medium Lily (£795). It is simply perfect: suitable both for days and evenings, not slouchy and in choice of classic black and deer brown as well as this season’s hottest dark blush. So my mind is totally made up: not only is there less colour choices but the handbag itself is more versatile. Hence I am in love and will be shortly adding one more Mulberry to my growing collection. Did I manage to convince you to add one to your Fashion Wish List?

  • ABOUT THE BLOG

    I absolutely love SHOPPING. What a shame it is not possible to buy all the things I want out there. This BLOG is my new way of doing what I love: I used to search internet, shopping streets and department stores for hours to find exactly what I want to purchase, now I can do the same to find exactly what I want to add to MY FASHION WISH LIST.
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    My name is Maria Tkachenko, I live in London and I am a STYLE CHAMELEON. I dress differently every day depending on my mood - from rock chic to glam queen. I combine affordable high street with designer to suit my style mood of the day. See my minute of fame on Vogue Street Chic http://www.vogue.co.uk/spy/street-chic/2011/04/20/maria-tkachenko---cavendish-square
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