Saturday, September 18, 2010

London Fashion Week Day 1

I am going to post my thoughts about LFW a day behind so I can get the most info available.

Friday saw the likes of PPQ, Felder Felder, Bora Aksu and Paul Costello take to the catwalk. I was hoping for brights and pattern and PPQ certainly gave me that.

I love brights mixed with black and the print and design of this dress in particular is stunning although I'm not sure about the fez styling...

I love texture in clothing whether it be naturally occurring in the fabric itself or if its a man made manipulation. My favorite has to be from new comer Hannah Marshall. The folds and pleats in the dove grey fabric are sophisticated yet edgy at the same time.

Felder Felder chose to showcase small slashes on otherwise plain jackets in bright pinks and blues. It reminded me of old school cowboy fringed jackets - in a good way!

Nearly every outfit in the Sass and Bide show featured highly fringed Elizabethan style collars. My favourite outfit also included a gorgeous beaded capelet which I think would be gorgeous worn day or night.

Although I love every aspect of fashion I love it even more when a garment has some functionality. This dress/top is exactly the sort of thing I love. The simple shape means it could be worn is lots of different ways and the large shaped pockets on the front would be a great place to keep a mobile or lipgloss!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Today is the day

Today is the start of London Fashion Week SS 2011. It seems a little crazy that today is a miserable day and I have sitting here wrapped in a blanket yet am really excited to see what we will all be wearing in the spring.

I am hoping for lots of brights, pretty prints and patterns and something a bit fresh and new.

I will hopefully blog every day with my thoughts on the best shows and what I will definitely be looking out for come March.

Monday, September 13, 2010

Top 5 Statement Animal Rings

I tried to post this yesterday but for some reason it was playing up so here it is now!

I love animal rings. They bigger and more random the animal the better! Here are my top 5 animal rings for Autumn/Winter 2010

Number 5

Everyone loves a bit on bling and what could be better than a crystal encrusted duck! This Topshop ring is a perfect example of what the high street has to offer this season. The duck stands proud on a gold tone band and would look great dressed up or down. At £20 its not the cheapest around but with all those crystals I think its worth it!

Number 4

There seems to be a mini trend forming at the moment for multi finger rings and this flying eagle example from ASOS is perfect. It is worn on three fingers so I am not sure how wearable this would be on a day to day basis but for a special fashion occasion or night out it is perfect. It would give a rock n' roll look to any outfit and at only £10 its a bit of a steal.
Number 3

I love the film Fantastic Mr Fox and this gorgeous fox ring reminds of its charm. With foxes getting such bad press at the moment this cute ring available from Urban Outfitters has come at just the right time. It is made of oxidised silver so comes with a price tag of £98 but since it wont end up turning your finger green or go all coppery it's a good buy.

Number 2

This cute little bunny reminds of the song 'Bright Eyes' in Watership Down. I love that this ring from Me & Zena would sit quite flat to the hand so it could be worn on a daily basis. Its available in either gold tone with green eyes or silver tone with blue eyes. It is £25 and it is definitely going on my birthday present list!

And the winner is...

I love random jewellery and this ring from Galibardy is just that. Although its not strictly an animal anymore (more of a skull!) it is stunning. It would be perfect for the glam goth look that rocked the Balmain catwalks for this season. The ring can be worn as is or can be threaded onto a chain through the eye holes and worn as a pendant. So with a price of £45 it is quite a bargain for 2 pieces of unique jewellery!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Magazine love

Hi my name is Sam and I have an addiction to magazines.

I end up going into my local WH Smiths about 3 times a week to see if there is anything new and exciting out and spend way too much money on them! I buy cooking mags, knitting mags, fashion mags and menswear mags and as soon as I get them I want more!

During my addicition though I find som truely great magazines. My favourite couple at the moment are Company High Street Edit and Oh Comely.

I bought the Spring/Summer high street edit from Company earlier this year and loved it and then completely forgot about it. I then saw it again on one of my trips to Smiths and decided to see if it stood up to my memory of it. And it did! I love the In Store Now feature which shows the best bits to buy from all the top high street stores. The whole magazine is well put together with a good mix of fashion buys, articles and photoshoots.

The other magazine I decided to give a go was Oh Comely. I hav flicked through the first issue but haven't bought it until now. I really like the light hearted style of the writing and features. I also love the use of pretty illustrations throughout and the layout style is fresh and modern. The magazine tagline 'keep your curiosity sacred' fits perfectly with the magazine and my own outlook on creativity.

definitely go buy these magazines. right now!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Top 5 Furry Autumn Coats

I have decided to start my proper blogging with adding a new Monday feature of my Top 5. This week I have chosen my Top 5 Furry Autumn Coats!

I love a furry jacket. There is nothing better than snuggling up in a fluffy coat, putting on your favourite mittens and scarf and heading out into a blustery Autumn day. Although we haven't seen the last of Summer yet there is definitely a chill in the air and there is no harm in investing in a lovely coat so you can be ready for when the weather turns.

Number 5

This cropped furry jacket by Pepe Jeans is available from from ASOS. Although it is not exciting on the design front it is a staple shape for any wardrobe. The colour is neutral enough to go with anything and could easily be dressed up or down. I can imagine it being worn with a pretty floral vintage dress and brogues. At £95 its a little pricey but would easily be wearable for seasons to come.

Number 4

If a full furry coat isn't for you then this New Look number could be right up your street! I love duffel coats of any style and by adding fur to the collar and front of one makes it almost irresistible to me. Again the colour is neutral and is going to be perfect for snowy walks in the park. It is a good length and would be perfect for petite girls as it won't swap you. At £55 I think it is a bargain for a knee length coat.
Number 3

I would be very surprised if anyone didn't know that Shearling was going to be huge for Autumn/Winter. A lot of the jackets and coats I have seen are tan in colour which I think is a hard colour to pull off. To get around this problem Oasis have come up with a stunning chocolate brown version. The waterfall front is flattering of every shape and the huge collar looks really snuggly, perfect for cold winter nights. At £80 it isn't cheap but I think the quality and style is worth it.
Number 2

I love Boohoo. They have a great way of getting gorgeous designer looks for less and this fox fur style jacket is one of those. It looks great with a wide belt to cinch in the waist and would be the perfect jacket for a winter girls night out. The thick pile of the coat is stunning and looks super cosy. At £60 its quite pricey for Boohoo but I think it is a great price for a winter coat.

And the winner is...

I am completely and utterly in love with this Zara coat. This real lambs leather coat is such a gorgeous shape with the rounded shoulders and slightly cropped sleeves is fashion forward while still being warm and practical for Autumn. The slightly curly fur on the jacket is not too bulky and not too over the top so could be worn for seasons to come. At £219 it is expensive and I will never be able to afford it whilst I am still a student but I can dream!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

My First Recipe!

Ages ago I bought a butternut squash for a recipe and it only needed half so I froze the other half and then forgot about it. I recently rediscovered it and decided I wanted to make some muffins with it. I read that you could treat it like carrot so I decided to pair it with walnuts and the result was really good! The muffins stay really moist with a lovely crunchy top. I will definitely be making this again!

250g peeled, seeded and diced butternut squash
200g self raising flour
200g caster sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon mixed spice
175ml semi skimmed milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon olive oil
50g roughly chopped walnuts

1. Preheat oven to 200 C. Line a muffin tin with muffin cases

2. In a saucepan boil the squash for about 20 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat, drain, and mash

3. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, salt and spices

4. In a medium bowl, mix together milk, egg and oil. Stir in the mashed squash and walnuts

5. Fold the squash mixture into the flour mixture until just combined

6. Spoon the batter into the muffin tin, filling the cases until about 3/4 full and bake for 20 minutes or until a knife comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack

Friday, September 3, 2010

sorry about the delay

I have been working lots of overtime before I go back to uni at the end of this month so I haven't been able to update my blog as much as I would like :(

Hopefully over the weekend I should be able to get down to some serious blogging!
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