Sunday, May 30, 2010

some more

And finally some more; apologies for all of the eBay posting. I'll get on with some more worthy posting soon!
Be sure to check out the Button up Shirt, I personally love it and think it's very Alexa Chung. Think her Philip Lim shirt meets the Miu Miu collars with gem buttons and little teardrop details on the collar. Lovely!

Click here to see the new eBay store additions.

Button up Shirt

Cap Sleeved Floral Shirt

Vtg 90s Floral Stretch Dress

H&M Cropped Blazer

All Saints Illustration Tee Shirt Dress

Saturday, May 29, 2010


And so the wardrobe clear our continues with three new items for sale in my eBay store. Simple american apparel vest, pretty peony print dress, oversized pearl embroidered tee.

I must say this whole clearing out process is very cleansing. Naturally there are those niggling 'Oh, but I may wear it in the future' moments but the 'fuck it, I need money' approach prevails. And it just seems healthy to keep things circulating. When Joanna and I were in America we met this guy from the Czech Republic who had sold his car and most of his possessions to fund his traveling. And many of the people we stayed with just didn't have many possessions as they wanted to have the freedom to easily up and leave without material items getting in their way. Of course much easier in theory than in practice but inspiring all the same.

More items to be added over the weekend including a rather fetching Alexa-esque button up shirt.

Friday, May 28, 2010

daria werbowy

Insightful interview with Daria Werbowy who comes across as nothing less than intelligent, grounded and is of course crazily beautiful in that very casual model way.


oh joy, how pretty you are.
pack into it some sweet tea, a camera, the papers and bring a friend for some outdoor sunshine adventures.

leather bag from asos

Thursday, May 27, 2010

dudley, raleigh and ritchie

they know how to wear brown. on a sidenote, I think Dudley (left) is my new style icon. anyone who wears a cord shorts and a fishing hat with their name appliqued on deserves such a title.

Dudley's finest Royal Tenenbaum moments..

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

two things

Vogue Nippon April 2010
The Holiday by Blaise Reutersward

generously brimmed sunhats and bare legs. two things currently pleasing me.

arabella ramsay

The Fall 2010 Arabella Ramsay collection is like a visual checklist of all I'm craving where wardrobe additions are concerned. We're in that awkward limbo stage; outside summer has finally reared it's beautiful sunny glare yet all I want to wear are autumn appropriate suedes, leathers and the kind of dresses that when worn in hot temperatures ought to come with a sweatpatch warning. This collection really is fantastic but given my (usual) financial and this time geographical restrictions (Arabella Ramsay is only stocked Down Under) it will have to serve only as inspiration on my trips to the charity shops.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

pendleton meets opening ceremony fall 10

                     F/W 2010 OC shoes... particularly feeling the speckled pair.

The latest collaboration between Opening Ceremony and Navajo wool masters Pendleton continues and these are some snaps from the Fall 10 lookbook shoot. Ballinger siblings tree trunk dangling and trampoline boucing in clashing Pendleton wears? Lovely jubbly.

more here..

Monday, May 24, 2010


I think it's fair to say that the lack of a Monki or Weekday online store leaves many of us feeling a little empty inside. It would explain those days when you can never focus-instead drifting aimlessly or nights when you can't sleep. With this in mind after stumbling across I practically felt like I'd found religion. Scalloped shorts, duffle parkas and arrays of Monki style jersey from a fellow Swedish outfitter? They also sell tee shirts with lovely portrait graphic designs and stock a nice selection of trousers and weekend bags for guys.

The fact that on top of all of this
truly makes my heart sing is that they ship internationally! (And at not too high a price might I add.) Go forth, go forth and buy!

ps, did anyone squeal as much as I did upon seeing the scallop edged shorts? If I could somehow engineer them out of a brown suede or leather god knows I would.

EDIT: I'm sorry to have to break the news to you but the duffle coat has sold out! It was still in stock in the 'old products' sale section (the best thing about it was the price!) but now it's gone. I'm as disappointed as you are..

ebay ebay ebay

I'm having a bit of a wardrobe overhaul so everything that realistically I no longer wear is headed to eBay! I've just listed some items but more are coming.

If you're impartial to Topshop brogues and 70's style secretary blouses among other things take a look. I'm shipped internationally too but worldwide postage prices haven't been included as prices will depend. Drop me a line either through ebay/email/or here if you don't live in the UK and would like to know more.

discotheque confusion eBay.


woke up at 6.30.
went to my stepmum's to dutifully play with trains and toy guitars before taking brother to nursery.
walked in the sunshine down north street. bought fresh (warm!) bread, some carnations for me and some tulips for my mum. some lettuce, strawberries, raspberries, ham, the paper and some bananas.
back home to read in the garden, have lunch from the leftovers of homemade mexican I made last night.
and really I should call my old manager at Topshop and talk about coming back. being unemployed it too much fun..

Sunday, May 23, 2010


Usually I'm perfectly happy moseying about on my own. I'm the type of person that prefers a solo shopping trip and I enjoy having the house to myself so that I may potter about safe in the knowledge that I can coordinate mealtimes to my liking and read the papers in my knickers if I so desire. However since getting back from America I've been socially immersing myself and have been filled with a feeling I can't quite put my finger on so that when I'm alone I don't quite feel content. It's most out of character but in a way it's nice because it's meant I've been spending lots of time with my friends. Pretty much everyday has been spent by the waterfront outside the local arts centre where handsome men congregate on their bikes and friends dangle their feet by the water edge.

Yesterday was no exception and with a whole day ahead of me and no plans I called Josh to see if he wanted to hang out. We sat in the sun watching girls wash the roof of their canal boat, chatting and having a vague flick through the papers. I'd bought a bottle of homemade sweet tea with me and took some photos on the Olympus XA2 that he's lent me, occasionally asking stupidly obvious questions about film.

So a lovely day all in all and then I headed down the train station where the
University of the West of England was putting on it's Graduate show. Fellow blogger (and Celine enthusiast) Charlie May was showing so I took myself off in my new suede jacket (which despite the current heatwave I refuse to take off) to coo over the mini collections that had been put together.

dicking about

oh hello. It's Saturday night. rather collectively and democratically my friends and I bailed on our plans so i've been saving money and dicking about at home.

which means stroking cats, belly laughing at Have I Got News For You and The Ricky Gervais Show, lazily eating an omelette for tea and reaquainting myself with the camera for some much needed outfit posts. earlier this evening I went to the UWE Graduate Fashion Show which was rather fantastic but steady on steeds, more about that later.

Friday, May 21, 2010


happy friday!

ah, the sun is out and I'm seeing the weekend in with the sunshine on my legs in the garden followed by a couple of ciders and an outdoor performance in a purpose-built fake hotel by the waterfront with one of my best friends.

whatever you're doing have a lovely one. stay up late, read outside, enjoy the weekend papers, eat well, think hard.

ps, the photos are some more from my trip across the u.s.a
1. patrice and I at coachella.
2. me with blake and riley; beers on their balcony in austin.
3. meadow in balboa park, san diego.
breakfast sunshine with nick, sveta, jedd and gabe in philly.
me and joanna doing god knows what in austin.


ah, remember the days?..

Kate Moss has changed so much in just two years.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

mish mash

Numero Toyko June 2010
Esther Long by Matthew Vriens-McGrath

Stay at home. Walk barefoot across shagpile rugs and scratchy carpets, nap under a pile of clothes, wear socks and heels, drink tropicana straight from the carton.

fuzzy sweaters

on my mind: fuzzy sweaters and summer knits. nicely thin for warm evenings and shaded moments. in stones, camels and dark greys. think the
famous Paris, Texas red version in neutral.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

gordy bee

In response to the "oh, Gordon" and "hey Gord" comments of endearment in the Style Notes for Guys post..

And can we please all take note of the 'Gordon for me' tee shirts worn by the three particularly dashing girls? This was a part of his campaign to be Rector back in University. If anybody had caught wind of these badboys for the 2010 election I'd say David Cameron would be weeping into an English Breakfast ('on wholewheat please, Arabella') as we speak. That or he and Clegg wouldn't be getting quite so clammy handed over each other.

Ah, who'd have thought it, a Gordon Brown retrospective on Discotheque Confusion?
Love you, man.

Monday, May 17, 2010

missy & mary kate by terry

missy rayder
& mary kate olsen

source: terry's diary.

style notes for the guys
1. collection of north american national park handkerchiefs, own photograph
2. bill murray
3. ryan mcginley by chad moore
4. alex davis at sam johnson's bookstore on venice boulevard, LA, own photograph
5. african safari, life magazine
6. gordon brown in 1999 by murdo maccloud
7. jack nicholson
8. vince vaughan in thumbsucker

click here
for the last 'style notes for guys'.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

case study: bosworth street style
Let us all stop and gawp at Kate Bosworth's shirt. Note the absence of that stuffy office short stiffness. It's flannel like in it's quality; that well worn softness that is also found in loved childhood toys after years worth of being tucked under an arm. See the way it hangs so lightly and deliciously. Also note the overhang at the back; a fortunate feature to protect against those risky coxis baring moments. And most of all, most of all let us together wring our hands with joy at it's most perfect shade of caramel tan.

Thank you and goodnight.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

image source unknown
young natalia vodianova

tuesday the 11th of may

news item

Most of the time I'm too impatient to give my nails sufficient coats when varnishing them. Why sit blowing of wet nails when the world is filled with ways in which to use my fingers? I could be leafing through a book or kneading dough or...boxing. Which explains both why they usually chip so easily (not the boxing and kneading, that was all theoretical) as well as my sense of delight at the result of the new Topshop varnish. The coating process took approximately 12 hours. Punctuated by sleep, breakfast, a shower and a blogging session. Nothing like multitasking.

And so I give my verdict. The camel looks absolutely lovely but really is subtle and not all that noticeable because of it's general fleshy tone. The lilac has probably received more in the way of satisfied coos (from me, that is) but then again this is for the purely shallow fact that it's more eyecatching.

In other news, I rediscovered my mystery lipstick. I discovered it last summer in a denim jacket pocket and have two possible theories; either that it once belonged to my Mother or to some stranger that once owned the jacket (I forget the circumstances of the discovery.) The last couple of days have been spent have a massive spring clean of my room and upon finding it again I decided to be brave (and risk possible stranger induced coldsores?) and try it on. The shade is lovely, a kind of dark rust colour. Not exactly the Blackberry shade I've has on my mind recently but perhaps more summer appropriate and most importantly free!

On the subject of Blackberry lippie I left a comment on
Sarah's facebook wall asking her to help me find something suitable. (She really is the encyclopedia where make up is concerned) She recommends Illamasqua which is a stain-like gloss. The deep purple shade (called 'Move') is really quite intimidating looking and I'm not really a lover of gloss but if I can locate some I'll certainly give it a try. Sarah has the red version, herself so it can't be bad. In the mean time may go and drawl through the cheapy make up at Boots for a lippie option..