Although i complain about the winter weather i actually love the fashion that comes with the cold chill. Fur, cute layers, hat's and the fabulous footwear. My wardrobe is usually a combination of true warm pieces like chunky knits and coats along with my summer favourite's with layers and warm tights.
This season i have an obsession with hats - my hair is now the perfect length to pull off a beanie and a fedora, so both have become a staple in my day to day dressing. Another staple is for me is boots - i have 4 pairs that i wear to the office along with UGG's, for a casual day, and welly's for those torrential downpours as well as for the snow and ice (who likes to see a fashionista on her bum!).
I will post something later this week on my staples pieces for winter featuring the above pieces.
I love to keep an eye out on the street and the blog world as so many people can get winter fashion wrong and end up looking like the abominable snowman under all those layers, however there are some who make it look effortless. These are the women who help to inspire my style in the colder seasons. Below are some of these stylish winter icons:
I have always been a supporter of Children in Need but Pudsey's designer makeover last year really got my attention so i was pleased to see it was back again this year. A modern way to use the worlds love of fashion to raise money for a worthy cause.
Last year our beloved yellow bear got a designer makeover, 14 designer were involved in the project and it raised over £50,000. Due to this amazing success Designer Pudsey is back for 2012. This year over 30 International & British designers have created their own 28" Pudsey.
The bears have been on display to the public in Selfridges London, with some making a cameo appearance in the famous Christmas window (below), before being auctioned off at Christie's.
This year's star studded line up of designers includes: Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Gucci, Fendi and Tom Ford to name a few.
I have always been aware of River Island however have only really bought a few odd items in the past, however this season i am impressed with a lot of pieces from accessories to knitwear.
My credit card is already shaking at the prospect of a trip to River Island this weekend in London.
Below is my AW12 Wishlist:
There are so many beautiful jewellery brands around at the moment, with pieces that are accessible to all, no matter your budget. I have always been a Thomas Sabo girl, after my husband bought me a charm bracellet complete with charms for Christmas and my work collegues also bought a charm for my birthday. I find the idea of grown up charms such a beautiful way to personalise jewellery.
Today i discovered Pandora - i have never liked their charm bracellets as they seem to be much more of an investment, as they never look right until full of charms, however i have found that i love their stacking rings.
I chose to treat myself today as i was promoted at work yesterday to Assistant buyer and wanted something to reward myself for all my hard work.
At £40 these beautiful rings are a perfect gift, and i have already hinted to my hubby that another one at Christmas would be nice. The basic ring with stone that i bought comes in a variety of colours based on birthstones, with more elaborate designs also available at higher prices.
One of my favourite parts of the designer brands new season collections, is seeing the glossy campaign shots for the first time as these usually sum up the whole collection in 5-6 beautiful images and also give an incite as to what to expect from the up coming season.
As you may have seen earlier in the year - i wrote a post about the amazing Mulberry AW12 show, Mulberry have just posted the campaign shots for this amazing collection and i thought i would share them with you. The main influence of this collection was Maurice Sendak's book "Where the wild things are" and as you will see below this influence has lent itself well to creating some quite imaginative and different promotional images.
I wait with great anticipation to see what Mulberry come up with for SS13!
I recently purchased this skirt from New Look after falling in love with the beautiful print and cut. This is the kind of piece all women should have in their wardrobe, a piece that can be dressed down for work or dressed up for a night out.
Here are 3 ways i plan to style this skirt - including some aspirational pieces like the fabulous Lulu Guinness Lip clutch.
Check out my Polvore page for information on all the pieces included: http://theglitterfashionista.polyvore.com
I love ELLE magazine, this along with Vogue are my monthly bibles of fashion. Every month i wait anxiously, anticipating what new exciting articles and images will be featured and how these will influence my style. I also love the freebies that ELLE regularly has, from cosmetics and gift cards to shopper bags (my husband likes the Reiss bag that came free a few years ago - so much so he uses it everyday as a lunch bag!!) but i have to say this month i am utterly disappointed, not by the free item itself but the sizing! This months' gift is a Reiss vest top in three colours/designs but as with many magazine freebies the garment is 1 size fits all!!! A statement that really isn't the case.
I recently made my quarterly homage to London for a catch up with my fellow fashionista FashionLind and discovered another of London's hidden gems - Sketch restaurant.
"The triple dream of launching a centre, a “lieu” or destination place, for food, art and music has been realised by Mourad “Momo” Mazouz and his team of chefs and designers over two expansive floors of a converted 18th century building in Conduit Street, Mayfair, London. Sketch is a complex and unique site." *Sketch website.
This hub of all things chic is located just off Regent Street and looks like a normal old London building until you spot the headless dog mounted on the wall outside! The stylish oddness continues once inside. Built around 3 main rooms with VIP areas upstairs Sketch is the place for afternoon tea, a full on dining experience or cocktails - something for all times of day.
In the parlour is served the most amazing afternoon tea, from your everyday tea and scones to elegant cocktails and gourmet sandwiches which look too good to eat. The whole room, in fact the whole building, is made up of vintage miss-matched pieces that give a real homey antique feel to the dining experience. Miss-matched furniture and a gold glitter stags head add to the quirky feel in the parlour and helped to set the scene for the whole experience, from the waitresses bubble skirt uniforms in brocade fabrics to the menus delivered to the table in antique volumes of the classics.
FashionLind had a latte with homemade scones and jam whilst i sampled the non alcoholic cocktail - Exotic dream, both very delicious and just the fuel needed for the next leg of our shopping trip.
We were able to explore a little and see the Glade, a second small tea/cocktail room that leads into the stunning Gallery with all of its quirky features. This more formal dining room is even more miss matched than the parlour room. With beautiful place settings of rainbow coloured glass and tableware this room would be the ultimate place for a dining experience. Other hidden rooms within sketch include the East Bar and the Lecture room - each with its own individual decor and character. Sketch offers a room for every occasion.
Although in a weird and fairly sad way - my favourite room in this exciting building was actually the toilets. Most restaurants these days have classy modern toilets - not sketch!!! Imagine my surprise when i entered a room that could only be described as a cross between something from Charlie and the chocolate factory and Dr Who. Walking from a bright coloured dining room into an all white sterile room with a stain glass window ceiling, up a sweeping staircase to what can only be described as toilet pods was an odd experience! The unisex toilet area has individual Pods that talk to you - mine told me about the different varieties of tree frogs in the world and the noises each specie makes! Not a normal toilet but very memorable experience- although could be a little interesting when drunk!
I have always been a fan of Ted Baker but i have to say the brand moves higher and higher in my expectations every season mainly because of the exquisite prints.
I was in Bristol Cabot Circus earlier this week (which i have to say of all the shopping centers i have visited this was by far the worst - especially as Primark was the highlight!) but i did stumble across a stand alone Ted Baker store. As i normally see Ted Baker in department stores it was a real surprise and delight to visit this beautiful shop.
Ted Baker is know for its prints and quirky element as well as beautifully designed pieces and the store its self was no different. Random old artifacts like a Singer sewing machine, hat racks and old fashion style suitcases slotted in and around rails and displays of gorgeous clothing and accessories. Unlike many modern stores where all the items are packed together with very little thought to VM displays, every element of this store was carefully planned. From the old fashion glass counters for displaying accessories to the decadent boudoir style changing rooms and gilded mirrors. And the men's department was no different - varying prints interspersed with clean cut modern clothing with those classic elements that make men's tailoring.
Even the window displays excited me - not a simple plain boring white window with a couple of mannequins. No this store has 3 floor to ceiling windows that flow into the shop, no set divide between window and store just a clever display of SS12 campaign images and well chosen outfits. They also included whimsical elements such as an antique bird cage (complete with little bird) with a china Siamese cat sat on a stool watching the bird - not really linked to the brand just an inventive display idea.
So its that time of year again - London Fashion Week and as usual i have been eagerly awaiting information and images from the Mulberry show. This year the uber-brand decided to stream the show live from fashion week for all of us that are not lucky enough to be on the front row. I have to say normally at 10am on a Sunday morning i am still comatose in my bed, however this morning i was poised in front of my computer coffee in hand waiting to be inspired and inspired i was.
The scene is set - Black walls lit with stars, beautiful chandeliers hung from the ceiling and two enormous Mulberry monsters guarding the catwalk entrance. This collection was inspired by Maurice Sendak’s book Where The Wild Things Are, as well as textural furry fabrics and mysterious prints. As inspirations go this seems in keeping with that of the last 3 seasons - since Emma Hill took over as creative director.
Categories: Fashion Week
So the spring/summer season is almost upon us - and lets be truthful with all the current snow, spring seems a long way off.
I am always excited to see the new SS collections and my favorite as always is Mulberry.
This years collection is no exception - a pastel party with a campaign shot at the seaside featuring giant ice cream cones and sticks of rock.
This collection promises to bring back childhood memories and inject some much needed glamour and colour back into our lives.
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