Club to Catwalk


If you are a lover of fashion this exhibition is a must see. Based around the era that became the foundation of the fashion world we know and love, the 80's were the birth place of many amazingly talented designers still wowing the fashion world today, including my favourite - Vivienne Westwood. This exhibition showcases some of the most influential designers of the decade and also the original street styles and fashion tribes that heavily impacted their work. Although a small exhibition it was a collection of 85 quirky outfits that sum up the most outrageous fashion decade and just how much street style has affected what we see on the catwalk .

The designer pieces show the bold and exciting new looks of the era, by the most experimental young designers of the decade, including Vivienne Westwood, Betty Jackson, Katharine Hamnett, Wendy Dagworthy and John Galliano. An interesting collection of different designers, some of which i had not heard of before, i especially liked John Galliano's pieces, although i am used to his work being a lot more flamboyant and this was quite reserved, apart from the ornate head piece - perfect for any occassion! Below are my favourite's from the showcase:

Spring Wardrobe


So spring has sprung on the highstreet, even if the weather hasn't yet received the memo and i am excited to start adding some spring pieces to my wardrobe to brighten up what has been a rather dull winter, with so much black and grey. I am yet to see whole new collections as Northampton is not quite the centre of the fashion world and usually only has snippets of a full range, however the following pieces have already caught my eye in both store and online - a collection of pieces that would work well with my wintery favourites for now but add some much needed colour and newness. My new years fashion resolution is to buy less and wear more - with some gorgeous pieces already in my wardrobe i am trying to only buy items i love.

I bought the New Look jumper this weekend and can't wait to wear it next week layered over my favourite dress with a statement necklace. The Topshop dress has been ordered and arrives at the end of next week - just in time for my London trip. This will be a great piece for work as it is a great everyday shape but has a fun element and a quirky edge, it is also a different colour for me as i am not normally one for neon green but the subtle use of this bright against the simple grey intrigues me. The remainder of the pieces i will get as and when i find them - a trip to Oxford street next weekend i am sure will help to locate them and probably many more. 

Latest Reads


Before Christmas i visited Waterstones and as usual spent way too much as i seem unable to visit and not leave with at least 1 book. My local store in Northampton has an great fashion department (mainly due to having an amazing fashion program at the university) and there is always something new to tickle my literary taste buds. This trip was no exception and resulted in 3 new additions to my bookcase and i thought i would share them with you....

Spring has sprung

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Seeing this image has really put me in a great summer mood. All the brands are shifting focus to the new season and this was part of a great email I received today, with a creative nod to New Years resolutions, check it out here.....I loved Boden's winter collection, especially all the monochrome and tweeds but I have to say this new collection is just as gorgeous, if not better. Every time I log on I find more new pieces that I want to own, at least if my purse allowed.

Such a British brand but not in a stuffy way. Joules is a little too Pony club for me, with very prim traditional pieces and I used to think that about Boden but recently the brand has sparked my interest. The recent use of colour and print is so modern and fresh yet still retains the simplicity and modesty that you expect to see. A great brand for all ages - I really love the little girls collection, some pieces I really wish were available in big girl sizes too and Mini Boden is even cuter! My only annoyance is the prices - I am all for quality but I do feel some items are over priced but it is a price bracket tat works for the brand so I rely on discounts and special offers.

1. Richmond Blazer £79, 2. Wool Peter Pan Dress £130, 3. Holland Park Coat £140

So far these three pieces are on my wish list. A great floral blazer - perfect for jazzing up a pair of jeans, a playful dress with Peter Pan collar, in my favourite shade of bubblegum pink and this striped coat that reminds me of a Humbug sweet (similar to a style in Oasis from FW13 that I was never able to find in my size). 3 different pieces that really give a sense of whats' to come in spring - particularly loving the influx of bright colours, especially those in the pink/purple family.

Lets hope the weather catches up with my happy summery mood soon.

My December

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