Sunday, February 15, 2015

TREND WATCH SS15 FRINGE BENEFITS




Fringing was one of the runways biggest hits this season, with summer loving all things bohemian, from Woodstock to Western, fringing is having a big fashion moment.

Playful 70's Pocahontas earthy tones, rebellious black leather and Proenza Schouler's swish and swoosh flapper style dresses.
Suddenly this festival favorite looks so fresh and modern right now.

Get ready to put your best fringe forward this season.......


SONIA RYKIEL SS15


GIAMBATTISTA SS15


Images via

PROENZA SCHOULER SS15



ISABEL MARANT SS15



CELINE SS15







GET THE LOOK FOR LESS........

Fringe jacket

Fringe jacket
FRINGE JACKET £69.99 MANGO
Mango SS15

Fringed suede jacket

FRINGE SUEDE JACKET £79.99 MANGO
Mango

Fringed suede bag

Mango SS15

FRINGED SUEDE BAG £59.99 MANGO


FAUX SUEDE FRINGED JACKET £30 MISSGUIDED



FRINGED LEATHER SCARF £109 ZARA

Image 1 of SUEDE FRINGED BOOTIES from Zara

SUEDE FRINGED BOOT £89.99 ZARA

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WRAP FRINGED SUEDE SKIRT £75 ASOS


LEATHER FRINGED TOTE BAG £55 ACCESSORIZE

Image 1 of FRINGED HIGH HEEL SANDALS from Zara

FRINGED HIGH HEEL SANDAL £49.99 ZARA



BEADED FRINGE WAISTCOAT £59.99 H&M





FRAYED FRINGE EDGE JACKET £39.99 ZARA



FRINGED SKIRT £39.99 H & M


LEATHER FRINGED SANDALS £29.99 NEW LOOK



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FRINGED BOOTS SAINT LAURENT BOOTS £975







FRINGED BOOTS LAURA SCOTT £140


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Shimmy, sashay and 'hippie hippie' shake those fringes......
Can you feel the love?



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Thursday, February 12, 2015

AMAZING DIY CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES



"APPROACH LOVE & COOKING
WITH RECKLESS ABANDON"
- THE DALAI LAMA


homemade chocolate truffles


Valentines day is nearly here!


This year instead of an expensive night out at an overpriced (just because it's V day) restaurant, why not stay in, light some candles, sip a bottle of bubbly, and have supper at home.

Then get snuggled up with these 'devilishly' delicious homemade chocolate truffles.


Now, here comes the fun bit......

It's a DIY dessert that you can make together, getting down and dirty, never felt so good! Scooping and rolling the little truffles in their coatings, and of course licking the chocolate off your fingers afterwards.


Using Jamie Olivers Amazing DIY Chocolate Truffles recipe, and taking it to the next level with Ren Behan's fabulous flavoring inspiration.


Get ready to share some love this Valentines day.



YOU'LL NEED

300ml double cream
1 knob unsalted butter
finely grated zest of 1 clementine
300 g good quality dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), broken into small pieces
1 pinch sea salt
1 splash brandy,vodka,or any other spirit of your choice (Gin and whisky work too)
1 Handful nuts
3 tablespoons cocoa powder, to serve.
3 tablespoons freeze dried strawberry powder
1 pack biscotti, to serve
1 bottle Vin Santo, to serve.



Put the cream in a pan over a medium heat, and let it heat up, not boiling just hot. As soon as bubbles appear add the butter, and clementine zest.


 When the butter has melted, pour over the chocolate pieces, whisking all the time. If the mixture splits don't panic, just add a small splash boiling water to make right again, it really does work.

truffles

Add pinch salt, and stir in your alcohol of choice. You could split the mixture and add different alcoholic flavorings at this point.


Once really smooth pour into a nice serving dish and pop in the fridge for about 2 hours to set.


Take the chocolate out of the fridge about 20 mins before you are ready to make your truffles. Have a few bowls ready with chopped nuts (hazlenuts, pistachios and almonds are great), the cocoa powder, and some freeze dried strawberry powder.


Have a teacup with boiled water ready, and two teaspoons, hand one to your lover or BFF, scoop out your chocolate mixture, shape into a ball, and have fun rolling them in whatever takes your fancy.


Serve with biscotti, the Vin Santo, or even vodka shots!




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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

BACK TO BASICS.





Coat: Isabel Marant sale / Sunglasses: Ray-Ban / Perfume: CK One by Calvin Klein / Tote: Zara / Stripe top: Topshop / Fedora: Topshop / Watch: Skagen / Sweater: Atterley Road / Jeans: Mango / Boots: Asos / 

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 It's that trans-seasonal time of year to stock up on wardrobe staples, luxurious basics, and three of my favorite things. 

Uniform navy, blue and white stripes, and tan.  Neither groundbreaking or revolutionary but, they are are a winning trio for effortless dressing (just enough trouble without trying too hard).

 Suddenly life is organized again and your wardrobe
 never felt so good. 

Now that's my kinda dressing.



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Saturday, January 24, 2015

SS15 TREND WATCH THE SEVENTIES REVISITED





Fashion has a habit of looking forward and backwards, and sometime's both at the same time. This seasons fashion throwback to the seventies, is all about the good to emerge from what is sometimes seen in history, as a time of of austerity and discontentment.  

They say the cultural life of people changed more during the seventies than any other post war decade. The first color televisions had just started to emerge, there was no email in regular use, and certainly no mobile phones.

 My own very happy memories of the 1970's are of chopper bikes, cassette recorders, space hoppers, and a Mum with a swanky hostess trolley, and a Dad with a Ford Capri.  A bottle of Blue Nun in the fridge, for when my parents had friends round to an Abigails Party style dinner (an iconic TV drama of 70's life and style) serving prawn cocktails, profiteroles and black forest gateau.

There were twenty shillings in a pound, and I had a girl crushes on Ali MacGraw and Bianca Jagger. 

The seventies wasn't a time that fashion forgot,  it was unique, with designers such as Thea Porter, Bill Gibb, Halston and Biba, giving us flares, fringing, flowing bohemian kaftans, 
and maxi dresses. 

Lauren Hutton in a chiffon caftan by Halston. (US Vogue, April 1973/Photographer: Richard Avedon)

This seasons rebooted twist on the seventies, has a big hint of nostalgia about it, but somehow as fashion does, it has reworked itself to become as fresh and exciting as the original.....


CHLOE SS15











ALBERTA FERRETTI SS15













ETRO SS15 

















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