I Heart Winter 09 – Deadly Serious Fashion

  Marc Jacobs RTW a/w09 We finally say goodbye to Sicilia and summer holidays. Summer was all about being FABULOUS, this winter it's all about being SHARP. The sharper the better equipped you are for this season's approach to fashion, which i can only translate as 'Dressing to Kill!' It's time to get seriously fashion once again and right now, fashion is deadly serious! In my Reccessionista Chic entry I advised fashionistas to stick to black for winter and although I wear black regardless, I was so thrilled when doing my catwalk research to find my favourite designers of the a/w 09/10 had dressed their models head to toe in black. Black often is considered safe and boring, but true fashionistas will know the impact of black; sharp, timeless and instantly sexy, even if it is just a black t-shirt and black jeans – I love it! For this season the only accessory you’ll need for your black outfit is lots and lots of sex...
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Recessionista Chic

It was the usual Friday evening at the South West London home of the green fingered photographer and ex London College of fashionstudent, Canterbury Parker. Protocol of gatherings at the Parker home are drinks, tortilla chips and humus dips, gossip, fashion pondering, wine sipping and drunken calorie burning dancing.Myself and vintage shopper and charity shop aficionado Kimmie Parker and her mother, Canterbury were sat in the garden, Kimmie and myself flicking through high fashion magazines and building mental wish lists, when I came to the conclusion that, 'I need a new image.' Looking down at my jeans and a vest top outfit I couldn’t help feeling slightly upset and annoyed by the fact that it had taken me almost two hours to select this ensemble - (surely an outfit worth two hours of trying on and taking off should be more...creative?) 'A new image? That costs money,' Kimmie Parker says, sucking on her Vogue cigarette. 'It doesn't have to. You can just style...
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Accessory Necessities

With shops like Primark, Accessorize, ASOS, Claires Accessories, Topshop, Miss Selfridges DIVA range and Hennes you can get accessoried up to your eyeballs with scarves, hats, clutches, belts, hairbands, broches and jewellery. You can even pick up some vintage look a likes! For some serious vintage jewellery at some unfortunately serious prices i will always recommend Portobello market, however if you can't make it up to Portobello physically or financially, then Miss Selfridge is great for vintage homage. So, if you're doing Recessionista Chique for fashion purposes, for savings and sensible spending or just love accessories, here are my ten top tips before i Bling and GO! 1 - Bags For shoppers, totes and general day bags it's always easy to become attached to one particular bag - do try and mix it up a little and don't be afraid to add some colour to your bag collection. If like me, you refuse to be adventurous with designer bags (all my designer bags are...
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All Shapes, All Sizes, For Always – Assymmetric Dresses

The SHORT One Shouldered/ Asymmetric Dresses –These dresses are perfect for showing off shoulders and the décolletage, revealing parts of the body which hold the least fat (quote Gok Wang), which in turn has a slimming effect on the body in general. I love one shouldered dresses, however would be more likely to invest less in such dresses. Although the one shouldered, asymmetric thing continues to return every so often I’m not sure if it’s a dress I would spend much money on, but would still head down to Zara or Miss Selfridge and get a catwalk lookalikey for £35.On the other hand... The Strapless Dress – This is my all time favourite...(cont'd in All Shapes, All Sizes, For Always - The Strapless Dress)...
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Shop for Now, Wear Forever

Spring/Summer 2009 - Vogue, Fashion TV, http://www.vogue.com/The most exciting Vogue issues without a doubt has to be the last of the season (as it gives a slight insight into what to expect for the next season) and of course the ultimate – the turn of the new season! Here we are, 2009 with Spring/Summer trends in full swing. I know we haven’t quite got out of winter yet, but I stop my autumn/winter buying by the end of January and take a moment to prepare my spring/summer wardrobe. Vogue sits next to me, awaiting my study - I haven’t even managed to get past the 13th page of the Catwalk Report without being so overwhelmed that I had to scribe immediately.The trend that I am leaning towards, which seems particularly prevalent this s/s 09 would be the nude colour pallet in shades such as beige, white, pale greys, light caramels, pale oranges and butter milk yellows – complimented with gold’s...
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A Sicilian Winter Visit…

A visit to Catania Sicily and the handbag trend...     I once wrote a poem in a poetry class at University about an evening out with my girlfriends, I wrote about the drinks we drank, the men issues we discussed and the Gucci bags we carried. My teacher asked me, ‘What do these Gucci bags symbolise?’ Typical poetry teacher question, I thought to myself and explained to her that they symbolise nothing, ‘They are just bags.’ She then said to me, ‘If they are just bags, there is no need to state that they are Gucci bags. Let’s be honest...,’ She continued, ‘these are little tokens of status.’ Five years ago when she made this statement I would have agreed – ninety nine percent of the reason I bought the bag was because it was Gucci and I definitely would not have purchased it had it been the exact same bag not designed by Gucci or another high end designer. Prior to my...
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Shopping With Emotion x x

I was in Zara with an incredibly artless shopper recently. She picked up a few garments in the shop without even looking around the rest of the store – we didn’t make it downstairs before she selected what she wanted and told me she was off to queue.Already I thought to myself. I’d barely made it through the casual section before she’d selected, queued and purchased.What is this about? Is this somebody who knows what they want? Somebody who can’t shop? Or is this simply somebody with more money than sense? Let’s be honest those of us who have wads of money don’t need to apply strategy to purchasing technique; they simply need to see, like and buy.‘Right, let’s go downstairs,’ She says.I realize at this moment, that I am meant to shop alone, no friend, no foe – just me. In my bag I have magazine clippings, 20% off vouchers, lists of clothes that will add to my autumn/winter...
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The Conscious Beginning

I remember it like it was yesterday – that Tuesday night many years ago in one of London’s Salsa clubs, a man’s hand stuck out in front of me, waiting for me to accept his offer and take to the dance floor with him. The dismay must have shown on my face as another man intercepted and swung me onto the dance space amongst the sweating, dancing bodies. He had a mound of curly ringleted hair bouncing around his back and was dressed impeccably in a white embellished shirt, ripped jeans and a pair of those long toed brown shoes that you could imagine David Beckham wearing. In hindsight the Latin dance was very fitting; he would put his hands on my hips to steady my movement, I would frown inwardly at his nerve to try and control me, he didn’t know I was a dancer and knew exactly what I...
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