Friday, 31 January 2014

Things that have made January much more fun...

Helloooo again!

For all January has been...well...January, I have had some great fashion discoveries this month that have made days brighter and avoiding the shops more bearable.  So here is a little round up of my January loves, hope you enjoy them!

1 Carrie Bradshaw's...sorry...SJP's shoe collection




Yes that's right! Sarah Jessica Parker has created her own shoe collection, with help from none other than George Malkemus, CEO of Manolo Blahnik!  You can really feel the Blahnik influence in the shoes, particularly in the strappier varieties.  I think the pair in the picture are my favourites, in both this shade and the dusty pink.  You can see the full range here!

(Image taken from http://www.vogue.co.uk)


 2 Chanel Spring-Summer 2014 Haute Couture show "Fashion Machine"

Image taken from "www.fashionmagazine.com"

I think of Karl Lagerfeld as a visionary, an artist as well as a designer, and I love his shows.  This month's "Fashion Machine" did not disappoint!  I loved the hair and make-up, and the fact that a lot of the looks were both fashion-forward yet wearable (the models must have loved being able to wear trainers too, instead of having to totter around in massive heels!).  I absolutely adore Cara Delevigne too, and she always looks stunning in Chanel. If you haven't seen the show yet you can watch it here!


3 Chanel's Lipstick/USB stick


Yesterday whilst looking through Instagram, British Vogue posted a similar picture of this...my mind was blown!!! A MEMORY STICK THAT LOOKS LIKE A CHANEL LIPSTICK!!! EEEEEEK!!!  Need I say more...I know what I want for Valentine's Day...Mister if you're reading...


4 Mini Lush Haul



Okay, I know this one isn't really fashion related as such...but in my efforts to not spend, I decided to keep my treats to a minimum, and took myself off to Lush for a mini haul.  I got tonnes of Lush stuff for Christmas (I'm not complaining!), but I must have had so many baths that I needed a bubble bar top up already!  So I bought myself an Amandopando bubble bar and a Melting Marshmallow Moment as a little treat.  Amandopando has a subtle yet gorgeous smell, but I'm yet to use the melt, so my verdict will follow later (I promise!).


5 Elsa's Dress in "Frozen"

Image copyright of "Disney"

As loads of people had told me about "Frozen" and how good it was, I decided to go and see what all the fuss was about.  I really enjoyed the film, and it's worth going to see just for Olaf the snowman, who  reminded me a little of Donkey from Shrek, sort of a faithful humorous companion that you can't shake off, not that you'd want to of course!  In years gone by, I don't think I've ever thought of any Disney film in a fashion sense, except maybe Cruella De Vil in "101 Dalmatians", but when Elsa turned up in this little beauty I was gobsmacked.  So flawless and elegant, it could've literally come straight off the runway, I thought it was absolutely fabulous!  I'm sure in real life it would never look the same, but if I'm ever animated that's what I want to wear!  Look out for it arriving at a million fancy dress parties near you...


What's been exciting you this January?

xxx
 
 
 
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Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Just January...

Ahhh January, January, January...why must you torture me so...

Hello my lovelies! So, I decided that as part of my 2014 plan I'd really like to go on holiday.  And the place I'd love to go to?  Paris daaaahling!  It's been such a long time since my Mister and I had a holiday abroad, and after really enjoying our little mini-break to Edinburgh for his birthday last year, we both decided that for 2014 we'd like to go further afield.  It's been my lifelong dream since forever to visit Paris, and although we've looked at other places, Paris is definitely the front runner.  So I decided that as this is definitely a dream I'd like to come true in 2014, there's only one thing I can do in order to achieve it...and that is to stop spending money...DUN DUN DUUUUUNNNN!!  Now don't get me wrong, I am usually quite a sensible thing when it comes to money...but I do like a spurge (the trips here, there and everywhere last year probably confirm that for you!).  But if I'm going to go to Paris, I want to go all out (and hopefully come home with some Chanel...) so for a frivilous fashionista, I've really cut back.  Have to confess though...it's absolutely killing me!!! Especially as the Spring/Summer '14 clothes are creeping in everywhere and my wardrobe could really do with a spruce up!  In an effort to not spend money, I've even put a backdrop of the Eiffel Tower on my phone and computer's wallpaper, so if I try to shop online I am quickly remined that the money could be put to better use.  The things we put ourselves through...!  I'm hoping to go sometime in July so I've got a long few months ahead of me, but I definitely think mirky January sure does make it harder to not spend! When the rain pours constantly, a nice splash of colour would certainly brighten things up...bright handbag anyone? *sigh*


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Saturday, 18 January 2014

Read all about it...

January is a miserable month. Christmas is over, summer feels like forever away, and the nights are so dark all I ever want to do is stay indoors curled up next to a warm fire. Well I have been taking advantage of this and catching up on my reading and wanted to share three fashion books with you that I feel will help blow away the January blues. Fashion for freezing weather I suppose!!

1 'It' by Alexa Chung


Alexa's book was released just before Christmas and is such a fun read. She has such a random outlook on life, but what she writes is so true and fitting to our generation of twenty somethings. But if you're not in your twenties, don't let that put you off! From her experiences of heartbreak to what she wears in the gym, there is something that everyone can relate to. And if reading's not your thing, just get it for the pictures, her snapshots are amazing!

Best bits: Alexa's take on the 'selfie' phenomenon and her Mum's advice on love. And finally, her immense ability to poke fun at herself all of the way through.


2 'Bringing home the Birkin' by Michael Tonello

I first heard about this book through a cyberspace friend's (and fellow blogger's) Instagram. I ordered it second hand from eBay (I think I paid £2!!) and it truly was money well spent...what an amazing book!! 'Bringing home the Birkin' is a true story about a guy from America (Michael Tonello) who quits his job and moves to Barcelona. He then makes his fortune by selling Hermes' scarves and other accessories to buyers on eBay. Written in the Hermes era when the Birkin was as accessible as gold dust, when one of his clients requests that he finds her a Birkin bag, the adventure really does begin, and soon, Tonello is buying Birkins all over the world, thus defying the so called 'waiting lists'.  

Best bits: Tonello's 'buying formula' and his description of the different types of Hermes employee. Also, his email relationships with some of his buyers makes brilliant reading.  He manages to describe their personalities so well, it's almost like they are sitting in the room with you.

3 'Coco's Secret' by Niamh Greene 

I discovered this little beauty when I was shopping in Tesco's.  I have to say it's one of the best books I have read in ages, I couldn't put it down.  The story is of a girl named Coco, after Ms Chanel herself, who really has trouble living up to her name.  She is a plain Jaine, unglamourous by her own admission and happy that way.  After just ending her most recent relationship, and moving back to her Grandmother Ruth's home, Coco enjoys nothing more than working in her beloved "Swan Antiques" the vintage and antique store that her grandparents set up when she was a child.  Whilst at an auction, Coco manages to bag herself an original Chanel 2.55, hidden in a box of worthless trinkets recovered from an old lady's home.  The bag contains a letter...a letter that she cannot ignore, and from that moment Coco is sent on a wild goose chase, desperate to reunite the bag with it's rightful owner. It's such a heartwarming tale, and a must for all of us Chanel lovers out there! I'm just waiting for the day I uncover my own 2.55 in a vintage store...

Best bits: I wouldn't want to spoil the plot by giving too much away! But just read it...it's got best bits from start to finish!

You can buy 'It' HERE.
You can buy 'Bringing Home the Birkin' HERE.
You can buy 'Coco's Secret' HERE.

(All images are taken from 'Amazon' and are not my own)

Happy reading...I'd love to hear what you think.
Could you recommend any fashion books that are a good read?

xxx 
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Wednesday, 8 January 2014

2013...my year of friendship...

Okay, okay, I know I should be looking forwards not backwards, but I promise this will be my last post about 2013.  And let's face it, it may only be January but there's always so much to look forward to with the start of a New Year (two months of fashion for a start once the fashion weeks kick off again...eek!).  But I'm looking back in a really positive way.  I guess this post is a shout out to my Very Best Friend...who I'd like to thank for making my 2013 as fun and as fabulous as it could possibly be.  I was looking through my iPhone, and I couldn't believe just how much we had managed to cram into a year...there are photo's of us everywhere, places I'd even forgotten about.  That was what really inspired this post...in fact with the photographs it could almost write itself!!! So here it is...2013...my year of friendship, in pictures...


I've always had friends, but Natalie is my sister from another mister.  She's helped revamp my make-up knowledge, introduced me to Victoria's Secret, been my confidant...I could go on forever!  We've had fun, laughs, tears and loads of adventures...so who knows what we'll get up to in 2014!!!  But all I really want to say is I'm so thankful for her friendship and for a great 2013.  No matter what else fails, it's always good to know you've got a friend that's got your back :)

I hope 2014 is your year of friendship!

K xxx 

(I made my collages with PicMonkey)
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Tuesday, 7 January 2014

The Christmas of a Coco dreamer...

Hellooooo!

I know it's a strange thing to do to post about Christmas in January, but this is my Christmas round-up so to speak.  I had an amazing Christmas time this year, and wanted to share it as it really was so wonderful.  I'm quite fortunate with work in that I'm always off for two weeks over the Christmas period, so I always try to cram as much in as I can...and you've already heard about some of my goings on.  So here it is...my Christmas in pictures...


This was Christmas Eve, and some of Christmas day at Mama L's house.  I moved in with my Mister three years ago, but I always go back home for Christmas...I couldn't imagine it any other way really.  This Christmas Eve, we decided that we would make Christmas afternoon tea for the whole family (hence the cake-stands!!), and it really was delicious.  The only problem was, the house is too small to fit everyone in, so it was a bit of a squeeze!!  My lovely VBF visited after the family tribe had left, and my pooch Jay-Jay really enjoyed the chewy snowman she brought him :).  And you can also see Mama L and I fully embracing our Christmas jumpers :).


This little collage is a mixture of Christmas Day (which is also my birthday) and a sly photo from NYE!!!  Jay-Jay is taking centre stage in his new bow-tie, a present from his Auntie Helen, doesn't he look handsome? There's also my wonderful Christmas dinner (cooked by Mama L), my Mister and I posing in our Christmas attire, Jay-Jay wondering what to do with his presents, my amazing Keith Lemon birthday card from my brother, an NYE cuddle from me and the pooch, Chris tearing into his presents...and our little Christmas Day tea...well it all revolves around the food doesn't it??!!


Last but by no means least, I had to include some photos of the wonderful birthday and Christmas presents I received this year.  I am so grateful to everyone who was kind enough to buy me a present, and I really was spoiled rotten (as I am every year!).  I'm not going to talk about all of the presents in turn, else we'd be here until next Christmas, but I've got to mention a few.  First of all, my lovely Mister bought me all sorts...Uggs, Hunters, a running jacket, Just Dance for the Xbox (which was really entertaining on NYE!), a gorgeous pair of skinny black Levi jeans and some Laura Mercier tinted moisturiser.  What I love about his gifts are that he never ever asks what I want, he shops completely off his own back, and this year he managed to buy me everything that was on my 2014 wishlist (and more...!).  He really is an absolute gem...and even without the presents he'd still be the most perfect boyfriend, but it was so lovely to see how much attention he must pay, to know what I really wanted :).  My lovely VBF bought me some amazing stuff too; she knows me inside out! It's always great fun shopping for her presents, and she did amazingly with mine!! I loved all of them, but my favourites were my gorgeous Cath Kidston Stanley terrier brooch which she knew I absolutely loved, and my little Seychelles Christmas Cracker from The White Company...our favourite scent from the store.  She also won the award for most thoughtful present hands down.  She made me a little box of cards, one to look at at the beginning of each week of 2014.  Each little card card carries a message or a memory of our friendship, be it something we've done or a wish for the future.  This week's read "we like to be ladies and enjoy afternoon tea, cocktails and strawberry beer"...three separate memories of the last year rolled into one!  A cute little message like that really helps brighten up a Monday morning I can tell you! I was so touched that she would go to all that effort for me :)...so if you're reading, fanks bestie ;).  Finally, I want to mention my friend Michelle, who bought me a Chanel-esque scarf which is gorgeous, and she really made me laugh as she also bought me "Suddenly" perfume and attached a little message to the bottle saying "shhhhh! It's the Chanel No 5 smell-alike but if you hide it in your handbag, no-one will ever know it's not the real thing"...so thanks Michelle for helping me to live the dream on a budget haha! She also bought me a gorgeous Vivienne Westwood brooch and a beautiful beaded jewellery pouch, which I'm going to use as a clutch bag as it's too pretty to be left at home!  Big shout out to Mama L too, who still buys the most amazing presents, even thought I'm now in my 28th year, she's a diamond!

I crammed so much in over my festive break that its hard to remember everything, but I thought I'd close this post with a lovely SATC inspired moment.  On January 2nd, I went to Durham for a lovely meal at Ask Italian with my friend's Sarah and Michelle, to celebrate Michelle's 28th birthday.  We all work opposite hours, so it's a rare moment when the three of us can get together, and it was lovely to catch up on everyone's gossip.  After our meal we popped into Ebony, Durham's lovely little Champagne bar, for cocktails and we spent the afternoon putting the world to right's.  If 2013 was my year of friendship, then what better way to start 2014 than with cocktails and giggles?  I think this year is going to be a very good year...cheers!



xxx

(I made my collages with PicMonkey)
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