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Calling all wannabe Goddesses

Browsing through the wonderful Daunt’s bookshop in Marylebone High Street last week, I came across a fabulous compendium of tricks and suggestions by Gisele Scanlon called The Goddess Guide. It is literally jam packed with wonderful practical and not so practical suggestions on how to hone those Goddess skills. Gems include how to circumvent a stringent door policy, Alka Selzter is not just for hangovers, but cleaning your loo…, an interview with Christian Louboutin, where to buy the best perfume, making a Victoria Sponge, it just goes on and...

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GUESS parties with Vogue Fashion’s Night Out!

I do love an occasion.  8th September 2011 marks the GUESS Vogue Fashion’s Night Out. The event, described as an ‘after-hours shopping extravaganza’ is in the diary of any fashionista worth her weight in luxe. I will be heading to GUESS on London’s Regent Street (their flagshop store), who have two  fabulous new offerings, raising money for the Kids Company charity which provides emotional, practical and educational support to children and young people. The first (1) is a printed tee featuring the beautiful Drew Barrymore in the brand’s 1987 ad campaign....

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An Angel at my Table

I came across this dreamy, romantic site recently which specialises in French reproduction furniture and the like.I then came across a section called Something for the Girls and I literally had to have these truly stunning vintsagey lace crochet scarves. They were not expensive and literally add to any outfit. I have not left off the daisy crochet one since I received it on Saturday. So for all your romantics out there, have a look and cast your mind back to simpler but far more prettier times. Truly Angelic!...

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For the love of fetish…

Rhianna wanted whips and chains; fashion happily obliged. AW11 brings with it its darkest, fantastical offerings. Since Lady Gaga’s daring performance at Thierry Mugler’s Paris Fashion Week show, fashion bled fetish onto the catwalk. While Giles and McQueen hit the trend hardcore – head-to-toe leather, chains, latex – houses Dior and Christopher Kane prefer to nod to naughtiness, walking black silk and lace in delicate yet conspicuous style. Critics of the fetish scene would argue its demeaning dominance, but this fashion displays the strong woman styling such bondage around...

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Hat-trick

I never thought I was a ‘hat-person’. At the tender age of seven, yours truly was happily entertaining herself in the playground, donning a terrific mullet and suitable baseball cap. The following words were about to haunt me forever: “Are you a boy or a girl?” Eyes swelling with tears, I glanced at the brutish lad who spilled such a question, before sprinting to parental safety. I never wore a baseball cap again. 7th September 2010:Berwick Street, London. During a standard shopping session in a vintage store, I spot a masterpiece. Rich, bloodied burgundy in colour,...

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Ahoy, Hoisery!

‘I do recommend it for all girls, and boys, out there: put on a pair of fishnet stockings and find your inner sexiness!’ -Nia Vardalos  A lady in stockings exudes the two crucial ‘C’s’ – class and confidence. I believe it a physical impossibility to adorn stockings under a rather more conservative outfit, without wearing a flicker of a smile or a skip in step. Such poise will undoubtedly affect personal mood  – I think of this as instant therapy! The rising of hemlines by the darling Flapper Girls took...

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Micro Mini

  Things are getting smaller (and not just men or our bank balances!). Bags are too. I am loving the new micro mini pochette phase that is sweeping the catwalks at the moment. Isn’t the Gucci one (pictured on cover) and this furry one from Simonetta Ravizza (below) Gone are the giant totes that you get lost in rummaging looking for your purse, in are these cute little hand held mini clutches – aren’t they just divine. I love this Stella McCartney mini bag (below) They are bonsai versions of...

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The Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection

The Zandra Rhodes Jewellery Collection was never going to go unnoticed. My grandmother has a glass trinket box on her dressing table. As a tiny girl I would peer into this feminine heaven and decorate all three foot of me in exquisite broaches, charms and jewels. With the vital addition of ‘genuine’ Christmas Cracker Pearls, I felt every inch the princess. Upon discovering Zandra’s collaboration with Adele Marie, waves of nostalgia washed over me, a grown lass with a never-ending penchant for dressing up. I have always admired Zandra’s...

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A bit of serendipity…………………

The very first day I started wrestling with this blog to get it started, I got an email into my Inbox out of the blue from Nina Koutibashvili asking me to have a look at her luxury handmade jewellery range. I did, and I can safely say its stunning, it made me long for an oligarch just so I can have even one of her pieces. So I am wishing Nina every success with her beautiful range and maybe some time soon she can say her collaboration with this...

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Kumihimo, darling! Bracelets by Tanya Walker

The  braid: whether Heidi or Grecian Goddess, such style exudes a straight-laced cheekiness that traverses from infancy to beyond. While out shopping in my local florist, I happened upon these delightful specimens by designer and creator Tanya Walker. Tanya’s inspiration for these intricate bracelets initially sourced from research into plaiting techniques for her floristry qualification, when she discoverd Kumihimo. This ancient Japanese technique was originally used by samurai to decorate armour and in is a form of finger-loop braiding. Tanya’s background in floristry provides her designs with an artistic fluidity, capturing colour and...

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