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Sienna Miller in the Twenty8Twelve SS11 lookbook

April 7, 2011

Sienna Miller in the Twenty8Twelve Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook

Apologies for the radio silence – I’m currently job hunting, so real life is getting in the way a little.

I couldn’t, however, resist blogging about the Twenty8Twelve Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook.

Twenty8Twelve are a brand very close to my heart, and I regularly find myself seriously considering abandoning my phone bill in favour of investing in their designs.

The allure, for me, lies in the practical, but effortlessly chic urban styling.

The garments are put together in such a way that the dark colours and boyish cuts somehow accent, rather than detract from, the models’ femininity.

Similarly, the label has one or two statement pieces in every collection, but nothing is too overstated. Each garment is beautiful, but never try hard.

Sienna Miller in the Twenty8Twelve Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook

I also love how every collection contains a handful of key black pieces, which capture the eye without overshadowing the overall colour scheme.

In these respects, I find the Miller sisters’ approach to styling surprisingly French, and in the Spring/Summer 2011 lookbook, Sienna demonstrates this no-nonsense approach perfectly.

I especially love the black high-waisted shorts, black playsuit and printed maxi dress.

Sienna Miller in the Twenty8Twelve Spring/Summer 2011 Lookbook

Images c/o Denimology


The first days of Spring

March 31, 2011

The boy & I decided to take a few days to go off the radar, so we’ve been on staycation since Friday.

We ditched Manchester for Nottingham for a few days, and had a lovely time catching up with some of my very favourite people, helping decorate my best friend’s new vintage boutique, enjoying the first few days of spring in the gardens of my favourite bars and generally recharging our batteries.

I’ll upload some more photos tomorrow, but in the meantime here’s a quick snapshot of what I have been up to:

Cuddling my best friend’s gorgeous cats
Nottingham University Lakeside
Enjoying the nice weather at Nottingham University’s Lakeside campus

Eating – lots!

Photo 1 credit – unknown. Get in touch if you know who this belongs to.
Photo 2 – 5 – belong to me

Lust: H & M Multistriped Jersey Dress

March 27, 2011

I’ve been eyeing up this jersey dress in H & M for the past few weeks, but when I saw one of the fashion editors at one of the big fashion glossies wearing it with a cute top knot bun with bangs, while on media visits for a client a few weeks ago, I simply had to have it.

It not only ticks off two key trends – stripes and bright bursts of colour – but also boasts an impressively well cut silhouette, which you wouldn’t otherwise expect for the £19.99 price tag.

Unlike many high street buys, it isn’t over designed – just a simple, classic zip at the nape of the neck and flattering, fitted short sleeves.

A perfect example of the classic Swedish design H & M does so well.

H & M jersey dress

Lust: Maison Scotch Harem Pants with Braces

March 19, 2011

I have a weird relationship with Maison Scotch, the womenswear line of Dutch label, the House of Scotch and Soda.

One of their signature traits is combining garments with accessories, for no-fuss instant style, which every now and again I take exception to. Last season, for example, they attached Eiffel Tower pendants to white slogan t-shirts, and created shirts with long sleeved t-shirts sewn in underneath.

I find that kind of design a little too try hard, but I do appreciate that there is a market place for it.

That said, Maison Scotch also produce some beautifully designed pieces. Last season, I became dangerously close to spending £150 on a grey tweed smoking jacket with suede patches on the elbows, and £90 on a white slogan t-shirt.

This season, not only have they done it again but they’ve also convinced me to embrace their no fuss approach to style.

These gorgeous printed harem pants come with built in striped braces, attached with loops of tan leather.

The look is topped off with Maison Scotch’s signature preppy edge, with mis-matched, antique-style buttons that look like they’ve come straight out of an English boarding school textiles rooms.

And all for a cool £115.50 – I think my bank account may be taking a little hit come pay day.

Maison Scotch Harem Pants
Maison Scotch Harem Pants -  buttons
Maison Scotch Harem Pants bottom
Maison Scotch Harem Pants back

Afternoon Tea at the Sugar Junction

March 19, 2011

Today we had the loveliest lunch at a new vintage inspired tea rooms in Manchester’s Northern Quarter, for my friend Rachael’s birthday.

The Sugar Junction is a light and airy cafe, which recently opened in the former Rags To Bitches unit on Tibb Street.
Scones, cakes and finger sandwiches at the Sugar Junction
For just £12.50 per person, we had as much tea, finger sandwiches, scones with jam and clotted cream, blueberry and custard tarts, meringues and lemon sponges as we could eat.
Rachael's birthday at the sugar junction
They have an extensive tea menu and an impressive collection of vintage china. We drank early grey with slices of fresh lemon, and munched on gorgeously creamy goats cheese and caramelised red onion finger sandwiches with the crusts cut off.
Rachael's birthday at the sugar junction
The scones came with sweet berry jam and clotted cream, which was served in an antique glass dispenser, with hooks for the spoons.
Rachael's birthday at the sugar junction
The staff were attentive, regularly delivering fresh lemon slices and boiled water to our table without so much as a word, and they even kindly collected up the cakes we were too full to enjoy into gold boxes to take home.
Rachael's birthday at the sugar junction
The cafe itself is teeny, with only four tables, so booking is essential, but it makes for a truly civilised day out.
Rachael's birthday at the sugar junction
Despite the whole idea being quite girly, it even got the boyfriend seal of approval.

Afterwards, we went vintage shopping. I picked up a little boy’s cardigan, with blue and yellow trimming in a varsity style.

Geisha & the Virgin Suicides at Rue du Mail, Paris Fashion Week

March 16, 2011

For me, one of the utmost stars of Paris Fashion Week was the Ready To Wear collection by three year old label, Rue du Mail.
Before I even began to examine the garments, the make-up and beauty styling blew me away. From the geisha-esque chalk white complexions, to the shocking tangerine red lips and the beautifully simple loose mini plaits and soft beehives, I loved every second of it.
Jacquelyn Jablonski, Rue du Mail A/W11
Brunettes like Karlie Kloss and Jacquelyn Jablonski almost resembled geishas with their dark hair, flawlesses cheeks and overtly defined crimson cupid’s bows. Meanwhile, blondes Ginta Lapina and Agnes Karlsson resembled extras from a Scandinavian remake of the Virgin Suicides.
Ginta Lapina, Rue du Mail A/W11, Paris Fashion Week
The collection featured heavy block colouring in crimson, royal blue, jet black and deep purple. And, while dresses fall far easier into designer Martine Sitbon’s comfort zone, the androdgynous, structured tailoring trend was heavily represented, with mod-esq mini coats.
Rue du Mail AW2011 Paris Fashion Week
Ladylike glamour was not, of course, totally abandoned – this is Rue Du Mail we’re talking about – but given a slight spin for Autumn/Winter 2011. Otherwise conservative black mini dresses adhered to the new length, contrasting silk and velvet, and projected sharp, 1940s silhouettes, while splashes of colour in art deco shapes stuck out like jewels on shin-length mini dresses.
Rue du Mail AW2011 Paris Fashion Week
Rue du Mail, Paris Fashion Week, A/W 2011
Rue du Mail AW2011 Paris Fashion Week
Rue du Mail AW2011 Paris Fashion Week
This dress (above) has become my no.1 lust of the season.


Pictures (c) of Miguel Rosales and

Wardrobe lust

March 7, 2011

I’m absolutely in love with my latest purchase; the boy & I went shopping on Saturday & had a bit of a post-pay day splurge.

I picked up two dresses and this delectable sheer buttermilk blouse in Topshop.

The draping is absolutely gorgeous considering it was only £38, and it makes me feel like a ’70s goddess.

Can’t wait to wear it in the warm summer sunshine with hotpants, tan wedges and a daisy chain woven through my hair.

Topshop Buttermilk Pleated Collar Blouse