Wednesday, 28 July 2010
Tuesday, 27 July 2010
This pony-skin satchel was my favourite piece: really chic and cool, it would go with just about anything, and as an added bonus, I think i'd just about fit my laptop in it. In fact, I would be happy if any of the bags appeared under the tree from Santa: lots of oversized, structure, and nudes and browns. All things I like in a bag! After the bags I enjoyed the shoes. The pair I liked most is the one pair I didn't actually photograph: a pair of blush pink satin stillettos (Red Herring Limited Edition) with a black high gloss stiletto heel and a black corsage on each foot.
Sunday, 25 July 2010
I LOVE the big Hello Kitty hair turban; perfect for wearing post bath with my Hello Kitty PJ's. There are also Hello Kitty socks, the cutest ice cube tray, a mug and spoon, and if you're wondering about the Hello Kitty figurine sat on the toilet, I think this picture probably explains what made him choose that:
Friday, 23 July 2010
Thursday, 22 July 2010
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
The "gold label" stand was the stand I was most interested in, which is where they keep the designer labels: they had the Stella McCartney boat shirt dress reduced to £169 (and in my size!) It felt like fate, but I showed some self control and left the dress on the rail; the wedding fund remains intact! Other dresses of note were the Liberty print dress with the beautiful birds on, and the Pucci dress covered in drop sequins (both shown below) The most impressive section for me though was the shoes: there were 3 very covetable pairs of irregular choice shoes that had my name on them, and for just £29.99.
The store opening was also used as an opportunity to introduce us to ModBox, which is TKMaxx's new department. It is very much a "young trends" collection, and I would say aimed at a teen market. Lots of short dresses, logo tees, and embellishment. Even looking at it made me feel old, but I think my younger self would've picked up a piece or two. Decide for yourselves:
Overall it was a fun evening, and if I didn't know it last night I know it this morning: The store is obviously going to be a massive success. I walk past it on my way to work in the morning, and they were queueing around the block to get in!
Love, Tor xxx
Dunce that I am, I left my camera at home, but here are some pictures taken from my iphone:
Pictured are Fiona, Reena of Fashion Daydreams and Kristabel of I Want You to Know, and all the other bloggers enjoying their cocktails! As always it was lovely to catch up with Jenny from The Style PA, whom I sat with during dinner. And I met and learnt about a whole host of other blogs including: Frankie of Swell Vintage, and Alex of Alex Loves. There were so many other blogs and bloggers that it was overwhelming: hopefully next time i'll get to say hello to more lovely ladies!
I think it's fair to say though, that a great night was had by all. I can't wait to do it again!
Love, Tor xx
Monday, 19 July 2010
....But today I had to snap the deal up before they realised they'd made a mistake! Any £20 beauty treatment for just £2!? That means a beauty treatment for less than a latte, a sandwich, or the standard tube fair home! I got the London deal, but it is also available in Birmingham, Manchester, or Leeds. In London, £2 will get you one of the following: a manicure, a pedicure,
eyebrow/eyelash tint, and a whole load of waxing!
And if you want a treatment that's a little more expensive? Well then you can have it, and pay the difference! I'm going for the 30 minute city pedicure: a nice treat for my seriously neglected tootsies. You can only buy the deal today though, so time is of the essence. Give up that extra coffee from Starbucks (you really don't need it anyway!) and get pampered instead!
Love, Tor xxx
Thursday, 15 July 2010
I can hardly believe it's that time of the year again - this morning the digital schedule was released, I completed my registration last week: London Fashion Week is here again. And for any fashion loving gal that can only mean one thing: It's time for London Fashion Weekend! Tickets went on sale today.
I love London Fashion Weekend; it's got to be one of the shopping highlights of the season. This year there will be over 100 designers, and as usual discounts will be up to 70% off. Tickets start from £12.50, but in my experience, you get that back in discount if you purchase just one thing (and i've been known to come out with bags full!)If you're a vodaphone customer (I'm not, I was tempted by the free cinema tickets from Orange!) you can go to vodafone.co.uk/vip and be in with a change of winning free tickets, making your bargains even more bargainalicious. The great thing about London Fashion Weekend is that it's more than shopping; you can watch catwalk shows, have beauty treatments, and enjoy lunch with champagne when your feet get tired.
Sadly there's no entrance to under 18s unless accompanied by an adult, so younger readers will have to persuade their mums to take them (shouldn't be a problem - my mum's never been known to say no to a shopping trip!)
Finally, if I haven't already got you tempted, here's the full list of designers that will be at the event. I'm going to start saving my shopping pennies already!
Love, Tor xx
PS - Sorry for the short post today, but I have my first wedding dress appointment this afternoon, and i'm too excited to think about any dresses that aren't white and covered in tulle!
Tuesday, 13 July 2010
When I wrote about my new false lashes last week, a couple of people commented that they'd love to wear false lashes but they struggled to apply them. Now, i'm no expert, but I always manage to get mine on pretty straight, so I thought I would share the fabfrocks guide to applying false eyelashes:1. Put your make up on first. I know some people apply their mascara after their lashes, thinking it will make the falsies and their natural lashes blend together. This will just damage the lashes and the pulling motion of your mascara will move them out of position. Also even if you don't normally wear it, apply at least a thin line of eye liner: that way you won't see the join of your lashes on your skin.
2. Apply the glue to the lashes and then WAIT! If the glue is really slippy and the lashes are sliding everywhere when you try to put them on then you're applying them too soon. Wait for the glue to go slightly tacky and you will find that your lashes go on much easier. It depends how long it take you to do your make up, but I usually glue my lash, apply my eye liner and mascara, and then stick them on. I do this one eye at a time.
3. Get the position right. I don't know if this is how you're supposed to do it, but my tried and tested method is to apply the lashes very slightly on the skin (that way you can feel they're on) and then slide them down so that they're exactly at the lash line. If you have them any higher or lower then they generally don't sit straight above your natural lashes: if the falsies flick too far above your own lashes then they're a little too low. If this happens take them off, remove the tacky glue, and start again.
4. Hold still! Once you have them where you want them I tend to press my falsies in position really firmly and then hold it there for about 30 seconds. This pressure makes sure they stay and dry in place, and keeps them in position all night!
And that's it! That's how easy it is to apply false eye lashes and get it right: give it a go and let me know what you think, and if you have any clever tips to share that can make this even easier let me know!
Love, Tor xx
Monday, 12 July 2010
HT Headwear is Helen Talbot, a British milliner who only ever works with home grown British materials. I love the story about how the company got started, because it reminds me so much of myself (without the talent, and hat-making skills, of course)... "Not wanting something everybody else had, or having to compromise on style, she set out to make her own headpiece. With a degree in textiles under her belt and a millinery course taken years ago for a bit of fun, she was well equipped to design and make something unique to her that nobody else would have! After completing stunning headpieces for herself, her mother and her four bridesmaids, HT was hooked and now creates stunning unique headwear for private clients nationwide."
Because I have weddings on the brain, my immediate thought was how much I love the bridal collection for myself (yes, I know; selfish!) but there's so much more to these collections than that. There's something for my fashion conscious mum, something for a day at the races, and even little posies for garden parties or any other occassion you want to make the effort for. I am head over heels-edly in love with these simple flowers scattered through the hair: perfect with casual curls, and you could still put your veil over the top, and have great hair when you remove the veil for the evening do:
This is perfect for me because I want a dramatic veil and gorgeous evening hair, but without the fuss - i'm just not a sequins and tiara kind of gal! If I hadn't set my heart on a floor length veil, these bird cage veils are gorgeous; perfect for a 50s-style or city weddding.
Sorry, I know I keep sneaking weddings in here, but I can't help myself! Having said that, 'tis the season of merangue-like confectionary and wedding invitations, and if you have any nuptials to attend that it might be worth checking out HT Headwear: each piece is lust-worthy, and because they're bespoke pieces you don't run the risk of wearing the same Debenhams "must have" pieces as everyone else.
Love, Tor x
Thursday, 8 July 2010
This is made much easier if you can try things on it store and then buy them online, but why would you bother? If you're already in the shop and you have the garment in you're hand, why not buy it there and then and leave the shop with it! So, despite the fact the River Island sale started online two days ago, I waited until it hit stores today before I went bargain hunting!
You can only take a maximum of ten items into the changing rooms at River Island; it's important to remember this, because you will want to take in about thirty. Stock was going fast, and you had to queue round the room to get to the tills, but i'm giving the River Island sale two thumbs up. I wanted nearly everything I tried on.
The casual T shirts and vests selection was great and started at £6, with lots of Parisian influence (speaking of which, please remember to vote for me and send me to Paris) I love the middle, Parisian themed top, which would be a lovely transitional piece to take you through to Autumn. They also had a big selection of rock and punk inspired logo tops, as well as stripes and polka dots: anything a T shirt loving soul could desire, really.
As well as the clothes, there is also a massive shoes and accessories sale: leather heels starting at £20, flats and sandals starting at £8. I'm a big fan of River Island accessories and I think, quality wise, that they are some of the best on the high street. There were two handbags I loved but at £75 each they were still a little rich for me; a big discount from the original £150 price tag though! They also had hundreds of pairs of very cool Spitfire sunglasses reduced to just £5: I couldn't resist, and picked a pair up!
I've written several times about my love of all things River Island, and if you're a River Island fan too, I definitely recommend you check out the sale. If you're not a River Island fan, it's worth a peek for the shoes: some of them are incredible, and I had a five minute "shoe heaven" moment!
Love, Tor x
Note; please excuse my 'I really need a hair cut' hair do, and the hurried lunchtime photos; this post is for illustration purposes only!
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
The prizes are almost too good to be true. (If you want to be a model, that is!) First, the winner will be whisked away for a shoot with Best magazine. One makeover, lots of pictures and a short wait later, they’ll be named Simply Be’s Plus Size Model 2010! Then it's down to work. The new face of the Simply Be Style Files can expect more shoots, more portfolio shots and more exposure.
Simply Be’s newest model will need to look every bit the part, so, and this is the most exciting bit as far as i'm concerned, the lucky winner will also receive £10,000 to spend on fabulous Simply Be fashion! And to kick start the winner’s modelling career, Simply Be will even arrange a consultation with 12 + UK model management, a prize that money can’t buy!
How to enter
ENTRIES MUST INCLUDE: Your contact details: Email Address, Postal Address and Telephone number.
PHOTOS: Make sure you include a full length shot, a side profile and a head shot.
YOUR VITAL STATISTICS: Jot down your height and weight. Then add your waist, dress, bra and shoe sizes.
A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOU: Tell us who you are, what you do, where you find fashion inspiration and anything else you think will make you stand out from the crowd.
THE REASON: Just one sentence on why you should be Simply Be's Plus Size Model 2010!
SEND YOUR ENTRIES TO: Griffin House, Lever Street, Manchester, ME60 6ESOR EMAIL THEM TO: firstname.lastname@example.org
The deadline for entries is 27th August 2010 – don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!
For more information visit the Simply Be website, and you can follow Simply Be on Twitter for updates: @SimplyBeUK
PS - Don't forget to keep voting for me in the Sarenza bloggers competition! Just click here to send me to Paris!
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
PS - If you haven't already I would be eternally grateful if you could vote for me in the sarenza blogger challenge!
All you have to do is click here, which takes you directly to my entry, and then click vote: they ask for your email address but this is optional; you can just click submit and go on your way! I would really appreciate the votes, but as this isn't a dictatorship, then I should also say that some of the other bloggers look beautiful, and you can vote for whoever you like without making me cry too loudly!
Monday, 5 July 2010
Sunday, 4 July 2010
You will never know what a difference false lashes make to your eyes until you see yourself with one eye done and one eye undone: the contrast is so dramatic! Half way through putting my slap on I couldn't believe what a difference the new lashes made, and I just had to share.
Sorry that this is just a short, a slightly vapid post: I'm having a really busy weekend, but really wanted to share my exciting lash find!
Friday, 2 July 2010
Oh Britney what have you done?! Well the answer is, she's designed a low-budget fashion collection. I love Britney; I will happily bop along to here tunes after too many cocktails on a Saturday night. But she's not exactly known for her fashion sense, is she. In fact, i've seen that woman sporting more circles of shame than Tiger Woods after a heavy weekend.
The collection is aimed at teens and is being released on 1st July to coincide with the "back to school" buying session: yup, this stuff is coming to a high school near you! When I was at school I had to wear a bottle green knee length pencil skirt - if it came above your knee you had to go home and change it (or in my case, roll it back down!) Now apparently studded leatherette mini skirts are back-to-school essentials: who knew?!
Britney released a statement about her new clothing saying “Designing was a really fun, new way for me to express my creativity and I really wanted to create something by me for my fans.” Apparently her inspirations were her favourite books and films: apparently Britney only reads books in which people wear cheap denim: interesting.
Luckily the clothing line will only be sold at Kohl’s Department stores in the States, whom they have an exclusive contract with, meaning we won't see too many mini-Britneys running around town. I know its a budget collection, but I just can't get over the cheapness of it: the tacky silver bag, the denim waistcoat/pink vest combo - it all screams of too little money, teamed with far too little taste.
Why would a celebrity with no fashion sense design a fashion line? Who would invite them to do it?? The lure of a quick buck obviously addles people's minds. I'm sick of seeing collaborations with two-bit celebrities: when can we go back to judging clothes based on who made them, not on which B-lister (I'm not talking about Britney here of course - she's an A lister gone bad!) drew the original doodles?
Love, Tor xx