Monday, 28 February 2011
Well, my shopping ban is temporarily over, but it was only a small fail: yesterday we went to Primark. And as we discovered whilst we were enjoying a minor spree, there really is something for everyone:
Just this weekend I told Mike he needed to sort out his summer wardrobe and pick up any bits he needed for our honeymoon: as a self-confessed plain dresser and shopping hater, this was his idea of hell. So he went into Primark and for just £23 he got everything he needed (except a sun hat!) The shorts and sandals were £5 each, and the tees were on an introductory offer price of £1.90. The vests were £2.50 and the sunglasses £1, and he doesn't need to think about shopping again for another 6 months: bargain shopping at its best!
For myself I brought the wide floral palazzo pants that I showed you guys from the S/S Look Book (Although please excuse the terrible pictures!) I was dubious as to how they would work on my bodyshape, but for our honeymoon I have to keep covered up when we head to Cairo and Luxor, so I decided to give them a go. They're far too long and will need taking up, but I actually like them: and they were a bargain at £12! The seventies style shirt dress (£15) is a 'for now' purchase, and I love it: it actually looks and feels better on than it does in the photos. It also comes in black with a tan belt, and for easy summer work/play wear, I wish i'd picked that one up too. But i'm now not fashion shopping for non-wedding stuff until after the wedding, so it will have to wait!
We always have a sofa covered in blankets: it's cheaper than paying extra heating bills, and more snuggly too! But my trusty black and white floral blanket (which i've had since I went to university in 2002) needed replacing: enter this horse print fleece blanket, which cost just £5. I've never bought any Primark homewears before, but their selection is massive and really modern: I could've spent a fortune, but I want to wait and see how this one washes first.
Love, Tor xx
Friday, 25 February 2011
Monday, 21 February 2011
Sunday, 20 February 2011
How's fashion week treating you all? My week started slowly, but yesterday was a great day. I love fashion week, not only for the shows, but also because I love mingling with other bloggers and checking out when all the stylish people on the streets are wearing: I always prefer to get my style inspiration from real people than from celebs and other unattainable peoples. I'll start writing up yesterday's shows asap, but for now here's some amazing footage from the presentation I was most gutted to miss on Friday:
What does "The Cryoflux" actually mean? I have no idea, and even when I read this explanation it's no clearer to me, but it sounds both exciting and empowering: "Under the frozen surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, has evolved a new species: The Cryoflux. Descending onto earth she arrives in the barren darkness of the Antarctic winter, to explore a frozen world in an unfamiliar state of flux. Clothed in powerfully sculptured attire, encompassing vibrant flames and ice shattering prints, she reflects her surroundings. She voyages through the tenacious climate which is constantly cracking and reforming around her."
My favourite piece is the rich orange pea coat with the oversize sculptural sleeves. It's the first piece i've seen this season that i've been desperate to add to my own wardrobe. I'll say it again for emphasis: I cannot believe I missed this show!
Love, Tor xx
Saturday, 19 February 2011
Thursday, 17 February 2011
Well as you probably know (unless you live in a media-less cave) there is just one day to go until the start of London Fashion Week. My tickets are organised, my e-tickets are printed, and i've just started panicking about what i'm going to wear. I always realise too late that I should do more prep: I have three designers to interview and I haven't written a single question yet. So it is going to be a very late night for me!
Luckily, the lovely folks at vitaminwater (one of the official London Fashion Week sponsors) have sent me over a fashion week survival kit to help get me organised: I can't wait to try out the dermalogica kit, which couldn't have come at a better time, as i'm suffering a horrible break out. And who knows, maybe a bottle of vitamin water (or eight!) will sort out my addled brain and help me get myself organised: the clock is ticking!
Keep checking back for all of my show coverage, pictures of other lovely bloggers, and other fun fashion week happenings!
Love, Tor xx
Tuesday, 15 February 2011
As an avid skirt and dress lover, it looks like I am going to be very out of fashion this spring/summer. Denim is back, and it is everywhere! I love the aesthetic of the bright Seventies-style denim: flared trousers teamed with denim shirts and lots of tan accessories. But I just don't have the right body shape to pull it off: with my wide hips and short legs, flares look ludicrous on me! The only way denim generally works on my body is either if I wear a denim dress, or if I team a lightweight pair of denim hareem pants (like those in the Hobbs picture below) with a fitted vest or Tshirt.
For something that is widely considered to be an easy "wardrobe staple" I find jeans incredibly difficult to buy, and even more difficult to wear: it takes me much longer to put together a "just thrown on" outfit involving jeans than it does to actually throw on a tea dress!
But just because I can't wear it well doesn't mean denim isn't going to be everywhere we turn for the next six months. Here are some examples of denim on the high street:
It looks like i'm going to have to go and experiment with some jeans shopping doesn't it. Sigh!
Love, Tor xx
Monday, 14 February 2011
Sorry I haven't posted for a couple of days: working a full time job, planning a wedding, and keeping this blog up to date has been a massive task I just haven't been able to keep up with this week. Time for a big tick in the 'must try harder' box, methinks!
Yesterday I combined wedding tasks with fashion, and tried on my outfit for our big family dinner, which we're having the night before the wedding. I'd ordered those Dolce and Gabanna shoes from Brand Alley specifically to go with this outfit (they match the gold beads in the dress) but hadn't gotten round to trying it all on together until last night. Please excuse my lack of make up, and unstraightened weekend hair:
The shoes are D&G (from BrandAlley) and the dress was a bargain in the Monsoon sale about 6 months ago: I saw it, knew it would be perfect for the ocassion, and have had it hanging impatiently in my wardrobe ever since. I accessorised pretty simply with a black and gold Marc b bag, a skinny black belt, and my Timex watch (timekeeping and watch wearing are going to be pretty essential on that day, of all days!)
I love this outfit: its fairly simple and easy to throw on (which suits my low maintanence dressing style) but it has sequins and glitter and gold to appease my inner ten year old. My instinct is to add a bigger waist-cinching belt and an oversized necklace (this is always my dressing instinct) but I think the dress is so eyecatching it just doesn't need anything else. What do you guys think?
Love, Tor xx
Wednesday, 9 February 2011
When I think of knitwear, I think of casualwear. Big slouchy jumpers or cardigans teamed with leggings, jeans, and sloppy dresses. And then I saw these pictures from my-wardrobe. I get sent a lot of emails and press releases, and I don't publish a tenth of them here. But sometimes I see pictures that, for whatever reason, make me think "wow, I wish I dressed like that." And those are the pictures I just have to share:
Who knew knitwear could look so sophisticated? These outfits are simple but fashionable. Unfussy. Well put together. I want to dress like this model in my everyday life: these outfits would be perfect for almost any ocassion; work, play, dinner. Yes, I know i'm gushing. I even want to team tan shoes with ankle socks and a matching jumper.
I wish I looked a tenth as sophistcated as these pics, which is a new phenomenon for me. I've never cared very much about looking sophisticated before! Recently I feel like my fashion sense/tastes are evolving. I wonder how much of this has to do with my impending marriage.
It started with my hands and has spread: I've gone from having tatty chipped nails to polishing them 3 times a week. (It seems essential when my ring hand is under so much scrutiny!) I even apply hand cream everyday, to keep them looking there best. And I can feel my fashion sense growing up too. Gone are the Hello Kitty jumpers and chunky plastic jewellery. Even my scruffy pumps don't feel right anymore: In there place are blazers and gold jewels (still chunky though, that will never change!) and shoes that I actually take the time to polish. Has any one else found their fashion tastes evolving as they get older/experience changes in their life? And how do you feel about it?
Love, Tor xx
Friday, 4 February 2011
Thursday, 3 February 2011
This morning I was up super-early to head to the TKMaxx store at Charing Cross. Why was I up so early, I hear you cry? Well to see the new Comic Relief Tshirts, which have been designed by Vivienne Westwood, of course! There's not a lot that will get me out of bed before 8am, but Vivienne Westwood and doing my bit for charity saw me in Central London earlier than I have ever been before. Luckily I was greeted with juice and fruit which had me perked up and ready to admire the tees in no time:
I might be biased because am a massive Blackadder fan (Like the big geeks we are, Mike and I have the box set and know half the episodes off by heart) but I think the designs are awesome. They look cool, eyecatching, wearable: with jeans and sandals one of these could because my lazy Sunday afternoon go-to.
Here are just a couple of the designs:
As well as the Vivienne Westwoods tees, TKMaxx are also selling Comic Relief bags and scarfs by Liberty. Look really closely and you'll see the noses in the print! I really loved these because, more so than the tees, you'll be able to use them long after red nose day:
So why not use your shopping powers for good, not evil? At least £5 from the sale of each £9.99 Tshirt goes to Comic Relief: that's a massive proportion in comparison to other charity ranges. And if you don't really give a damn about charity? Well, they're really lovely looking Tshirts, and less than a tenner for something designed by Vivienne Westwood is a steal!
Love, Tor xx
PS - I will be announcing the winner of the BrandAlley competition tonight - watch this space to see if it's you!