Thursday, 29 September 2011
It seems like I'm destined to spend my days in accessories heaven: and who am I to complain?! First I lusted over the M&S accessories range, and now I've had the chance to view some of the newest arrivals in Sarenza's A/W collection, and I'm already mentally preparing a whole new wardrobe based on them!
In the months I have been a Sarenza brand ambassador, I have genuinely fallen in love with the website, and the massive variety of brands they represent. And I think my obsession is only going to increase, if this new collection is anything to go on:
These leopard print and red patent leather shoes from Georgia Rose (£157) look, if possible, even better in the flesh than they do in this photograph. The leather of the leopard print panels was so soft, and these would be perfect teamed with cigarette trousers for a quirky take on this season's androgynous trend.
Sparkle is my newest obsession, and I know I won't get anywhere near the holiday season without investing in some! My favourites are the front pair with the patent toe, also from Georgia Rose (£127), but I also have a slight obsession with the Jeffrey Campbell Lita boots.
Speaking of Jeffrey Campbell, both of these shoes are from the brand, although the leopard print ones don't land on the site for another couple of months. I actually just ordered the wedges (they should arrive tomorrow!) but in the dalmatian print with the black heel. They look gorgeous, and I can't wait to team them with leggings and flippy little frocks.
Finally, not many people know that as well as selling shoes, Sarenza also has a massive collection of handbags. I love my Friis & Co satchel from the site, which I have been using exclusively since it arrives. But I could be tempted to upgrade it for this patent Lollipops version: the colours are lovely!
I think my bank balance could be in jeopardy this month! There are so many shoes and boots that I want, that it's going to take serious willpower to resist buying them all!
Love Tor xxx
Tuesday, 27 September 2011
My love of all things car boot sale related is a well-documented fact. So how could I resist popping down to Westfield London to check out their car bootique sale, which is taking place in the atrium from today until Sunday 2nd October.
It's a great event! As well as the car bootique sale, there are also catwalk shows on Saturday and Sunday, and blogger tutorials by blogging superstars The Style PA, Disney Roller Girl, and Fashion Foie Gras. Definitely worth checking out!
The car bootique sale features cars from French Connection, Coach, House of Fraser, River Island and many more.
So what trends did I notice from all of those top stores? Well Heritage is still very hot. The Ted Baker car looked like a walk through a huge English country garden (complete with coat wearing dog) and padded jackets in the barbour style were the order of the day. At the River Island car the heritage trend took a more elderly eccentric turn (my favourite kind) with a mishmash of pussy bow blouse, tweed jackets, and fitted skirts in a variety of clashing patterns and a riot of autumnal colours.
Animal Print is massively popular, and although leopard continued to dominate at House of Fraser and Twenty8Twelve, I think the more luxe and subtle snake print seen on the very understated French Connection car will prove more popular. I adored the biba at House of Frazer collection that was showcased, and just wanted to swath myself in their gorgeous selection of faux furs.
Another part of the Car Bootique event is that the team of Westfield are looking for three bloggers to help write their Stylenotes blog. In order to win the chance to write for their blog, you have to show off your unique blogging superskill. (The suggestions were mega videos and hand written poetry). The problem is, I think my blogging skill, or maybe un-skill, is that I'm completely normal: I'm just like everyone else. I'm the same as the girls reading this blog (that's you!) and the girls I saw shopping at Westfield London today.
Admittedly sometimes I get to meet and interview celebs (but I always get star struck!) And I pinch myself at every London Fashion Week show I attend, because I can't believe they let me in! The important thing is though, I never take for granted any of the amazing experiences I get because I write this blog.
But I do love fashion and I want to look good. I want to make the trends work for my body shape and fit in with my lifestyle, just like every other girl you see in Topshop on a Saturday afternoon. And isn't that what a trip to a shopping centre is all about? About normal people finding something they fall in love with (then in my case justifying the expense of buying it for themselves!) and that little bit of fashion magic making them leave the shop feeling really special? That's what I love about fashion and that's the skill I'm showcasing, not clever odes to hemlines , because that's what keeps me writing this blog everyday!
Anyway, enough rambling from me. If you're heading to Westfield London this week, check out their Car Bootique sale: I promise you won't be disappointed!
Love Tor xx
Monday, 26 September 2011
What have you been wearing today? And what item have you bought recently that you know you'll be wearing all winter?
Sunday, 25 September 2011
The set included the sugar, tea and coffee jars, three large terrines, the coffee and tea pot with the sugar bowl and milk jug. There is also the gravy boat, three serving platters, six teacups and saucers, six plates, six bowls, and vinegar and oil jars. The only set that wasn't complete was the dinner plates: sourcing them will become my next mission!
Saturday, 24 September 2011
Thursday, 22 September 2011
If I ever won a substantial amount of money then one of the things I would do would be to take a tour of the shopping centres of the UK. I get so jealous when I hear people talking about their local shopping areas on twitter: each one seems different and with its own idiosyncrasies. I think it comes from growing up in a town with 5 shops: shopping centres seem exotic! I already love the Arndale Centre in Manchester, and am a regular visitor to Westfield London. I'd like to visit York, Leeds, and of course, the Bullring in Birmingham.
As well as the shopping (of course!) my favourite things about shopping centres are the unique events each centre hosts. And this weekend, The Bullring are hosting a cracker! The Show: Redefinition is a show that mixes technology and fashion. Real-life and holographic models will blur the lines between reality and illusion in a unique show that will show off loads of A/W trends from stores like Reiss, French Connection, and Forever 21.
Frankly, it sounds amazing! Britain's Next Top Model winner Tiffany Pisani will be taking to the catwalk, and although I don't know who it is, there's going to be a celebrity guest appearance too!
Want to head down and check it out? Then here are the show times:
Friday 23rd September: 10.30am, 1pm, 3pm, 5.30pm
Saturday 24th September: 11am, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Sunday 25th September: 11.30am, 1pm, 3pm
If you do go make sure you come back and let me know how it was! I'd love to be able to make it, but sadly I already have other plans this weekend (cue loud sobs!) You can find out more about the show on the Bullring Facebook Page.
Love Tor xx
BIC have got a new razor on the market - called the BIC Soleil Bella. I know it's not something we ladies talk about a lot, but unless you're really lucky (in which case I curse you!) we all have to deal with our unwanted body hair.
I'm going to come clean about my routine: I use a hair removal cream on my upper lip, I have my eyebrows waxed, and for everything else I use a razor: admittedly I normally steal Mike's, so maybe it's time to invest in one of my own! And apparently the BIC Soleil is tailored to be more comfortable on a woman's curves, so it might be a good place to start.
I know it's considered much more trendy to have regular waxing appointments, but I just find it the quickest and easiest form of hair removal. No planning, no appointments: just jump in the shower and go!
In order to encourage women to 'Just live' (without worrying about their body hair all the time) and promote their new razor range, BIC are running a competition over on their facebook page. The star prize? An amazing Trip to New York!! Plus as well as the grand prize, they are offering a load more prizes on a weekly basis! This could be a theatre outing, a day-trip or a similar experience for you and a friend.
Want to enter the competition for your chance to win? Then head over to the BIC facebook page now and whilst you're their check it out: The page is pretty cool, and has weekly beauty tips and blog posts from a monthly-featured blogger!
Love, Tor x
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Wednesday, 21 September 2011
Last night saw the unveiling of Fearne Cotton's SS collection for very.co.uk, and I toddled along to check it out, along with lots of other lovely bloggers.
There were also plenty of celebrity guests in attendance, including Holly Wiiloughby, Whitney Port (adding fuel to the rumours that she'll be doing her own collection with Very next year) Myleene Klass, and the boys from McFly; including my mega girlhood crush, Dougie!
After a couple of cocktails we found out seats and the show began:
Am I the only one slightly creeped out by how all the models look slightly like Fearne?! Anyway, I digress! The collection was heavily seventies-inspired with pussy bow blouses and spray-on denim (both jeans and shorts). Feminine, but still with the tough, rock chick edge you'd expect from a Fearne collection. Key pieces were kept deliberately minimal: soft jersey cotton dresses and tops in simple block colours, often layered with chiffon panels. Great for layering, but a little too flimsy for wearing alone? The one piece I really liked was the mustard covered mini dress with the slightly bell-shaped skirt.
The black maxi skirt and slouchy trousers were equally covetable, and would be great for teaming with almost anything: wardrobe staples you could wear over and over!
Whilst not always to my taste, I can see this being a big seller for Fearne and Very next summer. What do you think of the new collection?
Love Tor xx
PS - I have uploaded some more photos from the show to the Fabfrocks facebook page (Including some of the celebs in attendence), if you want to check them out.
Tuesday, 20 September 2011
Yesterday after my last LFW show of the season, I met Mike from his office, and he took me to Harrods. We had ice cream in the Harrods Ice cream parlour (best sundae I have ever eaten!) and then went for a walk around their Christmas World which, bizarrely, opened about a month ago.
I unashamedly love Christmas! I have loved it my whole life and I always get excited about it far too early: not normally this early, but I've just finished putting together the Christmas gift guide for work, which got me in the festive spirit. Plus, Christmas World is a tourist haven, and if you try to visit closer to Christmas it's like a very sparkly hell!
I am very lucky that Mike humoured me whilst I checked out every single bauble and tried to find the most expensive crackers (my best was £599 for a box of six) the took some photos:
The world is slightly smaller this year than last, and has been moved from its usual spot on the fourth floor to the second. It's been divided into three distinct zones and themes.
My favourite was the gingerbread Christmas, full of fifties-style pastel colours and decorations shaped like ice cream cones, candy canes, and gingerbread men of course! The other two zones were Winter Wonderland (lots of white and glitter) and Traditional Christmas (Victoriana in red, gold, and green). It's definitely worth a visit if you're in town and looking to get festive! The baubles start in price from about £4 each, which isn't cheap, but they make a lovely special memory or souvenier.
It's a bit too soon to be talking about Christmas proper, but if Harrods is a bit too rich for your purse then nearer the time I will be doing lots of Fabfrocks at Home features about Christmas on a budget: including how to make your own decorations!
Love, Tor xx
Monday, 19 September 2011
First up are these House of Harlow ankle boots (£240). How gorgeous are these?! They're 100% leather, and I love the slightly bondage-style overlays. I would team these with my leather jacket, skinny black jeans, a cute satchel (I have the Friis & Co one from Sarenza, and it's fab!) and a vibrant,oversized chunky knit scarf.
Love, Tor xx
Sunday, 18 September 2011
To celebrate that London Fashion Week is in full swing, I thought I'd run a giveaway of a LFW goody pack! The prize is the official LFW tote bag, designed by Mulberry. I've filled the tote with bangles and bracelets from Claire's Accessories, a gorgeous moisturiser from Santa Verde, the Charles Worthington Salon at Home straightening kit, a Fashion Targets Breast cancer compact mirror, and a lovely leather notepad from Tesco (the official sponsor of London Fashion Week)
1. Follow the blog, using the follow box to your right.
3. Sign up to the fabfrocks mailing list. (Click here to subscribe to our mailing list!)
If you do 2 of these things you will be entered into the competition twice. Enter all three ways, and you will be entered into the competition a whopping FIVE times, giving you loads more chances to win!
Love, Tor xx
Saturday, 17 September 2011
Friday, 16 September 2011
Thursday, 15 September 2011
It's that time of the year again: time to put all of your summer clothes to the back of your wardrobe, pull out your tights and jumpers, and have a complete wardrobe overhaul! Two weekends ago, Mike and I even went to Ikea to buy a new chest of drawers so I could turn my floordrobe into something almost resembling order. Sadly I haven't actually filled it yet!
Ahead of London Fashion Week, and because it's wardrobe clearout time, Weight Watchers are raising money for Tommy’s charity with a ‘Clothing Amnesty Initiative’, whereby supporters can donate unwanted clothes via the clothesforcash scheme – and raise £10 per bag!
They're also asking the public to get behind the amnesty by telling them their Clothes Confession - that item that you’ve bought but have only worn once - via their new Facebook app. And in return for this Clothes Confession, Weight Watchers will donate 10p directly to the charity.
And because I can't ask you to do something I wouldn't do myself, here's mine:
Shoes are my weakness: especially shoes with high heels! However sadly, I also have really sensitive feet. Which means I am the proud owner of an army of shoes I love to look at, but can never wear (unless I'm prepared to suffer blisters and bleeding which, let's face it, just isn't sexy!)
I'll never throw them away (they're just too pretty!) but my clothing confession is that all three of these pairs of shoes still have the labels on, because I've never actually worn them and got out of my front door! Am I a tad ashamed? Yes! Does this mean I'll stop buying my beloved heels? Definitely not!
Love, Tor xx
Wednesday, 14 September 2011
If you're looking for a hand and feet treat, then I would recommend a visit to the Anesis spa.
I popped down last night with Jenny from The Style PA to enjoy a fish pedicure. And unlike my last experience this was relaxing, in a lovely environment, and it actually worked!
There were hundreds of fish in each tank, and they went to town, nibbling at my feet and toes. For those of you that haven't had it done before:A fish pedicure is a pedicure with a difference. You dip your feet into a tank full of garra rufa (or doctor) fish, who suck away all your dead hard skin. For those of you worrying about losing more than you expected (a toe perhaps!) they only consume the affected and dead areas of the skin, leaving the healthy skin to grow.
Because I knew what to expect from my last fishy experience, it actually felt really relaxing: like a tickly massage. The atmosphere in the spa was nice too: chilled out music, mood lighting, and comfy snakeskin seats that you sank into. After 30 minutes of fish nibbling and a glass of champagne, my tootsies were dried, then shaped and polished. I opted for an OPI shade called Russian Navy which looks lovely, and makes a nice change from my usual black!
After we had sat gossiping, letting our toe nails dry, we were asked if we'd like false eyelashes applying too. Obviously we jumped at the chance! We chose dramatic (maybe a little too dramatic with hindsight) sets of strip lashes, but unlike having your striplashes applied at home, these are supposed to last for up to two weeks. I was sceptical, as two weeks seemed like a long time for strip lashed to last. But so far so good: I slept with mine on last night, and they're still in place this morning!
I think Anesis would be a great place to head before a special girly night out. The therapists are warm and friendly. The atmosphere is perfect for pre-night out prep (Think an Ibiza chill out zone). And the fish pedi booths are organised so that you can sit with friends whilst having it done: perfect for girly gossip! The spa also offers individual blink + go lashes, high definition eyebrow shaping (which looks amazing: definitely on my must-try list) and OPI and gel manicures. All you'd need to do is book an afternoon at Anesis, buy a new frock, and you'd be ready for a night on the town!
Love, Tor xx
For more info visit: http://www.anesis.uk.com/
I've written about Zalando before, and right now they're running a pretty cool competition for fashion bloggers.To enter, all you have to do is choose your dream outfit from their shop and post it online. This has been running all month (trust me to be late to the table!) and will end on 30th September.
The prize is £300 a month to spend on clothes for 12 months: quick maths tells me that that's a £3600 new wardrobe! But don't worry: for the non-bloggers out there, there's also the chance to win a £300 shopping voucher over on their facebook page.
Zalando are a big comparison site (you've probably seen their shoe ad on the TV at the minute!) and they stock thousands of fashion lines from hundreds of different brands. So picking my dream outfit was pretty easy:
All outfits start with a good pair of shoes, so I started with these Jonak brogues. I love the jazz era two-tone brogues (definitely on my must-have list!). To these I added a floral tea dress from Vera Moda and a chunky yellow cardigan (which looks vintage but isn't - I need this in my wardrobe!)
And because I'm an accessories addict, I just had to add a belt, bag (by Sonia Rykiel and beautiful!), scarf, and yummy bangle! OK, at this point I've spent far too long on the Zalando website, and need to win this competition before I bankrupt myself!
I know this isn't a particularly fashion forward outfit (no new season trends here!) but it's exactly my style: a little bit vintage inspired, focused on a lovely frock and lots of gorgeous statement accessories all piled on top of each other. I'm sure someone did once tell me less is more, but I didn't listen!
What would your dream outfit for this winter be? Are there any pieces you're coveting right now?
Love, Tor xxx