Tuesday, March 30, 2010

What I Want Right Now - Ear Chain

photo courtesy bikerjewelry.com

photo courtesy wiregems.com

I'm seriously considering getting a helix piercing just so I can wear an ear chain like the ones above. I really love the style but I'd probably prefer them with more/longer chains and in funkier colours. I already have my lobes pierced twice but the only thing I don't like about getting another piercing is the required maintenance afterwards.

I would love to find one that doesn't require another piercing like the one below which just hooks over the top over the ear but no such luck as yet. If any of you knows where I can find one or you make jewelry and you're willing to do a customized one for a reasonable price, please let me know!

photo courtesy youngfatandfabulous.com

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Celebrity Style for less - Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham certainly knows how to travel in style as she arrived at London Heathrow Airport on March 23 in a chic, menswear-inspired ensemble.

The former Spice Girl and current fashion designer takes on the utilitarian trend in a sharp black blazer, olive green cuffed trousers and a heather grey tank top. She accessorized the look with nude platform heels, a statement gold men's watch, a gold ring and her trademark Aviator sunglasses.

photo courtesy justjared.com

Replicate this stylish look with the much more affordable alternatives below:

Oasis Power Shoulder Blazer
Price: UK£33.00 (US$56.41)

Nine West Nadia
Price: US$79.99

Price: US$4.80

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Cool Vintage Finds - Feline Fantasy

I love cats. Not in a weird, cliche "I want to live with them alone for the rest of my life" kind of way but I do have a definite affinity for them.

I also have a thing for the cat motif in fashion and I believe novelty feline prints and accessories are a really great way to add fun and quirkiness to Spring wardrobes.

The Miu Miu Spring 2010 runway was littered (bad pun intended) with cute, playful cats on clothing, shoes, bags, jewelry - you name it, cats were on it.

images courtesy style.com

I scoured Etsy and Ebay to find some cute and stylish vintage cat pieces and came up with quite a few options below.

Crazy Cat Lady Sweater
Price: US$35.00

Vtg 70s Black Cat and Guitar Boho Kaftan Dress
Price: US$24.99
(N.B 7 days left in auction)

Cats in Love Brooch
Price: US$8.00

Price: US$9.99
(N.B 7 days left in auction)

Vintage Cat Earrings
Price: US$6.00

Here are some little known and interesting (to me anyway) cat facts taken from www.catscans.com:
  • Ailurophilia is the "love of cats".
  • The nose pad of a cat is ridged in a pattern that is unique, just like the fingerprint of a human.
  • The domestic cat is the only cat species able to hold its tail vertically while walking. All wild cats hold their tails horizontally or tucked between their legs while walking.
  • Sir Isaac Newton, discoverer of the principles of gravity, also invented the cat door.
  • A cat will amost never "meow" at another cat. This sound is reserved for humans.
  • A group of kittens is called a "kindle" and a group of grown cats is called a "clowder".

Also, here's a Vogue fashion spread from 2008 which features cute Persian cats and model Karen Elson with hair, makeup and outfits inspired by the fantastic Grace Coddington.

photos courtesy mycatgoma.com

Monday, March 15, 2010

Ever walked a pot-bellied pig while wearing Chanel?

No...me neither but I think mini pot-bellied pigs are so cute and I've always had a love for Chanel so I was inspired to combine the two in a new illustration (below).

N.B the Chanel outfit featured is from the SS10 collection.

Also, I attended Fashion Fusion Expo 2010 as a backstage dresser (photos to come soon) and below is an illustration inspired by a backstage photo taken of an outfit by London-based fashion stylist, Hannah J.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

London Fashion Weekend 2010

So, I went to London Fashion Weekend last weekend and since it was my second time attending a major London fashion event (the other was Clothes Show Live), I was excited to see what it was all about.

As you all may have realized by now, I do love a good shopping deal and the outfit I wore to the show was comprised of items I picked up from various places at bargain prices.

Below is what I wore to the show - a blue Jacques Vert blouse that I picked up at a car boot sale for 50p, a red Hobbs skirt that was on sale for £19, a black belt that came with a top I bought from New Look and an Aldo necklace that was on sale with a 'two for the price of one' offer (I also got the black and silver version).

(Please excuse the facial expression - I wasn't even a little ready for that photo and sadly, it was the best one of the bunch.)

Even though the designer label prices at London Fashion Weekend were heavily discounted, I had a hard time finding items that I liked, were my size and were in my budget range. However, I did manage to pick up this SS08 Luella T-shirt for £25 which I think is really adorable.

What I was looking forward to more than anything else was the catwalk presentation and with looks from designers such as Betty Jackson, Herve Leger, Jasper Conran and Twenty8Twelve, I was not disappointed.

The show was presented by fashion journalist and TV presenter Louise Roe and was a compilation of designer looks from the SS10 runways which reflect some of the biggest trends of the season. Below are a few videos I made of the runway shows.

The first trend to hit the runway was 'Candy Rock' - soft, pastel colours and light, airy fabrics and romantic silhouettes. Featured designers included Jasper Conran, Herve Leger and Jaeger.

The second trend was Swallows & Amazons - described as 'Arthur Ransome meets Tim Burton', this trend 'combines layered mismatched pieces of luxe and denim with classic nautical tailoring and gothic leather'. Featured designers included Twenty8Twelve, Eley Kishimoto and Vivienne Westwood.

The final trend covered was Vintage Glamour - elegant, timeless vintage pieces that would fit seamlessly in the modern fashion world. Featured designers included Ossie Clarke, Zandra Rhodes and Biba.

We also got the pleasure of viewing Betty Jackson's entire Spring/Summer 2010 collection which was feminine, flirty and perfect for the upcoming warm weather.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Fashion Fusion Expo 2010

Fashion Fusion Expo, a brand new London fashion event, will be held on March 12 & 13, 2010 at the Old Truman Brewery, 91 Brick Lane, London. This event will raise consumer awareness about fashion and sustainability with a theatrical line up of catwalk shows, expert hosted seminars and exclusive fashion shopping opportunities.


This event will showcase the very best talents in sustainable fashion and accessories design from all around the world and it aims to attract 6000 visitors to show fashion can be both sustainable and stylish.

Nikolo Bertok

Christina Curry, model and presenter, is to introduce the Expo’s catwalk shows. Christina shares "I'm thrilled to be working with Fashion Fusion, and strongly believe in their mission to make the public more aware of sustainable fashion. I love quirky clothes from high street to vintage as much as the next girl but Fashion Fusion is opening up exciting new doors to ethnic prints, diverse styles, and the next wave of hot young designers at the same time as bringing the ethics of consumer fashion to the forefront!” Christina adds “Sustainable fashion needs to be the focus for the future and Fashion Fusion Expo 2010 will be the event to place it in the spotlight."


With something for every taste and budget, the show offers a mixture of high street names, boutique brands, vintage inspirations, designer collections and individual labels for true fashion lovers. The fashion buying public will also get the chance to watch four exclusive catwalk shows each day, coupled with a great line up of expert seminars to learn more about the exciting world of sustainable fashion.


Designers and exhibitors for Fashion Fusion Expo include:

Stamo - http://www.stamo.co.uk

Julia Smith - http://www.juliasmithfashion.co.uk

Juzi - http://www.juzionline.com

Trousers London - http://www.trouserslondon.co.uk

Choolips - http://www.choolips.com

NV London Calcutta - http://www.nvlondoncalcutta.com

Andaluss - http://andaluss.com

Nkya Designs - http://www.nkyadesigns.com

Side Effects - http://sideeffectsoflondon.co.uk

Asakeoge - http://www.asakeoge.com

Julia Smith

Opening times for Fashion Fusion Expo are 9am - 7pm each day and tickets are only £10 when ordered online at http://fashionfusionexpo.eventbrite.com, £8 for students and £15 at the door.

On March 13, there will also be an after party at Cafe de Paris, 3-4 Coventry Street, London.

Show your support for these up-and-coming designers by attending this fantastic event and also by passing this information on to any fellow fashion-lovers that may be interested in attending Fashion Fusion Expo.

For more information, visit http://www.fashionfusionexpo.co.uk.