Monday, 30 July 2012

My Week In Pictures...

What a week!
Last weekend were my Bridesmaid Duties for a wonderful friend (you may remember my Hen post from Edinburgh).

The beautiful grounds of Mount Ephraim, Kent

Bridesmaid dress, Ted Baker
Clutch, Zara


*NEW PURCHASE ALERT*

Sequin sweater, £45, Marks & Spencer

I had visitors from San Diego over for the Olympics, so we did a bit of sightseeing on Friday. A definite highlight was afternoon tea at The Goring - what a beautiful hotel with fantastic staff.


*FREE DAY OUT* - Saatchi Gallery, Duke of York's Square, Chelsea

I love the room filled with oil. There are also some fabulous paintings incorporating holograms that are a must-see.


These amazingly dressed ladies were just wondering around the Gallery
And I got my tiny diamond ring...some of you may remember this ring from a previous post. I ended up getting it from my favourite jeweller, Laura Lee on Monmouth Street, Covent Garden.

9ct yellow gold and diamond ring, Laura Lee

Friday, 27 July 2012

Trend Focus: Slippers

Shoes, Jimmy Choo
Bag, Theyskens' Theory
Jeans, H&M
Have we moved on from ballet pumps? Comfy, chic and practical, introducing the new wardrobe essential.
£34.99, New Look

£16, Asos


£157 in the sale, Penelope Chilvers
 £45, River Island


£25, Topshop
£140, Sam Edelman at Asos
£28, Topshop


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

This Month I'm......

...finally watching 'The Killing'


I watched the first episode months ago and been meaning to spend some real time on it. Finally, I'm hooked. It's also nice watching the Danish version as I'm going to Copenhagen next month for Copenhagen Fashion week, so I'm familiarising myself with the territory!

...reading 'The Finkler Question'


Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2010, my mother bought this for me as very 'apt' present (I was obssessed with the idea of being Jewish when I was younger).

...saving up for Upholstery

We managed to get this chair for free on gumtree.com and have spent a year taking out staples, dodgy extra woodwork and prizing old fabric off of the frame. The next stage is to buy foam cushions and have them upholstered - we've got a great deal of the cushions and upholstery of £80 at Interior Workshop, Earlsfield using fabric we found in the remnants section of John Lewis (at half the original price).

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Investments: BOOKS

Karl Lagerfeld's Library, from the book The Selby Is In Your Place

I use my Fashion books as decorations in my flat: so to me, these are an ultimate investment. I often ask for books for birthdays and Christmas, I love browsing them and having them near me at all times!

Also, if you buy a book with a limited print run, it’s bound to increase in value. A colleague bought the ‘Grace’ book for £80 when it was released 10 years ago. Now, it is worth £800 on ebay.
Currently at over $1,000 on Amazon

I’m hoping the Carine Roitfeld book ‘Irrelevant’ will be worth something in a few years.
£42, Amazon
I stack my books up on shelves, on cabinets, on the floor - anything goes. These are my favourite that I own - they not only look good but I constantly use them for reference:

'Avedon Fashion', £28.80, Amazon



Tim Walker 'Pictures', £40.01, Play


'Kate Moss by Mario Testino, from £31.34, Play 
I was reading the above on the tube as I couldn't wait until I got home and was stopped by a woman to have a look as apparently I was getting so much satisfaction out of it!

I bought this for £40 a few years ago and currently you can only buy for £70 used on Amazon
On My Wishlist:

Bruce Weber 'Blood Sweat And Tears' £85, Amazon
Cecil Beaton 'The Art of The Scrapbook', £120, Amazon

Friday, 20 July 2012

Alphabet Bags: Rob Ryan

I have loved Alphabet Bags for a long time, they're not only useful but make a great, cheap, personalised gift for the person that has everything. Even they need a bag to carry all their 'extras'.
£12


£12

I bought one for each of my colleagues in my department a few years ago at Christmas and they went down extraordinarily well. here is the fabulous Laura Fantacci wearing hers for Red Online:
Laura from Wearing It Today

Now, the clever people at Alphabet bags have launched a fabulous and exciting collaboration which launches today and as soon as we heard about it in the office, we were all very excited. The collaboration, with renowned British artist Rob Ryan, is a collection of sweet bird motif Letters - designed in his signature 'paper-cutting' style. We LOVE....


£16 each, Alphabet bags

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Affordable Art

Have you ever tried Society 6? First seen on Cupcakes and Cashmere blog a while ago, it is a website where artists upload their work and the website sells and ships it on their behalf. You can browse through thousands of prints, photography and screenprints at really good prices.

Prints that first caught my eye on Cupcakes and Cashmere
All of these are under $20 (and they ship to the UK)

With a comic book fan as a partner, I'm always looking for cool ways to integrate them into my flat


Studio Ghibli fans might recognise this one ;)

How cute for a child's bedroom?!



Monday, 16 July 2012

My Week in Pictures

My desk finally arrived, £129, from made.com and I assembled it myself. Pretty pleased!
Desk, Made.com, Chair, £71.50, Dennis & MacGregor
Our study 6 months ago
When we finish the room, we'll keep it quite monochrome. I would quite like a blackboard and definitely a collage/inspiration wall. 

My Study inspiration:



I found this old 1930s map of Los Angeles whilst out there, which I'm hoping to frame.


I found these charcoal felt storage trays, great for hiding sellotape, blue-tack and bits and bobs:
£8, Muji

I also hope you like my D.I.Y neon stool - it's an old one from Ikea which I attacked with a spray can- I love it.


The stool matches my shoes I bought this week- some of you may have seen on Instagram. A bit of an indulgence from Jimmy Choo (yes, I admit they weren't very frugal, but they were on sale!).



For a more frugal purchase, check out these earrings from H&M:

£6.99, H&M
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