Friday, 31 August 2012

Comic Fashion

T-shirt, 3.1 Phillip Lim, Leather shorts, H+M
Jacket, H+M, jeans MiH

Comic book designs are having a Fashion moment...and I definitely had a moment of weakness when I bought this t-shirt!!

£160, 3.1 Phillip Lim at My Wardrobe

3.1 Phillip Lim Pre-Fall 2012 (style.com)

Phillip Lim's comic book obsession has even triggered him to launch a one-off comic book 'Kill The Night' to coincide with his A/W 12 Collection!

The tee will look great with jeans, and will hopefully last me through London Fashion Week (which is fast approaching)...and I always regretted missing out on Luella's Batman tee...
Luella S/S 08 Show (style.com)
£310, Markus Lupfer at Net A Porter
I buy my partner comic book tees from Old Navy in the States, Uniqlo do good ones, too:
£4.90 (in the sale), Uniqlo




 Kurt Geiger has launched their 'Starheel and the Supers' range
'Elena', £110, KG Kurt Geiger



£7, Models Own

Roy Lichtenstein print £22.95, Easy Art
£2.99, Internacionale



Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Frugal Weekend: Edinburgh Fringe

I have just come back from a weekend trip to the Edinburgh Fringe, and what a wonderful, wet weekend it was!
I managed to get flights with BA Avios points (only had to pay £25 admin fee), and we stayed with a relation so it really was a frugal weekend...
My H&M jacket came in handy! My sandals, however, were a bad choice...

It was my first time back to the Fringe since I performed at it 8 years ago (but we won't talk about that!) and some of theatre I saw back then was still showing - 'Shakespeare For Breakfast' has been showing for 21 years and still as funny as ever (they serve you coffee and croissants to entice you in!).

You'll find plenty of entertainment along The Royal mile, where actors flyer and act snippets of their plays...

The biggest buzz is probably around the Pleasance Courtyard, where we spotted Simon Amstell and Rhod Gilbert drinking with the punters post-gigs!

Most shows are around £8-£10 each (established comedians more £15 - £20) but there are also so many opportunities to see shows for free. We saw plenty of free shows at the Three Sisters pub and courtyard - 'Bogan Bingo' was a hilarious interactive Comedy/Bingo night!

There are also lots of free events across the city...

Our favourite Edinburgh Cheap Eats:
Oink, 34 Victoria Street, Grassmarket
Yes, that IS a queue outside but it is worth it for the best pulled pork burgers you'll ever taste. 


Wannaburger, 7-8 Queensferry Road
Fresh, home-made burgers for £3.50 without sticky tables? yes please...the Edinburgh equivalent of 'Shake Shack'


Saturday, 25 August 2012

Store of the month: Internacionale

Jersey sweater Internacionale, jersey skirt Dorothy Perkins, sunglasses and sandals, Topshop, bag, Zara
When I saw this sweater was launching at Internacionale for A/W, I had to have it! Chanelling the Burberry Prorsum look for a fraction of the price.

Burberry Prorsum A/W 2012 from style.com

My style icon Kate Bosworth
£195, Burberry Prorsum at Matches

£12.99, Internacionale

Gold and moonstone necklace, £168, Alex Monroe

Necklace, £8, Asos

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Recipe: Mushroom and thyme lasagne


via M&S Food...

Serves 6

  • 20g dried porcini mushrooms
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 750g mixed mushrooms, sliced
  • 75g butter
  • 200g shallots, finely sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 100ml white wine
  • 50g plain flour
  • 400ml milk
  • 200ml single cream
  • 60g parmesan, finely grated
  • 180g dried lasagne (9 sheets)
  • 125g mozzarella, sliced
  1. Pour 100ml just boiled water over the porcini mushrooms and set aside.
  2. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a frying pan. Fry half the mushrooms for 5 minutes until golden, then repeat with the remaining oil and mushrooms. Transfer to a plate.
  3. Reduce the heat, add 25g of the butter to the pan, and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened. Stir in the garlic, 3/4 of the thyme and the mushrooms. Increase heat, pour in the wine and bubble for 2-3 minutes. Strain the porcini mushrooms and add to the pan with the soaking liquid, simmer for 2-3 minutes.
  4. Melt the remaining butter in a saucepan, stir in the flour to make a paste and cook for 2 minutes. Gradually pour in the milk, gently bring to the boil, then stir in the cream and half the parmesan.
  5. Heat the oven to 190c, add half the sauce to the mushrooms, and spoon a third of the mushroom mixture into a lightly buttered ovenproof dish. Top with 3 lasagne sheets and repeat twice.
  6. Pour over the remaining sauce, top with the sliced mozzarella, the remaining parmesan and thyme, and season with black pepper. Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbling and cooked through.  

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

*SAVE THE DATE* 21st October 2012

Designer clothing at a snip of the price with a clear conscience? Yes, it can be possible!

Two of my Fashion Friends have set up The Closet Den, and are holding a very special sale in October...by asking their friends/colleagues/contacts to donate designer clothing to a one-off, massive sale whereby all the proceeds go to a charity. Last year, they managed to make over £13,000 for an orphanage in Israel. 
This year, the proceeds will go to another of My Israel's charity of choice and they guarantee to have top quality product for sale including Mcqueen, Isabel Marant, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo; some of which will be second-hand and some brand new.


Alexander Mcqueen Bag
Isabel Marant jumpsuit

Marc Jacobs brogues

Christian Louboutin shoes
Check out the Closet Den blog for constant updates on stock or follow the girls on Twitter @TheClosetDen.

I will be donating my beloved Proenza Schouler skirt...bought at Matches from the S/S 2005 collection (remember the palm tree collection?), I have loved it but feel it is time to leave it for someone new...



Me in Helsinki wearing Theyskens' Theory bag, Cos sweater, Proenza Schouler skirt, Topshop boots


Sunday, 19 August 2012

Jewellery

I am about to start working on my December jewellery pages for Red and it made me think about my favourite jewellery. You may have noticed, I rarely wear statement jewellery: it's not that I don't like it, it's just that I forget to put jewellery on, so I tend to stick to fine jewellery that I wear all the time. But occasionally, I find that 'wow' piece which really makes an outfit work...

Here's my edit of the top affordable pieces out there at the moment. 

Dainty, everyday jewellery (these also make really thoughtful, birthday, anniversary or bridesmaid gifts):


£35, Lucas Jack at Red Direct

£185, Laura Lee at Asos (I LIVE in this)

£49, Laura Gravestock

Approx £17.66, Petitor at Etsy

And then mix it with edgy pieces...

My new favourite designer is Stella & Dot - as they have really capitalised on their market of cool designs at an affordable price point between Topshop and high-end:



£45, Stella & Dot
£15, Freedom at Topshop
£6.99, H+M
Alexandra Jefford 
  vs Freedom at Topshop









I love Zara's new range of jewellery, this fabulous beetle necklace is only £15.99:


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