Sunday’s Sayings

Sort of forced to eat my words after last Sunday. That’s not to say I didn’t stick to what I told you – the Boy got a new property at the beginning of the week with the most picturesque, bountiful orchard of apple, pear and plum trees. It’s just that nobody told me how jam burns ever so quickly, always after a few hours of your 100% undivided attention and you turn your back for 5 minutes to begin the clean-up operation then the smell begins to assault your nostrils. I mean what the f***, I turned the hob off and the plum jam continued to bubble for at least 15 minutes. That was a whole evening of hard work down the drain. But such an epic fail did not deter me, two days later and I was making apple pies like some factory production line – four lovely apple-laden crusty goodies lay in the freezer ready for a-cooking and I do not regret what I told you last Sunday one bit – homemade is ALWAYS best! And now for this weeks little gem…

“Never judge a book by it’s cover”

It’s cover suggests something truly mysterious and naughty…but we all know what really lies await inside. The less said the better…

(image c/o telegraph.co.uk)

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Friday’s Favourites

Time to take a look at the social media platform plethora (try saying that after several chardonnay’s!)…

some colour matching on TUMBLR

lusting for leather this Fall LYST available at Zara

craving this Celine coat TUMBLR

some bright jazzy shoes worthy of LFW LYST

my LFW set-up at The May Fair hotel INSTAGRAM

Happy LFW weekend!! – WSM.

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Friday’s Favourites

Time for some multi-social platforming promo…

Balenciaga – see Lyst

my fave ever Prada collection…quite a bit popping up on eBay and Vestiare Collective here and here or at my Tumblr

 

Proenza Schouler – see Lyst

some Fifty Shades inspired leather at Tumblr

Finally, could you ask for a better offer from the lovely William Banks-Blaney? I’ve got friends on speed dial!

William Banks-BlaneyWilliam Banks-Blaney ‏@WilliamVintageMy 10,000th follower and a friend gets a ‘How To’ session with me at @WilliamVintage with afternoon tea served in the store! Howzat?!

(all images from social media platforms listed – please see links for credits)

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Fashion Cray Cray Season

And it’s rolled around again, the season that turns normal women into crazy street-style papping obsessed freak dressers. Of course, no one will ever be nearly as chic as those rare mythical creatures that are fashion editors – obscenely skinny dressed in their super expensive £££s designer clothing, somehow managing to look effortlessly cool while tottering over the cobbles at Somerset house. Enough ranting…I was writing to say that this show season I will not be posting my usual Best Of… series, giving you a blow by blow of all my favourite looks from every single show published on style.com. Instead, I will attempt to be creative by combining collages of detail shots and general commentary on the overall vibe of show season and I’ll save the image barrage for actual Spring 2013. The reason being…I always feel that when the season finally comes round 6 months later, the designs seem old and I’m already craving fresh looks despite these being the current ones. So rather than constantly craving more, I am looking forward to slowing down the pace and enjoying fashion as and when it is appropriate to the season. Nuff said!

(images c/o style.com, L-R: Christopher Kane, Michael van der Ham, Chloe, Proenza Schouler, Alexander McQueen, Moschino Cheap and Chic – all A/W12)

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Sunday’s Sayings

This is a new series of posts that I hope will inspire and amuse you. I aim to impart a few words of wisdom in anticipation of the week ahead and these will be sayings/mottos that will stay with me throughout the week and influence my behaviours and actions (as I hope they will benefit you too). First up…

“You can’t beat homemade”

 

Not necessarily a motto as such but something that my mother used to say to me that has always stuck in my mind. Why buy it when you can make it right? So this week I decided to give homemade peach, nectarine & vanilla and blueberry, plum & vanilla liquer a go (ready for the Christmas presents – Mum I know you read this so pretend you didn’t!) inspired by this recipe over at Fig and Fauna.

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Friday’s Favourites

So this was once a series of posts that I did to round up the week showing you the things/items/experiences that had made that week enjoyable for me. Since I am trying to be “hip” and in with the crowd, I have expanded my social media presence over multiple platforms, not just the blog. So rather than showing you pictures of random things that inspired me, I hope to inspire you with titbits taken from my Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram (WOASM), Lyst etc (I believe these are the platforms that I am currently signed up for but who knows, I certainly lose track of all the log-in details for them!). I hope you enjoy this series of posts and would appreciate any feedback. Happy weekend – WSM.

TUMBLR: Paper Flowers by Lyndie Dourthe from anthologymag.com

LYST: 3.1 Phillip Lim Fuschia Embossed Calf Leather Pashli Satchel at £691

INSTAGRAM (woasm): Amusing article in Tatler, September

TUMBLR: Greek Goddess Wedding Inspiration (but I’m more about the mood of the image) from oncewed.com

Finally…

I need an intern! If you’re fashion savvy, organised, good at digital and available soon pls email CV to bethan@fashioneditoratlarge.com

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House of Dagmar

A fashion company on the rise, House of Dagmar has enjoyed increasing publicity in recent months. With their addition to the long list of designers stocked at Net-A-Porter I have found my heart burning with lust for their knitwear-made-cool outfits and slick tailoring. The label Dagmar was launched in 2005 by three Swedish sisters (Kristina Tjäder, Karin Söderlind and Sofia Wallenstam) with an unconventional and sophisticated style.

Their latest A/W12 collection was inspired by Lisbeth Salander and Sigrid Hjertén: the latter, a renowned early 20th century Swedish colourist, meets the present-day literary icon who has renewed the image of the Swedish woman. According to the designers: “The silhouette is straight and long with a relaxed fit. An urban, achromatic palette is set off against the Hjertén hues. The tattoos appear in the guise of cuts and knitted jacquards, lace knitted patterns and a T-shirt print by Swedish artist Moley Talhaoui.”

Makes me want to pick up my knitting needles and get clicking (yes I am an undercover Granny). Like it?:

(images: houseofdagmar.se)

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London Olympics 2012 Fashion

(image: themoderncool.com)

I may be a bit late with this one but it is something that has been on my mind since the impressive closing ceremony and the final celebrations of London 2012 Olympics had subsided.

The closing ceremony provided a (slightly more) obvious link to British fashion for the regular, non-fashion-obsessed audience, with an impressive roster of models stalking to the centre of the arena and posing in some of Britain’s best fashion design (Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith, Christopher Kane, Jonathan Saunders, Victoria Beckham, Alexander McQueen, Burberry and Erdem). Although the intention was to showcase the inextricable links between British fashion and music, it seems that this was lost on most viewers.

“The segment seemed to be stuck in a generic timewarped view of fashion that didn’t seem to connect with what’s actually going on in fashion today,” wrote Susie Bubble. “Oh, strutty models. Oh, strike a fierce pose at end of catwalk. Oh, credits read out loud in manner of a catwalk show at The Clothes Show at NEC Birmingham.” However, the BBC lowered the sound when they read out the designers names in accordance with the broadcasting corporation’s zero-branding policy – might this have contributed to the confusion? Furthermore, as Hadley Freeman wrote in The Guardian: “Seeing models strut in six-inch heels looked a little less impressive after a fortnight of watching extraordinary athletic feats, not least because those who performed them had to stand on the sidelines and watch some women walk about in clothes.”

Whilst there has been much criticism of the attempt to incorporate fashion into the closing ceremony, little was made of the costumes created by Michael van der Ham, Christopher Shannon and Nasir Mazhar for the opening ceremony.

(image: graziadaily.co.uk)

Suttirat Larlab, as creative director of the Opening Ceremony explained “We wanted to choose young designers who work and live in the East End for the opening ceremony and who create innovative and cutting edge new ideas. It has been an incredible experience working with this fresh new talent, all of whom have dedicated themselves heart and soul to this project.”

As can be expected, I was super excited to see my favourite designer’s (Michael van der Ham’s) work showcased at such a huge event and such a large audience. Michael spoke to British Vogue: “I felt really honoured that I was asked to design a segment for the Opening Ceremony – it was such a unique experience,” he said. “Fashion is a huge part of British culture and the Opening Ceremony is a celebration of that.”

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Lusting After…

Fancy ankle boots that can be thrown on with straight-cut jeans and an original US Air Force Bomber jacket to perk up the gloomy impending Autumnal weather:

Tabitha Simmons for £755 here

Givenchy for £800 here

What’s on your A/W wish list?

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Styled to the Max: How to Work a Full-Length Dress

Styled to the Max: How to Work a Full-Length Dress

Once again, maxi dresses are all the rage for summer. There are the classic bohemian versions, long and floaty in a delicate paisley print. Then there are the crisper, more modern designs featuring breton stripes and a body-con fit. And now there’s a new wave of smock-topped maxis for a retro slice of prairie-inspired style. Whatever your dress of choice, we’ve come up with a range of ways to get styling…

For a Kate Moss inspired festival look, keep your eyes open for the new tie dye prints of the season, featuring jaded greys, blues and greens. If you keep the colour scheme muted as far as the dress itself is concerned, you can afford to be bold with your choice of accessories, by pairing your maxi with a brightly coloured clutch bag, like the Exclusive Splat Stud Clutch.

 

If you prefer a cleaner, more gentil approach to maxi styling, then why not go for a preppy look? Simply add a cute, bolero cardigan — there are a number of delightfully ladylike lace versions available on the high street this season — and keep your jewellery small and sweet. By adding simple chains, delicate bracelets and pretty stud earrings, such as these diamanté flowers.

If you’re not a fan of this season’s vogue for big prints, then you can always style up a monotone maxi dress with a brightly printed shoe. Depending on your body shape, big prints can be difficult to wear but make for a fabulous way to accessorize. With a plain black or navy maxi dress, try these tropical printed wedges available from newlook.com.

Maxi dresses can also be styled for the office, by pairing them with neat stiletto heels, a Parisian-style neck-tie and a cropped blazer. For any busy woman-about-town, the finishing touches have to be a pair of oversized, black-rimmed sunglasses, a slick of poppy-red lipstick and a generous leather satchel bag to keep all your documents organised. This is laid-back professional style on the move.

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