Thursday, 29 July 2010

Ahoy! J.Crew is actually cool.

When I was a teenager J.Crew was the epitome of preppiness. It was pricey, country club attire that Muffy Von Beaverhausen wore to the yacht club. Creative Director Jenna Lyons has really breathed some new life into an American brand that didn't have much fashion cred before. On a recent visit I saw sequined shorts, boyfriend blazers and tribal printed scarves - stuff I would actually wear! Nowhere does this become more apparent than in J.Crew's new Fall 2010 Lookbook. Featuring Norwegian high fashion model Siri Tollerod, (who's been shot for everyone including I.D, Dazed and Confused and British Vogue), the entire lookbook makes me want to count down for winter. Where is the snowfall and frostbite??

There's an insightful article on about Jenna Lyons, who's been with the company for 20 years, about making a personal connection with her customer base. I love what she says when asked about designer collaborations with mass retailers (although I still wear my Alice Temperley for Target dress to interviews, pssssht).

"What do you think about top designers making “affordable” lines for mass retailers?
What I appreciate about it is someone like Rodarte or Proenza Schouler maybe gets more mindshare from people who might not have known who they are. But I think it’s a little flash-in-the-pan, and the quality, a lot of times, is really not great. That, to me, is for the young little fashion girl who’s obsessed with Proenza and Rodarte and who can’t afford it. For someone who just wants to look good on a day-to-day basis, it’s not a strategy for how to dress."

Back to the collection, there are some really unique pieces  including black sequin harem-lite pants, sequin black shorts, a black slouchy leather jacket, a black oversized leather bag that is very YSL-esque, a tweed blazer in a modern shape and my personal favourite - a furry black vest! MUST HAVE ALL FUR AND FURRY LOOKING BY PRODUCTS. 

And as usual, J Crew does not disappoint with their coat selection....behold some select images:

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Sunday, 18 July 2010

Lazy Oaf

I discovered this website when I came into work one morning and spotted the online editor of Sugar Magazine at the time, Alex Z, wearing the most adorable sweatshirt. It was medium heather grey, had a drawing of the eiffel tower on it and just said J'AIME PARIS. I know stuff like this can be annoying but trust me, this was on the right side of cute. Alex had ordered it from - a website that is mainly aimed towards teens but actually has some things that are cute and that I'd be seen in public wearing. I went to buy the t-shirt version of the sweatshirt and got complimented on it by loads of people (HONEST!). Unfortunately a trip to Busaba Eathai (the best Thai calamari in London) caused me to ruin it by dropping food on it (as per usual). My J'AIME PARIS tshirt is no longer sold on the website or in their Carnaby Street store in central London but I found a few other things on there that might console me. Sob.

Pierot t-shirt 

Honky Tonk t-shirt
Polka dot reversible oversized t-shirt
Designer Outlet badges. 

Cobrasnake and Cadenet

I heard about Mark Cobrasnake a couple of years ago from Emma Sells, Shopping Editor of Elle UK's website.  His photos are famous for capturing scenes at parties which happen to have celebrities in them. An L.A. native, he is described on the LA Times blog as being the "definitive photographer of hipster culture worldwide". Also credited with helping Nylon Magazine's It girl Cory Kennedy her start, I wouldn't doubt that he just might be.

He's recently done a photoshoot with EXIT Magazine with Atlanta De Cadenet that reminds me of Coney Island, tour buses and the Fourth of July and the 70s. And it's styled by the girls from Wildfox Couture. What could be cooler really? Oh and the model is Amanda de Cadenet and John Taylor's daughter. She also looks eerily similar to Rachel Bilson. The celebrity gene pool is apparently quite limited.

For those of you not born in the 1990s, you may remember Amanda as being the former flame of Keanu Reeves. Party on Bill and Ted (you won't understand if you were born in 1995).

Photos: Mark the Cobrasnake
Makeup: Amy Chance for Chanel at Celestine Agency
Hair: Christian Maro for Renee Furtere at Celestine Agency
Styling: Emily Faulstein and Kimberley Gordon, Wildfox couture
Model: Atlanta de Cadenet

Outtakes from the shoot - Source: The Cobrasnake

Book locket!

I love this cute little book locket I found on Etsy. Combines my love of books and gold jewelry. Now to find a picture of my cat that's small enough to fit. Mwahahah. Kidding. Kind of.

Street Snaps I love

Model Jessica Hart in studded converse

Source: warchildvintage

Source: calivintage

Source: Natalie Off Duty

Model Frida Gustavsson
Source: StockholmStreetStyle

Source: Garance Dore

Blooming Barrymore

There is something just so adorable and likeable about Drew Barrymore. Her crazy coke habit at the age of 11 and rehab tales at age 13 only endeared her more to me. She's now in her mid-thirties and looks AMAZINGGGGG. It gives me hope that I'm not on a downward spiral to looking like an old leather bag. Drew is gorgeous in a really accessible way and not to be all preachy but she has a healthy body that doesn't look all creepily pre-teen and make me want to stop gnawing on that fried chicken thigh. Here's Drew looking hot on this month's August 2010 cover of ELLE Magazine (US edition). I'm going to read this tomorrow with a pot of potato salad.


L'Oficiel Paris

Beautiful cover of August 2010 L'Oficiel Paris with Alexa Chung.
1960s hair. Art Deco jewelry. Dreamy Lula-esque styling. Love it.


I have a love of all things old. I can't pass a junk shop/thrift store/vintage emporium without going in and rummaging. I found a most delightful wooden painted figurine of 6 cats sitting on a sofa in a junk shop in Hackney, East London. On that same trip I also found an old makeup box covered with Care Bears! Who wouldn't snap up those two items on sight?? I know, that's what I thought. (pictures to follow)

As much as I love to admire the beautiful Chloe Paraty snakeskin bag on display at Selfridges, admire the Miu Miu Bow Bag and softly stroke (before security comes) the Mulberry Alexa bag - I love my collection of vintage bags more than anything. Mostly found in thrift stores, vintage shops and in my grandma's basement (a few were also unearthed during an intense Ebay vintage buying frenzy in 2007) - they add the finishing touches to my old granny chic outfits and nothing complements floral tea dresses quite like an old weather-beaten vintage bag. If I don't get mistaken for a 70-year-old woman from the back then I've done wrong in dressing myself that day.

A few vintage bags I currently covet: 

Fendi 1980s striped handbag
And because this reminds me of a purse my mom carried in the 1990s
Hebe Hebe by Celia vintage leather drawstring satchel bag

Thursday, 15 July 2010


Topshop delivers everywhere now. Love. But not as much as I love the faux fur leopard coat below. IT WILL BE MINE.

Black Denim Playsuit $70
Addison Wedge Ankle Boots $160

Panel skirt by Mark Fast $160

Sailor Dress by Annie Greenabelle $112

Leopard vintage faux fur coat $190