Saturday, 28 November 2009

Lacking a winter coat

next snood
Today I was so cold and just wanted to wrap up really warm. Unfortunately my new coat from Next is on a 2-4 week delivery. Luckily the snood that I ordered has turned up. I decided to keep nice and warm by layering, perhaps a more interesting and creative outfit than just throwing on a winter coat.

I completely love my new snood. It is so cosy and warm but not too tight around my neck and nice chunky knit. If it gets really cold, I might even pull it up over my head to keep my ears lovely and warm. Or pull it down over my shoulders when I am around the house on a really cold day.

Snood - Next
Top - Next (many summers ago)
Jeggings - topshop
Grey ombre leopard pattern cardigan - George at Asda
BCBG denim jacket - swapped on
Boots - Whooga boots

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Dress Me Up at Topshop

dress me up topshop
topshop designer clothes

dress me up

Another exciting fashion initiative from Topshop, this time, it is for charity (Age Concern and Help the Aged) so no guilt at money spent. What perfect timing, just in time for Christmas, you can pop along to the Oxford Street store (if you are near enough) and try on one of their dresses donated by celebrities and designers. If the dress fits (sizes range from 6-14) then you can book a slot to hire it for a day. At the end the dresses will be auctioned for charity.
I am definitely having another 'I wish I lived in London' day

Style Challenge on the Fashion Spot

Just to allow myself the opportunity to get creative and pass the time until the weekend, I decided to set up a style challenge on The Fashion Spot. Each week (on a Thursday), there will be a different source of inspiration to create an outfit with. I thought it would be interesting to see how everyone takes the same inspiration and then interprets it into their own style.
Users can then vote for the best outfit on the following Wednesday and the winner can choose the inspiration for the following week. The inspiration can be anything from a picture, to a place, a designer, a celebrity or a decade.
This week, I started off the challenge with the inspiration being 'a trip to the zoo'. Here is my feeble attempt at an outfit, hope there are lots more better ones.

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Style Eyes Weekly Round Up 19/11/09

bamboo clothing pandas picture from Bamboo Baby blog

I am have been a little lax with the weekly roundups over the last week. Same old excuses I am afraid, lots of work (that is a good thing though), organising a clothes swap party and the odd one or two jolly's, which I think I thoroughly deserve. Anyone before I bore everyone to death with my life story, here is this weeks round up.

Posh Swaps - I asked the question, what can you make from a load of old rubbish? and found out the answer was quite a lot actually in the form of lovely accessories. I discovered a great website to make green living mcuh easier in the post Wekangogreen - can you?. I outlined which are the perfect clothes for swapping and finally I checked out Terra Plana - recycled quilt shoes.

Shmotter - as well as having lots of fun making outfits, I wrote about one of my favourite colours in the post Mellow Yellow. I show ways that you can become a bit of an animal with animal prints. It might seem like ages away but Christmas is only just over a month away so I thought it time to post about Party Time - Christmas Dresses. I ask the question what happened to Lily? and check out her new style. Finally I urge readers to join the campaign to save Luella.

Bamboo Baby - As well as the usual talk of organic baby clothes, I review devidoll - a stylish and ethical boutique. I show how you can be stylish, recycle and fight poverty. I talk about the Pandas threatened by climate change and the loss of their bamboo food, but don't worry, bamboo clothing does not affect pandas at all. I also review new ethical/ eco label Urban Buzz for its trendy and sustainable fashion.

Come Back Luella

Luella inspired outfit

After my last post about saving Luella, Florrie of Intrinsically Florrie alerted me of her Save Luella Campaign which I was only too happy to participate in. As usual after to agreeing to make an outfit inspired by Luella, I looked in my wardrobe to discover nothing by Luella (boo) and no direct copies of Luella pieces. However I know that Luella's designs do have a big influence on some of the outfits that I wear in an indirect kind of way. When I think about Luella I think of pretty dresses, bows, florals and those amazing colour combinations in her SS09 collection (which is definitely one of my favourite collections) all combined in a clever and quirky way

I have concluded that I need more Luella pieces, especially as they may not be around for much longer. As my outfit is very much a wearable day to day outfit, I decided to create a more whimsical Luella inspired outfit on Shmotter, giving me a chance to create something much more interesting that is not confined by the contents of my wardrobe.

save luella

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Weekly Shopping and Goodies 18/11/09

sequin cowl scarf wrappicture from Shopping and Info

The Fashionable Housewife is having a HUGE Sensa Weight Loss Twitter Party with over $4,000 worth of prizes! Join us tonight (Nov 18th) from 7:00pm - 9:00pm EST.
A Few Goody Gumdrops is excited to share this unique jewelry with you!
Beseeninhollywood takes you behind the scenes @ BOXEIGHT Fashion week
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy is getting back to basics with America's Basics!
Couture In The Cityshares with us a fabulous holiday gift idea Audio Chi Headphones
Fashion Fille found a fabulous Swatch that looks exactly like the Chanel J12. Get the details here.
Fashion Hippo loves these awesome Calvin Klein Handbags at dirt cheap prices!
Fashion Cents shows you how to wear the season's hottest trend -- FUR! Watch the latest video and then get tons of fur options from faux to real.
Quinta Trends introduces fashion photography: Marco PatiƱo
Shopping and Info loves subtle sequins on a beautiful cowl neck scarf wrap. found a fashionable accessory to combat Morning Sickness!
Style Eyes talks about her love of statement tights especially Wolford Fringed and Henry Holland Tights
StyleMaven stylespotted Nicole Richie in a pair of rugged yet refined Modern Vintage Mack Boots.
TheFind Blog is on a quest for the perfect pair of black jeans + leggings = "jeggings"!

Monday, 16 November 2009

Wolford Fringed and Henry Holland Tights

wolford fringed tightsI probably make no secret of the fact that I am obsessed with tights. I am just completely fasinated by the huge variety of coloured, patterned, netted tights and now fringed tights that can be used to enhance or accessorise so many outfits. I think statement tights are fast becoming the latest must have accessory (much to the disgust of most men who much prefer stockings!).

These new fringed tights from Wolford (above) really caught my eye as they almost look like a pair of boots.

Whilst on the subject of tights, I am also loving Henry Hollands range of tights including these colour card ones which are available in black, blue, purple and pink.

Henry Holland tights

Saturday, 14 November 2009

Seat Belt Couture - great eco and style credentials

eco fashion
seat belt couture
recycled fashion
greta constantine

I regularly write about eco fashion as part of my work (writing and blogging) but I don't feature eco fashion on Style Eyes very often. The reason for this is that I fully support eco fashion and am keen to promote sustainable style as much as I can. I do this primarily by offering a free place for people to recycle, swap, buy and sell second hand clothes and promoting eco fashion labels for free on my website But Style Eyes is my own personal style blog about clothes and the fashion that I wear so I selfishly reserve it for the posts that I really want to write. In other words, I love writing about eco fashion on Style Eyes but it must be Eco fashion that means something to me.

So enough of the rambling, I recently spotted on Ecouterre, a new eco fashion site by Jil Fehrenbacher founder of eco design website Inhabitat, somthing that instantly made me want to get blogging (not really about it's eco credentials though).
These designs made using upcycled seat belts are by Greta Constantine, the label of Canadian design duo Stephen Wong and Kirk Pickersgill. A look at their website revealed lots of other amazing pieces but perhaps they are for another post. I love the shine and texture of the seatbelts and the clever way that their stiffness and structure has been used to created such amazing and structured pieces. Definitely eco fashion at its best!
pictures from

Thursday, 12 November 2009

Urban Buzz

teal top
top by urban buzz
Yippee I have just received my new top very kindly sent to me by Swedish designer, Annette Lennerup at Urban Buzz. I couldn't wait to wear it with my new yellow tights that I have been dying to make an outfit with. The Berlin knit top in Teal was the perfect match.
I love the shape of this top with a cowl neck, batwing sleeves and thumb holes in the sleeves so that I could pull them down over my hand (I love this it keeps me warm and makes my arms looks longer). It made me feel really sophisticated and glamorous. The good new is that not only is Urban Buzz a fun, trendy and quirky label, it is also ethical and environmentally friendly with this top being 100% organic cotton and them building towards environmental responsibility by using organic materials whereever possible.

Some of the other pieces that particularly caught my eye in the collection were:

knit dress

pattern dress

The Balham Dress

Why does it always rain on the school run?

stylish rain coat ponchoIt is nearly time to pick the children up from nursery and school and guess what? it's raining again. Perhaps I just don't really notice it raining the rest of the time but it always seems to rain on the school run, more often than not when I am least expecting it. I go out completely unprepared without a coat and the heavens open.

Even on the days that I know it is going to rain and have adequate time to prepare myself, I still end up looking like a drowned rat. The reason, that I refuse to buy (or wear) one of those sensible sort of outdoorsy raincoats that many of the mums wear. No offense to them, I admire them for their sensible approach but it is just not my style. I also struggle to carry an umbrella as I am usually pushing a pushchair or carrying a very wriggly toddler

Which is why I was so chuffed with myself when I came across Rainwave. They sell ponchos that strike just the right balance between practicality and style. In fact as their website says if rain wear looks this good, I might actually 'pray for rain'. They also have a pack away pouch so I can stash one in my handbag and never need get caught short again. They are great colours and great designs. I love the patterns which include a sort of retro shape and an Inca design.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Save Luella

save luella I thought I should join so the so many other fashion blogger voices hoping that Luella will be saved. How sad it would be if the brand were lost for ever. I found this great badge on I want to know and It says it all, I have my fingers crossed. If there is anyone with a big pot of money please save Luella, I hope one day I would be able to own a Luella piece (or two).

Chantell Walters Cardigans

chantell walters aw09

chantell walters cardigans
chantell walters

LCF graduates
London college of Fashion Grduates

Cardigans or knitwear is general is not something that I used to think of as particularly fashion forward more perhaps the domain of my Grandma (not that she doesn't have her own great style). But lately new an innovative styles of knitwear seems to be popping up all over the place.
I recently came across Chantell Walters, a designer of cardigans (although her cardi's are a bit more exciting than your average cardigan). Chantell is London College of Fashion graduate with a BA in Fashion Design and Technology Womenswear. The Niquitin CQ Fashion awards recognised her as a future star of fashion for her conceptual parachute dress. She also interned for British design duo Preen and Gavin Douglas.

I love Chantell's fluid and draped cardigans in oversized cocoon shapes, pefect for wearing over leggings and a top. Thay have large arm holes adding to the unusual shape and play on proportions and I love the colours and patterns. Her cardigans are stocked in SHOP 172 Brick Lane. Hmm, I can feel a trip to London coming on very soon.

Weekly Shopping and Goodies 11/11/09

louboutin barbie
picture from Stylemaven
The Fashionable Housewife is having a Sensa Weight Loss Twitter Party on Nov 18th from 7:00pm – 9:00pm EST. RSVP and join in on the fun! Over $4,000 in prizes to be won!!
A Few Goody Gumdrops is giving away a Garbo Studded Leather Wallet from Be & D. Enter to Win!
Beseeninhollywood brings you fashion masquerade @ Kress Hollywood
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy gives tips on how to create that perfect dramatic red lips look!
Couture In The City shares with us celebrity makeup artist Mally Roncal's new fragrance Mally.
Fashion Cents shows you how to turn this season of frugality into luxury. Watch the latest video.
Fashion Hippo found The Best Sweater Dress for Every Budget.
Handbag du Jour
hearts the Tory Burch Nylon Ella Tote!
Princess Dominique and Armani Exchange partner to launch AX:TV and Givaway a $100 Gift Certificate - Enter Now!
Quinta Trends follows The Art of the Trench by Burberry
Shopping and Info loves big diamond necklaces for Christmas even if they are rhinestone. has some great gift ideas for Thanksgiving
Style Eyes discusses the latest trend in her post All Laced Up - The Lace Bodysuit
StyleMaven is adding the Christian Louboutin Barbie collectors set to her holiday shopping list!
The Budget Fashionista finds a bit of a good thing as more shoppers experience "luxury shame."
TheFind Blog is giving away a $50 ULTA gift card in this week's ULTA + TheFind giveaway!
What's Haute Magazine wants to know who looked hotter in Balmain Cut-Out Lace Dress: Selita Ebanks, Alessandra Ambrosio, LeToya Luckett or Kate Hudson?

Monday, 9 November 2009

All Laced Up - The Lace Bodysuit

lace bodysuit picture from

That Stella McCartney lace bodysuit keeps catching my eye. I have absolutely no idea why, as it is just so far from the realms of what I could or would want to wear. But I love the texture and intricate detail of lace, it contrasts so well with the body con style of the bodysuit.

simon preen jumpsuit
Then I spotted this Lace insert jumpsuit from LCF grad Simon Preen's debut collection which is exclusively at Urban Outfitters. A much more affordable option than Stella's but again, far too daring for me and just wouldn't suit me. But it got me thinking about layering and this could work well for me if layered with some other clothes - actually though some lace leggings and a body would have much the same effect if not quite as streamlined but would cost a bit less.

lace leggings simon preen

Then I discovered these leggings again by Simon Preen - finally a great way for me to get in on this trend in a way that suits me and my budget. I think I am in love.

lace body

I think they would look great with this lace v body and this tulip skirt layered over them for a lace outfit that is not too bodycon. Hmm definitely a possibilty for my very limited clothes budget.tulip skirt

Saturday, 7 November 2009

Rainbow Bright

black colour outfit
When I saw Susie Bubble's post pick a colour, any colour, I just couldn't resist partaking in the challenge set to "cram as many colours into one outfit just using solid block pieces and no prints and patterns". I knew from the outset that the outfit would involve clashing in a major way and a certain amount of layering as I have relatively few coloured clothes in my wardrobe (that do not have patterns) and none that are ready colour blocked. I also knew that this was a challenge that would need to take place under cover of darkness as if Mr Style Eyes were to see me he would be bound to fall off of his chair laughing. So whilst Mr Style Eyes took our eldest daughter to fireworks, I stayed in with baby Style Eyes. Once we had polished off our bowls of pasta and glass of white wine (me not the baby). I grabbed everything coloured that I own and threw it all on together. I would like to say that a bit more though went into it but I'm afraid it didn't, the fireworks don't last long and they usually get back early because they are cold.

Anyway the result was perhaps not something I would wear out - the combination of primary colours giving it a sort of Rainbow Bright or mad Playschool presenter sort of feel. I added the belt at the last minute to give it a slightly more grown up feel and add another block of colour(if you can call black a colour). An interesting excerise as I often colour block with two colours but never this many, it has inspired me to try a few more. I wished that my new mustard tights that are on order has turned up and also that I had a royal blue clutch to complete the outfit.
The outfit was made of:
Purple hat - Dorothy Perkins
Yellow T shirt - charity shop
Red dress - Jackpot
Green Jacket - Marks and Spencers
Black Belt - ASOS
Purple tights - Dorothy Perkins
Green and plum shoes - Poetic Licence from ASOS

Friday, 6 November 2009

Very stylish armchair shoes by Kron

Kron shoes
V store Copenhagenzebra print shoes
lovely shoes I recently spotted these shoes by Kron, from V store Copenhagen via I was immediately attracted by their colours, shapes, texture and detail. I also muttered to myself "wow a gorgeous pair of shoes that I would actually wear" as opposed to a spindly heeled pair which I have many of and never really find suitable occasion for, plus the heels wear out after only a few wears. But enough about practicalities- fashion would be very boring if it were only about what was comfortable and practical to wear.

The chunkiness of these shoes actually adds to the appeal. Can you imagine finding this level of detail and interest on a teensy weensy pair of stilletto heels. I love the combinations of zebra stripes, rich colours, rattan, velvet, fishnet and shininess. They remind me of a very stylish but comformable armchair the sort that you might find in a very expensive bar in London (not that I often frequent such a place). I also love the shape, the curve of the heels and the slightly offset and raised sole.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Weekly Shopping and Goodies 4/11/09 - Giveaway special

fashion blog giveaway
picture from Handbag Du Jour

The Fashionable Housewife is giving away a $200 Gift Card for Anne Klein! Enter for a chance to win before Nov 8th at midnight!!
A Few Goody Gumdrops is so excited to give away Michelle Roy's Arm Candy Bracelets. Enter to Win!
Be Seen In Hollywood
takes you Elmer Ave. Spring 2010 Fashion Collection.
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy has a foot fetish thanks to Famous Footwear!
Couture In The City
trend alert time to add embellishment to your look this fall.
Fashion Cents gives away great tips on how to wear the sheath dress.
Fashion Fille
is giving away a beautiful and luxurious pair of velvet leggings from Enter now to win!
Fashion Hippo
is having an $100 Armani Exchange Gift Card GiveawayEnter here
Handbag du Jour wants to know - will you pay $995 to design your own needlepoint Fendi baguette?
Princess Dominique Dishes Fashion entices you to enter the GUESS Innocent2 Multi Strap Platform Pumps Giveaway!
Quinta Trends talks to Argentinean fashion brand: La Coquette
Shopping and Info has a $500 gift card giveaway for Carolina Herrera. is giving away a FREE Bottle of Dr. Perricone's No Foundation Foundation!
Style Eyes is starting to think about Christmas (already!) and has found some very stylish Rudolph and Reindeer Fashion
StyleMaven is trendspotting a roundup of pret-a-porter perfume rings from Michael Kors' "Very Hollywood", Marc Jacobs' "Lola" and Kat Von D.
The Budget Fashionista hopes you will check out the collaboration between Michael Kors and Estee Lauder!
The Fashionable Bambino is giving away 2 pairs of Pediped Soft-Soled Baby Infant Toddler Shoes!! Enter for a chance to win before Nov 8th at midnight!
The Fashionable Gal is having a fabulous Giveaway just for Plus Size gals! Enter by November 30th at 11:59PM EST!
The Fashionable Housewife is giving away a pair of Tall Boots from! Winner gets to pick from 5 pairs of beautiful boots! Enter before Nov 8th at midnight!
The FindBlog is giving away a $50 gift card from beauty superstore ULTA this week. Leave a comment on TheFind Blog here to enter!
What's Haute Magazine and hope you will view Marc Jacobs handbags. Who wants some?

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

Rudolph and Reindeer Fashion

colin firth reindeer jumperReindeer jumpers or for that matter, any jumpers with large pictures of animals on the front have always been a bit of a joke. Something about them being knitted by your granny for Christmas. Do you remember the Reindeer jumper worn by Colin Firth in Bridget Jones's Diary?(which incidently fetched £1900 at a charity auction, so quite an expensive joke!). But lately all of that has been turned on it's head. Reindeers have been popping up in all sorts of unexpected places and actually, I am quite liking them. They are really quite stylish in a cosy Nordic sort of way (and they remind that it's not long until Christmas and Santa will be here soon).