Tuesday, 31 August 2010

How To Add Some Retro Glamour To Your Life

retro glamour
Lately I am feeling more and more inspired by retro glamour or fifties pin up styles. I particularly loved some of the outfits that I saw at Vintage at Goodwood and as irritating as she is, I can't help admiring Katie Perry's retro inspired look and outfits. I love the drama, the fun and the femininity of this look.

I am not sure that it can work as an everyday look for me at the moment, although I might try it out for some special occasions, but I love the idea of incorporating a bit of retro glamour into my every day style. Here are a few ideas on how you can do this.
Hair - I would love to try a proper retro hair do but for everyday just putting it half up and adding a flower works really well. For evenings out and special occasions mini hats and fascinators make a great addition. Check out Chloe Mostyn on Eco Emporia for some great hair accessories made from vintage fake flower arrangements. For some really fun fascinators for a party which include mini grand pianos, ice creams with wafers and trays of champagne glasses try the Fantasia collection by The Libertarian.

Make up - Make up is fairly easy. Just your usual foundation some liquid eyeliner over the top lid and some bright red lipstick give an easy retro glamour look that will look great even when you are wearing jeans. If you want more detailed information on how to do retro hair and make up, I would definitely recommend visiting Retro Chick's blog and You Tube Chanel

Clothes - a fifties style dress, circle skirt or pencil skirt are all easy ways to get a bit of retro glamour. As fifties style is so on trend at the moment it should be easy to find these clothes but why not try to find the real thing by checking out vintage shops. The Urban Renewal label at Urban Outfitters and Tara Starlet (pictured above) also have some great fifties style dresses, skirts and playsuits made from recycled fabrics.

Accessories - fun and kitsch accessories are all a great way to add retro glamour to your outfits. Think cherries, ice creams and union jack designs. There are plenty of these accessories on Etsy. Nautical inspired accessories also look great.

A Lion Hunt in Bath

On Saturday we decided to wander into Bath to go on a lion hunt followed by dinner at Strada. Lions of Bath 2010 is a project where 100 individually decorated, life-size lion sculptures have been placed in and around Bath in order to raise money for charity and make people smile. The lions are dotted about all over the place from the railway station to the tops of buildings and in Victoria Park. In October the Lions will be auctioned off in aid of charity. I quite fancy one to go in the backgarden, although not sure Mr Style Eyes would be impressed with the idea!

vintage floral dress
Here I am with one of the lions in front of the Bath Thermea Spa.

vintage clothing I decided to wear the vintage floral dress that I wore to Vintage at Goodwood but in a slightly different way. I love the bright florals on dark background which lend themselves not only to summer outfits but also being combined with black for a slightly more autumnal look.

The bottom button on the dress is missing and I haven't replaced it. After Mr Style Eyes commenting that I was showing a lot of leg, I decided to wear it with leggings. I am glad that I did as it was really windy and the skirt kept blowing up.

Dress (vintage) - Martha's Closet
Leather Jacket - Gestuz from ASOS
Leggings - Topshop
Shoes - Spartoo

What did you get up to over the bank holiday weekend?

Ceri X

Sunday, 29 August 2010

New Styles Of Dr Martens

The year cult shoe brand Dr Martens celebrated its 50th year. The DM boot has had an iconic place on footwear history with its role in many different youth sub cultures from punks to skin heads and Goths. In my teenage years my black DM boots were permanently welded to my feet, these were the days before I started crippling myself with high heels. As a teenager I was a bit of a Goth (although I think Goths were a bit different back then to they are now) and also went through various stages of dressing in a way that could probably be described as Indie or grunge. My outfits consisted mainly of long skirts or shorter skirts with black opaque tights and velvet jackets from second hand shops with black Dr Marten boots.

With the whole grunge revival going on, I have been really tempted to invest in a pair of Dr Martens. They are so versatile and comfy and I know I would get loads of wear out of them. But another part of me thinks that I have already been there and done that.

I was really pleased to discover a whole range of alternative Dr. Martens on Spartoo. Ideal for a fresh take on my old favourite and perfect for the grown up grunge girl.

Did anyone else used to wear Dr Martens? Will you be wearing them again?

Ceri X

Friday, 27 August 2010

Friday Finds - Ethical Clothing in the Sales

I am going to keep this post fairly short and sweet as a large glass of white wine awaits me once I have finished writing. I dare not start drinking it now incase I loose all trace of will power and buy myself new clothes that I just don't need.

For those that do need some new clothes, I have spotted some great bargains in the sales on ethical clothes, because if you do have to treat yourself, buying ethical makes you feel so much better about it, no?

I'm afraid the calling of the glass of wine is preventing me from putting full details of prices and ethical credentials for each item. Each of the items has a great reduction and is also ethical in one way or another you can find out more by clicking on the links.

ethical fashion jumpsuit
Choolips Printed Jumpsuit

ethical black dress

ASOS Africa hand crocheted dress

ethical floral dress

Black Floral Ruched Waist Dress

ethical polka dot trench

organic top Komodo - Alana Organic Fairtrade Top

organic white shirt

Do you every buy ethical clothes, if so what are your favourite brands? I would love to hear as my ethical fashion guide is slowing coming together and should hopefully be published soon.
Have a great weekend
Ceri X

Thursday, 26 August 2010

Around The House

Over the last few days, I don't seem to have got out much apart from popping to the shops and taking the children to the park. As I work from home I often find myself in the house all day and sometimes there can be a slight temptation to not make any effort at all with what I wear.

I do try and make a bit of an effort though, even though I am not going any where special and I refuse to ever wear a tracksuit (I don't even own one), although I have very occasionally been known to stay in my PJ's. Here is what I have been wearing this week:

Today I thought I would try my hair in a different hairstyle. If you read my blog regularly, you will probably have noticed that I virtually never wear my hair up, mainly because my hair is a free spirit and much prefers to do its own thing, I don't usually even brush it unless I wash it (if you have curly hair, you will probably understand) .

Top- Dorothy Perkins
Jeans - Autograph Weekend at Marks and Spencers
Cardigan - Marks and Spencers
Necklace - present from my mum

Green Jacket - present (Marks and Spencers)
Top - Dorothy Perkins
Skirt - swapped on Posh Swaps
necklace - present from my Mum
Wedge boots - Topshop

Cardigan - Fenn Wright Mason
Top - Dorothy Perkins
Denim Skirt - Dorothy Perkins
necklace - My own DIY project
Shoes - Spartoo

As the weather is starting to feel quite cold (especially when I am sat at my computer working), I am starting to think about warmer outfits for around the house - at the moment I am wearing two cardigans. My favorite around the house clothing for the cold weather is cashmere jumpers and cardigans though as they are so soft, comfortable and warm.

What do you wear on those days when you are just around the house?

Ceri X

Wednesday, 25 August 2010

Weekly Shopping and Goodies 25/08

A Few Goody Gumdrops is giving away a gorgeous must-have Stella & Dot Natasha Bib Necklace!
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy is encouraging Vancouver hotties to show their kitty with The Kitty Card!
Couture In The City shares with us how to keep our denim jeggings on the dark side
Fashion Hippo finds stylish tweed jackets to wear this fall from CHANEL inspired to military to cropped.
RedPoppy Fashion is gearing up for Fall and wants to introduce you to the just launched line of gorgeous silk scarves from VITTORIUM...
Shopping and Info loves Julia Roberts' bracelets she wore to Regis and Kelly to promote Eat Pray Love.
Style Eyes has been looking for sustainable options to keep extra cosy and warm this winter in her post Friday Finds - Classic Coats
The Bare Skinny is seeing red, TRUE BLOOD style.
TheFind says don't forget to beautify your bottom fringe with these Lower Lash Mascaras!
Violet Revolution is giving away this adorable dress from Greenheart!
Image from Violet Revolution

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Ladies Day Outfit

On Saturday afternoon, I went to Ladies Day at Bath Racecourse with Mr Style Eyes and some friends. Apart from a fun afternoon and evening out, ladies day is a great opportunity to get a bit dressed up. The weather was pretty bad, lots of wind and rain and lots of very wet people, but luckily we were in the VIP marquee and managed to bag a great table by a window to watch the racing through the rain. Mr Style Eyes took charge of placing the bets which saved me going in the rain and we won a few which paid for most of our drinks. I even managed to get home without getting my new shoes (given to me by Sarenza) covered in mud. My favourite memory of the day is people dancing to Michael Jackson's Thriller, in the rain, in their best outfits with and without umbrellas in the pouring rain outside the party tent.

ladies day outfit
horse races outfitI decided to get a vintage dress for the occasion as I thought it would be a bit different to the high street dresses on offer and a bit cheaper. I am fairly new to buying clothes on ebay (actually I have only bought one before) and was absolutely amazed that I managed to get this dress for just £20 from Retromancer Vintage. I love the shape, length and pattern and it is really well made. I think it may have been handmade as you can see the tiny stitches inside where the lining has been very neatly sewn in.

what to wear to ladies day

After many hours of deliberation and seaching on the internet I finally decided to get this fascinator from ebay from Louiza at Feathermania. For some reason I was determined to get one with butterflies on. At the last moment I changed my mind from a fascinator that just looked like lots of butterflies fluttering around my head to this one which just has one white butterfly but the colours of the feathers were the perfect match for the dress. In order to get the comb to stay in my hair without backcombing (the racecourse gets really windy!), I concocted a hairstyle by sweeping the top layer to one side then clipping it into a mini bun on one side.

Links à la Mode: The IFB Weekly Roundup

Before you splurge for Fall, read a blog or two

Edited by: Marie Denee of “The Curvy Fashionista by Marie Denee” The Curvy Fashionista.

Last week, Links à la Mode fashioned a roundup of the latest fashion perspectives and trends for the anticipation of another highly anticipated Fall. With the “September” editions landing on our doorsteps and Mercedes Benz Fashion Week right around the corner, we brace our pocketbooks for the damage it is about to endure. Whether the latest developments in plus size fashion, a Brazilian blowout, or style inspirations, this week’s links act as a guide of both inspiration and aspirations to Fall fashion. Before we delve into snatching up the latest “it” items from our secret wish (lust) list, below are a few must reads from the intuitive fashion bloggers who share their insights of what to expect from fashion, head to toe.

Links à la Mode: August 19th

  • All Tumble Down- Focusing on style “best practices”; what we do well instead of what we don’t

  • Amanda Lee- 6 Great Ways to Repurpose Your Clothing

  • Beyond Fabric- Tips on size and fit for menswear

  • Chic Steals- Street Style the New Determinate of Cool? The Evolution of the Girl Next Door as Style Icon

  • Dramatis Personae- Style on the Run Guest Post: Fall Lust List

  • Fashion Cents- wants to make sure you don’t break any vows. Get 3 tips on what to wear to a wedding this season

  • Fashion Pulse Daily- Dana Lorenz, designer of Fenton Fallon Jewelry, oversees a blogger DIY jewelry session in her Lower East Side Boutique

  • Fete a Fete- Review of Givenchy’s new Blooming Fall 2010 makeup collection

  • Just B- B Deceived: Handbags in disguise

  • Lovely and Lavish- Fall 2010 RTW: the Worst Accessories!

  • Manda Bear- Sally Hansen Limited Edition Xtreme Wear Nail Polishes – Reviews, Swatches and a Giveaway

  • Mrs. Bossa Does the Do- Autumn’s a-comin’, and brings with it our perennial love of heritage chic – dig out your sequins and tweed, ladies…

  • RetroChick- 5 ways to update your wardrobe for next to nothing

  • Return to Sender- A fabulous interview with fat acceptance advocate, and author of FAT!So?, Marilyn Wann and her view on “fatshion.”

  • Shoe Day Dreams- Skin Secrets – maintenance is key over the long-haul.

  • Style Eyes Fashion- Fashion bloggers and consumerism – how fashion bloggers are discouraging consumerism and encouraging sustainable style

  • Style Wax Poetic- 10 to die for shoes All Under $100.

  • The Curvy Fashionista- Plus size indie label, Jibri gives the Curvy.Confident.Chic Fashionistas a tease with her Fall 2010 collection

  • The Coveted- Blown away by the Brazilian Blowout

  • Watch this Place- Dark, but don’t let it be dreary… how to wear Autumn’s dark colors without looking drab.

Saturday, 21 August 2010

I'm Neutral

outfit neutral colours
Oh no I'm wearing neutral colours again. I wanted to wear my white dress but it just doesn't seem right wearing it in its own when it is not really hot and sunny. This outfit was not really planned which is unusual for me as I'm not really spontaneous and I usually like everything planned well in advance. I started with the dress, added the cardigan as it was a bit cold, then the belt as it all looked a bit shapeless. If you are petite or find that clothes look shapeless and unflattering this suede and leather corset/ obi belt handmade by Emma at Style to Wear is a godsend. It makes baggy clothes look a little more fitted. I tend to wear it slightly above my waist as it is more flattering this way and creates a sort of empire line.

I promise my next outfit post will be anything but neutral as I am going to Ladies Day at the races and have an outfit planned with my new vintage dress.
Do you plan your outfits or do they just happen?
Ceri X

Friday, 20 August 2010

Friday Finds - Classic Coats

Style Eyes Fashion Blog has now moved to Style Eyes Ethical Fashion Blog. I look forward to seeing you there.

Everyone is talking about classic winter coats and everyone seems to want one, including me. I learnt my lesson buying a cheap coat last year which is now no good for anything. This year I want to invest in a really good quality coat to last. The great thing about a classic coat is that it is really versatile and unlikely to go out of fashion so I will be able to wear it for years to come. In terms of colour I am stil undecided on whether to choose a black, navy, grey or camel coat.

The Eco / Ethical Labels (both of these are in the sale)
sustainable ethical classic winter coat Amana Double Breasted Karida Hemp Wool Coat

ethical eco friendly winter coat Wildlifeworks Organic Grey Military Coat

The Investment Choices

Black Lisa cashmere wrap coat by Joseph

Charcoal Admiral Puff Sleeved Coat - Fahri by Nicole Fahri

Wool Button Cape by Pied A Terre

Alia Coat by Coast (not yet being sold)

The Second Hand or Vintage Coats

second hand vintage winter coat Beige Long Wool Coat - Rokit Vintage

classic vintage coat Navy Blue Coat With Quilt Lining - Rokit Vintage

grey vintage winter coat
Grey Collarless Coat - Rokit Vintage

vintage tan wool coat Tan coloured wool overcoat - Oxfam

vintage cashmere jaeger coatVintage Jaeger Coat (cashmere mix) - Oxfam

vintage camel coat Marks and Spencers Camel Coat - Oxfam

Are you buying a new duffle coat for the winter? Which is your favourite?
Have a great weekend

Ceri X

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

That Beige Dress Again

Considering that I always say I am not a big fan of neutrals, this beige dress seems to be getting a lot of wear. This colour is just right for me, any lighter and I start to look pale and drained. I love the shape of this dress, it is so comfortable and doesn't even need ironing. I also love the many different ways that it can be accessorised.

Today I have accessorised with the Liberty scarf that I got at Vintage at Goodwood. I have also managed to get the red shoes that I have been wanting for ages. I needed a new pair of ultra comfy flats so I got these ones by Pikolinos in the sale. Pikolinos is a Spanish eco brand that uses artisan manufacture and combines 'style, comfort and respect for the environment'. They are definitely one of the best made and highest quality pair of shoes that I have ever owned and incredibly comfortable.

Do you have a piece of clothing that you end up wearing all the time?

pikolinos shoes

Dress - By Sandwich at local boutique
Scarf - Vintage
Shoes - by Pikolinos at Spartoo
Cardigan - Matthew Willamson Collection at Debenhams

Have a great day

Ceri X

Style Eyes Weekly Fashion Round Up

secondhand Alaia Shoes
I am running incredibly late this week with my round up due to severe weekend induced tiredness.

Anyway, I can now announce the winner of the Sarenza competiton for £60 of shoe vouchers is Franca. Congratulations and I hope that she finds a very lovely pair of shoes.

This week there have been some interesting posts by the team at the Fashion Buzz including great reviews of the Urban Renewal collection at Urban Outfitters and Motel Rocks Vintage both of which featured vintage clothes or fabrics reworked into modern clothes. There is also a great post on how to wear the seasons must have accessory, socks. Also lots of talk about camel (the colour not the animal!) in the posts Is camel making a comeback? and is camel the new black?
I have also been working hard on my eco and ethical fashion guide which I hope will contain some of the best eco and ethical fashion and sustainable clothing available online and people find more choice of clothes within their budget. If you know of any great eco, ethical, second hand or vintage retailers that I could add please let me know.

For those that have shown an interest in Vintage at Goodwood, there are lots and lots of pictures on the Vintage at Goodwood Facebook page. I can't wait until next year.

For anyone who is a little strapped for cash but needs a new pair of shoes, we have had quite a few listings on Posh Swaps, including second hand high heel shoes, flat shoes both designer and from the high street. Most are in really good condition and some have been barely worn.

Weekly Shopping and Goodies 18/08/10

A Few Goody Gumdrops is wearing her ever-so chic Lanvin Pompom Bag this weekend with her Azzaro Gown!
Being High Maintenance, not Bitchy is showing you how you too can wear purple eyeshadows for day!
Child Mode reports that Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt could be designing a fashion line!
Fashion Cents wants to make sure you don't break any vows. Get 3 tips for what to wear to a wedding this season.
Fashion Hippo urges you to embrace the fall in Elizabeth and James, 3.1 Phillip Lim, and Missoni
Handbag du Jour wants to know what you think of Rihanna's 'Guardian Angel' gun bag by Vlieger and Vandam – edgy or crazy.
Ladybrillemag.com says catch Sierra Leone's Vickie Remoe Talk Show Online!
RedPoppy Fashion loves a smoky eye and red lips for Fall, and can't wait to try some fresh new makeup in those perfect Fall colors from Sephora...
Shopping and Info loves Julia Robert’s sandals in Eat Pray Love.
Simply Sample Sales Shares Deals & Discounts From Kohl's End of The Season Sale!
Style Eyes loves the autumn focus on socks find out more in her post Friday Finds - Ankle Socks
TheFind is giving away one Diamond Circle Pendant by Tacori - Enter for a chance to win this statement making necklace!
What's Haute Magazine is excited for the exclusive advance look at John Derian, Mulberry and Tucker for Target - all on sale this Friday at Gilt!

picture from Handbag Du Jour

Tuesday, 17 August 2010

Vintage at Goodwood - Part 2

In the second part of my report of my day at Vintage at Goodwood, I thought would tell more of my unfortunate incident in the Tangeray Torch club and more about my vintage shopping.

The Tangeray Torch club was described as a specially constructed 40’s style night club with a dance floor, big stage and a restaurant with a sumptuous menu for luncheon and evening dining served by stylish waiting staff. We decided to treat ourselves to a three course meal in the evening at £35 a head as it sounded great. When we arrived, we headed straight over to book our table we were told that we couldn't book in advance and should just turn up but we were warned not to get there too late. We turned up at about 7.30pm to allow us time to get seated before Kitten Von Mew, a Burlesque act was on and then waited and waited and waited.

Luckily everyone was very friendly in the queue and the couple behind us even shared their champagne. After an hour and a half we were finally seated. As there was a table for four available we shared a table with the couple behind us in the queue. After 15 minutes of being sat down, we were starting to wonder if we were ever going to get our dinner or even a drink when a waitress appeared, looked at the number on our table and demanded to know why we were sat on a VIP table. A little confused, we explained that this is where we had been told to sit. She then demanded that we show her who had seated us and told us that we had jumped the queue and had to go to the back. When we couldn't find the lady she demanded that we move and then called security. When I asked to speak to the manager, she just said 'I am the manager'

All credit to the man from security who very diplomatically spent about 15 minutes trying to persuade us to move. Everyone was starting to look by now though and I was starting to get pretty upset and very hungry, but I was not moving for anyone unless they found us another table, which they refused to do.

Eventually, Angela (who we were sharing a table with), who was considerably calmer than me even though she had also been insulted by the incredibly rude and snotty waitress/ manager, managed to get to speak to the manager who told us we should sit down and enjoy our meal we did not have to move. She did also get a reluctant apology from the lady in question, although I did not.

However amazing the Tangeray Torch Club, the food, the entertainment and the atmosphere was, the new waitress who served our meal was also great, I didn't really enjoy my meal after all that, we missed the act that we really wanted to see plus loads of other stuff whilst waiting in the queue and arguing about the table . Our bill came to £10 less than it should have done, I am not sure if that was a deliberate gesture of goodwill or just a mistake though.

Such a shame that this one very rude lady could ruin it for us, when everyone else we had met throughout the day was so lovely including the event staff. Also a shame that after all that (even from our VIP table) we couldn't see some of the acts as the people from the bar all came and stood in front of the tables.

Sorry about the very lengthy account but this was definitely something I felt I needed to get off my chest.

Tangeray torch club vintage at Goodwood Our table and the lovely couple, Angela and Rowland that we shared with.

The view from our table

and so on to the much less stressful and more enjoyable time spent shopping. I loved browsing all the clothes in the vintage stalls. After trying on a few things I seemed to gravitate towards accessories which I need more and don't need to be tried on as the make shift changing rooms were quite hard work. I loved all of the different hats, headbands, hairclips and fascinators and the jewellery. So many beautiful things, I wanted to buy them all, unfortunately, the urge to shop took over and I didn't take as many photos as I would have liked.

Beautiful headpieces and neckwear by Morgaine Alexandra

Lovely jewellery made from recycled bits - Sorry I lost the card with the web address.

Belts and bags by the charity bottletop campaign - made from recycled ring pulls.

I treated myself to this great vintage hat which I though would be perfect for winter. Unfortunately on closer inspection, it doesn't really fit very well - I have a big head + big hair!

I also got this great Liberty scarf. I love the pattern and the colour and have worn it everyday since I got home.

Some more random stuff

A van that you could write on, reminded of going on a training course with the flip charts.

All in all, Apart from the dinner incident, I really enjoyed Vintage at Goodwood. Next year I hope to go for the whole weekend, plan my outfits and footwear a bit better and take lots more pictures.