Giddy Up

I’ve been eyeing up this horsey candlestick from Anthropologie, for a little while now, and decided to go for it this week, when I received a voucher for free delivery.

Unfortunately, my little pony had sold out online, so I trotted down to Regent Street and found my filly in store. That’s free delivery and a little exercise. Tick, tick.

Doesn’t she look sweet?

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I noticed she had a chipped hoof, so I asked for a new one, which the store didn’t have, but the lovely sales assistant offered me 10% discount instead. Sold!

So off I went with my new found friend and some Vila Hermanos candles*.

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I’ve set her up on my tea trolley (a brilliant charity shop find, which I love), and I think she looks right at home.

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What a great way to cheer up a rather dreary Tuesday.

*There’s a cute story behind Vila Hermanos; they supply candles for catholic churches in Spain, and have been producing their 100% natural wax candles in very small batches since 1908. They’re meant to be great quality, so I’ll be interested to see how they burn down – will keep you posted.

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My Sample Sale Strike

I’ll admit it, I’m not the most confident sample sale shopper. I like the idea of snaffling a designer bargain, but the reality of all that sartorial argy bargy totally puts me off. It’s exactly the same with sales shopping, I just can’t handle the crowds or the aggression.

However, this week I dug deep, sharpened my elbows and made my way to the Charlotte Olympia sample sale. As a huge fan of her tongue-in-cheek, vintage-inspired shoes I just couldn’t pass up the opportunity, as the £400+ price tag means I can usually only admire from a distance.

After hearing about the sale on their Facebook page, I had my sights set on a pair of signature Kitty flats, or powder pink pom pom heels, or red suede court shoes with parrots in the caged heel (yes!), or a teddy bear handbag… need I go on?!

Although none of the above were actually present at the sale (boo), I didn’t leave empty-handed. Check out these little beauties! Showgirl shoes, for sure, and I love them. What do you think? Not bad for £75.

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I’m imagining they’ll look pretty foxy with a pink sequin skirt and bralet top I’ve had my eye on from Topshop, or they’ll instantly pep-up a little black dress, or how about with a pair of cigarette pants or boyfriend jeans (not that I do those, but for the girls that do, it’s a winner).

Most likely to be debuted at the Reiss Christmas party, I hope they’ll serve me well on the dancefloor. They certainly look like they’d perform a pretty impressive hot shoe shuffle.

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Crushing On: Tara Starlet

For those of you who know me well, you’ll know I love a vintage frock. Or coat. Or anything really. Especially if it has a late-Fifties/early-Sixties vibe. That’s my steeee.

So, imagine my delight when I stumbled across Tara Starlet, a British fashion brand based in east London, which creates beautiful vintage-inspired clothes from scratch in the UK. Fabulous. Not only is it right up my street, but it’s literally made down the road and is a far cry from the mass-produced clothing found elsewhere on the high street. Tara’s pieces aren’t one-offs, but they’re mighty close.

Although I’d heard of the brand previously, it was only late this summer that I really took notice and ordered myself an outfit, for my lovely friend Sara’s wedding. I opted for the Lucia broderie anglaise full skirt and bralet top in lipstick red – under the suits category (love that it’s referred to as a suit).

Wow, what an outfit. I bloody love it! Admitedly I was nervous. I’m a size 14 girl, so was a bralet top going to be a good idea? Was the world ready for my midriff?! Well, luckily all was ok, as my short body allowed for just a small glimpse of waist to be exposed where the top and skirt met. Phew.

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So, after this success, I looked to Tara Starlet again for the new season. I coveted the Girlfriend coat in pink and placed an order the minute it was in stock. Despite its unrivalled cuteness, the coat just didn’t look right on me (gutted), so back it went.

However, I’m not giving up. My next Tara purchase will be the Marina dress in navy and white gingham taffeta, as modelled by Tara at London Fashion Week. This slash neck Fifties-esque frock has a deep low back (super sexy), three-quarter sleeves and a full, puffy skirt. I will wear it with some clashing colours, maybe an embellished angora knit to ramp up the vintage feel, or with a fur draped over my shoulders.

Watch this space… coming to a wardrobe near me very soon.

P.S. Don’t the other wedding belles look beautiful? Especially our blushing bride.

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Happy Halloween

Hello all, just a quick post to say Happy Halloween. I’m not going to any parties this year (not quite sure how that happened – must make amends in 2014), but for the record, here are my Halloween vibes. Inspiration: Bats & Cats.

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And here’s what I might wear (with a bucket load of blood and a pair of bat wings, of course).
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Lace cat ears by Topshop (no longer in stock, sadly).

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A Fifties-style frock (they do say a leopard never changes her spots) – this one’s from Preen at Net-a-Porter.

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And these rather wonderful tulle socks. So cute! Spotted via Pinterest.

Hope you have a great time if you’re partying.

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Becoming a Pink Lady

I think my friends are sick of hearing about my pink hair obsession. I’ve been banging on about going ‘pink’ for far too long. However, this weekend, the time finally came as I’d booked myself into Bleach in Dalston for their Super Cool Colour (£50).

I’m off to the Corn Islands in Nicaragua on Wednesday to celebrate lovely Sara’s wedding, so I decided it was the perfect time to go for my tropical hair do.

I’d been inspired by pale, rose pinks, washed out and still with a hint of blonde. So, not cerise and not all-over, and my stylist, Keziah, suggested an all-over wash in pale pink and a darker pink on the tips. As my hair is honey blonde and quite dark underneath, I was advised that it wouldn’t be a ‘clean’ pink, i.e. candy, and it might take on some peachy tones. This sounded fine by me, so away we went and here is the result…

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What do you think? I love it.

Apparently it will only last a few washes (maybe only four or five!), so I’m going to have to learn to love dry shampoo as I don’t want it to go before the wedding.

I’ll keep you posted on how I get on, until then cheerio.

Miss Pink.
x

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Mon Amie, Paris

This weekend, Katherine and I hopped on the Eurostar to Paris to meet resident Frenchie, Manda, for a weekend of shopping, sightseeing and swigging champs.

From Notre Dam to the Louvre, to the Champs Elysee Christmas market and a pitstop in Laduree, we certainly covered some ground. Photos were taken, purchases were made, and drinks were knocked back. Here are a few of my favourite things from a flying visit to one of the prettiest cities, ever.

Walking along the Seine offered the first of my Paris swoonings, I loved the stalls selling tourist tat, postcards and vintage magazine covers.

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Eventually we made our way onto Rue Saint-Honore, and found the most delightful shop I’ve ever been to, Astier de Villatte. Crammed full of posh stationery, beautiful candles and stacks of plates, this wonderful shop had treats at every turn. However, it was the Christmas grotto upstairs which really took the biscuit, tables of glittering, sparkling baubles twinkled at me.

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I HAD to leave with at least one – the little deer in a glass dome stole my heart. I left the pugs behind (with regret)…

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Tearing myself away from the twinkles, we came to Chantal Thomass – amazing window, AMAZING lingerie.

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And a few doors down was my favourite, Fifi Chachnil, tucked away in a little courtyard. Not only was this pink haven bursting with macroon-hued lingerie, the candy-coloured cropped cardigans were as soft and fluffy as little clouds. A must-visit for any lingerie lover.

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Posh florists caught my eye…

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…as did these blossoming frocks in cool concept store, Colette.

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Over to the Champs Elysee where a mammoth Christmas market was happening. On a bit of a bauble tip, I bought another one – this time peachy pink with the Eiffel Tower in a blue heart hand-painted onto it. Then, clearly slipping into tourist hysteria, Katherine and I both squealed with excitement over coloured thread bracelets with tiny gold Eiffel Tower charms. Too CUTE.

Feeling a little weary and in need of a sugar hit, we negotiated the crowds at Laduree to buy a pistachio box filled with pretty macaroons, and then breezed into the bar for a well-earned glass of champers. It felt GOOD!

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Moving on to Montmarte, where Kir Royales were consumed, we wandered down to Pigalle to see the Moulin Rouge all lit up…

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…and paid a little visit to Supermarche Erotique (for giggles).

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Finally, to our hotel, the hip and happening Mama Shelter, then more champagne-drinking in Bastille, where we bumped and grinded to 90s R&B till the wee hours at Rotonde – fast-becoming my favourite bar in Paris.

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Paris, I LOVE you. Joyeux Noel.
xx

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Vintage Shoe Jackpot

I do LOVE vintage shoes. Cute little courts with a bow on top tend to be my faves, so imagine my delight when shopping last weekend I stumbled across four (!) pairs of vintage courts – each in a different colour.

Barely worn, these shoes were like shiny new vintage, a rare kind indeed. And, all at the bargain price of £10 each, I hit the shoe jackpot. Meet my new shoes…

I unearthed these in my favourite shop in Wells, The Changing Room (I always find something cool in here). I’ve been after a tacky pair of white stilettos for a while, but hadn’t found the right ones, until now. These Carousel pumps for Freeman Hardy Willis are in white leather, with a cute gingham lining and are just the right heel height for me, so I was sold. I’ve worn them with my leopard trousers and with black opaques and a spotty frock. Their next sartorial destiny could be to pair up with my leather dress. Oh yeah!

Next up was a wander to the Trading Post (increasingly my next favourite shop, as I’m often found leaving with armfuls of booty; from butlers, to old picture albums and fur hats). Anyway, on this particular occasion I struck shoe gold, with three pairs. All in my size thanks to the Imelda Marcos of Wells donating so much of her wardrobe here, I slipped into every pair of her 5-6s, and picked my favourites.

This Royal blue pair were my first definites. I love the shiny gold bows, bright blue leather and slightly chunkier heel. As much as I love kitten heel courts, stomping around London does wear the heels down somewhat, so a sturdier heel is kinder on the purse strings. My local cobblers must bloody love me! I think I’ll wear these with the array of navy dresses I have to pep them up a little without straying too far from my blue palette.

Then, these dark navy (almost black) courts. Classic with the cute pouffy bow on the top, I envisage these beauties will be worn with everything. In perfect condition, these Bally shoes were handmade in Italy, so I was so chuffed I scored them for a tenner.

And, finally, a sad story. This, my final pair, lost its partner en route from Wells to London. And after a Wacky Races-style chase around the National Express coach depot with no lost and found success, I thought its left-foot companion was lost forever. Alas, I was wrong! It has been found in the back of Jessie’s dad’s car – hurrah! They won’t be reunited for another few weeks, so until then this one is looking a little lonely, but I love it! The jazzy red suede with classic loafer shape, gold snaffle, mini platform and chunkier heel (again), makes these soooooo wearable. I’m counting down the days for their reunion so they can GET ON MY FEET.

Part of the reason today’s post makes me happy, is that I’m having to reflect on past purchases to console myself for the lack of spending this weekend. I’m stony broke, so am shunning the Anthropologie and Selfridges 20% off events (boo). Any pennies I spend from now on, must be for xmas presents, but at least when I do go Christmas shopping I can do it in GREAT shoes.

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