Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Alex Monroe Bumblebees

It's as predictable as my mum over boiling the Christmas sprouts, Alex Monroe bumblebees always sell out for Christmas. We've got the original sized bee (£125) and also the silver baby bee (£95) in stock. They won't last for long so make sure you get your order in early.

Friday, 26 November 2010

by Malene Birger Winter Cape Coat

Brrr. It's coat time. And this by Malene Birger number is a corker. Shaped in a feminine, military cape style, it's a good compromise between the coat and cape. Great for wearing chunky jumpers underneath when it's really nippy but ideal for lighter knitwear when we get a bit warmer (Spring?). It's one of Malene's "Darlings" - one of a select few pieces that she chooses as her favourite of the season. It's been really popular in store, priced at £245.
Stick a big chunky scarf on top of it and go for long contemplative Winter walks.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

Handknitted Tam O' Shanter anyone?

It's getting a bit nippy down here in Brighton - when the wind whips up from the sea, it can freeze all kinds of extremities. We've been selling these lovely Tam hats by Eribe really well over the last couple of days. Made from 100% Scottish lambswool, Eribe Tam hats are based on traditional Scottish designs with a contemporary twist. They are all hand knitted. At £65 we think they're a bargain. And they keep our ears warm too.


Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Sneak preview By Malene Birger SS11

Well, the forecast today in good ol' Brighton is rain rain rain, so I'm cheering myself up with another look at next seasons collections. I always love looking at what I've bought for next season and the Malene Birger SS11 is really lovely. I always find that Malene gets quite structured and edgy in Autumn/Winter which can be difficult for some women to wear. However she always softens things up for Spring/Summer. For next season the silhouettes are dominated by the new length drawn from the skirts and dresses of the 50s, and the lean, cool suiting from menswear. Focus is paid to separates. High waist skirts are used with floaty feminine blouses to create a sexy and classic form. Pants are pleated for extra volume – either with carrot shaped or wide legs. Also, we're offered amazing all in one jumpsuits for a casual yet revealingly sexy look.

Tops are floaty, feminine, blousey affairs or over-sized tees. Team these with a formal jacket and you have the ideal Spring workwear wardrobe. The Spring palette is quite muted, lots of khaki, tobacco, sludgy browns and creams - lots of earthy colours. The High Summer pieces are again very feminine and sexy, but more playful and the colours are brighter with orange shades being quite prevelant - shades such as "Coralish" and, my personal fave, "Peachy Lips"!

So there it is, lots of jumpsuits, different length skirts and trouser shapes, great colours, and my prediction for the dress (the Meliasa shown in the photo) that all the press are going to call in as a must have for the season......

You're gonna love it.

Socks and Swedish Hasbeens in Winter?

Having a shoe crisis. How this can possibly happen when I have a wardrobe full of fabulous shoes and boots is beyond me, but I am in full blown shoe panic. I'm not prepared to spend money on shoes that I'm only going to like for a week, so until I find the perfect pair of day shoes (and believe me I'm searching) then I'm making my Summer shoes earn their keep.

Normally I'd run around in a pair of Bloch ballet flats as they are so comfy or my sturdy brogues but today I fancied a bit of a heel. I've got some amazing heels but none of them inspired me today, as I really wanted to wear socks. After trying everything I own on, I settled for my silver Swedish Hasbeen peep toe clogs from this Summer as they clashed really well with my Pringle socks and cargo pants. I quite like it, and surprisingly not too cold on the tootsies as wood is an insulator. What do you think?

My Mad Men Image

Was a bit bored before work this morning and whilst I SHOULD have gone to the gym, I decided that I REALLY needed to create my Mad Men persona. Had ten minutes of fun putting together an outfit but could only download this small image. What you don't see is my breakfastini which I would much prefer to be drinking instead of this cold tea.

Monday, 15 November 2010

All I want for Christmas is a Zoe and Morgan Hope and Anchor necklace!

We've just taken delivery of some truly stunning Zoe and Morgan pieces. The brother and sister designers are renowned for their luxury pieces with a rock and roll edge. I've already bought the Brazilian good luck charm necklace but am dropping heavy hints to hubby about the gold plated Hope and Anchor necklace priced at £170. THe necklace was inspired by sailor tattoos. I love it.