August 21, 2011

Modern day vintage

The reason that I don't go vintage shopping more is because I can never by bothered rummaging through the messy racks of clothes, all crammed together in a tiny musty-smelling store. Ewww. So I was pleasantly surprised when I checked out London's first ever vintage department store today. Based just off Brick Lane, Blitz provides the kind of vintage shopping that I need. Beautifully laid out racks & shelves of goodies in nice wide spaces, amassing two floors of vintage retail heaven.

I can't wait to go back there when I have time to peruse the store in more detail. They had a great selection of shirts, jackets, belts, furniture, shoes, silk scarves, sequin tops (Just & Abby, this is right up your alley), pretty much anything & everything you could want!

Image Source (for all): Blitz Vintage Department Store - www.blitzlondon.tumblr.com

Vintage shopping for the fussy shopper, ideal.

Hope you all had some good finds this weekend!

xxx L

August 16, 2011

Classics and staples

There's nothing better than wearing a fresh white tee for the first time. Especially when you've been hunting for one to replace your tatty old Country Road version for months. I stumbled across the softest and snuggliest tees at Aubin & Wills out east, heart that place big time.

Such great classics, for reasonable prices and good quality - which is a surprising rarity in this city. You either find cheap & poorly made items, or good quality items with a hefty price tag. Makes me really miss the Antipodean staples like Country Road. Have my fingers crossed that the fam will send me some CR treats for my birthday...hint hint much?

Thanks Aubin & Wills for filling the void.

Image Source: Hancox Tee - www.aubinandwills.com 

Hope your Tuesdays are going well, I'm off to Chinatown for dinner with the girls tonight, yum! Bring on the dumplings, vino and gossip sessions!

xxx L

August 11, 2011

The Cambridge Way.

Oh dear.

It's happened again...

I've fallen head over heels in love with another delicious fashion item.

This time, it's in the form of a satchel. I've been lusting over satchels for a while (ever since I moved to London really) and since my current bag is driving me INSANE (it pops open when I walk, annoying much!), I've been on a serious hunt for a new bag.

The STUNNING bags at the Cambridge Satchel Company have really taken the top spot in my list of dream bags. Actually, scratch that...they've taken the ONLY spot and have knocked all the other bags off the list. I first noticed these bags when someone walked past me in the street and a flash of fluro caught my eye. Ever since then I've been noticing them more and more.

There are just SO many things to love about these bags. The price, the different sizes, the strap options, the styles and the colours (including fluro!). Ohhh I'm drooling a little here...I think it's time for me to get one...birthday present for myself maybe?

Ahhh The Classic. Such a stunning design, made with gorgeous leather and convenient adjustable straps...such a beauty. I really heart the yellow colour too, soooo prrreeeetttttttttyyy.

The Classic (dark brown)

The Classic (yellow)

Oh fluro. You are so sexy. You are so bright. You steal my heart. You bring me light. I can't wear you on my clothes because I'm too white. But my accessories can wear you!!! I love all the fluro colours in this range, but I think I'd have to toss up between the fluro yellow or fluro green. Tough choice, tough choice.

The Fluro

The Fluro (fluro yellow)

The Batchel. Another reason why I love the Cambridge Satchel Company. What a COOL name for a satchel, which is a bag! This is definitely my kind of brand! The difference in this design is the handle on the top, ideal for quickly picking up your bag from the tube, work, bar...anytime you need to just get up and go!

The Batchel (fluro green)

The Designer is another fantastic bag, what with the two-tone and all. So fantastic, that half of the colours in this style are sold out on the Cambridge Satchel Company's site. It's a perfect choice for those who can't decide on a colour for their satchel.

The Designer (vintage body, navy buckles)

And it gets better...

You can get your bag EMBOSSED! Embossed my friends, embossed. Imagine having your initials on your bag for the whole of the world to see. And you can choose from silver, gold, black or blind. The choices! I'm getting panicky just thinking about it! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

All images sourced from www.cambridgesatchel.co.uk.

So now I just have to make the choice. The Classic or the Batchel? Which colour? Which colour of embossing? Decisions, decisions. Life is hard.

Yay Friday tomorrow, the perfect day to wear a satchel.

xxx L

August 3, 2011

Hotty Patotty

Holy moly Batman, it is hot. London has been ROASTING this week, making it too hot for working on an office (slash oven), too hot for wearing the majority of my wardrobe, too hot for my brain to work and too hot for wearing shoes. This heatwave has made me realise that I really need to invest in a pair of summery sandals tout suite! I've managed to get by in Londres with ballet flats, brogues and jandals, but these just don't cut it when you want to look glam, yet not overheat.

Soooo I had a wee looksie on ASOS, and found an amazing selection of cheap, cheerful and in same cases, colourful sandals. Thanks ASOS, you're a true gem.

Now the question is...which pair(s) to buy?

These sandals are classic gladiator sandals in my mind - strappy, buckle detailing, ankle support, brown - these would work with pretty much every outfit and would definitely help to get you from A to B.

Pieces Gypsy Leather Ankle Strap Flat Sandals

Whereas these sandals would help to transform you into a Grecian goddess in no time, with the simple strap detailing and the pretty metallic gold colouring. I can envision wearing these at a garden party with a floaty maxi dress and loose wavy hair. I think this pair is one of my faves here, plus they're only £12, what a bargain!

ASOS FINLAY Leather Toe Post Sandals

 I heart the plait detailing on these sandals, such a simple way to spruce up what would otherwise be a pretty basic pair of shoes. Simple, yet stylish. Good work ASOS!

ASOS FOUND Leather Toe Post Plait Flat Sandals

I love the soft colouring of these sandals, as well as the strappy detailing. This colour would go with all outfits, making this a clever choice of sandals to purchase!

ASOS FOXY Leather Gladiator Sandals

Now these ones are slightly different from the others with their thick strap detailing. Maybe not so good for the hottest of hot days, but a great choice for something different to the norm. Loving the zip detailing at the back too!

BC Freckles Strapped Zip Back Flat Sandals

Now these sandals would make me feel like I'd joined the fashion military! The colour, the structured ankle straps and the buckle all make me think that it's time to march on and put my best foot forward!

Oasis Simple Strappy Sandals

Isn't the colour of these just to die? My friend mentioned on Saturday that she thinks I have an obsession with this colour, and I'm begin to think that she's right! I'm in love with yellow at the moment as it's oh so hot right now, yet I struggle to pull it off as it's quite a tricky colour to wear. This would be the perfect way to get yellow into my wardrobe, without looking washed out! I may have to purchase these ce soir!

ASOS Foxy Leather Gladiator Sandals
All images sourced from www.asos.com

I hope you're all loving the weather wherever you are at the moment! I'm dying a little in this heat, but am loving it all the same! It's a good excuse to a- buy some actual summer clothes, b- drink G&Ts with sliced cucumber (my new obsession) and c- have tasty icecream treats!

Happy hump day!

xxx L