Sunday, 27 January 2013

The Short Suit

Short suits are a trend that have been around for a while now. They're perfect for summer when you need to look smart/professional but it's far too bloody warm for trousers. However, I was inspired by Amy from The Little Magpie (see her bargain Warehouse short suit below) to come up with my own version, and style it for winter. Yes, you can wear shorts in the snow...

H&M blazer // New Look shorts // Zara tee // Primark tights // River Island boots // Oasis coat // Ginger Pickle necklace

I bought these shorts from New Look a while ago, with a voucher I got for my birthday. Usually I dislike shorts - I find most of them are too tight around my thighs. You know that awful bulge you get when you sit down in shorts? Hate that! And I don't even think I have particularly big thighs. Anyway, that's besides the point. The high waist of these shorts is elasticated so it fits nice and snug round my middle, then sort of flares out around the thighs. Perfect! I love the gold zip detail too. I chucked them on with a plain Zara tee, tights to keep out the chill and my black H&M blazer to create...Tada! My very own short suit. Seriously, why has Vogue not snapped me up yet!?

Here's a little inspiration from some gorgeous ladies, just to remind you why you have to try this trend!

Style Icons/Musicians/Models/Hipsters/All round cool girls... Alexa Chung // Florence Welch // Solange Knowles // Poppy Delevigne

I also wore this stunning wooden butterfly necklace made by Ladybird Likes, which my sister gave me for Christmas. It's from Ginger Pickle - this particular one is unavailable but you can see other colours/variations by clicking here.


Wednesday, 23 January 2013

Stuck in velvet snow...

Harley loves the white stuff - he goes mad whenever he sees it, running around, trying to catch it as it falls and getting confused when it disappears. It's the cutest thing. People tend to go a little mad in the snow too - whether they're panicking about it or just turning into a big fun loving child (a la Gordon - exhibit A). How good is the snowman family we stumbled across in the park!? I'd love to take credit for them but I'm just not that creative. Everything looks so pretty when it's dusted with snow!

(one of my all time favourite albums!)


Sunday, 20 January 2013

Winter warmers...

At last I found some snow!! My twitter feed has more snow than my town and it was making me jealous. One of my favourite things about the snow is wrapping up warm and taking Harley out to play in it...

H&M jumper and fur stole // New Look jacket and bag // Primark necklace and gloves // River Island leather look jeans // Hunter original gloss wellies

Lets all pretend we can't see my dog's bum in that last picture. In an attempt to stay stylish in the snow I opted for my trusty leather look jeans and cosy H&M knit in this season's "oxblood" colour with classic Hunter wellies. I think I'm going to invest in Hunter's chunky cable cuff welly socks to keep my tootsies even warmer in the future! 

Gio-Goi jacket // G-Star jeans // Hunter originial wellies and welly socks // Next hat and gloves

"Harley" treated Gordon to his very own Hunters for Christmas this year - you know so that he can take him for even longer, better walks... so he tells me. There's more pictures from our snowy adventures, but I'm saving them for a later date! Happy snow day everyone!


Wednesday, 16 January 2013

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty (The Book)

I've spent the past few evenings drooling over this beautiful coffee table book and wanted to share some of my favourite parts. What better way than with a few pictures? 

Alexander McQueen was probably the first designer I ever really took an interest in and really sparked my love affair with fashion. My inner goth fell head over heels for the skull shoes in Edinburgh's Harvey Nichs years ago. I worked in a newsagents at the time when he took his own life - I remember seeing it all over the front pages that day and being absolutely devastated, but having nobody to share it with. If only I'd blogged back then eh?

Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty - £22.40 from Amazon

The images of McQueen's work are so beautiful - I wish it was like one of those touch and feel kids books at some points, especially when the dresses are made of shells and feathers! The quotes are just as intriguing as they are inspiring. Sarah Burton's interview really helps you to appreciate McQueen's skills and gives an interesting insight into the intense and spontaneous way that he worked in his studio. I'd really recommend the book, especially if you never got a chance to see the exhibition in New York. Fingers crossed they'll bring it to us in the UK soon!


Sunday, 6 January 2013

Christian Dior at Printemps

This winter Paris' famous department store Printemps Haussmann played host to some spectacular window displays curated by the one and only Dior. I believe they took over the interior of the store as well but, being January 1st, the store was closed and I didn't get a chance to revisit. Luckily the windows were enough to make me jump up and down with joy. Coming from the miserable North East of Scotland, where the most exciting thing in a shop window is a "closing down" sale sign, I am easily pleased. But these really were something. Even Gordon ("I hate fashion and shopping") got his camera out!


Each of the 74 dolls is handcrafted and adorned with miniature versions of Dior Haute Couture - including dresses from Raf Simons debut collection for the fashion house - and iconic Dior accessories, such as the Lady Dior handbag. They dance, skate and float around in hot air balloons with the City of Light's best attractions in the background. These fascinated the children (and myself) but adults were also catered for, with stunning couture gowns displayed alongside chandeliers, leopards and classic Dior perfumes, shoes and bags.

So one huge Parisian department store combined with one of Paris' most well known and respected fashion houses, to create a Parisian inspired spectacle, set in Parisian landmarks, accompanied by typically Parisian music... that's my idea of heaven.


Saturday, 5 January 2013

New Year's Dinner at the Eiffel Tower

On January 1st we treated ourselves to a special New Year's Day dinner at the Eiffel Tower. We booked the opera+ menu (85 euros each) in advance at the 58 Tour Eiffel and e-mailed a request for a window seat with a view - they gave us a great little table with the Trocadero as our backdrop. 

Warehouse feather skirt // New Look vest top // Carvela heels // Snake Serpent necklace (from Christmas Market)

The boys smartened up in shirts and ties, I wore my feather skirt for the 1st time and Malissa wore a stunning maxi dress. 

We arrived at the restaurant on the 1st floor and were greeted with a glass of champagne and admired the view until our starters arrived. I had the "Seared duck foie gras with quince and barberry marmalade"...

My main was "Roast chicken supreme, creamy polenta with dried fruit, jus with preserved Menton lemon". The chicken was slightly pink in some areas, but this seems to be the norm in Paris, and the polenta was to die for! I'm drooling just thinking about it...

Gordon and I both had the rum baba for dessert. Emphasis should definitely be put on the rum part! It was ridiculously strong! Not the worst thing I've ever tasted, but definitely not the best...

I'd recommend the Jivara instead.

The Opera+ menu includes your 3 courses, glass of champagne, bottle of wine, water and tea/coffee. It was well worth the 85 euros for the high standard of cuisine, and excellent drinks washed down while looking out over the city from it's most famous landmark. If you're planning a trip to Paris any time soon, it's a must! The earlier you book, the more likely you are to be seated by the window. You can see all the reservations available and book here.

Bon appetit!

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