28 December 2011

The Mix Boutique Review

Some time ago I was invited to a black tie event which being me I put off buying an outfit until the last minute and then I came down with the flu so literally I had to find an outfit then get my nails and hair done on the day of the event!!
While making my way into London I remembered there is a tiny boutique by Hayes train station which I would pass on route to work; which always had a lovely well presented window and stock nearly new and discounted new designer clothing. As I am quite new to the area and unfortunately due to the early time that I get on the train and the late time I get back to the station I had yet to explore this little gem had to offer L  

However this time I was open and I desperately needed something to wear so I decided to give it a try.
In I dashed panicked and on my phone desperately trying to get outfit ideas from Tagoescloset and desperately combing through the rails.
 I was quickly approached by the manager Merisha Aldrich who was really nice and helped me select a gorgeous silk playsuit.

While I browsed the rails I came across a number of desirable designer labels such as Ghost, Max Mara, Joseph, Whistles, Burberry, Marc Cain, Nicole Fahri and Missoni and same lovely pair of Louboutin's that unfortunately were not in my size.

If you’re ever in Hayes I would defiantly recommend you check out Little Mix as well as some of the other charity shops in the area.
58 Station Approach

21 December 2011

Would you wear an outfitt made out of nipples?

I was deleting some pictures from my laptop and came across this beauty which I should have blogged about MONTHS ago!

Picture the scene its London Fashion Week and I am strolling around Somerset House browsing the exhibitions yet to see anything truly amazing when I happen upon a lovely structured pale pink dress adorned with appliqué flowers over some fluorescent leggings.

I remember think that the ensemble was pretty but I was not yet moved but it. It wasn’t until I was approached by a pr rep when I noticed the strange texture to the material. “Is it made out of leather?” I asked. The Pr rep smiled at me and replied it’s made from

Cow and Ox nipples!

Quite taken back as this was a response that I was defiantly not expecting I smiled, held back a laugh and asked “Can I touch it?”

After I had had a grope and a giggle the Pr lady explained to me that the dress was designed by Liverpool-born designer Rachel Friere ,who was given 3,000 the cow and yak nipples from tanneries, which would have otherwise thrown them out.

Apparently a dress 3,000 cow nipples bound to spark some controversy as both animal rights campaigners and MPs have since expressed their outrage at the 32-year-old Liverpudlian for her outrageous outfit

Reading some of the comments made have left me somewhat confused, considering the economic situation should she not be praised for making something beautiful and innovative out of something that would have simply been discarded?

That being said I don’t know if I am ready to wear a dress made of nipples

Would you?

20 December 2011

Catch up - Cancun Birthday trip review

I’ve been gone for a minute now I’m back and its nearly Xmas!

I can’t think how long it’s been since my last post (Hand slap ) unfortunately the last few weeks/months have been a complete blur to me furthermore I can’t seem to recall what happened to 2011.
Oh well Christmas is only a few days way and the 2012 is nearly here.
I will give you guys a quick catch up, due to work I haven’t been too much events fortunately but I did celebrate my birthday in Cancun which was awesome! Best birthday ever.
Myself and Shelby stayed at the Temptations resort and spa which was absolutely lovely.

I managed to see in my birthday in a bit of an undignified manner but I blame the tequila, the manager of Daddyo’s that looks like Vince Vaughn SHELBY and all the peeps that came down from the hotel IT’S YOUR FAULT!

Samsung PL120 Camera Review

I was looking for an inexpensive camera to take with me on holiday to Cancun as I didn’t want to bring larger and more expensive Sony SLR camera and risk losing or damaging it.

I soon happened upon the Samsung PL120 camera (I admit it was initially because it was pink) I then noticed a unique feature which none of the other cameras some of which were more expensive had.

It has a really innovative a secondary LCD monitor on the front of the camera, to help vain people like me with framing self portraits and self-timer shots.

That was enough for me as I really wanted to take pics of myself to record my outfits for my blog when I got home.

Once I got the camera got home and I opened it up I was impressed with the sophisticated reflective finish but something was missing.. where was the front LCD monitor ? after checking the box and the instructions then charging up the camera I learned that unless the feature is turned the screen doesn’t show up!


A secret LCD screen oooohh I was defiantly impressed

Me and my god daughter, pic taken with Samsung PL120 Camera

Me testing out the Jump feature

Testing testing 123

I also noticed that the rear of the bottom plate is angled in such a way that when the lens is extended the camera can be balanced on a flat surface either in the normal upright position, or angled back by approximately seven degrees, also to help with self-timer shots again perfect for my outfit of the day pictures.
Something that I didn’t like was that the camera takes the MicroSD memory card type, more usually found in mobile phones and not the normal sized SD cards which I already had for my other cameras. Unfortunately I had to search for an old MicroSD card that I had used in an old mobile phone as I didn’t have time to purchase one and prey that there would be enough space for my holiday picture taking needs. But despite my choosing the picture setting with the smallest resolution sadly it was not (but to be fair I did make a load of videos in coco bongos) so not outfit of the day photos for me

The camera is also quite light and has a plastic feel to it which was a bit alien to me after lugging my heavy SLR around but over all I am happy with the PL120's overall performance. It can start up and take a picture in a little over three seconds, and shuts down again in less than two.

I need to have a play with it to work out all the features but the little videos on the LCD screen still amuse me and it was a conversation starter when I was taking random photos with strangers

In all I am happy with the Samsung PL120 as I have needed a handbag sized camera to bring with me when I go out and don’t want to being a large hand bag or my camera.

Stay tuned for outfit of  the day pictures  

Whats the best Interview attire??

I hate Interviews!!

I always have moment or two of blind panic when deciding what to wear to an interview but I think this may be the most awkward one yet, I’m going for a pr position at a very well known High street retailer who is apparently
High profile enough to be a significant high street player but small enough to be personal and retain a ‘family feel’ culture.”

What does one wear to an interview at such an establishment?

I’ve decided to go simple, smart and chic- you can’t go wrong with a pencil skirt and blouse tight? Let’s wait and see.

Now to practice my interview techniques

What is your perfect interview attire?

Sexy or outrageously dressed celebs individual style or attention seeking??

Sexy or outrageously  dressed celebs individual style or attention seeking??

In a time when individual style can make or break a careers it seems that the current trend among celebrates is to be as daring or outrageous as possible in order to catch the paparazzi or to secure valuable spots on best dress lists.

However the old saying “no publicity is bad publicity” seems to be true looking at artist such as Niki Minaj or lady gaga who’s bold fashion choices whether good or bad have at times received more attention than their records and have been described as eclipsing their talent.

What are your thoughts?

10 August 2011

Bikini Babe

The summer slowly and sporadically blessed us with glorious weather which have managed to take full advantage of resulting in my glorious tan (woo woo!) and my many insect bites (booo).
Woo woo look at my tan

Despite my adverse feelings towards cold weather I am I will not morn the summer this year because I will be spending my birthday/ Thanks Giving (for my pals from the US) In Cancun baby!
Jamaica 2010 I worked hard on my abs so im showing em off!!

In my refusal to waste money on a summer wardrobe that I wouldn’t get to wear I decided to wait for the summer sales to purchase my holiday wardrobe and do lots of window shopping (And working on my bikini body) before committing to a purchase.

Take a look at some of my picks so far

This is not the 1st time the Paolita swimsuit has graced my blog and I am unapologetic about that because this swimsuit is AWESOME!!

Bikini Brazil according to some of the forums these styles of bikinis are very popular in Cancun, I don’t think I will be brave enough to rock those tiny weenie bottoms though lol!

This Savanna Bikini from Beach Cafe is fierce! I would intend to have more curves than the model

How cute is the corsage detail on this Salinas Rosette Ruffle Bandeau Bikini Set from  Asos

Pineapple print bikini set by Salinas from ASOS

No swimming allowed in this Just Cavalli Sequin Triangle Bikini from Asos, Posing only please

Totally loving the bold and almost tribal print on this River Island Black Paco Cut Out Swim Suit

On 1st sighting this Pouch Over Swimsuit from ASOS seems a little frumpy but it would very handy after a night of drinking and a morning pigging out at the buffet

Heels and a cocktail would be the perfect accessory for this girly halter ruffle bikini

This tassel bikini is so hot that I would even consider rocking the top with some jeans and heels on a night out (Am I too old for that??)

African Fashion Week London 2011

It’s a pity that such a wonderfully creative and productive weekend ended with such ugliness as those crazy riots.

Hoever I was pleased to have attended the first African Fashion Week London which was held at Gibson Hall in London.
Two days of fashion, culture and rubbing shoulders with many of the fashion elite.

Before I even watched on of of the shows I was already bowled over by the beautiful and colourful traditional  prints that the guest were wearing, which of late have been very trendy and could be purchased in various outlets such as ASOS but this was the real deal.

Fashion was defiantly taken seriously at this event!

With over 50 designers showcasing their work me and Ms Tagoe were front row (Most if the time lol) ready to be wowed.
Day 2

And for the most part we were not disappointed.

Due to over subscription of many of the shows unfortunately many guests, press and bloggers were denied entry to many of the shows (Well we still got in shhhh) I have to say this did not shock me as I had previously seen this happen at many of the London Fashion Week shows where they literally turned away hundreds of people. Yes I was pissed to be stuck waiting in heels when I should be ushered to a front row seat with a glass of champagne in my hand but hey I’m willing to suffer for my love of fashion within reason (I’m full of it aren’t I? Lol!)

Here are some of my pics


14 April 2011

Corporate Chic

Redundancy was fun!!!

Actually it wasn’t REALLY, Going to NYC was cool and it was handy to be able to settle in to my new digs with out having to rush around getting ready for work but its defiantly time to start bringing in the bacon.
I must say I was spoilt at my previous place of employment, which was a 15 minute drive from my house and had a relaxed dress policy not to mention the perks of free samples, regular sample sales, freedom to shirk every now and then, regular staff events such as quiz nights, trips to the pub and Wii tournaments (Yes there was a WII) and they provided us with bread for toast every morning sigh!

The whole time I was at IWOOT I always knew that I would probably never get the opportunity to work some where I had so much freedom again (But I’m am keep my fingers crossed).
Despite the early morning starts (I leave my house at 6.40) I am actually enjoying my new role and getting used to my new routine.
My new place of employment is very corporate which means office attire. Considering I have not had to do this for over three years you can imagine this was hard for me but I am slowly getting used to it and enjoying it.

I previously thought of office attire to be boring and stiff, Black, blue or grey suite with a whit blouse and sensible shoes BAH!

However there were many exception that rule, my fashion buddy and fellow blogger Veronica Vain always seemed to make her work wear look colourful, fun funky and professional at the same time.

But I never had the inspiration until now so I intend to play around with my corporate look and try to get some pics uploaded shortly.

Something else  I would like to touch on is the foot wear,  I’ve never been afraid  of heels the higher, but after pounding the London pavements I was left rethinking that mantra, however my employers in heels … wot to do?

Carry heels in a bag and wear flats or trainers on route to the office?
Leave a pair of heels at work and wear flats or trainers on route to the office?
Pick style over comfort and rock the heels any way??
Wots to do wot to do?
Hopefully I will get some Corporate chic inspiration at the Stylist &Mango Reader Event

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