Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Guest Blogger #1: Stylist Bella Binns

Our pal super-stylist Bella Binns picks her top summer fashion buys especially for you!

Channel Paul Smith in Abercrombie’s cool cotton shirt. A summer in the city essential.
Kerry stripe shirt, £70, Abercrombie & Fitch

I’m shunning the statement bag and embracing original seventies style with Topshop’s patchwork pouch.
Patchwork leather bag, £60, Topshop

This is easy dressing. You can’t fail to look stylish in a simple stripe shift.
Lux stripe dress, £35, Urban Outfitters

Mango’s classic black frames give Ray-Ban’s Wayfarer a run for its money.
Sunglasses, now £9, Mango

‘Cause 07’s the next summer of LOVE! If it would only stop raining…
'Love is' necklace, £6, www.ladyluckrulesok.com

Thanks Bella! Coming soon...celebrity make-up artist Nadira Persaud gives us some insider beauty tips. WATCH THIS SPACE!

Saturday, 28 July 2007

Say Hello Wave Goodbye Part One

So the summer that never was is almost behind us and new autumn stock is starting to trickle into the stores (yay!). Here’s our pick of the new trends to try (and the ones to wave goodbye to):

As the last of the neon slogan tees hits the bargain bins in comes New Grave, a glamorous take on gruesome goth. Think black latex leggings, Victoriana blouses and high patent heels in black, black, black.

So the Prada turban didn’t quite hit its stride but not to worry, there’s a new bad-hair-day solution in town and that’s the humble hat. Chunky knit berets are great for throwing in a bag for just-in-case weather, while Marc Jacobs showed the ultimate in sophisticated headwear. Too dressy? Brace yourself for the baseball cap revival. Yes indeedy, New Era, the Rolls Royce of baseball caps has just opened a UK flagship store in the heart of Soho.

It’s all about the high-low mix so make like an off duty model and pair your high street shirt-dress with a thrown on Chanel bag and low-key Keds.

It’s the sexy Amy Winehouse version of the Lily Allen frock. Ditch those sweet as pie frou-frou frocks and zip yourself into a short sharp sheath. (But give it your own stamp with woolly tights or biker boots.)

Braces? Check. Pork pie hat? Check. Polo shirt? Check. Lace up shoes? Check. Take a tip from old school boys’ brands like Ben Sherman and Fred Perry and smarten up in a boy-meets-girl get-up. Make sure you add some girly touches with a shiny clutch or tousled hair.

Photo credits: Vogue.co.uk

Monday, 23 July 2007

We Love Lady Luck

Our favourite accessory emporium Superette is having a makeover so is out of action for a couple of weeks. We popped in to have a nose but owner Leona was quick to usher us out pronto. We managed to get a snap of her oh-so-cute office area though. If only our office looked so fun! The shop reopens in August so we'll have to appease ourselves with some choice picks from her website www.ladyluckrulesok.com in the meantime. We're loving the Paris bangle, super-sweet socks and good-enough-to-eat muffin cards...

Pics: From Superette, 66a Sclater Street, E1 (CLOSED UNTIL AUGUST.)

Sunday, 15 July 2007

Madonna's Multi-Purpose Must-Have

When we heard that Mrs Madge likes to zap her beauty bad bits with this no-frills gel we had to try it out...A months usage of Eyptian Magic fixed lots of our problems including spots, sunburn and stretch marks to frizz, flakes and shaving nicks. We found it an ideal gloss for lips ane eyes too! Check it out at www.hqhair.com.

Saturday, 14 July 2007

Give me Freedom

Ooh exciting news! Iconic 60s fashion label Mr Freedom has been revived for the noughties. If you love bright colours and pop-art graphics (this guy was doing star-prints, cartoon graphics and stretch mini dresses, ooh a zillion years before TopShop and H & M) then this is a label you'll love. Check it out here: http://www.secretingredientltd.co.uk/html/mrfreedom2.html

Friday, 6 July 2007


Us fashion and beauty girls are normally a tad sceptical when it comes to slimming body creams but Rodial Tummy Tuck really works! Okay, we didn’t exactly drop a dress size but it tightened our jelly belly just enough to celebrate with a naughty Missoni bikini purchase! Be quick to buy though - the first delivery sold out in under an hour at Harvey Nicks, and as one sells every five minutes on its website, its advisable to get your order in now.

Oh, yes, and did we mention - it cost £100!!! Er, ebay here we come...

Monday, 2 July 2007

Cute Or Tacky?

So the Juicy Couture tracksuit trend died like, years ago but the Juicy girls continue to woo the LA party posse with their bags and trinkets. Who knows if these charms (from www.eluxury.com) are sweet or sickly, we just want to pile them on and make like Paris (yeah, she's going through a good-girl phase but we reckon that will last oh... all of ten seconds).
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