Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Since then I have managed to afford my addiction by making my own necklaces but recently I feel there has been a bit of a gap in my collection and after a few choice words with myself realised that actually costume could be good.
I have now begun a scrapbook of desires in an effort to focus my eye when shopping, starting with these awesome beauties from here
Monday, 29 November 2010
This may sound like the stuff of Enid Blyton, but nothing could be further from the truth. The boarders wing was originally intended to house the children of service men stationed in a nearby barracks. It was in reality a children's home for the various London authority's flotsam and jetsam, unloved and deemed better off away from the family home. My task was to facilitate a homework session once a week and every other week take them on a cultural trip. Trust me I earned my money, but I also became the teacher I am today, perfecting some fearsome disciplinary procedures to protect my sanity from children who had never ever been told NO! Basic demographics were 70% boys, 95% other cultures, (this in an area not famed for it's racial tolerance) I learned how to get a bus to stop by lining my charges up hidden from view behind the advertisement hoarding, I would stop the bus with myself and one small girl visible, once the bus stopped and opened it's doors the rest of my motley crew filed on much to the visible annoyance of the bus driver. What larks we had! I did try and introduce a little culture but invariably it would end in a police station with me filling in the paper work of yet another crime committed whilst my back was turned.
Early homework sessions were hugely popular so that they could watch television after supper, I would have upwards of 50 students to supervise many of them considerably bigger than me, I developed parameters that brooked no compromise and on the whole it worked.
So WHY when when standing in Toast on Saturday did I roll over and pay £35 for a necklace I did not want? Why was I so pathetically grateful that they swapped my necklace without a receipt? The look on their face when I told them I did not have it, you would have thought I had suggested a threesome with my dog! Seriously.
I had, two weeks ago ordered a necklace I had seen in the catalogue to LOOK at, but in a flurry of guilt and gratefulness getting them to swap the other necklace I then ended paying for the bloody thing without even being allowed to see it. I felt sick, especially when I realised not only was it £10 more than I expected, but it was the flimsiest bit of chain I've not seen since pulling the chain in my grandmas outside toilet.
So now I will have to go back AGAIN and endure the humiliation of returning yet another piece of jewellery only this time I WILL have the receipt.
I found the entire day slightly troublesome, I knew it would be bad when having procured a ticket to the Grazia breakfast celebrating the Valentino collection for GAP, (YES I know I'm a hypocrite) but that frilly hoodie was lovely wasn't it? Then I realised I would not make it in time after dropping Leyla off at school. Instead I went to the V&A where I manged to loose my creative Mojo and achieved very little other than to lust greatly after the jewellery in the V&A shop, you can begin to see my new obsession can't you? Everywhere I go I see amazing jewellery to lust. I then found Few & Far which was far too bloody pricey for me, but yes, the stuff they sell is very lovely. I wandered down to look at the Harrods Christmas windows which true to form were tacky, tasteless, trash.
I then for some God forsaken reason bought a skirt in Zara so frumpy that when I tried it on at home Yohji turned in his asymmetric boiled wool suit and gave me look of such contempt that I threw it back in the bag and vowed to never darken Zara's door again.
Friday, 26 November 2010
I realise the photographs were rubbish so I have created a montage in an effort to give a better feel for colour.
COS top to toe I'm afraid what but no black...so I guess the challenge is no black COS! It is cold both in and out of work so I have layered a cardie over a jumper, the jumper looks very plain but like a lot of plain clothes is one of the most useful items I have, being thin merino wool it sits under cardies and dresses but also will go over thermals as well. Yet given the choice I would never choose to buy something this lacking in detail, that I did was because it was half price. I made the necklace, I love that one as it is made up of a myriad of different semi precious stones which I wired rather than threaded so it hangs better.
I am SO in love with these boots, of course now I am terrified of wearing them out, so am already looking for some others so as to rotate them more, I am SO glad I bought the bronze now.
I am hoping to collect a silver version of this necklace tomorrow, fingers crossed. I had bought a green one but when I got it home realised it clashed with everything and not in a good way. Of course out of a wad of receipts dating back to the neolithic period the receipt for the necklace had vanished into the ether. Seriously, I have receipts for each and every cup of coffee I have drunk for the last two years mixed up with receipts for ridiculous sundries, but the ONE receipt I need has gone. Fingers crossed for a nice shop person to take pity on my pathetic organisational skills.
I love these trousers not least because they were a 32inch waist, this may not seem much of an achievement but it is for me, plus they need a belt! double joy.
I have 3 thermal vests on under this, I have dragged another heater into work in the vain hope of some warmth. Yes, it is a new building, No, we have no heat in our block at all. that could be because no members of office staff or management work over here, it seems only they are worthy of a functioning boiler.
I have no idea why the text has decided to double space, I am so pathetically grateful that anyone hosts these blogs that I rarely complain but the lack of a decent tool bar really pee's me off sometimes
Thursday, 25 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
First up a Swarovski necklace, seriously have you ever seen anything so divine? Sadly at over £300 it will not be coming to a jewellery box near me very soon, I have however discovered a far less dramatic necklace on the Debenham's website which I am hoping may scratch this itch just a little. Second up a lovey kimono style coat from Sonia Rykiel which would keep me warm as toast on those cold Cypriot nights I will be enduring soon.
Instead I should have designed and printed 20 scarves that I could still be wearing now, hah, who's the fool now?
Tuesday, 23 November 2010
From the Burlington Arcade cross the road to another institution, Fortnum & Mason, the side windows are a stunning tableaux crammed with much to covet.
Monday, 22 November 2010
I saw Chamber's work at this years RA Summer Exhibition, it is surprisingly seductive and his smaller work in particular is beautifully painted. What is more astonishing is that you can pick one up for £2000 which if you factor in the amount of work is a bargain, they would be a great investment.
Friday, 19 November 2010
I thought I might focus on accessories this week, when all is said and done black is black and as it is so bloody hard to photograph the images can look a little dull..OK Dull!
I dream of working in a room with some element of heat so I do not permanently have to look like an onion.
I love these very, very old GAP trousers, not terribly flattering but quite quirky in length and fabric. I do not often wear shiny but I like these with the jumper which is self striped with a shiny viscose. I have loved and worn this necklace a lot, although I make quite a lot of jewellery it is quite nice to try something different and Toast do some lovely beaded ropes like this. This is a favourite because of the links.
Skirt Miss Selfridge
I wear the individual items a lot but not together this way before. You will see this skirt crop up time and time again, I love it, it is layers of very, very thin silk, it was originally a puff ball style and I found it for £12 unloved and realised if I cut the silk away from the lining I would have a lovely skirt. It is now well over 5 years old which for me is almost vintage! I have worn this cardie a lot, as for me it echoes my Yohji vibe.
Necklace Noa Noa
Cardie +J Uniqlo
Skirt Betty Jackson @ Debenhams
Boots Some shop in Southworld
Necklace by me
Looks quite drab but the light I used has bleached the colours, the skirt is a lovely boiled wool, green and warm with the cashmere cardie.
These boots were a bargain at £20 from a tiny boutique in Southwold they are unbelievably comfortable, I could have bought them in black but I was determined to break the mould and go for something different. The necklace is a heady mix of citrine smoky quartz and glass beads.
Thursday, 18 November 2010
Now picture the demographic for The Daily Telegraph yes, half the readers are 50+ but the supplement on a Sunday of which I have been a huge fan appears targeted at a considerably younger audience, I struggle to comprehend how alienating the fashion editorials must seem to the average reader.
This weeks fashion story was a brilliant case in point, moody black and white shots, of uber skinny young models in a gym. Not your average reader then! You see the same outfits doing the rounds in every fashion monthly, a Gucci black lace inset dress here. a low cut thigh skimming Miu Miu dress there, a bit of Burberry leather here. For some unfathomable reason the Telegraph weekend supplements have favoured the bleached flare of the flash combined with a fuzziness that quite frankly must replicate the vision of someone with macular degeneration. So the reader sits flicking through the magazine and greeted with these images she must inwardly sigh, should she squeeze her bingo wings into some lace sleeves? Would the Miu Miu cut skim her expanding midriff? Would a leather dress create just a vague whiff off mutton? Is she inspired to meet the festive season head on? I doubt it. I know these images are not a prescriptive visual list but are there to inspire but I do think there is scope for greater creativity than this. I am not going to debate that whole blogger v magazine argument but I am going to suggest that just a little more thought and a soupcon more creativity could be so much more interesting. Is reality really so dull that we can't pander to it just a little? What really saddens me is to take the photographs the team travelled to a gym in Spain!! Like there are no gyms in London.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
As some one who played endlessly with her doll's house and who likes nothing better than peeping into the lives of others this would have made great viewing. Instead I shall content myself with these images from Stephen Friedman Gallery and make sure I check it out on a regular basis. Luckily I will be just in time for the amazing Beatriz Milhazes show currently on until Saturday.