Monday, 31 January 2011

Happniess comes in many forms, but a cupcake could be the finest

Apologies for my lack of posting at the end of last week.  We've been having our appraisals at work the past two weeks and they've kinda taken up a lot of my time.  Luckily they are now over (phew) which means we can all breathe a huge sigh of relief!  

As you know this year i'm attempting to get more crafty this year and my New Year's resolution is to make one piece of new clothing each month. Well, this craftiness has also extended to baking, of which i'm also trying to do more of.  So yesterday afternoon I turned this little set of ingredients...

Into these orange and squash cupcakes...

These scrumptious little beauties are delicious, and sort of good for you. Well, compared to normal cupcakes.  You see this little beauties are made without butter *gasp*.  I know, butter does seem like a vital ingredient in cakes, but the cakes contain a secret ingredient.  Butternut squash. I'm sure i've mentioned this before but i'm wheat and gluten intolerant, much to my annoyance.  Which means your usual cake is off limits.  So when I came across this delightful cookbook, Red Velvet Chocolate Heartache, my dreams were answered.  Harry makes all her cakes using an array of vegetables and ground almonds, to replace the butter.  And all her recipes are wheat/gluten free as she replaces normal flour with rice flour, hurrah!

Of course, she's not completely sin-less.  Butter makes a very welcome appearance for the icing.  Thanks goodness.

I hope your weekends were full of fun times. And may I just say a quick hello to my newest followers; Natasha de Vil, Lotusblossom, Anna and The Knitted Duck.  Thanks for joining me!  If you'd like to follow Clazzerati please click on the FOLLOW button on the right-hand side of the blog, just under my Twitter feed.  Btw, are we friends on Twitter yet? xx

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

I take my hat off to you, sir

So I knew going up to my grandad's would mean one thing in particular - a new backdrop for outfit shots! And I thought it would be perfect to showcase another of my many Peter Pan collar dresses (i'm slightly addicted - as can be seen here).  What I didn't account for was that up t'north it was ABSOLUTELY freezing.  From my earlier ramblings this week you'll know that my grandad doesn't have central heating, which meant that my coat stayed firmly wrapped around my body for pretty much the entire time I was there.  So i'm afraid i'll have to wait to show you that dress.  But you can enjoy my new hat instead.  Likey?  I think this could be the start of another addiction.

All photos were taken by my darling mother (thanks mum!)

The breakdown
Coat: Dorothy Perkins, £20 in the sale (2009)
Hat: H&M, £7.99
Scarf: present from my sister, which she made
Bag: Argentina 
Brooch: present from the Bot's rents
(barely seen) Dress: Asos and can't remember the price
Leggings: H&M, £10 (?)
Shoes: Primark, £11.50
Gloves: vintage, present from my mum

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Clazzerati's Couture Challenge: #2

Oh yes, i've got slightly ahead of myself with my New Year's resolution. I'm feeling very smug at the moment but i'm in no doubt that this will soon change.  You see i'm often very enthusiastic at the start of a project, racing ahead, and then my enthusiasm deflates somewhat.  If you have no idea what i'm talking about, my New Year's resolution is to make one item of clothing each month.  And so far so good - you can see my first item here.

My second project was to make a covered elasticated waist skirt.  Sounds glamorous I know but I see these skirts everywhere - Urban, AA.  This one at AA is on sale for £33.  Pffff, that is soooooo over-priced.

So, I set out to find a quick tutorial online - the blogging world is full of them - and stumbled across this one from Freshly Picked.  It was super easy to follow...

1 1/2 hours later at a cost of roughly £4, this was the finished result...

Oh, and I used a jersey material as I wanted something super stretchy n soft.

Right, on to challenge #3 - any ideas of suggestions on what I should make next...send them in, i'm keen to hear what you guys think!


Monday, 24 January 2011

The weekend in pictures

As you know I spent most of this weekend at my grandad's up t'north.  Going to his house is like entering a time warp.  He has no central heating instead he still has coal fires.  What I didn't know is that because he was a miner, he gets free coal for life, and they deliver it.  So it actually costs him nothing to heat his house.  Pretty cool huh?

My Grandad absolutely loves talking about the war.  In fact i'm pretty sure he'd rather talk about the 'good old days' rather than anything that is actually going on in the present.  Still, I love hearing all his old stories.  This time I was getting him to tell me about he and my gran got together.  My gran passed away four years ago and i'm desperate to make sure I hear all of their stories before it's too late (I might add that despite being 89 my grandad is one of the fittest people I know!).  One of the sweetest stories he told me recently was when my sister and I gave him some books for his b'day in December.  He told us how, "I've got a photo of Bet (that was my gran) that I use for a bookmarker.  Because that way she is the last thing I see before I go to bed each night."  Melts my heart.

I also wanted to share with you this photo of my mum aged 15. Glamorous model or what!?

I also scored a few awesome bits of clothing that belonged to my gran - in particular a beautiful blue felt hat and the outift she wore to my parents wedding in 1978.  Watch this space for pictures!

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Friday, 21 January 2011

S/S 2011 top trend: braids

A braid (also called plait) is a complex structure or pattern formed by intertwining three or more strands of flexible material such as textile fibres, wire, or human hair. 

Ooo I do love a good braid. Anything that helps me turn a greasy and/or bad hair day into something beautiful is a winner in my eyes.  I also feel ultra-feminine and girlie with braids.

So this is another "trend-alert" for S/S 2011, and just as achievable as my last post on S/S 2011 - are you also noticing this trend towards more attainable and achieveable looks?  About time if you ask me.  Now I know summer is a long way off but I find this trend especially useful on those (rare) hot and sticky days, to keep my fringe from sticking to my forehead, nice.


Charles Worthington created this look for the Erdem’s S/S ’11 catwalk show
Aveda for Jason Wu
Leona rocked this gorgeous side-swept fishtail last year at the Love Ball in London - oh to have that much hair!
Lauren Conrad
Olsen does the Heidi

Bon weekends my lovelies - do you have any fun plans?  I'm off to spend a couple of days with my grandad - coal fires, fish 'n' chips and lots of stories about the war.  Wonderful. xx

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbour

The breakdown
Lace top: £5, George at Asda
Skirt: £4ish, By Clazzerati
Tights: c/o Lingerie Please
Shoes: £6 ish, Primark

So this is actually what I wore on Tuesday, but I cycled to work and it was pouring with rain and by the time I got home I was a mess.  Anyway, I had my hair cut last night by the lovely Jason at Andrew Barton's salon (I can't rave about this dude and the salon enough, they rock!) and since he blow-dried it such a lovely way that I can never achieve I thought i'd throw on yesterday's clothes and take a few pics.

I have three things to say about this outfit:
1.  I made this skirt - number 2 on the homemade front this year (post to follow)
2. This little belt is from Cos, a lovely little Christmas present that I adore
3.  These tights are absolutely divine.  The lovely people at Lingerie Please sent them to me to sample.  They're by Levante and are a combo of wool and Lycra, and are utterly delicious to wear, so comfy!  Plus, I always end up wearing black tights so the charcoal made a nice change.

That's all kids, till tomorrow xx

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Peacock's workwear wardrobe

Purse strings are exceptionally tight at this time of year - if like me you received your January pay packet back in the middle of December you're probably exceptionally broke (it always seems like such a good thing at the time though, right?).  

But what if you need to update your work wardrobe - appraisals are coming up for most people and if you're in-line for a promotion then you want to look the part.  Well look no further than Peacock's workwear wardrobe - affordable, simple, classic and best of all cheap! 

Get involved ladies, I know I will be.

Ladies check dress
Ladies spot pussy bow blouse
Ladies Vogue leather frill gloves

Ladies Beatrice bag

Ladies Jaqueline platform heel

Happy Tuesday peeps xx

Monday, 17 January 2011

I don't like Mondays

This is the mask I wore on Saturday night - and only £5, bargain!

Why does the weekend aaaaalways go so quick, urgh.

Saturday was pretty successful - crafting, shopping and a masquerade ball.  Sunday was a complete disaster.  So i've got no outfit posts and nothing of interest to say at all.  But then it is Monday, so like everyone else i'll keep my head down and get it over with as quickly and painlessly as possible. xx

Friday, 14 January 2011

S/S 2011 top trend: head scarves

Trend alert, trend alert!!!

Ladies, head scarves are going to be huuuuuuuuuuuge for Spring/Summer 2011.  This is one trend we can all get involved in regardless of whether we're short/tall/petite/pear-shaped/apple-shaped/hate our shape blah blah blah.



Turban-tastic Carrie


The Bot's fave, Rhianna
Headscarves are puuuuurfect for covering up bad hair days (i'm a huge fan) - tie em in a bow, cover up the whole thing with a turban, knot it at the front, the possibilities are endless!

And if, like me, you wondered for ages how people made a scarf into a turban without looking like a complete numpty, this little video from Bachman's Sparrow is brilliantly simple: with oversized sunglasses and you are good to go.

And one last thing, the Queen is a massive fan.  And quite frankly if the Queen is on-board then it's our royal duty to follow.

Queeny vintage-chic

Happy Friday my lovelies, have wonderful weekends xxx