Saturday, 23 April 2011

Oranges and lemons, say the bells of St, Clements


Every once in a while my heart skips a beat.  The excitement of finding a dress that is quite simply perfect is something to celebrate.  And when that said perfect dress is also a bargain, well, my heart does a little flutter.

This is said dress. 50s in style with such a bold citrus pattern, images of picnic-ing in a beautiful yellow meadow while sipping freshly-made lemonade spring to mind.  A floppy hat and over-sized sunglasses would complete this picture.  


To compliment the yellow of the dress i'd pair this dress with grey vintage heels and a grey clutch.  You want all the focus to be on the vibrancy on the dress.


Simply mouth-watering



Fallen in love yet?  Well the good news is that this beauty is from Primark and costs only £9.  I know, I couldn't believe it either.


I hope you're enjoying your Easter break - i'm off to see my mum for the today (I was supposed to see her yesterday but had rather a heavy night on Thursday - I went to the O2 to see the Cuban Brothers and Jazzy Jeff, total 90s roll back - but had such a bad hangover I couldn't go. I know, very bad daughter, so i'm taking her out for lunch today to make up for it.  Sorry mum!).  xx

Thursday, 21 April 2011

School's out


Is it just me or does today feel like the last day of term?  Almost everyone is off next week and there is a buzz in the air.  A buzz of freedom.  I can't wait to run out the doors at 5.30, and straight to the pub.  
God I love summer.

Anyhoo, back to the clothes.  This is my new fave dress.  A lot of people have asked if it's vintage - it has an air of Mad Men about it.  It's definitely 50s in style, which as you know is probably my favourite decade of all.  But it's actually from Dorothy Perkins. And for once I actually like the belt that come free with the dress - that never happens, so big thumps up to Dotty P for hitting the nail on the head with that one.

I actually did some gardening in this dress on Sunday - felt incredibly house-wifey. Overdressed for gardening?  Never!




The breakdown
Dress: Dorothy Perkins, £40
Belt: free with dress
Shoes: Kate Kanzier, £25
Lipstick: No.17 in hot chilli
Earrings: Accessorize

So do you have any fun plans for the long break?  The Bot and I are staying local and pottering.  And of course the wedding is next Saturday, so i'm sure there'll be a few last minute bits next week! I hope you have some fun plans in the making.

And I couldn't resist sharing these gorgeous little Easter cupcakes from the Hummingbird bakery.  Aren't they adorable? I'll take two boxes please!

 
Available from 18th-25th April, pre-order available online

xx

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Sometimes nude is just better


When it comes to my nails I like a bit of colour.  
Above is my current selection of faves, and I tend to default to Revlon Coral most of the time, followed by the minty-green Barry M number.  But recently i've been intrigued by a bit of nude.  Perhaps it's all this colour-blocking that is doing the rounds - don't get me wrong, i'm totally up for a bit of colour-blocking, but with so many brights on show subtle has become the new 'look at me' shade. And if everyone is doing one thing, I always like to do the other!

I've used two coats of the varnish here

So I invested in this pinky-nude-taupe of a colour, Forever, by No.17.  
#1 - it goes with absolutely everything, very handy
#2 - it's a bargain at just £2.99
#3 - it just looks pretty.  
...and you can't go wrong with pretty nails. Plus, it'll be perfect for the wedding next week.  My friend's that is, not Kate and Wills.  Honestly, if you've planned your wedding for next week you must be totally sick of everyone banging on about the royal wedding, when this is the biggest day of your life.  My friend Cullers, the one who is getting married the day after, said to me yesterday, "Seriously though, everyone is going to be making comparisons between me and Kate.  It's not everyday you see two brides two days running."  True, true, but then my friend doesn't have to please the royal family, or the British public.  She only has to please herself, it's her day afterall.  And if it was a comparison, she'd win hands down.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Pleat me up


I was all excited on Saturday.  The boy was coming home, i'd made a little sign to greet him at the airport. I'd spent the journey being fed fruit by my dear friend Wehrle (pronounced Wur-Lee, in case you're wondering) and singing to classic tunes such as Shine by Aswad.  Oh yes, Magic fm rules the airways when i'm driving! Oh, and the sun was shining. Life was good.

Anyway, I was completely exhausted after an eventful morning (i'd also tried on my bridesmaid dress for the final time before the big day next Sat) and so put my head down for a little nap. 3 HOURS LATER I awoke feeling even worse and the damn sun has disappeared.  I don't know about you but whenever the sun shines in England I cannot stay inside the house.  I think the fear that this may be our only day of summer, plus the desperate need to give my poor pale limbs some colour, means I have to be outside at all times.  So when I miss the sunshine completely it makes me very sad.

Anyway, long and short of it is, my nice sunny shots turned out to be not so bad slightly overcast shots instead.  I'm trying out a new section of the garden.  Think this could be my new fave place to take shots; outside, but still within the safety net of my fence. 

Note to self: must get braver at doing shots in the real world.




This is my second bargin-ous pleated skirt from eBay.  This beauty was only £4.40, and my polka dot skirt came in at a budget-busting £3.50!  Have you had any good steals on eBay recently?





The breakdown
Vest: Primark (2010), £10 ish
Skirt: vintage via eBay, £4.40
Shoes: New Look, £23.99
Hat: vintage via my gran
Belt: Primark, £1.50

Monday, 18 April 2011

Kate Kanzier: show me your style


If you take a gander at Kate Kanzier's website you might see a little familiar face, me!  I'm one of the joint winners this month of their 'Show me your style competition'.  So apart from gracing the home page of their website (yippee!) they have also very kindly given me a £20 voucher, woop!


I'm a massive fan of Kate Kanzier - they have THE best selection of vintage-esk shoes, and all at a very reasonable price, so head over there and check them out!


Big thanks again to Kate Kanzier for selecting me, and of course to the Bot for taking the pics. 


xxhttp://www.katekanzier.com/

Sunny days and lovely clothes. Life is good.



The sun is shining, summer is most definitely on its way, so get yourself in the holiday mood and check out this uber summery video featuring some of Primark's key summer looks.

I'm particularly loving the peachy-scalloped bucket-waist skirt, the lemon-print 1950s style dress (I can't tell you how much i'm in love with this dress, it's totally rad) and the uber comfy colour-block dress, which I wore recently.  The male models are pretty tasty too!

Enjoy lovelies xx

Friday, 15 April 2011

Buy your own weight in vintage clothes


If you're in London tomorrow do not miss the Vintage Kilo Sale.

It's all very simple:
  1. Choose your fave vintage pieces
  2. Weigh your items
  3. Pay £15 per kilo
The sale is taking place at the Rag Factory, London, E1 5LJ this Saturday - fill your boots!

Bon weekends my lovelies - the Bot is finally home tomorrow and I cannot wait to see him.  Two weeks is far too long!

Big love xxx

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

Isn't it funny how bear likes honey? Buzz, buzz, buzz, I wonder why he does...


The Bot and I have lived in our current place for about two years and every spring we look forward to our little ceanothus blooming.  Technically, it's a bush, but in our garden it's most definitely a tree.  The bloom is this wonderful lilacally purple colour.  It really is beautiful.  The only downside is that eventually the blossom falls and creates a carpet of bloom all over our decking.  Never mind - that's the Bot's job - I do the kitchen, and come summer he too comes into bloom and is in charge of tidying the garden and BBQs!






This little fella decided to get in on the shoot this morning.  There I was, just a little old blogger trying to get my head right in the thick of the ceanothus to get a cool shot when, "buzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz".  Frightened the bejeezus out of me!



 
I'm in love with my new riding boots - picked them up from mum's on Monday.  She had put them aside for the charity shop run but luckily I spotted them just in time.  Random fact - me, my sis and my mum all have the same-sized feet, 5.  Came in pretty handy as a kid, and seems to be working out pretty well now.  Thanks mum!

Thank you for all your entries to win £50 of Matalan vouchers - I had a record number of entries this time round, yay!
So without further ado, the winner of the voucher is... 
Melanie from I Heart Woolly Socks 

Congratulations Melanie, enjoy spending your vouchers!  E-mail me your address and details, clazzerati@gmail.com, and i'll get the vouchers to you this week hopefully.
xx

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

A perfect picnic, and some exciting news!



Oliver Bonas picnic basket, £145 /Anorak kissing stags picnic rug, £36 
Forever 21 polka dot dress, £22.75 / Topshop cloche hat, £22 
Kurt Geiger Heidi, £120 / Dorothy Perkins ochre chain bag, £18
John Lewis white porcelain tableware with aqua, £3-£5.50

All this beautiful summer sunshine has put me in mood for a little picnic, wouldn't you agree?
Thank you to everyone who entered my competition to win £50 of Matalan vouchers.  I'll be announcing the winner tomorrow!

In the meantime I need your help!  
I'm very excited to announce that I'm going to be doing a new regular feature for a fab new fashion website that is launching soon.  It's all top secret at the mo but I can tell you a bit about my feature.  Each week i'll be showcasing one reader's favourite item/accessory from their wardrobe.  The article will include a photo and a bit of info about what makes this item your number one.  I'll be doing the interviews and putting the piece together and I'd really love to feature each and every one of you! 

I'm putting together a forward features list at the moment so if you're interested in being on the website, e-mail me at clazzerati@gmail.com and I can give you some more info. 

Thanks all xx

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Oh to live a swan's life


So after saying last week that I never take enough style shots when we visit the Bot's parents house, i'm now on a mission to take photos every time we go down.  I'm sure they think i'm pretty strange turning up with a camera and disappearing off down the bottom of the garden - all in the life of a blogger, eh?




This is my new favourite skirt, and my perfect summer shoes.  I picked up the skirt on eBay for a bargain-ous £3.50 - what a steal!  And these ASOS shoes are ideal for spring/summer - they go with everything and are sooo comfy, perfecto!






The breakdown
Cardigan: Primark, £11 ish (a few years ago)
Vest: Primark, £10 ish (last year)
Skirt: vintage via eBay, £3.50
Shoes: ASOS, £40 (this season)
Nail varnish: coral by Revlon

I'm off to Ireland in the morning for my very good friend's hen do so I won't be back online until next Tuesday - four days off, eek!

Don't forget you've still got time to enter my competition to win £50 of Matalan vouchers - it's open until next Tuesday so get your entries in now!

Have wonderful weekends my lovelies, and i'll see you next week! 

Mwa xx

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Everyone needs a bit of decoupage in their life

Apologies that this has taken me so long to do this post.  I won't bore you with the details of how busy i've been of late, but life really has gone mental the past few weeks!  The Bot chose the right time to go to the states for two weeks that's for sure!


So, decoupage.  Have I lost you already?


The word decoupage literally it means 'cut' in French.  But essentially it is the art of decorating objects, normally made of wood or cardboard, with pretty coloured paper.  You might have tried this as a kid and forgotten about it, but this stuff is tres cool.


I was re-united with my love of decoupage when I visited the Stitch and Craft show at Olympia a few weeks ago with the gals.


So what do you need?



  • 1 x anything that needs a bit of joozing (we had a clear out at our office recently and I couldn't help but bring a couple of tables back with me.  I'm a firm believer that everything can be re-used - the Bot was none impressed to see more stuff coming into our flat!)
  • Some decoupage paper - you can get this in craft stores, or have a little google to see what you can find online.  It shouldn't cost more than £1 per sheet, and I used just under one sheet for this project
  • Brush
  • Decoupage glue
  • Crafting knife for tidying the edges (not essential) 

And then the rest is pretty simple really.
  • Cut the paper into small manageable pieces -you could do the whole sheet in one go but I challenge you not to get a gazillion air bubbles!
  • Using the brush paste a bit of glue to your object, then add the paper, starting at one edge and gently rolling it onto the surface using the brush
  • Then paint over the paper with the glue
  • Continue this process untill the whole surface is cover and then wait for it to dry - give it a good 30 minutes.  The great thing about decoupage glue is that is acts as a protective varnish, so the surface is pretty waterproof, and smooth to touch.
  • When your object is dry you may notice that some of your egdes aren't quite as neat as they should be.  Fear not! Using a protective surface carefully remove these with a crafting knife
Et voila! 




Warning!  This could quickly become an addiction - you'll find yourself wondering around your house and coming to the conclusion that any hard surface could do with a bit of decoupage in its life.  Remember, less is more people!

p.s. dont forget to enter my competition to win £50 of Matalan vouchers! xx

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Competition time!

Oh yes, I can now reveal all the details of the competition I mentioned yesterday, fun times.

So, because the lovely people at Matalan are just that, lovely, they have given me £50 of vouchers to give away to you wonderful readers.  Yes, i'm a little jel, as they say down in Essex, but you readers are fab, and I can't thank you enough for taking the time to read my rantings.  So thank you. 

If I could win the vouchers, i'd be getting involved with these little diamonds...



Oh, and have you checked out Matalan's new advert?  Roll on summer!


So what do you need to do to enter?
1. Be a follower of Clazzerati via Google connect (just click on the FOLLOW button on the right-hand side of the blog)
2. Leave a comment below telling me what you'd pick from Matalan if you're the lucky winner
3. Be sure to include your e-mail address/blog so I get in touch with you!

This competition is open to UK residents only.

All entries must be received by 5pm GMT on Tuesday 12 April and i'll be announcing the winner next Wednesday! Good luck! xx

Monday, 4 April 2011

Colour blocking, Clazzerati style













Spot the difference?










Marc Jacobs - £580










Primark - £11



Colour blocking is set to be one hell of a trend this spring and summer. Breaking away from the neutral, subtle tones of autumn/winter we are catapulting our wardrobes into the new season with a bang.  And I love it. And even more, I love it when I can get it on the cheap, which is why Primark's offering is ticking all the boxes for me.  Similar to this one by Marc, by Marc Jacobs, which you may have seen Fearne Cotton swaying about in on Celebrity Juice last week, Primark's version comes in at a bargain-busting £11. Hello, £11? 

This is set to be one of my summer staples for sure; perfect for lounging about at picnics on the common, or to throw over a bikini at the beach. And it's super soft too.


What do you think?
(yes, I agree, it would look 100 times better with a tan but hey, it's only spring.  It's a miracle i've got so much of my body on show so early in the year)
 















The breakdown
Dress: c/o Primark, £11 (out now)
Belt: vintage Jaeger, £15
Shoes: New Look, £23.99
Hat: Aldo, £15 ish
Flower corsage (aka headband): eBay, £5

...and here are a few more colour blocking hits that will be hitting Primark's stores very soon:







Errr, did I mention i'm hosting a competition this week?  Be sure to swing by tomorrow when i'll be telling you exactly how you can get your hands on £50 to spend on some deeeeeeeee-lightful clothes!

Happy Monday lovelies xx

(And thanks for your lovely comments about the hen do on Friday night - we had a fab time.  But that was just the warm-up you see, we're off to Ireland on Friday for the main event!).

xx