Archive | November, 2010

Gracious vintage nod to 50’s fashion

30 Nov

It’s the season to give tribute to exquisite ladylike fashion of the fifties and this Priestley’s Vintage dress does it for us Grace Kelly style.

In the words of the designers “Take inspiration from the darling of 1950’s Hollywood. Grace, Luxurious silver and pink floral brocade dress with a simple flattering cut evoking the effortless style of Grace Kelly”

I love the classic cinched waist, the bow detail adds interest and ties it in with a flourish.

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You can find it online for £425 at


Five interesting LBD stories

29 Nov

I found this article on and thought it was really interesting. The versatility of the LBD is quite legendary but I haven’t seen the story told in such an engaging way. Reading through each story, for a moment, I almost thought the LBD was a person!

I ended up seeing it beyond an LBD story but about the wearability of one fashion item, and the power of accessorizing, dressing up and dressing down. It does make perfect sense to get as much wear as possible from an item especially when you’ve spent a lot on it.

They were all great stories in their unique way but this was one of my best.

“Mandy Sutcliffe, 37, is an illustrator from East Finchley, North London, and the creator of Belle & Boo designs. Her LBD was a present from her partner 12 years ago.

My partner Russ has always been good at buying presents and Christmas 1998 was no exception. Urban Outfitters had just opened in the UK and, knowing how much I loved the US shop, he spent £120 on this LBD for me.

It didn’t look like much at first – just a pool of heavy, silky material in a tissue-paper-lined box – but when I tried it on, it fitted brilliantly and I loved it straight away.

Although it’s very simple – sleeveless with a scooped neck – it has asymmetric, toga-like draping that transforms it into a very special dress. It’s taken me from work events to weddings, nightclubs and beaches, and I’ve also lent it to friends of mine who love it nearly as much as I do.

I never have to iron it, and it’s one of those dresses that I can throw on and know looks great. As a result, it was the only smart thing I packed when we went travelling around the world for two years. I’d worn it casually while we were away but it really came into its own one New Year’s Eve. We were living in Auckland and five friends decided to come out from England to visit. That night, after months of not dressing up, I decided to make a real effort. I did my hair, put on some jewellery, bought some heels and wore my dress with a pashmina. I felt incredibly elegant and Russ couldn’t believe his eyes. We had a wonderful night, sipping champagne on a balcony overlooking the sea, watching the fireworks and welcoming in 2006.

Whenever I wear that dress now, I feel like a bit of magic from that amazing evening still clings to it.”

You can read the rest of the article on Daily Mail.

Phenomenal photographer; Perfect art

29 Nov

When Nick Knight is doing the photography, you can be sure you’re getting out-of-the-box artistic photography. This editorial was featured in the November edition of Vogue UK, featuring Brazilian model Raquel Zimmermann, styled by Lucinda Chambers.

Refined Rebel, as interpreted by Nick Knight.

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Pictures via Fashion Gone Rogue

A certain Je na sais quoi

27 Nov

Must be the combination of soft curls, intense blue eyes, round tortoise shell geek chic like glasses, dark sequinned blouse, berry lipstick, i don’t know what.

Bottom-line, this is a striking portrait. Never mind that the editorial was about hairstyles.

Anna L_Maxi magazine 2010

Picture via

Lace up Friday: Foot candy from Asos

26 Nov

I’ve been thinking about lace up shoe boots lately. They give that extra edge to an outfit, i especially love it when they are worn with dresses, floral print dresses to be precise.

So this is my Sumptuous Friday lace up boots feast. All these fabulous shoes can be found on the Asos site.


ASOS PURIFY Lace Detail Lace Up Shoes £45

ASOS PURIFY Lace Detail Lace Up Shoes £45

ASOS TIAMARIE Platform Lace Up Shoe Boots £80

ASOS TIAMARIE Platform Lace Up Shoe Boots £80

Dolce Vita Harrison Platform Lace Up Heeled Shoes £150

Dolce Vita Harrison Platform Lace Up Heeled Shoes £150

ASOS PICASSO Block Heel Lace Up Town Shoe  £45

ASOS PICASSO Block Heel Lace Up Town Shoe £45

Nine West Lace Up Heeled Shoes  £90

Nine West Lace Up Heeled Shoes £90

ASOS ATTACK Leather Lace Up Platform Boots  £108

ASOS ATTACK Leather Lace Up Platform Boots £108



Haute 50s elegance in Harpers Bazaar en Espanol (via Style Fest)

24 Nov

This is an absolute favourite blog post. I can’t get over the ‘exquisiteness’ of the Harpers Bazaar editorial. Totally crème de la crème of the fifties editorials we’ve seen this season.

Haute 50s elegance in Harpers Bazaar en Espanol With the recent 'Mad Men' frenzy that gripped the fashion industry, my beloved fashion era -the 50's- has scored its place in the limelight. At least until Spring 2011 when the 70's take over -if fashion week trends are anything to go by. The 50's represented the peak of ultra feminine fashion, with the hallmark hourglass silhouette, cinched waist and full skirt pioneered by Christian Dior in the early 50's. It was the era when women wore their h … Read More

via Style Fest

One French Connection dress to love

24 Nov

This is one dress that quickens my pulse race. Ticks all the boxes for fifties ladylike chic, which happens to be right up my alley. It’s a dress to have and to hold.

You can snap one up for £170 from the French Connection site

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Stella Silk Dress by French Connection

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