Sunday, 25 September 2011


A good friend of mine suggested I talk about the difference between New York and London fashion for this blog and I have to say I loved the idea. Her inspiration came from a recent quote by Emma Watson where she said she felt that New York fashion was edgier than the classic style of London. Hence her 'classic' look at the London premiere of Harry Potter and her 'edgier' look at the New York premiere. You can't deny her London look was much more classic but does that rule apply across the board?

I have yet to visit New York so I think the best way of judging this is on the style stars of New York and London, past and present, real and fictional.

When I think of New York and fashion there are two women I think of: Carrie Bradshaw and Audrey Hepburn.

Carrie Bradshaw is what a lot of women think of as a typical New Yorker, a very kooky sense of style and fiercly independent streak meanind she answers to no-one. This is definitely edgy, her looks are now pretty standard but when she was first stomping down the street in them they were completely unique.

Audrey Hepburn on the other hand although not a New Yorker set the tone for New York fashion in the film Breakfast at Tiffany's, standing outside the famous store in the, now infamous, black cocktail dress is the epitome of class and elegance, no edginess needed just straight up classic style. These two women are worlds apart yet I think they tell you what New York is: diverse. 

When I think of London and fashion I immediately think of punk. The Sex Pistols and The Clash with safety pins, tartan, leather and ripped denim. I think if there was a defining moment in London fashion, punk was it. This brings me onto Vivienne Westwood and Zandra Rhodes, if these two women aren't edgy then I don't know what it is.

However, you cannot neglect the Royal family and their influence on fashion. You just have to look at our modern day princess Catherine Middleton and the coverage over her classic style. Catherine is never seen with a hair out of place or a less than perfect smile and 20 years ago she would have been the Queen of the twin set I'm sure, quintessentially British by anyone's standards I'm sure.

Then we move onto to Topshop, a high street brand which manages to do what most others fail at - create a sense of brand loyalty equal to a designer. Women queue for hours for their special collections, they save up for the must have pieces and they buy anything that Topshop says is in fashion. I think the typical Topshop girl is very modern British: layering, pastels, matching while maintaining a slight edge through accessories; ankle socks and sandals, oversized hairbands, sky high heels, very short shorts. 

I think London fashion is summed up in the mix, classic but with an edge. Boundary pushing but conforming enough to be relatable. 


Sunday, 18 September 2011

Cover up: Beyonce addition

I'm not a prude but I feel that too much flesh on show is a little trashy, especially when looking sexy can be done while looking a bit more elegant.

And at the risk of pushing back the work of multiple feminists over the last century, I don't thing that being pregnant is the best time to need tit-tape to guarantee there's nothing on display that shouldn't be.


I love Beyonce and she is all about sexy and flesh-flashing but I do feel this look would have been so much more awesome without her midsection on display. I'm not saying you need to dress like a nun when you get pregnant but I just think sexiness is a little different when you're with child.

Take a leaf from the classic Kate Hudson or the glamazon Gwen Stefani or the pregnancy queen Heidi Klum

When pregnant I think that less is not always more...

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Ring Finger Manicure: Do or Don't?

A lot of celebrities have been sporting ring finger manicures so I decided to give it a go. I used Barry M 'Blueberry' on all my fingers and put a few layers of OPI 'Absolutely Alice' on my ring finger. 

I'm a bit unsure about it but I think I'll try it out in a few different combinations. What do you think? WIll you be rocking the ring finger manicure?

Monday, 12 September 2011

My new mantra...


...if I could afford to own a pair of Louboutins. The time will come.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

Best Dressed of the Week

This girl is not on my radar but she will be from now on... Sarah Gadon in Jason Wu at the premiere of "A Dangerous Method" at the Toronto Film Festival. I just love the mix of the old school glamour and modern style. Classy, elegant and just beautiful. The lace, the gold belt, the red lips and the chic up do. I will definitely be looking out for her more. 


Sunday, 4 September 2011

Matchy match


Matching my nails to my jeans - bright red and loving it.