Halloween Outfit: The Princess & the Pea


The Princess & the Pea by Hans Christian Andersen

Once upon a time there was a prince who wanted to marry a princess; but she would have to be a real princess. He travelled all over the world to find one, but nowhere could he get what he wanted. There were princesses enough, but it was difficult to find out whether they were real ones. There was always something about them that was not as it should be. So he came home again and was sad, for he would have liked very much to have a real princess.

     One evening a terrible storm came on; there was thunder and lightning, and the rain poured down in torrents. Suddenly a knocking was heard at the city gate, and the old king went to open it.


   It was a princess standing out there in front of the gate. But, good gracious! what a sight the rain and the wind had made her look. The water ran down from her hair and clothes; it ran down into the toes of her shoes and out again at the heels. And yet she said that she was a real princess.

┬á┬á┬á┬á Well, we’ll soon find that out, thought the old queen. But she said nothing, went into the bed-room, took all the bedding off the bedstead, and laid a pea on the bottom; then she took twenty mattresses and laid them on the pea, and then twenty eider-down beds on top of the mattresses.

     On this the princess had to lie all night. In the morning she was asked how she had slept.


┬á┬á “Oh, very badly!” said she. “I have scarcely closed my eyes all night. Heaven only knows what was in the bed, but I was lying on something hard, so that I am black and blue all over my body. It’s horrible!”

     Now they knew that she was a real princess because she had felt the pea right through the twenty mattresses and the twenty eider-down beds.


    Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.

     So the prince took her for his wife, for now he knew that he had a real princess; and the pea was put in the museum, where it may still be seen, if no one has stolen it.

     There, that is a true story.


My Halloween outfit this year was inspired by The Princess and the Pea fairytale and Vivienne Westwood’s Prince Charming collection from AW2010. Vivienne Westwood sample dress and crown from the Prince Charming collection, Gillie platform shoes, Alex belt and Pearly Queen necklace; wig and tights Ebay. Make-up: Smashbox primer; Bobbi Brown Long Wear foundation, Retouching Powder, Pink Valentine nail varnish; Illamasqua Blush Duo Katie used also on eyes; Chanel Inimitable Mascara Blue Note, Rouge Allure lipstick Kensington, Levres Scintillanties lipgloss; GO Paris glitter and stars.


Beauty: Bobbi Brown Smokey Eyes


As you know Bobbi Brown is one of my favourite make up brands and they have let me into a few secrets on their up and coming launches. The first is one you can already get your hands on, the Smoky Eye, as seen here on the beautiful Katie Holmes. As always Bobbi wanted to make it easy for everyone to create the perfect smokey eye themselves and so introduces the Smokey Eye Mascara (┬ú22) and Smokey Eye Kajal Liners (┬ú18). I went to Selfridges to have a make up lession in recreating the look myself – anyone can book in for a free lesson at their local counter. I love a smokey eye and often just smudge on a dark brown shadow with my finger for a quick fix. Bobbi Brown shadows have been my staples for the last couple of years so I was excited to try out the new liners. I was equally thrilled with the gorgeous colours available especially Black Amethyst and Jade, as I was with the soft formulation. They are wonderfully pigmented and have great staying power. I have been wearing the amethyst on the top lid and jade below and on the waterline for a modern, colourful take on the smokey eye. The Smokey Eye Mascara promises to give lashes high impact, volume and length with out smudging. To top of the smokey eye look their is also a new Ink Liner (┬ú20) which gives brilliant precison and smudgeproof definition. I have already been enjoying creating new looks with the new liners and will can say they have become a permanent feature in my make up bag. Lots more Bobbi Brown news to come so stay tuned!


New and old favourites


Black Amethyst and Jade Smokey Eye Kajal Liners


The Smoking Hot look at Selfridges Bobbi Brown


Me after my Smokey Eye lesson


Outfit: Ghawazi Skirt First Outing

1384322_652622291444493_708306248_nWearing Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Ghawazi skirt, Tits t-shirt, Animal toe shoes, Samuri cardigan

Finally decided to wear the Ghawazi skirt I bought from SS12, sometimes I just like to save things for a while before I wear them. This was during the Vogue Fashion Night Out event. Really want to try this skirt over a jumper for winter as done on the runway, just need to find the right one. The silk printed fabric is absolutely stunning, one of my favourite pieces by far. Another firm favourite are these black suede Animal Toe courts, I wear them all the time. I think black courts are just the easiest shoe to wear, my old Dior black patent courts have been a staple for years. I’ve been after a new pair, but I’m picky and finding it hard to find the perfect ones. Love, love, love the Animal Toe courts and really want them in another colour, but also want a classic black court but with something a bit special about them. At the moment these pointy wedges from Bourne are tempting me. The key for me is finding a comfortable pair which are easy to run around in, I can find tons of gorgeous pairs with staggering heels!


On the runway – different fabric


Special Futures – Behind the Scenes at Manchester Gallery of Costume


DIY punk outfit made by the donor in the 70’s

Every time you visit a museum you are seeing things picked out for collection and display by a series of curators and conservators, but have you ever stopped to consider why these specific things were chosen? Some might seem obviously beautiful, by a famous artist or designer, others shabby yet with a wonderful story attached. I was lucky enough to visit the Manchester Gallery of Costume archive this week and whilst chatting to curator Miles Lambert we mused how random it can be this collecting of things. Indeed what the hands of fate determine fit for such a ‘special future’ as Miles charmingly put it. Once in the museum collection, each item is cared for and respectfully kept, be it a Charles Worth gown or an H&M t-shirt. Monetary value isn’t important here but the value of knowledge and learning it can bring.

At the gallery you can request to see any item they have if they aren’t already on display, you just need to make an appointment. Anyone can do this, you don’t have to be a researcher, you can do it for pure pleasure. The collection is there for all of us. You can also view the collections online. I’ve wrote about the gallery numerous times, I could never get tired of visiting and if you are in Manchester be sure to pay a visit. The changing exhibition in currently Christian Dior which I reviewed for Style.Etc magazine and will tell you more about soon.


Jacket with tails by Charles Worth


Givenchy dress belonging to Audrey Hepburn


Schiaparelli coat with gilt metal embroidery 

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Outfit: Autumn Tartan


Ever get that feeling when you have put on a perfect outfit, one you just love so much you would be happy to wear it every day for the rest of the year? Well this is how I feel about this one, perfect for autumn and it involves to of the best things in the world, tartan and capes, what’s not to love!


Trends: Style for Any Season

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‘Forever piece’ has been a bit of a buzz word recently but there really are those perfect items in your wardrobe which you can wear for years to come. The best ones are those which you can wear during any season. I’ve had a pair of faux-leather skinny trousers for years – my variation on skinny jeans and they can work just as well with a summer t-shirt as an oversized wooly jumper. I really like the idea of wearing them with a pretty smock top and raffia bag, such as these by Heidi Klein, transforming traditionally summer items into a great autumn look. Getting year-round mileage from my clothes I would usually reserve for summer. Just add a fabulous statement jacket, you can choose anything from a wild fringe jacket like this one from Tim Ryan to an old vintage denim jacket. Adding a pop of colour with a huge bauble necklace, you can go designer or high street as every store has a wide variety at the moment. To finish off add a fabulous shoe. I really love a great ankle boot in an unusual fabric choice such as velvet or lace, these stunning boots from Bionda Castana have been on my wish list for ages. I think a real poster girl for this type of look is Kate Moss. She has an effortless, timeless style and the key to it is simple basics dressed up with fabulous jackets, bags and boots. Kate changes up her look easily just by switching a tailored white blazer for day with a velvet draped jacket for evening. I have always changed over my summer and winter clothes with the season but I really want to try and take away the labels I have given pieces and style them up in different ways. Ok so I won’t be wearing my bikini for Xmas dinner or sunbathing in my faux-fur coat but everything else is fair game!

Vogue Fashion Night Out Manchester

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Just a few snaps from Vogue Fashion Night Out which took place in Manchester this year. The even was basically trick or treating for adults with less tricks and plenty of treats! Huge thank you to all my favourite brands for the invites – Jess at Vivienne Westwood, Irene at Bobbi Brown, TK Maxx, Selfridges, Ruth at Guerlain, Armani, Hugo Boss, Harvey Nichols, Molton Brown and Chanel. Whew did I really manage all that in one night. Everywhere had a wonderful party atmosphere and some stores even produced special products for the night. Chanel released two limited edition nail varnishes Cosmic and Magic, whilst Vivienne Westwood launched their collaboration with Cambridge Satchel Company.

Outfits: Vivienne Westwood Inspirations #4 – Conceal, Reveal

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Today I’m Wearing: Vivienne Westwood Gold Label AW10 shirt, Anglomania Kung Fu trousers, Tartan Meg Gillie Shoes from AW11, Worlds End John Bull hat, lips choker.

This looks takes the basis from the last Vivienne Westwood Inspirations post ‘Like Superman’ and tailors it right back up. In general ‘fashion rules’ the idea is to balance one oversized, baggy piece against something more fitted. A voluminous blouse with tight pencil skirt say, or a cocoon coat with sharp stilettos. Westwood however doesn’t do rules. For the SS03 collection the look was full on flounce, lots and lots of volume. Her trick to stopping the models looking overwhelmed by layers and layers of fabric was to keep the blouses off the shoulders reveling the slender decolletage and ankles.

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Continuing from AW11 I kept the yellow tights clashing against the tartan shoes, added the grey baggy trousers and buttoned up the shirt but kept it off the shoulders.


 On the runway SS2003

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On the runway, Worldwide Woman AW2001

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