Some Fuzzy Pics of my New Place

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I promise to take some fabulous professional photos once I have settled in but here are some iPhone snaps of my new pad. Feels like I have been here a lot longer than 6 weeks, but the fact I seem to have only bought cushions with regards to furniture tells another tale. As does the sorry sight of the bedroom which looks like a carboot sale, sure I will get round to sorting it out eventually (possibly, maybe). I finally found a full length mirror which will be delivered soon so we can back to the business of fashion!

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How Many Cushions is too Many?

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There seems to be a reoccurring theme here! Cushions are starting to take over my apartment, but really can you ever have too many cushions? Will do a proper tour soon, settling in well and enjoying Sheffield. Although living a stones throw from TK Maxx and John Lewis is proving dangerous. Cushions a mix from Ikea – first photo, Home Sense, TK Maxx – all the green, pink, purples, Dunelm – sheepskin and shoe print and the skull came all the way from Mexico.

Fashion Trainers?!

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┬áI’m still not entirely convinced about trainers as a fashion item. The gym yes, but that’s my general limit. So it came as a shock to myself when instead of doing the flats to heels shuffle on the first day of London Fashion Week I found myself saying sod it and kept the trainers on. With a suit. Do I think this looks better than with heels? Nope, but I don’t think it looks bad either. Besides it was utterly horrendous weather and trying to work in the rain and cold is quite enough drama let alone throwing the whole heels-and-cobbles-debacle into the mix. I chose the Nike Free Run for the spangly bronze laces, I think the metallics dress them up a bit more. Not sure if these will ever find a place in my wardrobe besides being commuting shoes, we shall see!

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Day 2: LFW AW 14 – For Realz

Close up with Mich Dulce

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┬áDepending on what part of the world you are from you might know Mich for a variety of reasons, artist, musician, actress, milliner. I know Mich as we share a love for Vivienne Westwood clothing and a ton of mutual friends, we first met over shoe admiration and have been buddies ever since. There are a lot of things I like about Mich, one is her combination of technical skill and creativity in her millinery designs, the other is that her fashion house is sustainable. All her hats are made from a banana fiber called T’nalak which is a traditional Filipino fibre which is hand woven by women who are part of a poverty alleviation community. The women receive training so they can learn skills and help support themselves. If you ever needed an excuse to invest in a new hat, I can see no better reason. I adore Mich’s designs from caps with kitten ears, huge bows and draped veils there is something from the most traditional of tastes to the more avant guarde. www.MichDulce.com

Style it, Be it

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    This is what Somerset House was basically reduced to over most of Friday and Saturday, not the best weather to be stood out in a queue nor snapping street style. Everyone trooped on though and made the most of it. Extra thanks to the lovelies who braved a brolly free minute for me to shoot them. Things I picked up on were accent pops of colour, be it a fab manicure, statement clutch or ring these little highlights can brighten up any outfit. A great way to introduce colour to a conservative working wardrobe too. These personal little styling touches are what really make an outfit your own and move it away from just a trend. DSC_1274DSC_1292DSC_1294

If  huge dollops of colour are more your thing then why not take some tips from these guys, matching hats and scarves, clashing pinks and reds, a smatter of leopard print and white with cobalt blue, all utterly lush.

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As for me you saw this outfit yesterday as I sulked in the rain! I have to say I’ve not dared look at how the satin leopard courts held up 🙁

I have to say I utterly adore this coat from TK Maxx though, bonkers but brilliant. The huge bag is from there too, both part of the new season Gold Label collection. If you haven’t heard of the Gold Label collection it is a carefully edited range of high end designer clothes and accessories which included runway pieces – but at high street prices!! I dare you to go check it out (lists of stores with the collection are available on their website) and not be amazed.

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Fashion Pearls of Wisdom hearts TK Maxx for London Fashion Week

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Day 1: LFW AW14 – Style It, Be It

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Happy Valentines day and Happy first day of London Fashion Week!

Once again I will be teaming up with TK Maxx to report on all the gossip from LFW. This season Law from That’s So Yesterday blog will be reporting with me so you can get double the action! You can follow us for live updates on Twitter @PearlWestwood @Law1sFab @TKMaxx_UK @FBloggersUK and join in the fun with our unique hash tag #StyleItBeIt which we think sums up the perfect style ethos, style it how you want and wear it how you want! I will only be doing the weekend of LFW this time so lets cram a whole lot in!

Close up with Christopher Raeburn

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What could you desire most in this utterly vile, stormy weather? Why a Christopher Raeburn poncho of course! Sadly I did not happen to have such a glorious poncho to hand and spent the first day of London Fashion Week AW14 getting wet and wind swept. Mr Raeburn however had the right idea sending models out fit to tackle the hardiest of climates in Arctic prints, faux fur and polar patten woolly jumpers, who ever said fashion couldn’t be both practical and fabulous?
This season I have chosen to highlight designers who practice sustainability as it is a subject I have been working closely with in the past month. More about that after LFW but do have a read of the About page of Christopher Raeburn and his RE-Made ethos.

On the Street

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The rain poured but there was plenty of sunshine in the outfits of show-goers, not even the bad weather can stop a look that needs to be rocked. Eye catching pastels and pretty sorbet colours to brighten up any day. Striking head-wear was spotted too, those bunny ears showing no signs of going of favour and Piers Atkinson‘s fluffy puppy put a smile on everyone’s face.

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What on earth am I wearing? I’ve really no idea, I give up. I can’t tell you if wearing trainers is now cool or if everyone just got so fed up with the weather than switching into heels has become too much effort. I confess it’s a case of the latter for me, see that huge bag? Yes I had heels in there, nope I had zero desire to put them on whilst battling gale force winds. Do I like the trainers? Yes, With this outfit? I’m undecided! What I do love is this rainbow umbrella keeping me dry and fighting off the rain clouds. I am also wearing this fabulous printed scarf, it has a shoe print! I must do a close up. The suit and coat are Vivienne Westwood as you have seen before and the scarf and bags are from TK Maxx, yes I have two bags, no that wasn’t necessary, but aren’t they fabulous! Luckily I Instagramed a selfie before stepping out in the rain before I got drenched and my new hair do still looked sleek. Apparently we might get snow tomorrow, fashion I give up!

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Fashion Pearls of Wisdom hearts TK Maxx at LFW

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Time for a Change!

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Fancied a change so went for the chop and a colour change! Inspired by Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin and Karen Gillian. After spending my entire teens and early twenties with a rainbow variety of hair colours from bleach blond to pink I went back to my natural dark ┬áand have had it that way for the past ten years. Always a control freak and hair dresser phobe, freaking out if they chopped of more than a millimeter I have cut my own hair for the majority of that time too, only going for the odd visit when my fringe got too lop-sided from my own doings. I have been letting my fringe grown out since September but wasn’t sure what I was going to do with it until yesterday when I ┬ádecided to go for it and just let the hair dresser do what she thought was best after I waved the below pictures at her. I had it done at Hair Kandi in Sheffield, my stylist was Loren and I can’t recommend them highly enough. I chose the salon as it had paintings of pin up girls on the wall, not sure if that’s the best way to go about choosing a salon but seems to have worked for me! The colour looks different depending on the light but its lovely and shine with lots of depth. I’m really happy with it!

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Outfit: What’s Pearl Been Wearing to Work?

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Wanted: One hulk to come carry a 7ft mirror home for me? Any takers??

I am getting settled into my new job and apartment however I have one major complain, total lack of full length mirrors at home and at work! I found the most amazing mirrors in TK Maxx but they don’t deliver so looks like I need to put some thought into the procurement of a mirror or work out a timer/tripod option. I haven’t quite got to the stage where I can release my crazy onto my new colleagues and get them to take outfit snaps for me. Hopefully I can get the mirror issue sorted ASAP and get back to blogging properly, until then here are some Instagrams taken at odd angles but you get the jist, right? Since the weather has been seriously dreadful there isn’t much excitement to show, heels, the wet and hills do not make a good match. There’s been tartan, tartan and more tartan. A new addition are these black velvet trousers, I got them on sale at Yoox.com and they are amazing if slightly high maintenance – no sitting cross legged as it leaves a mark, no getting even one rain drop on you as it leaves a mark… le sigh, but they look fabulous which is the main thing.

Currently gearing up for LFW which will be short and intense this season, I am just doing the weekend so packing a lot into that time, but looking forward to it as ever!

New Job, New City, New Shoes

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I’ve got myself a new job, yay! Its a 2.5hr door to door commute, boo! It was one of those situations that don’t come along all too often, the dream job scenario, the 10+ years of university finally paying off type scenarios. I had the interview and started my first day all within a week, to say the 1.5hr expected commute turning out to be an hour longer and getting up the wrong side of 6am has all been a bit of a shock to the system. I am still not sure if I will be moving to Sheffield, does anybody ever get used to such crazy commutes? Or perhaps I will earn a loyalty bonus at the local Travel Inn? But I have an amazing job researching sustainable fashion with two renowned universities which I couldn’t be happier about. My shoes however are protesting, Sheffield it seems is rather hilly and extremely wet at the moment. In one week I have managed to destroy two pairs of shoes and one pair of trousers – I promise I am not usually this accident prone! Luckily trainers are having a bit of a come-back so I have ordered myself a pair for trekking up those hills and no doubt by the end of another week my office bookcase will contain more shoes than books – you know that’s how I roll. I just need to find out where the local bloggers hang out and I am sure I will settle in fine, oh that and locate a full length selfie mirror, I swear not one in the building, I will have to have words. Oh one more thing, lets pray it doesn’t snow!

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A Thought on Shoe Scuffs

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I have the tendency to have one favourite pair of shoes, I wear them and wear them until they are close to falling to pieces. Here are my most recent favourites, the red ones my last victim. Sorting out shoes for a trip to the cobblers, I started thinking about all the nicks and scuffs on my shoes. Where I might have been, what I was doing when the wounds occurred. The stories they might tell. Some I remember, others unaware. My left shoe always needs reheeling before the right, as I carry my bag on that arm and it is always over stuffed and far too heavy. I think there is something so personal about shoes, the way they mould to your feet and can alter the way you walk, act, think. To end a wistful quote from a Vogue article I recently read ‘What would life have looked like had I walked in different shoes? Would I have fallen for different men?’ Rather intriguing, don’t you think.