I have been looking for further ways to display some of my most special shoes, I like to have my favourites around the house outside of my wardrobe and bookcase. Only problem is that they gather dust so I’d been looking for some huge bell-jars like this as a solution. The only ones I could find were super expensive so I was really surprised to see these handmade glass ones in Home Sense for ┬ú9.99. They had lots of different shapes from really tall cone shaped ones to little tiny ones. This was the first time I managed to pay another visit to the store since I went to the grand opening back in May. They had a winter theme going on this time with lots of lust worth home ware, it is definitely my favourite home store now – sorry Ikea. There is another new home store opened in the Triangle in Manchester, I can’t remember what it was called, but it has the most fabulous great big curtain tie-backs I’ve ever seen. Will try and sneak a pic next time I go in, they also had dramatic ornate mirrors. What I really need is something to display my jewellery in so that is my next treasure hunt.
I’m am just back from a whirlwind weekend in London. We went down on Friday for two days of shopping, eating and gossiping. I am suffering now, not sure if its too much talking or Tube germs but I’ve lost my voice which everyone thinks is hysterical. I think we must have qualified for the most tartan worn in a group in the Guinness Worlds Records. If one of us gets funny looks walking down the street you can imagine the reaction we got when we are in numbers! #AnnualTartanConvention
I ususally only take part in the Throw Back Thursday tag on Instagram (@SuperElevated) but I wanted to share here too as it is such a great photo, with such a great tale. You can find out why I was wearing these holey socks at Worlds End in the original post back in January. I was reminded of it as I pulled out all my big winter clothes this week, I may not like being freezing cold but I do love winter fashion!
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.
┬á┬á┬á┬á 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.
┬á┬á 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.
┬á┬á┬á┬á 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!”
┬á┬á┬á┬á 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.
┬á┬á┬á Nobody but a real princess could be as sensitive as that.
┬á┬á┬á┬á 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.
┬á┬á┬á┬á 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.
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
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!
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.
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.
┬áOn the runway SS2003
On the runway, Worldwide Woman AW2001
Today I’m wearing: Vivienne Westwood- Gold Label Argyle suit, beloved red Mary Jane shoes; Red Label tartan jacket, Swallow necklace; Wendy Brandes Little Woolfe necklace.
Quick little update today, wanted to share this outfit I wore when I went to Bath, making use of this beautiful mirror. Can’t beat a tartan clash! Also wearing my lovely swallow necklace, it’s quite an old piece now I guess.
Really looking forwards to the Vogue Fashion Night Out on Thursday here in Manchester. My top picks will be Bobbi Brown, Guerlain at House of Fraser, TK Maxx, Vivienne Westwood and Armani to name a few! Hope everyone who can makes it has a fab night and do stop to say hi if you see me!
Today I’m Wearing: Vivienne Westwood – Gold Label Prince Charming AW10 collection shirt, Yourself tshirt;Worlds End boxers, John Bull hat; Tartan shoes AW11; lips necklace.
When you’re 5.2″ posting photos of yourself next to 6ft+ glamazonian beauties isn’t generally the best idea but hey the things I do for fashion. Canary yellow tights, I’m not gonna lie, wouldn’t usually be top of my list of flattering items either. So the fact I’m doing all this wearing just a pair of boxers with tights over the top a la Superman just about put the cherry on the cake for today’s escapades. I had to do it though, out of all of Westwood styling tricks I’m going to say this is the most erm eye-catching :/
It looks undeniably amazing in the ad campaign and as it has appeared numerous times on the runway. Exposed boxers were also a big feature for SS09 where they were worn with loosely strung, crotch slit trousers. Dame Viv famously took centre stage at the Paralympics closing ceremony and later for the finale of her SS13 Red Label show, wearing the look to unveil her Climate Revolution campaign.
Dame Viv can basically wear anything she wants and make it look cool, although on a positive note she is closer to my height. Either way there was no denying this was going to be really difficult to pull off so I decided to just go for it wholeheartedly, tights, boxers, hat, crazy make up the works.
The verdict? It’s not one I will be wearing, but it is stunning for the runway and of course Dame Viv. It was really fun to try and in the next Inspirations post I will share how I made it more wearable which you might like to try yourself.
Worldwide Woman AW11 campaign
Dame Viv herself storms the runway in her war-paint after the Red Label SS13 show
Runway Do It Yourself SS09
(Image credits: VivienneWestwood.co.uk, Getty via DailyMail, Style.com)