Old BookCase Shoe Storage Display

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I am still midway with the renovations and awaiting a few more shelves for my walk-in – yep I do have more shoes than I thought. In my bedroom I decided to swap my old chest of draws for a taller styles so was left with a space. I debated having another Billy bookcase but didn’t want to make the room cramped. Instead I decided to evict all the books from this bookcase we had in the hall and bring it in to my bedroom. Since it has glass doors I thought it would be great to display more more ornate shoes whilst keeping them safe from dust. The bookcase was inherited from my Granddad, it still has his cigarette┬á burn on the top. I remember as a child my mum telling him off as he would often leave his cigarette balanced on the top whilst he went off doing things. It doesn’t really match the otherwise white room but I really quite like how it looks, or perhaps that’s just because I like the bookcase, either way I’m happy with it. I am still putting off re-varnishing the wood floors, it wasn’t a fun job the first time I did it.

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The ‘before’ shot

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Cigarette burn and a cup mark

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I also picked up these fun storage boxes from Dunelm, I use my Lush hatboxes to hide away bits and bobs but had filled them up so these will be great for hiding messy make-up and toiletries. I know it will be worth it in the end, but I’d just like to be able to find a pair of socks without having to rummage through ten bin bags first! Hopefully by next week it should be finished, just one last trip to Ikea.

Trends: How to Stand Out this Party Season

I am starting to get excited about all the parties for Christmas and New Year’s now. But ever year there is the same problem, how do you make your party outfit stand out from the sea of little black dresses and sequins? One trend this season is to highlight the back, giving interest to your outfit without taking away from your dazzling smile. Stella McCartney has mastered this technique, subtly with the cut out detail ‘Exter Miracle’ dress and dramatically with the full tassel backed ‘George’ dress. Both striking yet classic LBD’s which you could dress up or down as you pleased. If you already have your perfect party dress, then you might want to brighten it up, the Alexander McQueen chiffon capes are a fabulous way to add impact to your outfit and also work as a light cover up. Shown here worn with blouse and trousers, they are also very versatile. There are plenty of jewel coloured shoes around, ruby, amethyst, emerald all perfect with black and gold dresses. If you fancy something different however, why not try a white shoe? With Spring / Summer collections becoming available even earlier this year you can buy now and wear well into spring. The Stella sling-blacks above would make equally fabulous party shoes as they would with a light dress in the summer.

Accessories are the simplest way to dress up an outfit and also easy to use when creating a day-to-night look for after work parties. A small clutch or bright bauble you can stash in your office draw. There are a multitude of power packing clutch bags on the scene right now, here from Alexander McQueen and Diane von Furstenburg. You could play out your own Cinderella fantasy with this charming clock face bag. Don’t be afraid to be bold with the jewels either, a nice gob-stopper cocktail ring or chandelier earring. This sweet bee from Delfina Delettrez is something a little more unusual to the average giant gem. Wearing a large necklace or layering up many thinner ones can create a cool feature and is as perfect for dressing up a party frock as it is an old t-shirt.

All items available from Matches Fashion

How will you be tackling the party season? Fancy any of these in your stocking?

Royal Mail Great British Fashion + Win a Vivienne Westwood Bag!!

 

Shooting the look for the Vivienne Westwood stamp

Ok so stamp collecting in not generally seen as the coolest thing these day, but I think you will be more than a little excited about these. Royal Mail have created a series of stamps featuring British fashion legends:

Hardy Amies, Norman Hartnell, Granny Takes a Trip, Ossie Clark, Tommy Nutter, Jean Muir, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Paul Smith and Alexander McQueen

Shot by renowned fashion photographer S├©lve Sundsb├© the stamps go on sale today, you can view and purchase the full collection and special editions online at Royal Mail.

Each stamp includes prime examples of the ten designersÔÇÖ work, these include Tommy NutterÔÇÖs suit for Beatle Ringo Starr, which was recreated especially for the shoot, and Vivienne WestwoodÔÇÖs 1993 Harlequin dress.

When shooting the outfits that appear on the stamps S├©lve Sundsb├© worked with live models, but did not use their facial features, to allow the designs to speak for themselves. The shoot lasted two days, and relied on the use of the actual original clothes ÔÇô either obtained directly from the designers or meticulously sourced from specialist vintage fashion stores.

The idea for the stamp issue came from the British Design Classics stamps of 2009, which featured Mary QuantÔÇÖs iconic mini skirt. This proved to be one of the most popular of the ten stamps featured in the issue, prompting the decision to dedicate an entire issue to our world-class designers

As you all know I’m utterly obsessed with Vivienne Westwood and got far too over excited when I found out about the stamps. But it gets better!!!! The Royal Mail Facebook app has a competition you can enter to win a VIVIENNE WESTWOOD HANDBAG!! What an amazing prize, so brush up on your fashion knowledge and get over there to enter.

With bated breath…


… I watched the Alexander McQueen show. With every piece an intake of breath. Spectacular does not seem the right word, but it is the best I can do. I cannot imagine how Sarah Burton must have felt, but I think Lee would have been very proud. The collection embodied the essence of McQueen but was very much Burtons’ collection.
(Images courtesy of Style.com)

Sneak Peek: McQueens Last Dress & Chanel AW10

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This is one of 16 pieces from Alexander McQueen’s final collection, being shown to a private selection of editors in Paris today. The only word I can think of is magnificent. Hopefully we will get to see the full collection soon. I don’t know about you, but for me McQueen’s absence has really resonated all over fashion week.

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On a lighter note here are a couple of sneaky shots of the Chanel A/W 10 collection, yep that is an Iceberg!!
I have a couple more things to post but don’t worry I will get back to the vintages dresses post – trust me it will be worth it, I had an idea and just needed to find out some info to see if it would work, thats all I am saying for now!
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(Photo credits Grazia)
N.B RE: McQueen see:
for all the insider information

Excuse me whilst I hurl myself at the feet of Alexander McQueen!!

Alexander McQueen Knuckleduster clutch bag

So I was just minding my own business checking out some of my favourite blogs when Natalie (natalieinboots.blogspot.com) does a great post on pre-fall McQueen (check it out link on the right, it is actually just the full stop, why I don’t know!) Right at the bottom is this metalic knuckleduster clutch and seriously my heart skipped a beat! I always like McQueen who doesn’t but never to the extend of obsession! So, I went over to McQueen.com and they do it in red snake too!!!!! Is this the most amazing thing ever! Do I wish they just did the knuckleduster too? You bet!

I was actually checking out McQueen this weekend, I love the Faithfull clutch with the biker glove, but its not really my style, I just like the concept.

I also really like the regular skull clutches, and some of the looks are spot on, where do I get a hat like this?
This brown outfit would look perfect with the gold or red clutch!

Argyle socks!!! yay!! I have some of these, they are amazing, but wait, how much more amazing with these boots…
Sock boots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

And of course the over the knee winter essential!

Ahh OK I feel much better now I have passed on the warm and fuzzy McQueen love, and erm actually ready for winter!