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.

What’s Hot for Autumn Winter 2012

Bling, bling, gorgeous things! I went to check out what Harvey Nichols had in store for A/W 12 and I have to say it had me wishing it was December already. Looking at all the wonderful party dress – jewel colours of emerald and topaz, had me longing for the party season to get into swing, just add your dancing shoes. Whilst the array of thick, colourful knits made ‘Christmas jumpers’ cool again. The ever so popular YSL ‘Arty’ rings are back in fabulous new styles and colour, gob-stopper cocktail rings are the perfect addition to your party look. Isabel Marant once again reigns as queen of casual Parisian chic pairing Navajo knits with flirty white dresses and tasseled wedge boots. For me the one thing which screams ‘this season’ are the dark florals, wear them in knitted dresses from McQ by Alexander McQueen and Just Cavalli or Alexander McQueen’s satin clutch to feel instantly up to date. What am I lusting after? If I can only choose one thing it would have to be something with the Givenchy Rottweiler print, beautifully wild.

Menswear echoed ladies wear with the popularity of prints, anything from colourful birds to rich paisleys and even a splash of leopard print will add depth to deep tartans and flannels. Deep plums and all shades of blue feature heavily. What really caught my eye was the attention to detail this season, giving a real sense of luxury. Alexander McQueen ‘holster’ shirts, velvet lapels and the Christian Louboutin leopard print studded iPad case add lust worth interest.

Harvey Nic’s are offering a fantastic selection of new designers this season including Ashley B, Kenzo, Lanvin sunglasses, Faith Connection, Mason Scotch, Cut 25, 2nd Day and Temperley for Barbour.

In the beauty department there is the brand new Bobbi Brown make-up studio an the exclusive Florabotanica by Balenciaga. I know it’s early to be talking about Christmas but there were lots of lush things if you have gifts in mind, the new compact sets from Benefit in their quirky book styles, perfumes from Penhaligons and the new Blackberry and Bay scent range from Jo Malone.

We had a fun time trying out the new handbags, here Anna-Louise and Siobhan from Style etc Magazine, model the Victoria Beckham ‘Harper’ and Givenchy ‘Rottweiler’ bags. Whilst we all couldn’t resist giving the new sunglasses from Celine and Prada a whirl.

It is safe to say I’m all ready for the new season, how about you?

You can see more from the day in my FaceBook album

Making Shoe Art

From top: Missoni, Prada, D&G

Boo hoo I want to wear my summer shoes but it just won’t stop raining, so all I can do is look longingly at my pretty heels. Sigh. That is the problem with fabric shoes, you can’t risk wearing them in the rain or they will be ruined. These three are my current favourites, classic court shoes seem to be my go-to style but I don’t usually opt for prints. The dip-die Prada’s are from a few seasons ago, I really want to get a pair of dip-dye jeans or trousers to wear with them. The gingham D&G’s have only had one outing so far and I just wrote about wanting to wear them with my leo print clutch, alas I am still waiting to do that. The crochet Missoni’s I got recently, my first buy from the brand. I have always been a fan of their signature, rainbow colour knit’s but never gone for anything before. I really liked these pointed court shoes though, a bright pop of colour to add to any outfit. As soon as we get some sunshine!

Outfit: Marni at H&M Goodness & Some Thoughts on Collaborations

Beauty: Chanel ‘Kensington’ pink lipstick, Chanel green eye shadow from ‘Nymphia’ quad, Chanel powder, Chanel Inimitable mascara, Body Shop Lip and cheek stain blush, Benefit ‘High beam’ highlighter, Benefit ‘It Stick’ concealer, Chanel ‘Coco Blue’ nail varnish. I also straightened my fringe with my first pair of hair irons from TK Maxx, Andrew Collinge only ┬ú20 (Ive never used one before so it’s my new toy).

This is my practice face for when I get the cover of Vogue. One day, maybe one day. So here we go, these are the polka-dot trousers. I have to say I am in love with them, the fabric is a nice weight and I really like the cut. They are on the generous side though so go for the smaller if you are between sizes. I might get these taken in a bit, I totally have to have the purple and gold pair taken in as they only had the size up left, so I am going to keep my eye out in case anyone returns a pair, if not they are worth the few quid to have them altered. One thing I really did note about the entire collection is the good quality of the fabric. The trousers also have a large hem so if you are tall don’t worry about the cropped length as there is about 2″ you could let down if need be. I couldn’t resist pairing these with the spotty socks! Wish I had some spotty shoes.

Wearing: Marni at H&M trousers and earrings, Christian Louboutin shoes, Prada mohair vest, random old top, Primark socks, Dune clutch bag.

I am also wearing the yellow drop earrings, they are clip on and surprisingly light. I was worried they might pinch or be too heavy. The other pair I bought with the acrylic square are a bit heavier but still comfortable to wear.

I am glad I finally got into this collaboration, in reflection I think it may have worked out better for me waiting till after all the hoo-haa as I didn’t end up buying the entire collection. I simply bought pieces I would have bought had they just been in any regular shop, there was no desperate ‘OMG they will sell out if I don’t buy now’ moment. Sure if money were no object it would be fun to have one of everything, but chances are after the initial novelty wore off I wouldn’t wear half of it. I say this from experience with other collections where I have gone a bit mad with the buying, a few months down the line not having worn some things and wondering why on earth I bought them. On the other hand there are things I can’t get enough of, I wear them all the time such as my Karl Largerfeld t-shirt, Jimmy Choo necklace and Matthew Williamson leather jacket. Other things that I haven’t worn yet such as my Lanvin necklace and earrings are still very much in favour, just awaiting their time. My holidays (not that Ive had one in years) will now be a thing of packing ease thanks to my massive Matthew Williamson stash. I wore my two Stella McCartney jumpers until they fell to pieces. The rest such as the Lanvin dress two sizes too big and Jimmy Choo stretch trousers have long gone to the big eBay in the sky, we are all allowed to make sartorial mistakes.

I was thinking that maybe now these collaborations had run their course. I was appalled at the quality of the Versace one and it is the first one I have ever seen actually go on sale. I also thought that much of the Jimmy Choo collection was quite poor, the bags especially. But the the Lanvin and Marni collections were very high quality so I am going leave judgement for now. Looking back over all the collections there are places where corners have been cut for quality in each one, with price points quite low something has to give. Will they have another? Probably. Do I think they should give it a rest for a while? Perhaps. Are they still 100 times more exciting than the Topshop collaborations? Hell yes.

I thought this was a fun video, Stars Modelling the Marni at H&M Collection, showing Milla Jovovich, Drew Barrymore and Co. choosing pieces from the collection to wear at the event.

What do you think of the collection? Did you buy anything?

Outfit: The Lady Doctor

(Wearing: Chanel jacket and pearls, Vivienne Westwood dress, Prada shoes)Oh dear you can tell when the nights are drawing in, the grey sky’s do not make for good photo’s. Three days of August left and with it we can wave goodbye to the summer. I have already started to pull out warmer and wintery pieces such as this jacket and shoes. Whilst it is nice to revisit old favourites that have been stored away over the summer, I do find it stressful having to re-evaluate my wardrobe once again, summers fail-safes no longer suitable for the weather.
Taking influence from Chanel A/W 2011 

Other than torturing myself over how tight my leather leggings have got, I really enjoy finding fresh ways to wear things I already have stashed in my closet. This season I will be taking influence from Chanel, Largerfeld sent out lots of dark blacks and greys which are always my favourite colours. I can try wearing my classic jacket with turned up trousers and kitten heels, or dress it down with military boots and slouchy socks.

Chanel A/W 2011

Another thing I really like about A/W is the make up. I never wear much in summer but for winter I like to pile it on. Usually in the form of dark lipsticks but this year I couldn’t resist Chanel’s new eye collection Illusion d’ombre. They are little pots of cream to powder eye-shadow packed with shimmer. You can swipe them on sheer for day or build and layer them up for a dramatic evening look. The runway models wore Epatant a greeny-grey, whilst I chose Illusoire a mauve-grey and Mirifique which is black. As always the nail colours are amazing too I am wearing Graphite a silver-gold iron-filing-like colour, I also picked up Peridot which is a golden-green which shimmers like beetle wings and there is Quartz a champaige-browny-gold which is very pale. These are going to fly off the shelves so I would be quick to snap them up.

I am preparing for winter early I know but it is so cold up North, especially at night. I already bought a new coat and will share it with you soon, next on my list is a nice pair of boots, is it too early to put my fire on?

Pearl

The Tale of Lianne and the YSL Bag

I heard my phone ringing but I was eating my tea (dinner if you are not a Mancunian), but it kept ringing so I though I best at least check caller ID. It was my friend Lianne so I thought I best answer in case it was an emergency. “Where the hell have you been?” Me: “Eating my tea”, “But I need you it is an emergency, a fashion emergency!!!!”

Brief Interlude: Now I had been expecting some kind of phone call, since it was the first day of Selfridges sale and I had, with nerves of steel declined to go. Lianne was determined to go after repeat visits to fondle this cerulean Yves Saint Laurent clutch. We had also been on a few trips to take a good look at these Prada wedges, you might recall seeing them in this post. As it was so close to sale season and the fact L has size 3 feet I convinced her it would be prudent to wait for them to go on sale – oh yes the irony I know, I know. Any way sale day comes and L decides she absolutely wants the cerulean YSL clutch, nay needs the cerulean YSL clutch after debating its necessity for months.

“Do you think I should get a navy or turquoise Marc Jacobs bag, you know in the same style as the black one I have?”, Me: “Erm what about the cerulean clutch?”, “I was too late they sold out, so I thought I should get one of the MJ ones instead but I can’t decide which colour.” Me: “Well is it a dark navy because it probably won’t even look any different to the black one.” L: “But the navy has gold hardwear and my black one has silver”. Me: “Ok well that makes a difference, what outfits have you found that don’t go with the silver?”. L: “Ermmm” *thinking*. Me: “Ok well how about the turquoise, what do you think you will wear that with?”. L: “Erm, well…” (At this point I should tell you L has a phobia of mixing colours, everything has to match or I think she will contract plague or something equally terrible).

So to cut this part of the story short, L can’t really think of anything she would wear a navy or turquoise bag with, beside the fact that they are both fairly summery and the summer bags she already has don’t see that much use (we live in Manchester, we have come to accept this). Whilst interrogating a sales assistant about the cerulean clutch she had asked about the Prada wedges. Last time we were checking them out they didn’t have her size in store but there was one last pair ‘on the system’ but the system wouldn’t tell us in exactly which store they were. Turns out it was maybe a mistake of the sale assistant as this time the inquiring discovered they were at the Trafford Centre (about a 45 min drive away from the city centre).

At this point L tells me this is all my fault, which in fact maybe slightly true. When we met in Egypt I most likely came across as a fairly normal person, unclad of designer trappings. Only upon getting to know me does the full extent of my obsession become clear. L was never into designer stuff until she met me, I created a monster, an addict who was it need of a hit. L: “You did this to me”. Me: “Yes, but where am I? At home, not freaking out in the sales.” L: “That’s why I need you, you give me a little now I want more…. we end up in hysterics over this for a few minutes. Me: “Ok you are only wanting a MJ bag because you are in the sales and feel the need to take home a ‘bargain’, put both bags down and leave the store. Do it, do it now. Save your money for the Prada wedges.” Finally we get L out of the store and on her way to the other one right away across town.

The next phone call I get and we find out L has the Prada, pieces of perfection, shoes and she is just having a look around, when low and behold she comes across another table of bloody MJ bags. We go over the entire pros and cons conversation again when we decide it would be worth double checking this store for the cerulean YSL clutch. She locates a sales assistant and from the muffles I guess she is going to have a look, next thing I hear is screeching down my ear, I guess she has found one. Turns out they had been put away as they were not going into sale. I don’t need to point out that this is the perfect example of when and why you should be buying something. In my experience when you have to umm and ahh over something then really you should let it go. Then when you find the things that really make you jump around and squeal for joy, you can snap them up without a doubt. Me: “Get off the phone and go pay for your bag…” duuurrrrrrr *click, end of call*

A couple of hours later I get this photo,
Pearl

Shoes Shopping & Questions About Selling?


(Wearing: Vivienne Westwood top, lace skirt, belt & shoes, Steven Harkin Clutch)

This is what I wore to go and meet my friend L in town for a coffee and generally get some fresh air after being stuck inside for so long being ill. On the being ill front I managed to see the practice manager at the Rheum department on Monday, she was great actually once I got hold of her on the phone she had me go right in. I now have confirmation that the problems were caused from side effects and they should ease off once the drug is out of my system. They are not going to start another RA drug yet as they think my Vitamin D deficiency is still causing problems so they want to assess that again in a months time and decide where to go from there. In the mean time I have a new anti-inflammatory drug to try along side a drug which should stop the side effects I had from the other anti-inflams. Anyway boring as this all sounds I hope to be feeling somewhat human again in the next week or so. To add a little cherry on the cake my right wrist has decided to develop a very painful ganglion! I am a walking medical dictionary.

I have to admit as usual I looked a whole lot better than I felt, and had to stay in bed the whole next day to recover. After being on the RA drugs I had forgotten quite how bad it feels not to be on them. Liken a couple of hours drinking coffee and trying on a few pairs of shoes to running a marathon and you are somewhere near. But as I always say there is no point worrying about tomorrow.

As I am sure you will be expecting, the sales are going to be starting soon so this was purely a reconnaissance mission. For once I was the voice of reason and neither of us bought a thing – except some make-up. I have been looking for an eye-liner that doesn’t smudge all over my face by the end of the day and have been recommended to try Mac so I will let you know how that works. I am usually put off Mac because it is always so busy but I needed the damn eye-liner so I risked it. After having them turn down the music so I didn’t have to yell at the SA I came away with my little pot of liner and a new brush. The SA was really helpful so I can’t wait to try it out.

We had a good look around Vivienne Westwood where I finally decided to try on a shirt I had been eying up all season. I knew as soon as I tried it on I would fall in lust with it, but I was very sensible and put it back. Lucky I did as just two days later I got a call saying it was on sale! I have it mail ordered so cannot speak any more of it until I have it safely in my hands in case I jinks it.
We then just went for a look around Selfridges shoe department. We are boycotting Harvey Nics. Why are we boycotting HNs? Well actually it isn’t their fault entirely, but by association. My friend L bought a beautiful Michal Kors bag just 6 months ago, but the screws holding the handle together literally disintegrated! HNs took the bag to have it sent to MK for repair, yet after making her wait 6 weeks she got a phone call saying the bag couldn’t be repaired and she could have a refund. The point was she loved the bag and didn’t want a refund. It would have been very easy to fix too, especially as they still sell the exact same bag on their online store in the USA – we could only find it in other colours in the UK. I just think this is appalling customer service and it has put me off every buying MK. Fortunately L found a gorgeous Marc Jacobs bag in Selfridges – who will fix your item themselves if the manufacturer is unable, so this story has a happy ending.

All the shoes in the pictures are this seasons Prada, I really like the swirled design they have incorporated into their shoes this season. I could never wear the two pairs with the higher heels, they felt very unstable, but that’s why I like to try them on for fun. Check out the Vivienne Westwood wall paper in the photo in the mirror above.

We had to cut through the Arndale shopping center, a place I try and avoid at all costs. Where I was met with the bastard child of Chanel and Lulu Guinness I had to take a snap to show you, I think perhaps it is a clutch bag or possibly a phone!

I am in the process of writing a post on selling tips for car-boots, eBay and Etsy so if you have any questions I might be able to answer just let me know and I will include them in the post.
Have a great week,
Pearl

I also did an interview for Looknbe this week which you can read HERE

In this post I wore lace, which is the item of the month on EveryBody EveryWear, click the link to see how lots of other bloggers styled their lace piece!

Lace | Everybody, Everywear

A Small Show of my Appreciation for Prada (Warning: contains flashing images)

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Woop, woop, woop over excitement!! How better to convey it than with flashing images!! Don’t stare at it too long or it makes you feel a bit nauseous. I will put up a much calmer slide show on facebook (come friend me if you already haven’t).
I already talked about the Prada faux fur scarves here, where we were pondering why the scarves / stoles were available in both real and faux fur. I can now tell you that the faux are actually called ‘Eco Stoles’ as in eco-friendy so Miucchia was considerate that some of use would prefer our foxes running around in the wild – only some of us mind.
Anyway, having brought home my pink fluffy lovely my mum decided she needed one too. The lovely Evelina at Sloane St Prada was so helpful sending us lots of photos of colour options. If you shop there I recommend you ask for her. In the end she couldn’t decide so I just ordered her the baby blue and the midnight blue. These were the other two I had favoured when I was in the boutique. I also decided I needed a midnight blue one for myself too – I blame Ashely Olsen looking so good in hers. I know I will live in it come winter, perfect with black. I know, I know it is behaviour like this when you have to wonder about my sanity. But you have to trust me, Im a doctor after all. I have been very well behaved this season, I haven’t obsessed over anything. Then all that obsession came out in one go. So if I just throw some words around like ‘investment buy’ and ‘trophy piece’ that levels it all out right?
Besides, see how happy I am!
Anyone else acting crazy lately, with fashion or life in general?
Pearl

My Royal Wedding Outfit


(Wearing vintage Pierre Cardin dress, necklace of my own design made from vintage charms, Prada faux fur stole, Vivienne Westwood + Melissa shoes, vintage clutch bag – which is actually from www.shopstreetstyle.com from the new pieces yet to go on the site, but it just looked so lovely with the outfit and since I wont actually need my own bag to sit in the garden!)

Here I am off to the Royal wedding, oh ok I’m not really but thought I would dress up to get into the spirit of things. I think it is just wonderful for William and Kate, but also a great occasion to bring people together. Of course if I really were attending the wedding at Westminster I would be wearing something much more demure, Chanel with some form of hat for sure, ah ok more realistically within budget such as these stylish wedding outfits. But to celebrate at a garden party this vintage Pierre Cardin dress is perfect, I couldn’t resist throwing on the Prada stole, I know it makes me look like you crazy old aunt but I love it!


Have fun what ever you are doing!

Pearl

Prada S/S11 Fur Stole: Real or Faux Questions?

(Wearing Prada S/S11 faux fur scarf, Ann Demeulemeester jacket, Topshop jeans and shirt, Giuseppi Zanotti for Christopher Kane boots)

Here we go some photos of the Prada S/S11 scarf / stole, they are crap I know, I have found when you really don’t want to have your photo taken it shows through no matter how hard you try. I am sure I will get some better photos when I am feeling better. But this is what I wore to erm go to the post office ha! So because I am a bit obsessed with these scarfs here are some familiar faces to show you how it is done. I do wonder whether Miucchia gave official permission to wear them as scarves and not just strut around carrying them??



Real or Faux debate: How about the price?
My friend Aimee asked me a rather philosophical question this morning, why did Prada make the scarves in faux and real fur? I have to admit I too found it a surprise that they had. We both agreed that the reason is not likely to be Prada suddenly feeling the need to consider those who do not agree with real fur, rather the reason being the price points. The real fur cost £2995 whilst the faux £230, big difference. Yet huge fashion companies like Prada rarely feel the need to offer lower priced items from the catwalk collections, people will pay thousands, that is a fact. If you want to buy into the brand on a lower budget there are perfumes, sunglasses and even shoes.
Aimee also wondered by buying faux (she was thinking of getting a faux fur coat), would the fashion world judge her as only buying faux because she couldn’t afford real, regardless of the ethical factor? I said that since she wasn’t going to be paying the Vogue offices regular visits it wasn’t something she should really be worrying about. Besides you can pick up vintage real furs so cheaply these days, is real fur even as much of a status symbol any more?

Going back to the Prada scarves the faux are very similar to the real, infact most people wouldn’t be able to tell the difference until they touched it. Perhaps this is why they made the real ones have stripes and the faux block colours so those who needed people to know the difference did. I noticed all the celebs photo’ed have real fur, except Anna Dello Russo who seems to have all the real and all the faux in every possible colour way, but she is ADR and that’s a whole different matter.
For the record I do not agree with the use of real fur, but that is not what I want to get into a debate about here. My question is why Prada would produce both? Did Miucchia mearly want to open up the scarves to the more mainstream fashionista? But lets face it they are still expensive, we are not talking about £10 from Topshop. Or did Prada want to give people the option of both real and faux, since luxury faux furs have been very popular lately, think Chanel A/W11.

All I know is that I seriously LOVE this scarf, in fact I realised pretty much everything Prada I own is furry and in most cases a ridiculus colour, Miucchica you rock!

Pearl

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