Happy eve before New Year’s Eve! The final showstopper of the week is this little vintage stunner that I found in Camden Passage. It stopped me in my tracks as a montage reel of old Hollywood beauties sashayed across my mind to the song “There’s No Business Like Showbusiness.” It was in decent condition but needed some work done tying up loose ends and re-beading some sections. So it became a tedious labour of love.
I love wearing vintage. The clothes are such a piece of craftsmanship as they were made to last. People did not rush out to buy something new for every Saturday night as we do today. I love imagining the life of the outfit and how it had its moment with each previous owner….who wore it and where they were going and why. And of course, wearing vintage you are wearing a special one of a kind that is sure to set you apart.
With a showstopping dress such as this it is best to keep accessories to a minimum. I opted for a pair of green earrings to add a bit of color and a pair of metallic heels to subtly blend into the dress. I hope you each have your own stunning and safe New Year’s Eve and best wishes for 2012!! Cheers!!
dress: Vintage from Camden Passage, earrings: Kenneth Jay Lane, shoes: Steve Madden, lips: Space by Lipstick Queen and my little lady Charlie
Today’s showstopper ensemble is inspired by the Christmas classic “The Nutcracker.” As a child I was in love with the sugar plum fairies, mainly for their glamorous costumes, and when I laid eyes on this skirt I thought it was the perfect homage to a childhood favourite.
Feathers are a great way to add a luxurious and whimsical feel to an ensemble. When wearing a statement piece such as a feathered skirt I love contrasting it with a more casual piece such as a cashmere sweater that adds a nice complementary balance. Layering necklaces is a great way to personalise your outfit and create your own look. My tip is that you should never be afraid to experiment, with different materials, colours and textures. I love mixing vintage costume jewellery with modern day pieces. Vintage pieces are an inexpensive way to add glamour and layering pearls, faux diamonds and clear jewels nicely complement one another and are visually arresting. With an outfit such as this you will be ready to sweetly dance the night away….
skirt: Massimo Dutti, top: Anthropologie, shoes: Beverly Feldman, necklaces: J.Crew, vintage & Issy Salomon, lips: Space by Lipstick Queen
Hello lovelies! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!! Here in London town Santa was very good to us blessing us with good food, and even better company with loved ones…. but on to outfits! This week is all about SHOWSTOPPERS!! (insert jazz hands). Outfits that will be perfect for your glamourous New Years Eve soiree and stepping into the New Year in style!
For the first outfit, I was inspired by a window display I saw in the Selfridges department store. (An absolutely magical store worth a visit when in London). They had created an amazing white tiered skirt using four pleated skirts from American Apparel, and I was in love at first sight. So I decided to make one. My inspiration:With my creation I paired the skirt with a metallic wrap top that I draped and pinned into a scoop neck. When wearing a long and loose ensemble it is best to define your waist so as not to look like you are being overtaken by material. Accentuating your waist with a belt gives you the opportunity to personalise your look by selecting a belt suited to your taste. (I am imagining a hot pink belt as well for this look!) A pair of great vintage earrings and metallic heels top off the outfit, and of course a ruby red lip for a pop of color. You are sure to be the belle of the ball in this winter stunner. Cheers!
skirt: handmade from three American Apparel skirts, top: Zara, earrings: Be Dazzle vintage, belt: Free People, shoes: Steve Madden, lips: Sephora Rouge & my little lady Charlie
Ottolenghi is one of my favorite places to eat in London. It is what a restaurant should be: fresh food, inventive combinations, a great atmosphere and unobtrusive service. Their philosophy “requires that everything is hand-crafted with extreme care and attention, from basic raw ingredients.” The result is always a culinary delight with delicious dishes in the perfect portions for sharing amongst your party. They have four locations in London and I have frequented the one in Islington as I make it a must see and eat whenever guests are in town. Below is a photographic sampling of their menu which changes frequently. If you are in the neighborhood and can only pop by for a second be sure to grab one of their cookies. They are such a wonderful treat to brighten your day and will surely be enough to entice you back through the doors for a sit down meal!
Yellow fin, line-caught seared tuna, wrapped in nori and panko with wasabi cream (£9.50) *highly recommend*
Char grilled English filet of beef (£9.80)
Pan fried duck breast and Peking leg with polenta and tamarind spiced red cabbage (£11.00)
Tea smoked lamb cutlets with miso burnt aubergine, pickled Jerusalem artichoke and jalapeno sauce (£12.00)
Lentil, sweet potato, chickpea, okra and tomato dahl with mint yoghurt and cumin puri (£10.00)
Seared scallops with butternut squash, cauliflower fritters, spinach, curried pumpkin seeds and balsamic sauce (£12.00)
Chocolate chip cookie
287 Upper Street
London N1 2TZ
Telephone: 020 7288 1454
Hours: Monday through Saturday 8:00am to 11:00pm,
Sunday 9:00am to 7:00pm
Beyond Retro is a fabulous London based vintage store with two locations. One is nestled in the heart of Soho and the other is just a hop skip and a jump off of Brick Lane in East London. The latter is the larger of the two and the one I tend to frequent as the racks are packed with amazing finds. They carry men’s and women’s clothes, shoes & accessories, and everything is in mint condition. Definitely worth stopping by or even shopping online as their product assortment is fantastic.
Brick Lane location: 110-112 Cheshire St, London E2 6EJ
Hours: Monday through Saturday 10:00am to 7:00pm, Thursday 10:00am to 8:00pm, Sunday 11:30am to 6:00pm
Telephone: 020 7613 3636