Every time the talented Antonia posts up her recent photographs I am in awe. I met Annie in collage 10 years ago when we both took up photography as one of our subjects, unfortunately I didn’t continue with it (one of my lifes regrets) and decided to go and work and party in Tenerife instead. Antonia on the other hand has just graduated with a 1st in her book and I think her work is amazing.
She is yet to finish her site so if anyone wants to use her, please send me an email and I will pass on her details.
I am not seeing stars this coming season, but I am very much seeing ‘dots’. Big ones, little ones, dalmatian spots (topshop unique) and polka dots. Stella Mccartney has a gorgeous line of sheer fabric and polka dot print dresses and blouses. Blake Lively wore one of the Stella Mccartney blouses in the US glamour July issue, which I saw circulate around many blogs and social networking sites.
I love looking at how other bloggers are wearing certain trends and there is an abundance of polka dot street style photographs in the blogosphere. I just loved how these ladies styled their polka dots.
Looking through stores & designers on-line, I must say I love Jaegers range of Polka dot dresses and blouses in the AW11 collection see below.
Apart from the hat, I feel rather like a school girl today. Some great sale buys here for me. I got this dress from Boutique by Jaeger, which was £130 down to £35. Its one of those dresses I can take into Autumn with a jacket and high socks or tights. Also I really wanted a felt hat for Autumn, I know it is more of a summer thing, but it could protect my moisture hating hair from light rain rather than carrying around a brolly. Also as I was discussing with another blogger, everyone has the black felt hat, so when I saw this tobacco one on ASOS from £25 down to £7, I was sold. Seems I was just in time as it has sold out.
I am off to visit friends who live in Birmingham for the weekend, so enjoy your bank holiday weekend peeps
Last Thursday I met up with the gorgeous Carly & Erin from JARLO to discuss a few things in the pipeline. They gave me a little preview of the A/W collection and the new video above, how fab is it? I think the model looks like Daisy Lowe, she could be her twin. The music is by Alex Hallahan and has that 60′s feel to it. The collection itself is very vintage inspired, with a mix of decades and I am in love.
JARLO have just launched a competition on their facebook page. You will need to like & share the video, to win your favourite JARLO piece.
Now this is a rather sensitive subject for me, we all have our body woes and mine is my bosoms. After having a baby, they certainly went south, not just for the winter, but permanently. To be honest, they weren’t the firmest of girls before. I saw a definite change of just failing the pen test, to failing the remote control test aswell.
I don’t think it is healthy or worthwhile concentrating on your ‘bad bits’, but I came across this magical little product, when shopping in boots last week. I could address something that stopped me from wearing certain clothes that I like.
It is called ‘Bare lifts‘ and Boots don’t seem to stock it online, so you may have to go to your local store and ask in there. If not they are selling on eBay.
Without giving you too much of a nightmare tonight, I kept my top on to demonstrate, wish I had sorted up my straps before I photographed though:
So what is Bare Lifts?
Bare lifts are clear tape strips that you place around the nipple area and then lift, peel and stick your breast in the desired position. They last 24 hours, are waterproof (if you want to wear with swimwear). They don’t hurt when you take them off and no sticky residue. They are suitable for A-D cups (I am a C cup) but can give some lift to larger sizes. One thing I must say is, if you don’t stick them on right the first time, you will waste a strip.
Last Thursday I attended the Liverpool Jacques Townhouse launch party as on of the 3 ambassadors. (me in floral dress, Rachael in red skirt and Katie in the white and black dress, stylishly clutching a flamingo).
After already going to the London launch party, I thought I knew what to expect, but oh no. Although the London Townhouse was on a grander scale, the Liverpool premises actually belonged to a family, so felt more intimate and quirky.
I try to explain the Jacques Townhouse, but it is hard to. It feels like you are in a wonderful dream, with cupcakes and bunny rabbits, then your dream takes a turn and you find yourself facing scary antique broken dolls and other such things. Very Alice in wonderland.
I can’t believe it is coming to an end now. I have had the best time with all the photoshoots and parties. Can’t wait to see what Jacques comes up with for next summer.
The above dress is from Jones & Jones which they very kindly gifted me for the occasion. I cannot explain to you, how much I love Jones & Jones and this dress. There stuff is very girly, but also very sexy with off the shoulder straps, backless dresses and sooper dooper short.
Well I have some good news Jones & Jones are giving away another Tilly Dress for my readers. To enter you need to follow @memoirmode & @_jonesandjones on Twitter and post the follow status:
#win Tilly dress seen here http://wp.me/p1mWAL-lH Follow @memoirmode & @_jonesandjones and RT to enter #memoirjones
You know you are looking at Kitschy clothing, when you see the iconic three mallards printed on a jumper. Joules, White Stuff and Cath Kidston are promoting their new AW collections and I love, love, love. My personal favourites are empire line tunic dresses that Joules are selling in three different patterns, anything that looks like a vintage wallpaper print is on my wishlist.
Venue: Gibson Hall, 13 Bishopgate London. Dates: 5th and 6th August 2011.
Designers: JB Afrique, Anita Quansah London, Maze Couture, Vaishali Morjaria Creations, J by Jak, 1979, Nkiru, Kenema, Turita Fogg, Racheal Kisti Designs, A.N.Y.A Couture, AAMAA a La Mode, Zekarya Solomon, Bebegrafiti, St Genevieve, House Bunor, Afrikanus, Glamelle Boutik, Lilia Milpetrov, Ozora
I attended the 2nd day of AFWL and attended the first 3 shows. Click on the HD symbol to watch the video I made using the Nokia N8 in High Definition.
After successful events in New York and Johannesburg, AWF organised its first event in London. There was a few hiccups, which is to be expected with it being the first event. 700 people who registered online to attend, were unable to access the shows, due to over subscription.
I was very lucky to be invited by comic relief’s www.seeafricadifferently.com. Who’s mission it is, to change the Western Worlds image of Africa and to see the Continent in a different light. We were allowed VIP access, which included front row and backstage passes
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There was British and International African designers from countries such as Nigeria, Gambia, Uganda, Kenya, Ghana, Sierra Leone, Angola, Congo and Eritrea. There really was a complete mix of Designs, no one designer was the same. The shows were rich in colour and vibrant prints and designs. One designers inspiration was on curtains, which I found amusing .
One of the Designers was still in her teens, which is not only inspiring to youth in Africa, but all over the world. The designers would refer back to their culture to inspire their designs. Kenema’s inspiration behind her SS12 collection was the Mende tribe of Sierra Leone. The designs included African fabric, tie die and beautiful embroidery. A number of her designs focus on the back, as she feels that is the most sensual part of a woman’s body.
Most of the designs I felt were very modern, but with that African twist. a number of the designers were From the UK, so the designs reflected that also.