Saturday, 14 December 2013

Dorset

A month and a half ago we went for a short stay by the Dorset coast.....






Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The borg collar

I've noticed that the borg collar has been making a much welcomed appearance this season. I'm pretty spoiled for choice! Now to decide which style of coat, jacket or vest I want: Long or short? Wool, leather or suede? Black, brown or denim?






Sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Which one is your favourite?

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Tasty bling

I am in love with these images I found on Pinterest! The grownup lollipop rings make me feel so nostalgic.




Source: 1, 2, 3

Monday, 9 December 2013

This honey is not just for your tea!

Camel is so hot right now! This multi-functional colour provides an element of luxury and casual-ness depending on how you style it. Not content with just being the go to colour for your autumn/winter coat, camel can be found in many fabulous forms this season including sumptuous jumpers, shiny skater skirts and beautiful clutches. Here are a couple of ways to take the honey out of your tea and into your wardrobe:






Source: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

I love to pair mine with dark denim. How do you wear your camel?

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Socialatte's Tictail shop

Hello! Long time no blog. I've missed blogging but it has somehow fallen off my radar and priorities list which isn't great. But hey, everyone has a dry spell.

What's inspired me to come back is my love of clothes and wanting to explore something that I have been trying to do successfully for a couple of months now: sell off some of my much loved clothes. One day I would love to have my own online and physical local shop selling secondhand and vintage pieces. But I am too risk averse for my own good and so wanted to try selling off some of my own stuff before I considered taking this dive.

Having sold a good amount of clothes at a reasonable price on eBay, the next step was to find a stand alone site. And so when Tictail came to my attention last week, a light bulb went off and I decided to test it out.

Setting up a shop on Tictail couldn't be more easy! It gives you all of the ingredients you need including themes, quick uploading capabilities w/ 6 images, and a T&C template. You can edit the code and make the design of your shop to match your blog or existing logo, but I kept it simple to start with and used one of their themes which are clean and minimalistic (just how I like it!). Once you've completed all of your prerequisite steps, you can set your shop live and promote it across your Facebook and Twitter accounts. You can then manage your shop and find out how many people have visited within the last 7 days. You are also then given options to discount items as well as promote individual items through Facebook and Twitter. Also, not to mention the fact that it is completely free to set up shop today.

It's still early days, but I am excited to promote it and see whether there is any interest. Check out my little shop and let me know what you think: http://socialatte.tictail.com/


I'd also love to hear from any fellow aspiring fashion sellers on their experiences starting out and any advice would be greatly appreciated!

P.S. Have you seen Mademoiselle Robot's lovely Tictail shop?

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Capelets!

Having experienced a hiatus from the blogosphere I return with just one word on my lips.... capelets.

I am more drawn to it in dress form as opposed to coat, but I welcome it nonetheless. Attached or on it's own makes no difference, as it adds a playful and sexy feel to any look, day or night.

Burberry Prorsum S/S 2013 is a prime example of excellence in this arena!


And Victoria Beckham in Junya Watanabe Comme des Garçons cape sleeve trench looks stunning.


Image credit: Kikang, Fashion - Are there new things?, and FameFlynet 

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Collab love: Levi's and Liberty London

{1, 2, 3}

I was quite surprised when I learned about this collaboration, but after seeing the collection it all makes sense. I also wonder if them being neighbors had anything to do with it. Some of my previous neighbours became my best friends.

Monday, 29 April 2013

The Vogue Festival 2013: Natalie Massenet and the first Instagram biography

My birthday present from Ruby was a ticket to hear the amazing Natalie Massenet speak about her life so far through what might be the first Instagram biography at The Vogue Festival 2013 in association with Vertu.

I am a huge fan of successful women in business and hearing her speak about what lead her to launch Net-A-Porter inspired me to no end. I think that the most refreshing part of her journey was that she wasn't born knowing exactly what she wanted to do, but all of her experiences taught her lessons that she still uses in running her business. Wearing a beautiful dress by Victoria Beckham, Natalie told her story so far.

Joking about her journalist father and model mother as content and commerce, she began her life in Madrid later moving to Paris. Then after her parents' divorce she moved with her father to LA.

In high school she became very interested in photography. This was her favourite hobby. One of her saddest moments was when she didn't get accepted into Princeton University, but ended up having the best time of her life in UCLA which taught her to "trust that everything will be okay." It was also there where through joining a sorority, she learned about recruitment, marketing and being part of a community.

After university, she wanted to go to Tokyo for a year as she learned Japanese during her studies. Her father bought her a return ticket, a 3 night stay in a hotel, and $200 spending money. She joked that he probbaly thought that she would come back 3 days later. On her first day she got signed with a modeling agency and stayed the full year. At 5'6, she admitted that the jobs and shoots she was sent on were not glamorous at the best of times, but it was the overall experience that she enjoyed.

After her year in Tokyo, she returned to LA to pursue film making. Instead she became a production assistant. Although it was not what she had in mind, it taught her a lot about budgets and managing people.

Her first fashion job was working for the fashion magazine, Moda. Making herself indispensable and exceeding expectations made her very successful in the industry. She then went to work for Tatler in London, first in the Features and then moving into the Fashion Department. During this time, she noticed the disconnect between runway shows and stores, but her first business ideas were different. She wanted to start a luxury candle business or a cafe. These ideas didn't grow though as she was told that they wouldn't be successful. Looking back, she said that you should never let others talk you out of your dreams.

1999 came and with a love affair with her computer, she started Net-A-Porter a year later. Finding a gap in the market, the website gave women a chance to shop everything in fashion shoots. The website got a lot of positive press. When the business launched, she was also a new mother. She joked about it being quite a struggle so much so that her second daughter was born 6 years later. She also laughed about telling people that she is building a future consumer base one child at a time.

Today the business has offices on 3 continents and Natalie is the chairman of the British Fashion Council.

What a truly inspiring life story!

The outtake: "The harder you work the luckier you get..." and "There is no recipe for success. It's as unique as you are..."

Follow @nataporter_mystorysofar on Instagram to read and see the full story as told by the lady herself.

Just a few snaps from the day....

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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

More than a spring fling - Maison Kitsuné Collection SS13




I adore these looks from Maison Kitsuné Collection SS13. Playful but serious, young but sophisticated, covered up but leggy. So many contradictions but so little time - I love it!

I really want them to open up a shop in the UK. I can imagine dancing up and down the isles to great music with an armful of clothes to try on.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

On my radar: Hunter

The Billy Ocean lyrics "get out of my dreams, get into my car" come to mind with the more relevant "get on my blog and into my closet." 

These Hunter goodies are on my radar for spring/summer: 


1. I love clogs. None of my friends understand, but I know that I am not alone in the clog lover's brigade. I don't like fussing around with laces and such when I want to run out to buy some milk and there is something about easily being able to slide off your shoes while sitting around. I don't have a garden (I'm working towards a little balcony one), but I can totally see my footsies loving me for getting them these Gardener Clogs.

2. Hi summer! It's been a while. Wish you were here.... These Limington sandals make me want to get a pedicure and tan my feet. The tassels are adorable and I can see myself getting a little obsessed with not letting them get dirty. I might just need the black ones as well to help this. It's for my own good really...

3. I know that ankle boots aren't everyone's cup of tea (or coffee), but this is my perfect boot height. And I have to say that when I saw these on Danielle of WeWoreWhat as part of Hunter's Blogger Style Series, I fell in love with these Bradwell boots. I think all but one pair of my boots are brown at the moment. Have you ever gotten into that place where you no longer have anything in a basic, go with everything colour, because you tell yourself that you must already have these in your wardrobe? That's me! The other month I realised that I did not own a black cardigan. What???? But I digress. I can see myself wearing these boots with just about everything in my wardrobe. 

4. Finding the perfect trench is like my fashion Everest. Ok I'm being dramatic, but it's true. I have been trying to find the perfect one for years. I found a really nice light fabric one here which I cannot wait to wear. But for that heavier, warmer one, the Ladies Classic Trench Coat looks perfect. I'd have to try it on of course as I am very picky about the fit. I know it wouldn't disappoint.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

Spring cleaning sale on eBay

Come one come all and take a gander at my spring cleaning sale on eBay. I love all of these items but I just don't wear them so it would be great if they found a new home where they can bask in the sunlight or club lights- whatever you fancy. Browse away here: 




Saturday, 6 April 2013

Cafelove: Attendant

In the heart of Fitzrovia is the cleverly named cafe, Attendant. Why you ask? It's located within a transformed Victorian men's public toilet that was sat empty since the 1960s . It still has some of it's original fixtures including the porcelain urinals and tile floor and makes for a really cool socialatte.

When I read about its opening a couple of months ago I knew I had to pay it a visit, but haven't had a chance to until Friday when I took the day off as part of my birthday week.




The atmosphere is buzzy and cozy. The sharer booth was fully occupied so we perched at the bar on the great green stools.

Most importantly, our flat whites were delicious! I definitely want to come back next time for lunch as the sandwiches the girls next to us were having looked delicious. Piggy in the Middle on Wednesdays sounds absolutely awesome! The Attendant's website also has information on where they source their beans (Caravan), baked goods (Bittersweet Bakers), and even the milk (Ivy House Farm). Go pay them a visit!


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Weekends are made of this...

This weekend we had the best time taking long walks, eating delicious food, and just relaxing while spending time with Matt's family in the Cotswolds. 

{Giant lardy cakes in Huffkin's window} 

{Opposites attract} 

{A small continent} 

{Curious bird) 

{My favourite shot of the weekend} 

{Just me} 

{He always has to carry a stick on long walks} 

{Easter Sunday treats} 

{Little waterfall} 

{Picturesque view} 

{The life of a tree} 

 {Perfect afternoons}

 I hope you all had a nice one too!