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Clones N Clowns by Aimee Wood

Lookbook : Generation dot com

 You know how old people go on and on about how they used to “live without phones” and “find their way without satnavs” and “read books” and “write letters” (and send telegrams ?!) and “remember” and actually “turn up” instead of canceling by text ? Well sometimes I have to agree I do feel kinda stupid with my phone in my hand all day… Especially when I’m in the middle of a photo shoot and I forget because someone tweets me !   Jacket : H&M 2010 Sweater : Petit bateau Faux leather shorts : Zara Boots : Primark Bag : Bershka Twitter : https://twitter.com/aimeesblogs xx – – – – – –

Lookbook : Generation dot com

London Fashion Weekend 2012

What’s the one thing Fashion Week leaves behind when taking its flight to Milan ? Somerset House. Even when the designers have packed down their collections and the super models stepped down from their high heels, the beautiful venue along the Thames stays put and doesn’t even get a full week’s rest. The London Fashion Weekend started last Thursday and ended yesterday, enabling hundreds of Londoners to enjoy the catwalk fun and VIP experience. As well as getting to see an Autumn-Winter catwalk show – Friday was Issa, a beautiful collection of low waist skater skirts and primary colours – visitors could shop through the pop-up aisles of big names such as Marc Jacobs, Vivienne Westwood, Dolce & Gabana, Versace, Alexander Mcqueen… all available at ridiculous prices ! Leather with a price tag chopped in half, coats at less than 30% of their original price, designer shoes for £60 and samples sometimes even more affordable. And as a bonus, I got to meet Gemma Cartwright from Catwalk Queen (left) as well as Laetitia Wajnapel from Mademoiselle Robot (right) who were giving tips on the dos and don’ts of blogging . P.S. I managed to suss my craving for a new coat… OR TWO ! Coming soon ! xx – – – – – –

London Fashion Weekend 2012

DIY : My ideal army jacket

Army style’s back in and I’ve already started stealing my bf’s khaki green jacket. However, I’m not that keen on walking down the street and noticing every other girl is wearing just about the same coat as me. So, I’ve been dreaming up something a little more original… And it’s definitely going to include some serious DIYing. See my day dream doodle below : Military jacket by Topshop – DIY design by CNC So the idea is to embellish a dark green jacket with lighter greens and pinks – a nice girly twist to the military garment. Although the design screams embroidery, you know me… I’m not one to use old granny methods ! I like to do it the fast and furious way and I have a few ideas… To be continued ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : My ideal army jacket

Lookbook : It’s Spring again

I’m loving this mid-season weather in London – just like Spring ! I always think boots with skirts and dresses look odd in Winter – either it’s boot weather or it’s dress weather, right ?! – but today I’m making the most of the last days of sun to break my own rule. Studded leather boots and a mini-skirt, yes sir ! Mini-dress by IKKS Top by Warehouse Bag vintage Shoes by Zara xx – – – – – –

Lookbook : It’s Spring again

DIY : Grunge destroyed jeans

Sorry Levi’s but your straight black demi-curve just weren’t interesting enough for me this morning. After a good break in the middle of nowhere (a.k.a. Scotland), I’ve come back to London with a million DIY ideas. To kick off, here’s a video showing you how to destroy your jeans – in a good way ! Grungy gear is at the height of fashion this season so I decided to really go for it and distressed my jeans in subtle cross shapes. A big one on the knee and a smaller one on the thigh – what’s the dealeo ? To make your own grunge destroyed jeans, YOU WILL NEED : – A pair of denim jeans (containing as little elastic as possible) – Chalk – Scissors – Tweezers (or long nails and a lot of patience) Here’s how to : The result : Jean by Levis customised by CNC Bag by Manoush Top by Sugarhill Boutique And the attitude : xx – – – – – –

DIY : Grunge destroyed jeans

Trendspotting : Back to school – The goody two shoes

For the first time this year, I will NOT be going back to school. Or high school, or college, or uni, or anywhere different than WORK ! But for some reason I don’t feel all that grown up, and I still keep thinking I have to plan what I’ll be wearing on my first day back at school (YES, I always planned this weeks in advance !). The first day back at school was always an important day dress code wise. It’s either the day you meet a whole new crowd of people – and first impressions really do seem to count when you’re friend-picking, right ? – or it’s the day you show that crowd who you became over the Summer. My birthday is on September 3rd so I was lucky to always receive a new pair of shoes and a few other things I’d been desperate for and would usually turn up at school all brand new (until I went through my “brand new is uncool” phase – that didn’t last !). Usually I would follow a plan, in order to give the exact impression I was looking for – but really it was all just a bit of wardrobe fun ! This brings me to my Back to School Trendspotting series : over the next couple of weeks, let’s take a look at a few different back to school outfit ideas so that, if you’re setting foot back at high school, college, uni or even work, you too can tell them where it’s at ! The goody two shoes, a.k.a GTS Pearls, peplum, skinny jeans and ballet flats – white dresses and wedges – a splash of red lace and basics – the GTS is looking sweet this year, au naturel with a quirky smile ! Outfit 1 : Peplum top by Topshop / Jeans by Joe’s Jeans / Bow flats by Asos Outfit 2 : Dress by Allsaints / Wedge heels by Jimmy Choo Outfit 3 : White tee by American Vintage / Red lace shorts by Original Vintage Style / Ballet pumps by Repetto Coming soon in Back to School trends : The ever lasting holidaymaker… Make sure you don’t miss it by liking CNC on Facebook ! xx – – – – – –

Trendspotting : Back to school – The goody two shoes

Dream : This time next year // Dans un an

This time next year I will be picking my outfits for the London and Paris Fashion Weeks – and maybe even NYC. Watch that space. Until then I’ll continue to take photos of my feet. Dans un an je serai en train de préparer mes tenues pour les Fashion Week de Londres et Paris – et peut être même pour celle de NYC. Faîtes-moi confiance. D’ici là, je continuerai à prendre des photos de mes pieds. xx – – – – – –

Dream : This time next year // Dans un an

Shopping : Autumn wishlist #2

When the new collections began to poke their heads through the shop windows, I soon had a whole list of things that I would be looking to buy over the next season. Believe it or not, the list goes on. As more and more clothes, shoes, bags and accessories make their way into the stores, my Autumn wishlist seems to grow. I have been very good so far and have bought nothing but a turquoise Louche sweatshirt. However, I am preparing for a serious shopping sesh very soon to get myself over the end of holiday blues. Until then, here are some special bits and pieces I have placed in a wishful corner of my mind : Quand les nouvelles collections ont commencé à se montrer, je vous avais rapidement fait part de mes premiers coups de coeur. La liste s’allonge avec l’arrivée de nouvelles pièces… Pour le moment j’ai été assez sage, je n’ai acheté qu’un pull turquoise de la marque Louche. Ceci dit, je sens bien arriver une grosse session shopping très bientôt. Voici une nouvelle sélection de produits qui font boom boom dans ma cage thoracique :   1 :Heart Stud Pump Alexander McQueen / 2:Studded Tassle Bag by Mulberry / 3 : Quilted trench by Moncler / 4 : Tee-shirt by Ralph Lauren / 5 : Brown leather boots by Stuart Weitzman / 6 : Silk scarf by Salvatore Ferragamo / 7 :Lingerie by  Jenny Packham / 8 : Eye Colour Quad by Tom Ford (love the glittery grey !) / 9 : Python blouse by MICHAEL Michael Kors / 10 : Orb Shoulder Bag by Vivienne Westwood As you can see, my selections are getting more and more wintery – must be the rain that has suddenly decided to pour all over the South of France. Bring on boots, cozy sweaters and snuggly scarves ! Comme vous pouvez le voir, mes envies sont de plus en plus hivernales – cela doit être dû à cette merveilleuse pluie qui a décidé d’arroser tout le sud de la France en plein mois d’août.  xx Sponsored post – although this selection is 100% authentic ! – – – – – –

Shopping : Autumn wishlist #2

Trendspotting : Stones // Les pierres

They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but I reakon diamonds have had their nose pushed out of joint ! Raiding the usual online boutiques, I’ve come across 50 shades of green, purple, blue, red and yellow, trapped inside cut glass or precious stone and clasped onto gold and silver findings. However, you know what Miss Catwalk is like, she likes to dazzle and surprise. This year’s shows saw jewels not only on wrists, fingers and necks but also… everywhere else ! So bags, tops, dresses, shoes and anything else you can think of are glamorously embellished – candy for the eye (and an easy trend to DIY) ! Paraît-il que les diamants sont les meilleures amies de la femme ? On dirait bien que ce n’est plus d’actualité mais que les autres pierres précieuses ont pris le relai ! En fouillant mes sites préférés, je trouve des pierres de toutes les couleurs et montées sur bijoux mais aussi sur des sacs, tops, robes et chaussures – au passage : une inspiration parfaite pour les fans de DIY. WHAT ?! Chunky cuts, dripping drops and sparkling speckles of rich colour set in precious metal… It’s funny how fashion reflects abundance in a time of economic distress. When times become hard, signs of ease become literally bigger, separating the rich and poor at the glimpse of a hand. Of course nowadays we have highstreet fashion – an godsend for those of us who cannot afford to accessorize each season’s wardrobe with the latest luxuries. Grosses pierres, petites pierres, morceaux de pierre… Le tout accompagné de métaux précieux… C’est marrant de voir comme la mode reflète le contraire de la situation économique actuelle. Quand les temps sont durs, les signes d’abondance grandissent – littéralement ! De nos jours ceci dit, nous avons accès à de nombreuses collections plus bas de gamme permettant à toutes les femmes de faire évoluer leur collection de joubi avec les saisons ! WHO ?! Yves Saint Laurent has brought out a stunning new collection of  “Arty Ovel Rings” – an extremely bold statement : Yves Saint Laurent a sorti une collection de bagues hors du commun, les “Arty Oval Rings” (“bagues ovales artistiques”) – elles parlent d’elles-mêmes : Etro have some incredible necklaces, Erikson Beamon some very original rings and Marni some sophisticated amber accessories. But really, all you have to do is click on the jewelry selection on net-a-porter.com and you’ll see the most amazing choice of jewels of all sorts ! On the cheaper end of the market, Topshop, Asos, River Island and all the other usual favorites have done a good job of offering more affordable pieces, check out the “Jewels for under £30” selection below : Etro présente des pièces magnifiques tout comme Erikson Beamon et Marni. Vous n’avez qu’à cliquer sur la page bijoux de Net-a-porter.com pour témoigner de la quantité de pierres utilisées cette saison. Du côté plus abordable du marché, Topshop, Asos, River Island et tous les autres favoris proposent une large sélection d’accessoires ornés. Regardez cette sélection de pierres à moins de £30 (à peu près moins de 40€) : Selection 1 : River Island / Selection 2 : Asos / Selection 3 : Topshop – All available online now / Tous en vente en ligne en ce moment WOULD I ?! I don’t like to go over the top on fake luxury and I certainly can’t afford the real thing but some of the above pieces are pretty well thought up and I have also had a bit of a go at DIYing gems too – take a loot at this : nail polish painted over a diamante necklace : Je n’aime pas trop le fake mais je dois avouer que la sélection au-dessus contient pas mal de choses que je me ferais un plaisir de porter. J’ai aussi tenté le DIY avec un collier en verre repeint avec du vernis à ongles : – – – – – –

Trendspotting : Stones // Les pierres

Trendspotting : Studs / Les clous

Now this is an easy subject for a DIY fashion blog ! But you have to agree, studs seem to be screwed into everything (and anything?!) in the new collections shops are displaying. Voilà un post facile pour une fan de DIY, mais vous admettrez que les clous sont partout, sur tout et n’importe quoi d’ailleurs, depuis l’arrivée des nouvelles collections. WHAT ?! No need to explain what a stud is, but maybe I can remind you where the trend comes from. Not that I was around at the time, but back in the 70’s when real punks were having a real good time, studs were a mark of rebellion, just as were pierings, tattoos and safety pins. Injecting pieces of metal into things that didn’t initially need to be double checked at the airport seemed to be the coolest thing to do back then and designers like Vivienne Westwood picked up on this punk look, introducing studs to the catwalk. These days, studs are often added to pair of cut-off jeans for a festival look but this year it looks like that’s just not enough.. ! Jackets, jeans, leggings, bags, hair accessories, sweaters, socks, shoes… I’ve seen all of these studded in the past couple of weeks. Je ne vais pas tenter le coup de vous décrire ce qu’est un clou à tissu, mais il peut être intéressant de se rappeler l’origine de cette tendance. Non pas que j’aie pu le constater de mes propres yeux, mais dans les années 1970, les clous étaient une marque de rebellion portée par les punks, les vrais, parmi leurs tatouages, piercings, épingles et autres trucs qui font sonner les alarmes de Charles de Gaulle. C’est ensuite les designers comme Vivienne Westwood qui ont su relayer cette tendance punky, l’introduisant pour la première fois sur les podiums. Aujourd’hui les clous sont souvent utilisés pour customiser un short pour un look pop-rock-festival, mais cette année cette petite touche ne suffit plus ! Les vestes, jeans, leggings, sacs, accessoires à cheveux, pulls, chaussettes et chaussures sont tous ornés de clous et envahissent les vitrines de la nouvelle saison. WHO ?! I don’t think I’d ever seen so many studs under the enourmous roof of Oxford Street Topshop, but they’re not the only ones studding everything they can lay their studders on. Miu Miu have some amazing pairs of studded sneakers on the go, never mind Louboutin’s numerous choice of spiky heels . Take a look at this selection : Je n’ai jamais vu autant de clous sous le toit de Topshop sur Oxford Street ! Parmi mes marques préférés, Miu Miu font aussi des paires de baskets à tomber, sans parler des talons totalement délirants de Louboutin. Une petite sélection : 1 : Topshop 2 : Miu Miu 3 : Louboutin (of course !) 4 : Topshop 5 : Alexander Mcqueen 6 : Michael Michael Kors 7 : Topshop 8 : Louboutin 9 : Topshop 10 : Topshop 11 : Topshop WOULD I ?! This is a stupid question. Studs are THE easiest DIY in the WORRRRRLD. I’ll be making it extra special with some nice patterns and colours – watch out ! Question idiote puisque les clous sont le DIY le plus simple au MOOOONDe ! Je vais tâcher de faire ça bien avec de jolies formes et couleurs – à suivre ! Below is my favorite studded item so far… Zara’s red studded boots ! Ci-dessous mon produit cloué préféré du moment, des bottines clouées rouges de chez Zara ! xx – – – – – –

Trendspotting : Studs / Les clous