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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

Shopping : Coat nominations 2012

Every Winter I just feel like hibernating. I know other people say this because they don’t like wintertime, I say it because I do. I even like rainy days in Summer, to be honest, but let’s not go there because a lot of you are still crying over our short Summer. Anyway, what I’m trying to say is : I’m a coat girl. Yummy, snuggly, warm, furry, cuddly coats. I already have quite a few in my wardrobe (I wish they’d go away so I can reasonably buy a new one !) but I think they’re going to have to make way for a new friend sometime soon… Yes, it’s that time of the year : The coat nominations 2012 ! Picking a coat is such a difficult choice. Coats are most likely the most worn item in Winter (if you’re not counting Hunter boots) and are basically the first impression you give for about 4 months ! OK, you can have more than one (and that’s where my stock of old friends comes in), but let’s face it, choosing a coat is one of the most difficult decisions of the year to say the least. That is considering the other decisions you have to make are A/ whether or not to have your hair trimmed when you’re actually trying to grow it, B/ whether or not to call your friend even though she’s been a bitch lately and C/ whether or not to tell your mom you didn’t really win your latest Chanel clutch in a raffle. Anyway, straight back to the point… Let’s not make any mistakes. And the nominees are : Rock chick : Manoush Barbie doll : Tara Jarmon Miss hairy : Sud Express And in the WTF category (rest assured, these I will NOT be buying), I call : (And no I’m not telling you where they come from, I don’t want to take part in your social suicide.) Whilst we’re at it, here’s a jacket I am totally in ♥ with atm… A classic from Asos I actually don’t think I’m ready to make a decision yet. Way too much pressure ! xx – – – – – –  

Shopping : Coat nominations 2012

DIY : Globetrotter bag

Recently I was offered the chance to do a DIY exclusively for the French crafts site www.alittlemercerie.com. Studs are the craze this season, but the people on this site are very crafty so I needed to find them a challenge… Here is what I came up with : A trendy, studded, leather bag for the globetrotters out there ! Let me know what you think ! TUTORIAL THIS WAY (in French but with easy-to-follow images) P.S. Don’t forget to turn the BLUE button in the sidebar PURPLE by clicking on it (it won’t redirect you). This will boost my chances in the French Golden Blog Awards ! Thank youuuu ! xx – – – – – –

DIY : Globetrotter bag

Trendspotting : Animal prints

Today I’m feeling beasty. I’ve pulled on a grey leopard print sweater (see outfit here) and I’ve selected a range of animal print items for you to check out. I always think animal prints look tacky until I buy yet another feline item. Actually, when you add all my catty clutter together, I come across as quite the victim ! There’s just something so rock ‘n’ roll about a good fur print. Whether you’re a secret fan like me or still a leo print virgin, there’s definitely no escaping the Savannah frenzy this season… So get your claws out and grab yourself some of these : 1 : Topshop / 2 : River Island / 3 : Topshop / 4 : River Island / 5 : Topshop / 6 : Zara / 7 : Topshop / 8 : Topshop / 9 : Topshop / 10 : Michael Kors <3 / 11 : River Island (similar on Asos) / 12 : Zara As far as my wardrobe’s concerned, I’d say number 6 is a must have. Although I do also have my eyes on this little prey from River Island : Also, here is a piccy of my most recent pet, freshly hunted down in Zara. Oh and, one final confession… My Google Chrome is sporting the trend with the 2012 D&G theme. Beat THAT. xxGrrr – – – – – –

Trendspotting : Animal prints

DIY : Tie Dye Tote // Sac Tie & Dye

What to do on a(nother) rainy day, hey ?! Get dying ! Here’s an introduction to tie dying, these steps will teach you to try your first tie dye project creating a splash effect. I did this on a tote because I thought it would be a great way to add that hippy trend to any outfit, but you could definitely try this on a tee-shirt or any other item of clothing. When you’ve mastered this, look out for upcoming tutorials on a more advanced level – its such a trend this year that I’ll be showing you lots of tricks and giving you tons of ideas to inspire you ! Que faire un jour de pluie ? Sortir la teinture ! Voilà un premier tuto tie & dye comme promis, celui-ci vous apprenant la base de cette technique : teindre en créant un effet éclaboussure d’encre. J’ai choisi de customiser un sac mais cette méthode fonctionnera bien évidement sur vos tee-shirts ou autres vêtements – à votre créativité de prendre le relai ! Une fois que vous maîtrisez le tye die ‘simple’, revenez voir les autres tutos que je prévois pour les semaines à venir. Je vous livrerai les secrets du métier (rien que ça!), des astuces et idées pour vous inspirer ! 1 : Mix your die / Préparez votre teinture Dyes work differently so follow the simple steps on the back of the packet. You will most likely need salt and warm water. I use Dylon dye because as far as I’m concerned its the best range out there. The colours last and the available spectrum is beautifully wide. (Colour here : Ocean blue) Chaque teinture est différente donc suivez les pas indiqués sur le paquet de la vôtre. Vous aurez sans doute besoin de sel et d’eau chaude. Pour ma part, j’utilise de les teintures Dylon car, selon moi, ce sont les meilleures du marché avec une étendue de couleurs incroyable et une qualité de produit très fiable. (Couleur utilisée ici : Ocean Blue) 2 : TIE / Attacher For this you will need your hands and a few elastic bands. Pinch the center part of your fabric and randomly crease it all together. Wrap a rubber band around to secure the folded fabric. Repeat as many times as you like working towards the outside of the fabric and adding in an elastic band every 3-4 centimeters. Vous aurez besoin de vos mimines et de quelques élastiques. Prenez le point le plus centré de votre tissu et pliez le tissu tout autour de manière aléatoire. Attacher avec un élastique. Continuer en vous rapprochant du bord du tissu et en ratachant un élastique tous les 3-4 centimètres. 3 : DYE / Teindre Dip your tied fabric into the dye. I left the handles of my tote hanging out so that they stayed white. Leave to soak 15 minutes or more depending on the intensity of colour you want. Trempez votre tissu tout attaché dans la teinture. Pour mon sac, j’ai laissé les bretelles sorties de la teinture pour les garder blanches. Laisser 15 minutes ou plus selon l’intensité de couleur souhaitée. 4 : Untie & rinse / Détacher & rincer Remove the rubber bands and rinse until the water runs clear. Enlever les élastiques et rincer jusqu’à ce que l’eau redevienne transparente. 5 : Leave to dry and iron out ! / Laisser sécher et repasser ! Lace top / Top en dentelle by Kookaï Bracelets by Accessorize Belt by H&M xx – – – – – –

DIY : Tie Dye Tote // Sac Tie & Dye

Lookbook : Nearest thing

Summer style is all about grabbing the nearest thing and throwing it on… right ? I just so happened to be lying next to my neon pink top and bellerinas as well as a perfectly matching skirt ! Luck ! ; ) En été, on met la première chose qui nous tombe sous la main, non ? Il s’avère que je dormais pile à côté de mon top et mes ballerines roses fluo ainsi qu’une jupe parfaitement assortie… Quel heureux hazard ! ; ) – Neon top by H&M – Aztec skirt / jupe : “Fashion against Aids” by H&M also seen here – Neon flats / ballerines by GAP – Sunnies : old ♥ – – – – – –

Lookbook : Nearest thing

Lookbook : No parking please

Scrunched up shorts, studded boots and peppermint silk… All I need now is a sun tan ! Un short replié, des bottines clouées et un top menthe à l’eau… Manque plus qu’un p’tit bronzage ! – Silk top / Top en soie by Handwritten – Silk cardigan / Gilet en soie by Nougat London – Shorts by Aquaverdl – Belt / Ceinture by Ralph Lauren – Boots by Vero Cuoio – Bangle / Bracelet by La Fée Maraboutée – Sunnies : freebie with Tatlet ! xx – – – – – –

Lookbook : No parking please

1+1+1+1+1+1….. = 1000

Already over 1000 likes on the Clones ‘n’ Clowns Facebook page…  It means a lot ! xx – – – – – –

1+1+1+1+1+1….. = 1000

Editorial: JUNE – Bring on Summer !

As you may have noticed, the month of June kicks off with celebrations galore ! I have spent a good couple of days DIYing the Jubilee outfit I will be sporting this week-end and the whole of England is preparing for a 4 day bank holiday – yippee ! For the rest of you out there, you probably have more days off than we do in England anyway and you Yankees have July 4th coming up soon ! I’ll get some DIYed shorts sorted for you guys too ; ) So as I was saying : summer celebrations. And that’s about it really, that’s exactly the point I wish to make in this second editorial. Let’s make this whole month of June one entire celebration ! A Summer party, a time for exchanging, lazing around as well as jumping about, reading, writing, thinking, dreaming, creating… And maybe even trying your first DIY project ?! Once again, I’ll be trying my best to bring you quality trendspotting, inspirational outfits and original DIY tutorials so that Clones ‘n’ Clowns becomes a place you LOVE passing by. Let me know what you think by leaving a comment, a message on my Facebook page or sending me an email on clonesNclowns@gmail.com. Thank you for reading ! xx Aimee

Editorial: JUNE – Bring on Summer !