Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Mistletoe and Wine - The Joys of the Christmas Party

Well its that time of the year again 10 days until Christmas and I'm sure that a lot of you have parties, get togethers and general revelry planned for the next few weeks. The reason for this post is just in case any of you don't have your outfit sorted yet there are still options available. The first designer I'm going to on my trek is the simply divine Anne Scholz

The first entry is this gorgeous reinvention of the LBD.

The gorgeous Em from boombands blog wore this at curves in couture and I fell in love. Anna's styling yet again has got the fairy dust factor. The jersey skims not clings and it's just too amazing for words.

The second dress is this killer leopard print in the double silk.
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Double silk is one of Anna's signature fabrics, a divine blend of silk and lycra it gives fantastic shape with no creasing and it allows movement with no rigidity. This dress is feminine, flattering and uber sexy.

My third pick is from those peeps at Navabi
This Manon Baptiste is simple and the transparent panel at the sleeves and collar makes it a little bit daring. I'd wear this with fishnet tights/stockings and heels or boots.

The 4th pick for me is this killer red maxi dress again from Manon Baptiste at Navabi
I love red for Christmas it's festive and fun. You could dress this up with statement jewellery (I'm thinking black and sparkly) and killer red lipstick.

Well I hope you have enjoy this piece as much as I have writing it. My next pieces are going to be reviews of the Manon Baptiste lace leggings and Sealed With A Kiss embellished red maxi dress


Victoria xx

Friday, December 9, 2011


Well the temperature is dropping so I thought I'd share my favorite pieces to keep you warm and dry as well as trendy.

My first pick is this gorgeous Barbara Speer long red pullover from navabi

I LOVE THIS COLOUR - It's festive and this design is quirky and different. It's not like the ponchos of history the 3/4 length sleeves, asymmetrical hemline and it has my other love for winter knitwear and thats pockets to put my gloves in. I would wear this with a jersey shirt underneath and team it with black leggings and boots.

My second pick is again from navabi and is this yummy manon baptiste merino wool blend sweater dress

This comes in 3 different colour ways. I love the turtle neckline and after the past few really cold winters we have had I think that everyone needs at least one GOOD wool/wool blend jumper. This can be easily worn with leggings and boots, or jersey type trousers.

Now it's on to coats this Mara Gibbucci wool jacket with piping again from navabi is so cute.

The high proportion of wool this is made with will keep you as warm as toast and if we have snow the way we did last year this needs to be considered asap. I remember when the snow came in over the last two winters and every shop sold out of coats, hats and goves within hours. A good coat is an INVESTMENT piece that will last you YEARS. Just make sure you store it well (I'm a fan of the vac bags and cedar balls) and you will get the most out of it.

Finally is this gorgeous D Celli bordeaux red hooded coat again from navabi.

I love hoods on my coats. I know they are not everyones thing but I have a pathalogical aversion to having cold ears. I think this is a great all round item that will see you through early spring as well.

My next post is going to be my pick of the last minute christmas party dresses so keep your eyes peeled.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Living in fairy land....

It appears once again the chain store H&M is hitting the headlines for the wrong reasons. In the last 2 months Donatella Versace refused to work with "NORMAL" sized models for her diffusion collaberation with them. Now it has been confirmed that most of the "models" bodies on their website are computer generated so they can "design" a body that can display the clothes better than a real person.

Look familiar?

I believe that any photos in magazines, websites and in shops if they have had ANY kind of touch up/photoshop/cyber intervention this should be clearly labelled.

These totally unhuman pictures are a disgrace. Women and in particular teenagers follow these magazines and they are being given images straight out of fairyland. These body shapes are not real. Susan Ringwood, chief executive of the eating disorder charity Beat, said: 'We understand why you need a mannequin to stand in a shop window, but not when you could have a real living body instead.

I have never bought in H&M although they have a small plus section not in every store. On the few occasions I have been in the workmanship is dire and the fit is abysmal.

I have a feeling this is not going to be the last we hear about computer generated models there are a few other sites that I can think of where the models seem too perfect for words.