Sunday, 1 August 2010

BATTERSEA PARK CAR BOOT SALE







Today I went to the absolutely amazing car boot sale at Battersea Park School. It takes place every Sunday and fortunately for those of us who enjoy sleep, it starts at 1.30pm rather than the usual nightmarishly early car boot sale start times.


Probably due to the fact that it’s on in the afternoon and the fact that it’s incredible it is very busy, so it’s best to get there when it starts so that other people don’t beat you to the amazing clothes and jewellery!



Last time I went I had £80 in my bank account to last me to the end of the week- for food and transport etc. I ended up running to the cash point so that I could buy a real crocodile skin vintage handbag for £50. Such an incredible purchase and absolutely no regrets even if it did mean I had a week of living off pasta and cup a soup.



Beauty.


This time I took out £20 and left my card at home which turned out to be quite a good idea as it forced me to haggle more.

There were loads of cool, well-dressed people there rummaging through piles of vintage clothes.

These rings were my first find.



The large one was £4, and the other two were £5 together.

I then spotted this lovely Dari Meya dress. I thought it would be at least £5 (expensive for car boots) as I remember a few years ago everyone went absolutely crazy for these dresses on eBay and was paying over £250 for them.

I was so shocked when the lady said it was 50p! What a bargain! I know it’s a bit last season but I still think it’s beautiful and I’m going to wear it with pride!

Another purchase that I am SO happy with is this lovely pair of fitted brown suit trousers by Heidemann.

I found them at the bottom of this gigantic pile of vintage clothes. They were only 50p and fit perfectly, even if they do smell a bit.

I got a few other things:

Love this material, 50p.

I like the cuffed sleeves, £5.00

Going to turn this into a mini-skirt, £2.50.


I was dramatically running out of money when I saw this beautiful dark green tweed shorts suit. Cue panic.

The lady selling it said it was £3 but after I stood there arduously counting out my coppers she lost patience and let me have it for £1.90! (Good tactic for future boot sales?) It looks lovely on as it’s really well tailored. I think it will look really nice for autumn with a nice loose cream shirt underneath.


As you can see, you can get some incredible bargains at this boot sale. I totally recommend it to anyone trying to get an individual look on a budget.




DETAILS:

Sunday afternoon car boot sale at the Battersea Tec College, Battersea Park Road, SW11
(entrance in Dagnall Street)

Train: Queenstown Road Battersea
Time: Every Sunday from 1:30pm to 5:00pm except 26 December 2004 and 2 January 2005
Sellers from 1pm from £8.00
For more information please contact the following number -
Phone: 07941-383-588

Saturday, 31 July 2010

JODHPUR JUMPSUIT??!

Heidi Klum embraced the jodhpur look at the premiere of season 8 of Project Runway in New York this week.


The stark white jodhpur jumpsuit and cropped jacket she is wearing are by Givenchy.




It’s not that Heidi can’t pull off this look, it’s just that it’s just a bad look and would look bad on anyone, including the beautiful Heidi Klum.

Don’t get me wrong, I am definitely pro-jodhpur but jumpsuits are a no-no in my book. I don’t care what style they are, jodhpur, floral, silk, whatever- they belong on babies and painters/decorators and that’s where they should stay.

Friday, 30 July 2010

JOHDPURS BONANZA

I’ve now seen three people in the space of a week walking around London in jodhpurs. Am I missing something? When did jodhpurs make the departure from the stables to the city?

I was trying to establish whether jodhpurs are an actually trend and there hasn’t just been some horse-riding association event on in London this week so I did an eBay search for them and it came up 121 jodhpurs for sale.

At first I thought I wasn’t svelte enough for jodhpurs as I’m a size 12 but now I’m warming to the idea and have my eye on a pair of nice black ones going for only £3.19at the moment.



I have a vision of black jodhpurs teamed with pointy high-heeled boots and a loose cream shirt with ruffles which is what I am going to try to achieve.

The trend may stem from several designers whose shows featured jodhpurs at Paris fashion week.

Veronique Leroy’s Fall/Winter collection 2010 featured a lot of beige, with a great emphasis on obvious seams and padding. There were some fabulous lace dresses with fur slashing down the front which I absolutely love but the collection also featured jodhpurs and harem pants.






(Not exactly related to jodhpurs but fur-slashed dress by Leroy- Oh God how I want you!)

Dior designer John Galliano’s Fall/Winter collection 2010 also featured a lot of beige, brown and khaki green colours. The designer teamed beautifully tailored jodhpurs with hunting jackets in oversized check prints, girly frilly leather waistcoats and fur-lined sweeping jackets. The Dior models looked beautiful, with epic volumous hair curled out at the sides and trailing backcombed plaits.








Ralph Lauren and Victoria Beckham’s winter collections also include jodhpurs of a more conventional style.



Ralph Lauren Hudson Classic Suede Jodhpur ($298)


Victoria Beckham's tasteful jodhpur-esque offering




Recently, I have totally exorcised leggings and *shudder* jeggings from my wardrobe as I realised by wearing them I was embracing council estate chic. Skinny jeans are now a bit bland and leggings just look scruffy and hideous so jodhpurs are definitely a much better alternative. They are casual yet structured and much more interesting then just wearing jeans. Bring on autumn, I think I’m ready to embrace the equestrian look!




You can even get tuxedo style jodhpurs for the office like this pair by designer Robert Rodriguez.



I'm going to apoligize in advance for the next image, I wasn't sure whether to include it on here because it's just so horrific but it did make me laugh as I was recoiling.
Latex jodhpur catsuit- I seriously will be having nightmares about this. Screw dreaming about being in a public place and looking down to see yourself naked, my nightmares will now consist of me looking down to discover myself decked out in this monstrosity. Oh.my.god. The model in the pic even seems to be carrying a knife!


Image from ebay seller: latex*star*glamour*kitten

Thursday, 29 July 2010

INTO THE WILD













At the moment I am completely lusting after Top Shop’s new AW10 collection ‘Into the Wild’.


There is something really poetic about this collection, its kind of romantic meets ravaged. All fur and sheer fabrics and long flowing hemlines.


No one has really used this word to describe it yet but it is really pagan in spirit I think. I loved the antlers and animal head headdresses the models were wearing to showcase the collection at this year’s London fashion week.


I think the collection fits in really well with a load of other trends going on at the moment. The whole otherworldly, pagan, natural character of bands like Fleet Foxes, Midlake and Mumford and Sons.


The collection also seems to draw upon the popularity of the theme of vampirism made popular recently by the Twilight films.


The website says: ‘Untamed hair, dark crimson lips, a trapper hat and spiked boots are worn with everything- this is a look that’s fragile yet untamed.’


I want all of it, but there is one piece in particular I can hardly stop thinking about. This gorgeous fur-trimmed waistcoat (£45).

I love this waistcoat- it’s just so unique.
It’s not like anything I have really seen before and I can imagine it would look totally cool with tousled hair and maybe a long dark flowing dress underneath, and loads of necklaces. Oh god I want it.
The only concern I have about it is the texture of the wool. From the photograph it could be that horrible shiny wool you see cheap bags made out of on sale in Cypriot markets. I just can’t tolerate shiny wool- nothing makes you look so cheap so I’m going to check it out in Oxford Street before I part with my £45.




I was interested to see these Biker Trousers (£32) in the collection as well.


I’ve started noticing girls around London wearing jodhpurs recently which are quite similar. I actually quite like the jodhpur look although you have to be really skinny to make it work.
Anyway, hats off to Top Shop. What a wonderful collection!