I finally got my hands on some tabi boots! I was a little worried as Margiela only goes up to a 7/40 (WHY), but they actually fit well. They’re leather on the inside so I’m sure they’ll stretch out a little too. The white leather tabi’s are still on my list for dreamy-all-in-white-outfits, but I think these brown hessians will get a lot more wear. Perfect transitional Summer to Autumn boots!
New in: Graphic matt and shine clutch by Kzeniya, now available to buy in Selfridges. My bag collection has been growing rapidly as of late, I seemed to have clutches in every colours except black, and the two finishes won me over – perfect addition!
Apologies for the lack of posts as of late, if you follow me on Instagram (@girlalamode) you’ll be seeing sneak peaks of my SS13 collection! So exciting, and only 17 days to go!
Sitting here editing these photos has made me so hungry! Last week Lexxi introduced me to Ukai Sushi; just down the road from her work, she goes regularly for a bite and was the perfect partner to order all the best dishes on the menu.
It all looked so good and we sat there hungrily eyeing up everyone else’s dishes, until we decided to go for a mix of sushi and hot plates, washed down with some miso soup and a bottle of their sweet homemade Sake! The sushi was out of this world and I’m pretty sure I’m hooked, next time I’m in central I’ll be heading back here to catch Lex on one of her impromptu lunches!
This week I discovered new London based accessories label, KITE. Specialising in leather, their designs are minimal and clean with a strong focus on texture and material – a label after my own heart, I’m sure you know.
Kite was founded by designers Sally Kite and Grace Eden who between them have worked for Meadham Kirchoff, Halston and Marios Schwab, and despite only being around for one season, are already stocked at Shine in Hong Kong, and Darkroom. The edgy design of the mohawk clutches strike me as something I’d be gawking at walking around somerset house at fashion week or on the street; whilst the wallets and card holders are keeping it clean and classic in beautiful python and pony leathers.
What can I say, other than I need to get my hands on all of it?
Whilst this outfit may seem a little extreme for the nice weather we’re sort of having at the moment, this is the kind of look you get used to in London; warm if the weather turns mean and easily shed when the sun turns a smile.
I love this new shirt by Edun, which is pretty much just a square with a collar attached, also the whole ‘cocoon with some legs sticking out and walking around’ look. Super comfortable and super layered.
How would you like to win a VIP trip to fashion week? One of my favourite websites, Motilo, have teamed up with Jonathan Saunders and will be streaming his SS13 show live from Motilo.com on 16th September! To celebrate, they’ve created one seriously amazing competition – A VIP trip to London Fashion Week for two, plus accommodation in a swanky hotel and £1000 spending money!
To enter all you have to do is create your LFW look on Motilo and include LFW in the name. Even if you’re not the lucky one, runner up still wins £500 or 5 x £100 to spend on designer brands in the Motilo shop! The lucky winners will be chosen on the 7th of September. Good luck everyone!
I’ve been experimenting with more and more manicure variations of the DIY I posted last week. Absolutely in love with this one! Nude undercoat with black spiked tips. Almost gives the illusion of claws!
I painted the nails nude first, then cut triangles out of masking tape, this time putting them further down the nail, towards the end, then painted over with black. Remove when dry and add top coat.
In the mean time I’ve been working on my SS13 collection, so excited for fashion week in less than a month now! I also got myself a bicycle to zip around the city in. Took it out for it’s first ride to the flower market yesterday!
There’s no doubt that East London’s Columbia Road flower market is the place to be on a Sunday, just a short walk away from Brick Lane’s PUMA YARD, it hosts live music, a farmers market, coffee pit stops, cafe’s and of course, the flower stalls overspilling with freshly cut or grown greenery. The sound of merchants trying to out shout each other is deafening as you walk down Columbia Road (GET YOUR ROSES £5 A BUNCH!), and always brings a smile to my face.
For lunch I stopped by Printers and Stationers, an old printing workshop converted into an eatery just off the square where you can watch the buskers play, it’s the perfect chill out spot for a beer a beer and pulled pork sandwich, as well as being just around the corner from the fresh Oyster bar. The flower market is open from 8am to 4pm on Sundays only.
Helpful tip: turn up around 4pm, closing time, for bunches of flowers for £2 or £3!
Last Saturday the UK blogging clan got together for a yard sale in Susie’s yard (pictured above), the whole day was a lot of fun, if not a little hard core in the morning with bargain hunters queuing from 9.30am! You’ve got to be in it, to win it, eh? In the afternoon it was barbecues and sunshine and we all got to relax a little. The sale came at the perfect time for me, as I’d just moved house, I was ruthless with my selling; my highest price being £50 for some Nicholas Kirkwood shoes! Thank you to those who made it, it was a pleasure meeting all of you and I’m already seriously looking forward to the next one!
I only recently found out that Hussein Chalayan was the creative director for PUMA! When choosing some pieces from the PHC collection I felt I couldn’t pass up these beautiful grey leather high tops, availably exclusively at the PUMA Carnaby Street store. Having a look through his past collections for the brand, it’s definitely the shoes that are continually catching my eye; minimal aesthetic but practical and comfortable, it’s a perfect match I think!