Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Westwood Wednesday

And last up of my Vivienne Westwood Catwalk Collection Look Books - The Anglomania Collection! This is definitely her most edgy and modern collection of the 3 but it still has some amazing items. As normal click on the images to enlarge.

This dress is amazing, the silhouette is perfect, my 50's style dream.
I adore 5, 10 and 19.
The jacket in 6 is stunning and 15 and 17 are so simple and elegant.
This dress is so wearable and such an eye catching colour

Which outfits are you loving?
Plus now you have seen all 3 look books, which collection is your favourite?

I have no idea what I shall be posting next week now that I have shown you these. Any suggestions on a Westwood themed post. Anything you would like to see or know?

Daisymay X

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Outfit post - Anthropologie in the Bay

Well I wore the Anthropologie top I won to Cosmo's last week, to celebrate Biz's Birthday. Me and Jon went down early so we could take some pictures down on the bay front with the sun just about to set. It's still not very warm here, although we are seeing the sun a lot more recently, so I paired my new top with my wide leg trousers, my brogues and my full length coat. Luckily it was very quiet and peaceful in The Bay at this time of night so we were able to get lots of great photos. So I apologise for the image heavy post in advance!

Top: Anthropologie
Trousers: Debenhams Collection
Shoes: New Look
Jacket: Debenhams Collection
Necklace: Pieces via swap with Krystal
Ring: Silver & Co

Again I apologise for so many photos but I am useless at editing down when I like lots (there were lots more!)
So what would you pair this floral top with? I think this combo was just an easy choice and nothing to out there or adventurous. I shall have to think of some other combo's for the summer as I love this top and think it will become a summer staple.

What's you key item for this summer? Is there any particular trend you are loving or looking forward too?

Daisymay X

Sunday, 27 March 2011

Sunday Inspiration

Today's inspiration photos come from the Fever London Catalogue. And here is the little story of how the catalogue came to be in my possession.

My lovely new editor from The Bay magazine in Swansea decided to take me around all the little boutique stores in Mumbles to introduce me to the owners and to have a nose at the items in stock so we could plan some of my articles. Whilst on our wanders we had a good little nose at all the lovely clothes the shops had to offer and a nice little chat, about our styles and tastes etc. So when we walked into Goose Island and I saw this dress I said how this was my perfect dress and totally the style I would like to wear. So...
Lesley said I should try it on. I of course declined the offer as we were technically on a business meeting and I felt silly, I had only meet this women once before when she hired me. But she stood her ground and said we couldn't leave the store until I had tried it on, so I caved. Whilst trying it on I reminded Lesley I was on a shopping ban (she already new after seeing my blog) and that I had no where to wear such a nice dress. She reminded me I was going to my In-Laws wedding and would have to have something new. So when I came out and the dress was such a perfect fit on me she announced 'We'll take it!' I tried to reason that she couldn't buy me a dress but she ignored me and did any way.
Isn't it stunning?
And isn't my editor amazing?? Lol
Well that's the first part of my story the second part involves me getting theses two dress.
For FREE!!
After Lesley bought me my dress I decided to google Fever London to check out what other items they did, as this dress really was a perfect fit on my frame. That led me to their Facebook Page, and their status at that time said they were looking for people to review their S/S catalogue. So I emailed and amazingly I was one of the chosen few to review the collection.
3 days later the amazing catalogue turned up on my door step, accompanied by a lovely letter saying that in return for my review I would be able to chose 2 dresses from the catalogue as a Thank You! Yay!
So I chose the Tonga Sundress and the Bluebird Side Lace Dress both £74.99. My review will be going up soon on their blog so I'll keep you posted.

But for now here are my fav editorial shots from the beautiful catalogue to keep you entertained.

Please do check out their site as they do such stunning clothing. Most is vintage inspired which makes it even more perfect to me. They are great for special occasions and are really beautifully made as well. There really is something for all tastes too. Enjoy!

Daisymay X

p.s. I know I have been banging on about The Shopping Forecast a lot lately but voting for this moths competitions ends on Thursday and I am so close on winning again this month. I just need another 2 votes on one of my outfits! So if you are already signed up please vote for my '4th July' outfits and if you haven't signed up yet, what are you waiting for. They give away 2 prizes every month of £200, one for number of votes and one for best average rating over the month. Its so worth 10 mins of your time to be in with a chance of winning. Just click the box below and hit follow to register. THANKS!!

Friday, 25 March 2011

Friend Friday: Feminism

Tis another Friday ladies, and I assume most of you are very happy about this fact as it is the end of your work week, sadly it is the start of my extremely busy weekend! So blah to Friday's!
Anyway Friday also means another Friend Friday post and this week were are weighing-in on a heavy and slightly controversial subject - Feminism! It seems to be a topic that has been discuss a lot lately as I have seen articles on the subject in a number of magazines in the past few weeks. So now it's time for us FBFF ladies to talk about our views on the subject.
1. Do you think there is an incompatibility between feminism and a love for fashion?
Hell no! Lol. I am happy to be a feminist - I think I can say I am a feminist - and as so I believe being a feminist these days is nothing like the stereotypes that have been associated with it in the past. I think feminism today is just a matter of being willing to stand up for the rights of women (women everywhere) and believe that women are deserving of equal rights in all areas of life. It's also being willing to stand up for yourself and knowing that you are capable of anything a man is, and that a women should never be controlled or totally dependant on a man. So having a love fashion has absolutely nothing to do with being a feminist. Nor does it contradict the act of being a feminist. I have a love of fashion, and it is a personal thing for me. I dress to please me, in things I like, no one else. So in that sense fashion is just another thing women need to stand up for, if you love fashion then just love it and don't let anyone say you are shallow or vain because of it.

2. There is more to each of us than a love for fashion, how do you incorporate every aspect of yourself into your blog?
Ok that's a tricky one. Like you say I do have a love of fashion but mine is a personal fashion sense for a start as I don't follow trends, I just love clothes and style, so I suppose I incorporate my personal taste into the blog. I also talk about other items that I enjoy occasionally, like cooking, reading, DIY and films. Plus most of you who follow my blog regularly will know about the real me and my personal life behind the blog, my hubby and my bunnies etc. I am not afraid to talk about my life on my blog so I incorporate all of my life into my blog pretty easily actually.

3. With the fashion industry still being a male-dominated profession, how do you think it would differ if women played a larger role?
I'm not really sure it would change that much at all. Fashion is still fashion, and style is still style. I don't think what becomes fashionable or stylish would change all that much if women were playing a larger role. I get that people think female models are just trying to fulfil a male fantasy sometimes but I personally don't think thats what fashion is really about these days. If women took over all the models wouldn't suddenly be out of a job and they wouldn't start hiring real women and plus size girls. The skinny girls they use now would still be what fashion strives towards and what fashion is built around. But at the end of the day it is women that buy the clothes not the men, so we are largely in charge anyway. A designer cannot become big if no one is buying their clothes.

4. How is your self-image and the way you carry yourself informed by your beliefs?
I don't think it is. I wear what I wear because I like it not because of any other reason. I think maybe I think women look best when they are flattering their figure, not flaunting them and are comfortable and confident in what they wear. Which is maybe why I wear 50's style dresses and A-line skirts. They are sophisticated and feminine and not trashy and fit my figure so well. But I can't really say that it is a belief of mine just an opinion.

5. Do you think clothing/makeup/hair helps communicate the truth about yourself or are those things superfluous add-ons?
I think this may be something that varies from woman to woman. I don't hide behind my make-up or clothing but I can understand that some women do. Some women who aren't confident enough in their own skin may hide behind what they wear to help them feel more confident. I don't really think items like that convey the real you, the real you is your personality and your beliefs. But I suppose in some cases you can convey certain parts of your personality in what you wear.

As usual you can find all the other ladies answers here on Modly Chic.

Daisymay X

Thursday, 24 March 2011

The Shopping Forecast - Second Win

I don't remember if I mentioned this already but I won another competition on The Shopping Forecast last month, so I got another £200 to spend on the site. This time I thought I would be nice and split the money with my sister and mother, and let them each choose an item they would like. All our items have now arrived so I though I should share them with you.

My mum, Julie chose this Blu Bijoux Rose Art Deco Cuff from Max and Chloe, $42
My sister, Briony chose this ASOS Mesh Double Layer Fitted Waist Dress, £40
And I went for this First Hints Blouse by Anthropolgie, £88
If you still haven't signed up and fancy your chances of winning some free clothes just click the badge below to register

Sorry for the lack of outfit photos again but I am so busy at the moment with work in the pub, I never get to wear any normal clothes, just my uniform. This was all meant to change after the 6 Nations finished and my hours went back to normal, but one of the full time staff has broken his foot and another ended up in hospital. So guess who offered to cover a load of shifts?? I am clearly mad! I only had 22 hours rota'd next week I now have 44! Luckily I decided to wear my new top out today so will be posting some outfit pictures up soon!

Daisymay X

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Westwood Wednesday

As I promised last week, here is the Vivienne Westwood Gold Label Catwalk Look Book. This is her slightly more 'way out', Couture collection. There are still some stunning items though, including the dress I liked from the store! Plus another few dresses in the same tartan which are equally as stunning. Click the images to enlarge for a better look.

Check out outfit 22 and 43 here!
Check out 6, 27 and 46 here.
Nearly all of these are stunning 13-15 all the middle row and 55, amazing!
36-39 are so hot!

Next week the Anglomania collection.

Would you wear a piece of this collection? Which is your favourite look?

Daisymay X

Sunday, 20 March 2011

Sunday Inspiration

This week my inspiration shots have come from my Monki Catalogue which turned up a few days ago, you can see their website here . This issue was based around Exploring Wonderland and I thought I could scan in a few images for you guys. So here is the cover and one of the editorials. It's such fun don't you think? I'll post the other editorial soon, as I don't want to overload you with photos.

Do you like the shots?

Daisymay X

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