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A Fortnight in Pictures: Fabulous Frocks & Saving Shoes - (archived)

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It’s been a bit of a mad couple of weeks in terms of events and nights out, so I’ve been a bit quiet on the blogging front as a result. Even this is going to be a bit of a quick post, mostly made up of various photos from the last ten days or so. If you follow me on twitter you’ve probably seen most of these already so sorry for the repeats! In the last fortnight I’ve been to blogger meet-ups, shop openings, photoshoots and parties and at one memorable moment even found myself listed alongside some of my fashion idols as I was placed at number 3 in the top fashion tweeters according to The Telegraph. Their cheque is in the mail…

First up, the official photos are in from the pop-up studio at the Plus London meet-up and they’re amazing. Huge huge to Diana at Fashion Loves Photos and The Second Floor Studio for doing such an amazing job at making me look ok! You can see the whole set featuring all the Plus London attendees her blog. But here are the best ones of me.

The dress is H&M, and I love it even though it’s so tight I couldn’t even wear a strapless bra underneath. Damn their tiny sizing! I really should have worn heels to properly glam it up!

Me with the gorgeous Tahlie from Style369 who I spent much of the night chatting to!

A few days after Plus London, I visited the lovely Carnaby quarter for the opening of the Debenhams Edition pop-up shop. I showed you a preview of some of the range (from Preen, Jonathan Saunders and Jonathan Kelsey) and it was brilliant to get the chance to get up close and personal with the final garments. It’s safe to say if I wasn’t on my Frugal February spending ban I would have bought a lot of pieces! Instead, I just had a bit of a dress-up session. Debenhams had a photographer on hand at the event, and she snapped this amazing pic of me trying on the Jonathan Saunders maxi dress…

The shape is based exactly on a piece from one of his catwalk collections (Spring 2008), reproduced in a new print for Edition. I love that this affordable collection is so similar to the main range, and not just some range of crappy logo t-shirts and denim skirts or something. It truly is a gorgeous piece and I fell completely in love with it.

The Debenhams team very kindly let me choose one piece from Edition as a gift, and I (unsurprisingly) went for this frock, which is now stashed safely in my wardrobe for a very, very special occasion!

Following the Edition event came another Frocking Friday. I was going out for a meal in the evening so decided to pull out my vintage floral number. I bought this for about £12 on ebay a few years ago and it was probably my best ever vintage find. The perfect fit, a fabulous shape, and it’s hand made with a really durable zip (and a hand-finished hem!) so it’ll last forever. It was listed as 1950s and the shape certainly suggests that era, but as it’s handmade we’ll never really know. It really reminds me of the recent 50s inspired Louis Vuitton dresses. I teamed it with a black belt, opaque tights and patent shoes from New Look.

And finally, comes the Shoeper Challenge which began on Valentine’s Day. I need to wear every pair of shoes I own by this time next year, or I have to get rid of all the unworn pairs. The rule is if you don’t photograph a ‘save’, it doesn’t count, so while I’ve worn more than one pair of shoes in the last few days, these are the only ones officially saved so far – a pair of studded leather flats from New Look.

Here’s a close-up of the saved shoes, since the photo above’s a bit rubbish. This is a bit of a dull start to the challenge, but don’t worry, there are still 108 shoes to go and most of them are heels! I wear these babies a lot but wanted to snap them with a decent outfit. The dress is New Look also – I buy a little too much from there I think!

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  • Reply Danni February 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    You look gorgeous in all your dresses! I especially like…nope all of them are amazing! You’re the second person I’ve seen within an hour wearing that New Look dress, and it’s not on their website…the hunt begins…

    • Reply Gemma February 17, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      Thank you so much” The dress is a very recent purchase (end of Jan) so hopefully they still have some in stores. I wish it was a couple of inches longer, though. With heels it looks a bit slutsville!

      • Reply Danni February 21, 2011 at 4:38 pm

        I found it! I got mine in the tall section so it might be a bit longer, not sure, all my dresses are sluttily short so I’m used to it!! : S

        • Reply Gemma February 21, 2011 at 10:56 pm

          yay so glad you found it!

  • Reply angelabdc February 17, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    The Edition dress is gorgeous and looks lovely on you. I hope you get the chance to wear it somewhere glam soon. I’m in love with the entire range and have already made a start on the JS knitwear.

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