Things have been a bit quiet around here the last few weeks – this is because we’re relaunching all our sites at work in the next two weeks, and it’s all hands on deck to get things sorted out in time for the launch. I’ve been working late almost every night and crashing out once I get home. I’ll hopefully get back on top of things in November, but for now I just wanted to say I hadn’t forgotten this site and I will still be updating when I get the chance. In the meantime, here’s a small edition of ‘in my wardrobe’ for you, a few pics of what I’ve been up to, and a very lame Halloween half-costume…
This was my (tame) attempt at trying out the ‘fetish’ trend for a guest blog on Grazia online. My colleagues were a bit more inventive, but the leather and lace look is really not my thing so I went for the east option. Long-term readers might recognise this dress as it’s appeared on here before, as part of last year’s Dressember when I teamed it with boots and an alice band. I think I prefer the way I wore it this time. I also took advantage of the work SLR – how much nicer are the photos?!
This is one of the dresses from Gok Wan’s collection for Tu at Sainsburys, which I tried out for Catwalk Queen. This also comes in red but it looked a bit ‘obvious’ on me so I went for the more subtle black instead. I love everything but the length – I think I just about pull it off but I’m 5’7, I’m scared it’d be super-frumpy and unflattering on anyone shorter. But let’s all give Gok a round of applause for making my waist look like that, shall we?! The dress has super-tight shapewear underneath it that really sculpts.
Being back at the helm of Catwalk Queen means soem amazing opportunities in terms of work events. A couple of weeks ago I popped by a shoot for New! Magazine with Jade, winner of Britain’s Next Top Model. She was my favourite from the start, so I was so excited to meet her. Of course, there’s nothing that brings your ego crashing down to the ground like having your photo taken with a model!
I also had the honour of hosting a Q&A with Sarah Owens from Lucy in Disguise at London Fashion Weekend. Sarah had some great tips on buying and caring for vintage, and also shared a few stories about how she and her sis Lily Allen source the clothes they stock and go about designing pieces for their exclusive line. They also had a stall at the event and I fell completely in love with the Radio City Evening Gown (£395). Glam, glam, glam!
Imagine this same dress in really rich green (like Keira’s Knightley’s dress in Atonement) with the flowers tone-on-tone. That’s what I want to wear for my 30th birthday. I’m planning a very big party. So big I’m thinking about it already and I still have 29 to go. But speaking of parties…
…last weekend I visited my parents and they took me along to their Halloween dance (they go to ballroom lessons, and I must say, they’re pretty good) so I needed a vaguely Halloween-esque costume. I didn’t have much time to think about it and having done the black skirt / corset thing the last couple of years, I pulled out the predictable old she-devil this time. This is not the greatest picture, but I needed to mark the official ‘save’ of the red jewelled shoes before I forgot. They’re Poetic Licence c/o TK Maxx. The dress is Wallis.