Friday, 26 March 2010
The creater Adam DiVello says the following: "I think we've told the story of struggle and of finding yourself in L.A. A lot of these kids have found themselves and have certainly embarked on different careers and different paths."
Time for Kristen Cavallari and co. to get a real job?!?
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
They’ve asked children they consider vulnerable to take a shoebox and, in it, recreate a room from their home and then give a short description of what they did and why. The result is some inspiring pieces and a real insight into these children’s worlds. The kids’ boxes are to be stacked together to create a tower block of their shared experiences and outlooks and will go a long way to helping the charity raise money for art workshops and art therapy for traumatised children."
The exhibition took place yesterday and all the finished pieces will be sold off in a lottery auction and there are plans to take the idea around the country, ending up with an entire estate of shoebox living that visitors can walk through.
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Wednesday, 17 March 2010
These following ideas are sure to make your friends green with envy!
I absolutely love these Pour La Victoire green wellies. They are just perfect for the spring. Neutral enough to go with anything, jazzed up by the logo and studs.
Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Friday, 12 March 2010
So Amy Winehouse has teamed up with Fred Perry to create a womenswear collection spanning over 4 seasons. The collaboration will be based on Wino's signature 1950s style and will be made up of 17 pieces including skirts and polo shirts. The gear will carry a specially-designed logo.
The first range will be in her favourite colours of black and pink. Not entirely sure how I feel about this. I can't help but feel that however much I like Amy, her clothes sense is terrible. Oh well, time will tell I guess.
Finally got around to watching the return of Gossip Girl last night. From the promos I was expecting something fantastic only to be disappointed.
Chuck Bass continues to be the most interesting character on the show for me - even though his story line was predictable (DUH, that's his mother), his depth as an actor really makes the show for me right now. Blair as the supportive girlfriend is also great though I am waiting to see more of the conniving Blair we know and love.
Lily's big secret appearing to be her spending the night with her ex was not as deep as I thought it would be, hopefully there is more to that storyline...
I'm also not liking Serena and Nate back together but I guess Serena needs something to do on the show!
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Wednesday, 10 March 2010
Tuesday, 9 March 2010
“Ethical attire that will put a spell on you” Daily Telegraph
As well as clothing, Emma Watson and People Tree have also created bed throws, recycled sweetie paper jewelry, beanies, head scarves and home accessories.
Not only does the collection use 100% organic and Fairtrade certified cotton, it is also made entirely by Fair Trade groups by hand, using hand weaving, hand knitting and hand embroidery to create livelihoods for some of the most disadvantaged people in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.
I love this recent still of the girls on set. I'm still trying to work out whose style I want to steal more, but you've got to love Serena's Moschino boots here.
Monday, 8 March 2010
Friday, 5 March 2010
Ethical fashion - These two words are currently being thrown about a lot and as a topic that has always interested me, I thought I'd tell you some more about it:
What is ethical fashion - and why? There are a number of different factors that come into play ...
- Locally sourced - supporting local communities and requires less transportation.
- Fair trade - non-exploitative, a fair price and wages given to workers. Ensures that workers have safe working conditions, do not work long hours and are able to afford food and healthcare.
- Environmental impact - clothing manufactured using methods to reduce resource use, water, minimise pollution.
- Organic - grown without the use of pesticides or chemical fertilisers, supporting the soil and environment.
- Re-cycled and re-used - reduces the need to use up new resources.
- Breaks down - uses materials that will eventually degrade in an environmentally friendly way e.g. shoes that use stitching instead of glue.
- Dyes - uses low toxic dyes.
- Packaging - minimal and degradeable or recyclable packaging.
Thursday, 4 March 2010
22nd February - 7th March is Fairtrade fortnight and in honour of this Topshop have launched a fantastic range of Fairtrade products cotton products. Including loads of really cute flirty summer dresses. This is great because not only are the dresses really cute and perfect for summer, but they are made from small-scale farms in developing countries where workers receive fair and stable prices for their crop and in addition to this the Fairtrade Premium which is democratically invested in projects which will benefit them and their local community. So, you should definitely treat yourself!
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
I recently found out from a friend about the Miss Bimbo website. What it is basically, is a virtual fashion game. The point (if it can actually be defined as having one!) is to create the "hottest, coolest, most intelligent and talented bimbo the world has ever known." I'm ashamed to admit that for a couple of days I found it all ridiculously addictive, getting my bimbo a house, a boyfriend and a job, as well as competing with other players in the style stakes. However, everything comes at a cost and the fun for me came to an abrupt end when I quickly used up all my free "Bimbo dollars" and was invited to purchase some more. (Un)fortunately though, I didn't think there was any way I could possibly justify spending money on something so perfectly ridiculously and presumably aimed at girls in a younger age bracket than myself!
Today I signed in for the first time in a few months to be told that my bimbo is very sick and I need to pay to resucitate her. A tempting offer, but I think I'll pass and carry on living a bimbo free life. Though if you're looking for a good time waster or just for something addictive and completely silly you should probably check out the site.
Above is a picture of an ila Dusk Personal Alarm for women - My Mum bought me one of these from Marks & Spencers as a birthday present last week and I think it's a really great idea. You can wear it on your keyring or on your bag and when activated it emits a piercing scream which would definitely alert attention! All personal alarms I had seen previously were chunky and ugly and I knew I'd never want to carry one, which is why I really love the ila Dusk, the designs are so cute I don't mind wearing mine on the outside of my bag at all, in fact it actually makes a cool accessory. On top of this, I definitely now feel safer when I'm out and about at night. You should check out ila's website and have a look at their other designs.
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
The weather in North London is absolutely beautiful today, so much so that it goes someway to making up for months of show and freezing temperatures!
In the hope that Spring really is coming, I thought that I would share with you some of my favourite things to do in London during the Spring season:
1) Parks, gardens and animals - With the sun starting to shine you can get out and about to London's parks and gardens. My personal favourite is St James' Park. But remember, take an umbrella with you even if it looks nice, we are always prone to an April shower!
2) Museums and Attractions - Kew Gardens is always a safe bet with Kew Palace, however there's always a ton of spring related exhibitions as London's major museums.
3) London Eye - Spring is the perfect time for a ride on this!
4) Food and drink - I recommend supersizing your usual pub routine and heading for a London gastropub!
5) Easter Clubbing - There's usually some great nights coming up around Easter weekend. Not sure what I will be doing yet!
So excited for the new Alice in Wonderland film to come out on Friday. The Disney version was my very favourite film as a child, but I can't wait to see how Tim Burton add his usual dark twist. Of course, I also absolutely love anything Johnny Depp, but then again, who doesn't.
It seems like I'm not the only one to have been hit by Alice fever. She has always been one of literature's most endearing characters, but she looks set to become one of the most widely present figures in the global fashion industry this season. British designer Anne Temperley recently held an Alice in Wonderland themed party in Selfridges, Donatella Versace has cited Alice as the inspiration behind her spring range. Selfridges in London and Printemps department store in Paris are also sporting elaborate Alice themed window displays, it is all very exciting!
However, out of all the designs I have seen so far my favourite has to be this Alice inspired handbag by Furla. I absolutely love the colours and the rabbit-shaped clasp!