Thursday, 23 December 2010

My New Years Resolution...

My New Years resolution is to make the most of every opportunity. To take risks and not think about the what if's. To live each day to its fullest and make 2011 the best year so far.

I have a task for you dear reader, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you will find my Polyvore mini editor, create your own set, tell me your New Years resolutions or just what beautiful items you want to buy in 2011.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all from Cameos and Espadrilles!

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Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Swedish Hasbeens

Swedish Hasbeens are without a doubt top of my wish list. And yesterday I came so close to actually owning some, if only they were in stock in my size, but they weren't, and now I have to wait just that little bit longer, and i'm not good at waiting!

They were going to be my Christmas present from my lovely mum and she offered me Doc Martens instead but for me there is no competition, i'd rather wait and have the Swedish Hasbeens than choose the Docs and have them now.

So here's a little sample of Swedish Hasbeens in my favourite natural colours to lust over until the big day arrives and they arrive at my door.

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Chocolate box

A girl can dream...

Inspirational Women - Lara Stone

Now you may be thinking Lara Stone an instpirational woman?! But yes that's right Lara Stone may be a model but she is certainly inspriational!

First of all, now I obviously didn't go to the British Fashion Awards last night, I had a slightly less glamerous time writing a report on the promotional strategies of a well known high street store - the joys of being a student! But I did follow it on Twitter getting the lowdown from journalists who were actually there and not watching Coronation Stree (Ooh, but wasn't it exciting!) And i'd like to congratulate Lara Stone on receiving the Best Model award. - Well done Lara, very much deserved!

I've heard through the grapevine that when accepting the award Lara stated: "I hope this wins me recognition... when i'm with my husband, people ask if i'm Matt Lucas." Lara is famously married to David Walliams of Little Britain fame. Now who'd have thought it ey, a supermodel with a sense of humour! And that is exactly why I love her!

The 5ft 10" 26 year old Dutch model is a good role model for young girls aspiring to be involved in the fashion industry, at a UK size 8 she is curvier than most on the catwalk, and incredibly beautiful, looking spookily like Bridget Bardot. She has boobs and a bum, and is exactly what we should be seeing modelling clothes rather than these size zero, child like models who look like they should be dragging a hospital drip behind them.

Lara winning the Best Model award last night proves that radience, beauty, style and poise (as well as that fabulous sense of humour which i'm sure bodes well with her comic husband) are much more attractive qualities than just being thin.

Images: Lara Stone with husband David Walliams, Bridget Bardot (left) and Lara Stone (right), Lara Stone on the cover of French Vogue.

Saturday, 4 December 2010

The Clothes Show Live 2010

I was really looking forward to going to the Clothes Show, i'd never been before but everyone kept telling me how great it was so i'd let myself get a little bit excited. I shouldn't have...

The Clothes Show is held at Birmingham's NEC, somewhere i've only been once before, for Crufts in 2007 and i'm going to be brutally honest here, Crufts was a better event.

Now it might have just been this year, previous years might have been amazing, in fact I spoke to a mother and daughter while I was there who have been going for 10 years and they even said this year was not up to standard. It's just unfortunate that my first impression of the event was one of the worse years.

The main halls held all these stands where you could buy clothes, accessories and beauty products. The first section was ok, the vintage section was great (gutted i'm a poor student who couldn't afford anything!) but about two thirds was pure tat. It was like an over priced market stall, I couldn't believe it!

So I thought to myself ok ok, this is just the stalls, wait for the fashion show, that's bound to be good. WRONG AGAIN! Don't get me wrong the styling by Alexis Knox was not to be knocked but it was a little too jazzy for my liking. The theme was "A Night at the Movies" enter High School Musical and Dirty Dancing themes! Not my cup of tea. All the models were dancers. Give them their dues they were good dancers but i'd not gone to see a dance show, I expected beautiful clothes and elegant, beautiful models what I got was topless male dancers and cheesy routines.

Then there was the warm up acts, someone from X-Factor who had no power over the audience whatsoever getting about 50 people at the most to join in with slow hand claps, and a boyband who nobody had heard of, called something ridiculous like Inju5tice and yes they really do spell it with a 5! They never even sang, miming very badly, at one point one of them was "singing" but there were no words!

The only positive that I can scrape out of this otherwise disappointing day was the host - Gok Wan. I do love Gokkers, and I got my mum's Christmas present - his autobiography signed by him. He really is lovely and super stylish. I just wish that he hadn't been in such a rush when signing and i'd actually got to speak to him for more than 10 seconds.

He really was the highlight of the day for me, and he sure knows how to work an audience!

(p.s. sorry the photo's so bad it was taken on my phone as I couldn't get hold of a camera!)

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Coming soon...

This Friday, the 3rd of December, i'll be off up to Birmingham for the Clothes Show Live. It'll be the first time i've been and I promise i'll be taking lots of photographs of anything beautiful that catches my eye while i'm there.

This year the show is presented by Gok Wan, so there should be lots of sparkles about!

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Topshop Collection - Abigail's Party

Abigail's Party is a new collection from Topshop, the description of the collection is: "Prints and embellishments combine with billowing chiffon and wide-leg trousers for perfect 1970's style! Team with platforms and a blow dry and you're ready to go."

Now I can't resist anything remotely '60's or '70's so this collection is right up my street. It's authentic looking with a modern twist, nothing cheesy, no day-glo huge flairs or paisley prints. It's understated and beautiful.

It immediately made me think of the film The Virgin Suicides, watch this video made of film stills for the song Playground Love by Air to see if you agree:

Here's my favourite pieces from the Abigail's Party collection, and here's the rest.

The '70's are huge at the minute and Topshop have done amazingly well at getting the clothes as close to genuine as possible. Enjoy!

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Men can be pretty awesome too!

After yesterday's inspirational women post I got to thinking that I didn't want to sound like one of those feminists who hate men, hey let's face it there are some pretty amazing men in the world too.

So here is a man who I think is very underrated, a boy actor who starred in the first series of Sugar Rush, (Who remembers that?!) to a man who you may have seen in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, ITV's Red Riding, or gracing the pages of Vogue with Lily Cole and Lady Gaga. (Not that I would usually promote ANYTHING that features Lady Gaga!)

Andrew Garfield. You may not know the name but you'll have seen the face, (Anyone seen The Social Network film yet? Recognise him now?!) and if not then you soon will as he's just been picked to play Peter Parker aka Spiderman in the new film: Reboot which is due out in 2012.

This half British half American actor come model is very quickly becoming Hollywood's next big thing. I might even start going to the cinema.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Inspirational Women - Collette Costello

Don't you love finding someone that just makes you say "wow!" As we know, women are amazing so i'm going to be bringing girl power into the 21st century and once a month featuring woman whose talents deserve to be talked about!

Collette Costello is Manchester based designer who not only designs and creates clothes and accessories, runs her own website and online shop but also manages to find time to share her talents by teaching how-to-make courses and giving talks on her career.

What a woman!

Her website and online shop are a delight to browse and I know exactly where my web searching fingertips will be heading come pay day!

The cute designs which range from women's clothing to children's clothing, jewellery, bags and home ware are now on my 'want' list, and if I could make it up to Salford, Manchester then i'd definitely be going along to one of her courses to learn how to make a beautiful dress or skirt myself, but as I can't i'll have to have one made by Collette herself!

Monday, 8 November 2010

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Vintage Toes

If there's one thing that can cheer a girl up then it's a trip to the shops. If there's one thing that can cheer this girl up then it's a beautiful piece of vintage clothing.

There's just something special about vintage, finding that one off piece that no-one else will have, the jealous looks as you stride proudly through town in that gorgeous vintage coat, or when someone asks where you got your dress from "Oh it's vintage..." little else beats that feeling.

I've just bought my second ever pair of vintage shoes, both pairs although dating back to the 1970's have been brand new although it doesn't stop the fact that you can't wear them like new shoes. I learnt that the hard way, I have a beautiful pair of broken 1969, 1" heel modette shoes. The soles split and aren't repairable.

I did vow never to buy vintage shoes again but i'm terrible for breaking promises to myself when it comes to shopping. The latest pair are from make lemonade, a beautiful online vintage store with very reasonably priced vintage clothing.

My favourite pieces on the site right now include:

This cosy looking grey fluff jumper, and:

These beautiful 70's platforms.

You might want to check the website out quick as come the first week of December, Make Lemonade will be launching on the ASOS marketplace and you never know how quickly stock will be flying off the Make Lemonade stand!