Saturday, 15 October 2011

Pretty in Pink

I am a huge John Hughes fan, his films are the 80's for me, and if anyone tries to tell me it wasn't like that then i'll firmly shove my fingers in my ears and shout "Lalalalalalala" until they leave.

Last night me, my bestest best friend and her sister had a girly sleepover, and what better film to watch at a girly sleepover than Pretty in Pink. It's such a feel good film and has me falling completely and utterly head over heels in love with Molly Ringwald and Jon Cryer every time, and I always secretly hope that something changes and they get together, but she always takes back Blaine even though i'm screaming, reminding her what a total A-hole he'd been to her only ten minutes before! She never listens. Funny that...

Molly is my biggest girl crush, a huge style icon, and she has the confidence to wear that much pink with red hair and manages to pull it off!

It's not just leading lady Molly that makes this movie, her super cute, totally in love with her best friend Duckie, played by Jon Cryer in the days before that horrible thing - Two and a Half Men was even thought of, is probably my favourite character. He totally rocks the Teddy Boy look and he has my favourite part in the entire film... If you do not fall in love with him in the next one minute and 41 seconds then you need to check your pulse!!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011


Now we all know about my little Henry Holland obsession, and I can't believe i've not posted this yet. Probably been far too busy dancing around the house singing "Skin Head Girl!" and drooling over all the beautiful HOH clothes.

Is it just me being blinded by my love of Henry or does he choose the most perfect show music? And the S/S12 House of Holland collection is cute, sexy, a little cheeky and has a hint of The Flintstones. Funnily enough apart from the Flintstones comment this is exactly how i'd describe Henry himself... ENJOY!!

Monday, 19 September 2011

Creepin' Back

I know, I know i'm a terrible blogger! I've abandoned you all for months on end but I do have a valid excuse I promise! I've been away looking after my sisters kids for the summer sans laptop and stupidly forgot to take my camera charger too and therefore couldn't even store up photos for you! Don't worry i've given myself a severe talking to and have promised to be better behaved!

And i'm back to tell you about my growing love for a particular style of shoe. I first wanted a pair about three years ago seeing some on vintage clothing website Candy Says. I regret not buying them but at the time I was after more of a Twiggy kind of look and bought some rather beautiful 1960's Modette 1.5 in heels instead.

I have searched for another pair but never found any that caught my eye. Until recently that is. Now they're everywhere and in every conceivable colour. I am talking about of course the Brothel Creeper.

The Brothel Creeper, originally worn by soldiers in World War Two, were picked up by Teddy Boys who wore them with drainpipe trousers, both now very popular with the recent androgyny trend.

Here are a few of my favourite coloured Creepers on the high street right now:

Blue, Asos £85
Yellow, River Island £30
Red, Topshop £55

Tuesday, 19 July 2011

Phillip Lim - Girls on Bikes

I came across this this morning, well with a little help from Twitter anyway! But I do have a strange love of these fashion films and have showed them here in the past, this one by Phillip Lim entitled Girls on Bikes (and you'll see why when you watch it) is incredibly crisp and fresh and beautiful, I just couldn't resist sharing it with you.

Tuesday, 5 July 2011


I'm writing this from behind a cushion, hiding my embarrassment at having abandoned my lovely readers for so long. I'm also waving a white flag hoping that you're all kind enough to forgive me for doing so.

And i'm still not completely back but I do have an excuse, packing up two families to move across the country does not leave much time to do much else.

However, I pinky promise that I will be back soon and will leave you with this video by Lernert and Sander featuring the model Hannelore Knuts, THIS is what a years worth of make up looks like ladies (and gents!)

Monday, 16 May 2011

I'm baaaaccck!!

Well it has been a while hasn't it! A lot's been going on including my laptop having a complete hissy fit and breaking (probably due to being lugged around the country a fair few times!)

So last time we spoke I was home for Easter break and i'm sorry to say that i've now decided that University was a really REALLY bad idea. So after yet again travelling down south to pick up my stuff i'm now home, for good. Well apart from the month and a half over summer when i'll be looking after my sister's little cherubs.

Now some of you will be thinking, WHAT?! How could you give up uni, especially when you were doing so well on such a great course?! Well yes I was doing really well and the course was great but a word of advice, when choosing your university, make sure the city is right for you, which Southampton wasn't for me, I wasn't happy there at all! And yes I am much happier back up north with, as my best friend puts it "Normal people, well maybe not normal but at least we belong!"

I've bought a new laptop, and will be carrying on with my dream of becoming a writer and with this blog just minus the prospect of a piece of paper, otherwise known as a degree!

Sorry this post is a bit of something and nothing but i'm trying to get to grips with a new machine (so not tech savvy) and after i've been to Edinburgh next weekend you will have lovely new posts to look forward to, thank you for being so patient with me!!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

What's New?

I'm so lucky to know so many talented, wonderful photographers, and even more lucky that they want to photograph little old me!

Recently I did a collaboration as a stylist with Charley Miller, a very talented photographer whose work you can see at her blog: We Have Faith 

We had a discussion about how no fashion trend is new any more and that modern fashions have come and gone before and will come and go again. This inspired a project in Charley where she focussed on the 1960's, and I was happy to lend my styling to it.

I also modelled for the project and here are some of Charley's favourite images from the shoot:

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Hips Don't Lie. (Unfortunately)

There is staple wardrobe items that apparently every woman should own. I don't think I own any of them apart from maybe a pair of black trousers but they've never been worn since I stopped being a waitress two years ago. Oh and about seven LBD's but that's more down to the fact that they're beautiful dresses rather than being a staple. I don't own a pair of black court shoes, I don't own a white shirt and I most certainly (as you're about to find out) don't own a pair of jeans!

You see jeans are a bit of a sore subject for me, I find it impossible to find any that fit me. My trouble is I think I have an odd body shape, i'm slim yet curvy, my top half is a 6-8, yet my bottom half seems to differ day to day, it is no smaller than a size 10.

So what's the problem I hear you ask, just buy size 10 jeans, but no, in jeans I appear to be no size, when a pair fit comfortably on the waist, they're stretched to oblivion everywhere else, when they fit comfortably on my very curvy derrière they gape at the waist. Sometimes I can't even get them above the knee and end up leaving the changing room in more than a bit of a huff.

So sadly today I came to the conclusion that I am destined to live my life in dresses, which is fine by me, I love dresses and they're great for disguising my rotund hips and bum but there are days where i'd quite like to dress down in a pair of skinny jeans and a white t-shirt pretending to be James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause, and unfortunately that dream is over for me.

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Inspirational Women - Elizabeth Taylor

It really was inevitable that the sad sad news today that Elizabeth Taylor has died aged 79 would spark an Inspirational Women post. I don't really have that much to say because, well she speaks for herself. Even hearing her name you have the image of a woman forever glamorous.

Elizabeth Taylor, the last of Hollywood's Golden era, an incredible woman who started her acting career in 1942 aged 10 in There's One Born Every Minute but whose most famous role was Cleo in the 1963 film Cleopatra.

Taylor was beautiful, stylish, talented and more than a bit of a man eater having been married eight times to seven different men!

They say a photo speaks a thousand words so here are some of my favourite photos of our Liz...

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Inspirational Women - Kathy Lette

Today is not only Shrove Tuesday, in fact I don't see the big deal with what we call pancake day, why do people get so excited? Do they not realise that they can eat pancakes every day of the year if the so wish!

Anyway... As I said it's not only Shrove Tuesday, but it's the 100th International Women's Day! Which is far more exciting in my opinion, and what better way to celebrate on Cameos and Espadrilles but to have an Inspirational Women post.

My inspirational woman for the month is Kathy Lette, and i'm so lucky to have just been to a guest talk with her. She is an absolute hoot!

For those who don't know who Kathy is, she's a novelist, a mother of two, a journalist, a singer, a sitcom writer and a feminist. (However she doesn't like that word, she prefers to call feminists "The Clitterati.") Oh and she once turned down the chance of a date with George Clooney!!

Kathy wrote her first novel 'Puberty Blues' aged 18, while she was still living in Australia, and it was made into a film in 1982. Kathy's written an impressive 11 novels in the past 34 years along with everything else she's done in her career.

Kathy is fun and funny, successful and smart, and all in her own right. She's not afraid to say what's on her mind and to stand up for herself and women everywhere. It's International Women's Day and my Inspirational Woman is Kathy Lette.

Here's Kathy receiving her honorary degree from Southampton Solent University in 2009.

Saturday, 5 March 2011

The Trends According to Red

Since starting a degree in Writing Fashion and Culture in September i've started to read a lot of magazines that before I probably wouldn't have even picked up. I was always a huge Elle and Marie Claire fan and would also buy Vogue if I was feeling flush or if there was something I just had to read about in a particular issue.

But of everything new i've started to pick up the most surprising to me personally is Red Magazine. I'd always thought that it wasn't for me, not for another 20 years anyway. I've learnt that there target audience is around 28-44 and so maybe 20 years was a little over exaggeration as i'll be 28 in five.

But I really enjoy it, I'm always on the website and even follow Sam the editor and Sas the deputy editor on Twitter. (You can follow me @kaylrichardson)

But i've not come here to just big up Red, I've come to show you their latest trend predictions, how spot on they are and how they choose the most perfect example photographs!

So here we go, the trends according to Red:

1. New Denim - Dionae mid-rise cropped boyfriend-fit jeans, £200

2. Seventies - NW3 Flyhook dress, £179

3. Cobalt Blue - Blue Caligola ankle strap sandal, £395

4. Colour Blocking - Colour Block Dress, H&M £24.99

5. Modern Preppy - Loose Blazer, H&M, £29.99

6. Shades of Orange - Orange Mini Bag, Pauric Sweeney, £459

7. Modern Tailoring - Blue Belted Superwide Leg Trousers, Wallis, £20

8. Military Style - Wool-Felt Coat, Burberry, £2195

9. Leopard Print - Leather Moccasins, Zara, £19.99

10. Tough Leather - 'Francesca' Sweatshirt Dress, Reiss, £66

11. Ladylike Lace - Lace Yoke Blouson Blouse, Miss Selfridge £35

12. Capes - Hooded Military Cape, Asos, £75

13. Army Green - Wool Belted Coat, Aubin Wills, £600

14. Classic Camel - 'The Skinny' Low-Rise Cord Jeans, Current/Elliott, £129.50

15. 60's Chic - Cross Stitch Bag, Orls Kiely, £200

So that is Red Magazine's 15 trends of the minute and my one choice from each. My favourite trends at the minute are the '60's and the '70's, but then that's what I wear no matter what's considered a 'trend'.

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Shopping in 1999 A.D.

While looking for images of what people in the 1960's thought the world would be like today (It's for an article i'm writing for uni) I came across this short video of how they thought we would shop in 1999.

We may not be living in bungalows on the moon but they sure got internet shopping, online banking and e-mail right!

And well the 1930's (approx) did foresee mobile phones and ipods, but I don't know any bride who's worn a dress made of glass and I certainly wouldn't wear a 'transparent net dress to catch the males' or would I be attracted to a man who carried 'candies for cuties!'

Thursday, 24 February 2011

I Heart Henry

I've been all over the place lately so apologies for not posting, but I went to visit my brother and his family and then went home to see my sister's brand new baby, oh it was so nice to be in the north again, I always get a little bit excited when I know i'm near Sheffield because then I know where I am and I know i'm north bound, even if there's still another two and a half - three hours to go from there!

Well just a quick one tonight but I had to show you these two videos. The first is the House of Holland catwalk show from LFW and the second is Henry Holland's first fashion film which is deliciously tongue in cheek and as hilarious as I imagine Henry to be when I imagine me, him and Grimmers (Nick Grimshaw) to be best friends...


Oh and a little bit of news, I found out today I won a beautiful Mina shirt dress in a giveaway by the lovely Mademoiselle Robot and also i'm getting my tattoo outline done on Saturday, so excited, I went to see the design this morning and it's beautiful. Have to wait for the first ever tattoo convention in Southampton - Titanic Ink for the colour but the outline's getting done Saturday!

Sunday, 13 February 2011

Hello Boys!

I know how everyone looks forward to the glitzy award shows, who's wearing who, who arrives with who, sorry who are you?

Well tonight is the night of the Grammy's in America which apart from the fact my beloved Bob Dylan is performing as is good old Mick Jagger, i'm not too interested in that one, especially as i've heard Lady Gaga has turned up in some sort of egg or womb or something as equally horrific.

But the BAFTA's, that's something different, these are people that we here in the UK feel comfortable with, they're the ones on our t.v. screens, in our cinemas (in films we actually watch) and in our newspapers and magazines.

I was delighted when I got an e-mail from (If you don't subscribe to their e-mails, then I definitely recommend doing so) the e-mail was a sneak preview of the outfits snapped as the stars walked down the red carpet.

Now obviously the women looked stunning, one in particular which you will see in a moment, but the dresses on a whole weren't anything amazing, not to me anyway. The men on the other hand! Wow! The looked stunning and they were dressed impeccably! So enough of me jabbering on, here is my pick of the BAFTA red carpet.

Tom Ford and Julienne Moore (Wearing Tom Ford of course)

Bonnie Wright (This is little Ginny Weasley from Harry Potter!)

Colin Firth and his beautiful wife Livia Giuggioli

Gemma Arterton who in my opinion was the best dressed woman, simple, stylish, stunning!

Gerard Butler

James McAvoy

Nicholas Hoult

Rupert Grint

And last but most definitely not least, Andrew Garfield. You may remember my post about him, yes I do have a major crush!