Monthly Round-up| Dark Florals

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Do you remember earlier this month when I posted thrifted finds? I showed you five dresses that I had found in Charity shops or from the back of mum’s wardrobe. In that post I promised to do a personal style post and here it is. This photo was taken just before my boyfriend took me out for a date at the Picture House in Canterbury. Which is this really good posh burger restaurant, I definitely recommend it. Each burger has a film inspired name which just adds to the charm, I had the ‘godfather’ which as you can image was meaty. If your a fan of man vs food then this place has the dish for you, its called the Terminator which is a meat feast with all the sides, it cost £20 but in true man vs food style if you eat it all you get it free.

The Godfather Burger from the Picture House

Its been a month since I first got back in to blogging and posted that article on Stella McCartney (read it here) which I am very pleased to say got featured in a IFB project round up. I submitted this post think I may as well give it a go and the next thing I knew I had been selected with made the perfect kick start. So much time and effort went into that post, I spend a lot of time reading through books (yes actual books) and various interviews to write a post that was informed and interesting. I don’t know about you but I get bored of simple seeing catwalk photo’s and sometimes I want to know a bit more about the designer them self, so I can understand what motivates and moves them to create the garments that I love.

I am a big believe that if you can do something yourself (and you’ve got the time), why not? This ethos inspired me to write this easy and simple DIY post (read it here) which gives you easy step by step inductions to create your own Dip-Dye shirt. I couldn’t have been more pleased with the results and what’s more its a really easy look to achieve.

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Since then I have also done my first beauty post with product reviews.  This couldn’t have been a more fun post to write as it challenged me to photograph my products in a way that was playful and had a bit more to the images than a white background. Part of what draws me to blogging is the creativity and the challenge to create posts that are more dynamic and useful than the last. One of the challenge has been creating beautiful imagery as I do like to delve in to photography, I am so proud of my most recent post ‘So much more than a man bag: Marvellous men’s accessories from Scandinavia‘ as I really took it upon my self to create an image that could hold it’s own. I would love to know what you think.

I didn’t forget to share my quirky side with you. Just take a look at ROAR-some Pre-Historic Jewellery and Jane Bowler an innovative fashion designer for a taste. 

I have some amazing posts in the pipeline including a series on Margate, so don’t forget to follow if you haven’t already.

Gem X

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Monthly Round-up| Dark Florals

Stella McCartney the fashion designer with a conscience

Stella McCartney is not perfect, but are you?

Stella McCartney

The fashion designer admits there are bound to be contradictions in trying to live and work sustainably. The one thing that I admire about Stella McCartney is she isn’t a preacher. She has these ethical and ecological values but doesn’t push them in to your face; she lets the designs do the talking. The aesthetics are the most important part of a design after all you could have created the most ethically and ecologically sustainable  garment but if no one wears them they lose all of there value. At the end of the day Stella McCartney is creating real clothes for people with a conscience. She said in an interview to the Evening Standard that she’s “not going to stand here and claim to be one hundred per cent green or one hundred per cent perfect all the time” but we still need to give her credit for working towards a better future in fashion.

She is famed for being the designer that refused to use leather or fur when designing for Chloe and she has brought these values forward to her own-name label. And since 2010 Stella McCartney has stopped using PVC in her designs which can only mean good things for the environment. She says that one of the reason she doesn’t use fur or leather isn’t just because she is a vegetarian but also because of the environmental impact of tanneries. And according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tanneries are listed as one of the top polluters.

As I mentioned early her designers are very aesthetically pleasing and the focus of her designs are always on the look which allows the sustainable values to hold there weight.  Its not a PR stunt just genuine concern. She understands that buyers are after something beautiful  foremostly then they look at the values “Here is this jacket that looks terrible but its organic, and here is a really beautiful jacket that’s cheaper but don’t buy it because it’s not organic.” McCartney has stated that: “we address these [ethical and ecological] questions in every other part of our lives except fashion.”

Stella McCartney is the fashion designer for fashion players with a conscience. Her designs are on trend and conscience. Her latest resort collection lets  the aesthetics do the talking, you will buy garments from the collection because they are beautiful not because Stella McCartney is a sustainable designer (that’s just a bonus) – and for that you have to love her.

Stella McCartney – Resort 2014

Stella McCartney Resort 14 (fig 1)
Stella McCartney Resort 14 (fig 2)

This collection is playful with a touch of sophistication. The colours are like sugar dusk playing with ballerina pink and injecting a pop with blue and yellow. This collection is just as suitable for the day as it is for the night. In my opinion she has used more snake skin print than what is socially tasteful but if anyone can pull it off she can and fig 1 just proves that toughing up a girly dress without a leather jacket. The collection is fresh like a spring day, capturing the hope of a new fresh start. I love the appliqué heart and lips on fig 2 its well thought out but it isn’t taking its self to seriously. That envelop clutch is very desirable  and would add a pop of colour to any outfit. This collection is effortless and just imagine the care free girl that would wear this?

One thing to note isn’t just the garment’s but the way the girls are styled, so fresh faced with a blunt cut. They look like the girl-next-door with something more.

Stella McCartney Resort 14

Stella McCartney creates cloths that will last therefore avoiding the landfills. Sustainability is just as important as recycling. She suggests when looking at your own wardrobe think about the materials that your using. Is it recyclable? How does it make you feel? These are both equally important questions the better a fabric feels against your skin the longer it will have a place in your wardrobe but if a time comes when you decide to part with the garment it is key that is made of recyclable fabric so that it can have new life.

Some of the obstacles she has faced in trying to create a more sustainable products include not manufacturing there own fabric.  Colours can be very limited in the organic ranges are often there isn’t the same depth of colour. So all Stella McCartney tries to use organic fabric and low impact dyes she won’t compromise on quality.

She loves the fact that some people go into her store don’t even know that something is organic or in faux-leather and for her that is the because challenge, having people not notice.

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Stella McCartney the fashion designer with a conscience

Never have I had a Sandwich in Sandwich

At the weekend I went to Sandwich  in the lovely county of Kent. I didn’t even know there could be a place called Sandwich, let alone actually be a place. I’m afraid I did try any Sandwich’s from Sandwich. I’ll save that for another time. The weather was marvellous. I’m English, I talk about the weather. Deal with it. We set of first to Sandwich, which I can only describe as a true English town. It was Beautiful with its winding streets and back alleys. Bunting Stretched across the street.

 

It also happened to be the Sandwich 40’s fair. With 40’s music, vintage cars and Vintage market. It took place in the town Square. The spirit was all in the community and the community was beaming.  The photo below is of one of the performances at the 40’s fair, I wasn’t able to take a great picture of her as she went to leave the stage as I took this. But you can still get a taste of some of the style available at the fair. Their was even a fancy dress theme, if I had of known I’d have dressed up.

 

 

There were a few vintage cars (a few being the key word, as I counted about 3). I really liked this Vintage Black Cab. You would defonitly need a stylist but sturdy luggage bag for this gem of a car. I really like the metal GB plates.

 

This has to be the prettiest most inviting alley way I have ever seen.

 

I then took a walk down to the Waterfront, where we went to get an ice cream. It has to be said I like a man in button down collar shirt.  We then went for charming walks along the river bank. I wish I could say we fed the ducks but alas we didn’t have any bread.

Then came Margate but you’ll have to wait for that.

Never have I had a Sandwich in Sandwich

11 Silver Medal so far. Well done Team GB!

11 Silver Medal so far. Well done Team GB!

To Celebrate the 11 Silver medals that Team GB have one so far I have put together an edit of six items from the current high street sales. Which I feel are the perfect mix of English Olympic Style; A little bit sporty, a tad girly with a touch of grunge

1) Stripe drop waist Dress £10 from Topshop.com

2) MOTO Acid Denim cycling shorts £7 from Topshop.com

3) Sporty mixed Top £17 from Warehouse.co.uk

4) Lace Panel Maxi Dress £30 from Topshop.com (I have also seen this instore)

5) FANTASIA Sequin Flower Sandals £25 from Topshop.com

6) Heavy Zip Detail Jacket £70 from Warehouse.co.uk

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