Sunday, 1 September 2013

Inspired by Global Fashion and the House of Fraser

Recently I perused the House of Fraser website where they’re running a competition, asking bloggers to put together an outfit inspired by a fashionable city. The city I’ve chosen is famous for quirky style as well as cool individuality. I tried to pick pieces that reflected that.

This shirt is just cool. With so many people wearing label tops that say things like “nerd” and “geek” it’s a bit hard to be a bit different from the pack. But not with this top.  I think I’d rather be a “homie” than a “nerd” anyway. 

This amazing skater skirt is another on trend piece that is just that bit different. I love the update of the skirt with this metallic gold colour.

To accessorize this I would use a bit of androgynous flair by adding braces and skull covered gloves.

In the summer you could go bare legged but I chose to add these gorgeous mock knee high tights. I love the gold bangle to add a bit of bling.

Finally what this city has more than anything is edge and these black leather boots have that in spades. 

I love this look and here’s hoping the folks at House of Fraser like it too. Can you guess which city I chose?

New York

Till next time beauties,

xx Deja

Monday, 1 July 2013

Bag Lady

Honestly, what do you think is inside? What does, Alan Garner, aka one quarter of the Wolfpack have inside of his “man-bag?” I’m punting for baby wipes, aspirin, eye drops and a phone card but who knows.

In fact this could lead to quite an addictive game: Guess the Man Bag Swag. 

But I digress.

I’m writing today after a bit of a hiatus for an incredible reason. To share what gets me through the day. To be inspired to write more. To open myself up…or at least my handbag. are running an amazing competition to win my dream handbag here and that was enough to make me shout “a handbag?!” Oscar Wilde style.

But then I got all paranoid. What if people judge me based on the contents of my handbag? In an episode of Boy Meets World (90's teen romantic comedy featuring such name treats as Tapanga, Minkus and Mr Feeny) Shawn finds a handbag whose contents enthrall him. Shakespeare sonnets, classical music, cinema stubs, sweets and lip gloss all lead Shawn to one conclusion: the owner is his one true love. 

Now the power of 90's teen sitcoms aside, how amazing would it be to be able to express who you are through the contents of your handbag and how would you protect this part of yourself?’s contest also highlights this point by asking bloggers to think about the cost of the contents in their handbags.

So here it is.

My bag is a white leather handbag from brand Valentina. It was an ebay buy and cost me the grand total of £15. I love it and of course the very cheap price tag. 

My jewel in the crown is my hot pink Ted Baker purse. I love the shiny pinkness (is that a word?) and the gorgeous patent design just slicks away scuffs and dirt. But more expensive than most bags I own at £59.

A fan of 60's cat eyes and Bardot glamour, I never leave home without my eyeliner pen (£5) and my BeneFit They’re Real mascara (£18). And I feel extra gorgeous when sporting hot pink lipstick by Barry M (£5). Then just to channel my inner movie star even more I sport large sunnies on the rare occasion the sun comes out to play. These came from River Island and cost £15.

Hay fever sufferer, sad movie watcher and occasional sneezer, I always need a pack of tissues on hand and these wrapped in leopard print (my fave) called my name at £1 for 6 packs.

A self-confessed nerd, I also love to read and am currently making my way through the veryyyy long Anna Karenina on my Kindle (£169) which I'm sure makes me very cultured indeed (or just more of a dweebus). When not reading I’m mouthing along to Macklemore’s Thrift Shop on my iPod (£150).

I’ve lost my phone (£100) twice and twice it has been returned to me. The power of people never ceases to amaze me.  Pictures of my dog fill the sim card and first texts from my boyfriend from years gone by are forever saved. My keys let me into home and work (maybe I should separate them) but I know I’m lucky to have both. 

And at a total cost of £537 I’m shocked at how much so few things can be worth!

I loved leafing through my handbag, if not just to see an up to date version of myself and wonder, would my boy find my bag and fall in love with me? I hope so. Here’s hoping fell in love with this entry and who knows, maybe next time you see my next “What’s inside my handbag?” post I might be opening up a Mulberry.

Thursday, 31 January 2013

Say Cheese!

People get stressed out by their jobs. The angry eyes of any foamy-mouthed celebrity caught bare faced by the paparazzi is a testament to this. “Calm down,” you want to coo and hand them a herbal green tea.

But I understand where they’re coming from. I too get incredibly stressed by my job and struggle to find ways to relax. My job can leave psychological and sometimes physical scars (don’t ask) but excites and interests me so I take the good with the bad.  Apparently eating my height in milky bars and singing “Build Me Up Buttercup” on repeat is anti-social (damn neighbours), but I do need a release that won’t leave me with serious vocal strain or 10 pounds heavier.

I love looking at fashion blogs and perusing the latest glossy to let my mind drift into retail therapy heaven (without opening my purse once).  So, I thought cleverly stroking my chin, what can I do to really delve into my hobby and leave the stresses of the daily grind behind?

Become a supermodel!

Hmm, no I love chocolate too much.

Design couture wear!

Hmm, I’m not comfortable knowing people might go outside in something Judy Jetson might wear.

Photograph the front row set at Fashion Week!

Wait, does that sound so ludicrous? What’s wrong with indulging my love of great clothes and fashion by attending shows, writing about up and coming trends and taking photos of great street fashion? It’s a million miles away from my day job and I would love it. I've often ignored this aspiration because I didn't think I could get in to it. Blogging and writing is also hard without great photos and I don’t have a digital camera (mine blew up, hence my hiatus). But if money were no object, what is more stylish than this baby?

“That’s not going to revolutionize your life!” I hear you say. But what is more revolutionary than having something that literally opens up a whole new world to you? With the Canon EOS 500 I could take photos of my favourite fashion looks (questionable ones too) and become the fashionista features writer I've always dreamt of. Imagine that, me-time with no work phone, no clients and no need for plasters. I want to write more, take more pictures and grow my blog. In 2013 that would make me happy and blissful indeed. The millions of pictures I could take of my dog would just be an added bonus. 

This an entry into the competition here

Till next time beauties,