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October 2013



Close encounters


‘It’s really close’ Papa D said as we stood on the platform looking down the line towards….well, towards nothing. There was no train in sight.

‘Ehhh?’ I said looking back down the line. What was he on about? ‘The train’s not here yet?’

‘I mean the weather! It’s really close.’ He replied

Oh DADDD! What a Mum thing to say. He was right though. The train wasn’t close but this God Damn freakish weather is.

When a mild October creeps up on us like she’s currently doing I look back  to that magnificent year that was 2011 and reference my wardrobe when we were sweltering in 25 degrees but kicking conkers along the ground.

Check out HERE HERE & HERE for my, what I like to call, Global warming dressing

The legs can still be free but the colours simply need to be more season appropriate. I bought this vintage dress in San Fransisco many, many moons ago but always seem to bypass it in the summer. I guess I feel it’s perhaps too dull or muted for a bright sunny day in July which makes it perfect for times like this. Close, October times…


{m&s red cashmere cardi, vintage leather gillet, vintage dress from san fransisco, beaucoops booties}


Posted in Outfit city, Printastic



September 2013



Summer breakers


Much to Tim’s disdain, who loves a tight and a coat {STAY AWAY!!!}, the heat of summer is here once again..YIPPPEEEE!!! An Indian summer has graced our shores and although it seems inappropriate to still be wearing bright, printed, strapless dresses with white and gold flip flops ~ I DONE IT! I layered my neck in paper beads, jumped into my d.i.m.d.i dress {see HERE} &, although you can’t see it, crayoned my eyes with a purple eyeliner.

I’ve never seen the film but for some reason I feel like I’m a Springbreaker! {minus the violence!}


{rember2morrow paper beads, gifted yellow vest, d.i.m.d.i dress, gifted flips from cyprus}


Posted in Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, Printastic



August 2013



Seaside summertime


With August still supplying us with warm weather and sunny days I am still delving deep into that wardrobe of mine to unearth summer fabulousness that doesn’t often get an airing.  I gained this beauty above from Bestie From The TV a couple of years ago and although it only sees the light of summer days once or twice a year she is SOOOO easy to wear. Comfy, flowing and cool. We took a trip to the seaside together {like we did last time you saw her} and had a lovely time frollicing in the surf, eating fish and chips and walking the granny laden pier of Eastbourne.


{d.i.m.d.i waistcoat, gifted dress & leather satchel, topshop shoes, vintage sunnies, hobbs cardi}




Posted in Comfy chic, Outfit city, Printastic



July 2013



Shorts week ~ Boy shorts


I’ve had these Carhartt boys shorts for nearly 10 years now. I used to be the manager of a small womenswear boutique in Soho that sat opposite Carhartt. It was a small branch of the chain and only sold menswear. I always liked their shorts and challenged myself to ~ as I’ve done all {shorts} week ~ make these boys shorts look good on a tapered waist and a rubenesque bottom. As always a heel and a feminine print goes a long way.


{orla kiely top, carhartt shorts, m&s heels and sunnies}


Posted in Outfit city, Printastic



July 2013



Hidden gems


{gifted & then reworked zimbabwean dress from bestie from africa, vintage pink dress from sydney, vintage birds of paradise dress from san francisco}

I’ve done my homework that I set myself yesterday and have been hunting and discovering and loving finding my summer specials. They’re out, they’re going to be worn and their accompaniment will be a big fat smile on my face.


{black and beige flip flops from gap, only hearts cotton vest top}


{gifted supre dress from ms. kass, orla kiely clutch}


{£1 hat from cyprus}


{dimdi dress}


{dimdi grey shorts, self designed playsuit, vintage leather visor, ancient cut off jeans, gifted accesorise sunhat}


{vintage top from nyc}

What have you been unearthing my Shoelets?

Any hidden gems that you’d forgotten about?

Tell all…

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Kaspia Calypso, Outfit city, Printastic, Summer plans, Wardrobe work



July 2013





June 2013



Take me to Africa


When the Zimbabwean’s are in town there is nothing I like better than cracking out my African print dresses and showing them how much I love their material.

When Bestie From Africa lived over in Zimbabwe {technically she should now be called Bestie From Streatham} I was very lucky to receive many beautiful gifts in the post. Often it was simply material that she knew I’d like and would make into something fabulous. Other times it was actual dresses. This beauty came to me one birthday with the note attached

‘Yes, it’s huge but it’s the smallest I could find. I know you’ll be able to do something with it’ 

Huge was an understatement. It was probably a size 26! You know I love a challenge. I took it up, I took it in, I chopped the sleeves and I hemmed the shit out of it. Paired with a floral belt it was perfect for these far eastern style wild summer days.


{reworked gifted african dress, belt from this dress, m&s suede wedges and sunnies, vintage bag from rokit}


For wild adventures in the actual Africa and not just a garden in South London check out here

Posted in Africa-ca-ca, Bestie From Africa, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, Printastic, Rise to the occasion



April 2013



Back in the saddle


Last week saw me get back on the old BMX for the first time in 6 months. I’ll be honest ~ my vagina is still recovering but apart from a permanent need to ask for a pillow when sitting down on a wooden chair, I am happy. Happy to be back in the saddle THANK YOU! I’m here all week. My beloved bike is my free ride round town but also my only form of exercise at the moment so I am uber keen to keep this up while we have our 10 minutes of sun this year.  Having said that I’m never a fan of doing things properly and so cycling shorts, trainers and a lycra top will not be donning my bod. No, I simply need to think a little more carefully about what I can cycle in. A stretchy jersey dress and a lightweight jacket did just the trick….oh…and keeping in with not wearing Le tight again until fall ~ a naughty stocking makes an appearance.

Happy Monday y’all….Who’s unpacked their summer clothes yet?

DSC02014{vintage adidas top and dress, dimdi m&s socks, m&s suspenders & wedges}



Posted in Comfy chic, Did It Myself, Didn't I, Outfit city, Printastic



February 2013



Do the bartman

{image via google}

I have been holding my tongue for such a long time as I feared that what I had to say about the above would make me appear old and past it. Not at all like the young, fun loving hipster I know you all think I am {Jk. I know you know I love a granny chic nightie} However, I can no longer keep silent as I need to know WHAT THE HELL IS THIS? Seriously? I’m not judging {unusual for me} or saying it’s wrong {even more unusual for me} I simply need to know what the hell is going on with Bart Simpson?

Yes, I’m late and Jeremy Scott debuted his wares last February but they only came to the streets ~ not that I’ve personally seen them here in Clapham but you get my drift ~ this winter and I just can’t get my head around it. I understand that being of a certain age I won’t  touch Bart Simpson like my Mother wouldn’t a pair of bell bottoms. They’re associated with our youth and can come across a little Mutton dressed as Bart. I DISTINCTLY remember when ‘Do the Bartman’ came out when I was 12 and I certainly did do the Bartman and knew all the words to his rap. As I did to ‘The fresh prince of Bel Air’ & Vanilla Ice which, BTW, everyone should know. I get it. I was young. The 90’s are back. You can’t go there if you lived through it the first time. I do get that bit.

My problem is with the shelf life of a cartoon character suit. I’m not sure how many times Ms. Delevingne has worn this ensemble {to be fair I have seen two different outfits when she has incorporated the Bartman} but surely once you’ve worn this 3 times people have seen it? When something is this recognisable and obvious will she still be wanting to wear it in a year?

I try and tell my customers that when shopping think about what will blend in with what you already own in your wardrobe. If you’re looking at a jacket will it go with at least a couple of skirts, some pants and just a bra top or 3?  Invest your cash and get the most out of your clothes. On the other hand, and what with wanting to be individual and unique,  we should also buy at least one item that is so spectacular it can only be worn once every two years but needs to remain in your wardrobe. Mine is a gold lace dress….actually I made it and it has previously been 2 other style gold lace dresses but it’s staying put and only comes out for wild ‘yes my dress is see-thru and I have no underwear on underneath’ times.

This Jumper alone was £354 and I want to know is Cara getting her money’s worth?

Am I being a crochety old fart? Do our parents look at us wearing Mickey Mouse sweats and think the same thing? Why is Mickey, for me, far cooler and much more acceptable than Bart? Does anyone like this Bart Simpson print?

What say you my Shoelets?

Posted in Fashion week, Let's discuss, Printastic



November 2012



Winter print

I showcased this little beauty back in July when I was mixing and not matching her all over the place.  As an alternative for later in the year she’s the perfect blend of muted colours to while away these dull winter days and to add print to an otherwise dull palette of blacks and greys.

{gifted vintage dress and hudson boots from tim, hobbs long sleeved tops, vintage leather jacket and bag, gifted and reworked military jacket, tights, m&s sunnies}

Oh and Alfie…

Posted in Outfit city, Printastic


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