Category Archives: Fashion

Fashion has got a Spring in its step!

The weather may not have made it easy for us to have a spring in our step over the last few months but thankfully the shops have been more than making up for it with their fantastic range of Spring/Summer wear this year. Unlike in previous years where I’ve found myself put off the shops by a dull or bizarre trend (jewel tones are not my favourite fashion of choice) the key trends this year are fresh, vibrant and exciting as well as nicely feminine and fun.

In particular the resurgence of neon, smattering of mint green and feminine and floaty dipped hem skirts are my favourite key trends that have been popping up all over the high street. As I frequently indulge myself by browsing (and occasionally treating myself to) items on the Select and New Look website I thought I would share a few of my favourite examples of these trends with you…go forth, indulge and enjoy 🙂

Loving this snake print dipped hem dress – a must have this season!

It’s a Jungle Out There…

So my latest guilty pleasure is a show on the Style Network called Jerseylicious. Set in a New Jersey hair salon the show focuses on the wild antics of its employees including (as everyone good show does) their arguments, tantrums and love lives. Let me reassure you that this is NOT Jersey Shore which brought us the likes of Snooki (not that I’ve ever seen it, only heard the Joan Rivers jokes!), this is a workplace reality show and as such is much tamer in its content. Now not everyone will be a fan…its an acquired taste for sure but for me it has replaced a void left from the absence of my other guilty pleasure shows Girls of the Playboy Mansion, Kendra and Holly’s World.

Jerseylicious (examiner.com)

I’ve noticed lately that this show has started to have a profound effect on me, most notably in my fashion taste. Being a person who usually avoids patterns like the plague I have suddenly become drawn to animal print (as worshipped by some of the central characters in this show), hot pink and garish accessories. The unique fashion style of these Jersey natives, proudly expressing themselves through a haze of zebra print, cheetah nails, orange tan, big hair, bigger earrings, and smokey eyes but with a Godfather twang in their accent has made me realise it is like watching a cross between The Only Way Is Essex and The Godfather movies! The thing which keeps drawing me in however is that beneath these extroverted faux fur exteriors they are all quite ambitious and talented individuals. This is not a programme about lay-abouts or lazy scroungers, they have drive, career goals and chronicle the highs and lows of a workplace (working with people you hate, not getting your own way, having bad customers), which I find remarkably relatable given we exist 3444 (give or take) miles apart! The most ambitious of them all, Tracy, can often be seen arguing her case with the gusto of a lioness protecting her cubs…let me just say I’d rather be on her team in an argument than on the opposing one although one can’t help but feel sorry for Olivia, her nemesis who often cops the brunt of Tracy’s outbursts!! This is not a show about weak people…there are some valuable lessons about productive social interaction to be learnt here.

Quite simply this programme has opened my eyes to a whole new side of New Jersey, where pizza and pasta is celebrated, curves are admired, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, career goals are sought after with vigor and relationships are dealt with openly and (even if at times too aggressively) swiftly. I now feel able to wear zebra print and pink together with pride because Jerseylicious has shown me Jersey gaudy and all that comes with it isn’t always a bad thing 🙂

Why my wardrobe needs a serious clear out…

Ok, so I’m assuming (and desperately hoping) that I’m not alone in this but I’m a recovering shopaholic, yes that’s right I admit it, I’ve had issues in the past with over indulgent shopping which over the years has resulted in me having no money to speak of and a wardrobe which is overflowing and bursting at the seams. Don’t believe me, well check this out…

And that’s just my day-to-day clothes, this doesn’t even cover the 6 giant vacuum bags of old clothes I have stored in my loft!

You see, I also suffer with the problem that I hoard a lot of clothes from my skinnier years. I would LOVE to be the size I was at 18, I was certainly a lot happier and confident with my look and figure back then and somehow I’ve come to feel that the clothes I owned at that time are the only reminder of the person I was back then. When I look at my wardrobe these days it only serves to remind me of the person I don’t want to be.

However as I approach a new era (as Jennifer Garner in 13 Going on 30 would say, the era of “30, flirty and thriving”) I want my thirties to be positive, healthy, confident, successful and less materialistic. I want to have the financial freedom to buy what I want and need when I see it but not feel the urge to drown my sorrows in purchasing wasteful and tacky tat which will ultimately sit like a toxic bog at the bottom of my wardrobe making me feel miserable whenever I open the doors and see it. I want to purge my wardrobe and free myself from the weight of this mountain of cheap material where I am living in the shadow of my former skinner self…

The questions I intend to ask myself in order to clear the decks include;

  • Does the item fit?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • If not would I really want to wear it again if I could fit into it?
  • Does it create the look I want to achieve?
  • Have I outgrown it (in terms of age)?
  • Do I like it?
  • Do I wear it?
  • If I don’t wear it why not?
  • Does it have sentimental value (restrict to only a few pieces)?

I’m hoping to enlist the help of some friends in this pursuit, after all I can’t sort through 12 years of purchases, 3 wardrobes and 6 vacuum bags on my own, but hopefully at the end of it I will be lighter and freer to go forth and start my thirties in the manner in which I would like them to continue. Watch this space; I’ll keep you posted… 🙂

The wonder of a sparkly shoe…

Not all my posts will be endless pictures of pretty things I promise but given that I titled my blog after the wonder of a sparkly shoe…for they are the prettiest of all the shoes…then I feel the need to show you some fine examples…more serious musings coming soon I’m sure 😉 x

Trashing your wedding dress?

Maybe I’m already behind the times but I’ve recently come across the concept of a “trash your wedding dress” photoshoot. I personally can’t decide whether this is a genius or traumatic idea, my wedding dress was stunning and (albeit with a few issues on the day) I loved wearing it. I can’t therefore imagine wanting to destroy it as many ways as I can as if it were a fashion interpretation of South Park’s “how can we kill Kenny this week” or the more recent bunny suicides books.

I suppose some women do it to celebrate the irony of having bought something usually very expensive, cherished it, eagerly waited to wear it and kept it in pristine condition only to then destroy it. Fair enough, I suppose at least you will have more room in your attic!

I’m very on board with the artistic element of the photography, most pictures I have seen are stunning and perhaps if I only had a sample sale dress and not my real one on I could really have some fun with it but I suspect I’m far too hesitant to actually want to destroy something so precious and sentimental to begin with, even if it is a sacrifice for art’s sake!

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