I had hoped to shoot a lovely summery outfit for the blog at the weekend, in view of the fact that last Thursday and Friday we saw bare legs and short sleeve weather, alas come Saturday it was business as usual and Glasgow had returned to it's usual autumnal self.
Since I've been living in jeans an awful lot I decided to dust off these old All Saints drop crotch trousers. To be honest, they are decidedly tighter on me than they used to be, so less drop crotch than before, but still a most welcome change from jeans. The back of the wardrobe got a good rummage too and out came one of my fave Jean Pierre Braganza pieces; a linen biker jacket.
All Saints Trousers Jean Pierre Braganza Jacket Basement W1 T-shirt Wild Child Belt LAIR Bag The Kooples Boots Quay Sunglasses
Overall, no colour here since I'm not really in the mood for colour lately, so monochrome all the way. I also have a new addition to the closet in the form of this cute bag from The Lair. I really needed to give my & Other Stories bag a rest and this one is a bit bigger so much more practical. I'm hoping to buy an all black version soon too since I have some potential good news about a job!
'Tis a miracle, we actually got some sunshine this week, but as I type this, the sky is overcast and it's starting to rain, so these Autumnal offerings are the perfect thing to share this dull Saturday.
Unlike Queen Michelle in days gone by, I'm not a huge Chloe fan but in their email which popped into the inbox yesterday about their Fall 2015 collection, they used that work 'folkloric', so naturally I had to go and take a look.
To be perfectly honest this is not a word I would have used to describe this collection although if I were 20 years younger and five stone lighter, I would love to try on those jaunty blue sailor pants...
They described the collection saying - "WE WERE LOOKING AT THE GLAM ROCK OF DAVID BOWIE AND MARC BOLAN MIXED WITH THE SOFTER SIDE OF KATE BUSH.", SAID CREATIVE DIRECTOR CLARE WAIGHT KELLER, OF HER INSPIRATION FOR THE CHLOÉ FALL 2015 COLLECTION. KATE CAME FROM A DREAMY COUNTRYSIDE IDYLL TO THE GRUNGE OF THE CITY – BUT ALWAYS KICKED AROUND IN HER BROTHERS' COATS AND LEATHER JACKETS."
They photographed the collection amongst the bucolic disrepair of the Chateau de Beauregard in Lower Normandy, to tell an evocative tale of the modern Chloé girl .
As always Queen Michelle is a step ahead of the curve. Just look at those bags on the left!!!!
When it comes to jewellery, my tastes definitely run raw - dark, patinated silver, uncut, unpolished crystals, and textured, organic appearing metal all define the aspects I look for in jewellery. For that reason, I was thrilled to come across Raw Taste, based out of Montreal in Canada.
Sasha Cherovsky , the designer behind Raw Taste, states that "skin, unisex, orphic, bold, dark, contrast, crystals, symmetry, asymmetry, contradictions, sensuality, unconventional, neo noir, sharp and raw" are the recurring keywords in her practice and they are all definitely the trigger words that ignite my own desires when it comes to shopping for jewellery.
She makes pieces that encompass all those qualities. Nature fuels her inspiration as it is so her work is rich in symbolism and esoteric qualities. She values "quality over quantity, uniqueness over conventional and spiritual energy over emptiness".
You can also shop Raw Taste with a clear conscience as each piece is created made using refined silver since Cherovsky is a Mining Watch Canada supporter, whose goal is to change mining practices to ensure the health of individuals, communities and ecosystems. And all the leather that used in is supplied from fellow designers to give life to scraps that would otherwise be thrown out.
After The Abyss table last week, which came in at a costly £15,800 I didn't think we could find a more luxurious item for Palaces.
But that was before I came across The Ocean Kitchen from Robert Kolenick
Dutch designer Robert Kolenik specializes in high-end sustainable design, and "Ocean Kitchen" is his latest masterpiece. Shaped like a large "L" - the storage compartment inside the counter is hidden with mirrors to make the aquarium seem larger than it is. The counter-top raises up at the push of a button, allowing you to easily access the aquarium for cleaning and for feeding the aquatic life. I've no idea how much this costs but I'm guessing it will cost more than The Abyss coffee table!
Much as I love this I can't help but worry I would forget to feed the poor little fish and I'm not sure what quality of life they would have watching me burn toast every day..
Koleik specializes in eco chic. His Amsterdam-based design firm incorporates nature and environmentally friendly products in their luxurious interior designs. The Ocean kitchen is his latest example of functional design coexisting with living nature. Lets be honest I don't think you could get more chic than this.
Made to measure and available in limited quantities the Ocean Kitchen can be ordered here.
The aquarium serves as the base for a kitchen counter that carefully conceals cabinetry, storage space and the filter while the counter/stove top effortlessly lifts with the press of a button to feed the fish and maintain the L-shaped tank easily. This thing looks so big, I could maybe fit a manta ray in there...
I've been a bit obsessed with manta rays the last weeks. No idea why but are just the most glorious glorious creatures...
Been digging out the old faves a lot lately. Many moons ago the lovely Sarah from Binky Bones sent me these wishbone earrings and I love them as much now as I did when she sent them. They are on sale on her site at the moment for £85.
I give you something to brighten up your mid-week...
Matter Matters is a handbag brand based in Hong Kong, created by graphic designer Flora Leung.
Leung was the creative director of a well known vintage accessory store in Hong Kong, where she served as head buyer. She simultaneously worked as a freelance graphic designer and art director at one of the biggest advertising agencies in Hong Kong. Flora went on to attend London College of Fashion with an eye to ultimately creating her own label. She was also named graphic design student of the year while at Birmingham City University. Clearly a talented multi-tasker.
Her handbag range is deliciously bright and bold and heavily inspired by Post Modernism, Art Deco, Bauhaus and Cubism. The strong colour palette is borrowed from the artworks of David Hockney and Edward Hopper.
The retro style of her collection and her taste for "classic luxury" are influenced by her time spent as buyer and creative director at the vintage shop.
These creations are so graphic and heavy on simplistic, geometric shapes it's really no surprise she is also a graphic designer and, as a fellow graphic designer, I just adore these bags, they are so fun! The primary hues would be sure to brighten up even the dullest of Glasgow days.
Did you know there are only 191 days to go until Episode 7 of Star Wars?
For lots of people, Queen Michelle included, this means nothing, to the rest of us it is a matter of much excitement. Much as I'm looking forward to it, I will have no doubt that we will soon be bored to the back teeth from all the spin offs and cross merchandising that will beset us all around.
But I've not reached saturatuion point yet, which is why when I came across these chunk t shirts I actually laughed at them.
My father wouldn't thank you for one of these for Fathers Day ( unless it's whisky or toffee, the man shows little or no interest, in fact he is downright offended!!) but my brother would happily sport one of these if it was to be proffered up by Princess Laura and Jenny.
Chunk t- shirts are available everywhere, but I came across most of these on Urban Outfitters.
We have all heard talk all over the internets about a heat wave hitting the UK next week. Of course, you can bet your ass that heatwave won’t make it’s way up to Scotland. Here, it’s still woolly hat and jumper weather. Woolly hats, jumpers…and leather.
Currently, I have 2 primary states of being: in leather or in denim. Hardly exciting but then life at the moment isn’t terribly exciting. Both are simple and functional. Just how I like it at the moment.
Born A Bad Seed T-shirt // McQ Skirt // Wild Child Belt // The Kooples Boots // River Island Jacket / Quay sunglasses
I dug out this wonderful McQ leather skirt recently and remembered how damn perfect it is. The double zip situation is all kinds of sick and the leather is reassuringly thick and textured. With extra plump on my derriere it now sits a tiny bit higher than it used to, but it's hasn't made it obscenely short. My 42 year old self can still carry it off.
It just cry's out to be worn with a tee and plenty of hardware so lots of bangles, a statement belt and big, black typography - who am I to argue?