The bigger, the bolder, the better.

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The reason why I will always love this outfit from the Céline 2015 resort collection is because it is just so much fun. Take that silk crepe blouse for instance. Those billowing sleeves and minstrel-sized buttons belong to a woman who speaks with her hands. The crystal earrings in the shape of pizza slices are sleek yet perfectly bonkers. And the shoes, well, you can’t see them too well here but look at them on the Céline site. See, fun!

 

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Cut copy.

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It’s almost worrying how little problem I have with slavishly copying Phoebe Philo’s haircut*. Not yet, but soon. Two years have passed since my last major re-style, a period of time that has seen an untold fortune spent on Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I stopped short at Viviscal – to relatively little effect. Time for a new approach.

These last few years have not been an easy ride, hair-wise. It’s been red, blonde (ERROR) and every shade of brown.  There was the ill-advised fringe, layers, streaky highlights, feathering and even a John Frieda at home dye kit that caused it to start falling out. In my hands. In the shower. Not one, but two hairdressers, have actually reduced me to tears. Quite honestly? My poor hair has been screaming ”GIRL. GIVE. IT. UP” for years and I have steadfastly refused to listen.

True, a fresh start will start in earnest with the big cut, but I’m extending this hair turnaround to a self-imposed ban on hair dye and continuing to invest in high-quality haircare products (looking at you, Josh Wood). The scene of the big day is still to be decided, but Trevor Sorbie in Hampstead is looking like an odds-on favourite. I really hope there’s champagne to ease the pain, because God knows I can’t make it three in a row.

Funnily enough, Into The Gloss has recently posted some insanely great advice for getting a good mid-length cut and keeping it looking top notch. IT’S LIKE THEY KNOW. Just wait until you read the part about the curvature and heat from your shoulders turning your midi-cut into a flicked mum bob. Oh yes, that’s an actual thing. Wish me luck!

*not quite as worrying as the first time I saw this picture and immediately thought ‘they must be the antique diamond earrings she said her husband bought her in that interview a while back!’. The obsession has absolutely gone too far.

[Image via Keep it Chic]

Cut copy.

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It’s almost worrying how little problem I have with slavishly copying Phoebe Philo’s haircut*. Not yet, but soon. Two years have passed since my last major re-style, a period of time that has seen an untold fortune spent on Philip Kingsley Elasticizer – I stopped short at Viviscal – to relatively little effect. Time for a new approach.

These last few years have not been an easy ride, hair-wise. It’s been red, blonde (ERROR) and every shade of brown.  There was the ill-advised fringe, layers, streaky highlights, feathering and even a John Frieda at home dye kit that caused it to start falling out. In my hands. In the shower. Not one, but two hairdressers, have actually reduced me to tears. Quite honestly? My poor hair has been screaming ”GIRL. GIVE. IT. UP” for years and I have steadfastly refused to listen.

True, a fresh start will start in earnest with the big cut, but I’m extending this hair turnaround to a self-imposed ban on hair dye and continuing to invest in high-quality haircare products (looking at you, Josh Wood). The scene of the big day is still to be decided, but Trevor Sorbie in Hampstead is looking like an odds-on favourite. I really hope there’s champagne to ease the pain, because God knows I can’t make it three in a row.

Funnily enough, Into The Gloss has recently posted some insanely great advice for getting a good mid-length cut and keeping it looking top notch. IT’S LIKE THEY KNOW. Just wait until you read the part about the curvature and heat from your shoulders turning your midi-cut into a flicked mum bob. Oh yes, that’s an actual thing. Wish me luck!

*not quite as worrying as the first time I saw this picture and immediately thought ‘they must be the antique diamond earrings she said her husband bought her in that interview a while back!’. The obsession has absolutely gone too far.

[Image via Keep it Chic]

One month off.

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1. Visiting Eltham Palace

Without doubt, one of the best places in the London, the UK, the world; left to us by Ginny and Samuel Courtauld and now in the care of English Heritage. From the phenomenal entrance hall to Ginny Courtauld’s private bedroom (complete with gold tiled bathroom), this Art Deco mansion also incorporates a two-storey ladder for the Courtaulds’ then-pet lemur Mah-Jongg. Too much.  The volunteers at Eltham Palace are SUPER awkward about you taking photos, (hence the use of the stock photography above) so, for now, you’ll have to settle for this photograph of the Lemur-printed tea towel that accompanied me home. Well, a new flat isn’t going to furnish itself, is it?

 

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2. An interview with Phoebe Philo from 2003

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Otherwise know as the one where she talks to Murray Healy about hardcore jungle dancing and going to raves in hotpants and a vest. Atta’ girl. There is, of course, her more recent  interview in US Vogue, but frankly..

 

 

3. ‘Americans in Piccadilly’, British Vogue August 1968.

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After inheriting two tonnes of 1960s issues of Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, it is taking a veritable age to deliver my promise of sharing the best bits with you all. This editorial, shot by David Bailey for the August ’68 issue showcasing new American designers is particularly ace. Perhaps no outfit  more so than the box jacket and pleated skirt combo finished off with a jaunty Matador-style hat and patent buckled heels a la Marc Jacobs.

 

 

4. Birthday gift wishes.

 

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It’s very nearly birthday time and these lovely things, along with two dozen gin and tonics, will hopefully soften the blow of turning – gulp – 23. The Isabel Marant-style jacket is particularly beautiful and has me aching for some more sunny days. Plus, it’s from somewhere suitably obscure that not everybody and their mother is going to be wearing it. Zara *cough*

 

 

5. An Art Deco architecture walking tour of London

 

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After two years of procrastination, I finally galvanised myself to go on this two hour jaunt around London. A totally unexpected discovery was the National Radiator Company building, right opposite Liberty! The final stop on the tour was Claridges, which would have been a lot more fun if we hadn’t been kicked out for being such a large group. Nevertheless, if feel like learning more about the oldest escalators incorporated into a department store  in the UK (!) you should definitely give it a go. Seriously though, go, it’s great.

 

 

6. Nickstape Megamix on Spotify. Every Friday morning Nick Grimshaw is let loose on Radio 1. The resulting list of 417 songs (and counting) is a ready-made party playlist. Warning: It’s pretty heavy on Destiny’s Child.

 

 

7.  Dream blogging desk in the V&A

 

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It’s silver, shiny and has a lot of drawer space. Seeing as this post is currently being written hunched over my bed, laptop resting on a book entitled, ‘The Laura Ashley Guide to Country Decorating’, it seems like a pretty tempting prospect right now. Designed by Edward Maufe and originally displayed at the Paris Exhibition in 1925, this beauty is currently sitting pretty in Room 74 at the V&A. Swoon over some more images here.

 

 

8. And FINALLY, the greatest conversation ever overheard, then live-tweeted, by the brilliant Sarah Bennetto. If you’ve ever questioned your past dating history, THIS GUY will, I hope, put all of your problems into perspective.

 

 

[Images via: Payne & GunterGardens to GoTumblr, Pinterest, all other (shoddy) photos by me]

Lucky strike.

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What is everyone up to this week? Could I possibly tempt you into buying ARMFULS OF DISCOUNTED CELINE?

Yep, that’s right: THERE IS CELINE ON YOOX. And none of that Michael Kors-era trash, the real deal Philo stuff. Months ago I heard a rumour that similar garbs were lurking in the Céline outlet in Bicester village, but the fact that said rumour came from twitter and that Bicester is FAR meant it never happened.

If you are a fan of the floral stuff, there is some of that on the site too! Sadly, patterns make me look like a drag queen :(

Have fun!