Tuesday, 28 December 2010

Best of Brits

I love a good Hywel Davies publication as much as the next fashion junkie, so it's probably no surprise to hear that number 1&2 on my christmas list this year were of course workings by him. On the 27th I ventured into town to see if I could get my hands on some nice bargains with my sister. The place was absoloute manic, so, I ended up finding refuge in the nearest bookstore.. maybe I'd find some Hywel half price.

I quickly toddled up the stairs, and on over the the arts section. I noticed a beautiful cover- a fushia John Galliano- it was one of the Davies books my mum wasn't able to find in time for christmas. I grabbed it and took it over to the desk, having a quick peek, whilst waiting in line. For some reason; maybe it's just my familiarity of his beautiful work; I flicked to 'Deryck Walker', to have a quick read through the interview.
I quickly closed the book and handed it over to the cashier.
On my right stood a quirky glaswegian, suavely dressed, with a local accent.
I turned around- Deryck Walker, stood beside me.

Sunday, 26 December 2010


I cannot put into words how much I actually love Christmas.
Well, not christmas as such- as lovely a day it may be- more the festivities leading up to it- the bundling up in fluffy knits, and making plans with friends and loved ones.. and the food, naturally.. it's such a magical season.

I love when the clocks go back and you get that extra hour in bed, that's when you know Christmas is coming soon, because you can feel it; actually feel christmas around you.

And everybody changes too, we stop the petty fights and force ourselves to get along because, well, 'Tis the season', right?
It's strange to think how much this one little holiday effects us; how it manages to bring us all together, even if only for a day.

Thanks for an amazing christmas, hope you all had a good one too xx

Sunday, 19 December 2010

Rosy Noses

I love winter:

I love Bundling up for the cold outside, and then quickly whipping it all off when I get back home, to embrace every last drop of the raging fire.

And I love chapped lips. Silly? maybe. But it means I get to enjoy my delectable coco butter vaseline even more than I already do.

Finally, I love the snow. It makes everything so much more picturesque, like a scene from Miracle on 34th Street. I love how it messes up our plans sometimes, so instead of us jumping on our next train home, we're settling for some christmas blend in the cosiness of starbucks with good friends and wholesome strangers.

Christmas is bliss.

Wednesday, 8 December 2010

Incentive to Save???

Anybody who knows me, or even anyone who's a close follower of LaModeMachent (thanks for following) will know how much of a- dare I say it- spend whore, I really am. And by that I mean, If I see something I want, I buy it there and then, no questions asked.

So anyway, quite a few months ago, a friend and I were in merchant city for dinner, we were driving around- for what seemed like an eternity- trying to find a parking spot. But with no luck, and so we ended up driving round and round in circles. I remember stopping at a set of traffic lights, soooo frustrated as I was so hungry! I looked out the window to see what the hold up was, some STUPID bus or something. BUT THEN, my eyes caught sight of something wonderful.. MULBERRY. Beautiful Alexa in the window. There and then I decided I was having me one of those. From that moment, I decided that I was going to put half of my monthly wages into a savings account, so that some day (in the not so far future) I would be able to make that oh so chic purchase.

So, here I am, £750, and more, in my 'Alexa account'... and I just cant do it. I'm not exactly sure why, maybe it's because the odds of me moving away next year to study are extremely high, and I know I shall need some savings for that; or maybe it's because my mother- quite the fashionista in her day- with a bit of Mulberry of her own (purchased when she was my age) will know exactly how much I've spent on it. Either way, I think I'm going to save it, keep building up a little kitty for myself.

And in the mean time...

A 'Lola', courtesy of Redherring.
Price? £32.

Thursday, 2 December 2010


Found this lovely picture at american apparel online today! I absolutely LOVE this look- oh so fresh.
Although it may look a little inappropriate for this kind of weather, or atleast the weather in the UK at present, it is perfect for layering, so pop those long johns on!

I'm feeling a little under the weather today, and whenever I feel ill in the slightest, I make it my priority to wear comfortable clothes.. and by comfortable, I mean usually pretty indulgent, and overly thought- so usually some form of evening wear mixed up a little. Anyway, today I'm wearing: a black chiffon full length skirt(courtesy of my beautiful jan), a knitted navy lurex jumper (topshop), a pair of Docs (which I found in my loft) some cable knit socks(h&m) lots of silver jewellery i.e long crusafix chain, chunky silver rings ; nude nails, smoky eyes, ad my hair the way I left it last night..a riot(else I would've taken a picture).

Oh, and finished off nicely with a beautiful raging fire, whilst watching the full blown blizzard from the frosty window.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

♥ Winter Playlist ♥

Welcome Home- Radical Face
Crave You- Flight Facilities ft. Giselle
Nothin- B.O.B ft Bruno Mars
Beautiful World- Carolina Liar
Dark Blue- Jack's Mannequin
Say My Name- Destiny's Child
Don't Worry Baby- Beach Boys
Bruised- Jack's Mannequin
Bette Davis Eyes- Kim Carnes
Piano Man- Billy Joel
I Feel Love- Donna Summer
What's My Name- Rihanna ft. Drake
California Bound- Carolina liar
New Order- Blue Monday
Tik Tok- Sunday Girl
Self Machine- I Blame Coco
Wonderful World- Sam Cooke
Rollerblades- Eliza Doolittle
Tiny Dancer- Elton John
Sunny Road- Emiliana Torrini
Aurora- Foo Fighters
Oceans Away- The Fray
Ooh La La- Goldfrap
Santa Maria- Gotan Project
11th Dimension- Julien Casablancas
I Like- Keri Hilson
Get Outta My Way- Kylie Minogue
The Show- Lenka
Electric Feel- Katy Perry
Come As You Are- Nirvana
Sunrise- Norah Jones
Here Comes Your Man- Pixies
Romeo and Juliette- The Rifles
Stop Hey- Sunday Girl
Opposite Of Adults- Chiddy Bang
Crooked Legs- The Acorn
Islands- The XX
Your Song- Ellie Goulding

Saturday, 27 November 2010


ZARA (love it)

River Island (suprizingly) - usually not a fan..

Topshop (naturally)

In life, I have a total love/hate relationship with 'black friday'. I love it of course, because it's the one day, of every month I'm at my happiest with my bank balance- my hard earned cash, all waiting for me when the clock strikes 12. I hate it because, well, I can never spend any of it on the clothes I've been eyeing up, as the ques to make purchase are always miles and miles long.. But then, maybe thats another reason to love it? Save all those lovely ben franklins up? Wouldn't you love that mother, dear.

Anyway, I was shopping for some winter boots, when I came across these little gems..
Thankfully enough for my loved ones, the ques for making any of these purchases were far too long, else they would have recieved a lovely letter on the 25th, from the charity of 'LaModeMachent' entaling that a donation had been made in their name...

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

"Let your mind start a journey through a strange new world. Leave all thoughts of the world you knew before. Let your soul take you where you long to be... Close your eyes and let your spirit start to soar, and you'll live as you've never lived before."

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

"and have yourself a LUXE little christmas" -was it?

Tuesday, by far- for some strange reason- seems to be one of my fave days, at the moment.
A lovely morning of garment construction; followed by a break; then some more garment construction; then some lunch; and then a little bit of drawing or whatever, before i quickly head off to work, on which the opportunity arises to grab one of my treasured magazines EVER. Tuesday, is 'Stylist' day!! By far the magazine I adore most. Because? Well, firstly I'm a fashion student.. and secondly IT'S 100% FREE!!

Anyhow, I was having a flick through on my way to work, when I noticed a little spread at the bottom of one of my pages, with a couple of advent calendars sprawled across it. I went to flip the page, then double taked. Luxe advent calenders? Ha! How absolutely outrageous.. LUXE ADVENT CALENDERS!?
At £68 though? For 24 days, worth of reasons to get up out of bed in the morning? The bitter, dark, frosty morning? Emmm.. SOLD.

Clearly the meaning of christmas is lost with me here. But when the countdown to christmas is this good, do we really need a visit from Pere Noel on the 25th?

Visit stylist magazine online.

Sunday, 21 November 2010


Okay, So I need some help!!
Has anybody happened to have been either in topshop, OR on the website recently?
It's just that I was online, and on their main page (Topshop Online) was this beautiful picture, and I've absolutely fallen head over heels, IN LOVE, with this dress, only problem being, I cannot find it anywhere.. SO, if anybody could perhaps share a link, or comment and tell me where I could find this dress, or even one like it, I would be most greatful!!!

Thanks guys xxx

Monday, 15 November 2010

..and I thought I was a hippy.

I've always thought of myself as somewhat of a free spirit, well in the sense that, most of the time I do what I want, I dress how I want, I don't need anybody- although it's always good to have the company sometimes- I have no strings to hold me down, I'm doing what I'm doing out of choice; not force, I have my whole life ahead of me- I am free to be who I want to be. But, the other day on my way to class I realised my iPod was no longer in my bag, I had left it somewhere. My iPod, LOST. My techno mood enhancer, gone.

I'm not going to lie here when I say the shock on realising that it was no longer less that a stones throw away, was probably the same one I would experience, if I'd lost a limb- how very dramatic of me. Later on, I remembered that I had transferred a few of my fave tunes onto my blackberry, and so, even though I had lost one of my most prized possessions, if I maybe closed my eyes, it seemed like nothing had changed. Phew.

The next day, I had headed into to town to do a little last minute shopping for my mums birthday, but, on my way home, whilst listening to a bit of Donna Summer, my phone suddenly cut off, IT JUST STOPPED WORKING.? I looked at the screen, JVM error 102? WHAT? So I clicked reset, nothing happened, again, RESET. Annnnnd nothing.

So when I arrived at the house, I switched on my laptop-you know, to google the problem, as I do with everything else (Not even kidding by the way)- or at least tried, nothing happened, it would not switch on. Fully charged, but nothing. So, no music to calm my nerves, no blackberry to order another one, no laptop to solve what seemed like all of my problems.. and no contact with the rest of the world.

So, finally, here I am, sitting on my sisters bed, blogging from my mothers laptop.

If you need me, send a telegram.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Attic Rummage- Mother, i LOVE you.

Okay so me and my twin sister, Rachel, are ALWAYS on the lookout for really nice vintage items, although most of the time we fail when it comes to finding them.
So, it came as quite a bit of a shock yesterday night, on our trip to the ice cold attic- to get our Aaron knits in preparation for this terrible winter that's upon us- we came across an old clothes rail, packed full of old coats and jackets. Cannot actually begin to describe the feeling of sheer excitement, that came over me when we found all these precious pieces of outerwear, that had been neglected up in the cold, and out of sight for far too long.
It seems mother dear was quite the dresser back in the day.

Beautiful coats, you have another chance at glory.

Sunday, 31 October 2010

Silky Soft Hair? It ain't no urban myth.

In the morning it takes me all of at least one and a half hours to get fully ready.
This morning I slept over all two of my alarms, leaving myself with only twenty minutes to get ready, that is giving enough time to make my way down to the train station- absolute nightmare!
So a quick blast in the shower, on swiftly go the clothes I had carefully planned the previous eve, slap on some make up, and pull the hair tie from my ballerina bun to reveal beach fresh waves.. beginners luck, I'm a pro at this '20 min chic styling'. Anyway I'm quickly tottering along down the road to jump in the car to the train station, wind blowing through my hair, and what can I smell?
Yes, that's right. That beautiful burning smell you ask? Why that'd be my hair.
Due to the sheer ridiculous volume of styling, with the absence of appropriate hair care products, my hair was in horrid condition, the ends split and vulgar on the eyes, and now, it was smelling like some kind of forest fire. NOT an attractive quality.
Later on when I got home, I remembered a magical remedy my sister had shown me in high school. Olive oil. That's it.

So what you do is: heat up a little olive oil in a little bowl or egg cup (the same way you would with hot oil hair treatment), and then, section by section, and onto completely dry hair, start slicking it through, putting as much as you fancy through each section. I recommend leaving for a minimum of one hour. When it comes time to rinse, first lather your hair up with conditioner, then rinse. Then do the same with shampoo, but twice. And then condition the ends, rinsing with cold water to finish. Once you have finished, towel dry, then use a leave in conditioner (I find Aussi's 'Miracle Hair Insurance' is a nice way to treat your hair), and then blow dry and style to finish off.

How's your hair? Baby soft?
Thought so.


Thursday, 28 October 2010


Okay so last month, when pay day came around I went on a MASSIVE spending spree, spending almost all of my earnings for the month, in about thirty minutes- Pretty ridiculous? What can I say, sometimes I lack self control, we all have our vices, right? Anyhow, when I arrived home, got everything unpacked, and made sure all my new little lovelies where comfortable and settling in nicely in my drawers, I sat up and began on some homework. About 5 minutes in, I started to get this really bad sickly feeling, you know that weird feeling you sometimes get in your gut, it was that. I started to think about what I had actually just done, I went back over to the chest of drawers. Again, I opened them up, one by one. Comfortable and settling in? Eh no! Imagine London, the 8.30am tube (to wherever) kind of busy, NOW DOUBLE IT, this is the kind of chaos my drawers, and not to mention wardrobes are going through right now. So yeah, safe to say I most definitely did not need any more clothes, especially when I'm having to pay for them all myself. With all of these thoughts running through my head, I realised exactly how much I had actually managed to spend in just half an hour, and so, I reached slowly into the drawers I had just neatly filled with my new purchases and packed all of it away: the jumpers, the trousers, that beautiful little nude snood with the pompoms: back into their bags, ready for their trip back to their previous ownership the next morning. I woke up (another bitter Sunday morning), headed into town and one by one, started to return all of my spur of the moment buys...Last but by definitely no means least, a cosy little jumper I had bought for those winter days(or bitter sundays), it was a cheeky little Topshop number. I went in, through its magical doors, and headed over for the cash desk, but then I stopped. I loved it too much- this was the one and probably only thing I had bought the day previous that I actually wanted: it was one of those beautiful little things that would have gone with just about every other piece of clothing in my wardrobes: A charmer on the eyes if you will, I was almost sure that I would regret saying goodbye, and so, against my better judgement I decided to keep it. I gravitated downstairs and toddled along to the changing rooms, clutching the bag containing the jumper in my hand. In through the curtains I went, off came the coat, scarf, and on went my cosy new fluffy knit.

Monday, 25 October 2010

♥ just a quicky...

I am forevvvvvver taking pictures of new things I've bought, or made, or just put together with the intention of popping them straight on here once I get the time, but I'm always forgetting about them. So, here's a couple..

Cape Coat- H&M
Knit Jumper- Topshop
Letter Pendant- Urban Outfitters
Brogues- Primark
Casio Watch- Urban Outfitters

Rusty coloured jumper- H&M
Tunic(modified by myself)- Topshop
Panel Skirt- H&M
Beautiful Camel Coat- H&M
Scarf- Vintage

Love both these outfits, not only because most of it I hadn't had on before, but, more so because I literally threw them on, and ran out the door to catch my train to wherever I was going.
Love those kind of days, you know, the 'no planning necessary' days when one looks into their messy messy drawers, grabs the first things that come into contact with their hands, and decides instantly that this is what they're going to roam the rest of the day in.

Sunday, 24 October 2010

i love..

At the mo' when I have any time on my hands- which is never, these days- I always find myself Blogging. So like either updating my own/ having a snoop through any other's, that may possibly catch my eye. More often than not, I find myself being more and more drawn to LeLoveImage (another of our blogspot friends) any time I manage to muster up an internet connection, which, is also never these days. I absolutely adore this blog, the fact mainly because not only is it reader relative, it's so raw and full of feeling, that I'm sure everyone can relate to- be you male or female- through either it's content or just a quick flick through the comments underneath the emotive images. .

Le Love

...No regrets, just love.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Monday, 18 October 2010

belle gemme? Crystal Renn.

So last week at college we started a new project in one of our classes, for which our tutor's asked us to find a muse to help inspire us or whatever. I honestly had absolutely no clue where to even start, come on, where are you even suppose to start to look for something like that? Before this I'd always thought that a muse should be someone who you're close to, who really helps with the development of your work, BUT I mean, look at me, I've gotten this far without one so what's the point in finding one now ae. Anyway, on a desperate bid to find someone, ANYONE, to take on the role of my "muse", outcomes the laptop and any fashion related publication I own for a quick rummage through. After literally hours of sifting through crap, I gave up and decided that if any of my tutors asked who my muse would be then I would simply rhyme off the first name than popped into my head. Good plan, yeah I thought so too.
On my way into college on the train the next morning, I pulled out my phone, and began my usual blog hit on the search for something interesting, to perhaps wake me up a bit, like your daily dose of caffeine in the morning.
My eyes caught sight of one picture in particular- although, the name of who's blog exactly is lost with me- it was a girl, in the picture- well, a model to be precise- tallish height wise, long silky black hair, mysterious dark eyes, amazingly curvaceous frame, BEAUTIFUL.
It was a picture from one of Gaultier's shows. Just another picture.
No. Not just another picture.
It was a picture that completely coincides with fashions most cardinal rule-Y'no, skinny= beautiful- yet somehow, here, it worked.
Before, whilst flicking through fashion magazines I felt that little bit of jealousy, I mean yes I'm not fat, but I'm most definitely no size zero. But now, thanks to this picture, I'm completely at ease with myself.
Thank you, Gaultier. And thank you, girl with the blog, for restoring my faith in fashion.

Hello muse, Ms Crystal Renn.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Flawless Skin? simple.

I've ranted on about this to almost anybody who will listen, so it only seemed right to blog about it as well. If like me, you are one of the less fortunate on the planet, not to have had the gift of being blessed with peachy, soft skin, if it's the ONE beauty related purchase you make this month, PLEASE oh please, let it be this.. 'Simple spotless skin anti-blemish moisturiser'!!
After just one night I noticed a huge change in my skin, and for £3.99 it is most definitely worth it.

Visit Simple Online for this and related products.

Hey, we're not all perfect.

Monday, 4 October 2010


Someone asked me the other day 'besides family and friends, Whats the one thing in your life you'd be most unhappy to give up?' It got me thinking a little.. one of my most treasured possessions in the world? Well, I'm not really so sure, but, at present, I'd most definitely have to say style. I love it because it's something everyone can enjoy, and it makes us, us. I love the clothes I've chosen to fill up each and every one of my drawers with, and the way I fling them on in the morning, and I love the way I feel when I wear them. Its a guilty pleasure, and one I would not and could not live without- its my best friend. Maybe it is a little sad that some of the last thoughts, sloshing around my head at night, before I drift off into sleep are mainly lookbook related. But I don't care. And I don't care if people don't enjoy the way I dress, the only thing that matters is that I like it. Fashion's my life, I live it and love it. It's one of my greatest fantasy's, except, it's real. Fashion is an art, one in which if we properly witness, it sets us free, we are who we want to be.

Friday, 1 October 2010


(Nuits Fauves, vogue Paris 2008)

On traipsing through tumblers mass of pictures and whatnots today, I found this racy little number. Rather than keep it to myself, I thought I may as well share the love.

Sunday, 19 September 2010

An Aviator Jacket. For those cold september days..

My ultimate flight of fancy.. Total seasonal wardrobe indulgence.

So, SAAS decided to pop the first half of travelling expenses money into my account earlier this month. I know this because I check my online account at least once, daily, to see if an angel somewhere has maybe taken pity on me and decided to up the numbers a bit or something.
Maybe one day..
Anyway, after a quick glimpse at style.com's fall shows-Burberry in particular-I decided that I should maybe make one last purchase, if any, before the snow sets in..
The Aviator Jacket?

Tuesday, 14 September 2010

Rouge. Rouge. Rouge

Head over heels in love with this whole red trend that's quietly making it's way through our leafy streets.
Starting to get that wonderful Père Noël feeling.

Thursday, 9 September 2010


I Was reminded of the fabulous place that is COS, today.
From the same company as H&M, they provide us fashion bargain hunters, with some great catwalk pieces for just a fraction of the cost.