Tuesday, 23 March 2010

tasty website treats

I've been scouting the web for new online fashion as I'm a little tired with asos and net-a-porter being the only destination. I came across these exquisite sites, which though mostly based in the US do offer reasonable shipping prices.

This website is definitely for the fashion forward from the Isabella Blow mad gene pool way of thinking with adventurous fashion. These $99 cycling shorts (a daring look that halo-polishing-never-put-a-brogued-foot-wrong Alexa Chung tried recently and was slammed for in magazines) is one of the websites best sellers. Though when teamed with this asymmetrical flying jacket, you can see it working well.


I like the name, I like the vintage selection, I like the blog and I love the lookbook. Nothing gets me hankering for some one off online pieces then some brilliant photography. Very Vice magazine in style but with that all American sugar coating that makes it less nastygal and more tastygal. dribble dribble!


Lavintage does what it says on the tin and more. They have a creative plus size range which for once doesn't list the benefits of a wrap dress and seems to take its inspiration from the school of Beth Ditto, think loud patterns and a shed load of sequins.


The company started in 1996 selling some old Levi jeans and have since been named by Nylon magazine as one of the 100 best stores in the world in which to buy denim. They now do men and womens wear, accessories, outerwear and its not limited to denim, though the casual vibe is reflected in their choice of sexy cool American Apparel style models. This crinkle tiered dress is $128.

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Dotty about my potty

Tim Burton makes a 3D movie about it with Johnny Depp, Gaga carries hers everywhere with her and I have recently fallen head over heels for one. I'm talking about a fascination with drinking tea and all it's accompaniments and my obsession with my new tea pot. It's blue with white polka dots and pours like a dream.

Us Brits are a nation of tea drinkers and according to my new favourite website http://www.tea.co.uk/ we drink 165,000,000 cups a day, that's a lot of brewing. Having perused the site I learned that it wasn't until the 1840s that drinking tea became popular with the Duchess of Bedfordshire starting the craze by reviving herself from that sinking feeling one gets in the afternoon with a cuppa. She began inviting her friends over for a chinwag, a sarnie and a brew and suddenly all of England was mad for tea parties!
These are just a few tea party accessories which I found on ebay and modcloth.com.

Lately this quintessential tradition has had a surge of interest with the blue rinse brigade having to fight over their usual table with trendy youths! It seems nostalgia for our tea drinking culture has been invigorated and the reflection in fashion is apparent. Although the tea dress hasn't been spotted on the catwalk since spring 2009 it is forever in fashion as it is so flattering to all shapes and sizes. Cut on the bias to cling and swish and decorated in floral, dotty or bright patterns it is perfect for the current Alice in Wonderland fever.

TK-Maxx £14.99

Fever Cezanne side lace dress £74.99

Boohoo.com floral tea dress in poweder blue £20