Saturday, 27 December 2008
Christmas and all that comes with it (parties, shopping and more parties) seems to have zapped my time to blog lately. I am now back at home with the parentals enjoying family time and food. Santa was very good to me this year, bringing me amongst other things the House of Viktor & Rolf book, Nylon and not one but two copies of January i-D (Santa and my Sister obviously didn't confer). I bought my Sister Lula (not just so I could borrow it) and my copy of Influence arrived just in time for the holidays, so I have a lazy day of reading ahead of me.
MERRY CHRISTMAS AND AN EVEN MERRIER NEW YEAR!
Saturday, 13 December 2008
Can a pair of leggings change your life? I'm going to venture a yes with these. I bought the ubiquitous 'Black Rats' a week ago and I haven't stopped wearing them or wanting to wear them since. You don't get the 'baggy knee' thing which is so often annoying with leggings because the whole leg is ruched, baggy knee just adds to the effect. I tried on the Topshop version but they were plain jersey and just didn't quite do the same job. There is a lot of fabric in them, which is a treat for my 34" legs and goes some way to justifying the £100 price tag (£97.88 after VAT which makes all the difference). Plus they are somewhat waterproof as I learnt when I tipped half a pint of cider over myself on Thursday night. I tried the PVC version on in Urban Outfitters. Conclusion: they are amazing. For an S&M party, but maybe a little too much for real life. I set off their new alarm system in the process. The things I do for this blog.
I thought I need heels but the look equally as good with flats which just gives me more excuses to wear them
Monday, 8 December 2008
When I first saw these, I thought there was something I sort of liked about them that I couldn't quite put my finger on. Something so wrong they were almost right. While queuing at the Angels Sale on Saturday morning (in the freezing cold for 3 hrs, yes I am going to keep going on about that) I noticed a couple of people wearing them. They actually look surprisingly good on! I sadly have man feet and even with a 3 inch heel Dr Martens are never going to look good on me. I learnt this the first time round (mid 90s, cherry red). I'll have to leave this trend to those blessed with ballerina feet - but before that I might just go and try them on just to confirm.
Image from drmartens.com
Image from drmartens.com
Saturday, 6 December 2008
You know that feeling when the alarm goes off at 7.30am and you think "I wish it were Saturday"? I had that feeling yesterday morning, except it was Saturday, but I was still getting up for some insane reason, at the same time I usually get up for work. The reason was the much blogged about Angels Big Vintage Sale. I arrived at North Wembley just after 9am when the doors opened and I anticipated a queue but nothing prepared me for what I found.
This was the view I was confronted with when I arrived, but this was only the beginning. It took a good ten minutes walking to get to the back. After one hour in the cold I considered giving up, but I like several others around me decided to give it till 11. By 11.15am we were on the home straight, the sun had come out and people were exiting the sale and we were getting a glimpse of what we would be missing if we left, so we soldiered on figuring it would have been a wasted morning if we didn't at least have a look inside.
Views from the 'home straight'. It took a good 45 minutes still from here.
A taunting glimpse of people already rummaging inside
By the time I was at the door, I'd been in the queue nearly 3 hours. I bought a £10 and £20 bag which I now realise was more than slightly optimistic. I headed straight to the 30s, 40s, 50s room and found it was seriously depleted. I had better luck in the 80s and 90s section and the uniform section was still overflowing with military coats (though none in my size). I rummaged on while my toes thawed out and came across a couple of oversized shirts and bagged them. I continued bagging anything I vaguely liked to begin with and then found a corner to filter my choices. After my first filter, I was left with about 3 things. I found a Nicole Farhi denim dress but it was far too big for me and frankly ugly. By the time I ran out of steam and patience I had a total of 5 items and managed to stuff them all in the £10 bag and get a refund for my £20 bag. Not bad when you work it out as price per item however some may be destined for eBay/the bin. I did quite want a military coat or some kind of blazer which as many others have noted, were in abundance however they were mostly HUGE sizes. At lot of the male attendees seemed happy.
Like many others I was disappointed in the general condition of most of the items - moth eaten, ripped, stained. Though I heard someone nearby saying they found a military coat with an actor's name still written inside it. In hindsight I should have got there earlier but the dilemma was get there at 8 and wait an hour in the cold in a queue that's not moving plus however long it takes once the doors are open or get there later and risk getting inside later and potentially missing out on the good stuff. A couple of girls were selling on their emptied £50 bags for £10 a piece as we were waiting, they'd bagged 40 dresses each and that was about 11.30am and rumour has it the first person in the queue camped from 3pm yesterday, so the vast majority of us were probably fighting a losing battle!
One of the best things about the day was people watching as London's fashion crowd, turned out to nab a bargain or piece of fashion history. Also rather amusing were those who were clearly just there for the costumes! I spotted several members of the blogging contingent, but was either too numb or too shy to say hello! Maybe at a more sociable/warm event!
Last but not least, here is what I bought. Definitely not worth 3 hours in the cold, mostly only picked up to fill the bag which I was stuck with anyway as you could only get a refund on empty bags once you'd filled one bag.
What I stuffed in my £10 bag - 1. Ugly 90s top which I just took home for the LOLs. I don't know what I would ever do with this 2. American Apparel esque shorts. Very 118 118. I sort of love this, I just need a roller disco/80s party 3. Amazing 80s dress which doesn't fit me/isn't my style but I'm sure someone will love 4. Oversized mans shirt 5. Oversized sleeveless shirt which might need alteration/disposal, I haven't decided yet 6. The £10 bag which all of this fit into