Thursday, 28 January 2010

Today's Offerings

Here are the cupcakes I made this afternoon instead for my history class. It really drags last thing on a Friday, so we take it in turns to bring treats in. Everyone's been a bit slack lately so I thought I'd start the tradition again, especially now that we're stuck doing coursework.

Flo x

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

British Fashion Awards.

I was lucky enough to go to the British Fashion Awards last December. It was the first big awards show that I had been to, and I loved it. I was so lucky to get to go, and for a teenager of my generation, I got to do a lot of celebrity spotting. Here's my mother and I waiting outside
It was at the Royal Courts of Justice, and it was done up wonderfully for the occasion. My Dad took a picture of me inside.

I saw so many people I have seen on the pages of Vogue: Vivienne Westwood, Philip Green, Kate Moss, Karen Elson (she told me she liked my hair! SCREAM!), Jameela Jamil, Victoria Beckham, Henry Holland and Pixie Geldof to name a few. My brother was very excited that I had my photo taken with James Cordon, of The History Boys and Gavin and Stacey:
But my real fashion excitement was when the creative director of American Vogue, Grace Coddington, agreed to have her picture taken with me. I have loved her work for years - my Dad would buy American Vogue and she always styled me favourite shoots. My favourite one she styled recently is the one she did with Lily Cole, Andrew Garfield and Lady Gaga. I thought she was brilliant during in The September Isuue. Even now, you can still see she modelled when she was younger:

I honestly don't think I'll ever get the chance to go to something like this ever again; it was an amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Flo x

Bag Lady

The one item I always have trouble buying are bags. With the limited funding of an A-Level student, I can only buy one decent bag per season, and I tend to make the mistake of buying a bag too early, or waiting for too long and not buying a bag in case something better comes along.

Here are my current favourite "It" bags that I would invest in, if I had the money: 

The Marc Jacobs "Stam" bag. The design has been around for ages, and there have been many high street spin-offs, but I love the zig-zag pattern on this version.
The classic Chanel 2.55 has been my ultimate bag for a long time. I have a Mark B copy, but it's not as good as the real thing, and has biro doodles drawn all over it from when I got bored once in a Psychology lesson. 
I have big love for this bag. I think it's gorgeous and combines everything I want in a bag - secure, can be worn on the shoulder and be carried on the arm AND I bet it has loads of pockets inside. I fear it will sell out before I gather the funds to get one, but there's always sample sales. I considered getting a Bayswater, but as someone just told me, everyone has one, and I shouldn't sell myself short.

Normally I hit Topshop, H&M or ASOS for my bags, because of price limitations, and they also have good designer copies. Normally, I don't like River Island's bags - I always think they are too gaudy or too patent, or just not quite right, so seeing this bag while in town with my friend, made me realise that sometimes they get it right.

It reminds me of a Chloe bag I saw on a blog (that sadly I can't remember the name of or find the link to). I really like the idea of nude snakeskin (great trend combination) and at £34.99, it is within my price range.
I may have to buy it when I make my trip to London this weekend.
Flo x

Sunday, 24 January 2010

Cupcake Magic

With the shock of having no school work or revision to do this weekend, I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. With the freedom to do anything I wanted, I didn't want to do anything, I just wanted to lie around the house and maybe watch some Sex and the City reruns.
Instead, I made some cupcakes, using a recipe from Cupcake Magic, by the genius Katie Shirazi. Normally my cakes are like little biscuits - they don't rise or they burn after 5 minutes. But today I produced some magnificent cakes, if I say so myself. They tasted good as well; I sense a new Sunday tradition forming.
What my brother and I realised, after we polished off the last few cupcakes was that the silver sugar balls I'd decorated the cakes with had a Best Before date of November 1999. That's more than 10 years ago and it means that my mum bought them in about 1995. I love my mother, but checking dates on things is not one of her strengths. Bear (my brother) and I don't think we're in too much danger.
Flo x

For the love of Converse

Converse have been a part of my life for a long time. I have been reliably informed (by my mother) that I learnt to walk in a pair of Converse.

I only have five pairs at the moment, but at it's peak my Converse Collection was made up of 12 pairs - all different styles, colours and patterns. Between the age of 11 and 15, I didn't where anything else.

The Converse (on the left) are currently my favourite pair - black low top all star classics. They go with everything - unlike high tops they can be worn with skirts and not look like I'm trying to be an emo.

My oldest pair are my pink high top all stars (top); I love them to pieces and I've had them since I was 13. They've been everywhere with me - France, Italy, Greece, Spain and America. I'm wearing them with my Topshop skinny jeans.
Flo x

An Introduction

This blog is going to be about things I like, what I'm wearing and what's going in my life.
The most exciting thing to happen this week is my picture being featured on my favourite blog, What Katie Wore ( There was much squealing and excitement when I found out. Kudos to my talented friend Grace who took the picture.
Flo x
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