Monday, 30 May 2011

Swatch MTV Plaground // Fred Butler

You may remember me talking about the MTV Swatch playground project a couple of weeks ago, bringing fashion and music together.

This time round i've got a little video from Fred Butler, the incredible accessories and props designer. Remember that blue telephone hat from Gaga's phone?  Well that was her.

Here she talks about how the medium of fashion film is no longer a privilege just for the elite...

Happy bank holiday my lovelies, hope you're having a a fab weekend.  I'm just shooting off to clean the boat, again, this boating business is hard work!


Friday, 27 May 2011

...happy birthday to me

So like a twat I totally missed my blog birthday, which was at the weekend. I can't believe i've been blogging for a whole year, dang!  It's been an incredible year; i've learnt so much, met some wonderful people and the blog has opened some exciting doors for me.  I'm so excited to see what the next year brings, but for now, a massive, huge, enormous thank you to everyone who has supported me in this venture.  And especially to you, the readers of this blog.  You seem to come from far and wide to visit (Russia, China, Argentina, South Korea, Australia, Spain, USA, UK, the list goes on).  But i'm eternally grateful that you do, so be sure to stop by again soon.

I also wanted to say that as of today i'm taking a six-week sabbatical from my 'real' job, the one that actually pays the bills!  I've got some fun trips planned; Paris, Rome, Turkey, Isle of Wight, but i'll be posting when i'm back in the UK and sharing my adventures with you.

Take care my lovelies, and enjoy yourselves. xx

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Prwetty skirts

We took these pics a few weekends ago (you remember, when summer was here) when I was visiting my mum in St. Albans. It's funny, when I left St. A to go to uni I kinda fell out of love with the place, but now when I go back visit I appreciate the place so much more. This park is just incredible with a great lake in the middle full of ducks and coots etc. There were even four heron nests - we saw one of them sitting up with his wings spread doing what I can only describe at sunbathing, a heron after my own heart!

In mama's garden

I picked up the skirt a couple of years ago from Absolute Vintage - it was so pretty that for £12 I couldn't resist.  I also love the fact that I won't see anyone else wearing it - that's the best bit about vintage clothes.  That, and the price.  Double-whammy!

The breakdown:
Skirt: vintage via Absolute Vintage, £12
Vest: Primark (2010), £5
Belt: vintage Jaeger via Spitalfields market, £15
Shoes: Kate Kanzier, £25
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters, £15
Bag: Argentina
Necklace: very old Accessorize

I'm keeping my fingers crossed that summer is on it's way back - i'm sure the good old Carol on BBC said it was going to reach 24 C today in London, stop press!

In other news i've supersized the blog so you can hopefully see the pics a bit clearer.  It's taking a while to get used to because everything is so, well, big, but as they say, change is a good thing!

Happy Wednesday lovelies


Monday, 23 May 2011

Darling it's better, down where it's wetter, take it from me

There is nothing quite like a trip to the coast - I instantly feel calmer, more relaxed and my troubles a little further away. The Bot took me to the Isle of Wight for the weekend as we have friends there and we also needed to move my dad's boat (well, it's a rib, but it'll do for me).

We spent the weekend BBQ-ing on the beach, hanging out on a friend's boat, sleeping on another boat, cleaning our own boat and eating very well. I'm such a boat groupie!

It was inevitable that all this hanging out on boats would make me want to dress head-to-toe in nautical, so I thought i'd share with you a few boaty-things I found. All very impractical for actually being on boats, but who gives a damn!

Topshop white trilby: £22
Dahlia dress via ASOS: £65
ASOS anchor pendant necklace: £8
New Look striped espadrilles: £6.99


Thursday, 19 May 2011

Swatch MTV playground - interview with Alex Noble

Have you heard about the fun collaboration between MTV and Swatch - Swatch MTV Playground (SMP).  It's all about bringing fashion and music together and showcasing new artists, and the website will feature interviews with designers and artists, news reports, exhibition previews etc. Over the new few months i'll be sharing some exclusive content for you guys to view, along with other bloggers around the world, including videos from Rankin, Alex Noble and Fred Butler.

First up is this little video from Alex Noble, fashion designer and artist, who launched his first line at London Fashion Week, and is set to become one of the biggest names in the UK fashion industry. You may have seen one of his recent pieces, a blue leather outfit worn by Lady Gaga in her video, Judas. Watch this space people!

I love how he talks about wearing a 'crap outfit' when meeting all these big stars, so cute!

What's that junk in your trunk?

A little while ago I mentioned that I was working on a new little project, a new fashion website to be precise. Well, now it's live I can tell you what i've been working on...

Style It Light, a new fashion page from Yahoo.  It's a great website featuring the latest fashion news, street-styles and tips on how to wear the latest trends.

I'm working on a little feature called My Fashion Treasure - each week i'll be showcasing one reader's most prised possession from their wardrobe.  Up this week is Sarah from the fabulous blog Mocha-Soy-Whippy featuring her gorgeous vintage pleated dress.

Fancy getting involved and sharing your fashion treasure? E-mail me at and i'll send you the details!


Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Cute crops and swooshing maxis

This is how I would like to dress all summer long; adorable cropped tees and Audrey-esk sleeveless shirts knotted at the waist with floaty, feminine maxi skirts.  Dee-lightful.

Tuesday, 17 May 2011



Right now all I really feel like doing is jumping in a campervan and driving till I hit the coast. I am however lacking one VW campervan.  The Bot and I are desperate to buy one but right now it's not exactly practical.  First, obvs, is money.  Second, where the heck would we park it in London?  We'd need a driveway really, so i'm on the hunt for a new flat.  Because it totally makes sense to buy a whole new flat just for a VW campervan.  Actually, it probably does.

Still, even without a campervan I really do love nothing more than a little camping trip.  Being outside in the fresh air, breakfast al fresco, the rain pounding the tent preventing me from sleeping.

Need some ideas on where to go camping?

Head for the Isle of Wight and camp out in one of these amazing vintage Airstreams at Vintage Vacations.  So retro, so chic, i'm sold.

Or hit Cloud Farm in Devon.  Set amongst the beautiful picturesque landscape you can camp by the river, start your own campfire (most places don't allow this anymore) and go pony trekking.  Perfection.

If you need some inspiration for cool places to camp in England look no further than this rad book. Amazon - £10.85

Some camping essentials...

Cath Kidson Cowboy Tepee tent - £75
---because racing green is so last year

Coleman Hampton double sleeping bag - £49.01
---because sleeping together is so much better than sleeping alone

 Anorak ropes picnic blanket - £18 on sale
---because you wouldn't want to get grass stains on that pretty floral frock 

SunnCamp circular BBQs - £17
---because cooking up a round of sausage sarnies in the morning is a must when camping

Easy Camp whistling kettle - £12
---because i'm English and always require a cup of tea first thing in the morning

Stanley classic vacuum flask - £26
---because I like my tea to be portable.  And it comes in very handy mid-way through a walk.

---because everywhere should be decorated in bunting, especially your campsite

I did try and hunt out some old camping photos but as i'm the happy snapper all the photos were of the Bot, who we know is a little 'blog-shy'.  I did find this one from Bestival (space theme) a few years ago though standing in-front of our now defunct tent.  Ah the dressing-up memories.

If you know of any cool campsites in the UK please leave a comment and let me know! xx

p.s. thank you to everyone who has e-mailed, texted, commented over the past week or so. It has meant the world to read all your lovely messages and sorry for not replying to everyone individually.  In good news the Bot is now out of hospital and on the mend which is fab news.  And as for everything I said before i'm incredibly lucky to be surrounded by wonderful people who help each day be a little better than the last. xx

Sunday, 8 May 2011


Sometimes in life we repeatedly ask ourselves "why?" It's a question I have asked myself many times over the past few weeks.  This isn't a post about fashion.  Far from it.  But this blog has always been a personal venture of mine.  A place to share my thoughts and ideas, and although my love is fashion, today my thoughts are far more personal.  I've thought about writing this post many times, more for cathartic reasons.  I'm sorry if it makes anyone feel uncomfortable, and it's certainly not a post that is searching for approval or comments.  And for that reason I have turned the comments off.

The past few weeks have been incredibly trying.  On Easter Sunday my beloved granddad died unexpectedly.  Yes, he was 89, but he was in great health and still living independently.  The last of my grandparents it came as a great shock.  I had made a promise with myself to make more of an effort to see him this year.  Sometimes life takes over and we forget about those people who are truly important to us because they don't live close.  I had only seen him the other month and had enjoyed listening to his amazing stories about the war and how he first met my grandmother, and how they got together.  They are stories I will cherish forever.

Then the Bot was taken into hospital.  I won't go in to the details here as I respect his privacy.  He is still in hospital but improving slowly.  Even so I miss my best friend dearly.  I visit him everyday but constantly ask myself how I can help him more.

And then a couple of days ago a dear, dear colleague at work died in a freak accident.  I can only describe Gav as a complete and utter legend.  The life and soul of the office, he was big into his music, running a festival and various nights in London.  

And so I keep asking myself "why?"  Why them, why now, why?  And i'm afraid there is no answer that will ever justify these events.  Life is cruel sometimes.  It can feel like it's testing us, pushing us to our limits.  But at this unbelievably sad time I take solace in the generosity and kindness of those around me.  Life has thrown me a few curve balls in its time.  My biggest low was the passing of my father almost two years ago.  At a time when I really believed things would never be the same, and I wondered if I could ever truly be happy, very slowly things got better.  I can't say now when that time will come this time, but I know it will.  For now the pain is too raw.  I'm angry, sad, overwhelmed and can't see the point of anything.  But with time, I know things will get easier.  How?  Because of the wonderful support of those around me.  At these trying times it is the love of my friends and family who make each day a little bit easier.  My friends make me who I am today.  I know i'm incredibly lucky to have the support of such amazing people.  

I wanted to share a reading I gave at my father's funeral.  I actually found it on his laptop.  I'm not sure if he intended for me to read it at his funeral but it felt right.  Its words gave me comfort, and I refer to them now to help me once again.  May they help you too if ever life throws you a curve ball.

If I knew that these are the last moments to see you, I would say "I LOVE YOU" and would assume not, stupidly, that you know already.

There is always tomorrow, and life gives us another opportunity to do things right, but in case I am wrong, and today is all that is left to me, I would love to tell you how much I love you, and that I will never forget you.

Tomorrow is never guaranteed to anyone, young or old.

Today could be the last time to see your loved ones, which is why you musn't wait; do it today, in case tomorrow never arrives.

I am sure you will be sorry you wasted the opportunity today to give a smile, a hug, a kiss, and that you were too busy to grant them their last wish.

Keep your loved ones near you; tell them in person how much you need them and love them. Love them and treat them well; take your time to tell them "I am sorry"; "forgive me"; "please"; "thank you", and all those loving words you know.

Nobody will know you for your secret thoughts.  Ask the Lord for wisdom and strength to express them.

Show your friends and loved ones how important they are to you.

I'll be back soon, but for now I simply wish you love.

Clara xxx

Thursday, 5 May 2011

1950s: swimwear

Ah the 1950s.  If you're a regular reader of the blog you'll know that this is my favourite decade of them all. When it came to swimwear layers were in and tropical prints were all the rage.  And the cut was low, covering the hip (in those days clothes worked with your body, not against it) and celebrated the fuller hourglass figure.  Think Sophie Loren, Marilyn Monroe and balmy evenings on the French Riviera.  Wonderful.

Fancy injecting a little 50s into your swimwear this year?  Check out my top 50s style bikinis and swimsuits...

Modcloth: $89.99

New Look: £21.99 

Topshop: £30

Daisy Lowe for Peacocks (not yet on sale)


Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Keeping it classic

Oh yes, i've only gone and done it.  My first solo outfit shoot outside.  In real life.  Sans the Bot.  And guess what?  No-one battered an eyelid.  Not sure what that says about Balham - are bloggers on Tooting Bec common (excuse the pun) a common appearance? 

Anyhoo, i've been after some tailored trousers for while.  I love the masculine tailoring  favoured by Alexa and Agnes, but with my bad boy thighs it's not normally a look I can pull off (namely my ass doesn't take too kindly to being squeezed into a beautiful pair of tapered trousers).  Yes, I think you might be seeing more of this look from me.  That is unless the weather heats up and then it'll be all pretty, girly, light-weight cotton dresses and bows in my hair.

Have I mentioned before that the Bot thinks I look like Elton John in these glasses?  Charming, isn't he.

The breakdown
Top: Primark (2010), £1.50
Trousers: Primark, £15 ish
Belt: Primark, £1.50
Shoes: Kate Kanzier
Sunglasses: Urban Outfitters