Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Skeletor owns flip-flops?

Proof here!


Blaze a trail

It's amazing how fast a trend can grow on you. The first thing I thought when I spotted the 80's blazers making a reappearance was 'Milli Vanilli'. But after further investigation, I can confirm - they're hot and super handy for work.

I tried on a few on Saturday and still haven't find the right one for me, but my favourites so far are the Dorothy Perkins (€60, above) and River Island (below) versions. Skinny jeans, white vest (great selection for €4 in Penney's at the mo, stock up!) and you're good to go.

Friday, March 27, 2009

Full metal jacket

Credit at the ready - Matthew Williamson debuts his line for H&M on April 23rd with a second deliver on May 14th. The womenswear is a bit last year but the men's line, his first, is what I'm interested in. This studded (presumably faux) mens leather jacket must be mine.
It's the kind of thing that will actually look better in twenty years when your kid steals it. For some unknown reason, H&M heads have removed all pics from the internet but I managed to salvage this (bad) one, awaiting pricing.

Nautical & nice

Further to my nautical summer style plan, I picked up this stripy long-length waistcoat in AWear on sale for €20. Get 'em while they're hot!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

He can NOT be serious

Liam Gallagher has announced the launch of Pretty Green, his own clothing brand. The debut collection will be available from June exclusively on the official website, www.prettygreen.com while a special limited edition capsule collection will be available exclusively in Japan. A premium wholesale collection will be launched internationally soon after. For behind the scenes updates exclusively by Liam and previews of the log onto the Pretty Green community – www.prettygreen.com/community.

Not just a clothing line, a community.

Says the unibrowed one: "Clothes and music are my passion. I'm not here to rip anyone off and I'm not doing it for the money either. I'm doing it cuz there's a lack of stuff out there of the things I would wear."
Liam Gallagher 2009


In full support of THIS...

Horses for courses

I don't wear a watch, they make me feel uncomfortable. When time is stuck to your wrist like that it takes over. Whether you wear a watch or not, there are still only 60-seconds in a minute, I don't need to witness each one passing by.

Put a cute clock under a gold-plated pony though, and you've got yourself a deal.
Horse on Clock Necklace, around €28, Urban Outfitters.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Joy in abundance!

JOY has long been a celeb and civilian favourite in the UK and in May, they open their online home, Joythestore.com. The prices aren't bad and their tees are very, very good. This is the Bambi Love, £25. Glee!

Brighten up

I've only just started to appreciate coral as a colour option this year and I can't believe I didn't consider it before. It always seemed a bit mumsy, but it really brightens you up and it suits everyone, regardless of colouring. I'll definitely be indulging for summer, kicking things off with the Coral Playsuit, €60, Dorothy Perkins.

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Oh Joy!

Lovely blog here Oh Joy! recommended by Elf In Amsterdam. The layout and colours make me feel all summery.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Hat trick

Oft worn by Samantha Ronson, most likely as part of a cunning ploy to detract from her permanent 'look at me I'm a grumpy butch lesbian' expression, the Trilby has been around for a while now. Like all things that were good when nobody else was doing it, the look is set to peak this summer as every brand with an accessories line adds one to their collection. I quite like the classic version at just €4 from Penney's, but if you feel like splashing the cash on a fancy version, then be my fancy guest.

If you're male with the underdeveloped, Earthworm Jim head of Blake 'Incarcerated' Fielder Civil, then it's probably best to sit this one out. The sight of him in a newspaper makes me want to fly to London and kick him in the face.

Main: Trilby, €27, Topman

Straw X 2 - Around €10, New Look
St. George by Duffer: €39, Debenhams

Below: Straw Trilby - €4, Penney's
Black Trilby, €15, Next

Head in the sand?

If you'd rather not read about how fucked the world is, www.recessionblocker.com could be the search engine for you. Surf your happy little heart out, blissfully unperturbed by scary stories about job losses, banks and the economy. Yay!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Milk? Sugar? Spiritual rebirth?

Cyprus Avenue, Jogging & Adebisi Shank, Friday night

Matt: "There's people giving out free tea and coffee outside the GPO, they tried to give me some..."

SP: "Yeah I saw them, what's that about?

Matt: "Dunno, I think they're newborn Christians?"

SP: "What?"

Matt: "Newborn Christians, like the religion..."

SP: "Born Again Christians?"

Matt: "Yeah..."

Thursday, March 12, 2009

I've got love for you, if you were born in The 80's...

I was thinking about this 'The 80's are back!!!' thing that's popping up all over the place so I dug out a few photos to relive what they were like for me. Then I buried them again as quickly as possible.

In case you were wondering, the stylish young lady, front row, second from the left, is not me. I am the tartan mormon with the killer fringe and matching purse, front row, second from the right. Can you handle the hotness?

I love how everyone remembers the 80's differently. For me it was New Kids on the Block, my Walk-Man, high-tops, Orangina, Punky Brewster (I lived in the US), Care Bears, Ninja Turtles, Kool Aid, saying the word 'barf' a lot and wishing my name was Tiffany. For people who weren't 80's kids it was acid wash jeans, court shoes in primary colours, toilet brush perms, bad relationship decisions and shoulder pads. Or patterned drop-waist dresses (support teacher, bottom right) OR an insanely cool leggings, braces and belt combo (April, front row, bottom right)...

For some reason though, every time a magazine do a 'Back to the 1980's' feature it's all about the neon. Sure, there was a bit, especially with that 'work out' look (sloppy t-shirt, leggings, high tops, big hair) my mom was rocking for a while, but there was plenty more to choose from.

I'm usually happy to try a trend, but I've always had a strong aversion to anything 'Jordan' neon. I think a near dangerous obsession with a pair of highlighter-yellow high-tops when I was around nine might be to blame. I remember being horrified when the yellow began to fade and then throwing an all-consuming, slaughterous bitch-fit when my mother decided to throw them out. As my therapist says, they're gone now so it's best to move on.

I'm going to pick and choose this time around, I'm quite drawn to neon accessories as long as they're not hoop earrings worn by a size 20 teenager in a size 8 tracksuit pants. Neon clothing is pushing it. Plus if you're over 16 and actually wear any of this shit it will make you look like a children's party entertainer in the throes of a nervous breakdown.

If my 1980's were really coming back, I'd be cutting up tablecloths in order to craft myself a tartan dress with additional purse (Mr. Pedestrian just pointed out it looks a bit like a sporran - as if being the only Irish kid in the class, armed with a Cork accent that sounded like Klingon wasn't bad enough, they may have thought I was wearing a sporran).

But the 80's aren't really coming back, only the nice bits and a fixation with neon, and this time around you can choose what you want to wear yourself, with little or no input from your mother.

Neon Pink Bird Brooch,£5, Asos.com
Chartreuse Sparrow Necklace,$14, Birdwatching

And a little yellow is cheery...

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

LOL Hats.

Well this has just clean made my day.
For the love of god, if you own a Boston Terrier, buy a Pink Blossom Dog Hat ($22 from BeanTown Handmade).

Balancing act

Man I've been busy. I have a giant amount of insanely boring and extremely interesting things I have to do. The boring crap is really harshing my buzz, this cheered me up though, a Miss Selfridge LBD in a fabulously 50's cut. Price TBC, but come on, it's a black dress, the good ones are priceless. Look at the cap sleeves on this - wide enough to balance Pamela Anderson's pre-op knockers and cinched at the waist, in case you don't have one.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Head Candy

A very stylish friend of mine starts chemo in a few weeks so thoughts have turned to bald heads and how best to accessorise them. Bald head or no, I love head scarves, I have a giant box full of them, plucked from discount bins, thrift shops, men's clothing stores, designer sales, brought back to me by friends and family from all over the world. They're so chic, very Côte d'Azur, circa 1960. It's all about how you tie them though, the wrong scarf with the wrong knot will take you from Riviera to Romanian gypsy in less than ten seconds.

I like the idea of chemo, a big blast of some seriously deadly stuff that will kill any nasty stuff it comes into contact with. Sure, it can ruin all the years of hard work you've put into your hair, but on the plus side, you won't have to worry about shaving your legs for a while.

Nice 'how-to' on tying head scarves here

Happily, they can be as cheap or as pricey as you like. I love the one below, (J by Jasper Conran, €18.50, Debenhams). The colour is zingy and the material is soft and silky so it won't irritate your skin, whether you have hair or not. A few from my collection are pictured above.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Do be do be do...

Love this!

Going GaGa

I don't think this needs much explanation. Behold, the 'Lady GaGa Pants', winging their way to a River Island near you. Around €10.

Would you?
Could you?

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Specs appeal

Ever since I bought my first pair in a senior citizens supply store in Florida, I've been mildly obsessive about giant sunglasses. Not only do they hide a hangover, but they also prevent wrinkles around your eyes and because I smoke, Factor 50 and giant specs are all I have.
I'm happy to experiment with most things, but sunglasses are one thing I refuse to fuck with. The return of small round frames (SS09 Proenza Schouler, Dries Van Noten, Ralph Lauren) puts the fear of god into me. They even manage to look silly on an Olsen. It's happening though, Nasty Gal has clean sold out of their $40 black 'Annie' glasses and we haven't even had an Easter egg yet.
I reckon you need a tiny head to pull these off, so I'm out of luck there, but even with the tiniest Pixie-Geldof head in the world, I have yet to see someone wear these and not look like Nazi scientist.

I'm digging the classic 80s frame that's on the way back for men, main pic, €18, Topman.

On the right from top:
Red Frames - Red Herring, €23.50
Enamel Aviators - Penney's, €3
Navy Frames - Dorothy Perkins, €15

Giant frames "Feeeteeeen dolla!" Chinatown, NY