High Street vs High End.

Obviously they're a little different, and as the owner of the Topshop pair I'm a little biased, but the similarities are there.
Leaf Hoops, £5, Topshop. 22-Karat Gold-Plated Feather Earrings, £225, Alex Monroe.

Triumphantly Topshop.

A fiery little ensemble whereby mixed metals, blacks and reddy oranges are combined with snakes, skulls and pony skin leather. If ever in doubt of how to grunge an outfit up a trusty skull or two and an array of rings never fail.
Red Midi Cute Skirted, £46, Decayed Skull Studs, £5, Black Faux Pony Skin Purse, £12, Decayed Skull Ring, £7.50, Tan Cord Leather Skinny Belt, £26, Gazelle Black Nubuck Cut Out Shoe Boots, £68, all Topshop. Cobra 18-Karat Rose Gold Diamond Ring, £2,010, Ileana Makri. Naga Silver & Gold Black Sapphire Ring, £725, John Hardy.


Staple Summer Sandal.

I don't think you can get more versatile or better value for money when it comes to finding this years essential sandals than these £26 ones from Next. Consider it simple style, not safe - I do.

High Street vs High End.

A bit cheeky Topshop.

Williams Stripe Espadrille Wedges, £65, Topshop. Prada SS11.


Aurélie Bidermann.

Aurélie Bidermann is a stroke of genius. Managing to combine my love of less dainty jewellery with feminine characteristics is no mean feat. And we all know I'm partial to the odd skull or peace sign. She's only gone and thrown a bit of colour in there, like when parents used to hide carrots under the good bits. She would have me wearing pink before we know it. Visit her website to snoop some more, intriguing to say the least.


Firstly, a bit of background... "Swear is a footwear brand created in London by entrepeneur Jose Neves. In 2000 Jose and brand manager Jorge Sampaio wanted to create a crossover shoe for a crossover generation. Tired of going to gigs and seeing cool young people wearing a mix of converse and vintage boots with their skinny jeans, they set out to design a sneaker-classic shoe hybrid that would look cool with tight jeans and t-shirt, a bold and minimal look of the early 00's, taken to the streets by garage rock revival bands such as The Strokes, White Stripes or The Hives." Now, I do love the womens (above) but the mens (below) just about pip it for me. This is demonstrated by the basic fact I couldn't narrow my choices down to four pairs like that of the womens. In all honesty I struggled limiting myself to six. You'll be pleasantly surprised to hear they have lovely high street prices.


Always Got Love For Love.

I genuinely have little palpitations at the thought of Pamela Love. This month is just getting too exciting. First she goes and releases more ab fab fantasy collectables, then I realise the release of her Topshop collaboration is in seventeen sleeps.

Love's collection, from £90-£1,035.

Her Topshop range below is not quite as gothic as her own line, she takes this one back to her Native American roots. I do love it but hearts and feathers are pushing it.

 Love's Topshop collaboration, from £50.

Safety In Numbers.

A brief high street versus high end post.

Large Safety Pin Studs, £14, Topshop. Sterling Silver-Plated Swarovski Crystal Safety Pin Earrings, £245, Tom Binns.


Overt And Orange.

Nothing like a few neutral and tangerine notes to kick start the Summer wardrobe.
Barricade Babe Sterling Silver-Plated Earrings, £100, Tom Binns. Mushroom Pocket Vest By Boutique, £25, Script Natural Linen High Vamp Peep Toe Platform Wedges, £70, Macrame Fringe Crossbody, £25, all Topshop. Nails in Atomic Orange, £10, OPI.


Silk, Straps And Spots.

If I was £1,704 better off and didn't have to work this evening, I would revel in gathering this outfit for a far more titillating occasion.

Arrowhead Sterling Silver & Obsidian Necklace, £1,085, Pamela Love. Y Satin Envelope Clutch, £505, Yves Saint Laurent. Pink Silk Racer Back Strappy Cami By Boutique, £38, Taupe Leopard Print Silk Cropped Trousers By Boutique, Java Black Suede Wedges, £65, all Topshop. Nails in Cadogan Square, £11, Nails Inc.

Chin Chin.


Swanky Safari.

'Practical' sandals, baggy vest, stone chinos and tribal decor can only mean one thing; a bloody fabulous safari ensemble. Not that you have to be on safari to wear it, the Savannah and wildlife would merely be the ideal accessory. I have tried these sandals on a grand total of three times, but they look like a shoe and not a sandal once on - an arguably overcritical detail I have tried to see past but simply can't. A victim of my own fastidious fashion if you like. Nevertheless wear the following this Summer if effortless style is you forte.

Cotton-Voile Tank, £60, Chinti and Parker. Tribal Spike Three-Finger Sterling Silver Ring, £535, Pamela Love. Repeat That Tan Sandals, £55, Office. Stone Chino Shorts, £30, Multi Woven Leather Plaited Belt, £26, both Topshop.

Heart Hobo.

A tad hobo but it's all relevant. Throw in some dirty hair and a fox tail and jobs a gudden.
Gold-Plated Onyx Claw Ring, £260, Roberto Cavalli. Black Washed Midi Dress By Boutique, £50, Topshop. H By Hudson Black Multi-Buckle Boot, £140, Urban Outfitters. Large Guia Suede Bag, £405, Meli Melo.


Bjorg Gorge.

Yet another jewellery label lust. Not hard to see where it came from this time. Raw metal, anatomical references and natures finest feathers and stones. I hate to be predictable but I guess in this instance I am.

Small Splurge.

I need to stop spending now.

Claw Spike Earrings, £8, ASOS.

Tandem Navy Canvas Deck Trainers, £22, Topshop.

Leaf Ear Cuff, £10, ASOS.

White Sleeveless Square Armhole Shirt, £32, Topshop.

Kanoe Nude Boat Shoe, £50, Topshop.

Truly Madly Deeply NYC Tunic Tee, £30, Urban Outfitters.

And a few other jewellery, make up, headbands and the like.


House of Harlow.

I've been meaning to dedicate a post to Nicole Richie's jewellery line, House of Harlow, for a while now. Here it is. The following are priced from £28-£100 so it's actually an option and not just another trip to a fantasy jewellery land. Topshop have recently done a high street alternative to the multicoloured hexagonal ring, it's not online yet though. I'm a sucker for a bit of shell so I'm quite content.

Bag Watch.

Some lustworthy new bags on the scene...

Kate Sheridan Pocket Front Rucksack, £135.

Leather Portfolio Clutch, £55, ASOS.

Blue Clip Lock Leather Satchel, £85, Topshop.

Cambridge Satchel Company 15" Vintage Leather Batchel Backpack, £139, ASOS.

Mulvahill Beaded Clutch Bag, £40, ALDO. (In keeping with Colourful Carousel)


Zac Posen.

Posen you little beauty. Best til last, obv.
Stretch-Jersey Strapless Gown, £3,025.

Pleated Satin-Jersey Dress, £1,405.

Full-Skirted Stretch-Silk Dress, £1,100.

Ombré Silk Gown, £2,975.


Malene Birger.

All this sun has made me go a bit girly. Oo-er.
Bilas linen-blend crepe jacket, £265. Cretine silk-chiffon one-shoulder gown, £495. Toutprix shirt dress, £140. Campaign oversized cotton trench coat, £370. Cellux georgette playsuit, £150.

First Porter Call.

I try not to visit Mr Porter too often because I simply cannot handle the air of gentlman that engulfs me. My jealousy is an embarrassment. Today, however, I have failed and looked at every item on the site. A 'few' faves...


High Street vs High End.

Nude Beaded Ruched Front Panel Dress By Dress Up, £80, Topshop. vs. Samara Embellished Silk-Crepe Dress, £840, Rachel Gilbert.

Bally's Blocking.

I love a good, clean-cut bit of colour blocking from time to time and who better to satisfy that craving than Bally?

Structured Color-Block Cotton-Jersey Dress, £495. Alicya Block-Heel Peep-Toe Pumps, £450. Redgrave Leather-Trimmed Canvas Clutch, £795. Vanessa Canvas & Shark-Effect Leather Bucket Bag, £695. Leather-Trimmed Silk-Crepe Gown, £1,195. Rachele Leather Tote, £750.


Colourful Carrousel.

Unsure where this post came from really. I definitely don't have the most colourful wardrobe, not by a long shot. But recently I've seen a few colourful things I like, and in all honesty am a little taken aback. One step at a time, blog before I buy.

Safari Print Shirt, £22, Topshop.

Opal-Embellished Climbing Rope Necklace, £450, Proenza Schouler.

African Print Dipped Hem T-Shirt, £55, Horace.

Marimekko Printed Canvas Sneakers, £50, Converse.

Embroidered Balconette Bikini, £220, Mara Hoffman.


A Lot Of Lanvin Lovin'.

Tell me, can Lanvin do no wrong this season? I challenge you to critique the following, not taking factors such as wearability or price into account because they are arguably irrelevant. As per, I've saved the best til last.


Textured Suede Derby Shoes, £310. Stitch Detail Bow Tie, £155. Large Patchwork Leather Bag, £1,015. Leather Oxford Shoes, £575.


Cross My Heart.

Another, jewellery lust. This time it is Maria Francesca Pepe. Equally as masculine, gothic and metal-heavy as all predecessors.
Vampire Sleepers, £67, Cross Ade Ring £55, Piercing Earring, £88, Fangs Ade Ring, £55.