Thrills And Espadrilles.

Who can say no to a classic black espadrille over the Summer months? I certainly can't. Especially if they look anything like these Charlotte Olympia ones up top. A very genuine tear came to my eye upon the realisation that they are unlikely to ever be mine. I apologise for the PDE (Public Display of Emotion) but this is one of those rare moments when you find a wardrobe sparkler that matches each and every criterion you've ever created to make your increasingly stringent product assessment even more stringent. Or is that just me? It is a revelation in itself to find such a style satisfier, let alone one as glorious as this. Regret for the lack of interest in the other two pairs, they're nice, just not as nice. I'll leave you to, like myself, have a moment with these wondrous wedges.

Carmen Textured Cotton Espadrille Wedge Pumps, £525, Charlotte Olympia. Panier 120 Espadrille Wedge Sandals, £345, Christian Louboutin. Loren, £95, Kurt Geiger.

Spring Outfit #2.

Here is the second Spring ensemble, comprising of some dip dye, chunky hoops and a beautiful portfolio. It has more of  a hobo feel to it than yesterday's - I like it.

Orange Dip Dye Maxi Hem Dress, £70, Black Napa Leather Portfolio Clutch Bag, £60, both Topshop. Ames Suede Ankle Boots, £70, ASOS. Safiva 24-karat gold-vermeil round earrings, £230, Mallarino at Net A Porter.


Who's Next To Reign Balmain?

When Balmain's creative director, Christophe Decarnin failed to follow his collection onto the runway during Paris Fashion Week earlier this month rumour had it he had been checked into a mental hospital since January. Apparently he's not returning or to be a part of the AW11 collection, to be designed by Melanie Ward and the rest of the team instead (a role Emmanuelle Alt would be taking if she hadn't become the editor-in-chief of French Vogue in January). The point is, his last collection, SS11, is incroyable. Dirty, sexy, grunge - my favourite.

Balmain from £845 - £12,095

Spring Outfit #1.

Everyday for the next three days I'll be posting a Spring-appropriate get-up fit for most occasions involving warm weather and looking amaze. The first combines bolt blue and camel, tied together with the striking earrings and jazzed up with the leopard C.O.'s. It makes me wish I had a meeting in Times Square to attend.

Blue Silk Button Down Midi Skirt By Boutique, £60, Skinny Calf Hair Belt, £20, both Topshop. Contrast Piping Blouse, £95, Whistles. Maxine Leopard-Print Calf Hair Sandals, £645, Charlotte Olympia. Lucky 18-karat gold Tassel Earrings, £1,580, Carolina Bucci.


Shunt Glasses.

Whilst sunglasses with my latest haircut either makes me look like Edna from The Incredibles or Willy Wonka in his latest Chocolate Factory, Summer is fast approaching and I'd like a new pair. Not taking my hair into account, Ray-Ban is my go-to brand (original I know). However, in a Lent blip that saw me spend a months wages in a day, I refuse to buy some until at least Lent is over. Three likely candidates:


Lent Spent.

Eighteen days into Lent, and I've failed. I gave up buying clothes, shoes or any wardrobe pleaser that cost over £15. In order to do this I started only buying make up, hair cuts and 'necessities'. Although on Friday I failed. Miserably. Well in my opinion, if you're going to fail, you may as well fail in style. My favourite. So, I bought a wonderfully coordinated running ensemble, all I have to do now is learn how to run. I also bought this denim number, amongst other things. I'm awful, I know. I will try better next year, promise.

Indigo Clean Denim Shirtdress, £46 £20, Topshop.


Earth Hour.

They sell Earth Hour so well in the video, with its candles and unity. However the reality of sitting in the dark for an hour (potentially by yourself) is a little less attractive. Though don't let me put you off, at 8:30pm tonight switch everything off and bask in the candlelight and sweet satisfaction you are making the world a better place(?).

Read about it here.

Fringed To Perfection.

Camel Faux Suede Leggings, £25, Dip Dyed Fringed Crop Top, £28, Kanoe Denim Blue Boat Shoe Loafers, £50, Tan Fringed Suede Shopper, £85, Nails in Cyclone, £5, all Topshop


It's A Ring Thing.

The same but different. Kenneth Jay Lane or Topshop. You decide. Personal pref? Topshop because I don't really do gold but easily pleased by the style nonetheless.

22-karat gold-plated ring, £55, Kenneth Jay Lane. Waved Dome Ring, £8.50, Topshop.


A Spring Ensemble.

If you've been here before you will have noticed I'va had a little revamp with the title. What used to be the North American Nebula is no more. However, I thought I'd tie a post or two together here and state that I have not renounced from all things cosmological, merely had a Spring clean. To prove my love here is a galactical sleeveless Christopher Kane shirt (appropriate really because I would give both arms for it). A transitional outfit into Spring, if you like.

Galaxy Print Sleeveless Shirt, £919, Christopher Kane., Perrin Premium Platform Sandals, £90, Lilac Skinny Biker Capri Trousers, £38, Duo Eyeshadow in Meteoric, £8, all Topshop. Silver Palm Ring, £80, Links of London.


Geek Chic. Round Two.

Appreciate the geeky the sandals in all their glory. Keep the dress simple as not to steal the show. Funk it up a little with the rings. Works for me.

Black Silk Shirt Dress, £75, Tigerseye Teardrop Ring, £10, Rope Stones Band Ring, £12.50, all Topshop. Olivia Sandal, £190, Surface To Air.


Rihanna. Again.

Now I know these were leaked a while ago but I just couldn't resist any longer. Two posts about Rihanna this month, I know. You can't hold it against me, she's a doll. An 'I'd-change-teams-for-you' doll. S&M is so last year, it is all about mermaids don't you know. Trade in your whips and chains for sand, sea and luscious red locks. The thing about characters; they are only as good as your imagination. Rihanna clearly has a vividly brilliant one.

Shot for next months VOGUE by Annie Leibovitz.

“There’s absolutely no resemblance to the sexy superdiva that you see in the videos. It’s a complete act, in my opinion. I am not saying she’s not a very sexy girl, but there’s so much more to her than that. She is clearly playing around with a character.”
Peter Berg (Director of Rihanna's debut film 'Battleship' due May 2012)


Hats Off (And Keep Them Off).

Flower Detail Hat, ASOS

When I found this hat(?) in my inbox via ASOS I was a little concerned if I'm honest. What if some innocent shopper stumbles across it and thinks it is a SS11 must have? Or would said shopper just be plain naive and deserve all heckles for their stupidity? Either way it is not cool, and merely acceptable in the following circumstances...

...Kiera Knightly in Atonement fancy dress...

...Karen Elson in VOGUE copycat photoshoot...

...or if you are Nanny Pat in The Only Way Is Essex (or similar).

Cake Pops.

'Studying' in the library one rainy afternoon and my friend brings me these balls of wondrous delight. So, in a bid to maintain my innate need to procrastinate we went into town and bought more.

A de-lic-ious cake pop with the 'Orange Sorbet' nails (I did say I would show you).

Lunch at work - yes, we are fussy enough to get our coffee from one place and baked goods from another.

Cake Pops, 6 for £6 Take Out, Starbucks.


A Blogging Masterclass.

Anyone up for learning how to start or improve a blog, come to Church Street Topshop tomorrow, deets below. I too shall be in attendance, albeit as an employee.

DVF: Delectable Value Fashion?

When times are hard, we have to pick up a bit of designer whenever possible. This is one of those times. Diane Von Furstenberg has only gone and gave us these little pencil cases for £37. I shall use mine for make up and it shall be my latest muse.


Oo Shiney.

I would like to find this on my doorstep with a witty note like 'A little birdy told me you wanted this..'

Bird skull ring, £175, Alexander McQueen.


Pictures taken by Hoy whilst out shopping. If you ever need inspiration go to their website.
Entire ensemble Topshop (except for the ring) including the cut-off denim shorts it looks like I'm not wearing.


Sumptuously Suede.

As Spring is fast approaching, Alex makes sure we have the perfect light(er) jacket to see us through. How good of him.

Deconstructed Suede Biker Jacket, £1,035, Alexander Wang.

ES FW 11.

Totes shouldn't really say this, but if you don't think this dress is AH-MA-ZING, get off my blog. If you need telling who created such splendorous beauty, that I can do. This is a snippet of Elie Saab's FW 11 collection. I had decided not to bombard you with all the FW shows but this is a must. And as a general but justified sweeping statement, loved the dominatrix look. From Christian Siriano's strapped and studded shoes, to Louis Vuitton's rubber and handcuffs, right up to Alexander McQueen's leather chokers, kinky gloves, straps and buckles. Talking of Sarah Burton, there is rumour on the old Middleton wedding dress.


The Only Jaegerbomb I Know.

...An explosion of delightful dresses by Jaeger for the forthcoming season. I was going to choose one and build an outfit around it but simply couldn't complete such a painstaking task. So I'm posting my four finalists. See below, or pick your own favourites on their website.

Stripe Prom Dress, £180

Contrast Keyhole Dress, £280

Layered Back Dress, £560

Fishnet Short Dress, £299

(In an unintentionally progressively less innocent order)

Nails 1.

As promised, here are my new nail polishes. Admittedly Proper Copper and Gold Digger are almost identical (you win some, you lose some). Below is Proper Copper after two coats, like a really shiney metallic peach.  


Proenza'd To Perfection.

If we could just take a moment to show our appreciation for PS and how fricking amazingly they have took our cherished classic leather satchel and lovingly transformed it into one I would be honoured to be seen with on my arm this SS. Linen, genius, who knew? Well, to be specific; brown leather, black suede and beige linen.
PS1 medium linen satchel, £1,085, Proenza Schouler.

Their cheery little colourful numbers are also incredibly easy on the eye.

PS. I love you.

Safari Style.

Not that today's weather makes this ensemble at all appropriate, but here's to hoping...


Leopard Cami By Boutique, £40, Topshop. Antiqued-leather maxi skirt, £2,760, Donna Karan. Parasol Black Toe Loop Sandals By Boutique, £70, Topshop.

Good Girl Gets Better.

Girl can do no wrong with her locks.
Rihanna on Chelsey Lately last night whilst touring in Australia.

Ri also gets the right kinda nude for Nivea's 100th birthday campaign launching in May. My only argument is that I use Nivea, so why do I not have skin as flawless this?


Welcome Spring Back With Springbock.

With all the fur showing up on the AW11 runways I want some. And what better way to wear fur in SS than in the form of this springbock clutch by Karla Spetic.

High Shoe. High Street.

Python Black Suede Slingback, £65, Miss Selfridge.

Heston, £180, KG by Kurt Geiger.

Obviously I still prefer the latter more expensive pair, but it was the thought that counts.


Easy Breezy, Three Shirts Pleasy.

One Shirt. Three colours. Eighty seven looks. 

Clean Oversized Shirt Dress, £46, Topshop. Jules 2, £135, French Connection. Buttoned Sandal, £50, Zara. Derby Lace-up Leather Boots, £305, See by Chloe.


Leather Lovin'.

Wowza. Yes please.

Studded leather biker jacket, £3,995, Burberry Prorsum. Cream Leather Trim Blouse, £55, Topshop. Skinny leather pants,£690, Mason by Michelle Mason. Crystal-embellished glitter-finish brogues, £355, Miu Miu.