Out and about in Manchester

30/10/2011

I know the blog has been a little quiet lately so I thought I would use this Sunday afternoon to show you a little around Manchester.
Before moving up here I felt a little sad that I would be leaving the many cafes, pubs and vintage markets of London all behind. But once we had settled I decided to do my best to re-discover Manchester and see it with my now grown up eyes (... not those of a penniless student!). I'm so happy I gave it a chance as I've found so many nice areas, events and cafes that I love and enjoy visiting on weekends off.
Hidden away under the railway arches in Castlefield a fantastic farmers market is held on the first Sunday of every month. We were lucky enough to catch the first one and came away with our bags packed full of cheese, home made pies and a variety of vegetables. Already looking forward to the next one which is not far away!
 Manchester through the eyes of Nadinoo

If you know Manchester please let me know your favorite spots and I'll make sure I pay them a visit soon...

Spring Summer 11 treats..

21/10/2011

For our lovely customers who are still blessed with the sunshine we are offering 20% off our Spring Summer 11 collection. Simply enter the code SUMMER11 when you reach the cart and your Summer styles will be discounted. This offer I'm afraid does not include AW10 and AW11 but you can include them in your cart if you wish and they will not be effected. I love how clever Big Cartel are getting these days :)

A Fancy Fine Visit

16/10/2011

While visiting San Francisco I got to catch up with one of my favorite bloggers Ashley from Fancy Fine. We played Vintage dress up in her cosy apartment while sipping Champagne. Here are a few sneaky photos I took while we were there. She has the most amazing selection of Vintage hats, shoes and frocks that would make any girl jealous.. Not to mention fluffy little donut who was more than happy to pose for the camera!


Ashley was even more of a sweetheart than I could have imagined, taking us to her very favorite Karaoke bar where I was fortunate enough to hear her amazing voice. Some ladies are simply blessed with it all..! We were also joined by Annalise one of the Hummingbird girlies who was just too cute for words. Hoping I get to play out with them both again soon. You can see a few fun pics from the night over on Ashley's blog. 

Rainy days...

12/10/2011


This week has been raining none stop, but it's set a nice cosy mood in the studio as we are more than happy to stay inside working away on the Autumn Shop update. We have been enjoying listening to 6 music's soothing tunes while sipping tea by the pot load. We originally hoped to be adding a few styles to the shop today, but there is still so much to do... It will hopefully be more like Friday now, but in the mean time I hope you enjoy these shots of our studio taken this week while we prepare Autumn 11.

Photography by Nadinoo

Styling notes...

07/10/2011


I'm always delighted when a collection is unveiled and you pay so much attention to every detail, noticing all the styling items I have carefully selected to go with each look. I love that you always want to know where each piece is from so you can re-create the looks yourself. When I first started styling the shoots I used a lot of my own shoes which were often Vintage or old high street beauties that were  serving me well. But it always made me sad when you fell in love with them and I could not point you in the right direction to get your own. So in the latest collections I have tried to find shoes, tights and socks that you available for you to buy right now online or from the high street.


SHOES: I really tried to keep the shoes usage to a minimum this season to give a more uniform look and when stepping in to Office I found the perfect pair of simple Mary Jane's with a chunky 60's heel, you can grab your very own pair in black or brown. I have kept hold of the Brown pair for myself as they are so comfy and work with almost every outfit. I also used some high Brogue lace up's which are photographed above, as you can see they are from Dune and also come in black and brown. Both shoes are currently on offer!

TIGHTS: As the fabrics and prints this season are so rich I wanted to make sure the tights didn't steal any of the lime light, but when I went out to the shops and saw all the amazing autumnal shades and textures I got a tad carried away. I bought so many amazing colours but only used a few in the end to keep things nice and consistent. The wool mustard pair are from Topshop and also come in an over the knee sock that I will be wearing plenty this Winter. The Brown and Grey tights are both from Accessorize and have a lovely texture to them as you can see in the pic above.

So I do hope this info helps you!  I'm in no way trying to endorse these products or brands above. Just passing on the info so you can find them easily :)

Autumn 11 Sounds of the Woods

05/10/2011

Pick up and follow a trail deep into the woods, without a compass, sun or moon to guide you. Solve mysteries by reading messages in the movement of the birds and animals, telling a wonderful story of footprints on the ground. Foretell the weather by the look of the clouds and feel of the wind as it blows through the trees.. 
A clever scout like Pixie knows all the sounds of the woods...
We hope you enjoy our Autumn 11 collection and it was well worth the wait! We are working away to get the first few pieces ready in the boutique from as early as next week. Be sure to let us know which are your favorites...