Thursday, 5 July 2018

How to search for clothing items online

I would like to share my tips on how to make the most of your online search when searching for an item or a similar item that is sold out.

This may be obvious but searching for colours or different shades of the same colour can help- for example honey, apricot , mango may yield the better search returns for a colour hue item.

If an item is sold out you may find it or a similar item on Ebay, Esty or if a high end high street designer or a high end designer like Celine, visit Vestaire Collective that sells used items of clothing and accessories which are reviewed by them before they are shipped out.

I'm based in the UK and the Shop Style UK is a good place to search for items which span may retailers and many brands.

If you come across a brand or website you like be sure to save it in your bookmarks or make a note, some designers don't always appear on search sites like Shop Style UK. Before you know it that designer has escaped your memory- or maybe not, my brain isn't as good as it used to be! -

Try and search for a few key words or the full designer description of the item, the internet is so powerful that it can pick up search returns from websites worldwide.

Lastly be a conscious shopper, with the rise of internet shopping we have largely become throwaway consumers which damages the environment and devalues fashion in my opinion. My tip is try to sleep on it before buying the item you immediately long to have- how often will you wear this? Is it versatile? Is it timeless? Is it memorable and personal to you? Is it for a special event and you know you will treasure and possibly hand down to your family or a special friend?

 Best wishes with your searches and happy conscious shopping.

Sunday, 25 March 2018

Romancing the rose


Roses have captured many hearts over the centuries....

I have recently become obsessed about learning about roses and also planting roses in my small garden. The old roses fascinate me the most, I love old things and such roses often have the most scent and are unique characters in their own right.

Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Fifty shades of....Pink

Ulla Johnson Francine dress, image from site October 2017
Pink is actually a rather versatile colour, believe it or not apparently it can also be rather masculine, well according to an interiors and fashion magazine I came across recently- although I highly doubt that you will be finding pink baby clothing for baby boys and toddlers anytime soon.

Anyway pink for me has always been soothing, pretty or shocking, this colour can be as versatile and dramatic as you like, I think its the only colour that has that potential with softness, femininity, comfort and vibrancy across its various hues. I'm surprised that is hasn't been celebrated so much, is this possibly to due with its association to the social fabric of being 'girly'? Regardless pink has made an appearance recently with suits, dresses and even coats. Yep this is across the high street and designer runways. I say appearance because it is like a shooting star, fleeting and not everywhere. That way one can appreciate it more, right?

The colour of the above dress by designer Ulla Johnson is called Antique rose, you my call this dusty rose, dusky rose or even blush. It is actually one of my favourite colours and is coveted be it a diary, notebook or pretty much anything else. I will just have try to to grab a few chances while it enjoys its mini renaissance as a 'serious' colour.

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Autumn days

So we are really now into Autumn as it is nearly mid October.

I have been occupied with a few things and feel like I have really neglected this blog. I hope to resume my blogging activities over the next few months and to update you on a few personal projects that I have been working on.

As for the photo which I found on the internet a few years back, I am happy that with the small garden that I have, I am lucky to have had beautiful blooms from Spring to even now with Autumnal roses blooming.

Enjoy your weekends & bye for now.

Sunday, 16 July 2017


I spent a half atmospheric dark, wet and rainy morning and half dreamy sunny afternoon in Charleston (in Sussex, England) recently, if you are interested in learning about the Bloomsbury set (Vanessa Bell, Duncan Grant etc) and love gardens try and visit one day. It truly is a painters place and the house is pretty amazing with its painted designs, handmade curtains, rugs and ceramics. I caught a glimpse of the Guest room and the dusky pinks will make me want to visit again. The designs and decor in the house overall were revolutionary for that period.

The garden (recreated in the style of how it was) itself has been described as abundant and was overflowing with Hollyhocks (apparently Vanessa Bell's favourite) and giant towering and purple flowering artichokes, fruit trees, zinnias and roses. It was a great deviation of the clipped and prim, 'controlled' gardens that had dominated garden design philosophy in western Europe.

All photos taken by myself. Photos of the interior of the house is not allowed unfortunately,however there are some good guidebooks which can give you a good insight,

Sunday, 9 July 2017

Summer dreaming

Image from Shop Spanish Moss, a Vintage clothing and accessories shop based in the U.S.
This summer in the South East of England has been super hot. Apparently a couple of weeks ago the hottest in 40 years!

My recent months have left me rather jaded, I have had three roles in the past two years and it makes me tired to think about where I will be heading next. But why should it be that way? One shouldn't let life just 'happen' to them? I have been thinking about what I want to do in the medium to long term.A portfolio career is hopefully around the corner.

Although being an accountant is fairly secure I have very little job satisfaction. I have been seriously thinking about working with food, a supper club, styling food and the arts, a curators course is on the cards as well as Moorish Islamic art studies. My recent travels were in Morocco, South of Spain and Portugal (for 2.5 days!!) and I was fascinated by the arts and patterns in the Magreb and preserved from Arab Andalusia in Spain and Portugal. There is a lot of geometry and repeated patterns and I find them beautiful.

I also would like to create a portfolio of vintage clothing studies. I have a great passion for vintage clothing and want to study and document this somehow.

I hope you are having a good summer so far.

Moorish tiles, photo taken at The Palace of Sintra in Portugal, April 2017