Archive of ‘shopping’ category

Great Gatsby

So it seems the whole world has been in gripped with Gatsby fever – and that’s us included too! So we were pretty thrilled to see these shots from Harrod’s The Summer Of Now campaign, it’s got The Great Gatsby written all over it with the nod to twenties-inspired fashion and decadence gorgeously on display instore. Daisy would definitely approve… 

Something for the Weekend…

If you’re around Nottingham this weekend, then we urge you to visit the Pretty Dandy Flea on Saturday at The Congregational Church, Castle Gate.
With over 20 stalls, including a vibrant mix of artists, prints, handmade cushions, records and printed lampshades, you’re sure to find some unusual gifts – just in time for Christmas shopping! 
What’s more, there will be DJs from Nottingham record label Hello Thor providing a cool soundtrack, a record stall and (really yummy) homemade cakes and treats from The Pop-Up Sandwich Kitchen.
So why not kick off your festive season in style? We’ll see you there…
Find out more info here

Drink tea with Fifi Lapin!

At Cellardoor there are a whole list of things that we love… cuteness, Fifi Lapin and tea all appear on it. You can imagine the “ooohs” and “awwws” that came from the office this morning when we stumbled across these…
The super-stylish illustrated bunny now has her own range of mugs and we can’t wait to get our hands on some. We’re glad we spotted them in time for Christmas as they’ll make great gifts. Or maybe we’ll just keep them for ourselves…
Buy yours for just £8 here!

Something for the Weekend

If you’ve found yourself at a loose end this weekend, you might fancy heading over to Harrods. Until 1st January the 4th floor is host to a special Disney pop-up boutique.
We can’t help but love the pink girly-ness that Disney Princesses bring. If you’re anything like us you’ll be in heaven from the minute you step into the 7,000 sq ft pop-up shop where you’ll find a Princess Parlour, Cinderella Slipper salon and every princess outfit you can think of. If you want to buy your own limited edition piece of Disney, prices start from £24.95.
Though if you have a male in tow, don’t worry. There’s also a Disney/Pixar section with enough Cars and Toy Story goodies to keep them happy – though they may have to push the five-year-olds out of the way to get the best view of the Buzz Lightyear costume.
Whilst you’re up on the 4th floor, you may also be interested to know that a Twilight beauty pop-up store opens from tomorrow in aid of the last film being released next week. There you’ll find make-up sets giving you the tools to achieve the perfect vampire complexion… if that’s your kind of thing?

Monki see, Monki do

If you’re looking for a unique, fun and quirky shopping experience, then we’ve found just the thing for you. Nestled in the heart of London’s swinging Carnaby Street sits Monki – a store which is every bit as vibrant as the location in which it has made its home. 
Brought to you by the parent company of H&M, the Swedish brand has steadily developed a strong online presence, and last year opened their first UK concession in the bustling hubbub of Selfridges on Oxford Street. Now, in opening their debut standalone store, Monki have cemented their commitment to British style, and in doing so have created an immersive shopping experience unlike anything else on the high street.
Upon entering the Carnaby Street branch, your senses are overwhelmed by a carnival of colour. Clothes are festooned on fairground inspired carousels, set pieces in their own fashion performance. Glittering streamers hang from the ceiling, and a selection of vibrant props line the staircase, making you feel like you’ve escaped into your own sartorial storybook. Shopping in this space is a real voyage of discovery, as you rummage from fixture to fixture in search of vibrant printed dresses, oversized cosy knits and some super-covetable tailoring.
Monki offers a real variety of stock: cute and quirky accessories sit perfectly next to a whole host of wardrobe essentials. It really is a one-stop-shop, whether you’re looking for the essence of Scandinavian style, want to pick up some basic bargains or just can’t wait to dive in to a unique shopping experience. 
 Monki, 39 Carnaby Street, London, W1F

By Sarah Farrell

Orla Kiley x Uniqlo

Orla Kiely for Uniqlo After producing a debut collection which was an almost instant sell-out, Orla Kiely makes a much anticipated return to Uniqlo next month with her second high street collaboration. Fusing her signature prints with Uniqlo’s affordable quality, the AW12 collection has been expanded to incorporate dresses, scarves and long sleeved t-shirts- perfect for keeping cosy this winter.
With pretty peter pan collars and in a variety of eye-popping prints the smock dresses are the undoubted stars of this collection- definitely ones to snap up as soon as they go on sale! The scarves too are ideal for incorporating into your new season wardrobe, with the vibrant colours guaranteeing to banish the winter blues as the weather turns greyer. With prices starting at £9.90, this is a collection which won’t be around for long…

By Sarah Farrell

What we’ll be wearing on Christmas day…


So now all the presents are carefully wrapped and put under the tree, the next problem on your list is what to wear on the big day. We’ve had our eyes on the Aubin and Wills Derring dress above, with it’s cute metallic polka dot detail it has just the right amount of sparkle.

Here are some more of our picks….

Something for the weekend

We wouldn’t usually describe Crouch End as a shopping destination, but were amazed to find a gem of a store hidden at 55 Park Road. Scarecrow is a sweet vintage inspired boutique and is run by a mother and daughter team who describe their boutique as an ‘Aladdin’s cave’.

The shop The shop sells a range of exclusive brands as well as some very well known ones, your bound to find something to take your fancy. Our favourite pieces are from Central St Martins graduate Masato, who’s one off pieces are sold exclusively at Scarecrow. 

By Lois Clark

Clear the clutter and make some cash

Is your wardrobe filled with clothes that you hate? Have you nothing (in the world) to wear? If this scenario reduces you to a screaming fit as least once a week then why not take action and get some spare cash to boot?
How? Ebay! We know that you all know about Ebay but this is our helpful guide to making Ebay really work for you.
Tip 1: Iron/buff/shine/polish the item you’re selling. Even the oldest, rattiest dress will look better when ironed and the photo is what will initially attract buyers.
Tip 2: Model the item.  How is anyone going to get an idea of what it looks like when you’ve photographed it flat? Instead, put it on and have some photograph you in the best light possible. It doesn’t fit? Have a friend model it instead. This seriously makes a difference.
Tip 3: Be as informative and accurate as possible in your description and include details such as measurements, length, material, zips etc.  Also mention if there are any imperfections too, it might put off some buyers but bad feedback will deter people more.
Tip 4: Price low.  People are more likely to watch a pair of jeans worth £45 if they are priced at £1, and there’s every chance that they’ll still sell for £40.  Starting them at £35 is like to drive people to the shops to buy a new pair without all of the Ebay faff.
So what are you waiting for… follow our top tips and turn your cluttered closet into a goldmine. 

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