Monthly Archives: May 2010

M&S Limited Collection Shoes

Although Marks & Spencers is not usually my first choice for clothing, I found myself in there yesterday to use the Bureau de Change, and was stopped in my tracks by their footwear department, the Limited Collection section in particular. Far from the older woman image I had of Marks and Spencers, comfortable flats and supportive heels, I was greeted by a selection of colour pop, nautical inspired, chain detail, lace up, peep toe, sky high heeled shoes and boots. There was literally a pair to go with every outfit in my wardrobe, and with the most expensive shoes in the range costing only £35, they are definitely a bargain.


Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara

You may have noticed that I do not really blog about beauty, that’s because I’m super pale so I found out suits me and stuck to it. However there are two beauty products that I swear by, no matter what your skin tone is like, firstly the obvious YSL Touche Éclat, and secondly Boot’s Natural Collection Lash Build Mascara. I first discovered this mascara when I was about 15, pretty poor, and unaware of just how different one mascara is to the next, since I have been blessed with fairly good eye lashes (probably to make up for my super sensitive pale skin).

The wonder mascara costs only £1.99 and does really build your lashes, lengthens, volumises, curls, the works. Not long after I got this mascara my mum, who has less lashes and darker skin than me, started to borrow it, and not long after that my best friend, who has very straight lashes, decided to try it. That was about 6 years ago, and all three of us, as well as a whole host of people they have introduced to it, still swear by it. So, if you have £1.99 spare, I urge you to try it!

Best of the Blogs: Feast on Scraps

From now on rather than just adding blogs to my blogroll and hoping people see them, I have decided to dedicate a post to them. My newest edition is Feast on Scraps, a blog not dedicated to fashion, but food. I love most food, but unfortunately when I am hungry I’m often reluctant to try something new, and always end up at the same old trusty places. Laura, the voice behind Feast on Scraps, takes the uncertainty away by writing about cheap eats and hidden gems around London, as well as her own kitchen experiments. So head over and take a look, meal times will never be the same again!

Graduate Fashion Week

One of the most exciting events on the fashion calendar has to be Graduate Fashion Week, where you can see the fashion designers of the future. There will be approximately 22 university fashion shows from 50 universities across 52 courses, with a range of original and inspiring collections, some of which have been snapped up straight away from some of today’s most iconic companies and stores.

Although most days you can only go if you are trade, it is open in Sunday 6th June to public, so everybody can get in on some of the action. Exhibition only tickets are only £5 and can be bought on the door, and University show tickets are £10, but they are selling out fast! So, if you want to discover the next Stella McCartney or Christopher Bailey, I suggest you get yours now.

3:Eleven Boutique

In modern times, when an online shop is easier to set up than a saving account, you have to do something that really makes you stand out. Going online only a month ago, 3:Eleven Boutique, started off as a boutique based in Hale, Manchester, where they built up their niche; an amazing, diverse collection of labels, including Me & Zena, MiH, Wildfox and American Vintage to name a few.

They also have an eye for up and coming brands, including jewellery designer Katarina Louise, who they discovered at Camden Market, and luxury scarf brand Dominique Mosely. If you are lucky enough to be in the area, the shop is definitely worth a look, if not check out their website for some gorgeous brands that you’ve probably never heard of!

Loulou Loves You

It’s no secret that I love bows, to the point I have two (tastefully placed) bow tattoos, and sometimes it definitely is a case of bigger is better (for bows not tattoos), so I was delighted to find Loulou Loves You. What began as one girl’s personal love affair with lingerie, has now expanded into an amazing shop selling all sorts of gorgeous accessories, including hairpieces, collars, necklaces and of course bows.

The Loulou Loves You Bow Emporium features bow headbands, bow brooches and bow fascinators, as well as my personal favourite, the giant bow. I found this when I was trying to update an old dress, and it will be perfect! Measuring 9” across and costing £20, it will be great for clipping onto a plain waistline or on a shoulder of a one strap dress or to a plain clutch for an updated, dressier bag. So, I plan to make this the latest bow in my collection, just need to decide on a colour.

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Urban Outfitters Sample Sale


Those of you who follow me, will know by now that I am a huge sucker for a good sample sale! Therefore, I was estatic when this landed on my desk (well facebook news feed), Urban Outfitters are having a sample sale, where you can get your hands on menswear, womanswear and homewares. I’ll keep this short so you can let off your excitement sooner rather than later. It takes place on Thursday 27th – Friday 28th May, from 10am-5pm, (ok poor times for us working folk, but worth booking a morning off or having “a doctor appointment” for) just off Oxford Circus. It’s cash only and the full address is:

Urban Outfitters Head Office
24 Market Place (3rd Floor)
W1W 8AN.

Happy shopping 🙂

Mina UK

London based brand Mina UK started out in 2004 with a regular spot at Portabello Market, winning the hearts of fashion-loving shoppers, searching for that special something with a unique twist and a strong personality. Soon the market stall wasn’t enough, so they opened a showroom to exhibit the collections to buyers, who jumped at the chance to get the pretty pieces into their independent boutiques. This was followed by collaborations with Topshop, ASOS AND USC.

Mina UK’s clothing appeals to everyone from students to celebrities including Fearne Cotton, Daisy Lowe, Kylie Minogue and Kimberly Stewart. They pride themselves on immaculate attention to detail and statement prints that contrast beautifully with relaxed versatility, which makes their clothes perfect for every occasion. So, if you are looking for gorgeous, well made clothing at a reasonable price (really, who isn’t?), that you won’t find on the high street, I suggest you check them out!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites:

Fashion women get but men don’t.

I feel that over the last few years, I have noticed that woman are dressing more in clothes that earn them admiring looks from woman rather than ogling looks from men, basically wearing fashion that men just don’t get. Where as we are thinking “this maxi is gorgeous”, men are thinking what the point? We think “that turned up skinny chino and clog combo is so cool”, they are thinking manly! As for “underwear as outerwear” well they probably think we couldn’t get dressed, whilst we think we look the picture of fashion forward. Personally, I very much admit that I would much rather catch another woman admiring my outfit, rather than a man admiring what my outfit isn’t hiding.

I love clogs and wedges and maxi’s and I LOVE my high waisted khaki chinos, which I do love to wear turned up with vintage floral print shoe boots. Luckily, my boyfriend is a fashion student/blogger/buyer, so he understands many of my sartorial choices (though he says he will NEVER like wedges), however most people I know are completely different. Every casual Friday I can guarantee somebody will say “What are you wearing?”, whether it’s a printed Alpha 60 tee tucked into a beige skater skirt, some form of double denim, or an African print 50’s style dress, but it makes me feel good so I don’t care. My brother even text me once, after reading one of my Grazia comments about somebody in turned up chino’s, brogues and a satchel, and said “No she isn’t (cool)”, obviously not a look men lust after.

If you’re reading this and nodding in recognition, congratulate yourself, are also probably looking a lot more stylish than most people on the street, and feeling a lot more confident too!!

Just had to get that out.


Brighton based boutique Lavender/Room, was started in 2003 by friends Nicky Sanderson and Jenny Atherton, as quickly became a “must-see” shop in Brighton. Selling gorgeous jewellery, bags and shoes, as well as beauty and home accessories, their products vary from being incredibly pretty to amazingly cool. So, if you’d love a three tier delicate leaf necklace, or a Grazia featured red patent leather Mac book case, you’re sure to find something. Also, their gift section is the perfect place to find something for the person who has everything on your budget, or just to buy yourself a gift on a budget!

Here are a few of About your Dress’ favourites: