26.10.10

October wish list

Once again, I've waited so long to do my monthly wishlist, that it's practically November. So, without further ado, here it is:

Maison Martin Margiela (Untitled)
Several months ago, there was a flurry of blogger activity surrounding the release of the first scent from this beloved, avant garde fashion house. It wasn't until I was at House of Fraser last Wednesday that I finally got a chance to smell it. It was love at first sniff. I'm smitten. As soon as payday rolls around, It's mine.

Okay - ubiquitous scent description: "boxwood, galbanum, bitter orange and incense, along with jasmine, cedar and musk". If that doesn't conjure up enough for you, I find it woody yet sweet, with hints of citrus. But seriously, when I read perfume descriptions, I can never really anticipate what the real thing is going to smell like. If you haven't tried it already, you'll just have to go down to House of Fraser and try it yourself.

Speaking of Maison Martin Margiela, did you realise that the fashion house has an online shop? I'm totally in love with these boots, so the calculations have started in my head - what can I sell on eBay that will add up to £425…

The other thing I discovered when I went into House of Fraser, is that they've totally rearranged it again, and have added some very exciting labels. The one I'm most excited about is Anya Hindmarch, easily one of my favourite designer bag brands. It would be hard to pick out just one, but if I had to, I would say the large Fergus bag in black or light grey. It's big enough to carry absolutely everything, but still manages to look sophisticated and lady-like. I love the woven texture, the tassel, well, pretty much everything about it.

Lady-like really is one of the words de-jour. A hyphenate can be considered one word, right? This sweet little rose gold sparrow and branch necklace with its tiny black diamond eyes will have you feeling like a delicate flower. EC one is offering 20% off until 1 November if you use the code OCT20.

The ASOS White collection continues to be fabulous. The item that's currently saved in my shopping basket is this leather belt cardigan. I love the elbow patches. It actually reminds me of a sweater of my dad's that I saved from the charity shop pile back in the early 90s when we all wanted to dress like granddads.

22.10.10

I've been charmed

Apparently designer jewellery website So Charming has been around since 2004. Why did I not know about this? And it does what it says on the tin. The site is packed with charming sparkly goodies and is well worth checking out.

And if you need more incentive, the lovely people at So Charming are offering Girl-e Glasgow readers 10% off purchases. Just use discount code: charm10

Here are some goodies on my wish list:

David Aubrey black glass earrings
Robindira Unsworth black garnet eternity ringCatherine Weitzman 18k gold vermeil and sapphire braceletKirstin Ash bicycle tales cuffDogeared rose gold dipped textured hoop earrings

11.10.10

The nights are drawing in...

...and only the promise of champagne and Harvey Nichols could have lured me out of the flat this weekend. The champagne was at the Grand Central Hotel, with its pristine new art deco decor - it's all marble floors, crystal chandeliers, and silver geometric ceiling tiles. The Harvey Nichols was in the form of the new pop-up shop in St Enoch Centre.

The pop-up shop, with it's Christmas theme, was advertised as being full of foodie treats and luxury gifts. The foodie treats were definitely there, though I struggled to identify any luxury gifts. Though shop is disappointingly small (I guess that's to be expected with a pop-up), there were still plenty of treats that will make excellent hostess gifts during the holiday season. Here's my top 5 list:

Chase Marmalade Vodka
This vodka is made in limited numbers, and with its tangy orange flavour, would taste amazing in any number of Christmas (or should I say, Halloween?) cocktails.

Pama Pomegranate Liqueur
I haven't yet tried this combination of pomegranates, vodka and tequila, but I'm dying to.

The big yum chocolate covered pretzels
There is just something about the combination of chocolate and pretzels. For the unconverted - I don't know how to explain this, other than the sweetness of the chocolate and the saltiness of the pretzel just work. Trust me.


St Germain Elderflower Liqueur with cocktail carafe
I absolutely love this liqueur, and though I think of it as more of a summer drink, I'm never really going to turn it down.

Truly scrumptious cake stand
This adorable cardboard cake stand would make me feel like I was having tea in a dollhouse.

More iconic shoes at the Outnet

The Outnet is having another spectacular pop-up sale, this time featuring footwear by fashion legend, Azzedine Alaia.

The sale starts tomorrow, and though it is meant to last a full week, there's no doubt these gorgeous babies will be sold out well before the weekend.

There will be more than 95 styles - here are some highlights:

4.10.10

Ode to a shoe

Imagine how many pairs of shoes you could buy for £10,000.

Okay, now that I've got your attention - Dune are celebrating the launch of their A/W 2010 collection by holding a competition to find 'the most original and visually exciting art work that best represents the shoe as art.'

If you've seen the company's website and window displays lately, you'll see that they've got a contemporary art vibe running through their look at the moment - from Warhol inspired prints to Jackson Pollock paint splotches. Basically, we're talking high-brow shoe fetishes.

That's where you come in. Dune want to encourage all creative shoe lovers to channel that passion into a work of art, be it a painting, photo, sculpture - any form. The winning works will be displayed in the window of the flagship Dune store in Covent Garden in December, and then in regional flagship stores around the UK and Ireland.

But that's not even the prize - first prize is £10,000, and there are 3 additional regional prizes of £1000. Not too shabby.

Entries can be submitted online, in store, or by post to:

Shoe is Art Competition
Dune Head Office
9 Hatton Street
London NW8 8PL

The competition closes on 8 November, and the winners will be announced 16 November. So get moving!


Looking for inspiration?

Andy Warhol's Diamond Dust




Manolo Blahnik's classic shoe illustrations






Elisabeth Fitzhugh's assemblage art


and of course, van Gogh's shoe paintings.

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