Lazy Tights

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Ok, so I did this bout of tights cutting up as a feature for a magazine a while back, but it seemed a shame to not put it on the blog seeing as the mag will have limited circulation.  I repeat, it was a hasty experimentation that needs fine tuning but then again, when have I ever given you guys pictures of perfection?  Work in progress, slow and steady wins the race, unfinished results and all that….yup, that’s me.  Seriously though, when the next season of lycra tights wearing comes about, a proper investigation will be undertaken to see how the waist bands of tights, legs and toes can be cut up in various ways and used to good effect, because right now, the bloody sun has come out and I’m sorry, but my mosquito bitten gams are going bare and I don’t give a crap who sees them. 

I present you the cheapie Primark tights cut-up rage making bandeau tops, tight skirts, sleeves and hair sculpting bands… with 1st time trial messy imperfections that hopefully come next winter will be alright for the night…

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Support the Locals

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Lazooli1 Now, I do want to say that I’m not one of those po-faced people who toffily like to say ‘Support local produce.  Down with the corporate fat cats!  Buy your cheese/meat/bread from your local shop to combat the supermarkets.’  I’m really not.  I take modern convenience for granted and I have no qualms about walking into Sainsbury’s/Tescos’s to get my groceries.  That said, East Finchley, a suburban place in London that’s neither out of town nor centrally located, does offer some comforts that I enjoy.  A gander in Black Gull’s bookstore.  Motto A fry up at Casa Pepe’s.  Fish and chips at Poseidon’s (MUCH better than Toff’s in Muswell Hill which always gets ranked in Top 10 chippies in London…).  The idea of walking two minutes up your LOCAL high street and buying an outfit as opposed to taking the tube into town and sweating it out with the throngs is even more pleasing and I can do that at Lazooli, a shop that sells a bit of old and new and also buys old clothes too.  There’s vintage designer and high street in manner of Bang Bang.  Baskets of vintage hoisery, local jewellery designers and art for sale.  It’s not the hippest of places and is aiming for ‘Bright and Welcoming’ as opposed to ‘Haughty Cool’ which is why it sits so well next to Phoenix Cinema, the charity shops and a really odd electronics stores that sells fairy lights all year round. 

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Me thinks for a lot of people, the possibility of buying fashion gems within two minute vicinity of your home is simply not possible, but the ickle places that seem so randomly placed geographically are still breedingly healthily, so I’d love to hear about your local picks that aren’t likely to be any published shopping guides and perhaps give your local community a bit of ‘oomph’ in the fashion stakes.  Of course, if you happen to live by the central throngs, lucky you too and whilst I work in town and spend my majority of time out there in Zone 1, on Bank Holiday Mondays like these, I prefer the local no-effort high street walkabout.    

Toughing it Out

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I really don’t want to join the ranks who are bewailing the non-starter of a spring/summer we’re having so instead, I’ll just look ahead and just shrug happily if the summer does come and if not, well, there’s all the AW08-9 stuff to look forward to.  Now I may or may not be venturing to some rather extreme cold climates in the USA later on in the year so I am looking to LD Tuttle to providing me with the proper footwear to tough it out.  Of course even in weather extremities, I’m not really going to opt for the practical either so I feel like their AW08-9 collection goes in for a happy medium.  Sturdy but still good looking.  A Christian Bale as opposed to a Cillian Murphy (both are superb sturdy actors of course but Murphy’s looks err towards to the delicate side of things…).  I’m especially intrigued by the swash of a horse tail hanging at the back of the shoe with all things fringey still being my number one choice of adornment these days.

If Looks could Kill

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Fffposter It looks like that from the 10th-31st May, I won’t be using the ‘I’m washing my hair’ stay-in excuse because I am actually going to be preoccupying myself with much of this year’s ‘Fashion in Film Festival’.  I saw a lot of the last one all the way back in early-Style Bubble years in 2006 but will attempt to catch all of the film programme this time round especially with such an alluring theme…

"If Looks Could Kill: Cinema’s Images of Fashion, Crime and Violence"

The clever people FFF have honestly faced up to the fact that films about fashion are rather shite but the number of films utilising fashion in some way or another are numerous and of a far better quality and so using this theme have picked up on the white gloves left at crimescenes, a slick of red lippie, a sharp suit and other modes of disguise and given us a stonking selection of films that are hard to find on la DVD with a lot of early silent films that are rarely shown.

The FFF will use four London venues; BFI Southbank, Cin√© lumi√®re, Institute of Contemporary Arts, Tate Modern and The Horse Hospital and they have also roped in talks and introductions from designers, critics and historians including the likes of Bella Freud and Dylan Jones (GQ editor).  All in all, I hope to come armed with reviews, tidbits and nuggets of information that probably I alone will find fascinating, to bore you all with (or if of course you’re into this sort of thing and you aren’t a Londoner, then you probably won’t fall off your chair asleep.)  The programme is even more packed than last time so bye bye Great British Menu and hello pre-cinema quickie dinners…

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