Designer Collaboration

As we are all aware that some of the major names on the UK high street are collaborating with designers, to offer us “affordable” versions of their collections. H&M started the trend collaborating with designers in 2004 such as Karl Lagerfield, Stella McCartney, Victor & Rolf, Versace and most recently Marni.

Marni for H&M
Marni for H&M
Marni for H&M

Topshop released there collaboration with Mary Katrantzou to coincide with London Fashion Week, where they showcased funky printed and structured dresses, tops, shirt, trousers and accessory’s. We, like most people, have to shop on a budget so we get excited about designers, we can’t afford, collaborating with high street chains where we shop, but we expect reasonable prices, £350 for a polyester dress in not affordable.

Mary K for Topshop
Mary K for Topshop

For us designer high street collaborations are starting to loose their appeal. We are looking for quality made, great designed clothing with attention to material, construction and overall detail. When we compare clothes today to vintage pieces, which have already survived years of wear and tear, there really isn’t any comparison to the quality of construction. Buying vintage is not only green but your also getting the best quality and value for money clothing available to us at this moment in time. I am keeping my eye out for the made in UK tags, that sadly, we no longer see in most of our high street garments. A great place to find vintage, with out having to rummage, is ASOS Market Place where there is a wide selection of Menswear and Womenswear. 
Happy Shopping!

Style Q&A- Catwalk to High Street!

So after all the excitement of seeing the beautiful collections at London Fashion Week & beyond, we have been inundated (literally) with emails from you guys with questions about re-creating the looks on a budget, so hold on tight here we gooooooooooooooooooo.

Temperley London

The elegance to Temperley’s collection is the beautiful vintage feel they create by taking the extra time and care to produce and make their garments. To recreate the look, on a budget, look out for vintage gems, like we found on Ada’s Attic on Asos Marketplace,, Not only can you find an absolute steal, hand beaded, UK made, Vintage top all for £35! you are also more or less guaranteed to have a different and eye catching outfit. Vintage pieces are also way to make high street pieces more your own. Above we have given you two outfit ideas on how you could wear the same Vintage Top, one is smart suitable for a nice evening out and the other could be for a festival or weekend in the city! 
Right were off now to buy that top from Ada’s Attic before you guys do 😉

£1 What would you do…………………….

So we all know that money is tight in today economical climate, so instead of focusing all on the doom and gloom we though we’d show you how much fun you can have with just £1. Enjoy.
Decorate your Cat in Tinsel.
Rummage around a Pound store.
Saunter down to your local Charity shop and see what you can find. You can get great bargains for a pound  including clothes and books!
Take a gamble and place your pound on the Lotto.
Go to the market and get bowls of veg for a pound. Birminghams Fruit & Veg market is amazing so cheap and colourful. Last week you could have 8 cucumbers for a £1, not sure what you would do with them all though.
Go for a walk its free fun and great exercise,go alone, with a mate or even better a dog you will meet lots of friendly dog walkers.
Make a cake; 1 egg, 2oz Flour, 2oz butter, 2oz sugar Honey, Jam or whatever filling you like. You can mircowave it, with a bit of clingfilm over the top of the bowl for 3 mins or bake in the oven.
Cook Marshmellows over a fire, if like me you don’t have an open fire just use a candle, make sure its not sented as Lavander Marshmellows aren’t nice!
Cosy night in get your fav films on dvd and make your own popcorn  ( fun just to do that). If you feel like being really retro watch a video! 
Everyone knows a snowball fight is great fun, if you win, so when it snows get involved. Until then why not play other “kids games” Hula Hooping, going for a bike ride or making someone jump.
To cold outside for fun get out all the old board games and  have a retro night. My favorite was Twister and Payday.  
Go for a Picnic, its not that cold and you can take a flash of tea or coffee with you to warm yourself up.
Go to the park and feed the ducks, doesn’t cost anywhere near a pound and is great fun.
Go fishing, not as exotic as above but still fun, by a 50p net on the end of a bean cane and wonder down your Canal.
Do a good deed, give up your seat on the bus/train, help someone with directions, the elderly with their shopping, buy some pet food and donate it to the animal rescue centers (there are bins in all supermarkets). Best thing of all its free!