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V&A Friday Lates

V&A Friday Lates

Josh and I made the trip to West London on Friday to check out the V&A Friday Lates. They open the museum extra late and put on installations, talks, exhibitions and interactive sessions to complement the shows that are going on in the museum. Last Friday’s theme was “Adornment’ to coincide with the current Pearls show (I saw this last weekend too, it’s excellent) and it covered fashion and tattooing as well as jewellery.

V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates

Sadly I missed the talk I wanted to see due disorganisation, but we swung by the Skin Deep session put on by Brothers of the Stripe, where you could watch the collective doing a live drawing installation and make yourself a rubber-stamped tattoo poster to take away.

V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates

We also saw a fashion show by E Wha Lim in the Medieval & Renaissance hall. Her surreal work was beautifully complemented by the surroundings.

It was also just great to roam the museum ‘after hours’. We popped to the Japan section…

V&A Friday Lates

Happy chest is happy

V&A Friday Lates

Embroidery detail on samurai robes

… and my favourite place, the jewellery hall.

V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates

Is it just me who likes to play pretend I’m shopping and pick what I’d most like to take home?

V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates

Beautiful wheel of gems

V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates
V&A Friday Lates

I think this was the last Lates of the year, but check the site for next year’s events.

Selected clothing

I’m just loving the Selected line of clothing: nearly every piece is a classic with a twist – wearable, elegant and comfortable. Perfect for building that elusive capsule wardrobe. I’m even plotting if I can make recreations of some of these pieces myself… funny how when you start sewing you want to make everything yourself from now on.

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I adore these elegant monochrome dresses. The first one looks like it’d be pretty easy to recreate – just a wrap with wide kimono sleeves, so no fastenings to worry about.

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Little black dress made more interesting with texture and a low tied back. Again an easy elastic-waist shape to copy.

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Sweatpants that are almost acceptable to wear outside – right? I definitely want to tackle sewing trousers soon, but crotches scare me.

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Minimally cool waterfall blazer

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Give me a perfect slouchy, slubby tee and I am a happy girl.

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Interesting folded-bag texture print on this tee

The line’s available from ASOS and their own site in euros.

(Not sponsored, I just want it all!)

Fancy nails

Nails

I’m far from a girly girl in most ways: I apply the bare minimum of make-up to avoid being told I look poorly and my wardrobe consists almost entirely of cotton jersey in varying shades of ‘drab’. But I do like fancying up my nails, possibly because I am lucky to have very strong, healthy nails – all that cheese I eat, I guess. I’ve even started caring for my cuticles (Bio Oil is the bestest, as well as working wonders everywhere else) and using a top and base coat which really does make a difference. I’ve found it’s pretty easy to fit a quick polish in around working at home or reading blogs, so I’ve been repainting every other day or so recently.

Nails
Nails

I usually stick to plain colours – Butter‘s lovely low-chemical ones are my favourite; I also like Essie, Barry M, Topshop and American Apparel. But when I saw these nail stickers on The Dainty Squid I couldn’t resist the promise of recreating Kaylah’s super cool two-tone looks on the cheat, so bought a few sets too.

Nails
Nails
Nails

My first couple of attempts are a bit smudgy but with practice I’m sure they’ll neaten up. The best part is you can just apply a set of new coloured tips to some chipped days-old polish to give it a refresh without stripping and repainting. Slummy, moi?

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For a more subtle look that’s more forgiving to slip-ups, try them with a mattifying top coat – I used Essie’s above left for frosted tips.

If you fancy a go, the sets are super cheap on eBay and arrive really quickly. Have fun.

Winter wedding wear


I have an excuse to buy a new dress! Josh’s brother is getting married at the end of November (I designed the invitations for them), so I need a pretty cold-weather-appropriate dress. I’m hoping to find something in San Francisco, but here are a few backup options. I’m leaning towards the pretty grey number from Monsoon, teamed with a blazer and wedges for comfort. What do you think? Any tips for cover-ups and legwear?

Boden’s little brand book

Confession: I pinched the new Boden catalogue from my mail box even though it was addressed to an old tenant of my flat. But rather than fawn over the clothes – lovely though they are, I think just a touch too old for me – I was drawn to this little brand leaflet stuck in the middle. The lovely design team were kind enough to send me these spreads to share on here.


Impressively, all of the graphic design is done in-house, which probably explains why the tone and feel of the branding is just right and complements the clothes so well.



I love the bold colour palettes, playful yet practical tone, and the fact that they’re not afraid to throw criticism and negative comments into the mix.



Well played, Boden!