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It's the most stressful shopping time of the year, you fight tooth and nail to bag those Westwood shoes you predicted would be on sale after Christmas, only to find out the sales started weeks ago and they're already sold out. What happened to January sales starting in January? First it was Boxing Day sales and now mid December sales! A harsh economy has driven retailers to slash prices most of the year round, taking all the fun out of sale shopping. As a teenager I remember the excitement leading up to the January sales, saving up (with a little help from Mum) to splurge on otherwise unobtainable designer luxuries. The desperation and suspense has further been choked in recent years by online sale shopping. The thrill of ploughing through the rails against other shoppers, searching for that bargain, finding the last one in your size and with 70% off is incomparable to just clicking 'add to basket'. Where possible I'll be abstaining, the new year marks a fresh start, a wardrobe detox to clear the way for  spring.


Karl Mania

NET-A-PORTER have gone all viral on us in a cleverly conceived and genius campaign promoting Karl Lagerfeld's collection for the online boutique, due to be released next month. As well as a comical Newsflash and a Find Karl App (play to win £1,000 to spend at NET-A-PORTER) you can also sign up to 'Karl's Kult' in a bid to hunt for the designer's captured collection. Image


The Anthropologist

Launched by the brand Anthropologie, The Anthropologist is an online space for the artists that inspire the brand, "Our premise is simple: we expose those who move us in order to move you, knowing that sharing creativity in turn kindles it". I was fascinated watching a video of artist, Etsuko Ichikawa creating abstract drawings, known as pyrographs, using molten glass as her medium. Watch the video, read Etsuko's full story and view the other artists at Images from the website.



I first discovered Anthropologie on a visit to New York a few years ago, a boutique feel, eclectic US based store, from the founders of Urban Outfitters, focusing on unique, vintage-esque women's wear, accessories and home furnishings. I was over the moon when they finally opened a store on Regent Street. I  recently rediscovered them whilst looking for Christmas stocking fillers and thought I would share their best bits with you.

1 Flared & Cable Knitted Dress £138.00. 2 Setting Suns Clutch £78.00. 3 Sky Stacks Necklace £78.00. 4 The Collector's Charm Heart Whistle £12.00. 5 Fringed Curved Cuff £88.00. 6 Precocious Flatform Shoes £118.00. 7 Tuft & Tassel Necklace £238.00. 8 Nostalgic Nuits Bralette £48.00 and Nostalgic Nuits Shorts £68.00. 9 Little & Lively Clutch £148.00. 10 Tobacco Ribboned Fedora £68.00. 11 Lamby Gloves £158.00. Images


l ❤ Whistles

I did say months ago that if Whistles made more knee length, long sleeve, figure hugging dresses I would purchase them in every colour, well I'm on to my third. Just purchased the Sorrel Wide Stripe Dress for half price! I'll be cuddly yet slinky in this 100% Wool number on Christmas day. If you buy online before Christmas you can bag an extra discount by getting a unique code via the Advent Calendar on their website, everyday there is a different competition or special offer. Check out the sale and treat yourself to an early present. Dress £75.00 down from £150.00. Image


Making me feel old

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I wish I looked this good at 14... yes! FOURTEEN! Teen screen queen, actress Chloe Moretz, is already a hit in Hollywood, at such a tender age, and has been hiking up the style stakes of late in an enviable  selection of designer clobber. From left, looking svelte and sophisticated in Paris at the Hugo Premiere in Chanel. At The Museum Of Modern Art 4th Annual Film Benefit, again in Chanel, not loving this on her, looks like shes wearing her nan's lacy babydoll. At the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards looking very Olsen Twins in Suno. Looking her age at the Versace for H&M Show in... Versace for H&M. Next job, working on a different pose...


Marni for H&M

The dust of disappointment has only just settled for those who missed out on the Versace for H&M collection but new hope is here! Marni are next to collaborate with the Swedish high street brand with a men and women's collection hitting 260 stores worldwide and online from 8th March 2012. Marni Founder and CEO, Consuelo Castiglioni, hopes to reach the young audience that have a cult following for H&M.  Look forward to colourful and bold prints arriving in perfect time for spring.


British Independent Film Awards 2011

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Young acting talent were out last night to celebrate the British Independent Film Awards. French model and actress, Josephine de la Baume looked very, well, French in Clements Ribeiro. Olivia Grant in Dolce & Gabbanna looking very grown up for a 16 year old. Ruth Wilson showed us who was boss in A.Sauvage, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, who I love in Jack Dee's comedy series 'Lead Balloon', in a very understated black dress and Hayley Atwell looking festive and extremely sexy in Antonio Berardi.