Sunday, August 29

\\\ JAZZY + JACK ///

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As has happened many times before, the wee hours of a great friend's birthday party play host to an impromptu fashion shoot.

I wear dress by H&M and union jack courtesy of a Northamptonshire-based Queen tribute band.
Verity wears 'Jazzy' t-shirt designed by yours truly
Liam wears Skullcandy headphones and a look of epic concentration.

\\\ YARD ART ///




Vic Riches : Illustrator

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I met charming Vic at the Blogger's Yard sale last weekend where she was displaying some of her most recent sketches. This girl sketches so quickly; blink, and you'll miss her, yet her illustrations have the appearance of hours and hours of laborious study. I was a fan of the Kingston Art student straight away. See more of her work here on her flickr.

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Then I had the honour of being sketched myself, wearing the headband I had just bought of Fi from Save Our Shoes' stall, designed by her friend Lisa Margreet.

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\\\ PANTS TO POVERTY ///




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Dropped in on the Pants To Poverty tea party hosted by the lovely Hannah whilst in London last week to admire their A/W range of ethically-produced, organic cotton smalls; as delectable as the homemade red velvet cupcakes Hannah had baked for the occasion. Now running for five years, from their beginnings as part of the global Make Poverty History campaign, Pants to Poverty aims to create stylish high-quality underwear without the sweatshop nametag. Instead, the company supports thousands of cotton farmers and factory workers in India and their families through making pants.

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The pants are available online here, at ASOS.com or at American Retro in London. Pants to Poverty's next big venture is being part of Queer Nation's Underwear Fashion Show at Area on the 4th September. Whatever your taste or sexual preference; I wouldn't miss this if you're in town. It sounds full on fun, flamboyant and MENTAL.

Tuesday, August 24

SHOES & SATAY WITH SUSIE BUBBLE

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Susie and her wares
I spent a rare week in London gadding about; something I wish I could do a lot more often. Having missed out on so many fashion sojourns in the city this year, I was looking forward to dropping in on Sunday's yard sale, organised by Susie Bubble and attended by a fashion following of high calibre, local and international. I missed the early-bird scrum, instead opting to join the hangover shift of shoppers, just in time to get one of the last helpings of Tommy's chicken satay.

Bisous to all those I was able to catch up with over the weekend, fash-packers old and new.
I'm moving into my second-year house in Leeds next week (9 girls in our topsy-turvy pink house!), but I'll be back in London with a vengeance for fashion week.

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Alice of Alice Point and her sister

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Ferry the Ferret

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Nadia of FrouFrouu and 'Her Brother'

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Kit of StyleSlicker's impressive shoe offering

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Vic sketching the yard

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Shoes I bought from Louisa's stall

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Hassan's jazzy cravat

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Divine little headband I bought from Fi of Save Our Shoes's stall

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Socks from Tabio and Nadia's 90s boots which I loved. I had a pair myself years ago, and never thought I would regret kissing them goodbye until this day.

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Anna baked these sensational cakes

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Susie and Louisa and Vic's finished yard sketch

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Impressive footwear was noted

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The chicken satay was the talk of the day

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Susie and Louisa

Monday, August 23

\\\ SIMPLES ///



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Saw it. Liked it. Made it.

I chose to accessorise with foxgloves, not cigarettes.

Saturday, August 21

\\\ COLLECTED MEMORIES OF GREAT OPEN SPACES ///



ZIMBABWE, APRIL 2010


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I know how ridiculously fortunate I am to have travelled so much this year, and I hope there is some way I can pass on the good fortune by sharing these pictures.

More of my African photodiary from earlier in the year HERE, HERE and HERE.
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