Monday, 25 July 2011

Will you still love me tomorrow?

Amy Winehouse (1983 - 2011) 

When I was first told about the death of Amy Winehouse I have to admit I didn't feel particularly surprised by it. I know that sounds awful and don't get me wrong, I love her music but I just felt more shocked than surprised.

I reminded myself of when I listened to Winehouse back in the days of Rehab's release. The song tirelessly blasted through every radio station. I just didn't seem to 'get it' at first. Why she's putting on that voice? Why does she have to repeat the word 'no' again and again and again? And, why is everyone loving this?!!!

But as more of her singles entered the charts, I couldn't believe what I'd been missing out on.

One of my all-time favourite songs now is 'You know I'm no good'. There's no 'personal' reason as to why I like it. I don't connect with the song in anyway. I don't tend to think 'I'm no good' either. Far from it (ha!) I just like the way in which she sings it, the lyrics and the tune. Simple, really.

Aside from her music, it was obvious she was leading a troubled life. I still quince at the thought of those  bloody-toed ballet pump images and photographs of her bruised face. Something wasn't right and over the years she began to look incredibly frail and 'not all there'.

Everyone seems to be blaming her death on her destructive relationship with Blake, (even his mother it appears) but after watching a recent biographical documentary, it is apparent that Amy has had a lot of failed relationships. Perhaps these may not have been as intense as hers and Blake's, but she's still been left heartbroken nonetheless. And it is the feelings she has felt from these relationships that inspired her songs. So, ironic as it is, if she never went through such misery she may have never made her fortune.

As you can probably guess, I've become particularly engrossed with all things Amy at the moment. Through scouring her name on the web I've come across many interesting articles of her unfortunate death. One of which has stuck in my mind is the piece written by Amy's friend Russell Brand; who sums up her addiction and ultimately, the perception of her death, pretty accurately:

 'Amy increasingly became defined by her addiction. Our media though is more interested in tragedy than talent, so the ink began to defect from praising her gift to chronicling her downfall. The destructive personal relationships, the blood-soaked ballet slippers, the aborted shows, that YouTube madness with the baby mice. In the public perception this ephemeral tittle-tattle replaced her timeless talent. This and her manner in our occasional meetings brought home to me the severity of her condition. 

Now Amy Winehouse is dead, like many others whose unnecessary deaths have been retrospectively romanticised, at 27 years old. Whether this tragedy was preventable or not is now irrelevant. It is not preventable today. We have lost a beautiful and talented woman to this disease. Not all addicts have Amy's incredible talent. Or Kurt's or Jimi's or Janis's. Some people just get the affliction. All we can do is adapt the way we view this condition, not as a crime or a romantic affectation but as a disease that will kill.' 
Russell Brand on Amy Winehouse -

Saturday, 7 May 2011

A Taste of Mustard

I absolutely LOVE Fall! Okay so I know it's pretty soon to be saying that considering it is only May but I just get SO excited at the thought of jumping out of my summer tea dresses and delving straight into my autumn/winter wardrobe. 

Ah! All that cosey clothing! 

Those cold days (and nights) in autumn/winter give me the perfect excuse to pull out my trusty fur coat, snug aran knit cardigan, thick chunky socks and gigantic wooly scarf, which wraps round and round and round my neck until I can barely see over the top of it. (Slight exaggeration there, but you get what I mean).

The only thing that slightly puts me off, a part from my bright red nose and ears on account of the chilly weather, is the often dreary colour palette of my clothes. Browns, greys, deep greens and purples... it always seems just so predictable.

So this year I am intending on injecting a flash of colour into my Fall attire.......MUSTARD! 

As spotted in numerous A/W shows this year including Fendi, Gucci and Acne, mustard certainly seems to be one of the hottest shades of the upcoming season.

I particularly like it's use within The Row's Fall collection; a tailored, belted mustard-toned coat teamed with a fur hat and crisp shirt. Perfect! (Can the Olsen's do no wrong?!)

Gucci, The Row, Acne. Fall 2011 (


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Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Royal Treats

Though I'm not a massive royalist, I am quite partial to a good wedding. The dress, the champagne, the speeches...

Surely then it is only natural that I have become massively obsessed with Kate and William's big day?! Okay, so maybe I won't be get to sip on their champers all day or hear Will's speech, but I will get to see the dress. The most important part of all!

As I eagerly anticipate what this will look like (I'm guessing a long sleeved number), I decided to distract myself even further my checking out the latest royal souvenirs on offer.

Feast your eyes on this collection:

Will Union Jack crystal nail polish & Kate sapphire crystal polish

Royal Wedding toys -

Cameo earrings -

Royal ballet pumps -

Tea towel at

Twinings tea

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Hair of the Dog

Miu Miu, Prada, Louis Vuitton and Jean Charles de Castelbajac have brought a catwalk stampede of elephants, monkeys, swans, giraffes and leopards along with them for Spring/Summer 2011.

But the animal instinct doesn't appear to stop at clothing..........I bring to you Japanese artist; Nagi Noda!

The multi-talented Noda uses mold and wire mesh to carefully create enchanting animal hair weaved sculptures on to her models.  Okay, perhaps this animal-inspired look is maybe taking things a little too far but you have to admit, it's fascinating nonetheless.

There doesn't appear to be any animal shape that Nagi Noda hasn't crafted into a beautifully obscure hat of hair.

What do you think?

Take a look. The poodle is definitely my favourite.

Nagi Noda unfortunately passed away in September 2008 but her short films, commercials and sculptural creations remain as timeless, cutting-edge works of art.

Monday, 4 April 2011

Magdalena Frackowiak: A Sugar Coated Beauty

As seen at Nina Ricci, The Row and Antonio Berardi, sherbet shades are key this Spring/Summer.  April 2011's Vogue Italia rejoices this season's sugar-coated palette through the beauty of Magdalena Frackowiak.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Blue Valentine

Unfortunately, I haven't been able to see this yet. But I can't wait to.

I like Ryan Gosling's little guitar and funny voice. Oh, and Michelle Williams' dancing.

I'm quite the fan of Michelle Williams. Though this admiration is only recent, and mainly on account of the beautiful outfits she's been rocking out in lately.

The sumptuous mix of Chloe, Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Azzaro, she's regularly spotted in, teamed with that platinum elfin crop makes her look so effortlessly, not to mention enviously, chic. PLEASE me her wardrobe!

(Images: found. Michelle Williams from top - Chanel, Vogue 2008, Chloe, Oscar de la Renta, Suno, Chanel, Chloe, Azzaro and Jason Wu)