Friday, 30 April 2010

My search for the perfect Tee.

What is the correct spelling of Tee?

T?

T-shirt with an uppercase T?

Lower case t?

I'm not sure.

Anyway.

So far, there has been 120 days in 2010, and I would say that for 110 of those days, I have worn a white t-shirt.

Be it Uniqlo, Erin Wasson x RVCA, or my trusty H&M, it has been a white t-shirt that has covered my back, as well as my dignity.

I'd guess that I have somewhere in the region of at least 15 H&M plain white, combed cotton t-shirts.

I don't know what it is about them; when they are perfectly white, I think they simply look perfect.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw a psychic, who said to me, "Lauren, if you have two white t-shirts, you don't need another three."

You know it's time to stop when that kinda shit gets said to you.

It's been a bit boring of me; but I've spruced it up with a different selection of necklaces, and worn brightly coloured bras (the H&M t-shirts are particularly see-through, so I haven't kept all of my dignity)

I don't like to spend a lot of money on a t-shirt, since I made the stupid mistake of spending $90 on a Ksubi t-shirt in New York.

I wore it maybe three times, and my brother did the washing for the first time in his life, and chucked a black sock into the white wash for good measure, in turn, making my $90 t-shirt pale blue.

Now I would only even consider wearing it for bed.

Anyway.

I'm just on net-a-porter, and they have picked out what t-shirt brands they think are the best.

My mate Alexander Wang was up there, with T being featured as one of them.

What kind of world would I be living in where I could justify spending £70 on a t-shirt, or £65 on a vest.

However in my eyes, I just reckon they look boss, and I would find some kind of warped way of justifying the purchase.

When I'm rolling in it, I probably would buy one of these, however, my 2snide99 H&M t-shirts would probably just do the same job.

All psychological innit.

My mate online shopping.

Ooh, das nice.


Alexander Wang
net-a-porter

The Outnet Weekend Shop In!

theOutnet.com

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Oof Proenza.

You look like a little wasp, ready to sting my purse-strings. 

Write Up Write Up

Here's the write up to the photos below. 
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It’s a hard knock life when you’re a wannabe California kid, who is stuck in Liverpool for at least the next two years, when all you want to do is move away, open up a street-wear store, and generally get out of this working class, yet amazingly cultured city.

I first met Adam about two years ago now, through friends who work on Liverpool’s answer to Carnaby, Bold Street.

He was part of the Size? crew, a cheeky but charming 18 year-old ready to grow and learn all about the street-wear styles of Liverpool.

From Ralph Lauren Prep, he morphed into an enthusiastic yet half-arsed skater, adopting niche brands as Obey, Stussy and Supreme into his wardrobe, along with a multitude of styles of footwear.

With a taste in music to rival that of a… now let me think of a PC term for this, an intern at Roc-A-Fella, there’s no doubting that he gains inspiration from Hip-Hop and rap music.

Well I know that anyway, because I’ve seen his iTunes, and you will see the likes of Kanye West, Common and early Jay-Z, with Reasonable Doubt being his most talked about and most overplayed album of the moment.

His style still casts a vague shadow of the All American Prep, by drafting in RL Oxford shirts, but wearing them with 501s and a pair of Nike Blazers, combining skating with a heritage brand and blending it with a pair of functional pants.

He’s a smart kid, with a lot of dreams.

Studying Urban Design, he likes to think of himself as a City Boy, ready to finish his education and move onto bigger things.

Why did I choose him to document?

Well for one reason, his t-shirt collection is second to none.

In my eyes, a statement t-shirt can be the glue that holds an outfit together.

I want to see a decent t-shirt on a boy, that catches my attention and then makes me check out his shoes, then check out his face to see if he deserves eye contact.

Check out Adam’s Blog at www.returnofthemac.wordpress.com




Friday, 23 April 2010

The Boys.

I've always had a bit of a thing for menswear. 

I think it might have come from my first job in retail, when I started at Gap when I was a fancy-free 16-year-old.

I worked as part of the menswear team, do you remember when it was on Lord Street?

As I recall, I was a pretty good seller. 

This could have been because I was a young girl selling Favourite Tees to the boys of Liverpool.

I subsequently got quite a few phone numbers, mainly because of getting the ratio of professional : flirt just spot on.  

Anyway, during my interview for my placement at Ralph Lauren, I was asked what division I would prefer to work in.

Immediately I said menswear, much to the surprise of the people interviewing me. 

I gave the following response. 

Look at Topshop. 

Now look at Topman.

There is no comparison between the two. 

Topshop is a leading high street fashion retailer, and Topman is.. well, students who aren't quite sure of how to dress. 

This is why I like menswear; the options out there are limited, so boys who dress well are making the most of a small choice, and working it. 

I think it's important to do what we can for it. 

It's almost neglected in the fashion stakes.

Maybe it's too risky to go fashion-forward with menswear or something, I'm not sure. 

Anyway, my boy Tony, who I actually met at Gap, is paving his way in the Fashion Industry and asked me to do a little piece for his magazine, on what I think looks good on a boy, from a female Fashion Blogger's point of view. 

So I sorted out a shoot, and got my boy Adam to help me out. 

He is what is classed as a Bold Street Head I think, mainly because he works on Bold Street, and has that kind of vibe about him. 


Shirt, Urban Outfitter
Coat, Volcom
Hoody, Supreme
Jeans, Levi's
Shoes, Marc Jacobs for Vans. 

He also has a pretty extensive collection of t-shirts, so here's a few rushed pics I took before we had to bail because it was so cold. 


Various t-shirts
Alife
Lost Art,
Obey,
Stussy,
Supreme. 

Now how he dresses isn't the only thing that I think looks good on a boy, don't get me wrong, I love a good smart suit for the right occasion. 

But for day-to-day casual wear, I think this style is pretty sound. 

Sound in the academic sense, and also in the Scouse sense. 

I'm not sure how to conclude this post; I guess something to do with this being an example of your-not-so-typical-Liverpool boy, or what, something along those lines. 

I wouldn't mind doing more of these, what's-in-your-wardrobe kind of things, so give me a shout if you want me to do one of you.



Thursday, 22 April 2010

Music Loves You


Does anybody want to take me to Paris within the next eight days?

There's been an exhibition at Colette and I've got little over a week to make it. 



Check it here, and here, yo.


OAKNYC

Check this parka out.


Class. 

Just a shame I can't afford the 586 American Snide Price tag yo. 

Available from OAKNYC.COM


Lemon Squeezy

Easy Peasy.


Sunday, 18 April 2010

Jog on Ke$ha, Uffie is BACK.



Uffie - ADD SUV feat. Pharell [Prod. by Mirwais]byTPBSecretLeaks


P.S Check me out; first a video, now a song. I seem to be quite the technical ho today.

Found via hypebeast

Zac Posen for Target

Gia Coppola's viral for Target featuring The Like.



Note to self.. Add "Coppola" to my "Boy's List" of baby names.
P.S I'm probably never having kids by the way, so it will probably be the name of my next Dog.
P.P.S Sorry Mum. No Grandkids.

I was meant to go see my best mate in Amsterdam this weekend

Nice one Iceland





Friday, 16 April 2010

OH MY.

Perfection

imagecourtesyofolsensanonymous

Review: Nouri Fusion MultiVitamin Moisturiser

Firstly, I have to apologise for how long this has taken me to put up.

I don't know if you remember, but I mentioned that I had had a really awful breakout.

So as my skin was not looking great, I didn't want to make it flare up even more by changing my moisturiser

Having bad skin is basically the story of my life, but I have recently started using Duac every night which has really dried my skin out.

It's kind of working I suppose, but I really want to clear my skin up because I am a Bridesmaid in a wedding at the beginning of May, and I don't want to ruin the photos!

So as my skin was getting so dry, I thought I would give NouriFusion MultiVitamin Moisturiser a go, and see if that helped.

I've been using it over the past week or so, and it has really improved with the dryness of my skin.

It has Vitamins A, C and E in it, and is SPF 15; we're never too young to start wearing SPF daily!

I have been using the Normal to Dry moisturiser which is why I think I have been lucky with improving the texture of my skin.

Here is the link to the HerbaLife website, which will tell you about the other products that they have.

Happy Friday Guys!

Sex And The City 2 - EXCLUSIVE SCREENING!

I am very excited to announce that there will be an exclusive preview of the much-awaited movie, Sex And The City 2, hosted by a two of my heroines; Kirsty Doyle and Clare Rogerson.

It will take place in the Manchester Odeon, on Wednesday 26th May 2010.

There is a limited number of tickets available, each costing £45.

All proceeds will go to the Claire House appeal.



If you would like to know more about the event, email clare@avenham.com


Thursday, 15 April 2010

96

21 Years ago today, one of the worst football tragedies in history took place that resulted in 96 Liverpool Football Club fans losing their lives.

At 15:06 earlier this afternoon, I listened to Liverpool Cathedral's bells chime and played back through my head any clips or footage I've seen that were recorded on 15th April 1989. 

Even if you didn't know anybody who died that day, if you are from Liverpool, you have been affected by the Hillsborough Disaster. 

Liverpool has been through some hard times, but that is what gives our City the character and strength that it is renowned for. 

Justice is what is being asked for, by the relatives of the 94 men, women and children who died on the day, and the two other boys who died at later dates.

I'm not going to say a whole lot more on the subject; I'm no expert, I just wanted to show my respect.

I've purposely not included my signature; this post isn't about me, it's for the 96.


YNWA

Sunday, 11 April 2010

HOTZ AND NOTZ

I'd just like to start off by saying that if I ever replace an S with a Z, I'm just playin witchu.

HOTS
What'sApp
If any of you are like me, are living the dream and riding the Pay-As-You-Go wave, but still pimping an iPhone, you have to get on What'sApp.
It's class.
It's basically BBM but you can message iPhones and Blackberrys.
FOR FREE.
You can also send images and videos for free, iPhone to iPhone.
Boss.

(Sticking with technology)

Hipstamatic
Hipstamatic is a lovely little application for the iPhone which allows you to change the "film," "flash," and general colour style of your photos.
It's kind of like Poladroid, but for your phone, but is a lot cuter, and comes with a lot more options on the settings of your camera.
Kudos to Anton for introducing it to us all.

Ok so now for the more fun part.

SUMMER!
Right it's lovely to wrap up warm and sit inside with a cup of tea and the X Factor, but let's be honest, ITDOESN'TGETMUCHBETTERTHANSITTINGINTHESUN.


NOTS
University
It's my final year now, and it's not fun and games like first year was.
Dissertation, and exams are all looming.
Eek.

Hair Dye
For some bizarre reason I decided to just dye my hair black the other day.
Why?
Why did I decide to do that?
It was a bit upsettingly dark the first day, but it is gradually fading to a very dark brown.
I'm getting used to it, and hopefully it will fade some more.

Remember Me
I love Twilight as much as the next straight chick, so I really was looking forward to this film.
Don't get me wrong, Remember Me was lovely for the first 99% of it.
It's got a kind of Crazy/Beautiful vibe about it which is quite nice, I guess.
However.
I'm not going to give the ending away, but all I'm saying is that I think it's a pretty snide way to finish it.
A little disrespectful maybe, and an easy way out.
I duno, just my opinion I guess.

Sorry to end on a sad note.

Ah on the plus side, I've just got my bike pumped up and now I plan to go on bike rides galore in this delicious weather we have been having!

Summer Conundrum

Eek.

If there's one thing I'm not very good at, it's dressing for Summer.

Winter is fine, the more layers the better, there is less skin on show; it's boss.

However, the past few days have been rather glorious and it struck me that I need to start investing in some Summer-friendly garments.

I'm not really into girly dresses, short skirts, or anything under that kind of umbrella, so I am in a bit of a pickle really.

However, yesterday I bought a black vest-maxi-dress kinda thing, and I rather like it.

This is basically the outfit I had on yesterday, give or take a few details.
I'm not insane on doing full on outfit posts of myself so this will give you the gist. (Waat I never knew gist was spelt with a G)

However, I have just found the same dress in white with thin black stripes here, which I may have to invest into, because at £18, it's not a very scary price.

(Because the dress is striped, the image doesn't look too clear when it is in Polyvore, hence why I provided the link, not the piccy.)


I think I rather like these maxi dresses; my short legs to longer body ratio seems to work out well too.

(I'm 5'8, a Blogger once told me she imagined me to be a lot shorter in real life.. Make of that what you will, I thought it was quite funny.)

Plus, more Summer excitement, I've just gone on NastyGal, and boy-oh-boy am I looking forward to shredded tees, a la Camille, last year.

Amaze.

Have a lovely sunny Sunday,

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Bold Street -V- Lids

For all of you who don't know, i.e are not from Liverpool, Bold Street is in the Ropewalks area in Liverpool City Centre.

In the past it has been compared to Carnaby Street, with its offering of a broad range of clothing and footwear stores.

I don't have an Oxford Dictionary definition of what a Bold Street Head is, and I'm pretty sure it's not on Urban Dictionary, but it is probably easiest to define one from the way that they dress. 

It's pretty unfair to generalise this style, since this is not a detailed account of this certain style tribe, just some thoughts I had on the subject.  

However, regarding brands worn within this tribe, I think it is fair to say the following: 

Footwear is a big deal, with Size?, FootAsylum and Ran all being on Bold Street, so for example, think like Nike and Vans (amongst others, obv.)

Then regarding clothing, I guess American Apparel, Carharrt, Levi's, Stussy, and Supreme, (again, amongst others) could be seen. 

The skate shop, Lost Art is on Bold Street, so you often see quite a few skaters round too.

Are you having any luck visualising the kind of thing I'm talking about?

NB -  This is only going on face value, or appearance, I'm obviously not judging their personality, nor taking it into consideration, based on how they look. getme?

I scribbled down some notes the other day, in response to a status on Facebook that I had seen, which said:

"RIP American Apparel and Vans."

So this status was in response to the "Lid Culture" of Liverpool adopting these two alternative brands. 

It's kind of a natural style progression I guess from the "Fun Boy" who seemed to appear back in 2004/2005, with his brightly coloured Ralph Lauren Polos, and his (I am mortified that I am even writing the following brand on my Blog) Old Glory t-shirts, Converse All Stars, his Gap Worker Jeans, and for special occasions, i.e Sunday nights at Garlands, Rosary Beads. 

So now, these "Lids" are wearing American Apparel and Vans, and a few people have a few things to say about it, since not so long ago, these brands, (more so Vans,) would never even be considered to be worn by this kind of Scouse guy. 

Straight away though, I just thought, you Bold Street Heads have only got yourselves to blame. 

I don't mean this in a snidey way at all though; more of a compliment, but yous are the reason why these Lids are wearing these brands. 

The way I see it, is that these kids working on Bold Street influence the way that a large portion of male youths in Liverpool dress. 

If these Lids want a pair of trainers, more often than not, they are going to go to one of the afore  mentioned footwear stores. 

So, they go into these shops, and get served by these like, proper trainerheads (not just sales assistants - people who actually care about the product they sell) and almost like, get to know them, and respect them, and eventually interpret stylistic elements into their own wardrobes. 

It's like, these boys are doing something a little bit different, and Lids are looking up to them, and recognise that they are making this style work. 

It's opening up their eyes to wearing brands they had never thought about wearing, and in some cases never even heard of them.

I duno; it's just my view on it.  

Have a good Tuesday, hope you all had a nice Easter. 

P.S - Hey Mr Anonymous, no more wigga comments please; it's a bit offensive, and you'll probably just get the same response you did last time.

P.P.S - Feedback is welcome, but get a grip; if you've got nothing nice to say, why bother taking time out of your own day to type anything negative.

THIS IS ROBBED.

I'm not arsed right, freckles are boss.

Amaze.

Kudos to everythingyoulovetohate

Thursday, 1 April 2010

Roksanda Ilincic Collection for Whistles

As I mentioned last week, Roksanda Ilincic has created a second collection for Whistles.

I went to Liverpool's launch last night, and took a few photos of the new range.




The vibe I get is that there are two collections in one, if you get me. 

Two completely contrasting styles across a selection of dresses. 

You've got romantic, loose fitting dresses in bright block colours, with black detailing, but then more body-con styles with huge, heavy disc detailing across the waist and bust. 





I also took some JAK AND JIL-style photos of the Camilla Skovgaard shoes which are pretty amaze.




Girls who like to live on the edge and haven't found your races dresses yet, go and have a look; there's a rather lovely selection.

Happy Easter, bunnies.