Monthly Archives: July 2013

Zatchels Factory Visit

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On Friday I was invited down to visit the Zatchels factory, to celebrate the opening of their new factory store. The company is based right here in my home city of Leicester, where their small team of skilled leather craftspeople hand make each satchel to order. Leicester used to be one of the major hubs for clothing & accessory manufacture in the UK, but sadly these days most of those factories are now abandoned, demolished or being turned into apartments, as most of the work has gone abroad. So it makes me really happy, and a little fuzzy inside to see great local companies like Zatchels keeping it British & local too, and of course I wanted to lend my support & help them celebrate!

We were given a tour of the small factory where the bags are made, and it was so interesting to see the various processes each bag goes through before it becomes the final, finished product. Stacks upon stacks, and roll & rolls of leather are piled up in one corner, every colour & finish imaginable. My eyes had a field day taking in all of the colours & textures. These are then cut out into the individual components that make up each bag, then passed along to the machinists who skillfully turn these pieces into finished satchels. Rivets, buckles & other hardware are then added before being passed along to quality control to make sure it’s perfect. Any bags that do not make the grade are not sent out, instead they are taken to the factory shop where they are discounted upto 40% depending on severity of the fault. I have to say though, looking at the bags in the shop, I could barely notice the imperfections, often it’s a tiny scratch in the leather or a slight wobbly stitch. It’s nice to see that their standards are so high.

Along at the shop we were able to browse the huge selection of bags & treated to cupcakes, strawberries & cream and fresh lemonade & orange juice. My favourites were the metallics, the gold & deep midnight purple especially. I’m still daydreaming about how beautiful the almost blackened purple would look against my all black outfits, giving them a subtle hint of colour & a little extra dimension with the foil finish. The Hello Kitty collection also caught my eye, although I wouldn’t personally wear them (even though a little part of me really wants one!), I must admit I did squeal ‘cuuuute!’ as soon as I saw them. Any of you who’ve seen my Hyper Japan post will know I have a soft spot for anything kawaii!

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Happy 2nd Birthday Nico!

Nico Siberian Husky dog puppy 2nd Happy Birthday photos with birthday cake cupcake & candlesNico Siberian Husky dog puppy 2nd Happy Birthday photos with birthday cake cupcake & candlesNico Siberian Husky dog puppy 2nd Happy Birthday photos with birthday cake cupcake & candles

Last Friday was Nico’s 2nd birthday! I can’t believe I’ve had him for 2 years already now, it’s absolutely flown by, and yet at the same time I feel like he’s been in my life forever. He is my constant shadow, always keeping an eye on me & making me laugh every single day, I don’t feel even slightly embarrassed to say he is my very best friend.

As usual, he got spoilt rotten to celebrate. I made him some special treats, a little birthday cake (he even got sprinkles this time!), his favourite dinner (chicken, gravy & pasta) plus an extra long walk after & lots of cuddles on the sofa. It’s not weird to celebrate your dogs birthday is it?! They’re family, right? Please tell me it’s not just me…

I debated whether I should do another birthday post, or if maybe I’m becoming a bit too much of a crazy dog lady (I definitely am, and to be honest, I really don’t care!) But, I think Nico is as much a part of this blog as I am, those of you who’ve been reading for a while now have watched him grow up through his appearances in my outfit posts & I thought it would be a nice little tradition to give him a post each year to celebrate.

So, like last year, a little montage of a year of Nico from 1 – 2 years old…
 

Nico siberian husky puppy dog 1 - 2 years old

You can see his 1st Birthday & his puppy pictures – here!

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Fashion Meets Music with Zalando

Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Zalando collection draped asymmetric dress, Pier One Flat biker ankle boots, all black, fashion meets music with Zalando, goth rock, Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Zalando collection draped asymmetric dress, Pier One Flat biker ankle boots, all black, fashion meets music with Zalando, goth rock, Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Pier One Flat biker ankle boots, all black, fashion meets music with Zalando, goth rock, Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Zalando collection draped asymmetric dress, Pier One Flat biker ankle boots, all black, fashion meets music with Zalando, goth rock,Fashion blogger Stephanie of FAIIINT wearing Zalando collection draped asymmetric dress, Pier One Flat biker ankle boots, all black, fashion meets music with Zalando, goth rock,

A couple of weeks ago Zalando got in touch to ask if I’d like to take part in their ‘Fashion Meets Music’ challenge with a couple of other bloggers to celebrate festival season. You all know I am kind of music obsessed, so of course I said yes. Unfortunately I was beaten to the ‘Rock’ category by Camilla, the only one that I could realistically pull off & would usually wear. As much fun as it would have been to play dress up as a pop princess, or gone for a more hippy folk vibe, you know as well as I do that I would never have worn those items again afterwards. We ended up going with ‘Goth Rock’ instead, so that I could choose items I would normally wear. Not my favourite genre, but I think it sums up this outfit quite well.

As soon as I saw this dress I knew it was the one, I fell in love with the draped, asymmetric slice of fabric hanging from the shoulder. Underneath that it’s just a nice quality, plain shift dress, but that swathe of fabric turns it into something much more special. I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of it, perfect for those occasions when you want to make a bit of effort but still look quite casual.

I’ve been meaning to get a nice pair of flat boots for a while now, so this seemed like the perfect excuse to add a pair to my collection. These are made from a nice, thick leather, giving them a good weight. I don’t know about you, but for me boots like this need to be kinda heavy & stompy! They’re really roomy too, a godsend for someone with huge, wide feet like mine. I’ve been wearing them as much as possible to try & beat them up a bit, I always think boots look best when they’re totally battered. It feels weird wearing them when they’re so pristine!

The other girls taking part in the challenge are – Lucy (Pop), Laura (Hip Hop) & Camilla (Rock).

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Anne Sofie Madsen AW13

Anne Sofie Madsen Autumn Winter 2013 campaign shot by Jens Langkjaer Anne Sofie Madsen Autumn Winter 2013 campaign shot by Jens Langkjaer

I’ve been a fan of Anne Sofie Madsen‘s since her debut collection, mixing traditional handcraft methods & couture techniques into her ready to wear line, the result is intricately detailed, luxe pieces that you would be just as happy to hang on your wall as to wear. I love that you can see the same, strong signature being carried through in each successive collection, being refined & further developed each time. Not preoccupied with the seasons latest trends, the focus instead is on honing the brands signature aesthetic & similar themes, motifs & techniques run throughout all of her collections, giving a timeless, seasonless feel to the pieces.

The campaign images shot by Jens Langkjaer are beautiful too, perfectly complimenting the clothes, they stopped me dead in my tracks when I came across them. The subtle contrast between the way the black pieces have been shot in a graphic, sharper way & the more ethereal white pieces is perfect too, really showcasing the harmonious mixing of delicate & tough that the brand is known for.

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Sale Picks

FAIIINT Wishlist Sale Buys - ASOS, AllSaints, AF Vandevorst, Zoe Karssen, French Connection, Topshop, Selected Femme, Kiomi, & Other Stories, S.Y.L.K, Wildfox, Lost & Found

There’s nothing worse than when sale season comes around & you can’t buy anything, because you’re supposed to be saving. That doesn’t mean I’ve not been window shopping though, and I think I may be able to justify a few of the really cheap things on my list, or the staples that are at too good to pass up kind of prices.

You may remember that Topshop skater dress from a previous wishlist, I never did get around to buying it & I’m still a little obsessed with it’s minimal oriental feel. It’s now down to a tiny £15, and I think that’s justifiable, right?! The same with the ombre jeans & the bandage dress too, both were in & out of my shopping basket more times than I can count over the past month or so. I really shouldn’t, but I feel like at those prices it’d be silly not to take advantage, especially when I know how much I’d wear them.

The one thing I really wish I could justify is the A.F Vandevorst draped jacket, I’ve had my eye on it for months & now it’s at 50% off, right when I could (but really, really shouldn’t) get it. FarFetch is further taunting me by showing there are just 2 left, both in my size, and it’s taking all of my willpower to not just hit checkout. Whilst it might be something I could consider a staple, and the cost-per-wear would make it a total steal, I have to be serious & just admit somethings are more important. I’ll still keep torturing myself watching that page though, hoping that just maybe one might still be left when I can hit checkout without feeling guilty.

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