BBC Radio Manchester’s Becky Want – Listen Again 23/02/13

I popped along to Manchester Trafford Centre to talk on BBC Radio Manchester’s Saturday morning Becky Want Show to chat Manchester Retail.



The dapper Phil Trow sat in for Becky and the topic of discussion was my recent findings from the Manchester Fashion Network B2B Event, The Future of Manchester Retail.

READ THE ARTICLE ON MANCHESTER CONFIDENTIAL HERE

You can listen again to the show, I come in at around 1 hour and 20 minutes in, just after Olly Murs.

LISTEN AGAIN HERE (Available until 2/3/13)

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SS13 Look Book: Beetle Crusher

So, I’ve stepped into the directional sphere and bought myself some Creepers. They’re a little out there and the boyf calls them my lesbian shoes but I love ’em. I love them even more now because my parents told me the name they used to call them when the shoes made their début, Beetle Crushers. SUCH A COOL NAME.

This look blends my wish to be totes Blogger without looking like Susie Bubble dressed me in the dark, whilst pissed.

Enjoy…

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Jeans, ZARA
Socks, ASOS
Beetle Crushers, Underground, Office
Jewellery, TOPMAN
Sunglasses, RayBan, Selfridges

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Love the tee, who knew New York’s grid system would look so avant garde on a tee?
 
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Thumbs up or down?

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My Beetle Crushers, aren’t you well jell?

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Dublin: Guinness, Whiskey and Pie

“O’ to be sure, we had a grand time. It’s a very pretty city,” is the only thing I can say in a convincing Irish accent. BUT I CAN SAY IT IN AN IRISH ACCENT NONETHELESS. 

We did have a grand time, the city is indeed very pretty and since every American seems to think they are actually Irish, I wouldn’t mind being Irish either!

We spent four days soaking up the alcohol, pie and sights of Dublin, visited the Guinness Storehouse, the Old Jameson Whiskey Distillery, Kilmainham Jail, the Brazen Head (the oldest pub in Dublin) for story telling, the Post Office on O’Connel Street where the 1916 Easter Rising took place, The National Museum of Natural History and a lot of bars (seriously, a lot).

Here’s my jaunt in snaps.


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In flight magazine…
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Pint #1
 
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Kilmainham Jail
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Grace Plunkett’s cell at Kilmainham Jail

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Mother didn’t approve of the open-top tourist bus.

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Nor did she like the large glasses…
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SS13 Look Book: Boy Scout

When you reach your early twenties, something strange happens and you start dressing like you’re sixteen. Well, I seem to.
When I was actually sixteen, I was too busy buying fake ID and trying to look old enough to get into bars to even think about back-packs and hi-tops. Allow me to indulge me misspent yoof.
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Quilted Hoodie, Tokyo Tigers, Oska Menswear
Tee, TOPMAN
Necklace, TOPMAN
Jeans, Zara
Hi-Tops, Nike
Bag, ASOS
Badges, lord knows, found ’em in my knicker draw. 
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I actually bought this necklace as part of a Secret Santa present for a work colleague but loved it so much I got myself one to. It’s just pretty brilliant. Nice under a collar on a shirt, cool with tees and not too OTT. Prefect.
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SS13 Look Book: Smart Minimalism

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Thought I’d go all easy peasy and scrap the lashings of TOPMAN metal in favour of a paired down approach. 

What we have here is my best attempt at looking intentionally under-accessorised. Obviously, I had to make a statement with the footwear to compensate.

I like that the look is a little grungy in its palette and footwear but still suitable suited and smart looking.

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I adore the colour of this suit, a warm sticky red wine sauce colour that was as perfect at Christmas time as it will be on a summer’s eve.

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Suit, Primark, Exclusive to Selfridges Manchester Trafford
Shirt, ZARA 
Boots, Dr Martens


I wear it with an ashy grey shirt to keep the tones distinct but equally murky and earthy. This is also a really comfy shirt because its so stretchy!

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I quite like the effect of the stompy Dr Martens boots with the smart suit, I’m not entirely convinced the trousers are skinny enough to cope but I like the experiment.

What dya think? @jordanjmcdowell

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Tim Walker Story Teller: A post of pictures

I got some wonderful gifts from my loved ones this Christmas and I hope to share some of them with you on this here blog. First up is a gorgeous picture book from fashion photographer Tim Walker. 

Allow Story Teller to pull you down the rabbit hole….

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The gorgeous print across the hardback cover is a signal of what to expect within.

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A gorgeous image taken in the Natural History Museum in New York that I think I remember seeing in British Vogue.

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Howick Hall, Northumberland.

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A fun image of American Vogue’s Grace Coddington.

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I adore the snippets from Walker’s jotter that are included in this book, they give that little insight you so often crave when stood in a gallery wondering “why?”

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Helena Bonham Carter.

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