BBC Radio Manchester’s Retail Therapy – Listen Again 31/21/11

Hello readers, and now listeners. I’ve just come off air with BBC Radio Manchester and thought that since it’s New Years Eve, you’re probably still in bed. So, you may want the opportunity to listen Retail Therapy on podcast. (Call it a late Christmas present).
I talk you through spending wisely for SS12 and in the current SALE period. Get more for your money by buying into exciting brands, from independent retailers and clothes with a  dash of Northern soul.
When shopping SS12 and the SALES in the coming months, remember to have a firm grasp on those purse strings and recall these easy to memorise bullet points:
  • SALE items are those the store needs to get rid of. Do YOU really need it?
  • A bargain is only a bargain if you would have paid full price!
  • Buy Trans-Seasonal and avoid trends to have a wardrobe fit for the entire year.
  • How can you wear AND re-wear. These pieces need to work all year round!
  • Have a story to tell, the biggest compliment is someone asking where your clothing is from, shock them and have a real reason behind your purchase!
Featured products include:
Online and in store at Origin68, (Chinese Arts Centre, Northern Quarter Manchester)
The Human Being Tee from Origin68. A northern Tee brand with a (possibly obsessive) love for Tees. Organic and ethically sourced cotton that goes the long haul and a bargain at £18.00!
Online and in store at Black White Denim, (Wilmslow)
The Collective Tee. An amazing brand for girls and boys that collaborates with a different artist each season to create something truly original. Become the Art Gallery and walk around with a Bob Carlos Clarke print from the AW11 collection or a Terry O’Neill photo from the SS12 lot.
Online and in store at Each To Their Own (Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield)
Alex Christopher, the northern Designer has a touch of Westwood about his clothes. These Chinos are perfect for the remainder of Winter and for the coming Summer months. Wear and re-wear your wardrobe this year for cost effective fashion!
Online and in store at Black White Denim (Wilmslow)
Victoria Beckham’s denim may be an expense, but it is one you won’t have to make often. Fab quality and around £130.00 in the current sales. Buy now, wear for ages!

I hope you liked the selection and I hope you’ll think twice before buying that supposed bargain when your money could be going to more exciting use!

Listen again to Retail Therapy’s NYE show, available ’til 7/1/12


Strike a pose

Well. a rather lovely thing happened today. I got a few bizarre tweets/text messages/emails/frantic answer phone messages all alluding to something concerning My face was on it.
As part of British Vogue’s Online Fashion Week, Leon Bailey-Green’s DirectorsOf.Com decided to publish their annual Online Fashion’s Top 100 list of the most influential figures in online fashion on As well as the usual list of CEOs and Journos the list would include several categories up for the public vote which including Best Dressed, for which I was nominated.
Now, I’m going to rip off the plaster… I didn’t win. Mr Daniel Richmond of Tic Watches won with 36% of the vote. Congrats to Daniel and his wardrobe!
Now. The juicy bit. I’m still on the list *pause for effect*. I’m ranked tenth on the list for my work with A) this very blog, B) and C) The Fashion Network.
I’m shocked/amazed/grateful and have butterflies in my belly. But, I must dash as I have a few people on their way over for festive drinks and I’ve yet to wrap my pigs in blankets!
I’ll leave you with the words of my mother: “I can’t believe it, I mean… It’s Kim Kardashian, Cheryl Cole, Stacey Solomon and YOU!”
Oh and congrats to the gorgeous Cillian of Male Mode, the fab Vicki Day, Mr Chris Bishop of 7thingsmedia, Clare Potts of iliketweet (the reason I started blogging), fellow northerner Nitin Passi of and all the rest of the fashpack.
You can request a copy of the list here: DirectorsOf.Com


BAGGED: A post of recent purchases

So. I’ve got a few bits and bobs to show you. I’ve been waiting to show you them for a while, so some are worn and a little grubby. But hey. This isn’t VOGUE, this is a blog!

NIKE High Tops, ASOS, £can’t remember…

LOVE these Sky Force NIKE hi-tops that I nabbed in the ASOS Sale! they’re a little small but I don’t care because I feel like I’m in Saved By The Bell 😀

This is a very special addition to my wardrobe as it is from Black White Denim and is a new Classic Cambridge Satch from the Cambridge Satchel Company. I absolutely love this. After stealing my Bosses over London Fashion Week I thought it was about time to get my own.

As seen on my VOGUE/DirectorsOf.Com Best Dressed Nomination this is a nicey from Gola and is a collaboration with Tado.

Messenger Bag, GOLA, £30.00

These were a spontaneous purchase from TOPMAN in the sale. 100% Leather and 100% Winter.

Boots, TOPMAN, £25.00 WAS £80.00

Can I take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the VOGUE/DirectorsOf.Com Best Dressed Nomination. Results in December, I’ll keep you informed!


London Fashion Week: A Snap Shot

I. Am. Exhausted. BUT I have had an amazing time. I’m so sorry I’ve neglected fR but I’ve been updating’s LFW adventure diaries, video, twitter and facebook. So, forgive me?
I will need to sleep, and see the Boyf, before I can really tell you about what has happened but here is a tiny snap shot of everything that has happened.
Registration, Exhibits, NEWGEN. Drinks on the Terrace at Tom’s Bar, Vauxhall Fashion Scout, Fashion Mode. James Hillman. (see interview here) Amazing. (front row).
Beyonce’s House of Dereon. Nightmare Queue. Celeb bomb. Chipmunk. Rachel Stevens. Paloma Faith. Rosario Dawson (who?), Rita (who, more), BEYONCE, Selfridges, Papz, MR HUDSON, YES, I had a picture with him.
After party. Redicks, see Lynda Moyo’s article. She’s my girl. Day 2 Richard Nicoll, chiffon-fabulous. Hilary Alexander (the first of many times I saw her), Henry Holland: pissed, Jonathan Saunders: kind, Jo Davies: networker and muse (and founder of who sponsored by trip, aww)
BFC VIP Lounge, helps to have connections (Thanks Nathalie), Holly Fulton (see my interview here), unbelievable – convinced BWD to stock her, Unconditional (see my interview with Designer Philip here), sexy, club kid heaven, JLS boy (who), Jodie Harsh, Pete Burns, Sarah Curran (I know, shocker. See the blog about me meeting her here)
Liberty’s (first time) fell in love. Riding House Cafe for dinner (love), met Chiara Feragni! YES, Blonde Salad, ACNE Show, unbelievable… fab shapes and textures.
Met Mary Portas, I’m such a wannabe Queen of Shops, Notting Hill drinks, met founder of Bloglovin’ AND Carolina from fashionsquad! Drinks (and nuts) in Hoxton at the Hoxton Hotel. Day 3 buying apt. at McQ by McQueen (I love buying!) fab collection, the BWD edit is (honestly) the best of it all.
Clear Agency apt, boys (and Amber) are lovely + refreshing. Harrods (first time) like a dream. Chanel exhibit, moving. £4m to put on and it ends THIS SATURDAY! May Fair Hotel, to treat boss to cupcakes and cocktails for bringing me to London. Mark Fast Show, loved the knitwear, model nearly fainted (and she was one of the +size girls!), Eliza Dolittle wore a BWD exclusive Mark Fast piece.
Met Deirdre Morrisey, BFC Warehouse Exhib, Euston 1st lounge. Blogging to you now.
I hope you understand some of that.