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!


A capsule wardrobe for London and Brighton

So. I’m off to London tomorrow and I’m stopping off in Brighton to stay with a friend. I’m popping down to London to interview the gorgeous Jess Hart about her latest Neon Hart collection for Selfridges. I’m also going to the launch of Collective, an eco/ethical premium Tee brand. Lots to blog once I’m back, but for now. Here is my VERY capsule wardrobe.

From top Left. Wranger Black Skinny Jeans for Collective Party, GAP Hoodie for Tuesday in Brighton,  Current/Elliot Jacket for whole trip, Hugo Boss Orange for whole trip, Zara Chinos for Monday in London, TOPMAN vest for Monday in London and Tuesday in Brighton, Beaded accessories for Tuesday in Brighton, TOPMAN shorts for Tuesday in Brighton, Collective Launch invitation, Boss’s Mac Book for work, Zoe Karssen Tee for Collective Party, Clarks Desert Boots for whole trip and Hayfever tablets dead centre.

Also, went to see family for Sunday dinner before my impending London trip and Gran Canaria (July 4th-12th) and got early Birthday presents! €90 and this Sheaffer pen! (excuse horrific photography, I’m in a rush!)


Easter Holiday Packing.

Well, I’m off to the south for some sun and home cooking. Wanna see inside my bag? Of course you do!
TM Lewin slim fit pale blue Shirt
ZARA Salmon Chinos
Tiffany Silver Cufflinks
Easter Sunday dinner with my family and the in laws.
TOPMAN Scoop neck tee
TOPMAN Micro Shorts
Kuychi bracelet
HandM Belt
Friday is for chilling.
Calvin Klein Shirt
TOPMAN Trousers
Dinner with friends on Saturday night
BBQ on Monday evening
Jack and Jones Jumper to pair with the above in case of cold.
Gifted to me whilst at Stitch Menswear
And everything is packed away in here, a sports bag gifted to me by the lovely people at Gola. You can see my recommendation for this bag in VIVA Magazine Winter/Spring Issue.

Happy Easter Holidays
TM Lewin and Sons Ltd.


Nicky Clarke Salon Launch, Manchester Spinningfields

Went to a launch the other night. Was a rather excellent do. Mr Clarke opened his latest (and biggest) salon to a swam of paps, WAGS and Hollyoaks stars. Bonus.

I didn’t take my own photos because I was a little too busy uber-mingling to get my SLR out. Mega fail. However, I wore John Galliano (controversial) and TOPMAN Ltd.

Cupcakes from HeyLittleCupcake, drinks from Alchemist and straighteners from NClarke. That’s how you do it baby.



Amanda Wakeley S/S’11 Manchester Preview

The Royal Exchange Theatre held a fund-raising dinner at The Midland Hotel in Manchester. Guess who the special guest was… Amanda Wakeley.

Wakeley is a long time supporter of the Arts, “we’re both in the Arts, Theatre and Fashion.” she told the bronzed crowd, and was born in Cheshire – so she’s practically Mancunian!

Amanda Wakeley (centre) and two models in her latest collection

Wakeley’s S/S’11 collection has not been seen outside London and choosing Manchester as the first non-capital to UK city to see the designs said something about the fashion kudos in the North West.

Wakeley’s designs were brought forward on BOSS Models (Manchester) models and some rookies. Wakeley told me in the Champagne reception that “some have never [modeled] before and some are old hats at it and will be showing the other ones the ropes”, she looked nervous which was surprising since the Designer and sole Brand owner has had London Fashion Week eating out of her palm for the past two seasons. 

There was a smattering of celeb, Shobna from Corrie (whose name I totally forgot but was kindly corrected via Twitter by BlackWhiteDenim), someone from Emmerdale, someone from Brookside, Peter Kay’s mate and Ted Robins. Bonus.

Emma from The Fashion Network and Me.
Emma went for 80s glam in an LBD and I opted for Colour Blocking Black Tie.
Suit and shoes, Topman Ltd
Shirt, T.M.Lewin
Cufflinks, Tiffany’s
Bow Tie and Cummerbund, Debenhams

Easily the hottest couple in the room.
Lynda, Health & Beauty Editor for Manchester, London, Leeds and Liverpool Confidential and her other half, Chris.

Jewelery was statement, including one necklace piece that consisted of one gold plate above the breast that caught the light and stunned the room.

Hair by Andrew Collinge…

Pleats were a plenty with mainly earthy and soft plum hues. Coral and Electric Blue came out on top at the end and gave a signature to the mass of the colours already filtering onto the high street.
Oh, it was nice to chat girl-clothes for once.

Oh and the raffle alone raised £15,000 with £4,000 coming from Wakeley’s bespoke gown gift and shopping experience.

See the collection here.


No Arms

I have a new habit. It is a little odd. I hope you don’t judge. I like to rip the sleeves of shirts and pretend that it was the way nature intended. I have lots of shirts. Lots. And I have got bored of them. I have been getting that numb feeling when I open my wardrobe and think, but I’m bored of ALL of you. This is certainly one way of eradicating that feeling.
It all began with a £2 purple find in the TOPMAN sale. A cropped sleeve T that I kinda like lots and that sculpts my arms into something not resembling skinny rakes. I wanted more of this..
So. I began with an old manky blue cotton shirt from Burton that I’m sure wasn’t mine to begin with. I lobbed off the arms five minutes before Jordan Steven’s birthday party and wonder-webbed the edges. Snip, snap, iron, dabb, button, done. It was an experiment but it was also a hit, as was my dancing that night.
I had the taste for it. It was like a drug, I’d found a niche, a signature. I trawled Manchester’s Northern Quarter and the vintage shops for more specimens (I know, perhaps not exactly the best way to spruce up an existing wardrobe).
During my trawl I had an argument with a guy in one shop over his inability to haggle and my sheer determination to NOT pay the full asking price for second hand merch. However, I then stumbled across a Wrangler denim shirt in a rival store. The shirt was a treasure: W pocket stitching and some really nice ceramic studs all the way down the middle. I got her down to £20 from £22.50 and then whipped out my student discount for 10% off. Not bad?
Here’s to a new relationship. Me and my arms.

Luis & Juke

Newbie undie brand Luis & Juke sent me some knickers to try on. I was rather pleased as I’ve liked their bizarre style for a while after spotting them in TOPMAN.

The brand ethos originates in 1950s retro and aspires to bring fun into the menswear market. The tight cotton boxer brief styles are in bright, loud, young colours that appeal to your typical young male and are at student friend prices from £13.00 p/pair. 


The brand have just set up their first stand-alone website and are celebrating with a cool competition, click here for deets. 

I wonder how long it’ll be before they start selling online?


Anywho, you can’t go wrong with a pair of Rockola Luis & Juke, especially for a stocking filler. Now, see me rocking these bad boys!



What’s your shoe story?

I was scanning tweet and found something interesting.

Selfridges are hosting a yummy competition which will see one lucky winner win a year’s supply of Shoes and several win a pair! I was in there (kinda forgetting that it is probably only for women…pahh!)
My shoe story is:
They said it was silly. I knew it wasn’t. They said it was just a trend. I didn’t think so. They said I could get them at Topman. I knew they weren’t the same. They were KG by Kurt Geiger and I was in love. They’ve lasted all summer and still look perfect. They agree.
What’s yours?
Click here to enter.