I woke up this morning to tweets telling me I am on The Sartorialist - best consolation ever when you wake up at 6.30am! Scott shot this outside Marni at MFW. I'm thrilled to be on there, and even more thrilled it's the second time! Right, shameless boast over.
Hello! Anyone there? Long time no blog. I blame fashion month and then being unwell for an entire fortnight. Anyway, I miss you. There, I said it. Forgive me?
Here are a couple of long overdue fashion week photos snapped in New York by gorgeous Tamu from All the Pretty Birds (who, by the end of the month had unwittingly convinced me that I HAD TO HAVE those Prada Mary Jane knee high boots) and Tommy Ton for Style.com respectively. This is the skirt I posted back in June, handcrafted by Yallah who sells her wares every weekend at Portobello market. Everyone loved this bad boy, not least of all Solange Knowles, who snapped a picture of it on her camera!
I wore it with one of my trusty white shirt - a fashion week suitcase essential - and a little embroidered bag I picked up at a market in Thailand.
I don't know about you, but I'm over summer, the little London saw of it. I want to wear all my big, chunky knits NOW. As if I wasn't already in a wintry mood, seeing Urban Outfitters' new autumn/winter collection definitely sent me over the edge. Navajo knits, grunge-y midi lengths (perfect for layering) and boots! Oh, the boots.
Above are a few of the fruits of my haul (thank you, Urban!). My new find is Vaudeville & Burlesque, a label exclusive to UO offering lots of pretty little dresses (the perfect 'gig dresses' as I like to call them) and cute blouses. I picked up this midi dress - perfect with tough accessories and lots of gold jewellery. The satchel is UO own label - I'm loving a cross-body strap at the moment. And my personal favorite, The Perfect Boots by Deena and Ozzy. I literally haven't taken them off. I also picked up an AMAZING leather pencil skirt - to be blogged.
(Wearing: Vaudeville & Burlesque dress from Urban Outfitters, Deena & Ozzy boots from Urban Outfitters, Urban Outfitters bag, Laura Lee signet ring, Zoe & Morgan 'Love' ring, Michael by Michael Kors watch, H&M heart necklace and Topshop lipstick.)
Here are my favourite looks from the lookbook - obsessed with preppy little shirts and beanie hats for winter. Be still my beating heart...
Oh, and whilst I don't usually blog about men's fashion, I couldn't NOT include this sexy beardy man. Is he a babe or what? I am powerless to a man in desert boots.
Proenza Schouler and pearls = as good a pairing as Harry and Sally, Simon and Garfunkel, and - a recent discovery - feta cheese and peas (on toast - try it RIGHT NOW). I have a bit of a weakness for Proenza, especially the SS11 collection - I picked up the T-shirt a couple of months back and the skirt on sale. I told myself that would be it but that was before I laid eyes on the Autumn/Winter collection. I solemnly swear to eat beans on toast for an entire month so I can lay my clammy little hands on THOSE chunky sweaters. Mmmmm.
(Wearing: Proenza Schouler skirt and T-shirt, Isabel Marant jacket and Topshop heels)
OK, so picture the scene. It's late on a Saturday afternoon and I'm wandering through Portobello as the stalls close up for business with my friend Trish. Suddenly, out of the corner of my eye I spot a flash of neon (you KNOW how much I like neon). The stall before me is filled with NEON Mexican-style skirts, bags and other such treasures. I nearly died. Not actually. But if I had at least the last thing I would have seen would have been Yallah's B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. creations. So that's her name - Yallah - I got talking to her, clutching many a skirt and oohing and aahing before sadly relinquishing all items (it was the end of my Portobello haul - no cash left). Each and every piece is handmade by her, using vintage fabric. Sigh.
I vowed that next pay day weekend I would take a trip to Yallah's magical stall and get myself one of her dreamy skirts. And so that's what I did. I like to wear my new Skirt of Joy with a vintage yellow jacket I picked up from a local charity shop and bright pink lipstick.
Yallah doesn't have a website, nor a bricks and mortar shop but you can visit her at Portobello market every Friday and Saturday - near the Ladbroke Grove entrance. If you get lost, ask around - the other stallholders will be able to direct you. Or simply look for the neon Mexican skirts. Oh, and say I sent you there (perhaps next time I'll get a discount, wink wink).
If you haven't guessed by now, I love lime and green. Individually but even moreso together. I picked up this skirt from a vintage shop in Paris for €5. Yes, €5! I think it looks rather Erdem-esque. I could live in Equipment shirts. And Meredith Wendell - don't even get me started on Meredith Wendell. I want EVERY SINGLE BAG THEY HAVE EVER MADE.
Oh, and this marks the last in my posts from Vanessa Jackman's photo set for Grazia.it.
(Wearing: Equipment shirt and Meredith Wendell bag from NET-A-PORTER, vintage skirt and Christian Louboutin shoes.)
Ah, Ben Kweller. Whatever happened to Ben Keller? Anyway, when Vanessa Jackman came to chez Natalie to shoot me for Grazia.it, she also took some photos of bits and bobs around my flat. Here are the fruits of her, erm, lens. And before you ask, YES, the phone actually works.
(Wearing: Proenza Schouler top and Etoile Isabel Marant trousers from NET-A-PORTER, Hermes cuff and Gogo Philip bracelet.)
Like many others, the Jil Sander SS11 show sent shivers down my spine - and my legs who, there and then, demanded to be clothed in the hot pink trousers immediately. Sadly, the trews in question sold out in a New York minute so I looked for an alternative and happily found one in the form of these vintage Versace bad boys from Etsy.
I'd also like to introduce you to my other recent purchase, the Jil Sander market bag. It's forced me to turn over a new leaf with regards to the contents of my bag. Usually I carry around the kitchen sink, various receipts and other such flotsam and jetsam. Now that they are on display, I have invested in two neon wallets. Nothing like bag feng shui.
So there I am, fully embracing JS SS11. Including the bun.
(Wearing: Splendid T-shirt, Jil Sander bag and Jimmy Choo shoes from NET-A-PORTER plus vintage Versace trousers.)
I was lucky enough to be chosen as one of Vanessa Jackman's 'Girls Next Door' for Grazia.it. Which not only meant dressing up for a whole day, it meant hanging out with the wonderful Vanessa - a rare treat as usually we're whizzing past each other at fashion weeks.
I've decided to segment Vanessa's photos into posts by outfit, so here's the first set. I wore: Proenza Schouler top, Alexander Wang shoes and Miu Miu bag all from NET-A-PORTER (where I work, if you didn't know already) plus vintage skirt and homemade pom pom necklace.
A few weeks ago the lovely folks at Mister Spex UK asked me to take part in their Bloggers say: wear sunglasses campaign, asking me for my sunglass predictions for the season. Having been a loyal cat eye wearer for years, it was pretty obvious what I'd pick - and sure enough I haven't been able to tear myself away from my new Tom Ford Astrids since they landed on my doormat. They're a little a bit old Hollywood, part-fifties prep, part-eighties villain. I think Alexis Carrington would totally approve. This jazzy little blouse with power shoulder pads (which, by the way, was one of my most bargainous finds so far - about 40p from a recent trip to Thailand) seemed like the perfect accompaniment, as did the sideswept hair, enormous earrings and new Laura Lee signet ring (pictured below) - a present from my bf and my favorite new piece of jewellery.
(Wearing: Tom Ford Astrid sunglasses from Mister Spex UK, vintage blouse, Adam skirt - a recent charity shop find, Marks & Spencer heels, Laura Lee signet ring, old earrings.)