INSTAGRAM DIARIES #1

Sunday, 29 July 2012



This week, I finally signed up to Instagram. I'm a little bit addicted. Here's what I got up to in the last few days...


Top row L-R: Don't be Jeal Be Reem babygrow in Essex, me having just met Lydia from TOWIE and bought cake pops from her shop in Loughton, the biggest and best service station EVER.
Middle row L-R: Me dressed as a sailor for a party on Saturday, my Zoe & Morgan Love ring, on the road.
Bottom row L-R: My new Isabel Marant Bobby sneakers, new Céline tee, my heatwave solution: San Pellegrino Limonata.


Follow me on Instagram: natalie_hughes

CONFESSIONS OF A MARANTAHOLIC

Saturday, 28 July 2012















My name is Natalie and I am a Marantaholic. My latest obsession? The Isabel Marant Bobby sneakers. I'd always preferred the Willows/Bekkets over the Bettys/Bobbys but out of nowhere, I started pining for them. I've already worn my Willows to death and desperately wanted a black pair of Marant sneakers for autumn/winter. The Bobbys seemed the practical choice - they're a little wider than the Willows and the wedge is a bit smaller, plus I wear black A LOT. OK, there are my lame justifications out of the way...


Anyway, all you need to know is that I wandered into Start London in Shoreditch on my lunch break, my attention captured by the Marant cork wedges (which were down to an incredible £115 if you're around the area). Alas, cankles + flatforms are not a match made in heaven. And then I saw BOBBY. We've been together ever since. This was the last pair of black Bobbys in FR39 in the store, but I think NET-A-PORTER are getting these in, so stay tuned. Oh, and Start had a few pairs of the tan Bobbys in.


Turns out my Marant addiction is nothing compared to that of a woman who stopped me on Great Titchfield Street a couple of days ago, desperate to get her hands on Bobby too. She's on her FOURTEENTH pair of Marant sneakers...

BLAST FROM THE PAST

Friday, 27 July 2012



Me and my little brother back in the day from his blog. Red suit, matching ribbon, white knee high socks and black Mary Janes... I would totally wear this outfit now.

GET 'EM WHILE THEY'RE HOT

Wednesday, 25 July 2012



THEY'RE HERE. Isabel Marant's Bazil sneakers in black. I can't even breathe.


Snap them up at NET-A-PORTER right here.

CANNED FASHION ON FACEBOOK

Saturday, 21 July 2012



Yes, that's right, I'm a bit late to the party but I have created a Facebook page for Canned Fashion. I should be ashamed of myself - I did work in social media for two years...


Anyway, we (and by 'we' I mean just me) would be ECSTATIC if you'd like Canned Fashion on Facebook.


While we're feeling social, why not add me on Twitter and Pinterest, too?

FRIDAY ASOS HAUL

Friday, 20 July 2012






Nothing like an ASOS haul to kick off the weekend. Here's what's winging its way to me...


1. Tartan peplum skirt
I saw this on Carolina and had to have it. Imagine this with a black poloneck, woolly tights and Ferragamo flats in the winter. Yum.


2. Oversized denim jacket
Maybe it's the effects of working in Shoreditch more, but I've been hankering for a slouchy denim jacket. This is The One.


3. Cheap Monday Second Skin jeans
I need a new pair of perfect black, high-waisted jeans. What sold me on these babies was this video with Nasty Gal. Love that model and those jeans on her. Now I've got the jeans all I need to do is have a leg transplant...


Happy weekend! Tonight I'm hibernating before trying to fit in THREE friend's birthday parties tomorrow night. Wish me luck!

PUPPY LOVE

Wednesday, 18 July 2012



These trousers are the cats pyjamas. Or rather the dog's trousers. That's right, they have BULLDOGS all over them. Which seemed perfect for me seeing as I am doing freelance work for PetsPyjamas. Thank you Zara. Also, look at my new fringe! In the end, I wound up going to Radio Salon in Shoreditch, where the handsome and skillful Konstantinos befringed me.





My ever-faithful Chanel flats. These were a 'sorry for cheating' present from my ex-boyfriend. Is it wrong I'm kinda glad he cheated? Don't answer that.





I borrowed my friend Astrid's glorious green PS1 for the purpose of this photograph. She's just returned from a long stint in New York working for Lanvin, and I'm so happy to be reunited with her very stylish self.





This is how much I love it.





Our little PS1 family.


Wearing: Zara trousers (available here), Zara top, Chanel flats and Proenza Schouler PS1 (other colours available here), Hermes cuff, Michael Kors watch (available here) and my favourite new lipsticks, YSL Rouge Pur Couture in Le Orange (available here) - but more on that later.


Photos by Coco Minnie, who has amazing style and who I'm in the process of persuading to blog her sartorial adventures. Watch this space.

HEART ON MY SLEEVE

Tuesday, 17 July 2012






Loving all things Comme des Garcons Play at the moment, so when I happened upon this little guy on eBay, I couldn't have been more pleased. I'll be pinning him to Breton t-shirts all summer long.

COME TO MAMA

Monday, 16 July 2012



Look at my latest Etsy win! I'm not sure if it's authentic but it was a decent price and it's pretty old, so I figured it doesn't really matter. Cannot WAIT until it arrives. I plan to wear it with my pink shorts suit and a ponytail. YESSS. I've found some real treasures on Etsy over the years, including a pair of bright pink Versace trousers from the '90s, a Proenza-esque neon yellow jacket, Anita Ko-style handmade stud earrings, vintage Jaeger polka dot palazzo pants and a Marant-alike red track t-shirt. I thought I'd share some of my current likes, as well as my massive Etsy regrets. Enjoy!





1. The Ultimate Etsy Regret. The Chanel blouse that Carrie Bradshaw wore in the SATC episode with the comic book shop owner - REMEMBER?! I actually saw it was on reserve, bought it, and then got a telling off from the Etsy seller who said it was already gone. DISASTER. It still hurts now.





2. Love this '60s mini dress, especially the cut-out waist. It's available here.





3. The perfect pink bomber jacket! Love this little guy and would snap him up myself if I could.





4. This is my second biggest Etsy shopping regret. A vintage patchwork fur that reminded me of the Marant from a few seasons ago. It was only about £80 and looks like it's in fantastic condition. Sigh.





5. I'm a sucker for anything personalised, and this little ring is no exception. Etsy is a treasure trove for handmade jewellery, especially those teeny weeny earrings and super-fine rings and chains that I can never seem to find elsewhere.





6. An insanely cool Chanel sweater and sadly already sold. Why did I hesitate?! WHY?!





7. I love the weird artifacts you can find, like this knee tickler. Yes, that's right.





8. I didn't buy this maxi dress and it's probably for the best. I've got a few crazy maxi dresses and jumpsuits that I have bought with the vision of wearing with a turban for 'soirees'. Turns out I don't go to that many soirees. It's a bitchin' dress though.


P.s. I'm thrilled to have been shortlisted in the Established Fashion Blog category in the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards! Your vote would be gratefully received. If you wanna help a gal out, please vote here. And while you're at it, please vote for my lovely friend and fellow blogger Anna and South Molton Street Style.



TRIPLE THREAT

Thursday, 12 July 2012






I'm thoroughly enjoying these triple gold rings from ASOS, a recent purchase and a cheap and cheerful alternative to those Maison Martin Margiela winners.


Wearing them with La Mer watch, homemade friendship bracelet, Topshop bracelet and Butter London neon pink nail polish.

PINSPIRATION

Wednesday, 11 July 2012
My name is Natalie and I am a Pinaholic. Here are a few of latest Pinterest favourites...






If you like pink coats, girls in cat eye glasses, children dressed as Birkins and Japanese toys, you can follow my compulsive pinning on a daily (hourly) basis here.

PUGS WEARING HATS

Tuesday, 10 July 2012


















This post does exactly what it says on the tin. Pugs wearing hats. PUGS. Wearing. Hats. You guys! PUGS. IN HATS! I liked them so much I felt compelled to draw them, frozen in some kind of pug-induced reverie.


Hats handmade by Sweethoots over at Etsy and illustrations by me.


Pugalicious.

ALL ABOARD THE FRIEND SHIP

Monday, 9 July 2012












As I blogged a couple of months ago, my darling little brother is in Kenya. I miss him terribly but he will be coming home in a matter of weeks! Waiting for him will be one of these personalised friendship bracelets - his initials for me, and my initials for him.


Come home Chris!


(Bracelets from Friendly Bracelets - design your very own here.)

RED DRESS + RED SOLES

Saturday, 7 July 2012







This is what I wore to my grandparents' diamond wedding anniversary party last weekend. I bought these leopard Louboutins from NET-A-PORTER as a present to myself when I got my first freelance job but haven't got around to blogging them until now. They looked a sorry state when I came home from trampling around in the soaking wet grass - one of the heels had not just come off but slid UP THE HEEL. My cobbler sorted them right out though, phew!


In love with this dress - it's so perfect for events like this, but I have even worn it in the day with ankle boots and a leopard print coat.


Wearing: Tegan dress, Christian Louboutin Piou Piou pumps and Michael Kors watch.

LOVE WANT NEED: TO DYE FOR

Thursday, 5 July 2012



I'm obsessed with Proenza Schouler in general but particularly the Shibori/tie-dye t-shirts they bring out every season. I've got one already (blogged here) and, budget allowing, would love a whole collection of them. Alas. I did however find this purple guy in the sale, which I worked out costs about £150ish included shipping to the UK which is hands down the best price I've found. Plus it's available in all sizes... I feel like I've stumbled upon a secret, and, truth be told, am only sharing it as some kind twisted shopping therapy to try and curb my own retail habits. I figure that if I can't have it, at least I can shop vicariously through you, right?

Shop this bad boy here before everyone else does.