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Buy it now: The Very Exclusive sale*

Peter Jensen Peanuts Sweatshirt Very Exclusive

If you’re not familiar with Very Exclusive, let me enlighten you. It’s a new e-commerce site that’s positioned at a contemporary price point, selling fashion and beauty brands including Carven, Joseph, Equipment and By Terry. The buy is a good mix of work-appropriate classics and more fun, fashion-forward pieces. But here’s the interesting bit: it has a unique ‘take three’ service that lets you pay in three installments, interest-free.

I’ve been watching the site grow since its launch early this year. I like the side-by-side fashion and beauty mix and am a little bit obsessed with the Maria Black jewellery. In fact, the accessory buy is great if you like to update with smaller, entry-point treats as they become even more affordable when you split the cost over three months.

But better than that is… the Very Exclusive sale! I’m a strategic sale shopper so I’ve been rooting through for Equipment shirts and everyday jewellery, but there are lots of colourful, playful pieces in the mix as well (hello Red Valentino collar). If you like Marc By Marc Jacobs, now is the time to snap it up before it gets ‘folded’ into the Marc Jacobs line (there’s a ton to choose from), but the Peter Jensen sweats, Carven bags and Joseph separates are also well worth snapping up. P.S. there’s up to 60% off now too.

Here’s some shopping inspiration to get you started…

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

*THIS POST IS PRODUCED IN PARTNERSHIP WITH VERY EXCLUSIVE*

Perfect pairing: RE/DONE jeans + modified Margiela

Re/Done jeans Martin Margiela jumper

My best ever denim discovery was the in-house hem shortening service at the Levi’s flagship store. My second best could well be RE/DONE, the L.A denim brand that does the modifying for you.

I’m old enough to have a deep connection to Levi’s 501s, the iconic jean that hooked me in the 80s, hung on in the 90s, slightly lost us in the 00s and is back and thriving in 2015. But while the market for new or new-old is healthy, it seems there’s still a hunger for genuine, aged, lived-in Levi’s jeans, which is where RE/DONE comes in.

Founders Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur handpick the jeans from their secret suppliers, then with the expertise of their tailor, unpick the seams and restitch them into modern, more flattering cuts. It’s a labour intensive process and so a costly one, but it’s for a specific, discerning customer who wants her jeans to fit just so. In the UK, Selfridges has a selection and as you can see, the modified cut is pretty spot on. You can go for a slouchy boyfriend fit or a slimmer cigarette, or you can try the new-for-summer shorts versions (I love the loose knee-length shorts, but would rather they weren’t quite so distressed).

And to go with the RE/DONEs? I have just the thing. I’m the lucky recipient of Mr DRG’s favourite old Margiela sweater, the one that he recently grew out of, so shrunk in the wash especially for me. The resultant boiled wool effect makes it thicker and cosier, plus – bonus eco points – the leather elbow patches were added by his local dry cleaner, who upcycled them from an unloved Calvin Klein coat. It all chimes nicely with the eco-aware credentials of both Margiela and RE/DONE. Gotta love a happy accident…

ReDone jeans vintage Levi's modified with a contemporary fit
ReDone jeans and customised Martin Margiela jumper
ReDone jeans - vintage 501s modified with an updated cut

Shop RE/DONE at Selfridges here or shop the post below…

WORDS AND IMAGES: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

Troi Ollivierre lipsticks are here!

Troi Ollivierre

Thank you Jane from British Beauty Blogger for the scoop on Troi Ollivierre. The J Crew make-up artist brought out his own line of lippies last year, but they’ve been rather elusive in the UK. But now they’re available online. There are six dense matte shades, all named after boys. George, a flame red is calling my name (not that I need any more orange-red lipsticks)…

Jane has all the info here.

WORDS: Navaz Batliwalla/Disneyrollergirl

What’s the big deal with Zoeva make-up brushes?

best makeup brushes from Zoeva

You can see why bloggers are the beauty industry’s best friends. More than magazines or celebs they have a very subtle knack of making you think you need things you’d never even thought about before. Brushes, for example. I never considered makeup brushes a thing until I started watching beauty vlogs and then suddenly, I felt I needed to know the ins and outs of buffer brushes, contour brushes and those funny flat fan-shaped, um, fan brushes.

Zoeva can testify to the huge growth of brush fetishes. This Germany-based brand launched in 2008 and has built quite an army of loyal followers, thanks to its well-priced tools and focus on customer service. (more…)