Get your bling on at Cocosa (and check me out while you’re at it)

Attention attention! I’ve been asked to be a guest editor of Cocosa for a month starting tomorrow. Don’t know what Cocosa is? Let me enlighten you. It’s one of the better members-only* flash sale sites that have sprung up in the last few years, selling keenly-priced stock from upper-end labels. I’m particularly excited as it’s kicking off with a sale from one of favourite jewellery designers, Mawi.

On the whole, my jewellery taste veers towards whimsical charms on chains and watches of every description, but when it comes to Mawi, I make an exception. Designer Mawi (pronounced ‘Moy’) Keivom has a distinctive luxe, statementy style that I love. Her deco-inspired jewels are usually big, weighty and perfect for throwing over simple pieces to enliven them. From the Cocosa sale which starts tomorrow, I have my eye on the panther-head pieces which are crying out to be worn with an emerald vintage YSL silk blouse (alas no, I don’t have one of those). Warning: The sale starts at 12pm sharp (UK time) – don’t hang around.

You can also read all about me when the page goes live. Lucky you! In the meantime, check out my blog buddy, Natalie from Canned Fashion‘s Cocosa style profile.

*Not a member of Cocosa? Sign up here using the invite code ‘disneyrollergirl’.


On brands, video blogging and he-tail

Last Wednesday I was very lucky to be invited to a super-special event organised by Arcadia. The company that owns Burton, Topman, Topshop, Dorothy Perkins, Evans, Miss Sefridge and Wallis hosted a dinner to bring together fashion bloggers, online fashion press and print media to show that all are equally important when it comes to working with its brands.

What an inspired initiative and I think everyone got something out of it, whether it was just putting faces to names of fellow bloggers (hello 00o00), engaging with press and Arcadia PRs, or understanding each other’s media. I also loved that we were gifted with Flip cameras, a great way of highlighting the fact that with blogging and social media, video (I’m sorry, I refuse to say ‘vlogging’) is the next stage in the journey. And there were tech support peeps from Flip on hand to show us how to edit and upload the videos. (Yes, it may be simple but it’s still helpful to have a demo.) Other PRs please note, bloggers love having tech experts at blog events!

Aside from hearing some top-secret Arcadia plans involving hi-tech consumer interaction, I also learnt that the UK menswear blog sector is booming. We all know Style Salvage but there are lots of other good menswear blogs and male bloggers emerging. Just in time for the menswear retail (he-tail?) revolution – welcome, from the Netaporter stable

Beautiful boys

There was a time in the eighties when girls really, properly fancied boys in make-up. Boy George, Adam Ant, Nick Rhodes (guilty!) and OMG, David Sylvian (above) were the gods of male beauty. I loved Japan both for their music and for their style and beauty. Drummer Steve Jansen was also an avid photographer and sells some of his beautiful photos of Japan on his website. To raise money for his friend and former bandmate Mick Karn who is undergoing cancer treatment, Jansen is donating funds from some of the sales of his work. More info at