I’ve been tagged!

Oh my gosh, Susie Bubble has given me a Rockin’ Girl Blogger badge! I’m in shock. I have to tag five other female bloggers (only five?) to receive this honour. Argh where to start? My Bookmarks list gets longer by the day and I really have no idea how some people (www.kingdomofstyle.typepad.co.uk) manage to do a post a day if not two or three. Michelle and Marie I’m taggin’ ya! Oh hang on, you’ve been tagged already? Damn, OK, I take that back…

Emma at www.alarmclockcatastrophe.blogspot.com (sorry I don’t know how to do those linky things) is a must-read for her laugh-out-loud rambling observations about fashion, life and…everything really. Emma, thanks for the laughs, I hereby tag you.

I’ve also recently discovered Style…A Work In Progress (www.styleawip.blogspot.com) which is a mine of fashion information and opinions. Style, you’re tagged.

Oh, I know, Allure (allure-allure.blogspot.com) is another recent discovery. I’m tagging her because I love her taste in both music and fashion, Morrissey’s rockin’ on her blog right now…Allure I tag you!

I can’t remember how I came across Vanity Pages (www.vanitypages.blogspot.com) but her posts totally crack me up. This lady talks a lot of sense! Vanity, you’re tagged too.

And LML at www.modernmarie.blogspot.com has the cutest ideas. Reminds me what it was like to be young…LML I’m tagging you!

Now the tagees have to tag 5 of their favourite female bloggers…

Isn’t it funny how when you look at everyone’s link there are always a few blogs you recognise? Like, you could stumble upon a blog through a random Google search (like i did when Goggling ‘Gap johpurs’) and lo, it will have one of your favourite blogs linked. I just find it weird considering how many people there must be in the blogosphere that the same fifty or so people are linked all over. As for Susie Bubble and The Sartorialist, well you could probably play Six Degrees Of Separation and keep coming back to those two.

Keep on bloggin’ y’all!

The Gap effect

OK I know I said I never shop high street but guess what? I lied. While passing Gap today I decided to have a quick nose at what was new. Firstly the new in-store photography is beautiful. Mikael Jansson has shot the likes of Amanda Harlech, Chanel Iman and Cat Deeley (she’s unrecognisable…in a good way) for the new Classic Redefined campaign. I tried to find these pictures on the internet but the Google gods were against me so I’ve snapped them with my Casio Exilim from the little magazine thingy I picked up. Say what you like about Gap but the photography is always shit hot.

All the new stuff is in now in so I had a good root round. Guess what I bought? The jodhpurs! My reasoning was that I don’t want to look like a fashion victim (snob that I am) but if I don’t get them now then if and when I do decide I want them, it’ll be too late. That’s hype for you. I thought I was above it but clearly all those ‘must-have’ pics in Grazia, Vogue etc have sucked me in.

I have to say, having tried them on they probably will be going back. They remind me of a well-loved pair of army surplus combats I had ages ago. For the first few wears they were great, then they developed saggy knees. When the bum started drooping that was the final straw. These Gap ones have no stretch, the pockets are really badly finished and the button holes are too small for the buttons (don’t you hate that?). But I love the colour (I got the green ones) and they do make a change from my Nudie jeans. Only time will tell if I’ll be wearing them at fashion week along with every other two-bit fashionista.

Update: Result! I found some pics on prettylittlepradas.blogspot.com (L-R: Coco Rocha in my jodhpurs, Cat Deeley – yes that’s her! – Amanda Harlech)

French fancies

No reason for this post other than to add to my stock of style eye candy. Rather disconcertingly they seem to be getting younger every day. I finally bought the spring/summer Self Service mag (mag? It’s more of a book now in its ridiculous hard cover format) after months of baulking at the price (“£16! I’ll buy it next week…”) and inside spotted the fabbest shoot featuring French girl band Plastiscines. Check out the video for Loser at www.plastiscines-music.com.

Style.com’s blog has a post on the new wave of cool French punk-inspired bands including Second Sex. Haven’t checked out their music yet but it transpires they’re part of a group of French bands playing at The Dirty Water Club in Tufnell Park on September 7th.I’m so there…

London loves Luella

The Luella store is now open! It opened on Monday (cor they kept that quiet) and it’s looking rather good. In my five-minute recce I spied lots of dark wood (including reclaimed floorboards from the 17th century I’m told), painted carved horses heads, the obligatory freebie stickers and badges (um, I presume they’re free, I certainly nabbed a handful) and some gorgeous Luella-tastic clothes.

My favourites: pink cashmere knits, ‘Love, love, love’ T-shirts, bib-front shirts, metallic heart purses and – of course – handbags aplenty.

The shop is next to Jo Malone on Brook Street (off New Bond Street) but you really can’t miss it, it has a giant lit-up heart in the window.