Monday, 24 June 2013


Acrylic and pearls mermaid necklace, imyourpresent

Nope custom knitted hat, A. Darling Knits
Get your shit together vintage shirt, THRiFTBRiNGER
Ghost World brooch, nastynasty
Mermaid skirt, Caitlin Shearer
Purple Swamp hand printed stockings, Strathcona Stockings
80s metallic gold jacket, Hooked On Honey
Katie portrait plate, BeatUpCreations
Les Frites bustier, showboatClothing
French crown, NeverNeverTraders

Saturday, 22 June 2013

IN LOVE WITH...Helen Melonlady

So, as mentioned in a previous post one of my current obsessions is Helen Melonlady and her YouTube channel. If you're thinking of colouring your hair pastel shades, she has the best technique in the world. If you're feeling glum, she will make you feel better. She's basically the best. Even the most cynical of you should subscribe to her channel, watch her videos, and let the enjoyment commence...

Thursday, 13 June 2013

STORE PROFILE: Hope & Harlequin, plus Anami and Janine

Image couresty of Google

The Brighton laines are great for clothes shopping, as we know. There are the regular favourites that cry out for our attention...and some more reserved little boutiques that are easily looked past but still very much worth visiting. One of the quieter ones is Hope & Harlequin, situated down Sydney Street on the North laines. 

It' s a smallish shop, but the collection they stock is so beautifully curated that it feels like a massive dream wardrobe. Concessions such as Anami and Janine (more about them below) sit next to vintage designer pieces, re-worked vintage, wedding dresses, accessories and some home-ware (though I failed to notice any home-ware due to my being in ore of a certain dress). Every garment I saw was a dream come true, from amazing 70's silk kaftans and beautiful chiffon dresses to super bright pops of colour in 60's vintage glasses. I just loved it in there. It wasn't your dirty dig for gold style vintage warehouse, but a carefully constructed paradise. 

All images property of Hope and Harlequin, background image Mendocino at FreeSpirit Fabric

The website (link above) only sells a fraction of what is in the shop, so if you're in Brighton, I would definitely recommend going in and having a look. It feels like what I imagine a super chic dress up box/classy 60s boutique to be like. They do have a section of 'sold items' on the website so you can have a look at the type of thing they sell and feel jealous - I've collected together my favourite bits above. These range from a 50's handbag and an embroidered vintage shawl to 70's platforms and a painted 1930's clutch bag. All good.

I was actually first attracted to this store by the dress in the window. The most beautiful and amazing dress in the whole world (below, RRP. £96.00). It's new but inspired by vintage shapes, with mermaids all over it swimming around little starfish and I just want it SO much. But times are hard, must be sensible blah blah. If I faked a wedding and had it as my wedding dress, would that justify me buying it? I'm obsessed with mermaids as it is, but when someone puts them all over an amazing dress, it's a winner.

I did a bit of research and discovered that said dress is actually by design duo Anami and Janine (which I would also highly recommend you take a look at). They sell on Etsy, as well as their own website, which is great if you want to shop online. All their items are handmade using similar fabrics to the mermaid one, on dresses/shirts/kaftans. You should check out the Laksmi Goddess Print Dress while your at it - realllyyy cool. They're collections include 'Grecian Goddess S/S 2012' and 'Harlequins in Wonderland'. These girls are awesome. 

So yep, for now I will just lust from afar at mermaid dress, and if I feel in high enough spirits I might do a special post dedicated to cool mermaid stuff I've found. I actually really want a mermaid tattoo, that's dedication. Ohh and, the pretty fabric used as background in the above images is by a designer called Medocini, and can be bought at the FreeSpirit fabric website. The fabrics are also all mermaid, fish, underwater themed (it's having a definite moment). 

Hope and Harlequin's Facebook page: 
Anami and Janine's facebook page:

Sunday, 9 June 2013


I met the beautiful Marie last weekend, she was wearing a coordinated floral two piece from H&M teamed with fluffy oversized jumper and of the moment chunky gold chain. As mentioned in a previous post, I was dubious about the coord trend at first, but Marie's way of styling it was perfect. The mohair look jumper nodded towards grunge whilst her chain and pastel hair (surely two of the strongest trends of the moment), kept the look fashion forward and chic. Perfect!

Image: Camilla Gilbey, all rights reseserved