Thursday, 31 October 2013

Today's Soundtrack: Rob Zombie – Living Dead Girl

What else could I possibly choose as today's soundtrack but Living Dead Girl by the one and only Rob Zombie! I saw him with Marilyn Manson at the O2 last year, but unfortunately due to my hectic schedule at the time, a review never made it to the blog. Marilyn Manson was actually a little disappointing for me. A smaller gig would have worked so much better as it just seemed a bit contrived in such a huge venue.

Rob Zombie however was incredible! Anyone who has ever seen him live will know what I mean when I say he puts on one hell of a show – the kind that actually works in a venue like the O2, which let's face it, for rock music, is totally lacking in soul. I thought Alice Cooper was theatrical but this man takes it to a whole new level...

Happy Halloween!


Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Top 5 Halloween treats!

Inspired by the Charlotte Olympia Halloween collection that I featured last week, I thought I'd put together a Halloween themed Top 5 featuring her beautiful bat print shoes. If you aren't one for a ridiculous head-to-toe Halloween costume (don't knock it 'til you've tried it...), you can still get into the festive spirit with some fabulous spider web lashes by Paperself or this stunning orange take on the classic Alexander McQueen skull scarf.

MAC even have a Halloween makeup collection by legendary special effects artist Rick Baker, featuring items such as this acrylic paint that lasts for 12 hours. Perfect for so many Halloween looks!

1. Alexander McQueen skull print scarf, £165
2. Paperself small spider lashes, £10
3. Charlotte Olympia desiree bat-print suede pumps, £545
4. Chanel Ombre Essentielle soft touch eyeshadow in Black Star, £23
5. Mac Acrylic Paint in basic red, £16

Bride makeup look by Rick Baker for MAC


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Today's Soundtrack: Silverstein – A Better Place

Today's soundtrack is A Better Place by Silverstein. The official video was released last week and it is the fifth track on their seventh studio album, This Is How The Wind Shifts.

The album was released in February and I thoroughly recommend getting your hands on a copy if you haven't already. Make sure you get the Australian or iTunes edition which has three bonus acoustic tracks, including my personal favourite, Massachusetts.

Silverstein will be back in the UK next month and I'm very excited to see them as it's been a couple of years now. I'm also thrilled to have a few gigs on the horizon as this summer has been a real gig drought! You know you've missed my 'insightful' reviews...

Anyway here is A Better Place. Enjoy!

Friday, 18 October 2013

The Halloween Collection by Charlotte Olympia

With Halloween just around the corner I couldn't resist sharing these fabulous shoes from Charlotte Olympia's Halloween Collection. It's a real challenge to make a pair of pumpkin themed shoes look stylish, but she has certainly succeeded. I think the gold trim and fluttering eyelashes might just be the key! This has to be the cutest footear I've seen since Marc Jacob's mouse flats...

Trick or Treat embroidered suede slippers, £495, Net-A-Porter

I must confess that I love Halloween, possibly more than Christmas. It's perfectly acceptable to dress in a ridiculous costume, consume far too many zombie cocktails, then snuggle up on the sofa and watch the The Nightmare Before Christmas whilst eating copious amounts of Halloween themed chocolate. And don't you think all of this would be made even better by the addition of a pair of pumpkin shoes? That's what I thought.

Bite Me Kitty embroidered velvet slippers, £495, Net-A-Porter

If cats are more your thing, then you might just fancy a pair of these little cuties, complete with sparkling red eyes and fangs. And as if all this Halloween themed footwear isn't making me smile enough, check out this perspex clutch! Thank you Charlotte, I'm officially in Halloween heaven.

Sucker for Pandora perspex clutch, £995, Net-A-Porter

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Friday, 11 October 2013

Flicker Fade – new song by Taking Back Sunday

I'm going to keep it short and sweet as I have a pile of books on the desk in front of me that need reviewing before the weekend, but I wanted to share this little treat for fans of Taking Back Sunday. The band have recently moved to Hopeless Records (home to some of my all time favourites – Bayside, Silverstein and The Used), and with a fall tour and a new album out next spring, we knew we'd be hearing some new material pretty soon.

©Michael Dubin

So here's Flicker Fade live at the Starland Ballroom in New Jersey. This song wouldn't have been out of place on their most recent album (which is a compliment!) but the vocal trade between Adam Lazzara and John Nolan at the end smacks of Tell All Your Friends. Personally I love this, so here's to the new album... and hopefully another UK tour very soon.

Have a great weekend!

Monday, 7 October 2013

Today's Soundtrack: Violent Soho – Jesus Stole My Girlfriend

Today's soundtrack is Jesus Stole My Girlfriend by Violent Soho, from their 2010 self-titled album (if you like this song then look it up, you won't be disappointed!). Formed in 2004 and hailing from Brisbane, Queensland, the band cites Nirvana, The Pixies and Mudhoney among its influences, and it's safe to say there is a definite 90s feel to their sound.


Their latest album Hungry Ghost was released last month and shamefully I haven't got my hands on a copy yet. I have high hopes however; they are a great band and one that I hope will come to the UK soon, because I have no doubt they are amazing live.

Now have a listen and try telling me this isn't the highlight of your Monday....

Wednesday, 2 October 2013

London Fashion Week SS14 – runway highlights

Picking out runway highlights from London Fashion Week this season was actually pretty tricky. It has a justified reputation as the most creative fashion week of the big four (although perhaps I’m a little biased!), so editing my favourites down to an appropriate length post was a challenge. This is by no means all of my favourite looks but a selection of the ones that inspired me the most.

Vivienne Westwood Red Label

Nobody is going to be shocked that I’ve included a little Vivienne Westwood – how could I not? Every season she finds a new way to seduce me, producing an amazing collection with a hint of political activism and showstopping (completely off-the-wall!) makeup. The bold colours are a great example of how to do spring florals in a non-girly way and those burnt orange flats are gorgeous. Plenty of pieces were actually quite classic in design, fulfilling Westwood’s Red Label ethos that we should ignore throwaway fashions and choose quality over quantity.

Temperley London,

This may well be my favourite piece of the entire week! It is such a beautiful shape and that print is absolutely incredible – purple flowers that graduate into leopard print? Perfection. Inspired by a holiday in Sicily, the collection was awash with trapeze shapes, striking jewel toned fabrics and crystal embellishments. With Ulrik Garde Due (formerly of Georg Jensen, Burberry, and Céline) at the helm and the Duchess of Cambridge as a client, things are looking good for Temperley London.

Burberry Prorsum

Arguably the jewel in the London Fashion Week crown, and most definitely the event's heavyweight, Burberry Prorsum shows are always much anticipated. The SS14 collection did not disappoint; classic pencil skirts were given a modern twist with graphic monochrome spots or stripes, and teamed with blouses or the perfect spring jumper – round neck, a slim fit and artfully pushed up sleeves. An incredibly desirable and accessible collection in every way but the price!

House of Holland

Never one to take fashion too seriously, Henry Holland designs are normally full of humour and youthfulness. I was quite surprised by some of the more grownup styles on offer for SS14, such as this perfectly cut rose-print shirt dress. The collection was largely influenced by Baz Luhrman’s Romeo and Juliet, which can be seen in the tattoo style prints and religious iconography. House of Holland is certainly evolving – Henry hasn't lost his cool, but these are pieces that will stand the test of time.


Always a sucker for a kitsch motif, I’m head over heels for this lip-print dress by Giles Deacon. Refusing to head down the obvious floral spring path (this is my kind of guy!) his show shunned the typical summer frivolity in favour of a melancholy vibe. Funnily enough it was this less than melancholy piece that caught my eye, teamed with Adidas superstars. I love heels as much as the next woman but these trainers are classics – Run DMC would be proud!

I'm still playing fashion catch up but will be back soon with my Milan and Paris runway highlights.

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