Monthly Archives: December 2009

>Happy Holidays from Ship-Shape!

>Happy Holidays from Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion! I hope you’ve all had an amazing Christmas and stuffed yourself silly with turkey, chocolate and all the trimmings (food trimmings that is, not things like tinsel – that would just be silly).

I’m back in Bristol and about to move house tomorrow so I have no idea how frequent my posts will be (shuddering at the the very thought of no internet for a few days). Posts should be back to normal within the week, any longer and Virgin Media are going to feel my wrath.

Ship-Shape Xx


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>Culling: For better or worse?

>Blogging has unfortunately been rather nonexistent since I returned from the States on Friday, but I do have an excuse, honest.

The boyfriend and I are currently in the process of moving flats and I have been up to my neck in cardboard boxes, parcel tape and random belongings for days. We are both avoiding the bedroom at the moment, as, what with my half emptied suitcase and half-hearted attempts at packing, it looks like the wardrobe projectile vomited across the carpet, see below.

We are moving to a slightly bigger flat but I’m sick of having to fight just to retrieve an outfit from my over-stuffed wardrobe so I have volunteered to get rid of a few bits and bobs. Not only have I been forced to sell and charity shop some of my clothes, I now have to spend the afternoon going through all of my beloved fashion magazines, as I’ve promised I’ll get rid of some of ‘that junk’ before the move.

The upshot of this culling process means that I get reread half the magazines, purely so I know which ones to keep and which to chuck of course!


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>Alice by Alice Temperley S/S 2010

Hello Bristol! I’m back on (freezing cold) English soil after having spent the best part of the last 48 hours in transit. While I like the ‘rollercoaster’ aspect of airplanes (that would be taking off and landing), I’m not a massive fan of everything else in between; the food, the screaming children, the sardine-style seats…

So to take my mind off my seven hour flight (which turned into nearly ten thanks to the snow) I curled up with some fashion magazines and was delighted to find a new collection by Alice Temperley in the January issue of Marie Claire (US).

Simply entitled ‘Alice’ the collection is full of nautical stripes and military influences with a very British rock and roll edge. According to the designer, speaking to Marie Claire, the girl who would buy this collection ‘listens to The Killers, Gorillaz and The Cure – she likes to mix things up’. Apparently Temperley cites the likes of it-girls Georgia Jagger and Alice Dellal as her inspiration but I think the London feel will be something accessible to the masses, evoking a kind of year-long festival style. Love it.

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>Florida Bag Lady


So when I started packing for my flight home last week I noticed something quite disturbing: my suitcase had shrunk. Ok, well that’s not strictly true. Perhaps it would be more accurate to say that while staying in Florida these last couple of months I’ve accumulated more clothes than I had intended. And now they won’t all fit back in the suitcase.

I’ve never had a need for one of those irritatingly small carry-on suitcases on wheels until now, and didn’t relish the thought of parting with nearly $100 for something I’ll probably never use again. That’s why I was delighted with this total find, above, from The Rose Garden. Not only does the case fit within airline baggage restrictions, it comes in a ‘so garish I love it’ floral patten, with a satchel thrown in for good measure. And all for a ridiculously cheap $12.
The shoulder bag/satchel is sure to come in handy once I’m back in Bristol and I’m loving the sheer ‘granny’ feel the set has to it. All I have to do now is find a space for the bag in my suitcase…

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>Blog of The Week: Frassy


I’m currently trying to write an article about winter trends for Bristol, all the way from sunny Florida, so naturally I’ve spent the last hour blog surfing in a bid to become the world’s best (or should that be worst?) procrastinator. Thankfully I did though, because that’s how I found Frassy, this week’s BoW.

I knew I was onto a winner when I clocked the use of ‘label maker’ fonts – a typeface I’ve always loved, not to mention label makers in general, of which I which I am a proud owner (geeky, I know). Then came the Polaroids and use of black and white – this may sound cliche, but all are big ticks on my design radar.

Frassy is Audrey Lieghton, the English Lit student based in Spain/Durham with a passion for vintage and all things boho. Each post starts with a famous literary quote, with artfully haphazard shots of her posing in outfits (often charity shop and vintage finds), and the stunted prose reminds me a little of Hunter S. Thompson.

Not only does Audrey have a beautifully presented blog, she also sells her own homemade t-shirts and some vintages pieces on her sister site, Frassy Rags. The only disappointment I found was that a gorgeous worn brown leather bag I had my eye on had already been sold. I’m not sure if the store was a one off thing or how often it is updated but hopefully this stylish student will have more stock soon…

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>Vintage… In The Florida Sticks


Today I went to the Everglades National Park and after taking me to see some huge alligators, my lovely driver Bill took me to this crazy little town where ‘the oldest general store in the Everglades’ had been preserved just they way it was in the 50’s.

The Smallwood Store first opened its doors in 1906, serving as a place for weary travelers to stay and locals to by everything from chocolate to tobacco (a regular 7Eleven if you will), and is now a museum full of old Coke bottles, pharmaceutical packaging and animal skins.
While it was slightly disturbing to turn a corner and see a dead raccoon dangling in front of me, I loved looking through the old patterns, buttons and pieces of pristine clothing, such as the 1940s day dress, below.

Back in the day it was all about ‘make do and mend’ as popular fashion didn’t make it to the Everglades until the 1920’s

Buttons! I love the crinkled cardboard with all the old advertisements and illustrations

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>Button Envy

>I’m suffering from a serious hit of Button Envy* thanks to Class Act, the new consignment store that has opened up next to one of my aunt’s cafes here in Naples.

The store is run by the lovely Roberta Stephens, who I’ve gotten to know through dishing out cups of coffee and watching as she transformed this former shell of a store into an Aladdin’s cave of art, furniture, jewelery and accessories.
With a background in design and retail, Roberta decided to go solo and set up her own store in Naples, Florida. “I just like collecting junk and meeting people” says Roberta as she slips a bib of brass buttons around my neck.
Most pieces in the store are consignments, (including a collection of brightly coloured acrylic paintings by local artist Dot Lingren) but Roberta makes the button bangles and bib necklaces herself, using buttons she has collected on her travels, from antique malls to flea markets and “anywhere I can find them!”
The bibs in particular are gorgeous and I love this brass one, below, with a watch face thrown into the mix, fastened with what looks like a shoelace. If only I had some dollar and some room in my suitcase, it would be mine!

Class Act Consignment is based in Trinity Plaza, 304 9th Street North, Naples, Florida.

Owner and jewelery maker, Roberta Stephens

The buttons used are a mix of old and new, from antiques to flea market finds

Lust-have: The brass buttons and small watch face certainly liven up a plain white tee.

*’Button Envy’ is a termed used to describe the feeling evoked upon seeing that someone else has a better collection of buttons/button jewelery than you. The sensation can normally be quelled after making a purchase, trading buttons or taking copious amounts of photos to be used as Button Porn.

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