Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion on holiday


Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion is back from holiday! I have a mountain of emails to go through and several hundred photos to edit, so before proper posts commence, I thought I’d share this holiday snap, which has been given a suitably dated look (new age fun with a vintage feel, anyone?).

I’m looking forward to ploughing through all the blogs I’ve missed reading for the last couple of weeks and, crucially, trying to pretend that summer isn’t almost over…



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Hoist the Sails! Ship-Shape on Holiday

Ship-Shape on holiday

This is just a quick post to say that Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion will be taking a well earned break to soak up some summer sun. Usual blogging service will commence in a couple of weeks. If you craving a bit of Ship-Shape in the meantime, check out a few of my most recent posts…  : )

Three Year Blogiversary

Rewind: Why I Heart Anna Piaggi

Oxfam Fashion: Banish Those Bobbles!

A Very Vintage Summer


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Fix Up Look Sharp launch at CLIC Sargent’s Shop on Gloucester Road

CLIC Sargent's Fix Up Look Sharp launch

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the Fix Up Look Sharp launch party at ClIC Sargent’s awesome vintage empire, Shop on Gloucester Road.

The new range of upcycled clothes has been designed and created by the charity shop’s Deputy Manager, Ruth, and her design partner Gemma. Working from a studio in Stokes Croft, the design duo have created a range of cute bralets, backless tops and body con dresses, with plenty more to follow.

As charity shops in Bristol go, Shop on Gloucester Road is up there with the best, thanks to its quirky window displays, focus on vintage and a fantastic selection of preloved homewares and crockery. I blogged about Shop when it first opened last year, and in this time it has become a much loved addition to Gloucester Road’s quirky, mostly independent high street.

The shop is the first dedicated CLIC Sargent vintage store, and last night it was buzzing with Bristol’s best dressed, not to mention DJs, live illustrations and scrumptious smiley face cupcakes, which hit the spot nicely!

Gemma and Ruth, Fix Up Look Sharp design duo

I had the opportunity to catch up with Ruth and Gemma, fashion graduates from Bath Spa and Bournemouth respectively, and find out a bit more about the collection.

Ruth explained that all the fabric used in the making of the collection has been sourced from CLIC Sargent donations; “The backless shirts were originally skirts, and we’ve even used old duvet covers too.” Both the girls were buzzing with excitement, though it took long days at their studio to get the collection together; “When I’m not [working] here, I’m and the studio, and when I’m not there, I’m here!” says Ruth.

One of the best things about the collection is that all the fabric comes from donated clothes that wouldn’t necessarily make it onto the shop floor, and every penny from each garment goes straight back to the charity. Prices vary – the first sale of the night went on a £25 denim bralet – but thanks to the duo’s design back ground, each garment is finished to a high standard.

The evening was great fun and I suggest to you check out the new Fix Up Look Sharp collection soon, as it won’t stay on the shelves for long! Even if the collection isn’t your cup of tea – as much as I love bralets they just don’t suit my figure – there is a wealth of vintage treats here – check out the photos below if you don’t believe me…

Fashion by Hugo GoodFix Up Look Sharp at Shop on Gloucester RoadLive illustrationFix Up Look Sharp braletSmiley cupcakes

Above: Fashion artwork by Hugo Good / The Fix Up Look Sharp window display / Live illustration inside the shop / A Fix Up Look Sharp denim bralet – the first sale of the night! / Tasty CLIC Sargent smiley cupcakes


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Three Year Blogiversary!

Today Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion celebrates it’s third year in existence, a blogiversary of sorts. Three years ago I was blogging about the impact of Bristol’s new Primark store and the endless closures of local shops. The landscape of Britain’s high streets remains largely the same, but Bristol is awash with fantastic new and blossoming designers and boutiques.

Since Ship-Shape & Bristol Fashion is now out of the Terrible Twos, I’m looking forward to adding new elements to the blog in due course, which I hope you all enjoy : ) Here’s to the next three years of blogging!

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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

Olympic Men's Basketball London 2012

  • Olympic fever. This week Mr Ship-Shape and I went to watch the quarter finals of the Men’s Basketball in London. Although we didn’t get to see Team GB in action, we had a fantastic day, and at home I’ve been consuming London 2012 coverage like water – I’ll actually be a bit sad when it finishes tonight!
  • #wkendbloglove. This month Hayley has written about her blogging pet peeves, and also her blogging loves, dedicating this weekend to tweeting about the blogs/bloggers she loves. One of the things I like about Hayley is that she doesn’t mince her words, and is frequently selfless by doing this kind of thing, not to mention setting up the UK blogger map. I recommend you check out her blog and of course all the lovely bloggers she’s been tweeting about this weekend – you won’t be disappointed!

Garden roses

  • Garden flowers. How beautiful are these powder pink roses? When we bought the house we inherited a gorgeous rose tree, and over the last couple of weeks its rose hips have been blooming into delicate, blush coloured flowers. There are so many roses that I thought I’d bring a few inside to brighten up our living room. I’d love to use the flowers and/or rose hips in other ways, so if any of you have any cooking or DIY beauty uses for these, I’d love to hear about them.
  • This week also saw the passing of a fashion icon, as the writer Anna Piaggi died at the age of 81. I fell in love with her unique look and way of working  (such as those iconic D.P.s) at a V&A exhibition in 2006. I republished a post about why I think she’s wonderful here.
  • Finally, in the spirit of #wkendbloglove, here are a few blogs I’ve recently discovered… A Rosie Outlook, Trinket Box and my Bristolian lovelies Annie by Amy and Beautiful Plumage.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…


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Something for The Weekend: Blogger Yard Sale in London


Calling all Londoners, or anyone visiting the capital this weekend – this one is for you!

I went to Susie Bubble’s last yard sale back in 2010 and found a fantastic vintage summer dress and leather bag – both of which cost less than a fiver! While I’m confident I probably walked away with charity shop cast-offs, there were some amazing designer pieces up for grabs for mere pennies, and if I were back in London this weekend I’d definitely be making a beeline to this event!


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What to Wear to London 2012

Ship-Shape at London 2012

Ship-Shape at London 2012

The title of this post is a bit misleading as it’s actually what I wore to London 2012 (aka the Olympics!) yesterday. Mr Ship-Shape and I ventured to London for the day to watch the quarter finals of Men’s Basketball. The event took place at the North Greenwich Arena, better known as the Millennium Dome or O2 Arena, and this photo was taken outside the venue.

I seem to be having a mini obsession with floral print trousers at the moment, and I found this colourful pair on sale in House of Fraser a few weeks ago. The t-shirt is Gap, and the scarf was a birthday gift. I also shoved a Topshop jumper into my bag ‘just in case’ but I didn’t need it until we got back to Bristol late last night.

I had a fantastic time watching Russia and Spain win their matches against Lithuania and France, although I am gutted we didn’t get to see Team GB compete. Are you still buzzing about the Olympics or are you looking forward to the end of this summer of sport?


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Rewind: Why I Heart Anna Piaggi

Anna Piaggi, photographed by David Baily for Another Magazine, courtesy of the V&A
Anna Piaggi, photographed by David Baily for Another Magazine, courtesy of the V&A

I wrote this original post back in 2010, and as I’ve just heard the sad news that Anna Piaggi passed away today, I thought it only right to repost it here. Piaggi was a true original and an inspiration to editors, stylists and designers. Her influence and the gusto with which she wrote about fashion will be truly missed.


I recently started writing for a fantastic website called Running in Heels and my first article for them was published today. RIH is a pan-European website for women ‘with brains as well as style’, set up in March 2009. Politics and culture have an equal footing with fashion and beauty and the site is a refreshing alternative to many of its celeb-following, relationship driven competitors. The lovely editor Alice just happened to have a profile of Anna Piaggi that needed writing so I jumped at the chance to wax lyrical about one of Italy’s greatest exports.

If you haven’t heard of Piaggi then obviously you should check out my profile of her for RIH here but, in brief, she is a whirlwind of colour and enthusiasm that has inspired the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Manolo Blahnik to name but a few, can still rock a front row despite being comfortably into her 80s and has provided visual inspiration to her native Italian Vogue for the last thirty years.

When I first had the epiphany that I wanted to be a journalist, Piaggi was one of the first topics I covered. Her Fashion-ology exhibition at the V&A back in 2006 showed me just what a fashion writer could look like, though I’m sure I’ve never seen another fashion creative come close to her in terms of style, flare or passion.

The article I wrote was a review of this exhibition, which appeared on a folded piece of A4 around my campus which was our creative alternative to the student newspaper. I still have a copy of it somewhere, where my little review sits in between a crossword and a page of creative writing.

At the time I had only just rediscovered my passion for writing and was attempting to turn it into a degree. I approached local magazines and publications for work experience and ended up becoming the fashion columnist for a magazine that I am still writing for, four years later.

My profile of an Iconic Fashionista...
My profile of an Iconic Fashionista…

I still have the exhibition catalogue for Piaggi’s exhibition carefully tucked away on a bookshelf as a reminder of my first piece, and my first piece of inspiration as a fashion journalist. Whenever I see a picture of her front row antics I think back to the time I walked up the stairs into her exhibition, loosing my student self in her lavish costumes, treasured furniture and enigmatic magazine spreads.

Piaggi is a true fashion icon and will provide you with inspiration no matter what your vocation so do some research, read her books and just enjoy the visual feasts that she has provided over the last forty years…


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Rock The Week

Fashion related (and totally non-fashion related) things that have made my world go round over the last seven days…

London 2012

  • The Olympics. I’m not a huge fan of watch sport on TV, but I’ve surprised myself at how frequently I’ve been screaming encouragement at the screen over the last week. Yesterday Team GB won more gold medals in a single day since 1908, and three of those were in one hour. I wish I could have been there to watch Jess Ennis, Greg Rutherford and Mo Farah in action!
  • Kendall Calling. On Monday I got back from Cumbrian music festival Kendal Calling. Mr Ship-Shape and I saw Feeder, Shed Seven, James, Whiskycats and The Correspondents, to name a few bands, and although it did rain and I ended up with a nasty cold, we both had a cracking time.

Jumper tutorial for Oxfam Fashion blog

  • At the festival I found a chunky knit jumper which became the inspiration for my second post for Oxfam Fashion. The post is a ‘how to’ guide to de-bobbling knitwear, a pet peeve that I have when it comes to buying second hand jumpers. Fortunately this trick is so simple to do – I hope you find it useful too.
  • Rock N Roll Bride. Although I got hitched over a year ago, Kat’s Rock n Roll Bride blog is still on my Bloglovin’ feed. Wy? Because as well as awesome real life weddings (that do sometimes make me wonder ‘should I have done that?’) the blog is also packed with awesome blogging info, like how to speed up your site and the occasional motivational post, too.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Let me know by commenting below…

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Oxfam Fashion: Banish those bobbles!

Oxfam Fashion screen grab

This week I mentioned that it was so chilly up in Penrith, home of Kendal Calling, that I had to buy an extra jumper to keep me warm. What I didn’t mention was that this jumper was blighted by bobbling.

I don’t know about you, but I find bobbling on clothes so annoying and it’s one of the things that often prevents me spending my cash on secondhand knitwear. That’s why I found myself blogging about how to de-bobble a jumper for Oxfam.

Jumper tutorial for Oxfam Fashion blog

My second post for Oxfam’s fashion blog went live yesterday, and I hope you find it useful! The technique is easy peasy and can be done while you’re sat watching the Olympics on the telly.* Take a look and let me know what you think – and if you’ve ever tried using this technique.

*unless it’s a really short event, like the 100m sprint, in which case you should probably keep your eyes on the TV!


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