Monthly Archives: September 2012

Rock The Week

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

Bristol Half Marathon medal

  • Bristol Half Marathon. Today I ran my second half marathon and despite all my fears about blisters and having been a bit under the weather recently, it went really well. I’m now camped on the sofa with Mr Ship-Shape, who also ran today, and we’re aching but smiley – it was a great race and I’m so chuffed we and our friend Hannah completed it without any issues. Congrats to everyone else who took part today!
  • Designer clothes. This week I blogged about Designer Outlet Fashion Month, which is why I journeyed to Swindon yesterday. You can see in the photo above that I was treated to a manicure and a set of lovely ‘Cajun Shrimp’ red nails while I was there, but I’ll do a full write up soon.
  • Bristol Independent Boutiques. Yesterday I finally got around to posting a selection of photos from the recent Bristol Independent Boutiques A/W fashion show. The night was a great success and I’m looking forward to seeing the show and the organisation itself develops over the next few months. If you went to the show I’d love to hear your thoughts on it.

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

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BIB A/W12 Charity Fashion Show

Bristol Independent Boutique finale

Two weeks ago (which feels like such a long time!) I was lucky enough to go the Bristol Independent Boutiques A/W Fashion Show which took place at Bristol Folk House. I think Bristol has such an exciting and creative pool of desingers and boutiques, so when I heard that organiser Andree Latibeaudiere was putting the show on, I knew I had to come along to check it out and support the local talent.

So after meeting up with Beautiful Plumage for a couple of pre-show drinks, I headed up to the Bristol Folk House on Park Street for the show. The hall inside the venue was lined with chairs to form a snaking catwalk. The event was in aid of Labour Behind the Label, a charity organisation dedicated to raising awareness of sweatshop workers and fighting for better working conditions.

As you may have guessed, all the participants were either independent Bristol designers or boutiques. Some I’m well acquainted with, such as 71 QueensCox & Baloney and Fix Up Look Sharp. Other labels were a new discovery for me, such as LaGrace Ekall, fox + feather and twentythree Work/Shop. Once the show got underway there was a huge mix of styles and designs, reflecting the diversity of Bristol’s creative scene, from pretty floral dresses to reworked 90s shirts.

Aside from the clothes, a selection of which you can see below, the most striking thing was the hair styling – all victory rolls and 40s curls. The models were all so different in terms of their shape and personal style but it was their expertly crafted hair that helped to tie the show together.

During the show we got chatting to Phobe of 7th Sea on Cheltenham Road, whose collection included quirky moustache covered shirts and glittering skulls. As well as stocking her own designs, Phobe also sells other artists and designers work for a cut of the price – a great idea for budding boutique owners.

The show felt stilted in parts as the announcer and models weren’t in synch – there were often long pauses between each set, but that’s perhaps to be expected for a brand new show. Andree has plans to put on a Spring/Summer event next year and I’m looking forward to how her vision develops.

If you’re a budding designer or think you have skills that could be an asset to this exciting network then check out their Facebook page for more information.

fox and feather blue floral dress
fox + feather blue floral dress
Jumper from Portobella on Cheltenham Road
Jumper from Portobella on Cheltenham Road
Vintage sportswear from 71 Queens
Vintage sportswear from 71 Queens
The Folk House A/W programme and my boots!
The Folk House A/W programme and my boots!
Glittering skulls from 7th Sea
Glittering skulls from 7th Sea
Bristol Independent Boutiques show finale
Bristol Independent Boutiques show finale
I love this gorgeous Cox & Baloney dress

I love this gorgeous Cox & Baloney dress

Monochrome from Pink Lemons boutique

Monochrome from Pink Lemons boutique

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Something for The Weekend: BFW

John Lewis A/W11 BFW

Thursday – Sunday

Bristol Fashion Week returns to The Mall and Cribbs Causeway this week (in fact it started last night) with all the Autumn/Winter 12 trends from the high street.

Stylist Mark Heyes and hairdresser Andrew Barton are back to host 18 catwalk shows over five days, featuring the likes of M&S, River Island and Coast. As well as the shows there will be a pamper zone, offering Indian head massages, reflexology, mini makeovers and style advice.

To see the full calendar of shows and to buy your tickets click here.

Designer Outlet Fashion Month at McArthurGlen SwindonSaturday

If Bristol Fashion Week isn’t enough for you then come along and visit me at McArthurGlen Swindon on Saturday. The designer outlet is hosting a Style Day as part of Designer Outlet Fashion Month, and I’ll be there to show of my top fashion picks and chat all things fashion.

If that’s not enough of a reason then you’ll also get an extra 10% off all purchases on the day, plus you can get your nails done, take a break from shopping in the champagne bar, and walk away with one of these gorgeous tote bags, designed exclusively for the event by British designer Holly Fulton.

What are your plans for the weekend?

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Designer Outlet Fashion Month at McArthurGlen Swindon

Holly Fulton Designer Outlet Fashion Month tote

Autumn/Winter 2012 is finally here and to celebrate a new season McArthurGlen Swindon is taking part in Designer Outlet Fashion Month – and you’re invited to join in the fun. This Saturday (29th September) the designer outlet will be hosting it’s very own Style Day, and Ship-Shape will be there to chat fashion, trends and shopping secrets.

Designer Outlet Fashion Month has already seen events take place at outlets across the country, including McArthurGlen outlets in York, Ashford and Bridgend. Not to be outdone, Swindon’s Style Day promises nail bars, a champagne bar, competitions and plenty of special offers. Shoppers can also walk away with one of these gorgeous limited edition totes, designed by Holly Fulton.

I’ll be displaying some of my favourite pieces from the season, but until then, here’s a sneak peak of some of the designer bargains on my wish list…

The Boots

KG Heeled Boot

I’m itching to buy some new ankle boots and I love this pair by Kurt Keiger. Usually £180, this pair would cost a mere £59 at the outlet. If I thought I could walk in these heels I’d definitely grab a pair on Saturday.

The Jumper

M&S Outlet Chunky Knit JumperI want a chunky knit jumper that can be dressed up or dressed down and this M&S piece does just that. Other trends for knitwear this season include sleeveless kints and lace details. This jumper can be picked up from M&S Outlet at Swindon for £17.50, instead of the usual £35.

The Jacket

Ted Baker Cream Leather Trim JacketA little bit Chanel, a little bit military and a little bit equestrian, I love this cream jacket by Ted Baker. The jacket, with chocolate brown leather details, would usually set you back £169 but at McArthurGlen Swindon it costs £109.

As well as all these gems there will also be a 10% discount across the store. See you there?

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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…

Oxfam Fashion meet

  • Oxfam Fashion blogger meet. Yesterday I journeyed to Oxford, home of Oxfam HQ, to meet the bloggers and team behind Oxfam’s Fashion blog. I had a wicked time, met so many lovely people and picked up some great new blogs to read – full write up and photos coming soon!
  • NYR blogger evening. It’s been a busy few days, as on Thursday I also attended Neal’s Yard Remedies‘ first Bristol blogger event. It was great to meet the whole NYR team and I can’t recommend their reflexology treatments highly enough. I felt thoroughly pampered upon leaving, and hope to work with NYR more in the future : )

Lucky Jackson 365 days

  • Lucky Jackson. The 365 daily photo challenges that seem to be everywhere right now are impressive, but crafter Lucky Jackson has gone one step further and stitched a piece of embroidered artwork every day for a year. You can see more of her work here – she recently finished the challenge and plans to sell prints of her work on Etsy.
  • Welsh delight. This week I also got around to posting the outfit I wore to Wales for the August Bank Holiday weekend. The rugged welsh countryside is both peaceful and dramatic at the same time, and these shots were just a short walk from our holiday home.

What’s been rocking your world this week? Did any of you make it to the mighty Brisfest?

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Neal’s Yard Remedies Blogger Event

NYR Mothers Balm

When I heard that Neal’s Yard Remedies were looking for bloggers to attened their Blogger Event at the Bristol shop on Whiteladies Road last night, I jumped at the chance. I’ve been a huge NYR fan since being on the receiving end of a white tea face mask and jojoba facial oil from their range, which I now use daily before applying moisturiser.

The event, the first that NYR have run for bloggers, was to help promote two new ranges for the brand; Mother and Baby and their Bee Lovely range. I’ll confess that I wasn’t overly sure about the evening before I arrived – since I’m not planning on having children any time soon – but several of my friends have given birth in the last few weeks, so I figured I could learn a thing or two and pick up some gifts for them at the same time.

After bumping in to Bonny of Over Stuffed and chatting to NYR’s Social Media whizz, Jane, about the NYR make-up range and the colour of the crudités, we were treated to a history lesson of the brand and the importance of buying organic by PR Manager Nicola and Elisabeth Winkler.

NYR Bee Lovely Body Lotion

Although I thought I was fairly familiar with Neal’s Yard, the talk and the event in general revealed how deep and rich the brand’s history is. For instance, aside from being beautiful apothecary style packaging, did you know that one of the reasons all the products come in blue bottles is that this shade of glass helps to filter out UV rays? Nope, neither did I! I also learnt the secret of how to use a product that had always baffled me – the Wild Rose Beauty Balm.

After trying out some scrumptious smelling lip gloss and signing up to the brand’s Save The Bees petition, I was also lucky enough to sample a 15 minute reflexology taster. The brand offers a range of treatments (again, something I didn’t really know about before last night) above the shop floor, and the wonderful Christine worked her magic on my neglected feet.

Since training for the Bristol Half Marathon my feet have been blighted with blisters but I was in expert hands with Christine and by the end of the treatment I didn’t want to put my shoes back on! Throughout the evening I was blown away by the knowledge and enthusiasm every member of the team had for the brand and their products and once I’ve run the half marathon I’ll definitely be back to treat myself to a massage!

Thank you so much to Nicola and Jane from NYR HQ, Elisabeth, and the lovely Bristol team for being so helpful and accommodating.

Unfortunately my camera wasn’t playing ball at the event, so apologies for some of the blurry photos! You can see more (far better) photos over at Tigerlilly Quinn.

NYR blue bottlesNYR nibblesNYR Baby Balm

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Something for The Weekend: Brisfest

Brisfest 2012

Bristol’s finest music festival returns this weekend to it’s spiritual homeland; Ashton Court. Brisfest promises a weekend of music, art, comedy and theatre, all against a backdrop of rolling hills and fields of deer at Ashton Court Estate.

I’m gutted I won’t be around on Saturday as I’m going to the Oxfam Fashion Blogger Meet, but I highly recommend you get your tickets now if you haven’t already done so. Tickets are selling fast and the line-up includes De La Soul, The Other Tribe and Babyhead. As well as music you’ll be able to find live graffiti, circus and cabaret acts and stand-up comedy.

If you’ve already bought your ticket then you’re sorted, but for those of you who still haven’t parted with your cash, remember this: tickets can ONLY be purchased in advance – there won’t be any tickets available on the gates! Buy online here or call for tickets on 0844 870 0000.

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Fat Face vs All Saints in Wales

Fat Face jumper and All Saints skirt

Greetings from Wales! Ok, so I’m actually in Bristol right now, feeling ill and a bit sorry for myself, but for the August Bank Holiday weekend I went to cottage in the middle of the Welsh countryside, which is owned by my friend’s family.

I’ve been lucky enough to go to this cottage, formally a cowshed, every summer for the last few years, with a large group of friends. The agenda is always the same; cheese, hiking, boardgames wood burning fires and drunken singalong sessions. There is no radio, no TV and certainly no Wi-Fi, so a long weekend here is a great way to disconnect from the world for a few days.

I wouldn’t climb a mountain in this outfit but it’s great for pottering around the cottage. The chunky knit jumper is from Fat Face and the cream lace skirt is from All Saints. I’ve had the skirt for a few years and I remember that when I bought it, in London during a stint of interning at i-D magazine, I was nervous about spending so much money on one item. In reality the skirt only cost around £55 but at the time it seemed like such a huge amount of money to me.*

The jumper is a slightly newer purchase, from a shop that I rarely go in to, but I found it in the sale last spring and it’s so comfy and warm – perfect for this time of year when the weather is starting to turn. The scarf is one I picked up from the Ashton Gate vintage fair and the boots are my newest footwear purchase from Cotswold in Broadmead.

Being in Wales is so relaxing (apart from at mealtimes, when there is a scramble for the food!) and it’s really refreshing to be without a phone/computer/tv for a few days. I can’t wait to go back next summer!

Welsh cottageAll Saints skirt detailsFat Face chunky knit jumperFat Face jumper and All Saints skirt detailsWelsh woolFat Face and All Saints outfit

*which it kind of does again, now that I’m a grown up with a mortgage and bills to pay!

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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…

BIB Charity Fashion Show at Folk House

  • BIB Charity Fashion Show. I spent Friday evening at Bristol Folk House watching collections from Bristol’s indie designers and boutiques, including Cox & Baloney, 7th Sea and Fix Up Look Sharp. I took lots of photos of the night so once I’ve edited them I’ll write a longer post about the evening : )
  • Masa Bristol. On Wednesday evening I went to this Japanese restaurant on Baldwin Street and the seafood was incredible! The meal was in aid of a friend’s birthday, and five of us had a teppanyaki room to ourselves, where all the food was cooked fresh in front of us, along with course after course of sushi and sashimi, nom!

Monsoon top and Primark denim shorts

  • This week I published the last outfit post from Italy. Although it was only a month ago, wearing tiny shorts and embroidered tops (not to mention sunglasses!) feels like it was eons ago. You can see the rest of the posts from that trip here.
  • Reading all about LFW thanks to Fashion Editor at Large, Disneyrollergirl and LFW Daily. So far my favourite trend is patterns, patterns patterns! Particularly Eley Kishimoto and Antoni & Alison – have you spotted any trends that you can’t wait to wear next spring?

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

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Something for The Weekend: BIB Fashion Show @ Folk House

BIB fashion show flyer

This Friday the Bristol Folk House will play host to a fantastic fashion show showcasing Bristol’s best independent boutiques  all in the name of charity. Bristol Independent Boutique’s A/W12 Charity Fashion Show promises an evening of local and original talent and a host of indie labels.

Labour Behind the Label are the organisation that will benefit from the profits – you can read an interview with the Bristol-based charity from the Ship-Shape archives here – and boutiques and labels taking part include Cox & Baloney, Fix Up Look Sharp and 71 & Queens.

Entry to the event costs £8 and there are still a few tickets left, so check out the BIB Fashion Show Facebook page for more info or purchase your ticket here. There are also a number of tickets available from the boutiques taking part, including Portobella on Cheltenham Road and Shop on Gloucester Road.

BIB A/W12 Charity Fashion Show, Bristol Folk House, Park Street, BS1 5JG

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