Monthly Archives: March 2013

Rock The Week

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

Rock The Week 31/03/2013

  • After two and a half days of nothing but paintbrushes, rollers and dust sheets, Mr Ship-Shape and I have finished decorating our bedroom, above. So far we’ve spent the Easter weekend being very grown-up and tackling some much-needed DIY. It may not look like much, and suffice to say that if there was an open casting call for the next B&Q advert anytime soon, I don’t think we’d get it, but I’m proud we managed to finish a whole room without killing each other!
  • This week on the blog I wrote about my love for the colour red, which manifested in an outfit post featuring the brightest tights known to man. Coloured tights (and patterned leggings) make such a statement in winter, but I’m also looking forward to warmer days when bare legs are all that’s required!
  • I also found out this week that I’ve been shortlisted for the Bath in Fashion Blogger of The Year Award, which is quite blooming exciting! I promise not to waffle on about voting, but if you want to read more about the awards you can read my post (with voting details) here.
  • Finally, the thing that’s most rocking my week is that the clocks have changed. I love spring and the anticipation of summer so I’m looking forward to longer, sunny evenings and perhaps even having time for a post-work outfit shoot, too 🙂

What’s been rocking your world this week? How have you been enjoying the Easter weekend? Let me know by commenting below…

Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion has been shortlisted for a Bath in Fashion Blogger of the Year award! Please vote for me here. Voting is easy and requires no personal details or fiddly bits like that, so please pick up those laptops, phones and tablets and get voting!



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Bath in Fashion Blogger Awards

Hello everyone, I hope you’re enjoying the start of the Easter weekend! In a few hours I’ll be ensconced in paint, sandpaper and overalls as Mr Ship-Shape and I are taking the opportunity to decorate our bedroom this weekend, but before I go off to get lost in B&Q, I thought I’d share some exciting news.

A few weeks ago I entered myself into the Bath in Fashion Blogger Awards and I’m chuffed to say Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion has been shortlisted! Along with nine other bloggers from Bath, Bristol and the South West, I’ll be heading to the Bath in Fashion S/S13 Show on Thursday 18th April to found out who has been crowned the winner*.

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I’ve never entered anything like this before but I love representing the South West on Ship-Shape, and I’m chuffed to bits to have made it into the top ten. The winner will be determined by the ever democratic public vote, so I’d love it if you could vote for me, either by following the link or clicking on the Bath in Fashion button in the sidebar.

If voting/blogger awards aren’t your cup of tea, or there are too many cracking blogs on this list for you to cast your vote between, then I’d like to take the time to thank you for reading Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion anyway – I love working on this blog, reading your comments and wittering away on Twitter and I’m pleased to have met so many lovely people through blogging.

Ok, gushing over. I hope you have a lovely Easter weekend!

SJ x

*actual crown not guaranteed


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Outfit Post: Seeing Red

Red opaque Primark tights | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

Red is a colour that rarely makes it beyond accessorising an outfit. Marilyn Monroe wore a slick of red on her full pout, Dorothy had her ruby slippers, and Grace Coddington, Florence Welch and Vivienne Westwood have their flame-coloured locks, but on the whole I think red can be a colour that insights fear when it comes to wearing it on the body.

It’s no surprise, when you think about everything that red represents; anger, power, passion. We all know how wearing a red lip can completely change the way we feel. Red, in all it’s guises, is a ‘look at me’ colour, one that refuses to sit in the corner, hoping someone, somewhere, will notice it – just look at the way Valentino has used it throughout his career.

When I picked up these opaque red tights (in Primark, of all places) a couple of years ago, they sat in my drawer for months before I plucked up the courage to wear them. Minimal editing has taken place here – they really are that bright! With the weather being so bitterly cold at the moment, tights, leggings and patterned trousers are my friends right now, and I love how a splash of colour on the bottom half of my body can completely change and energise my appearance.

I lover wearing colour and patterns on my lower half becuase I get all of that excitement and ‘power dressing’ without having to carry off strong colours against my pale skin, or worry about bold patterns clashing with my hair.

In this outfit, which I wore to dinner on Sunday, I kept the rest of the look fairly simple, wearing a navy H&M blazer, the chambray dress (woefully in need of some ironing) that I found at a clothes swap and a pair of beaten up ankle boots, also from Primark.

Do you own any red clothes or accessories, or do you prefer to save it for your lips instead?

Primark tights and H&M blazerRed opaque tights and Primark ankle bootsNavy blazer and chambray dress


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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…

Rock The Week 24/03/13 Bristol Fashion Week Gangnam Style finale

  • Brrr! How cold has this week been!? The wind, rain and freezing temperatures definitely haven’t rocked my week but this had lead to some self-imposed hibernation, curled up under blankets on the sofa watching films. This week I watched (and loved!) The Amazing Spider-Man for the first time (the reboot version with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone), some New Girl reruns and Red Lights, with Robert De Niro and Cillian Murphy.
  • Bristol Fashion Week. I did mange to venture out after work on Friday for BFW at Cribbs Causeway with Nicola, which was a nice antidote to the rubbish weather. I can’t wait till it’s actually warm enough to wear S/S13 trends and pack away the leggings and jumpers for good!
  • Gizoogle. This is a bit of a random addition to RTW, but one thing that I loved doing this week was reading my blog through Gizoogle after a friend mentioned it on Facebook. Essentially, Gizoogle translates blogs, websites and Twitter feeds into ‘gangsta slang’, so ‘catwalk’ becomes ‘catstrutt’, ‘fashion’ becomes ‘fashizzle’ and so on. Have any of you seen it yet? Let me know if you’ve used it to read your own posts!

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


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Bristol Fashion Week S/S13

Somerset by Alice Temperly SS13

Bristol Fashion Week returned to The Mall and Cribs Causeway this week, armed with a pampering zone,  glasses of bubbly and catwalk shows to showcase the S/S13 trends we can expect to see on the high street this season.

Unfortunately the weather hasn’t caught up with the calendar yet, so I’m still daydreaming about when I can wear shorts, bare legs and floral dresses without freezing. However that didn’t stop me mentally picking out my favourite pieces, including this Somerset by Alice Temperley dress from John Lewis, above.

Unlike last year’s show, I had a far more enjoyable journey, hitching a lift with Nicola and arriving just in time to grab a mini cupcake, a glass of bubbly and take our seats for the show. Brands on the catwalk included River Island, Timberland, Marks & Spencer and John Lewis, the latter of which had a fantastic floral scene, where oversized gerberas were used as colourful parasols.

Mark Heyes and Andrew Barton presented the catwalk show with their usual banter, and monochrome was one of the most popular trends, appearing in several scenes and on the cotton tote goody bags we received after the show. Although I have a hankering for a pair of black and white striped trousers, the scenes I enjoyed the most were the aforementioned florals, and the neon scene, also by John Lewis, including a gorgeous pleated Ted Baker maxi skirt with a neon pink trim.

The perky models, summery clothes and good company were the perfect antidote to a long week of miserable weather and while I’m still happy in jumpers and leggings for now, I’m looking forward to shopping the S/S trends soon!

The shows are still running across the weekend, so check out the BFW website for more info on ticket prices and show times. Have you been to BFW yet? What was your favourite look?

Bristol Fashion Week S/S13Dorothy Perkins and River Island at Bristol Fashion WeekMarks and Spencer SS13 at BFWFlorals from John Lewis S/S13Timberland SS13 at BFWFloral John Lewis S/S13 dress at Bristol Fashion WeekWallis S/S13 Bristol Fashion WeekJohn Lewis S/S13 neon trendBristol Fashion Week S/S13 finale


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48 Hour Fashion Fix at Cabot Circus

48 hour fashion fix outfit at Cabot Circus

On Saturday I managed to avoid the Six Nations entirely by immersing myself in suitably girly activities, including heading down to Cabot Circus for their 48 Hour Fashion Fix.

Unlike previous years, where catwalk shows have taken place underneath the glass roof or in Quakers Friars to celebrate new season trends, individual brands, such as Oasis, Warehouse and Dorothy Perkins held ‘pop-up’ performances outside their own shops. As well as these performances there was also a giant red beauty bus (Hayley and Gina have decent photos of it) where Hayley and I were treated to hand massages and got the gossip on the latest Nails Inc trends while avoiding the wet weather.

As well as the bus and performances, there was a competition to ‘Hook-a-Handbag’ and I managed to win myself a red Jane Norman clutch, so I was a very happy bunny indeed! Apparently the crown jewel of the competition, a Marc Jacobs bag, had already gone earlier in the afternoon, but I was more than happy to take away this crimson beauty, below.

After the festivities had finished we headed to Piccolinos in Quakers Friars for champers and nibbles. Ending the day with a gossip and chocolate covered strawberries is something I could get used to!

Did you make it down to Cabot Circus this weekend? What did you think of their new concept, and did you win any goodies!? Let me know if the comments below.

48 hour fashion fix G-Star RawJane Norman clutch bag


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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…

Rock The Week 17/03/13

  • 48 Hour Fashion Fix. This weekend Cabot Circus held their 48 Hour Fashion Fix and I went down yesterday to join in the fun, meet some bloggers and attempt to watch dodge the bad weather. Taking part in their Hook a Handbag competition was a stroke of luck as I won a gorgeous red clutch bag – result!
  • Vintage Fair goodies. This week I blogged about the recent Bristol Vintage Fair at the Passenger Shed. The two dresses I found are soaking in the sink as I type, so once they’re dry (and the weather perks up) I’ll be sure to take a few outfit shots in them.
  • HN Bristol S/S13. Harvey Nichols held their S/S13 show at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery on Tuesday and it provided me with an opportunity to ogle over the likes of Acne, Mary Katrantzou and Alexander McQueen firsthand.

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


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Harvey Nichols S/S13 fashion show at Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

Mary Katrantzou dress at Harvey Nichols

Paris, Milan, New York and London may be winding down from their Fashion Weeks, but in Bristol the new season sneak peeks are just beginning, kicking off with the Harvey Nichols S/S13 show that took place on Tuesday, in the impressively grand Bristol Museum and Art Gallery.

Located at the top of Park Street, the museum is one of my favourite spots in Bristol, so I was intrigued to see how it would be transformed into a catwalk fit for 400 spectators. Before the show I met up with Gina, Grace, Amy and Becca for a couple of drinks and a natter at Browns, all of us wrapped up in numerous layers thanks to the freezing cold weather – where is spring when you need it, eh?

Looks included metallics, eveningwear, all-white, monochrome and print trends, and although the outfits were out of my price range, it was fun to add a few more items to my fantasy wish list – hello, Suno NY trouser suit – and get some styling ideas. One of the models, Yeon, got all the best looks, closing each scene with fun and quirky outfits including a Diane Von Furtsenberg waistcoat and a printed full length Christopher Kane evening gown.

I loved all the fishtail braids and plaits worn by the models, making me feel less self-conscious about turning up with my hair in plaited pigtails, and the bright colours had me looking forward to spring.

It was tricky to take photos during the show but I did manage to get a few of my favourite outfits, below, and thanks to Gina for letting me us the photo of Becca, Grace, Amy and myself, taken after the show.

Harvey Nichols SS13 showFinders Keepers dress and Mulberry bagBristol Museum interiorDVF metallic waistcoatFishtail braids at Harvey Nichols SS showHarvey Nics S/S13 show bloggersBristol bloggers at Harvey Nichols SS13 show


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Vintage Fair at The Passenger Shed

The Vintage Fair Bristol | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

On Saturday the Vintage Fair returned to Bristol’s Passenger Shed, a stone’s throw from Temple Meads train station. By the time I turned up at 1pm the queue was already snaking around the building and up towards the station, so I joined the end of the queue, pulled my coat around my neck and crossed my fingers that it would be worth the wait.

Last time I went to this particular fair it took place at a church in Portland Square – a much smaller venue – so Beautiful Plumage and I were delighted to find that the Passenger Shed could pack in double the amount of stalls, selling everything from 50s prom dresses to art deco furniture and the obligatory tea and cupcakes.

My only grumble is that with only one well-dressed person on the door, it took about 20 minutes before we were able to pay our £2 entry fee and make our way into the fair.

Despite the vast size, the venue was buzzing in every corner, with vintage make-overs, Lindy Hopping couples and lots of shoppers. I was on a strict budget so did my best to avoid the 50s prom dresses, including a yellow one covered in sunflowers, that I’m kicking myself I didn’t at least try on.

Fortunately for me there were a few stalls with sale rails, where I found this turquoise and white polka dot dress. I also found this red and white chevron tunic dress – so out of my usual comfort zone (which according to BP is ‘folksy, flowers and nautical’) – but I love it!

The fair will return in April so I’m going to save my pennies and come back to hunt for that sunflower dress! Did any of you make it to the fair and did you find any bargains?

Vintage Fair at Bristol's Passenger Shed | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashionblue and white vintage dress Bristol Vintage FairPink vintage 1950s dresses | Ship-Shape and Bristol FashionRed and white vintage dress Bristol Vintage FairVintage leather handbags | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion


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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…

Rock The Week 10/03/13 | Ship-Shape and Bristol Fashion

  • Bristol Vintage Fair. Yesterday I went to a vintage fair at the Passenger Shed, right next to Temple Meads station, and it was so huge that it took nearly four hours of looking, trying on clothes and chatting before I made it back out into daylight again. Did any of you go? I found a few corkers (and a dress I wish I’d bought) which I’ll blog about soon.
  • Bath in Fashion. I was woefully late posting about a recent blogger outing to Bath, but this week I managed to write not one but two posts about it. The first one features the Fashion Museum, and the second features all the amazing indie shops and boutiques we visited later in the day. 
  • Blogger Love. Friday was International Women’s Day and it was lovely to see Twitter and my Bloglovin feed fill up with love, respect and inspiration. It can be easy to get quite snarky online, behind the safety of a screen, so it was refreshing to see camaraderie, IWD inspired #FFs and, dare I type it, lots of positive vibes floating around on the web.
  • On that note… I figured it appropriate to share what I’ve been reading recently. I love Daria’s visual comparison posts, were street style meets cushions, buildings and even Christmas decorations, and Kiki from The Imaginist for showing off clothes beautifully while always keep her identity hidden. 

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


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