Friday, 31 May 2013

Holiday Opening Hours


I'm heading off for two weeks holiday tomorrow, so here are the shop's opening hours for the time I'm away.  

Saturday 1st June:  Open
Tuesday 4th June:   Open
Wednesday 5th June: Open
Thursday 6th June:  Closed
Friday 7th June:    Open
Saturday 8th June:  Open

We are then closed, and will reopen on Tuesday, 18th June.

If you have any unsold items with us that are due to be collected while I’m away, they will be kept safely in storage until I'm back in the shop.

Payouts for items sold in May will be made on Sunday, 23rd June.

Although I’ll also be taking a break from my blog, I’ll be tweeting from St Tropez!  Follow me @Signature_Julie or simply click on the link to the right of this post.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

How to...Make Fast Fashion Last



















"Mixing in seasonal fast fashion pieces can be an ideal way to expand your wardrobe - as long as you buy wisely and take the best care of them".


In her recent piece for Fashionising.com, Nicoleta Parascan offers some great tips on getting the most from our fast fashion finds.  Here's an edited version of her words of wisdom...     

Buy Mid Priced Pieces
We've all been guilty of pursuing quantity over quality.  Buying five pairs of jeans instead of just one, might feel five times more gratifying. But you're more likely to end up regretting the decision.  Pursue medium priced brands for better quality.

Find Good Basics and Stick to Them
Every functional and efficient wardrobe is built upon great basics.  Finding the stores that sell your perfect pieces and then sticking with them, is another way of turning fast fashion purchases into long lasting investments.

Don't Wear Clothing to Death
Making a smart fast fashion purchase, or simply falling in love with a specific garment, usually means that piece is then worn to death. But as clothes also need their time to rest, make sure your wardrobe offers several options that you can rotate, and wear with the same pleasure and confidence.  

Understand Clothing Care Labels and Follow Them
This is how most fast fashion pieces find their abrupt end. Ensuring they last longer is not only down to understanding the care labels, but following them too!  



To read Nicoleta's article in full, together with her handy guide to all those strange care symbols, click here

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Those Jeans

Image via Mode de Vie








































This image caught my eye for two reasons...

Firstly, as many of you know, I do love a bit of texture, and the combination of patterns and textures in this outfit work just perfectly.

And secondly, we have the fabulous jeans in palest blue in store!


                                        Current Elliott



























Size:8 / Price:£75.00 (Cost New: £200.00)

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

New Additions























I don't usually post details of beauty products, but these two new additions to my make up bag are most definitely blog worthy...

I like to use a primer under my foundation, and have read lots of great reviews about the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. But at £52 a pot, I've been reluctant to take the plunge without testing it out first - I've found that many primers can be quite drying on my skin and others seem to have no visible effect at all.

UK stockists of the Hourglass range are limited to Liberty and selected SpaceNK stores (not Tunbridge Wells), so getting hold of a sample (if they do such a thing) hasn't been easy. When I then discovered that they'd launched a £20 travel size, I thought I'd bite the bullet.  It was definitely worth the investment... 

A little goes a long way - I only need a single application - and the results are immediate and long lasting.  The slight redness I have on my cheeks, and the pigmentation marks that I'm always trying to disguise, almost disappear under my foundation, and my skin looks flawless all day. I've certainly no qualms about buying the full size now.  

My other great find is this By Terry Hyaluronic Blush.  I'm a recent convert to cream blusher, as I find that it produces a more natural glow than powder. And this new product is a revelation.

It comes in two shades, one peach based and the other pink. I wanted to try the 'Blushberry' given my skin tone, and although it looks quite scarily bright, I'm delighted with the results.

Applying the tiniest bit with a traditional blusher blush gives me very natural but still visible glow.  And rather than looking like I'm obviously wearing blusher, the finish mirrors my natural 'blush', which makes the blue of my eyes pop! A sure sign that the colour's just right.

I don't know about you, but I seem to find that many of the products out there just don't live up to my (high) expectations, and end up gathering dust at the back of the cupboard.  It's so nice to find two that are worth shouting about!


PS I've since noticed that the blush is a Limited Edition.  Time to stock up!

Monday, 27 May 2013

Sculptural Style

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                          Givenchy                                                          Chloé                                                     Acne Studios

























While the ruffle made a widespread appearance on the spring runways, the look was very different from previous seasons.

Floppy frills were replaced with stiff, architectural styles creating a much more modern silhouette.  


And this Hoss jacket fits the bill perfectly!   New in store... 



Hoss Intropia



























Size:12 / Price:£95.00

Sunday, 26 May 2013

How to...Wear Print #2

Styleby Magazine









































Accessories are a great way of introducing print into your wardrobe - you can always afford to be slightly braver colourwise when it comes to a bag or shoes. 

However, for a more subtle but no less stylish alternative, look to these super shoes for inspiration...
  


Dune





















The snakeprint trim offsets the matt suede finish perfecty! 


Size:6 / Price:£59.50


To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Saturday, 25 May 2013

How to...Wear Print #1

Styleby Magazine








































Mixing prints is very much en vogue, but this somewhat eclectic look does take a strong sense of style, as well as some serious self confidence, to carry off successfully.

If you're looking to introduce print into your wardrobe, it's much easier to start with a single statement piece that you know will work well with your existing clothing. 

This great leather jacket will smarten up a simple dress, or can be thrown over a pair of jeans.  And although it's in a bold print, the neutral colourway makes it an easy piece to play with.  

In store now...   



Karen Millen

























Size:10 / Price:£150.00


To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Friday, 24 May 2013

Travel Essentials

Penhaligon's













Protect your most treasured possessions in these pretty pink travel pouches.  New in store!


Wallet:£45.00       
Earring Case:£40.00

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Sports Luxe

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                             Ohne Titel                                            Alexander Wang                                        Proenza Schouler



























The sportswear trend shows no signs of abating, with designers continuing to reinterpret casual cool with a luxe twist.

For spring/summer 2013, an ever more feminine take on the style appeared on the catwalks, with sleeker silhouettes and sports influenced detailing.

And this simple jersey dress is definitely fit for purpose! New in store... 



Marc Cain


























Size:10 / Price:£99.50

Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Animal Magic

Images via Pinterest

























Leopard continues to be the animal print of the moment. And it's easy to see why...

If you haven't yet added a touch of the wild to your wardrobe, then these fantastic shoe boots may well have your name on them! New in store... 



Dune





















Size:6 / Price:£65.00

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Hermès Festival des Métiers

Hermès









































From today, London's Saatchi Gallery plays host to an exhibition celebrating the traditions and values of Hermès, the luxury French fashion house.  

Visitors to the Festival des Métiers will have a unique opportunity to meet craftsmen and women from the Hermès atelier and learn about the brand first hand, as well as see iconic items such as the house's famous silk scarves being made.     

Entrance to the travelling exhibition is free, and it runs until 27th May.




Click here to watch the video

















Links
Saatchi Gallery

Monday, 20 May 2013

Cuff Love

Marc by Marc Jacobs






















As we lose the layers over the coming months,  it'll be time to sport those shorter sleeves and bring out those bangles!

And here's the perfect piece.  Brand new and new in store... 


Price:£45.00

Sunday, 19 May 2013

It's a Cinch #2

                           French Vogue                                           L'Officiel                                                         L'Officiel





















If you can't find that perfect belt to pull your outfit together, then there's no need to compromise.  All that's needed is a little bit of creative thinking...

The stylists responsible for these super shots have each used something other than the traditional to achieve the same tied up look.

And if you're after a more relaxed waisted effect, then why not sport a simple knotted knit!   



Harper's Bazaar


























To learn more about booking a personal styling appointment simply pop in and see me at the shop or click here for my contact details. 

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Back to the Future

L'Officiel

































Sixties inspired graphic prints adorn many designers' accessories collections this spring.

And these Louis Vuitton sandals will ensure you have the most fashionable feet of the season!  Which are your favourite pair?

   

Louis Vuitton

















Size:6.5 / Price:£175.00 each

Friday, 17 May 2013

Runway to Reality

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Richard Nicholl SS13









































Have you bagged your new season bomber yet?

We've just taken delivery of this brand new Dahlia jacket from Whistles Limited Collection, complete with tags... 




                       Whistles






Size:10 / Price:£195.00  (Cost New £250.00)

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Marni Must Haves...

Marni / H&M























If you missed out when Marni launched their much feted collection for H&M, then do we have some news for you!

We've just taken delivery of two 'new' pieces, as seen in these collection campaign shots, unworn and still bearing their original tags...



Marni / H&M Jacket




























                           (Back)                                                     (Front)
Marni/H&M Dress



















In store while stock lasts!



Jacket: Size 10 / Price £49.50
Dress:  Size 10 / Price £39.60

Wednesday, 15 May 2013

In with the New...




























Well, it's been a long time coming but I'm more than delighted to reveal our brand new look, and our new name!    

And now that the shop's transformation is complete, it's time to get down to the serious business of planning the party!  Watch this space for details... 

Thank you all so very much for your support and kind custom over the past three years.         
Do pop in and see us at Past & Precious soon!

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Two of a Kind

Prada






















Make a statement this summer in a pair of these perfect Prada sandals!  New in store...


Black Satin:  Size 6 / Price £165.00
Gold Leather: Size 7 / Price £165.00 

Monday, 13 May 2013

Of the Moment...



























As avid followers of fashion will already know, two of the hottest topics in terms of jewellery are currently rose gold metals and multiple rings.

And this pretty pendant combines these two trends perfectly!  New in store...


Price: £75.00 

Sunday, 12 May 2013

Summer Sandals

Chloé / Tod's





















Time to book that pedicure!  These two pairs of super stylish sandals have just arrived in store...



Chloé: Size 4 / Price £175.00
Tod's: Size 5 / Price £150.00

Saturday, 11 May 2013

Manolo Blahnik for Liberty

Manolo Blahnik for Liberty


This beautiful silk scarf was part of a limited collection of accessories designed by shoe maestro, Manolo Blahnik, for London store Liberty.

Featuring his signature shoe sketches, the signed scarf is a must have for all Manolo fans.  New in store...   



Price: £65.00 (Cost New £135.00)

Friday, 10 May 2013

Amelia

Louis Vuitton




















Just arrived!   This perfect Louis Vuitton purse.

The label's elegant 'Amelia' design is made from super soft black Mahina leather, perforated with the Louis Vuitton monogram.  And the ample interior can comfortably take cards, coins and notes... 



Louis Vuitton

















In store while stock lasts! 


Price: £300.00 (Cost New £700.00)

Thursday, 9 May 2013

Chaos to Couture: The Catalogue

'Punk: Chaos to Couture' - The Catalogue


























If you're heading to New York for your holidays this summer, then don't forget to pay a visit to the Met to see this year's much anticipated Costume Institute exhibition...  

'Punk: Chaos to Couture' opens today, and runs until 14th August.

However, if like me you'll miss this exciting event, then this accompanying catalogue is a must have.  



A selection of images from the exhibition catalogue















You can buy the book here

Link
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Totes Amaze!

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                  Alexander McQueen                                    Alexander Wang                                          Bottega Veneta























If, like me, you find it hard to be parted from your heavy leather bag, even when the weather heats up, then here's the perfect solution!

Many designers used mesh, perforations and weaving this season to create lighter leather styles, and we currently have these two great totes in store...



Bill Amberg












Cream Bag: £45.00
Brown Bag: £85.00

Tuesday, 7 May 2013

Ring the Changes

Twenty8Twelve





















We have just taken delivery of this brand new keyring from Savannah and Sienna Miller's Twenty8Twelve label.

A perfect gift for a favourite fashionista, or a stylish treat for yourself!  


Price: £33.00

Monday, 6 May 2013

Pastel Power

Harper's Bazaar








































If spring's monochrome story isn't for you, then designers' penchant for pastels this season may provide a more colourful alternative.

The subtle sorbet shades will add a true touch of summer to your wardrobe, and this beautiful dress by Australian design duo Zimmermann ticks all the right boxes... 



Zimmermann

























Size:10-12 / Price:£175.00


More versatile than you may think, the simple column style can be transformed from evening glamour to day time edginess in an instant...  



Image via Pinterest

Sunday, 5 May 2013

Sheer Perfection

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                    Temperley London                                        Louis Vuitton                                         Christopher Kane
























Play peek-a-boo in this stunning sheer panelled dress.  New in store... 



See by Chloé


























Size:12  / Price:£145.00

Saturday, 4 May 2013

Bow Selecter

Vogue







































'...bows in every size, shape and form are spring's defining detail' -  Naomi Smart, Vogue



Tap into this most feminine of trends by investing in this brand new form fitting dress by Diva, currently in store...  



Diva


























Size:8-10 / Price:£95.00

Friday, 3 May 2013

Runway to Reality

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Isabel Marant AW13









































Spring's black and white trend is set to continue into next season.  And if you've already fallen for this piece from the autumn/winter catwalks, then we have something special for you...

Rock the Marant look in this dramatic Reiss dress!  New and unworn, style it simply during the summer months, and then come winter, add layers and opaques to see you through the cold snap.

The perfect trans-seasonal purchase!  



Reiss

























Size:8 / Price:£85.00

Thursday, 2 May 2013

Total Wardrobe Care


This month sees the start of the dreaded moth season - although as my Twitter followers will already know, for some it started early! So, it's definitely time to take action against these pesky pests.

Here at the shop we stock the Total Wardrobe Care range of anti-moth products. A beautifully scented and naturally organic range, made from a unique blend of essential oils.

Prices start from just £3 for an infused drawer sachet, and here are details of the products we have in store...






















Moth Box
The adhesive strip inside the box is impregnated with the female pheromone,  so it attracts the male moths who stick to it which breaks the breeding cycle.  Moth boxes are effective for twelve weeks after opening.

Natural Anti-Moth Linen Spray
This linen spray has been specially formulated to protect garments against moths and keep wardrobes fresh.  The wonderful fragrance also makes the perfect anti-moth room spray. 

Anti-Moth Drawer & Hanging Sachets
These sachets are made from a blend of essential oils in a natural stone powder base. Once opened, they will release a natural, anti-moth fragrance which will protect wardrobes and drawers for approximately six months. 

Natural Anti-Moth Candle
This hand-blended natural soya candle repels moths by diffusing its blend of essential oils to protect wardrobe and bedroom areas, keeping them fresh, fragrant and free of moths.  It will burn for approximately 30 hours. 



And as well as protecting current season clothes, these essential anti-moth products are perfect for protecting garments you want to store away.  They also make great gifts. 

Pop into the shop and pick up your clothes protectors today!     

Click here to discover five simple steps to a moth free wardrobe.