Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Merry Christmas!

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It's our last day in the shop today before the big day, and my last blog post for 2014. I'm looking forward to some much needed R&R over the holidays!

We reopen at 10.00am on Tuesday, 6th January, and will be back online in the New Year. 

Thank you very much for all your kind support during 2014, and I look forward to seeing you next year. 

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Monday, 22 December 2014

We Are Open!

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Yes, it's Monday today and we are open!

Pop in and see us between 10.00am and 4.30pm and pick up those last minute gifts and goodies.

Click on the links below for a sneak peek at the super designer pieces we currently have in store:  

LATEST ARRIVALS

SALE


We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Patent Perfection

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Patent adds an instant touch of polish to any outfit!  Here's a few of the perfect patent pieces we currently have in store... 


Barbarella Bag
Aspinal
£295.00

Clutch/Purse
Salvatore Ferragamo
Price: Was £125.00 Now £95.00

Quilted Belt
Burberry
Price: £95.00

Knee High Boots
Salvatore Ferragamo
Size: 8 / Price: Were £250.00 Now £200.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.  

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Insta Inspiration

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There's a festive feel to my Instagram favourites this week...


1. The tuck.  Who needs a scarf?
2. Christmas in black and white. 
3. The Royal Ontario Museum.  Amazing architecture.
4. The best things come in small packages...
5. Saint Laurent black and white Bunny bag.  Yes please!
6. Interior inspiration.
7. Christmas baubles in watercolour.
8. Dark walls are definitely having a moment.
9. Christmas decorations Scandinavian style. 


Credits
@fashionlifeandstuff_
@kristinnaandreasen
@emmyycheng
@foreverloveblog
@matchesfashion
@connectedtofashion
@lovedalesstudio
@kalleseverinnilsson
@stoermetaal

Friday, 19 December 2014

Monochrome Must Haves!

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Black and white never goes out of style. Here's a selection of the two toned pieces we currently have in store... 


Spotted Dress (New with Tags)
LK Bennett
Size: 10 / Price: Was £175.00 Now £115.00 (Cost New £275.00) 

Ruffle Front Jacket
Red Valentino
Size: 10-12 / Price: £175.00

Graphic T-Shirt
Michael/Michael Kors
One Size / Price: Was £42.90 Now £32.90

Pony Hair Sneakers (New/Unworn)
Russell & Bromley
Size: 6 / Price: £85.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.  

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Faux Favourites

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These fabulous faux fur cover ups would make a welcome addition to any winter wardrobe!


Black & Grey Jacket (Plain)
Michael/Michael Kors
Size: 10-12 / Price: £110.00

Cream Coat (New with Tags)
Bellerose
Size: 12 / Price: £220.00 (Cost New £320.00)

Black & Grey Jacket (Striped)
Diane Von Furstenburg
Size: 6-8 / Price: £285.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.  

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Céline Steal!

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Just in!  This beautiful burgundy Céline knit...



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This super stylish knit cost £850.00 new!  But you can pick it up from Past & Precious at a fraction of the price.


Size: 8 / Price: £250.00

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.  

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

How I Styled It...

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We're party ready here at Past & Precious!   

Pick up one of these festive fancies, and get ready to shimmer and shine...    



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Black Beaded Dress (New with Tags)
Bernshaw
Size: 12 / Price: £165.00 (Cost New £265.00)

Black Dress Coat
Jasper Conran
Size: 8 / Price: £395.00

Black/Metallic Dress
Armani Collezioni
Size: 12 / Price: £195.00

Black & Cream Leather Bag (New with Tags)
Marni 
Was £550.00 Now £495.00 (Cost New £850.00)

Sequin Dress
D&G
Size: 12-14 / Price: £150.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.  

Monday, 15 December 2014

Seasonal Opening Hours

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The Christmas countdown has begun in earnest! And to help you plan your time over these last few shopping days, here are details of our seasonal opening hours.

On Monday, 22nd December, we will be open from 10.00am to 4.30pm.

Our last day of trading this year will be Tuesday, 23rd December, when we will be open from 10.00am to 5.00pm as usual.

The shop will then be closed until after the New Year, and we will reopen at 10.00am on Tuesday, 6th January 2015. 

If you have items for sale with us, we will extend your tickets to cover the period of the closure.

And if you have unsold items that are due to be collected during this period, the pick up deadline will also be similarly extended.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 14 December 2014

Insta Inspiration

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Here's this week's round up of Instagram inspirations...

1. Memories of September in the City of Light...
2. Always a winner!
3. Monochrome interior style.
4. Great detail.
5. Simple pleasures.
6. Please...
7. Super Scandinavian design.
8. Sketch - backstage at Nicole Farhi AW13
9. West London streets.

Credits
@cecesp
@fashionwithbangs
@designbazaar_no
@fashionlifeandstuff_
@vittvittvitt
@bohemdeluxe
@clymdraws
@moxhamstore

Saturday, 13 December 2014

H Is For Hermès

Hermes Belts with Silver H buckle
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Just in!  Not one, not two but six Hermès belts!

These lovely leather belts are interchangeable and reversible, and come in six colours with two finishes!  

We also have two classic 'H' buckles, one in silver (shown above) and the other in gold toned metal, complete with their original Hermès dust bags.

An accessory for every occasion!

Colours & Sizes:
Green / Yellow (80)
Brown / Black (80)
Navy  / Pale Blue (90)

Prices:
One buckle and one reversible belt     £225.00
One buckle and two reversible belts    £350.00
Two buckles and three reversible belts £500.00            


To register your interest in these items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.

Friday, 12 December 2014

Kenzo Cool!

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Just in! This super silk shirt dress by Kenzo Paris.

This 'take me anywhere' tunic style dress in dark navy blue is brand new with its tags still attached, and still available from London boutique Start here.

Pick it up from Past & Precious at a fraction of the price!


Size: 8 / Price: £255.00 (Cost New £510.00)

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.  

Thursday, 11 December 2014

How To...Dress Like Yourself

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In the January 'Confidence' issue of Elle Magazine, Fashion Director Ann-Marie Curtis shares her thoughts on dressing for yourself.  Here are a few of her words of wisdom...


Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
This is staggeringly obvious, but actually easier said than done. Don't compare. Instead, look around and see whose style you really admire.  What is it about their style that works for them?  Take notes, adapt it and make it work for you. 

Make fashion your friend.
Take part in the new season trends you like and simply ignore the rest.  Sometimes it might just mean changing your shoes to keep your look current. Fashion is supposed to be fun.  There is a joy in choosing what to wear everyday; just make sure you are dressing for yourself and not to keep up with other people.   

Rules are meant to be broken.
Fashion magazines are full of advice on how to dress. But it doesn't mean that all of it applies to you all of the time.  

Try it, you might like it.
Women are good at deciding which things don't work for them.  But this can often be based on one bad experience years ago.  

I am a woman, hear me roar.
Sometimes it is not about what you're wearing, but how.  It doesn't matter whether your clothes are from Céline or Top Shop as long as you feel good in them.  Scientific studies show that smiling even when you're not happy can make you feel happier.  So look like you love how you look and chances are everyone else will too.  
   

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Party Feet!

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Step out in style this festive season in a pair of these super designer shoes!  In store while stock lasts...


Black Suede Shoes
Jimmy Choo
Size: 4.5 / Price: £175.00

Black & Cream Patent Shoes
Prada
Size: 6 / Price: £125.00

Grey Metallic Shoes
Prada
Size: 7 / Price: £195.00

Black Fabric Shoes with Leather Trim
Louis Vuitton
Size: 6.5 / Price: £225.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.  

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

How I Styled It...

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This week, we're pretty in pink!  And in both windows too...



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Black Square Neck Dress
YSL
Size: 12 / Price: £275.00

Pink Cashmere Mix Coat (New with Tags)
Ted Baker
Size: 8 / Price: £199.00 (Cost New £299.00)

Black Jersey Dress
Vivienne Westwood
Size: 8-10 / Price: Was £150.00 Now £100.00

Black Sheepskin Jacket
Unknown
Size: 10 / Price: £175.00

Pink & Black Silk Dress
Diane Von Furstenberg
Size: 8 / Price: £135.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.  

Monday, 8 December 2014

Inside Vogue: Eyes On The Future





This is quite amazing. If you have 20 minutes to spare, make yourself a coffee and sit back and marvel at the amount of work that went in to producing Vogue Australia’s landmark 55 year anniversary issue.


[Originally posted on MODE+MAISON]

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Insta Inspiration

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This week's favourite Instagram finds...

1. Simple sketches by LA based fashion illustrator Jeanette Getrost.
2. Winter has arrived...
3. Inside Coco Chanel's Paris apartment.
4. Black and white.
5. Isn't nature amazing...
6. Love these 'outlined' stairs! 
7. Distressed white on white.
8. Another great post by Bianca Luini.
9. Fashion as art?    


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@jeanettegetrost
@moonbraee
@jesusandujar
@plndm
@orphanbird
@pholondon
@whereiseefashion
@catcooee

Saturday, 6 December 2014

How To...Build A Stylish Outfit

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In her recent article for the Telegraph online, founder of fashion label Goat, Jane Lewis, shared her tips for building a winning outfit. Here are her do's and don'ts...


Pick style over fashion
Style is innate and can be honed and cultivated: it's what makes you individual and sets you apart from the generic. Part of being stylish is knowing when to give trends a miss.  But do try new silhouettes and colours because you might be pleasantly surprised.

Dress for comfort
Comfort and freedom of movement are elements of dressing we take for granted and are often overlooked, but they imbue you with confidence and elegance.

Work out your fashion sums 

Balance, dimension and proportion are fundamental to the mathematics of fashion. An outfit should enhance your best features, so play to your strengths.

Shop intelligently for foundation pieces
I like modern classics as the basis of my wardrobe. A classic is a design that delivers across seasons, years and decades and once you plant your feet firmly in style with timeless pieces, you can sway towards the fashion trends. 


Choose complementary layers
Wearing items that are the same tone is the easiest way to dress with colour. Tone-on-tone layers are a great daytime look, and different textures can make layering exciting.  Simplicity is something to strive for and master. It takes skill to make something look effortless.


To read Jane's article in full click here

Friday, 5 December 2014

Baubles & Bangles

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If you're on the hunt for a little something special this Christmas, then these super accessories would make the perfect stocking fillers.

Each precious piece comes complete with its original box, and remember, we only have one of each in store so catch them while you can! 


Lowe Resin Cuff
£75.00

Tom Binns Silver Cross
£100.00

Pamela Love x Zadig & Voltaire Limited Edition Serpent Earrings
£100.00

Longchamp Leather & Suede Cuff
Was £ 65.00 Now £55.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability. 

Thursday, 4 December 2014

A Coat For All Seasons

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The perfect parka!  This little number by Twenty8Twelve has all bases covered in terms of wearability.

Not only does it come complete with a detachable hood and lining, but removable sleeves too!  So when the weather warms up, simply remove the hood and lining, and in spring unzip the sleeves for a super stylish gilet! 


Size: 10-12 / Price: £125.00  

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Wednesday, 3 December 2014

The Perfect Gift

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If, like me, you've been consumed with thoughts of Christmas shopping, have you had a chance to think about what you'd like Santa to bring you this year?   

After the fun and festivities are over, why not indulge in some much needed me time? 

The start of a New Year is the perfect time to take stock style wise.  And whether you're looking for a new image or simply some fresh inspiration, a tailor made styling session will put a spring in your step! 

Gift vouchers for my styling services are available to purchase here at the shop, so why not drop a subtle hint to your nearest and dearest and let us do the rest!


Simply pop in and see me at the shop, or click here for my contact details.  

Tuesday, 2 December 2014

How I Styled It...

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Each year, as the weather cools and the dark nights start drawing in, styling the shop windows becomes increasingly challenging.  Why? Because of the limited colour palette we find we have in store.

Now, contrary to popular belief, this has nothing to do with my personal penchant for black! But it does have everything to do with our winter wardrobe habits.

Whether you favour black or not, we all tend to retreat into darker shades as the days get shorter, and that's obviously reflected in the clothing we receive here at the shop.

So, with this in mind, each of the looks in this week's window has been styled with something to give it a lift, be that an interesting texture, a touch of sparkle or a sliver of studded leather... 
  

Black Top with Diamante Trim
Joseph
Size: 12-14 / Price: £55.00

Grey & Black Checked Shorts
By Malene Birger
Size: 10-12 / Price: £55.00

Black/Metallic Jacket 
YSL
Size: 14-16 / Price: £325.00

Black Leather Studded Belt
Zadig & Voltaire
Price: £36.30

Grey Knit with Skulls
Interdée
Size: 14-16 / Price: £65.00

Black Cotton Skirt
Vivienne Westwood
Size: 6-8 / Price: £75.00


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.  

Monday, 1 December 2014

A Touch Of Sparkle

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A sequin is not just for Christmas!  As many of you who know me well won't be surprised to read here... 

But if you're looking for a little sparkly something to brighten up your festive season, then one of these pretty pieces will fit the bill just perfectly!


Sequin Trimmed Top
Mist
Size: 8 / £49.50

Black Sequin Dress
All Saints
Size: 8 / £95.00 SOLD

Black / Multi-Coloured Sequin Dress
D&G
Size: 14 / Price: £150.00

Glitter Shoes
Lucy Choi
Size: 6 / Price: £99.50 (unworn)


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Insta Inspiration

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My top picks on Instagram this week...

1. Liberty. One of my London favourites. Such a beautiful building.  Loving the new TV series on Channel 4.
2. Beautiful black foliage.  A great play on shadows.
3. A young Kate Moss in fabulous faux fur.
4. The first, and best!
5. I love the cool grey concrete against the brilliant white.
6. Acne Elise boots.  Great zip detail.
7. Scandi interior style.  Love it!
8. This DIY clothes rail is genius!  
9. The glass chandelier and floral sprigs really bring this bedroom to life.


Credits
@mija_mija
@evalottasundling
@style_spot
@twiceblessed_
@designbazaar_no
@pholondon
@linncharliejohansson
@faithlord

Saturday, 29 November 2014

Burberry's New Girl

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Burberry is one of those brands that I tend to fall in and out of love with.  And Christopher Bailey's Pre-Fall 2015 Collection for the label definitely falls into the former camp.

Leather, faux fur, layering, and black!  All fashioned around a slim silhouette. It's ticking all the right boxes. I know what I like style wise, and I'm happy to buy into whichever brand speaks my language at any given moment.  Why stick rigidly to a certain stable of designers or brands?  To me, it's the mix that's all part of the fun of fashion.

The last time I fell for an entire Burberry collection was back in 2007, when Bailey's 'Burberry Girl' was portrayed as a rather tough cookie.  Inspired by the brand's logo - a medieval knight on a charger - the season's clothes and accessories took quite a dramatic turn, with studded trench coats, safety pin decorated sweaters, and plenty of black patent!  
  

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I was well and truly won over, and invested in several pieces from the collection, including a beautiful black/metallic trench coat that I still wear today.

This latest collection is, for me at least, another winner...


View the 2015 Pre-Fall Collection here

Friday, 28 November 2014

Winter Wonders

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Brrr...Is your wardrobe winter ready?  

Here are just a few of the cold weather wonders we currently have in store.  Pop in and see us to browse our full collection! 


Black Velour Hat
Philip Treacy
Price: £120.00 (unworn)

Cream Faux Fur Coat
Bellerose (New with Tags)
Size: 12 / Price: £220.00 (Cost New £320.00)

Black Leather Boots
Chloé
Size: 6 / Price: £295.00 (Were £395.00)

Chocolate Brown Leather Gloves
Hermès
Size: 7 / Price: £225.00 (Were £295.00) 


To register your interest in an item or items simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability. 

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Guy Boudin: Image Maker

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Starting today, London's Somerset House hosts the UK's largest ever exhibition of the work of fashion photographer Guy Bourdin.

Bourdin established the idea that the product is secondary to the image, and his distinctive style still serves as a source of inspiration to photographers working in the industry today.

The exhibition features over 100 of Guy Bourdin's works, spanning his 40 year career, including a selection of paintings, working drawings, sketches and notebooks, not previously seen in the UK.

Somerset House is also currently showing 'Chris Stein/Negative: Me, Blondie, and The Advent of Punk', an exhibition of previously unseen photographs of the band taken by Stein himself, as well as 'Fashioning Winter', to coincide with the opening of the ice rink, so I'll definitely be paying a visit before Christmas!  
  

'Guy Bourdin: Image Maker' runs until 15th March, 2015.  For more details click here

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

The Skinny: Jeans with Staying Power

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Here's an excerpt from my latest article for the Huffington Post...


For almost ten years now, skinny jeans have had a sartorial strangle hold on our wardrobes.  Despite the fashion press declaring the style 'dead' on a regular basis, we continue to favour the skinny over all other styles.   But given the fickle nature of fashion, why has this particular jean stood the test of time?  What's the secret to its staying power?  

The skinny silhouette has fallen in and out of vogue over the centuries, and the current preference for a narrower style jean has many possible points of origin. In the late 1970s it was adopted by punks, who wore skinny, bondage styles as part of their anti-establishment 'uniform'.  Later, in 2003, Hedi Slimane sent his models down the Dior Homme catwalk in a strictly slimmed down silhouette, which quickly became the look du jour among the fashion cognoscenti.  This famously prompted Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director of Chanel, to slim down quite dramatically so that he could squeeze himself into a pair of Slimane's much sought after skinny trousers!  

But the skinny jean as we know it today probably first entered the public consciousness back in 2005, courtesy of a London based denim label and a certain Ms Moss.  Superfine, launched in 2003, was one of the first brands to pioneer the skinny jean, and when Kate was snapped sporting a pair several years later, the rest, as they say, is history...


You can continue reading here