Friday, 29 July 2011

Bonkers about Bento!

If you know me you know I love all things cute! Japan is known for its super cute, or 'kawaii' as they say, fashions and designs. Everything is decorated with tiny cute bows, cakes or creatures and I love it! So when I came accross the bento box which is both artistic, cute and edible I was in heaven.
After googling my life away and aawing and oohing at the super cuteness of these boxes  I couldn't stand it any more! I was like a women possessed watching tutorials on youtube and searching through images. All I could think is what a great way to pack your lunch! Lunch never has to be boring again! Now adults do make these for themselves but they are usually made for children who are fussy eaters. So, I've bought myself a super cute girly polka dotted red bento box and  I will be getting my boyfriend a more grown up version from firebox.
Look how cute! I love how yummy and adorable it all looks. I can't wait to start packing lunches. Now, I'm not promising anything as I'll just be starting out!
 I will keep you posted. Enjoy!

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Master Your Wardrobe:

Ever have the problem where your wardrobe is FULL of clothing but you have nothing to wear? Welcome to my world. My problem is that I have so many quirky vintage pieces or old clothes when it comes to needing something to wear I can't find anything. I also find myself wearing certain items over and over again, I have one pair of high waisted skinny jeans which I have worn to death. It was then I decided it was time to break up with my wardrobe.
A few hours later I was faced with 5 big plastic bags of clothing and STILL a wardrobe full of clothing. Most of the clothing I've kept are things that I tried on and they still looked great. Looking at my rails of clothing I realised my problem. I forgot the basics! Most of my pieces are quirky and patterned so when it comes to putting a casual outfit together it was no wonder I found it difficult. Like most of us, I am working on a strict budget so I really need to choose carefully what to buy and what not to buy!

Wardrobe Basics:
There are a few items every girl needs in her wardrobe. A few basics can make a big difference as you can mix and match items to create new styles and looks.
  • Heels- 3 pairs of heels in black, neutral and another colour of your choice are all you really need. An expensive comfortable pair of heels is cheaper in the long run as they will last you longer.
  • Flats- Personally I believe you can never have too many flats! They look great with any outfit and are what you will probably be wearing most of the time. Also invest in a good pair of trainers for exercise.
  • Boots- I would say have at least 3 pairs of good boots to last you through Autumn and a pair of reliable boots for when it snows. I love boots as you can wear them with anything! For Autumn I'd wear mine with a jumper dress and tights.
  • Jeans- 2 pairs of jeans in a darker shade will flatter your figure. My personal favourites are high waisted or skinny jeans.
  • Coats- 2 coats are all you really need! One for the harsh winters and a lighter one for Autumn. I love my sheepskin vintage coat for winter and my beige fitted zara coat for Autumn.
  • Plain Tops- At least 4 plain tops two of which should be black and white.
  • Skirts- Skirts are great when you want to look a bit fancy but not too fancy, like if you're going out on the town.
  • Jumpers/Cardigans- These are great for chilly summer nights and cover ups. I personally like my Jumpers overiszed teamed with skinny jeans and boots.
  • Maxi Dress- I own a beautiful full length red Ghost maxi dress, it's my go to piece for big events such as weddings.
  • The LBD- The little black dress was invented by Coco Chanel and made famous by Audrey Hepburn.  It is a wardrobe classic for any girl, it's a go to if you need to look extra polished for a date and lasts through all seasons.
I hope this inspires you to go and declutter your wardrobes! Why not invite some friends over to help? They can tell you honestly what looks good! You can even make an evening of it and have a swap party!

Saturday, 23 July 2011

Mad about Mad Men

A while back my sister came to visit from London and we had a great time catching up and talking about how LWV is doing. I always love when my sister comes to visit as she lives in Camden London and often visits the vintage markets down there to tell me what's new and what people are loving right now. We got to talking about a programme called Mad Men. She told me I had to watch the programme as it was set in the early 1960's and had loads of amazing fashion. Now, I had heard of Mad Men before and had taken a look at Christina Hendricks and her amazing wardrobe on the show. So finally I got to watching it!

 Joan Holloway, played by Christina Hendricks, is a very popular character on the show and plays a big role of a succesfull women working in a mans world.  Her character is sexy and always well dressed in beautiful dresses and office attire. She plays up to her perfect hourglass figure with wiggle dresses and pencil skirts. I love the wiggle dress and recently bought a handmade vintage wiggle dress for myself from Vintage Vanity. I love how the dresses hug your figure and make you look amazing!

You can get some fantastic wiggle dresses from Dolly Dagger. They will set you back a bit but they are lovely. There are loads of beautiful dresses and other retro bits on their site.
They have also recently opened shop in brighton! I would love to go and visit and sample all the delights they have to offer.

How do I know if I have an hourglass figure?
  • You have an hourglass figure if your body is like the number 8. You have a large bust, small waist and large hips. For example your chest measurements should be similar to your hip measurements and your waist should be smaller than both.
  • You can FAKE an hourglass figure using corsets and a good bra if you are not blessed in that department.
  • Another trick is to buy a great pencil skirt dress and add a waist belt to give the illusion of hourglass curves.

Friday, 22 July 2011

Old Favourites: Cocktails from the past!

When it's time to relax we all have our old favourite drinks we keep going back to. Some like a simple whisky on ice whilst others may have more expensive tastes and choose to unwind with champagne. Cocktails are my drink of choice as they are always presented well and taste great. We all like a drink every now and then so why not make it something classy and fancy like our old favourite stars?
Frank Sinatra was known to be a very stylish man always aware of how he looked and the company he kept. So it makes sense that his drink of choice was the very classy manhattan! It was said he would enjoy this cocktail with the "Rat Pack."
The late great Marilyn Monroe lived a hectic life but always enjoyed the finer things. Her great loves were men, chanel, acting and champagne. So my guess is she would of  enjoyed this simple but stylish champagne cocktail.

I do not hide the fact that I consider George Peppard in his 'Breakfast at Tiffany's' days to be the best looking man to have ever lived. Admittedly I do still watch the film and swoon over him. He has such grace and air about him which you can't quite put your finger on. George liked to relax with whisky,  Jack Daniels being the whisky of choice back then. I reckon the perfect gentlemen would have gone down well with George.
I hope you have fun trying these out! Remember to drink responsibly!

Monday, 18 July 2011

Viva Vintage!

It seems like the vintage revival is here to stay! Hooray! I am so pleased to see more and more people wearing and loving vintage items as that what Laced With Velvet Vintage is all about. I have seen the high street imitating vintage fashion more and more. I'm also noticing more celebs rocking the vintage trend.
 Sheer tops and blouses are making a big come back especially lace tops.  Here you can see one of LWV's own gorgeous sheer polka dot blouses from the 1980's when patterns were exaggerated and clothes were daring. Even though this is a vintage piece it is very much with the times! Team this with red lipstick, a high waisted black skirt and red heels.
 I love and adore vintage as the pieces have a story to tell and have lasted for ages! They always look classic and I know when I am wearing something vintage no one will have the same thing.
Vintage bags are also a favourite of mine and embroided bags are appearing all over the high street. In the picture you can see one of LWV's  stunning embroided vintage bags. I love this bag as it isn't too big or too small. Vintage bags have a beautiful quality to them so I guess it makes perfect  sense for the high street to imitate the style.
Urban outfitters even sell lovely pieces of vintage jewellery and even asos now have a market section selling vintage! Even my local charity shop has a vintage clothing rail! I couldn't be happier about the vintage revival and hope you are inspired too.

Friday, 8 July 2011

A Domestic Goddess in the making: The Hunt

Searching for items for a new home can be very very scary indeed, I know I found it tough! So to make things easier for those in a similar situation to me I thought I'd share some of my tips;

1. New Home, Fresh start:
A new place is a new you! It's your chance to leave the past in the past and re invent yourself if you wish to do so, especially if you're starting uni like me. I recomend going through old clothes and seeing what you REALLY wear and what you don't need at all. Make sure you try on each item before they go in the plastic bag then have a clothes swapping party for you and your friends!

2. Get rid of the clutter:
I am the worst for hoarding! I tend to find bits around my room I have never meant to keep. To help with the clutter make a memory box to put loved and cherished items you wish to have with you. Give the bits and bobs you don't need to a charity shop or have a carboot sale.

3. Make Lists:
Sounds silly but you'll be surprised at how much you can forget to get or how much you already have. Go through the things you have and make a list of things you need for all the rooms in your home.

4. Hunt:
Don't go into a store and buy the first thing you see. Chances are if you look around you may find a better deal!

5. A Place For Everything:
Make sure there is enough space for your items and try your best to keep everything where it should be. This makes things easier to find and cause you less of a fluster if you're cooking for guests.

6. Living With Friends:
Do your part of the cleaning away after yourself and do your best to not get in anyone's way. If a friend is bringing someone over who you may not like remember it is there home too. If tensions start to build though make sure to talk to eachother. Even the best of friends can have arguments when living together.

7. Living With  A Partner:
Make sure you both tidy up around the home and keep it neat. Chances are you are both busy with uni work or working. Try to make it so the person who is home first does the cooking. Again communication is key to getting any relationship right and is just as important when living together. Remember to give one another space if you need it. Sit down and talk about what your plans are and how you would like your home to look.

Getting a new home is exciting and fun so remember to relax and enjoy it once it is all done.