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6 Oct 2008

Eye of the Tiger

Ummm, how can I put this... I want this tee please!
(Ignore the intense stare/ cheesy model)

It's by Zakee Shariff for ASOS.

Granted it is nothing amazing, but I love a tee.

What do I love about this particular tee? It's soft jersey, its got a tiger on the front, and most importantly - it's colourful.

That's probably why I am also drawn to this 'Life Is Boring' Tee from Urban Outfitters

I'd like to wear either one to work, with my fave oversize cardi and my tea cosy hat.

Done and done.

Ooo, and not forgetting my beloved man shoes from Office.

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27 Sep 2007


Being a shopping fiend, I saw these signs and couldn't help but be tempted to bag myself a bargain...

£10 for and adult and £5 for a kid... how could you go wrong?
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14 Apr 2007

Primark Oxford Street: I Went, I Saw, I was Scared!

I'm no fool. I didn't go to Primark Oxford Street on opening day. I was at work, unlike all the people who were at the opening. Plus, you just knew it would be madness, and only the insane or those with a death wish would dare to go.

I mean, would you want to be in amongst these crazies - hopped up on sugar and the excitement of finding a bargain?

Not me, no sireee Bob!

So, I left it and thought I'd visit at a later date and see what all the fuss was about. Would this Primark be better than Hammersmith?

I finally went last Tuesday and it was still insane. There were no queues, I was able to walk straight in. Getting out on the other hand was a different story. Due to all people (mainly giddy girls) the store was still heaving, and the line for the tills wrapped around the store a few times. I can only assume these people were in no rush, as they wouldn't be going anywhere in a hurry.

I couldn't be bothered to look, not that I could see anything due to all the people and the moment I had gone in I regretted my decision and just wanted to get out again - but how? I could see no way out. As I walked I was being pulled further into the store and the hustle and bustle of Oxford Street was fading in the distance.

Ok, don't panic... stay calm.

I saw the street and people walking, I headed in that direction- to freedom. Exit denied! It was a window! Teasing me with the outside world. Damn you see through glass!
After much searching I found an exit, at one point I thought I was going to have to tunnel my way out.

Anyway, I won't be going back there in a hurry. I may need therapy just to get over the experience. If I do need to go to Primark, I'll probably just stick to the Hammersmith branch. After the madness of Oxford Street, Hammersmith will seem like an oasis of calm in comparison.

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8 Jan 2007

Grumpy Shoppers

This was something else I was meant to blog about before the end of 2006, but didn't get round to it, so here it is.
For Christmas I got myself a part time job in a bookstore for some extra cash. It has been a while since I have been on the shop floor, but it's been ok. What I was going to blog about was: Christmas Shoppers.
Some are nice, some are quiet and some are just downright rude.

Obviously Christmas is the busiest time of year and people seem to go mental in the shops and lose all logic, reason and basic common courtesy. So, here are some tips to think about and prepare yourself for later on in the year.

- Do not tut and groan about having to wait in a queue for ages. If you are going to come at lunchtime, at the same time as everyone else, of course it is going to be busy, so deal with it.
- Whilst waiting in the queue, why not prepare your method of payment so that when you get to the till and we announce the total, you don't look at us like we have asked for your first-born child. Then spend the next 5 minutes rifling through your bag for your wallet.
- "How would you like to pay?" is not a trick question or a hard question, nor is "would you like a bag for that?" The answers are either cash/card or yes/no. Please commit these to memory, as I am sure you will encounter them at a later date.
- A please and thank you would also not go a miss.

These are just the basics.

Anyhoo, Christmas shopping mania is now over so everyone can just relax.
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14 Nov 2006

Topshop are spoiling us.

Not only do Topshop spoil us with it's selection of clothes and the many ways we can drool over them -instore,online and podcasts.

Now they are coming to us in special packaging when you buy via the interwebnet. The polka dot theme of their new revamped site continues through to the boxes and bags that your goodies will come in. The packaging is also fully recyclable , well done Topshop. What more could we want?.. they look after our fashion needs and our planet.

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10 Nov 2006

Victor and Rolf Fever Hits the High Street

When I heard the news that Viktor and Rolf had joined forces with H&M, I was giddy with excitement. At previous H&M collaborations -Karl Lagerfeld & Stella McCartney- I was there, not necessarily at doors opening, but I was there. So in the lead up to the 9th of November I repeatedly visited H&M's website making a wish list of what I wanted from the collection... not much just a couple of shirts. However, as funds are running low I was not getting too attached to avoid any disappointment.

I am not a big fan of crowds and the thought of being in a scrum for some shirts was all to much to bear. I thought I'll pop along about an hour after doors opening as I figured most people would have to be at work and the furor would have died down allowing people a little more elbow room and space to breath.

I was right. I went to H&M High Street Kensington and the store seemed calm, no stampede, no fights... where was everybody? I made my way upstairs and to the back of the store where there was only a handful of people in the victor & Rolf section. Everything seemed quite civilised. I felt relieved I had missed the madness and would be able to browse in peace. Oh yes, I would be able to browse in peace, but the problem was there was nothing left!

Well I exaggerate, there was stuff left but not the stuff I had marked out on my wish list. I browsed the rest of the store and saw some nice bits and pieces, but left empty handed. I took it as a sign from the financial gods that it was not meant to be.

However, all was not lost as next stop was H&M Oxford Street. By now it was lunch time and I actually felt scared as I came down the escalator. Obviously people who hadn't been able to be there at opening time were ready to forego eating this lunch hour and feed their shopping appetite instead.
I couldn't even get close to the rails. I did see lots of empty racks and shelves and the queues at the tills were ridiculous. The women in the queue were clutching their finds tight as other shoppers circled them waiting to see if any of the items would be discarded. I was in the store all of 10 minutes and then I left. Ney mind.

Anyhoo, to see what happened when the doors opened at Oxford street, Catwalk Queen braved the crowds and filmed the madness.

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3 Nov 2006

I want....

Lately I have been lusting after the dresses of Alice McCall. *sigh*

So pretty and feminine but modern. Her use of pattern, colour and detail is impeccable.

To get a closer look at the rest of her collection, visit her website and start making your wish list now.

TIP: Don't lean to close to the screen or you'll get drool on the keyboard.

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