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Tangerine dream

8 Jan

Pantone’s colour of the year for 2012 is 17-1463, or Tangerine Tango.

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The Measure in the Guardian remains to be convinced, but I reckon this hue definitely has legs. Not quite subdued enough to be one of spring’s hot pastels yet not bright enough to scream summer holidays, it’s an unassuming, subtle hue that is already finding its way into graphic design, interiors and fashion.

Tangerine Tango reminds me of something that Mailchimp would use on their website (which, for the record, I adore) and a pair of jeans in this colour would be the perfect item to add a bit of lift to my winter wardrobe.

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ASOS call these jeans ‘peach red’, but they’ll do for now until I find the pair I want. The ones I love are currently available from Dylan George but just not online.

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I’m on board.

The Design Fiction of Black Mirror, via Made By Many

7 Jan

Well, it’s been quite a week for stuff what I done gone and wrote getting re-posted elsewhere on the internet. My friend Greg over at Mount Analogue alerted me to the fact that one of my tweets had been used in a recent blog from those wonderful Made by Many chaps.

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made by many gemma critchley blog black mirror charlie brooker facebook social media willow grain

Granted, it’s not the most eloquent thing I’ve ever tweeted but it felt good to have it included in a blog that I look to when I want an interesting or an inspiring read.

Did you watch Charlie Brooker’s (well, Jesse Armstrong’s…) Black Mirror? What did you think to it?

My mantra for 2012

5 Jan

Thanks to a friend of mine who had the good sense to link me to this image, I have a new Mantra for 2012:

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Success and nothing less indeed. Bring it, 2012.

2011 in review

1 Jan

Well, the #oneaday year has passed. Granted, I haven’t blogged every day, but I’ve blogged as and when I could and ended up with 220 posts.

I’ve really enjoyed the project and have met some amazing bloggers through it. Whilst I know it’s not going to carry on with the same momentum, I hope people keep blogging, especially Ian (moaner. Funny moaner), Pete (one a day poppa), Nick (one sentence film reviews) and Ben (awesome, awesome drawings); all of whom keep awesome blogs in very different ways.

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 17,000 times in 2011. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 6 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

Click here to see the complete report.

I don’t really go in for resolutions, but I definitely resolve to write more for pleasure this year. Will you carry on blogging in 2012?

Lush last-minute party dresses

22 Dec

The party season is in full swing, giving me license to stock up on fabulous dresses at every opportunity. With the office Christmas parties done and dusted and one of my favourite events of the year just days away, I decided it was time to turn up the glamour to maximum for Christmas and the New Year.

Having scoured most of the shops online and in Leeds, I was feeling a bit stuck for inspiration. Lucikly, I had one of those ‘OMG moments’ recently, when I went on a night out and saw my friend wearing one of her gorgeous dresses from Warehouse. So, I thought I’d get my fash-sleuth on and see if I could track down any similar gems for my own wardrobe from the dresses that they had to offer.

Warehouse have got so many amazing party dresses, I was pretty spoilt for choice. The good thing about shopping now is the fact that a lot of parties are done and dusted and so the sales have started, meaning you can grab a bargain to wear on Christmas eve or New Year’s Eve, and spend your savings on cocktails…

The ultimate Christmas Eve outfit

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’ve got more than a small obsession with glitter. If you can’t get the glitz out on Christmas eve, when can you? This stunning gold cutout sequin dress is perfect, with more than its fair share of sparkle to make you really stand out at your Christmas eve party. Bare legs (if you dare brave the December cold) and skyscraper platform heels will let the dress do the talking – keep accessories to a minimum when you’re wearing this many sequins!

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My perfect Christmas Day dress

Christmas day is all about family, fun and indulgence. This cute green skater-style dress with its lace bodice would look fab with opaque tights and maybe a string of pearls to give it a bit of a vintage feel. The pleated skirt is bang on trend, too. Plus, the colour is festive without making you look like an extra from Elf…

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New Year’s Eve glamour

If Christmas eve is all about sparkle, then New Year’s Eve is about sizzle. It’s the last blast before those new year’s resolutions kick in, so dress for misbehaviour! This 1920s style drop-waist embellished dress from Warehouse is absolutely drenched in luxury. Intricate beading on the top gives way to one of this season’s hottest pieces: the sequin skirt. This item is from the Warehouse Luxe range, and it’s easy to see why. Teamed with a sequin headband and a faux-fur stole, I’ll be rocking 1920s glamour as I see in 2012:

Warehouse luxe 1920s style dress sequin gemma critchley fashion blog

Fash-sleuth success! I’ve got my dresses sorted for the next few parties and they’re sure to stand me in good stead for any soirees that crop up in 2012. With a bit of clever styling I can tone down the festive feel of these dresses, turning them from one-wear party dresses into investment pieces.

I can already imagine wearing the green lace skater dress in January with chunky, shearling-lined boots and a duffle coat for a trip to the outdoor ice rink in Leeds, before hitting the January sales…

New Sleigh Bells record

19 Dec

There’s a new Sleigh Bells record coming out in January, called Reign of Terror. I absolutely loved the first record, so I’m hoping this one lives up to it. Although I must admit after seeing them live a few times, I began to get a bit tired of the taper recorder/shouting schtick. The first time was brilliant, though. Here’s a teaser for their album:

And this is their new single:

Expecting big tingz!

I’m dreaming of a bookish Christmas

13 Dec

Everyone knows that books are the best Christmas gifts, whether giving or receiving. Well, imagine how awesome it would be to have your wrapped presents sitting happily under this awesome Christmas tree made out of books:

book christmas tree literature lit gifts awesome tree festive xmas

Imagine that little beauty nestling in the corner of your living room (or, if you’re living the dream, your library):I’m going to make it my goal to collect old books over the next year and make one for Christmas 2012.

Away up north

12 Dec

Apols for the lack of posts, it was my birthday last week and my wonderful chap whisked me away to the land of whisky, snow and Irvine Welsh.

We had a wonderful couple of days in Edinburgh, more pics to follow, but for now, let this picture of the very beautiful Edinburgh Castle in the snow whet your appetite.

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The quest for the perfect Christmas jumper

6 Dec

The quest for the perfect Christmas jumper has been one I’ve been meaning to embark upon for a while now and a request via Twitter from my friend Steph alongside the fact that it’s Online Fashion Week prompted me to restart this with earnest. Or Ernest, who saved Christmas, remember?

Anyway, I digress.

The perfect Christmas jumper should tick a few boxes. These are:

  • Festive
  • Cosy
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Not ironic.

Of course, there’s a traditional Fair Isle print that you could go for, or full on Christmas motifs, but it depends on:

a.) How much you love Christmas, and

b.) How subtle or loud you want your outfit to be.

It also kind of depends on how you want to wear your knit, too. Skinny jeans, chelsea boots, mittens and earmuffs look awesome with a big oversized jumper whereas a more fitted jumper would work with thick wool tights, brogues and a corduroy skirt. Anyway, to the jumpers…

First port of call, the mighty blighty high street.

This is from good old Topshop, and is pretty bob on as far as Christmas jumpers go. Fairly easy to wear and nicely festive without making you look too much like these dudes.

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I also really like this chunky knit from Joy, which is more of a cardigan than a jumper, but the colours are fab and it’d be quite versatile so for those reasons, I’m in.

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Next, onto the hipster shops (you know, the Urban Outfitters/American Apparels of this world).

This super cute Cooperative Fox Intarsia cardigan from Urban Outfitters is ace, I know it’s not strictly a jumper (or anything to do with Christmas), but I still love it.

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And so onto high end, and where so many shopping trips down the digital yellow brick road of fashion end up, we come to Coggles.

This beautiful Paul and Joe Sister Aspen jumper is my personal favourite, although I was torn for a bit between this and the lovely YMC one. I love those little pom-poms that make up the pattern though, and they swung it for me in terms of making it into my faves. Lush. That said, £175 is a LOT of money to spend on a jumper that you might not even wear next winter.

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Vintage/second hand would be great, but due to the Christmas jumper being one of the most worn trends of AW11 for both men and women, you’ll be hard pushed to find anything half decent that isn’t making the seller an 85% margin and seeing you out of pocket for no reason.

Believe me, I’ve looked.

A very different Christmas jumper post will follow this on Friday after the Creative Team Christmas Pub Crawl (TM) on Friday. Watch this space.

Let it snow – new blog post for Madam Rage

30 Nov

My very fabulous friend Gemma is a buyer for a fabulous new fashion website, Madam Rage. Gemma and I used to work together at and so I was thrilled when she asked me to put on my fashion blogging hat again to pen a few sartorial musings for the Madam Rage blog.


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My first post is all about day-to-night Christmas party wear and you can read the full post here on the Madam Rage blog.

Writing it reminded me how much I’ve missed pure style blogging. I love The One a Day Project and it’s been refreshing to talk about life in general rather than just clothes, but I think I’ll be bringing more fash back in future!

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