Roses, Lace & Tousled Locks…

I like to change my hair a lot and a great way to do that is with extensions. I’ve never worn hair extensions before but this is the perfect¬†platform to give it a try and tell you what I think.

KoKo Couture offer some great styles for wigs and extensions with lots of shades to match to your hair, I went for a 3/4 half head wig and straight extensions. I used both of these together along with a handmade flower and pom pom crown to create a natural, tousled look. To add a touch of festival (I am hanging onto summer for as long as possible) I wore Face Lace and some metallic nail varnish, some vintage flares, a loose white shirt and vintage tan leather bag. A mixture of vintage jewellery and tan leather belt completes the mermaid, boho style.

This is very different to how I would normally style or dress and I think the flexibility of the hair extensions and wig allowed the look to be so different, I’m looking forward to exploring further looks with these hair pieces over the next few months…

Chloe Long Natural Wavy 3/4 half head wig in light blonde and Lorna 1-piece straight hair extensions light blonde both from KoKo Couture, Face Lace by Phillis Cohen, Metallic Nail varnish in no3 Sunstone from Beauty UK, flower crown made by me, silver skull necklace and ring from the Great Frog, all other jewellery vintage, shirt from Primark, shoes stylists own, jeans and bag vintage. Molly the dog stylists own.
 
Styling & Photography Helen S Stanley. 

Lo And Cicero…

LET’S talk about some gorgeous handmade fine jewellery. Ethically sourced jewellery designed and crafted with love by Lo And Cicero. Grace is the aesthetic marvel behind Lo And Cicero and along with the support of her wonderful doggies she creates¬†unique pieces with fair-trade and recycled Sterling Silver, Rough Diamonds and Semi Precious Stones. Grace is from Cambridge and named her brand¬†after her French Bulldog and Pug, you have to check out their Instagram, so cute! Let’s find out more…

HW: What is your background and how did it lead you to the world of jewellery design?

GRACE: I was always doing something creative when I was little, more often than not it was a barbie makeover (complete with multicoloured hair and tattoos) or making a potion of rose petals and mud in the garden! After school I did a Foundation Degree in Art and Design and decided that fashion was the way forward for me.

I went to the London College of Fashion and studied Fashion Make-Up and Design. I worked in the fashion industry for a while as a make-up artist, which I loved and it allowed me to work with some brilliant people and companies, but I found that it wasn’t creative enough.

I was always most interested in the accessories on fashion shoots, so I did a jewellery course at Central St. Martins and I loved it! I still do make up for weddings, but most of my time is spent designing and making jewellery.

HW: What people/places/things do you look to for inspiration?

GRACE:¬†I would say that nature is my biggest inspiration at the moment, the beautiful detail on a dragonfly wing, the angular shapes in crystal formations and the smooth curves on bones are all massive sources of ideas for me. I recently went to Turkey and I love all the traditional Turkish and Lycian jewellery, it’s so intricate and I think all the¬†filigree¬†and goldwork is beautiful. I am hoping to do some pieces influenced by my travels soon! I want to make pieces that are delicate and pretty but still very modern and unique.

HW: I love your doggies on Instagram, do they have any influence on your work?

GRACE:¬†Lola and Cicero are my little fur babies. My fianc√© and I got them at a difficult time in our lives and we realised that there was no point in putting off something that you want to do because you are waiting for the ‘right time’! If you want it, do it! And that is why I set up Lo and Cicero Jewellery. I have made a few pieces directly influenced by the dogs, for example I made a pendant that was cast from one of Lola’s baby teeth and a little pug face pendant. Lola is also the face of Lo and Cicero, every piece of jewellery is packed in a box with a wax seal of Lola’s portrait!

HW: If there were no limits what would be your dream design project?

GRACE: My dream project would probably be making something extravagant and opulent using precious stones and metals! For example a ring with droplets of gold holding ethically sourced diamonds, sapphires, emeralds and morganite. It would still be very organic looking, soft round bubbles with geometric crystals poking through. Or maybe a gold skull buried in a ring of free form gold and stones. Excessive but natural!

HW: Do you see any other products in your future or will you be concentrating on jewellery?

GRACE:¬†At the moment I will be focusing mainly on Lo and Cicero jewellery. I would love to explore other creative projects in the future though, I love sewing and embroidery, so maybe something that involves that. I love fashion, especially fashion for kids. Is that weird for someone who isn’t a parent?! There’s nothing better than a stylish baby, apart from maybe a stylish doggy!

HW: What are your plans for the next few years with regards to Lo And Cicero?

GRACE: In the next few years I would love to establish Lo and Cicero as a company known for beautiful, modern and ethical jewellery. At the moment I use recycled silver and ethically sourced diamonds. I would like to expand on this and use only materials that are completely cruelty free. I also use a synthetic silk thread, which is not only stronger than natural silk but nothing was killed in the process of making it! I would love to have my jewellery in boutiques like Kabiri, a London based store that features contemporary jewellery designers. Gorgeous shop!

HW: Who would your ideal collaboration be with?

GRACE: If I could choose anyone it would probably have been Alexander McQueen. I loved his dark beautiful designs, he seemed to draw a lot of influence from nature and the world around him. I also love Nick Knight, a photographer who has won multiple awards for his stunning and experimental work. He plays with colour, shape, pattern and movement in his work and the results are always gorgeous.

HW:¬†What do you like to do for fun, when you’re not designing?

GRACE:¬†When I’m not designing and making jewellery I’m usually doing something that involves the dogs. Either stealing cuddles, going for walks or taking an obscene amount of photos of them! I also love traveling, dying my hair, wasting time on Pinterest, drinking cocktails with friends and baking vegan treats for my fianc√© (everyone loves cake!). A lot of my spare time at the moment is spent¬†planning our¬†wedding, which has inspired me to create some jewellery pieces for¬†bridesmaids and the bridal party. And yes,¬†Lola and Cicero will be at the wedding, dressed appropriately!¬†‚ô†

Interview by Helen S Stanley, photographs courtesy of Lo & Cicero.

The Many Looks of Angelina Jolie…

THERE’S no denying that Angelina Jolie can draw anyone in with a smirk and wink. She can raise one of her eyebrows and clench her jaw in a way that makes you wonder if she’s about to jump your bones or scold you. But her real talent is that even with her strong features, she’s able to manipulate her entire appearance and vibe with nothing more than a quick costume change.

Jolie first came on the scene using her bold looks for harsher characters, such as Gia Carangi in the biopic of the model’s rise to fame and drug issues. She also played the conniving Gloria McNeary in Hell’s Kitchen, and the manipulative sociopath Lisa in Girl, Interrupted. Loose tanks and men’s button ups usually completed her disheveled appearance, all specifically designed to give a physical representation of her inner turmoil.

And of course, she’s played dozens of variations of the strong female cop/agent that can wield a gun just as impressively as she can rock a skin-tight leather ensemble like in Tomb Raider. As strong as her presence is on the screen, it’s only magnified by her is physical stature. Roles in films such as Mr. & Mrs. Smith, The Bone Collector, Taking Lives, and Wanted all featured Jolie as a strong, crime-fighting authority figure with a more masculine dress.

But she’s also capable of pulling off looks that are the total opposite of her gritty roles. She can just as flawlessly don the softer look of a Southern belle and debutant (True Women) or a bubbly blonde news anchor (Life, or Something Like It). While her character was deceitful in The Tourist, her intended look as a warm, engaging, and feminine character is emphasized with her clothing. Her gorgeous high-fashion style resembles the classic look of Sophia Loren with a modern twist of inspiration from sophisticated beauty Kate Middleton.

The most feminine, and gentle character she’s played however was likely the role of Christine Collins, the mother of a toddler in Changeling. Set in 1920s Los Angeles, the film and Jolie’s performance have received well-deserved accolades. It’s described on Picturebox Films as “the definitive role of her entire career” in their teaser page for the film. And in terms of how she looked, Clothes On Film said that throughout the film, Jolie suited the time period perfectly. They make particular mention of “the unstructured dresses and cloche hats seem made to accentuate her striking, oh-so photographic features.” They added, “In just about every possible way Changeling is a costume tour de force.”

They also discussed the importance of her dress for the setting of the film. Jolie had to represent a working women after the Great War, which had allowed women the opportunity to take on positions of employment that were traditionally reserved for men. Subsequently, the wardrobe of the time reflected the social change, as women began wearing their hair shorter and downplaying their curves. Jolie’s character had a few high-class pieces such as her fur coat, and she wore it frequently as a struggling single mom of the time would have done. Most of her other pieces were matched the everyday style of a working single mother of the ’20s. She kept her hair short and wore loose-fitting, mostly neutral dresses that hid her figure.

While it might surprise some to see her with softer attire, it still isn’t her most shocking look, that came when she starred in Salt. She once again played a badass agent with dozens of fun wigs and costumes. However, the one that left the most lasting impression is when her character went undercover as a male naval officer, complete with facial prosthetics and a clean military cut wig. The actress’ fan page on Facebook says that look was so convincing that her son didn’t recognize her. Apparently Brad Pitt refused to kiss her because she looked so unlike herself.

“Brad wouldn’t kiss me,” she told www.dailymail.co.uk. “He wouldn’t go there.”

Even if her roles shock her family, we’re still excited to see what look this talented star attempts to pull off next.

Get Shirty…

DRESSES are one of my favourite things to wear because they’re so easy! It’s just one piece, no messing, simple to style up or down. I have two really gorgeous shirt dresses, both very different in style but similar in tone. The first is a¬†shirt dress is by LEVI’S from Sojeans. I love the colour and the overall look is laid back, all I did was chuck on some ballet flats and teamed it with a nude skull clutch from Loulebelle. I added a vintage gold bangle, a collection of gold and silver necklaces and my trademark silver skull ring. I also wore some Beauty Sparks Cleopatina by Face Lace to give the look a little something extra.¬†

This second printed shirt dress was designed by Fearne Cotton for very.co.uk, I saw this beauty at the #veryFearne event earlier this month and fell in love. I styled it with big heels, a skull necklace and a leather clutch, but it could just as easily be styled with flats and a big bag for a more pared down look.

Styling & Photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Cosmopolitan #FashFest

A MASSIVE fan of Cosmopolitan – even more so because I’m shortlisted again for Best Established Fashion Blog at the Cosmo Blog Awards, vote here! (I had to get that in)¬†– so when I heard about¬†#FashFest I couldn’t wait to find out more and tell you all about it. Cosmopolitan #FashFest is a new brand extension for Cosmopolitan following the successful launch of Cosmopolitan FASHION ‚Äď Cosmopolitan‚Äôs standalone fashion magazine. Taking place week commencing 15th September, #FashFest consists¬†of five live fashion events in five days ‚Äď offering consumers the ultimate fashion experience. Events include:

‚ô• A live lingerie show,

♥ A fashion master class from the industry’s top celebrity insiders including Pixie Lott, Victoria Adcock (stylist to Cheryl Cole and Victoria Beckham) and Ben Cooke (Nicole Scherzinger’s hairdresser),

‚ô•¬†The ultimate fashion night in ‚Äď an online shopping extravaganza with fantastic discounts, offers and treats from some of the UK‚Äôs biggest fashion brands,

♥A live catwalk show, which will showcase the best and most affordable A/W14 collections from our favourite retailers, all styled by the Cosmopolitan fashion team. Consumers will be able to directly shop the looks from the show the next morning via http://www.cosmofashfest.co.uk,

♥ The ultimate fashion wrap party where readers and fashion brands can network and celebrate a unique five days of fashion-dedicated events.

Cosmopolitan will combine the power of live events with digital scale in order to showcase the key trends for Autumn/Winter 2014 and how to wear them. A bespoke content hub, www.cosmofashfest.co.uk, will also host all the #FashFest dedicated content for the week and will include live Google+ Hangouts, user-generated content, exclusive flash sales, behind the scenes, talking heads and fashion and beauty videos.

Not only is all this awesomeness going on, there are loads of great brands involved too, including Accessorize, ASOS, Brand Alley, BooHoo.com, Dorothy Perkins, Florence and Fred, Miss Selfridge, Next, Oasis, Primark, River Island, Schuh, Yumi and Very.co.uk

If you’d like to find out more about this incredible event check out the website¬†http://www.cosmofashfest.co.uk/¬†and if you would like to buy tickets for the fashion show you can get them here. This is definitely a fashion event not to be missed so make sure to check out the chat with fellow Cosmo lovers by using¬†#FashFest on Twitter and Instagram.¬†I don’t have time to go to many events but even I’m clearing my schedule for this one, see you there!

 Information and imagery courtesy of Cosmopolitan UK. 

Rock ‘n’ Roll Gatsby…

‚ÄúThey were smart and sophisticated, with an air of independence about them, and so casual about their looks and clothes and manners as to be almost slapdash. I don’t know if I realised as soon as I began seeing them that they represented the wave of the future, but I do know I was drawn to them. I shared their restlessness, understood their determination…”- Colleen Moore

INFLUENCED by fabulous flapper style,¬†heavy on the Gatsby with a touch of rock ‘n’ roll, I combine vintage, high street & designer to achieve something beautiful and unique. A long time fan of 1920’s style and attitude way before it’s latest revival, I decided it was time to do it my way. So, revel in this vision and immerse yourselves in the influence of the 1920’s, you’ll be a modern-day flapper before you know it…

OUTFIT ONE: Vintage fur coat, diamante flower ring & statement necklace from Loulebelle, vintage lingerie set by Janet Reger, headscarf as before, shoes by Kurt Geiger, ombre purple wig from Wonderland Wigs. OUTFIT TWO: Vintage green printed kimono jacket by Frank Usher, stepped cream top from Loulebelle, cream knee-high socks from John Lewis, shoes by Kurt Geiger, ombre purple wig from Wonderland Wigs, earrings from Loulebelle, hair accessory stylists own. OUTFIT THREE: Paid to Play cropped vest top by Red Lace District, wide leg trousers from Primark, purple beret vintage, photographic print clutch bag from Dorothy Perkins, brogue style shoes (just seen) Boot Co from Timberland, jet bead necklace vintage, silver skull ring from The Great Frog, diamante bracelet from Loulebelle, shoes by Kurt Geiger, ombre purple wig from Wonderland Wigs. OUTFIT FOUR: Vintage silk kimono dress & vintage headscarf from Seek & Revive, shoes by Kurt Geiger, ombre purple wig from Wonderland Wigs, faux pearl necklaces from Primark, skull & glitter pendant from Anna Lou of London, diamante bracelet & flower statement ring from Loulebelle. OUTFIT FIVE: Cashmere jumper from Johnstons of Elgin Cashmere (past season), vintage satin & lace lingerie by Janet Reger, disco glitter clutch bag from Accessorize,  necklaces as before, headscarf & bracelet from Loulebelle, silver skull ring as before, shoes by Kurt Geiger, ombre purple wig from Wonderland Wigs.

Styling & Photography by Helen S Stanley, Model Leigh Rees-Reynolds, Creative Assistance Jessica Speller. 

Interior Style…

MY interior style has definitely changed over the years, even more so since my partner and I have been together. His style is so incredible¬†it’s hard not to be influenced by it, mine is probably a little more on the odd side so between the two of us we create a good aesthetic balance. I haven’t featured much in the way of interior style on Helen’s Wardrobe so I thought now was as good a time as any to share a few snaps from our home.

We live in a late Victorian townhouse, an older section of which¬†forms part of an 16th century Coach House, so we’re lucky to have the high ceilings, picture rails and fireplaces of the late Victorian era as well as beams and unusual features from the coach house. We’re in the middle of redecorating and renovating as well as running our own custom car business (which means decorating isn’t finished yet!) so I couldn’t include the rooms which aren’t complete, but there are lots to get an idea of our interior style…

Our sitting room is dominated by a large book wall which was built by my Dad and my partner Stephen. It houses our growing collection of car and music books, as well as my Douglas Coupland collection, Shakespeare, numerous tattoo and pirate books, novels, biographies, interior and fashion publications and many many Hot Wheels. That said, we’ve still got a fair way to go to fill it, only half of it is shown above!

We’ve collected a lot of photography and art between us with a lovely mixture of limited edition pieces, film posters and iconic Getty Images of motor sport and musicians. We both love cars and music and this is reflected in our interior – especially my office which I couldn’t photograph due to its large collection of car parts for Skull & Pistons Garage!

Our kitchen is a hub for music and socializing especially as it leads out to the garden.¬†It’s also really bright and has enough space for a bar woo hoo! Stephen also has a record player in here which gets a lot of use. We’ve mixed design classics with old found pieces and the Instax wall is great for displaying my obsession with instant photography.

The main bedroom is dominated by our wardrobes (built by Stephen) and fireplace all of which are painted dark slate grey and finished off with a cow skull. There’s a huge vintage Union Jack flag above our bed, creepy Alice in Wonderland prints above my dressing table and Mick Jagger photographs on one of the walls. The second bedroom is very light, it reminds me of an old-fashioned hospital with the light grey walls and metal bed frame which is why I like it so much. There are antique skulls and antlers scattered around the house and random vintage Playboys which I got for one of Stephen’s birthdays. The one featured above is from his year and month of birth, I got it direct from Playboy in the States and it just happened to be a special edition.

The guest bathroom is in attic of the oldest part of the house and has loads of beams as well as a giant bath tub. Obviously there are skulls in here too, Vogue to read in the bath and we couldn’t be without Soveral products because we love Alex and her creations!

Photographs by Helen S Stanley. 

Mountain Dew¬ģ Green Label Gallery Exhibits Urban Art in Amsterdam…

HELEN’S Wardrobe is celebrating four years of blogging this month and what better way to celebrate style, culture, aesthetics¬†and general candy for the soul than to talk about art. Curated by local Dutch collective, Mountain Dew¬ģ and The Green Label Gallery¬†feature up and coming European street artists…

Celebrating street art and urban culture, Mountain Dew¬ģ and Dutch art foursome, Chaotic Bastards, will curate an innovative,¬†crowd-sourced gallery unveiled in one of Europe‚Äôs most creative capitals ‚Äď Amsterdam. The Green Label Gallery will culminate in Amsterdam alongside the first-ever European Dew Tour Am Series ‚Äď an action-packed, daylong amateur action sports competition slated for August 31st¬†at the iconic Museumplein. The Green Label Gallery exhibition begins with a stark white space and a gallery-quality printer¬†‚Äď the HP Designjet Z3200 Photo Printer ‚Äď as its canvas. Over the course of three days, the space will be transformed into vibrant, inspired artwork representing a badge of originality as the curated pieces are printed and hung in real-time, alongside live art demonstrations by Chaotic Bastards.

“Mountain Dew is a cultural instigator, deeply connected with our target group. We’ve been successful with action sports and continue to broaden into art, music and other creative expressions because Dew consumers are multifaceted and have many passions,‚ÄĚ said Kurt Frenier, Vice President, Global Brand Development, Beverages, PepsiCo. ‚ÄúWith Green Label Gallery, we‚Äôre showcasing one of these creative passions, urban art, building a unique and authentic Dew experience around art culture.”

Beginning August 4th and continuing through August 30th, 2014 artists from around Europe can submit their digital street artwork by posting on Instagram with #GreenLabelGallery. From art in digital form and photos of executed street art, to imaginative sketches of artwork-to-come from amateur and professional artists alike, selected pieces will be featured for exhibition at the contemporary Walls Art Gallery in Amsterdam, as well as on http://www.green-label.com/gallery for truly global art appreciation.

“Together with other artists, we’ll unleash an artistic harmony on to the Green Label Gallery¬†walls,‚ÄĚ said Chaotic Bastards. ‚ÄúWhen many artists work together magic happens ‚Äď we can’t wait to be inspired and see the art come to life!‚ÄĚ

The exhibit will be open to the public as the Green Label Gallery is created Thursday, August 28th through Saturday, August 30th at Walls Art Gallery Amsterdam, with the complete exhibition viewable Sunday, August 31st.

Information & imagery courtesy of PepsiCo.

Pirates, Rock ‘n’ Roll and Fashion…

HELEN’S Wardrobe is four years old this month and to celebrate this¬†milestone as well as being shortlisted again for Best Established Fashion Blog at the Cosmopolitan Awards I am creating some special blog features.

Regular HW readers and social media followers will know I am a lover of pirates, rock music and fashion, (as well as cars, tattoos and my dog Molly) so I’ve created a feature inspired by this love. Channeling my inner pirate with a combination of vintage and designer style, treasures and beauty products, a little bit of everything. I would dress like a pirate everyday if I could and actually I think this might be a good look to enable me to get away with it!

My beautiful vintage Ossie Clark dress was kindly given to me by my dear friend Jessica, it belonged to her mother Lesley who was a model and she danced with Elton John in this dress, just after he stared in the film Tommy in 1975. Never have the lyrics to my favourite Elton John song been so fitting:

“…Blue jean baby,¬†L.A. lady, seamstress for the band,

Pretty eyed, pirate smile, you’ll marry a music man,¬†

Ballerina, you must have seen her dancing in the sand,

And now she’s in me, always with me, tiny dancer in my hand…”

I styled my vintage Ossie Clark dress with classic Vivienne Westwood Pirate boots £370, a handmade scarf from a market in Paros, silk Louis Vuitton scarf tied around my hand £95 (previous season), skull & crossbones pendant £80 and skull ring £160 from The Great Frog, bangles and bead necklace are vintage and a true treasure in the form of an Emozioni coin necklace.

I wore the 33mm Time Traveller coin¬†¬£39.95 with the 18″ silver & rose gold plated belcher chain¬†¬£49.95 and 33mm Capri silver coin keeper¬†¬£89.95. I also have the 33mm Art Deco dawn silver & rose gold plated coin ¬£49.95 and the 33mm Consistenza web rose gold plated coin ¬£49.95, I can mix and match the coins depending on my outfit and collect more coins and chains to style even more looks,¬†each working beautifully to create anything from glamour to rock ‘n’ roll. Perfect for my pirate style. I’m also wearing a black wig by Wonderland Wigs.

You can’t be a pirate without grog and so in this beautiful bottle is Crystal Head Vodka, and the pirate glow is courtesy of a Shimmer Box in bronze ¬£4.99 from Beauty UK. My tamed brows are thanks to an Eyebrow kit ¬£3.99 also from Beauty UK. Jewellery and scarf as before.¬†‚ô†

Photography & styling by Helen S Stanley. All prices correct at time of publication. 

Pretty in Pink…

CERTAINLY not the girliest of girls (a car nut and pirate enthusiast actually)¬†but I do like a bit of pink. So I decided to collect all my lovely pink blogger mail together and show it all off in one stylish mini feature…

Pink bag previous season by Jump From Paper, Puma Trinomic Trainers, pink leather organiser from Filofax, pink lip gloss from Beauty UK, pink nail varnish by Bio Sculpture Gel, bespoke statement flamingo necklace by Plastic Bat, pink instant camera by Instax, bubblegum hand wash & strawberry hand gel by Carex.

Photos by Helen S Stanley. 

Fearne Cotton’s AW14 Collection for Very…

SO last night I ventured into London town with Jess to see Fearne Cotton’s new collection for Very.co.uk. We were invited to The Groucho Club in Soho to mix cocktails, see the gorgeous collection and hang out with Fearne. Good times.

‘The collection is all about having fun with your clothes – dressing in a way that makes you feel empowered and at your best. I like to be spontaneous and wear whatever feels right on the day so there’s bold prints, versatile pieces you can mix for day or night as well as pieces to dress up in.’ Fearne Cotton.

The collection is very strong, I would be happy to wear anyone of the pieces and I really like the fact that the silhouettes, fabrics, colours and patterns lend themselves to any style. Each piece is indeed versatile making it super simple to choose a¬†look,¬†rock it up, glam it up or dress it down. The prices are really reasonable and the garments are good quality, Fearne’s style is pretty epic and you can see this reflected in her collection for Very.

You must just be sitting on the edge of your seat pondering my outfit selection so here it is, it was hot, we were in London, the only option was floaty. So I chucked on a vintage silk kimono dress, slung a studded belt around it and adorned myself in jewellery, adding a bit of designer with my trusty Aspinal bag. Bosh. Done.

So overall, I’m¬†really¬†impressed with Fearne’s collection, it’s different, stylish and wearable and that makes for a successful AW14 wardrobe if you ask me. Love it. So here are a few snaps of Jess and I checking out the collection and the cocktails, thank you Very.co.uk…

We found the booth…

Helen’s Wardrobe Does Weddings…

I don’t really care for traditional weddings or the sort of people who turn their weddings into a self obsessed circus. The trouble with traditional weddings is, they’re not traditional anymore. The grooms generally get their attire and styling completely wrong, and the women, well fake tan and crystals does not a bride make. (And let’s be honest, most are kidding themselves wearing white aren’t they?)

The other irritating aspect of weddings¬†is the nerve of people with regards to their wedding list. First of all,¬†traditionally, gifts were given to couples who didn‚Äôt live together before their nuptials, to help them make a home together after their wedding. These days most people are¬†already living together and sprogged up by the time they get hitched so why on earth should we spend our hard-earned cash on a flat screen¬†TV¬†for someone else?¬†No to mention the fact that is costs us enough to attend¬†these¬†weddings in the first place. Some even have the cheek to ask guests to pay towards their honeymoon, I don‚Äôt think so, why should we pay for someone else to¬†lounge about in the sunshine?¬†Pay for it yourselves, we need our own holiday ‚Äď why do you think we‚Äôre drinking so much at your reception?!

So how do you do it? Well, are you religious? No? Then don‚Äôt get married in a Church (unless it’s an abandoned one). Find an unusual location, (not a mansion, because unless it’s your mansion¬†these are just delusions of grandeur) a farm, your own house, ruins, a wood‚Ķ and if you can‚Äôt be doing with all that then Vegas is the answer.

When it comes to planning, if you have a personality use it¬†to plan your wedding, if you don‚Äôt have loads of money then call in favours and keep it simple, it‚Äôs about your marriage as a whole, not about your wedding¬†day¬†anyway. Use your music taste, your loves, your memories and experiences to build something great and for goodness sake don‚Äôt say the word ‚ÄúWedding‚ÄĚ, it‚Äôll add 50% on the price of everything. Just say it‚Äôs a party, because that‚Äôs what it should be. Make mood boards if you need to, or if you‚Äôre creatively inept¬†then ask a style savvy friend to help you put one together. Avoid white fluff, go to a dress-maker or buy a dress from a designer, buy something you‚Äôll want to wear again: this approach will help you decipher what is¬†you,¬†rather than a desperate wedding obsessed loon. If your wedding planning is stressful then it‚Äôs no fun and you‚Äôre doing it all wrong, you‚Äôll end up spending way too much money, resenting the whole thing and start off your married life looking harassed.

So after all that ranting, we jumped in the Land Rover and headed over to a local abandoned church to have some fun and show you¬†how¬†Helen’s Wardrobe does weddings…

Wedding Look One: Leigh wears ‚Äď hand-made corset top by stylist, vintage tulle skirt from Japan, black fascinator by¬†Hats Inspired, trainers from Converse, glitter heart pendant by Plastic Bat, silver skull ring from The Great Frog, black bob wig from Wonderland Wigs. Adam wears ‚Äď faux fur shaggy coat by Kate Moss for TopShop, white shirt & black skinny jeans from TopMan, black tie from Burton, cowboy boots, vintage sunnies & jewellery all models own.

Wedding Look Two: Leigh wears ‚Äď vintage silk kimono, black slip by Tokyo Doll, spike silver shoes by Kurt Geiger, flower crown made by stylist, glitter heart pendant by¬†Plastic Bat,¬†silver skull ring from The Great Frog,¬†black bob wig from¬†Wonderland Wigs. Adam Wears ‚Äď faux fur shaggy coat by Kate Moss for TopShop, white shirt & black skinny jeans from TopMan, black tie from Burton, cowboy boots, vintage sunnies & jewellery all models own.

Wedding Look Three: Leigh wears ‚Äď white customised spinal tee by stylist,¬†white fascinator by¬†Hats Inspired, jeans from Cheap Monday, trainers from Converse, Welcome to Las Vegas necklace by¬†Plastic Bat,¬†silver skull ring from The Great Frog,¬†black bob wig from¬†Wonderland Wigs. Adam wears ‚Äď vintage Levis denim jacket, white t-shirt & black skinny jeans from TopMan, vintage Las Vegas belt,¬†cowboy boots, vintage sunnies & jewellery all models own.

Photography & styling by Helen S Stanley. Creative Assistance, Props, Location, Jessica Speller. Models Leigh Rees-Reynolds & Adam Speller. 

Happy Feet…

A great way to introduce something new to your look is to style up your feet. This doesn’t necessarily mean you have to buy new shoes, you could add socks. A¬†great little accessory to¬†transform your look through colour and pattern from the toe up. I’ve been messing around with Oroblu, gorgeous Italian hosiery, and trying each style with a selection of my shoes. I mixed up flats and heels with clashing colours and patterns for a unique look and had loads of fun doing it. I would definitely recommend trying this next time you head out for distinctive, happy feet!…

All socks from Oroblu’, shoes stylists own.¬†Photography & Styling by Helen S Stanley & Stephen Turner.¬†

Timeless Beauty Review…

HELPING¬†out on our first Skull & Pistons Garage project I’ve had more dirt and grease on my face than make-up lately so there’s really no better¬†time to¬†review some much-needed beauty products from Joan Collins Timeless Beauty and Ponds.

I generally stick to two types of make-up, smokey eyes with subtle¬†lip colour or black eye liner flicks with red lips which leads me onto some gorgeous products from Joan Collins Timeless. The Compact Duo¬†with¬†a neutral powder and red lipstick (in Helene) is the perfect combination for make-up on the go, ideal¬†for a quick touch up when you’re on a night out. The red lipstick has a blue undertone which suits my skin. The Eyeshadow Quad in Misty Blacks & Silver is the ideal palette for creating a smokey eye. Easy to blend colours in a beautiful compact which suit a cooler skin tone. The Contour Eye Liner Pencil in Black is a great alternative to liquid eye liner, easy to glide across the eye and blends easily to change the look. My skin is super sensitive and this eye liner didn’t irritate at all, its natural quality ingredients make this an essential product for any make-up bag. I love the packaging too, so elegant and classic.

So¬†after a face full of gorgeous make-up a good cleanser is essential. I’ve been using¬†Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser¬†everyday as part of my cleansing routine, it’s a great way to achieve a healthy complexion, combined with Eye Contour Cream, which believe me I need. This helps to soften and restore the skin under the eye, with vitamin E for improved hydration. These products felt light on my skin with a delicate fragrance, I’m super happy with the results so far and will definitely be buying them again.

Review and photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Leather, Harley Davidson & Purple Hair…

AS¬†much as I’d love to just chuck on a Harley tee and rock up somewhere looking fabulously effortless, that just doesn’t happen with me, it actually takes a lot of effort to¬†go from unkept troll to unkept doll. My obsession with vintage Harley tees knows no bounds so I thought a feature on yet another Harley tee was due. So, with smokey eyes, a brand new leather jacket, muddy Dr Martens, a customised vintage Harley tee and purple hair I give you unkept chic…

Hooded black leather jacket was £250 now £175 from Sojeans, Harley Davidson Tee is vintage, denim shorts are vintage, studded white belt previous season from H&M, cherry red Dr Martens £100 from Dr Martens, purple wig £23.99 from Wonderland Wigs, Love/Hate beanie made by me, silver skull ring £160 from The Great Frog, eye shadow quad in misty blacks & silver £25 by Joan Collins (full review feat Joan Collins Beauty coming soon).

All prices correct at time of publication. Photography and styling by Helen S Stanley. 

Bingo!

HELEN’S WARDROBE gets involved in lots of things and¬†this week I’m involved in Bingo, yep you heard me right. Along with a group of other bloggers I’ve created 1 of¬†90 videos simulating the 90 ‚Äúoriginal‚ÄĚ bingo calls, these videos will all go live for the next 6 weeks. My little video is 83 Time for Tea, have a gander and laugh if you like! I’ve always been obsessed with Alice in Wonderland so I themed my video accordingly. Bingo!..

If You Like Pi√Īa Coladas (and the Cosmo Blog Awards oh and mojitos!)…

LAST thursday was pi√Īa colada day and although¬†I celebrated a little late I did at least celebrate! So with a frozen pi√Īa colada from Parrot Bay, a bit of sparkle and¬†a well overdue excuse to unwind, I set up my own little pi√Īa colada appreciation society in the garden. After a long, hot day working on our first project at Skull & Pistons Garage I was certainly in need of a treat, especially in the form of a frozen cocktail so I also added a mojito into the mix!

I did have another reason for cracking open some frozen cocktails,¬†Helen’s Wardrobe has once again been shortlisted for Best Established Fashion Blog at the Cosmopolitan Blog Awards, so if you love reading my ramblings please take a few minutes to vote for me, woo hoo!..

Please drink responsibly folks! Photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Bag Yourself Some Style…

A lover of all things bag related, especially clutch bags, it’s always good to discover¬†something new and different. Grace Atelier Deluxe is a gorgeous line of designer bags by¬†Fiori Zafeiropoulou, an Athens-based designer. The collections have¬†an aesthetically unique appeal, full of quality, each design makes a statement. I do love a good statement piece, it means the rest of your outfit can be quite simple.

I’ve styled my beautiful¬†Grace Atelier Deluxe bag with a jersey tube top, jersey harem style trousers and wedges¬†all in neutral tones, I’ve then added a bright statement tribal style necklace for a¬†bit more colour and to compliment the clutch bag. This outfit is perfect for hot weather and¬†it’s super comfy and stylish in an effortless sense, because there’s not too much fuss. Now we just need to sun to come back out so I can wear it!…

I wore: Black jersey tube top ¬£3.99 from H&M, jersey harem style trousers ¬£15 from a market in Paros Greece, shoes previous season from Shoezone, tribal necklace ¬£24.99 from Loulebelle, statement clutch bag from ‚ā¨230 by Grace Atelier Deluxe.

Prices correct at time of publication. Photographs & styling by Helen S Stanley.

Beauty, BB & Body Butter…

MONDAY is a good day to review some beautifying products, I need the most help on a Monday so BB Cream, Body Butter and super cute accessories are ideal to perk up a very tired blogger/custom classic car garage co-owner (it was necessary to add this bit as this is a new business and needs marketing!).

I haven’t used The Body Shop products in quite a while so I was looking forward to trying out their Moringa Body Butter and All-in-One BB Cream: the body butter smells divine and was a perfect re-hydration solution for my sensitive skin¬†and¬†I’ve been wondering for quite a while what the hell BB Cream is and now I know, it’s awesome. This one is a colour adapting tinted cream and matched my skin tone perfectly. It also smells great and doesn’t feel heavy, I tried it in 01 and although I initially thought this might be a little light it blended right in. So, these lovely products need a home and luckily I have just the thing,¬†a super cute Mademoiselle Make-Up Bag from Catseye London which is part of their new collection and a pink Satchel Coin Purse which would also be perfect for a lip gloss: it’s nice to add a little kitsch glamour to your beauty regime and these are just the ticket.

So, whether you’re looking for little gifts or wanting to treat your self check out these little beauties…

Photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza…

I continue to branch out into lifestyle blogging as well as fashion and this week I have a food related review for you. I try to be healthy most of the time but every now and again we all need pizza. This is one of those times so I tried out one of the Chicago Town Take Away range, the pepperoni stuffed crust. Miraculously I resisted the temptation to make a ‘kids tea’ and combine pizza with baked beans and chips and opted instead for a salad to compliment this pizza treat. I was a little dubious about frozen pizza and¬†also about¬†the whole idea of a stuffed crust, but I was pleasantly surprised, the crust was stuffed with tomato sauce and the pizza tasted fresh. It was actually a little big for the two of us so I would recommend getting a few of these in if you’re having friends round, chuck in a few cold beers and a good film and you have the ultimate takeaway pizza. I definitely approve, especially because I’m not the best at culinary tasks and this was so easy to prepare that even I could manage it…¬†

Photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Summer Style Edit…

IT’S summer, for the most part, and with the sun comes exciting style. However a lot of people don’t know how to dress for warm weather, opting for vest tops and lots of jersey which can be unflattering, a little dated and certainly lacking in imagination. A great way to achieve style and comfort in the heat is to go for a playsuit, it’s actually quite easy too because your top and bottom are¬†sorted in one! Be careful of¬†strapless playsuits though, I’ve seen far too many ladies with saggy fronts these last few days and I don’t really care for that, so if you go strapless don’t go braless, you can find loads of good ones out there – try Wonderbra, please.

I’ve gone for an easy, super stylish playsuit¬†from Loulebelle and teamed it with some statement sunnies, comfy heels and gorgeous Shebee beads which compliment the blues and browns and add personality as well as sparkle to the outfit. I¬†added some Beauty UK matt bronzer¬†for some complimentary colour and a vintage belt for good measure. Overall this is one of my favourite ensembles for summer and a great style edit with lots of skulls of course…

Playsuit £6.99 from Loulebelle, leather belt is vintage, heels previous season from Russell & Bromley, skull bead & swarovski crystal bracelet & necklace from Shebee (prices vary), matt bronzer £3.99 from Beauty UK, sunnies £250 from Tom Ford.

Prices correct at time of publication. Styling & photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Instant Fashion…

I love instant photography and have been using Instax for a while now to capture atmospheric¬†imagery. A little while ago I shot and styled a pink shoot for an online magazine with the gorgeous Leigh Rees-Reynolds. Here’s how it turned out…

 

OUTFIT ONE: T-shirt (cropped by stylist) by Crown Love, vintage tulle skirt from Japan, candy coloured spike necklace by Mikey from Loulebelle, daisy earrings vintage, tea-cup ring by Tom Binns for Disney Couture, silver skull ring from The Great Frog, bangle & friendship bracelets from Loulebelle, cats ears made by stylist.

OUTFIT THREE: Bell sleeve dress vintage, faux fur coat by Kate Moss for TopShop (previous season), daisy earrings vintage, statement necklace from Loulebelle, woven clutch from Primark, Molly the dog stylist’s own.

Photographs taken with the Mini 8 from Instax.

Photography & styling Helen S Stanley, creative assistance Jessica Speller, model Leigh Rees Reynolds. 

Urban Fruit…

THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED. HELEN’S Wardrobe has been branching out into lifestyle and exploring all kinds of nice things from beautiful books to tasty treats. Today I’m talking about Urban Fruit, a healthy range of snacks made from 100% fruit that’s been hand-picked in season and gently baked. They don’t use any sulphates, sugars or concentrates. What’s more Urban Fruit works directly with farmers to ensure fruit is picked and baked within two hours of coming off the tree.

Because I work for myself I end up¬†snacking lots which isn’t great, so these bags of fruit are perfect as a healthy snack, especially when you want something sweet because they taste so nice! I tried mango, pineapple, strawberry, apple & pear, banana, cherry, blueberry & black currant, they were all delicious but strawberry was probably my favourite, you have to try them!

So to share the healthy, fruity, love, Helen’s Wardrobe and Urban Fruit are giving away 5 tote bags filled with a selection of Urban Fruit. All you have to do to enter is follow @UrbanFruit and @HelensWardrobe on Twitter and retweet my Urban Fruit¬†#giveaway messages, easy! The competition will run for two weeks from today and the five winners will be chosen at random and notified via Twitter. Good luck!

Here’s the competition prize! You could win one of 5 tote bags filled with Urban Fruit…

Photography by Helen S Stanley (excluding the last image). 

Neon Lace…

THE weather in Blighty has been pretty good lately and so I’ve been wearing a lot of shorts. Mostly denim cut offs which I live in, but they don’t suit every occasion¬†so it’s nice to have something a little more fancy. These neon lace shorts by Wondaland are perfect¬†and as I feature neon quite a bit on my blog, it’s nice to further explore the versatility of such a vibrant tone. I’m not normally a fan of lace, I¬†don’t¬†wears bows, frills or anything else with too much fuss, however neon trimmed lace certainly works for me.¬†Styled with a simple cropped tee, statement necklace and my favourite spiked heels these shorts are actually super easy to style up or down. I’ve thrown in my trusty Marc by Marc Jacobs neon clutch as a complimentary accessory and there you have it, Summer ready in subtle neon. Check out the rest of the¬†acid lace collection at Wondaland

White cropped top customised by me from a basic men’s jersey t-shirt, neon trim lace shorts ¬£135 by Wondaland, spike shoes previous season from Kurt Geiger, necklace ¬£20 from Loulebelle, neon clutch previous season Marc by Marc Jacobs, silver skull ring ¬£160 from The Great Frog.

Photography & styling Helen S Stanley.

Rainbow Tarts…

IT’S no secret that I love books, real books, you won’t see me anywhere near an ebook, in fact I have strong words with the TV every time one of those is advertised. So when I get the chance to review a book on Helen’s Wardrobe I like to make the most of it. This week I’ve been reading Rainbow Tarts 50 recipes for 50 colours by Emilie Guelpa. Although I am absolutely no good in the kitchen, I am good at aesthetics and eating and this book is all about vision and taste, so it’s the ideal recipe book for someone like me. The recipes are easy to follow, the photography is beautiful and the tarts look incredible with a great mix of sweet and savoury varieties.

Once again you can tell this is a Hardie Grant book because the quality is evident, from the layout, to the visuals and tactility. I won’t recommend these dishes for a dinner party because dinner parties are ridiculous, I would actually recommend these for any day of the week, because food should be exciting and pretty everyday!

Photography by Helen S Stanley, book from Hardie Grant. 

We Love National Bikini Day…

Swimwear365 are counting down to National Bikini Day, which is on July 5th, with multiple giveaways, tips on how to get beach body ready and what bikini styles to pack, so I thought it would be rude not to get involved and throw in some advice of my own.

As I’m sure you’ll know from my regular ramblings, I like to stick to my own style and this goes for bikini time too. Generally I invest in a great bikini, wear it with my denim cut-offs and either my boyfriend’s white linen shirt or a vintage Harley t-shirt from¬†my excessive collection. That way it’s easy to be bikini ready in seconds and equally ready to head to the bar without having to change. Bosh. As far as getting bikini ready, well it’s different for everyone but I exfoliate, moisturize¬†and walk 15 – 20 miles a week with my dog Molly. Done.

So if you’d like to get involved with all this then follow @Swimwear365¬†with¬†#LoveNBD and #NationalBikiniDay on Twitter in the meantime here’s some selfie/bikini type stuff…

National Bikini Day

All bikinis from Swimwear365

Selfie photography & styling by Helen S Stanley.

Summer Feet…

AS we delve happily into Summer you’ve probably already invested in new clothes, bright nails and festival inspired accessories but what about your feet? Don’t just throw on your tatty old flip-flops, make sure you treat your feet! Newly polished toe nails, moisturized¬†skin, subtle accessories and of course gorgeous shoes. Here’s my guide to Summer feet, because there’s really no¬†excuse for tatty toes ladies…

Rainbow Brights: Multicoloured sandals were ¬£34.99 now ¬£31.49 by Crocs at tReds, orange ‘Westbourne Grove’ nail polish ¬£5 by Nails Inc, elbow & foot cream ¬£5.95 by Human + Kind.

Blue Bahamas: Blue¬†jelly shoes were ¬£14.99 now ¬£13.49 by Miss Indigo at tReds, ‘pink pop’ nail polish ¬£2.99 by Beauty UK, anklet ¬£12 from ASOS.

Boho Babe: Fringe sandals were £34.99 now £9.99 by tReds, sterling silver heart toe ring £8, silver ethnic style toe ring £8 both from Accessorize, mint green nail polish £2.99 from Barry M.

Prices correct at time of publication. 

Reality Proof Handbags…

YOU really can’t go wrong with a great handbag, for the evening I usually carry a novelty/bright clutch but in the day and especially when I have events and work I need something more substantial. I have a few tote bags which I love, but they do tend to end up a bit battered. Carrying around my cameras, laptop, make-up, filoFax and whatever else I need is a bit of strain on their appearance, the leather ends up scratched and the handles usually suffer a bit too. So when I came across¬†Fablou bags I was pretty impressed, they are the perfect stylish solution to a practical handbag.

The designs are simple and the size is bang on, they’re made from silicone a sustainable alternative to oil-based plastic materials which is scratch, water and dirt resistant. The pops of colour are ideal to suit any style and the brights are great¬†for beach/poolside glamour with their water-resistant silicone perfectly suited to this environment. Further more the Fablou One is only ¬£60, which for a statement tote is pretty good, so check out their collection below, I think we’ll be seeing a lot of Fablou…

Fablou

Plastic Bat & Helen’s Wardrobe Collaboration…

TRAILER trash glamour was my inspiration for a recent shoot featuring in¬†Silk & Sins Magazine, and as a fan of Plastic Bat I wanted the genius behind the plastic to create a collection especially for me. So that’s exactly what happened, Tracy the self confessed maker of all things kitschy and plastic and myself collaborated and this is what our magic collective looked like…

Rock n Roll knuckle duster rings, trailer trash necklace and brooch, lightening bolt knuckle duster ring, giant flamingo pendant and an Airstream brooch make up the awesome collection created by Plastic Bat for my shoot, I think you’ll agree they look amazing! Here’s a few shots to show you how I styled these unique pieces…

The clothing in this shoot is a mixture of vintage, customised pieces and high street. We used aqua hair chalk from Hair Chalk. Footwear is stylists own and jewellery is from Loulebelle, The Great Frog & Plastic Bat.

Photography & Styling by Helen S Stanley, creative assistance on shoot Jessica Speller, Model Leigh Rees-Reynolds.

Neon, Polka Dots & Sneakers…

THIS¬†week I have been styling up some neon, polka dots and super cute sporty sneakers. Two great looks for day or night: one play suit with heels, one logo tee with sneakers, both incorporating neon. The neon trend¬†doesn’t seem to be¬†going anywhere and it’s a trend anyone can channel, but be sure to keep it looking subtly stylish not over the top¬†fashion victim. A great way to add a pop of neon¬†to your¬†look is with a few key pieces, for example a statement necklace, a clutch or footwear styled along with more classic or everyday items. This way you stay true to your own¬†aesthetic.

I have combined a gorgeous polkadot play suit with black heels and a neon clutch for the perfect day-to-night outfit, perfect for any occasion. The second outfit is a brilliant neon pair of Adidas trainers teamed simply with a logo tee, black leggings and leather biker jacket…

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Outfit One: Polkadot play suit £26 from Madam Rage, neon neoprene clutch previous season from Marc by Marc Jacobs, patent leather heels previous season from Kurt Geiger, sunglasses £3 from Primark, skull glitter medallion necklace previous season from Anna Lou of London, skull & crossbones pendant £80 & skull ring from £160 by The Great Frog, stud necklace from a selection at Ti Sento Milano.

Outfit Two: ‘More Issues Than Vogue’ logo vest ¬£8.51 from Etsy, black jersey leggings ¬£5.99 from H&M, black leather biker jacket previous season from Top Shop Boutique, neon Adidas trainers ¬£80 from Sojeans, nude skull clutch ¬£25 from Loulebelle, neon spike necklace previous season from New Look, ring as before.

Prices correct at time of publication. Photography & styling by Helen S Stanley. 

Festival Mood Board…

It’s festival time again and the high street is awash with “instant boho” looks, which is a little contrived for my liking, you’re either that way inclined with your look or you’re not. It’s like putting a crowd of fashion victims¬†in a style microwave then “ping” after 30 seconds on full power they¬†come out looking like they’ve got half a meadow on their head and denim shorts so short you can see more than you ever, ever wanted to. These are also the type of people who can’t pace themselves¬†and pass out before the headline act. Well done, you are the reason I avoid most festivals.

Anyway rant over for now so back to the point: I’ve created a little festival inspired mood board to get festival goers excited about the Summer ahead. I pulled out my vintage Harley Davidson t-shirts as soon as the sun came out – perfect for festivals because they’re oversized and as I’ve cut off the sleeves they keep me cool. So have a look-see and get ready for a Summer full of live music…Festival mood board

Sequins & sparkle…

SEQUINS and sparkle can give any outfit an uplift, but I’m a little wary of styling glitzy ‘evening attire’ in the day, it can either look a bit cheap and nasty or like you’re doing the walk of shame which is also cheap and nasty. Fear not, I have discovered some amazing sequin pieces in glorious colours perfect for the day. The key is to style these along with your usual daytime outfit for a good balance: for example the Alice + Olivia dress below would look great with some white Converse high-tops and a vintage (not 80’s) denim jacket, stick on some aviators and your done. Simple. Recently I made a sequin¬†maxi skirt with a graduated hem and styled it with a vintage Harley Davidson tee and trainers, it worked really well and looked truly different. So why not¬†grab yourself some colourful sequins and give your style a little swagger? Inject some personality into your look and sparkle on your way to work/shops/walking the dog…sequin style

Apparel: V-Neck sequin dress £430 by Alice + Olivia at Oxygen Boutique, sequin lips jumper £305 by Markus Lupfer at Flannels, degrade sequin tee was £150 now £80 by Armani Jeans from Flannels, sequin stars jumper £245 by Wildfox at Harvey Nichols,  silver sequin shorts £19.99 from H&M, striped sequin skirt £119 by Morgan at HOF.

Accessories:¬†pink sequin clutch¬†¬£22 by Coast,¬†sequin skull shoes ¬£302¬†by Alexander McQueen at Yoox,¬†sequin sunglasses¬†¬£699 by Giorgio Armani at John Lewis,¬†metallic skull¬†$29.95 from Houzz,¬†limited edition sequin parrot keyring¬†¬£64.95 by Steiff,¬†sequin appliqu√© numbers¬†¬£1.75 each from Josy Rose,¬†‘jerk’ sequin phone case¬†by Markus Lupfur¬†‚ā¨60 from Jades 24,¬†sequin Coke tote bag¬†¬£277.96 by Ashish at Farfetch.

All prices correct at time of publication. 

Relaxed Summer Style…

I’M a big fan of the kimono and the kimono jacket, I find these pieces easy and comfortable to wear, especially in the Summer. There are so many lovely versions about and it’s quite simple to find vintage examples, although the prices have gone up with demand. I grabbed two super cheap kimono jackets¬†last week and haven’t really taken them off since: usually when I buy cheap high street pieces I save them to wear¬†the next year – when everyone else’s have fallen apart and faded in the wash – because I don’t want to look the same as anyone else, but this time I’ve had to wear my finds straight away! Silhouettes like the kimono jacket are extremely versatile, suiting most occasions as they are easy to dress up or down and they’re great for most shapes too.

I’ve combined my two beauties with some vintage, designer and high street for a balanced, stylish, rock ‘n’ roll look. I’ve actually styled three outfits, two for the day and one for the evening: I’ve even created a Land Rover friendly outfit incorporating Harley Davidson biker boots – because you can’t drive a Land Rover Defender without substantial footwear. So here it is, relaxed Summer style…Helen's WardrobeHelen's WardrobeHelen's Wardrobe

Outfit One, Land Rover friendly attire: zig zag print kimono jacket £12 from Matalan, white aztec print burned out jersey t-shirt at £4 (on sale) from Store Twenty One, vintage denim shorts, black leather Harley Davidson biker boots (these ones were from France but you can get similar designs here), pink aviators £117 from Ray Ban, aqua clutch bag £115 (on sale) from LogOnStyle, skull medallion (past season) Anna Lou of London, silver stud necklace (prices vary) Ti Sento Milano, skull pendant £80 & silver skull ring £160 from The Great Frog.Helen's WardrobeHelen's WardrobeHelen's WardrobeHelen's WardrobeOutfit Two, daytime: flower print kimono jacket £15 from Primark (I bought a really large size for an oversized look), sequin top is handmade, vintage denim shorts, nude pumps £7.99 from New Look, skull medallion (past season) Anna Lou of London, silver stud necklace (prices vary) Ti Sento Milano, skull pendant £80 & silver skull ring £160 from The Great Frog.

Outfit Two, nightime: flower print kimono jacket £15 from Primark worn wrapped around as a dress, white studded belt from H&M (past season), pink aviators £117 from Ray Ban, aqua clutch bag £115 (on sale) from LogOnStyle, snake print wedges Shoe Zone (past season) skull medallion (past season) Anna Lou of London, silver stud necklace (prices vary) Ti Sento Milano, skull pendant £80 & silver skull ring £160 from The Great Frog.

Prices correct at time of publication. Photography & styling Helen S Stanley. 

Tropical Nails…

I love nail varnish, I change the colour of my nails at least twice a week, so when I received this gorgeous tropical nail set from Beauty UK I was super excited to get creative with some tropical inspired talons! The set consists of purple, yellow, baby blue, hot pink, turquoise and coral, perfect to wear all at once or pick and choose different colours and tones to compliment each other.

I’m a bit obsessed with Las Vegas and so created a little Vegas inspired theme on my nails, I also had a go at nail art for the first time, showing the versatility of this tropical nail set. Whether you want to channel your inner¬†Reno house wife¬†or would rather go for colourful combinations for that festival look at only ¬£4.99 this set is a perfect treat for your paws or could be a great pressie for your bestie…Tropical Nails Tropical Nails Tropical Nails Tropical Nails Tropical Nails

Tropical Nail Set 05 £4.99 from Beauty UK, Vegas necklace £22 from Plastic Bat.

All Prices correct at time of publication. Photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Totes Amaze! Book Review…

THIS week I’ve¬†been reading Totes Amaze! By Amanda McKittrick and I love it. It’s a beautifully presented publication full of charming illustrations and 25 different bag designs to make at home. The instructions are super easy to follow and there are patterns included at the back of the book to make it even more simple to create your own tote. You can make anything from a yoga mat tote to a wine bottle tote, bags for any occasion, it really is great. I would highly recommend this as a fantastic gift or a nice treat for yourself. In fact you can make totes as custom gifts for your friends and family, perfect! To show how easy it is to follow I’ve made my own tote with a little embellishment to give it a rock ‘n’ roll twist. So I recommend you invest in this little marvel then go forth and create!..

Totes Amaze!

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Photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Summer Style…

SUMMER¬†is on its way and it really can’t come to rainy old Blighty soon enough.¬†I was never supposed to be born in the country, it’s too bloody cold, I should have been born in California, my dream and my true home! For now, the best I can do is style it up with some fancy threads and dream of the beach.

So this week I’ve been rocking a striped batwing top from Swimwear365, sky high wedges and huge sunglasses. As always I have my trademark skull ring and I’ve actually done something with my hair this week using got2b Beach Matt sea salt texturising spray by Schwartzkopf. And so flamingos, palm trees and sunshine combine with style to rock this Summer, don’t miss out because it’s all happening…

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Stripe batwing top (worn as a dress) £35 by Buffalo at Swimwear365, oversized sunglasses £250 by Tom Ford, palm print clutch bag £2.50 from Primark, snake print wedges (previous season & stylists own), custom diamond ring stylists own, silver skull ring £160 from The Great Frog, got2b Beach Matt sea salt texturising spray by Schwartzkopf.

Photography & styling by Helen S Stanley. All prices correct at time of publication. 

Tangled Up In Blue…

Regular readers will know I love a good mood board and one of my favourite colours is aqua, so why not create a blue mood board? (I also love Bob Dylan, hence the title of this post). So be inspired to wear, style, eat, drive and decorate in this amazing tone…

Blue mood board

May the 4th Be With You…

Because¬†the new Star Wars is underway, I’m a Star Wars fan AND it’s May the 4th I had to create¬†a post with a nod to the epic space saga. So adorned in a Star Wars sweatshirt, silver trainers, cute necklace and spacey sunnies I go forth and style!..

I wore a Star Wars sweatshirt $31.50 from Aliexpress, leather biker jacket previous season from TopShop Boutique, skinny jeans £80 from Levis Curve ID, silver stud trainers £5 from Everything5pounds, oversized sunglasses £250 Tom Ford, necklace from Lo And Cicero.

Photography & styling by Helen S Stanley. 

Treat Yourself…

Sometimes it’s nice to treat yourself to¬†something fabulous for no other reason than because you love it. No gifts, no occasion, no reward – you’ve seen something you want, you don’t need it, you just want it. Well this is one of those times, there is so much awesomeness out there and it all needs a home, your home. So get stuck in, because you can…

Pastel skateboard $159.99 from Penny Skate Boards, multi-strand necklace ¬£395 by Rosantica at Net-A-Porter,¬†Malibu vest top ¬£9.99 from New Look, pink nail paint ¬£2.99 by Barry M,¬†“It was all f*cking amazing” photo album ¬£18 from Urban Outfitters, orange neoprene slippers by Kenzo at Net-A-Porter,¬†watermelon watch¬†¬£30 by MAY28TH at Sojeans, Moschino knuckle duster rings ¬£295 from Net-A-Porter,¬†candy floss maker¬†¬£29.99 from Argos,¬†heart shaped sunglasses ¬£10 from River Island,¬†pink palm tree shopper¬†¬£12.99 from New Look.

Jewellery, The Perfect Accessory…

I love jewellery and being pirate obsessed I obviously like anything sea related, so an anchor necklace is perfect to style in my usual manner. This gorgeous gold vermeil piece is designed by Muru and available from Lulu Winter. The gold anchor pendant is perfect to wear alone or with lots of other necklaces for a festival look and the chain is actually adjustable which is a nice feature. So I decided to style this little beauty with a cropped sweater, tulle skirt, silver studded trainers and epic Dolce & Gabbana thick rimmed transitional sunnies. Bosh, perfect Helen’s Wardrobe style…

Helen's Wardrobe

Helen's Wardrobe

Helen's Wardrobe

Cropped sweater (previous season) from Ralph Lauren, tulle skirt is vintage, silver studded trainers £5 from Everything5Pounds, thick rimmed transitional sunglasses by Dolce & Gabanna at Sunglasses Hut (previous season), silver skull ring £160 from The Great Frog, gold vermeil anchor necklace £53 by Muru at Lulu Winter.

Photography & styling by Helen S Stanley. 

Skullcandy Announces a Women’s Line…

I don’t know about you but I listen to music pretty much all day, I must have soundtrack whilst I’m working, creating, imagining and de-stressing. So the news that Skullcandy are launching a women’s range is super exciting. We do have a little while to wait though, so for now let’s check out the lowdown on this awesome project…

SKULLCANDY, the original performance lifestyle audio brand, launches its collection of Women’s headphones and earbuds. In a space that has been largely comprised of unisex fit, acoustics and design, Skullcandy introduces a collection of products with reimagined acoustics, engineering, and industrial design.

Skullcandy Women’s line is comprised of a collection developed through careful thought and extensive research, drawing inspiration from within Skullcandy’s own team of Olympic and Athlete Ambassadors, including talented pro-snowboarder Kimmy Fasani and pro-surfer Leila Hurst. The collection is a representation of the youth, passion, strength, and singularity of our female consumer.Skullcandy

Considerations for all three products (Knockout, Bombshell, and Dime) in the development process included acoustics, comfort, materialization, fit, and even hygiene. The collection’s audio drivers are custom-tuned to reflect field research that supports the fact that women and men hear differently, and Skullcandy engineers worked tirelessly to perfect headband fit as well as earbud size and shape.

Fine tuned, and engineered for Women, the line is complimented by premium fabrics and materialization. Floral prints, rose gold finishes, and subtle stud embellishments are bold fashion-forward aesthetics that add a feminine edge to the predominantly unisex category, and are a reflection of our female consumer and her unique style and perspective.

Skullcandy

Skullcandy Women’s launches in the U.S. on April 15, 2014 and is available in select retailers and on Skullcandy.com where the line will retail for £29.99 Р£79.99. The line will launch internationally on June 1, 2014.

Watch the advert here…

SKullcandy Advert

All information and imagery courtesy of Skullcandy (television imagery not from Skullcandy).

Prada Sunglasses Giveaway!..

(THIS COMPETITION IS NOW CLOSED) TO celebrate all that is glorious about the sunshine I thought it would be a great idea to giveaway some Prada sunglasses! These Prada Dixie Hot Rod Car Deluxe Club Master Sunglasses in yellow are the perfect combination of hot rod and fashion – my favourite! These were seen all over the Prada catwalk in 2012 and the iconic shape is a classic piece to keep forever.

To enter all you have to do is follow @HelensWardrobe on Twitter, follow this blog by signing up via email in the right side bar, follow Helen’s Wardrobe on Facebook and share the #giveaway message(s) I publish on Twitter and Facebook. Easy!

If you are a regular Helen’s Wardrobe reader and you already follow me on Twitter, Facebook AND subscribe to my blog then all you have to do to enter is share¬†the #giveaway message(s) I publish. The winner will be chosen at random on June 1st 2014, please make sure you read the terms and conditions at the bottom of this post.

Right you fabulous fashion forward fillies, you know you want this amazing prize, so get entering! Best of luck ♥

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Terms and conditions with further information on the prize:

The sunglasses in this competition are 100% authentic Prada. The prize consists of¬†1 x¬†Prada Dixie Hot Rod Car Deluxe Club Master Sunglasses in yellow, a Prada hard sunglasses case, Prada box, card of authenticity and Prada cleaning cloth for the lenses. This competition is a private giveaway hosted by Helen’s Wardrobe, and not connected to Prada themselves. The sunglasses RRP is approx ¬£348, but prices may vary. The winner will be chosen at random and all decisions are final. Only entrants who have followed the above criteria will qualify. Each entry will only be counted once. This competition will close at 1pm on June 1st 2014 any entries after this time will not be counted. The winner will be notified via Twitter and Facebook and the prize will be delivered to the winner once an address has been emailed to Helen S Stanley. The prize will be delivered within 3 working days of receiving the address by Royal Mail Signed For.

Birthday Celebrations, What to Wear?..

I have been celebrating my birthday for a week, because it only happens once a year and why not stretch it out? We were only popping into Sloppy’s with some friends so I didn’t want to be too overdressed, but I still wanted to look like “me”, rock n roll and all that awesomeness. Luckily I’d picked up some gorgeous kaftans from TKMaxx the previous week and went for one of those with some jeans, heels, a clutch and lots of jewellery. Then armed with my Instax Mini 90 and a bucket load of beers we celebrated. Here’s how it all¬†turned out…Helen's Wardrobe

Helen's Wardrobe

Helen's WardrobeHelen's Wardrobe

Kaftan style embellished top £16.99 by Simply Rhona at TKMaxx, coral & pink shoes past season from Kurt Geiger, aqua clutch bag was £145 now £115 from LOS, (I wore these with turned up skinny jeans from Levis), anchor necklace £53.95 by Muru at Lulu Winter worn with a past season Dior necklace, vintage crystal pendant, vintage gold bracelet & handmade friendship bracelets.

Featuring my second epic birthday cake by Jessica Speller and my very talented and wonderful friends Alex, Jorj, Jessica, Adam, Leigh and my hero Stephen.

Prices correct at time of publication. 

The Craft Review…

THIS¬†week I’ve been looking at¬†The Craft¬†DIY Hair & Beauty book by¬†Lou Teasdale. I was quite excited to read¬†this because I often have to do hair and make-up on last-minute photo shoots if I can’t get a make-up artist and I’m mostly winging it on these occasions. The book is beautifully produced with lovely matt pages and the presentation is aesthetically eye-catching, but to be honest I found the content very young. I¬†imagine¬†this book is¬†aimed at teenagers and it’s something I would have probably used as a make-up and hair bible when I was around 14. The styling is extremely ’90s, which is great, and the vibrant¬†use of colour throughout is refreshing, I love colour and try to work it into my own looks most days. I didn’t really learn anything new, but as I said I think this is probably because it’s not aimed at me! I did find some of the references such as¬†“…cool people who live in East London” being “the first on the scene with neon/lumo/vunge green/pink hair…” absolutely infuriating. Hipsters in Shoreditch definitely were not the first to do this, punks were doing it¬†in the 1970’s, synthetic hair dye was actually invented in 1907 and the Egyptians were dying their hair with henna way back in 3400 BC. Aside from giving hipsters way too much credit my overall thoughts on The Craft are positive, it’s not quite rock n roll enough for me but I would recommend it to a trendy teeny bopper anytime¬†‚ô•

Here are my own hair and beauty antics from this week, I had lots of fun with my Instax Mini 90  in the process too!..

Pink hair¬†Schwartzkopf Live Colour XXL Ultra Brights¬†in shocking pink (I tell you how to achieve a pastel shade below), liquid eyeliner from Rimmel, red lipstick from Chanel, nail polish in Grit Fix Kensington from Beauty UK, toe nail varnish in Oh Boy You’re So Fine from Rimmel.

Schwartzkopf Live Colour XXL Ultra Brights in shocking pink was my hair colour of choice this week, after using purple punk previously, I wanted to create a more pastel shade in my hair. So I mixed 1 x part shocking pink to 4 x parts conditioner and added it to my pre-lightened hair (which I have done professionally by my colourist) and left it on for five minutes. After that I rinsed it all off, dried it and styled it. Bosh! Five minutes was all it took to create a fantastic subtle pink colour. Because this hair dye is so bright I know have lots left to refresh my hair when I need it.

Please make-sure you read the labels on hair colour and seek advice from your hair colourist before attempting a big change. 

Photography by Helen S Stanley.

Birthday Style…

As it’s my birthday this week (yay!) I decided to create some extra¬†personal style shots with lots of colour, texture and rock n roll styling. I had some really great pieces just screaming out to be styled together and this is what I came up with, a mixture of glitz and glam with personality and a unique look. Happy birthday to me!..

Helen's Wardrobe

Helen's Wardrobe

Skeleton hand oversized vest top was £15 now £9 from L.O.S., graduated sequin maxi skirt made by me, Elvis style sunnies from Brighton market, white leather Converse £55 from Schuh, bracelets from Loulebelle.

Helen's Wardrobe

Helen's WardrobeHelen's Wardrobe

Embroidered oriental style bomber £100 by Le Temps des Cerises from Sojeans, peach t-shirt £20 from L.O.S., skinny jeans with zip ankle from £80 by Levis, leather folded clutch in mint was £145 now £115, white leather Converse £55 from Schuh, skull necklace (previous season) by Anna Lou of London, bracelets from Loulebelle..

All prices correct at time of publication. Styling & photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Neon Mood Board…

I love a bit of neon, done properly of course. So here’s my take on neon in the form of one of my mood boards¬†‚ô•

Neon Mood board

Camden Town

ALWAYS on the lookout for new designers, brands and retailers, I was really excited to discover CamdenTown.com. Set up to promote independent artists and designers Camden Town offer an incredible selection for men and women including home ware.

“CamdenTown.com is an online store, devoted to promoting original, talented, emerging designers in all fields from fashion to home decor.
Originally, CamdenTown.com was born with the aim to bring the outstanding talent and design that reigns in the busy streets of Camden Town in London. It is an eclectic area, full of inspiration, style and character. It’s market has existed for centuries now, and it is without a doubt a landmark for all Londoners, and a must see for all visitors. Talented manufacturers and creators bring their designs to the streets and shops of Camden, contributing to its uniqueness. From vintage and bohemian to gothic and punk, Camden Town is a¬†land of freedom¬†to express your style and personality.
That is the inspiration behind our brand; we love that cheekiness, overall quality and character that impregnates the streets of Camden Town. We wanted to give a platform to all those fantastic talents that struggle nowadays due to the pressure of mass-produced fashion and design. Our original passion for Camden Town designs has grown into a passion for designers all over the world, and we are now home for talented designers from around the globe.” CamdenTown.com

Spoiled for choice on this website I have selected some of my favourite pieces, honestly there is so much to see the best way is to have a look for yourselves ♥
Coral & Snowdrop knickers set ¬£26, halter dress¬†¬£59.50,¬†everyday backpack was ¬£49.99 now ¬£37, sunset safari men’s sweatshirt was ¬£40 now ¬£30, ¬†bee necklace¬†was ¬£43 now ¬£34,¬†Manhattan Bistro ¬£649.
All prices correct at time of publication. Imagery courtesy of CamdenTown.com 

Natural Beauty…

I’m a big fan of Beauty UK, I love their colour selection and the price points are so reasonable. This week I’ve been using natural coloured nail varnishes and a natural eye shadow palette. Natural shades are perfect paired with really bright attire¬†especially neon hues, I love Grit Fix Posh Polish in Banksy¬†which is a perfect shade of grey and great to pair with a bright coral top or jacket.¬†Grit Fix Posh Polish in Kensington and Gel Fix Posh Polish in Caf√© Cosmos would both work really well with a good tan and a cheeky flash of neon pink.¬†Grit Fix Posh Polish in¬†Fabric is equally as gorgeous, I’d wear this along with a bright aqua bikini – ideal for lounging around the pool. The Posh Palette in Masquerade is ideal for day to night make-up, using the really natural tones for a subtle day time finish and moving onto the darker selection for the evening, just the ticket for creating a smoky eye. So overall this pretty little hoard is a winner, I can’t get enough of the Grit Fix texture and the colours are yummy. All in all a fabulous¬†result¬†‚ô•Beauty UK

Beauty UK

Beauty UK

Photography by Helen S Stanley. 

Jeans & Sweatshirt, Comfy Style…

Here in the UK the weather is changeable to say the least, no matter where you are or what the weather¬†is, it’s nice to have a jeans and sweatshirt day once in a while and it’s even better to do this in style. I’ve been playing dress up with my favourite faux fur coat, Elvis sunnies, Vegas necklace and teamed it simply with jeans, a sweatshirt and trainers. Easy, comfy, me.

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CC Fake’ Boyfriend Fit Sweater ¬£36 from Rings & Tings, slight curve skinny jeans from ¬£80 by Levis Curve ID, Converse Allstar Low in white leather ¬£54.99 from Office, faux fur shaggy coat (previous season) by Kate Moss for TopShop, Elvis style sunnies from a street market in Brighton, Las Vegas necklace ¬£25 by Plastic Bat, silver skull ring ¬£160 from The Great Frog, flower & pom-pom headdress made by me.

All prices correct at time of publication.

Photography & styling Helen S Stanley.

Fancy Some Customisation? Have a Look at New Publication Adorn…

Graduates of the London College of Fashion and Central Saint Martins Kit Lee and Shini Parks have collectively created a fantastic publication called Adorn. A book filled with 25 do-it-yourself customisation projects inspired by various designers and street styles from around the world. Using inexpensive materials and a few essential tools, Adorn is made-up of easy-to-follow, step-by-step sections varying in difficulty levels to help you customise, embroider and decorate your tired garments.

I was looking forward to reviewing this book, I have always customised my own clothes and accessories and after many years of styling it’s become second nature. The photography is clean and the overall design of the publication is lovely, making Adorn the ideal present for someone interested in fashion.¬†I re-created one of the projects quickly just to show how easy it is to follow, the photos and step-by-guides make it extremely simple to adopt these ideas and use them on your own garments.

Many of the projects in this book do require quite a lot of embellishing, which is great, but it would have been nice to see some customising techniques which don’t require you to go out and buy lots of extra bits and pieces in order to create them. For example the¬†spinal t-shirt below: this is created by using a cutting technique and a tiny bit of sewing on a t-shirt, it’s super quick and very effective. I used this on a recent shoot for an upcoming feature in Silk & Sins, styled with some ripped jeans and Converse for an alternative, casual wedding outfit.

So overall I was impressed with the aesthetics of Adorn, it is a delightful book. Personally I feel it’s probably a little bit novice for me, I’ve been styling for many years so I know lots of tricks and customisation techniques,¬†but it would be perfect for a beginner, someone wanting to sew a lot of embellishments on their clothes (well the clue is in the title)! Highly recommended.

All photography by Helen S Stanley.

 

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