CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH

The beauty of Chatsworth House has caught the eye of visionary Alessandro Michele, for the latest Gucci Garden campaign and Joe Wright, Director of the 2005 movie-adaptation of Pride and Prejudice. Now Chatsworth has caught the eye of American Vogue’s European editor-at-large and master of style, Hamish Bowles, who is to curate the fashion galore that is House Style: Five Centuries of Fashion At Chatsworth. But whilst we may have to wait until March 2017 for this fashion extravaganza, that will be full of 500 years’ worth of fashion from notable names, do not feel the need to wait until then to visit the extravagant house and its glorious grounds. For Chatsworth is full of delights all year round. Whilst the Christmas Markets may be coming to an abrupt end (30th of November), the Christmas at Chatsworth exhibition will remain until January 3rd 2017. This winter wonderland is not to be missed, with 2016’s display paying homage to the timeless Christmas classic, The Nutcracker. Chatsworth House is a sight to behold at any time of the year, but a trip leading up to Christmas is bound to be especially magical.

CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2014 – THEME – ALICE IN WONDERLAND

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A PEEK AT CHRISTMAS AT CHATSWORTH 2016

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OH! I DO LIKE TO BE BESIDES THE SEASIDE

I think it’s safe to say that we are all in need of a sweet escape after all that 2016 has thrown at us. You will be sure to find me running around the house when the clock strikes midnight this New Year’s Eve carrying a piece of coal, some bread, money and greenery because after this roller-coaster of a year I think we need all the luck we can get. But in the meantime, the best way to prepare for the new year is by planning its jaunts. I don’t know about you but holiday plans are just about the only thing that gets me through mundane day-to-day life. So it’s time to get planning your perfect summer escape! There’s no need to leave the British Isles when you can find seas just as crystal clear as a Mediterranean island at the stunning Cornwall coast. I’ll admit they may not share the same climate but with breath taking beaches, mouth-watering fresh seafood cuisine and cider that even the Royals have a taste for; I can assure you after spending some time there this summer a trip to Cornwall will not disappoint. From Polruan to Padstow, or as some refer to it – Padstein, there’s plenty for you to explore across this vast diverse coast-line. Cornwall is the perfect summer getaway for those looking for a bit of relaxation and exploration.

Polruan

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Fowey

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Lantic Bay and Lanteglos

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Polperro

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Padstow

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PURPLE REIGN

And to all the little girls who are watching this, never doubt that you are valuable and powerful and deserving of every chance and opportunity in the world to pursue and achieve your own dreams. – Hilary Clinton

There she stood; the woman who to many was a symbol of hope, the woman who to many deserved to be the first female president of the world’s leading superpower, the woman who was meant to break the glass ceiling once and for all.

Many are disheartened by Hilary Clinton’s defeat by the Republican’s misogynistic and racist candidate, Donald Trump. But Hilary, in her concession speech, reminded the world yesterday that we must not lose hope, we must fight on united and stronger than ever. I believe that many young women like myself will find hope in her conscious decision to show the world that she’s not done fighting for women’s rights, evident not only in her inspiring words but through the colours she chose to wear. There she stood this beaming beacon of hope in a Ralph Lauren pantsuit with a bright purple lapels partnered with a silk purple blouse. Her husband, Bill Clinton, also coordinated with his wife wearing a vibrant purple tie. The Clinton’s choice to wear purple was no coincidence. Firstly, if you combine the colours red (Republicans) and blue (Democrats) you get purple. Here, Hilary can be seen as promoting a sense of unity among the American people. Secondly, the colour purple was used by the global suffrage movement in the late 19th and early 20th century as a symbol of dignity. In this Hilary is sending a message to all women, across the globe, not just American women by using this symbol of the universal suffrage movement.

What Hilary went through yesterday is what women across the world experience daily. Everyday highly qualified women and members of other minority groups lose out to educated males in employment and the likes. And if they are successful they are often seen merely as a tick in the box of diversity, a necessity to meet a diversity quota.

In this time of uncertainty, we must not let fear consume us. We must remember how much we have achieved as women and what other minorities have also achieved. We must be ready to face the challenges ahead. We must remember that love trumps hate. Hilary and the efforts of women and public figures of other minority groups have made a crack in the glass ceiling. They have given us the tools to break it and when we do let’s make sure it shatters.

 

 

THE NEW ACCESSORY LINE THAT’S BOUND TO BE YOUR NEW BFF

Pop and Suki bags are the latest accessory trend to take the fashion industry by storm. My Instagram feed has been littered with celebrities endorsing the adorable little camera bags, which come in an array of cotton candy pink, noir and cognac and can have a personalised base. These dreamy bags are designed by model-gone-actress-gone-singer, Suki Waterhouse, and her entrepreneur BFF, Poppy Jamie. Although neither of the girls are designers by trade they seem to know how to do so and how to do it right; making waves in the fashion industry with these delights. Since their release the bags have featured in high-fashion publications such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. These cute camera bags are not the only available item from the brand, with more bags, add-ons and jewellery on offer.

 

 

Whilst I cannot deny I would love to have a pastel pink Pop and Suki camera bag swung over my shoulder, I do have my criticisms of the brand. The brand’s website and further publications have deemed these bags as “affordable”, with the website explicitly stating that they aim to provide “higher quality things at lower prices”. The rather small camera bags from the range cost $195, the Shopper Tote costs $255, add-ons such as extra straps are $50 and for a necklace complete with a charm you are looking at spending $160. If you are wishing to personalise any of your items that’s an extra $40. On top of all that there’s about £40 shipping fee with tax for UK orders! To me none of this screams affordable. It is cheaper than some of the other high-end brands yet I do not feel it succeeds in its aim and to me affordable amounts to high-street price ranges. Whilst these bags seemed to be a hit among the stars we must not forget that the majority have been sent these bags free-of-charge, a well-known marketing ploy to encourage the general public to go out and buy the items on offer. We are yet to see whether this seasons new accessory trend is to be a hit amongst the public or whether the price tag will put many off, like myself. Despite my criticisms I can’t deny I have been put under some sort of Pop and Suki spell and I would love to be the owner of a personalised cotton candy pink camera bag from the range but as a mere student I can’t justify spending hundreds on such a dainty yet adorably cute little bag.

Camera Bag in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $195

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Shopper Tote in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $255

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Backpack Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $50

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Short Strap in Cognac, Noir, Cotton Candy – $20

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Wide Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $35

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Fanny Strap in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $25

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BFF Heart in Noir – $45

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Luggage Tag in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $20

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Long Tassel in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $35

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Short Tassel in Cognac, Noir and Cotton Candy – $25

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Paperclip Chain – $120

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Charms – $30-$50

Gold_bar_front_large.jpgAll available online at https://www.popandsuki.com

 

Photo Credit – https://www.popandsuki.com and @popandsuki and @ninadobrev on Instagram

 

MEESKA-MOOSKA MICKEY MOUSE!

We got ears, say cheers!

Lazy Oaf’s final instalment of its colab collection with Disney sees the arrival of everyone’s favourite mouse, Mickey! The incorporation of Disney’s most recognisable character into the collection is a fitting finale to a fabulous and fun collection. Mickey’s well-known silhouette can be found in each and every item, full of mouse-ears, frills and vibrant red, white and black oversized jumpers and dresses. This unique and quirky collection is unlike the average bob-standard Mickey themed apparel that can be found in numerous high-street stores. This super cute nostalgic final chapter is bound to be the most popular of the three as it is the only chapter which caters for both of the genders. You will need to act even faster than before if you want to ensure you bag any of these adorable pieces! Act fast, if the other chapters have taught us anything it’s that once they’re gone they’re gone!

DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE BABY RIB STRIPE T-SHIRT – £38

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE COLLEGE CARDIGAN – £80

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE PINAFORE – £85

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE BOMBER JACKET – £150

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MINNIE MOUSE DENIM SHIRT – £80

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE CORD TROUSERS – £80

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE SWEATER DRESS – SOLD OUT

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF  MICKEY MOUSE DENIM DRESS – £90

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE SLOGAN T-SHIRT – £42

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE BERET – £25

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE FUR BACKPACK – £65

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE WAITING IN LINE T-SHIRT – £38

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF MICKEY MOUSE MIRROR LONG T-SHIRT – £50

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF ORIGINAL MICKEY MOUSE SWEATSHIRT – £70

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DISNEY X LAZY OAF ORIGINAL MICKEY MOUSE CAP – £25

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THE COLLECTION CAN BE FOUND IN-STORE OR ONLINE AT http://www.lazyoaf.com

Photo credit – http://www.lazyoaf.com