Everything Coming up Roses!

Bonjour tout le monde! Now you all know that I am a bag fanatic, I have so many because people are always making lovely new ones! I am equally addicted to shopping bags, I have this Ted Baker one…….

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I have this tribute bag from the Alexander Mcqueen one from the V & A exhibition ……



When I saw these bags from italian brand Kartell, I nearly fainted …….


How gorgeous is that? but the price tag is also a bit swoon making….£254!

So with my thinking cap on I popped to the retro brand Sunjellies and bought this gorgeous number……..


Just £17! I then sat down with my trusty Sizzix machine and cut some flower shapes……

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You can also cut these shapes or similar by hand, just google “felt flower pattern”. I wasn’t keen on the black ones so I ended up with these………


Before I got any further I received my inspiration box from Katie at Felted Fancies supplies, behold its loveliness……..

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Inside there was also some felt flowers and of course much nicer than mine so I glued my pink ones and Katie’s flowers straight onto the bag using my hot glue gun….

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I also made some Chrysanthemum ones by folding a strip of felt in half, then cutting vertically every half centimetre almost to the bottom, roll up this strip and you have a flower! after much gluing this is the result……..

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Cute enough but it think it needs something else? my super talented daughter suggested more flowers gradually getting less as we move up the bag. I will be thinking about this alongside some new product development next week and i’ll hopefully post the updated picture next week.

In the meantime, here’s your links:









Save Or Splurge?

Ding dong merrily on high! who’s excited for Christmas? For me it literally is “the most wonderful time of the year”but it is also the most expensive time of the year!

In my family I’m known as a bit of a personal  shopper, able to hunt out the best gifts and the unexpected at the drop of the hat, so let’s have a look at a few items that could be on your Christmas lists with a handy splurge/save option according to your available finances!

Perfume features high on a lot of peoples wish lists, the new perfume from Alexander McQueen really is something special……….

With notes of three night flowering blooms; Sambac jasmine, tuberose and ylang ylang, it is exotic and mysterious, and that my darlings is why this bottle will set you back £285! to be fair there are smaller bottles starting at £50.

So how about a save option? I am a super fan of the clever folks at Shay and Blue, this offering hits similar mysterious notes….

Atropa belladonna is inspired by deadly nightshade, with a heart of cassis berries, and notes of narcissus, jasmine and bourbon vanilla, it is a more pocket friendly £30 for 30ml.

How about a glamorous nail polish to see you into New Years Eve? let me present the most glamorous varnish on the market……..

Take a minute to breath in the exquisite design of the shoe designer Christian Louboutin, this is a bottle that deserves a place on your dressing table, but glamour comes with a price tag…£36 to be precise.

I’ll be honest kids, there isn’t a save option for this one,

however if cool polish is what you are looking for, look no further……

Soigne (translates as take care of) polish has up to 85% botanical ingredients, is free from the 5 carcinogens that can be in polish, is not tested on animals and is vegan friendly! hit their sale and you can grab a bottle for £4.80, it normally retails at £11.

While we are on the subject of New Years Eve, it is a great time to try the new trend of flat party shoes. If money is no object there is no better designer that Valentino for this new alternative to heels…

Yum! but at £615 it would give me heart failure to wear them!

Mercifully this is where ASOS rides in with these cuties……

Sorry for the screen shot but at least you have all the info!

Finally, and this might be a niche market, I have an obsession with decorations from bauble makers to the stars Bombki, their macaron set is a dream purchase……..


At £59… to be honest I don’t know if I would risk it, but thats ok because look what Anthropologie  have……

These are currently in the sale at £18.20! and I like these a bit more!

Heres your links if you fancy purchasing any of the above or just want to admire from afar!

McQueen perfume from http://www.Houseoffraser.co.uk

Atropa Belladonna from http://www.shayandblue.com

Louboutin polish from http://www.selfridges.com

Soigne polish from http://www.soignnails.com

Valentino flats from http://www.selfridges.com

Asos flats from http://www.asos.com

macaron set from http://www.bombki.co.uk

macaron set  from http://www.anthropologie.com

Thats all my goodies today and the next time I see you it will be one sleep until Santa!!


Karen xxx









McQueen For A Day

I love Alexander McQueen, I will never be able to afford anything from their shop but I love the label. When McQueen was alive I loved it more, I loved his sense of theatre, of traditional tailoring skills, of embellishment and embroidery.

I was devastated when the retrospective of his work was shown at The Met in New York, convinced I would never see his work in person. However, I signed the petition, waited 7 months and here I am in the presence of the great man himself.



Photography was forbidden within the collection and though many others were snapping away it felt inappropriate, so from now on its second-hand photos from my books and postcards.

Lee McQueen was a Savile Row tailors apprentice when he left school and his ability to cut and tailor shines through the collection but especially the early pieces……


This piece highlights his tailoring abilities with his twist of deconstruction, as I walked round I was reminded of this quote…


Lee himself said “You’ve got to know the rules to break them. Thats what I’m here for, to demolish the rules but keep the tradition”.

From the tailored pieces we were taken to a gothic, romantic room with faded, gilded mirrors, many of the pieces were very Victorian , jet beading and heavy black lace so the models looked like that were in mourning. It was also where one of his most iconic pieces was given pride of place………


Lee was very interested in ornithology and feathers played a large part in his collections, he said this about this collection “It is important to look at death because it is a part of life. It is a sad thing, melancholic but romantic at the same time”.

The next room featured his controversially named “Highland Rape” collection, heavily referencing tartan and ruffled lace…..


Next to a room lined with bones, for dresses inspired by the Thompsons gazelle and its habitat, this room contained some surprisingly wearable pieces, this was my favourite……


Its skirt is more purple in reality and the contrast with the lime top is utterly gorgeous.

The next room was an absolute assault on the senses, the walls were lined with bookcases and each square was filled with shoes, hats, bodices and whole looks reclined along a shelf. Centre stage was this dress…


The dress had been sprayed by two robotic arms, live on the catwalk.

The next room was in complete darkness to show this dress in the form of a hologram…


I am afraid that I can’t adequately explain how beautiful this was, to see Kate Moss captured in a glass pyramid slowly gyrating so that all the ruffles of this exquisite dress took flight. She was part ghost, part fairy, a man behind me said she looked like Tinkerbell!

Next to a room with a lot of cultural references, Lee said this ” Fashion can be really racist, looking at the clothes of other cultures as costumes”, this is my favourite piece…..


The colours were very vibrant in reality, and the heavy embroidery was breathtaking.

The next part was not a room at all but a glass box with several dresses and a screen inside which showed the original catwalk. the box was dimmed and then lights flashed on so that we could see the contents…..


and just as suddenly the walls of the box turned to mirrors, Lee’s intention was this “the idea was to turn people’s faces on themselves. I wanted to turn it around and make them think, am I actually as good as what I am looking at?”

Then to some pieces inspired by nature, this next piece was originally made with fresh flowers because ” Things rot…..I used flowers because they die. my mood was darkly romantic st the time”.



Even in silk flowers it was beyond beautiful.

On to the collection called Plato’s Atlantis and I have my illustration of my favourite piece…



My drawing cannot capture the iridescent gold/purple of the embellishments on this piece. The proportion of the shoes has to be seen to be believed and are way more graceful than they look.

Then…..it was over, we were left filing out into the shop which normally fills me glee. How did I feel? I felt a sense of loss, not that I knew him, but a sense that we would never see that combination of expert tailoring and genius imagination ever again, and that thought made my heart crack a little.

I took a creative writing course before starting this blog and love this quote by Dani Shapiro “fill your ears with the music of good sentences and when you approach the page yourself, that music will carry you” and now as my work is almost completely visual based, I feel the need to “fill my eyes with the music of good design“, and even though they were slightly tear filled, they were definitely full of music.

So my lovelies, who fills your eyes and ears?