Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Has the snow melted yet?

So while the rest of the country is talking about the recent snowfall, the Cellardoor girls were busy eyeing up the latest Spring/Summer looks at the recent New Look and Urban Outfitters press days. We know it's far too early to be thinking about next season, it feels like we've only just left the Summer behind, but we couldn't resist. Plus everyone likes a sneak peek right? We're definitely girly girls at heart, so we're excited to see a sprinkling of florals, gingham and polka dots back in our wardrobes.

We're always excited about the new collections from Urban Outfitters, they always manage to steal our hearts. The whole concept of the store is just wonderful, and we're obsessed with their clothes as well as the cute homewares. Next season seems to take on a travelling vibe, with ethnic print maxi dresses and adorable luggage cases. Plus check out the pretty map print bikini... we're making our wishlists already!

Then we wandered over to New Look, and we were definitely in the Summer mood after sipping a glass of Pimms. We particularly liked the Secret Garden collection, and we've got our eyes on those floral wedges.

Sunday, 28 November 2010

Meet..... Jazzabelle

We're proud to present the first in our meet the blogger series. We spend a lot of time reading your blogs, and we're impressed with all the inspiration out there. That's when we decided we had to get to know a few a little better. In the first one we spoke to Jazmine from Jazzabelles Diary.

Ok, first up who is Jazzabelle? Jazzabelle is a eighteen year old art student from London, who spends her days rummaging in charity shops and car boot sales, spending time alone, sitting in cafes and visiting the Victoria and Albert Museum.

How long have you been blogging, what made you want start it in the first place? I've been blogging since March, so I still feel like I'm relatively new to the 'blogging world'! I decided to start my blog after attending the member's preview of the previous Quilts 1700 - 2010 exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, I was just so inspired by many of the pieces on display that I really wanted to write about it. I then decided that my blog would be a great place for me to share my charity shop finds, personal style and my day to day life.

What inspires your blog posts? To be honest nothing really inspires my blog posts, because as I write in somewhat of a diary format I just tend to post if I'm in the mood or I feel I have something worthwhile to share with everyone who reads my blog. Though style-wise, I am very inspired by the way other bloggers dress, I can't believe my style has changed so much since I started blogging!

How would you describe your style? I find it hard to describe my style, but I think it is rather simple, yet eclectic. I tend to stick to more neutral tones and can usually be found wearing a secondhand grandad jumper, chunky scarf, jeans and my favourite leather Topshop boots. I think I'm quite androgynous in the way that I dress, though I'm hoping to start introducing some more femininity and girliness into my outfits in the future.

What three items can you not live without? My camera, kettle and of course my lovely hobo jumper!

On your blog you wear a lot of items from Charity shops, do you have any tips? My main tip is to make sure you frequently visit your local charity shops and always have a good rummage, beecause as stock changes daily one day you might leave empty handed, but the next day you will find some unbelivable bargains! I'd also recommend that you get to know the people that work in the charity shops, strike up converstations and donate your old stuff to them, that way they start to know your personal style and point out pieces you like, hold stuff back for you and even give you discounts!

What do you get up to when you're not blogging? When I'm not blogging, I spend my days visiting museums and exhibitions, studying for my Foundation Diploma in Art and Design, secondhand shopping, volunteering in my local charity shop, working with a youth group called CreateVoice at the Victoria and Albert Museum and with family. I'm quite a simple person, really, who enjoys the simple things in life.

Tell us something no one else knows about you... I was once in a television advert when I was younger, I think it was for meningitis awareness. I was only in it for a split second, though, as apparently my pink dress was too bright, so I had to stay in the background, haha!

And lastly as we've just released out Autumn issue, what's your favourite thing about Autumn? Ohh, so many things! Autumn and Winter are my favourite seasons, it's always so much more nostalgic for me than Spring and Summer. I adore how beautiful the leaves look, the 'back to school' feeling, the perfect weather for layering clothes, the fact that Christmas is around the corner and of course it's when Starbucks realises their christmassy red cups!

Friday, 26 November 2010

Stylish Sounds

Our next instalment comes in the form of a fresh girl band with a retro feel

The Like are a four piece indie rock band from California, but to look at them you’d think they spent their days in Camden or Carnaby street in the 60s. From left to right they are Annie, Tennessee, “Z” Berg (real name Elizabeth) and Laena. And thanks to Z’s from the heart almost therapeutic writing the girls are fast becoming known for their edgy sound and punchy lyrics.

He’s not a boy- the like

It seems they’re starting a new trend in gigs, bringing it back to the old fashion values when people dressed up to go dancing. Z told Company magazine “At gigs, everyone comes dolled up. Girls tend to wear black and white with lace and boys wear suits, it’s cute!”

Their style is much as part of the job as the music for the girls and it’s not something they rush into lightly, Tennessee picks outfits that subtly co-ordinate but represent each of the girls’ personalities, Tennessee herself even ended up in A&E in a Beehive related concussion during their first video shoot, she explains “I hit my head so many times I had to go to A&E in tears with my huge beehive and plastic things sticking out of it!”

The Like’s album, Release Me is out now.

By Rachel Charlton

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Evening Collection

We're loving the new evening collection from Zara, especially that leopard print shift dress. Zara always manages to mix that chic style with just the right amount of quirkiness. We think we've just made our Christmas lists that little bit longer.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Moments in Music

The leaves have fallen, the fireworks have finished and the Christmas Coca Cola Advert has made it's first appearance. This time of year brings with it many pleasures. We splash out on a new coat even though we have four perfectly good ones, we wear those gloves that aren't the warmest but go with everything and for many of us the pleasure in this season lies with the music. Not the generic Christmas songs that we hear every year but new fresh material that can bring a festive feeling to even the biggest Grinch.

This week it seems that there are two songs that evoke this lovely warming sensation. The first is an old classic by a young up and coming "starry eyed" vocalist. Covering the material of a legend can be problematic however this rendition of Elton John's "Your Song" is a respectful adaptation of a great love song. Ellie Goulding has abandoned her previous electronic sound and shown a vulnerable softer side with simply her haunting voice and a piano. The song is a true example of what amazing material can be created when a talented individual favours simplicity over auto-tune. Recorded forty years ago it's going to be an anthem for lovers all over again this Winter.

Finally another song that makes the frost and the dark nights bareable is from a band that has been fairly quiet since "Hey There Delilah" in 2008. Plain White T's new track "Rhythm of Love" is a combination of gentle acoustic guitar and familiar strong vocals from lead singer Tom Higgenson. Romantic lyrics, simple vocals and a catchy beat are sure to be a hit.

So when you grab your coat and gloves don't forget the most important accessory this Winter your iPod!

By Katie Russell

Saturday, 20 November 2010

Let Them Eat Cake

Well those lovely lovely Wildfox girls have done it again haven't they. We always look forward to seeing what ideas they come up with for their lookbooks and we think this one is definitely our favourite. Taking inspiration from the world of Marie Antoinette, and adding their own saucy take on it. Just look at that pink hair!

Wildfox Couture
Spring 2011 Lookbook

Friday, 19 November 2010

Cupcakes in a Jar

The latest trend in desserts has seen one of our favourite treats get re-invented. The humble cupcake has been transformed into bite-size form and encased in a small glass jar, just begging to be eaten with a spoon.

This new look cupcake has several benefits; for one the jar packaging locks in moisture, ensuring your cupcake stays delicious for longer, and then, (once you're done devouring your sweet treat), you can re-use the jar however you wish. Maybe for some home-made jam, or even a new tea light?

We think these cute cakes will make perfect gifts and will be great additions to any party. Why not take a look at G Desserts for more info and order a batch?

By Kat Nicholls

Thursday, 18 November 2010

If I Were You

With so many talented illustrators out there it is hard for us to pin point one at a time to share with you, but we think you will agree that when you stumble upon Sandra Deikmans work, you do just stop for a minute and say... wow!

Sandra moved to London in 2002 in search of 'new adventures and further education' but she is originally from Germany. The majority of her work is inspired by animals but also has a fashion vibe to her mixed media illustrations. Along with her blog she has set up many an exiting illustration project, which include the 'If I were you' project and 'Haus stories'. We just cant get enough of her!'

By Fritha Strickland

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

Peanut Perfection

There's nothing we like more than a nice big mug of hot chocolate, we were excited to try out this yummy take on a classic. If you're a fan of peanut butter, then we urge you to give this a go too.
You'll need:
1 and 1/2 cups of milk
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 heaped tablespoon of smooth peanut butter,
and an optional swirl of whipped cream to finish.

Preparation: Heat the milk in a saucepan until it's hot through. Add in the cocoa powder and mix well. Then stir in the peanut butter until melted. Serve and top with whipped cream.

Let us know if any of you try it out...

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Costumes and Crystal Armour

What with all the cold weather lately, we've been busy looking at things that help cheer us up. That's when we stumbled across the lovely little NZ jewellery label D_Luxe. Duo Karie Higgins and Megan Oliver are the brains behind the wonderful designs and we've fallen in love with their new collection 'Costumes and Crystal Armour' and the pastel filled look book, which complement the jewellery perfectly. There's even some illustrations by the fabulous Kelly Thompson, who we featured in the last issue.