Sunday, 30 January 2011

It's Sunday, we're in love

You may have noticed our lovely new sponsor in our sidebar, and we couldn't wait to share some of their lovely treats. Sunday Girl is ruun by Steph and is a like a little treasure trove of trinkets.
As you can tell by our header, we're fond of pretty bunting so this bunting necklace is perfect for us Cellardoor girls. So go on, take a peek at the rest of the collection here.

Saturday, 29 January 2011

If you go down to the
woods today...

If you have read the glorious new issue, you would have noticed the fantastic shoot "If you go down to the woods today" by Rikard Österlund and styled by Jade Stavri. It was one of our favourites, so we've decided to show you a few behind the scenes snaps taken from the day.  

The team headed down to Shorne Wood Country Park for a day of shooting in the sun with Hermione from First Model Management, and the results were gorgeous.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Coffee Table Book Fantasy

It’s still grim and cold and we find ourselves crawling onto the sofa, drinking hot coco and reading the latest über-chic Vogue Paris to whisk us away on a journey far from the horrible weather. More recently, we've devoured the gorgeous coffee table wonder entitled ‘Impressionism’, a two-volume set of books published by Taschen. The beauty of impressionist paintings simply took our breath away – and our minds off the daily routine! 

Painters of that era sure knew how to make scenery romantic and whimsical. Renoir, Manet, Van Gogh, Cézanne, Monet and Matisse among many others were pure geniuses who simply used to transport their visual idea on a canvas. How detailed and intrinsic that image was! The use of colours, texture and juxtaposition of painting techniques is extraordinary and it feels as though these masterpieces are not rewarded enough for their brilliant performances. This beauty is divided into volumes: impressionism in France and Impressionism in Europe and North America. As we flick through gently the pages, we literally feel as if we're traveling within the artists’ works, while reading through the evolution of this era and how it came about. 

A sumptuous encyclopedia-like publication that’s'one of the best buys we've ever gotten!
Available from Amazon for £21.

By Tania Al-Farouki

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Spring is in the air

Now that we've got the Winter issue out of the way, we're well and truly looking forward to the Spring. We can't wait for the weather to warm up, most of all so we can finally take our pretty dresses out of hiding. Speaking of pretty dresses, we've fallen head over heels for Orla Keily's Spring Summer 2011 collection. We love her signature retro style with lots of feminine touches, especially the peach coloured polka dot peter pan collar dress. 

What's your favourite? 

Sunday, 23 January 2011

We present to you...

Our newest issue of Cellardoor!

It's slightly later than first planned, but better late than never. So feast your eyes on our newest offering, and as always - let us know what you think!

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Good Enough to Eat

The correlation between food and fashion is a noteworthy one. There are some cuisines, dishes and ingredients that are mere fads, lasting as long as it takes for you to find out their true nutritional content and others that become staples to one's diet. We eat to feel good in addition to the fact that it, well, keeps us alive and all that good stuff. Food is as much a necessity and as emotionally binding as clothing which makes it all the more appropriate to draw gastronomic inspiration from the world of fashion.

Penning a food focused blog, I am always looking at ways to incorporate food into unique aspects of our daily lives. While browsing the runways of the Spring 2011 RTW collections, my mouth watered and inspired many a dish.

Why it works: This outfit and dish has clear colour similarities starting with the red apple  - a dietary staple that mirrors the spirit of the paisley print, introduced to Europe in the 17th century and emerging in near every decades trends. The fringed edges of the dress have the free form of the leaves of the watercress and greens - by giving an air of whimsy it takes the edge off a 'serious' print. I never take my starter's seriously..I tend to give them free reign in preparation for the 'seriousness' of a main course. Therefore, the free-spiritedness of this dress reflects well the freeness what one can and should employ with their starter dish.

Why it works: This Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote is mouth-watering just to look at! 'En Papillote' means in paper, a basic technique for steaming fish or vegetables. This method is a visually and gustatory treat, making everyday ingredients special and tender in ways that other cooking methods don't allow. Mains is a reliable dish, something that can be eaten without introduction { a starter } and that will satisfy. This Sesame-Ginger Salmon en Papillote employs Asian spices - giving the dish a kick that takes it over the edge of being 'just another fish dish'.
In a similar way this outfit by Marc Jacobs for the Spring 2011 collection is a testimony of staple elements with a little something extra. The shirt instantly reminded me of the 'Papillote' / paper while the bold red horizontal lines on the skirt literally mirrored the sliced peppers. A knee length skirt, a button down shirt - staples for any self respecting girl's closet, but Marc being Marc, there is a little something more to give the outfit a kick. Subtle pleating on the waist and a obi sash style belt add an interesting exoticism. 

Why it works: I love the idea of WD-50, dubbed a molecular gastronomy restaurant in NYC, it presents food and ingredients in ways that defy convention { poached egg columns anyone?? }. This Lemongrass mousse, brown sugar, jack fruit, whole wheat sorbet is made up of words and flavours that sound like a regular dessert..but presented in an aesthetically and textural way that is anything but regular.
Alexander McQueen is synonymous with out of the ordinary. I was immediately taken in with the beauty and delicate nature of this stunning floor length gown, but then closer inspection raised some questions: Is the top strategically glued on, are those strips of fabric forming the skirt? And my, oh my are those hips exaggerated or what?? Nevertheless, I love it. It's like a regular fairytale princess slightly off-kilter but still with an element of sweetness. 

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Meet..... Wish Wish Wish

Here at Cellardoor, we love nothing more than pretty dresses, days spent trawling through little knick knack stores and wishing we lived in a more elegant era. So, when we uncovered Carrie's blog we knew she was a girl after our own hearts. We love her use of dreamy photographs [mostly taken by her super talented beau] and discovering her unique vintage finds. She's also got a dress collection that makes us go weak at the knees, and extremely green with envy. Read on to find out a little more about the girl herself... 

Ok, first up who is Carrie? I'm a 20 year old dreamer/fashion promotion student living in London with a love for vintage and all things twee!

How long have you been blogging, what made you want start it in the first place? I began when I was 17, so nearly 3 years ago now! I loved creating websites and read lots of blogs so it seemed natural to create one of my own. I decided I wanted to take more photos and document my life like other blogs..and it went from there. 

What inspires your blog posts? Collars, dresses, chunky shoes, pastel colours, bows, handbags, old books, pretty prints, berets and beehives! I just post about the things I love, whether it's something i've bought & worn, a lookbook, a wishlist, or even a feeling. 

How would you describe your style? I always hate answering this question as I feel my style is always changing. At the moment it's all very 60s inspired, with mini shift dresses and big shoes. I tend to play it safe but that's because I know what I like and what suits me. Breton stripes, satchels, brogues and bowler hats!

What three items can you not live without? I'm going to be terribly materialistic and say my Mulberry Alexa, my laptop and my camera! 

What do you get up to when you're not blogging? If it was up to me, i'd be hanging out with my besties exploring National Trust houses and eating lots of cake! In reality, I spend a lot of time replying to emails and getting on with my university! 

Tell us something no one else knows about you... I'm a huge monkey and ape lover! I visit the rescue centre Monkey World every year for my birthday and practially know all of their names! 

And lastly as the Winter issue is about to be released, what's your favourite
thing about this season? Wearing coats! I'm a coat fiend, I have far too many but can't help but buy new ones. I have quite a growing collection!

Monday, 17 January 2011

Fancy Feet

We're not trainer sort of gals, but we've fallen for this tapestry style pair from Vans. We can just sit and stare at them, right?

Sunday, 16 January 2011

Nostalgic Nuggets

Do you ever feel nostalgic? Ever get that secret longing to just stop, rewind, and enjoy those seamlessly easy days of childhood all over again? It can seem only five minutes ago when you were 10 years old, wondering exactly what a real job was and figuring it can’t be as important as catching up on the latest Tracy Beaker/generically uncool kids programme anyway. 

Well this recipe is made for those moments; when all you want to do is be that little kid again. Chicken nuggets with chips and beans was a perfectly balanced meal in your eyes: protein? Check. Carbohydrate? Check. Veg? Check. We may not be able to run away from our grown up stresses, but we can at least remember the good ol’ days by recreating those wonderful golden nuggets of deliciousness. Too far? Thought so.

Ingredients [Serves 4-6]
4 chicken breasts
100g Plain Flour
1 egg, beaten with 1tbsp water
75g breadcrumbs [This equates to about 4 slices of bread, grated into crumbs]
45g grated cheese [the original recipe calls for Parmesan but unless you’re an exceedingly rich student, finely grated cheddar will do fine]

After pre-heating the oven to Gas Mark 6 [200°C], cut the chicken into nugget-sized chunks of fairly equal size. Mix the breadcrumbs and cheese together and spread onto a large plate or baking tray. Put the flour [no need to sieve] onto a plate and beat the egg with the water in a bowl. Now for the messy bit... roll a piece of chicken in the flour, dip it in the egg mixture and roll it in the breadcrumbs before placing it onto a lightly greased baking tray. Then just repeat for...well... quite a few times; trust me it’s worth it. Flour, egg, breadcrumbs, tray. Flour, egg, breadcrumbs, tray. You get the idea! 

Once all the chicken has been coated [and before you throw any at the wall in frustration] put the tray into the preheated oven and bake for 20 minutes. After this, the crumbs will be golden and the chicken will be hot and white throughout. If there are any leftovers [doubtful] the nuggets can be frozen after cooking as long as they’ve had time to cool. These are great served with salad, wedges, or if you’re feeling truly retro chips and beans. Aaaaah the joys of childhood...

By Danni Slater

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Good things come in small packages.

Now, we know we're prone to falling in love with things easily, but after finding the Sol Cinema on Topshop's blog the other day, it's real this time.

The mobile cinema is cute, not doubt about that, but it's also the world's smallest solar-powered movie theatre, so it's eco-friendly too!

You can hire the cinema for parties and events, where you can watch excerpts from their collection of comedies, music and short films. You can fit 8 adults in the cinema and will be seen to by your own usherette, dressed in an old-fashioned uniform.

To find out more info, head over to their website.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Colour bright, colour right

Pleased are we to see the Spring/Summer trends for 2011 which sees colour contorted in various designs by prestigious designers. London, Milan and Paris worked overtime to show our eyes an exceedingly good time from Marc Jacobs’ sophisticated glamour in hues of sugary pink to Burberry Prorsum’s “It” staple of the season; The biker jacket. Not just any biker but complete with stud embellishing, a new tough look for our Burberry beauty. 

Marc Jacobs Spring 11 Campaign

Bright bikers at Burberry Prorsum

Colour is our best friend this season but if like us, you fear looking more coco the clown than enviable fashionista then let us proceed with the “How to Colour Guide”, for the girl who wishes to colour inside the lines. Firstly, invest in whimsical and floral femininity a la Alberta Ferretti. Secondly, long clean lines a la Chloe who deems the camel a hue here to stay. Thirdly, invest in the iconic waist belt in a popping shade in homage to Burberry. Wonderful one can bring an entire wardrobe into 2011 with an eye-grabbing pinch of colour. 

 Floral femininity at Alberta Ferretti

Camel tones at Chloe

Colour Pop accessories at Burberry Prorsum

We shall most definitely be pairing structured outerwear in subtle tones with a wrap around belt or clutch in a bright Tiffany Blue. 

What are your must haves this season? 

By Natasha Supple

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Starry Eyed 2011

We don’t know about you but we have a pretty good feeling that 2011 will be a year full of surprises. It does smell new era to us. TV legends Oprah and Larry King have taken a bow on their long-lasting careers. Carine Roitfeld and Dasha Zhukova have respectfully left their editor-in-chief tenures at Vogue Paris and Pop. The fashion industry has arms wide open for McQueen’s legacy run by Sarah Burton and the overtly excited Lady Gaga fans await her next single ‘Born This Way’. 
All these big names and changes are inspiring us to think big for a year ending in double digits. And this also applies to our dear and loyal readers: without sounding too cliché we think the most underrated resolution is to follow your gut feeling and not let anything stop you from achieving your dreams and it’s, in Bruno Mars’ words, ‘cause you’re amazing just the way you are’. 

All we have to say then is: BRING ON THE LIGHTS FOR 2011!

By Tania Alfarouki