Thursday, 28 April 2011

Spring Fling

We present to you the latest issue of Cellardoor. The Spring Fling issue is packed full of the usual mix of fashion, music, homes and recipes.  Inside you'll find a heart warming article on mother daughter relationships, an obligatory royal wedding feature and we chat to Pegasus Bridge and The Good Natured about the Get Loud In Libraries tour. 

(We suggest you flick straight to pg 84 and try the naughty rose tea cocktail which Cait has now christened the Mitford Sister!)

We hope you like it! Let us know what you think...

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Summer Salad

It appears that Spring has officially sprung and the much longed for warmer weather has arrived.  And how very considerate of Mother Nature to coordinate it with the Easter holidays and bank holiday – finally!

So in true Brit style, it’s time for Pimms, sunburn and picnics! But want a change from the usual egg and cress (You do really have to stop that, it’s not the weather for that kind of behaviour) or pasta salad?

Try this simple Greek Salad recipe:


4 Tomatoes
1 Cucumber
300g Feta cheese
Large bunch of mint
25-30 black olives
1 red onion
Drizzle of olive oil


Chop everything roughly, apart from the red onion which you should finely dice. 
Don’t worry about de-stoning the black olives if they haven’t been done already, although do mention it to your guests!
Take to the nearest park/garden/open space
Serve with crust bread, rosé wine and factor 40 sun cream.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Paris je t'aime

Now if there wasn't enough reasons for us wanting to move to Paris, this would certainly have us packing our bags and learning French. 

Fans of the The Cherry Blossom Girl are in for a treat, as the blogger has recently collaborated on a sweet lingerie collection for Etam. Just like the gorgeous blog, the collection has a romantic and feminine feel and a pallette full of sugary pinks. 

The girl herself says, "I just worked with my usual inspirations: a fresh, young world and a girl covered in flowers, with soft colours, lace, bows and floral prints, to give a vintage yet springtime feel."

The Cherry Blossom Girl collection will be available from April 22nd in the Etam boutique on rue de Rennes, Paris, and a few others across France. You can also find it on the Etam website

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Meet..... The Velvet Bow

We're back with another Meet the Blogger post, and this time we looked down under for inspiration from the lovely Jessie over at The Velvet Bow. Her style is as she describes, very British with an abundance of peter pan collars, brogues, cute floral dresses, 60's winged eyeliner and satchel bags. Although we've not seen many bows! Read on to find out more about Jessie...

Ok, first up who is The Velvet Bow? 
The Velvet Bow is me, Jessie: a 21 year old journalism student hailing from sunny Perth, Australia with two devon rex cats, a collection of leopard coats and an addiction to charity shops. The Velvet Bow is my personal style journal where I share my outfits, travel adventures, DIY's, thrifting successes, coveted items, style inspiration and other bits and bobs. Vintage charm, quirk and whimsy are words which I think describe it best.

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the  
first place? 
I just celebrated the first birthday of my blog which really made me appreciate how much it has changed since I typed my first post! It began out of a passion for putting words together and the desire to carve out a little place for myself online where I could practise my writing and muse about anything and everything. Gradually it evolved into a fashion-focused blog and became more personal as time went on. I really liked the idea of having an online portfolio of sorts for when I began working as a journalist, but even before that the blog has brought so many opportunities that I wouldn't have otherwise had. It's been such a fun year!

What inspires your blog posts?
These days I find most of my inspiration by reading other blogs. There are so many unique voices out there and in particular as a devoted vintage lover I feel like I have finally found my inspirational niche online with the number of other old-world loving lasses on the blogosphere. Away from the online world, Zooey Deschanel is my ultimate style icon and I am always finding inspiration in what she wears. I also get inspired by the little things in life, whether it's a new blank notebook, finding a hidden gem at a charity store, browsing through photos on weheartit, re-ordering my wardrobe, or even the weather! Rainy days are my best writing days.

How would you describe your style?
I'm an old fashioned girl at heart and I love everything vintage. My style can sometimes come off as a bit granny-chic but I take that as a compliment! The 60's are by far my favourite decade for the minidresses, false eyelashes and fabulous hats. I'm all about making old things new and re-appropriating items, so often I'll find things in charity stores and alter them to make them a bit more fresh. Whatever it is I'm wearing you can count on it being very girly, whimsical and sometimes a bit childish - until recently I didn’t even own a pair of pants.

What three items can you not live without?
A great vintage dress, my Salvatore Ferragamo 'Vara' shoes and lashings of winged eyeliner, 60's-style.

What do you get up to when you're not blogging?
I study journalism full time and work part time, but I am trying to get my break into the wide world of magazines by writing as much as possible. Outside of that I love getting dolled up in vintage garb and going out swing dancing. It's an old school form of partner dancing with styles from the 20's through to 50's where the girl gets thrown about a bit and is best done to a live jazz band. And then I do vintage clothing markets from time to time which will soon turn into selling online too. I also adore singing but that has taken a bit of a back seat lately due to a time restraints.

Tell us something no one else knows about you...
It's hard because I am a very open book! Something not many people know yet is that I'm seriously considering moving to London for six months next year because I can't get my mind off the place since visiting in the winter and think I should live more spontaneously.

And lastly as the Spring issue is about to be released, what's your favourite thing about this season?
I like that its still perfect weather for a coat (my favourite type of clothing) but not so cold that many layers are required. Also even though we are in Autumn now in the southern hemisphere, Spring in Australia means wildflower season which is really something special.

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Weekend Inspiration

Denim is an essential material in everyone’s wardrobe, one we wear practically every day. Come summer or winter, denim shorts are a staple. Perfect for a casual outfit or for dressing down an overly smart look, denim shorts evoke a feeling of individuality and freedom (even if you and basically every other girl in town are wearing them). They say bohemian free spirit, giving off a Sienna-ish vibe that’s totally Shangri-La or 60’s hippy commune. 

So whether you prefer a classic look or one with a punk/hippy/indie edge, denim shorts give you the ability to be yourself, whatever you pair with them. So wear them your way, and let your personality shine through. 

By Michaela Lock

Friday, 15 April 2011

French Spirit

Ever wondered what makes films such as Lost In Translation, Marie Antoinette, The Virgin Suicides and Somewhere, so brilliant yet quirky, original and imaginative? Well here’s an insight of the director Sofia Coppola’s moodboards that are her inspiration to make such great films…

By Sali

Thursday, 14 April 2011

Spring Fling

Wow, we've fallen head over heels for the new collection from Nadinoo and how beautiful is the lookbook! We're going to clear our schedules for the weekend so that we can spend it in the park instead... if only we wearing those dresses too!

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

The best thing since sliced bread

Remember the days when toast could pass for dinner and you’d eat it for five days in a row with complaint? True it’s usually around the same time when you drank a lot of Snakebite and Black and got 10% discount at Topshop with your NUS card. But thanks to Tonia George’s cook book ‘Things on Toast’, toast has moved on from a staple food group for students everywhere, to something that you might actually serve to guests!

With simple and tasty offerings such as chorizo, poached eggs, chilli flakes and thyme (on toast...obviously) this is the recipe book for anyone looking to turn a basic ingredient into something much more exciting. And don’t let the word ‘toast’ lead you to believe that these meals are going to look like an amateur effort either. Simple, well cooked ingredients piled (or artfully arranged!) onto slices of good bread can look as just as enticing as something that took 12 times the amount of time and effort. It’s almost enough to make you want to throw out the marmite forever!

Things on Toast by Tonia George, £9.99Ebury.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

When I grow up...

We have recently found out about the illustrator Clare Owens.  We love her wonderful, whimsical drawings and we’re sure that you will love them as much as we do. So we’ve asked her a few questions to find out more…

What made you first want to become an illustrator? When I was at College (where you are split into 4 general groups, Photography, Textiles, Graphics and Fine Art) I got a bit stuck. I wasn't Graphics and I wasn't fine Art and was a bit lost. Then when I was 17 someone showed me some Illustration books like Illustration NOW and it was like something clicked and since then I've worked towards being an Illustrator.

What inspires you? So much! Other illustrators, Films, Friends, Cities, Patterns, Women, Music, quotes...

What can we catch you doing in your spare time? I am inclined to a bit of trashy telly (come dine with me!), cooking and baking, reading, hot baths, bike rides with my boyfriend and recently getting on the allotment.

What's your fondest memory? Oh my. I have so many! Late night beaches when I was a teen maybe? Or all my friends in my single bed listening to punk rock or being a little girl dancing on the patio (my little stage). Loads! 

Is there anything you are looking forward to this year? Really looking forward to summer in a new city. I'm not looking forward to getting my pasty limbs out though.

Interview by Sali

Monday, 11 April 2011

Something old, something new

If you're anything like us, we're sure you will agree that sometimes listening to music on laptops doesn't quite match up to the romance of record players and radios. So imagine our delight when we stumbled across this brilliant design from Interaction Design MA student Jordi Parra

Combining our nostalgic love for a tangible record player and possibly the best thing to happen to music since The Beatles (that'd be Spotify then), this ingenious 'Spotify box' is a beautiful device that uses Spotify technology to play music over a wireless connection. There is even a modern twist with mini 'records' that users can upload playlists onto to then play on the box. Confused? Watch this video and prepare to fall in love!

Should this design get put into production, we would be first in the queue!

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Weekend Inspiration

This weekend we're lucky enough to be drenched in glorious sunshine,  and after missing out this week when we were stuck in the office we definitely going to be making the most of it ... while it last - it is old blighty after all!

So this weekend's inspiration is full of our favourite tracks to get you in the sunshine mood - not that you need much help! 

Turn those speakers up, fire up the barbie and enjoy!

Friday, 8 April 2011

Hello Sunshine

Now that the sunshine has made a long-awaited appearance, we're glad to finally be able to wear our spring/summer buys and we can now justify buying even more.

So we were pretty happy when Primark released these pictures of the new summer items available from May. With these cute dresses and skirts, not only will we look fab this summer but we'll actually be able to afford a holiday too!

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

I Want To Fly Away….

Here at Cellardoor we love it when designers turn ordinary objects into works of art, and our most recent discovery does just that. Ingibjorg Hanna is a graphic designer from Iceland who has turned her hand to manipulating usually mundane objects and turning them into unique, eye-catching pieces.

Our favourite example of this has to be Hanna’s transformation of the humble coat hanger into these mystical ravens….

We think these are too beautiful to hide in a wardrobe and would be perfect for showing off those extra special items.

Check out Ingibjorg Hanna’s website for more…. 

By Kat Nicholls

Monday, 4 April 2011

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg come to town

The Umbrellas of Cherbourg has long been a firm Cellardoor favourite thanks to its colourful setting of France in 1957 and an adorable performance by Catherine Deneuve. So naturally we were intrigued when we heard that Jacques Demy's film had been adapted into a stage production.

The production opened last week at the Gielgud Theatre following a limited run at Curve Leicester. We're looking forward to seeing if this English-translated stage adaptation lives up to the magic of the original film. Though if the publicity shots are anything to go by, it certainly looks set to bring the vibrancy of fifties France to London's Shaftesbury Avenue, so we're sure we'll have fun nonetheless....
Tickets are available here 
By Sally 

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Weekend Inspiration

Stripes are a perennial classic all year round. From shirts to flags; trousers to cupcakes, they’re everywhere. This means that to us a stripe can signify many different things- romance, travel, creativity, control, power. With stripes you can create a whole new mood in an outfit without even realising.  A classic stripe can update some of the more outlandish new spring styles. Bright clashing blocks of colour can be brought back down to earth with the addition of a stripe or two. Feeling the need to tame your 70’s flares? Add a staple Breton top or a striped accessory and you’re brought right back to your own decade. 

And even stripes themselves are a trend this year. We loved Prada’s bold stripes, which gave the pattern a new lease of life that’s never been seen before. The collection proved stripes can be fun too! So we say enjoy your stripes, and wear them creatively. Because they might just be the best part of your outfit!

By Michaela Lock

Saturday, 2 April 2011

Sweets for my Sweet

We spotted these gorgeous cupcake nails via Beauty UK and just had to share them. All we need now is a steady hand...

Friday, 1 April 2011

When I Grow Up....

Do you, like us, love to read about the people who currently hold your dream job and how they got there? Or do you simply love to get career tips from inspirational young people? We definitely do, So this new feature on blog will see us pestering some young up-and-comers in the fashion industry - just for your pleasure! Up first is Grace Carroll, a 23-year-old Canadian intern at ELLE magazine. Get reading the interview below! 

Elle/Jackie Dixon

1. Have you always been interested in fashion?
My mom works in the fashion industry so I would have to say, yes, I have always been interested in fashion. I've grown up in the industry my entire life, it's in my blood.
2. What aspect of the fashion industry particularly interests you?
(Styling, writing, PR etc)
All aspects of the industry interest me, I love knowing how it runs from all angles. So many people think that being in fashion means you make clothes, sell clothes or buy clothes - but there's so much more to it than that.
I've worked in Fashion PR, I write and I do some styling - but I also love art direction, design and photography - I think that's why I love working with magazines the most, because it involves so many different things.
3. How did you get your start in the fashion industry?
When I was 15, I got my first job as a sales assistant at a bridal boutique, that same year I also took on a one year internship at a fashion agency through the Co-Op program at my high school. Pretty much every year since then I've juggled school, a part time job and an internship - eventually leading to Teen Vogue in New York, and now ELLE.
4. Describe one day at your internship at ELLE magazine.
I assist the Fashion Features Director and my days can be quite varied. Sometimes I'm out on appointments pulling clothing for shopping pages or interviewing people for certain features. When in the office, I'm often scouring runway photos for trends and micro trends, speaking with the art team about layouts, contacting PRs and looking out for up-and-coming new talent. It’s my dream job!
5. How much responsibility are you given in your internship?
A lot, but that's not a complaint - I love a challenge.
6. Do you think personal style pays a big part in getting a
job/internship in the fashion industry?
Personal style definitely plays a part - I mean, it's a job in fashion after all! But what's more important is experience, dedication, a good attitude and work ethic. You've got to work very hard to make it in this industry, and you definitely have to prove yourself way beyond looks.
7. Do you see yourself continuing your career in the fashion industry? 
Definitely. I don't know what else I would do.
8. What advice would you give to someone who wants a career in fashion magazines in the future? 
Intern, intern, intern! You may not be writing stories or styling shoots at your first internship - a lot of magazines will just get you to handle incoming and outgoing samples - but it's a start, and from there you can grow and begin to gain more experience. I think my time spent working in fashion PR was also really beneficial to me because I understood how magazines worked, and it made my job easier. Now that I'm back at a mag, I understand the PR world - I do think it is helpful to understand the person on the other side.

Want more? Check out her blog here

Interview by Michaela Lock