Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Tambourine Girl

The latest Free People lookbook hit our inboxes and had us dreaming of a being at Woodstock. Inspired by rock 'n' roll greats such as Stevie Nicks and Janis Joplin, the latest collection is full of feminine lace, fringe and denim. We like a lot!

Images via Fashiongonerogue

Monday, 27 June 2011

Ben Maggs

The People's Music Awards took place a few weeks ago and we were lucky enough to catch up with the very talented Ben Maggs. Read on to find out more about the man behind the voice. 

Firstly, congratulations on your win at the People's Music Awards. How do you feel?
I'm absolutely over the moon to have been voted 'best male solo artist' and also to have won the 'popular music' category. It's wonderful. The awards evening really couldn't have gone better. I've been wandering round with a skip in my step this week, though it's only been in the past few days that things have truly started sinking in.

You were voted 'Best Male Solo Artist', what do you think makes you unique from the other singer songwriters out there?
I think each of us as individuals is unique. For me, my music is an expression of me; the way I respond to a feeling, or the way something makes me feel, and I express that in an honest and open way through my songs. So in the sense that I feel my songs are a true expression of something I feel - I am unique, because I have my own way of seeing things. What's wonderful about music though is that other people will hear songs, and those lyrics or melodies will evoke something in them which is personal, and brings up responses that are personal to them. Songs are magical things. I also think my voice has a unique sound.

When did you first decide you wanted to get into music?
I started writing songs at 17 and loved it as a form of expression. I was then in a band for a couple of years, but I went away from music for about 4 years for various reasons. But a couple of years ago I picked up a guitar again and I couldn't ignore that I felt it was what I was meant to do. So I quit my job 6 months ago and now I create music every day.

What inspires your songs?
I'm inspired by a lot of things. I love interesting and evocative chord patterns, and sometimes I'll get an idea for a chord progression and it'll bring up a thought or a feeling or experience that I can't ignore, and so I'll write the song from that place. Other times, with new York for example, I'll feel a certain way about an experience, and from that a song is born. I'm aware always though that there is hope in all situations and so I hope, that a sense of hope is conveyed in the songs I write.

What was the first CD you bought?
The first cd I remember buying was 'performance and cocktails' by 'stereophonics' - I wouldn't say the style of music influenced me, but certainly Kelly jones has a great ear for melody, and I love the songs on that album.

If you could work with anyone, who would it be?
If I could work with anyone it would be Bruce Springsteen. I absolutely love his music and I respect the love and enthusiasm that he puts into his songs and performance. I've loved his music ever since I was a boy, and various albums have been with me throughout my life, and can take me back to many wonderful times.

What can we expect to hear from you in the next few months?
Having won the awards, I am really aware of my wish to record an EP that I am proud of. People often ask me if they can buy my music, and right now you can't. But I believe in taking my time to record something I am happy with and conveys the songs in the way I want them conveyed. So I'm spending a great deal of time on my EP. Once it's ready I plan to be playing a good deal of shows and spreading the word! I'm really looking forward to it. Keep updated here and on Facebook. 

Friday, 24 June 2011

Match Point

We were eagerly awaiting the start of tennis season this week, there's something about Wimbledon that just screams summer (please take not weather!) 

Sadly the Cellardoor girls are too bust to get down to centre court so we've had to make do with catching the highlights on the BBC (we're working too honest - perving on Andy Murray still counts as work doesn't it?)

And because Wimbledon is not just about serves and short shorts, we've been swotting up on the best dressed guests too. Just check out Kirsten Dunst and Leith Clark posing in their best florals, it's enough to make us want to get our own legs out.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Meet..... Foxtail and Fern

The next installment of our Meet the Blogger series comes from Hannah. Not only do we love her dreamy photographs and adore her great style, but did we mention she's a Zoology student. Read on to find out more..

Ok, first up who is 'Foxtail and Fern'?

Foxtail and Fern is a fashion and lifestyle blog written by myself, a student at the University of Edinburgh, lover of all things old and thrifted.

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I think I've been blogging for a bit less than three years now. I wanted to start my own blog after being inspired by other blogs I randomly stumbled across some time in 2008. 

What inspires your blog posts?
A lot of things I guess. Sometimes it'll be something I've bought from a charity shop or car boot sale, or even a photo I've seen somewhere online.

How would you describe your style?
Simple and vintage-inspired.

What three items could you not live without?
My tote bags, ballet pumps and my macbook.

What do you get up to when you're not blogging?
If it's term time then I'll be busy studying (my course is zoology) and if not then you'll often find me working at a nursing home where I've been part-timing for a few years now. As far as hobbies go, usually you'll find me thrifting, taking photos or sewing. Hanging out with my friends and boyfriend too of course! I also like to go ice-skating when I can.

Tell us something no one else knows about you...
I'm a pretty open person so this is kind of hard for me to answer! I'll give you something the blogging world doesn't know about me... I love to eat peanut butter and strawberry jam on toast but I'm really fussy about it and can't have them both on the same piece of bread. Instead I butter one slice with peanut butter and one slice with jam and then take alternate bites, ha.

And lastly as we've just released our Spring issue, what's your favourite thing about this season?
The flowers!

Monday, 20 June 2011

Naughts and Crosses

We're in love with these cute paper sticky notes from Naughts and Crosses, and think these would make the perfect companion for our office! With four different designs to choose from, it's going to be hard to pick a favourite. 

We might even have to get the matching notebook and pencil case...

Saturday, 18 June 2011

Show Us Your Space

It is something most girls dream about; having their very own walk in wardrobe. Well for Katie Taylor this is a reality, here she is proudly showing off her space. Katie from Leeds said 'It really was the main selling point of the house for me.' Each part has its own section dedicated to one type of clothing. A scattering of personal things around the walk-in, shows a little bit more of Katie's personality; personal cards and mementos are stuck to one part of the wardrobe. 

Seeing someone's room and personal space really shows you what kind of person they are. You can get a good sense of what the person is like without ever meeting them. And as we're a nosey bunch here, we've been trawling the countless 'Room Tours' on youtube. You can pick up tips on various ways to decorate your room, with lots of DIY tutorials for the thrifty people among us. So get yourself a computer and get inspired. 

Friday, 17 June 2011

Florence + Kiehls

Musical genius Florence and the Machine and cosmetic power house Kiehl’s are the latest to collaborate on a charity product, which not only benefits Teenage Cancer Trust (with 100% of the profits going directly to the charity) but our arms and legs too!

Kiehl’s iconic Crème de Corps body lotion has had a Florence and the Machine makeover and boost ingredients such as; Coca Butter, Sesame Oil and Beta-Carotene, which are great for keeping the skin healthy and lustrous. So ladies pop over to Kiehl’s website and order yourself a bottle, not only is it for the greater good of cancer, it’s for the greater good of skin!

Wednesday, 15 June 2011

DIY Chic

It’s hard to justify spending money on things you don’t really ‘need’ but we believe making your house beautiful is a true priority! Bunting is a great way to jazz up your living room or garden on the cheap by making it yourself and despite contrary belief, it’s really easy.

 First gather up some material or paper you’d like to use, bunting looks great when lots of colourful yet contrasting material is used, you can visit your local haberdashery store and get as little or as much material as you like.

- Then make a triangular template to the size you want your bunting flats to be, giving 1cm extra around the edge to allow if you're sewing. Then trace around your piece of material and cut out the shape.

- Sew around the edges to give a clean finish, a zig zag stich on a sewing machine looks great or you can stitch by hand if you don’t have a machine. If you're using paper we like using a pair of pinking shears for a zig zag edge.

- Finally choose some pretty ribbon which will hold your bunting together and stitch the tops of your flags to the ribbon, leaving around 30cm between each triangle.
And voila! A chic addition to your home on the cheap!

Tuesday, 14 June 2011

Top 5 - Summer Dresses

Although the weather isn't very consistent at the moment, it's good to know that when there is a good day we can slip on our favourite summer dress and head out to soak up some rays. But where can you pick up the best dresses for summer? Here is a run down of our top five: 

1. Topshop 
This is ideal for work wear through out the Summer; the flattering cut doesn't reveal too much. If your heading out for drinks after work you can simply slip on a pair of heels to change it up for the evening.

2. Topshop 
We love this dress, it's extremely versatile, and if your going on holiday it will work as a cover up over your bikini. You could even add a white slip underneath to wear it a different way. 

3. Miss Selfridge 
This cute floral maxi has a beautiful floral print and the floaty fabric will help keep you cool through out the day. You can tie in your sandals with the brown belt to really finish off the look.

4. Matalan 
This maxi mixes two of this seasons top trends; stripes and block colour, which are going to be all the rage through out summer. Bargain!

5. Peacocks 
Fast becoming the place for thrifty fashionistas, with Pearl Lowe designing another collection for them, Peacocks is becoming one of our favourites. This little pink number would be the perfect dress to take to any festivals your attending this summer. 

Monday, 13 June 2011

Want a free ticket to The People's Music Awards?

We love getting our teeth into some new music, so we were very excited to hear about this years People’s Music Awards. The ceremony, which takes place on 18th June at London’s Scala, will be a live showcase of some of the best unsigned bands around with one winner receiving a headline support slot at this year's Secret Garden Party festival in July.

Nominee's 'The Yes Men'

If you fancy winning a pair of tickets to the event, all you have to do is leave a comment on this post (along with your email address so we can contact you!) and make sure you’re a fan of Cellardoor on Facebook. Simple!

If you’re not one of the lucky ones fear not - tickets for this year’s awards ceremony are now on sale to the general public, priced at £20, available from here and here.  

Good Luck!

Friday, 10 June 2011

Baking Made Better

Ever since Carrie and Miranda talked crushes at Magnolia, we’ve all been in a bit of a cupcake frenzy. Never mind the boring old Fairy Cake with water based icing and sugar sprinkles, it shrinks in pale comparison to its more glamorous cousin, the cupcake. Double the size of a fairy cake and piled high with your body weight in brightly coloured butter icing, this was the treat that couldn’t fail to bring a smile to the faces of your girlfriends, a frown to the faces of your boyfriends, and an extra pound or 2 to the face of your bathroom scales.  And with scrumptious looking books from Hummingbird and The Primrose Bakery for sale, anyone with an oven can have a bash whipping these up at home. 

The result: Cupcake overdose. And now it’s time to go cold turkey.  Well don’t fret, you’re not banned from the kitchen, just from the muffin tin. So why not use this time wisely and bake something a little more kick ass?

These Ninjabread Men cookie cutters from Fred should brighten your spirits in no time. And unlike our old pastel iced pal, these are sure to be a favourite with the boys too.

Thursday, 9 June 2011

Meet... Sincerely Jules

Julie is definitely up there with our favourite bloggers, so it was a no brainer when deciding who to feature next.  We were immediately drawn in by her cute blog (who doesn't love bunting!) and fell in love with effortless Californian style. So what are you waiting for? Read on!

Ok, first up who is 'Sincerely Jules'?
Jules is a go-getter who loves to live passionately about what she enjoys doing. She's honest, hardworking, driven, sweet, laid back and has a knack for putting things together quite well. She's just a girl who loves to do what she loves, be around the people she cares about and lives to follow her dreams...her motto are the words Dream, Believe, Achieve- there's a Jules' in all of us! :) 

How long have you been blogging, and what made you want start it in the first place?
I've been blogging for 2.5 years! I started because I was stuck on a creative rut and wanted something new & fresh to keep me going. At the time, I was attending fashion school (FIDM) in L.A and was constantly swamped with projects, finals and starting the blog definitely freshen things up for me! It came at the right time for me!

What inspires your posts? 
Everything! One day it can be the weather, the next can be a certain color or a song lyrics. Depends on my mood too! Its always fun to keep it interesting and post things that genuinely inspire me. How would you describe your style?
Always have a hard time answering this just because I don't like to define my style. I just love to wear what I feel comfortable, confident and pretty in. I can say though, in every outfit I wear, you'll be able to notice my California flare.

What three items could you not live without?
My vintage Lee cut-off shorts (best buy ever!), Opening Ceremony pony hair booties and vintage Hermes kelly bag!

hat do you get up to when you're not blogging?
I do all sorts of things when I'm not blogging from working on my t-shirt line, to freelance styling, brainstorming all the time for future/potential projects, scouting locations, hunting down vintage/designer pieces to resell, etc...i mean, everyday is something different which I love because I never get bored.

 Tell us something no one else knows about you... 
Behind all the photos/blog, I'm extremely one ever believes me just because I have a blog! It's pretty funny!

And lastly as we've just released our Spring issue, what's your favourite thing about this season?
I'm really diggin' all the color blocking and how bangs were such a hit this season!

Wednesday, 8 June 2011

Up In’t North!

 Previously seen as a, factory working part of the country, the North of England has never been so creatively vibrant. Step into Leeds and there is a huge buzz about the place, with its creative tendrils spreading out over the whole of Yorkshire.

Not only does it hold the best art colleges in the country with fascinating history, art festivals are popping up all over the shop providing workshops, talks and giving budding artists the opportunity to show the world their work.

The contemporary art scene is simply filled to the brim with things to see and do. The most widely publicised being the opening of The Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, homage to the great Barbara Hepworth. The Yorkshire Sculpture Park is home to some of the best contemporary, as well as historical, sculptures, attracting hundreds of thousands of tourists to the beautiful countryside of Yorkshire.

2012 will be the year of the On The Edge arts festival in Leeds, combining art, music and culture and bringing it to the masses. A brilliant project which will put Leeds on the creative map for years to come, as well as the successful Laughter Lines Comedy Festival which saw the likes of Paul Foot and Carl Donnelly really showing the variety of culture the north holds.

With more events happening than you can shake a stick at, it’s safe to say the north has positively shaken off the ‘grim’ name it got for itself in the past couple of decades!

Tuesday, 7 June 2011

Summer Fun in the Sun

Now the weather is warming up and summer’s just round the corner, you want to make the most of the glorious sunshine. Yet what are the best ways to enjoy the weather and have fun without spending a fortune?

Have a picnic in the park – grab some mates, a Frisbee, some pink lemonade, a cd player filled with summer tunes and make some great food. Eating and catching up with friends in the sun, what could be better?

Go to the Seaside – there’s nothing better than a stroll along the beach with an ice cream, load up the car or jump on the train and head to some great spots like Brighton, Norfolk, Wales, and Blackpool . Sit on the pier, eat some chips, take some silly photos and soak up the rays.

Host afternoon tea – bake some cakes, make some sandwiches and tea, invite the family round and you have an afternoon of simple pleasures. Plus everything goes well with cake.

Sports day with a twist – boys vs girls with the losers having to cook dinner! Play games like egg and spoon race, 3 legged run, the sack race and the wheel barrow race. Embrace being a kid again whilst getting a tan

Finally if you feel like having some down time alone, grab a sun lounger, your favourite book, a glass of Pimms and you have the perfect English afternoon ready and waiting.

What are your great summer afternoon ideas?

Friday, 3 June 2011

Chunky Monkey

So following on from our ice cream filled post yesterday and whilst basking in the glorious sunshine this afternoon (which is set to stay all weekend yay!) we got thinking. Us Cellardoor girls like nothing better than to cool off with something yummy (preferably in a bikini by the pool!) so we've come up some delicious treats that will not only taste great and cool you down, but are good for you too!


You will need: 3 or 4 bananas and some lolly sticks
Firstly cut the bananas into bite size chunks and push the lolly sticks into them. Then place them in the freezer with a freezer proof dish over them for a couple of hours or until frozen.
Then serve! If you're feeling a little more adventurous, why not try adding your own toppings by dipping your bananas into some melted chocolate or syrup (be quick - it sets quite fast!) and then into dry ingredients of your choice. We like hundreds and thousands!

Perfect for all those wonderful long summer days we're looking forward to!

Thursday, 2 June 2011

We Scream For Ice Cream

Well hello June, where did you spring from! We can't believe you're here already, but not to fear as that can only mean one thing - Summer is most definitely on it's way! And what better way to celebrate the start of the season than National Ice Cream week.

Now the Cellardoor girls are quite partial to a cone or two (preferably with a flake) but it got us thinking of our favourite childhood ice creams. We remember the delight of unwrapping a Fab and even racing through the rainbow colours of the Fruit Pastille lolly. What was your favourite?