Monday, 31 August 2009

business ventures.

Vidi this!

In some sort of attempt to get rid of the masses of fabric under my bed and hopefully make some money in the process, I'm opening an etsy store.
The going is slow, because I am a bit lazy, but so far I have one and a half necklaces complete, as well as a draped jersey cardigan...type...thing. Haha, good descriptions abound!
Everything will be a one off, and priced accordingly, especially since everything is handmade. Painstakingly, in the case of this necklace, which has taken my the better part of 2 weeks:

Ahhh crappy camera phone pics, how I secretly adore you.

In its defence, I was sewing on approx one button a day, until today when I stitched it all together and finished it off. Aaron was impressed, which bodes well.
Currently trying to hammer some studs into the grey/blue/silver version, but I should really be getting a shower and having some tea before Daniel comes round.

Anyway, I shan't be blogging on here about much to do with the 'label', 5feet3, but I shall be blogging about it at the business ventures blog, so if you're interested to see previews of pieces, news, maybe things like initial sketches and styling ideas, follow that blog!
I'll also be putting a link in the sidebar...

Friday, 28 August 2009

Soup, Soup; A-Tasty Soup

3rd in my list of "favourite things everrr" (after the world of Fashion, and Lost) is cooking. And food, obviously.
Not to step on LUXIRARE's toes (because I'm not in the habit of baking pie-pops, however amazing they look), here is a post about some soup, complete with dodgy cameraphone pics! (still no camera....)

The infamous spice box - I usually just throw whatever I feel like into the pan. Coriander goes in everything. Chilli powder finds it's way into most dishes (despite me not being a fan of spicy food, particularly...). Always salt and pepper; but they aren't kept in the box. And garlic - my, I do love garlic.

My vegetables - carrots, parsnips, potatoes and red onion. Also peas, but they're from the the freezer. All cut up small and such.

Water, chicken & vegetable stock cubes, herbs. I usually make soup when I have a chicken carcas to use for the stock, but I left it too long and it had gone off a bit, so stock cubes it is. Ho hum.

I decided dumplings were in order. Which I guess makes this more of a stew than a soup.

This is like 'Dumplings; this is your life'.
I enjoy how oddly shaped and tiny they are, they're supposed to be bite-sized. Like dough-y croutons.

Adding the onions and peas, and some more water. Colourful!
Left to simmer til the veggies were all reallly soft and the soup was thick enough. I like a thick soup much the same as I like a thick gravy. Mmmm.

Good eatin'.

Well, that was informative. If you enjoy such wildly non-fashion posts, do tell. I cook a lot, I shall do more "here's some food, isn't it making you hungry" type posts. I think I'll borrow Luke's camera next time though, cameraphone pics are dire. Especially from my ollllld phone...

Thursday, 27 August 2009


Something I took with Luke's camera when I was eBay pic-ing.

I'm pretty sure this is the definition of 'precarious posing'. The vaguely new cotton polka dot gloves, from eBay. Currently wearing them with everything, despite it still being August and really too hot for gloves, cotton or otherwise.

In other, completely unrelated news, I adore when Pheobe uses the name "Regina Filange" on Friends, whenever she has to make up a name. Teehee.

These Boots

Are a little bit amazing.

These are in women's sizes, I might add, and if I had £60 I'd be all over them. But if they came in men's sizes, I believe any guy wearing these would automatically have my attention.*
Fit is not the word.

*I say they don't do men's sizes, but they are in sizes 3 - 8, and also come in yeah.
I know size 8 footed men! You should get all over these and make bigger footed men jealous. I reckon.

blog lovin'

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This is what I have done with my morning, after getting up at 10am, which is the earliest I've been up for ages.
I need to go pick up my Lagerfeld loafers...
Let's pretend I'm not super excited.

I painted my nails last night and now I'm typing really daintily....I find this weird.

(Mostly this was just a bloglovin' pimping post. I do apologise.)

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Twilight Nerds Are Gonna Love This

And apprantly most of my friends are Twilight Nerds.
I am not.
I have yet to pick up one of the books/glance at a film.
So sue me.

But this was on! And I am fascinated by top designers' original sketches. As such, it's getting a good blogging.

Quoth instyle:
"While we don't want to ruin the plot for any latent Twi-hards, ever since Eclipse started filming we've been dying for a sneak peek of Bella's wedding dress. In the meantime, we reached out to some of our favorite designers to see how they envision her gown.

In Eclipse, Bella's dress is described as an early 1900s design (which complements her antique engagement ring) with friend and Maid of Honor Alice Cullen's modern tweaks to the train and veil. "You look like you just stepped out of an Austen movie," Bella's mother says to the bride-to-be when she spies her in the gown in the final book,
Breaking Dawn. "It's gorgeous! So graceful, so elegant." "


Sketches by Badgley Mischka, Brian Reyes, Christian Siriano, Erin Fetherston,
Lela Rose, Max Azria, Monique Lhuillier, Prabal Gurung, and Zac Posen respectively.

I'm quite the fan of Monique Lhuillier and Christian Siriano's efforts, personally. Thoughts?

A Jumble Of Words, Quite Frankly.

I left the house today!
Let's rejoice.

There should be more pictures of coffee/danish combos on blogs. Fashion blogs are at oversaturation at best, I feel. Plus, danishes are awesome. (Although, much as I adore Intermezzo, Cafe 1001's danishes are, like, 1000 times better. Another reason I miss That London. Sigh.)

I am now muchly looking forward to Europe, and my return to London (even if just for the weekend, likely in late October) - I miss wor Bailey! And Brick Lane, and Camden, and walking around the city! Argh.
London summers are highly underrated.
Is that a paradox? Highly underrated.
I do not know.

Aaron will know. If you read this, Aaron, do comment.

On a separate note, I can no longer learn Italian seriously, because every time I read "come sta?", I am reminded of Ben Stiller in Anchorman, which was on TV last week.

3 words.
"Come sta, bitches!"

I'm aware he's spanish in this. Mexican. Latino. Whatever. Not Italian, anyways.

I want my camera back.
I want to take photos again!
Especially of awesome outfits such as the one I have on today...

I want a certain boy to text me occasionally!
I want more money.
I want to give my liver a rest, but keep drinking. THIS is surely a paradox.
I think.

Maybe I should look up the word paradox.

I wrote this blog post on a number of post-its as I attempted to revise the Italian I'd already learnt, ate a danish and drank a mocha outside Intermezzo. Fact.

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Kane-ing It

Hey, what's this? A new post?

I'd like to say I've been too busy with really important/interesting things, but in all honesty, I've mostly been sleeping/eating/going out/eating/wandering around Heaton early in the morning/sitting around the house in my pyjamas/eating/saying ...i heard too much.
Lots of eating.
Somehow I manage to still fit into my clothes, it's a win/win situation, I feel.

on with the post!

Christopher Kane for Topshop, I heard:

Oh, these are the ones I want most! The sheer studded leggings, and the cut out stud dress, the velvet (?!? Looks it from here..) one sleeved number, THE BLUE SWISHY DRESS!!!! It will be mine. I'm enjoying the sheer dresses also, but since they won't be cheap I probably wouldn't go for them....
Mostly the shoes, also!

Yeah, actually, I'm sorry, can we take a minute just to vidi the shoes?!?!?!
Oh, yeah, yeah we can.
I can only find prices in dollars, apparantly...but everything is between $60 and $310? Which sounds pretty steep, I'm not gonna lie. Shall update when I find £££'s.

So there's obviously some nods to his previous main line collections. And there are a hell of a lot of studs and sheers (this makes me happy), along with some neons and frills akin to his earlier collections. Course there are also some prints in there, including the photorealism of his last collection - this time with crocodiles instead of gorillas and the like, though....

And might I point out, that this one 'ere was manufactured through RTW (I got a sneak preview, therefore. I've been seeing this one around for months!)

So, to summarize, he's amazing and should be lauded as such. ♥

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

ode to... Petites Curiosites

Another etsy store, this time with super cute animal pendants!
Based in Paris, they are a brand new store with a selection of cute animals in gold, silver, white and black enamel (I I look like a jewellery designer?) on oxidised gold and silver chains. All epicly cute.

All necklaces are $22 (£13.50-ish), + P&P.

Lagerfeld Loafers

I just bought these on ebay. They are clearly amazing.

Karl Lagerfeld chocolate velvet loafers, with chain, and heel! FOR £9!
Ohhhhh yeahhhhhh.
I can't decide whether to leave them brown or bleach them (hmm...) cos I really wanted tan coloured loafers, but hey, I can look for more! I'm ALL about loafers right now.

Sunday, 16 August 2009

Tales From The Alley

Who knew a trip to Morrisons could be so fun?
We are clearly above stealing trolleys from Morrisons....but we are not above taking already stolen trolleys from one of the alleys between the supermarket and our house.
We may or may not have also found a chair to add to our dining table. It will be sanded and sorted and added to table. 3 chairs are better than 2, I heard.

Josh did not break the chair. It broke all on it's own. We will fix it though!

Luke looks a little like he's filming one of those adverts:
"I want my chairs sourced fresh from the alley"

Wearing this, FYI:

Trying out the high waisted jeans I got off of eBay. So far, so good.
Practical for food shopping? Probably not. I've worn less practical clothing. Such is my life.

Ahhhh looking forward to tomorrow! Hopefully pics. It will be sushi/charity shopping/alley bingo/stereo based EXCELLENCE.

Saturday, 15 August 2009

Ode To: Julie Brøgger

As discovered at geometric sleep., Julie Brøgger showed at Copenhagen Fashion Week last week, as part of the Designer's Nest show...

I adore sheer layering, so the pleats and tucks in the third look are making me crazy, but all these looks are so...worked? but also flattering and close fitting....lots of love for her work.
I'd love to put the jacket from the last look with the sheer of the third look. Probably over my grey unitard. That sounds like a hot look maaaan! Feh. Lack of money *kicks it*.

Friday, 14 August 2009

Jungle Cats

Yes, it's past midnight and I'm posting.
Yesterday's (Wednesday's....) wanderings into town with Aaron and Gemma. I enjoy Gemma's jacket (and leopard shoes, co-ordinating with me subconciously), and as we all know, I always enjoy Aaron's wardrobe choices.

Waiting for them to get ready means gratuitous posing in the alley! Wahey!
This is the new leopard print dress, plus patterned scarf (the only scarf I own)...I need a black one, but this wasn't too bad, hmm? Wearing flats for once too! Gemma was pleased with this because it takes twice as long to walk into town when I'm in heels. Tough luck my friend, it's platform boots time tomorrow.

Regarde! My awesome glasses case what was 50p off of a charity shop! (Oh, and my sunglasses)

Also, here is some corned beef and potato pie, which me and Dean made. Be (I did the pastry/leaves, Dean is hastened to add he bought the corned beef AND mashed the potatoes, AND put the filling into the pastry....)

I'm going to see Coco Before Chanel tomorrow! Yesssss. Finally!
And hopefully, HOPEFULLY, Inglorious Basterds next week :D
I might as well move to the Tyneside, I'm there so much......