Monthly Archives: March 2011

Style Super Heros: Ali MacGraw

(Wearing: vintage Joseph Ribkoff jacket, vintage Jaeger hat, vintage leather envelope clutch, – all for sale on my site and ancient Primark jeans, Fendi shoes)

Hello, and first I apologise for the unabashed bit of self promotion about to follow! I have however suffered for my art here, wearing these high waist flared jeans. I swear I nearly cracked a rib getting them on and could hardly breath as I staggered down the garden to get these photos. But I am sure you will agree it was well worth it, as they are perfect for the outfit, and also prompted me to get the hell back on a diet. I bought these years ago when Primark actually sold good quality stuff, the cut is perfect. I have never worn them though as they were too big when I got them – planning on getting them taken in, then I forgot about them for a while and now they are a bit too tight!

Vintage Jaeger Wide Brim Hat £45

Anyway this isn’t a post about my trouble with jeans, but a post on 1970s fashion which is influencing this season in a big way. From slinky studio 54 party dresses, long hippy luxe maxis, wide leg trousers, chunky platforms and floppy hats, if only my mum had been a hoarder.

Vintage Joseph Ribkoff Jacket £35

As you know I have now opened my online vintage shop http://www.shopstreetstyle.com/ and one part I love is styling up all the outfits for the photos. I couldn’t help be influenced by this seasons fixation with the 70s and have to admit the styling has a definite nod towards that decade. One of the coolest lady from the 70s has to be actress Ali MacGraw wearer of turbans, flares and dresses with boots. Here is a little homage to this style legend and erm some lovely things you might like to buy, or just enjoy window shopping, from my shop –

Just CLICK on the item images to be taken to the shop.

‘Hitting the shops Ali’

Wearing Vintage Jaeger hat £45, Vintage Joseph Ribkoff jacket £35 and Vintage Brown Clutch £20.

‘Lounge wear chic Ali’

Wearing Vintage ‘Autumn florals’ dress £20 with Tan Leather Clutch £20.

‘Casually sexy Ali’, this girl loves a shirt dress.

Wearing Vintage ‘Snowstorm’ dress £20 and Brown Leather Clutch £20

Because one shirt dress is never enough.

Vintage Oatmeal Shirt Dress £20.

Brown Leather Clutch £20,Tan Leather Clutch £20

‘Disco diva Ali’ well a girl has to party.

Reclaimed Vintage ‘Disco’ Dress £20 – not only is it the colour of the season but it has the word ‘Disco’ embellished on the front in tiny crystals.

Do I have you hankering for a bit of Studio 54, now??

Pearl

P.S Don’t forget to enter my Giveaway to win a Gift Voucher for http://www.shopstreetstyle.com/

The Burberry Trench: a history & a rather good buy

I love my Burberry trench!

I have wanted a Burberry trench coat for what seams like forever. I have had many trench coats in the past but always hankered after a Burberry one. I just loved the history of it and the assurance that this would be a coat to last a life time. I was also very particular in the exact features I wanted the coat to have, after experiencing not so perfect trenches. My trench needed to be the soft tan colour and not the lighter beige, long past my knees, fitted, especially on the shoulders, but with room for a light sweater under, with check lining. I had long given up on trying to find a vintage one, as many had 80′s shoulders, which really wasn’t what I wanted. I would always check ones glimpsed in vintage shops but again never found the right one, many are in such bad condition too. I decided to stop looking at vintage and save up for a modern one, when I found this by chance!!
The trench coat was born after Thomas Burberry in 1914 was commissioned by the War Office to adapt the standard officers coat, making it more suitable for all weather conditions. After the war ended many officers kept their coats, as they were so well made and practical sparking an interest in the coats from civilians. The trench coats were made from a special fabric created by Thomas Burberry called Gabardine, wool treated chemically to repel rain. Gabardine is also tear proof, virtually uncreasable, and still remains breathable for comfort. The term ‘trench’ coat comes from the coat being worn in the trenches of WW1 to keep the soldiers as dry and comfortable as possible.
Many of the original features of the WW1 trench coat are retained in the modern coats produced today. Such as the double breast with 4 (later 10) buttons, the gun flap on the shoulder was to add reinforcement, straps on the sleeves to keep the rain out, slotted pockets, adaptable collar with strap and the waist belt with D rings to attach paraphernalia such as grenades in the war and later game when hunting.
Audrey Hepburn tests out the trench’s waterproof qualities
The coats were first lined in wool with the Novacheck being introduced in 1924.
Check out my lining! Also wearing Vivienne Westwood erm everything
The Novacheck is one of Burberry’s most recognisable brand features however in the UK the print become associated with everything as far away from traditional Burberry as you can imagine. During the 90s the check became the notorious ‘look’ of the chavs (i.e hoodlums, football hooligans, general unclassy trouble causers). Burberry actually laugh this off, mainly due to the fact the items the chavs were wearing were not in fact Burberry but counterfeits or look-a-likes.
Daniella Westbrook a la Chav
With the appointment of Christopher Baily as creative director in 2001 (chief creative director since 2009) and a new advertising campaign featuring top models such as Kate Moss and actresses like Emma Watson, the brand has certainly shook off any bad image. With live streaming of the runway shows, and innovative instant shopping from the runway Burberry is at the forefront of cutting edge fashion.
However the great British brand dealt its country a blow with the closure of its Treorchy factory in 2007. Saying the factory was no longer financially viable and moving production to China and Hong Kong – despite announcing a 22% rise in profits earlier in the year. This meant that 310 jobs were lost. To me one of the beautiful things about the brand is it history, originating in Britain and built up over the years. I love to buy clothes with a heritage, it is part of the allure. So I fully support the petition to remove Burberry’s royal warrant if they move any more jobs off shore.
In fact the whole ‘Made in’ topic is something I want to discuss further in another post. Anyway this was one of the reasons I wanted a vintage trench, made in Britain not cut in China, assembled in Hong Kong and just a few buttons sewn on in Britain! I have to admit I was a bit disappointed to see my boots I had bought from Burberry last year were stamped ‘made in Italy’.
But anyway, I have my trench and am damn well pleased with it!
Pearl

The Burberry Trench: a history & a rather good buy

I love my Burberry trench!

I have wanted a Burberry trench coat for what seams like forever. I have had many trench coats in the past but always hankered after a Burberry one. I just loved the history of it and the assurance that this would be a coat to last a life time. I was also very particular in the exact features I wanted the coat to have, after experiencing not so perfect trenches. My trench needed to be the soft tan colour and not the lighter beige, long past my knees, fitted, especially on the shoulders, but with room for a light sweater under, with check lining. I had long given up on trying to find a vintage one, as many had 80′s shoulders, which really wasn’t what I wanted. I would always check ones glimpsed in vintage shops but again never found the right one, many are in such bad condition too. I decided to stop looking at vintage and save up for a modern one, when I found this by chance!!

The trench coat was born after Thomas Burberry in 1914 was commissioned by the War Office to adapt the standard officers coat, making it more suitable for all weather conditions. After the war ended many officers kept their coats, as they were so well made and practical sparking an interest in the coats from civilians. The trench coats were made from a special fabric created by Thomas Burberry called Gabardine, wool treated chemically to repel rain. Gabardine is also tear proof, virtually uncreasable, and still remains breathable for comfort. The term ‘trench’ coat comes from the coat being worn in the trenches of WW1 to keep the soldiers as dry and comfortable as possible.

Many of the original features of the WW1 trench coat are retained in the modern coats produced today. Such as the double breast with 4 (later 10) buttons, the gun flap on the shoulder was to add reinforcement, straps on the sleeves to keep the rain out, slotted pockets, adaptable collar with strap and the waist belt with D rings to attach paraphernalia such as grenades in the war and later game when hunting.

Audrey Hepburn tests out the trench’s waterproof qualities

The coats were first lined in wool with the Novacheck being introduced in 1924.

Check out my lining! Also wearing Vivienne Westwood erm everything

The Novacheck is one of Burberry’s most recognisable brand features however in the UK the print become associated with everything as far away from traditional Burberry as you can imagine. During the 90s the check became the notorious ‘look’ of the chavs (i.e hoodlums, football hooligans, general unclassy trouble causers). Burberry actually laugh this off, mainly due to the fact the items the chavs were wearing were not in fact Burberry but counterfeits or look-a-likes.

Daniella Westbrook a la Chav

With the appointment of Christopher Baily as creative director in 2001 (chief creative director since 2009) and a new advertising campaign featuring top models such as Kate Moss and actresses like Emma Watson, the brand has certainly shook off any bad image. With live streaming of the runway shows, and innovative instant shopping from the runway Burberry is at the forefront of cutting edge fashion.

However the great British brand dealt its country a blow with the closure of its Treorchy factory in 2007. Saying the factory was no longer financially viable and moving production to China and Hong Kong – despite announcing a 22% rise in profits earlier in the year. This meant that 310 jobs were lost. To me one of the beautiful things about the brand is it history, originating in Britain and built up over the years. I love to buy clothes with a heritage, it is part of the allure. So I fully support the petition to remove Burberry’s royal warrant if they move any more jobs off shore.

In fact the whole ‘Made in’ topic is something I want to discuss further in another post. Anyway this was one of the reasons I wanted a vintage trench, made in Britain not cut in China, assembled in Hong Kong and just a few buttons sewn on in Britain! I have to admit I was a bit disappointed to see my boots I had bought from Burberry last year were stamped ‘made in Italy’.

But anyway, I have my trench and am damn well pleased with it!

Pearl

Beware Copright Infringement of YOUR Blog!!

Instead of the nice post I had planned for today I find myself having to write this warning. Thanks to Veshoevious, I and numerous other bloggers have found out our images and copy have been stolen by scraper sites, used solely to steal our traffic and make money from their own google ads. We are trying to bring about legal action and V has set the ball rolling, you can read her original post HERE. If you are a blogger I urge you to read her post and use the search function she suggests to check your own site.

Then google search your blog – this is how I found all the following sites had stolen from my blog:

  • fashion trending dot info
  • ace h forum dot com
  • broken controllers dot com
  • baltimore pearls dot com
  • virgin articles dot com
  • pdf widows dot com
  • encomer dot com

Just to reiterate, none of the above sites have anything to do with my blog. I will never sell my content. I openly give permission to other bloggers to use my images so long as they are hyper linked back to me and they drop me an email to let me know they have done so. If I write for another blog then it will be in the form of a guest post and will again have correct links back to my site. I have googled my blog before and this issue only seems to have occurred since I activated feedburner. I have now set it to only display a preview, yet some of the sites are solely stealing the previews so I am considering removing the feedburner entirely – I would like to know how this would affect you as readers? We will keep you posted how we are getting on with all this, Pearl

Prada Fluff

(Wearing: Burberry trench – more on that in another post, Vivienne Westwood shoes)
Just a quick post to show you one of my new finds, I picked up this blue faux fur scarf in a charity shop for £3. How could I resist when it is so Prada SS11! Of course the fash-pack will be adorned with their bright and stripy versions, which I admit I am dying to see after I found out they were faux and not real fur. Although I think it might end up in Sirius’ bed, he was most disappointed that it wasn’t a new toy and wasn’t letting it out of his sight.

Prada S/S11

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That time at the end of the month when I start pestering you to vote for my items on the Shopping Forecast has come around again! This month my top item is this pretty ASOS shirt dress, I would really appreciate it if you would click the Picture link below and spare a minute to vote 5/5 for me.

If you haven’t voted before all it asks is you click a couple of drop down boxes (you do not have to put your real details if you do not want to). It literally takes 2 minutes. THANK YOU

Also a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has been voting for me in the past, I couldn’t have done it without you,

Pearl

You don’t want to look crazy…

If you read The Nowness and Advanced Style blogs you might have already heard about this video but I loved it so much I needed to share.

I saw it after writing my last post, where I said I wanted to see more real women in magazines, wearing real clothes. What I should also have added was that I want to see women of all ages too not just teenage girls. We can learn so much from women with such vivid lives. I would love to read articles written by the women featured in this video, I want to know where they buy their clothes, do they still have the same body hang ups, what designers do they like… really I could go on all day.

Advanced Style: Age and Beauty on Nowness.com.

Real women, Wearing real vintage

Real Women, Wearing Real Vintage…

…Because seeing perfectly airbrushed models in million pound designer outfits just isn’t realistic.
…Because there is nothing more inspiring than seeing regular ladies like you and how they wear clothes in real life.
…Because I have some impossibly stylish friends.
…Because you can wear vintage and look modern.
…Because we want to see how you wear vintage too, email your photos to fashionpearlsofwisdom@googlemail.com.

‘Vintage Dresses’




I put together this montage as I really wanted to show how real women wear vintage. All we ever see in the media are air brushed models who only represent one dress size and one height, when in real life we come in all shapes and sizes. I for one, am fed up of being told there is only one standard of beauty. On top of that the glossie magazines are either packed full of designer clothes, some couture with sky high prices or on the other end the cheapest of the high street. I know it isn’t profitable for them to style vintage clothes which are unique and cannot be sold to the masses but as street style blogging is proving, these are the looks which we actually relate too. I for one don’t know anyone who one who only wears one type of clothing, most of us mix up high street, designer, vintage, charity shop finds, hand me downs, even stuff borrowed from our dad (saying that I caught my dad trying to ‘acquire’ one of my t-shirts of the washing line yesterday)!
There are also so many different looks and trends which never hit the magazines because they were not part of a runway collections. The whole fashion industry is based on the opinions and ideas of a few trend predictors who influence the designers who influence the magazines and so on. Yet, there are so many women doing their own thing and looking fabulous.
This month must have been the first time in years I didn’t rush to buy Vogue. Yes, I love nothing more that watching the runway collections and seeing the latest trends. Some I may adopt and work into my own look, others just admire from afar. But what I am finding in the magazines is that they repeat the same old thing over and over, with editorials so far away from anything I can related too, I turn the pages with boredom. There is nothing left to actually read in the magazines either, where is the journalism? Where are the stories about new designers, fashion on the other side of the world, how to wear 9″ Louboutin’s to work etc.
If I want inspiration I go to my blog roll, I can see so many different trends worked in a myriad of different ways. I can read reviews of products and make up which I know are honest and not a hidden promotion. I can read articles which are funny and smart, written by smart women, on real issues.
So this is why I wanted to open my shop because I get every thing else from blogs, so why not clothes too! I am not alone in this either many of my fellow bloggers have wonderful shops too, from clearing out their own closets to hunting out very special vintage designer pieces. I hope to do a review of my favourites soon, but I think this post is long enough for now!
Let’s here what you think?
Pearl

With thanks to: Emma, Florrie of Intrinsically Florrie, Sharon of My Style, Thrifting, Fashion & Me, Vix of Vintage Vixen, Sacramento of Mis Papelicos, Mrs Bossa of Mrs Bossa Does the Do, Grace of NoOneWatching

Don’t forget you can still enter to win a gift voucher for my vintage shop, details HERE

Gift Voucher Giveaway for my Vintage Shop

Hang on no, no, not me!! Although if you live in a nice sunny climate I may be tempted, but win my outfit! In fact you can win any dress or bag you like from my new vintage online shop!

My giveaway is to say thank you to everyone who has been spreading the word about my new shop. I really want to keep my shop away from having to link to an external sale site as they have high fees, which I would have to add to the item prices. So, help me stay independent and keep the prices as cheap as possible by continuing to spread the word about http://www.shopstreetstyle.com/

To be entered for the chance to win a £20 gift voucher simply Tweet, Facebook or Blog about http://www.shopstreetstyle.com/

Then leave me a comment below telling me which you have done with links, for multiple chances to win you can do all three just say so in the comments! The winner will be announced on 27th April.

Thank you and Good Luck!

Pearl

P.S You can also follow http://www.shopstreetstyle.com/ to get updates when new items come online! My Twitter is @pearlwestwood and Facebook page.

UPDATE: Congratulations to Mrs Bossa

‘Killer’ Jeans

These days when we use the term ‘killer’ it is usually a denotes admiration, however this news story uses the term in it’s true meaning – bring about death. I read this story with my mouth a gape in shock, it reads like an April fools, so totally unbelievable, yet it is chillingly true:

“Asda, Diesel, Matalan and Primark are among a group of companies being
criticised for selling jeans made using sandblasting, which can cause illness or
even death.

The pressure group, Labour Behind the Label, said these companies continue to use sandblasting to give denim a “worn” look, despite the danger that silica dust from the sand can get into workers’ lungs. British companies including New Look and Marks & Spencer also say they have banned the process. Levi’s and H&M stopped all use in December “Dead workers aren’t fashionable,” said Sam Maher, co-author of Labour Behind the Label’s Killer Jeans report, which will be published on Monday.

“The trend for killer jeans must be phased out by companies and rejected by consumers with immediate effect.” It is also calling on retailers and brands to compensate workers who have been made ill by operating sandblasting machines in the past. Matalan told The Telegraph that it currently uses sandblasting on some
denim products. It said safety standards were constantly under review and it would “take action if necessary to protect the welfare of our suppliers’
employees”.

Asda said it was in the process of phasing out sandblasted products. “It’s our intention that there will be none on sale in our stores by the end of this year,” a spokesman said. Diesel said it would stop using sandblasting on its clothing from early next year and Next said it had stopped all new orders. Both said suppliers were required to meet safety standards. Primark said it had halted sandblasting at more than half of its previous suppliers and expected to be out of 90 per cent by the end of the year.

Primark suggested some rivals had been less than honest in their promises. A spokesman said: “A ban is only meaningful when capable of being enforced and carefully monitored. Too often companies impose bans without any real attempt to implement them properly.”

But a spokesman for international clothing workers’ union ITGLWF said: “In the space of a year workers could contract silicosis. We need to just stop this.”

(http://www.telegraph.co.uk/)

I think we can all agree there is nothing fashionable about Sand Blasted
jeans anymore! But the shocking thing is that whilst we are all aware of unfair working conditions, child labour etc, actual safty in the work place very rarely comes to light.

Pearl

N.B You can read more about how Sand Blasting works and it’s health effects HERE

Shoe Monday: What’s Your Fashion Tribe?

All I wanted to talk about today is shoes, and with so many new season styles appearing I couldn’t wait until Saturday, so thought we would have ‘Shoe Monday’ this week for a change!
If you have paid even the remotest bit of attention to the runways for this spring/summer then I am sure you will have noticed there are two decidedly different fashion tribes emerging. The bold, bright and beautiful colourful, patterns and stripes as seem at Jil Sander, Prada and Miu Miu. Versus the breezy, casual chic minimal neutrals of Stella McCartney, Etro and Kinder. Which ever takes your fancy, why maybe even both, there will be a new season shoe to go with your look. Here are some of my favourites:

Colour Pop
If you like Jil Sander, Miu Miu and Prada…

…Then you will love these elegant yet eye catching shoes.

Chic Neutrals
If sleek, chic simplicity is more your thing a la Etro, Kinder and Stella McCartney…

…The I am sure these shoes will take your fancy.

So what tribe are you?
Pearl

p.s I have to say, I am a bit of both after all you can never have too many shoes!