tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-5116346456153141692010-12-01T16:09:05.560ZFYI BLOGFashion. Youth. Indulgence.FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.comBlogger45125tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-84472100557815280862010-12-01T11:39:00.001Z2010-12-01T11:41:10.184ZMy-Wardrobe Spring/Summer '11 Press Day: Part 2After browsing the delights of the <a href="http://www.thefyiblog.com/2010/11/my-wardrobe-springsummer-11-press-day.html">womenswear section</a>, it was finally time for our tour of the <a href="http://www.mywardrobe.co.uk/menswear">My-Wardrobe</a> press day to move onto menswear. This is where the real fun/mental wish list began...<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYKeBUsYbI/AAAAAAAAAbI/zAhb7bdLM4U/s1600/IMG_6826.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYKeBUsYbI/AAAAAAAAAbI/zAhb7bdLM4U/s400/IMG_6826.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />There are some <strong>really exciting pieces coming into My-Wardrobe this season</strong> and, whilst we may not be getting the same site overhaul as the girls just yet, the brands and products more than compensate this.<br /><br /><strong>One label I'm&nbsp;incredibly excited&nbsp;for is Markus Lupfer</strong>. One of my favourite new womenswear designers, this season Lupfer has officially branched out into Menswear (although I already had my eye on a whole host of pieces from the Womenswear collections) and I am delighted it's been picked up by the folks at My-Wardrobe. <strong>If I was in the business of giving out brownie points, believe me, this would warrant a whole lot of them.</strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYNo8BYtPI/AAAAAAAAAbM/Fy3EP3kBoEM/s1600/IMG_6815.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYNo8BYtPI/AAAAAAAAAbM/Fy3EP3kBoEM/s400/IMG_6815.JPG" width="265" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYOgGQdKKI/AAAAAAAAAbQ/O3QYLYoRDuo/s1600/IMG_6819.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYOgGQdKKI/AAAAAAAAAbQ/O3QYLYoRDuo/s400/IMG_6819.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYPFQTKyMI/AAAAAAAAAbU/sfq6MK0iGNM/s1600/IMG_6817.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYPFQTKyMI/AAAAAAAAAbU/sfq6MK0iGNM/s400/IMG_6817.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br />In general, (as I was told by the lovely Susie) we're seeing <strong>a lot of indigo's and blues this season</strong>, as well as <strong>a lot of classic stripes</strong>.You'll notice that this season, classic heritage brand Barbour (to the right), which we saw here, there and everywhere at festivals last summer, have expanded their range to a selection of bright primary colourways. They're certainly more exciting and vibrant but <strong>I can't see any farmers sporting a yellow one any time soon.</strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYV0qmRhoI/AAAAAAAAAbY/LI-8mDJZorA/s1600/IMG_6825.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYV0qmRhoI/AAAAAAAAAbY/LI-8mDJZorA/s400/IMG_6825.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br />Everyone loves a celebration right? Well, <strong>next season Marc by Marc Jacobs celebrates it's 10th birthday</strong> and, whilst most of us probably won't be receiving an invitation to the star studded birthday party (we wish!), we can all at least join in the frivolities with this Marc by Marc Jacobs birthday tee.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYk9qsXLhI/AAAAAAAAAbc/dcN5OetpMtU/s1600/IMG_6831.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYk9qsXLhI/AAAAAAAAAbc/dcN5OetpMtU/s400/IMG_6831.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br />Last but by no means least, we finished our tour with an overview of the rather extensive shoe collection. <strong>We're seeing a lot of brogues for next season</strong>, the majority of which come with stacked, contrasting or some otherwise contrasting sole (remember the 'sandwich' soled shoes at Prada?).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYusribXvI/AAAAAAAAAbg/LaGwrJ5EQZ4/s1600/IMG_6820.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYusribXvI/AAAAAAAAAbg/LaGwrJ5EQZ4/s400/IMG_6820.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYvQomXDCI/AAAAAAAAAbk/eP5zRBkhVmk/s1600/IMG_6821.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYvQomXDCI/AAAAAAAAAbk/eP5zRBkhVmk/s400/IMG_6821.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYxoUpeuII/AAAAAAAAAbo/cUaYenwroC0/s1600/IMG_6823.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYxoUpeuII/AAAAAAAAAbo/cUaYenwroC0/s400/IMG_6823.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYyQvuGrqI/AAAAAAAAAbs/P8W8eiLtW-4/s1600/IMG_6828.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPYyQvuGrqI/AAAAAAAAAbs/P8W8eiLtW-4/s400/IMG_6828.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">They say good things come to those who wait and, whilst the girls may have a swanky new site in the works, <strong>us guys certainly aren't being left out were it really counts, the clothes</strong>. Besides, it won't be long before we're getting a new site&nbsp;of our own&nbsp;and, let's face it, we have Markus Lupfer...</div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #134f5c; font-size: x-large;"><em>Żegnaj...</em></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-8447210055781528086?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-27900854785287690742010-11-30T22:04:00.003Z2010-12-01T11:43:32.357ZMy-Wardrobe Spring/Summer '11 Press Day: Part 1<a href="http://www.mywardrobe.co.uk/">My-Wardrobe</a> is undoubtedly one of my favourite online retailers and having worked with them in the past I was lucky enough to take a sneak peak at all the lovely pieces that will be filling their site next season.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVzLUlk9pI/AAAAAAAAAbE/jOdRR8WibVk/s1600/IMG_6803.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVzLUlk9pI/AAAAAAAAAbE/jOdRR8WibVk/s400/IMG_6803.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>Starting off our very thorough tour in the women's department, I was first&nbsp;shown one of&nbsp;My-Wardrobe's many My-Exclusives&nbsp;for S/S '11.<br /><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVcyeVF7WI/AAAAAAAAAaA/kQ6ezdCmHCw/s1600/IMG_6802.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVcyeVF7WI/AAAAAAAAAaA/kQ6ezdCmHCw/s400/IMG_6802.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><strong>In my view, one of the most attractive qualities of My-Wardrobe, and one that sets it apart from other online retailers, is the wide range of world and UK exclusives.</strong> I really can't fault the buying team when is comes to their ability to secure interesting and unique pieces that offer customers a real feel of exclusivity.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVeWeSMZvI/AAAAAAAAAaE/ITJ3c1i-p18/s1600/IMG_6804.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVeWeSMZvI/AAAAAAAAAaE/ITJ3c1i-p18/s400/IMG_6804.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br />One exclusive being offered up for next season comes in the form of the Ian R.N collection, designed by Rozae Nichols. The collection offers a range of luxe yet relaxed pieces with a distinctive sportswear influence. <strong>I'm seriously considering nabbing this piece for myself!</strong><br /><strong><br /></strong><br />It may not be a new addition, but another brand I'm really excited about is Equipment. For those of you who don't know, Equipment is the uber cool shirt brand owned by none of than Carine Roitfeld's partner Christian Restoin! <strong>The brand is a simple, yet effortlessly stylish one; the same perfectly cut shirt in a multitude of different colourways and prints. </strong><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVhtYq5AYI/AAAAAAAAAaI/_ENpXgBoB6g/s1600/IMG_6806.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVhtYq5AYI/AAAAAAAAAaI/_ENpXgBoB6g/s400/IMG_6806.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The colourways for next season, I LOVE the snakeskin print!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Another brand remaining strong for next season is one of my personal favourites, Joseph. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVjDFOvE2I/AAAAAAAAAaM/GCISwx9Cocg/s1600/IMG_6807.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVjDFOvE2I/AAAAAAAAAaM/GCISwx9Cocg/s400/IMG_6807.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Effortlessly stylish with impeccable details it's hard to find a reason not to love Joseph.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVjdQk4SmI/AAAAAAAAAaQ/i41pGGxiVwg/s1600/IMG_6808.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVjdQk4SmI/AAAAAAAAAaQ/i41pGGxiVwg/s400/IMG_6808.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;My favourite piece from the selection, this shirt combines one of the seasons hottest trends, sheer, with beautiful fabric and a superior cut.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I also caught a glimpse of some very cool yet very affordable shoes which were a hit with both myself and Alex.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVnkbpucnI/AAAAAAAAAac/hyCxnnqmls0/s1600/IMG_6814.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVnkbpucnI/AAAAAAAAAac/hyCxnnqmls0/s400/IMG_6814.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div>Upstairs in the designer room, we were treated to the visual delights of Moschino, Missoni&nbsp;and Halston Heritage to name but as few.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVsAexp0lI/AAAAAAAAAao/bPMAZIM_Vh0/s1600/IMG_6837.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVsAexp0lI/AAAAAAAAAao/bPMAZIM_Vh0/s400/IMG_6837.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVtvm2Y6YI/AAAAAAAAAa0/z04rOmk4w8M/s1600/IMG_6843.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVtvm2Y6YI/AAAAAAAAAa0/z04rOmk4w8M/s400/IMG_6843.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVtNzzOguI/AAAAAAAAAaw/ChX9xO668bw/s1600/IMG_6834.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVtNzzOguI/AAAAAAAAAaw/ChX9xO668bw/s400/IMG_6834.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">I loved the embellishment on this dress by Moschino.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVuPrU5qzI/AAAAAAAAAa4/KUG0hCGP-FY/s1600/IMG_6835.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVuPrU5qzI/AAAAAAAAAa4/KUG0hCGP-FY/s400/IMG_6835.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVvJLTYcrI/AAAAAAAAAa8/hxEA-ZcU9eY/s1600/IMG_6844.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVvJLTYcrI/AAAAAAAAAa8/hxEA-ZcU9eY/s400/IMG_6844.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Some of the amazing pieces of statement jewellery.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVvzyFo-mI/AAAAAAAAAbA/biZw8eSrrMY/s1600/IMG_6846.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPVvzyFo-mI/AAAAAAAAAbA/biZw8eSrrMY/s400/IMG_6846.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Shoes!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">With a <strong>complete site re-vamp and 'season sepefic' sections</strong> (Christmas and holiday shop) all in the works, as well as more great exclusives and the strengthening of previous brands, the only way appears to be up for My-Wardrobe. <strong>I can't wait to see the new site and&nbsp;next season's pieces&nbsp;in all their glory!</strong></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Be sure to check back tomorrow for Part 2 - Menswear!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #38761d; font-size: x-large;"><em>αντίο...</em></span></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-2790085478528769074?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-53666165186511469762010-11-29T13:26:00.001Z2010-11-29T18:35:32.279ZUrban Outfitters Spring/Summer '11 Press DayWednesday&nbsp;was a day of press days, prawns and Pinot for myself and the fabulous Alex&nbsp;of <a href="http://alexloves.com/">AlexLoves.com</a>. Having been running late (yes, there's a surprise) and already received a enquiring message from an unsurprisingly icicle like Alex, I finally arrived at our meeting point outside Urban Outfitters Oxford Street store. <br /><br />Hosting the press day in store, <strong>Urban Outfitters presented press with the&nbsp;opportunity to envisage exactly how the collection will sit in store</strong>; alongside the decor, soundtrack&nbsp;and&nbsp;minor touches that really define the company's ethos.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOaZ2Rbm4I/AAAAAAAAAZI/cStpgYcREYo/s1600/IMG_6781.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOaZ2Rbm4I/AAAAAAAAAZI/cStpgYcREYo/s400/IMG_6781.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><br />As they always do, <strong>Urban Outfitters presented a range that is unlike any other available on the high street</strong>. Encompassing much loved&nbsp;labels such as Cheap Monday and YMC, an endless list of cool and quirky brands and their own Urban Renewal range, Urban Outfitters really does offer something unique in a market swamped with choice. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOcyA2OArI/AAAAAAAAAZM/_PCbWzCDIBE/s1600/IMG_6778.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOcyA2OArI/AAAAAAAAAZM/_PCbWzCDIBE/s400/IMG_6778.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div align="center">A bag from one of my favourite jean brands, Cheap Monday, alongside some of the retro toys available in store. </div><div align="center"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOe2MtkMQI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/9N4NvaLVP4Q/s1600/IMG_6784.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOe2MtkMQI/AAAAAAAAAZQ/9N4NvaLVP4Q/s400/IMG_6784.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Some Cheap Monday for the girls.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOf6-FDL3I/AAAAAAAAAZU/bMZ3iTRoXu8/s1600/IMG_6780.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOf6-FDL3I/AAAAAAAAAZU/bMZ3iTRoXu8/s400/IMG_6780.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div align="center">A glimpse of what's in store from YMC next season.</div><div align="center"><br /></div><div align="left">Yet again, the <strong>Urban Renewal range is really strong for next season</strong>, offering cool retro looks that fit perfectly with modern style.</div><div align="left"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: left;">Women's accessories was another section that proved to be particularly strong, including some AMAZING headdresses from Bitching and Junkfood and <strong>THE shoes we all drooled over at Felder Felder</strong> last Fashion Week.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOjHlDaT-I/AAAAAAAAAZk/eL_wRylINWQ/s1600/IMG_6783.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOjHlDaT-I/AAAAAAAAAZk/eL_wRylINWQ/s400/IMG_6783.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: left;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOj7tBU2DI/AAAAAAAAAZo/B0iNaiSidPE/s1600/IMG_6791.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="266" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOj7tBU2DI/AAAAAAAAAZo/B0iNaiSidPE/s400/IMG_6791.JPG" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOkQR3aDTI/AAAAAAAAAZs/B3o528BNJcI/s1600/283.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="300" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOkQR3aDTI/AAAAAAAAAZs/B3o528BNJcI/s400/283.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: center;"><a class="image" href="http://www.blogger.com/wiki/File:U%2B2193.svg"><img alt="U+2193.svg" height="25" src="http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/f/f2/U%2B2193.svg/14px-U%2B2193.svg.png" width="14" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOl4sLDtdI/AAAAAAAAAZ0/FLE6hSAioy4/s1600/IMG_6788.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOl4sLDtdI/AAAAAAAAAZ0/FLE6hSAioy4/s400/IMG_6788.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Not only were we treated to a feast of visual delights, but we also had the opportunity to sample some culinary delights in the form of delicate and beautifully presented miniature rolls. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOoGSMaAjI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/q9pk9YI6wMo/s1600/IMG_6794.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPOoGSMaAjI/AAAAAAAAAZ4/q9pk9YI6wMo/s400/IMG_6794.JPG" width="266" /></a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">The temptation was strong but myself and Alex both resisted as we headed off to our pre-planned lunch at YO! Sushi, happily content that <strong>Urban Outfitter will definitely be a top destination for Spring/Summer 11...</strong></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #999999; font-size: x-large;">Catch y'all around...</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-5366616518651146976?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-81547452835104928302010-11-27T22:06:00.000Z2010-11-27T22:06:38.777ZShudda Went On Britain's Got Talent NOT X-Factorrrrr....After a bit of a moral dilemma over whether or not to actually post this blog (as the subject of my blog is NOT intended to be bitchiness) I decided it was just to funny not to share. [EXPLICIT NATURE, TURN YOUR SPEAKERS DOWN].<br /><br /><object height="350" width="550"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/hoix0hPq6sE?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB"></param><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true"></param><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/hoix0hPq6sE?fs=1&amp;hl=en_GB" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="540" height="385"></embed></object><br /><br />'The only person I actually do respect from all the ****ing little judges, is ****ing Dannii Minogue and I don't even like 'er that much'<br /><br />'She shudda went on Britain's Got Talent NOT X-FAC-TORRRR'<br /><br />'How dare they mate, how absolutely dare they'<br /><br />'I need to sensuuuuu myself right now' (No, I don't know what this means either).<br /><br />This isn't his funniest video but the one I found was related to a brand and so I chose not to blog it.<br /><br />What I'm trying to work out is: 'Is this the new, chavier version of Chris Croker?'<br /><br /><br /><span style="color: magenta; font-size: x-large;">Liiiiike Laterssss...</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-8154745283510492830?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-80913253415685030342010-11-26T21:01:00.000Z2010-11-26T21:01:28.609ZCh, Ch, Ch Changes<div style="text-align: left;">Whilst I will admit I'm not always the most observant of people when I'm not looking at clothes, it definitely doesn't take a genius to notice a few things may have changed at FYI Blog since your last visit. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Firstly, after some ummming and ahhhing over whether to change FYI's domain name, I finally decided to take the leap and purchase a domain of my very own. Therefore, you can now find me at <a href="/index.html">http://www.thefyiblog.com/</a>&nbsp;(but don't fret if you don't remember it straight away, blogger will redirect you from&nbsp;the old address). You can now also conatct me at <a href="mailto:brad@thefyiblog.com">brad@thefyiblog.com</a></div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Today also sees the&nbsp;official launch of FYI's&nbsp;Facebook page in all it's glory. All you need to do&nbsp;to like&nbsp;FYI is investigate the little Facebook&nbsp;box&nbsp;in the column to your right and you'll be kept&nbsp;up to date with all the latest posts, videos, pictures and updates!</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Lastly, but perhaps most obviously, last week I changed the background image to a shot of my lovely (and not at all heavily featured) friend Nia from a shoot&nbsp;I did a few weeks back. Out of all the images I shot that day, this was definitely my favourite by far. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPAfBulLaKI/AAAAAAAAAZE/wzrKtrtRZj0/s1600/1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TPAfBulLaKI/AAAAAAAAAZE/wzrKtrtRZj0/s640/1.jpg" width="388" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The background was constructed from individually scrunched and pinned magazine pages and&nbsp; took rather some time to complete!</div><div align="center" style="text-align: center;"></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, all in all, I really hope you like the changes and as ever you can always get in touch via Email at <a href="mailto:brad@thefyiblog.com">brad@thefyiblog.com</a>, <a href="http://twitter.com/_bradpalmer">Twitter</a> and now <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/FYI-BLOG/114376568609200">Facebook</a>.</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;"><span style="color: #0b5394; font-size: x-large;">Au Revior</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-8091325341568503034?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-49728660899395387992010-11-26T12:04:00.000Z2010-11-26T12:04:22.487ZCallum Meets Clyde...<div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I may not be the next David Bailey or Richard Avedon but every now and then I am partial to taking the odd photograph or two. Having been given the task of recreating an iconic image as part of a project I'm working on, I stumbled across a shot from Richard Avedon's book 'The American West'. Having got the shot I needed on an old medium format camera, I decided to bring out the digital and play around with the concept of nature and animals as jewellery. Enter Callum and Clyde.....</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-dRltcm6I/AAAAAAAAAYs/MxKnjsf8QaQ/s1600/2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-dRltcm6I/AAAAAAAAAYs/MxKnjsf8QaQ/s640/2.jpg" width="427" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-c-FmSpTI/AAAAAAAAAYo/ftzB0EaBDZs/s1600/1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-c-FmSpTI/AAAAAAAAAYo/ftzB0EaBDZs/s640/1.jpg" width="427" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-dUa7IRTI/AAAAAAAAAYw/dDMZ72uVIFs/s1600/3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-dUa7IRTI/AAAAAAAAAYw/dDMZ72uVIFs/s640/3.jpg" width="427" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-dW2ufVCI/AAAAAAAAAY0/7b1DQgH_-vI/s1600/4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TO-dW2ufVCI/AAAAAAAAAY0/7b1DQgH_-vI/s640/4.jpg" width="428" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>Despite being half way through shedding, Clyde was very well behaved a didn't seem to mind being photographed in the slightest. You heard it here first people, snakes are soooooo the new statement.<div><br /></div><div><br /></div><div><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-family: arial, helvetica, clean, sans-serif; line-height: 16px;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #e69138;">الوداع</span></span></span><br /><div><br /></div><div><br /></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-4972866089939538799?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-73973585188211642812010-11-22T18:38:00.001Z2010-11-22T18:39:49.830ZHarry Potter and the Autumn Winter Cape Trend<div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">As I'm sure many of you are aware, last Friday saw the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part One. Now, call me a nerd if you wish, but I'm sure we all secretly love watching a bit of wand action from time to time and so I merrily skipped down to my local cinema to catch a glimpse of the latest from the wizarding world. </div><br />Whilst I'm sure you would all love for me to go into glorious detail about the film, I've decided to save you the pleasure and take a distinctively more fashion orientated stance. So, without further ado, here is my pick of this seasons capes. <br /><br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq0hfUOwII/AAAAAAAAAYU/fHqyA1y-fS4/s1600/My+Wardrobe+John++Smedley+%25C2%25A3140.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="clear: right; cssfloat: right; float: right; margin-bottom: 1em; margin-left: 1em;"></a><br />Capes have been seen everywhere from Hogwarts to Catwalks (including Celine, Kenzo, YSL and Vivienne Westwood) and it's a trend I'm really loving this season. I don't know what it is about capes but they have this confident allure of power about them which I really admire. <br /><br /><span style="font-size: large;"><u>Debit Card:</u></span><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq0gBJFueI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/7VfdsoXQl-E/s1600/Asos.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq0gBJFueI/AAAAAAAAAYQ/7VfdsoXQl-E/s400/Asos.jpg" width="286" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.asos.com/Asos/Asos-Funnel-Neck-Military-Cape/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=1261938">&nbsp;Asos</a> £50</div><br /><img height="96" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq0hfUOwII/AAAAAAAAAYU/fHqyA1y-fS4/s400/My+Wardrobe+John++Smedley+%25C2%25A3140.jpg" style="filter: alpha(opacity=30); left: 589px; mozopacity: 0.3; opacity: 0.3; position: absolute; top: 624px; visibility: hidden;" width="64" /> <br /><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq0hfUOwII/AAAAAAAAAYU/fHqyA1y-fS4/s1600/My+Wardrobe+John++Smedley+%25C2%25A3140.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq0hfUOwII/AAAAAAAAAYU/fHqyA1y-fS4/s400/My+Wardrobe+John++Smedley+%25C2%25A3140.jpg" width="267" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.my-wardrobe.com/john-smedley/caramel-ceres-merino-ribbed-cape-373809">John Smedley</a> £140</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq145Sns_I/AAAAAAAAAYY/f_tBSnJQDD4/s1600/Topshop.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq145Sns_I/AAAAAAAAAYY/f_tBSnJQDD4/s400/Topshop.jpg" width="266" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.topshop.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?beginIndex=0&amp;viewAllFlag=&amp;catalogId=33057&amp;storeId=12556&amp;productId=1915956&amp;langId=-1&amp;categoryId=&amp;searchTerm=cape&amp;pageSize=20">Topshop</a> £95</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><u><span style="font-size: large;">Credit Card:</span></u></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq2ugOFSDI/AAAAAAAAAYc/nVsl2bqTqlw/s1600/My+Wardrobe+VW+%25C2%25A3267.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq2ugOFSDI/AAAAAAAAAYc/nVsl2bqTqlw/s400/My+Wardrobe+VW+%25C2%25A3267.jpg" width="270" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.my-wardrobe.com/vivienne-westwood-anglomania/rectangle-tartan-cape-936359">Vivienne Westwood</a> £267</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq26XnUDSI/AAAAAAAAAYg/UUEnf4Ddevc/s1600/NAP+YSL+%25C2%25A31190.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq26XnUDSI/AAAAAAAAAYg/UUEnf4Ddevc/s400/NAP+YSL+%25C2%25A31190.jpg" width="306" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/78454">Yves Saint Laurent</a>&nbsp;£1190</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq3dnxoopI/AAAAAAAAAYk/dZvWpXZZYAM/s1600/T+by+Alexander+Wang.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOq3dnxoopI/AAAAAAAAAYk/dZvWpXZZYAM/s400/T+by+Alexander+Wang.jpg" width="302" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;<a href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/96496">T by Alexander Wang</a> £230</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><em><span style="color: #674ea7; font-size: x-large;">Buona sera...</span></em></div></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-7397358518821164281?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-7889114885843063342010-11-17T18:28:00.002Z2010-11-17T18:30:09.561ZBoy and Bag, United at LastSome of you may remember that, back at the end of August, I blogged about the world of <a href="http://fashionyouthindulgence.blogspot.com/2010/08/fyi-lovesmarc-b.html">Marc B bags</a> - a range of gorgeous bags with price tags that wouldn't break the bank. Well, after the wonderful people over at Marc B discovered by small <strike>obsession</strike> admiration for the Sophia, they were kind enough to let me get my hands on one by sending me a Sophia of my very own!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQWG35WP1I/AAAAAAAAAXw/flcUfX_5MgM/s1600/Bag+and+Packaging+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="265" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQWG35WP1I/AAAAAAAAAXw/flcUfX_5MgM/s400/Bag+and+Packaging+2.jpg" width="400" /></a></div><br />The satchel is without a doubt THE bag style of the season and the Marc B Sophia is definitely one of the best I've spotted. Available in both black and camel, the bag features an ostrich effect front panel, handle and buckle straps, a detail I feel really adds character to the style and offers something different to the conventional all over leather. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQYOPph_FI/AAAAAAAAAX0/allEpVpdN_w/s1600/Close+up+Bag.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQYOPph_FI/AAAAAAAAAX0/allEpVpdN_w/s400/Close+up+Bag.jpg" width="265" /></a></div><br />On the inside, the Sophia has two large compartments with a separating zip compartment, one small zip compartment, two small pockets (including one for a mobile) and a large front pocket. So, put simply, it has more than enough room for all your daily amenities.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQZ4uv05TI/AAAAAAAAAX4/pRPIj131hY0/s1600/Bag.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQZ4uv05TI/AAAAAAAAAX4/pRPIj131hY0/s400/Bag.jpg" width="265" /></a></div><br />I couldn't &nbsp;mention Marc B without mentioning their cute heart shaped logo, a standard feature on all of their women's bags. Not only is this little detail extremely cute, but I recently discovered it's also very practical, functioning perfectly as a miniature mirror!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQbUXANPeI/AAAAAAAAAX8/uKIkJzdND_E/s1600/Close+up+Heart.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQbUXANPeI/AAAAAAAAAX8/uKIkJzdND_E/s400/Close+up+Heart.jpg" width="265" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Practical and stylish with great details, at £45 you would be hard pushed to go wrong with the Marc B Sophia. Thank you to the lovely people at Marc B for uniting us!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQc16yexZI/AAAAAAAAAYA/Ldy2e3s1zeQ/s1600/Me+and+Bag.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="640" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOQc16yexZI/AAAAAAAAAYA/Ldy2e3s1zeQ/s640/Me+and+Bag.jpg" width="292" /></a></div><br /><em><span style="font-size: x-large;">Aavajo...</span></em><br /><br />The full collection of Marc B Bags is avalible from their online store <a href="http://www.marcbbags.com/">HERE</a>.<br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-788911488584306334?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-31334038230755125992010-11-15T19:01:00.001Z2010-11-15T19:01:43.802ZAshley Marc Hovelle - 'I'm Bad'As some of you may remember, I paid a visit to the lovely <a href="http://fashionyouthindulgence.blogspot.com/2010/11/garment-quarter-launch-party.html">Garment Quarter</a>&nbsp;(which, FYI, has just launched&nbsp;<a href="http://garmentquarter.com/">online</a>)&nbsp;the other&nbsp;week and, amongst all the very friendly people in attendance, I met Designer Ashley Marc Hovelle.<br /><br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">Now&nbsp;it's not often you get to talk through&nbsp;a designer's collection with them (unless, of course, you're&nbsp;HRH Anna Wintour) and so it was a pleasure to meet Ashley and discuss his range of pretty dam cool T-Shirts. </div><br /><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF7m0PK8NI/AAAAAAAAAXA/OB9VkPBcfuw/s1600/AMH.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF7m0PK8NI/AAAAAAAAAXA/OB9VkPBcfuw/s320/AMH.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div align="center">Ashley Marc Hovelle, Myself and Dan</div><br />Having already&nbsp;been stocked in Topman Oxford Circus, AMH will soon be available at fashion Mecca Harvey Nichols. But what makes this&nbsp;brand so good? Well, quite simply, 'It''s Bad'. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF8VWJiS_I/AAAAAAAAAXE/aOs91phZ4Hc/s1600/AMH+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF8VWJiS_I/AAAAAAAAAXE/aOs91phZ4Hc/s320/AMH+2.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div>&nbsp;Launching shortly after the death of music legend Michael Jackson, Ashley wanted to create a T-Shirt that paid homage to Jackson's genius, demanded respect and invoked all the connotation of&nbsp;being 'bad'. Thus, the 'I'm Bad' T-Shirt was born and AMH began taking Ibiza by storm, as well as being seen on the backs of celebrities including Mark Ronson and The Kaiser Chiefs. <br /><br />Before long, the brand expanded and became what it is today; a collection of attention grabbing T-shirts and jumpers&nbsp;that are guaranteed to get you noticed.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-2cT7ZxI/AAAAAAAAAXk/P4T3oy7yCLU/s1600/AMH+8.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-2cT7ZxI/AAAAAAAAAXk/P4T3oy7yCLU/s320/AMH+8.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-3HQ0xEI/AAAAAAAAAXo/XIoDBqe3kmM/s1600/AMH+10.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-3HQ0xEI/AAAAAAAAAXo/XIoDBqe3kmM/s320/AMH+10.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-3qddmMI/AAAAAAAAAXs/L11mm3_wwdY/s1600/AMH9.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-3qddmMI/AAAAAAAAAXs/L11mm3_wwdY/s320/AMH9.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF9-WpRpTI/AAAAAAAAAXM/0ozJWmoxNsQ/s1600/AMH+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF9-WpRpTI/AAAAAAAAAXM/0ozJWmoxNsQ/s320/AMH+3.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-0AW9qGI/AAAAAAAAAXY/g0dTdQRBb3c/s1600/AMH+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-0AW9qGI/AAAAAAAAAXY/g0dTdQRBb3c/s320/AMH+5.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-0pERUFI/AAAAAAAAAXc/NVM7XVqxyFA/s1600/AMH+6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-0pERUFI/AAAAAAAAAXc/NVM7XVqxyFA/s320/AMH+6.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF9u4jLqQI/AAAAAAAAAXI/Aa9ZF3BlwJA/s1600/AMH+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF9u4jLqQI/AAAAAAAAAXI/Aa9ZF3BlwJA/s320/AMH+2.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-1hcopcI/AAAAAAAAAXg/6IQ7miQDD3g/s1600/AMH+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-1hcopcI/AAAAAAAAAXg/6IQ7miQDD3g/s320/AMH+7.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;">And my personal favourite....</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-yxCeebI/AAAAAAAAAXU/9h930BteDQM/s1600/AMH+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOF-yxCeebI/AAAAAAAAAXU/9h930BteDQM/s320/AMH+4.jpg" width="235" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;">The Collection also has a great price point with T Shirts between £30 and £35 and jumpers between £45 and £50. All available from Ashley Marc Hovelle <a href="http://ashleymarchovelle.myshopify.com/">Online Store</a> with selected designs available in-store at Topman Oxford Circus, Garment Quarter and&nbsp;(soon) Harvey Nichols. </div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #e69138; font-size: x-large;"><em>I'm off...</em></span></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;">Top image: Courtesy of Garment Quarter</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;">All other images: Ashley Marc Hovelle</div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: left;">For a full range of stockists click <a href="http://www.ashleymarchovelle.com/">HERE</a>.</div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-3133403823075512599?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-39962162894465047122010-11-15T17:28:00.000Z2010-11-15T17:28:54.846ZFYI Love...Fly From NearbyIt's been a while since I wrote about the loveliness that is <a href="http://alexloves.com/">Alex Loves</a>, who FYI provided me with some wonderful company during LFW and recently covered Chanel for none other than Chanel themselves, so I thought it was time for the next installment of FYI Love. <br /><br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">This time, I want to draw your attention to a photo blog. Now, I must admit that, whilst I admire what they do and I love photography myself, I don't often visit photo blogs. For me, I like the personal aspect of reading someones writing and learning about their life. That soon changed when I discovered <a href="http://oliverforbes.com/">Fly From Nearby</a>, a daily photo blog by Australian <strike>hottie</strike> Oliver Forbes. </div><br /><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFfXaxja_I/AAAAAAAAAVg/pFgy6HTCr5k/s1600/Oliver+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFfXaxja_I/AAAAAAAAAVg/pFgy6HTCr5k/s320/Oliver+1.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div align="center">Day 363</div><br />Fly From Nearby is a blog in which Oliver captures one photo every day for an entire year. So what? You might think....<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFk1eZVSVI/AAAAAAAAAVk/-72hQMPqjKU/s1600/Oliver+Day+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFk1eZVSVI/AAAAAAAAAVk/-72hQMPqjKU/s320/Oliver+Day+1.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div align="center">Day 1</div><div align="center"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">Oliver's blog offers so much more however. From his lighthearted and&nbsp;amusing shots to his frequent torture of Barbies and more serious images depicting the down times in his life, you really get a sense of what life is like through Oliver's eyes and what's going on in his mind. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">So, in keeping with the photo blog theme, I'm not going to say anything more except Fly From Nearby is one of my favourite internet finds and I recommend everyone who reads my blog to check it out! For now, I'll leave you with a selection of some of my favourite shots....</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFo1KvwNoI/AAAAAAAAAVo/mncvkF0_j8U/s1600/Oliver+2+Day+215.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFo1KvwNoI/AAAAAAAAAVo/mncvkF0_j8U/s320/Oliver+2+Day+215.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Day 215</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFpnRFwHOI/AAAAAAAAAVs/xRHnbKoOh3k/s1600/Oliver+Day+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFpnRFwHOI/AAAAAAAAAVs/xRHnbKoOh3k/s320/Oliver+Day+4.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;">Day 4</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFp6O9-sTI/AAAAAAAAAVw/OO3OhReBvTc/s1600/Oliver+Day+40.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFp6O9-sTI/AAAAAAAAAVw/OO3OhReBvTc/s320/Oliver+Day+40.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Day 40</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqGshO07I/AAAAAAAAAV0/Vx0gW7w9Ht0/s1600/Oliver+Day+58.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqGshO07I/AAAAAAAAAV0/Vx0gW7w9Ht0/s320/Oliver+Day+58.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Day 58</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqUskvWSI/AAAAAAAAAV4/_LZCREOefYs/s1600/Oliver+Day+68.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqUskvWSI/AAAAAAAAAV4/_LZCREOefYs/s320/Oliver+Day+68.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Day 68</div><div align="center" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqe3yh2lI/AAAAAAAAAV8/pZ6wMBmQcgU/s1600/Oliver+Day+75.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqe3yh2lI/AAAAAAAAAV8/pZ6wMBmQcgU/s320/Oliver+Day+75.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div align="center" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;">Day 75</div><div align="center" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqnldTZKI/AAAAAAAAAWA/FK3JExYjctw/s1600/Oliver+Day+122.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFqnldTZKI/AAAAAAAAAWA/FK3JExYjctw/s320/Oliver+Day+122.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Day 122</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFquYGANsI/AAAAAAAAAWE/QlyQjKHRmJc/s1600/Oliver+Day+129.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFquYGANsI/AAAAAAAAAWE/QlyQjKHRmJc/s320/Oliver+Day+129.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div align="center" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;">Day 129</div><div align="center" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFq0jy_4OI/AAAAAAAAAWI/wfrqyzdJH1Y/s1600/Oliver+Day+182.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFq0jy_4OI/AAAAAAAAAWI/wfrqyzdJH1Y/s320/Oliver+Day+182.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="text-align: center;">Day 182</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFq5838i6I/AAAAAAAAAWM/KPsJzGCeXys/s1600/Oliver+Day+191.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TOFq5838i6I/AAAAAAAAAWM/KPsJzGCeXys/s320/Oliver+Day+191.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: center;">Day 191</div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: left;"><span style="color: #3d85c6; font-size: x-large;"><em>Catch ya 'round</em></span></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; text-align: left;"><span style="color: black;">All images: Fly From Nearby</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-3996216289446504712?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-58483428462577911172010-11-01T21:35:00.001Z2010-11-01T21:37:09.520ZGarment Quarter Launch PartyLast Thursday night I was lucky enough to be invited to the launch of Bristol's hottest new independent boutique,&nbsp;Garment Quarter and let me tell you, it's not often I fall in love with a store so quickly.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8pb2QldFI/AAAAAAAAAVE/UprlmB_fcNM/s1600/Garment+Quarter.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" nx="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8pb2QldFI/AAAAAAAAAVE/UprlmB_fcNM/s320/Garment+Quarter.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />After being greeted by Managing Director John&nbsp;Reid, myself and Dan from Last Style of Defense enjoyed champagne, sushi and some heavenly chocolates whilst taking in all that the boutique has to offer. One thing that I can safely declare is that Garment Quarter has one of the best product ranges in the city and with a fantastic mix of established designers amongst up and coming talent it's safe to say this will be&nbsp;one store I will definitely be returning to. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8qraz4bNI/AAAAAAAAAVI/F_dH7eGQjvU/s1600/Garment+Quarter+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" nx="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8qraz4bNI/AAAAAAAAAVI/F_dH7eGQjvU/s320/Garment+Quarter+2.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br /><div style="text-align: center;">Myself, designer Ashley Marc Houvelle (modeling a Tee from his own collection- separate post to follow) and Dan. </div><div style="text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">As I continually told many of the staff during the evening, I really did LOVE the store. And with brands including Vivienne Westwood Gold and Red Label, Markus Lupfer, Comme Des Garcons Play and Unconditional (many of which are a first for Bristol) what's not to love?</div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8scsNGgLI/AAAAAAAAAVM/Y-LkHVSnSCE/s1600/Garment+Quarter+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" nx="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8scsNGgLI/AAAAAAAAAVM/Y-LkHVSnSCE/s320/Garment+Quarter+3.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: left;">After not a lot of convincing from Dan and a lovely store assistant / Henry Holland look-a-like, I made the executive decision to try on this gorgeous cape from Vivienne Westwood Red Label. It may be from the Women's collection but once on it was surprisingly easy to pass of. Androgynous, but never the less it was added to the already seemingly endless mental shopping list I was&nbsp;swiftly creating in my head. </div><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8tr5lFj7I/AAAAAAAAAVU/QZgui0njIWM/s1600/Garment+Quarter+5.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="242" nx="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8tr5lFj7I/AAAAAAAAAVU/QZgui0njIWM/s320/Garment+Quarter+5.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>I fell in love with these boots from the moment I saw them and at a very reasonable £185 I know where my next pay check will be going. <br /><div style="text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8uHCXl_9I/AAAAAAAAAVY/dp_7kPuNpCE/s1600/Garment+Quarter+6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" nx="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8uHCXl_9I/AAAAAAAAAVY/dp_7kPuNpCE/s320/Garment+Quarter+6.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />Anyone who knows me will be fully aware that I have something of an <strike>obsession</strike> healthy liking for Unconditional and so it wasn't long before my eye were diverted to the impressive range of pieces on offer. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8u8qrsxhI/AAAAAAAAAVc/0WN5jZmOKZI/s1600/Garment+Quarter+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" nx="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8u8qrsxhI/AAAAAAAAAVc/0WN5jZmOKZI/s320/Garment+Quarter+7.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />For me, Garment Quarter has really hit the nail on the head (apologies for the out of character manly expression, very unlike me I know). A fantastic range of products, excellent visual merchandising and a team of friendly and helpful staff. Now John, if you could just ban me&nbsp;from the store so I don't end up giving everyone 'I Owe You' vouchers for Christmas that would be great....<br /><br /><em><span style="color: #0b5394; font-size: x-large;">In a while crocodile...</span></em><br /><br /><span style="color: black;">Garment Quarter can be found in Cabot Circus, Bristol and will be launching online as of next week so get your credit cards at the ready.</span><br /><br /><span style="color: black;">All Images courtesy of Garment Quarter.</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-5848342846257791117?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-22632173217365997902010-11-01T20:40:00.000Z2010-11-01T20:40:00.367ZBlogging ConfessionsHaving taken a break from blogging for a while, which wasn't something I had planned to do but was unfortunately a necessity due to work load and a whole mountain of other commitments, I've decided that it's time for a change. <br /><br />I started this blog for lots of different reasons but the main one was because I wanted to communicate with people. I wanted to share my inspirations, things that I loved, things that I didn't love and things that I genuinely felt passionate about. Above all however, I wanted it to be personal, for readers to gain a sense of who I was, what I thought and what inspired me. In regards to this, I think I lost my way. <br /><br />Whether it was that I forgot why I'd started this blog or that I got to carried away trying to compete with other sites on news coverage that came across as enthusiastic and dull I don't know, but I want to take this opportunity to start a fresh. <br /><br />From now on, I want this blog to be what I intended it to be, personal. Fashion, and online blogs in particular, give you the opportunity to take on any kind of persona or guise that you wish and, while this can often be a fun and exciting prospect, it can sometimes lead to trying to be something you're not. After taking a step back and looking at other figures in the industry, other bloggers such as Tavi and Jane Aldridge of Sea of Shoes, I've realised that people of all ages and personalities are being able to express themselves openly for who they are. <br /><br />In an admittedly long winded way, what I suppose I'm&nbsp;trying to say is that I want to introduce myself, Brad Palmer,&nbsp;and my blog, FYI Blog. <br /><br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8ldWekoHI/AAAAAAAAAU8/jdSpUygPpv0/s1600/fyi.bmp" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="48" nx="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8ldWekoHI/AAAAAAAAAU8/jdSpUygPpv0/s320/fyi.bmp" width="320" /></a></div><br />One of the major things I tried to hide before was my age. Whilst many may look to the likes of teenage bloggers such as Tavi Gevinson and Jane Aldridge for inspiration, the reality is that young people in fashion are still facing difficulties when trying to be taken seriously within the industry. Although the fashion industry may be one that often celebrates youth amongst it's most desired qualities,&nbsp;many all to often dismiss anyone who isn't old enough to wield a credit card in their own name. Well, what many bloggers (me included) are striving to do is dismiss this misconception. At the age of 17 I have written for more than half a million readers, covered multiple shows over two seasons of London Fashion Week, attended my fair share of fashion parties and met some of the most admired people in the industry. This may not seem a lot&nbsp;compared the endeavours of Bryan Boy, Tavi and Co but it's something I'm very proud of and something&nbsp;which I can&nbsp;only hope to build upon. <br /><br />So, in the posts to come, expect to get a personal take on all things fashion, youth and indulgence from me, seventeen year old Fashion Blogger and obsessive compulsive wardrobe hoarder, Brad Palmer. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8ljoLpPCI/AAAAAAAAAVA/MTAQTrYJpog/s1600/Brad+Palmer.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" nx="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TM8ljoLpPCI/AAAAAAAAAVA/MTAQTrYJpog/s320/Brad+Palmer.jpg" width="308" /></a></div><br /><span style="color: #38761d; font-size: x-large;"><em>See you later Alligator...</em></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-2263217321736599790?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-35176649446750997122010-09-25T14:50:00.007+01:002010-09-25T15:14:29.599+01:00Gok, Goodies and Fashion: The Ultimate Fashion Weekender at Cabot CircusCabot circus has long been known as the shopping destination of the South West. With it's multiple department stores such as House of Fraser and Harvey Nichols to high street giants Topshop, New Look and All Saints, as well as a wide range of independent stores, Cabot Circus is definitely a shopping heaven for even the most devoted fashionistas. <br /><br />However, this weekend Cabot Circus went that extra step to bring shoppers the Ultimate Fashion weekender. Spread over two days, the fashion weekender includes free fashion shows with TV's favourite stylist Gok Wan, as well as goodie bags and a range of store discounts. <br /><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ3_egLuosI/AAAAAAAAATs/yvPMaZ_6lo8/s1600/pic2.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ3_egLuosI/AAAAAAAAATs/yvPMaZ_6lo8/s320/pic2.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br />Today, FYI BLOG was lucky enough to sit front row at one of the Gok Hosted shows, which showcases the latest trends for this season. <br /><br />After kicking off with a introduction from Gok, it goes without saying copious amounts of screaming was evolved, the show started with a decadent themed scene with clothes from Ted Baker. A mixture of autumnal colours, including purples and varying shades of grey, the clothes featured metallic detailing and naturalistic prints heavily. Metallic is going to be a big trend this season and could well follow through to Spring/Summer (metallics were seen at many London Fashion Week shows last week including Paul Costello and Felder Felder). If the idea of wearing block metallic doesn't appeal to you however, you can always add some metallic influences within your outfit through accessories and jewellery. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4AMo5Rq0I/AAAAAAAAATw/4HiF3T7i2Go/s1600/_MG_0164.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4AMo5Rq0I/AAAAAAAAATw/4HiF3T7i2Go/s320/_MG_0164.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br />Holmes London was the title of the next scene and before I go into that let me just tell you one thing. If your going to buy a coat this season, make it camel. Camel coats are HUGE this season and have been seen all over the catwalks from Milan to London so it's definitely worth investing in a good quality one to see you through the season. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4AkY0EEDI/AAAAAAAAAT0/yFeO0-r9GgY/s1600/_MG_0183.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4AkY0EEDI/AAAAAAAAAT0/yFeO0-r9GgY/s320/_MG_0183.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Camel coats aren't the only way you can stay warm this season however. As seen on the catwalk today, quilting is another way in which the quintessential british style is coming through this season.<br /><br />Scene 3 brought a selection of Chanel inspired outfits from high street giants French Connection. A sea of grey, black and white, models donned chunky knits, stripes and berets. But perhaps the most important garment of the scene was the cape. Outwear has taken a new form this season with the development of the cape. Now before you begin envisaging batman and robin style characters, let me assure you, capes are definitely more chic than geek this season and so if you're looking for a fashion forward way of keeping warm the cape is definitely an option you should consider. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4BUURgjdI/AAAAAAAAAT4/oEm_tta2gy8/s1600/_MG_0188.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4BUURgjdI/AAAAAAAAAT4/oEm_tta2gy8/s320/_MG_0188.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Scene 4 saw classic preppy style mixed with a slightly more sophisticated edge. One of my keys tips for guys this season is dressing smart casual. When you're not sure whether you should be dressing smart or casual, dress both. Smarten up a casual look by wearing black shoes with chinos and a jacket or jumper draped over the shoulders to add an element of sophistication. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4BwS2pc4I/AAAAAAAAAT8/mFSKzEbLPnk/s1600/_MG_0224.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4BwS2pc4I/AAAAAAAAAT8/mFSKzEbLPnk/s320/_MG_0224.JPG" width="213" /></a></div><br />Scene 5 was awash with trends but two of my favourite were sheer and high waisted. Sheer has been doing the fashion rounds for a while now and it's definitely still going strong for this season. If your opting for sheer this season, however, just make sure your underwear is more Victoria's Secret and less Bridget Jones! However, if baring all in a transparent top doesn't sound like your idea of fun, high waisted trousers and shorts are one trend that everyone can get any with. <br /><br />Everyone knows that the British winter weather isn't the most appealing in the world and so the penultimate show included chunky knits from Fat Face to keep you nice and toasty this winter. If however, on the off chance the sun actually does make an appearance (wishful thinking, I know), team chunky knits with rolled up chinos for a look that is practical as well as stylish. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4CYLtg5eI/AAAAAAAAAUA/omiQZru5gks/s1600/_MG_0229.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4CYLtg5eI/AAAAAAAAAUA/omiQZru5gks/s320/_MG_0229.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />Last, but certainly not least, was one of my favourite high street brands Reiss. I recently discovered my love for Reiss when I attended their London Fashion week pre party last week and they had some great pieces in today's show. One of the key themes that caught my eye was definitely the leather trends. Whether it's leather shorts, trousers, dresses or jackets, leather is everywhere at the moment. For an option which is more fashion forward, don't be afraid to experiment and opt for leather shorts or a leather dress rather than the typical leather jacket as it will definitely get you noticed for all the right reasons. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4CvRd-rwI/AAAAAAAAAUE/UuIBGF7lrUU/s1600/_MG_0236.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="213" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJ4CvRd-rwI/AAAAAAAAAUE/UuIBGF7lrUU/s320/_MG_0236.JPG" width="320" /></a></div><br />So, for a day full of Gok, goodies and most importantly fashion, head on over to Cabot Circus this weekend – you certainly won't be disappointed.<br /><br /><span style="color: #990000; font-size: x-large;"><em>Au Revoir</em></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-3517664944675099712?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-65969230700031153722010-09-24T17:32:00.003+01:002010-09-24T17:49:49.375+01:00London Fashion Week - Day OneIt's that time of year again when members of the fashion industry attempt to block out the fact they are fast approaching the cold and wet of the winter months as they fill their minds with the delights of the Spring/Summer Collections. This season, I've sat front row at shows, browsed exhibitions and attended parties (it's a hard life) all to bring you the freshest and most exciting news from the week. <br /><br />Rather than posting catwalk reviews and trend reports, I'm going to give you a more personal insight into my week by posting pictures, videos and stories from each day. Don't fear, however, if you were looking for a more in depth analysis as I will be posting more comprehensive reports from the catwalks over on <a href="http://fashionbeans.com/">Fashion Beans</a> from next week. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy8blpNFQI/AAAAAAAAAR4/8LbSbLyaLoY/s1600/IMG00728-20100924-1534.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy8blpNFQI/AAAAAAAAAR4/8LbSbLyaLoY/s320/IMG00728-20100924-1534.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><br />After collecting my pass (which had a handy schedule attached to it this season) I&nbsp;bumped into the lovely Alex from <a href="http://alexloves.com/">Alex Loves</a>.&nbsp;Some of you might remember that I <a href="http://fashionyouthindulgence.blogspot.com/2010/07/fyi-lovesalex-loves.html">posted about Alex loves before</a> and it was great to finally meet in person. I can safely say she is one of the friendliest people EVER and she took some great photos of myself and Dan from <a href="http://laststyleofdefense.blogspot.com/">Last Style of Defense</a> which I'll be posting later. So, after a quick chit chat, we all headed off to the BFC show space for the first show of the day. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy7-cRJ2EI/AAAAAAAAAR0/PrmJzXzibzo/s1600/Costello+Invite.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy7-cRJ2EI/AAAAAAAAAR0/PrmJzXzibzo/s320/Costello+Invite.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">Paul Costello was awash with metallics, full skirts and jackets over dresses....not to mention his 6 sons who made&nbsp;a rather sheepish appearance at the end of the show. </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy7a654JWI/AAAAAAAAARo/UTki0emvENs/s1600/Costello+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy7a654JWI/AAAAAAAAARo/UTki0emvENs/s320/Costello+1.jpg" width="213" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy7sY0qF_I/AAAAAAAAARs/L0WlrfEISFs/s1600/Costello+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy7sY0qF_I/AAAAAAAAARs/L0WlrfEISFs/s320/Costello+2.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy73eGkdxI/AAAAAAAAARw/f9eR51IbDyQ/s1600/Costello+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy73eGkdxI/AAAAAAAAARw/f9eR51IbDyQ/s320/Costello+3.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">Next up was Maria Grachvogel who, having sent out a rain forest inspired invitation, could only be expected to show a collection full of bright colour flashes and bold prints. However, these were also mixed in with a surprising amount of nudes which gave the collection a far more relaxed feel. </div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy9xzjCs6I/AAAAAAAAAR8/ANMsPcPo9iE/s1600/Maria+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy9xzjCs6I/AAAAAAAAAR8/ANMsPcPo9iE/s320/Maria+1.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy9_fBLK6I/AAAAAAAAASI/A0L3Jmkc40o/s1600/maria+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy9_fBLK6I/AAAAAAAAASI/A0L3Jmkc40o/s320/maria+2.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy-ALWq0sI/AAAAAAAAASM/oFaijq2eX1w/s1600/maria+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJy-ALWq0sI/AAAAAAAAASM/oFaijq2eX1w/s320/maria+3.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">Next up we headed over to the On|Off show space at Victoria House for Jean-Pierre Braganza. Now, I quite frankly could of jumped the male models and ran off with all their clothes as I absolutely LOVED the menswear.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOG_video_class" id="BLOG_video-2410c66c8a28c164" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/get_player"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="flashvars" value="flvurl=http%3A%2F%2Fv6.nonxt5.googlevideo.com%2Fvideoplayback%3Fid%3D2410c66c8a28c164%26itag%3D5%26app%3Dblogger%26ip%3D0.0.0.0%26ipbits%3D0%26expire%3D1293492189%26sparams%3Did%252Citag%252Cip%252Cipbits%252Cexpire%26signature%3D5A6299C11620E28F4E14BC005D03C9AECC80B6AA.2C8A5803795E5297D1D6B7C25CA6DFB281CC24BF%26key%3Dck1&amp;iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2FThumbnailServer2%3Fapp%3Dblogger%26contentid%3D2410c66c8a28c164%26offsetms%3D5000%26itag%3Dw160%26sigh%3DampluX1hLvNTqcYroEGQyDrf-kQ&amp;autoplay=0&amp;ps=blogger"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/get_player" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"width="320" height="266" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"flashvars="flvurl=http%3A%2F%2Fv6.nonxt5.googlevideo.com%2Fvideoplayback%3Fid%3D2410c66c8a28c164%26itag%3D5%26app%3Dblogger%26ip%3D0.0.0.0%26ipbits%3D0%26expire%3D1293492189%26sparams%3Did%252Citag%252Cip%252Cipbits%252Cexpire%26signature%3D5A6299C11620E28F4E14BC005D03C9AECC80B6AA.2C8A5803795E5297D1D6B7C25CA6DFB281CC24BF%26key%3Dck1&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2FThumbnailServer2%3Fapp%3Dblogger%26contentid%3D2410c66c8a28c164%26offsetms%3D5000%26itag%3Dw160%26sigh%3DampluX1hLvNTqcYroEGQyDrf-kQ&autoplay=0&ps=blogger"allowFullScreen="true" /></object></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">I must say that the press lounge was great this season. There was a constant supply of coffee, which believe me, many of us needed, as well as periodical deliveries of food throughout the day. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzHpZYHLrI/AAAAAAAAASU/D9-81tRUkng/s1600/276.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzHpZYHLrI/AAAAAAAAASU/D9-81tRUkng/s320/276.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Afternoon Tea</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">So, after a brief pit stop, it was on with the shows as we headed back to On|Off for Bora Aksu. A mix of lace, sculptural designs and what are sure to become the IT leggings of the season, Bora Aksu was definitely a pleasure to watch.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzWaos3vlI/AAAAAAAAATU/MTjjj_mYxZk/s1600/Bora+Invite.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzWaos3vlI/AAAAAAAAATU/MTjjj_mYxZk/s320/Bora+Invite.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzJ4d4uHpI/AAAAAAAAASY/7efpx2l-ULw/s1600/Bora+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzJ4d4uHpI/AAAAAAAAASY/7efpx2l-ULw/s320/Bora+1.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzJ6NcbAtI/AAAAAAAAASc/86aVY6xY1YM/s1600/Bora+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzJ6NcbAtI/AAAAAAAAASc/86aVY6xY1YM/s320/Bora+2.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzJ7OUwwXI/AAAAAAAAASg/zX5_z1E90ck/s1600/Bora+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="320" px="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzJ7OUwwXI/AAAAAAAAASg/zX5_z1E90ck/s320/Bora+3.jpg" width="212" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="text-align: center;"><object width="320" height="266" class="BLOG_video_class" id="BLOG_video-5b3ffc878396ebaf" classid="clsid:D27CDB6E-AE6D-11cf-96B8-444553540000" codebase="http://download.macromedia.com/pub/shockwave/cabs/flash/swflash.cab#version=6,0,40,0"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/get_player"><param name="bgcolor" value="#FFFFFF"><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true"><param name="flashvars" value="flvurl=http%3A%2F%2Fv7.nonxt3.googlevideo.com%2Fvideoplayback%3Fid%3D5b3ffc878396ebaf%26itag%3D5%26app%3Dblogger%26ip%3D0.0.0.0%26ipbits%3D0%26expire%3D1293492189%26sparams%3Did%252Citag%252Cip%252Cipbits%252Cexpire%26signature%3D4057AC8B446E71DA6365C908A7E0930F78C025D3.545C97FE186D902C837E4AC346BF6FBDB1718922%26key%3Dck1&amp;iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2FThumbnailServer2%3Fapp%3Dblogger%26contentid%3D5b3ffc878396ebaf%26offsetms%3D5000%26itag%3Dw160%26sigh%3D_BKfxqzvP-oiCrBWD2qy-GmZyuI&amp;autoplay=0&amp;ps=blogger"><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/get_player" type="application/x-shockwave-flash"width="320" height="266" bgcolor="#FFFFFF"flashvars="flvurl=http%3A%2F%2Fv7.nonxt3.googlevideo.com%2Fvideoplayback%3Fid%3D5b3ffc878396ebaf%26itag%3D5%26app%3Dblogger%26ip%3D0.0.0.0%26ipbits%3D0%26expire%3D1293492189%26sparams%3Did%252Citag%252Cip%252Cipbits%252Cexpire%26signature%3D4057AC8B446E71DA6365C908A7E0930F78C025D3.545C97FE186D902C837E4AC346BF6FBDB1718922%26key%3Dck1&iurl=http%3A%2F%2Fvideo.google.com%2FThumbnailServer2%3Fapp%3Dblogger%26contentid%3D5b3ffc878396ebaf%26offsetms%3D5000%26itag%3Dw160%26sigh%3D_BKfxqzvP-oiCrBWD2qy-GmZyuI&autoplay=0&ps=blogger"allowFullScreen="true" /></object></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">The penultimate show of the day for me was the amazing Felder Felder. I was lucky enough to be moved to front row and so I&nbsp;had an amazing view of what was, most probably, my favourite show of the day.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzWoC-eXQI/AAAAAAAAATY/uH8YF9xTuTI/s1600/Felder+Felder+invite.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" px="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzWoC-eXQI/AAAAAAAAATY/uH8YF9xTuTI/s320/Felder+Felder+invite.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzMK20ecMI/AAAAAAAAATA/xG4s8Opgt8o/s1600/Me+Dan+Felder+Felder.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="240" px="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TJzMK20ecMI/AAAAAAAAATA/xG4s8Opgt8o/s320/Me+Dan+Felder+Felder.jpg" width="320" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; 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text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">After a day full of shows it was off home (I will be posting a separate blog about my stunning Fashion Week home later) for a quick outfit change before heading to the Jean-Pierre Braganza after party. Unfortunately, I don't have any pictures from the evening, I can't think why. It certainly wasn't anything to do with the strength of the freely flowing cocktails....</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><em><span style="color: #134f5c; font-size: x-large;">Ciao</span></em></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><span style="color: black;">All Images my own or from londonfashionweek.com</span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-6596923070003115372?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-14580807505571806772010-09-11T22:36:00.000+01:002010-09-11T22:36:34.866+01:00FNO: The AftermathSo, all the other bloggers may&nbsp;be way ahead and posted all their FNO gossip already but I've never been one for keeping up with the Jones' and so here is a little insight into what I got up to on the night. <br /><br />To be perfectly honest with you, I didn't get around as much as I would of liked. A major mess up with my hotel made me nearly two hours behind schedule with a headache and some VERY tired legs!&nbsp;Nevertheless, I had a wonderful evening in the company of fellow Fashion Beans Writer Jacob Kamara and his wonderful (and rather beautiful) friend&nbsp; Emma Llyod. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIvwyeZo1LI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/G8EDRRSTiBM/s1600/Profile.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIvwyeZo1LI/AAAAAAAAAQ4/G8EDRRSTiBM/s320/Profile.jpg" /></a></div><br />We spent the majority of the evening sipping champagne pop at the Mulberry party in Selfridges to celebrate the launch of their lovely new boutique. There were glittery tigers, celebrities and gorgeous bags (I will never, ever get over my Alexa crush) in abundance and not to mention some rather gorgeous waiter's too!<br /><br />During the evening I also headed off to Mango where I picked up a free fan, which I continued to use in a diva like manner on the tube throughout the next day, as well as stopping by Pull and Bear where the ever fabulous <a href="http://alexisknox.com/">Alexis Knox</a> was taking part in a styling competition against super blogger Pelayo Diaz from <a href="http://katelovesme.net/">Kate Loves Me</a>. <br /><br />After a long and tiring day I eventually decided it was time to through in the towel and head back to the hotel. However, on the way to the train station we were stopped by a very friendly new blogger by the name of <a href="http://malenya.blogspot.com/">Malenya</a> who asked if she could snap some pics for her street style post. I always love meeting and helping out fellow bloggers so we found a nice pink background and snapped away, much to the amusement of a few passers by!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0DtuNKII/AAAAAAAAARA/dESK0Wy9moY/s1600/Malenya+1" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0DtuNKII/AAAAAAAAARA/dESK0Wy9moY/s320/Malenya+1" /></a></div><div align="center">Topman boots and jeans, Junk De Luxe shirt, Zara blazer, Vintage bracelet, Oscar De La Renta scarf.</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0KNXIwlI/AAAAAAAAARI/aXyTnG403e8/s1600/Malenya+2" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0KNXIwlI/AAAAAAAAARI/aXyTnG403e8/s320/Malenya+2" /></a></div><div align="center">The lovely Emma Llyod</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0TcBv3bI/AAAAAAAAARQ/w2jcUX1ifFM/s1600/Malenya+3" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0TcBv3bI/AAAAAAAAARQ/w2jcUX1ifFM/s320/Malenya+3" /></a></div><div align="center">Mr Jacob Kamara</div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0W4FWMFI/AAAAAAAAARY/TvLBcc9vuqU/s1600/Malenya+4" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TIv0W4FWMFI/AAAAAAAAARY/TvLBcc9vuqU/s320/Malenya+4" /></a></div><br />Overall, a great night out in aid of a&nbsp;really fantastic cause and, while I may not I been able to do everything I planned, I still had a great time. I hope all of you who went enjoyed yourselves and for those of you who didn't, I better see you next year!<br /><br /><span style="color: #4c1130; font-size: x-large;"><em>Da bo ti</em></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-1458080750557180677?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-43962132362764511812010-09-02T18:40:00.003+01:002010-09-02T18:52:00.025+01:00My Wardrobe Goes Military With Operation Dockers<div style="text-align: left;">Ever wondered what it would be like to&nbsp;be a covert operative? Following cryptic clues through bustling cities to find and secure top secret material? OK, so it's not really MI5 and the 'top secret materials' aren't mastermind plans or nuclear missile system launch codes but actually, in my opinion, something far more exciting!</div><br />Tomorrow, online retailer My Wardrobe launches 'Operation Dockers',&nbsp;offering you the chance to win some EXCLUSIVE goodies. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_beVjqXPI/AAAAAAAAAPg/5KFn0PEUmbo/s1600/dockers.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-center: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_beVjqXPI/AAAAAAAAAPg/5KFn0PEUmbo/s320/dockers.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For those of you that haven't spotted them on My Wardrobe, Dockers is a leading American brand which is famous for their relaxed style, fantastic chinos and military inspiration (they make chinos for US soldiers I'll have you know!) </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">This season however, Dockers have stepped it up a notch with the release of their limited edition WW2 military inspired chinos. Not only are these rather gorgeous trousers exclusive to My Wardrobe but they also come packaged in an authentic WW2 ammunition case, a touch which I absolutely love!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_kC5mr-vI/AAAAAAAAAQo/5k6cm7ya9zQ/s1600/Dockers+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_kC5mr-vI/AAAAAAAAAQo/5k6cm7ya9zQ/s320/Dockers+3.jpg" /></a></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_kH90QWPI/AAAAAAAAAQw/JtcqibhVG8Y/s1600/Dockers+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_kH90QWPI/AAAAAAAAAQw/JtcqibhVG8Y/s320/Dockers+2.jpg" /></a></div>So, how can you get your hands on some of these exclusive prizes? Well, My Wardrobe will be hiding a key in two secret locations, one in London and one in Manchester, with 5 clues to the location being released on their Facebook page <a href="http://www.facebook.com/notes/my-wardrobecom/my-wardrobecom-launches-operation-dockers/438301678747">HERE</a> and Twitter page<a href="https://twitter.com/mywardrobe"> HERE</a> tomorrow. The key will then be in place for budding operatives to find as of 12 Noon tomorrow. Find the key, learn the location to the box, unlock the box, grab your prize!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_hCK8vN_I/AAAAAAAAAQA/cnShXTfuPa4/s1600/Dockers+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH_hCK8vN_I/AAAAAAAAAQA/cnShXTfuPa4/s320/Dockers+4.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none; clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;">Good luck!</div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><br /></div><div style="border-bottom: medium none; border-left: medium none; border-right: medium none; border-top: medium none;"><span style="color: #274e13; font-size: x-large;"><em>Over and Out</em></span></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-4396213236276451181?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-14361776858104551762010-09-01T12:08:00.002+01:002010-09-01T12:10:19.952+01:00ZARA-MY-GODYes, the time has arrived. It's the moment we have all been waiting for, the biggest ZOMG since that model with the watering can fell over twice at the Vivienne Westwood show (yes, we've all seen the video!).<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH40j1Sc8DI/AAAAAAAAAPY/_elKXw4y0Qs/s1600/Picture+3.png" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TH40j1Sc8DI/AAAAAAAAAPY/_elKXw4y0Qs/s320/Picture+3.png" /></a></div><br />Tomorrow morning, thousands of shoppers will be able to purchase their favourite pieces from Zara, only this time from the comfort of their own home . Now, quite frankly, I love Zara; they offer really good quality, stylish and on trend pieces at what I consider to be incredibly reasonable prices and I am over the moon they've finally decided to join the rest of us in spreading the joy online.<br /><br />So, if your lucky enough to live in France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain or the UK then make sure your up bright an early with your credit card at the ready because tomorrow is going to be a very busy day over at zara.com, let's just hope it launches without any problems!<br /><br /><i><span class="Apple-style-span" style="font-size: x-large;"><span class="Apple-style-span" style="color: #134f5c;">Toodle Pip</span></span></i><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-1436177685810455176?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-43628119580199410762010-08-23T09:00:00.001+01:002010-08-23T09:00:04.861+01:00FYI Loves....Marc BAs some of you may recall, I mentioned a rather gorgeous bag the other day by a wonderful brand by the name of Mark B. Well, today I'm able to share with you a little preview from Marc B's upcoming Autumn winter collection. Not only does it feature that gorgeous satchel (which I have found out is called the Sophia by the way) but also a whole host of other effortlessly stylish bags at pocket friendly prices. Enjoy....<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGdqzNgSPI/AAAAAAAAAOQ/mV3OQfNQh30/s1600/Marc+B+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGdqzNgSPI/AAAAAAAAAOQ/mV3OQfNQh30/s320/Marc+B+1.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The Mimi</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGd8jwwh0I/AAAAAAAAAOY/bm5vJIQNXC4/s1600/Marc+B+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGd8jwwh0I/AAAAAAAAAOY/bm5vJIQNXC4/s320/Marc+B+2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The Knightsbridge Elite</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGeiCom7JI/AAAAAAAAAOg/VTe-79lkqWQ/s1600/Marc+B+3.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGeiCom7JI/AAAAAAAAAOg/VTe-79lkqWQ/s320/Marc+B+3.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The Jasmine</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGe7boQe3I/AAAAAAAAAOo/KfKbIQ1te9w/s1600/Marc+B+4.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGe7boQe3I/AAAAAAAAAOo/KfKbIQ1te9w/s320/Marc+B+4.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The Cleo</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGfXzDKaGI/AAAAAAAAAO4/r-f8Y0lFbXE/s1600/Marc+B+6.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGfXzDKaGI/AAAAAAAAAO4/r-f8Y0lFbXE/s320/Marc+B+6.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The Candy</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGfoS6_5zI/AAAAAAAAAPA/58sAIaB_2Rs/s1600/Marc+B+7.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" height="400" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/THGfoS6_5zI/AAAAAAAAAPA/58sAIaB_2Rs/s400/Marc+B+7.jpg" width="233" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">And last but not least, the lovely Sofia.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">For&nbsp;my full report on the gorgeous new bags, what to wear them with and more on Marc B, check out women.fashionbeans.com this week!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><em><span style="color: #c27ba0; font-size: x-large;">Auf wiedersehen</span></em></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-4362811958019941076?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-42113201358873948512010-08-19T19:51:00.000+01:002010-08-19T19:51:38.632+01:00One Boy And His Addiction To Scarves.Hi, my names Brad and I'm&nbsp;a compulsive&nbsp;scarf buyer. OK, so I'm not quite at the stage where I need to attend shopaholics anonymous because I can't go 24hrs without purchasing. However, I do have quite the thing for scarves. Don't ask me why but I just seem to look at them all the time. Whether I'm out shopping or at home doing a bit of online indulging, there's always a scarf that catches my eye. <br /><br />And that is exactly what happened to me on Tuesday. I was out having a catch up day with a friend of mine (you know those day's where you just meet up, eat, drink, bitch and shop) and I spotted a rather gorgeous blue scarf just as we went through the door. Now, I'd promised myself I wasn't going to buy anything but there it was just staring at me saying 'I'd look great tied on the handle of your bag' and 'Use me to add a flash of colour to your outfit'. After trying it on and asking my friend what she thought I decided one tiny purchase could hurt - after all, it was a steal at only £7.99. So here it is, the latest addition to my ever growing collection of scarfs. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG178yJi_SI/AAAAAAAAANw/tOnqj3zNoe8/s1600/S7003156.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG178yJi_SI/AAAAAAAAANw/tOnqj3zNoe8/s320/S7003156.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG18KJuJ4PI/AAAAAAAAAOA/9v_8pdAVUNE/s1600/S7003160.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG18KJuJ4PI/AAAAAAAAAOA/9v_8pdAVUNE/s320/S7003160.JPG" /></a></div><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG18Ob_bG5I/AAAAAAAAAOI/HVZpEfyJko8/s1600/S7003162.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG18Ob_bG5I/AAAAAAAAAOI/HVZpEfyJko8/s320/S7003162.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div>I really love the bold colours and the vintage inspired print is one of my favourites. As soon as I saw it I just couldn't resist and quite frankly, I didn't want to! I don't even feel the tiniest bit guilty!<br /><br /><span style="color: #0b5394; font-size: x-large;"><em>Hej då</em></span><br /><br />P.S Apologies for the poor pictures, it was rather gloomy when I wrote this so no pretty outdoor pictures today I'm afraid.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-4211320135887394851?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-49608302007389948102010-08-19T19:09:00.001+01:002010-08-19T19:11:01.536+01:00I want it...NOW!I indulged in a cardinal sin yesterday, a sin of the greatest fashion proportion.....I read NOW! magazine instead of Vogue. I know, I know, it was wrong of me. However, in my defence, I wanted to read vogue from cover to cover, taking it in properly which, quite frankly, I just didn't have the time to do. So, instead I read NOW! and actually came across a few thing in their 'fashion mini-mag' which really&nbsp;caught my eye.<br /><br />Firstly, as part of a feature on the favourite fashions of 'one of those girls from off&nbsp;that soap...I think it's Hollyoaks', I spotted this rather&nbsp;lovely <a href="http://www.asos.com/">ASOS </a>cuff bracelet.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG1upfZ_fWI/AAAAAAAAANg/qzmDlIPCtsY/s1600/Asos+Cuff.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG1upfZ_fWI/AAAAAAAAANg/qzmDlIPCtsY/s320/Asos+Cuff.jpg" /></a></div><br />Not only am I loving the colour, but the simplistic, symmetrical gold detailing is a really nice detail. Alas, if only I had nice, womanly and slender wrists!<br /><br />Secondly, I spotted a feature on this seasons 'it' bag the Mulberry Alexa. Now I need not even mention how much I whole heartily adore this bag, it's easily one of my favourite bags of the moment. However, if you you don't have a spare £695 lying around&nbsp;(don't we all wish we did?!)&nbsp;then this take on the classic satchel by brand <a href="http://www.marcbbags.com/">Marc B</a> is equally as charming.<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG1wNz1gHtI/AAAAAAAAANo/yo-novz9BKw/s1600/Marc+B+Bag.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TG1wNz1gHtI/AAAAAAAAANo/yo-novz9BKw/s320/Marc+B+Bag.jpg" /></a></div><br />Featuring ostrich skin detailing, a great shape and a gorgeous colour, this bag really is a simple yet ultra stylish day bag, not to mention a little lighter on your bank balance at the <u>very</u> reasonable price of £45!<br /><br />Grab them while you can!<br /><br /><span style="color: #f1c232; font-size: x-large;"><em>Zai jian</em></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-4960830200738994810?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-47657598199626199602010-08-14T18:33:00.002+01:002010-08-14T18:38:48.038+01:00A week in the life...Kalispera, did you miss me? As many of you know, last week I jetted off in search of some much needed sun and relaxation courtesy of the beautiful island of Rhodes in Greece. It was a perfect opportunity to relax and spend some time with both my best friend and Grandfather (who is lucky enough to live there) before the PFWS - that's Pre-Fashion Week Stress Disorder for those of you not on twitter - sets in. <br /><br />We stayed in the northern region of the island in the New Town. The area is a busy and bustling part of the island which plays host to a variety of bars and restaurants. Hardly the relaxing atmosphere I referred to earlier but a boy has to have some fun every once in a while!<br /><br />Unfortunately, as it was a pleasure trip as opposed&nbsp;to business, I don't have any fashion related news from my travels. However, I'll leave you with a selection of photos from the trip which I hope you'll enjoy and will allow you to learn a little more about how I spend my time when I'm not trawling through fashion magazines, dissecting collections or scouring the web. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbOlGdWb4I/AAAAAAAAAM4/uuMbD3zJo5w/s1600/S7003026.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbOlGdWb4I/AAAAAAAAAM4/uuMbD3zJo5w/s320/S7003026.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Octopus is a speciality in Greece and, whilst it is not a pleasure of mine, my friend rather enjoyed this seafood salad (or what was left of it by the time I took this picture). </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbOtCH39AI/AAAAAAAAANA/CkiJ07T3pwI/s1600/S7003054.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbOtCH39AI/AAAAAAAAANA/CkiJ07T3pwI/s320/S7003054.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">You know me, never say no to a free cocktail!</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbPSuIyeRI/AAAAAAAAANI/6F3H7i2YP24/s1600/S7003106.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbPSuIyeRI/AAAAAAAAANI/6F3H7i2YP24/s320/S7003106.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">&nbsp;An aerial view of the area and the beautiful Aegean sea. </div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbPWEyj0nI/AAAAAAAAANQ/gah3FXyb-EY/s1600/S7003119.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbPWEyj0nI/AAAAAAAAANQ/gah3FXyb-EY/s320/S7003119.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">A perfect place to relax.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbPsUHrloI/AAAAAAAAANY/q3GI4B_u7Ok/s1600/S7003132.JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" ox="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TGbPsUHrloI/AAAAAAAAANY/q3GI4B_u7Ok/s320/S7003132.JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">The old town is set in an amazing medieval castle, originally built by The Knights Templar.</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;">A beautiful island, and one which I have visited many times, Rhodes never fails to provide an idyllic escape in which to both relax and even enjoy the occasional late night...</div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: left;"><em><span style="color: #0b5394; font-size: x-large;">Yassas</span></em></div><div align="left" class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-4765759819962619960?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-79356186305657408242010-07-28T13:42:00.000+01:002010-07-28T13:42:59.667+01:00An AAAmazing CompetitionAs I mentioned at the bottom of yesterday's post, today I am very pleased to announce the launch of FYI BLOG's very first competition! Yep that's right, you guys will have the chance to win some rather nice goodies from the latest instalment of Topman's exclusive AAA collection, inspired by Rock 'n' Roll style. Exciting isn't it?<br /><br />I'm sure you all want to know what you can win right? Well, the folks over at <a href="http://www.topman.com/">Topman</a> have been kind enough to send me a gorgeous T-shirt and scarf straight from the rails of the AAA collection, so that&nbsp;you guys can be one of the first to get your hands on some of the&nbsp;latest (not to mention the hottest) pieces Topman has to offer. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TFAd9In56xI/AAAAAAAAAMg/ItKekasV21s/s1600/Topman+AAA+T-shirt+and+Scarf.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" bx="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TFAd9In56xI/AAAAAAAAAMg/ItKekasV21s/s320/Topman+AAA+T-shirt+and+Scarf.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TFAeMCEOFXI/AAAAAAAAAMo/nZOTn-brMKw/s1600/Topman+AAA+T-shirt+and+Scarf+(close+up).JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" bx="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TFAeMCEOFXI/AAAAAAAAAMo/nZOTn-brMKw/s320/Topman+AAA+T-shirt+and+Scarf+(close+up).JPG" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><br /></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TFAeQlYMboI/AAAAAAAAAMw/JHNNzNUB_sI/s1600/Topman+AAA+T-shirt+and+Scarf+(even+closer).JPG" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" bx="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TFAeQlYMboI/AAAAAAAAAMw/JHNNzNUB_sI/s320/Topman+AAA+T-shirt+and+Scarf+(even+closer).JPG" /></a></div><br />The top has a really&nbsp;great asymmetric cut, which I&nbsp;absolutely love, and it also features some transparent detailing which gives it an overall feeling of uniqueness. Meanwhile, the scarf features a really cool safety pin print which fits in perfectly with the Rock 'n' Roll look. Not only that, but as an optional extra you'll also get&nbsp;your&nbsp;own feature&nbsp;on FYI BLOG showing how you've incorporated your prizes into an outfit!<br /><br />So, how can you win these lovely goodies? Well, all you have to do is firstly <a href="http://twitter.com/_BradPalmer">follow me on twitter</a> and then send me a direct message telling me why you want to win and where you would wear your new goodies. The best and most original entry wins. It really is that simple!<br /><br />Entries must be submitted by 12 Midnight on Tuesday 3rd August so you've got just under and week to get your creative juices following and tweet me your direct messages! The winner will then be contacted via Twitter and your goodies sent shortly after!<br /><br /><span style="color: #134f5c; font-size: x-large;"><em>Bonne Chance!</em></span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-7935618630565740824?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-3884707104282048402010-07-27T16:46:00.000+01:002010-07-27T16:46:22.265+01:00An AAA+ Evening at Topman Fashion FridayDo you often find yourself with nothing to do on a Friday night but sit and reorganise your wardrobe into colour sections, cross referenced by garment type and occasion? No, me neither. However, if you are free this Friday, I suggest you hop on down to the Topman Oxford Street flagship store for an evening of fashion, style and frivolity at Topman's latest Fashion Friday gathering. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE73PTqXv-I/AAAAAAAAAMQ/1DbYK3sxyLs/s1600/Fashion+Friday.bmp" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hw="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE73PTqXv-I/AAAAAAAAAMQ/1DbYK3sxyLs/s320/Fashion+Friday.bmp" /></a></div><br />This month,&nbsp;visitors to the store&nbsp;will be able to indulge in a&nbsp;spot of shopping whilst listening to DJ sets from previous Topman CTRL act Silver Columns and sipping complimentary Kopparberg Cider and Vitamin Water. What's more is that the Topman stylists will, as always, be offering their invaluable advice to make sure your looking your absolute sartorial best this season and next! <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE75Pmmd6nI/AAAAAAAAAMY/KhIAj8AaE6k/s1600/Topman+Stylist.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hw="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE75Pmmd6nI/AAAAAAAAAMY/KhIAj8AaE6k/s320/Topman+Stylist.jpg" /></a></div><br />I bet you thought it stopped there didn't you? Well think again as, not only will you be able to indulge in the hottest clothes Topman has to offer, but you'll also be able to update your hairstyle with cuts and trims&nbsp;courtesy of&nbsp;Sharps.<br /><br />Now, as always, I've left the very best until last. Cast your mind back to a <a href="http://fashionyouthindulgence.blogspot.com/2010/06/topman-aaa-collection.html">short while ago</a> when I blogged about the release of Topman's&nbsp;brand new&nbsp;AAA collection, inspired by the&nbsp;leather studded and timeless aesthetic of Rock 'n' Roll. Well, the AAA collection is back for its second instalment and this Friday will be your chance to grab an exclusive preview of the new collection in all its glory (not to mention an exclusive AAA gift with every purchase!). <br /><br />Unfortunately, I won't be making it in person this time around (no I am NOT busy organising my wardrobe). However, if&nbsp;you happen to be look for the most&nbsp;fashionable place to be this coming Friday, I'd advise you check it out Topman Oxford Circus from 6PM.<br /><br /><span style="color: #660000; font-size: x-large;"><em>Fir Milenge</em></span><br /><br />P.S I'm also very excited to announce that FYI BLOG will be running a very special competition to celebrate the release of the new AAA instalment, with the chance to win some exclusive goodies, so be sure to check back tomorrow for more details on how to win!<br /><br /><span style="color: black;">All Images: Topman.com</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-388470710428204840?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-53439140612144731492010-07-26T10:40:00.000+01:002010-07-26T10:40:52.795+01:00FYI Loves...Alex LovesToday's post just happens to be a very special one for many reasons, the first of which is that this post kick starts a brand new section of FYI BLOG - FYI Loves. Every now and then I'll be writing posts on some of the things that catch my eye and that I absolutely and whole heatedly LOVE. I won't attempt to pretend this is a concept I thought up all by myself as it's an idea I've seen on quite a few blogs and I felt it was&nbsp;a great way of communicating and sharing little snippets of my life, loves and desires with all of you who read FYI.<br /><br />So, without further ado the first FYI Loves is dedicated to a blog which was the main source of inspiration for this new section, <a href="http://alexloves.com/">Alexloves.com</a>. Alex Loves is a really great, down to earth and personal blog, written by Alex Vanthournout, all about the things she loves and mischief she gets up to. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE1Va9esb8I/AAAAAAAAAMA/WvmqLMoPyj8/s1600/Alex+Loves.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hw="true" src="http://3.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE1Va9esb8I/AAAAAAAAAMA/WvmqLMoPyj8/s320/Alex+Loves.jpg" /></a></div><br />From her constant raving about her love of Erdem to her posts on essentials for every occasion, Alex's posts are always personal, fun and informative (so basically everything I look for in a blog!). <br /><br />Furthermore, this post actually comes on a very special day as today just happens to be Alex's birthday (nothing to do with the timing of this post, honest...). So, from blogger to blogger, FYI BLOG would like to wish Alex Loves a VERY happy birthday and I hope you have a wonderful day!<br /><br />However, I do completely and utterly hate (ok, ENVY) you for receiving a brand new Chanel bag, AKA the best birthday present EVER!<br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE1WBYZcxUI/AAAAAAAAAMI/nux2W879l0Y/s1600/Alex+Loves+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hw="true" src="http://1.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TE1WBYZcxUI/AAAAAAAAAMI/nux2W879l0Y/s320/Alex+Loves+2.jpg" /></a></div><br />You can find Alex's blog at Alexloves.com and you can also follow her on twitter <a href="http://twitter.com/Alexxxje">HERE</a>.<br /><br /><span style="color: #a64d79; font-size: x-large;"><em>Afscheid</em></span><br /><br /><br />Images: Alexloves.com and twitter.<div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-5343914061214473149?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com5tag:blogger.com,1999:blog-511634645615314169.post-26895934540436264892010-07-22T11:20:00.001+01:002010-07-22T11:23:08.807+01:00Bigger Is Not Always BetterBright and early this morning, whilst getting my daily dose of online store browsing, I stumbled across a website I hadn't heard of before and I must say that it didn't take long for me to fall in love with it. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TEga7VbCpAI/AAAAAAAAAL4/lsIG50Wcrt8/s1600/Daniel+Jenkins.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hw="true" src="http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TEga7VbCpAI/AAAAAAAAAL4/lsIG50Wcrt8/s320/Daniel+Jenkins.jpg" /></a></div><br /><a href="http://www.danieljenkins.co.uk/">Daniel Jenkins</a> is an independent online menswear boutique which offers some of the very best in new and upcoming British&nbsp;menswear designer talent. From Carolyn Massey to Lou Dalton and&nbsp;Unconditional (all of whom are showing at LFW this coming September) Daniel Jenkins really does offer some of my absolute favourite menswear designer brands. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TEgYRVhoAlI/AAAAAAAAALo/PXQbr5LJV1E/s1600/Daniel+2.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hw="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TEgYRVhoAlI/AAAAAAAAALo/PXQbr5LJV1E/s320/Daniel+2.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Trench Coat by Carolyn Massey - £206.50</div><br />Originally a store stocking men's and womenswear, when Daniel made the move to becoming an online retailer he decided to focus solely on what he does best - menswear. However, having said that, there is still a small selection of womenswear stock left from the likes of Peter Jensen, Unconditional and YMC so there are still some things left for the girls. <br /><br /><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;"><a href="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TEgYiPvhcoI/AAAAAAAAALw/FpJd-6k0Y7s/s1600/Daniel+1.jpg" imageanchor="1" style="margin-left: 1em; margin-right: 1em;"><img border="0" hw="true" src="http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_RtCleK8HQek/TEgYiPvhcoI/AAAAAAAAALw/FpJd-6k0Y7s/s320/Daniel+1.jpg" /></a></div><div class="separator" style="clear: both; text-align: center;">Tweed Flannel Single Breasted Jacket by Lou Dalton - £120.75</div><br />I think what attracts me most to this site is it's personality. It's not a big online power house like ASOS or My Wardrobe but a more personalised and exclusive shopping experience. All the items are photographed very simplistically in often what appears to be Daniel's own garden or house. There are multiple shots of each&nbsp;item, covering all the details of the garment which ensure you know exactly how the product looks, inside and out. Furthermore, all the items have personally written descriptions often detailing the inspiration behind the piece, the level of quality or Daniel's personal opinion. <br /><br />Daniel's philosophy:<br /><br /><em>Daniel Jenkins Ltd - For several years I have concerned myself solely with the work of British menswear designers. Their deft handling of fabric produces durability, comfort and an unique style. The clothes are wearable, fit for purpose and of merchantable quality. They have a bit about them. Fashion? I’m not sure what that means. Style? Yes, I believe so. The clothes I offer are truly limited edition. I only work with designers who take pains—people open to argument --- who want to hold on to their independence because, like me, they are proud of it. Enough! After all, clothes are just clothes. Still there’s no harm in feeling good every time you put them on.</em><br /><br />However, don't be fooled into thinking that this quaint, more personalised format means you'll end up paying through the nose. I would personally describe the site as EXTREMELY good value for money. The products are very well priced, considering their quality and exclusivity, and whats more is that all orders receive FREE UK and International shipping! Now that's something you certainly don't get at many larger online retailers! <a href="http://danieljenkins.co.uk/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&amp;category_id=90">Daniel also has a sale on</a> at the moment so be sure to check that out for some really fantastic bargains.<br /><br />In a time in where we are swamped with large scale, globalised online retailers, one can often feel remote and disconnected&nbsp;from&nbsp;the personal side of shopping;&nbsp;feeling as though you are merely a number in an online system, rather than a loyal and valued customer. Daniel Jenkins is a beacon of independence, offering personalised and down to earth service that, once more, allows you to feel connected with the retailer - an experience which, online, is very rare to find.<br /><br /><span style="color: #6aa84f; font-size: x-large;"><em>Aloha</em></span><br /><br /><span style="color: black;">You can follow Daniel on Twitter at twitter.com/djenkinsltd and also read his site's blog HERE.</span><br /><br /><span style="color: black;">All Images: Danieljenkins.co.uk</span><div class="blogger-post-footer"><img width='1' height='1' src='https://blogger.googleusercontent.com/tracker/511634645615314169-2689593454043626489?l=www.thefyiblog.com' alt='' /></div>FYI BLOGhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/15185202753370879772noreply@blogger.com0