Vidal Sassoon: the movie

This documentary charts the heady rise of hairdresser Vidal Sassoon from Jewish orphanage to the pinnacle of his craft. With Bauhaus-inspired hairdos he pioneered in the 60s and his wash and wear philosophy he revolutionised hairstyling and changed the world with a pair of scissors.

This is not a documentary about hair. It’s about style, passion, and self belief. I didn’t know the background to Sassoon’s empire prior to watching the documentary, but it is fascinating and HIGHLY RECOMMENDED. Did you know he took elocution lessons to dampen his East End/cockney accent?

“If you can get to the root of who you are and make something happen from it, my sense is you’re going to surprise yourself.” – Vidal Sassoon

Baby blues, lemon sweet

Holy toledo, I am in love with these new pastel satchels from Cambridge Satchel Company. Is it nerdy to match my bag to my bike?

Baby Blue Cambridge Satchel

They also have come in lemon, violet and a blush colour, making the decision very tricky indeed.

Lemon Cambridge Satchel

By the way, accept no imitations! I’ve seen a few friends scoop up similar bags – beware of mixing up your English university towns – and they’re just not the same. I bought Thom a Cambridge Satchel a year ago and it still looks perfect. I suggest checking out the seconds page for bargains if you’re on a budget.

Vintage in Angel: a mini review

Strange beasts in Angel.
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Today I explored the treasures of Angel/Islington with Mikey and Thom – coming across this shop: S Cohen’s Costumier & Furrier on White Conduit Street. Here’s a wide-angle shot of the store – strange beasts abound!

But if you’re after the good stuff (with minimal hassle!), head to Islington High Street/Camden Passage.There’s a fair few vintage stores, and antique stalls, but Fat Faced Cat is my favourite. It has an especially excellent menswear section, and the friendly guy behind the counter has happy to offer advice and let us know if elusive sized boots are in stock. I also found my future wedding dress there – a gorgeously delicate 1960′s gold frock. I also love popping my head in at Annie’s Vintage, for designer pieces and cheap silk scarves, and Turn On Antique Lighting for loads of old lamps. (That all said, I’ve still got so much to see around here so let me know if I’ve missed a trick!)

Finish your shopping off with a delicious affogato at The Elk in the Woods across the road. This one tasted as good as it looks!

Affogato

QEII Colour Chart

QEII Colour Chart

 

I love a good breakdown – especially of the ROY(al)GBIV variety. As you can see, this Vogue chart shows off The Queen’s penchant for bold block colours. It’s all very inspiring really – currently my wardrobe comprises of mostly black, navy, and more black. If Liz can rock the rainbow, perhaps I can too?

{Via War Paint & Roses}

Isabelle

I love this series, shot by Rebekkah Farrell and styled by Imogene Pyne for Rouse Magazine. There’s just something about the dated motel aesthetic that appeals to me – especially the scalloped walls. The clothes are gorgeous too, all wonderfully tailored numbers (mostly by New Zealand designers). Can I please have one of everything Juliette Hogan makes?

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Isabelle by Rebekkah Farrell

Collar lover

Loulou once again pulls the proverbial rabbit out of the hat with her new black brocade collars.  Each Phantom collar is made from silk, lined with silk taffeta and finished with a mini pompom trim. I’d like one to make the pastel Oxford shirts that everyone has this season (including moi) a little more rock n’roll.

Black Silk Brocade Collar

Black Silk Brocade Collar

Phantom Shirt Collar, £39 at Loulou Loves You.