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No fashion today please sir, perhaps tomorrow?

Posted in Fashion Talks on April 6, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

I go through phases when I think of little else apart from the all encompassing world of fashion, at the moment I’m in a different phase, it’s called ‘I’m not feeling very motivated/I’m lazy’. I sometimes get bored of doing research and just go off and do my own thing only to crawl back to the Vogue archive with my tail between my legs. That’s when I realise that you can’t really be short sighted nor narrow minded when it comes to art. You can’t become relevant if you don’t know what’s relevant. For me, inspiration and sometimes the complete lack of it comes in waves and circles. I mean, when/if I feel really inspired, what tends to happen is that I almost shut my eyes to the world because I am so engrossed in my own work, basically I take my eye off the ball. When I glance up and take a look around, I realise that everyone else has moved on, that really sucks!

I’m currently at that stage where I don’t really like anything (ok, I am really digging high waisted anything with crop tops, but that’s it, ok, and curly hair!). I mean, I guess it could have something to do with the fact that fashion week is over, that’s always a low point I think. Now that I’ve dragged you down to my level, I’m here to bring you back up, I am such a good person (my mum tells me!) Chin up soldiers, summer is well on the way and I just can’t wait. It’s going to be great, I just know it! I think we should all wear flowers in our hair and drink cocktails all day long… ok reality check, this is not 90210 though I’m keeping my hopes up for a lottery win even if I don’t play! Unfortunately I’ll never be seventeen again, though Zac Efron has managed it? hmmmmm? Keep it fashion!

Love you Darling xoxo

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This summer I will mostly be wearing…

Posted in Fashion Talks on April 6, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

-High waisted trousers/shorts/skirt

-crop tops

-curly hair (40s style)

-90s style shoes (you know, the ugly ones with thin heels and square fronts… I love them!)

-Dame Edna style sunglasses

-my little black Gucci bag

-backless tops (preferably black)

-black

-pink and orange

-denim and denim and demin

Darling says so xoxo

Karl Lagerfeld is the best one!

Posted in Fashion Talks on April 1, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

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Need I say more?

Darling xoxo

eBay it, don’t spray it!

Posted in Fashion Talks on March 17, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

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In my quest for the ultimate refined wardrobe I have decided to sell a load of my clothes and shoes on eBay, the rest will go to charity shops. I have sold things on eBay in the past and was left disappointed many a time when items didn’t sell or sold at a low price. I’m a little less bothered about that this time, as long as they sell I don’t really mind how much they go for, “every little helps” as they say (“they” being Tesco!). There are many factors I should bare in mind such as how much I actually paid for the items in the first place, how much I’ve worn them and how much they’re actually worth now. I mean, in most cases I paid very little, worn them a lot and so chances are they can’t be worth a terrible amount, especially if they were second hand when I purchased them (which a lot of my clothes are).

This time I’m making sure that I only sell things that I actually want to get rid of. This time I am prepared. This time I am ready (wow, the full stops make this much more dramatic than it actually is). I have kept the postage price as low as I can, started all auctions at the recommended 99p and now all I can do is sit and wait. What I’ve also learned is that although items will sell for very little, it soon adds up. It took me a couple of hours to put up seven items and I am hoping to make at least 30 pounds (I don’t know where to find the pound sign on my computer, bummer!) not bad going if it works out that way. Hey, I just checked and one item already has two bids and it’s only been up for less than a day! How about that then! I think I may have another rummage to see what else I have, first though, a cup of tea is a must, we have three tea pots in our new house! COOL!

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This is Darling xoxo

Rule number one: Reifine your wardrobe (p.s sorry for my obsession with brackets in this post!)

Posted in Fashion Talks on March 3, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

I’ve recently moved into a new pad and strangely enough I have unpacked everything apart from my clothes which are still in laundry bags, I know, weird right?! Hold up, there is a reason for this, basically I don’t have a clothes rail or a wardrobe yet. Though it does feel a little frustrating only being able to reach to the top few layers of clothing, it feels somewhat liberating not to have such a vast variety to choose from. I’ve decided that when these clothes finally emerge from the misty depths of my laundry bags, I am going going to be ruthless, ruthless I tell you! Out with the old (clothes) in with the new (ideas and ideals at least for I have no money to buy new clothes at the present time!) I’m going to recycle (posh word for popping down to the charity shop at the end of my road) all the clothes that I feel no longer fit into my new fashion ideals :

1) good quality fabric and workmanship (obviously)

2)adaptable to my early 90s ‘Rodeo Drive’ look that I’m going for (it’s my new thing)

I’m going to recycle all footwear that has grown too tired, limp and worn, a lot of vintage items that quite honestly are not very nice no matter how cheap they were, how much you squint your eyes or alter the darn things. Most exciting of all I’m going to bin all of my old grey/white underwear, holey socks and laddered tights. Each time I go through this clearing out process (I do it each time I move house) little by little I am refining my wardrobe, and as the old saying goes: quality not quantity.

It really is good to have a clear out once in a while, I find it rather therapeutic, go on… try it! I find that clothes can be more than just garments, they hold memories both good and bad, they hold sentimental value which is perhaps why some find it so difficult to part with them. The way I like to look at it is that with every new garment you get to create new memories and so the more refined your wardrobe is and the more selective you are when buying new clothes, the less chance there is that you will have to part with any of them.

I’m a Darling xoxo

The ‘Fake’ Debate

Posted in Fashion Talks on February 27, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

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So what’s the deal with this? I’m not saying that I’m pro ‘fake’ designer gear, it’s just that I’m wondering whether I should give in to those bargains on the market stalls (£18 to “the pretty lady”!) Okay, I tell a lie, I already have… a few times actually! Please forgive me! I’m not quite sure what it is but there is something about those Louis Buitton/Bouis Vuitton wallets that lay side by side on those wobbly wooden fold out tables, brightens up my day no end. In reality I think it has a lot to do with the fact I can’t afford an expensive designer handbag and perhaps if I could I probably wouldn’t want one. I’d probably feel too flashy much like those guys in shades that cruise the cities in a hired Lamborghini or Ferrari.

Would I be wrong in suggesting that fake bags are not much more than high street, budget versions of the real ones? Granted, they are in fact illegal, and no they probably don’t “contribute directly to terrorism” (that classic phrase that they like to throw around so casually these days ) but they offend me much less than diluted high street versions. Those dull versions that sell for up to £100 whilst you can get a fake for around £20 (remember £18 to me :D)

However are we “lowering” the brand’s image by carrying around a fake? Well, it’s possible and perhaps probable, but sod it though! Do the extortionate prices keep the items more exclusive and therefore more special or are they simply elaborate schemes to part rich people with their money? Either way, I will continue to wear my fake with pride (that is until I can afford to be a little frivolous with my money)

Tiffany Darling xoxo

I can’t quite get my head around Top Shop

Posted in Fashion Talks on February 25, 2009 by Tiffany Darling

I do believe that I may stand alone on this but as very many people cannot bare to sift through rows upon rows of sale items (I love it!) I find it ever so difficult to shop around in Top Shop. I’ve not quite figured out whether it’s the clothes themselves, the volume of clothes under one roof (yes I do mean you ‘Queen of all Top Shops’ on Oxford Street), the amount of displayed items per design, the quality of the garments or all the above? Over the years I have developed a fabric snobbery. It’s a combination of gathering knowledge whilst studying fashion and the fact that the quality of garments on the high street has gone right down the pan. Wash a pair of Top Shop socks once and they turn to cardboard no matter how much fabric softner you use.

I have a vintage Sparks and Mencer shirt, nothing fancy, just a plain old shirt and if I were to compare it with, say, a Top Shop shirt I would probably have a fit. Whilst the vintage shirt is nothing but cotton, it has a certain softness and weight to it where as the Top Shop shirt (as a new garment) feels like it’s been made of 5% steel, 10% hay, 4% sand paper… you get the picture.

However I do like the small diffusion lines designed by high end designers such as Jonathan Saunders and Danielle Scutt. I think one of the things that I find most irritating are the prices because even if I wanted to, I can’t actually afford ANY of it! Though I do pop in now and again to buy some pick ‘n mix, I always have enough money for sweets… oh how I miss Woolworths! And so I mostly shop in charity shops and TK Maxx for the odd designer piece. I know that charity shop shopping is very ‘2003’ but if you go to the right suburbs or villages you can find the most glorious items. Enough bullying of the high street, at least they keep the masses looking stylish (that is until they wash their clothes!) i couldn’t resist one last dig.

A very sleepy Darling xoxo