Monthly Archives: July 2010

What I wore – black & blue polka dots

SECOND-HAND POLKA DOT TOP - VIVIENNE WESTWOOD JEANS - ALDO WEDGES. Photo: Mette Bassett

Hoppede i dette outfit i går og videre ned til dette hyggelige sted, The Waterway i Little Venice for at spise og drikke drinks med et par veninder.

Genbrugstrøjen her er håndvævet og af mærket “Villi Hamilton, Canada”, som jeg aldrig har hørt om. Den er et par år gammel og købte den for omkring 10 pund i Oxfam genbrugsbutikken på Edgware Road. Jeg er ret vild med de vilde kontrast-polkaprikker.

English: I quickly jumped into this outfit and out the door yesterday evening to meet up with two friends at this lovely place, The Waterway, by the canal, where we ended up having dinner and drinks.

The jumper is hand loomed and made by “Villi Hamilton, Canada” – a brand I’ve never heard of, but the quality is pretty impressive. I paid around 10 pounds for it a couple of years ago in the Oxfam shop store at Edgware Road. The vibrant colours and vivid polka dots put me in a good mood.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Little Venice, Maida Vale. Photo: Mette Bassett

Favourite blog: IS MENTAL

Photo via ismental.blogspot.com

En af mine favoritter, når det gælder modeblogs er IS MENTAL. Bag den står New Yorkeren Amanda, der skriver løst og fast om nye tøjkøb, lager- og kollektionssalg, yndlingsdesignere, anderledes design og gademode.

Hendes smag er rå, street’et, kantet og humoristisk og så har hun en forkærlighed for vilde smykker og sko, genbrug, japanske designere og de mere avantgarde europæiske som Margiela og Demeulemeester.  Og så elsker jeg, at hendes blog ikke er prætentiøs, snarere som en god veninde med fantastisk stil, der prikker en på skulderen og siger “hey, prøv lige at se den her”.

http://is-mental.blogspot.com/

English: One of my favourite fashion/style blogs is IS MENTAL. It’s written by New York-based Amanda, who writes about her new buys, funny gadgets, her favourite designers, street style and sample sales.

Her taste and style is raw, edgy and a bit street and she loves statement  jewellery and chunky shoes and the more avantgarde Japanese designers + of course European stars like Margiela and Demeulemeester. I love that her blog isn’t pretentious. It’s more like a good friend (with very good taste) that lets you in on her personal style and latest shopping secrets.

http://is-mental.blogspot.com/

Quote of the day: Miss Piggy

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye.
– Miss Piggy

Second-hand find: Blue Burberry Blazer

Photo: Mette Bassett

Mørkeblå Burberry blazer i lækker kvalitet og med fine, fine knapper.  Når man som jeg er temmelig glad for blazere med stumpe-ærmer, hvad gør det så, at der i nakken står, at den er en str. 12-13 år.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Noget af det mest fantasifremkaldende ved at shoppe i genbrugsbutikker er (udover at det er lidt som en skattejagt for voksne) at man kan spinde sine egne historier om tøjets tidligere ejer. Jeg ser helt klart en lille overklasse-privatskoledreng med vandkæmmet hår stå ret bag pulten i den her. Godt at han voksede ud af den.

Kostede 12 pund i favoritgenneren St. John’s Hospice i det temmelig “posh” St. John’s Wood.

Læs min guide til området her.

English: Dark blue Burberry blazer in top quality and with the nicest buttons. I love blazers with 2/3 length sleeves and that is exactly what you get, when you buy a jacket that once belonged to a tween.

One of the most inspiring parts of second-hand shopping (apart from it being kind of like a treasure hunt for adults, of course) are the stories and images about the clothes’ previous owners that pop up in your brain.

I’m sure this jacket once inhabited the shoulders of a very polite and nicely combed little public school boy. I’m SO glad he grew out of it. I paid 12 pounds for it in my favourite shop, St. John’s Hospice in St. Johns Wood.

Read my guide to the area

Photo: Mette Bassett

Photo: Mette Bassett

What I Wore – Friday @ The Pub

Jeg sværger, jeg er det seneste stykke tid blevet en meget, meget gammel dame hvad angår fodtøj. Jeg har gået i mine superbløde, flade “gummi-Jellies” så længe, at mine fødder er blevet sarte som en barnenumse, og blot den mindste gåtur i andre sko får vabler til at eksplodere frem på hælene. Må snart til at shoppe i Ecco.

Fredag aften tog jeg mig dog sammen og hoppede op på mine Office wedges, før jeg tog ind og mødtes med husbond + hans kollegaer på pub i Soho. Fødderne gjorde heldigvis ikke oprør.

English: I swear, I’ve become a very, very old woman when it comes to footwear. I’ve been wearing my beloved, soft and very flat Jellies for so long now, that my feet explode with blisters as soon as I put them near anything that resembles normal, firm shoes.

But Friday evening I said “enough is enough” and forced my feet into my Office wedges before meeting up with the husband and his colleagues at a pub in Soho.

H&M JACKET - SECOND-HAND TOP - H&M SKIRT - OFFICE WEDGES - CHANEL BAG. Photo: Mette Bassett

When bored…. – Hvis man keder sig…

….kan man altid lige kigge ud af vinduet og se om ikke man kan spotte et egern.

…you can always take a look out your window to see if you can spot a squirrel somewhere.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Photo: Mette Bassett

Photo: Mette Bassett

Second-hand finds: Jean Muir

The clothes in themselves do not make a statement. The woman makes a statement and the dress helps. (Jean Muir)

Glem alt om overhypede McQueen og McCartney. Når det gælder britisk designtalent, så sætter jeg alle mine (genbrugs)penge på Jean Muir. Jean Muir (1928-1995) var så beskeden og så fokuseret på sit håndværk, at hun insisterede på at blive kaldt for “dressmaker” i stedet for “designer”. Seriøst forfriskende i disse tider, hvor mange af de store designeres arbejde blot består i at vimse igennem lokalet, hvor deres undersåtter slaver afsted.

Jean Muir startede karrieren med at arbejde for Liberty & Co og Jaeger, før hun blev kvinde i eget designhus. Hun er kendt for sine tidløse designs, gerne i sort og mørke farver med skulpturelt avantgarde-præg og stærk fokus på skulderpartiet. Og så gør det ikke min fascination mindre, at hendes første husmodel og muse var fabelagtige Joanna Lumley, kendt fra serien Ab Fab.

Så mit hjerte banker altid lidt ekstra hurtigt, når jeg spotter hendes kreationer i genbrugsbutikkerne. Her er tre af mine favoritter:


English: Forget all about over-hyped McQueen and S. McCartney. When it comes to British designers I put all my money on Jean Muir (1928-1995). For her it was all about the craftmanship and she preferred to be called a “dressmaker” rather than a “designer”. Very refreshing and humble and so unlike a lot of today’s big designers who never go anywhere near the actual sewing room.

Jean Muir  began her career working for Liberty & Co and Jaeger before starting her own brand. She loved working with dark colours and there is something timeless, avantgarde and  elegantly bold and sculptural about her dresses and jackets, that often have accentuated shoulders.

Oh, and did I mention, her muse and house model used to be the amazing Joanna Lumley from Ab Fab – how cool is that?

I own three of her pieces and love them all:

Photo: Mette Bassett

Sort uldkjole med fine, detaljerede sølvknapper, fundet til 20 pund i Trinity Hospice i Chiswick.

Black wool dress, bought for 20 pounds in Trinity Hospice in Chiswick.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Karry- (eller safran?) farvet gul jakke med silkefoer og pufskuldre. Kostede 13.49 pund i Oxfam-butikken ved Notting Hill Gate (guide til området på vej).

Curry (or saffron?) coloured jacket with voluminous shoulders. I paid 13.49 pounds for it in the Oxfam shop close to Notting Hill Gate.

Photo: Mette Bassett

Jeg elsker den rundede facon på denne mørkeblå uldjakke/cardigan. Den har slå-om effekt med en lille knap på indersiden, og falder smukt både når den er åben, og når den er knappet. En lille ond møl har dog gnavet et par steder, hvor uldstoffet er blevet helt tyndt, men det ses ikke, når man har noget mørkt under. Fik den for 10 pund i Oxfam-butikken ved Notting Hill Gate.

I love the rounded shape of this dark blue wool cardigan/jacket. The front parts can be crossed over and buttoned as seen on the picture, or just be left open. A nasty little hungry moth has taken a few bites here and there, but it’s minor flaws and they cannot be spotted when you wear a dark top underneath. I paid 10 pounds for it in the Oxfam shop at Notting Hill Gate.

Second-hand find: Veggie Vest

Photo: Mette Bassett

Man skal spise sundt ikke? Her er min daglige dosis frugt og grønt i form af en strikket vest, som jeg fandt til 10 kroner i en genbrugsbutik, da jeg var på besøg i hjembyen Hjørring.

English: Some days you just don’t manage to swallow down those “5 A DAY”. So the second best must be wearing this veggie vest. It cost me 1 pound in a charity shop in my home town Hjørring.

Photo: Mette Bassett

More H&M bling

Og nu vi snakker om fine H&M smykker, så se lige den her i metal og “lædersnore”, som min veninde lige har købt i H&M for omkring 15 pund. Vi var alle overbeviste om, at det var noget smadderdyrt designerlir, hun havde investeret i. Sådan en vil jeg da også gerne ha’.

English: Speaking of H&M jewellery, look what my friend just bought for around 15 pounds. The necklace is made of metal bits and “leather” cords. I was convinced it was a piece of expensive designer bling. Well done H&M.

Photo: Mette Bassett

What I wore – H&M Bling

SECOND-HAND BRUNO MAGLI LOAFERS - SECOND-HAND RALPH LAUREN TROUSERS - H&M CROPPED T-SHIRT - H&M NECKLACE. Photo: Mette Bassett

Gårsdagens afslappede outfit. En sjælden gang kan man finde de fineste smykker i H&M, og så kan det betale sig at gemme dem et par år, så man ikke møder gud-og-hver-mand med dem om halsen.

Denne ornamentale træ- og guldkæde er med sine geometriske former temmelig Marni-inspireret. Den er 4-5 år gammel, og bliver hevet frem med jævne mellemrum, når et lidt kedelig outfit skal piftes op. Jeg får altid komplimenter for den, og i går var det vores lokale kioskmand, der syntes at den var noget så flot 🙂

English: Every 4 years I find a piece of amazing jewellery in H&M. Then I keep it in my drawer for just as many years to make sure no one else is wearing it anymore. This old necklace is made from wood and gold bling and the geometrical shapes remind me of Marni’s designs.

I use it once in a while to spice up an otherwise boring outfit, like this one. It looks a lot more expensive than it was (25 pounds, I think) and every time I wear it, people compliment me on it. Yesterday it caught the attention of the friendly owner of the local cornershop 🙂

Photo: Mette Bassett