Tag Archive: Watch

Jul 22 2014

Introducing: Shore Projects Watches

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I am fast becoming a little bit of a watch hoarder, collector, wearer **delete as appropriate**, I blame my fiancé, watches really are his thing. My obsession started as a way to frame my bracelet stacks, to add a splash of colour to an outfit, or a touch of bling. Basically I couldn’t find one watch to do the job, which apparently is weird, well according to one of my friends who insists that you only need one watch, as it just tells the time!!! Which got me thinking is there really one watch out there that could work for any occasion, any look, any mood?

Well strangely I think I might have actually found a watch to coordinate with nearly any outfit, excluding a black-tie ball of course, a cool new British watch brand, Shore Projects, which has created a gorgeous and fun collection of timepieces inspired by the seaside.

What is so great about this brand, other than the fact they are British, is that they have created four classic watch faces, all named after seaside resorts, which can easily be transformed with a quick swap of the watch strap. So one day you could wear vibrant yellow, the next girlie pink, then the fun and flirty mint green and then another day could be the gorgeous blue pastel hue. You will never get bored of this brand.

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I think the reason this brand works is the classic design of the watch face, I do love large round faces, especially in brushed silver, it really is timeless. My favourite, seen above, is Poole, brushed silver with a white face, Whitstable is the same silver finish but with a black face, and then there are two brushed gold options, Portland with the white and St Ives with the charcoal face.

It is the quick and easy strap mechanism, trust me it takes seconds to change, which makes it easy to do a daily swap on the straps that makes this a brand to watch. I have always loved an element of customisation to my look without actually doing much in the way of DIY and Shore Projects gets that with the eight classic colours to choose from, and then the added bonus of regular additions, I am loving the summer polka dot collection, and I am hoping for some metallic hues for day-to-night vibes in future collections.

Shore Projects watches, which come with one strap cost £85 each, additional straps cost £15 each from the classic collection, and £20 for the polka dot line. I already have my eye on adding the Ocean Blue Polka Dot and the classic Orange straps, I will soon have one for every day of the week!!!

Have you discovered Shore Projects watches? What do you think of changing your watch straps every day?

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**Shore Projects gifted me the watch and straps, but I chose the colours, and as always I wouldn’t rave about something I didn’t like**

 

Jun 09 2014

My Style: Living In A Barbie World

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I spend a lot of time living in a Barbie world, I write my blog in front of around 30 of my favourite dolls crammed into my office, but for some reason other than the odd piece of Barbie jewellery I have never worn a piece of doll loving attire on here, well that is until now!!!

I spied this beauty of a top in Primark, I instantly fell in love with it not just for the Barbie overload but also the cool sporty arms, kind of makes me think if Barbie was to have her own baseball team this is what she would wear. This top is also a great transitional piece for those less than sunny days, as the elbow-length sleeves make it perfect for keeping the chill off. As the top is doing all the talking I decided to keep the rest of my look quite plain and this black skirt from New Look is just perfect for my casual look.

I also think my Barbie look went perfectly with the pink coloured houses of Primrose Hill. Not an area of London I have spent that much time in, not sure why as I was mesmerised by the rows and rows of pastel coloured town houses, such a cute area and the perfect location for The Apartment‘s spring break. There was a fun, chilled out schedule of yoga, a blow dry masterclass and movie marathons, as well as gorgeous nibbles from Aubaine. Unlike fashion week when it is a little crazy it was nice to catch up with friends and enjoy just lounging about, plus I also got to get the fab guys at Blow Ltd to do my hair, I really do think I am a little addicted to their Beach blow dry.

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As well as debut my first Barbie-adorned piece of clothing I also wore my new Citizen Eco-Drive watch for the first time. My watch collection has grown over the years, I blame my fiancé he loves watches, but this Swarovski crystallised beauty has to be one of my favourites. I have lots of watches that are either stylish or functional, not many do both, but the Eco-Drive really does with its silver accents, sparkle, and white dial, teamed with day, date and 12/24 hour time displayed in three sub dials. Normally when a watch has so much going on it isn’t as feminine or glamorous, but I think you have to agree this is one gorgeous watch. Best of all, apart from it being so comfortable to wear, I also love that it doesn’t need a battery, this little cutie harnesses the power of light. I have to be honest I am seriously impressed and I think I have worn it nearly every day since it arrived.

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My Style: Barbie top, Primark // Skirt, New Look // Glasses, Retro54 // Citizen Eco-Drive watch, Citizen (c/o) // Boots, Topshop // Hair, Blow Ltd at The Apartment //

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[Pics: thanks to the lovely Ashanti from AdornGirl for snapping my style post]

May 09 2013

Reinvent Yourself: Diane Kruger For Jaeger-LeCoultre

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Where: At the launch of her short film, Reinvent Yourself with Jaeger-LeCoultre in New York

Wearing: A black fitted Alessandra Rich crepe gown with dramatic fringe detailing to the side, teamed with a skinny white belt, white Christian Louboutin heels, a checked clutch, chunky bracelets and of course a dainty Jaeger-LeCoultre watch

Verdict: Only Diane could get away with wearing this fringed beauty during the day and what a beauty it is, I love how she has styled it with white accessories making it so on trend, as monochrome styles are everywhere.

What I love most about this look has to be how immaculate she looks – her body looks incredible in the fitted dress, her belt shows off her tiny waist, and her natural, barely there make-up and sleek hair is just the topping on the cake really. I know that I gush a lot about Diane, but come on this is why, she is stunning.

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So why was Diane sporting a gorgeous fringed dress during the day in New York? I would like to answer that why not, but actually the actress was launching the new short film she stars in for Jaeger-LeCoultre called ‘Reinvent Yourself’.

The beautiful film, directed by Fabienne Berthaud and set to the Shirley Bassey ‘(Where Do I Begin) Love Story’ song, basically pays tribute to the her unique personality and successful career – following her from a young ballerina to a successful fashion model and now an actress.

Watch the film below – it really captures Diane’s beauty perfectly, and she even cries pretty!!!

[Pics: courtesy of Getty Images for Jaeger-LeCoultre]

Aug 02 2011

Summer Fix: Swatch Dots and Checks Collection

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Everyone knows that I love funky watches, I was sporting a plastic child’s watch until very recently before I got my just as childish pink retro Casio. Well it seems I am not the only one wanting a playful watch, as this new Dots and Checks collection from Swatch goes on sale this month.

The five new watches feature dots and checks in colours ranging from cotton candy pink to cherry red, and in my opinion all are perfect for the summer. Priced £32, these cute watches will jazz up any outfit.

Can you guess which one caught my eye?

Jul 27 2011

Watch Loving: Kidrobot For Swatch Collection

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I like quirky and childish it seems, with my Barbie’s, B@arbricks and numerous cuddly toys, but somehow it seems Kidrobot’s bunny-like vinyl toy has passed me by. Well it seems Swatch has come to my rescue by teaming up with Kidrobot for a new collection of eight watches, each accompanied by a collectible Dunny aka bunny toy, buy then individual or as a special Kidrobot limited and numbered edition of 300 sets for the whole collection.

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Frank Kozik: Ski Instructor; MAD: Shout Out; Gary Baseman: Midnight Magi

Launching September 1, the watches have been customised by eight artists, each with a characteristic design, and I want them all!!

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Tilt: Love Song; Joe Ledbetter: Bengali

There is a bright yellow ski instructor from Spanish-born artist Frank Kozik; then there is my favourite pink Shout Out from Kansas-based MAD; there is even a multi-colour graffiti-style design from French artist Tilt, who designed his Swatch-Love Song inspired by the lyrics of a famous French 80s rock band called Telephone; and my second fav is Carina the 3-eyed space kitty designed by New York-based Tara McPherson.

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Jeremyville: The So Far Away; Tara McPherson: The Eyes Are Watching; SSUR: Tic Tic Boom

Which is your favourite?

Oct 09 2010

Watch Loving: Kate Moross For Firetrap

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I love pink, I love psychedelic prints and this Kate Moross for Firetrap is right up my street. Art director and graphic designer Kate has previously done collaborations with The Klaxons and Glastonbury, and this colourful, geometric style watch with Firetrap is amazing.

“As a collector of watches, I have always wanted the opportunity to design one of my own. When Firetrap approached me about the collaboration I was really excited especially because I could design one for men and women. Decorating and embellishing functional pieces is an area that I have always been interested in and explored within my work. My aim was to keep the designs simple and bold, and maybe even to sway girls and boys to swap watches depending on which styles they prefer.” Kate Moross

The bold limited edition watch collection has three styles *pink, black and white*, and if the other two are as good as this one, I am going to have trouble deciding which one I want. With only 500 being made in the entire collection, each nicely engraved with a numbered back plate, means a great collectable number. Best of all, these watches are only £100 – bargain and gorgeous – can’t ask for more than that.

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