Tempting Temperley

Going through all the stunning galleries on the London Fashion Week HQ website, I truly found my magnificent favorite at this precise moment, and it is Temperley London Spring / Summer 2013 collection, it’s beautiful and every modern Judy Garland from musical masterpiece Easter parade (which I saw for the first time ever yesterday, so wish I could climb through the TV) dream pick of the crop pieces a/w wardrobe.

I Introduce you to a box of candyfloss, lace and prints featuring my favorite structure the shift dress with the full skirt that blows out like the balloon from the disney movie UP! for afternoon tea, chic, and for evening at your local Wetherspoons we have black lace ensemble for your cheeky vimto drink.

I can never choose a favourite fashion season spring /summer or autumn / winter by any designer traditonally, but this collection SO grabs my attention, and leaves me aching to scour the high street for quality second best, and also find out my navy lace ankle boots that I got from New Look a couple of seasons back.

Lucy xx

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NYFW!

It’s New York Fashion Week 2013, S/S wardrob!

Firstly, let me introduce you to Belstaff (a label name that rings very Downton Abbey / Upstairs Downstairs kind of bells), who launched their new collection.  Their heritage is luscious leather biker jackets, but now they are in competition with Burberry (fashion’s very own version of David and Goliath), with their tailored coat in cream, caramel and grey stripes concoction that wins fashion lust all round.  Also, their collection is designed and conducted by former Burberry creative helm holder, Martin Cooper.

Victoria Beckham undoubtedly has proved her fashion magnifique with her collection, a winning formula of different textures, mixed together with herself wearing one of her own dresses from the collection, black, tailored to the thigh and ruffled and banded with lace.  Knee length dresses with mesh panels (a trend that has flowed from 2012 into 2013 as it occurs), Victoria introduced a new label, tailoring delicate materials cut sharply & finely with flowing skirts or long soft cut trousers. Harper Beckham is going to have the best wardrobe when she goes nursery, even her teachers will have fashion envy no doubt (when they are not drooling at David)!  I personally have always liked her creations, not just because they are stunning dresses but becuase I love shift dresses, and hers are always so tailored and smart, chic and grown up.  If I ever want a dress that is not printed and tailored, sleek, i’d go to her.

Phillip Lim’s collection was 90’s grunge.  Personally, I was too young for the grunge 90s, I was too busy watching Live and Kicking (sorry SMTV) so the dungarees, MTV tshirts and converse didn’t nail me immediately.  Today, that’s not my style either, but seeing dunagrees in a berry pink shade is very attractive, no lie.  Finishing them with shoe boots, not trainers/converse, I hear you shout outrage!!  But, hear me out, it makes grunge more wearable for formal wear and workwear, and the more I look at them shoes the more it makes me want the high streets closest copy to them.  He had loads of print, stained tshirt dresses (personally I dont like tshirt dresses but the prints are yet again stunning).

Olivier Theyskens formally marks his authority with his sophisicated suits.  All in black.  A colour for all.  Hides a dozen sins.  The final parade of the collection showcased dresses in sequins that shone like the sun at the cameras, and beads that look too delicate to touch, like soft ice, but you still want to touch them.

Marc Jacobs stole the show and took us back in time to monochrome and the 60s.  Stripes and streamlined sharp cuts.  All the outfits were sripes, but stripes in various geometric patterns.  Thick black and white vertical stripes, with the material itself cut into stripes that showed a part of the models skin, as the pic shows you.

The reps from Britsh High Street are no doubt running out of note paper or losing countless pens for their IPads to jot down the pieces that can be easily transcended to the rails of the cities in the UK.  My bets are River Island and Topshop will be all over Lim’s grunge and wanting dungarees in all colours of the rainbow/Pantone chart.  New Look and Dorothy Perkins may be ticking over how they can translate the texture mash up of VB dresses onto the silver hooks of their outlets.  Debenhams, House of Fraser and Marks and Spencer will each put their own mark on the sleek, sophiscated suit, but possibly slight chance do other colours than black, maybe light navy, dark grey and caramel creme are all a high chance of possibility.  All the high street will no doubt create their own creative take on Marc Jacobs, but the key is choosing which of your high street favorites will do this look the best, in desig and quality, and do their own spin.

Now to see what the British high street brigade conjure up to feed our New York Fashion Week lust!

Lucy xxx

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Starting TMA01

Last night, I started watching the supplied DVD in preparation for the first essay, labelled as TMA 01.  It’s a small, 750 word essay, about how material things, such as street furniture, CCTV and buildings, are built, installed or made to favour one group over another.

Thing is, I didn’t actually find it all that useful.  It gave insight into the local businesses and business owner’s opinions, which would be alright if I was doing a business degree, or even town planning (at one point, they discussed a bus lane), however, nothing really came up about material objects.

I do have two more sections to watch, so hopefully they’ll give more relevant information to help with this first mini essay.

How I See ObamaCare

I’m sitting here, right now, watching the Democratic National Convention on BBC Parliament channel.  I’ve sat through Michelle Obama, some General Motors workers, some people I know and some people I have never heard of.  But one thing has stuck with me in the nearly two hours I have been watching.

One of the Democrats said that under ObamaCare, if an insurer does not spend at least 50% of the customer’s premium on the customer (I use the word customer, not them), then they receive a cheque back.  I do not know how much the cheque would be, maybe the remainder of the 50% that should have been spent on them, or the rest of their premium, but on the face of it, I see this as a damn good idea.

However, after a quick think,and a talk with W, we came to the conclusion that this  may not actually be as good as it seems.

See, getting some of your money back is good for YOU, but NOT for business.  Therefore, the companies will want to make sure they do not directly give you any money back.  They would make sure they hit the 50% target, by sending you for regular checkups.  All well and good, we all know that the earlier illnesses are found, the easier they are to treat.  So, say your health insurer sends you for regular checkups, once every two months, to somewhere approved by them.  Maybe, even, OWNED by them.  So they pay themselves.  With your money.

And if something is found, and you do turn out to be ill?  They will raise your premium for the next year, just so they can pay themselves even more of your money, by sending you to an ‘approved’ hospital.  Or, here is a possibility, what if they refuse to renew it next year, citing ‘pre-existing conditions’?

I’ve tried doing some research on this, but to no avail.  I did find this quote though, from http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/26/health-insurance-companie_n_1455727.html

Insurance companies can issue rebate checks or deduct the money from future bills, but employers who provide health benefits to workers will often pocket the money, rather than the employees.

Which is a nice way of keeping money in the system.  Somewhere.  As everyone knows, a credit note is WAY better than a refund.

 

Can someone help me with some of these questions?

1. If you are found to be ill, can they increase your premium, and by how much?

2. How does the 50% rebate work, do you get all of the money back, or is it 50% minus the amount spent?

3. Can they refuse to renew it if you were receiving treatment for something and they actually HAD to provide you a service?

 

I’m SO glad we have the NHS.

 

George

The imprint Ring

Here is another post based on stuff I found in my bookmarks. This one I quite like, but not for the reason you might think.

http://www.weddingideasmag.com/imprint-ring/

At the end of the article, this question is asked – is it an infidelity deterrent, or a fun idea?

I say, it’s a bit of fun.  Really, if being married is not enough of a reason to not go cheating, then a bloody imprint ring is not going to make that much of a difference, is it?  It reminds me, much like the article says, of the engagement tattoos people get.  The one I remember is Pamela Anderson.  When I first saw that, I though I’M SO GETTING ONE OF THOSE.  But then, I was about 13.  Now, I think it is generally a bit tacky to get a ring tattooed.

I’d buy one of these for fun.  I like the idea of having a heart dented into my finger.  However, I imagine it could get a bit sore after a while, as it is effectively giving yourself a flesh wound.

What do you think?