Mainstream Fashion of 2012 – A Review – George

I was scanning my news app today for interesting and amusing articles in the fashion world (I do indeed have a tab for fashion), and I came across this article from The Guardian –

Worst Ideas of 2012 – The Onesie

I read it, as you would.  Whilst sitting here in MY onesie.  So what’s so bad about the onesie?  The article seems to focus on people wearing it outside.  Now, W has seen people wearing them round Asda and town, and has come home and commented on it.  I, however, have only seen students come from halls (right next to Asda) and then go back home.

Who cares if you wear it out?  Yeah, you look like a complete moron, but most people do when they wear their inside clothes outside.  Though they do double up as great fancy dress costumes, as Lucy and I saw when we had our early Christmas in Wetherspoons.

Ugg boots are still in fashion.  I don’t really like them.  What are they good for?  When we had a terrible downpour and I walked to the bus stop for the coach to pick us up for work, half the girls were wearing Uggs, both real and fake.  For the next 14 hours, including travel and a 12 hour shift on our feet, everyone had soggy shoes.  My shoes (mostly) dried up by the end of the day.  But those in Uggs still had wet watermarks past their ankles.  Plus I had a fake pair once, and my right foot would slide over the sole on the inside edge. Very sore.  And i’m not the only one who has complained of this.

Skinny jeans are still very, very in.  I now own three pairs, in acid green, white denim with black heart print, and stonewash black with white stars.  W doesn’t like them, so I dont actually wear them that much.  But it you can make them work, they can look good.  My biggest grievance is when size 20 women ‘pour’ themselves into them (wait for the backlash…).  The women round here are normal women.   Of course they are.  Some of them are also quote rough, they wear their velour trackies and makeup, badly done in bright colours.  And these type of people should not be allowed to attempt to wear something that takes a bit of effort to wear.  Another issue I have is that shops still don’t have universal sizes, they’re all slightly different.  My George at Asda ones in 12 are slightly baggy.  My Primark ones in 12 are tight all over.  And my non – brand ones, well, they’re not over my thighs yet.  All the same size?  Hmmm… If you say.

Leggings?  LEGGINGS?  Well.  Just no.  They’re good on cold days under jeans, and for doing sport.  Also for wearing with dresses.  And my personal favourite, a pair of 3/4 cargo trousers with clashing leggings.  But don’t just go out in leggings.  One girl I walked behind during Fresher’s week had leggings so small, and so tight, I saw the pattern on her underwear.  True story.

Vintage fashion is BIG BIG BIG.  This is not really something I could comment on though.  It’s just not my scene.  I really don’t like the wartime fashion.  It wasn’t made to be liked, anyway.

And these bloody tacky Christmas jumpers.  Are people wearing them ironically, or do they actually like them now?  My friend even made his own…

On the men’s side, I quite like the Ivy League look.  I’ll leave you with that…



Reading, Reading, Reading

So, the festivities are mostly over.  The gap in between Christmas and New Year is usually a few days back at work followed by one night of drinking and a deathlike lingering overtone of hangover at work on the 2nd.  I, however, have no shifts until at least the 5th.  My shifts haven’t come in for that week yet.  Therefore, I shall be reading.  And essaying.

I have 100 of the 150 pages left to read, and I haven’t written more for the first part of my TMA yet.  But that’s what the next few days are for.


Celebrity Perfume Christmas Wars

Every year, women get perfume as gifts. Me included. My landlady once bought me some. Thing is, you can’t guarantee the person will like the smell, unless the person is Lucy, and you buy her the DKNY apple things. And every year, some ‘celebrity’ releases a perfume. And they usually smell like yuck. The only perfumes I have bought have been a German one that my Nan used to get, it’s centuries old, and comes in wipes as well as in a bottle, and is called 4711, and I’ve also bought two Gwen Stefani ‘Harajuku Lovers’ scents. I am not the best person to talk about the trend of buying these as dodgy gifts at Christmas, but hey, i’ve started now…

Every celebrity fragrance i’ve smelled (Boots don’t class Harajuku as a celebrity fragrance range) has smelt iffy at best. I once had a man offer me a card with some crap he’d sprayed on it at the Clothes Show, and it was a celebrity perfume. It smelt like it was for men. I also had a free sample of Kate Moss’ perfume, which I subsequently threw in Lucy’s direction. My friend in college had all of Britney Spears’ perfumes, which at that time was two, and I didn’t like those either. It makes me wonder – who makes these perfumes? They always smell BAD.

This year’s choice is –

Lady Gaga – Fame

Justin Bieber – Girlfriend

Katy Perry – Meow

Katy Perry – Purr

Amy Childs – she couldn’t be arsed to come up with a name for hers.

Kylie – Music Box

Kylie – Pink Sparkle

Kylie – Darling

Kate Moss – Truly Adorable

Kate Moss – Just like Amy Childs, this one is named after herself.


SJP – Lovely

Christina Aguilera – Royal Desire

Christina Aguilera – By Night

Christina Aguilera – Self titled … Again …

Britney Spears – Fantasy

Britney Spears – Midnight Fantasy

Britney Spears – Circus Fantasy

Britney Spears – Radiance

Britney Spears – Curious

J Lo – Love and Glamour

J Lo – Live

J Lo – Glow

Beyonce – Heat Rush

Beyonce – Heat

Beckham Signature

Intimately Beckham

So, there’s a few. And some of you will undoubtedly receive one of these as a gift. I do so feel sorry for you.


Meetup In Shrewsbury

Today, Lucy and I met up in Shrewsbury for Christmas!

We didn’t take many photos, or even actually DO much, but this is what we ate!


Lucy's dinner


My dinner

I love Shrewsbury, not only as it was my place of birth, and not only for the sights of a historic, fortified major town, but along for these handy pieces of advice dotted around –


The sign

We went to Wetherspoons, exchanged gifts, had dindins then pottered round town a bit. Then it was time to go home.

Highlight of the day? Knocking over my empty coffee cup into the lap of the man sitting next to me, and seeing his face as he was expecting to be burnt. HAHAHAHAHAHA oh, so not fair.

Presents And Books!

The new Camilla Morton fashion fairytale is The Emperor’s New Clothes! I really want to get it ASAP but looking at Waterstones, its not out in the UK yet 😦 A good excuse to fly to the USA to get it I reckon 🙂 Mum has got me all my crimbo pressies now, including a Vogue on Chanel book but I admit i’m more excited about the Disney princess little mermaid, Ariel and Eric dolls 🙂 They are going to stay neat and tidy in the boxes, like my beauty and the beast pair. Even more excitingly, i’ve spotted a Disney bag in my nan’s room too! I’m refusing to be tempted to look in the bag, maybe possibly a sneak peek perhaps . . . or not . . . no, i’m not gonna be tempted . . . Lucy x

Hat Shopping

Aside from costume making, dressmaking and all the other sewing related things I do, I also sell textile items, jewellery and soaps on Etsy. Soaps are a relatively new thing for me, as bought some base items as an impulse buy when in Hobbycraft with Lucy last December. I may not get massive sales, but I seem to get a lot of interest. I also used to do Christmas craft fayres, taking children’s items, some jewellery, and once, cards.

Now, you may have noticed that Christmas is just around the corner. Eight weeks, according to a friend’s mother on Facebook. So, I’ve been booking up the fayres again. Today, I was here –


I took my soaps. My friend Elle gave ne a lift, assisted by her mum Su, who has a few broken ribs so REALLY shouldn’t have come out (but she was needed for directions). I was meant to catch the train up, but the first train leaves Wolverhampton after 10am, and I was expected to be set up by 9.45!

I got there in good enough time, set up and had a wander round. The lady next to me sold hats, fascinators, masquerade masks and hairbands. So I ended up with this hat –


This hat caused a substantial amount of ‘WANT’ Facebook comments!




You can see and buy her hats and other items on Maison De Cantern, there is a link to Etsy and she is also on Facebook.

You know how it is . . . You always end up buying something!

Buy a hat from Maison De Cantern!


P.S. Here’s my stall. And thanks to @LucyPeroxide for popping by and buying lots!