Monday, 23 June 2014

IJ-Hallen Fleamarket...

So when booking your trip to Amsterdam some times it's worth checking what's going on over those days. That is of course as long as your trip isn't just about drinking and smoking the magic fumes!!! Any who, if like me you're an avid vintage shopper then I urge you to check out IJ-Hallen Fleamarket. It is the single most biggest market in Europe. It's held in the giant old NDSM shipbuilding warehouse and as long as the weather is nice you will find rows of stalls inside and outside. Boasting bric-a-brac, clothing, antiques, and general junk, but there are gems to be found. And if nothing else you can at least enjoy the free ferry over to the Noord, catch this outside the Central Station, the trip takes about 10 minutes and the views are to die for. Just be careful how close you stand to the edge, a Titanic moment might sound romantic but the odd splash of water isn't!!!

The building seems to be undergoing some work but this just adds to the effect of the whole atmosphere. Some buildings are covered in graffiti, little kiosks selling pancakes, sandwiches and fries are dotted just at the right intervals. (Where hangover has reached feed me levels!!!) 
I will admit I came away empty handed but vintage shopping is an art form, it takes major rummaging and with partner in tow this just wasn't going to happen!!!Xxx

Friday, 20 June 2014

Vogue's Fortune Cookie...

You have to give this a try, Vogue's Fortune Cookie!!! Just enter you name and date of birth and there you have it. Here's mine for today:

And as luck would have it, it would seem that I didn't pack my black nail varnish!!! Ah well, a trip to the shops is never a burden!!!Xxx

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Amsterdam Street Style...

Zara Sale Has Landed...

I should really be banned from all shops!!! As we all know, sale season has arrived and I am living in a brand new city where the locals have incredible dress sense. Plus its tourist time of the year which means the streets, or rather straats, are a flood with people of all nationalities wanting to get their hands on bargains aplenty. And there are plenty of them to be had. Zara was positively bustling today, probably the busiest shop I visited. And I can quite honestly say that I could have bought everything I saw. Leaving without bags was a pretty hard task. Having said this I was reminded of previous buys (largely unworn) so home i came to try again and I fell in love with them all over. It's like I actually went shopping without having to spend any money!!! Big B will be happy! However, I tell a small lie, I did leave Zara Home with a bag, two fabulous cushions with feather edging! Lovely for my new home. I am preparing B for a return trip on the weekend to deck the house out! Perfect!!!

Another shop worth visiting is deBijenkorf. I had to skim and leave pretty sharpish, for if I'd have had a credit card it would have probably been maxed out on exit! Bags, bags and more bags, Fendi, Gucci, Valentino. 1st floor brought me Kenzo, Cos, Katrantzou...and then of course I made it to the home section. Gosh, I've changed!!! Now I shall await seeing peoples buys on Instagram and such like! Speaking of Instagram, if you would like to follow me, do so at queen_bee_cult!!!Xxx

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

The American Book Center...

So today I found my little haven in Amsterdam. No, no it wasn't Zara (I believe their sale may be starting today so that will be my paradise in just a few short hours) it was actually a bookshop! Yes I know I used to stay away from these even when i was doing my English degree. Opting to spend my student loan on clothes and bags instead of on actual books! But I was young and carefree and I still graduated which is definitely the main thing! Isn't it??! Anyhow, I digress. I had already found where I was going to be buying my many magazines from, a quaint little shop on the corner of Spui. Every magazine going in every language, of course I bought one in Dutch to help me learn the language a little quicker. Next door to this stands The American Book Center, magazines filling racks from floor to ceiling, wall to every wall. It was astounding, I was actually quite taken aback. The Fashion section gave Waterstone's a run for its money that's for sure! Louis Vuitton books, Parisian Chic, StreetStyle, The Sartorilaist, McQueen, just far too many to mention. Books on bloggers, blogging, photography, America...well I had to simply tear myself out of the place! If you have magazine/book/anything addiction then this is the place to be. I will definitely be visiting again today...oops. The book just fell to the cashpoint and money fell out of my purse...honest!!!Xxx


Tuesday, 17 June 2014

Amsterdam Living...

So the time finally arrived. Packing up and moving on was long and arduous but a very relaxed (and drunken) ferry trip meant that my new start had commenced, our new start. We have officially lived in Amsterdam for three whole days now and I have done enough walking to compete with any pro-walker! My stiff legs are the proof. But I am determined to be fit and healthy to compensate for the beer you just HAVE to drink here. It really isn't a Wine and Prosecco kind of place!!!

I have many favourite things about this city, all culminating in it being one of my top 5 cities I have visited to date. Nearer the 1 than the 5 may I add! It's cleanliness being one of the top, very few cars means it smells alot nicer, less fumes and trash being thrown out of windows. This is no M62 kind of place! It's so compact, one minute you can being in the bustling Dam and the next on a quiet canal with no noise or people on it! House boats line the side of the canals, providing beauty and unique qualities to the city. Add to this families and friends boating in their spare time amidst tours and pedalos and ducks aplenty. It's like a true idyllic setting. Let's not forget the odd 'lady of the night' standing somewhat crudely dressed in her little 'home' beckoning one and all into her just all adds up to the beauty of this amazing city.

The fashion, the parks, the history, these are just some of the reasons to book your flight here. Such a relaxed attitude eminates from everyone and everything. Bikes flying everywhere (be certain to look both ways when crossing those roads. As it's not the cars to fear, it's the bikes. 1000's upon 1000's of bikes!!!) with suited men and heeled women. A sea of ripped denim, trainers, LV Neverfull's, Chanels, vintage buys alongside designer wears. Ahhhh it really is just perfect and as beautiful as all those tulips it grows.

Here's to a new start!!!Xxx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

My Summer Wardrobe...

This coming season may not yet feel so summery like, more like Fall/Spring. You can just never judge the British weather. Having said this, if you choose your daily destinations wisely you can still dress the exact way you want. Indoors, shopping centres, play gyms, the outfits can still be top of the list. Here is a rundown of what I am channelling this season.

Now I have been wearing ripped jeans for the past year and I shall never tire of them, from day to eve they are just so versatile.mhead to Topshop for some great looks and prices. My Topshop Boutiques are currently reigning supreme with the rips getting bigger everytime I wear them. But the bigger the better in my book!

Worn so simply yet looking so chic. From subtle knee slits to thigh and calf showing rips. Choose your look and show off some leg!!!

Next comes the florals. Shirts, blazers, dresses, they're all in. Chelsea Flower Show (the most recent inspiration in fashion) showed us all kinds of florals in their displays and on the catwalks. My love came way back in 2009 when H&M did some fabulous oversized shirts and I instantly fell in love. With white blazers, jeans, leather trousers or as a dress with a bow around the neck, they are just so
girly and pretty. SJP made me (yes, made me!!!) purchase a long floral blazer. She wears one in Mirandas weather with a full skirt and that is the very look I will be going for when I visit Amsterdam on Wednesday!  

Not forgetting the maxi this season. Be it sheer and light or heavy with ample reams of thick material, either are sure to wow! Team with chunky heels or ankle boots (my personal favourite) or dress down   With sneakers or converse for a real downtown look.

Print and leather look so amazing together, I think I would be pairing my studded sneaks with this! Come rain or shine the maxi will be out in full force this summer. 

Then of course my most favourite accessory. The trilby. Indeed there are other faves, my YSL and Chanel gold earrings, heavy bangles and multiple rings. But with Brit weather being so predictable 
you always need a cover up if the clutch bag just isn't big enough for the umbrella to fit. 

Trilbys keep the hair in tact and look amazing with any of the above and more. Straw or felt, you have to be seen with one this season. Topshop and Zara have a verrrrry nice selection. So don't miss out!!!Xxx

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Bleach London...

For as long as I can remember I have loved colouring my hair. From bleached blonde to the darkest black, it's a wonder I still have hair on my head! One colour I always so desperately longed for was pink. Baby or cerise I really cared not! I suppose I have always liked to stand out and be that little bit different. But back in the day XXL Live colours just really didn't cut it for me. Unless i wanted to be red or black/blue, but who wants to be one of the crowd??! However, all this has changed and now you can head down to your nearest Boots, hunt out the 'Bleach London' section (wow!!!) and the world really is your little hairy oyster. Any colour of the spectrum is yours to choose from and at such an amazing price. And that isn't all they offer, wash out kits to help rid your hair for the next color tonne applied, bleach kits, dip-dye, silver tones. It really is like being in a hair wholesales. Paradise. Check them out, seriously if I could I would have my hair like the rainbow!!! Make that Summery statement and wow the crowds with rose (the one currently sat waiting on my drawers),raspberry, blue, orange!!! Take your pick!!!Xxx

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

Summer's A Coming...

Yes it may be raining like we are in some kind of monsoon season but I firmly believe that Summer IS on its way! And that can mean only one thing...aside from sun, cocktails, dining al fresco and happiness...and that is updating ones wardrobe! My favourite thing of all time (along with boarding a plane to Florida) has to be heading into Summer and into those shops!!! Take a look at these sneaky pics from Vogue Street Style!!!Xxx. 

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Wherefore Art Thou Moschino...

Jeremy Scott for Moschino just keeps on getting better and better! I think the fact it is constantly adorning one of the hottest bodies of recent years, Miss Katy Perry, she really does it every justice. My phone case is my pride and joy and gets so much attention wherever you go, the designs in a way are so unique yet so simple. 

I think it's so important to the brand that he kept the original designs going, so many oldies and newbies still wear the black and gold pieces (myself included) I never see it as a good thing when brands re-design and lose the original aesthetics. Dolce went in such a different direction and the losses in sales were massive! But as soon as they brought it back home people were once again raving about it! Note to self: never forget what you've come from!!!Xxx

Thursday, 22 May 2014

Blog Envy...

A girl always needs a bit of pepping up at times. Even though you already know all the facts and tit-bits of life, sometimes hearing them from another person, another female, can really help the self-esteem. I was just on Facebook (my guilty pleasure) and someone had shared a post from a blogger in London, it's sheer genius. Makes you feel human and has actually made my afternoon. Her style is free, chatty, witty, and the best of all, it's REAL. Check Hannah Gale out. 17 things every girl needs to remember at all times (number 12 made me chuckle rather a lot!)

Here's a snap shot and link!!!Xxx

Monday, 12 May 2014

Just Skirting Around...

Skirt Fever has been lingering for months now and makes no attempt at leaving us anytime soon. Summer is on it's way and I can't wait to take off the tights, bare those legs and get the skirts out!!! The bigger the better (btw, Yasmin Sewell is my definite fave)!!!Xxx

Acceptable In The 80's...

As everyone will know I am a massive fan of shopping, and would pretty much do it for a hobby if money grew on trees. (Someone really needs to look into that happening!!!) Be it windows, online or actual in store shopping, I just can't get enough. I find myself building outfits and heading to the high street to take off the premium brands style. My afternoons then consist of internet exploring and wardrobe delving to see what I can piece together. 

So for as long as I can remember I have loved black clothes, it's just so easy to wear, perfect to add colour to and simply never dates. And speaking of colour, as much as I love the bold prints we are seeing everywhere, nothing says chic like a splash of gold. Now after perusing MANY online websites, I have picked some of my faves, and then put these into signature looks any discerning fashionista should be coveting this season. Not every piece may be to die for in your mind, but they will give you an idea of what works and how to wear it.

Starting with the shoes, not everyone is a lover of heels I know, but evening attire just calls their name. Block heels make for comfort if you really aren't used to wearing anything other than a ballet shoe or trainer. The gold embellishment is subtle but if wearing all black it makes a bold enough statement. If you are slightly wider around the ankle then I would probably advise to stay away from the ankle strap, as this can cut your legs off in the wrong place. So instead Zara have a stunning pair of heels at the moment, a real take off of Louboutin's but with a more pleasant price tag. These shown here are the Rodeo Double Strap Sandals, £58, Topshop.

Next we have the circular top from H&M. I always love the idea of camisoles but hate bra straps and strapless bras. They make for a really uncomfortable night out and normally make their way into my clutch bag! This top is loose enough for no bra if you are smaller busted. Ideal with high waisted skirt, jeans, trousers, whatever you're opting for. The lower panel is satin so can easily be dressed up for the evening. And at £29.99 the price is perfect. This looks amazing under a blazer and can I also suggest adding a statement pair of gold earrings? I would steer away from the necklace as the cami sits so perfectly across the chest that anything too heavy could spoil this sleek look! 

The skirt and shorts may not be preferable for everyone, but I am a massive fan of the fuller skirt this season. H&M has this metallic pleated one shown above at a small price of £29.99, looks amazing with flats or heels. It all just depends on your style and confidence. I tried this with pumps and a blazer and it simply had to be brought home with me. Gold lame really brings back the 80's into modern day, and even if you lived the era first time around, there's no reason why you can't make it work this time. Do it at your own comfort and style! And the best thing about H&M at the moment is that if you sign up to their newsletter you get a code to save 25% online!!! It's only off one item so choose wisely.

The blazer I added just because, if you haven't gathered it already, i LOVE blazers. And this weather is perfect for them. Not cold enough to get the winter coat back out and really not warm enough to go without. The Kate Moss for Topshop shown above is just what I'm talking about, £120 for a lame tuxedo with a stunning satin lapel. The length makes it easy enough to team up with high/low waisters, over a dress, with a skirt or...dare I say it...jogging style bottoms?? Aha honey. It really does work!!! Now this does come with matching trousers but if I were you I'd throw those aside and instead wear with some slouchy trousers, the sort your Mum would tell you 'need taking up', ignore those words of wisdom and instead embrace the relaxed feel. Add some pumps, brothel creepers or ballet flats, throw on a chunky cuff, or two, a bold ring (or two, again!) some oversized sunnies (Gem Embellished Cat Eye Sunglasses, £12.00, Miss. selfridge) and head out the door. Even if the day ends in a wine bar you are more than ready for it!!! 

Go on, dare to be different. Get on the gold, embrace the lame and mix that formal and daywear to really make a statement this season!!!Xxx

The Carding Shed...

I can't think of anything better than combining vintage clothes shopping, vintage car spotting and 'proper' British food. It's hard to believe that this exists outside of a street style environment, but I can tell you that you can get all of these things all under one small roof. 

The Carding Shed sits in the small picturesque village of Holmfirth. (For the unfamiliar, this is also where Last Of The Summer Wine set sits!!!) It is set just off the main road, so nicely away from any noise, not that there is much around this area. To the natural eye it looks like any other building/warehouse you see anywhere but upon closer inspection you see slight differences. Just at the side of the main door are two rather large sets of traffic lights, and what sits beyond is vintage car, upon car, upon car. Some in absolutely immaculate condition, others are in the middle of renovations. But they certainly don't disappoint. 

Back indoors you have the delightful 'Oil Can Cafe', serving food from delicious homemade cakes, to sandwiches and tasty looking pie and chips for the hungry ones amongst you. The waitresses stand in traditional gingham dresses with pin curls in their hair to add to the whole 'throwback' theme. The work station is held up by retro oil cans and up over your head hangs vintage bikes and laundry hanging out to dry. Bunting and fairy lights add to the post-war atmosphere as well as old petrol filling station signs, tandems and unicycles. More cars grace the dance floor right next to the cafe seating area leaving you much to admire whilst enjoying your tea out of china cups and saucers, cokes or milkshakes...whatever your tipple! The dance floor becomes just that on certain nights and you can jive the night away in your swing dresses and heels. 
The shops leave for pleasant viewing after eating - vintage garb, furniture, clothing, and antiques. It really is an amazing afternoon out! The staff are beyond friendly and the food is second to is the wine, of course I enjoyed the odd glass...or two!!!Xxx

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

Kiss 'n Tell...

have been a massive fan of YSL makeup for a verrrrry long time now. Once used I promise you won't go back. The flawless finish it gives you is like nothing I have ever used before, from bronzer to lipstick to eye makeup remover, every item is fabulous. The fact that the remover is oil based gives it the wining factor in my eyes, no stinging, no redness. It really is the ultimate. But this brand just keeps getting better and better. 

Whilst shopping for remover the other day, the delightful YSL consultant introduced me to their new Babydoll kiss & blush product. It covers every colour, right from pinky/peaches to the deepest hues. It is basically a hybrid of lipstick and blusher and it's just so creamy and smooth on your skin. And at £27 it really isn't going to break the bank. My YSL blush and many, many lipsticks adds up to three times this price and probably more!!! I had this applied to my already existing makeup and it didn't shift all day. It gave me a dewy complexion and a healthy, summer glow (even though it was torrential raining outside.) But the thing I loved about it was the range of colours, I tend to go for a reddy tone but this had all sorts ideal for the holiday makeup bag. 

To apply is also so easy if you are no fan of new items. Simply use your finger to blend for a subtle daytime look and to intensify just use the applicator. It felt amazing on my skin and the colour was perfect for lips, day OR night. And the great thing is it's so compact, it can easily fit into any clutch bag for ease of topping up at any time!!! You really must try it to understand how amazing this really is. 

Book a consultation with your YSL ladies now!!! Don't miss out!!!Xxx