Friday, 30 April 2010

I heart Seven Dials

Yesterday I popped along to the Seven Dials Shopping Evening in Covent Garden. I spent a fun couple of hours wobbling around the cobbled streets on my ill-planned platform wedges, visiting the area's fabulous shops and chatting to some lovely people. 

Participating stores were offering 20% off on their wares and I managed to pick up a couple of excellent bargains.

I finally found the perfect summer shoes (tan leather closed-toe sandals with a small 2cm wedge - pictures in a later post) and a stunning vintage white lace tee for £24 - eat your heart out high street!

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Tatty Devine on Monmouth Street

Mimco next door. So exciting to have the Aussie store over here! Beautiful bags

Earlham Street

The wonderland that is Mint Vintage on Earlham Street

THE lace t-shirt from Mint *swoons* (I really should look more pleased in this photograph!)

Office on Neal Street was basically mayhem! But the adorable assistant was so patient with me while I was choosing my sandals

Icky-bicky-baby Converse!

The queue and bouncer outside of MAC Cosmetics on Neal Street undoubtedly saved me a small fortune.

I hope everyone has adventurous plans for the long bank-holiday weekend over here.

Bunny x

Thursday, 29 April 2010

How likely is it that 'mink' was my idea?

I find myself pondering. Am I an individualistic, ahead of my time trend-setter, or a mug who is slave to the fashion dictators?

Take, for instance, the nail polish I have just applied. Now as far as I remember, I've been after what I'd call a creamy mocha colour since before Christmas. It would have beautifully set off the bright, patterned dresses I had for the end-of-year party season. 

Not too long after this, Chanel's Particuliere started hitting the fashion press, under excitable headlines like "Mink is THE new nail colour to be wearing NOW!"

Oh, so 'creamy mocha' is actually 'mink'. That's handy, I've been looking for that. 

A quick internet browse for something a little more affordable, and I discover that one of Essie's A/W09 colours was 'Mink Muffs'. (I realise that this was pre-Christmas, so who knows why I couldn't find it before).

And then yesterday I bought the June edition of In Style magazine, and what should be the free gift on the front, but Nail Inc's 'In Style Mink'.

Of course, this is excellent news as I now have the perfect colour and it only cost me £3.60. But it did get me wondering... 

Was I attracted to this trend before it became popular knowledge, and should therefore be delighted that the exact colour I was hunting for is now on the market? Or have I been subconsciously picking up on low-key product placement or something, which made me aware of an upcoming trend, and am therefore more likely to buy it because I feel like it was all my own idea?

In other words, have I just fallen prey to yet another 'in fashion now' marketing ploy?

Either way, my nails look pretty.

Bunny x

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Bunny's fashion icons guest blog

I have written a guest column for British Style Bloggers about contemporary fashion icons. 

Including Audrey Tautou, Chloe Sevigny, Johnny Depp, Michelle Obama and Queen Elizabeth II.

It's on the homepage and everything! Exciting times.

Please take a look, and let me know what you think below.

Bunny x

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Lots of local London

I went out this afternoon into the warm streets around my flat. 

I've been living here for almost three years, and am very grateful to be able to make my home in a relatively peaceful, interesting and attractive area of London. 

With some free time on my hands and a longing for some fresh air, I hitched my camera over my shoulder and enjoyed a snap-happy city meander.

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If you'd like to use any of the pictures above, please credit and link to my blog.

Thanks for stopping by.

Bunny x

Monday, 26 April 2010

Why have silk when you can have Nylon?

Has the magazine ever used that line in an ad campaign? If not, I'm copyrighting it here and now. So if you spot it, remember it's mine!

Nylon is one of my regular fashion press purchases. The others that I have a particular fondness for are iD, Dazed & Confused, and more recently Vogue

Of course, I used to be addicted to The Face, but sadly... well, we know how that turned out. I'm sorry, I think it best if I just... change the subject! *sobs*

I finally got the chance to sit down with the April issue of Nylon this afternoon (click on images to enlarge).

Soft and lacy, pastel and nude, satin and pearly. And bunnies, bunnies, bunnies!
With items from (amongst others): 3.1 Phillip Lim, Diesel, Topshop, Calvin Klein collection, Marc Jacobs, and Reiss.

Spiders. Not so nice. But I appreciate the layering potential from this urban collection. 
With items from (amongst others): Topshop, Calvin Klein underwear, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Alexander Wang, and Diesel Black Gold.

Whimsical headgear from Trend les Copains, Anna Sui, Antonio Marras, Isaac Mizrahi New York, John Galliano, Vivienne Westwood Red Label, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Jean-Charles De Castelbajac, and Albertus Swanepoel for Alexander Wang. 
Try typing those bad boys out when you're three sheets to the wind! (Which I'm not by the way, which is why I could type them) *furiously double-checks all spellings*

In case you can't read that on the left hand side: 'Millinery master Eugenia Kim crafts a DIY hat that shields from unwanted glances and the sun's rays alike'.
A handy lesson and something I'll be trying out on a wide-brimmed straw hat that I bought in Mexico last year, and which needs a peppy scarf. I have the perfect blue silky one with red musical notes all over it, from Dreamtime on Camden Passage, N1.

Not only does Nylon reference the 1980s CLASSIC 'Honey, I Shrunk The Kids', but it dedicates a whole fashion feature to it! The lead girl's wardrobe of hot-pink stretch pants and rugby polos, plus the killer ants, apparently influenced collections from DSquared2, Alexander Wang, and Yarborough.

Zoe Saldana sounds like my kinda girl.

This editorial almost made me happy that the April showers appear to be back in London.
With items from (amongst others): Topshop, Zac Posen for Target, and Jimmy Choo.

Which are your favourite magazines?

Bunny x

Nome - Naomi Dawson illustrations

Naomi Dawson - a.k.a Nome - is an illustrator and graphic designer, who has recently branched out into clothing (amongst other lovely bits and bobs such as note cards and mugs). 

Nome's drawings are mainly of super-sweet every day objects and fanciful observations of life. They range from smiley apples and crumbly biscuits, to flocks of birds, crowds of people, a box of matches, and Converse high-tops.

Taking time out from her burgeoning fashion empire, she was kind enough to answer some questions for Bunny Habits.

How long have you been designing? 
I have been drawing my whole life... since I was old enough to hold a felt tip.

Where do you do your designs? 
I normally sit on my sofa, with one kitty on my left and another on my right and a nice of tea on the go too.

[Naomi draws adorable comic strips about the adventures of her kitties – Catface and Mr Jenkins – reminiscent of Cat Getting Out of a Bag and Other Observations by Jeffrey Brown].

How would you describe your style?
Young at heart.

Where do you get your ideas from, and do you have any major inspirations?
I love the work of comic book artists like James Kochalka, Jeffrey Brown, Harvey Pecker and Ghost World [by Daniel Clowes]. I also love the animation Daria. 

Oh and still like to watch old episodes of Clarissa Explains it All. Her bedroom and clothes were AMAZING!

Are the tees cotton and how are they printed?
All of my shirts are high-quality cottons, available in a wide choice of colours and different styles: American Apparel (Guys and Girls) which are slightly more fitted, and AlStyle (Guys) and Bella (Girls) - slightly less fitted (a little cheaper too).

They are printed by a fairly new (well, state-of-the-art) process called Direct To Garment printing. This is not Vinyl or transfer printing like some other, larger websites use - I think the quality is directly comparable to Screen Printing. 

I’m really taken with the playfulness of Nome's illustrations. Knowing that these are high quality, small scale and independent designs makes them a lot more appealing than typical graphic or slogan tees.

You can buy Nome's t-shirts
here. My favourites from her current collection are below. 

Happy Heart:
Got a pen handy?
I heart milk

You can see more of Nome’s products here, including aprons and canvas tote bags like this ‘math-chic’ one:

What do you think of Nome's tees and bags? I'd love to hear your opinions below. As always, thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment.

Bunny x