My Halloween Costume • Cruella Deville

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So here we are. My Halloween costume.

In case you hadn’t noticed, I’m Cruella Deville, which is one of the chicest villains there is. My costume is made up of red gloves, my Alexa Little Black Dress, a fabulous faux fur coat from Freshman’s vintage on Carver Street in Sheffield, a cigarette holder, and a wig.

I used to love both the cartoon and the ‘real’ version of 101 dalmations, and Glenn Close is a badass.

Now I just need a dalmation…

 

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Halloween For The Cultural

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s no secret that Halloween is my absolute favourite occasion of the year. I prefer it to Christmas by a long shot, and probably get more excited for October 31st than my birthday.

When I was little, I used to absolutely die of excitement choosing decorations from the enormous ASDA Halloween aisle in Manchester. I revelled in delving the decorations out of the loft – 2D Dracula and Skeleton wall hangings are ingrained in my mind as pillars of my youthful Halloween experience. As is trick-or-treating, apple-bobbing at parties, pumpkin carving and something called Graveyard Pudding (angel delight ‘sod’ topped with shortbread ‘graves’ since you’re asking.)

Now I’m older, I’m happy to say that the spell has definitely not broken. I’m still a little obsessed with skulls and dressing up when this week comes around. I’ve already carved two pumpkins and we’re having a huge party on Friday!

But what to do before then!?

Well, as an English Literature student and film obsessive, it’s obviously time to get cultural.

In terms of reading, you’ll be absolutely wide-eyed all night with the duvet up to your chin after reading Henry James’ The Turn of The Screw. Disturbing and heavily playing on your own gruesome imagination, this Victorian novella is definitely the most terrifying book I’ve ever read. Other classics that are enduringly creepy (and often heartbreaking) are Dracula, Frankenstein and Wuthering Heights. Patricia Cornwell is great for indulging your inner serial killer-obsessive, and choosing anything by Stephen King will get your heart racing at 3 in the morning (I like The Shining, Salem’s Lot and Needful Things.)

As for films: I’m a personal fan of the suspenseful, uncanny and thrilling rather than the gratuitously violent. My favourite is definitely The Shining, though I also recommend Carrie, The Conjuring, The Blair Witch Project and Hitchcock’s classics Psycho and The Birds.

If it’s art that you’re into, then why not grab a styrofoam skull from HobbyCraft like I did and give it a paint with acrylics.

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A Wishlist #3 – Loafing Around

loafersClockwise From Top Left: Leopard Loafers  -  Zara  •  Pink Loafers  -  River Island  •  Plain Black Loafers  -  La Moda  •  Silver Loafers –  Tod’s  •  Heeled Loafers  -  Jeffrey Campbell  •  Leopard Loafers  -  Eugene Riconneaus 

Recently, one of my favourite bloggers (Danielle from WeWoreWhat) has been giving me serious FOMO with her frequent Instagram snaps of shoes.

I have a serious shoe-shaped itch that I’d very much like to scratch. However, it is also Halloween this week and I’m frankly going to be spending an awful lot on pumpkins and my Cruella costume.

Nevertheless, look at the sexiness of these absolute babies. Naturally, my greatest craving comes from the most expensive in the form of that molten silver Tod’s pair. Love!

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Monsters, Inc. Fur Coat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHigh Neck Silk Blouse  -  Daisy Street (sale)  •  Jeans  -  Topshop  •  Boots  -  Isabel Marant  •  Fur Coat  - ASOS via the Love Cats Inc.

Here is an outfit that was not, but still appears to be, inspired by Sully from Monster’s Inc.
This is a fake fur coat (not ‘faux’, because the representation is purposefully rough) that I bought from Helen of The Love Cats Inc’s blog sale.

As for the jeans, well, they are the first pair of denim classics I’ve owned in a while. I had a pair in first year, but in all honesty, they were too tight. And in all honesty, these are a little baggy. They’ll do for now though. And my search will continue for the perfect pair…

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Pink Afternoon Tea

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Afternoon Tea is a wonderful thing. So good is it, in fact, that very few actions could make it better.

Cloud 23 of Deansgate’s Hilton however, have managed it. They have made it pink.

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If afternoon tea is wonderful and pink afternoon tea an unbeatable treat, then a pink AND charitable afternoon tea is surely imperfectible.

The candy-hued, decadent meal will be served as a way of raising money for Breakthrough and their admirable efforts to eradicate, and raise awareness for the disease. The spread will be available throughout October.

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John McLaughlin, General Manager of the Hilton said:

“Perfect in Pink” afternoon tea gives guests a chance to enjoy a pretty and delicious treat whilst supporting a fantastic charity.”

John is not wrong in any respect. The afternoon tea is both pretty and delicious, largely owing to the menu being created by the hotel’s Executive Chef, Stuart Duff, and his talented pastry team.

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Among the savoury delights Simon and I are treated to mini sun-dried tomato quiches, a potato & beetroot wrap, prawn marie-rose on a mini bagel (which I obviously didn’t eat, being allergic), in addition to sandwiches – ham & mustard and smoked salmon.

All very nice and well presented. But of course, that’s not we’re here for. Especially as I don’t really like beetroot, salmon or – obviously – prawn.

The superiority of the sweet ‘courses’ to other afternoon teas of the city is considerable.

 Raspberry and rosewater jelly topped with cream didn’t hit the sides, and offers (admittedly, posh) nostalgia to jelly and ice-cream childhoods. I LOVE IT.

Red velvet cupcakes and cherry scones with jam and clotted cream join the fray, with raspberry frangipane tart finishing us off.

And if you’re really that hard to please and still feel as though you haven’t been treated, then the pink 1930’s cosmopolitan cocktail (gin, cointreau and raspberry syrup) should sort you right out. And you’re still allowed a cup of tea.

Super.

A version of this article first appeared on I Love MCR

To make a reservation for “Perfect in Pink” afternoon tea at Cloud 23 call 0161 870 1670 or email cloud23.manchester@hilton.com. Alternatively book online via www.cloud23bar.com

A Wishlist #2

Untitled‘Orinoco’ Embroidered Top  -  Reiss  •  Relaxed Fit Stripe Shirt  -  Goodnight Macaroon  •  Le High Flare Jeans  -  Frame Denim via Net-a-Porter  •  ‘Talulah’ Leopard Pointed Ankle Boots  -  Senso  •  ‘Pablo’ Clutch Bag  -  Shrimps

Today, like every other, is a lust day.

That is to say, that I’m lusting over beautiful items that I can wear on my body.

As I speak, the drizzle is coming down with as much force as drizzle can, and that means that quite a few of these gorgeous thingys are geared towards battling the grimness of said weather condition.

The boots are included because:

a) they are boots.

b) they are leopard print.

c) they are appropriate for the rain (I think.)

I’m thinking very seriously about buying a nice pair of high waisted flares so I can pretend to be all Victoria Beckham in them. And maybe I could wear them with a pinstripe shirt…

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OOTD • Colour Clash

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACoat – B B Dakota (similar)  •  Cami – Marks and Spencer  •  Trousers  -  Topshop  •  Boots and Bag – Zara (old) 

The people of Sheffield have never seen a camera.

I know this, because during the time spent shooting this editorial, every single person who walked past felt the need to openly stare. One boy charmingly flipped us off.

I find it astonishing that the reaction of a people in one city (Sheffield) can differ so dramatically from another (Manchester.)

Having said that, I am having an amazing time back at uni…and cannot believe its my final year before I crawl out into the harsh light of real life. Eek!

I like this outfit, because it is likely to divide opinion. Also, on paper it sounds truly awful. Burgundy, leopard print AND pink accessories. It could have ended up like I’d got dressed in the pitch black morning of autumn…oh wait, I did.

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PFW SS2015 • THE WEARABLE EDIT

I am currently very unable to think of interesting or humorous things to write.

I was ashamedly drunk last night and ended up with two traffic cones. I also just turned up at a coffee shop for a meeting that is scheduled for tomorrow. #prayforjess

I can’t offer you anything remotely intelligent, but I have thankfully retained my capacity to discern the ‘weird’ fashion from the wearable. So here is my final Wearable Edit of this Paris Fashion Week.

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pfwAlexandre Vauthier  •  Alexis Mabille  •  Anthony Vaccarello  •  Balenciaga  •  Barbara Bui  •  Givenchy pfw2 Guy Laroche  •  Lanvin  •  Alexis Mabille  •  Anthony Vaccarello  •  Balenciaga  •  Givenchypfw3Alexis Mabille  •   Anthony Vaccarello  •  Guy Laroche •  Lanvin (again-whoops)  •  Nina Ricci  •  Paco Rabannepfw4Nina Ricci  •  Paco Rabanne  •  Rochas  •  Roland Mouret  •  Sharon Wauchob  •  Sonia by Sonia Rykielpfw5Acne  •  Guy Laroche (doubled up on this one too)  •  Isabel Marant  •  Zadig and Voltaire  •  Miu Miu  •  Hermes

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