In Spotted Heaven

In Spotted Heaven

Hello world,

So this is a skirt I bought in H&M yesterday.

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Now this skirt has a bit of a story to it. I first discovered it in work a few months ago when a lady returned it and we had a bit of a chat about how gorgeous and similar it was to the autumn/winter 2011 Marc Jacobs skirts. I packed the skirt away, fully intending on buying it later that evening, only to discover that we had none of them left.

So over the next few weeks I kept checking in store and some of the other H&M shops in the area, but there was no sign of it. I searched on their website but didn’t find anything, so I dug a little deeper and searched through H&M press images and archives; nothing. Google wasn’t much help either and the skirts I saw in Topshop were similar but it just wasn’t the right shade of green, the hem was too long and the fabric was blah at best.

I was starting to think that I had imagined the perfect spotted pencil skirt and everytime I saw a Marc Jacobs skirt from which it was inspired by, I kept thinking but that’s not my skirt!

A few months passed and yesterday I was browsing through a H&M store on Regent street, looking for nice underwear when I spotted (geddit?) my skirt on the last chance to buy rail in my size! I stared at the thing in wonderment, free cookie the staff had been handing out earlier nearly falling out of my mouth. But I thought I had imagined that skirt? I quickly tried it on and realised it was even more perfect on than it had been in my imagination.

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So that is how I finally came across my perfect skirt. On closer examination you can see that it’s made from a thick woven viscose that’s perfect for the cold winter months and the spots are sown on top of the fabric, giving a really nice 3D texture. Not to mention the lining is in a bright tangerine colour that I really wish you could see more of, as it contrasts so nicely with the forest green.

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skirt: H&M Trend

What do you think of it? I can’t wait to shoot it for a ‘Look of the Day’, once I have a shoot idea for it.

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

P.S. Got the Christmas party tonight. I was originally going to wear the Versace dress I got, but since I have the perfect skirt now, should I wear that instead? Let me know what you think.

The Shoot: Lady in Red

The Shoot: Lady in Red

Hello world,

It’s been a few months now since I moved to London and as it happens, as a newbie to in city, it takes a while until you find all the cool places not mentioned in the guide books. I’m generally not the kind of person go out and explore much, so I’m really grateful for my blog for pushing me out there to discover London all under the guise of finding new shoot locations.

That’s how I stumbled upon Battersea Park as seen in these pictures. I initially just wanted to shoot the Peace Pagoda along the Thames, but I discovered that the park is way prettier this time of year.

When I first saw all the leaves on the ground I knew I had to shoot something there in red and it had to be dramatic.

So these are the images for today’s ‘Look of the Day’. I know the title is from a very cheesy song by an Irishman most Irish people never want to acknowledge as their own, but it seemed the best way to describe this look.

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The dress is a lovely number from River Island. I love how River Island seem to come into their own around Christmas time and the party season. The brand isn’t for everyone and I wouldn’t shop with them for basics (with the exception of jeans) but they do have a knack for creating statement pieces. Last year was this shredded red maxi dress that I returned and regretted ever since and this year it’s this understated and sexy maxi dress with long sleeves.

It’s funny as I get older my style has definitely toned down a lot and I find that the days of wearing mini skirts and high heels are gone, only to be replaced with a new kind of sexiness, that is more body-con and peekaboo sexy rather than the in-your-face kind of my teens.

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And the jacket is another statement piece from River Island for the Christmas season from the year before last. See what I mean about their Christmas show-stoppers?

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As you can probably tell from this photo, it was ridiculously cold when we shot this and I must have been crazy that it would be alright at eight am on a freezing November morning. By the end I was so numb my boyfriend was worried I’d get hypothermia and I was bundled up for the rest of the day trying to shake off that horrible chill.

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I’m sorry for rambling on so long on this outfit post but I wanted to share with you the last two photos as I wasn’t the only person doing a shoot in Battersea Park that morning. One Direction, a teeny bopper UK boyband were filming their new music video and I stopped by to have a gawk, purely for research purposes! 🙂 I was rather jealous of the full crew they had to help out, if nothing else as I wouldn’t be a fan of their music. The funny thing was there wasn’t a fan in sight.

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(Photos by Roger)

Dress: River Island
Jacket: River Island (old)
Boots: Zara
Bangle: Forever 21
Stack rings: Penneys/Primark

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

The Theft of Marc Jacobs

The Theft of Marc Jacobs

Hello world,

This one is a shocker. It seems that the entire Marc Jacobs spring/summer 2012 collection has been stolen in transit from Paris to London.

The collection, which hasn’t even gone into production yet was stolen, as it was brought to London for a press viewing today, the PR team for Marc Jacobs announced today.

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(Image courtesy of fashion69.com)

While it’s no doubt a blow to Marc Jacobs and his PR team, the biggest disappointment will be for all the fashion editors hoping to loan the clothes out for shoots.

Boy this is gonna get interesting!

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

The Shoot: Sound of the Underground; Westminster Station

The Shoot: Sound of the Underground; Westminster Station

Hello world,

This is by far the best ‘Look of the Day’ I’ve ever done for this blog and it came across by pure accident. We had done the Baker Street shoot the night before, I was feeling pretty poorly and while those images weren’t the best, these ones came out fantastic. I love it when I barely have to do any photoshopping on them afterwards. The lighting was perfect, the camera worked brilliantly and even the cheers and usual catcalls I get when shooting on such a public place didn’t distract me.

This is my take on the metallic theme that we see every Christmas period. I tried to stay away from the overt sequins and metallic feel and go for something more subtle. With the stark grey architecture and metallic pieces at Westminster station, I thought it would be the perfect complement.

So let me know what you think of these images. They really don’t need any more of an explanation than that.

Jumper: H&M
Jeans: H&M
Top: Topshop
Heels: Zara
Clutch: Coco California
Necklace: Jimmy Choo for H&M
Bracelet: Forever 21
Rings: Thrifted and Forever 21

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

The Shoot: Sound of the Underground; Baker Street

The Shoot: Sound of the Underground; Baker Street

Hello world,

Ever since my very first day in London, when I accidentally discovered the old section of Baker Street tube station, I have been in love with this slice of Edwardian London. Every time I walk through the archways with the clock above, I think of London a hundred years ago and I knew I had to do a ‘Look of the Day’ shoot here.

Since it feels so vintage, I thought, what better than to channel the forties trend we’re seeing on the high street now, only with bold colours. Annoyingly the day that we done this shoot, they had shut that section of the station, so we could only do the atrium part. Still, it could have been a whole lot worse.

It’s funny looking back on those photos, as I was just getting sick that day and my boyfriend was threatening me with calling off the shoot all day unless I take it easy. Thank God I don’t look as sick as I felt. Ah the wonders of make-up!

Let me know what you think, and as always the information for what I was wearing is below.

Skirt: Penneys/Primark
Blouse: Penneys/Primark
Cashmere cardigan: Vintage from Beyond Retro
Fur stole: Topshop
Loafer heels: River Island
Clutch: Penneys/Primark

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo

The Shoot: Bright Lights, Bigger City

The Shoot: Bright Lights, Bigger City

Hello world,

God it’s been a lifetime since I posted a look of the day. Well this one is hot of the press, so to speak as we done it last night after the Christmas lights had been turned on on Oxford Street. Oh how pretty they are too!

I’d also like to give a big thank you to my wonderful boyfriend who had to listen incessantly to me explaining about lighting and aperture as he filled in for my usual photographer.

Now that Halloween is officially over, it’s time to rock the party dresses. My favourite time of the year.

Here is my interpretation of the party season and as always let me know what you think.

Dress: New Look (old)
Jacket: Peek & Cloppenburg from Berlin
Boots: River Island (old)
Brooch: Thrifted
Top: H&M
Belt: River Island (old)
Bag: Chanel

Until then,

Franzi

xoxo