Friday, 7 February 2014

Chic & Cheap Stationery

Who can resist a hit of new stationery?!

Walking through the stationery aisle of the Tesco extra nearest to my office, I almost did a double take in the stationery aisle. There, amongst the usual Black and Red notebooks, Sharpie markers and sale diaries was an explosion of new: bright, bold, block colours and tons of inspiration via print and pattern.

Chic & cheap stationery - new at Tesco!
Gorgeous bold colours and prints
I'm assuming these are all new lines for Tesco as I haven't seen them before, but well, well, well, me likey a lot! I was happy to discover notebooks, pens, folders and storage boxes of all shapes and sizes, and some exciting new brands.

For one, there is some gorgeous stationery from Sanderson, a contemporary and graphic collection inspired by Sanderson's popular Fifi, Dandelion Clocks, Atomic and Festival Series of fabrics and wallpapers.

Sanderson stationery collection at Tesco
Love this Sanderson Set of 3 Notebooks £8, featuring
Multi-coloured patterns, Dandelions and Dancing Ladies
I'm also a sucker for anything travel (and vintagey) themed, so loved these travel air mail map notebooks from Robert Frederik. Check out more from the rest of his collection here.

Maps A6 Notebook, £4
Love the pages inside!
Also couldn't resist some of the lovely stuff from designer Lisa Stickley - in particular this lovely lime green Lisa London notebook with pockets.

Lisa Stickley London A5 Notebook with pockets, £8
I'm suitably impressed and have been stocking up my trolley!  I urge you to have a good look next time you're doing your food shop in Tesco...

Tuesday, 4 February 2014

Trend: Logo Sweatshirts

Our love for comfortable fashion continues this season with an influx of street and sportswear styling, and so it's no surprise to see logo sweatshirts spilling over from the catwalk to the street.  From designers to the high street, it seems everyone has something to get off their chest... We haven't seen this much typography since the logo-tastic eighties!

On the catwalk, designers such as Louis Vuitton, Dior, Alexander Wang, Christopher Kane and Sister by Sibling all seemed to have their noses in books, sending powerful word messages out in the form of fashion.

Alexander Wang
Christopher Kane
Sister by Sibling
I'm a big fan of the logo sweatshirt - they come in loads of colours, they're comfy and easy to wear, and they always get a conversation going! By logo I mean typography - some kind of words or message as opposed to emblazoned with logos...though I'll happily make an exception for a Kenzo or Givenchy sweatshirt!

How to wear? I say let the sweatshirt do the talking - keep the rest of your look pared back but not dressed down, whatever you do don't team your sweatshirt with your your old tracksuit bottoms! Channel sportswear luxe - and let your logo sweatshirt be the sportswear star.  Wear with printed pencil skirts, slouchy leather trousers, full skirts and statement necklaces. I've pulled some images below from Pinterest:

Navy logo sweatshirt, leather cropped trousers,
statement necklace, faux fur clutch, patent courts
Grey marl logo sweatshirt, black blazer, leopard
cross body bag
White logo jumper, grey full
skirt, belt, portfolio clutch,
black courts, statement necklace
Fancy trying this trend? I've rounded up my favourite (and very covetable) logo-laden sweatshirts in the shops right now for you below...

From top left:
1. Fashion cities pink sweatshirt, £24, Topshop
2. Je t'aime black sweatshirt, £75, Ganni at ASOS
3. Guide of Paris black sweatshirt, £25.99, Zara
4. Fujiyama black sweatshirt, £155, Etoile Isabel Marant at Net-a-porter
5. New York is killing me sweatshirt, £95, Zoe Karssen at ASOS
6. Kenzo Paris black sweatshirt, £150, at Net-a-porter
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