Blessed with a very quirky sense of humour, Christina Lindsay over at Fashion's Most Wanted included Hestia's Larder in her Fashion Blog tag. To be mentioned in the same breath as all those wonderful clothes/fashion bloggers by the gorgeous Christina is a bit daunting, but *pulls up her Big Girl Pants* I LIKES a challenge!
So - here goes. I was nominated by Christina and if you have the tiniest glimmer of interest in fashion, I would urge you to get over to Fashion's Most Wanted. Not only blessed with a fabulous address book crammed with well-known names, she has a wardrobe to DIE FOR. Quite why she has nominated me for the fashion tag is anyone's guess......
What is your favourite fashion accessory?
The one accessory that I NEVER leave home without is a packet of paper hankies: there's always a snotty nose needing wiped. Admittedly, that's not exactly a fashion accessory so, after much pondering, I'd say SHOES/BOOTS. If I can get mobilised, I'll take a picture of my favourites for you. I bet you can't wait.
Who's your fashion role model?
Matt Baker on Country File. (pic of MB) No, he's not really, but I've decided that he IS the person that I probably most resemble on a day to day basis. Possibly not now that he's in Strictly, mind you. Even HE will be wearing more glamorous clothes than me...... I should perhaps aim, at least, for Julia Bradbury instead?
I am VERY keen on Dita Von Teese. I love the clothes she wears and admire her so much for NEVER being snapped by the paps looking anything but elegant and flawless. In my head, when I try on new clothes, It's always Dita that I hope to turn round and see one day in the mirror. It never is. It's honestly Matt Baker.
I bet you Dita even does the ironing in vintage Dior.....
What do you always carry with you?
Sanitary towels and paper hankies. What? Not very glamorous? Right....*racks brain*......my Oberon organiser and address book. I have to laugh. Every year I buy in (from the US) a replacement organiser insert. Every year when I come to throw out the previous one, it's utterly blank. Still, I do use the address book bit - and it IS a very pretty thing to own. It makes me happy to see it.
How would you describe your style?
I honestly don't think my style's got a name. I transcend labels. If pressed, I'd say that I'm Pre-Gok.
What's your favourite - jeans, sunglasses or heels?
Although I wear jeans or trousers just about every day, that's more about comfort than style. You'd really have to see the state of my jeans to appreciate that. Honestly, I would have to say heels. I have always loved high heels and even now, not 'working', I refuse to throw them out, even if I'm not wearing them.
I have no need of sunglasses. I live in Scotland.
What inspired you to blog about fashion?
I don't really. But when I do, it has to be because I love reading Christina's blog and that spilled over into discovering other people's fashion blogs. Until I met her, I thought AW10 was a London post code. I guess that because I always try to leave a comment on those fashion blogs, I guess I fooled Christina into thinking that I have some kind of fashion DNA in there.....somewhere!
What is your favourite fashion store?
Are you kidding? We've got The Factory Shop and a little boutique (which actually sells quite nice things, to be fair). I love going into Monsoon and wishing that I'd the kind of live that allowed me to wear floaty silk frocks all day. I guess that it's probably John Lewis in Glasgow - because it's got lots of concessions in it - Kaliko, Coast and what not. Honestly? I get terribly intimidated by clothes shops and frequently come home without buying anything and feeling absolutely shit about myself.
What is your favourite fabric in clothing?
Anything that doesn't need dry cleaned. No-one does dry-cleaning on the island, so you need to take your stuff to the laundrette and they take it over to the mainland once a week. If you time this wrong, it can take a fortnight to get your trousers dry-cleaned. I frequently just go manky rather than be without something for so long.
I'm afraid that I am very practical when it comes to fabric - I'm the sort of person that squeezes clothes on the hanger to see if they crumple. I can't abide anything crumply - I don't need MATERIAL to let me down like that. Dita would NEVER do crumpled.
Who are your favourite designers?
Designer clothing doesn't matter in my life: That's not to say that I don't respect them and appreciate what they do AND what they contribute to the economy. Lots of people mock the seriousness that many regard fashion, but let's be honest here - Britain has no manufacturing base any more. The one thing that we can still lead the world in is fashion. It must be worth a goodly wodge of the British Economy. So I don't laugh at the spectacular creations that come down the catwalk. I know that one day, some diluted form of that weird outfit will be whizzing out of New Look and keeping people in jobs.
Hmmm - who do I love? I love Vivienne Westwood. No idea why. I just do. I'd look like I slept in doorways if I wore in her clothes though. I also love Mrs Jones for theatre and spectacle. And I must confess that I harbour a longing for this chicken feather cape thing. That would look GREAT in the Co-op!
Who or what inspires your style?
Style? What style?
Would you choose to buy something high quality or make it yourself if you could?
I've got a sewing machine, but I can only do straight lines on fabric that has got some kind of guide line (like gingham or stripes!). Making curtains is a chore for me. I can make one, beautifully, but the second never looks exactly like the first. So I'd say that I'd need to buy it - or else I'd never be able to wear it. Or even finish it probably.
I'm not sure who I should pass this on to as I'm not terribly successful at passing on tags and the majority of people that I'd tag are already tagged by Christina! I'll have a think and then add some people in later!
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