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Tatty Devine 15

My name is Holly and I am a Tatty Devine addict. It has been several weeks since my last purchase.

I was fully aware that over the last ten years or so I’d amassed a fairly large number of pieces thanks to gifts, my own indulgences, sample sales and a few friends in the right places but I hadn’t realised *quite* how much I had until I decided to take a quick snap of it all for the #TD15 celebration (I say quick snap but it took nearly two hours to set up once I’d retrieved all the pieces from the various jewellery boxes they all normally live in). When I tweeted the photo, comments included ‘wow and ‘holy shit’ and it was at this point that the full scale of my ‘problem’ (and it’s a lovely problem to have) began to dawn…

As part of my ‘TD Addict 12 Step Programme’ and as a big ‘happy birthday’ to all things Tatty, I thought I’d talk you through a few of my favourite pieces from my collection (I had thought about choosing 15 but no one needs to read that much of my witterings!).

Tatty Devine Name Necklace

Tatty Devine Name Necklaces

Like a lot of people, my first introduction to TD was via their bespoke Name Necklace service and it took me ages to decide on what font/ colour/ charm combo I wanted (the choices have expanded even more in recent years just to make it even more difficult!) before finally settling on ‘billboard’ in ‘bright pink’ with a lightning bolt charm in ‘matt gold’ on a sterling silver chain (an option they sadly no longer seem to offer). I remember counting down the days until the necklace was ready (as each necklace can take up to two weeks) and then impatiently waiting for the postman to deliver the pink and white envelope of joy. I loved my necklace so much that I also bought my sister one in the reverse colour way for her 18th birthday! Over the years I’ve acquired a few more name necklaces, including one blatantly copied from those worn by Girls Aloud in the video for ‘Biology’ as well as what to me, also counts as a ‘name’ necklace – the two small holly leaves from a Christmas collection a few years ago.

Tatty Devine Tiger

Tatty Devine Tiger Necklace

From the first piece of TD I ever owned, to the first piece of TD I bought in their iconic Brick Lane shop. As an occasional London visitor, I’d been to Brick Lane before to scour the vintage shops but I’d never quite managed to figure out where Tatty Devine’s original shop was located. On my next visit, armed with a map and a vague sense of direction, I finally stumbled across it and rewarded myself with not only an epic chat with the amazing girls who worked there (and who quite happily talked me through all the pieces they had in stock) but also with this amazing tiger necklace (and maybe a few other pieces) which I’d been eyeing up for a while. As statement necklaces go, it’s grrreat!

Tatty Devine AW12

Tatty Devine Paisley Necklace A/W12

For some reason, I’ve always preferred Tatty’s A/W offerings over their S/S ones (maybe I just tend to wear more jewellery in the winter months) and, whilst I loved their A/W11 collection, in my opinion their A/W12 collection is the strongest they’ve ever produced and marked the moment when the brand went from ‘cult and kitsch’ to ‘holy shit these pieces are take your breath away beautiful!’. Although at the statement necklace end of the collection some pieces pushed the £300+ mark, the sheer brilliance and intricacy of the paisley multi-necklaces showed that Perspex could be more than just cheap and cheerful and meant that Tatty Devine purchases could be justified as ‘investment pieces’… Whilst my budget sadly didn’t stretch to the mega jewelled paisley necklace, I did pick up the smaller multi-version as well as quite a few other bits from the collection (thank goodness for seasonal and sample sales!) which are amongst my most worn items.

Tatty Devine Charlotte Olympia

Tatty Devine for Charlotte Olympia Autumn 2011

One of the things that sets Tatty Devine aside from their competitors is the sheer number of people tripping over themselves to collaborate with them. In my collection I’ve got pieces from collaborations with Belle & Sebastian, Camera Obscura, Eley Kishimoto and Jean Paul Gaultier and TD have also worked with Peaches, Robots In Disguise, Gilbert & George, Rob Ryan, Disney, Louise Gray and the London Transport Museum to name just a few! Of all their collaborations however, I think my favourite one has got to be the dagger necklace they produced for Charlotte Olympia’s A/W11 collection ‘To Die For’ which was based around Agatha Christie and the Golden Age of crime fiction (and was also the debut outing for the now iconic ‘kitty’ shoes). Aside from fashion, I’m a massive book geek and in particular crime fiction so anything that combines the two goes straight to the top of my ‘must have’ list, even more so if it also has the words ‘limited addition’ attached. As the necklace was included in the goodie bags for those attending the launch of the collection, I had to use the Dark Arts to get my hands on one but it was well worth the effort. I’m now on a quest to track down the mermaid necklace that was produced for CO’s S/S12 ‘Sirens’ collection…

Tatty Devine Bunting Necklace

Tatty Devine Bunting Necklace S/S11

One thing that Tatty Devine do well are statement necklaces but as I’m not the biggest of frames, some of their amazing creations are just a little *too* big for me to wear. Thankfully, as the above multi-strand bunting necklace is made up of smaller pieces, it hangs a long better on me than a lot of their other big necklaces I’ve tried on (although I do run the risk of getting it caught in the shredder when I wear it to work!). I initially spotted it during my first trip to their Brick Lane store but it was sadly out of my price range so I had to settle for the smaller version which has had a lot of wear over the years. Thankfully, the larger version finally came into my possession last year thanks yet again to the joys of ebay stalking so it’s no longer ‘the one that got away’.

Tatty Devine Charm Necklace

Tatty Devine Charm Necklaces

My final picks include one of the newest and one of the oldest pieces from my collection. I possibly spend far too much time browsing fashion blogs on the internet so when a couple of these a few years ago mentioned that a TD ‘Charm Club’ was going to be launching I got *very* excited! Sadly, said club never materialised (which is a shame as it would have been brilliant: club + jewellery = WIN) but a revised version of the bespoke charm service was launched just before Christmas at TD’s Birmingham and London Selfridges concessions (but annoyingly not at the Manchester one or online!) and so on my pre-birthday London trip last December I made sure I popped in. I went for the maximum number of charms allowed as I figured I could always swap the selection about and if I really want to mix things up a bit, I can always add in the little pair of sterling silver shoes which I’m pretty sure are the oldest piece in my collection and took a lot of tracking down.

I hope you’ve enjoyed have a closer look at some of my collection and much as I’d like to say my addiction is cured, I’ve currently got my eye on one or two pieces from the new collections including the Pink Poodle Necklace and the Cocktail Umbrella Necklace from their 15th birthday collection. Oh well…

Tatty Devine 15th birthday

Happy 15th Birthday Tatty Devine!

Scarlet Lady

Top - H&M, Skirt - Topshop, Shoes - Lotta From Stockholm, Bag - c/o Cut Make Trim, Necklace - Tatty Devine, Nail Polish in Coral - Barry M, Lipstick in Lady Danger - Barry M

Top – H&M, Skirt – Topshop, Shoes – Lotta From Stockholm, Bag – c/o Cut Make Trim, Necklace – Tatty Devine, Nail Polish in Coral – Barry M, Lipstick in Lady Danger – MAC

As classic colour combinations go, red, white and blue takes some beating. A good chunk of my wardrobe seems to consist of variations on a breton theme and I’m always on the hunt for the perfect stripe. I love nothing better than teaming these timeless tops with some dark denim and colour popping accessories to create simple, stylish looks which can be worn pretty much anywhere. The above outfit consists of an H&M top which has been a wardrobe staple for many years and is as close to perfect as any I’ve found on the high street (to the point where I repeatedly chastise myself for not buying in bulk!) and a Topshop denim skirt that I bought at the end of last year which looks equally good with tights as with bare legs and has also been worn to death (and it has pockets which I LOVE!).

Cut Make Trim barrel bag

Bag – c/o Cut Make Trim

In my head this look is ‘classic with a twist’ so I’ve tried to keep the colour palette fairly restricted so that the hints of red really ‘pop’. My beautiful barrel bag gifted to me by Cut Make Trim (which I’ve raved about before here. Still haven’t learnt to not overload it though…) is perfect for this outfit as its timeless shape and colour compliment the neutral base pieces of the outfit.

Lotta from Stockholm clogs

Shoes – Lotta From Stockholm

My red Lotta From Stockholm clogs are another piece I’ve previously blogged about and I love the pop of colour they bring to the outfit and the leather ‘buckle’ detail on the toes echo the shapes found in the barrel bag.

Tatty Devine necklace

Necklace – Tatty Devine

If there’s one word that I can’t stand when it comes to fashion it’s ‘kooky’ and even just typing it makes me shudder and want to vomit in my mouth a bit. I’m all for having fun with fashion and injecting personality but for me, ‘kooky’ conjures up reductive connotations (see also ‘adorkable’ and ‘anything recommended by Zooey Deschanel’) that only serves to belittle and infantilize those it is applied to. Thankfully, Tatty Devine’s creations although whimsical, never manage to cross into this territory. Their ‘Dog On Wheels’ necklace whilst cute, is simple enough to be extremely wearable without crossing the line into the dreaded ‘K’ word (and dachshunds are definitely in this season if Orla Kiely AW14 is anything to go by…).

Nail Polish in Coral - Barry M, Lipstick in Lady Danger - MAC

Nail Polish in Coral – Barry M, Lipstick in Lady Danger – MAC

Finally I’ve added slick of MAC’s ‘Lady Danger’ lipstick (could there be a better colour for making you looked a bit more with it when you really can’t be bothered?) and a couple of coats of Barry M’s ‘Coral’ nail polish to pull the whole outfit together.

As a bit of a reader treat (it’s Bank Holiday weekend, what else is there to do but a bit of internet shopping?!), the lovely people at Cut Make Trim have offered a 15% discount on their beautiful bags to the first 50 readers who enter ‘highheelsandrecorddeals’ in the voucher code section of the shopping basket on their website (oh and they do free delivery too!).

Mellow Yellow

Primark Dress

Dress – Primark, Shoes – Topshop, Nail Polish – Barry M, Henderson’s Relish

Now I’m not generally one for overly themed outfits (dressing like you’re a character from a Wes Anderson film doesn’t count) but as a Yorkshire lass, I couldn’t let the weekend pass without a homage to ‘Le Tour Yorkshire’ which is dominating the TV this weekend and showing the world exactly why Yorkshire is the best place on Earth!

People may criticise the disposable nature of ‘fast fashion’ but I very rarely buy things that I only plan to wear for a season and so even when buying at the cheaper end of the high street, I try to pick pieces that have longevity. I purchased this bright yellow Primark dress several years ago (and in several colours) and it’s still a wardrobe staple that can be worn with bare legs in the summer and a pair of black opaques when it turns a bit cooler. Primark can be very hit and miss and when buying from there I tend to stick to natural fabrics such as cotton or wool as they tend to last longer than man made fabrics and not look ‘cheap’.

Topshop heels

Heels – Topshop

Barry M Lemon Ice Cream

Nail Polish – Barry M in Lemon Ice Cream

Henderson's Relish Le Tour Yorkshire

Limited Edition Henderson’s Relish

I’ve teamed the dress with cream Topshop heels for a 60s vibe and I’m keeping the yellow theme going with Barry M nail paint in ‘Lemon Ice Cream’. No celebration of ‘Le Tour Yorkshire’ would be complete without some snacks and a limited edition bottle of Yorkshire’s finest sauce, Henderson’s Relish, is the perfect accompaniment (it’s seriously good sprinkled over popcorn).

Although I’m not the biggest cycling fan, the last two days spent watching the race travel through some of the most beautiful countryside in England has made me very proud of my home county and for those of you not familiar with ‘God’s Own County’, I definitely recommend a visit – Vive La Yorkshire!

Le Tour Yorkshire

Even my Ted is rocking the yellow look! Yellow jersey c/o my mum.

Luella Love!

Spring has well and truly sprung and whilst the glorious weather makes me think of holidays, all of my allowance this year seems to be taken up by attending weddings (although it has meant I have a legitimate excuse to visit New York in October – outfit planning started before the flights were even booked!). At the start of April I headed up to Glasgow for my cousin’s wedding and my four day mini break not only gave me the chance to finally tour the stunning Mackintosh designed Glasgow School Of Art building but also gave me an excuse to wear my amazing Luella prom dress from the SS09 collection.

Luella Prom Dress

Dress – Luella, Heels – Miu Miu, Clutch Bag – PS Besitos, Nail Varnish – Barry M

I’m a massive fan of Luella Bartley and her now defunct ‘Luella’ label (I’m still in mourning!) and this prom dress was yet another eBay find at just a fraction of what it originally cost. I’ve previously documented my love affair with eBay and regular readers may recognise the Miu Miu heels featured in this outfit as another eBay find (after several years of stalking!).

Miu Miu Heels

Miu Miu Deco Heels

Along with Luella Bartley, Miuccia Prada is another designer whose genius I can’t get enough of (it’s just a shame my bank balance rather restricts me!). I fell in lust with these heels at first sight and of all the pairs I own, they’re definitely my favourite. The deco detailing on the heels echoed the venue for the wedding reception, House For An Art Lover (yet another Mackintosh designed treasure) and despite the ridiculous height of the heel, they’re surprisingly comfortable and I managed to survive a particularly fast Gay Gordons without toppling over!

PS Besitos Dracula Clutch

P.S. Besitos Dracula Clutch

Apart from fashion, another great love of mine is literature so anything that combines the two is a bonus! I stumbled across P.S. Besitos’s range of book clutches whilst browsing Etsy and after much deliberation as to which title to buy, I plumped for ‘Dracula’. Unlike quite a few book clutches I’ve seen, the ones from P.S. Besitos aren’t made from real books (I’m not sure fashion ever justifies destroying a book!) and instead the covers are printed on cotton which is not only much more book-friendly but also means that Jessica, the woman behind the brand, can create custom orders if you have a favourite title (keep an eye out on her Facebook and Twitter for more details). The clutch itself is roomy enough for everything you need for a wedding (camera, phone, money, make-up, confetti…) and certainly provides a talking point!

Barry M Nail Polish in Black and Gold Glitter

Barry M Nail Polish in Black and Gold Glitter

To reflect the colours found in my shoes, I painted my nails in Barry M black with gold glitter tips which also helped to strengthen the tips and keep them chip free all day!

I absolutely love, love, LOVE this outfit and am already wondering if it’d be impolite to wear it to all the upcoming weddings I’m attending. If it ain’t broke etc…

Styling a Summer Dress for Spring!

As a dresses girl, my main issue with the spring months of the year is that whilst the weather’s no longer arctic enough to warrant woolly tights, it’s still far too many degrees below ‘acceptable to have bare legs’ temperature (someone please explain to me how all these bloggers and fashion week attendees don’t get hypothermia when posing tightless in February?!?). The return of the sunny weather though makes me want to bring out my summery dresses but my version of transitional dressing (which is basically thinner dress + black opaques) doesn’t work with all my summer items (brogue boots, tights and a spaghetti strap dress is not a ‘look’ anyone should be working, not even in a 90s revival way) so it’s important to pick items that will work.

Dress - Oasis, Bag - The Cambridge Satchel Company, Boots - Bertie, Necklace - Tatty Devine, Nail Polish - Essie Parka Perfect

Dress – Oasis, Bag – The Cambridge Satchel Company, Boots – Bertie, Necklace – Tatty Devine, Nail Polish – Essie Parka Perfect

One of my staple items last summer was this white cotton dress from Oasis. Whilst it looks great with ballet flats or strappy red sandals in the summer, I think it works equally well styled with black opaques, brogue boots and a statement necklace from Tatty Devine’s AW13 collection. For a bright pop of colour I’ve add yet another bag from my Cambridge Satchel collection (it was on sale so I feel I’m allowed!) which also matches the tones in the necklace. My trusty brogue boots that I bought several years ago finally fell apart last week but thankfully (as the end of February is not the time to be trying to shop for winter boots!) I managed to find a near identical pair in the Bertie sale. The Essie nail varnish in ‘Parka Perfect’ which I’ve raved about previously brings a nod of winter coolness to contrast with the orange and reds.

Bag - The Cambridge Satchel Company, Necklace - Tatty Devine

Bag – The Cambridge Satchel Company, Necklace – Tatty Devine

Teamed with a fur coat and a scarf to keep out the chill, this is a perfect outfit to bring a bit of summer cheerfulness to those cold but sunny spring days!

Collared By Carven!

Dress - Carven x Petit Bateau, Boots - Aldo, Bag - The Cambridge Satchel Company, Necklace - Katie Mullally, - Nail Polish - Toggle To The Top by Essie

Dress – Carven x Petit Bateau, Boots – Aldo, Bag – The Cambridge Satchel Company, Necklace – Katie Mullally, – Nail Polish – Toggle To The Top by Essie

In a change to my normal pastel hues, today’s outfit has taken a turn to the darker side to reflect the doomy skies and torrential rain of Manchester! Now I love a good collaboration, especially when it means I can buy the signature styles of labels I love at a price that doesn’t break the bank so when Carven collaborated with Petit Bateau back in 2012 I snapped up a couple of pieces from the range including this amazing collared dress!

Necklace - Katie Mullally, Dress - Carven x Petit Bateau, Nail Polish - Toggle To The Top by Essie

Necklace – Katie Mullally, Dress – Carven x Petit Bateau, Nail Polish – Toggle To The Top by Essie

I’ve teamed the dress with boots that I bought in the Aldo sale, my trusty ‘Downing’ satchel from The Cambridge Satchel Company and my Katie Mullally peg necklace which has become a firm feature of my wardrobe! My nails are painted with Essie’s ‘Toggle To The Top’, a glittery dark red, part of their Winter 2013 collection which I’ve *finally* managed to find in full sized bottles!

Bag - The Cambridge Satchel Company, Boots - Aldo

Bag – The Cambridge Satchel Company, Boots – Aldo

I love the combination of navy blue and burgundy as it always makes me feel very chic which given Carven’s French homeland seems very appropriate! Ooh la la!

New Year, New Jewels!

Wolf & Moon Christmas Jewels!

Wolf & Moon Festive Jewels!

With only a few hours to go until we welcome in 2014 (seriously, where has the time gone?!), I thought I’d share with you the amazing jewels I’ve been rocking over the festive season from a brand who are I predict are going to do big things in the year to come!

Double Triangle Earrings - £24 - Wolf & Moon

Double Triangle Earrings – £24 – Wolf & Moon

Wolf & Moon is the Hackney based jewellery brand of Goldsmiths alumni Hannah Davis and specialises in ridiculously beautiful pieces in perspex and wood. I first became aware of the brand after a tip off from the ever wonderful Fashion For Lunch and I’ve been obsessed ever since. I would genuinely love to own every piece from the collection (and I’m gutted quite a few of the smaller pieces are sold out online) but for moment I’ve had to make do with the double triangle earrings in black glitter and the cluster collar necklace in purple and green.

Cluster Collar Necklace - £48 - Wolf & Moon

Cluster Collar Necklace – £48 – Wolf & Moon

I love the way the deco feel of some pieces is mixed with more contemporary materials creating jewellery that not only looks amazing when worn now but will also still look fabulous in years to come. I’ve been looking for some ‘investment’ pieces after receiving money from my parents for my 30th and I think this crest necklace fits the bill perfectly. Now all I need to decide is whether to get the gold or tortoiseshell version!