Style Inspiration Brideshead Revisited


Brideshead Revisited

Today I believe is officially autumn and therefore time to fully embrace this time of the year:

Long walks through woodlands in wellies & wooly socks, tweed jackets, (for most of us fake) Hermes scarves, leather gloves, long scarves, Lambswool jumpers, some pearls ...
and afterwards a good book by a roaring fire whilst sipping on a hot toddy with a roast simmering in the oven ...

I don't care what anybody says, I HEART AUTUMN, as it is never a disappointment like summer and the colours are glorious. Autumnal food is the best - although usually on the meaty side - with casseroles and bakes and any excuse to add alcohol to your stew. TOTAL COMFORT.

Top Styling Tip:
Get yourself a men's tweed jacket from a charity shop, they are made of such beautiful woolen cloths and are nice and long. Although admittedly too big most times, they wear very well with a chunky belt, and combined with gloves, pearls and a silk scarf look quite feminine. Or wear something delicate underneath like silk and lace .... for unwrapping later.

(images: Brideshead Revisited, Miramax Films 2008 and Jeremy Irons the 1981 TV Mini-Series)

PAPER COUTURE @ Coastal Currents Art Festival 2011

(Paper Couture created by Freya von Strapp at

PAPER COUTURE DISPLAY and PAPER HAT MAKING WORKSHOP as part of the Coastal Currents Art Festival September 2011, Hastings & St. Leonards-on-Sea

There is something immensely satisfying about creating fashion in paper ... it is instant, fragile but strangely sturdy at the same time ... your only enemy is the rain.
I once made myself a skirt with photocopies of a young smouldering Mick Jagger for a party ... it lasted the whole evening and even the long walk home ... only bother was to use the loo during the evening as I had to double-sided-stickytape myself in again each time ... well, darlings, no suffering is too small for STATEMENT FASHION!!!

I wonder how Mick Jagger paperknickers would feel .... xxx


I have the absolute pleasure to introduce the next FRONT ROW 2011 event dedicated to everything glitzy, from movie stardom & red carpet glamour to the golden era of Hollywood in fashion - and all over two days!


Fashion Show

Saturday, 12th November 2011

The Masonic Hall, St. Leonards-on-Sea

Doors Open 7pm

An illustrious group of designers, stylists and creatives will blow you away with their movie inpired catwalk collections on the night, using vintage, customised second hand, as well as charity shop clothes by St. Michael's Hospice and PAPER COUTURE.

There will be glamour and entertainment and a rather theatrical show for your pleasure, and a DJ playing music to dance away til late. On the same evening we'll also be holding a


All guests are encouraged to bring a maximum of 4 quality garments they don't want or need anymore in exchange for something "new" - you might just find the perfect outfit to take home on the night!


Get your own creativity flowing and take the challenge – find charity shop clothes to a budget of max. £10.00 and re-work and customize them into an outfit to the theme „FILM STAR“.

The winners will then model/or have their creations modeled on the FRONT ROW catwalk.

Send your details and a 'before' and 'after' photo to,

DEADLINE: Friday, 28th October 2011


Come in your most beautiful outfits and have your picture taken by a professional photographer - the perfect present to yourself and others.


will be taking place the following day on

Sunday, 13th November 2011 @ The Masonic Hall

Doors Open 11am til 4.30pm, Free Entry

An indulgent day of glorious fashion to peruse and buy, a chance to find THAT beautiful outfit for the festive season and lots of presents, with 30 stalls to choose from selling fashion, hats, bags, jewellery and other accessories at affordable prizes. There will be music & delicious refreshments.

For stall enquiries email, fee is £25.00


Tickets will go on sale from Saturday, 1st October, through the following outlets:

The Bullet Cafe, Robertson St, Hastings

Butlers, George St, Old Town

Hastings Information Centre

Plenty Store, Grand Parade, St. Leonards-on-Sea


Due to a smaller venue this year, the amount of tickets issued are limited, sorry!

"We are all of us stars, and we deserve to twinkle!" (Marilyn Monroe)

Style Inspiration I HEART 80s FASHION


Despite the reflective window (the sun was glorious on that day), I hope this photo still shows off my equally glorious 80s inspired display ... pinks, emeralds, purple & royal blue ... all the colours my mum was desperate for me to wear during my black and grey phase ... so Muddel, this is dedicated to you!

There is the double breasted pink linen dress with the shoulder pads (whoohoo!), the shimmering green shantung silk top and trousers, the pink & blue felt hats, pink sequined and satin clutch and some chunky necklaces ..

Does anyone remember the film "Mannequin", where supersweet Andrew McCarthy (he was so hot in Pretty In Pink) falls in love with his mannequin while on a window dressing job ... the doll strangely coming to life, being KIM CATTRALL of all people! Extraordinary!

Maybe I should let myself be locked in one afternoon at the St. Michael's shop ... I wonder who my two headless dummies could turn into ... hmmm, ok, let's not go there!