Friday, January 29, 2010

Brand Alley Designer Discounts

Vera Wang Lavender silk wrap dress with beads £75.00 (rrp £230)

Vera Wang Lavender silk flower dress £75.00 (rrp £175.00)

Vera Wang Lavender cotton/ silk apron dress £75.00 (rrp £225)

Vera Wang Lavender cotton/ silk u neck empire dress £65.00 (rrp £199)

Vera Wang Lavender mint silk strapless dress £85.00 (rrp £275)

Vera Wang Lavender perforated pleated cotton skirt £55 (rrp £160)

Bombay Duckpink between the lines enamel bangle £6.95 (rrp £12.50)

Bombay Duckpink enamel hula wide bangle £6.95 (rrp £12.50

Dyrberg Kernosiris sunglasses £35.00 (rrp £99)

Bombay Duckboutique shoe print organiser set £8.95 (rrp £17.95)

Bombay Ducklight pink handbag fund money box £11.95 (rrp £19.50)

Marc by Marc Jacobs patent wellington boot £74.00 (rrp £186.00)

Marc by Marc Jacobs knee hight bolt trim boot £224.00 (rrp £562.00)

Marc by Marc Jacobs taupe knot trim suede calf boot £169.00 (rrp £429.00)

Marc by Marc Jacobs knot detail platform boot £169.00 (rrp £429)

Marc by Marc Jacobs belt trim suede calf boot £175.00 (rrp £438)

Marc by Marc Jacobs pewter pointed toe stud heel court £130 (£371)

Marc by Marc Jacobs mary jane wedge shoe £90.00 (rrp £257)

Marc by Marc Jacobs chunky heel bow trim shoe £115 (rrp £333)

I love bagging a bargain, especially when it comes to clothes. I walk around with a feeling of pure elation for days.
Style does not have to be expensive and expensive doesn't always ensure style.
There are many free membership fashion sites, which offer substantial discounts on top labels. Brandalley is such a site offering amazing discounts of up to 75% - but you have to be quick! This site only serves the U.K, so I will be investigating similar sites in the U.S and blogging about my finds for all the bloglovlies across the pond.

Thank You to the lovely Tuesdai Noelle for my award. Your blog - Reflections by Tuesdai is as unique as your designs, which are amazing!

Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Mr T Celebriduck

Bruce Lee Celebriduck

Marylin Monroe Celebriduck

Betty Boo Celebriduck

Dorothy Celebriduck

Elvis Celebriduck

Penelope Pitstop Keyring

I often get sales reps contacting me promoting various products. Obviously, there are times when I am not really interested in the product being offered. However, I always endeavour to be polite,patient and open minded. I was contacted by a rep today from a company named Wholesale Gifts. He was hoping that, after having viewed the project range, we could arrange a meeting.

Browsing the site, I knew immediatley that the products offered are not really suited for The Style Mansion. Whilst browsing I came across these 'Celebriduck' rubberducks.Whoever thought these up, I just want to ask 'why?' How did you think this up? Were you watching a rerun of the A Team one day and then you started to wonder what Mr T would look like if he were a rubber duck? What would Freud say?
I have also included a Penelope Pitstop keyring, because she is cool and I don't want you to think that the entire site is full of weird things like the Celebriduck.

Hey Nina, I will prepare some photos for you soon!

Monday, January 25, 2010

My Weekend- Cakes, Wedding Rings, Palaces and Presents

St Pauls Cathedral

Swedish Fish - Yum!

Beas of Bloomsbury

I had a lovely weekend. Although I overbooked myself, it was a nice weekend. Overbooked because I was supposed to meet my New Yorker cousin Marky for lunch, but had all ready booked a table at Beas of Bloomsbury for high tea with Raquel (as you can tell we like cake and tea). Marky brought me back Swedish Fish sweets/candy from New York, which we can't get here in England. So, I HAVE to meet him.
Anyway Beas of Bloomsbury is a quaint tea house situated near the beautiful St Pauls Cathedral in London. They bake the most extrodinary cakes, with the most elaborte decorations. Raquel and I ordered the Sweet Tea - A tiered platter of two cupcakes,two miniture meringue topped brownies,two miniture marble cakes, two scones with fresh clotted cream and strawberry jam, one pot of tea. We also had two half baguettes filled with goats cheese and rocket.As you can guess, it was just way too much food.It was defintley a doggy bag situation.
After leaving, we wended our way up to the nearby Hatton Gardens.Hatton Gardens is an area famed for it's expensive jewellery shops. Many a celebrity has had their wedding ring designed by a Hatton Garden jeweller. So of course Raquel and I had to go. We decided to try on wedding rings - perfectly logical - find the rings first, then the husbands. Raquel has decided she would like to get married in a palace. I have decided on a simple wedding with close friends and family but a beautiful dress. We decided to try on rings with huge diamonds.Security looked nervous.
Raquel is going through a pocket watch phase, so we looked for pocket watches too. We found some beautiful antique pocket watches in ornate silver and gold- however £1000 plus for a phase is way too much!
Sunday is ordinarily my day of rest. However, I have been helping a friend to organise their tax returns before the 31st. They rewarded me with a beautifully designed Italian coat. It's so intricate and detailed, that I will have to post pictures. The size was too big though, but they are exchanging it for a smaller one.

Thank you for all your lovely comments and even more awards - thanks Pia, you are lovely. stylish and glamorous!
Miss Neira is doing a fab giveaway here!

Saturday, January 23, 2010

My Award from Inspiration in Italy

Rachel, Inspiration In Italy

Stella McCartney featured at Selfridges

English Countryside


Aston Martin DB9

When Rachel from Inspiration In Italy sent me a message saying she had given me an award,I was just extremely,exceedingly happy. I am still smiling. Rachel is one of the most stylish women on the planet and her blog is outstanding. Thank you again.
I have to answer these questions in one word so here goes!

1. Where is your cell phone? sofa

2. Your hair? black

3. Your mother? beautiful

4. Your father? discovered

5. Your favorite food? Caribbean

6. Your dream last night? food

7. Your favorite drink? water

8. Your dream/goal? success

9. What room are you in? lounge

10. Your hobby? dressing

11. Your fear? failure

12. Where do you want to be in 6 years? bahamas

13. Where were you last night? bed

14. Something you aren't? stupid

15. Muffins? museli

16. Wish list item? DB9

17. Where did you grow up? england

18. Last thing you did? laugh

19. What are you wearing? clothes!

20. Your TV? LG

21. Your pets? none

22. Your friends? lovely

23. Your life? unusual

24. Your mood? light

25. Missing someone? yes

26. Vehicle? Golf

27. Something you're not wearing? jewellery

28. Your favorite store? Selfridges

29. Your favorite color? red

30. When was the last time you laughed? earlier

31. Last time you cried? sunday

32. Your best friend? Jesus

33. One place that I go over and over? blogland

34. One person who emails me regularly? cousin

35. Favorite place to eat? home

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

My First Award!

Lovely Nina from ballerina'sclosetobsession

Debbie The College Years

The Boy From Another Planet

Dragonfly Designs

Emma's Music

Haute Like Wasabi

Inspiration In Italy

Julie Magers Soulen Photography

Junk Jewelry

Delance Fashion Blog

Pixie Dust

My (Stylish) Pursuit of Happiness

The beautiful Nina from ballerina'sclosetobsession has given me my first award. I am so happy and amazed. It feels so nice .Thank you, Nina,you are a ballerina fashionista!
Now for 10 things I am happy for
1. I am happy that I am safe,healthy and have a warm house to sleep in and food to eat everyday.
2. I am happy for my lovely family, friends and including all my wonderful blogpals
3. I am happy for finding something that makes me laugh til I cry almost everday.
4. I am happy for the colour pink.
5. I am happy for Spencer, my sister's new kitten.
6. I am happy for the 1950's vintage coat which only cost me £15.00 and makes me feel like a superstar.
7. I am happy for all the new and up and coming designers in the world, who make the world of fashion a far more interesting place.
8. I am happy for the beauty of the English countryside.
9. I am happy for answered prayers.
10.I am happy for the invention of cupcakes

Now to pass on the award to 10 others, even though I wish it could be many more
I award Debbie The College Years - Thank you Debbie for being one my second follower and all your lovely comments. You blog is fascinating and so well written. You are pretty and pure hearted.
I award A Boy From Another Planet - you should be a journalist, your blogs are varied, intelligent and funny too. You can almost nearly do the splits.Way more people should be following you!!
I award Dragonfly Designs - your blog is full to brimming of wonderful items of fashion and beauty - the heart shaped paperweights are simply divine!
I award Emma's Music - Your rendition of My Fair Lady's - All I Want Is a Room Somewhere deserves many awards. The guest blogger piece on Audrey Hepburn is simply dreamy
I award Haute like Wasabi - Your blog is always a delightful place to visit, you are a supermodel. Your fashion/penguin blog is so inspired!
I award Inspiration in Italy - your sense of style is as stunning as the Italian architecture that surrounds you.I am transported from my living room to Italy evertime I visit your blog. You should be in a movie!
I award Julie Magers Soulen- Your photography is breathtaking. I like your name - it's so sophisticated. You have earned your place as a Blog of Note.
I award Junk Jewelry - Finding your blog is like finding money - it's so cool. I have discovered some of the most amazing jewellery ever on your blog
I award Delancefashion Blog - The Delance Fashion Community you have launched is fantastic. I love dynamic fashion forums such as this, that helo make fashion happen!
I award Pixie Dust for her fabulous blog and making me appreciate my hometown even more. Your latest blog on meeting the stars is the best! Hee hee.

Lenka, I wanted to award you to for your awesome blog My (Stylish) Pursuit of Happiness, however, someone beat me to it! You deserve an award everyday!