Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Barbour + Liberty = Brit Dream Team

If two English establishments fuse in fashion it can only mean a seriously stylish collision! When equally iconic Barbour and Liberty of London first paired I was MORE than excited.

Barbour have combined their heritage jackets with Liberty's bold prints and the results ooze quintessential English style. Their classically rugged and mannish coats have been given a feminine twist with gorgeous Liberty print linings; perfect for winter walks and country weekends. This collaboration is the only way to do the outdoors this winter!

I love Barbour and I love Liberty so any combination involving these two will mean an empty wallet! My favourite is the Lord Paisley jacket (see below) but I recently purchased their classic navy wax so I really shouldn't buy another...but I really like it!

Here's a peak...

Purple Carnine Liberty Print Beadnell Jacket, Barbour

Dominika Liberty Print Beadnell Jacket, Barbour
Lord Paisley Liberty Print Beadnell Jacket, Barbour

Flyweight Rose Liberty Print Sapper Jacket, Barbour

Flyweight Rose Liberty Print Beadnell Jacket, Barbour

All jackets are avaliable to buy online at Liberty

Images: Liberty of London

Thursday, 21 July 2011

Coffee Table Books: Influence by Mary-Kate & Ashley Olsen

I adore coffee table books; I read passages, gaze at images, put them down, and return to them time and again. For me, they are a vast source of inspiration and I am forever on the look out for a new one. I do have a few which I rate most beloved and they generally cover fashion and style, interiors, music and food. Over the course of Novateur I will blog about the books I keep in my personal collection and review new ones as I add to my stash. There will be a link at the end telling you where you can buy each book.
So, lets get started...

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen

My boyfriend bought me this book for my last birthday and it exceeded all my expectations and then some.

I love the Olsens and find their style inspirational. I love The Row, I love Elizabeth and James, I love their sister Elizabeth and yes, I'll even admit it, I loved Two of a Kind. However, the first and most notable point I shall make is that this book is not so much about them. Through insightful interviews with inspiring artists and spectacular imagery Mary-Kate and Ashley explain quite simply who, you guessed it, influence them.

This really is a true fashionistas book; the interviews cover movers and shakers in fashion, art, photography and interior design. The articles and interviews are in-depth and honest and the twins guide us on a private tour through each artistic world. Prior to each interview Mary-Kate & Ashley divulge how they discovered the artists work, why it inspires them and what they have taken from it. Their love for each artist is completely unpretentious and you really believe they are in awe of their work. They go on to reveal how this love, their knowledge and their interest in these people has transpired into real friendships and the pages are littered with personal photographs.

Visually the book is sensational and crammed with eye candy. You’ll find sketches, personal Polaroids and stunning fashion photography. It's the sort of book you can look through over and over which makes it the perfect companion for your coffee table.

Mary-Kate's shoes

Of course there are parts on Mary-Kate and Ashley, but not as many as you would have expected. As well as interviewing people who they’ve been influenced by, they also interview themselves; allowing us to hear their inner thoughts through open and honest answers. They discuss their childhood, their love and admiration for one another and what they have learnt from each other as sisters and as business partners. They discuss their work ethic and explain how they apply themselves to their creativity. Furthermore each twin has made an image collage of their various passions and added narration to navigate the reader. 
This section is great but is by no means the body of the book, although I’m sure it keeps the super-fans happy who will be more than pleased with this rare and candid openness.

Overall this book is marvellous and top of my list of coffee table favourites. It’s sort of like a dream blog; if you turned the pages into blog posts it would be the most interesting read on the net. I also liked Mary-Kate and Ashley even more after reading this and their genuine passion for the arts shines throughout. You believe they let this passion into every aspect of their lives and not just through how they dress. Even if you aren’t an Olsen fan, I would still recommend as the interviews and images are enough to illuminate the eyes of any fashionista and I can assure that you will be overflowing with ideas and inspiration after reading this book.
A real must have...

You can buy Influence at Amazon

Images: Influence

Wednesday, 20 July 2011

Novateur Playlists - The Sixties

Heavy Petal is the new music section on my blog and it is here I will be sharing my playlists. First up is the sixties! It was so difficult narrowing it down as I love so many songs from this decade but I'm finally there. Please click on the links (the song title) to hear the songs and watch the videos I have found.


I Saw Her Again Last Night
The Mamas and the Papas

Strangers In The Night
Frank Sinatra

Do You Want to Know a Secret
The Beatles

Leader of The Pack
The Shangri-Las

Brigitte Bardot and Serge Gainsbourg

Scott Walker

Lay Lady Lay
Bob Dylan

Sounds of Silence
Simon and Garfunkel

Wild Thing
The Troggs

 Je t'aime... moi non plus (I LOVE this video and I LOVE Birkin)
Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

The Mamas & the Papas

Wouldn't It Be Nice
The Beach Boys

Like a Rolling Stone (A great live performance here)
Bob Dylan

The Righteous Brothers

Elvis Presley

Sonny & Cher

I hope you've enjoyed!

Thursday, 14 July 2011

Review: Models Own Nail Polish

I was recently sent a small selection of Models Own nail polish to test. I received 'Top Turquoise', 'Pastel Pink' and 'Gold Rush'.

First up was 'Top Turquoise' which I was really excited about trying as this is my favourite colour and I am constantly on the look out for a great bright version. However, when I unwrapped the package I was more than disappointed to find Top Turquoise was in fact more 'Top Teal'. The picture on the website shows a really bright shade of turquoise whereas in reality the colour is heavily muted. Even so, upon application the polish smoothes on great and the appliance brush is narrow which enables a neat finish. After just one coat the colour is blocked and is in no way transparent (pet hate). The consistency is strong and the polish stays put; I wore it to Glastonbury and only had to reapply once.
Overall the only criticism I can give is with regards to the colour. I really wouldn't call it turquoise, it is definitely teal. Alas, if you like teal then do grab one of these. Aside from shade name accuracy, I can’t fault it.

Next I tried 'Pastel Pink' and was really pleased. The result is a block light pink which sort of reminded me of a Barbie doll's nails! I applied two coats, and as you can see, the results were great. The varnish has a smooth and shiny finish and definitely looks as though you have applied a glossy top coat. It’s a really nice shade for summer and one I will definitely be buying again.

Last (and by all means least) I tried 'Gold Rush'. This polish came out completely transparent and it took five coats to get the deep shade you can see in the photographs (by which time my nails had become thick and gloopy.) From the outside you would think you were getting a good metallic block shade but instead you get a watered down and glitter based paint. It is extremely shimmery, which is lovely and sparkly, but I can't help believing it’s just a clear polish mixed with gold glitter. It is not the solid gold I thought I was getting. It does look nice in the photographs, but remember, I had to apply five coats to reach that shade so I can't imagine it would last very long. I think I will continue in my quest to find a great metallic gold. If anyone knows of one…let me know!

Overall Top Turquoise and Pink Pastel are great (the prior just needs a name change). The results are bright and they are deep in tone. The paint is smooth, stays on and doesn't chip. However, I think anyone buying Gold Rush would be disappointed with the result as you don’t get what you see through the bottle.

The Models Own website has a huge section of polish and my disappointment in Gold Rush hasn't deterred me from wanting to try more. There are a couple of other shades of gold I am going to try so perhaps one of those will be the perfect golden I am after. I particularly like the look of the neon shades and the rest of the pastel shades look appealing too. I will keep you posted.

Finally; price. In Boots each polish is either £5 or £6. Online at Models Own there is an offer were you can buy three and save £3 or buy five and save £7 . Shipping is £2.95 so you can save a little this way.

Please use the link for full information on how to purchase Models Own nail polish.

Images: Novateur

Monday, 11 July 2011

Trend Watch: Topshop A/W 11 Preview

This A/W Topshop brings us four new trends: 'Psychobilly', 'Thrift', 'Glamrock' and 'Bavaria'. Here's a sneak preview and Novateur's guide to each collection.

Novateur: '50s styling with a rough edge. Think sleek masculine tailoring, leather and eclectic prints. Remember 70s New York, rock n roll and CBGB’s. Throw in some Danny Zuko and round off with a quiff or retro pin curls.'

Thrift (Prim & Polished)
Novateur: 'Think vintage; this collection references the 60s and 70s with added war time inspired pieces for good measure. It’s prim, it’s geeky and it’s something your grandma will probably have worn. Go granny chic with tea dresses, blouses and fur trimmed coats. Think Alexa Chung, long socks, clumpy shoes and cute jumpers.'

Novateur: 'Kate Moss meets Studio 54. Channel your inner rock star and pull out the night-time glitz. Wrap up in jet faux fur or hot pink shaggy goats skin. Stand out in skinny trousers, sparkly separates, glittery platforms and seventies inspired hats.'

Novateur: 'Folk law goes modern. Bavaria is a contemporary way to wrap up warm this winter. Go bohemian with luxe coats, cosy fur and chunky knits. Clash prints and layer up. Stylish yet practical.'

Images: Topshop