Shacked Up At The Chateau

May 12, 2010

Random Wednesday

Filed under: Fashion,Hair,Models,Shoes — shackedupatthechateau @ 8:03 pm
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May 11, 2010

Feet don’t fail me now

Filed under: Fashion,Life,Love,Shoes — shackedupatthechateau @ 11:58 pm

What the hell is wrong with my brain? I just purchased these freak shows from OK, so I know, I know. Don’t say it out loud because I don’t wanna hear it. I tell myself that they are by Charles Anastase or Marni…anything in fact other than the dreaded Simpson. But, you see, I just had to have them. They fit my personal style too well to pass up. My family and friends keep telling me I was born out of time because I am obsessed with just about every style fad from the roaring 20’s to the hippy dippy 70’s. Nothing after. I don’t do “modern” well at all. I am not comfortable. Geeky, goofball women with an addiction to uproarious belly laughter and pulling silly faces and mischievous pranks seldom do modern well. This is what I tell myself anyway. It helps. Anyway, back to the shoes. So I bought them because I been having night sweats over the Charles Anastase ones which I couldn’t bring myself to buy and these Dany platforms are the closest I could find in shape and height without the circus factor. I can’t wait to wear with knee high socks and shorts! OMG just thinking about it is giving me the damn DT’s. Seriously, the postman better hurry up if he knows what’s good for him!

I got them in the Black Intense Nappa. Needing a second opinion before hitting the “buy” button, I found strength enough to relinquish the mouse and put my hand on my phone and I called my husband. You might as well know it now; dude is like my best girl friend and I don’t mean  it in any emasculating way at all, living with him is definitely the same thrill I’d get if I were living with my best friend. We go shopping all the time and discuss shapes and colour and print etc etc and its so much fun. Just to set the record straight, he was not always like that you dig me. He was more the cheap beer jeans ‘n’ shirt type but ya know mama changed that in a jiffy! So anyway, he gave me the green light. I was like “should I get em? Should I? What do you think?” And all the while doing that weird crazy-boggle-eyed woman insane laughter thing. Yeah, you’re out there and you know I m am not alone. Pleeeease hurry up Mr. Postman. Puhlease.

In case you haven’t as yet heard, these were the stupid heights at which heels soared last season. Check out the Charles Anastase ones which I passed up because they really are ridiculous. Not sure how tall the heels are but I would guess somewhere around 8 inches whereas the Dany ones are a little over 5 inches. BTW there is a picture of Pixie Geldof totally eating tarmac in a pair of his creations!

And for the rest of it because if you know me, then you know that I just can’t buy a pair of shoes without getting a new outfit to go with them. So here is my shopping for today. Time well spent I think. Internet I could kiss you!

First up is this adorable washed silk romper by Geren Ford at

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Next up is the Tatiana Jumpsuit by Indah which I think is the perfect outfit for long haul flights this summer.

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Another romper (am I obsessed?) by Free People, this time a floral cutie that seems to have that “thrifted” vibe written all over it.

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I am over the romper thing now.

May 5, 2010

Diane Kruger

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 8:07 pm

This outfit is so sweet it hurts my teeth! I want it.

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Diane Kruger in a Valentino dress and Isabel Marant faux fur coat, at the Golden Camera Awards in Berlin.

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I Am Loathed To Admit It But…

Filed under: Fashion,Hair — shackedupatthechateau @ 7:35 pm

I reaaally reaaally like the short shag hairdo that Victoria Beckham sported last year. This woman, urghhh irritates me. I never completely “got” her. She seems too uptight for my tastes and I firmly believe that fashion should be fun and comfortable subsequently I have always found her to be a-lot-a-bit of a try hard. Severity in anything especially fashion puts me right off! Anywhoo, for some reason that I haven’t quite worked out the “why’” of yet, the hairstyle below actually makes her look good. Not jus good but sexy, young and casual. Even with those stupid stilettos that are permanently glued to her feet. Kinda get the feeling though that if she had chosen to wear anything other than the vest top and grey skinnies, I may not have liked this look at all. But she did and I do. I like it a little too much. Now, where are my scissors…?

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April 27, 2010

Alexa Chung. Let us all try to get along, shall we?

Filed under: Beauty,Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 6:12 pm

I dig Alexa Chung. I really do. From her face to her lanky legs to her skinny frame and her penchant for quirky mismatched clothes. This girl epitomises true London style in all its eccentric devil-may-care tongue-in-cheek glory.
I have been lucky enough in the past to have been invited to some of the fashionable events and parties where Miss Chung was also in attendance (it’s not what you know dear but who you know, ahem) and I can tell you unequivocally that she really is that pretty in real life. The girl is a knock-out. Simple fact. Refusing to believe differently does not change this fact. And if that were not enough she is also possessed of a very funny British sense of humour which I believe in part hails from her pin sharp witticism and observances that she likes to…share out loud.
But of late there has been a lot of negativity aimed at her and maybe this has something in part to do with her rise in popularity and therefore her subsequent rise on the fashion radar which has seen her move up the ranks to the point where she has become an icon and muse du jour to many a fashionista.
I’m interested in breaking this hate-fest down. I want to put my own spin, if I may, on why certain girls and women feel the need to dislike her and others of the same type. I think it is important to do so. I don’t just want to sum it up as jealousy even though this is what it amounts to in the end, for that would be far too easy a dismissal. I want to understand a lot more than that. Please stop reading here if you are easily offended.
For instance, the women who claim to hate her (face) are normally very short of stature, toping 5’ 2” at the very most. With short stumpy stocky legs that lack any true definition between thigh, calf and ankle. They are probably also carrying love handles on the sides of their short torsos. Their necks are short and their faces are flat, wide and featureless like their noses. These women can find beauty only in others who look exactly like them. Women who define beauty by wearing long tresses of wavy mermaid hair placed just so over the shoulders. Coloured contact lenses are also de rigour. I am talking about the kind of look glorified by such magazines as ViVi who employ half-pint “models” such as Sara Mary, Jun and Rinka to be the pin-ups of the short disgruntled women I am talking about today. Yes I placed the word “model” in inverted commas because lets face it, while it is true every country has its own definition of beauty, the real money making powerhouse of fashion resides in the West, in Europe and America. It would be impossible for a girl like Sara Mary to scrape her hair off her face into a tight severe pony tail , not I hasten to add into a cutesy puffy, tendril falling, face framing top knot! And wash her face free of makeup, wear the simple models uniform of skinny jeans with a plain white or black t-shirt and some heels and expect to have any luck what-so-ever on a go-see when in competition with a 5’ 11” chiselled creature with cheekbones so sharp it could cut glass! It wouldn’t happen, not in this universe anyway. Perhaps you haven’t heard of ViVi or these models of which I speak but it is quite easy to find if you browse the international section of any decent magazine store.
But, here is the kicker. These same women secretly love and therefore begrudge the very features which they claim to hate in others. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the men they date and marry. These men are nearly always their exact opposite. Tall while the women are short. Thin and lanky while the women are stumpy, stocky and petite (petite is not the same as skinny. Skinny is bony whilst petite can encompass anything that is tiny). A sharply defined chiselled face whilst the women’s are flat, broad and devoid of contours. Classically handsome opposing the not so. Even the skin tone more often than not is different. What does all this mean? Opposites do attract! And the good news is, this is great for the gene pool.
And if you are out there and happen to be reading this and experiencing that sick feeling in your stomach because deep inside you know this post applies to you, well, I want you to understand something quite important: we can all see it quite easily when you are out together with your man. The world is not blind! Really doesn’t matter how you try to disguise it and fix your mermaid hair or make-up or what clothes cover your body or indeed the way you always pose for photographs favouring a semi profile shot with chin either tucked down or sticking right up and out and lips that are extended and pouted ( a trick used so often by the non photogenic and insecure).
These women I speak of go for men who are their direct opposites because they can appreciate and understand this kind of beauty in a man. In a man, it is non threatening. For females who see every other woman as competition (even after they are married), the world of tall, skinny, contoured and beautiful is a very daunting and scary place. So it makes perfect sense that they build armour by pretending to be indifferent and by creating a private world which protects and nurtures only the type of “beauty” which they can easily attain and therefore understand. For my two cents, I think it is a very small world they live in where reality is warped to suit a required belief.
I don’t like it at all. True, we all need to feel better about ourselves but surely it should not be at the cost of reality! Or is reality nothing more than ones perspective of the truth? I leave it to you to answer.
The jig is up ladies. Hatred is a horrible thing. Let us have no more of it.
OK. Enough, I’ve said my piece and I am satisfied. Let’s have a girl crush moment and perv on a few Alexa Chung pictures.
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April 26, 2010

Beauty SS 2010

Filed under: Beauty,Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 5:28 pm

At the Spring/Summer 2010 shows we saw a welcome return to smoky eyes, bright eye shadows guaranteed to make any eye colour pop and lips in searing hot acid magenta, corals and oranges…

It’s a small thing, nothing but a detail really but boy am I in love with Chanel’s 505 Particuliere! A very strange taupe like grey colour. Odd and interesting.

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April 22, 2010

Naughty But Nice

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 1:14 am

OK. Today I want to discuss underwear. Not so much the trend that has been going around as of late (and will not die) of wearing underwear as outerwear but underwear that has the ability to be pretty, feminine, good quality and lets face it, seductive. Even if there is no one in particular to seduce it is just so nice and empowering I think to feel sexy under clothing. Its a confidence thing I think. Whenever I have nice lingerie on I instantly feel better, my head is up, my shoulders thrown back and there’s a lengthy leggy stride to my normally quick walk.
For years, in fact ever since they opened their first branch in Soho London, I have been a fan of Agent Provocateur. From the second you walk in and are greeted by the delicious 40’s inspired red lipstick wearing sales assistants in their sexy button down nurse uniform and the plush satin and velvet surroundings. It is just sooo plush. A little guilty pleasure. I remember one time I was shopping in there and Kylie Minogue was looking through some bra’s. Terrific! I can’t remember what she bought I couldn’t stop looking at her and thinking how pretty she is.
Myla is another good brand and La Perla and so is Fleur Of England, these suit my personality and form well.
I don’t normally wear a bra, in fact I hardly ever do. I much prefer the way t-shirts and blouses and sweaters look without one on me, more…natural. But when I do wear one I like it to match my knickers (panties). I like matching underwear and I like it to have a theme, whether 50’s inspired or all black or animal print or all lace. It just has to match and follow through to what I am wearing over it.

April 20, 2010

All Over Breton

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 11:26 pm

Some things just are. Like Breton Stripes. Everybody loves this classic Fishermans style. Simple, elegant and understated. Dress it up or down, doesn’t matter one bit. It is the perfect little number to adopt and remake in your own style. My very first flirtation with Breton Stripes was at the tender age of five and I clearly remember a sweatshirt with three little buttons on the left shoulder and I practically lived in it until it fell apart at the seams. Stripes have been my favourite go to pattern ever since.

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Eye Candy Galore!

Filed under: Editorials,Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 4:38 pm

Some editorials have the power to catch our eye and remain planted in our memories. This can happen for many many different reasons. For me, personally I can be moved by the simple beauty of a sharply contoured face, a whimsical setting, and I have a particular penchant for hazy photography.  But most of the time I am drawn by the clothes. I like nothing more than to trawl through magazines (hard copy and online) and get inspiration for my own closet. Here are some images that inspire the way I dress myself on almost a daily basis. From this you can tell I practically live in skinny jeans, black leggings and tiny jean shorts teamed with loose fit t-shirts and yes, my hair is normally pulled back away from my face. I guess I would say my style is casual, tight/body conscious (I’m very thin and shaped like a pole so I play that up. My legs I would say are my main body feature so I expose them the way some women prefer to play up a large cleavage (which I don’t have). My clothes are not very colourful because I like black too much). What type of photographs are you drawn to most and why?

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April 14, 2010

Pretty Little Something’s

Filed under: Fashion — shackedupatthechateau @ 1:23 am

There are some things a girl just can’t live without. Like oxygen and… Marni 5.5 inch wedges! My hit-list as of now consists of said wedges and Foley & Corinna bags, a huge kiss-my-knuckle statement ring by Delphine-Charlotte Parmentier, a Stella McCartney zebra print tank top. She’s also done a to-die-for jumpsuit that I can see myself living inside of.  And finally but not least for I shall be posting some other “wants” soon…a sweet little striped jacket by Tory Burch. I do wish the stripes were a little thinner and closer together, a bit more like breton stripes perhaps but I shall still go and try and it on anyway.

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