Friday, 20 February 2015

#LFW: Press Passes at the Ready! |

What is your favourite day of the year? Some may say their Birthday, or Christmas, or Hannukah or maybe even their Anniversary (well..I am single so *X*) not forgetting Valentine's Day (OH that happened already? I think my roses got run over by I didn't receive any? That's weird?). Yeah...Not me. Whilst it covers 5 days (EVEN BETTER) and happens twice a year in both February and September (DOUBLE WHAMMY); I can officially say that LONDON FASHION WEEK is my all time favourite event in the Calendar. Whilst all Fashion Week's are to be watched and adored worldwide, LFW is by far my favourite overall, not only is it close to home, we get to see the most creative, influential and up and coming British designers showcase their work right on our very doorstep. LFW doesn't stop on the catwalk, we can expect to see the hottest cocktail spots swarming with our favourite industry faves, from models, to designers to our very favourite fashion bloggers swarming from near and far. It really is the ultimate fashion fest! I mean lets be honest, London really is THE fashion capital of the world!

Ready. Steady. Runway! The LFW #hashtag will undoubtedly be trending for the next 5 days.NO? MORE, with both Twitter and Instagram being the ultimate go-to portals for the most up-to-date fashion fixes and latest live videos straight from the catwalk; not forgetting the ever-inspiring and mouth-watering street style shots from the most sought-after photographers in London. There is no better place to start doing a few outfit steals and gaining some real outfitspo from the chicest on the streets.

So with that in mind what can we expect to see this season? As Gareth Pugh makes a come-back on his home turf, I predict to see a McQueen-esque performance with Pugh hopefully immersing us with his androgynous style meets cubic city skylines, as he creates his renowned masterpieces of style. I'm looking forward to the sparkle and female touches from Mary Katrantzou whilst I am almost certain Matthew Williamson will grace us all with his splash of vibrant colours and intricate patterns that bring out the sparkle in all of our eyes.

I am not lucky enough to be seated at the shows...YET...BOO HOO! So I have turned to none other than Instagram and Twitter for my Live updates from my favourite fashion insiders. I thought I would brighten up your mornings and share some of my best picks so far from the savvy portals that make not being there bearable...just.

Bea {x}

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Defending My Decision To Wear Fur... |

As the temperature drops to what feel like below freezing, I reach into my closet for my mink fur coat, wrapping myself up, whilst preparing to brave the cold...

I bought this Mink coat from Beyond Retro, a renowned vintage shop in Soho - I did not buy this new therefore it has passed through generations

FUR, the word itself has caused controversial debates for decades. From protests involving red paint being thrown over people adorning fur coats, to abuse being screamed at you in the streets. As a fur wearer, I too have engaged in many debates over the matter. Do I condone the immobilisation of fur-farmed which as PETA plus footage (which I don't dare watch again) shows us...NO! Why should any animal be treated with such cruelty, it's truly inhumane and un-imaginable to try and even understand why animals are so mistreated in our world. On the contrary, I find the way the world pipes up baffling sometimes. As humans have evolved they have undoubtedly become crueler, one could say to the more hopeless, in this case, animals, but is doesn't end with fur...

Beauty products...lets have a think about this one for a second. Who remembers Jaqueline Traide? No..? Well let me remind you; Miss Traide carried out a brutal and extreme re-enactment of the animal testing procedure undergone by global brands to make the every day beauty products that no doubt, sit on our dressing tables today. Whilst the Oxford student didn't ACTUALLY undergo such barbaric tests in real, it was enough to raise enough eyebrows or make you gag. I will refresh your memory..

Images c/o the Daily Mail

This is a classic example of what is called the free rider effect, people will speak up on Facebook now and again or make comments but don't actually protest hard enough to make an actual impact whilst others just sit and wait for someone else to make that impact. This of course doesnt account for everyone, but many. So we gasp, we look on in disgust and we may even tell our friends about it, or better so, an onlooker may take a photo on their smartphone and upload it to Facebook just as I have added these photo's to my post - BUT - do we still use these beauty products now? Because even after seeing that, how many of you, who protest against fur or have posted articles and videos on Facebook can honestly say that all the products you use have NOT been tested on animals? Hmmm.. here are a few products that have undergone various and multiple tests on animals:

- Clearasil (for those dreaded spots that you try and desperately clear...)
- Clinique (one of the leading skincare and make up specialists)
- Max Factor (I myself use max factor make up, do you?)
- Nurofen (now this one surprised me, then again not really... I know that pretty much every single person I know takes Nurofen including me, and I bet you didn't know this was tested on animals.)
- Venus
- Bobbi Brown
- Garnier

To name but a few. So many products are made through undergoing animal testing and even some that claim that they aren't, still ARE...OH but... in China, so apparently it's OK. Brands such as Avon and Covergirl have chosen to sell in markets that require (by law) animal testing on their products before they are allowed to sell in that market.

Where am I going with this? Because, I use some of these products, and yes I do not agree with how animals are treated, but one thing that is forever baffling me, is that the people who often criticise me for wearing fur are usually contradicting their own beliefs. Maybe because they are misinformed, or maybe they have chosen not to inform themselves fully. Many of these people may not wear or buy fur, yes, but do in fact use multiple beauty products that have been tested on animals; in cruel and barbaric environments and against their will, so how can this be justified?

Animals are helpless without a voice, they can cry and cry but won't be heard, because unless you are a lion which can't be tamed they are usually smaller, weaker and unequipped to deal with such a situation. To be honest, even a lion can be captured these days, for example a poacher using a tranquiliser gun can can capture a predator, so high in the food chain in a matter of seconds. Again, another barbaric offence and crime is poaching; the killing off  of the most beautiful creatures on our earth and for what reason? An unjustifiable one.

The world keeps on spinning and the killing doesn't stop. Will it ever really stop? I believe the killing will never stop whether it's for fur, meat, beauty or vain; just as I believe as long as there is religion there will be war. So how can we live in a society where there is moral peace? I do not believe that protesters should stop protesting because without demand there would not be supply, however, someone who wears a fur coat is not a demon or a sinner. They should not have red paint thrown on them nor be called a murderer in the street, they did not slaughter the animal and their story has not been heard.

I own 2 mink furs. One I bartered down in a vintage shop in Soho, probably generations old, now passed onto me, and the other was handed down to me by my best friend's family when her grandmother sadly passed. Does this make me a murderer or a bad person for wearing these furs? No. Protesters should keep on protesting and trust me, I too believe the way the animals are skinned is beyond barbaric and I myself refuse to watch the videos. However as a protester know your boundaries and your rights, the consumer isn't the enemy by which you should penalise and it is utterly ridiculous. Needless to say, I am sure you enjoy wearing leather shoes or that Gucci bag you got last week...well how do you think that was made?

In reality the slaughtering of cattle is equally appalling especially when you look at the statistics penned against the figures for those animals killed for fur. "In 2012 about 9 billion farm animals were slaughtered by the meat industry in the U.S. alone; the number for fur animals is 50 million worldwide. One fur coat can be worn for generations, while a steak is consumed in half an hour. I know these facts don't make fur morally stainless, but I have to wonder why the revulsion is so much more instantaneous when it comes to fur" as Pamela Evans says, I can't beg to differ. Fur can be worn for generations, passed down, restored and loved year on out, yet that steak you had at dinner was consumed within half an hour, no, less. Yet you obviously don't abstain from eating meat, wearing leather or using beauty products tested on animals. I can't speak for you all only for the people I know and have encountered over the years through studying fashion and general conversation.

For centuries fur has been used for warmth and I cannot fault it's practicality. Any wearer of fur knows that if you're going to wear it whether it be rabbit, fox, mink, there will be opinions so be prepared to hear them... I don't believe in any form of animal cruelty, however, I also do know I can't stop it, there are some things I feel I can help stop in this world, but to me I am fighting a losing battle that I cannot justify for; for I eat meat and wear many of the products produced by brands who condone animal testing not forgetting the leather on my sofa and my handbags and more. I am not a horrible person, I have a huge heart which is used to love many animals, in fact all the animals I encounter in life.

Vegetarians and vegans don't feel the need to throw food at carnivores, when far more cattle are killed for meat than for fur. Instead we live in a society of understanding and norm, so I find it hard to justify why I must defend myself every time for wearing fur. Yes eating meat is part of our food chain, but how come vegetarians and vegans claim to live such healthy and sustainable lives? When someone tries to show me clips of animals being skinned in cages, I can't bear it and leave the room as I don't want to see animals suffering, just like some people don't like watching gory or scary movies. So if you have something to say about me or someone else wearing fur, just ask yourself do you eschew meat and leather or use beauty products that have in fact been tested on animals?

Now there's some food for thought...

Friday, 23 January 2015

Date Night |

Oh the joys of being hideously single in the lead up to Valentine's Day... I joke (slash literally dying inside). With my darling doll Darcey heading back to UNAAAAY tomorrow we decided to have one of our classic date nights...ours are pretty great I am not going to lie; usually because they are swarming with delicious and sometimes devilish food which we honestly inhale at every opportunity. That moment when we realised we had demolished 3 whole cheeses between we can't have...might as well have eaten a cow.

The Rules of Date Night:
1) Your House? You Cook
2) Not Your House? Bring 2 bottles of Vino Rouge or Prosecco (1 each OBV)...make it 3
3) You are not allowed to complain about general calorie intake or make any negative comments towards the food... it will be offended
4) There MUST be chocolate

Move over Nigella Lawson.. whilst we honestly think we are Michelin star chef's, last night's meal was scrumptious beyond belief. I was in charge of making my flavour fusion salad which I currently cannot get enough of (recipe below), whilst Darcey prepared her classic garlic chicken. NOM NOM NOM.

In addition to our homemade meal, made with love, we had carrots and pepper dipped in homous and Tabasco (favourite snack ALERT). For all you Nandos lovers out there, the sauce they put in their homous...Tabasco is a better alternative. We then had a cheeseboard for Desert with Brie, Port Salut and Camembert, grapes and crackers. We are crackers. We washed it all down with 3 and a half bottles of Vino Rouge... #dryjan

Bea's Flavour Fusion Salad
(literally makes your taste buds go cray)

- Handful of Flat leaf Parsley
- Handful of Basil
- Sweet Red Jalapeno Peppers (You can find these in Waitrose in a jar by fajitas)
- Rocket leaves
- Spinach leaves
- 2 Tomato's
- 1/4 Cucumber
- 5 rashers of Streaky Bacon
- Shavings of Parmesan
- Basil Oil
- Salt 'n' Pepper

Make it happen:
1) Break up the basil and parsley in your hand and throw in a bowl along with the rocket and the spinach
2) Slice the tomato's into segments and slice the cucumber 4 ways into triangles and throw them in
3) Fry the bacon - no oil needed - until VERY crispy - place on kitchen towel to soak up excess fat and break into pieces and throw it in the bowl
4) Drizzle with basil oil (this is delicious with salads) and toss the salad
5) Finally, garnish with Jalapenos to add spice, sprinkle with the glitter which is Parmesan and season with salt and pepper!

Prepare for an explosion of flavour and texture in a matter of minutes.
Loves it!

YAAAAAWWWNNN. Kisses from Princess {x}

Bea {x}

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

More Issues than Vogue |



NO..not the red light..DAMMIT! OK so...totally my fault, my camera ran out of battery (I forgot to charge it) and it made that dreaded beeping noise EURGH!!!

Beeps never tend to be a happy sound...lets think about this for a second:

BEEP (out of battery)
BEEP BEEP BEEP (alarm clock)
BEEEEEEP (Car horn - usually means danger)

Yeah, you guessed it, I do not like beeping noises, and this beeping noise in particular meant that I had to shoot this look on my iPhone, which will do but the quality isn't great, so sorry Dolls!

Don't you just love that feeling you get when you find a really great outfit and you're like TOTAL LOVE! Yeah. That's how I feel about this one.. after tearing my wardrobe apart trying to filter through my already worn clothes, I couldn't help but feel completely hopeless! WHAT TO WEAR!?!

Then it just all fell into place as per. Oh another all-black outfit? Oh but darling:

"Women who wear black, lead colourful lives"
- Neiman Marcus

This is the first time I have worn my Chanel pearls and oh how I love them. They are beyond beautiful, dazzling in fact and yet I haven't found an outfit with which I can pair them with...Until now!

Chanel pearls are classic and timeless and every Chanel woman wants them. However, I don't want to look middle-aged when I am 21 as they are quite the statement for a young woman, therefore they have been guarded in their box with it's bow wrapped tight eagerly awaiting to be worn. As I pieced together this rock-chic look, all black everything, I thought to myself 'something, just something is missing to just accentuate, compliment and break up the black...' Then it all fell into place, and VOILA!

This outfit was perfect for Daniella and Ben's bday bash! Happy Birthday Dolls! Thank you for a wonderful evening!
What I Wore:
Crop Top - Missguided
Lamb Skin Leather Skirt - American Apparel
Black Overcoat - Zara
Fur Gilet - Ebay
Fedora Hat - Primark (Love this! In stock now!)
Pearls - Chanel
Platform Heels - Miu Miu
Backpack - H&M
Bea {x}

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

WANTED! Clothes Hoarder |

CLOTHES, C.L.O.T.H.E.S, C L O T H E S (I just got that thing where you stare at a word for too long and repeat it back to yourself with the thought like IS THAT A WORD? That sounds bizarre? How can the word clothes ever sound bizarre? Maybe I am going mad...)


As my mother would confirm I am a complete clothes hoarder, I need another fact we have had to turn the loft into another wardrobe, so we can switch between seasons? Sounds ridiculous doesn't it, with there being rails and rails of clothes complemented with flurries of anti-moth distillers - Bit of a de-tour if you need something right? Well, I just can't throw away clothes because I know that one day I will wear them! Whether I lose weight (slash I will never be a size 4 again), put on weight (too likely for my liking) or I mean what happens if that trend comes back in fashion (I know it will)? Sometimes, I get attached to particular items of clothing which in due course are taken from me - it's an ongoing joke with my dad and my step-mum seeing as they are the ones that usually force me to ditch them!

In relation to my clothes hoarding...There was this American Apparel, white, crop shirt. Dad...remember this one? We still laugh about it today... (even though I am suspicious of its whereabouts) I loved how light-weight it was; I only used it for it's collar which I wore under dresses and jumpers galore. It got to the point where I had quite literally worn it to death and had ripped. I resorted to ripping off the collar and doing a bit of DIY fashion and...Voila! I had a detachable collar.

Where has it gone? I DO NOT KNOW! After rummaging around for this minuscule bit of fabric here and there for weeks. It has gone. RIP.

So... I leave you all with this...there will be a reward...

Bea {x}

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Bonne Annee Dolls! |

So I suppose I should kick off by wishing all my darling dolls

Seeing as I spent my New Year's in France, it is no surprise that strike midnight, this was the phrase heard echoing over the french alps, but in other words HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that 2015 brings you love, happiness, good GREAT health, prosperity and all that you wished for and more.

New year's resolutions??? Well.... I'm not doing dry January because.. 1) I don't need to and 2) I don't want to NOT drink any vino rouge, nor am I eliminating chocolate from my diet (as in NO FRIGGIN why would you do that to yourself). So my new year's resolution is to concentrate on The Sartorial Doll by blogging as much as I can as opposed to writing sporadic posts now and again and being happy. I have SUCH a good feeling about 2015 and I feel that this is the year a lot will change in my life and I am determined to make my dreams become a reality. I find the journey we take in life SO exciting...these younger years are like the piecing of  a puzzle! IT IS THE BEST BIT!

I thought I would do a motivational post to kick-start 2015! I am forever getting lost in the world of Pinterest, gazing over quote after quote after quote (positive ones of course) because they make you think, I love thinking....always thinking and dreaming, now it's time to step up and make those dreams become a reality.

I hope 2015 is the year you all achieve your dreams...enjoy my darling dolls and love the life you live, we only get one so ya better make it amazing!

OH...and a lot...fall in love and be crazy and weird and don't worry about what people think of you..haterz are always gonna hate, that's life (they're the ones missing out)...and love yourself, be yourself.

Here are some of my favourite quotes to inspire you...


Bea {x}