Tuesday, 14 October 2014

3 ways to wear a vintage leather skirt

Leather or leather-look skirts are one of those items that can be notoriously difficult to style: it can be all to easy to veer into sleazy territory or look and feel uncomfortable while wearing them.

But leather skirts are actually perfect for the colder seasons and can be incredibly versatile. And we'd always advocate choosing a vintage one - for around the same price as a faux-leather skirt off the high street you can get a gorgeous supple and soft real leather one from a vintage shop! We've got plenty of different styles in at Godiva, from midi length pencil leather skirts to mini a-line ones, and in a variety of sizes.

With a few styling tips and tricks you'll soon see that a leather skirt can take you from work or lectures to nights out, relaxing weekends and everything in between! The only thing I would say to avoid is wearing super-short, skin-tight leather skirts that usually end up looking cheap, or pairing your leather skirt with leather jackets and knee-length or thigh-high leather boots - they look best when worn with mixed textures.

Opt for cosy knitted jumpers and oversized sweaters - wear tucked in to define your waist or over the skirt for a more relaxed, laid-back feel. A simple well-worn t-shirt and long-line cardigan also work well: add a trench coat or wax jacket when it gets cooler. As for shoes, pretty much anything goes: low-heeled ankle boots look great, as do lace-ups or slip-ons, wedges, platforms and heels!

Casual Weekend

A Nordic wool jumper is the perfect juxtaposition to this mid-thigh length leather skirt - and it'll keep you cosy during a crisp October weekend! Wear with a pretty bow necklace by Red Brick Makes and you're all set for a lazy Sunday pub lunch - add a classic wax jacket and a pair of Turtle Doves' recycled cashmere gloves as stroll back home again.

Office Style

The pretty ruffles on this purple blouse make a tough leather skirt look instantly more feminine; this smart-casual outfit would be perfect for wearing to work or class! Don't be afraid to mix up colours, either, like this sweet red cross-body bag by Yoshi which goes nicely with the jewel-toned blouse.

Hit the Town

Who said florals and glitter had to be girly? The boxy t-shirt shape cut of this top by The Style London makes the look more tomboy/sports-luxe than girly, especially when paired with a leather skirt. Together they make the perfect wear-anywhere outfit, but add a sparkly collar and clutch and you're ready to hit the cocktail bars!

Sunday, 12 October 2014

13 of the best moments from American Horror Story

American Horror Story - brought to you by the makers of Glee, would you believe - has shocked, horrified and induced feelings of WTF-ery like nothing else on television that I can remember. There are definitely 'better' shows to watch, but there aren't many that are as entertaining and out there as American Horror Story is, week after week. The show has absolutely no limits when it comes to shocking its audience, but it's also filled with a roster of amazing actors such as Jessica Lange, Frances Conroy, Kathy Bates and Gabourey Sidibe.

So with Hallowe'en just around the corner, and the first episode of the new series (American Horror Story: Freak Show) aired earlier this week, here are 13 (obviously) of American Horror Story's most terrifying, emotional and down right fabulous moments.

1. Gazebo Coverup (Season 1, Episode 3)
In what could be the bloodiest future episode of DIY SOS ever, father of the house Ben builds a gazebo over the corpses of his mistress Hayden - killed by burn victim and peeping tom neighbour Larry with a shovel to the back of the head - and ghostly housekeeper Moira.

2. School Shooter (Season 1, Episode 5)
Tate might be a ghost, but he seems pretty relatable. Until this episode, that is. Ghost-Tate takes Violet on a date to the beach, but the pair are besieged by a group of bloody and disfigured teenagers, and they flee. Violet consequently discovers that those teenagers were ghosts who were murdered by Tate when he committed a school shooting. Tate is forced to deal with the consequences as his victims demand to know why he killed them, and admit his guilt. Yikes.

3. Teen Suicide (Season 1, Episodes 6 and 10)
Teenage Violet attempts to commit suicide. Her ghost-boyfriend (it's a complicated relationship...) drags her into the bathtub and forces her to vomit up her suicide pills. At least, that's what we're led to believe - it turns out that Violet actually died, and Tate hid her body in the house's basement. And we get to see her maggot- and fly-infested corpse.

4. Violet's Birth (Season 1, Episode 11)
This is such a gut-wrenching moment. First of all, we have to deal with the unthinkable for many television series (although, American Horror Story and Game of Thrones are putting an end to this...): the death of the supposed leading character. We are taken back to Violet's birth: Violet's ghosts watches her mother die during her own childbirth, and then comforts her in the afterlife. 

5. Lana vs. Bloody Face (Season 2, Episode 5)
I think this was quite possibly one of the scariest, hide-behind-the-cushion moments of American Horror Story. Lana Winters eventually manages to escape the Briarcliff Asylum with the help of psychiatrist Dr Thredson, who takes her to his home. Slowly, she realises that his furniture is actually made out of skin and that he is the serial killer Bloody Face. She ends up trapped in his basement of horror, where he has been abusing Lana's girlfriend.

6. Serial Killer Santa (Season 2, Episode 9)
You'll find no festive cheer with this Father Christmas. Leigh is a patient at the Briarcliff asylum; in his backstory, we find out that he murders a family in their own home, whilst wearing his Father Christmas uniform (he'd been working as one of those shopping centre Father Christmases). He then attempts to kill Frank the security guard and torture Sister Jude; he manages to drown the Monsignor and nail him to the cross.

7. The Name Game (Season 2, Episode 10)
Briarcliff's Sister Jude becomes imprisoned in her own asylum and goes insane from the shock therapy she is forced to receive. In what turns out to be the creepiest bit of light relief, ever, she acts out her own musical fantasy with the help of the asylum's new juke box. Everyone joins in with her hallucinated all-singing-all-dancing musical turn - and American Horror Story steps a little too far into Glee territory for my liking.

8. Death by Fire (Season 2, Episode 10)
Scientist Dr Arden - a former Nazi whose sadistic 'experiments' on Briarcliff's inmates have left them wandering around the grounds of the asylum, mutilated - chooses to burn himself to death in the furnace, hogging the cremation of the dead Sister Mary Eunice. Does he kill himself because he can't bear to live without his lover, or because he can't bear to live with the horrific things that he's done? Who cares - so long as he's dead.

9. Lana vs. Bloody Face part 2 (Season 2, Episode 13)
The ending of the second series is just the most brutal but perfect way of tying up all the madness that has gone before. Lana Winters, the journalist who was incarcerated in the Briarcliff Asylum after going there to report on it, realises that her son by the serial killer Bloody Face has come to find her and kill her. She manipulates him emotionally until he gives her his gun and turns it back onto him, shooting him mercilessly.

10. Dixieland (Season 3, Episode 9)
Delphine LaLaurie, a racist serial killer from the 19th century, is granted immortality and buried alive to atone for her sins for all eternity. In modern times, she is awoken and chopped into pieces. Young witch Queenie forces Delphine's disembodied talking head watch hours upon hours of television shows about the American civil rights movement to learn about intolerance. Delphine proceeds to loudly sing 'Dixieland' to avoid listening to real-life mini-series Roots. 

11. Second Sight (Season 3, Episode 12)
Cordelia is pretty nice, dedicated to her work as headmistress of the Academy in American Horror Story: Coven, but she's not exactly a powerful witch. However, when the pals of voodoo queen Marie Laveau blind her by throwing acid in her face, Cordelia discovers the power of second sight - only to lose the powers again when she gets her sight back. So she does what any rational witch would do and repeatedly stabs herself in the eyes with a pair of secateurs until she gouges them out and makes herself blind again.

12. Stevie Nicks (Season 3, Episode 13)
In what turns out to be an even more bizarre turn of events than the dance-along in season 2, Stevie Nicks makes an appearance, as herself, in season 3. It's the moment of truth for the young witches: they have to attempt to perform the Seven Wonders to find out which of them is the Supreme, the most powerful of all witches. Stevie Nicks comes along and badly lip synchs her song Seven Wonders, wishes the girls good luck and disappears again. 

13. Death by Fire part 2 (Season 3, Episode 13)
If you ask me, the character of Myrtle Snow was appallingly underused in American Horror Story: Coven. Her iconic red frizzy hair, cat-eye glasses and passion for fashion made her one of my favourite characters by far. In the final episode of the season she is burned at the stake as retribution for killing her fellow witches; and when asked if she has any last words, she screams out 'BALENCIAGAAAAAAAA' as she burns to death. Amazing.

Friday, 10 October 2014

New in at Godiva: more wintry goodies!

Our winter stock is coming in thick and fast! It's always exciting to come into the shop in the morning and see what new things have arrived since I was last in. At the moment it feels as though there's a new delivery every day, so there's lots to look forward to!

Rowanjoy Jessie dress, £75; Rowanjoy Bridget cape top, £65; Rowanjoy mega pleat skirt, £65. Items available in store, alternatively shop Rowanjoy online here

Rowanjoy's new Autumn/Winter "Wallflower" collection has been a big hit on social media and in store too: we sold out of one of the dresses on the very first day! Since then she's been busy making up some more 'Jessie' dresses - which form part of her permanent collection - in some new colourful fabrics. The green and yellow one is my favourite; it reminds me of a backgammon board, but it's actually really flattering with the yellow triangles making your waist look teeny tiny! Rowan's also made up these gorgeous mega pleat skirts in a combination of wool and brightly-patterned cotton.

Paperthinks long tote, £60; Paperthinks shopper, £65; Paperthinks envelope bag, £50; Paperthinks purse, £35. All items available in store, alternatively shop Paperthinks online here

Last week saw a huge new delivery from Paperthinks: totes, handbags, shoulder bags and purses in so many beautiful colours! If you haven't come across them before, Paperthinks are a UK brand who recycle offcuts and scraps from the leather industry by grinding them down and shredding with rubber. This reformed and recycled leather is then coated with bright, beautiful colours and made into the bags and purses that you see here. Paperthinks reduce waste from the leather industry, save animals and use a lamination technique to get vibrant colours, instead of using harmful chemicals. That's something we can definitely get behind!

The Style London sequin dress, £40; The Style London tapestry skirt, £24; The Style London tailored coat, £49.50. All items available in store, alternatively shop The Style London online here

Just in time for the party season, we've had some lovely sparkly and shimmery pieces in from The Style London! The gold and black sequinned shift dresses have 3/4 length sleeves, perfect for keeping a little warmer during the cold winter evenings. They're also very versatile, and can be worn as a top underneath a skirt, as seen here! I've completely fallen in love with the skirt too, it has this gorgeous textured tapestry effect and a flattering A-line shape.

Jenny Deans Canty studs, £25; Jenny Deans Canty pearl studs, £37.50; Jenny Deans small Canty earrings, £50; Jenny Deans Canty spiral earrings, £87.50. All available in store, alternatively shop Jenny Deans online here

Jenny Deans' jewellery is absolutely exquisite, hand-crafted in Edinburgh from sterling silver and freshwater pearls. We stock her "Daisy" collection - a selection of bracelets, earrings and necklaces adorned with silver daisy petals that can be hand-stamped with dates or names - and we've recently had some new pieces from her "Canty" collection in. I love the earrings: gentle spiral studs, available with or without the pearl, and two styles of drop earrings. So beautiful!

Silk Purse Sow's Ear earrings, £10; SPSE lockets, £20; SPSE brooch, £9. Available in store, alternatively shop Silk Purse Sow's Ear online here

I always look forward to a delivery from Silk Purse Sow's Ear: a box full of an amazing variety of necklaces, earrings and brooches, with barely two the same! The most recent delivery was no exception, with some old favourite pieces (I immediately scooped up one of the lockets) and some new designs too. I love the gold geometric stud earrings, and the running fox brooch is adorable too.

Turtle Doves cashmere wrist warmers, £22. Available in store

Earlier today we had a special delivery from Turtle Doves - a whole bag full of these beautiful colourful wrist warmers! They're each made from a recycled 100% cashmere jumper, so they're super soft and perfect for keeping your hands warm all day long. Fingerless gloves and wrist warmers are perfect for wearing indoors during the day time as well as when you're out and about, because your fingers are still free to type away at a keyboard or pop the kettle on for a cup of tea!

And besides all this, we've uploaded a whole load of vintage goodies onto our online shop! Take a look at our 'New Arrivals' section to view all the pieces, or browse my favourites below...

1960s dress, £50 (buy here)

1970s dress, £30 (buy here)

1970s dress, £30 (buy here)

Mickey Mouse jumper, £30 (buy here)

1980s jumper, £20 (buy here)

Wolf jumper, £28 (buy here)

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

5 of the most stylish horror film leading ladies

Hello October. Hello horror film season!
We're not all that into dressing up as a 'sexy cat' or, bizarrely, a 'sexy pizza' for Hallowe'en. We think it's fun to get a little more creative when it comes to fancy dress costumes, and what better source of inspiration than some of the most stylish scary film heroines?

Rosemary's Baby (1968)

Mia Farrow is the ultimate 60s gamine icon with her pixie crop haircut, peter pan collars, babydoll maternity dresses and patent shoes. Her Twiggy-like emphasised eyelashes add to her doll-like look of supreme innocence - despite her fears that her husband has become involved with a Satan-worshipping cult and that something pretty creepy is going on with her baby.

Carrie (1976)

Oh Carrie. Like Matilda gone bad: a teenage outcast using telekinetic powers to get revenge on her bullying peers means this film is pretty much a must-see for teen girls everywhere. And while the 70s can be pretty hit or miss when it comes to fashion, the sassy prom dresses and mega platform shoes are a total win for me.

The Craft (1996)

Forget Hermione Granger, these girls are the witches I'd want to hang out with. This cult 90s film is all about female friendship, embracing your inner weirdness and Stevie Nicks-style wardrobe influences. Think layers of lace, crochet, leather and long necklaces topped off with pointy hobnail boots and dark nails and makeup. Also contains an important lesson for every teenage girl: how to tweak your school uniform. Combat boots, net underskirts, lace tights and oversized coats are the answer.

Rear Window (1954)

Alfred Hitchcok's films are almost as well-known for their aesthetics as anything else, thanks to legendary costume designer Edith Head. And with Grace Kelly as the lead, it's no surprise that Rear Window is often cited as one of the most stylish films in history! A high society fashion consultant with a wardrobe to match, the costumes are absolutely flawless: a fitted black top with huge frothy tulle skirt, and an elegant green skirt suit worn with a white silk wrap top are particularly iconic pieces.

The Birds (1963)

Grace Kelly's green suit in Rear Window inspired the green suit that Tippi Hedren wears in The Birds, too - find your own version and you can recycle it for next year too! This has been one of my favourite Hitchcock films ever since the first watch, but I do wonder how many people have developed a fear of birds as a result... Nonetheless, Tippi's immaculately put together outfits and coiffed hair - tailored suits, matching heels, clutches and handbags, and stunning fur coats - are iconic in their own right.

Friday, 3 October 2014

The best shoes from Fashion Week SS15!

So Fashion Week Month is pretty much at an end now. The models are scoffing well-earned burgers, the editors are compiling trend reports, the high street stores and scribbling down ideas to steal and the designers are no doubt back in the studio working on their Autumn/Winter 2015 collections. And me? I'm scouring the runway and street style snaps for the craziest and most lust-worthy shoes, of course!

Simone Rocha's crazy furry flats kind of remind me of a pair of fluffy slippers my granny owns. Maybe that's why I love them! There's also an inverted widow's peak thing going on at the toe - Count Dracula meets Cousin It?

Pointed flats are my favourite kind of shoe at the moment, and this pair from Giorgio Armani is right up my street! There were other colours, too, but I don't think you can beat a good old monochrome stripe.

These offerings from Marni are like a cross between a 'sensible' sandal, a roll of electrical tape and a tyre... and I love them. I imagine them to feel super light and springy when you walk in them. Perfect for a day of sightseeing!


More fur! Or... feathers? Tinsel? Whatever that material is, I love these Rochas heels. Ridiculous, obviously, but in the best possible way. It would be impossible to be sad wearing these shoes!

Likewise these brilliant bow-bedecked heels from No.21. With huge golden satin bows tied to the side, could this be the ultimate princess shoe? Cinderella, eat your heart out!

I love these 70s-style clog/platform heels from Prada - and the carpeted catwalk is awesome too! There were tonnes of different styles to choose from, but I love the opulence of a decorated heel, toughened up by the studs in the leather.

And last but not least... Dolce & Gabbana seem to create my favourite everything, every season, and these shoes are no exception. A perfectly elegant and refined shape, with just the right amount of unusual embellishments.