Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Hope For Hearts - Daisy Lowe's Lomography Exhibition

Launching today at Westfield shopping centre, as part of their Big Fashion Wardrobe event, is an exhibition of model Daisy Lowe's lomography photography in association with The British Heart Foundation.

One of Daisy's 'Hope' images

Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, the charity have launched their Mending Broken Hearts Appeal and Daisy has created a collection of photographs each depicting her interpretation of 'Hope': 

"Photography is a means of capturing the world around us and communicating a message in a creative way. It’s easy to find hope all around us, in anything. In an ideal world this will inspire people to get involved in whatever way they can"

To view the exhibition and to buy prints head to Westfield's from today until Sunday 3rd April or visit the BHF's eBay store which is auctioning the original photographs signed by Ms Lowe!

[source: daylife.com]

Micro Goes Mainstream

The red trouser trend as seen today in Topshop in a tapered leg style.

Where will the next pop of colour pop up?

Vintage Window Styling At H&M

Monday, 28 March 2011


Felt Tipped Tips

The dip dying technique has been around a while now but has mainly been seen in the form of sun kissed colour added to the bottom half of the hair for a natural look
But salons such as Bleach London, who are paving the way in hair innovation, have been referencing '90s grunge and Harajuku girls with the biggest hair colour trend for s/s '11:
Pastel Pink & Neon Blue
Foam Green Strands

And I can't imagine it will be long before we start seeing hair stencils in street style photos from across the globe:

(photo: Bleach London)

Spring Wish List

So the clocks have 'sprung forward' and the warmer season has begun. It's been nice to wake up and see the sunshine and for it still to be light in the evening when I leave work.

But with warmer weather comes sartorial dilemmas - what to wear?

For nails I'll be adding more Barry M to my 60+ strong nail polish collection with their newest editions:

While this won't be a new purchase (had mine since December for fear they would sell out, which they did) Urban Decay's Naked Eye Palette will be in continued heavy use - my top choices are 'virgin' on the brow bone and naked across the lid with Maybelline's new gel liner:
On my feet will be Topshop's super comfy vibrant ballet pumps - I already have them in nude, black lace, metallic black, red and khaki but for s/s I'm going to splash a super cheap £18 for these crochet lilac lovelies:

And it seems a shame not to pair them with this Coral Cutaway Strap Crop Suntop & these Navy Lace Insert Shorts again from Topshop:

Topped off with my cream and blue stripe Luella 'Stevie' bag that I've recently acquired from my momma:

And this Enamel Zebra Ring needs to be mine (from Dive @ Miss Selfridge):

What's everyone else wanting for the new season?

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Seeing Red

We all know colour blocking is going to be a massive trend for this season - from catwalk coverage to the overflow of spring/summer shades on the high street - but have you noticed the bright red trouser micro trend?

While couture floats down the runway the real place to look for what to be wearing in the coming weeks is the streets - magazine staff, buyers, stylists and bloggers all get snapped and showcase what we should have been wearing yesterday.

The colour most have been seen in harks back to 1940s Hollywood starlets wearing pillar box red lipstick. But the variations in style, cut, fabric and styling brings it bang up-to-date.

As with all micro trends this won't be long lived so if you're feeling daring jump on the scarlet pant wagon now.

These daring divas at New York and Milan a/w 2011 fashion weeks are already ahead of the curve.

Paired with nautical 
stripes & aquamarine
 Super wide leg toned down 
with camel
Tapered & colour blocked, offset 
with black faux fur
New York

 Red denim shrouded in khaki wool
& tan leather
 Skinny fit pants given a spin with neutral
cape and oversized scarf
Slouchy, hi-waisted and wide legged

(photos shot by street style snapper Mr Newton for Harper's Bazaar)

TTA in Interiors Digest

The Tiny Atelier blog has been featured in the Lifestyle section of Interiors Digest online magazine!

Thursday, 24 March 2011

A Place For Everything And Everything In Its Place

A little bit of interiors geekery - inspirational place settings that make me want to have a dinner party so I can dress my own antique hunk of wood table.

Erin Fetherston's table as seen on MTV's 'House of Style' - the sequin rabbit is a 
hat from Fetherston's Fall '09 catwalk show

Candy bracelets used as napkin rings and giant lollipop favours at a wedding 
at The Tally Ho Inn, Aswarby

From Sweetpea Vintage Company who rent out vintage china and place settings - a mix 
and match selection of rose print tea cups, clear and green glass and linen napkins

Children's tea party with tiny vintage cups and saucers and scattered bite-size 
cupcakes (see more pictures here at The Sweetest Occasion)

Brass wolf charms and string used to tie hessian napkins used at Thanksgiving 

Mad For Mannequins

Even though it's not a day-to-day part of my job I sometimes dress mannequins which is something I love to do. You can really go to town and portray a trend from its most wearable to its most outlandish and do something that's completely different from your own personal style.
Lady of the Manor (who has Vogue on subscription 
& Net-a-Porter bookmarked)
 Geography students on the Moors (never know if you might meet a hot farmer!)
Laid back Navajo

RIP Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor

1932 - 2011
Back with Richard.

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Not Your Granny's Crafts - Stour Space Designers Market

While crafting has been hip for quite a few years now - with the love affair for everything from knitting to macrame being rekindled - Stour Space are offering the cool kids of London town (and anyone visiting E3) something with a little more edge.
Stour Space is a unique non profit exhibition and performance space devoted to the promotion of art, design and creative opportunities with a focus on supporting the development of Tower Hamlets which boasts one of the largest concentrations of artists in the world.

And on the last Saturday of every month they open their doors to the public so we can be a part of this thriving entrepreneurial scene.

 I dropped a line to Rebecca Whyte, director of SS, to find out a little more about the Designers Markets - a small but popular part of what the space does - and what they're all about:

"The market is one of many events but follows the same motive of trying to support the local arts economy and also promoting the unique and interesting work made by individuals and creative companies. Its important to us that there are still affordable places for artists and makers to promote their work."

TTA has also been lucky enough to take a sneak peek at what's on offer at the Designers Market from Saturday 26th March onwards:
Le Muse Clothing

Evocative designs which focus on quality fabric and the way it drapes and moves on the body and adapts to each person wearing it. Each piece is worn by its owner rather than the garments wearing them.


A range of innovative interior products including the 'Orbital' light and 'Wide Awake' lamp shaped by a number of disciplines from industrial design to sculpture, this company has a strong ethical stance with an environmentally friendly conscience.

An indie label crammed full of girly nostalgia in the form of cute handmade accessories including this Tiny Tiny Teddy Bear Brooch and Reversible Collar with its 'found in Grandma's attic' vibe.
Eat My Heart Out

Photographer Rhea Daley-Serieux captures images of the society around her with sepia and monochromatic tones adding a gritty edge while still capturing its true beauty - images such as 'Somerset House' will seduce fashionistas while 'Routemyster' will appeal to Europhiles with its use of iconic imagery.


So whether you're just a day tripper or an East London lady or lad, if you have a penchant for well made, thought provoking, cutting edge design in any of its many forms (plus tea and cake from the Counter Cafe) head to Stour Space @ 7 Roach Road, Fish Island every last Saturday - support the local creative scene while picking yourself up a possible future antique!

Want to find out more about Stour Space, the Designers Market or to apply for a market stall? Visit www.stourspace.co.uk or go their Facebook page.

Tales Of Thrifting #1

Got a mega haul in various thrift stores/charity shops in my hometown today -


The large floral is an acrylic painting, the lady in the hat is (from what I can tell) a print that has been accented with acrylic paint, the girl and boy are matching prints in gold plastic frames, the floral circle is a print and the flowers on black background are embroidery on fabric.

A large metal painted bowl adorned with young couples and roses.

Handmade toadstool cushion to add to my collection that is threatening to take over the armchair!

Ornate cupboard handles (no purpose as yet) and a pale pink heart shaped trinket bowl.

Oversized rose print coasters.

Cake plates and saucers (some for a potential move into vintage homewares/gifts for TTA).


Handmade vintage blouse - looks good open or fastened.

But how much did it all come to? Well, if they still made penny sweets I'd have come home with all of this and a fistful of fizzy cola bottles and only £10 lighter!!!!!

Trinket Bowl - AgeUK
Cushion & Lady in Hat Painting - Oxfam
Everything Else - The Sailors' Society