Happy Goth Day!!

There is something deeply incongruous about this headline, I know, but that is why I have been so keen to celebrate Goth Day this year; the image of the stereotypical gloomy, pale goth rocking out with a party hat on is simply to delightful to resist.

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Of course I know that not all goths are gloomy and pale, and they they don’t all wear black, and they aren’t even a single homogenous bunch at all. Gothness has evolved and is now part of the mainstream- though I suspect a number of goths will despise me for saying that. But it’s true: their influence is everywhere, especially in fashion.

However, it might be a bit unlucky that Goth Day happens to have fallen right in the middle of Spring- a time of the year that no goth could swing a cat without hitting twee flowery dresses gingham prints.

So, like the helpful little angel that I am, I have decided to put together a few tips about how to make the most of Goth Day, in the spring.

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About Town: Street Feast @ Dalston Yard

Spring is finally here. THANK HEAVENS, it has taken it’s bloody time.

I have  packed in my wooly jumpers, cracked out my sandals and sat in the sun for at least three days to rid myself of all the winter dampness. I am feeling truly fabulous.

In London, where The Coolture Club makes its residence, the arrival of Spring marks the appearance of a number of exciting markets and outdoor events. All over town, people set up stalls or trucks and flog their goods to the excitable revellers, giddily celebrating the arrival of sunshine by parting ways with their hard-earned cash.

Last year, the Dalston Yard hosted the rather fabulous Street Feast for 16 weeks. It was such a tremendous success that they have upped the ante this year, and brought the best of London street food to Hackney for a full four months.

It all kicked off last Friday, and I have to say it was terribly exciting. The sun was shining, the beer was cold and all the Dalston Lovelies were out in force, sporting their finest gladrags. Of course, as bonafide Dalstonite myself, I headed out there to check it out.

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Sadly, I went without my trusty camera, and was far too hungry to take pictures of the food, but I must tell you, lovers, it was lots of fun.

We drank delicious citrous-y cocktails by Kamm & Sons, purveyors of the finest British Aperitif. At £5 a pop, their light and delicious Kamms Bitter Lemon was just what the doctor ordered. I will certainly be keeping my eyes peeled for the boys at Kamms over the summer!

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After drinks we indulged our bellies with a wide variety of delicious food, all of which I was too much of a glutton to photograph and just scoffed down unceremoniously. The highlight must certainly have been the Hot Box ribs, delicious, juicy, and fatty- just like ribs should be.

We also enjoyed a delightful lobster Mac & Cheese at B.O.B’s Lobster shack. While it was delicious, I doubt I will ever be able to enjoy lobster-less mac & cheese again without longing for the sweet crustacean meats found in this one. B.O.B’s has ruined me for life.

And because we are True Fatties, for desert we samples some salted caramel cones from Sorbitium Ices, as creamy and delicious as you would expect.

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I thoroughly recommend a jaunt down to Street Feast this Spring/Summer, it is just a hop and skip away from Dalston Junction station, and less than five minutes from Daltson Kingsland. The food is utterly enjoyable, so are the beveredges. Just remember to bring cash- and lots of it!- because it may look like your everyday market, but they kids ain’t messin’ around: this is a gourmet melée.

Worst buys of the winter

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DISCLAIMER: I do actually believe that it is possible to wear any of these items and look AMAZING. But equally, I believe the majority of us mortals will fail at that. 

Every year when it starts turning really cold and the trees all go bald, we all compile a little list of items of clothing we will need to see us through the winter looking Cosy and Stylish.

Cosy and Stylish is one of the hardest adjective combinations to pull off when choosing an outfit because everything cosy is usually a bit lacking in the style department (think fuzzy socks and cashmere onesies) and our favourite stylish items can be rather impractical when braving the elements in the winter (think cropped angora jumper).

Truly Cosy and Stylish pieces- the rare items that can claim the two adjectives- also tend to be wallet-busting. A good winter coat or leather boots don’t come cheap, which is why it is of UTMOST importance to THINK BEFORE YOU BUY.

Every winter a number of ‘statement’ items make the rounds on fashion columns and blogs because, let’s face it, us fashion writers can’t peddle Black Peacoats and Sensible Shoes and expect to get any readers. But the majority of these “season must haves” are usually not practical, not useful, and, crucially, not affordable.

So, in the interest you keeping you, my darlings, warm, looking good and in full possession of your savings this winter, I have compiled a list of things you should AVOID LIKE THE PLAGUE, when shopping for your winter gear this year.

Aren’t I simply a doll?

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Who wore it best Ms Piggy or these celebs?

Every true fashionista is always looking for new sources of inspiration, new designers and sometimes even some guidance, and there is no doubt that the internet is an invaluable ally in the Battle to Look Good.

Fashion magazines, blogs (ahem), tumblers and Pinterest are all MUST HAVE tools that can aid even the most stylist dressers. But today I have found the definitive resource for plugged in fashion fans: The Buzzfeed Fashion page, and in particular this post. I think the title speaks for itself: Who wore it best, these celebrities or Ms Piggy?

Screen shot 2013-11-21 at 15.51.36With all the the wit and humour that Buzzfeed readers know and love, this post also offers fashionistas the most valuable of all advice:

If Ms Piggy would wear it, then you probably should change.

It is certainly a piece of advice that I will take to heart when getting ready tonight, and carry with me through life.

It is a simple litmus test for any outfit, that can be used to determine how successful an ensemble has turned out. If Ms Piggy would rock it, then do like Coco and take some of it off.

Top Tip: The Ms Piggy Fashion Test can also be applied to determine if you are wearing too much makeup, or if your hair has turned out too big.