Wednesday, 5 February 2014

I Want It! Jonathan Saunders Satin Bustier Dress

Valentine's Day is fast-approaching, and despite being single, I just can't quite bring myself to hate the holiday, even if it is 99% commercial trash. I just have a really deep appreciation of a really nice shade of pink or a flash of red lace, so in amongst the tackiness, I always tend to find something which catches my fancy at this time of year. And you really can't deny that this Jonathan Saunders creation is the perfect Valentine's day dress. Its bustier top and smooth satin finish make it super-sexy, but the length of the skirt adds a romantic touch. You also haven't seen the best part yet...

It has red lining! I think that's just the cherry on the cake. I do love a good surprise lining, because it's like a little treat for the wearer and the wearer alone; you should always dress first and foremost for yourself. However, despite being half price, this dress is still £447, a little beyond most of our budgets. I've been hunting for alternatives at the other end of the price scale, and it seems that only Jonathan Saunder has precisely this balance of sexy and romantic, but these two dresses from ASOS separately embody one each (and are much cheaper).
Satin Bodycon Dress by Ryan Odell £27.50
Little Mistress Floral Organza Dress £24

However you're spending Valentine's Day (personally I will be going with a group of friends to a Bridget Jones screening where we'll have wine, Chinese food, and chocolate), I hope it's a good one, and that you perhaps find your perfect romantic/sexy pink dress, even if it's just for your own satisfaction.

Saturday, 1 February 2014

The Doctor's New Look


So my regular readers may well remember that a few months back when Peter Capaldi was announced as the 12th incarnation of the Doctor in the BBC's Doctor Who, I wrote a post theorizing on what he might wear. Well, his costume has now been released to the world, and I can safely say that I was pretty much completely wrong in every one of my predictions. His costume does not feature a jacket, but a coat; he doesn't have a scarf, nor a pair of glasses (as far as we currently know - he might have some for certain occasions). The only vaguely correct thing I put forward is period detail, because although this is a very minimalist costume, it certainly has an air of the past. This is, I think, perfect for everything I'm hoping Capaldi's Doctor will be.

The coat is already a hit with fans, and rightly so. It will look pretty cool in the inevitably high number of running scenes. I'm also glad for the cardigan. It seems like a slight joke about this Doctor being older, but also lends a touch of class. A silk waistcoat might be a bit too much like Matt Smith's Doctor, and a flannel waistcoat would be, as we all know from Sense and Sensibility, "invariably connected with aches, cramps, rheumatisms, and every species of ailment that can afflict the old and the feeble." Another detail which many have picked up on is that he appears to be wearing a wedding ring this series. Either this is an indication that River Song will feature more in this series (which I suspect she will) or that Capaldi forgot to take his off before they started filming.

Overall I think it's an excellent costume though I do think that the promo shot makes it look a little dull, so I'm looking forward to seeing it in action, just as much as I'm looking forward to seeing the man himself at the helm of the TARDIS. What about you? Are you excited for the new series, and what do you think of the costume? Let me know in the comments or on my twitter!