Thursday, 30 December 2010


It began with Drew. At a first glance, it appeared as though she simply needed her roots doing, at a second I realised that the colour change was occurring slightly further down her mane; specifically the ends. The idea is that your hair is lighter at the ends then at the roots and changes in a gradual hue; kind of like applying a gradient map to your hair. I’m becoming more and more tempted to try this on my hair; although maybe I’ll wait till the snow melts as it’s quite a summery look. All my favourites are at it; Alexa Chung, Rachel Bilson and notably Leighton Meester- another Girl-Crush of mine.

Ombré hair was just one of the looks in the December beauty shoot that she did for Marie Claire. She looked beautiful and made rock-chic look elegant by balancing out a glitter mouth with a naked eye. 

Saturday, 25 December 2010

Mr Margiela

Having studied Maison Martin Margiela as my conceptual designer of choice this semester, I felt adequately equipped to write an article about the brand for the January Issue of Mens Fashion Magazine. Read it here, and watch this space for more Margiela related goodness.

Thursday, 23 December 2010

Girl-Crush: Drew Barrymore

Ever since she walked onto the Alan Carr show wearing that Margiela inspired cape and black wedge shoes; ive been girl-crushing on Drew Barrymore. Shes been around a lot lately promoting her new film, Going the Distance so ive had plenty to drool over; I just love how she manages to look thrown together yet polished at the same time- truly an art form! Here are some of the outfits I love.

Wednesday, 22 December 2010

Letters from Chanel

The excitement of receiving a parcel is never lost on me; so imagine how excited I was when, on return from Leeds for Christmas break, there was one waiting for me. My parcel came tied in the perfect black and white ribbon of Chanel, all the way from New York. Enclosed was a beautiful card decorated with an illustration by Karl himself and edition of Chanel: her style and her life. I can’t wait to add it to my groaning bookshelf!


3 days, 8 flight tickets, 2 actual flights, two routes... Hello Thailand. For the holidays, 3citiesgirl has ventured out to Thailand with her family; watch this space for posts and pictures, all wifi dependent!

Sunday, 19 December 2010

I Ladurée You

The moment I handed in my final assignment I was in my car and homebound; only for a night though- I couldn’t wait to pack up my favourite things and run away to London. I find it so relaxing to be there; I have time to do things I don’t get a chance to do, like read, knit, and most importantly cook. I have to state here that although I am a sufficiently good cook (I’ve yet to kill anyone by undercooked chicken) I’m definitely not one for following a recipe. My efforts never match the photograph and usually end up in the bin; this is probably why I end up cooking Chinese, Thai and fusion foods where recipes are more experimental, forgiving and (to be fair), exciting.

Maybe it’s the Christmassy air, but one evening, The Editor decided he fancied something a little more festive and British. So I cooked my first roast, stuffing and all, with a crumble to finish (shhh…note my secret ingredient) and it turned out quite lovely after all!

 Ed rewarded my efforts the next day with some gorgeous Ladurée Macaroons- nothing says I love you like Ladurée!

Royal Variety

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to attend the live performance of the Royal Variety. Student life in Leeds rarely is an occasion to play dress up (unless its for an Otley run) so it was nice to get glammed up and spend the evening being entertained by many, including my favourite comedian Michael Mcintyre. People really went all out; floorlength gowns and little fur shrugs- a far cry from the library in Leeds where I’d been just a few hours earlier! The highlight of the evening was Take That’s performance I’m not usually a fan but they really put on a show, however, I forgot where I was for a moment when N-Dubz came onstage and wooped- the embarrassment was only slightly reduced when some people a few rows behind me joined in. 

Saturday, 18 December 2010

Girltoy (No, It's Not Rude)

They had this video playing in the Jack And Jones store in Copenhagen- très amusant! Do you want to become a Girl toy? 

Copenhagen, Tak

It’s no excuse of course, but the last few weeks have been a busybusybusy blur of trains, planes and my not-so-trusty car, which apparently is ill equipped for the snowy weather. Though I haven’t ventured too far out of the time zone, it’s left me feeling a bit lost in translation and disoriented.

(Lets pretend I posted this two weeks ago.)
Over the weekend I went to Copenhagen for the night for an event- and of course had to do the usual Leeds to Manchester drive to catch a flight and then the same in reverse the following day. I've never been there before so I wasn't sure what to expect; I’ve seen street style shots, which depict its residents as pretty cool so I was looking forward to exploring the ci

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We stayed at the Nimb Hotel, which is simply gorgeous- all wooden floors, fur throws and roaring fireplaces with quirky accents, which gave it a ‘designed’ edge. The hotel has only 13 rooms; each is slightly different. Ours had its own bookshelf complete will a library even Karl would be proud of and a little fireplace which was so cosy. 

The Nimb Hotel

Behind the hotel is Tivoli; which is a massive outdoor market. It felt like a cross between Disneyland and the German Markets that we get in England; smelling of sausage and waffles and yummy mulled wine (they call it Glögg). There were lots of little huts selling different things but I was fascinated by the amount of fur on sale; hundreds of soft throws, hats, jackets, slippers, and even phone cases!

I spent some time in the city centre which I found was really random; there were tons of shops resembling H&M wedged in next to kebab shops, tattoo parlours and further down, a Gucci- it was all rather confusing. One boutique that I loved was Asylum, which stocked a really cool eclectic mix of clothes.

Having spent less then 24 hours there, my opinion of Copenhagen is still uncertain. Unlike other cities like Paris and Milan, there wasn’t really a clear ‘style’- associated with the people and places alike; however, for a quick chance to see somewhere new, it was well worth it.