Blog of the week

I’ve followed Kristabel at I Want You To Know on and off for about three years now, and she’s the reason I’ve given Boden’s clothes a go again, after thinking of them as Country-Sloane-central all my life. She’s also a girl after my own heart with her love of travel.

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However, apart from her style, energy and love of colour (yes! SUCH a relief to find a style blogger who’s not always mooching round in shades of beige, looking smug/sulky), what makes Kristabel hit it out the park is her blogging with a conscience.

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Unlike other writers, whose “what I’ve learnt” posts breathe of carefully-constructed interview-style answers and humble-bragging, Kristabel is honest about the learning curve she’s out herself on and the challenges of being self-employed. Even greater to see are these deeply authentic posts about black, female entrepreneurs, ethical gift guides (with gifts that you actually want), and interviews with other business-women about being the different one in the room. For my vote, the entrepreneurs posts could be a series on a par with A Cup of Jo’s Motherhood Around the World: direct, honest and enlightening.

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I particularly liked the point that whilst the fashion sector claims to champion difference, the money-trail is far more cautious. And I’d suggest that there’s an element of questioning to be done about if marketing commissioning editors and their teams actually know where to go and look for the new voices. Diagnostic algorithms on your own social media feed are hardly going to help…

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Much to chew on, and always worth a read. Plus, what a great gallery wall!

(All images via Kristabel’s blog)

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From the 1920s, Romaine Brooks’ self-portrait of 1923 and an evening coat attributed to Paul Poiret, 1925.

Images from Melissa Huang art and Fripperies and Fobs.

Blog of the week

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Searching for photos of a show at the London Fashion and Textile Museum that is definitely on my list for the indulgent week between Christmas and New Year, I came across the wonderfully-named Sequins and Cherry Blossom blog, whose review can be read here. The photos are from Jazz Age London but an article might as easily be on London architecture, a favourite painting or hidden gardens.

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Edit: having been to the show myself, these are now my own photos but Sequins and Cherry Blossom remains worth a visit.

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Not a stitch wrong on this stunning Worth dress from the 1930s, but goodness, you couldn’t wear a stitch underneath either, and heaven help you if you didn’t have exactly the perfect figure. Best admired from afar as a piece of impeccable design – I imagine an impulsive try-on in front of the mirror could reduce most women to deep despair, except for Mademoiselle M, whose debut in a Palermo dress shop’s finest fishtail dress and lace was worth a Vogue shoot.

Image from Pinterest.