Saturday, 15 September 2012

Grayson Perry?

I nabbed this gorgeous dress at one of our monthy swishes at the Blind Tiger and thought it would look spendid on me.  How wrong I was.  I actually look like Grayson Perry's alter ego Claire which as you can see below is seriously not a good look.  Actually I look like an older more middle aged and frumpy version of Claire.

Here is the dress which will be included in this Sunday's swish - 20 points - and below is Grayson in his frock.

Friday, 14 September 2012

Kudos to Mario Testino

Who knew that photographing shoes to make them look attractive could be so tricky? I am guessing it is easier for Le Testino, the shoes he photographs usually being at the end of some well toned super model leg.  Anywho... these are some gorgeous shoes that will be up for swishing on Sunday.  The Hobbs ones I got from a wonderful woman at a private swish even though they were not my size. I was hoping to force in my foot a la the ugly sisters.  The Yoma beauties, the corally, reddish ones, are just too divine but my size 6 trotters just seemed to be a tad to wide for them.  It's just too bad.

So 20 swish points each pair.  I hope they go to good homes to someone with slim feet.

You will noticed I have artfully placed the Yoma beauties with my beautiful pots as a background. Creative non?

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Ways to wear: skirts and blouses

Hello again swishettes, and welcome to the fourth day of our big closet clearout, giving you a special preview of some of the items that the My Swish team will be bringing to the Big Swish at Lansdowne Place on Sunday.

The dress seems to have dominated our wardrobes for so long now that the return of the skirt and blouse combo suddenly looks surprisingly fresh. We thought we'd give you a selection today, including this vintage-glam combination of metallic gold blouse by Laura for Topshop with a navy and stone patterned skirt (above).

We love the skirt-blouse look because it's ladylike, easy to wear and makes you feel instantly 'done'. Its also perfect in terms of weight and layerability to carry you through from late summer to autumn. Go for the silk-collared Topshop top above for a casual look...

...or this silk River Island blouse with mismatched vintage buttons, cinched in with a wide waist-belt for a touch of 50s charm.

Fed up of pattern? Try this box-pleated navy skirt by Kew, paired with a turquoise-and-white striped blouse by Zara.

So there you have it. The skirt and blouse: your trans-seasonal wardrobe sorted by My Swish.

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Silence and Noise

This divine dusky pink Silence and Noise cocktail dress, size L, never worn, could be yours for a mere 20 points at this Sunday's swish at the Lansdowne Place Hotel and Spa in Hove.

Bought with ACTUAL MONEY that is, not a previously swished item, this dress despite its gorgeousness did me no favours at all.  I blame the recent inhalation of danish pastry products - damn those chocolate croissants and custard creams.  I love custard creams. 

One lucky person can have this dress hanging in their wardrobe for a mere 20 points after this Sunday's swish.

Oh the joy that is swishing.  What are you going to bring?

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Big Swish preview II

Hello again swishettes. Today we have another sneak preview of choice pieces from Sunday's upcoming swish.

Can we interest anyone in a designer classic? This Chloe black twill skater skirt manages to be both timeless and incredibly now both at the same time. One lucky swishette will be able to take it home for just 50 points!

Fancy something a bit more sparkly? Maybe it's just me, but I reckon this wrap dress by Kate Moss for Topshop has something of the Wonderwoman about it... Whether you're a supermodel or a superheroine, it could be yours for just 20 points.

Looking for something to inject some wow factor into your autumn work wardrobe? This 80s inspired dress by New Look could be just the thing for a mere 10 swish points. We'd style it up with ankle boots and an oversized silk scarf for maximum impact.

Finally we have a piece that's now become an essential classic in all our weekend wardrobes: the coloured jean. And now that red is one of the new neutrals, this pair by Gok Wan couldn't be easier to wear. Why not team with a breton top and penny loafers for effortless preppy-Parisian chic?

We'll have more to share with you over the next few days as our great wardrobe clear-outs continue. Stay tuned...

Monday, 10 September 2012

The Big Swish preview

We're getting super-excited here at My Swish Towers in anticipation of the Big Swish at Lansdowne Place this weekend.  So to whet your appetites and get you in the mood for swishing, we thought we'd give you a little taste of some of the goodies you can expect .

Why not tap into this season's quintessentially British look with a vintage tweed jacket and green suede skirt and get spot on trend for Autumn?

Or how about this striking Next trouser suit? Team with a felt fedora and oversized sunglasses et voila, you're channelling Bianca Jagger.

Alternatively, how about this monochrome tea dress and gold-coin necklace? Perfect for floating about in during the last days of summer, then remix with opaque tights, boots and a belted cardi for autumn.

We'll keep you updated with more finds as the week goes on. In the meantime, we'd love you to tell us what you'll be bringing to swish on Sunday.

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Give and Make Up

Let's be honest, it's not just clothes that languish unworn and unloved at the back of our cupboards. If you're anything like me you'll have beauty products aplenty cluttering up your drawers and bathroom shelves. In fact, an impromptu survey of my dressing table has just revealed two home hair dye kits and seven - yes SEVEN - green eyeshadows. It seems that six were not enough to persuade me that green is really not my colour.

Now you can assuage your guilt at all that wasted money and help women fleeing domestic violence at the same time by donating your unwanted products to charity.

My Swish will be collecting items at our next Big Swish at Lansdowne Place Hotel on Sunday 16th September from 3pm.  You'll receive swish points for unused (or very lightly used) make up and toiletries, which will be donated to the Give and Make Up charity.

Give and Make Up distribute everyday essentials from shampoo to deodorant, toothbrushes, make up and baby products to women and children who really need day-to-day toiletries and a little luxury in their lives. Give and Make Up even say that hair dye like mine can be put to vital use by women who need to disguise their appearance.

Sadly, one woman in four will experience domestic violence at some point in her lifetime and two women are killed by a current or ex-partner every week.  Why not make a small but important difference to women’s lives by donating your unloved beauty products on 16th September?

You can find out more about what Give and Make Up do and exactly what they need on their website.

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Let's get this party started..with chocolate!

With the fabulous weather of late, it's got us at Swish Towers VERY EXCITED for this Sunday's Swish.

So excited that we've decided to have a little bit of Easter fun, before the big day, resulting in chocolate and discount entry for a few fabulous Swishettes!

We're launching two choc-tastic Facebook and Twitter comps, where 6 of you lucky ladies can bag yourself the cutest chocolate prize, EVER (so cute, in fact, I don't think I can eat it, but I will!)

The first five people to retweet about our event, get themselves an early easter present, starting from Friday!

And starting from TODAY the BEST photo of Swished outfits will also win, so STRIKE A POSE ladies!

Not only that BUT anyone blogging about our event on THIS Sunday, will gain reduced on the door entry to just a fiver! So get in quick, you've only got until Saturday evening to get blogging! Remember to post your blog to our wall, to gain you discount!

Good Luck Ladies!!! xxx

Monday, 19 March 2012

Our first Swish in our new home!

Another month, another succesful swish!

On Sunday 4th March, we had the biggest turn out to date, with loads of you loving a bargain, by booking in advance! As the first Swish in our brand new home, it was lovely to get settled and see so many of you at our house warming (well, technically!)

Obviously, as always there was lots of cake, tea and chatter, as well as fabulous clothes!

Lots of you got your hands on some amazing little lovelies, myself included! I went all old-school vintage with a gorgeous polka dot dress, granny chic shoes and fabulous brown vintage-esque bag, perfect for spring work-wear.

With only two weeks until our next new monthly Swish (1st April, ladies!) get raiding your wardrobes for swaps! For any of you keen bloggers, that have blogged about My Swish, remember to post your link to our facebook wall and we can share your successful Swishes!
These lovely ladies are just some of those happy swishers snapped with their swaps! Perhaps next month you'll be on here with your amazing swaps too.
This lovely lady bought in lots of cute and quirky dresses (and ah-mazing coat!) and swapped them for a handful of floral numbers!
Like Mother, like Daughter! These gorgeous duo ended up in nearly matching nude macs! Style clearly runs in their family!

One of our regular Swishers, picks up a quirky golf jumper! Tres Chic!

Remember to tag us in your Swish photos on Facebook! We LOVE seeing what you got your hands on!

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Hello Sameera!

In preparation for our next Swish (THIS Sunday!) we’ve taken on another pair of helpful hands!
Sameera, who if you’re a regular Swisher, you’ll have seen at most Swishes before, has joined the team, while Leila’s got her hands full with baby Rex!

As a fully-fledged Swisher, Sameera loves the electric moments before the Swish starts: “I love the anticipation! You never know what your going to get!”

“When all the clothes are colour-blocked on the rails, when the shoes are beautifully displayed, when we've hung out key pretty pieces for display, styled the event with vintage accessories and we've got scarves and handbags laid out for the taking, it’s electric! That’s the best bit of the Swish for me!”

Our stylish Sameera, has found staggered away from Swishes with lots of fab swaps like LK Bennett knee high boots and a Whistles cocktail dress!

“I can usually never find shoes in my size at Swishes, so my size 8 LK Bennett knee highs are just amazing! My fabulous Whistles grey cocktail dress is such a beautiful fit and was almost new!”

This Swish, Sameera’s on the look out for adaptable summer dresses and spring accessories:

“I’m a big fan of summer dresses that can be worn with tights and a cardi to cross seasons! This Swish, I’ll be on the hunt for bold colours and an accessory or two…!”

Come say Hi to Sameera and the rest of the My Swish team on Sunday 4th March at The Blind Tiger Club, Brighton! We look forward to seeing you!

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Sunday Swish @ The Blind Tiger, Brighton!

With only a few days to go until the next BIG Swish, we’re getting very excited at My Swish towers! Not only because we’ll have a VERY special (and perhaps, youngest ever!) swisher, but because we have a new home!

From now on Swishes will be held at the fabulous Blind Tiger Club in Brighton and we’re hoping this will be our biggest EVER Swish! So much so, that we’re offering ladies a buy two, get one free on entry! So now, all your girlfriends can afford to come!

If swapping pre-loved clothes, eating cake and having a good gossip wasn’t enough, our very own Leila will be bringing along a very special visitor of her own! Little Rex will be just over two weeks old by time the time this Sunday’s Swish comes around, so form an ordely queue for cuddles, ladies!

Get your early entry for just £6.50 (£8 on door!) by booking online! Can’t wait to see you all!

My Successful Swishes!

How amazing was last months swish? I still can’t get over the lovelies I left with! I thought I’d share my finds with you like-minded ladies, and also thank the ones who bought my swaps!

As a dress girl, normally floral and always A-line, I made a bee-line for the girlie pink and purples rack and stumbled on my amazing finds.

I came away, like so many of you, laden with lots of things I love, including this deep purple New Look netty number! With my Sister’s 18th Birthday, just around the corner, this is the perfect find and multi-use dress. Plus it’s very pretty and I just know in years to come, I’ll still be wearing it, as long as it fits!

On the same rack, I found my pink lacy spring dress! I’d been looking at similar things, as you do, perusing Vogue and sighing longingly, never expecting to stumble on it at a swish. But this goes to show, anything is possible at a swish. Better still, as it’s a Primark dress, it left me plenty of points to get other things!

This included my silky navy vintage-inspired dress, which before the swish, I would have never thought suited my shape. But, belted and with chunky heels, I think I look quite sophisticated! Perhaps bang on the Maggie Thatcher trend?

Speaking of up to date fashions, the number of designer labels been swished seemed higher than ever! A savvy- swisher swapped her Hunter Wellington Boots (that were a bit too small!) for Kurt Geiger heels! Where else would that happen? Also at one point a Mulberry Alexa Handbag (lust!) was in the accessories section, but was long gone before I got there!

So now you’ve seen some of my swaps, show yours off with pride! Tag us in your Facebook photos! Who knows you may even see some of YOUR pre-loved clothes in their new home.

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

A swish at the House of Lords and a new arrival

On Wednesday Sarah and I took ourselves off to the House of Lords for a swish to celebrate International Swishing Week.  It was hosted by Baroness Young and organised by the founder of swishing, uber-glam Lucy Shea of ethical communications agency Futerra.  You can read her account of her year of no clothes shopping on her blog here

I have to admit at the outset, that I cannot remember a single thing about what I left with - however there is a good reason for this - of which more in a minute.

Sarah outside the Houses of Parliament in swished brogues

As you can see, we were RIDICULOUSLY excited, happy-snapping away like tourists... 

Me outside Black Rod's Entrance in swished green dress

In fact, I was SO excited about going that there was one small thing I neglected to tell anyone in case I was persuaded not to go:  I had a sneaky suspicion that my waters might have broken that morning... Undeterred, I donned my high-heeled boots and ran for the train.

That sneaky suspicion was proved to have been not so sneakily correct when, 24 hours after this photo was taken, baby Rex made his grand arrival into the world.  24 hours after that, we left hospital in Tunbridge Wells in style:

...wearing a swished outfit, natch.

Wednesday, 15 February 2012

Hotel du Vin Swish for Cystic Fibrosis

Wow, what a busy day yesterday was! All that swapping, gossiping, cake munching and tea sipping has left us exhausted.

But what a fantastic end to the week it was! Loads of you left with bagfuls of new clothes to re-home and re-love, as well as giving someone else the opportunity to do the same with your pre-loved garments. What could be better?

We'd just like to thank you for coming along and raising lots of money for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust - so much that we are STILL counting! You're such a big hearted bunch!

We'd also like to thank our amazing staff, the FANTASTIC Roses All Over for coming along with their gorgeous teacups and saucers, and our very generous raffle prize donations - Terre a Terre, Age of Reason scarves, Shoemissy shoes and cake and Arieli Jewellery - not forgetting Hotel Du Vin for allowing us to hold our Big Swish in their elegant ballroom!

Keep your eyes peeled for My Swish in the news, as a Daily Express journalist joined us yesterday and left like so many first timers, an addict. We’ll be sure to let you know when she appears - with her swaps - in the Express over the next few weeks.

In the meantime, remember to tag us in your Facebook photos. We want to see your successful swaps!

Bare Minerals

We all love looking and feeling good and that's why we've teamed up with Bare Minerals for our charity swish on Sunday.
Anyone who pops along for a bit of gossiping and fab frock swapping will get themselves a Bare Minerals goody bag! Aren't we good to you?
Bare Minerals, also known as Bare Escentuals, is unlike anything else. Its completely unique powder formulas (for foundations, eye colour, blush, radiance and all over face colour) allow you to swirl, buff and tap your way to perfect skin in no time. 
Better still, ladies suffering with skin conditions such as rosacea and excema are safe to use this gentle formula, without dryness. Amazingly it’s even pure enough to wear overnight. Hurrah!
After raiding your goody bag, you might just fall a little bit in love. The good news for new converts is that Brighton is home to one of five Bare Escentuals Boutiques AND the fabulous ladies there are just as generous as we are,  offering you and at least five friends a FREE pamper party as a prize in our draw on Sunday.
To discover even more I-can't-live-without lovelies, visit the Bare Escentuals Boutique, in Dukes Lane. In the meantime, don’t forget to confirm your place (and Bare Minerals goody bag!) for Sunday's Swish at Hotel Du Vin, in aid of Cystic Fibrosis. Book online now and you’ll save on the ticket price!

The newest member of the My Swish team

At My Swish towers, we’re rushed off our feet getting ready for our January Swish for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, so we’ve bagged ourselves a new member of the My Swish team to help.
Shelley Baker is a journalism graduate with a passion for freebie fashion:
“I love been able to swap my pre loved clothes with others! It’s like falling in love all over again! What better way to start the New Year with a wardrobe full of new clothes, for next to nothing? And better still, for such a good cause. Amazing!” 
Shelley will be styling swishers, taking photos of your lovely swaps and rifling through racks for anything floral.
“I can’t wait to get involved,” she says. “See you at the next Swish! I’ll be the one hunting for floral tea dresses and tapestry bags!”
Come and meet Shelley and the rest of the My Swish team at Hotel Du Vin, Brighton on 29th January 2012 from 2pm. See you there! 

Vintage and Retro Photoshoot

We had such fun shooting the outfits for our Vintage and Retro Swish Swish. All the clothes were available for swapping on the day and the models were our gorgeous My Swish staff!
You can check out the full set on our gallery page - let us know if you nabbed any of the items featured at the swish!
Styling was by Emily Inglis of Wooden Hill Vintage, props from Roses All Over and photography by Simon Lane.