Saturday, 6 April 2013

Giant baby

I watched that latest documentary on the Rolling Stones last night, if you haven't seen it, watch it its on bbc iplayer, as is the David Bowie Cracked Actor documentary, musical inspiration is my favourite. I think you can tell when you see todays outfit-
Dress- charity shop
Shoes-Snoopers Paradise.
You know when you get pissed off with an outfit because its not quite right? felt like that today, like a mega frumpy girl from the sixties haha, although my housemate just told me that this dress makes me look like a giant baby.............thanks.

Tim Walker

Tim Walker is a very well respected fashion/portrait photographer. I have been a huge fan of the his for God knows how long.The first time I saw one of his works was the in the first issue of vogue I ever bought about 7/8 years ago, and still the magic and beauty he captures makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up. They take you somewhere you have never been, but still you feel like you have seen this place before. He captures beautiful wonderland like dreams, a secret garden that's a stones throw away.

I was unfortunate that I was not able to see the exhibit in Somerset House, London during the Christmas period, but as spring is finally peeping its shy face through the window, I thought id share just a handful of Tim Walkers creations (and these aren't even his best, for that you have get his gorgeous books.)

Friday, 5 April 2013

Wear Lace!

Hey guys, talking about the lace trend here in Snoopers Attic, a chance to perv over cute dresses!

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Dont go naked boys.

Its not all about the ladies here...... yes occasionally we go a little bit feminist on your arses but we are trying to develop our own knowledge of menswear. So to kick start here are two Vintage style menswear tutorials by Dave Suits of Snoopers Attic.


Guilty Pleasures

So, I’m going to be completely honest with you now. As an avid coach potato, I love TV. When there are shows in which I feel physically sick at the thought of watching (Big Brother, Made in Chelsea, Only way is Essex… you know the type) there are some, ok a few, I really shouldn’t like, but LOVE to indulge in.

In true High Fidelity form, here is my top 5 TV Guilty Pleasures.

#5 Antiques Road Trip

This is just a lovely British programme, with very British presenters trying to scoop up deals from very British traders. They travel around the UK seeking out history in furniture, crockery, vases, sporting equipment, in fact anything with a story. Its just lovely. I don't need to support my argument as to why this is a guilty pleasure, it speaks for its self.

#4 Don’t just stand there; I’m having your baby.

This is a new one. I have only seen a couple of episodes so far, but it’s a mixture of 'One born every minute' and a BBC Three’s Cherry Healy documentary. Basically it follows couples up until the birth of their child, making the men get more involved and learn a bit more about the process of labour. It usually comes on just before I go to bed, and I’ve found that instead of turning the TV off, I just sit and stare at it. So far, I’ve cursed relentlessly at most of the men for being so narrow minded and controlling. One man criticising ‘his woman’ for wanting the option of pain relief during labour and passing any insight off from midwives with “how painful can it be?” Great, just great. Having said that, these men have, so far, seen the error of their ways once in the room with a very powerful and angry woman in labour, who are subsequently (with use of a metaphor) pushing a camel through the eye of a needle (originally I was going to use another description instead of needle that had something to do with the male anatomy, if only it were not for fear of my mum or dad reading this).

#3 Jeremy Kyle

This is the root of all evil. It’s brilliant, but evil. I used to loath this programme, and I still kind of do. But I just can’t take my eyes off it! Nothing makes you feel better than watching Jezza’ re-offenders scream at each other about who’s sleeping with who, who stole this or how many men/women they have had behind the kebab shop. Yes, this is people’s miserable lives we are taking pleasure in, but at least you have never acted out in their fashion. You have been good to others, you have gone to work, worked hard, been patient… you deserve to get angry at the woman who seems to be cheating on five guys all at once, to then not understand how she has done so in the first place (not to sound prejudice or judgemental, but have you seen some of these men and women!?). Anyway, its pure guilt.

#2 21 Jump Street

A lot of people couldn't understand my excitement when the remake with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum was in the pipeline back in 2009/2010, but some of you may not know that 21 Jump Street was an American TV series in the 80s starring Johnny Depp. I have all five of the original series on DVD. If you ever get the chance to watch it, or see a clip on youtube, it is very ‘corny’ and very much an ‘after school special’ sorta’ show. It has morals and a message and a DON’T DO DRUGS attitude, but it just works for me. It’s not too serious, but when it needs to be, the message is clear. Plus it has real 80s fashion and a baby faced Johnny Depp! What more could you want!?

#1 Monk

For those of you who have never had the pleasure of watching the legend that is Monk, I’ll give you a quick update. Adrian Monk was once a detective of the San Francisco Police Department, until his wife Trudy is killed in a car bomb. Trudy’s death led Monk into a nervous breakdown, in which he refused to leave his house for three and a half years. During this time he developed crippling OCD and a fear of milk, ladybugs, harmonicas, heights, driving, germs… you get the picture. With his intense need for perfection, and a sense and keen eye for detail, he pieces some of the strangest and most obscure murder plots no-one would ever think of. IT’S FANTASTIC. It’s funny, sad, silly, heart warming, easy to watch and the acting isn’t half bad. Tony Shaloub (Monk) is just wonderful. The last few episodes of the final series made me cry and I’m not ashamed to say it. He makes me want to reach in the TV and give him a hand shake, while respectfully passing him a hand wipe and some hand sanitiser.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Vintage, its a dirty word.

Can I just say “vintage” is becoming a dirty word, overused by people doing knock off stuff. High Street shops use it to describe their cheap and nasty version of something once brilliant. People with no fashion history knowledge, throw the word around to flog us yet more rubbish. Vintage is meant to be used to describe something of age; I meet antique and vintage dealers all the time and everyone has a different idea of how old something has to be before they can use that word. But big organisations have realised that vintage is now a massive trend and are using it to reproduce nasty versions of something that was once a quality item. All you have to do is type in vintage clothes into eBay and all types of 'repro' crap come’s up. 

A word that pisses me off even more is bloody “retro”. If someone describes something as retro it is basically a piece of shit. Retro is generally used to describe something that looks vintage, normally by someone that has no fucking idea, when it was actually made to sell under the whole “vintage” umbrella. So I'm asking you, swot up on what style each era possessed. It’s interesting, ask questions, read some books and you may find a whole new style that you never knew was out there. And please, PLEASE don’t buy anything that is sold to you that's reproduction, or something a bigwig advertising director has decided they will call vintage because it has a stylistic nod to a certain era! Make your own decisions, you may find that you only want to wear completely modern stuff, or that you want to dress entirely in 1950’s gear, there is nothing wrong with modern copies, or wearing something that is from the 90’s that looks sixties, you make your own mind up, and don’t be swayed by bullshit miss-use of an incredible word.

Sunday, 31 March 2013

Party like its 1994

WE partied like it was 1994, haha given top current street trends I thought it would be funny to post some picture of a house party that happened last night, it was a 90’s spring break theme, we were merry danced, like idiots, chatted shit and just generally had a rather jolly time. Haha. Anyway as a result of this there were some cute outfits and even some nail art! Hooray! So enjoy the booze fuelled pics and I hope it makes you want to put on a pair on Dm’s a bleached denim jacket and rock a scrunchie.