Saturday, 21 December 2013

Happy Christmas!

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It's our last day in the shop today before the big day, and my last blog post for 2013. I'm looking forward to some much needed R&R over the holidays!

We reopen at 10.00am on Saturday, 4th January, and rest assured I'll be back online with my daily updates in the New Year.  In the meantime, do keep in touch via Twitter!

Thank you very much for all your kind support during 2013, and I look forward to seeing you next year. 

Have a wonderful Christmas!

Friday, 20 December 2013

A Bird in the Hand...

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...well, around the neck to be more precise.  

You may have noticed that delicate silver chains are my current jewellery obsession, and as I like to wear several at a time, I'm constantly on the look out for new styles to add to my collection.

But tracking down unique designs that don't cost the earth isn't easy.   So I was delighted to discover this gorgeous silver 'stars' necklace by Bird whilst doing a spot of shopping in Brighton recently...


Bird jewellery is the creation of London based designer Trisha Hope, and it's stocked at Tribeca, an independent boutique on Bond Street, just off The Lanes.

This lovely little store also carries clothing and accessories by some of my favourite designers, including Isabel Marant and Vanessa Bruno. So, needless to say, the necklace wasn't all that I left with that day.  Oops...

Thursday, 19 December 2013

Chic on the Cheap!

The Sunday Times Style Magazine

There's a knack to making even the most affordable buy look expensive.  Last weekend's Sunday Times Style Magazine featured a handy guide by fashion writer Laura Weir on making the thrifty look nifty, and I thought I'd share her top tips with you...  

Match Carefully
Wearing matching prints is a big trend, but beware of print matching woes.  Does the print on your top and bottom half line up?  Avoid this high street hazard by scouring the rails for the perfect matching set. 

Do your own Tailoring
Let's face it, no one is truly a standard size.  And it can cost as little as £10 for a nip and tuck to make that high street jacket look as sharp as a Balmain!

Minimal Shop
Accessories are hard to make look good on the cheap.  The solution?  Avoid fuss and frills and keep your choices basic. 

Fake the Sparkle
Gobstopper sized fakes appear ridiculous.  But a delicate cluster of small stones in a fine romanic setting always look great.

Go for Coloured Fur
Dyed faux fur is always the better buy for those looking for a luxe looking bargain. So invest in a cool fake in a pretty colour.

Source: 'Chic on the Cheap' - Laura Weir, The Sunday Times Style Magazine

Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Last Minute Gift Guide

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To help you pick up those last few presents, here's an edited selection of items in store that would make great gifts!  

Total Wardrobe Care Scented Candle

Marni Necklace

Chloé Eliza Bag
New with Tags
Was £550.00
Now £400.00 (Cost New £840.00)

Metal Earrings
From Left to Right...

Karen Millen Faux Fur Jacket
Size 8
New with Tags

Moncler Ear Muffs
New with Tags
£75.00 (Cost New £104.00)

Gift Voucher for a Style Consultation

Mulberry Top
Size 8
New with Tags

Anya Hindmarch Purse
£125.00 (Cost New £195.00)

Cos Top
Size 14
New with Tags
£39.60 (Cost New £55.00)

Chrome Hearts Ring

Brora Cashmere Knit
Size 10
New with Tags

Les Néréides Earrings
Were £59.50
Now £49.50

For more gift ideas click here

Tuesday, 17 December 2013

Runway to Reality
Isabel Marant SS10

This Isabel Marant 'Agosto' lurex striped top has just landed in store!

Although first shown on the designer's spring/summer catwalk, its subtle shimmer and sheer finish also make it the perfect evening addition to a winter wardrobe.     

Isabel Marant

Size: 8 / Price: £95.00 (Cost New £420.00)

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Monday, 16 December 2013

Seasonal Opening Hours

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Our last day of trading this year will be Saturday, 21st December, when we'll be open from 10.00am to 5.00pm as usual.  So make sure you pop in this week and pick up those last minute presents!

The shop will then be closed until after the New Year, and we'll reopen at 10.00am on Saturday, 4th January 2014.

If you have items for sale with us, we'll extend your tickets to cover the period of the closure.

And if you have unsold items to pick up, the deadline for collection will also be similarly extended.

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!

Sunday, 15 December 2013

How to...Wear Sparkle #2

Daria Werbowy x Zadig & Voltaire

This image from Zadig & Voltaire's summer campaign shows just how versatile a bit of sparkle can be.

The silver sequinned waistcoat pairs perfectly with a t-shirt and jeans for day. But equally, would look stunning after dark slipped under a black tuxedo jacket.

And we have the very same waistcoat in store!

Size: 10 / Price : £75.00

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Saturday, 14 December 2013

Red Leather Day

Anya Hindmarch

Calling all Anya Hindmarch fans! This ruby red popper fastening purse has just arrived in store...

New and unused, and complete with its original box and authenticity card, this lovely leather trifold wallet would make the perfect Christmas present! 

Price: £125.00 (Cost New £195.00)

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Friday, 13 December 2013

Style Staple
Ann Demeulemeester SS14

The cropped trouser is a mainstay of Ann Demeulemeester's bi-annual collections, and look what's just arrived in store...

Ann Demeulemeester

Snap up these style staples while you can!

Size: 8  Price: £85.00 

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding their availability.

Thursday, 12 December 2013

The Balenciaga Bag


This beautiful black leather Balenciaga bag has just arrived in store!

The top handled 'Arena City' also has a detachable shoulder strap, and this coveted collectable comes with its original dust bag.

Inside, it has a zipped pocket as well as a leather bound detachable travel mirror, and a sterling silver Balenciaga embossed plaque. 

Snap it up while stock lasts!

Price: £495.00 (Cost New £1,195.00)

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

Mad About Plaid!
Saint Laurent AW13

When LA based designer Hedi Slimane sent his 'Seattle Grunge' inspired collection down the Saint Laurent catwalk, he ruffled more that a few fashion feathers to put it mildly!

But whether you share the dismay of 'those in the know' or not, there's no denying the success of his clothes commercially. 

The plaid pieces have sparked many a high street copy, and I snapped up this Mango shirt myself!

Here in the shop we're celebrating all things checked too, with the arrival of this super cool Étoile Isabel Marant top...

Étoile Isabel Marant

Size: 8 / Price: £75.00 

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Moncler Must Have!


Whether you're off to colder climes this winter or simply want to wrap up against the Great British weather, this iconic Moncler coat is a must have! 

New in store, and with its authenticity tag still attached, it won't be around for long!  

Size: 12-14 / Price: £650.00

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Monday, 9 December 2013

Time for a Treat!

Signature Style Consultancy

If, like me, you've been consumed with thoughts of Christmas shopping, have you had a chance to think about what you'd like Santa to bring you this year?   

After the fun and festivities are over, why not indulge in some much needed me time? 

The start of a New Year is the perfect time to take stock style wise.  And whether you're looking for a new image or simply some fresh inspiration, a tailor made styling session will put a spring in your step! 

Signature gift vouchers are available to purchase here at the shop, so why not drop a subtle hint to your nearest and dearest and let us do the rest!

Simply pop in and see me at the shop, or click here for my contact details.  

Sunday, 8 December 2013

How to...Wear Sparkle
                         Rachel Zoe                                                  Rue de Mail                                                 Louis Vuitton

No seasonal soirée is complete without a dose of haute holiday sheen.  So says's Megan Correla.  However, adding a bit of shimmer to your look doesn't necessarily mean outshining the Christmas tree! 

As many of you will know, I'm a fan of a bit of sparkle myself, and you'll often see me sporting the odd sequin or two.  But I do like to mix this molton look with the unexpected, such as a pair of distressed jeans or a fluffy knit. I love to play with contrasts.     

If you still need some convincing, these images from the autumn/winter catwalks also show that it isn't all about the bling, so why not take the plunge?  It's Christmas after all. What better time to shine!

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Ground Rules...

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You may have noticed that over the past few seasons, towering heels have gradually been replaced by flats.  At fashion week in September, loafers, slippers, brogues and pumps were worn by fashion editors, celebrities and buyers alike.

And flat no longer equals boring, or boyish.  The 'new' flats are something special. Here's your guide to the new ground rules, courtesy of Elle Magazine... 

You can wear flats with a skirt.

Ankle socks inject playfulness into the look.

The ankle needs to be seen, so make sure your trouser is just short of full-length.

Team brogues with a knee length skirt.

You can go bare legged with a flat.

Source: 'The Rise of the Flat' - Elle Magazine, December 2013

Friday, 6 December 2013

How to...Wear the Midi
                           Céline                                                               Prada                                                  Haider Ackermann

"Throwing off its once dowdy reputation in dramatic fashion, the midi length is key for AW13 and beyond..."  Camille Charrière, 

Designers are never known to shy away from those trends that many of us mere mortals find oh so tricky to wear, and the 'new longer length' skirt is this season's case in point.

However, help is at hand! In's Style Report, Camille Charrière talks us through how to work fashion's new hemline.      

Lady Like Leather

Pair a full shaped, butter soft leather skirt with a cosy knit and pretty pumps, and tuck an oversized clutch under your arm for chic yet nonchalant style.

Modern Monochrome

A tailored skirt with fishtail hem is a grown-up way to work the midi.  Add a crisp white or black shirt, a cropped jacket and sculptural ankle boots to create a modern silhouette.

Pretty Woman

Channel the romantic aesthetic of the 1950s in an utterly feminine, calf-skimming style. Trophy heels and maximalist chandelier earrings complete the look, while a pared-down top makes it effortless yet pulled together.

To read the article in full click here.

Thursday, 5 December 2013

Heart of Gold

Vivienne Westwood

This gorgeous Vivienne Westwood gem has just arrived in store!

The delicate rose gold coloured necklace features Dame Vivienne's trademark globe design, and comes complete with its original grey and gilt box.

A perfect Christmas present, or yuletide treat for yourself!  

Price: £39.60

To register your interest in this item simply click here and we'll keep you updated regarding its availability.

Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Festive Fun!

Tomorrow, Tunbridge Wells High Street kicks of the festive season with a late night shopping soirée!

We'll be joining over 50 shops taking part in the event in support of the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance, so pop in and see us!

And simply mention this blog to receive a special 10% Discount on all purchases made at Past & Precious on the night*

We'll be open until 9pm.

Happy Shopping!

*The 10% discount will be applied to all purchases made between 5.00pm and 9.00pm on Thursday, 5th December, 2013, with the exception of items already reduced, Total Wardrobe Care products and Say It Art Work cards.  The reduction in price will be bourne entirely by Past & Precious and will not affect the amounts that have been agreed will be paid to the owners of items sold. 

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Everything but the LBD
                     Zadig & Voltaire                                          Thierry Mugler                                          Topshop Unique

How to dress for the party season and not look like everyone else?  Why not take the advice of Anne-Marie Curtis, Elle Magazine's Fashion Director... 

"Don't play it safe this season, drop your trusty black number and try on one of these for size"

Jump to It
The jump suit is the ultimate in all-in-one dressing.  Enough said.  Available everywhere this season from Christopher Kane to Topshop.  

A Suitable Girl
Trousers suits are a huge trend, and a coloured suit feels more decadent and playful than black. 

Skirting the Issue
A full skirt teamed with flats - thoroughly modern and easy to dance in too! 

White Nights
Wearing white as an evening option isn't a new idea, but it feels fresh.  Team with a metallic platform for a nod to Studio 54 glam.

It's all Navy
Swap your LBD for something in this hue.  And why not try a cocktail dress over trousers? Just add some silver shoes.

Source:  'Everything but the LBD' - Elle Magazine, December 2013