It’s nearly time! The new film Coco Avant Chanel, starring Audrey Tatou as Coco Chanel, is showing in cinemas from Friday and I can’t wait!

Chanel is famous for the little black dress, the tweed suit, and the quilted leather handbag.

If, like me it’s re-ignited your passion for all things Chanel, then here are some ideas for you to create that famous, chic look on the high street.

Miss Selfridge

Miss Selfridge


Phase Eight

Marks and Spencer


All images courtesy of PR Shots.

Ashes to Diamonds

Well it would seem that we are 'on' for being included in a documatry on channel 4 TV, Friday the 24th of July. The 'First Cut' film by David Brindley shows what people are doing with the loved-one's ashes - including making diamonds [by us].

Clifton Rocks!!

It really does, thanks to the recent opening of fab new jewellery shop; Clifton Rocks. This is no ordinary jewellery shop, think, vintage mixed with contemporary. The shop looks beautiful, welcoming and stylish. Take a seat on the inviting leather sofa while you take it all in.
The owner Clare, who has been designing and making jewellery for ten years, has her studio in the back of the shop so you can watch her while she produces her own range. Claires collection sits alongside the other contemporary designers, which she sources herself. If that’s not enough for you, then she can make alterations, repairs and one-off commissions at the request of her clients.

Clare told me that the collection will be updated regularly so it’s worth popping in every now and then to see what’s new; I know I will be!

Boutique chic, or high street style?

Bristol is a great place to shop! We’re fortunate enough to have a great selection of shopping destinations; from high street shops, to unique boutiques. They may not all be within easy reach of each other, but don’t let that put you off! Time spent rummaging in the plethora of shops will give you a great wardrobe to style yourself with.

The Mall at Cribbs Causeway along with Broadmead and Cabot Circus, satisfy our high street needs and are fab for a quick fix. You’ll find every trend is covered from ‘neon brights’ to ‘nautical stripes’, there’s plenty to choose from.

Cabot Circus, courtesy of geoff. The Mall, courtesy of b*a*z*z*a* / Barry

Boutiques found in Clifton Village and arcade, Park Street, Whiteladies Road and Broad Street give us individuality, choice, and a truly enjoyable shopping experience. Most boutiques tend to stock a limited amount of sizes meaning that the chance of you seeing someone wearing the same as you, is very slim. Not only that, but it’s really enjoyable shopping, and is often a great way to find items by local designers.

Elsie riley, courtesy of Katie Riley and Bees and graves, courtesy of Miao.

Enjoy having a mixture of styles and makes in your wardrobe, so you can create a variety of looks to suit your mood; whether that's rock chick chicky rock, girly, or boho. Mix high street with boutique shops to get a really individual yet contemporary look.

Where do you like to shop?

I like to healthy dose of both. I’ll often buy my staples on the high street and then add unique pieces to my wardrobe from local boutiques and vintage shops. Accessories are a particularly great addition as you can see in these shots from Elsie Riley’s latest photo shoot, (courtesy of Katie Riley)

Don’t limit yourself to one look, use the boutiques and high street shops around you to create your own dressing up cupboard, and have fun!