Saturday, 30 October 2010

Co-businesswomen of the year 2010

Things have been very busy at the new My Swish company HQ this week (aka my kitchen table). Madame la Moue and I have been having business meetings aplenty (aka tea and cake) and have taken to signing ourselves co-businesswoman of the year 2010...

Tickets are flying off the interwebnet like hot cakes for our Swishing Extravaganza on 14th November, so if you are planning to come I implore you to book online in advance to avoid the soul-sucking disappointment of turning up on the day and finding that we have sold out. Can you even imagine the devastation? No, neither can I.

We will soon have more exciting news for you, of which I can give you but a few tantalising hints at present. On Monday we hop to be able to tell you about an upcoming My Swish event in lovely Lewes, as well as a collaboration with another gorgeous local burlesque artiste... Perhaps most excitingly of all, yesterday I was interviewed about My Swish by a truly fabulous national magazine. When we were contacted about this, Madame la Moue and I were actually shaking with excitement.

In other news, MM and I had a little trip to Eastbourne. I have lived in Sussex for 13 years and, to my great shame and consternation, had driven through Eastbourne but never actually stopped and been into it. This was a mistake on my part. It turns out that Eastbourne is full of amazing places that haven't been touched in fifty years and which have been entirely purged from trendy Brighton and gentrified Lewes.

Here I am in a seafront cafe that must be almost untouched since it was built somewhere around 1960. Fabulous:

MM and I are off out to Brighton now, where it is White Night. All manner of performances and events are taking place all night. We are going to visit Mrs L-P, who is manning the Brighton Pavilion till midnight. What larks.

Monday, 25 October 2010

Big News...

Hello dear and patient readers. Thank you for bearing with me while I cruelly witheld our secret plot from you. Well now the moment has arrived: all can finally be revealed...

Madame la Moue and I have started... a business! Yes, don't laugh, we are now bona fidey businesswomen who have business meetings in business outfits and everything.

So what is this pioneering new enterprise, I hear you ask? We have actually created our dream jobs: from now on we are going to be professional Swish Mistresses! Our new company is called My Swish: take a look at our sparkly new website:

We were waiting until we had secured our first event before the grand unveiling and I hope you think it was worth the wait. It will be taking place at the gorgeous Lansdowne Place Hotel in Brighton on 14th November on a Sunday afternoon:

The hotel has been fabulous: they have created an special Swishtini cocktail for us, which will be half the price of the other ones, swishettes can have afternoon teas - including champagne afternoon teas for the more decadent among us and therapists from the exclusive Lansdowne Place Hotel Spa will be doing manicures.

As if that wasn't enough, our stunning friend Therese la Tease will be performing a burlesque can-can for the delectation of swishettes!

I am only slightly trepidatious about going into partnership with Madame la Moue. Do you think I should regard this as a warning sign: she just asked me if 2 for one is cheaper than buy one get one for 53p...?

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

What I wore

MM and I dined out on Sunday night at Serena the sculptor's. I wore an almost entirely swished outfit:

Silk jacket/blouse, Topshop, swished from Terese la Tease last Sunday; black satin skirt, Atmosphere, swished from Sarah Dann; black and white bangle, swished from Mrs H; camellia necklace, Topshop; shoes, J by Jasper Conran.

The jackety-blousey-thing was one of my top finds of the swish last Sunday. I love its vintagey look and feel. MM took this snap of me coming down his spiral staircase - isn't it just too gorgeous (the staircase, not the pic, that is)?

In other news, Madame la Moue and I have been working on a VERY exciting project, which is almost ready to be revealed. Stay tuned - more details coming very soon...!

Monday, 11 October 2010

Looks from the Sunday Swap Shop

We had a fantastic swap yesterday. The sun shone its little socks off and swishettes all over Sussex emerged blinking into the unaccustomed light and followed the scent of free clothes to MM's front door.

MM, by the way, was beyond amazing. While I swanned around the Gauguin show on Saturday, he knocked up a vast vat of veggie chilli and the most delicious split pea soup that had everyone coming back for seconds. And thirds.

The men were confined to the downstairs sitting room and kitchen to allow us girls to try things on to our hearts' contents upstairs. Here are a few snappettes from the girls' swish:

Michele has a good rummage

Suzy, Nadia and Terese la Tease get stuck in

Kate looks fabulous in this dress brought by Madame la Moue

Claire looking stunning in a dress that has already done the swishing rounds once before - from Mrs H via Madame la Moue

MLM in newly-swished outfit: pose-tastic

MLM and me: my gorgeous dress was swished from Mrs Loske-Page. This is what we believe the beautiful people do when stopped by the paparazzi. We are tragically deluded, obvs.

While the girls got on with the clothes swapping upstairs, the boys were in charge of the menswear, book, CD and tool swapping downstairs. Now it must be said that, while they made a valiant effort, the men weren't quite as good at swishing as we were. For a start, not as many of them turned up (free clothes not having the same irresistible lure for the male psyche), and those that did make it seemed to prefer standing around chatting over a drink. Tsk.

Still, I haven't given up on the idea of men's swishing altogether. I have high hopes that with the right training the less-fair sex can learn to enjoy the thrill of the swap just as much as we do. Girls: this is your mission if you choose to accept it. Who's with me?

Elsewhere in the swishosphere, there is VERY exciting news from the people at Brighton 10:10, who are holding a swish THIS WEDNESDAY! See here for details. Ooh, I can hardly wait!

(Incidentally, we held our swish on 10:10:10, when people all over the world were doing things to cut carbon emissions as part of the brilliant 10:10 movement (sign up here if you haven't already). This was in fact sheer coincidence, but in any case we did our bit.)

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Sunday Swap Shop

On Sunday MM is letting me have a swish in his gorgeous house on condition that there are things for boys to swap too. So as well as clothes there will be books and CDs. And tools. Yes tools. Oh, the glamour...

So I made a cute little invitation for it:

If you are in the Lewes area do get in touch and I'll let you know where to bring your gorgeous frocks, shoes and, um, spanners...

Monday, 4 October 2010

Granny chic take two

You may recognise this dress. It is the very one that my grandmother wore here, as well as to dinners and parties throughout the seventies, in the days when, as she said to me the other day, 'people would wear long dresses in the evening, even if they were just having dinner with friends.'

Of course, there is no greater bliss than comfort eating in one's jamas in front of the telly, but I must admit that I regret the passing of dressing for dinner. What do you think: does it make you sad that there are far fewer opportunities for making an effort these days?

I wore this to the dinner the night before the wedding that MM and I went to this weekend. I accessorised with another vintage heirloom: a middle-eastern-style necklace that belonged to MM's fashion-designer mother.

Belt from Accessorize and gold shoes by Rocket Dog.