Coachella 2019

Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was spectacular this year, from artists like Kacey Musgraves, Billie Eilish, South Korean girl group BLACKPINK, Kanye West bringing his sunday service, Donald Glover, Jaden Smith who’s infamous dad Will Smith came out to perform and headliner act this year Ariana Grande who also brought out special guests to the stage including the return of Justin Bieber! However, Coachella is more than the music its about what everyone wore from bohemian, latex to glitter! Here are some of the best Coachella 2019 outfits…

 

 

 

A little love from the Evening Standard!

Totally delighed to be featured in the Evening Standard’s choice of best online vintage shop! Thanks Evening Standard you’ve always been my favourite too 😉 And here’s the article…

Alongside this boutique’s vintage offering that comprises of bohemian clothing, jewellery, bags and belts, there is also the added option to have your jacket customised, choosing your own style, slogan and effect.

 

See the full article here

 

 

International Women’s Day and the Feminist Collection

Happy International Women’s Day you gorgeous lot! Today is one of our favourite days of the year, let’s face it… any excuse to shout out to the sisterhood and celebrate the incredible power of the woman is pretty special in our book!

The theme set for this year’s International woman’s day is ‘Balance For Better’, to enhance more gender-balanced opportunities from the media coverage, to employees and the workplace, the government and the fashion industry. Whilst continuing to celebrate the social, cultural and political achievements that have been obtained by women over the years, the day is also grounds for accelerating a gender balanced world

In honour of this badass day, we are releasing some fab new pieces so that you, our customers, can celebrate loud and proud alongside us.

Our new collection of feminist-inspired pieces includes a range of ethically sourced and eco-friendly, organic cotton slogan t-shirts;  ‘A girl should be two things: Who and what she wants’ – the only rules a girl should live by, in the words of the legendary & awesome Coco Chanel and ‘Girl Code’ because behind every successful woman is a tribe of other successful women who have her back! Both in store now and to be worn with lashings of feminine pride.

Keeping it sustainable is our upcycled vintage ‘REBEL GIRL – PUSSY POWER’ customised military shirts, with Rebel Girl in bold on the back and some of our favourite feminist patches on the front, for girls with ethics and attitude.

To celebrate this day and don’t hold back, express yourself with our new sassy and feminist accessories. We’ve got quirky iron-on patches with slogans such as ‘Tough as nails’, ‘Sweet and strong’, ‘Pussypower’ and ‘Rebel Girl’, to pin badges such as ‘Fight like a girl’, ‘Feminist’, ‘Fuck you I do what I want’ and two of our favourite female artist, Frida Kahlo.

We are super proud to be celebrating the 108th International Woman’s Day with all of you beauties and encourage as many of you to join in and spread the sister love!

Enjoy your day babes xx

The iconic Karl Lagerfeld

Guest post by Hannah Littler

An instantly recognisable name and face has sadly left the fashion industry today. Karl Lagerfeld, famously known for his triumphant take over of Chanel and Fendi, whilst simultaneously running his own brand ‘Karl Lagerfeld’ has passed away at the age of 85.

Thousands have taken to social media to remember the icon, from those who admired him as a role model, to those closest to him, including Naomi Campbell, Winnie Harlow, Elton John, Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour.

This post is a tribute and reflection upon the life that the famous German designer lived, whilst discovering some interesting facts you may not have known about Karl.

To begin, his signature ponytail, which has been with him a long period of time, since 1976 to be exact. After growing tired of long, curly hair Karl pulled it back into a ponytail where it has remained an iconic look ever since.

Many may have noticed his favourite companion, who accompanied him everywhere, his cat, Choupette Lagerfeld. Possibly one of the most pampered felines, Lagerfeld was truly devoted to her, providing her with not just one, but, two personal maids to dote over her every need! If you have yet to have the opportunity to see his furry friend, you can still admire her from her own personal Instagram account @choupettesdiary

True to form when Living an extravagant busy lifestyle, Lagerfeld had houses across the globe from New York to Paris. However, the designer took extra living to another level by having TWO homes a short distance from one another. One is provided purely for Karl to regain his beauty sleep and sketch new designs when he’s ‘in town’, whilst the other is for entertaining visitors and arranging meetings. Although only a short distance from each other, Karl ensured the house in which he only sleeps in, does not have a kitchen of any sort. Instead, his food is brought to him as if he is staying in a hotel.

With the power to have anything he wanted, you’ll find it surprising to discover that his favourite drink was, in fact, Pepsi. However being Karl, whilst attending parties and events he would have a personal butler following him around to ensure his favourite drink was always close to hand in a moment of thirst.

Finally, Lagerfeld took great pride in his appearance and skin care routine, keeping his small collection of products in a separate fridge in his bathroom. The designer additionally avoided the sun and wore gloves to protect his hands to ‘exude his natural glow’.

Karl Lagerfeld, thank you for your contribution and immense success within the fashion industry, you will truly be missed and remembered for many years to come.

Fast-Fashion: resisting the Temptation to Buy More in a Consumerist Society

Guest post by Ffion Lovelock

I think you will agree when I say that Instagram has certainly changed the world of fashion. It provides somewhat regular but largely followed Instagram users the opportunity to work with brands to promote products to their following and in doing so, has created the role of the influencer. A role that is now completely embedded within our culture and motivating our consumption. This contemporary method of marketing via social media allows influencers and brands to really work their magic to increase our retail purchases. On Instagram for example, you can swipe-up to purchase an item in seconds, come across links to a brand on almost every profile and find exactly where they bought that amazing skirt just at the tap of a finger. However, it is wise to consider if this is only adding to the detrimental consequences that fast-fashion has on our environment?

Browsing the likes of Instagram makes it incredibly hard to not be encouraged to buy more and more, especially when our society is so consumer orientated. Instagram is a digital space where we can be constantly exposed to an endless amount of branded content and we are all guilty of scrolling through its feeds tirelessly, so it is no surprise that we take such an interest in buying so much new clothing when the fashion influencers we follow wear it so well.  It is this temptation that can sometimes convince us that we need the item as much as their sponsored posts say we do.

However, some influencers are using their status to provide awareness of what a difference sustainable fashion can make to our planet. Even Emma Watson had her say through creating the Instagram account, ‘@the_press_tour’, to raise awareness of the designers who are dedicating their time to producing clothing from organic and recycled fabrics. Proving that those with a large number of followers do not only have the power to increase our consumption, but the power to convince us to limit it. They are influences after all, and we do often take on board what they have to say. So, go follow some vintage enthusiasts or an influencer who encourages sustainability and you will be surprised how much your outlook can change. Then through turning your attention towards how you could provide a more sustainable fashion footprint with the industries levels of environmental harm could be lessened.

       

Then why not make an active start by investing that temptation into vintage clothing through considering an independent vintage retailer like The Stellar Boutique, and making that conscious decision to re-wear, re-buy and re-sell?

We are all guilty of buying for the sake of it, I know I certainly am. Whether it be for a one time occasion or just because I thought it looked great on the 6-foot-and-tiny model on the website, we always give in to the prospect of something brand spanking new. Vintage clothing, however, allows you to still add something new to your wardrobe and get that exciting feeling that we all crave when we do make a new purchase, but you are contributing to sourcing that fashion ethically and sustainably. You can still shop to your heart’s content but at least you can be a small part towards solving a much wider matter; that being the fashion industries harmful effects on the environment. Not to mention that vintage clothing can also provide you with something that no one else has – a one of a kind item that people can wow over. Investing in something other than mainstream retail is always hugely beneficial and through learning to love what you have or what is already out there, the threat of irreversible climate change could be put to a halt.

The Stellar Boutique’s latest collection of eco-friendly slogan t-shirts and sweatshirts is another perfect example of how retail can eventually become far more sustainable. Through the use of organic cotton, the entire collection is free from any artificial growing processes and sets an example of how natural textiles can cater to our ever-growing retail consumption without our ecosystem having to suffer. So, whether it be vintage or made from sustained and natural materials, our societies love of fashion and constant desire for more of it could eventually be made less problematic in the future.

Read more from Ffion here Lifeandlovelock.com

 

New and exclusive customisation service

Have an old piece of clothing that needs revamping? The Stellar Boutique is offering an exclusive customisation service, designed to the uniqueness of customers to let them strut their stuff on a daily basis.

Whether this is an unloved sweatshirt or tee. A favourite jacket or anything customers think requires a little bit of creative ‘TLC’. The Stellar Boutique offers a new lease of life to customers loved or unloved garments.

This service is quick and easy.

All it takes is to pick the garment they have decided to revive, followed by a design from The Stellar Boutiques pre-made jacket and tee selection. Or, if none of these suits their style they are welcome to share their own ideas, whether this is a name, message, slogan or lyric that fits them perfectly.

Once both sides have had a chat and everything has been finalised, all there’s left to do is send over the chosen garment and The Stellar Boutique puts their creative skills to work.

Prices for the customisation service will begin from £10 depending on production time, this can vary between from 1-2 weeks, and costs of the materials.

Once everyone is happy payments can be made via PayPal. With a service completed in such little steps it would be crazy to not take part, so start rummaging and selecting a garment to customise.

If customers have any questions, do not hesitate to ask at info@thestellarboutique.com or contact via WhatsApp at 07495 58575

New Vegan Fashion Week has arrived

Guest post by Hannah Littler Jones

Fashion week has only just begun. New collections and designers bring a breath of fresh air and the buzz of who is where, who wore what and what we need to know leaves us at the edge of our seat, whether that is from the front row of the runway or behind a computer screen.

As we live in a conscious, ever-evolving world, I strongly believe 2019 will be the beginning of new ventures for Fashion Weeks to come, beginning with a new and exciting launch. February 1st brings the first-ever Vegan Fashion Week, hosted in LA, which recently became the biggest city in America to ban the use of fur. This four-day event aims to educate and enlighten fashion lovers from across the globe into making a change about the social, ethical and environmental issues surrounding the use and impact of animals in the fashion industry. Whilst additionally touching on social justice, technology and intersectionality through a series of runway shows, exhibitions, talks and panels.

Founder and animal rights activist, Emmanuelle Rienda commented, “I want to ignite conversations and debates within the industry by educating, elevating and drawing connections between our most important values: our respect for human life, animal rights, and the environment.” For its first-time debuting, the event has already gathered a substantial support system from animal activists group PETA and non-profit organisation Fashion Revolution.

Additionally, Rienda has displayed no signs of slowing down after Vegan Fashion Weeks first debut, instead the organiser will be using this event as a platform to promote these issues to a wider audience whilst encouraging designers from across the vegan spectrum and further to collaborate and interact, whether this is producing fully vegan products or a sustainable clothing line with a result of redefining the concept ‘veganism’.

If you agree that is time to make changes within the fashion industry, there are simple ways to begin. How about checking out our latest sustainable slogan collection ‘Blame it on the moon’ made from organic cotton, eco-friendly fabrics, recycled poly materials and low impact dyes.

Instagram: @hannahlittler1 and @hannahljonescreative

The Stellar Boutique – ‘The February Knitwear Collection’

The Stellar Boutique – ‘The February Knitwear Collection’

  

Introducing ‘The Stellar Boutique’s’ latest vintage collection for all of you retro babes out there.

Featuring a range of clothing dating back from the 40s all the way up to the 90s, you will be taken back in time with this new selection of hand-crafted knitwear and timeless outerwear. Brighten up your wardrobe with the collections beautiful pastel colour palette and choice of bold prints. From crochet to chunky knit, choose your era and wear it like it never went away.

The printed woollen oversized jumper boasts 60s bohemian design that is practical, warm and carefully made.

Sea-foam green is a strong colour throughout several pieces in a variety of hand-knitted jumpers, as well as a knitted gillet, all of which maintain the same preppy and feminine style that they wore so well in the 50s.

The double-breasted, button-up cardigan features balloon sleeves straight out of the 80s where bold was best and less was certainly not more. Its tonal colours make it incredibly wearable, but its daring silhouette gives it that edge that we continue to love so much.

From stripes to ombre effect and even knitted artwork the latest collection offers a wide range of vintage treasures.

The collection is all up and available on The Stellar Boutique website, so go and take a look.

  

Vintage shopping Tips & Tricks

Guest post by Hannah Littler Jones

Vintage thrift shopping offers a totally unique shopping experience in comparison to what you encounter in everyday high street stores. The most exciting part is that you just never know what you’re going to find and what will soon become your new favourite go-to piece! Entering a vintage shop is like walking into a treasure trove emporium, you are instantly immersed into a world of fashion history and forgotten gems, each item patiently waiting to be discovered by its new loving owner!

Today, I am offering you some helpful tips and tricks to vintage shopping, hoping it allows you to achieve the most out of your shopping experience.

My first tip is one that some may not naturally hold a trait to, patience. If you’ve never entered a vintage shop before (you’ve really been missing out) the best way I can describe it to you is through the comparison of the ‘sale’ periods. Now, no need to panic, they’re tidier and calmer, so erase that unpleasant image of the Zara Christmas sales. The comparison I’m making is purely down to the vast variation of clothing that can all be placed on one rail, which is where the patience comes in handy. Vintage shopping isn’t a walk in, see it, buy it, job done experience. It requires a little more time and patience to explore and discover the perfect pieces. If you’re feeling a little overwhelmed, start from the top or bottom; Shoes and accessories are much easier to browse than clothing, so start there to get into the swing of things!

Tip number two, although you never know what you’re going to discover (which is the beauty of vintage shopping) try to keep your styling ideas in mind, and if you don’t have any set, be realistic about your shopping, will I wear it? What can I style it with? With such a diverse selection of clothing, even vaster than your normal high street stores, it can be easy to forget what you were hoping for when entering the shop. If you’re not sure you’re going to wear it consistently, could it be recycled into something new or by someone else?

Tip number three, forgetting gender labels, go check out the opposite sex section. Just because its labelled male/female, doesn’t mean they’re the only ones who are allowed to wear it. You can find some perfect fits from oversized to fitted pieces. So, keep that in mind and broaden your shopping horizons!

Which also leads onto my final tip, sizes. Ignore all size references on tags and labels. From time to time tags can be placed on the incorrect item, but even more worth remembering is that people tended to be smaller back in the day so vintage clothing sizes often come up smaller than they would be today, so don’t panic if you don’t fit into your usual size 10 (it’s not down to that slice of cake you ate the night before) it’s just we’re all bigger now than our 1950s counterparts! If you pick up a piece and the size turns out to be incorrect let your creativity run wild, consider alterations and customising to fit your style.

I hope these tips are helpful and allow you to thrive in your shopping experience. Before you venture off, why not take a look at our vintage clothing in our vintage shop? You never know what you’re going to find.

By Hannah Littler @hannahlittler1

Tips To Help You Improve Your Wardrobe

Having the desire to want to dress better and improve your wardrobe is a great goal. You’ll likely find that in the process of doing so you become more confident in yourself and with your appearance.

No longer will you be hiding from the world, but instead you’ll want to be seen and show off all of your new looks. This is your chance to completely rework your style and find options that truly allow you to stand out in a positive manner and help you make a statement about who you are. The following tips are going to allow you to accomplish this goal and figure out what outfits the best suit you.

Educate Yourself

It’s a wise idea to start by educating yourself about fashion and what looks and styles are trending. There’s a lot of information out there to guide you in making better choices and improving your wardrobe. Also, consider following fashion icons on social media and keeping up with what they’re wearing and advertising as what’s hot right now. Understanding fashion better is a process and takes you being willing to remain open-minded and learn some of the terminologies and why certain trends last and others fade out.

Go through Your Closet

It’s definitely worth your time to take a weekend and go through your closet and see what you already own. Try clothes on and get rid of or donate what no longer fits or is out of style. You can improve your wardrobe by combing through what items are dragging down your appearance and removing them so they’re not simply taking up space. You may also find old pieces that have been hiding or didn’t previously fit you but now do. This can be a daunting project if you own a lot of clothes but it’ll be well worth your efforts when you soon only have items in your closet that you actually enjoy wearing and know look good on.

Invest in the Staples

Another tip that will help you improve your wardrobe is to invest in the staples such as a good pair of jeans, work attire, a black dress and colourful t-shirts. It’s especially important you’re prepared to dress for success if you’re on the hunt for a new job or want to look more professional and put together where you currently work. If you’re short on cash but this investment is important to you then look into and find out more about taking out a loan so you can move forward with this project.

Know Your Body

Keep in mind that you may not be able to wear or that you might not look good in the various runway styles out there. What’s most critical is that you learn to know your body and what items look best on your shape. You can improve your wardrobe and style by finding outfits that compliment your figure and make you feel good about yourself. Focus on highlighting what you love about you and strategically making your flaws appear less noticeable.

Ask for Help

Know that you don’t have to go about improving your wardrobe all on your own. It’s a wise idea to reach out and ask for help if you need it. It’s possible you have a friend or family member who dresses well and is up to speed with the latest fashions. Spend some time with this person and discuss what’s trending and ask their advice about your current attire. Invite them over to rummage through your closet with you or see if they’ll go shopping with you and help you pick out a few attractive items to wear. There’s so much you can learn from someone who already has a sense of fashion that it’s worth your time to pick their brain further.

Stock up on Accessories

You can also enhance your wardrobe by stocking up on and wearing more accessories. This includes items like shoes, scarves, purses and jewellery which will not only create a better overall look but is a way to add a pop of colour to your outfit. When getting dressed each day think about how you can improve your current outfit by adding a few accessories here and there. Shop for them when you’re out and about and have a few favourites stashed away that you can turn to when you need to spruce up your attire.

Look Around

Another way to improve your wardrobe is to take a look around at what other people are wearing when you’re out in public. Don’t be afraid to compliment someone on their outfit and ask where they purchased a certain pair of pants or top. Go sit in a busy area or at the shopping mall and take notes about what you do and don’t like that people are wearing. Get ideas when you’re at work or the grocery store and observe what you think looks the best on others. Simply be more attentive and aware of your surroundings and you’ll quickly be able to pick up on what fashions are in style and which ones need to go.

Be Adventurous & Daring

You can also improve your wardrobe by being more adventurous and daring when it comes to your style. Don’t be afraid to layer items or wear a pop of colour every so often and see how you feel when you get outside your comfort zone. Try on and buy an item you normally would overlook when you’re out shopping and see how you feel in it and what kind of reaction you get from others. This is your chance to step outside the box and come up with new and fun ways to mix and match your clothes so you too can look trendier. Make changes to your wardrobe slowly over time and it won’t feel so overwhelming or nerve-wracking for you to dress differently. Have fun with this and be proud of yourself for being willing to challenge yourself and your style and try new looks.