lifeaccordingtolea – Expanding my Horizons Part 2

June 3, 2012

So another week another website y’all should check out. This time it’s The Stellar Boutique which sells a wide variety of gorgeous ladieswear, menswear and home goodies as well as vintage wares.

Up-and-coming designers and one-off pieces mean this website is a whole galaxy away from generic high street stores but surprisingly their items are well priced and good quality.

I especially love the Norwegian Wood jewelery– the fringed necklaces would add impact to any outfit.

LEAP YEAR SALE !

To celebrate the leap year we’ve decided to have a huge clear out to make way for this year’s hot new arrivals. Out with the old and in with the new!

Traditionally a leap year is the one time a woman may ask her man to marry her!

But here at The Stellar Boutique we decided that giving you ladies huge savings and bargains gallore was a far better way for us girls to mark the event.

So to commemorate this auspicious occasion we have up to 70% off our major fashion brands with huge discounts on clothing, bags, shoes and jewellery .

Click on these links to view individual collections….

Norwegian WoodFriis & CompanyDahliaThe Stellar CollectionOrion LondonSugarhill BoutiqueLia LeeIluchka

OR simply click here to view all SALE items.

Happy bargain hunting!

The Stellar Boutique

Brighter Sparks: Vintage Clothing sale….Dec. 09

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We sat up and took note of the fabulous online fashion shop, The Stellar Boutique, when we fell in love with their beautiful statement jewellery from Norwegian Wood. Luckily their December sale is now on, so absolutely everything is 20% off – thats jewellery, vintage clothing and designer clothes, menswear and best of all these gorgeous and elegant vintage 1970s mock-croc handbags, which we ♥. The imitation crocodile gives the bags a slightly decadent edge (lucky for us we know no crocs were harmed in their creation!), and on a slightly more pragmatic note, it’s definately true that a brown handbag goes with absolutely anything….
mock croc chain bag now £30.40 and mock crock handbag now £20

vintage bag mock croc

Amelia’s magazine: Exciting new concept for online fashion boutique…Dec. 09

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All imagery throughout courtesy of The Stellar Boutique

Stella McCartney and Kate Moss know a thing or two about good style. Both are fans of Stella McClure, owner of newly opened internet shop, The Stellar Boutique. Previously running a vintage-customised stall at Portobello Market, McClure packed up shop in 2004 to travel the world in a campervan. Now settled in the Spanish countryside, she has decided to give it another go. This time though from the comfort of her own home via the power of the internet.

The Stellar Boutique is a great concept. McClure travels the hippy-luxe trail across Europe to Marrakech in order to bring you vintage treasures. Everybody loves a one-off, and that is certainly what The Stellar Boutique provides. Featuring vintage bags, designer garments, customised pieces and exquisitely exotic homeware, there’s something for everyone.

Unlike many other fashion businesses at the moment, McClure is keen to promote new designers and ethnic artisans. (Instead of ‘Marc Jacobs’ think ‘Marc who?’) McClure insists that real style is best grown from within, instead of stealing magazine looks or following trend advice. The Stellar Boutique offers the freedom to do this.

But does it deliver? Standout pieces are endless. Let’s start with the accessories. There are the Moroccan style leather handbags.Then there are the mountains of unique jewellery to choose from. Pieces by Bora Bora, Lei Rose and Norwegian Wood are to die for. I love the porcelain tea-cup necklace and the silver postcard trinket by Lei Rose, as well as the feathered and fringed pieces by Norwegian Wood, and wow, have you seen the skull charm bracelet by Bora Bora? Even more for the Christmas list!

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Next up, vintage. There’s second-hand, slightly grubby, vintage fashion, and then there’s nice ‘I’m so glad only I have this’ vintage fashion. The Stellar Boutique falls into the latter category. The vintage section of the site is easily the big winner. With clothing separated into 60s, 70s, 80s, handbags, scarves, boots and boho, it couldn’t be easier to navigate towards your era or item of choice.

Boho features peasant tops and kaftans Sienna would covet. The 70s section showcases (unusually beautiful) standout dresses at massively cut-down prices, and 80s can tailor to all your glam rock needs. There are sparkly 80s style heels and some killer red leather stilettos in the shoe department, as well as the standard biker or cowgirl boot. With menswear and more accessories coming soon, you’ve got to keep checking back for more goodies!

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As if it needed to be said; everything is quality assured, hand-picked and highly loved. Check out the site to update your wardrobe for 2010 with fresh, exotic pieces your friends can drool over. For Christmas, they are spreading the holiday joy with a 20% off discount sale on all vintage and womenswear, as well as homeware! So why not pick up something for your Christmas shindigs or New Year’s bashes now instead of waiting for the mania of the January sales?!

Written by Becky Cope

Find A Fashion Shop, Norwegian Wood….Nov 09

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The Stellar Boutique | Norwegian Wood

We’ve just found out that the very fabulous online fashion & vintage clothing shop, The Stellar Boutique has a gorgeous new jewellery label this season, called Norwegian Wood.

The brand’s Canadian designer, Angie Johnson, has been making waves in the indie design world for some time with her highly sought after, cutting edge designs. She shot to fame with the creation of the ‘cage skirt’ and followed it up with an equally innovative fashion creation, the ‘harness’, earlier this year.

The Stellar Boutique have selected some stunning fringed and feather necklaces from the collection for only £39! We think they’re the perfect way to accessorise a plain T. Enjoy our pick ~

Norwegian Wood jewellery

Brighter Sparks, Norwegian Wood jewellery…Nov 09

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Friday, 6 November 2009
Norweigan Wood now available at The Stellar Boutique online fashion shop.

Norwegian Wood make the most amazing, stunning, statement necklaces. If you don’t believe me have a butchers at these:

Norwegian wood fluro fringe necklace

Norwegian Wood feather fringe necklace

Sigh. I want one of these so badly – I love the way they’re worn in these pictures too, with a really plain t shirt and a good pair of jeans. Dressing down but wearing really amazing accessories is just too damn cool for words.

Norwegian Wood jewellery, and lots of other really lovely things,  including vintage clothing and Boho, now available at www.thestellarboutique.com.

New Jewellery collection……Nov 09

The Stellar Boutique Jewellery collections………

The Stellar Boutique online fashion store is always on the look out for unique and original pieces and thrives on bringing you the latest fashion trends combined with that little something extra and individual.

So with these 3 exciting new jewellery collections, from all corners of the globe, all you ‘stellar’ devotees and addicts of authenticity can have your fashion fix!

NORWEGIAN WOOD

Hot new jewellery brand Norwegian Wood  has arrived at The Stellar Boutique!
Canadian designer Angie Johnson has been making waves in the ‘indie’ design world for some time with her highly sought after, cutting edge designs.
She shot to fame with the creation of the ‘cage skirt’ and cleverly followed it up with an equally innovative fashion creation, the ‘harness’, earlier this year. Norwegian Woods’ designs have been in demand ever since.
The Stellar Boutique is delighted to showcase Norwegian Woods’ gorgeous new collection of fringed and feather necklaces, as well as some of the uniquely designed harnesses.

Norwegian Wood

CONTEMPORARY & TRIBAL SILVER JEWELLERY

This gorgeous new silver jewellery collection, created purely for The Stellar Boutique, brings you one off pieces of great beauty and traditional craftsmanship.
This range of hand crafted  silver jewellery is a colourful mix of chunky silver rings, bejewelled bangles and pendants, and tribal earrings. With stunning turquoises and other vivid semi precious stones, the collection stylishly brings together contemporary jewellery design with authentic Moroccan Berber style .
And with a price tag that defeats the credit crunch, they make the perfect little ‘self indulgence’ or a genius gift for someone special.

chunky silver ring with turquoise stone

LEI ROSE

Brighton based bespoke jewellery designer, Maria Allen, creates unique jewellery from a mixture of vintage, recycled and new finds.
Her delicate creations of playful little trinkets and whimsical lockets are enough to charm the bees from the trees!

These quirky and charming necklaces by Lei Rose make an ideal stocking filler for a friend or a romantic gift for the one you love.

Lei rose charm necklace

The Stellar Boutique is waiting for you! View the collection here www.thestellarboutique.com

Vintage clothing, back with the 80s…….Costa eye Oct 09

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Fashion is a cyclical thing, and in every new collection there are influences of bygone eras. This winter, it is the turn of the 80s, and with it, the revival of several different looks, from the biker chick to Parisian glam chic to a resurgence in 80s sportswear.

As Europe claws its way out of recession, another trend that was popular in the 80s is also making a comeback – buying second hand. Wading through the immense crowds at London’s famous Portobello and Camden markets confirms that today’s fashionistas are loving the 80s revival, and want to wear the original item.

Just like the forty-somethings today, who with their teenage pocket money chose second hand clothes to craft into the most gregarious punk and new romantic outfits, young people now, who want to look bang- up- to- date but also don’t want to be seen wearing the same outfit as the next person, are turning to second hand.

If there ever was a stigma to wearing second hand clothes, it certainly doesn’t exist now. Not only is it super cool to wear a unique original, people know a lot more about the value of recycling than they did in the 80s. Second hand can also be very cheap, depending on who designed it of course, and often the quality is better than the mass-produced clothing in abundance on our high streets.

Stella McClure, a former Top Shop fashion designer and stylist, who in later years sold vintage clothing to the likes of Kate Moss and Stella McCartney from her stall at Portobello market,  is an advocate of all that is original.

Now operating from Barcelona, Stella has brought vintage clothing to Spain through her online shop, thestellarboutique.com. She said: “Vintage clothing is quite a new concept in Spain. The only place I have ever seen vintage clothing shops is in Barcelona and even here, there are only really a handful of them – nothing in comparison to London and the rest of the UK, which is a real shame.”
“I handpick my vintage clothes to relate to the current trends, and at the moment I have  lots of snakeskin and mock croc chain bags, 80’s shoes, studded rock chick belts and classic wayfarer sunglasses in neon brights.”

“In our consumer society, where so much is wasted, it makes sense to make greater use of what we already have. Turning beautiful relics from the past into iconic fashion pieces enables people to dress creatively, individually and with the confidence of knowing they are the only person wearing that outfit. It’s recycling at its best.”

In some areas of Spain, online may be the only way to purchase that one-off vintage piece. But in other areas, particularly some coastal regions, charity shops are opening up, and rastrillos or car boot sales are also great places to hunt for a bargain.

Here are some tips provided by Stella McClure on the trends to look out for this winter:

Biker chick: Studded belts, biker jackets, studded high-heeled ‘gladiator’ shoes and leather biker boots with lots of buckles.

Boho chic: Loose Tshirts, sequined tops and jackets, leather boho tassel bags, ethnic boho belts with coins, and leather boots with tassels.

Punk: Sparkly leggings or stonewash skinny jeans with animal print tops, baggy Tshirts and denim jackets.

Easy luxe: a relaxed take on early 80s sportswear, soft tailoring and loose tops, and camel coats.

Parisian: Effortless glam chic, Breton stripped tops and skinny trousers, couture- like ruffles and draping, sequins and cashmere, and lots of bright red lipstick.

Anything with square studs, sparkly sequins, animal prints and tassels.

Jumpsuits and playsuits are still big, as are clutch bags and over-the-knee boots. Shoulder pads are back but are more pointed and sharp than the shoulder pads of the 80s.

Jewellery is big and bold, over sized necklaces and chunky jewels and fringing is hot this season. Shoes are either incredibly high or have a court heel.

Colours that are big this winter are luxurious tones of indigo, purples and blues and some opulent shades of green. Black is, as always, very big but also grey, and more neutral shades such as beige and taupe. Grey tweed and ‘dogtooth’ prints are also big news.
For online vintage clothing in Spain, go to www.thestellarboutique.com.

Silver Jewellery, press release……Nov 09

Introducing the new range of silver jewellery at…..

TheStellarBoutique*

A dazzling new collection of silver jewellery has just arrived at The Stellar Boutique.

The Stellar Boutique works hard to bring ‘the stellar’ devotees unique and original pieces that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
So with this gorgeous new silver jewellery collection, created purely for The Stellar Boutique, all you addicts of authenticity can have your fashion fix!

This exclusive range of handmade silver jewellery is a colourful mix of chunky silver rings, bejewelled bangles and pendants, and tribal earrings. Stylishly bringing together contemporary jewellery design with authentic Moroccan Berber style .

Each stunning item of jewellery has been hand crafted to create individual, one off pieces with exceptional quality and original design, and with a price tag that defeats the credit crunch, they make the perfect little ‘self indulgence’, or a genius gift for someone special.

Visit the silver jewellery collection here at The Stellar Boutique.

Norwegian Wood at The Stellar Boutique……Nov 09

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NORWEGIAN WOOD at The Stellar Boutique online fashion store

Hot new jewellery brand Norwegian Wood is coming to The Stellar Boutique. Canadian designer Angie Johnson has been making waves in the ‘indie’ design world for some time with her highly sought after, cutting edge designs.

She shot to fame with the creation of the ‘cage skirt’ and cleverly followed it up with an equally innovative fashion creation, the ‘harness’, earlier this year. Norwegian Woods’ designs have been in demand ever since.

After much anticipation Norwegian Wood is finally coming to the UK.

The Stellar Boutique is delighted to announce that Norwegian Woods’ gorgeous new collection of fringed and feather necklaces, as well as some of the uniquely designed harnesses, will be sold exclusively at this online fashion boutique within weeks!

Topshop, as ever, are at the forefront of recognising hot new talent and, like The Stellar Boutique, spotted the potential in Norwegian Wood’s jewellery. They will also be stocking a small selection of the range for their new ‘Edit’ collection at Topshops’ flagship store on Oxford Circus. The ‘Edit’ program will feature 25 hotly tipped designers from around the world in a celebration of fresh, young design talent and will be running from October to December 2009.

Norwegian Wood has just scooped first place in the ‘Puces POP fashion show and emerging talent award’, proving that this rising star really is one to watch!

Norwegian Wood has just scooped first place in the ‘Puces POP fashion show and emerging talent award’, proving that this rising star really is one to watch!

The Stellar Boutique online fashion store is always on the look out for unique and original pieces and prides itself on being ahead of the fashion trends. Norwegian Wood will feel right at home here amongst the eclectic and stylish ranges of fashion, vintage clothing, boho chic and home decor.