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New Blog Address – http://thezombiewearsvintage.com November 28, 2011

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Blogs, Life, Chatter & Politics.
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Hi All

My last post on here – I am, as of today, blogging over at my new, streamlined blog, The Zombie Wears Vintage. It’s going to be like here, but much much better!

Please update the URL in Google Reader etc and subscribe, I would hate to leave you behind 😦


Hmm… On Berlin, and on feeling lost October 14, 2010

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Blogs, Graphic Design, Life, Chatter & Politics, Photos.

Well, I am back from Berlin. It is an amazing place – a chaotic mix of gleaming new building, and crumbling sixties monstrosities. A combination of historical respect, and a powerful belief in the future. A place on one side battered to within an inch of its life, yet at the same time a place that refuses to be repressed. Berlin is, in essence, a city of two halves, only now there isn’t a wall to separate them.

Whilst the history of Berlin is, undoubtedly, terrible, it has clearly had a dramatic effect upon the outlook and attitudes of people who live there today. All around this inelegant place are memories – whether they are expressed in a huge concrete sculpture 5 acres big, or in a tiny piece of street art no bigger than your hand. They have chosen to accept the past, and learn from it – a recognition that is apparent in everything and in the way they treat and accept people in the modern world. This liberal nature, this thriving underground scene, is part of what made me enjoy this city so much, and is a major component in calling me back.

With no further ado, let me share some photos…


Graffiti on the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery

Graffiti on the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery



Isn't she gorgeous?! Famous Berlin Streetart

Isn't she gorgeous?! Famous Berlin Streetart



The contrast between different Berlin architecture - old vs. new

The contrast between different Berlin architecture - old vs. new



Lauren at the Berlin Jewish Memorial

Lauren at the Berlin Jewish Memorial


As for the blog, I seem to have been neglecting it as of late. I am writing my portfolio and stuff, but at the same time I just don’t really have much to say currently. I keep catching myself wishing that this blog was a little more focused – with perhaps a set topic or structure, and less mindless ramblings of a lightly disconnected mind.

What do you guys think? Is it worth carrying on blogging, or should I branch out into a new space? I’m just feeling a little lost…

Can you tell… May 20, 2010

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That I have been watching MadMen?

I Should Wear…? is full of wiggle dresses!

Brand New Blog – have a look! May 8, 2010

Posted by Lauren Cooke in Blogs, Fashion, Inspiration.
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I have launched a new blog! It is a place for indulging my love of Polyvore! Essentially the new blog, I Should Wear?, is a blog featuring a daily post of inspiration – a dose of fashion ideas designed to give you a kick start in the right direction if you can’t think what to wear! Nothing formal, just a bit of fun every day!

Why not check it out?

I Heart Your Blog Award April 21, 2010

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The lovely Laura from A Fennel Designer has been kind enough to give me an award. I am thrilled! Thank you!

The Rules:
1.) Thank the person who nominated me
2.) Copy the award and place it on my blog
3.) Link to the person who nominated me
4.) Nominate 15 bloggers
5.) Post links to the 15 blogs I nominate

 Ooh, this is one that takes a little time!

I want to pass this on to the following fabulous bloggers:

  1. Esme and the lane way
  2. Forever Amber
  3. All Five Horizons
  4. Smiles go with Everything
  5. Pandora’s Box
  6. Diary of a Vintage Girl

Well done gals!

Losing the vibe March 25, 2010

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Where on earth has my vibe gone this week. I have been remarkably absent from blogging, twitter, and all things social media – it is quite a crisis! I doubt anyone will survive if I am not arround to jabber and wax lyrical… except, oh, wait, you have all survived haven’t you? Well done, it must have been hard.

Anyway, sarcasm aside, this week has been very busy. I have been to London to talk about social media (an inspiring meeting for once, with intelligent people who have some really good ideas for how to use social media to sell cars), writing like a dervish (do dervishes write?), and coming home in the evenings to play with the new rat and the new laptop. It hasn’t been that I don’t particularly have time to write, but more that I haven’t had time to think and so haven’t had anything interesting to write on the blog.

Anyway, as I am not all that verbose or, to be brutally honest, interesting today, I thought I would share with you some of the bloggers I have discovered recently and fallen head-over-heels in love with!

  • Daddy Likey – I read her book before I read her blog, as a quick glance at the blurb made me know instantly that the book would be a perfect present for Cie! She often has me in stitches, has just started a vintage boutique as a form of cruel temptation, and has exactly the same kinds of mornings as me when she simply hates her clothes!
  • The Clothes Horse – I have come across this blog before, but always at periods in my life when my day feel full of hundreds and hundreds of blogs. The most recent time, however, I was looking for some new material – and she is now on my Google reader! Her new dress is particularly worth a look!
  • The Pioneer Woman – she doesn’t write about fashion, but this blog is an endless source of food inspiration and beautiful photography. She also shares how to achieve the photographs too, which is great! I currently desperately want to make the coffee toffee bars – I just need to find time! 

Anyway, go – read – enjoy!

Links à la Mode | The Anti-Fashion Week February 11, 2010

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Edited by Dramatis Personae

That isn’t to say that I’m against Fashion Week… but more that this week’s Links á la Mode just really isn’t focused on it.  With amazing interviews from kaKofoniesOfsi(gh)lens, Fashion in My Eyes,  and Eternal Masquerade to great features on vintage clothing from Retro Chick and Unfunded, there’s as much fabulousness on off the catwalk as on.

Maybe it’s bitterness that I’ll be missing out on NYFW for the 3rd season in a row or maybe it’s my gentle heart preventing you all from Fashion Week burnout too soon…which it is, I’ll never tell.

Note from Editor : Please be sure to check out the IFB Conference at NYFW : Evolving Influence

Links à la Mode: February 11th

  • 39thandbroadway.com: – How Designers Really View Their Customers
  • A Typical Atypical: – I chat about how hard it must be to love fashion and be blind, and I question whether there ought to be a charity dedicated to helping people feel good about how they look even if they can’t see it in the mirror.
  • Cafe Fashionista: – Style Secrets: Symbol of Style. A how-to on creating your very own trademark/signature look.
  • dramatis personae – How to Pack for Mardi Gras!
  • Eternal Masquerade: – Interview with young designer, and Teen Vogue/CFDA/Target scholarship winner, Jennifer Huang.
  • Fab Blab: – Even after all these years, we continue to differentiate between dark and fair. How does this affect the fashion industry adversely?
  • Fashion Cents: – Seven Style Basics that EVERYONE should know! Make sure you are not committing these style “sins.”
  • fashion in my eyes: – Fashion is supposed to be fun! Interview with designer Arina Varga
  • Haute World: – A Mad Tea Party? An exclusive look at how 9 luxury designers interpret Alice in Wonderland for French department store Printemps.
  • Independent Fashion Bloggers – From Blog to Brand: Questions to Help Define a Vision for your Blog
  • Instant Vintage: – Blood, Sweat & T-Shirts: Learning the true cost of that cheap and chic outfit you just scored.
  • kaKofonie Of si(gh)lenS: – Interview with Anna Osterlund of Ravishing Mad
  • Model Max: – Are ‘respectable’ fashion writers insecure with ‘upstart amateur’ fashion bloggers?
  • Oranges and Apples: – Is fashion oppressive or fun? some belated thoughts on Tanya Gold hating fashion
  • Rags to Reverie: – Vivienne Westwood showed that fashion forwardness could be inspired by the past
  • Retro Chick: – Top tips to on the spot dating of Vintage Clothes
  • THE COVETED – Devil’s Advocate : Bloggers vs. Editors
  • The Fashion Planner: – DIY: How to Make Naughty Granny Panties for Valentine’s Day!
  • the musings of ondo lady: – Back in 2006 Slave to Fashion, a three part documentary was aired on Channel 4 which took a really good look at the fashion industry.The aim was to make sense of the multi billion industry which everyone from the media to consumers seemed to be obsessed w
  • The Recessionista: – an hour ago Rebecca Taylor & Milly: Fashion Week Inspiration
  • Unfunded: – Photos and thoughts from the Vintage Fashion Expo in Santa Monica, CA.

PLEASE READ IF YOU’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE:If you would like to submit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

Inspiration – Low Fashion February 9, 2010

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You guys have probably noticed that Cie’s blogging all too often inspires me to write something, or do something, or talk about doing something. She is just one of those bloggers, and one of those girls, who often manages to say exactly what I am thinking, and so I read her blog and pop on over to mine to have my own say.

Her latest post is about why fashion bloggers are so successful – because we are about the fashion you can wear, the looks people can actually pull off, and not about pure catwalk art. We aren’t high fashion, but just style and necessity and real life lumpy bumpy imperfect people.

So this got me thinking that maybe high fashion is out of date. Maybe this concept of people dressing up in peculiar visionary costumes and outfits is taken far too seriously in a world where in actuality they cannot dictate what we wear. In fact, maybe what should have always been an inspiration has really become a bible. The law of the catwalks, the choices they make, can influence hundreds of fashion conscious men and women to buy the most peculiar things, to wear to oddest outfits (and to look darn uncomfortable doing so). With the click of a finger, fashion fans are at high fashion’s every beck and call.

So maybe low fashion needs a revolution. We need a magazine that shows us, normal and freaky and strange and making fashion mistakes in with the bargain. One that shows that girls can sometimes leave the house wearing two different shoes, or that navy can actually look quite cool with black. The low fashion that sees us have to find yet another way to wear that old t-shirt because we can’t afford a replacement, or spending all our money on beautiful shoes and having to wear them with a bin bag. The fashion that is graceful just as often as it is silly, funky just as often as it is smart – our fashion. Low fashion.

You know what though? If a low fashion magazine came on our shelves, about normal people and their normal inspirational stories? I would be far more inclined to pick that off the shelf than I would be to choose Vogue.

Fill out our market research questionnaire about whether this could actually be a viable magazine here!

If you like this idea, see our latest post on the concept here – a blog on it is to come!

(Image from here)

Links à la mode | Bring It On January 8, 2010

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Edited by Dream Sequins

My job as editor this week was difficult as many bloggers decided to follow the fierce directive of that cult cheerleading movie, Bring It On.  It’s a new decade, and the IFB community decided to “bring it” and then some.  (Just to clarify, I’m talking about the original movie starring Kirsten Dunst, and not the subsequent, watered down sequels; because as fashion bloggers, we all have original stories to tell!)  This week’s links explore topics such as winter trends, vintage fur care, biker chic style revelations and profiles of 70s and 80s style icons and are so good that they make me want to lead the group in a cheer.

Links à la Mode : January 7th

  • 39th and Broadway – NYC Brings Opportunity to Emerging Designers
  • A Typical Atypical – My style revolution takes me into the realm of the biker chick, and doesn’t look back!
  • amanda lee dot org – Essential sewing skills for wardrobe maintenance
  • Bobbins and Bombshells – Fashionable History – Airline Travel
  • DailyDivaDish – Indie jewelry designer Debra Mitchell’s newest piece: Tibet. Part of the new SALVAGE line, this necklace is convertible and each contains a piece salvaged from Tibet.
  • Darian Darling – The blonde fashion icon of every 80’s Hair Metal skank and rock star’s girlfriend!!
  • denimaniac – Woolrich Woolen Mills S/S 2010 Lookbook
  • Dream Sequins – A studio visit with designer Katie Gallagher
  • Fashion Pulse Daily – We Love Colors will fulfill your legwear fantasy, as Fashion Pulse Daily quickly discovers!
  • ferOHHHsh – Bryce d’Anice Aime S/S 2010 RTW … chic LBD’s, pops of red, and those spiked shoulders Rihanna made famous
  • Gotham Hipster – Once you’ve indulged in Babycakes there’s no going back
  • HiFashion – How to roller set your hair
  • Idiosyncratic Style – The Personal Style of Costume Designer, Melissa Stewart
  • Oranges and Apples – On the importance of critique in fashion blogging
  • Retro Chick – 5 New Years Resolutions you can’t fail to keep
  • sighsandwhispers – A history and analysis of the style of a notorious teenage groupie in the 70s, Lori Maddox
  • Style on a String – An interview with Judy Kou, owner of the fabulous online dress shop – Sunday Brunch Dress
  • Styletastic – We’re finding it hard to adjust to a new year at Styletastic, but here are some things we can all look forward to!
  • The Bargain Hunter Extraordinaire – I already knew I was going to wear a black sequins belt and beret for NYE, but I wanted some fun shoes to add to the mix; I couldn’t find anything I liked though, so I decided “when in doubt, make your own”
  • The door in my wardrobe – How to choose a vintage fur and take care of it – plus DIY repairing & maintenance for the brave of the heart
  • wit & whimsy – The winter trends you should be wearing


If you would like to sumit your link for next week’s Links à la Mode, please register first, then post your links HERE. The HTML code for this week will be found in the Links a la Mode group will be published later today. ~Jennine

My Work Blog | THE Blog About Cars January 5, 2010

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Whilst I write lots of things in my own time, some of my job at work has been setting up and maintaining an automotive blog from scratch. The process, self hosting a blog, has been one that I haven’t done before, and I must admit that I really like the process. I like the control you have, the extra options, to flexibility of design and creation. Essentially, I have been able to produce a blog that looks like a masculine version of what I want mine to look like, if I wasn’t too scared of losing my Google pagerank!

So, consequently, I thought I would share it with you, and see what you think of my efforts!

Any feedback, definitely welcomed! What do you think of the theme?

THE Blog About Cars

My Blog about the Automotive industry

My blog about the Automotive industry