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Peaky Blinders

For those of you that have seen the first series of Peaky Blinders, you will know well the intriguing story line, the allure of Cillian Murphey, the fabulous 1920’s gangster style (a big step away from Bugsy Malone!) and the all important girl power. For those of you that haven’t seen it, I suggest watching it IMMEDIATELY on BBC iPlayer. How much this stays true to the reality of the real Peaky Blinders, I’m not so sure. However, compelling viewing this does make.

Now into the second episode of the second series and I find myself rushing home just to watch it already. Everything must stop for this hour, nothing else exists. I’m not even a ‘TV’ person but seriously this is go-od. Oh and just to make this even more of a must see – Tom Hardy has appeared! Ding-dong!

For this post I want to concentrate on style.

It’s all in the tiny details. The way that the men and women dressed to impress, the non-existence of casual clobber, the absolute quality of the cut. Clothes were made to last, not three months, but for years. Clothes were made of strong, hard wearing British made fabrics. Clothes were made by hand either in the home or for the very wealthy, by a tailor.

The men were not concerned with frivolous, foppish attire but more of a smart, slick and paired down silhouette. The baker boy hat, the wool top coat, the tweed waistcoat and the round neck shirt with attachable stand collar and the all important collar clips. Think Boardwalk Empire but in a very British way – simple, chic and lots of black! The influence that Peaky Blinders has had on mens fashion has been immense. From the surge in undercut hair styles and facial grooming to the rise in gorgeous brogues and well cut proper trousers.

New women’s winter style icon: Polly Shelby. Everyday glamorous is the new casual. A hat with feathers, a plush red wool coat with a light pink detail silk shirt, intricate embellished waist belt, a black mid length skirt and black leather ankle boots. An uncomplicated yet strong image that portrays the strong exterior but soft interior of the character. Coats with fur collars and cuffs, beautiful embroidery. Refined bohemian.

I take my hat off to the wardrobe department on this series. I can feel a new ‘proper’ 1920’s sub-culture (minus the Gatsby-esque flapper girls please) is on the rise, in fact, I may even start this myself. Bring on the faux fur and big hats!

Emily Morris

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Handmade (by Emily Morris) silver Koi Karp 'luck' ring

Handmade (by Emily Morris) silver Koi Karp ‘luck’ ring

I Love Candy accessories are now being stocked in the lovely Coffeebean Company!!!

You can find handmade and vintage pieces from my accessories range among the huge array of coffeebeans and delicious home made cakes. They even come with a sweet little I Love Candy sticker, just for you to stick just about anywhere. We’re all about the guerilla advertising these days.

Please be sure to visit if you are in the Leigh-on-Sea area.

The Coffeebean Company – 39 Elm Road, Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, SS9 1SW

Rare vintage deer brooch

Rare vintage deer brooch


Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) sequin and stud bow tie necklace

Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) sequin and stud bow tie necklace

Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) pearl and vintage bead bow tie necklace

Suave and sophisticated handmade (by Emily Morris) pearl and vintage bead bow tie necklace




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I Love Candy accessories!!!

I Love Candy handmade black cotton bow tie with oversized bead detail, £15. Asos Marketplace.

Afternoon fellow bloggers and lovely followers,

After much hard work and anticipation, I Love Candy accessories has been launched on Asos Marketplace (and some orders have already been placed!).

Each piece has been hand crafted by myself, is totally unique and is absolutely lovely (even if I do say so myself!).

The present collection is a series of bow tie necklaces, all of which are one of a kind. Each material used has been carefully sourced from local vintage stores, independent boutiques and local creative fairs in the UK.

Check them out anyway, they are available to buy exclusively on Asos Marketplace. 

Any feedback, or requests are warmly welcomed. I can make to order too, so if you see anything you like but would like it a bit different then please do let me know and I will be happy to discuss this with you.

I’m always up for collaborating so please so email me.

Always a pleasure!


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(All photographs are my own)

I Love Candy handmmade black cotton bow tie with dinosaur detail and pearl centre, £15. Asos Marketplace.

I Love Candy handmade red cotton bow tie with pearl detail and vintage flower bead centre, £15. Asos Marketplace.

I Love Candy hand made black cotton bow tie with sequin and glass bead embellished corners, £15. Asos Marketplace.

I Love Candy handmade red satin bow tie with pyramid stud details, £15. Asos Marketplace.

I Love Candy handmade red cotton bow tie with vintage flower and star bead detail, £15. Asos Marketplace.

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Modern Classic

A new trend that has been bubbling under the radar is Sixties. A trend that has been seeping into the music industry with bands such as Beady Eye, Last of The Shadow Puppets and The Arctic Monkeys using a chords reminiscent of those heard in The Beatles and many more bands from this iconic era.

A re-valuation of vintage furniture via the platform of Ebay see’s a trend which harkens back to the days of good, simple design classics such as G-Plan side boards, Stag chests of drawers and Eero Aarnio plastic chairs. It seems a re-discovery of this design definitive decade is on the cusp of exploding, with designers such as Prada and Jil Sander jumping on the band wagon, although with a hint towards the style of Jackie O.

Get ready for modern takes on the Swinging Sixties to flow into your homes, iPods and wardrobes well into 2012.

Emily Morris

Jackie O (circa, 1960's)

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Edie Sedgwick (circa, 1960's)

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Michael Caine photographed by David Bailey, 1965

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Who’s That Lady, Beautiful Lady

During my research for one of my styling projects, I became more and more obsessed with the 70’s. I love it, and what I love most about it is Bianca Jagger! Her casual but glamourous ensembles are entrancing. The hats, the suits and the timeless elegance with which she wears them.

Emily Morris

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Chanel Vs Erte

The recent Chanel Resort 2012 Cruise Collection was filled to the brim with a menagerie of different silhouettes and styles or as Karl Lagerfeld put it “too much may not be enough”.

Candies colours ranging from Rossi’s vanilla ice cream yellow (those of you who have been to Southend-on-Sea will know that Rossi’s vanilla ice cream is THE best ice cream ever made!), Parma Violet purple and White Chocolate Mouse ivory. Sweet, sweet, sweet; oh, and a few Chanel black and white classics.

With all this in mind one particular dress caught my eye. A beautiful black dress covered in shooting stars, which reminded me of Erte’s ‘Starstruck’ illustration of an elegant woman wearing a black dress with gold stars protruding from it. I love this reference, stars are one of my favourite prints and have been famously used throughout fashion history to portray an essence of fantasy, glamour and magic. All that fashion itself encompasses.

Emily Morris

Chanel Resort 2012


Erte 'Starstruck'


Cecil Beaton 'Miss Nancy Beaton as a Shooting Star', 1928


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It’s vintage daaarlings

The Affordable Fashion Fair is once again setting up in London’s Bethnal Green. Due to hit York Hall, 5-15 Old Ford Road, Bethnal Green, E2 on 27th February 2011.

Get ready to find some gorgeous and unique garments to fill your wardrobe in time for spring/summer. With the new trends of 1970’s and 1950’s aswell as the booming Rockabilly and retro scene, everyone is sure to find something to add to their fashion identities.

Emily Morris

Mick Jagger by David Bailey, 1964

Vogue October 1955 cover shot by Clifford Coffin

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