What to wear to meet the Queen (or rock the street party!)

Pussy Cat, Pussy Cat Where Have You Been? I’ve been to London to visit the Queen!  Pussy cat, pussy cat what did you wear?

Kitty DoLittle accessories of course!

Handmade silver flower string belt by Poltsa

Most events the Queen attends have dress codes that call for a perfect balance of style and decorum – not necessarily an easy combination. Fashion Editor at Large. Would this Swarovski crystal bag be too much, for instance?

Handmade crystal clutch by Kashvi

Swarovski Crystal clutch by Kashvi collection bedazzles

We loved Kate’s dress when she last engaged with her fellow Royals (as spotted on the Fashion Editor at large site) but feel she could have done with a necklace or cuff. Something to work the look with a tiny bit more confidence.

Purple and pink vintage glass beads by Rosie Weisencrantz

Mind you, Inkhosikati LaMbikiza, the third wife of King Mswati III of Swaziland, picked some eye-catching shoes (did you spy the pink fluffy bits stuck here and there on her court shoes? Certainly brave (and a notable) choice to meet with the Queen. Kick up those heels, girl!

Yes, meeting the Queen would warrant exacting wardrobe deliberation – ask any of the fashionistas who’ve gone to Buckingham Palace and hemmed and hawed over what to wear!

Jess Carter-Morley, The Guardian’s fashion editor, dished about her dilemma back in 2010, and even shared how fashion’s best and brightest all confessed to being stumped.

Thankfully, although celebrations for the upcoming Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be special, we think they’ll call for a dash more fun and fancy-free flair; not a sober  jacket, dress and court shoes combo. Let colour and texture abound!

So, once you’ve planned your weekend using the Queen’s official site for The Diamond Jubilee, take a look at these stylish selections for your perfect ensemble!

Ravishing red flower belt by Poltsa

Ravishing red flower belt by Poltsa

This raffia striped handbag by Madaraff is the perfect tote this summer for celebrating both the Jubilee and the Olympics in style.

Red 'white' and blue Raffia bag by Madaraff

Red 'white' and blue Raffia bag by Madaraff

It’s patriotic without being cheesy, and has a hint of vintage panache that’s in keeping with the spirit of the Jubilee! We just love it! (And it also comes in sharp black and white!)

The Queen’s love of canines is well-knowm.  These aren’t her favourite corgis, but Somerville Scarves greyhound scarf is suitably red, white and blue and oh-so-British!

Stylish silk neck scarf

'Go Go Britania' by Somerville Scarves

Whether you are planning on celebrating Queen and country, rocking a righteous street party, or just relaxing in front of the telly with a G&T and fancy tiara, have a lovely weekend!

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Kitty DoLittle’s Had a Makeover!

We’re really excited about our new look and all the great features it has to offer.

Want a tour?  Here we go!

Kitty DoLittle's new site!

First up our homepage:  it’s a richer, better shopping experience and gives shoppers more ways of instantly viewing Kitty DoLittle’s fabulous fashion finds, grouping them into wonderful collections.

Photo of Flora and Fauna Kitty

What kind of kitty are you? This is Flora and Fauna!

In our new ‘What kind of Kitty are you?’ slider, you can preview all sorts of scrummy samplings of Kitty DoLittle’s scarves, handbags and jewellery.  We’ve selected some of our favourite pieces for Glamour Pusses, Goddesses, Wild Things, Vagabonds – and those who love all things Flora & Fauna or Artful!  So, whether you’re looking for a free, easy, relaxed look or a bold, exotic edge, or something fetching on the softer side, we’re willing to bet some of our purrrfect picks will catch your eye.

You can also connect with Kitty DoLittle and easily through Twitter and Facebook and sign-up newsletter from our homepage so you can be the first to know about sales, promotions and new designers.

Our fresh new site also makes it easy to spot themes and trends for all you stylish and sophisticated kitties out there. And, in keeping with the spirit of launching afresh with a beautiful new look, the current theme is butterflies!

Gold Butterfly cuff

Gold etched plexiglass Butterfly cuff by Dynasty

These fluttering lovelies make an appearance on gorgeous scarves, cuffs and have inspired some of our prettiest handbags, like the stunner featured by Makki.  We think they’ll enliven all your summer looks: Dynasty’s butterfly cuff comes in a range of pretty pastels that will pop with gorgeous summer frocks, and Somerville Scarves’ big, bold abstract butterfly number can be worn in so many ways in sunny, sultry weather.  Fold in half and tie in back and it’s a sexy silk top, or wear it as a stunning sarong. However they make your fancies take flight, hurry and net these beauties before they all fly away!

Eel skin handbags by Makki available from Kitty DoLittle

Silk Abstract Butterfly scarf by Somerville Scarves

Or, browse our fab departments – jewellery and handbags to purses and belts (hint: Hit ‘refresh’ on your browser to change the photos selections). As always, clean photography (and crisp videos!) throughout the site enhance the Kitty DoLittle sleek, irresistible shopping experience.

And, Kitty DoLittle’s brand new mobile-friendly design allows you to ‘free your mouse’, and take Kitty DoLittle with you anytime, anywhere. Shopping with Kitty DoLittle will give you the biggest thrill. Most of our lovely items are gift boxed and tied up with charming ribbon — compliments of the house!

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Grab Your Great Gatsby!

1920s Style is Making a Roaring Comeback

What’s all the flap about?  Cloche hats, clutches, scrumptious fabrics and sparkle – the  style of the 1920s is having a moment.

Flapper dresses, pretty lace and beaded embellishment, bold nautical stripes, drapey silk ensembles and gorgeous scarves all had their place on the Spring/Summer 2012 runways.

Definitely a 1920s daytime feel at Ralph Lauren – pretty, youthful colours were popular after WWI. Click to see more on FashionLatest…

Images from Fashion Latest site. Click to see more!

And the elegance of Speakeasies was alive in evening looks at Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Etro and Marc Jacobs – sparkles and beaded embellishment were big trends in the 1920s.

1920s

Images from The D'Vine website. Click to go there now.

The high street is delivering the look already from TopShop to Miss Selfridge to Reiss you’ll find drop-waisted dresses to sequin tunics with a art deco decoration.

Great Gatsby! Get the to Miss Selfridges. Click on the dress to go there now.

It’s no small wonder really.  Shows like Boardwalk Empire, films like The Artist and Baz  Lurhmann’s highly anticipated new adaption of The Great Gatsby aren’t just great entertainment – they are showcasing some absolutely fabulous fashion as well.

The actress of Boardwalk Empire model some gorgeous 1920s influenced dresses for a Vaniety Fair shoot.  Beautiful for Spring and Summer – light, airy, fresh and flirty!

The Boardwalk Empire Effect. Click on the image to check out You Were Never Lovelier blog now.

Even London’s West End is getting in on the trend with a new production of Singing in Rain, about the birth of the ‘talkies’ in the 1920s.

Singin' in the Rain

Why are we having such a romance with the 1920s?

Perhaps it’s the parallels we feel to another decade – the 1930s – that’s making us nostalgic for a time associated with kicking up your heels.  During those years of depression in the 1930s, people must have yearned for the comparative frivolity and decadent fun of the 20s.

Maybe that’s what’s striking a chord with us now – the style of the 1920s brings some carefree cheer to our hearts!

So find a perfect flirtatious dress and pair it with Kitty DoLittle accessories to complete your spirited, fun and playful 1920s ensemble.  Unflappably stylish!

Kitty DoLittle has the perfect pieces for a 1920s look from the Head Down!

Various accessories to complete your 20's look at Kitty DoLittle

A perfectly adorable cloche hat epitomises the flirty, fun 1920s feel. Handmade vintage-look felt cloche by Katherine Elizabeth

Headpieces were the height of elegance in the Jazz Age. For a really 20s look, wear this gorgeous Katherine Elizabeth across your forehead. Instant coquettish, flapper appeal!

Handmade diamante 1920's headband by Katherine Elizabeth

Jewellery was influenced by soaring, sophisticated new Art Deco movement.

Handmade handwoven with vintage trinkets by Rosie Wiesencrantz

Semi-precious stones were also popular.

Faceted Labrodorite set in silver on silver chain by Peace of Mind

Now that you’ve got your fantastic flapper look sorted, show it off it at one of these fabulous 1920s inspired events.

Kick up your heels and dance the Charleston at Prohibition Night, a fancy dress extravaganza complete with live music, theme cocktails and floorshows.  From all accounts, truly a night to remember.

Or check out Purl London’s or The Blind Tiger’s websites to find out about more amazing events, tea parties and cocktail classes.

You’ll be smiling and styling.


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What is the point of Valentine’s Day?

It’s a Celebration of Love, of course!

(Really, it wasn’t a trick question.)

From polka dots to patent leather, pretty bows and sparkling stones, Kitty DoLittle has a selection of Valentine treats more fetching than roses and sweeter than chocolates!

Even Cupid would admit we’re right on target with smart and sassy accessories to set your heart a-flutter! We think you’ll be smitten with this potpourri of scarves, handbags and jewellery. (Even if you can take or leave the day itself!)

There’s no denying red and pink rule the day on February 14th so you’ll look festive and stylish sporting one of these winning Somerville Scarves.


Pink silk polka dot scarf

Pretty in Polka Dots Silk Scarf by Somerville scarvees

Cream and Brown Greyhounds Silk scarf by Somerville Scarves

Painting the town red with your Valentine? Carry one of these scrumptious versatile companions to set the mood…

Woven eel skin wallet

Ravishing red eel skin woven wrislet by Makki

London made leather micro clutch

Palm-size clutch with pinky aplomb by Rachael Hannah Handbags

Who holds the keys to your heart? You do! So, grab one of these BoBelle eel skin Sweetheart keyrings and tantalise.

red eel skin key ring by BoBelle

Swinging single heart eel skin keyring by BoBelle

Or… tell your honey about one of these Silver Cherry silver lovelies — sure to sweep you off your feet!

garnet, ruby pearl and silver bracelet

Gorgeous garnet and ruby pearl silver bracelet by Silver Cherry

Pink Amethyst, Garnet and Ruby silver necklace

Sparkling Pink Amethyst, Garnet and Ruby silver pendant by Silver Cherry

Whether greyhounds or garnets, pink polka dots or perfect purses, a great gift from a loved one or a treat for yourself — we hope Valentine’s Day surrounds you with love and loveliness.

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Video Series: Which wallet suits your style and personality?

Kitty DoLittle presents the next in the series of short, sharp video that really show off our collection of products.

So take a look, and see which wallet might suit you?

All of these luxurious wallets are made of various kinds of leather.

The strong striped wallet by Black Tangerine is so sharp and gives you a bit of throwback to the 70′s. It’s got loads of space and in fact works well as a clutch with it’s hidden, slide-out wrist strap.

The classic eel skin wallets by BoBelle are so feminine and so incredibly designed. The midnight blue and deep purple add an air of sophistication. Seriously buttoned-down!

Another set of really popular wallets are the eel skin zip-around wallets by BoBelle. Really roomy and can definitely double as a clutch being big enough for your iPod/Android phone!

Aura Que’s buffalo leather is a good traveller’s wallet. Hardwearing, roomy and secure. It’s brass snap detailing is structural as well as functional.

The red eel skin wallet  is a sexy stunner with a detachable wrist strap, and the woven front is extremely rich and gorgeous.

You’ll find this video and others on the product pages of the Kitty DoLittle site, on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page. Ther new videos produced by Duncan Smith, Donut Productions, give you a real sense of the flexibility, scale and scrumptiousness across a range of products.

So go on, treat yourself!

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Video Series: How much can you fit in this handbag?

We have produced a series of seven, fun, fast-paced videos to show off how much stuff our handbags can hold! And, it’s a lot. You’ll find them on product pages on the Kitty DoLittle site, on our YouTube channel and on our Facebook page. Ther new videos produced by Duncan Smith, Donut Productions, give you a real sense of the flexibility, scale and scrumptiousness across a range of products.

You’ll see just how all the essentials (and how many extras!) will fit in to each handbag.
Each cleanly shot film takes you through all the details of the items; revealing the texture and luxuriousness of the materials. Pop-up labels point out other products available in the Kitty DoLittle shop (if you have your annotations turned on). We think these videos really give an ‘Ah-ha!’ moment and will be a popular feature of Kitty DoLittle!

So, take a look and count how much stuff we got in this Purple Eel Skin Handbag by BoBelle…with ease!

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On the prowl … Cambridge

On recent prowl to Cambridge there were a couple of nifty items I really have to show. 60′s all the way with this retro coat. Lovin’ the cut, colour and detailing:

A hit of the 60's sunshine to shun the winter woes

To finish it off, and to perhaps, exaggerate your funkiness… Hang on to this patent leather lovely.

A highly unusual handmade patent leather framed handbag by Rachael Hannah Handbags

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On the prowl … well, Everywhere!

I have seen this same outfit in so many of this stores windows – I am compelled to share it. Just in case you missed it! Ultra sexy and ultra feminine, just a couple of choice items will complete this eye-dazzling drapes and slinky skirt.

Keeping it simple and feminine, I think a gorgeous cuff like this one would be a sensational conversation piece.

Gold Butterfly cuff

Gold etched plexiglass Butterfly cuff by Dynasty

Or … show a super strong and sexy edge with with this anodised aluminium cuff by Michael Peckitt, who artistic interpretations are sure to start a conversation.

Ethereal and sleek Aluminium cuff by Michael Peckitt

While you’re at it match it with a shiny black bow clutch (it has a brilliant neon satin lining too! Ooooh-la-la!)

Black patent leather clutch by Rachael Hannah Handbags

And, just to clinch the outfit you need to ensure to work it all atop the highest black points you can stand for your pegs!

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People I rubbed into … Room to Breathe

Room to Breathe are a dynamic duo who have combined complimentary skills to bring a package that packs a powerful punch. One is the PR guru, the other the administrative Wiz. Granted, I have to share them with others, but they are virtual assistants afterall.

It’s an arrangement that works really well for Kitty DoLittle. As a fledgling business trying to find our feet in this topsy-turvy world; they’re amenable to both Pay-as-you-go or long term retainers. I love them.

They’ve really been a great support, taking care of things in the background and being available to assist on more strategic activities too. They’re flexibility and humour tick two more important boxes for me.

So if you find yourself in need of some real help to enable you to rise above the things that hold you down, give them a call!

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On the Prowl… Back to The City

As you know, it’s not just what we see in the glossies but what’s really in the store that affects us. In The City proper there was loads of red, black, white, taupe and cream as the key palette.

How quickly all the 70s and festival prints have faded from the limelight. Check it out for yourself.

From structured solids and perky polk dots to drapey relax fabrics and flowing blouses that are tailored and tucked in to harder edged profiles. These styles and colours can create quite an accessory challenge. But no need to lament on chilly mornings about what necklace to where…

Just choose a sassy, funky scarf quite frankly. And, after this glorious Indian Summer you’ll need a little something to warm your neck a bit.

So here’s a few selections from the Kitty DoLittle Collection to set your wardrobe alight…

But first, let it all go to the dogs! Our collection of British-designed, silk Greyhound prints from Somerville Scarves are sure to strike a winning look in or out of the office!

‘Lucky 7 Sapphire’ by Somerville Scarves

'Brandied Cream' silk scarf

Or, get serious with some stripes that make a sexy silhouette even sexier, or hit the the spot with polka dots.

B/W striped silk scarf

Extra long Polka dot scarf

Whatever your style, you’ll find a neck scarf gives a bit of perk – and possibly a little flirt!

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